Oct 1, 2014

Glimpses 01

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Introduction

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The Bible as you may or may not know is the story of God dealing with His creation. From the earth's beginnings there is a story portrayed in the Bible of the interaction between God and people.  The Bible is broken into two sections: the Old Testament which contains 39 books and the New Testament which contains 27 books.  The God of the Old Testament is the same God as that in the New Testament.

It may surprise some people, but Jesus never actually makes an appearance in the Old Testament!

However, there is the concept of some sort of saviour or messianic figure throughout. As Christians, we believe that this Messiah or Saviour is Jesus Christ.

In this series, we will glimpse at the story of God's interaction with people from the beginnings to the end - the entire history of the world - beginning to end. 

I think one of the best ways to summarise the Old Testament in 7 quick studies, is to look at the covenants or promises that God made with certain people through history. Then we will go to look at the four Gospels or writings about Jesus Christ before doing the majority of this series, looking at the man Jesus Christ. How and why He is the man of all history!

What were or are Covenants in a biblical sense?

Covenants were common in all kinds of life, and not just between God and humanity.  For instance where a powerful nation had taken over a weaker nation, a covenant was in place to give benefits from the powerful nation to the weaker nation, such as protection as well as sanctions if the weaker nation rebelled.  There were covenants between equal partners in deals similar to contracts of law today.  The Covenants we shall look at from the Old Testament, regarding the relationship between God and humanity, had several things about them.

  • God always took the initiative - sometimes by surprise as in with Abraham or in Noah's case, through his obedience.
  • God has promised certain commitments and has given His solemn promise to fulfil His end of the bargain.
  • God waits for a response from humanity. God does not coerce or force but waits for humanity to take the responsibility of replying and acquiescing to God's covenantal promises.

Through all these Covenants we see a God who is willing to interact with His creation and bless it. When first century Christians such as Paul, Peter and John checked all the events surrounding the life of Jesus, they searched their Scriptures (our Old Testament).  It was as the Holy Spirit illuminated their minds, that they wrote down and passed on the whole gamut of Old Testament promise which was fulfilled in God's Messiah and the world's hope: Jesus Christ and Him alone.  That is why it is important for us as twenty-first century Christian Disciples to read our Old Testament as well as the New Testament.  For by reading the Old Testament, new light may be shed on our own understanding of the New Testament.

So starting tomorrow, we look at the Edenic Covenant from Genesis 2v15-17!

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Sep 30, 2014

POD - Psalm 138

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Psalm 138


A psalm of David.

1 I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart;

I will sing your praises before the gods.

2 I bow before your holy Temple as I worship.

I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness;

for your promises are backed

by all the honor of your name.

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3 As soon as I pray, you answer me;

you encourage me by giving me strength.

4 Every king in all the earth will thank you, Lord,

for all of them will hear your words.

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5 Yes, they will sing about the Lord's ways,

for the glory of the Lord is very great.

6 Though the Lord is great, he cares for the humble,

but he keeps his distance from the proud.

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7 Though I am surrounded by troubles,

you will protect me from the anger of my enemies.

You reach out your hand,

and the power of your right hand saves me.

8 The Lord will work out his plans for my life-

for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.

Don't abandon me, for you made me.

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Sep 29, 2014

Ask Dave - Question 11

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Question 11

What did Partakers do in 2013?

(as interviewed by Mrs Heidi Trotman)

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Sep 28, 2014

Sermon - Final Prayer of David

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David's Final Prayer

1 Chronicles 29:10-20


Introduction

Tonight, we delve into the book of 1 Chronicles and this great and perhaps last public prayer of the great King David!  It is a fabulous piece of Scripture, I am sure you agree, that tells us a lot about God we as Christians claim to know and love, as well as how we are to respond to Him.

Originally 1 & 2 Chronicles were one book. It was the final book of the Jewish Canon, probably written by Ezra and was also known as the "the events of the days", "the things omitted" which would suggest that Chronicles were to be regarded as additional to the books of Kings and Samuel.  It's a book which was written for those from the nation of Israel who are now in exile, to remind them of their spiritual heritage - the journey & history of Israel as a nation.  For us though, not least I, it issues certain challenges to us all.

I will be reading from the Authorised Version. It's the 400th year anniversary this year and as I read, you will see how much of its language has entered into our language today. Its influence on the development of English language is remarkable.

Here is the great king David!

