Thought For Today

January 24, 2021

God told us to set aside one day out of seven for a very good reason: He knew we needed it. If we work all the time, not only will we wear out physically, but we’ll also neglect our relationship with God.

This is why one of the Ten Commandments says, “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God” (Exodus 20:9-10). (The word “Sabbath,” incidentally, comes from an old Hebrew word that means to cease or stop doing something.)

This also is why we observe the Sabbath best when we use it for both rest and worship. Our bodies need rest, and that’s why the Old Testament decreed, “Six days you shall labor, but on the seventh day you shall rest” (Exodus 34:21). But our souls also need renewing—and that’s why the Sabbath also should be a time for worship and instruction in God’s Word. Jesus regularly attended worship on the Sabbath (e.g., Luke 4:14-16).

I’m afraid we’re in danger of forgetting this commandment today—but when we do, we pay a price both physically and spiritually. Instead, God loves us, and He wants to bless us by giving us rest and restoring our souls. May this be true every week for you—and every day. 

We are meant to serve the Lord in community, not just on our own. It is also a public witness to the claims of Christ. Our praise proclaims Him Lord and Savior, Healer and Baptizer, ever-present Friend, and soon coming King! True corporate or public worship is one of the most evangelistic things the church can do! Public worship helps Christians to achieve a deeper understanding of the Bible, the life of Jesus and Christian teachings. It also enables those who receive Holy Communion to welcome Jesus into their hearts.

Public worship does not mean you have to be present in a church building. That building is not the church – we are!!! Public worship may be in an elegant cathedral or a bench in the park. According to The Bible, Public Worship is “wherever two or more are gathered in My Name says The Lord”. This can be with your family around the breakfast table at home, in your room at the hospital with friends, or in a nursing home from your bed where you are a permanent shut-in. When we know Christ, every day is an opportunity to love Him and serve Him more.

People don’t miss church because they live too far from the building…they miss church because they live too far from God…

January 23, 2021

Fears, anxieties, regrets. We all have them. Maybe they are little ones. Maybe they’re regrets like wishing you’d gone to your friend’s wedding. You really let her down. Or maybe they are bigger ones that latch onto you and never let go.

Do you have a burden so big you think only you can, or should, carry it? Are you scared about something that threatens your stability and faith?

What does it look like to give our burdens to God? And what truths and verses can we cling to in times of crisis?

In Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us that we can come to him when we are weary. That we take his yoke upon us. That means he will bear the weight of what weighs us down. God tells us that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. Regrets and fears, on the other hand, weigh us down till we can no longer look up.

Psalm 55:22 tells us we can cast our cares on the Lord and he will sustain us.

Romans 8:32 tells us that God did not spare His most valuable possession, but instead, He gave him up for us. And if God gave us Jesus, how can we believe anything we ask God even compares to that?

Titus 3:5 tells us that we could not get to heaven because of the righteous things we had done, but because of God’s mercy, he saved us.

Matthew 14:13 tells us that Jesus slipped away from the crowds and got alone in a boat. Jesus sought comfort and guidance from his heavenly Father, as we’re encouraged to do.

Matthew 14:23 tells us Jesus went up on the mountain by himself to pray. Luke 5:16 refers to Jesus slipping away to the wilderness to pray. And in Mark 14:35 he brought a few of his disciples with him and went on a little further to pray.

If God’s own Son found the need to talk to God, how can we think we can get through our lives without prayer…

January 22, 2021

God definitely has a plan for our lives. In Jeremiah 29:11 God says “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

All we have to do to let God’s will be done in our lives is, as Micah 6:8 reminds us, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

All God wants from us for performing His perfect will in our lives is to be thankful for what He does. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 instructs us to “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

God’s will for our lives has reason and purpose. It is through scripture, where we can find meaning and principles discerning God’s will. if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about a relationship and spiritual connection rather than just religion. You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber-stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will. Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. Seek God’s will and plan for your life through obedience, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit.

God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway…

January 21, 2021

As our nation has just gone through yet another highly divisive election season, our tendency can be to draw firm lines between ourselves based on which candidates we supported, and that can in turn lead to personal dislike for one another, anger towards those who lead, and eventually division.

As Christians, we are to live in a fine balance; standing for that which is true while seeking unity among ourselves whenever possible, standing firm in the faith while showing grace to those who do not, holding our leaders accountable while praying for their wisdom and well-being.

We are to learn from the words of Ezekiel 22:30 where God said “I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one.” 

We are to be those who stand in the gap, who lift up our nation with all it favors and faults before the throne of God, and pray that He continues to work in our midst.

R.C. Sproul said “There is not one piece of cosmic dust that is outside the scope of God’s sovereign providence.” This includes our nation, government, and we the people…

God has always been in control, is now, and always will be. Pray for our leaders whether you like them or not…

January 20, 2021

Our purpose in life is the very meaning of our existence and without knowing this we often suffer ignorant of our own significance. We fall prey to the illusion that our lives don’t matter and we have no connection or impact on the world around us. The Bible offers many insights into man’s purpose on Earth and living within a meaningful mission.

