February Devotional, 2018
A young girl asked her Mom what kind of Valentine to get for her best friend. The Mom asked her if she was looking for a funny card or a card expressing love in their friendship. The little girl thought for a moment and then she said, “Oh, I want the thoughts from1Corinthians 13 that we had in Sunday School yesterday.”
A tall order for a card! The Mom thought that she would be better off going home and copying the chapter to send to her friend. That would be a nice sentiment.
We read this chapter once in a while for a study or in our daily reading. Now, take a moment and read it again. Pray that it will take on a special meaning for whatever is going on in your day.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it well pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthinians 13, ESV
No matter what the age of the person, the Holy Spirit will speak to their heart and understanding. LOVE is Jesus Christ. This we know because Jesus is our perfect example of LOVE. He sacrificed His all because He Loves you and me.
Short & Long PrayersDec., 2017
Prayer must always be from the heart. A short prayer is said before you eat or as you meet a friend unexpectantly at the store or at work. The line of communication stays open between Jesus and you.
Longer prayers are necessary each day with Jesus to talk things through along with reading the Bible and devotions. Most folks like to do that early in the day, but some do it at the close of the day.
Luke 6:12 states: “Now it came to pass in those days that (Jesus) went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”There may be a time when extra prayer is necessary to pray through a situation in your life or another person’s life.
Why should we pray?Jesus cares.He is God’s Son and He died for you, forgives your sins, rose from the dead and is alive! He promises to be with you always. He is as close as the mention of His name. Jesus is only a prayer away.
This Christmas is a perfect time to add a prayer of thanks to the Father for sending His only son to us as a baby.
In Jesus’ Name!
Favorite Hymns About Jesus:
“Onward Christian Soldiers”November, 2017
By Sabin Baring Gould
Mr. Baring-Gould wrote “Onward Christian Soldiers” in 1864 for a large Sunday school class to march from their school to the church in another village of Yorkshire, England.He needed a song to sing and march to on the” Whitmonday” holiday.
Mr. Baring-Gould sat up that night to write something himself for the festival.Within about fifteen minutes, “Onward Christian soldiers” was penned with at least six verses.Leaflets were quickly printed and the Sunday school class marched and sang to the church.
From that point on, the popularity of the song travelled to America.Today, we are still stirred by the inspired words of “Onward Christian Soldiers.”We realize afresh the privilege we have in sharing the story of the cross of Calvary!
“Onward, Christian Soldiers,
Marching as to war
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before!”
1Stories of Popular Hymns, p. 99,100, by K. Blanchard, Zondervan Pub. House, 1939
2101 “Hymn Stories” p.101,by Kenneth W.Osbeck, Kregel Pub., 1982
Philippians 4:49 NIV
Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, 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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me - put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Do I sometimes feel upset at a situation when I read these verses and circumstances seem to be going the opposite? These verses are so fine and pure
and what is going on around me is so impure and not noble - not lovely - wrong and unrighteous. Don’t be anxious about: anything? I know the Lord is near. Why is there such a mess? Where is the peace? I don't feel the peace or the thanksgiving. What is wrong? I have to give the situation to the Lord Jesus. I do not understand: Life can be frustrating.
What can I do???
What a minute - did I just take this whole situation into my own hands? Yes I did. Forgive me Christ. I can't do this without a talk with my Savior who did so much for me and take some time to read His word. Did I take the time to "ask" Jesus what I should do with this unfortunate situation that occurred? Well, no! He can change things around.Each time is different, but I need to ask Him.
And now -I need to remember to strive to be true, right, pure, lovely, and admirable - only with His strength. The God of peace is with us. When Jesus Christ is your personal Savior, you have assurance of life with Him forever. Heaven will be what we look forward to together. See you now and there tool!
Lord Jesus, thank you for your love that covers us with peace forever. Amen.
Time seems to “slip through our fingers.”We may say, “I can’t get everything done!” or “When I take a day off, time seems to slip away and my day is gone!”
God does view time differently.The Bible says in 2 Peter 3:8, “With the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”God is not restricted by time.
God does see the bigger picture and knows the right times to act and to bless and teach us important lessons revealing His plans.*
Through faith in His Son, Christ Jesus, we can know we are saved by His ultimate sacrifice of dying on the cross for our sins and rising again the third day, our risen Savior!Ask Jesus to help you plan your time.
Here is a possible start for a plan:
Time for:God’s Word& Prayer (Psalm 55:17 )
Family & Friends (Ephesians 6:4)
Work (Exodus 20: 8-11)
Health, Nutrition, Exercise
Chores (Proverbs 24: 30-34)
Learning (Proverbs 1:5)
Rest & Recreation (Mark 6:31)
Prayer:Lord Jesus, help us to do this each day – to take it to heart – to your glory and honor In Jesus Name. AMEN
*Devotion Idea from - lifehopetruth.com 3/31/2017
Two Kinds of Fear
The first is fear of the Lord.This does not mean to be afraid of God, but to reverence Him for His power and glory.This is an acknowledgement of all that God is including a respect for His holy wrath and anger.
