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““‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”

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Saturday, August 31 2019

God knows and understands, He cares and comforts, He still walks on Water and calms the Storms, and the hurts and pains of life. He has been there and knows even more than us, the Cross broke His heart but He had Joy for us when He went freely and after death, now lives again. The Greater the Pain, the more He understands. The more comfort we need, He brings it Greater. 

Peter walked on Water (past tense) but better still, far better, is that Jesus has Walked on Water and still walks on Water.

Matthew 14:22-32

“22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

In life, situations and circumstances, and tragic events happen, good and bad, sometimes very difficult and hard to understand. In such storms, Jesus said “Take Courage, Don’t be afraid!” When Peter was invited to walk on Water, he didn’t know what was ahead, but by faith he stepped out and did it, but it didn’t last long; when Peter saw the great wind kick-up he became afraid and could no longer walk on water, at the appropriate time and quickly, Peter cried out “Lord, save me”.   Immediately without hesitation, “Jesus reached out his hand and caught him”. The reality concluded that when they got back into the boat, the group acknowledged “Truly you are the Son God”.

Let’s never forget, Jesus understands and can react quickly to our needs when we cry out to Him. As we may remember, another reality in scripture is that Jesus in the midst of a huge storm, nothing minor, but raging, He dealt with it by the Power of His Words, “Peace be Still” and the storms calmed.  Not only can a Word from Jesus change things to bring comfort, so can a Whisper by the Holy Spirit.

I often have been perplexed that I was born in good physical and mental shape, but my twin brother, identical at that, was born with cerebral palsy having both physical and mental handicaps. Only eight minutes apart.  

For many years I had a touch of survivors guilt, many said during that time I held myself back to mitigate the differences between my brother and I.  Later in life I blossomed and realized God intended for me to be me. So I did just that. Mother for years thought she caused that but of course she didn’t. To put another perspective on it, some of my family and friends would argue with a smile that I am not totally fine mentally and much slower and weaker physically, and they are probably right.

I know I had always feared having a child for fear it would be handicapped and was afraid to relive any hurt again. A few years after I was married, my wife with the blessings of the Good Lord gave us a beautiful healthy baby girl. When I first held her there was a message in that. Later I realized that as God gave me my child in perfect health and harmony, He also gave the world His child who was also in perfect health and harmony. But He gave His innocent perfect Son to the the world for the ultimate purpose of being slaughtered and tortured like a baby lamb by ruthless people for the whole purpose to shed His Son’s Blood to give the world even those who killed His Son forgiveness of sins and Eternal Life. To help put us all back with a sense of peace, He resurrected His Son Jesus back to life and glory and brought Him back home to Heaven. I realized for the first time, there is no way I could freely and willingly offer my child to the world, but our Heavenly Father did. The ultimate storm of life came in the life of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the Godhead, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but God turned the storm into calm, newness of Life and Heaven. 

Jesus made us to be us, not someone else, but to be new in Him, and to walk with Him and Him in us.  Jesus has always been there for and in us, through every struggle, every pain, every tear, good and bad, every storm, to say “Don’t be Afraid, Put your Trust in Me”.  He still walks on Water, not just in Peter’s time, but today even now. Let us say as the Disciples did that day in the boat with Jesus, “Truly He is the Son of God”. When we hurt, let Jesus, when we cry realize He has cried too, when we are speechless let Him speak, when we are helpless it’s ok, He helps and comforts. It’s ok to cry just do it with Jesus, it’s ok to hurt, just let Jesus comfort, it’s ok to be confused, just know Jesus has the answers, we don’t need to know sometimes, just Know Him. And no matter the circumstances or any doubt or concern, His Grace is greater than we can imagine, see the Cross, see His tears even when His friend died. Yes Jesus wept even when He knew He would raise His friend Lazarus to life again. After all, we are Jesus friend too. He still walks on Water and calms the sea.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father,

The Great God and Power and Love of Everything and Everyone Who is always there and has always been and will always be. Forgive us, mend our hearts, bring Your Peace, Walk with us upon calm and dangerous waters, calm and turbulent storms, once again in our lives, tell us and our problems, hurts and pain, “Peace be Still”. Hold our hands and take us in Your Arms like a Shepherd holds His Sheep, give us what we need, sometimes we don’t know what to say or what to feel, but You do, Teach us, Comfort us, show us Loving Kindness. “Walk on Water” with Us, we need You and Desire You.

Thank You for your many blessings great and small, especially The Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Let us know there are Good Waves of Life beyond the present Sea, turn our hurt into joy and may mercy and grace come even now, tomorrow and evermore.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Friday, August 30 2019

Isaiah 40:29 “The Lord gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”

1 Corinthians 1:25 “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”

In life, we all get tired, we at times are frankly worn-out. We can fill drained, weak, not only physically but many times it’s mentally and spiritually that is the hardest for us. What do we do? What can we do? 

“Have we not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, His understanding can no one fathom.” He not only understands but He gives and Renews Strength when we Hope in the Lord. As a gift, “He gives strength and increases power”.

Consider the context of Isaiah 40:29. Beginning in verse 28; the inspired writer reminds us and refreshes us by letting us know Who God is, the everlasting Creator Who does not grow tired, meaning He knows and understands everything, then in verses 29-32 reveals the promise.

Isaiah 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?

    Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God,

    the Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary,

    and his understanding no one can fathom.

29 He gives strength to the weary

    and increases the power of the weak.

30 Even youths grow tired and weary,

    and young men stumble and fall;

31 but those who hope in the Lord

    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

    they will run and not grow weary,

    they will walk and not be faint.

