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None of Those Who Take Refuge in Him

July 6, 2015

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None  of Those  Who Take Refuge  in Him

When nothing appears  to be going right  —  and evils  of all sorts  seem to be rapidly gaining  the upper hand  —  a Christian might be tempted   to wonder  if God will come  to the rescue.     They are most likely concerned  about an earthly rescue  —  which obviously  does not always happen.     Many of God’s children  have been martyred  for their faith.     There are times when God does rescue  His children  from martyrdom  —  and there are times when God allows His child  to be martyred  —  just to be saved forever.     And,  there are times when God allows evil,  unjust rulers  to have control  over His people.

The Bible is filled  with accounts  of all kinds  of instances.     God knows  what is best  in every situation.     King David witnessed  in Psalm 34:22,

The LORD redeems  the soul  of His servants;
And none  of those  who take refuge  in Him  will be condemned.

Every single person  —  every single  “soul”  —  that believes  and trusts  in the LORD  is surely redeemed  unto eternal life.      Absolutely “none”  of them  “will be condemned”.     Therefore  those who believe  in Jesus,  gladly  “take refuge  in Him”.     They trust that  in any situation,  God is caring  for them.     And,  they know that death  is simply the opening  of the door  to heaven.     Whatever happens,  we are safe  in God’s care.

Knowing  and trusting  in God’s redeeming love,  God’s children  have peace  as they take “refuge  in Him”.     Philippians 4:7 assures us,

And the peace  of God,  which surpasses  all comprehension,  will guard  your hearts  and your minds  in Christ Jesus.

We are given God’s peace  as we grow  in His word  to us.     To learn  to know God better,  we must learn  from Him daily,  by studying His word  to us.     In learning  to trust Him  as our sure refuge,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for redeeming us  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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He Who Hates Disguises It With His Lips

July 5, 2015

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He Who Hates  Disguises It  With His Lips

It seems  the longer one lives,  the more they see  the deceitfulness  of this world.     Deceitfulness  has existed  since the Garden of Eden,  but the more  God’s children experience it,  the more disturbed  they become  over it.     It seems there is no end  to any  of the deceits  of this world.     In every walk  of life  —  in every level  of authority  —  in every part  of society  —  in every corner  of the earth  —  there are those  who deceive.

We ask ourselves,  “Why?”     Why do they work  so hard  to purposely deceive?     Why  are their whole lives lived  around deceitfulness?     Proverbs 26:24  gives us  the bottom line.

He  who hates  disguises it  with his lips,
But  he lays up deceit  in his heart.

Hatred is the basis  for “deceit”.     Deceivers hate God’s ways  —  goodness  —  righteousness  —  truth  —  freedom for all  —  contentment  —  obedience  to God  —  worshiping our Creator/Redeemer  —  you name it,  anything good  and right.      In all  of his hatred,  the deceiver  must disguise his hate  “with his lips”.     In his greed  for power  and the stuff  of this world,  he imagines  he must put down others  to satisfy  his greed.

So,  as  “he lays up deceit  in his heart”,  he is making plans  to undermine  and gradually destroy  all that is good.     He must disguise  his hatred,  so he lies  “with his lips”.     His words  seem so good  and promising,  so loving and caring  —  but  he is secretly planning  destruction.

Christians do not need  to worry and fret.     Psalm 55:23  says,

But You,  O God,  will bring them down  to the pit  of destruction;
Men  of bloodshed  and deceit  will not live out  half their days.
But I will trust  in You.

Our LORD knows  everyone’s  thoughts  and intentions.     He  is the eternal,  righteous Judge  of all.

Resting in God’s care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for lighting our way  to honestly know Christ Jesus  as our Savior  and Redeemer.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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We Are Unworthy Slaves

July 4, 2015

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We Are  Unworthy Slaves

Political correctness  has robbed many Christians  of their understanding  of the scriptures  —  and in some cases,  maybe the Christian  hasn’t studied  God’s word  well enough yet.     Because the Bible  has many references  to slavery  of various kinds,  it is good  to try  to gain  an understanding.     To view them,  one could go to  http://www.blueletterbible.org/  or your favorite Bible study site,  and type in the search words  like  slaveslavesslaverybondslavebondservant.     Different translations will probably use one  of these forms  of a Hebrew or Greek word referring  to anyone  who is  in the position  of serving others.     These words might also be used  as a figure  of speech  in comparing one’s free life  to that  of a devoted,  loving slave.

