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  • Praise the Lord!
    And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:1-7




    Christmas Eve - December 24th, 2013


    In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness.
    John 1:4-5

    Light Looked Down

    Light looked down and beheld Darkness.
    “There will I go,” said Light.
    Peace looked down and beheld War.
    “There will I go,” said Peace.
    Love looked down and saw Hatred.
    “There will I go,” said Love.
    Light came and did shine.
    Peace came and gave rest.
    Love came and brought Life.






    And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
    Luke 2:13-14

    Across the Templed Hills

    Now sweeps a song of solemn joy across the templed hills;
    From seraph harps sweet music floats, that earth and Heaven thrills.
    The tuneful notes still ring afar, like bells that gaily chime,
    Thro’ moonlit skies, from star to star, to hail the Christmas-time.
    We hear again the blissful strain, the message breathed once more;
    All glory be to God! we cry, whose name our souls adore.

    Hark the song, glad song, overflowing all the earth!
    Hark the anthem sweet, bringing news of Jesus’ birth!
    While the midnight skies with a wondrous beauty glow,
    Comes the Christ-Child to dwell below.



    Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

    Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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    .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
    .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
    Psalm 25:1

    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

    The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

    Comment



    • Evening Praise the Lord




      Praise the Lord!

      There were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field,
      keeping watch over their flock by night.

      Luke 2:8






      Song Of The Shepherds

      By the quiet waters flowing,
      In the boundless pastures green,
      Rest we, as the daylight going,
      Leaves a gloom upon the scene.
      Silently our watches keeping
      Thro’ the shades of eventide,
      O’er the flocks now still and sleeping
      Undisturbed and satisfied.

      One by one the stars appearing
      In their never ending flight
      Tell us of the morning nearing,
      And illuminate the night.
      As we watch them come unceasing,
      One remains to grace the skies;
      So we look with faith increasing,
      For the Star of Hope to rise.






      I bring you good tidings of great joy.
      Luke 2:10

      Glad Tidings!

      In the silence of that night so bright,
      Came the song of angels from the height;
      Come, O shepherds, rise and follow
      To the stall where Jesus lies
      And greet you there your Lord.


      Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

      Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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      .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
      .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
      Psalm 25:1

      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

      The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

      Comment






      • Praise the Lord!
        So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15




        Christmas Day - December 25th, 2013
        What the Lord has made known to us is still heard across the centuries and through the decades…
        • “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When He taught them saying, “Blessed are you” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When one of disciples ask Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven.” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When from the cross He said, “It is finished!” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When He said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When He said to John, “Behold, I make all things new.” ~ Still rings true today.
        • When He who sat on the throne said to John, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” ~ Still rings true today.

        (Luke 2:14, Matthew 5:2, Matthew 5:11, Luke 11:1, Luke 11:2, John 19:30, Hebrews 13:5, Rev. 21:5-6)
        Hark! the herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King! Still rings true today!

        “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

        Luke 2:13-14
        Praise the LORD! Praise the LORD, O my soul!
        Psalm 146:1-2





        But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant,
        and coming in the likeness of men.

        Philippians 2:7

        Down From His Glory

        Down from His glory, ever living story,
        My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name.
        Born in a manger, to His own a stranger,
        A man of sorrows, tears and agony.
        O how I love Him! How I adore Him!
        My breath, my sunshine, my all in all.
        The great Creator became my Savior,
        And all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.



        Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

        Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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        .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
        .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
        Psalm 25:1

        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

        The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

        Comment






        • Praise the Lord!

          Who is this who comes from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah,
          This One who is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of His strength?
          “I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”

          Isaiah 63:1





          The Coming One

          Who is this that cometh in the starlit glow,
          As a newborn infant, to the manger low;
          While the shepherds wonder at the wondrous sight,
          While the angel chorus wakes the silent night?

