Looking Ahead

Lauren Boebinger

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“Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”  Zechariah 4:6

 

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“Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  Revelation 14:7

 

Zach Fonville plans

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“Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.”

At Christmas we remember You, Jesus, coming humbly in human form.  You were totally dependent on Your mother and earthly father to provide for your needs.  Your almighty power was limited to human abilities–for a time–so that You might accomplish for us our Salvation.  BUT—You are coming again in great glory and might and power and exaltation! Lord, we pray that You would keep us in the true faith until that great day.  To You be all glory and praise, now and forever!  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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July 24 Deep Down

Photo by Ben Parker

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2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22; Romans 8:22-39; Psalm 18:37-50; Proverbs 19:27-29

“We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time, not only so, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but he Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according with God’s will.” Romans 8:22-27

Seeping from the deep
within my soul
the aches and pains of sin,
the filmy, gauzy separation
that keeps me dark within.
Spirit search me,
shine your Light,
dispel the hidden rot.
Keep me not
from your Presence.
Spirit intercede for me.

May repentant words
spill forth from my mouth,
my ears receive their hope
of sins forgiven.
Instead of groans,
songs of praise
bubble up to Heaven.

Thank you Jesus.
Thank you Spirit.
Thank you Father God!
Amen.

“Where the wound is and the hurting,
Pour in oil and cleansing wine.
Let your cross, its pow’r asserting,
Touch my life with grace divine.
Ev’ry bitter cup make sweet,
Bread of comfort let me eat.
For you won my soul’s salvation
By your death for ev’ry nation.”
~ Johann Heermann 1585-1647

December 30 A Glimpse

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Malachi 1:1-2:17;  Revelation 21:1-27;  Psalm 149:1-9;  Proverbs 31:10-24

“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth,

for the first heaven and first earth

had passed away,

and the sea was no more…

And he who was seated on the throne said,

“Behold, I am making all things new.”

Revelation 21:1, 5

Lord God, thank you for giving us a glimpse of our future with you through the Revelation you gave to St. John.  It gives us hope and encourages us to hold fast to the faith you’ve given us.  We walk by faith and not by sight.  We don’t see the NEW now, but we believe you when you say that “he will make all things new.”  Thank you for the beginning of the NEW which took place at our Baptism.  Thank you for your Word that dwells richly in us, preserving us for that great day when we will see you face to face.  Thank you for your promise to put an end to mourning and tears and death and worry and pain.  Thank you for Jesus who gave up His life so that we might live forever.  We long for the day when we shall see Him return in majesty and glory and power–when we shall be a part of “all things new.”  In His Name we pray, Amen.

“Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a new song,

His praise in the assembly of the saints.”

Psalm 149:1