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Senior Living - April 28
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Resting in your righteousness

So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God. - Romans 7:4

In 1949, time technicians at the National Institute of Standards & Technology set a new level of precision with the invention of the atomic clock. Accurate to one second every three years, the clock counted oscillations of the nitrogen atom in an ammonia molecule to keep time.

Years later, the NIST discovered a more accurate way to keep time by using the vibrations of cesium atoms, leading to an accuracy of one second every 300,000 years. The next great breakthrough, using a single mercury ion trapped in a vacuum by laser beams will be accurate to one second every 10 billion years!

For technicians like these, accuracy and precision are everything. This was the attitude of the Pharisees when it came to obedience to the Law in Jesus’ day—everything had to be perfect! But the reality is that no one could ever keep the Law of Moses perfectly, which is the very reason it was given… to be a diagnosis of the fallenness and sinfulness of mankind.

Praise God that because we’re in Christ, we’re not bound to the Law of Moses—nor any other law for that matter—in order to be accepted by God. Instead, it is God’s grace that makes us holy, not our works.

Don’t fall into a works-based system of acceptance by God. You’ll never be good enough on your own. Instead, rest in the truth that Jesus has paid completely for your sins and you’ll live with Him forever!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you rest in the righteousness you’ve already been given because of your relationship with Jesus Christ!

Questions for Thought

Why do you think it’s easy for many people to try to earn salvation through works?

What does resting in the righteousness God has already given you look like in your life today?

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Senior Living - January 27
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Jesus answered, "It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone.'" --Luke 4:4

There's a story about an old man who lived in the mountains with his young grandson. Each morning, the grandfather would sit at the kitchen table and read from his worn-out Bible. Wanting to be just like his grandfather, the young boy would imitate him by reading his own Bible.

One day the grandson asked, "Grandfather, I try to read the Bible just like you, but I don't understand it. When I do understand it, I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?"

The grandfather simply replied, "Son, take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water."

The boy did as he was told, but the water leaked out of the basket before he could get back to the house. The grandfather sent him back three more times and told him to move faster each time. Every time, the frustrated boy returned with an empty basket.

Finally, out of breath, the young boy said to his grandfather, "See…it's useless!"

The old man said, "Look at the basket. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it's now clean. Son, that's what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand it or remember everything you read, but when you do, it will change you from the inside out."

As believers in Christ in a fallen world, you and I must saturate our hearts and minds with the Word of God every day. Just like the young boy above, it may seem that we can't retain or comprehend everything we read. But remember that God uses His Word to change us from the inside out!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Make a commitment to the Lord to study His Word faithfully each day. And pray that He will use the Scripture to cleanse you and make you more like Jesus.

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What is the foundation of your life?


“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” - Matthew 7:24-25



On November 25, 1895, a cornerstone of ice was laid in Leadville, Colorado—the beginning of the largest ice palace ever built in America. In an effort to bolster the town’s sagging economy, the citizens staged a winter carnival. On New Year’s Day of 1896, the town turned out for the grand opening.

The immense palace measured 450 x 320 feet. The towers that flanked the entrance were 90 feet high. Inside was a 16,000-square-foot skating rink. But by the end of March, the palace was melting away, along with the hopes of Leadville. You see, the tens of thousands of visitors who were anticipated to come did not, and those who did come spent very little, leaving the town’s economy in shambles.

Many Christians today also build their own “ice palaces” that eventually melt away. Perhaps they’ve trusted in money for their security. Maybe they’ve become codependent with another person to the point where they trust in them for everything. Or, it’s possible they’ve allowed their possessions—their home, their car, or their “toys”—to become their idols.

Each of these things will melt away when summer comes. Money won’t last forever; people will let you down; and your possessions won’t follow you to heaven! So instead of building castles of ice, build your life on the rock of Jesus Christ so that when summer comes, you’ll be standing strong!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to reveal to you things you’ve built your life on that have no eternal significance.

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What are some “ice palaces” that many people build their lives on today that eventually melt away?

How can you be diligent to keep your life founded on the rock of Jesus Christ instead of temporary things?

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Senior Living - July 8
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I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. --Psalm 40:10

Peter Cartwright was a nineteenth-century, circuit-riding Methodist preacher. But more importantly, he was known for being uncompromising in his faith.

One Sunday morning, as he was preparing to preach, he was told that President Andrew Jackson was in the congregation. Some of the elders warned him not to say anything out of line or there would be trouble.

So when Cartwright stood to preach, he said, "I understand that Andrew Jackson is here today. I have been requested to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent."

The congregation was shocked by Cartwright's bold sermon and wondered how the President would respond. However, after the service, President Jackson walked by to shake hands with Cartwright and said, "Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world."

As Christians, we are not called to be "guarded" when it comes to sharing the Gospel message with the world. Instead, we are to be bold and outspoken in proclaiming the truth.

In Psalm, King David wrote, "I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD" (Psalm 40:9).

Scripture says that we are a "chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that [we] may declare the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9).

The world needs more Christians who will be uncompromising in their faith. Will you be that kind of Christian—just as Peter Cartwright was? Won't you be bold enough to declare the faithfulness and salvation of God today (Psalm 40:10)?

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you the opportunities to boldly share your faith. Ask Him to give you the right words at that time that will bring others to Christ.

