The Weapon Of Prayer


The weapon of prayer is given to us,
God’s mighty power, a blessing to trust;
He hears us when we call upon His name,
His touch upon us makes so much change!

The weapon of prayer is precious to know,
God’s wisdom guides us in the Way to go;
If we have a question needing a reply,
God’s answer is always loving & right!

The weapon of prayer is for all the saved,
God hears our cries & pours on us His grace;
He’s more than able to supply all our needs,
Our life, each day, He lovingly oversees!

The weapon of prayer has fellowship sweet,
As we talk to God from on bended knee;
God guides us & gives us a song to sing,
Prayer is what gets us thru everything!

KI

Friday Funnies

A Confused Child

A certain young girl, when asked her name, would reply, “I’m Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter.”

Her mother always corrected her. “You must say, “I’m Jane Sugarbrown,” the mother explained.

The following Sunday, the minister spoke to her at Sunday School and said, “Aren’t you Mr. Sugarbrown’s daughter?”

The little girl replied, “I thought I was, but mother says I’m not.”

Honest Money

Sam and George went to the bank to cash their paychecks. After Sam cashed his check, George handed the young teller his check. The teller gave him his cash and George stepped away from the window, counted his change, and went back to the cashier, saying, “Hey, you gave me the wrong change.”

The cashier replied, “Sir, you stepped away from the counter. There’s nothing I can do about it now.”

George shrugged his shoulders and joined Sam, who said, “She’s got some nerve. You should complain to the manager.”

“Oh, no,” George said. “I just wanted to tell her that I thought she’d like to know she gave me ten dollars too much.”

LOCKED OUT
When my wife and I arrived at a car dealership to pick up our car after a service, we were told the keys had been locked in it.

We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door.

As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked.

‘Hey,’ I announced to the technician, ‘its open!’

His reply, ‘I know. I already did that side.’

BAGGAGE
I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,

‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’

To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’

He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’

Bible Study

The Importance of Little Things Colossians 3:17
 
We live in the day of “big things.” Today, it is always:

  1. How much did you make last year? A great salary does little to impress God.
    a) I am not against making a good living if it is done in such a way as to glorify God. The Lord did not have much good to say about the rich of this world. It was the poor that were rich in faith.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that people with modest incomes think they are either not as important as the rich or that they are failures.
  2. How big is your home or automobile?
    a) I pray that you have a beautiful home and the best automobile on the road but I am also thankful for a old truck that still runs and a modest home filled with quietness and love. That is more impressive to both the Lord and me.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that people with less impressive homes and autos feel impoverished instead of blessed.
  3. How many points did you score or how many yards did you run?
    a) I am not against scoring points or running yards but where are the assists and blocks statistics? Media and fans always make men of numbers their heros while those who assist are overlooked. Try to score 30 points without rebounders and passers; try to run 100 yards a game without blockers.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that it overlooks the fundamentals and team players who make the big plays possible for others.
  4. How many people attend your church?
    a) We live in the days of the “super” or “mega” churches. I am not against numbers but numbers can define who we are in a wrong way. If we have great numbers by adhering to the Old Paths of doctrinal correctness and holiness, then these numbers impress and glorify God but, if we have great numbers because we neglect to preach and practice the whole counsel of God, then the numbers only impress and glorify men.
    b) The result of the “big thing” concept is that men who pastor small but sound churches feel that they are a failure in the sight of men and, therefore in the sight of God.

Now, let me say that “big things” are important! I am not minimizing the importance of doing great things or having great thing but “big things” are normally a result of the “small things” in your life.

If your “small things” are not impressive to God, then your “big things” will not impress Him either.

  1. Your “Little Things” are important to God. They either glorify the Lord or they bring shame to the Lord.

a. Your little cares are important to God. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” We so often think that God only cares about the burdens that we bring to Him but we are so wrong. God cares for everything you and I care about. “Casting all” means just that. God cares about what you care about as every aspect of your life is important to Him.

b. Your little prayers are important to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
I call this our “small talk” with God. Most pray only when they have something big to ask for but God wants to hear from us when we have not big things to worry about. Enoch walked with God. I used to walk a lot with a friend and, when we first started walking each day, we would discuss the “big things” that we had on our minds but, after a couple of miles, we would just “small talk.” God wants you to tell him your “little things” as well as the big ones.

c. Your little things are important to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Here we find a couple of “little things” that precede the “big things” of “whatsoever ye do, do all!” Even what we eat and drink is important to the Lord. What we desire is as important as what we accomplish. What we think is just as important as what we do.

d. If our little things for God are wrong, then our big things will be wrong.

  1. Your “Little Things” are important to you. Our “little things” develop character in us that will later define our “big things.”

a. Think on “little things.” Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Thinking big is great at times, but the “little things” of our thinking mold the “big things” of our thinking.

