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40 Days of Lent #21


Matthew 25:31-46 NKJV

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“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.  All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.  And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was  naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:  for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink;  I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’  Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’  And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

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“Our Uniqueness”….by Billy Graham


PSALM 33:20 NKJV – Our soul waits for the Lord ; He is our help and our shield.

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God Made Us Unique

I am a soul—and I have a body! The body is the house in which the soul lives. When Oliver Wendell Holmes was in his 80th year, a friend hailed him and asked, “How are you?” “I’m fine,” said Holmes, “the house I live in is tottering and crumbling, but Oliver Wendell Holmes is fine, thank you.” In this materialistic age we often forget that the real, the abiding part of us is invisible. Much time, money, and effort are expended to perpetuate the physical part of us, and too many are unconcerned about their spiritual health and nurture. Hence doctors’ offices are overcrowded, and many ministers’ counseling rooms are empty.

When God created man, He made him distinctive, different from the other animals. “He breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul.” He clothed him with intelligence, conscience, and a will. He made him like Himself—a companion, a friend of God. At the resurrection, this mortal shall put on immortality, and we shall be like Him, and be with Him forever.

Daily Prayer

What expectation is mine as I think of being with You forever, my beloved Lord Jesus!

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A Fresh Look at Psalm 19


Psalm 19:1-14 (NIV)

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
3  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
4  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
5  which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6  It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

I like to divide this Psalm into three parts.  The first third, above, speaks of the glory with witch God has created the Heavens.  Who hasn’t looked up at the skies and marvelled in wonder?  They stretch as far as the eye can see and cast a background for the sun, moon and stars.  The Heavens present in grandiose magnanimy, with no end or interuption.  Only God could create something so magnificent, but we marvel not only at the creation, we are in awe of the creator who forged (with His words) this awesome creation.

7  The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8  The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
9  The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
10  They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
11  By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.
12  Who can discern his errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

The center of the Psalm is all about God’s law and statutes.  If we are close to the law, we are close to God.  I want to be sure, at this point, to assure my hyper-Calvinist friends that I am not advocating the snatching away of any liberties they have in that Christ set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans eight).  But I want to point out that if one loves Jesus for His sacrifice of love toward us, we want to do things (voluntarily) that please our loved one.  We won’t be perfect, but we will enjoy trying to please Jesus.  Yes, the ordinances are sweeter than honeycomb, because they bring us closer to His heart, and yes, by them are we “warned” when we are not pleasing to Christ.  But He forgives our hidden faults.

13  Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression.
14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 Finally, at the end of this great Psalm, we see that He helps us refrain from willful sins, as He has control of everything.  He helps us refrain so that we may be free from transgression.  He not only has power to save us, but also power to keep us.  Christ does this with His sweet presence, by helping us keep our attitude right.  We do this by turning over the words of our mouth and the attitude of our heart  to His care and keeping.  I want to be pleasing in His sight….don’t you?  And in this way, Psalm 19 is considered by some Bible scholars to be the perfect Psalm.

My prayer for you today is that you will love God’s law & statutes, because they bring us closer to our redeemer…that as we marvel at the heavens we will not forget the wonder of the Creator…and that our words and meditations truly will be acceptable to God!                     

Prayer of the Day – November 16th


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The good I want to do, I do not do; the evil that I do not want to do, I do. I grieve, for my temper, my pride, my self-will, the bad thoughts I permit, the unkind, things I say. But you knew all this before you awakened me. Have compassion and save me!

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A Heart of Flesh


“And I will give you a heart of flesh.“—Ezekiel xxxvi. 26.

The hard heart does not love the Redeemer, but, the renewed heart burns with affection towards him. Many are the privileges of this renewed heart: “‘Tis here the Spirit dwells, ’tis here that Jesus rests.” It is fitted to receive every spiritual blessing, and every blessing comes to it. It is prepared to yield every heavenly fruit to the honor and praise of God, and therefore the Lord delights in it. A tender heart is the best defense against sin, and the best preparation for heaven. A renewed heart stands on its watertower looking for the coming of the Lord Jesus. Have you this heart of flesh?

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Prayer of the Day – November 1st


Gracious Lord, forgive the past. Keep me as the apple of your eye. Surround me with your guardian care, and let your highest purposes be realized in me. So will I offer in your tabernacle sacrifices of joy. I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

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