Reformation 500


Reformation 500

It was the end of a new beginning
When Magellan sailed the world spinning
And the Guttenberg presses started printing

A man was to be forged in God’s furnace ablaze
Hammered on an anvil into an unlikely instrument of praise
Whose effect would outlast a half millennia of days

1517 was that pinnacle year
When Martin Luther and scripture so tightly adhere
Inspired to make God’s word so crystal clear

He nailed his beliefs to the castle church door
Such courage and faith bent on God’s word to restore
Passerbys could not, would not, ignore

The hand of God was felt that October day
History had changed; 95 thesis, the communique
Prodded along by the monk who did passionately pray

Praying from matins to vespers to compline
Cloistered in a tiny cell, alone and in confine
Repenting into a state of madness; grief and relief combine

Translating the Bible, for generations to come and to own
A mighty seed had indeed been sown
When Martin Luther made his heart known

Leaning on scripture alone
Driven by faith alone
Saved by grace alone
To God be the glory alone

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A Benediction and Prayer Based on Colossians 1:9-14 and Romans 15:5-6 


May you be filled with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 
May you live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: 
May you bear fruit in every good work, 
May you grow in the knowledge of God, 
May you be strengthened with all power according to his glorious might
May you have great endurance and patience, 
May you share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
Amen and wow!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13 

The Watcher


The Watcher
Based on Psalm 121:3-8
M:  He will not let your foot slip—
C:  He who watches over you will not slumber; 
M:  Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 
M:  The Lord watches over you—
C:  The Lord is your shade at your right hand; 
M:  The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 
M:  The Lord will keep you from all harm—
C:  He will watch over your life; 
M:  The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

The Implication of The Lost Sheep


This is How Much God Loves You!

 Luke 15:4-7 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. 

What God Promises to Do for You


Here’s What God Will Do for You!
“I will supply all your needs according to my riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). 
“I will pursue you with goodness and mercy” (Psalm 23:6). 
“I will never leave you or forsake you so that you can say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not fear, what can man do to me” (Hebrews 13:5-6). 
“If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit” (John 15:5). 
“Wait on me and you will renew your strength; you will mount up with wings like eagles, you will run and not grow weary, you will walk and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31). 
“I will give you words that you need to speak” (Luke 12:12). 
“I will give you wisdom for every new challenge” ( James 1:5). 
“I will be with you and strengthen you and help you” (Isaiah 41:10). 
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you” (Psalm 32:8).

It’s Your Call, Don’t Waste It


It’s Your Call, Don’t waste it!
Your call is irreversible,
God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable – Romans 11:29
It is for Men and Women,
Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble. – 2 Peter 1:10 
Fix your thoughts on Jesus,
Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest. – Hebrews 3:1
And live your life worthy of your call.
I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. – Ephesians 4:1 

Pick Me Up!


In case you need a pick me up today:
As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. – Isaiah 62:5
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” – Zephaniah 3:17
He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me. – Psalm 18:19

In God We Trust


😞 ISIS
😵 Terrorism
😨 Racial Riots
😞 Persecution
😮 World Wars
😬 Nuclear Attack
😵 Muslim Refugees
😯 Financial Collapse 
😶 Famine
🙄 Climate Change
😑 North Korea
😕 Rise of Islam
😲 Instability in the Middle East
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. – Psalm 56:3 
😃 There, now today will be better.

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