Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.


Proverbs 4:18  "The Path of righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day."

Thank you Lord, for Your light of truth that makes my way both safe and pleasant.  With the light of Your presence You warm my heart.  With the light of Your wisdom You enlighten my mind.  With the light of Your Word You illuminate my path.  How I long for the full light of that great and glorious Day when we, Your people, will reach our destination around Your throne.  There we will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for You, O Lord, will give us light.  And we will reign with You forever and ever.  We love You.  Amen.


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Best Buy

“.….. darkness fell across the whole land…..”  Luke 23:44 (NLT)

Father, yesterday was Black Friday and there were supper sales all over the place, people standing in line for hours to make the best buy. My heart and mind goes back to the original Black Friday, 2000 years ago, when the best buy of all time was purchased at an infinite price.

The Apostle Peter reminds us: “For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NLT)

Father, in the darkness on that day so long ago Your Son paid the price of the greatest gift ever offered to the human race. Colossians 1:13-14 (NLT) says it so well: “….he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, 14 who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins."

Indeed Father, that was the best buy ever and all who trust in Jesus for their salvation will be eternally grateful.


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Dear Lord,
My heart is heavy. Help me know how to roll my burdens upon You for You have promised to carry them if I will only let them go.

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Create in me...

"Create in me a clean heart, O God;
And renew a right spirit within me"
(Psalm 51:10)

What an amazing prayer that Kind David uttered to God when pleading for forgiveness, cleansing and restoration of fellowship with Him. What an amazing and pertinent prayer this should be on the lips of every Christian! 

The word create in this passage is the Hebrew word 'bara' which means 'to create or to make'. But the beautiful thing about the word is that this verb is of profound theological significance. Truly the word 'bara' is a verb that only has God as its subject. It expresses creation out of nothing as we see first in Genesis 1:1. 

So, as we encounter this word in this Psalm of David, we must understand that David knew that the work on his heart which was needed and desired could only be accomplished by His God. Our hearts need a touch by our heavenly Father. God and only God can create in us that clean heart with forgiveness and cleansing and restoration. May this prayer be on our lips and in our hearts every day of our lives. 


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Prayer of Thanksgiving

Father, we give you thanks for your gracious blessing to us. Thank you for providing what we need. Thank you for your mercies which are continually refreshed. Thank you for guiding us. Thank you for the great salvation accomplished on the cross. We pray for those who struggle physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Let them know your love and goodness to them and encourage them. Help us to remember those who are less fortunate. Amen

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"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter the gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise.  give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."  Psalms 100

The Lord through His Holy Word has shown us how to pray a prayer of Thanksgiving.  He is our model for life and practice.

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Just Two Words

1 Chronicles 16:8-10 (NLT)
   8  Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. 9 Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds. 10 Exult in his holy name; rejoice, you who worship the LORD.

Father of all the words that come to mind this Thanksgiving Season the commercial theme of Nike “Just Do It” describes those words well. And those two words are “Give Thanks.” As we consider and call to mind the abundant blessings graciously bestowed on us it certainly is with the deepest gratitude and heartfelt praise that we acknowledge and remember your goodness. And your goodness is the infinite reflection of your thoughts toward. The Psalmist reminds: ”How precious are your thoughts about me (us), O God. They cannot be numbered!” Psalm 139:17 (NLT)

So Father we just want to Give Thanks to you for “your wonderful deeds, to sing praises to you and worship you.”

1 Chronicles 29:13 (NLT)
   “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!


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He is the same!

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, 
and today, and forever." 
(Hebrews 13:8)

Thank you, Lord, that you never change. Thank you for being ever-living and never-changing. Help us to rejoice in the truth of this with power from the Holy Spirit.  If we begin to comprehend this, we will begin to see the power and testimony of the early church surface in our churches today! Thank you, Lord, for your eternal and unchanging Word.


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Dear Lord, you have blessed my life in so many ways, and today I must thank you again for "Family".  Family is your idea, and when we enjoy the love and joy from children and grandchildren, we remember how much you love us and adopted us into Your family.

