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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Feb 2020, 12:25 am

Date: February 5, 2020 at 1:36 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Martyr for Christ

Martyr for Christ#

"Remember what I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey you also."  John 15:20

Scripture Focus: John 15

Dr. Rowland Taylor was an Anglican pastor in the 1500s when the Protestant church was being persecuted. Despite threats of imprisonment and even death, Dr. Taylor continued to preach the gospel. Soon his enemies were on their way, and his friends begged him to escape for his life. He refused. Arrested and tried, he was sentenced to death by execution. Dr. Taylor and the guards journeyed to the execution spot at the top of a hill with his English village in sight. One guard asked how he was doing. He replied, "Well, God be praised, Never better, for I now know I am almost home. I have not more than two more miles to go, and I am at my Father's house!" 
Once he arrived there, he was chained to a stake and set afire. Accounts of Dr. Taylor's death record him walking up to the stake and kissing it, placing his own back there, folding his hands in front of him, and remaining calm and trusting to the end. Amazing! Christians are those who know the joy of the Lord, and their martyrs know that even death cannot disrupt it.

Insight: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." (Jim Elliot, 1949)
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Post  Admin on Tue 04 Feb 2020, 11:46 pm

Date: February 4, 2020 at 2:18 AM

Topic: +DEV+  A Father Who Cares

A Father Who Cares

"My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son."  Hebrews 12:5-6

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 12

Joe was in a bad motorcycle accident and lost his leg. He lay in his hospital bed asking God, "Why?" Tragedies are hard to understand. Was it simply a consequence of living in a fallen world? Did one tragedy actually save him from a worse one? Theologian D.A. Carson reminds us that our finite brains cannot understand how God can do "thousands of things, even millions of things" through one event. 

In any of these painful situations, it is not wrong to ask if God is disciplining us. Might He be disciplining us like a father correcting his child? Perhaps Joe needed to admit he drove recklessly and without concern for others. In Joe's running from the Lord, this life-changing event could cause him to return. We don't know the circumstances behind every heartbreak, but we need to realize that God sometimes works in these ways. 

Godly discipline whose aim is to restore may be foreign to you. But friends, rejoice in it. God disciplines those He loves, never in a fit of anger, but always as an expression of love.


Insight: As a blacksmith forms the hot metal with a hammer, so God the Father uses discipline to form us to be more like His Son.
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Post  Admin on Mon 03 Feb 2020, 10:52 pm

Date: February 3, 2020 at 12:29 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Joy of Humility

The Joy of Humility

"He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful."  Psalm 25:9-10a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 25

Of all the ways for us to describe Jesus, perhaps the hardest character trait of His for us to follow is humility. That's because our pride gets in the way every time. Even when we manage to walk in humility for a while, we often grow proud about doing so! The Greatest One left us an example of humility. Philippians 2 tells us that Jesus, "being in very nature God, made himself nothing." He became a man who "humbled himself and became obedient to death-even death on a cross!" 

Though we are commanded to be humble (1 Peter 5:6), it's not my intent to give you another rule for holy living. Rather, I want you to see the abundance of joy that comes by walking in humility. When we do so, our minds rest on Jesus' redemption which reconciled us to God. We don't feel obligated to prove our worth; God already calls us His children (see John 1:12), and we are joyfully satisfied. 

Humble people are full of joy because it frees them from focusing on themselves so they can love others. While pride sabotages joy, humility opens the door to it.

Insight: "There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart." (Augustine, c. A.D. 397-400)

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Post  Admin on Fri 31 Jan 2020, 10:25 pm

Date: January 31, 2020 at 12:41 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Ready to Work

Ready to Work

"Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."  1 Corinthians 12:7

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 12

A pastor friend of mine would say to new members joining the church, "God has brought you to us because you have something we need." I wondered why he said that until I came across 1 Corinthians 12:18. Here Paul teaches that "God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be," all working together for the same thing. 

In this passage Paul is talking about the various gifts God has given each of us for the benefit of the church. The list is large, containing leadership, service, giving, mercy, wisdom, teaching, administration, and hospitality, to name a few. God has given you a divine gift, maybe even multiple gifts! Don't just call it natural talent; these gifts were distributed to you by the Holy Spirit "for the common good"! Remember the excitement of contributing to a win on a football team, or lending your voice in a choir, or being a part of a successful business deal with your co-workers? 

