Monthly Archives: January 2012

Be Thou My Vision

These lyrics ministered to my heart today.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;

Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.

Thou my best thought, by day or by night,

Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

 

2. Be Thou my Wisdom, Thou my true Word;

I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;

Thou my great Father, I thy true son;

Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

 

3. Be Thou my battle-shield, sword for my fight,

Be Thou my dignity, Thou my delight.

Thou my soul’s shelter, Thou my high tower.

Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

 

4. Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,

Thou mine inheritance, now and always:

Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,

High King of heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

 

5. High King of heaven, my victory won,

May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’ns Son!

Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,

Still be my vision, O ruler of all.

 

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Family Worship

One of the greatest moments of everyday is right before my children’s bed time.  Now I know what you are thinking (quiet at long last), but it’s not for that reason.  No, what makes each night so special is that we are able to open up the Bible with our children and read God’s Word together.  Tonight we added the element of musical worship to go with the worship around the Word. (I guess I am going to have to dust off the guitar and learn more than the two worship songs I can play right now!)    I am so thankful for these times and the opportunities we get to live out Deuteronomy 6:4-9 during the day with our families.

Do you have family worship?  In what form does it take?  I would love to hear from you to see if there are elements we might want to include!

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When tempted to Give in

I was listening to Dr. Paige Patterson preach in the book of Ruth not long ago.  He was talking about the sinfulness of leaving the promises of God (Bethlehem) for the greener grass in the world (Moab).  In doing so, he hit on a particular area where so many believers fall  short.  We believe that we can somehow enjoy the sinful pleasures of the world and our relationship with the Lord.  He urged his hearers not to be enticed into the persistence in unrepented unconfessed sin.  In his closing admonition, Dr. Patterson quoted Dr. Richard Ross a series of things you must be willing to have happen if you will continue in sin.  I thought they were worthy of publishing here.

  1. Are you willing to face days of distance from Christ?
  2. Are you willing to lose being taken into Christ’s confidence?
  3. Are you willing to see power removed from your preaching, teaching, and speaking?
  4. Are you willing to see doors of opportunity closing?
  5. Are you willing to see innocent people in your circle of influence experience pain and hurt?
  6. Are you willing to experience humiliation when what is done in secret is brought to the light?
  7. Are you willing to lose closeness and intimacy with those closest to you?
  8. Are you willing to allow the celebration of the forces of darkness when you sin?

 

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Great Links

Great website I found today on Apologetics.  Definitely worth your time.

Also, if you are looking for info on other religions you should check this out.

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Thom Rainer does it again

I am so thankful to the Lord for Dr. Thom Rainer’s leadership at Lifeway. In addition to having excellent taste in college football teams (Roll Tide, Dr. Rainer), he often uses his keyboard to encourage and challenge young leaders and ministers in our walk with the Lord and in our ministries. Today’s article on his website is no different. Make sure to check out Seven Reasons Leaders Fail at his site today!

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John 3:16 Playoff Ad

Here is the John 3:16 ad from the Broncos-Patriots playoff game! Way to Go Focus on The Family!

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They said it: Don Whitney edition

Christians must realize that just as a fire cannot blaze without fuel, so burning hearts are not kindled by brainless heads.  We must not be content to have zeal without knowledge.  Donald S. Whitney

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