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IS THY HEART RIGHT

This is a powerful, though provoking, and hopefully a life-changing, nine page sermon by J. C. Ryle.  He lived from 1816 to 1900 and was a Bishop in Liverpool England. It's written in wonderful English and the content is soaring. Bless you all who read this. 

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Examine The Real You  (By:  Rick Thomas)

We all should be changing. One of the ideas behind progressive sanctification is external change.

Christ was perfect on the inside and the outside. We are to evolve into what He was like, which means our behaviors must mature. You see examples of behavioral modifications in Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4:25-32:

  • Stop lying and start speaking the truth.
  • Do not be sinfully angry, which gives place to the devil.
  • Do not steal; instead, get a job and share with those in need.
  • Do not use your mouth for evil, but for good.
  • Do not be unkind or bitter; rather, be loving and forgiving.

Our external obedience to the LORD must be evident in our lives. This kind of transformation starts in our hearts, not in our behaviors, which you see when you read the context of Paul’s teaching on change.

He begins this section on total transformation in Ephesians 4:17-24, where he is addressing our hearts, thoughts, and minds. It is only after he addresses our inner being that he gives us behavioral advice.

How adept are you at addressing what is going on inside of you?  To be able to unpack your thoughts is essential if you want to be transformed by God’s Word.

  1. Do you know how to connect what you do to how you think (Luke 6:43-45)?
  2. Are you more likely to blame others or your circumstances for your sinful behaviors (James 1:14-15)?
  3. Can you identify the sinful arguments that take over your thoughts and bring them into submission (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)?
  4. What have been the primary negative shaping influences in your life and how do they impact you today (Ephesians 4:22)?
  5. What fears pull you away from the wisdom of God, which results in unstable behaviors (James 1:5-8)?

There is another element to change to comprehensively help Christians:  It is possible the LORD does not want to bring the change the person desires.

  1. Describe your theology of suffering  (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)?
  2. How do you need to change in order to embrace your weaknesses  (2 Corinthians 4:7)?
  3. What hinders you from finding contentment in an unchangeable situation  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)?
  4. How do you practically live in Christ’s strength rather than your own  (Philippians 4:11-13)?
  5. How do you think about a God who brings suffering to His children  (Isaiah 53:10;  John 10:24;  Philippians 1:29;  1 Peter 2:21-25)?

Your need to journal your responses to these ten questions.

As you journal, carefully examine where you are at this moment (or in your most resent crisis). Be appropriately hard and honest with yourself. List the Scriptures in your study.

 

If we are not transformed from the inside out, we will not be transformed at all. 

A song to learn to sing at services?  

Jesus Loves Me (For Seniors)
 
While watching a little TV on Sunday instead of going to church, I saw a Church in Atlanta 
honoring one of its senior pastors who had been retired many years. He was 92 at that time, and I wondered why the Church even bothered to ask the old gentleman to preach at that age.

 After a warm welcome introduction of this speaker and as the applause quieted down, he rose from his high back chair and walked slowly, with great effort and a sliding gate to the podium. Without a note or written paper of any kind he placed both hands on the pulpit to steady himself and then quietly and slowly he began to speak.... 

"When I was asked to come here today and talk to you, your pastor asked me to tell you what was the greatest lesson ever learned in my 50 odd years of preaching. I thought about it for a few days and boiled it down to just one thing that made the most difference in my life and sustained me through all my trials. The one  thing that I could always rely on when tearsand heart break and pain and fear and sorrow paralyzed me ... the only thing that would comfort was this verse ....

"Jesus loves me this I know. 
For the Bible tells me so. 
Little ones to Him belong, 
They are weak but He is strong..... 
Yes, Jesus loves me... 
The Bible tells me so."
 
When he finished, the church was quiet. You actually could hear his footsteps as he shuffled 
back to his chair. I don't believe I will ever forget  it.

 A pastor once stated…. "I always noticed that it was the adults who chose the children's hymn 'Jesus Loves Me' (for the children of course) during a hymn sing, and it was the adults who sang the loudest because I could see they knew it the best."

"Senior version of Jesus Loves Me"
 
Here is a new version just for us who have white hair or no hair at all. For us over middle age 
(or even those almost there) and all you others, check out this newest version of Jesus Loves Me.