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”

b. Be thankful for the “little things” of life. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Learn to smell the roses once in a while. Our Lord rebuked Martha because she was “careful” about many things while missing the “needful” ones. Too often the cares and problems of this life cause us to miss the little blessings that grace our days. A breath of fresh air; a sip of cool water; the smell of the honeysuckle in the spring; a sunbeam showing through the trees; a rainbow after the storm; feeling good when you get up in the morning; food on the table, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, shelter from the storm, wind, cold, and heat. Did I make this one clear? God has so blessed every one of us that, if we would count our blessings, we would be blessed!

c. Practice “little things” that develop character. When we practice doing the “little things” right, we will do the “big things” of life right without having to even think about it. Samuel Smiles once said:

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

Little things” in your life develop character while “big things” in your life define your character. Someone once said, “Hard times do not develop character, they only expose it.

We that are saved belong to Christ. We were bought with a great price at Calvary. Let our lives bring glory and honor to the Lord in all that we do: both big and little things.

Victory Baptist Church September 2023 victorypalmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Ending Well

By Charles Stanley

In a race, how you begin is not as important as how you finish. And this same principle is also true to a large degree in the spiritual realm. That’s why the writer of Hebrews reminds us to “lay aside every encumbrance” that hinders us in the race set before us (12:1). A believer’s lifetime is not a sprint but a marathon walk with Christ, and our goal should be the same as Paul’s—to fight the good fight, finish the course, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7).

Today’s passage contrasts two runners. After a great start as a fellow worker with Paul (Philemon 1:24), Demas later deserted the cause because of his love for the world (2 Tim. 4:10). Instead of enduring to the end, he gave up and didn’t finish the course.

Mark, on the other hand, started poorly. When Paul and Barnabas went on their first missionary journey, they took the young man with them, but after the first leg of the trip, he returned to Jerusalem (Acts 13:5, 13). Because Mark had deserted them on that first trip, Paul refused to take him on the second (15:36-40). However, when Paul was nearing death, he wanted Mark, whom he now considered “useful for service” (2 Tim. 4:11). Mark had proven himself faithful by persevering in obedience and service to the Lord, and eventually he wrote one of the four gospels.

It’s easy to get caught up in the pursuits and pleasures of this life and forget that we have a higher goal. Once we cross the finish line and see Christ face-to-face, everything else will fade in comparison. So let’s run with endurance the race set before us.

Tuesday With Karen

Find God’s Perfect Will
Find God’s perfect will, each day you live,
His wisdom is there, He so freely gives;
Ask God to lead, guide, & show the Way,
Whatever it is, He does it with grace!

Follow God’s Way in all aspects of life,
His hand directs you in the Way that’s right;
Keep your eyes on Him in each step you trod,
It’s not a mistake, choosing to serve God!

Don’t forsake His Way, as you walk on earth,
Stay close to Him, it brings awesome worth;
Satan can bring us great heartache & grief,
Inside of God’s Way, there is sweet relief!

Finish the course you’re walking in the Lord,
You’ll hear Well done  upon Heaven’s shore;
When He gathers us as His lovely Bride,
What a great day, to be on Heaven’s side!

Pour It At His Feet

Pour it at His feet, anything at all,
He knows our need before we even call;
He gives the right answer to all we ask,
The sweet peace He gives, it also lasts!

Pour it at His feet, all that’s on our heart,
The love He provides will never depart;
He listens to us anytime we pray,
God works in our heart, day after day!

Pour it at His feet, we’re never alone,
God’s grace guides us thru what’s going on;
He’s there beside us, in each step we take,
Giving us the strength needed for each day!

Pour it at His feet, His power is able,
God’s people can eat from His loving table;
In each day anew, He’s giving new grace,
Pour it at His feet, anything you face!

KI

Send Revival, Lord


Send revival Lord, beginning with me,
Speak to my heart when there is a need;
Help me to hear Thy still, loving voice,
Guide me to always make the right choice!

Send revival, Lord, with Heavenly fire,
Burn within me Thy Godly desires;
Keep my steps on the Way that’s Right,
I know You’ll oversee me, both day & night!

Send revival, Lord, as I bow in prayer,
I am so blessed, just knowing You are there;
You give me strength when I become weak,
You’ll lead my life, even the words I speak!

Send revival, Lord, to anyone saved,
We know we are in the very last days;
Lost souls are badly needing the Bible,
Oh, God, send us, the flames of revival!

KI

Morning Will Come

Morning will come out of the darkest night,
It will shine thru amidst a lost midnight;
No matter how dark any night may seem,
A new day with new grace is there to see!

Morning will come out of the raging sea,
In the hard times, He lovingly says Peace;
He won’t leave you deserted or alone,
But walks by you with grace to carry on!

Morning will come out of an awful storm,
His hand will do things out of the norm;
He lifts you up when you may fall down,
His goodness & grace will always abound!

Morning will come as the trumpet sounds,
God’s people will then be Heaven bound;
What a glorious day it will soon be,
To praise our Redeemer eternally!

KI

Friday Funnies

Men’s Hair: Men have three basic hair styles—parted, unparted and departed.

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Spring Planting

Has anyone else’s gardening skills improved during this quarantine like mine have? I planted myself on the sofa at the start of April and I’ve grown bigger ever since.

