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Post  Admin on Sat 14 Dec 2013, 12:49 am

Date: December 12, 2013 11:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Keep Our Focus

Keep Our Focus

"let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Scripture Focus: Luke 2:36-38; Hebrews 12:1-2

Anna was a widow who had spent her life in the temple worshiping God. But why, at age 84, did she briefly enter the pages of history? Because, in that time, great respect was placed on the elderly, and when they spoke people listened. Her moment had come to speak, and because of her age she would be heard. Though her physical eyes were likely dimming, Anna's spiritual eyes were insightful. She had spent her life prayerfully watching for the Messiah, and now, as she saw Simeon holding the Christ-child in his arms, she recognized Him as the Promised One. Immediately, she began joyfully telling everyone that she had seen the Savior. Those who had also been watching listened to her.

Anna had kept her focus clear. As she grew older, it became sharper. We are told to fix our eyes on Jesus, too. It's easy to let our eyes wander, but that's when we find ourselves struggling with sin and confusion. Jesus understands. He wants to be the focal point of our lives, and He's the only one who can help us.

Insight: We like to keep the baby Jesus in the manger, but He's in heaven now, seated by the Father. Let's keep our eyes on Him.

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Post  Admin on Wed 11 Dec 2013, 8:30 pm

Date: December 10, 2013 11:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Revelation

Message of Revelation

"Sovereign Lord... my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." (Luke 2:29-32)

Scripture Focus: Luke 2:21-35

Jesus was only a month old when Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem for the required ceremony. Walking up the grand steps of that magnificent building must have been overwhelming for these new parents. After all, it would have felt like just yesterday since His birth in the stable and the shepherds' stories of angels. Their hearts must have still been filled with wonder.

As they headed into the temple, a godly old man named Simeon approached, took their baby into his arms and began praising God for Him. How could he possibly have known this little one, held close to His mother's breast, was the Messiah? Only because the Holy Spirit had revealed it.

God delights in shedding light on dark places. Simeon's prophecy that Jesus would be "a light for revelation to the Gentiles" and that "the thoughts of many would be revealed through this child" (vs. 32, 35) would come true, for Jesus was the complete revelation of God. Through Him all things, all truth would be opened up and made clear.

Insight: Through his life and teachings Jesus revealed much about the mystery of God. The final chapter will be written when He comes the second time.

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Post  Admin on Mon 09 Dec 2013, 8:13 pm

Date: December 8, 2013 11:17 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Who Are You?

Who Are You?

"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 1:13-25

Who am I? Who are you? You ask. I could answer that question a number of ways, besides simply telling you my name. I used to describe myself, spiritually, as a "sinner saved by grace." But the Bible answers my question quite differently: Scripture calls me a saint. Can you imagine that? Me, a saint? No one who knew me would ever guess that. 

The word "saint" means one who is holy. It appears to be a favorite Bible term for Christians. Believers are called "saints" over 50 times in the New Testament while the word "Christian" appears only three times. 

Paul addressed the Christians at Philippi with these words: "To all the saints in Christ Jesus at Philippi..." (1:1). How could all those people be saints? Think of it this way: Positionally, we are holy "in Christ;" experientially, we are to become more holy in our daily walk. Paul was calling his friends what God had called them to be.
Holiness is more than merely positional. It is real in me right now. God is at work in me! I am a partaker in His good and holy nature.

Insight:  "Father, Help Me Know The Truth Of Your Word About Me, Though My Own Experiences May Not Show It."
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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 9:16 pm

Date: December 6, 2013 9:48 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Glory

Message of Glory

"You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being." (Revelation 4:11)

Scripture Focus: Luke 2:8-20; John 17:24

The night was black, the hillside filled with sleeping sheep and watchful shepherds. Suddenly, an angel appeared to them with his message of good news and joy. Then the heavens opened and a whole angel chorus exclaimed, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests" (Luke 2:13-14)! These same messengers had just come from the presence of God where their duty was to praise Him. "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is filled with his glory" (Isaiah 6:3)! Now their mission was to announce to us, "He is full of glory!" 

Israel had seen God's glory as He opened the Red Sea, led them with a pillar of cloud and fire, settled over Sinai and dwelt in the Holy of Holies first in the tabernacle and later in the temple. But once, because of their rebellion and sin, His glory had been removed (Ezekiel 10). Now it was going to live among them. The shepherds would see it in the form of a babe in a manger. Through the Word, we see it, too, on Christmas Eve and always.

