Monday, June 26, 2017

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Going the Extra Mile!


Matthew 5:41  If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two  miles. 


Meditate on God’s Word!  Doing the right thing is never easy.  Jesus spent much of His time teaching us to go beyond the law and the ten commandment and to follow God’s heart of love.  And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two  miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:40-42

Jesus knew without a higher standard man would always do just enough to appear to be righteous or holy. God looks at the heart. Jesus taught us the two greatest commandments. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”  Mark 12:30-31 Jesus also taught us how to give.  Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Mark 12:41-42


Jesus used her poverty to teach us how give from the heart.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. 44 They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:43-44 Be open to how is speaking to you today!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

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Doing the Right Thing!


II Thessalonians 3:5  May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 


Meditate on God’s Word!  Doing the right thing during times of persecution is one of the hardest things in life. Loving those that despise you is what Jesus commands us to do.  “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’[b]39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two  miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:38-42

His words were about to usher in the era of grace which commanded Christians to be different and to be willing to be like Jesus and how He lived. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[c] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? Matthew 5:43-46  

It is never easy to forgive those who have hurt you but this is the command of Jesus to those who follow His life, words and who believe in Him. As the Apostle Paul who believed in Jesus after persecuting Christians for a period of time, changed his life, taught us.  Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. 17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:14-18 Doing the right thing honors God, honors Jesus and may even lead to someone to follow Jesus and do the hardest thing in the world to do, forgive the way Jesus forgave us. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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The Battle, God’s Power!


II Thessalonians 3:3  The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.

Meditate on God’s Word!  One of the most powerful promises in the Bible to encourage you today no matter what you are going through today! The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. II Thessalonians 3:3  Paul knew that the church at Thessolinica was going through persecution and suffering as he wrote this letter to encourage believers in 52 A.D.  And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. We have confidencein the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5


The battle then and now is a spiritual attack, directed by Satan and his fallen angels as Paul would also write to the church at Ephesus.   Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12


Be assured that God is for you and will strengthen you during the trials and tribulations you will experience in life.  Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen. Jude 24-25  In life and in death, we win because of Jesus!   


Friday, June 23, 2017

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God Cares!

I Peter 5:7 Cast all you cares upon Jesus, because He cares for you.

Meditate on God’s Word!  There will be times and days where we just don’t know what to do but throw ourselves at the feet of Jesus.  God’s mercy is without description and is available to us in our time of need.  Near the end of King David’s life, David had sinned against God and threw himself at the mercy of God. David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let me fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is very great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” I Chronicles 21:13  David knew in his time of distress the best thing to do was to throw himself at the mercy of God.

Even during the great prayer of Nehemiah he recounted God’s great mercy to the nation of Israel.  For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you warned them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you gave them into the hands of the neighboring peoples. 31 But in your great mercy you did not put an end to them or abandon them, for you are a gracious and merciful God. Nehemiah 9:30-31



If you are in a situation today that requires God’s mercy just ask God’s Holy Spirit to fill you with His hope, joy, peace and the grace that only God can give. This is the God that we serve, who always forgives, always strengthen and always is there in our time of need. Do you not know?  Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles they will run and not grow weary,  they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31 God cares, deeply for you!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Reconciled by His Blood!


Colossians 1:20  To reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Meditate on God’s Word!  The price that Jesus paid was more than mockery, beatings, scourging and humiliation, but His shed blood.  In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7 Jesus’s death established the new covenant with God for the forgiveness of sin, the shed blood of Jesus, instead of the daily and yearly animals sacrifices made through the priests.  He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[c] so that we may serve the living God! Hebrews 9:12-14

This is the new covenant with God, forever for all mankind.  Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Matthew 26:26-29



Take a moment to just THANK GOD for what JESUS did for you and to all who believe by faith. You have been chosen by God to be His child because someone told you about Jesus. Why not do the same by telling someone you know who is searching for the peace that God has given you! As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! Romans 10:15
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Redemption & Forgiveness!


Colossians 1:14  In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Meditate on God’s Word!  If you could have unlimited wealth and riches or to know with 100% certainty that you were redeemed and forgiven, which would you take? In these nine words we have been given this choice through Jesus.  In whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:14

God created the universe through Him and it was decided before time began that Jesus would redeem all mankind through His life and sacrificial death. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. Colossians 1:16-18

Reconciliation and peace with God because of Jesus. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19-20 It is better to be poor and struggle and know where you are going when you die than to have riches and wealth and to hope you make it to heaven when you die because of your good works. With Jesus, the choice is simple! .  In Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7