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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/17/15- “Don’t Stop Now, Don’t ever Stop!” (Philippians 4:9)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/17/15- “Don’t Stop Now, Don’t Ever Stop!” (Philippians 4:9)

Premise Question: What are some of the highlighted things, that we, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, have learned, received and heard about, from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians, and now, subsequently, also see modeled in others, that we ought to perpetually put into practice, in our everyday lives, in order to experience Papa God’s comforting presence and His perfect peace?

Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭9‬ NLT)

Safeguard, by holding securely in your grasp and refusing to ever let go of, all that you’ve received, been taught and caught, as well as, been shown by me and my example, of what I’m doing and have done. Do this, by perpetually putting it into practice, in your daily walk, with the blessed result of becoming well versed in everything. Then, you can fully expect to experience the comforting presence and perfect peace of Papa God. (Philippians 4:9 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Here are just a few highlighted things we ought to perpetually put into practice, as members of The Company of The Redeemed, in order to fully experience Papa God’s comforting presence and perfect peace: Stay true to The LORD, settle your disagreements, seek peace, tell others about the Good News and supply the needs of those who have devoted their lives to sharing the Good News of The Gospel with others. Be considerate and joyful, no matter what, don’t worry about anything, pray about everything. Tell Papa God what you need and thank Him for all that He’s done. Stay focussed upon The LORD and the work He’s called you to. Watch out for those who would do evil and follow those who set a good example, by choosing to do good. Depend on your faith in The LORD, for your righteousness, not yourself or the law. Forget the past and look forward to what The LORD has in store for you, and finally, don’t ever stop learning, don’t ever stop doing good! Practice, Practice, Practice! Learn by doing and follow closely the righteous example of others! (Philippians 3-4) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/15/15- “Teach Me!” (Psalm 143:10)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/15/15- “Teach Me!” (Psalms 143:10)

Premise Question: When we ask Papa God to teach us and to keep our feet on firm footing, does that necessarily mean that our path will always be smooth, without any ruts, cracks, bumps, or one that’s fraught with danger, peril and difficult challenges?

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (‭Psalms‬ ‭143‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Instruct me, your humble and reliant servant, to always desire to do your bidding, in order to fulfill Your will and purpose for my life, by putting You, O LORD, first and foremost in everything in my life’s journey. For You and You alone are my Almighty Sovereign Papa God, there is no other! I ask that Your loving and most merciful, being full of gracious favor, Holy Spirit would always direct and guide every step I take, upon the path forward, of my sojourn in this life. No matter what I may encounter upon the path You’ve chosen for me, I humbly request that You keep my feet from stumbling off or straying from, Your path. (Psalm 143:10 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Quick answer to the Premise Question: NOPE! But Papa God has given us many assurances that we should not be frightened, concerned or overwhelmed, with what we may face or encounter, while traveling upon our path in life. After all, He has clearly told us that we would have trouble, trial and tribulation in this life, but He also said not to worry about any of that, because He has overcome all of it for us! (John 14:1,16:33) For even in the midst of all of it, He is faithful to give us His joy, peace and comfort.
(1 Thessalonians 3:3-8) For He promises to never abandon or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5) We are told not, at any time or any occasion or circumstance, to fear evil or what may happen to us, for He, The LORD, will always be there beside us! (Psalm 23) And finally: We should start every day, with Psalm 40:8, as our opening salvo, in our daily prayers. The message of this verse is: That it should be our utmost desire to do His will, above all else, each and every moment, of each and every day! “Teach Me!”
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/05/15- “Our Greatest Honor” (1 Peter 4:16)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/05/15- “Our Greatest Honor!” (1 Peter 4:16)

Premise Question: Is there a difference between suffering, because you’re being recognized as an associate of Christ, and suffering, because of you’re own willful belligerent behavior?

