Sometimes the night was beautiful Sometimes the sky was so far away Sometimes it seemed to stoop so close You could touch it but your heart would break Sometimes the morning came too soon Sometimes the day could be so hot There was so much work left to do But so much You’d already done
Oh God, You are my God And I will ever praise You Oh God, You are my God And I will ever praise You And I will seek You in the morning And I will learn to walk in Your ways And step by step You’ll lead me And I will follow You all of my days
Sometimes I think of Abraham How one star he saw had been lit for me He was a stranger in this land And I am that, no less than he And on this road to righteousness Sometimes the climb can be so steep I may falter in my steps But never beyond His reach 
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.
How do I stay the gospel course? The premise and encouragement for you and me, which is the ultimate answer, “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul, and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.” God himself calls, engages, participates, and equips every person according to his sovereign will and divine election. In fact, you and me are members of a community of believers, the diverse family of God, the body of Christ, the church, who have been chosen, or elect by God. Your salvation and mine were initiated by God before we were even born. Jesus said to his disciples, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last.” Rejoice! “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” You care about the things of God because God stirred your selfish and even hostile heart to receive his gift of salvation. In Christ, we choose to grow in grace and pursue holiness; through recurring humble cries for help we learn to submit to God, resist the devil, the flesh, and the world successfully by relying on his indwelling supernatural power—our gracious God is faithful and he will do it.
Sing and proclaim in your heart and outwardly, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion…” God has helped, preserved, empowered many genuine believers to endure, and protected his church—the diversity of saints who persevered in him for multiple generations past; our sovereign God is, through all generations, “…compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.” We are encouraged to persevere—we stay the gospel course as we are reminded of the saints of old and experience our faithful ever-present God today.
Our call is to hold on in his strength! I remind myself; a truly regenerate heart has the freedom and privilege to cry out for supernatural power to resist, even fight against evil in our midst—I need discerning power to recognize quickly compromising ideas and behaviors, even my spoken words that are potentially harmful to my gospel course. Be ye encouraged that this life we live in Christ is never meant to be worked out alone. In fact, I desperately need brothers around me and the diverse family of God to not only spur me on toward love and good deeds but to give me counsel and help me filter ideas, scenarios, conflicts, emotions through biblical truth and godly principles that are healthy and glorifying to God.
In Christ we are called to be joyful always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. I want the ability, increased ability to live this way! You do too! Therefore, we rely on God—Lord, help me, and every pleading regenerate heart to keep the Spirit’s fire burning brightly. Praying not in form only, but truly crying out to our gracious Father, through Jesus, and in supernatural power from the Holy Spirit with ever-increasing intensity, fervency, and motivation. Our life in Christ dictates holy change—it is for our greater good, by God’s grace, to expect ongoing refinement, purifying, maturing, and strength to stay the gospel course. We flow and overflow out of a regenerate heart developing greater love, communion, and intimacy with our Lord Jesus in personal relationship that is most satisfying.
I pray you are experiencing and are encouraged to pursue more, more, more this supernatural, most valuable, and beyond-measure worthy Christian life. Rejoice always, in light of Jesus who is our hope, blessed assurance, he will return in “full encompassing power!” We stand on and anticipate the fulfillment of this “awesome promise!” “It is worth it!” Your life in Christ and mine is worth it in light of the glory to come and the glory now experienced through God helping us live and work-out this great salvation! Yes indeed!
This morning, September 3, I was encouraged by “The ‘I will’ of God” by John Piper. Listen, and be encouraged too via the link below.
Oh God, You are my God And I will ever praise You Oh God, You are my God And I will ever praise You I will seek You in the morning And I will learn to walk in Your ways And step by step You’ll lead me And I will follow You all of my days
Oh, I will follow You all of my days I will follow You all of my days And step by step You’ll lead me And I will follow You all of my days
Sisters are meeting to pray together! First Baptist, 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900
You are invited to join diverse sisters in Jesus for a time of encouragement, prayer, and evident love as the Spirit of God directs. A refuge and support for gals needing a sweet hour to get rejuvenated and filled to overflowing! Thank you, sisters.
Brothers are meeting too! Mt. View Bible, 2710 Alpine Blvd. Alpine, 0730
A necessity and joy to meet with the brothers! Join us as we ask, seek, and knock together before the throne of grace. If you haven’t been in a while, it is time to catch up and bless the brothers with your presence. We always rely on the Spirit to lead and ask for much grace to follow.
We will do Zoom as well. If you have the opportunity to join via Zoom please do! Brothers have done so and it is clear and effective as the Spirit helps our efforts.
Send an email to me if you do not have the link.
 Psalm 89:15-16
 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
 Ephesians 1:4
 John 15:16
 Ephesians 2:8-9
 Psalm 103:1-4
 Ibid v. 8
 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19
 Mueller, Mark. Shepherd @ Emmanuel Christian Church, Sunday, August 30, 2020. Zoom platform.
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