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Volume 2 | Issue 7 | September 2013

Welcome to The Encouragement Chronicles

The SEVENTH edition of The Encouragement Chronicles contains a whole new set of Series created since the release of the previous Chronicle which have me Encouraged!  This issue comes at a critical point and time for me in that I’ve been out of the hospital for 24 days today with NO headache.  While there are some challenges here and there, for the most part am doing well and have been able to generate seven (7) brand new Series, finish a few books and plan about twenty-one (21) New Series titles to share.  That is to add to the 118 other Series sites already available!

Will focus less on numbers this time around, rather focusing on how we see each other in light of our daily walk and relationships.  The strongest Relationship as Christians is the one with our Lord and Saviour, which when extended to all those that we know, meet and even greet will show through in our every action, word and emotion.

It has come to my attention that some folks just don’t want to read something this big – YES, this is the largest thing that I publish – but I sure would Encourage you to scroll through it to see if something catches your eye or your heart on the way to the bottom of it.

Just in time for Fall, the first four Background Series will be highlighted as the second Spotlight, which have been used as backgrounds  for ministry items around the globe.  Enjoy!

Hope you will be Encouraged by a few New Series and a highlight of a few more! REMEMBER: Share this Chronicle with someone you love and care for, it may be just what they need to be Encouraged.

Do remember this is the once a month, large issue if you will, showcase manner in which The Encouragement Chronicles highlights the goings on of things happening with DeliverTheWord.com. These editions will naturally be larger providing everyone with a power packed collection new items to learn about and see how they have been used!

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With each Issue of The Encouragement Chronicles want to challenge each of us to share the Ministry of Encouragement with others. As we seek to honor, magnify and lift up the name of Jesus Christ, we need your HELP! Please consider helping us cast the net as wide as your sphere of influence. The people you influence are not going to be reached by us in or of ourselves, we don’t know who those folks are! But you do know who they are – and – you are more likely to know what area they need to be Encouraged.
Learn how to send an e-Courage Card from any of the many Series located within DeliverTheWord.com!  Click below to access the step-by-step guide to utilizing the most powerful feature designed for Everyone. Standard Full Instructions | Contains Detailed Tutorial With Full Color Photos w/Tutorial of Specific Series Being Used Lite Shortened Instructions | Lite Instructions w/Text Only Tutorial of Specific Series Being Used

Use Facebook | Social Media Outpost for Encouraging

The Facebook page dedicated to Delivertheword.com is FULLY OPERATIONAL! Click here to access -or- Type in: Delivertheword.com in the “Search for people, places and things” while logged into your own Facebook account. You can Share any of the on-line resources so that those who are your friends and family can benefit from you being Encouraged too!

Use Flickr | Social Media Stream for Encouraging – NEW!

The Flickr Photostream has been populated with all the prints available on DeliverTheWord.com! Click here to access -or- Type in: Delivertheword.com in the “Search” box while visiting http://www.flickr.com or as logged into your own Facebook account. You can Share any of the on-line resources so that those who are your friends and family can benefit from you being Encouraged too!

Use Send This Page To A Friend | FREE E-mail System of Any Page

We’d be honored to be your On-Line Encouragement toolbox where you find what you need to keep those you know Encouraged with the Word of God! Look at the bottom of any page to find the “Send This Page To A Friend“. This feature allows you to send that specific page to anyone you wish as an e-mail – all the images, formatting and information appears in the e-mail just like it does on the Website. This is a POWERFUL feature that will enable everyone the ability to more easily share any area of the DeliverTheWord.com System of Sites.

Use e-Courage Ordering | Through Fotomoto Images Can Be Purchased

The same system that is used for sending e-Courage electronic greeting cards can now be utilized to download for purchase any image on the DeliverTheWord.com system! The most versatile function of the purchasing capabilities of Fotomoto is the opportunity to download the high-resolution artwork of the image chosen. With that download, the artwork can be used for whatever (within license agreement) is desired in any quantity. Downloads are: $2.00 per image. Artwork prints in 8×10 are: $4.00 per print. Other items are also available, including: greeting cards, note cards, postcards posters, wall peels and more depending on the size and configuration of the images offered in any particular Series.

