Lord of all Creation

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“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works.” Psalm 145:9 NKJV

Sometimes a part of creation may catch your eye…
creatures that are bold or others that are shy.

Some keep us company, like a good dog or cat…
they can be a calming friend with whom to “chat.”

The flowers of the field, the birds of the air…
Jesus noted over all of them His Father’s care.

The Lord is so creative, and YOU are His design…
unique and special to Him and, through Him, you shine!

P. A. Oltrogge

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NASB

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, but the righteous are bold as a lion.” Proverbs 28:1 NASB

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Blessed in the U.S.A.

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Raised on a farm in the beautiful U.S.A.,
we depended on God and learned how to pray.

Farm animals and crops, like soybeans or corn,
were tended to daily from the early morn.

The crops were abundant in the fertile soil,
and the joy of the Lord gave ease to any toil.

Fresh fruits and vegetables were always canned
from the family garden that was yearly planned.

Still, there was time in summer to swim at a pool—
a sharing neighbor kept our whole family cool.

A trip uptown for the Fourth of July parade
was patriotic fun, with fireworks later displayed.

And competing in family softball, out on the lawn,
was enjoyed by all before summer would be gone.

Sundays were blessed, praising Jesus, our King;
and during the week, of Him, we still would sing.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.
The more that people come to know Him…
the more we’ll be in one accord,
with brotherly love being outpoured!

P. A. Oltrogge

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12

“…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

“This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us.” 1 John 3:23

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
(Scriptures NASB)

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation! Selah”. Psalm 68:19 NKJV

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Faith’s Vision

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“Believing is seeing” is a faith-stimulating thought;
and “Believing is seeing” is how faith’s been taught.

“Seeing is believing,” however, is more frequently said,
but “Believing is seeing” is stronger vision, instead.

And a dream in your heart that you don’t want to see fade
can be God-given “vision” to hold onto after you’ve prayed.

P. A. Oltrogge

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV

“Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 NKJV

Respite on the Porch

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It’s my hope that a visit to the Porch of the Lord may sometimes come to mind
when you’ve had a rough day or, perhaps, when someone’s been unkind.

Or, then again, that you may think to go there for an encouraging start
on any given new day, seeking the Lord, heart to heart.

The best thing about it are the Lord’s words quoted there.
May you see and hear Him talking with you, while you’re resting
in a Porch chair.

P. A. Oltrogge

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Matthew 11:27-29 NASB