Blessed Reformation Day


A mighty fortress is our God,
a bulwark never failing;
our helper he, amid the flood
of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
does seek to work us woe;
his craft and power are great,
and armed with cruel hate,
on earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide,
our striving would be losing,
were not the right Man on our side,
the Man of God’s own choosing.
You ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth his name,
from age to age the same;
and he must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
we tremble not for him;
his rage we can endure,
for lo! his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

That Word above all earthly powers
no thanks to them abideth;
the Spirit and the gifts are ours
through him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
this mortal life also;
the body they may kill:
God’s truth abideth still;
his kingdom is forever!
_Martin Luther

Living Coram Deo,
“For in Him we live, move and have our being.”Acts 17:28


Wisdom is God’s Gift

As God’s people we are incredibly blessed with His promises in His Word and instruction that He, our Sovereign and Holy Omnipotent God gives us “more than we can ask or think”  if we ask Him according to His Word and Will.  Wisdom is His gift to us whether it be spiritual or any other wisdom needed for the Christian life, godliness and practice.  Do not think that our God only gives the gift of wisdom to some.  NO, He gives to ALL as He has said in His Word and specifically in James 1:5:

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

If you seek wisdom, you will surely find it.  God’s Word teaches you the importance of seeking wisdom in all things and it WILL be given to you.  It is God’s will that you be a wise and understanding believer in all things. __TG-RW

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Ere God had built the mountains,
Or raised the fruitful hills;
Before he fill’d the fountains
That feed the running rills;
In me, from everlasting,
The wonderful I AM,
Found pleasures never-wasting,
And Wisdom is my name.

When, like a tent to dwell in,
He spread the skies abroad,
And swathed about the swelling
Of Ocean’s mighty flood;
He wrought by weight and measure,
And I was with him then:
Myself the Father’s pleasure,
And mine, the sons of men,

Thus Wisdom’s words discover
Thy glory and thy grace,
Thou everlasting lover
Of our unworthy race!
Thy gracious eye survey’d us
Ere stars were seen above;
In wisdom thou hast made us,
And died for us in love.

And couldst thou be delighted
With creatures such as we,
Who, when we saw thee, slighted
And nail’d thee to a tree?
Unfathomable wonder,
And mystery divine!
The voice that speaks in thunder,
Says, “Sinner, I am thine!”*

*Olney Hymns, William Cowper
WISDOM.—Proverbs viii.22-31.

Have you not known? Have you not heard?

The nations rail against God’s people and His Christ. The unbelievers want to destroy the true and living God and His people and seek to remove His landmarks and the testimonies of His people and believe that they can shut the mouths of His servants, close their church doors, remove all crosses and Ten Commandments from eyesight, remove any reference of God in Christ from the public schools and arena but they are “blind and cannot see afar off” that it is He that holds each cell in the universe and each breath in the nostrils of men. Man is without excuse for God has given them the words of life and they want to destroy them. He has said that He and He alone will bring the end, He and He alone determines the beginning and end, He exalts one and abases another, He raises up kings and put down kings, He alone does all things by His providence and power. Remember today who your God is and be encouraged that He is on the throne ruling for His own glory and your good. Be encouraged, children of the Living God, and rest in His everlasting arms. -TG-RW

Isaiah 40

1 “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” Says your God. 2 “Speak comfort to Jerusalem, and cry out to her, That her warfare is ended, That her iniquity is pardoned; For she has received from the Lord’s hand Double for all her sins.”

3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord; Make straight in the desert A highway for our God. 4 Every valley shall be exalted And every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; 5 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” 6 The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?” “All flesh is grass, And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

9 O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” 10 Behold, the Lord God shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him. 11 He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs with His arm, And carry them in His bosom, And gently lead those who are with young.

12 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him? 14 With whom did He take counsel, and who instructed Him, And taught Him in the path of justice? Who taught Him knowledge, And showed Him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. 17 All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless.

18 To whom then will you liken God? Or what likeness will you compare to Him? 19 The workman molds an image, The goldsmith overspreads it with gold, And the silversmith casts silver chains. 20 Whoever is too impoverished for such a contribution Chooses a tree that will not rot; He seeks for himself a skillful workman To prepare a carved image that will not totter. 21 Have you not known? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. 23 He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. 24 Scarcely shall they be planted, Scarcely shall they be sown, Scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth, When He will also blow on them, And they will wither, And the whirlwind will take them away like stubble. 25 “To whom then will you liken Me, Or to whom shall I be equal?” says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob, And speak, O Israel: “My way is hidden from the Lord, And my just claim is passed over by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, The Creator of the ends of the earth, Neither faints nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, And the young men shall utterly fall, 31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Glorious Sovereign God, the Ruler of All and Giver of Life, we praise You, we adore You, we worship You and we thank You for the breath of life and the salvation that is in Christ alone. You have removed the fear of death, the fear of the grave, the fear of the future and the fear of punishment by giving us Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. The heathen rage and demand a show but You, O Lord, will bring them to the ground and shut their mouths. You alone are worthy of praise and exaltation. You hold all things in Your powerful hands and we, Your holy people, thank you for each day, each moment and each opportunity You give to testify of Your greatness and mercy, power and judgment, and of the grace of God in Christ Jesus. Bless us today, O Lord, that we might be faithful servants and stewards of the gift we have in Your Son, Jesus Christ, our King and our Savior. We pray in His Precious and Most Blessed Name, Amen. -TG-RW

Living Coram Deo,
“For in Him we live, move and have our being.”Acts 17:28