Carried By Christ

O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. Psalm 139:1-4

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Be diligent, though many will not bear sound doctrine.

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”

2 Timothy 2:15-16

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Romans 8:26-27

26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

There is power in prayer. But in addition to the power, there is also a deep mystery of prayer. The mystery of prayer is a delicate mechanism that words cannot interrupt, preachers cannot explain, and the humblest believer recognizes though he does not understand it. We bear love that our simple minds cannot understand. It is an echo from God's throne and a faint whisper from His heart. Our prayers are often groans, rather than songs, and the mystery of that groaning we sometimes do not understand ourselves, for it is God praying through us, a need that demands His touch, a direction that only he understands.

So in prayer we sometimes don't even speak to Him, nor hear Him, but we still have communion with Him. It is this fellowship, this loving relationship, that appears in our prayer. It is mysterious, and more meaningful than words. How wonderful it is to know that with this mystery lies the power of God - a power too complicated to put into words, and too mysterious to understand - a sweet power with which we may use to fall back into His arms, even when our prayer is more than what we speak.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ephesians 5:15-16

Walk in Wisdom

15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

A Proclamation by the President: National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2008

Contact: White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 202-456-2580

WASHINGTON -- The following text is a proclamation by President Bush:

On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, we recognize that each life has inherent dignity and matchless value, and we reaffirm our steadfast determination to defend the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society.

America was founded on the belief that all men are created equal and have an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and our country remains committed to upholding that founding principle. Since taking office, I have signed legislation to help protect life at all stages, and my Administration will continue to encourage adoption, fund abstinence education and crisis pregnancy programs, and support faith-based groups. Today, as our society searches for new ways to ease human suffering, we must pursue the possibilities of science in a manner that respects the sacred gift of life and upholds our moral values.

Our Nation has made progress in its efforts to protect human life, and we will strive to change hearts and minds with compassion and decency. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day and throughout the year, we help strengthen the culture of life in America and work for the day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 20, 2008, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.


Friday, January 18, 2008

Job 23:10

He knoweth the way I take.


What a difficult path we take, mysterious, filled with trial and tribulation. He knows our path. He directs us. Through it our character and strength builds, to better serve Him.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Our lives should be a show and tell about the Glory of God

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. —1 Corinthians 10:31

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Hebrews 12:1

Let us run with patience.

Run with patience. Running tends to suggest a lack of patience, or absence of patience, because of the eagerness to reach the goal. We commonly associate patience with waiting, sitting, or lying down. But there is a more difficult patience, the patience that can run. To be quiet and patient implies strength, but imagine the difficulty of being patient when running. This is when we are called to be patient not as we wait, but on the street, as our lives run, and during active service. It is waiting for the goal while doing the lesser work in the meantime. It is toiling forward for other's sake when all of our hopes are gone, bearing down on our duties, being the best for the sake of others, while patiently searching for God's Will in our lives.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Psalm 42:7

All thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

This place that we are, the place that God has put us, is where we do best. God has given us trials, and continue to do so. Our lives are placed before us, face-to-face, with the deepest trials the world around us can muster. And through this buffeting of conflict we are expected to grow. We grow strong through these storms of our lives like a tree grows where tempests toss it, bending its trunk nearly to the point of breaking. These trees, tested by the tempests, are more firmly rooted than the tree that grows in a valley that never experiences storms that may cause the tree to stress or strain. The same is true with our lives. The best character is developed through hardship.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

1 Peter 5:7 NLT

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.