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  • God’s World | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    drink its water mine its gold and fish its seas but only because God has given us the go ahead Gen 1 28 30 Really it s God s World The earth is the Lord s and all its fullness the world and those who dwell therein Ps 24 1 It amazes me that God has entrusted His incredible creation to mere humans He knew that some of us would mistreat it deny He made it and claim it as ours Still He allows us to call it home and sustains it through His Son Col 1 16 17 Today take a moment to enjoy life in God s world Savor the taste of some fruit Eavesdrop on a bird and listen to its song Revel in a sunset Let the world you inhabit inspire you to worship the One who owns it Help me Lord to stop occasionally To look to listen to taste to think about the gifts You send for our enjoyment Thank You for expressing Your creativity and love to me today The beauty of creation gives us reasons to sing God s praise INSIGHT This sacred hymn Psalm 24 was probably written to be sung when the ark of the covenant was taken up from the house of Obed edom to remain within curtains upon the hill of Zion Charles Spurgeon The Treasury of David David summons us to worship God as the Creator and Owner of all the earth Ps 24 1 2 to live holy lives vv 3 4 and to submit ourselves to God as the Sovereign King of all creation vv 7 10 The worshiper who seeks God wholeheartedly is promised a blessing he will be justified accepted and approved by God vv 5 6 Devotion from Our Daily Bread For

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  • Going Home | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    clothing to poor families as an outreach project for a local church It was an ambitious plan but with a little tweaking because of unexpected events the mission team followed it through During the mission we experienced many joyful and uplifting moments We made new friends enjoyed times of worship and saw the beauty of God s creation in some of the locations we visited in Nicaragua However there were also times of difficulty and sadness There was of course the physical fatigue of hauling gravel sand bags of cement cinder blocks and 80 pound stones However there was also the mental emotional and spiritual fatigue caused by some of the things we saw There were children fighting the ravages of cancer under nourished prisoners cramped into small overcrowded cells beautiful little children that had been abandoned by their parents and the abject poverty that had families living in homes made of scrap metal pieces of plastic and cardboard I have to admit that all this plus the effort of managing the dynamics of a mission team at times made me homesick One of the things that helped me through this was something that was in our plan That something was the part of the plan for our return home We were doing a good thing in Nicaragua and although at times it was hard we knew that at the end we would be going home When that time came I was excited not to be back at my house but to be back with the people I loved Coming home started when I saw my wife Laura at the airport and it was completed when my children their wives and my grandchildren came over for dinner the following evening God has a wonderful plan for our lives Jeremiah 29 11 says For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord plans to prosper you and not to harm you plans to give you hope and a future That plan includes many things such as understanding and accepting what your true relationship with God should be It includes knowing that you are a sinner accepting God s forgiveness bought for you by Jesus death on a cross and a decision to follow Him Like our Nicaragua Mission trip plan God s plan will have both joyful and difficult times but it also includes a plan for going home Our lives play out a mission that God set for us We persevere as we seek to know and follow His plan but one day we will go home We will be with the Father who created us with the Son who died for us and with the Spirit who guided us We will also be re united with the people that we love our brother and sisters in Christ I can hardly wait Submitted by Conrad F Share this entry Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share by Mail 1 reply Jennet and Dorman Quinton

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  • Heart Diagnostics | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    Saul was anointed as King One of the characteristics that the narrator points out was that Saul was a tall and handsome man who could gloss the cover of any fashion magazine Yet despite his kingly appearance in time Saul became disobedient towards God What appeared impressive on the outside disguised a heart that was not alive to God Saul s disobedience became a tipping point for God to look for a replacement as king over Israel When the prophet Samuel came to Bethlehem he identified a man by the name of Jesse who had seven sons All of the sons except one were presented before Samuel as the next potential king of Israel In my own imagination this is analogous to a modern day TV reality show with contestants coming on stage and being judged by a panel of judges The first son of Jesse was Eliab He was the oldest dominant in personality and good looks and like the rest of the Bethlehem community who had gathered to watch Samuel was impressed by what he saw Surely the Lord s anointed stands here before the Lord However the Lord saw what everyone including the prophetic and seasoned eye of Samuel missed The Lord says to Samuel Do not consider his appearance or his height for I have rejected him And then the Lord gives his reason for the Lord does not see as mortals see they look on the outward appearance but the Lord looks on the heart Jesse s next two sons Abinadab and Shimea are also rejected as possible candidates The rest of Jesse s sons are not named but they too are rejected Jesse is humiliated The crowd is restless Samuel is bewildered This was Bethlehem This was the right family Was he losing his prophetic edge There must be another son As it turns out and as the whole world knows there was another son David His father Jesse says There remains yet the youngest but he is keeping the sheep Behind these words there is an assumption that the kid brother the youngest the one left behind with the menial task of tending the sheep would not be a prime candidate for kingly consideration We often judge a book by the cover despite the familiar saying but it seems that God rarely judges and chooses in this way David is the uninvited and unnoticed shepherd boy and yet God knows his name and sees his heart And Samuel said to Jesse Send and bring him for we will not sit down until he comes here He sent and brought him in Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome The Lord said Rise and anoint him for this is the one Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers and the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward David was chosen and anointed not for what anybody

