VIDEO A Mother’s Love – Mother’s Day Song

May 7, 2011

My husband and I wrote this song a couple years ago and the youth at our church sang it on Mother’s Day. Moms just have something about them that is like no other person. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, with us or not. We love you.

We have been asked by several churches for the accompaniment, chords or lyrics so they could sing it on Mother’s Day. If you would like copies, please email us. We are happy to share. worship@firstbaptistelverta.com

Itemized Grace

The Lord knows those who belong to him. 2 TIMOTHY 2:19

Imagine the event. You are before the judgment seat of Christ. The book is opened and the reading begins— each sin, each deceit, each occasion of destruction and greed. But as soon as the infraction is read, grace is proclaimed.…

The result? God’s merciful verdict will echo through the universe. For the first time in history, we will understand the depth of his goodness. Itemized grace. Catalogued kindness. Registered forgiveness. We will stand in awe as one sin after another is proclaimed, and then pardoned.…

The devil will shrink back in defeat. The angels will step forward in awe. And we saints will stand tall in God’s grace. As we see how much he has forgiven us, we will see how much he loves us. And we will worship him.

The result will be the first genuine community of forgiven people. Only one is worthy of the applause of heaven, and he’s the one with the pierced hands and feet.

When Christ Comes

God of All Graces

“Now the God of peace be with you all.” (Romans 15:33)

Our God of all the world has been known by many names in Scripture (Elohim, Jehovah, Adonai, etc.), but He is also identified, especially in the New Testament, as the God of many virtues and graces.

Our text calls Him, for example, the “God of peace.” The same appellation is given Him in Romans 16:20, Hebrews 13:20-21, and Philippians 4:9: “The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly”; “Now the God of peace . . . make you perfect in every good work to do his will”; “The God of peace shall be with you.”

He is even called the very God of peace who will “sanctify you wholly” in 1 Thessalonians 5:23. He is “the God of hope” in the beautiful invocation of Romans 15:13. “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.”

To the sorrowing, He is “the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). And, of course, He is the “God of love,” as Paul reminded the Corinthians in closing his last letter to them. “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11).

The apostle Peter wound up his first epistle by reminding his own readers that their God was “the God of all grace.” “The God of all grace, . . . make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you” (1 Peter 5:10).

In summary, our gracious God is the God of peace, the God of hope, the God of all comfort, the God of love, and the God of all grace. He is also “the Father of mercies” and “the Spirit of truth” (John 14:17; 15:26). And the Lord Jesus Christ, His Son, is of God, “made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption” (1 Corinthians 1:30). HMM

We went through fire and through water

“We went through fire and through water; but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.” (Psa. 66:12.)

PARADOXICAL though it be, only that man is at rest who attains it through conflict. This peace, born of conflict, is not like the deadly hush preceding the tempest, but the serene and pure-aired quiet that follows it.

It is not generally the prosperous one, who has never sorrowed, who is strong and at rest. His quality has never been tried, and he knows not how he can stand even a gentle shock. He is not the safest sailor who never saw a tempest; he will do for fair-weather service, but when the storm is rising, place at the important post the man who has fought out a gale, who has tested the ship, who knows her hulk sound, her rigging strong, and her anchor-flukes able to grasp and hold by the ribs of the world.

When first affliction comes upon us, how everything gives way! Our clinging, tendril hopes are snapped, and our heart lies prostrate like a vine that the storm has torn from its trellis; but when the first shock is past, and we are able to look up, and say, “It is the Lord,” faith lifts the shattered hopes once more, and binds them fast to the feet of God. Thus the end is confidence, safety, and peace.—Selected.

The adverse winds blew against my life;
My little ship with grief was tossed;
My plans were gone—heart full of strife,
And all my hope seemed to be lost—
“Then He arose”—one word of peace.
“There was a calm”—a sweet release.

A tempest great of doubt and fear
Possessed my mind; no light was there
To guide, or make my vision clear.
Dark night! ’twas more than I could bear—
“Then He arose,” I saw His face—
“There was a calm” filled with His grace.

My heart was sinking ‘neath the wave
Of deepening test and raging grief;
All seemed as lost, and none could save,
And nothing could bring me relief—
“Then He arose”—and spoke one word,
“There was a calm!” IT IS THE LORD.
—L. S. P.

Be strong and very courageous

“Only be thou strong and very courageous.” Joshua 1:7

Our God’s tender love for His servants makes Him concerned for the state of their inward feelings. He desires them to be of good courage. Some esteem it a small thing for a believer to be vexed with doubts and fears, but God thinks not so. From this text it is plain that our Master would not have us entangled with fears. He would have us without carefulness, without doubt, without cowardice. Our Master does not think so lightly of our unbelief as we do. When we are desponding we are subject to a grievous malady, not to be trifled with, but to be carried at once to the beloved Physician.

