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*What’s Happening with Craig Kirk Tyndall Today

Craig Kirk Tyndall

FEBRUARY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”  (Ephesians 3:17–18, NIV)

Tap Into God’s Power

            You may have things in your life that seem dead—a relationship, a business, your health. Jesus would say to you that He has power over death. God’s love can bring that relationship back to life that seems dead to you and take it to an entirely new level. Maybe you feel that you have a “dead-end job,” or maybe you think your life is going nowhere and you have no purpose. We want to encourage you today! The same power that raised Jesus from the dead can revitalize your career and put you on a path of success. If you start believing again, God is going to resurrect what you thought was dead. You may have tried and failed, but dreams that you’ve given up on are going to suddenly come back to life. Problems that looked permanent are going to suddenly turn around. God has the final say. He hasn’t changed His mind.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, today I will be surrounded by Your favor and no weapon formed against me will prosper. You have power over death and I believe that transformative power can bring hope, peace, joy, and fulfillment to my life. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

SOUTHERN HERITAGE ASSISTED LIVING – East Ridge, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 14

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

Today’s Scripture

            “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”  (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV)

God’s Unending Love

            God tells you in His Word that He has always loved you and will always love you—a love that is truly eternal and unending. Nothing can ever separate you from His love, and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you more and nothing you can do to make Him love you any less. His love is truly amazing! Human love can be powerful and faithful, but it still falls short of the perfect love God has for you. It has been said that you can’t out-give God, and that’s true of love as well! First Corinthians 13 is a wonderful chapter because it gives a glimpse into God’s love, which never fails. All the loves on the earth either fall away or fail from time to time, but not God’s perfect love. That is a wonderful thing to know and something to model your own love and life after.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for loving me with an unending love through Jesus Christ. Give me the same heart to truly love others as You love them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 


FEBRUARY 13

Today’s Scripture

            “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”  (Lamentations 3:25, NIV)

Be Patient

            Even when you are busy, you can choose to be patient. Nobody really likes to wait around for something to happen, especially if it’s something they really want to see come to pass. But God says that people who trust in Him need to wait on Him. Waiting is hard, but here’s the good part: waiting on God is not like waiting on anyone else in your life because God never fails to keep His Word! If you’re asking God for something right now or hoping that He will fulfill your dreams, just keep praying and holding on. Don’t give up on God. If it’s not happening on your timetable, remind yourself, “God knows what He is doing. He has my best interest at heart. I wouldn’t be having this delay unless God had a very good reason for it.” Rest assured that it will be in God’s perfect timing.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, please continue to give me patience to wait on You – and thank You for the assurance that You will never fail to keep Your Word. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

EAST RIDGE RESIDENCE (East Ridge, TN), 1417 North Mack Smith Road, His Call Gospel Singers,  2pm

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FEBRUARY 12

Today’s Scripture

            “And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor.”  (2 Timothy 2:6, NLT)

The Seed Must Lead

            In farming, the seed always precedes the harvest—and that’s true in our lives as well. In other words, if you want to reap happiness, then you have to sow seeds by making other people happy. If you want to reap financial blessings, you have to sow financially. If you want to reap friendships, you have to be a good friend first. Sowing seed is not just a one-time effort, it’s an important part of everyday life. Instead of focusing on your need, worrying about how it’s going to work out and living frustrated, look for ways you can sow a seed. Be more seed-oriented than need-oriented. Can you give an encouraging word to someone who’s down? Is there someone you can pray for? Are you investing quality time with your loved ones? If you’ll dare to sow a seed in your time of need, God will do more than you can ask or think!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You that I have the good seed of Your Word and Your love within me. Help me to sow these blessings generously in the lives of others. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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ETOWAH SENIOR CENTER (Etowah TN) – His Call Gospel Singers, 11am

MORNING POINTE OF ATHENS (Athens TN) His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

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FEBRUARY 9

We Can Find Peace In Christ – By Billy Graham

            Q: I have a bad case of emphysema, and I know I don’t have long to live. The doctor says I got it because I was a heavy smoker (and never really tried to quit, to be honest). I don’t have a question, but maybe my letter will encourage someone to live a cleaner life. — R.H.

            A: Thank you for your concern, and I hope your letter will make an impact on those who read it.

            Perhaps your life would have been different if someone had made an effort to help you understand the consequences of your habit.

            Why should we take care of ourselves? It isn’t only so we’ll live longer. The real reason is because it’s God’s will for us to take care of ourselves — physically, emotionally and spiritually.

            God gave our bodies to us, and he meant for us to take care of them and use them for his glory.

            The Bible says, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy spirit, who is in you …? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

            My real concern, however, is that very shortly you will enter eternity and meet God. Are you prepared for that day?

            You can be, by opening your heart and life to Jesus Christ and trusting him alone for your salvation. Christ came to erase the charges against us by his death on the cross. Make sure of your salvation by putting your life — and your eternal destiny — into his hands today.

            Then let the promises of God’s word, the Bible, fill your soul every day. Even in the face of death we can have peace, because we know we belong to Christ — now and forever.


FEBRUARY 8

Today’s Scripture

            “But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?”  (1 John 3:17, NASB)

Open Hearts

            Everywhere you go these days, people are hurting and discouraged; many have made mistakes; their lives are in a mess. They need to feel God’s compassion and His unconditional love. Is your heart of compassion open to them? Do you take time to make a difference in others’ lives? God has given you a heart of compassion, but you must decide to keep it open and allow the love of God to flow through you to those around you. In order to experience God’s abundant life, you must keep your focus on helping other people. Don’t allow the enemy to keep you so busy that you overlook the needs of those around you. Make a decision to show God’s love and goodness wherever you go. Be on the lookout for people you can bless. Go out of your way to show God’s compassion, and as you do, you will rise higher and experience the best plan God has for your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, you have my best interests in your heart. I want to learn to show that love to the people in my life. Help me to open my heart and find ways to show compassion and love to those around me. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…”  (Lamentations 3:22–23, NKJV)

New Every Morning

            You may have made a lot of mistakes, but the good news is, you don’t have to carry that around with you. That’s part of what the Scripture means when it says that God’s mercies are new every morning. God’s mercy and forgiveness are available to you every day. His compassions never fail. He makes a fresh new batch every single morning. Do you know why? Because He knew you were going to use up all that He made yesterday! That means that as soon as you call on Him and repent and change your ways, God pours out His compassion and forgiveness. Simply open your heart and receive it. Do you feel like there’s something between you and God right now? Take a moment and call on His faithfulness. Call on His mercy. Ask for His forgiveness. Don’t carry around yesterday’s mistakes any longer. Let Him refresh and restore your soul right now. Praise Him and thank Him for the work He is doing in your life and enjoy a fresh, new beginning today!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your justice in my life. Thank You for working behind the scenes on my behalf. I choose to trust You today. I choose to release every person who has wronged me. Help me to forgive so that I can open the door for You to work in my life today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 6

God Wants To Change Us From Our Hearts Out

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Most people I know would say that I am a good person, but I would be so embarrassed if anyone could read my thoughts. Does everyone deal with the same fear? — F.E.

            A: Our thoughts are the most reliable indication of what we are really like. And when we face our thoughts and our motives honestly, we have to admit we are not as good as we would like other people to believe.

            One of the great truths in the Bible is that God wants to change us — not only our outward actions, but our innermost thoughts because He knows that when we do wrong it is because we have first allowed evil thoughts to control us. Jesus said that out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks, and the evil man brings evil things out of evil stored up inside of him (Matthew 12:34-35). If we will ask the Lord to wash us clean of our sins He will change us.

            Imagine a bucket of stagnant water. The only solution is to empty it and clean it — and then fill it with fresh water. That is what Christ will do if we commit our lives to Him and let His Word, the Bible, fill our hearts with His truth.

            “Let us draw near (to God) with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Hebrews 10:22).

            Two conflicting forces cannot exist in one human heart. When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide. Where hatred rules, love is crowded out. Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell. People’s hearts, though small, are big enough for Christ to live in, if we will only make room for Him.


FEBRUARY 5

Today’s Scripture

            “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  (Matthew 10:30, NIV)

Nothing’s Too Small

            We hear all the time that nothing is too big for God. But have you ever thought that a problem was too small for God? Are there things in your life that you haven’t prayed about simply because you thought it didn’t matter to God? Every detail of your life is important to God. He knows the very number of hairs you have on your head! That’s pretty amazing to think about. If He keeps track of every hair that falls from your head, surely He cares about the things that you care about. He wants to be involved in every area of your life—not just the big things, but the small things, too. Don’t wait until you have a major crisis to pray, and don’t hold back. You’re not inconveniencing God. You’re the apple of His eye. Open your heart and talk to Him about everything because nothing is too small for Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for choosing me as Your child and for caring about every detail in my life. I open my heart to You and ask You to be involved in every area of my life today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 4

Today’s Scripture

            “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  (Psalm 118:24, ESV)

Choose to Rejoice

            Joy is a tough word to pinpoint and define. Many people describe joy as an emotion or feeling that comes over you in a great and shining moment. Sometimes joy is just the opposite of being sad, but hopefully, it’s much more than that to you. Joy is not the same as happiness because joy is what God has put in your heart while happiness is a temporary mood that can come and go based on your circumstances. And joy is not dependent on what’s happening around you; joy is deep down within you, a calm delight. You’re at peace; you’re content. The Bible talks about the kind of overflowing joy that rises up from deep within your heart because of what God has done for you. He keeps that spring full and flowing, which is why you can choose to live in joy today, tomorrow and every day after. Joy like this is contagious, and the world is looking for it.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I choose joy today! Thank You for placing in my heart a deep well of joy that I can draw from each day in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


FEBRUARY 2

“No Favorites” – Brenda Walsh Ministries Daily Devotion

Jesus died on the cross for each and every one of us. He didn’t just give His life to save the smartest, best-looking, cream-of-the-crop sort of person. Jesus loves all of us equally. He doesn’t play favorites! When we think about how God cares for even the tiniest sparrow, it becomes very clear just how much more He cares for us! The Bible tells the story of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who searched and searched for a little, lost lamb. He didn’t just value the grown-up sheep that were worth more money—all His sheep were important to Him. So it is with our heavenly Father. Some feel inadequate to be a witness for Jesus, but God blesses even the smallest effort. The key is to stay close to Jesus! It is when we wander away that we are in danger. Spend time daily in God’s Word and pray about everything—yes, even the small, seemingly insignificant, stuff! And when you’re having one of those days when you just don’t feel loved by anyone, remember—you are a child of the King of the universe and it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks—it matters what God thinks! So hold your head high, put a smile on your face, and know that Jesus loves you!
Texts: Matthew 5:44 - 45, Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 31:3, Acts 10:34-35


FEBRUARY 1

Today’s Scripture

            “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”  (Matthew 5:6, TLV)

Get Filled Up!

