Monday, May 18, 2009

How Much do You Thirst

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God, You are my God; I eagerly seek You.
I thirst for You;
my body faints for You
in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.

Psalm 63: Holman Christian standard version.



Only in Leisure

National Park officials welcome 250 million people to our treasured parks each year. Most visitors are day-trippers, coming to look and run. In 1983, the average time spent for all forty-eight national parks was four and one-half hours. For Isle Royale it was four days, perhaps due to its remoteness. Yosemite or Sequoia, Yellowstone or Glacier National Park in four and one-half hours? To so heatedly race in and out of these stunning temples of granite offers no time to pause, let alone stop and look, listen and smell the delights of mountains, rivers, and high country.

Unfortunately, prayer fares far worse than our National Parks. Though God invites us to sit and enjoy time in his presence, we hasten in and out of prayer like we do a fast-food establishment. Yet the more we pray, the more we enjoy it and receive from it. When we rise from prayer we are always more keen for it than when we first knelt. God’s answers come to all who seek his presence. He doesn’t time the length of our prayers, but it is for our own soul’s delight that we spend time with him, finding in spiritual leisure the grace that haste denies.

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Do you thirst Enough for God to spend time with Him? Or do you — like me — often hurry through your time with Him and say to yourself, "Been there, done that," and move on to other things.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Understanding

Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it. — (Proverbs 16:22)




Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that thou mayest believe, but believe that thou mayest understand. — St. Augustine

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pray for each other

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. — James 5:16 NIV




Prayer is the world in tune,
A spirit voice, And vocal joys,
Whose echo is heaven's bliss.

Henry Vaughan: The Morning Watch


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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Who

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Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?"
And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8 NIV



WOW!  What commitment and zeal from Isaiah.  Hear I am - I'll do it.  Send me.  Through the ages and still continuing today a multitude of missionaries have also exhibited the same zeal.  When called by Him to serve in that capacity they have enthusiastically taken up the call. 

Here are some prayers of those called to the mission field:
GEORGE WHITEFIELD, famous English evangelist, said, "O Lord, give me souls, or take my soul."
DAVID BRAINERD, missionary to the North American Indians, 1718-1747, declared, "Lord to thee I dedicate myself. Oh, accept of me, and let me be Thine forever. Lord, I desire nothing else; I desire nothing more."
THOMAS À KEMPIS, 1349-1471, said, "Give what Thou wilt, and when Thou wilt. See me where Thou wilt, and deal with me in all things as Thou wilt."
JOHN MCKENZIE prayed as a young missionary candidate as he knelt on the banks of the Lossie: "O, Lord, send me to the darkest spot on earth."
MOTHER TERESA of Calcutta, "Do you want my hands, Lord, to spend the day helping the sick and the poor who need them Lord? Lord, today I give you my hands."


HENRY MARTYN, missionary, cried as he knelt on India's coral strands, "Here let me burn out for God."


Friday, May 8, 2009

The Master's Card

You have probably seen the catchy television commercials for MasterCard. They start by identifying some things that people can buy with their MasterCard, then show a moment that is priceless and end by saying, "There are some things money can't buy, for everything else there's MasterCard."

I'm here to advertise my credit card. I'm a card carrying representative for the Master's Card. That's right, the MASTER'S CARD. Let me tell you about it.

There are no finance charges, no payments due. My bill has already been covered . . . it's a prepaid deal. I couldn't afford the price. Jesus paid it for me and you.

It is accessible twenty-four hours a day from anywhere in the world. The MASTER'S CARD has so many benefits it's hard to list them all. Let me share some of them with you . . .

Just for starters there is unlimited grace. Apply for the MASTER'S CARD.

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How do you obtain the MASTER'S CARD? Dial 1-800-BeSaved for the following messages: Romans 10:9 "That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Matthew 10:22 "All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved."

Jesus is standing by right now to take your call. Don't delay. This great offer won't last forever.

There are some things money can't buy. For those things, there's the Master's Card.

- Author Unknown, Edited by Richard Wimer

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Love your enemies

"But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you"

Matthew 5:44 NASB


But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matthew 5:44 NIV



These Christians love each other even before they are acquainted.

Saint Celsus