Join the many people who’ve signed up to receive the The Encouragement Chronicles – monthly e-mails chock-full of our latest announcements, creative ways to Encourage others, and personal stories spotlighting some of their extraordinary Encouragement blessings.
Want to share this specific Chronicle Newsletter Edition? To share this Newsletter, just start the process by scrolling to the bottom of the Chronicle and select ‘E-mail This Post‘ in the center of the window. Not yet registered to receive it automatically? Register now!

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Series Showcase | Consider One Another

Website | http://delivertheword.com/consideroneanother

As this Series has been in the developing stages, so many things have come to mind – some of which have been good things and other which have not been such good as I’d like.  The statement which came to mind over and over again in the study and preparation time is the following:

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The blue words are taken from the Scriptures in Hebrews 10:24, although those weren’t the first words originally started with for this Series.  With careful review, the “Be of Good Courage” turned into something different – which settled me on the “consider one another“.  That original verse of Scripture is important for us to review, to examine while it may not be first, it is a VERY important to be included – it follows:

“They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.”
Isaiah 41:6 | King James Version

The challenge for me is the consideration of distance – everyone helped his neighbor with the admonishing of “Be of good courage” – right where they were.  Unfortunately as a society at large, we are removed from the focus on family, friends and neighbors like we were when I was a kid – for they were our society, in rural Kentucky (USA).  Now we travel so much to get where we are going and the people we spend time with are often more miles apart than we may realize.

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The second thought about the verse in this preliminary image for this Series are the black lettered words “meeting together” & “encouraging” – which is to be applied to all that we are around to form the complete action of:

“consider meeting together, one encouraging another”

We should think about, focus on and take time to pray for those people we are around and what impact our lives are making on them, their family and the relationship they have with Christ.  That should ring true whether that is at our homes, at the grocery store, at work, at play, at church…  We can have that “consider” factor, which I’m challenged to remember will come about from our Relationship with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.  The more like Him we become, the more consideration we will have for those around us and the time we spend with them.

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We will, almost by not even noticing it because of how natural it will come, experience the way we “consider” others as Christ would have us do so by having that right Relationship with Him.  Let us look at that verse again:

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
Hebrews 10:24 | King James Version

By our focus on others, we could actually be the catalyst for others showing love and doing things which are good works as unto the Lord!  That little verse just became a BIG action item and a promising reward for us doing what we ought to do.  Oh what a tender love we can have towards those who may just need to have someone spend a little time with them and who is willing to share with them how the Holy Spirit has worked in us to do something for others for God’s Glory and to Lift Up Christ.

Consider these thoughts from eleven (11) wonderful verses of Scripture:

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  1. Consider One Another
  2. The Profession of our Faith
  3. Exhorting One Another
  4. Be of Good Courage
  5. Edify One Another
  6. Serve With My Spirit
  7. Take Heed
  8. Exhort One Another
  9. Have a Good Reward
  10. Grace Be To You
  11. Blessed Be God
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We have the opportunity and responsibility to Encourage others beyond the world’s definition of self-esteem and believing in one’s self – you and I have not only the Word of God, but access into the very Throne Room of Heaven to the Author of Faith, the One who Paid for us to have it and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide us.  Consider One Another, by Meeting Together and Encouraging!

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Series Spotlight | Renewing Of The Inner Man

Website | http://delivertheword.com/renewingoftheinnerman

Over the years have heard so many times about folks who are just “worn out” or get “burned out” on the ministry, but rarely does that phrase get applied to a mass group of folks who really exhibit the tendency. Those people are “Christians” in general if you will, who may have never really gotten plugged in to a solid body of Believers. You and I may see or hear of it as many things, including the following:

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  • Just don’t have time to read the Bible with all my other stuff
  • Might as well not read that old thing, don’t understand it anyway
  • Got Saved, I’m Good and have my ticket
  • We use to go when we had more time
  • Getting everyone up and ready so early on Sunday is just too much
  • After the kids were up and grown, we didn’t see the need
  • Who needs that stuff, we are doing just as well as anyone that goes to that church
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How many more could we add to the list – certain there would be pages… What all of those have in common, is all of them are outward appearances, not an inward inspection. In order to “Renew”, there must be something that is used to refresh, restore and reactivate from the inside so it SHOWS up on the outside. It is a process of Encouragement and being changed by the inner working of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. It is the process of edification and understanding what God the Father has for us, what the Lord Jesus Christ Redeemed us to have the opportunity to be and what the Holy Spirit guides as we are being each day.