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6/19/13 12:53 P

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Lord I pray that my team mates will hear you over the storms that is taking place in their lives right now. Let them hear your voice saying to them peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled,neither let it be afraid. I ask this in the Name of Jesus.
God's will be done in every situation
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Senior Living - May 19
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How to experience spiritual renewal

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” - Hebrews 12:28-29

There’s a story an American Lutheran bishop tells of visiting a parish church in California and seeing a stirring red and orange banner on the wall. “Come Holy Spirit. Hallelujah!” it declared in words printed under a picture of a fire burning. But what really attracted his attention during his Sunday sermon was a sign directly underneath the banner which said: “Fire extinguisher.”

Looking down at his sermon notes, the bishop laughed as he thought to himself, “So much for this parish’s commitment to spiritual renewal!”

When it comes to spiritual renewal in our lives, many Christians carry around a spiritual fire extinguisher because they’re afraid of looking too “extreme” in what they believe or are afraid people will think they’re crazy. But if you look at those who’ve followed Christ most closely in the pages of the Bible and throughout history, you’ll find that while many of them were looked down upon for their faith, they were also well respected among believers and non-believers alike for sticking to their convictions.

So instead of trying to control the fire of the Holy Spirit in your life, let it burn free, moving to every area and consuming all you are as you’re transformed by the renewing of your mind!

Prayer Challenge

Offer your entire self to God and allow Him to consume everything you are!

Questions for Thought

If someone were to ask those whom you interact with every day about how committed you are to God, what do you think they would say?

What are some areas of your life today in which you need to let God’s fire burn away the impurities and give wholly to Him?

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I really enjoyed this Seniors Daily today, too! Our Prince is the Head of all who would be His.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." - Colossians 3:23
"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." Colossians 3:17


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Senior Living - April 22
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For He Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier… --Ephesians 2:14

Many years ago, the Prince of Wales visited the capital city of India. An arduous, stately barrier had been set up to keep back the masses of people, most of them lower class, who wanted to catch a glimpse of royalty.

When the prince arrived, he shook hands with some of the political dignitaries who were presented to him. Then, looking over their heads to the crowds beyond, he said, "Take down those barriers!" They were quickly removed, and the people, regardless of social rank, had free access to the heir to the British throne.

Several years later, the Prince of Wales visited the same district again. Waiting on him, were 10,000 outcasts that waited under a banner. The banner welcomed him with these words inscribed: "The Prince of the Outcasts."

Not many of us take time out of our hectic schedules to reflect on the majesty of Jesus and what He did for us. Born into sin, we were outcasts from conception. But by the grace and forgiveness of Jesus, we have been adopted into the family of God.

So often we don't thank Him or praise Him enough for the incredible mercy he showed us on the cross. We were separated from God, we were the outcasts, sin was the barrier, and the heir to the throne came and ordered it to be taken away. As a result, we now have free access to the Son. Thank God for our "Prince of the Outcasts"—Jesus Christ.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Take a few moments to simply thank God for sending Jesus to provide forgiveness for your sins as a sacrifice on the cross through His shed blood. Take time to worship Him through song for bridging the gap so that we can have eternal life.

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Yes! How faithful are we in prayer and then in standing up in Christ in a dying world that does not have eyes to see, ears to hear or hearts to understand...yet?

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." - Colossians 3:23
"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." Colossians 3:17


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Senior Living - March 28
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How to overcome the enemy’s intimidation



Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. - 1 Peter 5:8

In the operating room of a large hospital, a young nurse was completing her first full day of responsibilities. “You’ve only removed 11 sponges, doctor,” she said to the surgeon. “We used 12.”

“I removed them all,” the doctor declared. “We’ll close the incision now.”

“No,” the nurse objected. “We used 12 sponges.”

“I’ll take full responsibility,” the surgeon said grimly. “Suture!”

“You can’t do that!” blazed the nurse. “Think of the patient.”

The surgeon smiled, lifted his foot, and showed the nurse the 12th sponge. “You’ll do,” he said.

It’s often when the heat is on and the pressure rises that we’re most tempted to compromise in doing what we know is right. But it’s when we’re intimidated and our backs are against the wall that God calls us to radical faithfulness to what we know is right!

The world and the enemy will try to intimidate you into compromise. But don’t let them. Remain steadfast in what you believe and stay true to your godly convictions, no matter what!

Prayer Challenge

Ask God to give you the strength to stand strong in the face of the enemy’s intimidation.

Questions for Thought

Think of a time you stood firm for what you knew was right in the face of pressure. How did you feel when it was over?

Where is the enemy trying to get you to compromise today? How can you practically stand firm in the face of his intimidation?



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In 2 Timothy 3 the godlessness of the last days is also described. But then Timothy ends his second letter with these words: "The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom!" So in GOD we have the enabling to face the scoffers and maligners as well as "to love our enemies as ourselves." To GOD be glory forever and ever! Amen!

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." - Colossians 3:23
"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." Colossians 3:17


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How to love those who ridicule you

Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” - 2 Peter 3:3-4

In 1818, Ignaz Philipp Semmelweis was born into a world of dying women. The finest hospitals lost one out of six young mothers to the scourge of “childbed fever.” Back then, a doctor’s daily routine began in the dissecting room where he performed autopsies. From there the doctor made his way to the hospital to examine expectant mothers without ever pausing to wash his hands.

Dr. Semmelweis was the first man in history to associate such examinations with the resultant infection and death. His own practice was to wash with a chlorine solution, and after eleven years and the delivery of 8,537 babies, he lost only 184 mothers—about one in fifty.

He spent the vigor of his life lecturing and debating with his colleagues. Once he argued, “While we talk, talk, talk, gentlemen, women are dying. I am not asking anything world shaking. I am asking you only to wash.... For God’s sake, wash your hands.”

