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Jesus We Love You!

Old things have passed away
Your love has stayed the same
Your constant grace remains the cornerstone
Things that we thought were dead
Are breathing in life again
You cause your Son to shine on darkest nights

For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Jesus we love you
Oh how we love you
You are the one our hearts adore
Our hearts adore

The hopeless have found their hope
The orphans now have a home
All that was lost has found its place in you
You lift our weary head
You make us strong instead
You took these rags and made us beautiful

For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Jesus we love you
Oh how we love you
You are the one our hearts adore
Our hearts adore

“Jesus We Love You” by Paul McClure

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Labor Day Devotional

Labor Day has been observed for so many years most people don’t even know why. According to Wikipedia the first big Labor Day in U.S.A was observed on Sept. 5, 1882 by the Central Labor Union of New York. It became a federal holiday in 1894, following the deaths of a number of workers at the hands of the U.S. military & U.S. Marshals during the Pullman Strike under the presidency of Grover Cleveland. Fearing further conflict with the labor union, legislation, making Labor Day a national holiday, was rushed through Congress & signed into law a mere six days after the end of the strike.

The Bible instructs people to stay busy, to work and earn the bread they eat. There are those who are unwilling to work but all too willing to accept free handouts. Then there are those who do nothing but work. As we stop and think about the work we do, remember that our work is not only to provide for our families and to have the luxuries of life, but, rather, work for the service of God. Our work is never finished for God. There was a free handout given for all but, so often, this is the one free handout that is rejected by man. This free handout of Salvation was given with love. We can’t earn it. It is by grace that we receive the free gift of Salvation as Ephesians 2:8 & 9 tell us:

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

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The modern church does not suffer, primarily, from a lack of teaching: the modern church suffers from a lack of obedience. The failure of the church today is that Believers refuse to practice the teachings of Scripture: we make every excuse to do the opposite of what the Bible teaches. We will only be able to stand up to the fierce storms of life if we have a foundation built on OBEDIENCE to God’s Word:

Walk in obedience to all that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days... Deuteronomy 5:33

Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

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Jesus Saves!

“We have heard the joyful sound:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Spread the tidings all around:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Bear the news to every land,
Climb the mountains, cross the waves;
Onward! ’tis our Lord’s command;
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Waft it on the rolling tide:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!
Tell to sinners far and wide:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Sing, you islands of the sea;
Echo back, you ocean caves;
Earth shall keep her jubilee:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Sing above the battle strife:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

By His death and endless life
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Shout it brightly through the gloom,
When the heart for mercy craves;
Sing in triumph o’er the tomb:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Give the winds a mighty voice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Let the nations now rejoice:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!

Shout salvation full and free;
Highest hills and deepest caves;
This our song of victory:
Jesus saves! Jesus saves!”

If you’re questioning what it means that Jesus Saves click here.

Priscilla J. Owens, pub.1882

Priscilla Jane Owens taught in Baltimore for almost half a century, including Sunday school at the Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church. Most of her hymns were written for her Sunday school students. Much of her poetry appeared in the Methodist Protestant and the Christian Standard.

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Lord, we stand today as our forefathers have stood before You in times gone by,
Celebrating our history and reveling in all the great things that our country has achieved.
On this day we rejoice in the favor You have graciously given us.
We thank You for the blessings of liberty, for this generation and for the generations to come.
We thank You for our independence, peace and for all those who have bravely given their lives in the defence of freedom and justice.
We thank You that Your gracious and provident hand has given us so much.

Yet as a nation and people we have not always chosen the right way.
We ask You to forgive us for these times.
On this day we commit ourselves to wholeheartedly honoring and serving You.
With everything that we are, we lay our lives before You.
Make us a generous people,
A holy nation,
A people set aside to love You forever,
For the sake of the land of the brave and free,
And the peoples and nations of this world.

Today, we do not presume Your grace for our country.
Our land is in need of You,
Our people are in need of You,
Our industry and business is in need of You.
May we look only to You
This Independence Day, dependent on You.

Please come now by Your glorious Holy Spirit,
Breathe new life into the sinews of this nation.
May justice flow like rivers,
And righteousness like a never failing stream,
Until the whole of our country is covered with Your glory,
As the waters cover the sea.

We ask all this in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.
One God, now and for all eternity.
Amen.

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My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness… 2 Corinthians 12:9

Grace enables you to make it, no matter what. No matter who turns against you, no matter what obstacles you face, no matter how many times you fail. God’s incredible grace is there to pick you up, to revive lost hope, to heal broken bones, and to strengthen your weak will. It is never inadequate, nor is it ever depleted. It never spoils and it has no expiration date.

How do I make God’s grace a reality in my life? Simply by claiming the promises in His Word and trusting in Him to provide a way of escape ( 1 Corinthians 10:13). Tell Him your need. Abandon your own efforts and trust Him to work things out. Be sensitive to see and hear the leading of His Spirit.

His grace saves you . . .

For by grace you have been saved through faith… It is the gift of God… Ephesians 2:8-9

His grace guides and directs you . . .

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. Psalm 32:8 …The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. Psalm 18:28

His grace hears your cry and carries your burdens and sorrows . . .

The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth,” (Psalm 145:18). “He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows. Isaiah 53:4

His grace provides for all your needs . . .

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

His grace keeps you going . . .

…Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.               2 Corinthians 4:16

His grace never leaves you alone . . .

My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14

Prayer

Precious Lord, thank You that Your grace is available to me always, and that You’ll provided everything I need to make it through life. Amen.

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Old things have passed away
Your love has stayed the same
Your constant grace remains the cornerstone
Things that we thought were dead
Are breathing in life again
You cause your Son to shine on darkest nights

For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Jesus we love you
Oh how we love you
You are the one our hearts adore
Our hearts adore

The hopeless have found their hope
The orphans now have a home
All that was lost has found its place in you
You lift our weary head
You make us strong instead
You took these rags and made us beautiful

For all that you’ve done we will pour out our love
This will be our anthem song

Jesus we love you
Oh how we love you
You are the one our hearts adore
Our hearts adore

“Jesus We Love You” by Paul McClure

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