God has great work for you to do. Find your gift and experience the joy in it.

Insight: "If others don't use their gifts, you get cheated, and if you don't use your gifts, they get cheated." (Rick Warren, 2002)

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Post  Admin on Thu 30 Jan 2020, 5:59 pm

Date: January 30, 2020 at 2:03 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Beautiful Bride; Messy Church

Beautiful Bride; Messy Church

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."  1 Peter 2:9

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2

The church will not always be the nicest place you visit. One man confessed, "I am a Christian but haven't stepped into a church in five years." His reasoning was simple: "Churches are full of hypocrites. People gossip and fight, and yet they say they love Jesus. I'm not going to a place like that." Maybe you may feel the same way. 

I can assure you if you go to church long enough, you will see that those inside are far from perfect. But I also can assure you that church is not a gathering of the holy. In fact, it is a hospital for sinners. The Apostle Paul calls himself "the worst" sinner of all (1 Timothy 1:15) and openly describes his ongoing struggle with sin. Yet he still rejoices in his salvation, saying, "Thanks be to God- through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 7:25)! A pastor's wife once said, "Church is messy, and it can be ugly at times, but it's the Bride of Christ." As we seek to be more like Him, our hope is not in our progress. 

It's in Jesus' perfect redemptive work on our behalf, work that has made us beautiful.

Insight: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

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Post  Admin on Tue 28 Jan 2020, 11:14 pm

Date: January 28, 2020 at 12:14 AM

Topic: +DEV+  A Sweet Sound

A Sweet Sound

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God."  Colossians 3:16

Scripture Focus: Colossians 3

After a stressful day at work, you pack up, exit the office, walk across the parking lot, and get into your car. What's the first thing you do? Chances are you turn on the radio. Music is powerful. The right song can reduce stress and have us singing in no time. We use music to celebrate, to learn, to mourn, to soothe, and to entertain. 

Have you ever considered that music, a language spoken the whole world over, was God's idea? He gave it to us for our enjoyment and His glory. The Bible itself is filled with so many references to music that it is hard to count them all. Some figure music is mentioned 1,150 times or more in Scripture. There we find the words to songs God's people sang in triumph and joy, in agony and desperation. 

We're given the lyrics of songs the saints will sing in heaven. Clearly, God delights in music. We not only have a Savior who rescues us from our sin, but He also gives us music to refresh the soul. "Sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our Salvation" (Psalm 95:1).

INSIGHT: "Music is one of the fairest and most glorious gifts of God, it removes from the heart the weight of sorrow." (Martin Luther, 1483-1546)

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Post  Admin on Mon 27 Jan 2020, 9:23 pm

Date: January 27, 2020 at 12:21 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Sharpening Tools

Sharpening Tools

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance."  James 1:2-3

Scripture Focus: James 1

Former Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink used one word to respond to bad news: "Good." When they did not get the gear they needed, he said, "Good." About the broken GPS system, he replied, "Good." Willink saw what others did not: that these were opportunities for growth. 

These challenges were chances to learn how to do more with less and sharpen their navigational skills. We typically do not think like this. I know I do not! But it hints at a biblical truth. Trials are a reason for joy. They bring us to the end of ourselves and to the feet of Jesus. They give us opportunities to mature and grow in faith. They're good. When we enter the valley of darkness-work dilemmas, health issues, money troubles, family problems-but are carried through by faith on the back of Jesus, are we not more confident in our Redeemer and the mercy of God the next time we face a trial? Yes. 


This is not to say trials are fun or painless. But we can and should rejoice knowing our hardships and sorrows are being used for good (see Romans 8:28).

Insight: "Trials keep us trusting; they burn away our self-confidence and drive us to our Savior." (Edmund P. Clowney, 1988)

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Post  Admin on Fri 24 Jan 2020, 10:35 pm

Date: January 24, 2020 at 2:51 AM

Topic: +DEV+  New Grace Every Morning

New Grace Every Morning

"Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness."  Lamentations 3:22-23

Scripture Focus: Lamentations 3

Few things are more disheartening than a well-known and beloved pastor "falling from grace" because of adultery. These former pastors are often removed, criticized, and written off. Many of them limp away quietly into the valley of the shadow of death. But is this how it has to be? 

