When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them. Better a little with righteousness than much gain with injustice. In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. NIV Listen from “Daily Manna” via original RSS […]
Friday, March 31, 2017
Verse Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? Who is able to advise the Spirit of […]
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. — 1 Corinthians 1:27 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… The Cross is such an offensive symbol when viewed in its […]
Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, Yesterday I talked to you about the importance of My grace leading you to forgive those who have wounded you. That is hard. Today I want to talk to you about one of My greatest enemies (1 Corinthians 15:24-26) […]
Passage 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 Prayer Dear Father, who disciplines us for our own good,Save your church from the sexual perversions that are taking place in our society. Let us show your love to sinners and show them how to receive forgiveness. But may we also […]
Scripture: [Jesus promised] “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has […]
Key Passage Jesus came down from the hill. Many, many people followed him. Then a man sick with leprosy came to Jesus. The man bowed down before Jesus and said, “Lord, you have the power to heal me if you want.”— Matthew 8:1-2 ERV (Read […]
The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. — Proverbs 16:21 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2oJtQJT Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on April […]
Today’s category: FarmersAll Booked Up A newlywed farmer and his wife were visited by her mother, who immediately demanded an inspection of the place. The farmer had genuinely tried to be friendly to his new mother-in-law, hoping that it could be a friendly, non- antagonistic relationship. […]
Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+19 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 31, 2017 Please […]
Thursday, March 30, 2017
So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we […]
Verse But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God’s love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is […]
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you […]
Passage 1 Corinthians 4:8-13 Prayer Dear Father, king of the ages,Would that your people were already filled! Would that they were already rich! Would that they were already kings and sharing the reign with each other! For then I would be sharing in it too.We […]
Key Passage “Every person that hears these things I say and obeys is like a wise man. The wise man built his house on rock. It rained hard and the water rose. The winds blew and hit that house. But the house did not fall, […]
Have you ever had someone give up on you? Ouch! It hurts with a hurt that is hard to shake. Unfortunately, most of us have experienced our share of failures. Maybe we were blamed falsely for problems we didn’t create, or maybe we just did […]
The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied. — Proverbs 13:4 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2oAI5R8 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing […]
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in […]
Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, Over the ages, people have freely talked with each other about almost everything, except how they spend their money. Once the talk about managing earthly, monetary, physical blessings starts, people tend to get defensive. I appreciate Doctor Luke’s account of […]
Passage 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 Prayer Dear Father,Help me to live according to your Holy Scriptures. That is why I pray to you in their very words. I want to be conformed to your will, for you will what is best for me. Help me not […]
Verse They [the apostles] told you that in the last times there would be scoffers whose purpose in life is to satisfy their ungodly desires. These people are the ones who are creating divisions among you. They follow their natural instincts because they do not […]
The wise in heart are called discerning, and pleasant words promote instruction. — Proverbs 16:21 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2o54kly Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March […]
Key Passage “Not every person that says that I am his Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven. The only people that will enter the kingdom of heaven are those people that do the things that my Father in heaven wants. On the last day […]
For this reason I kneel before the Father… I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. — Ephesians 3:16-17 (NIV) Thoughts on […]
Today’s category: CreationThe Oldest Profession A doctor, a civil engineer, and a computer scientist were arguing about what was the oldest profession in the world. The doctor remarked, ‘Well, in the Bible it says that God created Eve from a rib taken from Adam. This clearly […]
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/1JrQHiQ Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 28, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.
Ask, Seek, Knock “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be […]
Terror! We’re not talking about being afraid. All of us have been afraid — afraid of the dark, afraid of heights, afraid of the dentist, afraid of… well, a host of things. No, we are not talking about being afraid for our lives and the […]
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. — Proverbs 31:30 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2ncSXEw Reposted by: To Live […]
Passage 1 Corinthians 4:5 Prayer Dear Father, who drives away all the darkness,Keep me from passing judgment before the proper time, before the Lord comes, for he will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of every person’s […]
Note from Jesus Dear Friend, Today, we focus on the final story in Luke’s collection of three of My parables about finding lost things and lost sons. In today’s story in the verses below, you meet a father who had two lost sons. One son […]
Verse If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.— 1 Peter 4:14 NIV Thought What an incredible phrase: “the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” Jesus […]
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the […]
Friday, March 24, 2017
Joyful are those who listen to me, watching for me daily at my gates, waiting for me outside my home! from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/1JiD1Xl Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 24, 2017 Please leave your comments […]
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/1NvejXG Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 23, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+31 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 22, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Final Exhortations Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, orRead More →
