Month: December 2015

Ugly Sweater Christmas party 

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Lots of giving, taking, laughter and screaming!!!! O and of course ugly sweaters 

    
 

Testing

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I am currently testing out how to make this page exclusive for teenagers. If you are not wanting to receive teen post, I believe you can UNSELECT the GFL Teens category. If you are a teen you just need to ONLY select the GFL Teen category. I am also trying to make this work on twitter.

 

If you are receiving a bunch of emails pls bear with my website editing.

How much calmness of soul do you have?

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Psalm 131

1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me.

2 Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever.

In verse 2 the Psalmist compares his calm to that of a weaned child next to his mother. This is quite a picture. Having had six children I can see in my mind our infant children before they were weaned. When they were hungry and near their mother they were not calm. In fact, they were just the opposite of calm. It did not matter what their mother was doing, she needed to stop it and start feeding that hungry and restless child. The longer she would wait to start their feeding time the more restless and anxious they would get until they would break into a full-fledged cry.

But the Psalmist does not compare his calm to a nursing child but to a weaned child. When a child is switched from mom’s milk to regular food, within a short time they forget about mom’s milk and fill themselves on the pureed peas, applesauce and so on. When the weaned child is filled with table food and is cradled by their mother they are truly in a calmed and comforted state. It is this state of calm that the Psalmist compares his calm to when he quiets his soul in the Lord.

This quieting of the soul comes when the Psalmist’s heart is not proud nor his eyes looking at things he should not have. The calm comes when he concerns himself with his own life and not with things to great for his understanding and undertaking. By living without pride and without covetous looks and living within his own understanding he found calmness of soul compared to the calmness of a weaned child in the arms of his mother.

How often are you that calm of soul? How would you like to live in a state of perpetual calmness of soul? Think about this for a while today and ask God to help you understand it to the point of living it.

Thanks for your prayers yesterday. I did go up to Victory Academy Sunday afternoon and spent time with the Masseys and with the staff and with the boys. The boys go home this Saturday and need prayers as they are now thinking through what they are going to do differently. Pray for a blessed time as an encouragement of the work of God in their lives.

Thanks to all who worked so hard to make Sunday’s Christmas program a success. Christ was exalted among us and through us. It was indeed a great time together in the house of the Lord.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

Satan and his hoards produce nothing of value; true blessing only comes from God

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Psalm 129

1     “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,”

Let Israel now say—

2     “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth;

Yet they have not prevailed against me.

3     The plowers plowed on my back;

They made their furrows long.”

4     The Lord is righteous;

He has cut in pieces the cords of the wicked.

5     Let all those who hate Zion

Be put to shame and turned back.

6     Let them be as the grass on the housetops,

Which withers before it grows up,

7     With which the reaper does not fill his hand,

Nor he who binds sheaves, his arms.

8     Neither let those who pass by them say,

“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;

We bless you in the name of the Lord!”

Those who are against the people of the Lord are not going to prosper.  They are like grass that grows on a roof, it has no depth and cannot produce anything of value but is only going to be cut off. They will not bear fruit, they will not achieve what they think they will achieve.

Satan is against God’s people from the beginning.  He still has not prospered.  Everything he does is based on deception.  Satan has nothing to show for 7000 years of rebellion and yet he continues to act like he is in charge and that his work is of value.

The blessings, the riches of God, which He abundantly pours out on those that fear and trust Him are awesome in this life and will be with us forever.  Satan only offers temporary riches which do not satisfy and deceptive power which dies at death.  But the blessings of the Lord are upon His people and we bless Him for them all.

“Lord, may I ever see the difference and shine the light on the true value that we who follow you enjoy.  May I never be envious of the deceitful riches.”

This Sunday is our Christmas program which will be a time of focusing on Christ in song and in word. Be on time as we will begin at 10:30.  Pray for us all to be drawn closer to the Savior and His work on our behalf. 

Friday night is our teens Christmas party and Saturday night is our adult Christmas party. The world’s parties are nothing like ours.  The need drinks to liven them up, we just have the joy of the Lord and the fun of the pure.  Join us for nights of true enjoyment.

Yesterday morning an Aurora policeman, a father of four and a 26 year veteran, died suddenly. Pray for the Groom family as they deal with the sudden death of their father and husband.  Pray for them to seek the Lord and His peace and grace.

