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'd be there for all my tomorrows; I came so close to sending You away, But just like You promised You came there to stay; I just had to pray! And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side, I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied; I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried, And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died." Your goodness so great I can't understand, And, dear Lord, I know that all this was planned; I know You're here now, and always will be, Your love loosed my chains and in You I'm free; But Jesus, why me? And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side, I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied; I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried, And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died." Jesus, I give You my heart and my soul, I know that without God I'd never be whole; Savior, You opened all the right doors, And I thank You and praise You from earth's humble shores; Take me, I'm Yours. And Jesus said, "Come to the water, stand by My side, I know you are thirsty, you won't be denied; I felt ev'ry teardrop when in darkness you cried, And I strove to remind you that for those tears I died."

Then thank them for their faithful deeds. Seligman to promote strong emotional health. and then to visit that person and read the story aloud. P. . . and for yours? — Anne Cetas Consider what the Lord has done Through those who've shown you love. . Who has helped to shape your life? Could you make a gratitude visit—for their sake. Volunteers who kept weekly gratitude journals reported fewer aches and pains than those who recorded daily hassles or neutral events. think of what it must have done for those who were thanked! The apostle Paul had a long list of people who had helped him and for whom he was grateful (Rom. —Sper Gratitude should not be an occasional incident but a continuous attitude. For blessings from above. He asks them to write the story of how that person has helped them. And he took time to write his thanks in a letter to the church at Rome. Tests show that a year later the people who had done so were happier and reported fewer episodes of depression. and Mary had "labored much" for him. CHEERING EACH OTHER ON . Martin E." Priscilla and Aquila had "risked their own necks" for his life. —Romans 16:1-2 Counting your blessings promotes good physical health. He wrote that Phoebe had "been a helper. according to a study by some US doctors. A "gratitude visit" was developed by Dr. 16:1-16). for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also. Even more important. He tells people to think of someone who has made an important difference in their lives.A Gratitude Visit READ: Romans 16:1-16 I commend to you Phoebe.

. thousands of onlookers holding signs lined the route. 4:5). waved. It was amazing to watch exhausted runners brighten and pick up the pace when they saw someone they knew or heard their name called out. When spectators spotted a family member or friend coming into view. As our pathways cross along life's way. McCasland Help me. many competitors were barely walking and ready to quit.Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. 22:12). they shouted the person's name. . —Hebrews 10:24 A mile from the finish line of the London Marathon." After running 25 miles." — David C. The book of Hebrews tells us to keep urging each other on. but exhorting one another. . Encouragement! We all need it. especially in our walk of faith. —Hess Even if you have nothing else to give. "Keep going! You're almost there! The finish line is in sight. not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. "Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works." let's keep cheering each other on in the faith. and yelled encouragement: "Just a little farther! Keep going! You're almost there. The New Testament is filled with the certainty that Christ will return soon. "The Lord is at hand" (Phil. to reassure and strengthen Others by the words I speak today. and so much the more as you see the Day approaching" (10:24-25). I would always try to be affirming. "The coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:8). you can give encouragement. As we "see the Day approaching. I am coming quickly" (Rev. Lord. . "Behold.

the consequences of his own sin. acknowledging God’s role in our lives can redirect our thinking from the hurts of our hearts and force us to dwell instead on the greatness of our God. To His feet thy tribute bring. forgiven. heals us. Take it from David: Praising God’s greatness puts hope in our troubled hearts. What can our struggling friends—or any of us—do to find hope? Where do we turn when tomorrow offers no happy promises? We can praise or “bless” the Lord. and renews us. satisfies our desires. my soul. He faced the threat of enemies. and the challenges of sorrow. unable to deal with life’s difficulties. A fourth friend had lost his job at a local ministry. That’s why in Psalm 103 he can list reasons to turn our attention to God. as David said in Psalm 103. and forget not all His benefits. redeems us. Ransomed. —Psalm 103:2 One of my friends was in tears on a beautiful summer day. restored. — Dave Branon Praise. In the middle of trouble. Yet he also recognized the healing power of praise. . healed. Another could not look beyond the life-altering sadnesses of her past. the King of heaven. O my soul. Evermore His praises sing! —Lyte Praise can lighten your heaviest burden. Still another struggled with the closing of the small church he had pastored faithfully. David knew trouble. crowns us with love and compassion.Bless the Lord. and He is gracious and loving. David reminds us that God provides justice and righteousness. who gives us many benefits: He forgives us.

