Go into all the world and preach the good news  to all creation.     Mark 16:15 (NIV)
GOD's W.I.T. 2001 Issues God's Words Is Truth
 

January

13 Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

Ephesians 3:16-19.   Table of Contents:  

Devotion (Spiritual Growth)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

Juanita Pike - Just  For You and Me God

  devotion spiritual growth

    As soon as you begin to live the life of faith in God, fascinating and physically gratifying possibilities will open up before you.  These things are yours by right, but if you are living the life of faith you will exercise your right to waive your rights, and let God make your choice for you.

    Whenever our right becomes the guiding factor of our lives, it dulls our spiritual insight.  The greatest enemy of the life of faith in God is not sin, but good choices which are not quite good enough. 

   Many of us do not continue to grow spiritually because we prefer to choose on the basis of our rights, instead of relying on God to make the choice for us.  We have to learn to walk according to the standard  which has its eyes focused on God.  And God says to us, as he did to Abram, . . . walk before me . . .” (Genesis 17:1). 

Derivational Thoughts for on Spiritual Growth by Oswald Chambers Bible Questions  

Spiritual Awakenings Spiritual awakenings may involve and individual or a nation.  Match the event that inspired and awakening and the person involved.

Escape at the Red Sea Restoring of the ark Discovery of a scroll Return to Jerusalem Pentecost Moving of the ark End of suffering Birth of Jesus After healing A birth foretold Conversion of Gentiles The disciples (Acts 2) David (1 Chronicles 16:1-4) Mary (Luke 1:26-33) A lame man (Acts 3:8-9) Moses (Exodus 14:16-23) Josiah 92Kings 22) Job (Ob 42:1-6) Samuel (1 Samuel 6:1-21) Shepherds (Luke 2:18) Peter (Acts 11:15-19) Nehemiah (Nehemiah 8:1-18) Memory Verses

And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day when Christ Jesus comes back again.

Philippians 1:6 

The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction.

Lamentations 3:22 

. . . love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

Words for ThoughT   

What God requires God Provides 

In Prayer, God hears more than just words – H listen to your heart. 

Living for Jesus is not part-time job. 

A Christian on fire for God will draw others to the light. 

He is truly wise who submits to God’s Wisdom. 

It’s never too soon to invest in eternity. 

Those who walk with God always find closer at hand. 

To accept Gods will is to experience God’s peace. Read the Bible in a Year  

“The Bible is the Best TV Guide! 

The Bible is God’s Word to us

  Still fresh through all the ages;

And if we read it we will find

 God’s wisdom in it pages  -  Sper   

January 2001:  Genesis 1-50, Job 1-42, Exodus 1-13

Poem

My strength is My Lord

So restful is the evening time

  When my busy day is done

I think about the years gone by

  And those that are to come 

My precious Lord will guide me

  Tho the years sometimes seem long

I’ll never falter from His path

  He will keep me from all wrong 

Until the day that’s sure to come

  When I’m standing at His side

My faith will keep me going

  For I know I’ll never die. 

                          Albert N. Theel Just You and Me God

 BY JUANITA PIKE   

I  have a little sign on top of my computer that says "Lord , help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today , that You and I can't handle" .

We are soon entering a new year , 2001 . As God's people and as a nation , it is unknown land . We have not passed this way before . But as God's people , we know whatever the year holds , it is us and our God . Others can pray for us and with us , encourage us , but at the end of the day , it is just us and God .

Noah was chosen in his generation to do a work for God . God saw a righteous man in a wicked world.  God still sees the righteous in a wicked world . It is them and their God against the wickedness of the world .  Genesis  6 - 8

Abraham sought God not to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah . God said "if you find some righteous , I will not destroy the cities" . Abraham was an intercessor for the wicked cities , just him and God .  Genesis 18

Even though God sent Hagar into the wilderness , His eye was upon her and Ishmael . Genesis 16 : 10 - 11 . Friend , you may think you are in a wilderness , but remember God's eye is watching over you .

You are not alone , He knows all that is happening in your life . The weeping of a broken and troubled spirit , He knows . His eye was upon Israel for 40 years in the wilderness . Genesis 21 Exodus 14

Abraham was alone when God saw he was willing to give his all to God . Many have made vows in the presence of man and never carried them out . It is the vows we make in the Holy Presence of our God , alone and in the secret place of prayer and fellowship with Him , that truly counts . This is what He remembers about our vows . Ecclesiastes 5   Joseph like Job , had things happen to him , that they did not understand . But we know from God's Word , He was working in their lives . We as Blood Washed Saints of God , are not our own , we have

been bought with a price no man can count . All God is wanting to hear is "yes Lord , just You and me" .

Moses was chosen for a task that only could be guided by God . Moses had no one to lean on , but God . It was Moses and God , and that was enough .

Joshua had some big shoes to fill when he was called by God . When there was sin in the camp, Joshua went before God for an answer . Just him and his God , Joshua 7.

When all was saying "it is impossible" , Caleb stood and said "it is You and me God" . God had promised and Caleb believed Him . It is God's Word in our spirit that counts , Joshua 14.  A warrior stood his ground and he and God won the victory , 1 Samuel 23 : 8 - 12 .  It is you and God alone in every battle . He has given us "battle gear" , Ephesians 6 . It is faith in God that puts that "battle gear"

into action . A faith that holds fast in the midst of ever battle , saying "it is just You and me God" .

Hannah , sought God for herself . Man did not understand her , but her God did . Man is not always merciful when needs are breaking the heart , for they cannot always understand . But friend , we have a God that is merciful in whatever need we have . She sought God alone , just her and her God . 1 Samuel 1

Then there is Ruth , Nehemiah , Esther , Elijah , Hezekiah , David , Daniel , 3 Hebrews and many more . They had one thing in common , they bowed before their God , just them and Him .

In Acts , we see people in the upper room getting a fresh revelation of Jesus and was filled with the promise of the Father , the Holy Spirit , Acts 1 - 2. They feared nothing , they knew their God . It was them and their God against the evils of the world . Those people were not religious , they had come face to face with their God . Just them and their living God .

Paul knew what it was to bow before his God in all kinds of trouble . He received revelations that feed the Body of Christ today . All because he and God got together by the Holy Spirit . We must remember, these Saints of God in the past , was flesh and blood as we are . They knew that in all they did , it was them and their God .

At my spiritual birth , it was "Me and my God"

At my death , it will be "Me and my God"

At the judgment , it will be "Me and my God"

                Juanita Pike

                Anchor For Life Ministry


FEBRUARY

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful apart from me.5  “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.  John 15:4-5.

Table of Contents:  

Devotion (Commitment)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

DEVOTION 

COMMITMENT

The pressure of hard places makes us value life. Every time our life is given back to us from such a trial, it is like a new beginning, and we learn better how much it is worth, a make more of it for God and man.  The pressure helps us to understand the trials of others, and fits us to help and sympathize with them.

    There is a shallow, superficial nature, that gets hold of a theory or a promise lightly and talks very glibly about the distrust of those who shrink from every trial; but the man or woman who has suffered much never does this, but is very tender and gentle, and knows what suffering really means. 

    Trials and hard places are needed to press us forward, even as the furnace fires press us forward, even as the furnace fires in the hold of that mighty ship give force that moves the piston, drives the engine, and propels that great vessel across the sea in the face of the winds and waves. 

Derivational Thoughts for on Commitment by A.B Simpson    H

For further studies on Commitment read: 

Matthew 10: 27-42

Colossians 3: 23-24

2 Corinthians 4: 8-10 Bible Questions  

Commands Commands are a part of living.  Match each command with the person it was given. 

