VIDEO “Thank You” Bible Style: Miriam – I Will Sing

“Thank You” Bible Style: Miriam

And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!” Exodus 15:21

We first meet Miriam in Exodus 2 when she was a child on the banks of the River Nile watching her baby brother’s voyage in a basket. We next see her in Exodus 15, an aged woman on the shores of the Red Sea, joining her brother in joyful praises of thanksgiving for Israel’s deliverance. Miriam is the first soloist in the history of hymnody. As the Israelites realized God had miraculously saved them at the Red Sea, someone hastily wrote a hymn of praise, which is the first recorded song in the Bible (Exodus 15:1-19). The assembly sang it. “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them: ‘Sing to the Lord’” (Exodus 15:20-21).

Like Miriam, we have our share of difficulty and danger; but a thankful spirit keeps us praising Him who makes a way when there seems to be no way. From childhood to old age, we should sing our thanksgivings to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!

True thanksgiving is not a selfish emotion gratified by prosperity, but a vital grace in the soul, existing independent of circumstances. Charles Wadsworth


Don Moen – I Will Sing Live – Concert Video

VIDEO Angelic Mysteries – Let All Praise the Name of the Lord

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Psalm 148:1-2

We regularly learn about the discovery of an entirely new species of plant or animal found somewhere on the planet—often in the depths of the ocean or the heart of a jungle. When that happens, it reminds us of the mysteries of God’s creation over which we have been made stewards.

As well as mysteries on earth, there are mysteries in the heavens. Not complete mysteries, for we have been given glimpses in Scripture of what lies beyond our sight. Angels fall into the category of “known” but not “well known.” Angels exist for sure—they are mentioned nearly three hundred times in the Bible. But they are invisible to us (Jacob saw angels in a dream, but not while awake—Genesis 28:12), yet apparently all around us (Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14). All appear to have been originally loyal to God, but some rebelled and fell from His presence (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:9). They are invisible to us but innumerable before God (Revelation 5:11).

Someday all mysteries will be revealed. Until then, glory today in the wondrous works of God—including His angels.

Humility is the ornament of angels, and pride the deformity of devils.  William Jenkyn


Psalm 148: Let All Praise the Name of the Lord

VIDEO Shielded – The Lord God is my Sun and Shield

Shielded

You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3

When the apostle Paul told us to take up the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), he was harkening back to the Psalms, where God is likened to a shield around us. Psalm 5:12 says that God surrounds us with favor as with a shield. Psalm 18:30 says, “The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.”

Satan’s destructive missiles cannot penetrate the presence of God around us or the promises of God available to us. When you acknowledge Christ as your Lord and become a recipient of His grace, Satan cannot gain the victory over you. The darts of Satan cannot pierce our protective shield of faith.

If you feel under attack, remember the truth of verses like Psalm 84:11: “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

The Lord God is to me both a Sun and a Shield; a sun to enlighten and comfort me, a shield to protect and defend me. Matthew Henry


Sun and Shield

VIDEO Wake Up Christians, Silence Is Not An Option – It Is Well, You Make Me Brave

Wake Up Christians – Silence Is Not An Option

“The men of Issachar had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (1 Chronicles 12:32)

Excerpted from the book, One Nation “Above” God. Free download here: https://shaneidleman.com/books/

We don’t have to compromise our principles to be involved in politics—what good is salt left in the shaker, or a light that is hidden? “Politics” is not a bad word. In simple terms, politics refers to governing or leading a group of people. Politics won’t save America, but in order to implement change, honor God, and help others, we must take action. To suggest that God does not want us to elect godly leaders and promote godly legislation runs contrary to His nature (cf. Romans 13). Silence is not an option.

  1. Government is God-ordained. “We the people” are to lead according to God’s Word. Many say, “We don’t need to get involved. God will take care of everything.” Ironically, I’ve never seen that mindset when it comes to work and income. We work, or we don’t eat. God blesses hard work and diligence in financial matters; why wouldn’t He when it comes to leading a nation?
  2. Apathy is not biblical. A believer should be involved in running for office, voting, and/or monitoring those in office to assure that they perform their duties.  The welfare of society often falls into the hands of the Christian community. For those who believe we should remain passive and silent, I challenge you to read the writings of the Old Testament prophets. They lamented, shed tears, and pleaded with the people and the leaders to turn from their sins and to turn back to God—they spoke the truth in love. Even Jesus wept for Jerusalem when He saw its destruction was near. Martin Luther King, Jr., in a Letter from Birmingham Jail on April 16, 1963, wrote, “We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people.” I hold the same opinion today.
  3. We engage the culture or we lose. There is always a fight; the tides of evil will always wash against the shores of hope and peace. Silence is not an option. We can no longer hide behind the excuse, “I don’t want to get involved.” As citizens, we are given the privilege, for now, to place people in positions of leadership. Whether we like it or not, we are involved. Millions are not registered to vote, and millions of registered voters stay at home. We’ll stand in line to see a movie, but we won’t stand in line to vote and elect leaders who will affect the direction of our country. This makes a statement about what we value—and isn’t it sad. During this election cycle, register to vote and then vote your values. It really is that simple. Click here: https://registertovote.ca.gov
  4. All laws impose morality onto others. The real question is “whose” morality prevails? You can’t legislate morality, but you can restrain evil and deter wrongdoing. God doesn’t need a supermajority, but He does need a humble minority. God’s call is not to Washington or Hollywood—“if My people humble themselves” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
  5. The pulpits are not called to be passive. Granted, not everyone is called to the political arena, but all of those called to preach God’s Word must provide practical application on difficult matters. I often wonder if those who remain silent now would have also been silent in the 1800s in regard to slavery? Are these silent men truly filled with the Spirit of God? If so, where is boldness . . . where is righteous indignation that the Spirit provokes in us? When God gives people authority to passionately and lovingly proclaim His Word, souls are converted, lives are changed, and families are restored. Sadly, this is lacking in our day. As the church falls deeper into self-reliance and further from reliance on God, our need for bold leadership has never been greater. Change will only occur when there is a strong conviction of sin, genuine faith, humility, and sincere repentance—may God grant us the wisdom and strength to proclaim these truths. We must stop confusing God’s patience with His approval and preach with conviction from the pulpits again.

