“Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: The Lord is my strength and shield; my heart has trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me, but in me and I in Him.” - St. Francis de Sales
O God, we praise Thee, and acknowledge Thee to be the supreme Lord. Everlasting Father, all the earth worships Thee. All the Angels, the heavens and all angelic powers, all the Cherubim and Seraphim, continuously cry to Thee: Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts Heaven and earth are full of the Majesty of Thy glory.
The glorious choir of the Apostles,
The wonderful company of Prophets,
The white-robed army of Martyrs, praise Thee.
Holy Church throughout the world acknowledges Thee:
The Father of infinite Majesty;
Thy adorable, true and only Son;
Also the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
O Christ, Thou art the King of glory!
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
When Thou tookest it upon Thyself to deliver man, Thou didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb. Having overcome the sting of death, Thou opened the Kingdom of Heaven to all believers. Thou sitest at the right hand of God in the glory of the Father. We believe that Thou willst come to be our Judge. We, therefore, beg Thee to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood. Let them be numbered with Thy Saints in everlasting glory.
V. Save Thy people, O Lord, and bless Thy inheritance!
R. Govern them, and raise them up forever.
V. Every day we thank Thee.
R. And we praise Thy Name forever, yes, forever and ever.
V. O Lord, deign to keep us from sin this day.
R. Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us.
V. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, for we have hoped in Thee.
R. O Lord, in Thee I have put my trust; let me never be put to shame.
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” ~ Isaiah 9:6 KJV
For to us a Child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. - Isaiah 9:6 In the midst of all the festivities and the celebrations, let’s remember why we are doing all of this. Christmas is about the “birth” of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. How He left heaven to be born in a lowly manger. His birth brought great joy to the world. Shepherds, wise men, and angels all shared in the excitement. Let us celebrate this Christmas, with a grateful heart.
Summary: Actor Tom, in need of some peace, attends a performance of a classic and has an encounter unlike anything he’s ever experienced.
Author’s Notes: This is my first scribbling in months and I’m sharing it before I lose my nerve. Thank you to @i-wanna-be-toms-body-pillow for being my guinea pig. :) Merry Christmas, everybody. <3
As he walked alone in that big city, on a swirling snow
globe wintery evening, he desperately wanted to find some rest. The brightly illuminated posters on the side
of the performance hall beckoned him like a lighthouse to a weary sailor. Music.
Surely that would lift his spirits. Sitting in a dimly lit cavern with
hundreds of strangers, surely that would give him rest.
The crowds had already begun to make their way to the main
entrance. He heard the tinkling of the bell on the corner, the happy chatter,
the hurried dashing through the doors into the lobby so as to escape the
contents of the clouds above. Glancing
around quickly and seeing the box office, he procured a single seat from the
girl behind the window, her wide flight attendant smile and chestnut locks reminding him of what he had lost. But
then, that seemed to be happening everywhere he looked.
Do not fear what might happen tomorrow. The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.
So many people still today don’t know who Jesus is;
They’ve never felt His peace within their souls.
But I want my life to show them how His love can se them free
He’s the only One Who can cleanse and make me whole!
He’s the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End;
He’s Counsellor, Deliverer to me.
He’s the Everlasting Father; He is the King of Glory,
I’m glad I know Who Jesus is!
Jesus Christ is….. Advocate (1 John 2:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18)
Jesus Christ is….. Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
Jesus Christ is….. Amen (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is….. Apostle of our Profession (Heb. 3:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Atoning Sacrifice for our Sins (1 John 2:2)
Jesus Christ is….. Author of Life (Acts 3:15)
Jesus Christ is….. Author and Finisher of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)
Jesus Christ is….. Author of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
Jesus Christ is….. Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13)
Jesus Christ is….. Blessed and only Ruler (1 Tim. 6:15)
Jesus Christ is….. Bread of God (John 6:33)
Jesus Christ is….. Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48)
Jesus Christ is….. Bridegroom (Mt. 9:15)
Jesus Christ is….. Capstone (Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:7)
Jesus Christ is….. Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)
Jesus Christ is….. Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4)
Jesus Christ is….. Christ (1 John 2:22)
Jesus Christ is….. Creator (John 1:3)
Jesus Christ is….. Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
Jesus Christ is….. Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
Jesus Christ is….. Gate (John 10:9)
Jesus Christ is….. Faithful and True (Rev. 19:11)
Jesus Christ is….. Faithful Witness (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Faith and True Witness (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is….. First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
Jesus Christ is….. Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Firstborn over all creation (Col. 1:15)
Jesus Christ is….. Gate (John 10:9)
