Saturday, November 30, 2013
Two areas close to us were very hard hit; Seabrite and Union Beach. In the days immediately following Sandy our church became a “warming station” offering warm drinks, a charging station for phones, dispersing information, food, prayer, and comfort. Many of our members worked tirelessly in their communities - clearing debris, sharing food, gas, batteries, and showing the love of Christ.
We held a special community Thanksgiving service encouraging people to give to local Christian charities that were working tirelessly in recovery efforts. A week before Christmas with the help of former members who live in Alabama we handed out over 300 presents to boys and girls in Union Beach. Over the next six months we joined in with many work groups that came in to our area from all over the country. We were blessed to host a group of 17 college students from the University of Cincinnati who volunteered during their Spring break, and we continue to help some of those families we met that week.
The work continues with many families who are faced with difficult decisions to rebuild or not. We offer them the greatest gift that God offers us, and that is hope. Hope found in Jesus Christ and lived out in His people. I am very proud how the church of God has comforted, aided, loved, and been there for so many families faced with rebuilding their lives after this terrible storm.
I praise God for the hope He offers to us through all the storms in our lives. Praise Him even during the storms - He will see you through.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
How do we show Jesus our thankfulness?
Consider the story from Luke 17:11-19,
11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”
Only one broke the Levitical law about quarantine.
Do you want to know who you are and feel your purpose with a deep sense of conviction and peace?
So, as we gather around the table, let us come together to give thanks. Healing is just one of the ways God has come and will come to our lives. More than that, we are people who God is in the process of making whole . . . of completing and bringing together and finishing.
Be wise today and always this Thanksgiving - show you are thankful to God.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Prayer develops faith by encouraging reliance on God.
Prayer is not difficult – but simple with everyday words like “please”, thank You”, and “praise You” at its heart.
Praying the words of Jesus is a strengthening spiritual practice.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
In chapter 33 of Jeremiah God tells us some things we could never figure out on our own. Look along in your Bible at these six things.
Be wise today and always - listen to God and learn.
Monday, November 25, 2013
Sunday, November 24, 2013
Saturday, November 23, 2013
I. They shall be restored to peace, honor, joy, protection, and provision. (vv. 1-14).
II. Their sorrow for the loss of their children shall come to an end. (vv. 15-17).
III. The people will repent of their sins, and God will graciously forgive and accept them. (vv. 18-20).
What God promise do you need to be reminded of in the midst of a broken and fallen world?
Write it down and remember God's promise for you.
Be wise today and always - Ask God to give you new hope today.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Which leads us to our ninth and last week of the series -
This is a pretty graphic demonstration of God's anger against disobedient people. Do you receive this? God does expect our obedience. We'll see that the people cannot repair it, but God will bring His people back to Israel in 70 years.
Be wise today and always - think of something to thank God for in your brokenness.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?”
“From childhood,” he answered. “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.” - Mark 9:17-29
Are we sometimes like the disciples who weren't "prayed up" or focused on Jesus?
Be wise today and always - pray always focus on the Savior.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.. - James 5:13-16
Keep praying the Lord hears you.
Be wise today and always - tap in to God's power and righteousness.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Regardless of how strong you think your walk with God might be, anyone may let it slip by not paying sufficient attention to God’s word daily. A wholehearted devotion to God is necessary, and we cannot divide our loyalties between God and other things. Look at Jeremiah 23:11-12. Even people who consider themselves church leaders can get off track.
“Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the Lord. “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the Lord.
Be wise today and always - stay off those slippery slopes!
Monday, November 18, 2013
He is able to save.
He is able to protect.
He is able to preserve.
He is able to meet our needs.
He is able to ascend to heaven’s throne.
He is able to take you with Him. The Lord is Able
The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory. This Psalm has been lifted up on many occasions and will continue to remind and encourage us. Christ is returning to earth and we shall rise to meet Him in the air. The Lord is Awesome!
Be wise today and always - be ready, anticipate His coming- herald His coming . The world needs to hear about it!
Sunday, November 17, 2013
God’s Word - 10 This is what the Lord says:
Completion of exile (consequence of sin) - “When seventy years are completed for
God’s promise - I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place.
God’s plan - 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,
God has our future in mind - “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Cause and Effect - 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
1. Repent and Confess to God
“He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).
“I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man” (Acts 24:16).
Friday, November 15, 2013
3. The scoffers at true prophecy. (Read verses 33-40)
How do we handle the Word of God?
Be wise today and always - always seek the God's way and truth.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Psalm 107: 1-9 - Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say this-- those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle. They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
What areas of your life need restoration?
Be wise today and always - be strong in the Lord.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
"Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight," declares the LORD. Boast in the Lord.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Psalm 27:4 - One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Our desire should be to be constantly in His presence.
Monday, November 11, 2013
(VV. 1-4) There will be Shepherd-Leaders. Here we have an example of the Ruthless vs. the Righteous
2.(VV5-6) There will be a Savior. Righteous branch and Righteousness of the Lord.
7 “So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 8 but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”
Sunday, November 10, 2013
We see that our own wisdom, strength, and power will not save us. Only Christ alone can save us. God cares about what is inside of us not the exterior.
A person is not a Jew who is one only outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outward and physical. No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Such a person’s praise is not from other people, but from God. Romans 2:28-29
How does God want to use you? What is stopping Him?
Make this prayer/declaration personal as you read:
I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. - David Psalm 40:1-3
May you always place yourself in the Potter’s hands.
Be wise today and always - see and fear the Lord and put our trust in Him.