Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: he lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. Acts 10:4-6.
The explicitness of these directions, in which was named even the occupation of the man with whom Peter was staying, shows that Heaven is acquainted with the history and business of men in every station of life. God is familiar with the experience and work of the humble laborer, as well as with that of the king upon his throne.
My heart is made very tender as I read of the interest manifested by the Lord in Cornelius. Cornelius was a man in high position, an officer in the Roman army, but he was walking in strict accordance with all the light he had received. The Lord sent a special message from heaven to him, and by another message directed Peter to visit him and give him light.
Cornelius was gladly obedient to the vision.
Thus was the gospel brought to those who had been strangers and foreigners, making them fellow citizens with the saints, and members of the household of God. The conversion of Cornelius and his household was but the first fruits of a harvest to be gathered in. From this household a wide-spread work of grace was carried on in that heathen city.
Today God is seeking for souls among the high as well as the lowly. There are many like Cornelius, men whom the Lord desires to connect with His work in the world. Their sympathies are with the Lord’s people, but the ties that bind them to the world hold them firmly. It requires moral courage for them to take their position for Christ. Special efforts should be made for these souls, who are in so great danger, because of their responsibilities and associations.
From the story of Cornelius we learn that God will lead every one who is willing to be led. He led Cornelius. He drew out His servant’s heart in prayer. He prepared him to receive the light of His truth, and he chose to enlighten the mind of Cornelius through the agency of one who had already received light from above.
Conflict and Courage p. 334
Prayer Requests
—–Please pray for Lou. She is on the way to the hospital with breathing problems and a severe headache. Rose
—–Prayer Warrior’s after 20 year’s of Sobriety my close friends husband relapsed. He needs the Insurance company to cover his bed in-patient. He’s finishing up a job by Friday. Pray he gets approved and he gets into get help. He knows his life is in danger. He needs true Salvation In Jesus Christ might name. Lorrie
—–There is a young mother who has a 12 yr. old son (Hugo). he has been hospitalized with cancer of his liver. Please, let us hold them both in prayer! Katherin
—–Asking prayers for my young nephew. He is absolutely terrified of having oral surgery this morning to have all 4 unerupted wisdom teeth extracted. Jennifer
Dear Friends,
All my life I have hated my name. My mother had said that I was named by my grandmother after a radio character who did a lot of comedic things. It wasn’t until I was grown and doing my genealogy that I found that my grandmother had an aunt by the name of Rosa. Suddenly, I didn’t hate my name anymore. I realized that she had named me after a well-loved aunt.
When Brian and Esther were going to have a baby, they carefully chose her name for its meaning. Emma Grace means universal grace. When their son was born, they named him after the Apostle Peter.
As nice as their names are, there is a name far greater than the names of my grandchildren. The name of Jesus, how precious it is! His name tells Who He is: the Saviour! The angel commanded Joseph, “thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matt 1:23 Truly He is the “Wonderful Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isa 9:6 “Of his kingdom there shall be no end.” Luke 1:33
*There have been names that I have loved to hear, But never has there been a name so dear To this heart of mine, and the name divine, The precious, precious name of Jesus. Jesus is the sweetest name I know, And He’s just the same as His holy name, And that’s the reason why I love Him so: Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
There is no name in earth or heav’n above, That we should give such honor and such love, As the blessed name, let us all acclaim, That wondrous, glorious name of Jesus. Jesus is the sweetest name I know, And He’s just the same as His holy name, And that’s the reason why I love Him so: Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
And some day I shall see Him face to face To thank and praise Him for His wondrous grace, Which he gave to me, when He made me free. The blessed Son of God called Jesus. Jesus is the sweetest name I know, And He’s just the same as His holy name, And that’s the reason why I love Him so: Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.
Through the name of Jesus, His followers taught the people the way to eternal life, had power to heal the sick, cast out demons, even raise the dead. (Matt 10:8) Looking at the future reward of God’s people, John tells us, “And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.” Rev 22:4 Will we have a visible mark tattooed across our forehead that says “Jesus”? No! His name is His character, His glory. When Moses asked to see God’s glory, he was told, “I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee.” Ex 33:19 As Moses was in the cleft of the rock, “the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” 34:5-7 Paul tells us that we are “the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly tables of the heart.” 2 Cor 3:3
When our Great Creator gave us the Ten Commandments, which are a transcript of His Character and a rule for our happiness, He proclaimed, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” Ex 20:7 This commandment encompasses more than common swearing, for that sin can be forgiven. When we take on the name of Christ, we are to become like Him in character. Paul tells us, “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Tim 2:19 When we fail to do so, over and over again, we become hardened in our sin, “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof” to gain the victory. 2 Tim 3:5 Eventually, we get discouraged and turn away from our Only Hope, our Only Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Fearful position—a position that we need not be in, for our Great Redeemer has provided us with all that we need to be saved, even giving His Most Precious Gift, His Only Begotten Son. (John 3:16)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, . . work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Phil 2:5-13 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.” Jude 24, 25
*Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know by Lela Long

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