Insight: The babe in the manger doesn't seem heavy or awesome at first glance. Look again. He is now our glorified Lord Jesus, at the right hand of the Father.

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Post  Admin on Sat 07 Dec 2013, 12:26 am

Date: December 5, 2013 10:11 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Exuberant Joy

Message of Exuberant Joy
"'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' I tell you that in the same way there is more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents" (LUKE 15:6-7)

Scripture Focus: Luke 2:1-12

When my friend first brought his new puppy home, they all fell in love it. He was so cute, but containing his exuberance was nearly impossible! I can still see my friend, having a talk with the dog, saying, "Real dogs don't bound, Pepper. So no more bounding!�Then off the little guy would bound. 

In Luke's account of Jesus' birth, we read the angel's message to the shepherds, "I bring you good news of great joy." This word "joy" could be translated "exuberant joy," and is the picture of young lambs bounding in complete stress-free happiness, like the puppy, Pepper. 

If we look even closer, we find more. The Greek word for "joy" is chara, which comes from rejoice - chairo. And chairo is related to charis, the Greek words we translate as "grace. " So joy is directly related to grace! Amazing. Perhaps this heavenly messenger was giving a double message, "I' ve good news for fallen humans. Tonight God sent His Son as a message of His grace towards you - so be exuberant and boundless in joy!"

Insight: Jesus told about a lost sheep and the shepherd' s joy when it was found (Luke 15:1-7). That's how He feels when we turn to Him.

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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Dec 2013, 10:41 pm

Date: December 4, 2013 10:44 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Obedience

Message of Obedience

"Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." (1 SAMUEL 15:22)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 1:18-2:23

Joseph, hand chosen by God to be the earthly father for Jesus, is an example of one who learned early to listen and obey. We read in the Gospel account that four times he was given a direct message from God, and each time he obeyed, fulfilling specific prophecies about the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14; Hosea 11:1). 

Disobedience has been an issue for humankind since the Garden of Eden. Through willful defiance of God's directives, sin entered creation, and we have fought its hold on us ever since. Joseph understood the severity of choosing to disobey God, and he would not dare to risk it. As Joseph submitted his own will to the Lord, the promised Savior made His entrance into our world. 

Obedience is always a test of our love, trust, and willingness to surrender "our rights." Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching (John 14:3a). Since perfect obedience would never be attained by any of us, our King has stood in our place, surrendering His rights, trusting His Father's great redemption plan, and proving His limitless love for us.

Insight: Joseph obeyed his heavenly Father who gave us our savior in a manger. Jesus obeyed his heavenly Father and became our savior on the cross.

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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Dec 2013, 12:58 am

Date: December 3, 2013 11:49 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Mercy

Message of Mercy

"My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant His mercy extends to those who fear Him." (Luke 1:46, 50)

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:39-56; Ephesians 2:1-10

Mary was still newly pregnant when she left Nazareth to stay with her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, who was now well along in her pregnancy with John. As Mary walked through the door, the message of the Messiah' s arrival reached through Elizabeth' s womb, touching the ears of her unborn child, and he leaped inside her. In response, Mary sang the Spirit-written song we call The Magnificat. 

One line is a message to all of us who recognize the depth of our sin: "His mercy extends to those who fear him." This was a lesson Elizabeth, her husband Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph were all learning. Fear of God is healthy, and obedience mandatory, but even our obedience doesn't remove the heaviness of our guilt. It will still crush us, except for God's mercy. 

How amazing that God's love, through Jesus, would lift the burden of our sin and carry it for us, alleviating its terrible consequences. May our hearts also soar at the message of the Messiah' s arrival just as the baby leapt in Elizabeth' s womb!

Insight: Jesus is the evidence of God's mercy. "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." (Titus 3:5)

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Post  Admin on Tue 03 Dec 2013, 11:52 pm

Date: December 3, 2013 12:11 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Message of Honor

Message of Honor
"You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus”. ”I am the Lord's servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said." (LUKE 1:30-31, 38)

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26-38; 22:39-44

Mary was a young, poor girl from Nazareth in Galilee, and Gabriel was sent to her with this message: "Don' t be afraid, for you have found favor with God" (vs. 30). Though Mary was very young, she understood Gabriel had come from the presence of God Almighty, and his message, overwhelming as it was, needed to be accepted and obeyed. In doing so, she brought honor to herself and more importantly to God. It would not be an easy burden for her, being the mother of our Lord. From the beginning there would be misunderstandings and talk, but she still chose God's will over hers. 

