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So Loved

April 23, 2014

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Crucifixion of Christ

So Loved…

Sometimes  love looks yucky.     Sometimes  love means discipline  and correction.     We usually don’t care much  for that either.     Jesus’  expression  of deepest love  was horribly gory  and unsightly.     Not even  His disciples  were understanding it  at first.     To them  it seemed like  utter defeat  —  even though Jesus had taught them  in John 3:14-17,

And as Moses lifted up  the serpent  in the wilderness,  even so must the Son  of Man  be lifted up;  that whoever believes may  in Him  have eternal life.

For God  so loved  the world,  that He gave  His only begotten Son,  that whoever believes  in Him  should not perish,  but have eternal life.     For God did not send  the Son  into the world  to judge the world;  but that the world  should be saved  through Him.

This horrendous crucifixion,  and all the terrible,  anxious feelings  of Jesus’  followers  were all a part  of God’s plan  to grant us the gift  of eternal life  through faith.     At the moment,  nothing felt  like love  as Jesus’ followers  feared even  for their own lives.     Their faith  was on rocky ground.

It took  an inexpressible  amount  of love  for God  to follow through  with the one-and-only way  to give us  true salvation  through faith.     When Adam  and Eve  first sinned  in the Garden of Eden,  they failed  to believe  in the words  of God Almighty.     Their faith floundered  —  failed.     Instead of putting their faith in God,  they believed Satan’s lie  in Genesis 3:4-5,

You surely shall not die!     For God knows  that in the day  you eat  from it  your eyes  will be opened,  and you will be  like God,  knowing good  and evil.

Believing God  is essential  to our eternal salvation.     We need  the discipline  and lesson  of God’s true love,  so we won’t  fail the test  as Adam and Eve failed.     God has proven  His love  and goodness.     We need  to believe  in our Savior  and trust His plan  of salvation.     We saw  how Satan fooled Adam and Eve.     Everything he said was a lie.     Satan lied then  and he lies  to us   today.     Our happiness  will never be found  in the garbage  of this world.

We were not created  to be gods  like the LORD,  our God.     We were created  to be His followers  and to be simply called  the children  of God  —  to be free  from sin  —  to be God’s sheep  and lambs  —  to follow  and trust  our LORD.     We are  His created beings  and He loves us dearly  because He made us.     We did not  make ourselves  —  and we have no control  over circumstances  that can overcome us  —  whether it be tornado,  earthquake,  sickness,  poverty,  death,  or whatever.

We have seen  what God’s love  has done for us  in Christ.     Let us not fail  the test  of faith.     Believing  grants us  the gift  of eternal life.     Nothing less  than believing.

Being assured  that we truly are  so loved,  we think  on how  that changes everything  in our lives,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  being  “so loved”  by You  means everything  to us  today  and forever.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Witness That God Has Borne Concerning His Son

April 22, 2014

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The Witness  That God  Has Borne  Concerning His Son

We talk  about needing proof  that has withstood  the test  of time.     We might even claim  that if something  has withstood  the test of time  we will believe it  and trust it.     The prophecies  about  the Savior  actually did withstand  the test  of time  —  yet many  still refuse  to trust  in Jesus  as their Savior.     Over thousands  of years  prophecies  were recorded  and kept  regarding  our Savior  from sin.     All those prophecies are recorded throughout the Old Testament  by many different prophets.     Each one gave a specific detail  about the Savior.

And then,  all of those many different prophecies  came true  in the one man,  Jesus Christ.     That  is God’s witness  to us.

That kind  of multiple witnesses  over thousands  of years  is absolutely impossible  for any mere man  to make.     One prophet said  the Savior would be born  in Bethlehem  —  another said  they would cast lots  for His clothes  —  another said  he would be called a Nazarene  —  another said  he would be given vinegar and gall  —  another said  he would be a prophet  like Moses.     The list could go on.

