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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.


Philippians 4:4-8

When we rejoice, when we do not worry, and when we pray, the peace of God will guard our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus; what great comfort in those words!


Greetings Bible Enthusiast!

How does one guard one's heart? To guard means to watch over, to defend, to protect. The best way we can protect and defend ourselves spiritually is, as Paul said, "to put on the full armor of God that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil, and then, having done all, to stand." (see Ephesians 6:11-18)

He goes on to explain what this means and how it is done; we must take an active part! Part of this armor is "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;" the more we know, the greater our strength.

Taking up the sword of the Spirit means studying, learning, accepting, and obeying the Word of God; it takes diligent effort and prayer on our part.

We are to rejoice, not worry, and pray!

God Bless You!
Annie

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--TODAY'S NOT SO TRIVIAL TRIVIA QUESTION:

Q. With what acts of hospitality did Abraham greet the Lord and the two angels when they appeared to him?

Answer below.

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--TODAY'S BIT OF WISDOM/REFLECTION:

"God forces no one, for love cannot compel, and God's service, therefore, is a thing of perfect freedom."

- Hans Denk

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--FEATURED FUNNY:

Little Johnny to his mother: "Can I go outside and help Daddy put snow chains on the car? I know all the words."

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--ANSWER TO TRIVIA QUESTION:

Q. With what acts of hospitality did Abraham greet the Lord and the two angels when they appeared to him?

A. washing of feet, offering of rest and food

So he (Abraham) lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground, and said,

"My Lord, if I have now found favor in Your sight, do not pass on by Your servant. Please let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under a tree. And I will bring a morsel of bread, that you may refresh your hearts. After that you may pass by inasmuch as you have come to your servant."

They said, "Do as you have said."

Genesis 18:2-5

Notice all these physical activities: washing of the feet, eating, and resting under the tree.

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