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Your Leaves vs. Your Fruit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:19, " And seeing a fig tree by the road, He came to it and found nothing on it but leaves, and said to it, 'Let no fruit grow on you ever again.' Immediately the fig tree withered away. " Background We know when...

Be known for what we Are rather than what we are Not

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 14:22, " Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, 'Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?' " Background My wife has a friend who is a lawyer. They met while they were in school at UNC....

Wrongfully Convicted

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:1, “When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You.’” Background The hour has come. For the movie, The Green Mile , that phrase takes on...

Released from our own Prison

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 27:21, " The governor asked, 'Which of the two do you want me to release to you?' They answered, 'Barabbas.' " Background Have you ever seen the television show " The Price is Right? " Contestants try to guess the correct prices of certain...

Eternity Lives Within You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:3, “And this is eternal life, that they know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Background You are well aware that Rome was the governing body during the time of Jesus. Recall the audacious decree of Caesar Augustus...

Wash Away Your Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Psalm 51:2, " Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. " Background My three youngest daughters love to go barefoot. Inside, outside, warm weather, cold weather, grass, dirt, pavement. At home, church, a friend's house, the store, the park, their...

Doing Good Regardless

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Psalm 35:12, " They reward me evil for good, to the sorrow of my soul. " Background In the movie Tootsie, Dustin Hoffman plays an actor who is struggling to continue to find work. In his quest to be the consummate professional and deliver the...

Delivered from Bondage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 6:9, " Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery. " Background Have you ever been the one to deliver the big, exciting news, only to get a reaction...

See Your Work Through to the End

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:4, “I glorified You on earth, having accomplished the work that You gave Me to do.” Background Before you read on, test yourself on who is on each of the US dollar bills. The $20 bill is often called a “Jackson,” after Andrew Jackson,...

Don’t Take Shortcuts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 13:1, " Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end....

Your Future is in His Hands

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:7, " And He said to them, 'It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.' " Background Being in the dark. For some of us, that's not a very comfortable place to be....

Don’t Pursue What is Dead

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 1:3, " But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, 'Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the King of Samaria, and say to them, " Is it because there is no God in Israel that you...

Praise God for His Glory

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:5, “And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.” Background You may have grown up in the proverbial medical dark ages as I did. For years and years, we were taught...

Seek the Things that Come From Your New Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Colossians 3:1, " If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. " Background What a unique position the men and women had who were with Jesus before and after His...

Leave Your Suitcases Behind

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Deuteronomy 29:5, " And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. " Background When you map out your route for a trip, you might be...

Live In Gratitude

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:9, " Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. " Background Imagine...

Call Out to Him By Name

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 23:42, " And he was saying, 'Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom.' " Background There are very few instances in the gospels where Jesus is addressed by name. Most times He is called Lord, or maybe Master or Teacher. Oddly enough,...

Endure When Things Go Wrong

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 27:3, " Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was remorseful and brought back the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. " Background Have you ever been able to have your cake and eat it, too? It's...

Faith of a Child

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:6, “I have manifested Your name to the men You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word.” Background Being back at work yesterday, I had the most marvelous response to...

God In Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:7, “Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You.” Background I took a few philosophy courses in college, but sometimes the best instruction can come from a Dilbert cartoon: “What is the key to success?” “Hire the...

The Narrow Path

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 7:14, " For narrow is the gate and hard is the way that leads to life, and those who find it are few. " Background I hope you have experienced the movie, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory . It is a fabulous tale of five...

Just Do It

Scripture Our verse for today is from Micah 6:8, " He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? " Background There is an old saying that goes, " The...

His Mercy Every Day

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 9:13, " But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners. " Background I know this may sound simple, or dumb, or worse. But what if the Pharisees who...

Wet Your Appetite

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:8, “For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.” Background You will recall the parable of...

Make Me Clean

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 8:2, " And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, 'Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.' " Background Picture the leper working his way through the crowd that is following Jesus after He had just finished delivering His sermon...

