Tuesday, December 31, 2013

That's My King! - SM Lockridge


That’s My King
The Bible says
He’s the King of the Jews
He’s the King of Israel
He’s the King of Righteousness
He’s the King of the Ages
He’s the King of Heaven
He’s the King of Glory
He’s the King of Kings
and He is the Lord of Lords
Now that’s my King!
David says
The Heavens declare the glory of God
And the firmament showeth His handiwork
No means of measure can define His limitless love
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing
He’s enduringly strong
He’s entirely sincere
He’s eternally steadfast
He’s immortally graceful
He’s imperially powerful
He’s impartially merciful
That’s my King!
He’s God’s Son
He’s the sinners’ Saviour
He’s the centrepiece of civilisation
He stands alone in Himself
He’s august
He’s unique
He’s unparalleled
He’s unprecedented
He’s supreme
He’s pre-eminent
He’s the loftiest idea in literature
He’s the highest personality in philosophy
He’s the supreme problem in higher criticism
He’s the fundamental doctrine in true theology
He’s the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion
That’s my King!
He’s the miracle of the age
He’s the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
He’s the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously
He supplies strength for the weak
He’s available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathises and He saves
He guards and He guides
He heals the sick
He cleansed the lepers
He forgives sinners
He discharges debtors
He delivers the captives
He defends the feeble
He blesses the young
He serves the unfortunate
He regards the aged
He rewards the diligent
And He beautifies the meek
Do you know Him?
My King is the key of knowledge
He’s the wellspring of wisdom
He’s the doorway of deliverance
He’s the pathway of peace
He’s the roadway of righteousness
He’s the highway of holiness
He’s the gateway of glory
He’s the master of the mighty
He’s the captain of the conquerors
He’s the head of the heroes
He’s the leader of the legislators
He’s the overseer of the overcomers
He’s the governor of governors
He’s the prince of princes
He’s the King of Kings
And He’s the Lord of Lords
That’s my King
That’s my King!
My King
His office is manifold
His promise is sure
His life is matchless
His goodness is limitless
His mercy is everlasting
His love never changes
His word is enough
His grace is sufficient
His reign is righteous
His yoke is easy
and His burden is light
I wish I could describe Him to you
He’s indescribable
He’s indescribable
He’s incomprehensible
He’s invincible
He’s irresistible
I’m trying to tell you
The heaven of heavens cannot contain Him
Let alone a man explain Him
You can’t get Him out of your mind
You can’t get Him off of your hands
You can’t outlive Him
And you can’t live without Him
The Pharisees couldn’t stand Him
but they found out they couldn’t stop Him
Pilate couldn’t find any fault in Him
The witnesses couldn’t get their testimonies to agree
And Herod couldn’t kill Him
Death couldn’t handle Him
And the grave couldn’t hold Him
That’s my King!
He always has been
And He always will be
I’m talking about
He had no predecessor
and He’ll have no successor
There was nobody before Him
and there’ll be nobody after Him
You can’t impeach Him
and He’s not going to resign
That’s my King!
Praise the Lord
That’s my King
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
The glory is all His
Thine is the Kingdom
And the power
And the glory
For ever
And ever
And ever
And when you get through with all of the forevers
Then
Amen



Monday, December 30, 2013

Why Frankincense and Myrrh?

BIBLE MEDITATION:
“And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Take unto thee sweet spices…with pure frankincense…And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy.

And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the Lord.”Exodus 30:34-37

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Not only did the Wise Men bring gold, they brought frankincense and myrrh. Frankincense speaks of His sinless deity, myrrh of His sacrificial death.

In Bible times they worshipped the Lord by burning incense, a sweet perfume rising up to the nostrils of God. It was a symbol of worship—to be used in the worship of God alone. Frankincense tells of the beauties, the fragrance, of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Frankincense represents Jesus, our Intercessor, and His intercessory prayers for us. Its fragrance speaks of the love and mercy of God.

Myrrh was used to embalm the dead. When the Lord Jesus Christ was being buried, they poured spices and myrrh into His grave clothes. “And there came also Nicodemus, which at the first came to Jesus by night, and brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about an hundred pound weight.” (John 19:39) Myrrh to embalm the body of Jesus.

In the gifts the Wise Men brought to the young boy Jesus, we see His sovereign dominion, sinless deity, and sacrificial death. He was born to die.

He is King and they brought gold.
He is God and they brought Him frankincense.
He is our Savior and they brought myrrh.

ACTION POINT:
Give—worship—witness—serve. These are what a wise man will do. I wonder, are you really wise? Do you understand that He was born to die?






The Unfinished Story of Christmas

BIBLE MEDITATION:

“…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels…
When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe…” 2 Thessalonians 1: 7, 10

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
The Jesus who came the first time is coming again, and Christmas is not complete without the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. The incarnation without the coronation would be like east without west. It would be like an engagement without a marriage. The story is not complete until Jesus comes again.

You may have thought that this was a good Christmas for you—but, friend, I want to tell you…the best is yet to come! The Heavenly Father has so much more in store for us when Jesus comes again.