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Enlightenment | The Most Dangerous Burning Out

Some folks would think that the word “Edification” and “Enlightenment” mean the same thing. They are NOT anywhere close on the spectrum of meaning of the renewal process. In Buddhism, it is the “awakening to ultimate truth by which man is freed from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations”. For Hinduism, it is the state of transcendent divine experience – the ultimate goal of all religion. Philosophically, it was started as a moment stressing the importance of reason, innovations and the critical re-appraising of existing ideas and social institutions of the times. Edification is more tightly aligned with Spiritual improvement and learning based upon teaching from God’s Word.

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While there were positive things borne out of the Enlightening times, which would include the propagation of the Word of God to the world, the focus was mainly centered on the individual, while removing the Bible. It is amazing to me that folks will do more for a “religion” in the many steps required, but do not consider that what the Lord really wants is a Relationship than a followship. To boot, He gives us all the Instructions and Tools to make it happen – the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Talents.

  • The closer we walk with Him, the more we will talk to Him.
  • The more we talk to Him, the more we will be like Him.
  • The more we are like Him, the renewal process becomes a daily part of our lives.
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Just a little talk with Jesus… made me whole… makes it right… We indeed an be Renewed Day By Day.  Here are the titles of the nine (9) prints for this Series:

Renewing Of The Inner Man Titles

  1. Day By Day
  2. In Earthen Vessels
  3. Not Destroyed
  4. By His Spirit
  5. Delight In The Law
  6. Shall Be The Covenant
  7. The Candle Of The Lord
  8. Thy Salvation
  9. To The Heart

Refreshing to know that while we may wear out on the outside and even be weary, our Spirit can be refreshed daily and we can walk, talk, do for the Lord as He provides – always…

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Encouragements By His Word Series Sharing Resources

Series Spotlight | Backgrounds Series One, Two, Three, Four | 2008

Portfolio | One

Website | http://delivertheword.com/backgroundsone

These flowers are a combination taken at different places for various projects.  The first two rows of images are included for preview.

This very first Background Series comes from a collection of bright, strong and vibrant images snapped in 2008.  There have been a number of churches who have asked to use them as backgrounds and for bulletin covers.  It is my hope that as you happen upon this site that you will find an image that reminds you of just how magnificent our Creator God really is!

These forty-nine (49) images are provided in 1280×1024 pixel size and can be downloaded for your use.

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Portfolio | Two

Website | http://delivertheword.com/backgroundstwo

These flowers are a combination taken at different places for various projects.  The first two rows of images are included for preview.

This second installment of the Background Series comes from a collection of bright, strong and vibrant images also snapped in 2008.  There have been a number of churches who have asked to use them as backgrounds and for bulletin covers.  It is my hope that as you happen upon this site that you will find an image that reminds you of just how magnificent our Creator God really is!

These fifty-two (52) images are provided in 1280×1024 pixel size and can be downloaded for your use.

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Portfolio | Three | Special Bouquets

Website | http://delivertheword.com/backgroundsthree

These flowers are a combination taken at different places for various projects.  The first two rows of images are included for preview.

This third Background Series comes from a collection of bright, strong and vibrant images snapped for multiple occasions as bouquets were involved in 2008.  There have been a number of churches who have asked to use them as backgrounds and for bulletin covers.  It is my hope that as you happen upon this site that you will find an image that reminds you of just how magnificent our Creator God really is!

These sixty-one (61) images are provided in 1280×1024 pixel size and can be downloaded for your use.

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Portfolio | Four | Various | 2008

Website | http://delivertheword.com/backgroundsfour

These flowers are a combination taken at different places for various projects.  The first two rows of images are included for preview.

