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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Nov 2011, 2:28 pm

TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 9, 2011

VERSE:
God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things
beyond our understanding.
-- Job 37:5


THOUGHT:
How does God help us know his will? Clearly God has given us the
Scriptures and the Holy Spirit to help us understand the
Scriptures. What about more subtle and less defined ways? Most of
us have had a "cluster of divine coincidences" (several events in
close proximity to prayer): a friend calls/writes at just the right
time; we read an article or hear a sermon that has a comment or two
directed at just the area of our concern or confusion; several
songs in worship convict us in the area on which we are seeking the
Lord's guidance; or we simply feel a pull on our conscience that
helps us discern right from wrong in a difficult situation. God
really means it when he says that if we will pray for wisdom
without doubting he'll give it to us and that if we are truly
seeking him we will find him. His voice does thunder in marvelous
ways!


PRAYER:
Holy God, please help me discern your will about several
important matters in my life. I don't want to make my decisions
based on my limited human wisdom. Please lead me by your Spirit in
the direction you want me to go and use me to bring you glory and
praise. Thank you for caring about my life enough to show me your
way more clearly. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 8, 2011

VERSE:
The memory of the righteous will be a blessing, but the name of
the wicked will rot.
-- Proverbs 10:7


THOUGHT:
Each of us is creating a legacy. The influence of our lives will
leave an imprint on all those the Lord has brought into our lives
for us to touch. This proverb reminds us that our legacy will live
far beyond us. If our lives are righteous, that legacy will be an
ongoing blessing as stories of our lives are passed on to future
generations. On the other hand, if our lives have been given over
to wickedness, we will leave behind the lingering stench of
something potentially useful gone sour and something lasting given
over to rot.


PRAYER:
O mighty God, may my life be a sweet blessing to my children and
my children's children -- whether those children are physical or
spiritual. May my influence bring you glory and also bring others
to know you and your grace. Forgive me when I fail to see the
length of the shadow my influence casts and help me to see those
you have purposely sent my way for me to touch with your grace. In
Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 7, 2011

VERSE:
We wait for the blessed hope of the glorious appearing of our
great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.
-- Titus 2:13


THOUGHT:
One way to view our lives is to see them as a wait. Long or
short, we live in anticipation, waiting for our "blessed hope."
This hope is rooted in Jesus' promise to return. But more than just
his return, our hope is rooted in his glorious appearance as our
Savior. On that day, our trust in Jesus as Lord will be validated
and our highest dreams realized.


PRAYER:
Glorious and faithful God, thank you for sending Jesus the first
time to save me from my sins. Please strengthen me as I wait for
his glorious return, so that I can live as victoriously now as I
will with you in the future. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 6, 2011

VERSE:
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he
has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has
promised to those who love him.
-- James 1:12


THOUGHT:
I don't know about you, but it is hard for me to appreciate our
need to go through trials. In fact, trials in life are just plain
hard to tolerate! This is especially true when we are in the middle
of them. But as believers in Jesus, we have some key spiritual
reasons to persevere under trials. One of the very best reasons to
hang in there when things are tough spiritually is God's promise to
give us the crown of life that can't be taken away from us.


PRAYER:
Gracious God, thank you for promising the victor's crown of life
to me. Empower me to persevere through the power of your Holy
Spirit. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 5, 2011

VERSE:
Paul and Barnabas remained in Antioch, where they and many
others taught and preached the word of the Lord.
-- Acts 15:35


THOUGHT:
Antioch was a great church in the first century. This church was
blessed with both Jewish and Gentile disciples of Jesus who were
very talented. These disciples were the first followers of Jesus
called Christians. Many of these new Christians taught and
evangelized others in their community. These "many others" remind
us that the power of the early Church was not limited to its
well-known leaders, but also involved the widespread dedication of
its members to minister and to use the gifts that God had given
them to serve others.