You see, we get all wrapped up in the little baby, the baby that was born, and we then go beyond the birth of the baby, saying, “Yes, He came to die for our sins” (thank God He did that), but I want to remind you that the First Coming of Jesus and the Second Coming are linked together.

The Christmas Story in Luke 1 and 2 speaks not only of the Jesus who redeemed, but the Jesus who reigned. Not only Jesus who came the first time, but Jesus who is coming the second time to sit upon the throne of His father David, to rule over the house of Jacob forever and ever.

ACTION POINT:
Imagine for a moment what your life would be like without the Resurrection, the Rapture, and the Second Coming of Jesus. The most glorious fact of the past is that Jesus came the first time. The most glorious fact of the future is that this Jesus is coming again. The one sure hope of this jittery old world is the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The Prophecy of Simeon

Luke 2:25-35 (NLT)

25 At that time there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon. He was righteous and devout and was eagerly waiting for the Messiah to come and rescue Israel. The Holy Spirit was upon him 26 and had revealed to him that he would not die until he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 That day the Spirit led him to the Temple. So when Mary and Joseph came to present the baby Jesus to the Lord as the law required, 28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace,
    as you have promised.
30 I have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared for all people.
32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations,
    and he is the glory of your people Israel!”
33 Jesus’ parents were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother, “This child is destined to cause many in Israel to fall, but he will be a joy to many others. He has been sent as a sign from God, but many will oppose him. 35 As a result, the deepest thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your very soul.”



He Came to Save

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord




O Holy Night

O Come All Ye Faithful
(Adeste Fideles)

What Child is This?

O Come, O Come, Emmanual

We Three Kings of Orient Are

Silent Night

Angels We have Heard on High

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

Good King Wenceslas

Joy to the World

The First Noel

Hark! The Herald Angel Sings

The Little Drummer Boy

I Saw Three Ships (Come Sailing In)

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Do You Hear What I Hear?

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Away in a Manger

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day

Go Tell it On the Mountain



~ The Birth of Jesus ~

Luke 2:1-20

New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah,the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.









He Is The Reason, He is JESUS

He Is The Reason, He is JESUS

His arrival was eagerly anticipated,
but not just by children.

He came on Christmas day,
but not down the chimney.

He worked in a woodshop,
but not making toys.

He had a beard,
but it was not white.

He had some helpers,
but they were not elves.

He did a miracle,
but not on 34th Street.

He rode into town,
but not on a sleigh.

He carried a lot of weight,
but he was not heavy.

He hung on a tree,
but not as an ornament.

He disappeared into the clouds,
but not to the North Pole.

His return is eagerly anticipated,
but not predictable.

So every year at Christmas time
let all traditions become a sign
to point us back so long ago
when God came to earth
for the world to know.

He did not want to be a stranger
So as a gift specially wrapped
in swaddling clothes,
He lay in a manger.


By Stevan Chaney

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

"God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings"

I'm not allowed to post the Youtube here for you to click on but I can provide the link for you to go there and listen to this version.....

(feat. Sarah McLachlan)


God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born upon this day;
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.

[Chorus]
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

From God our heavenly Father
This blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings of the same;
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name.

[Chorus]
O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy!

O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Born a king on Bethlehem's plain;
Gold I bring to crown Him again;
King forever, ceasing never,
Over us all to reign.

[Chorus]
O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

Glorious now behold Him arise,
King and God and sacrifice,
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!
Worshipping God most high.

O, star of wonder, star of night,
Star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.

God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay
God rest ye merry, gentlemen, let nothing you dismay




Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Grace and Gifts

My word for 2013 was GRACE.
My heart grows full as I think of it...GRACE is a gift so wonderful that I cannot put it into words. 



Many are the gifts that God gives to His children. My heart is full 
as I think on these things now...

Philippians 4:7-9

 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, 
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. 


It is by God's GRACE that I have been given LIFE.

It is by God's GRACE that I have been shown GRACE.

It is by God's GRACE that I have God's LOVE.

It is by God's GRACE that I know JESUS.

It is by God's GRACE that I have his HOLY SPIRIT.

It is by God's GRACE that I have been SAVED.

It is by God's GRACE that I have FAITH.

It is by God's GRACE that I am shown MERCY.

It is by God's GRACE that I am FORGIVEN.

It is by God's GRACE that I have ETERNAL LIFE.


For by grace are ye saved through faith; 
and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:8

By the grace of God we are given the gift of faith.  
Through faith in God we are given salvation.  
We all receive salvation, the gift of God, 
the same way, by the grace of God through faith in God.





Sunday, December 15, 2013

Mary Did You Know - Mark Lowery



Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has come to make you new?
This Child that you delivered will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy will calm the storm with His hand?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy has walked where angels trod?
When you kiss your little Baby you kissed the face of God?

Mary did you know.. Ooo Ooo Ooo

The blind will see.
The deaf will hear.
The dead will live again.
The lame will leap.
The dumb will speak
The praises of The Lamb.

Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
that your Baby Boy would one day rule the nations?
Did you know
that your Baby Boy is heaven's perfect Lamb?
The sleeping Child you're holding is the Great, I Am



Saturday, December 7, 2013

He Was Born to Die


A reminder for us throughout this season 
and on into the new year.....



