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Post  Admin on Sat 17 Oct 2020, 9:15 pm

Date: October 17, 2020 at 2:09 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Fear Not

Fear Not

"In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise-in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"   Psalm 56:10-11

Scripture Focus: J

The Bible encourages you to "fear not" many, many times. Some have even said a form of "fear not" can be found 365 times in the Bible, giving you a word of encouragement for each day of the year. Your heavenly Father knows that due to your sinful nature and the fallen world you live in, fear is eminent every day. He also knows that fear can strongly motivate or freeze you to the point of not thinking straight. Yet God calls you to trust in Him daily, regardless of the circumstances. 


Don't fear Him; He's not out to get you or trying to get even with you. Jesus already paid for every single sin of yours-past, present, and future-on the cross.  To be a follower of Christ in a European country such as Germany is not easy. Many German Christians live in fear because of the consequences they may suffer for their faith. They, too, have received God's word to "fear not." The stakes are high when persecution, failures, or sickness come into play. But these are the moments when trusting in God becomes real and our faith becomes sight. 

Insight: "Christians must work through their faith and relationship with God to take away fear's control over them." (Rick Warren, 2014)

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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Oct 2020, 10:31 pm

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Topic: +DEV+ Anxiety
Anxiety

"He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all-how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Romans 8:32

Scripture Focus: Romans 8:31-39

A wave of anxiety is washing over the lives of Christians today. Feelings of unhappiness, worry about the future, and despair overwhelm us. There could be medical or financial reasons for our anxieties, but most of us would have to admit we suffer from a lack of trust in the Sovereign God. We may decide to trust earthly treasures rather than heavenly ones, or to rely on our limited human power instead of the limitless divine power of Jesus. Or perhaps our anxieties devastate us simply because we think we know more than God.

Anxiety is not new to God. The Bible urges us often to cast our anxiety on Him. If you've ever traveled to foreign Countries, you would see that Christians there fight to stand up against life's anxieties, too. They share many of the same feelings of despair and concern as we do-and then more! They worry about their daily provision, their living conditions, their freedoms.

When it seems like your world is crashing in on you, cast your cares on the One who gave His very life to see you through.

Insight: "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall." (Psalm 55:22)


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Post  Admin on Wed 14 Oct 2020, 3:13 pm

Date: October 14, 2020 at 2:00 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Well Done

Well Done

"Well done, my good servant! his master replied. Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities."   Luke 19:17

Scripture Focus: Luke 19

"Well done." Who wouldn't love to hear that? Imagine Jesus saying those words to you when you get to heaven. The money you earned, talents you developed, or responsibilities you had are not the objects of your life. Your faithfulness in utilizing these things to glorify God and then to expand His Kingdom to the nations are of far more importance. Your faithfulness with what you've been given in this life will result in great rewards in the life to come.  

There is a famous line from the well-known movie “Gladiator”, where the main character, Maximus, says, "What we do in life echoes in eternity." I've found that while our Christian brothers and sisters in countries over seas are suffering through many challenges due to their faith, this idea takes on more meaning. They tell about Jesus whatever the cost, and surely that will echo into eternity. But even as many of those in other parts of the world consider this, we know the greater truth. 

It's not so much what we do in this life, but what Jesus Christ has already done that echoes down into all eternity. 

Insight: "Life is not about having things. Life is about knowing God." (John Piper, 2018)

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Post  Admin on Tue 13 Oct 2020, 10:30 pm

Date: October 13, 2020 at 1:30 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Servanthood
Servanthood

"'I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. 'May it be to me as you have said.' Then the angel left her."   Luke 1:38

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:26-38

In the 21st century, talk of being a servant might seem a bit dated. Who would want to submit to a master who might be harsh? However, in the Bible being a servant of the Lord was an honor, whether you were a king or a peasant. The mighty King David and the lowly girl Mary desired alike to be servants of God.  

Thus, I was moved by a German pastor and his family who would ride their bicycles around Stuttgart Germany to a house church where he served. Additionally, when he was asked to not only continue pastoring his existing church but also to pick up another one in need of a leader, he answered, "I'm the Lord's servant; therefore, I'm your servant. It will be an honor to share the gospel and continue to expand God's Kingdom."  

How does one embrace such sincere servanthood? It comes because the God we serve humbled Himself to walk and eat among outcasts, to wash the feet of His often-doubting friends, and to give Himself up on a cross for us. Being a servant requires submission, but none greater than that which Jesus has already shown. 

