Friday, October 20, 2017

Discover




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Discover might not be the first word we think of when talking about living life as a Christian. That might be a mistake. Can you think back to what you felt when you discovered that God loved you? When your faith first began to grow and you wished, hoped, that the Gospel story was true? The wonder you had when your faith was just as big as a mustard seed and you learned to trust that God did indeed love you, that He stood ready with open arms to forgive you and welcome you home? That the Gospel story of Jesus' death for our sins is indeed true and is available to everyone?!

As we discover new truths while reading our Bibles, as we find new friends with which to fellowship, may we remember that first glimpse of true hope in the One who loves us and died for us. May we be ready to discover the paths God has planned for us, may we greet with open arms each new day, knowing God is there right beside us. May we wonder anew at His goodness and mercy. And then, may we share that joy unspeakable with those around us who need it most!

Some discoveries in life can take a lifetime, some are quick to be found. Our discovery of God's great love and forgiveness occurs when we humble ourselves and understand our need of Him. Wherever you are on this journey of Christian living, may you discover anew God's great love for you each and every day.






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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Brave



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When we teach our children to be brave, do we remember to tell them why they can be brave? Do we remind them that God is ALWAYS beside them? Do we remind them that Jesus took away the sting of death so that we need no longer fear death?

We can be brave because we trust the outcome to God. We are not acting in spite of the evidence of God, but rather because of the evidence of God working all around us. Being brave means stepping out of our comfort zone and following God's directing of our path. Being brave means being humble, and knowing that your strength and talents are a gift from God. 

May we bravely trust God, who knows all, sees all, and is all we will even need in this life.

Be humble, be trusting, be brave!




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Joyful, Joyful




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Share



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Learning how to share is one of those early lessons we teach our children. Why? Because as humans we normally are quite selfish (it's that sin nature of ours) and would not share with others if we were not taught to think of others first, or at least second. 

Sharing is an important lesson we must re-learn as adults. As followers of Christ we share in the community of believers. We share joys and sorrows, we share burdens and blessings. This is possible because we share in the sufferings and comfort of Christ. It is a blessing to be able to bear one another's burdens, to be the hands and feet of Christ and minister to the need of others. There are a lot of needs around us every day. May we ask God to open our eyes to where He wants us to share His blessings today.


For as we share abundantly in Christ's' sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too.
2 Corinthians 1:5 (ESV)








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Isaiah 12:2



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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Grow



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As I've been thinking about the word grow today, the verse that keeps coming to mind is the one from the end of Luke 2 where it says "And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men." It comes at the end of the story about Jesus' family visiting Jerusalem when he was 12, and how he was discussing the Scriptures with the teachers. 

How eager are we to discuss the Scriptures with others? Are we continuing to grow in favor with God by learning more about Him through His word? Are we growing in favor with men as we model the patience and grace that Jesus had? Are we teaching our children about Christian growth?

These can be difficult lessons at times, because let's face it, we all have days when we make poor choices, when we overreact to what someone did or said, when we loose our temper. The lesson to ourselves (and thusly, our children) is what we do when we realize we have strayed from that patience and grace. Are we quick to forgive, or to ask for forgiveness? Do we mend relationships, or do we let a bad choice of words fester into a strain on our friendships? 

Today, tomorrow, and even next week, may we think about how Jesus grew in favor with God and man, and may it remind us to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. May we be examples of patience and grace to a hurt and dying world. Grow closer to God.






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Monday, October 16, 2017

Read



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I really like to read. I do a lot of reading: books, both fiction and non-fiction, magazines, newspaper articles, blog posts, nutrition labels, ingredients lists. While I enjoy most of the reading I do in my daily life, the thing I most need to read is my Bible - daily. 

I prefer to read my print Bible, but I also have an app on my phone in case I have time to read when my Bible is not with me. Recently, one of our friends' ministries shared that people who read their Bibles four or more times in a week are more likely to believe and follow it, trust God, and have a solid Christian walk. 

If you have not been reading your Bible at least four days a week I want to challenge you to spend some time each day in God's Word. It is life-changing! While you have small children at home you may only get five minutes a day to read, and that is enough - if it is consistent. If your children are teens or older and you are not daily reading in God's Word you will struggle. Your family will suffer, because the world around us points to everything except Jesus. Only in those moments when your mind and heart are engaged in reading God's Word will you be pointed to Jesus and be reminded of His great redemptive work on the cross.

Read for work, read for fun, but always remember to read your Bible. It will bless your relationship with God beyond measure.




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