We should remember from Mary's life that God never works in isolation, even when it seems that it is only our life that is affected. In His hands the threads that may appear to be tangled will be woven together with perfect purpose and meaning for us and others. That is just His way. Because of a heart that honored God, Mary was chosen to help affect the course of world history. Oh, that our hearts might be so pure!

Insight: One day, in the garden of gethsemane, Jesus would choose the Father's will over his own, bringing honor to god and redemption to all humankind.

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Post  Admin on Tue 03 Dec 2013, 12:05 am

Date: December 1, 2013 9:39 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Humble King
Our Humble King

"Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, taking the very nature of a servant humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:5-8)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 18:1-14; 

Galilee is a beautiful sea and is surrounded with biblical history. There and in nearby towns Jesus chose fishermen to follow Him, taught parables, performed miracles, walked on water, and calmed a violent storm. But it was also an area that was looked down on by many Jews. 

Isaiah prophesied that God would "honor Galilee of the Gentiles" (9:1). To devout Jews this didn't make sense. The people of Galilee were considered poor, uneducated, and unclean. Why, then, would God honor Galilee and not Jerusalem, the center of Jewish worship? 

God did not need fanfare to redeem us. Choosing for the Savior to arrive in the lowliness of Bethlehem' s leftover accommodations showed that. Could there have been a more humble way for Mary's miracle baby to arrive? When God sent His Son, we saw the full scope of His love through Jesus' humility. Only true humility would empty Himself of all that was rightfully His, wash His disciples' feet, hang on the cross for the sin of a thief next to Him. And only true meekness would do that for you and me.

Insight: Jesus, our humble king, would be born in a most humble way, live in a most humble place, and die on a most humble cross.

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Post  Admin on Thu 28 Nov 2013, 12:32 am

Date: November 26, 2013 2:43 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Not All Weeds Are Ugly

Not All Weeds Are Ugly
"Land that...produces a crop...receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned." (Hebrews 6:7-8)

Scripture Focus: Proverbs 24:30-34

Gardeners define a weed as simply "any plant I don't want." Not all weeds are ugly or full of thorns. I know several weeds that are quite beautiful. Some people intentionally grow plants that others regard as nuisances. It all comes down to which plants you want in your garden and which plants you don't want. 

When it comes to our spiritual life, we usually think of what we want. We want our life to be meaningful and useful. We want to live forever in heaven one day. And it is good to want these things. But we should also consider what we do not want. We don't want to harbor secret sins. Yet if we never examine ourselves to see if we really don't want them, it could be that we actually do. We may be trying to hide them in a corner of our heart somewhere.

However, just like weeds, things that we try to hide from the Master will crowd out the spiritual growth in our lives. Take a look around and see what you really do not want in the garden of your heart. Jesus is there ready to remove it.

Insight: Just as weeds block the growth of desirable plants, sin blocks the spiritual growth of a christian. It� best to pull it out right away.

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Nov 2013, 11:24 pm

Date: November 24, 2013 9:18 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Embrace Jesus & His Wisdom
Embrace Jesus & His Wisdom

"She (wisdom) is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed." (Proverbs 3:18)

Scripture Focus: Proverbs 3:13-18

"Tree Hugger" is a modern term with political implications. Some like it and some don't. But did you know that the original tree hugger was one of the writers of the Bible? Solomon likened wisdom to a tree of life and guaranteed our success in life if we would "hug" or take hold of her. 

When Solomon used the term "tree of life," he was making a poetic reference to the tree of life that stood in the Garden of Eden. That tree was part of God's plan for mankind and for the world. It would have been great wisdom if Adam had followed His plan. Certainly, the term "tree hugger" would have different connotations today! 

But Solomon made it clear that wisdom is still available to us. God still has a plan to bless His people. If we will focus on Him and hold on to wisdom, He guarantees success. Solomon had not yet seen the fulfillment of God's plan in Jesus Christ, but we have. We can embrace Jesus Christ today. Focusing on Him is holding on to wisdom, something more precious than rubies (vs. 15).

