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Ask God to Fill You Up

Ask God to fill you with His remarkable joy that comes through the life and death of Him who showed us how to live and die.

Don’t Second Guess God

Accept that God does not need you to proofread His instructions, and allow Him to do things in and through you in whatever way He sees fit.

What Extra Baggage are You Carrying

Put your heart on the conveyor belt, and let Jesus decide what gets to stay and what must be left behind.

God’s Question to You

Turn aside from the broad way, and choose the narrow path of honesty and true relationship.

Stop Concealing Your Sins

Confess the doubt that has you in the wrong frame of mind. Trust God, no matter the issue, no matter the magnitude.

Your Money is really His Money

Consider making your money part of your whole life of worship of the living King.

Respect God, but Not through Worldly Wealth

Take a look at what you might be covering up. Let God have a go at it, and see what He can turn it into for His great glory.

Do You Truly Love the Father

Consider whether what's missing in your life is the love that you're not giving to your Father.

Get Rid of Your Earthly Clutter

Put all that you have in the balance, and see if less of something would actually bring you more of something, or Someone, better.

God is Wherever You Go

Keep looking for Him in the midst of whatever you are going through. Trust that where He makes you go, He is going there with you.

Be On Your Guard for False Teachers

Check your antennas to make sure that what you're receiving is coming from a reliable source.

Rejoice in the things God is Not Doing in your Life

Rejoice in the fact that God is not still fighting the battle with evil and death.

Stop Trying to Justify Your Behavior

Confess that you are justifying things that do not conform to the heart and will of Christ. Discover how right you can be once you admit to being wrong.

Be Fervent in Your Desire to Commune with God

Consider how the Passover affects you in the middle of this week. Ask God to give you a desire to observe and remember who He is and what He did.

Be Active in Your Prayer Life

Decide that you want to have a part in doing something more than sitting and waiting.

God’s Beauty is All Around Us

Ask God to show you something beautiful. And then let His Spirit within you open your eyes and your heart to see it.

God will Never Leave Us

Let God chip away at whatever might be consuming you. Fill up on Him today, and experience a little bit of eternity right now.

Let Your Life Reflect Christ

Let the work done on the cross work once again through your words, thoughts, and actions to make your life a living toast.

Pray for Those Suffering

Pray for those around you who are suffering at the hands of Satan.

Do What You Say, and Say What You Do

Look to see if there is a breakdown between what you're saying and what you're doing, and ask God to help you make the two one again.

Turn Your Desperation Over to God

Let your knees do your talking, rather than your posts or your chats or your selfies.

Stick to Your Agenda for God

Take a step back so you can see what you really need to see, and respond how you really need to respond.

Repent for Those Faults You Remember Later

Praise God for a clear conscience. Or ask Him what needs to be done for you to have one.

Choose the Better

Lay all of your masks and costumes out on the table, and ask Jesus to help you be authentic. Ask Him to help you be a follower of Christ.

Areas in Our Lives Where We Still Reign

Will you examine your heart before God?

Words can Encourage or Harm

Consider what will be accomplished by any negative comments you might have, in comparison with what could be done through your words of encouragement and assistance.

It’s All About the Heart

Let your heart guide your hands. And if your hands need some direction, let God have another go at your heart.

Use Your Words, in Christ’s Name

Focus on the power to create that comes from your words. Use them in Christ's name for grace and truth.

Every Hour We Need to Serve Our Father

Consider that every hour is meant for you to glorify your Heavenly Father.

Express Grace Through Words

Let your time on earth be about expressing grace.

A Time for Silence

Could you truly put aside your comments and hashtags, defenses and jabs long enough to experience the power of saying nothing?

Point Your Day Toward Jesus

Make sure that the big and the little things of your day are all aimed at making you follow Jesus more closely.

Be Willing to be Open-minded, Under the Holy Spirit

Take a step down from your judge's seat and walk around the courtroom a bit.

Be Honest in Knowing About Jesus

Let your honesty with and about Jesus be where you begin your day of faith, free of fear and denial.

