Bible Patterns and principles

Our New podcast is going well and we now have 17 podcasts published on Buzzsprout.com. You can find them by going to: https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637 I hope that they will be a blessing to you. I am trying to get the podcasts transcribed for the blog.  That way you will be able to read them as well as hear them. 

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Dan

Podcasts: Bible Patterns and Principles

I have just made our podcast available and now have 13 Podcasts on the Buzzspout.com site. It is my goal to add several podcasts each week and spread the good news that the Bible shows us how we can have a personal relationship with God.  Also we will take time on some of the podcasts to bring principles of comfort and at other times we will try to deal with some of the misconceptions people have about the Bible. We are not ashamed to declare that we are Christians because of the fact that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior. He is only way that you can come to God. (John 14: 1-6) I hope that you will visit our podcasts and give them a listen. You can find them at:https://www.buzzsprout.com/546637

Hope to have you visit the Podcasts!

Dan

Podcast Episode 8 Jesus is the Way to Salvation

 

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This is Bible patterns and principles. My name is Dan, are Crouch and I believe the most important decision in your life is to accept Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. Accepting Jesus is the key to joy, peace and success in your personal life. I am here to show you the way you confined true relationship with God through Jesus. My goal on these podcasts is to help you find the peace and comfort God wants you to experience. Let's look at our principal for today, John. Chapter 14 Verse number six Jesus declares I am the way, The truth and the life. No man cometh unto the father but by me. In our last podcast, we said there is no other name under heaven whereby we can be saved but by the name of Jesus. It is a principle declared by the Bible itself. You cannot believe the Bible and not except that Jesus is the son of God in the savior of the world. In the verse we have read today, Jesus himself declares that he is the only way to his father. No man cometh to the father, but by me to have our sins forgiven. We must come to God through his son Jesus. There is no other way. It is Jesus who makes the statement. I am the way you must either accept his words or declare that you believe that Jesus was deluded or outright lied. I choose to believe the words of Jesus recorded in John Chapter 14 Verse number six are true. It is only through him that we have relationship with God. It is only through the death and resurrection of Jesus that we can be saved. Do not listen to the deceivers that would tell you there are many ways to come to God. There is only one path that you can follow If you were to find the peace and hope that God wants you to have let me encourage you to follow the truth of the Bible and ask Jesus to be your personal savior. He wants to give you salvation and eternal life. That is the principle and truth for today. This has been Bible patterns and principles. My name is Dan. Are Crouch sharing another Bible truth to strengthen your daily Christian life.

 

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Dan

8 Days of Thanksgiving

[Psa 37:1-7 KJV] 1 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. 3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; [so] shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. 4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass. 6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. 7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

I preached on these verses last Sunday at our morning Church Service. The key words being, Trust, Delight, Commit, and Rest were the subject of the sermon. The topic was  the lessons that Nancy and I have learned in the weeks of hospitalization and rehablilitation that have been our life in the last two months. Nancy has been under the care of doctors and nurses since September 30th. During that time we have been involved in a long term trial that is ongoing and has taught us much about the faith we have in God. 

It has been said that faith untried is not real faith. It remains in doubt. We understand that as never before. I have no doubt that our faith is real. It has stood and continues to stand in the face of our circumstances. Inspite of everything, I know that we are both better people who in the future will be more loving and more atuned to the needs of others than we ever have been before.

These last 8 days, we have continued to see the hand of God directing us. He leads every step of the way. Nancy and I are now back at Encompass Rehabilitation Hospital where Nancy is learning again to stand and walk so her life can return to normalcy. We have been told our release date is on December 12. We need all of you to pray with us that Nancy's strength will increase so that she is ready for the transition.

Our adventure into adversity is far from over but we are Trusting, Delighting, Commiting, and Resting in our Lord and Savior! We are looking for His total deliverance from this time of trial and distress.

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Dan

 

Thanks Giving !

[1Ch 16:8 KJV] 8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
[Psa 92:1 KJV] 1 [[A Psalm [or] Song for the sabbath day.]] [It is a] good [thing] to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

[1Th 5:18 KJV] 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Nancy and I are here at Honor Health Hospital, waiting for the wound team to come and put a wound Vac on the wound created by the surgery she had several days ago. Once that is done we are evidently candidates to be transferred to a skilled nursing facility. 

Nancy has been in either rehab or hospital care since September 30. Now the Thanksgiving holiday is approaching and we do not know where we will be. Either in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility. We are not concerned. When you pray "God, not our will but yours be done!" you have to wait and see what he will bring to pass.

