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Post  Admin on Fri 12 Aug 2011, 11:37 am

Date: August 12, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Repentant Prayers

Repentant Prayers

"Then Job replied to the Lord, 'I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted. My eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent.'" (JOB 42:2, 5-6)
Scripture Focus: Job 42

It was the Lord who allowed His faithful servant Job to be ravaged by hardship, yet we find Job repenting in the end.

Job's friends and wife were no help to him as his life fell apart. They suggested it must have been his sinfulness bringing on the apparent punishment. They encouraged Job to curse God altogether. Through many chapters' worth of contemplating, he tries to make sense of his tragedies. At last, he realizes that though trials yet to come may bring even worse pain, his Redeemer lives (19:25). While illness, the deaths of his children, and great financial losses plague him, he confidently proclaims that His Lord will stand in the end, even if he himself does not. Job repents because his questioning and challenging the Lord were wrong. His repentant prayer is heard just as surely as his despairing cries.

Likewise for you and me. The Lord is grieved by sin. But that grief didn't go unanswered. Just as He restored Job to twice the riches in the end, so He has restored us, with exponentially great riches in Christ.

Insight: When a friend's advice is not pointing you to the Lord and his grace, go find your gracious redeemer through prayer and the word.



Date: August 11, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Nehemiah's Arrow Prayer
Nehemiah's Arrow Prayer

"'I was very much afraid' The king said to me, 'What is it you want?' Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king." (NEHEMIAH 2:2B, 4-5A)
Scripture Focus: Nehemiah 2:1-9

Nehemiah was cup bearer to Artaxerxes, King of Persia. The king could execute anyone who displeased him. Even showing negative emotions in his presence was dangerous. But Nehemiah was downhearted, and it showed. When he approached Artaxerxes, he risked his life. "Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart," Artaxerxes said (vs. 2).

How would the king respond to his request to return to his homeland? He had fasted and prayed before approaching the king. Now Nehemiah prayed for guidance before answering. With mingled fear and faith, he sought God's direction in a short "arrow prayer."

My faith falters at times as did Nehemiah's. Emotions, problems, or pain keep me from realizing God is always ready to hear and answer even my short "arrow prayers." Sometimes I am at a loss for words. But the Holy Spirit guides (see Romans 8:26), and God's own Son, Jesus, intercedes. Our Savior loves us and hears our every cry.
Insight: We don't need to be free from fear and strong in faith for our loving God to hear us and answer even our "arrow prayers".
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Post  Admin on Wed 10 Aug 2011, 5:27 pm

Date: August 10, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ A King's Humble Prayer

A King's Humble Prayer

"King David went in and sat before the Lord, and
he said, 'Who am I, O Sovereign LORD, and what is
my family, that you have brought me this far?
ÖYou know your servant." (2 SAMUEL 7:18, 20)
Scripture Focus: 2 Samuel 7:8-29

"You know what I'm really like," David confided
to the Lord. His family members were humble
people, not wealthy, not royalty. David, the
youngest of eight sons, previously had the lowly
job of caring for sheep. Even his father didn't
consider him king material (see 1 Samuel
16:6-13). God knew all this yet chose David to be
King of Israel. God said, "I have found David a
man after my own heart" (Acts 13:22).

God knew what he was like. He knew all about
David's flaws. At times, his faith wavered just
as ours does. He experienced depression,
discouragement, fear, anger, envy. Many of the
psalms David wrote reveal these emotions. He made
mistakes. He sometimes disobeyed God. He had an
affair with another man's wife and attempted to
cover it up through murder. Would God ever
forgive him?

When confronted, David didn't make excuses. He
humbly asked God to forgive him. God does not
excuse our sin either, but because of Jesus'
sacrifice, we are forgiven.

Insight: God knows what we are really like. as we
seek to serve Him may we, like david, be people
after His own heart.

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for Good Men to do Nothing -- Edmund Burke...
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'IN GOD WE TRUST'
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Post  Admin on Tue 09 Aug 2011, 9:27 pm

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'IN GOD WE TRUST'
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 1:31 PMFrom: "Michael & Anita Inman" : undisclosed-recipientsUS POSTAL TIP - IMPORTANT

http://us.mc507.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=gatermater@Payback
Payback is fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WRITE IT ON THE BACK OF YOUR ENVELOPES or front-
WE THINK THIS IS A GREAT IDEA. WE'LL START WRITING IT ON THE FRONT OF OUR ENVELOPES, TOO!

