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January 2013

My God Shall Be My Strength

Isaiah 49:5

Oh, do not pray for easy lives! Pray to be stronger men! Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks! Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle. But you shall be a miracle. Every day you shall wonder at yourself, at the richness of life which has come in you by the grace of God.

 Phillips Brooks

Source: Hardman, S. G., & Moody, D. L. (1997). Thoughts for the quiet hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing.


We Shall Not Weary, We Shall Not Rest

"We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every unborn child is protected in law and welcomed in life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until all the elderly who have run life’s course are protected against despair and abandonment, protected by the rule of law and the bonds of love. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, until every young woman is given the help she needs to recognize the problem of pregnancy as the gift of life. We shall not weary, we shall not rest, as we stand guard at the entrance gates and the exit gates of life, and at every step along way of life, bearing witness in word and deed to the dignity of the human person—of every human person."

 

 


The Fear of the Lord

“Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!” (Psalm 33:8)

“Do you not fear me? declares the LORD. Do you not tremble before me?” (Jeremiah 5:22)

"And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)


The Fear of the Lord is not a crippling dread but it

is a prerequisite for obtaining Wisdom and Understanding (Psalm 111:10; Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Sirach 1:20-21, Job 28:28)

is clean (Psalm 19:9)

helps church growth (Acts 9:31)

can be taught or chosen (Psalm 34:11, Proverbs 1:29)

is friendship with God (Psalm 25:14, 145:19, 147:11)

leads to life (Proverbs 19:23)

turns us away from evil (Proverbs 16:6)

ensures provision (Psalm 111:5)

ensures God watches over us (Psalm 33:18, Psalm 34:7)

is the end of the matter (Ecclesiastes 12:13)