“Jesus Makes Us Beautiful” 5/20/2020 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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Written by  Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”  @  https://drawingclosertochrist.com

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Jesus Makes Us Beautiful

Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”

It’s beautiful how Jesus makes us beautiful. When we submit ourselves to Him, it’s a wonder how He works in our lives. The closer we draw to Him, the more our hearts change, so we can reflect His glory. We just have to remember that it’s His timing and not our own. If you’re like me, you may have days when you become frustrated because your progress seems slow. Or perhaps you sometimes find yourself struggling to overcome a certain sin. As long as we’re diligently seeking Him, we are moving forward. We can see how far He’s brought us when we think about how we used to be. We are becoming beautiful as we dwell in the presence of our Savior and saturate our hearts with His Word.

Viewing our lives from an eternal perspective as God does, causes us to bubble over with joy and hope. For we know that where we are now is certainly not the end. On the other side of our earthly life, is more than we can even begin to imagine.

Stay focused on the One who makes you beautiful.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“THE SKY ISN’T FALLING” 5/19/2020 Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare”

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THE SKY ISN’T FALLING

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When I was a kid, it was always fun to hear a story right before going to bed.  I think some of them were meant to scare us to pieces, while others had some kind of moral.  We heard from Mother Goose, the Brothers Grimm (the scary guys,) the Happily Ever Afters and others based on folk tales.  One of them, “The Sky is Falling” was about a hen named, Chicken Little  The story doesn’t have much of a plot, but it shows how things get out of hand when we panic or exaggerate things.  In other words – mass hysteria.

A branch falls on Chicken Little’s tail and she believes the sky is falling and she feels compelled to tell the others about it so they can save themselves.  The Villain, Foxy Loxy, eventually takes advantage of the situation and  invites her into his house for dinner.  Little does she know, she is  dinner.  Moral of the story – Don’t believe everything you hear, unless it’s backed up with some kind of proof or evidence.  Fear mongering doesn’t accomplish anything, but put you into a stew.

If we focus too much on the events in the news today, we’d need treatment for depression.  This pandemic has created more than fear.  People have been held hostage in a way.  Conspiracy theories are on the rise.  We don’t know what to believe and we’re physically prisoners of what our leadership is telling us.  I try to avoid the news as much as possible.  It doesn’t allay any fears.  It simply stirs the pot.

Instead we need to focus on what we can learn from all this.  There are tons of lessons available when we experience trials of any kind.  It’s time to reclaim the sky.  I can say for a fact, the last time I looked outside, the sun was shining and all is well.  Life goes on and there will be more of the same tomorrow.  Putting our faith in what man tells us, isn’t the answer.  Trusting in the Creator of the universe is.  Instead of complaining about what is totally out of our control, it’s time to work on the things we can change.

Those things start with our attitude.  They’re nurtured through experience and what we take away from them.  Maybe this time of contemplation will stir a new way of living, once we’re freed from our current captivity.  Whatever comes of this, we can be sure of God’s promises.  He’ll help us muddle through and figure out what to do next.  The sky remains in His hands.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“The Gift of Peace” 5/18/2020 Written by Estera Pirosca Escobar for “Our Daily Bread”

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The Gift of Peace

You may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation.

Luke 2:29–30

 

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

 

Luke 2:25–35

“I believe in Jesus and He is my Savior, and I have no fear of death,” said Barbara Bush, the wife of former US President George H. W. Bush, to her son before she died. This incredible and confident statement suggests a strong and deep-rooted faith. She experienced God’s gift of peace that comes from knowing Jesus, even when faced with death.

Simeon, a resident of Jerusalem during the first century, also experienced profound peace because of Jesus. Moved by the Holy Spirit, Simeon went to the temple when Mary and Joseph brought baby Jesus to be circumcised as required by the law for a newborn boy. Although not much is known about Simeon, from Luke’s description one can tell he was a special man of God, just and devout, waiting faithfully for the coming Messiah, and “the Holy Spirit was on him” (Luke 2:25). Yet Simeon did not experience shalom (peace), a deep sense of completeness, until he saw Jesus.

While holding Jesus in his arms, Simeon broke into a song of praise, expressing full satisfaction in God: “You may now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations” (vv. 29–31). He had peace because he foresaw the future hope of the whole world.

As we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the promised Savior, may we rejoice in God’s gift of peace.

By:  Estera Pirosca Escobar

Reflect & Pray

Have you experienced this deep sense of satisfaction and completeness that comes from knowing Jesus? How can you celebrate God’s gift of peace today?

