Jehovah Father

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  In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

—Matthew 6:9-13

The Babe Who Opened the Door

This is a wonderful post from Answers in Genesis.

The Babe Who Opened the Door

by Ken Ham

Over 6,000 years ago, a “door” was shut to a garden. Because Adam sinned, God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden:

Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:22–24).

Because of Genesis 3:15, we understand that God told Adam and Eve that someone would come to open the “door,” leading back to the Tree of Life: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

In the Old Testament, prophets predicted that this someone would come: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

We also understand that when God told Noah to place one door in the side of the Ark, so that those who went through that door would be saved from the judgment of the Flood, this door was a picture of the one who would come to open the “door,” for he “set the door of the ark in its side” (Genesis 6:16).

Read the rest here.

Sunday Praise and Worship: Great Are You Lord

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I love the song “Great Are You Lord” by One Sonic Society. No matter where we are, we can always pour out our praise to the Lord through Scripture, prayer and music. 

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly.
And David said: “Blessed are you, O Lord,
the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.

11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the victory and the majesty,
for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours.
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and you are exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all.
In your hand are power and might,
and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.

13 And now we thank you, our God,
and praise your glorious name.

—1 Chronicles 29:10-13

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Sunday Praise and Worship: Everlasting God

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Some days feel like a week to me, especially lately. I am currently struggling with daily migraines again because the medication that seemed to work so well last year started causing migraines instead of stopping them. After doing some research, I found out that the pills have lactose as one of the inactive ingredients, and dairy is one of my worst food allergies. Another frustration sets in.

Beloved, have you ever been in a similar place? You know what I mean. Just when you think you’ve finally conquered something dreadful in your life, it reappears with a vengeance.

The song “Everlasting God” by Lincoln Brewster is a good reminder that our Everlasting God gives us the strength we need to get us through such trying times. As I said to someone recently, I sometimes wonder why I must miss so many fun things. But, having said that, I know without a doubt that God is sovereign and good ALL the time so I need to constantly seek His strength and peace, no matter what is going on in my life.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.
He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.

—Isaiah 40:28-31

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#Majesty and #Mercy

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  In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

—Matthew 6:9-13

Sovereign Technology

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Sovereign Technology

By Patricia Knight

For the past sixty years, obstetric sonography has provided a valuable diagnostic tool used to verify a developing human life.  The test reveals the age, gender, and expected weight of an unborn child. A fetus might even be caught on computer sucking his thumb. Birth defects can occasionally be detected early enough to allow for limited reparative surgery prior to birth.

More than two thousand years ago, an angel of the Lord appeared on earth five separate times to announce Jesus’ birth and to give important directions to each of His parents. Near the first century A. D., the Lord sent His emissaries, the angels, to supply all pertinent information. Mary and Joseph knew they would be blessed with a son and that they were to name Him Jesus, “because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Long ago Jesus’ multiple adult roles were prophesied, much more complex disclosure than we will ever know about our children in advance of their birth. The prophet Isaiah announced the Messiah’s birth centuries before it occurred. Though Mary was only a teenager, it is likely she would have been familiar with the Old Testament prophecy:

“To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

We rejoice as our newborn baby grows from an infant to a toddler, amazed by developing personality traits and physical characteristics that identify our child as a unique individual. Prior to Jesus’ birth, Mary and Joseph had access to their son’s adult characteristics and functions delivered directly from their heavenly Father by the angels. To Mary, the angel attested, “You will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:31).

We know precious little about Jesus’ childhood excluding an isolated incident at age twelve, when He traveled with His parents to observe a holy day in Jerusalem. We learn from that account that Jesus began listening to and teaching educated men in the temple and that “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52). At that pre-teen age, Jesus wasn’t yet aware of His unique relationship to His heavenly Father.  Although on earth Jesus was God, there is no indication that He possessed all knowledge and wisdom from birth. He appeared to have matured right along with other boys His age.

From then until He approached adulthood there is only silence in Scripture regarding Jesus’ life. During that interim He was likely apprenticing in His father’s carpentry shop, helping to support His family, and living a human life in a sinful world, though He was the completely sinless and righteous Messiah. Then at age thirty, Jesus burst on the scene  as the Son of God. For the next three years a prolific history is recorded of Jesus’ life; His ministry of teaching and healing; His obedience to His heavenly Father; His emphasis of praying to God for guidance and strength for His tasks; and His priority of giving God glory for everything He accomplished.

Jesus originally came to earth a pure sacrifice to save sinners. His heinous crucifixion and His glorious resurrection climaxed His purpose here. The characteristics the angels announced to His parents were highlighted during Jesus’ short life, even though much of the populace didn’t accept His Messianic roles. Jesus ascended to heaven to reclaim His rightful throne and there He currently remains at His Father’s right hand, interceding for all those who believe. At His second coming to earth, Jesus will reign as the supreme King who will rule in righteousness forever.

As we grasp the magnificence of Jesus’ birth, let us pause to offer praise for the Messiah who lived on earth, who experienced challenges and victories similar to the ones we confront daily, and who knows best how to respond to our needs. Let us marvel at the sovereign plans for His earthly humanity, established centuries before. Ponder the five angel appearances that supplied a wealth of information to Jesus’ parents. Today, medical tests provide us exciting details about a growing fetus only a few weeks old, but in Jesus’ case, angels eclipsed technology, so typical of our omniscient God, who knows all things throughout the ages. Only our heavenly Father could orchestrate Jesus’ incarnation from God to man and create His sovereign purpose on earth. Give glory to the Father, just as Jesus constantly deferred to God’s majesty when He lived on earth.

You can read more of Pat’s writing here.

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From the Inside Out

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 I found myself singing Hillsong United’s “From the Inside Out” for most of last week, especially this part:

 

Everlasting, your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, your glory goes beyond all fame
And the cry of my heart is to bring you praise
From the inside out
Lord my soul cries out

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