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Give

TODAY’S VERSE

God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
II Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We don’t talk much about giving, yet we serve a God who has given us everything. The Apostle John quotes Jesus, in that famous verse, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son.” Our God is a generous loving God and He wants us to be the same. In today’s passage Paul is encouraging the church to give. He writes, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” Look around you, see the various needs and ask God what He would have you do. Whether it is your time, talent or treasure decide how you can get involved. Enjoy it, get enthused, and be cheerful. Remember God promises to take care of all your needs, so help others with theirs.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your generous love and kindness toward me. Thank You for providing for all my needs. Help me to partner with You in helping others. I want to give with an enlarged heart and an open hand. Guide and direct me I pray.
AMEN

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Best Church FOR The Community

TODAY’S VERSE
“Then he turned to his critics and asked, ‘Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?’ But they wouldn’t answer him.”
Mark 3:4 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The Pharisees just didn’t get it. Jesus came to seek and to save those in need. He came to call the undeserving to repentance. He came to love those outside of the synagogues as much as those inside it. And in many ways, neither do we get it. We too put our priorities in the wrong order. This became painfully apparent to me in reading a new book, “The Externally Focused Quest.” Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw wrote, “Most churches, blatantly or subtly, have an unspoken objective – ‘How can I be the best church IN our community.’ – and they staff, budget, and plan accordingly. – The externally focused church asks, ‘How can we be the best church FOR the community?’ and that one little preposition changes everything.” We can aspire to be the biggest church, best worship, largest children’s program, all good things but if we are not reaching those whom Jesus loves, are we really doing His will? If we are not loving the least in our community, are we really living for Him? The authors asked another crucial question. They asked, “If you had to close the doors of your church today, would your community care? Would they miss you?” Today, what would happen if we all decided to be the best church FOR our community? 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to love like You love. Help me to set my own priorities in the order You would have them. Help me work in my church to be the best we can for our community. In Jesus’ name.
AMEN

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Love and Good Works

TODAY’S VERSE
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.”
Hebrews 10:24 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
When you became a Christian, you became a follower of Christ. You became part of a world-wide fellowship of believers. This is more than a fraternity, it is a fellowship. But more than a fellowship, it is a mission. It is part of our DNA. Our mission is to love others and to become involved in doing good. Love and doing good? It sounds too simple and too humanistic. Instead, we want to preach and teach and tell others about the love of God. While this is crucial, we miss the point. God has chosen some to teach, some to preach, but He has chosen us all to love. For how would the preaching and teaching be accepted by the world if it wasn’t backed up with real living proof? And the proof that Christianity is real is in our actions, not our words. So if we want to see others around us come to know Christ, then we must think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me live for you. Help me also think of ways to motivate others around me to join me in performing acts of love and good works.
AMEN

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Help The Needy

TODAY’S VERSE
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him.”
Isaiah 58:6-7

TODAY’S THOUGHT
The children of Israel had forgotten that God had them here on this earth to be His representatives, to show people the way to God. They were to love people and share the importance of knowing Jehovah. Instead, they thought that they had somehow “deserved” the status that they had as the “Children of God.” They began to act as if they were “gods” unto themselves. When God favors us with certain status or vocations, we can easily fall into a trap of thinking that we achieved the status and vocation by our own merits. This leads to pride and arrogance. This is what God pointed out to the Israelites. They were fasting and God was not listening to their pomp and circumstance. Instead, God wanted equality, justice and love among all people. The prophet Isaiah asked, “What is it that God has required of each of us?” He answered with a sobering indictment, “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe him.” God wants us to serve others. He has called us to be His representatives of love. Most of us live such a privileged life. Let’s do all we can to give back to those in need.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You take the plight of the poor seriously. You hate injustice and love mercy. Help me to love others the way You do. Help me live my true calling, as a productive steward working for the well-being of others in need. Show me today, Lord, how I can make a difference. In Jesus’ name. AMEN

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Compassion

TODAY’S VERSE
“I was hungry, and you didn’t feed me. I was thirsty, and you didn’t give me a drink. I was a stranger, and you didn’t invite me into your home. I was naked, and you didn’t give me clothing. I was sick and in prison, and you didn’t visit me.’ Then they will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and not help you?’ And he will answer, ‘I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.’”
Matthew 25:41-44 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
I am amazed at the compassion that Jesus had for the needy. He was consistent in the way He lived. Matthew wrote of Jesus, “Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless.” So why are we surprised when we read that Jesus wants us to do the same? And He never said it any stronger than He did in today’ passage. Jesus told us, if we want to love Him then we need to love the people around us. Not just the lovable, but the seemingly least deserving. Jesus request was practical and to the point. He asked that we help others with food, water, shelter, clothing, physical care and visitation. These are things that you and I can do. So today decide to get involved. Volunteer as one of Christ’s compassionate followers and do the things that He did. The things He has commanded us to do. 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, thank You for Your mighty compassion. Help me to be the same way. Guide me and lead me in the kind of compassionate work You want me to do. Today, help me love others in the same way You love me.
AMEN

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Love Others

TODAY’S VERSE
“If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.”
Matthew 5:46-47 (NLT)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
It is a lot easier when love is just thought of as an ecclesiastical expression. You know, “Let’s all love one another.” But Jesus wasn’t satisfied with us just speaking about love. He wants us to love people, even those that don’t love us in return. This is harder than it seems. How do we apply Paul’s teaching on love to those that treat us unfairly? Paul writes, “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” I can’t even love my mother that way, how can I love that way to those that I don’t particularly care for? Truth is, we can’t. Loving the way God does must come from God. If we desire to love the way God wants us to, then we need His power, His strength, His Holy Spirit filling us and exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit in our life. Today, make loving others the way Jesus did, your prayer. Let Him empower you. Let God live His love through you.
 
TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Jesus, I want to love others the way You did, but I need Your help. It is so hard to love those that don’t love me. I need Your power. I need Your Holy Spirit to fill me. Jesus, give me the strength to love the way You would have me love. Empower me I pray.
AMEN

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Humble Yourself

TODAY’S VERSE
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
I Peter 5:5-7 (NIV)

TODAY’S THOUGHT
We are complex beings. Behind our behavior are a labyrinth of beliefs, assumptions and attitudes. For example, if we have a need, you would think that we would automatically ask God for help. But instead, we get proud and see our need as a sign of weakness. People ask us “How are you?” and we say, “Fine!” We believe that having a need and asking for help would reduce our self image that we are fighting to protect. The Bible calls this kind of thinking “pride”. Peter writes:  “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” God knows our needs and He delights in our coming to Him. Peter verifies this when he writes, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Today, don’t let pride get in your way. Humble yourself and come to Christ with all your needs and He will care for you.  

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, You know my needs. You are God Almighty and have promised that I can cast all my anxieties on You because You genuinely care for me. Thank You, Lord, for Your love. Thank You for Your gracious provision.
AMEN

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