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Who Is the Liar?

March 22, 2017

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Who Is the Liar?

There are some  notable church bodies  that boldly claim  they are  the only true church  from the beginning of Christianity.     But,  their claims have many problems  —  one being  that their church  has been splintered  into many other churches  —  just like every other denomination.     Besides that,  many of their doctrines  are not biblical  —  but man made.

The bottom line is  that Jesus did not come  to set up a visible church,  packed with all true believers.     But,  Jesus did come  to save  every single sinner,  who believes  in Him.     Jesus suffered  and died  on the cross  to pay  for the sins  of all  who trust  in Him alone  for their eternal salvation.     This  body  of believers  does not necessarily belong  to one particular church.     Rather,  they are the ones  that the LORD God Almighty sees  as those  who honestly believe  Jesus’ sacrifice  has paid  for all their sins.

How do we know that?     Many Bible verses point  to this fact.     One is John 17:3,

This is eternal life,  that they may know You,  the only true God,  and Jesus Christ  whom You have sent.

To “know”  Christ  is  to believe  that He is  who He said  He is.     Another hint is Ephesians 4:5,  saying there is…….

…one Lord,  one faith,  one baptism… 

All God’s true children  believe this  because God’s word  repeatedly declares it.     Those who trust Jesus  are forewarned  in 1 John 2:22,

Who  is  the liar  but the one  who denies  that Jesus  is the Christ?     This is the antichrist,  the one who denies  the Father  and the Son.

As the whole Bible points out,  “the Christ” is the LORD,  the Messiah,  who forgives all the sins  of every sinner,  who trusts  in Him.     So,  God’s children  find joy  in Mark 16:16,

The one who believes  and is baptized  will be saved,  but the one who does not believe  will be condemned.   

Trusting God’s word  in the Bible,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for redeeming us  through 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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The Wisdom From Above

March 21, 2017

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The Wisdom From Above

Recently,  a number of university students  were randomly interviewed  regarding their position  on what should be considered politically correct.     They expressed thoughts like:   public bathrooms and showers  should be cross gender  —  an average sized man  should be able to think  he is a seven year old first grader  —  that same man  could also validly claim  to be a 6 foot,  4 inch tall woman  —  and the ridiculous scenarios went on…

Those interviews revealed  how fearful many are  of not being politically correct.     They are afraid  of standing up  for the obvious truth  because they don’t want  to be rejected  or harmed  by those,  who are belligerently  and militantly forcing  all sorts  of worldly ideas  on everyone else.

Denying obvious truths  are foolish  —  but we are seeing much  of that sort  of senseless foolishness  these days.     These truth deniers  are being foolish,  but claiming  to be wise.     James 3:17  describes the kind  of Godly  “wisdom”  we should strive for.

But  the wisdom  from above  is first pure,  then peaceable,  gentle,  reasonable,  full of mercy  and good fruits,  unwavering,  without hypocrisy.

When James mentions “wisdom”  that is  “reasonable”,  it means being willing  to yield  to God’s will  and ways.    Note that “wisdom” is “without hypocrisy”.     Denying the obvious  is hypocritical.

Proverbs 1:7  describes  the dilemma  that some people are allowing  to overtake them today,

The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of knowledge;
Fools  despise wisdom  and instruction.

Real  “wisdom”  accepts obvious truths,  and “instruction”  from God’s eternal word.     So  Psalm 111:10 teaches,

The fear  of the LORD  is the beginning  of wisdom;
A good understanding  have all those  who do  His commandments;
His praise  endures forever.

So glad  for the peace,  love,  and true wisdom  of God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the beauty  and wonders  of Your wisdom.”

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 Stones Will Cry Out!

March 20, 2017

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The Stones Will Cry Out!

Luke 19:29-44 tells the story  of Palm Sunday  —  the day Jesus rode  a donkey colt  into Jerusalem.      So?      What does that have to do  with us  today?

Let’s find out.      Here are verses 37-44.

And as He was now approaching,  near the descent  of the Mount of Olives,  the whole multitude  of the disciples began  to praise God joyfully  with a loud voice  for all the miracles  which they had seen,  saying,

“Blessed is the King  who comes  in the name  of the LORD;  peace in heaven  and glory  in the highest!”

And some  of the Pharisees  in the multitude said  to Him,  “Teacher,  rebuke Your disciples.”

And He answered  and said,  “I tell you,  if these become silent,  the stones will  cry out!