----------Including Bills

You may have heard in the news that a couple of Post Offices in Texas have been forced to take down small posters that say

'IN GOD WE TRUST'! The law, they say, is being violated..

Anyway, we heard proposed on a radio station show, that we should all write

' IN GOD WE TRUST' on the back of all our mail or on the front.

After all, that's our National Motto, and -----all the money we use to buy stamps. We think it's a wonderful idea.

We must take back our nation from all the people who think that anything that offends them should be removed.They should be removed! AMEN

If you like this idea, please pass it on and DO IT. The idea of writing or stamping............
'IN GOD WE TRUST ' on our envelopes sounds good to us...

SOME PEOPLE ARE HAVING A RUBBER STAMP MADE TO ENSURE IT IS SEEN........lets use it as our signature on e-mails, too!


It's been reported that 86% of Americans believe in God. Therefore, we have a very hard time understanding why there's such a mess about having 'In God We Trust!' on our money and having God in the pledge of Allegiance.

Could it be that WE just need to take action and tell the 14% to 'sit down and shut up'?

If you agree, pass this on, if not, delete!!!

BUT REMEMBER IF YOU DELETE THIS,
that's one reason why this world is in the mess we're in now

WE SIT BACK & LET IT HAPPEN!!

"IN GOD WE TRUST"

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Post  Admin on Mon 08 Aug 2011, 11:44 am

Date: August 7, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Joshua Meets His Commander

Joshua Meets His Commander

"'As commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.' Then Joshua
fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, 'What
message does my Lord have for his servant?" (JOSHUA 5:14)
Scripture Focus: Joshua 1:1-9, 5:13-6:16

Joshua faced a daunting battle with the wall around Jericho being 25
feet high and 20 feet thick. He stood looking at the fortress,
perhaps strategizing what he would do first. Suddenly, a Man with a
drawn sword in His hand stood in front of him. Joshua found himself
face to face with the Commander in Chief, ruler of the universe and
heavenly armies as well as of Israel. He fell to the ground in awe.
This prefigured Christ gave Joshua the strategy and fought with him
all the way to victory.

This is what our Lord does for us even today, when we face conflicts
and feel as if the wall we must get through is as impenetrable as
Jericho's wall. We have Jesus, the Commander in Chief, standing
beside us, drawn sword in His hands. He will fight every battle we
will face today and tomorrow. Though we feel afraid and powerless, we
can fall on our faces in reverence for the Mighty One who will lead
us on to victory, if not in this world, then surely in the next.

Insight: We overcome and triumph in conflicts because Jesus and the
whole army of Heaven are on our side, fighting for us and with us.
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Post  Admin on Fri 05 Aug 2011, 5:55 pm

Date: August 5, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Prayer Where and When?


Prayer Where and When?

"From inside the fish Jonah prayed 'In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help, and you listened to my cry.'" (JONAH 2:1-2)
Scripture Focus: Jonah 1:1, 3:3

Is there a proper place to pray? You'd be hard pressed to make a case for that since God's people prayed everywhere from inside of caves to out in the desert to inside of a fish. No ornate church of any kind is required. It seems that a good time for Jonah to talk to God would have been when God commissioned him to preach to a Gentile city and Jonah was unwilling to go. If he had, he might not have ended up in a fish's stomach, praying desperately. But even from within his unwelcome host, Jonah sought the Lord through prayer.

"I have been banished from your sight," Jonah said (2:4). He was wrong. God knew exactly where Jonah was. He always knows precisely where we are, no matter how lost we may be. When we feel billions of miles away from Him, suffocating in darkness, He hears our prayers.

We see God's grace toward His disobedient child, Jonah, as He gave him a second chance. God's grace is ours, even when we try to run from His will. His grace and kindness lead us to repentance.

Insight: No matter what our circumstances, the proper place to pray is anywhere we are. the proper time to pray is now.
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Post  Admin on Thu 04 Aug 2011, 12:20 pm

Date: August 3, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Seeing the Invisible

Seeing the Invisible

"[Moses] regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. He persevered because he saw him who is invisible." (HEBREWS 11:26, 27)
Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:1-40

Prayer, like faith, involves being certain of what we do not see. Many people in the Bible actually had conversations with God (A few even were in His very presence!). Hebrews 11 speaks of several who had faith in and prayed to their infinite, all-knowing, all-powerful God.