Psalm 139:16 tells us that God knew everything about our entire life on this earth before we were even formed in the womb where David says “God’s eyes saw my unformed body and all of my days ordained for me were written in His book before one of them came to be.”

Jeremiah 29:11 further states that God said “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Proverbs 19:21 also reminds us that it is God’s plans and not ours that will determine what we do in this world where it says “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

Ephesians 2:10 says we are made to do good things, all of which are outlined before we are even created by reminding us that “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Psalm 138:8 instructs us that God’s plan will be accomplished in our lives when David said “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.”

There are many more statements, precepts, and directives in God’s Word that promise us that God does indeed have a plan for us, it is a good plan, it will be accomplished, and that we will be enabled to perform our part.

We should never pray for God to change what is happening in our lives but to help us understand it, show us what we should do to make it happen, and help us to see the good that will come from it. 

If we could pray to God and get Him to change His mind then He wouldn’t be God…we would…

January 19, 2021

Exodus 23:25 clearly states that God promises that if we “Worship the LORD your God, his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you…”

Jeremiah 30:17 further tells us that God said “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds” 

Isaiah 41:10 also tells us that God said “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The Bible speaks often of miraculous healing through the work of Jesus Christ and faith in God. Our Lord is able to provide comfort and healing for you and your loved ones.

When you are overwhelmed with health problems, bad news, or relationship struggles, the Word of God can be your source of supernatural help. Don’t give up! God promises greater things in store – a future filled with promise and hope! 

There is no other book on earth that makes so many promises we can count on to be true than our Holy Bible. The Bible is the most sold book in the history of the world…and yet the most dusty from lack of use…maybe it’s time to do a little dusting…

January 18, 2021

The Will Of God and His plan for our lives always works for the best. We are reminded in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Hebrews 12:6 says “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.” Like the old saying goes “No pain, no gain”.

Sometimes God’s Plan involves training and training is often painful and exhausting. Olympic athletes train for years and run 1000’s of miles just to prepare themselves for the ultimate test of running the 100 yard dash! All those years and miles for less than 10 seconds of fame! Almost all of this Olympic training is done in silence and alone. The athlete’s trainer certainly won’t be running all of those miles of training along side their future star but it doesn’t mean they aren’t running beside them in spirit.

God may be silent but he is not absent. Matthew 1:23 says, “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). When you hear God’s silence and feel his absence, trust his presence. … God is with us and God is active even when God is silent…

January 17, 2021

Have you ever stopped to think about your thoughts?

“Let’s face it,” Billy Graham wrote. “In the course of a day, all sorts of thoughts lodge themselves in our minds—some good, some not so good. Those thoughts can, in turn, give birth to all sorts of worries and anxieties; they may even lead us to do things that are wrong or destructive.”

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:5 that Christians have the ability to “take every thought captive to obey Christ”. In other words, your thoughts don’t have to be random, and they don’t have to control you. With practice and God’s help, you can control your thoughts by meditating.

Some Christians are wary of or reject meditation, on the grounds that the roots of meditation lie in non-Christian influences such as Buddhism but meditation is biblical. Joshua 1:8 says “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

While meditation has been widely used in eastern spirituality for centuries, there is nothing inherently non-Christian about the practice of meditation, and, it is increasingly being accepted as a mainstream practice in the promotion of well-being and mental health. Without knowing it, you have enjoyed many periods of sweet meditation. Think back to the last funeral you attended for a very close relative or friend. While the comforting music was played and the fond remembrances were shared, did you not slip into a place in your mind when you and the deceased were enjoying good times in the past? You were meditating. Maybe not voluntarily, but you were meditating. It was a time of meditation that promoted comfort and healing didn’t it?

Christian meditation is nothing more than a time of peaceful focus on God, His Love, His Mercy, and His Grace. Christian meditation can focus on a single word, or as I prefer, a collection of verses from the Bible along with pictures and graphics that promote thanksgiving, devotion, and a desire to grow closer to God and to serve Him.

Think about it…if your mind is full of thoughts from God’s Word, where will Satan find room to store the evil thoughts that tempt you to sin…

January 16, 2021

Matthew 4:4 tells of when Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan. This was the ultimate showdown – Satan vs God – high noon. Jesus had no weapons of defense except The Word Of God. When Satan tempted Jesus to prove that He really could make a miracle by turning stones into bread Jesus said “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

If you are a child of God, you are engaged in the same spiritual warfare that Jesus Christ faced in the wilderness temptation after His baptism (Matthew 4:1–11). The devil tried to get Jesus to question the Word of God, and that’s exactly what he’ll do with you. Jesus did not enter into a debate with Satan, but to each accusation, He answered, “It is written…” He spoke the Word of God, and finally He declared, “Away with you, Satan!” That being the weapon Jesus used, you need to do the same.

