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July 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

ARE YOU TRUSTING GOD TODAY?


"O Israel, listen: Jehovah is our God, Jehovah alone,” Deut. 6:4

This verse reveals that there were not many gods, as many ancient religions believed. Jehovah (or Yahaweh) is the only true God. The nation of Israel was about to enter a land with many gods. Both then and now, there are people who prefer to place their trust in many different “gods.” But the day is coming soon when God will be recognized as the only one. He will be the King over all the earth (Zech. 14:9). He waits for you to call on Him and trust in Him alone. You will discover He is there for you today.

Father our needs are so great and your desire evident. You want us to trust you. May we begin today to trust in You, as You call us to do. Amen




July 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHEN YOU NEED FORGIVENESS


“Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow,” Is. 1:18

A deep stain is virtually impossible to remove from clothing, and the stain of sin seems equally permanent. But God can remove the stain of sin from our lives just as he promised to do for the Israelites. We don’t have to go through life permanently soiled. Through prayer we can be assured that Christ has forgiven our worst sins and removed our most indelible stains. He loves you and His death at Calvary paid the price for your sins. So, take a moment and receive His wonderful forgiveness today.

Father, your grace is unlimited and we, as sinners, need your precious gift of forgiveness. Please accept our prayers of thanks for such unmerited love. Amen




July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

MINDING YOUR OWN BUSINESS


“Live a quiet life, minding your own business and doing your own work,” 1 Thess. 4:11

The Bible is so practical. It is loaded with wisdom and sound council. This is part of what it means to live as a Christian. It means we should be responsible in every area of our life. You can hardly be effective when you share your faith with others, if people don’t respect you for meddling in their business. Whatever you do, do it faithfully and be a positive influence in the world.

Father, give us the wisdom to know when we need to stay out of other people’s business. Amen




July 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

TO HAVE GOD'S BLESSINGS


“I am giving you the choice today between God’s blessing or God’s curse! There will be blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God,” Deut. 11:26-27

It is amazing that God offered the Israelites a choice between blessings and curses. It is even more amazing that most of them actually chose the curses through their disobedience. We have the same fundamental choice today. To choose our own way is to travel on a dead-end road, but to choose God is to receive eternal life. Have you chosen the blessing of God; eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ? He is a prayer away. Ask Him to give you eternal life today, and He will.

Father, by your Spirit grant eternal salvation to all who call upon the name of Christ. Amen




June 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

DON'T STOP PRAYING


“Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving,” Col. 4:2

Persistence demonstrates our faith that God answers our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers don’t come immediately, for the delay may be God’s way of working His will out in your life. When you feel weary in your prayers and aren’t sure if God is listening, remember that God is present, always listening, always acting; maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways He knows are best for you, and His will to be accomplished. Have you grown tired of praying? Don’t give up. Prayer is you main connection to God and your prayers should be coupled with the reading of His Word.

Father, give us the encouragement to pray without ceasing, especially when things don’t seem to be going our way or when the circumstances seem bleak. You are our mighty God. Amen




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


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