Now here to Chapter 29, we have King David in his final days before handing over the crown to his son, Solomon.  David is no longer the shepherd-boy who slew Goliath. He is at the end of his life. He wanted to build the temple himself, but God told him in 1 Chronicles 28v3 "You are not to build a house for my Name, because you are a warrior and have shed blood." The building of the Temple was to be ultimately achieved by his great son Solomon to do!

What has happened so far?

So what has happened so far, according to the Chronicler? In the previous verses before our reading, we see how David has given publicly a great deal of wealth including gold, silver and other personal possessions for this building - the great Temple. This was to serve as an active encouragement for others to also give generously!  Not only of their material possessions, but also as we read from 1 Chronicles 28v21, their talents and craftsmanship as well!  This house of God would be a community effort - King & pauper alike, giving generously and honestly!

So here is David, a man, who despite his many faults, is described as a man after God's own heart. Israel's greatest king, saying this prayer of intimate praise & adoration to his God in front of the assembled throngs.  This prayer, like his gifts of gold etc., could be said, to be David's legacy to the nation of Israel, to Solomon and by extension also to us.

1.  WOW factor of God! (v10-13)

I get a wow factor of God reading this! Look how David talks of God!  You can tell that David has had a vibrant and intimate relationship with this God - the God of his youth and his old age. He piles up the metaphors! He speaks of God personally: thou, thee, you, yours, our, I, my.  David praises God for who God is!

Verse 10 sets the scene "Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever."  God is their father! He is everlasting! Before Israel was, He is and always will be! He was to be their God and they were to be His people.  God takes care of them as a father does His children - giving generously, protecting them and always being available for guidance & wisdom.

Verse 11 is perhaps the central verse of this prayer: "Thine, O LORD is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

The whole emphasis is on the LORD God! Greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty - all are yours O God - throughout the earth and the heavens! Yours is the kingdom! Not ours, but yours, O King! For they are attributes of a king!

God's greatness is vast, incomparable and unfathomable.  God's power is that of a warrior: almighty, overwhelming yet alluring; and all power comes from Him to every dependent creature.  God's glory is the exuberant and ecstatic magnificence of His very being!  Victory shows God as an all-conquering hero: transcendent and supreme, to whom all creatures and creation are subject. His victories are irrefutable and undeniable. His uncompromising majesty symbolises a dignity, regency, splendour and awesome magnificence!

These things: greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty are essential attributes of who God is: indelible, immutable, unchangeable and permanent.  God is a King in greater splendour than any of the excesses of King Louis XVI.  If you don't know about Louis, go look him up and the scale of extravagance!  This God is a mighty King to be exalted above all things and He is to be held in His rightful place: high and lifted up!

As for the kingdom, whose is it? Is it Israel's? No! Is it David's? No! It is God's and His alone! His Kingdom is of total magnificence and greater than the Roman Empire to come!  Even greater than the British Empire, which was never to see the sun set on it.  Jesus is probably quoting here, in what we call the Lord's Prayer.  So David's words resonate down through history.

In this context however, David uses kingdom to symbolise the fact that the building materials, the amassed wealth, did not belong to Israel, but rather they were God's alone!  God's kingdom shows His universal influence, authority and universality.

Everything is God's! Its all His! Nobody can say they own ultimate possession of anything! The only reason, to paraphrase David, "we have this amassed wealth to build the Temple is because we have the leasehold to it!    God owns the freehold, its all His and because of His generosity we can build Him this house!

And not only these material possessions, but also the imagination, ingenuity, craftsmanship, skills and talents - well they all came from God as well, so you craftsmen, bless God because God has blessed you with skilled hands to work on His house! Your strength is ultimately from His unlimited resources of strength!"

This is no impersonal statue or idol like the surrounding nations. This is the living God, awesome in all things yet willing to be involved in a personal relationship.  This is the God, who through the Levitical Law, wants to live with His people of joy, to be their Living God!   This God is the light of all things good, bright and blessed. He is the greatest of the greatest, truly incomprehensible yet also knowable.  David is in utter adoration of this great God! I wonder if David knew that this physical Temple itself was only ever going to be a temporary building until the coming of the Messiah - when God would no longer dwell in a house made of gold and stone but rather live in human hearts.

It is out of His wonderfully glorious grace that the Lord God Almighty gave the gifts in the first place and the cheerful sacrificial response from His people in gratitude to Him was remarkable! All these things were given willingly - the possessions, the gold, the silver, the skills, the power and strength - all in service of the great God of Israel, the great Father of Abraham, Isaac, Moses and the other patriarchs.

