Date: 5/14/2015 07:46 - Subscribe

LORD, I put my trust in you today. You are my
security and protection, my shield, my fortress,
and my hiding place, and I praise you. When
enemies surround me and troubles multiply,
help me to remember that you are ever faithful
and that you surround and protect me, both
now and forever. In Jesus Name Amen
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Date: 5/11/2015 07:19 - Subscribe

The land of Israel

O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause
you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land
of Israel. Ezekiel 37:12 NLT

Birth of a Nation

In 63 B.C. the Roman armies invaded the land of Israel
and made it part of the Roman Empire. Then Jesus came,
and in response to the Jews' rejection of him as their
Messiah, he predicted that the Jewish temple would be
completely destroyed (Luke 21:6), a prediction fulfilled in
A.D. 70. After a second revolt in A.D. 135, no Jews lived
in Jerusalem, and they became scattered through the

Then in the late 1800s, in response to anti-Semitism,
particularly in eastern Europe, a Jewish movement called
Zionism arose. In 1917 in an attempt to win Jewish
support for World War I, England issued the Balfour
Declaration, supporting the creation "in Palestine of a
national home for the Jewish people."

Following War World II, Britain turned the matter of a
Jewish state to the newly created U.N., which voted on
November 29, 1947 to endorse a plan to create separate
Jewish and Arab states, with Jerusalem as an
international zone.

The British Mandate was scheduled to end on May 15,
1948, at which time their troops would begin leaving. The
day before, a historic meeting was held in Tel Aviv. At
exactly 4:00 p.m. the meeting was called to order by
David Ben-Gurion. The audience rose and sang "Hatikvah,"
the Israeli national anthem. Then Ben-Gurion read in
Hebrew Israel's Declaration of Independence. Everyone in
the audience stood to their feet and applauded, many with
tears streaming down their faces. For the first time in two
thousand years there was an independent Jewish state of

The very existence of present-day Israel is a reminder to
us of God's faithfulness in keeping his promises.
(Ezekiel 37:1-13)

Adapted from The One Year® Book of Christian History by
E. Michael and Sharon Rusten (Tyndale, 2003),

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Date: 5/10/2015 09:42 - Subscribe
Mood: love

"A Greater Love"

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should
be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the
world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1

All of us have watched professional sports.

It doesn't matter if it's hockey, football, baseball or championship
chess, when the cameras zoom in on the winner, he or she will
stop whatever he or she is doing, hold up an index finger, and
say, "Number one." If the camera stays on them for a second or
two longer, they will mouth the words, "Hi, mom!"

Why is it always mom who comes to these players' minds at
the moment of success? Why not, "Hi, wife!" or "Hi, kids!" or
"Hi, dad!" or even, "Hi, college coach that brought me to this
point where I'm making a gazillion dollars"?

Why do they always say hello to mom?

Like the rest of us, these athletes know their mothers are
standing behind them. Indeed, a person can commit an
unspeakable crime and everyone will abandon him -- everybody --
except for Mom.

Look at Mary, Jesus' mother. As the Savior was dying to take
away the sins of humankind, almost everybody else had deserted
Him. Embarrassed or frightened, most friends had fled from His
side. But Mary, the Lord's mother, stayed at the foot of the cross
(see John 19:25).

It's Mother's Day and it's right we celebrate it. But what is it we
celebrate this Mother's Day? Is Mother's Day merely a time to
give thanks for a biological individual who struggled and suffered
through her children's sins, stunts and shenanigans?

The church, Christ's church, says, "No!"

The church, Christ's church, says, we rejoice in Christian mothers
who, with love, write on the hearts of their children what the rough
hand of the world cannot erase. In doing so, we remember birth
mothers, adoptive mothers, and mothers who never had a child to
call their own. We remember all who found it within themselves to
speak to the little ones of the Lord's gracious love.

We remember those who have shared how God's Son experienced
the ultimate loneliness so our sons, our daughters might never be
alone; how God's Son suffered so our children would never have to
suffer eternally; how God's Son laid down His life so our sons and
daughters might live. Most importantly, they told how God's Son
rose so our sons and daughters might have life. God's Son rose so
all who believe in Jesus as their suffering Substitute, their victorious
Friend, their living Lord, will live forever.

Dear mothers, look into your cribs and cradles. Look at your young
children, your teens, your young adults, your children, with families
of their own. Look at your grandchildren growing up in a different world
than we could ever have imagined.

Look at them. Do you love them?

Of course, you do! You've laid down your lives for them, but God loves
them with a greater, a deeper, longer- lasting love than yours. How
great is the love the Father has lavished on us. His is a love so great
that His Son died so we might be called children of God.


Dear Lord, for those women who have loved us and sacrificed
themselves for us, we give thanks. May their love remind us of the
Savior's love, and their sacrifice of His. This we pray in Jesus' Name.

Pastor Klaus

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Date: 5/10/2015 07:03 - Subscribe


I give you a new commandment, that you love one
another. Just as I have loved you, you also should
love one another.
John 13:34


The beginning of love is the will to let those we love
be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist
them to fit our own image.
Thomas Merton


Lord, you show us the same compassion and
commitment that a mother has for her tiny child.
Teach us to care so completely. Show us how to
delight in serving with the same joy you show in
nurturing our creation. Amen.
Common Prayer

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Date: 5/07/2015 07:27 - Subscribe

Proverbs 24:16 we read, “for though the righteous fall
seven times, they rise again

The verse doesn’t say that the righteous get up again;
rather the language is very precise when it specifies
that the righteous rise again. This teaches us that not
only do the righteous get up after failure, but they rise
to new heights. They are greater than they were before
they fell in the first place.

We keep pushing forward even when we fail. It’s only
through perseverance and pressing on that we are able
to reach our goals. From every failure, we get smarter;
from every fall, we can rise higher.Consider the following:
Babe Ruth, who held the world record for the most
home runs also struck out 1,330 times. Michael Jordan,
one of the greatest basketball stars of our times, was
cut from his tenth-grade basketball team. Abraham
Lincoln lost eight elections, failed at two businesses,
and suffered a nervous breakdown before he was elected
president of the United States; now he is considered
one of the greatest presidents in American history. The
list goes on and on


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