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Oh! To Be Like Thee

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Oh! To Be Like Thee

Oh! to be like Thee, blessed Redeemer,
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.

Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wandering sinner to find.

Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.

Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive the anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing,
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.

Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading,
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit me for life and Heaven above.
Refrain:

Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee,
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.

Thomas O. Chisholm (1866-1960)

Knowing God

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Knowing God

You can know about God or you can know God. How can you know God? How can you know God’s heart? How can you know the Spirit of God? It is not so complicated.

When you live a Godly life according to the Scripture and the Holy Spirit, you become like God. You become like Him because He is the power to live that life in you. His Spirit controls you and all you think and do. That produces a purity and a confidence that cannot be fabricated.

As an obedient disciple of Jesus Christ, you become more like God as you come to know Him. Life is no longer your own but you are living and walking and talking with the God of the universe. The experience is intoxicating – totally controlling. You are not drunk with wine but you are filled with and controlled by the Spirit of the Living God.

You will delight in God, and in His life in you, irrespective of everyone and any thing. People will not understand you. You will be an anomaly in this world.

You can know about God. You can study and become proficient in Bible and Church history and psychology and business, and music, and, and….. And never know God. How can you know that you know God?

You know that you know God when:
You hurt with what hurts Him
You love what He loves
You rejoice when He rejoices
You care for those He cares for
You are angry at what makes Him angry
You speak His truth to those who reject Him
You stand alone with God on life’s issues
You speak comfort to those who are hurting
You bring healing to hurting hearts
You have your heart in what He values
Your heart beats with His heart
You care for those whom the world rejects
You make decisions based on what He wants
Your heart is fixed on eternity
You bless those who wish to harm you
You forgive those who speak against you
You call people to discipleship
Your energies are used to build God’s Kingdom
You do not count your life dear to yourself
Your life is at His disposal
Your will does not matter to you
You only want His will to be done
You know God when His Word and His words are your delight
When you fear to break His heart
When you cry when His heart is broken
Then, you know God

Delight is Decisive

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Psalm One

Blessed is the man who:
Walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;

But:
His delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

 

The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.

For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

The Gospel in Mythology

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Siren Song or Sweeter Song?

Mythology tells stories of long-ago people and happenings. Mythology to be sure, but lessons can be taught and learned.

Along the rocky shores of a sea were creatures called Sirens. They were beautiful women with beautiful voices. The rocky shores were littered with shipwrecks. Sailors who heard them disregarded their better senses and were lured by the Siren’s beauty and voice. They knew the dangers but were unable to withstand the Siren’s lure and so they steered their ships into the deadly rocks. The sirens had no interest in the sailors. Their only interest was destruction. They used their charms to destroy.

Ulysses and his ship were about to pass that way. Knowing the inability to resist temptation he crafted a plan. They would avoid temptation. He commanded: “Every man place beeswax in his ears and then tie me to the mast of the ship.”

As they passed, the men could not hear the Sirens. They rowed on to safety. Ulysses, on the other hand, did not have wax in his ears. He bellowed for the men to stop, but they could not hear him. He was overcome by the beautiful music even though he knew it would destroy him. He was saved by the ropes and the mast and by the wax in the ears of the sailors.

 

Later, another ship came along. Orpheus and his crew also knew of the Sirens and their dangerously beautiful songs. Some of the sailors greatly anticipated the Sirens and were eager for their music. Knowing the dangers, they pressed ahead. As they approached the Sirens, Orpheus began playing a musical instrument he had brought along.

He played so beautifully and so masterfully that the crewmen were transfixed with his music. The men rowed. So intent were they on the music of Orpheus, that they scarcely noticed the Sirens on the shore. The men were not even tempted.

Both crews escaped death on the rocks of the Sirens. The first crew escaped by ropes and restrictions. The second escaped by hearing a sweeter song.

Only passion will cure passion. Temptation is everywhere. Ropes and restrictions are not. Only a sweeter song that can be taken along in your heart can deliver in all cases and situations.

The world has a song. God has a song. Which will it be? How will you decide? When you hear the world’s song, what will you do? It is alluring. It sounds beautiful. Will its beauty capture you and dash you on the rocks? It has no care for you. It only plots your destruction. It will destroy you. Its beauty is the lure for its deadly game.

Or, have you found a sweeter song. A song so masterfully and beautifully played by the Master of your ship? Which ship are you on? Who is your master?

May I commend to you the “Master of assemblies?” The Owner and The Creator of all. The One for whom the angels sang. The One who calmed the raging sea. The One who can calm the raging in your heart. The One who will fill your heart with a song so sweet that the Sirens will be a distant noise. He is the song and He is the life. Make sure that He is the Captain of your ship today.

God’s Way

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I did it God’s way

Now when the end is near
Time for me won’t be no-more
I think back on my life and wonder how I made it over
Through many dangers thorns and snares
The pitfalls of long life highway
I heard the voice I made Him my choice
I did it God’s way

The mountains were hard to climb
My way was dark and dreary
My cross so heavy to bear
There were day’s I grew weary
But then a voice within me cried
Lift up your head Dry your weeping eyes
The record shows which way I choice I did it god’s way

I did it God’s way

Verse:
When laughter turns to tears
When my joy turns to sorrow
I think back on the days
When it seems there ain’t no tomorrow
Unseen dangerous, hidden snares.
Often took me oh unaware
I took prayer and faith and a little of grace I did it God’s way.

I did it God’s way

Chorus:
Yes there were times not so few when I didn’t know just want to do.
When I was lost on Him I called
Without a doubt he brought me out
With prayer and faith and a little more grace I did it God’s way.

James Cleveland

Porn vs. Other Sins

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Porn vs. Other Sins

Porn is different than other sins. The Bible says that he who commits adultery, sins against his own body. Porn is essentially adultery. Porn is different from other sins. How is it different?

Porn violates the person(s) in the images or in the words.
Porn exploits those persons.
Porn intentionally objectifies persons who are being exploited.
Porn intentionally abuses the subject.
Porn introduces sin into your own life.
Porn intentionally brings other persons into your most intimate relationships.
Porn abuses your spouse or spouse-to-be.
Porn prevents you from having healthy relationships.
Porn prevents you from being able to see beauty in people.
Porn has long term effects in placing long lasting images in your mind.

The list could go on. In one sense, sin is sin. But, my sense and experience in dealing with men who struggle is that lying or stealing, for example, are not as damaging as porn. The above statements support that observation.

Fathers and Hearts

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Turning the hearts of the fathers to the children
And the hearts of the children to the fathers
Malachi 4:5-6

Fathers – What can you do?

Be a Father who has the fear of the Lord in his heart
Love the mother of your children
Treat all persons with respect
Lovingly train your children in discipline and instruction of the Lord
Take time to explain what is right and what is wrong and why
Live a life of absolute integrity

Children develop their concept of God from their father’s training
Children become teachable because they have been trained
Children develop self worth and value because they are valued
Children develop fear of the Lord in their hearts if father fears the Lord
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge
Children can develop a healthy approach to life and relationships

“We have many teachers but not many fathers”