Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Romans 6:1 (06-01-17)

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? — Romans 6:1 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Grace doesn’t...
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Proverbs 1:8 (06-01-17)

Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. — Proverbs 1:8 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2rGOnV0 Reposted by: To...
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Mercy? – Matthew 12:7

Key Passage “The Scripture says, ‘I don’t want animal sacrifices; I want you to show kindness to people.’ You don’t really know what those words mean. If you understood those words, then you would not judge those people that have...
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Is Anything Sacred?

I played the position of catcher in Little League baseball. I played catcher in Pony League baseball. I was a catcher in high school baseball. In college, I played catcher on an intramural softball team. I spent a lot of...
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All-encompassing Compassion

Passage 2 Corinthians 6:1-11 Prayer Dear Father, blessed bestower of grace,Let me work together with you to entreat people not to reject or ignore your offer of grace, or to accept it in vain.Since today is the acceptable time, since...
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A Bad Move

Today’s category: CopsA Bad Move      A fellow bought a new Mercedes and was out on an interstate road for a nice evening drive. The top was down, the breeze was blowing through his hair and he decided to open her up....
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Dear John…

Today’s category: LoveDear John…      Dear John,       I have been unable to sleep since I broke off our engagement.       Won’t you forgive and forget? Your absence is breaking my heart.       I was a fool – nobody can take your place. I love...
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Purpose and Power

Note from Jesus Dear Child of God, You probably know the story that is told by Doctor Luke in the verses below. Familiarity can sometimes lead you to miss something important in the story. After My ascension to the Father,...
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Galatians 2:20 (05-30-17)

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me....
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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Surprise!

“Daddeee,” Megan said in her sweetest voice and using her pet name for me, “are we nearly to MiMi’s yet?” Megan loves her MiMi. It didn’t hurt that as she grew up, Megan’s MiMi lived in the country in an...
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They Prospered Wonderfully (May 30th)

Verse When his [Paul’s]  friends learned of the plot, they got him out of town [Jerusalem], took him to Caesarea, and then shipped him off to Tarsus. Things calmed down after that and the church had smooth sailing for a...
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Witness to the Hostiles – Matthew 12:1-2

Key Passage About that same time, Jesus was walking through the fields of grain on a Sabbath day. Jesus’ followers were with him, and they were hungry. So the followers began to pick the grain and eat it. The Pharisees...
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Weight of Glory

Passage 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:21 Prayer Dear Father, invisible but absolutely real,Let me not lose heart. I know from your word that my light and momentary troubles are working for me an eternal weight of glory that far outweighs them all.Help...
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Job 5:17 (05-30-17)

“Blessed is the man whom God corrects; so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.” — Job 5:17 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2r6iELB Reposted...
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Brain Transplant

Today’s category: Men vs. WomenBrain Transplant      In the hospital, the relatives gathered in the waiting room, where a family member lay gravely ill. Finally, the doctor came in looking tired and sombre.       "I’m afraid I’m the bearer of bad news" he...
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Sunday, May 28, 2017

John 14:9-11

Jesus answered: “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Don’t you believe that I...
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The Hebrew Scriptures

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, In today’s verses, I AM in the final preparation stages of leaving My disciples and ascending back to the Father. Although the promised Helper, the Holy Spirit, would come later to them on the day...
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Galatians 5:25 (05-29-17)

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. — Galatians 5:25 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… It is one thing to talk about being filled with the Spirit; it is quite another to live...
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Spirit of Faith

Passage 2 Corinthians 4:13-15 Prayer Heavenly Father, giver of life and faith,Thank you for the spirit of grace which enables me to believe.May I have the same spirit of faith as he who wrote, \”I believed, and so I spoke.\”...
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1 Chronicles 28:9 (05-29-17)

“And you, my son Solomon, acknowledge the God of your father, and serve him with wholehearted devotion and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands every motive behind the thoughts. If you seek him, he...
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Find Rest in Me – Matthew 11:29-30

Key Passage “Accept my work and learn from me. I am gentle and humble in spirit. And you will find rest for your souls. Yes, the work that I ask you to accept is easy. The burden I give you...
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God of Surprises! (May 29th)