Quod Erat Demonstrandum – Completed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 1:6, " And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion unto the day of Jesus Christ. " Background When I was in high school and college, I would sometimes put the letters Q.E.D. at...

Pray for Believers and Unbelievers

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:9, “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.” Background If you’ve been in a group of people while they are praying, and one of them prays aloud for...

Shape a Generation

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 8:1, " Now it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. " Background I don't want to put any pressure on you, but today may be a monumental day for you. A decision you make...

Resting at the Cross

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:10, “And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.” Background Take a look at yourself, a good, hard look. On your best day, how together do you think you have it? When you’ve made it through your...

Trading God for a King

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 8:18, " And you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, and the Lord will not hear you in that day. " Background How good are you at taking advice? Probably not as good...

Is God In It

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 1:1, " In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. " Background " In the beginning God. " That phrase says a lot, doesn't it? For so many of us, it sets in place the foundation for what we believe and how...

Separation Anxiety

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:11, “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” Background To the One...

Living with Praise

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 10:4, " For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. " Background There certainly was a lot of bloodshed in the Old Testament. The Israelites, in spite of whatever little military training they might have had, seemed...

Decisions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:12, “While I was with them, I kept them in Your name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” Background When I was...

One At a Time

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 3:13, " But exhort one another every day, while it is called " today, " that none of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. " Background Take it one game at a time. If you've been around sports for even the slightest...

Live for God Today

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Hebrews 9:27-28, " Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many people." Background One and done. That's a phrase we hear a lot these days, especially in...

Not Of This World

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:16, “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” Background Our society seems to have turned making comparisons into a national pastime. The moment someone stands out in the crowd, someone else feels compelled to compare them to...

You Are A Child of God

Scripture Our verse for today come from Daniel 5:27, " TEKEL: You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting. " Background Every year for as long as I can remember, I have been going to the North Carolina State Fair. It was one our favorite annual outings when we were...

God As Your Guide

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:46, " Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. " Background In the movie, Dead Poets Society , Robin Williams plays a teacher named...

Let God Draw You To Prayer

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 6:12, " Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. " Background I'm almost certain that you have uttered the phrase, " That's just like old times,...

Let His Truth Guide You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:17, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” Background Can you be truthful and yet not be honest? I read a scenario recently where an employee went to lunch with a friend and two strangers who had contacted her office about a...

Wash Your Feet

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 13:10, " Jesus said to him, 'He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.' " Background We seem to have an unusual disdain for dirt in our house. Perhaps...

The Air We Breathe

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:20, “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word.” Background If you’ve watched the weather on television, you’ve seen the reference to an air quality index. This number is used to communicate how...

One In Us

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 17:21, “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” Background The fictional planet Tatooine from the movie Star Wars is known...

Strength Beyond Suffering

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Isaiah 40:29, “He giveth power to the faint, and to him who has no might, He increaseth strength.” Background Annie Johnson Flint knew about suffering. Born in 1866, she and her baby sister were placed just three years later, when her mom died, in a...

Follow God’s Instructions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 6:47, " Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like. " Background In the entertainment and media world, there is the constant battle to keep us tuned in to find out what's next....

Willingly Submit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:51, " And He went down with them to Nazareth, and He continued in submission to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. " Background Death and taxes, right? We have always heard that those two are the only things...

Stop Living in Two Worlds

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:12, “Then the detachment of troops and the captain and the officers of the Jews arrested Jesus and bound Him.” Background A juxtaposition is the instance of two things placed close together with contrasting effect. You might consider the everyday staples of salt and...

Admit Your Failures

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 John 1:9, " If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. " Background There's always a catch, isn't there? You probably receive, if you're like me, dozens of junk e-mails...

A Taste of Power

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:3, “Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came with lanterns, torches, and weapons.” Background In the movie Rio Bravo , Dean Martin plays Dude, a deputy who has become the town drunk as he wallowed in...

