..."and a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the way of holiness; evil minded people shall not travel on it, but it shall be for those wayfarers who are traveling toward God. (Isaiah 35:8, adapted)
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
my King and my God.
4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise!
5 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
6 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
7 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob!
9 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
10 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
How good it is to thank the Lord,
Give praise to You, Most High, accord,
To show Your love with morning light,
And tell Your faithful love each night;
Yes, good it is God's praise to sing,
And all our sweetest music bring.
O Lord, with joy my heart expands,
Before the wonders of Your hands;
Great works, Dear God, You have wrought,
Exceeding deep Thine every thought;
A foolish man knows not their worth,
Nor he whose mind is of the earth.
When as the grass the wicked grow,
When sinners flourish here below,
Then is their endless ruin nigh,
But You, O Lord, art throned on high;
Your enemies shall fall before Thy might,
The evil shall be put to flight.
Thou, Lord, hast blessed me
With royal strength and dignity;
With Your anointing I am blest,
Your grace and favor on me rest;
I thus exult o’er all my foes,
O’er all that would my cause oppose.
The righteous man shall flourish well,
And in the house of God shall dwell;
He shall be like a goodly tree,
And all his life shall fruitful be;
For righteous is the Lord and just,
He is my Rock, in Him I trust.
Monday, November 15, 2010
|You know that in a race all the runners run but only one wins the prize, don't you? You must run in such a way that you may be victorious. |
1 Corinthians 9:4
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Sunday, November 07, 2010
Saturday, November 06, 2010
Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Too long have we been waiting for one another to begin! The time of
waiting is past! The hour of God has struck! War is declared! In God's
Holy Name let us arise and build! 'The God of Heaven, He will fight
for us', as we for Him. We will not build on the sand, but on the
bedrock of the sayings of Christ, and the gates and minions of hell
shall not prevail against us. Should such men as we fear? Before the
world, yes, before the sleepy, lukewarm, faithless, namby-pamby
Christian world, we will dare to trust our God, we will venture our
all for Him, we will live and we will die for Him, and we will do it
with His joy unspeakable singing aloud in our hearts. We will a
thousand times sooner die trusting only our God, than live trusting in
man. And when we come to this position the battle is already won, and
the end of the glorious campaign in sight. We will have the real
Holiness of God, not the sickly stuff of talk and dainty words and
pretty thoughts; we will have a Masculine Holiness, one of daring
faith and works for Jesus Christ."
- CT Studd
photo taken in Agawam, MA
Monday, November 01, 2010
From the crude cry which we have so often heard during the
war years: "If there is a God, why doesn't He stop Hitler?," to
the unspoken questioning in many a Christian heart when a
devoted servant of Christ dies from accident or disease at what
seems to us a most inopportune moment, there is this universal
longing for God to intervene, to show His hand, to vindicate
His purpose. I do not pretend to understand the ways of God any
more than the next man; but it is surely more fitting as well
as more sensible for us to study what God does do and what He
does not do as He works in and through the complex fabric of
this disintegrated world, than to postulate what we think God
ought to do and then feel demoralized and bitterly disappointed
because He fails to fulfill what we expect of Him.
... J. B. Phillips (1906-1982), Making Men Whole