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  • Scripture James 4:12-17
  • Date Sunday, 16 August 2015
One day at a time sweet Jesus,
That's all I'm asking from You.
Just give me the strength to do ev'ry day,
What I have to do.
Yesterday's gone sweet Jesus,
And tomorrow may never be mine.
Lord help me today, show me the way,
One day at a time.

Our song du jour on August 16th. Main text is: James 4:12-17, but we'll be looking at others.

This song can often be a prayer for many of us -- too much to think about if I take a week or a month at a time. Lord, one day is about all I can handle - thanks for being there each day.

  • Scripture Jeremiah 18:1-6
  • Date Sunday, 09 August 2015

As we continue in our Summer Song Series ... first, we are running out of favorites, so if you haven't passed on your favorite yet, please do so soon - time is almost up.

Second, this Sunday (Aug 9) we consider for study the song, "Have Thine Own Way, Lord."
It is a song that we might enjoy singing ... but is it a message we enjoy hearing?
I know how I want things to be ... I know how things are to be done. If I want to abuse my body, that is my right, right? If I enjoy using strong and/or crude and rude language, it is because I have reason to do so. God should leave me alone -- I know better. After all, day in and day out, at work or at school, someone else dictates to me how it should be. I don't believe God should have that right, too. Isn't that how it is? Yeah, I know, honestly we all struggle with that at some point.

So, this song - enjoy singing it, dislike hearing it - this song ... what a mess of trouble it is. What a can of worms it opens.

The author had a set goal for which she was absolutely certain aligned with what God must want. It only makes sense ... and since God would want this too, all should work out and everything should fall into place, right? Not for this author/person. But, the words of an elderly lady brought the author back to Jeremiah 18 and the author became aware that God knows what is best and it may very well NOT align with what we are certain about.

Face it, as a wise old man once said to me, "God has a plan for your life and it ain't none of your business."

  • Scripture Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Date Sunday, 02 August 2015
Our song of the day will be "Amazing Grace."
We will be celebrating Communion during worship.
All-Church Picnic will immediately follow.

Scripture will be from Ephesians 1:3-14
Title is: "Grace Amazing"

The story of John Newton is a facsinating one and the song tracks so closely to what he experienced. What is amazing grace and is it 'amazing' anymore? Have we become bored with the idea ... or just immune to it?

Let us reconsider this "amazing grace" with renewed focus and see just how this is "grace amazing"

  • Scripture Luke 24:13-18, 29-32
  • Date Sunday, 26 July 2015

Sorry about the delay, lacking in time is getting all too common. Anyway, July 26th we will look at the song, "Abide with Me." It is a wonderful song with a strong & significant history. The author's history is critical to the history of this song, as well.

There are so many times we would ask this of our God -- "abide with me." We want God to be close to us, especially in times of tragedy, illness, or some other major life-event. Thus, the popularity of the song. For some, it is a cry out to God ... for others, it is a professional ... for others it might be a confession.

For Henry F. Lyte, his life-struggles translated into his poetry. He was only 46, when he wrote a poem entitled “Declining Days.” When life is a struggle, it sometimes hones one's emotions to a higher sensitivity. I think Lyte experienced this. His poem, "Abide with Me" was put to music by William Monk and it was sung at Lytle's memorial. Since then, it has been used by royalty all the way down to Mother Teressa.

A cry for each of us at some point ... make it one that glorifies God ... Abide with me!

Jesus said to him, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6

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