Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thought For The Day 09/30/13

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The Knot Prayer

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This is a portrait of Mary, the mother of Christ, untying the knots presented to her!

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You have the power; awesomeness and courage to defeat conquer and crash through any barriers, obstacles and challenges that stand in your way. So be all you can be, and make the rest of your life the best of your life..

Ricardo Housham

http://www.searchquotes.com/search/Knot_In_Your_Stomach/1/

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Yesterday, a friend posted a picture prayer that I saw. It was called “THE KNOT PRAYER”, and it was a prayer I had never heard before but it called to me, and I found myself drawn to the words. It almost seemed as if I was bewitched, but I know that it was actually God leading me to understand the role all of these “KNOTS” play in my life…..and in yours!

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Now I found myself compelled to research the history of this prayer, which is Author Unknown in every picture I uncover. But then I discovered that for years, the Roman Catholic faithful have prayed aNovena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots.” And suddenly I understood about the “KNOTS” that those seeking her intervention, and those reciting “THE KNOT PRAYER”, were asking be untied! They are many, and they are exceedingly personal, but each and every one that ties us up, seeks to beat us down, infect our spirit, and keep us from a full and bountiful relationship with God! 

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Here is “THE KNOT PRAYER” that is circling the internet right this very minute through the wonder of social media. Following it is a prayer of petition to Mary, the Mother of our Lord and Savior, to help us with the task. It is a “PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS”, and as you read these prayers, look inwardly….into your hearts and minds….and identify which “KNOTS” are keeping you from leading a happy, and fulfilling, and faith filled life!

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“THE KNOTS PRAYER”

Dear God,

Please untie the knots that are in my mind, my heart, and my life.

Remove the have nots, can nots, and do nots

Erase the will nots, may nots, might nots that may find a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots, would nots, should nots that obstruct my life..

And most of all, Dear God, I ask that you remove from my mind,

my heart, and my life all of the “am nots”  that I have allowed to hold me back.

Especially the thought that I am not good enough.

Amen

Author Unknown

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PRAYER TO MARY, UNDOER OF KNOTS

Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. 

You know very well how desperate I am, my pain and how I am bound by these knots. 

Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of his children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the evil one himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands there is no knot that cannot be undone. 

Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with Your Son and My Liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot…I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all, You are my hope. 

O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution and with Christ the freedom from my chains. 

Hear my plea. 
Keep me, guide me, protect me, o safe refuge!

Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me

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I read the words of these two prayers, and I wanted to begin for everyone, a list of some of the things that I believe can have a negative impact on our lives. This list is merely a place to start. As you look to untie your own knots, I am certain you will uncover hundreds more. But to do this unburdening is vitally important. It will lighten your spirit and you may even discover the power within to repair some of the fractured relationships in your life!

  • The Knots of discord and of a fracturing of the family dynamic.
  • The Knots that impede the understanding between parents and their children.
  • The Knots of the heart that cause us to be disrespectful to others.
  • The Knots of anger that lead us to violence against out fellow man and the other living things that share our world.
  • The Knots that fracture committed relationships and which result in unhappiness in our homes.
  • The Knots of addiction.
  • The Knots of despondency, and sickness, and fear, and hopelessness. 

 

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The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?

When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 

For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:1-5

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Thought For The Day 09/29/13

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This Is The Word Of The Lord

 

Sunday September 29th, 2013

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Russian Orthodox icon of the Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian

18th century (Iconostasis of TransfigurationChurch, Kizhi Monastery, Karelia,Russia).

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John the Apostle lived from c. AD 6 – c. 100, and he was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus according to The Bible. The son of Zebedee and the brother of James, it is believed that he survived all of the remaining Apostles, who (it is believed) died a martyrs death. And while there are many named John who have been honored as Sainta by the Roman Catholic Church, John the Apostle is likely also known as  John the Evangelist, John of Patmos, and the Beloved Disciple.

He is identified by scholars as the author of five books of the Bible including, “The Gospel of John”, the “three Epistles of John”, and the “Book of Revelation”!

 

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Gospel, John 1:47-51 NIV 

 

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.” 

“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”

 Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you,you will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’ the Son of Man.”

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What Does John Mean?

