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    by Jan Couns

February 16, 2024

I have collected a fairly large data base of "unauthorized" quotes. Most are Christian quotes by Christians but many are out of context quotes by nonchristians (therefore are unable to stand alone). If you know of any preachers or Christian leaders who would like a copy, I would be glad to send them a cd. Jan, Knoxville, TN, …  ( Click for more )

February 9, 2024

.in the 4th year of his reign, Solomon began to build the house of the Lord (as the Lord commissioned him to do). 1 Kings 6:1 {David (had given) him the plans of all that the Spirit had put in his mind for the temple. 1 Chronicles 28:11}

.we must take care to know our place, take it, and keep to it. We must minister as the Spirit has given us ability, and not intrude upon our fellow servant's domain. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations

And the temple, when it was being…  ( Click for more )

February 2, 2024

Hiram king of Tyre (50 miles south of Buirut, Lebanon) sent his servants to Solomon, . , for Hiram had always loved David. 1 Kings 5:1

We can continue to show love to those who have left us by giving respectable regard to that which they loved.

(Solomon to Hiram) You know how my father David could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the wars which were fought against him on every side, until the Lord put his foes under the soles of his feet. 1 Kings 5:3

Pushing back the curtain of evil and entrenched familiar sin, and then overcoming,…  ( Click for more )

January 26, 2024

The people of Judah and Israel were as numerous as the sand on the seashore; they ate, they drank and they were happy. 1 Kings 4:20

Disappointment and discouragement often mark our day, but at God's appointed time, what should be, will be.

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. 1 Kings 4:29

God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called. Jim Elliot

Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the men of the East and all the wisdom of Egypt. 1 Kings 4:30

You aren’t…  ( Click for more )

Why should I fear in days of adversity, When the iniquity of my foes surrounds me.. Psalm 49:5 God could have kept Daniel out of the lions’ den. He could have kept Paul and Silas out of jail. He could have kept the three Hebrew children out of the fiery furnace but God has never promised to keep us out of hard places. What he has promised is to go with us through every hard place, and to bring us through victoriously. Merv Rosell Those who trust in their wealth And boast in the multitude of their riches, None of them can by any means redeem his brother.. Psalm 49:6,7a…  ( Click for more )

Walk about Zion and go around her; Count her towers; Consider her ramparts; Go through her palaces, That you may tell it to the next generation. Psalm 48:12,13 We are called to examine, to learn to analyze and even question so that we may proclaim God’s faithfulness with sincere honesty.

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14

He will keep me till the river Rolls its waters at my feet; Then He’ll bear me safely over, Where the loved ones I shall meet. Francis Harold Rowley, 1854-1942

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Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised. Psalm 48:1a As we get a bigger glimpse of His greatness, our prayers will naturally include more praising and less asking. Charles Stanley, b.1933, First Baptist Church of Atlanta pastor

God is in her citadels; he has shown Himself to be her fortress. Psalm 48:3 Knowing He is always "for us" We, as children of His grace Can afford to bear with patience "Trusting where we cannot trace." Anon

As when You break the ships of Tarshish With an east wind. As we have heard, So we have seen In the city…  ( Click for more )

December 29, 2023

He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah. Psalm 47:4 Come to realize that as insignificant as you may seem in this great universe, you are an important part of God's plan. Phil Coulter

God has ascended with a shout, The Lord, with the sound of a trumpet. Psalm 47:5* With stealth and precise deftness our Lord moves to conspicuous victory. *Considered a prophesy signifying the triumph of Christ and his glorious ascension into the heavens and return.

For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. Psalm…  ( Click for more )

Come, behold the works of Jehovah, who sets ruins on the earth, causing wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts apart spears; He burns the chariots in the fire. Psalm 46:8,9 Pray unceasingly. Fight with confidence. Believe God's promises. Take Him at His Word. Wait for His victory. Anon Be still (cease striving, cease hurrying) and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a The very essence of anxious care is the imagining that we are wiser than God, and the thrusting ourselves into his place to do for him that which he has undertaken to do for us. Charles…  ( Click for more )

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear… Psalm 46:1,2a Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Corrie Ten Boom, 1892-1983, Dutch evangelist Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Psalm 46:2 Trust Him to provide what you need and resist the urge to look ahead and worry. Concentrate on what God is doing for you today. Warren Wiersbe, American pastor, prolific writer Christian literature, b1929

Therefore we will…  ( Click for more )

Arise, be our help, And redeem us for the sake of Your lovingkindness. Psalm 44:26 It is not that God is unable to do certain things. God loves and love complicates every life. Douglas John Hall My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King. Psalm 45:1a Heartless hymns are insults to heaven. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness. Psalm 45:6 God’s very nature is to be fair and just. His treatment of believers and unbelievers – both now…  ( Click for more )

It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them. Psalm 44:3 Dependence on God does not usurp personal responsibility nor does personal responsibility have priority over dependence on God.