Dear Father, thank You for Jesus, Your gift of peace.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“God Will Finish His Work” 5/17/2020 Posted by Alister Begg for www.truthforlife.org

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God Will Finish His Work

. . . made perfect.

Hebrews 12:23

Remember that there are two kinds of perfection that the Christian needs—the perfection of justification in the person of Jesus, and the perfection of sanctification accomplished in him by the Holy Spirit. At present, corruption still remains even in the hearts of the regenerate—experience soon teaches us this. Within us there still are lusts and evil imaginations. But I rejoice to know that the day is coming when God shall finish the work that He has begun; and He will present my soul not only perfect in Christ, but perfect through the Spirit, without spot or blemish or any such thing.

Can it be true that this poor sinful heart of mine is to become holy even as God is holy? Can it be that this spirit, which often cries, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”1 shall get rid of sin and death—that I will have no evil sounds to vex my ears, and no unholy thoughts to disturb my peace? May this happy hour come quickly! When I cross the Jordan, the work of sanctification will be finished; but not until that moment shall I ever claim perfection in myself. Then my spirit will have its last baptism in the Holy Spirit’s fire.

I think I long to die to receive that last and final purification that will usher me into heaven. An angel will not be any purer than I shall be, for I shall be able to say, in a double sense, “I am clean,” through Jesus’ blood and through the Spirit’s work. We should extol the power of the Holy Spirit who makes us fit to stand before our Father in heaven! Yet we must not allow the hope of perfection there to make us content with imperfection now. If it does this, our hope cannot be genuine; for a good hope is a purifying thing, even now. Grace must be at work in us now or it will not be perfected in us then. Let us pray to “be filled with the Spirit,”2 that we may increasingly bring forth the fruits of righteousness.

1) Romans 7:24
2) Ephesians 5:18

Devotional material is taken from “Morning and Evening,” written by C.H. Spurgeon, revised and updated by Alistair Begg. Copyright © 2003, Good News Publishers and used by Truth For Life with written permission.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Quick Thoughts on the self-attesting nature of the Bible” 5/16/2020 Written by Pastor Jim Lee for “The Domain for Truth”

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Quick Thoughts on the self-attesting nature of the Bible

 

May 16, 2020 by SLIMJIM

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Someone asked the following: “How and in what ways is the Bible self-attesting and self-authenticating? I want to understand this doctrine better.”

Here’s my quick thoughts:

  1. Reading God’s Directly should attests to us immediately it is the Word of God. If you don’t see it’s God’s Word it might be you need to read more of it to see it’s divine character being revealed.

  1. God’s Word is objectively self-authenticating itself as God’s Word but there’s also the Spirit’s attestation it’s God’s Word through the ministry of conviction (use of its Law), proclaiming the Gospel (Content of Scripture) and regenerating believers to have a heart to see Scripture as it is given the noetic effect of sins, etc. The rest below will focus on the objective self-attestation of Scripture itself.

  1. Scripture as the highest authority doesn’t appeal to another greater authority to be authoritative; it is authorizing itself as authoritative and authoritative to authenticate it’s the Word of God.

  1. I think Scripture self-attestation to itself being God’s Word isn’t a flat “it’s just God’s Word because I (believer) say it is.” I think it is self-attesting and there’s evidential value within itself (that is, its self-evidencing) because of its unity of the books in its canon being about Christ from Old to New. It’s incredible how vast the amount of casts that author the Scripture in many places, time and occupation and it’s marvelous unity. It’s not an accidental property of being united but it’s telos is Christ and the Gospel!

  1. Likewise I think Scripture is self-evidencing in its Messianic prophecies. My approach as a Presuppositionalist here is different than a general evidentialist with all the points above but also because I stress the OT is part of our philosophy of evidence that interpret what Christ was doing in His first advent, etc.

  1. Knowing the nature of Scripture as self-attesting shapes our apologetics’ methodology. Since the nature of a self-attesting Scripture is that Scripture is self-authorizing, opposing Scripture means opposing it’s because one has another conflicting ultimate authority. The apologist pushes the critic to reveal his or her authority and show the problems with it by way of an internal critique.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?” 5/15/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid?

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Reading: Psalm 27
Of David.
(Verses 1-3)

The LORD is my light and my salvation –
Whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life –
Of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh,
When my enemies and foes attack me,
They will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
My heart will not fear;
Though war break out against me
Even then will I be confident 
(NIV).*

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Reflection
Are you afraid of the dark? That may seem like a rather empty-headed question? Most adults have overcome their fear of the dark a long time ago, back in the dark ages of childhood. But have you really overcome your fear of dark places?

