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April 11, 2017, 7:51 AM

POWERED FOR LIFE


“I have baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit,” Mark 1:8

John said Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit; Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to live within each believer. John’s baptism with water prepared a person to receive Christ’s message. It demonstrated humility and willingness to turn from sin. This was the beginning of the spiritual process. But when Jesus baptizes with the Holy Spirit, the entire person is transformed. Jesus offers to us both forgiveness of sin and the power to live for him. Jesus will empower you for life with his Holy Spirit.

Dear God, make us ready for this day by filling us with your Holy Spirit. Amen




April 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

A MESSAGE WORTH SHARING


“You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it,” 1 Pt. 3:15.

Easter is fast approaching. It is a time to be mindful of the greatest display of power and love ever. We should always be ready to answer, gently and respectfully when asked about our faith, our lifestyle, our Christian perspective. Is your hope in Christ readily observable to others?

Father, give me the sensitivity to your spirit’s working in my life when I have an opportunity to tell the Good News. Amen




March 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHEN YOU GO TO CHURCH


“Happy are those whom you choose and bring near to live in your courts,” Ps. 65:4.

Access to God, the joy of living in the tabernacle courts, was a great honor. God had chosen a special group of Israelites, the tribe of Levi, to serve as ministers in the tabernacle; They were the only ones who could enter the sacred rooms where God’s presence resided. Because of Jesus’ death on the cross all believers today have personal access to God’s presence everywhere and anytime. We gain this access into God’s presence by believing in the death and resurrection of Christ and turning from sins to God’s way of living. As we prepare to celebrate Easter, remember the door is open to visit with God moment by moment.

Heavenly Father, give us your joy each day and may we be mindful of the wonderful access we have to you because of your precious son. Amen




March 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHEN WE NEED A REMINDER


“You shall keep all my statues and all my ordinances, and observe them.” Lev. 20:22.

God gave many rules to his people. Some of the rules may seem to lack reason in our modern day. He did not withhold good from them; He only prohibited acts that would bring harm. Most of us understand God’s physical laws of nature. For example, jumping off a ten story building means death because of the law of gravity. But, on the other hand, sometimes we struggle with the ramifications of God’s laws and how they work in our lives. The next time you are tempted to break one of God’s laws, you might remember that sin in any form has consequences. The rules we break often break us. His Word is just one way He attempts to guide us and spare us unnecessary hurt and suffering.

Father, before I do something rash or questionable in my life, please give me a reminder from your Word; that I may honor you. Amen




March 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

KEEPING A COOL HEAD


“Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding,” Prov. 14:29

Few of us can get through a day without facing some kind of anger provoking situation. Anger, unfortunately, can be like a fire out of control, burning us and everything in its path. Anger divides people. It pushes us into hasty decisions that only cause bitterness and guilt. Yet anger in itself is not wrong. Anger can be a legitimate reaction to injustice and sin. When you feel angry, look for the cause. Are you reacting to an evil situation that you are going to set right, or are you responding selfishly to a personal insult? Pray that God will help you channel legitimate anger into effective action.

Father give us the patience and wisdom to respond appropriately to things that anger us. May we use good judgment and act in a way that would honor you. Amen




February 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHAT DO YOU SAY?


"Fools say in their hearts, 'There is no God,'”   Psalm 14:1

                                                                                                                               
It is hard to believe that there are people, who have come to the conclusion, that there is no God. A genuine atheist would be considered, by some, to be either foolish or simply wicked. A person who is foolish denies the existence of God and must ignore the abundant reasons for believing in a higher being. An individual who is an atheist may be considered wicked because they have no reason to follow the teachings of the Bible, which would most likely lead to a life without morals, values, and respect for all that is pure. This is not to say that atheists can’t be good individuals, in general, even though that may not adhere to the teachings of the Bible. The Bible teaches us, however, that being a good person does not mean that we still qualify for a life with God in eternity. There is no human who can meet God’s standards. We are all flawed with a nature that seeks to rule itself and ignore the divine creator. Despite man’s sinful tendency, God still offers sinners forgiveness and the promise of eternal life, when we believe in his Son, as the redeemer of the world. I would be a fool to not accept this wonderful gift. What do you say?


Heavenly Father, receive my thanks for your amazing willingness to accept us by grace and offer us eternal salvation through your son, Jesus the Christ. I believe you are God. Amen




February 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

ARE YOU DOING GOD'S WILL?


“Be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is,” Eph. 5:17.

It is good advice: when we are told to do the right thing or the wise thing. How many times in your life have you been encouraged to make the right choice? We all know the pitfalls of making decisions we later regret. When we go against our conscience, the teachings of God’s Word and common sense, we are walking a slippery path. It is not enough to simply know what God wants us to do. We must do it. To understand what the will of the Lord is gets you started. But once we know what He wants, we must act.

Heavenly Father, give us this wisdom to know your will and the courage to do it. For Jesus sake, Amen.




February 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

BEARING FRUIT


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance,” Gal. 5:22-23.

The “fruit of the Spirit” is the spontaneous work of the Holy Spirit in us. The Spirit produces these character traits, which are found in the nature of Christ. They are by-products of Christ’s control. We can’t obtain these vital traits by simply working to get them. If we want the fruit of the Spirit to grow in us, we must join our life to his will. As a believer, the Spirit indwells you and as you trust him, you slowly develop the mind and character of Christ. Then we start bearing fruit. Our life becomes Christ like and people see Him in us. Abide in our Lord. Allow him to flow through your life and present himself to others through your witness.

Dear God, help us live so close to you that our life no longer is a reflection of ourselves, but Christ, who lives in us. Amen




February 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD


“Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them,” 1 Jn. 3: 24.

Our daily walk with God is essential to a healthy, meaningful relationship with the Father. The mutual relationship that allows us to “dwell in him,” and “he in us,” is an essential part of the Christian experience. Maintaining our fellowship with the Father, hinges on three critical demands. First we must believe in Christ. This connects us with God and provides the basis for our relationship with Him, which never changes. The second aspect of our fellowship with God depends on our love for the brothers and sisters in Christ. Finally, we are to live a morally pure and righteous life before God and man, following Him in obedience to Scripture. Our fellowship with God revolves around our faithfulness to Him in these critical areas. The Spirit’s presence is not only spiritual, but is also practical. Our life verifies God’s presence in us.

Father, I ask that you forgive me of my sin and grant me the peace of a fresh, living fellowship with you. May I never let you down and may your Spirit dwell in me richly; all for your glory. Amen




January 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

DEAL GENEROUSLY


“It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice," Ps. 112:5.

Generosity will cure two problems that money can create. The rich may abuse others in their desire to accumulate wealth. Millions suffer from the actions of the wealthy, who work to get more money at the expense of the less fortunate. Generosity will eliminate that abuse. Also, the fear of losing money can be a snare. Generosity and respect for God causes us to place our trust in Him, not in our money. God alone is the source of justice and security. Is it well with you?

God, open our eyes and hearts to be generous. May our faith in you be reflected in our life and our generosity toward others. Amen.


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