November 18, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 10; Mark 9; Ezekiel 40-42; Psalm 146-147; 2 Chronicles 13-14; Numbers 23

1 Corinthians 10 vs. 31 says no matter what we do, we should do it for the glory of God.

What are you doing today?  Are you going to work?  Could you be caring for your children?  Is today your day off from work? Maybe your retired, and you are not doing anything today because of the weather? Or are you doing any of a hundred things like getting gas for the car, buying groceries, going to the doctor, or visiting friends or relatives?

Remember that no matter what you do today, you belong to Jesus Christ.  You are his crown jewel.  You belong to the one who gave his life for you.  You are worth so much that the creator of the universe gave his own life for you.

So no matter what you are doing today, remember that your life is possible because of Jesus Christ.  Whatever you do today, do it out of thanksgiving for Jesus Christ!  Let your life shine the love of Jesus, no matter where you are today!

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November 17, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 9; Mark 8; Ezekiel 38-39; Psalm 144-145; 2 Chronicles 11-12; Numbers 26

How quickly things change.  In less than 60 years, the nation of Israel had been split in two.  With the northern kingdom of Israel now fully rejecting God’s word, the entire Levitical priesthood has relocated to Judah.  King Rehoboam started out as a follower of God, then fell into idolatry.  His nation was invaded by Egypt, and the was forced to serve Egypt.  He did repent and come back to God.

In less than 60 years, the mighty kingdom of David was just another country.  That happened because the people rejected God.  Yet God kept his promises. He ensured the line of succession would continue all the way to Jesus.  In spite of our lack of faith, God is always faithful.

Christianity has gone through several times of trial.  In our generation, we’ve seen the rise and fall of megachurch Pastors, the decline of mainline protestant churches, and the coming of age of a movement of spiritualism outside of Jesus.

Yet amid all this, God’s promises remain firm.  God promises that he is in control.  God promises that he will watch over us.  God promises us that the Holy Spirit will keep our faith alive.  God promises that if we proclaim his word, he will make sure it fulfills his purpose.  Most importantly, he promises that if we turn to Jesus, we will spend eternity with Jesus.

In our world, things are always changing.  Nations rise and fall, leaders come and go.  But God’s love, God’s faithfulness, and His promises will endure forever!

November 16, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 8; Mark 7; Ezekiel 36-37; Psalm 142-143; 2 Chronicles 9-10; Numbers 25

Ezekiel 36 and 37 are examples of the incredible love of God.  Before Christ comes into someone’s life, he truly is nothing more than dry bones.

However, God works miracles in our lives.  He sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts and causes you and me to desire God.  Our Lord gives us the will and the ability to follow God.  Why does he do this?  God does this out of his great love for all of humanity.  Instinctively, we know what is required of God.  We also know that without God’s help, we can’t achieve the requirements of God.

God’s love is so great that rather than simply destroy us and move on, he takes our lives, which are no better than dried bones, and he inserts his Spirit into them.  He then draws us to himself and gives us life both now and in eternity.  He pours his loving-kindness into each one of us and blesses us beyond measure.

He doesn’t do it because we deserve it.  He does it out of his great love for you and me!

November 15, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 7; Mark 6; Ezekiel 34-35; Psalm 140-141; 2 Chronicles 7-8; Numbers 24

What does God desire to see when we pray?

2 Chronicles 7 vs. 14-15 show us the model of what our prayer life should look like.

The first quality God seeks is humility.  God wants each of us to understand that we are not God.  Also, we are no better than anyone else.  We are all sinners in need of Christ.  That’s a problem for some people.  People think that their works will save them.  But a Christian knows that salvation is a gift from God.  We can’t earn or work for God’s salvation.  We must fall humbly before our God.

The second quality is active prayer.  Our prayer must be heartfelt.  It shouldn’t be forced or robotic.  God wants to have a conversation with us.  That means listening as well as talking.

The third quality that we need to seek God’s face.  Is it your heart’s desire to know God?  Do you yearn to know God?  Do you long to see Jesus sitting at the right hand of God’s throne.