“Come forth.” “Get thee out of thy country.” “Get thee behind me.” “Of the fruit of the tree . . . ye shall not eat” “Put off thy shoes.” “Feed my sheep.” “Go and sell that thou hast.” “Arise, go to Nineveh.” “Go and wash in Jordan seven times.” “Come over into Macedonia, and help us.” “Take now . . . thine only son. . and offer him.” Naaman (2 Kings 5:9-10) Moses (Ex. 3:5) Lazarus (John 11:43) Jonah (Jonah 1:1-2) Paul (Acts 16:9) Abram (Gen. 12:1) Rich Young Ruler (Matt. 19:21-22) Abraham (Gen. 22:1-2) Satan (Matt. 16:23) Eve (Gen. 3:3) Simon Peter (John 21:16) Memory Verses

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1 (KJV) 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding

Proverbs 3:5 

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;  24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (KJV)

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

Words for Thought    

One little act of kindness can have multiple results.

Money is a good servant , but poor a master. 

Keep your eyes on the Lord – He never takes His eyes off you.

Time spent with the Lord is time well spent.

In changing world you can trust God’s unchanging word.

The more we serve Christ, the less we will serve self.

Failure is never final for those who begin again with God.

Read the Bible in a Year  

“The Bible is the Best TV Guide! 

The Bible is God’s Word to us

  Still fresh through all the ages;

And if we read it we will find

 God’s wisdom in it pages  -  Sper   

February  2001 

Genesis 1-50, Job 1-42, Exodus 1-13 Poem

My strength is My Lord

So restful is the evening time

  When my busy day is done

I think about the years gone by

  And those that are to come 

My precious Lord will guide me

  Tho the years sometimes seem long

I’ll never falter from His path

  He will keep me from all wrong 

Until the day that’s sure to come

  When I’m standing at His side

My faith will keep me going

  For I know I’ll never die. 

                          Albert N. Theel Drawing Spirit  

by Juanita Pike

    John 12 : 32 If I be lifted up from earth , I will draw all men unto Me .  I heard a statement that has troubled me very much . A person said "if I am in a gathering and I hear someone say "I am a Christian" , this person said "I will excuse myself from that gathering" . The question is "Why" ? They replied "I have seen arrogance and self righteousness among those who claim to be Christians and I want no part of it" .

    This disturbed me and I asked the Holy Spirit for an answer . He quickly reminded me what Jesus said "if I be lifted up" . The Holy Spirit said "the only power that can draw souls to Jesus , is the Power of Divine Love" .    Just saying we believe in Jesus and expressing our beliefs , does not draw souls to Him . Jesus walked among mankind , teaching and doing the works of His Father . He came against a Pharisee spirit among religious folks . He came against those who had no belief at all .

    It was the Power of Divine Love He had that drew huge crowds . They came to hear Him teach and see the mighty works of God .  That Love was humble , merciful , compassionate , full of grace and forgiveness . It was that Power that drew souls to Jesus and it is still that only Power that will draw souls to Him in the 21st century .

    Those who have a "deep seated" experience in Jesus , can minister to souls without driving them away . Spiritual arrogance or an attitude of self-righteousness , is not God's Divine Love . I too have experienced a "holier than thou" spirit among folks that differ with me .

    I am a Child of God by the Blood of Jesus as stated in John 3 : 5 - 8 . The in filling of the Holy Spirit as promised in Acts 1 and full filled in Acts 2 . Which is not a church doctrine but an experience with a Living God . I speak with what some call an unknown tongue , but it is only unknown by man . The Father , Son and the Holy Spirit knows the spirit language well . I have the Word of God alive in my spirit and it keeps me day by day . It is the Blood of Jesus that redeems a soul .

    I know that all believers do not embrace this belief . I have not , nor will I ever tell others "I am right and you are wrong" . That is the ministry of the Holy Spirit of God to reveal the Truth . I have no power to get inside the spirit of mankind to plant the Word of God , but He does . Jesus sat down with what mankind considers the worse sinners . He never attacked those who differed with His teaching . He did what the Father instructed Him to do , all in the Divine Love of God .

    I feel so deeply about how we minister to a lost and dying world . May the spirit of God show us this , "IT IS NOT what we say BUT it is WHAT the Spirit of God says through us, that counts" . It is the Love of God in a redeemed vessel  that draws souls to Jesus .

    There was a minister that got up to preach and a weeping spirit came over Him . He laid his head on the Bible and wept in the Spirit and the altar was filled with people , with all kinds of needs . The drawing Power of God's Love used him for God's Glory . God needed no human voice to speak for Him , all He needed was a broken spirit .

    The Spirit of God taught me many years ago , hardness is not holiness , nor is the Divine Love of God weakness . God's People have within their spiritual reach , a Power that can turn the world upside down and a church upside down . A soft , tender and loving spirit will cause souls to want Him , the King of Kings , Jesus Christ .

    There will always be those who disagree in the family of God just like there is disagreement in the natural family . But we must teach , preach and minister our "deep seated" beliefs in the Power of God's Love . Then souls will be drawn to Him and those who never come to Him as their Savior , cannot say "no one showed me the Divine Love of God" . Please read and reread 1 Corinthians 13 .

            Juanita Pike

            Anchor For Life Ministry

   


          

MARCH

See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The Lord GOD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

 Table of Contents:  

Devotion (Trust)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

 

DEVOTION

 TRUST

There are secrets of providence, which God’s dear children may learn.  His dealings with them often seem, to the outward eye, dark and terrible.  Faith looks deeper and says, “This is God’s secret.  You look only on the outside; I can look deeper and see the hidden meaning.”  

    Sometimes diamonds are done up in rough packages, so that their value cannot be seen.  When the tabernacle was built in the wilderness there was nothing rich in its outside appearance.  The costly things were all within, and its outward covering of rough badger skin gave no hint of the valuable things, which it contained.  

   God may send you, dear friends, some costly packages.  Do not worry if they are done up in rough wrapping.  You may be sure there are treasures of love, and kindness and wisdom hidden within.  If we take what He sends, and trust Him for the goodness in it, even in the dark, we shall learn the meaning of the secrets of providence.  

Derivational Thoughts for on Commitment by A.B Simpson 

One Moment  -  Please

 That awful moment of truth is when we are confronted with facts, which we have tried to, but no longer can, deny.  For instance:  life is short and we fail to lengthen it.  Death is sure and we fail to avoid it.  Sin, the cause, and we fail to overcome it.  Christ , the cure, and we fail to accept it.  To avoid that awful moment of truth, make this moment a moment of triumph.  If you accept the cure, you will be forgiven your sin; you will have eternal life.  “the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”  (Romans 6:23)

Face that  moment of truth now. 

Unknown Author

Have a blessed month. 

For further studies on Commitment read: 

Matthew 10: 27-42

Colossians 3: 23-24

2 Corinthians 4: 8-10 MARCH Bible Questions  

“Who Touched Me?” Jesus asked, “Who touch me?’ (Mark 5:31)  People often physically touched him, and he touched them.  Can you identify who Jesus touched or Touched Jesus in the following descriptions? 

Who was the girl he took by the hand, bidding her to rise? He touched the fevered mother-in-law of which disciple? He touched a boy suffering from which disease? He touched (washed) the feet of the people in which group? What problem did the woman have who touched his garment? Whose ear did Jesus touch and heal? Who did Jesus take in his arms and bless? What other problem did the epileptic boy have? What problem did the woman have on whom Jesus laid his hands? Jesus touched these two men and cured which malady? MARCH Memory Verses

Don’t be troubled. You trust God, now trust in me

John 14:1 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6 

Offer proper sacrifices, and trust in the Lord.

Psalms 4:5 (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

MARCH Words for Thought    

For a Christ like walk keep  in step with Christ.      

When we put our cares in God’s hands He put His peace in our hearts. 

To show His love, Jesus died for us; to show our love, we must live for Him!     

Internal life is made possible by God’s internal love. 

In a world of empty superlatives God is the GREATEST!            Read the Bible in a Year  

“The Bible is the Best TV Guide! 

The Bible is God’s Word to us

  Still fresh through all the ages;

And if we read it we will find

 God’s wisdom in it pages  -  Sper   

March  2001:  Deuteronomy 4-34, Joshua 1-21, Judges 1-21, Ruth 1-4, 1Samuel 1-20

MARCH Poem

Nobody Walks Alone 

Oft’ times when the highway of life seems rough

         And all of your dreams have flown,

Just remember, wherever your road may go,

          Nobody walks alone. 

