Help me to be busy doing the work you have given me to do, O Lord. Save me from the folly of thinking that tomorrow is somehow more important than today. Amen.
“We are known for our opinions, but we will be remembered for our love.” Bob Goff
Lord, make us sensitive to those around us. That we might see the hurting and be an agent of healing. That we might see the fallen and lift them. That we might listen to words of wisdom. That we might dare to care instead of walking away. That we might risk misunderstanding to help others. Grant, O Lord, that our love like yours would go right through to the very end. In the name of Jesus who knows us fully and loves us anyway, Amen.
"The woman was made of a rib out of the side of Adam; not made out of his head to rule over him, nor out of his feet to be trampled upon by him, but out of his side to be equal with him, under his arm to be protected, and near his heart to be beloved." Matthew Henry
When God speaks, that ends the argument.
Spirit of God, set me free from bitterness so that I might know the joy of your presence in my life today. Amen.
“One gunshot makes more noise than a thousand prayers. It doesn't mean it's more important, just that it sells more newspapers.” Paul Harvey
It is no great thing if you retire to your closet or go live in some corner of the desert where you are away from the world and then say, "I will live for Christ here." Likewise, you accomplish nothing if you adopt the world's standards. God bless those believers who can mix and mingle with the men and women of the world and still say, "I will live for Christ." That is true Christian greatness.
The light of Jesus shines brightest in our brokenness.
Gracious God, since nothing can befall me today without your express permission, help me to live with excitement and not with fear. Amen.
The best time to serve God is right now. You can dream so much about what you might do tomorrow that you neglect what you could do today.
"There are no great preachers. There is only a great Christ." Haddon Robinson
"I need Thee, O I need Thee; Every hour I need Thee! O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee."
The Christian thinks not of his rights but of his debts. We owe Jesus everything. He bought us, he paid for us, and we belong only to him. When we serve him, we are free indeed.
"As I look back on this road I've traveled, I see so many times he carried me through; If there's one thing that I've learned in my life, My Redeemer is faithful and true."
"Love never fails." First we love, then we lead. First we love, then we serve. First we love, then we speak.
Joy grows best in the deep soil of the sovereignty of God.
If the new crime is to be a Christian, let us all be criminals.
In a world of itching ears, Preach the Word! To a generation gone astray, Preach the Word! In a time of moral crisis, Preach the Word! When some won’t listen, Preach the Word! In good times and in bad, Preach the Word!
"If you really wanna be a rebel, read your Bible. Cause no one is doing that. That's rebellion. That's the only rebellion left." Lecrae
Saw this on a friend's FB page: "Today I just broke my personal record for the most consecutive days lived!" Okay, it's Friday, maybe it's been a long week, maybe you're worn out and frazzled and fried and maybe you've been knocked around a bit. Maybe things haven't worked out the way you planned when you started this week. That's the way it goes sometimes. On the other hand . . . You're still upright, still walking, talking, breathing. That ought to count for something. If today you set a new record for consecutive days lived, smile and say, "Thank you, Lord." "Yet I am confident I will see the LORD's goodness while I am here in the land of the living" (Psalm 27:13). It's good be in the land of the living. Might as well enjoy our record-breaking day. Happy Friday!
Until you act, your faith is purely theoretical. Once you take a tiny step in the right direction, amazing things begin to happen.
Only the Holy Spirit can change hearts, restore families, and save an entire nation from destruction.
Our greatest need today is not for political power but for the power of the Holy Spirit. Political power can change leaders but it can’t change hearts. It can win an election but it can’t save a life.
God does not consult your past to determine your future. God delights to save notorious sinners. Let every sinner take heart and come running to Jesus.
"I will never leave you" (Hebrews 13:5). He stood by your side in your darkest moments. He protected you when Satan attacked. He knew when you were betrayed. He saw every tear. He didn't give up when you tried to run away. He held you in his hands when you did that stupid thing. You think he's going to leave you now? Never means never.
We are in His presence, united with Christ, surrounded by angels, enrolled in heaven, accepted by God, forgiven by the blood. We have something wonderful in Jesus. We live next door to Heaven.
The world has no answer to a life radically changed by Jesus Christ. The world may answer our arguments, but it cannot answer the power of God let loose in the human heart.
O Lord, help me to stand on Your Word without fear, without favor, without compromise. Amen.
"Search me, O God, and know my heart today, Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts, I pray; See if there be some wicked way in me; Cleanse me from every sin, and set me free." J. Edwin Orr, 1936
The question is not, "Why is God not answering our prayers?" but "Will we trust him while we wait for the answer to come?"
As we pray for our prodigals, we must remember that the first change needs to happen in us. Until we are changed, and our anger is turned to love, we will become bitter and hardened ourselves. Though our prodigals may have left the Lord, he has not left them, not even for a second. They may be “lost” to you, but they are not “lost” to him. He knows exactly where they are and what they are doing at this very moment. He loves them more than you do. And he leads them even when they don’t know they are being led. Do you have a loved one who is far from the Lord? Does it seem totally impossible that he or she will ever change? Do you get angry thinking about their foolish choices? Do your prayers seem useless to you? Pay no attention to your feelings. There is more going on in the heart of your loved one than you can know. Don’t give up. Keep on praying. Keep believing. You never know what God will do.
Death is a trade-in. One day we will trade in our broken down bodies for a new body designed by God.
Christ didn't die for good people because there aren't any. He died for sinners and rebels and scoundrels. If you qualify in any of those categories, you can be saved.
Remember God’s goodness.
"I know who goes before me I know who stands behind The God of angel armies Is always by my side."
When P. T. Forsyth wrote "Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind," he began with this sentence: "It is, perhaps, an overbold beginning, but I will venture to say that with its preaching Christianity stands or falls.” He's right, of course. The pulpit leads the church, and the church leads the world. When the pulpit is strong, the church will be strong, and the world will be blessed. Have you prayed for your pastor today?