Wherever we end up, we want to express our "Thanksgiving". God has given us so much for which to be thankful. Nancy and I thank God for leading the way for her full recovery from the maladies which attacked her body. She has had excellent care by the doctors and nurses who have cared for her. They have been among the most caring people we have ever met.

Also we want to express our thanks for the congregation of Fountain of Life. Their prayers, cards, and expressions of concern have carried us through a very difficult time.  We do not have any understanding why God has allowed these circumstances to come into our lives but we are convinced He has a plan. Our faith is being strengthened and expanded into new areas as we see the working of His love in us.

Wherever we spend our Thanksgiving Day, we want to declare to everyone that we are Thankful for all of God's blessings on us. He has given us far more than we deserve! Most of all we thank Him for our Salvation and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit.

It makes all things in life worth while!

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Dan

 

Thy Will Be Done!

[Mat 26:42 KJV] 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.
[Luk 11:2 KJV] 2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

The words of Jesus concerning His own desire to follow His Father's will and His teaching of the disciples concerning how they should pray are "thy will be done". Such should be the declaration of our lives as we pray! Whatever our goals in life, those goals need to line up with the will of our Father God.

As we face the plans we have for our lives, it is easy to go about our activities without having consulted God's wisdom. Even the chosen leaders of Israel failed when they did not seek God and His will.

Joshua and the Israelites made a covenant with the Gibeonites who were able to deceive them because they did not ask God to direct them.  [Jos 9:14-15 NKJV] 14 Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the LORD. 15 So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them.]  

We need to learn to pray as Jesus instructed, "Father, thy will be done", Even when we are facing trials and difficulties in our lives we need to pray not my will but thy will be done. That was the example of Jesus and needs to be the way we pray. When we seek the will of God He will never fail to lead us. Let us be faithful to do our best to follow the will of our Father God in all circumstances. We do not need to understand everything that happens to us, We just need to follow His will!

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Dan

 

 

God Almighty!

[Gen 17:1-3 KJV] 1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I [am] the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. 2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. 3 And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him…

Would any of us not fall on our face, if God introduced Himself to us? The almighty God talked with Abram and Abram became Abraham the Father of many nations. Meeting with God is always a life changing experience. For Abraham it was in the latter years of his life when God came to fulfill his promises. Jacob wrestled with God and his name became Israel, Moses met God in a burning bush, and the list of the ways men meet with God seems endless. 

I am convinced that God wants to personally meet with each of us. We need life changing confrontations with Him. It is as we seek Him that such confrontations take place.[Jer 29:12-13 KJV] 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart.]

Let us hunger for more and more of God that we can grow closer and closer to Him. We need the God of power and authority who we see in the scripture present in our daily lives.  Let us follow the words of Jeremiah and seek God with all our hearts. 

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Dan

Ah Lord God!

Jer 32:17 NKJV] 17 'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.]

Even in our most difficult trials we know that our God is sufficient  As surely as He made the heavens and the earth His power is adequate to meet our needs. We sing of His mighty power:

Ah Lord God

Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy great power,
Ah Lord God
Thou hast made the heavens and the earth
By thy out stretched arm.

Nothing is too difficult for thee!

We know that God has the power. His hand will deliver us from all trials because as the chorus says, He is great in counsel and mighty in deed. The declaration of His word encourages our hearts and gives us peace![Eph 2:14 NKJV] 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,]

Lord, help us to lean on you even in our most trying and difficult times! [Phl 4:6-7 NKJV] 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.]

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Dan

 

Veterans Day

In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.Years later, realizing that peace was equally preserved by veterans of WW II and Korea, Congress was requested to make this day an occasion to honor those who have served America in all wars.

In 1954 President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. On this special day we want to recognize the men and women in our military who defend the freedoms that you and I enjoy every day — The freedom to move freely about our country, the freedom to elect our governing officials, and especially the freedom to worship as we feel led. All of these privileges are bought with the price of human sacrifice and courage. We say a very special thank you to all who have served and to those who are serving today!

We also recognize the supreme sacrifice that was given by Jesus Christ our Savior as He died on the cross that we also could have freedom. The freedom from sin and the hope of eternity were purchased by His death on calvary. [Isa 53:4-6 KJV] 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5 But he [was] wounded for our transgressions, [he was] bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace [was] upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.]

Our prayer is that God will continue to bless the United States of America with men and women who are willing to make the sacrifices to keep us free. Also that He will lead us into the spiritual freedom that was purchased by Jesus so we can be a nation that honors Him. May the blessings of the one and only true God rest upon us.