Jesus Christ is….. God (John 1:1; 20:28; Heb. 1:8; Rom. 9:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Good Shepherd (John 10:11,14)
Jesus Christ is….. Great Shepherd (Heb. 13:20)
Jesus Christ is….. Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
Jesus Christ is….. Head of the Church (Eph. 1:22; 4:15; 5:23)
Jesus Christ is….. Heir of all things (Heb. 1:2)
Jesus Christ is….. High Priest (Heb. 2:17)
Jesus Christ is….. Holy and True (Rev. 3:7)
Jesus Christ is….. Holy One (Acts 3:14)
Jesus Christ is….. Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27)
Jesus Christ is….. Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
Jesus Christ is….. I Am (John 8:58)
Jesus Christ is….. Image of God (2 Cor. 4:4)
Jesus Christ is….. Immanuel (Mt. 1:23)
Jesus Christ is….. Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
Jesus Christ is….. King Eternal (1 Tim. 1:17)
Jesus Christ is….. King of Israel (John 1:49)
Jesus Christ is….. King of the Jews (Mt. 27:11)
Jesus Christ is….. King of kings (1 Tim 6:15; Rev. 19:16)
Jesus Christ is….. King of the Ages (Rev. 15:3)
Jesus Christ is….. Lamb (Rev. 13:8)
Jesus Christ is….. Lamb of God (John 1:29)
Jesus Christ is….. Lamb Without Blemish (1 Pet. 1:19)
Jesus Christ is….. Last Adam (1 Cor. 15:45)
Jesus Christ is….. Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
Jesus Christ is….. Light of the World (John 8:12)
Jesus Christ is….. Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Living One (Rev. 1:18)
Jesus Christ is….. Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4)
Jesus Christ is….. Lord (2 Pet. 2:20)
Jesus Christ is….. Lord of All (Acts 10:36)
Jesus Christ is….. Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
Jesus Christ is….. Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)
Jesus Christ is….. Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48)
Jesus Christ is….. Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
Jesus Christ is….. Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
Jesus Christ is….. Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
Jesus Christ is….. Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
Jesus Christ is….. Only Begotten Son of God (John 1:18)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Great God and Savior (Titus 2:13)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Husband (2 Cor. 11:2)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30)
Jesus Christ is….. Our Sacrificed Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7)
Jesus Christ is….. Power of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
Jesus Christ is….. Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6)
Jesus Christ is….. Prophet (Acts 3:22)
Jesus Christ is….. Rabbi (Mt. 26:25)
Jesus Christ is….. Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)
Jesus Christ is….. Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Righteous One (Acts 7:52; 1 John 2:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
Jesus Christ is….. Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16)
Jesus Christ is….. Ruler of God’s Creation (Rev. 3:14)
Jesus Christ is….. Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)
Jesus Christ is….. Savior (Eph. 5:23; Titus 1:4; 3:6)
Jesus Christ is….. Son of David (Lk. 18:39)
Jesus Christ is….. Son of God (John 1:49; Heb. 4:14)
Jesus Christ is….. Son of Man (Mt. 8:20)
Jesus Christ is….. Son of the Most High God (Lk. 1:32)
Jesus Christ is….. Source of Eternal Salvation for believers (Heb. 5:9)
Jesus Christ is….. The One Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5)
Jesus Christ is….. The Stone the builders rejected (Acts 4:11)
Jesus Christ is….. True Bread (John 6:32)
Jesus Christ is….. True Light (John 1:9)
Jesus Christ is….. True Vine (John 15:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Truth (John 1:14; 14:6)
Jesus Christ is….. Way (John 14:6)
Jesus Christ is….. Wisdom of God (1 Cor. 1:24)
Jesus Christ is….. Word (John 1:1)
Jesus Christ is….. Word of God (Rev. 19:13)
Sometimes I loved it, sometimes it felt monotonous. But after some time i realised the truths in this are satisfying enough to last not just a month but forever. Every day I keep hearing the same thing.
He loves me. He loves me.
My sin is not held against me. I am washed. I am reading impossible truths made not just possible, but earth-shatteringly real, through the death and resurrection of Jesus:
The eternal God who is King over all loves my fleeting, fickle heart. I am full of iniquity, disease, in the pit, deserving of anger, sinful, like dust and grass, fleeting. But He is Forgiver. Healer. Redeemer. Steadfast. Merciful. Satisfying. Renewing. Righteous. Known. Slow to Anger. Abounding in Love. Remover of Sin. Father. Compassionate. Everlasting. Lord. King.
Think about reading it every day of November. I can testify that feasting on those truths each morning radically changed the responses of my heart to the circumstances of October.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
I believe in God the Father almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was born and who suffered. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the remission of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, and life everlasting.
Our Father, who art in Heaven…
May almighty God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath caused us to be born again by water and the Holy Ghost, and granted us the remission of sins, Himself keep us by His grace in the same Christ Jesus our Lord unto eternal life. Amen.
For to us a Child shall be born, to us a Son shall be given; And the government shall be upon His shoulder, And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah the Prophet, 700 BC
God spoke different truths into my heart this year, and at the end of each month I wrote down what most transformed my heart. I hope some of them can set your heart free too.
