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Sunday-To Please God

Love to God must penetrate

and possess our whole nature

and all the powers of it.

The mind must think of God,

the will must delight God,

in short, our whole being

must be employed to please him.

Samuel Annesley

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Matthew 22:37

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

with all thy heart and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

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A Sunday Song

Come Thou Fount of Every  Blessing

A song written by Robert Robinson in 1758.

The tune is an early American Melody.

 

Come thou fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing thy grace.

Streams of mercy never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of God’s unchanging love.

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Here I raise my Ebenezer;*

Hither by thy help I’m come.

And I hope, by thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.

Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God.

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood.

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O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let that grace, now like a fetter,

Bind my yielded heart to Thee.

Let me know Thee in Thy fullness;

Guide me by Thy mighty hand

Till, transformed, in Thine own image,

In Thy presence I shall stand.

(*Ebenezar is a stone that was erected in commemoration of God’s deliverance of His people.  It literally means ‘stone of help’.)

 

 

 

 

Faith · Family

Marching For Life

I Am Pro-Life

We are a pro-life family and church.  Every year we, as a family and church, stand for the unborn.  For many years now we have attended the annual March for Life, which is held in our nations capital.  We are trying to send the message to this country’s legislators that we want Roe vs Wade overturned. Life is a gift from God and no man has the right to take the life of an unborn child.

Each year we rent a tour bus to take as many as will go, to Washington, DC.  This year the bus was filled to capacity with a waiting list of those who were left behind.  We may need 2 buses next year!

The March for Life was started in 1974 by Nellie Grey, 1 year after the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe vs Wade, which gave women the right to an abortion.  For most of those years the March was held on the anniversary of the decision, January 22.  Nellie Grey has passed on, and a new president of March for Life, Jeanne Mancini is leading the group.  The last few years, the March has not always been on the anniversary date, this year being held on January 18.

This years estimate of marchers is between 200,000 -300,000.

Some of OUR little marchers.

 

 

And bigger marchers.

The above photo brings tears to my eyes-

My twin sons, as loving, caring fathers,

each carrying their sons on their shoulders as they march for life.

How thankful we are for our President, Donald Trump-he spoke to the March for Life through video, giving his support.  We are so grateful for what he has done as president;  in the conservative Supreme Court justices he has appointed, not giving financial aid to foreign organizations that promote abortion, and his support of right -to-life.  Vice-President, Mike Pence and his wife made a surprise visit and spoke also.  Ben Shapiro was the main speaker of the event. He is staunchly pro-life and a world class debater.  He debunked the myths that have been perpetrated by the pro-choice group.

I thank God for President Trump.

I cannot even imagine what condition our country would be in by now if Hillary Clinton had become president.  The terrible, sad news from the state of New York, which she helped promote along with Gov. Cuomo, in the new state law that allows abortion up to birth.

I am shocked that a doctor would perform an abortion on a child in the womb. I am shocked that mothers would have their babies aborted.  61 million healthy babies have been killed since Roe vs Wade was enacted.

Ob/Gyn doctors are reporting that there is never a reason for an abortion.  A child will be removed by a C-section if necessary and it’s life saved, if possible.  The Center for Disease Control is now reporting that the birth rate in the United States is no longer high enough to keep the country re-populated.

“I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion

because it is a war against the child.

A direct killing of the innocent child,

murder by the mother herself.

And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child,

how can we tell other people not to kill each other?”

Mother Teresa

What a sad state our country is in!

We are doing what we can, as a church and as a people….

We vote pro-life, and encourage all we know to vote pro-life, sharing with others the pro-life candidates up for election.

We protest peacefully every year in Washington, DC.

We work with our local pregnancy help center in collecting money to support their work by filling baby bottles with money.

One of the ladies in our church, Martha Taylor (R) uses her time to crochet baby blankets to donate to the local pregnancy help center.

Many of the families in our church are actively involved, or have been involved, in foster care and adoption of children.

We encourage families to have the children that God desires for them.

We are thankful for each child among us.

Children truly are a blessing from God!

 

The Bible speaks….

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Proverbs 6:16-19

These six things does the LORD hate: yea seven are an abomination unto him;

A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,

An heart that diviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,

A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among breathren.

