2-23-16 On Faith

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

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You go to bed assured that you will wake;

A pregnant woman knows her child will come;

You drool just thinking of that chocolate cake;

Guitarists play the song before they strum.

Now, faith is not believing it will be,

It’s knowing that it is before it is.

I do not have to touch, don’t have to see

To know that Jesus lives; my heart is His.

It was by faith Christ calmed the tempest sea,

By faith He made the blind man see anew.

Within the grace of God you’ll find the key:

You live by faith in everything you do.

In faith you have the truth to set you free.

The tiny seed contains the mighty tree.

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REMEMBER: Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation. (D. Elton Trueblood)

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2-18-16 Worth the Wait

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7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

James 5:7-8 KJV

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This food you eat some farmer took the time

To grow the crop from seed to harvest day.

He must have patience for the rainy clime

Like grace upon the thirsty soul convey.

The best things are worth all the waiting for:

A baby takes nine months to come to term.

When mother holds the child she bore before,

The time it took for this she will affirm.

Be patient for the day when Christ returns.

Establish now your heart to persevere,

And love no matter what be your concern,

For when that day arrives will all be clear.

The coming of the Lord is drawing nigh.

The harvest soon will come to glorify.

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REMEMBER: Jesus might come today. Be diligent!

11-16-15 The Word of God Goes Forth

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10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11 KJV

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As rain brings life to all that drink it in,

So does the Word of God to list’ning ear,

Descending from the heavens to begin

His reign of grace and love to all that hear.

The presence of the Lord did walk the earth,

And everywhere He went good fruit would grow.

The gospel of His being promised birth,

Eternal life abundantly to flow.

When God said “BE” the universe emerged,

And how much more His Word within your heart!

Now open up your mouth as Spirit urged

And let His Word go forth with love impart.

God loved the world so much He gave His Son;

His blood like rain brings life to everyone.

12-27-14 Alms

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The hardest thing a man can learn to do

Is give what he has got unto the poor.

Forgotten is the time he was poor, too,

Now blinded by excess and wanting more.

That which he gives expecting nothing back

Is just like lending riches to the Lord.

The man who gives with love will never lack,

For God will see that he’s ten times restored.

He doesn’t have to wait until he’s asked;

If he is close to God he’ll see the need,

And if he only has two coins amassed,

The one he gives away’s a planted seed.

Have pity on the poor and those without,

For giving is what love is all about.

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He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD;

and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

Proverbs 19:17 KJV

12-16-14 Harvest Looms*

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Oh, can you feel the day grow closer now?

Be sure the enemy can feel this, too!

He drags his claws across the earth to plough

And sows his evil seeds against us few.

Plant upon all hearts the Savior’s love,

And fertilize it well with works of good.

We need each other now to rise above;

The wheat of saints won’t be misunderstood.

Now come into the field with me; don’t shirk!

The harvest day approaches, see the signs?

Don’t try to pull the tares, that’s reaper-work!

Now quickly spread the gospel so divine!

A fire’s being stoked, His blade is keen!

Let’s help each other out; time to be seen!

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And let us consider one another

to provoke unto love and to good works:

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together,

as the manner of some is;

but exhorting one another: and so much the more,

as ye see the day approaching.

Hebrews 10:24,25 KJV

(*Reference to Matthew 13:24-30)

8-19-14 Commit Your Work

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No matter what you do from day to day,

The simple tasks that drives toward your goals,

Seek God for help in ev’ry single way

And let Him be the one that’s in control.

Cast all your cares to God for ev’rything,

In sustenence, support, supply and might,

And do your best with all your effort brings,

Then rest assured His will be done forthright.

When you’ve by faith and prayer done all you could,

Release your cares and know that God’s in charge.

He makes all things to work for what is good,

With all the loving grace He will discharge.

            Commit each seed you plant unto the Lord;

            The fruit at journey’s end is your reward.

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Commit your work to the LORD,

and your plans will be established.

Proverbs 16:3 ESV

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