You drive the enemy out of your life by speaking the Word. When he tries to come into your finances, you drive him out by saying, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory.” When he comes against your household, you say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” When he comes against your marriage, you declare, “What God has brought together, let no man put asunder.” When he comes against your physical body, you say, “By His stripes, I am healed.” When he comes against your children, you declare, “No weapon formed against them will prosper.” You have power to drive the enemy out of your life in Jesus’ name!

God’s Word is your most powerful weapon…keep your weapon loaded with lots of memorized scripture…be quick on the draw…aim for the heart…

January 15, 2021

The Will Of God always works for the best. We are reminded in Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

It is God’s will that leads us out of one door He just shut and into another door that He just opened. The journey from door to door is more often than not very difficult and strewn with pain and suffering. We have to rely on God’s mercy and grace to make our way.

God has a rich supply of mercy and grace that we can tap into by simply doing what Hebrews 4:16 instructs when it says “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

By praying and approaching the Throne Of Grace we are promised by 2 Corinthians 9:8 that “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

By following God’s Will and seeking His Mercy and Grace we are encouraged by 1 Peter 5:10 that “after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.”

Grace and Mercy are always mentioned together throughout The Bible because we always need both. They go hand in hand. Grace without mercy is not any more useful than grace without mercy…we need both…aren’t you glad He has enough to go around…

January 14, 2021

Romans 8:28 tells us “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This is often very difficult to see in the trials and tribulations that come our way every day but when we look back, many times – not always – but many times, we can see how some difficulty caused us to take a different path and discover rewards we did not anticipate.

Psalm 118:24 is often misunderstood when it says “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice, and be glad in it.” This a verse we often say to give thanks for a good day we are having, but on the contrary, this verse is God’s directive for us to make the day He is giving us a good day regardless of how terrible we perceive it to be.

Look for the opportunity in a difficulty you are given today and you might – just might – be able to rejoice and be glad in it…

January 13, 2021

Isaiah 55:8-9 Tells us that God is way more smarter than we are and so much more so that even when explained to us we still don’t always understand. God said “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” which reinforces the fact that we need to just let God come up with the best plan.

Even further, Psalms 27:14 tells us to “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.” If we don’t understand how God is working to accomplish His Will then how can we even hope to expect how long it should take. Slow down and give Him some time.

The story of Jonah and the whale is a perfect example of this lesson.

Many people say that Jonah was the wayward prophet, but he wasn’t wayward; he was stubborn. God spoke to him specifically that he was to go to Nineveh and tell the people to repent. But Jonah was so prejudiced against the people of Nineveh that he said, “God, I’d rather die than do that,” and so he bought a ticket to a boat going the opposite direction. Some people would say that the ensuing storm that God sent was His judgment on Jonah, but the storm was actually God’s grace. Sometimes difficult times are God’s way of getting our attention, and Jonah knew why it was happening. But even then Jonah did not fall on his knees and say, “Lord, forgive me. Make the weather better, and we’ll turn the boat around.” He was so stubborn that he preferred being thrown overboard. Now that’s hardheaded!

Some people also mistakenly say that Jonah’s being swallowed by a big fish was God’s judgment rather than His grace. But in His mercy, God waited three days for Jonah to finally say, “I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed.” That was all of grace and miracle-working power.

Don’t mistake trouble for judgment when it’s really God’s grace…

January 12, 2021

Joshua 1:9 says “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” This is but one example of many found in The Bible where God offers a plan, the hope and confidence to carry out the plan, and His protection while the plan unfolds and reaches full implementation.

As God’s plan for our life continuously unfolds throughout our entire life in this world, He is constantly closing one door just as He opens another.

Don’t miss the next step of God’s plan for your life because you are always looking behind at the door that just closed instead of ahead for the one that may have just opened…

January 11, 2021

When I was a little boy my father used two words, “Be Still”, to handle many situations from correction to comfort.

If I was misbehaving he might say “Be Still!” in a stern tone which meant that if I continued doing what I was doing there would definitely be corrective and probably painful, action forthcoming.

If there was a terrible thunderstorm in progress that frightened us children so badly we shivered in fear, he might say “Be still…” in a gentle and comforting tone which meant not to worry he would take care of everything and that there was nothing to fear.

When God says “Be still” it covers all situations because He is saying that He is in control and nothing is going to happen that he cannot take care of.

So when you are troubled or in doubt or fear, be still…He is God…aren’t you glad…

January 10, 2021

Romans 10:9 says “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” The Plan Of Salvation is so simple that many lost souls just can’t believe that all they have to do to go to heaven when they die is to admit that they are a sinner, believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay for their sins and arose from the tomb on the 3rd day, and then confess their sins and just call on The Lord.

For many nonbelievers that have made the decision to trust Jesus Christ as their Lord & Savior, the part of The Plan Of Salvation that they struggle with most is just how they are to call on the name of the Lord.

