TRUTH

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 Isaiah 59:15-16  "Truth is nowhere to be found, and whoever shuns evil becomes prey.  The Lord looked and was displeased that there was no justice.  He saw that there was not one, he was appalled that there was no one to intervene; so his own arm worked salvation for him, and his own righteousness sustained him."

O Jesus, our Savior, teach us to be like You.  Give us courage to speak up and step out on behalf of justice.  Help us to speak the truth in love, to right wrongs, heal wounds, and champion the cause of the dispossessed.  May we stand in Your righteousness to intervene and intercede for our own stumbling nation and a world in turmoil.  I love You.  Amen.


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The God of All Comfort




Hebrews 2:18 (HCSB)
     For since He Himself was tested and has suffered, He is able to help those who are tested.

Hebrews 4:15 (HCSB)
15  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.

Matthew 8:16-17 (HCSB)
     16 When evening came, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. He drove out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick, 17 so that what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: He Himself took our weaknesses and carried our diseases.

Father, the comfort and encouragement we have through Jesus identifying with our weaknesses, suffering, sorrows and sickness is truly not only healing but also enabling. You give us the strength and hope to carry on, living in faith, trusting your presence with us every day.

2 Corinthians 1:3 (HCSB)
     Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.

We can truly affirm the confidence of the Psalmist.  “God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life.” Psalm 54:4 (HCSB)

We praise You Father in the name of Jesus our beloved Savior and friend. Amen.




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A Prayer of Commitment

Lord, I give myself to fully follow You, whatever it may mean. Take every aspect of my life and use me for Your purposes to glorify Your name. I’m not here on earth to do my own thing, to seek my own fulfillment or my own glory. I’m not here to indulge my flesh, to increase my possessions, to impress people, to be popular, to prove I’m somebody important, or to promote myself. I’m not here even to be relevant or successful by human standards. I’m here to please You.

To live like this, I yield myself to you, to know you, to love you, to honor you, to obey you, and to grow in your holy fear. I desire to become a person who lives and grows in reverent awe of you.

I’ll do anything You want me to do as long as You lead me; go anywhere You want me to go since You will go with me; and say anything that You want me to say as long as You will fill me. Teach me, guide me, empower me as I climb the ministry mountain.

Father, there isn’t any gift You have for me I don’t want. If You want me to wait to accomplish Your work, I will. If You want to use me in a way that I’m not used to, I yield myself to that. I trust You, Lord, to do that which I cannot do for myself. Today I affirm my love for You, my God, and I choose to live and minister in Your way for the rest of my life.

To the glory of the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of the Lord Jesus, for the very best of many everywhere, I ask these things. Amen.

(Sources: Ruth Myers-Cindy Jacobs-Dale Schlafer-Ramesh Richard)

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let your love be made full in me ...

I love the words to this Godspell chorus ...
Day by day
Oh Dear Lord
Three things I pray
To see thee more clearly
Love thee more dearly
Follow thee more nearly
Day by day
They remind me of this prayer by Anselm of Canterbury ...
I pray. O God, to know thee, to love thee, that I may rejoice in thee.

And if I cannot attain to full joy in this life may I at least advance from day to day, until that joy may came to the full. Let the knowledge of thee advance in me here, and there be made full.

Let the love of thee increase, and there let it be full, that here my joy may be great in hope, and there full in truth.

Open the eyes of my heart Lord that I might see you more clearly.

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to be known

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God, investigate my life;    get all the facts firsthand.I’m an open book to you;    even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.You know when I leave and when I get back;    I’m never out of your sight.You know everything I’m going to say    before I start the first sentence.I look behind me and you’re there,    then up ahead and you’re there, too—    your reassuring presence, coming and going.

... Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit?

    to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
    If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
    to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
    you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!
    At night I’m immersed in the light!”



... You know me inside and out,
    you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
    how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,

 (From Psalm 139, The Message)


God, you promise to know us inside and out. You know every hair on our heads, every thought in our minds, every feeling in our hearts. You love us so. Help us be known and loved by you, so that we may be known and loved by others.

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TOO FAMILIAR?

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 The disciples walk and talked and ate with Jesus every day.  They were eye witnesses to his miracles.  The blind could see, the lame jumped with joy with their healing.  He fed the thousands on the hillside.  The disciples saw, heard and felt it all.  They became so familiar with his miracles they forgot who HE WAS.

Shortly after the feeding of the thousands on the hillside, Jesus and his disciples got into a boat and Jesus said let's go to the other side.  It was night, and a terrible storm came up tossing the boat back and forth, wind howling, water coming in the boat, and Jesus was asleep on a mat.  The terrified men, ask Jesus if He cared that they die in the storm.  He calmed the storm with a word, and told his men how little faith they had.  They forgot WHO HE WAS!  God Almighty, Creator of the Universe.   Jesus said, as they started out in the boat they would go to the other side.  That should have been enough, but they forgot WHO HE WAS!

Dear Lord, increase my little faith, so I will never forget who YOU ARE and what YOU can DO!  The storms of life are so real, so scary, so huge, but You have told us in your Word, that you are with us and will NEVER leave us, so give me faith to believe that in every circumstance of my life.  I love You.  Amen







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