‘Drawing From God’s Well’ Is Now a Video Lesson

I just finished another encouraging message from the Word of God for my ministry YouTube channel. Thought some of my followers from this site would enjoy it as well.

 

 

 


 

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The Rest of Our National Anthem

 

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In the course of any given year, most of us hear our national anthem sung dozens of times.  But what we hear is not really our national anthem, but only a small part of it.  Every time I hear it sung, I am frustrated at having to stop singing at the end of the first stanza.  We never seem to go on to the end of the song and find out why it is that we can trust that our star-spangled banner will continue to wave, and why we can be sure our land will continue to be brave and free.

Several years ago, as a high school teacher, I was given the responsibility of creating a large production in honor of our nation and our constitution, and my instructions included making sure that the whole community was involved.  I immediately decided that this was my opportunity to include the last stanza of our national anthem as part of the program.  I realized that most people did not know the words to that stanza at all, and, in fact, some people did not even know the song had four stanzas total.

I’m asking my blog readers to stop right now and take just a few minutes to think about the final verse of our national anthem.  It has a whole lot more to say beyond the fact that we are proud of our flag and the nation for which it stands.  In fact, the last stanza makes the most important statements of the whole song.

“So thus be it ever, when free men shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation.

Blessed with victory and peace, may this Heaven-rescued land

Praise the God that hath made and preserved us a nation.

Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just

And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust!’

And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

We need to sing this last stanza every time we sing the first one, because it is only the fact that God Himself made us a nation and preserved us as such — and that He is the one who has rescued us each and every time from destruction — that allows our star-spangled banner to wave anywhere at all.

I hear a lot of people today talking about how this country is doomed.  I also hear a number of religious leaders preaching that God will judge the United States for all of its evils and allow foreign powers to come in and overthrow it.  Now, I am a strong Christian, and I am deeply troubled by the abortion, drugs, crime, child abuse, pornography, and sexual laxness of our nation. But I also spend an enormous amount of time with God — in His Word and in prayer. And I believe that the Lord has made clear to me that He created this nation for His own purposes.   Except for Israel, this nation is the only one on earth that can point to the fact that God literally called His own people to travel to these shores and found a new beginning.

He did so because he intended this nation to be so established in freedom and justice for all that it would be free to put forth the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an extent unknown in any other part of the world.  And we have done that.  True, we have not always done other things right. But the fact remains that thousands of God’s faithful people are citizens of this nation, and as such, they live Godly lives, influence others to do the same, and continue to put forth the Gospel.  As long as those people are praying and keeping the door open for God to intervene in this nation — and to fight on its behalf — we will not be destroyed.

So, even though we need to work at getting our act cleaned up in a lot of ways, we can, nevertheless, take a deep breath, put a smile on our face, and continue to lift our voices in song, singing:  “Praise the God that hath made and preserved us a nation.”

No matter how many atheists try to get the words changed — no matter how many elected officials misquote the words of our Constitution in order to try to keep faith out of our government — no matter what —- the words of Francis Scott Key still reverberate through the hearts of millions of Americans, and indeed this is still our motto: “In God Is Our Trust!”

 


If you’d like to learn the words to the remaining two stanzas of the song, you can find them here.

 

 

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My Priority Prayer This Year

WOMAN LOOKING UP -- BLUEMy priority prayer this year is that the Lord will anoint me and grace me to actively love Him more with every single breath I take, and that I will so live my days that each one of them will bring a blessing to Him and to His kingdom.

It’s a totally impossible goal except for His miraculous working by His Word and His Spirit in me. But with Him, even reaching such an extravagant goal is possible.

 

 

 


 

New Kid On The Block

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Hey, everyone, I’d like to introduce you to a blogging student and good friend of mine: Bill Lewis.  He moved into the WordPress neighborhood a short time ago, and he’s about to get the hang of blogging. He is a minister of the Gospel, and he likes to post about Jesus and His love for people. He talks about a few other things on his site as well, but his focus will be on sharing things from God’s Word that will, hopefully, help people in their everyday lives.

I hope you’ll hop over and see him when you get time. He’s still learning some of the ropes, so if you comment on his posts, please don’t feel bad if it takes him a while to answer, since he’s just now getting into that part of the process. But he will appreciate your visits and the chance to get to know you and to visit your site in the near future.

He’s also recently published his first book, which he’ll be talking about on his blog soon.

I’ve told him about how friendly the WordPress bloggers are, and how it’s easy to become sort of a family with a lot of people from all over the world when you blog. So I hope you’ll help me welcome him into our community.

Here’s a link to his site: Sharing Jesus With The World.

 

 


 

New Booklet Looks at New Covenant Tithing

TITHING BOOK - 380 w. shadowThe subject of tithing in the New Covenant seems to be a mystery to a majority of Christians. Many of them assume, since the subject gets so much attention in Old Covenant scriptures, that it is necessarily a part of the life of a New Covenant believer as well. And in some circles church leaders consistently preach that failure to tithe under the New Covenant still carries a curse, as it did for the Israelites under the law.

This short booklet sweeps away all the mystery surrounding the subject of tithing and explains, via numerous clarifying scripture passages, what the New Covenant believer’s attitude should be toward tithing, and toward every kind of giving into the work of God’s Kingdom. Only 16 pages of actual text. Easy to understand and share.

Available from Amazon:

Paperback: $3.95 

E-Book:  $0.99

 

 


 

St. Patrick’s Day – The True Cause for Celebration

I wrote this for my poetry site, but I thought readers here might enjoy it too.

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St. Patrick’s Day’s approach
We celebrate in March:
‘Tis not about shamrocks,
Green beer or leprechauns.

But ’twas Pat’s love for God and man
That sent him ‘cross that heathen land.
And with great miracles in hand,
He preached God’s Word and took his stand,
Until the devil made retreat.
And Patrick, with such victory sweet,
Did then depart, his Lord to greet,
With tens of thousands souls redeemed.
And Ireland then, sent forth in streams
Men armed with faith in Christ the Lord
And shared Him with more heathen world.


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You Are Not Alone

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God is thinking about YOU today.

 

In Jeremiah 29:11, He tells us that His thoughts and plans for us are for our welfare and well-being —- to give us a future and a hope —- and not for harm or calamity. He’s thinking health and wholeness, peace and prosperity for you. Be sure you get into agreement with Him.

 

 

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It’s Really Very Simple

 

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Why not simplify your life and accept Jesus? He came to bring us healing, hope, and victory for life on this earth — and to give us a gloriously happy eternity with Him and the Father God. All we have to do is accept Him into our hearts. But He said we have to do it as a little child would.

When someone offers a little child a gift, that child doesn’t stop and try to work at making himself into a better person so that he’s “worthy” to receive that gift. No. A little child will just reach out his hand and grasp the cookie, the doll, the toy truck. Offer a little child a Teddy bear, and he’ll not say, “No. I’m not good enough yet to get a Teddy bear.” On the contrary, he’ll reach out immediately, grab it from our hand, and hug it tightly to himself.

So why do adults have the idea that when Jesus offers us Himself and all that He did to change our lives for eternity, He’s going to hold it all back until we clean ourselves up and get ourselves in good enough shape to “deserve” Him and His gifts? We’re never going to deserve Jesus. But if we’ll be like a child and just reach out and grasp Him, and hug Him tightly to our hearts, we’ll have all we need for this life and for eternity.

It’s really very simple.

 


Daily Post Prompt: Simplify

 

 

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