Faith Messages to build your faith

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Begin Where You Are

David Roper: I came across a solitary flower growing in a meadow today—a tiny purple blossom "wasting its sweetness in the desert 
air," to borrow from the poet Thomas Gray's wonderful line.

   I'm sure no one had seen this particular flower before, and perhaps no one will see it again. Why this beauty in this place? I thought. (Tiny purple flower)

   Nature is never wasted. It daily displays the truth, goodness, and beauty of the One who brought it into being. Every day nature offers a new and fresh declaration of God's glory.

   Do I see Him through that beauty, or do I merely glance at it and shrug it off in indifference?

   All nature declares the beauty of the One who made it. Our response can be worship, adoration, and thanksgiving—for the radiance of a cornflower, the splendor of a morning sunrise, the symmetry of one particular tree.

Perfect symmetry

Beautiful sunrise

   Author C. S. Lewis describes a walk in the forest on a hot summer day. He had just asked his friend how best to cultivate a heart thankful toward God.

   His hiking companion turned to a nearby brook, splashed his face and hands in a little waterfall, and asked, "why not begin with this?" Lewis said he learned a great principle in that moment: "Begin where you are."

Little waterfall

A baby robin
      A trickling waterfall, the wind in the willows, a baby robin, the blue sky, a tiny flower. Why not begin your thankfulness with this?

A Praying man
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Let's pray-

   Father, "may we always be reminded that You have placed beauty here because it reflects Your character. We praise You!"
       (Our Daily Bread 2/5/17)

Today's Bible verses-

(Is. 12:4) "And in that day shall ye say, Praise the LORD, call upon his name, declare his doings among the people, make mention that his name is exalted."

(Prov. 15:14 a) "The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge."

Today's quote-

O. Hallesby- "Prayer and helplessness are inseparable. Only those who are helpless can truly pray...Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. 
   He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness." (Taken from pp. 18, 19 of his book, PRAYER.)

Today's special link-

What Do You Need To Be Intentional? Jane Ault's new blog post gives great advice on keeping focus in life, something we always need help with. 

Today's sermon spotlights-

     April 2, 2017

Reveal, Remove and Replace
Speaker: Larry Paladin  Listen
Location: CFC Potsdam

Speaker: Ben Levendusky  Listen
Location: CFC Madrid
Scripture: Phil. 1:4

CFC SERMONS  You can check out the many sermons to select the ones of interest to you. Click speakers to choose a minister's name, and his list of sermons for you to choose from. 

CFC Potsdam church has a live service at 10 am Sunday's for shut-ins. If for some reason you can't make it to the church you usually attend, click on the above link, and still get fed!

Upcoming posts-

#105 Fasting Strengthens Prayer
11th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

#106 United Fasting
13th- Thursday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel

Hope in the Strangest Places
15th- Saturday's post by Ron Hutchcraft

#107 Carrying a Prayer Burden
18th- Tuesday's post by Dr. Wesley L. Duewel


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31-day Devotional 
Jean's testimony

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Sample verses from p. 31-

My Heart Goes
Out to You, My Dear

"When you give thought to what to do
Both now and later on,
Know that the Lord is there with you
 To guide each decision.

I trust these verses help you see
There's so much you can learn.
If you are ready you will be
Blessed with all you'll yearn."

(Published by Lighthouse Publishing
 of the Carolinas. Used by permission).

 A great gift for someone who may need help 
to prepare for marriage, and for those in a
marriage, wanting some helpful advice.

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