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

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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.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Malachi 4:2 "But to you who fear My name The Sun of Righteousness shall arise With healing in His wings; And you shall go out And grow fat like stall-fed calves." NKJV Friends in Christ, The prophets of the Hebrew Scriptures often centered on a common theme of the coming judgment for the people of Israel. In the book of Malachi, it is no different. This final book of the Old Testament brings a very real promise of coming judgment, yet in the midst of this proclamation is a message of hope and blessings. You see, the reality is that our sin is worthy of God's judgment. We have broken His laws and deserve punishment, but God does not leave us there. Instead, He stepped down out of Heaven, in the form of Jesus Christ, and made a way for us to be saved from this punishment. When Jesus died on the cross 2000 years ago, He proclaimed to the whole world His love for His Father's chosen. Now because of this amazing love, we can find hope and a future in a relationship with Jesus. When we realize our sin and turn to God for forgiveness, He opens His arms wide desiring to shower us with His grace and mercy. This is the God of the Bible, both perfect in judgment and perfect in love. Do you know Him? If so, rejoice my friends because the coming of the Lord brings healing and joy! If not, then surrender to Him today and find rest for your weary soul and love for all eternity. Walking your faith? The day of the Lord brings healing & joy to those who fear the Lord. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I know that I have sinned against You and I pray that You would forgive me of my sins. I believe that Jesus died on the cross and rose again so that I could be forgiven. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and help me to live a life dedicated to You. Thank You for Your love and grace. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Coram Deo

Posted on December 2, 2019 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Jeremiah 3:25 "We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the Lord our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.�?� NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, Sin is not your friend. Yes, it may feel good to do it. There may be a "high" associated with the activity, but don't let that make you think that it is on your side. In the book of Jeremiah, God is speaking to his people about their evil activity. In the midst of His convicting words, God points them to a time that is yet to come where they will turn back to Him. When they turn back they will see the truth about their sinfulness and how much it costs. This is one of the things that occur when we repent. We see our sin, the cost of it, and the reality that we are to blame. But God does not leave us there. Our God is a God of hope and second chances. He desires to take our sin-stained lives and turn them into glorious gems. God is not interested in simply placing a band-aid on our faulty flesh; He desires to give us a brand new life. This all starts when we turn from the empty sin we have been chasing after and turn to the mighty God who desires to save us. Have you turned to Him? He is waiting with open arms. Waling your faith? God is not interested in placing band-aids on your broken life; He desires to give you a brand new one. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I believe Your Son Jesus died for me so that I could be forgiven. I believe Your Son Jesus was raised from the dead so that I could have new life. I know I have done wrong things, and I'm sorry. Please forgive me and grant me the power to follow Your Will all the days of my life. Amen.

Walking Your Faith

Posted on December 1, 2019 at 5:55 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith John 19:17-18 "And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, It is painful to consider what Jesus went through for us and to think about what He endured on our behalf. The remarkable truth I keep coming back to time and time again is that it was His decision. He decided to endure these things... the suffering, the beatings and the crucifixion. It is convicting because I know how little, in comparison, it has taken to rattle my endurance at times. I have never been beaten for Jesus much less crucified. It comes down to each and every one of us making a commitment to Jesus. How far will you follow Jesus? Until it gets inconvenient, uncomfortable, or what about when it becomes painful? Are you willing to follow Him all the way? Let us follow our Jesus, who is so worthy, all the way until the end. Until we hear the words "Well done, good and faithful servant." God bless you as you follow Jesus Christ, Son of God. Walking your faith? Make a commitment to follow Jesus. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, You have called me to a disciple's life. I want to embrace that life, yet there are times when I look back. I am Your disciple. I will go where You lead me. Please help my faith. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

Walking Your Faith

Posted on November 29, 2019 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith Acts 12:5 "Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, I encourage you to begin 'walking in prayer'. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to "pray without ceasing." At first glance, this seems impossible. In considering this further, we see that Paul is telling us to walk in prayer. A portion of my own prayer life is made up of simple short prayers as I commute to work, wait in line at a local store or on a walk alone. This makes me much more aware of the presence of God in my life. Often, when someone asks me to pray for them, I pray for them right then and there. I want the person to know I have prayed for them. Let me encourage you to begin walking in prayer today. You will discover what an amazing difference it will make in your life. Amen? Walking your faith? We should pray (which is simply talking and listening to God). Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for the gift of prayer. Thank You for the gift of being able to talk to You and listen to You wherever I am, whoever I am with and whatever I am doing. I ask, Lord, that I would develop a lifestyle of talking and listening to You. Help me to pray throughout my day and enjoy the time I get to spend with You. Also, help me to remember to pray for others. Thanks God for listening to me. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

Thanksgiving

Posted on November 28, 2019 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)
In Everything Give Thanks Psalm 26:7 "That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And tell of all Your wondrous works." NKJV Loved Ones in Christ, At this special time of year, I want you to know that I give thanks for you, your prayers, and your friendship throughout the year. As a nation, we celebrate Thanksgiving for one day. It is important that as believers we offer up thanks not just one day a year but all the time. We have so much to be thankful for - our God, our salvation, our forgiveness, our families, His church and the list goes on and on. Take the time every day to thank God for all the many blessings He has so lovingly given you. While the world may celebrate Thanksgiving once a year, we can and should celebrate it every day. Walking your faith? Thanksgiving to God should be an every day thing Shalom! ABBA, Father God, Thank You for Your granting of salvation. Thank You for Your love, grace and mercy. Thank You for my family, my friends and our congregational fellowship. You have granted me so much to be thankful for. Lord, help me to overflow with this thanksgiving so that others will see and desire to know You. I pray this in Jesus' precious name and for Your glory, amen. May the Lord richly bless you and your family this Thanksgiving. Chaplain Thomas Stackhouse, OCM

Chaplain's Devotional

Posted on November 23, 2019 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)
Walking Your Faith 1 Timothy 6:5 ..."useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself." NKJV Friends in Christ, If we look around long enough, any of us can find someone who appears to have it all together. Even now, an individual has popped into your mind. To you this person is a picture of goodness. Their gracious manner and presence may have you imagining God's love hovering over their head like a glowing halo. While you can't picture God loving you, there is no doubt in your mind that He loves that person. Friends, if this is you... you're missing the Gospel. In God's graciousness, none of us are as bad as we could be, and yet we're all born sinners. Each one of us begins life at the same place, lost. Yet because of God's great love, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place thus making us perfect. You heard me right, perfect. In this world, it can be easy for people to appear good. They may care for others, give to the poor and act nice, but without Jesus, they still need a Savior. This is what makes the Gospel the "good news". While we could never be good enough to earn God's love, He showed His love towards us anyway in the life, death and resurrection of His Son. Walking your faith? The Gospel message of Jesus Christ was never meant to be debated from the perspective of human goodness. Shalom! ABBA, Father God, I am so thankful that Your love is not dictated by my good works but is freely given through Jesus. Help me to truly understand the power of the Gospel and to share it with those around me. Teach me through Your Word and guide me by Your Spirit. In Jesus' precious name and for Your Glory. Amen.

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