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“Backsliding Teenagers”


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WITH EVERY RISING OF THE SUN


With every rising of the sun
Think of you life as just begun.

The past has shrived and buried deep
All yesterdays – there let them sleep….

Concern yourself with but today,
Woo it and teach it to obey.

Your wish and will, Since time began
Today has been the friend of man….

You and today! a soul sublime
And the great pregnant hour of time.

With God between to bind the twain -
Go forth I say – attain – attain.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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THE POWER OF LITTLES


Great events, we often find,
  On little things depend,
And very small beginnings
  Have oft a mighty end.

A single utterance may good
  or evil thought inspire;
One little spark enkindled
  May set a town on fire.

What volumes may be written
  With little drops of ink!
How small a leak, unnoticed,
  A mighty ship will sink!

Our life is made entirely
  Of moments multiplied,
As little streamlets, joining
  Form the ocean’s tide.

Our hours and days,
    our months and years,
are in small moments given:
They constitute our time below -
Eternity in heaven

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THE DREADED TASK


I found the task
 that I had dreaded so
Was not so difficult
 When once begun;
It was the dread itself
 that was the foe,
And dread once conquered
 means a victory won.

Margaret E Bruner

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Randy and Debbie Taylor


First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Rock Island, Illinois

Here is a video that is worthy of your attention.
They are worthy of your support. They can be found
on facebook at randyanddebbietaylor.

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A PICTURE OF A BELIEVER


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    A PICTURE OF THE BELIEVER

PSALM 37:3

  1. The Believer’s Object of Trust – The LORD

    II Samuel 22:3 – The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

He is my rock – a solid place.

He is my shield – my protection

He is my horn of salvation – the source that keeps.

He is my high tower – sight to see

He is my refuge – my place to run to for saftey, when hurting or questioning.

He is my Saviour – Everlasting life.

  1. The Believer’s Mode of Life – do good

Jer 21:8 – And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.

A CHOICE TO MAKE

Proverbs 6:23 – For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the WAY OF LIFE.

A path well lit leads to life

  1. The Believer’s Place of Abode – in the land

Matt. 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal:

Hebrews 11:8 – By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, oveyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

  1. The Believer’s Certainty of Provision. – shalt be fed.

Psalm 132:13-18 – For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his havitation. 14. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it. 15. I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. 16. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. 17. There will I make the horn of David to bud; I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. 18. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Bread – cloth with salvation – filled with joy- crowned with plenty


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THE INDISPENSABLE MAN


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THE INDISPENSABLE MAN


By Saxon White Kessinger

Sometime when you’re feeling important,
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom,
Sometimes when you take it for granted
You’re the best qualified in the room,
Sometimes when you feel that your going
…Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions
And see how they humble your soul.
Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to your wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining
Is a measure of how you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when yoy enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time
It looks quiet the same as before.
The moral in this quaint example
is do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself, but remember…
There’s no indispensable man.

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TIME


Time is

Too slow for those who wait,

Too swift for those who Fear,

Too long for those who Grieve

Too short for those who Rejoice;

But for those who Love

Time is

Eternity.

Unknown

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THE DOCTRINES AND THEIR IMPORTANCE


What is so important about doctrine? Doctrine tells us about God. It tells us who God is, what God has done and what God will do. Without knowing God we cannot be intimate with God. When we desire to be intimate, it is a natural presumption that we know that person extremely well. The problem we have today is that there are those that have no clue about who God is nor what God desires.

This lack of understanding means that we cannot be intimate with God.

We should ask ourselves – Who Is God. There are more and more people today that accept pagan god’s that are not gods and say that these gods are all the same and we worship the same god. This statement comes from ignorance. The answer is simple – God is Yahweh, the one (Deut. 6:4), ultimate (Psalm 97:9; Isaiah 40:12-31), eternal Being (Psalm 90:2), who created (Genesis 1:1), rules (Psalm 115:3), and sustains all that exists (Job 38; Acts 17:24-28).

Countless religious substitutes divert worship to themselves. But there is only one Creator and Savior. Because He alone gives life, he deserves our gratitude. Because every heartbeat and circumstance is under His control, He alone deserves the trust that we habitually place in ourselves, our family, or our finances. Because He is eternal, no one will outlive Him. Because He is the Lord of lords, he is the only one in the universe to whom we must finally answer.

How do we know there is a God? The wonders of nature witness to His existence as Creator (Psalm 19:1-4). The inner voice of our conscience testifies to His existence as Lawgiver and Judge (Romans 1:18-32; 2:12-16). And the love of Christ reveals His existence as Savior and Friend (John 1:1-18; 15:15).

Because God has made Himself self-evident, our problem is not so much to prove His existence as to stop ignoring it (John 3:17-21).

How can we define or describe God? God is the one and only (Isaiah 44:6), unchangeable (James 1:17), invisible (Col. 1:15), infinite (I Kings 8:27), and perfect (Matt. 5:48) Spirit Being (John 4:24). He is holy (I Peter 1:15,16), loving (I John 4:8-16), and truthful in all that He does (John 3:33). he has lived from all eternity as one God in three distinct persons (Matt. 28:19), and in the course of time He visited us as God in the flesh (John 1:1-14).

He exists with or without our understanding. he can be described truthfully and adequately, but never exhaustively. he is infinitely more, and never less, than we have yet known Him to be.

The most apt and studious scholar has not plumbed the depths or climbed the highest in knowledge of God. We have not touched on those emotions of God such as love, hate, jealousy, anger and other emotions. We have not discussed the plans and desires of God, we have merely skimmed the surface. It is ridiculous to say we love God and desire to be intimate with Him when we only have a shallow knowledge of Him. 

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Morality and Religion


George Washington had insight that our leaders today lack. This makes him a brilliant president.
 

George Washington reveals more insight than any leader we have today.

He understood that there is no standard for morality that has ever been produced by mankind. The Old Testament testimony of the depravity of man in the statement, “they did what was right in their own eyes” testifies that man does not naturally seek the highest level but sinks to depravity. That our leaders would spend the time in the Word of God enough to comprehend the uplifting of the Word and encouragement to the highest level of living and morality. This disregard, even the rulings that remove the influence of God’s Word has moved this nation from a favoured position with God to the point of bring the Wrath of God in judgement. Pray and preach, not only from the pulpit but from the pew.

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