Praying to The Lord is merely talking to Him respectfully like you would anyone else. It does not need to be flowery language with lots of words but merely the most simple and straight forward conversation you can offer with as few words as needed to let God know your need. The most simple and effective prayer offered in The Bible was when Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and asked if he could to. Jesus told him to come on and walk on the water to Him. Peter started out very well but when he took his eyes off of Jesus he started to sink and was in fear of drowning. Peter didn’t compose an eloquent 5 minute long prayer to ask Jesus to save his life – he just said “Lord save me!!!”. Jesus saved Peter and you can use the same 3 word prayer and Jesus will save you too.

Just keep it simple when you talk to God…He is not impressed with the great oration that comes out of your mouth…He is impressed with the great feeling that comes out of your heart…

January 9, 2021

Numbers 14:18 says “The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion.” and Proverbs 17:9 reminds us that Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. What good advice and straight from The Word Of God!

We can only have peace in this world if we listen to Hebrews 12:14 that warns us to “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”

To forgive requires the highest form of love…To love requires the highest form of forgiveness…Sometimes we must forgive ourselves before we can forgive others…It takes a strong person to say they are sorry but an even stronger person to forgive…Jesus did and you can too…

January 8, 2021

As we enter into a new year there is always excitement about what a new year might bring. Maybe a new job, a new home, a new baby. There is so much to anticipate that we can hardly contain our excitement and anticipation of the rich and glorious beginnings that await us.

2 Corinthians 5:17 says “When anyone becomes new in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

If you want the most excitement imaginable you only need to do one thing. If you don’t already know Christ as your Savior then you can make that decision right now and everything you are and everything you will ever be will be brand new just like 2 Corinthians 5:17 says.

1 Corinthians 2:9 tells of one of God’s greatest and richest promises when it says “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

What are you waiting for? Even if you already know Christ yourself, you could be telling someone else who doesn’t know for sure if they are going to heaven just how they can too, and you will share in their joy…

January 7, 2021

The apostle Paul tells us in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”

Some Christians are wary of or reject meditation, on the grounds that the roots of meditation lie in non-Christian influences such as Buddhism.

While meditation has been widely used in eastern spirituality for centuries, there is nothing inherently non-Christian about the practice of meditation, and, it is increasingly being accepted as a mainstream practice in the promotion of well-being and mental health. Without knowing it, you have enjoyed many periods of sweet meditation. Think back to the last funeral you attended for a very close relative or friend. While the comforting music was played and the fond remembrances were shared, did you not slip into a place in your mind when you and the deceased were enjoying good times in the past? You were meditating. Maybe not voluntarily, but you were meditating. It was a time of meditation that promoted comfort and healing didn’t it?

Christian meditation is nothing more than a time of peaceful focus on God, His Love, His Mercy, and His Grace. Christian meditation can focus on a single word, or as I prefer, a collection of verses from the Bible along with pictures and graphics that promote thanksgiving, devotion, and a desire to grow closer to God and to serve Him.

Pray to God first so He knows your need and then meditate so He can tell you what to do. Make prayer and meditation a part of your daily fellowship with God. Keep your pen and paper handy…

January 6, 2021

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Are you feeling kind of insignificant and unimportant?

The Bible actually has many passages that tell us what God has to say about our worth and our value in His eyes. Genesis 1:26-27 says “we are made in His image, the very image of God.” Psalm 139:13-16 says “we are fearfully and wonderfully made, and all the days of our lives were written in God’s book before we were ever born”, confirming God’s prior knowledge and plan for our lives. Ephesians 1:4 says “God chose His children before the foundations of the earth were ever formed”, and in Ephesians 1:13-14 we’re told “we are God’s own possession, chosen for the praise of His glory, and that we have an inheritance in heaven with Him as His children.”

But notice the wording in each of the above phrases: “are made,” “are fearfully and wonderfully made,” “were written,” “God chose His children,” “we are God’s own possession,” and “we have an inheritance.” These phrases all have one thing in common: they are things done to us or for us by God. These are not things we have done for ourselves, nor have we earned or deserved them. We are, in fact, merely the recipients of “all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). Therefore, we can conclude that our worth is not really of the “self” at all; rather, it is worth given to us by God. We are of inestimable value to Him because of the price He paid to make us worthy—the death of His Son on the cross.

Since The Bible teaches “God chose His children before the foundations of the earth were ever formed”, then He’s been thinking about us for a long, long, time. I’d say that makes us pretty important don’t you think…

January 5, 2021

A New Year’s resolution is a promise a person makes for the new year. Regardless of what resolution you commit to, the goal is to improve life in the coming year. Resolutions can come in many forms. Some people make a promise to change a bad habit, such as quitting smoking or eating less junk food.

It seems that every new year we spend the first few weeks trying to sort through the numerous resolutions we have made – both past and present – and trying to come up with a plan to carry them out.

WARNING: Take care that you don’t try to outrun God. He already has a master plan that was created before He created this universe or anything in it and His plan is going to be carried out no matter what you seek to do with your own plan.

