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I Dreamed A Dream !!!!!!

Yesterday, I found myself humming the tune “I Dreamed A Dream” most of the day. I have hummed and sang it a lot since I watched Les Miserables on Broadway last month. I absolutely love the song and show but the lyrics burden my heart for the hurting. The words “I dreamed that love would never die, I dreamed that God would be forgiving” bother me because God’s love never does die, and God is always forgiving. He is Pure love, and only God can give true forgiveness.

We had a house full yesterday with most of our family. It was a very nice Thanksgiving with no problems at all which is a blessing when you get so many people of various ages and personalities together. But there was one here that this song fits perfectly. It absolutely breaks my heart that the love of God has never been accepted by this person. They have had the love and forgiveness of God shared tenderly with them many times but still have not accepted it.

The final stanza of the song also fits the person well:

I had a dream my life would be
So different from this hell I’m living
So different now from what it seems
Now life has killed the dream I dreamed

These words make my heart cry for anyone in this condition, especially a loved one. There is always hope as long as you are breathing, but it is only found in the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ. There is no other way!! If you continue to live on your own in this hell-bound world there will be no peace or joy or hope. Jesus is the only remedy for our hopeless condition.

For any reading this that are without hope and are miserable, run to Jesus. Don’t walk, but run into His open arms and find true forgiveness. If you do, you will never be without hope again, because Jesus is our hope.

If you would like to hear something beautiful, listen to this 3 minute video and KNOW that there is hope in Jesus.

 

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

 

Levi

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Doing What God Can Bless !!!!!!

Doing What God Can Bless !!!!!!

The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto. (Deuteronomy 28:8)

If we obey the Lord our God He will bless that which He gives us. Riches are no curse when blessed of the Lord. When men have more than they require for their immediate need and begin to lay up in storehouses, the dry rot of covetousness or the blight of hard-heartedness is apt to follow the accumulation; but with God’s blessing it is not so. Prudence arranges the saving, liberality directs the spending, gratitude maintains consecration, and praise sweetens enjoyment. It is a great mercy to have God’s blessing in one’s iron safe and on one’s banking account.

What a favor is made ours by the last clause! “The Lord shall bless thee in all that thou settest thine hand unto.” We would not put our hand to anything upon which we dare not ask God’s blessing, neither would we go about it without prayer and faith. But what a privilege to be able to look for the Lord’s help in every enterprise! Some talk of a lucky man: the blessing of the Lord is better than luck. The patronage of the great is nothing to the favor of God. Self-reliance is all very well; but the Lord’s blessing is infinitely more than all the fruit of talent, genius, or tact.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on November 28, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Rest In All Thy Goings !!!!!!

Rest In All Thy Goings !!!!!!

And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. (Exodus 33:14)

Precious promise! Lord, enable me to appropriate it as all my own.

We must go at certain times from our abode, for here we have no continuing city. It often happens that when we feel most at home in a place, we are suddenly called away from it. Here is the antidote for this ill. The Lord Himself will keep us company. His presence, which includes His favor, His fellowship, His care, and His power, shall be ever with us in every one of our marchings. This means far more than it says; for, in fact, it means all things. If we have God present with us, we have possession of heaven and earth. Go with me, Lord, and then command me where Thou wilt!

But we hope to find a place of rest. The text promises it. We are to have rest of God’s own giving, making, and preserving. His presence will cause us to rest even when we are on the march, yea, even in the midst of battle. Rest! Thrice blessed word. Can it ever be enjoyed by mortals? Yes, there is the promise, and by faith we plead it. Rest comes from the Comforter, from the Prince of Peace, and from the glorious Father who rested on the seventh day from all His works. To be with God is to rest in the most emphatic sense.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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My Thanksgiving !!!!!!

psalm 69

 

“I will praise God’s name with a song and glorify Him with Thanksgiving”. (Psalm 69:30)

It’s a very biblical thing to set aside days for special significance. The Torah is complete with the days, and the instructions, for how the Hebrew people were to celebrate them. This post is not an instruction on how you best ought to celebrate it, because we all have our own traditions and customs. Probably the only thing most have in common is scrumptious food, and that also will have many distinctions. The other is that it is a day set aside for thanksgiving to God (or should be).

We all have many things to be thankful for. These too will be different with each person with some similarities. I want to list some of the reasons why I am thankful.

1) I’m thankful that at the age of twelve God convicted me of my sins and showed me I was deficient. That without dealing with them sufficiently my life would not end well. I saw that Jesus had come to deal with man’s sin problem, and that through Him only could I ever be fully pardoned, forgiven, free from them. By the moving of the Holy Spirit I trusted Him to be my sin bearer, Saviour, and Messiah. I have had hope ever since.

