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Gone for the week

Marcia and I are taking a week-long trip (this will be the first trip of the year, and we have many more trips to take this next year). I certainly ask that you would pray for safety.

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Thy Name (part1) - Jehovah

Text: Exodus 3:13-15

13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses,I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,I AM hath sent me unto you. 15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel,The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name forever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”

This is the most frequent and most personal name for God in all the Old Testament and it is seen in our English translation as LORD (having each letter capitalized). The Jews had such a reverence of God and even fear of ever taking God’s name in vain that they would rather say adonai in place of Jehovah. And so our faithful translators distinguished Jeho…

"Thy Name" - Introduction

Psalm 5:11 “But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.”

The phrase ‘thy name’ is repeated 47 times in the book of Psalms. In 5:11(above) we see that those who love God’s name are joyful in the Lord. In God we find true joy and security. His name reveals to us who God is and what He is like.

Here are a few other “thy name” Scripture verses to consider:

Psalm 8:1 “O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

Strong points this out for the definition of excellent –

'addîyr
ad-deer'
From H142; wide or (generally) large; figuratively powerful: - excellent, famous, gallant, glorious, goodly, lordly, mighty (-ier, one), noble, principal, worthy.

The idea here in 8:1 is that God’s name is excellent or great. And it is so because God is excellent and great. God is glorious, God is mighty, and His name reflects His…

Merry Christmas!

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"And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it." (Isa. 40:5)

Getting together with family and friends is certainly one of the many blessings of the season. Don't forget to celebrate the Christ in Christmas.

Some thoughts on Christmas -
The Wise Men

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,”
(Matthew 2:1)


We do not know much about these wise men. From their name ‘wise men’ we know that these were men of learning, maybe even scientists. Obviously we know that they were from ‘the east’ because that is where they claimed to have seen ‘his star.’ They must know something about astronomy and the Scriptures (Num. 24:17; Isa. 60:3; Daniel 9; Micah 5:2). Since they presented three gifts we assume that there were three of them, but the Bible does not say how many wise men there were exactly. They must have been very important since they got an audience with King Herod. They were interested in one thing, i.e. to worship Jesus Christ, who was the then born King of the Jews. Barnes (a commentator) does not ascribe anything special to their worship of the child, rather it was simply an acknowledging of Jesus to be a ruler. There was not anything more i…

Some thoughts on Thanksgiving - conclusion

1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:1-5) “Know ye that the LORD He is God.” Think about the practical ramifications of this verse. If God is God (and He is) then any man who disregards Him or disobeys Him would be a complete fool. And yet, there are times when with sin, we forget, and we become atheistic in both doctrine and practice. And so it is important to learn and learn to re-learn that The LORD is God. Rebellion therefore, is foolish. One other significant thought in this passage is that the LORD is good. Bad circumstances at times can make God…

Some thoughts on Thanksgiving (part 10)

"1 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. 2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations." (Psalm 100:1-5)
This verse helps remind me about the attitudes that are pleasing to God when going to Him in prayer. We approach God with thanksgiving and praise. We may choose to pray supplications and intercessions, it even may and should include confessions, but our basic approach must always be seasoned with thanksgiving and praise. Thank God for the privilege of prayer!