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Lessons from Lazarus (2)

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany...' John 11:1 NKJV

The third lesson is about relinquishment. As long as you believe you can handle the problem on your own, you will not reach for the miracle-working power of God. You have to be in a situation so bad that you pray the prayer of relinquishment: 'Lord, I've done all I know and things aren't getting any better. So I'm through trying to fix it. I turn it completely over to You. I don't know how You're going to handle it, but I know You love me and want only what's best for me. So here it is, Lord; it's all Yours.' This is not a prayer of defeat, it is one of total trust. David wrote: 'Though I am surrounded by troubles...The Lord will work out His plans for my life - for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever...' (Psalm 138:7-8 NLT).

The pastor of a great church tells of running out of money when they were only halfway through the construction of their new building. The congregation was growing and there was no doubt that they needed the extra space. But the bank wouldn't give them any more funds. So the pastor prayed and said, 'Lord, personally speaking, I don't need this big building. I already have a place for all my children. You need a place for Yours. I don't know how You're going to take care of this, but those are Your kids, Lord, so I'm turning it over to You.' God answered, the money came through, and within a few years they were worshipping in a beautiful building, debt free.

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Displaying day 310

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Old Testament Reading: 
Ezekiel 10; Ezekiel 11; Ezekiel 12
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r/?verse=Ezekiel+10%3B+Ezekiel+11%3B+E
zekiel+12&version=niv


New Testament Reading: 
Hebrews 7:11-28
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r/?verse=Hebrews+7%3A11-28&version=niv


Psalms Reading: 
Psalm 119:169-176
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r/?verse=Psalm+119%3A169-176&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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How to Become 'Righteous'

Thursday, November 03, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'With the heart one believes unto righteousness' Romans 10:10 NKJV

To be 'saved' you must put your trust in Christ, and nothing else. You say, 'But what if I clean up my act?' No, there are people who live better by accident than you do on purpose. Our distinction as Christians is that we have placed our trust in the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and nothing else. Paul lays it clearly on the line: 'if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation' (Romans 9-10 NKJV). Salvation is the result of what you believe in your heart about the finished work of Christ, and what you confess with your lips. Those two elements, believing and confessing, bring you into a state of 'righteousness' in the eyes of God.
Have you ever gone to a grocery store with a coupon cut out from a newspaper? You want a bag of flour or sugar, but you've no money. Yet they give it to you. Why? Because with the coupon, they give you credit as though you had the money. Getting the idea? You have no righteousness to bring before God in exchange for salvation, but He has set up a coupon system called redemption and said, 'Once you place your trust in Christ, I will view you as righteous from that moment on.'

The word 'righteous' simply means 'to be in right standing with God.' What a way to live! What a well of joy! What a source of confidence!

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Displaying day 308

Friday, November 03, 2011

Old Testament Reading:
Ezekiel 4; Ezekiel 5; Ezekiel 6
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r/?verse=Ezekiel+4%3B+Ezekiel+5%3B+Eze
kiel+6&version=niv


New Testament Reading:
Hebrews 5:11-14; Hebrews 6:1-12
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r/?verse=Hebrews+5%3A11-14%3B+Hebrews+
6%3A1-12&version=niv


Psalms Reading:
Proverbs 26:23-28; Proverbs 27:1-4
www.biblica.com/bibles/chapte
r/?verse=Proverbs+26%3A23-28%3B+Prover
bs+27%3A1-4&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LAURAKOHORST 11/3/2011 5:11PM

    Amen! Only Christ is truly righteous but through Him we too can appear righteous before a holy God. I love your coupon analogy. Thank you for sharing the gospel with our friends here at Sparks. God bless you! emoticon

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What's Your Excuse?

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'But they all began to make excuses' Luke 14:18 NKJV
Let's look at some of the excuses we offer for not pursuing the dream God has given us:

First - Dreams don't come true for ordinary people like me.
The Wright brothers wanted to fly. Winston Churchill envisioned a free Europe. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of racial equality. But you don't have to be a world figure to have a dream. No, the pursuit of a dream is what makes the difference between ordinary and extraordinary people. Ordinary people live extraordinary lives when they follow their dream. Why do we say that? Because a God-given dream will motivate you to make important changes in your life. You won't just change who you are in order to live out your dream; you pursue your dream, and the process changes who you are and what you can accomplish. In other words, your dream is both your goal and your change-agent.

