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Jesus Loves You


Inspired by Psalm 100

I have wandered place to place
Seeking God’s redeeming grace
Wanting to make a difference, in case…
Redemption could be earned in that place!

But it can’t be earned, you know
You can’t be washed white as snow
Thròugh your efforts or your dough…
Jesus only runs that show! Don’t you know?

Redemption is free, for you and me.
He paid the price…Nice!
Simply accept His gift to you, and
Realize there is nothing to do…

He loves you…inspired by Psalm 100!
-the walrus

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How we Ought to be……


A word from the walrus.

I do not presume to be a great branch of humanity
But I know the difference….’tween them and me
And I allow for that! 

There’s faith, hope & charity that distinguish us
From others who be walking this road…I notice this
And I allow for that!

God made us different, I’m not you, but grace allows for this (phew),
I don’t have to try to be anyone else…I am unique to Him….
He allowed for that!

I just don’t want to take such a wonderful allowance,
Such a marvellous distinction for granted!
Grace allows me the opportunity for gratitude!

-the walrus

Compassion: A Fourteen-day Journey- Finalé


1John 5:13-18 NKJV

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These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue  to believe in the name of the Son of God. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which  does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.

Graceful Correction
John tells his readers that out of the confidence we have in Jesus, out of the knowledge we have of eternal life in him, we also have the certainty that he will answer the prayer that is prayed in accordance with his will. And we know that he is not willing that “any should be lost” (Mt 18:14). John tells us then, according to 1 John 5:16, that those who are in Christ have been entrusted the responsibility to pray for their brothers and sisters. Sometimes we see a person who has departed from the truth; we are told to pray for that person. This needs to be a matter not of self-righteous judgment or smug superiority but of sacrificial love for one another. Sin is not trivial; it hurts and destroys. Just as we long for prayer support when we are tempted, so we ought to pray for others who are in trouble. We extend grace to them, while also expecting accountability.
Pastor and author Timothy J. Keller talks about the necessity of modeling God’s grace in the context of extending aid to the needy. While the situation is different, the concept of non judgmentalh stewardship is the same.

Grace is not unconditional acceptance, but it is undeserved. That is a very difficult balance to strike! God’s grace comes to us without perquisites, finding us as we are. God’s grace does not come to the “deserving” (there is no such person), and it does not discriminate. Rather, initially, it comes to us freely. But once it enters into our lives, God’s grace demands change; it holds us accountable. Why? Grace demands our holiness and growth for our sake as well as for God’s glory. Grace intercepts destructive behavior, protects us from the ravages of sin, sanctifies us so we can be “holy and happy,” two inseparable qualities.

In summary, grace is undeserved caring that intercepts destructive behavior. It is not unconditional acceptance, nor is it legalism that says, “Shape up or I will stop loving you.” Rather it says, “Your sin cannot separate you from me,” and then, in addition, says, “I won’t let your sin destroy you.” Grace comes to the unlovely person, but refuses to let him remain ugly. Grace begins as “justification,” a free act of God alone, but it becomes “sanctification,” a process by which the person cooperates with God in spiritual growth.

The concept can be applied to many areas. In childrearing books there is much talk about “striking a balance between love and discipline,” as if the two were opposed. But this false tension is resolved with an understanding grace. Grace means getting involved, protecting the child from destructive behavior, continuing to do that despite the child’s lack of “deserving,” and doing so consistently, not sloppily or haltingly.

Verse of the Day – February 12th


http://bible.com/114/jhn10.28-30.nkjv     

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And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
-John 10:28-30 (NKJV)

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Complete Victory… by Billy Graham


1John 4:4 NKJV – You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

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Complete Victory

Paul once wrote, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye can not do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17). This is the battle or the tension that is present in us to a greater or lesser degree. So, you see, the spiritual lag that you feel is explained in the Bible. That does not mean that you accept it as the way it should be. You should make all necessary preparations for this battle which the Bible says “is not against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces.”

In Ephesians 6 we read that the Bible tells what preparation you should make. In the meantime, always remember that “where sin abounds, grace did much more abound.” You can have complete victory! We are told to submit ourselves unto God, and the devil will flee from us. We are also promised that “sin shall not reign over us.”

Daily Prayer

Lord, like Paul I battle daily with Satan. I submit everything in my life to You, knowing that already the fight has been won.

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Verse of the Day – January 30th


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All that passing laws against sin did was produce more lawbreakers. But sin didn’t, and doesn’t, have a chance in competition with the aggressive forgiveness we call grace. When it’s sin versus grace, grace wins hands down. All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that’s the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.