Virtually no one believed him, and Semmelweis died insane at the age of 47, his colleagues laughing in his face. It wasn’t until years later that hand washing became a common, life-saving practice among medical professionals.

There will come a day when all will be made known, and those who have scoffed at the gospel will see their error. But until then, stay vigilant in sharing God’s message of salvation with a dying world!

Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would give you the resolve to be vigilant in sharing His message of hope with a dying world.

Questions for Thought
What is a time in your life when others have scoffed at you for what you deeply believed to be true?

How can you persevere in sharing God’s message of salvation, even to those who see it as “silly” or “nonsense”?


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Really appreciate all of your sharing of Scripture and devotionals over the years. I just discovered these teams today.
The Ephesians 2:1-5 passage reminds me of Romans 7:21-8:2
"So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in GOD's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work in my members. What a wretched person I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to GOD -- through Jesus Christ our Lord!
"So then I myself in my mind am a slave to GOD's law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin. Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death."
What an amazing work our Lord did in delivering us from transgressions and trespasses-- from death itself! Our/my response is worship - adoration of the One and Only GOD. To GOD by the glory!

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Senior Living - January 9
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How to find rescue from your pain

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient…. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. - Ephesians 2:1-5

A man put up a sign in his yard that read “Puppies for Sale.” Among those who came to inquire was a young boy from the neighborhood. “Please, mister,” he said, “I’d like to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well, son, they’re $25.”

The boy looked crushed. “I’ve only got two dollars and five cents. Could I see them anyway?”

“Of course,” said the man.

The lad’s eyes lit up at the sight of those five little balls of fur. “That one has a bad leg,” said the man. “I’m afraid she’ll be crippled for life.”

“Well, that’s the puppy I want. Could I pay for her a little at a time?”

The man responded, “But she’ll always have a limp.” Smiling bravely, the boy pulled up one pant leg, revealing a brace. “I don’t walk good either.” Then, looking at the puppy, he continued, “I guess she’ll need a lot of love and help. I sure did. It’s not so easy being crippled.”

“Here, take her,” said the man. “I know you’ll give her a good home. And just forget the money.”

Because of sin in our lives, we’re just like that little crippled puppy. But when Jesus looks at you, He also looks down at His nail-pierced hands and feet and says, “I’ll give you a good home.” It’s because of those scars that He can sympathize with your pain and weakness and calls you home to be with Him forever!

Prayer Challenge
Thank God that, despite the sin and shame that covers us, Jesus Christ rescued us from sin so that we could have eternal life!

Questions for Thought
How does it make you feel that Jesus rescued us from the curse of sin and brings you to eternal life?
What response should we have to Christ’s invitation to live with Him forever?

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emoticon for reminding me of what,The Bible says, that God will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3).

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…God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." --Hebrews 13:5

Timothy Blackburn, author of The History of the Future: A Commentary on Revelation and Matthew 24, told the story of when he was a young child falling asleep in the car on the way home from church.

Blackburn said that he would sleep in the back of his family's 1959 Chevrolet, as they traveled many miles from the church where his dad served as pastor. He remembers sometimes waking just enough to feel his dad gently pick him up and carry him to his bed. Other times, he would actually be awake, but would pretend to sleep so he could get a free lift. And occasionally, he wouldn't wake at all until the next day, discovering that he'd been carefully tucked in his bed.

He said: "He cradled my head in his arm to support it. What a comforting feeling that was! I felt secure and protected; there were no worries. The problems of the day didn't matter. I knew my dad was protecting me at that moment. I did not worry about school the next day—I was in my father's arms."

At any age, we want to feel safe. And thankfully, we have a heavenly Father to comfort us. Through each step we take in life, He gently guides and directs us, even carrying us along some of the way. We are safe and sound in His arms, and no one can snatch us out of His hands (John 10:27-30).

Even as senior adults, we are never walking alone, and God is the first to rescue us when our hearts are broken and we don't know where to turn. What a loving Father we have!

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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. --John 14:27

All of us experience undue stress. Stress is that subtle, yet building, pressure that robs us of our well-being, peaceful state of mind, and sometimes our health. How many times have you thought to yourself, "I've got too much to do and too little time to do it!"?

Stress affects us all, although it may seem that some have developed immunity to it. In reality they have simply learned how to handle it successfully. It should be our goal to learn to control the stress we face. If we don't, then our bodies are likely to experience changes. Stress affects the brain, the gastrointestinal tract, the skin, your sleep habits, your immune system, and most importantly, your spiritual life.

Everyone feels the pressures of life, whether they want to or not. But you don't have to live life as though you've been hit by an 18-wheeler when you lay your head on your pillow every night. To rid your life of stress, claim the promises of Scripture. The Bible says, "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you" (Isaiah 26:3).

In addition, you'll want to refrain from telling yourself you shouldn't be relaxing when you finally get the chance to do so. Size down your responsibilities and just say no when you begin to feel an incredible amount of stress. Create some quiet time—possibly even in a very quiet place—to read Scripture, pray, get alone with God, and write out your feelings. And most importantly, plan some quality for yourself—alone.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: If you are feeling extreme stress in your life, ask God to help you relieve it and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

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And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. --Hebrews 13:16

One of the most popular syndicated newspaper columns of our time is "Dear Abby," the well-known advice column. It was started in 1956 by Abigail Van Buren, the original author. Today it is written by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who continues to offer advice and guidance to people who write in. Several years ago, a "Dear Abby" column, written by Jeanne, included this Thanksgiving Prayer written years before by her mother:

O Heavenly Father:
We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.
We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.
We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.
We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.
May these remembrances stir us to service.
That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

This prayer parallels the clear teaching of Scripture. Our thanksgiving to God should always be accompanied by remembering those in need and giving praise to the Lord. Hebrews 13:15 says, "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name." In addition, we are to remember and serve the hungry, sick, poor, friendless, and imprisoned people in our world.

