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Oct 2004 Log

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Oct 28, 2004
Harvest Fire

James 5:7     Be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.

How can we wait patiently for the coming of the Lord? James 5:7 gives us a clue. How does the farmer wait for the precious fruit of the earth? How does he bear the toil and delays? He looks past all the work and delay to the harvest. The fruit is described as precious. The preciousness of the fruit harvested will more than compensate for all the past. This harvest of the precious fruit provides the hope we need to wait patiently, wait patiently for the Lord.

What part do the autumn and spring rains play? They are a necessary preliminary to the harvest. The early rain fell at sowing time, about November or December; the latter rain, about March or April, to mature the grain for harvest. The latter rain that shall precede the coming spiritual harvest, will probably be another Pentecost-like effusion of the Holy Spirit.

Psalm 126:5-6     Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.

Galatians 6:7-10     Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

The Lord has a firey passionate heart for the harvest.

Lord help each of us look forward to Your coming. Thank You for the promise of Your joy at harvest time. Prepare each of our hearts as we wait, give each of us Your firey passion for the harvest. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 27, 2004
Joy Comes in the Morning!

Psalm 30:5     ... weeping may remain for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

Joy Comes in the Morning!
Peggie Bohanon

Lie down until the morning!
"But it's dark, Lord!
My worries, doubts, fears
Haunt dark corridors of my mind."

Lie down until the morning!
"But the night is so long, Lord!
I can't wait; I can't trust;
I can't believe, Lord!"

Lie down until the morning!
"Here's my unbelief, Lord!
Take the coal nuggets of
worries, doubts, fear.
Turn them into Your diamonds
of faith, hope, trust."

"I'll lie down until the morning, Lord!
I come softly to Your feet;
Cover me through the long dark night.
I do believe, I will believe!"

Your joy comes in the morning!

Mark 9:24     ... "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"

Psalm 91:4-5     He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night...

Thank You lord that You have covered us thru the night, that You are faithful, You are our refuge. Help us each look forward past the weeping of the night. Help us each look forward with excitement to the joy that comes in the morning. Thank You that as we each do this - our faith in Jesus Christ will be strengthened and shine bright. In the name of Jesus Christ our bright morning star.


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Oct 26, 2004
Peace! Be Still!


Mark 4:39
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, "Peace! Be still!" Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Can you picture this? You're in the midst of a violent storm, you're afraid to the point of death. You call on Jesus and He commands 'Peace! Be Still!'. In an instant there is perfect calm, perfect peace. Jesus can do the same today. He can turn any situation around in an instant. He can calm any storm - both those raging around us & those within our hearts.

Sometimes He Calms the Storm
by Tony Wood & Kevin Stokes

He has a reason for each trial
that we pass through in life.
And though we're shaken
we cannot be pulled apart from Christ.
No matter how the driving rain beats down
on those who hold to faith,
a heart of trust will always
be a quiet peaceful place.

Chorus
Sometimes He calms the storm
with a whispered "Peace be still."
He can settle any sea,
but it doesn't mean He will.
Sometimes He holds us close
and lets the wind and waves go wild.
Sometimes He calms the storm,
and other times He calms His child.

Psalm 46:10-11
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Exodus 14
...Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today...

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

Lord, thank You that we can always find peace thru Your Son Jesus Christ. Help each of us 'be still' and know You are God. Help us fix our eyes on Jesus. Please calm all our fears and doubts, say 'Peace! Be Still!' to each of our hearts. Thank You that You are stronger than any storm, that You are with us, and that You are our peace. In the precious name of Jesus Christ our Sovereign Lord.
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Oct 25, 2004

King of Glory! Lion of Judah!

Psalm 24:8-10
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty- he is the King of glory.


Help each of us lift up our heads to You Lord, the King of Glory. Thank You that You are mighty in battle. Help each open the doors of their hearts and let You in. Thank You that as each does this they will experience Your glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.


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Oct 25, 2004
PRAISE! The drain is removed from Sheila's head and she is transfered from intensive care to a room.

Please keep praying for my daughter Sheila. She has developed an infection which they are treating with antibiotics and the antibiotics are making her very sick as there is nothing on her stomach. They will test her throat again today to see if she is ready to start swallowing. Your prayers are working, please, if you would, cover her with prayer.
Thanks Jim

For Sheila
Psalms 103:1; Philippians 1:6     Praise the LORD , O my soul; all that is within me, praise His holy name! Thank You Lord for answered prayer! Thank You that the drain is removed. Please allow Sheila to start eating & drinking again. We ask that the test on her throat go smoothly and show that she is ready to swallow. Thank You Lord for the healing that You have given Sheila already - please continue this healing, bring it to completion. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Luke 4:39     So He bent over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. She got up at once and began to wait on them. Lord please rebuke any fever or infection in Sheila's body. Let the medicine do it's job - please relieve the discomfort Sheila is in. Glory be to God. Let this infection leave so quickly that no other explanation is possible - but that You touched her with Your healing hand. Let this draw many to Jesus Christ. In the precious name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 25, 2004
Brian went for his interveiw in texas he should know if he got the job this week hopefully.The guy still has to interveiw those 2 guys.Just Pray God Will.
Thanks Melody

For Brian & Melody Grapevine Texas.
Thanks Melody

For Brian & Melody
Jeremiah 29:11-13     Thank You Lord that You know the plans You have for Brian & Melody, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give hope and a future. Help them continue to seek You and find You. Help them seek You with all their heart. Please help Brian & Melody wait for an answer on this interveiw - make it clear what direction Brian should go. Thank You that You are a God of details - please work out every detail during this process. Help Brian & Melody hear Your guidance and act on it. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 23, 2004
PRAISE!
God be the Glory! This prayer was answered and I still have the spirit of the Lord all over me! I just got the news few minutes ago look!