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Good Eyesight

An old man was a witness in a burglary case. The defense lawyer asked Dewey, “Did you see my client commit this burglary?”

“Yes,” said Dewey, “I saw him plainly take the goods.”

The lawyer asks Dewey again, “Dewey, this happened at night. Are you sure you saw my client commit this crime?”

“Yes,” says Dewey “I saw him do it.”

Then the lawyer asks Dewey, “Dewey listen, you are 80 years old and your eye sight probably is bad. Just how far can you see at night?”

Dewey says, “I can see the moon, how far is that?”

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The Defendant

The judge read the charges, then asked, “Are you the defendant in this case?”

“No sir, your honor, sir,” replied Bob, “I’ve got a lawyer to do the defendin’. I’m the guy who done it.”

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Light travels faster than sound. That’s why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

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I wrote a book about reverse psychology. Please don’t buy it.

Bible Study

The Importance of Little Things Colossians 3:17
 
We live in the day of “big things.” Today, it is always:

  1. How much did you make last year? A great salary does little to impress God.
    a) I am not against making a good living if it is done in such a way as to glorify God. The Lord did not have much good to say about the rich of this world. It was the poor that were rich in faith.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that people with modest incomes think they are either not as important as the rich or that they are failures.
  2. How big is your home or automobile?
    a) I pray that you have a beautiful home and the best automobile on the road but I am also thankful for a old truck that still runs and a modest home filled with quietness and love. That is more impressive to both the Lord and me.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that people with less impressive homes and autos feel impoverished instead of blessed.
  3. How many points did you score or how many yards did you run?
    a) I am not against scoring points or running yards but where are the assists and blocks statistics? Media and fans always make men of numbers their heros while those who assist are overlooked. Try to score 30 points without rebounders and passers; try to run 100 yards a game without blockers.
    b) The problem with this “big thing” thinking is that it overlooks the fundamentals and team players who make the big plays possible for others.
  4. How many people attend your church?
    a) We live in the days of the “super” or “mega” churches. I am not against numbers but numbers can define who we are in a wrong way. If we have great numbers by adhering to the Old Paths of doctrinal correctness and holiness, then these numbers impress and glorify God but, if we have great numbers because we neglect to preach and practice the whole counsel of God, then the numbers only impress and glorify men.
    b) The result of the “big thing” concept is that men who pastor small but sound churches feel that they are a failure in the sight of men and, therefore in the sight of God.

Now, let me say that “big things” are important! I am not minimizing the importance of doing great things or having great thing but “big things” are normally a result of the “small things” in your life.

If your “small things” are not impressive to God, then your “big things” will not impress Him either.

  1. Your “Little Things” are important to God. They either glorify the Lord or they bring shame to the Lord.

a. Your little cares are important to God. 1 Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” We so often think that God only cares about the burdens that we bring to Him but we are so wrong. God cares for everything you and I care about. “Casting all” means just that. God cares about what you care about as every aspect of your life is important to Him.

b. Your little prayers are important to God. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.”
I call this our “small talk” with God. Most pray only when they have something big to ask for but God wants to hear from us when we have not big things to worry about. Enoch walked with God. I used to walk a lot with a friend and, when we first started walking each day, we would discuss the “big things” that we had on our minds but, after a couple of miles, we would just “small talk.” God wants you to tell him your “little things” as well as the big ones.

c. Your little things are important to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”
Here we find a couple of “little things” that precede the “big things” of “whatsoever ye do, do all!” Even what we eat and drink is important to the Lord. What we desire is as important as what we accomplish. What we think is just as important as what we do.

d. If our little things for God are wrong, then our big things will be wrong.

  1. Your “Little Things” are important to you. Our “little things” develop character in us that will later define our “big things.”

a. Think on “little things.” Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Thinking big is great at times, but the “little things” of our thinking mold the “big things” of our thinking.

Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:”

b. Be thankful for the “little things” of life. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
Learn to smell the roses once in a while. Our Lord rebuked Martha because she was “careful” about many things while missing the “needful” ones. Too often the cares and problems of this life cause us to miss the little blessings that grace our days. A breath of fresh air; a sip of cool water; the smell of the honeysuckle in the spring; a sunbeam showing through the trees; a rainbow after the storm; feeling good when you get up in the morning; food on the table, clothes on your back, a roof over your head, shelter from the storm, wind, cold, and heat. Did I make this one clear? God has so blessed every one of us that, if we would count our blessings, we would be blessed!

c. Practice “little things” that develop character. When we practice doing the “little things” right, we will do the “big things” of life right without having to even think about it. Samuel Smiles once said:

Sow a thought, and you reap an act;
Sow an act, and you reap a habit;
Sow a habit, and you reap a character;
Sow a character, and you reap a destiny.

Little things” in your life develop character while “big things” in your life define your character. Someone once said, “Hard times do not develop character, they only expose it.

We that are saved belong to Christ. We were bought with a great price at Calvary. Let our lives bring glory and honor to the Lord in all that we do: both big and little things.

Victory Baptist Church September 2023 victorypalmetto.com