This fourth and final Background Series for 2008 comes from several small collections of bright, strong and vibrant images snapped in 2008.  There have been a number of churches who have asked to use them as backgrounds and for bulletin covers.  It is my hope that as you happen upon this site that you will find an image that reminds you of just how magnificent our Creator God really is!

The four groups provide thirty-four (34) images in 1280×1024 pixel size. (Must got to page to access the remainder of the images.)

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In all of the Portfolios shown here, there are 196 images available for your use.

Benefits

The Benefits provided by The Encouragement Chronicles is tied around a core and common conviction: we are to be BUILDING UP others, not TEARING DOWN — we have the opportunity to be a powerful Encourager through the tools of DeliverTheWord.com. Click here for more…

Distinctives

Worthwhile Distinctives about The Encouragement Chronicles could be primarily summed up in the fact that this site is “Made for Christians” with a primary objective of having a Spiritual Focus of the Encouragement kind. Click here for more…

Who Can Use

Providing the answer of Who Can Use the features of The Encouragement Chronicles is actually an easy one – EVERYONE. Anyone can Encourage another individual who has access to a computer almost instantaneously to nearly any place in the world. Click here for more…

All DeliverTheWord.com Images are available for everyone to enjoy! Each and Every design, image and print can impact others in virtually every corner of the world, anywhere and to anyone who has access to the Internet. Encourage someone today! One may never know this side of Heaven the full impact of our reasonable service.

 
Notable Series Releases To Preview & Some To Review Again

DeliverTheWord.com is purely about being an “Encouragement” and delivering it “From God’s Holy Word” to and for positively everyone. It is the on-line portfolio and extension of an insatiable desire to study God’s Word of William A. Turner. It is a place where I post all kinds of work – may be a simple one print piece, specific Encouragement developed for a friend, an incredible sermon outline as preached by our Pastor, challenges brought by one our our Pastoral Staff, or a fantastic concept seen elsewhere that needed to be re-engineered to more perfectly apply to God’s Word. Every concept, design, and print developed on this site is available for the purpose of Encouragement. Click here to go to site.

Selective Collections Classic Collections Extensive Collections Special Edition Collections Multi-Set Collections
1-7 Images 8-18/24 Images 25+ Images Themed Images e.g. Christmas More Than One Set of Images
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Would you join us in being an Encouragement to others? No doubt you have noticed that EVERY word that contains the slightest hint of Encourage in it is RED. If it were not for the Blood of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ – we’d have nothing to ENCOURAGE people with now would we?

Just think… There is a Series that has been made available for YOU to Encourage someone with – it’s FREE, it’s FAST, it’s SCRIPTURAL (KJV) and it’s RIGHT… Remember, that’s DeliverTheWord.com!

About The Encouragement Chronicles

Every image contained within DeliverTheWord.com can be sent to anyone via e-mail FREE of charge. As whatever Series is being viewed, each image will have an e-Courage option which presents you with a straight-forward method to send to an e-mail address with a “note to them” of your own.

The Encouragement Chronicles is the on-line magazine (e-Zine) publishing extension ministry of DeliverTheWord.com. Experience Encouragements delivered in e-mail, prints & backgrounds with the coverage and blending the best of sharp photography and essential Scriptures both in print and on-line.

Share Tools On-Line Presentation
The Ability to Immediately Send a Message of Encouragement to Others Right from Your Desktop, Tablet, Smartphone or Any Number of Internet Capable Devices All You to Encourage From Anywhere! Easy to Use Tools and Features Allow for Each Person to Find Something that Suits Them in Sharing the Gospel Message to Everyone They Know and to a World that Does Not Know! DeliverTheWord.com is AVAILABLE Everywhere to Every One! Every Item is Made Available in Various Formats Including Prints, Backgrounds, Send a Note to a Friend and e-Courage Electronic Cards. 100+ Different Series from Which to choose from… Most of the Designs are Provided with a Floral Type of Background, but there are Various Other Designs which have Motif or Themes to Choose From.