Verse So Ananias went and found the house, placed his hands on blind Saul, and said, “Brother Saul, the Master sent me, the same Jesus you saw on your way here. He sent me so you could see again and...
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Calling in Sick

Today’s category: SportsCalling in Sick      Negotiations between union members and their employer were at an impasse. The union denied that their workers were flagrantly abusing their contract’s sick-leave provisions.       One morning at the bargaining table, the company’s chief negotiator held aloft...
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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Psalm 1:1-3

BOOK I Psalms 1–41 Psalm 1 Blessed is the one    who does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners take    or sit in the company of mockers,but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,    and...
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Proverbs 31:8 (05-28-17)

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. — Proverbs 31:8 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Christians in every era are called to defend the rights of the weak, speak up...
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My Prayer

Note from Jesus Dear Precious Follower, The verses you will read today come from a very emotional time on the night I was betrayed. These verses are My prayer for My disciples. I want you to notice five things I...
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Come to Me – Matthew 11:28

Key Passage “Come to me all you people that are tired and have heavy burdens. I will give you rest.”— Matthew 11:28 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought Tired! Weary! Exhausted! Depleted! Burdened! Is that you? There are times when...
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Proverbs 28:18 (05-28-17)

He whose walk is blameless is kept safe, but he whose ways are perverse will suddenly fall. — Proverbs 28:18 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2s31fBU...
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Led to Another Mission (May 28th)

Verse Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but...
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God’s Treasure Revealed

Passage 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 Prayer Dear Father, powerful sustainer,Thank you for putting your treasure in a cracked clay pot like me so that it will be evident that the treasure is from you, the transcendent and powerful God, and not...
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Heart Transplant

Today’s category: LawyersHeart Transplant      A man who was having heart trouble went to the doctor to see what his options were. Naturally, the doctor recommended a heart transplant. The man reluctantly agreed, and asked if there were any hearts immediately available,...
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Friday, May 26, 2017

2 Timothy 1:11-14

And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am...
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Guided to Mission (May 27th)

Verse The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot [carrying an Ethiopian official]  and stay near it.”— Acts 8:29 NIV Thought As in a previous Key Thought section, we are reminded again that reaching the ends of the earth with...
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Isaiah 40:28-29 (05-27-17)

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to...
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Sending the Great Helper

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, My ascension back to the Father was a wonderful blessing. I know that you would love to have My physical presence with you — to see Me minister, heal, cast out demons, teach, and preach....
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Open Statement of Truth

Passage 2 Corinthians 4:1-6 Prayer Dear Father, powerful sustainer,You have called me to minister your mercy to the world, so let me never lose heart or give up! May I renounce disgraceful, underhanded ways in all forms and refuse to...
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Only the Son Knows – Matthew 11:27

Key Passage “My Father has given me all things. No person knows the Son—only the Father knows the Son. And no person knows the Father—only the Son knows the Father. And the only people that will know about the Father...
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Proverbs 29:11 (05-27-17)

A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control. — Proverbs 29:11 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2rqXkBK Reposted...
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The Sensitive Guy

Today’s category: DeathThe Sensitive Guy      Steve, Bob and Jeff are working on a very high scaffolding. Suddenly, Steve falls off. He is killed instantaneously. After the ambulance leaves with Steve’s body, Bob and Jeff realize they’ll have to inform his wife....
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Thursday, May 25, 2017

No Part in This Ministry (May 26th)

Verse When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the...
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Jeremiah 33:3 (05-26-17)

‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ — Jeremiah 33:3 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… This was originally spoken to Jeremiah about the fate of Jerusalem. However, this...
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Proverbs 28:26 (05-26-17)

He who trusts in himself is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom is kept safe. — Proverbs 28:26 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2r2lpvP...
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Despised?