    Praise The Lord Jesus Christ and thank you, thank you
    for all the prayers in helping Selmo's wife and children held for 3 MONTHS in Brazil.
    Tomorrow night, they are coming home!

    He drove up, rang our door bell, yelled so loud: THEY'RE COMING HOME!!!
    Thankyou for your prayers and said he had to go but wanted us to know!!! :)
    Love,
    Cathy

Thank you Lord and for all our prayer partners. We are Blessed!!!!!! Gloria

For Selmo, wife & two children
Isaiah 49:8-10     Thank You Lord that You have set these captives free! Please bless their travel. Let them be reunited as a family. Let them Praise Your Sovereign Name. Help them use this experience to draw others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In the name of Jesus Christ.


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Oct 22, 2004
I Will Wait

Psalm 27:14     Wait for the LORD ; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.

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I Will Wait
Karen Holland

I will wait
my eyes ever on the Lord.

I will wait
I lift my soul to You, Lord.

I will wait
I will wait for Your strength

I will wait
I will wait for Your peace.

I will wait
as You lift me up and comfort me.

I will wait
as You place my feet upon the Rock.

I will wait
I will ever sing for joy, ever will I sing a song of praise.

I will wait
I will trust in the Lord, the Rock eternal, forever.

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Psalm 25:1-2, 15     To you, O LORD , I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God. My eyes are ever on the LORD ...

Isaiah 40:28,31     Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
...but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Psalm 40:1-3     I waited patiently for the LORD ; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.

Psalm 5:11     But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

Isaiah 26:4     Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD , the LORD , is the Rock eternal.

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Thank You Lord that You are our Rock eternal - that You give us a firm place to stand. Help each of us wait on You for Your lead. Thank You that as we wait on You, the Rock, we will feel Your peace and ever sing for joy. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 22, 2004
PRAISE!
The drain tube has been shut off for 48 hours now, (unless they turned it back on overnight) and Sheila has had not build up of fluid on her brain. Your prayers are working, they are heard and this is the best testimony that I know of to prove it. Please continue to pray that God might be glorified in her healing.
Thanks you so much for your continued prayers!!
Jim
Psalm 17:6     I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Thank You Lord for answered prayer! Glory be to God! Lord please continue Your healing in Sheila - thank You that the fluid is not building up. Please allow the drain to be removed and restore Sheila's ability to eat & drink. Let all be amazed at how quickly Sheila recovers - so quickly that it can only be explained by Your hand on her life & body. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 22, 2004
Please add to the safe travel prayers!
Thanks Karen

Safe Travel - Melody, Brian, Kim, Lynn, Hunter,Hayden, Hyatt, Tommie, Rena, Roger, Tammy, Jeremy, Bob & boys, Faith & boys
Psalm 5:11-12, Psalm 121:8     Thank You Lord that You will spread your protection over them, that You will surround them with your favor as with a shield and that You will watch over their comings & goings both now & forevermore. Please keep each safe as they travel. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 21, 2004
I would like y'all to Pray me and Brian have safe traveling Thursday, Friday,Saturday, Sunday and safe traveling back home.I would like y'all to Pray for my Sister Kim my Brother-in-law Lynn and there 3 sons Hunter,Hayden, Hyatt and my Mom Tommie and my Sister Rena and my Brother-in-law Brother Roger and Roger wife Tammy to have safe traveling today Thursday and Friday and safe traveling back home Friday.

I would like y'all to Pray for my baby cousin Tallen they say he might have to have surgery again this time on his tear duct.

I would like y'all to Pray for Nephew Jeremy that he has safe traveling all the time he has a job that he has to travel all the time.
Thanks Melody

Safe Travel - Melody, Brian, Kim, Lynn, Hunter,Hayden, Hyatt, Tommie, Rena, Roger, Tammy, Jeremy
Psalm 5:11-12, Psalm 121:8     Thank You Lord that You will spread your protection over them, that You will surround them with your favor as with a shield and that You will watch over their comings & goings both now & forevermore. Please keep each safe as they travel. In the name of Jesus Christ.

For Tallen
Luke 18:15-17     Thank You Lord that You said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. " We bring Tallen to You through our prayers. Lord please touch Tallen with Your healing love, let Your love bring what is needed. Guide the medical staff & family as they try to help. Restore the tear duct. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Oct 21, 2004
I am asking for prayer....I believe I need to go out and find a job.....I've had a bad experience in 2000 where I was terminated from a job after 5 years. This has truly left its mark when I am interviewing.....so I am asking for prayer for a job where I can earn decent income and where my skills will be used effectively and where I will honor the Lord....I really enjoy working in the Administrative Support Role with short and long term staffing agencies so I do pray that I can find an agency that will retain my services.

Thanks...I truly believe that I am quietly falling into a depression (after counseling I am learning the signs) with moving, we had some unexpected expenses so I am a little worried about bills.

Blessings to you,
Linda

For Linda
Proverbs 3:5-6     Thank You Lord that You are all-knowing, You know exactly what Linda & family need. Show Linda how to honor You in all she does. Guide this job search. Please heal any 'old wounds'. Help Linda continue to turn to You and trust You with her whole heart. Help her acknowledge You in all ways and not lean on personal understanding. Thank You that as she does this You will direct her path. Please give Linda Your peace as she seeks Your will. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 21, 2004
Come Follow Me - cont'd

John 12:26     Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Yesterday's message is still following me today - especially John 12:26. If you are truly serving Christ - you must follow His lead. Look at the awesome promise in the second part of this verse - Jesus is with the one who follows & serves - the Lord honors this!

Look what someone said about the picture - I didn't think of this before!

    Oh, Karen, that picture of the double rainbow is
    absolutely perfect. It's like we are to be
    as He is...the first rainbow is Him and we are to do our best
    to be like that one. When two rainbows are together, one is always less vibrant..like us.