And when He approached,  He saw the city  and wept  over it,  saying,  “If you had known  in this day,  even you,  the things  which make for peace!     But now  they have been hidden  from your eyes.     For the days  shall come   upon you  when your enemies  will throw up a bank  before you,  and surround you,  and hem you in  on every side,  and will level you  to the ground  and your children  within you,  and they will not leave  in you  one stone  upon another,  because you did not recognize the time of your visitation.“

In this account,  the Pharisees are bugged  because the people  are really praising Jesus  from the depths  of their hearts.    Jesus won’t ask them  to stop their praise,  because they are praising God  just as every one ought.     We need  to praise Jesus,  just as they did.

Then,  Jesus wept sadly  over Jerusalem,  because He knew  that it would soon be leveled  to the ground.     Why should such a beautiful city  be leveled?     Because its leaders refused  to recognize  Jesus Christ  as God Almighty,  come down  to be their Savior.

When Jesus came  and the leaders  were disgusted  to see people praising Jesus,  that was the time of your visitation, that Jesus was referring to.     All of the miracles  Jesus had performed  proved  He truly was  the Savior,  the Son of God prophesied  throughout the Old Testament  —  coming to visit  His people.

Those miracles  are the historical records  that become the time  of our visitation  from our Savior.     Will we praise Jesus  for all  that He did?     Or will we sneeringly grumble,  like the Pharisees?

History tells us  that years later,  Jesus’ words  came true.     In A.D. 66,  the Jews revolted  against the Romans.     The Romans sent Titus,  the son  of Emperor Vespasian,  to put down the revolt.     The Roman soldiers  had a tough time  taking over Jerusalem,  but they laid siege  to it  and finally  in A.D. 70  they broke into the city  and burned it  to the ground.     At least 600,000 Jews were killed  by the Romans.

I wonder now,  who thinks it might be prudent  to listen  to what Jesus has to say  as He visits us  in His word?

Hopefully,  Jesus will not have to weep  over our demise.     Instead,  we should bring Him joy.     We can,  you know.

As we meditate  on all that Jesus did,  we will praise Him  for His tender love  and say,  “Hallelujah!      Jesus loves me  and forgives me.      Praise be  to His name.”

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

.

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

.

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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By This We Know That We Are In Him

March 19, 2017

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By This We Know That We Are In Him

Some Christians  might have a tendency  to judge others by how much money they contribute to the church  —  how many activities  they take part in  —  how well educated they are,  etc.     Much rather,  each Christian needs  to look within himself  and examine  his own behavior  in the light  of God’s word.

We each have enough  of a challenge  taking care  of our own weaknesses  —  instead of looking  at someone else’s  supposed weaknesses.     This is why 1 John 2:5-6  tells us,

Whoever keeps  His word,  in him  the love  of God  has truly been perfected.      By this we know  that we are  in Him:  the one who says  he abides  in Him  ought himself  to walk  in the same manner  as He walked.  

Each one  of us needs  to look  at our whole lives  to see  if we are honestly keeping  “His word”.     If we keep God’s word perfectly,  then  we know  “the love  of God  has truly  been perfected”  in our life.     But  if we’re honest,  we know  “the love  of God”  does not always  lead us  to “keep His word”.

We each need  to study God’s word  in order  to know it rightly.     God’s word is not  the traditions,  customs,  rituals,  and rules  that various churches make.      God’s word reveals  His love  for each  of us  and the gift  of eternal salvation  He freely gives  to all who believe  in Christ Jesus.

God’s gift  of love  in Christ  is what leads us  to love others  —  to want  to learn  about how God shows  His love  to us  —   to want to persevere  in the true faith  —  to want  to have self-control  and godliness.     These are all life-long challenges  that we each need  to tend to in our own lives.

Wanting  to abide  in Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for guiding us  in Your word,  so that we may glorify  Your love  in our lives.”

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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Humble Circumstances

March 18, 2017

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Humble Circumstances

Many people tend  to avoid  those they consider  to be poor people  of various circumstances.     They might consider one poor  if they lack money,  have a disability,  don’t have the latest clothes,  or whatever.     Whatever their reason  for being embarrassed  to be  by the poor,  they might have  a few facts  turned around.

God’s word  wants us  to see  and understand things  rightly.     So,  James 1:9-11 says,

But the brother  of humble circumstances  is to glory  in his high position;  and the rich man  is to glory   in his humiliation,  because like flowering grass  he will pass away.     For the sun rises with a scorching wind  and withers the grass;  and its flower falls off  and the beauty  of its appearance  is destroyed;  so too the rich man  in the midst   of his pursuits  will fade away.     

