He is the First and Last, Herod
couldn't kill Him,
The Beginning and the End!
is the keeper of Creation
and the Creator of all!
He is the Architect of the universe
and the Manager
of all times.
He always was,
He always is,
and He always will be...
Undefeated, and never Undone!
He was bruised and brought healing!
He was pierced and eased pain!
was persecuted and brought freedom!
He was dead and brought life!
He is risen and brings power!
reigns and brings Peace!
The world can't understand him,
The armies can't defeat Him,
can't explain Him,
and The leaders can't ignore Him.
The Pharisees couldn't confuse Him,
and The people couldn't hold Him!
couldn't crush Him,
Hitler couldn't silence Him,
The New Age can't replace Him!
He is light, love,
longevity, and Lord.
He is goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, and God.
He is Holy, Righteous, mighty, powerful,
His ways are right,
His word is eternal,
His will is unchanging,
mind is on me.
He is my Savior,
He is my guide, and
He is my peace!
He is my Joy,
is my comfort,
He is my Lord, and
He rules my life!
I serve Him because
His bond is
His burden is light,
and His goal for me is abundant life.
I follow Him because
is the wisdom of the wise,
the power of the powerful,
the ancient of days,
the ruler of rulers,
leader of leaders,
the overseer of the overcomers,
and is to come.
And if that seems impressive
try this for size.
His goal is a relationship with ME!
He will never leave me,
never mislead me,
never forget me,
never overlook me,
and never cancel my
appointment in His
When I fall, He lifts me up!
When I fail, He forgives!
I am weak, He is strong!
When I am lost, He is the way!
When I am afraid, He is my courage!
I stumble, He steadies me!
When I am hurt, He heals me!
When I am broken, He mends me!
When I am
blind, He leads me!
When I am hungry, He feeds me!
When I face trials, He is with me!
I face persecution, He shields me!
When I face problems, He comforts me!
When I face loss, He provides for
When I face Death, He carries me Home!
He is everything for everybody everywhere,
time, and every way.
He is God, He is faithful.
I am His, and He is mine!
My Father in heaven can
whip the father of this world.
So, if you're wondering why I feel so secure, understand
said it and that settles it.
God is in control,
I am on His side,
and that means all is well with
Everyday is a blessing for GOD Is!
It Depends Whose Hands It's In
in my hands is worth about $19.
A basketball in Michael Jordan's hands is worth about $33 million.
It depends whose
hands it's in.
A baseball in
my hands is worth about $6.
A baseball in Mark McGwire's hands is worth $19 million.
It depends whose hands it's in.
A tennis racket
is useless in my hands.
A tennis racket in Venus Williams' hands is a Championship Winning.
It depends whose hands it's
A rod in my hands
will keep away a wild animal.
A rod in Moses' hands will part the mighty sea.
It depends whose hands it's in.
A sling shot in
my hands is a kid's toy
A sling shot in David's hand is a mighty weapon.
It depends whose hands it's in.
Two fish and 5
loaves of bread in my hands is a couple of fish sandwiches.
Two fish and 5 loaves of bread in God's hands will feed thousands.
depends whose hands it's in.
Nails in my hands
might produce a birdhouse
Nails in Jesus Christ's hands will produce salvation
for the entire world.
It depends whose hands it's in.
As you see now
it depends whose hands it's in. So put your concerns, your worries, your fears,
your hopes, your dreams, your families and your
relationships in God's hands because...
whose hands it's in.
TRUST IN GOD
It is easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't
lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of pain and suffering. Remember, next time your little
hut is burning to the ground it just may be a smoke signal that summons the grace of God. For all the negative things we have
to say to ourselves, God has a positive answer for it:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I don't have enough faith"
God says: I've given everyone a measure of faith
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
(This devotion taken from Our Daily Bread)
With God All The Time
Read: 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
If our earthly house . . . is destroyed, we have a building from God,
. . . eternal in the heavens. —2 Corinthians 5:1
It was the summer between Melissa's sophomore and junior years of high school.
She and her friend Mandy were in Spain on a trip with their Spanish class, and they stayed up one night in their hotel room
for a serious discussion. They had just seen a report on the BBC about some teens who had died in an accident, and they started
talking about death.
