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Check out our new Blog Page – Audio Bible Studies. I will continue to add links as I am able to record lessons and get them uploaded. Bookmark the page and check back often, or follow us on SoundCloud

I’ll warn you – I have a “Southern Appalachian” accent and I make no apologies for it 🙂 But I hope you enjoy them and learn from them.

And hey – let me know what you think!

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This is my first attempt at uploading audio teaching. This is being done through SoundCloud – so let’s see how it works. If you like what you hear, you may want to “follow” me on SoundCloud as Prayerlogue – or follow my blog where I will also post the teaching.

 

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I’ve added a new page to my blog. It’s called “Book Journey”. You can read about it here. I will be sharing writings that I hope to incorporate into a series of books. Some will be duplicates of previous blog posts – some are brand new. I hope to share these devotionals daily – if you haven’t signed up to receive Prayerlogue posts, please do so – and please share them.

Also I’d appreciate your feedback (especially encouraging words! Ha!) But, actually anything that you think will help me. Either comment or e-mail me (e-mail info can be found here.

So – for today let me share this…

How do I worship Thee? Let me count the ways – from the depth of my soul to the height of my dreams; from the length and breath and girth of my being; from my conception to my demise; from my insides to my outsides – O LORD, I will worship Thee.

I will call upon You in the night, and sing to You in the morning, and remember You in season and out of season, in darkness and light, in sorrow and in joy; in pain and in pleasure – You, O LORD, will I praise. Amen.

The first segment is titled:

Why Pray?

God said, “Pour out your heart to Me and I will hear and answer, and show you things you do not know.” (Paraphrase Jeremiah 33:3)

Save Me From Despair

In checking the search terms that bring people to my blog, those having to do with “despair” always touch my heart. Today one simply said, “Save me from despair”.

Oh God! What must they be feeling to type these words into an internet search engine? Are they searching for You? Have they given up on You? Do they even know You?

What is despair? Have you ever felt what you would call “despair”?

When we are children, despair is getting our ball stuck on the roof or losing the ice cream from our ice cream cone. A little later it’s not having a date for the dance or not making the team.

Then despair is not getting the job or wrecking our car – our only mode of transportation. Things change as we age and it’s the phone call in the middle of the night – or no phone call at all. It becomes the doctor’s report or the sound of sirens, coming closer. It’s the look in a loved one’s eyes, and the news that follows. It’s another bill that’s due, or two, when there is no work and no money.

For others around the world, it’s the sound of gunfire and airplanes or a knock on the door.

Despair changes as we age and our circumstances change, but the knot in the pit of your stomach remains the same. If you are in that spot today – I am praying for you.

Will you pray for me?

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For your Lenten listening enjoyment The Great Mistrial

 

This CD will take you from the depths of the Garden of Gethsamane to the heights of the Ascension! Download it today!

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Today the Supreme Court is hearing arguments as to whether same-sex marriage will be viewed as a civil right or a choice. If it is granted as a civil right – those who believe in the Authority of Scripture will begin to be persecuted as never before in our wildest dreams. You may call me an alarmist – but mark these words down and see if I am right. I certainly hope I am wrong.

 

If it becomes law – I believe it will be by God’s hand of judgment on a people who have denied the Authority of God’s Word. Fast and pray that God’s Hand of judgment may be averted. We will not receive the answer until sometime in June. Do not grow weary in your praying.

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On this special day I want to share this song from our son’s new CD released today “The Great Mistrial” which traces the events of Jesus’s life from His arrest to His Ascension.

Enjoy!

http://johnny-newman.com/track/christ-the-lord-is-risen-today-crown-him-with-many-crowns

 

 

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This Sunday is Palm Sunday – a day that could be called “The Choosing of the Lamb” Day. And this is why…

 

Palm Sunday

The Choosing of the Lamb Day

 

This falls under the category of “You probably already know this” but I didn’t, so I’m excited…

 

We know that Jesus’ crucifixion took place at the time of the Passover, but did you really know how closely the “Sacrifice of our Lord” corresponds to (or fulfills) the Feast of the Passover?

 

Consider this:

 

Thursday night before Good Friday (which we call “Maundy Thursday”) is the actual “Day” of Passover. That very day, the sacrificial lamb (Lamb) is to be killed, prepared and eaten.

 

Mark 14:12 On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples *said to Him, “Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?”

 

Mar 14:17 When it was evening He came with the twelve. As they were reclining at the table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly I say to you that one of you will betray Me–one who is eating with Me.”

 

The meal they are eating IS the Passover. The next day, Friday, when Jesus would be hung on the cross was the beginning of the Feast of Unleavened bread. (Actually, it began at dusk on Thursday night – just as they were eating supper.) The absence of leaven symbolized complete consecration and devotion to God. Leaven, in the Bible is often equated with sin, so therefore the “Bread of Life” was “Unleavened” – without sin…

 

By the way, on this day, no one was to work – ever wonder why the crowds were so huge calling for Jesus’ crucifixion?

 

The day after the crucifixion (actually beginning at sundown on that Friday) was the Sabbath. Remember, that is the reason they wanted to make sure He was dead and buried before sundown.

 

Saturday, their Sabbath is the “in-between” day for us, and probably the longest day Jesus’ disciples ever lived.

 

Sunday morning, our “First day of the week” began the Festival of First Fruits for the Jewish people. Remember what Paul called Jesus? 1 Corinthians 15:20 “But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.”

 

But here’s the real “kicker” for me – this is what I didn’t realize for a long time… Read Exodus 12:2-3 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household.”

 

And then verse 6 “You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.”

 

Now, think about it, if Maundy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper is the time of the sacrifice, and that is the 14th day of their first month, count backwards to the 10th of the month, and what do you have…? You’ve got Palm Sunday!

 

The Jews saw it as Matthew 21:4-5 reads, This was done to fulfill the prophecy that said, “Tell the people of Israel, Look, your King is coming to you. He is humble, riding on a donkey – even on a donkey’s colt.” But, we can see a far greater significance; we can see it as “The Choosing of the Lamb” Day. This adds so much more emphasis to John the Baptist’s words in John 1:29 “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

 

He is truly our Sacrificial Lamb!

Have a blessed “Choosing of the Lamb” Day this coming Sunday!

 

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