Jesus has the Answers to all your Questions

Find a word from Jesus that touches your heart for right where you are, or right where you have been.

What is Your Gift?

Let God remind you that He has gifted you in a special way. Ask Him for opportunities to just be natural.

Pursue Holiness

Examine whether you are pursuing righteousness or just counting on osmosis. Set aside some lesser goals and make holiness a top priority.

Put Your Burdens on Jesus

Take your burdens to Jesus as quickly as you can. Trust Him to give you all that you need, exactly as you need it.

Transformation

Start with something simple and obvious, and let Jesus transform you in that area.

Our Superpowers Come From God

Surrender your superpowers and various disguises, and let Jesus release in you all that He is capable of.

Make the Logical Decision to Follow Christ

Live this day in complete faith. And if you don't know what that looks like, then God is ready and willing to show you.

Our Inside vs. our Outside

Ask God for a successful day one where you need some discipline. And plan on there being a successful day two, and so on.

How Much is Enough

Ask God to use you to do for someone else what you would want someone else to do for you.

Set Your Priorities on the One

Consider first your crowd of One, and let your actions flow concentrically out from there.

Keep us From the Evil One

Thank God that you live in the time that you do. Ask him to keep on keeping you as you strive to trust Him more.

Worship is a Lifestyle, not a Day

Re-name this day to Worshipday, and then go and live out what God has for you.

Make Time for Jesus

Put a little piece of consistency in the middle of your randomness and let the effects permeate every area of your life.

Jesus, in and through You

Expect Jesus to move in you to do things through you. How else can His love be made known to the hopeless?

Be Concerned About what Your Father is Concerned About

Take that extra minute to consider what you are concerned about and what God is concerned about. Seek to lay down your intentions for His.

Our Words Should Focus on the Kingdom

Speak less of this world and more of the next, hoping that His kingdom will come and His will will be done.

What will be Written on Your Epitaph?

Start making a statement that's worthy of a king, your king who loves you more than you could ever know.

Be Productive for God

Let the intention of your day be to produce something for God's harvest. Decide to do more than merely receive the word.

Let God’s Design Rule Your Life

Let God's design and desire for victory and freedom in your soul live itself out. Don't let something you've created in your mind take precedence over God's mighty Spirit.

Experience Life Through Christ

Make plans to experience more - more of life, and more of the Giver of Life.

Our Rescue Is Coming

Ask God to shine His light into a dark area of your life. Pray for courage to reveal what you have kept concealed.

Believe in Your Heart What you Testify with Your Mouth

Be sure to leave behind evidence that you believe in a big God. Let His words speak to you, and then go believing.

The Lord has Ownership of All We Have

Thank God for every single thing you can think of, acknowledging His sovereignty over every last thing you have.

Don’t Be Separated from Jesus

Let bygones be bygones, and experience real freedom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Our Debts Have Been Paid

Let your financial obligations be a reminder that we have been given a priceless gift. And let that gift stir up in you a desire to give it to someone else.

A Fresh Visit to the Empty Tomb

Ask Jesus for the fresh experience that will invigorate your faith and send you forth from the empty tomb with a story to tell.

Pray for what is on God’s Heart

Pray what is on your heart, and ask God to burden you with what is on His heart.

We Have the Privilege of Pleasing Jesus

Enjoy the opportunity to come before King Jesus and fully please Him. And let those around you know how pleased you are in them.

Jesus Will Provide What You Need

Look and see if you're looking for the wrong things in the right places, or maybe the right things in the wrong places. If so, look for Jesus.

Don’t be Blinded by False Prophets

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 16:7, " But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you. " Background Michel de Nostredame was the reputed visionary that we know of today as...

Build a Relationship with Christ

Seek the person of Jesus, to know and experience Him as real as you know and experience yourself.

Reverse Your Thinking

Let your job and finances and time be used as God intended them.

God Works in Miraculous Ways Through You

Fully accept that you must surrender everything in order for God to fully work through you. Strive to go beyond the ordinary and into the strange.

God is Limitless

Let nothing come between you and God's all.

