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His Love

TODAY’S VERSE
Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?
Romans 8:35 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Paul asks one of the most heart-wrenching questions we can come to grips with. How many times has there been a tragedy in our life, and we are tempted to say, “Where is God?” Paul addresses this feeling. He asks if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death, does it mean God no longer loves us? What I love is his answer. He writes, “No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” However, he doesn’t stop there; Paul adds, “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Nothing can separate God’s love from us, and yet sad to say, we can live our lives day after day and are never be conscious of it. Paul, who knew persecution, prison, torture, beatings, poverty, and homelessness, was able to write of the unfailing love of God that never left him. And yet most of us live in comfort, freedom, and good health, and we hardly find the time to acknowledge this wonderful gift of God. Today, let us embrace His love. Let’s celebrate His faithfulness to us and the fact that nothing, not even ourselves, can separate us from God’s love.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your unfailing love. Thank You that nothing, not even my apathy, can separate me from Your love. Today, I pause and thank You for calling me back, for reminding me again, that it is Your love that makes all the difference in the world. Praise You, dear Father, for Your love to me.
AMEN

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Contentment

TODAY’S VERSE
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Some things are better than gold! Who of us hasn’t dreamed of being rich beyond our imagination? It is the dream that is portrayed over and over again on television, in the movies, and on the pages of books throughout the world. Money, fame, power; these seem to be the things that so many strive for. And yet today’s verse proclaims loud and clear just the opposite. It tells us to live our lives “free from the love of money and be content with what we have.” Why would the author suggest that? Why would anyone write something so contrary to human reasoning, unless it is true or he has something better to offer? In this case, the author of Hebrews has both. He was telling the truth. When all is said and done, contentment, peace, joy, and love are the true treasures of life. Money can help with this, but the “love of money” is something else. It is an addiction, an unreasonable, irrational obsession with something that gives false hope. Drugs never satisfy the long-term, neither will the love of money. When will you ever have enough? When will you ever be able to say “no” to the irrational obsession that the love of money creates? So what does the author suggest we really seek after? Jesus Himself. It is Jesus who promises to never leave us, never forsake us. He is the one who can really fill our hearts with love, give us the purpose, peace, and satisfaction that we were created for. It is Jesus that your soul is looking for. Today, turn to Him. Bring your longings to Jesus and let Him begin to satisfy.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, thank You for loving me. Thank You that You will never leave me or forsake me. Thank You for giving me everything I need to be content in this world. I accept You as the Lord of my life and dedicate myself to following You.
AMEN

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Hope

TODAY’S VERSE
And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
Today’s verse is talking about hope. But it is more than a simple, “I hope so.” No, Paul is talking about a hope that does not disappoint. How many times do you experience that? We have all had times when we hoped, hoped for that job, hoped that our child would not rebel, hoped that we would be able to escape inevitable consequences. A half-hearted hope with little belief behind it. But that is not the hope Paul is talking about. Paul is not just hoping; he is referring to a “persevering hope,” a hope that keeps going until it produces trust and confidence in God’s abiding love for us. Paul writes, “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Yes, in this world, we suffer. We make mistakes, and we live with other people’s mistakes. But through perseverance, we have hope. A hope that doesn’t go away that does not disappoint. Today, trust God. Persevere. It will lead you into an unquenchable hope.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, how many times have I hoped, but things didn’t seem to work out? It is so hard, Lord, to hang on. And yet You ask me to persevere. So here I am, Lord. I will hope. I will get back up and hope again. I know You are real, and You will never leave me or forsake me. So, my King Jesus, I choose You. I choose You and Your love for me.
AMEN

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A Friend Of God

TODAY’S VERSE
He has brought you into the very presence of God, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.
Colossians 1:22 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
What you believe about yourself is key to the way you live. And what you believe God thinks about you can help the way you believe about yourself. That is why Paul wrote his letter to the Colossian church. He wanted us to know who we are. Paul starts out, saying that we were the very enemies of God, separated by our evil thoughts and actions. But just as quick, he shares that God, through the death of Christ on the cross, has now accepted us as His friends. In their book “TrueFaced” the authors say it this way, “As a maturing Christian, I no longer define myself by my sin or the sin committed against me, but by who God declared me to be.” And what has God declared about you? He has declared that you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him as His friend. Today, let this reality sink deep into your heart. Let it fill you with joy and peace as you live for Him. You are God’s friend!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for declaring me holy and blameless as I stand before You as Your friend. Thank You that through the death and resurrection of Christ, Your Son, I am Your child, completely loved and forgiven of all my sins. Help me to live in this reality.
AMEN