Share the Good News

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Amos 1:1, “The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.” Background I wonder how many shepherds there were...

Roll Up Your Sleeves and Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Nehemiah 3:1, " Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the Sheep Gate; they consecrated it and hung its doors. They built as far as the Tower of the Hundred, and consecrated it, then as...

Set You Compass Toward God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:4, “Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, ‘Whom are you seeking?’” Background Cliff Clavin was a character on the television show Cheers , which was set in a bar in Boston. Cliff was a mail carrier...

Remain In The Lowly Places

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:6, “Now when He said to them, ‘I am He,’ they drew back and fell to the ground.” Background In the movie, Good Will Hunting , Matt Damon plays the 20-year old Will Hunting, who works as a janitor at MIT. One day, Will and his...

Turn Around

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:7, “Then He asked them again, ‘Whom are you seeking?’ And they said, ‘Jesus of Nazareth.’” Background A criminal was recorded by video surveillance attempting to break into a restaurant during the wee hours of the morning. Once the passing cars were gone, he...

Worship God On All Days

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 19:47, " And He was teaching daily in the temple. But the chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people sought to destroy Him. " Background If your church is anything like most churches, there will not be a service on most...

Organize Your Day with Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Luke 11:28, " But He said, 'More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!' " Background Sometimes I wish I were a list-maker. Or at least more organized or more structured. Too often I begin the day with...

Receive His Grace and Reconciliation

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Jonah 1:2, " Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil has come up before Me. " Background Would you rather be a prophet of God or a great city? In the story of Jonah, each has its...

Slow Down and Wait on God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 26:51, “And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear.” Background Competitive swimmers and runners use the acronym PR to refer to their personal...

Let Jesus Redeem Your Cup

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:11, “So Jesus said to Peter, ‘Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?’” Background Cups can be as trivial as the coffee mugs that have sayings on them like, “Sisters are like fat...

Beg For God’s Grace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 6:9, " Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. " Background Allow me to set up the scenario in which Noah finds himself in today's passage. Just previously, God had described His supreme creation, mankind, as great in...

Christ Calls Us Into The Light

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:39, " And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. " Background Have you ever done anything at night? Well of course you have. But have you ever done...

A Heart That Exudes Gratitude

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:22, “And when He had said these things, one of the officers who stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, ‘Do You answer the high priest like that?’” Background A few years ago, William Irvine wrote a book entitled A Slap...

A Savior Who Loves You Unconditionally

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:45, " You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. " Background I would imagine that you were taught to behave a certain way when you were the guest in someone's...

Asking For a New Hunger For Righteousness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:17, “Then the servant girl who kept the door said to Peter, ‘You are not also one of this Man’s disciples, are you?’ He said, ‘I am not.’” Background We tend to talk about Peter’s betrayal of Jesus in terms of him denying our...

Next on Your Agenda

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 5:27, " So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died. " Background When I was growing up, I was really into sports statistics. I used to copy teams' records and players' averages out of the book of...

Our Full Devotion

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 15:38-39, " Tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a blue thread in the tassels of the corners. And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember...

What Has Rule Over You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 17:23, " For as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: To The Unknown God. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you. " Background When was...

Not Defined By Our Failures

Scripture Our verse today comes from John 18:19, “The high priest then asked Jesus about His disciples and His doctrine.” Background Juxtaposed against one another on the night before our Lord’s crucifixion is the questioning of Jesus by the high priest and the maneuverings of Peter in the courtyard just outside. Even...

Who Should Judge

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:31, “Then Pilate said to them, ‘You take Him and judge Him according to your law.’ Therefore the Jews said to him, ‘It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death.’” Background The list is actually quite lengthy, the offenses declared in...

Say More By Saying Less

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 18:40, “Then they all cried again, saying, ‘Not this Man, but Barabbas.’ Now Barabbas was a robber.” Background I am around certain people on a somewhat regular basis who have a tendency to say things they should not. Sometimes it’s that one extra comment...