We are to put actions behind our gratitude to God by serving others. Just being thankful isn't enough. We must share the blessings God has given us with others, and through this God will be pleased. Learn to be thankful for God's many blessings—no matter their significance or value—and remember to think of others who have less than you.

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Senior Living - September 28
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Can you trust the mediator?

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. - 1 Timothy 2:5

A folk story is told of the bandit Jose Rivera who became notorious in several little towns in Texas for robbing banks and businesses. Finally a Texas Ranger caught up with Jose as he was taking a siesta at a local saloon.

He walked over to the sleeping bandit, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked, “Are you Jose Rivera?” The man mumbled, “No speak English.” The ranger beckoned a young barkeep to help him communicate. The ensuing conversation was tedious. Finally, the ranger warned Jose Rivera that he had two choices: let him know where all the loot was hidden, or be shot dead instantly. The young man translated the ultimatum.

Jose Rivera pulled himself together and said to the young man, “Tell him to go out of the bar, turn to the right, go about a mile, and he will see a well. Near the well he will see a very tall tree. If he digs on the north side of the tree, he will find all of the money I have taken.”

The young man turned to the ranger, opened his mouth, paused, and then said, “Jose Rivera says, ‘Go ahead and shoot!’”

Very often, we find ourselves reliant on an intermediary to transmit a message to us. Yet the reliability of the message we receive is only as good as the mediator. But in Christ, we have a perfect mediator, who gave us the message of eternal life that came from God. So thank God today for sending Jesus as the perfect mediator that we may know Him!

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Thank God that He sent Jesus Christ to be a mediator so that you can know Him!

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How to find rescue from your pain

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient…. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. - Ephesians 2:1-5

A man put up a sign in his yard that read “Puppies for Sale.” Among those who came to inquire was a young boy from the neighborhood. “Please, mister,” he said, “I’d like to buy one of your puppies.”

“Well, son, they’re $25.”

The boy looked crushed. “I’ve only got two dollars and five cents. Could I see them anyway?”

“Of course,” said the man.

The lad’s eyes lit up at the sight of those five little balls of fur. “That one has a bad leg,” said the man. “I’m afraid she’ll be crippled for life.”

“Well, that’s the puppy I want. Could I pay for her a little at a time?”

The man responded, “But she’ll always have a limp.” Smiling bravely, the boy pulled up one pant leg, revealing a brace. “I don’t walk good either.” Then, looking at the puppy, he continued, “I guess she’ll need a lot of love and help. I sure did. It’s not so easy being crippled.”

“Here, take her,” said the man. “I know you’ll give her a good home. And just forget the money.”

Because of sin in our lives, we’re just like that little crippled puppy. But when Jesus looks at you, He also looks down at His nail-pierced hands and feet and says, “I’ll give you a good home.” It’s because of those scars that He can sympathize with your pain and weakness and calls you home to be with Him forever!

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Thank God that, despite the sin and shame that covers us, Jesus Christ rescued us from sin so that we could have eternal life!

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What response should we have to Christ’s invitation to live with Him forever?

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Senior Living - September 14
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Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
--Colossians 3:12

In 1935, on a winter night, Fiorello LaGuardia, the mayor of New York City, showed up at night court in the poorest part of the city. He let the judge go for the evening and he took over the bench.

A woman in torn clothing, charged with stealing a loaf of bread, was brought to stand before LaGuardia. She told LaGuardia that her son-in-law had deserted her extremely sick daughter, and that her grandchildren were starving. The shopkeeper refused to drop the charges, however, saying she needed to be punished.

LaGuardia sighed, turned to the old woman, and said, "I've got to punish you. The law makes no exceptions. Ten dollars or ten days in jail."

As soon as he pronounced the sentence, however, LaGuardia took a $10 bill out of his pocket and threw it into a hat. And he said: "Here's the $10 fine, which I now remit. Furthermore, I'm going to fine each person 50 cents in this courtroom for living in a town where a person has to steal bread so that her grandchildren can eat. Mr. Bailiff, collect the fines and give them to the defendant."

The next day, a New York newspaper reported that $47.50 was turned over to the grandmother who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren.

Today, give encouragement or show kindness to someone who wouldn't expect it from anyone else. Christ came to give life and show mercy to those less fortunate and those who are sinners—not the high and mighty. Restore the joy in your life by giving of your time and energy to those who don't have the blessings that you do.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you someone who is less fortunate than you, so you can extend to him or her the same kindness that Christ first showed you.

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How to recognize truth in the midst of lies

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. - James 1:18

One of the most elaborate hoaxes in broadcast history was an April Fool’s joke played on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s current affairs program Panorama, with its rather dignified host Richard Dimbleby relating a story about the annual spaghetti harvest filmed in a Swiss-Italian spaghetti orchard.

For the segment, the producers and cameramen actually flew to Switzerland and hung spaghetti on trees in an orchard. They then filmed local women climbing ladders with baskets and pulling the spaghetti off of the trees and filling their baskets full! And with guitar music added into the background, the final product was complete.

At the end of the three-minute film Richard Dimbleby said, “Now we say goodnight to this first day of April.” In spite of that hint, the next morning it was surprising the number of people who didn’t recognize that the spaghetti harvest was a hoax. The BBC had pulled a big one off on countless viewers across Britain!