Secondly - 'If the dream isn't big it's not worth pursuing.'
Size doesn't determine significance. Your dream doesn't have to be big; it just has to be bigger than you. Mother Teresa said, 'We can't all do great things, but we can all do small things with great love.'

Thirdly - 'Now is not the right time to pursue my dream.'
Permission to pursue your dream comes from two sources: God and yourself. Novelist George Eliot said, 'It's never too late to become what you might have been.' The timing will never be perfect for you to pursue your dream so you might as well start now. If you don't, next year you'll be one year older and not a step closer to it.

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Displaying day 300

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Old Testament Reading:
Habakkuk 1; Habakkuk 2; Habakkuk 3:1-19
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r/?verse=Habakkuk+1%3B+Habakkuk+2%3B+H
abakkuk+3%3A1-19&version=niv


New Testament Reading:
Titus 2
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r/?verse=Titus+2&version=niv


Psalms Reading:
Proverbs 26:3-12
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r/?verse=Proverbs+26%3A3-12&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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okee/TheBibleOnOnepage.html

  


Don't Worry About It

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.' 1 Peter 5:7 NKJV

Jesus said, 'Do not worry, saying, "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For non-believers run after all these things' (Matthew 6:31-32 NIV).

One author writes: 'The other day I was worrying about something when I heard a minister say, "Worry is a lack of trust in God." So then I began to worry over the fact that I was worrying. Then someone else said, "Just don't worry about it." Sounds simple enough, but I come from a line of people who speak faith, but act out of fear. Then a friend came up with this novel idea: "Why don't you try this worry coupon. It entitles you to worry as much as you like, but only if:
will feed and clothe you;
it will add to your life instead of taking from it;
it will make tomorrow better;
you don't mind acting like a non-believer!"
Then he said, "If that doesn't work make a list of all the things you're worrying about, place it in a box and put it up on a shelf where you can't see it. If God is either unwilling or unable to take care of it, you can always go get the box and start worrying again but at least give Him a chance. And while you are waiting for Him to answer, pray, stand on His Word and don't give your worries a voice."'

The Amplified Bible says: 'Casting the whole of your care, all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all on Him, for He cares for you.'

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Displaying day 306, Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Old Testament Reading
Joel 2:18-32; Joel 3
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r/?verse=Joel+2%3A18-32%3B+Joel+3&vers
ion=niv


New Testament Reading
Hebrews 4:1-13
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r/?verse=Hebrews+4%3A1-13&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 119:145-152
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r/?verse=Psalm+119%3A145-152&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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The Butterfly Effect

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Word For Today by Bob & Debby Gass
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'Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin' Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Have you heard about the butterfly effect? In physics, it describes how tiny changes in initial conditions (such as the flap of a butterfly's wings) can affect weather thousands of kilometres away. Imagine - a fragile butterfly can alter weather patterns on another continent! Had it not flapped its wings, the trajectory of the weather system might have been vastly different.

What can you learn from this? You may feel insignificant at times, as fragile as the butterfly. It may seem like you're just flapping your wings when you are standing alone for truth and honesty in the workplace or the home. You say, 'What can I do in the face of a problem this big?' More than you think! Your faith, your words, your deeds, your prayers, your example, your kindness and persistence can release the power of God and activate the forces of Heaven to go to work in that situation. God loves to use things that we consider to be insignificant, like Moses' rod which parted the Red Sea, or David's slingshot that brought down a giant, or a boy's lunch that fed a multitude. Your flapping wings can initiate changes that will influence lives around you for all eternity.

Jesus said, 'If you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you' (Matthew 17:20 NKJV). It's not about the size of the seed you sow, but about the God Who can make it grow. It's not about the prayer you pray but about the greatness of One Who answers prayer.

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Displaying day 305,
 Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Old Testament Reading
Joel 1; Joel 2:1-17
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r/?verse=Joel+1%3B+Joel+2%3A1-17&versi
on=niv


New Testament Reading
Hebrews 3
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r/?verse=Hebrews+3&version=niv


Psalms Reading
Psalm 119:137-144
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r/?verse=Psalm+119%3A137-144&version=niv


The Bible on one page
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