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The Christ, by Israel long expected— He is born! Events occurred as God the Lord directed— He is born! In a stable, born of virgin lowly, Jesus Christ, the Sinless One, Most Holy, Following the plan of God’s decree He is born! At the time selected in eternity He is born! His, a life like ours, with one exception— Suff’ring One! Each word and deed was totally perfection— Suff’ring One! Throughout His life on earth: humiliation! Then Passion Week—the final degradation Of holy Jesus, hanging on the cross. Suff’ring One! Rejected by His Father—greatest loss! Suff’ring One! Dark the day...

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Communion with my Lord— Can aught more precious be? Is there a joy that can compare To fellowship with Thee? Ah, this I truly know— No treasure is so sweet As that to lay my burdens Down at the Savior’s feet. My weary, sinful heart, So burdened and distressed— I bring it to the Savior And there find peace and rest “Dear Precious, Heavenly Father. My haven from the strife; Please shelter from the battle And help me on through life. Be Thou forever near me To lead and guide my way; Such blessed sweet Communion Will keep my day...

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Do I begin each day anew In prayer to God above? To seek His guidance through the day, To praise Him for His love? Do I awake with songs of joy For having such a Friend; Who, though all others may forsake, Will keep me to the end? Do I arise and go about My daily tasks to do Content to know that I am His And He will see me through? Oh, may I live so close to Him And trust His tender care; That each new day may bring me joy In knowing He is there. My task...

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God knows the heart of a pastor, How often ’tis laden with care; In sharing the burdens of others And seeking their needs in prayer. God knows the work of a pastor, The many tasks he must do; As he goes forth in His service The power of the Lord sees him through. God knows the joy of a pastor In teaching and preaching the Word: When souls are brought into the Kingdom To serve Christ as Savior and Lord. God knows the way of a pastor And, heeding the Master’s call He leaves one flock for another – God...

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A special gift that God prepared for me— ‘Twas given me ‘ere I saw the light of day. This gift was someone specially prepared To guide my footsteps in His holy way. Day after day, she cared for me and taught Not just the skills I’d need for daily living; She taught me first of all to seek His face— In joy and sorrow, working, playing, giving. She held before me God’s own Word, that it Could be a light upon my pathway ever, She helped me learn to sing Jehovah’s praise And told me of that love that naught...

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Ah, thou pristine globe, fresh from thy Creator’s hand; embryo within the waters of thy firmament land. Pure and warm, the very essence of exquisite beauty. “It is good,” proclaimed He then, though not His last words to thee. Would thy newborn innocence remain – alas, ’tis lost, e’en worse – thou cursed! And thou, what hast thou done, but sheltered, fed, and nursed the wicked ones! Yet – thou art promised new! Washed with cataclysmic dearth; thy baptism is un- qualed upon the earth! Noah and his sons beheld this picture of the seal. What will we see when...

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Another year has just begun — Another year my earthy race to run. How shall I run? What is my goal? Where shall I find rest for my soul? “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ ]esus. Philippians 3:14 Another year -again a year of war — A year to fight the evil at my door. How do I fight? What is my strategy? What my protection? What refuge is for me? “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the...

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A sovereign Protector I have, Unseen, yet for ever at hand: Unchangeably faithful to save, Almighty to rule and command! He smiles, and my comforts abound; His grace as the dew shall descend; And walls of salvation surround The soul He delights to defend. Kind Author and ground of my hope, Thee, Thee, for my God I avow; My glad Ebenezer set up, And own Thou hast helped me till now. I muse on the years that are past, Wherein my defence Thou hast proved;

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When unto Thee we come With heads bowed down in prayer May our first impulse be To glorify Thy holy name — To praise Thee for the fact that Thou art God — In deep humility and awe to see Thy matchless grace, Thy power, Thy glory, mercy, holiness, and love — Thy justice, greatness, Thy long-suffering — And may we grovel in the dust, Knowing our own weakness, meanness, evil lusting natures, Selfishness, pride, envy, laziness, deceit. May our prayers never be so self-centered that they are A catalog of earthly desires. May we seek Thee, not self —...

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Paradox He is I AM.  Before the world began  He was and is.  And by His great command  That which was nothing  Came to light and life as planned,  And void became  His vast domain of praise.  Ancient of Days,  He drew a time out of eternity  And scooped the dust to form a man,  And breathed eternity into a lump of clay and sand.  Such foolishness for One 

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