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What if it Were Today

Posted by Susanna

Sep

13

Jesus is coming to earth again–
What if it were today?
Coming in power and love to reign–
What if it were today?
Coming to claim His chosen Bride,
All the redeemed and purified,
Over this whole earth scattered wide–
What if it were today?

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Glory, glory! Joy to my heart ’twill bring;
Glory, glory! When we shall crown Him King.
Glory, glory! Haste to prepare the way;
Glory, glory! Jesus will come someday.

Satan’s dominion will then be o’er–
O that it were today!
Sorrow and sighing shall be no more–
O that it were today!
Then shall the dead in Christ arise,
Caught up to meet Him in the skies;
When shall these glories meet our eyes?
What if it were today?

Faithful and true would He find us here
If He should come today?
Watching in gladness and not in fear,
If He should come today?
Signs of His coming multiply,
Morning light breaks in eastern sky;
Watch, for the time is drawing nigh–
What if it were today?

“Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” James 5:8



Lessons from Sunflowers

Posted by Susanna

Aug

15

Have you ever admired the beauty of sunflowers? The brilliant yellow pedals, the life giving seeds, and the tall green stems with large green leaves. All were created by the magnificient Creator of the universe. Sunflowers have many things that we can learn from them.

It is evident that sunflowers keep their faces turned to the sun. This is an encouragment to me to keep my eyes on the Son of God, our gracious Saviour. He is trustworthy, and He wants us to trust Him with every aspect of our daily lives. He knows our past, our future, and what we are going through today. We must follow the example of sunflowers and keep our focus on the Son.

Sunflowers are servants. They give their lives for others. They provide pollen for the bees. In dying, they not only drop their seeds so that more sunflowers can be given life, but they also provide protein-rich food for the birds. We as Christians, need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, giving our lives to God, and becoming true servants, who are faithful in all things.

Sunflowers give glory to God by doing exactly what they were designed to do. They stand tall and look to the sun. They don’t try to hide in the grass and turn purple: They were not made to be violets. They are yellow sunflowers. We don’t need to be afraid of what other people think. All that matters is that we do exactly what God wants us to do. He created us to be exactly who we are for a reason.

I hope that you have the same appreciation for sunflowers that I have. Keep looking to the Son of God!



An Analogous Portrait in Words

Posted by Victoria

Aug

14

The rain had fallen heavily the evening before, and as she stood enjoying the warmth of the July sun, a beautiful sight caught her eye. Her attention was captured for the moment, as she gazed into an unsightly puddle not far distant. Unsightly indeed to the casual observer, for it is puddles like this that muddy the skirts and damage shoes. But oh! how lovely it was to an eye sharpened to keen observation of artistic comeliness. For in the puddle was reflected the summer sky, brilliant with large, white clouds of the most airy appearance. And to add to the lustre of the scene, small rainbows flitted at the edges, always evading direct attention, but there, nonetheless.

What a scene, rich with an analogous truth of God’s mercy! For though she gazed toward the ground, her eyes were soon dazzled with an unmatched view of the heavenlies.



Jesus Loves Me

Posted by Lauren

May

23

Romans 8:28  “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”  Do you face difficulties in life? Well, I certainly do. Whenever those struggles appear I need to remember that Jesus always loves me. If there are family problems, Jesus loves me. If I am doubting my salvation, Jesus still loves me. If I am struggling, Jesus loves me. No matter what I face, Jesus will always love me. If I want whatever He deems best, even if it seems to be the worst for myself, I can still trust Him. He is using this problem in my life for MY good, and HIS glory. I must give him my struggles, my hurt, my desires, my relationships…EVERYTHING. When I focus on the fact  that He is by my side in this battle, and that He loves me no matter what, I can face anything. Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. ” May we all focus on Christ’s love as we strive to share it with others.



Help Me to Trust You!

Posted by Susanna

May

17

Help me to trust You, Omniscient God!
You know my future: bad and good,
You planned the valleys, trials, tests,
So help me, LORD, in You to rest.

Help me trust you, Omnipotent One!
You are Power: all battles have won;
You conquered sin through Jesus’ blood,
And walk with me through any flood.

Help me trust You, Omnipresent LORD!
You promised, You’re near, in Your Word.
Help me know You’re nigh all my days,
And teach me to trace all Your ways.

 



Jan

23

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Have you ever had a time when you were overwhelmed, in pain, and in a hurry? What about when you thought you were doing a good job covering your feelings, and you were told that you really weren’t covering them at all? Let me tell you a story….

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to vend at a local craft fair. The day before it was to be going on,  we were busily preparing, gathering, and loading supplies. I was not feeling the best, but nevertheless, I was trying to stay cheerful and keep singing. My proud self thought that she was doing pretty well with this task of covering my feelings. Then, in the business of the evening, I scurried past a younger sibling in the hallway. This sibling scowled at me. Quite shocked, I asked if she was ok.

