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Worship Sunday – My Savior My God   2 comments

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My Savior My God

by: Aaron Shust

Verse 1
I am not skilled to understand
What God has willed, what God has planned
I only know at His right hand
Stands one who is my Savior

Verse 2
I take Him at His word and deed
Christ died to save: this I read
And in my heart I find a need
Of Him to be my Savior

That He would leave His place on high
And come for sinful man to die
You count it strange, so once did I
Before I knew my Savior

chorus
My Savior Loves, my Savior lives
My Savior’s always there for me
My God: He was, my God: He is
My God is always gonna be


Verse 3
Yes, living, dying: let me bring
My strength, my solace from the spring:
That He who lives to be my king
Once died to be my Savior

Posted February 3, 2008 by Lana G! in God, Jesus, Lyrics, Music, Sunday, Worship

Wildflowers in Winter – Literary Flowers   7 comments

 

This week’s theme is: Week 3 – January 30 – February 5. Literary Wildflowers – Stories, quotations or poetry about wildflowers written by you or someone else. Or write a book review about a book that features wildflowers, such a guide book, picture book, travel guide or something about wildflower gardening, etc. Or Write about some special places/trails/areas to go searching for wildflowers that you are familiar with. Tell about the best time of year to go there, and what you might see. Share photographs if you have them.

Song to the Creator
By Lana G!

Walking up the path to the crest of the hill
I came upon a sacred breathtaking scene.
An Artist had left a masterpiece in living color –
A hillside bursting forth with joyful, vivid blooms.
Hundreds of wildflowers gracefully swaying in the breeze
Were reaching out to touch their Maker’s face.
Each one reflecting His beauty in radiant splendor
They were seeking only to glorify Him in shameless praise.
My heart could not keep silent.
I joined the earthly chorus
We were singing Hallelujah to our Creator
We were singing Holy, Holy is His name.


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For more Literary Wildflower posts, head on over to Wildflower Morning.

Posted January 30, 2008 by Lana G! in Creation, Faith, God, Photography, Poetry, Wildflowers in Winter, Winter

Crazy Christians   5 comments

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It’s Friday but Sunday’s Coming – the pastor’s sermon preview: 

Christians are considered by many to be crazy. And with good reason, as A.W. Tozer notes:

“A real Christian is an odd number anyway. He feels supreme love for One whom he has never seen, talks familiarly every day to Someone he cannot see, expects to go to heaven on the virtue of Another, empties himself in order to be full, admits he is wrong so he can be declared right, goes down in order to get up, is strongest when he is weakest, richest when he is poorest, and happiest when he feels worst. He dies so that he can live, forsakes in order to have, gives away so he can keep, sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, and knows that which passeth knowledge.”

It should not be surprising that at times we are misunderstood. In the text that is before us this week, the Apostle Paul explains how crazy people like us can be effective in reaching a world that has lost its way. It all comes down to the “ministry of reconciliation” emanating from our transformed lives.

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 

The Ministry of Reconciliation
11Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about outward appearance and not about what is in the heart. 13For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; 15and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
16From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

The verse that I struggle the most with above is verse 15:

…that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.

Lord, may I truly live for you!

Posted November 16, 2007 by Lana G! in Bible, Christianity, Faith, God, Jesus, Life, Quotes, Religion, Sermon Notes

The “Teen” Commandments   7 comments

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Posted October 27, 2007 by Lana G! in Challenge, Encouragement, God, Life, Thoughts

Worship On the Go   2 comments

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 A friend e-mailed this devotion to me.  I thought I would share it… 

Worship On The Go
by John Fischer

God doesn’t desire more of our time sometimes; he desires more of our attention all the time.

Ever feel frustrated because you hear messages about getting closer to God and you definitely desire this for yourself, but you are inundated with so much to do already that this only makes you feel guilty because you are too busy for God? I think we all feel this at one time or another.

Some of you may need to carve some time out of your busy schedule for more specific time to be with God, but that isn’t necessarily the only answer to this question. Look at the following Scriptures:

“I have set the Lord always before me.” Psalm 16:8 NIV
“My eyes are ever on the Lord.” Psalm 25:15 NIV
“I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.” Psalm 34:1 NIV

Reading these words makes you wonder if these are the words of a monk who had nothing else to do but devote himself to God. Actually, they are the words of David, king of Israel, a great ruler and warrior. How did he manage to run a nation and keep his eyes on the Lord at all times? The only conclusion is that he did this while he did everything else. It’s a continual awareness of God that we are talking about here, not necessarily more time devoted to spiritual pursuits.

I once saw a sign that read: “Your god is what you pay attention to.” You see, I believe you can pay attention to God while you are doing everything else. It’s all about doing everything for God and seeing God in everything we do. It’s about bringing God into the boardroom, the exercise room, the living room, and the bedroom. Now of course He’s already in all these places but we’re talking about being aware of His being there at all times. That’s what it means to set the Lord always before us.

Worship is a frame of mind that always has God in the picture. We don’t need church, or Bible study, or devotions to remind us about the Lord if we’re already aware of Him all the time. These opportunities then become more precious to us because we can devote all our attention to that which we have been aware of all along.

Posted October 11, 2007 by Lana G! in Devotional, God, Worship

Above the Clouds   5 comments

I took over 200 pictures on my flight home yesterday! Here’s just a sampling of why:

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The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.
Today that is coming speaks it the day,
The night that is gone to following night.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.
In all the lands resounds the word,
Never unperceived, ever understood.
The Heavens are telling the glory of God,
The wonder of his work displays the firmament.

Franz Joseph Haydn

 

Posted October 5, 2007 by Lana G! in Creation, God, Photo, Photography, Travel, Worship

Waiting…   4 comments

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Going through a serious time of waiting on God right now.  In the midst of this waiting, I received an e-mail from my brother and he shared a quote that reached out and grabbed me.  He was not sure who the author of the quote was; he thought it might be Paul Tripp.  Here’s the quote:

“Waiting on God isn’t about the suspension of meaning and purpose. It’s part of the meaning and purpose that God has brought into my life. Waiting on God isn’t to be viewed as an obstruction in the way of the plan. Waiting is an essential part of the plan. For the child of God, waiting isn’t simply about what I’ll receive at the end of my wait. No, waiting is much more purposeful, efficient, and practical than that. Waiting is fundamentally about what I’ll become as I wait. God is using the wait to do in and through me exactly what He’s promised. Through the wait He’s changing me. By means of the wait He’s altering the fabric of my thoughts and desires. Through the wait He’s causing me to see and experience new things about Him and His kingdom. And all of this sharpens me, enabling me to be a more useful tool in His redemptive hands.”

Micah 7:7 But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.

Posted September 28, 2007 by Lana G! in God, hope, Life, Photo, Quotes, Wilderness Wandering