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Friday’s Message in Music

 Psalm 100 ” Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations. “

I hope that you know the reality of our God’s Sovereignty.  “The great ‘I AM that I AM’ “.  No matter what your circumstance today, if you know the Lord Jesus Christ personally through His redemptive blood and blessed resurrection, He is with you. Praise and worship the LORD God!!  ♥ Streim   (**so sorry- earlier link was incorrect song**)

 

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“The Micah Mandate” ~Taken from Crosswalk Devotionals

It is a true joy to share this Word from the Lord with you today.  I “echo” this woman’s belief!!  I will resume my own blogging tomorrow, November 7th.  May all who read this be blessed, and if you have a Facebook page (I don’t) you can comment on the content.  May we all lift our hearts heavenward today as we ask Our Father that “HIS WILL BE DONE”.  Ultimately… He is GOD and our Lord Jesus is the King of Kings! 

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The Micah Mandate
by Katherine Britton

He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

As you read this devotional, people are flocking to the polls. I don’t yet know who claims the coveted title of president-elect, or how the runner-up will respond to his defeat. But by the time you read tomorrow’s devotional, the campaign season will officially (finally) be over, and our linear little world will move on.

In the past few months, so much attention has centered on Election Day that the importance of every day leading up to it – and following it – has been eclipsed. My own perspective has often been wrenched from the eternal to the worldly as I fretted and worried over how to vote and what it would mean for the nation. I have often forgotten my unchanging marching orders from Micah 6:8 in the hubbub.

In political season and out, my Lord requires three things of me:

  1. Act justly 
  2. Love mercy 
  3. Walk in humility with my God 

After all the roar in our ears, sounds simple, doesn’t it? These commands aren’t political; they’re intensely personal with communal impact. They foreshadow the greatest commandment, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”

I’m so thankful that, as Christians, we are part of an eternal kingdom that values everyday acts of justice, mercy, and humility so highly. By faith, we have a far bigger perspective than anything going on in government. We know that our God sits enthroned in Heaven and laughs at the plans of the nations (Psalm 2:4), because his plan will overrule them all (Isaiah 46:10). And so we don’t worry about tomorrow, but simply follow the Micah mandate everyday: act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.

Here’s one more thought: As I reconsider the Micah mandate in light of the political scene, I’m reminded that mercy and humility extend far beyond party lines. If we really are trying to cultivate mercy and acknowledge our humility before God, doesn’t that affect how we respond to our leaders? If we take the verses in Micah seriously, then we can’t help but take Paul’s words to Timothy seriously as well.

Paul gave the young pastor a directive to pray for the leaders in his world, even though the government was foreign and its leaders sometimes corrupt. “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone,” Paul wrote, “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior” (1 Timothy 2:1-3).

It’s tempting to think that our vote matters more than our prayers, more than an attitude of humility that seeks justice and mercy. Nope, the Bible is pretty explicit about keeping our trust in God and not in government (Psalm 118:9). So let’s look out our window, breathe in another day of eternity, and get to work living the Micah mandate.

Intersecting Faith & Life: You’ve probably heard the phrase before – our job is to be so heavenly minded that we do the earth good. Let’s put on the eternal perspective and act in light of eternity – where all that matters is acting justly, loving mercy, and walking humbly with our God.

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Pennies From Heaven

We’ve all heard the usual stories (old wives tales really) about pennies we find on the sidewalk or in a parking lot.  Some “tales” say those pennies could bring good luck or they may be gifts from angels.  Here’s a little story (with a twist on all the old wives tales) to  give you something to ponder…

Several years ago, my friend Kendra and her husband George were invited to spend the weekend at the home of George’s boss.  Kendra was anxious about the weekend because Mr. Ryhill was very wealthy.   He owned a spectacular home on the lake shore and had several vehicles that cost more than her house. The first day and evening went well, and Kendra was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live.  Mr. Ryhill was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants.  Kendra knew she would never have an opportunity like this again to indulge in such extravagance, so she enjoyed herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant for dinner on the last evening of the visit, Mr. Ryhill was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and George.  He stopped suddenly, looked down on the pavement and paused…

Kendra wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped and a few cigarette butts.   Still silent, Mr. Ryhill reached down and picked up the penny.

He held it up, smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure.  “How absurd,” Kendra thought, “what need did this man have for a single penny?  Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?”

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mentioned that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he found was valuable.

A smile crept across his face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.   She’d  seen many pennies before!  What was the point of him showing her the penny?

“Look at it and read what it says” Mr Ryhill said.

She read the words “United States of America “

“No, not that; read further..”

“One cent?”

“No, keep reading.”

“In God we Trust?”

“Yes–yes–yes…that’s it!”

“And…?” Kendra questioned

Mr Ryhill continued, “And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin.  Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription.  It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it!  God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him!  Who am I to pass it by?  When I see a coin, I stop and pray, and ask the Lord to give me the grace I need to trust in God at that moment.  You see, I pick the coin up as a response to God to remind me to trust in Him always.  For a short time, at least, I cherish that penny as if it were gold.  I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me.  I am so thankful God is patient with me and pennies are plentiful!”

Several days after Kendra arrived home she was out shopping and found a penny on the sidewalk.  She stopped,  picked it up, and realized that she had been worrying and fretting in her mind about things she couldn’t change, then she read the words, “In God We Trust,” and laughed.  “Yes God” she spoke aloud, ” I get the message.”

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“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.”  Psalm 20:7

“Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!”  Psalm 40:4

“Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah”  Psalm 62:8

“Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”  Psalm 143:8

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”  Isaiah 12:2

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD.”  Jeremiah 17:7

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” If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed.  Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness;  for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.  The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe.  Command and teach these things.  Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching.  Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”  1 Timothy 4: 6-15

And I challenge each of us, as the forgiven children of God, to continue serving Him in faith, trust and prayer!