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Post  Admin on Mon 18 May 2020, 9:24 pm

Date: May 18, 2020 at 12:17 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Delight of the Word

Delight of the Word

"How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!" Psalm 119:103   

Scripture Focus: Psalm 119:97-104

Throughout the Psalms we read that there is delight in knowing God. "Sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant" (135:3). "In your name I will hope, for your name is good" (52:9). "As for God, his way is perfect" (18:30). When we come to Psalm 119, the longest of the psalms, we find many passages that speak of love for and awe of God's Word. In verse 103, God's Word is sweeter than honey in our mouth. 

Loving the Lord and loving His Word go hand in hand. How can it be, then, that often those who claim to love God care very little for His Word? If a man says he is in love with a woman yet treats her love letters as if they were junk mail, would you think his love was real? If we are to love God, we will love His Word. Though our love ebbs and flows, His love remains steadfast. Where our love changes daily, His is from everlasting to everlasting. 

That perfect love reached down when Jesus gave His life for us. This good news of the gospel is the sugar added to the entire Word of God. Taste and see that it is good!

Insight: "Amazing grace! How sweet the sound/ that saved a wretch like me!" (John Newton, 1779)

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Post  Admin on Thu 14 May 2020, 11:25 pm

The Flood of God

"Your wrath lies heavily upon me; you have overwhelmed me with all your waves." Psalm 88:7  

Scripture Focus: Psalm 88
Heman the Ezrahite wrote Psalm 88. We don't know much about him, but he must have faced significant suffering. "My soul is full of troubles," he says. He counts himself as nearly dead. "I am like a man without strength, like the slain who lie in the grave" (vs. 4-5). Heman's afflictions have a human form-a familiarity to many of us-causing him to question God's doings. "Why, O LORD, do you, hide your face from me?" (vs.14) Wave after wave of heartbreak sweeps over him. 

Can you relate to that feeling of sinking in the crushing, relentless waves of trouble? This psalm is unique because it does not end with a happy resolution. However, there is hope to be found here. Recall how Heman addresses the Lord in the first line: "the God who saves me." Despite his anguish, he knows the only One who can see him through. And God did hear Heman. As Heman writes, it is God who both inspired and recorded his cries. Also, we who are on this side of the cross know from Jesus' death at Calvary that even in the silence, God is saving.

Insight: Let God's waves of mercy flow over you, for "The LORD is near to all who call on him" (Psalm 145:18).

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Post  Admin on Wed 13 May 2020, 11:56 pm

Date: May 13, 2020 at 2:29 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Sun and Shield

Sun and Shield

"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11   

Scripture Focus: Psalm 84


The psalmist calls God a "sun and shield." These images remind us, as the late Old Testament scholar Derek Kidner put it, that God is "all that is outgoing and positive," and "all that is protective-the answer to fear and defeat." Or, as Charles Spurgeon said, God is "the source of all good" and "a defense from all evil." But when sinners dwell in darkness, we see the sun differently. We shrink from it because it exposes our sin and threatens to burn us. So how can we know God in a way that blesses us like this? 

For us to know God as the beneficent "Father of the heavenly lights," as James calls Him (1:17), He must first "shine in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:6b). When the light of Jesus shines and overcomes our heart's darkness, God becomes a pleasant thing to us, a protector instead of a prosecutor. We can look forward to the day when there will be no sun because Jesus Himself will be our everlasting light and glory, banishing darkness forever.

Insight: Christ's glory shines on you, and His protection surrounds you. In what ways do you expect God to be your sun and shield today?

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Date: May 12, 2020 at 1:13 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Honey from the Rock

Honey from the Rock
"But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you." Psalm 81:16 
Scripture Focus: Psalm 81

God says and does things in the Old Testament to point us ahead to greater things He will do in the future. Sometimes He foreshadows a greater judgment, as He did through Sodom and Gomorrah. Sometimes He foretells a greater salvation, as in the blessings He attached to the land of Canaan. In today's psalm, God's greater salvation is in view. We get a vivid picture of it when He describes the provisions of the land by promising honey from a rock. 

