God Hath Prepared For Us

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“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭KJV‬‬

We that say such things declare plainly that we seek a country. For now we desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called our God: for He hath prepared for us a city.

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My Emotions Are Not the Boss of Me

God's Word For Mental Health

God’s Word is the boss of me.

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

When I’m afraid, I read that perfect love casts out fear.

I John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

And God is love. And God is in me.

I John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

There is no fear in love, and God is love. Therefore, there is no fear in God. And God is in me; therefore, there is no fear in…

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The Cityscape of God

I love the Psalms

Reading:                                      Psalm 48

(Verses 9-14)
Within your temple, O God,
we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God,
your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Mount Zion rejoices,
the villages of Judah are glad
because of your judgments.
Walk about Zion, go around her,
count her towers,
consider well her ramparts,
view her citadels,
that you may tell of them
to the next generation.
For this God is our God for ever and ever;
he will be our guide even to the end (NIV).

Reflection
Have you watched a television newscast recently? Invariably at some point during that telecast you will see a cityscape—a grand view of the city skyline in all its glory. If experts from Montreal, Vancouver or…

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The Choice To Believe

Three Iron Nails

“Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails… and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

[JOHN 20:25]

Thomas was the only disciple whose name became a synonym for a certain group of people. You don’t hear about “walking-on-water Peter’s” or “beloved John’s.” But everybody knows what it means to be a “doubting Thomas.” Thomas was the man who said “show me.” He needed to see for himself that the resurrected Christ was the real deal. Thomas saw Jesus die. He saw the blood and the flies. He smelled the stench of dying flesh and heard the Savior utter His last words. He was an eyewitness to it all, and then he disappeared.

On that first Easter, the rest of the disciples saw Him, but Thomas did not. They told him, but the picture of the crucifixion was still too fresh and real for…

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Plan in Pencil…

When it comes to making plans for the future, it is important to present those plans to the Lord. Now there is nothing wrong with planning, however, if we do without getting God’s guidance, we run the risk of living contrary to what He would have us do. Therefore, let us seek His will before going through with our plans. He might have a better plan in mind.

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Worship is a Serious Business

When you worship the Lord, is your mind totally focused on the Lord? In this devotional from Exodus 19, we will discuss the definition of what true worship of God is.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

The Journal

Psalm 2:7-8 
“I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, “You are my Son;today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession.”

Psalm 22:27-28 
“All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD,and all the families of the nationsshall worship before you.For kingship belongs to the LORD, and he rules over the nations. “

God has always had a plan for the universe, and it will be fully accomplished by grace through faith in Christ alone. The Church is God’s chief instrument of choice in this mission. Paul’s letter to the Church at Ephesus lays out this plan (see Ephesians 1;3-10).

Ephesians 1:3-6 
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with…

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40 Years Of Wandering.

Life In Parables.

40 Years Of Wandering

Even in hard times, God is watching over you.

Numbers 14:20–23

The LORD replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the LORD fills the whole earth, not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times — not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.”

The Israelites, on their journey to the Promised Land, went against the Lord ten times just like the Pharaoh. Starting in Exodus, the people began to complain and rebel against God. Even after witnessing his miracles, they couldn’t bring themselves to follow God wholeheartedly.

Numbers 14:34

For forty years — one year for each…

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Walls and Weapons (part 2)

Not About Me

swiss army knife I cut myself taking this photo of my 20-year-old, dull pocket knife! (c) Carole Sparks

You wouldn’t attack the Great Wall of China with a Swiss army knife…or would you?

Back to our study of 1 Corinthians 10:3-5. Are you ready to “finish the imagery and find our success,” as I said last week? I’m working to memorize these verses as part of my demolition plan!

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Once Upon a Time

Fire in the Hole

You know what the difference is between Fairy Tales and Heaven?  The Fairy Tales happened once upon a time.  Heaven is yet to come…at least for some of us.

In Fairy Tales, all your dreams come true.  You might have to kiss a toad, or take care of evil stepsisters while you play with little mice, but somewhere, sometime, somehow, your Prince will always come.  Heaven is not quite the same thing.  While we all would love the idea of living in a fairy tale existence where everything will be wonderful, reality paints a different picture — not everything works out according to Walt Disney’s script.  Life can be tough and you don’t always get to live in a castle, but there is a promise that there really is a place called Heaven.  There’s only one problem:  not everybody is going there.  The Prince is coming all right, but He’s…

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