Melissa told Mandy that she could not figure out why Christians were afraid
to die. After all, she told her, when a Christian dies, he or she gets to be "with God all the time." What could be better
than that? Melissa wondered.
How do I know about this conversation? Mandy shared this story with me and
my wife shortly after we lost our precious 17-year-old daughter in a car accident in 2002. We have been comforted by this
story, because it reminds us that Melissa knew she was saved, and she was confident that she would spend eternity with her
Savior. We just never expected that she would be "with God all the time" so suddenly and so early in her life.
Do you have the assurance that Melissa had, that if you were to die you would
be in God's presence forever? (2 Corinthians 5:6-8). Make sure of your salvation today. Then you won't need to be afraid to
die. —Dave Branon
Admit that you are a sinner (Romans 3:23; 7:23).
in Jesus for forgiveness (John 1:12; 3:16).
Confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9).
If you make room for Jesus in your heart, He will make room for you in
Find "Our Daily Bread" at the Radio Bible Class site.
THE MARTYR’S OATH
14 January 2007
Still weary from jet lag, I was up at 3 a.m. this morning, and looking through my notes from recent days.
I was quieted by a simple slip of paper in my speaking notebook. As I unfolded the note, I marveled at the short nature of
the note, and yet the profound impact it has had on me. Scribbled on the top of the page were two words: “Martyr’s
I am unsure where I came across this oath. Such oaths are common in the lands of my people, where Christians
face death on a regular basis. In the past few years, versions of it have appeared in Persian and Arab countries, usually
scrawled in hurried handwriting. It is not uncommon to hear of Christians even incorporating it in their wedding vows, as
they begin their lives together as evangelists and church planters in lands where conversion to Jesus as Lord is a capital
I do know that part of this oath is similar to the one taken in India, by graduating students of the Bible
Institute run by Samuel Thomas, one of our modern Christian heroes. At that amazing school, a student must
take this vow publicly during the commencement, or they will not recieve their diploma. At the climax of the ceremony, these
graduates rise to their feet, raise their hand, and repeat similar words to these:
TODAY, I stand as a dead man. I declare that in Jesus Christ, I am saved by His blood, and thus I am dead
to sin, and no longer dead in my sin.
TODAY, I stand and declare that I surrender my will and my life, to His will and His life.
I shall go where He sends me, without asking questions.
I shall go to whomever He sends me, without seeking fame.
I shall preach to everyone, even if they hate me.
I am an Ambassador of the Cross, and must deliver the Message.
I shall pour my life out to reach my family, my friends, my neighbors, and my city.
I embrace the shame of the Cross, and I fear nothing but God.
I welcome suffering, shame, persecution, beatings, imprisonment and death, but I will not be silenced.
If I am killed, I pray that my blood should be a harvest for souls.
This is my city. I dare not do less.
When I recently read this oath to the thousands of students in attendance at the Xtreme and Winterfest
Winter Conferences, you could barely hear a pin drop, and for good reason. The ramifications of such a vow are sobering. And
yet the consequences of not reaching the entire world for which Christ died are equally sobering- according to Ezekiel, blood
will be on our hands.
One of the first degrees we initiated at Liberty Seminary was the Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies
and Missions (see http://www.liberty.edu/academics/religion/seminary/index.cfm?PID=12792). It is a 36-hour Masters degree,
specifically designed for the Christian willing to go anywhere, to do anything, and to reach anyone with the precious Gospel
of Christ. It is not for the queasy, or for the half-hearted and comfortable. It is for those who are called, and strive for,
absolute surrender to the will and work of God.
At Samuel Thomas’ school in India, following their being graduated,
each student is given three items, and only three items.. We would all do well to emulate their committment. As they walk
across the stage and recieve their diploma following their oath, each graduate takes into his possession: a new Bible, a new
bicycle…and a one-way train ticket to their field of service.
They have no “Plan B.”
I encourage you to do the same. Find a great Seminary or Bible college, and begin your preparation. There
are many great Bible-believing and evangelical schools, where you can get connected quickly in the mission work. Feel free
to contact Liberty Theological Seminary for more information, if you feel led (434.592.4163). But above all, pray daily for
those who serve on the razor’s edge of danger, rescuing the perishing.
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