            Sometimes, it’s easy to get wrapped up in taking care of the people around us. You may find that you’re always giving, taking care of the children, working overtime at the office, or helping that friend who is struggling. And that’s all good. But if you’re not careful, you can end up feeling rundown. That’s why you have to take time every day to get filled back up. Your first priority should be taking care of yourself and making time to get into the presence of Jesus. Throughout Scripture, we see that in God’s presence there is fullness of joy, fullness of peace and fullness of victory. In His presence, you’re refreshed and restored. That’s why it’s so important to take time every day to read your Bible and meditate on His promises. We have to be diligent to have that quiet time with Him. Today, take time to get alone with God and just say, “God, I love You today. Thank You for my life, for my family, for the opportunities You’ve given me. Lord, I know every good thing comes from You.” When you live like that, with your mind filled with His Word and His thoughts toward you, you’ll be refreshed, restored, re-energized and filled up for the journey of life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank you for filling me with Your strength. Thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can be righteous in You. I hunger for Your truth and seek You first. Draw me to You and keep me close to You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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WOODLAND HEALTH CARE & REHAB, 8249 Standifer Gap Rd., His Call Gospel Singers, 2:30pm

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JANUARY 31

Today’s Scripture

            “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”  (Mark 11:24, NIV)

Believe and Receive

            Has God spoken things to your heart that haven’t come to pass yet? Sometimes when we are believing for things, it’s easy to become discouraged when it doesn’t happen according to our timetable. But when you make the choice to receive your promise by picturing it in your mind’s eye and declaring it with the words of your mouth, your faith becomes stronger. You begin to have joy and peace because you know God is working behind the scenes on your behalf. What are you believing for God to do in your life? See it in your mind’s eye. See yourself healed. See yourself paying off that last debt. As you allow God’s thoughts to become your thoughts and receive His promises by faith, just like it says in today’s verse, whatever you ask for in prayer will be yours!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for another day to serve You. Thank You for the gift of faith. I ask that you search my heart and mind and remove anything that does not please you. Give me your thoughts of peace and joy today so that I can learn to receive all you have for me today. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Reason, Conscience, Make Us Human

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My science teacher says all living things are classified as animals. Is this true? — I.S.

            A: God created animals first: great sea creatures, birds, cattle and the beasts of the earth, each according to its kind, and then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1). He gave man dominion over every living thing on earth.

            Man has three attributes which animals do not have: reason, conscience and will. Animals are motivated by instinct. Their behavior patterns are instinctive, not intelligent. A dog probably feels no more remorse after biting a man than he does when chewing a bone. An animal acts instinctively, according to set, inner urges.

            The first man, Adam, used all three of these attributes. First, he reasoned that his own judgment was as good as God’s, and he ate the forbidden fruit. In that act, the will of man came into play, for he could have decided either way. Then, after he broke God’s command — not to eat of the fruit — he felt conscience-stricken and ran away to hide. Man has been following the same pattern through the centuries — willfully disobeying God and running away.

            Within these God-given attributes are life or death, happiness or sorrow, and peace or conflict. If he dissipates the powers which God has given him, he is of all creatures most miserable. People are little creatures with big capacities, finite beings with infinite desires, deserving nothing but demanding all. God made people with this huge capacity and desire in order that He might come in and completely satisfy that desire.

            God wants to commune with mankind. The Bible says, “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

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

McDONALD’S (Dayton TN), 130 Abel Dr., Gospel singing with The McDonald Singers, His Call Gospel Singers, 7-9pm.  Please come out and honor Rosie Penney for many years of service.

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JANUARY 30

Today’s Scripture

            “For they did not gain possession of the land by their own sword, nor did their own arm save them; but it was Your right hand, Your arm, and the light of Your countenance, because You favored them.”  (Psalm 44:3, NKJV)

Strength to Conquer

            Do you need God’s strength to conquer something in your life today? Maybe you need strength to forgive or to overcome an addiction. Maybe you need strength to deal with a difficult person in the office. No matter what you may be facing, God desires to give you His supernatural strength in every situation. It’s interesting that one translation of this verse says, “because God smiled upon them and favored them.” Did you know that simply calling on God causes Him to smile on you? Because you are His child, you have His favor! God loves to show Himself strong on your behalf. Be strong in the Lord knowing that He is with you, smiling upon you, and showering you with His favor. As you meditate on this promise, you will be strengthened to overcome every obstacle, and you will live a life of victory!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank you for smiling on me today. I ask that you show me your favor so that I can walk in your strength today. Thank you for equipping me with everything I need to live as an overcomer. I bless you and choose to honor you in everything I do. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

MORNING POINT OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), 5501 Old Hixson Pike, His Call Gospel Singers, 11am

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JANUARY 29

Today’s Scripture

            “After the earthquake a fire, but Adonai was not in the fire. After the fire there was a soft whisper of a voice.”  (1 Kings 19:12, TLV)

Listen Up!

            Listening is a lost art today. We can be so concerned about expressing our thoughts and opinions that we don’t listen closely to others—or even to God. If we’re not careful, distractions and busyness can drown out the voice that matters most in our lives, the voice of our heavenly Father. The good news is that you can learn to tune out the negative noise of the world and start listening for God’s voice, for hopeful, positive, faith-filled thoughts. Be receptive and listen for His still, small voice on the inside of you. God speaks not only through the Bible but also through godly counsel and His Holy Spirit. All it takes is a simple prayer like the one Samuel prayed in 1 Samuel 3:10 when he said to God, “I am listening.” Then be ready to listen for His answer.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for answering my prayers. Give me the wisdom and discernment to hear Your still, small voice through the loudness of this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.God, thank You for answering my prayers. Give me the wisdom and discernment to hear Your still, small voice through the loudness of this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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‘Easy Believism’ Not The Road To Salvation

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: What does the term “easy believism” really mean? — T.S.

            A: There is a mindset today that if people believe in God and do good works, they are going to Heaven. But there are many questions that must be answered. It should not be surprising if people believe easily in a God who makes no demands, but this is not the God of the Bible. Satan has cleverly misled people by whispering that they can be saved without being changed, but this is the Devil’s lie. To those who say they can belong to Christ without giving anything up is Satan’s deception.

            There are many religions in the world and enormous confusion about where to find truth. Many preach that God is love, not a God of wrath. People proclaim that Heaven is real but Hell is only a figment of imagination. Some people brag that Hell will be one continuous happy hour; high profile comedians joke that they will be happy to go there some day.

            God created Heaven for those who humble themselves before God and Hell is created for Satan and those who serve him. A loving warning comes from Heaven. “Prepare to meet your God” (Amos 4:12). How is this done?

            The Bible tells us that when we submit our lives to Christ He gives us the ability to take off our former life and put on the new life He gives (Ephesians 4:22-24). While religion has given the world many forms of “easy believism,” like the New Age Movement of the late 20th century, what people need is “new life” in Christ Jesus.

            We must admit our sin and turn from it through faith in Jesus Christ and obey Him. The greatest joy and peace comes to those who take this important step.

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JANUARY 28

Today’s Scripture

            “With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall.”  (Psalm 18:29, NIV)

Jump Over that Wall!

            The great heroes of the Bible impress us with their strength, their confidence and the depth of their faith. And as God’s Word tells us, you can do the same great things they did because you have the same God in you! King David was supremely confident in God—firm in the knowledge that God would give him the strength to overcome his obstacles. God can cause you to go over them, around them, or even through them, but God will get you to where you’re supposed to be. Philippians 4:13 says you can have strength “for all things” through the power of Christ in your heart. We hope this will encourage you to take a stand for God. Don’t ever think that God did great things only for people in the days of the Bible. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. Call on Him, and you’ll see Him come through and do what only He can do!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for the invincible and unexplainable power which You have placed within me through Christ. My deepest desire today is to be confident in Your power. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 25

Today’s Scripture

            “You were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  (1 Corinthians 6:20, NIV)

Honor the Lord with Your Body

            Scripture says that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, and we are to honor the Lord with our bodies. How do you do that? You take care of it. You respect it. You treat it as valuable. You use your body to bring Him glory. When you stand strong against temptation, you are honoring the Lord with your body. When you take care of yourself by eating properly and getting enough sleep, you are honoring the Lord with your body. You are saying, “Lord, thank You for this gift of life. I am choosing to take care of myself so that I can serve You with my whole heart, mind and strength.”