When everyone else has let you down

          And under sins you groan,

Just keep reminding you burdened heart,

          Nobody walks alone.   

Then suddenly you’ll feel His hand in yours,

          And His eyes lifting up your own,

And you’ll hear His gentle, forgiving voice:

           “Nobody walks alone”. . .        

                                                              Nick Kenny


APRIL

Always be joyful.  17 Keep on praying.  18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

Table of Contents:

Devotion (Prayer)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

 

DEVOTION 

PRAYER

Start spring out right; devote yourself to praying daily !    

Remember there certain laws that govern prayer first: 

1.     Prayer must be   done in Jesus’ name (John 14:13)

2.        In faith (Matthew 21:22)

3.        According to God’s will (1 John 5:14)

4.        With sincerity and earnestness (Matthew 7: 7-11)

5.        Sin in the heart is a hindrance to prayer (Psalms 66:18), as us disunity (1 Peter 3:7), and asking with wrong motives ( James 4:3) 

Second, God does use human instruments and means for healing: 

Luke was a physician . (Colossian 4:14) and Paul prescribed a means by which Timothy could find relief from stomach difficulties 1 (1 Timothy 5:23) Third , several in apostolic times were not miraculously healed.   

1.        Paul sought healing, but God was not please to grant it  (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

2.        Trophimus was not healed  (2 Timothy 4:20)

3.        When our Lord was at the pool of Bethesda, He chose to heal only one, though there was a multitude of sick and diseased people awaiting healing  (John 5:2-9) 

Fourth, God often allows sickness that through it He might be glorified.   

1.       That was the case with the blind man (John 9:3) and with the apostle Paul (2 Corinthians  12:9-10) 

I urge you today to start to take time out to pray.  Join a prayer group in your church, it is the most uplifting feeling when you pray for others in your church.  Or join a prayer ministry on the Internet such as Let Us Pray 4 U Ministry.  If you would like to join my prayer ministry, send me a email saying I would like to be a Prayer Warrior.  Send the request top  Mail To: letuspray4u@charter.net and I will add you to my list of  Prayer Warriors.  As soon as receive prayer I’ll send them to you.   I have been in prayer ministry for about 7 years now and I tell you that God has blessed me and my family in many ways.  So don’t delay another day without daily prayer.

You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. (John 14:13)

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”  (Matthew 21:22) 

And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will.  (1 John 5:14) 

7 “Keep on asking, and you will be given what you ask for. Keep on looking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened. 8For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And the door is opened to everyone who knocks. 9 You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? 10Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! 11If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.  (Matthew 7:7-11) 

If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened.  (Psalm 66:18) 

In the same way, you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat her with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. If you don’t treat her as you should, your prayers will not be heard.  (1 Peter 3:7) 

And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your whole motive is wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. (James 4:3) 

Dear Doctor Luke sends his greetings, and so does Demas. (Colossian 4:14) 

Don’t drink only water. You ought to drink a little wine for the sake of your stomach because you are sick so often. (1 Timothy 5:23) 

Erastus stayed at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletus.  (2 Timothy 4:20) 

Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6  When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”7“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get there, someone else always gets in ahead of me.”8 _ Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your sleeping mat, and walk!”  9Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up the mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath day.  (John 5:2-9) 

“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “He was born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.  (John 9:3) 

Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. 10  Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

APRIL Bible Questions  

  “Easter”

The first day of Jesus’ resurrection was a busy one.  Fill in the blanks about the first Easter with the proper persons.      

_______,________, and _______ were the first people to visit the tomb on Easter Sunday (Mark 16:1). __________ rolled back the stone and sat on it (Matthew 28:2). _______ told the two Mary’s to tell the disciples to got to Galilee and there they would see Jesus (Matthew 28:9). ________ were given money to say that the disciples had stolen Jesus’ body (Matthew 28:12-13). Jesus found __________ in the garden crying (Mark 16:9) ________ ran to the sepulcher to see if the women had spoken the truth about Jesus being alive (Luke 24:12) ________ outran Peter to the sepulcher (John 20:4) ________ mistook Jesus for the gardener (John 20:15) ________ and  another person walked with Jesus and did not know Him (Luke 24:18) Jesus found the frightened _______ in an upper room (John 20:19) ________ said unless he could see and touch Jesus, he would not believe the news of His resurrection (John 20:25)  APRIL Memory Ve rses  

Always be joyful. 17 Keep on praying. 18 No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

They will neither hunger nor thirst. The searing sun and scorching desert winds will not reach them anymore. For the Lord in his mercy will lead them beside cool waters.

Isaiah 49:10 

. . . . “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

Jeremiah 31:3 (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

APRIL Words for Thought    

Nothing speaks more clearly of God’s love than the cross. 

To keep spiritually fit, walk daily with Christ. 

Faith in Christ is the only ticket to heaven. 

Give you all for Jesus, He gave all for you!!              Read the Bible in a Year  

“One truth from truth from the Bible is worth more than all wisdom of man!”   

April  2001:  1 Samuel 21 - 31, 2 Samuel 1 - 24, Psalms 1- 60

APRIL Poem  

The Time to Pray When the sun comes peeping o’er the hills

   To herald the approach of day,

And the silvery moon fades in the sky,

  Just then is the to pray.

Ere the toils of life come crowing in

  And the day speeds on in its flight,

The strength one finds when alone with God

  Is sufficient for the fight. 

So I’ll steal away while the day is young

  And bow at the Master’s feed.

I’ll ask for the grace He’ll give me

  To face each trial I’ll meet

He’ll fill my soul with peace and joy,

   A peace that I could not know

Apart from Jesus the Prince of Peace,

  As on through the day I go.

                                                Elnora Wilson


MAY

Come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us give a joyous shout to the rock of our salvation! 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving. Let us sing him psalms of praise. Psalms 95:1-2  

Table of Contents:  

Devotion (Joy)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem    

Juanita Pike (Turn It Over To The Lord)

 

DEVOTION

 JOY

The joy of the Lord is your strength.  Where do the saints get their joy?  If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens al all to bear.  But we must lift the veil from our eyes.  The fact that the peace, light, and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. 

The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and the burden.  No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates and inn invincibility.  If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out.  It is definitely a crime for a Christian to be weak in God’s strength.  

MAY Bible Questions  

“Laughter” Often laughter is better than medicine.  Answer each question about laughter in the Bible. 

1.       Where did people laugh at Jesus? (Mark 5:40)  

Who laughed when she was told she would have a child when she was past the childbearing age?  (Gen. 18:11-15) Who did Jesus say shall laugh?  (Luke 6:21) To whom did Isaiah say, “The virgin the daughter of Zion hath . . . laughed thee to scorn”?  (2 Kings 19:21) Who laughed at Nehemiah for rebuilding the Jerusalem wall?  (Neh. 2:19) Who laughed when told he would have a son when he was 100 years old?  (Gen. 17:17) Who said everyone who saw him laughed to scorn?  (Ps. 22:7) Who did Solomon say would laugh at calamiaty?  (Prov. 1:26) Who did David say the Lord would laugh at? (Ps. 37:12-13) Did the What preacher say was better than laughter?  (Eccl. 7:3) mAY  Memory Verses

You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.                                                                                                                                          

John 16:24                                                                                                                                                                                             

   “. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Nehemiah 8:10 

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Philippians 4:4

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

MAY Words for Thought    

For spiritual refreshment, drink from the fountain of GOD’S WORD 

In life and in death Christ is our hope. 

God uses waves of grail to draw us closer to Himself. 

Our sin is great – Gods’ grace is greater. 

When it seems you can’t for give, remember how much you’ve been forgiven. 

For joy that will last, always put Christ first. Read the Bible in a Year  

“One truth from truth from the Bible is worth more than all wisdom of man!”

May  2001:  Psalms 61-150, 1 King 1-4

MAY  Poem

The Joy Of Him 

If only I could share with you

The joy He brings to me,

For He has bound His heart to mine

To beat in harmony. 

Because I’ve learned to follow Him

In everything He asks,

He casts away my little fears

Makes easy all my tasks. 

