UA-62514124-1

*What’s Happening with Craig Kirk Tyndall Today

*What’s Happening with Craig Kirk Tyndall Today

Craig Kirk Tyndall


OCTOBER 19

Today’s Scripture

“…God…calls those things which do not exist as though they did.” (Romans 4:17, NKJV)

Speak Vision

Very often, we see potential in other people that they can’t see in themselves. When you speak vision into them, when you tell them what they can become, you can help set the direction for their life. Your words have the power to push people into their divine destiny. I believe that the reason some people are not living at their full potential is because no one has ever spoken faith into them.
One of our assignments in life is to call out the seeds of greatness in other people. Look around at who God has placed in your life. Speak vision into them. Tell them what they can become. Help them rise up in confidence so they can be all God has called them to be!

A Prayer for Today

“Heavenly Father, help me speak life to those you’ve placed in my life. Thank you for giving me words of blessing to declare over them and for divine prompting when to speak Your faith-building words. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
By Joel & Victoria Osteen
_________________________________________________________

Decisions! Decisions! Decisions!

Every day we are faced with making decisions – some more critical than others. We usually don’t get too stressed out about the insignificant ones such as which parking spot to choose, or what to eat for supper. But when faced with one of those life changing decisions – then what are we to do? Of course, we discuss it with our spouse, family or friends, but the FIRST place we should go is to God! He alone knows the future and more importantly – what is best for us! The Bible says in James 1:5, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” In other words, God is telling us that we can come to Him for wisdom, guidance and direction without fear of Him scolding us for bothering Him! God “wants” us to come to Him! In Psalm 32:8 we’re told, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.”  It really doesn’t get any clearer than that! We don’t have to make decisions blindly – hoping that we make the right one! We can get the answers we need directly from our heavenly Father – and the best part . . . God doesn’t make mistakes!

By Brenda Walsh – www.brendawalsh.com

Text: Proverbs 6:22-23, Psalm 119:105, Isaiah 30:21, Psalm 37:23

 

OCTOBER 18

Today’s Scripture

            “Your word I have treasured and stored in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”  (Psalm 119:11, AMP)

Power in His Word

            Did you know that the Word of God has the power to protect you and keep you from doing the things you know you shouldn’t do? Hebrews tells us that the Word of God is living and active; it’s powerful in our lives. God communicates to us through His written Word, the Bible, and He communicates with us through His spoken Word, which can come in many ways. In Scripture, God spoke to people through a burning bush, a still small voice, and even a donkey. Today, He may speak to your heart through a friend, a worship song, or something in creation. One thing is for sure, when He does speak, your spirit knows it. There is confirmation in your inner man. God always speaks truth, and truth always sets you free!

            God’s Word also protects you. When you hold His Word close to your heart, it acts like a shield around your heart. You hold His Word close to you by meditating on it, focusing on it, thinking about it and declaring it. As you allow His truth to sink into your spirit, it will empower you and change you. It will equip you to live the good life He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word which strengthens and protects me. Thank You for speaking truth to my heart. Help me to hear Your voice more clearly that I may live a life pleasing to You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here



OCTOBER 17

Never Alone Again

“In all their distress, he too was distressed; . . . he lifted them up and carried them.” (Isaiah 63:9, NIV)

The solution to loneliness is not to give in or give up~or do what everyone else does~or go where everyone else goes~or look like and speak like and think like and act like the world around you so you won’t stand out so sharply from the crowd. The solution is not to withdraw into an uninvolved, inactive life. The solution is found when you discover meaning in the midst of loneliness as God Himself shares your loneliness while you walk with Him and work for Him.

Two thousand years ago another solitary figure stood out in history. He stood alone against all the visible and invisible forces of evil in the universe. The sin of all mankind was placed upon Him as He walked to the place of sacrifice, carrying His own means of execution. He was betrayed by one of His best friends and denied by another. Not one person stood with Him-not the blind man to whom He had given sight, not the deaf man to whom He had given hearing, not the lame man to whom He had given strength. He was crucified on a Roman cross alone . . . so that you need never be alone-ever again.
By Anne Graham

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, His Call Gospel Ministries, 2-3pm

 

 


OCTOBER 13

SLIPPING AWAY

When you first fall in love with Jesus, you are exuberant, excited, and on-fire for Him – but it’s far too easy, to let the flame go out. In order to hold on to that rich, love relationship, you must stay connected through prayer, and study of His Word. There is also another element that keeps you from slipping away – and that’s active evangelism! There’s no better ‘spiritual high’ than helping someone come to know your Lord and Savior. When you put your faith in action it is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. In Titus 3:8, the apostle Paul admonished believers with these words, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.” There is bound to be some highs and lows in this journey of life – but God wants you to keep doing good works, living a life consistently devoted to prayer and study of His Holy Word. A life lived for Jesus results in a life filled with good works which not only benefits others, but strengthens your faith as well. Even if you don’t “feel” like doing good works – do them anyway and and don’t allow bitterness, anger, depression or anything else cause you to slip away from God. Pursue the Lord with all your heart – for when you do – your love relationship with Jesus will grow and good works are sure to follow. Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6, Proverbs 11:25, 1 Peter 3:15, Mark 16:15, Luke 6:38

Bible Texts:
2 Corinthians 9:6 NKJV – But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

Proverbs 11:25 NKJV – The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself.

1 Peter 3:15 NKJV – But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

Mark 16:15 NKJV – And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Luke 6:38 NKJV – “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Thanks to Brenda Walsh – www.brendawalsh.com

 

 


OCTOBER 12

Give All that You Have

Philip answered [Jesus], “Eight months’ wages would not buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!” (John 6:7, NIV)
Almost as soon as Philip came to the conclusion that it was humanly impossible to feed the crowd gathered on the hillside, “Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?‘” (John 6:8-9, NIV). While Andrew seemed to agree with Philip about the impossibility of feeding so many, his approach to the need was more positive. Without even realizing it, his faith had found the key to the storehouse of God’s ample supply. When he offered Jesus a few loaves and fish, he was offering Jesus everything he had!
What do you have? Do you have a little bit of time?
a little bit of love?
a little bit of money?
a little bit of faith?
Don’t concentrate on what you lack, concentrate on what you have. Then give all of it to Jesus for His use.
Blessings,
Anne Graham Lotz

____________________________________________________________________________

CHRISTIANS, FIGHT INJUSTICE – By Billy Graham

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is it true that Christianity has been a force in overcoming injustices in the world? — I.M.

A: There are many examples of how Christian revival paved the way for better conditions around the world. John Wesley, for instance, began preaching in the fields, churches, barns, on hillsides, in the rain, in the scorching sun — at any place people would gather to hear God’s word proclaimed. Then he took up his pen and wrote against the evils of his day. He denounced violations of God’s law. He pointed out immorality that opposed God’s holiness and undermined morals of mankind. He pointed out the abuses of labor. He opposed everything which he found to be contrary to the commandments of God.

It was the great revival under Wesley which set in motion forces that eventually destroyed slavery around the world.

__________________________________________________________________________

His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

RIVER VIEW TOWERS #3 (Chattanooga TN), 500 W. MLK Blvd., Gospel singing with His Call Gospel Ministries, Deborah Sansing, 7-8:30pm. 

 


OCTOBER 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”  (Psalms 51:10, ESV)

Christ Makes Everything New

            2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

            If you need a new beginning in any area of your life, allow Christ to make you a new creation, and the old will pass away. He will put a new and right spirit within you when you call on His name. Make your relationship with Him your number one priority. As you develop an intimacy with Him through daily prayer and the study of His Word, you will experience the joy of newness of life!