            As we enter into the new year, many people make new goals about their health. Let this be an encouragement to you to stay on track with good habits. As you honor the Lord with your body, you will be strengthened and empowered by His peace. You’ll be able to stand against temptation and embrace the good things He has in store for you!

A Prayer For Today

            Father, today I commit to honor You with my body. Thank You for the gift of life. Thank You for empowering me against temptation. Show me the plan You have for me today so that I can honor You in everything I do.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 24

Today’s Scripture

            “…he leads me beside quiet waters.”  (Psalm 23:2, NIV)

Take Time to Reflect

            If you’ve ever said to yourself, “I don’t even have time to think,” then you know how hard it is to concentrate when you’re being bombarded with noise from all sides. It can be even harder to hold on to peace when we don’t make time to read His Word. God doesn’t often shout to get our attention. Instead, the Bible says that He speaks in “a still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), which means we need to listen closely. What can you do to put yourself in a position to hear God’s voice? The key is to make time every day away from the busyness and distractions. Find a room in your house, outside under the trees, or some other place where you can be still for a few minutes each day to spend time with Him. As you spend time with Him, He will renew your spirit and restore your peace.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I want to find those quiet waters of peace where I can get alone with You every day and meditate on You. Thank You for wanting to speak to my heart and show me Your will. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

KELLEY FOUNDATION (Buchanan GA), Bus. 27 Hyw, His Call Gospel Singers, 2pm

HARALSON NURSING & REHABILATION CENTER (Bremen GA), His Call Gospel Singers, 6:30pm

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CHRIST AN IMPORTANT STEP TO DRUG RECOVERY

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My friend’s young adult daughter is ruining her life with drugs. It is an epidemic particularly in our present world. This young lady comes from a good family and has been a good girl growing up. How does this happen and what can we do to help her? — C.F.

            A: Since earliest times, people have experimented with drugs in an effort to escape reality. Today hundreds of millions of people use drugs in some form. Anyone can become physically and psychologically addicted to any drug if exposed to high dosages for a sufficient period of time.

            Drug users come from all walks of life. Many of the roots of dependency are to be found in insecurity, fear, guilt, disappointments, immorality and deviant sexual behavior, frustration, stress, peer pressure and intense competition, as exemplified in professional sports. Add to these the great spiritual vacuum which has resulted in a breakdown of moral standards, the disintegration of the home, global turmoil and the staggering availability of drugs. Drug dependency is a problem of the whole person — spiritual, physical, emotional and social. Once addicted, the dependent lives in an illusory world characterized by paralyzed feelings and emotional responses, mental denials and delusions, social isolation, and spiritual limbo. For many it is a helpless state, a life of no return.

            There are three ways to help. One: Reach out with the salvation message that Jesus Christ offers to everyone. His forgiveness brings a freshness to life and strength to endure the difficulties life can bring. Two: Help put them in touch with drug rehabilitation centers where skilled workers can help others begin the process of withdrawal and recovery. Three: Stay in touch with the person by offering support and encouragement, and pray for them.

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JANUARY 23

Today’s Scripture

            “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  (2 Corinthians 4:17, NKJV)

Hang in There!

            Does there seem to be a problem waiting for you no matter where you turn? Do you sometimes wonder if your dreams are ever going to come to pass? Maybe you’ve asked why God would allow you to struggle in your job, your relationships, your health or some other area of life. Sometimes God allows us to go through challenges because He knows it’s the struggle of life that builds strength in us. If God simply delivered us from every struggle, then we might not continue to grow and learn to trust Him. When you stretch your faith, endure, overcome and persevere through the difficult times, you’ll begin to realize a greater level of joy, peace, victory and abundance than you ever dreamed possible. Remember, God loves you too much to leave you where you are. He’s preparing you for something better!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for giving me what You know I need. Help me to learn and grow through my struggles as I trust You to bring me out stronger than ever. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 22

Today’s Scripture

“…For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”  (2 Chronicles 20:12, NIV)

Choose Worship Over Worry

You can’t worry and worship at the same time. When the devil brings you thoughts of worry, anxiety and fear, don’t believe them! Instead, let those thoughts be a reminder to you to thank God that the answer is on the way! That’s what King Jehoshaphat did. The people of Judah were surrounded by three major armies. It didn’t look as though they had a chance. This godly king was probably bombarded with thoughts of fear and anxiety. But he gathered the people together, lifted his eyes toward heaven, and prayed the simple prayer in today’s verse. Jehoshaphat’s prayer was answered. God told the people to march right into the enemy’s camp, singing and shouting praises on their way. Notice, they weren’t worrying—they were worshiping—and God delivered them. Today, choose worship over worry and move forward into victory!

A Prayer for Today

“God, thank You for Your forgiveness. I know that I don’t deserve it, but I praise You for faithfully forgiving me. Help me to clear any roadblocks in my path by forgiving others, even as You forgive me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 21

Today’s Scripture

            “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.”  (Galatians 6:7)

He Has Mercy

            Have you ever looked at a large, old tree and wondered how long it has been there? The thing to remember when you see a tree like this is that at one time, it was merely a little seed. Just like a mighty oak tree, if you want to grow tall and strong in your faith, you must plant the good seeds of faith in your thought life through your words and water them by meditating on them so that you may reap a great harvest! Farmers may get discouraged sometimes, but they know that if they want good results, they must keep planting and watering the good seeds. Day after day, even when nothing is happening at the surface, the farmer keeps taking care of those seeds because he knows it’s only a matter of time until the harvest. This is true of you as well. Keep planting the seeds of faith and declaring what God says about you in His Word, and you’ll see growth and an abundant harvest.

A Prayer for Today

            “God, You have given me the formula for success in the Bible. I pray today for the ability to keep planting seeds of faith even when I may not see any results. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 18

Today’s Scripture

            “All together now—applause for God! Sing songs to the tune of his glory…”  (Psalm 66:1, MSG)

Revive Your Joy

            There are three simple things you can do each day that will breathe new life into everything you do. First, speak words of faith and victory out loud. As a child of the Most High God, you should have a boldness when you declare, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! My path is getting brighter and brighter.” Next, take time to write down the good things that God does for you each day. When you begin to look for His goodness, you will quickly discover that He is working in your life. Finally, be thankful. Take a moment every day to thank the Lord for all He has done for you. When you develop a thankful heart, you are changing your focus from how big your problems are to how big your God is!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I praise You for your life-changing power and unconditional love. I want to give new life to my relationship with You by keeping a record of blessings and answered prayers and giving thanks for Your work in my life.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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ETOWAH SENIOR CENTER (Etowah TN) – His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

SOUTHERN HERITAGE ASSISTED LIVING – East Ridge, Building #1, His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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JANUARY 17

Today’s Scripture

            “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”  (Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV)

Choosing Your Heavenly Heritage

            In life, we all have negative things happen to us. I know people who were raised in an environment where people have addictions, low self-esteem, depression and poverty. Their parents had issues, and now it’s making things much more difficult. But when you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He gives you a new heart. In other words, your blood line changes. No longer are you subject to your natural family line; you become subject to your godly heritage! His spiritual blessing overrides any curse in the natural realm. When you understand who you are and whose you are, then no matter what someone else did or didn’t do, no matter how you were raised, you won’t get bitter. You won’t live with a chip on your shoulder. You realize that nothing can stop you from fulfilling your God-given destiny! Remember, Almighty God breathed life into you. When you choose Him, you are choosing your godly heritage!

A Prayer for Today

            “God in heaven, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus so that I may be saved. Today I surrender every area of my life to You. Have Your way in me; let Your will be done in my life. Thank You for making me new. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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MORNING POINTE OF ATHENS (Athens TN), 1025 Crestway Dr., His Call Gospel Singers, 2-3pm

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JANUARY 16

Today’s Scripture

            “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”  (James 3:16, NIV)

Make Peace a Priority

            Strife is a powerfully destructive force that the enemy uses to try to bring confusion and turmoil into our lives. It can tear apart marriages, destroy businesses, and divide lifelong friends. We all have things happen on a daily basis that can aggravate us, but the key is to not let those aggravations make us act rude or angry toward those around us. Instead, let me encourage you to make peace a priority in your life. Don’t give the enemy a foothold. Refuse to argue. Refuse to be sarcastic or disrespectful. Decide that you are going to keep peace in your home and your life even if it means you have to swallow your pride. Make the choice to aggressively pursue peace. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” You can be that person. You can be the one to create an atmosphere of peace and harmony in your family.

