Faithful Is He Who Has Promised

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FAITHFUL IS HE WHO HAS PROMISED

Are you passing through a testing?  Is your pillow wet with tears?

Do you wonder what the reason:  Why it seems God never hears?

Why it is you have no answer, to your oft, repeated plea?

Why the heaven still is leaden, as you wait on bended knee?

Do you wonder as you suffer?  Whether God does understand,

And if so, why He ignores you,  Fails to hold you in His Hand?

Do black doubts creep in, assail you, Fears without–and fears within,

Till your brave heart almost falters  And gives way to deadly sin?

All God’s testings have a purpose; Someday you will see the light.

All He asks is that you trust Him, Walk by faith and not by sight.

Do not fear when doubts beset you; Just remember – He is near;

He will never, never leave you, He will always, always hear.

Faithful is He who has promised; He will never let you fall.

Daily will the strength be given; Strength for each and strength for all.

He will gladly share pain with you.  He will gladly give you peace.

Till your tired and weary body Finds its blessed, glad release.

When the darkened veil is lifted, Then, dear heart, you’ll understand

Why it is you had to suffer, Why you could not feel His hand.

Giving strength when it was needed, Giving power and peace within,

Giving joy thru tears and trial, Giving victory over sin.

So till then just keep on trusting, thru the sunshine and the rain.

Thru the tears and thru the heartaches, thru the smiles and thru the pain

Knowing that our Father watches, knowing daily strength He’ll give,

Victory for each passing hour, this is life, so let us live!

                                                                                      By John E. Zoller

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You are precious to God

 GEMS 7     GEMS       GEMS 5      GEMS 2

Malachi Chapter 3 verses 16-17.    A Book of Remembrance

16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them; So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name.

17 “They shall be Mine,” says the Lord of hosts, “On the day that I make them My jewels. And I will spare them As a man spares his own son who serves him.”

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Some picture quotes to encourage your faith.

God loves you   God loves you 2   God loves you 3

God loves you 6    God loves you 4    God loves you 5

God loves you 7

God loves you 8    God loves you 9   God loves you 10

    God loves you 14   god-is-love-10411-mini   GRACE

God's Love   GOD'S LOVE

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RUGGED CROSS

CALVARY IS THE REASON

I was lost but You knew where to find me.

I was hungry, You were bread for my soul.

I was thirsty and You gave me living water.

You were my shelter when I had no place to go.

Chorus:

That’s why sometimes I just want to praise You.

Sometimes just to speak Your name.

Sometimes I just want to thank You,

Without asking You for a thing.

Oh, sometimes I lift my hands to You.

Sometimes all I do is cry.

Every day that I live I owe to You, Lord,

and Calvary’s the reason why.

When I think of the love that You’ve given,

Lord, when I think of the price You paid for me,

Then the trials of this world they seem like nothing,

When they’re compared to dark Calvary.

Chorus

Everything that I have I owe to You, Lord,

and Calvary’s the reason why.

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BECAUSE HE LIVES 

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus

He came to love, heal, and forgive.

He lived and died to buy my pardon,

An empty grave is there to prove my Saviour lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, All fear is gone.

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living just because He lives.

How sweet to hold a newborn baby,

And feel the pride and joy he gives.

But greater still the calm assurance,

This child can face uncertain days because He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, All fear is gone.

Because I know He holds the future,

And life is worth the living just because He lives.

And then one day I’ll cross the river,

I’ll fight life’s final war with pain.

And then as death gives way to victory,

I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.

Because He lives, All fear is gone!

Because I know He holds the future

And life is worth the living just because He lives!

Words: Bill & Gloria Gaither

Story of the Song

Today, millions of Americans and people around the world are coming to love southern gospel music, and a big reason is the popularity of the Bill and Gloria Gaither Homecoming concerts and

videos. For more than 40 years, the Gaithers have been writing and performing Christian songs. “He Touched Me,” “There’s Something About That Name,” and some 600 others are featured in many church hymnals. But “Because He Lives” is perhaps the best known. In the late 1960s, while expecting their third child, the Gaithers were going through a traumatic time. Their firstborn, Suzanne, was 4, and her sister Amy was three months old. The timing for another baby wasn’t ideal. On top of that, Bill was recovering from a bout with mononucleosis. The break-up of the marriage of Bill’s sister, Mary Ann, had left his family devastated. What’s more, a close friend’s accusation that Bill and Gloria were using their ministry just to make a buck blindsided the couple and plunged Bill into a deep depression. Gloria also remembers it as a time of fear and sadness. The educational system was being infiltrated with the “God is dead” idea, while drug abuse and racial tension were increasing. The thought of bringing another child into the world was taking its toll. But after a simple prayer by one of Bill’s close friends—a prayer that commanded the devil to back off—both Bill and Gloria recall that the strength of the Holy Spirit seemed to come to their aid. Christ’s resurrection, in all its power, was reaffirmed in their hearts. They were assured that the future, left in God’s hands, would be just fine. In July 1970 a healthy baby, Benjamin, was born. Inspired by the miracle of their son’s birth, “Because He Lives” poured out of the Gaithers’ grateful hearts. The song clearly affirms the hope believers have in Christ. We can face tomorrow, with all its uncertainty, as we realize that God holds the future and makes life worth living.

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I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW 

I don’t know about tomorrow,

I just live from day to day.

And I don’t borrow from its sunshine

‘Cause the skies might turn to grey.

And I don’t worry about the future,

‘Cause I know what Jesus said,

And today I’m gonna walk right beside him

‘Cause he’s the one who knows what is ahead.

There are things about tomorrow

That I don’t seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow

And I know who holds my hand. 

And each step is getting brighter

As the golden stairs I climb.

