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Giving Thanks for Christian Friends

“We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers.” (1 Thessalonians 1:2)

We all have much to be thankful for. It is certainly appropriate to give audible thanks for our daily bread, whether in private, at a family meal, or in public at a fine restaurant. In fact, Jesus set the example. When He miraculously fed the multitude beside the Sea of Galilee, He began with a prayer of thanksgiving: “He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks [and] broke them. . . . So they all ate and were filled” (Matthew 15:36-37).

It is good to give thanks for our food and shelter and clothing, but the blessing of having Christian friends is even more thankworthy. The first letter to the Thessalonians was possibly Paul’s first Spirit-inspired letter to Christian friends, and Paul began with a testimony of thankfulness to God for them (see the text above).

When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he began similarly: “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3), and to the Colossians he started the same way: “We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you” (Colossians 1:3). The same when he wrote his epistle to the church at Corinth: “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you by Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:4).

Even when writing to the Christians at Rome, whom he had not yet met personally, he wrote, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all” (Romans 1:8). He also thanked God for his personal friends Timothy (2 Timothy 1:3) and Philemon (Philemon 1:4).

Throughout our Christian life journey, we develop lasting Christian friends and can thank God for all of them. What a blessing to have such friends, and how fitting it is to give God special thanks for them at this time.



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Father’s Love


Today is Father’s Day. The greatest need in our society today is for fathers who will rise up and assume their God-given role of responsibility in the family. Our text gives basic responsibilities for manhood; but when a man becomes a father, those responsibilities are expanded. Let’s look. Read Ephesian 6:1-4

 1. A godly father loves God

I try to spend as much time as possible with God and my family. That’s more important than anything … (Albert Pujols)
A. The basis upon which happiness is built and priorities of relationship. 
But seek ye first the Kingdome of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto 
you.( Matthew 6:33)
B. If you do not have a right relationship with God, it is impossible to think you can relate properly to others.
C. If you are running from God you will never have peace. Settle that matter first of all, 
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.(Isaiah 57:2)

2. A godly father loves his wife

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. (Henry Ward Beecher)
A. Most husbands assume love is sex. While that certainly is a part of love, it is not all, 
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it: (Ephesians 5:25-33 ). 
Real love seeks to meet all the needs of another person.( 1 Corinthians 13:1-13) for a definition of real love.
B. Romantic actions are not an abandonment of your manliness. Open the car door, pull out her chair at dinner, hold her hand and help make the beds, rinse out the tub when you’re finished, the list is endless.
C. Your sons are learning from you how to treat their wives. One day they will treat their wives the same way you treat 
their mother.

3. A godly father loves his children

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. (Henry Ward Beecher)
A. Love is more than provision for material things. Don’t miss your children’s childhood; there is no second chance at childhood.
B. When discipline is required, do it in love, (Colossians 3:21). Don’t beat them up out of anger.
C. Children interpret time spent with them as love. Forget “quality time” vs. “quantity time”

4. A godly father is a man of integrity

God is the archetypal Father; all other fatherhood is a more or less imperfect copy of his perfect fatherhood. (F.F. Bruce)
A. “. . . to do justly . . . walk uprightly. . .” “Integrity” has become almost a forgotten word. The highest elected office in our land is tainted with the smell of corruption and a liar.
B. We are called to rise above that and be men of integrity.
C. It should permeate every area of our lives. In the workplace; an honest day’s toil, in the home; fulfilled promises, in personal business; prompt payment of obligations, in other relationships; commitment to fulfill my commitments.

5. A godly father is a role model of God

Train up a child in the way he should go – but be sure you go that way yourself. (Charles Spurgeon)
A. The image of a father nowadays is not always a good one. Over half the children in America grow up without a father in the home. Often abandoned by their father or the father is maligned.
B. Sexual abuse by the father is on the rise. Then, we tell children that God is their Heavenly Father!
C. Small wonder that they are afraid of Him. God help us! Dad, you are shaping your child’s concept of his/her Heavenly Father. They see him as you.