Have a great day in the Lord, PS 

 

Specific results of living in the fear of God

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Psalm 128

1     Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,

Who walks in His ways.

2     When you eat the labor of your hands,

You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.

3     Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine

In the very heart of your house,

Your children like olive plants

All around your table.

4     Behold, thus shall the man be blessed

Who fears the Lord.

5     The Lord bless you out of Zion,

And may you see the good of Jerusalem

All the days of your life.

6     Yes, may you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel!

The Psalmist begins the Psalm with an all-encompassing statement about the fear of the Lord.  Blessed, he says, is everyone who fears the Lord and walks in His way.  (There is a close parallel here to Psalm 1.)  The first result is a general happiness and wellness.  When we live in the fear and obedience of God, life works.  We labor, we get paid, we pay our bills, and life is good.

Then the blessings are spelled out in the home. He uses poetic language here that we have to think through a little bit.  When a man fears the Lord his wife will be like a fruitful vine in the heart of the house.  In a society where all non-water beverage was grown on vines, a fruitful vine was something that was a blessing.  Whenever you wanted a fresh drink you could pick some grapes, crush them, and drink the fresh juice.  A wife who is a fruitful vine is always producing, always refreshing, and always a benefit to the very heart of the house.

Children will be like olive plants.  An olive plant is not producing olives yet but will.  When parents fear the Lord children are raised in preparation of becoming productive members of the home and of the society.  The children, though not yet producing, are growing with a purpose to produce. We have seen the antithesis of this today where children are raised by lazy parents and are taught to be lazy, to get welfare, to live off of others and not to produce for themselves.  These are not raised to fear the Lord and do not become the adults God wants them to be.

He then closes with this, “Behold, thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord.  The Lord bless you out of Zion, And may you see the good of Jerusalem All the days of your life. Yes, may you see your children’s children.”

Living in the fear of the Lord has many, many benefits for us both in eternity and in this life.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Tonight at our prayer meeting we will be taking the entire time in prayer.  We will be using the Four R’s from Transforming Prayer to look at Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1.  Next Wednesday we will get back to our regular schedule but I want to burn this system of listening to God from His word into our minds and lives.

Pray for our Kids4Truth tonight as we have many kids coming who are learning God’s holy word.  Pray for our youth group as we have a good group of teens each week who hear the Word and have a chance to apply it to their lives.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

 

The most important family Psalm      

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Psalm 127:1–5

1 Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth.

5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

If I could put one Psalm in every home it would be this one, Psalm 127. I have done many types of work to make a living. Some types of work require great physical strength and stamina; others require great mental skills and attention to detail. Some require different amounts of both physical and mental abilities. Each of these work types would send me home tired and hungry in need of R&R to get ready for the next day or the next shift. I have worked straight shifts and swing shifts, singles and doubles. But nothing I have ever done for work is near as wearying or as rewarding as parenting.

 

The first verse speaks of vain labor. “Except the Lord build the house they labor in vain that build it.” I have done jobs that had to be redone. The first time through the effort was in vain. That hurts. But when people spend their parenting years in vain only to look back at failure after failure, that is a far greater hurt, even a grief.

 

How do we avoid vain or worthless labor in parenting?   The Psalmist tells us to let the Lord build our house. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Before reading books or magazines on parenting, seek God’s wisdom. He is the ultimate Parent and every action He took toward His children was with perfect wisdom. God parented with love, with consistency and with discipline. He never pushed His children over the edge with His frustration and they never doubted His love or His fairness.

 

As parents, study this Psalm and the God behind it. Determine to spend your parenting labor accomplishing the good growth of your children who are like arrows in the hands of a mighty man. (Chew on that one for awhile.) If you have questions about parenting, come see Bobbi or me or have us for dinner and let’s look at parenting together.

 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

Do you trust God to carry you? Isaiah 46 & Psalm 121

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We all like the poem, Footprints. But do we really want to relinquish all controls of life and let God carry us. In this message we see that God is carrying us. When we surrender to this we have peace and rest.

Do you trust God to carry you through life? Isaiah 46 & Psalm 121 from Pastor Steve Schroeder on Vimeo.