          Who is this that cometh, this poor Nazarene,
          With His timely counsel, with His faultless mien;
          With His help and healing for the lame, the blind,
          For the poor, the needy, for the burdened mind?

          Who is this that cometh, spurning earthly gain,
          To the midnight garden, to the cross of pain;
          Cometh forth triumphant, from the sealed grave,
          Cometh in His beauty, in His might to save?

          ’Tis the Meek and Lowly, Just and Holy One;
          This is He that cometh God’s beloved Son:
          ’Tis the Meek and Lowly, Just and Holy One;
          This is He that cometh God’s beloved Son.






          Mighty to save.
          Isaiah 63:1

          The Saving Power

          On the earth, long ago, dwelt the Savior of men
          As a lowly and meek Nazarene;
          And His wonderful pow’r is the same now as then
          For He washed me and made me clean.
          Oh, the wondrous, marvelous saving power,
          Of the everlasting Prince, Savior, King;
          For He washed me in the flood of his precious,
          Saving blood, and forever His praise I’ll sing.



          Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

          Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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          .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
          .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
          Psalm 25:1

          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

          The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

          Comment



          • Evening Praise the Lord




            Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You…Let God be magnified!
            Psalm 70:4
            There was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
            “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

            Luke 2:13-14
            Therefore you also be ready.
            Luke 12:40






            God’s Orchestra

            The great Composer writes the theme
            And gives us each a part to play;
            To some a sweet and flowing air,
            Smooth and unbroken all the way.

            They pour their full heart’s gladness out
            In notes of joy and service blent;
            But some He gives long bars of “rests,”
            With idle voice and instrument.

            He who directs the singing spheres,
            The music of the morning stars,
            Needs, for His full creation’s hymn,
            The quiet of the soundless bars.

            Be silent unto God, my soul,
            If this the score He writes for thee,
            And “hold the rest,” play no false note
            To mar His perfect harmony.

            Yet be thou watchful for thy turn,
            Strike on the instant, true and clear,
            Lest from the grand, melodious whole
            Thy note be missing to His ear.






            Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
            Ephesians 5:19

            I Have a Song That Jesus Gave Me

            I have a song that Jesus gave me,
            It was sent from Heav’n above;
            There never was a sweeter melody,
            ’Tis the melody of love.
            In my heart there rings a melody,
            There rings a melody with Heaven’s harmony;
            In my heart there rings a melody,
            There rings a melody of love.



            Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

            Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
            sigpic

            .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
            .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
            Psalm 25:1

            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

            The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

            Comment






            • Praise the Lord!

              I have set the LORD always before me;
              Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

              Psalm 16:8





              I Have Set the Lord

              I set Thy love between the world and me,
              O Lord, it cruelty, its wrong, its scorn;
              They cannot reach me through Thy tenderness
              That once for me their worst has known and borne.

              I set Thy cross between my sins and me,
              That so their shadow darken not my days,
              Nor rob my nights of rest, Thy blood blots out
              The long indictment from my shrinking gaze.

              I set Thy prayers between my doubts and me,
              That so my faith shall fail not, but abide,
              Though tried and tested sore; that shield shall serve
              All fiery darts to quench or turn aside.

              I set Thy strength between my foes and me,
              And walk, so guarded, panoplied and girt,
              Through dangers seen and unseen, unafraid;
              Through flames unscorched and raging waves unhurt.

              I set Thy thoughts between my thoughts and me,
              The calm, pure visions of Thy holy mind,
              Till nothing that disturbs me or defiles,
              Into my heart or soul can entrance find.

              I set Thy self between my self and me,
              And losing mine, Thy life abundant gain;
              Take Thy sufficiency for my deep need,
              And to Thy perfect stature so attain.






              The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying:
              “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love;
              Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

              Jeremiah 31:3

              “My Lord and my God!”
              John 20:28

              Now I Belong to Jesus

              Jesus, my Lord will love me forever,
              From Him no pow'r of evil can sever,
              He gave His life to ransom my soul;
              Now I belong to Him;
              Now I belong to Jesus,
              Jesus belongs to me,
              Not for the years of time alone,
              But for eternity.



              Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

              Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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              .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
              .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
              Psalm 25:1

              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

              The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

              Comment



              • Evening Praise the Lord




                Praise the Lord!

                Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
                Ephesians 5:1





                Be Now Imitators of Your Lord

                Be now imitators of your Lord
                You’re His children through His love out poured.
                Let love show now in all you do,
                As Christ loved and gave Himself for you,
                As a sacrifice to God.
                All impurity put far away.
                Don’t be greedy; watch the things you say.
                These aren’t proper for God’s dear children;
                You will never gain the wealth of Heaven,
                In the kingdom of Christ and God.

                Don’t be taken in by empty words;
                Those who disobey, God’s wrath incur.
                You were darkness, but now you’re light;
                Let your life be good and true and right,
                And find out what pleases God.
                Stay away from fruitless deeds,
                Done in secret out of lust and greed.
                Let Christ’s light shine on all that’s dark,
                And expose what’s missed God’s mark.
                Bring to light every sinful act.

                So be careful in the things you do;
                Act with wisdom in whate’er you pursue.
                Make the most of every hour;
                Don’t let evil exercise its power.
                Be not foolish, but know God’s will.
                Let the Spirit now your life control,
                And let psalms and hymns flow from your soul.
                In your heart, speak to God and sing,
                Giving thanks for everything,
                In the name of Jesus Christ.






                And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us.
                Ephesians 5:2

                Love Consecrates the Humblest Act

                Love consecrates the humblest act
                And haloes mercy’s deeds;
                It sheds a benediction sweet
                And hallows human needs.
                When in the shadow of the cross
                Christ knelt and washed the feet
                Of His disciples He gave us
                A sign of love complete.
                Love serves and willing stoops to serve;
                What Christ in love so true
                Has freely done for one and all,
                Let us now gladly do!



                Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!

                sigpic

                .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                Psalm 25:1

                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                Comment






                • Praise the Lord!

                  Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.
                  Psalm 33:3
                  Oh, sing to the LORD a new song! For He has done marvelous things.
                  Psalm 98:1
                  Sing to the LORD a new song, and His praise in the assembly of saints.
                  Psalm 149:1





                  O the New, New Song

                  There are songs of joy that I loved to sing,
                  When my heart was blithe as a bird in spring,
                  But the song I have learned is so full of cheer,
                  That the dawn shines out in the darkness drear.

                  There are strains of home that are dear as life,
                  And I list to them oft ’mid the din of strife;
                  But I know of a home that is wondrous fair,
                  And I sing the psalm they are singing there.

                  Can my lips be mute, or my heart be sad,
                  When the gracious Master hath made me glad?
                  When He points where the many mansions be,
                  And sweetly says, There is one for thee?

                  I shall catch the gleam of its jasper wall
                  When I come to the gloom of the even fall,
                  For I know that the shadows, dreary and dim,
                  Have a path of light that will lead to Him.

                  O the new, new song! O the new, new song!
                  I can sing it now with the ransomed throng:
                  Power and dominion to Him that shall reign,
                  Glory and praise to the Lamb that was slain.






                  O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
                  Psalm 108:1
                  To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.
                  1 Peter 5:11

                  Singing Glory!

                  I’ve something in my heart that Jesus gave to me,
                  It makes me feel like singing glory all the day;
                  He found my captive soul and gave me liberty,
                  And now I feel like singing glory!
                  He makes the path grow brighter ev’ry passing day;
                  He makes the burden lighter all along the way;
                  His Word is my delight, His will I now obey,
                  And all the time I’m singing glory!



                  Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                  Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
                  sigpic

                  .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                  .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                  Psalm 25:1

                  Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                  The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                  Comment



                  • Evening Praise the Lord




                    Praise the Lord!

