Friday, January 31, 2014
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
May we bereminded of the following 3 truths:
1. Grace once received is meant to be given.
2. Holding on to hurts only further wounds the injured party.
3. We each control only our response to the pain.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 27, 2014
Sunday, January 26, 2014
With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all. - Acts 4:33
[ Stephen Seized ] Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. - Acts 6:8
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. - Acts 20:24
It seems to me that there is a "spiritual equation" at work here.
Testimony of God's grace = Power or God's Power can be found through living out and telling the world of His grace (found in Jesus). It is what Christ followers are called to do. Testify and Christ will empower you!
What's stopping us? God gives us all we need through Jesus Christ. As my old Pastor use to say, "Use it before you lose it!".
Receive and testify to God's grace to someone today. It will make an eternal difference!
Saturday, January 25, 2014
Read GRACE by Max Lucado
Watch or attend the sermons each week at fbcredbank.com
Participate or start a small group to go deeper in to each week's message.
The following is an example of what we talk about in my Tuesday morning group:
What tangible proof is there of salvation?
Do we expect certain habits or traits from those who call themselves Christians?
How do God’s grace and our faith work together to equal salvation?
Do we ever allow nonbiblical ideas to interfere in our relationships with other Christians?
When faced with a conflicting opinion, how do you respond?
Have you ever felt like there are certain things you need to do in order to be a Christian? What are these things?
When someone gives you something freely do you feel the need to somehow repay the giver?
How can you repay Jesus?
Friday, January 24, 2014
“For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, ‘Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.’ Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for ‘The righteous shall live by faith.’ But the law is not of faith, rather ‘The one who does them shall live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:10–14 esv)
Grace has to be oneGod’s best ideas for sinful people. We contribute nothing. He contributes everything. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8
“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.” (2 Timothy 1:9 niv) The certainty of God's promised grace replaces endless effort—we can rest. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 niv)
Accept and rest in God's grace today.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The trouble with trying to be good enough is it only makes us weary and frustrated. Attempts at self-salvation guarantee nothing but exhaustion.”
It doesn’t lead to more faith. “Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: ‘The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.’ Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself.” (Galatians 3:12–13 msg)
Receive God's grace with a grateful and transformed heart.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Meditate today on the following Scripture:
“God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it.” (Romans 4:16 msg)
“He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.” (Titus 3:5 niv)
“And all need to be made right with God by his grace, which is a free gift. They need to be made free from sin through Jesus Christ. God sent him to die in our place to take away our sins. We receive forgiveness through faith in the blood of Jesus' death. This showed that God always does what is right and fair, as in the past when he was patient and did not punish people for their sins.” (Romans 3: 24–25 ncv)
“Then, in your desperate condition, you called out to God. He got you out in the nick of time; He put your feet on a wonderful road that took you straight to a good place to live. So thank God for his marvelous love, for his miracle mercy to the children he loves.” (Psalm 107:6–8 msg)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
God's peace and holiness is available to all people. Christ followers are to share His grace in a world filled with bitterness and trouble. We are warned not to trade the eternal gift of God for the temporary things of this world.
Receive God's eternal grace not the world's temporary pleasures.
Monday, January 20, 2014
Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” –
Sunday, January 19, 2014
Saturday, January 18, 2014
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 nlt) Satan’s aim is to “steal your peace, kill your dreams, destroy your future.” —Lucado
Conviction from the Holy Spirit brings about change in the heart. “See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done.” (2 Corinthians 7:11 niv)
What is the fruit of this grace? Confidence in your Defender - Jesus. “Behold the fruit of grace: saved by God, raised by God, seated with God. Gifted, equipped, and commissioned. Farewell earthly condemnations.” - Lucado
Will you listen to Satan’s accusations? Or will you believe what Jesus says about you?
Be wise today and always - be consumed by the Holy Spirit and walk in faithful obedience.
Friday, January 17, 2014
“But early the next morning he was back again at the
“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.” (Philippians 2:5–7 esv)
Jesus is also our defender.
“Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right. Who can say God's people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God's right side, appealing to God for us.” (Romans 8:33–34 ncv)
The apostle John called Satan the Accuser.
“For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth—the one who accuses them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:10 nlt)
Down forget that condemnation of mankind is Satan's specialty. He wants you to look backwards or down not forward and vertical.
Be wise today and always - allow Jesus to be your defense in a fight against evil.
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Be wise today and always - seek your Advocate, Jesus in all of life's matters.
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
this introduction to a Lucado book on Grace. It shares the excitement of this
year's "grace focused" study we have entered. Enjoy!