Typically, we know the sweet pleasure of honey when it comes to us by way of a hive full of hardworking bees. But when God promises to satisfy His people with honey from a rock, He is promising, in addition to the blessings of this life, something more-something miraculous, extravagant, and otherworldly. "God brings sweetness out of what is harsh, forbidding, and wholly uncompromising" (Derek Kidner, 1913-2008). Ultimately, we see this when God brings to us the sweet, extravagant, and otherworldly blessing of eternal life from the death of Jesus, the Rock of our salvation.

Insight: Are God's promises sweet to you? "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him" (Psalm 34:8).

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Date: May 8, 2020 at 1:57 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Get Some Perspective

Get Some Perspective

"But as for me, my foot had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold." Psalm 73:2   

Scripture Focus: Psalm 73

Imagine that you're walking on a sidewalk and texting a friend to arrange lunch plans. Suddenly, you look up and realize that you've headed into a construction zone. With just two more steps, you would have dropped down a manhole! Many of us have had similar experiences with moral danger. We've been walking along like fools in our sin, looking up nearly a moment too late to see God sparing us from ruinous consequences. 

It happened to Asaph, the writer of Psalm 73. He describes how envious he was of the prosperity of the wicked. It seemed they owned every luxury. It seemed they could get away with anything. His jealousy grew; it was as if he was headed into a manhole. But in the sanctuary of God, Asaph gained perspective. He came to see how temporary all that wealth was: "As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies" (vs. 20). How are we to understand what looks like the Lord's delay in justice? 

As a license to sin? No, it is an opportunity for grace, learned in His presence.

Insight: "Do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, not realizing that God's kindness leads you toward repentance?" (Romans 2:4)

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Post  Admin on Thu 07 May 2020, 11:05 pm

Date: May 7, 2020 at 1:10 AM

Topic: +DEV+  God, the Desert Rider

God, the Desert Rider

"Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds-his name is the LORD-and rejoice before him." Psalm 68:4 

Scripture Focus: Psalm 68

Another translation of this Scripture verse says, "Prepare the way for him who rides through the deserts." What a vivid image of our God, especially if you're familiar with desert terrain. The desert presents a danger to all who enter it. Thorny plants, venomous creatures, waterless rivers, and highway robbers can make the desert a difficult place to survive. But where man struggles to survive, God is said to ride with ease. 

When God brought His people out of Egypt and to the Promised Land, He led them through the desert wilderness. Without Him, they would have perished. And many times they complained they would! But they were under God's protection. Deuteronomy 1:31 says of that time, "The LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son." We also are being carried by God, not just through the deserts of this world, but also through the wilderness of sin. In the Son, God comes to us, picks us up out of danger, and transports us all the way to the promised land of heaven. 

For this, let us never stop praising Him.

Insight: Moses sang this of God, the desert rider: "The LORD alone led {Jacob}; no foreign god was with him" (Deuteronomy 32:12).

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 May 2020, 11:18 pm

Date: May 5, 2020 at 12:18 AM

Topic: +DEV+  When Things Go Wrong

When Things Go Wrong

"Ephraim is my helmet, Judah my scepter. Moab is my washbasin, upon Edom I toss my sandal; over Philistia I shout in triumph." Psalm 60:7-8  

Scripture Focus: Psalm 60

For a time things were going well for King David. Peace and unity were within his kingdom. When he turned outward to secure his borders, he found success. To the west of Jerusalem, he defeated the Philistines. To the south-east he defeated the Moabites. Then he marched north and won his battles there too

But while David's armies were in the north, the southern kingdom was suddenly attacked by Edom. David's defenses had been breached, and they were hit hard. He says in Psalm 60 they felt like a staggering drunk (vs. 3). So David prays to God for help. He reminds himself that even when things seem to be caving in on earth, God's promises are sure in heaven. The Lord is not disturbed by the schemes of men, though they go so far as to nail Him to a cross. What is Edom to God? God does as He pleases, dividing the world as He sees fit. 