Insight: "I am not here to survive, but I am here to serve God's purpose." (Corrie Ten Boom, 1974)


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Post  Admin on Mon 12 Oct 2020, 9:39 pm

Date: October 12, 2020 at 12:16 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Time Well-Spent

Time Well-Spent

"Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil."   Ephesians 5:15-16

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 5

I seem to ask myself on a regular basis, where did the time go? Like me, your days may be filled with meeting deadlines, making decisions, answering emails, responding to texts, following favorite shows and social media accounts, going to church activities, reserving time for family, etc. 

Are we spending time with God? Designating time to rest? Are we making the best use of the time we have?  On my last trip to Cuba, I was given a glimpse of what time well-spent is like. Though we had ministry commitments to regard, the days seemed long because we were occupied building relationships, discipling each other, or simply being with loved ones. Due to technological limitations, we resorted to visiting neighbors for a cup of coffee, having conversations in person, playing board games, and seizing divine opportunities to speak about Jesus.  

That sort of almost-ideal daily routine may be hard to come by in the States. But we can look hard at our own lives to ensure we are "making the most of every opportunity" to make Jesus' name known daily. 

Insight: "My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times." (Psalm 119:20)

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Post  Admin on Fri 09 Oct 2020, 10:30 pm

Date: October 9, 2020 at 12:40 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Meet Jesus



Meet Jesus



"He asked them, Who do the crowds say that I am? They replied, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets, Who do you say I am?' Peter answered, 'The Christ of God."   Luke 9:18-20



Scripture Focus: Luke 9: 7-22



For 20+ years Restoration Ministry has been intent on leading people to encounter Jesus and know Him as Lord. All aspects of the ministry have united to present Christ as the fulfillment of Old Testament promises and as the one and only true King. There seems to never be a shortage of the devil's schemes to undermine this, however. 



I recall an afternoon back in 1999 when we received an atypical visitor at the Restoration Ministry’s office. My wife and I were serving on the Prayer Teem Ministry team at the time, so I was summoned to meet the young man. I extended my hand to greet him and introduced myself. He responded, "I'm Jesus Christ, the Son of God." I assured him that he was not the real Jesus. I explained why that was so, but at the time he would have none of it. 



I thought of the "false messiahs and false prophets" the Gospel books warn of, and my prayer as he left was that he would have an encounter with the one and only Jesus. Restoration Ministry will always seek to be true to the Word of God, pointing you to Jesus, who truly is, "the Christ of God."

Insight: Luke 9:20  And He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Peter replied, "The Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) of God!"

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Post  Admin on Thu 08 Oct 2020, 5:09 pm

Date: October 8, 2020 at 12:41 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Language of Life

Language of Life

"Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good character." "No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence."   1 Corinthians 15:33, Psalm 101:7

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 15:1-35

Generally, I was not surprised when I heard soldiers I worked with using foul language. It often started with name-calling. When it occurred, it was discouraged- not only by enlisted, but also by other NCO’s and Officers. They cared that their environment was orderly and safe. Angry, racist language would jeopardize safety, hurting many and often leading to violence.

 Several fights I knew of began with words but did not end there. We are created in God's image. Using harsh words that harm others diminishes us and denigrates the name of Jesus. The better way is to use "gentle answers" that do not "stir up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). We can avoid those who are disrespectful lest we ourselves fall prey to incivility or aggression. 

We are reminded of the words of eternal life, that "every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord" (Philippians 2:11). Surround yourself with those who want to honor Jesus. And rather than calling anyone else a hurtful name, remember that your Savior, in gentle tones and with much compassion, has called you by name.

Insight: Jesus affirms and loves us. He asks us to love each other as we love ourselves and to love Him with our whole being.

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Post  Admin on Wed 07 Oct 2020, 9:13 pm

Date: October 7, 2020 at 12:55 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  The Lord's Wisdom

The Lord's Wisdom

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding. To him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111:10

Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 3:16-28

King Solomon asked for wisdom instead of asking for riches, a long life, or the death of his enemies, and the Lord was pleased. The Bible highlights a famous wise decision that Solomon made.

There were two women, both of whom claimed the same living child. Solomon listened respectfully to both stories. Then he introduced the sword. What did he mean to do? Was not the fear of the Lord to include justice, mercy, and humility (Micah 6:8), not violence? These qualities did, in fact, describe Solomon’s wisdom.

The only cutting his sword makes is to the truth. The sword of justice is not in this story to sever and kill, but to decide what is right. Through it he appealed to the compassion of the true mother.

