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If you knocked on heaven’s door, would Jesus even know you?
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THOUGHT PROVOKING

HOUSE WORSHIP
 
That day about three thousand took him at his word, were baptized and were signed up. They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers. Everyone around was in awe—all those wonders and signs done through the apostles! And all the believers lived in a wonderful harmony, holding everything in common. They sold whatever they owned and pooled their resources so that each person’s need was met. They followed a daily discipline of worship in the Temple followed by meals at home, every meal a celebration, exuberant and joyful, as they praised God. People in general liked what they saw. Every day their number grew as God added those who were saved. (Acts 2:42-47, MSG)
 
In this passage we see the events leading to Pentecost, while Peter preached this message, it led to revival and the winning of 3,000 souls to the Kingdom of God. It also led to the establishment of “house worship.’ In the house worship setting we see that there was the fellowship of the believers led by apostles or leaders.
 
The new believers were devoted to the leaders teaching for they knew what Christ had taught them and they were speaking words of truth. They had fellowship, which included eating, praying for each other and shared with each other whatever they had. During this time they were filled with God’s wonderous works and allowed God to work through them, for miracles were a common happening as they met together. And yet, more astonishingly, there was agreement on all things, no matter if it was social or spiritual issues.
 
Why is this important for us? It is important because it is a building foundation for Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit. God was doing these things by the power of the Holy Spirit. When we listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit in our lives, we can experience the same atmosphere between believers as the Early Church did. We will have the same results as we see in verses 46b and 47: “They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
 
…..Edd Wilder (revedd2@aol.com) by way of (ChristianVoices@christianvoices@att.net)    

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If Jesus was a virus, would you test ‘positive’?
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Every minute someone leaves this world behind. 
We are all in “the line” without knowing it. 
We never know how many people are before us. 
We can not move to the back of the line. 
We can not step out of the line.
We can not avoid the line.
 
So while we wait in line...
 
Make moments count. 
Make priorities. 
Make the time. 
Make your gifts known. 
Make a nobody feel like a somebody. 
Make your voice heard. 
Make the small things big. 
Make someone smile. 
Make the change. 
Make up. 
Make peace. 
Make sure to tell your people they are loved. 
Make sure to have no regrets. 
Make sure you are ready.
 
…..Tim’s Inspiration (timlevin@gmail.com) by way of “Christian Voices (christianvoices@att.net)

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When was the last time you opened your heart and talked with Jesus?
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BE ENCOURAGED - THE LORD IS GOOD
Have you ever been in need of an encouraging word from God and gone to the book of Nahum looking for it? I didn`t think so; neither have I. Well, surprise, surprise, there is certainly one there, and God led me to it this morning – Nahum 1:7, which reads, “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him.”

Isn't that good? Well, it gets better when you dig into it a little. There are three things I want to share with you from this little obscure verse...

THE LORD IS GOOD

“The Lord is Good” - period. Everything about God is good, including everything that is related to me - His thoughts about me, His plans for me, His actions toward me, His guidance in me, His blessings to me, His protection of me, His purposes fulfilled through me and His ordained circumstances that surround me at this very moment in my life. They may not look good, seem good, sound good or feel good – but because they are ordained of God, they ARE good. Colossians 3:3 says that “your life is hid with Christ in God”. Every detail of your life is contained in Him, including your present circumstances, trials, needs, etc.

When I first woke up this morning and looked at the circumstances facing me today, I did not immediately think of them as good, but when I thought about the fact that every path God has led me down over the past 43 years has brought me to where I am right now, I realized that where I am right now is not just okay, it is good. Why? How? Because, I arrived at where I am today (right in the midst of a BIG storm) by doing all I know to obey the will of God.

Are you in a storm today? Are you in a crisis? Are you facing some very adverse circumstances? Are you going through a severe trial? Well, take heart – it may not seem good, but as part of the “life that is hid with Christ in God", it IS good, if for no other reason than to demonstrate the second point I want to share with you.

THE LORD IS A STRONG HOLD IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE

The words strong hold mean a fortified place, a defense, a refuge. You may very well be in a very tough spot right now, but you are not helpless or hopeless – and – you are not alone. There IS a place for you to go to for comfort, help and assurance. “From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.” The word trouble means adversity, anguish, distress and tribulation. If you have today landed on one of those squares on the board, then you will certainly be encouraged by this third truth from this little verse.
THE LORD KNOWETH THEM THAT TRUST IN HIM

The word, "know", means to understand as a familiar friend. Hebrews 4:15 assures us that, “we have not a high priest (Jesus) who cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” Jesus not only knows about and understands your situation, but He even FEELS right along with you. Now, lets look at the word "trust". Here, it means to confide in, have hope in and to take refuge in. He knows them as a close friend who confide in Him, who hope in Him, and who run to Him to find that place of safety.
Are you in trouble? If so, don`t make the mistake of trying to figure it out or work it out on your own. That is a trick of the devil and will only lead to disappointment, frustration, fear and exhaustion. Oh, I know, as a “responsible” person you feel you must DO something. Well, you are right.
What you must DO is go to Jesus, confide in Him and take refuge in Him until the storm passes – and it will. No matter WHAT you are facing today, no matter WHAT your circumstances are, no matter WHAT your need is, you can lift your head in confidence and praise the Name of Our Great God! Why? Because THE LORD IS GOOD – and He is good to YOU!

…..Yours in Jesus, Shad Williams (www.wegotothem.com) by way of “Christian Voices” (christdianvoices@att.net)

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THOUGHT PROVOKING - INSPIRATIONAL
 
WORSHIP FROM THE HEART
 
A little boy asked his father what was the highest number he had ever counted.  Replying that he didn't know, the father asked his son his highest number.  It was 973.
 
"Why did you stop there?" wondered the father.
 
"Because church was over."
 
I suspect that you have probably sat through worship services where your mind was focused on something just as trivial rather than on God.  It's easy to let the mind wander.  "I can't wait to see the ball game this afternoon."  "I wonder what we're having for lunch."  "I've never noticed before that the carpet down there is starting to unravel a bit."  Is it any wonder that we so often leave the worship assembly with the feeling that it wasn't very meaningful?
 
Worship should be a time when we are confronted with the majesty and glory of God.  As we reflect on God's power, we realize how much we need Him in our times of weakness.  As we reflect on God's wisdom, we realize how much we need Him in our times of indecision.  As we reflect on God's holiness, we are made aware of our own sinfulness and the need for forgiveness. As we reflect on God's love, we realize the effort God has gone to make that forgiveness available.
 
It's not a ritual we go through every week.  It is an opportunity to express our praise to the One who means more to us than all the earth. As we truly worship and praise God from the heart, we become more aware of how much we want to live close to Him.  We leave with the challenge to "be holy as He is holy."
 
"For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.  Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.  Give to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Give to the LORD glory and strength.  Give to the LORD the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts.  Oh, worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth." (Psalm 96:4-9)
 
Have a great day!
 
…..Alan Smith (alansmith.servant@gmail.net) Former pastor Helen Street Church of Christ, Fayetteville, North Carolina by way of “Christian Voices” (christianvoices@att.net)
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