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Relating with Our Friends
 
by Chuck Swindoll
 
Genesis 2:21-22
 
After God made man, He observed a need inside that life, a nagging 
loneliness that Adam couldn't shake.
Then the LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make 
him a helper suitable for him."
(Genesis 2:18)
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As a fulfillment to the promise to help Adam with his need for 
companionship, God got involved:
 
So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then 
He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. And the L
ORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and 
brought her to the man.
(Genesis 2:21–22)
 
 
Later we read that the Lord came to relate to His creatures "in the cool of 
the day" (Genesis 3:8). I take it that such a time must have been a common
practice between the Lord God and Adam and Eve.
 
He considered them valuable, so the infinite Creator-God took time to relate 
with His friends in the Garden of Eden. He got personally involved. He 
observed
their needs. He carved out time and went to the trouble to do whatever to 
help them. He cultivated that friendship. He saw it as a worthwhile 
activity.
 
I was amused at a cartoon that appeared in a magazine. It was the picture of 
a thief wearing one of those "Lone Ranger" masks. His gun was pointed toward
his frightened victim as he yelled: "Okay, gimmee all your valuables!"
 
The victim began stuffing into the sack all his friends.
 
How valuable are relationships to you? If you have trouble answering that, 
I'll help you decide. Stop and think back over the past month or two. How 
much
of your leisure have you spent developing and enjoying relationships?
 
Jesus, God's Son, certainly considered the relationship He had with His 
disciples worth His time. They spent literally hours together. They ate 
together
and wept together, and I'm sure they must have laughed together as well.. 
Being God, He really didn't "need" those men. He certainly didn't need the 
hassle
they created on occasion. But He loved those twelve men. He believed in 
them. They had a special relationship, a lot like Paul, Silas, and Timothy; 
David
and Jonathan; Barnabas and John Mark; and Elijah and Elisha.
 
As the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge once put in his poem "Youth and Age," 
"Friendship is a sheltering tree." How very true! Whatever leisure time we 
are
able to invest in relationships is time well spent. And when we do, let's 
keep in mind we are imitating God, for His Son certainly did.
 
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God Wants to Shape Your Wants: An Invitation to the Psalms
John Piper / Saturday, December 16, 2017 7:01 PM
God Wants to Shape Your Wants

Try to imagine the Bible without the Psalms. What a different book it would 
be! What a different place the church would be. And what a different person
I would be.

It’s not as though the rest of the Bible does not teach truth and awaken 
emotions. I learn things and feel things everywhere I read in the Bible. But 
it’s
not the same. The Psalms do not just awaken the affections of the heart; 
they put the expression of those affections in the foreground. They feature 
the
emotional experience of the psalmist intentionally against the backdrop of 
divine truth.

Emotion on Display

They do not just invite the emotion of the heart in response to revealed 
truth. They put the emotion on display. They are not just commanding; they 
are
contagious. We are not just listening to profound ideas and expressed 
affections. We are living among them in their overflow. We are walking in 
the counsel
of God-besotted wisdom, and standing in the way of amazed holiness, and 
sitting in the seat of jubilant admiration.

We touch pillows wet with tears. We hear and feel the unabashed cries of 
affliction and shame and regret and grief and anger and discouragement and 
turmoil.
But what makes all this stunningly different from the sorrows of the world 
is that all of it — absolutely all of it — is experienced in relation to the
totally sovereign God.

God at the Bottom of It All

None of these emotions rises from a heart that has rejected the 
all-governing God.

list of 6 items
• “Your waves have gone over me” (Psalm 42:7).
• “You have made my days a few handbreadths” (Psalm 39:5).
• “You have rejected us and disgraced us and have not gone out with our 
armies” (Psalm 44:9).
• “You have made us like sheep for slaughter and have scattered us among the 
nations” (Psalm 44:11).
• “You have made your people see hard things” (Psalm 60:3).
• And in it all, “O Lord, you have searched me and known me!” (Psalm 139:1).
list end

God is behind everything. This is the great difference between the Psalms of 
Scripture and the laments, complaints, and sorrows of the world. For the 
psalmists,
God is a rock-solid, unshakeable, undeniable, omnipotent Reality. Their 
emotional experiences get their meaning not by denying him or his power or 
his
wisdom, but by dealing with him as he is: absolutely sovereign. “Whatever 
the Lord pleases, he does, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all 
deeps”
(Psalm 135:6). This was the psalmists’ unshakeable conviction — all of them: 
“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3).

