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My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of Heaven and earth.

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“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.”

~Psalm 23:1
 
 
06 April 2006 @ 09:20 pm
“My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”
 
 
05 April 2006 @ 09:26 am
Gold and Honey

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the comb.

Psalm 19:10



The psalmist is so emphatic. More precious than gold, than much pure gold. Sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.

The Bible is valuable. Priceless. Rich. The Bible is delightful. Exquisite. Delicious.

Why? Why is the Bible such a treasure?

First of all, the Bible is a storehouse of wisdom for living life well. If we live our lives by the Bible we will be spared so much needless pain. Not all pain, for pain is part of life in a fallen world, but we will be spared much unnecessary pain. The Bible is our how-to manual for living life. Don’t try to do it without the manual!

Second, the Bible is absolutely vital for a healthy spiritual life. It is impossible to have a growing, vibrant, maturing spiritual life without the regular intake of God’s Word with a tender heart. The Bible is as necessary to the spiritual life as oxygen is to fire.

Third, from the Bible we learn about God. We know who God is. We know his heart toward us, his love for us, his grace for us. Through the Bible we know God. We hear God. We listen to God. We draw close to God. We connect with the Creator who made us.

Is this book not an incomparable treasure?

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These daily e-mails are written by Jeff Wells, Sr. Pastor at WoodsEdge Community Church.
 
 
28 March 2006 @ 10:51 am
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
~Psalm 18:31



There may be someone in Hollywood who thinks he’s the Rock, but it ain’t so.

Only God is the Rock. Only God can be trusted completely. Only God is a safe refuge. Only God is a reliable shield. Only God can save us. Only God can forgive us. Only God will never let us down.

When we are needy, when we are lonely, when we are desperate, when we are confused, when we struggle, when we have doubts, when we have fears, where else could we turn? Nowhere else. There is nowhere else to turn except to our God.

For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
~Psalm 18:31


Only God.

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These daily e-mails are written by Jeff Wells, Sr. Pastor at WoodsEdge Community Church.
 
 
21 March 2006 @ 03:15 pm
“How priceless is your unfailing love!
Both high and low among men
find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light we see light.”

~Psalm 36:7-9

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“Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Delight yourself in the Lord
and he will give you the desires of
your heart.”

~Psalm 37:3-4

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“Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteousness
shine like the dawn,
the justice of your cause like
the noonday sun.”

~Psalm 37:5-6
 
 
 
This is also a devotional from Jess, and I thought it was perfectly swell. :)

Prayerful Thinking

Read:
Psalm 8


Augustine was one of the most brilliant Christian thinkers of all time. Interestingly, he did some of his most effective and intimate praying while engaged in deep thought. He was what might be called a "prayerful thinker." Often Augustine began a line of reasoning, then concluded it with a prayer. Here is a sample from Confessions, one of his works on theology:

"Too late came I to love You, O Beauty both ancient and ever new; too late came I to love You. . . . You called to me; yes, You even broke open my deafness. Your beams shined unto me and cast away my blindness."

These are not the dry musings of some pseudo-theologian or armchair philosopher. They are the thoughts of someone with a passionate prayer life.

Prayerful thinking is not unique to Augustine. David pondered the beauty of creation and felt compelled to worship his Creator: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).

As we walk life's journey, our deep thoughts and feelings and our praying can be interwoven. Seeing the beauty of nature, or even solving a problem, can be opportunities for prayerful thinking. —Dennis Fisher


Thoughts To Ponder
What does it mean that God has "crowned man with glory and honor"? (Psalm 8:5). What does that mean for me today at work and at home?

Prayerful thinking leads to purposeful thanking.
 
 
17 March 2006 @ 11:01 am
My friend Jess sent me this one, and I thought I'd post it here. :)

There When You Need It

Read:
Hebrews 9:11-22

The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. —1 John 1:7


“When I donated blood some time ago, a nurse gave me a card to read while a pint of the vital red fluid was flowing out of my vein. The card showed the percentages of people who have different blood types. Here are some of them:

O-Positive 37.4%
A-Positive 35.7%
A-Negative 6.3%
B-Negative 1.5%


“The rarest, AB-Negative, is found in only 1 in 167 people, or 0.6% of the population. Then the card made this eye-catching statement: "The rarest blood type is the one that's not there when you need it."

“There is another supply of blood that is one of a kind and always available to those who ask for it. First John 1:7 states, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin."

“It was the death of Christ—the shedding of His blood— that satisfied the demand of a holy God as payment for our sins (Hebrews 9:12,22). So now, whenever a person cries out in faith to God, repenting of his sin and pleading for forgiveness, his prayer for salvation is answered.

“I am deeply grateful that Jesus was willing to die on the cross, giving His blood for me, so that forgiveness was available when I needed it. Aren't you?” ~Dave Egner


Sufficient is the blood of Christ
To cleanse us from all sin,
But daily we must claim its power
To keep us pure within. —D. De Haan


Jesus takes our sin and gives us His salvation.
 
 
16 March 2006 @ 06:12 pm
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”
 
 
Music: Here Come Better Days by the Robby Seay Band is in my head
 
 
Sing Why?

I will sing to the Lord,
for he has been good to me.
~Psalm 13:6


This is reason enough for me to sing to the Lord. Because he has been good to me.

He has loved me every day of my life.

He will never love me one bit less than he does right now.

He has saved me and given me the gift of eternal life.

He sent his Son to die on a cross for my sin.

He has tender affection for me.

He has made me right with him, giving me the righteousness of Jesus.

He has given me his Spirit to indwell me and empower me.

He has given me life and breath.

He has given me people whom I know and love and who know and love me.

He has given me a church home where people are real and have a passion for Jesus.

He has given me the privilege of talking with him, and he always hears.

He has given me the treasure of the Bible and the glory of meeting him there.

He has given me choice friends, precious children, a wife I deeply love.

He has given me eyesight (dimmer it may be), hearing, smell, touch, taste.

He has given me German potatoes, roast beef, chocolate chip mint milkshakes and Dr. Pepper.

He has given me a country of bounty and freedom.

He has given me protection, from more than I could know.

He has given me health to walk and run and be outdoors.

He has given me books to read.

... I barely get started.

Is there reason to sing, to sing to the Lord? Most certainly, for he has been good to me.

And to you.

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These daily e-mails are written by Jeff Wells, Sr. Pastor at WoodsEdge Community Church.
 
 
Mood: :)
Music: I'm Looking Through You by the Beatles is in my head...
 
 
13 March 2006 @ 05:43 pm
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.”

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To show love to those around you daily in a way that you are laying down your life per se ~ how do you do it? By relishing the love of our Savior.:)
 
 
Mood: calmso pleasant
Music: Yellow - The String Quartet Tribute to Coldplay (beautiful)