One, two, three

When the babe was born
In a manger on the hay
God saw a veil torn
He saw Good Friday
He was born to die

Gold laid before the Christ
Incense, His presence is sweet
Myrrh to signify
Victory over death's sting
He was born to die

It came in a dream
To Joseph late one night
That Herod sought the King
But could not take His life
He was born to die

He said, "You don't take my life
You won't take my life
You don't take my life
I lay it down"

We came here today
To celebrate His birth
But let us not forget
Why Jesus came to earth
He was born to die

He was born to die
He was born to
He was born to die

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ by Shane and Shane

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

...though I walk through the valley...

We are not built for the mountains and the dawns and aesthetic affinities, those are for moments of inspiration, that is all. We are built for the valley, for the ordinary stuff we are in, and that is where we have to prove our mettle… The mount is not meant to teach us anything, it is meant to make us something…     ~ Author Unknown

We have all had times on the mount when we have seen things from God’s standpoint and have wanted to stay there; but God will never allow us to stay there. The test of our spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, something is wrong.  ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost

God's Promises for when you are afraid...

 What to do when you are… Afraid 


God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7


The Spirit we received does not make us slaves again to fear; it makes us children of God. With that Spirit we cry out, “Father.” And the Spirit himself joins with our spirits to say we are God’s children. ~ Romans 8:15-16


Where God’s love is, there is no fear, God’s perfect love drives our fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not made perfect in the person who fears.” ~ 1 John 4:18


Those who go to God Most High for safety will be protected by the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety and protection. You are my God and I trust you. ~ Psalm 91:1-2


But the people who trust the LORD will become strong again. They will rise up as an eagle in the sky; they will run and not need to rest; they will walk and not become tired. ~ Isaiah 40:31


He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you can hide. His truth will be your shield and protection. You will not fear any danger by night or an arrow during the day. You will not be afraid of diseases that come in the dark or sickness that strikes at noon. At your side one thousand people may die, or even ten thousand right beside you, but you will not be hurt. ~ Psalm 91:4-7


So we can be sure when we say, “I will not be afraid, because the Lord is my helper. People can’t do anything to me.” Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. ~ Hebrews 13:6, 8


Nothing bad will happen to you. No disaster will come to your home. He has put his angels in charge of you. They will watch over you wherever you go. The LORD says, “If someone loves me, I will save him.” ~ Psalm 91:10-11, 14


You won’t be afraid of sudden trouble; you won’t fear the ruin that comes to the wicked, because the LORD will keep you safe. He will keep you from being trapped. ~ Proverbs 3:25-26


I will build you using fairness. You will be safe from those who would hurt you, so you will have nothing to fear. Nothing will come to make you afraid. ~ Isaiah 54:14


I trust in God. I will not be afraid. What can people do to me? ~ Psalm 56:11


Even if I walk through a very dark valley, I will not be afraid, because you are with me. Your rod and your walking stick comfort me; You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing. ~ Psalm 23:4-5


God knew them before he made the world, and he decided that they would be like his Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of many brothers. So what should we say about this? If God is with us, no one can defeat us. Can anything separate us from the love Christ has for us? Can troubles or problems or suffering or hunger or nakedness or danger or violent death? As it is written in the Scriptures: “For you we are in danger of death all the time. People think we are worth no more than sheep to be killed.” But in all these things we have full victory through God who showed his love for us. Yes, I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, nor anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. ~ Romans 8:29, 31, 35-39


All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave. ~ Psalm 31:24


I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid. ~ John 14:27


The LORD is my light and the one who saves me. I fear no one. The LORD protects my life; I am afraid of no one. If an army surrounds me, I will not be afraid. If war breaks out, I will trust the LORD. ~ Psalm 27:1, 3


“God’s Promises for Everyday”  verses are from the New Century Version of the Bible (see them also athttp://www.BibleGateway.com).

Praise and Thankfulness in the morning...

…some mornings it is hard to wake up and feel thankful
and begin praising God before your feet hit the floor…

...however, when I begin to hear the lovely bird song
...just before dawn…
...I think to myself…
...the birds are giving thanks and praise to God,
~ our Creator. ~

It is such a achingly beautiful sound…
...so cheerful...
and amazing to hear them all at once singing
and chirping all over the place. 

I highly recommend for you to try it.

Leave your window open just a small bit...
...wake up at dawn...

and just lie quietly and listen.


Some mornings our hearts can be so heavy
that we feel as if we have the weight of the world on them.

Yet our Lord Jesus says: 

“Come to me, 
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me, 
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.”
~ Matthew 11:28-29 ~

Think on these words the next time you really listen to bird song.

Let this simple act begin to soften your heart towards God
and although you may not know how to pray
or what to pray for just remember this:

“…the Spirit helps us with our weakness.
We do not know how to pray as we should.
But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us,
even begs God for us with deep feelings
that words cannot explain.
God can see what is in people’s hearts.
And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit,
because the Spirit speaks to God
for his people in the way God wants.”

~ Romans 8:26-27 ~