Lord Make Us Different

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 14:24, " But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. " Background Are you the one who is different, or...

The Grit of Sin in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 5:6, " Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Background When was the last time you used a recipe that called for leaven? Have you been to the grocery store recently and picked...

The Approval Of Man

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:1, “So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him.” Background A few hours earlier, Jesus had been in the garden, asking God for help. To whatever extent His divinity and humanity comingled, He knew of some horrific moments that awaited Him, and He begged...

When You Have It Backwards

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 10:33, " The Jews answered Him saying, 'For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a man, make Yourself God.' " Background Have you ever gotten something completely backwards from the way it was meant to...

Trustworthiness

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 19:17, " 'Well done, my good servant!' his master replied. 'Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.' " Background Very few of us may be highly-trained specialists or expert technicians, especially gifted and talented to perform...

Inside and Outside

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:3, “Then they said, ‘Hail, King of the Jews.’ And they struck Him with their hands.” Background In The Emperor’s New Clothes by Hans Christian Andersen, a vain emperor hires two weavers to make him the best suit of clothes. But the weavers are con-men, and...

The Courtroom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:4, “Pilate then went out again, and said to them, ‘Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.’” Background In your invisible satchel of supplies and gadgets that hangs down by your hip,...

Give To God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:7, “The Jews answered him, ‘We have a law, and according to that law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.’” Background If I were to ask you if you think you should get a raise, I have no...

Do You Have Enough

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 33:11, " 'Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.' So he urged him, and he took it. " Background When did you get enough? When will you get enough? And...

Where is God Not Concerned

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 18:33, " And he put the wood in order, cut the bull in pieces, and laid it on the wood, and said, 'Fill four waterpots with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice and on the wood,' " Background As you are...

Overcome Your Fears

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:8, “Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid.” Background Some of what makes the scenes between Jesus and Pilate so fascinating is how our Lord remains in total calm while the world around Him is being turned upside down. The...

He Lives Where You Belong

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:9, “ went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, ‘Where are You from?’ But Jesus gave him no answer.” Background Our family is about to leave town for several days to go to a national competition for my daughter. Teams from all...

God has Forgiven our Debts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 7:41, " A certain moneylender had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. " Background Turn on the news and you’re bound to hear a story about the economy. Sides might argue over whether it is doing well, getting better,...

God’s Authority in Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:10, “Then Pilate said to Him, ‘Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have the power to crucify You, and the power to release You?’” Background On The Cosby Show , Bill Cosby played an ob/gyn doctor married to a lawyer,...

Follow As a Loyal Subject

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:12, “From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out saying, ‘If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar.’” Background Elvis Presley was, well, the King of Rock and...

Performing a Miracle in You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 2:8, " And He said to them, 'Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.' And they took it. " Background The first miracle that Jesus the man performed occurred at the wedding in Cana. The wedding party had...

The Title of Christian

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:19, “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Background If you are one of a particular group of about 68 million Americans, then you are someone who tweets....

Make All Things New

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:21, “So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, ‘Do not write, “The King of the Jews,” but rather, “This Man said, I am King of the Jews.”’” Background There are so many things I love about the movie Star Trek II: The...

Producing Fruit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Galatians 5:19, "The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and lewdness." Background As I was sitting in my car one morning, waiting for the engine to warm up, I decided to stare at the clock. I wanted to see the 3 turn...

Hatred Toward Sin

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Proverbs 6:16, " These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him. " Background We hate a lot of things, don't we? This time of year, many of us hate the humidity. A few months back, we were hating the cold...

Memorizing God’s Word

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:22, “Pilate answered, ‘What I have written, I have written.’” Background When I performed a quick search online of trite sayings, the first article I read listed this one at the top: It is what it is. And I couldn’t help but laugh because...

