A mighty fortress is our God

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

Sam Storms, in his “Meditations on the Psalms” series writes of Psalm 46-

Ein feste burg ist unser Gott! Say what? Well, that’s how Martin Luther would have written it in his famous hymn:

“A mighty fortress is our God,

A bulwark never failing;

He, amid the flood

Of mortal ills prevailing.”

There can be no doubt but that Luther’s sturdy, unshakeable, unflappable confidence in God as his refuge, his strength, his mighty, impenetrable fortress is what ultimately accounted for what he was able to accomplish in bringing about what we know as the Protestant Reformation.

The same could easily be said of Elijah, as he faced the treachery of Ahab and Jezebel and the prophets of Baal.

The same could be said of Daniel, as he fearlessly confronted the power and pressures that came from Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar.

And what was it that empowered the Apostle Paul

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7 to the Victors

The book of Revelation is the great unveiling of the risen Jesus in all His glory. He’s conquered sin and death, and all who love Him now share in His victory until His return. Yet, while every believer can stand strong in what Christ has already accomplished, how we live out our faith as individuals and the Church greatly matters. We are not here to relax and bask in God’s grace and love—He’s commissioned us to seek after His heart, live in purity, love the world wholeheartedly, and expand His Kingdom! So, sink your teeth into this clarity-giving study of Revelation 2 and 3. Journey with Pastor Graham and discover the great mission God calls you to accomplish!

Source: 7 to the Victors

“A Prayer For Guidance From An Unchanging God”

A Daily Prayer

Praying man Father, we are so very thankful for all the blessings we enjoyed over the past year of 2016. There were many opportunities for rejoicing and plenty of opportunities for trusting. Your mercies are renewed daily and Your provision is experienced in our lives each moment of every day. We seek You for guidance in the new year and growth in our daily Christian walk. Though we cannot know the future we can have assurance of Your faithfulness because You are a God that does not change. Every promise You’ve made is true as we have seen in the Biblical records. This gives us reason to trust You for the dawning of a new year where we will once again experience Your guiding presence in our daily lives. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Amen.
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President Barack Obama Ranked by Gallup Poll as Most Admired Man of 2016

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President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks before signing the 21st Century Cures Act into law at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building December 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla—Getty Images)

article by Sarah Begley via time.com

For the ninth year in a row, respondents to a Gallup poll ranked President Barack Obama as the most admired man in America.

Among women, Hillary Clinton was the most admired for the 15th year in a row, and the 21st time overall. Since 1993, her first year as First Lady, she has only lost out on the honor three times: in 1995 and 1996, to Mother Teresa, and in 2001, to then-First Lady Laura Bush. Current First Lady Michelle Obama came in second among women, while Donald Trump came in second among men (15% of respondents mentioned him, compared with the 22% who mentioned Obama and the 12% who picked…

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