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          It is my goal that the viewer of these photos of mine will sense the true meaning of the verse in the Bible that says,
          "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD."
          Psalm 150:6

    Fri, Dec 30th - 11:18PM

    Happy New Year 2006

    * If you're running a 26-mile marathon, remember that every mile is run one step at a time.
    * If you are writing a book, do it one page at a time.

    * If you're trying to master a new language, try it one word at a time.
    * There are 365 days in the average year. Divide any project by 365 and you'll find that no job is all that intimidating.

    ~Charles ( Chuck ) R. Swindol~

    Trials and Pain:
    Moses' Prayer

    So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. 
    --Psalm 90:12

    A few days after these words appear in print the old year of our Lord will have gone to join the long procession of years and centuries that move on into the shadows of a past that can come no more.

    In the year just gone the world has been writing history, not with ink only but with blood and tears; not in the quiet of the study but in violence, terror and death in city streets and along the borders of nations; and other and milder but more significant history has been written by incredible feats of power in sending man-made objects out to circle the moon and the sun....

    To each one fortunate enough to live out [this year], God will have given 365 days broken into 8,760 hours. Of these hours, 2,920 will have been spent in sleep, and about the same number at work. An equal number has been given us to spend in reverent preparation for the moment when days and years shall cease and time shall be no more. What prayer could be more spiritually appropriate than that of Moses, the man of God: "Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12).
    Dr. Tozer from The Warfare of the Spirit, pp. 145-147

    "So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.  Amen"

    Comment (4)

    Sat, Dec 24th - 11:34PM

    Scripture for Christmas


      Luke 2

      Christ Born of Mary

      The Birth and Childhood of Jesus
      1 And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.
      2 This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
      3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
      4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
      5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.
      7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

      Glory in the Highest
      8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
      9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.
      10 Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.
      11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
      12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."
      13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

              14"Glory to God in the highest,
              And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"

      15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, "Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us."
      16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.
      17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.
      18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
      19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
      20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. [/list]

      Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne
      (Click to hear music)

      Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
      But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant,
      and was made in the likeness of men
      Philippians 2:6-7

      Words: Emily E. Elliott, 1864

      Music: Timothy R. Matthews, 1876


      Thou didst leave Thy throne and Thy kingly crown,
      When Thou camest to earth for me;
      But in Bethlehems home was there found no room
      For Thy holy nativity.

      O come to my heart, Lord Jesus,
      There is room in my heart for Thee.

      Heavens arches rang when the angels sang,
      Proclaiming Thy royal degree;
      But of lowly birth didst Thou come to earth,
      And in great humility.


      The foxes found rest, and the birds their nest
      In the shade of the forest tree;
      But Thy couch was the sod, O Thou Son of God,
      In the deserts of Galilee.


      Thou camest, O Lord, with the living Word,
      That should set Thy people free;
      But with mocking scorn and with crown of thorn,
      They bore Thee to Calvary.


      When the heavens shall ring, and the angels sing,
      At Thy coming to victory,
      Let Thy voice call me home, saying "Yet there is room,
      There is room at My side for thee."

      My heart shall rejoice, Lord Jesus,
      When Thou comest and callest for me. 

      Comment (6)

      Tue, Dec 6th - 10:40PM

      The Sunrise


      I couldn't sleep one night as I wasn't feeling well

      so I got up and at about 5:15 am,

      I viewed one of the most beautiful sunrises from my kitchen door.



      How good is the God we adore,
      Our faithful unchangeable Friend!
      His love is as great as His power,
      And knows neither measure nor end!




      The sun is starting to peep at us from between the houses behind us.

      I was so impressed by the lines radiating from the sun. Sunbeams?
      íTis Jesus the First and the Last,
      Whose Spirit shall Guide us safe home,
      Weíll praise Him for all that is past,
      And trust Him for all thatís to come.
      Now, the sun is up and it's time for my first coffee of the day. What a wonderful few minutes this was!

      How Great Thou Art
      (Click to hear music)

      O Lord my God, When I in awesome wonder,
      Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made;
      I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
      Thy power throughout the universe displayed.

      Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
      How great Thou art, How great Thou art.
      Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee,
      How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

      And when I think, that God, His Son not sparing;
      Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in;
      That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing,
      He bled and died to take away my sin.


      When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation,
      And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart.
      Then I shall bow, in humble adoration,
      And then proclaim: "My God, how great Thou art!"