Don’t Let Your Faith Get Lost

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 22:7, " Isaac turned to Abraham and said, 'Father?' 'Yes, my son?' Abraham replied. 'We have the fire and the wood,' his son said, 'but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?' " Background I don't know about your family, but the moment...

Where You Put Your Energy

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:23, “Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.” Background I recently saw a funny...

The Reputation of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 8:50, " But when Jesus heard it, He answered, 'Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.' " Background Our family went to Busch Gardens this weekend, so we spent some time maneuvering through crowds and waiting in lines. We...

No Substitutes for Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:24, “They said therefore among themselves, ‘Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,’ that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says: ‘They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.’ Therefore...

Choices in the Light of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 13:18, " And he said to him, 'I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the Lord, saying, " Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat...

Thank God for Mom

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:25, “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.” Background In 1955, money took on a whole new perspective. But it wasn’t the currency that was in the news that...

Lighten Your Burden

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:19, " And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. " Background George Muller was a pastor and mighty servant of God in Europe during the 19 th century. One day he was speaking with a...

The Good Times

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:29, “Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth.” Background Just one sip of Gatorade takes me back forty years to the cool, autumn...

Be Finished With Your Old Ways

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:30, “So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Background I can still hear my mom asking me, “Are you finished with that?” I usually had been playing with a...

Pray For Fearless Words

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 6:19, " Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel. " Background Do you know someone who is mighty in prayer? Do you have people in your...

Pray for the Big and the Small

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 1:27, " For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. " Background Over the several years that I have worked where I currently do, three coworkers have shared with me some of the...

Self-Control Through The Spirit

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:32, “Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him.” Background If you are familiar with the movie, Mommie Dearest , then you know something about the irrational behavior and home life of the Hollywood...

Don’t Miss Out

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 9:27, " But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in...

Becoming Like Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 19:41, “Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid.” Background There is an old nursery rhyme called There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly that...

Getting Your Attention

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 2:28, " So Joab blew a trumpet; and all the people stood still and did not pursue Israel anymore, nor did they fight anymore. " Background There are many cities that have emergency sirens all throughout the town. When something enormous threatens the...

Prepare for Sunday Worship

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 21:12, " Then Jesus went into the temple and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. " Background I don't know if you went...

Be The Best for the Worst

Scripture Our verse for today is from 1 Timothy 1:15-16, " Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners - of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience...

Overwhelmed by God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:2, “Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.’” Background If your...

Love Your Spouse

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 5:28, " So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. " Background I was praying recently, and like many of you do for your own, I was thanking God for the wonderful wife...

Arms Length

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:10, “Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.” Background You would have to work mighty hard to convince me that you have not witnessed something amazing. Even if you are more reluctant to throw around the word “miracle” than most others...

Ears to Hear

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 11:18, " When they heard these things they became silent; and they glorified God, saying, 'Then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.' " Background How do you handle correction? My daughter had an incident with one of her friends last...

Heavenly Vision

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 26:19, " Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. " Background Paul's conversion from a persecutor of Christians to the most vocal and devoted follower of Christ is a powerful testimony to the saving power of Jesus. The zeal with...

God Will Reveal Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:14, “Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus.” Background Isn’t it a fascinating phenomenon to go from not believing something to believing? How can we explain what happens within...

Stop or Start Doing

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Kings 2:42, " Then the king sent and called for Shimei, and said to him, 'Did I not make you swear by the Lord, and warn you, saying, " Know for certain that on the day you go out and travel anywhere,...

Empty Tomb

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:15, “Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, ‘Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take...

Live Like Someone Else

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Corinthians 4:16, “Therefore I urge you, imitate me.” Background Our society today offers no shortage of replicas, duplicates and imitations. Every aisle in the grocery store is filled with generic or store brand items, even packaged so that they look like the real thing...

