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Week of 7/13-17  (B29;20) 

Psalm 119:81-88 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:29-31 (NJKV)

I faint with longing for your salvation;  but I have put my
hope in your word.  My eyes are straining to see your 
promises come true.  When will you comfort me?  I am
shriveled like a wineskin in the smoke, exhausted with
waiting.  But I cling to your principles and obey them.
How long must I wait?  When will you punish those who
persecute me?  These arrogant people who hate your
law have dug deep pits for me to fall into.  All your
commands are trustworthy.  Protect me from those
who hunt me down without cause.  They almost finish
me off, but I refuse to abandon your commandments.
In your unfailing love, spare my life;  then I can con-
tinue to obey your decrees.    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Immediately after the tribulation
of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not
give its light;  the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers
of the heavens will be shaken.  Then the sign of the Son of 
Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth
will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the
clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And He will
send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they
will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one
end of heaven to the other."  


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And Lord, thank You for coming soon.  Until Your glorious
revealing, please help Your children  endure to the end.  
Help us to be intruments of reconciliation with You as we
hearld Your Good News to mankind.  May Your sheep 
discern one of our great needs today, instruction penned 
long ago in Mt. 28:18-20.  Lord, help us discern our day
and realize Your Son's glorious initial appearing is soon.
Father, help us redeem the time, for the days are indeed 
evil.  In Your beloved Son's holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 7/6-10  (B28;20) 

Psalm 119:73-80 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:15-28 (NJKV)

You made me;  you created me.  Now give me the sense
to follow your commands.  May all who fear you find in me
a cause for joy, for I have put my hope in your word.  I know,
O LORD, that your decisions are fair;  you disciplined me
because I needed it.  Now let your unfailing love comfort me,
just as you promised me, your servant.  Surround me with 
your tender mercies so I may live, for your law is my delight.
Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;
meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.  Let
me be reconciled with all who fear you and know your decrees.
May I be blameless in keeping your principles;  then I will
never have to be ashamed.    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Therefore when you see the 
'abomination of desolation,' spoken of by Daniel the prophet,
standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him under-
stand), "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything
out of his house.  And let him who is in the field not go back
to get his clothes.  But woe to those who are pregnant and 
to those who are nursing babies in those days!  And pray
that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.  For
then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been
since the beginning of the world, until this time, no, nor 
ever shall be.  And unless those days were shortened, no
flesh would be saved;  but for the elect's sake those days
will be shortened.  Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here
is  the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe  it.  For false christs
and false prophets will rise and show great signs and won-
ders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.  See, I have
told you beforehand.  Therefore if they say to you, 'Look,
He is in the desert!' do not go out;  or  'Look,  He is  in the
inner rooms!'  do not believe  it.  For as the lightning comes
from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the 
coming of the Son of Man be.  For wherever the carcass
is, there the eagles will be gathered together."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Most High, we honor and praise Your holy name.  We exalt You
together.  Father, may Your precious Holy Spirit be our means
to walk appropriately with You.  Help us, even in our seeking 
understanding from Your Word, to rightly divide Your Word of Truth.
Help us discern our day given the spirit of antichrist continues to
manifest itself - even in churches - through false teachers, false
christs and false prophets.  And when the day of the miraculous 
false christs and false prophets come, if we remain, may we heed
Your Son's instruction above.  Until that day, may we take up our
crosses daily as we die to self and follow Him.  In Jesus Christ's 
name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/29 - 7/3  (B27;20) 

Psalm 119:65-72 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:9-14 (NJKV)

You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as
you promised.  I believe in your commands;  now teach
me good judgment and knowledge.  I used to wander
off until you disciplined me;  but now I closely follow
your word.  You are good and do only good;  teach me
your principles.  Arrogant people have made up lies
about me, but in truth I obey your commandments with
all my heart.  Their hearts are dull and stupid, but I
delight in your law.  The suffering you sent was good
for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your 
principles.  Your law is more valuable to me than
millions in gold and silver!    


