PRAISE FOR HIS WORKS

NOVEMBER 29

 

Lord, how mighty and amazing are all Your works. Your splendor is in Your hands and Your beauty is in Your workmanship! How mighty are the ways of God, and how wonderful are Your thoughts toward me. Who am I that You would work for me, and How can my works ever compare to Yours?

 

Lord, work in me and make me an example of Your mighty power to Your glory. Yes, Jesus, I pray that Your hand should be in me for Your glory and Your Name’s sake. That I would work the works of God. Both in my conduct, and in the power of God as well.

 

Meditate on the Lord’s works, and consider: Are yours as wonderful as His? Stop working for God and let God work through you. It isn’t about what we can do for Him, but what He has done for us and what He can do through us.

In this mindset we find the works required of salvation. For God works in us and through us, manifesting the evidence of our salvation.  Yet He doesn’t work through us unless we meditate on Him daily. We can’t just expect God to work through our hands without seeking Him. He only does so through our daily surrender, both by abiding in Him and submitting to His will.

When we speaks we obey, and these are the works of faith the scriptures call us to. Faith comes by hearing His word and righteousness comes by obeying His word.

Set it in your heart to seek God’s word and obey. Both the word of the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures. Take this time to meditate on His work and worship Him in it. Give Him the glory He deserves, for His ways are higher than ours, and His thoughts are more beautiful than our own.

 

“I will praise You, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will tell of all Your marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High.” Psalms 9:1

 

“Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalms 40:5

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

More Useless Information

Only captive-born and people-raised parrots can be taught

to talk.

 

The original mincemeat in mincemeat pies was the flesh of

small birds.

 

 Researchers say fewer letter carriers are bitten by dogs

in England than anywhere else, but it’s not known whether

this is due to the temperament of English dogs or to the

speed of English carriers.



PRAISE GOD FOR STRENGTH

NOVEMBER 26

How can I keep from singing Your praise? When I sin You forgive , and when I’m weak You’re strong. When I stumble You are there to uphold, and when I fall You are there to pick me up again.

Strengthen me, O God in Your everlasting love, that by Your Spirit, I may walk in Your statues. Keep a heart of sin far from me, but give me strength with every new day. Renew me with Your strength that I may overcome any stumbling points and sin in my life. Thank You that through Your strength I find hope for victory.

Meditate on God, and let Him be your strength today. If you have had any stumbling on any kind, learn to lean on god. When temptation comes your way, turn your heart to prayer and worship, then by the Holy Spirit you will overcome.

Run to God in times of temptation. Flee the situation by running straight into His arms. In this the devil will flee from you because darkness cannot dwell in the place of the light. If your heart is tempted by the darkness, run swiftly to the light – which is the presence of the Lord.

Meditate on Him and you will be free. Take this time to worship Him with the strength of the Holy Spirit. In worshipping you’re meditation on Him and not the things that make for sin. Remember this, and when temptation comes your way, pray for strength and worship Him.

 

“A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty one, Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”  Psalms 29:1-2

‘ It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.” Psalms 18:32

“Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Gal 5:16

 

 

 

 

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate when an airport employee asked,

‘Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?’

To which I replied, ‘If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?’

He smiled knowingly and nodded, ‘That’s why we ask.’

 

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it’s safe to cross the street.

I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine. She asked if I knew what the buzzer was for.

I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.

Appalled, she responded, ‘What on earth are blind people doing driving?!



GIVE THANKS

NOVEMBER 25

Our Lord is great, with limitless strength; we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does… Sing to God a thanksgiving hymn, play music on your instruments to God.” Psalm 147:5,7 The Message Bible

Isn’t everything you have and everything you are sheer gifts from God? You already have all you need. 1 Corinthians 4:7-8 The Message Bible.

Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks… God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5 The Message Bible

            “The blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, The honor and power and strength, To our God forever and ever and ever!” Rev. 7:12 The Message Bible

 

Happy Thanksgiving

There is no better time of the year to stop and count our blessings than the Thanksgiving Season. It is an excellent time to remind our world around us that God’s Blessing are real and wonderful.

The Scriptures are full of exhortations to give God thanks for all that He IS , All He HAS DONE, and all that HE IS DOING, both now and hereafter. I’ve shared just a few reminders to stop and give thanks.

The Classic Worship Song says it so simply:

            Give Thanks with a grateful heart.

            Give Thanks to the Holy One

            Give Thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ His Son.