A Prayer for Today

            “I will make the choice to not be rude or impatient with my friends, family and co-workers today. These are the people I care about and I pray your blessings on them. Peace is my priority! In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LANTERN AT MORNING POINTE ALZHEIMER’S CENTER OF EXCELLENCE, Collegedale, His Call Gospel Singers, 3:30pm

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JANUARY 15

Today’s Scripture

            “So come, let us worship: bow before him, on your knees before God, who made us! Oh yes, he’s our God, and we’re the people he pastures, the flock he feeds.”  (Psalm 95:6, MSG)

The Priority of Worship

            One key to living an abundant life is spending time in worship. The Bible teaches us to worship the Lord throughout the day, every day. Whether you’re at home, work, the bus stop or the ball game, take time to worship God for who He is and thank Him for all the blessings He has given you. Another key is spending time each day in the Word. Your Bible is the best tool you have for discovering your God-given purpose! It will tell you who you are, what you have, and what you can do. Remember, God has plans to prosper you, and as you walk in His plan for your life, you will experience His explosive blessings on everything you set your hand to!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, thank You for the purposeful plan You have for my life. Thank You for giving me the strength to guard my heart by staying in an attitude of worship. Help me stay focused on Your Word and Your will for my life. In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 14

Today’s Scripture

            “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

God Has Big Plans For You

            If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it! He could have lived anywhere in the universe, but He chose to live in your heart. You are His most prized possession, and He has an amazing future planned for you. God wants you to be free today. He is asking you to forget the past and start fresh with Him today. Stop beating yourself up over your past mistakes. Quit thinking that you don’t deserve anything good. You are a child of the Most High God. Begin seeing yourself the way God sees you. How does God see you? He sees you as His masterpiece, the apple of His eye, His precious child. Throughout the day, declare what His Word says about you, “I am a victor. I am a masterpiece. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” See yourself as the champion He created you to be!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I believe my better days are still to come. The pain in my life prepares me to receive twice what I have lost, so I will face whatever comes with steadfast faith. Thank you for giving me this hope. In Jesus’ Name – Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”  (Colossians 3:23, NIV)

Life in a Fishbowl

            A pastor’s life has been described as “a life in a fishbowl.” Everyone is watching to see how you will react in any given situation. But really, that’s true of all of us. Whether you realize it or not, people are watching you. They watch how you dress, how you take care of your home, how you work, and how you treat other people. The Scripture talks about believers representing God here on the earth. We are Christ’s ambassadors. If we’re to represent God properly, we should do it with joy, with enthusiasm, with a smile. People of faith are supposed to be the lights of the world. Some who lack faith may not want to listen to what we believe, but they certainly watch how we live. We are living epistles read by all men. Some may not read the Bible, but they’re reading our lives. As the saying goes, “Preach at all times; use words only when necessary.”

A Prayer for Today

            “God, as Your child, I am called to be a good example in the world. My decisions, my words, and my actions should reflect my commitment to living a life of excellence. I love that I am Your ambassador! Thank you for your confidence in me. In Jesus’ name – Amen”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 7

Today’s Scripture

            “…for time and chance overtake them all.”  (Ecclesiastes 9:11, NASB)

Marked Moments

            Before the foundation of the world, God laid out a plan for your life. He created you with a purpose, for a purpose, and He created you to be successful! He already has pivotal moments planned out for your life. These are moments when God intervenes. They are designed to thrust you years ahead. Ecclesiastes tells us that time and chance come together for every person. That means at any moment, things are going to shift in your favor. A good break, a healing, a promotion, a great idea or a restoration is coming. When you need it, it won’t be one second late. Today, open your eyes of faith and see the good things God has in store for your future. Thank Him for what He’s doing and what He’s about to do. Thank Him for divine connections and destiny moments because He is ready and willing to fulfill every dream and desire He’s placed within your heart!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for marked moments and divine opportunities in my life. I trust that You are working behind the scenes no matter what the circumstances look like. I choose today to keep my heart and mind focused on Your goodness, knowing that You are a rewarder of those who diligently seek after You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 


JANUARY 5

Today’s Scripture

            “…I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  (John 10:10, NKJV)

Abundant Life Today

            Are you living the abundant life Jesus came to give? I’m not talking about living in the fanciest house or driving the newest car. No, His promise of abundant life goes way beyond material things that this world offers. Abundant life means “life to the full.” That means no matter what is going on around you, you stay in faith because you know God is still in control. It means having peace in the midst of a storm, being able to sleep at night, and having good relationships. You can have joy when things are uncertain. It’s easy to look at that verse and think, “God is going to give me abundant life someday.” But the truth is that God wants you to have abundant life TODAY! Don’t waste another second living in mediocrity or settling for less than God’s best. No, it’s time to shake off that barely-get-by attitude and let go of what didn’t work out. Instead, make room to receive His hope, joy, strength and favor. Declare that you are living the abundant life every day!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, so that I can have eternal life. I know that You want the best for me. Help me to keep my heart and mind focused on You so that I can walk in Your ways all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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JANUARY 4

“God Says So” Prayers

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.  John 15:7, NKJV

            Prayer is a conversation.  We speak to God in prayer then listen attentively as He speaks to us through His Word.

            Do you think the promise that Jesus gave His disciples was like handing them a Divine Genie in a bottle?  And that if they would just rub the bottle with enough faith, the Genie would pop out and grant them their “wishes”?  As ludicrous as that is, it actually is the way some people view prayer.  And when the Genie doesn’t pop out of the bottle, they become offended with God and resent Him for not being at their beck and call.

            One major prerequisite to receiving answers to prayer is that our requests line up with God’s will.  How will we know what God’s will is?  By abiding consistently in His Word.  Instead of basing our prayers on “I hope so,” our prayers are based on “God says so.”  And if we are saturating ourselves in His Word, then His desires will be ours.

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz

AnGeL Ministries

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Today’s Scripture

            “Scripture and Reference: And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” – (Judges 6:12, ESV)

What God Calls You

            In Scripture, God called Gideon a mighty man of fearless courage. Gideon looked around and said, “God couldn’t be talking about me. I come from the poorest family, and I’m the least one in my father’s house.” Gideon saw himself as weak, defeated and not able. But God saw him as strong, confident and more than a conqueror. You may feel weak today, but God calls you strong. You may feel like a victim, but God calls you a victor. You may be afraid, but God calls you confident. You may be in debt, God calls you prosperous. You may be sick, God calls you well. You may be addicted, God calls you free. Today, get into agreement with God. No matter what the circumstances look like, you’ve got to dig your heels in and say, “God, I agree with what You call me. I’m free, forgiven and healed in Jesus’ name!”

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for loving me and calling me Your own. I choose to receive Your Word which is life, health and strength to me. Fill me with Your peace and wisdom. I set my thoughts on You.” In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


JANUARY 3

Today’s Scripture

            “Scripture and Reference: 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 weren’t the most qualified or the most talented but you got the promotion, 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. It’s easy to see the negative, what we don’t have, what we didn’t get, but that won’t build our faith. Instead, make a decision to search for the good things God has given you. His mercy is new each morning. Look for His goodness, His favor today!

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


JANUARY 2

A Time for Reflection – Brenda Walsh

Today is a good day to look back over the year and take stock of how you spent the last twelve months. It’s good to savor the memories of all the special moments as well as think about what you could have done differently in the difficult ones. Sometimes looking back can be painful, especially if there was the loss of a loved one, the end of a relationship or a particularly sad event that took place – but even in those dark times, it’s still good to think about and remember how God carried you through every trial. Once you have walked down memory lane – it’s time to make your resolutions for the coming year. Determine with ‘God’s help’ not to make the same mistakes as in the past and ask Him to guide your every step going forward. Make a commitment to spend more time each day, worshiping and praising God. Prayerfully lean on the Holy Spirit to guide all of your actions and don’t forget to pray for strength – because without God’s power, you will fail miserably.  The Bible promises in Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” When you are powered by the Holy Spirit, you will face each trial differently. You’ll have strength to remain calm in the midst of each difficult challenge, kind when faced with harshness, and a forgiving heart when mistreated. So, go forward into the new year resolving to draw even closer to your Lord and Savior, giving Him your whole heart and trusting God’s promise in Isaiah 46:4, “I have made you and I will carry you.” Text: Isaiah 40:29, Ephesians 6:10, Isaiah 40:31, 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

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DECEMBER 31

Craig & Debby wish for you a safe and blessed New Year’s Eve.

Today’s Scripture

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

New Year’s Eve

            As a follower of Christ, you are a new creation! You have a new spirit, a new walk, a new life! Are there “old” things” in your life that you are trying to get rid of? Maybe you have old behaviors or addictions that you want to change. Remember, the new is near. It’s a new year, and it’s time to be the new you. Let this year be the year you break old habits and addictions. Let this be the year that you move forward into a new life of victory. And your new life includes all the spiritual blessings the Lord has promised in His Word. You have a promise of peace, health, protection and provision. Be encouraged today and know that no matter what is happening in your life right now, you can embrace the new life God has prepared for you. Make the choice today to leave the old behind—leave behind old behavior, old thinking, old words. Embrace the new by faith, and you’ll move forward into the life of blessing the Lord has in store for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for making me new. Help me to understand Your plan for me so that I can fully embrace Your promises. I choose today to leave behind the old life and ask that You empower me by Your spirit today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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 WHAT WILL YOU BRING INTO THE NEW YEAR?

What will the New Year bring?  We don’t know what is ahead, what difficulties might await us.  Yet, no matter what happens, we can have guidance and protection…in the form of God and His Holy Word.  In Jeremiah 29:11 we are assured, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  We cannot know what the coming year will bring, but we can determine what we will bring to the New Year.  We can bring the commitment of regular worship, the strength of knowledge of the Scripture, and the calm that comes from a childlike trust in our Heavenly Father.

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DECEMBER 28

Today’s Scripture

            “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ…”  (2 Corinthians 2:14, NKJV)

Always Thank Him for Victory

            Isn’t it wonderful to know that God promises to always lead us into victory? That means no matter what you are facing today, no matter what’s going on in the world around you, no matter what anybody says, you should always be thanking God because victory is always on the way! You don’t have to wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to celebrate what God is going to do in your life. Praise is putting action behind your faith. In the middle of that adversity or tough time, start making a list of who you’re going to invite to your victory celebration. That means if you’re in the hospital, start planning what you’re going to do when you get out. If you lost some money when the stock market went down, start planning your coming-out-of-debt party. When things don’t look good in the natural, remember, we serve a supernatural God. With God leading you into victory, you can always plan for increase. You can plan for restoration. You can plan for a comeback, and you can plan for victory because He is leading and guiding you in Jesus’ name!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for being my ever-present help. I trust today that You are with me, that You are comforting me and restoring my soul. I lift my eyes to You this day. Help me to follow Your commands and honor You as You direct my steps in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

            “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

Your Ever-Present Help

            God is always with you. That means He is present at all times, continually, perpetually, throughout all time. In your day of trouble, He promises to be a help to you. How is He your help? “Help” means something different to each person. That’s because “help” is specific to your need. If you need money to pay your bills, a chocolate cake isn’t going to be much help! But we serve a God who is very specific. And because He is always with you, He always knows exactly what you need and is always ready to provide it!

