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Parted His Garments

October 18, 2007

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
Matthew 27:35 (KJV)

I read this and something within me stirred. When I think of the garments being parted I think of how each of us have been given robes because of Christ who gave to each of us. We are clothed in fine linen white and clean (Rev. 19:14). Christ put on the robe that was dipped in blood so that we might be made clean in Him.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (KJV)

And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Revelation 19:13 (KJV)

Thank you Adonai!

Protected by Faith & Love

October 12, 2007

But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.
1 Thessalonians 5:8

Faithful is Our God 

Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
Faithful, faithful, faithful is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all

Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
Holy, holy, holy is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me
And I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all
Yes, I rejoice today, for I shall recover it all

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus is our God
I’m reaping the harvest God promised me
Take back what the devil stole from me(12x)

And I rejoice today(8x)
For I shall recover it all

You Have Made Me Glad

September 28, 2007

Probably my favorite Worship album is Hillsong’s Blessed. This particular song, “You Have Made Me Glad” has gotten me through some very tough spots in my marriage. But thank God — he has delivered me from all fear (although sometimes satan likes to think he has taken it but he hasn’t — PRAISE GOD!).

This is what the inside cover says for the album Blessed:

“This recording has been birthed out of a revelation in Psalm 84 which declares that those who set their hearts on pilgrimage, who love God’s House, will be blessed. God’s heart is to BLESS you. He wants to open the windows of heaven over your life and cause everthing you do to flourish. As you worship with these songs, allow the words of Psalm 84 to become your prayer – that you might be blessed to be a blessing.”

Psalm 84

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah, to be accompanied by a stringed instrument.

1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2 I long, yes, I faint with longing
to enter the courts of the Lord.
With my whole being, body and soul,
I will shout joyfully to the living God.
3 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow builds her nest and raises her young
at a place near your altar,
O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, my King and my God!
4 What joy for those who can live in your house,
always singing your praises.
Interlude

5 What joy for those whose strength comes from the Lord,
who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
6 When they walk through the Valley of Weeping,
it will become a place of refreshing springs.
The autumn rains will clothe it with blessings.
7 They will continue to grow stronger,
and each of them will appear before God in Jerusalem.

8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, hear my prayer.
Listen, O God of Jacob.
Interlude

9 O God, look with favor upon the king, our shield!
Show favor to the one you have anointed.

10 A single day in your courts
is better than a thousand anywhere else!
I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God
than live the good life in the homes of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is our sun and our shield.
He gives us grace and glory.
The Lord will withhold no good thing
from those who do what is right.
12 O Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
what joy for those who trust in you.

I personally have seen Darlene Zschech in action when she ministered in our church. She is so humble and very gracious.

Next week — I’m on vacation at … DISNEYWORLD. May you enjoy this song all week until I am back, Lord willing.

Lyrics to You Have Made Me Glad:

I will bless the Lord forever
I will trust Him at all times
He has delivered me from all fear
He has set my feet upon a rock
I will not be moved
And I’ll say of the Lord

You are my shield, my strength
My portion, deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need

Whom have I in heaven but You
There’s none I desire beside You
You have made me glad
And I’ll say of the Lord

You are my shield, my strength
My portion, deliverer
My shelter, strong tower
My very present help in time of need

Love of Christ

September 24, 2007

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is so great you will never fully understand it. Then you will be filled with the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
Ephesians 3:19

The Father’s Love Letter:

The Light

September 21, 2007

The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:4-5

Great Light of the World by Bebo Norman

Sometimes at night
I am afraid
I cover my eyes,
Cover my shame
So here in the dark
Broken apart
Come with your light
And fill up my heart

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

The wind of this world
Can push us around
Folding us up
Backing us down
But here in the dark
I’m not alone
So come with your strength
And carry me home

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace

Oh great light of the world
Fill up my soul
I’m half a man here
So come make me whole
Oh great light of the world
Come to impart
The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

The light of your grace
To fill up my heart

Strength & Salvation

September 19, 2007

But LORD, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strength each day and our salvation in times of trouble.
Isaiah 33:2

Rescue by Don Moen 

You are the source of life
I can’t be left behind
No one else will do
I will take hold of you

(Chorus)
Cause I need you Jesus
To come to me rescue
Where else can I go
There’s no other name
By which I am saved
Capture me with grace
I will follow you
I will follow you

My heart is yours for life
I need your hand in mine
No one else will do
I put my trust in you

(Chorus)

This world has nothing for me
I will follow you
This world has nothing for me
I will follow you
This world has nothing for me
But I’ll follow you
This world has nothing for me

(Chorus – key change)
Cause I need you Jesus
To come to my rescue
Where else can I go
There`s no other name
By which I am saved
capture me with grace

(Repeat Chorus)
Capture me with grace
Capture me with grace
I will follow you

I will trust in you
This world has nothing for me
I will trust in you
This world has nothing for me
I will follow you

Blessing of Abraham

September 18, 2007

And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and now all the promises God gave to him belong to you.
Galatians 3:29

Blessing of Abraham (Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers)

I am the God who healeth thee
Oh that you only trust in me
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

Wherever you are
Where ‘ere you go
Whatever you touch, is anointed to grow
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

It’s your inheritance (t sounds like d)
Get your inheritance
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

Key change
Wherever you are
Where ‘ere you go
Whatever you touch, is anointed to grow
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

Split
It’s your inheritance (t sounds like d)
Get your inheritance
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

(Repeat It’s your inheritance)

It’s yours
It’s yours
It’s your inheritance

It’s yours
It’s yours
It’s your inheritance

(Repeat as directed)

The head not the tail
Above not beneath
A lender
Not a borrower

Get your inheritance
Get your inheritance
Repeat

ENDING
You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

You are the seed
By faith receive
The blessing of Abraham
The blessing of Abraham

Myself No Longer Lives

September 17, 2007

I myself no longer live, but Christ lives in me. So I live my life in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20

Sorrow

September 4, 2007

Sorrow is better than laughter, for sadness has a refining influence on us.
Ecclesiastes 7:3

For God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation.
2 Corinthians 7:10a

Carved on Human Hearts

August 29, 2007

Clearly, you are a letter from Christ prepared by us. It is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God. It is carved not on stone, but on human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3