"Yes", she replied calmly, and really quite sweetly. "I was just being a mirror for you."

Oh yes, all of my righteousness is as filthy rags. God’s grace was sufficient for my now humbled self, and I was able to laugh at the remark as I quickly changed my facial expression.

Praise the LORD for younger siblings, and for His kindness and mercy in gently correcting the pride that rises in the hearts of His children. "His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endureth to all generations."



11 Encouraging Mottos

Posted by The Neely Team

Jan

19

We recently came across a letter from our dear friend, Uncle Bill, which contained some mottos that have blessed his life and ministry. Sometimes the most simple truth can be such a great encouragement.

  • “For the Word of the Lord is right: and all His works are done in truth.” Psalm 33:4
  • The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God will not sustain you.
  • The knowing plus the doing of the will of God equals life.
  • Little is much if God is in it, and much is little if God is not in it.
  • The flesh (human nature apart from God) has a one-word vocabulary: more!
  • He who does what he pleases is never pleased with what he does.
  • Proper preparation prevents poor performance.
  • Let my heart be broken with the things that break the heart of God.
  • No disaster is greater than underestimating the enemy.
  • Faith demands obedience, with God being responsible for all consequences.
  • “For of Him and through Him, and to Him are all things: to Whom be glory forever. Amen.” Romans 11:36

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Thoughts for 2017

Posted by Jessica

Jan

1

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As our family gathers to remember the faithfulness of the Lord in 2016 and also lay out some goals and plans for 2017, some specific thoughts stood out to me.

  • God is always good.
  • We don’t know what the future holds, but we know Who holds the future; and He is faithful!
  • The worst thing that can happen to me is for me to have my own way (Proverbs 1:30-31).
  • God’s Word is a refuge for us.
  • “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all they getting, get understanding. Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.” Proverbs 4:7, 13
  • “Your attitude will determine your altitude.” Trust the Lord, and soar to new heights!
  • Goals are important. But it is equally important to hold those goals with an open hand. Let the Lord lead.
  • We have time for everything we’re supposed to do. If God calls us to do something, He will supply the time and energy. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

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May you know the blessings of the Lord as you seek, trust, and serve the Lord in 2017! Happy New Year!



Immanuel

Posted by The Neely Team

Dec

21

When once I mourned a load of sin,
When conscience felt a wound within,
When all my works were thrown away,
When on my knees I knelt to pray,
Then, blissful hour, remembered well,
I learned Thy love, Immanuel!

When storms of sorrow toss my soul,
When waves of care around me roll,
When comforts sink, when joys shall flee,
When hopeless griefs shall gape for me,
One word the tempest’s rage shall quell,
That word, Thy name, Immanuel!

When for the truth I suffer shame,
When foes pour scandal on my name,
When cruel taunts and jeers abound,
When “Bulls of Bashan” gird me round,
Secure within Thy tower I’ll dwell,
That tower, Thy grace, Immanuel!

When hell, enraged, lifts up her roar,
When Satan stops my path before,
When fiends rejoice and wait my end,
When legion’d hosts their arrows send,
Fear not, my soul, but hurl at hell
Thy battle-cry, Immanuel!

When down the hill of life I go,
When o’er my feet death’s waters flow,
When in the deep’ning flood I sink,
When friends stand weeping on the brink,
I’ll mingle with my last farewell,
Thy lovely name, Immanuel!

When tears are banished from mine eye,
When fairer worlds than these are nigh,
When Heaven shall fill my ravish’d sight,
When I shall bathe in sweet delight,
One joy all joys shall far excel,
To see Thy face, Immanuel!

by Charles H. Spurgeon

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Little Specks of Pollen

Posted by Jessica

Apr

28

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It’s spring time. The mountains are bursting out in new, vibrant color; blossoms are on the trees; flowers are making their appearance around the yard. With all the beauty of spring also comes pollen. In some areas of the country, cars will turn a greenish-hue as the little particles gather on them. Our porch was getting this way, and needed a good sweeping. With each brush of the broom a little cloud of pollen rose and vanished. I couldn’t help but think about the effects the pollen might have on me if I wasn’t careful….sneezing, watery eyes, and other undesirable reactions. It’s so small – just little bits of pollen. But if in the wrong place it can be very irritating.

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I thought about how inconvenient and unwanted pollen-provoked allergies can be. Miserable, at times. But, more repulsive than pollen in my eyes is sin in the eyes of the just, holy God. To me, it might seem but a small sin, but to God, it is sin. Sin that is repulsive. Sin that made the Father turn His back on His Son. Sin that sent Jesus to the cross.

Makes my heart cry: “…Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalm 19:12b-14

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