TREMBLE

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Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word; your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name’s sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed (Isaiah 66:5).

INQUISITION

Persecuted Christians worldwide should take comfort from this Scripture even if their joy is not in this world.  We have faith that the Heavenly Father will keep His promises.

Tremble.

THE OLD IS A SHADOW OF THE NEW

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Colossians 2:16-17—Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Hebrews 8:3-6—For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer. 4 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount. 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

Hebrews 10:1—For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

One should be able to see why it is important to study the Old Testament; it helps us better understand the New.

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SEEING THE UNSEEN ETERNAL THINGS

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Had you ever thought about involving yourself with things eternal, rather than temporary things? Are there things eternal that we can use to build in our lives?

Another similar consideration: Since God in his great wisdom made this world, did he have temporal vanities in mind, or did he have an eternal purpose for man?

The Lord considered that and declared that the things our eye can see are temporary, while the things the eye cannot see are eternal. Does God involve himself in vanities, or is his work in man eternal?

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What is the mindset that causes people to practice such deception? Are they lazy? Do they like to live off other people’s dime? What could possibly make a self-respecting human being live like this?

Behind the White Coat

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“He needs a letter saying he’s disabled so he can get his check. All of his medical records were destroyed.”

His mother handed me a newspaper article clipping with a man of similar height and build pictured. It told of all of his physical disabilities and how he was working to conquer them. A journalistic fluff piece but now they presented it as proof of his condition and identity.

“He can’t talk and he has to use the cane.”

“Why?”

“He had a stroke.”

“Which side did it affect?”

“What do you mean?”

“Which side of the brain did it affect?”

“Both sides.”

Odd thing to say but it was not impossible and then sometimes people don’t really understand their medical conditions. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt but a nagging in my gut told me there was something not right. Was I being too judgemental?…

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SAINTS, LIFT UP YOUR VOICES

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But they that wait upon the Lord . . . mount up with wings as eagles (Isa. 40:31).

There is none like Him; None can compare;
No god His equal, no prince His heir!
Lift up your eyes and see His great might!
Soar like an Eagle, on wings of flight!

Chorus:
Saints, lift your voices, tho’ dark your days!
Lift up your spirits, sing out His praise!
Upward the calling, brighter the light!
Soaring like eagles, on wings of flight!

Have you not known Him? Have you not heard?
God is Creator of all the earth.
Lift up your eyes and see His great might!
Soar like an Eagle, on wings of flight!

Chorus

Some will grow weary; Sin they’ll pursue.
Servants of God their pow’r He’ll renew.
Upward the calling, brighter the light!
Soaring like eagles, on wings of flight!

Chorus

Saints, Lift Your Voices