Insight: Embrace things and they slip away from you. Embrace Jesus and join with all things in his embrace.

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Post  Admin on Fri 22 Nov 2013, 11:09 pm

Date: November 22, 2013 4:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Be A Better Tool

Be A Better Tool

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:18-20

I was talking to another gardener one day and spied a pair of lopping shears in the back of his truck. I knew those shears were the most expensive on the market, so I asked him why he'd spent that much on a tool. A cheaper pair would cut a branch just as well. But he challenged me to give them a try. What a difference they made! After that I bought the best, and often most expensive tools I could find. 

We are the tools Jesus uses to build His kingdom. What a humbling thought. And the wonder of it is that no matter what caliber of tool we may seem to be, Christ uses us all and fine-tunes us for His purposes. Do you feel inadequate in your ministry? God has promised to provide everything we need to serve Him. He takes us into His hand just as we are, and there we become instrumental for Him. 

If you needed tools to do your earthly job, you would ask your boss and co-workers how to get them. Why not ask your Boss and co-workers in the kingdom of God how you can be a better tool in the Master's hand?

Insight: For ease and productivity, a craftsman prepares his tools before he starts his work. Let God prepare you for his work.

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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Nov 2013, 11:53 pm

Date: November 20, 2013 10:17 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Getting Back Into Balance

Getting Back Into Balance

"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (1 Corinthians 13:6-7)

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

My friend told me once “When I have a problem with a plant, I take a cutting to a nursery for advice. Usually, I find out that my problem is either too much or not enough water, fertilizer, shade, sun or whatever else the plant may need. Getting the plant back into balance solves the problem.” 

Ever notice how love can be out of balance in this world? That's because sin taints even the beautiful things like love. If we have too little of it, we become negligent and uncaring. Too much love may yield jealousy, possessiveness and a controlling spirit. But unlike plants, love is not easy to re-balance. We need a whole new kind of love. 

In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul writes about a different kind of love that can never be given in too little or too much volume. It is heavenly love, “Agape" in Greek. Simply put, it means to love others the way Christ loves us. Such a thing is possible when we rely on the Holy Spirit to direct our feelings and actions. Then we can love others as He does, with a love that is never out of balance.

Insight: God is love; therefore, there can never be anything more important than loving like Him. Study His love and put it into practice today.

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Post  Admin on Wed 20 Nov 2013, 11:33 pm

Date: November 19, 2013 9:01 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Getting To The Roots

Getting To The Roots

"Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit." (Matthew 7:17-18)

Scripture Focus: Philippians 4:4-9

Many fruit trees are susceptible to root rot. Usually, by the time you know the tree is sick, it's too late. The damage has been done at the root and is just now showing above ground. There's no treatment. You just have to remove the tree, literally getting to the root of the problem. 

Christians cannot act like Christians unless they think like Christians. In Philippians 4 Paul pleads with two women to "agree with each other in the Lord." The two had a history of working in God's service, but somewhere along the way they had a falling out, and now their ministry was off course. How sobering to be named in the Bible for your disagreeable attitudes! They were neither thinking nor acting like Christians. 

So how should a Christian think? "If anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things" (vs.8). What is more excellent and praiseworthy than Jesus Himself? If we really think on Him, we can't help but act like Him. And the good news of the Gospel will go right to the root of our sin problem.

Insight: Good actions begin with good thinking. Develop the habit of thinking like Jesus and you will enjoy the habit of acting like Him.

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Post  Admin on Tue 19 Nov 2013, 11:55 pm

Date: November 18, 2013 9:28 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Seasons Are Inescapable

Seasons Are Inescapable

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot." (Ecclesiastes 3:1-2)

Scripture Focus: Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

Pansies love cold weather, but they wilt in the summer sun. Marigolds love the heat but die in the cold. There's nothing to do but uproot the plants when they're out of season. Seasons are inescapable. Its best to work with them rather than against them. 

Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 is a famous Bible passage that lists many of the seasons of life. It was made familiar in a popular song years ago. But the song did not reveal what the writer of these verses was getting at. It is in verse 14: "I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him." 

This sentiment does not appeal to our modern culture. We would rather revere ourselves. But there is more to life than we can understand, much less control. Just as we cannot escape the seasons that govern the lives of plants, we cannot escape the fact that we were created for God's glory. Whatever season of life we find ourselves in, we thrive best when we glorify Him.

