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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

    Thu, Feb 23rd - 8:59AM

    We Shall Behold Him



     

     

     




     





    We Shall Behold Him
    (Click to hear music)

    Words and Music by Dottie Rambo
     

    For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    1 Thessalonians 4:16-17


     
    The sky shall unfold, preparing His entrance;
    The stars shall applaud Him with thunders of praise.
    The sweet light in His eyes shall enhance those a waiting,
    And we shall behold Him then face to face.


    Chorus
    And we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him
    Face to face in all of His glory;
    And we shall behold Him, Yes, we shall behold Him
    Face to face, our Saviour and Lord.


    The angels shall sound the shout of His coming,
    The sleeping shall rise from their slumbering place.
    And those who remain shall be changed in a moment,
    And we shall behold Him then face to face.


    Chorus
    And we shall behold Him, we shall behold Him
    Face to face in all of His glory;
    And we shall behold Him, Yes, we shall behold Him
    Face to face, our Saviour and Lord.
    We shall behold Him, our Saviour and Lord
    .







     



    Comment (4)

    Mon, Feb 20th - 11:34PM



     

    He leads none to heaven but

    whom He sanctifies on the earth.

    ~John Owen~

     

    Waiting for Spring!

     




     

    Not what these hands have done
    (Click to hear music)


    Not what these hands have done
    Can save this guilty soul;
    Not what this toiling flesh has borne
    Can make my spirit whole.



    Chorus:
    Thy work alone, my Saviour,
    Can ease this weight of sin;
    Thy blood alone, O Lamb of God,
    Can give me peace within.



    Not what I feel or do
    Can give me peace with God;
    Nor all my prayers, or sighs, or tears
    Can bear my awful load.



    Thy love to me, O God,
    Not mine, O Lord, to Thee,
    Can rid me of this dark unrest,
    And set my spirit free.



    No other work save Thine,
    No meaner blood will do,
    No strength, save that which is Divine,
    Can bear me safely through.



    I praise the God of grace,
    I trust His love and might;
    He calls me His, I call Him mine,
    My God, My joy, my light.




     



     



    Comment (4)

    Sun, Feb 19th - 11:46PM

    Grace Alone, Faith Alone, the Scriptures Alone



     

    Waiting for his Master


    Each time we go to Jack's grave, this is where Geordie spends some time, just gazing at the grave.  Then he spots a squirrel and takes off but this short time seems to be special for him when first arriving.

     

     

     



    Grace Alone,
    Faith Alone,
    the Scriptures Alone



    GRACE ALONE

    Both the Bible and human experience testify that all men and women are defective in character.  The Bible puts it this way:  "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Romans 3:23)  Because of this, it is impossible for human beings to merit God's favour.  Isaiah tells us that "all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags". (Isaiah 64:6)

    Keeping the Ten Commandments will not make us fit for heaven.  The Law of God was not given to prepare us for heaven, but rather to show us that we are sinners before God.  St. Paul the Apostle said "Therefore by the deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin". (Romans 3:20)

    The key to the problem is found in the New Testament:  "For by Grace are ye saved, through faith and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast". (Ephesians 2:8,9)

    God manifested His grace by sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for sinners such as you and I.  "God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us".   (Romans 5:8 )



    FAITH ALONE

    In the light of God's absolute and infinite holiness, how can a poor sinner deserving of the judgment of Hell, be brought into an eternal relationship with God and enjoy the knowledge of sins forgiven?  The answer is profound and simple--BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST ALONE!

    St. John the Apostle tells us that he wrote his Gospel for the purpose of bringing the truth of "faith in Christ alone" to us; he says, "But these things are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing ye might have life through His name".  (John 20:31)

    St. Paul makes a similar statement in Romans 5:1.  "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have access by FAITH into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God".   In Romans 1:17, Paul triumphantly proclaims "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH".  

    Will you, like Paul, stand in GRACE by FAITH or will you continue to sink in the mire of your own feeble "good works"?  All human "rationalizing" (be it ever so pious or profane) is always a substitute for faith.  God requires faith to believe that it is NOTHING OF SELF but EVERYTHING IN CHRIST.  

    "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever BELIEVETH IN HIM should not perish but have everlasting life".  (John 3:16)



    THE SCRIPTURES ALONE

    The blessed Son of God said of the religious people and priests of His day, "In vain do they worship Me teaching for doctrines the commandments of men".  (Mark 7:7)  He also said to them "Ye do err not knowing the Scriptures".

