Prayer of My Flaws

“God, I have been defensive about my flaws and have reacted badly when my spouse points them out. Help me graciously receive my spouse’s feedback about my flaws—rather than get defensive or angry—and prayerfully bring that feedback to you.” – In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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How Do You See Thanksgiving

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We are all thankful for something and/or someone in our lives. I am thankful for God for loving me at times I am not so loveable and extending His grace to me beyond measure. I am thankful for my family whom I have a tendency to take for granted. I am also thankful to the many friends that have supported me over my lifetime.

Here is a article titled, “Thanksgiving, Thanksfeeling, and the Glory of God” written on November 28, 2013 by John Piper.

If you have a heavy heart then take a look at article, “How a Heavy Heart Gives Thanks” written on November 23, 2016 by Jon Bloom.

Finally I want to share an article titled, “The True Story of Thanksgiving” written on November 22, 2012 by David Mathis.

If you find these articles enlightening then you may want to check at the more resources at http://www.desiringgod.org. “Thanksgiving: God-Centered Resources for Thursday“.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Wayne

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Are You Feeling the Joy of the Lord?

34884-The-Joy-Of-The-LordThe glory of God is His character and His divine nature; it is the very essence of His presence.

“Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.” – 2 Corinthians 5:8 (ESV)

Read the blog, watch the video and feel the joy. “If you are not feeling the joy of the Lord, then you may need to go back to the Word”. May this bless your day as it did mine.

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Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.  Nehemiah 8:10

A joyless spirit saps our strength.  Our joy in the Lord extends beyond superficial feelings of happiness.  Joy produces strength, and strength produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to same.

We must never lose our joy.

If you are not feeling the joy of the Lord, then you may need to go back to the Word.

And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing because they had understood the words that were declared to them.  Nehemiah 8:12

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“Joy is not optional. It’s essential.” – John Piper

“Joy is not optional. It’s essential!” – John Piper

“God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.” –
John Piper

Here’s a short video about how John Piper founded “Desiring God”:

http://www.desiringgod.org/about/overview

11 Articles on Christmas Hymns by staff writers at Desiring God

The Emotions of Christmas by Pastor Mike Lee

“The glory of Christmas is that it is not the beginning of Christ.
Long before that first Christmas, his story had begun — not just in various prophecies, but in a divine person. Christmas may be the opening of the climactic chapter, but it is not the commencement of Christ.” – The Eternity Before Christmas by David Mathis.

 

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Planned Parenthood: Our Wilberforce Moment

Nothing speaks louder than the past, speaking in the present and into the future. Life is precious and should be valued as so. Here’s what Josh Howerton has to say:

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What is happening right now with the Planned Parenthood videos is a “William Wilberforce moment” in our culture. Wilberforce was the Christian man who looked into his Bible, saw that racism and slavery were evil reverse-images of the gospel, and dedicated his life to accomplishing what seemed culturally and politically impossible in late-1700’s Great Britain: the abolition of the slave trade. In a decisive moment that now lives in history, Wilberforce once commanded the floor of British Parliament for over three hours doing nothing but reading gruesome horror-stories of the African slave trade to the men that politically protected its continuation and then concluded with this sentence…

“You may choose to look away, but you can never say again that you did not know.”

– William Wilberforce

On his deathbed in 1833, after a lifetime of being told abolition was impossible, he received word that parliament had passed the Slavery Abolition Bill, granting freedom to all…

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They Couldn’t Forget

Jesus is the One whom God raised from the dead.  And we are all witnesses to this.  Acts 2:32  (NIV) 

“We don’t know where the disciples went when the fled the garden after Jesus was arrested,  but we do know what they took with them:  a memory.  They took a heart stopping memory of a man who called himself no less than God in the flesh.  And they couldn’t get him out of their minds.  Try as they might to lose him in the crowd,  they could not forget him.  If they saw a leper,  they thought of his compassion.  If they heard a storm,  they would remember the day he silenced one.  If they saw a child,  they would think of the day when he held a child in his lap and blessed him.

No there was no forgetting this man Jesus.  As a result,  they came back.   And also as a result,  the church of our Lord and Savior,  that began with a group of frightened men in an upper room,  began to grow.  What have you seen Jesus do in your life,  and in the lives of those around you?  How much will you remember?”

From the Devotional book:  “One God, One Plan, One Life”  
Page  246  
Author: Max Lucado
Thomas Nelson Publishers  
ISBN 978-1-4003-2263-3      

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It’s Finally Sunday and All Is Well, He’s Alive!

It’s finally Sunday and all is well…

13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them. 30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?” 33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
– Luke 24:13-357

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