A Prayer for Today

“Father, I choose to put You first. Wipe the slate clean as I develop a deeper personal relationship with You. Thank You for new beginnings as I walk every day with You.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

______________________________________________________________

Intellectual Culture Can’t Save Man – By Billy Graham

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham:

Q: My professor asked my class to broaden our thinking and seek solutions to the world’s problems offered by educators. This seems narrow, not broad. What’s the answer? — C.S.

A: There are scholars who claim that the remedy for a corrupted society can be found in the universal system of education and the arts. This theory suggests that mankind can be made pure and happy by intellectual culture. For decades, however, the American government has spent millions of dollars to educate society, supposing that education is the answer to all the problems that people encounter. Why, then, is our world spinning out of control?

Education and the arts cannot purify the heart and forgive sin. Scholarly minds cannot regenerate human hearts. Educating civilization will not save the world from itself. This can be done only through the acceptance of Jesus as personal Savior and Lord.

__________________________________________________________

His Call Gospel Singers (Craig & Debby Tyndall) are honored to be singing for the Lord today at:

MORNING POINTE OF ATHENS (Athens TN), 2-3pm

RINGGOLD WEDDING CHAPEL (Ringgold GA), 6-7;30pm

 

 


OCTOBER 10

Today’s Scripture

            “…faith without works is dead.” – (James 2:20, NKJV) 

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS  – Waiting

            Are you waiting for God to do something in your life? One thing I’ve learned is that waiting should not be a passive thing. When we’re waiting the correct way, we’re on the lookout. We talk like what we are believing for is going to happen. We act like it’s going to happen. We’re making preparations.

            It’s just like when you’re expecting someone for dinner; you don’t wait till they show up before you decide to start cooking. Most likely you start early in the day. You make sure the house is clean, you go to the grocery store, and maybe you buy some flowers for the table. You make preparations because you’re expecting someone. Well, that’s the attitude we need to have while we’re waiting for God’s promises to come to pass. Put your faith to work. Prepare for the answer to come. Keep standing, keep believing, and keep hoping because your answer is on the way!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, I choose to put actions behind my faith today. I trust that You are at work in my life. I will wait the right way—with expectancy—knowing that my faith in You opens the door for Your hand to move in my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here



OCTOBER 9

Today’s Scripture

            “The soul of the sluggard craves, and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”  (Proverbs 13:4, RSV)

The Reward of Diligence

            God longs to pour out His favor and blessing on you. He has rewards, victory and promotion for you, but these things don’t happen automatically. You have to do your part. You have to be diligent. First of all, you have to be diligent to seek His ways and follow His commands. Then you also have to be diligent with what you have in your hand—your time, abilities and resources. In Matthew, Jesus tells a parable about three men whose employer entrusted them with some money. Two of the men were diligent and invested the money and received a great return. The third man was afraid and buried what he was given. The first two men were rewarded and praised for their diligence while the third man was basically fired. Today, follow the example of the first two men and look for ways to be diligent with what you have in your hand. Whatever you do, do it with excellence! Be the best you can be. Go the extra mile even when you think it goes unnoticed because God notices and promises to richly supply the soul of the diligent!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your favor and blessing on my life. Today I choose to be diligent. I choose to live in excellence and do everything to the best of my ability. I give You all the glory and thank You for Your faithfulness.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


OCTOBER 8

Today’s Scripture

            “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”  (Psalm 9:10, NIV)

Three Things to Do Every Day

            Most times, it’s not the big events in life or the big breaks that get us where we need to be, it’s the little things, the daily disciplines that move us forward in the good things God has for us. I believe there are three things you can do every day that can change the course of your life. Number one, expect God’s goodness. Get up every day looking for God’s favor. Number two, recognize God’s goodness. There are no coincidences, no lucky breaks. It’s all the goodness of God. And number three, always thank God for His goodness. Anytime something good happens, big or little, give God the glory. “Lord, thank You for that parking spot. Lord, thank You for that idea. Lord, thank You for sending me dew in my desert.” If you do this, I believe and declare that you’re going to come into more of God’s goodness; that His blessings are going to come after you. God is going to open up supernatural doors. He’s going to turn negative situations around. Get ready because something good is coming your way! You’re going to fulfill your God-given destiny because He never forsakes those who seek after Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I do set my heart and mind on You today. I expect Your goodness because I know You are faithful. Every good and perfect thing comes from You. Thank You for Your hand of blessing on every area of my life.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


OCTOBER 5

Today’s Scripture

            “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”  (Proverbs 17:22, NLT)

Laugh a Little

            God has given you a great prescription for living a long, healthy and happy life: Laugh, and laugh a lot! The “medicine” of laughter is within everyone, but you may need to start taking it. Recent studies have shown that laughter boosts the body’s immune system, reduces stress, reduces the risk of heart attack, and even acts as a natural tranquilizer. Those are health benefits everyone needs. That’s why it’s tragic to go through life with a stone face. The enemy has convinced too many into thinking that they need to be somber and serious in order to be a Christian. But don’t fall for that trick. God wants you to laugh and live well!

A Prayer for Today

            “Lord, thank You for a sense of humor and for laughter. Teach me how to enjoy this wonderful gift and share it with others.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


OCTOBER 4

Today’s Scripture

            “and do not give the Devil an opportunity to work.”  (Ephesians 4:27, ISV)

Close the Door on Fear

            So many people today are living with less than God’s best because they’ve allowed fear to creep in and take root in their lives. Fear is the greatest weapon the enemy uses to try to hold us back. Fear is not from God. Scripture tells us that fear brings torment. It’s designed to paralyze us and keep us from God’s blessings.

            The good news is that God is greater than fear. His power in you is greater than any power that comes against you. But in order to walk in His power, you have to close the door on the enemy. See, the enemy can’t have access to your life unless you open a door and give him access. That’s why we have to be careful about what we watch, what we listen to, what we read, and what we say. When we open ourselves to fear, we give the enemy opportunity.

            If you’ve allowed fear to steal from you in any area of life, today you can be free—you can be finished with fear. Conquering the enemy starts by making the choice to close the door on fear, and instead, meditate on God’s promises. We overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! Let His truth sink down into your heart. Declare it out of your mouth. Let Him set you free and lead you into victory as you close the door on fear!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, I come to You today declaring that I am finished with fear. Thank You for giving me power, love and a sound mind. I choose to stand on Your promises. Fill me with Your peace and joy today as I move forward in victory with You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


OCTOBER 3

Today’s Scripture

            “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.”  (Psalm 27:5, NIV)

Hiding in the Right Place

            Have you ever watched children play hide and seek? They look for the best place to hide in the house or yard and wait quietly for their friend to try and find them. It’s a fun game for kids, but even as adults, we need a good place to hide from time to time. Sometimes we need a place of refuge, we need a place of safety, and we need a place to rest when we feel overwhelmed by the circumstances of life—a place where the enemy of our soul can never find us.

            The good news is that God has the perfect hiding place for you! You don’t have to hide in your job. You don’t have to hide in relationships. You don’t have to hide in food or addictions because God Himself promises to hide you! He freely offers you shelter from the storms of life any time you call upon His name.

            Remember, there’s only one place the enemy cannot find you. There’s only one place where opposition cannot steal from you. There’s only one true place of safety and rest for your soul, and that is in the arms of Jesus. Know that He loves you, and He is ready to receive you when you call upon His name!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I come humbly before You giving You all that I am. Thank You for hiding me in Your shelter and keeping me safe from the storms of life. My soul finds rest in You as I seek You and praise Your holy name. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


OCTOBER 2

Today’s Scripture

            “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.”  (Joshua 1:9, NLT)

Choose Faith Today

            In the same way that faith opens the door for God to work in our lives, fear opens the door for the enemy to work in our lives.