It’s amazing how when something is presented to us by a credible source, we’ll often believe it without any questions. This is true when it comes to the lies of the enemy and the world, which often lure Christians into false beliefs. So don’t be hoodwinked by what the world says is true. Instead, focus on what God says is true and trust fully in Him!

Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would give you wisdom to discern His truth from the world’s lies.

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How to emotionally open yourself to God

Jesus wept. - John 11:35

Tears are a fundamental aspect of the human condition. Christian author Calvin Miller writes in his book, The Valiant Papers, on crying,

Crying is common in this world. It does little good to ask the reason for it. [Earth] is what one might call a weeping planet. Laughter can be heard here and there, but by and large, weeping predominates. With maturity the sound and reason for crying changes, but never does it stop. All infants do it everywhere—even in public. By adulthood most crying is done alone and in the dark. Weeping, for babies, is a sign of health and evidence that they are alive. Isn’t this a chilling omen?

Not laughter but tears is the life sign. It leaves weeping and being synonyms.

Yes, weeping and being are synonymous. Yet today, crying is seen as a sign of weakness, an emotion which should be suppressed for the sake of “being strong” in front of others. It leaves us to wonder, then, as to when in our lives this becomes the case. As Miller says, crying is a sign of life among children. But somewhere along the way, this changes.

Maybe today you need to shed a few tears with God. You’ve let emotions build up inside of you for so long that you need to get alone with God and weep. Open your emotional self to God and be fully known as you live your life authentically before Him.

Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would give you a heart of flesh, and that you’d live authentically before Him when it comes to your emotions.

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When is the last time you cried?
What emotions have you built up inside of you that need to come out?

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How do you feel about change?

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.
1 Corinthians 3:1-2

In his book, Holy Sweat, Tim Hansel recalls how a close friend of his was asked back to his forty-year high school reunion. For months he saved to take his wife back to the place and the people he’d left four decades before. The closer the time came for the reunion, the more excited he became.

The day came to leave. Tim recalls how, as he drove the couple to the airport, their energy was almost contagious. “I’ll pick you up on Sunday evening, and you can tell me all about it,” he told them. “Have a great time.”

Sunday evening arrived. As this couple got off the plane, they seemed almost despondent. So Tim asked his friends, “Well, how was the reunion?”

“Tim,” the man said, “it was one of the saddest experiences of my life. It wasn’t what happened but what didn’t happen. It has been forty years, and they haven’t changed. They had simply gained weight, changed clothes, gotten jobs... but they hadn’t really changed.”

People choose not to change. They grow content with the status quo and live there the rest of their lives. But God has called us to grow, to break out of young, inexperienced ways of thinking, and to develop into fully devoted followers of Him. So for His sake, be willing to grow in your faith, getting a swift kick when you need it, and following Him ever more each day!

Prayer Challenge
Pray for God to give you a “swift kick” in the right direction when you need it so you can follow Him more each day.

Questions for Thought
In what areas of your life do you resist change the most?

How can you become more open to change, allowing the Lord to give you a “swift kick” in the right direction when you need it?

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How to recognize truth in the midst of lies

He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
James 1:18

One of the most elaborate hoaxes in broadcast history was an April Fool’s joke played on the British Broadcasting Corporation’s current affairs program Panorama, with its rather dignified host Richard Dimbleby relating a story about the annual spaghetti harvest filmed in a Swiss-Italian spaghetti orchard.

For the segment, the producers and cameramen actually flew to Switzerland and hung spaghetti on trees in an orchard. They then filmed local women climbing ladders with baskets and pulling the spaghetti off of the trees and filling their baskets full! And with guitar music added into the background, the final product was complete.

At the end of the three-minute film Richard Dimbleby said, “Now we say goodnight to this first day of April.” In spite of that hint, the next morning it was surprising the number of people who didn’t recognize that the spaghetti harvest was a hoax. The BBC had pulled a big one off on countless viewers across Britain!

It’s amazing how when something is presented to us by a credible source, we’ll often believe it without any questions. This is true when it comes to the lies of the enemy and the world, which often lure Christians into false beliefs. So don’t be hoodwinked by what the world says is true. Instead, focus on what God says is true and trust fully in Him!

Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would give you wisdom to discern His truth from the world’s lies.

Questions for Thought
What are some lies the world tries to tell us that are contrary to Scripture?

How can you be more consistent in immersing yourself in God’s truth so you’ll be able to tell what’s true and what’s not?

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How to emotionally open yourself to God

Jesus wept.
John 11:35

Tears are a fundamental aspect of the human condition. Christian author Calvin Miller writes in his book, The Valiant Papers, on crying,

Crying is common in this world. It does little good to ask the reason for it. [Earth] is what one might call a weeping planet. Laughter can be heard here and there, but by and large, weeping predominates. With maturity the sound and reason for crying changes, but never does it stop. All infants do it everywhere—even in public. By adulthood most crying is done alone and in the dark. Weeping, for babies, is a sign of health and evidence that they are alive. Isn’t this a chilling omen?

Not laughter but tears is the life sign. It leaves weeping and being synonyms.

Yes, weeping and being are synonymous. Yet today, crying is seen as a sign of weakness, an emotion which should be suppressed for the sake of “being strong” in front of others. It leaves us to wonder, then, as to when in our lives this becomes the case. As Miller says, crying is a sign of life among children. But somewhere along the way, this changes.

Maybe today you need to shed a few tears with God. You’ve let emotions build up inside of you for so long that you need to get alone with God and weep. Open your emotional self to God and be fully known as you live your life authentically before Him.