            Today, are you facing trouble or adversity? Know that God is with you. Look to Him for help. Trust that He has the answer, and that He is working things out in your favor. As you continue to believe Him and follow His direction, He will lead you in the way that you should go. He will comfort you, revive you, restore you and bless you! He will be your ever-present help because He is forever faithful to His Word!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for being my ever-present help. I trust today that You are with me, that You are comforting me and restoring my soul. I lift my eyes to You this day. Help me to follow Your commands and honor You as You direct my steps in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 26

Today’s Scripture

            “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him gifts…”  (Matthew 2:11, NIV)

Choose the Right Gifts

            Can you image how the wise men felt as they first looked upon our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! As part of their worship, they wanted to give Him gifts. They gave valuable presents to symbolize the love, honor and appreciation in their hearts. In the same way, you show your love and appreciation to God with gifts of worship, and you can show your love and appreciate to others by the gifts you bring.

            As you celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ during this holiday season, don’t just focus on the gifts you bring in the natural; focus on gifts of love, kindness and encouragement. Go out of your way to show honor to others just like the wise men went out of their way to show honor to Jesus. When you walk in love and peace, that is the place of blessing.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I set my mind and heart on You. Help me to choose the right gifts this holiday season—gifts of love, kindness and peace. Have Your way in my heart and let Your goodness shine through me in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Scripture Helps Us With Dilemmas

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: There is increasing pressure put on Christians today. Some say that it is nothing compared to New Testament days. Is this true? — A.C.

            A: Every Christian in every nation — totalitarian, democratic, or somewhere in between — must decide about their loyalty to Christ. In the United States, we can see clear evidence of a growing intolerance toward Christians and Christian values. It is no longer as accepted to profess Christ as it once was in America. But the Bible commands that we must each take up our cross daily. Compromising and conforming to the world is against God’s Word.

            Early Christians lived in a world where their belief in Christ often left them at odds with the political powers, the economic realities, and the social norms.

            Christians today are faced with the same dilemmas, but we have Scripture available to us to help us through.


DECEMBER 25 – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Today’s Scripture

            “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)

The Ultimate Gift

            What a wonderful gift the Father has given us by sending His Son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, into the earth! Because of Him, all those who believe can have peace with God and make heaven their home. But not only did the Prince of Peace open the way to go to heaven, He made it possible to have peace on earth—every day in every circumstance.

            Today, we declare peace over you and your home. We celebrate with you the greatest gift of all—Jesus Christ! If you don’t know this peace that the Father so freely gives, open your heart and invite Jesus to make your heart His home. He is the ultimate gift!

            Merry Christmas from our home to yours!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Today I open my heart and mind to You and declare that Jesus is Lord over me. Fill me with Your peace and joy as I keep my mind stayed on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 24

Christ Is The Perfect Gift For Christmas

Q: I have fond childhood memories of Christmas that have carried me into adulthood, but I know for many the holiday season is lonely and sad. Is there too much focus on what we get out of Christmas? — C.B.
A: Christmas cards, the smell of pine drifting through the house, the fireplace crackling — all of these things turn our thoughts to those we love. But often it is a sad time for those who are alone, without close friends or family. We all should look for others to reach out to especially at this time of year and extend a hand of fellowship, a heart of love. This is what Jesus did for all mankind. He reached down from Heaven by giving Himself to us — a people in great need of a relationship with their God and Maker.
Christmas is the most thrilling season of the year because its message is that Jesus brings joy and love through His sacrificial gift of forgiveness and redemption. This, indeed, should be our focus. When we have people around us who need Christmas cheer and can’t set aside time to invite them into our homes or around a table for a meal — we are too busy.
Christmas is about receiving and giving. Give the gift of the true Christmas story — that God gave His Son so that mankind would receive Him. Let’s focus not on our own joys but making others joyful. The greatest gift we can give others is to tell them about the most wonderful Gift God has bestowed on the whole world.
No other day on the calendar catches the imagination of young and old alike as does Christmas. It’s a high and holy day — a day when the veil is drawn back and we get a fresh view of eternity. Such a vision of truth should be spread near and far.

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

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Today’s Scripture

            “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”  (Luke 1:28, NIV)

You are Highly Favored!

            Did you know that as a child of God, you are highly favored? No matter what you may have done in the past, as soon as you make Jesus Christ your Lord and Savior, you have favor with God!

            Mary didn’t understand how or why she had God’s favor, or what that favor was for. At that moment, she didn’t know that she was chosen as a pure and holy vessel to bring Christ to the world. Friend, you have God’s favor for the very same reason as Mary – because God chose you and made you a pure and holy vessel to bring Christ to your home, workplace, and even the world.

            Stay focused on sharing “the message” of God’s love with all those you come in contact with. And remember that today, and everyday, you are highly favored and the Lord is with you!

A Prayer for Today

            “God, I have an awesome responsibility to share Your message with the world. It is my gift to You to embrace that calling in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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SOUTHERN OAKS ASSISTED LIVING (Chattanooga TN), 7230 Lee Hwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 4pm

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CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

CHATTANOOGA FIRST SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 7450 Standifer Gap Road, “Evening Anthem vespers featuring Kelly Mowrer in a special Christmas Eve program titled “Rejoice!”, 4pm, 423.605.2468

COLLEGEDALE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH (Collegedale TN), 4829 College Drive East, Christmas Eve Services, 6pm, 423.396.2134.

FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 650 McCallie Ave., Christmas Eve Services, 5pm and 9pm

JONES MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (East Ridge TN), 4131 Ringgold Road, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 5pm, 423.624.6073

RED BANK BAPTIST CHURCH (Red Bank TN), 4000 Dayton Blvd., Christmas Eve Service, 5pm.  423.877.4514

THE POINT CHURCH AT SIGNAL (Signal Mountain TN), 939 Ridgeway Ave., Christmas Eve Service, 6:15pm.  423.877.4514

WHITE OAK BAPTIST (Red Bank TN), 310 Memorial Drive, Christmas Eve Services, 5pm, 423.877.8551

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DECEMBER 21

Today’s Scripture

            “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”  (Psalm 34:4, NIV)

See the Lord

            In this day and age, it seems that there are so many things that people are afraid of. I’m not just talking about phobias. Many people are afraid of the future, afraid they won’t get married, afraid they won’t find a better job, afraid of getting sick. But the Scripture gives us a simple remedy for all our fears, and that is to seek the Lord. How do you seek the Lord? With a humble and open heart. By setting aside time each day to commune with Him. By focusing your thoughts on Him and His goodness.

            Friend, no matter what fears may be plaguing your mind today, God wants to deliver you. He promises to keep us in perfect peace when we keep our minds stayed on Him. Today, meditate on His goodness. Meditate on His perfect love which casts out all fear. As you seek the Lord, He will answer you. He will deliver you and lead you in the path of peace and victory all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to me in every area of my life. Thank You for delivering me from all my fears. Help me keep my mind and heart fixed on You as I reach out to embrace the good things You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 20

Today’s Scripture

            “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”  ( 2 Corinthians 3:18, NKJV)

A Supernatural Encounter

            One of the most amazing transformations in the Bible happened when Saul—former persecutor of Christians—encountered God on the road to Damascus (see Acts 9). After his encounter, he was so radically changed from the inside out that even his name was changed to Paul. He began preaching the gospel, and eventually, went on to write much of the New Testament.

            When you have a supernatural encounter with Almighty God, something is going to happen. Something is going to be transformed inside of you and radiate out into every part of your being, affecting every part of your life!

            Today, I want to encourage you to prepare your heart to expect God’s supernatural touch in your life. Open the eyes of your heart to Him. I pray that you experience God in such a way that every bondage is broken off of your life, and you are forever changed by a supernatural encounter with Him!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I invite You to transform me into Your image. Search my heart and mind and remove anything that is displeasing to You. Show me Your glory. Reveal Yourself to me as I keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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God Wants Us To Continually Pray

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Does God get weary when we pray to Him about the same thing over and over? — P.A.

            A: No, the Bible says to persist in prayer and to pray about everything. God does not always answer the way we think He should, or when we think He should. (We should be grateful for this — He knows far better than we do what is best!). But, the Bible tells us to always keep on praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Jesus, in fact, told a parable about a persistent widow who constantly begged a judge to act on her case, which he eventually did (Luke 18:1-8). One reason Jesus told this parable was to encourage us to pray frequently.

            Keep in mind two things. First, we cannot change God’s mind about something which He has already answered. In other words, God will answer a prayer sometimes with a “no” rather than a “yes,” and sometimes with a “wait.” Are we willing to accept His will? Always pray according to God’s will.

            Second, there are times that we ourselves should take action as well as pray. Often we become the answer to our own prayers. Jesus told His disciples to ask Him to send workers into His harvest field, and in the very next verse we find that the disciples themselves went to the field to do God’s work (Matthew 9:38, 10:1).

            Prayer is one of the privileges of the child of God, made possible because Jesus Christ has opened up the way to our Father. God loves us and does not want us to be anxious about anything, but faithfully pray about everything with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6).

