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Loving Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then Jesus asked them, ‘Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?’ But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored.”
Mark 3:4-5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
How did the church ever become a country club? When did we decide it was a place to simply “Grow in the Lord” and not be a vibrant, loving witness for those outside our front doors? When did we give up the mission work to the “missionaries” and decide not to be the light of the world right in our back yard? Not many things made our Lord angry, but this was one. Don’t stand in the way of Him ministering to someone in need. What is so sad is that the Pharisees could have been a help. With their standing in the community, they could have went out and compelled people to come and meet the Messiah. What an impact they could have had on the world, but they were not able to get past their traditional views. Somehow, God loving people different then them, people that did not live the same kind of life as they did, was an offense. They did not see God’s love for the whole world and the mission Jesus was on. Today, let us check our beliefs against the scriptures. Let’s compare our love for people with that of our Lord Jesus. We are His disciples. Let’s follow His words when he shared about the Good Samaritan and told us to, “Go and do likewise.”

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me love people. Open my eyes, open my heart that I may reach out to others the way You would. Work in and through me I pray.
AMEN

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Worship

TODAY’S VERSE
“But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”
Psalms 59:16 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
A flower doesn’t have a choice. Every morning, its beauty gives glory to God. The sunset, mountain vista and ocean waves all give praise to God without pause or consternation. But not so with us. We must make a choice. And as honored as God is by this world’s natural creation how much more joy it must bring Him when we make praise and worship a free choice of our will. David made it his choice. He decided that he would sing of God’s power. He made it a point to sing of God’s unfailing love every morning. What makes this so special is that David praised God under great duress. Saul had sent people to David’s house to watch him in order to plan his murder. David wrote, “See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O LORD. I have done no wrong, yet they are ready to attack me.” In the midst of these circumstances he writes, “But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.” Today, what will you sing? What will you say to Him who is your refuge? You have a choice, choose praise and worship.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how I thank You for all You have done for me. I come now to worship You for all Your love. I thank You for your provisions. I praise You for mighty power. You alone are worthy of all my honor. In Jesus’ name I pray.
AMEN

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Faith

TODAY’S VERSE
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping – Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”
Romans 4:10, 20-21(NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
If there was ever a model for living the Christian life it is Abraham Look again at today’s verses. There is no better way to exemplify how we are to live. Abraham lived in an incredible relationship with God. He was totally immersed in faith. He did everything with God in mind. Look at what Paul writes, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping – Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise.” More than that Paul writes that Abraham was “fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.” Just like you and I, Abraham had choices to make every day. He chose to trust God. He decided that he would put his faith and hope in Jehovah. What about you? Who are you going to trust? Who will you hope in? Who will you be counting on to do what He has promised? Today, choose to live by faith in our living God. Put your full hope and trust in Him.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your power and majesty. Thank You for Your love for me. Thank You that I can put all my hope, trust and faith in You. And today, I choose to do so. I put my complete faith in You.
AMEN

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Grace

TODAY’S VERSE
“For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am.”
I Corinthians 15:9-10 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul was called to be an Apostle, but he knew that it was by the grace of God. He knew that he was unworthy to serve Christ, but God’s love overcame any past that Paul had. We need to come to the same realization of what God’s grace has done for us. By God’s grace we are His child. By God’s grace we are born again and forgiven of all our wrong doing. By God’s grace we are alive and living with a purpose. By God’s grace we have hope. By God’s grace we have a personal relationship with God. By His grace we have eternal life. All of us have a story. All of us, in one way or another is totally unworthy of grace, but then it is God’s grace. Today, thank God for His marvelous grace that He has so freely given us.
TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for all the mercy, forgiveness, hope, peace, joy and love that is mine as a result of Your grace that has be lavished upon me. I give You praise and thanks in the matchless name of Jesus.
AMEN
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Come In Jesus

TODAY’S VERSE
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.”
Revelation 3:20 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I have always loved this metaphor. Here is Jesus coming to the door of my heart and knocks. What a deliberate move. Jesus is so vitally interested in me, in you, that He comes to us and bids to come in. And to do what? Investigate every nook and cranny in order to scorn and shame us? No, He knocks so we can invite Him in because He wants to “share a meal together as friends!” In his book, “The Deeper Journey”, M. Robert Mulholland Jr. writes, “God comes into the core of our being. God comes to bring light into darkness, cleansing into our sin, life into our deadness, healing into our brokenness, and liberation into our bondage; to nurture us there into wholeness in the very image of God.” And so today He knocks. Now a door can be a huge barrier or it can be an entrance into a whole new adventure. But what is a door amongst friends? Listen, can you hear His footsteps? Jump up, quick answer the door, Jesus is here to visit with you.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Jesus, thank You for knocking on my door. I hear You and open up my heart. Please, Jesus, come in and fellowship with me today.
AMEN

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His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.”
Ephesians 3:18-19 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
There is no greater occupation for the Christian than to know the love of God. Paul prayed that we would be gifted with the power needed to fully understand it. He prayed that we would be able to experience God’s love even though it is way beyond our comprehension. Why? Because that is the only way we will ever be complete in Him. It is in truly knowing God’s love that we are endowed with the fullness of life and power that comes from God. In his book, “Surrender To Love”, the author David Benner writes, “The Christian spiritual journey consists of more than surrender to love. But it contains nothing more important. Surrender to God’s love involves confession, repentance, obedience and service. But as I have noted, for surrender to be transformational it must be surrender to love. And for it to lead to union with God, it must be surrender to perfect love. Christian spirituality begins with love and ends with love.” Today God will provide all the power you will ever need to understand His love but you must surrender. Come, spend time with Him and begin to know how wide, long, high and deep His love truly is.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, I long to know You and all the fullness of Your love for me. I surrender to it. I need it. I come humbly before You and ask You to show me the mystery of Your love for me.
AMEN

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