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Happy Father’s Day Robin Roberts!

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Happy Father’s Day Robin Roberts!

πΉπ‘œπ‘Ÿ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘˜π‘›π‘œπ‘€ π‘‘β„Žπ‘Žπ‘‘ 𝑀𝑒 π‘‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘™π‘‘ π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž π‘’π‘Žπ‘β„Ž π‘œπ‘“ π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘Žπ‘  π‘Ž π‘“π‘Žπ‘‘β„Žπ‘’π‘Ÿ π‘‘π‘’π‘Žπ‘™π‘  π‘€π‘–π‘‘β„Ž β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘œπ‘€π‘› π‘β„Žπ‘–π‘™π‘‘π‘Ÿπ‘’π‘›, π‘’π‘›π‘π‘œπ‘’π‘Ÿπ‘Žπ‘”π‘–π‘›π‘”, π‘π‘œπ‘šπ‘“π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘π‘–π‘›π‘” π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘’π‘Ÿπ‘”π‘–π‘›π‘” π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘‘π‘œ 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑙𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑠 π‘€π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘‘β„Žπ‘¦ π‘œπ‘“ πΊπ‘œπ‘‘, π‘€β„Žπ‘œ π‘π‘Žπ‘™π‘™π‘  π‘¦π‘œπ‘’ π‘–π‘›π‘‘π‘œ β„Žπ‘–π‘  π‘˜π‘–π‘›π‘”π‘‘π‘œπ‘š π‘Žπ‘›π‘‘ π‘”π‘™π‘œπ‘Ÿπ‘¦. (1 Thessalonians 2:11-12, NIV)

Happy Father’s Day Dad! I am a blessed man to have you as my father. I so appreciate your constant love and supportβ€”in life and in the Lord. I thank God for you. - Ryan


Presumption

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Presumption: overstepping due bounds, taking liberties. - Merriam Webster Dictionary

Grace invites presumption as surely as security invites carelessness. Be careful that you do not allow your understanding of grace to lead you into presumption.

                                                                            β€”Walter Henrichsen

God said, β€œSpeak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” So Moses took the staff from the Lord’s presence, just as he commanded him. He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, β€œListen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. But the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, β€œBecause you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.” (Numbers 20:8-12, NIV)

Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. (Psalm 19:13, ESV)

Do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? (Romans 2:4, ESV)


Gently

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Then the Lord spoke to me again and said, β€œMy care for the people of Judah is like the gently flowing waters of Shiloh. (Isaiah 8:5-6, NLT)

The Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14, KJV)


Anger

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Anger is the enemy of reason. Men do in the heat of passion what their reason, in a moment of objectivity, abhors. You are never in greater danger of living in regret than when you find anger beginning to take its awful hold on you.

                                                                            β€” Walter Henrichsen

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (James 1:19-20, NIV)

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. (Proverbs 29:11, NIV)

Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fretβ€”it leads only to evil. (Psalm 37:8, NIV)

β€œIn your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. … Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4: 26-27, 32, NIV)


Wall

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You are a tower of refuge to the poor, O Lord, a tower of refuge to the needy in distress. You are a refuge from the storm and a shelter from the heat. For the oppressive acts of ruthless people are like a storm beating against a wall. (Isaiah 25:4, NLT)

The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10, NLT)

He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. (Psalm 121:3-4, NLT)

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them. (Psalm 34:7, ESV)

If we ever needed a wall, it is now. ... We have a fortress, a hiding place, a Rock of Ages. Are you hid with Christ in God? β€” Vance Havner


Vessel

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Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21, ESV)

You need personal holiness in order to help other people. To become involved in the ministry is to invite people to drink deeply from your life, and who wants to drink from a dirty vessel? β€” Walter Henrichsen

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8, NLT)

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives thy service find,
in deeper reverence, praise. β€” John Greenleaf Whittier

God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. (1 Corinthians 1:30, NLT)


Undone

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Then Isaiah said , β€œWoe is me! for I am undone.” (Isaiah 6:5, KJV)

Moses said to God, β€œWho am I that I should go to Pharaoh?” (Exodus 3:11, NIV)

So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground. (Daniel 10:8-9, NIV)

I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, β€œMy grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-8, NLT)

Blessed is that hour of holy desperation when a man reaches that extremity which is God’s opportunity and moves out of the wreck of himself into Christ. Nothing in his hand he brings, but just as he is without one plea he takes up residence with Christ in God. He puts no value on anything he has or is, attaches no importance to his feelings or faith or prayers. Christ is everything. We waste many years trying to construct some sort of refuge out of the rubbish of ourselves, until we abandon it all and dwell in Another. β€” Vance Havner


Importunately

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importunate: troublesomely urgent : overly persistent in request or demand.

                                                        β€” Merriam-Webster

We can do nothing without prayer. All things can be done by importunate prayer. That is the teaching of Jesus Christ. β€” E.M. Bounds

Jesus told them a story showing that it was necessary for them to pray consistently and never quit. He said, β€œThere was once a judge in some city who never gave God a thought and cared nothing for people. A widow in that city kept after him: β€˜My rights are being violated. Protect me!’
β€œHe never gave her the time of day. But after this went on and on he said to himself, β€˜I care nothing what God thinks, even less what people think. But because this widow won’t quit badgering me, I’d better do something and see that she gets justiceβ€”otherwise I’m going to end up beaten black-and-blue by her pounding.’”
Then the Master said, β€œDo you hear what that judge, corrupt as he is, is saying? So what makes you think God won’t step in and work justice for his chosen people, who continue to cry out for help? Won’t he stick up for them? I assure you, he will. He will not drag his feet. But how much of that kind of persistent faith will the Son of Man find on the earth when he returns?” (Luke 18:1-8, MSG)

Nothing makes Satan quite so fearful as a Christian who understands the power of prayer, because he knows that God holds nothing back from His friends.

                                                                            β€” Brother Andrew