Posted by: jamsco | July 28, 2014

Application for August 2-3, 2014 :: Psalm 9:9-10

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The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Psalm 9:9-10
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In our dark moments, in our fearful moments, in our sad moments, in our doubting moments … in all of these hard times we need a stronghold. We need a safe place. We need a shelter that we can run to.

And those of us who have been blessed know the name of the One who is our stronghold. We trust Him and we will never be forsaken.

Run to Him. When Storm and War and Death come, run to Him

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Posted by: jamsco | July 23, 2014

Application for July 26-21, 2014 :: Jeremiah 1:12

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I am watching over my word to perform it.

Jeremiah 1:12
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We have a God who not only promises good and amazing and impossible things, He also has the strength to make sure His promises happen.

Nothing is going to surprise Him and spoil His plans.

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Posted by: jamsco | July 13, 2014

Application for July 19-20, 2014 :: Hebrews 1:3-4

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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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Hebrews 1:3-4

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Look at the superlative words used to describe our Lord Jesus Christ -
Radiance, Glory, Exact Imprint, Right Hand, Majesty, Superior, Excellent.

Jesus, who we worship, is God. We are wise to worship Him.

And the good news is he made purification for our sins. We should worship Him and thank Him.

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[Just a reminder - many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | July 7, 2014

Application for July 12-13, 2014 :: Hebrews 1:1-2

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Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 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.

Hebrews 1:1-2

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Isn’t it a nice reminder that in Jesus, we have a much more important, a much more knowledgeable, and a much more powerful Person to speak to us and tell us truth?

Beyond bringing us a way to salvation (which is a good better than any other good) God showed us grace by sending us His Son to help us understand what we need to know.

And this is the same person who created the world with God in the beginning and who will own everything at the end.

We should be experiencing many positive emotions as a result of this, but one of them is Thankgiving.

… And for those of you who can never remember how the book of Hebrews starts, here you go – this week and next.

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Posted by: jamsco | July 3, 2014

Application for July 5,6, 2014 :: Proverbs 17:9,22

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Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.

A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:9, 22

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Doesn’t it seem like so much of conflict is caused not by what was done against each other, but the over and over discussion of what was done against each other? “Repeating the matter” usually doesn’t work in solving the conflict – it makes it worse.

So sometimes (not always), it’s wise to just let it drop.

And as always – Joy can help.
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Posted by: jamsco | June 23, 2014

Application for June 28-29, 2014 :: Psalm 139:23-24

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Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

Psalm 139:23-24

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(This section of the passage begins in this song at around 4:36)

This is a helpful way for David to end this Psalm. He’s just poured out his emotions (and several different kinds of emotions) and he asks God to check him, and point out his sin.

And he asks God for the happy ending. The perfect, soul satisfying, eternal happy ending.

It is high; we cannot attain it. So we pray to God, the only one who can.

May God make this true for you.

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Posted by: jamsco | June 16, 2014

Application for June 21-22, 2014 :: Psalm 139:17-18

How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.

Psalm 139:17-18

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(This section of the passage begins in this song at around 4:10)

Yesterday the guest preacher at our church spoke on Psalm 139 and he specifically commented on this verse. He suggested that the Psalmist was experiencing love when he noted “I awake and I am still with you.”

Because we don’t deserve that. On any given day, we don’t deserve to awaken. We don’t deserve to be with God. That is a gift from Him.

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[Just a reminder - many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | June 9, 2014

Application for June 14-15, 2014 :: Psalm 139:15-16

My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.

Psalm 139:15-16

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(This section of the passage begins in this song at around 3:30)

This is a massive statement: Before you were born, God knew every day of your life – the day of your birth, the day of your death, the day that you would walk for the first time, the day that you would start your first job, the day that you would end your last day. And (for the saved) he knows the day that you would become his child.

And he saw how you became you – with great complexity – before you were born.

This is a God to be feared. This is a God to be trusted and worshiped and obeyed.

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[Just a reminder - many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

Posted by: jamsco | June 2, 2014

Application for June 7-8, 2014 :: Psalm 139:13-14

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13-14

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(This section of the passage begins in this song at around 2:32)

You were created, and known, and made, fearfully and in such a way that you should experience wonder, by God, the creator of all things, starting months before you were born.

You are a work of God, and therefore, you are wonderful.

I hope your soul knows this.

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[Just a reminder - many or most of the songs posted on this site or at our channel at Youtube.com are demo or scratch versions (not finalized) of what will be available on the CD or iTunes.]

If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.

Psalm 139:11-12

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(This section of the passage begins in this song at around 2:02)

I imagine there might be two kinds of people who say “Surely the darkness shall cover me” – those who don’t want to be seen by God, and those who fear they’re in a situation where God can’t see them.

Thankfully, they’re both wrong. There is no dark to God. Nothing is hidden. Nothing is invisible.

All is light to God. May he be praised.

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