[Read more here about the lack of power in the modern-day pulpits of America: https://westsidechristianfellowship.org/articles/101614-where-are-the-men-with-power-in-the-pulpits-today-pastor-shane-idleman/]

  1. God’s Word is very clear on controversial issues. From “thou shalt not steal from citizens and future generations” to “thou shalt not murder innocent children.” If God is clear, why are many Christians vague or indifferent?
  2. “I’m not voting for the lesser of two evils.” This statement is often used by those who want to remain silent, but it’s a flawed argument. We are actually voting for principles, not people—all candidates are sinners. In what direction will they lead our country? Even more importantly, what country will we leave for our children? A third party is not a bad idea, but at this point, it has little influence. When they receive votes, they take away votes from others.

Some time ago, I sat speechless as I listened to a man recount his trip to a holocaust museum with his young daughter. As they walked by photos of the death camps, gas chambers, and countless bodies piled one upon another, his daughter silently contemplated the horrors that were unfolding before her eyes.

When the tour ended, they drove home without saying a word. The father wondered if she truly understood the significance of the event. Was she too young to view such depravity? Was she too fragile to cope with the truth of the holocaust? Would it make a negative impact on her life? Would it leave her fearful and wounded? Would she begin to doubt God?

Trending: Judge Brett Kavanaugh— “It Ain’t Necessarily So!”

His questions were answered nearly two hours later when his daughter finally spoke. She looked at her father and asked, “Daddy, why didn’t someone do something?”

Will we hear those same haunting words from our children and grandchildren? Yes! If we fail to contend for what is right, we may see a time in our history when our children will ask, “Why didn’t someone do something?” Sadly, we will know the answer.

Has the United States lost her mind? Quick clip here:

 

——-

It Is Well – Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music – You Make Me Brave

VIDEO What’s Going on Here?

What’s Going on Here?

Tell them what great things the Lord has done for you. Mark 5:19

A friend of Turning Points got tired of nuisance calls on his cell phone, but, upon reflection, decided to use the calls to practice his evangelism. If the caller is hawking credit cards, our friend replies, “I don’t need another card, but I take every opportunity of sharing the gift of God that money can never buy. May I tell you about it?” If the caller is selling vacation rentals, the man says, “I would love to tell you about the ultimate destination in life, a home in heaven.” And so forth. While the man hasn’t yet led a caller to Christ, he’s found several who listened to the Gospel. One salesman said, “Hey! What’s going on here? You’re the second person today who has told me that!”

We’re living in a day when we must be creative about sharing the Gospel, both personally and through our church ministries. Our culture is changing, and, while our message never changes, we need endless creativity in making sure we get the message to as many people as possible. Too many times we focus on keeping cultural traditions instead of reaching the lost wherever they are.

Jesus was nonconventional in His ministry. Let’s do as He did and tell others what great things the Lord has done for us.

If being conventional doesn’t succeed, try being original! Greg Laurie


What The Lord Has Done In Me – Hillsong Worship

VIDEO When Müller Forgot to Pray – One Day At A Time

When Müller Forgot to Pray

Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat? John 6:5

Because of his faithful work with orphans, George Müller is considered a hero in the faith. But his ministry nearly ended before it began because he forgot to pray about something. Müller had prayed for all aspects of his envisioned orphan house—land, building, supplies, provisions. “There was, however, one point I never had prayed about, namely that the Lord would send children; for I naturally took it for granted that there would be plenty of applications.” The work began without any children! Müller went back to his knees, and the next day the first application for the orphanage arrived.

God’s provisions come in response to our prayers. In John 6, Phillip asked Jesus how to feed the 5,000; and Jesus, of course, was waiting to be asked for He knew exactly what He was planning to do. He is not limited by our obstacles.

