Jesus Fame

Shai Linne on “Spread His Fame.”

All praise to the name of the Savior who reigns.
He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame,
He’s raised from the grave, so His fame we proclaim.
Salvation by grace through faith in His name. 

All praise to the name of the Savior who reigns.
He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame,
He’s raised from the grave, so His fame we proclaim.
Salvation by grace through faith in His name.

Jesus, the beautiful and blessed Son.

Immutable, majestic one
Who was resurrected from the grave
for the depraved.
He paved the path for some.
Place faith in His passion, son;
Be saved from the wrath to come. 

He’s fabulous, His status is immaculate.
I’m lacking the vernacular to adequately capture His glory.
Incomparable, unconquerable, all-powerful, unstoppable,
Absolutely phenomenal. 

No obstacle He can’t navigate.
He’s God, and so He fascinates.
With Him it’s impossible to exaggerate. 

Lord of all continents,
Source of all consciousness,
His compliments are the consequence of His accomplishments.
Every sphere of life, He’s the Lord of it,
And every other power is either fraudulent or subordinate. 

At first we snubbed Him,
Now His vessels of mercy love Him.
Your highest thought is infinitely unworthy of Him.
Beyond vocabulary His actions vary.
His wrath is scary,
All His adversaries are imaginary.

He has no competitors.
Ask Nebuchadnezzar, bro.
He’ll mess you up, have you eating grass,
You can bet He’s amazing. 

He takes in blatant, flagrant vagrants,
Breaks them, remakes them, and shapes them
To hate sin. 

Jesus!
There’s no better name!
That’ll never change,
And He’ll forever reign while we spread His fame. 

So all praise to the name of the Savior who reigns.
He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame.
He’s raised from the grave, so His fame we proclaim,
Salvation by grace through faith in His name! 

All praise to the name of the Savior who reigns.
He’s taken our blame, embraced all our shame.
He’s raised from the grave so His fame we proclaim
Salvation by grace through faith in His name!

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Purity of Camp

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Numbers 5:1-9:14

Purity of Camp

There was sin and defilement because of our fallen world. This was part of the Israelite camp. If God was to dwell in the center of the community, the Israelites needed to know how to deal with sin:

– Unintentional sins (such as infectious diseases)

– Intentional sin which required restitution

– Unfaithfulness in families – adultery

If God is to be the center of life, we must know how to deal with sin.

God calls His people to deal with sin.

The initial step in dealing with sin is trusting in the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

Moses tells the people what is required if a person wants to devote himself to God for a period of time. These people are known as Nazarites.

Moses instructs Aaron and his sons on how they are to bless the Israelites.

God blesses and gives His grace and peace to those whose lives are centered on Him.

We see the offerings that are brought to the Levites to help them with their work. We see the same offerings offered by different people on different  days.  What is the significance of the repetition?  It means  it  is important. What point is God making? Through the repetition, there is careful recording of what each tribe brought as an offering(s) to God. This is not to say that each person should give the same thing. Rather, that no gift is insignificant when given out of love and for His work.

God values each gift given for His work.

One year ago, the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians. Passover is a vivid picture of the Gospel. Those who trust in the blood of Jesus Christ are “passed over” by God. We do not have to endure the wrath of God and punishment for our sins

God wants His people to remember His Son’s sacrifice.

We are cautioned not to let Jesus’ sacrifice become “old”. We are to remember and celebrate it.

When An Earthly Husband Images Our Heavenly Groom

1 loveValentine’s Day is here. It’s a day when our society encourages couples to take the extra steps to show their love for one another. Give flowers. Give chocolates. Go out to dinner. Celebrate love.

Some of you reading this right now are lonely. Some have been abused or hurt deeply by a spouse. Some may be single without an earthly spouse. But all of us as Christians together have a heavenly husband, and oh how great is our Groom’s love toward us!

Scripture is full of the love of God — the cross being the supreme expression of that unfathomable love.

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. (Zephaniah 3:17)

I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest stumbling blocks in life is believing that God really does love me and that he is pleased with me. This constant insecurity I live with has been difficult on my marriage. At times, it drives me to lay down expectations my earthly husband was never intended to meet. On other occasions, it has driven me to doubt his love and his sincerity, not because of anything he has done, but because my doubt of God’s love is transferred as doubt of my husband’s.

And then there are all the times that I try to earn my husband’s love because I just can’t seem to get it in my head that this dear man genuinely loves me unconditionally, without exception. His love has never depended on how I looked, how much I weighed, or what I had achieved in or out of the home. He just loves me.

God in his grace and providence gave me a husband who knows my doubting and has diligently reminded me of God’s love over the years. He has even endured my mocking and scoffing as time and again he would quietly and gently relate: Jesus loves you, Luma.

One day in particular, about ten years ago, I insisted that those were trivial meaningless words thrown around in our superficial evangelical society. My wise husband, who knows that thinking is one of my gifts, asked me if I would be willing to spend one full day meditating on that statement Jesus loves you, Luma. I did. God, in his great mercy and love in Christ Jesus, has slowly made that statement blossom in my heart and mind little by little since that time.

I tend to be a more utilitarian woman, eschewing flowers and chocolates. But God has been using my husband over the years to soften me. Tulips are my favorite flowers, and I have began buying them for myself and letting my husband know that I would rejoice to receive them. I have also started enjoying chocolate. Not that these are marks of my “arrival” at anything, only the evidences of the personal softening of my heart — a heart which too often has doubted the love of Jesus.

Embracing the gospel has freed me to trust the love of my earthly husband, who has always been good to speak to me the love of our heavenly husband.

The dinner, the flowers, and the chocolate may or may not be there, but it really doesn’t matter. The best Valentine’s gift I could ever receive is a husband who is constantly reminding me, Jesus loves you, Luma.

As someone who has lived a life of doubt in that statement, I want to encourage you today. No matter where you are in this life, or what circumstance you are dealing with regarding earthly love, meditate on this: Jesus loves you.

God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

by Luma Simms

God’s Masterpiece is Mother

God’s Masterpiece is Mother – Herbert Farnham

God took pieces of everything wonderful to make moms.

God took the fragrance of a flower…
The majesty of a tree…
The gentleness of morning dew…
The calm of a quiet sea…
The beauty of the twilight hour…
The soul of a starry night…
The laughter of a rippling brook…
The grace of a bird in flight…
Then God fashioned from these things
A creation like no other,
And when His masterpiece was through
He called it simply – Mother.

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There is no love, like a mother’s love,
no stronger bond on earth…
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.

A mother’s love is forever strong,
never changing for all time…
and when her children need her most,
a mother’s love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one…
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they’ve done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother’s love lives on…
through many generations,
with God’s blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love…
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.

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Merry Christmas to Daniela

Numbers 6:24-26

,,May the LORD bless thee, and keep thee!

May the LORD make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee!

May the LORD lift up His countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”

 

Please pray with me for Daniela as she travels to Europe (Romania and Austria) this month and to India next month.

 

May the Lord keep you safe as you travel!

May the Lord protect you every moment!

May He provide all you need here and there!

May He open new opportunities for you as you serve Him!

May He give you power and words to witness about Him in everything you do!

May God bless your business there and here!

May God bless you family and your church!

May this happy, special time, bring blessings from above!

May God keep you in His care and grace you with His love!

 

May He bring you back to your family full of

His presence,

His joy

and

His peace!

 

Please say ,,AMIN”!