Known and Be Known

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:16, “Jesus said to her, ‘Mary.’ She turned and said to Him, ‘Rabboni,’ which is to say, Teacher.” Background Much has been made of the moment when Mary Magdalene recognizes the risen Jesus. Emphasis is usually put on the fact that Mary had seen...

The Heart or the Shell

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 7:15, " It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart. " Background I used to have a huge five pound jar of animal crackers on my desk, and when a buddy walked by...

Live Your Day on Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 16:9-10, " Do you still not understand? Don't you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” Background Sometimes it can be very difficult...

Shower You With His Peace

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:19, “On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’” Background I happened to be reading...

Receiving Our Instructions

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 16:20, " Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ. " Background As you go through your day, you may encounter some situations, expected and unexpected, that seem a bit odd. I remember my brother's...

Hands and Side

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:20, “When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.” Background There is a scene in Jerry Maguire , after Jerry and his relatively new wife have separated, where Jerry comes to...

Don’t Miss Out

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:24, “Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.” Background You made a special, surprise trip to a gathering with the sole purpose of sharing the big news or showing them the latest and greatest, but...

Relationships

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:26, “And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, ‘Peace to you.’” Background As you recall, eight days ago, Thomas had in no uncertain terms told...

Take the Veil Away

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 3:16, " Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. " Background Do you remember those 3-D posters that were so popular several years ago? They were computer- generated images that, at first glance, looked like just a bunch...

The Book of Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:1-2, “In the first book, Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when He was taken up, after He had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom He had chosen.” Background It...

Believe, Trust, and Have Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:25, “The other disciples therefore said to him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ So he said to them, ‘Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my...

Fear vs. Courage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 26:35, " Peter said to Him, 'Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You.' And so said all the disciples. " Background Where do these common fears fall on your list of most dreaded items? Fear of flying, fear...

Safety in Egypt

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Jeremiah 42:19, " The Lord has said concerning you, O remnant of Judah, 'Do not go to Egypt!' Know certainly that I have admonished you this day. " Background How have you made this statement in your own words, " Whether it is pleasing or...

The Desired Version

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:30, “And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book.” Background When someone makes a movie, there are generally two versions made - the one that is shown in the theaters and the...

Follow Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 12:26, " Whoever serves Me must follow Me. My servants must be with Me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves Me. " Background It has become common among Christian circles to hear people pray and say, " It's...

Imitate God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 5:1, " Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. " Background The Bible has several things to say about imitating. We are familiar with Paul's bold instructions to the Corinthians to imitate him. Twice he urged them to do as he does, as...

Jesus is There For You

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 20:27, “Then He said to Thomas, ‘Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.’” Background You may not have noticed it at the time, but I’m...

Spiteful Hearts

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Numbers 21:8, " Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole, and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.' " Background I'm not a big fan of snakes. When...

Live Your Faith

Scripture Our verse for today is from Matthew 6:28-30, " So why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If...

Walk by Faith

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 32:7, " So Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed; and he divided the people that were with him, and the flocks and herds and camels, into two companies. " Background In the movie, Facing The Giants , the main character and his wife have been trying...

Jesus, When the Storms Blow

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:4, “But when the morning had now come, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus.” Background This is not the first time that Jesus went unrecognized, is it? Directly after His resurrection, He was mistaken for...

Live As If On Your Death Bed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Kings 20:6, “And I will add to your days fifteen years. I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria; and I will defend this city for My own sake, and for the sake of My...

Give Back

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:10, “Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish which you have just caught.’” Background There was a time while I was in eighth grade that my mom and I lived with my eldest sister and her young son. And I vividly remember...

Fishers of Men

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 1:17, " Then Jesus said to them, 'Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.' " Background We did a fair amount of fishing when I was a kid. My dad liked to take us boys to a local pond or...

Humbly – Go, Follow, Feed

Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:15, “So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?’ He said to Him, ‘Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.’ He said to him, ‘Feed My lambs.’” Background If...

Ask God For A Victory

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Ephesians 4:22-24, " Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God...