Through You, we will push back our adversaries; Through Your name we will trample down those who rise up against us. Psalm 44:5 In union and communion with God, saints work wonders. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92

For I will not trust in my bow, and my sword…  ( Click for more )

November 24, 2023

For You are the God of my strength; why have You rejected me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? Psalm 43:2 Thou wilt have to cut thy way inch by inch and foot by foot as the Master is making thee an athlete. He is strengthening thy muscles and tendons by the arduous exercise of unanswered prayer, that thou mayest be finely fit for the future. C. H. Spurgeon, 1834-92 Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Psalm 43:3 Here is my blind understanding, chase…  ( Click for more )

O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from… Psalm 42:6a There is no need for God to create a new thing upon the earth in order to restore believers to joy; if they would prayerfully rake the ashes of the past, they would find light for the present; and if they would turn to the book of truth and the throne of grace, their candle would soon shine as aforetime. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations

Deep calls to deep through the voice of Your waterfalls;…  ( Click for more )

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. Psalm 42:1 There is only one thing that wins a man’s heart, and that is the sight of God’s heart; and it is only when we know how precious His lovingkindness is that we shall be drawn towards Him. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; when shall I come and see the face of God? Psalm 42:2 God’s presence in our lives is absolutely unchanging, but the evidence of His presence is not. On some occasions God…  ( Click for more )

As for me, I said, "O Lord, be gracious to me; Heal my soul, for I have sinned against You. Psalm 41:4 Sin will have sorrow; every true penitent grieves for the dishonour he has done to God and the wrong he has done to himself. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister Bible commentator

Even my close friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me. Psalm 41:9 A real friend will stand by you regardless of the risks involved. They will stick out their necks for you. They will be there when others turn and…  ( Click for more )

Withhold not, O Lord, thy tender mercies from me: thy mercy and thy truth have always upheld me. Psalm 40:11 How often has providence convinced believers, upon a sober recollection of the events of their lives, that if the Lord had left them to their own counsels they had as often been their own tormentors. John Flavel

Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion Who seek to destroy my life; Let them be driven backward and brought to dishonor Who wish me evil. Psalm 40:14 Fight against them that fight against me. Be, Thou a match for them; oppose thy strength…  ( Click for more )

.Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. Psalm 40:7 Holy Bible, book divine, Precious treasure, thou art mine; Mine to tell me whence I came; Mine to teach me what I am. John Burton, 1773-1822, Sunday school teacher

I delight to do Your will, O My God.. Psalm 40:8a It is wonderful what miracles God works in wills that are utterly surrendered to Him. He turns hard things into easy and bitter things into sweet. It is not that He puts easy things in the place of the hard, but He actually changes the hard thing into an easy one. Hannah Whitall…  ( Click for more )

He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3a Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future. Faith is having the courage to dance to it today.

(He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God) Many will see and fear (awe) And will trust in the Lord. Psalm 40:3b By faith we have seen And joyfully sing His goodness to men, That all men may wonder at what we impart, And thankfully ponder His love in their heart. Charles Wesley, 1707-88, Methodist, wrote over 6,000 hymns How blessed is…  ( Click for more )

And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You. Psalm 39:7 Faith is that which, knowing the Lord's will, goes and does it; or, not knowing it, stands and waits, content in ignorance as in knowledge, because God wills - neither pressing into the hidden future, nor careless of the knowledge which opens. George MacDonald

I have become mute; I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it. Ps39:9 If we keep on blaming everything negative or painful in our lives on (someone else), we may very well miss the good and loving work of the discipline and training…  ( Click for more )

Do not forsake me, O Lord; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation! Psalm 38:21,22 The heart of God is not turned though His face be hid; and prayers are not flung back, though they be not instantly answered. Timothy Cruso Psalm of David: I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence. Psalm 39:1 We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves. Charles Spurgeon 1834-92

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My wounds are foul and festering Because of my foolishness. Psalm 38:5 There are consequences of sin within us which we are not able yet to reach, consequences that are following us in secret, and damaging us in very vital points. Spurgeon, 1834-92 I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil of my heart. Lord, all my desire is before You; And my sighing is not hidden from You. Psalm 38:8,9 Seasons recur when sense of sin and bodily distress cast us into lowest depths. Yet, faith survives; it knows its refuge and looks above. It doubts not that God…  ( Click for more )

It was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked (for wisdom). 1 Kings 3:10

Wisdom is the ability to see life from God’s viewpoint and God’s understanding for application. Doug Sager, Christian

Because you have asked (for wisdom), and have not asked long life, riches, and life of your enemies, . I have done according to your words . And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor…1 Kings 3:11-13

The desires of the heart are an ever allowing or blocking God’s blessings as they stand and pulsate…  ( Click for more )

September 8, 2023

Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except... 1 Kings 3:3

To what advantage is there to deviate from the plumb line of what is good? Will not what you devise collapse?

At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, ‘Ask! What shall I give you?’ 1 Kings 3:5

O God, forgive the poverty and the pettiness of our prayers. Listen not to our words but to the yearnings of our hearts. Hear beneath our petitions the crying of our need. Peter Marshall

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September 1, 2023

David (to young Solomon), "My time to die is near. So be strong and show yourself a man (you can do this). 1 Kings 2:2

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. Jim Valvano, 1946-1993 US basketball coach, sportscaster

David (to Solomon) Obey the Lord your God. Follow him by obeying his demands, his commands, his laws, and his rules that are written in the teachings of Moses. If you do these things, you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go. 1 Kings 2:3

Credible conviction is contagious. …  ( Click for more )

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