Songs On Our Heavenly Home

“With the ransomed around God’s throne, We’ll praise our Redeemer and
King!…Thru countless ages this song we’ll sing…”

“With joy we shall enter the city, up there, Of wonderful beauty
And mansions fair…”

“Sing to me of heaven, sing that song of peace…Let me fondly dream
Of its golden glory, Of its pearly gleam…”

“Standing before Him at last, Trial and trouble all past,
Crowns at His feet we will cast…”

“There be no disappointments and nobody shall die, In that land,
On the streets of that city of gold;
Where we all can be together and be happy for aye…”

HEAVEN MEDLEY
“I’ll fly away; To a home on God’s celestial shore…”
“The trumpet of the Lord shall sound and time shall be no more…”
“When we all get to heaven, What a day of rejoicing that will be!”
“When we all see Jesus, We’ll sing and shout the victory.”
“Oh, how sweet ‘twill be to meet the Lord…”
“Heaven’s really gonna shine. It’s gonna shine, heaven’s gonna shine.”
“The ransomed will raise happy songs in His praise,
When all of God’s singers get home.”
“No night is there, No sorrow, No death, and No decay; No yesterday,
No morrow but one eternal day.”
“The Father’s house, the mansions fair, My home shall for ever be…”
“I am safe on that beautiful shore…To look on His face
Joy like a river around me will flow.”
“I’ll exchange my cross for a starry crown,
Where the gates swing outward never…”
“There’ll be no tears, No tears up there. No more tears in that bright
city, No more tears in heaven.”
“Where all is love, And the soul never dies.”

Love

“Love suffers long and is kind,
Love does not envy;
Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
Love does not behave rudely,
Love does not seek its own,
Love is not provoked,
Love thinks no evil;
Love does not rejoice in iniquity,
Love rejoices in truth;
Love bears all things,
Love believes all things,
Love hopes all things,
Love endures all things.
Love never fails.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

“LOVE.”
Where there is love there is God.
Where there is love there is trust.
Where there is love there is peace.
Where there is love there is no fear.
Where there is love there is happiness.
Where there is love there is forgiveness.
Where there is love there will be no hurt.
Where there is love there is no loneliness.
Where there is love there is no one hungry.
Where there is love there can only be good.
Where there is love there is no evil speaking.
Where there is love there is no one in the cold.
Where there is love there God can only be found.
Where there is love there you will find friendship.
Where there is love there is help in time of trouble.

I will give thanks.

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds
among the peoples!” 1 Chronicles 16:8
“Give thanks to the Lord, for His steadfast love endures forever.” 1
Chronicles 16:41
“Give thanks to His holy name.” Psalm 30:4
“We give thanks to You, O God; we give thanks, for Your name is near.
We recount Your wondrous deeds.” Psalm 75:1
“We Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to you
forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.”
Psalm 79:13
“It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to Your name,
O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning, and Your
faithfulness by night…” Psalm 92:1-2
“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His name; make known His deeds
among the people! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His
wondrous works!” Psalm 105:1
“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love
endures forever.” Psalm 106:1, 107:1, 118:1, 118:29, 136:1
“Give thanks to the God of gods, for His steadfast love endures
forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for His steadfast love
endures forever…” Psalm 136:2-3
“Give thanks to the God of heaven, for His steadfast love endures
forever.” Psalm 136:26
“Surely the righteous shall give thanks to Your name; the upright
shall dwell in Your presence.” Psalm 140:13
“Give thanks is all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

Childhood Isn’t What It Used To Be

CHILDHOOD ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE BY THE LATE JACK GORDON.

“Life used to have a period of innocence but in on the front end.
Children could froloic, enjoy special protection from their elders,
and learn responsibility by gradual integration into the world of
adult hassles and joys.

Seems like we are conspiring to take away that important time from the
children in this society.

Pre-teens are assaulted with sights and sounds once confined to “adult
bookstores.” Movies, TV programs, and music targeting the youthful
audience feels no great obligation to protect them from obscenity and
violence.

The teen pregnancy rate had doubled from what it was a quarter of a
century ago. Social workers in some cities say that pregnancy is a
badge of honor for a teenage girl.

One child in five lives in a single-parent home, and one in three is
projected to receive welfare before eighteen.

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens.

It isn’t the children’s fault! They are not the ones who passed laws
which allow pornography to be put into their hands. They did not
create the culture of chemical obsession which has sold them alcohol
and drugs as recreation. They are not the ones who tire families apart
by desertion and irresponsibility.

The children are the victims of selfish, unprincipled, and exploitive
adults who have burned them out on life before they even had a chance
to theirs started.

Answers will not be found in scolding the kids for their tastes in
clothing or screaming for them to turn down the music. Before we tell
them to turn off the R-rated movies and music, we need to know what we
are asking them to turn on to.

Let’s create stable, loving families which give children an
environment of security for their growth and development.

Let’s support community and school programs designed to protect young
people from drugs, alcohol and sexual exploitation.

Let’s build churches where Christ is real and love is experienced in
meaningful fellowship and service.

