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Thursday, August 17, 2017

I Hope


King David sang, May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. - Psalm 19:14 Is that what people hear coming from your mouth, I hope

So I praise… God - 1 Peter 1:3 - Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

So I have… Faith - Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

So I know… that I am bigger on the inside than the outside 1 Timothy 1:16 - But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

So I pray… always - Ephesians 6:18 - And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.


May our words always be full of God’s hope. Amen?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Important Words

Words are so important. Have you ever thought about what others are hearing you concerning your relationship with God? Hopefully you have a positive one that says, I can
Do… all things - Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Carry out… the work He has assigned me - Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Love… because I was loved first - Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Care… about others - Matthew 22:39 And the second (greatest commandment) is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself..”
See… the Hand of God in all of creation - Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

Practice “Can do” language today and every day. Amen?

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Bible Smarts


The Bible portrays wisdom as something that doesn’t come easily. To have wisdom implies many struggles but with understanding. It’s when we don’t understand why things are working a certain way that we are faced with the journey toward wisdom. 



Proverbs 22:17-19 - 17 Pay attention and turn your ear to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, 18 for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. 19 So that your trust may be in the Lord, I am teaching you today, yes you.



Proverbs 22:17-19 (TLB) Listen to this wise advice; follow it closely, for it will do you good, and you can pass it on to others: Trust in the Lord.



Psalm 119:18 (CEV) Open my mind and let me discover the wonders of your Law.



Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.



You need to - Open your mind to knowledge, turn your ear to wisdom, and apply your heart to understanding. Amen?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rock I Stand


We do not need to understand but we must depend on Jesus Christ (the Rock I stand)



1.     My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

o    Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

2.    When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

3.    His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

4.    When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.
Stand firm, stand on the truth, and stand on Christ. Amen?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Be Different


 One definition of the word "odd" is Deviating from what is ordinary, usual, or expected; strange, different, or peculiar. I think that is a good description of a Christ follower. If we are like everybody else then how can we make a difference for Jesus?



Jesus in Matthew 5:12-16 describes Christians like this, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.



Scripture tells us that we are different - we are not from this world but just passing through. It is on this passing through journey called life that we are to make a difference in the world. We are to bring the truth of God out of the darkness and in to the light. We are not to be ashamed of the Gospel, and need to apply it to our lives.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Hearing


A few years ago we had a minister's lunch at the church I was at for about 16 area pastors. Our church has ten different outside doors. Everyone who has been there knows to go in the side door for "eating" events. I thought it was weird that a new pastor that I talked to earlier did not show up. He called me about 20 minutes in to the lunch saying he could hear us inside, but couldn't find an unlocked door to get in! I rescued him from the parking lot, but it made me think about how the world sees the church. Do they ask the question, How do I get in?



Recently a friend told me of a funeral at his church where he encountered a group of people outside on his front lawn who asked, Is this the church, and how can we get in? That just gives me the shivers! Have we become so isolated and outdated that the world really doesn't know who, what, or where we (the body of Christ) are?



 Today ask yourself - do those around you know of Christ, and how can they have a relationship with Him?



Romans 10:12-14 tells us; …For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call on him. For whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? …

Friday, August 11, 2017

Leadership Application

"The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none, but knowledge comes easily to the discerning." - Proverbs 14:6

I am really excited that the Global Leadership Summit is helping tens of thousands of Christians grow. I love learning from great leaders. Here are some of my favorite quotes on the subject:
Leadership is influence.
Everything rises and falls with leadership.
If you try to lead and no one follows then you're just taking a walk.
Everyone is a leader.
The first person you lead is yourself.
Lead where you are.
Wise leaders take wise risks.
No one leads alone.
To be a good leader you must be a good follower.

Why not pick one of these quotes and think about how you can apply it to your life.

Be wise - good leaders look to God for direction.