Monday, March 20, 2017
But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the Lord their God. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+146 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 19, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. SheRead More →
Friday, March 17, 2017
Jesus Prays for All Believers “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me andRead More →
Thursday, March 16, 2017
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+13 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 16, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Today’s category: TechnologyFamous Writer There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer. When asked to define "great" he said, "I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level. Stuff that will make them scream, cry, and howl in pain and anger!" He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages. View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend from “ChristiansUnite Christian Joke of the Day” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2nH2X95 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Company on March 15, 2017Read More →
Pew finds fear even among 7 in 10 Christian green card holders. America’s Hispanic churches feel the impact of President Donald Trump’s immigration initiatives in their pews each week. They’ve seen a drop in attendance as some immigrants stay home rather than risk getting arrested on the way to Sunday services. Pastors find themselves preaching about fear to mixed-status Latino families who are already preparing for the worst: explaining to their kids what happens if Mom or Dad have to leave and packing up their belongings to stay with relatives if they get detained. “Pastorear en Tiempos de Trump es más difícil y duro deRead More →
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The graphic novelist and MacArthur Grant recipient sees his life as an outsider as a blessing. One morning this past September, Gene Luen Yang was backing out of his driveway in San Jose, California, to go to his writing studio—a nearby Panera Bread—when he got a call. Someone from the MacArthur Foundation was on the other end, informing him that he was among 23 winners of the $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Also known as “genius grants” (a term the foundation dislikes), the annual award recognizes innovative, creative leaders in any industry who are American citizens or residents. “I eventually made it to Panera,” the Chinese AmericanRead More →
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Artist and evangelist believes all art carries a message. I usually don’t watch award shows—three hours of celebrities patting each other on the back just isn't my thing. But a recurring subplot has made them more intriguing. In our divided times, these shows have served as a soapbox for actors and musicians to express their political views. The media build up to these events has become predictable. The left-leaning media enthusiastically anticipates its agenda being championed by its most prized spokespeople—celebrities—while the conservative media angrily anticipates another night of “unqualified stars shooting their mouths off on topics they are unqualified to speak on.” Regardless ofRead More →
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Today’s category: PastorsRevival After the revival had concluded, the three pastors were discussing the results with one another. The Methodist minister said, "The revival worked out great for us! We gained four new families." The Baptist preacher said, "We did better than that! We gained six new families." The Presbyterian pastor said, "Well, we did even better than that! We got rid of our 10 biggest trouble makers!" View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend from “ChristiansUnite Christian Joke of the Day” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2lYELT3 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Company on March 14, 2017 at 09:02PM Please leaveRead More →
Secularism is replacing nominalism as the religion of the people. In Part One of our series on subtle, yet important church-planting shifts, we dealt with the changing face of the church launch. As I mentioned, this includes a downscaling of the traditional launch mode to build up more core elements that will allow the church to go the long haul. Below, I unpack the next trend: a shift from a focus on nominal Christians to more secular people, and how that impacts church-planting methodology. Statistically, most people in America are nominal Christians. About half the people in America call themselves Christians, but they don’t haveRead More →
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TRAPPIST-1 may not be our new home but the Creator declared it good anyway. An increasing number of people today are putting their hopes in the stars. The eminent Cambridge physicist Stephen Hawking noted in a recent speech that humans must “continue to go into space for the future of humanity.” In February, that humanist glimmer of hope gleamed brighter with NASA’s discovery of inhabitable worlds outside our solar system. The Spitzer Space Telescope discovered so far a total of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the newly named TRAPPIST-1 star. Of the seven exoplanets discovered, three are within the habitable zone—meaning they’re the most likely ofRead More →
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+103 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 14, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
The Lord is compassionate and merciful, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Psalm+103 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 13, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Monday, March 13, 2017
Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. — Proverbs 17:6 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2nytkht Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 14, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Jesus in Samaria: [Jesus said to his disciples,] “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest (John 4:35 ESV). Jesus’ closest followers were in Samaria: a geographical region where Jews didn’t go, and among a race of people most Jewish people avoided (John 4:8). The last place these disciples would have ever expected to make disciples was Samaria. Jesus had been acting strangely. He was talking about the Father’s will and not needing food to sustain him (John 4:31-34). Then, he took aRead More →
Key Passage “Don’t save treasures for yourselves here on earth. Moths and rust will destroy treasures here on earth. And thieves can break into your house and steal the things you have. So save your treasure in heaven. The treasures in heaven cannot be destroyed by moths or rust. And thieves cannot break in and steal that treasure. Your heart will be where your treasure is.”— Matthew 6:19-21 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought Jesus wasn’t very big on storing up things. The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Lk. 16:19-31) reminds us how easily we can forget that our blessings come from God’sRead More →