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Fear

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.”
Exodus 4:11-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
God wanted to rescue His people from slavery, so He chose Moses to go to Pharaoh to demand that the people be released. Moses’ reaction was one of shock and trepidation. Moses said to God, ‘“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’ And God said, ‘I will be with you.’” That should have finished it. God is enough for any crisis. But I love the next part. God, in His grace, allows Moses to show his reservations. Moses goes down a long list of reasons why he could not do what God asked him to do. The Lord is patient with each excuse, and in today’s verse, we see God’s tender mercy as He explains to Moses how He will help Moses speak and will teach him what to say. But Moses still asks God to let someone else go and talk to Pharaoh. So God told Moses that He would send Aaron to go with him and speak for him. What mercy. God loved Moses, and Moses felt heard. With God’s help, Moses was able to do the job God gave him to do. Today, what are you in fear about? What has God asked you to do that you keep putting off? Tell God about it. Let Him know your concerns. He will help you. He will teach you. He will be your strength. With God, you can do it!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know me, intimately. You know my fears and reservations. Empower me to do Your will.
AMEN

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Heavenly Shepherd

TODAY’S VERSE
The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need.
Psalms 23:1 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
David wrote this famous Psalm about God being our Heavenly Shepherd from experience. As a young man, he spent his time shepherding a flock of sheep for his father. He knew the value of a shepherd to the flock. He also knew the importance of knowing God. David knew that the shepherd provides all that the sheep need. He even knew that God, like a shepherd, lets us rest in green meadows, leads us beside peaceful streams, renews our strength, and guides us along the right path. Even in the darkest times, God is right there close by our side, comforting us. With God as our shepherd, David concludes that goodness and unfailing love will pursue us as long as we shall live. I love the concept of the shepherd; it is being a sheep that I struggle with. I struggle to surrender my will to God. But as my shepherd, God’s love cuts through my pride. His love compels me to live for Him. My Heavenly Shepherd’s love wins and woos my heart, helping me to surrender myself to His control. I can trust Him. I can lean on Him. I can be my needy self and know that God will care for me. Today, let God shepherd you. Commit yourself to Him and His loving care.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for all Your care. Thank You for all You provide and do for me. You are my Heavenly Shepherd and I will gladly live for You.
AMEN

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Protect My Heart

TODAY’S VERSE
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily.
Hebrews 3:12-13 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is so easy for our hearts to wander. Temptation, disappointment, deferred hope, loss, heartache, lust, greed, anger, jealousy, Spiritual apathy, and isolation are just some of the ways that our hearts can become sinful and unbelieving. We must do all we can in order not to be deceived and lose heart. Paul shares three ways to protect our hearts. He writes, “Fix your thoughts on Jesus.” Fixing our thoughts on Jesus will keep us from “heart” failure. He will help keep our hearts at peace and joy. In Philippians, Paul writes, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Here we see that the protection of our heart starts with our head. We need to fix our thoughts on Jesus and those things that build us up. In today’s verse, Paul gives another way to protect our hearts. He writes, “Encourage one another daily.” Isolation can be a “kiss of death” to our hearts. We get alone in our pity party, and soon we find ourselves self-feeling hopeless, alone, and unbelieving. Instead, we need to fellowship with others. Today, find a friend and share your thoughts. Let them encourage you, pray for you, and help you with your burden. You can then do the same for someone else. Whatever else you do today, protect your heart!

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, forgive me for the times I allow my heart to become sinful and unbelieving. Help me to fix my thoughts on Jesus and those things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. Help me to seek the fellowship of others that can, in turn, help me and encourage me. Lord, protect my heart, I pray. In Jesus Name.
AMEN

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Blessings In The Midst Of It All

Dear Friends,
It is easy to fear during times like these when every day we are given negative messages about the virus all around us. It is during these times that we need to remember that God is with us. He promised that He will never leave us or forsake us. Music seems to communicate so well with our emotions. Again today I heard a song that I wanted to share. It is called The Blessing. It is a great song of comfort and joy in the fact that even in times like these that He is with us and for us.

Enjoy the song, better yet enjoy the reality that God is real, His love for you is unfathomable and He wants to bless you!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp6aygmvzM4

May god’s peace be upon you in the name of Jesus.

Ron Ovitt
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Take Courage – He is in the waiting!

Dear Friend
I was listening to a song this morning that was a real encouragement to me. It is hard to wait. We are always in a rush, so busy, then something like this virus comes. Fear, anxiety, doubt starts to knock on our door. But the reality is this. God is still here. He has not abandoned us. He is here in the waiting.
May God help you and me to trust Him, to encourage each other and live with full assurance that God is here. And remember “The Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”
Ron Ovitt
Here is that song- Enjoy and be at peace!
Take Courage – Kristene DiMarco

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