"Grace. We talk as though we understand the term. The bank gives us a grace period. The seedy politician falls from grace. Musicians speak of a grace note. We describe an actress as gracious,
a dancer as graceful. We use the word for hospitals, baby girls, kings, and premeal prayers. We talk as though we know what grace means.
But do we really understand it? Have we settled for wimpy grace? It politely occupies a phrase in a hymn, fits nicely on a church sign. Never causes trouble or demands a response. When asked, “Do you believe in grace?” who could say no?
Let's ask a deeper question: Have you been changed by grace? Shaped by grace? Strengthened by grace? Emboldened by grace? Softened by grace? Snatched by the nape of your neck and shaken to your senses by grace?
God’s grace has a drenching about it. A wildness about it. A white-water, riptide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you. It rewires you. From insecure to God secure. From regret riddled to better-because-of-it. From afraid to die to ready to fly.
Grace is the voice that calls us to change and then gives us the power to pull it off. Let’s make certain grace gets you."
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
The hill was on Lee’s left flank directly in the path of General Richard Ewell’s corps. Lee sent a message to General Ewell directing him to “take that hill if feasible.” As Ewell’s corps advance through
Ewell risked failure because he couldn’t make a timely decision. Only one decision, but so much depended upon that moment’s value. When you think about it, our lives are like that terrible battle. Satan’s army lies before us waiting to destroy us. God is behind us, though. He tells us to take the high ground and put the foe on the defensive. We can either advance or retreat. But, remember, this battle hinges on your ability to be discerning. Delay can be costly when you are fighting the good fight. Every moment has its value. We should live life in a spirit of knowing this and accepting our responsibility to understand that our decisions, good and bad, are critical to the path we walk in this life. Obedience to God's plan and ways are always best.
Be wise today and always - choose God's high ground every time.
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Be encouraged by these two verses:
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.- Galatians 2:20
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. - Colossians 1:27
We are to live, love, and forgive as Jesus did. It is for His glory, and under His power that we can.
Be wise today and always - praise God for His hope and grace.
Saturday, January 11, 2014
“Then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them, and take the stony heart out of their flesh, and give them a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 11:19
Some say they can’t change – they're not Jesus. Well use the example of Paul.
Christ creates the change—unique to Christianity is that Christ accepts us before we change, then he moves within us. You can’t forgive? Christ can. Can’t face tomorrow? Christ can.*
Friday, January 10, 2014
Be wise today and always - allow God's grace to change your life.
*GRACE by Max Lucado
Thursday, January 9, 2014
God’s grace is not limited by our understanding and treatment of it.
Grace is available to everyone.
A changed heart is evidence of God’s grace on the move.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
May we seek to have the mind, wisdom, and ministry of Jesus as we accept and give grace. Martin Luther said, "Should anyone knock at my heart and say. Who lives here? I should reply, Not Martin Luther, but the Lord Jesus Christ."
Be wise today and always - go deep in to God's grace.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Be wise today and always - embrace and live God's Word.
Monday, January 6, 2014
George Bailey, in It’s a Wonderful Life couldn’t grasp the affect that his life had made on the world around him until it was shown to him. Jesus knew that the world needed saving, and He was the only way to bring it about. He left the splendor of heaven to come in to this dark world as a baby. Jesus brought the light of heaven to earth, and made salvation available through His sacrifice.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Consider chapter Psalm 8:
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them[with glory and honor.You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky,and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! - David
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Friday, January 3, 2014
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
There will always be those who believe it is futile to wait for God.The Lord comes to us many times throughout our lives if our hearts are receptive and our eyes are open. How should we wait and watch?
We should wait patiently, expectantly, and faithfully.
Be wise today and always - keep looking up this year.
Thursday, January 2, 2014
Here’s a few things we can learn from Simeon:
Simeon didn’t fall into that trap. He was looking for the Messiah… and who did he find? He found Jesus, this baby being carried by Joseph & Mary., they were part of the ordinary crowd of people who came into the
2. We need to look for Christ
Simeon was looking for Jesus. What robs many people, including Christians, of the peace that Christmas can have is that we get caught up in looking for everything but Jesus. And thus, the manger of Christmas becomes empty for us.
3. We need to prepare ourselves to receive God’s blessings.
Simeon was not a particularly important man, but he was known as a righteous and a devout man. In Greek his name means “taking a good hold” on something. for him, God was at the center of this his life.. He was constantly in the
He was not a CEO (Christmas - Easter only) type of worshipper, or every other Sunday attendee. Simeon was the type of worshipper who would have been present every time the church doors were opened. He was dedicated and loved God with all of his heart, soul and mind.
It was only to him, a lady named Anna, and a bunch of shepherds that God revealed His message of peace. Wonder why? They were waiting and watching with hope!
Be wise today and always - look for Jesus this year (you will find Him).