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Just Sing… Sing a Song!

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“Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying: “For He is good, For His mercy endures forever,” that the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud … for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (2 Chronicles 5:13-14 (NKJV).

Music is a powerful force that can impact us in very personal ways, as well as an ability to affect the atmosphere around us. It can actually be used as a tool to bring joy, sooth anxious hearts, and act as an agent for healing. When we sing songs of praise, we prepare our own hearts and ears to hear from God, we experience an uplifting and infilling of joy, and we push back the dark forces that attempt to come against us.

Music and song are in fact spiritual tools and weapons. Israel won the battle against Moab and Ammon when they followed the Lord’s directive to put the worshipers and musicians in front of the army as they went to battle (2 Chronicles 20:22). When Saul was bothered by a harassing spirit, David would play the harp for him and Saul would be refreshed and made well, and the unwelcome spirit would have to leave (1 Samuel 16:23). Songs of praise and worship will actually usher the presence and glory of God into our personal circumstances, and even have the power to change the spiritual atmosphere in whole cities. God Himself rejoices over us with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). So just sing…. you will feel better, you will walk in greater light and victory, and you can even affect the spiritual atmosphere of your city.
“I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High. … We will sing and praise your power. … Sing praise to the Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. … So I will sing praise to Your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.” (Psalms 7:17, 21:13b, 30:4, 61:8 (NKJV)

Questions: Take some time today just praising the Lord.
Author Emmie Stanley

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I Said I Was Sorry

by Mark Gungor on October 5th, 2009

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In my Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage seminar I explain in detail how a man’s brain tends to compartmentalize things. It’s like men have separate boxes in their heads for everything: money, sex, kids, wife, in-laws, etc. And for a guy these boxes don’t touch. He thinks about one thing at a time and then moves on to the next thing since one box isn’t connected to another. Then I go on to explain how a woman’s brain is like a big ball of wire where everything is connected to everything and there is no compartmentalizing at all. Money can be connected to the in-laws and sex can be connected to the kids. Things can run together very easily in a woman’s brain. These two very opposite ways of thinking and processing cause men and women to communicate in very different ways. There is one area this is particularly evident and often problematic–the apology. Because men have this unique ability to compartmentalize, a guy can go to his “apology box”, say he’s sorry for something he did, close that box and then move on to the next task or thing to think about. In his mind he took care of it, he said he was sorry, it’s done and life goes on. Not so for a woman. When she has been crossed or hurt for some reason, the connections in her brain make it impossible to compartmentalize. She may attach all sorts of reasons, feelings, and ideas to that one incident. While her husband has moved on to other territory, she hasn’t because it may take her some time to process her emotions and thoughts. So when a woman is still upset, sad or hurt for a couple of days (sometimes weeks depending on the infraction) it is often a puzzle to the man. Guys will then perceive their wives as holding onto a grudge, being unforgiving and unwilling to move on, and they can become very frustrated. After all, he said he was sorry, why can’t she just get past it? Because of the way women are wired with all these connections in their brains, it’s more difficult for them to get past the hurt. It’s actually a really good thing for you guys because this is what allows her to put up with your nonsense! You mess up and say and do hurtful things and she’s still there because women have this ability to form deep connections. It truly works for men this way, but when you do something extremely hurtful, it works against you; you will have to fix it, and that may take some time. I hear tales all the time of men who have done hurtful things—huge things like having an affair or smaller things like saying something very mean and spiteful—and then they say, “I’m sorry” and expect it all to go away. When it doesn’t these guys get upset and throw it back on their wives because his wife “can’t get over it”. It just doesn’t work that way for women. Men need to learn that pushing her to “move on” isn’t the answer. The answer is for you to own the problem that you created. It’s not her problem of unforgiveness. It’s not that she won’t accept your apology. She’s still hurting and it’s going to take some time for her to get over it. Men see absolutely no connection between the offense and the continued emotions. It’s like they dropped the atomic bomb but don’t realize that there is fallout beyond the initial explosion that they will have to keep cleaning up and dealing with. Men, when you hurt your wife and you see she’s still dealing with it, don’t you dare turn that around and put it on her. You look at your wife and say, “I see you are still hurting. I understand this is still painful. I realize I did this to you. I’m sorry.” Then shut up! Don’t defend yourself, make excuses or blame her. Every time you see it, you own it. Even if you have to do it a 100 times. That’s just the way it is. Remember guys, when it comes to apologies, there is no “apology box” in your wife’s brain. Don’t make the mistake of thinking or saying, “I said I was sorry! Just move on!” Don’t put the rap on her, or she will end up thinking you are not sorry at all.


Happy happy birthday Cyara!

De beste wens die wij jou kunnen geven is een leven als een lichtstraal die de harten van de mensen raakt.

Pasa un dushi dia tante su goesje loesje.

May the good Lord shower you Cietje with many blessings on your special day.

Bendishon di Señor sea ku bo Cietje.

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God always answers “knee” mails

I have called upon you, for you will hear me, o God; incline your ear to me and hear my speech.
– Psalms 17:6

Dear brothers and sisters,
Now what if God changed like we do, and was to busy to hear our prayers?  Thank goodness God said: “I am the Lord, I do not change.”
– Malachi 3:6

So sit back and enjoy  a humorous look at what prayer might
be like today if He did!

We have all learned to live with “voice mail” as a necessary part of modern life. But, have you wondered, what if God decided to install voice mail?

Imagine praying and hearing this:
Thank you for calling My Father’s House.
Please select one of the following options:
Press 1 for Requests
Press 2 for Thanksgiving
Press 3 for Complaints
Press 4 for All Other Inquiries.

What if God used the familiar excuse…”I’m sorry, all of our angels are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us and will be answered in the order it was received, so please stay on the line”

Can you imagine getting these responses as you call God in Prayer?

If you would like to speak to:
Gabriel, Press 1
Michael, Press 2
For a directory of other angels, Press 3
If you’d like to hear King David sing a psalm while you are holding, please press 4.
To find out if a loved one has been assigned to Heaven,
Press 5, enter his or her social security number, then press the pound key. (If you get a negative response, try area code 666.)
For reservations at “My Father’s House” please enter J-O-H-N, followed by 3-1-6.

What if you heard, our computers show that you have already prayed once today.  Please hang up and try again tomorrow.
                                  ( or )
This office is closed for the weekend to observe a religious holiday.  Please pray again Monday after 9:30 AM.  If you need emergency assistance when this office is closed, contact your local Pastor.


Thank GOD,  He doesn’t have voice mail and He always listens when we pray!!!  After all, remember that God always answers all “knee” mails!   Amen.


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