Archive | November 2010

The Revelation Song, by Jennie Lee Riddle

When I think of the author of “Revelation Song”, I think of 1 Corinthians 1:25-31:

For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.

He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are,

so that no one may boast before him.

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”  1 Corinthians 1:25-31

The “Revelation Song”, below,  is an example of God using the weak.

Though it has become a really popular worship song and has encouraged millions of people, it wasn’t written by a powerhouse songwriter, like Steven Curtis Chapman, or Michael W. Smith, but by a lowly housewife.

After changing her “20, 446th diaper” 🙂 Jennie Lee Riddle picked up her guitar in her Texas home, which she didn’t really know how to play, and plucked out a tune with some chords she had just “discovered the day before”!  (Read full story HERE)

God used this woman who was “not influential or of noble birth” to make this powerhouse song. Enjoy!  Sing along!  Remember, when we are weak, He is strong! (2 Cor. 12:9-10)

Wanted: Jesus Christ. Reward: Very great!

click pic for source

“After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.”  Genesis 1:1

Clear your throat and sing “my Reward” with Paul Baloche.  Words below the video:

I want to hear You say the words to me “well done’
I want to hear You say “good and faithful servant’
I want to hear You say “I’ve prepared a place for you’
Let all the treasures of this world fade away

Jesus, You are my reward
To hear Your voice on that day is all I’m living for
Jesus, You are my reward
To see Your face on that day is all I’m living for

In the twinkling of an eye, we’ll all be changed
We’ll meet you in the sky
We will meet You face to face **

**lyrics from: http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/paul_baloche/my_reward-lyrics-435678.html


Camping: The best and worst place to pitch a tent, as demonstrated by Lot.

“Lot looked up and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, toward Zoar. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)
So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:
Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.” ~~ Genesis 13:10-12

What Lot's tent may have looked like. (For source, click image.

Interesting. Lot had the “whole plain of the Jordan” to settle down in, but he “pitched his tent near Sodom”, where “… the men of … were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD.” (:13)

Made me think how often I pitch my tent near sin sometimes.  Oh, I’m not actually living in it, just flirting with the idea.  But, pretty soon I am living in it, just like Lot eventually moved into the heart of Sodom.

“Father, help me to be careful where I pitch my tent.  Help me to camp far away from sin.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Where have you pitched your tent?  Click the pic below to see a safe campground:

 

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**tent photo from: http://www.traveling-images.com/text_documents/patagonia/camp.jpg**

His Eye is on the Sparrow

“Not even a sparrow…can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it…So don’t be afraid.  You are more valuable to Him than a whole flock of sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29,31 click pic for sparrow facts. See below for picture source.

Sing with Ethel Waters:


I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come,

Why should my heart be lonely, away from heav’n and home,

For Jesus is my portion? My constant Friend is He:

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know that He watches me.

So, I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,

For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

~~Civilla D. Martin (1905)~~

Do you know the One who has his eye on you?  Click the pic below for a quick introduction:

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****Sparrow pic (top) from: http://www.supercoloring.com/pages/sparrows-and-computer/***

****Sparrow pic (bottom) from: http://www.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Bird.aspx

*****Lyrics from:  http://library.timelesstruths.org/music/His_Eye_Is_on_the_Sparrow/****

 

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us

Lyrics:

How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers.

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
(REPEAT)

What’s in your mouth? The story of Peter and the fish…

“…open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin…” click pic to see more paintings by Darlene Slavujac Thau

Remember that credit card commercial — “What’s in your wallet?”

Well, what’s in your mouth today? Complaints or compliments? Encouragement or despair?

If you were a fish swimming near Jesus and Peter, it might just be a coin taking up room in there:

“After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”“Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes-from their own sons or from others?”

“From others,” Peter answered.

“Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him.

“But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line.

Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

Biblical Coins, click pic for source

The Four-Drachma Prayer:

Oh, Father in Heaven, if you can use a smelly fish to give you glory you can use me.  Please put something  in my mouth today that I can share with someone else to bless them — an encouraging word, a joke,a prayer — something of value, a shiny coin for their heart.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Do you know the Lord? Invest a few minutes meeting Him, by clicking the pic below.  It’ll be time well spent, with great dividends 😉

Fish Bank by Sue Henshaw. See below to link to her site to see more of her beautiful pottery.

Fish Bank image from: http://suehenshawpottery.com/FunctionalPage.html