    It is sad that in our day many religious and non-religious people are also in error for the same reason.  They follow human traditions and rituals and ignore what the Bible has to say.  St. Paul tells us that "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness".

    David the psalmist wrote, "Forever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven".   (Psalm 119:89) and the Lord Jesus declared "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but MY WORDS shall NOT pass away".   (Mark 13:31)  It is that same word that shall judge us in the last day.  (John 12:48)

    The Holy Scriptures alone must be our guide in spiritual matters.  There we find that when we believe to the saving of the soul, we should:

    • Tell others of God's grace.  (Matthew 28:19)
    • Join with other of like faith.  (Hebrews 10:25)
    • Separate ourselves from ungodly systems. (2 Corinthians 6:16)

     



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

     

    Missing His Master


     



    Comment (4)

    Sun, Feb 19th - 1:44AM



     

    Bird Feeders in the Snow

     

     

    "We can do more good by being good
    than in any other way."

    ~Anonymous~




     


    I received this in my email today and thought it was good to share for the Lord's Day.  Let's remember our Saviour as we worship on this Sunday.

     


    One spoon of ten shekels of gold, full of incense.
    Numbers 7:14


    Twelve times in this chapter, reference is made to “A golden spoon of ten shekels, full of incense”. The princes were commanded to bring gifts to the Lord and each brought a spoon of gold. Each spoon was alike and precious, just as we who gather to remember the Lord today.

    We are all His blood bought children, none greater than the other, each precious to Him. Regarding the spoons function, one comment only is made, they were to be full of incense.

    What a picture of our worship. May we be full of Him and for Him.
    —Jack Innes








    SAVIOR, THY DYING LOVE
    (Click to hear music)
     

    God demonstrates His love for us in this:
    While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
    Romans 5:8


    Words:  Sylvanus D. Phelps (1816-1895) 
    Music: Ro­bert Low­ry


    Savior, Thy dying love Thou gavest me.
    Nor should I aught withhold, dear Lord, from Thee.
    In love my soul would bow, my heart fulfill its vow,
    Some offering bring Thee now, something for Thee.

    O’er the blest mercy seat, pleading for me,
    My feeble faith looks up, Jesus, to Thee.
    Help me the cross to bear, Thy wondrous love declare,
    Some song to raise, or prayer, something for Thee.

    Give me a faithful heart, likeness to Thee.
    That each departing day henceforth may see
    Some work of love begun, some deed of kindness done,
    Some wanderer sought and won, something for Thee.

    All that I am and have, Thy gifts so free,
    In joy, in grief, through life, O Lord, for Thee!
    And when Thy face I see, my ransomed soul shall be
    Through all eternity, something for Thee.









    Comment (5)

    Fri, Feb 17th - 11:45PM

    The Back Side of the Desert



     

    Having the flu and feeling under the weather is not nice.  I have felt this way this past week.  But tonight I thought I'd share these words with you all as they have really blessed my heart this evening.

    "In heaven is no warfare
    but all well-fare."

    ~John Boys~



     


     

    Trials and Pain:
    The Back Side of the Desert


    Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian. And he led the flock to the back of the desert, and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
    --Exodus 3:1

    We should quickly review here the kinds of preparation Moses had gone through for his leadership role under God. Reared in Pharaoh's palace, he had been educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians. He had the prerequisites for almost any kind of career. In our day a man with his qualifications would be sought for election as a bishop or the president of any of the great church denominations.

    Then, too, Moses had a most unusual but highly effective postgraduate course. God took him out of the activity and the noise of Egypt and placed him in the silence of the open spaces.  He kept the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law. Tending the sheep, he learned lessons of meditation and observation that he could only have learned in the silence.

    Probably more important than anything else, Moses learned to know himself. That knowledge was a part of God's preparation of the man for his future tasks. We, today, know everything but ourselves. We never really come to know ourselves because we cannot get quiet enough.
    Dr. Tozer in Men Who Met God, p. 70

    "Lord, I pray this morning for the hurting pastor who is languishing in 'the silence of the open spaces,' on the back side of the desert. Encourage him; instruct him; then show Him how You can use him mightily in Your way and in Your time. Amen."




    Comment (6)

    Sat, Feb 11th - 12:29AM

    PRAYER REQUEST



     

     

    Tonight, my heart is breaking for one of the members of Christian Photographers website.

    On January 27, Papa John's wife, Cornelia, suffered a massive heart attack.  She was admitted to the hospital and there she recovered albeit slightly.  A few days ago, she came home where she seemed to recover a wee bit.