Children who grow up in a world which makes them feel dirty,
un-welcome, and used will be jaded adults looking to strike back at
someone for revenge. The fortunate ones who are allowed to be happy,
loved, and nurtured into adulthood will be well-adjusted. We can only
hope there are more of the latter than the former.”

“Train up a child in the way he should go…” Proverbs 22:6

This article was written by Jack back in 1986, some thirty one years
ago, but sadly it is still needed today because the war on youth
continues and it is even getting worse. What can we do? As adults we
must determine to be the best examples that we can be and endeavor to
become better. We must also do away with all the lame excuses and be
the leaders instead of letting the children lead us. We must put God’s
way and will taught in His word first in our life so they can see His
truth in action in our lives. It’s our children who are at stake!

The Bible On Friendship 

Abraham, “Was called a friend of God.” 2 Chronicles; James 2:23
“God spoke to Moses as a man to friend.” Exodus 33:11
“He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the
Almighty.” Job 6:14
“My close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his
heel against me.” Psalm 41:9
“You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me; my companions
have become darkness.” Psalm 88:18
“The rich has many friends.” Proverbs 14:20
“A whisperer separates close friends.” Proverbs 16:28
“He who repeats a matter separates close friends.” Proverbs 17:9
“A friend loves at all times…” Proverbs 17:17
“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who
sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
“Wealth brings many new friends.” Proverbs 19:4
“Many seek the favor of a generous man, and everyone is friend to a
man who gives gifts.” Proverbs 19:6
“He who loves purity of heart, and whose speech is gracious, will have
the king as his friend.” Proverbs 22:11
“Make no friendship with a man given to anger…” Proverbs 22:24
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend…” Proverbs 27:6
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and sweetness of a friend come
from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9
“Do not forsake your friend and your father’s friend…” Proverbs 27:10
“The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, “Look at Him!
A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!”
Matthew 11:19
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for
his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. No
longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his
master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have
heard from My Father I have made known to you.” John 15:13-15
“Know that friendship with the world is enmity with God.” James 4:4
“Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one
of them.” 3 John 14

Summary: Be a good and godly friend And Be a true and trusting friend.

How Much Forgiveness?

Matthew 18:21-35

Once again, Peter has asked the question that many have pondered.

“Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?”

Jesus had spoken on this subject when He taught the disciples about
prayer and there He stressed that everyone’s forgiveness from God is
dependent on our willingness be forgiving. Matthew 6:9-15

Jesus made it very clear through His lifestyle and teaching that
forgiveness is a big part of God’s plan for man.

So why did Peter have this question about how much and how often? Why
did he ask is “seven times” satisfactory?  Some advocate that this was
the amount that the Jews had established in their law. But was “seven
times” acceptable to the Lord?

Jesus quickly let Peter know that it was not His plan or will to puts
limits on forgiveness. As a matter of fact He had Peter do a little
multiplication.

“I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.”

Jesus raised the standard amount from seven to four hundred and
ninety. This is a lot more then seven, but is this what  Jesus has in
mind? Is it the Lord’s will that we keep track of the number of times
we forgive someone and if they cross the line we stop forgiving? What
if God did the same to us?

Jesus is not setting limitations on forgiveness! The good shepherd has
come to lead us into compassion and goodwill for one another and
through His example we can see that forgiveness has a huge part in
God’s plan of salvation.

Jesus doesn’t want us to be callused and hard. He wants us to be
understanding. He wants us to pray for others and them to pray for us
so we will all find forgiveness.

So how much forgiveness should we be willing to extent to one another?
How much has God extended to you? John 3:16; Romans 5:8; 1 John 1:5-10

 

Go Do Good!

Sally was playing with her blocks and her mother paused for a moment
and used one G, two D’s, and three O’s to show her the message, DO
GOOD. After a while Sally took the same letters to spell, “GO DO!”

This is the message that Jesus has for all who will follow Him. He
wants us all to, “GO DO GOOD!”

Doing Good is definitely a huge part of doing the will of our heavenly
Father. Genesis 1:31 says, “And God saw everything that He had made,
and behold; it was very good.” That’s what God does and it makes
complete sense to think that God would want all His children to do
good. In Acts 10:38 it states that Jesus, the Son of God, “Went about
doing good…”

Doing Good is natural for God and the Son of God because they are
Good. Consider a few things the Psalmists says about God’s goodness.

“Good and upright is the Lord…” Psalm 25:8
God’s “Steadfast love is good…” Psalm 69:16
God is, “Good and forgiving…” Psalm 86:5
God is, “Good” in, “His faithfulness to all generations.” Psalm 100:5
God, “Is good; for His steadfast love endures forever.” Psalm 106:1,
107:1, 118:1, 29, 136:1
God teaches us, “Good judgment and knowledge…” Psalm 119:68

God instructs us to, “Turn away from evil and do good…” Psalm 34:14
God instructs us to, “Trust in the Lord, and do good…” Psalm 37:3, 27
God instructs us that He, “Will give what is good…” Psalm 85:12
God instructs us that, “It is good to give thanks…” Psalm 92:1
God instructs us that it is, “Good and pleasant…when brothers dwell
in unity.” Psalm 133:1
“The Lord is good to all…” Psalm 145:9

Have you discovered His goodness? If so “GO DO GOOD!”