Our human wisdom does not necessarily lead us to make right decisions. I prayed for wisdom all the while I was working in the prisons. Yet sometimes I failed. Jesus does not condemn us for making wrong decisions (John 8:1-11). His examples and laws illuminate our understanding and show us how to have His compassion and wisdom.

Insight: We do not have Jesus’ wisdom, but when we spend time with Him and follow His laws, He directs us in paths of righteousness.

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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Oct 2020, 4:36 pm

Date: October 6, 2020 at 12:25 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Christ’s Cure

Christ’s Cure

Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. Matthew 8:3

Scripture Focus: 2 Kings 5:1-15

When a Military hospital nurse told my unit had been exposed to tuberculosis, we were not surprised. I assumed the exposure came from where we were at in the field/villages. Germany tries to control contagious diseases by placing known individuals in separate areas from each other, but we didn’t know where we contacted the bacteria and viruses. We share common latrines (toilet facilities), turn the same door knobs, breathe the same molecules. Fortunately it turned out we had not contracted TB.

In Jesus’ day, those with the disease of leprosy were often separated from society, not only because they had a sickness, but also because it was believed that lepers had committed some sin. The powerful commander Naaman asked God to cure his leprosy, and he received a humble (and humbling) way to cure it.
We are often given small, simple ways to believe in God’s power. He is nearby wherever you are— in a military garrison, in your office, on the street. Turn to Him and be washed in Jesus’ blood. God’s grace is sufficient to break down the walls that imprison us, to snuff out whatever it is that makes us unclean, and to heal us of our sin.
Insight: No one is exempt from sin’s disease. When we come to Jesus, He washes us clean. Only God is powerful to save us.

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Post  Admin on Mon 05 Oct 2020, 4:13 pm

Date: October 5, 2020 at 1:24 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Faithful to Bless

Faithful to Bless

I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. Ezekiel 34:15

Scripture Focus: Ezekiel 34:25-31

In 1883 D.W. Whittle wrote, “There shall be showers of blessing; This is the promise of love; There shall be seasons refreshing; Sent from the Savior above.” The words of this hymn were inspired by the book of Ezekiel. 

Twelve years of exile had gone by since the fall of Jerusalem, and there seemed to be little reason to hope. The spiritual shepherds of Israel had ceased caring for the people and were only taking care of themselves, becoming false shepherds. Ezekiel declared that God Himself would be the Shepherd of Israel. Jeremiah also had spoken words of prophecy to Israel. He instructed them to make a life while in Babylon, building houses, raising families, and planting gardens. Even beyond that, they were to seek peace and prosperity while exiled.
Regardless of the type of “exile” in which we find ourselves, we can look to Jesus who has faithfully blessed us through times of plenty and of want. We can live expectantly, knowing He is always faithful to pour water on the dry ground of our thirsty souls.
Insight: “...I will send down showers in season; there will be showers of blessing.” (Ezekiel 34:26)

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Post  Admin on Fri 02 Oct 2020, 4:46 pm

Faithful in Generosity

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” 1 Timothy 6:6-7

Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 6:6-21

Jesus was asked by a young man what must be done to have eternal life. Although having kept all the commandments, he still was missing one thing, Jesus said. He instructed the man to sell his possessions, give to the poor, lay up treasure in heaven, and come follow Him. The disciples were astonished to hear such a teaching. It was more figurative than literal, reflecting an attitude of generosity. By choosing stewardship we acknowledge that all comes from the hand of God. And we are free to be wholeheartedly devoted to Him.

The concept of generosity is threaded throughout Scripture, from various Old Testament stories, to insights in the Psalms and Proverbs about being generous, to accounts of early New Testament believers sharing all in common. In his letters Paul warned that the love of money is a root of evil.

My parents weathered the Great Depression. I was taught by word and example that frugality and generosity are not incompatible. We can freely give to others because our dependence is on God rather than on money.

Insight: “Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.” (1 Timothy 6:18)

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Post  Admin on Thu 01 Oct 2020, 10:33 pm

Faithful to the Weary

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. …Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:29, 31

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 40:28-31

If you’ve been a caregiver of any kind, you know how utterly exhausting it can be, even when the one you’re caring for is a loved one. Robertson McQuilkin, the former president of Columbia Bible College, resigned from his position in 1990 to care for his wife Muriel as she slipped into dementia. His journey began by helping her with all the little things she’d forget. But before long, he needed to tend to every basic need she had. Eventually, she no longer could speak or even recognize him as her husband. Though not denying growing weary, his writings reflect the faithfulness of the Lord to renew his strength. And through that faithfulness, McQuilkin could say, “She is such a delight to me. I don’t have to care for her; I get to.”