Prayer Challenge
Pray that God would give you a heart of flesh, and that you’d live authentically before Him when it comes to your emotions.

Questions for Thought
When is the last time you cried?
What emotions have you built up inside of you that need to come out?

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The importance of aligning yourself with God’s will

Trust in the LORDwith all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,and he will make your paths straight. - Proverbs 3:5-6

An Australian physics professor used to illustrate the time of descent of a free-falling body by allowing a heavy ball suspended from the lecture-theater roof trusses to fall some 30 feet and be caught in a sand bucket. Each year the bucket was aligned meticulously to catch the ball—and each year students jokingly moved the bucket to one side so that the ball crashed thunderously to the floor.

Tiring of this rather stale joke, the professor traced a chalk line around the bucket. The students moved the bucket as usual, traced a chalk mark around the new position, but then rubbed it out and replaced the bucket in its original spot. “Aha!” the professor exclaimed, seeing the faint outline of the erased chalk mark. He moved the bucket over it and released the ball—which thundered to the floor as usual.

Quite often in the Christian life, it’s easy to second-guess God’s will. We see where He wants us, but are much more comfortable aligning ourselves with our own desires for life. And when the ball of hard times drops, it should be no surprise that it crashes to the floor!

So instead of going your own way and second-guessing God, align yourself with His will found in Scripture, trusting fully that you’ll be safe in Him!

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Pray and ask God to help you align yourself with His will and give yourself wholeheartedly to obeying it.

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What are some areas of your life today where you feel you aren’t aligned with God’s will?
How can you align yourself with God’s will in those areas and trust His way over your own?

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Avoiding what hampers your heavenly focus

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2

On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the very first man in recorded history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes. But within 2 months, John Landy eclipsed his record by 1.4 seconds. So on August 7, 1954, the two met together for a historic race.

As they moved into the final lap, Landy held the lead and it looked as if he would win. But as he neared the finish he was haunted by the question, “Where is Bannister?” As he turned to look, Bannister, just behind him, took the lead and won the race. Landy later told a reporter, “If I hadn’t looked back, I would have won!”

As Christians, one of the most important things we can do is to focus on what really matters—God. But the problem is that very often, we become so consumed with the minutia of daily life that we allow it to take our eyes off of the ultimate prize. This causes us to become distracted, often losing ground in our walk with Christ.

But if we keep our eyes on Jesus and don’t allow sin and distractions of the world to pull us aside (Hebrews 12:1), we’ll maintain our heaven-focused perspective on the challenges when they arise. So don’t let the small stuff take your attention away from what really matters. Keep your head forward and your eyes on the cross, and you’re guaranteed victory at the finish line!

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Pray that God would help you stay focused on Him when you’re tempted to let life’s challenges distract you.

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Can you think of some times when you’ve allowed earthly distractions to come between you and God?

What are some potential distractions you have in your life today you should be careful not to let hamper your heavenly focus?

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Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. --Matthew 28:19

The great Christian evangelist, D.L. Moody, was once asked to speak at a convention in Indianapolis.

One afternoon, he asked the convention's song leader to meet him on a street corner downtown at about 6 pm. When Ira Sankey got there, Moody had him stand on a overturned box and sing. This unusual spectacle attracted quite a crowd.

After speaking briefly, Moody persuaded most of the crowd to follow him to a nearby meeting place. They followed in droves and listened intently as Moody shared the good news of Jesus.

Too soon, the convention delegates started arriving, and Moody had to stop preaching. He said simply, "Now we must close, as the brethren of the convention wish to come and discuss the topic ‘How to reach the masses'!"

So often, we think we have to have special training or special knowledge to tell others about Christ.

But like Moody, maybe all you need to do is be creative…and think of simple ways you can share Christ with others.

Maybe it's fixing dinner for your next-door neighbor. Maybe it's making a hospital or nursing home visit with a nice card or some flowers.

Whatever it is, God wants you to share His love with those around you. Don't think or talk about sharing your faith any longer…just go out and do it!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to show you someone with whom you can share His love and plan of salvation today.

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Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. --Psalm 119:105

Bob Mumford gives a great analogy on how you can discover God's will in his book, Take Another Look at Guidance. He says that one particular harbor in Italy can be reached only by sailing up a narrow channel between very dangerous rocks and shoals. Numerous ships have sunk over the years because the passage is so hazardous.

To alleviate this danger, three lights have been mounted on three tall poles in the harbor to guide the ships safely into port. When these lights are lined up perfectly and seen as one, a ship can proceed safely up the narrow channel to its destination. But if the ship's pilot sees two or three lights, he knows he's off course and in danger.

In his book, Mumford says that God has also provided three beacons to guide us in our spiritual journey down life's narrow and often perilous path. The same rules of navigation apply to us as believers. Three lights must be lined up for us to proceed safely.

The three harbor lights of spiritual guidance are:

1. The Word of God
2. The Holy Spirit
3. Circumstances

God uses the combination of these to lead us on our journey through the often difficult passages of life.

Are you on the right path? Or have you fallen off course? When we follow this three-point navigational path along our spiritual journey, we know that God will lead us safely in His way.

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Ask God to direct you along the path He wants you to take. Pray that He would reveal the three harbor lights of spiritual guidance to you each and every day as you journey through life.

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Waiting Patiently for God’s Perfect Timing

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. - 1 John 5:14

There was a family who had a small Scottish terrier who would go to their back door and bark and bark until someone finally got the message and let it out. One day, a handyman had come to do some work on the house while everyone else was gone. That little dog took up his station at the back door and barked incessantly all day.

