Prayer for 2013

Prayer for 2013

 

Heavenly Father, I thank You for another year and for the New Year of 2013. As we look back on the past year and all that has taken place in our life, we realize that this is a time for reflection as well as celebration as we look forward, we say thank You.

 

Let us do according to Your good pleasure and purpose, pleasing You in every area of this life. Thank You for Your mercy which makes all things new each morning even after a day of failure.

 

In our time of need, strengthen us. You are our refuge, our strength, and our shield; You are a very present help in times of trouble.

 

In this New Year, let us not only be a hearer of Your Word, but also a doer, help us to trust in You rather than be clothed with discouragement.  Our hope will be in You to renew our strength. We will not fear, for You are with us. We will not be dismayed or overwhelmed, for You are our God. We know You will help and uphold us with Your righteous hand. We believe this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior, Amen.

Problems are like

Problems are like washing machines

They twist us, spin us and knock us around.

But we come out cleaner, brighter & better than before.

 

A Christmas Prayer

A  Christmas Prayer

 

Dear Jesus, It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately. These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated. The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?

Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows.. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.

Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.

Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger. This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us. Be born anew in us. Amen…

 

If You LOVE Something

“If you LOVE something, let it go. If it comes back to you, its yours forever. If it doesn’t, then it was never meant to be.”

A Message To The Men

Whatever we give a woman, she will make it greater. Give her sperm, she will make a baby & will be an excellent mom. Give her a house and she will give you a home. Give her groceries, she will make a meal. Give her a smile and she will give you her heart. So I say to the Men give the women in your life the very best you have and they will give you the very best they have.

A Father’s Day Prayer

God, Bless all the fathers in the world.

Father, we ask that you guide them to be good role models and loving to their children.

Bless those fathers who have taken upon themselves, the responsibility of parenting.

Bless those who have lost a spouse to death or divorce who are parenting their children alone.

We also ask that You help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle life situations in a wise and loving way.  This we ask in Jesus name, Amen.

A Real Man

“A Real Man who takes the lead in sexual purity, and who tells the woman that her heart means more to him than her body, and her purity is more valuable to him than his own pleasure, liberates her from a cruel bondage and gives her a blessing that words can hardly describe.”

What Is God?

God is love and His love is very different from human love. God’s love is unconditional, and it’s not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love us because we’re lovable or because we make Him feel good; He loves us because He is love. He created us to have a loving relationship with him, and He sacrificed His own Son (who also willingly died for us) to restore that relationship. (John 3:16) God Is Personal. God is not a ‘thing’, power, or influence. He thinks, feel desires and acts in ways that show Him to be a living personal Being.

 

The Lord is the true God; He is the living God, the eternal King. (Jeremiah 10:10) God is one. There is only one true God. He says I am the first and the last; apart from me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6) yet God has revealed himself as a ‘trinity’ of three Persons – the Father, the son (Jesus Christ) and the Holy Spirit each of whom is truly, fully and equally God. The Bible speaks of the glory of God the Father; (Philippians 2:11) it says that the Word (Jesus Christ) was God; (John 1:1) and it speaks of the Lord, who is the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18) While there is only one God, there are three persons in the Godhead. God is Spirit. He has no physical dimensions.  He does not have a body, nor does he have any characteristics that can be defined in terms of size and shape. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24) This means that God is invisible. No one has ever seen God. (John 1:18) It also means that he is not confined to one place at a time, but is everywhere all the time: ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.
(Jeremiah 23:24) God is Eternal. God has no beginning. In the Bible’s words from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:2) There never was a time when God did not exist and there never will be a time when he will not exist. God describes himself as the one who is, and who was, and who is to come. (Revelation 1:8) And he remains eternally the same: I the Lord do not change. (Malachi 3:6)
All that God ever was He still is and always will be. God is Independent. Every other living being is dependent on people or things, and ultimately on God – but God is totally independent of his creation.

He can survive on his own. He is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because He himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. (Acts 17:25) God is Holy. He is majestic in holiness, awesome in glory. (Exodus 15:11) There can be no comparison with the holiness of God. There is no one holy like the Lord, (1 Samuel 2:2) who is utterly without fault or defect. The Bible says of him, your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. (Habakkuk 1:13) And this holy God demands holiness from every one of us. His command to us today is: Be holy, because I am holy. (1 Peter 1:16)

God is Just. The Bible says that the Lord is a God of justice and that righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. (Isaiah 30:18; Psalm 97:2) God is not only our Creator and Sustainer; He is also our judge rewarding and punishing, in time and eternity, with a justice that is perfect and beyond any appeal or dispute. God is perfect. His knowledge is perfect. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and lay bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:13) God knows everything in the past, present and future, including all our thoughts, words and deeds. His wisdom is perfect and utterly beyond our understanding. Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

I Dream

Some Men see things as they are and say why;

I dream things that never were and say, why not.

 

George Bernard Shaw

For thoses battling Cancer

For thoses battling Cancer here is a poem called Cancer is so limited. It cannot cripple you. It cannot shattered hope. It cannot corrode faith. It cannot eat away peace. It cannot destroy confidence. It cannot kill friendship. It cannot shut out memories. It cannot silence courage. It cannot invade the soul. It cannot reduce eternal life. It cannot quench the spirit. It cannot lessen the power of the resurrection.

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