prayer: FRIDAY NIGHT ENCOUNTER - 08/17/12 09:46 AM
There is nothing more beautiful than an encounter with Christ, to know Him and speak to others of our friendship with Him.
JOHN 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made know to you.

MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment, but the joy of those who abide in Christ's love is a continual feast. They are to show their love to him by keeping his commandments.
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prayer: GARMENT OF PRAISE - 08/16/12 08:50 PM
ISAIAH 61:3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteo usness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
WESLEY'S NOTES Ashes - By ashes understand whatever is proper for days of mourning, as by beauty whatever may become times of rejoicing. Oil of joy - He calls it oil of joy in allusion to those anointings they were wont to use in … (1 comments)

prayer: No matter what happens - 08/16/12 10:03 AM
ISAIAH 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

GILL'S EXPOSITION Christ gives his mourners the beautiful garments of salvation, and the robe of his righteousness, and the graces of his Spirit, and his gracious presence, together with his word and ordinances, and sometimes a large number of converts; all which, as they are ornamental to his people, they … (1 comments)

prayer: Focus on what truly matters - 08/15/12 08:16 PM
PROVERBS 4:25 Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
GILL'S EXPOSITION Let thine eyes look right on, to the path of truth and holiness, without turning or looking to the right hand or left, as it is afterwards expressed; to the word of truth, as the rule to walk by; to Christ, the author and finisher of faith, from whom all grace, and the supplies of it, are to be had; and to the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God;
and thine eyelids look straight before thee; to the precepts of … (2 comments)

prayer: DO NOT JUDGE - 08/13/12 08:47 PM
1 SAMUEL 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.                                                                

MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY We often form a mistaken judgment of characters; but the Lord values only the faith, fear, … (1 comments)

prayer: Don't settle for less - 08/12/12 08:19 PM
JAMES 1:4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Let us take care, in times of trial, that patience, and not passion, is set to work in us: whatever is said or done, let patience have the saying and doing of it. When the work of patience is complete, it will furnish all that is necessary for our Christian race and warfare. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it. And who does not want wisdom to guide him … (1 comments)

prayer: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life - 08/08/12 08:10 PM
PSALM 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Past experience teaches believers to trust that the goodness and mercy of God will follow them all the days of their lives, and it is their desire and determination, to seek their happiness in the service of God here, and they hope to enjoy his love for ever in heaven. While here, the Lord can make any situation pleasant, by the anointing of his Spirit and the joys of his salvation. … (3 comments)

prayer: God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever - 08/07/12 08:12 PM
PSALM 73:26 ...but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
BARNES' NOTES But God is the strength of my heart - Margin, as in Hebrew, "rock;" the rock on which my heart relies; that is, my refuge, my defense.
And my portion for ever - The source of my happiness. Not wealth, then; not honor; not earthly firends; not fame - will be my reliance and the ground of my hope; but that which I shall regard as most valuable - my supreme joy and rejoicing - will be the fact that God is my friend and … (1 comments)

prayer: JOY - 08/06/12 08:28 PM
PSALM 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We are beholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, for spiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling into sin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory, and encourage our … (1 comments)

prayer: WORK IT OUT - 08/05/12 09:14 PM
PHILIPPIANS 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Work out your salvation, for it is God who worketh in you. This encourages us to do our utmost, because our labour shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us, is to quicken and engage our endeavours. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. … (1 comments)

prayer: I Was Glad - 08/04/12 08:53 PM
PSALM 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.
BARNES' NOTES I was glad - It was a subject; of joy to me. The return of the happy season when we were to go up to worship filled me with joy. The language is expressive of the, happiness which is felt by those who love God and his sanctuary, when the stated season of worship returns. The heart is drawn to the house of prayer; the soul is filled with peace at the prospect of being again permitted to worship God.

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prayer: Stand Firm - 08/03/12 08:56 PM
MATTHEW 24:13 but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.
BARNES' NOTES God will protect his people from harm, so that not a hair of the head shall perish. Others, with more probability, have referred this to final salvation, and refer the end to the close of life. He that bears afflictions and persecutions faithfully that constantly adheres to his religion, and does not shrink until death shall be saved, or shall enter heaven.
"In your patience possess ye your souls" that is, keep your souls "patient;" keep proper possession of patience as your own. It is a … (0 comments)

prayer: THANK GOD I'M FORGIVEN - 08/02/12 10:15 PM
God is no respecter of persons, He is a respecter of His Word.
ACTS 10:34-35 ...Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY The remission of sins lays a foundation for all other favours and blessings, by taking that out of the way which hinders the bestowing of them. If sin be pardoned, all is well, and shall end well for ever.
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prayer: Look to the LORD - 08/01/12 09:26 PM
PSALM 105:4 Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.
GILL'S EXPOSITION The way to gain an increase of spiritual strength is to seek the Lord by prayer, or in his ordinances;
seek his face evermore: his favour and lovingkindness; his smiling countenance, which belongs to the upright; his gracious presence, and communion with him; which is always desirable, ever to be sought after, and will be eternally and without interruption enjoyed in another world.
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prayer: It is finished - 07/31/12 08:29 PM
JOHN 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
Everything we need has already been provided for us. God has a plan.

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prayer: To obey is better than sacrifice - 07/31/12 05:42 AM
1 SAMUEL 15:22 ... To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY But humble, sincere, and conscientious obedience to the will of God, is more pleasing and acceptable to him than all burnt-offering and sacrifices. God is more glorified and self more denied, by obedience than by sacrifice. It is much easier to bring a bullock or lamb to be burned upon the altar, than to bring every high thought into obedience to God, and to make our will subject to his will. Those are unfit and unworthy to rule over … (1 comments)

prayer: The Servant - 07/30/12 09:43 PM
LUKE 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
JAMIESON-FAUSSET-BROWN COMMENTARY Thus, this parable prophetically contemplates the extension of the kingdom of God to the whole world; and spiritually, directs the Gospel invitations to be carried to the lowest strata, and be brought in contact with the outermost circles, of human society.

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prayer: Put On The Whole Armour of God - 07/29/12 09:00 PM
EPHESIANS 6:14-17 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole … (2 comments)

prayer: ...and we will not forsake the house of our God - 07/28/12 09:08 PM
NEHEMIAH 10:39 ... and we will not forsake the house of our God.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY It is likely to go well with our houses, when care is taken that the work of God's house goes on well. When every one helps, and every one gives, though but little, toward a good work, the whole will come to be a large sum. We must do what we can in works of piety and charity; and whatever state we are placed in, cheerfully perform our duty to God, which will be the surest way to ease and liberty. As the ordinances of God … (3 comments)

prayer: ...the Lord turns my darkness into light - 07/27/12 08:56 PM
2 SAMUEL 22:29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.
MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY They that trust God in the way of duty, shall find him a present help in their greatest dangers: David did so. Remarkable preservations should be particularly mentioned in our praises. We shall never be delivered from all enemies till we get to heaven. God will preserve all his people. Those who receive signal mercies from God, ought to give him the glory. In the day that God delivered David, he sang this song. While the mercy is fresh, and we are most … (4 comments)

 
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