Jesus takes us beyond the cross,
around God’s throne to be,
singing praises to our King,
for eternity.
Jesus takes us beyond the cross,
for in God’s word,
I am told,
He became our Savior,
so we could walk,
the streets of gold.
Jesus takes us beyond the cross,
to dwell with our Heavenly Father there,
He will wipe away our tears,
there will be no pain, no sorrow,no care.
Jesus takes us beyond the cross,
because of His love and grace,
so will you put your faith in Him?
and dwell with Him in this wonderful place.

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* A ground for obeying— Deut.4: 39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the Lord he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.

40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the Lordthy God giveth thee, for ever.

* A ground for loving— Deut.6:Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.


* Himself — Isa.44:Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer theLord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last…

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Ephesians 4 New King James Version (NKJV)

Walk in Unity

I, therefore, the prisoner [a]of the Lord, [b]beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in [c]you all.

Spiritual Gifts

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore He says:

“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.”

(Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also [d]first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

The New Man

17 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as [f]the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Do Not Grieve the Spirit

25 Therefore, putting away lying, Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give [g]place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary [h]edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, [i]clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

I hope this chapter is special for you too!



I sit here thinking about what we can be thanking our Lord for and I started to write some things down knowing  there is no end to the list; here are a few things I wrote.

I thankj you Lord in the morning,
I thank you Lord at noontime,
I thank you Lord at night;
I thank you Lord in the dark,
I thank you Lord in the day light,
I thank you Lord for the sunshine,
I thank you Lord for the rain.
I thank you Lord for my breath,
and I thank you for all things,
wonderful things that remain.
I thank you Lord for your word
and the quiet times we share;
I thank you for your Salvation,
and knowing you are always there.
I thank you for my mansion,
that you are building for me now,
up there in Heaven,
soon my place to dwell.
Lord, I long to see your face,
and with my fellow Saints be;
I thank you Lord for your sacrifice,
on that cross at Calvary,
giving Eternal life and Eternal Victory.
~Winston Staples


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Yesterday was Saturday,
O, how the wind blew,
O, how it rained;
the last end of a hurricane,
it so quickly came,
up the Atlantic coast,
a fierce wind ,
when it started,
so much damage,
and so many died.
As I think about this,
this quiet Sunday morn,
so many are heat broken,
so many are worn.
Sin is like a mighty storm,
seeking human hearts,
so weak and so worn;
Satan making wonderful promises,
of wealth and riches;
good times with drugs;
which leave so many victums
lying in deep ditches,
lost and with out hope;
But wait,what do I see?
One pure son,Jesus
free from all sin,
sent by His Father,
God the Creator of all,
to offer away to be forgiven,
and a place of eternal peace,
a place called Heaven,                                                                                                                 when you follow Him in faith.

~ Winston Staples