Taste and See That He Is Good

They never turned against God and rejected him because of their calamities. 
The fool says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1), but not the 
psalmist.
It was unthinkable to the psalmists that their sorrows should drive them 
away from God. Where would they go? “If I ascend to heaven, you are there! 
If
I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!” (Psalm 139:8). If God is God, then 
all emotional life is lived in his presence. He makes sense of it. Or there
is no sense.

But sheer omnipotence is not the main reason the psalmists never forsake 
their God. The psalmists know from experience that he is good and faithful. 
They
know that, if they trust him, he will act on their behalf (Psalm 37:5). They 
testify again and again,

list of 9 items
• “You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts 
toward us” (Psalm 40:5).
• “You have drawn me up and have not let my foes rejoice over me” (Psalm 
30:1).
• “You have given me the shield of your salvation” (Psalm 18:35).
• “You have given me relief when I was in distress” (Psalm 4:1).
• “You have healed me” (Psalm 30:2).
• “You have been the helper of the fatherless” (Psalm 10:14).
• “You have maintained my just cause” (Psalm 9:4).
• “You have turned for me my mourning into dancing” (Psalm 30:11).
• “You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and 
wine abound” (Psalm 4:7)

Plant Your Heart Here

In great mercy and wisdom, God has chosen to give us the Psalms. He has put 
them at the very center of his inspired word. Surely this is no accident. 
The
heart is the center of our emotional life. And God’s heart-book is at the 
center of his word. How easy it is to find!

This is an invitation. God wants our hearts. He will take them as he finds 
them. And then, with the healing balm of the Psalms, he will shape them. 
Accept
his invitation to come. On the front door, he has promised,
Enter here. Find your delight in lingering here in meditation.

You will be “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit 
in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he 
prospers”
(Psalm 1:3).

God’s Most Successful Setback
John Piper / Saturday, December 16, 2017 2:00 AM
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is 
above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in 
heaven
and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ 
is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
(Philippians 2:9–11)

Christmas marked the beginning of God’s most successful setback. He has 
always delighted to show his power through apparent defeat. He makes 
tactical retreats
in order to win strategic victories.

In the Old Testament, Joseph, one of the twelve sons of Jacob, was promised 
glory and power in his dream (Genesis 37:5–11). But to achieve that victory
he had to become a slave in Egypt. And, as if that were not enough, when his 
conditions improved because of his integrity, he was made worse than a 
slave:
a prisoner.

But it was all planned. Planned by God for his good and the good of his 
family, and eventually for the good of the whole
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Your Spiritual Instruction Manual

What happens when we do not follow instruction manuals? Typically we become 
lost and confused. But this disorder is only temporary. When we choose to 
ignore
the greatest instruction manual--the Bible--we are lost for eternity. The 
Bible contains God's plan of salvation, and without it we have no hope of 
reconciliation.

This instruction manual also contains directions for daily living. It shows 
us how to love God, how to treat other people, and how to become testimonies
for Christ. Yet we cannot haphazardly read the Bible and expect to gain its 
full wisdom. There are some basic guidelines to properly studying God's 
Word:

We must be careful to study the Bible in the context of the whole passage so 
we will not misinterpret God's purpose and meaning. We cannot randomly pull
out verses that seem to fit what we're searching for.

While the truths and histories of the Bible are to be taken literally, we 
must also recognize its usage of metaphors. When Jesus said, "If your eye 
causes
you to sin, pluck it out"
(Mark 9:47
), He was not instructing us to physically blind ourselves.

We also need to understand the historical and cultural settings of the 
Bible. We need to discern what is mandated for all believers and what was 
unique
for certain individuals. When Elijah confronted Ahab and Jezebel, he did not 
set a precedent for all of us to literally call for fire from heaven when
standing up for righteousness.

When purchasing a Bible, look for a version that is both true to the 
original meaning, yet also easy enough to understand so that it encourages 
study.
Perhaps also acquire a concordance, Bible dictionary, a chronological Bible, 
or a commentary series for a fuller understanding.