Yes Give thanks for what you have. Give thanks for family, friends and foods. Give thanks for the provisions of life. But most of all Give thanks for God’s Love who gives us Daily Blessings

            Pastor Don

 

 

A minister of a farming parish convened a prayer meeting to pray for rain during a serious drought. Noting that on that cloudless morning the church was full to overflowing, he came to the pulpit and posed a single question to his flock.

“You all know why we’re here,” he said. “What I want to know is, why didn’t any of you bring umbrellas?”

 

Four Golfing Duffers

A foursome of senior golfers hit the course with waning enthusiasm for the sport.

“These hills are getting steeper as the years go by,” one complained.

“These fairways seem to be getting longer too,” said one of the others.

“The sand traps seem to be bigger than I remember them too,” said the third senior.

After hearing enough from his Senior buddies, the oldest, and the wisest of the four of them at 87 years old, piped up and said, “Oh my friends, just be thankful we’re still on this side of the grass!”

Be thankful that you’re on this side of the grass……

BE BLESSED!



PRAISE GOD FOR MERCY

NOVEMBER 24

Thank You for Your mercy and all the ways You forgive me daily. God heal me and make me upright before You. Thank You that Your mercy is new EVERY morning! I don’t deserve all the goodness you show me.

 

Take this time to reflect on any sins you may have committed and repent before the Lord. Then worship Him with a thankful heart, because His mercy endures forever.

 

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23

 

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! His mercy endures forever.” Psalms 136:1

 

 

More Useless Information

  1. How long do big league baseball players use the same gloves?
  2. Infielders, a year. Outfielders, seven to 10 years. Typically.

 

  1. What’s the opposite of “extinct”?
  2. “Extant.”

 

 Drivers drive faster when other cars are around. Whether those cars are behind, in front, beside. Curious how it works.



WHO WILL YOU TOUCH TODAY?

NOVEMBER 9

          “This Christian life is a great mystery, far exceeding our understanding, but some things are quite clear enough: He appeared in a human body, was proved right by the invisible Spirit, was seen by angels.  He was proclaimed among all kinds of peoples, believed in all over the world, taken up into heavenly glory.”   1 Timothy 3:16  The Message Bible

          What a story to tell!  What a promise to hold onto!  What a opportunity to lift someone out of their circumstances!

          This is a most wonderful time of our lives to share our faith in Christ.  It is pregnant with opportunities to share our knowledge of Him in our circles of influence. 

          Recently, my heart has nearly exploded as I heard the same old call, in a bright and shining ray of hope.  Jesus said, “go into all the world and preach…”…..  Never has the harvest been more ready for this commission.  But what will it take to change our “tunnel vision” of life?  What will it take to move us out into those Harvest fields?

          Darrell W. Robinson has written an excellent book on the subject, People Sharing Jesus.  It  reminds us of truths already known, but buried in our religious activities.  I share a few of Dr. Robinson’s ideas today.

          “Taking the initiative to see people, hear people and love people will help you build a bridge of understanding to reach them for Christ.”

          “In this impersonal world with its explosive increase of population, we need to take the time to see people as God sees them.  With our busy schedules, it is easy to pass people, speak to them, sit by them, or do business with them without ever seeing them.”

          “The trend of a materialistic, self-centered society is to view them as objects to be exploited for selfish purposes….. some see people as things to be used………. Some see people as objects to be manipulated……… Some view people as dollars to be gained……  Some see people as numbers to be counted.”

          How do we see the people around us?  Are your close associates expendable with they are of no more use to you?.  Is your family there for you to control and run roughshod over?  Do we see new converts as the way to pay the bills?….. Are we trying to add more notches to our spiritual guns?  

          Jesus saw people with love and compassion.  He truly reached out to them, despite their unloveliness.  Even the leper who had to stay 20 feet away from a “clean” person, Jesus reached out and “TOUCHED” him.  Lord, who will you have me to touch today?

          Pastor Don

 

 

My grandmother, who lived in Tucson, was well-known for her faith and lack of reticence in talking about it. She would go out on the front porch and say, “Praise the Lord!”

Her next door neighbor would shout back, “There ain’t no Lord!”

During those days, my grandmother was very poor, so the neighbor decided to prove his point by buying a large bag of groceries and placing it at her door.

The next morning, Grandmother went to the porch and, seeing the groceries, said, “Praise the Lord!”

The neighbor stepped out from behind a tree and said, “I brought those groceries, and there ain’t no Lord.”

Grandmother replied, “Lord, you not only sent me food but you made the devil pay for it.”

 

“Life isn’t fair to men, When we are born, our mother’s get the compliments and the flowers. When we are married, our brides get the presents and the publicity. When we die, our widows get the life insurance and winters in Florida. What do women want to be liberated from?”