God’s will for our lives has reason and purpose. It is through scripture, where we can find meaning and principles discerning God’s will. if you are interested in knowing God’s plan for your life, then you must learn to walk with God. You need to develop a relationship with Him. Christianity is all about a relationship and spiritual connection rather than just religion. You will cultivate that relationship best by spending time in His Word, taking time for prayer, and taking every opportunity you can to be involved in church and small group Bible study opportunities. When you seek these disciplines in your life, God will begin the first steps to revealing His plan to you.

Many times when we say we are seeking God’s will, what we are really wanting to say to God is this: “OK, God, here’s what I’m planning to do. Now I need you to rubber-stamp this, all right?” I must tell you that this is not really effective in finding His true will. Before God will begin to reveal His will to you, you must be committed to doing whatever it is that He desires for you to do. God will likely be slow to show you His plan if He knows you will likely not do that plan anyway.

Seek God’s will and plan for your life through obedience, prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit and He will reveal His will to help you gain a better understanding of His plan for your life.

We are to pray to HIM that He will show us our role in His plan and for the strength and ability to fulfill our part in it. He promised He would in Isaiah 41:10 that says “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Slow down and be patient. Let go and let God. He already has a plan. He doesn’t need another one…His plan might – just might – be better than yours…

January 4, 2021

For most of us the New Year resolutions we make each year require a price to pay – usually in either money or physical discomfort – maybe an expensive gym membership so we can lose weight or a lot of sweat and strain to exercise enough at the gym to lose the weight.

Why not make this the year you really do get into The Word. It won’t cost you a penny and it will give you peace and rest. Whether you’re studying the Bible with the goal of pursuing God’s plan for your life or you are studying Chemistry notes to pass your class, the Bible offers much wisdom! When it comes to our pursuit of knowledge, God’s Word gives us the encouragement and inspiration we need to keep going!

Joshua 1:8 says it all when it tells us to “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

Philippians 4:8 teaches that meditation is a Biblical directive from God: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy, meditate on these things.”

Christian meditation on The Word is nothing more than a time of peaceful focus on God, His Love, His Mercy, and His Grace while reading your Bible…

January 3, 2021

Let’s make peace a resolution for this new year whether it be world peace or just peace with our next door neighbor.

“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.”
Romans12:18

The Hebrew word for peace, šālôm, includes the notions of totality or completeness, success, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, security and well being. What a world this would be to live in this new year if we could all just agree to strive to seek these sweet blessings for each other…

January 2, 2021

As we start this new year we should try our best to be obedient to God and do whatever is in His Will. Here are a few pointers to help you start every day. They are not man’s inspiration but inspired by God Himself…

“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 
1 Corinthians 10:31

“Keep yourself pure”
1 Timothy 5:22

“act justly and love mercy and walk humbly with God.”
Micah 6:8

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
Matthew 28:19

January 1, 2021

Psalm 19:7-8 says “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.”

Romans 10:14 says “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?”

Matthew 28:18-20 is The Great Commission – That which we are all commanded to do for The Lord. It says “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”

It may be a new year but you have the same job you need to perform for The Lord…

December 31, 2020

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Words of wisdom from Charles Stanley: Have you ever considered that our omnipotent God can communicate with us in any way He pleases? We may expect Him to speak audibly or send an angelic messenger, but He won’t be limited to a certain method of communication. Instead, it is our responsibility to learn how to perceive His voice.

Today our Father speaks to us primarily through His Word. The Scriptures are fully reliable because the Holy Spirit of God literally breathed His truth upon the minds of men, who recorded it precisely (2 Timothy 3:16).

So often when trouble strikes, we turn to some friend or counselor. That is good, for the Father does speak through godly men and women. But the first place we should turn is to His Word.

God has given us this Book so that we might know Him. If you pick up the Bible only when you have a question or emergency, then you won’t have a true picture of who the Lord is or what He wants you to know. Scripture is a treasure trove of God’s thoughts. Spend time there every day—starting today—to discover new truths and insights.

December 30, 2020

When we have a need or reason to speak God’s Word we shouldn’t try to rely on our memory recall but The Holy Spirit’s direction.

Luke 12:12 says “for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” and Matthew 10:20 further says “For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”

We must try to remember that when we speak The Word we are not speaking for ourselves but for God who breathed The Word in the first place…

December 29, 2020

God’s Word advises us to use our time wisely because He knows that there are many things in life that can distract us from what truly matters. Do not waste your time so that you look back with regret – you do not know what tomorrow holds!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

An unknown author wrote To realize the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who has failed his or her exam.  To realize the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.  To realize the value of ONE WEEK, ask an editor of a weekly.  To realize the value of ONE DAY, ask a daily wage laborer.  To realize the value of ONE HOUR, ask two lovers who are waiting to meet.  To realize the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who has missed the train.  To realize the value of ONE SECOND, ask a person who has survived an accident.  To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND, Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

December 28, 2020

Job 9:10 tells us that God is a miracle maker when it says “He does great things past finding out, yes, wonders without number.”

John Hagee helps us to remember that God truly is a miracle maker.

Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Too many claim to have never seen a miracle when, in reality, we experience too many to count!