Surely, this is a God worthy of all praise, worship and life commitment! Each person praises differently and in different ways, so let's rejoice when we see other people praising God differently to our own style. So with that said, let us stand, and respond to God by singing together: Poulner Praise 219 King of Kings, Majesty

2. David - its all Him (v14-20)

That's the wow factor of God: a God who is abundant in greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty.

Now let's look together at David himself! All the attributes of praise, given here by David to God, could with a great deal of justification, be said about Israel, or even David himself.  They were at the time a strong nation and David quite rightly still on the throne. Israel's greatest King - full of power, might and majesty.  But no! What does David say in v14? "But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? For all things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee."

Its all about God for David! He would say that I am only here because of Him! David has been reflecting on his whole life - from the time he defeated the Philistine armed only with a sling and stone. He sees his past failures, the utter depravity of those but also his repentant heart before a holy God. The end of verse 14 again, "All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee", and this resonates down through history, in churches worldwide as the offering prayer.

David exhibits great humility before God, and sets an example for his son, Solomon and the other people of Israel, to follow.

And then in v15 "For we are strangers before thee, and sojourners, as were all our fathers: our days on the earth are as a shadow, and there is none abiding"

David acknowledges that Israel were only tenants in the Promised Land - on a leasehold agreement. They were a nation of sojourners travelling a journey, from their foundation as a nation onwards. It is like David was saying to the Lord: "We are here temporarily but You, O God, are here permanently. What an amazingly generous God you are, giving with such exceeding grace to us."  David confesses they are but transient and aliens in the land God had given them.  It is an image tying them to their patriarchs as they wandered in the wilderness, living only on what their God provided them with, as they looked for the Promised Land.  It is also an image of an acknowledgement that all life is supremely dependent upon God and God alone. God was to be their God and they were to be His people - to be shining as a light to all nations as God's representatives.

Here is the mighty King David, bowing in humility before a great God whom he adores, serves and worships.  He knew that his whole life had been one of dependence upon God for all things, and David was exhibiting this before his people.  David's prayer was that the people of Israel would continue to depend on God but also exhibit that dependence and show how God supplied them graciously.

Not only for David but also for the Chronicler too!  He was recording this for the people of Israel when they were in exile.

The Chronicler reminds the people in exile to be utterly dependent upon God for all and everything. For the Chronicler, the building of the Temple was more a matter of the heart, and built upon the faith of God to supply. This faith was expressed in the building made of gold, silver, wood and other metals.

It was due to God's generosity alone the Temple would be built and nothing to do with David and his people.  It would have been a tremendous temptation to be filled with boastful pride about it.  It was a test of people's hearts to see if they really did love their God.

Then in the final words of this prayer, we see David praying for unreserved and enthusiastic giving from the people. He changes from acknowledgment to petition.

In verses 18-20, David exhorts an outpouring of generosity from his people, from a heart filled with thanks - a heart acknowledging total dependence on God for all things - a heart & life of loyal obedience to Almighty God.  Solomon also was to be wholeheartedly obedient and devoted fully to God. A heart filled with peace with God, a life totally devoted to Him, exhibited with joyful giving. That's what David was praying for his people and for his son Solomon. Its also what the Chronicler was expecting from the people in exile as he recounts this to them. It was to be a community effort of devotion and obedience to an almighty God, on whom they were dependent for all facets of human life.  Everybody giving what they could - out of riches or poverty.

So, in a worshipful response to this Great God, let us stand and sing: Baptist Praise 74 You are the King of Glory

3. So what?

Firstly, we saw the wow factor of God: a God who exudes greatness, power, glory, victory and majesty.

Then we saw David's utter adoration and dependence upon the God that he knows intimately.

So, finally, what does all this have to do with us?

How often do we receive from our God, but not thank Him for it? We are to be thankful for every good gift that is given to us. We offer praises and thanks to Him, for who He is and for His generosity and grace towards us. 

Tonight's bible passage was a superb piece of thanksgiving. When was the last time you thanked God for all the things He has given you?  How can we put this thanks and praise into action? Lets see quickly!