We must be on guard against reading what we want into Scripture. We cannot 
randomly flip through the Bible and declare that whatever page we land on 
will
provide us our answers. We cannot pull verses out of context to support our 
false ideas. The Bible is the infallible Word of God, not a tool to twist 
for
our own purposes.

We will gain the most benefit from the Bible when we read it with the Holy 
Spirit's guidance. Without His help, we may overlook key insights, 
misunderstand
meanings, or ignore the rebukes in a passage.

We must also apply what we read in our daily lives. When we simply read the 
words but do not follow them, then we are missing out on the transforming 
power
of God's Word. "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. 
Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says
is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at 
himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man 
who looks
intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, 
not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what
he does"
(James 1:22-25 ).

As you begin studying God's Word today, ask yourself three questions 
regarding the passage: What does the Bible say to the original reader? What 
does the
Bible mean by what it says? How can this apply to me today?

Pray for a hunger to study God's Word and for the Holy Spirit's discernment 
as you read the words. Pray for a desire to share what you learn with others
and to use the Bible's transforming power to be a light in this darkened 
world.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

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“Believing we can have it all, all the time is a myth and a lie and a 
joy-stealer. What I do believe is that we can have God’s best for us. A full 
life
and a life to the full are two very different things. One is about grasping, 
the other is about receiving. One is about cramming in, the other is about
room to breathe. One is about striving, the other is about trust. One is 
about control, the other letting go – sometimes for a moment and sometimes 
for
always.”

When I read this, in Holley Gerth’s new book, Fierce Hearted, all I could 
think was, yes, yes, yes. She nailed it and was saying everything I was 
living.
You see, God recently invited me into this beautiful place of, “
Set it all down Kelly. Come. And follow me.”

Set down the social media stuff. Follow me.

Set down your plans. Follow me.

Set down your busy work. Follow me.

Set down your dreams. Be with me.

My answer was, “Yes, God!!!”

But you see, it’s easy to speak, but much more difficult to do. To leave 
behind the striving to be seen, to turn away from the control that comes 
with
manhandling my schedule and to surrender my busyness that covers over the 
sense of lack I don’t want to see. . . well, it all sounds nice, but. . .

It leaves me feeling exposed. What if I am not doing what I should be? What 
if I miss out? What if I am left behind? What if I don’t get what I dream 
of?
What if my time spent with God ends up (and I’d probably never vocalize 
this). . . wasted? What if I get disappointed?

Yet I am finding it is always in the letting go that God works his way in. 
It is always in the relinquishing that we get a broad-stroke view of what 
God
is doing. It is always in carved-out space that we see God draw new stories 
right over the old versions of insecurity.

But we must give leeway to His ways. It’s the only way.

When we clear out everything so God can come, He does. With power, strength, 
dignity, honor and a pen that redraws all we ever wanted – and more.. He also
has an eraser. One that doesn’t feel like denial, remorse or pretending, but 
recovery.

“Our everything” is not found in “our doing,” but “His everything” is found 
in “our undoing” before Him.

Ahh…peace.

Come, Jesus. Restructure us. Let us let go of what we clench so tightly so 
we can find ourselves held tight in the power of your love. Amen. (and thank
you Holley!)

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by Chuck Swindoll

Romans 3:10-18

It doesn't take a Ph.D. in English Literature to observe that God offers us 
a gift in salvation. The gift is eternal life, which is directly connected
to His Son.

Now let's be clear and cautious. Becoming a member of a church is not the 
way to salvation—just believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Neither 
does
God require a long list of heavy-duty accomplishments. Nor vast sums of 
money. God is coming to the rescue of those who are lost by offering the 
free gift
of eternal life to those who will simply believe. Those who do may know they 
have been rescued.

"But it seems too easy," you say. "Something as vital as eternal salvation 
seems far more valuable than that." Don't misunderstand. It
is valuable . . . the most priceless possession one can have. But because we 
don't have to work for it or pay for it does not mean it's cheap or that 
nobody
paid a handsome price. Someone did. His name? Jesus. Perhaps you already 
forgot that this gift of salvation is directly connected to God's Son, 
Christ
Himself. Because He paid the full price, because He opened the way for us, 
we are able to take it as a gift.

