Believe in God

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I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before Me” (Psalms 20:2-3).

Faithful Christians believe in God as creator, redeemer, and sanctifier.

As a Christian, you cannot love God too much. He is in all the universe and He knows everything about every one who has ever lived and who will ever live. Despite the fact that He knows all, the amazing truth is that HE loves everyone.

God created man and He sustains man throughout life on this earth. Without His loving care, no one in the world could live for even an instant.

And above all else that He has given man, He has given Himself in the Lord Jesus Christ to save all men. This is the best gift of all.

Thank God for all He has done for you and pray that your heart will be so grateful to Him that you will love and serve Him every day of your life.

Thank God that He is God and that He has created you; that He loves and cares for you, providing all your needs. Ask Him for help to be stronger in your faith and that He will help make you a better servant in everything you do.

“…The churches of Christ greet you…” (Romans 16:16).

Hope in the Word

Do you need hope? Consider the simple switch…to the Word.

Barnabas Notes

Psalm 119 is all about the Word of God.  I am told that this psalm has been used to teach Jewish children the Hebrew alphabet by having them memorize the entire psalm.  You will notice that each section of eight verses has a heading in our English Bibles that is a letter in the Hebrew alphabet.  There are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet, therefore 176 verses in the psalm.  And each verse says something about the Word of God.  I understand that, in Hebrew, each verse begins with the corresponding letter of the alphabet.  What a great tool for learning; a psalm all about the Word of God!

One verse in particular catches my eye this morning:  I rise before dawn and cry for help; I wait for Your words (Psalm 119:147).  The key here is that we need help and that help is to be found in God’s…

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There Are NUN Like This Path

105 Your word is a lamp to my feet / And a light to my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will confirm it / That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.

107 I am exceedingly afflicted; / Revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.

108 O accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord / And teach me Your Ordinances

109 My life is continually in my hand / Yet I do not forget Your law.

110 The wicked have laid a snare for me / Yet I have not gone astray from Your precepts.

111 I have inherited Your testimonies forever / For they are the joy of my heart.

112 I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes / Forever, even to the end.

The simple switch? Back to the Bible. Back on track.

When the Current Value of Gold Will Skyrocket

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” ~Psalm 51:10

Heat purifies gold; that is, gold is made valuable when the impurities are removed.

How well the gold is purified, however, involves a careful process. A jeweler scratches the gold with a needle and conducts a series of tests with an acidic solution.  When done right, the jeweler can distinguish a 2 karat diamond from a 14 karat diamond.

“It is a sad reality that fakes exist in the gold market, particularly because gold jewelry has virtually no regulation or oversight…To protect your investment against forgeries and to make sure you are getting the gold you pay for, it is important to test the purity of the gold” (ehow.com).

Purity, spiritually speaking, is commonly defined as the removal of sin in our lives.  Removing sin, hence to be made pure, is a process by the heat of suffering, when life’s tragedies hit the hardest.  God finds the most value in his children where their sinful impurities of character are removed.

The Lord is a jeweler who tests the quality of his diamonds.  Unfortunately, there are fakes in the market, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to defraud my Master.  The scratching, prodding, and acid bath may be painful, but I know it will always be done right.