            The Bible says that fear brings torment. Fear has no mercy. If you act on fear instead of acting on faith, it will keep you depressed, miserable and lonely. So many people today are missing out on God’s joy, peace and victory because they keep giving in to fear. They feed fear by what they watch on TV or read in the news or on the internet. Don’t let that be you! Romans tells us that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. The more you fill your heart and mind with God’s Word, the stronger your faith will be so you can stand against the powers of darkness. Choose faith instead of fear by choosing God’s Word.

            Remember, the power that is in you is greater than the power of fear. When thoughts come that say, “You’re not able,” choose faith by saying, “I can do all things through Christ!” Choose faith, overcome fear and live in the freedom God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I receive Your Word today which is life, health and strength to me. I choose to close the door on fear by guarding what I say, listen to, and dwell on. Fill me with Your love and faith as I meditate on Your Word.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”


OCTOBER 1

Today’s Scripture

            “…‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty.”  (Zechariah 4:6, NIV)

Look What He’s Doing

            Are you struggling or striving to make something happen? Maybe you need a breakthrough in your finances or in a relationship. It’s good to do everything we know to do in the natural, but we have to always remember that victory doesn’t come by might nor power, but by the Spirit of the living God.

            One translation says, “It’s by the breath of Almighty God.” When you know God is breathing in your direction and dare to take a leap of faith and say, “Yes, this is my time; I’m going to accomplish my dreams,” that’s when you will feel a wind beneath your wings. That’s when you’ll feel a supernatural lift, an anointing that will help you accomplish what you could not accomplish on your own.

            Today, know that the wind of God is blowing. This is your season. This is your time to believe again. Believe that God can open doors that no man can shut. Believe that He is working behind the scenes in your favor. Believe that it’s your season; it’s your time, and get ready to embrace every blessing He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I choose to set my mind and heart on You. I choose to look for what You want to do in and through me. I let go of any wrong thinking, attitudes or actions that would hold me back.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


SEPTEMBER 28

Today’s Scripture

            “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!”  (Psalm 34:8, ESV)

Take Refuge in Him

            Where do you take refuge when the storms of life come? Where do you go for comfort and safety? Some people find it easy to turn to their friends, their job, or even a bowl of ice cream. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, but God wants us to turn to Him first. He wants us to take refuge in Him. He longs to protect us, defend us and give us His strength. We serve a good God, and when we take refuge in Him, He will pour out His abundant blessing in our lives.

            Taste and see that the Lord is good, and His promises are good. When you turn to God, the Bible promises that you will find rest and refuge for your soul. No matter what you may be facing today, come to the Father. He will give you His peace and strength as you take refuge in Him.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I open my heart to You. Thank You for Your peace and rest and for showing me Your hand of blessing as I take refuge in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_____________________________________________________________

Strengthen family life with prayer – By Billy Graham

From words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham:

Q: Family prayer is a thing of the past. Does it really matter?

A :  Habits can often become rituals that make no impact, but prayer is a vital link in having strength and endurance in the home. The old saying, “A family that prays together, stays together” carries a lot of weight. Prayer drives people to God — and God is ready to listen and answer. What a privilege that so many families miss out on. Prayer unifies and energizes the family unit. It can be a reminder that we do not have to go out into the world without the power of God going with us. Only by direct contact with God through prayer can we hope to have the serenity and security that will enable us to be a witness for him in a dark and confused world.

The practice of prayer also equips family members to pray effectively amid the pressures of jobs, school and community relations. The home is the best place to learn spiritual lessons such as these. Prayer is the best way to prepare for whatever is in store for us in the critical and testing times of life. When difficulties come, we don’t have to be dependent on the circumstances around us, but on the hidden resource within us — and that is God himself.

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


SEPTEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

            “I will say of the LORD, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!'”  (Psalm 91:2, AMP)

What Do You Say?

            Your words have tremendous power. No matter what you may be facing today, the words of your mouth can help set the course for victory or defeat. When you wake up with an attitude of faith and expectancy and declare that God is your refuge, you will be strengthened and empowered by His Spirit. When you talk like you are blessed, when you walk like you are blessed, then you will live like you are blessed!

            Understand that your words are like seeds. When you declare favor and blessing, you are sowing favor and blessing, and you will reap a harvest of favor and blessing in return. That’s why it’s so important to take inventory of what you are saying on a regular basis. Even when challenges and obstacles arise, you have to rise up and say, “If God is for me, who can be against me?” Every day, let go of the weeds of unforgiveness and bitterness. Water your seed with the Word of God so you can move forward into the abundant life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your Word which is like refreshing water to my soul. Help me choose the right things to say so that I can live in victory all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

______________________________________________________________

God’s View Of Us Differs From Our Own – By Billy Graham

From words and writings of the Rev. Billy Graham:

Q: Does God view people the same way we view ourselves?

A: Humans view life from a personal point of time and space, but God views us from his heavenly throne in the light of eternity. We see ourselves as self-sufficient, self-important and self-sustaining; God sees us as dependent, self-centered and self-deceived. Our worldly wisdom has made us calloused and hard. Our natural wisdom, as the Scriptures teach, comes not from God, but is earthly, sensual and devilish (James 3:15).

There is the person you think you are. There is the person others think you are. And there is the person God knows you are and what you can become through Christ.

All truth is from God, whether scientific, psychological, philosophic or religious, and he wants us to believe his truth, which points us to the cross. It is there that we find forgiveness of the sins of “self” and the solution to dilemmas and problems.

It is impossible for the “natural man” (the one who does not know Jesus Christ as personal Savior) to understand how God, in his grace and mercy, can forgive sinners and transform lives. It is also impossible for the natural man to comprehend how these changed lives can affect society. Those with their worldly wisdom do not understand the workings of God. But you can know the Lord Jesus today if you will receive him by faith.

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 26

Today’s Scripture

            “Have this same attitude in yourselves which was in Christ Jesus [look to Him as your example in selfless humility].”  (Philippians 2:5, AMP)

Reflect Him

            When you reflect something, you are exhibiting its likeness. You are displaying its characteristics. Like a mirror, the Bible tells us that we should reflect the character and likeness of Jesus. We should have His same attitude.

            That may sound like a pretty tall order; after all, Jesus was the Son of God. But remember, when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior, we become sons and daughters of God, too. We become empowered by the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead. That means we have the same power, the same spirit of humility, the same strength, and the same love on the inside. We are equipped to follow His example and do what He did. What did He do? Scripture says that Jesus went around doing good and bringing healing to others; physically, spiritually and emotionally.

            Notice that today’s verse starts by saying, “Let…” In other words, we have to open the door for God to work in our lives. We have to be the ones to humbly invite Him in. Let that be your goal today—open your heart to Him so you can reflect Him in your attitude and actions!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I invite You to dwell in my thoughts, heart and attitude. I choose to follow Your example and bring good to others. Help me be a pure reflection of Your love in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_______________________________________________________________

Showered with Blessings

            “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  (John 1:16, NIV)

            As children of God, we are the primary recipients of His blessing. Regardless of our past failures or present shortcomings, our relationship with Jesus Christ ensures that “from the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”

            When the Mediterranean Sea evaporates or runs low, the Atlantic Ocean rushes in at the Strait of Gibraltar to replenish it and keep it full. When you and I are related to Jesus Christ, our strength and wisdom and peace and joy and love and hope may run out, but His life rushes in to keep us filled to the brim – not because of anything we have or have not done, but just because of Him we are showered with blessings.

