Christian Fellowship

By , July 16, 2018

“I rejoiced with those who said to me,
‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’”
Psalm 122:1 (NIV)

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She was over 90 years of age when a group of us went to her apartment to “do church”. It had been years since she had been physically able to attend church and she greatly missed the fellowship and preaching. We brought hymn books, a guitar, several excellent singers and bread and wine so we could remember the Lord as He asked. The gathering lasted for about 45 minutes and the lady was so glad to have us come that she wept tears of joy.

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There Were Others

By , July 15, 2018

“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice,
and gained what was promised; ”
Hebrews 11:33 (NIV)

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“who shut the mouths of lions,” quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 

Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 

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But Even If He Does Not

By , July 14, 2018

“’But if you do not worship it,
you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace.
Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?’”
Daniel 3:15 (NIV)

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“’Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’” Daniel 3:16-18 (NIV)

The three Hebrew men were threatened with death if they did not worship the image the king made. They remained true to the Lord God of the Hebrews regardless of the consequences.

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The Source Of Power

By , July 13, 2018

But we have this treasure in jars of clay,
to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7 KJV

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“We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 KJV

I recall visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario, for the first time as a child. We could hear the mighty roar of the water crashing down from the vertical drop of about 165 feet. There are three cataracts or falls and the largest, the Horseshoe Falls, is mostly on the Canadian side with the rest in the USA.

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Our Source Of Strength

By , July 12, 2018

“…but those who hope in the Lord
 will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NIV

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A sight I love to see occurs when I drive on the highway and see eagles soaring high in the heavens.

Eagles enjoy flying over the highway because of the thermals that allow them to stop working with their wings, and allow the rising air to lift them higher. (A thermal is a column of rising air.)

The sun shines on the black asphalt of the highway, heating it up and, in turn, heating the air above it. Then the air rises and lifts the soaring bird ever higher. It is one of nature’s elevators for the bird and it enjoys the effortless ride up.

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