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June 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHEN I AM WEAK


“We faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day,” 2 Cor. 4:16

It is easy to quit. We all have faced problems in our relationships or work that has caused us to want to lay down the tools and walk away. Don’t let fatigue, pain, or criticism force you off the job. Renew your commitment to serving Christ. Don’t forsake your eternal reward because of the intensity of today’s troubles. Trials come and go and are an everyday part of life. When you are weak, or down, just remember our Lord’s promise in this magnificent passage. God is always there to renew us afresh each day as we go forth in faith, serving Him.

Father, in our weak moments, may we find your grace and resurrection power to be sufficient for the task at hand. Amen




June 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

BE AN ENCOURAGER


“So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing,” 1 Thess. 5:11

As you near the end of a footrace, your legs ache, your throat burns, and your whole body cries out for you to stop. This is when friends and fans are most valuable. Their encouragement helps you push through the pain to the finish. In the same way, Christians are to encourage one another. A word of encouragement offered at the right moment can be the difference between finishing well and collapsing along the way. Be sensitive to another’s need for encouragement, and offer supportive words of actions. Be an encourager!

Dear Father, open our eyes to those who need a word of encouragement. May we be your messenger of compassion and grace. Amen




June 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHO IS JESUS TO YOU?


"Then he asked, 'Who do you think I am?”'Peter replied, 'You are the Messiah,'” Mark 8:29

As Jesus neared the end of his ministry, He asked his disciples who others thought He was. They had their answers, but it was Peter who nailed the question. God had revealed to Simon, that Jesus was the Messiah. It is not as important what others think about Jesus, as what you think about him. Who is Jesus to you? The journey begins when you can say, “He is my Lord and Savior.” You must move from curiosity to commitment, from admiration to adoration.

Father God, hear my confession. You are my savior and Lord. Amen




May 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

USING YOUR GIFTS


“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ.” 1 Cor. 12:12

Paul compared the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: one is being too proud of their abilities, or secondly, thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we must use our gifts, together, to spread the good news of salvation. Use your gifts and make a decision to make a difference for Christ and his church.

Father, you know our strengths and weaknesses. Give us courage to face our weaknesses with your grace and the strength to share our gifts without pride. Amen




May 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

AN ATTITUDE OF REJOICING


“Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice1 Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do,” Phil. 4:4-5

It seems strange that a man in prison would be telling a church to be joyful. Paul knew that no matter what happened to him, Jesus Christ was with him. It’s easy to get discouraged about unpleasant circumstances that come our way or to take unimportant events too seriously. If you haven’t been joyful lately, you may not be looking at life from God’s perspective.

Father, give us the grace to trust and the faith to believe that all is well when we walk with you and embrace your attitude of rejoicing. Amen




May 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

DOING GOD'S WORK


“Commit your work to the Lord, then it will succeed,” Prov. 16:3

Often, as believers, we may not think of our jobs as something we would perform as an act of ministry unto the Lord. In fact, some commit their work to God at a superficial level. Now and then, people may say they are dedicating their work to God, but may do their work for themselves. Others give God temporary control over their interests, only to take control back the moment things stop going their way. Still others commit their tasks fully to the Lord, and then put forth all the effort themselves, as if the results depend on them. We must maintain a delicate balance in the work we do, trusting God as if everything depended on him, which it does. Our part is to trust. His part is to take care of the results.

God, when we tend to forget you as we go about our work, give us the wisdom to remember that everything depends on you and that the blessing in our work is found in trusting you for the outcome. Amen




May 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

GOD'S GREAT LOVE


“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” Rom. 5:8

This is one of those great verses in all the Bible. While we were sinners; these are amazing words. God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to die for us. Notice it was not because were good that he sent his son, but while were still sinners, he sent his son. This was all an act of his infinite love for people, sinners like us. What great love!!

Heavenly father, when I tend to forget what being a forgiven Christian is all about, help me remember this verse. Thanks!! Amen




May 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

THE VALUE OF LISTENING


“Don’t ever forget that it is best to listen much, speak little, and not become angry,” James 1:19

Most people enjoy talking, but when we talk too much and listen too little, we communicate to others that we think our ideas are more important than theirs. There is wisdom in letting the other person do the majority of the talking and you simply facilitate by asking more questions, learning all you can about that individual, their life and interests. James advices us to stay on this reverse form of conversation, keeping track of how much you talk and how much you actually listen. You can certainly learn more about the other person and their situation in life, by listening.

God, give us the selflessness to hear others and listen to their needs, rather than prioritizing our own. Amen




April 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

QUIETNESS BEFORE GOD


“Only in returning to me and waiting for me will you be saved; in quietness and confidence is your strength,” Is. 30:15

We live in a hurry up world surrounded by cell phones, microwaves, and computers. “Busy-ness” is the order of the day. However, no amount of fast talking or hasty hurrying could speed up God’s design. Salvation comes from God alone. Because He has saved us, we can trust Him and be peacefully confident that He will give us strength to face the difficulties we all experience in life. In quietness before God, we learn His will for our life. It is a wonderful act of our Father’s grace that He waits for us to come before Him and call out to Him with our needs. He cares, and He knows what goes on each day of our life. And, He waits patiently for us to discover that He is there for us.

God our Father, teach us to so love our time together, that nothing in this world would rob us of that moment. Amen




April 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

GOD OUR COMFORT


“What a wonderful God we have…who so wonderfully comforts and strengthens us in our hardships and trials,” 2 Cor. 1:3-4

Many think that when God comforts us, our hardships should go away. But if that were always so, people would turn to God only to be relieved of pain and not out of love for him. We must understand that comfort can also mean receive strength, encouragement, and hope to deal with our hardships. Believers are not exempt from the trials of life. Our assurance comes from Christ living in us and the promises of his Word. In him we can find our greatest comfort.

Father, grant us your comfort when we are overwhelmed with life. Amen


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