Look at Moses. Though reluctant to be God's mouthpiece and often weak in his shortcomings, Moses obeyed God and became His friend. Moses even stood in the presence of his invisible God while pagans nearby worshiped idols they could see and had made with their own hands.

Man has always had a deep need to see and believe. Thomas needed evidence before he would believe that Jesus was the risen Lord. Yet Paul reminds us that we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen because it is eternal (see 2 Corinthians 4:18). Like Moses and many who have gone before us, we pray to a God we cannot see with our eyes. But He answers our prayers often in very tangible and visible ways that we see through eyes of faith.
Insight: By faith, we see God through His Word, by His working in our lives, in the lives of others and by answered prayers.
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Post  Admin on Wed 03 Aug 2011, 12:02 pm

Date: August 3, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Sarah's Lie


Sarah's Lie

"'Why did Sarah laugh and say, Will I really have a child, now that I am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord?'Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, 'I did not laugh.' But he said, 'Yes, you did laugh.'" (GENESIS 18:13-15)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 18:9-15

God told Abraham, age 100 and Sarah, age 90, they would have a child, though they felt too old to fulfill God's promise. The thought of having a son seemed ridiculously impossible to Sarah. She laughed to herself.

Well, of course God knew she'd laughed because He knows our thoughts even before they reach our lips. When God confronted her, she lied. What would I have said to Sarah? Probably, "Shame on you for lying! Now there will be no son for you!" But God didn't scold her. He gently exposed the truth. "I know you did laugh." Even to His dishonest, untrusting people, His promises never fail and His compassion never ends.

I've heard people say, "I can't pray about that subject. I just can't talk to God about it." Since God knows everything about us, it's illogical to think anything could be kept from Him. He sees the hidden places of our souls. Can we hide anything from Him? He knows all our thoughts, including the "top-secret" things buried deep in our hearts. And He loves us still!

Insight: God is the same today. He whispers, "i know everything about you, my child - the good and the bad. i love you unconditionally."



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Post  Admin on Tue 02 Aug 2011, 10:16 pm

Date: August 2, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ God Does What is Right

God Does What is Right

"Far be it from you to do such a thing - to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?" (GENESIS 18:25)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 18:1, 16-33

People today ask questions similar to Abraham's. "Is it fair of God to condemn people who don't trust in Jesus even though they are decent people? What happens to people who have never heard about Jesus?" We know from Scripture that the Creator of all people from every nation on earth will judge each individual fairly.

God reveals Himself to everyone throughout all of time and in all places. Those in crowded metropolitan cities, rural towns or isolated bush areas can know Him (see Romans 1:17-21). He gives people many opportunities to yield their lives to Him, and some actually do. Those who harden their hearts won't have any defense. God will not treat those who believe and those who reject Him the same way.

But praise God that our heavenly Father, whose justice and goodness are complete, has already accepted the payment for all sin through the perfect life and death of His own Son. While He demands payment for sin because He is just, He also has paid our debt in full because He is good.
Insight: No matter what happens in our lives, we can trust that the Judge of the universe, our loving God, will always do what is right.
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Post  Admin on Mon 01 Aug 2011, 1:33 pm

Date: July 31, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Praying for Boldness

Praying for Boldness

"Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak
your word with great boldness. After they prayed they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly." (ACTS 4:29,
31)
Scripture Focus: Acts 4:1-31

I invited my friend to church, praying my pastor or someone else
would lead him to salvation through Jesus. Church didn't seem to do
much for him. The next time we talked he said, "I know I need Jesus
in my life. I should have accepted Him last Sunday."

At first I was too timid to say anything, afraid of rejection. I
prayed, "Lord, overcome my fears. Give me courage to speak boldly."
Then I told him to ask Jesus to come into his life right then. He
prayed, "Jesus, forgive my sins. Please do come into my life. I open
my heart to you. Thank You for dying on the cross for me and
forgiving all my sins. Help me to follow Your plan for my life."

We often lack the courage to tell people about Jesus. We fear
rejection and ridicule. Or we're afraid we won't say the right thing
and goof it all up. We may not have all the answers to the questions
they might ask. We need to pray the same prayer the early believers
did and be assured that our confidence in who Jesus is and what He
has done in our lives will spur us on.