and to give salvation. He graduated from college and pursued a career in education. we give you thanks through Jesus Christ we pray. Robert worked hard to bring his grades from failing to top marks. For these. He chose that career because. to be our God. We thank you for setting us in communities: for families who nurture our becoming. Determined to change his life. But when a friend was shot to death. who share our burdens and daily tasks.” Do the people we interact with know that we view them as valuable to us and to God? — Anne Cetas Burdened people everywhere Need to know what Christ has done. O God. .The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Yet the school counselor did not believe in him and told him that no college would accept him. Amen. —Luke 19:10 As a young person. De Haan Love people and not things. a violent neighborhood. Jesus views everyone as significant. “A Christian who doesn’t merely see but looks at another communicates to that person that he is being recognized as a human being in an impersonal world of objects. as he says. but He saw him in the tree and called him by name. We thank you for this day: for life. It’s important that Christians acknowledge others as people with value. Prayer Glory to you. and all blessings. a broken home. Creator and Father. Robert had many things working against him—poverty. Brennan Manning writes. But Robert proved him wrong. He skipped school often and was difficult to handle. for companions at work. Jesus could have ignored him. Zacchaeus was a dishonest tax collector (Luke 19:1-10). for friends who love us by choice. They need to feel God’s love and care— It was for them He sent His Son. He didn’t want that to happen to others. use things and not people. —D. “Teachers saw me as a non-entity”—a person of little value. for your grace for your promise: to be with us. he considered it a wake-up call.

Roper God takes delight when we rejoice In all that He has done And when we thank Him for the love He shows us through His Son. — David H. THE 4 WIVES . it became necessary for her to go to a nursing home where she could receive proper care. including the new curtains that had been hung on the windows." she declared. so she waited patiently in the lobby for several hours. That's how to arrange your mind. Each morning she would meet the new day with eagerness. she was always neatly dressed. she smiled sweetly as she maneuvered her walker to the elevator. Remind yourself often of all that Jesus has given to you and be thankful. The staff member described her room to her. with her hair carefully brushed and her makeup tastefully applied. De Haan The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. After her husband of 70 years died." The Bible says. "I love it. —D." the attendant replied." she said. In spite of her limitation. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how it's arranged.On Our Side If God is for us. "Rejoice in the Lord" (Philippians 4:4). It's how I arrange my mind. Jones. "But Mrs. who can be against us? —Romans 8:31 Several years ago I read a story about a 92-year-old Christian woman who was legally blind. "That doesn't have anything to do with it. On the day of the move. Her room wasn't ready. "Happiness is something you choose. a helpful neighbor drove her there and guided her into the lobby. you haven't seen your room yet. When an attendant finally came for her.

I can't help you out this time!" replied the 2nd wife. However. "Life is so good over here! I'm going to remarry when you die!" The merchant's heart sank and turned cold. Then a voice called out : "I'll leave with you. Perhaps it's a good idea to cultivate and strengthen it now rather than to wait until we're on our deathbed to lament. He also loved the 3rd wife very much. No matter how close they had been there for us when we're alive. Now. No matter how much time and effort we lavish in making it look good. But when I die. the merchant said. status and wealth. How lonely I'll be!" Thus. it'll leave us when we die. One day. He took great care of her and gave her nothing but the best. will you follow me and keep me company?" "No way!" replied the 4th wife and she walked away without another word.There was a rich merchant who had 4 wives. "At the very most. often neglected in our pursuit of material. d. Now that I'm dying. "I should have taken much better care of you while I could have !" Actually." The answer came like a bolt of thunder and the merchant was devastated. I'll be alone. He then asked the 2nd wife. He's very proud of her and always wanted to show off her to his friends. When we die. will you follow me and keep me company?" "I'm sorry. the merchant is always in great fear that she might run away with some other men. I can only send you to your grave. Whenever the merchant faced some problems. he asked the 4th wife. When I die. The sad merchant then asked the 3rd wife. he hardly took notice of her. they all go to others. the merchant did not love the first wife and although she loved him deeply. will you follow me and keep me company?" "No!" replied the 3rd wife. endowed you with the finest clothing and showered great care over you. He too. Now I need your help again. always patient and in fact is the merchant's confidante. Now that I'm dying. The 1st wife is in fact our soul. "I have loved you so much for all my life. She was so skinny. Guess what? It is actually the only thing that follows us wherever we go. Our 3rd wife ? Our possessions. "I loved you most. He loved the 4th wife the most and adorned her with rich robes and treated her to delicacies. The 4th wife is our body. I'll follow you no matter where you go. She is a very considerate person. He thought of his luxurious life and told himself. "I always turned to you for help and you've always helped me out. the furthest they can stay by us is up to the grave. The 2nd wife is our family and friends. the merchant's 1st wife is a very loyal partner and has made great contributions in maintaining his wealth and business as well as taking care of the household. he always turned to his 2nd wife and she would always help him out and tide him through difficult times. loved his 2nd wife. However. the merchant fell ill. almost like she suffered from malnutrition. "Now I have 4 wives with me. we all have 4 wives in our lives a. The answer cut like a sharp knife right into the merchant's heart. Greatly grieved. . Before long. b." The merchant looked up and there was his first wife. c. he knew that he was going to die soon. wealth and sensual pleasure.

