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Dear Father, judge of all mankind,

 

Help me be a profitable slave to you and good steward of your mysteries. As a steward may I be found trustworthy. May I not be concerned about being judged by human beings or by any human court. May I not even set in judgment on myself. Only you do that. I am not aware of anything against myself, but that, I understand, in and of itself, does not acquit me before you. You are my judge. You can condemn. And you can and will make me stand.It is by Jesus’ authority and in his name that I offer up this prayer. Amen.

 I Need Thee Every Hour

 

Annie Hawks wrote:

One day as a young wife and mother of 37 years of age, I was busy with my regular household tasks. Suddenly, I became so filled with the sense of nearness to the Master that, wondering how one could live without Him, either in joy or pain, these words, “I Need Thee Every Hour,” were ushered into my mind, the thought at once taking full possession of me.

 

After writing the lyrics, Hawks gave them to her pastor, Robert Lowry, who added the tune and refrain. The hymn was first published at the National Baptist Sunday School Convention in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November 1872.

 

Some years later, after the death of her husband, Hawks wrote:

 

I did not understand at first why this hymn had touched the great throbbing heart of humanity. It was not until long after, when the shadow fell over my way, the shadow of a great loss, that I understood something of the comforting power in the words which I had been permitted to give out to others in my hour of sweet serenity and peace.

 

I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.

I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;

Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh.

I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide, or life is in vain.

I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;

And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.

I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;

O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.

 

Chorus:

I need Thee, O I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

O bless me now, my Savior,

I come to Thee.

A GLORIOUS CROWN

Isaiah 28:5-6 In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of His people. He will be a spirit of justice to him who sits in judgment, a source of strength to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

(Also, “Marks of the Church”)

The Four Marks describe a belief in Christendom that the body of Christ—the church—is characterized by four “marks” or distinctives. These marks are found in the early church and found their way into the Creed of Constantinople in 381, “‘[We believe] In one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.’” 1) One: this describes the unity of the body of Christ. It is not many, but one. 2) Holy: This describes its nature as being “set apart” unto God, his possession. It also describes its aspiration to be like God in its character. 3) Catholic (universal): this describes its universality. The body of Christ is not limited to a time, place, race, or culture. 4) Apostolic: This describes its origin and beliefs. The church’s teaching are apostolic in that they find their roots in the teachings of the Apostles.

 

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Understanding the Theology of Being Saved

By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir

  

“Repent and be saved!” This is a phrase we hear so often, but, have you considered its origins? Is this in the Bible? Surprise…NO, it is not! We may say it with genuine good intentions as both ends of this phrase are very Biblical and essential. We need to repent, and we need to be saved. But, this phrase is actually backwards! It should read, “Be saved and then repent!”

Why is that? Repentance is the result of the acknowledgment of what Christ has done for us, and not the cause of Christ giving grace to us. That is, we do not have anything to do with our salvation other than to accept it and live it by faith. We do not initiate or cause it, or just perchance receive it in some way (Eph. 2:8-9). That would mean that we had worked for our salvation; and, if that were possible, the cross of Christ would have been unnecessary (Ephesians 1:314; 1 Corinthians 1:182:16; 15:18)! Something else happened to cause it, and that is what Christ did on our behalf on the cross. His righteousness transfers to us, and then we receive His salvation—we are “saved;” The proof of that receiving is our repentance; we “repent.” Our receipt for His purchase of our souls is in our repentance. Repentance does not save us; it is the proof that we have been saved and reconciled. Only Christ saves us (Romans 10:1417; 2 Corinthians 5:166:2).

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Q. 33. Why is Christ called the “only begotten Son” of God, since we are also the children of God?

A. Because Christ alone is the eternal and natural Son of God; [a] but we are children adopted of God, by grace, for his sake. [b]

 

Q. 34. Wherefore callest thou him “our Lord”?

A. Because he hath redeemed us, both soul and body, from all our sins, not with silver or gold, but with his precious blood, and has delivered us from all the power of the devil; and thus has made us his own property. [a]  View article…

AIG has an excellent article posted which shows how folded rock layers fit into a creation model.  They point out that there are several instances of rocks in which a series of rock layers are folded but not fractured.  This indicates that the rocks had not yet hardened when the folding occurred.  When the folding occurs across multiple rock layers, that means that none of the rocks could have been hard when the folding occurs.

Little Known Quotes from the Wives of Spiritual Giants

Eddie Eddings

 

“I don’t like the way Selma Haversham is always asking you for advice!”- Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon

 

“Please put down your quill and come to bed!”- Mrs. John Owen

 

“I think I’m the luckiest woman on earth…wait a minute…sorry…the most providentially blessed!”- Mrs. John Calvin

 

“Honey, will you help me with my necklace?.”- Mrs. Albert Mohler

 

“I need you to pick up some bread and a chuck roast on your way home.” – Mrs. A. A. Hodge

 

“Look what the dog brought in!”- Mrs. B. B. Warfield

 

“Are you planning on writing a childrens book this year or not?” – Mrs. C. S. Lewis

 

“Please, please, please take me to Paris, France this spring!” – Mrs. Thomas Boston

 

“Why not dress up like Columbo again? It was the hit of the party last year.”- Mrs. R. C. Sproul

 

“I think I am coming down with a cold!”- Mrs. A. W. Pink

 

“You better not write on my table again when you have your Table-talk!”- Mrs. Martin Luther

 

“That last sermon was a little scary!”- Mrs. Jonathan Edwards

 

“Yeah, a LOT has happened since you were gone!” – Mrs. George Whitefield

 

“No, I haven’t read your last book yet. I haven’t finished the last one!”- Mrs. John MacArthur

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 downloadsDocuments: The Forms of Unity

The Heidelberg Catechism, the Belgic Confession and the Canons of Council of Dordrecht along with the Ecumenical Creeds (pdf) View article…

 

Video: Tim Keller

The Gospel, the City and Cultural Transformation

 

Three Online Videos by Tim Keller new!

 

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Audio: Why Should I Care About My Life

Andrew Quigley

 Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church

Length: 41 min. (16kbps)

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Tongue Twisters are lots of fun (and difficult). They often don’t make much sense, but they certainly exercise your pronunciation muscles. Four tongue twisters are listed below. Click on the link to go to the tongue twister and recording, listen as often as you want, and give them a try on your own!

Peter Piper
Betty Botter
Sea Shells by the Sea Shore
A Flea and a Fly
Woodchuck