Archive for January 2020

An Adventure of Faith

All the ways of the Lord are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. (Psalm 25:10, NIV)

God, You are God.
Your ways are always loving.
Your ways are always wise.
The way You lead me is always the best way.

So, Lord, help me to trust You boldly and gladly.
I will not shrink from tasks to which You have called me.
I will accept them as an adventure of faith,
as a chance to discover more about You,
to experience
Your guiding,
Your power,
Your blessing and providing;
as a chance to glorify You.

Lord, I accept this challenge
as an adventure of faith.

Father, it frightens us
when You send us out with
no support and no resource
but Your promise.
But those experiences bind us to You
and prove that
You are who You say You are and
will do all You say You will do.

Hymn: The Upward Call

Psalm 28

This Psalm setting is
a cry of trust
in deep need,
set to a fresh arrangement of
a familiar tune.

Printed Music

Death and darkness, fear profound,
Luring, threatening all around,
Empty claims and selfish lies,
Angry, lost-and-desperate cries.

Lord, to You alone I turn,
Asking help I cannot earn.
You will listen, You will hear
Faith imperfect, yet sincere.

I am blind, and You are sight.
I am shadow, You are light.
I am weakness through and through;
You, the strength that I pursue.

Saving, blessing, loving Lord,
Shepherd, sovereign, feared, adored,
Always right in all You do,
Mighty God, I trust in You!

by Ken Bible, © 2018


Complete in Christ 2

Monday –      Walking in the Spirit
Hymn: Day by Day in You, Our Lord (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Walk with Me
Hymn: Come and Follow Me (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – Jesus, My Power and Wisdom
Hymn: Everything I Need (recording) (printed)

Thursday –  I Need the Mind of Christ
Hymn: When I Speak (recording) (printed)

Friday –          The Ultimate Treasure
Hymn: Pearl of Great Price (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     All the Fullness of God
Hymn: Fullness of God (recording) (printed)

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Our Single-minded Father

Father, this morning You helped my heart to grasp
what my mind had dimly known:

Everything You have allowed me to go through in my life,
everything I am going through even now,
is to build my relationship with You:
all the years of frustration,
all the loneliness,
all the financial struggles,
all the endless waiting,
all those disappointments.

You have isolated me to Yourself.
You have hemmed me in.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me (Psalm 139:5, NASB).
By my circumstances and by Your Spirit within me
You have turned me repeatedly, persistently toward You.
You have made Yourself
my only comfort,
my only hope,
my only unchanging Rock of truth,
my only refuge.

Father, the unfailing faithfulness of Your eternal love swamps
my tiny attention span,
my childish self-centeredness,
my meager, stumbling faith.
I am a child learning to walk.
Like any eager parent, You call me,
lift me,
point me,
hold my hands, and
draw me toward Yourself.

Sometimes we wonder whether faith is entirely a gift of Your sovereign choice,
or whether it is our doing.
But You are like one building a campfire.
You work to create a tiny spark,
then patiently blow it into flame by Your mighty but gentle breath.
I have to respond,
but all the doing is Yours, my loving Father.

Continue to patiently, persistently draw me.
And when I am tempted to despair or complain,
help me to remember and look to You again.
You are my Father, and I am
humbly Your child.

God’s greatest blessings often come
disguised as difficulties.
These difficulties are opportunities to
trust Him in a new way, and thus to
know Him in a new way.

Hymn: Good Gifts

Beyond Myself

This hymn asks God to stretch
our faith and
our love
beyond ourselves.

Printed Music

Beyond myself, Lord,
Beyond myself –
Draw my eyes, draw my thoughts
Beyond myself.
As I face this day,
As I pause to pray,
Father God, draw my thoughts
Beyond myself.

Beyond my needs, Lord,
Beyond my needs –
Lead my heart, lead my hands
Beyond my needs.
In this sea of pain,
Lord, Your will is plain.
You are love. Lead my hands
Beyond my needs.