After his affair with Bathsheba, David was convicted of his sin but also was convinced of God's unfailing grace. He cried out in faith, "Restore to me the joy of your salvation" (Psalm 51:12). You see, in God's economy when we fall, His grace is elevated! Each of us will reach a point in our lives where because of sin-any sin-we may feel hopeless and unforgivable. But that's not the truth. In that moment, remember God's amazing grace. 

Remember the cross of Christ where that sin was paid for in full. One pastor who knows what it is like to "fall from grace" realized the saying "fall from grace" actually isn't true at all. He wrote, "Welcome to the valley of the shadow of death, thank God grace reigns here" (Tullian Tchividjian, 2015). It will for you, too.

Insight: "Life is heavy. Pain is real. Consequences hurt. Brokenness is hard. But Grace abounds." (Tullian Tchividjian, 2015)

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Date: January 23, 2020 at 1:29 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Stronger Than Satan

Stronger Than Satan

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

Scripture Focus: Colossians 2

I like thriller movies. I like the suspense. Will the good guy defeat the bad guy, or will evil win out? Directors indulge in this theme because we live in a world where good guys often are defeated by bad guys. The corrupt and powerful can run over the upright and honest. That's real life. 

Fortunately, it's not the case when it comes to the ultimate pitting of good and evil: Jesus verses Satan. They do not have an equal chance of victory. Satan is a created being, and the governing principle of all created things is that they are subject to the Creator. That includes Satan. In Job 1, Satan had to present himself before the Lord and could not act without His consent. 

Jesus Christ conquered Satan on the cross, and it is our joy knowing we are His and that "neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:38-39). Furthermore, we have the joy of knowing the end of the story. No suspense. Christ is Victor!
Insight: When the Bible says every knee will bow before Jesus, that means everyone, with no exceptions. Jesus stands alone as King!

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Jan 2020, 10:36 pm

Date: January 22, 2020 at 12:06 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Strength to Persevere

Strength to Persevere

"Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me."  Philippians 3:12

Scripture Focus: Philippians 3

Bill came home one night feeling defeated. He had dreamed of being a writer for The New York Times and achieved his goal through hard work, but things quickly changed. Journalism was challenging, competitive, and gave little chance of success. For a long time he kept pushing through and working harder, but finally he quit. 

A year earlier he had become a Christian, but on the evening of the day he left his job, he began to worry that he would fail with God, too. Have you felt like that? With a past full of abandoned dreams and a Christian walk littered with failures, we may doubt whether we really have what it takes to keep following Jesus. 

Friends, Christianity is unlike anything else in the world. Rejoice in knowing that it does not depend on your faithfulness but on Christ's. Paul, with his faults and failures, could press on because he knew that Jesus first took hold of him like a mother lion who takes hold of her cub in her mouth. Today keep going by faith, knowing that Jesus will never let you go.

INSIGHT: "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Philippians 1:6)

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Date: January 21, 2020 at 2:09 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Lover of the Lowly
Lover of the Lowly

"The Samaritan woman said to him, You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)"  John 4:9
Scripture Focus: John 4

Last summer A friend took his boys to a crystal-clear lake. They spent the day knee-deep in water searching for rocks. There were millions of them, yet they hunted tirelessly for the best, shiniest, smoothest, or most unique. Together they determined which were the best of the best. Those alone were the rocks they took home. 

This reminds me a little of how many of us live. We search for the best friends, the coolest phones, the trendiest t-shirts, and on and on. Yet God is different. Paul tells us that God chooses the "foolish things," the "weak things," "the lowly things of this world" (1 Corinthians 1:27-28). It is to them He sent His Son Jesus to love, and ultimately to give His life as a ransom. 

In this broken world's eyes, you may be the wrong color, you may not be the right size, you may have the wrong clothing. Simply put, people may not choose you. But know this: our Heavenly Father is a lover of the lowly. Therefore, praise God, because there is hope for you and for me who truly are precious in His sight.