                    Do all to the glory of God.
                    1 Corinthians 10:31





                    Sing a Song of Jesus

                    Sing a song of Jesus, happy be the strain,
                    Till the harmonies of Heaven fill the earth again.
                    Speak a word for Jesus, scatter precious seed,
                    It may some poor wanderer to the Savior lead.
                    Say a prayer to Jesus, He will always hear;
                    To each precious blood-bought soul, He is ever near.
                    Singing, speaking, praying, for the Lord of love,
                    Till He comes to take you home to His Heav’n above.






                    Make a joyful noise unto God.
                    Psalm 66:1

                    Joyfully Sing

                    Sing with a tuneful song, sing and adore
                    Jesus the Holy One, king evermore;
                    He is the desert rock, there we may hide,
                    Under His mighty shade safe we abide.
                    Joyfully sing, joyfully sing,
                    Light of eternity, honor and praise to Thee,
                    Now and forever be, Jesus our King.


                    Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                    Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!

                    sigpic

                    .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                    .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                    Psalm 25:1

                    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                    The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                    Comment






                    • Praise the Lord!

                      A pure river of water of life, clear as crystal,
                      proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

                      Revelation 22:1





                      Sunday Morning Praise

                      The River of Life

                      O wonderful river! O life giving river!
                      That flows thro’ the streets of the city above;
                      The trees on thy margin, that blossom and quiver,
                      Bring forth for the nations a fruitage of love.

                      O throne of the Lamb, with its glory unspoken!
                      O trees He hath planted for healing and rest!
                      Shine on in our vision, and give us a token
                      To comfort the heart that is sore and oppressed.

                      We pine in the bondage that sin has thrown o’er us,
                      We long for the joy and the freedom of home
                      To join in the swell of the glorified chorus,
                      To drink of the river that flows from the throne.

                      Wonderful river! Wonderful river!
                      Gladdening the plains where the ransomed abide:
                      Flow onward forever, wonderful, wonderful river!
                      Pure as thy source, which no darkness can hide!






                      The exceeding riches of His grace.
                      Ephesians 2:7

                      The River of Thy Grace

                      The river of Thy grace is flowing free,
                      We launch upon its depths to sail to Thee;
                      In the ocean of Thy love we soon shall be,
                      We are sailing to eternity.
                      Earthly joys cannot compare with all the glory,
                      When our longing eyes shall see Thy face;
                      We shall have Thy fellowship forever,
                      In the splendor of the throne of grace.


                      Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                      Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
                      sigpic

                      .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                      .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                      Psalm 25:1

                      Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                      The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                      Comment






                      • Praise the Lord!

                        For we are sojourners and pilgrims before You, as were all our fathers.
                        1 Chronicles 29:15
                        The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:10, 12




                        Time, By Moments, Steals Away

                        Time, by moments, steals away, first the hour, and then the day;
                        Small the daily loss appears, yet it soon amounts to years:
                        Thus another year is flown, now it is no more our own
                        If it brought or promised good, than the years before the flood.

                        But may none of us forget it has left us much in debt;
                        Favors from the Lord received, sins that have His Spirit grieved;
                        Marked by an unerring hand in His book recorded stand;
                        Who can tell the vast amount, placed to each of our account?

                        Happy, the believing soul! Christ for you has paid the whole;
                        While you own the debt is large, you may plead a full discharge:
                        But poor careless sinner, say, what can you to justice pay?
                        Tremble, lest when life is past, into prison you be cast!

                        Will you still increase the score? Still be careless, as before?
                        O, forbid it, gracious Lord, touch their spirits by Thy Word!
                        Now, in mercy, to them show what a mighty debt they owe!
                        All their unbelief subdue, let them find forgiveness too.