To look into the face of a newborn baby is to witness a miracle. Two cells united to become a living soul. Over the course of nine months, those cells multiplied into trillions of cells that created a baby that looks like her parents.

In Psalm 139, David proclaims that God knit him together in his mother’s womb, that he is fearfully and wonderfully made. Every time we look in a mirror, we gaze at the miraculous handiwork of the Creator. There never has been – and never will be – anyone on earth exactly like you. You are a one-of-a-kind masterpiece designed and crafted by God.

Speaking of earth, consider these facts. Planet earth spins on its axis over a thousand miles an hour. Every 24 hours, earth completes a 360-degree rotation. We hurtle through space at 67,000 miles per hour – faster than a bullet flies and 87 times faster than the speed of sound. Even on a lazy day, we travel over a million miles.

Are you paying attention? How much proof do you need? God’s wonders are without number, His miracles too many to count!

December 27, 2020

John 14:12 says “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”

Did Jesus really say what it sounds like He said? John Hagee addressed just that question in his devotion this morning by explaining:

Jesus’ claim that we would do greater works than He did seems quite preposterous when we consider all the works that He did!

Greater things than turning water into wine, healing incurable diseases, and raising the dead? Fueled by the indwelling power of the Holy Spirit, He assured us that we will do greater than these!

Every miracle consists of two parts: God’s part and our part. Jesus commanded the man who had been sick for 38 years to get up, pick up his bed, and walk. He was healed immediately (John 5:8)!

Jesus urged the man with the withered hand to stretch out the useless limb. When he obeyed, it was fully restored (Matthew 12:13).

Jesus told the blind man to go wash in the pool of Siloam. When he splashed the water on his eyes, he came back seeing (John 9:7).

When the wine ran out at the wedding where Jesus was a guest, His mother instructed the servants to do what Jesus said. She trusted Him to help His friends.

When we demonstrate our faith by our actions, we will do greater works…When we listen and obey, the best is yet to be…

December 26, 2020

I will never forsake you or abandon you.” 
Hebrews 13:5

Heavenly Father, please strengthen our hearts, and remind us to encourage one another when the troubles of life start to overwhelm us. Please guard our hearts against depression. Give us the strength up to rise up each day and fight against the struggles which seek to weigh us down. Amen.

There is comfort in knowing God has promised to always be with us and that we should never feel alone. 2 Corinthians 1:4 says “He comforts us whenever we suffer. That is why whenever other people suffer, we are able to comfort them by using the same comfort we have received from God.”

Do you know someone that could use a little comfort today? Make a difference in someone’s life…you don’t always need to speak to give comfort…sometimes just holding a hand and sitting quietly is enough…


December 25, 2020

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Our Christmas celebration speaks of God’s heart-stopping, breathtaking love story to us. It opens like this: “For God so loved the world….”

In a cave in Bethlehem, to a virgin named Mary, Jesus was born. He lived in poverty and was raised in obscurity. He did not travel extensively.

In infancy, He startled a king. In childhood, He puzzled the religious scholars in the temple. In manhood, He commanded the course of nature, walking on water and silencing the storm.

He never wrote a book, but all the universities combined cannot contain His wisdom. He never wrote a song, but innumerable anthems proclaim His glory. He never founded a college, but His students outnumber them all.

He never practiced medicine, but He has healed more bodies and broken hearts than all the doctors and psychiatrists together. He never mustered an army, but His soldiers march on today.

He was crucified on a cross, but He still lives in the hearts of millions. Satan could not stop Him. Death could not defeat Him. The grave could not hold Him. He stands at the highest pinnacle of glory – proclaimed by God, acknowledged by angels, adored by saints, and feared by demons, as the reigning King and Lord of all – a Savior worth celebrating!

Without The Cross, the birth of Jesus would have been irrelevant…

December 24, 2020

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

If God loved us so much that He sent His only son into this world to die for us, don’t you think we can offer a few hours of our time and a few plates of our food to those on the streets with nowhere to go, nothing to eat, or anyone to eat it with…Be God’s gift to someone today…

December 23, 2020

The Apostle Paul said in Romans 1:16 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth”

King David said in Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart, That I might not sin against You.”

If God’s Word was so important to the greatest evangelist that ever lived and the most powerful king that ever lived, don’t you think it might be good enough for you too…

December 22, 2020

Philippians 4:8 instructs us to forever be in The Word when it says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

There are so many nuggets of truth and wisdom contained in the pages of The Bible that we would need more than a lifetime in this old world to find them all…when you read don’t forget to meditate to better understand what you are reading…your journey through The Bible is a marathon…not a race…

December 21, 2020

In Matthew 25:40 Jesus taught “The King will say, “I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”

In his morning devotion today, Chuck Swindoll pointed out a simple gift we can give this Christmas that may be the least expensive but most valuable gift we can find when he said:

“WHAT IN THE WORLD can I give to ______ this Christmas?” Sound familiar? Sure, it’s probably the most frequently asked question every Yuletide season. In our pocket of society where pampered affluence is rampant, we are often at a loss to know which gift to buy. For some people (especially those who “have everything”) the standard type of gift won’t cut it. Nothing in the shopping mall catches our fancy.

