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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 17, 2019

THE MASTER’S HAND

Matthew 12:1-21

Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall show judgment to the Gentiles (12:18).

The Master’s Hand

One of the most beautiful and meaningful poems I know is entitled “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” It begins with an auctioneer selling an old violin. He holds it up and says, “What am I bid for this violin? One dollar? Two dollars? Who will make it three?”

Just before the old violin was to be sold for three dollars, from the back of the room an old, gray-haired man came forward. He took the violin and the bow, and wiped off the dust. He tightened the bow, turned the strings, and began to play angelic music. When the auctioneer held it up again, he said, “What am I bid for it? A thousand dollars? Two thousand dollars? Who will make it three?” The concluding stanzas of the poem read:

The people cheered, but some of them cried,

“We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?” Swift came the reply:

“The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,

And battered and scarred with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd,

Much like the old violin.

A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine;

A game—and he travels on.

He is “going” once, and “going” twice,

He’s “going” and almost “gone.”

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought

By the touch of the Master’s hand.

[from “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” Myra Brooks Welch]

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 17, 2019

5/17/2019

Today’s Verse for 05/17/2019

But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? — 1 John 3:17 (KJV)

Thought

I love the Bible because it is so gritty with the dirt of real life. In the previous verse, John told his churches that they should be willing to lay down their lives for each other. That’s pretty good in theory, especially when you don’t think it will ever be necessary. But this verse makes the application of that principle an every day reality: Is there somebody in your church in need, then be moved to help them, that’s what laying down your life is all about!

Prayer

Use me, holy and righteous Father, to be your hands and heart in helping those around me. Give me the generosity and the patience it takes to be a blessing to those in need who are a part of my church family, and also those who have not yet come to know Jesus as Lord. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 15, 2019

5/15/19

Today’s Verse for 05/15/2019

For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost. — Luke 19:10 (KJV)

Thought

Jesus came so that the last could be first, the sick could be healed, the sinners could be saved, and the lost could be found. That was his purpose: to fix that which was broken — not just us, but our world, our humanity, and all that goes with it. So how can we wear the name of Jesus and not live with his passion and purpose toward what we see lost in our world?

Prayer

O loving Father and Almighty God, please stir a holy passion in your people, and especially in me, so that we may more nearly reflect Jesus’ purpose in our lives, our families, and our churches. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 14, 2019

Today’s Verse 5/14/19

Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties. — Psalm 141:4 (KJV)

Thought

How important is it for you to be pure? How important is it for you to be righteous? For David, who had experienced the elation of sharing an intimate holy relationship with God and the utter pain of miserably failing God, guarding his heart was of ultimate importance. He didn’t want to have any part of evil. He didn’t want to be attracted to it. He didn’t want to be a part of those who committed vile deeds. He didn’t even want to take part in the luxuries and feasts. What are we willing to ask God to withhold from us to keep us from evil?

Prayer

Father, don’t let me be tempted by what is vile, hideous, or evil. Give me a holy revulsion for what is false and deceptive. Give me clarity of sight and purity of heart to be able to see evil and the things associated with it so that I can stay far away from the tempter’s snare and the things that would soil your holy name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 12, 2019

Dr. John MacArthur Rebuked Joel Ostend

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 12, 2019

JOEL OSTEEN vs FORTUNE COOKIE FORTUNES

There is very little difference between Joel Osteen’s preaching and fortune cookies. And now, to prove it, I will give you these twelve quotes. You tell me which are from the fortune cookies and which are from Joel Osteen.

Quote One “Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.”

Quote Two “Do all you can to make your dreams come true.”

Quote Three “Take time to make a difference. Think about how you can make somebody else’s life better.”

Quote Four “Avoid focusing on the negative aspects of the past.”

Quote Five “You have something to offer that nobody else can give!”

Quote Six “When you can’t naturally feel upbeat, it can sometimes help to act as if you did.”

Quote Seven “To affirm is to make firm.”

Quote Eight “Relationships are more important than our accomplishments.”

Quote Nine “Somebody needs your encouragement. Somebody needs to know that you believe in them.”

Quote Ten “The best things in life aren’t things.”

Quote Eleven “You will produce what you’re continually seeing in your mind.”

Quote Twelve “Judge each day not by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant.”

Fortune Cookie 1,4,6,10,11 Joel Osteen 2,3,5,7,8,9,12

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 12, 2019

Today’s Verse for 05/12/2019

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you. — 2 Thessalonians 3:1 (KJV)

Thought

What can you do to help the spread of the Gospel and help increase the number of those who are saved each day? Well, there are many things: put in a good word for Jesus, share your faith with a friend, go on a mission trip, send financial support to a missionary, and many others. But one of the most important things you can do is to pray! Pray for missionaries and preachers and those who minister and share the Word of God and the grace of Jesus through the Internet, radio, television, and print. Pray for the message to spread rapidly and pray for it to grow in power and influence.

Prayer

Loving Shepherd, I know you agonize over those who are lost. I pray that you will empower missionaries worldwide to speak the truth of the Gospel with boldness. I pray that you touch the hearts of those who hear so they will experience your salvation. Use me in whatever way you choose to be a part of the spreading of your salvation. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 11, 2019

Today’s Verse for 05/11/2019

A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way. — Proverbs 21:29 (KJV)

Thought

When we harbor wickedness in our hearts, there are all sorts of “fronts” we have to keep up so people won’t know the truth about us. But if righteousness is our aim, we’ll try to live up to that goal with honesty. When we blow it, we’ll be honest and ask forgiveness, learning from our mistakes. We won’t put up a facade. We know that even though we’re flawed, God is not through working on us yet!

Prayer

Thank you, Almighty God, for the many times you have forgiven me. I’m sorry for the times I’ve tried to hide my sin from others and from you. I want to live an honest, upright life, bringing glory to you in what I do, what I say, and how I treat others. Please grant me this grace with increasing measure day by day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 10, 2019

Today’s Verse for 05/10/2019

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. — 2 Timothy 3:15 (KJV)

Thought

From infancy! If you had a godly mom that brought you into the world surrounded by faith in Jesus, stories from the Bible, and lullabies of faith, then praise God and thank her. If you didn’t, then make a commitment that your children and your grandchildren will be given this head start in life. Yes, personal faith will be won in adolescence or adulthood, but beginning in infancy is such a blessing. To fill a child’s world with love and hope and promise because of Jesus is the greatest gift a parent can give!

Prayer

Holy and attentive Father, I thank you for the incredible gift of believing parents. I pray that more of us who do believe will be active in sharing our faith with our children. Please make my family and my life a place where children and grandchildren can find it easy to believe and safe to rejoice in Jesus. In his precious name I praise and thank you. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 9, 2019

Today’s Verse for 05/09/2019

And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. — 1 Thessalonians 1:6-7 (KJV)

Thought

The cycle of faithfulness is illustrated in this passage. The Lord is our great example. People of faith model the Lord’s character and passion to us. We then live that life of faith as an example to others. In other words, the Gospel is more than words! The Gospel is the good news of Jesus taking root in the life of a person until the fruit it bears is enough of an example of the Lord that someone else sees it and begins to live it, too! The Gospel is both caught and taught!

Prayer

Holy God, thank you for making your character known both in Scripture and in human flesh through Jesus. Through your Holy Spirit, I ask that you form in me the character of Christ so that others may see Jesus in my example and live for him. In the precious name of the Savior Jesus I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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