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, During My earthly ministry, I warned My disciples that following Me would not be easy. The words you read in the verses below were spoken right before My own rejection, betrayal, arrest, torture, crucifixion, and...
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A Glorious Transformation

Passage 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 Prayer Dear Father, transformer of my life,Lord God, I thank you for your Spirit, for the Lord, and for the freedom I have in them. Thank you that I, with unveiled face, can look freely and...
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The Father’s Choice – Matthew 11:25-26

Key Passage Then Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth. I praise you because you have hidden these things from the wise and smart people. But you have shown these things to people that are like...
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It’s Free, This is Heaven

Today’s category: HeavenIt’s Free, This is Heaven      This 85 year old couple, having been married almost 60 years, had died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years mainly due to her interest in health...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Spirit Is Given to Samaritans (May 25th)

Verse When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in...
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The Struggle to Find Faith

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. … And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and...
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Jeremiah 29:13 (05-25-17)

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. — Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… God wants us to seek him. In fact, he made us to seek him! Unfortunately, however, we...
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Proverbs 11:18 (05-25-17)

The wicked man earns deceptive wages, but he who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward. — Proverbs 11:18 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2rX21iW Reposted by:...
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Better Off? – Matthew 11:22-24

Key Passage “But I tell you, on the day of judgment it will be worse for you than for Tyre and Sidon. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to heaven? No! You will be thrown down to the...
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A Dispensation of Glory

Passage 2 Corinthians 3:7-16 Prayer Dear Father,What a glorious splendor Christ’s gospel has! It is a dispensation of glory! And why shouldn’t the dispensation of the Spirit be attended with greater splendor than that of the letter! How much more...
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Let’s Stay Connected!

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, Before I ascended to the Father, I promised My disciples that I would send the Spirit. I promised I would pour out the Spirit on people with faith in Me as they were baptized into...
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Garden of Eden

Today’s category: PoliticsGarden of Eden      A Brit, a Frenchman and a Russian are viewing a painting of Adam and Eve frolicking nude in the Garden of Eden.       "Look at their reserve, their calm," muses the Brit. "They must be British."       "Nonsense,"...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Genesis 8:21-22; 9:13, 16

The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all...
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I Will Be with You!

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, My return to the Father after My crucifixion and resurrection was important for many reasons. However, for My apostles, the experience of losing My presence on earth was terrifying. After My crucifixion, they had retreated...
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Acts 16:25 (05-24-17)

About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. — Acts 16:25 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Falsely imprisoned, Paul and Silas had been beaten “with many blows,” placed...
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A Long Gaze into Glory (May 24th)

Verse [Just before Stephen was stoned:]  But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed steadily into heaven and saw the glory of God, and he saw Jesus standing in the place of honor at God’s right hand.— Acts 7:55 NLT...
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My Life, God’s Message

Passage 2 Corinthians 3:3-6 Prayer Dear Father, all-sufficient God,Let me be a letter from Christ written to people who need to hear the Good News, written not on paper with ink but on hearts with my loving attitudes and actions.I...
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Repentance or Consequences – Matthew 11:20-21

Key Passage Then Jesus criticized the cities where he did most of his miracles. Jesus criticized those cities because the people there did not change their lives and stop sinning. Jesus said, “It will be bad for you Chorazin. It...
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Proverbs 16:17 (05-24-17)

The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life. — Proverbs 16:17 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2qUO7i6 Reposted by:...
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The Fall

Today’s category: FaithThe Fall      A man named Jack was walking along a steep cliff one day, when he accidentally got too close to the edge and fell. On the way down he grabbed a branch, which temporarily stopped his fall. He...
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Monday, May 22, 2017

Stubborn People (May 23rd)

Verse [Stephen, in his defense before the Sanhedrin:]  “You stubborn people! You are heathens at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you!”— Acts 7:51 NLT...
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Jude 24-25 (05-23-17)

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy — to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ...
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Hold These Promises in Your Heart

Note from Jesus Dear Child of God, Beginning today and for the next several days, I will remind you of things I shared with My closest disciples on the night I was betrayed. The beloved disciple, known to you as...
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Proverbs 17:14 (05-23-17)

Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. — Proverbs 17:14 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2rc4zgC...
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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Singing the Jesus Song

Critical Moments Fragile. Vulnerable. And, threatened! The precious young church in Philippi was fragile, vulnerable and threatened. Two women, Euodia and Syntyche, had been essential in evangelizing and leading many of their new believers to Jesus. Now, however, they were...
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Christ’s Love Letter

Passage 2 Corinthians 2:17-3:3 Prayer Dear Father,Thank you, Father, that I am not just a peddler of your word, but that I am commissioned by you and that I speak in Christ.Let everyone who comes to a knowledge of your...
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Won’t Believe – Matthew 11:16-19

