Freedom in the Spirit

I came across this video that turned into several videos of the underground churches in China. Christians are converting by the thousands and they do not have Bibles, they do not have ordained ministers, they are not free to worship.  I would submit that we who are free to worship God openly pale by comparison to the desire of these people.

Chinese underground church worship

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100 Verses #88 Psalm 23:2

100 verses

88. Psalm 23:2

He lets me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. —Psalm 23:2

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Sheep eat standing up. We once had a small flock, and the only time I saw them eat lying down was when sick. Sheep eat on all fours, then find a shady spot to lie down and chew their cud. When the psalmist said, “He lets me lie down in green pastures,” he meant, “I’m well satisfied. I’ve had plenty to eat. My needs have been met. Now I’m going to settle down in contentment.”

What about the still waters? Sheep are frightened by rushing streams, for they wear heavy woolen coats that can become waterlogged and result in drowning. Our sheep wouldn’t come near the water trough while I was filling it with the hose. The sound and sight of the splashing bothered them. But when the water was stilled, they’d come and drink all they wanted.

If we’re under the Shepherd’s ownership and care, He’ll see to it that every need in our lives is met in one way or another—our external needs, our internal needs, and our eternal needs.

Our job is to graze in the sweet pasturage of the Word and to drink from the still waters of the Spirit. A writer of yesteryear, William Evans, observed: “It is generally recognized as being a very difficult thing to get God’s people to thus lie down. They will do almost anything and everything else but that. They will run, walk, fight, sing, teach, preach, work, in a word do almost anything and everything except seek seasons of quiet and periods of retirement for secret communion with God and quiet soul nurture…. We do not like pauses… from the rush into the hush (to which) Jesus calls us.”

During some seasons of the year, our sheep drank little or nothing from their trough. We learned that if the climate is right, sheep can go for a long time without actually drinking water because of the heavy dews. When the grass is sopping wet, the sheep take in their needed moisture with their nutrition. It’s a wonderful picture of the Spirit-drenched Scriptures. In the early morning we graze in the sweet pasturage of the Word of God covered with the watery dew of the Holy Spirit. What an apt image of the Christian’s daily quiet time.

Memory Tip

Spare no effort to learn this psalm. The Twenty-third Psalm has been memorized by every generation from antiquity to modernity. It’s been quoted across the centuries and through the millennia. In just six verses amounting to about a hundred words, it sums up all our needs in life and all the gracious provisions of God’s grace. Learn it a verse at a time, and each verse will build on the preceding one. Remember: It begins in “green pastures” and ends “in the house of the Lord forever.”

My faithful Shepherd is the Lord, supplying all my needs; In pastures green He makes me rest, by quiet waters leads.—The Presbyterian Psalter

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Today’s Theme Song: We Give You Glory

Don Moen – We Give You Glory

Artist: Don Moen

Album: Rivers Of Joy (Live)

Genre: Christian

Lord, we are here for one purpose tonight
To bless Your name, to give glory
Honor and praises
To give You everything we are, Hallelujah

We’re here to bless Your name
Gathered as Your family
To praise You and proclaim
Your faithfulness and mercy

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

Oh yes, we do
We’re here to seek Your face
Together in Your presence
To celebrate Your grace
To praise You for Your mercies

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

Yes, we do
(Come one)
There is no other reason why we came
Than to glorify Your name

For You are worthy to be praise
Now we offer up our lives
As a willing sacrifice
Holy, acceptable to You

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

We give You glory, we give You honor
We give you everything we are
Lifting our hearts and hands before You

lifting our hearts and hands

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Daily Bible Verse

Verse of the Day

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate thereon day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Joshua 1:8 ASV

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Good morning from #Guam

Good Morning

Psalm 143:8 (ESV) Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Psalm 90:14 (ESV) Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

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Good night from #Guam

Well, it really has been an interesting week. I’ll have to sign off now and get to bed. Church in the morning, lunch and movie with my sons, Family dinner back here, so I won’t be on much tomorrow.

Good Night

May your sleep be undisturbed as you rest in the arms of the One who made you.

Psalm 4:8 (ESV) In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 3:5 (ESV)  I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

Shalom

Bedtime Prayer to Stop an Anxious Heart

Dear Lord, please help me trust You and empower me through Your Spirit to stop my emotions from bossing me around. I want to quit worrying about what might happen and focus on what has already happened by remembering and praising You for Your faithfulness in my life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. ~ Renee Swoop

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Daily Service: Evangelism – anyone can do it

Daily Service: Evangelism – anyone can do it

You can do it!

By anyone I mean anyone who is already saved.

Your testimony is the single most moving evangelistic tool available.

This is me before Christ – I was selfish, I like to drink and smoke. I put my own needs ahead of my family, my job, and my community

This is me after Christ – actively involved in ministry, God has me looking outward instead of inward.

Truth be told I was looking for pictures to describe this but all I found were the weight loss pictures.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Get the picture?

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Invisible Scars

Invisible scars

PTSD

night terrors

Hyper vigilance

Feeling disconnected

Can’t relate

Do you know someone who has had a traumatic experience (not necessarily combat related)? Do they have trouble sleeping, problems with relationships, trust issues? If you knew this person before, are they dramatically different now?

I had long conversation with a combat veteran that was medically retired. He gave me a referral to a Doctor in the FHB building that helps people deal worth their issues and works to qualify a person for a 12 week residential program in Hawaii.

I gathered all this information because I know someone who needs this kind of help.

But it also made me think of our responsibilities as Christians to reconcile the world to God (see yesterday’s Daily Service). Most of all they need Jesus. Evangelism is everyone’s responsibility, not just the pastor and the missionaries.

Matthew 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

and today’s Daily Service

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Daily Bible Reading 16 March 2019

Bible Reading Enhances Any Day (BREAD)
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3/16/19 Daily Bible Reading: Numbers 32-33, Luke 21
 
Numbers 32:7 (NKJV) Now why will you discourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD has given them?
 
 
Luke 21:1-4 (NKJV) And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

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Today’s Theme Song: Above All

“Above All”

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Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure
What You’re worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There’s no way to measure
What You’re worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Like the rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

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