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A Light for My Path

A Plan and a Purpose
Sat, 11 Aug 2018 08:58:48 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

This devotional can be read online at www.ccesonline.com/devotionals/

PROVERBS 3:6 (NKJV) In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

A young friend of mine shared her story with me recently. For the last year, she and her family were planning and preparing with certain goals in mind'-goals they thought God had directed. Then, suddenly, a circumstance beyond their control changed everything. The path ahead was barricaded and they stood at a crossroad bewildered and confused, not knowing which way to turn.

That morning she picked up one of the many Bibles she had in her home. Inside the front cover was a note a teacher wrote to her while she was still in high school. It had only one simple thought, but it changed her day. It said:

There is always a plan, and there is always a purpose. Always!

Remembering that brought her comfort, and although the confusion lingers in her mind over why things changed so drastically and so suddenly, she knows that her heavenly Father has it all under control. His ways are perfect. His plan is sure.

Whatever circumstance you're facing today, God knows. He has a plan and a purpose for it all. And He also has a promise for you to cling to as you pass this way. Get into His word and find that promise. Repeat it in your mind and hold it dear to your heart as you let go of old plans and find His direction for today.

PRAYER: God, bless my friend and her family. Direct their path so that they can see Your plan and Your purpose clearly.

WORDS TO PONDER: 'Never dismiss the value of life experiences. They are part of the way God teaches us.' Charles Stanley, Advancing Through Adversity

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2018

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

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A Hymn of Grateful Praise
Sat, 04 Aug 2018 08:51:19 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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PSALM 19:1-3 (NKJV) The heavens declare the glory of God: And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.

Words from the grateful heart of Folliott Pierpoint (1835-1917) were joined with the musical arrangement by Conrad Kocher (1786-1872) to create the stately old hymn that has been sung for more than 100 years, 'For the Beauty of the Earth'. As I read through the words, I can just picture Pierpoint standing on a hilltop surveying the beauty of God's creation around him. As he views the wonder of it all, I imagine him lifting his hands in praise and worship, as he shouts a reverent 'Thank You' to the Almighty Creator.

Whatever his position and posture actually were when he penned these words, we know that his heart was kneeling in reverence and awe at the greatness and goodness of the Lord.

FOR THE BEAUTY OF THE EARTH

For the beauty of the earth, For the glory of the skies, For the love which from our birth Over and around us lies, Lord of all, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the beauty of each hour Of the day and of the night, Hill and vale, and tree, and flower, Sun and moon, and stars of light, Lord of all, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

For the joy of human love, Brother, sister, parent, child, Friends on earth, and friends above, For all gentle thoughts and mild, Lord of all, to Thee we raise, This our hymn of grateful praise.

For Thy Church that evermore Lifts her holy hands above, Offering up on every shore Her pure sacrifice of love, Lord of all, to Thee we raise This our hymn of grateful praise.

-Folliott S. Pierpoint,

Pierpoint thanks God for the wonders of creation, for the love of special people in his life, for peace of mind, and The Church around the world. If you were to write a hymn of gratitude to your Lord, what would you include? Why not write your own song? It's really not that difficult. Start by making a list of the blessings you've received. Your words may not rhyme as poetically as his, but write out the things for which you praise the Lord. Then make up a little tune to sing them'-or just use a familiar tune and set your own words to that melody.

Even if you don't feel like you can write your own hymn of grateful praise, you can offer a prayer of gratitude to the Lord. Be sure to take time to do that today.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, Your blessings are too numerous to count, but I thank You for eyes to see and ears to hear Your goodness and greatness all around me.

WORDS TO PONDER: 'Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, Where'er I turn my eye: If I survey the ground I tread, Or gaze upon the sky!'

-Isaac Watts, 1674-1748, 'I Sing the Might Power of God'

By Ann Shorb Copyright Ann Shorb, 2018

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

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Everyday Angels, Part 3
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 09:36:50 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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MATTHEW 5:16 (NKJV) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Everyday angels are the people who come into your life at just the right time and provide exactly what you need in that moment. They usually minister to you without a big fanfare, and sometimes their deeds are even unnoticed, yet the results of their kindness is felt in significant ways.

These angels all seem to have one thing in common'-an attitude of humility. They constantly think of others and pay attention to their needs. They definitely are not self-focused.

I believe that everyday angels are born when one person gives an act of kindness, a look of acceptance, or a word of hope to another person. That one then experiences peace and joy, and he/she is inspired and motivated to do the same for someone else. It's when you bless me, I bless someone else, and that person passes on a blessing to another. As a result, others are helped and uplifted, and God is honored, glorified, and He is pleased because we are doing the job He called us to do. We're letting our light shine for Him.