The Word of God is challenging you to be a godly father today! Will you be a godly father to your children? We have best example of the father our Heavenly God who loves us so much who gave one and Only Son for us on the Cross, John 3:16 tells us. His Death gives us life but not just a life but eternal life.
John Griffith, the Bridge Operator at Mississippi River (1929-1937) 
that is an amazing story of Father’s Lord .

Anwar Ze Shan

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Lord we know You are coming back soon. You know the burden in my heart for my family and friends (and their children and mine). You know how much my heart breaks for those who are lost. Lord please hear our cries for them. Speak to their hearts. turn them away from sin and away from the lures of the devil who is trying to confuse them and deceive them. The people of this generation don’t believe that You could be returning very soon, but all it would take would be for them to read Your word for themselves and we know Your word will open their spiritual eyes and ears and understanding for The Truth. Lord please impress upon their hearts a need to know You, impress upon their hearts to read Your Holy Word, show them how much You love them by placing them in your care, for Lord you know without You, they haven’t got a prayer. Give them a hope and a future. Take away all feelings of unworthiness that they may be feeling. Fill their hearts with Your joy. Lead them to Your heart, Lord!!!

Please Answer our prayers ASAP and bring them to true repentance and Salvation in Jesus name Amen.

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The Elect Lady 

“The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth.” (2 John 1:1)

The Greek word for “lady” (kuria) is used only two times in the Bible, and both of these occurrences are here in the one-chapter epistle of 2 John. It is also fascinating to note that kuria is the feminine form of kurios, which is the Greek word for “Lord.”

Evidently this “elect lady” was a special woman, very highly esteemed by the apostle John as a capable and conscientious mother to her children.

It is uncertain, however, whether this distinguished lady was a literal mother in the church with literal children or possibly a metaphor for the church itself, with the “children” its individual members. Good reasons can be given for both interpretations, and it may even be that John wrote his letter with this dual meaning in mind under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

In either case, it is significant that this mother is called “lady” instead of the much more frequently used “woman” (Greek gune), or even “mother” (Greek meter). The Greek kuria was evidently used to stress deep respect and honor to such a mother in the church. She clearly was training her children in “the truth,” much as Timothy’s mother, Eunice, and grandmother, Lois, had brought him up to have “unfeigned faith” in “the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:15).

In addition to faith in God’s truth, of course, there should be genuine love. The second use of kuria is in verse 5: “And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another” (2 John 1:5). HMM

DAYS OF PRAISEMay 13, 2018

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*  Acts 4:10, 12 “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, Whom ye crucified, Whom God raised from the dead, even by Him doth this man stand here before you whole….Neither is there salvation in any other:  for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
*  John 1:11-12 “(Jesus) came unto His own, and His own received Him not.  But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the (children) of God, even to them that believe on His name.” 
*  Romans 10:9-10 – “…if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
*  Galatians 3:26 – “For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.”


*  Romans 8:15 – “For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”
*  Ephesians 1:2-6 – “Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:  according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:  having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in The Beloved.”


*  Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.”
*  Matthew 6:1 – “Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them:  otherwise ye have no reward of your Father Who is in heaven.”
*  Matthew 7:11 – “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”
*  Matthew 18:14 – “Even so it is not the will of your Father Who is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”
*  Luke 6:36 – “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.”
*  Luke 12:32 – “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
*  John 20:17 – “Jesus saith unto her, Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God.”


*  1 John 3:1-2 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the (children) of God:  therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 2017

Reblogged from http://skipslighthouse.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-greatest-father-of-all.html


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Honoring Fathers


 A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, 
and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
— Billy Graham

Dear women, do you have a godly man in your life? Love him today by showing him appreciation and respect. In a Christian home, these elements are fundamental to a strong foundation. And when hard times roll, remember to give him sweet grace as he (like you) is a work in progress.
I enjoyed what Doug Phillips had to say on Fatherhood:

“In an age when manhood has been all but emasculated by the culture at large, fathers need encouragement to embrace their God-ordained role as family shepherd and patriarch. A man of God who stands for truth and leads his family in the ways of the Lord is a powerful witness — one deserving of encouragement and honor.”
Read the rest here.
Also, Pastor Mark Driscoll wrote a good post for Dad that my husband shared today:
5 Godly Ways to Be a Good Dad
So wives, if you husband is looking for some good reading this morning feel free to share the above links with him and praise him if he is trying to do these things.
And lastly, if you would like a FREE Father’s Day Gift for your favorite dad, click HERE.