The warring amongst nations, the fears that overtake our world, the terrorism that threatens us, all of these situations do not phase our great and conquering King who triumphs in the end.


Insight: "Our God is an awesome God; He reigns from heaven above; With wisdom, power, and love; Our God is an awesome God." (Rich Mullins, 1988)

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Post  Admin on Tue 05 May 2020, 11:05 pm

Elaine, don’t be fooled.

1 Peter 4:7 But the end of all things is near. Therefore be of sound mind, self-controlled, and sober in prayer.

1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

In Israel, it is illegal to use your mobile phone while driving. The law is enforced on major roadways through the use of regularly spaced cameras which monitor drivers and provide the evidence for mailing hefty fines to violators. The purpose, of course, is to prevent horrific accidents caused by drivers who are distracted, being engaged by the increasing options offered by smart phones.

How many options there are to distract us! Even when we're not driving, risking our lives on a device. Yet what are the risks of distraction? We're not speaking of recreation, which is healthy and necessary, but genuine distraction from what's really important.

Distractions, however you identify them in your own life, are dangerous precisely because we lose the awareness of danger. And also because they tend to stupefy, to dull perception, and to turn us from the important and precious priorities of our lives. Distractions are a form of laziness or even sloth (remember those deadly sins?)...

The life of a disciple is a beautiful life because it is disciplined, and increasing in the consciousness of God. Sobriety isn't dull or boring or religious; it's sharp and focused and intentional. Actually, it's more like a race car driver on the Autobahn, who must keep exquisite focus and concentration to enjoy the speed and avoid the dangers...can you imagine a race car driver texting?

Elaine, since we do have a dangerous enemy it’s a good habit to begin each day the right way, set for action, prioritized for real life, undistracted...why take the risk to crash and burn?

Your family in the Lord with much agape love,

George, Baht Rivka, Elianna & Obadiah
Baltimore, Maryland


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Date: May 4, 2020 at 12:48 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Joy in Judgment?

Joy in Judgment?

"The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked."  Psalm 58:10

Scripture Focus: Psalm 58

The righteous people of God are sometimes compared to meek creatures like sheep, especially when they are being persecuted by the wicked. Still at other times, the righteous are compared to mighty, conquering warriors. Psalm 58 speaks of God's people as warriors. Life in this world often does take on the feel of a battlefield, doesn't it? 

More and more we look forward to the time when Jesus, "called Faithful and True," returns to "judge and make war" (Revelation 19:11), sending His angel to swing "his sickle across the earth," preparing the wicked for the great "winepress of the wrath of God" (Revelation 14:19). The saints are said to participate in this holy judgment: when the blood of the martyrs is avenged, when evil is defanged, when the safety of the righteous is secured forever. 

Psalm 58 looks forward to that time. And if you belong to Christ, you will hope for it too. The judgment of Christ is real. But so is His mercy. Those who find forgiveness in the blood of the Lamb will be conquerors (Revelation 12:11).

Insight: "The damnation of sinners shall not mar the happiness of saints." (Charles Spurgeon)

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Date: April 30, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Topic: +DEV+   Wings of a Dove

Wings of a Dove

"I said, Oh, that I had the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest, far from the tempest and storm."  Psalm 55:6, 8

Scripture Focus: Psalm 55

Imagine you're on a cruise liner and all the guests are getting sick. Or recall when your teacher would announce a pop quiz on a text you had not read. Picture going about your day picking up a few items at the grocery store when someone starts firing a gun. In all of these situations, your immediate thought would be to get out, pronto! 

David is conveying this kind of fear and panic in Psalm 55. He has been betrayed. And as his enemies suddenly press down on him, all he wants is to escape. "Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!" he cries. Many are the times each one of us has thought something like that. People like to tell us that there is a way out of any problem if we just try hard enough. But sometimes, there really is no way to escape. It does not mean, however, that you are doomed. Notice how Psalm 55 ends with hope. David knows that God will save those who cast their cares on Him (vs. 22). 