Insight: When we ask God to help us talk to people about Jesus, we
receive boldness and blessings, some will even open their hearts to
him.

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Post  Admin on Wed 27 Jul 2011, 8:12 pm

Date: July 27, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Talking Friend to Friend

Talking Friend to Friend

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let
him sing songs of praise. the prayer of a righteous man is powerful
and effective." (JAMES 5:13, 16B)
Scripture Focus: James 5:13-18

Prayer is praising God for who He is, thanking Him for all He has
done for us in the past and for everything He is doing for us today.
In prayer we declare our trust for all He will do for us in the
future. We pray for others, confess sins, and share our concerns.

We will meet several people from the Bible over the next few studies
and will "eavesdrop" on their prayers. Most are not the lofty,
"Churchy" prayers we would expect from some of God's people. They are
not elevated or meant to impress. The prayers we find in the Bible
come from individuals much like us, ordinary people talking to their
extraordinary God. Anyone who knows Him may have a conversation with
Him; it doesn't matter what the circumstances. Though we should not
approach God without respect, our privilege as believers is to talk
to the One who made us, loves us, and has planned our lives.

We also will dwell on some of the prayers of Jesus. They give us more
insight to what the Father is like and of the amazing love He has for
us.

Insight: We may talk to God as we would talk to our dearest friend,
because that is who he is.
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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Jul 2011, 9:04 am

Date: July 25, 2011 12:11 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Unlimited Praise

Unlimited Praise

"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." (PSALM 96:1-3)
Scripture Focus: Psalm 150

Start your day by giving praise to God. Watch how He will give you reasons to praise Him. It may be something ordinary like a bird's song or something special like the concert that was recently available. I marveled at the sounds of various instruments in an orchestra and the sounds of an accompanying pianist. My heart reaches out in praise to God. But as magnificent as a concert can be, your tired body has to fight falling asleep throughout the performance.

Weariness isn't the only thing that interrupts praise. Angry words or bad news will do the same. When my heart is disturbed, I've learned that dwelling on the details is not productive. Instead I pray, "Thank You, Lord, that You know all about this trial and are in control of the events." Here are words to console you: "For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise - the fruit of lips that confess His name" (Hebrews 13:14-15).

Insight: The more you give praise to God, the more you will want to praise him by what you say or what you do for others.

Date: July 25, 2011
Topic: +DEV+ Brokenness to Blessing

Brokenness to Blessing

"Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal
glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is
seen, but on what is unseen." (2 CORINTHIANS 4:17-18)
Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 6:3-10

Throughout the month we've seen ways that the Lord pours out His
grace when hope seems lost. In the face of sickness, financial ruin,
disappointment, confusion or fear, we learn there is no trial too
difficult for the strong arm of the Lord. Many of you may even feel,
as Paul did, that you are hard pressed, persecuted, and struck down
(2 Corinthians 4:8-9). The depth of your pain may be impossible for
anyone to understand. But the God who made you understands it all.

If He hadn't reached out to us with the loving plan of the Savior, it
would, indeed, be hard to know where to go next. But the words of
Jesus Himself beckon us - all who are weary and burdened with the
cares of the world - to come to Him. Lay your troubles at the feet of
the One who bore our every problem and sin at Calvary. He made a way
for us to confess with Paul that in having nothing, we possess
everything. Giving up His life and holding onto nothing, Jesus holds
you today and into eternity. Brokenness turns to blessing!

Insight: "Therefore, we do not lose heart" (2 Corinthians 4:16a)
because Jesus takes us through every trial, already knowing them
Himself.
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Post  Admin on Sat 23 Jul 2011, 5:28 pm

If ever there were a collective time to unite in prayer for
the betterment of government and mankind, it is now.
Evening Prayer
Someone has said that if Christians really understood the full extent of
the power we have available through prayer, we might be speechless. Did you
know that during WWII there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a
group of people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed
hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its
people and peace? There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here
in America . If you would like to participate: Every evening at 9:00 PM
Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central) (7:00 PM Mountain) (6:00 PM Pacific), stop
whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the safety of the
United States, our troops, our citizens, and for a return to a Godly nation.
If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this
along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have. Please forward
this to your praying friends
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Post  Admin on Fri 22 Jul 2011, 12:22 pm

Date: July 22, 2011 12:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Praying for Others