Tune Into God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Genesis 11:6, " And the Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.' " Background There...

Be A Good Witness

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end...

Reflect Jesus

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:6, “Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, ‘Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?’” Background I know a few people, as I’m sure you do, who have...

A Hollow Walk With God

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 1 Samuel 16:7, " But the Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as...

Let Jesus Talk For You

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from John 21:25, “And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that...

Focus on God’s Future For You

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:3, “He presented Himself alive to them after His suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.” Background As Luke concluded his gospel of the...

Taken Up Into The Clouds

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:9, “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.” Background Most of us can probably remember how things were...

The Church

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Thessalonians 3:8, " Nor did we eat anyone's bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any...

Don’t Gaze At The Wrong Thing

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:10, “And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel.” Background In many ways, our society has become one of oversensitivity, overreaction, and...

The Exchange

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Corinthians 5:21, " For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. " Background If you follow football to any...

The One Who Will Return

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:11, “They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw...

Who is In Control of Our Hearts

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today is from Acts 17:11, " Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. " Background &...

What Has God Made Me Into

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 2:2-3, " And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided...

Our New Self In the New Year

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:13, “And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of...

Every Day is Christmas

Scripture DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Our verse for today comes from Matthew 2:22, " But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea instead of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. And being warned by God in a dream, he...

A Stone’s Throw Away

DOWNLOAD this story as audio …… or ……. LISTEN to this story now Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:12, “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath’s day journey.” Background & Application If you travel 5,280 feet, you know you have covered exactly one...

Worldly Chains

Scripture Our verse for today is from Acts 28:20, " For this cause therefore I asked to see you and to speak with you. For because of the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain. " Background In today's world, we sometimes forget just how easy we have it. Hardly...

The Family of God

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:14, “All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.” Background and Application The new testament church is many things, and scripture contains many different metaphors referring to the followers...

God has Authority Over Your Life

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Romans 9:21, " Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor, and another for dishonor? " Background Does the potter have power over the clay? That is the question for each of our lives,...

Be Sure of Your Own Commitments

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Acts 1:16, “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.” Background I hope if you had to do something yesterday, that you...

Aim For God’s Standards

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 2:49, " And He said to them, 'Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?' " Background and Application "What else would you expect? They're only teenagers. " If you haven't...

Pray for God’s Glory

Scripture Our verse for today is from James 5:17-18, " Elijah was a man with a nature just like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. and he prayed again, and the heaven...

Why Do We Do What We Do

Scripture Today's focus very is Philippians 2:3-5, " When you do things, do not let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead. be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others....

Open your Eyes and Heart

Scripture Our verse for today is from Job 42:5-6, " My ears had heard of You but now my eyes have seen You. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes. "  Background and Application Which of us can compare himself to the person of Job? Who has experiences that...

Look for the Extraordinary

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 4:13-16, " Listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit;' whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your...

Our Walls of Jericho

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Joshua 1:9, " Have I not given you your orders? Take heart and be strong; have no fear and do not be troubled; for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. "  Background This morning the Lord made me think about...

Greatness or Servanthood

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 22:27, " For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves. " Background & Application How important do you want...

Consumed with the Magnificence of Jesus

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Mark 10:21, " Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, 'One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross,...

Put Away Foreign Gods

Scripture Our focus verse for today is from Joshua 24:16, " So the people answered and said, 'Far be it from us that we should forsake the LORD to serve other gods.' " Background & Application Our culture is littered with the trail of what we like to call " one hit...

Earthen Vessels

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 11:20, " Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent. " Background I wonder where you might be on this journey of spiritual renewal and revival? It certainly is not...

Jesus Brings Revival

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Exodus 2:21, " Then Moses was content to live with the man, and he gave Zipporah his daughter to Moses. " Background & Application I feel like we tend to view revival as something that only a person or church needs if they have been...