Do you know that, too? The wings God gives us are those of the Holy Spirit. On them we fly out of every battle of this world.

Insight: "If you confess, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9)


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Topic: +DEV+  God Will Not Betray You

God Will Not Betray You

"His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords."  Psalm 55:21

Scripture Focus: Psalm 55

Every once in a while you run across an old photo that makes you feel uneasy. The one-time scrapbook memory is now a picture you'd like to tear in half. Betrayal. It's destabilizing. It throws us off-center. It reminds us that not everything is as certain as we think. Not everyone is who they once said they were. That's what David is describing in Psalm 55 when he discovers that his friend has betrayed him. David remembers when he used to walk among the crowds of the temple with his friend. They would "take sweet counsel together," or so he thought. 

In hindsight he realizes that his friend's words were deceptive, as "smooth as butter." What he once thought was camaraderie, he sees now is war. If it had been an enemy taunting him, he could have borne it. But a friend? In times like this, remember that God is different. His own Son came to live on this earth where one of His good friends would betray Him for 30 pieces of silver. Yet He will never betray you. 

Be assured, as David was, that you can trust in your God.

Insight: "Friends may fail me, foes assail me; He, my Savior, makes me whole." (J. Wilbur Chapman, 1910)

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Date: April 29, 2020 at 1:38 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Wash Me

Wash Me

"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."   Psalm 51:7
Scripture Focus: Psalm 51:7

The first time I saw freshly fallen snow, I was amazed at how everything changed. The world, once marked by litter and dirty cars, had been transformed into shimmering white. But within a few hours, the beauty disappeared. In fact, everything looked worse than before. As the snow melted, the filth that remained under the snow reappeared and was mixed into a wet, slushy grime. Think about this when you sin. David doesn't say, "Hide my sin, and I will be whiter than snow," but "Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow." 

To be truly purified, your sin must be expunged, not just covered over. The filth of sin in us is so deep and so widespread that we need a complete cleansing of body and soul. But we can't achieve that ourselves. If we try, we just spread the dirt. Purification and forgiveness must come from God: a baptism of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. That's why David says to God, "Wash me." And when God washes us, we are cleansed even whiter than the newly fallen snow! 
Repent and believe in Him today.

Insight: "It would be better to be defiled with unclean mud than with sins. A person who is defiled with mud can wash it off." (Chrysostom)
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Date: April 28, 2020 at 1:27 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Who Is Your Shepherd?

Who Is Your Shepherd?

"Like sheep they are destined for the grave, and death will feed on them."  Psalm 49:14a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 49

In a memorable image from Psalm 49, we see a flock of sheep being led into the underworld, to Sheol, the place of the dead. And it is Death himself who leads these passive animals into the grave. For these sheep, the Grim Reaper's bony hands hold the shepherd's crook. But who are these unfortunate, hopeless sheep? The psalm says they are the kings and princes of this world. They are those-rich and poor alike-who believe they are masters of their own destiny, powerful to save their own souls. 

They all have put their trust in themselves. Psalm 49 pictures their pompous parade for what it is: a death march. Their glory and power will not last. And we dare not join that flock. Instead, follow Jesus whom we know as the Good Shepherd. Instead of leading us to death, He Himself was the lamb silently led to the slaughter (see Isaiah 53:7). Jesus gave His life to ransom His sheep from death. 

When we follow Jesus, we will not walk into our grave. Rather, He will lead us into the green fields and still waters of Heaven.

Insight: "Do you really want to have eyes only for present things, and no more?" (Augustine, 354-430 B.C.)