How wonderful that we have an ascended Savior! — Herbert Vander Lugt To the Father Christ ascended. I remember wondering why He went up visibly instead of instantly disappearing as He had done at other times after His resurrection. Where is heaven? I once thought of it as a place millions of miles away in outer space. to send the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:33). and to take up His role as Head of the church (Ephesians 1:20-23). This fills my heart with gratitude and praise. I visualized Him slowly rising above the earth with hands outstretched in blessing. --Acts 1:11 As a young boy. who was taken up from you into heaven. —Sper The work Jesus accomplished for us the Spirit now accomplishes in us. and broken the power of death (Revelation 1:18). I loved the story of Jesus ascending into heaven. to be our Intercessor (Romans 8:34) and Advocate (1 John 2:1). Now I think of it as a realm near at hand but undetectable. Why did Jesus ascend visibly? Perhaps to show that His earthly ministry was completed and that He would no longer be seen by His disciples. What did He ascend to do? To give "gifts to men" (Ephesians 4:8). —Galatians 6:14 . will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.Why Did He Leave? Jesus. For His work on earth had ended. He had given His followers all the evidence and instruction they needed to live for Him (Acts 1:1-3). I know Jesus is there. I also wondered where heaven is located and what Jesus is doing there now. and someday I'll be there too. defeated Satan (Hebrews 2:14). He had paid the price for sin (Romans 5:8). Now in heaven interceding By His Spirit He is leading. God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.

whether on a person or a building. How can I make a lesser sacrifice When Jesus gave His all? —Ackley Because Jesus bore the cross for us. England. we should be willing to take it up for Him. It proclaims to the world. a fee was required because under British law the cross is an advertisement. Is it a witness to our eternal hope in the saving death of Jesus on Calvary? While wearing the cross may be a challenging mark of discipleship. And that includes a willingness to practice costly discipleship. It may be on a necklace or a lapel pin. that the blood-stained cross of Calvary is our only hope of forgiveness and salvation.” I hear the blessed Savior call. “Let Him be crucified!” The cross is a sign of His death. — Vernon C. Our Bible reading today tells us of the cross—the instrument of execution used on our Savior (Matt. .Some Christians make it a habit to wear a cross. and must not be taken lightly. It may be worn thoughtlessly as a decoration or prayerfully to let people know of the wearer’s personal faith. The crowd in anger shouted. found out that it would have to pay a fee to put a cross on its new building. In April 2006. This should cause us to examine what the cross means to us. Yes. a Methodist church in the city of Dudley. 27:22-26). Grounds “Take up thy cross and follow Me. far more challenging is our Lord’s command that we “take up [our] cross daily” and learn what it means to follow in His footsteps (Luke 9:23).

my all. that the blood-stained cross of Calvary is our only hope of forgiveness and salvation. His hands. my life. with Jesus who is called Christ?” The crowd in anger shouted. my richest gain I count but loss. and pour contempt on all my pride. This should cause us to examine what the cross means to us. worldliness. The cross is an instrument of execution used on our Savior. Yet the crowd shouted. It may be worn thoughtlessly as a decoration or prayerfully to let people know of the wearer’s personal faith. —Galatians 6:14 Some Christians make it a habit to wear a cross. Don’t make a lesser sacrifice When Jesus gave His all? Because Jesus bore the cross for us. which also includes a willingness to practice costly discipleship. did ever such love and sorrow meet. so divine. that I should boast. or thorns compose so rich a crown? Were the whole realms of nature mine that were a present far too small: Love so amazing. he asked. Is it a witness to our eternal hope in the saving death of Jesus on Calvary? Or have we accepted God’s verdict on sin as judged on the Cross of Christ? Do we want to be identified with His death— to be completely dead to all interest in sin. When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died. It may be on a necklace or a lapel pin. sorrow and love flow mingled down. Lord. When Pilate asked to the crowd “what shall I do then. save in the death of Christ. far more challenging is our Lord’s command that we “take up [our] cross daily” and learn what it means to follow in His footsteps. The cross is a sign of His death. “Let Him be crucified!” Why? What crime has he committed?. and self? Do we long to be so closely identified with Jesus that we are of no value for anything except Him and His purposes? Wearing the cross may be a challenging mark of discipleship. all the vain things that charm me most—I sacrifice them to His blood. and must not be taken lightly. England. in a louder voice. found out that it would have to pay a fee to put a cross on its new building. It proclaims to the world. His feet. See. whether on a person or a building. According to Matt 27: 22-26. The privilege of discipleship means one has to commit oneself under the banner of His Cross. But a Methodist church in the city of Dudley. . Forbid it. from His head. crucify him. A fee was required because under British law the cross is an advertisement. “Take up thy cross and follow Him and shall hear the blessed Savior call.God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. demands my soul. we should be willing to take it up for Him. my God.