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The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Friday, April 02, 2010

The Word for Today with Bob Gass. Saturday, 3rd April 2010
Entertaining Angels
Some have entertained angels
Hebrews 13:2 AMP

Jackie found Nancy, her manager, insensitive and overbearing. Then one evening while working late, Jackie collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Amid a sea of faces she heard Nancy say, 'Don't worry. I'm here, I won't leave you.' As Jackie came to terms with a stroke, Nancy visited her every day, made sure her daughters were cared for, and enabled her to attend therapy. Years later at Nancy's retirement celebration, Jackie whispered, 'Can you believe I used to hate that woman? If it wasn't for her I'd be dead! You never know who among us is an "angel".'

The word angel comes from angelos, meaning 'a messenger from God'. It refers to people, not angelic beings. The Bible says, 'Let love… be a fixed practice… being friendly… and gracious… for… some have entertained angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:1-2 AMP). You've no idea who God will use to minister to you. Angels can look like the taxi driver who returned your wallet, the friend who touched your heart when you didn't think you'd one left to touch, the volunteer who sat with you all night at the hospital, the little girl who made you take off your shoes and wade in the water. Angels come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skin types. They come with freckles, dimples and wrinkles. They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students and fellow-workers. Angels leave no forwarding address and they ask nothing in return. They're hard to find when you're focusing on yourself, but when you look around you'll spot them. If you think back, you can probably remember one or two you 'entertained' without knowing it.

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:
Old Testament Reading
Numbers 35; Numbers 36:1-12 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Numbers%2035;%20Numbers%2036:1-12


New Testament Reading
Luke 9:28-56 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%209:28-56


Psalms Reading
Psalm 40:9-17 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2040:9-17


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  
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The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Friday, April 02, 2010

Entertaining Angels
Some have entertained angels
Hebrews 13:2 AMP

Jackie found Nancy, her manager, insensitive and overbearing. Then one evening while working late, Jackie collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. Amid a sea of faces she heard Nancy say, 'Don't worry. I'm here, I won't leave you.' As Jackie came to terms with a stroke, Nancy visited her every day, made sure her daughters were cared for, and enabled her to attend therapy. Years later at Nancy's retirement celebration, Jackie whispered, 'Can you believe I used to hate that woman? If it wasn't for her I'd be dead! You never know who among us is an "angel".'

The word angel comes from angelos, meaning 'a messenger from God'. It refers to people, not angelic beings. The Bible says, 'Let love… be a fixed practice… being friendly… and gracious… for… some have entertained angels without knowing it' (Hebrews 13:1-2 AMP). You've no idea who God will use to minister to you. Angels can look like the taxi driver who returned your wallet, the friend who touched your heart when you didn't think you'd one left to touch, the volunteer who sat with you all night at the hospital, the little girl who made you take off your shoes and wade in the water. Angels come in all shapes, sizes, ages and skin types. They come with freckles, dimples and wrinkles. They come disguised as friends, enemies, teachers, students and fellow-workers. Angels leave no forwarding address and they ask nothing in return. They're hard to find when you're focusing on yourself, but when you look around you'll spot them. If you think back, you can probably remember one or two you 'entertained' without knowing it.

Old Testament Reading
Numbers 35; Numbers 36:1-12 TNIV
Old Testament Reading Numbers 35; Numbers 36:1-12 TNIV New Testament Reading Luke 9:28-56 TNIV Psalms Reading Psalm 40:9-17 TNIV

New Testament Reading
Luke 9:28-56 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%209:28-56


Psalms Reading
Psalm 40:9-17 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2040:9-17


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

It's Tough Being A Leader
If God has given you leadership ability
Romans 12:8 NLT

Pastor, you know you're having a really bad day when you finally remember the name of the person you promised to visit in the hospital - while reading the obituaries; you can't find the book of Obadiah while leading a Bible study; your treasurer sends you a postcard from Geneva; you are informed that the youth group used steel wool sponges for the car wash; at a wedding, you call the groom by the bride's former boyfriend's name; your personal parking spot gets relocated - to a restaurant half a mile away; you preach the same sermon for the second week, and nobody notices; the church votes to change your day off to Sunday.

Seriously, if God has given you leadership ability, remember what sets great leaders apart. First, they're facilitators. They realise that nobody will ever be what they ought to be until they're first doing what they ought to be doing, and that the way to fulfil your calling is to help others discover and fulfil theirs. Second, they're courteous. They never look down or talk down. They don't have one set of manners for important people and another for the less important. To them, everybody is important because everybody has God-given potential; they just work to bring it out. Third, they're decisive. As a leader you'll be remembered for two things: the problems you created and the ones you solved. Yes, you'll make mistakes, so learn humility, hunger for personal growth, draw strength from God, and hopefully do it better next time.