While some scholars view this passage as a way for Christ to show the world the omniscience of his deity. He is able to discern Nathaniel sitting under the fig tree, hidden from sight. And this is likely one explanation that merits consideration. But I prefer to see this in another way….Christ’s more human way! I see Christ as someone who is intuitive, observant and able to make some draw some conclusions about a person’s character simply from His instantaneous observations of them.This is a gift that some possess, but few display, even today! Couple this with an ability to speculate what will or might be based on that discernment, and it is understandable that there will always be those who doubt!

Mandy

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Revelation 12:7-12 NIV

Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury,  because he knows that his time is short.”

Amen.

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Thought For The Day 09/28/13

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Me Thinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much!

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“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse, and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

Desmond Tutu

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/bullying

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Ever wonder about the phrase, “Me Thinks Thou Doth Protest Too Much? I know I have, and I have often felt its draw when I see people who sometimes wear their false faces in church. Now, to return to the original, some of you know that Shakespeare wrote the phrase…..sort of. The actual quote was spoken by Hamlet’s mother, Queen Gertrude, and the exact phrase was, “The lady doth Protest too much, methinks.”As is human nature. we have altered the words to better suit us, but have we altered the intent? Do we understand exactly what Shakespeare meant!

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In Shakespeare’s day, protest meant to “vow” or to “Declare solemnly”. However, today we have altered the meaning, and thus the intent, of this phrase. We recognize that when someone protests too vigorously, the intent is never received well. Instead, we are apt to suspect that the person saying  the thing is not being entirely truthful. And it is this that seems to somehow weave a thread of “untruth”when someone speaks exceedingly passionately, and at times, even with a hint of disdain or prejudice, when affirming that their beliefs are the one, true source of God’s word!  And I really have to ask why it is that people disparage what others believe?

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Unfortunately, those who are the first, and often the loudest voices of protest, are the least secure, in the strength of their own faith…..and life, for that matter! They speak in an attempt to lower others to the same level on which they live, because the idea that another might just be correct, is an unbearable thing to live with. But we can battle people like this, by becoming secure in our own strengths. But unfortunately, not all of those whose self-image is destroyed are that strong to be able to dismiss those slings and arrows. And those are the people who become so lost that they make choices from which there is no return!

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Interestingly, the Bible says more than a few things about people who belittle others. In fact, the Bible at times attributes this sin to Satan! Look at Roman’s 15:1-5 ESV, “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

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Today we view people who attack and demean as bullies. And while I agree with Michael J. Fox, who has said that despite all the horrible things that someone can do, our dignity can never be taken away from us unless we allow it, It is still so hard to remain strong when standing in a thunderstorm of “hatespeak” and degradation from the mouths and minds of another. So what tools do we use to equip ourselves and our children?

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We must teach the social-emotional skills that can prevent and stop most bullying and harassment. Not only will we grow within, but we will grow without, by building healthy relationships. There are ways to set boundaries and become empowered when dealing with those who seek to demean!

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There is a website that offered a list of some proactive steps everyone (not just children) can take in defusing a potentially volatile situation with someone who chooses to hurt us. The site is: http://www.kidpower.org/library/article/bullying-questions-answers/

  • Use awareness to notice a problem situation and move out of reach. Leave! Go to a place where you feel safe, and recharge your batteries.
  • Tell someone to stop. Be proactive. Speak up. Telling someone to stop may not make them stop but it may make them think!
  • Ask to join the discussion or conversation in a friendly, confident way. If you speak first, you will often discover that you will never speak last and in a defensive way!
  • Find another person to interact with. Bullies are often few in number but with voices that make it seem like a thousand! Not everyone bullies and demeans!
  • Be willing to go to someone for help….whether it is the law, a superior or a teacher. And if you feel like you are being ignored, be persistent! You matter and are important and as such, you DESERVE to be and feel safe…..ALWAYS!

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And if you need some more strength, turn to some empowering scriptures to nourish your spirit! Here’s a wonderful scripture of support! 1 John 4:1 ESV, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Or how about this verse from James 2:1-5 ESV, “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him?” And here is my favorite! Galatians 5:22-23 ESV, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

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Finally, I want you to remember this quote written by A.A. Milne, but spoken by Christopher Robin to his ever faithful but ever the timid friend, Winnie-the-Pooh. “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” (A) And if you remember these things, and remember that  “During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you” (B), you can and will overcome all those who would seek to demean you and your life and your faith!