Be Drawn Toward the Light of God

Leave behind what is pulling you back, and come with outstretched arms to the calling Light.

Live Like the Saint of God’s Calling

Today, show forth the calling you have from Christ. Consider yourself a saint, and live like it.

Enjoy the Privilege of Having a Father in Heaven

Enjoy all that comes from having a Father in heaven who loves you.

Grace Over the Law

Be sure you're not pushing something off as trivial that's actually of great import and value.

Prioritize Your Time Investments

Saturate yourself in that for a bit and see what you learn.

There is Peace in Obeying God

Seek out that obedience that comes from a heart consumed by love and awe of an amazing Savior.

Don’t Deny God’s Revelations

Let the Holy Spirit work in your heart, helping you to see and accept who you are, and what He can deliver you from.

Let God Speak Through Your Humility

Take the energy you spend on making sure you're heard and use it to listen to and declare the Lord Almighty.

Listen for the Lost Calling Jesus

Look for Jesus calling out in the sounds and expressions of a friend or acquaintance who might not know the Savior they need.

The Whole Truth

Consider whether you are believing God's whole truth, and whether anything other than that comes from your lips.

The Abundance of God’s Grace

Let the abundance of God's grace sink in as you consider all that you do willingly and knowingly. Ask Him to forgive you, realizing all that it entails.

What Team Are You Pulling For

Let your walk be the first step in drawing someone towards God, rather than the last step in them forming some opinion of you.

Simple Instructions From Jesus

Follow a simple instruction from God that may very well lead to a major difference.

Say The Words of Life

Say all that you can, or as little as you need, to point someone to the hope that lives within you.

Eternal Treasures vs. Earthly Treasures

Enjoy your relationships that God has blessed you with, and spend your resources investing in living happily ever after.

Look For The Good

Use your discerning eye to look for the good, where Christ might open a door of opportunity for you.

God Will Restore What Has Been Withered

Try to answer God from an honest, open heart.

Jesus Watches What You Do

Take comfort that God is at work even before you choose to talk to or invite someone for the sake of the gospel. He has seen what you will do.

Jesus can be Manifested Through You

Play your part in the dance of Jesus commanding and His glory being manifested.

Christian Reproduction

Consider whether you are at a stage where you can take on a new role and bless someone with what Christ has blessed you.

Don’t Take Your Eyes off the Bridegroom

Let the appeal of the insignificant and the draw of the incidental be put back into its proper place, and let Jesus have His rightful reign.

Let Jesus Receive the Glory

Declare what you know to be true in your life and let Jesus receive the glory.

Draw on the Power of the Holy Spirit

Draw upon the power and presence of God which walks around with you every step that you take.

Do Not Limit God

Let God be God in the ways that He chooses. Do not limit Him by dismissing what might be intended for you.

Tear Down Our Temples

As we seek Him today, consider what Jesus can accomplish in His time and strength rather than in ours.

Keep An Open Mind

As we seek Him today, make sure your view is not the only one that you can see.

Let Jesus Change You

As we seek Him today, let what you have learned from and about Jesus actually affect who you are and what you do.

Desire What is Right Before the Lord

As we seek Him today, think about what you're doing before you do it. Know why it's important, and let it glorify and please our Father.

The Truth of Being Born-Again

As we seek Him today, let the impossible truth of rebirth captivate your heart as it did when you first experienced it those many years ago.

Marvel at What God has Done for Us

As we seek Him today, let your heart overflow with praise and worship to the God of all marvels and wonders.

Wonder About God

As we seek Him today, go in search of answers and truth that can lead others to seek and find answers and truth.

The Son Came Before the Earth

As we seek Him today, remember what and Who came first, and keep things in their proper order and perspective.

Faith not Luck

As we seek Him today, move beyond chance and luck to the realm of contentment and faith.

Let Christ, not the Serpent, be Lifted Up

As we seek Him today, forsake the lies of the devil, and let the good that is yours not push you to the opposite of where it should.

A Step of Faith

As we seek Him today, look and listen and think and feel. And then brush it all aside, and take a step in faith.

Nothing Will Replace Christ

As we seek Him today, do it as if He were very alive and the most popular thing in the world.