Have a fabulous day!

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5 Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day (And 5 quotes to Inspire Him)


Father’s Day will be here in a blink of an eye and around the Fuentes household, we are busily preparing to have everyone over. I am really excited about what I got my husband–it is something he has been wanting since his childhood. He has no idea he is getting it and I can’t wait to surprise him!
I thought I would share some inspirational quotes that you could share with your husband or father to encourage them on their special day. Dad’s do so many great things that go missed day to day so it is nice when we get a chance to honor them and thank them for all they do. 
Here they are:
None of the things I remember about my father had anything at all to do with his lifestyle of whom he knew or the places he had been or the style of the clothes he wore. I just knew that he was always there. -Cal Thomas
A father carries pictures where his money used to be. -Author Unknown
There is no more vital calling or vocation for men than fathering. -John Throop
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him Father! -Lydia M. Child
Children’s children are the crown of old men and the glory of children are their fathers. -Proverbs 17:6
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person–he believed in me. -Jim Valvano
One night a father overheard his son pray, “Dear God, make me the kind of man my daddy is.”—Later that night, the father prayed, “Dear God, make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. -Anonymous
F…You are my friend.
A…You are my ally.
T…You are my teacher.
H…You are my hero.
E…You are my example.
R…You are my rock.
-K. Williams

Or any other thing he loves to do going out, or if he likes staying home make him his favorite meal and cuddle up under a blanket and watch some Netflix.
If you man is an outdoorsman go hiking, camping, boating, sports game, or whatever his favorite thing might be!
Make it as simple as a cookout or fancier. If you invite several people you can even honor more dads at once. One year we did this and had a cake that said “HONORING FATHERHOOD” on it and took a group picture with all the dads. The kids read short poems about fatherhood and make a collage of pictures with dad and even grandpa. Grandpa gave a teary eyed, heart-felt speech afterwards and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house when he was done.
Sometimes Dads work themselves to the bone and don’t really get time to rest. Give him some time to read, kick up his feet, watch his favorite movie/show, or take a long needed nap. When he wakes up pour him a nice big glass of iced tea and give him a back rub!
 If he is a family man be sure to invite his family over so they can share in the fun. Have some games and dessert and enjoy the day.
Feel free to also print the quotes out and stick them into your Father’s Day card!
If you haven’t gotten him a gift yet check out Amazon , they have a Father’s Day Gift Store that is helpful!
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Have a Happy Father’s Day and don’t forget to honor the special men in your life!
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Reblogged from http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2017/06/5-ways-to-celebrate-fathers-day-quotes.html

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7 Ways to Help Our Sons to Become Men