      Comment (9)

      Sun, Dec 4th - 5:19PM

      The Shepherd's Psalm--Part (vi)

      Jeremiah 6:16

      The Shepherd's Psalm--Part (vi)

      The Lord is my shepherd;
      I shall not want.
      He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
      He leads me beside the still waters.
      He restores my soul;
      He leads me in the paths of righteousness
      For His name's sake.

      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
      I will fear no evil;
      For You are with me;
      Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

      You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
      You anoint my head with oil;
      My cup runs over.
      Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
      All the days of my life;
      And I will dwell in the house of the Lord

      In our last essay on this beloved Psalm, we discussed the frightening experience of "The valley of the shadow of death." During the intervening time, some of us have walked in that dark vale. For me it was the stark reality of a beloved sisterís death. For other friends, perhaps it was the discovery that a dreaded disease lurks within. Some may have suffered difficulties of a very personal sort. The heartaches which must be borne alone bring the darkest clouds and the deepest wounds.

      Surely a beneficent Creator has so designed our world that the beauties of morning follow the darkness of night. The day breaks:

      "When the dusky veil of the night is drawn
      When clouds unfold and flee,
      When song birds wake, and a saffron dawn
      Steals over a silver sea."

      Percy French

      So it is in the spiritual sphere; when the dark clouds and chilly mists of the valley of death swallow us up we can peer through the darkness and see the warm lights of His banqueting house. By faith we can say with the Shulamite maiden:

      "He brought me to the banqueting house, And His banner over me is love." (Song of Solomon 2:4).

      It is surely by no mere coincidence that the Psalmist reflects on his journey through the dread valley and then in the next verse speaks of a prepared table. This is undoubtedly the banqueting table of love which the Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for His own. Here we renew and strengthen our fellowship and communion with our lovely King. In the place of His presence we enjoy the regal glory of the King of Kings. We bring joy to His heart and refreshment to our own soul when we see the King in His beauty. As we gaze upon the lovely thorn scared brow and nail pierced hands, our hearts crave to love Him more. It is here that our hearts are tuned to praise His Name.

      In His banqueting house there is rest and nourishment for the tired and drooping spirit. It is there, too, that we can tell Him of the somber skies and the rugged roads we have been plodding and in His tender embrace, we learn the truth of Isaiah 40:31. "But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint."

      We do not need to await the end of our sojourn in the dark land for He can "prepare a table in the wilderness", and He does this in the presence of our enemies. My! How the enemies of truth are confounded when they expect to find us overwhelmed by sorrow and fear and come upon us feasting with our lovely King Jesus and enjoying our propinquity to Him.

      Finding himself in this position, David says, "You anoint my head with oil". (Psalm 23:5) This is most assuredly the same oil with which the King himself is anointed. In Psalm 45:7 it is called "The oil of gladness". The anointing of oil in ancient days was most significant for kings and priest were marked out by such a ritual. How astonishing it is to read that He has "made us kings and priests to our God, And we shall reign upon the earth." (Revelation 5:10)

      Beloved friends, the blessings of our salvation are much more than an insurance policy for the next world.

      "My cup runs over". Ah, this prepared table knows no rationing. There is a great affluence of spiritual things for us to feast upon. None need go away unsatisfied. These words call to remembrance Paulís epistle to the Ephesians 1:3-7: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace."

      The prepared table is the daily provision for everyone who by faith in Jesus Christ has been saved by His abundant grace.

      Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
      He is missed greatly by his family.

      Comment (6)

      Thu, Dec 1st - 8:51PM

      Kneel At The Cross

      So many among us are ill and so many have problems too large for us to handle and it's at times like this that we must Kneel at the Cross!

      Kneel at the Cross
      (Click to hear music)

      Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name
      that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confesss that
      Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
      Philippians 2:9-11

      by Charles. E. Moody

      Kneel at the cross,
      Christ will meet you there,
      Come while he waits for you;
      List to his voice,
      Leave with him your care
      And begin life a new.

      Kneel at the cross,
      Leave every care
      Kneel at the cross,
      Jesus will meet you there.

      Kneel at the cross,
      Give your idols up,
      Look unto realms above;
      Turn not away
      To life's sparkling cup;
      Trust only in His love.


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      Member Since: 2005-09-08
      Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
      Denomination: Baptist
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