 

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What the Bible Says About Itself

I shared in an earlier post about my new Bible.   (See here)

This Bible is the New Living Translation from Tyndale House Publishers.  There are many different translations of the Bible, and there are many that are critical of many of them.  There are those who will not use anything but the Kings James Version.  Don’t get me wrong,  I do love my King James Bible.  But I have really liked reading this version of the Bible.  Most would agree that some of the readings from the King James are hard or impossible to understand, many times due to the out-dated language and sentence structure.  I have found this New Living Translation very helpful in understanding the original intent of the writers, and in explaining what the scriptures mean.

Included in this Bible is a yearly Bible reading schedule, and a large section on life topics, that I have found very helpful and interesting.

The one draw back and something that I always like, is that there is no pronunciation helps of Bible names and places.

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What the Bible Says Abut Itself

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Psalm 19:7-8

The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul .

The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 

The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.

The commands of the LORD are clear giving insight for living.

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2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives.

  It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

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Psalm 18:30

The Bible is perfect.

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The Bible is true.

Psalm 33:4

For the word of the LORD holds true, and we can trust everything He does.

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The Bible will last forever.

Psalm 119:89

Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven.

 

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The Bible gives wisdom.

Psalm 119:99

Yes, I have more insight than my teachers, for I am always thinking of your laws.

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The Bible can be trusted.

Psalm 119:138

Your laws are perfect and completely trustworthy.

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The Bible contains God’s promises.

Romans 1:2

God promised this Good News long ago through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures.

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The Bible is authoritative.

Galatians 3:10

But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”

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The Bible is a Christian’s spiritual weapon.

Ephesians 6:17

Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God.

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The Bible judges our life.

Hebrews 4:12

For the word of God is alive and powerful. 

It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between the soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.

  It exposed our innermost thoughts and desires.

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The Bible helps us grow spiritually.

1 Peter 2:2

Like newborn babies you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation.

  Cry out for this nourishment.

If you want to hear from God, and if you are seeking direction in your life,  read the Bible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Christmas Bibles

 

My husband and I are not much into giving each other gifts at Christmas time.  During the Christmas season we concentrate more on our children and grandchildren, and that is a big enough chore in and of itself to find appropriate gifts for each of them.

We never feel left out-our children gift us with way too many lovely gifts.  I do not need gifts from him to feel much loved, and the same with him. We try to be loving and giving all through the year to each other.   I do get bothered when useless, frivolous, unneeded gifts are given. I would rather that the gift giver saved the money.  I do not need a gift to feel a persons love, and I hope that others feel my love for them without the giving of gifts.

But this year we each got a gift…It really wasn’t a gift from me, as he purchased them both, and surprised me with the gift.  But we used them as our Christmas gifts to each other!

Our Christmas gifts to each other this year were new Bibles.  These are New Living Translations, from Tyndale House Publishers.

I am loving my new Bible!

Happy is the man who possess a Bible!

Happier still is he who reads it!

Happiest of all is he who reads it and obeys it!

J.C. Ryle

 

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Redeeming Love

His Redeeming Love and Grace

photo by Esther Clyde

 

 

His Redeeming Love and Grace,

Oh how sweet the sound!

For this lost and unworthy soul,

His love did much abound.

 

His Redeeming Love is more,

More than just a sweet sound.

But oh the touch of His Love,

Freeing the soul that was bound!

 

His Redeeming Love reaches me,

Reaches the failures of yesterday,

Extends into the problems of tomorrow,

Yet, is sufficient for the battles of today!

 

Redeeming Love so undeserved,

Yet, so freely given to everyone,

Who open the door of their heart

And believe on the only Begotten Son.

By H James Pinkerton, Jr.

 

 

 

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Vote!

Let’s Vote!

“America, if eligible at all to downfall and ruin,

is eligible within herself,

not without…..

Always inform yourself;

always do the best you can;

always vote.”

Walt Whitman, 150 years ago

Tomorrow is the day you can have a say in our government.  Our government is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people- you are the people of this country, so don’t let others decide for you.  Don’t let this opportunity pass-get out and vote. This is your opportunity to let your voice be heard.  Vote your conscience, vote for the right, become informed so you can make a good decision.

