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Sunday, May 30, 2010

The forgotten Verses of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic"

Seems like we all know or at least have heard the first verse of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic", however, seems like in order to shorten the Hymn we commonly drop the third, fifth, and sixth verses. I personally love the fifth verse, but, believe if any of the verses are dropped the song loses structure and the message becomes watered down. Most of all dropping the fifth verse, takes away the Hymn of the "Battle Hymn" here is the entire hymn as written

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.

I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His day is marching on.

I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Since God is marching on.

He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me:
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
While God is marching on.

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is Wisdom to the mighty, He is Succour to the brave,
So the world shall be His footstool, and the soul of Time His slave,
Our God is marching on.

Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Our God is marching on.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9:6) The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7) Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 9) As it is written,

“He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.”

10) He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11) You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 12) For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. 13) By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission flowing from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, 14) while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you. 15) Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

1 Timothy 6:11) But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12) Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13) I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius late made the good confession, 14) to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15) which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16) who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 
17) As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18) They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19) thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.  20) O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21) for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.

Isn’t this strange how this worked out?

What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Answer – Psalm117

What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Answer - Psalm 119

Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Answer –Psalm118

Fact: There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
Fact: There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
Add these numbers up and you get 1188

What is the center verse in the Bible?
Answer - Psalm 118:8

Does this verse say something significant about God’s perfect will for our lives?

The next time someone says they would like to find God’s perfect will for their lives and they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!

Psalm 118:8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.

Do Not Cause Another to Stumble

Romans 14:13) Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14) I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15) For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16) So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17) For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18) Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19) So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 20) Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21) It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22) The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23) But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.

The Day of the Lord Will Come

2 Peter 3:1) This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2) that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, 3) knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. 4) They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5) For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6) and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7) But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8) But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9) The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies  will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.  11) Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, 12) waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! 13) But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Let the Children Come to Me Luke 18:15-17

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”

The Widow's Offering

Mark 12:41) And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42) And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43) And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44) For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Coming of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:1) When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2) And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3) And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. 4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5) Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6) And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7) And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8) And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9) Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10) Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11) both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12) And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13) But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” 14) But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15) For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

A Life Pleasing to God

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Finally, then, brothers, [1] we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: [2] that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body [3] in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

9 Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another, 10 for that indeed is what you are doing to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to do this more and more, 11 and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, 12 so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.

A Tree and Its Fruit

Luke 6:43 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

The Supremacy of God's Son

Hebrews 1:1) Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2) but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3) He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4) having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5) For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
Or again,
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
6) And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God's angels worship him.”
7) Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8) But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9) You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
10) And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11) they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12) like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”

13) And to which of the angels has he ever said,

“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14) Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

The Preeminence of Christ

Colossians 1:15) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16) For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17) And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18) And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19) For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20) and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 21) And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22) he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, 23) if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Judge Not, That You Not Be Judged

Matthew 7:1) “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2) For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. 3) Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? 5) You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Whole Armor of God

Ephesians 6:10) Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11) Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12) For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13) Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14) Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15) and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16) In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17) and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18) praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19) and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20) for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Walk by the Spirit

Galatians 5:16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, [4] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.