Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hymns For All

I'm not sure where this came from - it has been around for a while...very funny:

The Dentist's Hymn:..............Crown Him with Many Crowns
The Weatherman's Hymn......There Shall Be Showers of Blessings
The Contractor's Hymn:........The Church's One Foundation
The Tailor's Hymn:................Holy, Holy, Holy
The Golfer's Hymn:...............There's a Green Hill Far Away
The Politician's Hymn:..........Standing on the promises
The Optometrist's Hymn:.......Open My Eyes That I Might See
The IRS Agent's Hymn:.........I Surrender All
The Gossip's Hymn:...............Pass It On
The Electrician's Hymn:.........Send The Light
The Shopper's Hymn:.............Sweet By and By
The Realtor's Hymn:...............I've Got a Mansion, Just Over the Hilltop
The Massage Therapists Hymn......He Touched Me
The Doctor's Hymn:................The Great Physician

AND for those who speed on the highway - a few hymns:
----45mph....................God Will Take Care of You
----55mph....................Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
----65mph....................Nearer My God To Thee
----75mph....................Nearer Still Nearer
----85mph....................This World Is Not My Home
----95mph....................Lord, I'm Coming Home
----Over 100mph…......Precious Memories

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

God Counts

The Lord counts so many things that have to do with our lives. He is totally acquainted with everything that goes on in, and around us. Here are all the things that God counts it is interesting to note that 7 of these concern the details of our lives and 7 of them concern the world and universe we live in:

Job 14:5 He counts and numbers all of our days Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; You have appointed his limits, so that he cannot pass.
NLT - You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.

• He counts all of my steps: Job 31:4 Does He not see my ways, And count all my steps? (Job 14:16)

• He is able to count the clouds: Job 38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven,

• He counts the months and timing of every birth – even the animals: Job 39:1-2 Or do you know the time when they bear young?
• He numbers our wanderings and the journey of our lives: Ps. 56:8 You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book?

• He counts the stars: Ps. 147:4 He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.
Abraham couldn't count the stars:
Is. 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
NLT - Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away.

• He measures the waters: Is 40:12 He measures the waters in the hollow of His hand

• He measures the heavens: Is. 40:12 He measures heaven with a span

• He counts and measures the dust: Is. 40:12 He calculates the dust of the earth in a measure

• He weighs the mountains: Is. 40:12 He weighs the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance

• He has counted every hair on our heads: Lu. 12:7 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. (Matt. 10:30)

• He counts those who are worthy to escape the weight of sin and stand before the Lord: Lu. 21:36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (2Thess. 1:5, 11)

• He counts those who are faithful: 1Tim. 1:12 [ Glory to God for His Grace ] And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry,

• He counts those who are worthy of glory: Heb. 3:3 For this One (Jesus) has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house.

The Lord does great and wonderful things that are beyond counting and finding out:

Job 5:9 Who does great things, and unsearchable, Marvelous things without number.
Job 9:10 He does great things past finding out, Yes, wonders without number.
Job 36:26 “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; Nor can the number of His years be discovered.
Ps. 40:5 Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered.

So....Don't be afraid - He has EVERYTHING under control. There is NOTHING that can happen without His knowledge and consent. He is Lord of this world and EVERYTHING in it. He is Lord of our lives and EVERYTHING that happens to us.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Psalm 31 God's Great Love!

Be brave. Be strong. Don’t give up. Expect GOD to get here soon.
(Psalm 31:24 MSG)

Pray this over your life:

You are my God v14
Hour by hour I place my days (my future) in your hand v15 
Deliver me from my enemies v15
May your favor (face) wash over me v16
Rescue me because of your love for me v16
I will always call on the Lord and will not walk in shame v17
You will silence the enemy v18

This is David's cry and response to the devastating sin and shame in his life. In Verses 9-13, David focuses on what is happening in his life – the complete anguish of his sin and the response of others to his shame. He seems to be in very serious trouble.

In the rest of the psalm, he describes God’s response to sin. Oh what complete love!! Through these verses we can find 28 descriptions of God's love and faithfulness in our lives. That makes 7 in front of us, 7 behind...7 on the left and 7 on the right!!! He surrounds us with His love!

Here are all the things God does for me in this Psalm:

He lifts every shame v1
He delivers me v1
He hears me v2
He is a refuge and hiding place v2
He is my rock v2-3
He is my fortress v2-3
He leads and guides me v3
He rescues me from every trap v4
He is my strength v4
He redeems me v5
He is trustworthy v6
He is full of mercy and surrounds me with love v7
He understands every trouble v7
He knows me completely v7
He sets me into a safe place v8
He is trustworthy v14
He holds my future in His hands v15
He snatches me from the hands of the enemy v15
He clothes me with favor v16
He saves me v16
He silences my enemies v17-18
He is so very good to me v19
He lavishes blessings on me v19
He hides me in His presence v20
He is so wonderfully kind to me v21
He hears every cry v22
He takes care of me v23
He strengthens me v24

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter 2015

Ka hari Aranga
(Happy Easter in Maori)

On Easter Sunday 1969 I was at a Presbyterian youth camp, and I gave my life to Christ. What a wonderful spiritual birthday to have - Easter Sunday! I was resurrected on Resurrection Day!

Praise God - He is risen - no longer on the cross, but living in our hearts.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Here Is Love

Another wonderful hymn to meditate upon this Easter season:

Words: William Rees (1802-1883), trans­lat­ed from Welsh to Eng­lish by William Edwards in The Bap­tist Book of Praise, 1900.
Music: Robert Lowry, 1876  

This wonderful version of the 'love-song' of the Welsh revival was recorded in 1995. It is part sung in Welsh, the original language of the hymn, which dates from the 18th Century. It was recorded at The Event Without Walls at the Exeter Showground in 1995. (The identity of the vocalist is unknown - please post her name if you know it)

Here is love, vast as the ocean,
Lovingkindness as the flood,
When the Prince of Life, our Ransom,
Shed for us His precious blood.

Who His love will not remember?
Who can cease to sing His praise?
He can never be forgotten,
Throughout Heav’n’s eternal days.

On the mount of crucifixion,
Fountains opened deep and wide;
Through the floodgates of God’s mercy
Flowed a vast and gracious tide.

Grace and love, like mighty rivers,
Poured incessant from above,
And Heav’n’s peace and perfect justice
Kissed a guilty world in love.

Let me all Thy love accepting,
Love Thee, ever all my days;
Let me seek Thy kingdom only
And my life be to Thy praise;

Thou alone shalt be my glory,
Nothing in the world I see.
Thou hast cleansed and sanctified me,
Thou Thyself hast set me free.

In Thy truth Thou dost direct me
By Thy Spirit through Thy Word;
And Thy grace my need is meeting,
As I trust in Thee, my Lord.

Of Thy fullness Thou art pouring
Thy great love and power on me,
Without measure, full and boundless,
Drawing out my heart to Thee.