I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind,
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:18
So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.
I have decided to follow Jesus; I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus; No turning back, no turning back.
Though I may wonder, I still will follow; Though I may wonder, I still will follow;
Though I may wonder, I still will follow; No turning back, no turning back.
The world behind me, the cross before me; The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me; No turning back, no turning back.
Though none go with me, still I will follow; Though none go with me, still I will follow;
Though none go with me, still I will follow; No turning back, no turning back.
My cross I’ll carry, Till I see Jesus; My cross I’ll carry Till I see Jesus, :
My cross I’ll carry Till I see Jesus, No turning back, No turning back.
Will you decide now to follow Jesus? Will you decide now to follow Jesus?
Will you decide now to follow Jesus? No turning back, no turning back.
I relish everything you've told me of life, I won't forget a word of it. Psalm 119:16
Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Billy Graham is now 91-years-old with Parkinson's disease.
In January 2000, leaders in Charlotte , North Carolina ,
invited their favorite son, Billy Graham, to a luncheon in
Billy initially hesitated to accept the invitation because he
struggles with Parkinson's disease. But the Charlotte
leaders said, 'We don't expect a major address. Just
come and let us honor you.' So he agreed.
After wonderful things were said about him, Dr. Graham
stepped to the rostrum, looked at the crowd, and said,
"I'm reminded today of Albert Einstein, the great physicist who this
month has been honored by Time magazine as the Man of the Century.
Einstein was once traveling from
Princeton on a train when the conductor came down the
aisle, punching the tickets of every passenger. When he
came to Einstein, Einstein reached in his vest pocket. He
couldn't find his ticket, so
he reached in his trouser pockets.
It wasn't there.
He looked in his briefcase but couldn't find it.
Then he looked in the seat beside him. He still couldn't find it.
"The conductor said, 'Dr. Einstein, I know who you are..
We all know who you are. I'm sure you bought a ticket.
Don't worry about it.'
"Einstein nodded appreciatively. The conductor continued
down the aisle punching tickets. As he was ready to
move to the next car, he turned around and saw the great
physicist down on his hands and knees looking under his
seat for his ticket.
"The conductor rushed back and said, 'Dr. Einstein,
Dr. Einstein, don't worry, I know who you are; no problem.
You don't need a ticket. I'm sure you bought one.'
Einstein looked at him and said, 'Young man, I too, know who I am.
What I don't know is where I'm going.''
Having said that Billy Graham continued,
"See the suit I'm wearing? It's a brand new suit. My children, and my
grandchildren are telling me I've gotten a little slovenly in my old
age. I used to be a bit more fastidious. So I went out and bought a new
suit for this luncheon and one more occasion. You know what that
occasion is? This is the suit in which I'll be buried. But when you
hear I'm dead, I don't want you to immediately remember the suit I'm
wearing. I want you to remember this:
So let's agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don't drag them down by finding fault. You're certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God's work among you, are you? I said it before and I'll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don't eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love. Romans 14:19
Now Peter got really nervous and swore, "I never laid eyes on this man you're talking about." Just then the rooster crowed a second time. Peter remembered how Jesus had said, "Before a rooster crows twice, you'll deny me three times." He collapsed in tears.
Anyone who has been quick to say, "How could Peter deny knowing Christ?" need only take a look into the mirror of their past and ask to be shown ways we have hurt the ones we love and the finger of judgement will drop. I'd love the chance to rewind 35 years and take every hurtful word, action or unkind look I've tossed my husband's and children's way back.
Jesus knew Peter was going to blow it, yet he didn't love him any less. Likewise, Christ is fully aware of our weaknesses and sins. He knows we've blown it many a time and still have some blowing to do in the future, but He remains steadfast in his love commitment to us.
Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge;
I will tell of all your deeds. Psalm 73:25-26
God will provide what we need...we just got to go to Him!
"We so good 4 each otha. Memba that!" Kaye Henderson