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Saturday, January 19, 2019
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Year 2019 - January thru March

 
 

 

 

 
 

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A Time to Reflect During my Visit to NYC - Christmas 2018  

As I sit here with the sun shining down upon my face, I sense God's Presence and feel His endless love and grace. Sitting in this unfamiliar place just staring into space in my mind I can almost see God's glorious face. God is no respecter of persons no matter their creed or race and we're all equal as far as His mercy and grace. As I people-watch which is something I like to do but then it breaks my heart to see so many less fortunate than me or you. Sitting here on the dock of the bay in a place that feels so far away, I know God is here too, just as He is with me and you. As I watch all the people hurry by I wonder and give a sigh, how many of these people even know about the living Christ. So many living on the streets without enough to eat and how do they even stay warm especially when there's a snowstorm.  

We take so much for granted when we have a warm place to sleep and plenty to eat, yet we all complain never thinking about those who are living in this kind of pain. It's a good experience to take a look around especially when you're in another town even though it's not that far away people live differently from day to day. Time brings changes each and every day with people living in poverty and it doesn't have to be that far away, feed the hungry is what God commands us to do but how many are willing to do that if we're honest and true. It gives me a lot to think about and brings so many doubts but at the same time too I'm thankful that God does what He says He will do.  

When God blesses me and you we all know what we should do, share it with someone else and not keep it all for our self. Pay it forward is a good deed to do and you won't even realize the blessings it will bring back to you. 

Facebook posting by: Jean Hunt 12/14/18 – Used by permission 

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New Year’s Eve One Liners

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.

May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!

Every year I make a resolution to change myself…this year I resolve to be myself!

I’ll remember 2018 like it was yesterday. 

My New Year's resolutions are: 1. Stop making lists. B. Be more consistent. 7. Learn to count. 

I can't believe it's been a year since I didn't become a better person. 

 

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Question: Why Do People Who ‘Have it All’ Struggle with Drugs, Suicide? 

Answer: When people live for themselves and feed their desires, they will eventually find themselves empty. This is the case with so many who “appear” to be fulfilled. 

The Bible says that we were made for God. When we refuse to give Him His rightful place, things go wrong and our lives become distorted. The more people have the more they want. Eventually they come to a dead end. 

King Solomon penned the book of Ecclesiastes. People would be wise to read it often because it gives insight into the frailties of accumulating wealth, searching for fame and seeking approval from peers. He wrote, “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure. … Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and … indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11). Finally he realized that lasting contentment and meaning in life is found only in God. 

These things should be a warning to us, to be sure that we do not seek to fill the emptiness in our lives through things that can never satisfy. Only God can give life to the fullest extent (see John 10:10). God says to come to Him, so our souls may live (see Isaiah 55:3). There is a song that says, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” The most important thing we can do is surrender our lives to Jesus. He will empower us to let loose of what the world gives us so that we can be filled with what really matters—to do the will of God. This turns disappointment into joy and emptiness into fulfillment (see Psalm 16:11). 

(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.) 

Invite Christ to fill the emptiness in your heart. 

Pray now: "Dear God, I know I’m a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that you raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen." 

https://billygraham.org/answers, 12/13/2018 ~ Copied Article 

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Your Last Day 

Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. —1 Thessalonians 5:6 

What if you were told this morning that today was to be your last day on earth? How would you spend its fleeting hours? Whom would you insist on seeing? Would your behavior differ radically from what it usually is? 

Someone has wisely said, “You should treat every day as if it’s your last one, because one of these days you’re going to be right.” 

There’s no getting around it. Whether our earthly life ends by accident, illness, the ravages of age, or our Lord’s return, one of these days will be our last. That’s why we should guard so carefully the things we do and the words we say. 

We ought to be tying up the loose ends of long-neglected matters by expressing our love and gratitude to others, by seeking reconciliation with an alienated friend, or by sharing the gospel with a neighbor. 