[ Jesus Christ speaking ]  "Then they will deliver you up to
tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations
for My name's sake.  And then many will be offended, will
betray one another, and will hate one another.  Then many
false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  And because
lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 
But he who endures to the end shall be saved.  And this
gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world
as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Beloved LORD, great is Your love for us.  Even in these
days filled with dark rejection of Your wonders, You love
us.  Thank You Lord God Most High.  And we once again
praise You for providing miraculous means for us to rise 
above our present circumstances and live abundantly.
All praise and honor and glory to Your name.  So, LORD,
do grace us with Your Holy Spirit within us so that we may
indeed endure to the end.  Help us love others, even in 
evil settings.  May we be Christ-like as we partake in the 
sufferings of Your beloved Son.  We sure have a hard time 
comprehending the world's  hate  toward You.  May Your 
love be that which allows us, in part, to overcome - to rise
above the darkness of this hour.  Father YHVH God, it's all
about Your Son.  Glory to Your name.  In Jesus Christ's
name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/22-26  (B26;20) 

Psalm 119:57-64 (NLT) ;  Matthew 24:1-8 (NJKV)

LORD, you are mine!  I promise to obey your words!
With all my heart I want your blessings.  Be merciful
just as you promised.  I pondered the direction of my
life, and I turned to follow your statutes.  I will hurry,
without lingering, to obey your commands.  Evil 
people try to drag me into sin, but I am firmly anchored
to your law.  At midnight I rise to thank you for your just
laws.  Anyone who fears you is my friend - anyone who
obeys your commandments.  O LORD, the earth is full
of your unfailing love;  teach me your principles.    


Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and
His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the
temple.  And Jesus said to them, "Do you not see all these
things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not  one  stone shall be
left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down."
Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came
to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be?
And what  will be  the sign of Your coming, and of the end
of the age?"  And Jesus answered and said to them:  "Take
heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in My
name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will deceive many.  And
you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are
not troubled;  for all  these things  must come to pass, but
the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and
kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, 
pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  All these
are the beginning of sorrows."


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And LORD, thank You for informing us on the  end of days.
Open our eyes whereby we discern the lateness of the hour.
Help us heed Your commands, ones which You've graciously
given us through Jesus Christ Your beloved Son.  Yes LORD,
THANK YOU for His instruction in Matthew 24 & 25!  May we
be Your  accurate  Ambassadors during these days just prior
to Your Son's initial appearing.  Help us, LORD, endure to
the end.  In Jesus Christ's holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 6/15-19  (B25;20) 

Psalm 119:49-56 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:14-22 (ESV)

Remember your promise to me, for it is my only hope.
Your promise revives me;  it comforts me in all my troubles.
The proud hold me in utter contempt, but I do not turn
away from your law.  I meditate on your age-old laws;
O LORD, they comfort me.  I am furious with the wicked,
those who reject your law.  Your principles have been the
music of my life through the years of my pilgrimage.  I
reflect at night on who you are, O LORD, and I obey 
your law because of this.  This is my happy way of life:
obeying your commandments. 


"And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write:  'The 
words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the 
beginning of God's creation.  I know your works:  you 
are neither cold nor hot.  Would that you were either
cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and
neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need
nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable,
poor, blind, and naked.  I counsel you to buy from me
gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white
garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame
of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint
your eyes, so that you may see.  Those whom I love, I
reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Be-
hold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears my
voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat
with him, and he with me.  The one who conquers, I
will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also
conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to
the churches.'" 


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Father God, thank You for the loving discipline of Your Son.
Open our eyes to our wretched state and move us to 
humble repentance lest Your judgment fall upon us.  Lord,
Thank You for caring enough to confront your erring children
in Christ.  Help us to accept the fact that He will cast out 
many on the day of judgment, even those who say they
are Yours but who have proved themselves lukewarm.  Help
us to properly  fear  You.  We need to repent, Lord.  We
are so grateful for Your patient kindness to us.  How You're
willing to stand at the door of our hearts while we keep
falling, baffles us.  Great is your mercy Oh God of glory, 
God of grace.  Help us Lord to seek Thy face.  You who
dwell above the earth;  You who gave us second birth:
God of glory, God of grace, help us Lord to seek Thy face. 
In Jesus Christ's matchless name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 6/8-12  (B24;20) 