I’ve learned from Him what I must know

To lived and hare each day,

The gifts of faith and hope and love

He yearns to give away. 

He talks with me, and sits with me

Near waters that are still,

He asks of me to bring Him souls

To carry out His will. Turn It Over To The Lord 

By  Juanita Pike

    Matthew 11 : 28 - 30  1 Peter 5 : 7 cast all your cares upon Him , for HE CARES FOR YOU!!!

There comes times in all our lives when we have loads of life that will either crush us or we will give them to the Lord . When we carry loads in the natural and it gets to be more than we can handle , we get someone to help us . So it is in the spiritual . When the loads of life begin to bury us spiritually , there is Someone who will help us . Jesus said "bring Me your broken spirit and I will wipe away the tears . I will pour Heavenly Oil and wine on your broken spirit and body" . Some of the loads of life

that can crush us , if we do not let God lift them .

                A. Sickness that seems to have no end . My husband had Alzheimer's for 7 years before I knew what I was dealing with . It worked very slow . God was faithful all those years , as well as the years after I found out what was wrong . So many times the load got so heavy , I would fall at Jesus feet and just weep . Then in His Mercy He would help me go a little further . Sickness is a load that makes us feel helpless , because we have no control over it .

                B. When children , for whatever reason cause us to have a heavy heart . The Holy Ghost will and has through the years lifted many a crushing load that Mom and Dad carried for their own . The loads will return , but Jesus will give relief each time , when we come to Him .

                C. Death will crush us with grief , when it enters our life . But then the Holy Ghost comes with God's Blanket of Mercy and lays it around our soul and spirit . Then a Peace , we cannot understand floods our soul and spirit .

                D. Homes carries heavy loads with all the responsibilities that come with keeping a home

up . But the load gets lighter when we embrace the promise in Matthew 6 : 25 - 34 .

    These thoughts came from the Holy Ghost as I took one of God's Own to His Throne . She is carrying a load for an aged parent . That child of God is Pat Hamilton . But the Holy Ghost let me know there are many carrying heavy loads . Why ? Because that is part of life . My Friends , God fully understands ever load you carry and will supply whatever you need to carry it . Just ask Him to help .

    Jesus is standing by to help you . I cannot tell you , in the years I walked in the "land of the unknown sickness and in the land of the known sickness" , that I cried out to Him . Many a time I have raised my hands and said "Jesus , I have carried this load as far as I can , please help me" . Some times the load gets so heavy and last so long that we run out of words to pray . That is when we get into a spirit of Praise and Worship . These two spiritual weapons are the most powerful we have and Satan does not know how to come against them , for they lead us into the Holy Presence of God .

    Pat and all others who are carrying heavy loads that are crushing you . Just lift your hands in Praise and Worship and He will "blow the Heavenly Wind of the Holy Ghost" under you "spiritual wings" and help you with your load . There is not a tear He has not seen . We may get weak , tired and worn but if we put our spirit in His Spirit , He will lift us above the load . 

 

Juanita Pike                

  Anchor For life Ministry

     


JUNE

My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, 3and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, 5then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. 6For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.  Proverbs 2:1-6 (NIV)

Table of Contents

Devotion (Wisdom)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

Juanita Pike (The Day I Learned to Pray)

 

DEVOTION 

WISDOM

Wherein does true wisdom consist?  Where I to ask some of you, perhaps you would say, true wisdom consisted in adding house to house, and field to field, and calling lands after their own names:  but this cannot be true wisdom; for riches often take to themselves wings, and fly away. 

Perhaps you place wisdom in the knowledge of books:  but learned men are not always wise.  To keep you therefore no longer in suspense, I will send you to a heathen to learn what true wisdom is:  “Know thyself,” was a saying of one of the wise men of Greece; this is certainly true wisdom, and this is that wisdom spoken of in (1 Corinthians 1:30), and which Jesus Christ is made to all elect sinners—they are made to know themselves, so as not to think more highly of themselves than they out to think.  Before, they were darkness; now, they are light in the Lord.  They now see that all their righteousness are but as filthy rags.  That there is no name given under heaven, whereby they can be saved, but that of Jesus Christ, thus Christ is made to them wisdom.

Derivational Thoughts for on Commitment by George Whitefield

JUNE Bible Questions  

Proverbial Saying in the Old Testament Many  proverbial sayings in the Old Testament have passed in our common language.  Can you distinguish these saying from other proverbial says, and identify the source of each one.

1.   "God save the king.”

2.      “ A man after his own heart.”

3.      “Possess you soul with patience.”

4.      “Set thine house in order.”

5.      “He that lies with the dogs, riseth with fleas.”

6.      “Man proposes, but God disposes.”

7.      “Lick the dust.”

8.      “We spend our years as a tale that is told.”

9.      “By hook or by crook.”

10  A softer answer turneth away wrath

JUNE  Memory Verses

24 _ “Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock. Matthew 7:24-25 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 _ Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.  _ Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Proverbs 3:5-7 

And this is what he says to all humanity: ‘the fear of the Lord is true wisdom; to forsake evil is real understanding.’”  Job 28:28

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

JUNE Words for Thought    

Because God’s Word is trustworthy, you Salvation is secure.      

Sin brings fear, confession brings freedom. 

Jesus gave His all to save us—are we giving our all to serve Him?    

 Worry can do a lot things to you, Prayer    can do a lot of things for you.          

Read the Bible in a Year  

June  2001:  Proverbs 1-31, Ecclesiates 1-12, Songs 1-8, 1 Kings 5-22, 2 Kings 1-29, Joel 1-3, Johan 1-4, Amos 1-9

jUNE Poem

God’s Gift

    It’s in the silence of the soul,

Where peace and wisdom stay,

  To guide us throuth the din and strife,

Confronting use each day. 

God placed this gift within us,

  With His loving Grace,

Knowing that we need His love,

  When trials of life we face. 

This strength will gently guide us,

  His love will see us through,

Releasing gifts of faith and hope

  To bear, what we must do. 

                                          Colette Fedor 

Guide me

in Your Truth and

teach me,

for You are God

my Savior . . .

Psalms 25:5

The Day I Learned To Pray    

                                                              Written by a inmate that has been behind the walls many years , due to what he said was “foolish choices” . But he found Jesus Christ there and he has a freedom in his soul and spirit that many on the outside are seeking for . This is not a message just to Jewel but God is speaking to all His own .

        One day , I woke early in the morning to watch the sunrise . Oh , the beauty of God’s creation is beyond description . I watched praising God for His beautiful work .

        Sitting there , I felt the Lord’s presence . He asked me “do you love Me” ? I answered, “of course You are my Lord and Savior” .Then He asked me “ if you were physically handicapped , would you still love Me” ?  I was perplexed . I looked at my arms , legs and the rest of my body and wondered how many things I wouldn’t be able to do . I answered “it would be tough Lord , but I would still love You” ?

        Then the Lord said “if you were blind would you still love My creation” ? How could I love something without being able to see it ? Then I though of all the blind people in the world and how many of them still loved God and His creation . I answered “it is hard to think of it , but I would still love You” .

        Then the Lord asked me “if you were deaf , would you still listen to My word” ? How could I listen to anything being deaf ? Then I understood , listening to God’s word is not merely using our ears but our hearts . I answered “it would be tough but I would listen to Your word” .

        Then the Lord asked “if you were mute , would you still praise My name” ? How could I praise Him without a voice ? Then it occurred to me , God wants us to sing from our hearts and souls . It doesn’t matter what we sound like , praising is not always with a song . When we are persecuted , we give God praise with our words of thanks .  So I answered “though I could not physically sing , I would still praise Your name” .

        Then the Lord asked “do you really love Me” ? With courage and a strong conviction , I answered boldly “yes Lord , I love You because You are the One true God” . I thought I had answered well . But God asked “WHY DO YOU STILL SIN” ?  I answered “because I am only human , I am not perfect” .  He said “THEN WHY IN TIMES OF PEACE DO YOU STRAY THE FURTHEST ? WHY ONLY IN TIMES OF TROUBLE DO YOU PRAY TO ME IN EARNEST” ?