Firstly, I am convinced there are enough wealthy Christians sitting in churches in the West, who could make significant donations and virtually eradicate a lot of the poverty in the developing world and indeed their own countries. This would be active Christian giving on a radical scale. In biblical stories, such as this from 1 Chronicles 29, its always those who had the most, gave the most as an example to others of God's generosity. After all, God owns it all anyway and it's only given as a loan from God and not a transference of ownership.



As Christians, we are to desire to mature spiritually - growing in adoration, obedience and commitment to God. Perhaps the greatest indicator of today, concerns our giving. Giving is to be done whole-heartedly and cheerfully. It is also not so much about how much is given, but how much is left after giving and the attitude behind it. God looks beyond that which is given to the motive and attitude behind it. All our money and possessions belong to Him anyway, as we have seen, so giving is to be in response to this. Our money and possessions are a leasehold agreement not a freehold one. Giving done willingly is also not done to boost our own egos or for the feel-good factor, but rather to bring glory and honour to God as a thankful response to His giving all things to us.

Many prayers seemingly go unanswered because God is waiting on people to be obedient to Him, in order to answer the unanswered prayers of others. .

We are to be generous with everything we have, not just in the area of money but with our very lives. We all have time, information, knowledge imagination, gifts and talents.  All these too are to be given back to God .  That may well take radical action to do, but radical giving is what we are called to do. God has given everything so that you and I may live and have life, so by caring and giving, we will reflect that. Let's be radical church together and encourage others to be likewise.



But, as we have seen, it's not only about giving money and resources. Giving is also to include skills, information, imagination and knowledge.  Remember, the priests and craftsmen were waiting to give in the building of and service within the Temple.

Churches, particularly these days, need to capture the imagination of those looking for a church home, and get them involved.  Involvement in such a way that it builds up commitment to God and a growing adoration of Him.  If people are involved, they will stay. It means training them up, to be fit for service within the church.  If training for service doesn't occur, then commitment and dedication to God is likely to be diminished.  If the same people do the same thing year after year, that local church will eventually die out. Each local church is only one generation away from closing its doors permanently.

Giving, as we saw in tonight's passage, is also a community affair.  This Church is to be a community, both within the church and outside of it, where the strongest members support the weakest members.

But, as we also saw tonight, it is not just for leaders to give! Giving is to be for everyone! Every church has a fantastic array of knowledge, wisdom, possessions and imagination. Let us share that with people outside the church. Who knows what our caring and giving will do for them as it reflects the glory of God!

Too often, we are found turning a blind eye to the suffering of others where the necessities of life are in sparse existence. Too often we neglect to give up our personal space, time, imagination, information and money generously to help the poor and needy in our local, national and global communities.

By doing this giving collectively, we will show our faith to be real and practical.  There are people out there in our local community just waiting for somebody to give generously to them.  We need to be seen to be radically giving to all - of our money, our possessions, and also our time, imagination, knowledge, practical help, care and love. 

Let us show our relevance to our local community and not be seen as just a curious gathering of people meeting on a Sunday.

If you have ideas of how you can help the church here at PBC in anyway, then see the elders or the Pastor and talk to them about it.

So if I could summarise all this up in one sentence, it would be something like this

"Ask not only what your God can give to you,

but what great things you can do and give to your God."

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Sep 27, 2014

Job - Why God? - Part 4

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Study 4 : Job 16 - 19

Job continues to struggle.

In these chapters Job says some truly astonishing things that we may otherwise overlook.  To give you an idea of what is to come these are: in chapters 16 and 17 he reckons that he has been attacked by God, which leads to him saying that he has been abused by God; and then after a further statement from Bildad in chapter 18, which implies that he, Job, must be a wicked man, Job says in chapter 19 that although God is against him he has a strong hope that he will be able to state his case before the heavenly court and he hopes to be supported by an effective advocate. Who exactly that advocate will be is not clear to him – though perhaps it is to us!


First, the relatively easy passage, Job 16:1–5, where Job is asking himself how he would do if he was trying to comfort a friend who was suffering as he is suffering. Here it is.

If someone else is suffering it is so easy to stack up a heap of conventional phrases such as ‘you will soon feel better’ even when we know that our friend is dying, or, when we visit someone in hospital ‘cheer up, I’ve brought you some grapes’ which we then proceed to eat while our friend cannot face food of any sort, and so on.


Question: how do you do as a comforter? How would you rate yourself?

