Monthly Archives: November 2009

Family Advent Devotions for the Christmas Season ~ Week 1

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November 29th starts this seasons devotions:

These are from the booklet we use at our church

The First Week

The Prophets

On the fourth Sunday before Christmas, light the prophet’s gold candle. Have family members read Scripture passages, then sing a carol, and give thanks to God. This short service is repeated each evening during the week with only one candle lit.

Sunday

Isaiah 60:1-5:

Hebrews 1:1-4:

Monday

Isaiah 7:10-14:

Micah 5:2:

Luke 2:4:

Matthew 1:18-23:

Tuesday

Isaiah 9:1-7:

Matthew 4:13-16:

Wednesday

Isaiah 42:1-7:

Matthew 12:15-21:

Thursday

Zechariah 9:9:

Matthew 21:1-3:                                                                                                                                                                                       Zechariah 11:12-13:

Matthew 27:3-10:

Friday

Isaiah 53:

Matthew 27:12-14:

John 19:36-37:

1 Peter 2:20-24:

Saturday

Zechariah 12:10:

Joel 2:28:

2 Peter 1:16-21:

Carols: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” ; “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” ; “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”


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Thanks be to God

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Just a few of the many psalms thanking God for His goodness, righteousness, wonders, holiness. Thank God every day for all He has given you, for His righteousness and His providence in your life.Hope your day and weekend are filled with many blessings. ~Kristina Ps 9:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.

 

Ps 18:49 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Therefore I will give thanks to You among the nations, O LORD, And I will sing praises to Your name.

 

Ps 30:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones, And give thanks to His holy name.

 

Ps 30:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]That {my} soul may sing praise to You and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks to You forever.

 

Ps 33:2 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings.

 

Ps 35:18 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]

 

 

 

I will give You thanks in the great congregation; I will praise You among a mighty throng.Ps 44:8 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever. Selah.

 

Ps 45:17 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will cause Your name to be remembered in all generations; Therefore the peoples will give You thanks forever and ever.

 

Ps 52:9 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give You thanks forever, because You have done {it,} And I will wait on Your name, for {it is} good, in the presence of Your godly ones.

 

Ps 54:6 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Willingly I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.

 

Ps 57:9 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to You among the nations.

 

Ps 75:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works.

 

Ps 79:13 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture Will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.

 

Ps 86:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.

 

Ps 92:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]It is good to give thanks to the LORD And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;

 

Ps 97:12 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, And give thanks to His holy name.

 

Ps 100:4 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Enter His gates with thanksgiving {And} His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.

 

Ps 105:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.

 

Ps 106:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

 

Ps 106:47 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Save us, O LORD our God, And gather us from among the nations, To givethanks to Your holy name And glory in Your praise.

 

Ps 107:1 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

 

Ps 107:8 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

 

Ps 107:15 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

 

Ps 107:21 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

 

Ps 107:31 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!

 

Ps 108:3 – [In Context|Read Chapter|Original Hebrew]

 

 

I will give thanks to You, O LORD, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations.

 

So, Speaking of Facebook

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Facebook has got me hooked.

Sadly my life revolves around superpoke pets, bejeweled blitz, tattoo pictures  and status updates.

I have been hurt by people de-friending me. Amazed at seeing high school classmates again.

I have de-friended people but asked them back.

Grateful to have people on there that I would normally not see very often.

Relieved to see people updating things even when they hide out from reality.

Sad to see some folks with messed-up lives. Glad to get to pray with them and for them.

So what would God say about this phenomenon called Facebook?

Are we doing what He intended with our lives? Are we bringing people to Him through this medium?

Will all the nations hear the Good News of the Lord and Savior thru FB?

I’m assuming like everything else in life Facebook needs to be balanced. Fit in among living, cooking, cleaning, reading, growing, moving, learning and loving.

 

Speaking in the Spirit…

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These are little prayers I get in my e-mail every day. I like to pray them in the morning when I check my FB!

   Ephesians 5:15-20

Dear Father,

Help me speak to my spouse, my family, your church, and the world about you and your grace.

Let my heart and my mouth overflow with the music of praise – psalms and hymns and spiritual songs – as I sing and make melody in my heart to the Lord.

Fill me with constant thanksgiving to you for everything. In the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.