Paul exhorts the believers in Galatia to not become weary in doing good, especially when it involves those in the family of God. He says that a harvest of righteousness will come in due time. As you care for others, look to Jesus and thank Him that He never grows weary in caring for you.

Insight: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:29)

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Post  Admin on Wed 30 Sep 2020, 11:48 pm

Date: September 30, 2020 at 1:57 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Faithful in Wisdom

Faithful in Wisdom

“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17

Scripture Focus: James 3:13-18

The evening primrose is a lovely flower, blooming heartily in most any soil. I encountered one thriving next to the foundation of my friend’s home in Missouri, so I inquired about bringing a few plantings back our home. He firmly warned me not to even consider this because the plant is extremely invasive and could not be contained or destroyed. Oops!

Quarrels can be like that, too. James says that we want something but don’t get it, so we quarrel and fight instead of asking God to meet the need. Taking matters into our own hands may lead to more conflict. “Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out” (Proverbs 17:14). Our foolishness can spill out like water over a dam or spread like an invasive plant.

The Spirit of Christ living in us gives us the power to walk the paths of wisdom and righteousness. Let His faithful wisdom take root, grow, and spread.

Insight: “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.” (James 3:18)

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Date: September 28, 2020 at 1:45 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Hope for Tomorrow
Hope for Tomorrow

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Scripture Focus: Romans 15:1-13
I listened to someone with stage four cancer speak to his audience. He was facing reality as the doctor stood with test results in hand, saying, “I wish I could give you more hope.” The patient replied, “Oh, I already have hope. I just need help for my journey.” Later, wondering how to answer the “How are you?” question of many caring friends, he formulated this answer: “I am grateful.”
This reminds me a bit of Paul who acknowledged his departure was at hand and spoke words that ring of hope. “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:7-8).

God’s faithfulness to us is so great that we have bright hope for tomorrow. Though dark days loom ahead, His faithfulness sees us through. For all who place their hope in the atoning work of Jesus, He promises to carry us safely home

Insight: “For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.” (Psalm 117:2)

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Post  Admin on Thu 24 Sep 2020, 10:31 pm

Date: September 24, 2020 at 1:55 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Faithful to Cheer & Guide

Faithful to Cheer & Guide

Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:19-20

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 5:8-21

Paul provided much-needed instruction to the early believers for their new life in Christ. He made many journeys to these churches and later continued to teach from the confines of prison. The phrase “putting shoe leather to faith” could well describe his exhortations. He reminded those in Corinth that their old lives were becoming new.

Paul also cautioned the Ephesians not to be foolish. He urged them to be filled with the Spirit of God rather than getting drunk on wine. And He pressed them to submit to God and to one another. You certainly could say that Paul was faithful to cheer on and guide the new believers in Jesus.

He urges us, too, to be glad in our hearts as we “speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs” (v. 19a). These are not outdated words. Even in today’s world you can hearten another person through Scripture verses (as in the book of Psalms) and song lyrics that have spoken deeply to you. Why are we able to do this? Because our Savior is faithful to cheer and guide us.

Insight: “Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide/ Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow/ Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.” (Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923)

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Topic: +DEV+  Faithfully Planted
Faithfully Planted

“But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:2

Scripture Focus: Psalm 1
Nearly all the time we are meditating on or thinking about something. But we have a choice about what we meditate upon. The mind is active; if not directed, it will often seek the lowest level. Worries and fears can occupy our minds fully with very little bidding
Psalm 1 is instructive to us about what we would dwell on. It’s rich in promises to those who choose to make God’s Word their meditation. Stability, fruitfulness, endurance, prosperity, protection, and watchful care come to us when we meditate on God’s Word. Yet we don’t do this under compulsion. Instead, we find genuine delight in the Lord.
Many disciples turned back from following Jesus. When Jesus asked the twelve if they also wanted to leave Him, Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69). Jesus, who Himself is the Word, wants us to refuse the counsel of the wicked and the way of sinners and mockers and be planted forever, faithfully in Him.

Insight: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14)

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Topic: +DEV+  Faithful to Quench Thirst

Faithful to Quench Thirst

“But whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

Scripture Focus: John 4:1-26

In this passage Jesus is resting by Jacob’s well in Samaria, waiting for His disciples. Those living in Samaria knew that Jews and Samaritans simply did not associate with one another. But this didn’t prevent Jesus from asking the Samaritan woman—who quickly reminded Him of that custom—to draw water to quench His thirst.