His love is so deep and wide that He can, in one moment of our faith, forgive our past, present, and future sins. Sin is simply not a problem for God (Jesus Is ___, Judah Smith)
When you look in the eyes of grace, when you meet grace, when you embrace grace, when you see the nail prints in grace’s hands and the fire in His eyes, when you feel His relentless love for you - it will not motivate you to sin. It will motivate you to righteousness…. Allegiance to a doctrine can only last so long, but relationship trumps everything. We’ll do anything for someone we love (Jesus Is ___, Judah Smith)
Emmanuel: I am with you. My presence is enough for the deepest places of pain.
If I stop clinging to Jesus, I will unravel. ‘My soul clings to You’ (Psalm 63).
The wilderness is what God uses to wean us from the most precious things in the world and make Himself most precious.
Though the fig tree does not blossom… yet I will rejoice in the LORD (Habakkuk 3:18)
Do you think I’m not waiting for you in your future? Your April? Your May? I am your first, I am your last, I am your future and your past.
Your eternal identity is a daughter of the King of kings.
You must first thirst before you can be filled (Psalm 42:1)
I will resurrect your broken heart. I promise to restore you.
I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of My hands; you are continually before Me (Isaiah 49:16).
I’ll see you in a breath.
Empty your grandstands. Live for an audience of One.
“I am my Beloved’s, and His desire is for me.” Song of Songs 7:10
"Love cleanses, beloved.” Michael Hosea, Redeeming Love
I want to take and sacrifice what is most precious and perfect in my life (Malachi 1). I cannot keep simply laying down my brokenness to Him; no, I must too lay down my restoration, my wholeness. To offer back to Him what He first gave, because He is the great King. He’s the King of my heart, in the wholeness and the brokenness.
He reigns with healing in His wings (Malachai 4)
Suffering doesn’t break us, it simply reveals our brokenness (Jay)
Everything he was pointing me to finds it’s fulfillment in Me. I am all in all.
I am loved by God more than He loves me, so now I get to love others more than they love me (Walsh)
God’s reckless grace is our greatest hope (Gav Mork).
And He calls us beloved. Is that not more wonderful than all the praises of man? T. B. LaBerge
Oh i can see You now, I can see the love in Your eyes, laying yourself down, raising up the broken to life (Broken Vessels)
The initiating love of the Father brings us home.
Follow restfully; My burden is light (Francis Chan).
So come now in power and let our chains be broken; pour out Your Spirit, Jesus our hearts are open (Austin Stone Worship).
You’ll find His heart between these pages (Leonce Crump)
The great I AM says, ‘I AM with you.”
God takes everyone He loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden. The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.” Paul E Miller, A Praying Life
"At one’s first entrance into the school of waiting on God, his heart is chiefly set on the blessing which he waits for. God graciously used our need and desire for help to educate us for something higher than we were thinking of. We were seeking gifts; He, the giver, longs to give Himself and to satisfy the soul with His goodness. It is just for this reason that He frequently withholds the gifts and that the time of waiting is made so long. He is all the time seeking to win the heart of His child for Himself. He hopes that not only when He gives the gift will we say, "how good is God!” but that long before it comes, and even if it never comes, we will always be experiencing: it is good that a man should quietly wait. “The Lord is good to them that wait for Him.” (a reflection on Lam 3:25 “The LORD is good to those who wait on Him, to the soul that seeks Him.”)
I am Your First Love.
I am better than food, sex, earthly love, intimacy, fame, popularity. See, my steadfast love is better than life!
Your heart is a white rose. Pure, spotless, beautiful.
He is Forgiver. Healer. Redeemer. Steadfast. Merciful. Satisfying. Renewing. Righteous. Known. Slow to Anger. Abounding in Love. Remover of Sin. Father. Compassionate. Everlasting. Lord. King. Psalm 103
“Holiness is a position before it’s a pattern of behaviour. Because you are already holy in Christ, you can be holy every day. Wear holiness.” Piper
Stand in victory, for He is risen. Ephesians 6, City Light Balmain
Jesus wants the rose.
Nothing can satisfy Christ’s people more than living out the purposes of christ for the world. (CLB The Big Weekend)
Set your hopes, desires, and wants fully on that grace-filled day when you see your Saviour face-to-face (CLB 1 Peter)
“For the LORD has called you, like a wive deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God. For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you. In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.” Isaiah 54:6-8.
It is finished. You are my child forever.
The word Advent means “coming.” This season is about the mission of God to seek and to save lost people. He is a God on a mission, that he is not aloof or passive or indecisive. He is sending, pursuing, searching, saving. That’s the meaning of Advent. (Piper)
When He returns, we will be fully restored. Set free from the power and presence of sin. No more hurt, no more tears, no more suffering (CLB 1 Peter)
Prayer gives us a relief from the melancholy burden of self absorption. Tim Keller
I will give you rest. Follow me, I love you. Come, you’re weary. Give me everything. I love you.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.