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As we go from the Lord’s Table

 

 

“And now, O loving Father, we go forth, we leave this holy place, to do the work that Thou hast taught us, to use the strength that Thou hast given. Be Thou with us henceforth in all Thy love and power, and establish the thing that Thou hast wrought in us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Author Unknown  [excerpt from Robert Spaulding Cushman]

 

I share this little devotion today with you, I hope it encourages your heart. Be excited to “Go forth to do the Good work” for the Lord! He promises to be with us in love and power as we share with others the Good News of Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

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Sing a New Song to the Lord

 

Excerpt from: My All in All by Robert J. Morgan

READING: Psalm 96

I receive a lot of letters because of my book Then Sings My Soul on the history of hymns.  One man wrote to thank me for helping preserve the stories of the old hymns, but he added, “I just can’t stand all this new music with the drums and everything. I love the old songs.”

I wrote back and told him I love the old hymns, too, but that if there’s ever a generation of believers that doesn’t write its own music, Christianity is dead.  Every generation expresses their faith with original songs that flow from their hearts. We need to sing the old songs. But we also need the new ones.

The Church has always practiced “blended worship,” combining old hymns with newer compositions, and it reminds me of Jesus words in Matthew 13:52: “Every student of Scripture instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who brings out of his storeroom what is new and what is old.”

The writer of Psalm 96 wrote a new hymn, and he wanted everyone singing it—all the earth.  If all the earth were singing the Songs of Zion, all the earth would be happy, at peace, at one with God and each other, and blessed beyond measure.

You and I are included in that phrase “all the earth.”  So sing a new song to the Lord with all your heart.  Or at least sing an old song with new vigor…

 

“For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised.”

(v.4 NKJV)

Valentines:

I am reminded in this devotion that singing to the Lord is more than a ceremonious or dutiful expression of worship. It is meant to tell a story – a testimony of dedication and declaration of our faith. It preserves the history of our journey and strengthens the Christian to stand strong in both trails and triumphs!

A wonderful exchange occurs. We gain from the blessing of lifting our voice to God – for He is faithful in return to those who remember ALL that He has done. Enjoy worshiping our Lord, bring it boldly and loudly before His presence, whether it be melodiously or rockin’ out – He will see it as New Treasure as well as Old. [Matt 13:52 NIV]

Bless the Lord!

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Celebrate Our Savior ~

 

~NOEL~JOY TO THE WORLD~NOEL~EMMANUEL~NOEL~JOY TO THE WORLD~EMMANUEL~NOEL~JOY TO THE WORLD~

 

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Praise to God for a Living Hope

A New Life:  I Peter 1:3-9

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

6-7 I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory.

8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to total salvation.

 

My Prayer:

Thank you, Father God, that we may seek the Love found in our Savior Jesus daily.  I pray that whoever reads this know that you are willing to listen, to comfort, to be present with them. I pray that the one who needs you right now find you, for you are only a prayer away.  You don’t stand on ceremony…but on Grace. Your Love is waiting to heal the brokenhearted, you protect the fatherless and widows, you lift up the downtrodden and bring in the lost to be gathered to Your loving embrace.  May your glory and victory be praised forever more, Lord. Amen

 

Please pray this prayer to accept Jesus into your heart and life.  You will begin anew…A New Creation in Christ Jesus.

“Father,

I believe you loved us so much, that you gave your only son Jesus to die on the cross for our sin.  I ask Jesus into my heart and life and repent of my sinfulness. Fill me with the Holy Spirit now and create a new heart and mind in me that I may be born again. Thank you for giving me life-eternal with you in Heaven. Amen