Nuggets – The Title “Christian”

The Title “Christian”

“Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.” (1 Peter 4:16)

The word “Christian” occurs only three times in Scripture and seems to have changed in its meaning from first to last. In the first instance, “the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch” (Acts 11:26). The name merely identified them as followers of Christ with no reproach intended.

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Bible Daily Devotional – Job 6 – True Friends

True Friends: Job 6

By Dr Bob Dellinger

https://oneyeardevotional.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/true-friends-job-6/

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Today’s reading: Job 5-7.

A British publication once offered a prize for the best definition of a friend. Among the thousands of answers received were the following:
“One who multiplies joys, divides grief, and whose honesty is inviolable.”
“One who understands our silence.”
“A volume of sympathy bound in cloth.”
“A watch that beats true for all time and never runs down.”
The winning definition read: “A friend is the one who comes in when the whole world has gone out.”
+++++++++Bits & Pieces, July, 1991.

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Leaning on Jesus – SoS Saturday

Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Leaning on her beloved?

Song of Songs 8:5 NASB

Before we move on the verse 6, I wanted to slide back up to the idea of leaning.

How often Christianity has been tagged as a crutch. A device to help the week and infirm get along in a world their just not cut out for.

But here we see the bride in full maturity leaning on her Shepherd King.

So is dependency a sign of weakness?

Does she lean out of her own inability?

Probably so. A mark of Christian maturity, is that we understand it is Christ in us that makes us who we are in Him. It’s the immature believer who strides out in pride and self sufficiency and invariably come back broken, beaten and burnt-out.

Like the maiden, early in the song, we get out ahead of the Lord and try to go it on moral strength and will power.

It’s not our strength that demonstrates our maturity, it’s our ever-increasing dependency on the Lord for support.

What is it that we lean on the Lord for?

We get some clues from the supplications the Lord taught the boys in His model prayer.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. – Matthew 6:11-13 NASB

We lean on Jesus for our provision—He is after all Jehovah Jireh—The Lord will Provide.
We lean on Jesus for our forgiveness—There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved!
We lean on Jesus for leadership—He is our Good and Great Shepherd.

The interesting thing about this position of leaning is that it’s not following from behind. No—instead we find our selves in a defendant partnership. We walk with the Lord, like Adam and Eve did in the cool of the day, before the fall.

So does it show weakness to lean?

It is the way Jesus walked in relation to the Father! Jesus was always looking to the Father for His provision and His guidance. Even His salvation (though He certainly did not need forgiveness.)

When Jesus fed the 5,000:

Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, – Matthew 14:19 NASB

When He looked to heaven—was His silent prayer – “Give us this day our daily bread?”

When He was hanging on the cross and ready to finish His work, He cried out:

And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last. – Luke 23:46 NASB

Jesus entrusted the Father for the final phase of His own work—I have done all you ask of me, my Father, now receive me, and my offering.

And finally Jesus looked to the Father for leadership in every day of His walk:

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. – John 5:19 NASB

Was the Lord’s leaning on the Father a sign of His own weakness or inability? NOPE! It was a demonstration of His confidence in the Fathers love and care for Him. It was intended to open our eyes to His total ONENESS with the Father. The same oneness He offers us.

There’s an old hymn of the church from the late 1800s.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman.

Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms”

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What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Refrain:
Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

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benheadshot1Thanks for coming by today.

Leaning on Jesus,

Ben

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HE LIFTS US UP: Feeling Alone?

This is for the many who are lonely or just do not want to be alone. Never rush into decisions that can negatively impact your life. Trust God to lead you. He is always with you and will never leave you. He has plans for you for good, not for harm; to give you a future and a hope. Trust Him.

Not wanting to be alone…
leads many to heartache.
As they search for “love”…
but find a big mistake.
For others will lie and cheat…
to get what they desire.
Then discard the rest…
like a prostitute for hire.
So never rush into “love”…
because “talk is so cheap”.
And it’s only in behaviors…
that true feelings will really speak.
For actions speak louder…
than words ever do.
So don’t worry about being alone…
for it’s better than abuse too.
Cause too many get broken…
with hasty choices they make.
So trust God to lead you…
for He’ll never leave you or forsake.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2014.

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CHOOSE

CHOOSE  TO  FOLLOW

Choose

To follow Him,

To follow Him is to know Him

To know Him is to love Him

To love Him is to serve Him

To serve Him is to love Him even more

To love Him even more is to worship Him!

Abundance flows from before the Shepherd’s Throne

As “loving kindness and truth are before Him”

As the purest fire flows out like a river

Consuming one and then consuming all,

“Righteousness and justice are the foundations of His throne.”

The God of Truth sits as eternal Judge

Complete justice will be done

With all the stubborn rebels

The Jew haters

The Israel haters

The Jerusalem haters

The Messiah haters,

The Christian haters

And all the Christian pretenders.

Either life or death stands before us all

Looms before each one,

Either worldly pride or divine humility

Either the Heavenly streets of purest gold

Or the endless Second Death in the Lake of Fire.

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Steve’s Top Ten Ways To Encourage Others

  1. Call a friend you haven’t seen or spoken to in a long time and catch up.
  2. Do something nice for a total stranger today.
  3. The next time you’re in the grocery store call your cashier by name and wish them a blessed day.
  4. Help an elderly person to their car with their groceries or packages.
  5. Thank a policeman or woman how much you appreciate the job they do.
  6. The next time you have excellent service in a restaurant, ask to speak to the manager.  Brag to the manager on the waiter or waitress who gave you excellent service. This is my favorite one. The manager will appreciate you taking your time to do it; and your waiter or waitress will be blessed and get kudos from their boss.
  7. Make an overt, extra effort to open a door for someone.
  8. Give a genuine, heartfelt smile and a “Good morning” (evening, whatever) to a total stranger.
  9. If you see someone having a rough day, (they’re everywhere) stop and ask them what they’d like you to pray for them.
  10. Do someone for someone who would least expect it.

Any one of these will encourage someone and bring God’s blessings to you.

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Joyful ‘Toons – Wrong Turn

Wrong Turn - 1 John 1:9

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Nuggets – Lively Hope

Lively Hope
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3)

This verse contains several enlightening words:

Blessed: The word in Greek means to be well spoken of, or praised. According to: This does not say that we are blessed according to the extent of His mercy, but rather that He was impelled by His “abundant mercy” to save us.

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Nuggets – Brides

Christ has exemplified His love for His Bride, the Church.

What perfect Love – praise The Lord!

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Urdu Blog No. 192 Faith Child – Pray

 Blog 192 Faith Child – Pray by ptl2010
Remember to pray for it re energizes  you in your Christian walk.
Pray and share in Urdu with friends, associates and family for surely they need to also pray.
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