By Anne Graham Lotz

____________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 25

Prayer Priorities

Sometimes when people pray, they do so in the same manner as if they were asking their wealthy, generous uncle. They plead for a better job, more money, a fancy car, or some exotic vacation. Or they pray demanding healing, or some other miracle on their behalf. But that’s not how God wants you to pray, He wants you to make your requests known to Him with an unselfish heart. And when you put other’s needs ahead of your own – you’ll experience the power of prayer such as King Solomon did. You might remember his famous prayer for wisdom in 2 Chronicles 1:11-12, “Then God said to Solomon: “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked riches or wealth or honor or the life of your enemies, nor have you asked long life—but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself, that you may judge My people over whom I have made you king— wisdom and knowledge are granted to you; and I will give you riches and wealth and honor, such as none of the kings have had who were before you, nor shall any after you have the like.” Wow! That is pretty good evidence of how God feels about unselfish prayers! Set prayer priorities putting the needs of others ahead of your own and it won’t be long before you’ll find God’s will – becomes your will too.

By Brenda Walsh

___________________________________________________________________

Today’s Scripture

            “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”  (Matthew 5:16, ESV)

You Are an Example

            You are God’s representative in this earth. When you follow the Word of God and allow Him to work in your life, you are letting your light shine. When you are good to people and show them kindness, even when they don’t deserve it, you are shining your light. When you smile and keep a good attitude, even when things don’t go your way, you are setting an example so that people will glorify God in heaven.

            Notice this Scripture says, “they will see your good works.” People aren’t impressed by our knowledge or what we say; people are drawn to God by our good works. Today, ask the Lord to show you ways to share His goodness with others. Look for opportunities to let your light shine everywhere you go—at home, at work, in the grocery store, at the gym. There’s always an opportunity to be an example of God’s goodness!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for choosing me to be Your representative. Show me how to let my light shine. Help me be an example of Your love and grace everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 24

Don’t Be a Stumbling Block

People make choices every day but seldom stop and think about the effects their decisions will have on those around them. When you choose a wrong path –  you are not the only one who will get hurt – for others will suffer because of your mistakes as well. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:26, “If one member suffers, all the members suffer.” As a follower of Christ, your life should always be a living example of His love, and God wants you to be a witness to all those you come in contact with. When you fall – it will cause others to fall too. There’s an incredible responsibility that comes with being a Christian. Acts 1:8, says; “You shall be witnesses to Me.” and in Romans 14:7, we’re told; “None of us lives to himself.” God wants us to love, support and encourage each other. It’s not enough to accept Christ for your Savior and then just keep Him all to yourself! God wants you to share His love with others and that is pretty tough to do if you are living a life with one foot in the church and the other one on the devil’s ground. Choose to live a godly life and don’t allow selfishness, impure thoughts, moral insensitivity or spiritual weakness cause your brother to fall. 1 Corinthians 8:9 says it very clearly, “But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak.” Remember that when you are weak – God is strong and He will give you everything you need to defeat the enemy and that includes wisdom to make the right choices.

By Brenda Walsh

_____________________________________________________________

Today’s Scripture

            “For God has bought you with a great price. So use every part of your body to give glory back to God because he owns it.”  (1 Corinthians 6:20, TLB)

Take Care of Yourself

            There is no doubt that being in shape spiritually is the most important kind of fitness. But being in shape physically is very important as well. Some people know the Bible well – they pray often and know what to do, but they don’t have the physical energy to do anything at all. All three parts of your being – physical, emotional and spiritual – should be healthy and in sync for you to function most productively. Your body is the temple of the Most High God, and you must honor Him with the care you take of it. Seek a balance, and try to be healthy and God-honoring in every part of life.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for giving me the ability to honor You with my body. Help me to take care of my body and make it a stronger and healthier temple for You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 21

Listening with Eyes on God’s Word

            They received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.  (Acts 17:11, NIV)

            Following the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ, His disciples fanned out all over the known world, telling people they could now be reconciled with God through faith in Jesus Christ. How were the religious faithful to know if this was true? How could they discern the true Shepherd’s voice?

            A fascinating glimpse is given to us when the apostle Paul, who had started heated debates and even riots in practically every synagogue and city where he preached the Gospel, slipped into the little town of Berea. As was his custom, he went straight to the synagogue in order to share the wonderful good news that the Messiah had come. This time when he preached, “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

            We will recognize our Shepherd’s voice when we listen with our eyes on the pages of our Bibles.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

________________________________________________________________

Today’s Scripture

            “And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the LORD your God.”  (Deuteronomy 28:2, ESV)

Handfuls on Purpose

            Our God is a rewarder of those who seek Him! When you keep God first place and do your best to honor Him, Scripture says, “His blessings will chase you down and overtake you.” That means you will come into increase, promotion and good breaks that you didn’t necessarily deserve. That’s God rewarding you for walking in His ways.

            We see this principle in the Old Testament with Ruth. She was out in the fields following behind the workers and gathering up the leftover wheat that they missed. She was trying to take care of her mother-in-law, Naomi, but they were barely surviving. One day, the owner of the fields told the workers to leave handfuls of wheat on purpose for Ruth. Ruth came into blessings that were simply dropped at her feet.

            Every one of us can look back and see times where God has left us handfuls on purpose—something that we didn’t deserve or even ask for. We just stumbled into it. That’s a “handful on purpose.” I encourage you to always keep your expectancy up. Keep trusting God and obeying His voice because He is ready to bless you in unexpected ways today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I trust You as my provider; You are the One who cares for me. I acknowledge You with my love and thank You for leaving me ‘handfuls on purpose’ today in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


SEPTEMBER 20

Today’s Scripture

            “…my flesh also will dwell in hope.” (Acts 2:26, ESV)

The Land of Hope

            Where are you dwelling in your heart today? In other words, what are you expecting to happen in your life? What kind of attitude do you have? If your thoughts are stuck and you’re focused on what’s wrong or what’s not working, then it’s time to make a move! It’s time to pack up your belongings and move out of the land of discouragement. It’s time to move out of the “Not-going-to-happen” subdivision and move out of “Can’t-do-it-ville.” It’s time to pack your bags and move into the land of hope, faith and expectation!

            Every time you catch a negative thought, and instead, dwell on God’s promises, it’s like you are packing your bags. Every time you declare God’s faithfulness, you are taking a step in the right direction. The Bible says that those who hope in the Lord will never be put to shame. As you turn your focus toward Him, you are dwelling in the Land of Hope—a land where His peace, blessing and victory reside.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for ordering and directing my steps. Thank You for taking me to the land of hope! I choose to set my mind on You, knowing that You are faithful. I release the past and invite You to fill me with Your peace, blessing and victory.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 19

Today’s Scripture

            “Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.”  (Genesis 26:12, NIV)

Wear Your Blessing Well

            One time Isaac was in a famine. There was a great drought in the land, but Isaac went out and planted crops right in the middle of that famine. It didn’t make any sense, but somehow in that same year of drought, the Scripture says, “Isaac received 100 times what he had sown because the Lord blessed him.”

            What’s interesting is that when Isaac got blessed, the people around him, the Philistines and his friends all of the sudden got jealous of him. They were fine as long as he was broke. As long as they were at the same level, it was no big deal. But when he stepped up to a new level, when he began to wear his blessings well, the Scripture says, “The Philistines hated Isaac.”

            Maybe you’ve noticed this in your own life. When you start to do better, the people around you don’t celebrate. They become jealous. But you can’t allow the attitudes of others to hold you back and cause you to live in mediocrity. Instead, when you’re blessed, brag on God! Shake off the criticism of others and receive His blessing. Wear it well because when you honor Him, He will continue to increase and promote you all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have poured out on my life. In humility, I choose to wear my blessings well. I won’t shrink back at the criticism of others; but instead, I will walk forward with You into the life of blessing You have prepared for me.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_________________________________________________________

The Lord Is The Solid Anchor That Makes You Unshakable In The Storm.