No answer , only tears .

        Then the Lord commented “why only sing at fellowships and retreats” ? Why ask things so unfaithfully” ?  The tears continued to roll down my cheeks . “Why are you ashamed of Me” ? Why are you not preaching the good news” ? Why in times of persecution do you cry to others when I offer My shoulder to cry on” ? Why make excuses when I give you opportunities to serve in My name” ?

        I tried to answer , but there was no answer . “You are blessed with life . I did not create you to have you throw this gift away . I have revealed My word to you , but you did not gain knowledge . I have spoken to you but your ears were closed . I have shown My blessings to you but your eyes were turned away . I sent you servants but you sat idly by as they were pushed away . Yet , even so I heard and answered all your prayers . So again I ask “DO YOU TRULY LOVE ME” ?

        I could not answer , how could I ? I was embarrassed beyond belief . What could I say to this ? When my heart had cried and the tears flowed , I said “please forgive me Lord . I am unworthy to be Your child” ! The Lord answered “that is My grace , My child” .

        I asked “then why do you continue to forgive me” ? The Lord answered “because you are My creation . You are My child . I will never abandon you . When you cry , I will have compassion and cry with you . When you shout with joy , I will laugh with you . When you are tired , I will carry you . When you fall I will lift you up . I will be with you till the end of days and I will love you forever” .

        Never had I cried so hard . How could I have been so cold ? How could I have hurt God as I had done ? I then bowed at the feet of Jesus Christ , my Savior and for the first time , I truly prayed!!!!

 

                                                                        By   Jewel Coleman

                                                                    God’s Servant Behind The Walls

                                                                    This is written just as God gave it to him

            Juanita Pike

            Anchor For Life Ministry

             


JULY

 

Table of Contents:

Devotion (Faithfulness)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

Juanita Pike (The Last Word)

   

DEVOTION 

FAITHFULNESS

Want of trust is at the root of almost all our sins and our weaknesses.  How shall we escape it but by looking to him and observing his faithfulness?  The man who holds god’s faithfulness will not be fool - hardy or reckless, but he will be ready for every emergency.  Abraham held God’s faithfulness and offered up Isaac, “accounting  that God was able to raise him . . .the dead” (Hebrews 11:19, KJV).  Moses held God’s faithfulness and led the millions of Israel into the howling wilderness.  “And what shall I more say?  For the time would fail me to tell” of those who, holding God’s faithfulness, had faith and by it “subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises . . .  out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens” (11:33-34, KJV).  Satan, too, has his creed:  Doubt God’s faithfulness.  “Hath God said?  Are you not mistaken as to his commands?”  How constantly, and alas, how successfully are such arguments used to prevent wholehearted trust in God!  All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because they reckoned on his being with them. 

Derivational Thoughts for on Commitment by James Hudson Taylor JULY Bible Questions  

“Who Did It?" Human beings are busy creatures.  Match each person with what he did. 

1.       Name all the animals, Genesis 2:20

2.       Built an ark, Genesis 6:13-14, 22

3.       Prepared a meal for Jesus, Luke 10:40

4.       Introduced Paul to the Jerusalem church, Acts 9:27

5.       Was in business with her husband, Acts 18:2-3

6.       Stilled a storm, Mark 4:39

7.       Walked on water, Matthew 14:29

8.       Received a beautiful, Genesis 37:3

9.       Killed a giant, 1 Samuel 17:42-43

10.  Found a baby in a basket, Exodus 2:5

11.  Burned Jeremiah’s scroll, Jeremiah 36:20 

A.     Barnabas

B.     Jesus

C.    David

D.    Adam

E.     Jehoiakim

F.     Joseph

G.    Pharaoh’s daughter

H.     Noah

I.         Peter

J.      Priscilla

K.     Martha

JULY Memory Verses

He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong;

Deuteronomy 32:4 

If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny himself.

2 Timothy 2:13 

God, who calls you, is faithful; he will do this.

1 Thessalonians 5:24 (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

JULY Words for Thought    

Most often , falling into Sin is not a blowout but a slow leak!                 

 Nothing is more attractive that Christ likeness.

 Your can have tons of religion without an ounce of salvation.

 Lasting happiness doesn’t come from sunny days but from the Son of God.

 The church is a training center, not a country club.

Read the Bible in a Year  

When you open you Bible, Ask the author to open your heart! 

July 2001:  2 Kings 15-19, Hosea 1-14, Isaiah 1-66, Micah 1-7, Nahum 1-3 

JULY Poem

Take Time to Pray

There are those times I stumble,

 . . . Times I fear I’ve lost my way.

It is then I seek the Master,

It is then I stop to pray 

I know out father guides us;

If we listen He’ll convey

His comfort and compassion,

If we take time to pray.  

Look around you, see the beauty

And the love that fill each day –

Then if trouble comes, look upward,

Find a little time to pray.  

Marian Ford Park 

He leads the humble in what is right,

teaching them his way.

                          Psalms 25:9  

The Last Word

By  Juanita Pike  6 - 2001   

  You may be standing at a "red sea" in your life and all the powers of hell pushing at your back . Child of God , hold fast , God has the last word concerning any of our "red sea" experiences , Exodus 14 : 13 - 18 .

    You may feel you are "walled in" and cannot get out . Let me tell you , our God has the last word on "walls" . No matter what they are , God has the last word and will bring them down .

    You may be facing "rivers and fires" in life and may feel you are going to "drown or burn" . Child of God , God has the last word on that , Isaiah 43 : 2 .

    When religion hung Jesus on the cross and put Him in the tomb . He rose from the dead , God had the last word , John 20 . Jesus will live forever more , as promised and all who except Him as Savior will also live forever more , Revelation 1 : 18 .

    When Jesus walked among the people as God's Son , ministering to untold numbers of needs , God had the last word . He sent His Son to "work the works" of the Father , John 6 : 29 . John 10 : 25

John 14 : 12 .

    When Jesus promised He would return , John 14 : 1 - 6 also 1 Thess. 4 : 13 - 18 . God's word tells us there will be those who doubt the promise of His coming , 2 Peter 3 : 4 . Friend , God will have the last word , He will send Jesus again to gather the Bride of Christ and He will step on Mount Olive , at the Second Coming , Acts 1 : 10 - 11 .

    Man may not take prophecy serious , they may make plans just as they desire , but friend , God will have the last word in all the affairs of this world . What He has promised in His word , will come too pass and no man or power can stop the last word of God!!!

    We may pray many prayers and our faith may even waver . But God has promised to hear the cry of the human race , if it is for forgiveness or for help , Exodus 3 : 7 . He has the last word on our cry to Him .

    Hold fast to what God has promised , Revelation 3 : 11 , do not let go . Your living God is in control and He has the last word . So what ever may be happening in your life , when God says

"enough is enough" , the last word has been spoken . He knows where His own are and He knows the needs of each one . Remember His word is power and when He speaks , it takes over everything in our life . All we need to do is "hold fast to His promises" . Hebrew 4 : 12  Psalms 62 : 11 Isaiah 48 : 11 . God is not a man that He will lie , Numbers 23 : 19 .

    All will stand in judgment before God , Hebrew 9 : 27 . Sometimes we get so busy with living , we forget this is not eternity . We will stand before God and He will have the last word . He will speak to saints and sinners . To some He will say "enter in thou good and faithful servant" to others it will be

"depart from Me I never knew you" . Those words are the final words spoken by a Living God that done all in His power to draw mankind to Him , by His Son Jesus . In the end He will have the LAST WORD!!!          

 Juanita Pike

Anchor For life Ministry  


AUGUST

Table of Contents:

Devotion (Love)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

Juanita Pike (God Knows About You)

     

DEVOTION

 LOVE

 The law of love is good and sweet. It is not only borne lightly and easily, but it also makes bearable the laws which make men into slaves and hirelings.  It does not destroy them; it fulfills them.  As the Lord says, “I have not come to take away the law but to fulfill it” (Matthew 5:17).   It tempers the slave’s law and makes the hireling’s law orderly.  It lightens both.  For there will never be any love without fear but chaste love.  There will never be love without greed unless it is kept within bounds.  Therefore love fulfills the slave’s law when it overflows in devotion.  It fulfills the hireling’s law when it sets limits to greed. 