    Last night, our dear sister suffered another heart attack and is in very poor condition.  I would covet your prayers on behalf of "Papa" John and the whole family circle.  We have a topic on Christian Photographers where we are leaving messages for Papa John and the whole family circle and praying for them.

    If you feel led to leave a message there, you will have to register.  Here is the URL of the site:

    http://christianphotographers.com and click on "Forums"

    The topic where we are leaving messages for the family and offering our prayers on their behalf is at:  http://www.christianphotographers.com/community/index.php?topic=5155.0

    Thank you dear friends.

     



     




     

    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.


    Refrain
    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.


    Refrain




     



     



    Comment (2)

    Fri, Feb 10th - 3:18PM

    Farther Along, We'll Know All About It



    Guelph Covered Bridge



    "I would hate my own soul
    if I did not find it loving God."

    ~Augustine~









    Trials and Pain:
    The Necessity of Wounds


    Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.... It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. 
    --Psalm 119:67,71

    It is amazing to me! There are people within the ranks of Christianity who have been taught and who believe that Christ will shield His followers from wounds of every kind.

    If the truth were known, the saints of God in every age were only effective after they had been wounded. They experienced the humbling wounds that brought contrition, compassion and a yearning for the knowledge of God. I could only wish that more among the followers of Christ knew what some of the early saints meant when they spoke of being wounded by the Holy Spirit....

    In every generation, the people who have found God have been those who have come to the end of themselves. Recognizing their hopelessness, they have been ready to throw themselves on the mercy and grace of a forgiving God. 
    Dr. Tozer in Men Who Met God, pp. 59,62

    "Lord, don't let me waste the humbling wounds. Do Your great work within me, and help me to respond properly and learn all You want me to learn through Your working. Amen."










    FARTHER ALONG
    (Click to hear music)


    W. B. Stevens


    Tempted and tried we're oft made to wonder
    Why it should be thus all the day long.
    While there are others living about us,
    Never molested though in the wrong.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    When death has come and taken our loved ones,
    It leaves our home so lonely and drear;
    Then do we wonder why others prosper,
    Living so wicked year after year.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    Faithful till death said our loving Master.
    A few more days to labor and wait;
    Toils of the road will then seem as nothing
    As we sweep through the beautiful gate.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.


    When we see Jesus coming in glory,
    When He comes from His home in the sky;
    Then we shall meet Him in that bright mansion
    We'll understand it all by and by.
    Farther along we'll know all about it,
    Farther along we'll understand why;
    Cheer up, my brother, live in the sunshine,
    We'll understand it all by and by.



    Used by permission of Stamps-Baxter Music & Printing Co.






    Comment (7)

    Mon, Feb 6th - 10:37PM

    He Leadeth Me



     

    Macinac Bridge, Michigan

     


    "God has wisely kept us in the dark concerning future events and reserved for himself the knowledge of them, that he may train us up in a dependence upon himself and a continued readiness for every event."
    Matthew Henry






     



    He leadeth me.

    Psalm 23:2-3


    What a marvellous relationship between these two pronouns!

    “He” is the Lord. “Me” refers to those of us who are His sheep.

    The distance between the Good Shepherd in glory and His sheep in the world appears infinite, but there is a little word that serves as a bridge—leadeth. In the East the shepherd goes before the flock to discover the best pastures and the best way to them.

    So also the Lord Jesus stays before the soul that trusts in Him and loves Him.

    Our part is to reduce as much as possible the space between ourselves and Him, and follow His steps as closely as possible.
    —Carl Knott






     

    He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought!
    (Click to hear music)


    Author: Joseph H. Gilmore, 1834-1918
    Musician: William B. Bradbury, 1816-1868





    He leadeth me, O blessed thought!
    O words with heavenly comfort fraught!
    Whate'er I do, where?er I be
    Still 'tis God's hand that leadeth me.


    Refrain
    He leadeth me, He leadeth me,
    By His own hand He leadeth me;
    His faithful follower I would be,
    For by His hand He leadeth me.


    Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
    Sometimes where Eden?s bowers bloom,
    By waters still, over troubled sea,
    Still 'tis His hand that leadeth me.


    Refrain


    Lord, I would place my hand in Thine,
    Nor ever murmur nor repine;
    Content, whatever lot I see,
    Since 'tis my God that leadeth me.


    Refrain


    And when my task on earth is done,
    When by Thy grace the victory's won,
    E'en death's cold wave I will not flee,
    Since God through Jordan leadeth me.