When I started having children I always thought the Lord would bless us with only girls for some reason.
Especially when I gave birth to my second  girl.
I loved having daughters because I was an only child and felt that I could relate more to raising a daughter. My very own daughter... (insert sigh of happiness)!
But then all of the sudden I was a mom of a gorgeous smiling, curly haired boy. He was perfect in every way and I adored him to pieces.
Then a few more boys came along and I adored them too. So this is what having boys was like!
There were fun and energetic and low maintenance (just wash and give them food as needed). They were rough and tumble and care free. What fun!
But boys grow up quickly to become men. And one thing I don’t want to do is let the window of opportunity pass me by to help them to become they need to become.
So today we are sharing six ways to help our sons become men that will hopefully bless you if you have a son:
1. Pray for him – It is so important to lift him up to the Lord. The Lord sees and knows all and even knows your sons heart. Pray for wisdom and guidance as you teach him and that he would show you exactly what you should do. Every son is different and will need His guidance.
2. Encourage him to look to God’s example – Teach him scripture at a young age and have Bible studies with him so that he can learn the whole counsel of God’s word. Gods example of a steadfast, righteous, and holy Father in heaven is something he can always look to even when other men in his life might fail him.
3. Point him to your husband – Whenever I can I try to point out good qualities in their father or just direct them to him in general. I know that they are around me all day (and their four other sisters) so it is good to send them to dad when he gets home from work so that they can get a good dose of masculinity!
4. Spend time together – Boys learn to become men by spending time with their father. I try to make sure they get in time to do guy things together with out interrupting or protesting that they need to do something else. All those other things can wait so that they can spend those precious minutes with Dad.
5. Teach him character – We are constantly emphasizing character in this house. My children are not perfect and so it encourages them to hear stories that include good character in them to spur them along the way. We use books, movies, current events, real life situations to teach as much character as we can on a daily basis.
6. Teach him to work hard – It is important for boys to work hard and not be lazy. They will become the breadwinners one day when they have a family and ease and comfort will not be an option. I have friends who teach their children to work hard on the farm or go to work with their husbands to teach them how to become hard workers. Since we don’t have that where we live I have the kids take over practically every job I can think of on the home front so that they can grow their skills and become a confident at working.
My job has switched from doing most of the housework when the children were little to more of a manager of the home and overseeing all the chores, etc. It is an adjustment but I know that it will benefit them in the end. Never do everything for your child or you will train them to become lazy! You will be hurting them in the end because they will not have learned the value of hard work–something they were created by God to do.
7. Teach him to honor women – I try to teach my sons to treat the female gender differently and to defer to them when it is called for. I want them to love their wives and daughters one day so I try to teach them to do that while they are young with how they treat me and their sisters. They open the doors for us, let us go first in line, learn to communicate peacefully with us, and so forth. Treat them to be gentlemen at a young age and their future wives will thank you for it!
8. Allow him to share his heart with you – Be sure to remember to have a relationship with your son. There is no fool proof formula so it is good to always know what is going on in their hearts and helping them through life along the way. They need you to be there for them with an open ear and heart. Be there for them when they need you!
I hope this list will help you as you raise your sons to become men.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to raise sons that will bring you glory. Help bring them to manhood in the way that they need to be and not the way I think it should be. Let him have a heart for you most of all and that he would follow after you all the days of his life. Keep him from evil and keep his path straight  on the narrow road not swerving to the left or to the right. Help him to courageously defend and contend for your Word.  And may he serve you faithfully until his last days. Amen. 
Do you need more encouragement or reading on the topic of boyhood? We recommend Raising Real Men:

Teenaged boys put away a startling amount of groceries. Young boys can be downright destructive. They’re noisy, unconcerned with personal hygiene, and the dog has a longer attention span – or so it seems, some days. If this is God’s chosen gift to us, then why does it seem so hard?
How can we prepare these boys to serve God when we can barely make it through the day. Isn’t there a better way? The answer is yes. Raising Real Men looks beyond the untied shoes and dirty jeans to what the Lord means your son to be.
Learn how to help him focus on schoolwork, find real heroes, stand alone when he needs to, and become a real man one day. Don t just survive raising boys, succeed at it and learn how to love them as they really are.

         You can find it HERE.

Reblogged from:http://proverbs14verse1.blogspot.com/2015/07/7-ways-to-help-our-sons-to-become-men.html

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Not Forgotten

Not Forgotten

Read: Isaiah 49:13-21

New King James Version (NKJV)

13 Sing, O heavens!
Be joyful, O earth!
And break out in singing, O mountains!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
And will have mercy on His afflicted.

God Will Remember Zion

14 But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
And my Lord has forgotten me.”
15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;
Your walls are continually before Me.
17 Your sons[a] shall make haste;
Your destroyers and those who laid you waste
Shall go away from you.
18 Lift up your eyes, look around and see;
All these gather together and come to you.
As I live,” says the Lord,
“You shall surely clothe yourselves with them all as an ornament,
And bind them on you as a bride does.

