Coach's Clipboard
Issue #513
June 25,  2018
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What a Gift!

Scripture

The highest heavens belong to the Lord, but the earth he has given to man.  Psalm 115:15 (NIV)

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 (NASB)
What a Gift!

Try to imagine in your heart this morning what the Lord felt as He was singing this psalm in the upper room just hours before Calvary.

When He got to the Garden of Gethsemane, He asked the Lord to give Him back the glory that He had with Him.

God is a giving God.  He's not only given us this wonderful world, but the greatest gift of all was the gift of His Son.  John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son..." (NASB).

Paul was so overwhelmed by that gift he said in 2 Corinthians 9:15: "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!"  (NASB)

In contrast to the idols that can give us nothing, our God is alive and He has given us a wonderful gift in this world which we live.  I'm sure you, along with many others, are facing this day with the depressing thought that you can't be a candidate for blessing in the present because of the past.

Our Daily Bread says: "Brooding over the past paralyzes the present and bankrupts the future." (December 30, 2002)

Oswald Chambers said: "Never be afraid when God brings back the past.  Let memory have its way.  It is a minister of God with its rebuke and chastisement and sorrow.  God will turn the 'might have been' into a wonderful culture [source of nourishment and growth] for the future."  (Our Daily Bread, December 30, 2002)

Listen to Jonathan Edwards' resolutions: (1) Resolved, to live with all my might while I do live.  (2) Resolved, never to lose one moment of time, to improve it in the most profitable way I can.  (3) Resolved, never to do anything which I should despise or think meanly of in another.  (4) Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.  (5) Resolved, never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life.
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 Praises & Prayer Request
1.  PraiseFor by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God;  Ephesians 2:8 (NASB)

2.  Praise:   Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
James 1:17 (NASB)

3.  Pray:   As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  1 Peter 4:10 (NASB)

4.  Pray:   For t he future of BTR as Don's lessons are preserved to be shared with those seeking to study God's Word.

5.  Pray:  For the prison ministry.  There are many requests from inmates for Bibles and study materials that will help them overcome addictions. 

I think with these awesome words we ought to take our hymnals and sing the first couple of verses of "How Great Thou Art!":

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder,
Thy pow'r throughout the universe displayed!
When thru the woods and forest glades I wander
and hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze,

Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to Thee;
How great Thou art, How great Thou art!" 
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)