Psalm 119:41-48 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:7-13 (ESV)

LORD, give to me your unfailing love, the salvation that
you promised me.  Then I will have an answer for those
who taunt me, for I trust in your word.  Do not snatch your
word of truth from me, for my only hope is in your laws.  I
will keep on obeying your law forever and forever.  I will
walk in freedom, for I have devoted myself to your 
commandments.  I will speak to kings about your decrees,
and I will not be ashamed.  How I delight in your commands!
How I love them!  I honor and love your commands.  I medi-
tate on your principles.


"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write:  'The 
words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of 
David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and
no one opens.  I know your works.  Behold, I have set 
before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.
I know that you have but little power, and yet you have
kept my word and have not denied my name.  Behold, I
will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that
they are Jews and are not, but lie - behold, I will make
them come and bow down before your feet and they will
learn that I have loved you.  Because you have kept my
word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the
hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try
those who dwell on the earth.  I am coming soon.  Hold
fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.
The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the 
temple of my God.  Never shall he go out of it, and I will
write on him the name of my God, and the name of the 
city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down 
from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.  He 
who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the 
churches.'" 


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
LORD God, thank You for Your glorious Son - the eternal
Word incarnate.  Thank You for sending Him soon.  As we
depend upon Your power - for ours is weak - we ask You
to glorify Your name as we serve as Your loving, end-time
Ambassadors in Christ Jesus.  Help us with 'patient endur-
ance' dear YHVH God.  And thank You for keeping us from
the hour of trial as You pour Your bowls of wrath upon the
earth dwellers.  Until our final trumpet rapture gathering,
help us hold fast, we pray.  Thank You for seeing us through
these dark days as we walk in Your Holy Spirit.  We praise
and glorify Your great name.  And Lord, we sure look forward
to the day of Your Son's rule.  Even so, please come quickly
Lord Jesus.  Amen  

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Week of 6/1-5  (B23;20) 

Psalm 119:33-40 (NLT) ;  Revelation 3:1-6 (ESV)

Teach me, O LORD, to follow every one of your principles.
Give me understanding and I will obey your law;  I will put
it into practice with all my heart.  Make me walk along the
path of your commands, for that is where my happiness 
is found.  Give me an eagerness for your decrees;  do not
inflict me with love for money!  Turn my eyes from worthless
things, and give me life through your word.  Reassure me of
your promise, which is for those who honor you.  Help me
abandon my shameful ways;  your laws are all I want in life.
I long to obey your commandments!  Renew my life with
your goodness. 


"And to the angel of the church in Sardis write:  'The words of
him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars.  I
know your works.  You have the reputation of being alive, but
your are dead.  Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is
about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the
sight of God.  Remember, then, what you received and heard.
Keep it, and repent.  If you will not wake up, I will come like a
thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against
you.  Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who
have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me
in white, for they are worthy.  The one who conquers will 
be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his 
name out of the book of life.  I will confess his name before
my Father and before his angels.  He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
Yes LORD, turn away my eyes from looking at worthless
things.  As You Counsel Your end-time people, help us 
walk in purity during these end of days.  May we exude
humility by, in part, being willing to confess our needy
state.  Help us to be watchful, to hold fast and to repent
when we need to do so.  And Lord, help us to  watch
as You have so clearly mandated, for we don't want to
be like the worldly who will be caught by surprise - as
a thief in the night.  Lord, we fear You in the context of
biblical fear.  Please grace us with being overcomers
who are not blotted out of Thy Book of Life.  We long
to honor and glorify Your holy name through eternity.
In Jesus Christ's matchless name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/25-29  (B22;20) 

Psalm 119:25-32 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:18-29 (ESV)

I lie in the dust, completely discouraged;  revive me by your 
word.  I told you my plans, and you answered.  Now teach me 
your principles.  Help me understand the meaning of your
commandments, and I will meditate on your wonderful miracles.
I weep with grief;  encourage me by your word.  Keep me from
lying to myself;  give me the privilege of knowing your law.  I 
have chosen to be faithful;  I have determined to live by your
laws.  I cling to your decrees.  LORD, don't let me be put to
shame!  If you will help me, I will run to follow your commands.