Passage 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 Prayer Dear Father, confounder of worldly wisdom,What you have caused us to preach is \”Christ crucified,\” a stumbling block to tradition-followers, like the Jews, and folly to philosophy-lovers, like the Greeks. But to us who are called, he is your power and your wisdom. For we believe that your foolishness is wiser than our wisdom, and your weakness is stronger than our strength.I am thankful that you have taken most of us from the lower echelons of society. Not many of us are wise according to worldly standards, not many are powerful, not many are of noble birth.You chose what isRead More →
Today’s category: DoctorsMount Sainai Hospital A woman called Mount Sainai Hospital. She said "Mount Sainai Hospital? Hello, Darling. I’d like to talk with the person who gives the information about the patients. But I don’t want to know if the patient is better or doing like expected, or worse. I want all the information from top to bottom, from A to Z." The voice on the other line said "Would you hold the line please, that’s a very unusual request." Then a very authoritative voice came on and said, "Are you the lady who is calling about one of the patients?" She said: "Yes, darling! I’dRead More →
Meeting between ERLC president and Southern Baptist leader Frank Page results in ‘mutual understanding,’ not a firing. Russell Moore still has his job, after today’s much-discussed meeting with Southern Baptist leader Frank Page. “We deepened our friendship and developed mutual understanding on ways we believe will move us forward as a network of churches,” wrote Moore and Page in a joint statement. “We fully support one another and look forward to working together on behalf of Southern Baptists in the years to come. We will collaborate on developing future steps to deepen connections with all Southern Baptists as we work together to advance the GreatRead More →
Eight aid workers were providing food to hundreds suffering from government-made crisis. Samaritan’s Purse is “hopeful” that eight local staff members kidnapped by rebels will be released soon. “Samaritan's Purse confirms that some of our South Sudanese staff in the Mayendit area of South Sudan have been detained by armed personnel,” stated the humanitarian aid organization run by Franklin Graham. “We have been in contact with them, and they have not been harmed. No ransom request has been made, and we are hopeful that they will be released soon and safely.” A military spokesperson told Reuters today that humanitarian aid was demanded in exchange forRead More →
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Executive Editor of Preaching magazine contributes to an ongoing series Most pastors would like to think of themselves as “biblical” preachers. We love God’s Word and recognize its authority; it’s the rare preacher who fails to acknowledge that scripture should play a prominent role in our proclamation. But what do we mean when we use the term “biblical” to define our preaching? My sense is that most users of that term use it in the sense that their sermons analyze and explain a particular biblical text. Though definitions of exposition will vary, most emphasize a sermon that is rooted in and driven by the biblicalRead More →
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Why it matters what churches call their classes. In the South, our beverage vocabulary can be confusing to those from other regions. When we offer you a Coke, we are asking if you’d like a soda of any kind. And when we offer you tea, we do not mean Earl Gray in a mug. We will assume that you understand this implicitly. As a Southerner with Northern relatives, I can affirm that many a family gathering could have been saved from such confusion by a simple clarification of terms. Using a term too generally can cause greater misunderstanding than simply serving someone the wrong drink.Read More →
Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd says it’s closer than you think. Two years ago, a headline-grabbing study in Current Biology concluded that religious children from around the world shared less than those from non-religious homes. The media coverage stirred up controversy by drawing broader, more unfavorable conclusions of religion than the actual study. “Religious Kids Are Jerks,” raged the Daily Beast. More recently, the findings were disputed by another study in the same publication, pointing out that miscalculations of the data skewed the results and when accounting for those errors, there is little difference in altruistic behavior between religious kids and nonreligious kids. Regardless of conclusions,Read More →
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if theRead More →
Verse God affirms us, making us a sure thing in Christ, putting his Yes within us. By his Spirit he has stamped us with his eternal pledge — a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.— 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 MESSAGE Thought The test of genuine disciples and true followers of Jesus is the presence of the Holy Spirit living in them. The Spirit transforms the followers to become like Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Spirit helps produce the fruit of Jesus’ character and compassion in our lives (Galatians 5:22-23). Now, in today’s verses, we are reminded that the Holy Spirit is God’s pledgeRead More →
And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. — Romans 8:11 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… If we belong to Christ, we know the Spirit of God lives in us (Rom. 8:9; 1 Cor. 6:19-20). Because of the Spirit’s presence, we know that we are eternal! The Spirit is God’s down payment guaranteeing that our future is with him (2 Cor. 1:21-22; 2 Cor. 5:5). What’s more, even while we’re living for Christ now, theRead More →
Passage 1 Corinthians 1:18-21 Prayer Dear Father, author of all true wisdom,You have said, \”I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the cleverness of the clever I will thwart.\”Where is the wise man? Where is the debater of this age? I thank you, Father, that you made foolish the wisdom of this world.For in the wisdom of your plan, mere \”wisdom\” has never enabled anyone to know you.People were looking for something great, as they understood greatness. It pleased you, rather, by the \”foolishness\” of what we preach, to save all of us who put our trust in you and your manifested love.MayRead More →