Insight: Next time you visit a garden, revere the one who rules over the seasons of life. He makes it all possible.

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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Nov 2013, 11:18 pm

Date: November 17, 2013 10:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Tree Of Life

The Tree Of Life

"...On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22:2)

Scripture Focus: Revelation 22:1-5

A few years ago a wildfire crossed my friends property and burned several old oak trees to the ground. It was sad to see the smoldering roots of trees that had been there since the 1800s. But in the successive spring, new trees appeared out of the ashes. The fire had released the generative force of buried acorns. 

There once was a tree that grew in the Garden of Eden called "The Tree of Life." We never got to eat its fruit because of sin's curse. Somehow it disappeared from this world. But in the book of Revelation, we read of a new tree of life that will grow someday in a place called "The New Jerusalem." 

All of life and history are moving toward that day. There will be difficult times before it arrives. Our lives will know the sorrows that come from our sin-corrupted world. But after all of that, Christ's followers will eat from the tree of life in a place where, "No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God... will be there in the city, and his servants will serve him" (Revelation 22:3).

Insight: Jesus saves us so that we "may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city" (Revelation 22:14).

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Post  Admin on Sat 16 Nov 2013, 10:39 pm

Date: November 14, 2013 8:41 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Gethsemane
Gethsemane

Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray." (Matthew 26:36)

Scripture Focus: John 18:1-6

Matthew 26 is the great turning point in the ministry of Jesus. "His hour" had come. He had commanded sickness to cease, demons to flee and storms to be calm. His life had been uniquely victorious. Now the needy crowds would go to the wayside as He fixed His eyes on the cross, soon being "delivered into the hands of sinful men [to] be crucified..." (Luke 24:7). 

He chose to prepare Himself in the garden of Gethsemane. In this garden of sorrow, He faced the greatest challenge that anyone has ever faced. The sinless Son of God would give His life for sinners. He knew that He would conquer death, but the cross still lay in front of Him. 

Although the Christian life is full of celebration and victory, sometimes we find ourselves in our own garden of sorrow. Even the promise of heaven does not make it go away. But what Jesus accomplished does banish our sorrow. He faced it all by saying, "may your will be done." Let's do likewise. Becoming like Him in sorrow means we will rise like Him in victory.

Insight: It's not easy to say "may your will be done" during times of sorrow, but those are the times when we really mean i
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Post  Admin on Thu 14 Nov 2013, 11:37 pm

Date: November 13, 2013 10:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Jesus Sees You

Jesus Sees You

"Jesus answered, 'I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Phillip called you.' Then Nathanael declared, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.' " (John 1:48-49)

Scripture Focus: John 1:43-51

"I don't need to go to church. I see God in my garden." Have you ever heard that excuse? People use it a lot. What they mean is that they have enjoyed some solitude and have mistaken their surroundings for God. 

The truth is that you can't see God in a garden: He's not a plant. Yes, He made everything in the garden, but He is not one of the things He made. These people have got the point of solitude exactly backwards. You don't see God in a garden; He sees you. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as solitude. Even when you get away from other people, you are still not alone. 

This is what Nathanael discovered in today's verse. He thought he had been alone, under a fig tree, running his own life. But there was someone watching him, waiting to change his life in a radical way. 

Have you missed the point of solitude? Jesus sees you and waits to change your life. In this time of solitude, realize that He sees you and is calling you. Will you recognize your King and follow Him as Nathanael did?

Insight: Solitude is a good thing, but it's not everything. It's just another way that we can encounter the one who is our all in all.

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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Nov 2013, 10:31 pm

Topic: +DEV+ Trust In Christ Alone

Trust In Christ Alone
"Whoever trusts in his riches will fall, but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf." (Proverbs 11:28)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 49:12-15

Wealth seems like something to trust. Have you ever felt worry or peace just from looking at the balance in your bank account? We see the flashy excesses of the wealthy and the misery of the poor and conclude: "wealth is better." So we strive and work and long for riches. 

While we're busy worrying, some of this world's wealth is coming from an effortless process in a tiny organism. The process is photosynthesis, and the organism is the leaf. Without leaves doing their simple job, there would be no food, no life, and no riches. Trillions of leaves provide the means to grow all the food, fiber, and materials we need. They simply present themselves to the sun. 

