Issue #626 ~August 24, 2020

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The City of God
"There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells."
Psalm 46:4

"God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."
Psalm 46:5
Waterfall

Verse 4: "There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells."

Warren Wiersbe says: "God is our Refuge, so we need not fear. But He is also our River, so we need not faint." He says further: "Our Lord said, 'If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink' (John 7:37). The rivers of Living Water, the rivers of joy, flow out from His throne. In the Bible, water for washing is a picture of the Word of God. But water for drinking is a picture of the Spirit of God. We may drink from this hidden River. And because we drink at this River, we have the joy, the refreshment and the empowerment of the Lord."

You will remember the Lord promised the woman at the well "Living Water."

John 4:13, 14: "Jesus answered and said to her, 'Everyone who drinks of this water shall thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life" (NASB).

Verse 5: "God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day."

Isaiah 37:36: "Then the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning - there were all the dead bodies!" (NIV).

Isaiah 17:14: "In the evening, sudden terror! Before the morning, they are gone! This is the portion of those who loot us, the lot of those who plunder us" (NIV).

I find myself humming the tune and singing the words of Martin Luther's favorite hymn, "A Mighty Fortress is our God."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.  Pray: Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge. Psalm 62:8 (NIV)
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2.  Pray: ..."If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, 'From his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.'" John 7:37, 38 (NASB)
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3.  Praise: And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, Revelation 22:1 (NASB)
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4.  Praise: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, The holy dwelling places of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she will not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. Psalm 46:4, 5 (NASB)
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5.  Pray: Requests from prison inmates continues to grow. Through your gifts, BTR sends a Life Recovery Bible with devotional and workbook in response to requests. If God leads you to be a part of this ministry send a check and mark Prison Ministry. Or give through the BTR website with a note Prison Ministry.
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I would like to suggest we sing a couple of verses of that wonderful prayer-hymn "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah":
Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah, Pilgrim thro' this barren land;
I am weak, but Thou art mighty, Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand;
Bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more;
Bread of Heaven, Feed me till I want no more.

Open now the crystal fountain Whence the healing waters flow;
Let the fiery, cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey thro':
Strong Deliv'rer, Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;
Strong Deliv'rer, Be Thou still my Strength and Shield.
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) 

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