A promise from the Lord Jesus Christ comes from Matthew 11:28-29 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

We need to go to our Heavenly Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, through His mighty Spirit our Advocate, with our hope in God and ask for strength, rest, and help during time of need.

Let us pray:

Heavenly Father,

Our God, our Creator, Lord of All, Who has Power and Might, Grace and Mercy, and Love for Your people. You are Holy, Perfect and Full of Compassion, Kindness and Strength.

Give us strength and rest in times of need, for You are an ever present help at all times.

Watch over us, protect us, and guide us.

Thank You for All You do, and All that You are.

We ask You watch over the people of Florida and anyone who can potentially be impacted by the coming storms, we ask their safety for people and property, and for animals and pets, all your Creation. Bring comfort, hope and strength, and serve as their Protector: stop, tame, or alter the storms as You will. Let everyone know your grace and mercy and that Salvation and Redemption of everything and everyone comes from You The Lord. 

In the Power and Hope of our Lord Jesus Christ through Your Holy Spirit,

Amen

Minister

Cedar Plains Christian Church

930 Cedar Plains Road

Falkville, AL  35622

https://cedarplainscc.org

May The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you this day.

He is more than willing and able, that is our prayer this day.

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Thursday, August 29 2019

Are we compassionate, caring, kind, gracious and merciful, giving, loving, comforting and prayerful?

An honest person told me, they were not all those things but were some of those things.

I was impressed with the candid honest and humble answer.  That’s a good start! How about me and you, what is our answer? Will we be candid and honest with ourselves?

How many of those good things does our Lord Jesus Christ want us to do? The answer is challenging and humbling. God wants us to be All those things.

The scripture says “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:7-10

Have we prayed for someone lately? Have we said anything to someone caring, comforting, encouraging, kind? Have we been gracious or merciful? Have we dropped someone a note or card, or called and asked how they are, how they are feeling, or just let them know you appreciate them? How about yesterday, last week, last month? Hopefully sooner than a month? God wants us to do those things. 

Have you heard the song “Have I Told You Lately” by Rod Stewart, here are some of the lyrics.

Have I told you lately that I love you

Have I told you there's no one else above you

You fill my heart with gladness

Take away all my sadness

Ease my troubles, that's what you do

For the morning sun and all it's glory

Greets the day with hope and comfort, too

You fill my heart with laughter

Somehow, you make it better

Ease my troubles, that's what you do

[Pre-Chorus]

There's a love that's divine

And it's yours and it's mine

Like the sun

And at the end of the day

We should give thanks and pray

To the one, to the one

Here is a You Tube Version if you want to listen

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vQUQcAzAi3k

What’s the song in your heart? What did you do yesterday, last week, last month? 

Minister

Cedar Plains Christian Church

930 Cedar Plains Road

Falkville, AL  35622

https://cedarplainscc.org

May The Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you this day.

He is more than willing and able, that is our prayer this day.

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Wednesday, August 28 2019

To answer the question of our subject today “Where are the abundant blessings?”, the answer is:  They are found in being obedient in following Jesus Christ. Christians are called by God and instructed in His Word to be faithful to Him and observe His commandments and instruction. Why? The most obvious reason should be because He is God and He knows best, other reasons are it will make us a better person and better equip us to live life to the fullest, and because God always blesses our obedience to Him.

Luke 11: 27-28  “As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you. He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Notice the word “Blessed”, Jesus is speaking directly about the significance of obeying God. 

As a preacher, I have learned a few things through the years by experience and in the study of God’s Word. Many of those things pertain to God’s blessings. There are three fundamental truths pertaining to blessings that we need to realize. God wants to bless His children, we cannot dictate to God how or when He blesses, and God does not bless disobedience.

As Christians, we will want to serve God out of gratitude for the Salvation that He gives through Jesus Christ, and in response to the leading of The Holy Spirit, and because it brings glory and honor to Him.

Because of His Grace and our Love for Him, we will want to learn of Him, worship Him, and follow Him, and enjoy His many blessings. It’s concerning though that many Christians don’t realize the many blessings they are missing by not doing things such as that to glorify God.

There are however certain blessings that we receive almost no matter what we do. The Greatest Blessing available to everyone is that God sent Jesus to die for our sins to offer eternal life to those who will accept the Gospel. Other blessings that God has put in place are things such as the sunrise and sunset, Mountain View’s, the beauty in flowers and changing seasons. God also can choose to bless us in an effort to show us His love and to remind us to follow Him or He may give us a taste of His goodness just because He wants to show us His good nature. He may surround us with good people to show us the importance of being good or because we need help in life due to great loss or to bring us strength. We also are blessed by things like enjoying warmth and electricity, sunshine and rain, and a nice breeze. 

However, in contrast to the total blessings available to us, those are only a very small amount compared to what our Father God, Lord Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit want to do for us. 

The ultimate and absolute truth: God will not pour out the fullness of His blessings when we do not do what He wants us to do. Here are a few misconceptions.

1.  I can find God in His fullness without seeking Him. False

Matthew 7:7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

God through His Holy Spirit often draws us to Him, He convicts us, He teaches us, comforts us etc. and lives inside the believer. But He has also told us we can seek Him and find Him. If we don’t seek God to become closer to Him, we are missing a blessing, one of which is to please God. 

Seek The Lord and be blessed!

2.  I can have the fullness of fellowship with God when I consistently live wrong. False 

I John 1:6 “ If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth”. 

Walk with Lord and be blessed!

3.  My faith is strong although I do not obey God. False

James 2:17 “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Work for the Lord and be blessed, hear the Word and grow in faith and be blessed!