I would like to suggest that we have not overcome that most basic of fears. We have only learned to mask our fears and conveniently avoid those dark unknown recesses. Our fear of the dark is at its core a fear of the unknown. Hidden out there in the dark unknown regions is a whole battalion of hidden risks—the lurking boogeymen—who keep us close to home, who keep us on the well-beaten path, the well-marked path, a path of no-risk and least-resistance. How often do you dare to go where others have never gone? Are you still certain that you are not afraid of the dark?

In this psalm, David, the fearless warrior, reveals the secret to his victorious life—a life spent overcoming insurmountable obstacles. With reckless confidence this insignificant, no-rank shepherd boy took on the Goliaths of his time, and he rose to each and every challenge, time after time throughout his storied career.

So then, what was the secret to David’s success? It resides in his overwhelming confidence in the LORD. Surely, common sense would dictate that a wet-behind-the-ears shepherd boy is no match for an experienced warrior, such as the towering Goliath. But David exudes confidence: The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my lifeof whom shall I be afraid?

David was not afraid of the dark, or the giant, or the Philistine army arrayed against him. He feared only the LORD. The LORD was his light in a dark place. The LORD was his salvation in every battle and his deliverance in every hostile situation. David feared the LORD. He bowed in reverential awe before Him. He allied himself with the LORD his Maker. That’s an unbeatable combination.

Response: Lord Jesus, help me to truly walk in confident faith. I ally myself with you. You are my light and my salvation. Help me now to face my day and my future with confidence that comes from you, my Savior. Amen.

Your TurnHow often do you take a plunge into the unknown? Is God asking you to take a step of faith?

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“The Ultimate Connection” 5/14/2020 Written by Dr. Lawson Murry for “SEIZE The DAY”

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The Ultimate Connection

Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;  the Lord hears when I call to him. Psalm 4:3

What’s superior to the telephone, better than E-mail, outclasses radio, and surpasses even a direct satellite link? On top of that, what has a free sign up, doesn’t need operator assistance, is cordless, has crystal clear connections, instant messaging, unlimited minutes, no age requirement, worldwide accessibility, secure lines, never breaks down, is open 24 hours a day, and can be described as nothing short of the ultimate in wireless communication?

The answer – prayer. It’s the ultimate connection. The ne plus ultra. The best universal network this world has ever known.

And yet it seems to be a well-kept secret. It’s not listed on the stock exchange. It’s not advertised on T.V. The newspapers don’t say much about it. Many schools have banned it. The opposition has pooh-poohed it. And a whole lot of people have never even given it a try.

Which is somewhat surprising when you look at its track record. Down through the ages when people have prayed, amazing and supernatural things have happened. The poor have been fed, the sick have been healed, the anxious have discovered peace, broken relationships have been reconciled and restored, the foolish have been made wise, the sorrowful filled with joy, wars have been averted, the weary have been sustained, barren women have conceived, the troubled have been counselled, the lost have been found, the weak made strong, and in a few unique situations the dead have been brought back to life.

But that’s not surprising. For unlike any other communication device, prayer is a direct line to God. It transcends every other form of networking. It draws together the human and the divine. It’s a person to person call. And, as a result, it moves the hand which moves the world.

So why not use it today? It’s not complicated. It’s easier than a telephone. You don’t need a special format or recipe. The posture of your body isn’t important. You don’t need any unique language or grammatical ability. You can talk out loud or say it in your mind. And you don’t even have to close your eyes or go to a holy place. All you need is the faith to do it!

Did I say faith? Yes, all you need is the faith to do it. Which, as we well know, is where the rubber hits the road. For you will never be able to pray without faith. Faith and prayer go together. Without faith your prayers will be nothing more than an engaged signal. Not that God’s engaged. He’s always ready to talk and listen to you. The problem is that without faith you’re engaged.

Which brings me to the free sign up. If you want the phenomenal advantages of prayer, you need the faith to hook up. And in order to have the faith to hook you up you need to be “sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” Hebrews 11:1. That’s not as difficult as it seems. Romans 10:17 tells us that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” And what is the word of Christ? The word of Christ is that God loves you, sent His Son to die for your sins, and that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord and trusts in Him, will be saved (cf. Romans 10:6-13).

There you have it. Once you have faith you have access to God through prayer. You’re signed up, hooked in, connected day and night. Which means He will always hear when you call (cf. Psalm 4:3). And He will always listen when you cry out (cf. Psalm 55:17).

So enjoy prayer. Speak as long as you like. Use it every day. And make it a habit to keep the line open. For prayer is the ultimate connection – the summit of communication.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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