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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




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


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