It's funny, but most of us are suspicious of free gifts. "There ain't no 
such thing as a free lunch" is more than a line out of a comedian's script. 
We
have too much skepticism (or pride) to believe we can get something for 
nothing. So it's understandable that we'd be reluctant to accept a gift as 
important
as eternal salvation if it has the appearance of a "free lunch," right?

In all honesty, to say that God's rescue offer costs nobody anything is 
misleading. It costs
us nothing today, but it cost His Son's life. That's the part we forget 
about.

When sin first reared its ugly head on earth, the holy God of heaven could 
no longer enjoy a close relationship with the human race. And the longer 
mankind
practiced his or her wicked ways, the wider the gap grew between man and 
God. This sin disease, contracted at birth and inescapably contagious, 
spread
like wildfire from one generation to the next. With sin came death, as this 
verse of Scripture declares:


When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. His sin spread death 
throughout all the world, so everything began to grow old and die, for all 
sinned.

(Romans 5:12 TLB)

Yes, everything. In fact, this universal sin disease impacted every part of 
our being. Hard as it may be to read these words, please do so:

As the Scriptures say, 'No one is good—no one in all the world is innocent.' 
No one has ever really followed God's paths, or even truly wanted to. Every
one has turned away; all have gone wrong. No one anywhere has kept on doing 
what is right; not one.
(Romans 3:10–18 TLB).

That's the way we are in God's sight. Being lost, we are in such a miserable 
spiritual condition that we have no hope of finding our way to Him on our
own. Sin separates us from our Creator. His rightful requirement is that sin 
must be punished. Someone who is qualified must rescue mankind by satisfying
God's wrath against sin. Someone must pay the awful price, dying as our 
substitute, taking our place and bearing our sin before God.

Jesus Christ did just that.

Don't simply believe my words . . . believe the words from the Bible:

For God took the sinless Christ and poured into him our sins. Then, in 
exchange, he poured God's goodness into us!
(2 Corinthians 5:21 TLB)

We aren't saved from sin's grasp by knowing the commandments of God, because 
we can't and don't keep them, but God put into effect a different plan to
save us. He sent his own Son in a human body like ours—except that ours are 
sinful—and destroyed sin's control over us by giving himself as a sacrifice
for our sins.
(Romans 8:3 TLB)

For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who 
believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life . . . . And all who
trust him—God's Son—to save them have eternal life; those who don't believe 
and obey him shall never see heaven, but the wrath of God remains upon them..

(John 3:16, 36 TLB)

Christ also suffered. He died once for the sins of all us guilty sinners, 
although he himself was innocent of any sin at any time, that he might bring
us safely home to God.
(1 Peter 3:18 TLB)

Yes, it certainly cost somebody something. I repeat, it cost Jesus Christ 
His life. But because He paid the price in full on our behalf, we are able 
to
accept God's offer free and clear of any cost to us. The payment has been 
made. The ransom has been provided in full.

The only issue that remains is this: Will you accept the gift God offers you 
today? Now that the remedy for sin has been provided, all that remains is
receiving it.

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information and resources visit us at
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Anne Graham Lotz - God Is Fully Present

God Is Fully Present
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in 
truth.

Psalm 145:18, NKJV

On Christmas Eve, 1968, Frank Borman, James Lovell, and William Anders, 
while orbiting the moon in Apollo 8, were so aware of the Presence of God in 
space
that they publicly read the first ten verses of Genesis to the listening 
world thousands of miles away. When James B. Irwin, an astronaut with Apollo 
15,
actually walked on the surface of the moon, he said he looked out into the 
inky blackness, saw our planet looking like a blue marble suspended in 
space,
and was overwhelmed with the conscious awareness that God was present on the 
surface of the moon! And God was! And God is! He is not bound by space.

Whom are you praying for who is separated from you? A child off at school? A 
spouse on a business trip? A family member who lives in another city or 
state
or country? What comforting encouragement to know that God is not only fully 
present with you but also with those from whom you are separated, hearing
and answering your prayers of faith for them.

Blessings,

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The exterior of my house looks like a junkyard. I am not exaggerating. Out 
front is a broken desk; it was shattered during www.annegrahamlotz.org.
To purchase a collection of the Joy of My Heart devotions, please click here our near-cross country move..
Out back are two sets of patio furniture. Ones I picked up and off the 
neighbor’s lawn.
 
