Posts with the category “blog”

Ephesians 3:20
by Dave Shepardson on July 31st, 2018
Ephesians 3:20–21 (NLT)20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.It starts with Glory to God, all glory to God. And it ends with glory to God, through all generations forever and ever. It begins and ends wi...  Read More
You Alone Are My Reason
by Dave Shepardson on July 12th, 2018
I take refuge in you alone, Lord. My faith is in you alone. I have no good apart from you. Oh, the sorrow of those who have run after other things (god's) that you have not given them.You alone are my inheritance. You, personally, are my blessing. You guard all you have given me. The land you have given me is a good land, because you are in it - and you are my true blessing.I have set you before m...  Read More
A Cry For Wisdom
by Dave Shepardson on June 7th, 2018
James 1:5–8 (NLT)5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.8 Their loyalty is divid...  Read More
We Are Driven By What We Love
by Dave Shepardson on August 30th, 2017
Joshua 23:11 says. “So be very careful to love the Lord your God (nlt).”The greatest way to ensure that we are walking in the blessings of God and are never at risk of backsliding is to be very careful to love the Lord your God; this is our single greatest safeguard to ensure our growing relationship with Jesus Christ.Why did Moses call all of Israel in the great Shema to this one thing in Deutero...  Read More
by Dave Shepardson on July 20th, 2017
Heaven is home. All that heaven is, is our home. Heaven is our permanent home. Heaven is beyond our imagination, and heaven is our home.All that brings joy to our hearts is reserved for us in our heavenly home. At the heart of that joy will be Jesus, himself. He will be the center and the source of our eternal joy.And heaven is real; it is tangible, it is a place of real experience and real relati...  Read More
God Is Looking To Do Something
by Dave Shepardson on July 18th, 2017
2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT)9 The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him...”God is looking for a man, or woman, whose heart is fully set on Him, and who will trust God for all that God desires to do; in them, around them, and through them. God is looking for a fully consecrated (set apart) soul, in order that God may do what He desir...  Read More
Our Highest Priority
by Dave Shepardson on July 17th, 2017
The Lord calls us to come away with him, alone, on a regular basis. Your world, with all its nonstop demands, can, and needs to be, put on hold for few minutes, in order for you to be alone with Jesus. Instead, most Christians put Jesus on hold. Rationalizing that someday they will find time to do what they know is most important. But the longer you push Jesus into the background of your life, the...  Read More
The Lord Is My Light And Salvation
by Dave Shepardson on March 28th, 2017
A Prayer Following Psalm 27 (nlt)The Lord is my light and my salvation - so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When the evil one seeks to devour me, when he inspires others to discourage me, they will stumble and fall. No matter how big the battle seems, my heart will not be afraid. Even if it looks like the enemy is getting the upp...  Read More
Search For Wisdom
by Dave Shepardson on September 7th, 2016
Proverbs 2:1–11 (NLT)1 My child, listen to what I say, and treasure my commands. 2 Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. 3 Cry out for insight, and ask for understanding. 4 Search for them as you would for silver; seek them like hidden treasures. 5 Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. 6 For the LORD grants wisdom! From h...  Read More
Praying 'Trust in the Lord' Scriptures (2)
by Dave Shepardson on June 28th, 2016
Please pray for our friend Leanna who lost her younger brother today.Psalm 27:4 & 8 The one thing I ask, LORD — the thing I seek most — is to live, to dwell, to rest in your house; today and all the days of my life, delighting in your perfections and meditating in your Temple. Lord, that is what I need today. My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am c...  Read More
Praying 'Trust In The Lord' Scriptures (1)
by Dave Shepardson on June 15th, 2016
From the Trust In The Lord Always post.Isa 26:3–4 Lord, You will keep me in perfect peace as I learn to trust in you completely, as I learn to keep my thoughts fixed on you! I will Trust in you always, for you, Lord God, are my eternal Rock.Psa 62:5–8 All that I am will wait quietly for you God, for my hope is in you alone. You alone are my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be sh...  Read More
Trust In The Lord Always
by Dave Shepardson on June 13th, 2016
Meditate on God's Word. Pray His Word. Believe His Word.Isaiah 26:3–4 (nlt)3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! 4 Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD GOD is the eternal Rock.Psalm 28:7 (nlt)7 The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving....  Read More
Only God Gives Inward Peace
by Dave Shepardson on May 25th, 2016
Praying Psalm 62:5-8.(5) Oh Lord, only you give inward peace. Let all that I am wait quietly before you. You alone are my hope, I will depend on you and I will wait as long as you say. My hope is in you alone.(6) You alone are my rock and my salvation, the solid rock under my feet. I will stand in you alone. You are my fortress where I am safe, and I will not be shaken.(7) My victory, my help, and...  Read More