4.  I am under God’s Grace so I don’t have to live right. False.  

Romans 6:14 “For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.”

The Bible says we are to walk in the light not darkness, and that a good tree will yield good fruit.

Walk in the Light with the Lord and be blessed!

5.  God is not interested in my works. False. 

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

God shapes the world and brings about His Will in part by the work He does through us. 

Work and support the work of the Lord and be blessed!

6.  Church is not really that important. False

Hebrews 10:24-25 “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

(God does realize there are situations where we cannot be at Church, the writers point is to realize God created a place for us to worship Him and God expects us to be there when we can, He is Always there. It is important to gather with others to learn and to worship God and to be encouraged in the faith, and to please God)

To Worship God at Church is a significant way to please the Lord Jesus and to position yourself to be blessed. 

Worship God in His house and be blessed!

7.  If God requires us to work at living right and to serve Him, means you are not saved by Grace.  False.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Live for Jesus because you are a child of God, the same Grace that saves us also changes us, be blessed.

We serve God and obey Him because we are saved and want to follow Him.

We serve Him because we have a personal relationship with Him. 

We worship Him because He is deserving and worthy of our praise and honor.

God blesses obedience, put yourself in a position to be blessed by believing in Him, listening to Him, following Him, worshipping Him, and obeying Him. 

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Tuesday, August 27 2019

Our task for the day “Make Someone Happy”, be kind to others and do it from the heart.

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” — Proverbs 12:25

Happiness is not always a birthday party or the new job you got that you hoped for, or seeing a beautiful flower bloom, or a new puppy or kitten, but can simply be the smile that resulted from a kind word. I don’t know that I have met anyone who does not like to smile on occasion or see someone smile. Even better it’s great to see someone with a burst of happiness or a person who has been depressed for some time suddenly cheer up. 

Recently I was fortunate to run into a good friend. Some of his first words to me were “It’s good to see you, you look really good”.  I later realized it was those kind words that brought a smile. Later on that day, I found myself watching a clip from a movie that was really funny, it made me smile and even laugh. When my daughter tells me she loves me, that is one of the best feelings in the world, certainly makes me smile. 

If you believe God’s Word then you have to believe that the scripture “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up” is true. Why don’t we even this day be kind to someone and say a few encouraging words or do something kind and considerate for someone. It’s amazing how such simple words and the smallest of actions can make a big difference in someone’s life. Such kindness is not just for another person but being kind is good for you too. 

The Bible actually instructs us to be kind.   Colossians 3:12 reads “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” It also reminds us not to be selfish but to show mercy, Scripture tells us “...when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” Surely if God can be kind to us in the most sacrificial ways, we can offer a simple gesture of kindness to another.

Make it a point today, don’t procrastinate but cheer someone up now. See if saying some kind words to someone brings a smile, or if offering a good attitude and being happy yourself will encourage others to do the same.

Now back to the scripture “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” That can easily be interpreted “Don’t worry be happy, go forth and do great things and speak kind words.” 

Let us pray:

Gracious God, 

Kind and Loving Father, You are Good, Giving, Loving, Merciful and Kind. Your Word inspires us and Encourages us; Teach us and reveal to us how we can be kind to others today and offer the right words and actions to bless them. Thank You for Your Kindness to us and the world. While we were yet sinners and still separated from You, You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to redeem us and bring Restoration and Peace with You. Grant us Wisdom and Peace and teach us Your Word and continue to inspire us towards greatness for you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen 

Minister

Cedar Plains Christian Church

Falkville, AL

https://cedarplainscc.org

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Monday, August 26 2019

Have you ever thought about how much God Loves you and the beauty in God’s Word He writes in telling you. Here are 7 areas where scripture reveals this to us. There are many others, but here are some key verses to meditate upon.

1. He is Compassionate, Gracious, Always Faithful, To You

Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”

2. His Love Never Fails You

Psalm 36:7 “How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of your wings”.

3. His Love Endures Forever, For You

Psalm 136:26 “Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.”

4. He Gives You Eternal Life

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

5. He Gives You Abundant Blessings 

2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

6. All Good And Perfect Gifts Are From God

James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

7. He Will Meet Your Needs

Philippians 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

God’s Mercies are New Every Morning, Claim Them and Thank Him, His Grace Abounds, His Love is Like No Other, Thank Him. His Forgiveness is Unlimited, His Eyes Are Upon You, Thank Him. He Has It All and Owns It all, He Blesses You, Thank Him. 

Let us pray:

Lord God, our Father in Heaven, You are Awesome, Compassionate, Gracious, Merciful and Giving. Your Love is Amazing. Forgive us our sins and grant us Your abundant Grace, Mercy and Loving Kindness. Be our Protector in all things and keep us safe and from harm. Thank You for each and every blessing. May you give us Wisdom and Knowledge of You and Your Word and what we need to be Faithful to You.

Grant us peace and a joyful good day.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

Minister

Cedar Plains Christian Church

Falkville, AL

https://cedarplainscc.org

We are in the Falkville, Alabama area, you will find our Church to be a small Church with a huge heart, and welcome you to visit. Information about us is on this website. We are Cedar Plains Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). If you have questions contact us at:  https://cedarplainscc.org/contact_us

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Sunday, August 25 2019

The Bible includes a term called Rivers of Living Water which indicates the abundant goodness of God that comes through the power of the Holy Spirit that lives within the Believer in Jesus Christ. Two things to consider, the Living Water within you is Jesus Christ by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. The Rivers of Living Water is the outpouring of God’s goodness in your heart and life, and in the lives around you. 