"And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write:  'The words
of the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and whose
feet are like burnished bronze.  I know your works, your love 
and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter
works exceed the first.  But I have this against you, that you 
tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess 
and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual
immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.  I gave her time
to repent, but she refuses to repent of her sexual immorality.
Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit
adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they
repent of her works, and I will strike her children dead.  And 
all the churches will know that I am he who searches mind 
and heart, and I will give to each of you as your works deserve.
But to the rest of you in Thyatira, who do not hold this teaching,
who have not learned what some call the deep things of Satan,
to you I say, I do not lay on you any other burden.  Only hold
fast what you have until I come.  The one who conquers and
who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority
over the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron, as
when earthen pots are broken in pieces, even as I myself 
have received authority from my Father.  And I will give him
the morning star.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the
Spirit says to the churches.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Hear our prayers as we repeat the Psalm reading above.
And LORD, we thank You once again for gracing us with
tremendous insight in Your word.  We are humbled Lord.
We are impressed.  May Your instruction to Your churches
be heeded.  Help us correct this sin of our of being too
tolerant toward evil.  Embolden us to love You first by 
honoring You through rejection of the dark compromises
we have embraced.  Open our eyes to the reality that You
DO discipline Your imperfect kids.  In loving fear of You, O
Lord, help us to turn from our wicked ways and lukewarm
living.  Help us to patiently endure during these end of days.
May we be Your lights to a needy generation.  As the song
goes, Lord, and as we pray, hear, this our prayer:  In our lives, 
Lord, be glorified, be glorified today
.  In Jesus Christ's precious 
and holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/18-22  (B21;20) 

Psalm 119:17-24 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:12-17 (ESV)

Be good to your servant, that I may live and obey your word.
Open my eyes to see the wonderful truths in your law.  I am
but a foreigner here on earth;  I need the guidance of your
commands.  Don't hide them from me!  I am overwhelmed
continually with a desire for your laws.  You rebuke those
cursed proud ones who wander from your commands.  Don't
let them scorn and insult me, for I have obeyed your decrees.
Even princes sit and speak against me, but I will meditate on
your principles.  Your decrees please me;  they give me wise
advice.


"And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write:  'The 
words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.  I know
where you dwell, where Satan's throne is.  Yet you hold 
fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the
days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among
you, where Satan dwells.  But I have a few things against
you:  you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam,
who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons
of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and
practice sexual immorality.  So also you have some who
hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent.
If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with
the sword of my mouth.  He who has an ear, let him hear
what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who con-
quers, I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give
him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone 
that no one knows except the one who receives it.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
We praise You for sending Your Holy Spirit following Your
Son's ascension.  Thank You for gracing Your children with
open eyes to understand Your Word.  And thank You for
equipping us with Your resources to obey Your Word. 
Lord, rebuke those who walk in pride and who reject Your
Counsel.  And Lord, help us - Your children - to walk in
humility and be willing to confess and repent when we 
need to do so.  Help open our eyes and soften our hearts
to the fact that sexual sins so undermine our walk with You.
Thank You for Your consistent call through the ages.  Indeed,
obedience brings blessing;  disobedience brings judgment.  
Lord, we don't want to quench, grieve or insult Your Spirit.
May we, in Your strength, lovingly obey You as You've so
clearly outlined in Your precious Word.  In Jesus Christ's
holy name we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/11-15  (B20;20) 

Psalm 119:9-16 (NLT) ;  Revelation 2:8-11 (ESV)

How can a young person stay pure?  By obeying your word
and following its rules.  I have tried my best to find you - don't
let me wander from your commands.  I have hidden your
word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.  Blessed
are you, O LORD;  teach me your principles.  I have recited
aloud all the laws you have given us.  I have rejoiced in your
decrees as much as in riches.  I will study your command-
ments and reflect on your ways.  I will delight in your 
principles and not forget your word.  


