Fall – Forgiveness

Fall – Forgiveness

Ephesians 1:3-7

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. Before the creation of the world, he chose us through Christ to be holy and perfect in his presence. Because of his love he had already decided to adopt us through Jesus Christ. He freely chose to do this so that the kindness he had given us in his dear Son would be praised and given glory. Through the blood of his Son, we are set free from our sins. God forgives our failures because of his overflowing kindness.

As a father, I have at times, separated myself from my children because of their disobedience. I’ve given them a “time out” or sent them to their room until they were ready to once again follow the rules of the family. At no point during this separation did I stop loving them. And a way was always made for their return.

What a loving God we serve! Since before creation He planned for us to be his children. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, their sin covered them so that they could no longer stand in the presence of God. God, in his justice, put a separation between himself and humankind. In His mercy he made a plan to bring his fallen children back into his loving embrace. Through Christ, He adopted us and returned us to the family.

Prayer

God thank you for loving us enough to correct us. Thank you for forgiving us. Thank you for making a way back to you. Thank you that we can once again call you our Father.

Amen.

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Choose Your Day

Proverbs 15:15
Every day is a terrible day for a miserable person, but a cheerful heart has a continual feast.


Are you the type of person who wakes up and says, “Good lord, it’s morning” or do you wake and say, “Good morning, Lord”?  

A terrible day begins within the first few minutes … and so does a great day. You have a choice to let your attitude set the tone of the day or let the day set the tone of your attitude.

A moment spent in a prayer of thanksgiving, counting your blessings will change your day. Can’t think of anything for which to give thanks? Start with the fact that you woke up.

Be thankful for the sleep you’ve had. Be thankful for the air you breathe, the water you drink, the ground you walk on. Once you start in an attitude of being thankful for things you have taken for granted, you will begin to open your eyes for other things over which to rejoice.

Prayer
Lord, give me eyes to see even the smallest of blessings. Give me a cheerful heart, Lord. Amen.

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

Philippians 4:4-7

Always be joyful in the Lord! I’ll say it again: Be joyful! Let everyone know how considerate you are. The Lord is near. Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks. Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Jesus.

Thanksgiving

Today in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving. For most it will be a time to gather with family and friends around a shared meal. It is a time to be thankful. For some of us (I hope the majority of us) we give Thanks to God, our Creator, Savior, and Sustainer for the myriad of blessings bestowed.

Prayer

I pray that God’s Holy Spirit fill our gatherings with God’s love and peace.
Amen.

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Give Thanks

Ephesians 5:15-20
So then, be very careful how you live. Don’t live like foolish people but like wise people. Make the most of your opportunities because these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but understand what the Lord wants. Don’t get drunk on wine, which leads to wild living. Instead, be filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good. Sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts. Always thank God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Give Thanks
Every Tuesday evening our church opens the doors to the 150 year old chapel for prayers and hymn singing. It is a great time of sharing our joys and concerns. I always leave refreshed and renewed. There is power in being filled with the Spirit by reciting psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs for your own good.

Prayer
Father, what a blessing we receive when we gather together in your house and share in worship. Thank you for inspiring so many writers of scriptures, psalms, and hymns. Thank you for your words.
Amen.

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Praise the Lord

Psalm 145:1-6
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever.

Every day I will bless you,

and praise your name forever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable.
One generation shall laud your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.
On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
The might of your awesome deeds shall be proclaimed, and I will declare your greatness.

Praise the Lord

I often forget to just stop and praise the Lord. 

A.C.T.S is a prayer guide.
  • Adoration: Give God praise and honor for who he is as Lord over all.
  • Confession: Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life.
  • Thanksgiving: Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you.
  • Supplication: Pray for the needs of others and yourself.

This is a useful guide to help organize your thoughts on prayer. However, sometimes I know I need to slow down and just say and sing praises to my Lord. I don’t want to be the child who only calls Dad when I need something. The psalms are a great way to train yourself in the ways of adoration.

Prayer:

I love you, my God and King, I will proclaim that you are very glorious; I will praise you now and forever. Every day I will praise you; Yes, I will praise you forever. Lord, you are great, and you deserve to be praised.  All people should praise you. We cannot fully realize how great you are. Amen.