When the family returned home to find the handyman finishing up, he told them about how the dog had been barking all day at the door. The homeowner told him that his neighbors had said the same thing. “The sad thing is,” the owner said, “it never occurs to the little guy that all his barking is totally useless when no one’s home to hear!”

The Christian prayer life can sometimes feel like that little dog, can’t it? You pray and pray, and often years can go by with no answer until you begin to wonder, “Is anyone even home up there?”

But God’s timing is perfect. He knows what you need and when you need it. His timing for answering prayer is never early and never late. So instead of becoming discouraged that no one is hearing your prayers, remember that God knows what’s best and will always work everything out for those who love Him!

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Ask God to teach you patience as you wait for His perfect timing to answer your prayers.

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As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins … But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. --Ephesians 2:1, 4-5

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial is astounding for its simplicity and meaning. Etched carefully in the black granite wall are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that gruesome war. And since its opening in 1982, the striking monument has stirred deep, and sometimes painful, emotions in many people.

Some visitors walk the length of the memorial slowly and reverently, but without a pause. Others stop before certain names to linger where they recognize the name of a son, sweetheart, or fellow soldier. They wipe away their tears and remember the legacy those lost lives left behind.

For Robert Bedker, Willard Craig, and Darrall Lausch—three Vietnam veterans—a trip to visit the memorial must be especially moving because each man can walk up to the long ebony wall and find their own names carved in the stone. Because of data coding errors, each of them was incorrectly listed as killed in action upon the monument.

Dead, but truly and completely alive—this is a perfect description of every believer in Jesus Christ. Just as Christ suffered death of the flesh and was made alive by the Spirit, so are we as Christians made alive in the Holy Spirit (see 1 Peter 3:18). And we are called to die to ourselves every day and walk in the Spirit of Jesus.

Every day we should thank God for raising us up from the mire and muck to live in glory with Him. Because of the death of Jesus on the cross, we can rest peacefully knowing that we will be alive forever with Him in heaven one day. Praise God!

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Thank God for making you alive in the Spirit as a believer. Pray that He would help you die to yourself and your sins every day, so that you can be more like Him.

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I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and salvation. I do not conceal your love and your truth from the great assembly. --Psalm 40:10

Peter Cartwright was a nineteenth-century, circuit-riding Methodist preacher. But more importantly, he was known for being uncompromising in his faith.

One Sunday morning, as he was preparing to preach, he was told that President Andrew Jackson was in the congregation. Some of the elders warned him not to say anything out of line or there would be trouble.

So when Cartwright stood to preach, he said, "I understand that Andrew Jackson is here today. I have been requested to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell if he doesn't repent."

The congregation was shocked by Cartwright's bold sermon and wondered how the President would respond. However, after the service, President Jackson walked by to shake hands with Cartwright and said, "Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world."

As Christians, we are not called to be "guarded" when it comes to sharing the Gospel message with the world. Instead, we are to be bold and outspoken in proclaiming the truth.

In Psalm, King David wrote, "I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, as you know, O LORD" (Psalm 40:9).

Scripture says that we are a "chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that [we] may declare the praises of Him who called [us] out of darkness into His wonderful light" (1 Peter 2:9).

The world needs more Christians who will be uncompromising in their faith. Will you be that kind of Christian—just as Peter Cartwright was? Won't you be bold enough to declare the faithfulness and salvation of God today (Psalm 40:10)?

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would give you the opportunities to boldly share your faith. Ask Him to give you the right words at that time that will bring others to Christ.

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[Jesus said]: "If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. … If they persecute me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. --John 15:18-20

What is a Christian? In the Letter to Diognetus, dating back to the second century, an anonymous writer described Christians:

"Christians are not differentiated from other people by country, language, or customs; …they do not live in cities of their own, or speak some strange dialect. … They live in both Greek and foreign cities….They follow local customs in clothing, food, and the other aspects of life. But at the same time, they demonstrate to us the unusual form of their own citizenship.

"They live in their own native lands, but as aliens. … They marry and have children…but they do not kill unwanted babies. They offer a shared table, but not a shared bed. They are passing their days on earth, but are citizens of heaven. They obey the appointed laws and go beyond the laws in their own lives.

"They love everyone, but are persecuted by all. They are put to death and gain life. They are poor and yet make many rich. They are dishonored and yet gain glory through dishonor. … They are mocked and blessed in return. They are treated outrageously and behave respectfully to others.

"When they do good, they are punished as evildoers; when punished, they rejoice as if being given new life. They are attacked by Jews…and are persecuted by Greeks; yet those who hate them cannot give any reason for their hostility."

If you are a believer, the Bible commands you "…not [to] conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…" (Romans 12:2). And you can expect the world to hate you as a result (see 1 John 3:13). Continue to be sanctified by the truth of God's Word and be in the world but not of it (see John 2:15).

PRAYER CHALLENGE: Pray that God would empower you to always be set apart, even when the world hates you, so that others can see the difference Jesus has made in your life.

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Are you living a productive life?

I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word. - Psalm 119:15-16

The story goes that the great entrepreneur Henry Ford once hired an efficiency expert to evaluate his company. This man came into his factories and offices to assess the efficiency level of the workers. After a few weeks, the expert made his report, which was highly favorable except for one thing.

“It’s that man down the hall,” said the expert. “Every time I go by his office he’s just sitting there with his feet on his desk. He’s wasting your money!”

Mr. Ford replied, “That man once had an idea that saved us millions of dollars. At the time, I believe his feet were planted right where they are now. He’s staying put!”

