Sunday, February 28, 2010

Who's The Boss

Who is the boss of your life? Our tendency is to haughtily claim that we are and that we bow to no one, but as Christians we know that the Christ is to be Lord of all. We may even go as far as to proclaim to all who will listen that God is in charge of our lives, yet only we know if this is really true or not. Oh, to only live by the truth of this song daily.

--Twila Paris - God is in Control


Saturday, February 27, 2010

All We Need is to Reach Out and Touch

We have a call to reach out and touch. No, this is not the old telephone commercial. Rather, it is a reminder that we are to be His feet to go, His hands to touch, and His arms to embrace people who desperately need to feel the love of God in a tangible way. We are love.

--Out of the Grey - All We Need


Friday, February 26, 2010

Sweet Surrender

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Want peace?
It all comes down to this.


Thursday, February 25, 2010

Missing You

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Jesus is there
In the heartache
And the longing
And the lonliness
To bring healing
And hope
To our battered souls


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Question Answered

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One of life's most poignant questions
Is answered "yes"
By the One who promises to do so forever.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Worry Words

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Leave all your worries
With the One who promises
To give you rest from them.


Monday, February 22, 2010


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No one is ever so lost that God can't find them.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Reaching Out For His Healing Touch

All of us have issues. Maybe we are consumed by an inner hopelessness. Perhaps shame or guilt over a sin long past pervades our thoughts. Whatever struggle we face, there is One who can heal us if we will only be brave enough to reach out to Him.

--Nicole C. Mullen - One Touch


Saturday, February 20, 2010

On Fire for God

Like so many of the pop-oriented videos today, this one seems to focus more on the artist than on the song itself. However, the words of this tune are worth a listen as they describe what all of us as Christians should be striving for: to be on fire for God. Minimize the window if you choose and then listen to the heart's cry expressed in the lyrics.

--Krystal Meyers - Fire


Friday, February 19, 2010


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In a world of confusing messages
Christ alone is the sure path home.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

Praise Time

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So tell me, are we really doing enough of this?


Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Originally uploaded by Georgios Karamanis.

Finding balance amidst the swirl of demands, desires, and dreams of our lives can be extremely frustrating and seemingly impossible. Yet true balance can be achieved as we turn all of these things over to God and let the Holy Spirit guide our days. The hard part is learning to let go and trust Him to take care of them.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Winning Ways

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The only way we as Christians can win the world for Christ is to let others see beneath our masks. In a culture full of false intentions and fake smiles, people are starving for an authentic faith only we can share.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Valentine Post-Script

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Valentines Day, 2010
Has come and gone
But may true love
That comes from above
Color your life
In the year to come


Sunday, February 14, 2010

Goodbye To You

Do you ever get tired of the person in your mirror? How can we be so selfish, so completely petty and uncaring of others so much of the time? Good news! There is a cure, and its found in turning your life over to Christ completely and saying goodbye to the old nature within you.

--MercyMe - So Long Self


Saturday, February 13, 2010

God With Us

Life is full of heartaches, worries, fears, and seemingly endless problems. Yet we also have a constant hope of a brighter future and the knowledge that even now in the midst of life's storms our God is with us.

--MercyMe - God With Us


Friday, February 12, 2010

Embracing His Peace

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Christ is many things to many people, and, in truth, He has a multitude of praiseworthy names that He richly deserves. But while He may be your savior, have you ever truly welcomed Him in as your Prince of Peace? 

Lord, may we lay down our cares at your feet always, and embrace your peace instead of worry in our hearts. Amen.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Nuff Said

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Call To Come Back

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Praise and Thanksgiving

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Monday, February 8, 2010


 Photo credit: Rebecca Tabor Armstrong

"Faith is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods."

--C.S. Lewis

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Counted For Christ

Will you be counted in the body of Christ, or are you yet an outsider, perhaps semi-interested in what Christians have yet still caught up in the lies of the world? Beyond the rather bizarre format of this video is a profound truth: we can either opt to remain trapped in our culture and normalcy or dare to be different, take a chance, and run to Christ and the fellowship of His saints. The choice is ours to make.

--Leeland - Count Me In


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Out-of-the-Box Praise

Despite the Hollywood Squares motif and box-dancing, this oldie but goodie from the video vaults has a strong element of praise in its catchy tune.

--Rachael Lampa - Savior Song


Friday, February 5, 2010

Forever Praising

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Hymn 11

"I will bless the Lord at all times." -- Psalm 34:1.

Tender mercies, on my way
Falling softly like the dew,
Sent me freshly every day,
I will bless THE LORD for you.

Though I have not all I would,
Though to greater bliss I go,
Every present gift of good
To Eternal Love I owe.

Source of all that comforts me,
Well of joy for which I long,
Let the song I sing to Thee
Be an everlasting song.

