Rejoice

Phil. 4:4-9
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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Give Thanks

1 Cor. 15:57-58
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

2 Cor. 2: 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him.

2 Cor. 9: 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

Rev. 4:9-11
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
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Thanksgiving

Psalms 100
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs. 3 Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us, and we are His; we are His people, the sheep of His pasture. 4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. 5 For the LORD is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.

1 Chron 16:8-11
8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done. 9 Sing to Him, sing praise to Him; tell of all His wonderful acts. 10 Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. 11 Look to the LORD and His strength; seek His face always.

Psalms 95:1-8a
1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song. 3 For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. 4 In His hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to Him. 5 The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land. 6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for He is our God and we are the people of His pasture, the flock under His care. Today, if you hear His voice, 8a do not harden your hearts….
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Thanks

1 Thes. 5:16-18
16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Phil. 1:2-4
2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy
Heb. 12:28-29
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”
Psalms 7:17 I will give thanks to the LORD because of his righteousness and will sing praise to the name of the LORD Most High.

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Passover

Passover
(Exodus 2-12)

Pharaoh ordered Hebrew babies to slaughter,
but Moses was saved by Pharaoh’s daughter.
This Egyptian lady
raised this Hebrew baby.
Moses lived in the house of Pharaoh,
but Pharaoh did not know.
No one knew
as the child grew.
~~~
When Moses was full grown
his roots were made known.
Pharaoh had a conniption
for Moses killed an Egyptian.
Because Moses was a Hebrew,
that’s when anger grew.
Into the desert Moses fled,
shortly thereafter he did wed.
~~~
Later, on Mount Horeb a bush did burn.
This is where Moses did learn
about the call on his life.
He was to save Israel from strife.
God gave Moses a script,
he was the Deliverer in Egypt.
~~~
The God of Moses
to Pharaoh proposes;
Let the Hebrews go,
otherwise there will be woe.
The consequence was not vague;
on Egypt there would be a plague.
A plague on each day,
until Pharaoh said okay.
~~~
Back to Egypt Moses went,
for that’s where God had sent
Moses to confront Pharaoh
to say, “Let my people go.”
But Pharaoh said, “Absolutely No!
I will not let your people go.
Who is this God I do not know?
This Hebrew God,
I will not applaud.”
~~~
The instructions to Pharaoh were not vague.
If Hebrews weren’t free there’d be a plague.
Then Pharaoh gave this ridiculous order:
Hebrews to make the same amount of mortar,
only they would have to find straw
for bricks, which became the new law.
This could not be done.
It looked as though Pharaoh won.
~~~
“As My servant Moses has spoken,
your Egyptian bondage will be broken.
Do not fret.
Pharaoh will let
My people go.
This you need to know.”
~~~
Right from the start
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart,
so the Hebrews would know who God was through the mighty acts God does.
~~~
In Pharaoh’s court Moses stood in front,
then Pharaoh, Moses did confront.
God turned Moses’ staff into a snake,
but Pharaoh said, “Hebrews can’t take.”
~~~
Now comes plague number one,
turning water into blood was done.
Blood did defile
the river Nile.
Fish died and it did stink,
Egyptians could no longer drink.
Yet Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
With plague number two,
this is what God did do.
He ordered the frogs
to come and make clogs;
they were all over the place
and in every space.
But Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
Then came plague number three
by the hand of the Almighty.
Egypt had to pay a high price,
for now they were covered with lice.
Lice were on beast and men,
but even so, even then,
Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
With plague number four
flies God did pour
all over the land,
but He withheld His hand
from the land of Goshen
where there was no commotion.
The Hebrews were free of flies,
while cries in Egypt did arise.
Pharaoh still said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
Then came plague number five,
livestock did not survive.
In Egypt livestock had pestilence,
however in Goshen there was preference.
The Hebrew’s livestock was fine,
For God said, “These people are Mine.”
The plague was on Egypt’s livestock,
which caused Egyptian shock.
All their livestock left outside
from this plague died.
But, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
The sixth plague
was not vague.
God sent a plague of boils
on Egypt that spoils
the skin of animal and men,
but the Hebrews didn’t have them;
the Hebrews, God did protect
from boils which did deflect.
However, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
Then came plague number seven;
hail came from heaven.
Obeying God, Pharaoh failed,
so in Egypt it hailed.
It hailed hard and long
Pharaoh knew he did wrong.
But Pharaoh was an obstinate king,
so God sent hail ruining most everything.
Again, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
With plague number eight
everything the locust ate.
But again in Goshen
there was no commotion.
The locust did only yield
a great harvest in Egypt’s field.
Even so, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
~~~
Then came plague number nine
and darkness was the sign.
For three full days Egypt had no sun,
because of what Pharaoh had done.
Darkness was only where Egyptians were,
for in Goshen darkness did not occur.
Egypt was totally dark
still Pharaoh did remark,
“I will not let your people go,
because I, the great Pharaoh, said so!”
~~~
God’s mighty plan through Moses’ hand
was being accomplished throughout this land.
God allowed all plagues in order to proclaim
His power and might on earth in His Name.
Egypt thought their gods were vital.
Each plague represented an idol.
This is what caused Egypt to fall,
for the God of Moses is far above all.
Over the days God did display,
His mighty power to Egypt’s dismay.
~~~
The last plague on Egypt was number ten
this effected animals, women, and men.
Exactly at midnight the Lord did strike
Egypt’s firstborns and horror did spike.
Wailing was heard long into the night
from Egyptians caught in this fright.
~~~
All of Egypt did mourn
over the death of all their firstborn.
Jews were safe when the death angel came,
because they put blood on each doorframe.
Each Hebrew family shared a special meal,
while with Egypt God did deal.
They had prepared a quick feast
of lamb, bitter herbs, bread without yeast.
When Pharaoh’s firstborn died
to Moses Pharaoh replied,
“Take your people and get out!
Egypt does not want any of you about.
Now in your God I believe,
take these slaves and leave.”
~~~
Israel had lived in Egypt 430 years
had toiled and cried many tears.
The Egyptians had equipped
the Hebrews leaving Egypt.
They gave clothing, silver, and gold;
all that the Jews could hold.
There was great joy in the air,
for God freed Israel from despair.
God is permanently faithful,
and the Hebrews were grateful.
~~~
From this day forward
Jews need to remember that horrid
Egyptian bondage as a slave,
and the plagues God gave
to set the Hebrews free,
to worship, and praise the Almighty.
Israel is to do this once a year
by celebrating Passover with cheer.
It is God all must fear
this was made quite clear.
~~~
This remembrance is not just for the Jew;
all should remember this – that’s me and you.
There is only one true God
to whom we all need to applaud.
He is the Lord, God Most High
this no one can deny.

His Hand

(Psalm 138:7)  paraphrase
Though I walk in the midst of trouble
Trials, tribulation and rubble
The Lord preserves my life
Keeping me from all the strife
He is the Creator and Ruler of the land
The Lord God stretched forth His hand
Against the anger of my foes
That’s how His faithfulness goes
By His right hand He saved me
All thanks and praise to God Almighty

New Land

New Land
(Deut. 5:15)  paraphrased

To remember is good
This we all should
~~~
When slaves in Egypt
Our lives were gypped
But God brought us out
Slavery no longer about
With His mighty hand
Brought us to a new land
With His outstretched arm
Protected from all alarm
Therefore
What’s more
The Lord your God
Due all glory and laud
Commands you
To follow through
Observe the Sabbath day
Honor God, begin today
~~~
One day in seven
A gift from Heaven
The Lord says remember
To each and every member