I have a suggestion. It may not seem that expensive or sound very novel, but believe me, it works every time. It’s one of those gifts that has great value but no price tag. It can’t be lost nor will it ever be forgotten. No problem with size either. It fits all shapes, any age, and every personality. This ideal gift I suggest you give during the season is yourself. That’s right, give some of yourself away.

Give an hour of your time to someone who needs you. Give a note of encouragement to someone who is really down. Give a hug of affirmation to someone in your family. Give a visit of mercy to someone who is laid aside. Give a meal you prepared to someone who is sick. Give a word of compassion to someone who is going through a difficult season. Give a deed of kindness to someone who is easily overlooked.

The most meaningful gifts we give this Christmas won’t be wrapped in shiny paper with a perfectly tied bow—they’ll be wrapped in tender expressions of Christ’s mercy and love…

December 20, 2020

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Romans 12:12 provides excellent guidelines for living. There is joy in hope. With a little hope we can face life’s challenges head on and not cower in fear of what the unknown might bring.

Since we are made in the image of God and since God is the perfect embodiment of patience, we have that same patience in us to endure moments of affliction because we are encouraged by Psalm 30:5 that says God’s anger “endureth but a moment” and that “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning”.

And, lastly, through faithful prayer, we are assured by Hebrews 4:16 that teaches “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

December 19, 2020

If you are feeling on edge, worried, or anxious you are not alone! Uncertainty quickly leads to fear and fear erodes away at our faith. Fear can be powerful. In fact, fear is one of satan’s most used tactics to get us to doubt God. We have the power to overcome anxiety and fear with God’s promises. Despite what we feel, we need to remind ourselves that God is in control. When everything around us feels out of control, we can allow Scripture to prove to us that God has been, is, and will be sovereign over our lives and world. He is our peace and comfort.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.  As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

This passage assures us that God knows what He’s doing, His thinking is different than ours when it comes to what is best for us and His ways – and everything He allows – are so much higher and better than ours. Despite what we see around us, we can take a pause and refocus on what really matters. Let the “big things” become little in the hands of God. 

Let go and let God…

December 18, 2020

God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11

Thanksgiving is not just a day in November but should be celebrated year round – especially st Christmas! During this Christmas season let’s praise God for what we have and what we have to look forward to and how we might use those blessings to help others. The Bible teaches that we are blessed so that we can bless others. Remember that we are just the hands at the end of God’s arms…

December 17, 2020

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Matthew 6:25-27

Find comfort and peace through Scripture that promises you hope and a future. Fear, worry and anxiety are all weapons of Satan to keep us from experiencing the full life that God has for us. These emotions can overwhelm us and keep us paralyzed. Learn how to live free from worry and anxiety by meditating on the Word and casting your cares upon Jesus!

December 16, 2020

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God will tenderly comfort you when you undergo these same sufferings . . .
2 Corinthians 1:7

Another bit of insight learned from Billy Graham’s devotion today addresses a question many Christians ask God almost every day. The question, “Why must the righteous suffer?” is as old as time. There is only one place that we can find an answer, and that is in the Bible. You do not need to study the Scriptures long to learn why sinners meet reverses and anguish. They are apart from God. Their sorrow is the result of their sins. But why do Christians suffer?

Scripture teaches that many Christians suffer so that they may fellowship with others who are in affliction. Only those who have known sorrow and suffering can have fellowship with those in affliction. The Word of God also teaches that Christians suffer in order that they might glorify God in their lives. The Bible further teaches that Christians suffer in order that God might teach them lessons in prayer. Also, Christians suffer in order that God might bring them to repentance.

December 15, 2020

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And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

Nothing happens in this world that God cannot stop. The Devil is not on the same level with God. The only things the Devil is allowed to do are the things that will help God accomplish His plan for our lives.

When you pray, don’t pray for God to change His plan for you…Pray for Him to reveal to you your role in His Plan and help you carry it out…If you could change His mind He wouldn’t be God…You would be…

December 14, 2020

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You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.
Psalm 56:8

Chuck Swindoll gives us food for thought in his devotional this morning when he said:

Did you know that God takes special notice of those tears of yours? Psalm 56:8 says He puts them in His bottle and enters them into the record He keeps on our lives. How comforting!

This time of year, we must be especially sensitive to those who’ve recently suffered the loss of a loved one, the breakdown of a lifelong marriage, the pain and embarrassment of financial collapse, or the heartbreak of a wayward son or daughter. People everywhere are hurting. The holidays only exacerbate the pain. Loneliness intensifies. So does stress. Don’t be afraid to shed tears with someone who’s experienced the deep sorrow of grief. Tears are a gift from the Lord…share them with those you love…they may be the best gift you have to offer this Christmas…

December 13, 2020

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Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21

God blesses us so that we can serve Him and be a blessing to others…who will you bless this Lord’s Day?