The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother. — Proverbs 29:15 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2nelPQk Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 13, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Key Passage “When you fast, don’t make yourselves look sad. The hypocrites do that. Don’t be like the hypocrites. They make their faces look strange to show people that they are fasting. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. So when you fast, make yourself look nice. Wash your face. Then people will not know that you are fasting. But your Father that you cannot see will see you. Your Father sees the things that are done in secret. And he will reward you.”— Matthew 6:16-18 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought We do not pursue the spiritual disciplines toRead More →
Note from Jesus Dear Seeker of Truth, I was frustrated with the religious leaders who added their own regulations to the commandments of the law and made those regulations more important than caring for a woman who had been bound by a crippled body for 18 years (Luke 13:10-17). As you read the verses below, notice how My disciples come close to doing the same thing with a man who was blind. Rather than recognizing the difficulty of being blind and then caring for the blind man, My disciples asked an insensitive religious question about him within his hearing: Teacher, who sinned? Who is responsibleRead More →
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/1gHVVNp Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 12, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Today’s category: Church SignsChurch Bloopers 1 1) Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles, and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children. 2) The outreach committee has enlisted 25 visitors to make calls on people who are not afflicted with any church. 4) Evening massage – 6 p.m. 5) The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning. 6) The audience is asked to remain seated until the end of the recession. 7) Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Please use the back door. 8) Ushers willRead More →
Training in biblical interpretation should be an integral part of every missions strategy. On a dirt road somewhere in the Middle East, a missionary walks alone. As he walks, he wonders what work God might be leading him to do that day. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a man appears on the horizon. He approaches the man and notices he is intently reading some document. Filled with boldness and sensing God’s leadership, the missionary draws near and asks the man what he is reading. The man replies that he is reading a curious document written by someone named Isaiah. Sensing a God-ordained gospel sharing opportunity,Read More →
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning,Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” The Return to Nazareth After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt NIV Listen from “Daily Manna” via original RSSRead More →
Verse At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.” — Mark 1:9-11 MESSAGE Thought I hope you can look back on your baptism and remember it as a precious and powerful moment. What great joy to know that we can share in an event similar to one Jesus shared, and toRead More →
Passage 1 Corinthians 1:17 Prayer Dear Father, author of all true wisdom,Thank you that you do not send your emissaries out as mere recruiters. They are not just to baptize but to preach the Good News about Jesus, that he doesn’t just want us to \”join his club\” but he wants us to be like him, yes, to be him, to be his body, in the world.Thank you for not appealing to us with elegant ideas or eloquent speech, lest the message of the cross be emptied of its power. For while this word of the cross is utter folly to those who are perishing,Read More →
Key Passage “Yes, if you forgive other people for the things they do wrong, then your Father in heaven will also forgive you for the things you do wrong. But if you don’t forgive the wrong things people do to you, then your Father in heaven will not forgive the wrong things you do.”— Matthew 6:14-15 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought How can we dare go before God and ask him to forgive us if we refuse to forgive others? God’s grace is to be shared! If we do not share that grace, then it sours in us and we lose its blessing. WeRead More →
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. — 1 Chronicles 4:10 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… When our hearts are tuned to God’s will and long to honor him, it is our Father’s delight to bless us in mighty ways. So let’s first set our hearts to do his will. Then, let’s not be afraid to ask God to pour out his blessings on others. Then, let’s also share withRead More →
Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, Yesterday, I spoke to you about fear. Today I want to talk to you about worry and sins that lie behind so many of your worries: greed and insufficient faith! Listen carefully as I remind you of three key principles you will see in the verses below. I gave these principles to My disciples to help them defeat the power of worry in their lives. Please know that Luke wrote about these three principles to help you defeat worry, too! Principle 1: You’d better be on your guard against any type of greed, for a person’s life is notRead More →
The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him. — Proverbs 20:7 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2mOneMw Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 12, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Today’s category: PrayerSpeak Up A little boy was kneeling beside his bed with his mother and grandmother and softly saying his prayers, "Dear God, please bless Mummy and Daddy and all the family and please give me a good night’s sleep." Suddenly he looked up and shouted, "And don’t forget to give me a bicycle for my birthday!!" "There is no need to shout like that," said his mother. "God isn’t deaf." "No," said the little boy, "but Grandma is." View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend from “ChristiansUnite Christian Joke of the Day” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2myRJ8R Reposted by: To LiveRead More →
Friday, March 10, 2017
Verse I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too — your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful — I can’t take it all in! Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your sight? If I climb to the sky, you’re there! If I go underground, you’re there! If I flew on morning’s wings to the far western horizon, you’d find me in a minute— you’re already there waiting!— Psalm 139:5-10 MESSAGE Thought Psalm 139 has long been one of my favorite psalms. David gives us words toRead More →