Insight: "For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14-15)

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Post  Admin on Mon 20 Jan 2020, 7:12 pm

Date: January 19, 2020 at 10:35 PM

Topic: +DEV+  Forgiveness

Forgiveness

"Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered."  Psalm 32:1

Scripture Focus: Psalm 32

I have a hang-up with writing. I cannot even begin until everything is just right: Den situated, desk laid out, emails checked, coffee cup filled. Then "Ahhh, peace!" And I am ready to start. Maybe for you the dishwasher must be empty, the Diet Coke in the fridge, the morning workout completed, and then you can take on the day. 

Unfortunately, the "ahhh" moments we've won for ourselves pass away. Yet in reality, peace is available to us every minute of every day for the rest of our lives because we've been forgiven by God through Jesus. With Jesus Christ on the throne of our lives, there is no moment when we are outside the saving grace of God. Paul tells us in Romans, "There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (8:1). 

This true peace is available. One day we'll be welcomed into heaven not because we made anything perfect and got it all in order. It will be because Jesus went to great lengths on our behalf to live a perfect life and die a perfect death for our sins on the cross.

Insight: Rejoice in your everlasting "ahhh" moment. For the Lord is good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon Him (see Psalm 86:5).

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Post  Admin on Sat 18 Jan 2020, 1:26 pm

Date: January 17, 2020 at 12:31 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God Speaks To Us
God Speaks To Us

"All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Scripture Focus: 2 Timothy 3

Have you ever been in a crowded room with many people talking when you are trying to watch TV? Their conversations drown out the sound, and you cannot hear. When I was a boy, I would often have fights with my brothers over this. It is so frustrating! Think about a situation like that, but now consider how amazing it is that we can always hear God.

Do you know how this is so? It's because He speaks to us through His Word. God is not quiet. For over 1,500 years, in 66 books, by way of more than 40 different writers, He has spoken to us. Praise God we can easily open the Bible's pages and hear Him say to His children, "I have loved you with an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3), or "You were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 6:11), or "Come to me, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28), and so much more. Turn up the volume!

Dive into God's Word with joy. Hear how He "has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3)

Insight: "Speak, O Lord, as we come to You/ Take Your truth, plant it deep in us." (Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2005)

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Date: January 16, 2020 at 12:48 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Lord's Day

The Lord's Day

"Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God."  Exodus 20:8-9

Scripture Focus: Exodus 20

Imagine you're a fruit picker in southern Texas. It's noon, 103 degrees. You're drenched with sweat, tired, and only half-finished with the field. Suddenly, your boss shows up. He hands out ice-cold Cokes and tells you and the crew to take the afternoon off. "Just rest," he says. "I'll finish the field." What a great boss! He cares for you, he refreshes you, he wants you to rest. 

Our heavenly Father, the ruler of our lives, is like that. And He actually came to us and said, Rest. Since the beginning of creation, God set apart one day in seven for rest. The ultimate goal is to worship Him, but through it He also blesses us. Jesus said, “The Sabbath was made for man” (Mark 2:27), and in Hebrews we are told to “not give up meeting together” (vs. 10:25). This day of rest and worship ought to bring much joy! 

Know that God cares for you. Receive His refreshment through fellowship with believers and the preaching of His Word. Sunday is a little glimpse of the rest we have in Jesus, our Redeemer who has done all the work for us.

Insight: "Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee." (Augustine, Confessions, Book 1)

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Date: January 15, 2020 at 2:42 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Joy of Works

The Joy of Work

"The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. "  Genesis 2:15

Scripture Focus: Genesis 2

When our six-year-old daughter began first grade, I saw a difference in her compared to her kindergarten year. She grudgingly got up in the morning and dragged her feet to the breakfast table. After some prodding, she shared that in first grade there is a lot more work to do and a lot less playing. Have you ever felt that same attitude towards your work? 

Scripture has a much more positive view of work. It is not a result of the Fall. Before sin even entered the world, God put Adam in the Garden to work, and he declared that this was "very good" (Genesis 1:31). God gave each of us gifts to create things, manage people, haul items, bandage wounds, care for children, play music, and so on. Work is actually an outworking of your being made in God's image. Yes, work is hard and sometimes frustrating. But it is also an avenue of joy and blessing. By it God provides for us and we can bless others. 