The point is  that it is absolutely impossible  for different men  over thousands  of years  to cause  all these various prophecies  to come true.     We can’t even make it rain  when we want it.     Jesus taught us  in Matthew 19:26,

With men  this is impossible,  but with God  all things  are possible.

When the angel announced  to Mary  that she would bear  the Son  of God  and that Elizabeth  would bear  John the Baptist,  he said  in Luke 1:37,

For nothing  will be impossible  with God.

We think  about that,  and then consider 1 John 5:9-12,

If we receive  the witness  of men,  the witness  of God is greater;  for the witness  of God is this,  that He has borne witness concerning  His Son.     The one  who believes  in the Son  of God  has the witness  in himself;  the one  who does not believe God  has made Him  a liar,  because  he has not believed  in the witness  that God has borne  concerning His Son.

And the witness is this,  that God has given us  eternal life,  and this life is  in His Son.

God’s witness  is greater  than any man’s witness  because  it has withstood the test  of time  and proven itself  to be true  beyond the shadow  of a doubt.

So,  will we hold true  to our claim  to be honest,  fair,  good,  and upright people,  who will not deny  a proven truth?     The historical facts  regarding the written  word  of God  have proven  that the Bible  is true.     Jesus really  is our Savior.     He truly does have  the power  to wash away  all our sins  and bring us  into a close,  eternal fellowship  with God.

We need  to pay attention to  “the witness of God”  in the Bible  because  “the witness  of God is greater”  than any  “witness  of men”.

In the joy  of God’s witness  to us today,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the assurance  You give  in Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Amen

April 21, 2014

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The Amen

Jesus is called  The Amen.     Amen  is so much more  than the end  of a prayer.     “Amen”  means “so be it”  —  something firm and trustworthy  —  in very truth  —  truly.     In Hebrew  it refers  to something fixed firmly,  like a covenant.     It is for certain  and most sure.

When Jesus  is called  “The Amen”,  it is being emphasized  that absolutely everything  He is  —  has done  —  and has promised to do  is firmly set  in place  and is most trustworthy.     Jesus is  God’s covenant  with us.     What Jesus is  to us  as our Redeemer  and Savior  is so certain  and so sure  that nobody has a right  to imagine  anything different.

Even though people don’t  have a right  to think poorly  of Jesus  and His power  to save us  from the eternal consequences  of our sins,  they do.     They may imagine  that they  are getting away  with their disrespectful thoughts,  but they aren’t.     To show us that,  our Lord  had John write seven letters  to seven churches  in the book  of Revelation.     The letter  to the church  in Laodicea  is in Revelation 3:14-22.     Because these people were rich,  they no longer felt a need  for a Savior.     With all their wealth,  they were getting along  just fine,  all by themselves  —  or so they thought.

So,  Jesus’ letter  to such people  starts out  in Revelation 3:14-16  by saying,

The Amen,  the faithful  and true Witness,  the Beginning  of the creation  of God,  says this:

I know your deeds,  that you are neither cold  nor hot;  I would that you were cold  or hot.     So because you are lukewarm,  and neither hot  nor cold,  I will spit you out  of My mouth…….

These people were supposedly Christians.     After all,  they were church members.     They had everything money  could buy  —  but,  in their spiritual lives  they were  “wretched  and miserable  and poor  and blind  and naked,”  according to their Lord  and Creator.     So,  Jesus reminded them  that He is  “The Amen”.     All that Jesus did  for us  on the cross  is the one-and-only firm  and most trustworthy covenant  that leads us  to eternal life  —  a life  of close fellowship  with our Creator  and Redeemer.

All the stuff  that people accumulate  on this earth  —  all their riches  and accomplishments  —  will rot.     Earthly riches  are worthless.     No matter how rich we are  on earth,  without the sure covenant  of Jesus  as our Redeemer,  we are shamefully poor  and naked.     In all  of our thoughtless waywardness  and shamefulness,  Jesus still  lovingly  and firmly  asks us  to repent  and turn back  to Him.     Jesus wants us  to stop being  “lukewarm”  in our faith.     We need  to live according  to the truths  of our situation  in life.