                        Spared to see another year, let Thy blessing meet us here;
                        Come, Thy dying work revive, bid Thy drooping garden thrive:
                        Sun of righteousness arise, warm our hearts, and bless our eyes;
                        Let our prayer Thy heart move, make the next year a time of love!






                        I am with you always.
                        Matthew 28:20

                        Moment by Moment

                        Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine;
                        Living with Jesus, a new life divine;
                        Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine,
                        Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.
                        Moment by moment I’m kept in His love;
                        Moment by moment I’ve life from above;
                        Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine;
                        Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.


                        Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                        Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                        .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                        .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                        Psalm 25:1

                        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                        The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                        Comment



                        • Evening Praise the Lord.




                          Praise the Lord!
                          I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
                          2 Timothy 4:7-8




                          Find Us Faithful

                          We’re pilgrims on the journey of the narrow road,
                          And those who've gone before us line the way,
                          Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary,
                          Their lives a stirring testament to God's sustaining grace.

                          Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
                          Let us run the race not only for the prize,
                          But as those who've gone before us, let us leave to those behind us,
                          The heritage of faithfulness passed on through godly lives.

                          After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
                          And our children sift though all we've left behind,
                          May the clues that they discover and the memories they uncover
                          Become the light that leads them to the road we each must find.

                          Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful,
                          May the fire of our devotion light their way,
                          May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe,
                          And the lives we live inspire them to obey
                          Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.






                          Increase our faith.
                          Luke 17:5

                          Faith, Hope and Love

                          O God of grace, increase my faith! Help me to daily trust Thy Word;
                          Give me the strength that always comes from leaning on my blessed Lord.
                          O God of grace, upbuild my hope! Let not a doubt my spirit sway;
                          Be Thou my constant shield of light that I may walk the narrow way.
                          O God of grace, inspire my love! Fill my cold heart with holy fire,
                          That I may live each passing day as my Redeemer doth desire.



                          Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                          Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
                          sigpic

                          .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                          .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                          Psalm 25:1

                          Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                          The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                          Comment






                          • Praise the Lord!

                            But You are the same, and Your years will have no end.
                            Psalm 102:27

                            For I am the LORD, I do not change.
                            Malachi 3:6





                            God of the Changing Year

                            God of the changing year, whose arm of power
                            In safety leads through danger’s darkest hour,
                            Here in Thy temple bow Thy children down,
                            To bless Thy mercy and Thy might to own.

                            Thine are the beams that cheer us on our way,
                            And pour around the gladdening light of day;
                            Thine is the night, and the fair orbs that shine
                            To cheer its hours of darkness; all are Thine.

                            If round our path the thorns of sorrow grew,
                            And mortal friends were faithless, Thou wast true;
                            Did sickness shake the frame, or anguish tear
                            The wounded spirit, Thou was present there.

                            O lend Thine ear, and lift our voice to Thee;
                            Where’er we dwell, still let Thy mercy be;
                            From year to year still nearer to Thy shrine
                            Draw our frail hearts, and make them wholly Thine.






                            You shall see greater things than these.
                            John 1:50

                            Press on, Press on, Ye Workers

                            Press on, press on, ye workers, be loyal, brave and true:
                            Great things the Lord is doing, and greater things will do;
                            His army, still increasing with each revolving year,
                            Shall send a sound of rapture forth that all the world shall hear.
                            Rejoice, rejoice, ye workers all, rejoice!
                            O clap your hands and sing, O clap your hands and sing!
                            God’s holy Church shall triumph yet, triumph yet, triumph yet,
                            And He shall reign our King, shall reign our King.


                            Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                            Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!
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                            .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                            .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                            Psalm 25:1

                            Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                            The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                            Comment



                            • Evening Praise the Lord




                              Praise the Lord!

                              I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help?
                              My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.

                              Psalm 121:1





                              Across the Sky the Shades of Night

                              Across the sky the shades of night this New Year’s Eve are fleeting,
                              We deck Thine altar, Lord, with light, in solemn worship meeting;
                              And as the year’s last hours go by, we raise to Thee our earnest cry,
                              Once more Thy love entreating — more Thy love entreating.

