COUNTDOWN TO THANKSGIVING #3

2 Corinthians Chapter 4 Verses 15-18

For all things are for our sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound to the glory of God.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.  For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

 Let us remember to count our blessings – daily.  Not only during this season of “Thanksgiving”, but in every season.  The good times and the bad times.   As the old hymn says, “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your many blessings see what God has done!”

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

Psalm 95:1-7

O come, let us sing for joy to the LORD,  let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

For the LORD is a great God and a great King above all gods, in Whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks of the mountains are His also.

The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land.

Come, let us worship and bow down, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

Today if you would His voice, do not harden your hearts . . .

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Perfect Peace

Isaiah Chapter 26 Verses 3 and 4

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You?    Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.       (NLT)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Grace, Peace, Blessing

Ephesians Chapter 1 Verses 2 – 4     Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.     (NASB)   

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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JOY! JOY! JOY!

Isaiah Chapter 12     

Then you will say on that day,
“I will give thanks to You, O Lord;
For although You were angry with me,
Your anger is turned away,
And You comfort me.
“Behold, God is my salvation,
I will trust and not be afraid;
For the Lord God is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”

Therefore you will joyously draw water
From the springs of salvation.
And in that day you will say,
“Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name.
Make known His deeds among the peoples;
[a]Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
Praise the Lord in song, for He has done [b]excellent things;
Let this be known throughout the earth.
Cry aloud and shout for joy, O inhabitant of Zion,
For great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.    
 (NASB)

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In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Mark Chapter 6 Verse 50     Immediately He spoke to them and said, “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

Today’s verse comes from the well known account of Jesus “walking on the water”.   Scripture tells us that Jesus spoke these words to His disciples as He was walking on the water and about to pass them during the “fourth watch of the night” – sometime between 3am and 6am – the darkest part of the night.   The disciples, many of whom were experienced fisherman, were in a boat struggling to cross the lake and had already been at it for several hours when Jesus showed up.    When they saw Him, they “cried out”, which is when Jesus spoke these awesome words of encouragement:  “Take courage!  It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”!

What is it that you have been struggling with? 

Are you in the “darkest part of your night”?  

Do you feel like you can’t go on?   

If so, follow the example of the disciples and cry out to JESUS (Mark 6:49).    Know that HE won’t pass you by.   Just wait on HIM, listen to HIS Voice and “Take courage”!   The Lord is near those who call on HIM (Psalm 145:18).   Do not be afraid!

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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Choose Carefully

Proverbs Chapter 12 Verse 26 – The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.    (NIV)

In Christ,

Stephen and Mary

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