Today’s Worship Wednesday song comes from Keith & Kristyn Getty entitled “He Will Hold Me Fast”. WOW, what amazing and comforting words.

I don’t know if you are having a difficult time in your life right now or not, but at some point, you will and these words are very encouraging to hear.

The Gettys have this to say about this song:

From the first time we heard this song written by Matt Merker, we felt it was a unique jewel that would be a comfort and encouragement to God’s people as we live out faith in these difficult times, whether in suffering, persecution or death. It reminded us of the Spirituals and also of the hymn, “We Rest on Thee” (which inspired the missionary Jim Elliot and the title of his biography, “Through Gates of Splendor”). Interestingly, the Finish melody, “Finlandia,” is also the melodic basis of the hymn, “Be Still My Soul,” that was the favorite hymn of Eric Liddell, famous Olympic gold medalist who retired early from Sport to return to China, home of his birth, and serve as missionary.

I hope you find encouragement and rest today in knowing, that if you know HIM as your Lord and Savior, He is holding you fast today!

We can make the outside look at nice as possible but only God can remove the stains within. A beautiful lesson from a “Dirty Coffee Cup”.

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I have a corner in my home office where I retreat to spend time with God. It separates me from the distractions of work, which sit just a couple of feet away from my prayer corner. I often enjoy a cup of coffee while reading from Scripture or elsewhere as God directs me. When I began to pray this morning it was the empty coffee cup rather than thoughts of work that began to distract me. Why? Because I knew that the coffee cup needed to be soaking in the kitchen sink and it was bugging me. So I got up and relocated the coffee cup to the sink. And then I went back to my prayer corner to sit quietly and listen for God’s voice.

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This month (October 2017) we are celebrating 500 years since the Reformation. Praise the Lord for Martin Luther!

We think of Martin Luther as a great reformer, Bible translator, political leader, fiery preacher, and theologian. But he was also a musician, having been born in an area of Germany known for its music.

When the Protestant Reformation began, Luther determined to restore worship to the German Church. He worked with skilled musicians to create new music for Christians, to be sung in the vernacular. He helped revive congregational singing and wrote a number of hymns.

In the forward of a book, Luther once wrote, “Next to the Word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world. It controls our thoughts, minds, hearts, and spirits.

(Excerpt from the book “Then Sings My Soul – 150 of the World’s Greatest Hymn Stores”)

Since we are celebrating the Reformation, today’s Worship Wednesday song is Luther’s most famous hymn entitled “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Godd” or, as we call it “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”. This song was written from the words of Psalm 46.

I hope you find hope and encouragement from Matt Boswell’s rendition of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God”.

This morning I was listening to a new podcast from David Platt entitled “Pray The Word” with David Platt. (I highly recommend!!!) He was explaining & then praying through the verse from Philippians 4:9 where Paul is writing to the Christians in the Roman colony of Philippi.

Philippians 4:9 say:

What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Did you catch those words? Paul is not only saying that they were to learn & receive what had been taught to them, but he is also saying that they were to look at him (Paul) and do what they have seen in him.

Paul was showing them by his own actions and the way he lived that he not only learned the Word, receive it, heard it but then also did it. What Paul was saying is that we must not only be taught the scriptures but we must live it out. James 1:22 says, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only”.

Warren Wiersbe has this to say,

“Paul balances four activities: “learned and received” & “heard and seen”. It is one thing to learn a truth, but quite another to receive it inwardly and make it a part of our inner man. Facts in the head are not enough; we must also have truths in the heard.

In Paul’s ministry, he not only taught the Word but also lived it so that his listeners could see the truth in his life.

Paul walked so closely with Jesus that anything that God asked him to do or told him to do he did it. It was that simple. Paul was a “doer” and not just a “hearer”.

So here are the questions: Are we living a life each and every day that points people to Jesus or are we pointing them to the world? Are we truly living out the truths of God’s Word or are we just listening to them as suggestions? And can the people that we are around every day see these truths being put into practice?

It has been said that you are the only Bible that some people will ever read. What are the people around you learning and seeing from you today?