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It’s no accident that God’s interactions with mankind always involve a faith community. In the early parts of Genesis, we see God speaking into a family through Abraham, and later a nation through Moses. In the Gospels, we see Jesus himself call out an eclectic group of misfits to lead the early church. The same is true today. God desires to work through communities of faith, but our Western sense of independence can prevent us from experiencing many of the benefits of a faith community. If your faith has become isolated from the influence of others, here’s some of what you’re missing: Safety: Ecclesiastes 4:9–12tells us there’s safety in numbers. Two believers encourage and motivate one another; should one fall, the other helps them back up. It will always be more convenient to fly solo, but isolation is dangerous. Little slips quickly become major falls without anyone to help you recover.

God designed man to live in community. In the creation narrative, God expresses displeasure about his creation only once—when he creates Adam without a companion. He says, “It is not good for man to be alone.” While this verse has been used to underscore the virtue of marriage, Adam was more than single. He was alone. He lived in a community vacuum, and God knew he would not be truly fulfilled while he was alone.Witness: Jesus explains in John 13:35 that Christians will be identifiable in a world of unbelievers by their unique love for one another. If you shy away from involvement with a faith community, preferring the convenience of isolationism, how will unbelievers know you’re a Christian? Isolated faith is invisible faith.

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A Good Woman!


A good woman is hard to find; and worth more than diamonds.
Her husband will trust her without reserve, and never has reason to regret it.
Never spiteful, will treat him generously all her lifelong.
She will shop around for the best yarns and cottons, and enjoy knitting and sewing.
She’s like a trading ship that sails to faraway places and brings back exotic surprises.
She’s up before dawn, to prepare breakfast for her family and organizing her day.
She looks over a field and buys it,then, with the money she’s put aside, plants a garden.
First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves eager to get started.
She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day.
She’s skilled in the crafts of home and hearth, diligent in homemaking.
She’s is quick to assist anyone in need, reaches out to help the poor.
She doesn’t worry about her family when it snows; their winter clothes are all mended and ready to wear.
She makes her own clothing, and dresses in colorful linens and silks.
Her husband is greatly respected when he deliberates with the city fathers.
She designs gowns and sells them, brings the sweaters she knits to the dress shops.
Her clothes are well made and elegant, and she always faces tomorrow with a smile.
When she speaks, she’s something worthwhile to say, and she always says it kindly.
She keeps an eye on everyone in her household, and keeps them all busy and productive.
Her children will respect and bless her; her husband joins in with words of praise: “Many women have done wonderful things but you outclassed them all!”
Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades.
The woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the Fear – of -God.

Hannah Prays Part 3: God’s Judgements Against His Proud Enemies


Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance,for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed, 1 Samuel 2:3(NIV)

  • The way that God saves his people is perfect, 1 Samuel 2:1(NIV)
  • His holy nature is perfect 1 Samuel 2:2(NIV)
  • His judgements against his proud enemies are perfect ,1 Samuel 2:3(NIV)
  • Because God is holy, he saves his people from the proud plans of their wicked enemies , 1 Samuel 2:1-3[NIV]

These proud enemies prepare to fight against God’s servants. They speak proudly because they are confident of success , Ps 2:1-3(NIV). They even dare to insult God himself. However, their words are in vain, because God is on the side of his people, Daniel 7:20-22[NIV]. He will fight for them, and nobody can defeat God ,Psalm 2:4-6(NIV)

  • God has perfect knowledge ; He knows everything
  • He is aware of how those proud enemies have insulted his people
  • He knows about their evil plans even before they begin to carry them out, 2 Kngs 6:8-12(NIV)
  • By the power of the Holy Spirit, Hannah declares God’s judgement against his enemies
  • God knows what they are saying; and he is their judge
  • People weigh an object to test whether it is the proper weight
  • In the same manner, God weighs (or examines) deeds. He makes sure that they are right and proper
  • This could refer to people’s deeds; if so, the meaning is that God is our judge. However, the phrase seems to refer to God’s deeds; in other words, the acts that God carries out. So, the meaning is thatall God’s acts – especially his judgements – are right and proper.

Hannah Prays Part2 :The one and only God!


1 Samuel 2:2, says,

Hannah prayed this prayer when she handed over her son, Samuel, to work for God. God filled her with his Spirit and with joy as she praised him. It seems clear that she did not just speak these words from her own mind.

God showed her what she should say.
In 1 Samuel 2:1, Hannah spoke about the good things that God does for his people. However, God’s people do not only praise him because of the things that he does for them. They also praise him because of who he is. In other words, they praise him because of his perfect and wonderful character. He is the holy God; and he is the only God. All other gods are therefore false gods. None of them has the right to be called holy. None of them is like the real God. So really, they are not gods, although people may wrongly call them that. Hannah calls God her ‘Rock’, that is, her strong defence. In several places, the Bible calls God a ‘Rock’. For example, see Deuteronomy 32:4 and Psalm 18:2. As a storm has no effect on a strong rock, so troubles cannot disturb God. As a house on rock stands firm Matthew 7:24-27, so God’s people can always trust him. They do not need ever to be afraid, because he will never disappoint them. People may imagine that a false god can provide safety; but of course, they are wrong.
No other god can save (or rescue) his people. No other god can keep his people safe.
Only the real God who created heaven and earth, can do these things.

Scripture Poetry Part 1.


Colossians 3:16 – 17


May the word of Jesus Christ

Make its home in your hearts

And dwell in all its richness,

Permeating every part

So you may have His wisdom

In teaching one another

What you have learned from Him

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Shared with sisters and brothers
And we will sing a new songWhen His Holy Spirit comes in

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Making melody in our hearts

With spiritual songs and hymns

And whatever you may do

In word

,

thought or deed

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Do everything in the name of Jesus

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Giving praise unto thee

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©By M.S Lowndes