Just Sayin’

30 05 2015

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Hope itself is like a star—not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity.

God often takes away our comforts and our privileges in order to make us better Christians.

Prayer is the forerunner of mercy.

Anything is better than the dead calm of indifference.

Oh, to love the Savior with a passion that can never cool

Charles Spurgeon

Take up the cross, and follow Me.
Mark 10:21

He is precious
1 Peter 2:7

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall
1 Corinthians 10:12

“Fear of God” is another way of saying that we take God seriously!

It’s not what we are, but what we are becoming, that communicates Christ.

Love without discipline encourages a self-indulgent life. But discipline without love encourages bitterness and rebellion.

365-Day Devotional Commentary

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Money

28 05 2015

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Money can buy a lot of things in life but it cannot purchase the most important things life holds. Money cannot buy salvation. It cannot buy a sunrise or sunset. It cannot buy health. It cannot buy true happiness or friendship. Money cannot buy a baby’s smile or an extension to life. Money cannot buy the friendship of a choice pet. It cannot buy a babbling brook or songbird. Money cannot buy a lot of “things”, but the Bible tells us “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”. Matthew 6:33

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The Power of a Wall

26 05 2015

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This is an amazing Memorial Day tribute from the heart and head of a grateful Navy vet. Rejoice and be glad that we have men like Ron White. God Bless America.

Pastor Dave

 

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Three Important Memorial Day Pictures

24 05 2015

International Picture of the Year

 

Here are three very touching photos honored this year.
 First Place :

When 2nd Lt. James Cathey’s body arrived at the Reno Airport , Marines climbed into the cargo hold of the plane and draped the flag over his casket as passengers watched the family gather on the tarmac. During the arrival of another Marine’s casket last year at Denver International Airport , Major Steve Beck described the scene as so powerful: ‘See the people in the windows? They sat right there in the plane, watching those Marines. You gotta wonder what’s going through their minds, knowing that they’re on the plane that brought him home,’ he said. ‘They will remember being on that plane for the rest of their lives. They’re going to remember bringing that Marine home. And they should.’

 
Second Place

 

Todd Heisler, The Rocky Mountain News

   

 

 

The night before the burial of her husband’s body, Katherine Cathey refused to leave the casket, asking to sleep next to his body for the last time. The Marines made a bed for her, tucking in the sheets below the flag. Before she fell asleep, she opened her laptop computer and played songs that reminded her of ‘Cat,’ and one of the Marines asked if she wanted them to continue standing watch as she slept. ‘I think it would be kind of nice if you kept doing it,’ she said. ‘I think that’s what he would have wanted’.

 

Third Place

(And the one that really tightens MY throat: )

“Son,on behalf of a grateful Nation,

I present to you the flag

of the United States of America ,

symbolizing your father’s service….”

 

 





Invocation for Memorial Day

22 05 2015

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Heavenly Father we thank you for the grace you have showered upon this land. We praise you for the liberty to worship you, the freedom to criticize our government or its leaders, the assurance of trial by jury, the privilege to vote our conscience in a free election, and so much more. We thank you for our rich heritage and continued blessings. We acknowledge your strength when others would challenge our freedom and way of life.

Today we come with humble heart, moistened eye, and profound thankfulness, realizing that our country’s greatness is sometimes carried on the shoulders of 18 and 19 year olds, led by those in their 20’s and 30’s. We remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion. On land, in the air, or at sea they were proven and found faithful. Some are still missing and it is our prayer that they could be brought back to their native land. Families who carry the memory of a fallen loved one, need your comfort today. Let them sense our united heart of gratefulness and may this encourage them when weak. You remind us in your Word that we are to give honor to whom honor is due and with all our heart, soul, and mind we do just that.

As we immerse ourselves in the music of our nation, contemplate the words of our speaker and stand in awe at the sound of taps, let us do so with a reverent respect and a solemn holy silence.

We ask this in the name of Jesus’

Amen





Precious People

18 05 2015

I have this quote taken from the 365 Day Devotional Commentary that I use. I have it above a picture of the Junior High teens from last year’s camp. I am so blessed to have committed to me precious things and precious people. I can’t seem to download the picture, I will try to add it later…

Pastor Dave

“The closer we are to the Lord, the more likely He is to commit precious things and precious people to our care. Let’s love Him deeply, that we might be privileged to serve our Lord as John served Christ.”

This quote is from the same source. I do not always like what it says, but it has seen me through some tough times. It is  life, where the rubber meets the road.

“Sometimes God wants us to remain where we are and trust him through the dry times in our lives”.





Invocation for Mother’s Day

8 05 2015

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Glorious Lord God, we worship you, we honor you and we stand in awe of you. We are amazed at your grace, love and faithfulness. We rejoice in your salvation. We thank you for the peace that we have with you through your Son Jesus Christ. We love you this morning because you first loved us. Remind us to rejoice in the Lord always. Help us to know the depth of that simple two-word command, “Rejoice evermore”.

Today Lord, we give recognition to all mothers whom we honor with our attention, thoughts, or  memories. We thank you for special mercies you have given to mothers as they sacrifice for their children. We thank you for the daily wisdom you have given them, still treasured into our adult years. We thank you for their patience, love, nurturing, and understanding. We remember the special care you gave to your mother, even as you died on the cross.

We pray for new mothers as they gaze at the toothless smile of their infant. Give them strength and a sense of awe at your plan for the life of their baby. We pray continuing wisdom and understanding for mothers with children still at home. We pray for aging mothers and their growing needs; give her adult children grace as they become caregivers. We pray for those who suffered the loss of a mother this past year; may they find comfort in memories.

We pray for those among us this morning who carry a private or physical pain, touch them with your healing hand. Give direction to those needing guidance and faith to those who can find no answers. Help us to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We ask this in the wonderful name of Jesus,

Amen