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  Chaplain Thomas Stackhouse - PA. Military Veterans & Law Enforcement Outreach

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CORAM DEO ( Living Before The Face Of GOD ) LAUS DEO (Praise Be To GOD)

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CORAM DEO ~ LAUS DEO

Posted on January 18, 2020 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotional 1 Chronicles 26:12 "Among these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, among the chief men, having duties just like their brethren, to serve in the house of the Lord." NKJV Friends in Christ, Will you shine or will you rust? Time does interesting things to us, our relationships and our bodies. We seem to have this notion that time will always help us sort things out and that somehow it helps our priorities to rise to the top and solves our problems. Friends, it really doesn't. We think that time heals all wounds and yet time can often wound all our heals. We have to decide on a daily basis what is important. Is God important to you? If God is important to you, then His Kingdom priorities become your priorities. When we say we are following Jesus, this should describe an active and ongoing relationship with Jesus. Jesus said we are the light of the world. Actually, He said YOU are the light of the world. As you serve God, your light shines. Check out these verses. 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 "But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them." NKJV Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven." NKJV Daniel 12:3 "Those who are wise shall shine. Like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever." NKJV When Charlie, in the movie 'Willy Wonka', does the right thing, Willy Wonka says, "So shines a good deed in a weary world." Friend, serve God and let your light shine in a cold, dark and hurting world. As your light shines, it will change your life, the world and give spiritual light and sight to your family, friends and loved ones. So, your call... shine like the stars forever or rust like a bucket. You are called to shine. Shine on loved one, shine on... forever. Walking your faith? It is when we give our lives to the work of the Kingdom that we shine the brightest. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for loving me. Thank You for the opportunity and reminder to shine for You. I am grateful that You have gifted me unique abilities and talents to serve in Your Kingdom. Thank You for granting me the power to choose. Lord, my choices affect the souls of men and women whose lives are eternally hanging in the balance of my decision. I want to give my life away and shine like a star in the night sky. At times, I am fearful of being wounded and hurt in the battle, but Lord, if You could change the world with eleven disciples I know You can use me as I stand with other believers. Empower me with Your strength to encourage, pray, support, serve, love and give to others. I want to do all I can to reach all I can. I choose to let my good works shine and serve in the house of the Lord. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Coram Deo - Laus Deo

Posted on January 11, 2020 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotional 1 Timothy 1:3-4 "As I urged you when I went into Macedonia - remain in Ephesus that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, nor give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which cause disputes rather than godly edification which is in faith." NKJV Friends in Christ, In the body of Christ, we must be careful to guard ourselves against divisiveness and false doctrine. These things will penetrate the body and can lead to sin as well as a misunderstanding of God's Word. Often, those who come representing a "new way" or a "higher understanding" are deceived. Their train of thought is dependent upon human wisdom or even an evil motive. This is why, many times throughout the scriptures, the apostles warn against false teachers and bad doctrines. Often, bad teaching comes from those who want to do it their own way. They are not content with God's Word as the final authority so they twist it or reject it altogether. Friends, this is dangerous. If we are to truly understand life, we need to look to the One who gave life. If we desire to know about this world, we must hold tight to the words of God who formed it. Most importantly, if we are to know how we can find forgiveness and eternal life, we have no other option than to embrace the Truth found in the Bible. When we live by God's Words and not our own, we will find hope for this life and unending joy in the next. Walking your faith? There is danger in living our lives by our own standards rather than God's. Shalom. ABBA, Father God, Thank You for the Bible. What a blessing it is to be able to read the very words of God. Father, guard my heart against false teaching and help me to stand firm on the Truth of Your Word. Hide Your Word in my heart so that I will not sin against You. Use me to share Your Word with others. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Coram Deo - Laus Deo

Posted on January 4, 2020 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Devotional Acts 10:29 "Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?" NKJV Friends in Christ, Peter asks a thought-provoking question in this passage. Why am I here? I think this is a great question to ask ourselves. We may say we are here to serve and love God and to serve and love others, but if we never take the time to really do these things, how important are they to us? I believe it is important to ask ourselves this question often and make decisions according to these priorities. I know I am guilty of getting caught up in things that don't really matter and disregarding the things that really do matter. I find myself "majoring on the minors and minoring on the majors." Jesus broke it down for us when He said, "Love God and love others." It really can't be explained any simpler than that. We should remember that Jesus did something extraordinary. He loved us by giving His life away. In doing that, He has shown us how to love others. Life Lesson: We should be asking ourselves the question, why am I here? The answers should be... 1) to love and serve God 2) to love and serve others 3) to show and tell others about Jesus ABBA, Father God, Help me to remember what is important. I get confused about my priorities sometimes. Please remind me through Bible teaching, Bible reading and the love and care of others, why I am here. Help me to take the time to remember these things. When it's all said and done, only what I have done for You will last. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Coram Deo - Laus Deo