The conversation turned quite naturally to water. Her water jars needed to be filled, but Jesus saw the emptiness of her soul and spoke of a water so satisfying that she would not need to return to the well again and again. Jesus exposed the truth of her life that, having had five husbands, she now was with yet another man. Then Jesus revealed that He is the Messiah. Believing, she left her water pots and ran back to the town to proclaim what she knew. Many believed in Him because of her testimony.

People chase after fuller, richer lives in all sorts of ways. Share the Living Water, Jesus Christ, with those thirsting for hope and meaning. In no other place will their deep thirst be satisfied.

Insight: “Now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” (John 4:42)

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Post  Admin on Fri 18 Sep 2020, 9:09 pm

Date: September 18, 2020 at 1:27 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Faithful Humbling

Faithful Humbling

My heart is not proud, O LORD, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. Psalm 131:1

Scripture Focus: Psalm 131

Daniel records the history of King Nebuchadnezzar who was so enamored with himself and his accomplishments that he wanted to be worshipped. A frightening, prophetic dream interpreted by Daniel brought fear to the king’s heart and later became reality.

As Nebuchadnezzar was praising himself and his achievements, a voice came from heaven declaring that he would enter into a period of insanity. He’d be driven from his people and would eat grass among cattle. Proverbs 16:18 came alive: “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” In time, Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity was restored, and his pride was gone.

Not one of us is outside the reaches of pride. We struggle with it daily, sometimes walking dangerously close to utter breakdown as with Nebuchadnezzar. We need Paul’s warnings against it and Peter’s reminders that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Jesus condemned the teachers of the law for their pride. Then He, being in very nature God, humbled Himself and became obedient to death for our sakes.

Insight: The Lord will humble the proud. When you’re tempted to walk in haughtiness and pride, choose to walk in humility instead.

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Topic: +DEV+  Faithful Gardener

Faithful Gardener

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:2

Scripture Focus: John 15:1-4

Colonial Williamsburg is known not only for being a seat of national history but also for its spectacular gardens. Walking among them awakens the senses and inspires those who enjoy creativity in gardening. However, the pruning season in the fall is not the best time to view the gardens. The process looks brutal; the loveliness is destroyed.

Jesus describes His Father as the Gardener, cutting away branches that are unfruitful for those abiding in the Vine. Have you experienced His painful pruning? It is easy in our goal- oriented society to fill our lives with much that is good while crowding out what is best. Life becomes chaotic, confusing, and disappointing. It is His faithfulness alone that comes to rescue from the tyranny of the urgent.

His pruning is an act of love, meant to bring quietness to the soul and greater purpose to life. It may hurt now, but He will make you more fruitful later. Perhaps most of all, this agony in your life is His call to submit to Him while He pours on the oil of His love.

Insight: “He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love.” (Zephaniah 3:17)

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Date: September 14, 2020 at 1:45 AM CDT

Topic: +DEV+  Faithful to Speak

Faithful to Speak

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22

Scripture Focus: James 1:19-27
Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, and it has been the subject of countless sermons, lessons, and books. Once when I taught from that passage, I passionately challenged my class to have eyes and hearts opened to those beaten, broken, and left for dead.

Then—as people often do—it seems I forgot that lesson entirely. I traveled to a large city and stayed in a lovely hotel across from a library which was beautifully designed with a protective overhang. From my window I could see a gathering of homeless people there looking for shelter from the cold and rain. Instinctively, I felt judgmental of that city for its neglect.

When I returned home, having enjoyed wonderful travel experiences, I took a prayer walk to quiet my heart. I remembered the Good Samaritan story and realized I had not been a doer of His word. Never once did I cross the street to take a cup of hot coffee, a bottle of water, or a word of hope. In my deep repentance, I did receive mercy and forgiveness. But I also was chastened and changed

Insight: “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:45)
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Post  Admin on Fri 11 Sep 2020, 9:39 pm

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Topic: +DEV+  Unfailing Love

Unfailing Love

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad in our days. Psalm 90:14

Scripture Focus: Psalm 90:14-17

Is God really enough? Almost fifty years ago, I attended a retreat whose speaker shared a personal example in answer to this. Hers is a story I’ve shared with others repeatedly and whose truth I embrace.