I think maybe this is part of the honor of following Christ - we get to look even a little like Him - beautiful!

This is exactly how I felt when I left the episcopal church last year. I felt like I left everything behind to follow Jesus - this was difficult but He has blessed my family - I'm just starting to see some of these blessings!

Thank You Lord for Your invitation to come & follow. Help each of us step boldly forward to accept Your invitation. Thank You for the chance to look even a little like You. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Oct 21, 2004
Here is the update on Sheila

    Please continue praying for my daughter Sheila.
    They shut the drain in her head off yesterday
    morning and if she can go 24 hours without the
    pressure rising too much they will remove it.
    Please pray for that to happen and for her to start
    being able to eat and drink.
    Thanks Jim

Thank you all for your continued prayers.

For Sheila & family
Philippians 1:6     Thank You Lord that we know You are at work in Sheila's life & body. Thank You for the healing that has already begun. Please carry it on to completion. Guide the medical staff & family as they try to help. In the name of Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 1:3-4     Thank You Lord that You are the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort. Let Your love, Your mercy, Your compassion fall upon Sheila. Please restore her to that perfect state of health which is Thine alone to give, keep the pressure in her head at normal levels and allow her to eat & drink once again. Let Your love be a sheild of protection around her. Let Your hand on Sheila's life be evident to all - let all be amazed. Glory be to God! May this draw many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ your Son. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, our Healer, our Redeemer.
1 Peter 5:6-7     Lord help each to humble themselves before You. Help them cast all anxiety on You because You care for each. Thank You that as they do this they will be lifted up in due time, lifted up under Your mighty hand. In the name of our sovereign Lord Jesus Christ.
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Oct 20, 2004
Come Follow Me

Mark 1:17     "Come, follow me" Jesus said ...

Everyone has probably played the game "Simon Says". In the game, one player is appointed Simon, the leader, and the object of the game is to catch a player following an instruction that wasn't prefaced with the words, "Simon says". So in order to win, you had to listen carefully to the leader and follow only those instructions given by the leader.

Think about the calling of the disciples. Jesus the leader would say "Come, follow me" and the disciples would hear His voice and follow immediately. In Mathhew 8:22 they couldn't even go back and bury their dead. Isn't this a little like the game "Simon Says" with Jesus as the leader? Are we listening carefully for His voice and trying to follow His instructions?

Today, this same Jesus is watching over each of us, as we go about our work and daily activities. And, as the leader, His words to us are the same as they were to the disciples: "Come, follow me". Today, are we listening carefully for His voice and trying to follow His instructions?

John 10:27     My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 12:26     Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

Thank You Lord that You are still calling us today. Help each of us listen for Your voice and follow. Thank You that as each follows and serves You - they will be honored. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Oct 19, 2004
The Other Side

Philippians 1:21     For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

A sick man turned to his doctor,as he was preparing to leave the examination room and said, "Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side."

Very quietly, the doctor said, "I don't know."

"You don't know? You, a man of faith, do not know what is on the other side?"

The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side of which came the sounds of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said, "Did you notice my dog? He's never been in this room before. He didn't know what was inside He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing...I know my Master is there and that is enough."

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This was sent to me via email. It's kind of neat because it goes with the sermon I heard last sunday. Paul in philippians 1:21 knew this kind of confidence in his Master the Lord. Do you have this same confidence?

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Thank You Lord for the life that is in Jesus Christ Your Son. Help each of us open our hearts to this confidence - that You will be waiting to greet us on the other side. Help each of us say along with Paul "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. " In the name of Jesus Christ our Savior.
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Oct 19, 2004
Please pray for my husband - he's really down about work.
Thanks Melody

For Brian
Isaiah 40:28-31     Thank You Lord that those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. You will lift them up on eagles wings, they will soar, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Help Brian turn to You, hope in You, thank You that as he does this he will soar. Please give him a renewed sense of Your presence, Your hope. Let him feel Your reassurance, Your peace today. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Oct 19, 2004
I spoke to my cousin Shirley today. She is not doing very well. She has Lukemia and it has become active again. She is also diabetic along with some other health problems too. Could we pray and ask Jesus to place her in the palm of his hands and that her Lukemia goes back into remission soon. Also, I would like prayers for Shirley, that she may be relieved of some of these other health problems. Thank you so much for all of your prayers.
Jesus, I trust in Thee...Jeanette

For Shirley
Luke 6:19     Thank You Lord that there is healing in Your touch. Please touch Shirley. Let her lukemia go into remission so quickly that there can be no other explanation except that she was touched by Your hand. Please restore Shirley's health - the health which is Yours alone to give. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Ezra 8:21-23; Isaiah 26:3     Lord help Shirley look to You, rely on You. Thank You Lord, that as she looks to You, the gracious hand of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon her and her mind will be kept in perfect peace. Let Your hand be evident in her life. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 18, 2004
Spirit of Power


1 Peter 5:6-7     Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

So often our worries and fears are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let's cast our burdens on the Lord. Let's consciously put our future in his hands. Let's trade in our worrisome fears. Trade them in for love, selfdiscipline and power - for the Lord has not given us a spirit of fear.

Thank You Lord for Your Spirit of power, love and self discipline. Help each of us consciously cast all our fears on You. Thank You that as we do this and rely on You, we'll each be lifted up in due time. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 18, 2004
Please keep Billy & Nicky in your prayers. Billy seems to have a problem with nightmares. They both need prayer to adjust to the changes in their lives.

Please pray for Joyce & husband. The doctors think he may have prostate cancer.
Thanks Jeanette

For Billy & Nicky
Matthew 6:8 , Phil 4:19, Hebrews 4:16     Thank You Lord that You know what they need before we ask. Please help them approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that they may receive mercy and find grace to help them in their time of need. Thank You that as they do this their needs will be supplied according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Please give them & their family Your peace, help them rest securely in You. Please help Billy with these nightmares - help them both feel Your love thru their family. In the name of Jesus Christ.

