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May 27, 2020

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Nehemiah 8-9
Audio: Nehemiah 8-9

Psalm 147 (ESV)

Praise the Lord!
For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
The Lord lifts up the humble;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre!
He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.
He gives to the beasts their food,
    and to the young ravens that cry.
10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
11 but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

12 Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, O Zion!
13 For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
    he blesses your children within you.
14 He makes peace in your borders;
    he fills you with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sends out his command to the earth;
    his word runs swiftly.
16 He gives snow like wool;
    he scatters frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;
    who can stand before his cold?
18 He sends out his word, and melts them;
    he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
19 He declares his word to Jacob,
    his statutes and rules to Israel.
20 He has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his rules.
Praise the Lord!

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Do I Praise You Only?

    Do I praise you only
    When things go my way
    At the start of a day
    Or when I pray

    Do I praise you only
    When I like what you do
    When I agree with you
    Or when I'm through

    Praising everyone
    Praising everything but you
    Praising anyone
    Praising anything but you

    Do I praise you only
    With songs I sing
    In my offering
    To you, my King

    Do I praise you only
    When you are here
    When you are near
    If I'm not sincere

    Praising everyone
    Praising everything but you
    Praising anyone
    Praising anything but you

    Do I Praise You Only?

  2. "His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
        nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
    but the Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him,
        in those who hope in his steadfast love."

    Yesterday I watched a couple of videos about hell put out by a woman who claims to be a theologian and follower of Jesus Christ. She is a public speaker who has great compassion for the LGBTQ community, as we all should (and I do!), but she is so concerned for the way people feel about themselves and God that she is leading her followers to destruction.

    She says in her videos that a God who is loving would not want us to fear Him, and that God is not wrathful, and there is no hell. Actually, she says a God of hell can't be trusted. 

    She clearly does not follow the Jesus Christ of Scripture.

    Unless they have been blinded spiritually, anyone who has read the Bible could not possibly miss the clear teaching in both the Old and New Testaments that God is greatly to be feared, that His wrath is a terrible thing and no one can endure it, and that hell — whether you believe the torment is eternal or not — is the end of those who reject His grace in Christ. Those who do not trust in Christ for their salvation will not be saved from God's wrath. 

    Jesus said that those who do not believe in Him are "condemned already." (John 3:18) They literally stand condemned right now, not just in a future sense. Either we believe Jesus, or we don't. There is no middle ground, no fence to sit on, no way to have it both ways.

    From the beginning of the Bible to the end, God's judgment and wrath are promised, delivered, and promised again to those who rebel against Him. One day there will be a final judgment. 

    The New Testament teaches that only those who are in Christ by faith — and therefore abiding in God and in His love — can have confidence on the day of judgment and be saved from God's wrath. 

    "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us." 1 John 4:14-19

    May God have mercy on her by opening her eyes. Lord, please give her eyes to see.

  3. We have a difficult situation happening at the moment, with our extended family. Even so, I found myself thanking God for this very thing. 

    I know that God's plan will involve tough times. I know that I'm to endure, to press on, giving every trouble over to him with complete trust. 

    God has blessed me with an incredible freedom and peace, knowing that it is all in His plans. 

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