International Access | How Others Can Use DeliverTheWord.com

Amazing still is how others are utilizing this site to Encourage others outside the United States of America… As long as an individual has access to the Internet and has a valid e-mail address, this site can be utilized to Encourage anyone, virtually anywhere. This site was designed to be this very kind of tool from day one, so others would have the ability to access a Ministry of Encouragement site like this to be an Encouragement and to be Encouraged as well!

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Worthy Is The Lamb

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NEW Series | Worthy Is The Lamb

There are few pieces of music that can move the soul of a person than can ones that are taken directly from the Scriptures. While this piece of music and song is not a “hymn” per se, it is taken directly from the Word of God and is by NO means a beat oriented or originated declaration of worship. The verse of Scripture that is the basis for this Series is taken from Revelation 5:12 | KJV:

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”
Revelation 5:12 | King James Version

My favorite edition of that piece is performed by the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir. The lyric of the song is slightly modified from the standard edition written by Darlene Zschech to better suit a choir singing and giving reverence to the Lord. The modified edition follows:

Thank You for the Cross Lord
Thank You for the Price You Paid
Bearing All My Sin and Shame
In Love You Came and Gave Amazing Grace

Thank You for This Love Lord
Thank You for the Nail Pierced Hands
Washed Me in Your Cleansing Flow
Now All I Know Your Forgiveness and Embrace

Worthy is the Lamb
Seated on the Throne
We Crown You Now with Many Crowns
You reign victorious

High and Lifted Up
Jesus, Son of God
The Treasure of Heaven Crucified
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb

Worthy To Receive

In taking a look at that specific verse, there are seven areas which the Lamb is Worthy to receive:

Power, Riches, Wisdom, Strength, Honour, Glory, Blessing

Those seven (7) areas belong to Him and are echoed in the 10 areas of Scripture utilized in this “Worthy Is The Lamb” Encouragement Series. Interesting how the perfect number of God is used in how many items He was Worthy to receive… Of the sixty-nine (69) verses researched for this Series, there are eight (8) that utilize the word “Worthy” and two (2) which speak of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God and how Christ suffered for us, which rounds out the ten (10) which were used to build this set.
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  • Primary Verse #1 – Worthy Is The Lamb
  • Standard Verse #2 – Thou Art Worthy
  • Standard Verse #3 – Who Is Worthy
  • Standard Verse #4 – Walk Worthy Of The Lord
  • Standard Verse #5 – Walk Worthy Of God
  • Standard Verse #6 – Worthy Of This Calling
  • Standard Verse #7 – Worthy Of All Acceptation
  • Standard Verse #8 – Not Worthy To Be Compared
  • Extended Verse #9 – Behold The Lamb Of God
  • Extended Verse #10 – Author and Finisher Of Our Faith

Indeed as Christians, you and I need to keep ever before us the many reasons that the Perfect Lamb of God is Worthy! As we remind ourselves, walking in light of the continued discoveries, others will be able to be a witness to the change in our lives, as we both serve as a verbal and character witness of His, as well as our willingness to share what our Saviour has done for us. When something is worthy of telling, we are usually first in line to want to share with others what that “worth” is – in this case, the Worth is Eternity and the Worthy is the Lamb who paid for it – for everyone who will Believe on Him.

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For The Tough Times

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Worried? One of many things that our lives can be at times consumed with on the daily life we live. Ever thought about writing down a list of the difficulties we can have in life then take the time to find them in the Word of God? No doubt most people that have any exposure to the Bible, have heard the line “the Bible has the answer to all of life’s questions” or something along line or train of thought. But how many times have we seen an actual list of the passages where these areas have been researched and application made.

The following are thirty-one (31) challenges which have corresponding verses of Scripture for each (on the Series page). Keep in mind these a single points found in the Word of God on the topic, which is only one of possibly many that could be applied.

