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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
4 Rejoice in the Lord Always. And again I say—rejoice! 5 Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.
Because of all that we get through walking with and following Jesus, take Joy with you everywhere you go. Now here is where it gets really good and practical:
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
Everytime you worry about anything, instead pray about everything. That’s it. There is no worry too large or small. There is nothing we can’t pray about. Find a way to remind yourself...sticky note, write an “X” on your wrist, reminder on your phone, rubberband around your wrist, whatever. Just find something that will be your reminder then write them down. Tell someone that you are doing this and invite them to do it with you. I guarantee that you will not be the same on the other end if you lean into this!
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Boy: Mom do you believe in God?
Mom: What? Well, I don’t know. I don’t really think about it.
Boy: You didn’t answer my question. Not “thinking about it” doesn’t answer the question…
Mom: Uh, well I guess yeah. We’re Christians…
Case and point. So many “Christians” but so little life transformation.
Jesus never invited us to be in a part of a religion, but simply invited us to follow Him. AND because of what He did for us, we now have the same Spirit, Power and Authority that raised Him from the grave! So, who cares if we think these things about Jesus and then about ourselves. If we don’t live as though they’re true all week long, it doesn’t matter.
If we believe it, are we living it out? Grace, Power, Patience, Kindness, Service, Joy, Kindness, Generosity, Forgiveness, true Humility...all of these things come from walking with Jesus and His Spirit IN US all day long! Remember, today, you cannot make these things happen, nor conjure them up. Let’s just practice today being aware of where we look like Jesus and where we don’t. Don’t try to fix it, just be on the lookout.
If we believe it, are we living it out?
From Tim Timmon's 10,000 minutes blog
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
In Suffering Preserve Your Love for Him
If a man love me, he will keep my words - John 14:23
- Martin Luther
If a man love me, he will keep my words - John 14:23
The Church on earth must exist and fight in weakness, poverty, and affliction, fear, death, shame, and blame. Calamity will force you to step out of yourself and not to rely on the counsel, help, and strength of men, but you must have Christ in your heart, so that you hold His Name, Word, and Kingdom higher, dearer, and more precious than all things on earth. To him who does not do this but loves his own honor and power, the world's praise, lust, joy and friendship more, this word is preached in vain; as Christ, soon after, Himself says: 'He that loveth not me keepeth not my sayings'.
But it does not say to love with words alone. There must be living works and the evidence of love, as the words 'keep my sayings' mean. That is, a love which fights and overcomes. For it is the nature of true love to do all things for the sake of the beloved, and there is nothing too hard for her to suffer and to bear, that she would not do with joy.
If His unspeakable goodness were to go right to our hearts, nothing would be too vexing or too hard for us to suffer or to bear for His sake, that we only abide in His love. This means, that, not only hearing the Word with joy, but holding on to it firmly and winning the victory.
- Martin Luther
Thursday, August 4, 2016
Travailing in Birth for Souls
What contradictions meet
In ministers employ!
It is a bitter sweet,
A sorrow full of joy;
No other post affords a place,
For equal honor or disgrace!
Who can describe the pain
Which faithful preachers feel,
Constrained to speak in vain,
To hearts as hard as steel?
Or who can tell the pleasures felt,
When stubborn hearts begin to melt.
The Savior's dying love,
The soul's amazing worth,
Their utmost efforts move,
And draw their bowels forth;
They pray, and strive, their rest departs,
Till Christ be formed in sinners' hearts.
If some small hope appear,
They still are not content;
But, with a jealous fear,
They watch for the event.
Too oft they find their hopes deceived,
Then how their inmost souls are grieved!
But when their pains succeed,
And from the tender blade,
The ripening ears proceed,
Their toils are overpaid.
No harvest-joy can equal theirs,
To find the fruit of all their cares.
On what has now been sown,
Thy blessing, Lord, bestow;
The power is Thine alone,
To make it spring and grow.
Do Thou the gracious harvest raise,
And Thou alone shalt have the praise.
- John Newton
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Bill & Anne are on our weekly prayer list as one of the Missionary teams we support here at First Baptist Church. They, like all Missionaries in dangerous regions, always need our prayers and support. Please remember them often...
Sending out a quick note … we only have 2 days to pack to return to Africa and begin a new term. It has been a busy but a wonderful month. The Call Retreat and World Mission Conference were in early July. Then we headed to Puerto Rico with many of our family members to enjoy time together and celebrate the marriage of our son, Joel, to a wonderful woman whose family lives in PR.(photo of Joel and Taisha, July 17, 2016)Due to continuing crises in South Sudan, Bill returned straight from Puerto Rico to Nairobi, Kenya to meet with members of his team who had evacuated from South Sudan as fighting resumed in the capital city. He was in Kenya for two days and returned for a shared weekend of deputation in southern Maine and coastal NH.Now we are back in our home in Maine and packing to leave July 28.Before flying back to begin a new term, we wanted to let you know how much your friendship, your support, your prayers mean to us.We will not have access to mail as neither place where we’ll be working (South Sudan and Eastern Congo) have mail service. But we’ll be in touch when we can!
Love, Bill & Anne Clemmer
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Only those discordantly educated and decidedly brainwashed by leftist, quasi-Marxist revisionism, in hotbeds of academia’s ideological inbreeding, fail to acknowledge that the spiritual and moral foundations of our nation, as well as the development of modern Western society and its institutions, are rooted and grounded in theological and philosophical ideas which are clearly Christian.
Many other self-described “liberated minds,” which in honest moments are forced by the facts to concede our spiritual roots, seem convinced that these roots are dead and being properly replaced. Either way these are the increasingly accepted mindsets of the leadership of most modern Western institutions.
With regard to the founding of our nation, anyone reading an unbiased account of the 18th century must see that the Great Awakening, the Spiritual revival that swept the American colonies, provided the “…change in religious sentiments” without which the historic events that began in 1776 would very likely have ended as the events in France in 1789.
In the words of historian Paul Johnson:
“…There was a spiritual event in the first half of the 18th century in America, and it proved to be of vast significance, both in religion and politics. It was indeed one of the key events in American history.” “The Great Awakening was thus the proto-revolutionary event, the formative moment in American history, preceding the political drive for independence and making it possible.” “The Revolution could not have taken place without this religious background. The essential difference between the American Revolution and the French Revolution is that the American Revolution, in its origins, was a religious event, whereas the French Revolution was an anti-religious event.”
John Adams, looking back years later, wrote:
“The revolution was effected before the War commenced. The Revolution was in the mind and hearts of the people: and change in their religious sentiments of their duties and obligations.”
Some eyewitnesses record that three of every four colonists were touched by the Divine Presence and power during the Great Awakening; and that with no modern means of communication.
During a 1788 July 4th celebration, Benjamin Rush, physician, patriot, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, said:
“I am as perfectly satisfied that the union of the states…is as much the work of divine Providence as any of the miracles recorded in the Old and New Testament were the results of divine power.”
Indeed, every July 4th we celebrate one of the continuing positive effects of that 18th Century outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit.
From "Third Millennium Antivirus" by John Cerrato, Jr.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016