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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

#8 Prayer Will Save Others

Dr. R. A. Torrey tells us in his book, what Prayer can do, to "turn to the first epistle of John, chapter five, verse sixteen:  

"If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life to them that sin not unto death."

This is one of the most remarkable statements  in the whole Bible on the subject of prayer and its amazing power.

The statement of this verse is not only most remarkable, it is also most cheering and most gladdening.

God here tells us that prayer will not only bring blessing to the one who prays but that it will bring the greatest of all blessings, even the blessing of eternal life, to others, to those for whom we pray.  

Yes, yes, yes "the supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working," and if we would only pray more and be more sure that we had met the conditions of prevailing prayer, we would see multitudes more of men and women flocking to Jesus Christ."

Today's post:  # 8 Prayer Will Save Others, in the series by what Prayer can do, by Dr. R. A. Torrey. Published by REVIVAL MOVEMENT ASSOCIATION, of Northern

The next post 5/2 by Dr. R. A. Torrey, will be # 9 Prayer and Revivals

Let’s pray:  Father, we understand now that we need to pray more often, and to be ready to pray at any moment. Increase our awareness of what it is You want covered in prayer, so Your will can be accomplished. In Jesus' name, amen.

Today’s Scripture when tempted to do wrong, read Psalm 46.

Today’s quote: Julie Ackerman Link –“The fact that God used dust to create humans makes me think twice about labeling someone or something worthless. Perhaps the very thing that I want to get rid of – a person or problem that annoys me – is the artistic medium God has given to display His glory.”

Our thought for today: The secret of successfully walking with God, and to have inner strength, is to be built up by His Word. By hearing Bible preaching, teaching, and our own private study.

Tomorrow’s post: Wake-up Call - Mysterious Ways Nikki Storment

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"Ask God to heal any hurts that your pastor has suffered in the ministry. Pray that he will serve the lord with gladness and encourage the congregation to worship God with a joyful, surrendered spirit. Is. 61:3  [The prayer for the 31st in "31 Days of Praying for Your Pastor", by ]

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Monday, April 29, 2013

God's Take on Marriage

Germain Copeland shares with us, "The marriage covenant is sacred; it is to be a reflection of Christ and the Church. 

The husband and wife are to be in submission one to the other out of reverence for their Lord. 

The husband is instructed to love his wife just as Christ loves the church, and live with her according to knowledge in order that their prayers will not be hindered. 

The wife is to honor and support her husband in ways that show her support for Christ. 

In other words a husband and wife are to learn to cooperate with one another, and accept each other's individuality. 

Keep in mind that together you are heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, and help each other grow spiritually and fulfill your individual and corporate destinies. 

Love is not passive, love requires effort; it isn't a feeling, but a decision. 


    Lord Jesus, I thank you for harmony in my marriage. Thank you for the tenderness that is expressed, promoting love and kindness. We are of one mind and we live in peace and harmony with each other. God’s peace and love dominates our marriage, home and family! Jesus is Lord! Amen"

Scripture References:  Ephesians 4:3; 1 Peter 3:11; 2 Corinthians 13:11

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Marriage by Germain Copeland

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Bible Verse today: Ps. 18:30 "As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him."

Did you know: God made male and female and He decided what marriage is. Gen. 2:24 It was His idea from the beginning!

Our thought today:
  Prophetic Presbytery is to present God's purposes and plans for individuals. The prophets chosen have been proven to be accurate over time, and they speak to the people who'd like to be shown what God has to say about their lives. Words of affirmation and direction are given. There's no condemnation, just gracious words, often evoking laughter and agreement with those in
the congregation.

This is done before the local body of Christ. The leaders prayerfully consider those who've applied for this privilege, and then selections are made. This helps those chosen to find fulfillment and purpose within the local church. It lets the church learn how God values them, and what the gifts are that He's placed within them.

[Our three church bodies, plus college students and young people, just enjoyed 5 days of our yearly Presbytery meetings! Many folks heard words of affirmation to help direct their lives in their walk with God. {2016 presbytery meetings begin April 15th. check to find out details closer to time}.

Tomorrow’s post:  #8 Prayer Will Love Others Dr. R. A. Torrey

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I plan to make a post of Jill Savage's, (
message today (4/29), on Marriage Monday: Three Big Surprises About How Men Think , but I invite you to check it out today, if you'd like. I have it scheduled presently for 5/27/13 here on my blog, Treasures in Christ. It's a good message!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Value of Honesty


 Dr. Todd Cartmell shares with us a question: "How do we help our kids learn the value of honesty, especially when being honest is hard? 

Here are a few ideas:

Talk together as a family about honesty.  Why does God say that honesty is so important?  What good things does honesty bring?  What negative results does dishonesty bring?  

Sitting around the table at dinnertime or asking these questions while you drive somewhere can be good times to talk about questions like this.

Model honest behavior.  There is no better lesson than kids seeing mom and dad be honest in everyday life.