Our Priorities for Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 3:26, " And they came to John and said to him, 'Rabbi, He who was with you across the Jordan, to whom you bore witness - look, He is baptizing, and all are going to Him.' " Background Television shows in many ways reflect...

Shake off the Bones that Hold You Back

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 3:27, " John answered, 'A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.' " Background There are 206 bones in the human body. Oddly, at birth, there are 270 bones in the human body. Like you, I do not...

Your Actions Have a Reaction

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 13:37, " But Absalom fled and went to Talmai the son of Ammihud, king of Geshur. And David mourned for his son every day. " Background A brief read into the life and work of Isaac Newton quickly demonstrates that he was not...

Is there Someone Above You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 3:31, " He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. " Background Fifty light years from Earth, a planet once...

Our Eternal Destiny

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 3:36, " He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him. " Background Organic is a term that has become quite common in the...

Choose Jesus over Activity

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:8, " For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. " Background Many of us remember Audrey Hepburn for her elegance and grace as portrayed on the silver screen in movies like Sabrina , My Fair Lady , and Breakfast at Tiffany's . She was also...

We Worship What We Know

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:22, " You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. " Background I heard an author and former pastor being interviewed recently, and the interviewer mentioned an analogy he used in his book and...

God’s Grace in Our Lives

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 2:25, " And He did not need anyone to bear witness about man, for He knew what was in man. " Background Do you eat hotdogs? I do, especially the red ones. And I don't need them with mustard, ketchup, slaw or relish. Just...

Be Ready to Drink In God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:15, " The woman said to Him, 'Sir, give me this water, so that I will not get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.' " Background We all do it , and some of us more often than others. We'll...

Accept Jesus for Who He Is

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:19, " The woman said to Him, 'Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet.' " Background Many pastors are not who you think they are, at least not at first. And that's perfectly fine with them. In fact, the longer they can be...

Be a True Worshiper of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:23, " But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. " Background If you have ever jumped onto anything in your life, I'd...

Expect Everything From Our Savior

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:25, " The woman said to Him, 'I know that Messiah is coming' (who is called Christ). 'When He comes, He will tell us all things.' " Background Expectations. We've all got them. You begin your day with an expectation of how things are...

Make Sure You are on the Team

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:36, " And he who reaps receives wages and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. " Background Every four years the Summer Olympics takes place. Athletes will compete in over 40 different sports,...

What do We Have That’s Worth Sharing

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:40-41, " So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. And many more believed because of His own word. " Background Some time ago, there was a basketball game between Duke...

Becoming Uncomfortable with Your Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 John 2:1, " My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. " Background It's one thing to read something and think you...

The Compelling Love of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:39, " And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him because of the word of the woman who testified, 'He told me all that I ever did.' " Background Restaurants have certain policies regarding their customers, and the way in which...

Be Reconciled to Your Neighbor

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:40, " So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days. " Background Within the last few weeks, I have been privy to several interpersonal issues amongst friends and coworkers of both...

God Can Make the Math Work

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:13, " So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. " Background There is a riddle that poses this scenario - Two coins add up to...

What do You Hunger and Thirst For

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:35, " And Jesus said to them, 'I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.' " Background I have experienced hunger recently. Yesterday morning quickly comes to mind. In...

Let Go of Anxiety

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 4:51, " As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. " Background In the movie Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, a loving husband and father who is a sort of common everyman. He is...

We All Stand Guilty, Saved by Grace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:3, " The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand in the middle of the crowd. " Background Picture the scene as this woman is brought before Jesus. It is early in the morning, and Jesus is...

We Need to Walk and Talk About Our Savior

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 5:9, " And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. " Background There is a young boy in our church who broke his leg a couple months ago. As a result, he had to have a cast...

We Declare We Belong to Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 14:1, " After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death. " Background Thomas Jefferson was the third president of...

Today Can Impact Tomorrow

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 5:14, " Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, 'See, you have been made well. Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.' Background Recently I watched the final round of the British Open golf championship. At the...