But it is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name! (‭1 Peter‬ ‭4‬:‭16‬ NLT)

There is never any ignominious guilt or shame associated with being recognized as a follower of CHRIST. So, when you suffer reproach, because of your association and personal attachment to Him, rejoice! For it is a great privilege and supreme honor to be identified and labeled as a true follower of CHRIST, when you are called a Christian. (1 Peter 4:16 PDCP)

Bottom Line: The greatest privilege and supreme honor, that a believer in CHRIST can receive, in this life, from the world; is to be associated with, by being recognized and called, by The LORD’s Name, a Christian. It may be done in a contemptuous way and manner, being completely derisive, but it carries not an once of stigma or shame. There is a distinct difference, though, between suffering because of our alignment with CHRIST, and suffering due to our own bad decisions and behaviors, outside of CHRIST! One is filled to the brim and overflowing, being over the top, with loathsome and quite perilous ignominy, while the other is a glorious and wonderful reason to rejoice, with thanksgiving and gratitude, for the great privilege and supreme honor of being identified, as being an associate of CHRIST, thus, wearing the label, termed by designation and reputation, of being a Christian.
A note of interest: The writer, of this great Epistle of 1st Peter, is none other than Peter himself! It’s interesting to point this out, because of his own brief moment of great shame suffered, when he denied his association and personal relationship with the “Galilean” CHRIST! He definitely rebounded and fully recovered from his momentary lapse, and that, because of The LORD’S compassion and unfailing love and His mercy and grace. We bear CHRIST’S Name, without any shame, for it is a privilege, our greatest honor.
Check out the entire chapters of 1Peter 3-4. It’s great reading and wonderful insights into how we ought to deal with suffering, as well as, how to approach and interact with others. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/04/15- “Me, Afraid? Of What?” (Psalm 56:4)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/04/15- “Me, Afraid? Of What?” (Psalm 56:4)

Premise Question: In reality, is there any reasonable, or even unreasonable proof, that we, who are children of The Most High, should ever be frightened by anything or afraid of anyone, in this life?

I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? (‭Psalms‬ ‭56‬:‭4‬ NLT)

With grateful homage, great tribute and high praise, I exalt and extol The Sovereign LORD God Almighty, for His declarations of certitude, made on my behalf and for my greatest benefit. Papa God has assured me, with His word of honor, His absolute sure guarantee, upon which I place my complete hope, trust and reliance in; so, for what cause, or for what reason, should I ever be apprehensive, being filled with terror or anxious about anything, or fearful of anyone? After all, what can mortal flesh and blood really do to me, a favored child of The Most High? (Psalms 56:4 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Promises, promises! They’re made all the time, by multitudes of individuals and most of the time, with good intentions, but there’s only One who has always faithfully kept every one He’s ever made, Papa God. We can place our complete confidence and trust, with full assurance, that Papa God will do all that He says He’ll do, every time, on time, with perfect timing! So, when Papa God is for us, it doesn’t matter who or what may be against us! (Romans 8:31) Papa God has promised that He will not ever fail or abandon us! (Hebrews 13:5) Papa God tells us that He is always at the ready to give us His help, strength and protection! (Psalm 46:1) Papa God assures us that even when we are surrounded by our enemies and facing some dire straits, that His presence is surely all around us, with His comfort, peace, protection and provision. (Psalm 23) And, He’s promised us, that one day we will receive all the rights and privileges of His rightful heirs, including a glorious new body, one that will last for all of eternity, which will be spent in His glorious presence. (Romans 8:23) So, me, afraid? Afraid of what or who? Ha! Nothing and no one! (Job 42:2) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 03/01/15- “Let The Whole World Know!” (Psalm 105:1)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 03/01/15- “Let The Whole World Know!” (Psalm 105:1)

Premise Question: Why are we, as believers, to be the source of giving thanks and making huge announcements and proclamations, and then, broadcast and spread it near and far, by telling who, what, when and where?

Give thanks to the LORD and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. (‭Psalms‬ ‭105‬:‭1‬ NLT)

Offer your heartfelt thanks, with expressions of gratitude, to Papa God and extol the enormity of the Good News of His infinite mercy, grace and unfailing love, by announcing and declaring it far and wide, broadcasting and spreading it everywhere to everyone; so that, they may also, have the opportunity, as well, to become aware of, comprehending, with understanding, and then, ultimately, believing, accepting, and receiving, all that Papa God has accomplished for them. (Psalms 105:1 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Why, who, what, when and where? Because of who Papa God is and what He has accomplished for everyone, by sending His Son, Jesus Christ, into the whole world, for the express purpose of redeeming all of humankind, and, because He has preordained and commissioned us, His adopted children, to be the primary source of delivering the Good News to everyone everywhere, meaning, every people group, every nation, kindred, tongue and tribe, anywhere on the face of the planet earth; and, by what ever means possible, even shouting (broadcasting) the Good News from the tallest buildings, the highest mountain peeks, declaring and making it known, even in the lowest valleys and the most remote islands and jungles, of this planet, as well as, the desolate deserts, that are out of the way, being extremely difficult to reach and have access to, any and all places that have humankind habitations. We, The Company of The Redeemed, are to give thanks, announce and declare through proclamations, by using any and every means available and possible to us, to send, broadcast and to go and tell of the Great and Glorious Good News, spreading it throughout the entire world, telling of all that Almighty Papa God has accomplished for all of humankind! There is a divine reason, a holy purpose and use for all the radio towers, tv towers, launched satellites orbiting the earth, and the millions of miles of cable run, not even to mention, The World Wide Web! We’ve been given the tools, the resources, the humankind power, but most importantly, the message of The Good News, with the anointing and power of The Holy Spirit to do it! So, let’s just do it, NOW! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 02/28/15- “Nailed And Crucified Them!” (Galatians 5:24)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/28/15- “Nailed And Crucified Them!” (Galatians 5:24)

