Archive for January, 2016

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 29, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

James 3: 14-17: ” But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts,do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.” Evil produces confusion, while God brings harmony and wisdom. Godly wisdom is “pure” meaning free from defilement. Godly wisdom is also peaceful providing tranquility and calmness. Embrace His wisdom as you enjoy your weekend – peace to all our brothers and sisters.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 28, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Hebrews 12: 14, 15: “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled.” Believers pursuing peace and practicing righteousness should watch that we don’t fall short of God’s grace – that is, refusing Christ’s offer of salvation and His provision for our needs and not to let bitterness cloud our decision making, which leads to resentment and hurt for all involved parties.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 27, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

At the end of Kind David’s reign, he held a great assembly to bless the building of a temple for God, Yahweh, by David’s son – soon to be king Solomon. This is the beginning verses of that prayer in 1 Chronicles 29: 10, 11 – “Therefore David blessed the LORD before all the assembly; and David said: ‘Blessed are You, LORD God of Israel, our Father forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head over all.'” The purpose of the temple was to exalt the LORD and to acknowledge the universality of His kingdom. The prayer starts with praise for God’s eternity. His complete control over the universe, and His great power. He is the glorious Master over all.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 26, 2016 by Gypsy Carns
1 Corinthians 12: 12-14: “For as a body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many.”
Believers have two responsibilities. The first is to worship God and the second is to work for His kingdom. Where and how we serve is based upon our unique talents, skills, and calling. But the one place where we are all expected to give of ourselves is the local church. The church is more than a community. It is an interdependent body with individual members who were created by God to function in communion with one another. The body of Christ functions best and most beautifully when all members resolve to serve God and each other to the best of their ability. Do what you can, no matter how small the task may seem, each task is equally as important to the final goal – a successful church.
 

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 25, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

1 Corinthians 10: 12, 13 – ” Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you except such as common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” The various temptations we experience are normal; all believers throughout the ages have had to resist temptation. God is so good that He will not let believers experience anything for which He has not prepared them. He will give every believer the grace and power to endure.

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 22, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Psalm 136: 1-3: “Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the God of gods! For His mercy endures forever. Oh, give thanks to the Lord of lords! For His mercy endures forever.” ‘Give thanks’ means to give public acknowledgment; it is one of the principal words for praise in the Psalms. ‘Mercy,’ which may be translated, “loyal love,” is the most significant term used in Psalms to describe the character of God. His mercy is forever; it is part of His eternal character. Caroline and I hope our friends in the South made it through the bad storms last night and pray for our friends up North for the upcoming blizzard. Be safe and receive God’s mercy in your lives!

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Posted in Gypsy Carns on January 21, 2016 by Gypsy Carns

Jesus is speaking in the book of Revelation 22:12, 16: “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last…I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” The word “revelation” is a translation of the Greek word apokalupsis, from which we get the English words “apocalypse” and “apocalyptic.” It features what most people associate with prophetic works of all kinds – dramatic, symbolic predictions of the future communicated to a prophet in a vision. It helps to remember that like the non-biblical apocalyptic literature of its day, Revelation’s purpose is to comfort and challenge its readers. It affirms God’s sovereign control over history and the certainty of His plan for the future. The purpose of this book is to inspire us to overcome all obstacles by steadfastly holding on to our faith. The central message of the letter is clear: God is in control of all history. Christ is coming back; and He will come in judgment, rewarding those who have remained faithful to Him.