A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps. A wise man fears the LORD and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless. — Proverbs 14:15-16 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2muynjE Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 11, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. — Psalm 37:4 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… As my heart delights in God, God’s will, and God’s purposes, I find an amazing truth at work: when I desire what God wills, God enjoys giving me the desires of my heart. An old hymn used the phrase, “’til I am wholly lost in Thee.” When that happens, when our will is yielded to God and our heart delights to honor him, then God is longingly waiting for us to request the desires of our heart so he can bless us!Read More →
Passage 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 Prayer Dear Father, to whom I owe full obedience,Let my attitude be the same as that of Christ Jesus, who made himself nothing and obeyed you, even in the matter of dying.May I humbly and obediently exalt Jesus, even as you have exalted him and given him a name that is above every name, that every knee should bow and every tongue confess – to your glory, our God and our Father.In the name of Jesus Christ, the source of our unity and salvation, I ask these things. Amen. Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Praying With PaulRead More →
Key Passage “So when you pray, you should pray like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, we pray that your name will always be kept holy. We pray that your kingdom will come, and that the things you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven. Give us the food we need for each day. Forgive the sins we have done, the same as we have forgiven the people that did wrong to us. Don’t let us be tempted (tested); but save us from the Evil One (the devil).'”— Matthew 6:9-13 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought Much has been written aboutRead More →
Note from Jesus Dear Faithful Follower, People are afraid of many different kinds of things. That’s why one of the most frequent commands in the Scriptures is not to be afraid. It is also a command that I gave several times to My disciples. Fear is a real issue for people in your fallen world. The Father sent Me to deal with fear and to defeat the power behind your fears — to defeat the devil who uses sin and death to keep mortals enslaved to fear. The writer of Hebrews describes My role in defeating the devil and his power to use death toRead More →
Today’s category: RednecksMedical Dictionary Artery: The study of paintings. Bacteria: Back door to cafeteria. Barium: What to do when patients die. Benign: What you be after you be eight. Catscan: Hunting for Kitty. Cauterize: Made eye contact with her. Cesarean Section: A neighborhood in Rome. Colic: A sheep dog. Coma: A punctuation mark. DandC: Where Washington is. Dilate: To live long. Enema: Not a friend. Fester: Quicker than the other guy. Fibula: A small lie. Genital: Non-Jewish person. G.I. Series: World series of military baseball. Hangnail: What you hang your coat on. Impotent: Distinguished, well known. Labor Pain: Getting hurt at work. Lower G.I.: Privates and Corporals. Medical Staff: A Doctor’s cane. Morbid: A higher offer than I bid. Nitrates: Cheaper than day rates. Node: Not a doubt. Outpatient: ARead More →
How the new HBO murder-mystery series gets motherhood right. Big Little Lies is a lot of things: an adaptation of one of Oprah’s favorite beach novels, a miniseries produced by its stars Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, an excuse for innumerable shots of the coastline near Big Sur, a murder mystery unfolding in flashback, a satire of the privileged class and helicopter parenting, a melodrama about midlife crises, and a meta-commentary on how Hollywood’s female roles are comparatively less complex than the series’ characters. While the plot of this new HBO series is moved forward by intertwined tales of mystery and friendship, its clearest preoccupationRead More →
Even his happiest, most heartwarming music has been fueled by tragedy and pain. With five Grammys, dozens of Dove Awards, and over 11 million records sold, Steven Curtis Chapman is one of the most decorated artists in Christian music history. Now, 30 years since the release of his first album, the songwriter has published a memoir, Between Heaven and the Real World (Revell), in which he opens up about marital difficulties, the death of his 5-year-old daughter, and other painful experiences. Music journalist Steve Turner, author of Imagine: A Vision for Christians in the Arts (InterVarsity Press), spoke with Chapman about times of discouragement thatRead More →
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England’s greatest living artist chose ministry over fame. Marvel Comics created a number of superheroes beginning in 1939, which continue to be popular today. You can find superhero movies, toys, clothes, shoes, watches, and electronic games, just to name a few. Each of these superheroes has special powers that allow them to overcome evil. Hebrews 11 list heroes of the faith who fought the spiritual battle with God, providing them with power and strength. They inspire us to be faithful in our commitment to following God, even in the midst of persecution. They trusted God for the fruit of their labor when it was notRead More →
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… this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/Micah+6 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 10, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Thursday, March 9, 2017
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… When the Spirit is alive in our hearts the character of God comes to life in our lives as the Spirit works to conform us ever more closely to the image and the character of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18). My Prayer… Thank you, dear Father, for your Spirit within me. I consciously yield my will and heart to your Spirit’s transforming control in my life. Please produce in me the fruit that pleasesRead More →
Verse Whenever, though, they turn to face God as Moses did, God removes the veil and there they are — face to face! They suddenly recognize that God is a living, personal presence, not a piece of chiseled stone. And when God is personally present, a living Spirit, that old, constricting legislation is recognized as obsolete. We’re free of it! All of us! Nothing between us and God, our faces shining with the brightness of his face. And so we are transfigured much like the Messiah, our lives gradually becoming brighter and more beautiful as God enters our lives and we become like him.— 2Read More →
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning. — Proverbs 9:9 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2mNZEQp Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 10, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Passage 1 Corinthians 1:10-13 Prayer Dear Father, the one and only God of your one holy people,Help me never to be part of any division within the body of Christ. Let me be perfectly united in mind and heart with all who follow you. Help me not be some kind of -ite, -ist, or -anian. Keep me from misplacing my loyalties with this man or that!Christ, of whom I am part, is not divided. He is of one mind. So let me and all his people be together and in agreement. Let us be like-minded, having the same love, one in spirit and purpose.Help usRead More →
