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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 40 – May/June RTM Magazine

RTM Magazine BannerSometimes my heart feels like it’s about to burst when considering the goodness of God and His overwhelming love for us. Times like when I realize He’s completely prepared and directed my life to have my dream job at Real Truth Matters and that He’s enabled me to work for a magazine that is literally taking His Word to the nations.

Overwhelming.
Humbling.
Deep.
Gracious.
Relentless.

love.

Those same feelings surface every time we release a new magazine and the May/June issue was just published in the Apple App Store, so the astounding love and mercy of God manifested through the job He has called me to is on the forefront of my mind and I want to share this joy with you!

This edition of the magazine is the best yet! We’re learning so much about how to actually do this digital magazine stuff and experiencing more grace than we can comprehend in the process and I hope you’ll take the time to download and peruse the stories, videos and pictures therein.

real truth matters may/june magazineMay/June Real Truth Magazine

This free magazine, downloaded in more than 30 countries, is packed with good stuff that seeks to encourage and equip the body of Christ around the world to a greater pursuit of the Gospel who is Jesus Christ and fan into flame the gift God has given us–the entrustment of His great and glorious truths, which we have an obligation and responsibility to share.

I’m particularly excited about this magazine because it has stories of our recent trip to Eastern Europe, a Q&A with author Jerry Bridges, a story about one of my best friends and more.

Here is the official teaser:

Do you have a helplessness that really helps? What’s the problem with good deeds? How does a man catch chickens for the glory of God? What prompts a 21-year-old girl to pursue a life dripping with holiness, elegance and grace? What is bestselling author Jerry Bridges’ story? In this edition of the RTM Magazine, we will answer those questions and more as we make an effort to stir up a desire for genuine, red-hot, determined, unshakable faith in the One true God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Download your free issue for iPad in the Apple App Store or, if you don’t have an iPad, visit www.realtruthmatters.com/magazine and download the interactive PDF.

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