Key Passage “What can I say about the people that live today? What are they like? The people today are like children sitting in the market place. One group of children calls to the other group, ‘We played flute music...
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The Talking Frog

Today’s category: PastorsThe Talking Frog      A pastor was crossing a road one day when a frog called out to him and said, "If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess." He bent over, picked up the frog and put...
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Psalm 119:25-32

ד Daleth I am laid low in the dust;    preserve my life according to your word.I gave an account of my ways and you answered me;    teach me your decrees.Cause me to understand the way of your precepts,    that I may meditate on...
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Ephesians 2:10 (05-22-17)

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. — Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… We are not just saved by grace from death, we...
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Proverbs 28:1 (05-22-17)

The wicked man flees though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. — Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2qMPteL...
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No Match! (May 22nd)

Verse None of them [the people arguing with Stephen]  could stand against the wisdom and the Spirit with which Stephen spoke.— Acts 6:10 NLT Thought Stephen had been selected as one of the seven special servants of the church in...
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The Fragrance of Christ

Passage 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 Prayer Dear Father,Let the incense which is my life and my prayers arise as a sweet fragrance to you.Thanks be to you, my God, that you always lead me in triumph, and through me, spread the...
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The Third Time

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, The last few days I’ve visited with you about Peter’s restoration and several important principles regarding confession, forgiveness, grace, cleansing, and restoration. In today’s verses, you get to read how I lovingly confronted Peter concerning...
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Elijah Has Come – Matthew 11:13-15

Key Passage “All the prophets and the law {of Moses} spoke until the time John came. They told about the things that would happen. And if you will believe the things the law and the prophets said, then you will...
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God the Parent

Today’s category: GodGod the Parent      Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought that even God’s omnipotence did not extend to God’s kids. After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve. And the...
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

2 Timothy 4:1-5

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out...
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Back at the Beginning?

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, Sometimes things have a way of repeating themselves. The events in the verses below occurred after My resurrection. The apostle Peter and six of My other disciples were back where Peter was when I first...
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1 Peter 5:7 (05-21-17)

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… So often our worries are so heavy because we refuse to put them down. Let’s cast our burdens on the...
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Proverbs 3:13-15 (05-21-17)

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. — Proverbs...
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Full of Faith and of the Holy Spirit (May 21st)

Verse [The apostles to the church in Jerusalem concerning ministering to the widows:] “Therefore, brothers, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty.” …...
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Ready to Forgive

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 Prayer Dear Father, God of forgiveness,Father, help me, when someone sins, to encourage him or her to repent, then to forgive and comfort that person in your love.Help all Christians to affirm such loving forgiveness and...
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Forceful Kingdom – Matthew 11:12

Key Passage “Since the time John the Baptizer came until now, the kingdom of heaven has been going forward strongly. People using force have been trying to get the kingdom.”— Matthew 11:12 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought The Kingdom...
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Black and White

Today’s category: MarriageBlack and White      Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, "Why is the bride dressed in white?"       "Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her...
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Friday, May 19, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:12-16

Final Instructions Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work....
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Proverbs 3:34 (05-20-17)

He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble. — Proverbs 3:34 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2r2fDgn Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus Clothing...
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Blessed to be Here Now – Matthew 11:10-11

Key Passage “This Scripture was written about John: ‘Listen! I (God) will send my helper ahead of you. He will prepare the way for you.’ I tell you the truth: John the Baptizer is greater than any man that has...
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Building Up Each Other

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 Prayer Dear Father, giver of great joy,I hope that in my effort to get others to live for you that I will never lord it over their faith.Help me work with them for their joy. Let...
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Full of the Holy Spirit and Wisdom (May 20th)

Verse [The apostles to the church in Jerusalem concerning ministering to the widows:]  “And so, brothers, select seven men who are well respected and are full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will give them this responsibility.”— Acts 6:3 NLT...
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Philippians 1:21 (05-20-17)

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. — Philippians 1:21 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… The ultimate question in each of our lives is simply this: do we have something to live for that is...
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A Turnaround

Note from Jesus Dear Seeker of truth, For several days, I will continue talking to you about restoring Peter back to ministry after his three denials on the night of My arrest. Peter over-promised what he would do to stand...
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The Dying Preacher