            Have you ever seen the anchor of a Titanic-sized ship or ocean liner? It’s impressive! Anchors like these are enormous, taller than several men standing on top of each other. The Titanic’s main anchor, for example, weighed more than 15 tons! Let’s just say that nothing could move a ship like this when its anchor was thrown…

            The Bible also tells us about an anchor: “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,” (see Hebrews 6:19)

            This anchor…

Will never fail you,

Will help you face every storm, no matter what it is,

Is the hope that makes you unshakeable,

Is much more steadfast than any earthly support.

If, when a storm hits, our first reaction is to run every which way and panic, we’ll have few chances of escaping it. However, if we hide within this “sure and steadfast” anchor, we will be much safer.

            Is a strong wind blowing in your life? Hold on to Jesus.

            The Lord is the solid anchor that makes you unshakeable in the storm. He secures and upholds you. He alone can make you unmovable in His immense grace and limitless love. The wind may well blow. But in Jesus, nothing can capsize you.

            Let’s pray together…“Lord Jesus, when the winds of life blow upon my heart and cause me to falter, I know that I can count on You. I have this assurance that You are my anchor, my steadfast shelter. So I hold on to You today; I turn to You right now. I’m blessed by Your love, Your presence, Your Word, Your comforting voice. Jesus, I love You…! Thank You, My Lord. Amen.”

Source:  https://jesus.net/miracle/an-anchor-that-makes-you-unshakeable/


SEPTEMBER 18

Today’s Scripture

            “…the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am God Almighty…”  (Genesis 17:1 ESV)

The God of More than Enough

            Do you need more peace, joy or provision in your life? We serve a God who is more than enough, and He has more than enough!

            The original Hebrew word in this verse is El Shaddai which means “the All-Sufficient One” or the God of plenty. In other words, our God is more than enough! He’s not worried about how He’s going to meet your needs. He’s not wondering how He’s going to provide for you. He’s already overflowing with everything you need in this life, and He longs to bless you. Do you know why? He wants to bless you abundantly so that you can turn around and be a blessing to other people. He wants you to be His reflection in the earth.

            Today, keep an attitude of faith and expectancy. Remember, you serve the Almighty God. He promises to supply all of your needs because He is El Shaddai, the God of more than enough!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I believe that You are the God of more than enough. Today, I receive Your Word and choose to have an attitude of faith and expectancy. Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness to me.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

Learn How To Really Know God – By Billy Graham

From words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham:

Q: On a trip to Italy I saw a painting of God. Is he really an old man with a long white beard?

A : When people receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior they begin to understand that God is a spirit, yet he displays the attributes of perfection. God thinks, he speaks, he communicates, he judges, he instructs, he grieves and he loves.

God sent his only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to relate to us in our human limitations. To this day, he feels what we feel; after all, we are made in his image, so it is to be expected that we would be able to communicate our deepest feelings and emotions to God.

And God communicates with us through his Word. When he speaks to us, he should have our full attention. And remember, God knows everything about us. We cannot hide anything from God, and we can trust him fully. God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. He never changes. He longs to have a personal relationship with us. But more than what we think he looks like, he wants us to “know” him.

Most of us know about God, but that is quite different from knowing God. God is not bound by a body, yet he is a person. If you want to know what God looks like, look at the heart of God, for it is rich in mercy and grace. Submit to him. Study the Scriptures; for he has revealed himself in his blessed Word, the Bible.

__________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 17

Today’s Scripture

            “My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.”  (Proverbs 3:21-22, NIV)

An Ornament of Grace

            No matter what decisions you may be facing today, God wants to equip you and empower you to make the right choices. Today’s verse tells us that seeking wisdom and discretion brings life and is “an ornament of grace.” How do we seek wisdom and discretion? By making the Word of God a priority. The answer to every situation we face is addressed in God’s Word either directly or by principle. When God’s Word is the final authority in your life, His grace will empower you to live victoriously.

            Verses 23 through 26 go on to say, “Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.”

            Today, I encourage you to put God’s Word first. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you as you study. Follow His commands and open the way for His grace to cover you. Let His grace empower you to dwell in safety and rest securely all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for Your Word which is life and health to me. I submit myself to You knowing that You have good things in store for my future. I will hide Your Word in my heart so that I can receive Your grace and walk in Your ways.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


SEPTEMBER 14

Today’s Scripture

            “But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, ‘Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.”  (Luke 8:50, NKJV)

Only Believe

            In Scripture a man came to Jesus and said, “My little daughter is very sick. She is close to death. Will You come to my home and pray for her?” Jesus agreed. But along the way He kept getting stopped, one interruption after another. Finally, word came back to Him saying, “No need to come. You’ve waited too late. The little girl has died.”

            The people were upset and very distraught. But Jesus said to them in Luke 8:50 “Don’t be afraid. If you will only believe, the little girl will be well.” Notice the phrase “only believe.” Jesus went to the home, laid hands on the little girl, and she came back to life.

            Are you facing a situation that seems impossible? In the natural, you don’t see how you can get well, or how you can overcome the addiction, or how your family can ever be restored. God is saying to you what He said to them, “If you will only believe, I will turn the situation around. If you only believe, breakthroughs are headed your way!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your hand of victory upon my life. Thank You for making a way even when there seems to be no way. I choose to stand in faith. I choose to believe, knowing that You are ready, willing and able to cause me to overcome in this life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_________________________________________

WORSHIP SERVICES THIS WEEKEND

*WORSHIP SERVICES

_______________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 13

Today’s Scripture

            “The one who guards a fig tree will eat its fruit…”  (Proverbs 27:18, NIV)

If Only

            It’s easy to get stuck in the trap of thinking that if only your circumstances would just change, then life would be better. You might think, “If I got a new job, or a new house or had better friends, then I would really be happy.” But I’ve learned that often times, God changes us before He changes our circumstances. We are thinking, “If only my circumstances would change,” when God may be thinking, “If only your attitude would change!”

            Today, if you’ve been thinking, “If only,” it’s time to turn your thoughts around. Don’t allow negative thinking to direct your attitude or affect how you treat others. Instead, begin to thank God for what He has planned for you. Bloom where you are planted. Tend to what God has placed in your hand. If you will focus on what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have, then God can bless you and multiply you and lead you forward into the destiny He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your goodness and grace upon my life. Today I choose to turn my thoughts around and focus on what You have placed in my hands. I will be faithful, knowing that You are faithful, and that You have a good plan in store for me.  In Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________

Why do Movies Take God’s Name in Vain?

When was the first time you heard an expletive? If you think back, it’s likely that your answer stems from something you heard on the radio, saw on TV or maybe even a parent or friend…read more

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 12

Today’s Scripture

            “… as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.”  (Romans 12:3, NKJV)

The Ability to Believe

            One of the greatest abilities God has given each one of us is our ability to believe. If you believe God’s Word, you can be successful. If you believe God’s Word, you can overcome mistakes of the past. If you believe God’s Word, you can fulfill your God-given destiny. There is incredible power in what you believe. What you believe is greater than your circumstances, greater than your trials, greater than your medical report, and greater than your bank account! When you get into agreement with God and believe what He says about you, then what you believe will supersede any natural law. I have a friend that came to this country with nothing but the clothes on his back. Today he runs a Fortune 500 company. Against all odds, he believed he could do what God placed in his heart.