Beyond my strength, Lord,
Beyond my strength –
Make me strong, make me bold
Beyond my strength.
I am weak, it’s true,
But I live in You.
Father God, make me bold
Beyond my strength.

by Ken Bible, © 2000


Complete in Christ 1

Monday –      Jesus Christ, Our Completeness
Hymn: It’s a Gift (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     Complete in Christ
Hymn: Complete in Jesus Christ (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – As I See Jesus
Hymn: See All That Human Can Be (recording) (printed)

Thursday –  Today’s Focus
Hymn: We Fix Our Eyes on Jesus Christ (recording) (printed)

Friday –          Well-being
Hymn: Treasure (recording) (printed)

Saturday –     Freedom Is Jesus Christ
Hymn: Freedom in You (recording) (printed)

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Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, NIV)

Father, I’ve turned everywhere else.
I’ve sought relaxation instead of rest.
I’ve substituted comfort for peace.
The shell of security I’ve tried to build
only weighs me down with anxiety.

I hear Your words of love:

In quietness and trust is your strength. (Isaiah 30:15, NIV)

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29, NIV)

O God of fervent love,
passionately jealous for my best good,
I turn to You now.

What if I could truly know You—
not just know about You,
but know You?

What if by simple trust I could realize
Your personal presence with me,
moment by moment?

If in that presence I could know
Your gentleness,
Your power,
Your faithfulness,
Your love?

If trust could become
a personal relationship between us,
not an abstract concept?

What if I could simply know You,
and know You always with me?

Would Your rest then reign in me?
Would it fill my mind, my emotions,
and the desires of my heart?

Would it put me at peace with the past,
at peace with the present,
and eagerly anticipating a glorious future in You?

Would it reconcile me to myself,
to each person in my life, and
to You?

Could I go to bed in it,
get up in it,
work, have fun, and face adversity in it
without getting it wrinkled?

Would I then share Your deep peace—
that wholeness and harmony
You enjoy within Yourself,
that is found in You alone?

Come to me…and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, NIV)

Father, I want to know You.
I want to rest in Your presence.
I come to You now.

Hymn: Lord, How Good to Rest in You

My Life Is Not My Own

All we are belongs to our
Creator and
so we open ourselves to Him – to
His love, His presence,
His Spirit, His truth, His will.
This is a gentle hymn of consecration set in a
light contemporary style.

Printed Music

My life is not my own.
I belong to You.
I live before Your throne.
I belong to You.

My days are not my own.
I belong to You.
My life is Yours alone.
I belong to You.

I open myself to You, Lord.
I open my heart to Your searching.
I open my life to Your love
For those around me.

I open my mind to Your truth.
I open my hands in Your service.
I open my mouth and I praise
The One who gave me life.

My life is not my own.
I belong to You.
I live before Your throne.
I belong to You.

My days are not my own.
I belong to You.
My life is Yours alone.
I belong, I belong to You.

by Ken Bible, © 2000


Finding God’s Will 2

Monday –      The Promise of the Spirit
Hymn: Ezekiel’s Vision (recording) (printed)

Tuesday –     The Man of the Spirit
Hymn: God in Christ in Us (recording) (printed)

Wednesday – See Jesus

Thursday –    What a Wonderful Gift!
Hymn: In Your Spirit (recording) (printed)

Friday –          I Need You, Father

Saturday –     Reflecting Back
Hymn: We Are Trusting in the Lord (recording) (printed)

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God Keeps His Own

Read Psalm 121

The powerful King of Aram had sent a portion of his army to capture Elisha.
By night, they came and surrounded the city
where Elisha and his servant were staying.

When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” the servant asked.

“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

And Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17, NIV)

God’s children are precious to Him.
He never leaves our safety to chance.
He guards us with the full power and authority of His sovereignty.
He may ask us to suffer and even die for Him.
But we remain secure in Him.
No one can snatch us out of His hands.

As I wait in the darkness, my God,
You are working out Your purpose.

Hymn: I Find All My Joy in You