Once upon a time there lived a husband and wife who loved to praise the Lord aloud in church. They were frowned upon for this by some of the congregants. Admittedly, ours is a staid Presbyterian church and these folks were from an Evangelical background where praising the Lord out loud was the norm.
I loved it when our choir would conclude an anthem and this couple would “Praise the Lord!” aloud and in unison. It made me smile.
It really bothered me that they were criticized. Psalm 134:2 clearly states: Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.
This has been on my mind off and on for several years even though this couple has since passed away.
It makes me smile to picture George and Barbara in Heaven’s congregation heartily praising the Lord without condemnation. Happy Sunday.
In today’s world it seems things just go from bad to worse. The virus appears to ease off just to rear its head again in different parts of the globe. Violence and crime walk hand in hand; peaceful protests turn ugly; rulers bend the rules; fires, floods, ferocious winds and earthquakes ravish the earth. And we, the human race, ask, “Is there any hope?”
Scripture says, “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Romans 8:24-25
The following song keeps me hopeful. Happy Sunday.
The difference between doing right or wrong could, and often does lead to death. But do the perpetrators actually know the difference? I don’t think so because I don’t want to believe that humans can be that callous and cruel.
Here are a few quotes on doing what’s right:
Do what is right, not what is easy. Roy T. Bennett
The truth of the matter is that you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it. Norman Schwarzkopf
Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching. C.S. Lewis
Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right. Theodore Roosevelt
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
You can’t do wrong by doing right.
Many of us are truly horrified with what’s going on in our world today. Revelation tells us that Jesus has a vision for our world and what it will be like. It may not be in your time or mine, but there is always hope. Happy Sunday.
There are so many ways in which blessings come to us; visits, caring phone calls and emails. People asking for prayer and someone saying they are praying for us are blessings. Getting an unexpected hug in times of social distancing is a definite blessing. Knowing God loves us and is with us always is the ultimate blessing. In these uncertain times, it is so good to know that. Happy Sunday.
We all know of the heartbreaking death of George Floyd on May 25th. Whatever his past deeds, this cruel and callous end to his life was not warranted. It has not been an easy road for George and his people and the road ahead will not be easy, but all of us can be a part of justice and world change by keeping the picture of Mr. Floyd’s brutal death alive in our hearts and minds. This atrocity should never again touch a black life, or any life for that matter. Peace be with you.
“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ Matthew 5:21.
As mentioned last Sunday, church is not the building. Today you are invited to attend a different church. It’s just a click away thanks to AndiesIsle.com which is an experience in itself. Most services are an hour or more but this experience is less than five minutes. Happy Sunday.
My video “The Nature of God” has a new address
To go there now – Click Here
I apologize for this inconvenience
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them. Matthew 18: 20
With most churches and places of worship closed due to Covid-19, there are ways and means of still attending some kind of spiritual service, whether online or by telephone. We are to remember that the church is the people not the building. Here is a Church in the Wildwood to lift our spirits even though we aren’t able to accept the invitation at this time. Happy Sunday.
Piggy backing on yesterday’s post, here’s another mountain to climb. Happy Sunday.
God said to Moses, “Climb higher up the mountain and wait there for me; I’ll give you tablets of stone, the teachings and commandments that I’ve written to instruct them.” So Moses got up, accompanied by Joshua his aide. And Moses climbed up the mountain of God. Exodus 24: 12-13
For those of us who believe that God has a plan for our lives, we need only look in the Bible for confirmation:
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. Genesis 1:26
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me…Psalm 138:8
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord…Jeremiah 29:11
Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. – Proverbs 19:21
The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. – Psalm 32:8
But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.” – 2 Corinthians 2:9
The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. – Isaiah 14:24
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Psalm 32:8
And finally: How do you make God laugh? Tell him your plans for the future. Happy Sunday.