I’ve never done that before. I really wanted patio furniture. So, the first 
second I saw the first set, the wrought iron white chairs, I declared them
 
as cute as could be. That is, until a couple weeks later rust stains started 
showing up everywhere. I haven’t gotten rid of the chairs yet. My deck now
is etched with tons of full-blown brown circles.
 
The other set was the replacement for the first set. I spotted the two big 
brown wicker chairs set aside as “throw-away items” in a neighbor’s yard. I
rapidly snagged them (may I remind you, I’ve never been a trash hunter…I 
really wanted patio furniture). Like a sleuth agent, I threw them in my back 
yard
before anyone could see.
 
Only later did I come to find out that the majority of the legs were 
missing. I guess they had enough legs to fool me at first. Go figure.
 
So, now, when I go outside, front-yard or back, I am overcome with junk. 
Junk that is rusty. Junk that is wasteful. Junk that is annoying. Junk I now 
have
to figure out how to dispose of. Junk that leaves stains I also have to get 
cleaned. Junk that pesters me. And, no patio furniture, to boot.
 
What junk are you dealing with in your life? An old house? An old wardrobe? 
An old annoying habit that drives you nuts? A problem you can’t fix? A 
person
you can’t de-stain? Baggage that feels to internally weighty to unload?
 
We can shift our attitude. Did you know that? I tried it. Sitting on the 
said-white chairs, the other day, I recommitted to God to be positive about 
it
all. That is. . .until I looked left. . . and saw the brown chairs.
Grr…not them again. My thoughts wandered off to lands of annoyed and 
not-bueno.
 
God, how do we continually see the good, while we are surrounded by the bad?
 
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ 
Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18, NIV)
 
What if we were really go give thanks in (and for) ALL circumstances, good 
and bad?
 
God thank you that these rusty patio chairs remind me: earthly things rust, 
eternal things last.
 
God, thank you that the brown chairs, flipped over, with their broken and 
legless limbs up to the sky speak: on earth we don’t get everything, but in 
Christ,
we have all we ever need.
 
God, thank you that the broken table out front is symbolic of seasons: they 
change, but your love, God, always stay the same.
 
God, thank you that what looks like junk can be seen through a new light. 
Thank you that what looks broken is a reminder of my brokenness and how you’ve
repaired me. Oh God, I give thanks that you haven’t left me broken, but you 
are repairing me. You are good.
 
To give thanks for our bad, is to, undoubtedly, find God’s good. It is to 
let victimhood, despair and frustration drop off you and to let a high and 
lofty
view come in you. It’s powerful.
 
Junk has purpose. Thank you God, my deck kind-of, now, looks like art work.
 
Prayer:
God, help me to give thanks. So many times I see what is bad, but through 
you, I ask for vision to see what is good. I ask you for a voice full of 
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BIBLE MEDITATION:

“And to you who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be 
revealed from heaven with His mighty angels…”
2 Thessalonians 1:7
 
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Are you troubled today? Listen: “And you who are troubled rest with us.” 
That is, be at ease. Quit your worry. It is not over yet. There is an 
unfinished
story. If you are troubled, rest with us.
 
You say, “Pastor, it’s so dark.” Yes, it’s gloriously dark, because the 
darkest hour of the night is just before the sunrise. Our hope is not in 
politics,
our hope is not in sociology, our hope is not in science. The only sure hope 
for our world is the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Think about who is coming again. Underscore this: “when the Lord Jesus shall 
be revealed.” The Lord Jesus is who is coming again. We’re not looking for
some event in history. We’re looking for Jesus Christ to be revealed. And 
when He’s revealed, He’s going to be revealed as the
Lord Jesus. Today He is despised. He is rejected. He is mocked. But He is 
coming as the Lord Jesus to be glorified and admired.
 
ACTION POINT:
If you are unsaved, if you’re not one of His saints, His coming will strike 
stark terror in your heart. But if you’re saved, you’re going to say, “Oh
glory to the Lamb. Isn’t He beautiful?” Say this aloud if you can say it and 
mean it: “Lord Jesus.” The Lord Jesus is coming.
 