The Speaker and his wife, partners in ministry, had planned an event that required much work and preparation. On the day of the big event, she said that she’d be unable to participate, leaving him to carry the load alone. After completing the necessary tasks, he was dismayed when his wife said that she was choosing not to be present. He felt betrayed and forsaken. He cried out to the Lord about his hurt and disappointment. And then he came to his senses, declaring by faith that God is enough. After all, wasn’t the event for His glory? He was able to move through the important occasion with joy.

When human relationships disappoint—which they undoubtedly will do—we can press into our heavenly Father. We can rest in His sufficiency, knowing He will satisfy us in the morning with His ever-faithful and unfailing love..

Insight: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Sep 2020, 8:38 pm

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Topic: +DEV+  Faithfully With Us

Faithfully With Us

My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me. Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love. Psalm 31:15-16

Scripture Focus: Psalm 31:19-24

Anne S. Murphy wrote in 1908 the hymn, “Constantly Abiding”. “There’s a peace in my heart that the world never gave; A peace it cannot take away; Though the trials of life may surround like a cloud; I’ve a peace that has come here to stay!” The chorus contains the promise of Jesus: “I will never leave thee.” There will never be an end to proclaiming how God is faithfully with us.

In Psalm 31 David, pursued by enemies, declared it is possible to find shelter in God’s presence. His life as a warrior was danger-ridden with no guarantee of his life being spared. Yet he used such terms as refuge, high tower, and strong fortress to give a picture of a protected place. Not a physical place, but the very presence of God.

The trials of life will come, and you’ll feel hemmed in on every side. Like David, you’ll feel trapped, afflicted, and cut off. But the promise of the Lord’s presence becomes a reality in the darkest of times. We see how great His goodness is which He has stored up for those who believe in Him (see vs. 19).

Insight: “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:6)

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Topic: +DEV+  Faithful in Love

Faithful in Love

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”

1 John 4:16

Scripture Focus: 1 John 4:7-21

Last May another royal wedding took place in England. It was like a fairytale, awe-inspiring with pageantry and splendor. It’s estimated that 1.9 billion people worldwide watched the event.
There seems to be a universal longing for a story of true love with a happily-ever-after ending. But in the course of life—even in the most devoted relationships—love is tested. Irritations and resentments can creep in and overshadow what used to be feelings of warmth and affection. Human love alone will not suffice for the journey of life we face.
Bishop Michael Curry delivered the homily at the recent royal wedding. I was struck by the phrase “unselfish, redemptive, sacrificial love” used in his charge. He began to talk about the power of God’s love that could make that kind of love possible in ordinary life. The faithful, unbreaking love of the Lord runs so much deeper than fairytale love or any earthly love. We know it and rely on it above all else. It flows right into our troubled relationships and restores harmony.

Insight: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

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Topic: +DEV+  A Prepared Place

A Prepared Place

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.”

Scripture Focus: John 14:1-14

Though Jesus’ disciples were privileged to experience His actual physical presence, they still had fears and doubts. And after traveling for three years with Jesus to familiar places, they still were puzzled when He spoke of going away, wondering where that could be. If I’d been one of His disciples, I would have wondered about it, too.

John 14 begins a long discourse which must have slowly brought some understanding. Jesus explained that He is the Way and the Truth and the Life. He told of how He would leave this world and go back to His Father. He promised a place in the eternal realm for all who choose to come to the Father through Him.

Most of us gave very little thought to death when we were younger. But with the passing of years, we think about it more and more. We long for some assurance that there is more to life than what we’ve experienced on planet earth. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection we have complete assurance that there is more. And one day, all believers will enter into that glorious reality.

Insight: “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me...” (John 14:3)

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Topic: +DEV+  The Gift of Patience

The Gift of Patience
"I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on him and receive eternal life."

Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 1:16   

I wish I could erase the times I have been impatient with others, especially with my kids. I remember one morning in particular my daughter was taking too long to get ready for school. I yelled down the hall to her and said some very harsh things. She poked her head out of her bathroom and said calmly, "That's not how Jesus would have done.” 

She was shocked by my impatience, as was I. Although I apologized, I carried the shame of my reaction for quite some time. Patience is one of the fruits of the Spirit that can be nurtured into a powerful and beautiful character strength. The problem is, though the fruit of patience may grow and develop in us, at times we still will fail. We will show impatience again. We need a Savior! Thankfully, Jesus will never lose His patience with us. God was patient with His people throughout the Old Testament though they fell short again and again. 

And when the time was exactly right, He sent His Son to be born. "Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation" (2 Peter 3:15) for us!

Insight: Jesus, I pray that someone will come to know You more fully by my patience. Thank You for Your gift of patience with me. Amen

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