19 “For your waste and desolate places,
And the land of your destruction,
Will even now be too small for the inhabitants;
And those who swallowed you up will be far away.
20 The children you will have,
After you have lost the others,
Will say again in your ears,
‘The place is too small for me;
Give me a place where I may dwell.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?’”

I will not forget you! Isaiah 49:15 

New King James Version (NKJV)

15 “Can a woman forget her nursing child,
And not have compassion on the son of her womb?
Surely they may forget,
Yet I will not forget you.

At her mother’s 50th birthday celebration with hundreds of people present, firstborn daughter Kukua recounted what her mother had done for her. The times were hard, Kukua remembered, and funds were scarce in the home. But her single mother deprived herself of personal comfort, selling her precious jewelry and other possessions in order to put Kukua through high school. With tears in her eyes, Kukua said that no matter how difficult things were, her mother never abandoned her or her siblings.

God compared His love for His people with a mother’s love for her child. When the people of Israel felt abandoned by God during their exile, they complained: “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me” (Isa. 49:14). But God said, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (v. 15).

When we are distressed or disillusioned, we may feel abandoned by society, family, and friends, but God does not abandon us. It is a great encouragement that the Lord says, “I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (v. 16) to indicate how much He knows and protects us. Even if people forsake us, God will never forsake His own.

Thank You, Lord, that I am Yours forever. I’m thankful that I won’t have to walk through any experience alone.

God never forgets us.

INSIGHT:The love of a mother for her newborn child serves as a powerful symbol of God’s love for us. Life has its inevitable painful surprises and upsets, and we can sometimes be tempted to doubt the goodness, protection, and provision of the God who has redeemed us. But as this wonderful Bible passage shows, our heavenly Father could no more forget about us than a nursing mother can turn her back on her child. The example of faithful parental care can serve as a reminder of God’s never-ending love. 

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American Minute
Happy Mothers Day -“The Hand that Rocks the Cradle is the Hand that Rules the World.”

Mothers’ Day was held in Boston in 1872 at the suggestion of Julia Ward Howe, writer of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

But it was Anna Jarvis, daughter of a Methodist minister in Grafton, West Virginia, who made it a national event.

During the Civil War, Anna Jarvis’ mother organized Mothers’ Day Work Clubs to care for wounded soldiers, both Union and Confederate.

She raised money for medicine, inspected bottled milk, improved sanitation and hired women to care for families where mothers suffered from tuberculosis.


In her mother’s honor, Anna Jarvis persuaded her church to set aside the 2nd Sunday in May, the anniversary of her mother’s death, as a day to appreciate all mothers.

Encouraged by the reception, Anna Jarvis organized it in Philadelphia, then began a letter-writing campaign to ministers, businessmen and politicians to establish a national Mothers’ Day.

In response, on MAY 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first National Mothers’ Day as a

“public expression of…love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”

President Reagan said in his Mother’s Day Proclamation, 1986:

“A Jewish saying sums it up: ‘God could not be everywhere – so He created mothers.'”

Mothers have the role of imparting values into children, as American poet William Ross Wallace wrote:

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

Dr. James Dobson addressed the National Religious Broadcasters, Feb. 16, 2002:

“If they can get control of children … they can change the whole culture in one generation.”

This importance of this was echoed by historians Will and Ariel Durant in The Lessons of History, 1968:

“Civilization is not inherited; it has to be learned and earned by each generation anew;

if the transmission should be interrupted… civilization would die, and we should be savages again.”

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy (2 Timothy 1:5):

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.”

On February 3, 1983, at the annual National Prayer Breakfast, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“I have a very special old Bible. And alongside a verse in the Second Book of Chronicles there are some words, handwritten, very faded by now. And believe me, the person who wrote these words was an authority. Her name was Nelle Wilson Reagan. She was my mother.”

Ronald Reagan stated:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream.

It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.



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