PRAYER:
Almighty and powerful God, please raise up an army of committed
people who will serve, pray, evangelize, and teach so that others
may know the grace you have given us in your Son Jesus. Renew the
power of everyday Christians in our day just as it was in the early
Church! I ask this in the mighty name of Jesus, my Savior and Lord.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 4, 2011

VERSE:
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the
ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he
swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
-- Deuteronomy 8:18


THOUGHT:
As we enter the month often associated in the USA with giving
thanks, this reminder from Moses is an important one! We so easily
forget to give thanks when things are going well. It's easy for us
to whine and ask God to help us when we are in trouble, but we
often feel like we "deserve" the good things that happen to us. God
reminds us that what we have is simply a confirmation of his grace
and his faithfulness to do what he has said. We need to remind
ourselves, and each other, that the blessings we have come from his
hand and not because we deserved them more than someone else.


PRAYER:
Generous Father, forgive me for my forgetfulness. Deep down I
know I don't deserve all the good things you have poured into my
life, yet I sometimes find myself thinking that I've earned them.
Use your Spirit to forge in me a heart like Jesus' heart, who did
deserve everything good and yet gave it all up to come to earth and
give me the greatest gift imaginable -- the gift of your salvation!
Thank you so much for this gift of grace and the many other
undeserved gifts that you have lavished on me. In Jesus' name I
thank you. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 3, 2011

VERSE:
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him
who knocks, the door will be opened.
-- Luke 11:10


THOUGHT:
God answers prayers! Recent research in the recovery of surgery
patients for whom others prayed seems to validate this. Our
experience suggests it is true. The Bible promises us that it is
so. But Luke emphasizes one specific answer to prayer that
God-seekers receive. God longs to give us a truly great and
wonderful gift: his presence in us through his Holy Spirit (vs.
13). Because of the indwelling Spirit, God can do unimaginable
things for us and through us.


PRAYER:
Loving Father, the sacrifice of your Son for my sins is a truly
incredible gift. The blessing of salvation through Jesus is more
wonderful than words. The gracious gift of your presence in me
through your Holy Spirit is comforting and empowering. Thank you
for your assurance that as I seek you, you are eager to bless me.
In Jesus' name I thank and praise you. Amen.
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November 2, 2011

VERSE:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive
us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
-- 1 John 1:9


THOUGHT:
God is faithful! Scripture declares it. We've experienced it. In
fact, we cherish this promise from God, especially when things
don't turn out as they "should." So when Satan does trip us with
temptation and when we are weak or rebellious, isn't it comforting
that we can be forgiven and made clean again? God wants us to call
our sin what he calls it. (To "confess" literally means to "say the
same" thing about it as God does!) Incredibly, God does more than
forgive us. He also cleanses us. We're made new, fresh, pure, and
holy once again! That is more than being faithful and just; that's
being downright gracious.


PRAYER:
I do not have the words, Father, to express my appreciation for
your gracious forgiveness and cleansing of me. I am deeply sorry
for my weakness, my stumbling, and my rebellion. I deeply regret
disappointing you. Thank you for welcoming me back into your
presence and reminding me that I am your beloved child. Please
empower me to grow past my failures and to mature more fully into
the holiness of your Son, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
November 1, 2011

VERSE:
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the
land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.
-- Exodus 20:2-3


THOUGHT:
The order of obedience is always the same: God reveals himself,
God blesses us, and then God asks us to respond. In other words,
God blesses us first, and then asks us to obey. God is all powerful
and supreme. He could demand our obedience just because of who he
is, but he doesn't. He has chosen to reveal himself to us through
Scripture, through nature, and through his acts of salvation. He
wants us to know him and respond to him. Our obedience may be
difficult. Our call to obey may sometimes be hard for us to
understand. However, we know it comes from a Father who has paid an
enormous price to redeem us and who has already proven himself
faithful.


PRAYER:
Holy and Almighty God, you are worthy of all glory and honor. I
realize that your demands that I should be holy, that I should obey
your Word, and that I should seek your will are all based on your
desire to love me and bless me. I want to serve you with an
undivided heart. I want my obedience to be offered as joyously and
graciously to you as your blessings have been shared with me. In
Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 31, 2011

VERSE:
The Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you
from the evil one.
-- 2 Thessalonians 3:3


THOUGHT:
The Bible repeatedly reminds us that we are in a spiritual war
with forces that are strong, malicious, and evil (Ephesians
6:10-12). We should steer clear of every appearance of evil. We
shouldn't involve ourselves in anything related to Satan and his
work. But we also need to remember that our Lord is greater than
Satan and all of his evil angels. He is faithful. He will not
abandon us to our enemy. He will strengthen us and protect us from
attack if we will let him!