For Joyce & husband
James 5:15     Thank You Lord that the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. We bring Joyce's husband to You through our prayers. Please restore him. Guide the medical staff & family as they try to help. In the name of Jesus Christ.

For all
Numbers 6:24-26     Thank You Lord that You will bless & keep them, that your face will shine upon them & be gracious to them; that you will turn your face towards them & give them Your peace. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 18, 2004
Please pray for Selmo's wife and two chrildren, back to Fl. They are in Brazil(3 months) now where they are being detained!!!!!!!!!
I also thank everone for praying for me threw this unblieveable surgery - I felt the spirit of power - not fear. In Jesus's precious name. God be the Glory!
Gloria

For Selmo's wife & children
Isaiah 49:8-10     Thank You Lord that it is written You say to the captives, 'Come out,' and to those in darkness, 'Be free!' Lord please set them free - free to return home. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 5:11-12; Psalm 91:11     Thank You Lord that You will spread your protection over them, that You will surround them with your favor as with a shield. Please send Your angels to minister to them, give Your angels charge over them in all their ways. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

For Gloria
2 Timothy 1:7     For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self≠discipline. Thank You Lord for bringing Gloria thru this surgery. Please continue to let her give her fears to You and receive the spirit of power, love & selfdiscipline instead. Please continue Your healing work in her. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 18, 2004
My Husband has a interveiw Oct.22 in Grapevine Texas.
Thanks Melody

For Brian & Melody
Jeremiah 29:11-13     Thank You Lord that You know the plans You have for Brian & Melody, plans to prosper and not to harm, plans to give hope and a future. Help them continue to seek You and find You. Help them seek You with all their heart. Please be with Brian during this interveiw - make it clear what direction Brian should go. Thank You that You are a God of details - please work out every detail during this process. Help Brian & Melody hear Your guidance and act on it. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 18, 2004
Please continue to pray for my daughter Sheila. She has come out of the coma and knows where she is and what happened to her. She is even putting a few words together to make sentences. Please pray for her as she goes to surgery this morning to have a plate and screws put into her broken ankle. I know it will take weeks and perhaps even months of rehabilitation for her to get better, Please pray that God be with her and all of us through this awful ordeal. Yesterday she asked a friend of hers to pray that she might be able to have a diet coke and that God will keep loving her. Right now, she can have nothing by mouth and being more alert, she wants a drink badly. Thanks Jim

For Sheila
Isaiah 49:16     Lord, surround Sheila & family with Your love, remind each of how great Your love is - each is engraved on the palm of Your hand. Let them rest in Your mighty hands - especially during surgery today - guide the medical staff & family during this time. Thank You that Sheila has come out of her coma. Please continue this healing process. Please relieve any pain & discomfort. Lord, relieve her dry throat. Lord let Jesus shine thru Sheila's life. Let all see & feel Your presence - let all be amazed at how quickly Sheila recovers. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Ezra 8:21-23; Isaiah 26:3     Lord help each look to You, rely on You. Thank You Lord, that as they look to You, the gracious hand of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon them and their minds will be kept in perfect peace. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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Oct 16, 2004
Can we pray for my sister Lori, she had surgery yesterday for tube tying and is having a lot of pain, also to pray that she has an easy time caring for the kids during this time 2 months, 12 and 8
Thanks Cindy

For Lori & family
Luke 6:19     Thank You Lord that there is healing in Your touch. Please touch Lori where healing is needed. Relieve any pain or discomfort. Surround all with Your love, Your peace, Your strength. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 23:1     Thank You Lord that You are our good shepherd. Let each feel Your care during this time. Thank You that you will provide what is needed.
Ezra 8:21-23     Thank You Lord, that as they look to You, the gracious hand of our Lord Jesus Christ is upon them.
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Oct 15, 2004
Please pray for my sister Alicia Cherry. She is having some problems recovering from breast cancer, she is in pain - breast swelling. She also is very down.
Thanks Terry

For Alicia Cherry
James 5:15     Thank You Lord that the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. We bring Alicia to You through our prayers. Please restore her. Guide the medical staff as they try to help her recover. Reduce the swelling and relieve her pain. In the name of Jesus Christ.
Psalm 4:5-7, Romans 15:13     Let the light of your face shine upon Alicia. May You, the God of hope fill Alicia with all joy and peace as she trusts in You, so that she may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ our LORD.
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Oct 15, 2004
Please pray for my daughter Sheila. She is in a coma in the hospital - the doctors think she had a stroke.
Thanks Jim

For Sheila & family
Romans 8:37-39, Eph 3:17-19     Lord, thank You for Your great love for each of us. We bring Sheila & her family to you thru our prayers. Remind each just how wide, long, high & deep is the love of Christ. Let each feel Your love surround them in a very real way. Thank You Lord that NOTHING can separate us from Your love - help each hang on to this promise. Thank You Lord that Your love endures forever!
Romans 4:17     Thank You Lord that we believe that You are the God that gives life to the dead, and calls into being that which does not exist. Knowing this we ask for Your healing love to flow into Sheila's body. Let Your love, Your mercy, Your compassion fall upon her. Please restore her to that perfect state of health which is Thine alone to give, relieve any pain and discomfort that may exist. Let Your love be a sheild of protection around her. Please direct the medical staff & families as they try to help. Let Your hand on Sheila's life be evident to all - let all be amazed. Glory be to God! May this draw many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ your Son. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, our Healer, our Redeemer.
1 Peter 5:6-7     Lord help each to humble themselves before You. Help them cast all anxiety on You because You care for each. Thank You that as they do this they will be lifted up in due time, lifted up under Your mighty hand. In the name of our sovereign Lord Jesus Christ. Surrender ALL to Him!
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Oct 15, 2004
O Wondrous Love

Eph 3:17-19     ... so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Romans 8:37-39     No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 136     His love endures forever!!!!