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Dan

Standing On His Promises!

[Jos 1:3, 5, 7 KJV] 3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses. … 5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, [so] I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. … 7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

The promises of God unto Joshua carry over for you and me into the promises of Jesus in the New Testament. God has promised us that He will not fail us or forsake us. He is always there. We can depend on Him. We do not deny that trials and tribulations come our way. But in the strength of our Lord and Saviour we persevere. We overcome. 

Sometimes His timing escapes our earthly wisdom and we do not understand the problems we face. However, that does not change the power and the promises of our God. What he has promised He will bring to pass.[Psa 37:5 KJV] 5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring [it] to pass.

What a mighty God we serve! We are standing on His promises and depending on His Strength!

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Dan

Speak the Word Lord!

[Luk 7:6-10 KJV] 6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth [it]. 9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.

Jesus himself marvelled at the faith of the centurion. The centurion was a man of authority. He gave commands and they were to be followed. In the same way He recognized the authority of Jesus. He did not need Jesus to appear at his doorstep. He understood the power that Jesus possessed. While the centurion had power over men, Jesus had power over the principalities and powers of the air. [Eph 6:12 KJV] 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places].

The centurion knew that if Jesus only spoke the word his servant would be healed. The same is true today! Jesus power is still the same. If He speaks the word it must come to pass! In our time distress, we are calling on Him to speak the Word. There is no limitation to His healing power. At Jesus command satan's power is defeated. O God speak the Word over our needs. We need you and your healing! Let the testimony of your authority come forth as the world sees the work of your power in our lives. We continue to ask and pray in your name. You are the only true God and you have the  power!

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Dan

 

Do Not Be Afraid!

[Isa 41:8-13 KJV] 8 But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend. 9 [Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. 10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. 12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. 13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Trials and difficulties of all types enter our lives. They can bring us to points of discouragement and despair. However, when you have relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ all of that is changed!  We can stand on the promises of scripture from the Old Testament through the New Testament. As believers we have become God's adopted sons and daughters and all the promises are ours.

In time of distress, be it  personal attack by others or sickness in our physical bodies, the book of Isaiah gives us the words that bless us and build us up. the prophet tells us to not be afraid for God is with us. Through the prophet God declares "Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God:" Whatever the trial or difficulty we can stand on that promise. Our God is always there to strengthen and help us!

Right now here in the hospital Nancy and I know that He is with us. We are leaning on His strength and depending on His promises. Let me encourage you to do the same in your time of trial.

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Dan

God’s Special Possession!

[1Pe 2:9-10 NIV] 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

I am sure that you have some special possessions that mean a great deal to you. They have meaning because of the memories they bring or because a special person gave them to you. What ever the reason they have become your special treasures. The value they have to you is beyond the ordinary things you possess.

Such is the expression Peter records concerning God's relationship to you. You are His Special Possession! Because of the sacrifice of Jesus as a believer you are now one of God's chosen people. A royal priesthood, a holy nation. Because of your acceptance of Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have become a Special Possession of God. You have received the mercy for which the cross of Christ provided for you.

Nancy and I are still at Honor Health Hospital on Shea Blvd. in Scottsdale, Arizona. Please continue to pray for Nancy that all will be well as God touches her physical needs. It is a great comfort to know that as we are facing a time of crisis for our family that we are Special Possessions of our heavenly Father!  As the devotion for today In "Our Daily Bread" declares, We can hear our King and Lord say "This one I love. This one is mine!

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Dan

Our Path in the Darkness!

[Psa 118:6, 14-17 KJV] 6 The LORD [is] on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me? … 14 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and is become my salvation. 15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation [is] in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 16 The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. 17 I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD.

It has been a long time since I have contributed to this blog. Over a year! It is time that I shared what has happened during this time. As I write I am in the Honor Health Hospital with my wife Nancy. These last several weeks have been very trying as Nancy has been battling Lymphedema that has led to kidney problems and other complications.

It is during these times that we either depend on our faith in the promises of God or realize our lack of resources. Fortunately we have been able to stand on the promises of God in the verses from Psalm 118. You need not fear when you know that God is on your side. It does not matter how Satan comes against you, you still have victory. The doctor was just in and said that the kidney function has returned to normal. Now the next step is to find out where we are in Nancy's diagnosis of multiple myloma. Another battle to be fought but when God is on your side, there is no fear.  We are believing the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly!  Miracles are in the wings as we agree together in Prayer!

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Dan


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