Psalm 11: 10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the
beginning of wisdom and leads to life, rest, peace and contentment (Proverbs 19: 23).Proverbs 14: 26 states that the fear of the Lord provides security and a place of safety for us.
With all those promises, we should reach out in faith to God’s Son, Christ, who died on the cross for our sins.Why wouldn’t we all willingly come to the Savior who has poured out so much love to us?
The second kind of fear in this world is of the devil.The Bible gives promises to stand against Satan.1John 4:4 says: “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.”11Timothy 1:7 tells us: “For God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind.”
The key to overcoming fear is complete trust in Jesus Christ.Ask Him for it.Proverbs 3: 5,6 says;“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.Lean not unto your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”
***** Remember when we learned Isaiah 41:10 in Sunday School?
“Fear not, for I am with you.Be not dismayed for I am your God.I will strengthen you, I will help, uphold you with my righteous right hand.”cms
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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: 4-7
This familiar passage has always been a favorite of many and is a reminder to us of God’s love and promise to be with us through all situations.Yes, Jesus will guard our hearts and our minds in all the times of our lives.Verse 7 mentions the peace that transcends all understanding.Certainly, all of us want to ask Christ for that peace each day.
Prayer:Help us remember your promises.Protect and keep us in the palm of your hand.Forgive us for our sins.Thank you for saving our souls. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
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June Devotions: 2017
-- WE SAY: "It's impossible." God's Word says, (Luke 18:27) "...The things that are impossible with men are possible with God."
-- WE SAY: "Nobody really loves me." The well known verse is John 3:16: "For God so loved the world (that'syou!) that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish
but have eternal life."
-- WE SAY: "God is not here today and He isn't everywhere all the time." Yes He is! He's with you when you are sleeping and Jesus is with you when you are on the couch watching your favorite TV program. Oh my, if He's there, would you want Him to leave? Hebrews 13:5a: because God says, "Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you."
-- WE SAY: "Well, nobody's perfect and we all make mistakes. It's the way we have been since we were born." That's why Jesus died on the cross and paid the penalty for our sins. Now, we can go to heaven with Him if we have ask Him into our hearts. What if we sin? 1John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all
unrighteousness." (another word for that is un-goodness)
He helps us to grow as we strive to be more like Him.
-- So, will money make my day better? Perhaps, but you "can't take it with you." Only the love of God lasts forever.
Don't be a doubter. Don't make excuses. Jesus knows we aren't perfect, but He invites us to be with Him forever and He will take care of us. I'd rather have Jesus on my side than the devil.
Back in April, we celebrated Easter when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and arose from the dead on Easter Morning. He didn't do that flippantly. It's serious. Jesus loves you and wants you with Him.
Don't miss your opportunity.
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Think about this devotion and please take it to heart.
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Be Prepared May 2017
Recently, I attended a church service where Jesus Christ was said to be the Son Of God who loves everyone and forgives their sins. However, knowing Christ personally was not mentioned.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me”, John 14:6.Calling yourself a Christian is more than just going to church and being a good person.You need to accept Jesus into your heart and life.
For 25 years, I thought that I was a good person and that was my ticket to heaven.Then I read in the Bible that there is only one way to Heaven and that is through the shed blood of Jesus. Good works cannot save you! (Ephesians 2:8-9)
Trust Jesus Christ today!Here’s what you must do:
1. Admit that you are a sinner. (Romans 3:23)
2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent). (Luke 13:5)
3. Believe that Jesus died for you, was buried, and rose
from the dead. (John 3:16)
4.Through prayer, ”For it is with your mouth that you
believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that
you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:10)
What to pray:
Dear God: I am a sinner and need forgiveness.I believe that Jesus Christ shed his precious blood and died for my sin.I am willing to turn from sin.I believe by faith that you saved me and that Jesus is now my personal Savior.
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April 2017 Widening Prayer Horizons
1 Timothy 2: 1-2 , I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.
Recently, I heard of a prayer group that prayed for certain African countries every month.I am sure that Christ has put a country or more on your heart or individuals in that land to pray for.With the wars, disasters, disease and killings occurring over there, it is hard to not to be somewhat detached and not feel the horrible emotion and suffering.
Jesus knows our hearts and He gives us Bible verses to help us along the way.2 Chronicles 7: 14 is one you will remember.If my people, who are called by name, will humble and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal theirland.”Pray that every day and you will soon have it memorized!
We just reviewed 10 missions in the bulletin this past year.Then check the bulletin board for the latest news about that mission for updates. Perhaps, praying with a friend about another country or a certain situation is the answer for you.“When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us.”1
1Lawrence Darmani, Daily Bread, July 4, 2016
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