Help your child find a better solution.  I think of lying as problem-solving gone awry.  Your child was faced with a problem and thought that lying was her best option.  

Help her find the better solutions that she overlooked and explain why they are better.

Catch her being honest.  Be on the lookout for honest moments (no matter how small!) and point them out to your child.  This will help her realize that honesty is the best policy.

Make lying her problem, not yours.  Choose negative consequences that will fit the crime and teach the lesson that dishonesty NEVER pays off.  

For example, if a child lies about a homework assignment, a certain privilege can be discontinued until that homework assignment is made up and all other assignments are up to date.  

A child can even be given an extra homework assignment to complete if this problem continues.

All of us have been dishonest at times.  We want our kids to learn that there are only two times when they need to be honest: When it is easy and when it is hard.

Of course, the best lesson they will learn about being honest will come from watching you.

How about you? Do you have an example of a time when your child stuck with a lie despite clear evidence to the contrary?  

How have you proactively taught your kids about honesty?"

 As seen on the post Did She or Didn't She of Jill Savage 4/16/13

 Today’s guest post is by Dr. Todd Cartmell, a child psychologist who has been working with children, teens, parents, and families for the last 18 years in Wheaton, IL.

The author of five parenting books including Keep the Siblings…Lose the Rivalry, Dr. Todd is a favorite Hearts at Home speaker. He and his wife, Lora, have two young adult sons who are currently attending college.

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Prayer for today:  May I learn ways to help others deal with honesty. Show me what I need to change in my own thinking, so I can be a good witness to my children, and to others. In Jesus' name, amen.

Bible Verse today: Prov. 3:5,6 "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

Today’s quote: J. N. D. Anderson – “Man does, indeed, need a radical change of heart; he needs to begin to hate his sin instead of loving it, and to love God instead of hating him; he needs, in a word, to be reconciled to God. 

And the place, above all others, where his change takes place is at the foot of the cross, when he apprehends something of the hatred of God for sin and his indescribable love for the sinner.”
Our thought for today: God is bringing us into a unity of heart; a generational blessing.

Tomorrow’s post:
  God's Take on Marriage  Germain Copeland

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Hug Sent From God

Norma Mezoe tells us: I wasn’t doing so well.

A large blood clot developed after surgery. 

My heart dropped out of rhythm and my lower lungs collapsed. 

What was to have been an overnight stay in the hospital became a week. 

Stress on my mind and body took its toll.

That night my daughter, Jean, visited me in the hospital and a floodgate of tears opened.

"Get it out, Mom." She wrapped me in her loving arms and encouraged me.

When I told my cousin, Janet, what Jean had done, she was thrilled. 

 “That’s just what I prayed for. I asked God to reach down and give you a big hug."

 God used my daughter to answer Janet’s prayer.

The first line in a poem by Annie Johnson Flint states, "Christ has no hands but our hands to do His work today…."

Sometimes we are not willing to be His hands because we think we don’t have time.

God sees us in our disparate places. He uses us as His arms of comfort when we respond to His nudges.

He knows just who is the right one for the task at hand.

Colleen was one who responded to God’s nudge to comfort. 

She was busy, but when an inner voice said, "Go visit Bertha,' "she realized God was speaking through His Holy Spirit and she obeyed.

Bertha was an older woman who was lonely and thought no one cared. Colleen was able to assure her this wasn’t true. 

Shortly thereafter, Bertha was seriously injured and spent the remainder of her life in a nursing home, unable to communicate. 

How thankful Colleen was she’d obeyed and responded.

God wants to use us in various ways, but we must be willing to follow. 

It may be something as simple as a smile to a tired cashier, driving a senior citizen to the doctor, or giving encouraging words, accompanied by a loving hug sent from God. 

Our Father always cares for His children.

When you feel the nudge, answer. 
You can be the comforting arms of Christ."

 "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort" 2 Cor. 1:3 KJV

A Hug Sent From God – Norma Mezoe

Norma C. Mezoe began writing after a crisis in her life. 
Her writing was first published in 1985. Since that time, she has written articles, devotions, and poetry for several publications. 

Her desire for writing is to honor God, encourage others and point people to the Lord.

Read Norma’s devotions.

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Bible Verse today:  John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." {God reached out to us through His Son, Jesus. He wants to hug you, too!}

Our prayer today:
Father, I ask that You help me receive Christ's love. If I could see him, I know He'd wrap His arms around me, so I believe that He does it each time I need His comfort,maybe through a friend. Help me sense His Presence. In Jesus' name, amen.

Our prayer challenge: We're urged to call meetings where praying in tongues and worship are in earnest.

Today’s quote: Cathy Baker - One of the greatest joys on this journey is how our God personally relates to His children. He is not a distant father. He is present and an ever so personal Father, speaking to our deepest needs---perhaps those we ourselves may not even recognize.”

Our thought for today: We are to build up our faith, and keep ourselves in the love and protection of God by our prayer language. Jude 20

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The Value of Honesty Dr. Todd Cartmell

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This an inspirational song, "Press on"- Selah