As our sure  and faithful  “Amen”,  Jesus promises  to accept us back  when we turn  to him.     He still desires  to have  a wonderful fellowship  with us.     Who could ask  for more?

Hearing Jesus knock  at our heart’s door,  we gain hope  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for being  our sure covenant  of pure grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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As Yet They Did Not Understand the Scripture

April 20, 2014

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As Yet  They Did Not Understand  the Scripture

We all  have things  we simply  do not understand.     Anyone who denies that  is not being truthful.     Even the Bible scholars  and Jewish people  back in Jesus’ day  read many things  in the Old Testament  that they did not understand.     That did not keep them  from realizing  that all  of the Old Testament  is the word  of God  to each  and every one  of us.     They realized  that it contained  the truths  of God,  but because so much  was written as prophecy  —  the foretelling  of the future  —  they did not understand  what it really described.

That’s exactly  how things were  for Jesus’ followers.     They knew  Jesus was their Savior  and King,  but they didn’t really understand  His need  to die  —  and they did not understand  the resurrection.     So,  when they discovered  that Jesus’ body  was gone  from the tomb,  it was obvious  that Jesus’ dead body  was no longer there  and John 20:9 says,

For as yet  they did not understand the Scripture,  that He must rise again  from the dead.

As Jesus began appearing  to them  on many occasions,  He would explain  the Scriptures  to them  and their understanding grew.     Jesus’ followers  began understanding  the Old Testament Scriptures  in a much greater depth  than any  of the scribes  and Pharisees  of their day  —  even though they were ordinary people.     With Jesus  as their Teacher,  they grew greatly  in a strong  and true faith.

Learning  and knowing  Jesus  as Lord and God,  they became bold  in sharing God’s truths.     In Acts 2  we can read Peter’s  profound sermon  on Pentecost Day.     He had been  just a fisherman,  but he became  a fisher  of men  as he opened up the Scriptures  for people  to understand  the salvation  they could have  in Christ Jesus.     To help  the people understand Jesus’ resurrection,  Peter quoted Psalm 16  in Acts 2:26-27,

Therefore My heart  was glad  and My tongue exulted;
Moreover My flesh  also will abide  in hope;
Because You will not abandon  My soul  to Hades,
Nor allow  Your Holy One  to undergo decay.

Peter  knowledgeably  explained  to the people  that King David,  who wrote Psalm 16,  died and decayed  in his tomb.     But,  David was prophesying about our Savior,  Jesus.     Jesus’ dead body  did not  undergo decay.     Rather,  Jesus’ body  was resurrected  to prove  to everyone  that Jesus truly is both our Lord  and our Redeemer.     Jesus has the authority  and power  to take away  all our sins  and grant us eternal life  in heaven.

That’s  a lot  to grasp  —  especially  as we face  our day-to-day  struggles.     Nevertheless,  it is verified truth  that we can trust  and hold onto  every day  until we meet  our Savior  face-to-face.

As we study  and learn  God’s truths  in Christ Jesus,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  now our hearts can rest  in Your work  for us.     Let our lives  grow in understanding  and  glorify You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Proclamation to the Spirits Now in Prison

April 19, 2014

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Proclamation  to the Spirits  Now in Prison

All was  not quiet  on that Jewish  Sabbath day  as Jesus’  dead body lay  in the tomb.     Jesus’ followers were  in hiding  for fear  of the Jewish leaders.     The Jewish  religious leaders  were celebrating  one of the holiest Sabbath days  on their religious calendar  —  Israel’s escape  from slavery  in Egypt,  which had taken place  around 1446 B.C.

But,  1 Peter 3:18-20  tells  of something  far more glorious.     Peter wrote,

For Christ  also died  for sins  once  for all,  the just  for the unjust,  in order that  He might bring us  to God,  having been put  to death  in the flesh,  but made alive  in the spirit,  in which also  He went  and  made proclamation  to the spirits now  in prison,  who once were disobedient…….