"And to the angel of the church of Smyrna write: 
'The words of the first and the last, who died and came
to life.  I know your tribulation and your poverty (but your
are rich) and the slander of those who say that they are
Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.  Do 
not fear what you are about to suffer.  Behold, the devil
is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may
be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation.
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of
life.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit 
says to the churches.  The one who conquers will not
be hurt by the second death.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Blessed be Thou O Lord our God.  Your holy Word
continues to work its wonders.  Thank You for the needed
authority it extends to those who are Yours.  Thank You for
graciously providing powerful means to walk in Christ Jesus,
Your holy Son.  May Your two-edged sword be abundantly
present in our lives as we live day by day for You.  And may
Your Holy Spirit use Your Word within Your own to accomplish,
in part, fruit which You graciously bring about in our lives as we
abide in Your Son and walk in Your Spirit.  And Father, thank
You so for cluing us in on some of the dangers ahead.  Thank
You for providing the means to walk victoriously through these
present days of darkness.  As we encounter heightened 
tribulation in the days ahead, please keep us in Your 
victorious hold whereby we do indeed  endure to the end.
By faith, dear Lord, we  thank You  for doing so even before
we encounter these battles in the setting of spiritual warfare.
We praise, magnify and yes, glorify Your great and holy name.
In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - Who is EVERYTHING
to us - we pray, amen.  

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Week of 5/4-8  (B19;20) 

Psalm 119:1-8 (NLT)  ;  Revelation 2:1-7 (ESV)

Happy are people of integrity, who follow the law of the LORD.
Happy are those who obey his decrees and search for him
     with all their hearts.
They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.
You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully.
Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your principles!
Then I will not be disgraced when I compare my life with your
     commands.
When I learn your righteous laws, I will thank you by living as
     I should!
I will obey your principles.  Please don't give up on me!


"To the angel of the church of Ephesus write:  'The words
of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who 
walks among the seven golden lampstands.  I know your
works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you
cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those
who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them
to be false.  I know you are enduring patiently and bearing
up for my name's sake, and you have not grown weary.
But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the
love you had at first.  Remember therefore from where you
have fallen;  repent, and do the works you did at first.  If not,
I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place,
unless you repent.  Yet this you have:  you hate the works of
the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.  He who has an ear, let him
hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who
conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the
paradise of God.'"


Glorious Heavenly Father ...
Your ways are surely  not  our ways, O LORD Most High.
You call us to walk Your glorious path while knowing full
well we will wander.  As You know all things, You know we
need provision for forgiveness of sin.  THANK YOU for so
generously providing Your heavenly cleansing through Jesus
Christ Your Son.  And THANK YOU for calling us back to 
Your Word in these early verses of Psalm 119.  Thank You,
too, for Your eternal Word's Counsel as to our persistent
weaknesses.  We praise You for loving us enough to help
us walk the path of humility before You by being willing to
confess and repent when we need to do so.  LORD, open
our eyes to the  nevertheless I have this against you  things
that we've not sufficiently let go of, things which douse our
first love for You.  Thy Word, O LORD, is a lamp unto our
feet;  a light to our path.  We pray these things in the holy
name of Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord.  Amen  

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Week of 4/27 - 5/1  (B18;20) 

Our devotional reading for this week highlights the
first six chapters of the Book of Daniel.

Suggested reading schedule for this special week:

Monday, 4/27          Daniel 1
Tuesday, 4/28         Daniel 2
Wednesday, 4/29    Daniel 3
Thursday, 4/30       Daniel 4
Friday, 5/1                Daniel 5
Saturday, 5/2           Daniel 6


Father God, thank You for gracing us with Your righteous 
principles to live by as we bow to Your authority over us.  
Thank You so for the HUGE,  pertinent  messages found in
each of these chapters.  As we listen to Your Spirit's leading, 
we thank You in advance for the fruit that will come as Your
Word goes forth.  As parents treat their children differently
but fairly, so too do we thank You for leading Your people in
diverse applications of Your Word as we live out our specific
gifts unto Your glory and praise.  In Jesus Christ's name we 
thank You for II Timothy 3:16, 17.  Amen. 