Posted on January 1, 2020 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith - Happy New Year! Rev 21:5a "Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new."... NKJV Friends in Christ, How timely it is to stop and consider this verse today. As we have a new year starting, in like manner we have a fresh new start in our life for the Lord. What does the year hold for you? Well I can assure you that the Lord has some awesome things prepared for each of us individually and as a church. This past year the Lord did some incredible things and I look forward to a new year filled with family and new friends coming to know the Lord. We will see multitudes moved forward in the spiritual journey from discovery to discipleship. What an adventure! It is all made possible by a fresh start... Thanks be to the Holy Lord for new beginnings! Walking your faith? Jesus makes all things new... including you. Shalom. ABBA, Father God, Thank You for new beginnings. What an incredible day this is with a fresh year's potential stretched out before me. I purpose to be found faithful this year in each and every opportunity You bring to me. Thank You, Lord, for new beginnings. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 28, 2019 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Acts 8:18-19 "And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, "Give me this power also, that anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit." NKJV Friends in Christ, In this passage, Simon thought he could buy the power of the Holy Spirit. Simon wanted this power so that he could impress others. That is not what the power of God is for. The power of God is given that we may live for Him. We have the power of God that our lives might demonstrate God's work changing us. We should be good stewards by using this power to reach people. We should want to encourage people in their faith. Throughout the Bible, we see Jesus using His power to touch lives, and He did so without weird displays. I believe this gives us our model of what using that power looks like. Why do you desire supernatural power? Hopefully, it is to bless others. How do you use your God given resources? Is it to bless and reach others? I hope that it is. With what we have been given, we can make a difference in the hereafter by making a difference in the here and now. Walking your faith? God has given us power and resources to reach others. Shalom. ABBA, Father God, All the good things in my life have come from You. My life, my strength, my wisdom, and all that I am or hope to be is a gift from You. I want to use my power, strength, and resources to reach a lost and dying world. We know from Your life, Jesus, that You cared about people. As I follow You, help me to care for others. Help me to use what You have given me wisely as a good steward to reach others. In the name of Yeshua, Jesus. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 24, 2019 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith 2 Corinthians 4:6 "For God, who said, "Let there be light in the darkness," has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ." NKJV Family in Christ, In the beginning God spoke into the darkness and created the light. This light was the beginning of a new world. Like our world, we all begin in darkness because of our sinful nature. This is why during Christmas we celebrate with such excitement because the Light has come into our darkness. Two thousand years ago in a stable in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ came in the form of man. He, who had created light in the beginning of time, was now on our earth as a light to men. What great news! The Lord of all creation has come to bring light and life to His people. As we surrender our lives to Jesus, He speaks into our lives and light bursts forth in brilliant beams. This light transforms us from the inside and we are made new. As you celebrate with family and friends this Christmas, look at the lights around you and remember 'The Light' of the world. As you do that, remember that He has come to make us lights to this world as well. What an honor, to be given the Light of God to share with others who are in darkness. Surely, this is what Christmas is all about. Walking your faith? Shine as lights. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for Christmas and the light given to us through Your Son, Jesus. Father, forgive me of my sins and fill me with Your light so that I may share You with this dark world. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory Lord. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 21, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

 

1 Corinthians 12:21 "And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." NKJV

 

Family in Christ,

This week chances are good that you've been to the grocery store. Without really thinking about it, each week we go to the store to get food then drive home all the while taking for granted that the store will be there the next time we run out. But what if it wasn't? What if the stores closed or ran out of food? Now, I'm not saying this to cause alarm, but I am trying to paint a picture of just how dependent we are on one another.

 

Each one of our lives impacts those around us and this fact is even greater inside the church. You see friends, God created the body of Christ to function together. Without the feet, there would be no walking and without the eyes, there would be no seeing. God did not make us to work apart but rather together as one. Yes, we all have different pasts, pains and problems but God is greater than that. With His Spirit in each of us, we can find the power to work together for the sake of His Kingdom.