Many years ago I was known to trout fish in Great Smoky Mountains out in the streams that flowed among the rocks. They were everything from rushing waters, and waterfalls, to the calmest and clearest waters. Catching fish was a bonus; good thing I seldom did, but just to see, touch, and listen to the waters was great. It is peaceful and beautiful especially when the sunlight rested upon the surface. God made all of that, but even better are the Rivers of Living Waters He has promised us when we submit to the Living Water Jesus Christ that lives within us. This spiritual Living Water changes us from the inside out and results in His goodness being poured out of us to make a difference for good in our lives and those of others.

Jesus Christ addresses this in the Holy Bible in John 7:37-39.  37) On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink. 38) Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  39) By this He meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive...

It is this goodness The Rivers of Living Water that defines who we truly are in Christ: It confirms the sincerity of our faith and outwardly shows others the love of God by what we do. Jesus teaches if we believe and belong to Him, there will be evidence of good things in our lives, especially to love God and others.

This goodness of God is the fruit of the Spirit and more’. The fruit of the Spirit is “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control”.  But God’s goodness is not limited to that fruit, it includes anything that supports the greatest commandments given by God to “love Him with all your heart, mind, and soul, and to love your neighbor as thyself” and the many things He provides us as part of His greatness. Attitudes, feelings, actions, and deeds that support those commandments are infinite, some of these other things include but are not limited to, encouragement, grace, mercy, knowledge about God, compassion, helping the needy, Christian friendships, devotion, worship, prayer, attending Church services, giving of time and money for Christ and His Church, taking food to those in need, lending a helping hand, teaching, wisdom, and hundreds if not thousands of other things that God can do through His Spirit. God’s goodness is not limited by our ability to determine what constitutes goodness. Perhaps one of the Greatest things of all for the Christian is that God has planted His Spirit in us to guide us, teach us, lead us, even convict us, to be the power within us, so that God is actually working through us to bring about His will. He is with us, loves us, cares for us and wants us to bear fruit with His help. The force behind the Streams of Living Water in our heart is God.

We certainly cannot do everything nor all the good there is to do, nor does God expect us too, but we can do what we can do with the talents and gifts God has given us, “with His help He gives us”.  Even when a few good things are done in the Name of Christ, God makes Great things happen. We are saved by Grace through Faith but the works and good things we do confirm who we are in Christ and bring blessings. As Christians there will be evidence of good works for Christ. Grace is not and has never been a license to sin but it is the Gift we are given that sets us free and saves us. We must love Jesus Christ and be willing to honor and glorify Him, in fact count it a blessing to worship Him and serve Him. Don’t miss out on God pouring the blessings of Heaven upon you. He wants us to experience His Spirit and to see the great things He does in us and through us. Trust Him and Follow Him for He is able in all things. I can promise you that He will do Great things through you.

Other good references:

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Psalm 42:1 “...As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you”

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Questions we can ask ourselves:

Do people want to be like me, i.e do I exhibit Rivers of Living Waters in my life such that others like what I have?

If I don’t, am I willing to start today and do my best to submit to God’s Spirit within me so an abundance of grace, mercy, and goodness flows from my heart and soul to others?

For the fullness of God’s abundant goodness to flow from your heart and life, you need to do your best to keep sin from your life, if you are a Christian would you ask our Father in Heaven to forgive sins that may be in your life and to cleanse you from all unrighteousness?

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If you are not a Christian and want to know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, would you:

Read the following:

Romans 3:23-24 “...All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Romans 10:9-13 “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved..”.

Matthew 28:18 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit...”

Accept Jesus Christ and Submit to Him by:

A Willingness to Repent of your sins and turn to Jesus Christ by Faith.

Acknowledging your Belief in Jesus Christ by: “Declaring with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead.” (Thou shalt be saved)

Then as an outward sign of your acceptance of Christ, and identification with Him, be Baptized in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Find yourself a good Church and worship God, learn about Him, and fellowship with other Believers)

We are in the Falkville, Alabama area, you will find our Church to be a small Church with a huge heart, and welcome you to visit. Information about us is on this website. We are Cedar Plains Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). If you have questions contact us at:  https://cedarplainscc.org/contact_us   

Note: Come to Christ as you are by faith, He will save and change you, don’t ever feel like you are not worthy, that is why He is worthy, not us.

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Saturday, August 24 2019

Hello World - There was God, There is God, There will Always Be God, He Loves You: Let us Pray

Heavenly Father, God of everyone and everything, He who knows all from beginning to end, You are Good, Holy, and always Loving, full of Compassion and Kindness.

Forgive any iniquity and sins in our lives, make us pure in your sight, hear our prayers.

Let Peace reign in our hearts and minds, and innermost being. Fill us with Your All sufficient Grace, Knowledge and Healing. Give us Wisdom and Knowledge to carry with us everyday. 

Bring blessings and hope to all our families and friends, to your Churches everywhere, to our homes, workplace, schools and colleges, would You show us Your Greatness and let us be still and know You are God. Give us good visions and dreams that come true and bring Jesus Christ to the forefront and let us know Him better.

We ask for wellness, healing, and restoration for our minds and bodies and pray we use them to Your service and for Your Glory and Honor. Make us whole and complete, new and awake, to hear Your voice and follow You.

May we be still and comforted in knowing He is the Lord, our Savior, the One who guides and sustains us, and is with us no matter where we are or wherever we may go.

Thank You from Whom All Blessings flow, this day and always.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

”Remember to worship The Lord Jesus Christ this Sunday, to hear a Word from Him, to pray and sing praises to His Name. He is our Father God and our Lord Jesus, we are His children, wherever we may be whatever we may do, bring praise, honor and glory to Him. When you cannot be in His house, pray and give thanks, read His Word, and make songs in your heart.  Put yourself in a position to be blessed. Be all you can for Him, gather in His place of worship as you are able”.