December 12, 2020

Jeremiah 29:11 gives us encouragement that we are included in God’s Master Plan when it says “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future“.

Isaiah 43:2 promises us that God will take complete care of us as we live out our role in His Master Plan when it says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze“.

Finally, knowing that we are imperfect, God promises in 1 John 1:9 that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness“.

December 11, 2020

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We have God’s promise that we will not always struggle in this world. Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

God has prepared an eternal home where we can enjoy His rest forever. Jesus said “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 

God has also promised that our eternal home with Him will be free of the curses in this world where we live now. The Bible says “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.

December 10, 2020

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God gave the perfect gift of love. First, John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Second, John 15:13 says “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” Finally, Romans 5:8 says “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

God loves you and there’s nothing you can do about it…

December 9, 2020

Matthew 5:44 says ” love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” and 1 Peter 3:9 says “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary…pay them back with a blessing.”

This is what we should do if we are to be like God and are made in His own image.

Let us be thankful and be glad that God, in His infinite mercy, doesn’t repay our evil with evil and our insults with insults. The Bible teaches that God is Love…He not only forgives…He forgets!

December 8, 2020

James 4:7 says “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”  We may be powerless to defeat the devil but The Bible teaches that we don’t have to defeat the devil but we only need to resist the devil and then we can trust God to take care of the rest...

December 7, 2020

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It’s hard waiting on God’s promises without growing weary in well-doing, grouchy, impatient, or losing faith. … During the waiting season, God will ask you to be still. Just be still and wait on the Lord and know that He is God. He will want you to be still and watch Him work; after all, He is in control and not you.

December 6, 2020

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Because Philippians 5:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” and because God said nothing is too hard for Him and because we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us therefore nothing should be too hard for us either…

December 5, 2020

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

December 4, 2020

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For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1 Timothy 6:7-8

December 3, 2020

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11

December 2, 2020

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
1 Timothy 6:6-7

December 1, 2020

Whether you preach in a pulpit, teach toddlers in Sunday School, or share God’s love with your next door neighbor, teach The Truth, The Whole Truth, and nothing but The Truth…

November 30, 2020

With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O Lord: teach me thy statutes.
Psalm 119:10-12

November 29, 2020

Psalm 95:1-6 urges us to “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”

November 28, 2020

Make every day from now on a day of Thanksgiving…Colossians 3:17 reads “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

November 27, 2020

Make every day a Thanksgiving Day.  It’s not the day of the year that matters, it’s the thoughts, gratitude, and thanks in our hearts!!!

November 26, 2020

Let us be sure and give thanks today for the turkey on the table but let us not forget that the most important blessing we should give thanks for is yet to come…our home in Heaven…

November 25, 2020

No matter what we have, we want more. For what are you thankful?

-Can you walk, talk, and hear the sound of my voice? Did you see the sun this morning drive back the fog or paint the hills on the distant horizon?

-Is there someone, anyone in this vast world of people, who cares quite deeply for you, someone who would mourn your death, who would, indeed, miss you should you be swept off Planet Earth?

-Do you have a family? Are you surrounded by one or two individuals, whether they are blood relatives or very close friends, who are family?

-Can you read?

-Do you have at least one friend? Is there at least one person who understands and loves you—warts, bumps, flaws, and blemishes?

-Do you have a change of clothing, a second pair of shoes, enough food to last for a week? If so, you are in a minority in our world.

-Most important of all—has God revealed Himself to you in such a way that you know when you die, you will spend eternity in the home Jesus went to prepare for you? Do you have a Bible that tells you of God’s nature and character, and do you rejoice that He has included you in His family?

A final thought: He who has no gratitude can never be on speaking terms with God. The Bible is a photo album of God’s gracious gifts to us. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have in your life, focus on what God has provided and lift your heart in rejoicing, giving thanks for the abundance of blessings God has poured out in your life. Focus on the blessings!

November 24, 2020

In a few days we will celebrate Thanksgiving…maybe not quite the way we might have gathered in the past due to the coronavirus… but it’s not about the gathering to eat but the gratefulness in our hearts for what we have.   It was Billy Graham who reminded us that it is the custom of many Christians to bow their heads in public places and give thanks for the food that has been placed before them but many waiters and waitresses tell him that when they saw him and his family bow their heads, it was the first time they had ever seen that happen in their restaurant.

Millions never pause to give a word of thanks to God for the food provided. Few homes have a moment of thanksgiving at the beginning of the meal or at any other time of the day. Even at Thanksgiving time only a minority will pause and give thanks to God.

Thanksgiving is recognition of a debt that cannot be paid. We express thanks, whether or not we are able otherwise to reimburse the giver. When thanksgiving is filled with true meaning and is not just the formality of a polite “thank you,” it is the recognition of dependence.

Be thankful everyday.  God is good.

Published by Pastor Dave Winstead

I am the Family Care Pastor at Harvest Baptist Church in Burlington, NC.

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