“Praising on This Holy Day”, A Christmas Prayer from The Beloved

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Praising on This Holy Day

Lord, we reach to you with Praise on this holy day,
our heads bowed before the majesty of your glory.
We gather with hearts filled with gratitude
for all that we have been given by your grace and spirit.
We praise you for the bounty and beauty of this day,
for wonder, tender mercies and for your Holy presence amidst.
Lord, we praise you for the fullness of your Love.

Your Beloved heart loves and reaches men, women, and children everywhere.
You hear every prayer. You answer our calls.
You save us in the darkest of nights and in hours of the early dawn.
You are a guardian that keeps us safe and protected throughout all times.
You are constant.
We can call upon you and know that your strength and power is there, here.
Your promises are kept. Help us to be promise keepers as well.
You fill our hearts will the power of your word and your love.

Lead us towards Peace.
Give us minds and hearts with peaceful ways towards one another and all of life.
Help us to be individuals, families, and communities that live love together and outward.
Help us to have merciful hearts and lives that harvest mercy.
Help us to discern and know the ways of goodness in this world.
Be our Shepherd Lord, and guide us each day.

May we not cause you to weep, Lord.
Though you have reason to bend over this ark of yours 
and stretch over the skies with your great arm and stir the winds,
Love us with the Forgiveness that as you always embraced us with.
You, alone have the power to lift and raise us all to you because you are one that redeems and saves. Place us securely in your loving care.

You caused us to be born, to hear your voice, to come to grace.
By your Spirit, we are born to eternal love.
Lord, we ask that our hearts be like empty cups, able to receive.
Let us be humbled by knowing our weakness and dependence upon you
who is our great Shepherd, the source of all strength,
all confidence and all that is everlasting.

Help us, Lord, to heal what is wounding within.
Help us to be gentle, soft and kind to one another,
To learn to live as brother and sister in a world that is disconnecting faster than it appears to be unifying.
Help us to deepen in faith as we face challenges in life.
When trials come upon us. Lord- turn our hearts to you.
May you be our constant view.

Lord, we are giving you praise. Let us all become the Beloveds of you.
Help us to tender our hearts so that we are supple servants.

We praise your goodness, the everlasting way that directs all towards Light.
We give thanks for the generosity of God.
We offer gratitude and praise for the grace of God.
We bow before the divine Holiness of God.
We honor the Kingdom of God and its Glory forever.
And offer everlasting thankfulness
to Our Lord and King for His sacrifice on this Holy Day.

In Jesus Name, Amen

©2018 Merry Christmas from The Beloved

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Jerimiah 32:17 “Ah Lord God! Behold, you have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power!” …&”How Great is Our God!” worship song

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How Great is Our God, (world edition) lyrics and chords by Chris Tomlin

Praise Song…link to UTube above to listen!
How Great is Our God!

Jerimiah 32:17-18
17Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, 18who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. The LORD of hosts is His name;…

“Propitiation in the Bible”, from Knowing God by J. I. Packer…offered by L.Willows

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Over the past three decades J.I. Packer’s book, Knowing God has become a classic of the Christian faith. This excerpt is from the chapter on The Heart of The Gospel and is the first of two parts that will be offered.(pp 180-181). J. I. Packer / wikipedia

Propitiation in the Bible from Knowing God

by J. I. Packer

In the Old Testament, it underlies the prescribed rituals of the sin offering, the guilt offering (“trespass-offering” in the KJV), and the day of atonement (Lev 4:1-6:7; 171-34); also, it finds clear expression in such narratives as that of Numbers 16: 41-60, where God threatens to destroy the people for maligning his judgement on Korah, Dathan and Abiram: “Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘Take your censer and put incense in it, along with fire from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started.’…So Aaron…made atonement for them…And the plague stopped.” (vv.46-48)

In the New Testament, the propitiation
word group appears in four passages of such transcendent importance that we may well pause to set them out in full.

The first is Paul’s classic statement of the rationale of God’s justification of sinners.

“But now apart from the law a righteousness of God hath been manifested…even the righteous of God through faith in Jesus Christ unto all them that believe; for there is no distinction; for all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God; being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: whom God set forth to be a propitiation , through faith, by his blood, to show his righteousness, because of the passing over of the sins done aforetime, in the forbearance of God; for the shewing, I say, of his righteousness at the present season: that he might himself be just and the justifier of him that hath faith in Jesus” (Romans 3:21-26 RV)