Premise Question: What does it mean, as believers, to truly belong to Christ?

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. (‭Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭24‬ NLT)

All those who are a part of The Company of The Redeemed, are in a unique, irrevocable trust, relationship with Jesus Christ, The LORD, and therefore, now belong exclusively to Him; and having done the right thing, when they nailed, by fastening securely, and putting to death, on the very cross Christ was crucified, their innate, inherently depraved, corrupt nature, with all of its insatiable, inordinate affections and cravings to be self satisfied and fulfilled, were crucified on that cross. (Galatians 5:24 PDCP)

Bottom Line: When we truly belong to Christ, we will no longer yield ourselves to the influence and control of our old natural born self, with all of its inclinations, propensities and proclivities, (appetites) but will make it our aim, with The LORD’s help and enabling, to always yield ourselves to be led, guided and influenced, by The Spirit and our reborn, regenerative new nature, which has as its greatest desire, to please and honor our gracious LORD and merciful Papa God! “Keep your heart free of debris, flush the flesh and stay refreshed,” by always dying to self and not satisfying and fulfilling the utterly depraved and completely corrupt sinful nature. Check out these scrips: (Romans 8, Colossians 3:5) Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 02/27/15- “Verbal And Mental Abuse!” (1 Samuel 1:7)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/27/15- “Verbal And Mental Abuse!” (1 Samuel 1:7)

Premise Question: What can we take and learn, from the harassing verbal and mental abusive attacks suffered by Hannah, from her close rival, and then apply it to our own similar experiences, of agonizing anguish, that we have gone through or presently may be going through?

This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
(‭1 Samuel‬ ‭1‬:‭7‬ NIV)

Every year, like clockwork and without there ever being a respite; when it came time to go up to The LORD’S House to offer up the yearly homage, Peninnah, Hannah’s main rival for vying for her husband’s time, attention, love and affection and who she felt like she had to prove her value to, would be merciless in her harassing, pestering, taunting, demeaning, badgering, poking and provoking Hannah, to the point of, making her so upset and distraught, that she would become completely overwhelmed with anguish and grievous sorrow, which would give way to times of inconsolable crying, accompanied by excruciating pain in her heart, that made her feeling like it was going to break and explode right out of her chest. This would leave her completely exasperated and would cause her to even lose her desire to eat.
(1 Samuel 1:7 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Before, during and after: Before this verse, we are considering, Hannah was constantly being harassed and irritated by her rival, because she was barren, which by he way, was all part of Papa God’s divine plan and will for Hannah’s life, but also, before this verse, her husband had accepted and honored her even though she had not provided any offspring, son or daughter, even to the point of honoring her with a double portion, to show just how much he favored and loved her more than her torturing rival. During the time of this verse, we are considering, Hannah wasn’t able to clearly see or experience, much less even embrace the love and acceptance, that her husband was continually expressing towards her, because she was overwhelmed and focussed on the abuse. After, this verse we are looking at, we find Hannah’s husband pleading with her to accept his love and to not be overwhelmed by her barrenness, but Hannah responds, by running away from the presence of the loving arms and embrace of her husband and into the loving embrace of Papa God, crying and pouring her heart out to The LORD.
How many times do we not see the love and support of others, around us, because we are so focussed and overwhelmed by the verbal harassing, the mental anguish and abuse of the circumstances and situations, that we are experiencing, so much so, that we just can’t seem to rise above it, to the place of being an Overcomer; which, by the way, because of The LORD we are, if we will cry out to Him, pouring ourselves out before Him, accepting and trusting that He will deliver us in His perfect time, in order to fulfill His divine purpose and will for our lives! Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 02/18/15- “Wait For It … Patiently”… (Psalm 27:14)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/18/15- “Wait For It … Patiently”… (Psalm 27:14)

Premise Question: What does waiting patiently look like, and how do we, as believers, just do it?

Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD. (‭Psalms‬ ‭27‬:‭14‬ NLT)

Stay calm and resolved, with an audacious hopeful expectation, that The LORD will assuredly come to your rescue and aid, when you are facing trial, trouble and tumult. Express and exhibit a tenacious fortitude, standing strong, as a valiant, stalwart servant of The Most High, with nothing to fear. Absolute Yes! Most assuredly stay calm and resolved, continuing to serve with gladness and joy, while waiting for the help and aid of The LORD to come to your rescue. (Psalm 27:14 PDCP)

Bottom Line: What waiting looks like, and how the believing child of The Most High, does it: It starts and finishes with, always exhibiting trust in The LORD, by staying calm and resolute in spite of the difficulty or hardship one may be experiencing and going through; by not quitting and giving up, no matter the intensity or stress of the trial, trouble or tumult; and by staying determined, being relentless in their pursuit of fulfilling the will and purpose of Papa God, and this, with an attitude of gladness and joy, while serving The LORD and others. So, “Wait For It … Wait For It”… Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 02/16/15- “A Can Do Attitude Of Fortitude!” (Philippians 4:13)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/16/15 “A Can Do Attitude Of Fortitude!”
(Philippians 4:13)

Premise Question: Will and does the strength of The LORD truly empower and equip us to do everything?

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
(‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NLT)

Armed with, “a can do attitude of fortitude,” being fully assured, that no matter what I may have to face or endure, in this life, I will always be sufficiently supplied, by and through Jesus Christ, with His efficacious power and might, to always have the courage, (nerve) to face anything, always being equal to any task and up for every challenge. (Philippians 4:13 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Yes! There is nothing that is equal to, nor can stand against, the all powerful, all mighty, strength of The LORD! The only caveat though, is whether or not we, as believers, choose to place our complete trust, faith and reliance upon The LORD and His true and faithful, intentional promise, given to us in this verse of His Holy Writ. For we must take upon ourselves the mind, and attitude, with the perspective of Christ, that being a “can do attitude of fortitude” with a resolute determination of “persistent perseverance.” Then, we’ll have the courage and nerve to face anything in life! Check out Romans 15:5 and Philippians 2:5. Blessings…
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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: PDCP- 02/14/15- “No Greater Love!” (John 15:13)

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SCRIPT FOR TODAY: 02/14/15- “No Greater Love!” (John 15:13)

Premise Question: Are there illustrious examples today, that are clearly seen, being put on display, exemplified and recognized, before our very own eyes and ears, that show this kind and level, of the extreme ultimate expression, of sacrificial love, where all is given for another, without expectation of a return, and with nothing held in reserve, for one’s own regard?

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭13‬ NLT)

There never has been, nor will there ever be, a more significant or magnificent display, of the ultimate expression, of true, selfless, sacrificial love, than when someone chooses to lay down their own life, in service and ultimately death, for another. (John 15:13 PDCP)

Bottom Line: Absolute YES! The LORD Jesus Christ is, of course, the greatest example of “No Greater Love,” as He not only laid down His life voluntarily, giving His life, as the ultimate perfect sacrifice, for the redemption of humankind, but He also gave up the splendor and majesty of His heavenly throne, humbling Himself, by taking off His regal robes of glory and descending to earth to become just like us, experiencing life in human form and on an earthly level; so that, He could, by laying His life down for us, renew, restore and reconcile us back to Papa God, to forever live in His presence.

The great examples of this kind and expression of love today, I believe, is seen in the way soldiers volunteer to serve their country, family, friends and fellow citizens, willing to lay their lives down in service and death for their fellow soldiers and others. It is also, I believe, seen in the lives of first responders, who daily are asked, by fellow citizens, to put their lives on the line for others, without regard for their own safety. There are many others that could be put up as wonderful examples, such as, all those, from different walks of life, that constantly put the care and welfare of the lives of others, before themselves, especially those who put themselves in harms way, when dealing with those who are sick, with infirmities, are weak and diseased, without personal regard for themselves.

We all, as fellow believers, ought to be willing to put our lives on the line, in serving and dying for others, for there is no greater example of our love for one another, than this: to be willing to die for another. Blessings…
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