Sep 23 2015

You are my God

Rebekyah Brewer

You are my God

You are my God, who is always there for me. (Psa. 46:1)

You are my God who sees me.  (Gen. 16:13-14)

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Sep 19 2015

When You Don’t Recognize God

Rebekyah Brewer
North Wind

At the Back of the North Wind

“If you can’t see His way past the tears, trust His heart.” – Charles Spurgeon

It is one thing to have wounds inflicted by an enemy, another by your closest friend. At times I felt betrayed by God in dealing with my cousins death. She was so young. How could He allow this car accident? Why would He allow it? Why didn’t he intervene between her and the drunk driver? If she would have left 15 minutes sooner, if the swerve was just a a few degrees further, she might have walked away. Why God? Why did you allow it?

The enemy laughs. He uses my own heart to taunt me, “Is this your God? Your friend? Your high counselor? Is this who you serve? Is this who you have committed your life to?

Yes” I quietly respond to the assaults. “Though He afflicts me, yet will I trust Him.”

I admit, I am in the dark. I cannot see. I don’t understand why. I don’t know why He allowed this to happen. Over a year later, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it all. I’ve finally gained enough distance away from that fateful day that I can begin to try to reason again. But I see none.

I try to concentrate and hold on to what I do know. I do know that my God is sovereign.  He is aware. He allowed it. He filtered it. He is all good and all loving. He is perfect in all His ways. He could have prevented the accident, He could have spared her life. Just a few weeks prior he had saved and spared her life from another accident. But not this time. This time for reasons I don’t understand, He took her in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye she was taken and we were left. Her place knew her no more, her home knew her no more, her children knew her no more, her husband knew her no more, her mother knew her no more, her sisters knew her no more, her friends knew her no more and I knew her no more. Her life was gone and we did all we could to gather what was left behind of her, to salvage every precious memory and token unless they would somehow disappear too.  Yet will I trust Him though I do not understand Him or recognize Him in allowing this.

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Sep 19 2015

How to Pray for an Hour

Rebekyah Brewer

Oil LampPraying for an hour may sound daunting at first, but it can actually go by faster than you think. Many times when we spend an hour with a close friend, we look up surprised to see the time has passed so quickly and it’s time to part. This is the way to pray and to enjoy prayer, to see it as time spent with a dear friend, Jesus, who we have all to ourselves in sweet private conversation in our personal hour of prayer.

First, you must set aside a specific time to meet, knowing that God will be waiting for you. Make sure you eliminate all distractions by selecting a private place where you can talk in freedom and without being interrupted by phones and other distractions.

All you need is a quiet place and an eager heart, however you may find other supplies useful for prayer aids. Items such as your bible, a pen, paper for scribbling notes or thoughts that come to mind, a journal for writing your prayer if you prefer, a hymnbook, a favorite devotional book, soft instrumental music or soft scriptural lullaby music, a box of Kleenex, a cup of coffee, tea or other favorite drink, a candle or even an old fashioned oil lamp if you prefer.

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Aug 18 2015

Psalms 147 Praise the Lord!

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 21 of 21 in the series Psalms

Aug 11 2015

Psalms 139 Part 2 Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 1 of 21 in the series Psalms
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In our previous lesson, we talked about the first part of Psalms 139. In verses 1-12, we saw how fully the Lord knows us. In this last portion of Psalms 139 we will see the depth of God’s knowledge of us goes even further then knowing our ways and the thoughts of our hearts; God knew us before we had any substance. He knew us and knit each of us together in our mother’s womb. He designed our personalities, our strengths and weaknesses and even declared each one of our days before one of them came to be. God knows our beginning and our end. He knows our purpose and our hearts desires.

David is just kind of marveling at the knowledge and works of God. Romans 1:19-20 talks about how God’s invisible attributes have been clearly displayed since the beginning of creation for all to see. You can look at creation, you can look at the stars in heaven, you can look at the sky, you can look at the trees, the sea, the planets and in all of these you can see the beauty of God, the work of God, the wisdom of God, the love of God, the mercy of God, the abundance of God, his omnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience fully demonstrated around us. God’s invisible attributes are clearly displayed so that men are without excuse. Continue reading


Aug 4 2015

Psalms 139 Part 1 Fully Known By God

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 20 of 21 in the series Psalms
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“I looked at God and He looked at me, and we were one forever.” – Charles Spurgeon”

This is a Psalm of David looking to God and worshiping in wonder the greatness of God. David meditates on the attributes of God, God’s omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence as God relates to man. It is beyond his comprehension but that doesn’t stop David from trying to comprehend Him. Trying to wrap his small finite mine around an infinite God. Remember the old saying:

“If you reach for the stars, you might not quite get one, but you won’t end up with a handful of mud, either.

 

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Jul 28 2015

Psalms 121 Kept by God

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 19 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jul 21 2015

Psalms 116 Soothing a Restless Heart

Rebekyah Brewer
This entry is part 18 of 21 in the series Psalms

We are now zooming in to take a look at a portion of it, Psalm 116. Despite it being a Psalm of Praise & Thanksgiving, it is a hymn that moves from despair to delight in God. Music and hymns have a powerful way of moving our heart and our emotions. This is a hymn to sing to lift up your soul to delight in God when it has been cast down in despair.

It is a Psalm of Thanksgiving generally thought to have been written by David. It is known as a “Paschal Hallel” or “The Egyptian Hallel” as part of the hallel psalms, Psalms 113-118. These Psalms start with “Praise ye the Lord” which is what “hallelujah” means.

These Psalms were sung during the Passover. The Levites would chant these psalms as the Passover Lamb was being slain. It is highly probable that Jesus and his disciples would have chanted this hymn after the Passover meal before the crucifixion before they left the Upper Room.

The Hallel Psalms commemorate Israel’s deliverance from Egypt and our ultimate deliverance from the Great Tribulation. They are sung in a jubilant spirit that this hymn is sung and you can really feel that spirit if you read all 6 Psalms together.

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Jul 14 2015

Psalms 119 The Word of God Part 3

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 17 of 21 in the series Psalms

Jul 7 2015

Psalms 119 The Word of God Part 2

Penny Frantz
This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Psalms