Perhaps you’ve even been putting off accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior until some more convenient day. But that day may never come. Since your last day on earth can be so unexpected, heed Paul’s inspired words: “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). 

www.odb.org - 01/09/1995 devotional by: Vernon Grounds ~ (Copied Article) 

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God is Working out His Purpose

(This is an old Hymn and I couldn’t find it anywhere on the web -- so here goes)
  

God is working out His purpose

He has planned for you and me;

Though from us it may be hidden,

Someday we shall plainly see

How He stands behind the shadows,

Waiting to perform His will

Whisp’ring “Child, be of good courage;

Ev’ry promise I’ll fulfill.”

 

God is working out His purpose

Even though we go alone

It may take us from our loved ones

Lead us far away from home.

It will be the greatest pleasure

Just to feel His presence near.

And to know that God is working

Out the purpose to Him dear.

 

God is working out His purpose

Though it lead through desert bare;

He’ll go with us on life’s journey,

And our heavy burdens share.

Thro’ the weary years of waiting,

When the heart cries, “Lord, how long?”

God is working out His purpose;

Right will triumph over wrong.

 

God is working out His purpose

Never murmur nor repine

For our future’s in His keeping

Gladly to His will resign.

When the veil at last is lifted,

And the shadows flee away,

We shall understand His purpose

Thro’ one glad eternal day.

 

www.wordpress.com, Written by: veralau93, 10/01/2011 ~ Copied Article 

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Question: "What Sort of New Year’s Resolution Should a Christian Make?"


Answer: The practice of making New Year’s resolutions goes back over 3,000 years to the ancient Babylonians. There is just something about the start of a new year that gives us the feeling of a fresh start and a new beginning. In reality, there is no difference between December 31 and January 1. Nothing mystical occurs at midnight on December 31. The Bible does not speak for or against the concept of New Year’s resolutions. However, if a Christian determines to make a New Year’s resolution, what kind of resolution should he or she make?

Common New Year’s resolutions are commitments to quit smoking, to stop drinking, to manage money more wisely, and to spend more time with family. By far, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, in conjunction with exercising more and eating more healthily. These are all good goals to set. However, 1 Timothy 4:8 instructs us to keep exercise in perspective: “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” The vast majority of New Year’s resolutions, even among Christians, are in relation to physical things. This should not be.
 

Many Christians make New Year’s resolutions to pray more, to read the Bible every day, and to attend church more regularly. These are fantastic goals. However, these New Year’s resolutions fail just as often as the non-spiritual resolutions, because there is no power in a New Year’s resolution. Resolving to start or stop doing a certain activity has no value unless you have the proper motivation for stopping or starting that activity. For example, why do you want to read the Bible every day? Is it to honor God and grow spiritually, or is it because you have just heard that it is a good thing to do? Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to honor God with your body, or is it for vanity, to honor yourself?


Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” If God is the center of your New Year’s resolution, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God-honoring and/or is not in agreement with God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution.

So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) regarding what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
 

www.GotQuestions.org ~ Copied Article 

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Unspeakable Joy! 

These last few months have been tough on me. Sickness has played havoc with me and I don’t like it! It’s not any fun! I’ve had two bulging discs in my lower back for several years and one of them became herniated. That’s not a good thing either if you enjoy living without serious pain.  

I got an appointment with Dr. Durrani in Asheboro and he wanted to try an epidural to help ease the pain in my lower back and right leg. It took me half a second to agree to try this procedure. I can’t describe the relief the epidural gave me. Now there was some serious pain associated with the injection but it didn’t last too long. I felt so much better after the medicine kicked in. I felt a warm massage feeling going through my back and my legs bringing me much needed relief! I’ve named this epidural my “Florida Experience!”  

I thank the Lord for providing doctors and medicine to help us deal with pain. I clearly remember another time I found unspeakable joy in Jesus. That was when I surrendered my life and my being to God’s will. It was the best medicine of my whole life. How about you? Have you experienced the unspeakable joy that comes from knowing you’re living in tune with the Lord? I highly recommend it! It’s the best medicine for the soul and it’ll last until we’re safe in Heaven! I hope you’ll give Jesus a try… God’s love is the greatest thing you can possess in this old world!  

“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” Isaiah 9:6-7. 

Written and Submitted by: Pat Lewallen 

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5. Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. 6. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. 7. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. 8. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8 NIV)