PRAISE FOR TRIALS

NOVEMBER 18

Lord, I admit that I don’t understand everything, but I believe that You do. I don’t know why You let harmful things happen, but I still believe that You’re good. Thank You for trials. Thank You for the growth You intend to give me through them. Thank You for the blessing You intend to give my when you work in all together for good. Thank You that You will deliver me out of my troubles and make me to know joy.

Thank You for the opportunity You give me to have blind faith, and praise You while I’m yet in my storms. Who am I that You would give me such a wonderful opportunity to be found righteous in your eyes?

I will praise You in the midst of my burdens because I believe You ARE good! I thank You for them that I can have opportunity for faith, believing that you will do good to me. I refuse to give strength to doubt, but trust that Your love will compel You to save me.

 

God intends all things for good. No matter how hard anything is, remember to praise Him. Remember to thank Him for every opportunity to have blind faith, and be found faithful. Remember that every trial is an opportunity to see God’s faithfulness and power at work. Thank Him for His deliverance. In so doing, you will increase your faith, knowing that He intends to save you and work all things together for your good.

“Rejoice, always pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thess 5:16-18

“Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines; through the labor of the olive fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold, and there be no herd in the stalls – yet will I rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.” Hab 3:17-18

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

 

Earthbound comments & questions about contemporary life:

If aliens are smart enough to travel through space, why do they keep abducting the dumbest people on Earth?

Why is it that when you talk to God you’re praying, but when he talks to you, you’re crazy?

Seen on a bumper sticker: “Old age is inevitable; growing up is optional.”

My wife and I always compromise. I admit I’m wrong, and she agrees with me.

Forget the schools, invite me back to the churches. Sincerely, God.

My neighbor has a treadmill – and a riding lawn mower.

The reason men lie is because women ask so many questions.

Isn’t it redundant to say an offer is void where prohibited?

I did not get my degree in the custodial arts just to be called a janitor.

You know you’re getting old when all your favorite music is in the bargain bin at Wal-Mart.

 

Comparable Worth Replacement:

Larry’s barn burned down and his wife, Susan, called the insurance company.

Susan told the insurance company, “We had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.”

The agent replied, “Whoa there, just a minute, Susan. Insurance doesn’t work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of what was insured and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.”

There was a long pause before Susan replied, “Then I’d like to cancel the policy on my husband.”



PRAISE FOR FAITHFULNESS

NOVEMBER 17

In all my trouble, God, You have never failed me. I put my trust in You above all things. I Believe that You’re always good no matter what comes on me. Your faithfulness has always been my delight and my heart rejoices in Your loving-kindness. Lord I will praise You because You’ve never failed me, nor have you EVER let me down.

Take some time to sit in the secret place and worship the Lord. Remember that He has never failed You, but was always there for You. Remember, how He is always good. He is always faithful to love, save, discipline, deliver, and has always come through in the nick of time – His perfect time.

“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Ps 37:3

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

Dental hygenist: The only person in the world who can stab your gums with an iron hook and then be genuinely surprised that they bleed.

 

If men can run the world, why can’t they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?

 

A newcomer to Seattle arrives on a rainy day. She gets up the next day and it’s raining. It also rains the day after that, and the day after that.

She goes out to lunch and sees a young kid and, out of despair, asks, “Hey, kid, does it ever stop raining around here?”

The kid says, “How should I know? I’m only 6.”

 

The minister announced from the pulpit that she had “some bad new, some good news and some bad news.” “The bad news is that we need to replace the church’s roof. The good news is that we have more than enough money to do it. The bad news is that it’s still in your pockets.” *



PRAISE FOR BLESSINGS

NOVEMBER 16

Thank You Jesus for every blessing You’ve given me. Thank You for every good thing in my life. Thank You Lord, that You make me rejoice. Thank You that I can have joy, and sit before You now to praise You for it.

Take this time while in the secret place to consider all the blessings God has given you. Think of everything, and worship Him for it. Spend the next few moments worshiping Him and reflecting on anything He may lay in your heart at this time.

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, To the end that my glory may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will thank You forever.” Ps 30:11-12

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

  1. There are six classes of musical instruments:

“string,” “woodwind,” “brass,” “percussion,” “keyboard”

and “other.” In which is the harmonica?

  1. “Other.”

 

The Omaha Herald in 1877 printed this advisory to

passengers of stage coaches: “Spit on the leeward side.”

 

 Medical records contain accounts of women who’ve given

themselves cesarean sections and men who’ve given

themselves appendectomies.

 

  1. “Why do city dogs live longer, statistically, than

country dogs?”