Today’s category: SportsThe Amazing Golf Ball Two friends went out to play golf and were about to tee off, when one fellow noticed that his partner had but one golf ball. "Don’t you have at least one other golf ball?", he asked. The other guy replied that no, he only needed the one. "Are you sure?", the friend persisted. "What happens if you lose that ball?" The other guy replied, "This is a very special golf ball. I won’t lose it so I don’t need another one." Well," the friend asked, "what happens if you miss your shot and the ball goes in the lake?" "That’sRead More →
Todo líder y pastor necesita saber cómo liderar una generación que dirige antes de seguir, cuestiona antes de contestar, y brinca antes de ver. Durante casi dos décadas, he visto un resurgimiento de hambre en la próxima generación por un liderazgo auténtico. Quieren tener una relación con Cristo más allá de la tradición para experimentar por sí mismos la plenitud de Su amor, gracia, y poder, pero necesitan un liderazgo que los dirija. Entre más los dirigimos a que lo conozcan a El cara a cara, mas corren hacia Sus pies. Quieren liderazgo que hará mas que solo inspirarlos; quieren liderazgo que camine con ellos.Read More →
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Ella es más rápida que una bala veloz, capaz de brincar edificios altos de un solo salto. Ella representa la verdad, la justicia y el “Camino Americano”. ¿La reconoces? Como declara Proverbios 31:9: “Habla a favor de los que no pueden hablar por sí mismos; garantiza justicia para todos los abatidos. Sí, habla a favor de los pobres e indefensos, y asegúrate de que se les haga justicia”. Ella es la pareja de por vida de un hombre—su marido. Ella es el fundamento de su familia y el corazón de la iglesia. Esta mujer, intrigante y refinada, no es Superman. Esta mujer es la esposaRead More →
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Me sentí distante de Dios hasta que fui testigo de un milagro médico. Mis ojos se lanzaron al movimiento en el monitor cardiaco. Las lagunas entre los latidos del corazón de mi paciente se alargaron. El ritmo pesado significaba que la sangre, que brotaba de debajo de su cráneo fracturado, estaba presionando fuertemente su cerebro. El paciente tenía 22 años, y alguien lo había golpeado con un bate de béisbol mientras dormía. Su esposa, que yacía a su lado, murió durante el asalto. Su hijo de cuatro años fue testigo de todo. La urgencia de la sala de emergencia solía sacar lo mejor de mí:Read More →
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Pastors’ wives must maintain certain boundaries and safeguards so that ministry can flourish. She is faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. She stands for truth, justice, and the American Way. Do you recognize her? As Proverbs chapter 31 says, “She speaks up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. She speaks up and judges fairly; she defends the rights of the poor and needy.” She is the life partner of one man … her husband. She is the bedrock of her family and the heart of the church. ThisRead More →
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Every leader should know how to lead a generation who looks before they leap. Over almost 2 decades, I have seen a resurgence of hunger in the next generation for authentic leadership. They want to come into genuine relationship with Christ beyond tradition to experience for themselves the fullness of His love, His grace, and His power, but they need leadership to guide them. The more we lead them to meet Him face to face, the more they run to His feet. They want leadership that will do more than inspire them; they want leadership that will journey with them. This discipleship of leadership isRead More →
How Oswald Chambers unwittingly became one of the most popular devotional writers of all time. When My Utmost for His Highest first appeared in the United States, in 1935, few could have predicted that the little book of daily readings would become a defining text of American evangelicalism. Its author was an obscure Scottish preacher who had died young—nearly 20 years earlier (this year marks the 100th anniversary of his death)—and who was mostly unknown and unpublished on American soil. Yet Utmost swiftly won a following among American evangelicals—and not just any following. Among the book’s earliest readers were Billy Graham, Bill Bright, and HenriettaRead More →
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How can we reach the immigrants in our community? I regularly frequent the coffee shop in my neighbourhood. True, I can have a cup of coffee at home. Why then do I head out to the coffee shop on a near daily basis? The neighbourhood cafe is a place of connection. It is a communal place where people pause from their busy days to share a space. Oftentimes, at the coffee shop strangers will strike up conversations. Sometimes, strangers will become friends. As I write this post, I have already said “good morning” to some other morning regulars of our neighbourhood café—a couple of middle-agedRead More →
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. — Proverbs 14:31 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2lG8WhE Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 09, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Today’s category: CopsCatholic Police Nuns A police officer had just pulled over a car full of nuns for going too slow on a major highway. Police officer: "Why were you driving so slowly?" Nun driver: "I kept seeing all these signs with the number 20 on them and figured that was the speed limit." Police officer: "No, Sister, that is the highway number." Nun: "Oh, I’m so sorry, Officer, I didn’t know that." Then the police officer looks into the back seat and sees that the nuns there have panic-stricken faces and white knuckles from holding on to each other too tightly. Police officer: "What’s wrongRead More →
Chicagoland pastor encourages believers to Prayer-Care-Share. Ed: Lon, why did you write (Im)Possible? Lon: I wanted all God’s people to know that they can share their faith as a way of life and enjoy it! It doesn’t have to be a ‘must do,’ but can become a ‘want to.’ The truth is, we were made for this. It’s in our spiritual DNA. I just want to help people release what’s in them because the Spirit who lives in them is a witness for Christ. Ed: What stops people from a witness life? Lon: There are several things that stop people, but the biggest one isRead More →
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Scores of Protestants expelled near North Korean border as tensions rise over THAAD missile defense. In the past few months, China has expelled dozens of South Korean missionaries from Jilin, a northeastern province that neighbors North Korea. News media reported the raids, with estimates of the total expulsions ranging from 30 to 70. "Chinese authorities raided the homes of the missionaries, citing a problem with their visas, and told them to leave," one human rights activist and pastor told Agence France-Presse (AFP). He said that most were on tourist or student visas. “[It] was very exceptional,” one anonymous source told the Financial Times. “The missionariesRead More →