O Wondrous Love
Steve & Vikki Cook

O wondrous love
That will not let me go
I cling to You
With all my strength and soul
Yet if my hold should ever fail
This wondrous love will never let me go

O wondrous love
Thatís come to dwell in me
Lord who am I
That I should come to know
Your tender voice assuring me
This wondrous love will never let me go

O wondrous love
That sings of Calvary
The sweetest sound
The sinnerís ever known
The song of your
Redeeming Son
Whose wondrous love
Will never let me go

O wondrous love
That rushes over me
I canít escape
This riverís glorious flow
You overwhelm
My days with good
Your wondrous love
Will never let me go

Chorus
Iím resting in the everlasting arms
In the ever faithful heart
The Shepherd of my life
You carry me on
Your mighty wings of grace
Keeping me until the day
I look into your eyes

Lord, thank You for Your great love for each of us. Remind each just how wide, long, high & deep is the love of Christ. Let each feel Your love surround them in a very real way. Thank You Lord that NOTHING can separate us from Your love - help each hang on to this promise. Thank You Lord that Your love endures forever!
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Oct 13, 2004
Praise!
On Sunday,October 10th at 4:46 p.m., Joshua Isiaih Purves was born. He was 7 lbs., 10 oz and 20" long. He is absolutely beautiful. Cheryl is doing really well and was awesome during labour.

Paul and I praise the Lord that Joshua is healthy and just a true joy to behold. Thank you for your prayers for him. We are truly excited. Both Mom and son came home yesterday afternoon and are settling in fantastically.
Have an awesome day.
Thanks Linda

Psalms 47:2     How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! Thank You Lord for answered prayer!! Glory be to God! Thank You for this gift of Joshua. Continue to bless this family thru Joshua - draw them closer to each other & to You. In the name of Your Son Jesus Christ.
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Oct 13, 2004
The Word

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:1,14     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Most people have heard of John 3:16. Let's take a look!

John 3:16-19     For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

check this out - read these verses again using "the Word", instead of "Son."

John 3:16-19     For God so loved the world that he gave "the word", that whoever believes "the word" shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send "the word" into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through "the word". 18Whoever believes "the word" is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only "word". 19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

You got it - God's word has a name and it's JESUS!!!

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Did you ever see a person sign with their hands "Jesus Loves Me"? The sign for Bible is Jesus' Book! It's basically, pointing to wounds on your hand and opening a book. Isn't it neat how this fits together?!

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Thank You Lord for Your word - both living and written. Thank You that they are both full of grace and truth. Help each of us open our hearts to receive Your grace and truth today & always. In the name of Jesus Christ the living word.
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Oct 12, 2004
Jesus Is Lord!

Ephesians 1:3,9-10     Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 9And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment--to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.

Jesus is Lord! God's plan is purposed in Christ. It centers on Christ coming at the right time. God's plan is to bring unity in Christ by making him Lord of all!

So the real issue we face today is this: What area of our lives, our hearts, our secrets, our sin, our rebellion, have we not submitted to his lordship?

Thank You Lord that Jesus is above all. Help each of us to kneel in your presence, convict us by your Word, remind each of the areas not yet fully submitted to your control and Jesus' lordship. Please, dear Father, use the Holy Spirit to gently show each how to be wholly lost in your will. Help each of us surrender all to You. Glory be to God! In Jesus' name, Lord of Lords, King of Kings.

With All My Heart
by Babbie Mason

With all my heart
I want to love You, Lord,
And live my life
Each day to know You more.
All that is in me
Is Yours completely;
I'll serve You only,
With all my heart.


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Oct 11, 2004
My Brother Jeffery has a biopsy on his liver Monday.My Sister Kim has eye surgery Tue. My Nephew Hayden his Mom and Dad are to hateful to him.I would like y'all to Pray these Prayer request.I would also like y'all to Pray that God will open my Sister and my Brother-in-law eyes that they need to show Hayden love like they show there 2 other boys love.
Thanks Melody

For Jeffery, Kim, Hayden/family
James 5:15     Thank You Lord that the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick. We bring these people to You through our prayers. Please restore them. Thank You that You will provide what each needs in Christ. Guide the medical staff & family as they try to help. Touch each with Your healing love, help each to love as Chrsit loves. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 11, 2004
Please pray for my brother Glen. Glen lives alone, he's 47 years old and is an alcoholic. He does believe in God but is a recluse - though he does work. Please pray that the hold the alcohol has on his life, will be removed and through God's hand, he will have a better future.
Thanks Linda

For Glen
2 Cor 4:6, Isaiah 42:6-7     Thank You Lord that You said 'Light shall shine out of the darkness', and you are the one who shines in our hearts to bring the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. Please bring Your light into this situation, bring Glen to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Please take hold of his hands, lead him out of his darkness into Your light, open eyes that are blind, set this captive free! In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 11, 2004
Please pray for my Mother and Step-Father. Mom (Marian Wahl) will be having surgery on October 13th to have cancer removed from her face (by her eye) and the surgeon hopes to get it all but if not, she may have to have another surgery. My Step-Father Ed has had problems with his kidneys, lungs and heart. He is having a cat-scan on October 12th and we pray that whatever may be ailing him will be found and he can be healed.
Thanks Linda

For mother & step-father
Luke 6:19     Thank You Lord that there is healing in Your touch. Please touch each where healing is needed. Guide the medical staff & family as they try to help. Surround all involved with Your love, Your peace, Your strength. Int he name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 11, 2004
Please pray for Jessica and Jai. Jessica is 11 weeks pregnant. When she had an ultrasound last week, they noted the baby's stomach was bloated which could mean that the baby is bleeding internally. I pray for healing of this young child, still growing in her Mom's belly. Also, pray for a job for Jai - a good job where he will shine brightly, bring honor into his life and be able to provide for his family.
Thanks Linda

For Jessica & Jai
Isaiah 44:2     Thank You Lord that You are the one who forms us in the womb, help form this baby perfectly in Jessica's womb. Place Your healing hands on both this baby & mother.
Phil 4:19, Isaiah 48:17     Thank You Lord that You will supply all of their needs according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Teach Jai to profit and show him the way in which to go. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 8, 2004
Pleasing Words & Hearts

Psalm 19:14     May the words of our mouthes and the meditations of our hearts be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.