(A) http://thinkexist.com/quotation/promise-me-you-ll-always-remember-you-re-braver/357150.html

(B) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footprints_in_the_Sand

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But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

1 Peter 3:15 ESV

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Thought For The Day 09/27/13

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A Match Made Where?

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The sum which two married people owe to one another defies calculation.  It is an infinite debt, which can only be discharged through eternity. 
 
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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This is a reprint of a post I wrote nearly a year ago about marriage and I supposed I was drawn to it because I am performing a wedding in a few short weeks. And as much as I hope they really understand the journey they are embarking on, I have to wonder if they really do! They say they do. They are not teenagers, who think first with their hormones, secondly with their hearts and thirdly with their heads. And yet, as prepared as you think you are, the moment a serious challenge comes knocking at the door, is the bond strong enough to stand up to the challenge and overcome or will the first impulse be to cut and run? You see, no matter how you try to sugar coat the facts, marriage is hard work. Perhaps it is the hardest work any two people will ever engage in. And sometimes all we can do is turn it over to the Almighty, say a prayer and have faith that it will all work out! 

So here are a few of my own “Pearls” coupled with some practical thoughts worthy of consideration before you enter into what we hope will be a lifetime commitment with another!

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Several months ago, I wrote a blog which discussed the difficulties of being a Pastor. In that post, I revealed that, as surprising as it may be to hear, the divorce rate among Pastors is about the same as the American average for divorce among any group. And there was another surprising fact that I learned. The divorce rate among Christian families, in general, also follows the same trend. So I must wonder why it is, when a group of people we know holds as sacrosanct, such a reverence for God’s laws, and especially regarding the joining of two hearts, how it is that they fail so abysmally in the one area that has been held as sacred since the earliest days of the Bible.

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We know that times have changed and with those changes comes the emergence of women being entirely equal to men, unlike the days of yore, when the Bible proclaims things such as:

  • The husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church.
  • As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives be to their own husbands in everything.
  • Wives are to respect their husbands.

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Now I am not an expert in the area of interpersonal relationships, except to be able to say that I have succeeded, despite the many obstacles hurled my way by the devil himself, in sustaining a relatively health marriage for the last 38 years! Were there days when I thought I might just have to shoot him? Absolutely! Do those days still occur? Oh, you bet! But do I continue to this day to see in my head and my heart, the same man who proved so captivating all those years ago when I was barely out of my teens? Without a shadow of a doubt! And while my husband and I are not perfect (not by any stretch of the imagination), we each subscribe to the belief that marriage is, indeed, a sacrament, and something to be nurtured and cherished as the years turn into decades! However, I do have a couple of “pearls” that I believe are necessary to embrace for any marriage or partnership, to succeed!

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  • Marriage can not succeed if the character of the two is wanting. But character that is Christ directed will be more likely to be successful!
  • Understand that when the intense physical attraction of those early days (or years) wanes, unless there is an emotional and spiritual component that is present, the marriage is less likely to survive a lifetime of years.
  • Realizing that the promises made in front of God as well as man are a lifetime committment and then keeping those promises every day is a sure-fire way to keep a marriage thriving through the decades.
  • The love within marriage should not just exist but it should thrive, as well. And that takes exercise. Just as we stagnate if we become forlorn and take to our beds, so will marriage soon wither if each partner fails to feed it and exercise it by simple acts of kindness and gratitude!
  • There is an undeniable beauty in the physical relationship of two people who truly love each other. However, with age comes the changes that time brings to bodies and minds. But treating your relationship as new every day, can keep the physical piece vibrant and alive. So think about trying to woo and court your spouse every day, even though you may have spent decades together!

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There is a group of verses in Colossians that actually sums things up perfectly! In fact, the beauty of the words from this book of the Bible, describes all manner of “For better or for worse” far more eloquently than I ever could! Colossians 3: 12-17: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.   Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

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Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins

1 Peter 4:8 NIV

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Thought For The Day 09/26/13

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The Soundtrack Of Our Lives ….

MUSIC

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I think the amazing thing about gospel music is that not only does it lift up the death and resurrection of our Lord, which is consistent with the Gospel, but it is uniquely communicated depending upon the generation.

T.D. Jakes

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/gospel_music.html

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Maranatha! is the combination of two Aramaic words, מרנא תא (“marana tha”) or מרן אתא (“maran atha”) and means either “Come our Lord” or “Our Lord has come”. It can be found only once in the Bible (1 Corinthians 16:22 ESV If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come! ), but it can be seen in the 50 person choir known as the Maranatha! Singers.