Praying for Others

"I urge, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be
made for everyone,This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants
all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." (1
TIMOTHY 2:1-4)
Scripture Focus: Colossians 4:2-6

One summer morning thunder storms delayed flights in Phoenix. A man
sat down near me and spoke. Putting aside the book I was reading, I
listened to his story. He had been home for the funeral of his sister
who had taken her life. Sensing his pain, my heart ached. I did the
only thing I knew to do at the time. "May I pray with you?" I
offered. He nodded. Taking hold of his hands, I prayed for him.
Questions concerning his spiritual condition concerned me after I
boarded my plane, so I continued to pray that God would bring others
into his life to minister to his spiritual needs.

The Bible urges us to pray for others. That includes our brothers and
sisters in Christ. But we also pray for those who do not know Christ.
The Holy Spirit teaches us what to say when sometimes we do not even
know where to start. "The Lord has assigned to each his task" in
sharing the knowledge and goodness of Christ with others (see 1
Corinthians 3:5). As we plant seeds and pray, He causes them to grow.

Insight: Be ready to minister to and pray with people whom God brings
into your life. Ask the Holy Spirit for direction.
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Post  Admin on Thu 21 Jul 2011, 1:37 pm

Date: July 21, 2011 2:23 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Walk with God

Walk with God

"Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him
away." (GENESIS 5:24)
"For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God."
(Hebrews 11:5b)
Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:5-6

My doctors tell us walking keeps us in good physical shape, and I
agree. As vital as physical conditioning is, our walk with God is
more important. Paul said, "Physical training is of some value, but
godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the
present life and the life to come" (1 Timothy 4:8).

Just like two close friends walk, Enoch kept in step with God, not
lagging behind or running ahead. His life was pleasing and honoring
to God. Like Enoch, we walk with God by faith. The brief reference to
Enoch in Genesis seems to indicate that Enoch didn't experience
death. Are you wondering if by "walking with God" you might escape
death, too? Have you have put your trust in the saving grace of Jesus
through His death for you on the cross? Then you have escaped death!
Jesus did not escape it, of course; He took it on and conquered it.
And He came back from the dead, granting us the comfort of His Holy
Spirit so that each day of our lives might be a welcomed walk with
Him.

Insight: The best exercise we can have is walking with god. believe
that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (see Hebrews
11:6).

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Date: July 19, 2011 11:56 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Where is Your Trust?

Where is Your Trust?

"The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can
understand it? 'I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to
reward a man according to his conduct'" (JEREMIAH 17:9-10)
Scripture Focus: Luke 12:13-21

Jesus told the parable of the rich fool, a story that reminds us of
many people we know and resonates in our own hearts, too. In it the
successful farmer felt he could "take life easy; eat, drink and be
merry," since he had handily stored all his grain and goods. Wealthy
and comfortable, he was not in the least prepared when the voice of
God called, demanding his life and pressing him to consider where his
possessions would go now.

It is foolish, indeed, to put our trust and hope in the fading stuff
of this world. The commercial world constantly presents us with the
next kind of clothing, home or vacation we "deserve." The pull is
magnetic at times.

Oh, that we would realize soon that our trust and hope must never
rest in material goods or in other people. Jeremiah tells us that in
doing so we will be "like a bush in the wastelands" (17:6), rooted in
nothing, and withering. Put your trust in the Lord, and see that even
in times of drought, in Him we will bear much fruit.

Insight: Guard yourself against becoming greedy with money, position,
possessions or relationships. instead trust God, the giver of those
good things.

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Date: July 18, 2011 11:41 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Make No Excuse

Make No Excuse

"One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what
is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God
has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (PHILIPPIANS 3:13B-14)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 4:18-22; Luke 9:57-62

Peter and his brother Andrew were fishing when Jesus said, "Follow
me." Without hesitation, they went. Later, Jesus saw James and his
brother John in a boat, preparing their nets for the catch. When they
heard Jesus' call, they left their father with the nets and followed,
too.

Not all people whom Jesus called dropped everything and followed. One
man explained that he had to bury his deceased father first. Another
promised to join Jesus but only after telling his family good-bye.
What Jesus was after in His disciples was their whole heart, not a
divided portion or the leftover portion. It would mean being
completely sold-out for Christ.

