Category Archives: Created to Praise God

TODAY’S WORD FOR US-Why God Deserves Our Worship

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Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.    Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endure the to all generations.  (Psalms 100)

 

 

As Creator God, the LORD GOD ALMIGHTY is worthy of our praise.  We are His people who were created to praise HIM and HIM alone.

This shall be written for the generation to come: and the people which shall be created shall praise the LORD.  (Psalms 102:18)

Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD.  Praise ye the LORD.  (Psalms 150:6)

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.  (Rev 4:11)

There is no other god in all the world who is worthy to be praised and worshipped!  Only GOD ALMIGHTY, Creator of heaven and earth is worthy of that honor.

For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.  (Psalms 97:9)

For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens. (Psalms 96:5)

God has always been LORD of all the universe, even before He formed the earth.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.  (Psalms 90:2)

God commands us to worship HIM, and not idols.

Thou shalt have none other gods before me.  Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the waters beneath the earth.  Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, . . .(Deut 5:7-9; Exodus 20:3-5)

This is what Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-40:

“. . .Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.  This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Choose today who you will worship.  Choose the Almighty God and Creator of heaven and earth, Jehovah God who is our Lord and Savior, and Soon Coming King!

(Joshua said) “. . .choose you this day whom ye will serve. . .but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  (Joshua 24:15)

WATER FOR THE THIRSTY

If you’re in Honolulu this Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, 6-7:00 p.m., Mark will be directing and singing with Voices of Aloha Christmas Concert at McKinley High School. Tickets may be bought at door $10-15 prior to concert.

God's Enduring Love

Mark Yasuhara could have been one of the greatest Metropolitan opera singers and was chosen twice to sing at the Congressional Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.  He sang as part of the gospel group ‘The Hawaiians’ quite a few years ago and serves God in the ministry today on Hawaii island.

HO, EVERY ONE THAT IS THIRSTY!

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even…

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TODAY’S WORD- God is Mighty in Power!

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Recent oil painting of lava flow moving toward Pahoa, Big Island Hawaii in 2014.  

‘Ah Lord GOD!  behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and outstretched arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: ‘  Jeremiah 32:17

‘And God  said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.’  Genesis 1:9-10

God’s creative power is still at work in the world today.   The islands in our Hawaiian archipelago came forth from the sea, and the Big Island of Hawaii is still growing and being transformed like in my painting above.  Kilauea volcano is the most active volcano in the world and has been erupting continuously for the past 33 years.  It is the most active of the 5 volcanos in our state, 2 others are underwater and 2 are dormant.  

HOW MIGHTY IS OUR GOD!!!

See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kilauea

WHAT I MISSED MOST ON EASTER SUNDAY

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The Resurrection of Christ is the most historic event celebrated by all believers of Jesus from 2,000 years ago to the present.  Below are the words of a family member who remembered this very significant day, Easter or Resurrection Day, celebrated this past Sunday, March 27th:

“Happy Easter to you.  For us believers, Easter is the most important event in the history of mankind.  If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then we are the most hopeless of men (paraphrased from Paul to the Corinthians).  Through the Resurrection, Jesus Christ conquered death and Satan.  Through the Resurrection, He became our Savior, Redeemer, and Lord of all. Praise God!!!”

Many folks who wouldn’t darken the door of a church, will often make an exception for Easter and Christmas.  I remember years ago, there would be an overflowing crowd for Easter vigil and Easter masses.  It would be standing room only and a line that went out of the church front entrance for Holy Communion.  There is something about being in on the joyful day that Jesus rose from the grave and conquered death.  Maybe next year I should go back to my old church and hear the homily about  Jesus’ tomb being found empty for Jesus had risen from the dead!  I would sing with my heart bursting with joy as the church organ billowed out:

Christ the Lord is ris’n today, Alleluia!
Sons of men and angels say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heav’ns, and earth, reply, Alleluia!

Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once He died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where thy victory, O grave? Alleluia!

Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids His rise, Alleluia!
Christ hath opened paradise, Alleluia!

(Christ the Lord is Risen Today Charles Wesley 1739)

On the way home from church, memories came back of my days in the Southern Baptist Church when I was a young teen.  The choir and all the members sang out:

Low in the grave he lay, Jesus my Savior, 
waiting the coming day, Jesus my Lord! 
Refrain: 
Up from the grave he arose; 
with a mighty triumph o’er his foes; 
he arose a victor from the dark domain, 
and he lives forever, with his saints to reign. 
He arose! He arose! Hallelujah! Christ arose!

(Christ Arose, Robert Lowry 1874)

My favorite hymn was ‘He Lives’ and my childhood friend and I loved to belt this one out:

I serve a risen Savior, He’s in the world today;
I know that He is living whatever men may say;
I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer,
And just the time I need Him, He’s always near. 

Refrain:
He lives, He lives,
Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me
Along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives,
Salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.

