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A Prayer

O Almighty God, who alone can order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men: Grant to your people that they may love the thing which you command, and desire that which you do promise, that so, among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

From the Book of Common Prayer.

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From the pen of Pastor Ryan Boys

via Does God Need the Pope’s Protection?

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Watch and Pray

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. “Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. “It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming–in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning– “lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”                                                                               Mark 13:32-37

 

At the conclusion of His teaching Christ repeatedly called His disciples to watch, watch, watch. The biblical doctrine of Christ’s second coming is not something to stimulate curiosity and speculation about a timetable of events. It is a summons to spiritual alertness and constant prayer, since we do not know when the Lord will appear.

—- Copied from notes in The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible

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A Psalm for Thanksgiving

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. 0 Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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Repentance by John Chrysostom

We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments…which you commanded your servant Moses.    Nehemiah 1:7

We have not known thee as we ought, nor learned thy wisdom, grace and power;
the things of earth have filled our thought, and trifles of the passing hour.
Lord, give us light thy truth to see, and make us wise in knowing thee.

We have not feared thee as we ought, nor bowed beneath thine awful eye,
nor guarded deed and word and thought, remembering that God was nigh.
Lord, give us faith to know thee near, and grant the grace of holy fear.

We have not loved thee as we ought, nor cared that we are loved by thee; Thy presence we have coldly sought, and feebly longed thy face to see.
Lord, give a pure and loving heart to feel and own the love thou art.

We have not served thee as we ought, Alas! the duties left undone,
the work with little fervor wrought, the battles lost or scarcely won,
Lord, give me the zeal, and give the might for thee to toil, for thee to fight.

When shall we know thee as we ought, and fear, and love, and serve aright!
When shall we, out of trial brought, be perfect in the land of light.
Lord, may we day by day prepare to see thy face, and serve thee there.

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Luke 18:1-8 by D.E. Young

“Avenge me of my foe!”
So did the widow cry.
The judge, he was unjust
And passed the widow by.

Again she came, again,
And raised the same request.
He pondered what to do
To give himself some rest.

“Though I do not fear God
And men I disregard
I will adjudge this case
And give her her reward.

Lest with her constant pleas
She vex and trouble me.”
So he adjudged her case
And listened to her plea.

And shall not God above
When His elect He hears
Avenge them of their foes
And calm their many fears?

For day and night they cry
And though He hears above
In suff’ring long He waits
To save those of His love.

So, my soul, do not faint
But cry by night and day
That mercy be bestowed.
There is no other way.

July 2016

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The Lord’s Day, April 24, 2016

Psalm 115

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto your name give glory, for your mercy, and for your truth’s sake.

Why should the heathen say, “Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatsoever he has pleased.

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusts in them.

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
You yourselves that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The LORD has been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

You yourselves are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth has he given to the children of men.

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

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In regards to verse 8 here are some thoughts from a study Bible I own. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusts in them.

“Ironically, just as genuine believers are to be conformed to the image of the Lord, the unregenerate resemble the gods of their own making and imagination.”

“Ultimately God will also remove all their natural abilities as well, leaving them powerless and hollow as vessels for everlasting fire. Therefore flee idolatry, and fervently pray for Christ to save you from its soul-killing influences.”

“The hinge upon which true worship turns is faith. Idolaters are like their idols because they trust in them. Salvation is by faith in the Lord. This also suggests that if we trust in the Lord alone for salvation, we will become like Him.”

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