Worried? • Lacking Trust? • Frustrated? • Tired? • Bereaved? • Too Busy?
Lonely or Fearful? • Feel Rejected? • Sick or In Pain? • Depressed?
Jealous? • Sleepless Nights? • Family Problems? • Done Something Wrong?
Need Courage and Strength? • Facing a Crisis? • Planning the Future? • In Doubt?
Building A New Home? • Money Problems? • Bitter or Critical? • Need Peace?
Need Assurance? • Leaving Home? • Discouraged? • Don’t Understand What God is Doing?
Faith Needs Encouraging? • Hated Because of Your Faith? • Losing Hope?
Alone and Scared? • Hard Times?
The Bible is truly the Book of the Ages, for it not only has survived, each day we live more of it is being proven true. God’s Word contains a map of what has already happened, what we are to be doing and what will come to pass as God the Father has Ordained. May each of us learn to search the Instruction Book for the many answers it holds for the Holy Spirit within to help us as Christians understand such that we will live our lives in the light of the Scriptures.

“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
Psalm 23:4 | King James Version

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Consider One Another

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As this Series has been in the developing stages, so many things have come to mind – some of which have been good things and other which have not been such good as I’d like. The statement which came to mind over and over again in the study and preparation time is the following:

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The blue words (consider one another) are taken from the Scriptures in Hebrews 10:24, although those weren’t the first words originally started with for this Series. With careful review, the “Be of Good Courage” turned into something different – which settled me on the “consider one another”. That original verse of Scripture is important for us to review, to examine while it may not be first, it is a VERY important to be included – it follows:

“They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.”
Isaiah 41:6 | King James Version

The challenge for me is the consideration of distance – everyone helped his neighbor with the admonishing of “Be of good courage” – right where they were. Unfortunately as a society at large, we are removed from the focus on family, friends and neighbors like we were when I was a kid – for they were our society, in rural Kentucky (USA). Now we travel so much to get where we are going and the people we spend time with are often more miles apart than we may realize.

The second thought about the verse in this preliminary image for this Series are the black lettered words “meeting together” & “encouraging” – which is to be applied to all that we are around to form the complete action of:

consider meeting together, one encouraging another

We should think about, focus on and take time to pray for those people we are around and what impact our lives are making on them, their family and the relationship they have with Christ. That should ring true whether that is at our homes, at the grocery store, at work, at play, at church… We can have that “consider” factor, which I’m challenged to remember will come about from our Relationship with our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. The more like Him we become, the more consideration we will have for those around us and the time we spend with them.

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We will, almost by not even noticing it because of how natural it will come, experience the way we “consider” others as Christ would have us do so by having that right Relationship with Him. Let us look at that verse again:

“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:”
Hebrews 10:24 | King James Version

By our focus on others, we could actually be the catalyst for others showing love and doing things which are good works as unto the Lord! That little verse just became a BIG action item and a promising reward for us doing what we ought to do. Oh what a tender love we can have towards those who may just need to have someone spend a little time with them and who is willing to share with them how the Holy Spirit has worked in us to do something for others for God’s Glory and to Lift Up Christ.

Consider these thoughts from eleven (11) wonderful verses of Scripture:

  1. Consider One Another
  2. The Profession of our Faith
  3. Exhorting One Another
  4. Be of Good Courage
  5. Edify One Another
  6. Serve With My Spirit
  7. Take Heed
  8. Exhort One Another
  9. Have a Good Reward
  10. Grace Be To You
  11. Blessed Be God

We have the opportunity and responsibility to Encourage others beyond the world’s definition of self-esteem and believing in one’s self – you and I have not only the Word of God, but access into the very Throne Room of Heaven to the Author of Faith, the One who Paid for us to have it and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to guide us. Consider One Another, by Meeting Together and Encouraging!

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Renewing Of The Inner Man

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Over the years have heard so many times about folks who are just “worn out” or get “burned out” on the ministry, but rarely does that phrase get applied to a mass group of folks who really exhibit the tendency. Those people are “Christians” in general if you will, who may have never really gotten plugged in to a solid body of Believers. You and I may see or hear of it as many things, including the following:

  • Just don’t have time to read the Bible with all my other stuff
  • Might as well not read that old thing, don’t understand it anyway
  • Got Saved, I’m Good and have my ticket
  • We use to go when we had more time
  • Getting everyone up and ready so early on Sunday is just too much
  • After the kids were up and grown, we didn’t see the need
  • Who needs that stuff, we are doing just as well as anyone that goes to that church

How many more could we add to the list – certain there would be pages… What all of those have in common, is all of them are outward appearances, not an inward inspection. In order to “Renew”, there must be something that is used to refresh, restore and reactivate from the inside so it SHOWS up on the outside. It is a process of Encouragement and being changed by the inner working of the Holy Spirit through God’s Word. It is the process of edification and understanding what God the Father has for us, what the Lord Jesus Christ Redeemed us to have the opportunity to be and what the Holy Spirit guides as we are being each day.