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With the closure of Family Christian, stores focus in on curation and community involvement. At the start of this year, author Jared C. Wilson tweeted a list of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 100 best-selling books of 2016. Among the titles in the top 20: three versions of Sarah Young’s controversial Jesus Calling, two kids joke books, two adult coloring books, titles by HGTV stars and athletes, and, of course, the latest from Joel Osteen. Wilson called the rankings “proof American evangelicalism traffics mainly in superficiality, sentimentalism, and superstition.” Hundreds of fellow evangelicals chimed in to speculate about the list and point fingers at theRead More →
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Dr. Keith Johnson is Associate Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. Many in the Church believe that theology takes our eyes off being faithful to God in our discipleship and our call to be witnesses in the world. Dr. Johnson explains that the opposite is actually the case. What exactly are some misconceptions people have surrounding the study of theology? When students hear that there are other options and things they haven’t heard before regarding the Christian faith, it can take them in one of two directions—away from or toward the faith. Pursing theology can actually be an act of faith. What are central pointsRead More →
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Erin Weidemann, founder of Bible Belles, wants to introduce young women to brave female role models. Quarantined during a 72-hour radioactive iodine treatment for aggressive cancer, Erin Weidemann had what she calls “a dark moment of the soul.” Hours before, she had swallowed a pill that doctors hoped would kill the cancer that had metastasized in her chest and head. At 26, she faced the reality of her own mortality. “My battle with cancer was a five-year period where I was discovering a closeness with the Lord,” says Weidemann. “I have never experienced peace, healing, and blessing like I did when I said to him,Read More →
Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/1gHVTox Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 08, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Start each week with this encouragement to show and share the love of Jesus. Episode Four | How Does an Introvert Do Evangelism? Today, Karen Swanson, director of the Institute for Prison Ministries at the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism, shares, from an introvert’s point of view, what it’s like to be a witness for Christ in the world. With nearly half of the population being introverted, how can we best utilize all our gifts to show & share the love of Jesus in our broken and hurting world? Karen has some tips. Episode Three | Is There a One-Size-Fits-All Evangelism? Christina Walker, associate directorRead More →
Evangelicals have mixed feelings about mayor Marcelo Crivella, the latest symbol of Protestant ascendancy in Catholic Brazil. The mayor of Rio de Janeiro has always features prominently in the city’s raucous Carnival, a licentious celebration that runs the five days before Ash Wednesday. But this year, for the first time in memory, the mayor skipped it. That’s because, for the first time in its 450-year history, Brazil's second-largest metropolis is being run by a pastor. “In my case, it would have been demagogy,” Marcelo Crivella explained in a statement. The 59-year-old was elected in October to govern the city of 6.5 million that is knownRead More →
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The patience of the Lord can be a heavy burden. Moses was well-acquainted with the patience of God. He pled for Israel when they betrayed the Lord with the Golden Calf. For years he dealt with the Israelites in the desert, their complaining and recalcitrance. They “vexed the Holy One of Israel” (Ps. 78:41), and still God bore it, restraining his wrath and refusing to cut them off (Isa. 48:9). God’s patience is a central, defining feature of his character. But this wasn’t always a comfort to Moses. Rather than being left to deal with the grumbling and sin of his people, he asks GodRead More →
Consider your people group and the time of year. Church planting is somewhat of an entrepreneurial enterprise that tends to be on the front end of change, both catalyzing change and being catalyzed by change. This is the crux of what I want to discuss in this four-part series. The series is intended to keep grounding us in the realities of church planting while helping us seek creative ways to engage with our specific contexts. Let me be honest, church planters tend to think that their individual and local church-planting model is the norm globally. That’s not the case. Furthermore, our tendency is to clingRead More →
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world. from “K-LOVE Encouraging Word” via original RSS feed: http://nlt.to/John+16 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 07, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Monday, March 6, 2017
Today’s category: TechnologyNot So Long Ago Not so long ago…. An application was for employment A program was a TV show A cursor used profanity A keyboard was a piano! Memory was something that you lost with age. A CD was a bank account Compress was something you did to garbage not to a file. And if you unzipped anything in public you’d be in jail for awhile! Log on was adding wood to a fire. Hard drive was a long trip on the road. A mouse pad was where a mouse lived. And a backup happened to your commode! Cut – you did with aRead More →
New White House executive order removes some of the most controversial travel restrictions. Christians fleeing the Middle East will not take first priority under an updated version of President Donald Trump’s executive order on travel and refugees, which he signed Monday morning after weeks of debate and holdups in federal court. The new order does away with explicit language about prioritizing religious minorities, as well as loosens Trump’s initial limits on who’s allowed to enter the United States. Current visa holders, refugees already granted asylum, and travelers from Iraq no longer face restrictions, and the indefinite ban on refugees from Syria was reduced to 120Read More →