JESUS LOVES ME
 
Jesus loves me, this I know, 
Though my hair is white as snow 
Though my sight is growing dim, 
Still He bids me trust in Him.
 
(CHORUS)
YES, JESUS LOVES ME. YES, JESUS LOVES ME. 
YES, JESUS LOVES ME. THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO.
 
Though my steps are oh, so slow, 
With my hand in His I'll go 
On through life, let come what may, 
He'll be there to lead the way. 
 
(CHORUS)
 
When the nights are dark and long, 
In my  heart He puts a song. 
Telling me in words so clear, 
"Have no fear, for I am near." 
 
(CHORUS)
 
When my work on earth is done, 
And life's victories have been won. 
He will take me home above, 
Then I'll understand His love 
 
(CHORUS)
 
I love Jesus, does He know? 
Have I ever told Him so? 
Jesus loves to hear me say 
That I love Him every day. 
 

(CHORUS) 

Lord, thou knowest better than myself that I am growing older and will soon be old. Keep me from becoming too talkative, and especially from the unfortunate habit of thinking that I must say something on every subject and at every opportunity. 

Release me from the idea that I must straighten out other peoples' affairs. With my immense treasure of experience and wisdom, it seems a pity not to let everybody partake of it. But thou knowest, Lord, that in the end I will need a few friends. Keep me from the recital of endless details; give me wings to get to the point. 

Grant me the patience to listen to the complaints of others; help me to endure them with charity. But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they increase with the increasing years and my inclination to recount them is also increasing. I will not ask thee for improved memory, only for a little more humility and less self-assurance when my own memory doesn't agree with that of others. 

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally I may be wrong. Keep me reasonably gentle. I do not have the ambition to become a saint -- it is so hard to live with some of them -- but a harsh old person is one of the devil's masterpieces. 

Make me sympathetic without being sentimental, helpful but not bossy. Let me discover merits where I had not expected them, and talents in people whom I had not thought to possess any. And, Lord, give me the grace to tell them so.” 

― Margot Benary-Isbert  

From an anonymous source, author unknown
 
A mother was concerned about her kindergarten son, Timmy, walking to school.

He didn't want his mother to walk with him.

She wanted to give him the feeling that he had some independence but yet know that he was safe.

So she had an idea of how to handle it.

She asked a neighbor if she would please follow him to school in the mornings, staying at a distance, so he probably wouldn't notice her.

The neighbor said that since she was up early with her toddler anyway, it would be a good way for them to get some exercise as well, so she agreed.

The next school day, the neighbor and her little girl set out following behind Timmy as he walked to school with another neighbor girl he knew.

She did this for the whole week. 

 
As the two walked and chatted, kicking stones and twigs, Timmy 's little friend noticed the same lady was following them as she seemed to do every day all week.

Finally she said to Timmy,

'Have you noticed that lady following us to school all week? Do you know her?'

Timmy nonchalantly replied, 'Yeah, I know who she is.' 
The little girl said, 'Well, who is she?'

'That's just Shirley Goodnest ,' Timmy replied, 'and her daughter Marcy ..'

'Shirley Goodnest? Who is she and why is she following us?

'Well,' Timmy explained, 'every night my Mum makes me say the 23rd Psalm with my prayers, 'cuz she worries about me so much.

And in the Psalm, it says, 'Shirley Goodnest (surely goodness) and Marcy (mercy) shall follow me all the days of my life', so I guess I'll just have to get used to it!'
 

 
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; the Lord lift His countenance upon you, and give you peace. 

 
May Shirley Goodnest and Marcy be with you today and always 

 

Faith is seeing light with your heart when all your eyes see is darkness. 

Author unknown, source internet

Hi God, it's me. 

We're getting older and things are getting bad here. Energy, healthcare and food costs are too high, and the future doesn't look good. I know some have taken you out of our schools, government, veteran's funerals, and even Christmas. 

But God I'm asking you to come back and re-bless America . We really need you! As you know, there are more of us who want you than those who don't! 

Thank You God, 

I Love you.

 

After a church service on Sunday morning, a young boy suddenly announced to his mother, 
"Mom, I've decided to become a minister when I grow up." 
"That's okay with us, but what made you decide that?" 
"Well," said the little boy, "I have to go to church on Sunday anyway, 
And I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen."   

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