Saturday, August 12, 2017

Fw: Rain your reign




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:04 AM
Subject: Rain your reign

Rain your reign from high above!
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Touch my cheek, wet kiss of love.
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Saturate this soul with you,
That we be one...
Your touch is true.
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Hard to look up to the sky,
When the rain fills my eyes;
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But covered with this blanket now,
Heaven's hand anoints my brow.
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Job 38:28
"Has the rain a father,
    or who has begotten the drops of dew?


Friday, August 4, 2017

Fw: Be direct




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Friday, August 4, 2017 7:37 AM
Subject: Be direct

Matthew 20:31 The crowd rebuked them, telling them to be silent, but they cried out all the more, "Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!" 32 And stopping, Jesus called them and said, "What do you want me to do for you?" 33 They said to him, "Lord, let our eyes be opened." 34 And Jesus in pity touched their eyes, and immediately they recovered their sight and followed him.
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Two blind men sitting by the side of the road were determined to get Jesus' attention as He passed.  They had one pressing need...to gain their sight...and they were determined to overcome all objections and make that need known to the one who could meet that need.  They were persistent in purpose, focused and forthright.  Jesus matched their determination with a direct question and they expressed their need in six words.  And Jesus responded.....and they followed Him after gaining their sight.
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Focus, determination, persistence, trust...great qualities to develop a real relationship with Jesus!


Monday, July 31, 2017

Fw: Rise, and have no fear




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Monday, July 31, 2017 7:17 AM
Subject: Rise, and have no fear

Matthew 17: But Jesus came and touched them, saying, "Rise, and have no fear." And when they lifted up their eyes, they saw no one but Jesus only.
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Peter, James and John had just witnessed a miracle.  They had accompanied Jesus up to the top of a mountain.  There they saw Jesus dramatically change in appearance.  His face shone very brightly and his clothes became very light...as if they were illuminated.  Then they watched as Jesus actually spoke with Moses and Elijah, who appeared out of Heaven.  On top of all that...God, Himself, spoke and told them to listen to Jesus.  I don't think they knew how to act or react.  Peter offered to set up a tent for each of these heavenly figures.  And then Jesus came and touched them and told them to get up and be without fear.
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It isn't likely that we will experience a "transfiguration" like Peter, James and John.  However with every day we face many unknowns.  In a sense every day starts with a question mark...What will this day bring?  How will I cope with the day?
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It is a good reminder that Jesus comes to you and touches you and says, "Rise and have no fear".  We need the assurance that there is one who is greater than we are, who knows the beginning from the end and who has our very best in mind.  And when we lift up our eyes we too will see no one but Jesus.  We may not see a "transfiguration" but we can surely experience a transformation.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fw: ...still good advice




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:36 AM
Subject: ...still good advice

This past Sunday afternoon Shirley and I toured Jamestown island, site of the original English settlement in 1607.  This humble location, still small and unimposing, eventually endured disease, Indian attacks and discouragement to grow into the United States of America.  There is a monument dedicated to the settlement that has been there for a long time.  I took a picture of a quote from the London Council for Virginia that offers advice to the Virginia Colony before they left England, so that they would be successful.  There were two pieces of advice: (1) be united and (2) fear and serve God.  We learned from a tour guide that this is basically what the people of Jamestown did.  They united to defend themselves and establish a sustainable presence in America and they worshiped God.  One of the first buildings in the fort was a church.  And God sovereignly preserved the colony...even when they were decimated by disease and starvation.  We learned that they almost abandoned the village to return to England after a period of severe famine when a supply ship arrived in the nick of time.
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"Make yourselves all of one mind for the good of your country" and "Serve and fear God, the giver of all goodness"...sill the best advice for Americans and for people who would prosper everywhere!
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Ephesians 4: "I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."
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blessings,
Rob Smith


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fw: white as snow




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:29 AM
Subject: white as snow

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord:
though your sins are like scarlet,
    they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
    they shall become like wool."
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I spied the pure white heron this morning and snapped his picture.  It was the first time I'd had a clear view of this beauty.  Even to spot a gray heron is a pleasure but this one is so rare from my experience.
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The pure white feathers of his coat reminded me of the purity that is only possible when we bow before the Lord and acknowledge our sin.  He will make us as clean and pure as the heron's wings.  And one day we will fly too!
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blessings this day!
Rob Smith


Monday, July 24, 2017

Fw: son kissed day




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Monday, July 24, 2017 7:29 AM
Subject: son kissed day

Son kissed day, you have come down
to start this way...your touch we've known.
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Summer warmth paints all below as you join
the work you own...
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Driving shadows of the night, sun-washed branches drink your light;
Fed across the miles of space, every branch your hand does reach.
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I will walk with you today.  Son of God wash me also!
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Psalm 74:16
Yours is the day, yours also the night;
    you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
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love to all this day,
Rob Smith


Friday, July 21, 2017

Fw: when faith is underneath everything




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Rob Smith <toanosmith@yahoo.com>
To: Rob Smith <rsmith@mycwa.com>
Sent: Friday, July 21, 2017 7:31 AM
Subject: when faith is underneath everything

Job 16:19 
Even now, behold, my witness is in heaven,
    and he who testifies for me is on high.
20 My friends scorn me;
    my eye pours out tears to God,
21 that he would argue the case of a man with God,
    as a son of man does with his neighbor.

The Old Testament figure, Job, had suffered the loss of almost everything that mattered in his life: crops, herds, children, personal health.  And as he was mourning all this his wife told him to turn his back on the God he believed in and his friends also provided more judgement than comfort.  But despite all this adversity Job clings to his faith and the passage above reminds us that we, also, have a witness in heaven...one who testifies for us.  Jesus is the one who argues our case before God.  And we deserve the loss of all things but our advocate is also our sin-bearer.  He paid our price and now represents us in the courts of Heaven.
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Job had this confidence too..that one day Jesus, who had redeemed him, would come!
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Job 19:25 
For I know that my Redeemer lives,
    and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
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blessings,
Rob Smith
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