Devotions taken from the messages of Adrian Rogers.
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PresbyCan Daily Devotional

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Today's Devotional

Hopeless

When my husband came home from the hospital after having suffered a stroke 
during surgery six years ago, he did some very strange things. He thought 
that
I was his sister one day, and another day, he recognized me as his wife. I 
caught him standing in front of the mirror, shaving the right side of his 
face
with a face cloth, never touching the left side of his face. He would step 
into the shower without closing the door, not realizing that water was 
spraying
onto the bathroom floor. Between my mother living downstairs and my 
husband's illness, I was in a desperate situation.

I became the mother, caregiver, and financial advisor, as well as the 
shopper for food and the payer of bills for both ourselves and my mother, 
making
sure that we had enough propane, got the grass cut, and had the water 
filters changed every three months.

I felt hopeless. I thought that I could handle things, but outbursts of 
anger, times of anxiety, and sleep-deprived nights showed me otherwise. I 
needed
help. It was during a moment of complete disarray and tears that God's voice 
told me to call for help: my pride had to go.

Psalm 18:6 – In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for 
help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his 
ears.
(NIV)

I called my husband's sister, who drove over a hundred kilometres in order 
to help out. She brought homemade food and her other sister to look after 
their
brother while I went out with a friend for lunch. Just to get out of the 
house for a few hours was like a breath of fresh air! When my husband's 
sisters
left, my friend drove up from the city to give me a hand.

My husband has improved a lot since that time, as he now shaves himself on 
both sides of the face, knows that I am his wife, and closes the door when 
showering.
Although he has vascular dementia, things are much better than they were six 
years ago. God knew what was going to happen and answered my prayer of 
hopelessness
through the helping hands of family and friends.

Are you at your wit's end at the moment? Are you going through something 
right now and feeling hopeless? Ask God to help you.

Prayer: Lord God, You know our rising and lying down. Even though we feel 
all alone, You are right there. May we, in our distress and hopelessness, 
call
out to You, and wait to hear Your voice. Amen.

Rosemary Hagedorn < rosyhagedorn@gmail.com >
Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada

 

 

 
From: DunggateFeb-12 7:06 PM 
To: All  (3678 of 3799) 
 8659.3678 in reply to 8659.3601 
Valentines & Love Letters
 
"The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an 
everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness." (Jeremiah 31:3, 
NIV)
 
I believe everyone likes to receive a valentine or to hear someone say they 
love you. In the Scriptures above we hear God saying that He loves us. Later 
He actually showed us how much He loved us by sending his Son Jesus Christ 
to come to earth and die for us.
 
There is a song about the greatest valentine ever written. The song is 
“Written in Red” and was sung by Janet Paschal. It said that God wrote His 
love on Calvary and has done so through the years with the nail pierced 
hands of Jesus Christ. Calvary said, “I love you” and it was a message 
written in red.
 
God spoke to me through that song during a time when a lot was happening in 
my life. He sent it just when I needed to hear it. God can speak through 
songs and other ways but the main way he speaks is through His Word the 
Bible. Some have called it God’s Love Letter.
 
Once I was told by a woman that she was cleaning house and found some 
letters that she had received from her husband many years earlier when he 
went to boot camp right after they got married. She also found the letters 
she and other family members had sent to him. Can you imagine what she did 
when she got a letter from him? Did she put it down and think, “I’ll get to 
it later and read it.” No, she probably couldn’t wait to read it. That is 
the way we need to be about God’s Love Letter. WE need to want to read it 
daily. Before we read we need to ask Him, “Lord, what message do you have 
for me today from your Word?”
 
The Bible is also like a letter from home. This woman’s husband probably 
couldn’t wait to read the letters from home. WE Christians are not home. AS 
one song I heard said, “We are not home yet.” Heaven is our home. WE should 
want to find out what message our Father has for us each day. WE should want 
to read His Word as our letter from home.
 
Prayer
 
Holy Father, we thank you for your great love. Thank you for the greatest 
valentine ever written. Thank you Jesus for dying for us. Father, You have 
drawn us. Continue to draw us. You know we love You, help us to love You 
more. Give us a hunger and a thirst for You and your Word. In the name of 
Jesus Christ, Amen.
 
by Dean W. Masters
 
 
 

 
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