Be Zealous For God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 2:42, " And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. " Background My son asked me this weekend what zealous meant. It was somewhat ironic because he is the one of our six...

God Will Fight Our Battles

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 14:30, " So the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. " Background Seagulls don't ordinarily get a whole lot of press coverage. Unfortunately for them, when we do read...

Watch For the Little Things in Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:32, " It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found. " Background I don't know all that was said at the tomb when Lazarus emerged four...

Count Your Blessings

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:9, " There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many? " Background I've lost count, not that I was ever really keeping count. But graciously limiting myself to just one mess...

We All Have a Weak Spot

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Daniel 6:5, " Then these men said, 'We shall not find any charge against this Daniel unless we find it against him concerning the law of his God.' " Background Where is your weak spot? No, not chocolate or Starbucks or late-night ice cream. Where...

A Journey Focused on God’s Intentions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:12, " So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, 'Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.' " Background This weekend I was able to experience the circle of life, in a manner of speaking. It began as...

Who Leads Your Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 8:19, " Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, 'No, but we will have a king over us.' " Background I have a few friends who recently got what they wanted. Ordinarily, that would be something to...

Do Not Be Afraid

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:20, " But He said to them, 'It is I; do not be afraid.' " Background Last weekend there was an incident at a local mall that has become too commonplace in our society. Gun shots were reported that sent hundreds of shoppers fleeing...

We are God’s Ambassadors

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 5:37, " But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No' be 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. " Background We rented a truck from U-Haul this weekend to move my mother-in-law into her new home. We planned...

Let God Take You Into His Arms

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:16, " And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. " Background It has been a little while, but there was a time when one of my little girls was coming into our bedroom in the...

Our True Bread of Life is Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:33, " For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. " Background We grow a lot of wheat in this country. In fact, forty-two of our fifty states grow wheat. Recent figures show an...

Priorities in Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ecclesiastes 2:11, " Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun. " Background Since it's...

Surender All to Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Joshua 1:7, " Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have...

Learn to Know the True Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:42, " And they said, 'Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, " I have come down from heaven? " ' " Background In Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Robin...

God Will Draw Us to Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:45, " It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught by God.' Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. " Background Watching the movie Rudy has always created a bit of inner tension for me. On...

The True Source of Health

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:51, " I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will lie forever. " Background I grew up having learned about Ponce de León and his quest to find the Fountain of Youth in the...

Do Not Do Works for Outward Appearance

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Colossians 2:23, " These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. " Background Today marks four weeks since I last shaved. My last encounter...

Don’t Dispute, Follow God’s Truths In All Things

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:52, " The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us His flesh to eat?' " Background We all are familiar with the saying, " The older you get, the wiser you become. " And I think that each of...

Be Aware of the Devil In You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:70, " Jesus answered them, 'Did I not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is a devil?' " Background Several of my daughters love kids. From newborns on up, they love being around them, holding them, and taking care of them. They...

Help Those Who Have Been Lost to Find God Again

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:66, " After this many of His disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him. " Background I have a brother who is almost five years my senior. When I was in high school, I remember him telling of a switch he made...

Do Not Walk Away from Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:67, " Then Jesus said to the twelve, 'Do you also want to go away?' " Background Aretha Franklin was the premier female Rhythm & Blues singer of her generation. She had 20 number-one R & B singles, and eventually earned the nickname The...

We Live for Christ Today, Not Just in Heaven

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 6:1, " What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Background If you are one who tends to exceed the speed limit, then chances are that you have gotten a speeding ticket. And if so, then you may...

Take an Accounting of Your Life for Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 6:68, " Simon Peter answered Him, 'Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.' " Background A few years ago marked the 500th anniversary of the death of Luca Pacioli. Born in Tuscany, Pacioli became a Franciscan friar in...

You Have Been Counted in the Body

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 1:2, " Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, every male individually, from twenty years old and above. " Background You count. You are being counted....

Draw on the Strength of the Holy Spirit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:10, " But when His brothers had gone up, then He also went up to the feast, not openly, but as it were in secret. " Background In the original Star Wars film from 1977, Luke Skywalker is living with his step-uncle and aunt when he...

