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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Reaches


Long before Third Day, there was man who loved the Lord and sang praises to Him. Consider these words:
"Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.
You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is your unfailing love, O God! 
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light". – Psalm 3:5-9
May we be like David and have God’s song in our heart – today and every day. Amen?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Like the Lord


The prophet Micah’s name means – Who is like the Lord. Sounds like a question or maybe a riddle. I believe the answer can be found in Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” In other words – We are to be like the Lord!



This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.  This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 1 John 4:13-17



What does this look like in real life?



What is God’s expectation of Christ followers?



Pray right now for the Lord to help you make the changes necessary to be more like Jesus. Amen?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Your Message

If you could say something to the world what would your message be?


Well, mine would probably two-fold. 1. A message of hope! Regardless of how bad you have been God still loves you. If you are willing to repent and turn back to God and your back to worldly things you are in for a great life (and after-life). 2. Bad things happen! Trouble comes to the wicked and the righteous. We better make sure we are in the right relationship with God regardless of our circumstances. He's coming back soon. Be doing the things that will put a smile on His face, and quit complaining! 

If we keep our focus vertical and not horizontal we will be in the proper position for a well lived life. Bad stuff happens in this life. I don't like it that my wife had cancer and both my parents died in the last two years. I know there is a lot of "I don't likes" out there. But you know what? We don't go through Valleys of Trouble or the shadow of Death alone.

Thank you Jesus for never leaving or forsaking us. We look to where our help comes from and lift up our voice in praise, glory and honor to our Deliverer and King! Praise Thank You for forgiving us and offering Your mercy, love, and great grace... always.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

All Together


At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry an event is recorded that captured the Trinity:

 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”  15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” - Matthew 3:13–17

The Son, Jesus – being obedient in baptism
The Spirit – descending like a dove, coming to rest on Jesus
The Father, God, speaking - “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Quite a family gathering? This same Jesus, Spirit, and God are available to all of us! “Everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Amen?                                                  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Trinity Experience


The Bible is full of verses telling of the Trinity. Consider how they are all involved with creation and the glory we can experience all around us.



 Sing, O heavens, for the Lord has done it; shout, O depths of the earth;

break forth into singing, O mountains, O forest, and every tree in it! For the Lord has redeemed Jacob, and will be glorified in Israel. Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself.” - Isaiah 44:23-24



15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. - Colossians 1:15–17

When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. - Psalm 104:30


Today may we sing and worship the Lord. Thank and honor Him for “holding all things (in our lives) together”. Amen

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Trinity


Last week in our AIG class we studied the Trinity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. See in these verses how they were all involved with creation.



1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. - Genesis 1:1–3

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. - Psalm 33:6



1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. - John 1:1–5

The Trinity all have different roles but love us the same – since the beginning of time. Today show your love for the “Light” who overcomes darkness, and allows us to see the truth.

Amen?

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fantastic


Our Memory Verse in Answers in Genesis this quarter is Psalm 119:89–90,


“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; you have established the earth, and it stands fast.”



It’s a great verse about God and His attributes:

1. “Forever” – eternal – always was and will be

2. “Firmly Fixed” – His Word will last forever

3. “Faithfulness” – His promises are true to all

4. (Stands) “Fast” – Never changing and always loving



Meditate today on this verse and the wonders of God who loves you so much He sent us Jesus so we can be with Him forever. Amen?