Müller said, “In leaning upon the living God alone, we are beyond disappointment, and beyond being forsaken…. How precious to know that surely no good thing shall be withheld from us whilst we walk uprightly!”

Your God will meet your needs. Trust Him today.

God meets our needs one day at a time. Max Lucado


One Day At A Time – Charlie Landsborough

VIDEO Watching With Jesus – Stay With Me

 

Watching With Jesus

Stay here and watch with Me. —Matthew 26:38

“Watch with Me.” Jesus was saying, in effect, “Watch with no private point of view at all, but watch solely and entirely with Me.” In the early stages of our Christian life, we do not watch withJesus, we watch for Him. We do not watch with Him through the revealed truth of the Bible even in the circumstances of our own lives. Our Lord is trying to introduce us to identification with Himself through a particular “Gethsemane” experience of our own. But we refuse to go, saying, “No, Lord, I can’t see the meaning of this, and besides, it’s very painful.” And how can we possibly watch with Someone who is so incomprehensible? How are we going to understand Jesus sufficiently to watch with Him in His Gethsemane, when we don’t even know why He is suffering? We don’t know how to watch with Him— we are only used to the idea of Jesus watching with us.

The disciples loved Jesus Christ to the limit of their natural capacity, but they did not fully understand His purpose. In the Garden of Gethsemane they slept as a result of their own sorrow, and at the end of three years of the closest and most intimate relationship of their lives they “all…forsook Him and fled” (Matthew 26:56).

“They were all filled with the Holy Spirit…” (Acts 2:4). “They” refers to the same people, but something wonderful has happened between these two events— our Lord’s death, resurrection, and ascension— and the disciples have now been invaded and “filled with the Holy Spirit.” Our Lord had said, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…” (Acts 1:8). This meant that they learned to watch with Him the rest of their lives.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The life of Abraham is an illustration of two things: of unreserved surrender to God, and of God’s complete possession of a child of His for His own highest end. Not Knowing Whither


Stay With Me (Taizé)

VIDEO He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

In his book about preaching, Pastor Charles Bugg recalls a day when he didn’t feel like giving the sermon. His son had been diagnosed with a critical illness and had suffered radiation treatments and surgeries. Pastor Charles, overcome with fear and fatigue, wasn’t sure how he could stand in the pulpit. “I have no energy to preach,” he told himself as the congregation opened the service by singing, “Great is Thy Faithfulness, O God our Father. There is no shadow of turning with Thee.”

“That wasn’t a new song,” recalls Charles. “That Sunday, however, those familiar words became manna from heaven. I was tired; I was anxious; my faith in God was brittle. If preaching that day depended on my feelings, I could have the benediction and go home. Singing that song, though, was a searing reminder…. I was singing about a God whose faithfulness changes not.”1

The constancy of God in every situation allays our fears. He who calls us is faithful. He gives us “strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.”

God is faithful, and that trumps all our problems, tears, tragedies, and the very prospect of death itself.  David Jeremiah

  1. Charles B. Bugg, Preaching and Intimacy (Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 1999), 26

Great Is Thy Faithfulness – Chris Rice

VIDEO The Doorway to the Kingdom – “Doorway Of Grace”

The Doorway to the Kingdom

Blessed are the poor in spirit… —Matthew 5:3

Beware of thinking of our Lord as only a teacher. If Jesus Christ is only a teacher, then all He can do is frustrate me by setting a standard before me I cannot attain. What is the point of presenting me with such a lofty ideal if I cannot possibly come close to reaching it? I would be happier if I never knew it. What good is there in telling me to be what I can never be— to be “pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), to do more than my duty, or to be completely devoted to God? I must know Jesus Christ as my Savior before His teaching has any meaning for me other than that of a lofty ideal which only leads to despair. But when I am born again by the Spirit of God, I know that Jesus Christ did not come only to teach— He came to make me what He teaches I should be. The redemption means that Jesus Christ can place within anyone the same nature that ruled His own life, and all the standards God gives us are based on that nature.

The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount produces a sense of despair in the natural man— exactly what Jesus means for it to do. As long as we have some self-righteous idea that we can carry out our Lord’s teaching, God will allow us to continue until we expose our own ignorance by stumbling over some obstacle in our way. Only then are we willing to come to Him as paupers and receive from Him. “Blessed are the poor in spirit….” This is the first principle in the kingdom of God. The underlying foundation of Jesus Christ’s kingdom is poverty, not possessions; not making decisions for Jesus, but having such a sense of absolute futility that we finally admit, “Lord, I cannot even begin to do it.” Then Jesus says, “Blessed are you…” (Matthew 5:11). This is the doorway to the kingdom, and yet it takes us so long to believe that we are actually poor! The knowledge of our own poverty is what brings us to the proper place where Jesus Christ accomplishes His work.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The attitude of a Christian towards the providential order in which he is placed is to recognize that God is behind it for purposes of His own.  Biblical Ethics, 99 R


“Doorway Of Grace” Live – Christ Church Music

%d bloggers like this: