Archive for December, 2005

December 16, 2005: 5:43 pm: Daily Scripture

Luke 2:8-20
8 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. 9 Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, 10 but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! 11 The Savior yes, the Messiah, the Lord has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! 12 And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” 13 Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others the armies of heaven praising God: 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” 15 When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. 17 Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. 18 All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, 19 but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. 20 The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Enjoy the Christmas message and keep it first in your heart as you celebrate His first coming. Remind others that as He came once, He will come again. Never stop telling the story of our hope and redemption.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Daily Scripture will be on vacation until 1/9/06.

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December 15, 2005: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 5:18-21
18 We know that those who have become part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them. 19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the power and control of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. And now we are in God because we are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the only true God, and he is eternal life. 21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

John presents a clear picture of Christ. What we think about Jesus Christ is central to our teaching, preaching, and living. Jesus is the God-man, fully God and fully human at the same time. He came to earth to die in our place for our sins. Through faith in Him, we are given eternal life and the power to do His will. What is your answer to the most important question you could ever ask: Who is Jesus Christ? Your answer will determine where you spend eternity. It will determine how you live in this world. Your answer will speak about what you are really made of and who you really are. Are you Christ’s or are you of this world?

Have a God Day!

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December 14, 2005: 5:42 pm: Daily Scripture

1John 5:13-15
13 I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 14 And we can be confident that he will listen to us whenever we ask him for anything in line with his will. 15 And if we know he is listening when we make our requests, we can be sure that he will give us what we ask for.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Our eternal life in Christ is based on facts and not feelings. For those who believe in Christ as the Son of God and the Son of Man, we will spend eternity with Him. As we walk this world waiting for Him to return, our position in Christ is secure whether we feel it or not. Being in Christ means that we live in His will and under His direction. So when we pray, we are in line with His will. It is not demanding what we want, but seeking what He wants and then praying according to His will. We discuss with Him what He wants for us. One way to know if we are praying in line with the will of God is to use the Bible as a guide. For example, I had a friend who was not married, but wanted a friend just to live with outside of marriage and asked me to pray for her to find someone. My response is that I can not pray someone into a sin situation. God does not work that way. If I come to Him with a request that is outside of His will and Word, I know that prayer will not be answered by God. It may seem harsh, but if you are seeking something out side of God’s will or Word, it will never happen. Keep this in mind as you go before Him with your requests and know with your head that you are secure in His love and will spend eternity with Him.

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December 13, 2005: 6:33 pm: Daily Scripture

Philippians 4:11
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The thing about life is that it is so daily. We keep doing the same things over and over. Life can become gray and without purpose if we are not careful. And life always looks better in someone else’s playground. Stop looking at what you don’t have and start learning how to be content with where you are. This is the lesson from Paul; learn to be content, no matter what you have or where you are. Living in America it is easy to forget that so many in this world live in need. Try to image life for the 40,000 people who die from starvation each week. It can not be comprehended in the land of plenty we live in. We are bombarded by advertisers that tell us we will not be happy or beautiful or content without their product. And we buy, buy and buy but never reach a level of contentment that satisfies. That is because we are looking at things to make us content and only through God living in us and the knowledge of His love will we find contentment. Paul had learned how to be content in every situation. I don’t know about you, but this is how I want to be. And it is sometimes a daily struggle, but I keep on working at it. I keep on reading the Word to keep me focused on who I am in Christ. And I think on what is true and what is honest and not on the lie this world would have me believe. Focus in on Christ Jesus and not on this world and contentment can be yours.

Have a God Day!

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December 12, 2005: 6:14 pm: Daily Scripture

Colossians 4:2-6
2 Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. 3 Don’t forget to pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to preach about his secret plan-that Christ is also for you Gentiles. That is why I am here in chains. 4 Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should. 5 Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Have you ever grown tired of praying for someone to know the Lord as Savior? Paul says we should devote ourselves to prayer and to be alert in prayer. Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God will answer our prayers. Faith shouldn’t die if the answer comes slowly, for God’s delay may be God’s way of working His will. We can have no way of knowing all of the circumstances surrounding the person we are praying for. Or all of the ways that God is working to draw them to His love. When we pray, we need to trust that God is working the circumstances of their lives to bring them to Himself. God is working in the lives of all people to come to Him. Some turn Him away and some just need more time. The Holy Spirit is doing His job by working behind their knowledge to bring them to accepting Christ as Savior. So never give up. Never stop praying for those you know who need Him. When you pray, know that God is present, always listening and will always answer your prayer. Maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that He knows are best.

Have a God Day!

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December 9, 2005: 8:02 am: Daily Scripture

Philippians 1:12-19
12 And I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, that everything that has happened to me here has helped to spread the Good News. 13 For everyone here, including all the soldiers in the palace guard, knows that I am in chains because of Christ. 14 And because of my imprisonment, many of the Christians here have gained confidence and become more bold in telling others about Christ. 15 Some are preaching out of jealousy and rivalry. But others preach about Christ with pure motives. 16 They preach because they love me, for they know the Lord brought me here to defend the Good News. 17 Those others do not have pure motives as they preach about Christ. They preach with selfish ambition, not sincerely, intending to make my chains more painful to me. 18 But whether or not their motives are pure, the fact remains that the message about Christ is being preached, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. 19 For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

What is the perspective that you live from? Is it one of peace and joy or it is one of regret and remorse? Paul was in prison for preaching the Gospel and had a guard chained to him 24 hours a day and yet he had joy. His point of view was very clear and it did not depend on what was happening to him on the external, because his joy came from an internal knowledge of who he was in Christ. He was looking at his situation from God’s perspective and not from his own human senses. From a human point of view things could not have been worse. He had no freedom and was doomed to die, but from God’s perspective, people were hearing about the love of God and getting saved from Hell. How are you looking at the problem you face today? Is it from the promises given to us by the Word of God, or are you depending on your own strength to overcome? Get a clear point of view and know that life is just one series of problems and how you look at each situation will determine the outcome. Look at them from God’s point of view and not from your own human perspective. God has a way out of every problem and He has a purpose behind everything that happens to you. And it is for your good and for His plan. Trust Him today with that thing that weighs you down and let His joy fill you heart today.

Have a God Day!

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December 8, 2005: 7:56 am: Daily Scripture

Galatians 6:7-10 7
Don’t be misled. Remember that you can’t ignore God and get away with it. You will always reap what you sow! 8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9 So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time. 10 Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone, especially to our Christian brothers and sisters.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We all have the exact same choices of receiving or refusing what Jesus Christ has provided for us. Our past, present and future as believers are all about the seeds sown by the choices we have made or will make. We think we are human beings having a spiritual experience on earth. But we need to understand we are spiritual beings for all time and eternity that happen to be having a little human experience here on earth. The choices we make today will affect us for all eternity. Many will go into eternity without the blood of Jesus Christ to cover their sins. Don’t be one of them, accept the Gift of Salvation now while you can. For the Christian, the decisions we make today will determine what we will be doing during the Millennium. Are you using the talents that God has given you for His Kingdom? Or are you hiding them? Are you too afraid to step out and take a risk? Break the cycle sown from your past and stop reliving your mistakes. Confusion, fear and unforgivness still thriving in your soul will hinder the work Christ has set before you. Think before you step outside of God’s will and do not sow anymore seeds you do not want to grow. Then pull the weeds of past regrets from your life by applying the grace and forgiveness of God. It will soothe your memories and calm your mind. Then you can move forward into eternity with a crop of plenty of work done, in the name of Christ.

Have a God Day!

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December 7, 2005: 7:56 am: Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:22-30
22 God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. 25 This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength. 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, 29 so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

God chose the things the world would consider foolish to bring salvation to us. That God Himself would come down to the earth is foolishness to the world. Today is no different than over 2000 years ago. The world still considers the work of Christ Jesus foolishness. But for those who answer the call, we know it is the very life of all that we are. God and God alone made it possible for you to have His righteousness and it was God who made you acceptable to Himself. He is the One who makes us holy and who give us freedom. The world considers this foolish. Once we choose Christ, we choose life and we choose to be in opposition to the world. The world can not understand our choice, and the world does not like it. The pressure from the world around us to leave Christ behind and follow our own desires will never go away. As long as we live on this earth, society will pressure the Christian to turn away from God and turn to our own selfish desire. Do not let culture mold what you think and thereby what you do. But let the Word of God direct your thoughts and actions by the example given by God Himself through Jesus Christ. God made us pure and holy and He gave Himself to purchase our freedom. Do not turn away from the love so freely given to you, but use the power given to you by the Holy Spirit of God to live for Him.

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December 6, 2005: 6:25 pm: Daily Scripture

1 John 4:3-6
3 If a prophet does not acknowledge Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person has the spirit of the Antichrist. You have heard that he is going to come into the world, and he is already here. 4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won your fight with these false prophets, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. 5 These people belong to this world, so they speak from the world’s viewpoint, and the world listens to them. 6 But we belong to God; that is why those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

We are seeing the spirit of Antichrist more today than we did yesterday. As we move to the end of this age and the coming of Christ, we will see the sprit of evil prevail. But this is only a sign of what is to come and does not mean the God is not in control. The Word is speaking of this attitude the world would take today. And it will only grow as we continue on. Christ is being removed from everything, from our schools, our work, now even in what we wish someone in public. Do not be discourage by what we are seeing happen today. We should rejoice! Wish anyone you want a Merry Christmas and know that you are not of this world. And even though the world is removing Christ from everything those in Christ are not of this world. We are to fight against the prevailing spirit of Antichrist, but we are also to know that He is control and all of this is just a birth pain of what is to come. Read the end of the Book, God wins. That is all we need to know as the world comes against everything that is of Christ. Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. And I wish you a Merry Christmas!

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December 5, 2005: 5:43 pm: Daily Scripture

John 6:32-40
32 Jesus said, “I assure you, Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven. 33 The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 “Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day of our lives.” 35 Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst. 36 But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me. 37 However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. 38 For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want. 39 And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day. 40 For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life-that I should raise them at the last day.”
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

Jesus told us that He was the Bread of Life; He also told us that He was Living Water. Whoever eats of this Bread and drinks of this Water will never be hungry or thirsty again. Because He had just filled their stomachs with food, the crowd wanted Him to provide them with daily food just like God had done in the wilderness. But God is not as concerned with filling our stomachs as He is with filling our hearts. Repeatedly, the Bible instructs us not to worry about what we will eat or drink, but to put God first in our lives. He tells us that He will provide what our bodies need to live, but that we must want and pursue what will make our soul live. He will take care of the perishable and we are to focus on the eternal. Making Christ first, takes all of the emphasis off of us and puts us into the Kingdom of God. When we walk in the Kingdom, we walk with Christ and He leads us where He wants us to go. If you have not been focusing on the Bread of Life, you are slowly starving to death. Feed your spiritual life daily by turning your focus to Jesus. Put Him first in everything you do and you will walk in the Kingdom of God.

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