Answer: up to you, of course. Paul never actually lists comforting as a gift. He does tell the Christians in Corinth that we should all be good at comforting because we claim as our Father God the ‘Father of compassion and God of all comfort’, but I do think some people are given a very real gift to say the right and helpful thing more than others do when faced with suffering. Some people are more adept at saying the wrong thing, than the right and helpful thing when someone is having a very hard time. If you are a gifted comforter make sure you use your gift as much as possible.


Now we come to the difficult passage 16:6 – 17. Job says his God is his enemy, his attacker and that there is such a thing as divine violence and abuse. Here it is.

Is it really so, or is Job just lashing out with words in his frustration and bitterness at what has happened to him, and his, for no reason he can begin to understand. I have been fortunate enough to live a peaceful life without any major traumas but many of you listening or reading this may well be shut in, unable to get out much because of some major trauma in your life or struggling in other ways, so I must be careful what I say from a position of inexperience. There are other statements like this in scripture. The Psalmist says ‘Your arrows have pierced me,  and your hand has come down on me’, but then goes on to say ‘because of my sin’. Lamentations chapter 3 talks at length of the violence of God but the writer cannot believe that will go on for ever because ‘of his unfailing love’ and traces the problem back to sin. Job never does that. There will eventually be comfort for Job when we get to the last chapter of the book. But there was no comfort for The Jewish members of God’s ancient people who died in the holocaust less than 100 years ago.


There are, I think, 3 lessons here.

  1. In extremes of anguish we may, and even perhaps should, shout at God without losing our faith and our standing before him;
  2. God is with us, as he was with Job, and will be in the succeeding chapters, whatever may happen;
  3. Usually, but not always, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We are always subject to the NCL, the normal chaos of living. That is the way God created the world. We are in that world and therefore have to accept that world the way he designed it – even when we do not understand the design principles.


Jesus taught us to think of God as our loving heavenly Father, contrasting sharply with the most obvious OT picture of a creator/ruler/judge, even though there God is also a covenant God of steadfast love and faithfulness. Job evidently thought mainly of the creator/ruler/judge God and could not resolve the apparent conflict between that God and the covenant God. Neither will we ever be able to do so. We have to live with that conflict, holding to both images, not despairing because we cannot resolve the paradox, continuing to honour and trust the Lord and drawing strength from both Biblical pictures. Only that way will we be able to live with the complexities of life that we cannot fully understand or resolve.


Job is very ready to give up. He says this in the vivid pictures of chapter 17.


Next Bildad speaks up in chapter 18. He makes a fundamental mistake. He thinks the line between good and evil passes between people with some on one side some on the other. But in the real world it is not so. The line between good and evil runs through all of us; some of you, some of me, is on one side, some on the other. We are, like all the human race, made in the image of God, but on the other hand have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. But Bildad is sure that Job is entirely the wrong side of the line between good and evil. He doesn’t quite say so but it is very clear that that is what he thinks is why Job has had such a tough time.

And so to the famous chapter 19: famous because of one phrase ‘I know that my redeemer lives’ and one song in Handel’s Messiah. But is it really a statement about Jesus? We need to look at it carefully. I will read the first 6 verses where Job continues to react against his so ineffective comforters.

At this point I am going to switch from the NIV that I have been using as the version you are most likely to have to the Contemporary English Version, the successor to the Good News Version, because the argument is easier to follow in that. In the next 16 verses he describes his plight in some vivid images. He is trapped in a hunter’s net; a landslide blocks his way; he is caught in the dark; he loses his high place in society; he is uprooted like an old tree; he is besieged in his tent. Worse than all that he has lost all his closest relationships with family, household and friends. It is a sorry story, which I now read, 6-22.

Yet, all is not lost. In a surprising and memorable passage Job now turns to God. These are verses 23, 24.

He wants what he says to be recorded, not in a computer memory, which can be so easily erased, but engraved in rock with the letters filled with lead so they can be read forever. At least, that is what he hopes for. The CEV has ‘I wish’ and the NIV has ‘Oh that”. He has no certainty.

Then he makes his great pronouncement; here it is 25 – 27.  It is all about his goel, as the original word is, translated as redeemer or saviour, his kinsman-redeemer, who will come to his rescue. Even after all his bitter and angry statements railing against God he knows that only God, or some delegate of his, will be adequate to come to his rescue.  The OT goel was a close kinsman, an elder brother or a senior uncle or some other close and senior family member, whose responsibility it was to avenge a wrong, buy back a field that was in danger of being lost to the family estate or marry a widow to continue the family (as Boaz, the best known goel, did for Ruth). Experts argue about whom Job was thinking of when he wrote that. We don’t have to argue about who our goel is, it is Jesus.