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Established in the early 70’s as part of an evangelical outreach program of Christian Churches, the group, composed of students from the University of Florida and Sante’ Fe Community College,  is a part of the University Methodist Church and Student Center (U.U.M.C.), Gainesville, Florida. And while the group primarily performs during Sunday worship, make no mistake about the extent of their impact!

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The Maranatha! Singers have released 20 “Praise” albums, 27 “Colours”  instrumental music albums, and 8 albums in their “Sanctuary Series”. In 1990 they were awarded the “NATIONAL RELIGIOUS BROADCASTERS” President’s award and in 1991, they were awarded  the Lifetime Achievement Award by the “GOSPEL MUSIC ASSOCIATION”.

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Today’s song is “Lord, I Lift Your Name on High”. Written in 1989 by Rick Founds, it was conceived while Rick was reading scriptures on his computer. He was plucking his guitar strings at the same time, and his mind focused on the cycle of redemption (comparing it with the water cycle). And from 1997-2003. this song was listed as the most popular song to be played in church services.

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LORD, I LIFT YOUR NAME ON HIGH

performed by the Maranatha! Singers

written by Rick Founds

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

Lord, I lift Your name on high
Lord, I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad you’re in my life
I’m so glad you came to save us

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

Lord, I lift Your name on high
Lord, I love to sing Your praises
I’m so glad you’re in my life
I’m so glad you came to save us

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

You came from Heaven to earth
To show the way
From the earth to the Cross
My debt to pay
From the Cross to the grave
From the grave to the sky
Lord, I lift Your name on high

Lord, I lift your name
I lift your name on high
On high, on high

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

You are awesome
You are awesome
You are awesome

Bring your freedom
Bring your freedom
Bring your freedom

Bring your freedom
Bring your freedom
Bring your freedom, oh Lord

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

You are holy
You are holy
You are holy, my God

My care, my strength
And my song, and my all
My King, my God
My song, my strength

Sing, Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, Jesus
Jesus, Jesus

 Sonicflood – Lord, I Lift Your Name On High Lyrics | MetroLyrics

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“And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.”

Psalm 40:3 KJV

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Thought For the Day 09/25/13

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Teamwork

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Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success.  

Author Unknown

http://www.quotegarden.com/teamwork.html

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They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I can not agree more. Except I prefer the analogy of teamwork instead of village, which is a concept every single NY Giants fan (me) or even Manchester United fan (across the pond!), can relate to! But the idea of teamwork is not one that has just emerged. No, uniting as a team and team work was just as important when Noah built his Ark and gathered his mated pairs of animals to save them from the raging waters of God’s wrath. And it was the tool  Nehemiah used in his efforts at restoring Jerusalem.

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In Genesis 6 and 7, there is no specific mention of Noah being helped in his tasks. And yet, we know the daunting task that that God laid at his feet. It is impossible to imagine that his family would not want….indeed need….to help!

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Better evidence lies within the chapters of Nehemiah. Were not teams organized by Nehemiah based on their particular expertise? And were not all of these people assigned a dedicated leader, to coordinate for the completion of the task they were given? And could they have accomplished all that they did without the “cheerleading” efforts of Nehemiah who touched their hearts and inflamed their passions for what was needed?

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And did not the son of God gather together his hand-picked team of disciples to not just help Him complete His purpose here on earth? Did they not journey with Him, learning at His side, preparing for the time when it would be they who continued His ministry? And did He not choose from among them, the one who would betray Him, fulfilling what was needed so that the rest of us might receive the promise of salvation?

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Even today, we rely on our leaders, whether at a national lever, a state level, a local level……and yes, even at a church level, to help us with the very necessary coordination for the services that will help us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? Yes, no doubt, there are some whose actions we may not agree with. And yet whether rightly or wrongly, they all strive to do a job that will benefit those whose interests they represent (at least the leaders do who lead those who live in the more evolved nations)!

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And while we have seen examples here of teamwork spanning some 5000 years of our history, there are core lessons that every one shares, whether we consider the efforts of Noah, or your local spiritual leader.

