Archive for May, 2009

The True Sabbath……

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

READ: Genesis 2:1-3

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work (Genesis 2:2).

We must recognize that the weekly Sabbath is not the real Sabbath. It is a picture or a reminder of the real Sabbath. The true Sabbath is a rest; the Jewish Sabbath is a shadow, a picture of that rest. All the Old Testament shadows pointed to Christ. When the work of Jesus Christ was finished, the shadows were no longer needed.

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‘I am the Bread of Life’………..

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:29-31

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.“(Genesis 1:29).

Here we see that God has made a marvelously complete provision for His creation. The world of nature is full of the most astonishing evidences of the care of God.

How is it that certain birds can fly with an unerring instinct halfway around the world and find a tiny pinpoint of land in the middle of the ocean, though this is the first time they have made the flight? How is it that bees can maintain the temperature of their hive within a variation of a few degrees, regardless of whether it is a hot summer’s day or a cold winter’s morning outside? How is it that certain varieties of spiders have learned how to capture bubbles of air and build nests under water, bringing those bubbles down from the surface and thus creating tiny diving bells in which they rear their young? Who taught them to do a strange thing like that? But look at people.

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The Refiner and Purifier of Silver……….

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:27-28

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).

What this world has forgotten and is vainly groping and seeking after, what every course in psychology is hoping to find, what every self-improvement program is attempting to realize, is this lost secret of how man was intended to operate. The likeness of God is lost. That is why humans can create, but everything they create has a twist toward evil. That is why they can communicate, but not only do they communicate truth and beauty but also lust and hate and filth and death. That is why, though they still know moral values, they deny them and rationalize them to exalt evil.

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Learn to reign in life…………

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:24-26

Then God said, ”Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the wild animals that move along the ground (Genesis 1:26).

Man was given dominion over the entire created universe. He was made to govern and to master the world in which he was placed. Even though man has fallen, he has never forgotten Gods command, and this accounts for his unending persistence in trying to master the forces of earth, to climb the highest mountain and explore the deepest sea and to utilize the animal creation for his own purposes. But also, the effect of the fall is seen in the amazing fact that man, who was placed in this world to govern it, is now on the verge of destroying everything.

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Soar on Wings like Eagles……………………….

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:20-23

And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky” (Genesis 1:20).

The ocean, in and of itself, is hostile to human life. We can swim in the ocean, but not for very long. If we should suddenly be cast into the middle of the ocean without any means of support, we would not last very long. The air above, though it provides what we breathe to sustain life, is an alien realm as far as transportation is concerned.

Greek mythology tells the story of Icarus, the young man who dreamed of flying like the gods. Both he and his father were imprisoned, and in order to escape their prison, his father made wings of feathers and wax. Although cautioned not to fly too near the sun, Icarus did not listen, and as he soared up into the sky the wings melted, and he fell into the sea and perished. People have been dreaming of flying for centuries, but they have never been able to do it, apart from technology. So there are two realms in the natural world in which humans are unable to operate effectively.

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He has set a tent for the sun………

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

READ: Genesis 1:14-19

God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night”

The great question is never “How?” but “Why?” The answer to the question, “Why did God make the sun and moon and stars?” is given in a threefold way here in this passage.

The greater light exists, first, to give light upon the earth, both during the day and at night. We all know that the sun makes the day. The rotation of the earth is what determines the length of the day, and the speed of the earth as it rotates determines the 24-hour duration. Yet that speed is regulated by the moon, which acts as a brake upon the earth. It restricts the speed of the rotation of the earth to the exact time that makes possible the 24-hour-day, which is the length of time best adapted to the needs of humans. Isn’t that remarkable? Other planets have entirely different lengths of days. On some of the planets, a day would occupy months, and even years, of our time. Others have much shorter days. But God has designated a 24-hour day for our planet because it precisely fits the needs of humanity.
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Prayer for the unemployed……

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Loving Father, we live in a society that often values people according to the work they do and the salaries they earn. People without work can feel lost and discarded. Teach us, good Lord, to value them as you do. Help us who know them to assuage their bitterness and anger. May they find peace in the knowledge of your love, and the confidence to offer themselves for retraining and employment. Grant them that security in your love which will enable them to bounce back from their sense of rejection, and that delight in your providence through which they may move forward and prosper in new-found work. Amen

Prayer for the under-employed……..

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Father God you have set before humanity the challenge and responsibility of caring for your creation and sharing in your purposes. We pray for people who frustrated because their working lives do not allow them to use all of their talents and energies; we pray for those who are looking for a new challenge. In your providence, Lord, open the doors to new, creative uses of leisure time in which their talents can be fully used. Grant to them, Lord God, the sublime vision of your purpose in creation and a true insight into your purpose for them. We pray for those whose guidance they may seek in planning career change; grant to them patience and wisdom in helping them to discern the right way for them and for your honour and glory. Amen.

Prayer for Legal Specialists……

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Covenant God, we pray for those who decide the terms and conditions under which business shall be done. We remember those who draw up contracts, set rates of commission and discount, and negotiate in countries where bribery is normal practice. In their complex tasks grant them wisdom to distinguish between what is right and what is conventionally acceptable. To those who set the rules for their work grant the gift of integrity; may their aim be honesty and transparency in all dealings of the business. Amen.

Prayer for those who take decisions about staff redundancy…….

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Father God, whose love embraces all, we pray for all people who in the course of their work have to bring someone else’s employment to an end. May they be deeply careful in the way they make decisions about redundancy and sensitive in the way they communicate bad news. Enable them to express their care in finding ways to help people in distress move into new employment. Grant them peace in the stress their own work entails. Amen.