PRAYER:
Almighty God, thank you for giving me victory over Satan through
the sacrifice of your Son, his resurrection from the dead, and his
promised return to take me home to heaven. Please strengthen me and
empower me to overcome temptation and resist the deceptive
enticements of the Evil One. O Lord, it is only you that I want to
worship, serve, and obey. To you belongs all glory forever, and
ever, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 30, 2011

VERSE:
They preached the good news in that city and won a large number
of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch,
strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to
the faith.
-- Acts 14:21-22


THOUGHT:
Do you know a new Christian? Paul and Barnabas remind us that it
is difficult becoming a Christian; there are hard times for new
Christians! So let's make sure we don't just share the Gospel with
them. Let's also stand by them, check on them, strengthen them, and
encourage them.


PRAYER:
Loving Father, please be with the new Christians in our church.
Use me to be a source of encouragement to them and strength for
them. May my life always be a positive influence on them and other
new Christians as well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 29, 2011

VERSE:
Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength; we will sing and praise
your might.
-- Psalm 21:13


THOUGHT:
What is our role in the grand scheme of things? In Psalm 21, the
Spirit emphasizes our importance as God's "cheerleaders. " We ask
God to reveal himself in glory. We urge God to make his strength
known to all people. We marvel in amazement at his great deeds. We
praise God for all the incredible things he has done for us.


PRAYER:
Dear Father in heaven, exalt yourself and your name above all
things. I rededicate myself to daily praise and thanksgiving for
all that you have done, all that you are doing, and all that you
will do in the future. To you, the only true God, the Alpha and
Omega, I offer my heartfelt praise and my songs of joy. In the name
of the Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 28, 2011

VERSE:
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse
you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on
the day he visits us.
-- 1 Peter 2:12


THOUGHT:
How do we win over to the Gospel of Christ those who are hostile
toward us? While we need skilled defenders and expositors of
biblical truth, the way most of us will win others is by the way we
live and by the way we treat them. No matter how much criticism and
harsh treatment we may receive, our deeds must remain Christ-like.
To do less is to rob others of a chance to see the living Christ in
action.
PRAYER:
Holy and righteous Father, please forgive me for not being more
aware of my influence on others, especially those who do not know
Christ. Please fill me with your Spirit and strengthen me so that I
can stand up under the criticism and scrutiny that sometimes comes
my way. Help my life to impact others so that they may see the
truth of what I believe and the hope by which I live. In Jesus'
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 27, 2011

VERSE:
The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the
will of God lives forever.
-- 1 John 2:17


THOUGHT:
So much of what we pursue is fleeting. Once we acquire it, we
have to try to preserve it because we know it will soon be gone.
God has promised us that just as he is eternal and will live
forever, so also are those who pursue a relationship with him and
are committed to do his will. So let's sit down and look at how we
spend our time, our money, and our efforts and ask if what we are
pursuing is really something that is worth having. Then let's ask
one more important question: "Even if it is worth having, is it
going to last long enough to make a difference?"


PRAYER:
Eternal Father, please give me the courage to be honest about
what I am pursuing with my life. I want it to count for your cause.
I want to make a difference for good. Some of that desire, I
confess, is self-serving. However, dear Father, I truly do want to
have a life that impacts others for good and that brings you honor.
I don't want to waste my time chasing after things that won't last
and don't matter. Please give me the spiritual wisdom to follow
your will and find your life rather than chasing the shadow values
of my culture. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 26, 2011

VERSE:
Your statutes stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless
days, O LORD.
-- Psalm 93:5


THOUGHT:
So many of the material things we pursue are temporary. Their
usefulness lasts only a matter of months or at most a few short
years. Even our lives, and the lives of those we love, are short.
But God's character, his defining quality ("Holy, holy, holy is the
Lord God Almighty!"), and his demands for our holiness are forever.
So as we build our lives, let's build on a secure foundation -- the
will of God and a commitment to share in his holiness.