Our Lord loveth not to see our countenance sad. It was a law of Ahasuerus that no one should come into the king’s court dressed in mourning: this is not the law of the King of kings, for we may come mourning as we are; but still He would have us put off the spirit of heaviness, and put on the garment of praise, for there is much reason to rejoice. The Christian man ought to be of a courageous spirit, in order that he may glorify the Lord by enduring trials in an heroic manner. If he be fearful and fainthearted, it will dishonour his God. Besides, what a bad example it is.

This disease of doubtfulness and discouragement is an epidemic which soon spreads amongst the Lord’s flock. One downcast believer makes twenty souls sad. Moreover, unless your courage is kept up Satan will be too much for you. Let your spirit be joyful in God your Saviour, the joy of the Lord shall be your strength, and no fiend of hell shall make headway against you: but cowardice throws down the banner. Moreover, labour is light to a man of cheerful spirit; and success waits upon cheerfulness. The man who toils, rejoicing in his God, believing with all his heart, has success guaranteed. He who sows in hope shall reap in joy; therefore, dear reader, “be thou strong, and very courageous.”

I am with you always

“I am with you alway.” Matthew 28:20

It is well there is One who is ever the same, and who is ever with us. It is well there is one stable rock amidst the billows of the sea of life. O my soul, set not thine affections upon rusting, motheaten, decaying treasures, but set thine heart upon Him who abides for ever faithful to thee. Build not thine house upon the moving quicksands of a deceitful world, but found thy hopes upon this rock, which, amid descending rain and roaring floods, shall stand immovably secure.

My soul, I charge thee, lay up thy treasure in the only secure cabinet; store thy jewels where thou canst never lose them. Put thine all in Christ; set all thine affections on His person, all thy hope in His merit, all thy trust in His efficacious blood, all thy joy in His presence, and so thou mayest laugh at loss, and defy destruction. Remember that all the flowers in the world’s garden fade by turns, and the day cometh when nothing will be left but the black, cold earth. Death’s black extinguisher must soon put out thy candle. Oh! how sweet to have sunlight when the candle is gone!

The dark flood must soon roll between thee and all thou hast; then wed thine heart to Him who will never leave thee; trust thyself with Him who will go with thee through the black and surging current of death’s stream, and who will land thee safely on the celestial shore, and make thee sit with Him in heavenly places for ever. Go, sorrowing son of affliction, tell thy secrets to the Friend who sticketh closer than a brother.

Trust all thy concerns with Him who never can be taken from thee, who will never leave thee, and who will never let thee leave Him, even “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.” “Lo, I am with you alway,” is enough for my soul to live upon, let who will forsake me.

Jesus is Awesome

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Jesus gives to all who ask!

How do I know this?

I know because without Jesus I would have been unable to give to all who ask.

I know because when I struggled against his word, he showed me the conditions in my heart that prevented me from giving to all who ask.

I know because as I gave, his joy was given to me. I do not have his joy when I keep back or when I refuse. His joy is my testimony.

I know this message is not a feel good message and I asked Jesus about this and do you know what he showed me? Read the Gospels and you will see Jesus taught to us how to be free. Where we find the words Jesus spoke we do not find feel good sermons.

This is because Jesus wants us to be free. Jesus doesn’t want to make you feel good for a day or a week he wants you too enjoy eternity. We have gotten addicted to the uplifting words of men that tell us everything is going to be okay. But I beg of you today, search the words that Jesus spoke because in those words you will learn how to live unconditionally.

You will begin to see that his word will set you free. You will begin to see that conditions come from the enemy. Here is one example…

Years ago before I began to do what Jesus asked somebody told me how they worked for the food that they ate and how they earned their money and bought their food. They could not see any reason to give thanks to a God that did nothing to put that food on their table.

Because I never did the word, I only studied the word and even that was limited to what would help me, I was unable to show them the truth. But you see the truth is obvious because God created all things and without his abundance there would be no food. The conditions that this man presented to me only confirmed the bondage of living conditionally. Because God provided all the resources we will ever need to live abundantly, man took that and in his own way refused to share with me choosing to give according to his conditions.

So you see how deceptive conditions can be? We are living in a world of conditions, a world God gave to us unconditionally; and this is why he has not prevented man’s greed. God does not change, unconditionally means we are free to be greedy or generous. And when his word begins to live in our hearts the conditions we always lived by begin to feel like a prison because we have been set free. And God is able to provide for us because he is not limited by our conditions unless we refuse to believe unconditionally.

It is possible to live unconditionally! We have been conditioned to think differently.

http://memoriesofsalvation.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/jesus-is-awesome/