PRAYING WITH PAUL from HEARTLIGHT      

 

Musings on …. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

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From here 1 Thessalonians 5:14
NIV© And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
NAS© We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
ISV© We urge you, brothers, to admonish those who are idle, cheer up those who are discouraged, and help those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.
GWT© We encourage you, brothers and sisters, to instruct those who are not living right, cheer up those who are discouraged, help the weak, and be patient with everyone.
KJV Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
AKJ Now we exhort you, brothers, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
ASV And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all.
BBE And our desire is that you will keep control over those whose lives are not well ordered, giving comfort to the feeble-hearted, supporting those with little strength, and putting up with much from all.
DRB And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.
DBY But we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, comfort the faint-hearted, sustain the weak, be patient towards all.
ERV And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be longsuffering toward all.
WBS Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are disorderly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.
WEY And we exhort you, brethren, admonish the unruly, comfort the timid, sustain the weak, and be patient towards all.
WEB We exhort you, brothers, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient toward all.
YLT and we exhort you, brethren, admonish the disorderly, comfort the feeble-minded, support the infirm, be patient unto all;

Geneva Study Bible{9} Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are {e} unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

(9) We must have consideration of every man, and the remedy must be applied according to the disease.

(e) That keep not their rank or standing.

People’s New Testament

5:14 Now we exhort you, brethren. The duties named in this section are those of the elders especially, but in a lesser sense the duty of all.

Warn them that are unruly. Those who are wayward, inconsistent, and disposed to follow their own will.

Comfort the feebleminded. Timid ones, who are easily discouraged by persecution, or cast down by trouble.

Support the weak. Those weak in faith.

Wesley’s Notes

5:14 Warn the disorderly – Them that stand, as it were, out of their rank in the spiritual warfare. Some such were even in that church. The feeble – minded – Literally, them of little soul; such as have no spiritual courage.

King James Translators’ Notes

exhort: or, beseech

unruly: or, disorderly

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. brethren-This exhortation to “warm (Greek, ‘admonish,’ as in 1Th 5:12) the unruly (those ‘disorderly’ persons, 2Th 3:6, 11, who would not work, and yet expected to be maintained, literally, said of soldiers who will not remain in their ranks, compare 1Th 4:11; also those insubordinate as to Church discipline, in relation to those ‘over’ the Church, 1Th 5:12), comfort the feeble-minded (the faint-hearted, who are ready to sink ‘without hope’ in afflictions, 1Th 4:13, and temptations),” applies to all clergy and laity alike, though primarily the duty of the clergy (who are meant in 1Th 5:12).”

support-literally, “lay fast hold on so as to support.”

the weak-spiritually. Paul practiced what he preached (1Co 9:22).

be patient toward all men-There is no believer who needs not the exercise of patience “toward” him; there is none to whom a believer ought not to show it; many show it more to strangers than to their own families, more to the great than to the humble; but we ought to show it “toward all men” [Bengel]. Compare “the long-suffering of our Lord” (2Co 10:1; 2Pe 3:15).

Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary

5:12-15 The ministers of the gospel are described by the work of their office, which is to serve and honour the Lord. It is their duty not only to give good counsel, but also to warn the flock of dangers, and reprove for whatever may be amiss. The people should honour and love their ministers, because their business is the welfare of men’s souls. And the people should be at peace among themselves, doing all they can to guard against any differences. But love of peace must not make us wink at sin. The fearful and sorrowful spirits, should be encouraged, and a kind word may do much good. We must bear and forbear. We must be long-suffering, and keep down anger, and this to all men. Whatever man do to us, we must do good to others.

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I was listening to a radio talk program and this verse came up. It was a counseling talk program on AM.

I can’t even remember what they were talking about but I do remember they were speaking to a caller about one of the biggie sins listed among homosexuality, adultery and such in Leviticus and Romans.

How do you put these people who are doing these sins? in the timid category? in the unruly category?

What if someone is really weak when it comes to a particular sin…do we rebuke them or encourage and support them?

What if they are not a really strong Christian or a babe in Christ and they just can’t seem to get it together, maybe it’s partying Saturday night and not coming to church, or living in sin or addicted to well, whatever?

Do you encourage them or tell them to get it together? Do we support them and try to find them help?

What if it’s an older wiser Christian who has drifted away, left his/her spouse, using drugs, hooked on porn?

What if they are unruly, meaning they don’t want our help, stop coming to church or even deny there is a problem?

Something to think about…. Kristina