Praying Scriptures of Thanksgiving
by Dave Shepardson on May 13th, 2016
I will enter your gates with thanksgiving, Lord. I will enter your courts with praise. I will give thanks to you and praise your name. For you are so good to me. Your unfailing love continues forever, and your faithfulness continues from generation to generation (Psalm 100:4-5).I will give thanks to you Lord and proclaim your greatness as long as I have breath in my lungs. I will let the whole wor...  Read More
Your Instructions Are Perfect
by Dave Shepardson on May 6th, 2016
Praying Psalm 19:7-11Lord, your instructions are perfect, they revive my soul. They give me new life. They restore me. Your decrees and teachings are trustworthy and sure, following them makes me wise even though I am simple. Your commandments are right, they will bring joy to my heart if I will follow them. Your commandments are pure and bright, they will enlighten my eyes and give me insight for...  Read More
From The Jewish Prayer Book - A Morning Prayer
by Dave Shepardson on February 26th, 2016
Pam and I have just returned from a month in Israel, where we have been with 2 groups of church family and friends. In honor of our time there, here is an adaptation from The Jewish Prayer Book;Thank you Lord God, who ever lives and endures, and who has restored my soul. Great is your faithfulness.How good is your dwelling place Lord, the place I always desire to be, and the place I can only enter...  Read More
People Follow Leaders
by Dave Shepardson on January 14th, 2016
1 Corinthians 11:1 (NLT) And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ.The history of Israel points to a truth taught clearly enough by all history; people will soon be what their leaders are. The leaders set the moral pace for the people.Whatever sort of man the leader is, the people will soon follow his leadership. The people followed David in the worship of Jehovah, Solomon in the buildin...  Read More
I Will Not Be Moved
by Dave Shepardson on December 30th, 2015
My soul, all that I am, will wait silently and only upon you God, and I will silently submit to you; for my hope and expectation are in you alone. You alone Lord, are my Rock and my Salvation. You alone Lord, are my Defense and my Fortress, In you I shall not be moved. With you alone God rests my victory and my honor; You alone are my Rock of unyielding strength. You are my refuge, my security, an...  Read More
You Make All Things New
by Dave Shepardson on December 15th, 2015
Lord, you say in Isaiah 43:19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. That is who you are Lord; You are the God who makes all things new. And you make us new, Lord. You promise in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that anyone who belongs to you has become a new person. The old life i...  Read More
Always Giving Thanks
by Dave Shepardson on November 25th, 2015
Lord, your Word says we are to always be being filled with your Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among ourselves, and making music to YOU in our hearts. Always giving thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ (Eph 5:18–20).Heavenly Father, thank you! Thank you for everything. In the wonderful name of Jesus Christ our Lord, thank you. Than...  Read More
I will Cleave, Trust, and Rely on You
by Dave Shepardson on November 19th, 2015
John 7:38 (amp) Lord, you said, “He who believes in you (who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on you) as the Scripture has said, from his innermost being shall flow (continuously) springs and rivers of living water.” It’s the cleaves to, trusts in, and relies on part that I must continuously grow in, Lord. Like the man who cried out to you, “I believe; help my unbelief! (Mk 9:24)” I believe, Lo...  Read More
I Will Choose
by Dave Shepardson on May 9th, 2015
Psalm 13:1–6 (nlt)O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? How long will my enemy have the upper hand? Turn and answer me, O Lord my God! Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die. Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!” Don’t let them rejoice at m...  Read More
My Faith
by Dave Shepardson on April 30th, 2015
Hebrews 11:1 - Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2 Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight. Hebrews 12:2 - We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith... Ephesians 6:16 - hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 1 Peter 1:7 - Thes...  Read More
We Are Your Temple
by Dave Shepardson on April 16th, 2015
Ephesians 2:20–21 (nlt) - Together, we are his house... And the cornerstone is Christ Jesus himself. We are carefully joined together in him, becoming a holy temple for the Lord.Hebrews 3:6 (nlt) - But Christ, as the Son, is in charge of God’s entire house. And we are God’s house...1 Peter 2:4–5 (nlt) - You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple... And you are living s...  Read More
You Know Me
by Dave Shepardson on April 7th, 2015
Psalm 139:1–6 (nlt)O LORD, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. 2 You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. 3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. 4 You know what I am going to say even before I say it, LORD. 5 You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. 6 Such kno...  Read More
