Cast Out

Here are more uses of my Word of the Year, cast:

And they came to Jerusalem; and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves…   Mark 11:15 [KJV]

And Jesus stood still, and commanded him to be called.  And they called the blind man, saying unto him, Be of good comfort, rise, he callers thee.  And he, casting away his garment, rose, and came to Jesus.  –Mark 10:49-50 [KJV]

And they brought him [the donkey] to Jesus, and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.  –Luke 19:35 [KJV]

 

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Storms

In thinking about my Word of the Year (“cast”) I saw some amazing applications of it in scripture related to weather:

He unleashes His lightning beneath the whole heaven and sends it (casts it) to the ends of the earth.  –Job 37:3 [NIV]

He loads the clouds with moisture; He scatters (casts) His lightning through them.  –Job 37:11 [NIV]

He spreads the snow like wool and scatters (casts) the frost like ashes.  –Psalm 147:16 [NKV]

He hurls down (casts) his hail like pebbles.  –Psalm 147:17 [NIV]

 

Compassion Blog

Here are some of the best recent blog posts from Compassion.  These specifically mention letter-writing, a crucial component of child sponsorship.

Christmas Letters

Age Appropriate Letters

Selfies That Change Lives

Favorite Things My Sponsor Wrote Me

Words that Matter

 

More Links

Here are more great links from Compassion International:

Letter writing tips

Country Links

History of Compassion International

Compassion Explorer, the Children’s Magazine

 

 

 

Great Links

This week I have some great links to share with you.  See the compelling topics below:

Protecting Children From Trafficking

Unusual Ways to Get to School

Compassion Mobile App

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Standing

Although I love hymns and choruses focused on God Himself, rather than on us as worshippers, there are some great lyrics that refer to the actual worship of the believer.  These too have a place in our hymnals and in our worship.

Standing on the promises of Christ my King, thro’ the eternal ages let His praises ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing; standing on the promises of God.  — R. Kelso Carter

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation!  O my soul, praise Him, for He is they health and salvation!  All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; join me in glad adoration!  — Joachim Neander

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, leaning on the everlasting arms?  I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, leaning on the everlasting arms.  — Elisha A. Hoffman

 

 

 

Hymns

This week I’ m focusing on hymn lyrics.  I’ve been seeing these in my devotions this year and some of the lyrics have made their way into my journal.  I’m not one to say that we need only hymns in our worship services, but I do think they have a way of worshipping God that is truly special.  But chorus or hymn, I love the ones that are more focused on God (His character, His works, His heart) than on us (our worship, our service, our hearts).

He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater;  He sendeth more strength as our labors increase.  To added afflictions He added His mercy; to multiplied trials He multiplies peace.  –Annie J. Flint

I sing the mighty power of God that made the mountains rise.; that spread the flowing seas abroad and built the lofty skies.  I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day.  The moon shines full at His command and all the stars obey.  — Isaac Watts

Wonderful grace of Jesus, reaching to all the lost.  By it I have been pardoned, saved to the uttermost.  Chains have been torn asunder, giving me liberty; for the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.  — Holder Lillenas

He framed the globe, He built the sky.  He made the shining worlds on high and reigns in glory there.  His beams are majesty and light; His beauties, how divinely bright!  His dwelling place how fair!  — Isaac Watts