In today’s world, our society measures effectiveness by task completion. If you get all your tasks done in a day that were on your list, then the day was productive. But if you’ve fallen short of your task list, then the day was unproductive. It rarely matters what else you accomplished. You’re measured on your tasks.

But think of all the great ideas that have come about very likely because someone just stopped to think. Albert Einstein… Ben Franklin… Leonardo da Vinci… all of these great minds spent significant time simply thinking!

There’s nothing wrong with tasks, but don’t let them run your life. Spend daily time meditating on God and His truth because that’s the path to truly finding wisdom!

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Pray that God would release you from letting tasks overtake your life. Ask Him to speak to you as you spend quiet time meditating on Him.

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The power of loving your enemies

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. - Luke 6:35

In his book, The Grace of Giving, Stephen Olford tells of a Baptist pastor during the American Revolution named Peter Miller who lived in Ephrata, Pennsylvania.

In the same town also lived an evil-minded man who did all he could to oppose and humiliate the pastor whenever he had the chance. One day, this man was arrested for treason and sentenced to die. So Peter Miller traveled seventy miles on foot to Philadelphia to plead for General George Washington to spare the life of the traitor.

“No, Peter,” General Washington said. “I cannot grant you the life of your friend.”

“My friend?” exclaimed the old preacher. “He’s the bitterest enemy I have!”

“What?” cried Washington. “You’ve walked seventy miles to save the life of an enemy? That puts the matter in different light. I’ll grant your pardon.”

Peter Miller took his long-time enemy back home to Ephrata—but now he was a friend.

So often today, Christians miss out on the blessings that can come with loving their enemies. They don’t like this or that group of people because their behavior is sinful, so they treat them as outcasts. But what if instead of condemning them, we showed them who God is by loving them despite their actions?

God loved us when we were His enemies. So love others the same way and just watch how He’ll change lives through you!

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Ask God to show you “enemies” you can love today. Pray that He would transform their hearts as they see the kind of God you serve!

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The greatest gift you could ever receive

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23

On May 2, 1962, a dramatic advertisement appeared in the San Francisco examiner that said,

I don’t want my husband to die in the gas chamber for a crime he did not commit. I will therefore offer my services for 10 years as a cook, maid, or housekeeper to any leading attorney who will defend him and bring about his vindication.

One of San Francisco’s greatest attorneys, Vincent Hallinan, read the ad and contacted Gladys Kidd, the desperate wife who had placed it. Her husband, Robert Lee Kidd, was about to be tried for the slaying of an elderly antique dealer. Kidd’s fingerprints had been found on a bloodstained sword in the victim’s shop.

During the trial, Hallinan proved that the antique dealer had not been killed by the sword, and that Kidd’s fingerprints and blood on the sword got there because Kidd had once toyed with it while playfully dueling with a friend when they were both out shopping. The jury, after 11 hours, found Kidd to be not guilty. And when the trial was over, Attorney Hallinan refused Gladys Kidd’s offer of 10 years servitude.

Unselfish acts like these don’t happen every day. Yet even this act of generosity pales in comparison to what Christ did for you—dying to give you eternal life, knowing that you’d never be able to pay Him back. So thank God today for His wonderful free gift of salvation and live your life to offer that gift to others!

Prayer Challenge

Tell God “thank you” for sending Jesus to die so that you can have the free gift of eternal life. Pray that He would give you the courage to offer this free gift to others as well.

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How you can build up the body of Christ

From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. - Ephesians 4:16

There was a team of engineers who did an experiment in a wind tunnel to determine why geese fly in a “V” formation. In the experiment, they discovered that each goose, flapping its wings, creates an uplift for the goose that follows.

Now while this uplift may be minuscule for each goose, the result is that the whole flock gains 71% greater flying range than if they journeyed alone. So to distribute the work among the geese, the leader of the “V” will fall back periodically to let another leader take the point.

This amazing example in God’s creation can show us something very important about working together. You see, when people in a group decide to each sacrifice a little for the sake of the whole, then the group is better able to accomplish its goal. But when a member wanders away, it will be detrimental to the group’s task.

In the body of Christ, the same is true. Each individual Christian is called to sacrifice his- or herself for the betterment of others in the body. They serve at church on Sunday or they give to those in need not for their own good, but for the good of others. So as a Christian, remember to give yourself for the sake of others and build up the body of Christ.

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Pray that God would show you ways that you can humble yourself for the sake of building up the body of Christ!

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The profound impact of human connection

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. - Romans 12:10

There was a woman who always went to a certain post office in her town because the postal employees there were just so friendly. One year just before Christmas, she walked in to buy a book of stamps, and the lines were particularly long.

Another customer waiting next to her in line pointed out that there was no need to wait because the post office had installed a stamp machine in the lobby. “I know,” said the woman, “but that machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.”

So often today in our world of mass communication and high-efficiency processes, it’s easy to miss the human connection that’s so badly needed in our lives. And sadly, this has even become the case in many of our churches, where people get in and get out as quickly as they can in order to jump back into their busy schedules.

But what a remarkable change we would see in our world today if we slowed down a step to talk to others. Instead of rushing out of the store, what if you asked the clerk how her day was going? Instead of hurrying to meet a deadline a work, what if you stopped to wish the secretary a good morning?

A simple human connection can do amazing things in your life and in the lives of others. So as you go throughout your day, don’t let busyness get in the way of the important task of connecting with others!

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Pray that God would remind you to slow down a bit each day and spend quality time connecting with others.

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Three Things I am Taking to the Lord Today 11/4/2014 9:39:39 AM
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