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TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus said again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, I now send you.’ After he said this, he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” 
John 20:21-22 (NCV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It would be hard to imagine what it was like in that moment. The disciples of Jesus were huddled in a room wondering what they were going to do. Jesus had been crucified and now some were saying He was back from the dead. Then all of a sudden, within a few moments three monumental events happened that would change the world! First, Jesus appeared to them. He was there. This same Jesus that was brutally murdered was alive right before them. So was the almighty power of God that raised Jesus from the dead. And with this power Jesus commissioned the disciples, thereby setting the stage for every Christian to follow, saying, “As the Father sent me, I now send you.” As Jesus was sent to earth to live a life of love and sacrifice and to bring a message of salvation to a needy world, so He was sending His followers. To make this complete Jesus gave them the Holy Spirit to guide and empower them. About this Holy Spirit, Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” God’s Holy Spirit was given to the disciples and thus began the pattern for Christ’s church. Today, let us commit ourself to this truth: We are commissioned by the resurrected Christ to live in the same power that raised Him from the dead and to do the same work that He was sent to do. And we do this under the direction and through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for coming to earth, dying for my sins, and raising from the dead. Help me to live in the reality of Your power and under the influence of Your Holy Spirit.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. – I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
John 15:9,11 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
This was one of the most passionate speeches of Jesus Christ. He is before His disciples and encourages them to “abide” in Him. He uses the illustration of a vine and a branch. The branch is alive because it is connected to the vine. The vine is the source of life and as long as the branch “abides” or “remains” connected to the vine it will thrive. Jesus wanted the same for us. He comes and assures us, “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me.” How powerful is this? Jesus loves us in the same way that God the Father loved Him. What a supernatural love, and it is ours. And what does Jesus ask of us? He asks that we remain in His love. Can you imagine being at an exotic resort, basking in the sun, totally relaxed, enjoying the wind and the surf and the owner gives you the key to the place and says, “Remain here!” Jesus is saying, “I love you just like God the Father loves me and I want you to enjoy, bask in and take advantage of all the love I have for you!” And with this love comes a supernatural joy. A joy that completely fills our being until it overflows. So today, think of your connection to Jesus Christ. Sense all the love He has for you and then rejoice. Let yourself overflow with His joy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for Your love. I realize that You are the vine and I am a branch. Today, help me remain in You. Help me get all the love I need from my connection with You. As I remain in Your love, fill me with Your joy.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.”
Romans 16:7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
At first glance we skip right to the word obey. So often our emphasis is on obedience to God’s word. But wasn’t there a group that Jesus knew that had that same idea? The Pharisees knew what it was to obey the law. But Jesus was not impressed. Paul, who was a Pharisee himself, understood this. That is why he wrote, “Now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching.” It seems that he is saying, “Now you are really obeying God’s teaching.” But that is not what he meant. The emphasis is on wholeheartedly. They gave their whole heart to God. It was surrendering to God’s love and having this deep relationship with Him  that led to following His commands. In his book, “Surrender To Love” David Benner writes, “By contrasting obedience and surrender I do not want to put too much distance between them. Those who surrender obey. But not all who obey surrender. – Christian obedience is more like what lovers give each other than what soldiers give their superiors. Lovers demonstrate their love by doing what each other wants. And so it should be with Christians and their God.”  Today surrender to God’s love. Build a deep relationship with Him. When you do, you will find obedience to be a natural outflow of your love for Him.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your love. I want to surrender to this love. Help me know You, spend time with You and learn to completely trust You. Help me love You and then obey. AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What do we have to do to experience the peace that Paul is writing about? Do we have to strive for it? Is it something we have to earn? Is there a special prayer we need to recite? No, it is nothing we do, it is something we accept. Paul shares the secret. He shares that we need to present every situation to God and then rest in Him. He tells us not to be anxious about anything but to give everything to God in prayer. It is coming into His presence in prayer that we find our peace. It is focusing our attention on His almighty power, His extravagant love, and His particular awareness of our situation that we are suddenly ushered into a consciousness of His peace. This is our home. His peace transcends any circumstance. This is where we belong, but somehow we slip out of this awareness. We are like a bird that is flying, constantly looking for the sky. All we need to do is open our eyes. We are loved by God, He is constantly aware of us, and His peace transcends all our circumstances. Today, let us open our eyes and become deeply aware of His peace. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your abiding presence. Thank You for Your constant love for me. Help me today be fully aware of all that You are. Help me experience the peace that You have for me.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Josh 1:9 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We can let fear dominate our life or we can choose to be strong and courageous. I say we can “choose” but have you noticed in today’s verse it is a command? Why would God do that? Why would He command us to be strong and courageous? Because we NEED it and He is WORTHY of it! However, we do have options. We can let fear grip our heart and influence our decisions. We can rationalize why we can’t be strong or courageous. We can justify why we should be discouraged and drown in self-pity and yet what does God command? “Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Today, decide to obey the Lord. Be strong and courageous in all you face today.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, I am faced with so many opportunities for fear and discouragement and yet You have commanded me to be strong and courageous. Help me, Lord, obey You. Thank You that You promised to be with me wherever I go.
AMEM

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TODAY’S VERSE
“No, this is the kind of fasting I want – Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.”
Isaiah 58:6-7 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What would God say about us at eleven o’clock on Sunday? You know, when we meet to worship. We sing our praise songs, we listen to the preaching, and we pass the offering plates. And then we go home, back to our own business, until we do it all over again a week later. All the while just miles from the front door of our church there are hundreds if not thousands of people hurting. Some hungry, some depressed, some broke, some addicted, some suicidal, some sleeping in their car. These all have families who are also hurting because of their plight. How many fathers and mothers are broken hearted over the plight of their children? How many children suffer because of the plight of their parents? And yet we worship. And then drive right by on our way home. When is the church going to listen to Jesus when He said, “Go into all the world?” not “Come into my house.” Surely we worship God in song and praise. Yes, we must feed on the preaching of His word. But not at the expense of ignoring what God really wants! Jesus said it best when he said, “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.’” Today, worship God by loving those hurting all around you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for only worshiping in Your house and not worshipping in Your world. Forgive me for ignoring the worship that you receive when I help those in need. Help me share my food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Help me give clothes to those who need them, and my not hide from relatives who need my help.
AMEN

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TODAY’S VERSE
“Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
Romans 12:13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Loving others is the call of every Christian. It is the essence of what Jesus stood for. It is the “proof” that what we believe is true. Paul is writing to the church in Rome that they must practice hospitality by sharing with those in need. This was not optional. It was what people understood when Christians were called followers of “the way.” Jesus lived a live of self sacrifice and love for others that has stood the test of time. It is what people love about Jesus. It is what they should love about His people. James puts it this way, “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” Indeed it is no good. It does not represent the Jesus of the scriptures. John says this loud and clear when he wrote, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” Can it get any clearer than that? Paul writes, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Loving others is our calling, our occupation, our duty, our responsibility; it is our privilege, it is the least we can do for our Savior.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, help me to love the way You loved. Help me to share the way you shared. Help me give the way You gave. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit, empower me, give me Your heartbeat I pray.
AMEN

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