Finally, God is seeking that we acknowledge our sinfulness.  God knows who we are.  He’s seen every sin, bad attitude, and failure.  Part of being humble is recognizing our sin and working to rid our life of that sin.  It’s a lifelong process.

What does God promise to give us in return for our prayer?

The first promise of God is that he will hear us.  The creator of the universe promises to listen to our prayers.  He promises to listen to us.  How incredible is it that God actually takes time out to hear us?

The second promise God makes is that he forgives us of our sins and heals our hearts and souls.  He knows who we are, yet he promises to love us and bring us to him in eternity.

The last promise he makes is that not only does he want us to do this, he eagerly waits for us.  He’s holding his arms out to us.  He’s giving us his word that if we seek him, he will reveal himself to us.

What an incredible God we serve!

 

November 14, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 6; Mark 5; Ezekiel 32-33; Psalm 138-139; 2 Chronicles 5-6; Numbers 23

People have interesting reactions when they find out someone has become a believer in Jesus Christ.

The story of Jesus exorcism of the demoniac in Mark 5 and the people demanding Jesus leave their town is one of my favorites.  It shows how people can react when the Spirit of God works in someone’s life.  Sadly, it isn’t always good.

Recently, Kanye West professed himself to be a Christian.  It is incredible what Jesus Christ can do in a person’s life.  To see someone such as Kanye West now publicly professing Christ should be a real joy for people.  We should be praising God for leading such a public figure to Christ.

Unfortunately, Kanye found out that when you publicly profess Christ, the critics and skeptics will always come next.

Christians and non-Christians alike have a  hard time believing that the Holy Spirit can truly change a person.  For Christians, it’s merely a lack of faith and trust in the Holy Spirit.

It’s our job to praise God for leading people like Kanye to Christ.  We leave the motivations of the person to God to judge.

I’ll just say this.  Welcome to Christ, Kanye.  The journey your facing will be difficult but incredible at the same time!  God’s peace.

November 13, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 5; Mark 4; Ezekiel 30-31; Psalm 136-137; 2 Chronicles 3-4; Numbers 22

Psalm 136 reminds me to have an attitude of gratitude.  I would like to take this morning and show some of the things that I am grateful to our God for.

My Family:

The beauty of nature:

The joys of our pets;

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Humanities ability to create things of beauty;

There are so many more things to be grateful for.  These are just a few.  Take some time today and read Psalm 136.  Then take time to thank God for the many joys and wonders in your life!

November 12, 2019

What I Read Today;

1 Corinthians 4; Mark 3; Ezekiel 28-29; Psalm 134-135; 2 Chronicles 1-2; Numbers 21

Have you ever watched the TV show the world’s dumbest criminals?  That show is one of the funniest shows I have ever seen.  Some of the things I’ve seen people do on the show can only make you laugh.

When I first got out of high school, I worked as a mechanic’s apprentice at a local gas station.  There was one particular customer who loved to play the role of the big shot.  We’d all roll our eyes when he would come in.  After he’d leave, we’d have a good laugh.  One day I was reading the police blog in the newspaper.  Sure enough, mister big shot had been arrested for shoplifting.  Turned out, he’d shoplifted a two-dollar pair of socks.  He had the money to pay for them, but for some reason, he’d decided he was to busy to pay for them.

In Numbers 21, we find God’s people beginning their final journey into the promised land.  God has provided them food, water, clothing, and protection during their forty years in the wilderness.   In spite of the miracles they’d seen, the history of the failings of their ancestors, and the preaching of Moses, they still weren’t happy.

They focused on what they didn’t have and not on what they had.

That’s who we are, isn’t it?  We have blessings upon blessings, yet we aren’t happy.  We live in the most prosperous country in the world, and unfortunately, people simply want more.

The cure for this is to focus on Jesus and what he’s done for us. We need to turn our thoughts away from our problems and our desires and focus on the gratitude we should have because of what Jesus has done for us.

When you have a moment when you think you are owed more from life, focus on the cross of Christ.  When you feel moments of anger and envy, focus on the compassion of Christ.  When you feel upset because of the problems in your life, focus on the humility of Jesus Christ.

Refocus your life on Jesus and his works, and the problems of this world will become less and less significant.