This is the same thing Jesus asks of us today: that we lay aside
everything in life that reigns on the throne of our hearts and put
Him on the throne instead. Does that seem to be asking too much? Not
at all, when we consider that He laid aside all the glory of heaven
to pay the price for our sins and win the hard-sought prize of His
heart: you and me!

Insight: It takes an attitude of brokenness to forsake our own agenda
and obey Jesus in the path of service where he leads us. Follow Him.

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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Jul 2011, 3:13 pm

Date: July 17, 2011 10:57 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Hand in Events

God's Hand in Events

"God was with him and rescued him from all his troubles. He gave Joseph wisdom and enabled him to gain the goodwill of Pharaoh king of Egypt." (ACTS 7:9B-10)
Scripture Focus: Genesis 41:41-57

For 13 very detailed chapters in Genesis, we read of the sometimes favored, often thorny life of Joseph. The account reads like a novel, its main character stirring up a wide range of emotions. We shake our heads at young Joseph's tactless way with his brothers, feel sorry for him in his rocky relationship with them, and ache when he's wrongly imprisoned. We cheer when he's elevated by Pharaoh and are moved deeply when he reveals himself to and forgives his brothers. To the close his 110 years, we identify with Joseph.

While there is much for us to learn from his life, the greater theme is how our sovereign God reigns, shaping His salvation plan through any means. Nothing happened to Joseph that was not ordained by the righteous hand of the Lord. No evil befell him or grandeur surrounded him that was not God's design. What Joseph's brothers meant for evil, God intended for good (Genesis 50:19-21). His life which saved many points us to a far greater Redeemer, Jesus, who has saved the world.


Insight: Quiet your heart through hardships and let it well up with gratitude through good times. the Lord is the designer of both!
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Post  Admin on Fri 15 Jul 2011, 2:58 pm

Date: July 15, 2011 2:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Finding Rest
Finding Rest
"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. For my yoke is easy
and my burden is light." (MATTHEW 11:29, 30)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 11:28-30
Your day at work has been stressful. Heavy traffic slows the drive
home. More depressing news awaits you there: a family member has died
or sickness has been diagnosed or a close friend's marriage has
dissolved. Like the psalmist, you want to say, "Oh, that I had the
wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest" (Psalm 55:6).
When Jesus' disciples reported the death of John, He got into a boat
and started for a solitary place to grieve. At the shore were crowds
of people with needs, waiting, like sheep waiting for a shepherd.
Jesus showed compassion by healing the sick. As the day wore on, the
disciples wanted Jesus to send the people away to get something to
eat. Instead, Jesus took five loaves and two fish to feed the
multitude. The One who is the Bread of Life met their immediate needs
and showed them in yet another way that He would meet their deeper
need: that of a Savior. This same Jesus invites us to lay our burdens
at His feet and be filled with joy in the hope of eternal life.
Insight: Go to Jesus when you're weary. He promises rest and
restoration to prepare you to minister to others.
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Post  Admin on Thu 14 Jul 2011, 5:53 pm

Date: July 14, 2011 12:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+ A Job or a Life?

A Job or a Life?
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)
Scripture Focus: Joshua 1
As military strategist and Moses' assistant, Joshua was ready to be the next Israelite leader. Any problems that would arise with his new position would be eased by the assurance of God's guidance. Joshua's one directive was to "lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them."
He would need strength, courage, and obedience to the law. Unlike other professions, there would be no time off, weekends, or vacations. His instructions were "Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be successful" (vs. 8). It was a daunting challenge, but Joshua would not undertake it alone.
God goes with us, too, in our daily occupational efforts. More importantly, He leads us in the battle of our whole lives as we seek to live for Him, standing up against sin in this world. It's more than a job. It's a life, a life already lived out perfectly for us in Jesus Christ.
Insight: Success comes from the sovereign hand of the lord as you faithfully work for him, knowing that your triumphs and even failures are for his glory.
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Post  Admin on Tue 12 Jul 2011, 1:52 pm