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Date: April 27, 2020 at 1:17 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Excellence of Christ

Excellence of Christ

"All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia."  Psalm 45:8a

Scripture Focus: Psalm 45

I usually can't smell things other people can smell. But sometimes a strong aroma will surprise me. I'll find gardenias blooming nearby, or get a whiff of Turkey cooking in the oven, or-not as nice-I'll pick up the scent of some dog's business under my shoe. Through our sense of smell, we can be warned of a gas leak or be drawn into love. Oh, God's wonderful, odorous world! 

Psalm 45 is all about the sweet smell of love. Here the mysterious marriage of Christ and His church is pictured in vivid and even aromatic detail. Jesus, the bridegroom of the church, is Prince Charming. He stands in an ivory palace, holds a sword at his side, and is clothed with splendor. The sound of music fills the halls. He is "the most excellent of men," and as His bride draws close, she smells His fragrant robes. Do you delight in the beauty of the Lord? 

Are you falling in love with Him? God's gift of faith, like our sense of smell, can be like a spiritual sense (see 1 Corinthians 2:10-16). Through it He charms us and draws us into the grace of Jesus.

Insight: "The excellencies of Jesus are all most precious, comparable to the rarest spices." (Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-1892)

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Just Children and not Sons

Galatians 3:26  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

Just because people believe in Jesus Christ they think all is done, they are saved from Hell and they will go to Heaven. The receiving and working of the Holy Spirit is made pointless.

Yesterday night my daughter was telling me a well-known Youtuber (former Catholic) pictured Christians as selfish people who to save themselves from Hell seek God. We had a long discussion which I cannot share here but in short since people have no clear understanding of spiritual matters thus carry garbage.

Things were not so bad until the Catholic Church / Nicolaitan system distorted people’s understanding by merging pagan beliefs with Christian beliefs. Hell was handed over to Satan by this Church and he was made master and ruler of it, even though Bible says he himself is bond there and Angel/s of God hold its keys. Spiritual Grave where souls who believe in Christ sleep was made to be the earthly grave. People could enter Heaven as and when they desire, bringing down its sanctity. Heaven was made to be believed as a flying fairytale resort made of gold streets and precious gems. God the Father pictured as an old man, Holy Spirit as smoke and Jesus Christ as God in a human form even after He ascends to Heaven completing His task of saving mankind. He remains in His humbled form forever.

Today’ scripture tells us by our faith in Christ we become children of God, but it should not be assumed that we will go to Heaven and inherit God’s Kingdom. Firstly we need to understand children do not inherit only mature sons do. The Sons factor has nothing to do with natural gender but is to do with spiritual gender. It means all natural men and women (including children) who are in Christ (led by His Spirit) qualify to become Sons of God (Angels are also called Sons of God). Only Sons of God inherit the Kingdom of God.

By our faith in Christ we are saved from Hell (a place we suffer our sins for thousands of years). But if do not do the Will of the Father then we become goats and not sheep. It is the sheep (not lambs) that only enter Heaven (the term ‘lamb’ used in Revelation is a mistranslation it means mature male, some translate it as Ram). The goats suffer worse than Hell in a place called Lake of Fire / Sulphur. No one other than the Son (Christ) has ascended to Heaven and can ascend to Heaven until Judgment Day. The Bride enters Heaven as whole and not in pieces.

Let us get it into us any being that does not develop and grow is not called living but is considered dead. So if we have life in us we need to grow not just naturally but also spiritually.

Let us introspect our lives if we are growing spiritually or not. If not then we will remain children and become Sons. God is Lord of the living not of the dead.

[Prayer Starter]
Lord You are Almighty God. You Lord made the Heaven and our Creation for a purpose and that purpose is what is hidden from your people and thus leads them to believe in sanity. Lord we pray people believe more your Word than words of man. We pray You open the blindfolds on their eyes and they see...