Today’s category: DeathThe Dying Preacher      An old preacher was dying. He sent a message for his banker and his lawyer, both church members, to come to his home.       When they arrived, they were ushered up to his bedroom. As they entered...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

1 Peter 5:6-7 (05-19-17)

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… You’ve probably had a...
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Witnesses (May 19th)

Verse [Peter and the apostles before the Sanhedrin:]  “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed him by hanging him on a cross. Then God put him in the place of honor at his right...
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More than a Prophet – Matthew 11:9

Key Passage “So what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, and I tell you, John is more than a prophet.”— Matthew 11:9 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought As Amos had prophesied, there was a famine in...
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Beyond Failure

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Over the next several days, I will take you on a journey with My apostle, Simon Peter. Before his denial of even knowing Me, I warned him about this upcoming sin. While he stumbled and...
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Proverbs 15:17 (05-19-17)

Better a meal of vegetables where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred. — Proverbs 15:17 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2pZvF6r Reposted by:...
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Christ, Our Seal of Approval

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:20-22 Prayer Dear Father,Thank you, my God, that you utter Yes to me. You establish and affirm my very being through Christ, and not only me but all your elect people.Thank you for putting your seal of...
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Three Hymns

Today’s category: ChurchThree Hymns      One Sunday a pastor told his congregation that the church needed some extra money and asked the people to prayerfully consider giving a little extra in the offering plate. He said that whoever gave the most would...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Walking in the Light of Grace

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, I came to your world to be God among you and die as the atoning sacrifice for your sins. However, My ministry for you did not end with My death. After I was raised from...
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Conspiracy (May 18th)

Verse And Peter said, “How could the two of you [Ananias and Sapphira]  even think of conspiring to test the Spirit of the Lord like this? The young men who buried your husband are just outside the door, and they...
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Philippians 1:19 (05-18-17)

…I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. — Philippians 1:19 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Paul is possibly facing death....
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Christ, Our Yes

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:12-20 Prayer Amen! Yes! Abba, Dear Father,Let me find pride in this – that my conscience testifies that I live my life in this world with holiness and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by your...
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Ministry Outside the Church Walls

We have 168 hours in a week. If we take out 8 hours a day for sleep, that still leaves 112. How much time do we spend in corporate worship? Anywhere from one to four hours. That’s a small part...
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What Were You Looking For? – Matthew 11:7-8

Key Passage While John’s followers were leaving, Jesus began talking to the people about John. Jesus said, “What did you people go out to the desert to see? A weed blown by the wind? No! Really, what did you go...
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Proverbs 15:2 (05-18-17)

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. — Proverbs 15:2 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2qyuZGc Reposted by:...
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Anger vs. Exasperation

Today’s category: SchoolAnger vs. Exasperation      A young girl who was writing a paper for school came to her father and asked, "Dad, what is the difference between anger and exasperation?"       The father replied, "It is mostly a matter of degree. Let...
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Philippians 1:15-18

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ...
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Philippians 1:15-18

It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ...
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lying to the Holy Spirit (May 17th)

Verse Peter said, “Ananias, how did Satan get you to lie to the Holy Spirit and secretly keep back part of the price of the field?”— Acts 5:3 MESSAGE Thought This verse comes from the story of Ananias and Sapphira...
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A God of Deliverance

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Prayer Dear Father, great and gentle one,When I am utterly, unbearably crushed so that I despair of life itself, when I feel as if I have received the sentence of death, remind me that I am...
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Proverbs 10:29 (05-17-17)

The way of the LORD is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil. — Proverbs 10:29 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… What is your source of security, hope, and protection? The way...
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Don’t Stumble – Matthew 11:6

Key Passage “The person that can accept me is blessed.”— Matthew 11:6 ERV (Read Full Text) Key Thought John’s question to Jesus about his Messiahship helps prepare us for the road that lies ahead in Matthew’s story of Jesus. Jesus...
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Proverbs 14:13 (05-17-17)

Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief. — Proverbs 14:13 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2pIL8vL Reposted by: To Live...
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Wait!