            Today, nurture those seeds of faith by dwelling on His Word. As you get the Word of God in your heart, faith will come to you. Faith will grow and strengthen in you. Faith will rise up in you and empower you to take hold of all the blessings God has for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your Word of truth which sets me free and deposits faith in my heart. I lift up my eyes to You. I turn my focus toward Your Word and invite You to have Your way in every area of my life.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


SEPTEMBER 11

SEPTEMBER 11 ATTACKS

Written By Peter L. Bergen – Last Updated: Sep 10, 2018

September 11 attacks, also called 9/11 attacks, series of airline hijackings and suicide attacks committed in 2001 by 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda against targets in the United States…Read more

____________________________________________________

Today’s Scripture

            “Remind people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready and willing to do good.”  (Titus 3:1, AMP)

How Do You Honor God?

            What do you do to honor God? A lot of times people think, “I go to church to honor God. I read my Bible to honor God. I sing and clap in worship to honor God.” And yes, those are ways to honor God, but did you know that you honor God just as much when you get to work on time? You honor God when you are productive each day and honor the people in authority over you. You honor God when you excel in your career. Actions speak louder than words. When you give your very best in the workplace, your whole life is giving praise to God. Showing up with a good attitude, being friendly, organized, just being your best—people will notice there’s something different about you. They’ll want what you have.  As believers, we should set the standard in all areas of life. People should see the depth of your character and your spirit of excellence and know that you are a child of the Most High God. Make the decision to honor Him in all that you do because You are His representative in the earth today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, I choose to honor You in all that I do. I choose to set the standard and do my very best. Thank You for the privilege to be Your representative. Help me to show Your love and excellence in everything I do. I love You and bless You.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________

Why do Movies Take God’s Name in Vain?

When was the first time you heard an expletive? If you think back, it’s likely that your answer stems from something you heard on the radio, saw on TV or maybe even a parent or friend…read more

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


SEPTEMBER 10

Today’s Scripture

            “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen…”  (Romans 1:20, NIV)

Do You See It?

            All around you, God’s goodness is on display. The question is, do you see it? The Scripture talks about how God was in the midst of people, but they knew Him not. Too many times, God is working in our lives, showing us favor, protecting us, sending us healing, but we don’t recognize His goodness. For example, if you’re in a crowded parking lot and a car backs out so you can get a front-row space, that’s the goodness of God. If you’re going through a difficult time and a friend stops by out of the blue and cheers you up, that’s the goodness of God.We have to remember not to take the little things for granted. All through the day we should be saying, “Thank You, Lord, for Your goodness. Thank You for my health. Thank You for my spouse. Thank You for the opportunity that You have given me.” Today, be on the lookout for His goodness. Remember, what you seek you will find. Seek Him and thank Him for His faithfulness and blessing upon every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have given me. Thank You for ordering my steps and guiding me with Your Word. I love You and praise You today for Your faithfulness and look forward to the good things You have in store for my future.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________

Why do Movies Take God’s Name in Vain?

When was the first time you heard an expletive? If you think back, it’s likely that your answer stems from something you heard on the radio, saw on TV or maybe even a parent or friend…read more

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


SEPTEMBER 7

Today’s Scripture

            “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:20-21, NASB)

Far and Beyond

            God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above and beyond all we could ever imagine! Think about that for a moment. God wants to take you far and beyond what you’ve ever dreamed. He wants to accelerate you this year which means He can bring you into opportunities that will boggle your mind. He can make your career take off like a rocket. He can cause you to meet the right people who will help further your dreams. He can launch you forward more quickly than you could have imagined! He can bring you out of debt and cause you to pay that house off even though it looked impossible. You’re going to get well even though the medical report says there’s no way.

            Things may be dark and gloomy around you, but keep your head held high. You have an advantage. You are a child of the Most High God. His face is shining down on you. God is saying that it’s not going to be an average year. It’s not going to be a barely-get-by year. No, you need to get ready because it’s going to be a year of favor, a year of increase, a year of acceleration!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for accelerating every area of my life. I choose to put my trust in You knowing that You are directing my steps. Thank You for the good plans You have in store for me.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_________________________________________________________

Why do Movies Take God’s Name in Vain?

When was the first time you heard an expletive? If you think back, it’s likely that your answer stems from something you heard on the radio, saw on TV or maybe even a parent or friend…read more

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


SEPTEMBER 6

Today’s Scripture

            “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation].”  (Matthew 11:28 AMP)

Come to the Father

            Does your soul need refreshing today? You can come to the Father and find what you need. Are you facing challenges in your relationships? Finances? Career? The Father wants to refresh you. He wants to give you rest. Think about that for a moment. What would cause you to rest? If you knew everything was going to work out for your good, you would stop worrying. You would rest! Even if things don’t work out the way you planned or on your timetable, you can trust that God will turn things around in your favor.

            Come to the Father today with thanksgiving. Thank Him right now for taking your burdens and giving you peace. Thank Him for loving you and giving you new life. Thank Him for His faithfulness! Go out today with an attitude of expectancy. He always has a plan, and you can always come to Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I come to You now and give You my cares and burdens. I thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for loving me and setting me free. Thank You for giving me rest for my soul and peace in my heart today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

___________________________________________________________

7 Suggestions For When God is Silent

Have you ever been there? Has the silence of God in your life ever been eerily strong?

Imagine you had been faithfully serving… God is using you… you are in constant communication with Him… and then suddenly… everything is quiet. You have to wait.  Read more…


SEPTEMBER 5

Today’s Scripture

            “…we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”  (Psalm 66:12, NIV)

Receive the Overflow

            Friend, no matter what your circumstances may look like today, God’s plan is to bring you through to a place of abundance. He wants you to have an abundance of peace, an abundance of joy, an abundance of resources—He wants you to overflow with His blessings so that you can be a blessing to the people around you.

            If you want to live in the overflow of God’s blessings, you have to have an attitude to receive the overflow. Remember, as a believer in Jesus, you are a child of the Most High God. Royal blood is flowing through your veins. You were not created to be average. You were not created to barely get by and drag through life. You have seeds of greatness on the inside. You are well able to do whatever God has called you to do!

            Today, put your shoulders back, hold your head up high, and start thinking like a victor. When you’re a victor, you know that any adversity in your life is not permanent; it’s temporary. Have the attitude to receive the overflow of God’s abundance. Keep believing and keep expecting because it’s just a matter of time until He turns things around in your favor!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I open my mind and heart to You. I choose to believe that You have a good plan for me. By faith, I receive the blessings You have for me so that I can be a blessing to others.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


 


AUGUST 23

Today’s Scripture

            “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  (1 John 1:9, NKJV)

When You Make a Mistake

            When we make mistakes in life, there are three main things that we need to do. Number one, ask for forgiveness. Number two, receive God’s mercy. And number three, move forward with your life. Let it go and press ahead. So many people today are still beating themselves down over something they did five years ago. They’ve asked God to forgive them a thousand times, but can’t let it go. They go around living depressed, defeated and feeling unworthy. If that’s you, realize today that the price has already been paid. The first time you asked God to forgive you, He forgave you. Now you’ve got to receive God’s mercy and press ahead. That mistake did not change who you are to God. My children have never once gotten up in the morning as an Osteen and then done something wrong and gone to bed that night with a different last name. No matter what they did, they’re still my children. You may have made mistakes today, but because of the blood of Jesus, you are still your Father’s child. You are still the apple of God’s eye. You are still His most prized possession. God may not be pleased with every action, but He is pleased when you receive His forgiveness by faith!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the blood of Jesus which cleanses me from all unrighteousness. Thank You for forgiving me and restoring me. I choose to forget the past and move forward into all that You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

________________________________________________________

MUSICIANS DOMINATE SOCIAL-MEDIA FEEDS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/musicians-dominate-social-media-feeds/

NEW ELVIS ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON MULTIPLE MUSIC CHARTS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/new-elvis-album-debuts-at-1-on-multiple-music-charts/

What Church Leaders Should Learn from the Bill Hybels Scandal
https://chattanoogaareachurches.com/what-church-leaders-should-learn-from-the-bill-hybels-scandal

_________________________________________________________________

 

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUST 22

Today’s Scripture

            “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.”  (1 Peter 2:11, ESV)

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Different

            When you become a follower of Christ, your life becomes different. Everything about you becomes different. When we follow God’s commands, it means we do things differently from others. It means, instead of being offended, we choose love. Instead of insisting on our way, we serve others. It means, instead of trying to be right all the time, we build and lift others up.

