For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light. Psalm 36:9.
All created beings live by the will and power of God. They are dependent recipients of the life of God. From the highest seraph to the humblest animate being, all are replenished from the Source of life.
The youth need to understand the deep truth underlying the Bible statement that with God “is the fountain of life.” Not only is He the originator of all, but He is the life of everything that lives. It is His life that we receive in the sunshine, in the pure, sweet air, in the food which builds up our bodies and sustains our strength. It is by His life that we exist, hour by hour, moment by moment. Except as perverted by sin, all His gifts tend to life, to health and joy.
A mysterious life pervades all nature—a life that sustains the unnumbered worlds throughout immensity, that lives in the insect atom which floats in the summer breeze, that wings the flight of the swallow and feeds the young ravens which cry, that brings the bud to blossom and the flower to fruit.
The same power that upholds nature, is working also in man…. The laws that govern the heart’s action, regulating the flow of the current of life to the body, are the laws of the mighty Intelligence that has the jurisdiction of the soul. From Him all life proceeds. Only in harmony with Him can be found its true sphere of action. For all the objects of His creation the condition is the same—a life sustained by receiving the life of God, a life exercised in harmony with the Creator’s will. To transgress His law, physical, mental, or moral, is to place one’s self out of harmony with the universe….
To him who learns thus to interpret its teachings, all nature becomes illuminated; the world is a lesson book, life a school. The unity of man with nature and with God, the universal dominion of law, the results of transgression, cannot fail of impressing the mind and molding the character.
The Faith I Live By p. 164
Prayer Requests
—-Please pray for Chloe age six who has a brain tumor and is starting chemo. Lori
—- Plz pray for my mother in law for she has just lost her dear brother. He was 87. He is the last family member in her generation. They were very close. She is 86. Debra
—-Our hours are being reduced by 20% at work. Please pray that I can find a better job. RJ
—- A dear friend of our family just received a liver transplant yesterday. Surgery was successful but, he had a mild heart attack during the procedure. Please keep Ernie in your prayers that he will suffer no more setbacks and that God heals him from this surgery. All things are possible through Christ!! Connie
Dear Friends,
When I was a teenager, my mother and I decided we would like some fish. She had raised goldfish when she was young, but we got two very pretty guppies rather than goldfish since we could only afford a ten-gallon aquarium. Before long, that pair of guppies had some little ones. A few of them survived, and we got great enjoyment discovering those tiny baby guppies’ hiding places amongst the greenery. We had to have quite a bit of plants in the tank as the adult fish ate the younger ones if they didn’t hide until they were to big to eat. This cruelty spoiled the joy of seeing these tiny specks of life.
How often we are like those adult guppies by our words and actions. The Apostle Paul warned against this when he said, “But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Gal 5:15 How easy it is to destroy someone with our words. Often it is the little ones who suffer from our devouring. Cruel words bite like a serpent causing wounds that cannot be healed. How we deal with the little ones in our life (whether young in years or babes in Christ, the application is the same) will bear fruit as they mature. If we have turned them away from God because of our biting, devouring words or example, woe unto us. Our Dear Saviour warns, “whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matt 18:6 Fearful words! Indeed, our treatment of others largely determines where not only they but where we will spend eternity.
James tells us, “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.” “If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. . . .Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him show out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.” James 1:26; 3:2-15
May we be very careful in our treatment of others. May we, by loving words and ways, lead those around us to the Kingdom of Heaven. May we pray as did David, “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” Ps 19:14

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