The World is Passing Away

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from 1 John 2:16-17, " For all that is in the world - the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions - is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is...

What God Says is True

Scripture Our verse today focuses on revival and comes from Philippians 2:13, " For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. " Background & Application As we think about revival, two questions come to mind. The first question is why do I need...

Poor In Spirit

Scripture Our focus verse for today is in Isaiah 66:1-2, " 'Heaven is My throne, and earth My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things My hand has made, and all those things exist,' says...

The Darkness is Behind Us

Scripture The verse for today comes from James 4:8-10, " Come close to God, and He will come close to you. Clean up your lives, you sinners, and clear your minds, you doubters. Be miserable, mourn, and cry. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into gloom. Humble yourselves...

Be Meek, and be Jesus

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Matthew 11:29-30, " Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. " Background & Application Meek is...

Reflective of the King we Serve

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philippians 4:12, " I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. " Background & Application Can you describe what righteousness tastes like?...

The Father of Mercies

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Luke 15:23-24, " 'Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. " Background Jesus continues His teaching with the...

A Pure Heart

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 1:27, " Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. " Background & Application We often hear about people finding some...

Hold Your Tongue

Scripture Our verse for today comes from James 3:17, " But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. "  Background & Application Making peace. That's a concept that rings true around the home, doesn't it? In the...

Seeking Comfort or Courage

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Matthew 10:28, " Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. "  Background & Application We've all heard that saying, " be careful...

You Are Being Counted

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 & Application You are being counted....

Getting Refocused

Scripture Our verse for today comes from 2 Samuel 14:31, " Then Joab arose and came to Absalom's house, and said to him, 'Why have your servants set my field on fire?' "  Background & Application You have heard the stories, both in real life and in fiction, of the son or...

More Like the Fallen than the Forgiven

Scripture Our focus this week will be on honesty, and our verse is from Genesis 3:4-5, " Then the serpent said to the woman, 'you will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like...

Is Your Light Shining

Scripture Our verse for today comes right after the beatitudes and is in Matthew 5:16, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good deeds and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  Background & Application Is your light shining today? What...

Thankfulness for Regeneration

Scripture Our focus verse for today comes from Psalm 95:4, " In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. "  Background & Application I wonder how many different ways there are to spend a day. I imagine the number is somewhere near...

Taking Up Our Cross

Scripture To focus our prayer for today, we will look at 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in...

Make Us More Like Our Savior

Scripture Our prayer verse for today is from Matthew 15:22-23, “And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.’ But He answered her not a word.”  Background & Application I was...

Stop Bailing

Scripture Today’s prayer verse comes from Luke 8:23-25, “As they sailed He fell asleep. and a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in danger. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we perish!’ Then He arose and rebuked...

Roll Away the Stone

Scripture Our prayer verse for today comes from John 11:5-6, “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when He heard that he was sick, He stayed two more days in the place where He was Background & Application The story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is amazing....

Receive Restoration

Scripture Today’s verse comes from Isaiah 6:1,5, “In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. So I said, ‘woe is me, for I am undone! because I am a man...

To Be Allowed Back In

Scripture Our verse for today comes from Philemon 15-16, “For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave – a beloved brother.”  Background & Application I think you would agree that we are a results-driven...

Distance Between Us and Our Savior

Scripture To continue a focus on repentance, let’s consider Luke 22:60-62, “Immediately while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘before the rooster crows, you will deny Me...

Where Do We Fit Into The Story

Scripture For our focus on repentance today, let’s look at Luke 18:11, 13, “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men...even this tax collector. And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes...

Our 4 Seconds to Repentance

Scripture Today’s verse is Matthew 3:2-3, “Saying, ‘repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!’ for this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying ‘the voice of one crying in the wilderness: prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’”  Background & Application Four hundred...

Grace – Out of Eden

Scripture Today’s verse is from Genesis 3:22-23, “Then the LORD God said, ‘behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’ – Therefore the...