As Jesus’  dead body lay  in that tomb,  His spirit went  into hell  to victoriously preach  to all the “disobedient”  unbelievers,  who had mocked  the very idea  of the LORD God  having control  over anything  in their lives.     Besides murderers,  thieves,  and the like,  there were unbelievers  like the rich man,  who let poor Lazarus starve  to death  at his gate.     Hell also  is the place  for all the false preachers  —  and those religious leaders  to whom Jesus preached,  “Woe”,  in the gospels  —  specifically,  Matthew chapter 23  and Luke chapter 11.     Jesus warned them  of the consequences  of their arrogant unbelief.     Hopefully,  some took Jesus’ warning  to heart.     We know  many  did not.

To make a “proclamation”  is to make an official announcement  —  to show the facts  with authority  —  to preach.     In other words,  Jesus officially  proved His victory  over death,  the devil,  and absolutely  every sort  of evil.     He has victory  over all things  as LORD  and God  over all.     Hell  was not a place  of suffering  for Jesus.

Jesus’ preaching  in hell  was a part  of the punishment  of everyone  in hell.     As all those unbelievers saw  and heard  Jesus’ victory  for themselves,  they could only condemn themselves further  for all their rebellious unbelief.     They had foolishly  deprived themselves  of the blessings  of God’s goodness  and faithfulness  during their life time  on earth.     It was forever  too late  for them  —  and that  was sheer agony.

But,  it’s not  forever  too late  for those still living on earth.     We’ve been told  about Jesus’  victorious  “proclamation”  to those  in hell.     And,  we’ve been told  about the many  witnesses  who saw Jesus alive  in His body  after His resurrection.     Seeing  and feeling Jesus  in the flesh  after His resurrection  is what led  so many  to spread  the good news  of our salvation  through faith  in Christ.     They knew  the facts  so surely  that many willingly suffered  and died  for what they knew.

When Peter wrote  the above passage,  he knew exactly  what he was talking about.     He was just one  who witnessed Jesus  in the flesh  after His resurrection  and learned more  about fulfilled  Old Testament prophecies  —  straight from Jesus.

We read  New Testament  testimonies,  and say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for verifying  Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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His Mother and the Disciple Whom He Loved

April 18, 2014

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His Mother  and the Disciple  Whom He Loved

We call Good Friday  “Good Friday”  because that’s the day  Jesus did us  more good  than any tongue  can possibly tell.     His excruciating  suffering  and death  paid  for absolutely all  of our sins.     Nothing is more good  for us  than that willing  and most faithful love.     Everything that happened on Good Friday  is good  for us  to think about.     All those details  that the New Testament gospels  tell us  about that day  were fulfillments  of many Old Testament prophecies.

So,  Christ Jesus   knew ahead  of time  everything  that would happen  —  and He willingly  let everything take place  because  of His love  for us.     We can know  that we were  in Jesus’ thoughts  and loving care  as He hung  on that cross.     There was also  another love  that held Jesus’  attention while He suffered.     That account  is recorded  in John 19:25-27,

There were standing  by the cross  of Jesus  His mother,  and His mother’s sister,  Mary the wife  of Clopas,  and Mary Magdalene.

When Jesus therefore saw  His mother,  and the disciple  whom He loved  standing nearby,  He said  to His mother,  “Woman,  behold,  your son!”

Then He said  to the disciple,  “Behold,  your mother!”     And from that hour  the disciple  took her  into his own household.

Mary’s husband,  Joseph,  had evidently died  before any  of this took place.     But,  what about the rest  of Jesus’ family?     Shouldn’t they  be the ones  to care  for their mother?     Jesus had brothers  and sisters.     After all,  Mark 6:3  says that the Jews  wondered  about Jesus’ authority  to do  so many miracles  and asked,

“Is not this the carpenter,  the son  of Mary,  and brother  of James,  and Joses,  and Judas,  and Simon?     Are not His sisters  here with us?”     And they  took offense  at Him.