These words are often used in worship, or as a prayer, or sometimes before a sermon is delivered. The request is made that the sung, silent, or spoken words of our hearts be acceptable to God. That's a prayer, of course, that only God can grant. When any of us read God's Word, praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can believe that God will accept and bless the thoughts it prompts us to think and the words it prompts us to speak.

The closing address to God in a way sums up the whole psalm. God is revealed in nature as our Rock - strong, solid, powerful, dependable. God is revealed in Scripture as our Redeemer - personal, loving, rescuing and restoring.

We give you thanks, O God, for this psalm and for the light and truth we receive from it. Guard each of our words and hearts, let them reflect Your glory. In the name of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, take our hearts and hands,
And grant us this,we pray:
That we through Your sweet love may grow
More like You day by day.


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Oct 7, 2004
Alongside My Master

Galatians 5:25     Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Have you ever walked a dog? When you first leave the house, he pulls on the lead like crazy. He is just so excited, it's very hard to hold on. In fact, to onlookers, it looks like he is taking you for a walk. If you speak his name and tell him to "Heel!", he doesn't listen.

You then may take him to an open place to remove the lead. He then runs off steam, chases himself, a ball or a stick. After a few minutes of this he is ready is go back on the lead. Now, when you say, "Heel!" he listens, and walks right beside you. Now and then you have to remind him, but he usually listens and does as he's told. He's then happy to walk alongside of his master, 'keeping in step', no longer trying to pull ahead.

I'm afraid to say that this parallels my own life sometimes. I don't always obey my Master's commands. I try to run ahead and not listen. I stretch the lead further and further. I find, though, when I do listen and obey and not try to be the one in control, I feel much, much better. It's like I need a tug on a lead to remind me.

How do we walk alongside and 'keep in step' with the Master? We can 'keep in step' by consciously dependending upon God - this means staying in touch with His presence. Whatever keeps us in touch with our need for Him, combined with a heart that is willing to follow Christ, keeps us in step with Him. Things like prayer, bible reading, christian fellowship, worship ... are a few things to keep us in His presence. Also as we 'keep in step' the fruits of the Spirit(Gal 5:22-23... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) will be evident in our lives. These are recognizable qualities that only God can produce. Are you keeping in step today or trying to pull ahead with your own strength?

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Psalm 32:8     Thank You Lord for Your promise to instruct and teach us in the way we should go; that You will counsel and watch over us. Help each of us depend on You, walk alongside You and keep in step with You. Thank You that as each of us does this the fruit of Your Spirit will be evident in our lives. Let each of us feel Your peace in our lives today & always. In the name of Jesu Christ our Lord.

I for one really need this prayer. :)
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Oct 7, 2004
Yesterday Cheryl had to go the hospital for an ultrasound and during the ultrasound the technicians noted the baby's heartbeat was low. It was 104 and the normal heartbeat is supposed to be between 110 to 160. Cheryl saw her doctor who while checking noted the cervix has softened but he had a very hard time trying to see if she had dilated. Last week she had dilated 1cm (tip of a finger) but this week there was some difficulty with the cervix. It has softened (such terminology!) which is good however there appears to be something wrong in it not moving forward. Cheryl had to go back to the hospital for a stress test. While the baby's heartbeat still was low, there were times when he was active that the heartbeat increased but it seemed to maintain itself at the 118 - 123 rate though it did dip to 108 a number of times. Cheryl, if she doesn't go into labour on her own this week, on Monday will be in the hospital for the first stage of inducing. If the gel they use doesn't start the actual labor then on Tuesday she will go in and be induced by IV drip.

Please pray for Cheryl. She is worried and so am I. Had the heartbeat remained really low yesterday they would of delivered him yesterday and I praise the Lord that the tests show she has an active baby with a heart rate that is within the normal range. I have to share with you that when Cheryl first became pregnant, I had prayed for her and the baby. One day while praying, I saw a baby's head surrounded by this glowing while light - I knew without a shadow of a doubt these were God's arms surrounding Joshua and have felt for this whole pregnancy not only is Joshua a gift but God would take care of him. I was saddened yesterday with the worry for Cheryl and we are praying that she will deliver soon without having to be induced.

Thanks for your prayers. Prayers work. God hears us. God listens. God knows all and he is truly awesome and beautiful. I rejoice that I can pray to him and can stand together in prayer with you.

