This evening as I was attempting to sew, I decided to listen to some good preaching. I LOVE to listen to old preachers and so I googled a name that I came to mind, Lester Roloff. Much to my surprise there is a website dedicated to his radio ministry called the Family Alter. I heard some great preaching! The first message was titled "The Juicy Book of Hebrews", I love how God still speaks so clearly to me through these great old time preachers! I also found another great website called FundamentalBaptistSermons.com. I listened to a sermon from Tom Malone called "Soul Winning I" it is a four part series from 1976 when he went to BJU and preached to the students there. I can't wait to listen to the other 3 sermons! So here are the links to the aboved mentioned websites: Fundamental Baptist Sermons &Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises. Hope you enjoy them as much as I am!
Lately it seems that life's trials have overwhelmed so many of my family and dear friends. I feel compelled to ask for prayer for many of these needs and find myself often in prayer to my heavenly father on the behalf of these dear people. I am thankful that people ask and give the opportunity to others to pray for them.
James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
I don't pretend to be a "righteous man", but I will say that I find great comfort and joy in laying people's needs at the feet of my LORD. I don't do it as much as I should, but I try and be consistent with it. We have been the recipient of the LORD's blessing in the midst of trials, I believe because others have prayed on our behalf too.
I want to take a few min and share some of my burdens for others and ask that you also may lay these needs on the alter of God.
I have a friend who delivered a baby boy yesterday. Tiffany and Aaron named their son Micah. The baby has pulmonary anomalous venous return. His pulmonary vein isn't attached. It should be draining into his lungs but goes to his liver instead. So he is not getting oxgenated blood to flow. They will wait a few days and do surgery. The Dr said he will be in the hospital about a month. You can only imagine how hard this must be. My heart just aches for them.
Many of you have been praying but please keep the Crotts family in your prayers. Please see update posts on Through it All, Joy here. Here is a summary of what has happened. Rick and Darla are missionaries to Papua New Guinea. She was pregnant with their seventh child and delivered a stillborn baby 5 months early. Afterwards she became lucid, eventually showing signs of a stroke. They needed $87,000 dollars to medivac her to Australia so that she could get the medical attention she needed. Through many prayers and God's mercy, two business owners in PNG fronted the money. Since being in Australia, they are still trying to figure out what is happening but have ruled out a bleed, blood clot or stroke.
We have several in our small church who are suffering financially. One of which is our missionary family. They struggle with gaining and keeping new support. They are missionaries to Cuba and they help to train pastors as well as help existing pastors. This does not give justice to what all is involved there. If you would be interested in more information please see our church's website here. It burdens my heart to see people like pastors and missionaries suffering as they fulfill God's call for their life.
There are so many other requests that it is hard to just ask for these. I know so many that are lost, sick, or in financial binds.
But I return to THE word and God so graciously tells me:
Psalms 62:8 Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalms 46:10-11 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
So, I will pour my heart out to God, my refuge and strength, seeking the peace that passeth understanding, and trying desperately to be still.
Here is our "Hymn of the Month". We have been learning this great Christian Warfare song titled "The Fight Is On" doesn't that just get you ready for fighting! Here is a link to hear the music for the hymn: Click Here (SPECIAL THANKS TO BIBLEBELIEVERS.COM FOR THE WONDERFUL PIANO MUSIC)
The fight is on, the trumpet sound is ringing out, The cry “To arms!” is heard afar and near; The Lord of hosts is marching on to victory, The triumph of the Christ will soon appear.
The fight is on, O Christian soldier, And face to face in stern array, With armor gleaming, and colors streaming, The right and wrong engage today! The fight is on, but be not weary; Be strong, and in His might hold fast; If God be for us, His banner o’er us, We’ll sing the victor’s song at last!
The fight is on, arouse, ye soldiers brave and true! Jehovah leads, and victory will assure; Go buckle on the armor God has given you, And in His strength unto the end endure.
The Lord is leading on to certain victory; The bow of promise spans the eastern sky; His glorious Name in every land shall honored be; The morn will break, the dawn of peace is nigh.
Psalms 100:1-5 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
The following YouTube link is a great way to learn new hymns, I don't endorse YouTube fully for it is FULL of worldly and wicked things, however one who can decern things and keep from being tempted can find good things there. (NOTE: Please do not take this as an ok to "roam" around YouTube) But over at PraiseWorthy Things Jill published a post relating to OldSongsWithLyricsat YouTube. They play the piano and show words to hymns for a sing-a-long feel. The kids and I really enjoyed singing along with the piano this morning. We sing nearly everyday but mostly we just may joyful noise ourselves!
I know for myself this is not alway the easiest thing to do. I am ashamed that I often times close the doors that God presents before me. I try to remind myself that Christ died for all and that it is my reasonable service to share the good news with all that I meet.
I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember. It's a hard thing to be overweight. I have done many fad diets, taken "diet" pills, read books pertaining to weight loss, but every time I have gained most if not all and more of my weight back. Within the last two years, I was successful at loosing nearly 60lbs and I would say that I am healthier and make healthier choices when it comes to eating but after another pregnancy, I have gained back 35 pounds. So here I stand once again looking at my need to loose weight. I have a lot of weight to loose and the thought of loosing my best friend from high school is just overwhelming to me. I look at the big picture and almost immediately say I can't do this it is too hard. So, as with everything, I have had to have the Lord push me into submission.
Recently I was in church and sat under some teaching and one of the points that was taught was about satan. Satan is always prideful in his responses and seeks to be glorified, but Christ Jesus on the other hand is humbled in his response and seeks to glorify his father. For example, Mat 26:39 says "And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt." Even when faced with dying, Christ humbled himself to the will of God.
Now, how does that pertain to weight loss? Well after much prayer I am convinced that my weight problem is really a heart problem. How is that possible? Well recently I was reminded of the verses 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's". Now I know that these verses are talking about the sin of fornication, but in application can you not also apply over eating? Is not my body a temple to God in everything I put into it? Thus I also think of the verse Romans 12:1 "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service." It is my reasonable service to keep my body pure as a living sacrifice unto God. Cain gave a sacrifice to God, but it was Cain's attitude that displeased God. What is my sacrifice? How is my attitude? Is not my God deserving of my best even as it pertains to what I put into my mouth?
So as Philippians 4:6 says "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." I will be praying for the strength to submit unto my God for that is my reasonable service.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Worthy- greek: axios, ax'-ee-os , deserving, comparable or suitable (as if drawing praise): - due reward, meet, [un-] worthy.
Glory- greek: doxa, dox'-ah, glory (as very apparent), in a wide application (literally or figuratively, objectively or subjectively): - dignity, glory (-ious), honour, praise, worship.
Honour- greek: timē, tee-may', a value, that is, money paid, or (concretely and collectively) valuables; by analogy esteem (especially of the highest degree), or the dignity itself: - honour, precious, price, some.
Wow, when I look at these Greek words it opens up the meanings for me. I can recite this verse and even sing it with out even considering what it is that it is saying. My prayer is that I never forget that my creator is worthy! That I glory not in myself but give him the glory and honour. I can get so caught up in the dailyness of life that I forget (yes FORGET) to glorify and honour MY GOD! Shame on me. I praise my kids, and probably without even knowing it praise myself (and sometime with knowing it :] )! As if it wasn't enough to give me breath today I place meaningless or minimal tasks before him. My desire is that as I go forth I will not forget the sacrifice that was made on my behalf. That Jesus Christ would shine through me and maybe I might radiate even a tiny ray of his light into this world.