It is rather surprising that the goel does not appear in the NT. The writer to the Hebrews perhaps get closest when he says Jesus was ‘not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters’ but he then goes on to talk about him as our high priest and not as our goel. However we can say with certainty that he is our kinsman for Gal 4: 7 says ‘you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir’. He is, as it were, our elder brother. And he is our redeemer as Peter says in his 1: 18, 19 ‘it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ’. So he is our goel, our kinsman-redeemer.

For Job it was a just a hope, an ‘I wish’ but for us it is a certainty ‘God made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. …it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God ‘.

Sometimes it doesn’t feel like that. We are all capable of sliding into a dark, damp ditch of despair, perhaps not as deep and dark as the one poor old Job had got into, but just as real to us. But we have a better promise and a clearer hope than he ever had. Brother, sister, have courage.

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Sep 26, 2014

Friday Prayers 26 September 2014

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Partakers Friday Prayers!

26th September 2014

We pray together and when Christians pray together, from different nations, different churches and different denominations - that reveals Church unity! Come! Let us pray together!

A Prayer of Thomas Aquinas

O Lord my God,
help me to be obedient without reserve,
poor without servility,
chaste without compromise,
humble without pretence,
joyful without depravity,
serious without affectation,
active without frivolity,
submissive without bitterness,
truthful without duplicity,
fruitful in good works without presumption,
quick to revive my neighbour without haughtiness,
and quick to edify others by word and example without simulation.

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Grant me, O Lord,
an ever-watchful heart that no alien thought can lure away from You;
a noble heart that no base love can sully;
an upright heart that no perverse intention can lead astray;
an invincible heart that no distress can overcome;
an unfettered heart that no impetuous desires can enchain.


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O Lord my God, also bestow upon me understanding to know You,
zeal to seek You,
wisdom to find You,
a life that is pleasing to You,
unshakable perseverance,
and a hope that will one day take hold of You.


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May I also receive the benefits of your grace,
in order to taste your heavenly joys and contemplate your glory.
Amen.

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Sep 25, 2014

SALT - Beverly

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An interview of less than 3 minutes with a Christian answering 6 questions.

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Sep 24, 2014

WOW - Joy

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WOW - JOY!


Joy rules! Joy reigns! Are you full of joy? Joy is not happiness! Don't just settle for happiness, strive for joy!  Joy is happiness on steroids!  Pure unadulterated, unmitigated joy results from putting God's glory and honor before all other things in your life! 

Joy is Jesus Over Yourself!  Joy results from being in relationship with Jesus! Joy is not a mere emotion!  Joy stems from seeking to obey God in all things and through all facets of human experience!  Joy is through sacrificial love, through testimony and through praise! 

As Christians we are members of God's Joy orchestra!

It is our joy and to our glory to give God glory in all things. We turn in joy and admiration to a God who one day will cause all the earth to fear and tremble before Him.  Go share your joy with others!

Joy can be stillness within! Joy can be bubbling effervescently from out of you! Go with joy even in the midst of troubles, pain and suffering. 

True joy was exhibited by Jesus, for as it is written "Let us fix our eyes upon Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God," (Hebrews 12:2)


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Sep 23, 2014

POD - Psalm 6

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Psalm 6

6:1 Yahweh, don't rebuke me in your anger,
neither discipline me in your wrath.



6:2 Have mercy on me, Yahweh, for I am faint.
Yahweh, heal me, for my bones are troubled.



6:3 My soul is also in great anguish.
But you, Yahweh-how long?



6:4 Return, Yahweh.
Deliver my soul, and save me for your loving kindness' sake.



6:5 For in death there is no memory of you.
In Sheol, who shall give you thanks?



6:6 I am weary with my groaning.
Every night I flood my bed. I drench my couch with my tears.



6:7 My eye wastes away because of grief.
It grows old because of all my adversaries.



6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity,
for Yahweh has heard the voice of my weeping.



6:9 Yahweh has heard my supplication.
Yahweh accepts my prayer.



6:10 May all my enemies be ashamed and dismayed.
They shall turn back, they shall be disgraced suddenly.



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Sep 22, 2014

Ask Dave - Question 10

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Question 10

How did Partakers start and why?

(as interviewed by Mrs Heidi Trotman)

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