Keep Your Focus on God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 2:1, " My brothers, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. " Background In your wallet there are probably several credit cards. Some may be valid only at a certain store, while others may be...

Sow, Focused on Eternity

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Galatians 6:8, " For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. " Background I wonder how much farm land there will be in heaven....

Peace in the Midst of Turmoil

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:12, " And there was much complaining among the people concerning Him. Some said, 'He is good'; others said, 'No, on the contrary, He deceives the people.' " Background Elijah traveled forty days to Mount Horeb subsisting solely on the meal he had in...

The Second Half of Our Lives

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:14, " Now about the middle of the feast Jesus went up into the temple and taught. " Background I have played on many sports teams through the years. Some good ones, and a whole lot of bad ones. And being on the short...

The Fruit of the Spirit in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:15, " And the Jews marveled, saying, 'How does this Man know letters, having never studied?' " Background Thomas Edison is as responsible for our way of life in this country as almost any other single individual. Remembered as a prolific inventor, Edison held...

See the Purity of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Titus 1:15, " To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. " Background While my mom was staying with me and my family for what turned out...

Christian Doctrine Comes From the Source

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:16, " Jesus answered them and said, 'My doctrine is not Mine, but His who sent Me.' " Background There is a list, as irregular as it may seem, ranking the top 50 sermon themes of all time. No justification is given for the...

God Loves Us and Protects Us

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 3:21, " Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. " Background When you read through the events of the lives of Adam and Eve as recorded in the first chapters of Genesis, you are of...

Our Uncertainty Should Lead Us to Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:27, " However, we know where this Man is from; but when the Christ comes, no one knows where He is from. " Background Someone said, " Confused? Confusion is good. It's an excellent place to learn something new from. " Perhaps in response...

Seek Unity Through Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 3:25, " And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. " Background I took a quick inventory of my heart this morning. I say quick, because it didn't take long for the various distractions and entanglements that reside within to...

Pray and Thank Those Who are in Your Circle

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Thessalonians 3:9, " How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? " Background Some time ago I went on a mission trip to East Asia. To get...

Follow the Path Jesus has Set for You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:34, " You will seek Me and not find Me, and where I am you cannot come. " Background I waffle back and forth over which is my favorite movie. I have three that are forever dear to me, each pulling on my heartstrings...

Where are You Found in God’s Word

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:40, " Therefore many from the crowd, when they heard this saying, said, 'Truly this is the Prophet.' " Background In cleaning out our garage recently, my wife and I came across items that brought back waves of wonderful memories. When someone asks you...

God Offers Comfort to Those Who Know Him

Scripture Our verse for today is from Colossians 4:8, " I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts. " Background Many of you are familiar with Hospice, the organization that offers care to those going through the last days of...

Leave Judgment to God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 7:51, " Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing? " Background In one of the many hilarious scenes from the 1972 movie, " What's Up, Doc " , starring Ryan O'Neal and Barbra Streisand, the...

Point Sinners To Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 5:8, " But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. " Background I remember this one guy from back in middle school. He was the guy who when he had a girlfriend, he...

Grace and Understanding

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:4, " They said to Him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.' " Background We don't get to choose our pet peeves. I'm quite certain that you did not decide at some early age to dislike or get annoyed...

God’s Power is Above All Else

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 27:60, " And laid it in his new tomb which he had cut out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. " Background " Dewey Defeats Truman. " Perhaps some of you were around...

God Does Not Accuse Us, He Saves Us

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:10, " When Jesus had stood up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, 'Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?' " Background In The Shawshank Redemption , Andy Dufresne is serving a life sentence in prison...

Love Over Condemnation for Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:11, " She said, 'No one, Lord.' And Jesus said to her, 'Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.' " Background There is a scene in the movie, The Woman in Red , where Richard Gere's character is trying to unlock the door...

Every Day is a Celebration of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:12, " Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, 'I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.' " Background I grew up in the perfect setting to go trick-or-treating. We...

God Represents Us in Our Battles

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:13, " The Pharisees therefore said to Him, 'You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true.' " Background There is a legal adage that goes back some 200 years that says he who represents himself has a fool for a client. But...