Greed is brought to order when love overshadows it and evils are condemned and what is better is preferred to what is merely good, and the good desired only for the sake of what is better.  When by the grace of God this is fully achieved, the body is loved, and all the goods of the body for the sake of the soul, and the goods of the soul for the sake of God, and God for his own sake.

Derivational Thoughts for on Love by Bernard of Clairvaux

Have a blessed month. 

“Loves” Match the person with the object of his or her love. 

1. Christ, Ephesians 5:25  

2. Father, Luke 15:20  

3.     God, John 3:16  

4.     Isaac, Genesis 27:1-4  

5.     Amnon, 2 Samuel 13:4  

6.     Young ruler, Matthew 19:22  

7.     Uzziah, 2 Chronicles 26: 1,10  

8.     Jacob, Genesis 29:18  

9.     Scribes, Mark 13:38  

10. Hosea, Hosea 3:1

 

Husbandry An adulteress Salutations Tamar World Rachel Savory meat Prodigal son Church Posessions            AUGUST Memory Verses

But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him

1 John 2:5 

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 (NIV) 

Do everything in love.

1 Corinthians 16:14 (NIV) (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

AUGUST Words for Thought    

If you’re too busy to pray, you’re to busy. 

The best way to know God’s will is to say ”I WILL” to God! 

If you know Christ, you always have a reason to Celebrate. 

A little encouragement can spark a great accomplishment. 

To fine the greatest in life, give your life to Christ! Read the Bible in a Year  

The Bible is answer book! 

August 2001:  2 Kings 20-25; Zephaniah 1-3; Habakkuk 1-3; Obadiah; Jeremiah 1-52: Lamentations 1- 5; 1Chronicles 1-29; 2 Chronicles 1-3 Poem

Loving Is . . .

Loving is childlike –

Reaching up for God’s hand

For help and guidance

In this sin-troubled land. 

Loving is trusting

God will always forgive ‘

When we are sorry

And strive better to live. 

Loving is believing

That god’s way is the best

And that in heaven

His good children are blest 

And loving is helping,

Doing a good deed

For friend or foe

Who is in need. 

Sr. Mary Gemma Brunke, S.C.

God Known About You    

By Juanita Pike

 

        When you are tired and discouraged from fruitless work , do not despair , God knows how hard you tried .

        When you have cried so long , tears run like a river and your heart is broken in a million pieces ,

remember God sees every tear and why it is shed .

        If you feel that your life is on hold and times is passing you by , sometimes God says "be still" . He will be waiting for you when you feel like you can move on .

        When you are lonely and your friends get too busy to give you a call ,  cheer up God is by your side , just fellowship with Him .

        When you think you have tried everything and do not know where to turn , just turn to the One who has all Wisdom and Knowledge , He has the solution for all our problems .

        When nothing makes sense and that happens over and over , you find yourself confused or frustrated , let the Peace of God rule in your spirit .  He is in CONTROL!!

        If suddenly your out look is brighter and you find traces of hope , look up , your spirit has been touched by God .

        When things are going well and you have much to be thankful for , remember where all the blessings came from , the Father of good and perfect Gifts .

        When something joyful happens and you are filled with joy and excitement , just know the Father has smiled down on you .

        When you have a purpose to fulfill and a dream to follow , be sure you follow your God . He will open doors for you and will keep you in His sight , for HE KNOWS YOUR NAME!!!

        Remember , wherever you are or whatever you are facing , Friend your God knows all

about it . The beginning to the end and all in between .

        The Holy Spirit visits the Heavenly Board Room and His message to all of God's Family

is "They [Father and Son] said , tell you , everything is under control"!!!!!!  GLORY!!! GLORY!!!                                            

  Juanita Pike

Anchor For life Ministry   


SEPTEMBER

So now the LORD says, "Stop right where you are! Look for the

old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your

souls. But you reply, 'No, that's not the road we want!   Jeremiah 6:16   

Table of Contents

Devotion (Values)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem  

 

DEVOTION

 VALUES

Walk through a museum and you will see all the orders of animals standing in their various places and exhibiting themselves with the utmost possible propriety.  Every creature, whether bird, beast or fish remains in the particular glass case allotted to it.  But we know that these are not the creatures, but only the outward semblances of them.  Yet in what do they differ?  Certainly in nothing which you could readily see, for the well-stuffed animal is precisely like what the living I animal would have been.  That eye of glass even appears to have more brightness in it than the natural eye of the creature itself.  But there is a secret inward something lacking, which, when it has once departed, you cannot restore.  So in the church of Christ, many professing believers are not living believers, but stuffed Christians.  They possess all the externals of religion, and every outward morality that you could desire.  They behave with great propriety, they keep their places, and there is no outward difference between them and the true believe, except upon the vital point, the life which no power on earth can possibly confer. 

Derivational Thoughts for on Values by Charles H. Spurgeon H

SEPTEMBER Bible Questions  

“You Have A Visitor” One of life’s great delights is to be vested by someone you know and Love.  Many visits are recorded in Scripture.  Can you name the people who speak about visits in the verses or descriptions given below?

 

1.      --------------- said, “I was sick and you visited me.”

2.      ________ said “pure religion” was “to visit orphans and widows.”

3.      ________ visited her “kinswoman” Elizabeth.

4.      The  ____________  ____________ _____________  ______________ “visited and redeemed his people.”

5.      ________ visited “and redeemed his people.”

6.      ________ wanted to visit every city where he had preached.

7.      ________  ________ came “from the east” to visit  a newborn king.

8.      The _________  ________ said, “I will arise and go to my father . . .”

9.      ________ visited Jesus by night.

10. ________ said to his brothers, “I am about to die; but God will visit you . . .”

SEPTEMBER Memory Verses

It is better to be poor and honest than rich and crooked.

Proverbs 28:6 

But good people will be generous to others and will be blessed for all they do.

Isaiah 32:8 

And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Deuteronomy 6:5 (These verses are in New Living Translation) 

september Words for Thought   

To keep spiritual fit, feed on God’s Word and exercise you faith. 

A faith worth having is faith worth sharing 

To escape God’s wrath, embrace God’s love Read the Bible in a Year  

Admit to God that your are a sinner (Romans 3:23).

Believe that Jesus died for you (1 Corinthians 15:3).

Call on the living Christ to save you (Romans 10:9). 

The Bible is answer book! 

September 2001:  2 Chronicles 4 – 36, Ezekiel 1 – 48, Daniel 1 – 12, Esther 1 - 3 

september Poem

The Old Values

Hold on to the old values,

Don’t let them slip away;

If there’s no one to keep them,

They’ll disappear for  aye

Old values have been proven,

They have a  sense of worth;

Replace them not with new ones

Which have been given birth.

Hold on to the old values,

They’re true and very sound,

Lest you begin to seek them

And find them not around.

 Loise Pinkerton Fritz 

Prove  all things; hold

Fast that which is good.

1 Thes. 5:21


OCTOBER

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalms 136:1

 Table of Contents:

 Devotion (Mercy)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem

 

Mercy

Devotion

Merciful Lord, it does not surprise me that you forget completely the sins of those who repent.  I am not surprised that you remain faithful to those who hate and revile you.  The mercy which pours forth from you fills the whole world.

It was by your mercy that we were created, and by your mercy that you redeemed us by sending your Son.  Your mercy is the light in which sinners find you and good people come back to you.  Your mercy is

everywhere, even in the depths of hell where you to forgive the tortured souls.  Your justice is constantly tempered with mercy, so you refuse to punish us as we deserve.  It was not enough for you to take on our humanity; you had to die for us as well. 

Derivational Thoughts for on Love by Catherine of Siena 

Nothing lasts forever-nothing but GOD’s Mercy, that is. Twenty-six times we are reminded of this inspiring truth in Psalm 136.  Twenty-six times the writer gives us something for which to praise the LORD, and then he reminds us,

1      Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!

