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Proclaim His Praise

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It is good to praise the Lord
    and make music to your name, O Most High,
proclaiming your love in the morning
    and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre
    and the melody of the harp.

Psalm 92:1-3

At first glance, this is a simple Psalm of praise, but a little closer look reveals an interesting approach to the day.  Notice that it says “proclaiming your love in the morning.”  Have you ever tried that?  To begin the day proclaiming God’s love has a way of adjusting a person’s attitude to a place where we are more likely to notice the things that are really important, as opposed to the things that are simply there.  It has a way of helping us to prioritize the right way, so that when the day’s trials come we are better grounded in His love and not simply being tossed to and fro.

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Teachable moments about the Lord.

praying for the desires of your heart

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Praying for the desires of your heart just might change you!

Praying used to be something that was way out of my comfort zone.  I felt like I was talking to thin air, and many times I questioned if He was really listening to me. I thought there was no way He really cared about the desires of my heart.  I mean, there are starving people all over the world, people who have far less than I do… why would He care about my desires?  

This all changed for me the day a friend told me she would pray for me.  No-I wasn’t sick, and I didn’t have any earth-shattering problems.  I simply mentioned that I had wanted a baby grand piano since I was a little girl.

“I’ll pray that you find one,”  she said matter-of-factly.

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the…

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The Need For Change

A country-western song from several years ago included this refrain: “O Lord, it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way.” We assume that the songwriter was just being humorous, for reasonable people do not really think that they are perfect. Then again, we realize that there is an element of truth in these words, in the fact that people tainted by sin often do not see the need to change. They may regret what they are doing. They may acknowledge that they are not perfect. But they do not see the urgency in changing. We could rewrite the song to say, “Its hard to change when you do not see the need to change.”
The same could be said for many within the church. Christians generally have a desire to be Christlike and holy. We know what we ought to be doing. But sometimes we become comfortable in being “saved by grace and not by works,” and take a relaxed approach to Christian service and to holy living.
We would do well to remember that the gospel message that reveals to the lost God’s plan of salvation also reveals to believers God’s further instructions. The attitude of faith that initially saves us is expected to grow within us. The pursuit of godliness should not be treated like an elective course in a college curriculum. Consider it one of the core requirements for graduation.

The Gospel According To Jesus – Part 45

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“When evening comes you say, ‘It will be good weather because the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy because the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to read the appearance of the sky, but you can’t read the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation wants a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”
Matthew 16:2-4 (HCSB)

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