  • Each person who chose (or was chosen to perform) a role as a leader was able to scope out the situation at hand, create a game plan with goals and a time frame for completion of the task at hand. 
  • They each demonstrated the ability to gather together those who would be able to perform the duties that were needed to complete the task. 
  • Those who lead were just as willing to get their hands dirty to guarantee the success of the plan at hand. 
  • Each leader of note is generous with their encouragement, understanding that people who are appreciated for their efforts work all the harder at their tasks! 
  • Every leader we cited was focused on the job at hand and was able to keep the team working together to complete the task!

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Now considering seeing teamwork from a purely spiritual perspective, how do you view your leader in your church or place where you seek spiritual solace? Does your Pastor or Lay Leader demonstrate these same qualities that we identified were both part of the mental/emotional programming of and demonstrated by Noah and  Nehemiah ? And here is an even more important thing to consider. How willing are you to volunteer your talents to a spiritual cause if or when they are needed?

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We are the ones  whose lives and works God will view as we approach the “Pearly Gates”. And while not all of us will go to our eternal rest having been a leader, still, we all are workers, and the question will then become, are our works enough to justify His favor? If you can not say a resounding yes to this, then you had better wonder why not….and do some serious soul-searching, AND acting!

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As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.

The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you. ”On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.

1 Corinthians 12:20-25 ESV

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Thought For The Day 09/24/13

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Those Were The Days?

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People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say the good “now” days? Isn’t “now” the only time you’re living?

Robert M. Young

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Who sharing this post today remembers the day when the only reading we ever did came from books….in all their dusty, and at times, musty smelling, ink on paper paged glory? Can you recall when our news came from either a newspaper you held in your hands. watched on one of 3 news stations that aired on TV, or perhaps even listened to on a radio with a tuning dial instead of buttons or a touch pad? Do you remember when your mom called you in for dinner by yelling your name from the porch instead of calling you in via a phone call or a text message? Do you remember the days when we used a dictionary or an encyclopedia to research for a paper rather than the World Wide Web? And how many remember the days when the only choice we had for worship was a Sunday morning for an hour or so, sitting on a wooden pew? Those were the days, my friends! Or were they? Has faith changed thanks to the changing times and the internet?

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The answer to that question is YES and NO! You see, “NO”, it’s not so much that faith itself has changed, because the definition of faith is an absolute that transcends time and tide!

FAITH IS:

1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence.
3. Loyalty to a person or thing.
4. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God’s will.
5. The body of dogma of a religion.
6. A set of principles or beliefs.

But “YES”, it’s the way we are exposed to and talk about faith that has changed! You see, this digital age has transformed the way we explore the world’s faiths, how we have conversations with others, even those who are half-way around the world, about faith, and it has absolutely altered the way we actually worship, offering us alternatives for both a place and a time for worshiping God! And anything that can expand our horizons about the way we believe has to be not just wonderful, but actually desirable.

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Consider for a moment, the “Sermon on the Mount”. Now we know that Jesus used this lesson after choosing those who would be His disciples, as a way of imparting certain things that they should know, such as how to treat people, both friend and foe, how God loves and asks that we love Him, and how to pray. Essentially, they were lessons about how we all should live!  The “Sermon on the Mount” contains the core tenets of Christianity and Christian discipleship, that we live by today!

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Matthew 5:3-16 (NIV)

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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Now Christ’s plan was to address only the twelve. But it wasn’t long before others followed, listening and drinking in the wisdom of this man whose true divine nature had not yet been revealed. And while we do not have an accounting of the numbers who gathered, unlike the 5000 who witnessed the miracle of the loaves and the fishes, but assuming that they numbered less than that, consider how far the lesson these  words imparted, would have traveled, if the internet and YouTube were in existence! If a chorale performance of the “Silent Monks” singing the Hallelujah Chorus can go viral, garnering more that 11 million hits in just 4 years, just think how many people would have been reached by words that have survived 2 millennia!

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Yes, those may have been the days, my friends, but we live in the here and now, and with the times comes the wonders that mankind has created for her use, enjoyment and benefit. But the scientific community can not lay solo claim to these miracles of technology that have graced our lives over the last 40 + years. Yes, they may deserve the credit for the completion, but the grey matter responsible for the idea, is the creation of another altogether! And I suspect that given the unrest in our world today, largely the result of some of these miracles, we all better get back to some old-fashioned kneeling and hand folding prayer! Perhaps a return to the days that were, might not be such a bad idea, in some ways, after all!

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“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

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