April 23 – A Job Half Done

Without the Lord I will likely fail. With Him all things are possible.

THE RIVER WALK

Read: Judges 1:1-2:9, Luke 21:29-22:13, Psalm 90:1-91:16, Proverbs 13:24-25

The tribe of Benjamin, however, failed to drive out…
The tribe of Manasseh failed to drive out…
 The tribe of Ephraim failed to drive out…
The tribe of Zebulun failed to drive out…
The tribe of Asher failed to drive out…
Likewise, the tribe of Naphtali failed to drive out…
As for the tribe of Dan, the Amorites forced them back into the hill country and would not let them come down into the plains. (Judges 1:21-34)

Relate: I don’t smoke. I never have, but sometimes back in the States I would go out with smokers on their smoke breaks to carry on a conversation or to just hang out. It felt like at least half the time, as soon as the other person lights up they say one of two things, “I’m sorry” or some version of “I’m cutting back/I…

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All God’s people – Midnight cry

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Nuggets – The Fountain of Life

The Fountain of Life
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:17)

The fourth verse of “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” speaks of the mature Christian’s desire for purity and victory over sin and looks forward to the ultimate victory in eternity.
Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin;
Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within.
Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee;
Spring Thou up within my heart; rise to all eternity.
Our maturing in Christ begins at the time of repentance and forgiveness, and no matter the depth of our sin, His love can conquer it, for “the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. . . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:14-15). Indeed, “the blood of Jesus Christ . . . cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God. . . . And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:1, 3). Thus, His gracious love for us becomes the agent of pure living in our lives.

The love of Jesus Christ is like “a well of living waters” (Song of Solomon 4:15). This well is freely open to all, as we see in our text. Jesus, the lover of the soul, who says “come,” also says, “Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14). JDM

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When the Struggle seems Real

struggle is real

For most us, we face different trials and problems that we struggle hard everyday. This is evident by the fact that our society deals with depression and anxiety at record’s high during the last decades.

Whenever I encounter uncertainties and doubts in life, it is very easy for me to fall prey with the devil’s deceit that God does not care about me or that He has forgotten me. However, the Word of God gently speaks to me His truth , “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). With the relationship I have with God through Christ’s death on the cross, I know despite not seeing, that I am loved and cared for. I am cherished and guided through the rough roads. King David, when faced with the same doubts, reminded himself that “weeping may tarry for a night yet joy comes in the morning.”

May these words encourage us during our times of need for comfort and assurance that God is always for us and not against us. The unseemingly endless problems, lack, temptations and trials we have are not meant to break us in pieces but these are meant to remind us that our help comes from the God of the heavens, the Creator and our loving Father.

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All God’s people – He’ ll make a way

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Nuggets – Thou, O Christ, Art All I Want

Thou, O Christ, Art All I Want
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” (Isaiah 26:3)

The touching stanzas of the old hymn “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” reveal Charles Wesley’s response of love to Christ’s gracious love. Verse three seems to reflect the walk of a believer who desires a full and fruitful oneness with Christ.
Thou, O Christ, art all I want, more than all in Thee I find;
Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind.
Just and holy is Thy name, I am all unrighteousness;
False and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace.
Paul’s prayer for his growing converts was “that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19). He stated his own testimony thus: “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

Christ lovingly came to “heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils” (Matthew 10:8). He didn’t just do this for those who followed Him but for those who needed it, whether or not they responded in love, and indeed before long those whom He had befriended turned on Him and demanded He die a sinner’s execution. But He was sinless—“The Word was made flesh . . . full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

Even though He had the power to avoid Calvary, His love was so great that He willingly accepted a sacrificial death for those who sent Him there. “Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18). Truly, He is the lover of the soul. JDM

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Detours & Delays

This past weekend was absolutely beautiful and a perfect time to head up to North Carolina in the United States to visit my folks. Though our trips are always a nice change of pace from the normal routine of work and homeschooling and also an opportunity to spend more time with my mom and dad, this trip we also went to tackle some big projects.

Lowering the Old Boat

One of the main tasks slated for the visit was to go to their lake property (located in an adjacent county) to move an old, non-working ski boat out of their boat house and transport it back to their home so it can be donated to charity… a process that required two 4 wheel drive vehicles, a second boat, 6 able bodies, at least 4 licensed drivers and access to a near-by takeout point on the lake. Believing that all the pieces were in place, we embarked on the mission… that is, until we got to the lake. The take out point we intended to use (and had used on and off for over four decades) is located three lots down, but on private property. A group of 20-somethings were using their parent’s lake house for the day and denied us access. No matter how persuasive we tried to be, they wouldn’t budge!

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In One Day

wp-image-2134640002In one day He changed everything

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All God’s people – Please come down to me

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Nuggets – In the shadow of His wings

In the Shadow of His Wings
“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)

Verse two of “Jesus, Lover of My Soul” deals with life’s trials and tribulations and begins by presenting our Savior as “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).
Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on Thee;
Leave, oh, leave me not alone; still support and comfort me.
All my trust on Thee is stayed, all my help from Thee I bring;
Cover my defenseless head with the shadow of Thy wing.
We may be helpless on our own, but in love He beckons us to “the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). Our soul need not hang in jeopardy. “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee . . . we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man may do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

“There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:26-27). Help from none other is needed. “Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory and the lifter up of mine head” (Psalm 3:3). As His sacrificial death drew near, Jesus’ heart nearly broke over Israel’s rejection of His love. “How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37). We dare not reject His loving provision. We can pray with David, “Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings” (Psalm 17:8). The one to whom we pray will answer, for He is Jesus, the lover of the soul. JDM

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