I’m mentioning this because  a young woman blogger  recently referred  to herself as God’s  “servant,  His slave,  His daughter,  His beloved”.     A commenter  was rather upset  over the term,  “His slave”.     She claimed Christians are not  “His slaves”  because they are not forced  to follow  or serve Him.

True,  we are not  forced  to follow  or serve Him”.     But,  in love  and devotion,  many of God’s children  have referred  to themselves  as God’s slaves.     That list could include Moses,  David,  Isaiah,  Jeremiah,  Mary,  Peter,  Paul,  James,  etc.     The list is long.

When Jesus taught  His disciples  about the necessity  of their obedience  to God,  He told a parable  and said  in Luke 17:10,

So you too,  when you do  all the things  which are commanded you,  say,  “We are unworthy slaves;  we have done only that  which we ought  to have done.”

God deserves our all  in truth  because of His great love  for us.     God Himself  is not ashamed  to say outright  that He has been as a slave  to us.     Philippians 2:7  describes Jesus  as one who,

… emptied Himself,  taking the form  of a bond-servant,  and being made  in the likeness  of men.

Jesus was not forced  to suffer  and die  for us.     His love led Him  to be as the LORD’s “bond-servant”  —  slave.     As God has served us  in love,  so we ought  to serve Him  as a devoted slave.

Knowing the joy  of serving the LORD of lords,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for allowing us  the privilege  of serving You.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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 LORD Is Near to the Brokenhearted

July 3, 2015

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The LORD  Is Near  to the Brokenhearted

Most people want  to have God near  to help them  in times  of trouble.     King David realized  a very important aspect  of having God near,  so he wrote  in Psalm 34:17-18,

The righteous cry,  and the LORD hears
And delivers them out  of all their troubles.
The LORD  is near  to the brokenhearted
And saves those  who are crushed  in spirit.

Throughout  God’s word,  we learn  that  “the righteous”  are those  who believe  and trust  in God.     Their faith  makes them  “righteous”  in God’s eyes.      These  “righteous”  people are also deemed  “righteous”  in God’s eyes  because they are  “brokenhearted”  and “crushed  in spirit”.

That does not mean  that they are always crying,  sad,  depressed,  or anything  of that sort.     Much rather,  they are happy  and joyful  in the LORD.     But,  in the same breath,  they are appalled  and sad  over their sins.     Their sadness  over their sins  is not a feeling  of fear  over whatever consequences  they might have to face  due to their sins.     They are sad  because God deserves  a much better behavior  from all of His children.

God has loved us  so compassionately  in Christ Jesus.     For all His outpouring  of love,  the very least anyone  should do  is  to live according to  God’s love.     But,  we all fail repeatedly.

Unbelievers tend  to just shrug their shoulders  and think nothing  of their sinful natures.     But,  the  “righteous”  are “brokenhearted”  and  “crushed  in spirit”  for having hurt  God’s tender love.     The  “righteous”  do not like their sins  —  hence their broken hearts  and crushed spirits.

So,  the LORD  draws “near  to the brokenhearted”  to comfort them  with forgiveness  and strength  to continue living  for God.     With forgiveness  God  “saves those  who are crushed  in spirit”.     Knowing God’s love  and forgiveness,  the “righteous”  are delivered  for all eternity.

With the LORD’s nearness,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for Your grace.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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Do Not Refuse Him Who Is Speaking

July 2, 2015

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Do Not  Refuse Him  Who Is Speaking

In any number  of ways,  we get warnings  from other people  in this life.     They could be teachers,  parents,  friends,  preachers,  whoever.     Maybe we’ll listen  —  maybe we won’t.

The writer  of the book of Hebrews  spent a lot of time explaining  how Jesus is surely  the proven,  promised Savior.     He explained  just how it is  that Jesus is the fulfillment  of all the Old Testament prophecies  about a Savior.     And,  he explained  how it is  that Jesus’  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  are the one-and-only way  to save people  from the consequences  of their sins.

After all that explanation,  he staunchly warned all  of us,  in Hebrews 12:25-29,

See to it  that you do not refuse Him  who is speaking.     For  if those  did not escape  when they refused him  who warned them  on earth,  much less will we escape  who turn away  from Him  who warns  from heaven.     And His voice shook  the earth then,  but now  He has promised,  saying,  “Yet once more  I will shake  not only the earth,  but also the heaven.”    

This expression,  “Yet once more,”  denotes the removing  of those things  which can be shaken,  as of created things,  so that  those things  which cannot be shaken  may remain.     Therefore,  since we receive  a kingdom  which cannot be shaken,  let us show gratitude,  by which  we may offer  to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe;  for our God  is a consuming fire.