--from Hymns and Meditations by Anna L. Waring


Thursday, February 4, 2010

Book Review: The Word of Promise New Testament

I've always had a distrust for audio books, and even more so when it comes to an audio version of the Bible. I'm always afraid that the readers will either under or over dramatize the story, leave out key parts or scenes, and generally make a hash of something that has touched my heart so much in print. Therefore, what a pleasant surprise it was to experience The Word of Promise New Testament from Thomas Nelson.

The Word comes alive in this reading of the New King James Version, primarily due to the talents of some of the top voice actors in the business. The letters of Paul (read by Stacy Keach), for example, come across as personal and yet universally authoritative as they were meant to be. The addition of background music and sounds was initially a worry for me, but by keeping the volume low and using these elements sparingly, their inclusion enhances rather than distracts from the spoken word.

I have listened to other audio versions of the Bible, but I have to say that, so far, this is my favorite one of the lot. Perfect for commuting to work or relaxing in front of the fire at home, this set is highly recommended.

Note: This audio Bible was received as a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson Publishers for the purpose of providing an unbiased review. This note is posted to meet new Federal Trade Commission regulations regarding product endorsements.

Love of the Beloved

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Hymn 10

"There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." -- Proverbs

Would that I were more closely bound
To my Beloved, who ever lives;
Would that my soul were always found
Abiding in the peace He gives;
Would, that I might more clearly see
His love an heritage for me
More surely know, more meekly own,
His bounteous grace my strength alone!

And much I wish but I will pray
For wisdom that the lowly find, --
And, O my Savior, every day,
More of Thy meek and quiet mind.
The comfort of a mind at rest
From every care Thou hast not blest,
A heart from all the world set free,
To worship and to wait on Thee.

Ah! my Beloved who wilt not die,
Whose spirit does not change with mine,
Put doubts of my affection by,
And make me free to sing of Thine.
The more Thy goodness I confess,
I shall not surely love Thee less;
The more myself alone I see,
The farther off I feel from Thee.

Thou art my life's restoring rest,
In Thee for safety let me hide, --
And win me for Thy grateful guest
By love that will not be denied.
Try me with Thy refining fire,
Array me in Thy white attire,
Be Wisdom, Righteousness to me,
The River of my pleasures be,
And fill my life with love of Thee.

--from Hymns and Meditations by Anna L. Waring


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Light In The Storm

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Hymn 9

"I will fear no evil, for thou art with me." -- Psalm 23:4.

In Heavenly Love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear,
And safe is such confiding,
For nothing changes here.
The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid,
But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?

Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back;
My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack.
His wisdom ever waketh,
His sight is never dim, --
He knows the way He taketh,
And I will walk with Him.

Green pastures are before me,
Which yet I have not seen;
Bright skies will soon be o'er me,
Where the dark clouds have been.
My hope I cannot measure,
My path to life is free,
My Savior has my treasure,
And He will walk with me.

--from Hymns and Meditations by Anna L. Waring


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Resting In His Love

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Hymn 8

"The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance." -- Psalm 16:5.

Though some good things of lower worth
My heart is called on to resign,
Of all the gifts in heaven and earth,
The greatest and the best is mine
The love of God in Christ made known --
The love that is enough alone,
My Father's love is all my own.

My soul's Restorer, let me learn
In that deep love to live and rest --
Let me the precious thing discern
Of which I am indeed possessed.
My treasure let me feel and see,
And let my moments, as they flee,
Unfold my endless life in Thee.

Let me not dwell so much within
My bounded heart, with anxious heed --
Where all my searches meet with sin,
And nothing satisfies my need --
It shuts me from the sound and sight
Of that pure world of life and light,
Which has no breadth, or length, or height.

Let me Thy power, Thy beauty see;
So shall the hopeless labor cease,
And my free heart shall follow thee
Through paths of everlasting peace.
My strength Thy gift, -- my life Thy care, --
I shall forget to seek elsewhere
The wealth to which my soul is heir.

I was not called to walk alone,
To clothe myself with love and light;
And for Thy glory, not my own,
My soul is precious in Thy sight.
My evil heart can never be
A home, a heritage for me --
But Thou canst make it fit for Thee.

--from Hymns and Meditations by Anna L. Waring


Monday, February 1, 2010

Sunny Thoughts

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Hymn 6

"The Lord blessed the Seventh day and hallowed it." -- Exodus 20:11.

Beam on us brightly, blessed day,
Dawn softly for our Savior's sake;
And waft thy sweetness o'er our way,
To draw us heavenward when we wake.

O holy life that shall not end,
Light that will never cease to be
May every Sabbath-day we spend,
Add to our happiness in Thee.

--from Hymns and Meditations by Anna L. Waring


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