God's priority

    Thursday, March 26, 2015, 8:39 AM [General]

    ( Depend on the Lord; trust Him, and He  will take care of you Psalm 37:5). God is commited to caring for our needs. Paul tells us that a man who won't feed his own family is worse than an unbeliever ( 1 Timothy 5:8 ). How much more will a Holy God care for His children? After all, how can we fulfill His mission unless our needs are met? How can we teach or minister or influence unless we have our basic needs satisfied? Will God enlist us in His army and not provide a commissary? Of course not. "I pray that the God of peace will give you everything you need so you can do what He wants" ( Hebrews 13:20 and Psalm 37:4 ).Hasn't that prayer been answered in our life? We may not have had a feast, but haven't we always had food? Perhaps there was no banquet, but at least there was bread. And many times there was a banquet.

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    A Godly touch

    Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:26 AM [General]

    ( Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man and said, "I will.Be healed!). Oh, the power of a Godly touch. Haven't you known it? The doctor who treated you, or the teacher who dried your tears? Was there a hand holding yours at a funeral? Another on your shoulder during a trial? A handshake of welcome at a new job?... Can't we offer the same? Many of you already do. Some of you have the master touch of the Physician himself. You use your hands to pray over the sick and minister to the weak. If you aren't touching them personally, your hands are writing letters, dialing phones, baking pies. You have learned the power of a touch. But others of us tend to forget. Our hearts are good; it's just that our memories are bad. We forget how significant one touch can be. Aren't we glad Jesus didn't make the same mistake?
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    A few more scenes

    Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:12 AM [General]

    ("In this world you will have tribulations," Jesus promises, "but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33. God has kept no secrets. He has told us that, while on this yellow brick road ( Of life), we will experience trouble. Disease will afflict bodies. Divorce will break hearts. Death will make widows and devastation will destroy countries. We should not expect any less. But just because the devil shows up and cackles, we needn't panic. Our master(Jesus) speaks of an accomplished deed... "it is finished" ( John 19:30 ). The battle is over. Be alert. But don't be alarmed....The manuscript has been published. The book has been bound. Satan is loosed for a season, but the season is oh-so-brief... Just a few more scenes, just a few more turns in the road, and the devil's end will come.

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    The cloak of humanity

    Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:56 AM [General]

    ( Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him, and He began to be very sad and troubled Mark 14:33). "During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save Him from death" ( Hebrews 5:7 ). My, what a portrait! Jesus is in pain. Jesus is on the stage of fear. Jesus is cloaked, not in sainthood, but in humanity. The next time the fog finds you, you might do well to remember Jesus in the garden. The next time you think that no one understands, reread the 14th chapter of Mark. The next time your self-pity convinces you that no one cares, pay a visit to Gethsemane. And the next time you wonder if God really perceives the pain that prevails on this dusty planet, listen to Him pleading among the twisted trees.
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    Dark nights--God's light

    Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:48 AM [General]

    (Pray for all people, asking God for what they need and being thankful to Him 1 Timothy 2:1). You wonder if it is a blessing or a curse to have a mind that never rests. But you would rather be a cynic than a hypocrite, so you continue to pray with one eye open and wonder: 1) about starving children.2) about the power of prayer.3) about Christians in cancer wards... Tough questions. Throw-in-the-towel questions. Questions the disciples must have asked in the storm. All they could see were black skies as they bounced in the battered boat... ( Then ) a figure camt to them walking on the water. It wasn't what they expected...They almost missed seeing the answer to their prayers. And unless we look and listen closely, we risk making the same mistake. God's lights in our dark nights are as numerous as the stars, if only we'll look for them.

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