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Thanksgiving Sonnet 2016

You are Yahweh, Most High over all the earth. You are exalted far above all gods. Hate evil, you who love Yahweh; for he preserves the souls of his kind ones by snatching them from the hand of the wicked. Light is shining for the righteous and gladness for the upright in heart. Be glad … Continue reading

Praised by God #8 — Pleasing Praise

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he did not see death, and he was not to be found because God took him up. For before his removal he had been commended as having pleased God. Hebrews 11:5 Gracious God, pleasing you is such a pleasure! You have made it so simple. Creation reveals … Continue reading

Strength #6 — Strengthening Prayer

Not all have faith; therefore pray that we may be delivered from perverse and evil men. But the Lord is faithful, who will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:2–3 It seems obvious that not everyone knows and trusts God. So why bring it up? We need to be reminded because … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer 2015 — Gratitude for Goodness

In preparation for this year’s Thanksgiving prayer sonnet, I thought some more about the last verse of last year’s text: 1 Chronicles 16:34 — “O give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good; for his extravagant kindness is everlasting.” Here are some of those thoughts and the prayer which followed. The term “good” indicates that some … Continue reading

Holiness #3 — Unashamed Holiness

May the Lord cause you to increase and abound in love for fellow Christians, and for all others … in order that your hearts might be established unblamable in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 1 Thessalonians 3:12–13 When Jesus comes with all his … Continue reading

Help #3 — Overwhelming Help

Then the Spirit of the Eternal moved Jehaziel to say, “Listen, all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat, thus says the Eternal to you, ‘Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.’” 2 Chronicles 20:14–15 Our God is more than equal … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … I Need More Faith

The Bible commands us to love one another and to pray for one another. One of the means which the church I attend uses to encourage this is to have the congregation on Sunday evenings form little groups of four or five to share prayer requests, and then to pray together for several minutes. This … Continue reading

Sustenance #7 — Honor First

Husbands honor your wives as fellow heirs of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 This one is mainly for men, but mutatis mutandis … Honoring our mates prevents the rise of an obstacle to answered prayer. If they are members of the Body of Christ, they … Continue reading

Trials #5 – Praying Perseverance

Stay awake and pray, so that you will not engage in testing God. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mark 14:38 Even when we know “what’s behind the door,” it’s often difficult to grasp the handle, turn our wrist and walk through. In fact, especially when we know “what’s behind the door,” … Continue reading

I Was Just Thinking … Faith In Prayer

A famous hymn opens with the words, “What various hindrances we meet, in coming to the mercy seat.” Farther on the hymn gives some indication of why we find it so hard to pray: Restraining prayer, we cease to fight; Prayer makes the Christian armor bright. And Satan trembles when he sees The weakest saint … Continue reading