The over riding force for me in voting is said so well by Elizabeth Worden Bixby-

First and foremost I vote for life.

Without the right to life any other liberties

are meaningless. 

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I always vote pro-life.

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Are you planning to vote?

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Psalm 139:13-16

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous-

how well I know it.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

You saw me before I was born….

 

 

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Truth

 

The rich treasure…

Truth itself is without a doubt

the richest treasure anyone can possess.

The true follower of Christ will not ask,

“If I embrace this truth, what will it cost me?”

Rather, he will say,

“This is truth,

God help me to walk in it.”

A W Tozer

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A Busy Sunday

A Busy Sunday

It was a busy day for us here at the Cottage Hill Church.

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The morning service was our special once a year Friend Day.

(image from Wispy Willow Wanderings Facebook page)

This was a time to invite our friends and family to church for a special rally day.  Everyone was encouraged to get in contact with family and friends and those who haven’t been to church in a while and invite them to come.  We wanted as many as possible here on this one Sunday.

 

The church was very full, in fact, if you came late, it was hard to find a place to sit.  Folding chairs were even brought out to sit in the back.  Of course, the back pews are the favorite of many, and they filled up first.  One mother and daughter who comes regularly, and usually sit in the back, had to come all the way to the front. They sat by me, and the mother laughingly told me that the last time she sat in the front pew was when she was a child and got in trouble in church and was made to sit in the front!

The whole order of the morning service was changed from the usual, with special music planned and a special speaker.

Our talented song leader, Matt Clyde, leading the congregational singing, choosing very uplifting spiritual songs.

Sitting on the platform is senior pastor, Rev. Daniel Clyde, on the left, and assistant pastor, Rev, Gabriel Clyde, on the right.

 

The special song,  “The Light House”, was sung by (L to R) Aaron Clyde, Gabriel Clyde and Josh Hosey.

Maria Lawrence on the piano.

They did a beautiful job!

The special speaker was Matthew Blankenship, from Westfield, Indiana.  He gave his powerful testimony of God’s saving Grace in his life.  I don’t believe that there was a dry eye in the place when he was done.  His testimony was a great blessing to the saved, and a challenge to the unsaved.  We pray that God will use his testimony to speak to hearts.

The toke board in the back kept growing in number-the first photo I took it said 148, then jumped to 150, and finally stopped here, at 153.

 

We are so thankful for such a wonderful service.

After the service, many of the folks headed over to the new school building to share a meal together and get to know Mr. Blankenship better.

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Then, back to church in the evening for a special service featuring Gideon’s International.  The Gideon’s are a group of evangelical Christian business and professional men whose purpose is to distribute Bibles free to everyone.  They operate in 200 countries around the world, giving out Bibles in the native languages of the people.  They distribute Bibles to school and college students, military personnel, those in the medical profession-where ever they are allowed to hand out literature.  The Bible that you find in most hotel rooms is placed there by the Gideon’s.  ( When ever we are in a motel room, we always find the Gideon’s Bible, if there is one,  and leave it open on the night stand to let the staff know that we appreciate that there is a Bible there for all to read who will.)

The special song for evening was from 4 of our young people.  They did a great job singing.  Melinda Hosey on the piano.

Mr. Dennis Smith was the speaker sent to us that evening.  He shared with us many stories of how God’s Word was working and changing the lives of people the world over.  How encouraging to hear and know that God is still at work in the hearts of men.  By the way, that is Mr. Smith’s grand-kids tie!  Very cute.

One of the main reasons that I love the Gideon’s is that all of the monies given in offerings goes to the printing and distributing of Bibles. They give out millions of Bibles every year, mostly through the offerings from the local evangelical churches.  The business men that make up the Gideon’s all pay their own way-dues, printing of Bibles, travel expenses, etc.  There are no well paid top officials.  We are invited as pastors every year to the local annual Gideon’s dinner, and the local members pay for our meal. We are glad for the part that our church can play in the work that they are doing.

I trust that you had a blessed Sunday also!

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Isaiah 55:11

So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth,

it shall not return unto me void,

but it shall accomplish that which I please,

and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.