Wouldn't the world be a better place if there were more everyday angels? If those of us who know the Lord reflected His goodness and compassion to the people we see each day, not only would there be more kindness being passed around, but we would shine a brighter light for Christ in a dark world that desperately needs Him.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You are the Light of the World. Shine Your light on us and through us today, we pray.

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright 2018, Ann Shorb Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

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Everyday Angels, Part 2
Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:28:19 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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COLOSSIANS 3:12 (NIV) Therefore, as God's chosen people holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

'Oh, you're such an angel,' my friend said with a sigh of relief. 'I didn't know how I was going to get all this work done before my guests arrive this evening. You just saved the day!'

'Saved the day'? That sounds heroic! All I did was offer to pick up a few things for her at the grocery store. I was going to the store anyway, so it was really no big deal-not to me. But to my friend, whose To-Do List was a mile long, offering to get her groceries saved her a trip out and lots of time. To her it was a big deal. To me it was just a small gesture of kindness.

So many times, the Lord has used other people's compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to touch my life and meet a need or bring a bit of encouragement to me. This time, instead of being the receiver of those blessings, I was able to be the giver. I was the one to be the everyday angel that God used to help my friend at a very stressful time. And that felt good!

A strange thing happens when you do something kind and bless someone else. The blessing is returned! You wind up being blessed with a sense of satisfaction and joy, knowing that you've helped another person along the way.

In big and small ways, you can help others feel loved, valued, and accepted every day. You can help provide for physical needs and difficulties or help them grow spiritually. Give a smile, make a meal, fix a car, or say a prayer . . . whatever the Lord prompts you to do for others, just do it! And remember, an everyday angel can be an angel every day.

PRAYER: Lord, what a joy it is when I am used by You to bless someone else. May your love and kindness flow through me, and may I continually find ways to be an everyday angel to those in need.

WORDS TO PONDER: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.' -Aesop, The Lion and the Mouse

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright 2018, Ann Shorb

Scripture taken from The HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION . Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

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Everyday Angels, Part 1
Sat, 14 Jul 2018 11:45:33 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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GALATIANS 6:9-10 (NKJV) And let us not grow weary while doing good . . . as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

EPHESIANS 4:32 (NKJV) And be kind to one another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.

A little book sits quietly on my shelf basically unnoticed, until from time to time, I pull it out and thumb through its pages. It always intrigues me. The title? EVERYDAY ANGELS: SIMPLE WAYS TO BE AN ANGEL FOR OTHERS EVERY DAY.

Everyday angels aren't the heavenly kind of beings that appear for special events in history, but rather, as author Karen Phillips Goodman puts it, are 'the ones who have entered your life at good times and bad, who have been just the godsend that you needed right when you needed it . . . and when it happened, you counted yourself richly blessed.'

We could call them 'ordinary angels' because they do ordinary things, nothing spectacular necessarily. They share, encourage, listen, give a gentle touch, guide, and provide in one way or another. They let us know we're not alone, that someone cares, and give us hope and joy. These angels can make a big difference in our day!

My life was blessed this week by several angels. One ran an errand for me, another took over a project that was coming due, and another treated me to lunch. And then there are the angels who pray for me regularly. Each angel touches my life in a different way, and as Karen Phillips Goodman says, 'I am richly blessed!'

PRAYER: Thank You, heavenly Father, for all the angels that surround me and enrich my life each day. Help me to never take them for granted or abuse their kindness.

WORDS TO PONDER: Author and speaker Leo Buscaglia tells the story of a four-year-old child lived next door to an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's' yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his mother asked him what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry.'

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright 2018, Ann Shorb

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

A suggested donation of $12 covers the cost of the book, other materials, and refreshments.

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My Source of Power
Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:00:38 +0000

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Volume 610

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PHILIPPIANS 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

After returning from a couple of days away from home, I placed my laptop computer in its usual spot on my desk. I pulled out the cord, plugged it into the computer, turned it on, and went to work writing my papers.

An hour later, that pesky little notice popped up saying, "Your battery is low. You only have 12% power remaining. Plug into source of power or recharge to continue."

Shocked to see those words, I quickly glanced beneath my desk and discovered that, while I plugged one end of the cord into my laptop device, I failed to plug the other end into the electrical outlet. The laptop had been running on its own stored energy and that was nearly depleted. It needed help if it was going to continue to function. It needed another source of power.

How many times have I done that? How many mornings have my feet hit the ground running and never even noticed that I was not "plugged in to" the Lord?

