What does God think about it?

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Last night during the Republican debate the commentators constantly referred to the polls saying things like, “What do Iowa voters think about immigration reform”  or ” how will the New Hampshire vote be swayed by what Ted Cruz or Rand Paul says?” One day it may be that one of those on the stage last night will be elected president of the United States. In another year we may be hearing, “What will the world think about what the president said from the Rose Garden today?” But with all the hub-bub and political maneuvering going on, who has stopped to ask, “What does God think about this?”

A long time ago the prophet Isaiah was having a personal encounter with God like no one else had up to his time. He prophetically saw the coming judgement of Israel then later her return to the land. He saw the Prince of Peace, the seraphim, and the very throne room of God.  Later Isaiah is even shown the sufferings of Christ for His people. He probably wondered, just like we would have, how  God would work everything out and how He would ultimately redeem His people. Then God comes and almost as if putting his arms around Isaiah’s quaking shoulders says, “Relax, I’ve got this! It doesn’t matter what everyone thinks because I have everything completely under control!

For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9

Maybe you have caught just a glimpse of God’s awesome plan or are struggling with the despair of present failure or sin. Listen again to what God told Isaiah that day, because He still has everything under control and He will make a way no matter what anyone thinks-even you!

Even Unto Death – Audrey Assad

This is a stunningly beautiful new worship song from Audrey Assad. I pray you will also be blessed!

Jesus
The very thought of You
It fills my heart with love
Jesus
You burn like wildfire
And I am overcome

Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You

Jesus
You are my only hope
And You, my prize shall be
Jesus
You are my glory now
And in eternity

Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You
Yeah, Lover of my soul
Even unto death
With my every breath I will love You

In my darkest hour
In humiliation
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken
Oh, I lose my life
Oh, my breath be taken
I will wait for You
I am not forsaken
One thing I desire
To see You in Your beauty

You are my delight
Yeah, You are my only
You have sacrificed
Oh, Your love is all consuming
You are my delight
Yeah, You are my glory
Oh, You are my glory
Oh, You are my glory
Yeah

They Also Serve

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That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”   John Milton

On sleepless nights we may struggle with helplessness, regret and despair like Milton as he penned these lines. As we grow older it sometimes seems that our own hopes and goals are further away than ever. But when we feel most alone, we must remind ourselves that God will never forget us. To wait in faith and hope and stand when all appears lost is service enough to God. He remembers the wounds of our Savior and by His blood gives to us the true peace that will keep our hearts when everything else has fallen!

But He was wounded for our transgressions,
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Your Life is a Letter!

The only letter of recommendation we need is you yourselves. Your lives are a letter written in our hearts; everyone can read it and recognize our good work among you.           2 Corinthians 3:2

Did you ever stop to think that your life is a blog with a new page written daily by someone. If our hearts are open to God’s word then we are giving the Holy Spirit editorial permission to correct a few lines. His revisions sometimes seem painful and a few of His twists and turns of the plot difficult to understand, but He knows precisely how our story needs to flow.

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He writes from the opening paragraph to the denouement a love letter for our souls. God sent His own Son to die for our rescue and He knows how from our sunrise to the end of our day how things will work together for our good. When we trust the scenes of our lives into the hand of the master director nothing short of a masterpiece will result as our names are written into the book of life!

Free Book Preview Available Today

Here is your opportunity for a Free Book Preview of Would You Do It For One? Nursing Home Ministry for the 21st century

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Would You Do It For One? Free preview available here

cropped-story-of-bethlehem.jpgAmazon is making free previews available today so I thought I would share this resource for readers who would like to take advantage of the opportunity. This book includes many true stories and helpful practical guidelines for those interested in or already committed to Nursing Home Ministry. Also included is a seven session workshop to help jump start your outreach. Be blessed today.

James 1:27 Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.

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The Gift of Touch

We can touch someone this week!

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When Jesus came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” he said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosyMatthew 8:1-3

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When our friend Ken was sick this year we went to visit him, to pray for him and yes, to put our arms around him. Jesus often is found touching others. When the disciples were ready to send the children away it says that”…He took them in His arms, placed His hands on them and blessed them.”

There is something about touch that transmits the love of God. In nursing home ministry we need to remember that people are often longing to feel the touch of another person besides their nurse, or…

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