He’s Alive!

April 16, 2017

Photo from “The Hope Blog”

Published today on Ingrid Schlueter’s “The Hope Blog:”

This is from the 6th Century Christian hymn, “At the Lamb’s High Feast We Sing.”

At the Lamb’s high feast we sing,
Praise to our victorious King,
Who hath washed us in the tide
Flowing from his pierced side;
Praise we Him, whose love divine
Gives His sacred blood for wine,
Gives His body for the feast,
Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest.

Where the Paschal blood is poured,
Death’s dark angel sheathes his sword;
Israel’s hosts triumphant go
Through the wave that drowns the foe.
Praise we Christ, whose blood was shed,
Paschal Victim, paschal Bread;
With sincerity and love
Eat we Manna from above.

Mighty Victim from the sky,
Hell’s fierce powers beneath Thee lie;
Thou hast conquered in the fight,
Thou hast brought us life and light;
Now no more can death appall,
Now no more the grave enthrall;
Thou hast opened Paradise,
And in Thee Thy saints shall rise.

Paschal triumph, Easter joy,
Only sin can this destroy;
From sin’s death do Thou set free
Souls reborn, O Lord, in Thee.
Hymns of glory and of praise,
Father, to Thee we raise;
Risen Lord, all praise to Thee,
Ever with the Spirit be.


His Peace

December 13, 2016

I saw this on Ingrid Schlueter’s The Hope Blog today.

I had to share it because it reminds me so much of the unmerited grace that God has had on me. There is pain, there is sadness, yet there is hope and joy.

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True Prayer — True Power! Charles Spurgeon

November 20, 2016

A great message from one of the greatest Christian communicators of the last few centuries.

This isn’t the clearest picture of the man. You can find hundreds of better ones on the internet. Mr. Spurgeon’s words are the focus here. I hope these words bless and instruct you as they have me.

Chris Reimers


REFUGE IN THE GOD OF JACOB

November 5, 2016

Reblogged from The Hope Blog by Ingrid Schlueter

“An Armenian- Russian painter captured waves on his canvases like none other. These depictions of powerful, translucent waves are beautiful and terrifying at the same time, and the ships in distress add poignancy to the paintings of Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky. See some of them here at MyModernMet.com

“The ships caught in the terrible storms the artist depicted reminded me of the Navy hymn, Eternal Father Strong to Save. What a metaphor these scenes are for our country right now, and how appropriate the hymn. We are in deep peril. America, a country that has been a rich recipient of grace and favor from Divine hands, has mocked God for too long. The results all around us, as we can see, are catastrophic. Those who put their trust in God alone will find refuge from the storm. There is no other safe place.”

-Ingrid Schlueter

Psalm 46.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.

God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth.9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge

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This is a wonderful compilation by Ingrid Schlueter at a time in our history when Christians need these powerful words from Psalm 46. What a blessing it is to know that He is our refuge and strength!

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The Season’s of Life ~

October 21, 2016

Deborah Ann’s poem reminds me of Romans 8:28. Sometimes we find out why we go through a certain “season” and sometimes we never find out this side of heaven. So…
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
-Proverbs 3
These are my “go to” verses when I can’t figure it out.
I am to “lean not on my own understanding.”
Deborah Ann’s poems bring me back to important basics time and time again.

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

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The season’s of life,
blow in like the wind
some are slow-moving
others like a whirlwind.

But, I have found,
no matter the season
whatever blows my way
God has for it, a reason.

The season’s of life,
have their highs and lows
the cause behind them
only God really knows.

But, I have found,
seasons are a blessing
urging me into the goal
to just keep pressing.

The season’s of life,
blow in and out
some like a whisper
others with a shout.

But, I have found,
each season sent to me
keeps me trusting God
for what I cannot see!

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Ecclesiastes 3:1

” To every thing
there is a season,
and a time to
every purpose
under the heaven:

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2016
Deborah Ann Belka

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” I believe it, 1000%!”

October 8, 2016

This week I was leading a group of 3rd graders back to class after an assembly. I couldn’t help but hear two 3rd grade girls discussing something behind me. It went something like this:

Girl #1: “There was this tree in a garden. God told them not to eat anything from the tree and they did it anyway.”

Girl: #2 “I know.”

Me (looking back): “You believe that story?”

Both girls: “Yes, we do.”

Me: “Well, I believe it, too.”

Girl #1: “I believe it, 100%!”

Girl #2: ” I believe it, 1000%!”

Me: “Technically, you can’t have more than 100%.”

Both girls: “We believe it 1000%.”

Me: “Well, if anything is to be believed more than 100%, it should be the Bible.”

All three of us: “We believe it 1000%!”

“Unless you become like a child…..”

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The Father’s Will

September 21, 2016

Sherry has put together a great combination here. Worship God through song and then listen to the Prince of Preachers preach. (I wish it was an actual recording of Mr. Spurgeon’s voice. A good reader will have to suffice.)
If you can’t make it to church, this is the next best thing!

He Hath Said

You who are King of kings and Lord of lords, we worship You. Before Jehovah’s awful throne we bow with sacred joy.

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