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:
Old Testament Reading
Numbers 29:12-40; Numbers 30; Numbers 31:1-24 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Numbers%2029:12-40;%20Numbers%2030
;%20Numbers%2031:1-24


New Testament Reading
Luke 8:19-39 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%208:19-39


Psalms Reading
Psalm 39:1-13 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2039:1-13


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Me-Itis (2)
It is God who makes us able to do all that we do.
2 Corinthians 3:5 NCV

God's plan is to minimise you, and maximise 'Christ in you'! And He will do whatever it takes to make it happen. When you succeed through your own efforts, you take the credit. But when you have to depend on God, He gets the credit: '… It is God who makes us able to do all that we do' (2 Corinthians 3:5 NCV).

That doesn't make you worth less, it just identifies the source of your worth. Chuck Swindoll says, 'The very things we dread, brought contentment to Paul. He never said to his prison guard, "Next time you're near the emperor's assistant urge him to get me out. I shouldn't be here in the first place." Paul's attitude prevented him from keeping record of wrongs done to him… He was in prison by divine appointment… If you want to learn contentment, develop an attitude of unselfish humility… Start with family and neighbours; model it before employees and clients… you won't have to raise flags or pass out tracts… the results will amaze you. "Do everything without complaining and arguing, so… no one can criticise you. Live… as children of God… in a world… of crooked and perverse people" (Philippians 2:14-15 NLT)… Joyful acceptance, free of petty disputes and bickering… Nothing's more contagious!' Paul continues, '… I am glad to boast about my weaknesses… that the power of Christ can work through me… I take pleasure in… insults, hardships, persecutions… troubles… For when I am weak, then I am strong' (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NLT). If you haven't reached that point yet, remember this acronym based on the word SELF:
S-urrender to Christ daily;
E-mpty yourself of anything that hinders you from doing His will;
L-ift up your heart to Him;
F-eed on His Word.
Old Testament Reading
Numbers 29:12-40; Numbers 30; Numbers 31:1-24 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Numbers%2029:12-40;%20Numbers%2030
;%20Numbers%2031:1-24


New Testament Reading
Luke 8:19-39 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2039:1-13


Psalms Reading
Psalm 39:1-13 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2039:1-13


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  


The Word for Today with Bob Gass

Monday, March 29, 2010

Me-Itis (1)
Look… into my heart
Psalm 139:23 CEV

Dr David Jeremiah says, 'When you're sick, physical symptoms let you know there's something wrong. "Me-virus" has warning signs too, like: Mirroritis: obsession with your appearance. Moneyitis: tightfistedness, equating your self-worth with your net worth and overspending on personal wants. Micromanageitis: insisting on doing things your way. Majestyitis: an exaggerated opinion of your importance and a sense of entitlement. Makeoveritis: the drive to "one-up" everybody else.' The Psalmist prayed, 'Look… into my heart… ' (Psalm 139:23 CEV).

KP Yohannan says, 'When it's only God and you, you're more apt to face your pride and your sins. With everyone else we argue these things away, look wonderful and smile. Before God, we face ourselves, cleansing and purification take place, and we're less phony.'

Curing 'me-itis' calls for: 1) strengthening your spiritual immune system with Scripture: '… [His] great and precious promises… enable you to… escape… corruption… ' (2 Peter 1:4 NLT) 2) prayer: '… Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done… His peace will guard your hearts… ' (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT) 3) a clear conscience: '… I confessed my sins… you forgave me and took away my guilt' (Psalm 32:5 CEV) 4) fellowship: 'not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together… exhorting one another… ' (Hebrews 10:25 NKJV) 5) service: 'Each of you has received a gift… to serve others… that in everything God will be praised… ' (1 Peter 4:10-11 NCV) 6) relationships: Pick your friends carefully, and avoid 'me-itis' carriers '… Bad temper is contagious - don't get infected' (Proverbs 22:25 TM) 7) giving: 'A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed' (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).

Read the Bible in a year. Today's readings:
Old Testament Reading
Numbers 27:12-23; Numbers 28; Numbers 29:1-11 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Numbers%2027:12-23;%20Numbers%2028
;%20Numbers%2029:1-11


New Testament Reading
Luke 8:1-18 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Luke%208:1-18


Psalms Reading
Psalm 38:12-22 TNIV
www.biblica.com/bible/verse/?tniv=ye
s&q=Psalm%2038:12-22


www.jrsbible.info/bible.htm

  
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