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  • Joy – An Elusive Emotion? | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    cope with stresses of life Just about anything will do for a Joy Box but the most common is a shoe box It doesn t matter what the box is it s what s in it that counts cards letters cartoons pictures anything that makes you smile or laugh especially when the gloomies attack I got thinking about joy as the second listed fruit of the spirit and how often the Bible speaks of that emotion If there is any man from the Bible who lost all his joy knew deep sorrow and had no hope it is Job In his story you find this amazing promise from God if Job will only trust in Him and put all his troubles and faith in God s hands Job 8 21 He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy The Apostle Paul speaks of joy in Romans 15 13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus speaks to us in His own words in John 16 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name Ask and you will receive and your joy will be complete From my standpoint one of the most challenging passages on joy in the Bible is James 1 2 3 Consider it pure joy my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance We all long for joy in our lives a joy that will come by accepting Jesus as saviour and experiencing the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit I may prepare a Joy Box of my own very

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  • Living A Good Life | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    coming he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into Therefore you also must be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour Matthew 24 36 44 Perhaps I am getting older but it seems that 2015 came in without the anticipation the fanfare and panic of other years I remember the doomsday fears of Y2K and 2012 The years following 9 11 when we were at war and there was always a new threat to our way of life The recent years of economic turmoil The years when we anticipated running out of water or out of oil or being decimated by swine flu or bird flu Sometimes people get angry when they look back on all the hysteria They become jaded and cynical about being played for fools by the media Meanwhile several books such as Abundance The Future is Better than You Think by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler and The Rational Optimist by Matt Ridley assure us that well the future is better than we think I ve read those books and I agree with their conclusions Their research is impeccable and their logic sound The future is better than what most people had ever dreamed was possible But I strongly believe it is better because lots of people went around saying we are doomed and disaster is just around the corner If it were not for the Y2K panic we would not have changed vulnerable software If it were not for panic over bird flu we would not have gotten flu shots If we were not concerned about oil running out we would not have started difficult and expensive alternatives If we were not concerned about flood or fire we would not have bought insurance

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  • Love is Always Right | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    in us by the Spirit that he has given us I John 3 18 24 In Josh McDowell s book Love is Always Right he said that when faced with a moral dilemma we should choose to do the most loving thing And even if we chose unwisely it will be because we loved too much and not too little It seems that our world and our culture is changing at an exponential rate What if we asked ourselves What is the most loving response and action in this situation instead of What is the most moral or right thing to do Jesus was once asked what is the greatest commandment and He replied that it is to love God with all our heart soul strength and mind And even though no one asked Him He quickly followed with the second greatest commandment which is to love our neighbor as ourselves These two commandments cannot be separated and we love God by loving others and we love others by loving God They must be spoken together in one breath and thought of together as one great directive Jesus said that all the Law is fulfilled by obeying these two commandments He later increased the stakes by saying that we should love our enemies Loving our enemies require tremendous wisdom and strength These commandments are not for the faint of heart or for the half hearted disciple But it is the right thing to do and God is only asking us to do something that He Himself was very willing to do Imagine how radically different public debate would be if we chose to do the most loving thing What is the most loving response to our current issues of assisted suicide Of gay rights and gender identity Of ISIS and

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  • Our Life Story | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    day the story of your life is being written Every second is a word every moment a sentence every day another page I was also reminded in the study that if we think of our lives as a story it helps us to remember that we are characters in the story and not just spectators As Christians we believe God is actively in control and at work in our lives we are not just surviving on this earth going through the motions by accident Human life has real meaning and purpose and God has a special plan for each of our lives It s up to each one of us to discern if our story is unfolding as God intended The study also included a warning society today wants us to believe we are the ones writing the story and in control of our lives Many of the modern day self help books claim the solution to finding happiness peace and contentment lies within us However Psalm 139 17b 16 says When I was woven together in the depths of the earth your eyes saw my unformed body All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be In other words the meaning of our lives is written into each one of us by God It s an awesome thought that God has written a story for each and every human being No life is pointless or worthless and there s a story behind each and every person s life As a Christian I believe that everything happens in our lives for a purpose and if we re prepared to share our life story with others God will use our circumstances as a blessing to others One of the most dramatic life

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  • Outsiders with the “Inside” Scoop | Glenbrook Presbyterian Church
    keep up the holiday pace of entertaining eating rich foods and the extra spending that goes along with it for more than a few weeks We enjoy the festivities but they are tiring But do we really want to get back to normal Normal seems to imply a humdrum boring no surprises existence and I don t think that that is what we want either Indeed I believe we wish we could carry the wonder and the magic of Christmas with us all year But how The last piece of the Christmas story reveals a clue The Bible records that two unlikely groups of people came to visit and worship Jesus after his birth The first to arrive were shepherds Shepherds You see in biblical times shepherds were looked down upon They were a nomadic people who because of their lifestyle likely didn t make it to Sunday services Also we can imagine that they didn t earn very much and even their hygiene may have been lacking Hard to wash up in the wilderness after all Then about two years later a very different sort of delegation arrives wealthy learned men referred to as the Magi One hypothesis is that these men were Zoasterian priests a hybrid religion of astrology and science In form and substance the shepherds and Magi could not have been more different Yet they had something in common they were outsiders Isn t it odd that Jesus birth was revealed not to the insiders the Jewish religious elite folks who had been waiting for a Messiah for years but outsiders It was just another surprise among many in the Nativity story Here we are at the beginning of a new year How can we keep its potential intact Our expectancy fresh By remembering that God

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