His faithful love endures forever.

2     Give thanks to the God of gods.

His faithful love endures forever.

3     Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His faithful love endures forever.

4     Give thanks to him who alone does mighty miracles.

His faithful love endures forever.

5     Give thanks to him who made the heavens so skillfully.

His faithful love endures forever.

6     Give thanks to him who placed the earth on the water.

His faithful love endures forever.

7     Give thanks to him who made the heavenly lights—

His faithful love endures forever.

8           the sun to rule the day,His faithful love endures forever.

9           and the moon and stars to rule the night. His faithful love endures forever.

10   Give thanks to him who killed the firstborn of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

11   He brought Israel out of Egypt.

His faithful love endures forever.

12   He acted with a strong hand and powerful arm.

His faithful love endures forever.

13   Give thanks to him who parted the Red Sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

14   He led Israel safely through,

His faithful love endures forever.

15         but he hurled Pharaoh and his army into the sea.

His faithful love endures forever.

16   Give thanks to him who led his people through the wilderness.

His faithful love endures forever.

17   Give thanks to him who struck down mighty kings.

His faithful love endures forever.

18   He killed powerful kings—

His faithful love endures forever.

19         Sihon king of the Amorites,

His faithful love endures forever.

20         and Og king of Bashan.

His faithful love endures forever.

21   God gave the land of these kings as an inheritance—

His faithful love endures forever.

22         a special possession to his servant Israel.

His faithful love endures forever.

23   He remembered our utter weakness.

His faithful love endures forever.

24   He saved us from our enemies.

His faithful love endures forever.

25   He gives food to every living thing.

His faithful love endures forever.

26   Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His faithful love endures forever.                

Psalms 136

 Have a blessed month. 

In Christ love,

Brother Gerald 

OCTOBER Bible Questions 

Miracles 

Match the miracle with the person

 1.  Devils were cast out of him.   

2.   Survived a snake bite

3.  Walked on water

4.   Increased the widow’s oil

5.   Saw a burning bush

6.   Had a vision of an angel measuring Jerusalem

7.   Journeyed to heaven on a whirlwind

8.  Wrote about a vision of heaven

9.   Turned water into wine

10.  Survived a flood on a boat he built

Elisha, 2 Kings 4:2-6 John, Revelation 1:9-11 Noah, Genesis 8:18 Legion, Luke 8:30-33 Zechariah, Zechariah 2:1-2 Moses, Exodus 3:3-4 Paul, Acts 28:3-5 Peter, Matthew 14:28-29 Elijah, 2 Kings 1, 11 Jesus, John 2:9 OCTOBER Memory Verses

God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:7 

Mercy triumphs over judgment!

James 2:13 

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it.

Hebrews 4:16 

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

OCTOBER  Words for Thought 

You can’t turn your back on Christ if you keep your eyes on Him. 

Faithfulness is God’s standard for a good testimony. 

Salvation is not to turning over a new leaf, but receiving a new life. 

The Best News in the world is the GOOD NEWS OF CHRIST. 

What your decide about Christ determines your destiny. 

To think and talk like Christ your must walk with Christ. 

God’s heat is always overflowing with mercy. 

God may test our faith so we may trust His faithfulness.                                                                                                  

Read the Bible in a Year  

The Bible is answer book! 

October 2001:  Esther 4-10, Ezra 1 -10, Haggai 1-2, Zechariah 1 -14, Nehemiah 1 - 13, Malachi 1- 4, Matthew 1-28, Mark 1 -16, & Luke 1 - 13 

october  Poem 

Great Is God’s Mercy 

Great and merciful is our Lord,

A gracious God is He;

His mercies are new every morning,

They’re there fjord you and me.

So often we fail our Saviour

As onward through life we go

But if we will ask Him for mercy,

Mercy to us He’ll show.

God says He is reach in mercy

And mercy so oft’ we need.

Toward each and all those who fear Him

His mercy is great, indeed.

“Twas according to His mercy

He saved us, made us new;

Since merciful is our Father,

May we be merciful, too. 

                                   Loise Pinkerton Fritz 


November

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Luke 6:36 (KJV)

november

Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. Romans 12:12

 Table of Contents:

 Devotion (Hope)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem

 

DEVOTION

 HOPE

It is the wholesome precept of our Lord and Master: “He that endureth,” saith he, “unto the end the same shall be saved” (And everyone will hate you because of your allegiance to me. But those who endure to the end will be saved Matthew 10:22).  We must endure and persevere, in order that, being admitted to the hope of truth and liberty, we may attain to the truth and liberty itself; for that very fact that we are Christians is the substance of faith and hope.  For we are not following after present glory, but future, according to what Paul the apostle also warns us, and says, “We are save by hope; but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he hope for?  But if we hope for that which we see not, then do we by patience wait for it” (Now that we are saved, we eagerly look forward to this freedom. For if you already have something, you don’t need to hope for it Romans 8:24).  Therefore, waiting and patience are needful, that we may fulfill that which we have begun to be and may receive that which we believe and hope for, according to God’s own showing.  

Derivational Thoughts for on Hope by Cyprian

 

Standing on the promises that cannot fail,

When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail,

By the loving Word of God I shall prevail,

Standing on the promises of God  -- Carter

 

NOVEMBER Bible Questions 

Inscriptions 

How would you like to be remembered?  Match each inscription with the person or place in the statement. 

1.      The great river (Gen 15:18)

2.      A mighty hunter before the Lord (Gen. 10:9).

3.      Most humble man on earth (Num. 12:3).

4.      Generation of vipers (Matt. 3:7)

5.      Foolish (Gal. 3:1).

6.      Wiser that al men (1Kings 4:29)

7.      Walk with God and was not (Gen. 5:24)

8.      Wicked in the sight of the Lord (Gen. 38:7).

9.      His works were evil; his brother’s righteous (1 John 3:12).

10. Perfect and upright, feared God and “eschewed” evil (Job 1:1).

11. A faithful man, feared God above many (Neh. 7:2).

12. An Israelite in whom there was no guile (John 1:47).  

a.      Cain

b.      Solomon

c.      Er

d.      Euphrates

e.      Galatians

f.       Hannaniah

g.      Job

h.      Moses

i.       Enoch

j.       Nathanael

k.      Pharisees and Sadducees  

l      Nimrod

November Memory Verses 

What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see    Hebrews 11:1 

But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.  Psalm 33:22

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

NOVEMBER Words for Thought   

God’s Holiness reveals what is good by consuming what is evil. 

When temp knocks, send Jesus to the door. 

The Bible tells us all we need to know so we can do all God’s wants us to do. 

To do the work of God, we must trust God to work through us. 

We honor God’s name when we call Him our father and live like his son.              Read the Bible in a Year  

Study the Bible to be wise, believes it to be safe, practice it to be Holy, The Bible is answer book! 

November 2001:  Luke 14-24, John 1-21, Acts 1-20:2, James 1-5, Galatians 1-6, 1 Thessalonians 1-5, 2 Thessalonians 1-3, 1 Corinthians 1-16, 2 Corinthians 1-13, Romans 1-4 

Poem 

My Walk With God 

When my busy week has ended

  To the country II will trod

Just to feel the closeness of Him

  As I take my walk with God.

Hand in hand from hill to valley

  Sweet the smell of fresh turned sod

Sweeter still my joy and pleasure

  As I take my walk with God.

Every creature pays Him homage

  Trees and flowers bow and nod

In the presence of their maker

  As I take my walk with God.

Oh the rapture of this moment

  Guided by His staff and rod

Lifted now are all my burdens

  As I take my walk with God. 

                               Albert N. Theel


DECEMBER 

Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and always be prayerful. Romans 12:12

Table of Contents:  

Devotion (Just You and God)

Bible Questions

Memory Verses

Words For Thought

Read Bible in a Year

Poem

Spiritual Touch by Juanita Pike 

 

DEVOTION 

JUST YOU AND GOD

When I read this devotional it really hit home, I’m in a similar situation.  People I work with are friendly to work with but their foul-mouthed I really get tired and upset with it.  When I read this devotional it helped me cope with my job a lot easier.  Hope this devotional will help much as it and any one you know out in this same situation; hope it will help you out and blesses your heart.