This prayer we make in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

[Reference Scriptures]
John 5:25-29

1 Thessalonians 4:14-17

2 Thessalonians 1:7-10

Revelation 20:7-15

Matthew 7:21-23

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Date: April 23, 2020 at 3:36 AM

Topic: +DEV+  No Food, Only Tears

No Food, Only Tears

"My tears have been my food day and night, while men say to me all day long, Where is your God?"  Psalm 42:3

Scripture Focus: Psalm 42

Though it would be nice to think it so, not all of life is happy. The sorrows we face are numerous and come in many forms: betrayal, loneliness, danger, failure, and fear. These experiences parallel those of God's people in the Psalms. There we find believers who are overwhelmed, cast down, and overflowing with tears. Psalm 42 is one such place. 

The psalmist says he's not even eating, only crying. "My tears have been my food day and night." Similarly in Psalm 6, David says he has cried so much that he is "weary with moaning," that his bed is drenched with his tears. Perhaps you've had days when even the desire for food is gone, days when you are weary from anxiety, nights when your pillow is wet with tears. You are not alone. God, whose Spirit has put these words into the hearts of the psalmists, knows how you feel. You can trust Him with your burdens.

Jesus is the man of sorrows, the Son of God who came to bring you hope. Say to your soul, "Hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God" (vs. 11)
Insight: When you taste salty tears as they run down your cheek, let them make you long for the soul-satisfying waters of the living God.

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Date: April 21, 2020 at 1:42 AM

Topic: +DEV+  The Beginning of Sin

The Beginning of Sin

"He who is pregnant with evil and conceives trouble gives birth to disillusionment."   Psalm 7:14

Scripture Focus: Psalm 7

I remember hearing years ago about a woman who gave birth to a baby and claimed it to be a total surprise. She said she had no idea she was pregnant those 40 weeks and even in the hours before the baby was born. As hard as that story is to believe, it's just about as confounding as people who act surprised when their sins come kicking and screaming into the world. 

Some people like to disconnect themselves from their sin, acting as though it has come upon them rather than from them. But Psalm 7 teaches us that sin begins inside. It is conceived by desire and then warmed, incubated, and fed until it is born in action. And this is how it is for each and every one of us. In Matthew 5 Jesus teaches that even the desire for sin counts as sin. That's because God doesn't only want your actions, He also wants your heart. 

Knowing, however, that we cannot fully and blamelessly give it to Him, He gave Himself to us and died for all our sins-from the day we came kicking and screaming into this world until the moment life ends.

Insight: Do not excuse or ignore your sin. Repent of it instead, and your righteous Lord and Father will deliver you.

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Date: April 20, 2020 at 2:02 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Not Saved?

Not Saved?

"The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved."  Jeremiah 8:20

Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 8

These are sobering words from the prophet Jeremiah, and they cause me to reflect on the many people I know and of the multitudes beyond my knowing who are not saved. Whether because they have never heard of the love of Christ, or because they simply have rejected Him, they do not belong to the family of God. 

Jeremiah was crushed as he realized the judgment of God was beginning to come down on Judah. His people had grown comfortable in their own wickedness, and they needed to wake up. It tore Jeremiah apart to see God's people reject the One who had saved them. Do you too carry that weight with you as you see friends and family members reject Christ? We are called to pursue others with Jesus' love before it's too late. 

How do we do this? 

First, confirm your own relationship with Christ. 

Second, pray for ways to offer your faith to those who need this message. 

Third, ask God for the courage to deliver His words to them. 

Fourth, believe God will bless your efforts and that the Holy Spirit will work in His time.

Insight: "Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;/ the clouds you so much dread/ are big with mercy and shall break/ in blessings on your head." (William Cowper, 1774)

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Topic: +DEV+  Greatest Commandment

Greatest Commandment

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength."  Mark 12:30

Scripture Focus: Mark 12.30

All of us would probably agree that the clearer and simpler a story is, the easier it is for us to learn, understand, and apply. Jesus tells us to recognize the uniqueness of God as the one true God. We are commanded to love Him with our total being. When we do, we will have what it takes to love our fellow human beings. I can grasp this. 