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Major Themes LVI -One Another


ROMANS 15:1-33 AMP

WE WHO are strong [in our convictions and of robust faith] ought to bear with the failings and the frailties and the tender scruples of the weak; [we ought to help carry the doubts and qualms of others] and not to please ourselves. Let each one of us make it a practice to please (make happy) his neighbor for his good and for his true welfare, to edify him [to strengthen him and build him up spiritually].
For Christ did not please Himself [gave no thought to His own interests]; but, as it is written, The reproaches and abuses of those who reproached and abused you fell on Me. [Ps. 69:9.] For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope. Now may the God Who gives the power of patient endurance (steadfastness) and Who supplies encouragement, grant you to live in such mutual harmony and such full sympathy with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, That together you may [unanimously] with united hearts and one voice, praise and glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Welcome and receive [to your hearts] one another, then, even as Christ has welcomed and received you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ (the Messiah) became a servant and a minister to the circumcised (the Jews) in order to show God’s truthfulness and honesty by confirming (verifying) the promises [given] to our fathers, And [also in order] that the Gentiles (nations) might glorify God for His mercy [not covenanted] to them. As it is written, Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles and sing praises to Your name. [Ps. 18:49.] Again it is said, Rejoice (exult), O Gentiles, along with His [own] people; [Deut. 32:43.] And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise Him! [Ps. 117:1.] And further Isaiah says, There shall be a Sprout from the Root of Jesse, He Who rises to rule over the Gentiles; in Him shall the Gentiles hope. [Isa. 11:1, 10; Rev. 5:5; 22:16.]
May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope. Personally I am satisfied about you, my brethren, that you yourselves are rich in goodness, amply filled with all [spiritual] knowledge and competent to admonish and counsel and instruct one another also. Still on some points I have written to you the more boldly and unreservedly by way of reminder. [I have done so] because of the grace (the unmerited favor) bestowed on me by God In making me a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles. I act in the priestly service of the Gospel (the good news) of God, in order that the sacrificial offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable [to God], consecrated and made holy by the Holy Spirit. In Christ Jesus, then, I have legitimate reason to glory (exult) in my work for God [in what through Christ Jesus I have accomplished concerning the things of God]. For [of course] I will not venture (presume) to speak thus of any work except what Christ has actually done through me [as an instrument in His hands] to win obedience from the Gentiles, by word and deed, [Even as my preaching has been accompanied] with the power of signs and wonders, [and all of it] by the power of the Holy Spirit. [The result is] that starting from Jerusalem and as far round as Illyricum, I have fully preached the Gospel [faithfully executing, accomplishing, carrying out to the full the good news] of Christ (the Messiah) in its entirety. Thus my ambition has been to preach the Gospel, not where Christ’s name has already been known, lest I build on another man’s foundation; But [instead I would act on the principle] as it is written, They shall see who have never been told of Him, and they shall understand who have never heard [of Him]. [Isa. 52:15.]
This [ambition] is the reason why I have so frequently been hindered from coming to visit you. But now since I have no further opportunity for work in these regions, and since I have longed for enough years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing [through Rome] as I go [on my intended trip] to Spain, and to be aided on my journey there by you, after I have enjoyed your company for a little while. For the present, however, I am going to Jerusalem to bring aid (relief) for the saints (God’s people there). For it has been the good pleasure of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor among the saints of Jerusalem. They were pleased to do it; and surely they are in debt to them, for if these Gentiles have come to share in their [the Jerusalem Jews’] spiritual blessings, then they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings. When therefore I have completed this mission and have delivered to them [at Jerusalem] what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain. And I know that when I do come to you, I shall come in the abundant blessing of the Gospel of Christ.
I appeal to you [I entreat you], brethren, for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love [given by] the Spirit, to unite with me in earnest wrestling in prayer to God in my behalf. [Pray] that I may be delivered (rescued) from the unbelievers in Judea and that my mission of relief to Jerusalem may be acceptable and graciously received by the saints (God’s people there), So that by God’s will I may subsequently come to you with joy (with a happy heart) and be refreshed [by the interval of rest] in your company. May [our] peace-giving God be with you all! Amen (so be it).

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A brief note from the Walrus


There is a place with much more space
Where saint and sinner may rest in grace
Though cost is great, Christ changed our fate…
And Jesus covers it all!

There is some blood…not any old blood
That covers the cost, or we would be lost
This blood never knew sin, without or within,
So Jesus could cover it all!

There was a price to pay our way
‘Cause sin extracted it’s toll
The cost was our blood but that wasn’t enough,
But Jesus’ blood covered it all.

Since Jesus decided to pay our way
And upgrade his blood for ours,
We accept his gift for us and declare Him:
Jesus, my Savior, my All!

-the walrus

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