Sadly,  John 7:5  records  that these brothers  were not believing Jesus  during His ministry.

For not even His brothers  were believing  in Him.

It is thought that because these brothers  were not believing  in Jesus  at that time  —  in spite of  His many miracles  —  Jesus did not want  to entrust  His mother  to such unbelievers.     As the eldest  in His family  and the one  in the position  of responsibility,  Jesus  was especially concerned  for His mother  in her time  of sorrow,  and did not want her  to have  to endure  the unbelief  of His brothers.     So,  Jesus asked John  to take over  His responsibility  of caring  for Mary.     John lovingly did so  that very moment.

All  of Good Friday  is a picture  of love  —  love for us  and a most gracious concern  for doing  the very best  for those  in pain.     Jesus put everyone else’s needs  far ahead  of His own desires.     We need salvation  —  really need salvation.     Without faith  in Jesus’ loving sacrifice,  we are eternally condemned.     May we find our eternal peace,  victory,  and joy  resting  in Jesus’ love.

Safe  in Jesus’ care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for showing us  real love.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Let the Redeemed of the LORD Say So

April 17, 2014

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Let  the Redeemed  of the LORD  Say So

People often  seem reluctant  to talk  about our adversary  —  the devil.     It just kinda seems embarrassing  that we get tripped up  by him  so often.     But,  when we make out  like the devil  is not real,  we’ve been tripped up again,  because we’re not facing the truth  about our desperate need  for a Savior.     If we’re  thinking  we don’t need  a Savior  from our sins,  we’re denying Jesus  —  the LORD God Almighty  —  and His eternal word  with so many fulfilled prophecies  about the Savior.

If  we imagine  that we can get along  just fine  without Jesus,  and are not thankful  for the immensity  of His love  and sacrifice for us,  we’re not accepting His gifts  of forgiveness  and redemption.     If we’re not accepting  the forgiveness  we need,  we have no need  to say  “Thank You”  to our Creator,  Redeemer,  and Sustainer.     That would include no need  to worship the Savior  on His resurrection day.

And,  all of this confused thinking,  lack of understanding,  and denial  of God’s love  tells  of a lost  and fruitless life.     There is no satisfaction,  no contentment,  no fulfillment,  no purpose.

But,  in all that,  the LORD God  still seeks  us out  to show  His love  —  His desire  to forgive  —  His desire  to lead us  to the wondrous joys  of being loved,  forgiven,  and satisfied.     We can be  ever so thankful  that our Redeemer  is so faithful  and good.     These sorts  of things are what Psalm 107  is talking about  as it starts  by saying,

Oh give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.
Let the redeemed  of the LORD  say so,
Whom He has redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary,
And gathered  from the lands,
From the east  and from the west,
From the north  and from the south.       Psalm 107:1-2

We can always be thankful  that God is still waiting  for us  to return  to Him.     When we realize  that our Savior still wants  to redeem us  from all  our sins,  we should willingly  “say so”.     We have nothing to hide.     We should  speak up.     Every person  on this earth  is in the same boat  as we are.     With open eyes  and hearts,  we need  to gladly  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;  for His lovingkindness  is everlasting.” 

Being  “redeemed  from the hand  of the adversary”  —  the devil  —  took an almighty rescue.     It means God  truly loves us.     We need  to realize how very beloved  we are  —  and accept  that love.     Dismissing God’s love  in Christ  means throwing away  our home  in heaven  and remaining lost forever.     That’s not very wise  or decent.

Let’s look  at the gifts  being offered  to us.     Examine their goodness.     Think about the wonder  of being so faithfully loved.     Then  “say so”  —  “give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good.”

Resting  in God’s  “lovingkindness”  we say,  “Hallelujah!    Lord,  it is so good  to be freed  by Your redemption.     Thank You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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