God Bless America

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We can bless the U.S. through the faith-filled words of “God Bless America,” which, really, are a prayer:

As originally sung by Kate Smith…

While the storm clouds gather
far across the sea,
let us swear allegiance
to a land that’s free.

Let us all be grateful
for a land so fair,
as we raise our voices
in a solemn prayer:

God bless America,
land that I love.
Stand beside her and guide her,
through the night with a light from above.

From the mountains, to the prairies,
to the oceans white with foam.
God bless America,
My home, sweet home…
God bless America,
My home, sweet home!

Amen!

…May this serve to remind you to pray over your own country, too, if you don’t reside in America.

Your Best Investment

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“For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Mark 8:36 (KJV)

How to protect your investments is a popular question these days,
But how to protect your soul is a far more important one to raise.
Have you really considered Jesus, whose words were meant for you?
Have you asked Him to be your Savior and what He would have you do?
No, you can’t work to gain heaven–that ransom was paid by the Lord;
But if He’s the Lord of your life, then He’s one who should not be ignored.
His desire is to be your best friend, and to guide you in all of your ways;
And He offers to take every burden of care, so that all that is left is to praise.
His truths will cause your heart to be more…

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Count on Faith, Your Servant

As a Christian believer, faith is “at work” for me,
even if I don’t immediately feel or see it to be.
After issuing a prayer that is heartfelt and fervent,
I can always count on faith to be my “faithful” servant.

Jesus spoke to the fig tree, then went on His way,
knowing that poor fig tree had seen its final day.
Likewise, as disciples, in “speaking to” matters at hand,
we can expect things to respond to our authority and command.

So, when doubt tries to discredit the promises God has said,
remember that your active faith is “at work” instead.
Faith is our servant, the invisible working force;
and the finisher of it is Christ, its author and source.

P. A. Oltrogge

“…and immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” Matthew 14:31 NKJV

“…looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….”
from Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
Luke 10:19 NKJV

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world–our faith.” 1 John 5:4

An Invitation from Jesus, the Good Shepherd

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“Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.'” John 8:12

I invite you to permit Me…to be your Good Shepherd,
I’ve seen your sometimes unsuccessful tries.
I know and see ahead the highest and best pathways
In answer to every one of My children’s cries.

When lives draw to a close, I’m surely there–
And the Way to enter heaven’s gate, for you, I’ll be.
But don’t simply think that is all that I have to give,
For your welfare here and now means so much to Me.

Just as an earthly parent wants to see that all goes well
For their beloved children as they learn and grow,
So I desire that to an even greater extent for you;
Therefore, look to Me for the goodness…

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Overcoming Life’s Trials, Relying on God’s Goodness Expectantly

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Thank You, Lord, for my answer to prayer–
Your faithfulness to Your Word, and to me.
I believe I received when I prayed,
so that proof, I’m expectant to see.

P. A. Oltrogge

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatsoever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Words of Jesus in Mark 11:23-24

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Hebrews 6:11-13

Good Samaritans, through prayer

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Supporting financially or serving in various Christian outreaches in our world are important ways of acting as good Samaritans of today. Some things are occurring in hard to reach areas or situations, and we may not all be able to physically go to areas where aid is needed, so may this serve to remind that earnest prayer is a powerful and vital way of being a good Samaritan, too.

Jesus told the story of a man left half dead,
Having fallen among thieves, who stripped and beat him, Jesus said.
There was no one to help the man until a priest came by;
But he saw him and continued on, not caring if the man would die.
After that, another, called a Levite, came upon the site,
But he, too, hurried on, with no regard to this man’s plight.
Then came a certain Samaritan, who, despite his journey’s goal,
Forgot…

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Seated in the Heavenly Places

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“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.  These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand, in the heavenly places, FAR ABOVE all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.  And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”  Ephesians 1:18-23

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Protection in These Times

“The horse is prepared against the day of battle; but safety is of the Lord.” Proverbs 21:31

an excerpt from “The Power of Jesus’ Blood” February, 2017

Surely, the blood of Jesus “applied” today protects against adverse things;
and every Christian can claim that blood covering for the safety and security it brings.

See also archived messages:

“God’s All-Encompassing Grace” June, 2014

“A Psalm of Security” February, 2015

“Under His Wings” May, 2017 (Consider the size of our God!)

“An Ark So Strong” February, 2015

“Heritage of Protection” July, 2017

Love’s Daily Occurrence

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Precious memories are truly a beautiful thing,
But it’s the presence of a loved one that makes us sing.
I keep that in mind when I think of the Lord–
In seeking His presence, I’ll be renewed and restored.

It’s time spent with Him, sharing my love with Jesus,
That touches His heart, too, and greatly pleases.
He surely loves those who think upon His name,
And of the things He has done in Bible-event fame–

But personal time with Him daily and meditating on His Word
Are the things that will make me live fully assured.
Then it becomes easy to follow where He leads,
With that overflow of mutual love to meet God-seen needs.

P. A. Oltrogge

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11…

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