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How a sliver of the US budget can change the world. For the past two decades, we have had a front row seat in the bipartisan movement to end worldwide preventable, treatable diseases like AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria, and to make poverty history. Since 1990, the world has cut in half maternal and child deaths, infectious diseases, and poverty as well as turned the tide on HIV/AIDS. We have made unprecedented strides in human history. This may be the legacy of our generation as historians analyze what we were able to accomplish worldwide during our lifetime. Central to this legacy, it is worth noting, isRead More →
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Study: Ministries saved taxpayers $119 million in 11 cities by offering both housing and healing. When it comes to America’s homeless, Christian organizations set out to do more than offer a hot meal and safe place to stay. They believe that in order to best serve their needy neighbors, they must get to know them. “Instead of being a kitchen cook, you’d be out at the tables with the people,” said Jim Reese, president and CEO of Atlanta Mission, which serves 1,000 homeless men, women, and children a day in its shelters, programs, and transitional homes. “How do you change lives? It comes from creatingRead More →
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Cairo bishop resists efforts to deny his church independence. Egypt’s top Anglican leader is accusing its top evangelical leader of attempting a “hostile takeover” to prevent Egyptian Anglicans from achieving state recognition as an independent national church. The dispute first surfaced in 2001, but this past summer Egypt’s High Administrative Court ruled against Anglican independence. This means the Anglican Diocese of Egypt must function as a full member of the Protestant Churches of Egypt (PCE). Representing 18 denominations, the umbrella group coordinates the registration of marriages, deaths, property ownership, visas, and other legal—but not doctrinal—matters. “The most important thing for me is the unity ofRead More →
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President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary advocates for expository preaching Evangelical ministers generally agree that preaching is God’s appointed means to proclaim the gospel and instruct the church. Yet, within evangelicalism, precisely how one is to preach the Bible remains a contested topic—and one with huge ramifications. Though I sometimes wrestle with what text to preach, I never wrestle with how to preach it. I determined long ago for every sermon to be an expository one. For me, biblical preaching is expository preaching, and expository preaching is biblical preaching. Let me explain why. Why Biblical Exposition? First, expository preaching best fulfills the biblical commands regardingRead More →
Sunday, March 5, 2017
He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap;he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. “For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; on them he has set the world.He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness. “It is not by strength that one prevails; those who oppose the Lord will be broken.The Most High will thunder from heaven; the Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.” NIV Listen from “Daily Manna”Read More →
Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the LORD. — Psalm 119:1 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… As Christians, we hear this passage a little differently than those who lived under the O.T. Law. We recognize that our blamelessness comes as a gift of Jesus’ sacrificial death on the Cross. We know we are not justified by keeping the Law, but we are doing our absolute best to walk in the way of the Lord out of thanks for God’s glorious grace. There is great blessing in doing the will of God. That blessing is not just inRead More →
Note from Jesus Dear Searcher, There is only one message that you must hear today. This message is the one truth on which your eternal destiny pivots. So rather than give you many words in My note to you today, I want to challenge you with this one, unalterable truth: Unless you believe I am Who I have said I am, your sins will lead to your death. My beloved disciple John wrote his story of Me, the Gospel of John, to help you truly believe and find life in Me (John 20:30-31). While I welcome you here each day on our journey through theRead More →
Verse “And I will never again turn my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit upon the people of Israel. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”— Ezekiel 39:29 NLT Thought God speaks of the coming of his New Covenant relationship with his people. One dynamic of that covenant is that the Spirit will be part of a permanent relationship with them. Paul speaks powerfully of this relationship in Romans 8 (especially Romans 8:32-39). Unlike God’s leaders before Jesus who had the Spirit for a time for specific challenges or until they rebelled against him, God’s new covenant people have his Spirit permanentlyRead More →
Passage Romans 15:25-29 Prayer Dear Father, God of Israel,Give us generous hearts toward the Jewish people throughout the world. \”They are Israelites, and to them belong the sonship, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, the promises, and the patriarchs; and of their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ.\”We know that \”as regards the gospel, they are enemies of God\” for our sake, but \”as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.\” According to your word we who are not Jews are in debt to them. Since we have come to share in their spiritualRead More →
A kindhearted woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth. — Proverbs 11:16 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2lN2oc8 Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing Ministry on March 06, 2017 Please leave your comments and feedback below.Read More →
Key Passage “If you love only the people that love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. And if you are nice only to your friends, then you are no better than other people. Even the people without God are nice to their friends. So you must be perfect, the same as your Father in heaven is perfect.”— Matthew 5:46-48 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought I am called to be perfect! Especially perfect in my relationship with others. My goal is the character and compassion of God. WOW! What a challenging call. But the transformational nature of Jesus’Read More →
Today’s category: RednecksMountain Tech Talk 1. LOG ON: Makin a wood stove hotter. 2. LOG OFF: Don’t add no more wood. 3. MONITOR: Keepin an eye on the wood stove. 4. DOWNLOAD: Gettin the farwood off the truk. 5. MEGA HERTZ: When yer not kerful gettin the farwood. 6. FLOPPY DISC: Whatcha git from tryin to carry too much farwood. 7. RAM: That thar thing whut splits the farwood. 8. HARD DRIVE: Gettin home in the winter time. 9. PROMPT: Whut the mail ain’t in the winter time. 10. WINDOWS: Whut to shut wen it’s cold outside. 11. SCREEN: Whut to shut wen it’s blak fly season. 12. BYTE: Whut them dang flys do. 13. CHIP: Munchies ferRead More →