  1. Small dogs live longer than large dogs, and city dogs

tend to be of the smaller variety.



PRAISE FOR DELIVERANCE

NOVEMBER 15

Lord, You’ve been so good to look on the many afflictions of Your servant and to deliver me out of them all. Your hand is so kind and You always lead me in the way gently. I’m not deserving of Your goodness Lord. Thank You for everything You’ve done to save me out of every trial, tribulation, and persecution.

 

Reflect upon the ways God has delivered you. Not only in salvation, but in all things He has saved you in. 

Reflect upon the various trials of life and how God made them all come together for your good. Then as you reflect, worship Him because of His faithfulness. Worship Him because He is your salvation in EVERYTHING.

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Ps 27:13

“But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra – what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” 2 Tim 3:10-12

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

 

The Second Ten Commandments

  1. Thou shall not worry, for worry is the most unproductive of all human activities.
  2. Thou shall not be fearful, for most of the things we fear never come to pass.
  3. Thou shall not cross bridges before you come to them, for no one yet has succeeded in accomplishing this.
  4. Thou shall face each problem as it comes. You can only handle one at a time anyway.
  5. Thou shall not take problems to bed with you, for they make very poor bedfellows.
  6. Thou shall not borrow other people’s problem, They can better care for them than you can.
  7. Thou shall not try to relive yesterday for good or ill, it is forever gone. Concentrate on what is happening in your life and be happy now!
  8. Thou shall be a good listener, for only when you listen do you hear ideas different from your own. It is hard to learn something new when you are talking, and some people do know more than you do.
  9. Thou shall not become “bogged down” by frustration, for 90% of it is rooted in self-pity and will only interfere with positive action.
  10. Thou shall count thy blessings, never overlooking the small ones, for a lot of small blessings add up to a big one


PRAISE FOR THANKSGIVING

NOVEMBER 12

Lord, thank You for everything You’ve done for me. Thank You that I can have you and meet with You here in this place. God, who am I that You, the Lord of All, would grace me with Your presence?  I’m not worthy of You! I’ve sinned against You in so many ways and yet You love me!?  Thank You Jesus! Thank You for everything You endured for me! You are worthy of my worship! You deserve my adoration and praise. God, I’m meeting here with You today to give You exactly that. To give You the praise and worship You deserve. Meet with me now as I worship You. Fill me Lord, with Your Spirit!

 

The Lord has been so faithful in everything He’s done for you. He didn’t withhold His only Son from death that He could show you just how much He loves you and save you. And why? Because He wants you, and wants a relationship with you. He wants to hold and cherish you and make you His.

You are His special treasure. Jesus said that if a man finds a precious pearl or finds a field full of treasure, he will give all that he has for that pearl or field. Beloved, do you not understand? You are His pearl, worth giving everything for. He’s proven it by what He’s done for you. He gave everything for you because He counted you as His special treasure. He counted you as someone worth dying for and calls you likewise to sacrifice your life in this world for Him. He has loved you so much. Why shouldn’t you give your all for Him?

He endured the cross for the joy set before Him. But what was His joy? He began as Lord of all sitting on Heaven’s throne. Being raised from the dead and sitting at the right hand of the Father wasn’t His only joy that He was receiving. He came from there to begin with. He came to this earth to gain something that would increase His joy.

So what then did He hope to gain through His cross? You! You beloved are the joy that was set before Him. You are His treasure worth giving everything for. He has loved you so much. Is He not worthy of all your adoration and affection! Devote yourself to Him now, and meet with Him in the place of worship. God deserves your praises because He loves you so much. Let’s worship because of His Worth-ship.

With everything He is and everything He’s done, He has loved you. Take this time to love Him back now. Sit in the secret place and worship Him for all that He’s done. Remain there in His presence and be rejuvenated by His Spirit. Worship Him now and be recharged in His presence. Then carry the joy He gives you for the rest of the day. Be diligent to share that joy with others and to be a light to them.

“The Lord lives! Blessed be my Rock! Let the God of my salvation be exalted.” Ps 18:46

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

 

FYI  – For your information

  1. What’s the difference between a pie and a tart?
  2. The tart is open faced.

 

 A mother’s observation: “My son has to be pushed into the bathroom, and dragged out of the pool. My daughter has to be dragged out of the bathroom, and pushed into the pool.”

 

 You’re always in the exact center of the rainbow you see.

This is not just philosophical, it’s scientifically accurate.

 

 “Ukraine” means “frontier.” You know the religious denomination there that’s growing fastest?  Baptist.

 

 Takes a newborn chameleon a couple of weeks to change colors to match backgrounds. It’s born white.




 

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