Blessings to you, Linda

For Cheryl & baby
Isaiah 44:2     Thank You Lord that You are the one who has formed Joshua in the womb. Thank You that You have given Linda the vision of Your care in this whole process. Please be with Joshua & Cheryl now as Joshua comes into the world. Thank You that You are watching over every detail of this birth. Let this birth amaze all, let Your hand be evident to all, and draw all closer to You. Please continue to guide the medical staff & family as they try to help, put the right people in the right place at the right time.
Psalm 21:2     Thank You Lord that You have given them, their heart's desire. Thank You that Linda has felt Your reassurance that Joshua is a gift from You. Help Linda & Cheryl hang on to this assurance. Let the gift of Joshua bring Your joy into his family's life, drawing everyone closer to You and closer to each other. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 6, 2004
They say my Brother has hepatidist c just Pray God Healing in his body.My baby cousin Tallen is having surgery today just Pray God bring him through it ok.My Sister Kim is having surgery on her eyes Monday or tuesday just pray that she go's through surgery ok and that the surgery work on her eyes so she can see better she is nerves. And I would like y'all to still be Praying about the job in texas the guy has 2 guys he is going to have interveiws with besides Brian.Me and Brian just want to be in God will.My Sister Crystal still need Prayer about her eyes she got some kind of chemical in them.I don't know if I spelled that right or not.My Sister Rena friend has a brain tumer her name is theresa.
Thanks Melody

For Brother, baby Tallen, Kim, Crystal, Theresa
Jeremiah 33:6     Lord please bring health and healing to each. Let each enjoy Your health & peace. May Your grace, Oh Lord, be upon them. In the name of Jesus Christ the great physician.

For Brian & Melody
Proverbs 3:5-6     Thank You Lord that You promise to direct all, who trust in the LORD with their whole heart. Help them continue to turn to You and trust You with their whole heart. Help them acknowledge You in all ways and not lean on personal understanding. Make it clear what should be done about this job. Open the doors that You want opened & close the doors that should be closed.

For all
Isaiah 49:16     Surround each with Your love, remind each of how great Your love is - each is engraved on the palm of Your hand. Let them rest in Your mighty hands. In the name of Jesus.
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Oct 6, 2004
Please pray for Mary as she cares for her colt who is fighting for his life. Pray for them both.
Thanks Cindy

For Mary & colt
All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
The Lord God made them all.

Job 12:10     Thank You Lord that in Your hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Please breathe Your life into this colt, give it the life that is Yours alone to give. Please be with Mary as she cares for Your creature, give her Your strength, Your love, Your peace. In the name of Jesus.
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Oct 6, 2004
The Rock!

Isaiah 26:4     Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord is the Rock Eternal.

When we see mountains we feel small, knowing not only how much larger they are than we are, but also how much longer they have been here than we have been. But the Lord existed long before any mountain and will exist long after it has melted into nothing. The only rock of security, and all the forevers we have, are found in him.

Psalm 40:2     ... He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

2 Samuel 22:47     The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God, the Rock, my Savior!

For Saundra; Sam; Ruth; Gloria; Melody; Jeanette; Grace; Glen; Evelyn; Cindy; Chris; Bryony; Gina; Alice; Charlene ; Phil; Karen; Valerie; Ian; Irene; Linda; Billie; Nubia & Brenda

Carol, Beth Anne, Bob & Betty, Pam

Thank You Lord that You are our rock eternal! Thank You that You give us a firm place to stand, You are our strength. Help each of us continue to trust in our savior Jesus Christ our Lord. Thank You that Jesus is the rock of our security.
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Oct 5, 2004

For Cindy, Zach, Linda & Cheryl
Psalm 121     Thank You that You LORD , the Maker of heaven and earth, are our strength, our help. Thank You that You will not slumber. Please continue to watchover each of these lives. Thank You that You will provide what each needs.
Psalm 4:5-7     Let the light of your face shine upon them, O LORD. Thank You Lord that as they trust in You, their hearts will be filled with great joy. In the name of Jesus Christ our LORD.
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Oct 5, 2004
Going in the hospital tomorrow - need prayer.
Pray also for Orlando & family, he had a brain anerism.
Thanks Gloria

For Gloria, Orlando & family
Psalm 46:10     Help each 'be still' and know You are God. Thank You that as each does this they'll be filled with Your peace - the peace beyond all understanding.
Matthew 6:8 , Phil 4:19, Hebrews 4:16     Thank You Lord that You know what they need before we ask. Please help them approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that they may receive mercy and find grace to help them in their time of need. Thank You that as they do this their needs will be supplied according to Your glorious riches in Christ Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 5, 2004
Bless Grace & Jacob as they seek Your will.

For Grace & Jacob
Galatians 5:25     Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.
Lord, continue to fill each with Your Spirit, help each keep in step with Your Spirit.
Galatians 5:22-23     But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control.
Thank You that as they continue to keep in step they'll continue to experience the fruits of the Spirit. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 5, 2004
Sing For Joy!
author unknown

Psalm 84:1-4     How beautiful are the places where You live, O Lord of all! 2My soul wants and even becomes weak from wanting to be in the house of the Lord. My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3Even the bird has found a home. The swallow has found a nest for herself where she may lay her young at Your altars, O Lord of all, my King and my God. 4How happy are those who live in Your house! They are always giving thanks to You.

Summer time is a great time to be a bird watcher, to wake up to the sounds of birds singing outside your window. A favorite activity for my wife and I is to sit outside on our deck in the early morning hours, with coffee in hand, to watch and listen to the birds sing and eat from our bird feeders.

With few exceptions, birds do not sing while on the ground. They sing during flight or while sitting on an object off the ground. Exceptions include the turnstone, which is a shorebird, and some field sparrows. Ornithologists believe that birds are too preoccupied with their vulnerability to danger to sing while on the ground.

The Psalmist recognized that the bird has found a safe place to sing. It is in God's House. "How lovely are your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts? My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. The bird also has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You." (Psalm 84:1-4).

Do you have a song in the heart? If not, could it be that you are preoccupied with so many things that no song ever surfaces? Let's gather at God's house and sing, sing, sing for joy!

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Psalm 100:2     Serve the LORD with gladness; Come into His presence with singing.

Psalm 95:1     O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

For Saundra; Sam; Ruth; Gloria; Melody; Jeanette; Grace; Glen; Evelyn; Cindy; Chris; Bryony; Gina; Alice; Charlene ; Phil; Karen; Valerie; Ian; Irene; Linda; Billie; Nubia & Brenda

Carol, Beth Anne, Bob & Betty, Pam

How lovely is Your dwelling place, Oh Lord.
For here our hearts are satisfied,
within Your presence.
I sing beneath the shadow of Your wings.
Better is one day in Your courts
Better is one day in Your house
Better is one day in Your courts
Than thousands elsewhere...