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Enlightenment | The Most Dangerous Burning Out

Some folks would think that the word “Edification” and “Enlightenment” mean the same thing. They are NOT anywhere close on the spectrum of meaning of the renewal process. In Buddhism, it is the “awakening to ultimate truth by which man is freed from the endless cycle of personal reincarnations”. For Hinduism, it is the state of transcendent divine experience – the ultimate goal of all religion. Philosophically, it was started as a moment stressing the importance of reason, innovations and the critical re-appraising of existing ideas and social institutions of the times. Edification is more tightly aligned with Spiritual improvement and learning based upon teaching from God’s Word.

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While there were positive things borne out of the Enlightening times, which would include the propagation of the Word of God to the world, the focus was mainly centered on the individual, while removing the Bible. It is amazing to me that folks will do more for a “religion” in the many steps required, but do not consider that what the Lord really wants is a Relationship than a followship. To boot, He gives us all the Instructions and Tools to make it happen – the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, Spiritual Gifts and Talents.

  • The closer we walk with Him, the more we will talk to Him.
  • The more we talk to Him, the more we will be like Him.
  • The more we are like Him, the renewal process becomes a daily part of our lives.

Just a little talk with Jesus… made me whole… makes it right… We indeed an be Renewed Day By Day.  Here are the titles of the nine (9) prints for this Series:

Renewing Of The Inner Man Titles

  1. Day By Day
  2. In Earthen Vessels
  3. Not Destroyed
  4. By His Spirit
  5. Delight In The Law
  6. Shall Be The Covenant
  7. The Candle Of The Lord
  8. Thy Salvation
  9. To The Heart

Refreshing to know that while we may wear out on the outside and even be weary, our Spirit can be refreshed daily and we can walk, talk, do for the Lord as He provides – always…

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His Way Always

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It May Have Started In German…

But We Have the Opportunity in Our Own Language to See How Our Footsteps are Ordered, What Wisdom Chooses, Where Blessings Can be Ours & Who Directs Them By Grace!

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This is one of those Series where the interest for me is VERY time consuming and profitable.  My Dad’s side of the family background is German and has a rich history in the Moravian faith/religion so to speak, so this opportunity to research a German who knew how to get in touch with the LORD was a welcome one!  A man who definitely loved the Lord and did something that many, if not most, musicians of today cannot even do — he wrote metered music, when there wasn’t a meter to use!!!

Commit Whatever Grieves Thee

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Directing Paths

Paul Gerhardt was a very unassuming man, who even in death was not famous during his day by any means, but his basis for his writing of hymns and poetry was the Word of God.  We today must keep in mind that we have the King James Version Bible in our possession, where it was just being printed in his day – where we have the proliferation of many translations and editions in our day, which are readily available to the vast majority of people who are reading this.

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One of the most important things that can be said about the man is that he knew the Old Testament was THE foretelling of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, he understood who the person of Christ was for each of us and that his writing and music were based upon Scripture.  Just as his paths were being directed, we should realize likewise so are ours – it is the reason that Scripture has been used in this Series BEFORE his published work is shared…  Here is this first verse of the piece (Commit Whatever Grieves Thee) used in this Series:

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Four Verses

There are four distinct verses to this poem/hymn, each of which a verse of Scripture has been applied:

  1. Direct your footsteps | Direct thy paths… Proverbs 3:6 | KJV
  2. According to His counsel | Walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly… Psalm 1:1 | KJV
  3. His hand is never shortened | The LORD’s hand is not shortened… Isaiah 59:1 | KJV
  4. By the Grace He Sends | That it might be by Grace… Romans 4:16 | KJV

What Will Others Say?