 

Walking yourfaith? We need God and we need each other. Shalom!

 

ABBA, Father God

Thank You for the church. Thank You for those in the church who are united under the name of Jesus to love one another and to help each other. Father, I pray that You would help me take my eyes off myself and to focus on You. As I do that I will find strength and unity as the body of Christ. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 15, 2019 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God." NKJV Friends in Christ, Picture, if you will, a line of people. These people are from different backgrounds and families. Only one thing unites them and that is the fact that all are incredibly thirsty. Each of them longs for a cup of cold water. Now, imagine the first in this great line being given a case of ice cold water. With great anticipation, they grab a bottle and begin to quench their overpowering thirst. The dryness and pain that came with the thirst is quickly forgotten as they embrace the refreshing liquid. After enjoying the comforts of the water, the person is then refreshed and ready to pass on this wonderful gift. With great joy, they proceed to hand a bottle of water to the next thirsty soul - and the refreshment continues. Friends, this may seem like an odd story, but it sheds light on our place in sharing God's comfort. All of us have endured suffering. Like these people, we ache for refreshment from the pains of life. After a time of wondering when it will end, God pours out His refreshing comfort on our life and we become encouraged. The danger is to stop at this point and miss the secondary blessing. Rather than selfishly holding on to God's comfort, we should share it with those who are still thirsting for relief. As God comforts us in our suffering we are put in the perfect place to comfort others - and the refreshment continues. Amen? Walking your faith? God is the source of all blessings, comfort and mercy. When we pass on blessings or comfort or mercy, we are becoming more and more like Christ. Shalom. ABBA, Father God, Thank You for the amazing comfort that I find in You. Because of Your love, I have peace with God and forgiveness for all my sins. Because of Jesus, I am free from the penalty of sin and no matter what happens on this earth, I will be healed and loved for all eternity. Lord, help me to remember these things and to pass them on to those who are thirsting for Your refreshing comfort. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 15, 2019 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Walking Your Faith

 

1 Corinthians 12:15-16 "If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? NKJV

 

Friends in Christ,

If you've been alive for any amount of time, you've probably witnessed the strange things people will do to be 'unique'. Between hairstyles, clothes or body art, people want to be noticed for their differences. Because of this attitude, many people claim that the church leads to nothing but the same old same old. Well friends, I'm here to tell you that any church that is living biblically will not be a factory of sameness.

 

In fact, God's Word describes the body of Christ as different people with unique talents and abilities coming together with a single purpose in mind. Just as God created the vast array of flowers that brighten our world, He has created each and every one of us with special gifts that can be used for His glory. What a beautiful picture of unity with diversity. So instead of seeking out differences to hold against each other, let us use our differences in an effort to build God's Kingdom. As the world looks on and sees us walk in loving unity, they will wonder how, and we can simply say, "Jesus."

 

Walking your faith? Christian unity does not mean uniformity or 'sameness'. Shalom!

 

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for the special gifts and abilities You have granted to me. Father, I pray that You grant me and Your church a heart of unity. Help us to use our differences for Your Kingdom and not to allow the enemy to cause division. May my heart and mind be set on You and the Gospel. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 8, 2019 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (1)
Walking Your Faith Matthew 12:20-21 "A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench, Till He sends forth justice to victory; And in His name Gentiles will trust." NKJV Friends in Christ, I do not want people to feel beat up about sharing their faith. I want to encourage people to share their faith. Why? Look at Peter! In his life, we see certain things that are important for us to recognize. Peter had failed miserably not only by not sharing his faith, but also by denying his faith. Then, in the book of Acts we see a changed Peter. He boldly declares to the Jewish leaders "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole." (Acts 4:10 NKJV). Despite Peter's failure, God still worked through him. Perhaps you have had some failures in sharing your faith. Maybe you have even denied Jesus in your words or your actions. However small or frail your desire to tell others about Jesus may be, God will take that desire and fan the flames of it until it is a roaring blaze. God wants us to share our faith and He works with us right where we are. All He asks for is a willing heart and mouth to speak on His behalf. Walking your faith? God can give us a boldness to share our faith. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for this gift of salvation. Help me to be bold in sharing it with others. I haven't been so bold in the past and have closed my mouth when I should have spoken. Please forgive me for that and renew my desire to share this message of forgiveness of sins to the world. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

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