A FAVORITE PORTION OF SCRIPTURE!

Ephesians 4King James Version (KJV)

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are 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 you all.

But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.

Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.

(Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?

10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,

18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:

19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ;

21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:

22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;

23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;

24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.

26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

27 Neither give place to the devil.

28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I trust this reading blessed you!

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Words to Sing!

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Today I am sharing two favorite verses of this old hymn. I love these old hymns, they share the great news in a special way. My favorites are of course those proclaiming the birth of Christ and about His resurrection.

These verses are taken from an old hymn about victory ” Lord of the Living”. Verses three and four say this: May we, when ever tempted to dejection, strongly recapture thoughts of resurrection. You gave us Jesus to defeat our sadness, with Easter gladness.

Lord you can lift us from the grave of sorrow into the presence of your own tomorrow; give to your people for the day’s affliction your benediction.” ~ Frederick Herman Kaan

I trust you will be blessed my friends!  ~ Winston Staples

MY SONG!

O Lord,

I sing my song,

to thank you;

I sing my song,

to praise you,

for Your salvation plan,

giving hope to sinful man.

I sing my song to You,

for giving me joy;

I sing  my song to You,

for giving rest;

I sing my song,

when I am happy;

I sing my song,

when I am stressed;

I sing,

” O God, How Great Thou Art “.

I sing to praise You,

and to thank You;

I sing my song,

to say I love You,

because You so much love me!

~ Winston Staples

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [47]

TOPIC:  God’s love! When I think about God’s love, these words enter my mind, words like amazing, everlasting, eternal, unconditional, agape, faithful, abounding and the list goes on. I am so thankful that God’s love didn’t cease when mankind ate from the forbidden tree. His love is everlasting and a precious gift of HIS GRACE,  AMAZING GRACE that saved a worm like myself. I want us to a moment to open God’s Word to the following verses and mark the key word or words that speak of His Love.

*Deuteronomy 7:8 (KJV)
8 But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
*Jeremiah 31: At the same time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people.2 Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
*John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
*Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
*Eph.2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
*2 Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
*1 John 3: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

DECEMBER DAYS!

December days are short and grey,

not much sunshine,

in the skies these days;

the chickadees and blue jays,

fly from tree to tree,

looking for food,

what their little bird eyes can see.

The squirrels scurry,

across the snowy ground,

down the rail fence,

and their little paws,

not making a sound.

All these wonders,

my eyes behold,

all these blessings,

God allows me to see,

are so precious,

and make memories for me.

~ Winston Staples

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [11]

The topic we are exploring is REDEMPTION according to the Bible verses we look at today.So get your Bibles and under line the words that pop out about REDEMPTION.

Exodus 15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which [thou hast redeemed]: {thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation.}

Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; [for he hath visited and redeemed his people,]

Gal.3:

13 [Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,] being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the [blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.]

Eph.1:In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; [ the only way we can be redeemed is by the blood of the Lamb, the Lamb is Jesus the Christ]

1 Peter 1:

18 Forasmuch as ye know [that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,] from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

19 [But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:]

 

EXPLORING GOD’S WORD [10]

The topic of our exploration is ADOPTED BY GOD.  Turn in your Bible to the passages shared and mark the keywords or phrases that stand out to you.

Isaiah 43:I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; 63:For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour. [He calls the children from around the earth to come according to His will.]

John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [God calls out to the lost to come and they must decide to answer yes and come or no and run into destruction.]

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

2 Cor.6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. [ God invites the lost caught up in the worldly to come out and He will protect the lost sheep.]

Gal.3:26 For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. [In Christ alone by faith alone][ Read Gal.4:6 ]

Eph. 2:19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; [Blessed assurance]

Hebrews 12:Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? [ when we are in God’s hands we are safe and secure from alarm.]

[prepared by Winston Staples]