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NHC FT OGLETHORPE (Fort Oglethorpe GA), 2403 Battlefield Pkwy., His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30 – 11:30am

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DECEMBER 19

Today’s Scripture

            “…an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.’”  (Matthew 1:20, NLT)

Do Not Be Afraid

            Have you ever felt overwhelmed or even afraid of what God has called you to do? Maybe you were pursuing a dream or goal and things didn’t turn out the way you planned. Joseph had planned to take Mary as his wife, but when he found out she was pregnant, he didn’t know what to think. He was afraid that he might be making a mistake because things didn’t turn out the way he planned. But God sent a messenger in a dream to reassure Joseph that he was on the right path.

            Today let me reassure you that God knows right where you are, and He knows how to get you to where you need to be. Even when things don’t go the way you planned, His hand is on you. Do not be afraid; trust that God is working behind the scenes on your behalf, and He will lead you into the life of blessing that He has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to trust in You. Even when things don’t go the way I planned, I know You are at work in my life. Thank You for Your perfect love which casts out all fear. I love You and surrender every area of my life to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 18

Today’s Scripture

            “And after entering the house, they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then, after opening their treasure chests, they presented to Him gifts…”  (Matthew 2:11, AMP)

Giving is Worship

            When the wise men first saw Jesus, they were completely overwhelmed. They fell to their knees and wanted to worship Him with everything they had. Giving was an automatic response. They wanted to lavish Him with their love and gifts. They were giving because they were thankful and wanted to honor Him.

            When you give to God, He doesn’t want you to do it just because it’s offering time or because you feel like you have to. In fact, the Bible says, “Do not give grudgingly or under compulsion.” God wants you to give because your heart is overflowing with thankfulness. He wants you to be happy and cheerful when you give. He loves a cheerful giver!

            Meditate on the faithfulness of God today. Think about what He’s done for you—that He’s saved and redeemed You. Dwell on the fact that He is your provider. As you meditate on His goodness, your heart will overflow with thankfulness, and just like the wise men, giving will be an automatic response!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to meditate on Your goodness today. Thank You for loving and saving me. Thank You for redeeming my life from the pit. I give You everything that I am today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 17

Today’s Scripture

            “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.”  (Psalm 119:165, NIV)

Great Peace

            God not only wants to give you peace, He wants to give you great peace! When you love His law, nothing can make you stumble, and you will have great peace!

            Great peace gives you joy when it doesn’t make sense for you to be happy. It’s peace that passes understanding. Great peace keeps you stable and strong no matter what may come against you. When you focus your attention on God’s Word and discipline yourself in the Scriptures, you will hunger for more of Him. That love for His law will naturally develop. His Word will direct your path. His Word will protect you. You can always find security in His Word. Today, choose to put His Word first and have the great peace and blessing God has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Word that gives me peace. I choose to focus on Your Word today so that You can protect me and guide me. I give You praise today for working in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 15

Lasting Contentment Is Solely Found In God

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: Why is there so much alcoholism, drug addiction and suicide among famous people, wealthy people, successful people and glamorous people when they “have it all”? — W.W.

            A: When people live for themselves and feed their desires, they will eventually find themselves empty. This is the case with so many who “appear” to be fulfilled.

            The Bible says that we were made for God. When we refuse to give Him His rightful place, things go wrong and our lives become distorted. The more people have the more they want. Eventually they come to a dead end.

            King Solomon penned the book of Ecclesiastes. People would be wise to read it often because it gives insight into the frailties of accumulating wealth, searching for fame and seeking approval from peers. He wrote, “Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure. … Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and … indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:10-11). Finally he realized that lasting contentment and meaning in life is found only in God.

            These things should be a warning to us, to be sure that we do not seek to fill the emptiness in our lives through things that can never satisfy. Only God can give life to the fullest extent (see John 10:10). God says to come to Him, so our souls may live (see Isaiah 55:3). There is a song that says, “All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give.” The most important thing we can do is surrender our lives to Jesus. He will empower us to let loose of what the world gives us so that we can be filled with what really matters — to do the will of God. This turns disappointment into joy and emptiness into fulfillment (see Psalm 16:11).


DECEMBER 14

Today’s Scripture

            “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and he who has it will abide in satisfaction; he will not be visited with evil.”  (Proverbs 19:23, NKJV)

Live All of Your Days

            One thing I’ve noticed is that so many people are walking around who aren’t really living to the full the way God intends. Do you ever notice that many people quit living around fifty, but yet they are going to stay on the planet until after they’re eighty? Maybe they went through a disappointment or had a failure. Someone hurt them, and now they’ve lost their joy and settled where they are. No, God has another victory in store! You wouldn’t be breathing unless God had something amazing in your future. It’s time to get your passion back and be determined to really live out all of your God-given days!

            The Scripture says that God wants to bring you to a flourishing finish, not a fizzled-out finish. Don’t let disappointment or self-pity hold you back. God has promised that what was meant for your harm He will turn around and use for your good. Not only will He bring you out, but He will bring you out better off than you were before. Receive it by faith today and press forward into the abundant, fulfilled life He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for the promise of living a long, satisfied life. I choose to stay in the game and press forward to fulfill my destiny. I won’t shrink back, give up or lose heart, but I will stand strong in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 13

Today’s Scripture

            “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”  (Psalm 68:1, NKJV)

Scatter Your Enemies

What are you letting arise in your life? In other words, what are you focusing your words, energy and thoughts on? You might say, “Oh, it’s just so hard right now. My finances are tight.” “My health doesn’t look good.” “Somebody walked out on me.” No, you’re focusing on the wrong things. You’re letting defeat, discouragement and self-pity rise up. Why don’t you turn that around and say, “God is still in control. Somebody may have walked out on me, but I know God is going to bring me somebody better.” “I may be hurting right now, but I know God is the restorer of my soul.” “I may have an unexpected debt, but I know God is my provider. He is supplying all of my needs. He is fighting my battles.”

            When you give God glory and let Him arise in your life, you can’t stay defeated. No foe can stand against you in the presence of Almighty God. Your enemies will be scattered! They will tremble at your words of faith! Let God arise and embrace the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I release any negative, self-defeating thoughts or attitudes. Instead, I choose to let God arise in my life. I declare that You are worthy, You are holy, and You are the center of my joy, peace and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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4 Steps to Sharing the Gospel with Your Family During Christmas 

  By Tim Brister – Pastor, Author, and Blogger
I’ve been browsing through Randy Newman’s book, Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Your Family Members, Your Close Friends, and Others You Know Well. This is an incredibly important topic as I have come to find it harder to share the gospel with family members as it is with an unknown person in my community. I imagine this is true for most if not all Christians.
In the conclusion of his introductory chapter, Newman provides four steps for sharing the gospel with your family. I thought they were very thoughtful and practical. Check them out.
1. If you don’t already have one, develop a system for prayer for your family. Perhaps you can set aside a section in a prayer journal.
2. Begin your prayers for your family with thanksgiving. This may be more difficult for some people than others. Regardless of your family’s well-being, thank God for the family you have and all the accompanying benefits you can identify.
3. You may need to include prayers of confession as well–confession of your lack of love for your family, your idolatry of control in trying to change them, your reliance on your ability to convict them of their sin instead of trusting the Holy Spirit to do that, your coldheartedness, haughtiness, and self-righteousness, etc. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine his light of truth on your darkness of sin.
4. If you haven’t already done so, “come out of the closet” as a Christian to your family. Pray for gentle words and a gracious demeanor mixed with bold confidence. . . . Aim for your announcement to be informational rather than evangelistic. You can trust God to open evangelistic doors later.
#3 nailed me.
One thing I might add, especially if you have a large family: look for opportunities in the course of the day when it is not so hectic where you might be able to enjoy a sustained conversation with a family member who is not a Christian. In a large group setting, conversations tend to stay on a superficial level, but if you can get alone with one or two family members for 10-15 minutes or longer, you will have a greater opportunity of magnetizing the conversation to the gospel and how Jesus has changed, and is changing your life.

 


DECEMBER 12

Today’s Scripture

            “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

Value Every Moment

            Have you stopped to consider that today is a special gift from God? Sometimes, our days can be so full and busy that we forget how fragile life really is. It can be easy to allow little things to creep in and steal our peace and joy. Maybe something doesn’t go our way, or someone says something upsetting. Even traffic can cause us to lose focus if we let it. We have to remember that each day is a gift. If we choose to focus on what’s wrong, we’ll miss the blessing that each day has to offer.

            I encourage you today; don’t let the precious moments of life pass you by. Don’t wait for holidays and birthdays to show people that you care. Remember, each day is unique and irreplaceable. You have been given time that can be invested or wasted; hours that can be used or misused. That’s why the psalmist prayed to God, “Teach us to number our days.” He was saying, “Teach us to value every moment we’ve been given.” As you daily keep a proper perspective, you’ll gain a heart of wisdom. You’ll draw closer to God and experience the full blessing that He has for you each and every day!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of today. I choose to focus on the blessing of each moment instead of allowing the little things to steal my joy. Keep me close to You always as I surrender every area of my heart and mind to You in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 11

Today’s Scripture

            “Further, David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him…But David felt strengthened and encouraged in the LORD his God.”  (1 Samuel 30:6, AMP)

Encourage Yourself

            It’s good to have friends and family around to cheer you up when you’re down, but in order to truly live in victory, that encouragement has to come from the inside. When your mind is telling you it’s not worth it, when your circumstances seem difficult, deep down inside, your spirit has to have the resolve that says, “I refuse to settle where I am.” That’s what David had to do. He was facing a major setback. His family was captured, his city was destroyed, and his own people were now against him, but he still managed to encourage himself in the Lord. How did he do that? He replayed in his mind the victories from the past. He recounted God’s faithfulness. As he rehearsed over and over the goodness of God, strength began to rise in his heart.