By it we use our talents while God trains us in patience and perseverance. Friends, be joyful that Jesus' promise, "I will never leave nor forsake you," applies to your work also.

Insight: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men." (Colossians 3:23)

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Please remember to pray for China on January 25th, it is our National day of prayer for China called China Cry, please use these requests and get your church and social media groups involved. Please pray for as long as the Lord leads. Please stand with us, if you will pray as a church or on your own, please let me knowIRemember to share these requests and please print them out
Specific prayer requests for our little church
Continue to pray for our Pastor, wife and three young seminary students helping us
Continue to pray for unity amongst church co-workers, for unity in purpose
Please pray for revival amongst the small number of men, and that many more would come to the church
Please pray for many more young people to come to the church
Please pray for many new believers that they would grow up into mature disciples
Please pray for the children as they have to withstand atheist teaching in school and society
Many people in the church need a real touch of the spirit, please pray that Jesus would have the pre-eminence in the church
Please pray for our services
Sunday at 8:30amPrayer meeting Thursday 7:30pmCo workers training Wednesday eveningHouse groups Friday evening
Please pray for us that we would grow not just in size, but in maturity.
There are only two true couples in the church, who are saved and committed to the church, please pray for the husbands of many sisters to come to faith
Please pray tha

#t everyone knows Christ and is able to make him known
Please pray for the following to come to salvation H, F , F and her mum. Please pray for the salvation of Helen's parents and our daughter
Our vision this year is to increase the church by 51%, please pray that this not only happens in our church but in every church in China
General prayer requests for China
Pray that the church would not only withstand thus current persecution, but would flourish through it. More regulations come into action on 1st Feb stating that all churches must advocate CCP teaching
Please pray for a move of God that nothing is able to hold back
Millions of people are being saved every year, it is estimated that between 10-50 thousand people are saved every day, please pray that all these would be provided with good solid bible teaching
Although millions have been reached, millions are still un reached. Please Pray that everyone in China would have the chance to hear and respond to the gospel
Please pray for the Chinese communities outside China, that they would respond to the gospel
Please pray for protection of the chinese church, persecution is ongoing and severe
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DEV+  An Unlikely Teacher
Date: January 14, 2020 at 12:54 AM
Topic: +DEV+ An Unlikely Teacher

An Unlikely Teacher

"But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers." Luke 22:32

Scripture Focus: Luke 22

Sin is awful. The world makes light of it though, even proudly nicknaming a city "Sin City" and attempting to normalize it through movies and culture. But God hates sin. Sin is any act or thought that goes against His perfect law. It permeates every part of our lives and world. The Bible tells us that "the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

As hideous as sin is, did you know that it can teach us and lead us to joy? It can! When you are faced with your sin, you are faced with your need for Jesus. Only He can make you right with God. What do we find every time we look to Jesus in repentance and faith? We find a willing and able Savior! Sin is awful, but it points us to our Rock and Salvation. And it is there with Jesus that we find joy.

But wait! There's more! When we have experienced forgiveness, we can forgive others. When we know the One who had no sin yet became sin for us so that "we might become the righteousness of God" (2 Corinthians 5:21), we can point others to Him also. Rejoice in the God of your salvation!

Insight: When you recognize sin, have grief and hatred of it, and turn to God from it, you've experienced true repentance.

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Date: January 13, 2020 at 1:38 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Heavens Declare

The Heavens Declare

"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1

Scripture Focus: Psalm 19

In 2017 the United States experienced a total solar eclipse. Wearing special glasses 50 times stronger than sunglasses, I looked up at the sun and witnessed the moon inching in front of it until it was almost completely blocked out (95%) . I couldn't help but sense God's mighty control over the universe.

The moon is 240,000 miles from earth; the sun is 93 million miles away; the earth is moving 1,000 mph in orbit. Yet astronomers can know down to the exact second when an eclipse will take place years before it happens. That's how dependable the dynamics of our solar system are. And the God of this universe is even more dependable than that! Our lives can seem out of control. Work changes, family emergencies, and unfortunate circumstances create chaos and fear in us. When God wants to assure His people of His mighty power and dependability, He directs our eyes upward.

