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January 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

A CUP OF COLD WATER


'If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I tell you the truth, that person will surely be rewarded." Mark 9:41

 

Beneath the Broadway Bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas, on designated days, each week, churches and organizations come together to feed the homeless. The line of hungry souls winds around the bridge pillars, across the asphalt pavement, and spills over on to the sidewalk. Dressed in their tattered overcoats, frayed blue jeans and toboggans, they wait patiently in line for the servers to set up the food. You can smell the hot stew, cornbread, and appetite’s swell as they drink their coffee and wait their turn. The volunteers come from churches and businesses all over the city. The ministry has been an outreach to the less fortunate for several years. Little thought is given to rewards or accolades by those who give of their time so freely, but that day will come, because it’s done in Jesus' name.

 

Heavenly Father, may we never underestimate the simple power of extending human kindness, in your precious name. Amen




January 9, 2018, 12:00 AM

GOD IS ABLE


“I publicly praise the Lord for keeping me from slipping and falling,” Ps. 26:12

If you have some problems weighing you down as you start the New Year, don’t feel alone. Problems go with life and can be expected. God offers a listening ear and is never far away. He knows and he cares. Like the Psalmist, we are always free to turn to Him when we feel like we are slipping and may fall. God promises to help us when we are facing “times of trouble.” Pray to Him today and praise Him for his abiding presence in the midst of your problems.

God, you are worthy to be praised today. We find comfort in your abiding presence and hope in the promises of your Word. Amen




January 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

REMEMBERING YOUR PARENTS


“Honor your mother and father,” Eph. 6:2

We live in a time when the “typical” family in America is more than likely a single parent, raising one or more children. Although many single parents do an excellent job of caring for their children, the challenges facing single parents are enormous and weigh on the thinking of their kids. Children today are more vulnerable to the social pressures life brings and most will tell you they would rather come home to a mom and dad, at the end of the day, as opposed to not. Still, the Bible instructs us to respect and honor our parents. To honor parents that sometimes seem unworthy of the trust is a challenge, but it can be done. Often the respect can facilitate the kind of behavior desired and can lead to a deeper appreciation for a mom or dad who hasn’t been there in the past. There is always the hope that things can be better, when we place our faith in Christ.

Father, give your grace to those who feel they have been wounded by a parent. Give them you courage to do the right thing, showing honor and respect, even if it’s hard to do. Amen.




December 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

SHARING GOD'S LOVE


“Pure and lasting religion in the sight of God our Father means that we must care for orphans and widows in their troubles, and refuse to let the world corrupt us,” Js. 1:27

With A New Year, we will find new ways to show God’s love. To be the salt and the light, we have to sometimes take a look around, and make sure we take care of those closest to God’s heart. In the early days of the church, orphans and widows had very few means of economic support, especially in tough times. They were often overlooked, which meant they were forced to beg, sell themselves as slaves, or simply starve. As we look to a new year and doing the things that best show God’s love, let us not forget the neediest of God’s creation. By caring for these helpless people, the church is doing what Christ taught us to do. Giving with no hope of receiving in return, allows us to be God’s servants to those who need a helping hand.

Father, give us the eyes to see and willingness to help those who need you most. Amen




December 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOVE


“And now I want to urgently remind you, dear friends . . . that Christians should love one another,” 2 Jn. 1:5

In this last week of Advent, we celebrate God’s gracious love, which was revealed to the world in the coming of Christ to earth as an infant. We can show love in many ways: by avoiding prejudice and discrimination, by accepting all people, by listening, helping, giving, serving, and refusing to judge. But just knowing God’s command is not enough. We must put it into practice each day. In this holy season, let God’s love shine through you. Merry Christmas!

Father in heaven, give us the grace to show others your love, just as you so freely love us. Amen




December 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

WHAT'S YOUR TREASURE?


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also,” Luke 12:34

The Christmas season turns many hearts toward earthly things. If you spend your money on material possessions you desire, those things capture your attention. If you put your money in your business, your thoughts will center on making the business profitable. However, if you put it in other people, you will become concerned with their welfare. Christmas should make us think about our priorities and cause us to consider what we are investing in. Just what is your treasure? Where do you put your time, your money, your energy? What do you desire? What consumes most of your time? How should you change the way you use your resources in order to reflect kingdom values more accurately? Will Christmas make you rethink your true treasure?

Heavenly Father, cause us to turn our hearts and desires toward you in this Holy season. Amen




December 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

WAITING ON GOD


“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint,” Is. 40:31

The coming of Christ to earth was a long awaited event. Waiting on the Lord is not always easy. But being patient allows us to trust and look forward to His promised strength to help us soar above the everyday trials and tribulations we all experience. Hearing God on a regular basis allows us to be prepared and ready when He speaks. Waiting develops that quite hope and faith needed to sustain us when we go through tough times. Plus, as we learn to patiently wait on God, we find that His Word never fails and His promises are always true.

God of Christmas, give us the patience to not get ahead of your work in our life, trusting that you will work your perfect will in our hearts and circumstances. Amen




November 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS


“What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mk. 4:41

The disciples lived with Jesus, but they underestimate Him. They did not see that His power applied to their own situation. We’ve had Jesus with us for twenty centuries, yet we, like the disciples, underestimate His power to handle the crises in our life. The disciples did not yet know enough about Jesus. We cannot claim the same excuse. The Christ of Christmas came 2000 years ago. We have the Biblical record of His life, the indwelling Holy Spirit, and His teachings. We have a greater opportunity to know Him today than those who walked the earth with our Lord. Are you awed by this man? Are you seeking Him during this Christmas season? He is seeking you.

God of Christmas, turn our eyes upon Jesus that we may better know Him and follow in His will. Amen.




November 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

A SEASON TO GIVE PRAISE


“Power belongs to God!...His strength is mighty in the heavens,” Ps. 68:34

When we consider all God has done for us this past year and throughout our life, we have much to be grateful for. We should feel an overwhelming sense of appreciation as we kneel before Him and consider His goodness to all mankind. Nature surrounds us with countless signs of his wonder and majesty. The majestic transitions of fall declare our creator’s power and unspeakable might, leaving us speechless in His presence. How grateful we are for the bounty we enjoy in this great nation. Only in Christ can we truly understand his grace and goodness. All of creation invites us to look to Him, Christ, the Lord and Savior.

Heavenly Father, in this season of Thanksgiving, open our hearts to the one who makes all of life meaningful and gives us the joy that inspires true praise and worship of you. Amen




November 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

HE IS THE WAY


“Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life,” Jn. 14:6


Jesus says He is “the way, the truth, and the life.” As the Way, He is our path to the Father. As the Truth, He is the reality of all that God promises. As the Life, He joins his divine life to ours, both now and eternally. Christ came to show all mankind the path to heaven. He is the one and only way God has set forth as the hope of the world. Perhaps you have committed your life to Him and have the joy of knowing you will be with Christ forever. If not, you can give your life to Christ today. He will welcome you, forgive you of all sin, and extend to you salvation. He is the way.


Lord, may we open our life to you and walk with you each day in the Way. Amen

 


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