Note from Jesus Dear Precious Follower, I know that waiting is hard for you. Regardless of your reason for having to wait, I know that waiting is hard. However, sometimes the best thing you can do to catch the Wind...
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Bats in your Belfry

Today’s category: PastorsBats in your Belfry      Three Pastors in the south were having lunch in a diner. One of them said, "You know, since summer started I’ve been having trouble with them flying bats in my loft and attic at church....
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Jeremiah 31:16-18

This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping    and your eyes from tears,for your work will be rewarded,”declares the Lord.    “They will return from the land of the enemy.So there is hope for your descendants,”declares the Lord.    “Your children will...
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Ancient Wisdom, Today’s Grace: Finding God’s Will

Our Challenging Reality: A young woman shared her heart in Bible class: We all prayed and asked for God’s wisdom to know whether my dad should move to this new church, but we obviously misread the will of God. From...
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Robbing the Amish

Today’s category: AmishRobbing the Amish      Two fellers were in desparate need of cash, but admittedly were a bit cowardly. So the one suggested they break into the Amish market. The logic being that since the Amish were non-resistant, even if they...
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A God of Comfort

Passage 2 Corinthians 1:3-11 Prayer Dear Father, great and gentle one,Blessed are you, God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. You are the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort.You comfort us in our affliction, so that...
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Holy Sharing

Passage 1 Corinthians 16:13-20 Prayer Dear Father,In watchfulness, may I stand firm in faith, be courageous, and be strong. Let everything I do be done in love. Help me to subject myself to those in your church who have devoted...
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Disciplined Giving

Passage 1 Corinthians 16:1-12 Prayer Dear Father,Give me the discipline to set something aside from my earnings every week to subsidize your work around the world.May I then administer this money wisely and honorably. Open wide the doors for effective...
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Immanuel: Making Disciples

Note from Jesus Dear Disciple, I want you to “make disciples.” I want you to “go out” of the security of your own comfort zone, friends, or culture to share My good news with anyone from your neighbors to people...
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Proverbs 3:1-2 (05-16-17)

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. — Proverbs 3:1-2 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Those who are older are not...
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Acts 13:3 (05-15-17)

So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. — Acts 13:3 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… While fasting is not widely practiced in many churches today, it was clearly something that...
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Acts 13:2 (05-14-17)

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” — Acts 13:2 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… When people genuinely worship,...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

I Will Pour Out My Spirit (May 12th)

Verse [Peter, on Pentecost, quoting from Joel 2:] “In those days I [God]  will pour out my Spirit even on my servants — men and women alike — and they will prophesy.” — Acts 2:18 NLT Thought Luke emphasizes in...
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Matthew 5:13 (05-12-17)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” — Matthew 5:13...
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Proverbs 13:21 (05-12-17)

Misfortune pursues the sinner, but prosperity is the reward of the righteous. — Proverbs 13:21 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2q8W0lg Reposted by: To Live Like...
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Accepting Jesus – Matthew 10:40-41

Key Passage “The person that accepts you also accepts me. And the person that accepts me also accepts the One (God) that sent me. Any person that meets a prophet and accepts him will get the same reward a prophet...
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The Mystery Disclosed

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 Prayer Dear Father, keeper of every promise,Thank you for disclosing to us the mystery of what is to come! Keep us looking forward to that moment when we shall all be changed, in a moment, in...
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Head Over All Things

Note from Jesus Dear Servant of God, In My earthly ministry, I repeatedly taught that the greatest in the kingdom of heaven is a servant. My death on the cross for your sins was My ultimate demonstration of this principle....
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Cross-eyed Rottweiler

Today’s category: AnimalsCross-eyed Rottweiler      A man took his Rottweiler to the vet and said to the vet: "My dog’s cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for it?"       "Well" said the vet "lets have a look at him"       So he picks...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Your Baptism

Note from Jesus Dear Friend, My earthly ministry began with My baptism by My cousin, John the Baptist, in the Jordan River (Luke 3:21-23). The heavens were ripped open showing a new time — a new era — had begun...
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The Last Days Are Now (May 11th)

Verse [Peter, on Pentecost, quoting from Joel 2:] “In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions,your old men will dream dreams.”...
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Grace Comes After You!