"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these?" (Isaiah 40:26a) Today you can trade fear for joy, knowing the God of all creation is in control.

Insight: When in doubt, look up! The same God who placed the stars in the sky holds you in the palm of His hand.

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Date: January 12, 2020 at 1:45 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Reasons for Joy

Reasons for Joy

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" Philippians 4:4

Scripture Focus: Philippians 4

The words "joy" and "rejoice" appear nearly 400 times in Scripture. What is God teaching us? Certainly that joy is a major part of the Christian life. Paul even tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. Always? You'd have to admit that seems a bit unrealistic. I know a man, a beloved husband and father of four teenagers, who lost his battle with brain cancer recently. How is his family to find joy under such sorrow? Paul gives us the key to experiencing joy even in sorrow.

It is found "in the Lord," not in our circumstances. Such deep losses in this world are overwhelming, but believers can find joy knowing that because of Jesus' saving work, "Death is a butler that brings us into the presence of God" (Nathan White, 2012). Do you desire to experience more joy in your life? I promise you, God has already put it there. Look for it in your work, in your families, in the world around you, even in your trials. This month discover some of the infinite reasons God has given us to always rejoice and be glad in Him. Author: After serving for five years in the US Navy and graduating from Westminster Seminary in California, Jeremiah Rivera and his wife Melissa live in beautiful Aiken, South Carolina where he is an assistant pastor.

Life in their home is full of giggles and hugs and clean-ups as they raise their four very young boys. If he ever could get the time, Jeremiah loves to take in a good movie with his wife. May you find as much joy in this Anchor as he found in the writing of it.

Insight: "We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28)

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Date: January 10, 2020 at 1:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Have It All Together

Have It All Together

"Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand." Romans 5:1-2a

Scripture Focus: Romans 5

There's only one way we can have peace with God and "have it all together." Maybe you think you already "have it all together." You have accomplishments to be proud of; your career is taking off; the kids or grandkids look picture perfect; there is no trouble between you and your spouse.

It's all good! Yet we know that the feeling of "having it all together" doesn't last. Who allowed you to boast in the first place? Who made the sun rise? Who keeps your heart going at 103,680 beats a day? Who is it giving you 17,820 breaths in 24 hours? All our days were ordained by God for us before even one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16). No stable bank account, no steady family life, no lovely vacation, no impressive record of volunteer hours is going to justify you before Christ.

All those things are good, but they do not assure that you are fit for Christ in this world or the next. From now and into eternity, it is only His grace that justifies you through faith. Can we "have it all together"? Through Jesus, yes!

Insight: Jesus is the One that makes us right and fit with God. Only Jesus.

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Date: January 10, 2020 at 1:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Have It All Together

Have It All Together

"Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand."   Romans 5:1-2a

Scripture Focus: Romans 5

There's only one way we can have peace with God and "have it all together." Maybe you think you already "have it all together." You have accomplishments to be proud of; your career is taking off; the kids or grandkids look picture perfect; there is no trouble between you and your spouse. 

It's all good! Yet we know that the feeling of "having it all together" doesn't last. Who allowed you to boast in the first place? Who made the sun rise? Who keeps your heart going at 103,680 beats a day? Who is it giving you 17,820 breaths in 24 hours? All our days were ordained by God for us before even one of them came to be (Psalm 139:13-16). No stable bank account, no steady family life, no lovely vacation, no impressive record of volunteer hours is going to justify you before Christ. 

All those things are good, but they do not assure that you are fit for Christ in this world or the next. From now and into eternity, it is only His grace that justifies you through faith. Can we "have it all together"? Through Jesus, yes!

Insight: Jesus is the One that makes us right and fit with God. Only Jesus.

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Date: January 9, 2020 at 12:07 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Rest on God's Power

Rest on God's Power

"My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power." 1 Corinthians 2: 4-5

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 2

The Apostle Paul is making a stunning point, that despite his human delivery of the gospel, God's Spirit and power go before him, making it clear that a person's life of faith is a response to God's power, not a response to a human being bearing the message. Often we gravitate towards the deliverer more than the message itself.

