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"O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul."
(Lamentations 3:58)

Let's observe how positively the prophet speaks. He doesn't say, "I hope, I trust, I sometimes think, that God hath pleaded the causes of my soul"; but he speaks of it as a matter of fact not to be disputed. "Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul." Let's, by the aid of the gracious Comforter (the Holy Spirit), shake off those doubts and fears which mar our peace and comfort. May this be our prayer: that we may never again speak with the harsh croaking voice of surmise and suspicion, and may be able to speak with the clear, melodious voice of full assurance. Let's notice how gratefully the prophet speaks, ascribing all the glory to God alone! We perceive there's not a word concerning himself or his own pleadings. He doesn't ascribe his deliverance in any measure to any man, much less to his own merit; but it is "thou"---"O Lord, Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; Thou hast redeemed my life." A grateful spirit should daily be cultivated by the Christian; and especially after deliverances...we should perhaps prepare a song for our God. Earth should be a temple filled with the songs of grateful saints, and every day should be a censor smoking with the sweet incense of thanksgiving. How joyful Jeremiah seems to be, while he records the Lord's mercy. How triumphantly he lifts up the strain! He's been "in the low dungeon", and is even now no other than the weeping prophet; and yet in the very book which is called "Lamentations," clear as the song of Miriam when she dashed her fingers against the tabor, shrill as the note of Deborah when she met Barak with shouts of victory, we hear the voice of Jeremy going up to heaven---"Thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life." What do we say? Let's, seek after a vital experience of the Lord's lovingkindness, and when we have it, let's speak positively of it; let's sing gratefully; let's shout triumphantly!
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NOTE:

Here's the link to a friend's site. I recently met Brenda at a special dinner for senior adults. Brenda was invited to lead a "time of singing"...and everyone just loved it and her too! She has a very special ministry of leading "worship/singing" at many local Nursing Homes etc. I introduced Brenda to Lori (my web designer]...Brenda shared that she had been praying for someone to help her get her web site "designed and running". Well, that's enough(?) Would some of you take a look...and I'd sure appreciate it if you'd enter a note in her guestbook. She is sooo excited to get her site "launched"...and she really is a very special lady. Now, do you feel me "twisting yer arm"? ...GOOD! I must have done a good job! LOL.
Again...=o)...here's the link:
http://www.brendaontko.com
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A New Era

This is at the heart of what made Pentecost such a tremendously significant occasion. It marked the dawn of a brand new era. Now, instead of believers looking forward to a promised day of salvation, that day had come! Individual believers could now be recipients of God's Spirit, being begotten of His very life, a life that could never die! What a promise!

The Holy Spirit is the very life and fabric of the kingdom of God, the binding and unifying factor that joins its citizens to one another and sets them apart from the kingdom of darkness. The Spirit is heaven's seal upon the heart of every one of God's elect, the promise that what He has begun He will finish! Eph. 1:13-14. Phil. 1:6. Heb. 12:2.

I Cor. 6:17 says, "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit." Eph. 4:4 says, "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling."

The religious world is largely the product of many "other spirits" at work to deceive, confuse, divide and generally to counterfeit the work of God's Spirit. In spite of this, Christ has faithfully called and imparted the one true Spirit to the elect remnant from Pentecost until now, as Peter said: "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

Men may bind religious movements together with doctrines and creeds, with traditions, with organizations, with a thousand and one humanly devised instruments. However, the fact remains that "... if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Rom. 8:9. Religious conversion and salvation are two very different things.

What sets the true children of the kingdom apart from the merely religious is the reality of Christ on the inside. Men may appear righteous to other men, but God looks on the heart. What we're really speaking about is the new birth, that heavenly birth that makes us new creatures in Christ Jesus. (2 Cor. 5:17)

The baptism Peter preached was not a private thing leading to an independent relationship with Christ in the sky. The Christ who reigned on high had now, by the Spirit, inhabited His body, the Church, and baptism vitally joined them to that body. I Cor. 12:13 says, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." That's why Acts 2:42 says, "And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."
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"No!" to preaching?

Young adults in U.S. abandoning biblical faith New study shows many ... don't believe in absolute truth

Posted: November, 2006

2006 WorldNetDaily.com
A poll comparing the moral and religious views of young adults ... with the views of adults over 40 shows that the young adults are abandoning the biblical faith of their elders at an alarming rate, according to the Barna Group. In terms of morals, adults in their 20s and 30s were at least twice as likely as their elders to have:
had a sexual encounter outside of marriage
used illegal drugs
gotten drunk
used profanity in public
lied
taken revenge
physically fought or physically abused someone
viewed sexually explicit videos
said mean things behind someone's back
The difference between young adults and older adults didn't occur only in the realm of moral behavior. Differences also appeared in what the two groups believed.
For example, young adults were more likely than older adults to reject the concept of absolute truth. They were also significantly less likely to believe, as their elders do, that human beings should determine what is right and wrong morally by examining God's principles. Also, young adults were twice as likely as older adults to believe ethics and morality are based on "what is right for the person."
Finally, even young Christian adults were more likely than older adults to accept same-sex marriage and premarital sex.
"These poll results should be a grave concern to all serious Christians everywhere," Dr. Ted Baehr, founder and publisher of MOVIEGUIDE: A Biblical Guide to Movies and Entertainment, told WND. Baehr's organization documents how the entertainment media plays a significant role in leading children and young adults away from a Christian worldview.
"The mass media control the culture that elects the politicians and influences young Christians," said Baehr. "Instead of putting their money into building new buildings and trying to influence politicians and voters in political campaigns, Christians should put their money into redeeming the values of the mass media and evangelizing the world with a Christ-centered, biblical worldview."
And Barna Group Vice President David Kinnaman suggested, "It seems entirely possible that current events such as the Mark Foley scandal, instances of abuse by clergy, and the sexually oriented school shootings of recent months are not mere aberrations, but symptoms of a sexually unrestrained society.
"It is important for churches to understand the natural skepticism of [young adults] as well as their desire for spiritual and conversational depth," he added. "Young adults do not want to hear on-the-stage monologues about moral regulations."
"Young people do not want to hear on-the-stage monologues about moral regulations."
(Acts 7:57) "...They covered their ears..."

Have the Mass Media,
Cell Phones and
Computer Games
become America's Pulpits?
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On The Lighter Side
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Brady had to write the following for a school assignment . He is 9 years old and My GRANDSON . Brady is adopted and a biracial child that could not be LOVED MORE BY THOSE WHO HAD LOVE TO SHARE and brought him to their home, my Son and Daughter-in-law. It's the simple things of life that count!

This year I am thankful for many things. I am most thankful for family, God and friends. They are all the best family and friends I ever had. They would do anything with or for me .
The first thing I'm thankful for is my family. I am Thankful for them because I love them and they love me. That was the first thing I was thankful for, their the best .
The second thing I am thankful for is my friends, because they are nice to me and there my best friends. They never gave up when I was around .
I'm also thankful for God because He made us. If it weren't for Him we wouldn't be alive. God is the first best.
I'm most thankful for many things. But I gave you three things and it is family, friends and God. Those things I chose because there special to me, especially God. He is the best.




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