A SONG OF PRAISE FOR THE LORD’S FAITHFULNESS TO HIS PEOPLE
A Psalm of Thanksgiving
Psalm 100:1-5, “Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presents with singing. Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His count with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.” King David had it together when it came to praise and worship. This is one of the most beloved Psalms. It gives insight in how to enter into God’s presence. Make a joyful shout people. Let us shout about the good things God has gone for us. If God has not been good to you, then shout for me. God has been so good to me. How can I not praise Him? When we praise God it takes us from our own self-centered world to God’s world. As we become God-centered the things of the world become strangely dim. We are loved by God; He cares for me, the big and small things. Isn’t it wonderful? We have much to praise Him about. Let’s praise our heavenly Father. He is worthy. May we all have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
FAITHFULNESS IN READING GOD’S WORD
How important is God’s word to God himself? Psalm 119:89 says, “Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.” Is. 40:8, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” In John 1:1, we read where Jesus is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (14) “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” We read this also in 1 John1:1-4. Matt. 4:4, Jesus uses the Word against Satan. We need to know the word so we can use this weapon. Over and over Jesus says” it is written,” we also need to use the Word but we must know it. Psalms says,” thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against you. Ps. 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my past. We will never get lost or deceived if we have God’s word in our hearts. You will only be as strong as the Word that is in you. The book of Romans tells us that, ” faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God”. We must have the word working in our hearts. Hebrews 4:12”For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Heb. 11:3. “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” 2Tim. 3:10-17, 4:1-8,(16) “All Scripture is giving by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” My prayer is we will all fall in love with God’s word. And we will become mighty men and woman of valor. We can put our trust in His word.
Blessings in his Holy name. Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Faithfulness in our worship!
Psalm 63:1-8. David is in the wilderness of Judah in which he was hiding from his son Absalom. From this horrible event David write this beautiful Psalm of worship. Is it possible to have joy and fellowship with God in circumstances we would not have chosen. David is weak and exhausted. He cries out to God, O God, you are my God; early will I seek you. David is totally involved in his worship to God. My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You. In a dry and thirsty land, where is no water. My lips will praise You. I will lift up my hands in Your name. And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips. I meditate on You in the night watches. He meditates on God even in the night watches. He is on guard from the enemy; he knows where his help comes from. Then 7th verse says, “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.” Can we praise our Lord even when the enemy seems to be tearing at us, wanting to steal, kill and destroy? This “praise” in verse three means, to adore, to glory in something; to still, quite, it goes in two directions, “praising” and “calming” As we praise, God calms the raging sea, our fears and heart. Let us commit to reading Psalm 63 at least once a day and see if it brings us into a stronger love and worship of our Lord. God bless us all as we enter into this Thanksgiving month. Let praise be on our lips. Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Eph. 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” John Wesley, “God does nothing redemptively in this world except by prayer.”
The highest privilege ever afforded man is the privilege of prayer, the right to talk to the highest potentate in the universe! Then why don’t we pray?
No man ever fainted or faltered who gave himself to pray! Why don’t we pray?
The most powerful force accessible to man is the potential of prayer! Then why don’t we pray.
The greatest moments a man can spend are those spent with the Lord in prayer! Then why don’t we pray?
The greatest longing of the heart of God is to talk to His children! Then why don’t we pray.
Nothing is impossible to those who pray! Then why don’t we pray?
Every sin is forgiven; every stain washed clean, all guilt diminished to the man who prays! Then why don’t we pray?
Hell moves father away, Satan flees from the man who prays. Heaven comes closer, the glory grows brighter, the hope more real to the one who prays.
Answers will come, mountains will be moved, valleys made smooth, rivers made crossable, the impossible made possible, dreams come true to the person who prays! So, please let us pray.
Jesus said that men ought always to pray! Paul says to pray without ceasing. The riches of heaven are for those who pray. Then why don’t we pray?
Everyone can pray; the young, the old, the rich, the poor, the strong, the weak, the shut-in, the prisoner, everyone. In every nation, in any language, all can pray! So, everyone lets Pray. Author unknown.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
THE CHILDREN OF GOD
1John 3:1 “Behold what manner of love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because did not know Him.” When we meditate on the fact that we are the children of the most high God we are overcome with love and emotion. How could he loves me and yet God does. Last week we had our Fall Festival and it was a great success. Lots of food, games, candy, etc. We thank everyone for making this festival the best yet. The greatest blessing was when Pastor Paul gave the invitation to except Jesus as our Savior several children came forward. We were all thrilled and gave God the glory. How let’s pray for these little ones and be of any help in any way that we can. Matt. 18: 1-5,”At that time the disciples came to Jesus saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you can by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” When we seek God we see this is priority One, these little ones is where His heart is. Let it be ours too. We will reap the blessings in doing so.
Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia
Psalm 37:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Trust in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and [a]cultivate faithfulness
- Psalm 37:3 in the NASB tells us to cultivate faith. When you cultivate something you have to dig deep to prepare for planting. God wants us, as His people, to cultivate faithfulness in our lives. These are the areas we need to dig deep into, the ways we will please Him to receive the blessings He has for us.
1. Faithfulness in our giving.
2. Faithfulness in worship.
3. Faithfulness in reading His word.
4. Faithfulness in prayer over the Body of Christ and for the nations.
5. Faithfulness in our relationships with one another.
6. Faithfulness in serving and in service for our Lord.
It is by faith and obedience that we please our Father God; that will move Him to do for us the things we ask of Him.
Pastor’s Corner this week by Monica Davis.
FASTING THAT PLEASES GOD
Isaiah tells us in the 58 chapter the fast that pleases God and the fast that displeases God. In verse five through 8, “Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, and to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast; an acceptable day of the Lord? Is this not the fast I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the poor? And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; when you see the naked; that you cover him;
Then your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily; and your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.” Fasting and praying is part of the Christian life but as in the book of James, Isaiah also tells us, It’s not only talk your walk but show your walk in action. Truly fasting shows us our heart. Pastor Fred said, we don’t change God’s heart when we fast, but God is able through fasting and prayer to change our heart. I have learned that my flesh is very weak. And our enemy, the devil magnifies the flesh. What is change worth to you? Is it possible that we can put the flesh down and obey God? Have you noticed that when you fast, if it sweets you are fasting that everybody at work brings in your favorite cake, cookies, etc. That if you are fasting the news a crisis the size of biblical proportion happens. And on we could go. Be strong my fellow soldiers. We can do this. The reward is great. God remember us for good. Pastor Paul and Sister Claudia