The Spiritual Battle
by Dave Shepardson on February 13th, 2015
1 Pet 5:8–9 (nlt) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 9 Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith... 2 Cor 2:11 (nlt)... For we are familiar with his evil schemes. 2 Cor 10:4 (esv) For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. Eph 6:10–18 (esv)... be...  Read More
Free To Love, Not Sin
by Dave Shepardson on February 4th, 2015
Galatians 5 (nlt)1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law... 4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace... 6 For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus... What is important is faith expressing itself in love......  Read More
I Will Bless The Lord
by Dave Shepardson on January 28th, 2015
Psalm 34:1–5 (esv) 1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad. 3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together! 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.Dear L...  Read More
Peace For Jerusalem
by Dave Shepardson on November 19th, 2014
Psalm 122 (NLT)A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of David.1 I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” 2 And now here we are, standing inside your gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is a well-built city; its seamless walls cannot be breached. 4 All the tribes of Israel—the LORD’s people— make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks to the name of ...  Read More
God's Throne Room
by Dave Shepardson on November 12th, 2014
Daniel 7:9–10 (nlt)9 I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, his hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire,10 and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from his presence. Millions of angels ministered to him; many millions stood to attend him. Then the court began its session, and the book...  Read More
In You Alone
by Dave Shepardson on November 4th, 2014
Psalm 34:1-8 - I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak his praises. 2 I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. 3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt his name together. 4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken...  Read More
Hear My Cry
by Dave Shepardson on October 9th, 2014
Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, A strong tower from the enemy. I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah (Psalm 61:1–4, NKJV)Hear my cry O God, attend unto my prayer. From the end of the ea...  Read More
No Other Gospel
by Dave Shepardson on October 2nd, 2014
Jesus gave his life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live . . . I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who called you to himself through the loving mercy of Christ. You are following a different way that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who deliberately t...  Read More
Light of the World
by Dave Shepardson on September 26th, 2014
Jesus . . . said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12, nlt). The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire... (Exodus 13:21, nlt). The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brou...  Read More
God's Love and Care
by Dave Shepardson on September 19th, 2014
The scriptures noted turned into personal prayer.Heavenly Father, you love us so completely (John 16:27). We trust in you alone God, because you richly give us all we need in this life (1Tim 6:17). You Lord, who has made all of heaven and earth, you pour out your blessing upon us from your holy throne room (Psalm 134:3). And the blessing you pour out on us makes us rich Lord, you add no sorrow wit...  Read More
by Dave Shepardson on September 5th, 2014
And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him (Heb 11:6 nlt).Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence (Eph 3:12 nlt)....hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil (Eph 6:16 nlt).For we walk by faith, not b...  Read More
Seek God
by Dave Shepardson on August 27th, 2014
Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (Psalm 105:4, esv).You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8, esv).Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive ble...  Read More
Persevere Together
by Dave Shepardson on August 21st, 2014
2 Thessalonians 1:3 (nlt)3 Dear brothers and sisters, we can’t help but thank God for you, because your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing.2 Thessalonians 1:11–12 (nlt)11 So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.12 Then the name o...  Read More
My Life Is In Your Hands
by Dave Shepardson on July 30th, 2014
Exodus 33:14 (amp)And the Lord said, My Presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.Psalm 139:1,3,5 (nlt)O Lord, you . . . know everything about me. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.Psalm 16:6–8 (nlt)The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritan...  Read More
Jesus Is MY Lord
by Dave Shepardson on July 25th, 2014
John 13:15–17 (nlt)I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. I tell you the truth, slaves are not greater than their master . . . Now that you know these things, God will bless you for doing them.Luke 9:23 (nlt)Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.Matthew 10:38-39 (nlt...  Read More