Lord let each of us take time with You, to let Your song play in our hearts today & always. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 4, 2004
Take Heart My Friend

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10     Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up.

TAKE HEART, MY FRIEND
Fernando Ortega

Take heart, my friend, weíll go together
This uncertain road that lies ahead
Our faithful God has always gone before
And He will lead the way once again

Take heart, my friend, we can walk together
And if our burdens become too great
We can hold up and help one another
In Godís love, in Godís grace

Take heart my friend, the Lord is with us
As He has been all the days of our lives
Our assurance every morning
Our defender in the night

If we should falter when trouble surrounds us
When the wind and the waves are wild and high
We will look away to Him who rules the waters;
Who speaks His peace into the angry tide

He is our comfort, our sustainer
He is our help in time of need
When we wander, He is our Shepherd
He who watches over us never sleeps

Take heart my friend, the Lord is with us
As He has been all the days of our lives
Our assurance every morning
Our defender every night

Take heart my friend, the Lord is with us
As He has been all the days of our lives
Our assurance every morning
Our defender in the night.

Psalm 121:1-3     I lift up my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD , the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip- he who watches over you will not slumber;

Joshua 1:9     Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Psalm 31:24     Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

For Saundra; Sam; Ruth; Gloria; Melody; Jeanette; Grace; Glen; Evelyn; Cindy; Chris; Bryony; Gina; Alice; Charlene ; Phil; Karen; Valerie; Ian; Irene; Linda; Billie; Nubia & Brenda

Carol, Beth Anne, Bob & Betty, Pam

Thank You Lord for Your strength and that You are with us always. Thank You also for christian friends. Help us continue to encourage each other to be strong, take heart and trust in the Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 2, 2004
God's Season
from Today God is First - Os Hillman


1 Corinthians 15:57-58     But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

"I need to meet with you," said the man from England during a break at a conference overseas. We walked outside to have a coffee break and sat down. "God wants you to know that He removed your finances in order to reserve His reward for you in Heaven. He has done you a great service."

I was shocked. I'd never met this gentleman before. How would he have known I had lost a half million dollars in the previous few years, virtually all of my financial net worth, to some unusual calamities? We shared for the next several minutes.

That week, during our lunch and dinner times, I had been enjoying wonderful, juicy oranges from this island in the Mediterranean Sea. It came time for the gentleman and I to conclude our coffee break. We bowed in prayer. As we prayed, the man began to describe a picture he was seeing in his mind.

"I see a picture of a large orange tree. The tree is full of large, ripened oranges. They are beginning to fall to the ground. You are the tree!"

Again, I looked at the man with shock and amazement, and now tears in my eyes.

"You are the third person in three years that has had a similar vision during a prayer time like this. The first two people were also strangers to me."

I went back into the meeting rejoicing that God could be so personal in my life. He used a servant who had gone through similar trials to supernaturally speak a word of encouragement in a way that I would know it was God who was speaking.

There are times when God supernaturally speaks into our lives. He does this to demonstrate His power, His love, and His intimacy with us. Do not be surprised if God sends one of His messengers to speak into your life when you need it most. Be open to how God might want to speak into your life today.


Psalm 1:3     He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.

Jeremiah 17:7-8     But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD , whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.

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Thank You Lord for the victory that is ours in Jesus Chrsit our Lord. Thank You that You are continually reaching out to each of us, encouraging us. Please keep our hearts & minds open to Your leading. Help each of us get a glimpse of your encouragement today. In the name of Jesus Christ.
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Oct 1, 2004
The Rope

Isaiah 41:10     So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

The story tells about a mountain climber, who wanted to climb the highest mountain. He began his adventure after many years of preparation, but since he wanted the glory just for himself, he decided to climb the mountain alone.

The night felt heavy in the heights of the mountain, and the man could not see anything. All was black. Zero visibility, and the moon and the stars were covered by the clouds.

As he was climbing, only a few feet away form the top of the mountain, he slipped and fell into the air, falling at a great speed. The climber could only see black spots as he went down, and the terrible sensation of being sucked by gravity. He kept falling... and in those moments of great fear, it came to his mind all the good and bad episodes of his life.

He was thinking now about how close death was getting, when all of a sudden he felt the rope tied to his waist pull him very hard.

His body was hanging in the air... Only the rope was holding him, and in that moment of stillness he had no other choice but to scream: HELP ME GOD!!

All of a sudden, a deep voice coming from the sky answered:

- What do you want me to do?
Save me God!!

- Do you really think I can save you?
Of course I believe You can

- THEN CUT THE ROPE TIED TO YOUR WAIST...

There was a moment of silence; and the man decided to hold on to the rope with all his strength.

The rescue team tells, that the next day a climber was found dead and frozen... his body hanging from a rope. His hands holding tight to it... ONLY 10 FEET AWAY FROM THE GROUNDÖ

And you? How attached are you to your rope? Will you let go?

Donít ever doubt the things from God. You never should say that He has forgotten or abandoned you. Donít ever think that He does not take care of you. Remember that He is always holding you with His right hand.

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For Saundra; Sam; Ruth; Gloria; Melody; Jeanette; Grace; Glen; Evelyn; Cindy; Chris; Bryony; Gina; Alice; Charlene ; Phil; Karen; Valerie; Ian; Irene; Linda; Billie; Nubia & Brenda

Carol, Beth Anne, Bob & Betty, Pam

Thank You Lord for Your promise to always uphold us with Your right hand. Help each of us 'cut the rope' and trust You with our whole hearts. In the name of Jesus Christ.