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Week of 4/20-24  (B17;20) 

Isaiah 26  (NKJV) 

In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
"We have a strong city;  God  will appoint salvation  for 
walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates, that the righteous
nation which keeps the truth may enter in.  You will keep
him  in perfect peace,  whose  mind  is  stayed  on You,
because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever,  for in
Yah,  the LORD,  is everlasting strength.  For He brings
down those who dwell on high, the lofty city;  He lays it
low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the
dust.  The foot shall tread it down - the feet of the poor
and  the steps of the needy."
The way of the just  is  uprightness;  O Most Upright, You
weigh the path of the just.  Yes, in the way of Your judg-
ments, O Lord, we have waited for You;  the desire of  our 
soul  is  for Your name and for the remembrance of You.
With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my
spirit within me I will seek You early;  for when Your judg-
ments  are  in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will
learn righteousness.  Let grace be shown to the wicked,  yet
he will not learn righteousness;  in the land of uprightness he 
will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD.  
LORD,  when  Your hand is lifted up, they will not see.  But 
they will see and be ashamed for  their  envy of people;  
yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them.  
LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also
done all our works in us.  O LORD our God, masters be-
sides You have had dominion over us,  but  by You only 
we make mention of Your name.  They  are dead, they 
will not live;  they are  deceased, they will not rise.  There-
fore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all 
their memory to perish.  You have increased the nation, O
LORD, You have increased the nation;  You are glorified;
You have expanded all the borders of the land.
LORD, in trouble they have visited You, they poured out 
a prayer  when  Your chastening  was  upon them.  As a
woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs,
when  she draws near the time of her delivery, so have we
been in Your sight, O LORD.  We have been with child,
we have been in pain;  we have, as it were, brought forth
wind;  we have not accomplished any deliverance in the
earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen.  Your 
dead shall live;  together with  my dead body they shall
arise.  Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust;  for your
dew  is like  the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast
out the dead.  Come, my people, enter your chambers,
and shut your doors behind you;  hide yourself, as it 
were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish
the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;  the earth 
will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her
slain.


Father God,  LORD God Most High,  send Your Son soon,
we pray.  In Jesus Christ's holy and glorious name, amen. 

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Week of 4/13-17  (B16;20) 

Jesus Christ preached repentance and secured salvation
for all of mankind (who need to, on an individual basis,
accept His eternally significant sacrifice for sin in order
to apply it personally).  As One having ALL authority in
heaven and on earth, listen, please, to the Lord of lords,
the King of kings:

"Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Jesus Christ - Matthew 4:17b

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Psalm 95 
 (NKJV) 

Oh come, let us sing to the LORD!  Let us shout joyfully
to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before His
presence with thanksgiving;  let us shout joyfully to Him
with psalms.  For the LORD  is  the great God, and the
great King above all gods.  In His hand  are  the deep
places of the earth;  the heights of the hills  are  His also.
The sea  is  His, for He made it;  and His hands formed
the dry  land
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;  let us kneel
before the LORD our Maker.  For He  is  our God, and
we  are  the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His
hand.  Today, if you will hear His voice:  
"Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as  in  the
day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me;
they tried Me, though they saw My work.  For forty years
I was grieved with  that  generation, and said, 'It  is  
people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not
know My ways.'  So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall 
not enter My rest.'"


Father YHVH God, we once again PRAISE YOU for graciously
providing YOUR salvation through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  In
these days of  resurrection  celebration, we glorify YOU for 
Your kind deliverance - great is Your mercy oh LORD.  As we
know, You are  here and are not silent  as You take interest in
and are involved with the matters of man.  THANK YOU  for
being our heavenly Father who loves us enough to  discipline  us
when we go astray.  Soften hearts toward repentance, we pray.
And may Your Holy Spirit continue convicting those who choose
to retain  hard hearts  like Pharaoh of old.  Even so, please 
come quickly Lord Jesus!  In Christ's name we pray, amen. 