2) I’m thankful for the wife of 43 years that God gave me and our 5 children, 13 grandchildren, and now 3 great grandchildren. I have truly been blessed beyond what I deserve.

3) I am thankful that God has blessed me in this world, and not only in heaven, even though that would have been plenty. God certainly blessed the work of my hands in a phenomenal way and has allowed many earthly benefits which I pray will have eternal consequences for many. I’m thankful to have been able to help many people with physical and spiritual blessings and still can. It truly is a blessing to me to be able to go when God says go and not have to think about finances. He truly has made me a free man unto Him.

4) I’m thankful that He is using me in ministry for a people He burdened me for decades ago and the open door to be able to do this on a world wide basis. He has prepared me many years for this time and I’m truly thankful for it.

5) I’m thankful for my many friends that are all over the world. There are so many I would never try to name you all. And I have some right here reading this post. I am truly grateful for each and everyone and the joy you have been in my life.

6) I’m thankful for so many things I can never list them all which makes none of them of less importance. Some of my seemingly small things are really quite important to me. Like my wonderful study that I’m sitting in writing this, sitting in the middle of the country looking out onto beautiful pastures fron two large windows. I truly am a blessed man and take none of the credit for any of it, but give all of the credit and glory to God. PRAISE BE HIS HOLY NAME.

What things are you thankful for?

I want to wish each of you a most wonderful THANKSGIVING, and may you enjoy each word of conversation, and bite of wonderful food. I love you all!!!

Shalom, until next time, Lord willing,

Levi

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Heavenly Alchemy !!!!!!

Heavenly Alchemy !!!!!!

Your sorrow shall be turned into joy. (John 16:20)

Their particular sorrow was the death and absence of their Lord, and it was turned into joy when He rose from the dead and showed Himself in their midst. All the sorrows of saints shall be thus transmuted, even the worst of them, which look as if they must forever remain fountains of bitterness.

Then the more sorrow, the more joy. If we have loads of sorrow, then the Lord’s power will turn them into tons of joy. Then the bitterer the trouble the sweeter the pleasure: the swinging of the pendulum far to the left will cause it to go all the farther to the right. The remembrance of the grief shall heighten the flavor of the delight: we shall set the one in contrast with the other, and the brilliance of the diamond shall be the more clearly seen because of the black foil behind it.

Come, my heart, cheer up! In a little while I shall be as glad as I am now gloomy. Jesus tells me that by a heavenly alchemy my sorrow shall be turned into joy. I do not see how it is to be, but I believe it, and I begin to sing by way of anticipation. This depression of spirit is not for long; I shall soon be up among the happy ones who praise the Lord day and night, and there I shall sing of the mercy which delivered me out of great afflictions.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Mountains Turned To Plains !!!!!!

Mountains Turned To Plains !!!!!!

Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it. (Zechariah 4:7)

At this hour a mountain of difficulty, distress, or necessity may be in our way, and natural reason sees no path over it, or through it, or round it. Let faith come in, and straightway the mountain disappears and becomes a plain. But faith must first hear the word of the Lord—”Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” This grand truth is a prime necessity for meeting the insurmountable trials of life.

I see that I can do nothing and that all reliance on man is vanity. “Not by might.” I see that no visible means can be relied on, but the force is in the invisible Spirit. God alone must work, and men and means must be nothing accounted of. If it be so that the Almighty God takes up the concerns of His people, then great mountains are nothing. He can remove worlds as boys toss balls about or drive them with their foot. This power He can lend to me. If the Lord bids me move an Alp I can do it through His name. It may be a great mountain, but even before my feebleness it shall become a plain; for the Lord hath said it. What can I be afraid of with God on my side?

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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Pardon and Forgiveness !!!!!!

Pardon and Forgiveness !!!!!!

He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. (Psalm 103:9)

He will chide sometimes, or He would not be a wise Father for such poor, erring children as we are. His chiding is very painful to those who are true, because they feel how sadly they deserve it and how wrong it is on their part to grieve Him. We know what this chiding means, and we bow before the Lord, mourning that we should cause Him to be angry with us.

But what a comfort we find in these lines! “Not always” will He chide. If we repent and turn to Him with hearts broken for sin and broken from sin, He will smile upon us at once. It is no pleasure to Him to turn a frowning face toward those whom He loves with all His heart: it is His joy that our joy should be full.

Come, let us seek His face. There is no reason for despair, nor even for despondency. Let us love a chiding God, and before long we shall sing, “Thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortest me.” Be gone, ye dark forebodings, ye ravens of the soul! Come in, ye humble hopes and grateful memories, ye doves of the heart! He who pardoned us long ago as a judge will again forgive us as a father, and we shall rejoice in His sweet, unchanging love.

C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook

 

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2014 in C.H. Spurgeon, Christianity, Faith, Religion

 

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