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  • Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind......
  • Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  • For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • On the glorious splendor of Your majesty And on Your wonderful works, I will meditate.
  • The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
  • Pat & Ray
  • Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
  • Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,"I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life."
  • God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.
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“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel" Psalm 22:3

Satan said to God that the only reason Job praised him was because God kept him from having troubles. "Stop blessing him with the good life and he will curse you."  Daily life will prove the stuff that our faith is made of.

We often hear someone praising the Lord for an answered prayer or something good that has happened. I sometimes wonder as I listen, "Would you still praise God if things had not turned out this way?" Too often our praise is conditional upon what pleases us. That kind of praise has a very short life span. 

When Job was hit with the worst kind of news, some expected him to crumble. The Bible says that he worshiped and said, "...BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD." 

Unconditional praise is lasting praise. Sure, we are expected to show our gratitude to God for the things that he does. It is a powerful witness when we do, but there is a difference between thanksgiving and praise.  Praise is not about what God does, but who God is; and for that reason we can lift up hands of praise no matter what He does or doesn't do. 

It is in praise that we often experience the Lord’s comforting presence. (God inhabits the praise of His people.)  When we praise and worship him in the middle troubles, we realize that it is the abiding presence of God that keeps us through the storm.

Things looked bleak in the prophet Habakkuk's day, but he made up his mind. If he lost everything that matters to his earthly life, he would still celebrate the one who never fails, and who never abandons those who trust him.  “… yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”  Habakkuk 3:18   Can we do any less? 

“Just the precious name of Jesus is worthy of our praise,
Let us bow our knees before Him, our hands to heaven raise;
When He comes in clouds of glory, with Him to ever reign,
Let's just lift our happy voices, and praise His name.” 

Grace and Peace,  Rev Ray

 

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FUMC of Elizabethton, TN
325 East E Street
Elizabethton, Tennessee 37643
Phone (423)543-3505
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Sunday
  • Worship Service
    – 9:55 AM
  • Sunday School
    – 11:20 AM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Jr. High - Grades 6 thru 8
    – 4:10 PM to 5:30 PM
  • 4:12 Youth Ministries Sr. High - Grades 9 thru 12
    – 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Bible Study
    – 6:00 PM
Wednesday
  • Coolagers (grades K - 5th)
    – 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
  • Life Lessons in the Fellowship Hall
    – 6:00 PM
  • Chancel Choir Practice
    – 7:00 PM
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