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Week of 4/6-10  (B15;20)

Psalm 107:1-32  (NKJV) 

Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for  He is  good!  For His
mercy  endures  forever.  Let the redeemed of the LORD
say  so,  whom He has redeemed from the hand of the
enemy, and gathered out of the lands, from the east and
from the west, from the north and from the south.  They
wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;  they found
no city to dwell in.  Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in
them.  Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble,  and
He delivered them out of their distresses.  And He led them
forth by the right way, that they might go to a city for a 
dwelling place.  Oh, that  men  would give thanks to the
LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  His wonderful works
to the children of men!  For He satisfies the longing soul,
and fills the hungry soul with goodness.
Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
bound in affliction and irons - because they rebelled against
the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High,
therefore He brought down their heart with labor;  they fell
down, and  there was  none to help.  Then they cried out to
the LORD in their trouble,  and  He saved them out of their
distresses.  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow
of death, and broke their chains in pieces.  Oh, that  men
would give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  
His wonderful works to the children of men!  For He has 
broken the gates of bronze, and cut the bars of iron in two.
Fools, because of their transgression, and because of their
iniquities, were afflicted.  Their soul abhorred all manner of
food, and they drew near to the gates of death.  Then they
cried out to the LORD in their trouble,  and  He saved them
out of their distresses.  He sent His word and healed them,
and delivered  them  from their destructions.  Oh, that  men 
would give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for 
His wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them sacri-
fice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with
rejoicing.
Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on
great waters, they see the works of the LORD, and His won-
ders in the deep.  For He commands and raises the stormy
wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.  They mount up to
the heavens, they go down again to the depths;  their soul
melts because of trouble.  They reel to and fro, and stagger
like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.  Then they cry
out to the LORD in their trouble, and He brings them out of 
their distresses.  He calms the storm, so that its waves are
still.  Then they are glad because they are quiet;  so He 
guides them to their desired haven.  Oh, that  men  would
give thanks to the LORD  for  His goodness, and  for  His
wonderful works to the children of men!  Let them exalt Him
also in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the
company of the elders.  


The following prayer is taken from  Lenten Postcards:  Daily
Devotions Inspired By The Book Of Common Prayer ; pg. 103 ;
The Foundry Publishing ; 2019.  In this season of Lent, before
our LORD's  passion,  we pray:

Lord, we long for the consummation of all things.  We ache for
your kingdom to come in its fullness.  We confess that we often

imagine the path to victory as a simple ascent to the mountaintop.
We forget that redemption was found not in the glory of the peak
but in the bloodstained dust of the valley, in the cold, unforgiving
walls of a tomb.  May we follow you - to peaks and through
valleys - for the sake of your coming kingdom.  

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Week of 3/30 - 4/3  (B14;20)

[ My precious wife is playing (on the piano), We Exalt Thee
as I write out this blog.  Sweet background music indeed. ]

Psalm 119:97-100; 105  (NKJV)

Oh, how I love Your law!  It is my meditation all the day.
You, through Your commandments, make me wiser than my
enemies;  for they  are  ever with me.  I have more understanding
than all my teachers, for Your testimonies  are  my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Your pre-
cepts.  Your word  is  a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.
The entirety of Your word  is  truth, and every one
of Your righteous judgments  endures  forever. 
(Psalm 119:89, 160 ; NKJV)


Father God, You are great and we adore Thee.  Thank
You for warning us as You have.  On behalf of those who
have taken Your Son’s Counsel seriously:  THANK YOU
for the provisions we currently enjoy in more lean circum-
stances.  Thank You for Mt. 24:45ff.  May we apply  tHis
Counsel and prepare in ways outlined in Your precious 
Word.  As we obey You, we are graced to share provisions
with others in need.  Help us in Your Gospel - as Your Word
outlines! - and Discipleship - as Your holy Word outlines! -
ministries.  We work Your fields unto Your glory and 
praise.  Even so, please come quickly Lord Jesus.  Until
then, protect us as we  bathe  in Your Word.  In Jesus
Christ’s holy name we pray, amen.

 


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