PRAYER:
Holy God, I thank you for making me holy and forgiving my sin by
your grace. Fill me with your Spirit and bring forth the Spirit's
fruit in my life so that it reflects your grace and your character.
Give me a hunger to know your will and to seek your truth and an
ability to understand and apply it to my life. I want to build my
life with you as its center and its goal. In Jesus' precious name I
pray. Amen.



PRAYER:
Almighty and victorious King of the Ages, you are the only
rightful ruler of my heart. I pledge my allegiance to you. Please
help me as I seek to lay aside my struggles with sin and empower me
to live for you in unwavering loyalty. In the name of my Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 25, 2011

VERSE:
He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil
has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God
appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
-- 1 John 3:8


THOUGHT:
Two simple truths: 1) The person who continues to live a life
caught up in sin is of the devil. 2) The Son of God came to destroy
all that the devil stands for. So, I guess the issue isn't as
complex as we sometimes make it, which leads me to a final thought:
Who are we going to side with in this heavenly war?


PRAYER:
Almighty and victorious King of the Ages, you are the only
rightful ruler of my heart. I pledge my allegiance to you. Please
help me as I seek to lay aside my struggles with sin and empower me
to live for you in unwavering loyalty. In the name of my Lord and
Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.

TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 24, 2011

VERSE:
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the
LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who
will know?"
-- Isaiah 29:15


THOUGHT:
Aren't we so very silly sometimes! We try to hide what we've
done and what we're planning from the Lord. Of course we're only
fooling ourselves. At first glance, God's knowing our plans and
seeing our actions is threatening. But after a little time to think
it through, isn't it nice that God does see everything, including
our motives and thoughts? This insures justice will be done and our
mess-ups will be evaluated in terms of our intentions, not just our
failures! On top of that, it also means that those who plot to do
us harm will have to answer to God, and we don't have to worry
about "settling the score" or "getting even."


PRAYER :
Forgive me, Father, when I've tried to hide my plans and
thoughts from you. Create in me a new and clean heart so that I am
unafraid of your knowing anything going on in my heart. By the
power of your Spirit, stir my spirit to desire your character and
long for your presence in my life. I want to live dedicated to your
glory and serving your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 24, 2011

VERSE:
Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the
LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, "Who sees us? Who
will know?"
-- Isaiah 29:15


THOUGHT:
Aren't we so very silly sometimes! We try to hide what we've
done and what we're planning from the Lord. Of course we're only
fooling ourselves. At first glance, God's knowing our plans and
seeing our actions is threatening. But after a little time to think
it through, isn't it nice that God does see everything, including
our motives and thoughts? This insures justice will be done and our
mess-ups will be evaluated in terms of our intentions, not just our
failures! On top of that, it also means that those who plot to do
us harm will have to answer to God, and we don't have to worry
about "settling the score" or "getting even."


PRAYER :
Forgive me, Father, when I've tried to hide my plans and
thoughts from you. Create in me a new and clean heart so that I am
unafraid of your knowing anything going on in my heart. By the
power of your Spirit, stir my spirit to desire your character and
long for your presence in my life. I want to live dedicated to your
glory and serving your Kingdom. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 23, 2011

VERSE:
"Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away
from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will
return to you," says the LORD Almighty.
-- Malachi 3:7


THOUGHT:
In times of horror and disaster, people routinely ask, "Where is
God in all of this?" Yet we so often leave God at the periphery of
our lives and look for him only when we are desperate and have no
other options. When things are going well, we seldom say, "Where is
God in all of this? Why, he's right here blessing us! Let's praise
him for his goodness!" God pleads with us to turn to him and seek
after him, in good times and in bad. Not only will we find him; he
will return to us and walk with us.


PRAYER:
O God, please forgive us for seeking our own way. We confess
that we have wandered from your ways. Even while the Bible is so
readily available to us, we often squander the opportunity to hear
you speak from the Word. Even when we have so many opportunities to
praise you and pray to you, you sometimes only hear from us when we
have gotten ourselves into insurmountable problems. Father, I
confess that I have let my relationship with you slip and that I
have not pursued your presence in my life as much as I could.
Please be with me and all your Church as we seek you and your
presence daily in our lives! In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.



TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT

October 22, 2011

VERSE:
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public
spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
-- Colossians 2:15


THOUGHT:
Crucifixion was so hideous, so inhumane and vile, that the word
"crucify" was not considered appropriate in polite speech in Greek
culture. Crucifixion was reserved for the scum of society who were
considered a threat to the government. Jesus endured this hideous
death. But what Satan had intended for the humiliation of God,
Jesus turned into the humiliation of Satan and his evil angels. He
made a public spectacle of them. He turned their torture stick of
shame into an altar of glory. He transformed the gory fury of hell
into a sacrifice of forgiveness. He redirected evil's power to kill
and made it a place to heal. While we deplore the unspeakable
sacrifice and shame that Jesus bore on the cross for us, we also
rejoice that the evil one and his hoards of hate are broken. Their
apparent victory is turned into their defeat. What was supposed to
be God's greatest shame becomes his greatest grace, which ransoms
us from Satan's grasp.


PRAYER:
No words, holy and righteous Father, can ever express my
appreciation for your plan, your sacrifice, and your salvation. No
song of praise, no heartfelt poem, no letter of love can ever
express the thanks I have, dear Jesus, for your loving and powerful
sacrifice. Thank you for saving me from sin, death, and a life
without meaning. To you, dear Father, and to you, Lord Jesus, I
offer my life as my gift of thanks and praise. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 21, 2011

VERSE:
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by
them is not wise.
-- Proverbs 20:1


THOUGHT:
Rather than spending millions on ad campaigns filled with bright
lights, leggy blondes, fast cars, and handsome young studs like the
alcohol industry does, God plainly states the truth: We are unwise
to be in bondage to anything that makes us look foolish, that
destructively incites our passions, and that opens us up to
temptation. If your experience with alcohol has led to any of
these, please seek the help of a strong Christian friend who can
help you find freedom. If you are not in bondage to these, please
keep those who have been hurt by alcohol and drug abuse in your
prayers and fellowship.


PRAYER:
Father, my heart hurts today for every person, and every family,
under the grip of Satan because of alcohol and drug abuse. Please
bless those who are terrorized by a loved one in addiction's grip.
Please give them the strength to seek help and not remain alone and
silent. Please awaken their loved one to the truth of his/her
destructive lifestyle. Please prepare the people who can help them
begin the road to recovery, health, and freedom that you so long to
give them. Please use us, your Church, as a place of healing and
hope for those whose lives are caught in this tragic trap. In
Jesus' name I pray for your mighty help and power. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 19, 2011

VERSE:
This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Administer true justice;
show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow
or the fatherless, the alien or the poor. In your hearts do not
think evil of each other."
-- Zechariah 7:9-10


THOUGHT:
Do you want a clear, simple, straightforward word from the Lord
today? That's what Zechariah gives us. He reminds us that God wants
us to be fair, compassionate, caring, without prejudice, and
tenderhearted to those in need, and to give each other the benefit
of the doubt. In other words, he wants us to treat each other like
Christ treated people. Why? Because we can't be right with God and
be wrong with people!


PRAYER:
Loving Father, please forgive me for the times I've gotten
bogged down with hard-to-understand verses in Scripture and ignored
your clear teaching on how to live. Please give me the opportunity
this week to live like you have commanded me. In the future, when
my heart grows cold or my response to others is not what it should
be, please use your Spirit to bring to my remembrance this passage
so that I might live it to your glory. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT

October 18, 2011

VERSE:
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that
he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service.
-- 1 Timothy 1:12


THOUGHT:
We minister by grace. We are saved and made holy by God's grace
given us in Jesus. We are declared holy and blameless before God
because of the grace of Jesus. We are given a gift to use in
ministry for the Church because of the grace of Jesus. We are given
strength from the Holy Spirit to persevere during difficult times
because of the grace of God in Jesus. So what ministry we find
ourselves capable of performing, what opportunities we have to
serve and make a difference in people's lives, and what power we
have in fulfilling our ministry are all given to us. It is not
something to boast about. The Lord's power is made perfect in
weakness as we offer ourselves to him to be used for his glory.