            There are so many places you can see the hand of God at work. Thank Him for saving you today. Thank Him for the miracle of life. Thank Him for His faithfulness. Focus on the fact that God didn’t bring you this far to leave you now. Stir up that inner strength and encouragement. As you do, you’ll rise higher and higher and live the life of victory the Lord has prepared for you.

A Prayer for Today

            “Father in heaven, thank You for Your faithfulness today. I choose to focus on You and the good things You have prepared for my future. I thank You for making a way out of no way, and I will bless You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

 

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A Child’s Spiritual Health As Important As Physical

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My husband says that in today’s world we cannot protect our children from things that are on television or the Internet because they need to know what the world is really like. But I am concerned that bad behavior that is celebrated can harm them. Am I wrong? — P.M.

            A: Years ago, some wells in a particular part of the country were contaminated because of a nearby chemical waste dump. Parents would not send their children to drink from these wells. The reason is obvious. The parents were compelled to protect their children from danger.

            The same thing applies when it comes to protecting our children’s moral and spiritual health. Just as they are affected physically by the things they eat and drink, so they are affected morally and spiritually by the things they see and hear — whether on television or anywhere else. While children must learn that the world is steeped in evil, they should not be exposed to it through entertainment. Children need clear cut guidelines in every area of life. The Bible instructs that we “set nothing wicked before (our) eyes” (Psalm 101:3).

            The home is under attack. Satan, the great deceiver, wants us to think that society is good. He wants us to believe that the culture provides all we need for our happiness and social welfare. But beware, the devil is out to destroy and he has targeted marriages, families and homes.

            Be on guard at all times and above all, ask God to help make home a place where Christ is honored. Parents’ example of love and purity and commitment to Christ will be the greatest influence on our children.

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DECEMBER 10

Today’s Scripture

            “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions.”  (Mark 11:26, NASB)

How to Move On

            God never promised that life would always be fair. In fact, He warns us of just the opposite! People aren’t perfect; we all make mistakes and bad decisions. You may have been hurt by others in the past, but what’s most important is how you choose to deal with that hurt.

            When you harbor hurts and offenses, it keeps you stuck in the past. It only causes harm in your life. If you want to move forward in joy and peace, you have to choose forgiveness.

            Yes, forgiveness is a choice, and it has nothing to do with the person who hurt you. Forgiveness is the choice to hand your hurts over to God and let Him make up the difference. When we choose to extend forgiveness, that’s when we choose to receive His forgiveness! Today, choose God’s way, choose forgiveness, and choose to move forward in the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for the gift of forgiveness. Today I open my heart and mind to You. I ask that You help me understand Your truth about forgiveness so that I can be set free. I love You and bless You today in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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LIFE CARE CENTER OF HIXSON (Hixson TN), 5798 Hixson Home Place, His Call Gospel Singers, 10:30am

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DECEMBER 8

THE CHOICES WE MAKE

“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing:  therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  (Deuteronomy 30:19)

            Each one of us has been given the power to make choices.  But the way we choose demands serious consideration.  We have many examples in the Bible of those who made either right or wrong choices and of the bountiful blessings or sad consequence that followed.  Both the natural and spiritual laws of sowing and reaping still stand.  We reap what we sow.

            Multitudes choose to take the broad, easy, downward road even though it leads to destruction.  Fewer are those who are willing to take up the cross of Christ and walk the strait and narrow way, which brings abundant, eternal life.  We can choose to give ourselves in full surrender to Christ and follow Him in full obedience, or we can choose to resist His will, make excuses for our disobedience, and live to please ourselves.  We can cheerfully accept our lot in life with a spirit of godly contentment and restful assurance, if grateful acknowledgement of God’s loving care and overruling hand.  Or as we face the hurts and shattered dreams of life, we can allow attitudes of bitterness, ingratitude, and smoldering anger to hold us in a tight grip.  We can choose by God’s grace to respond to others with love, forgiveness, kindness, and mercy.  Or we can react with malicious revenge or a resentful, grudging, unforgiving spirit.

            If we persist in choosing our own selfish way, whether in action or attitude, we will reap a bitter harvest of remorse, inner conflict, unfulfilled expectations, and a broken relationship with God.  In contrast, choosing the right way brings harmonious relationships, abiding peace, deep joy, true fulfillment, and sweet fellowship with our Creator.  We win or lose by the way we choose.

By Mark Kropf

Read:  Josh. 24:14-23, Heb. 11:23-28

            Decision determines direction and direction determines destiny.

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GOSPEL ASSEMBLY CHURCH (Soddy-Daisy TN), 9610 Barbee Rd., His Call Gospel Singers, Way of the Cross, 6pm, 423.842.4850


DECEMBER 7

Today’s Scripture

            “…the star which they had seen in the East went before them, until it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him...”  (Matthew 2:9-11, NKJV)

Wise Men Rejoice

            The wise men traveled a considerable distance to see the great King whose arrival the Bible foretold. They followed the bright star, and when they found Him, it says they rejoiced exceedingly. Those men were so happy that they couldn’t hide it. Notice what they did next; they fell down and worshiped Him.

            When a wise person seeks Jesus, they are filled with indescribable joy. They are compelled to worship Him! Let that be you and me today. Let’s let the joy of the Lord fill our hearts and be reflected on our faces during the holiday season and every day of the year. Don’t allow the pressures and busyness of life steal your joy. Let those around you see that you’ve been with Jesus. Rejoice in Him, worship Him, and walk with Him in victory all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I choose to be wise and seek You first. Fill me with Your joy which is strength. I set my heart and mind on You and worship You. You are the King of kings and Lord of lords in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 6

Today’s Scripture

            “Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”  (Psalm 68:1, NKJV)

Scatter Your Enemies

            What are you letting arise in your life? In other words, what are you focusing your words, energy and thoughts on? You might say, “Oh, it’s just so hard right now. My finances are tight.” “My health doesn’t look good.” “Somebody walked out on me.” No, you’re focusing on the wrong things. You’re letting defeat, discouragement and self-pity rise up. Why don’t you turn that around and say, “God is still in control. Somebody may have walked out on me, but I know God is going to bring me somebody better.” “I may be hurting right now, but I know God is the restorer of my soul.” “I may have an unexpected debt, but I know God is my provider. He is supplying all of my needs. He is fighting my battles.”

            When you give God glory and let Him arise in your life, you can’t stay defeated. No foe can stand against you in the presence of Almighty God. Your enemies will be scattered! They will tremble at your words of faith! Let God arise and embrace the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, right now I release any negative, self-defeating thoughts or attitudes. Instead, I choose to let God arise in my life. I declare that You are worthy, You are holy, and You are the center of my joy, peace and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Conquer ‘Inner Space’ With Jesus

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

            Q: My professors often refer to “inner space” and seem to apply it to every facet of life, including spiritual life, but what does it really mean? — C.P.

            A: Inner space is defined in many ways, but when it comes to the inner life — something we all have — it deals with the dark side of the human spirit. From the vast number of questions on people’s minds it is evident that a large proportion of the population is facing deep personal problems. They vary from person to person, but they do exist, and they are all problems of “inner space.” Thankfully, there is a solution and millions have already found it; that solution is in Jesus Christ. He said, “My peace, my liberty, my freedom, I give to you” (see John 14:27).


DECEMBER 5

Today’s Scripture

            “Good sense makes a man restrain his anger, and it is his glory to overlook a transgression or an offense.”  (Proverbs 19:11, AMPC)

Good Sense

            Every day, we have opportunities to get upset, frustrated or offended. Maybe you had plans that didn’t work out, or someone was rude to you at the office. Maybe you were doing something that should have taken one hour and ended up taking three. Life is full of inconveniences. Even though we can’t always control our circumstances, we can control our reaction. They say, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond.”

            We should always go out each day with a positive attitude, full of hope and expecting God’s favor. But at the same time, we should recognize that most days are not going to go exactly as we planned. However, we are created to live in peace. Peace is our position of power. If you get stressed because you got off schedule, or upset because your child wouldn’t eat his breakfast, or frustrated because somebody offended you, you are giving away your power. Instead, use good sense! Make the decision to release those offenses and disappointments so you can live in peace. Overlook offense, release offense and move forward in the power and victory the Lord has for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I release every care, concern, offense and disappointment to You. I choose to keep the peace that You have given me knowing that with You, my best days are ahead in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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DECEMBER 4

Today’s Scripture

            “…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”  (Hebrews 12:1-2, NKJV)

Content in Your Own Race

            It’s easy to be tempted to go through life competing with everyone around us when we see someone who’s more talented, better looking or has more gifts. Instead of running our race and being comfortable with who we are, oftentimes, we feel inferior and think, “I’ve got to catch up to them.” The problem with this unhealthy competition is that it’s a never-ending cycle.

            There will always be someone ahead of us. But it’s a very freeing thing when you realize, “I’m not competing with you. I don’t have to have as big a house as my neighbor to feel good about myself. I don’t have to keep up with my co-worker. I don’t have to be a certain size. I don’t have to have as many Christmas lights outside. No, I understand that I’m not in competition with my friend, my neighbor or my co-worker. Instead, I’m going to be the best me that I can possibly be.”

            Contentment is an attitude God can work with. When you focus on being who God made you to be and focus on running your own race, that’s when you’ll see things happen. That’s when you’ll rise up higher and position yourself for every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I humbly come to You giving You all that I am. I choose to keep my eyes on You and allow You to work in my heart and mind. I declare that I am free from competition today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Satan And All His Lies No Laughing Matter – By Billy Graham

From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham

Q: Is joking about the Devil a sin? — D.J.

