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Ireland 2017 – we were there!

We’re starting to look back at our vacation, going through the pictures. We saw a lot, and posted a lot of pictures on Facebook, but there were more pictures – trust me on that. Here is a look at the pictures we took on the first day of our trip, as we moved north from Dublin to Belfast, where we spent our first night. If this works well, I may add the other days. I may even add a few comments on what we saw!

Ireland Vacation 2017 – Day 1

14 Words From Jesus

I’m reading through this book by James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken this Easter season. It’s a great reminder of why Jesus said and did the things He did. Here are just a few quotes from the book. The first group is from the traditional seven last words of Christ on the cross.

What follows is an excerpt from one of the seven things Jesus said after His resurrection, focusing on the peace that only Jesus can bring.

“Here are two great facts about human existence. First, human beings have a deep longing for peace. Second, we are always at war, the war of every man against every man.”

“Jesus Christ is the peacemaker. He is the God-man who came to this earth to make peace between God and humanity. The prophets called Him the “Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). When the angels announced His birth they said, “And on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14, KJV). When Jesus walked on this earth, He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…. Do not let your hearts be troubled” (John 14:27). When His disciples went into hiding, locking themselves up in an inner room, the risen Christ came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” (John 20:19).
Jesus gave His disciples a double dose of peace. First, He gave them peace when they were afraid, when they were meeting behind closed doors. Then He gave it to them a second time when they rejoiced at His resurrection: “The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you!’” (John 20:20-21). “Peace” is Jesus’ word for both the fearful and the joyful. It is a word for everyone who is restless.”

Philip Graham Ryken, 14 Words From Jesus

Psalm 111 – praising God in the congregation

Praise the LORD!

I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Great are the works of the LORD, studied by all who delight in them. Full of splendor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy; they are established forever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.

His praise endures forever!

 Psalm 111 (ESV)

The psalmist knew the importance of corporate worship. He appreciated and took advantage of the time when all would gather together for praise, study and instruction, and worship.

Do you? Will you be in church Sunday?

A Wonderful Thing

We’ve been wending our way through the book of Hebrews in Sunday school at Faith Baptist. Last week’s lesson ended in Chapter 10, verse 31, which reads “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” As we looked at the passage, we looked back at an incident in David’s life […]

Plans for Sunday?

What are your plans for Sunday? There’s a lot going on, I’m sure, in your area. I hope you are taking time to get together in church. A lot of good things happen in church, and if you’re not there, you can’t be a part of them. There seems to be a lot of stirring […]

Finished, forgotten and forgiven

Tomorrow’s Sunday school lesson –

“…I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,” then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. Hebrews 10:16-18

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Read from Letters, Revelation 20-22

Saturday, January 14, 2017: Read from Letters, Revelation 20-22 […]

Read from NT History, Acts 27-28

Friday, January 13, 2017: Read from NT History, Acts 27-28 […]

Read from OT Prophets, Malachi

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Read from Poetry/Wisdom, Song Of Songs 7-8

Wednesday, January 11, 2017: Read from Poetry/Wisdom, Song Of Songs 7-8 […]