Our Priorities vs. God’s Priorities

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:36, " Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. " Background In our worship service yesterday, we took some time to honor those who were part of our church family who had suffered from and passed away due to...

American Presidents

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Proverbs 19:5, " A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies will not escape. " Background On this election day, let's at least all agree on this one thing, and that is that four years from now, we will be living...

Heaven on Earth

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 6:10, " Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. " Background I wonder if I would have signed on for having as many kids as we have if I would have known. I hope I would have,...

Surrender to Him

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:49, " Jesus answered, 'I do not have a demon; but I honor My Father, and you dishonor Me.' " Background When you, or perhaps I should just merely say I, look at a painting, there's only going to be so much that I...

Fear God, Not Man

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 1:17, " But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the male children alive. " Background The role of the midwife is not the most common of occupations. According to the latest US census,...

Death for the Lost

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 8:51, " Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death. " Background Someone once said, " Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it kills all its pupils. "Madame de Stael said, " We understand death...

Worship God Through Faithfulness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 20:10, " But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, 'Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him.' " Background If you've been to a church service, one of two things has happened. Either you have fallen asleep, or...

Be Listening for God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 8:29, " Then the Spirit said to Philip, 'Go near and overtake this chariot.' " Background Just a few years ago, I acquired my very first smart phone. I assume that practically all of you have already taken this step, and that I am,...

Bad Habits

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 5:11, " And when they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed Him. " Background Have you ever kicked a bad habit? Were you once a smoker, puffing away a couple packs of cigarettes a day? Or maybe you used...

We Are Living in God’s House

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 9:5, " As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. " Background " As long as you're living in my house, you'll do as I say. " It's my hope that you haven't been on either end...

The Overabundance of Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Timothy 6:8, " And having food and clothing, with these we will be content. " Background How much could you do without before it started to hurt? Or how much could you get rid of before you really missed something? What do you tend...

Life is Fragile and Fleeting

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 9:10, " Therefore they said to him, 'How were your eyes opened?' " Background It was about forty days ago that I first heard the C-word spoken as it was applied to me. My visits to the dermatologist on previous occasions had required a...

The Heart, not Success, is the Answer

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 9:2, " And His disciples asked Him, 'Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?' " Background My daughter recently tried out for a special part in the routine that her dance class is working on. As the teacher...

Day Six

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 2:1, " Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. " Background I want you to know that whatever you have ahead of you, you can get through it. No matter how numerous the tasks or how difficult...

Put Yourself Under God’s Command

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 9:16, " Therefore some of the Pharisees said, 'This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.' Others said, 'How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?' And there was a division among them. " Background The...

Expect the Unexpected

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 3:10, " So he said, 'I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.' " Background There are so many aspects of parenting that I was unprepared for that I have lost count.Some of...

Take Advantage of Your Win/Win Situation

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 1:22, " But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. " Background In the movie, When Harry Met Sally , the two main characters begin the story by sharing a ride...

I Can’t Wait

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Timothy 2:11, " This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, we shall also live with Him. " Background This past week I heard a couple of comments that struck me in their differences. The first one was said among a...

Recognize When God is Calling

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 3:8, " And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. So he arose and went to Eli, and said, 'Here I am, for you did call me.' Then Eli perceived that the Lord had called the boy. " Background Back in the...

We Will Be Truly Perfect in Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Revelation 21:4, " And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. " Background It was a strange day around the...

Jesus Can Open Our Eyes to Reality

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 9:39, " And Jesus said, 'For judgment I have come into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may be made blind.' " Background I have an acquaintance who recently was let go from their job....

Christmas for All Seasons

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Isaiah 9:6, " For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. " Background Several years ago, I...

We are Secure in Christ

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 10:1, " Most assuredly I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. " Background Let me first admit that what I am about to...

Joy Where There is No Joy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 1:2-3, " Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. " Background I guess one might say that there are a lot of reasons that we fail in...

Listen for His Voice Above Life’s Clamor

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 10:5, " Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. " Background I grew up in a home that for a while had only one telephone. It was yellow...