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The Meaning of Easter
by Janie Buck
Topic: Easter
Date: 03.31.2009
To the world it means the perfect plan of salvation has been provided by God the Father.

"I declare to you the gospel...how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scripture; and that He was buried, and that He arose again the third day according to the Scripture" (I Cor. 15:1-40). "But God commented His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).

To God it meant that He is satisfied with the work of His Son.

"Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father (Rom. 6:4). Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification" (Rom. 4:25).

To you it is a challenge to believe and be saved.

"Wherefore He is able also to save the to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them" (Heb. 7:25). "But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name" (John 1:12).

To the believer it is a pledge of immortality.

"But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept... For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive...And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly" (I Cor. 15:20,22,49).
Praying like Peter
by Janie Buck
Topic: Prayers
Date: 03.25.2009
"I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 1:2). Peter was praying for his friend Gaius whose spiritual state was excellent, so he prayed physical vigor.

We all need excellent spiritual health and physical vigor. We receive these blessings from our Father in heaven through studying of the Bible and prayer. He hears us on the basis of our trust in the death of His Son, Jesus Christ.

The Bible is God's Word to us and is as necessary for life and health as food is for our body. We "eat" the Word by reading and meditating on what we read. Meditating is not some mysterious thing hermits do. It is simply thinking about something. It is different from worry that centers on our problems.

Meditating centers on the words in the Bible and seeing how they apply to our life. Then our daily life will be a walk in the truth that insultes us from the "garbage" that bombards us from the media.

Remember our reactions to people and situations is as important as our actions. The Holy Spirit will help you if you ask Him.
The Morning Act of Faith
by Janie Buck
Topic: Prayers
Date: 03.24.2009
I believe in the Name of the Son of God. Therefore I am in Him and He is in me. In Him all fullness dwells. There is no difficulty inward or outward that He is not ready to meet in me today. I believe I have not received the spirit of fear but of love and of power and a sound mind. The Lord is my Keeper. Amen.

The Lord blesses me as I pray this old prayer by a Bishop whose name I don't know. But his prayer lives on, and our Father still hears it when we use it as a declaration of our worship and trust in His keeping power.

We don't have to limit our prayers to a certain time or place. He hears us wherever we are. Jesus said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

Rest in His love for He care. Trust Him completely with every detail of life. Often we don't have time to listen to our children but Jesus is never to busy to listen and help us. Think of Him as your Father - your Daddy who loves you forever.
The Law of Faith by Norman Grubb
by Janie Buck
Date: 03.09.2009
This is an old book published in 1947. If you have ever studies any of the old saints' writings you know they are well worth the effort it takes to read them. I have read this book several times through the years and each time am blessed. I am reading it again and understanding more than ever.

All the attributes of personality and marvelous faculties combine make us an individual person.The thing that matters about human nature is do we walk after the flesh or after the Spirit? Our spirit should control our human nature but more than often we do what we feel like doing and not what we know is right.

Faith is human action, and is God implanted.We use it every day not even realizing that we are acting in faith. For instance, we may eat something out of the refrigerator believing it is still good but it may have been in there to long and make us sick.

Living faith is action weather on a physical or spiritual level. For instance, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved," or believe the food on the table is good for you and eat it. God has come down to meet our faith with His Son, His Word and His Spirit. Our faith can operate in the realm of Heaven as simply and naturally as in the things of earth.

These are a few insights from The Law of Faith. Get the book if you can. But know it is not easy reading but well worth the effort.
If You Will Ask by Oswald Chambers
by Janie Buck
Date: 03.09.2009
This is a reprint of an old book published by Discovery House Publishers. It is well worth buying a copy and studying. It is easy reading but the mighty insights require prayer and thoughtful reading. I read it with a pencil to underline and so I wouldn't miss the lessons. For instance: "We ought to give much more time ... brooding on the fundamental truths on which the Spirit of God works the simplicity of our Christian experience. ... redemption and the personal presence of the Holy Spirit. These two areas are focused in one mighty personality, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit makes experiential the redemption of Jesus Christ in individual lives."

Prayer is easy for us because of the agony of our Lord Jesus. A thing is worth what it costs. Prayer is easy for us because what it cost God. He allowed His holy, harmless and undefiled Son to suffer and die so we could come into His presence with our request and petitions.

Shouldn't we all "pray without ceasing?" I pray for all of you who read this, and ask you to pray for me that I will be faithful to obey the command to pray without ceasing.

Remember two keys: the redemption provided by Jesus Christ and the personal presence of the Holy Spirit.

The Lord bless you.
Why Its Easy to Pray
by Janie Buck
Topic: Journal
Date: 03.09.2009
Prayer is easy for us because of what it cost God to enable us to pray. We should never forget the agony our precious Lord Jesus when through when He suffered what we deserve. "The wages of sin is death," and all have sinned.

I was amazed as a new mother to see that I didn't have to teach my children how to tell lies or other naughty behavior. The switch did wonders for little legs. Proverbs says if we don't correct our children they will end up in hell because they were not taught to do the right thing.

Father God certainly corrects us when we stray and it is always for our good. "It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with with us as sons for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons." (Heb. 12:7)

"But if we judge ourselves right, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world." So, when life is a mess and nothing we do makes it right, stop and ask the Lord what you are doing wrong. He loves us to much to allow us to go our own way. And "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse s from all unrighteousness." (I John 1:9)

Of course "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us." Wow! That is scary.

How often do we need to confess our sins? As soon as we are aware we have "done it again!" Don't wait until you have time to pray a lengthy prayer. Do it immediately and experience the continual presence of the Lord Jesus.


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