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Blessed to Be A Blessing

Devotional from Dr. Steven Shaner

Blessed to be a Blessing by Dr. Steven K. Shaner

A Mount Olivet Choir Blessing: Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come

 

Matthew 15:21-28 – The Canaanite Woman’s Faith

Where do you get your strength for living? When you think about the Canaanite woman’s faith, ask yourself, from where does my faith come? Psalm 121:1 asks a similar question, “I lift my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? Verse 2 answers, “My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.“ (NRSV) The strength to run life’s race comes from the LORD and the gift of faith to believe comes from the Holy Spirit.

 

The Blessing of Life in the Church, Music Ministry, and Heaven

Think about how faith in God and compassion for others go together. You know, “blessed by God to be a blessing for others.” Passion for Christ and compassion for people go hand in hand. God’s grace through Jesus Christ transforms lives to obey and believe—believe and obey, so that we can share God’s love with everyone. What does this mean? Well, here’s how one story goes:

 

The Mount Olivet Choir sang an unaccompanied program by heart at a nearby church. After the service, a gentleman whose face was still wet with tears, spoke his heart to me. He said, “for the first time since my wife died, I knew she was alright. When the Choir sang Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come, I felt peace and knew she was in heaven.”

 

Lord, let at last Thine angels come.

To Abram's bosom bear me home that I may die unfearing;

Then in its narrow chamber keep my body safe in peaceful sleep until

Thy reappearing;

And then from death awaken me, that these mine eyes with joy may see,

O Son of God, Thy glorious face, my Savior and my Fount of Grace!

Lord Jesus Christ, my prayer attend, and I will praise Thee without end.

 

Prayer

Loving God, Thank you for choosing me, loving me and always being with me. Help me to be blessed by faith in Jesus and share your love with everyone. Amen.

 

Prayer Concern: Blessings for those whose hearts are hurting.

 

Soli Deo Gloria X glory to God alone


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