God’s grace! It has a wildness about it. A white-water, rip-tide, turn-you-upside-downness about it. Grace comes after you! Some years ago I underwent a heart procedure. I asked the surgeon, “You’re burning the interior of my heart, right?” “Correct.” “You...
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Luke 6:27 (05-11-17)

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” — Luke 6:27 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Jesus was the perfect example of this command in his life and death. Love has...
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Take Up the Cross – Matthew 10:38-39

Key Passage “If a person will not accept the cross (suffering) that will be given to him when he follows me, then that person is not good enough for me. Any person that loves his life {more than he loves...
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Anticipation of Victory

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:47-50 Prayer Dear Father, keeper of every promise,Thank you for making the first man, Adam, a living soul. Thank you even more that by your power the last man, Jesus Christ, has become for us a life-giving...
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Proverbs 16:32 (05-11-17)

Better a patient man than a warrior, a man who controls his temper than one who takes a city. — Proverbs 16:32 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS...
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Biblical Songs

Today’s category: BibleBiblical Songs      Noah: "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head"      Adam and Eve: "Strangers in Paradise"      Lazarus: "The Second Time Around"      Esther: "I Feel Pretty"      Job: "I’ve Got a Right to Sing the Blues"      Moses: "The Wanderer"      Jezebel: "The Lady is a Tramp"      Samson: "Hair"      Salome: "I Could...
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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Verse When the Feast of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind, gale force — no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building....
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‘Be Unshakable’

Note from Jesus Dear Precious One, The writer of the “word of exhortation” (Hebrews 13:22) that you call the book of Hebrews wrote this: When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now He makes another...
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Lessons from Nature

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:35-46 Prayer Dear Father, rewarder of all who diligently seek you, Thank you for the lessons in nature that teach truths about your kingdom. Help me to learn from these examples so that I might understand more...
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Proverbs 14:27 (05-10-17)

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. — Proverbs 14:27 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed:...
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2 Peter 3:9 (05-10-17)

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. — 2 Peter 3:9 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… God wants...
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No Peace Here – Matthew 10:34-37

Key Passage “Don’t think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace. I came to bring a sword. I have come to make this happen: ‘The people in a person’s own...
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Church Bloopers 2

Today’s category: Church SignsChurch Bloopers 2      1) Stewardship Offertory: "Jesus Paid It All"      2) The music for today’s service was all composed by George Friedrich Handel in celebration of the 300th anniversary of his birth.      3) Remember in prayer the many who are...
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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Holy Spirit Spoke Long Ago (May 9th)

Verse In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning...
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Proverbs 10:17 (05-09-17)

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray. — Proverbs 10:17 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Discipline is not only important to us, but also to those who are influenced by our...
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Perseverence

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:29-34 Prayer Dear Father, rewarder of all who diligently seek you,Thank you for Jesus, whose life not only taught us how to live, but whose resurrection proved that you have power over death. Thank you for the...
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I Doubt It: World Changers

As the ragtag band of friends of Jesus gathered around their Savior, one thing was obvious: there were only 11 of them — a number that represented incompleteness, failure, abandonment and treachery. Judas had taken his life for betraying his...
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Proverbs 16:33 (05-09-17)

The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. — Proverbs 16:33 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2qkgh8A Reposted by:...
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Not Ashamed – Matthew 10:32-33

Key Passage “When a person stands before other people and says he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before my Father in heaven. But when a person stands before people...
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About That Donation

Today’s category: LawyersAbout That Donation      A local United Way office realized that it had never received a donation from the town’s most successful lawyer. The person in charge of contributions called him to persuade him to contribute.       "Our research shows that...
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Deuteronomy 28:7-9

The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven. The Lord will send a blessing on your barns...
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Filled with Joy (May 8th)

Verse Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit…— Luke 10:21 NLT Thought All too frequently, we pursue the wrong things hoping that they will make us happy. Real joy, however, comes from the presence of the Holy...
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1 Corinthians 2:9 (05-08-17)

However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Kids look forward to Christmas,...
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Fear Him – Matthew 10:28-31

Key Passage “Don’t be afraid of people. They can only kill the body. They cannot kill the soul. The only one you should fear is the One (God) that can destroy the body and the soul. He can send the...
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Proverbs 12:14 (05-08-17)

From the fruit of his lips a man is filled with good things as surely as the work of his hands rewards him. — Proverbs 12:14 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight...
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Joined!

