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I am a mid-life Christian writer who enjoys sharing ENCOURAGING Scripture, Music, & Insights with others. Spiritual EMPOWERMENT is I believe at the root of living a fruitful Christian life. The many assurances provided to Christians are richly described in the Bible's 66 books.

God: He’ll Test, but Never Tempt You



Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

James 1:13-14 NKJV


  • My Pastor said a few months ago: God will test you, but he’ll never tempt you.  I never knew the origin, but the statement lingered in my mind.  When I stumbled on to this verse I needless to say did.  Only the Devil will attempt to tempt an abiding Christian.

P.S. I am happy to say this blog is in it’s sixth year.  The 5th anniversary day (September 21st) slipped my mind, because I was out of town.  Participating in a Choir at a Reunion at my alma mater (Brown University) during the third weekend of September (9/21 – 9/23) had me flying to Rhode Island . . . and singing with fellow Black alumni – going back to the late sixties classes.

P.P.S.  I didn’t realize I had not blogged for three months until Tuesday.  LSS my life has been a roller coaster since early July.  Joyful events have been intermingled with storms I didn’t ‘order’; thankfully the Lord allowed me to be delivered and endure my afflictions (Psalm 34:19) and keep on ‘stirring my gift’.  With my full armor of God on, the Evil One is wondering why I still love the Lord.  Why I continue to blog.  Part of my plan from my Heavenly Father is to share what he gives to me here in this space since 2013 . . . things I find enlightening.  Thank you for visiting 66 Assurance Way.  Five years and 22 days and counting!

To God be the Glory!


Greg Silverthorne

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Praise Jehovah, The Great I Am



Praise Jehovah, the King of Kings

Praise Jehovah, You’re my everything

From the rising of the Sun

To the going down of the same

Praise Jehovah, the Great I am


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The Lord is Our Lifeguard (Scripture)


Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.  Psalm 55:22 (NIV)


  • A church sign I photographed in late June 2018 . . . in Greensboro, NC.  I have a lifeguard.  His name is Jesus Christ!  He walks on the sea for me.

Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!”  And they cried out for fear.  But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”  And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.  Matthew 14:25-29 (NKJV)


The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.  Psalm 23:1


“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.   “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”

John 14: 1,2,6 (NKJV)


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“Strength” / John P. Kee & New Life Community Choir

Video

Strength to make it, Strength to take it
I’ve got the strength to know that everything will work out fine
Strength to suffer, Strength to conquer
I’ve got the strength to know the blessings of the Lord are mine

The Spirit of Jesus Christ (Scripture)


Do you want to embody the Spirit of Christ in your life?  These five scriptures are a good place to start.   

Matthew 25:40; Matthew 19:14; Jeremiah 22:3; Isaiah 10:1-2; Matthew 25:42-43 NAS

“The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’  Matthew 25:40


But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14


‘Thus says the LORD, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place. Jeremiah 22:3


Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, so as to deprive the needy of justice And rob the poor of My people of their rights, So that widows may be their spoil And that they may plunder the orphans.  Isaiah 10: 1-2


For I was hungry, and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me nothing to drink; I was a stranger, and you did not invite Me in; naked, and you did not clothe Me; sick, and in prison, and you did not visit Me.’ Matthew 25:42 – 43




I did not choose these verses I will confess.  They were chosen by MSNBC’s Ali Velshi in a segment he called “What Would Jesus Do?” (in response to the Bible, Romans 13:1, being used by US Attorney General to justify the uncaring border policies of the current administration).  Scripture taken out of context can often be used to justify the unjustifiable.  The 1st verse of Romans 13 was used by American slaveowners and Nazis in Germany too. 

  • I felt they conveyed well the spirit of my personal Savior Jesus Christ.

Photo taken by Art4TheGlryOfGod by Sharon is one she calls Seek Him (flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).

All scripture is from the New American Standard Bible.


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Lord, I’m ‘Available to You’ (Gospel/Scripture)

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,

to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing

to God—this is your true and proper worship.  

Romans 12: 1 NIV



Now I’m giving back to You, all the tools You gave to me

My hands, my ears, my voice, my eyes

So You can use me as You please

I have emptied out my cup, so that You can fill it up

Now I am free, I just want to be more available to You

 

Lord, I’m available to You

My will I give to You

I’ll do what You say do

Use me Lord to show someone the way, and enable me to say

My storage is empty, and I am available to You

  • Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers / “Available to You”

A powerful rendition of this Gospel gem by the Young Adult Choir of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden MD.  3 versions (two live) of this uplifting song are provided in this post.

Do you want to be a living sacrifice like the man who wrote this song?

  • The 1990 song as originally recorded by Rev. Milton Brunson and the Thompson Community Singers (link) and performed live (link).

  • The live performance video (link above) leads with the testimony of Carl Moody, Jr. (who wrote the song) – as shared by Rev. Milton Brunson. Carl wanted to be a living sacrifice, to be available to the Lord.  Carl wrote a beautiful song!



Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed

by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to

test and approve what God’s will is—his

good, pleasing and perfect will. 

 Romans 12: 2 NIV


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