2-5-16 Built on Sand

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26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

Matthew 7: 26-27 KJV

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How many of us like a foolish man

Who listens to the Word and nods his head,

But keeps instead his own distorted plan

And builds his house without foundation bed.

Just knowing Christ’s commands is not enough;

He needs to be within our hands and feet.

A fancy car without four tires rides rough;

A house built on the sand the floods defeat.

If Jesus is your Lord, then serve Him well;

A servant is no good laid up in bed.

When trouble comes all you can do is yell.

The storms of life will tear your house to shreds.

A tree with meager roots is doomed to fall;

The first time winds descend the tree will sprawl.

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REMEMBER: A strong foundation is built by exercising the will of Christ.

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11-19-15 Cross This Bridge

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For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus

1 Timothy 2:5 KJV

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When Adam ate the fruit forbidden him,

He then began ‘tween man and God a rift,

An endless ocean that no man could swim

Composed of slimy sin no limb could lift.

Yet God so loved the world He sent His Son

To build a bridge of grace to Heaven’s shore,

And only Jesus Christ could be the one

To take upon the sin for us He bore.

Christ spans the gulf, His body and His blood

The solitary bridge from man to God.

If we but step across in faith the flood

Will never touch us as we walk abroad.

Christ is the only one to mediate,

A bridge to intercede and advocate.

7-26-15 Diligence

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5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

2 Peter 1:5-10 KJV

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If you would come to know of Christ our King,

Then work with diligence these attributes:

Keep faith so strong it stands through anything,

And build your virtue as an absolute.

 

Increase in knowledge of the scriptured word,

Conduct with temperence your words and ways,

Be patient to endure all trials incurred,

And strive toward godliness without delays.

 

With kindness treat your brother as yourself,

And move with charity in all you do.

Without these things you’re blind upon a shelf,

Forgetting what Christ’s death has done for you.

 

            Give diligence to make your calling sure

            And you will never fall as immature.

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1-13-15 God or Bust

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Unless the Lord is present count it dead

Whatever that is built with human hands;

It may exist a thousand years ahead

But might as well be built with desert sand.

A city that’s forgotten God is doomed

Like Sodom and Gormorrah full of sin;

Then soon by wickedness it is consumed,

As dead inside as though it’s never been.

Invite the Lord to sanction all you do,

And let His Spirit guide your heart and mind;

The earthly things that honor God are true,

And all without His love will fall behind.

Let God build both your church and family,

And everywhere you go, there He will be.

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Except the LORD build the house,

they labour in vain that build it:

except the LORD keep the city,

the watchman waketh but in vain.

Psalm 127:1 KJV

9-21-14 Encourage One Another

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Your earthly relatives by blood are joined,

With uncles, aunts and cousins on both sides.

You’ve also family not gene conjoined,

A spiritual connection that abides.

The saving blood of Jesus covers all

Who do believe He is the Son of God;

Now children of our Father God recall

Our brothers and our sisters Spirit awed.

Encourage one another piously

To cling unto the Saviour and His love,

For we are one with Jesus by decree,

And build each other up to God above.

With Grace in faith the Way back home is clear,

Revitalize your siblings far and near.

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Therefore encourage one another

and build one another up

1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

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