When our lives are over and done with, what will others have to say about us?  Will our lives have pointed to the One who makes the only Eternal difference in our lives, or possibly something shorter than Him?  Gerhardt has over 400 years worth of his life pointing to the Saviour and still has over 90 hymns in different hymnals that are still being sung today!  His legacy was not understood at the time that he passed from time into Eternity, but we can clearly see Who his attention was focused upon by taking a look at Who he spent his time.

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Then FAITH Came

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This EXACT one was just what was needed when this book I’d been delaying was picked up, as this was one of the things that had been a personal struggle for weeks before being admitted to the hospital to attempt to shut down a raging episodic Cluster Headache cycle.  What if this one didn’t work?  How much more money would we have to spend over the next however long to get it quieted down – we’d just payed off the treatment two and one-half years ago which stopped working LONG ago.  Then the following statement rang my bell so to speak:

“A Christian who is walking in the flesh never has the right spirit. He is quenching the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and is unable to know the Victory that the Holy Spirit brings over fear.” Dr. Paul W. Chappell

Ok, maybe it was a gong hammer, a REALLY large one – that was NOT seen coming…  Then no sooner than I’d read that a couple of times over to make sure my eyes were getting that to my brain, here comes the next one:

“We need a spirit that holds fast to God’s Promises and claims His Power.” Dr. Paul W. Chappell

What about MY spirit?  It was critical to me to understand that the RIGHT spirit was shown to the people that would be around me, interacting with me and visiting me such that they would KNOW without one doubt WHO was in control of me – even under duress and powerful drug therapy.  It was my FIRST priority to make sure that my representation was RIGHT, for that would cause everything else to fall right in line.

Right there on the page – something SO profound, which I’d missed in a manner of speaking until I’d had the time to THANK my Heavenly Father for being SO GOOD to me and for my Lord and Saviour for letting me be the right kind of witness:

“I prayed for Faith and it never come, but when I read the Word of God then Faith came.” C. H. Spurgeon

Look at the word at the end of “it never come” – that is a total, all inclusive arrival – because it was asked for in a complete package – notice it never come, which is the proper use of that word.  Even though it looks odd, it is correct – most people would try to correct it, but I assure you with personal experience – it is correct.

There are times, maybe more than any of us would like to admit readily, when we ask for “everything” to come at once, not realizing that the package doesn’t always work like that – I’d even go so far as to say, it RARELY EVER works like that.  Spurgeon said that he “prayed for Faith” – wrong thing to pray for…  Help my unbelief, as in Mark 9:24, when the father of the young child cried out:

“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” Mark 9:24 | King James Version

We may even pray to increase our faith, as the Apostles did in Luke 17:5:

“And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.” Luke 17:5 | King James Version

Notice what just happened???  How have I personally tried to convince you that Faith is NOT what to pray for?  I’ve done nothing other than GIVE you what GOD had GIVEN us – HIS WORD, the Scriptures.  It is NOT my words that will convince you, nor were they what convinced Spurgeon those many years ago – it was the Holy Word, God’s Holy Word – the rock which we base our Faith.

When Spurgeon “read the Word of God”, then and ONLY “then Faith came” to him.  Just as he needed it, just as he read it, all the way God designed for it to be given – by the intake of His Word into our hearts and minds.

Faith is what you GET when you SPEND TIME in GOD’s WORD.

Statements

The following are the eleven (11) verses taken from the book verses which Dr. Paul W. Chappell shared and a few that have been added in Bible study proving what Spurgeon wrote in his statement about Faith.

  1. Faith Strengthened
  2. Claim The Promises
  3. Struggling with Insufficiency
  4. Struggling with Inadequacy
  5. Fear of Tomorrow
  6. Fear of Failure
  7. Fear of Rejection
  8. Fear of Loneliness
  9. Fear of Exhaustion
  10. Fear Itself
  11. Be Renewed

It is my HOPE and PRAYER that you will be just as convinced as I am – it IS God’s Word after all that is being given you and I – that we have the AWESOME privilege to have in our hands to gain Faith by reading, hearing, listening to and having the Holy Spirit help us with in our very own lives!  Whew – that is SOMETHING to BE excited about!

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