Paul wants us to remember that we rest on the power of the Holy Spirit-not human wisdom. How amazing is that? The supernatural presence of the Holy Spirit is at work in you and me! Remember that God's very Word was written by the Holy Spirit. "Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit" (2 Peter 1:21). The powerful God of the entire Universe has seen fit to move in you and dwell in you through the Holy Spirit. Just try to take that in! There are pastors, speakers, authors, and seminar leaders who may win you over to Christ.

But your faith must not rest in them. We all have seen even our finest spiritual leaders fall. Rest instead on God's power and unfailing love for you.

Insight: "Your life of faith is a response to God's power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork." (Eugene Peterson, The Message, 1 Corinthians 2:5)

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Topic: +DEV+  Don't Quit

Don't Quit

"I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."  Psalm 27:13-14

Scripture Focus: Psalm 27

Sometimes rather than waiting for the Lord, I'd rather just quit. Have you ever felt like that? If you focus the swirling current of life's problems spinning around you, the "I can't possibly do this, I want to quit!" mentality sets in. We know from various places in the Psalms that David struggled with feeling weak and wanting to give up. "The troubles of my heart have multiplied" (vs. 25:17). "Why are you downcast, O my soul?" (vs. 42:5) "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (vs. 22:1) 

Yet as we read David's psalms, we see that for every look at himself and his discouraging situations, David takes at least ten looks at God and how He has been faithful in the past. David's life may be unraveling, but his confidence remains in the Lord. He never quits because his God will never quit on him. 

If we won't believe that we'll see God's goodness, we too will despair and want to quit. Find comfort in God's Word, especially in the Psalms where David writes honestly of his hardships but also of his triumphs in our never-giving-up God.

Insight: Jesus went to the cross and repeated David's words from Psalm 22. He really was forsaken, all for you and so that you might live!

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Date: January 7, 2020 at 1:38 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Don't Assume

Don't Assume

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes."  Proverbs 3:5-7a

Scripture Focus: Proverbs 3

"Don't be wise in your own eyes" is not exactly a catch-phrase for life in our society today. You might be more likely to hear "If you can dream it, you can do it." Or "Do what feels right." Or "Don't follow anyone else; just follow your heart." We do a lot of assuming that whatever we feel is right must surely be right. 

Our world tells us again and again to put our confidence in ourselves, to act on our assumptions, and to run after what looks good. How has that been working out for you? Assumptions can get you into trouble, can't they? Solomon, who was granted more wisdom than you and I will ever know, states plainly in Proverbs 3 what we ought to do. Trust God; listen for His voice; run to Him. When I have total confidence in God and His ways, I won't try to figure it all out on my own. 

When I am attentive to His voice in all I do, my crooked paths become straight. When I give up my pride, assuming I know better than He does, I see that not only am I running to Him, but He is pursuing me! Will you lean on Him today?

insight: The way to be wise won't be found in your own eyes unless your gaze is fixed solidly on Jesus Christ.

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Date: January 6, 2020 at 2:00 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Don't Merely Talk

Don't Merely Talk

"If one of you says to him, Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed, but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? ,Faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."  James 2:16-17

Scripture Focus: James 2

James had been with Jesus. He grew up with Jesus. He was His brother, but also His faithful servant (see 1:1). As he watched Jesus give His very life for others, James understood what it was to put action behind words. Personally, I am a talker. Throughout my professional life, I have pastored, spoken, and taught. I've kept church audiences listening. Talking isn't a bad thing unless it's merely talking with no depth to back up our words. 

When the compassion of Christ rains down gently on your life, it inspires you to live gratefully giving to others. You forget about thinking your good works will pay back God for what He's done for you. You could strive your whole life to pay Him back, but it will never be enough. When you live out the Lord's love in your parenting, in your workplace, in your retirement, in your classroom, your mere talk of loving Jesus becomes real. Provide a coat to the cold; give a cup of soup to the hungry. 

Your Savior gave you everything you need and more because of His genuine love for you.

Insight: "As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead" (James 2:26). God-talk without God-walk is nonsense.

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