And By what Authority do we pray:

I John 5:14 “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, He hears us.”

Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

James 5:13 “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.”

Romans 12:12 “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

Psalm 145:18 “The LORD is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.”

Matthew 5:7-11 “If you, then, though you are evil, (not without fault, human, and fragile) know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

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Friday, August 23 2019

Isaiah 54:10 “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”

This verse in Isaiah has many wonderful promises from God.

His Unfailing Love Will Not Be Shaken

He Has Made A Covenant of Peace

He Shows Great Compassion

No matter how much your life may be shaken God’s Love is certain, His intent to bring you peace is unchanged, and His compassion does not fail.

If the storms of life were likened to a hard dark rain, stormy skies, dangerous winds, even earthquakes, God’s Love, capital “L” is best described as when Jesus said during a terrible storm, simply spoke “Peace be Still”. Even when the Lord speaks things happen.

There may be times when even your friends are not available or don’t know what to say or do, but the Lord does, go to Him share your burdens and needs, and see what He can do. Believe Him and trust Him and put your Faith in Him and He will be there to show you love, peace and compassion.

Go to God in prayer:

Father God,

Search my heart, mind, and soul, if there be any sin in my life forgive me and be attentive to my prayer through the Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Have Grace and Mercy upon me as I show grace and mercy to others.

Listen to my heart of gratitude and thanksgiving for all you do, especially the love You showed in the sending of Your Son Jesus Christ to bring me eternal redemption.

Hear my burdens, needs and even desires, bring me and show me your unfailing love, peace, and compassion and help me to show others the same.

I know You can meet all my needs from Your riches in Glory and infinite Power. I know no matter my circumstances You are always there.

I also ask for peace and comfort and a mind that meditates upon You and Your Word. Thank You Gracious and Loving God Who is full of Compassion and Loving Kindness.

Teach me and give me strength to follow and glorify You to show others and me that You are God the Eternal Ruler over my life and in those of others.

Give me, my family and friends, and those around me a great day, fill us with joy, and keep us safe and from harm.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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Wednesday, August 21 2019

The Word of God says “Walk in the light and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh” and “follow Christ to have the light of life”.

Lets face it and be honest, if you don’t stay on guard, you can get caught up in the lust of the flesh, which is many things, not just lustful or inappropriate sexual thoughts or feelings towards another person, it might be lust for money, power, being self centered, things that draw us away from the realization of the good things that The Lord has given us and set before us. For example, we have what we need but not necessarily always what we want, we have happiness but want euphoria, we have rest but want to be lazy, we want indulgence when we often have what we need.

Why does God want us to be content? Why not have more and more? Because while having and desiring more is fine, we must be careful not to go overboard or we will always be in pursuit of something or someone to be happy and never find it. We can always pursue more of Jesus.

John 8:12 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

If we find ourselves wanting more and more, how about more of Jesus and His goodness, how about the true goodness of life, how about peace, joy, self-control, less stress if you are overly stressed, hope, faith, and wholesome friendships, things as the fruit of the Spirit of which there is no law against. Love God and your neighbor that’s a good law.

The light of life is the goodness of God, Jesus says follow Him and we can find it. God is not limited in how or when or how much He blesses us with His goodness now or in the life to come, follow Him, not self. Let’s face it, the truth is life is not without hurt, struggle or pain, in those cases, the goodness of God could also be receiving help in the storms of life, friends when we need them most, encouragement, strength, courage and hope.

If it’s not sin, or extreme hardships by the impact of living in a fallen world, it is probably the goodness of life. Not to diminish our pain or extreme hardships, we know there are times in life that we don’t understand or are hard to bare, major hurt, sickness and loss, but what we do know is that seeking God’s goodness should be what we long for, regardless of our circumstances. There is life on the other side of the cross. Who would not want love, hope, faith, peace, encouragement, support, strength, courage, and trust even in the storms of life. 

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Tuesday, August 20 2019

Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. against such things there is no law.”

The Bible indicates that the Christian life is about finding Christ, coming to Him through faith and accepting His grace and mercy, and submitting to His will to follow Him. Ephesians 2:8-9 “You have been saved by grace through faith not of works, it is a gift from God”. God also wants us to be obedient to Him out of gratitude for His Gift. “Faith without works is dead” James 2:14-26. Obedience to God as we are able will allow us to receive the Fullness of His blessings. 

I knew of a man who claimed to be a golfer, played twice 10 years ago, once did well the other time not so good, but the point is He played twice.

Interesting that he says he is a golfer. He didn’t say he played the game a few times and once liked it, he claims he is a golfer. Even though it’s been 10 years since he played he still says he’s a golfer.

Lets face it, he is not a golfer, it’s not likely at the very least. Unless there are major reasons he can’t any longer play. Just because we say it or even believe it doesn’t make it so. The golfers I know say if he was, he would play and be part of the game more than a few times many years ago. If he couldn’t play he would at least follow the game.

I know a man who played football once and he claims to be a football player. I know a lady who claims to be the best modern cook ever and has not ever cooked at all. How could one make a claim to cook if they never have ever.

Now to be fair, I know a man who was a Marine 5 years ago and still says he is a Marine. You’ve heard it said “once a Marine always a Marine”.  However, the Marine who said this, does have a heart for the Marines and certainly with his commitment, extensive training, and prior service, and willingness to presently serve, he has earned that right to carry that name. I could make a good argument He is a Marine and rightfully so. 