            This isn’t the way most people in the world act, but that’s okay. We are called to be different. We are called to rise higher. We are called to be examples of God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness. It may not make sense to others, but that’s okay. God will promote you to a new level of blessing and victory when you commit yourself fully to Him. Don’t live a life of mediocrity, live a life of excellence for God. Life a life pleasing to Him and don’t be afraid to be different!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for transforming me into Your image. I know that I am not like the world, I am set apart for You. Help me to love like You and be a light everywhere I go. In Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________

MUSICIANS DOMINATE SOCIAL-MEDIA FEEDS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/musicians-dominate-social-media-feeds/

NEW ELVIS ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON MULTIPLE MUSIC CHARTS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/new-elvis-album-debuts-at-1-on-multiple-music-charts/

What Church Leaders Should Learn from the Bill Hybels Scandal
https://chattanoogaareachurches.com/what-church-leaders-should-learn-from-the-bill-hybels-scandal

_________________________________________________________________

 

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


AUGUST 21

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”  (Ephesians 5:1-2, ESV)

Be an Imitator of God

            Have you ever spent time with a small child or baby and had them mimic your every sound or action? To them it’s a fun game, but internally, they are learning by watching and copying everything you do. They just observe and do the same thing. That’s because we are all wired to be imitators.

            Even as adults, just like little children, we are all still imitators. So many people today end up imitating what they see in the world, on TV, and in the news and magazines. But Scripture tells us that we are to be imitators of God and follow His example of love.

            If you need to make a change in your life today, change what you are imitating. Change your focus. The more you focus on the Word, the more you will imitate God. When you do things God’s way, you will get God’s results—peace, joy and blessing all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to put You first in my life and imitate You. I set aside the things of the world and invite You to search my heart and mind. Give me Your heart of love and let me be an example of Your goodness. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_______________________________________________________________________

MUSICIANS DOMINATE SOCIAL-MEDIA FEEDS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/musicians-dominate-social-media-feeds/

NEW ELVIS ALBUM DEBUTS AT #1 ON MULTIPLE MUSIC CHARTS
https://chattanoogaentertainers.com/new-elvis-album-debuts-at-1-on-multiple-music-charts/

What Church Leaders Should Learn from the Bill Hybels Scandal
https://chattanoogaareachurches.com/what-church-leaders-should-learn-from-the-bill-hybels-scandal

_________________________________________________________________

 

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


AUGUST 20

Today’s Scripture

            “But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.”  (Proverbs 4:18, ESV)

Enjoy the Journey

            Oftentimes, people tend to get wrapped up and busy with things that don’t really matter in eternity. It’s easy to get consumed by your career and stay focused on your goals. It’s good to work hard, but you’ve got to learn how to play hard, too, so that you can stay in balance. I heard somebody say, “It’s not that life is so short, it’s that we wait so long to begin living.” If we want to truly enjoy the journey of life, we have to take time to stop and smell the roses. Do you appreciate the people you love? Do you hug your children before you leave each day and give your spouse a kiss? When was the last time you called your parents to tell them how much you love them? That’s how we can enjoy the journey.

            If you’ll stay determined to enjoy the journey of life, you’ll live with no regrets. You’ll see your path shine brighter and brighter, and at the end, you’ll be able to say, “I made the most of my life. I enjoyed my family. I enjoyed my friends. I finished my course with joy.”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the people You have placed in my life. Teach me to enjoy my relationships more because they are all that matter in eternity. Help me to enjoy the journey of life as my path shines brighter and brighter until the full day.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here

 


AUGUST 17

Today’s Scripture

            “They demonstrate that God’s law is written in their hearts…”  (Romans 2:15, NLT)

Written on Your Heart

            In the Old Testament, God’s commands were written on stone tablets and kept in the tabernacle. Today, when we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we become His temple. He lives in us and engraves His promises and commands on our hearts.

            How do we know? This verse goes on to say that it’s because your conscience, or inner man, has a more powerful knowing of what is right and what is wrong. It becomes more clear what you should and shouldn’t do. Because you are drawn to follow the Word of God, you know that the Spirit of God is on the inside of you, guiding and directing you. Every time you follow His leading, your ability to hear and know Him is strengthened. However, if you choose to bypass that prompting on the inside, your heart can become hardened which will affect your ability to hear Him in the future.

            Make the decision today to follow that inner leading of the Spirit. He always has your best interest at heart. He wants you to stay close to Him. He wants you to follow Him which is why His promises are written on your heart!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for making Your home in me. I acknowledge that I am Your temple! Help me to clearly follow Your leading all the days of my life that I may honor You in all I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_______________________________________________________

I am privileged to sing at 2 wonderful places today:

BRADLEY HEALTHCARE (Cleveland TN), 2910 Peerless Road NW, Craig Kirk Tyndall, 10:30-11:30am

SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE OF CLEVELAND (Cleveland TN), 2750 Executive Park Dr NW, Craig Kirk Tyndall, 2pm

_________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUST 16

Today’s Scripture

            “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father…”  (James 1:17, NKJV)

He Gives Good Gifts

            God is a good God, and He has good gifts for His children! He wants to bless you with provision and supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory. He wants to pour out His abundant favor on you and cause everything you touch to prosper. He wants to bless you with spiritual gifts and make you strong in your inner man. He wants you to enjoy your job and be proud of your work each day. These are all gifts from God.

            Every good gift from God is meant to draw us closer to Him. He is good and faithful, and He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Seek Him today and experience the life of blessing He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your good and perfect gifts. I open my heart to You and ask that You help me see Your goodness. Draw me to You and fill me with Your peace and joy as I follow You all the days of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_______________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUST 15

Today’s Scripture

            “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”  (1 Timothy 6:12, NIV)

Seeing the Dream Come to Pass

            One of the keys to your dreams coming to pass is to see them coming to pass in your mind’s eye first!

            One of the greatest baseball players of our time told about how that all through the day he envisions himself hitting the ball. Before he gets up to the plate, he visualizes getting on base. He has a picture in his mind of himself succeeding. It’s gotten deep down on the inside of him and now he’s moving toward it.

            Of course, it takes more than just visualization to see our dreams come to pass. It takes obedience; it takes prayer, and it has to be a part of God’s plan for our lives. But if you’ll keep the right pictures in your imagination, seeing yourself rising higher, seeing yourself healthy and whole, that vision is going to get deep down on the inside and set the course for your life! When your mind is in agreement with God’s Word, it will help guide you toward your destiny!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I submit my dreams, desires and thoughts to You. Use my imagination for Your purposes. Help me to envision the dreams You’ve placed within me coming to pass. Let me bring You glory in everything I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


 


AUGUST 12

How to Genuinely Worship in Church When the Songs Aren’t Your Style. Read more…


AUGUST 10

Today’s Scripture

            “But he sad to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness’…”  (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

Sufficient Grace

            Everyone has days when they feel weak or times when they feel overwhelmed. But God has given us His grace to carry us through these difficult times and empower us to move forward in victory.