    Refrain





     



    Comment (1)

    Thu, Feb 2nd - 10:30PM

    Search Me O God



     

     

    Berries In The Winter Hedge

     



     

    "God's giving deserves our thanksgiving."
    ~Anonymous~







    The Holy Spirit:
    Moratorium on Activity

    Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  
    --Psalm 139:23-24

    I suppose my suggestion will not receive much serious attention, but I should like to suggest that we Bible-believing Christians announce moratorium on religious activity and set our house in order preparatory to the coming of an afflatus from above. So carnal is the body of Christians which composes the conservative wing of the Church, so shockingly irreverent are our public services in some quarters, so degraded are our religious tastes in still others, that the need for power could scarcely have been greater at any time in history.

    I believe we should profit immensely were we to declare a period of silence and self-examination during which each one of us searched his own heart and sought to meet every condition for a real baptism of power from on high. 
    Dr. Tozer in The Pursuit of Man, 94.

    "Lord, I do pray that You would move in the hearts of leaders in churches everywhere to prompt this time of silence and self-examination. So often activity feeds on itself and it takes a conscious effort to step off the treadmill to re-evaluate. Stimulate our hearts, and quiet us today to hear from You. Amen."










    Cleanse Me
    (Click to hear music)


    Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
    Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts I pray.
    See if there be some wicked way in me;
    Cleanse me from ev'ry sin and set me free.


    I praise Thee, Lord, for cleansing me from sin;
    Fulfill Thy Word and make me pure within.
    Fill me with fire where once I burned with shame;
    Grant my desire to magnify Thy name.


    Lord, take my life and make it wholly Thine;
    Fill my poor heart with Thy great love divine.
    Take all my will, my passion, self and pride;
    I now surrender, Lord--in me abide.


    O Holy Ghost, revival comes from Thee;
    Send a revival--start the work in me.
    Thy Word declares Thou wilt supply our need;
    For blessings now, O Lord, I humbly plead.








    MISTY MOON OVER THE HOUSES



    Comment (2)

    Wed, Feb 1st - 3:20PM



     

     

    Sunset at Grand Haven, Michigan

     


     

    "Deny sloth not only continuance, but countenance."
    ~Thomas Adams~









    Personal Life:  Hearing From God
     

    Now John himself was clothed in camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.  
    --Matthew 3:4-5

    Let me give you some reasons why I believe God could honor John the Baptist in that day in which he lived.

    First, John had the ability to live and meditate in solitude. He knew the meaning of quietness. He was in the desert until the time of his showing forth unto Israel as a prophet. He came out of his lonely solitude to break the silence like a drumbeat or as the trumpet sounds. The crowds came--all gathered to hear this man who had been with God and who had come from God.

    In our day we just cannot get quiet enough and serene enough to wait on God. Somebody has to be talking. Somebody has to be making a  noise. But John had gone into the silence and had matured in a kind of special school with God and the stars and the wind and the sand....

    I do not believe it is stretching a point at all to say that we will most often hear from God in those times when we are silent. 
    Dr. Tozer in Christ the Eternal Son, 130.

    "Oh, Lord, help me to carve out of my busy schedule some time with 'God and the stars and the wind and the sand.' Amen."
     
     
     





    Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus
    (Click to hear music)

    Ephesians 6:13
     
    Author:  George Duffield, 1818-1888
    Musician:  Adam Geibel, 1855-1933


    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, ye soldiers of the cross;
    Lift high His royal banner, it must not suffer loss.
    From victory unto victory His army shall He lead,
    Till every foe is vanquished, and Christ is Lord indeed.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the solemn watchword hear;
    If while ye sleep He suffers, away with shame and fear;
    Where’er ye meet with evil, within you or without,
    Charge for the God of battles, and put the foe to rout.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the trumpet call obey;
    Forth to the mighty conflict, in this His glorious day.
    Ye that are brave now serve Him against unnumbered foes;
    Let courage rise with danger, and strength to strength oppose.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, stand in His strength alone;
    The arm of flesh will fail you, ye dare not trust your own.
    Put on the Gospel armor, each piece put on with prayer;
    Where duty calls or danger, be never wanting there.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, each soldier to his post,
    Close up the broken column, and shout through all the host:
    Make good the loss so heavy, in those that still remain,
    And prove to all around you that death itself is gain.

    Stand up, stand up for Jesus, the strife will not be long;
    This day the noise of battle, the next the victor’s song.
    To those who vanquish evil a crown of life shall be;
    They with the King of Glory shall reign eternally.









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