PRAISE FOR HIS RETURN

DECEMBER 2

Lord, I’m excited about Your coming! How marvelous Your day will be! How wonderful You are and how magnificent Your glory! I know that I shall be as You are when I see You and I can’t wait to meet You in the clouds. Save me Lord from this life and bring me home to You! Hasten the day of Your return Jesus. Come Lord! Come! Bring hope for the hopeless and healing for the hurting. Heal the nations and bring the abundance of Your peace. I can’t help but praise You the nearer I see the day approach.

 

Remember that He’s coming back! Praise Him and worship Him even more as you see that day approaching. Keep this in your heart and mind always. That your heart would be set on pilgrimage, not setting in this world and becoming complacent in it.

 

“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”

 

“All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, Thanksgiving and honor and power and might, Be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Rev 7:9-12

 

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

Strangest State Laws

  Arkansas:

  –A man can legally beat his wife, but no more than once a month.

  California:

  –In L.A., a man may legally beat his wife with a leather strap, as long as it is less than 2 inches wide, or she gives him permission to use a wider strap.

  –It is a misdemeanor to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless the target is a whale.

  Massachusetts:

  –It is illegal to wear a goatee without a license.

  –North Andover prohibits its citizens from carrying “space guns.”

  –In 1659, the state outlawed Christmas.

  Indiana:

  –Monkey’s are forbidden to smoke cigarettes in South Bend.



PRAISE FOR MIRACLES

NOVEMBER 30

Thank You Lord for all Your wonderful miracles You commit for me? God I pray that You would continue to reveal Your affection to me through Your power. Show me Your glory Lord that I may glorify Your mighty name! I will worship and praise Your power. How mighty are the ways of God! You’re slow to anger and swift to love. Your heart bleeds forgiveness and Your hand works mighty signs for all to see.

In seeing Your power I find faith. Faith that You, the God of my salvation, have power over death to resurrect me. In Your miracles I see the hope of my salvation, that You Lord are mighty enough to save me.

 

Thank You for what you show me. I pray You will open my eyes to see Your works around me more. Open my eyes that I can see how You answer my prayers, and that I may glorify You in Your goodness. Let me see Your Spirit work, let me see Your miracles more. Let me see Your glory for Your face is sufficient for me.

 

See the Lord in worship for all He’s done for you. Consider all the miracles and power he’s shown you. These testify to His power over the grave, and His ability to save you. His love has substance. For His love is so powerful that it can undo death itself. No one is worthy of praise like our Lord!

 

“Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength! We will sing and praise Your power.” Psalms 21:13

 

“So the LORD said to Moses, ‘I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name’ And he said, ‘Please, show me Your glory.’  Then he said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the LORd before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.’ Exodus 33:17-19

 

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Cor 2:4-5

 

From 30 Prayers of Praise by Adam Houge

 

More almost useless information

Ugly creatures, lobsters. Most remain unmated. Not surprised.

 

  1. Where’d that old name for a dog — “Fido” – come from?
  2. Latin. Means “trusting,” roughly. It’s a cousin of such words as fidelity, faithful, fiduciary.

 

 Any fisherman will tell you it’s against the law to use goldfish for bait.

 

 In the mid-1960s, scientists came up with straight bananas, but nobody would buy them.

 

 Few realize Abraham Lincoln’s likeness is represented not once but twice on the Lincoln penny.



YOU CAN’T WALK BACKWARD INTO THE FUTURE

NOVEMBER 1

          It is more valuable to look where you’re going than to see where you’ve been.  Don’t see your future only from the perspective of yesterday.  It’s too easy to quantify and qualify everything and choke off or limit the dream within you.

          “The past should be a springboard, not a hammock,” said Edmund Burke.  You can never plan the future by the past.  No one can walk backward into the future.  Those to whom yesterday still looks big aren’t doing much today.

          Your future contains more happiness than any past you can remember.  The born-again Christian has no past.  Second Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) says, “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” God doesn’t look at your past to decide your future.

          “Misery is a yesterday person trying to get along with a tomorrow God.” Says Mike Murdock.  Don’t let your past mistakes become memorials.  They should be cremated, not embalmed.  It is important to look forward – your calling and destiny are there.  The apostle Paul said, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Phil 3:13-14, NIV).

          Those who predominately talk about the past are going backward.  Those who talk about the present are just maintaining.  But those who talk about the future are growing.

          Some people stay so far in the past that the future is gone before they get there. The future frightens only those who prefer living in the past.  No one has ever backed into prosperity.  You can’t have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday today.  Yesterday has passed forever and is beyond our control.  What lies behind us is insignificant compared to what lies ahead.    The PAST IS PAST.

          John L. Mason, You’re Born an Original: Don’t Die a Copy.

 

 

 

The little church in the suburbs suddenly stopped buying from its regular office supply dealer.  So, the dealer telephoned Deacon Brown to ask why.  “I’ll tell you why,” shouted Deacon Brown.  “Our church ordered some pencils from you to be used in the pews for visitors to register.”

“Well, interrupted the dealer, “didn’t you receive them yet?”

“Oh, we received them all right,” replied Deacon Brown.

“However, you sent us some golf pencils each stamped with the words, ‘Play Golf Next Sunday.'”

 

A man says to his buddy:

“I found the neatest way to make my wife a more careful and defensive driver. I pointed out that if she’s ever in an accident, the paper’s gonna print her real age.”

 

What with sermon preparations and anxiety, the new preacher had gotten very little sleep the week before he was to address his flock for the first time; so by Sunday morning, he was both exhausted and extremely nervous. Nevertheless, he managed to make it up the few steps onto the platform and into the pulpit.  However, he had barely begun his presentation when everything he had planned to say flew right out of his mind. In fact, his mind went totally blank.  Then he remembered that in seminary they had taught him what to do if a situation like this ever arose: “Repeat your last point, and let it remind you of what’s coming next.” Figuring this advice couldn’t hurt, he recalled the very last thing he’d said, and repeated it:

“Behold,” he quoted, “I come quickly.” Still his mind was blank. He thought he’d better try it again: “Behold, I come quickly.” Still nothing.  He tried it one more time – but in his panic, he pronounced the words with such force that he lost his balance, fell forward, knocked the pulpit to one side, tripped over a flower arrangement, and fell into the lap of a little old lady in the front row. Flustered and embarrassed, he picked himself up, apologized profusely, and started to explain what had just happened.

“That’s all right, young man,” said the little old lady kindly. “It was my fault, really. You told me three times you were on your way down here. I should have just gotten out of your way!”



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.” *




 

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