It's not complicated! But the Pharisees of that day made following God extremely complicated. They had a code of laws and regulations that was burdensome and overwhelming. Jesus challenged them with the commandment to simply love God and their neighbor. The heart relates to our affections, the soul to our spiritual life, the mind to our intellectual considerations, and the strength to our actions and will. Nothing is left out. Then to "love your neighbor as yourself " (vs. 31) becomes a reality. 

So, do we really love God with the totality of our being? If not, what idols or counterfeit faith must be removed to allow God to do His work of love and mercy, and prepare us to love others?

Insight: "The reality of God's presence both comforts our hearts and restrains our behavior." (Robert J. Morgan, 2001)

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Date: April 15, 2020 at 1:26 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Press On!

Press On!

"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

I remember working with a United States Army Force officer who was deeply committed to Jesus and growing in his faith. After his service commitment, he was headed for seminary and ministry. In particular, I recall how he always carried his Bible with him; given a few minutes, there he would be, reading and memorizing God's Word. He was pressing on to further grasp God's call on his life.

Since then, I also carry my Bible or Scripture memory cards wherever I go, ready for any moment I can spend in the Word. I've found this is one way that helps me "press on" in my journey with the Lord. Twice in this Philippians passage, we are told to "press on." Paul pressed on to know Jesus, to obey His teachings, and to be the new creation that God was making him to be. He pursued the prize of heaven the way an athlete pushes ahead to cross the finish line. 

If Paul could leave his dreadful past behind, we too can move on from ours. Stay disciplined in your pursuit to further know and follow Jesus, the One who has taken hold of you!

Insight: Maturity of faith is trusting God with the impossible and allowing Him to work.

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Date: April 14, 2020 at 12:47 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Jesus Is Lord

Jesus Is Lord

"If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

Scripture Focus: Romans 10

Receiving and enjoying God's salvation is not complicated. It's been said that salvation is as close as your mouth and heart. When we believe in our hearts and openly tell others that Christ is our risen Lord, we have the assurance of our salvation. Think how far-reaching this is. Whatever nation you are from, whatever language you speak, whatever your upbringing, the confession of Jesus as Lord documents you as a child of God. Christ's death and resurrection validate His claims and the Father's statements that He is God. 

While we live in a tangled mess of confusion and misinformation, we admit that there is not much security in our world or in our lives today. So being rightly related to God is vital. He is our security! You could start with a simple prayer asking God to forgive your sin and rebellion. Tell Him you want Him to be Lord of your life. Know that the decisions you make will either bring you closer to or further from Him. 

With your confession of Him as your Savior today, your future is not uncertain.

Insight: Be sensitive to God's nearness. He's closer than you thin
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Date: April 13, 2020 at 12:34 AM

Topic: +DEV+  A Heart for God

A Heart for God
"You have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes."  1 Kings 14:8
Scripture Focus: 1 Kings 14

In 1 Kings the prophet Ahijah confronts Jeroboam, ruler of the Northern Kingdom. Jeroboam did more evil than all who lived before him, and the Lord would bring disaster on his house (v. 9-10). I wonder if Jeroboam shuddered to be told God would not stand to be thrust behind his back. We also may wonder at Ahijah's glowing reference to David. 

Years before Jeroboam, David ruled in Israel. His life, with its high and low points, is told of in 1 and 2 Samuel. How is it that the Lord can declare someone who deceived, murdered, and committed adultery to be one who "kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right"? 

The simple truth is that when God washes away our iniquity and cleanses us from our sin (Psalm 51), we stand before Him blameless. He creates a pure heart in us as He did with David. Isn't that good news? It doesn't have to be complicated. The difference between Jeroboam and David was not their list of sins; the difference was their hearts, only one of which chased hard after the Lord.

Insight: Put all your heart into following Jesus. Corrie ten Boom said we need "never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."

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Date: April 10, 2020 at 12:20 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Fix Our Eyes

Fix Our Eyes

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."   Hebrews 12:2-3

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 12

I valued the friendship of a pastor, Sonny Brooks who  mentored me for several years. He often discussed his search for God's peace and direction. He tried everything, but it wasn't until he focused on Jesus that he found what he was looking for. In the final years of his ministry his preaching was all about Jesus. 