Date: July 12, 2011 12:04 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Know Jesus
Know Jesus
"Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst the water I
give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal
life." (JOHN 4:14)
Scripture Focus: John 4:4-42
Jesus' encounter with a Samaritan woman brings comfort to the thirsty
soul. Resting by the well when she came with her water jar, Jesus
asked a simple favor of her. He avoided her comments of moral and
cultural differences and didn't argue or intimidate her for what she
didn't know. He used water to illustrate living water. At her request
for the convenience of "this water so that I won't get thirsty and
have to keep coming here," Jesus remained patient. How He would
quench her thirst!
Jesus knew full well of her sin yet did not condemn her. He spoke to
her of worship that comes from the heart... worship not shaped by
outward appearances and judgment. When she saw Him as Messiah, she
left her water jar and hurried to tell others about Christ, her
Savior.
Jesus knows what is in our hearts, what we are thinking, where we are
hurting. In our brokenness before Him, He shows us the truth and
lovingly leads us to the Living Water. Every thirst that we will ever
have is satisfied in Him.
Insight: Get alone and open up your heart to Jesus. ask him to show
you himself and what you truly need.
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Date: July 11, 2011 1:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Words You Say
The Words You Say
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse
men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come
praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be." (JAMES 3:9-10)
Scripture Focus: James 3:1-12
Our cruise ship's captain steered the large vessel from the harbor
out to sea. Days later, we stood on the deck guided by a small
rudder, yet sailing easily between walls of glaciers.
I could see why James compares the tongue to a ship's rudder. He also
associates it with fire. Fanned by negative feelings, the tongue
complains, scolds, manipulates, lies, humiliates. A group of tongues
together can destroy someone's character. Although animals of nearly
every kind can be tamed, man's own tongue remains wild. Those are
strong images for such a small body part!
The bottom line is that our words give us away. What we think finds
its way onto our tongues and out the lips, and the result can be
devastating. The only way to take our words captive for the Lord is
to remember what the Living Word - the Word become flesh - has done
for us. Not only did He speak life into being with just a word, He
became the spoken and lived-out testimony of hope for us. Let the
words of your mouth bring Him praise!
Insight: Out of the well of a heart committed to Christ comes a
fountain of words that quench the thirst of spiritually parched lives.
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Post  Admin on Mon 11 Jul 2011, 1:29 pm

Date: July 11, 2011 1:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Words You Say

The Words You Say

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be." (JAMES 3:9-10)
Scripture Focus: James 3:1-12

Our cruise ship's captain steered the large vessel from the harbor out to sea. Days later, we stood on the deck guided by a small rudder, yet sailing easily between walls of glaciers.

I could see why James compares the tongue to a ship's rudder. He also associates it with fire. Fanned by negative feelings, the tongue complains, scolds, manipulates, lies, humiliates. A group of tongues together can destroy someone's character. Although animals of nearly every kind can be tamed, man's own tongue remains wild. Those are strong images for such a small body part!

The bottom line is that our words give us away. What we think finds its way onto our tongues and out the lips, and the result can be devastating. The only way to take our words captive for the Lord is to remember what the Living Word - the Word become flesh - has done for us. Not only did He speak life into being with just a word, He became the spoken and lived-out testimony of hope for us. Let the words of your mouth bring Him praise!

Insight: Out of the well of a heart committed to Christ comes a fountain of words that quench the thirst of spiritually parched lives.
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Post  Admin on Thu 07 Jul 2011, 3:33 pm

Date: July 7, 2011 12:39 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Know Yourself
Know Yourself
"Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like." (JAMES 1:23-24)
Scripture Focus: Psalm 119:1-16
When my daughters were learning to dress themselves, we frequently reminded them to check their appearance in the mirror. They saw for themselves a smudge of food around the mouth, the blouse buttoned improperly, or the uncombed hair. As they grew, their appearance became important enough that they did not need reminders.
Most of us do not need to be told to check our outward appearance. When it comes to our inner man, it's another story! After all, no one can see sin we're hiding inside until it comes out in words and actions. A family member or friend may have to confront us with sin we try to conceal. Don't wait for that.
Regularly open your Bible and study how your actions align with what God says. What you see in Jesus Christ in God's Word becomes your mirror. It takes humility to get on your knees and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal your sin. Pray about it continually ad see how the Lord changes you. When you take God's Word to heart and admit your sin, ask the Holy Spirit to cleanse you.
Insight: Check your words and actions regularly. Reflect Christ whose perfect life is given for you, even as you fall short again and again.
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Date: July 5, 2011 11:05 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Forgive and Be Forgiven
Forgive and Be Forgiven
"Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that
gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone
who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!" (JAMES
2:12-13)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 18:21-35
Jesus told the parable of a master who settled accounts that were
owed him. One servant fell to his knees, begging for time to pay back
his huge debt. The sympathetic master forgave the servant.
Ungratefully, the servant found and tackled a second servant who owed
him a small debt. The second servant fell to his knees, begging for
mercy. The unforgiving servant - one who already had been shown
tremendous grace - refused to forgive a much smaller debt than his
own. It's easy to see why the master would throw the unforgiving
servant into jail.
We read this story and wonder how the first fellow could be so
foolish when such great compassion was shown to him. Yet when we come
face to face with our own merciless spirit, we see that we are very
much like him.
An unforgiving attitude tortures you, keeping you awake at night.
Physical ailments may follow. Instead of clenching your fist, open
your hands toward heaven - to the One who has forgiven you! - and say
aloud, "Lord, I forgive the person who has wronged me."
Insight: It's more important for you to be forgiving than it is for
you to be right. release your unforgiving spirit and find freedom in
Christ.
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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Jul 2011, 4:13 pm

