“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” -1 Peter 1:3-5
“When you start praising God, it changes your focus and outlook.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon from 1 Peter 1:3-5)
“Be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all the day.” -Psalm 86:3
We need to be in a constant state of prayer, constantly talking to the Lord, bringing requests before the Lord, and praising Him all day long. -Steve Dawson
(excerpt from Sunday Evening sermon from Psalm 86)
“And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the Lord.” -Leviticus 4:7
The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood of the great sacrifice. This it is which makes all our worship acceptable with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our homage.
It is well for us to fix our eyes upon the blood of the one offering for sin. Sin mingles even with our holy things, and our best repentance, faith, prayer, and thanksgiving could not be received of God were it not for the merit of the atoning sacrifice. Many sneer at “the blood”; but to us it is the foundation of comfort and hope. That which is on the horns of the altar is meant to be prominently before our eyes when we draw near to God. The blood gives strength to prayer, and hence it is on the altar’s horns. It is “before the Lord,” and therefore it ought to be before us. It is on the altar before we bring the incense; it is there to sanctify our offerings and gifts.
Come, let us pray with confidence, since the Victim is offered, the merit has been pleaded, the blood is within the veil, and the prayers of believers must be sweet unto the Lord.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon]
- Sandy Crank’s brother Ronnie (Brenda’s relative)- in hospital past couple of days
- Pat (Brenda)- mosquito bite last summer messed with her brain; went home from Cardinal Hill yesterday; not saved
- Steve D.- recovering well
- Chandler- sick
- Conner- temperature is back up
- Brenda’s van problems
- Nikki’s cousins- eyes of their heart are being opened to the Gospel
- Nikki- laprascopic exploratory surgery Mar. 20
- Shawn & Crystal
- Hardens- flu bug
- Ron- not feeling well
- Helen- exhausted
- Harry- waiting on test results
- Sammie- croup
- Tommy- spiritual
- West Jessamine High School- student died of MRSA
- Sherry- unspoken
- Erica (Chris & Caitlin’s 2nd cousin)- brain damage after four-wheeler flipped; Nashville
- Mike & Pam Anderson
- Odali & Kathy Barros (A&O Home)
- Nathan Radford- prison annex
♫Harry and Beath ended up having a great, encouraging day at the doctor’s office!
♫Sarah got a really good report from her doctor’s appointment Tuesday!
♫Steve D. has had some really good opportunities to share the Gospel with a builder!