A: Many jokes are made about the Devil, but he is no laughing matter. Some people make light of the Devil, thinking that he is some figment of imagination that runs around with a tail dragging behind him. But with the state of the world and the godless society that permeates the culture, some people take it a little more serious. Then there are those who are drawn to Satan. They want to learn more about the Devil, demons, witchcraft, the occult, etc. In many cases, these people do not fully realize they are inviting Satan to come into their thinking and into their very lives. They are deluded.

The Bible says that Satan is the father of lies. He is the most successful liar of all because he persuades millions of people to follow him. He is called a deceiver. In order to accomplish his purpose, the Devil blinds people to their need for Christ. Two forces are at work in our world — the forces of Christ and the forces of Satan. You must choose the way you will follow.

Pray to the Lord God and ask him to give you strength to live life according to His word in the Bible. Ask Him to protect you and keep you from the deceptions of Satan. Start by giving your life to Christ and draw on the strength of His Holy Spirit to discipline yourself to think on the things of the Lord. Scripture tells us plainly not to give Satan a foothold in our lives (Ephesians 4:27).

Don’t be deceived by Satan and his lies. Instead, stay close to Christ — because the closer you are to Him, the farther away you are from the Devil.


DECEMBER 3

Today’s Scripture

            “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”  (Matthew 5:44, NKJV)

Be Great in the Midst of Criticism

            If you’re going to pursue greatness, if you’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent, a great leader, you have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer you on. I’d love to tell you that your family, friends and co-workers will celebrate you, but that’s not necessarily the case. Some people simply can’t handle your success. As you grow and increase, as God pours out His favor on you, someone will get jealous. Someone will start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative tries to belittle or discredit you. You can’t focus on making everyone around you happy or you’ll start changing and lose sight of what God has placed in your heart.

            Remember, your destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm you. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run your race and be great anyway.

            Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who spitefully use you. As you keep doing what is right, God will honor you. He’ll promote you, and you’ll be great in the midst of criticism!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, I come to You today with an open and humble heart. I choose to forgive those who have criticized me. I choose to bless those who have hurt me. I choose to be great because You have equipped and empowered me to be great in the midst of criticism in Jesus’ name! Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen


DECEMBER 2

Tunnel Vision

Sometimes there is so much focus on what “you” want to do – that you don’t stop and consider the bigger picture of what “God” wants. All you can think about is what’s wrong in your life and what God should do to fix it. Your prayers quickly turn into a list of demands on just how you want God to answer. But prayer doesn’t work that way. God didn’t give you free access to Him just so that you can use Him to get everything you want. Simply put: you can’t make plans for your life and expect God to bless them – just because you want Him to! Jesus wants you to trust Him to make the best decisions – to present your needs, wishes and desires and then have faith that He will respond according to what is good for you! And don’t forget to thank Him for everything that He already has done for you. David thanked God for His blessings in Psalm 103:2-4, “Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles.” Sometimes you can be so focused on your troubles that you forget about all the blessings you’ve already been blessed with. The next time you find yourself afflicted with “tunnel vision,” thinking about all the things “you” want – pray and ask God to give you discernment, understanding, and wisdom . . . but most of all – pray, “God’s will be done.”

By Brenda Walsh

Read:  Ephesians 1:18-19, Numbers 6:24 – 26, 2 Chronicles 6:19


NOVEMBER 30

Today’s Scripture

            “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  (James 1:3-4, NKJV)

Lacking Nothing

            God wants you to be perfect and complete, living in His abundance and lacking nothing on this earth. That may seem like a stretch from where you are today. It may seem far off; but in an instant, things can turn around. God has set up a system of blessing for you, and it starts with His Word. The Bible says that God has given each of us a measure of faith. We all have faith, and it’s up to us to develop it. Romans 10:17 says that faith grows as we read and study His Word. Faith, in turn, produces patience, and when we allow patience to have its perfect work in us, we will lack no good thing.

            Today, no matter where you are in the process, the key is to keep moving forward by reading and hearing His Word. His Word is alive. His Word will heal your heart and restore your soul. His Word will produce patience in your life so that you can move forward, being complete and lacking nothing all the days of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, thank You for Your Word which lights my path and directs my way. I choose to put You first place. I choose to meditate on Your Word, knowing that You are leading me in Your paths of life in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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

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NOVEMBER 29

Today’s Scripture

            “Bring forth fruit that is consistent with repentance [let your lives prove your change of heart].”  (Matthew 3:8, AMPC)

Bring Forth Fruit

            Something supernatural happens when you submit your mind and heart to the Lord. First, your heart changes; then your thoughts begin to change. Your actions begin to change. Your life begins to bring forth fruit, or it displays the character of God. The Bible tells us in Galatians that the fruit of God’s spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These character traits are proof that God is at work in our lives. Do you have more love than you used to? Are you more at peace than you used to be? Are you more gentle? Self-controlled? That’s because God is at work in your life, and it brings Him pleasure when you act more like Him.

            If you need to grow in any of these areas today, simply open your heart and ask Him to work in your life. He promises that He will complete the good work He’s started in you. Don’t give up! Keep praying, keep believing, keep repenting and submitting your life to Him. Put His Word as a priority in your life, and you will continue to grow and bring forth His fruit and live in His abundant blessings in every area of life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Heavenly Father, thank You for working in my life. Thank You for producing good fruit by Your spirit. I submit myself to You today and invite You to continue Your work in me. I bless You and honor You today in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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HARDEE’S (LaFayette GA), 812 N Main St., Gospel singing with the Downhome Pickers, His Call Gospel Singers, 6pm

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NOVEMBER 28

Today’s Scripture

            “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”  (John 15:2, NIV)

The Pruning Process

            In life, we all go through a pruning process. God will prune our lives so that we can bear much fruit. To “prune” means something is cut away, something is removed. In other words, maybe a good friend that you counted on moved to another city. Maybe a business shut down that you were connected to, or a relationship went a different direction.

            Friend, God knows what you need in your life in order to grow and flourish. Sometimes when things happen that we don’t understand, we have to just trust that He is working behind the scenes preparing you for increase, preparing you to go to another level. Don’t put a question mark where God has placed a period.

            When you’re going through transition, don’t get bitter. Don’t get down and think it’s the end. Don’t start thinking that you’re a failure. Have the attitude, “God, I let this go knowing that it was only a temporary provision, and what You have in my future will be greater than what I’m letting go of.” If you will accept the change and stay in faith, God will open new doors. He will bring new opportunities, new friendships, and take you to another level of His glory!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, thank You for loving me enough to work in my life. Today I release the things I don’t understand into Your hands. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. I believe that You have good things in store for my future. I choose to wait on You and trust You now and forevermore in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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NOVEMBER 27

Today’s Scripture

            “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  (John 15:7, NIV)

Remain

            In life, we all have ups and downs. There are seasons that are more difficult than others, seasons of testing, trials and temptation where our character is being developed and our faith in God is being strengthened. Sometimes it can feel like you are taking two steps forward and three steps backward. If we’re not careful, we’ll start thinking that life is always going to be this way. Even in the strong seasons, you’ll start looking for things to go wrong.

            God doesn’t want us to be living life like a roller coaster. He wants to bring us to a place of stability where we remain strong in Him. Jesus said, “I am the vine. You are the branches. If you abide in me, you will bear much fruit and your fruit will remain.” The word “remain” means “to be fixed, immovable, not affected by circumstances.” If you will just keep abiding in Him, just keep meditating on His Word, He’ll bring you through. He’ll make you strong, He’ll keep you stable, and you’ll keep moving forward into the life of blessing He has prepared for you!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father, today I set my heart and mind on You knowing that You are good and faithful. I trust that as I seek You and put You first, You will direct my steps. I choose to remain in You and follow Your leading in everything I do in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Giving Thanks For God’s Beautiful Earth

Imagine if you were the creator of the Earth, with all of its breathtaking beauty, and gave each living creature the gift of life.  Read more…

Today, Tuesday, November 27, is National Giving Day. 

PLEASE – Give to whatever, or whoever, needs your help.

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NOVEMBER 26

Today’s Scripture

            “Though the fig tree may not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines…yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.”  (Habakkuk 3:17-18, NKJV)

Switch Over

            We all face challenges and obstacles in this life. We all have dreams in our hearts, and at times, it looks like they’re not going to come to pass. During these difficult seasons, we have a choice. We can get negative and discouraged and talk about how things are not going to work out, or we can switch over into praise and thanksgiving which opens the door for God to move on our behalf.

            A lot of times people think, “I’ll have a good attitude as soon as I get over this health issue.” “Joel, I’ll give God praise when I get through these tough times.” But that’s not how faith works. As long as we’re negative, discouraged and focused on our problems, it limits what God can do. You’ve got to give God praise first, and then the breakthrough will come. You’ve got to change your focus first, and then things will change in your favor. Praise always precedes the victory.

            Today, if you’ve been dwelling on the wrong things and focusing in the wrong direction, switch over into praise and thanksgiving. Begin to declare that God is good. Declare that He is faithful. Declare His praises and open the door to victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

            “Father God, today I humbly come before You, lifting You up and magnifying Your holy name. Thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I bless You and honor You for Your goodness in Jesus’ name. Amen!”

By Joel & Victoria Osteen

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FIRST CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH (Chattanooga TN), 419 McCallie Ave.,Positive Christian Singles”, Craig & Debby TyndallHis Call Christmas Celebration, 6:45pm, 423.756.2021.  Dinner at 6pm

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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…

 

 

 

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)

 

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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)

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