As a believer, I feel confident that the Holy Spirit dwells within me, but when I blindly get up and start my day without seeking God's direction and help, I just plow into the tasks before me in my own strength. Eventually, I discover that I'm running out of resources. I need Him. My own strength just isn't enough to keep me going and producing anything good.

Without a doubt, God is the source of my wisdom. He is my patience. He is the provider of my ideas and understanding. He alone is the source of my power, and I can do all things through Him.

PRAYER: Almighty God, I need your help. Please endow me with physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual strength for each challenge I face today so that I may do your will.

WORDS TO PONDER: The Lord is the strength of my life. -King David, Psalm 27:2

By Ann Shorb © Ann Shorb


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

A suggested donation of $12 covers the cost of the book, other materials, and refreshments.

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Unhealthy Independence
Sat, 30 Jun 2018 08:55:38 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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JOHN 15:1, 4-5 (NKJV) 'I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser . . . Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 'I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.'

The July 4th holiday is here and we're celebrating the freedom and independence we enjoy in the United States with picnics, games, and fireworks. Our national liberty is indeed a gift from God and something to be commemorated, but there's another kind of independence that is not always positive. Personal independence is not healthy when it takes us away from sources of strength, wisdom and growth, and leaves us alone to fend for ourselves.

Hurt, pain, and struggles are inevitable parts of all human life, and when they occur with great intensity, we may react by pulling way from any source that we perceive has the potential to bring us pain. Sadly, we often seek independence from the very people or resources that could actually help us through our difficulty. Worse yet, we sometimes pull away from God, our greatest source of blessing and strength.

Ultimately, we find ourselves increasingly unhappy, frustrated, and alone. Employing any defense mechanism then may hinder the development of positive and constructive coping strategies for dealing with unwanted feelings such as guilt, shame, rejection, depression, or anxiety.

When I understand that God will never harm me, that His plan is always perfect, that following His ways ultimately brings peace to my soul, then I can say 'Thank You,' to my loving Heavenly Father for being there for me. I can abandon my attempts to control my life and to be independent. Instead, I can live in surrender to Him, nestled in His arms of love and protection.

The true key to healthy personal independence? Surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the source of our strength and our ability to produce fruit. In Him we can enjoy freedom from the pain of the past, fear and anxiety over the future, and the bondage of addictions and strivings. We need no other source!

Christ is the Vine from which we draw life and health. As long as we truly live in the forgiveness and freedom offered to us through Him, we can never be held in bondage to anyone or anything. In Christ, and Christ alone, our body, soul, and spirit find true freedom!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, keep reminding me of my need to stay close to You and to draw all of my strength from Your resources. Without You I am dreadfully independent and alone.

WORDS TO PONDER: 'The first step in living the true Christian life is that I must acknowledge that I cannot live the Christian life in my own strength or my own goodness.'

-Francis Schaeffer, Theologian and Philosopher

By Ann Shorb Copyright Ann Shorb, 2013

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

A suggested donation of $12 covers the cost of the book, other materials, and refreshments.

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Instruments of Righteousness
Sat, 23 Jun 2018 08:16:19 +0000

A Light for My Path is a ministry of Christian Counseling & Educational Services.

Volume 610

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Romans 6:12-13 (NKJV) Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.

Instruments! They are tools we use to accomplish something, to carry out a task. We use all sorts of them every day and don't even give it a thought. From computers and machines to the can opener and spatula in the kitchen, instruments make life do-able and enjoyable.

There are instruments of music like the piano, trumpet, guitar, and drums. Instruments of medicine and healing such as the stethoscope, thermometer, and scalpel that take trained and skilled hands to use. But what are instruments of righteousness?

In his instruction to the believers at Rome, the Apostle Paul told them to overcome sin in their lives and to live unto God, using their bodily members, or faculties, as instruments of righteousness.

In other words, your hands, your feet, your eyes, your ears, your mouth, and your mind are all to be used for good, helping you carry out the task of showing Christ to a dying world, and nurturing and serving fellow believers. Some versions of the Bible refer to these instruments as tools, implements, and even weapons to fight against unrighteousness. These do not lead us to salvation, but they are our means of living out our salvation as a witness of God's work in our lives. This we do out of obedience to God and only by the power of His Holy Spirit living in us (Rom. 6:16).

You choose what you do with your bodily members. Will it be for right living, reflecting the character and attitude of the Lord Jesus Christ, or will it be for ungodly and evil living that defies and denies the power of the gospel. It's your choice! Choose carefully and intentionally.