Many voices clamor for our allegiance. We must make the decision to "fix our eyes on Jesus." This means not allowing what hinders our walk with Him to take precedence. Through our spiritual eyes, we look beyond this world to focus on and pursue Christ. Paul writes, "Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith" (Colossians 2:6.7). To be rooted is to be anchored and nourished for growth and stability. 

With roots that go deep in Jesus, we'll stand against evil and not lose heart doing so. But even if we only come to Jesus later in life, we are grafted into His kindness, supported by the root who is Jesus Christ Himself (see Romans 11:11-24).

Insight: It's not complicated. Remember that with our focus on God and His Word, we grow and receive strength.


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Date: April 9, 2020 at 12:59 AM

Topic: +DEV+  I Know!

I Know!

"Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day."   2 Timothy 1:12

Scripture Focus: 2 Timothy 1

How valuable it would be for us in today's world to be confident of who we are in Christ, confident of our salvation, and confident of God's call upon us. Paul's majestic declaration is more than words from an impulsive enthusiast. He offers a solid, mature acknowledgment of his foundation of faith during a time of great persecution for early believers. 

His fixed starting point for his Christian faith and spiritual bearings was founded in the confidence of knowing the heart, mind, method, and power of Jesus Christ. From this Paul proclaimed his message, passing on to young Timothy the responsibility of guarding the gospel. To know Christ was to love and serve Him. These words hearten us, too. We find ourselves in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and families, unashamed, certain of who we are in Christ. "God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 

He who has the Son has life" (1 John 5:11-12). "God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7).

Insight: Cast aside fear. Go into the world prepared to share Jesus, confident that He promises to be with you.

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Date: April 8, 2020 at 12:10 AM

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Encourage One Another

"But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness."  Hebrews 3:13

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 3

One of the greatest gifts we can give to each other is that of encouragement. With the technology available today through cell phones, texting, email, etc., a word of encouragement goes a long way. Even a handwritten note sent via "snail mail" may help another person get through the day. The author of Hebrews is telling us to encourage and exhort one another daily, implying that friendship and fellowship are taking place. 

Such dialogue and communication with encouraging words may bolster and affirm a friend dealing with the daily trials and temptations of life. Our Hebrews 3 passage is describing the constant challenge to our life of faith. We help one another and inspire each other to be faithful and motivated in our commitment to Christ. Indirectly, this also develops accountability as we are reminded that others are watching and care about us. 

It's not complicated. Give a "cup of cold water" in Jesus' name (see Mark 9:41). Give a hug, send a text, make a call. Do something while it is called Today.

Insight: Set aside the fears of the day, and light up a friend's life with a smile, a hug, or a good word.

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Date: April 7, 2020 at 1:18 AM

Topic: +DEV+  Oh God, Help Me!

Oh God, Help Me!

"When I said, My foot is slipping, your love, O LORD, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."  Psalm 94:18-19

Scripture Focus: Psalm 94

We live in troublesome times which often leave us emotionally spent. Non-believers and believers alike have called out to God, "Help!" When that happens again and again, we resonate with David and other psalm-writers who question at various times, "How long, O Lord?" 

The reality is that we live in a broken, sinful, chaotic world that will always be racked by rebellion and evil. "How long" may end up being very long, indeed. But we can hold onto the truth from Psalm 94 that for each anxiety we have, the Lord provides a consolation. Think about that! No matter what is troubling you deep in your heart, He has consoled you and promises to never leave you. "For the Lord will go before you, the God of Israel will be your rear guard" (Isaiah 52:12b). 

He is both Shepherd and Shield. He is "the One who goes before, guiding into the future, and the One who goes behind, gathering up our debris, our failures, and our poor attempts at ministry, blessing us and leaving a blessing behind us for others" (Robert J. Morgan, 2001).

Insight: God is my very present help, always! I find great hope in knowing He is surrounding me.

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