WORSHIP | WORD | WITNESS
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! Psalm 95:1-2
If you're looking for an opportunity to "MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE TO THE ROCK OF OUR SALVATION," the FBC choir practices on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm.
Rest in Me, My child. This time devoted to Me is meant to be peaceful, not stressful. You don't have to perform in order to receive My Love. I have boundless, unconditional Love for you. How it grieves Me to see My children working for Love: trying harder and harder, yet never feeling good enough to be loved.
Be careful that your devotion to Me does not become another form of works. I want you to come into My Presence joyfully and confidently. You have nothing to fear, for you wear My own righteousness. Gaze into My eyes, and you will see no condemnation, only Love and delight in the one I see. Be blessed as My Face shines radiantly upon you, giving you Peace.
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.
from Sarah Young's Jesus Calling - Enjoying Peace in His Presence
“Come set our hearts ablaze with hope
Like wildfire in our very souls
Holy Spirit, come invade us now
We are Your church
We need Your power in us..."
BE AT PEACE -- GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!
Mother Theresa is attributed with saying, "I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much!" Is that how you feel today? Like there is too much to do and not enough of you to do it? Let the Romans chapter fifteen, verse thirteen, percolate in your mind: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." The way to have peace in the midst of a troubled situation is by staying filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. How do you do that? By developing a spiritual hunger and letting God fill you. He can give you a sense of serenity when you're surrounded by stress. So, if you're in over your head today, pray this: "Father, you said no weapon formed against me shall prosper (See Isaiah 54:17). I can't keep the enemy's weapons from being formed, but I know you will keep them from prevailing against me. You said if I ask anything according to your will, you will grant my request (See 1 John 5:14-15). You said when I walk in obedience, I will be blessed when I come in, when I go out, when I lie down, and when I get up (See Deuteronomy 28:6; Psalm 1:2; 3:5). You told me to turn all my troubles over to you and you will take care of me (See 1 Peter 5:7). So here they are! Today I'm standing on your promises. You said it! I believe it! That settles it! Amen."
from "Daily Devotional -- The Word For You Today"
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
How can I get past the discouragement of a personal disaster?
The prophet Jeremiah warned of the coming destruction of Jerusalem; but when the end came in 586 B.C., he was still filled with sorrow and his spirit was broken. We can relate to how he felt. Jeremiah took the attack upon his city very personally, like it had happened to him and him alone. In the midst of all the carnage of Jerusalem, Jeremiah paused for a moment in his grieving, and he took time to remember God's faithfulness -- and what he recalled restored a sense of hope to his soul.
Our world today is facing destruction as well. Our hearts are often troubled by terrorism, disease and public health issues, financial crises, catastrophic weather events, and more. Like Jeremiah, there has to come a moment when we stop and remember the Word of our Lord. If we are going to make the journey from discouragement and despair to hope, we must fill our hearts with compassion and find our strength in God. Regardless of events going on around us, we need to faithfully continue serving Him. As we build our lives on the rock foundation of Jesus Christ, we can use our resources and influence to extend His kingdom -- making a contribution that will outlive us and outlast us, and restore hope for the future.
From David Jeremiah's "Answers to Questions About Adversity"
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25
THE HAND OF GOD
No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. Psalm 84:11
In the midst of sorrow and trouble, this life has many blessings and enjoyments that have come from the hand of God.
Think of the blessings we so easily take for granted: Life itself; preservation from danger; every bit of health we enjoy; every hour of liberty; the ability to see, to hear, to speak, to think, and to imagine--all this comes from the hand of God. Even our capacity to love is a gift from God. Most of all, God has given us the gift of Christ.
What should our response be? We can put it on one word: gratitude. But how do we show our gratitude? By giving back to Him a part of what He has given us.
What have you done lately to show your gratitude to God for all that He has done, and is doing, for you?
From Billy Graham's Hope for Each Day Devotional
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, 2 Peter 1:3
IT IS BETTER TO BE SILENT AND BE CONSIDERED A FOOL THAN TO SPEAK AND REMOVE ALL DOUBT.
William Penn, leader of the early American colonists who eventually named their state of Pennsylvania in his honor, gave these rules regarding conversation:
from "God's Little Devotional Book"