Although those are interesting analogies, I think we all would agree that generally someone who claims to be something has a heart and practice of being who they say and having actions that generally confirms they are who they claim, for sure on the inside of their heart.

The same holds true as a Christian.  There should be evidence in our lives that we are seeking to do right. We all make mistakes and go through seasons of change, good and bad, and make mistakes, i.e. sin, etc. and are human. We also should most definitely be concerned if we find ourselves living in a pattern of sins or habitual sinning. We also should be concerned if we are not praying much, caring much, and not worshipping God. There are many ways to worship God but keep in mind, He has put the Churchhouse there for a reason, to come and worship Him, as one of those ways, a major way. The Bible says “Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together” Hebrews 10:25. We know not everyone is in a position to come to Church, God understands that. Let me encourage you, if you can’t, take some time to pray and read your Bible or devotional when you can.  If you can come to Church then do it, it is pleasing to our Lord. He is there, we should be too.

Christians are not perfect but certainly should try and do what our Lord Jesus would have us to do. If we are Christians and elect not to try and live right nor care if we do or not, and especially if our spirit and conscience does not convict us, then we should sincerely ask ourselves Which category are we in? Lost or Saved, or Saved and not doing what we know our Lord wants us to be and missing out on many of His wonderful blessings; or are we fine if legitimate circumstances prevent us from doing what God asks. My fear for people is there are some who may not be saved but believe they are, all of us should search our souls sometimes to be sure we are who we believe we are. 

There is one thing certain. When we are saved the Holy Spirit indwells us, and with our cooperation will yield fruit of the Spirit, that is we will love God and people, and the Bible says if we love God we strive to keep His commandments.

If any Christian has stopped seeking to do what our Lord wants, and has stopped worshipping and following Him, then it’s time to come Home to Christ, repent and turn to Him and ask Him to help rekindle your love for Him. We all cannot do everything all the time, but we can certainly seek to sincerely do what we can. If a person who is a Christian has stopped praying and worshipping God when they can, it’s time to come Home and receive the fullness of God’s blessings: put yourself in a position to be blessed.

You cannot earn your salvation, it’s by grace, but it’s also true that the same grace that saves us changes us and that the Holy Spirit yields fruit through us.  If we want to claim to be a golfer then we need to play golf, if we want to claim and be a Christian then we need to follow Christ and when we fail, and we will, then ask for forgiveness and follow Christ. His Grace and Mercy is marvelous, why would we not want to Live for Him and Worship Him in ways that we can and follow Him as we are able. 

Not everyone is a position to do the same things, for example health conditions and certain issues that creep in with growing older, and other demands beyond our control, may keep us from going to Church as often as we would like, God understands that and will speak to us in different ways. However, when we are in a position to do things for Christ whatever they may be, then we should. We should pray that God blesses all of us and that we bless one another, and I know He will. 

Whatever we may do let’s do it all for the Lord. Let’s make our calling true and pleasing to Jesus Christ. 

The Bible says if we believe in Jesus Christ with all our heart and that God raised Him from the dead we are saved. It also says that a love for Christ for those who believe will be followed by a heart committed to Him in following Him. Let’s all be grateful for all He has done and offer Him a life of worship. Life is short at best, let us not meet Jesus face to face one day empty handed but let us meet Him face to face with a life of Gratitude and Thankfulness and a Life that followed Him and sought to do as He asked us to do. 

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Monday, August 19 2019

There is no need to stumble all the time in life, sometimes is normal, but way too frequent may be a sign you need to rely on God more. He is your greatest source of help. If you know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you have the Greatest Father God, Greatest Savior Jesus, Greatest Helper the Holy Spirit and the Perfect Word of God, All to give you instruction, strength, and encouragement. Be confident and filled with Hope - you are a child of the King who is the most powerful, guiding, and loving leader that you can trust. As you walk, He hovers above you and walks before you, and even when your path is dark or filled with obstacles to overcome, He is the light that shines on your path. Any trail you would walk, He has already walked, He knows exactly what to do and the path to take, we should walk with Him even when we don’t know where we are headed. After all if you stumble and fall, He is with you to help you get up and keep going. 

Psalm 119:105 “ Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.

Psalm 37:23 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.”.

Our part is to read and hear the Word of God and cautiously follow the Lord’s conviction and inspiration, with wisdom, and learn. Ask God for Wisdom (James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”. 

If for some reason you stumble, which we will at times, take that time to see what you can learn, perhaps God is teaching you. Sometimes we are learning to be confident, how to increase faith, how to live better and sometimes we are being prepared for the next or coming event. Make every effort to listen to God’s Word and be sensitive to His Spirit and walk with Him.

More than likely, our lives are filled with far more good times than bad, but we should walk with God and follow Him at all times. Each step in life may be preparing you for the next.

If you struggle with making a decision about a major event such as a new job or starting college, what occupation to seek, how to get out of debt, what to do to succeed, or finding strength in the storm, take it to the Lord and follow Him. He is the Only One who knows all your needs and can see the beginning from the end.

Don’t waste your life stumbling all the time when most of the time you don’t have to. Remember, the Lord orders the steps of a good person and shines His light on their path. 

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Friday, August 16 2019

Exodus 14:14 “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Sometimes we don’t need to fight our battles especially where people and strife and conflict exist. We do need to look out for ourselves but sometimes more than not we need to take it to God and be still, and yes as the Bible says, bridle our tongues.

Christians need to be careful not to let Satan get a stronghold and bring confusion and turmoil which makes emotions increase and impacts the ability of the mind to think carefully and cautiously. 