Date: July 5, 2011 12:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Encourage Young People
Encourage Young People
"Encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned." (TITUS 2:6-8A)
Scripture Focus: 1 Timothy 4
"Oh, to be young again," many of us say, admiring youthfulness around us. Have you wished you could help a younger person avoid mistakes you've made in your lifetime? Paul took note of young Timothy whose sincere faith, instilled by his grandmother Lois and mother Eunice, was evident. How good to see the zeal of young believers!
While Paul himself lay in a Roman prison, he recalled how he fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Facing execution, he mentored young Timothy. Paul wrote two letters to Timothy, telling him what to expect in a leadership position, urging him to preach the Word and beware of potential opposition even from those in the church.
No matter what your age, there are people in your life younger than you. Perhaps God is speaking to you about mentoring - a son or daughter, a grandchild, a nephew or niece, a friend. You could give advice or help where it is sought; you could pray and encourage at all times. Let the love of Jesus be reflected in you.
Insight: Sacrifice your time and abilities to give a young person a hand and some heartfelt support in his work and walk with the lord.
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Date: July 1, 2011 12:30 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Lord of the Storm

The Lord of the Storm

"Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 'Lord, save me!'" (MATTHEW 14:29)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 14:22-36

The disciples went out to sea while Jesus went to the hills to pray. That night a strong wind blew waves against the boat. The disciples' fears grew when they saw "a ghost" walking toward them on the water. Then they recognized Jesus' voice above the storm. "Take courage! Don't be afraid."

For the moment, Peter was filled with courage. Drawn by the comforting sound of Jesus' words, he stepped out of the boat and onto the water. He even made it for a few steps as long as he kept his focus on Jesus rather than on the wind and waves.

This is exactly how we often find ourselves: facing troubles and fears, hearing the trustworthy call of Jesus, going to Him but faltering in our faith. Take heart, because when we are weak, He is strong. When we are sinking, He is reaching out His hand and catching us. When there is nothing in us that can save, His mighty arm is outstretched to us. Pulled under by sickness, unemployment, relationship conflict? Know that the Lord of the storm has you in His grip.

Insight: "You Will Keep In Perfect Peace Him Whose Mind Is Steadfast, Because He Trusts In You." (Isaiah 26:3)

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Date: June 30, 2011 12:38 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Reaching Out

Reaching Out

"So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified." (GALATIANS 2:16B)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 9:9-13

When Jesus met Matthew, a successful and dishonest tax collector, He could have passed on by. Instead, Jesus saw Matthew's spiritual need and gave him this invitation: "Follow me."

Remarkably, Matthew didn't hesitate to leave his business and follow. With a new life and a changed heart, Matthew's desires changed, too. He invited Jesus, His disciples and "sinner" friends to dinner. The group shared laughter and lively conversation while food was passed and enjoyed. What an opportunity to know the Savior!

But this irritated the Pharisees who believed salvation came by obeying the law. Pointing accusing fingers to the group of diners, they questioned the disciples. "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

Jesus speaks to us as He spoke to the Pharisees because we ourselves are no better than those "tax collectors and sinners." Yet Christ has invited us to dine with Him and know Him. The same call that Matthew heard comes to us as well: "Follow me."


Insight: Christ Promised Us Power In The Holy Spirit To Tell People In Our Area And Outward That He Died To Save Them. (See Acts 1:8).
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