In all the world around me I see His loving care,
And tho’ my heart grows weary I never will despair;
I know that He is leading thro’ all the stormy blast,
The day of His appearing will come at last.RefrainRejoice, rejoice, O Christian, lift up your voice and sing
Eternal hallelujahs to Jesus Christ the King!
The hope of all who seek Him, the help of all who find,
None other is so loving, so good and kind.  (Refrain)

(He Lives, Alfred H. Ackley 1932)

A MUST READ!  The inspiring story behind ‘He Lives’ by the preacher/composer of the song:  http://nickel-notes.blogspot.com/2012/03/hymn-history-he-lives.html

I was very grieved that none of the traditional Easter songs in our church hymnal were sung by my church congregation.  The church was elaborately decorated for Easter service.  In the service, there were a brass ensemble, hand bell musicians, choir special ‘Credo’ by Schubert’s Mass in G, duet special, Hallelujah chorus with a full-volume-on organ performing, and before church started there was breakfast served and an egg hunt.  But, I really missed the congregational singing,  raising our voices in jubilant worship of our Risen Savior on this special occasion, with the ‘traditional’ hymns of the Risen Christ.

Perhaps we should forget about all that is associated with Easter and concentrate our minds upon what the RESURRECTION is all about.  This is what the apostle Paul said:

“That I may know him, and the power of his Resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

 If by any means I might attain unto the Resurrection of the dead.”  (Phil 3:10-11)

If Christ had not risen from the dead, then He is not God, and our Faith in Him would be in vain!  But Jesus rose from the dead as He promised He would, and He is alive and has the power to also save us, bless us, help us, and to Resurrect us up one day in the Rapture!  Praise God! AMEN!

One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

SURE, why not include a hymn or two in your church worship?!

Source: One man’s journey away from contemporary Christian music.

Know Who God Is

HE IS MY ALL IN ALL!
JESUS, SON OF GOD
WORTHY IS YOUR NAME!

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God, My Father1To you it was shown, that you might know that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him (Deuteronomy 4:35). If we Know Jesus, we know God, because God is in His Son. Jesus told Philip this, and it puzzled Him. Do you know who God is? God is Spirit, He can do whatever He wants, and He chooses whoever He wants, to do His work. He answers to No one, and none is like Him. He is the only Living God, and besides Him, there is none other. God is in Heaven and He is in full control of heaven and earth. He uses anyone He wishes to represent Him, but now, He only speaks through His Son, there is no doubt who this is. He showed this by raising Him from the dead to sit at His right hand side. No one can have that position but…

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A “Win-Win” For Believers!

AMEN! What a wonderful post!  LOVE GOD AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER! Here is another verse to be blessed with:

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. . .for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” (Psalms 133:1, 3b)

Jesus, Only Jesus!

JESUS, NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES!

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“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”  (Acts 4:12)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”  (John 14:6)

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;  And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:10-11)

 

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5 Portraits of a Real Disciple

Another excellent post to read by Joe Quatrone, Jr.

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Discipleship 3Jesus was getting closer and closer to the cross. People who wanted to see a miracle or get a free meal from Him were mobbing Him. The crowd following Jesus knew who He was, but they would soon be gone. The crowd was about to become much smaller because Jesus started setting forth the cost of discipleship and it’s not a popular message. It requires total commitment. Today, the majority of people who express an interest in Jesus represent the crowd–they are not committed to Jesus and do not experience a deep level of intimacy with Him. In Luke 14:25-35, Jesus provided five vivid images and used each one to teach a lesson about discipleship:

1. A Family: Love Jesus Supremely

The first image Jesus used was a family. Are you surprised Jesus said to be a disciple you must hate your family? I read about a pastor who…

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At Calvary ~ Golden Oldie Hymn

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Thank you dear sister-in-the-Lord, Sue Nash for sharing this beautiful and touching song!

I remember this old hymn from yesteryear.  What a POWERFUL song- sung with such Holy Spirit anointing! Imagine William Newell composing it in 1895!

Do sing along and remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us at Calvary!

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”  (Romans 5:8)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13)

Heavenly Raindrops

With Easter approaching, my thoughts always shift to the cross and to what Christ accomplished at Calvary.  Join with me in remembering this lovely old hymn,

At Calvary
by William Newell.
1895

Sung by Lynda Randle

At Calvary

Years I spent in vanity and pride,
Caring not my Lord was crucified,
Knowing not it was for me He died
On Calvary.
Refrain:
Mercy there was great, and grace was free;
Pardon there was multiplied to me;
There my burdened soul found liberty
At Calvary.
By God’s Word at last my sin I learned;
Then I trembled at the law I’d spurned,
Till my guilty soul imploring turned
To Calvary.
Now I’ve giv’n to Jesus everything,
Now I gladly own Him as my King,
Now my raptured soul can only sing
Of Calvary!
Oh, the love that drew salvation’s plan!
Oh, the grace that brought it down to man!
Oh, the…

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