The mind and our defense and offensive system is complicated, it can change fast when emotions are involved and too often lead to things being said or thought that we would only regret. Satan is the author of confusion not the Lord and Satan can stir, divide and conquer, when emotions and temper run rapid.

One can be assertive without being aggressive, they can share thoughts gently but abruptness gets no one anywhere in the long run.

Once words are spoken they cannot be taken back, they can be toned down, clarified or apologized, but once spoken they are there.

The Lord Jesus has more experience and power and insight into our battles-problems or perceived battles-problems than we do, and is most equipped to help us or even handle situations, give Him a chance.

When God says be still, He means in part to stop and find peace and let emotions calm, and when we are still we give the Holy Spirit time to speak to us and lead us and time for us to think on.

Battles are not always the way they seem, they may be Spiritual but becoming evident in the physical realm. There are things that happen in the unseen world that we do not see or fully understand, but it’s there.  The Bible says: “We wrestle not with flesh and blood but with principalities and powers in places unseen”.

The Bible also says “Take every thought captive and see if it is of Christ”, if not get rid of it.

Again, we can be assertive and gentle but to let emotions take over can be self defeating. First, take it to God.

Many battles don’t need to be fought, in a few days the need is gone, we might see more clearly when we ask God to help. 

What to do?  Stop, be still, calm the emotions and seek God truthfully and immediately and ask Him to solve or help you.

Not to imply anyone needs to be a doormat and let people run over them, but there is a way to handle things differently than what your first reaction might be.

Stand up for yourself when needed but there is a way that is better than what our first reaction might be.

We also need to guard our witness and reputation and protect our minds and emotions so that we can be effective.

God can teach and make us effective in how we choose and fight battles, and they certainly need to have Him in the picture to calm storms, and as has been said, some battles are not really battles and some never need to be waged. Did Jesus Christ fight His Father about the Cross? Did He Jesus attack Peter when He denied Him? Did He chastise or belittle the Adulterous woman or the woman at the well? He did get stern with the Pharisees but seldom individuals, and that was because He had no other way to get them to recognize their religious error in an attempt to accept His Grace. Let’s try forgiving and loving our enemies, who said that?

Peace be with you, and be blessed in the Lord Jesus.

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Thursday, August 15 2019

Good and Perfect Gifts: What does the scripture say? 

James 1:17 “Every “”good and perfect gift”” is from above, coming down “”from the Father of the heavenly lights””, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Philippians 4:19 “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus”.

Too often, we as Christians attribute too much to ourselves for the great things that come our way, for example “we earned it”, “had I not went to school I wouldn’t have it”, “I work harder”, “I’m simply deserving”. But we fail to realize God gives us ability and wisdom to succeed and many times more than not He blesses our obedience to Him in various ways. 

While we should do our part, we can rest assured God does far more than our part, he equipped us and multiplied what we do for His glory and honor and to help others.  A whisper from God can change an entire world, in fact He spoke the world, the heavens and earth, into existence. Our part is to be obedient to God and realize He brings blessings when we follow Him and do the things He desires. “Give and it will be given to you.” We all desire a Whisper from God for our behalf, but what will we do for Him with what He brings to us?

James 1:21-22 “.. Submit to God and accept the word that he plants in your hearts, which is able to save you. Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice.”

Colossians 3:23-24 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Romans 2:6 “God will repay each person according to what they have done.”

Don’t give up on God, never:

God has challenged me to see what I am doing with the talents, gifts, money, opportunities, and many blessings He has given me, and see if I am proportionately giving to Him as I should and helping others. 

Am I doing more for Him today than 10 or 5 years ago, what about since last week. After all, my life and everything in it, all belongs to Him. He has reminded me that I should put myself in a position to be blessed and that I cannot out give Him. To give up one meal can help to give a meal to another, to study the Bible even a little more is more I can hear His voice, to say something very admirable about someone is to speak life into their life and uplift them, to pray more will bring closeness to God, to be thankful helps to show gratitude, and open hearts for Him, to give brings blessings, to pray for the lost is that much closer they will be to coming to Jesus, to pray that people find a Church home is the closer they are to being blessed even more, God wants us to bring Him glory and honor, God will never forget what His children do.  Let us never give up in doing more for The Lord. He wants us to give our lives to Him since He has said He wants to bless us and bring glory and honor to Him. He has said “All Good and Perfect Gifts are from Him”, take time to thank Him for all He has done for you. There is one certain truth of many, God wants to bless everyone more including you. 

Galatians 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

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Thursday, August 15 2019

As much as we love animals and more our pets and want to be good to them, God most certainly wants the same and more for us, and is far more knowledgeable about when to bless us and capable than us to decide what type blessing.  I chose this example for this reason. Sometimes we reward our pets for doing nothing, petting them, loving them etc.   Sometimes we reward them when they do something good, or mind us, for example when they come to us we might give them a most desirable treat or treats. Sometimes we may choose to do nothing given we have already blessed them in many ways. God is somewhat the same, in that He decides when, how, and how much to bless, after all He has already given the Greatest Blessing His Son Jesus Christ who brought us redemption, restoration, and eternal life. I think most would agree that when we have a pet that is Greatly Blessed, we can rightfully expect much of them, at least sometimes as we choose.  We should realize God does something similar - yet can be more demanding. Luke 12:47-48 reads “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” This is not intended to be meant as God will beat us, but to emphasize much is expected of those to whom much has been given. Many blessings are based on our obedience to God and likely are proportioned based on how much we have already been given based on what we offer back to God. He expects more from a rich person than poor yet expects Faithfulness from both. We are all rich in some way, exactly. How ironic, an example in scripture is the poor widow who gave most she had. The one with one great talent should use it greatly. Rich is not limited to money, it can be rich in knowledge, rich in position, rich in experience, rich in wisdom, mercy and grace.

