Contentment is one of the greatest possessions one may have. It is within itself a goal toward which one needs to strive. A truly contented person possesses a balance; the daily pressures and setbacks do not disconcert. One is able to go with the flow of daily activities realizing a Great Hand is directing; therefore, all is well!
On the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. are two words: Laus Deo. No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument have no idea they are even there and, for that matter, probably couldn't care less! But there they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument to the father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia - capital of the United States of America.
The Love of God
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8). "In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we love God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins"
A Growing Community
Acts 2:42-44, 47
“And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles. 44 Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common…47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.”
Miracles of Jesus
“And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.”
Throughout the Gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John we see Jesus perform many miracles.
The Fourth of July is a special day to patriotic Americans. The day is used to celebrate our independence from the rule and tyranny of the king of England. In a sense, our nation was born on this day in 1776. May we and our children never forget the sacrifices of our forefathers by which we are able to live in this "land of the free and the home of the brave.
“Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you, Says the Lord GOD of hosts.”
It is easy to learn from this passage of Scripture that the Lord is quite displeased with Israel for their backsliding. He tells them it is an evil and bitter thing that they have forsaken Him. He identifies that they no longer fear Him. The writer of Hebrews says plainly, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.