And every burden is getting lighter

And all the clouds are silver lined.

And, over there the sun is always shining

And no tears will ever dim the eye

And the ending of the rainbow

Where the mountains, they touch the sky.

There are many things about tomorrow

I don’t seem to understand

But I know who holds tomorrow And I know who holds my hand. Yes I know who holds my hand.

The song is called “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow” and it was written in 1950 by a traveling preacher named Ara Stanphill. This is a song of trust written during a time of agony and doubt in his life. Stanphill’s wife battled addiction and left him for other men. You could imagine the gossip that flew in that era when a preacher’s wife left to live a life of sin. Yet Stanphill forgave her, tried to reconcile and remained true to his vows. But he was human and he suffered depression and grief. He wondered why God would allow such a fate for a man dedicated to His service. One day he was feeling sorry for himself as he drove. In the depths of his sadness he began to hum a tune and the next thing he knew he was singing a song. He sang about not knowing what was in the future but knowing that God was with him every step of the way. He rushed to his piano when he arrived at his office and jotted down the words.

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I’M FREE FROM THE FEAR OF TOMORROW

So long I had searched for life’s meaning,

Enslaved by the world and my greed;

Then the door of the prison was opened by love,

For the ransom was paid – I was free.

Refrain

I’m free from the fear of tomorrow,

I’m free from the guilt of the past;

For I’ve traded my shackles for a glorious song,

I’m Free! Praise the Lord! Free at last!

I’m free from the guilt that I carried,

From that dull empty life I’m set free;

For when I met Jesus, He made me complete,

He forgot the foolish man I used to be.

Refrain

I’m free from the fear of tomorrow,

I’m free from the guilt of the past;

For I’ve traded my shackles for a glorious song,

I’m Free! Praise the Lord! Free at last!

I’m free from the fear of tomorrow,

I’m free from the guilt of the past;

For I’ve traded my shackles for a glorious song,

I’m Free! Praise the Lord! Free at last!

I’m Free! Praise the Lord! Free at last!    

Sung by The Gaither Band

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JESUS HOLD MY HAND 

As I travel through this pilgrim land

There is a friend who walks with me

Leads me safely through the sinking sand

It is the Christ of Calvary

This would be my prayer dear Lord each day

To help me do the best I can

For I need Thy Light

to guide me day and night

Blessed Jesus, hold my hand

Refrain

Jesus, hold my hand,

I need Thee every hour

Through this pilgrim land

Protect me by Thy power

Hear my feeble plea

Dear Lord look down on me

When I kneel in prayer

I hope to meet You there

Blessed Jesus, hold my hand.

Let me travel in the light divine

That I might see the Blessed way

Keep me that I may be holy Thine

And sing redemption song someday

I will be a soldier brave and true

And ever firmly take a stand

For there’s no other friend

on whom I can depend

Blessed Jesus, hold my hand

Refrain

When I kneel in prayer

I hope to meet You there

Blessed Jesus hold, my hand.

By Albert Edward Brumley   (1905-1977)

Holding hands   Holding hands 3

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Tree by water 2   Letting go

THE BEAUTIFUL TREE.

There was once a new tree in a garden full of taller, mature trees.  This was the first year the little tree had received a nice covering of leaves, and it was quite comfortable with the leaves it had.  So when autumn came and its leaves started to turn yellow the little tree was scared!  In its fear, it looked around at the other trees and saw that their leaves were also changing colour, so it relaxed a little.

But then it lost a leaf!  The little tree panicked and held on to the rest of its leaves tightly.  It looked around again at the other trees and saw that their leaves were falling off too!

Why were they letting their leaves get away?  They won’t be protected from the wind any more, and what about the sun?  How will they give shade without leaves?  The little tree decided it was going to keep its leaves, even if they were now turning brown.  The leaves were dead now, but the little tree held on, feeling safe hiding under the shelter of the leaves.  Snow fell, and the leaves became heavy, but it still held on.

Soon the weather started to turn warmer and light rains replaced the snowfall.  Ah, this was much better, he told himself.  Then he noticed the other trees had little green buds on them, and some were starting to flower!  He looked at himself and saw that he did not have any signs of change.  Pretty soon the other trees had glorious leaves on them, and some had fruit hanging among their branches.  Now he was jealous!

So he asked God, ‘Hey, why did you give the other trees new leaves and fruit, but you did not give me anything?’

God said, ‘My dear tree, I gave you the same sunshine, I gave you the same rain, and I gave you the same love as the other trees in the garden.’

The tree said, ‘But God, look at me!  I am ugly!  Why did they get new leaves, and I did not?  It’s not fair!’

God replied, ‘Well, my child, you did not get new leaves because you did not let go of the dead ones.  You see, the older trees have been through the seasons before.  They know that when they let a dead leaf go, I will replace it with a new one when spring comes.  Not only that, but I usually give them more than they had before!  They sometimes struggle with letting go, just like you.  That struggle does not go away when you grow.  You just have to know that there is a reason why you can’t keep your dead leaves.  Don’t allow fear and pride to trick you into keeping the things of your past.  Besides, you have to admit that it was difficult to hang on to them in the winter!  It is easier to let go and let me worry about the new leaves.  That is a lesson all new trees have to learn.’

The little tree said, ‘Are you saying that I can be just as beautiful as the other trees?’

God said, ‘I love you. You are already just as beautiful as they are to me.  I do not love you any less because of your old leaves.  I see what you can be, not what you look like now. But if you truly want to grow, be patient, let go of your leaves as they die, and I will do the rest. 

Author Unknown. 

TREE 2   Letting go 2

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and Roku Box UK and USA. You can also watch programmes on their website at http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association http://www.PeaceWithGod.net

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