Thanks you for this good day, a family gathering at Elijah's last Water Polo game.  Thank you that the family could celebrate it together and help us all to remember where our blessings come from.  I love you Jesus, and want to say again, thank you for my family.  Thank you that they have chosen to follow You.  Amen.


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Philippians 1:3-4 (ESV)
   3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Father, in our journey through life there are those you bring alongside to be a comfort, counsel and confidant to encourage and enable us in the life mission you have given us. Yes Father you have given us all a life mission and we need help to accomplishment it. Thank you for family and friends that stand with us in this journey. Some are near, others are far but all are essential in the support you give us through them. You never leave us alone you never leave us without help. Your presence is reinforced through their prayers, fellowship and sometimes sacrificial intervention. So it is with joy Father that I remember them today. It is a remembrance written on my heart out of appreciation for each and every one.


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Praying Psalm 11 | I will not Run Away

I take refuge in you Lord.

I will not run away from my problems or from the enemies of my heart.

Your word is my foundation. I will embrace what it says about me!

You LORD are in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne.

You observe the sons of men. Your eyes examine them.

You test the righteous LORD and opposes the one who loves violence.

Father please reveal yourself to us all.

Help us all to repent and not be judged.

You are righteous Lord.

You love righteous deeds.

The upright shall behold your face.


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Monday Prayer

This is from a congregational prayer said in our gathering yesterday.
Jesus, make it my highest joy to study you, meditate on you, gaze on you, sit like Mary at your feet, lean like John on your breast, appeal like Peter to your love, count like Paul all things but dung. I believe, help my unbelief. Amen.

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Today Don and I stopped at IN-N-OUT Burger after running a few errands.  I knew they have John 3:16 stamped on the bottom of their beverage cups, but today I turned over the little container of fries and it had Proverbs 24:16 stamped on the bottom.  We are all familiar with John 3:16, but do you know what that verse in Proverbs says without looking it up.  I didn't but was impressed with it.

". . .for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again, but the wicked are brought down by calamity."

That's the difference of us that claim the righteousness of Jesus Christ in our lives.  We have difficult circumstances, broken relationships, death of a loved one, financial loss, and we falter and fall.  But we don't stay times....we claim His power in our lives, and we get up feeling His strength and we learn from the fall.

Dear Jesus, we do falter and fall, give us Your strength to keep getting up and continuing to be the example of your righteousness working in and through our lives.  Thank you for Your Word that it is always true and for the instruction it gives on how to live our lives.  We love You.  Amen.


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God’s Good Will

Psalm 91:14-16 (ESV)
   14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Father, six times in this brief passage of Scripture you affirm your good will toward those who hold fast to you with loving affection and know your name with personal attention. It is an intimate interaction of the soul with the Sovereign God. Thank you Father for making this relationship possible and we can affirm the summation of the Apostle Paul in relation to your will, that it is indeed “….good and acceptable and perfect.”

We sing the words of the Psalmist: “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made”. Psalm 145:9 (ESV)
Thank you Father for your good will that was given to us in the gift of your Son, our Savior and Lord, Jesus.


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if you love Me

"If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of
God will rush through me to other lives,
because behind the deed of obedience is the
Reality of Almighty God"
(A.W. Tozer)

Lord, help us to be obedient vessels for You! Help us to cling to Your standards and Your commands. Help us to see that our love for You is made evident by our level of commitment to Your WORD! Draw us closer and closer to Your side and give us a desire like no other to be submissive to Your will and to obey Your Holy Word.

"If you love me, you will keep my commands" (John 14:15)


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 Almighty and merciful God, It is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
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"Lamb of Glory, I am humbled that You ask me to remember You ~in spite of my wandering heart and habitual need for pardon.  But gratefully I take Your cup of mercy in the company of others.  Together we worship, beckoned by grace to Your side, where we eat, drink and remember Your sacrifice.  We love You.  Amen."


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