Never Too Broken

Coming from a background of worldly upbringing, with parents that indulged in worldly practices, the word “broken” or “flawed” came up regularly. But since becoming a child of God, ongoing study of the scriptures have instilled in me desire to share this with you. I have, in raising my children reminded them that they are never to broken for something good to happen. My daughter and I just these past few weeks have been getting a few of her affairs in order and I had to remind her to trust me and that the situations we were dealing with weren’t too big or too problematic for us to deal with. Just as we Christians need to remember that God has a plan and can give us guidance to overcome these “problems” or “flaws”.

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

In Japan they have a practice called “Kintsugi”. It is where they fix broken pottery with gold. To make this post even more strange, my daughter started this post for me and pulled up a bunch of Google pictures, and I immediately recalled a post from Beautybeyondbones.com (fellow blogger who did post about a week ago titled Seeing Gold. She used the same premise to talk about how God showed her that her anoxeria is a brokenness that He has repaired with His love and grace so that she too can shine forth the love of God through her brokenness.

Here is an example of the art form

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And to top that off, knowing God does a lot to get my attention, I have been reading a book with my devotions called God Uses Cracked Pots by Patsy Clairmont.  Its from Focus on the Family, but I got a used copy from Amazon.

Toby Mac has a great song out called Feel it.  Part of the Chorus says

Oh, I feel it in my heart
I feel it in my soul
That’s how I know
You take our brokenness and make us beautiful
Yeah, that’s how I know (can’t take that from me)

All of that was done to say, and I am sure if you have done much Bible reading at all, that God uses our brokenness to show others His Love through us.  There are a lot of flawed characters in the Bible. We need to be more open and honest in our witness so that they see the reality that what is good in us is God, not us.

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Daily Service: Nothing can separate us

Daily Service: Nothing can separate us

Is Satan kicking you around? Is there a voice in your head telling you that you can’t be saved? Does the voice tell you that you messed up so bad God won’t want you?

Check these passages from your Bible for that steady assurance that God cares for you.

Psalm 139:7-10 NKJV Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.

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Romans 8:35-39 ESV Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Today’s Theme Song: Waymaker

“Way Maker”
You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Working in this place
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Moving in our midst
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Working in this place
I worship you
I worship you

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You are here
Touching every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Healing every heart
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Turning lives around
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Mending every heart
I worship you
I worship you

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all
Jesus
You wipe away all tears
You mend the broken heart
You’re the answer to it all (to it all)
Jesus

Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are
Way maker
Miracle worker
Promise keeper
Light in the darkness
My God
That is who you are

You are here
Touching every life
I worship you
I worship you
You are here
Meeting every need
I worship you
I worship you

There is another version we have been singing in our church that adds “Even when I don’t see it you’r working”

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Daily Bible Reading 18 January 2019

Bible Reading Enhances Any Day (BREAD)

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1/18/19 Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 35-36, Matthew 16

 Genesis 35:9-12 (ESV) God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Paddan-aram, and blessed him. And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; no longer shall your name be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.” So he called his name Israel. And God said to him, “I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come from your own body. The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you.”

 Matthew 16:13-16 (AMP) Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets. He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

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Memory Verse

31. Psalm 100:5

For the Lord is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations. —Psalm 100:5

A preacher of olden days, Rev. W. Durban of Chester, England, once preached a sermon of three points from this verse. He talked about: (1) the Inexhaustible Fount—the Lord’s goodness; (2) the Ever-flowing Stream—His eternal love; and (3) the Fathomless Ocean—His ever-enduring faithfulness.

I can’t beat that, but I would like to suggest a simple outline for the entire psalm that may aid you in memorizing it. Psalm 100 falls into two stanzas, and both begin with a call to worship. Verses 1-3 tell us to praise God with gladatude. We’re to shout joyfully. Verses 4-5 tell us to praise Him with gratitude, to enter His gates with thanksgiving.

Gladatude and gratitude are appropriate for every situation in life. Several years ago Martin and Gracia Burnham were serving with New Tribes Mission when they were kidnapped by terrorists. During their year in captivity, they faced near starvation and were sometimes caught in the middle of gun battles. In the end both were shot. Martin was killed, but Gracia lived to tell the story. She said that near the end of their ordeal, one of the passages of Scripture that sustained them was Psalm 100. One night Martin said, “You know, Gracia, I don’t know why the Lord has allowed this to happen, but today I’ve been thinking about Psalm 100, how we can serve the Lord with gladness. Just because we’re here doesn’t mean we can’t serve Him with gladness, so let’s serve the Lord with gladness.” That night Martin was shot and killed, and Gracia was wounded in the firefight. But those words from Psalm 100 never died in her heart. “The Lord has given me joy,” was her testimony.

Matthew Henry’s Outline

The great commentator Matthew Henry summarized this psalm by listing its seven reasons for entering His gates with thanksgiving.

1. The Lord is God, the only living and true God, infinitely perfect, self-existent, incomprehensible.

2. He is our Creator, for it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves.

3. He is therefore our rightful Owner, and we are His. To Him we belong.

4. He is our sovereign Ruler. We are His people, His subjects.

5. He is our bountiful Benefactor. We are not only His sheep but the sheep of His pasture, the flock of His feeding. He gives us all good things richly to enjoy.

6. He is a God of infinite mercy and goodness, a fountain that can never be drawn dry.

7. He is a God of inviolable truth and faithfulness. His truth endures to all generations, and no word of His shall ever be revoked or become antiquated.

It is with good reason that many sing this psalm very frequently in their religious assemblies… and if our hearts go along with the words, we shall make melody in it to the Lord.—Matthew Henry
100 Bible Verses Everyone Should Know by Heart.

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Daily Verse

Verse of the Day

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9 ASV

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One more song

Michael W Smith Agnus Dei

I Love this song. You should see our church when we do this one.

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