Note from Jesus Dear Partner in Grace, You and I are joined! You believe that I died for your sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead. By now, you should have shared in baptism with Me based on...
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Everything to Everyone

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:27-28 Prayer Dear Father, my everything,May I learn from Christ’s subjection to you, for when all things are subjected to him, your Son himself will also be subject to you, the God who put all things under...
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Then and Now

Today’s category: Old FolksThen and Now      Then: Long hair      Now : Longing for hair       Then: A keg      Now : An EKG       Then: Acid rock      Now : Acid reflux       Then: Moving to California because it’s cool.      Now : Moving to California because it’s hot.       Then: Watching...
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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Colossians 3:12-14

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave...
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According to the Scriptures

Note from Jesus Dear Friends, My resurrection should not have been such a big surprise to My disciples. While My resurrection was not something anyone would have expected in normal life, I lived My life in tune with the will...
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James 3:13 (05-07-17)

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. — James 3:13 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Wisdom isn’t shown by our “book learning,”...
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No Fear – Matthew 10:26-27

Key Passage “So don’t be afraid of those people. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. I tell you these things in the dark (secretly). But I want you to tell these...
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Focus of Ministry (May 7th)

Verse [Jesus, in the synagogue, reading from Isaiah:] “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that...
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Look to the End

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:26 Prayer Dear Father, destroyer of every enemy,Help me to look to the outcome, to the end of things, when Christ will deliver the kingdom to you after destroying every ruler, every authority, and every power.Enable me...
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Proverbs 17:1 (05-07-17)

Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. — Proverbs 17:1 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2pmssxH Reposted...
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A Miracle Transformation

Today’s category: AmishA Miracle Transformation      An Amish boy and his father were visiting a mall. They were amazed by almost everything they saw, but especially by two shiny, silver walls that could move apart and back together again. The boy asked...
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Friday, May 5, 2017

1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness...
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Proverbs 3:7 (05-06-17)

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. — Proverbs 3:7 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Let’s keep this simple. First, we need to admit that with the complexities and perplexities of life, even...
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Proverbs 11:1 (05-06-17)

The LORD abhors dishonest scales, but accurate weights are his delight. — Proverbs 11:1 (NIV) Devotional provided by Heartlight®© 1996-2017. All rights reserved. from “Daily Wisdom by Heartlight (NIV)” via original RSS feed: http://ift.tt/2qBIgAA Reposted by: To Live Like Jesus...
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Life through Christ

Passage 1 Corinthians 15:21-23 Prayer Dear Father, worthy God,You have declared that just as death came through the sin of one man, so life comes through one man’s resurrection from the dead. As in Adam all die, so also in...
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Pentecost and the Promised Spirit (May 6th)

Verse [The LORD said:] “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I...
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Following the Savior – Matthew 10:24-25

Key Passage “A student is not better than his teacher. A servant is not better than his master. A student should be satisfied to become like his teacher. A servant should be satisfied to become like his master. If the...
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Core Gospel

Note from Jesus Dear Beloved, Yesterday, I used parts of one of Paul’s letters to the Corinthian Christians to emphasize the authenticity of the gospel message. Today, I am using the same verses to focus your attention on the essential...
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Heads Are Tough

Today’s category: DoctorsHeads Are Tough      Joe and Jim were out cutting wood, and Jim cut his arm off. Joe wrapped the arm in a plastic bag and took Jim to a surgeon.       The surgeon said "You’re in luck! I’m an expert...
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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Colossians 1:13-18

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. The Supremacy of the Son of God The Son is...
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Psalm 139:23-24 (05-05-17)

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. — Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… Most...
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Creator and Sustainer (May 5th)

Verse When you send your Spirit, they [all creatures]  are created,and you renew the face of the ground. — Psalm 104:30 NIV Thought Psalm 104 praises God as creator and sustainer of the earth. One of the dimensions of his...
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Faith’s Solid Ground

Note from Jesus Dear Precious Disciple, While many things in life are complicated, the basis for saving faith shouldn’t be. I want you to know that your faith is on solid ground. My apostle Paul gave a very clear summary...
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