When a person believes  in Jesus,  what people think  they see  is not what God sees.      Whether a believer  is rich,  poor,  young,  old,  disabled,  strong,  homely,  beautiful,  or whatever,  does not matter  in this life.     That supposedly poor  believer  is actually held  in very high regard  in God’s eyes.     Why?     Because  his faith is great  as he endures  his trials.

So,  if we are living  in  “humble circumstances”  of any sort  and trust  in our Savior  through all  our challenges,  God sees us  as being  in a very  “high position”  of having the wonderful gift  of faith  and eternal salvation.     The poor are  to  “glory”  in God’s special promises  for them.

The “rich”  are to  “glory”  in their “humiliation”.     God has a very tough row  for them  to hoe.     In  “humiliation”  they have the dangerous job  of avoiding pride,  self-righteousness,  being judgmental,  loving their riches,  etc.     They could so easily  fall from faith.     In their challenges,  they are  to “glory”  in the fact  that God will faithfully stay by them  as they humbly trust Him only.

No matter what our circumstances,  we are to always look  to Christ Jesus  to strengthen and keep us.     So,  in all things,  we all say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  blessed be  Your saving love.”

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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Sanctify Christ As Lord in Your Hearts

March 17, 2017

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Sanctify Christ As Lord in Your Hearts

Ever since Christ Jesus came  to earth,  those who believe  in Him  have been intimidated  and scorned.     Even when Jesus was born,  king Herod sought  to kill Him.     When He began His ministry,  there were those who scorned  His knowledge  of God’s word.     And,  at the end of His ministry,  there were those  who hated Him  so much  that they planned  to kill Him.

So,  what makes us  any better  than Christ Jesus?

When the early Christians  were persecuted,  the apostle Peter wrote to them  —  and we should remember  that Peter was crucified upside down.     Peter wrote  in 1 Peter 3:13-17,

Who is there  to harm you  if you prove zealous  for what is good?     But  even if  you should suffer  for the sake  of righteousness,  you are blessed.      AND DO NOT FEAR  THEIR INTIMIDATION,  AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,     but sanctify Christ  as Lord  in your hearts,  always being ready  to make a defense  to everyone  who asks you  to give an account  for the hope  that is in you,   yet with gentleness  and reverence;    and keep a good conscience  so that  in the thing  in which you are slandered,  those who revile  your good behavior  in Christ  will be put  to shame.     For it is better,  if God should will it so,  that you suffer  for doing  what is right  rather than  for doing  what is wrong.

Whatever  intimidations  and harm  might come  to our earthly lives,  when we  “sanctify Christ  as Lord”  in our hearts,  we  “are blessed”.     We are  “blessed”  as we put our “hope”  in Christ  —  “keep a good conscience”  —  and “suffer for doing  what is right”.

In all that  we are following Christ’s example,  when He died  for our sins.     In following Christ  in truth,  we  “sanctify Christ as Lord”.

Glad  for Christ’s eternal blessings,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You are so marvelous  for forgiving all  of our sins.     Strengthen us  to always sanctify You  with our whole lives.”

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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Therefore Humble Yourselves

March 16, 2017

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Therefore Humble Yourselves

We’re no different  than the people  of thousands  of years ago.     An inner pride  and feeling of independence  leads people  to want  to feel  better than others  —  in authority  —  leader of the pack,  the boss,  or whatever.     So,  the apostle Peter  instructed church leaders  to remember  how Christ Jesus,  who is God Almighty in the flesh,   humbled Himself  to suffer and die  —  to save sinners  like us.     With Jesus  as our example,  we all need  to be humble  amongst each other.

Nobody needs to “lord” it over others,  because we’re all sinners  in the same boat.     Therefore,  we recognize Jesus as our Lord,  King,  and Redeemer.     He is the one we are  to humbly serve.     And we serve Jesus  when we serve one another.     That’s what Jesus wants us  to do.

And though we can’t honestly  make any claims  to glory  —  yet,  God has promised  all of His faithful children  “the unfading crown of glory”.     (1 Peter 5:4)     Remembering Christ,  we get rid  of our sense  of pride,  because  “God is opposed  to the proud,  but gives grace  to the humble”   (1 Peter 5:5),  and we must all accept  the Lordship  of Christ,  if we want  to be saved.

Always remembering who we are  in God’s eyes,  Peter reminds us  in 1 Peter 5:6-7,

Therefore humble yourselves  under the mighty hand  of God,  that He may exalt you  at the proper time,  casting all your anxiety  on Him,  because He cares  for you.

God loves us  when we remember  that we are His beloved creation  —  and we remember all the reasons why it is good to serve Him  in faith,  hope,  and love.

Ever glad  to be a child  of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for stooping down  to save us,  so that we may live for you  in Your glory.”

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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