Coach's Clipboard
Issue #495
February 19, 2018
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A Snapshot of God
"The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."  Psalm 103:8  (NIV)

There are 4 things that are said about the Lord in this verse.  I want us to meditate for a moment on each.  He is (1) "compassionate"; (2) "gracious"; 
(3) "slow to anger"; and (4) "abounding in love."



A Snapshot of God
Verse 8: "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love."

Derek Kidner says: "This verse quotes, almost word for word, the self-portrait of God in Exodus 34:6: "And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, 'The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness'" (NIV).

Don Wyrtzen says: "He is compassionate and not only feels our pain and sorrow, but stands ready to alleviate it.  He is gracious, choosing not to punish our sins in proportion to their seriousness...He is loving and even-tempered...He does not hold grudges...His love is infinite; His forgiveness, totally effective and complete..."

Bill Bright in his book Promises tells the story of Miriam Booth, daughter of the Salvation Army founder, who was stricken by illness.  "It is great to do the Lord's work," she replied with gentle grace, "but it is greater to do the Lord's will."  (Day 27)

Adrian Rogers in one of the last books that he wrote says:
This is important in our prayer life.  We need to pray in keeping with the word of our testimony.  As I have suggested earlier, here are some ways to encourage your faith:
  •  Rather than "Lord, be with us," pray "Father, we welcome your presence."
  • Rather than "Lord, give us victory," pray, "Lord, you are victory.  I thank you to cause us always to triumph."
  • Rather than "Lord, defeat Satan," pray, "Lord, I thank you that Satan has been defeated by your shed blood."
  • Rather than "Lord, give me strength," pray, "Lord, you are my strength, shield, and deliverer."
  • Rather than "Lord, help me to be a better servant," pray, "Lord, I consciously yield myself to you.  I report to duty."
The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority, 200-201

What an awesome God we serve!  
Praying hands Prayer Requests
       & Praises

1. Pray: Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.  1 Peter 3:8 (NIV)

2. Praise:  But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  Psalm 86:15 (NIV)
3. Pray: For the BTR Board of Directors as they seek to do God's will through Bible Teaching Resources.

4. Pray:  For God's Word to go out through the Prison Ministry.

5. Pray:  For guidance in how to market Don's teaching material to reach the general population.

I feel it very fitting for us to express our praise to the Lord by singing 3 verses of that great old hymn "Majestic Sweetness sits Enthroned"

Majestic sweetness sits enthroned Upon the Saviour's brow;
His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o'er-flow, 
His lips with grace o'er-flow.
He saw me plunged in deep distress And flew to my relief;
For me He bore the shameful cross And carried all my grief,
And carried all my grief.
To Him I owe my life and breath And all the joys I have;
He makes me triumph over death And saves me from the grave,
And saves me from the grave.
Christ is All and in All,
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For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)