Every day we make the choice of what or in whom we will trust. Proverbs 11:28 makes it clear that if we trust in wealth, we are guaranteed to fall. Although we know this, it is difficult to resist and turn to Christ alone. But Jesus shines His righteousness toward us so we can thrive. All we must do is present ourselves to the Son.

Insight: Jesus is the one, true Son of God. in Him is life, and that life is the light of men. (see John 1:4)

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Post  Admin on Fri 08 Nov 2013, 3:53 pm

Date: November 6, 2013 11:20 PM
Topic: +DEV+  I Have Chosen You

I Have Chosen You

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name." (John 15:16)

Scripture Focus: John 15:9-16

Nurserymen often talk about how a plant "likes" being planted in sun or shade. But you never hear them talk about where a plant chooses to be planted. That's because plants don't choose. They grow where they are planted. That's what makes them a "plant." 

But Jesus chooses those who will become His followers. "I have chosen you out of the world" (John 15:19), Jesus says. The entire process of salvation is due to Him choosing us, not because of anything we have done. This is a great mystery. We don't know how it works, but we see that it works in our changed hearts. I know that if God had waited for me to choose Him, He would still be waiting. 

How reassuring this is when we follow His command to bear fruit (that's His way of telling us to do as He did and how our lives then reflect His goodness). We need not feel the weight of responsibility so heavily if we remember that He chose us and appointed us to do it. As we study and respond to His good and perfect Word, He will give us what we ask in His name.

Insight:  "So Neither He Who Plants Nor He Who Waters Is Anything, But Only God, Who Makes Things Grow." (1 Corinthians 3:7)

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Date: November 7, 2013 7:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Pray Continually

Pray Continually

"But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice." (Psalm 55:16-17)

Scripture Focus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Every gardener spends a lot of time on his knees. When I first started my career as a gardener, I did not recognize or appreciate this marvelous opportunity. The work is hard and long, and the weather often does not cooperate. On your knees half the day, your attitude can deteriorate quickly. 

But one day I realized how much time I was spending on my knees pulling weeds, fixing sprinklers, etc. It hit me: what a perfect time to pray! From then on I determined to pray whenever I was on my knees. It has made a difference in my attitude. 

Jesus looked for times to pray and made use of them. Sometimes He got up early (Mark 1:35) or prayed all night (Luke 6:12). The Bible records numerous times of day when He prayed. We can find time, too, if we plan for it. You may be able to pray while working. If you're a brain surgeon or scientist, you may need to find another time. But we all have mental downtime, like when we're commuting or folding clothes, when we can spend quality time with our Master.

Insight: The apostle Paul told us to pray without ceasing. You can't do that without starting. Find your mental downtime and fill it with prayer. 

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Post  Admin on Wed 06 Nov 2013, 8:48 pm

Date: November 5, 2013 10:53 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Keep Planting Those Seeds

Keep Planting Those Seeds

"Then Jesus asked, 'What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed...' " (Luke 13:18-19)

Scripture Focus: Luke 13:10-19

In Southern California plants struggle for existence. The heat and frequent droughts make it hard for them to flourish. But one plant that has no problems growing here is mustard. It thrives in the very conditions that kill other plants. If you pull it out of your garden, it will return next year. The wind and the birds will plant those tiny seeds all over for you. 

When Jesus made the statement quoted above, it was after a religious leader tried to stop Him from spreading the kingdom of God. But Jesus compared the kingdom of God to a mustard seed. The mustard seed grows from a tiny seed into a huge plant. No one can eradicate it because the seeds are so productive. Likewise, the kingdom of God cannot be stopped because just a little bit of it is so powerful. Jesus kept planting seeds, and look what has happened! 

Many today would like to stop the spread of the Gospel. They work hard to discredit Jesus and His followers. But the Gospel keeps going forward as we keep spreading those tiny seeds.

Insight: Nothing can stop the spread of Christ's kingdom. It thrives even in impossible situations. Keep planting those seeds!

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Nov 2013, 11:13 pm

Date: November 4, 2013 10:03 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Thy Will Be Done

Thy Will Be Done

"He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored." (Proverbs 27:18) 

Scripture Focus: Matthew 6:9-13

Fig trees are amazing. They are hardy and bear an enormous crop. But gardeners who plant a fig tree don't expect the tree to serve them. They serve the needs of the tree in order to enjoy the fruit later. 