This warning demands sensible attention.     God is speaking.     Everyone will be made  to tremble  and fear  as all creation will be removed.     But heaven  will remain  for all eternity  because it “cannot be shaken”.     Because heaven  is the inheritance  of all believers,  we need to  “show gratitude”  and  “offer  to God  an acceptable service  with reverence  and awe“.

If we hold back  a rightful  “gratitude”,  we need  to realize that  “our God  is a consuming fire”.     God will judge all  in holy righteousness.

Treasuring God’s loving warning,  we don’t hold back  our gratitude,  but say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  keep us  in Your loving care  as all is shaken.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

.

Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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He Found No Place for Repentance

July 1, 2015

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He Found  No Place  for Repentance

Being sorry  for the evils  we have committed  can be an elusive thing.     A long time ago,  there might have been sins  we’ve been sorry for   —  but as time marched on,  we became more defensive  of our actions,  and soon we are staunchly defending our every action.     We just cannot find it  within ourselves  to think  we were really  all that wrong.

That’s where Esau found himself.     On the spur of the moment,  after a hunting venture,  he was hungry  and sold his birthright  to his twin brother,  Jacob,  who had made some stew.     His sin  was the despising  of his birthright  as the older twin.     As the eldest,  it was his right  to receive  the best blessing  and best inheritance  from his father  —  but he despised that right  and sold it  for a bowl  of stew.     ( Genesis, chapters 25-27 )

Then,  when Jacob received the birthright blessing,  Esau cried bitterly  for a blessing,  but was denied.     So,  Hebrews 12:15-17 records,

See to it…….   that there be no immoral  or godless person  like Esau,  who sold his own birthright  for a single meal.     For you know  that even afterwards,  when he desired  to inherit  the blessing,  he was rejected,  for he found no place  for repentance,  though  he sought for it  with tears.

Despising God’s promises  for many years  led to a hardened heart  that had  “no place  for repentance”.     Esau’s “tears” were crocodile  “tears”  —  his repentance  was not real.     He just wanted  the better blessing  —  no matter what.     He could not  make himself  have a good heart.

So,  we all need  to pay attention  to Hebrews 3:13,

But encourage  one another  day after day,  as long  as it is still called  “Today,”  so that none  of you  will be hardened  by the deceitfulness  of sin.

Every sort of sin  can lead us  into hardened hearts.     With love  we  “encourage  one another  day after day”   to keep ourselves  in the love  of God.     Then together,  we will say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your promises  in the Bible  are our greatest desire.”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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**************

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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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By Faith We Understand That the Worlds Were Prepared

June 30, 2015

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By Faith  We Understand  That the Worlds  Were Prepared

Nobody understands it  —  nobody fathoms  the great  and wondrous depths  of it  —  but,  as Hebrews 11:1-3 declares,

Now faith  is the assurance  of things  hoped for,  the conviction  of things  not seen.     For by it  the men  of old  gained approval.     By faith  we understand  that the worlds  were prepared  by the word  of God,  so that what is seen  was not made  out of things  which are visible.

Hebrews 11 then goes on to describe  the awesome faith  of many  of God’s faithful people.     Many  had miracles  in their lives,  while others faced tortures,  mocking,  imprisonment,  and even death  for their faith.     The one thing they had  in common  was their faith  in the LORD God Almighty.

They all knew  for sure  and understood  that the worlds  were prepared  by the word  of God,  so that what is seen  was not made  out of things  which are visible.”

That’s wonderful!     They all knew  that every little thing  in all  of creation  was created  “by the word  of God.     God spoke  and what He commanded  came  into being.     Whether it be  all the stars,  planets,  or anything  in life  —  all things were  “prepared by the word  of God.     The intricacies  of a butterfly,  the massive orbits  of the stars,  sun,  and planets  —  God’s wisdom  and power created it all  “by the word  of God.

We understand this  by “faith”  —  but,  it is not a mindless,  stupid,  superstitious faith.    Much rather,  we observe God’s power  in fulfilling all His prophecies  —  we listen to God’s word  through the prophets  —  we see the unfathomable intelligence  of everything  in creation  and how God sustains  it all.     That takes  much more power  than any  of the  unworkable evolutionary theories.

So,  just as  “the men  of old gained approval”  for facing the truth  “by faith”,  may we also gain  “approval” through “faith”  and  “the conviction  of things  not seen”.

Seeing God’s intelligence,  love,  and power  through faith,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  how very great  You are!”

Love,
Margaret

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

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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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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**************

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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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