Death Has No Hold on Us

Hebrews 2:14-18

Therefore, because children have a common flesh and blood, he himself also, in like manner, has shared in the same, so that through death, he might destroy him who held the dominion of death, that is, the devil, and so that he might free those who, through the fear of death, had been condemned to servitude throughout their entire life. For at no time did he take hold of the Angels, but instead he took hold of the offspring of Abraham. Therefore, it is fitting for him to be made similar to his brothers in all things, so that he might become a merciful and faithful High Priest before God, in order that he might bring forgiveness to the offenses of the people. For in as much as he himself has suffered and has been tempted, he also is able to assist those who are tempted.

Death Has No Hold on Us

We humans are all God’s children. And we have feared death because the devil has used lies and trickery to make us believe that death is the end of life.

However, Christ became human in order that, by his death and resurrection, he might take the power of fear away from the devil by exposing that lie. Death is not the end of life. It is only a doorway into eternal life for we who trust God as Abraham did.

Prayer:

We, your children, often fear the unknown and death has always been the greatest unknown. Thank you, Lord, that you have not given us the spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. (2 Tim. 1:7) You have given us the assurance of a glorified life with you for all eternity. We will sing praises to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.

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  • How to Praise God

    Psalms 145:1-9

    I will highly praise you, my God, the king. I will bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever. The LORD is great, and he should be highly praised. His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will praise your deeds to the next. Each generation will talk about your mighty acts. I will think about the glorious honor of your majesty and the miraculous things you have done. People will talk about the power of your terrifying deeds, and I will tell about your greatness. They will announce what they remember of your great goodness, and they will joyfully sing about your righteousness. The LORD is merciful, compassionate, patient, and always ready to forgive. The LORD is good to everyone and has compassion for everything that he has made.

    How to Praise God

    I love the old time hymns more than the modern praise music. The old hymns are based on scripture and are sound teaching put to music. On the other hand, I find much of the praise music filled with the repeated phrase, “Praise God” to be empty words. Saying, praise God, is not praising God. Think about it. If I were say to you, “Praise you”, would that mean anything? If, instead, I were to say to you, “Thank you for being there for me when I really needed you”, that would be praise to you.

    The psalmist teaches us how to properly praise the Lord. He lists the reasons why he gives praises to God.

    • The LORD is great
    • His mighty acts
    • things He has done
    • His great goodness
    • His righteousness
    • He is merciful
    • He is compassionate
    • He is patient
    • He is always ready to forgive
    • He is good to everyone 
    • He has compassion 

    Prayer:

    I will highly praise you, my God, and king. I promise to bless your name forever and ever. I will bless you every day. I will praise your name forever and ever. I remember your help in times past. I remember when you saved me out of troubled times. I also remember your strength being with me through the tough times in my life. For these and so much more, I praise you, my rock and my redeemer.

    Amen.

    Give Me Understanding

    Psalm 119:140-144

    (God) Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them. Though I am lowly and despised, I do not forget your precepts. Your righteousness is everlasting and your law is true. Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight. Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live.

    Give Me Understanding

    The psalmest praised God’s law. He told how he found comfort, hope, and joy in them. He was thankful to God for promises kept. He then did the wisest thing of all, he prayed for understanding.

    Prayer: (this section of the psalm is the prayer for today. Read it aloud in a prayerful manner)

    Happy Are Those Who Trust In The Lord

    Psalm 84:8-12

    O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; give ear, O God of Jacob! Behold our shield, O God; look on the face of your anointed. For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than live in the tents of wickedness. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, happy is everyone who trusts in you.”

    Happy Are Those Who Trust In The Lord

    The psalmest is singing of his joy in the Lord. It is a beautiful love poem to God. Consider it as a Father’s Day card written in fancy caligraphy.

    Our church choir signs a song titled “If You’re Happy, Say Amen!” I love it when we sing it because it is sung so joyfully to the Lord.

    We call God our Father. Consider for a moment how special and personal of a relationship that is. The Creater of everything desires to wrap us in a loving embrace. How can we be anything other than happy on the Lord!

    Prayer:

    Abba, Father, we love You and find joy in singing Your praises. Forgive us for not spending more time on joyful praise of your loving greatness. Amen.