In times of prayer, have you ever acted like a gardener who expects the plant to serve him? We ask for this and that and sit back, waiting for the abundant harvest of our "labor. " But look at the Lord's Prayer in Matthew 6. There are only five verses. Two are about God and His kingdom; two are about how we should behave. Only one verse is a straightforward request: "Give us today our daily bread." And that is not asking for much. 

God has told us that we can bring all our needs before Him with assurance that He will meet them. But our overall approach to prayer should be like the gardener in the verse quoted from Proverbs above. We should look after our Master, asking more about how we can serve Him than how He can serve us. Through our humble submission to Him, His blessings abound.

Insight: What prayer can we pray and always receive a "yes" ? God always says "yes" when we pray, "Thy will be done."

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Post  Admin on Mon 04 Nov 2013, 10:52 pm

Date: November 4, 2013 12:34 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Time Is Short

The Time Is Short

"He asked them, 'Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?' 'Because no one has hired us,' they answered. He said to them, 'You also go and work in my vineyard.' " (Matthew 20:6-7)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 20:1-7

When you grow a lot of stone fruits, you are up against the clock when it's harvest time. If you don't pick those apricots, peaches, plums, etc. the squirrels and birds will. And the rest will rot on the ground. You don't need to wait for a sign from heaven to start picking. That sign has already been given - it’s harvest time. 

Some people wait for a sign from heaven before they start their ministry or being active in the kingdom of God. Like the landowner in the Scripture quoted above, God is asking them, "Why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing?" 

They think that God should call them and show them a sign to tell them what to do for Him. But that sign has already been given. The Bible tells us clearly that we are to go and tell others about Jesus Christ. In this day of instant communication, the resources are available to share His story with one or many, across the street or around the world. Plus we have the Holy Spirit to direct us. 

Start today. It’s harvest time!

Insight: The time is short. You only have today to do today's work. Jesus is saying, "You also go and work in My vineyard."

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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Nov 2013, 11:05 pm

Date: October 31, 2013 9:34 PM
Topic: +DEV+ New Life In Jesus

New Life In Jesus

"For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations." (Isaiah 61:11)

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 61:10-11

Spring is aptly named because new life seems to "spring" right out of the ground. A spring of water flows from a hole in the earth bringing life to all that lies downstream. So, in the season of spring, seeds shoot stems out of the ground, plants burst with new leaves, and new life flows into the world. 

The prophet Isaiah wrote, "... the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow." He is marveling at the sight of life coming out of non-life. We could talk a long time about that phenomenon. We sit on a blue planet bursting with life at the edge of a dark universe. What a miracle! 

But the point of today's Scripture is that God, beyond His astounding act of bringing life out of non-life, does even more. He makes righteousness and praise spring up in us. Jesus clothes His followers in righteousness, and we live to the praise of His glory. It's not a humdrum existence of mere religious habit. Rather, we have new life through Him. We are God's garden of spiritual life, and it just springs up!

Insight: Abide in Christ and marvel at the miracle of spiritual life that springs up in you. He is the gardener of your soul.

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Post  Admin on Fri 01 Nov 2013, 12:55 am

Date: October 30, 2013 9:10 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Treasure Of Jesus


The Treasure Of Jesus

"The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold..." (Psalm 19:9-10)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 19:7-10

An old story tells of a man who had a barren orchard. A traveler came by and offered to buy it. "I' ve heard there's gold around here," said the traveler. The man refused and, when the traveler was gone, began digging for gold. He dug and dug but never found any. Disgusted and tired, the man sat down and cursed the orchard. 

Just then the traveler returned. The man gladly sold the orchard to him and left. The following year the man returned to find his former property producing more fruit than ever. The traveler thanked him for finding the gold. "When did I do that?" the man asked. 

"When you were digging," said the traveler. "You aerated the soil and broke up the old roots to make room for new ones. Now the orchard produces fruit that I will trade for gold." 

When we look outside of God's purpose for us, we miss the "gold" that's in our own backyard. Seeking Him will bring us a return beyond anything we ever dreamed possible. No greater riches could you or I ever find than the treasure of knowing Jesus.

Insight: "But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven... for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:20-21)

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