            Scripture says God’s grace is sufficient. The word sufficient simply means competent, enough or qualified. That means you always have whatever you need by His grace. You will never face anything that God’s grace cannot empower you to move through. We serve a God who is more than enough, and His grace is more than enough, too! Anytime you feel weak, remember, when you rely on His grace, that is when you are at your strongest. When you feel like you can’t go on, that’s when He will carry you by His grace.

            Today, remember, no matter what you may be facing, you’re not facing it alone. You are not without hope, you are not without resources, and you are not without answers because His grace is sufficient! His grace is all you need to be equipped to move forward into His victory.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your sufficient grace. Thank You for empowering me and equipping me no matter what I may be facing. Today, I lift my eyes to You for You are my help. I receive Your grace for everything I need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUST 9

Today’s Scripture

            “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”  (Joshua 1:8, NIV)

Use the Gift

            Have you ever received a gift card that you stored in a special place for so long that you forgot you had it? Most of them have an expiration date, and if you don’t use it, you will surely lose it! The same is true with the Word of God. No, the Word doesn’t ever expire, but we have to take action and use His Word in order to receive His promises. Just like you exchange your gift card for the things you need at the store, His Word gives you the power to receive every promise He has for you.

            As today’s verse tells us, when you declare His Word and keep your heart and mind open to Him, you are using the gift. You are opening the door for Him to move in your life. For example, if you’re facing lack in any area, receive the gift of provision by declaring, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). If there’s a mountain in your way, receive the gift of victory that says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me“(Philippians 4:13).

            Today and every day, use the gift He’s given you. Make His Word a priority and don’t let it depart from your mouth. As you do, He’ll make your way prosperous, and you’ll enjoy the abundant life He has for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your Word which is truth to set me free. I determine in my heart to set Your Word into motion in my life. Keep me close to You so that I can please You in everything I do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

__________________________________________________________

THE SPARROW – By Jake Edgeman

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31)

When reading this, Humans miss the mark.  Read more…

______________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUEST 8

Today’s Scripture

            “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”  (Matthew 11:29, NIV)

Find Rest

            Sometimes the daily pressures of life can cause unnecessary stress. In fact, many people lose sleep worrying about things or people in their lives. But God doesn’t want us to live stressed out and overwhelmed. He wants us to live a life of rest and peace.

            When Jesus walked on this earth, He took time for Himself. He got away from the crowds. He spent time with the Father. That’s how He found rest. He was gentle and humble in heart.

            Do you ever notice that when you are stressed out or worrying about something, you’re less tolerant of others? You’re more likely to say something you don’t really mean. Today, God wants you to cast your cares on Him and live with a gentle and humble attitude. When you release your burdens and follow the example of Jesus, you will find rest for your soul. You will be rejuvenated and refreshed! You will find peace in your heart so that you can move forward in the abundant life God has for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I cast my cares on You. Teach me, Holy Spirit, to have a gentle and humble attitude. Help me find rest for my soul so that I can love others the way You love me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

____________________________________________________________________

 

______________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


AUGUST 7

Today’s Scripture

            “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  (John 14:27, NIV)

Not as the World Gives

            So many people today are looking for true, inner peace. They search through relationships, addictions, money, gadgets and even religion to try to find something that will fill the void inside. But true peace isn’t found in anything this world has to offer, it can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Only He can satisfy the longing in our souls and give us true, lasting peace.

            God gives freely, not as the world gives. You can’t earn it, and you can’t pay for it. There’s no catch, no fine print and no strings attached. You can rest secure that He’s not ever going to take His peace away; His peace is eternal! A life of peace begins when you invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Then as you align your thoughts, attitudes and actions with His Word, that peace will flood every area. Peace is how we know we are following God’s plan because God’s plan always leads to peace!

            If you’re looking for peace today, call on His name. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, follow His Word, and allow His peace to flood every area of your life.

A Prayer for Today

            “Dear God, thank You for the gift of peace which passes all understanding. I receive Your peace today and trust that You are leading and guiding me in the good plan You have prepared for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

_________________________________________________________________

7 Suggestions When God is Silent

Have you ever been there? Has the silence of God in your life ever been eerily strong?

Imagine you had been faithfully serving… God is using you… you are in constant communication with Him… and then suddenly… everything is quiet. You have to wait.  Read more…

______________________________________________________________

Addicted?  Need help?  Click here…

______________________________________________________

____________________________________________________________

Searching for a church?

Please try these resources:

Alphabetical list – click here

Denominational list – click here


 

_________________________________________

DAD, LET’S SING

“For you will go out with joy, And be led forth with peace;

The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,

And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”  (Isaiah 55:12)

            Familiar landmarks flashed by as the threesome motored along the highway.  Little lisps of conversation floated from two lads in booster seats behind the driver.  Amiably, the boys shared insights befitting the wisdom of their years.  In need of occasional backing, they quizzed Dad from time to time.  But Dad’s answers sounded short and toneless.  His thoughts centered on the pressures of his work.  Sometimes he emitted a disgruntled sigh.

            Suddenly a childish voice suggested, “Hey, Dad, let’s sing.  I like how singing makes me feel good.”  Dad’s musing stopped short.  “Well, what do you want to sing?” he asked.  “Little brother and I both want to sing ‘Up From the Grave He Arose,'” spoke the innocent voice.  With a rueful smile at the winsome rebuke, Dad began singing in a lusty voice that soon found a happy crescendo.

            Singing is a natural expression of God’s children.  What really is so difficult about just singing?  Perhaps we have already told God about our problems, yet the present discouragements fill us with anxiety.  What can we do?  Maybe it is time to tell our problems about God.  One way to accomplish this is by singing.  Songs of God’s past faithfulness, of present mercies, and of eternal truth have a curious way of causing our troubles to shrivel and disappear.

            Someday we’ll no longer concern ourselves with things of time and sense.  Heaven’s gates of pearl will open and give entrance to streets of gold.  Clothed in robes of righteousness, we’ll join a great reunion of the saints around God’s throne.  “The glory of God and of the Lamb” will enlighten the place.  We’ll do some glorious things like just singing throughout eternity.  So let’s sing today!

By Daniel Diller

Read:  Psalm 33

Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power;

unto the Lord our God.  (Revelation 19:1)

 

_____________________________________________________

WHO IS YOUR GOD?

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

            Various prominent religions of the world were founded by men.  Did any of these men claim to be God?  For example, Hinduism is one of the oldest religions and has millions of followers.  Hinduism has no single god and no leader who claimed to be God.  Confucius was a Chinese philosopher who founded a religion bearing his name, but he never claimed to be God.  Gautama was called Buddha and established the religion of Buddhism.  But he did not believe that God existed, so he never claimed to be God.  Mohammed referred to God as Allah and founded a religion that today has millions of followers, but neither did he claim to be God.

            One founder of a great religion did reveal Himself as God, and He is Jesus Christ.  Three times in John 8, Jesus referred to Himself as “I am.”  The first two times are in verses 24 and 28.  “If you believe not that I am He, you shall die in your sins…When you have lifted up the Son of man, then shall you know that I am He.” (The word he is not in the original Greek text.)  Jesus’ third claim is in today’s key verse.  In all these statements Jesus identified Himself as God, the I AM of Exodus 3:14.

            Jesus’ claim to be God was one of the main reasons that His enemies crucified Him.  Was His claim true?  Acts 17:31 says that God “hath given assurance (about Jesus) unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”  So among the many founders of religions, Jesus Christ is the only one worthy to be followed.  Only Jesus died as the Savior of the world, rose again, and is still living today.  Do you know Him as your God?

By Denver Yoder

Read:  John 8:23-29, 38-59

No man cometh unto the Father (God), but by me.” (John 14:6)

Social Icons