PRAYER: Gracious Lord, be my strength and wisdom as I live each day for You, using every part of my being to serve You well.

WORDS TO PONDER: 'Jesus calls us to be light, and He reminds us that it's no good covering up a lamp. How do we light up the world? By our good deeds, says Jesus, 'by everything we do as Christians.' -Nicky Gumbel, Why and How Should I Tell Others?

RELATED DEVOTIONAL: A Shining Light

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2018

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


NEW BIBLE STUDY STARTS SEPTEMBER 11!

TWELVE UNLIKELY HEROES How God commissioned unexpected people in the Bible and what He wants to do with you. Based on the Book by John MacArthur

Would you take just a moment to prayerfully consider sending this to two friends who might be blessed by what we've shared today?

Tuesdays, 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. September 11 to December 4 At Golden Exchange, 9 Second Ave., Hanover, PA 17331 in the Social Room

In Twelve Unlikely Heroes, pastor and best-selling author John MacArthur uses his deep knowledge of the Bible and history to take us back to see these three-dimensional men and women in their own times and cultures. In doing so, we see how their dramatic stories apply to us today. People who might at first seem foreign quickly become familiar and unforgettable-especially as they reveal the true Hero behind every eye witness and human weakness, the Lord Jesus Christ.

To register, call or text Ann Shorb at 717-515-6726.

A suggested donation of $12 covers the cost of the book, other materials, and refreshments.

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A Shining Light
Sat, 16 Jun 2018 08:38:53 +0000

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Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The whole life of Joseph Scriven (1819-1886) bears witness to his deep faith and great mission to help those in need. Serving others was a way of life to the man who penned the words of the now famous hymn, 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'.

Although he was well-educated and a skilled teacher as a young man, the tragic death of his first fianc © on the day before their wedding marred his life with grief and depression.

Unsettled and aimless, he wandered here and there trying to escape his sorrow. He eventually moved Canada where he settled down to begin anew serving the financially destitute and physically hindered. Once again, he fell in love and was engaged, but death claimed the life of his soon-to-be bride after she developed pneumonia.

The grief following this second tragedy was enormous, but he found solace in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ, and took a vow of poverty, committing the rest of his life to work among the poor and destitute.

Joseph Scriven often worked without pay, cut wood for those who could not afford it, and shared his material possessions freely. He was a selfless man who showed the world the light of Christ by serving others in some way nearly every day of his life.

PRAYER: Father in Heaven, thank You for the life of Joseph Scriven who lived out the command of Jesus to 'Let your light shine.'

WORDS TO PONDER: 'The overriding Christian attitude of Joseph Scriven can be summed up in one word'-OTHERS.'

-Lindsay Terry, 'A Woodcutter For the Poor', Significant Living Magazine, September 2011

RELATED DEVOTIONAL AND HYMNS: - Closer Than a Brother - Constantly Abiding

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright, Ann Shorb, 2018

Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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Proverbs 18:24 . . . there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry Ev'rything to God in prayer! O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, All because we do not carry Ev'rything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere? We should never be discouraged-Take it to the Lord in prayer. Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share? Jesus knows our every weakness-Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care? Precious Savior, still our refuge-Take it to the Lord in prayer. Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer; In His arms He'll take and shield thee-Thou wilt find a solace there. -Joseph Scriven, written 1855

Joseph Scriven knew heartache and devastation first hand. As a young man his hopes and dreams vanished on the day before his wedding when he watched in horror as the lifeless body of his beloved was pulled from the water where she had drowned. Sorrow overwhelmed him, yet in the months and years that followed, Scriven turned repeatedly to the only Friend who would never leave him. Although he battled loneliness and depression for the rest of his life, he never let go of the hand of his Savior. Scriven knew that Jesus cared and that He was acquainted with loneliness and sorrow. This man knew that he could take his grief to Jesus and find strength and peace that no one else could give. Years later Scriven took what he had learned through his pain and put it into the words of a poem that we now sing as "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

My friend, in your moments of trial, temptation and hardship, turn to the Friend who is always there. Listen to His words as He speaks to you through the Scriptures. Be honest with God and with yourself about your thoughts and feelings. Spend time in prayer and experience the comfort of His presence. Seek His forgiveness when you stray from Him and His ways. Be encouraged as you remember that no matter what happens, He will not leave you. He will not abandon you. Let Him hug you close to His heart. Rest in Him and find peace for He truly is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother!

Lord Jesus, thank You for always being there when I need a friend. Even when I cannot see Your hand at work, let me feel the warmth of Your love.

By Ann Shorb ©Copyright Ann Shorb, 2018

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