PRAYER:
Glorify your name, O God my Eternal Father. Thank you for Jesus
who has redeemed me, gifted me, strengthened me, led me, and
empowered me to serve. May you be glorified in all that I say and
do. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 17, 2011

VERSE:
I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my
name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his
reward.
-- Mark 9:41


THOUGHT:
This simple and clear passage cuts two ways: First, we are
blessed when we bless God's children, even if the blessing is
simple. Second, we can rejoice when others do the simplest things
to bless us in Jesus' name, because we receive the kindness and
grace of others and because God blesses that kindness with his
overwhelming grace. Bottom line -- let's live to be a blessing!
When we do, God is blessed. We are blessed. We bless others. In
addition, when others are gracious to us, God has also promised to
bless them. God pours his blessings out on all of us. In God's
miraculous economy, the more we bless each other, the more
blessings there are for everyone!


PRAYER:
Gracious and loving Father, please use me this week to be a
blessing to everyone around me. But this week, dear Father, please
lead me into the life of someone who desperately needs your grace.
Please give me discernment to see them when you bring them across
my path. Give me courage to reach out and bless them. Keep them on
my heart and help me as I seek to be a long-term blessing to them.
In Jesus' name I ask for your help and grace to use this
opportunity for your glory. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT
October 16, 2011

VERSE:
"`If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who
believes."
-- Mark 9:23


THOUGHT:
Jesus is the ultimate one "who believes." All things ARE
possible for him. Guess what? He longs to do great things through
us, too! In fact, he promised he would do even greater things
through us than he did himself because he is now at the Father's
side helping us! (See John 14:12-14.) So isn't it time that we quit
talking about what we can't do, and start believing in the one who
can do great things? Paul put it this way: God can do "more than we
can ask or imagine by his power at work in us." (Ephesians 3:20-21)


PRAYER:
Great Almighty God, Ruler of the nations, Creator of the
universe, and Lord of all things, please forgive me. Forgive me for
my wimpy and limited prayers. Forgive me for getting involved in
petty quarrels over mundane and irrelevant things. Forgive me for
my spiritual lack of vision. Please stir me by your Spirit. Please
open my eyes so that I can see what you long to do through me.
Please empower me to be a powerful witness to our world trapped in
darkness. Please give me incredible dreams for your Kingdom, then
astound me by doing far more than I ever imagined. In the name of
Jesus, and to your glory, I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT

October 15, 2011

VERSE:
A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend
who sticks closer than a brother.
-- Proverbs 18:24


THOUGHT:
Who are your closest friends? Good friends are hard to come by
in a world of superficial acquaintances and shallow relationships.
"Hanging with the crowd" can give us a false sense of belonging,
but often leaves us wounded and alone in times of trouble. Open,
honest, supportive, and loving relationships don't happen without
investment. Ask the Lord to lead you to close friends in his
family. Minister to and serve those around you. Listen to their
requests, faithfully upholding them in prayer. Spend time in
Christian service with other servant believers. Join yourself to a
Bible study or accountability group. As you do, trust that God will
give you that "stick-through- thick-and- thin-friend. " Companions are
easy to find, but can be unreliable. Development of Christian
friends is an investment of effort and time, but they are friends
with whom we will share forever.


PRAYER:
Precious God, I thank you for my friends (include the names of
friends). Please, dear Father, lead me into the life of someone
this week who needs me to be his or her friend. Bless all those who
read Today's Verse with a Christian friend that will help them in
their walk with you. Thank you so much, dear Father, for my
greatest friend, Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
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TODAY'S VERSE from HEARTLIGHT

October 14, 2011

VERSE:
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God
in Christ Jesus.
-- Romans 6:11


THOUGHT:
In baptism, we are united with Christ in his death (see Romans
6:1-14 for the background of this devotional meditation). Our old
sinful selves are crucified with Christ. We are no longer slaves to
sin. We are alive in Christ -- the one whom sin could not master
and death could not conquer. His life is now our life. His victory
is our victory. His future is our future. Let's set our hearts to
live based upon this certainty!


PRAYER:
Gracious Father, I find it incredible that you put all my past
sin in the grave of your crucified Son and have raised me up to new
life in him. Inspire me to find meaning, joy, and victory in Jesus.
Strengthen me with your Spirit and conform me more perfectly to my
Lord. Please empower me to live fully trusting that all of my sin
is dead, buried and gone. Please give me the confidence that my new
life is bound up with Jesus and his future. Jesus, I thank you for
this hope and offer this praise in your name. Amen.
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