                              Before the cross subdued we bow, to Thee our prayers addressing,
                              Recounting all Thy mercies now, and all our sins confessing;
                              Beseeching Thee this coming year to keep us in Thy faith and fear
                              And crown us with Thy blessing — crown us with Thy blessing.

                              And while we pray, we lift our eyes to dear ones gone before us,
                              Safe home with thee in paradise, whose peace descendeth o’er us;
                              And beg of Thee, when life is past, to reunite us all at last
                              With those who’ve gone before us — those who’ve gone before us.

                              We gather up in this brief hour the memory of Thy mercies;
                              Thy wondrous goodness, love and power our grateful song rehearses;
                              For Thou hast been our Strength and Stay in many a dark and dreary day
                              Of sorrow and reverses — sorrow and reverses.

                              In many an hour when fear and dread, like evil spells, have bound us
                              And clouds were gathering overhead, Thy providence hath found us.
                              In many a night when seas ran high, Thy gracious presence, drawing nigh,
                              Hath made all calm around us — made all calm around us.

                              Then, O great God, in years to come, whatever may betide us,
                              Right onward through our journey home be Thou at hand to guide us;
                              Nor leave us till at close of life, safe from all perils, toil, and strife,
                              Heaven shall enfold and hide us — shall enfold and hide us.






                              Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen,
                              and called its name Ebenezer,
                              saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
                              1 Samuel 7:12

                              Another Year of Life is Gone?

                              Another year of life is gone? Thus far thy God has helped thee on.
                              On mercies past, as years roll by, look back, my soul with grateful eye,
                              And now, once more, rejoice to raise Thy Ebenezer to His praise!
                              The unknown future lies before; its secrets seek not to explore.
                              Onward and upward tread the road from day to day marked out by God.
                              Faint, yet pursuing, thou shalt see, that as thy day thy strength shall be.
                              And when thy steps draw nearer home, fear not; the promised sign will come,
                              At evening time it shall be light, to chase the gloom from death’s short night,
                              Which swift as thought shall pass away, dissolved in everlasting day!


                              Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                              Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!

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                              .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                              .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                              Psalm 25:1

                              Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                              The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

                              Comment






                              • Praise the Lord!

                                Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me ALL the days of my life;
                                And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

                                Psalm 23:6

                                The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in
                                From this time forth, and even forevermore.

                                Psalm 121:8

                                You crown the year with Your goodness.
                                Psalm 65:11





                                New Year 2014


                                New Year’s Hymn

                                Join your voices, rejoicing voices, new Year hymns again to sing;
                                For our new and many mercies, Lord, our heartfelt praise we bring.
                                Summer flowers have bloomed and faded, summer hours have come and fled;
                                By Thy care we still are aided, by Thy hand we still are fed.

                                Thou hast kept us, God of glory, since the last New Year began;
                                Still proclaiming the sweet story, of Thy wondrous love to man.
                                Shall we longer keep Him waiting, who for us hath waited long?
                                He to whom both soul and body, heart and life, and all belong?

                                From this moment, Holy Jesus, may our hearts be wholly Thine!
                                Then we’ll sing that best of praises, “I am His, and He is mine.”
                                Jesus! by Thy blood and Spirit, may we all Thy children be,
                                Then in Thee we shall inherit happiness eternally.

                                Lord of glory! we adore Thee now before Thee in another year;
                                May Thy heav’nly love abiding, be on every believer here.


                                The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:
                                The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

                                Numbers 6:24-26


                                Praise the Lord! Amen! and Amen!

                                Blessings, peace, grace and to all here at TOL!

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                                .....O LORD my God, in You I put my trust. Psalm 7:1
                                .....To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
                                Psalm 25:1

                                Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia

                                The best portion of a person’s life -- are the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth

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