If God has given much knowledge, He expects that to be shared with others, not withheld. If God has given great position, He expects the influence to be used for good. He expects many talents He has given to be used for Him. And he expects a proportion of wealth to be given back to him based on what He has given us. It is about the condition of the heart and our ability or willingness to realize from whom all blessings come and our sincere belief that He will reward those who diligently seek Him.

Let us put ourselves in a position to be blessed in obedience to God. He is not limited in the ways He can bless us, nor the extent, nor how often, in this realm of life or the one to come, He has it all and owns it all, what we have is on loan from Him. There will be many poor people in heaven who gave much and are greatly rewarded and many rich people who are rewarded far less because they gave less of their time, talents, knowledge and money. We all miss out on some of our blessings in this life too. The good news, it’s largely up to the individual to decide what they give to God and up to Him to decide how He responds. To much is given much is expected. Does God expect more of a preacher or teacher in their strength and willingness to teach others, and to study, than those with lessor exposure to knowledge, yes.  The Apostle Paul said He Himself had to be careful not to become shipwrecked. Let’s hear God again, put yourself in a position to be blessed, give to God as you have been given, and bless others as you have been blessed.

The Lord has said He wants to bless His children, He has shown that time and time again, He has blessed me and you, everyone, even some blessings are given also to those who are not His children such as a beautiful Fall day or Winters snow. His children are given a unique opportunity and that is to be faithful to the Lord and in turn the Lord will bless that. Don’t believe this for the sake of believing but because it is truth: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” Luke 6:38.

What can We do even now to please the Lord?

Thank someone, especially Him

Speak highly of someone

Encourage someone

Tip someone a little more than normal, service might not be perfect, but at least they are trying and you don’t know what kind of day they are having

Hug your Spouse, Kids, and Friends just because they are gifts to you

Drop someone a note or card

Be grateful for your most inspirational scripture

Pray Lord help me be completely faithful for even a day so I can see how it feels

Lighten up on yourself and others

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Wednesday, August 14 2019

God is not only faithful to His children but blesses them beyond measure when they respect Him, Praise Him, ultimately when they find great delight in Him. We cannot afford not to find delight in Him, He is worthy.

The Promise:

Psalm 112:1 

Praise the Lord 

“Blessed” are those who fear the Lord,

    who find great delight in his commands.

Read 112:1-6 Theme is the Righteous will never be shaken and His blessings continue.

Psalm 112

Praise the Lord.

Blessed are those who fear the Lord,

    who find great delight in his commands.

Their children will be mighty in the land;

    the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Wealth and riches are in their houses,

    and their righteousness endures forever.

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,

    for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,

    who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;

    they will be remembered forever.

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Saturday, August 10 2019

How God Speaks

Is it impossible that God would speak to you in a distinct loud voice audibly like you and I might speak? No, but that does not generally nor frequently happen. While scripture does indicate that has happened, we have limited accounts of it.  For example, the Lord spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden, He spoke to the Apostle Paul when he was still known as Saul, and many others but not everyone.

So then how does He speak to us if we are willing to listen?

—Through His Written Word, the Bible 

Don’t get caught up and bogged down in complicated Names or difficult passages, but look for scripture that clearly speaks to you in simplistic most meaningful ways. Keep in mind, there are beautiful passages in the Bible. For example, “The Lord is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble”. Psalms is a good place to start and the Gospel of Mark and John, which give accounts of Jesus life and ministry when He was on the earth living physically among us. The scripture is always there, most people have a Bible.

—Through the Living Word which is Jesus

Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which are filled with Words of Jesus and accounts of His life. For example, Jesus said “Come unto Me all who are heaven laden and I will give you rest”.

—Through Circumstances

See How God might be speaking to you through circumstances. Keep in mind though, if something bad or heartbreaking is going on in your life, God probably did not cause that, nor is it a given that you did, it is more than likely because we live in a fallen and imperfect world, where sickness, accidents, and pain at times occur.  Good to know though, God is a God of peace and comfort, strength and love, care and compassion, and can restore us and/or see us through. He walks on water and calms seas and storms. God may allow you to be hurt by someone who has let you down so you can learn to forgive, He may deliver you from harm to show you He is watching over you, He will put people in your life to encourage and help you through difficult times, He may heal and restore you through the skilled hands of doctors and nurses, or miraculously, He may put people who are strong around you to give you strength, He me speak to you through preaching and singing or your discussions about your devotional reading. We can help others by letting them know what God has done in our Iives.

—Through His Voice Within You

The Spirit of God indwells the Believer of Jesus Christ.

I Kings 19:11-13

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a “”gentle whisper””.

—Through other people

God may let you see bad behavior so you will know what not to be, He may show you those with class in how they handle themselves so you will practice it too. He may give you teachers to learn from. He may surround you with positive people who trust in Him. 

—Through answered prayers

Answers of:  I will, I will not, or Wait until the time is right.

He can bring peace, forgiveness and hope, and renew your faith.

—Through Jesus Himself and His Spirit 

He said “Seek and you will find, give mercy receive mercy, ask and receive, exhibit the fruit of the Spirit, be given peace and grace when asking Jesus to forgive you, ask for Wisdom.

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    ABOUT US:

    We are a small Church with a huge heart that loves God, people, and our community.

    CONTACT:

    Cedar Plains Christian Church
    930 Cedar Plains Road
    Falkville, AL 35622

    Pastor: (256) 232-8212

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