Plead my cause, O Lord, with those who strive with me. —Psalm 35:1

When I read this devotional it really hit home, I’m similar situation. People I work with are friendly to work with but their foul-mouthed I really get tired and upset with I heard it. When I read this devotional it help me cope with my job lot easier.  Hope you this devotional as much as I did and hope any one you subscript out our in same situation; hope it will help you out and blessed your heart.

My friend Ron wasn't having a good week. His new job had thrust him in the midst of some people who were foul-mouthed, rude, and obnoxious. Ron is one tough guy, but after 2 months of working in that environment, he wasn't sure he could tolerate any more ungodly, uncouth behavior.

Ron is by no means alone. Perhaps you too are in an environment that is not friendly to godliness—either at work, at home, or elsewhere. If so, what can you do? Here are some suggestions that may help you survive and even thrive:

Concentrate on God's goodness and depend on it. Our circumstances do not change the truth that the Lord is good all the time (Nahum 1:7).

Stay true to your convictions. Daniel refused to give in when he was surrounded by the ungodly (Daniel 1).

Immerse yourself in the Bible. Listen to God in His Word. It will encourage you (Psalm 119:49-50).

Do good for those who oppose you. Return good for evil (Matthew 5:44).

Trust God to be your companion. He will never leave you. And He won't forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

When it's just you and God, that's enough. —JDB

When we are weak and in despair,

Our mighty God is near;

He'll give us strength and joy and hope,

And calm our inner fear. —Sper 

With God behind you and His arms beneath you, you can face whatever is before you.

 

Deviational “Just You and God” credit go to Daily Bread November 5,2001 Issue

Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries, Grand

Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. 

DECEMBER Bible Questions 

Angles

Angels in the Bible were not seen only at Christmas.  Match each person with his or her angel experience.

1.      Jesus (Mark 1:13)

2.      Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35)

3.      John the Baptist (Luke 1:13)

4.      Jacob (Gen. 48:16)

5.      Elijah (1 Kings 19:5-6)

6.      Moses (Acts 7:35)

7.      Cornelius (Acts 10:5-7)

8.      Peter (Acts 12:8)

9.      Hagar (Gen. 16:7)

10.  Balaam’s donkey (Num 22:23)

11.  Philip (Acts 8:26)  

a.       Angel appeared to him in a bush

b.      Redeemed by an angel

c.       Found in the wilderness by an angel

d.      Sent on a witnessing mission by an angel

e.       Angel told to send for Peter

f.        Angels ministered to him in the wilderness

g.       Named by an angel

h.       Saw and angel in a road

i.         Angel told him to put on his shoes

j.        An angel prepared food for him Smitten by an angel 

DECEMBER Memory Verses   

49 Remember your promise to me, my only hope. 50 Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles.

Psalms 119:49-50 

…“I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5 

The Lord is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him

Nahum 1:7 

(These verses are in New Living Translation) 

Words for Thought 

We can never praise God too much. 

When you world seems to be falling apart look to Jesus who holds every thing together. 

If you are truly sorry for your sins, you will want to give them up. 

When we keep our eyes on Christ, obstacles become opportunities.                                                                                  

Read the Bible in a Year  

Study the Bible to be wise, believes it to be safe, practice it to be Holy, The Bible is answer book! 

December 2001 

Luke 14-24, John 1-21, Acts 1-20:2, James 1-5, Galatians 1-6, 1 Thessalonians 1-5, 2 Thessalonians 1-3, 1 Corinthians 1-16, 2 Corinthians 1-13, Romans 1-4 

december poem 

What Made Yu So Special? 

What made You so special?

Small Babe on the hay?

The animals felt it,

But they couldn’t say.  

Dear Joseph sensed it,

Deep down in his soul,

And vowed to protect You,

From more than the cold.

  Your dear mother knew it,

For she had been told,

But you were so young,

And the story so old.

  And the Wise Men who traveled

From countries afar,

Saw You, a Baby

But knew who Your were.

  Something about You,

Made angels draw near,

With songs full of joy,

For the whole world to hear.

  Gently You nod . . .

What makes you so special?

Is that  . . .  You are God!

                        Grace E. Easley   

Spiritual Touch

    We hear the statement "we will rid evil" among those who display an evil act . I have given much thought to this . Those who are saying this means well , but there is no way you can bomb evil out of people . Evil is a spirit and you can only kill the vessel , but you cannot kill all the vessels . It is just like sticking a stick in an ant hill . Ants will scatter and hide in different places , the stick may kill some but most will run and hide . They are still ants and will sting when they get a chance .

    There is only One Power that can destroy an evil spirit . That Power is the Holy Spirit Power of the Living God , not an idol!!!  His Power can change a vessel of evil to a vessel of Divine Love . There are those in Gods Word that experienced that change . 1 Sam. 10 : 6 the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power..you will be changed into a different person...verse 9 God changed Sauls heart [spirit]...verse 11 when those who had known him asked each other "what is this that has happened to the son of Kish , Saul" .

    Others who was changed by the Touch of the Holy spirit . Zacchaus Luke 19 : 9...Saul of Tarsus Act 9 : 6..Roman Proconsul Act 13 : 12...Lydia Act 16 : 14...Philippian jailer Act 16 : 33 - 34 and many souls down through the ages . Peter became a man whose very shadow healed Matt. 26 : 74  Act 5 : 15...the restless demoniac become a quiet disciple Mark 5 : 5..John the Jew becomes an apostle of Love Luke 9 : 53 - 54  1 John 4 : 7...the woman of Samaria becomes a witness of Truth John 4 : 17 - 18....Saul the blood thirsty persecutor becomes Paul the tender hearted brother Act 9 : 1  Act 21 : 13....

    These from Gods Word as well as those in the Body of Christ today , who has been touched by Gods Divine Power!! That Touch is described in John 3 : 5 - 8 . We do not become gods , but we do become followers of the Living God , not a religious idol!!! Those who are changed reflect the Nature of their Divine Father and His Son Jesus . No human vessel can have the Nature of this Divine Living God until they have been Touched by His Power , the Holy Spirit .

    The Born Again Child of God , of this Living God is marked by the Divine Nature of their Living God . A Divine Love that says "love those who hate you" , "forgive 70 x 7 times" , "love those who hate you" , "stand fast in Gods Word the Truth of this Living God" and more . No human vessel can have this kind of spirit in them UNTIL they get a Spiritual Touch from the Living God , the Father and His Son .

    A Touch from the Living God does not make us perfect , nor do we change completely over night. May I add "you who have lived for God many years and have developed spiritually , be patience with those "new born babes in Christ" . Many a "babe in Christ" has been killed spiritually when older Saints failed to have patience with the growing of the "new ones" . We are changed more and more with each Touch that we receive from the Power of the Holy Spirit , sent to us by the Living God . Our minds , emotions and spirit develop with each Touch . The Spiritual Life after our Spiritual Birth develops as we stay in contact with Gods Word and His Holy Spirit .

    Our flesh body develops to be full grown as we eat , drink and move about , that takes years . So each day we find ourselves in the Presence of our Living God and His Son , eating the Word of God and Drinking the Living Water of the Holy Spirit , He is working on our inter man , soul and spirit. He "weeds" out that which needs "weeded" out and plants all the Father and the Son gives Him to plant in our soul and spirit .

    Bill Gaither wrote "He Touched Me"!!! [Shackled with a heavy burden , loaded with guilt and shame . Then the Hand of Jesus [by the Holy Spirit] touched me and I AM NO LONGER THE SAME!!! Since I met this Savior , since He cleansed and made me whole , I will ever praise Him and shout it while Eternity rolls!!]

    This is a changed life!!! From Spiritual Death to Spiritual Life!!!

By  Juanita Pike 11 - 2001

        Anchor For Life Ministry  

            Christ Our Lord  

 

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