Whom Shall I Fear?

Psalm 27 

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?

When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell.
Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear;
Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.  
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.”  Do not hide Your face from me,
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;  You have been my help;
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation!   For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
But the Lord will take me up.  Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a level path because of my foes.
Do not deliver me over to the 
desire of my adversaries,
For false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage;
Yes, wait for the Lord.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Heed the Warnings!

Jeremiah Chapter 6 verses 10-19

To whom shall I speak and give warning that they may hear?
Behold, their ears are closed and they cannot listen.
Behold, the word of the Lord has become a reproach to them;
they have no delight in it. But I am full of the wrath of the Lord; I am weary with holding it in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street And on the gathering of young men together; for both husband and wife shall be taken, The aged and the very old.  heir houses shall be turned over to others, Their fields and their wives together;

For I will stretch out My hand against the inhabitants of the land,” declares the Lord. “For from the least of them even to the greatest of them,
Everyone is greedy for gain, and from the prophet even to the priest
Everyone deals falsely.   “They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially,
Saying, ‘Peace, peace,’ But there is no peace.
 “Were they ashamed because of the abomination they have done?
They were not even ashamed at all;  they did not even know how to blush.
Therefore they shall fall among those who fall; at the time that I punish them,
They shall be cast down,” says the Lord. 

 Thus says the Lord,
“Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths,
Where the good way is, and walk in it; and you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’   “And I set watchmen over you, saying,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’  But they said, ‘We will not listen.’
“Therefore hear, O nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
 “Hear, O earth: behold, I am bringing disaster on this people,
The fruit of their plans, Because they have not listened to My words,
And as for My law, they have rejected it also.

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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The Ant…

Proverbs 6:6-8, NIV84

“Go to the aunt, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!  It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.”

The ant knows that laziness leads to inescapable ruin.  The ant knows that doing nothing will result in having nothing.  Note that the ant is diligent in taking the initiative to secure what is necessary for its sustenance and survival regardless of the fact that it requires WORK and ENERGY.  Excuses are our adversaries.  But this proverb is ancient, isn’t it?  The lesson to be learned from the ant is time honored…and needed more now than ever before, if I may be so bold.  Take a look at the falsehood of entitlement that is plaguing this generation– and don’t even get me started on the subject of the enablement that is fueling it.  Doing nothing will result in having nothing!  Here’s what comes of such laziness: poverty.  Poverty that “come[s] in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man” (Proverbs 6:11, NASB).  Laziness is a process of exploitation.  It takes advantage of indolent (the lazy person) until everything is tapped out (including their independence and dignity) and they’re left with nothing.  Proverbs give us several stern warnings on this subject.  Let us heed and be aware of it as to avoid such ruin!

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In Christ,

Victoria

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The Lord Will…

Psalm 121:1-8, NASB

1 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever.

Who will help us…?  The Lord.

Who will not allow our foot to slip…?  The Lord.

Who will keep us…?  The Lord.

Who will be our shade…?  The Lord.

Who will protect us from all evil and keep our soul…?  The Lord.

Who will guard us forever more…?  The Lord.

In Christ,

Victoria

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Hope in God

Psalm 42 Verse 5     Why are you in despair, O my soul?  And why have you become disturbed within me?  Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.        (NASB)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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The Days of Noah

Matthew Chapter 24 Verse 37   For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. 

Genesis Chapter 6 Verses 11-12         Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence.  God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth.       (NASB)

A quick look at today’s news and you can see the words of these scriptures coming to life right before our eyes.   We don’t know exactly when Jesus is returning….but we do know that the time for his return is getting close.   The question for you to answer today is…are you ready for Christ’s return?  If not, then now is the time to get ready.   If yes, then now is the time to let others know so that they too can be ready!     JESUS IS COMING SOON!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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2 Timothy Chapter 3 Verses 1-5      But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,  unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power . . .

When God Ran

Luke Chapter 15 Verses 18 – 20    I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”

So he got up and came to his father.  But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.    

Luke Chapter 15 Verse 7     I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.     (NASB)

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In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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