THRIVE: It’s GO time!


Today the adventure begins of getting to provide and serve others. It’s time to go and help the team get ready and be set up! It’s time to go and make sure things are ready and set up for a weekend! It’s time to be rested, prayed up, and lean in on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through the scheduled activities! It’s time to come together to accomplish God’s plan and transform lives forever!

Where are you today? Are you ready to GO? Are you prepared to GO? Are you prayed up to GO? Are you rested up to GO? Are you filled up to GO? Are you willing to GO? Are you serving to GO? Are you able to GO?

It is GO time! So let’s get started…


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.’

Psalms 100:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Be Faithful In The Little Things – Day 2


Are you ready? Are you willing? Are you going? Invite Jesus into your situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Workweek starts in 3…2…1…


Yesterday was a fun day getting to get up on stage with an incredible team of people to be commissioned for camps this summer. Yesterday was a fun day getting to spend time with the family with a great meal and time together to celebrate father’s day. Yesterday was a great day too as I was able to get a great sleep in preparation for this new work week.

Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you filled with the Holy Spirit to overflow? Are you filled with love to overflowing? Are you filled with compassion to overflowing? Are you filled with energy and excitement to overflow? Are you ready to thrive for the glory of God? Are you ready to accomplish the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to adjust your calendar in order to accomplish all God has planned and prepared for you to accomplish?

This is the day that the Lord has made and so let us rejoice and be glad in it!

THRIVE
LIVING FOR THE GLORY OF GOD

Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. ‘

Psalms 113:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 19


Are you ready? Are you aware? Are you aligned? Are you prepared? Are you filled? Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your heart to help. Wherever you are right now, invite Jesus into your life to transform, lead, guide, direct, and to correct. Wherever you are right now, allow the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and your guide, your counselor, and advocate to help you move forward into all that God has planned and prepared for you!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Wrap it up and get ready for what is yet to come!


Are you ready? What have you been called to do? What are you supposed to get done? What is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that the best is yet to come? Are you holding onto the reality that Jesus is coming back? Are you aware that there is more to do? Are you ready to do the good works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish? Are you ready to take the time? Are you prepared to make the time? Are you ready to get it done? Let’s be ready to give an answer for the reason for the hope that is within us!

Let’s get read up! Let’s get trained up! Let’s get filled up! Let’s wrap it up!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, ‘

Psalm 103:2

Let’s remember the benefits! Let’s remember how He forgives all our iniquity! Let’s remember how He heals all our diseases! Let’s remember how He redeems our life from the pit! Let’s remember how He crowns us with steadfast love and mercy! Let’s remember how He satisfies us with good so that our youth is renewed like the eagle’s.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 17


Where are you today? Are you ready to wait upon the Lord and renew your strength? Are you ready to wait for God’s wisdom and direction? Are you ready to begin your journey today? Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus into your life! Invite the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: What are you doing? Why are you doing it?


As the week kicks off I reflect on a question/comment I made last night at my daughter’s baccalaureate when I said “God’s Word tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason” and was going to ask my daughter’s friend’s boyfriend a question. It didn’t happen but God’s Word is so true and so powerful and so right!

Are you ready to give an answer to the question someone could ask you? Are you ready to give an answer to why you have so much hope? Are you ready to give an answer for what you are doing? Are you ready to give an answer to why you are doing it? Are you ready to express that God is leading and guiding you into what you are to be doing? Are you ready to express that Jesus is the reason why you are doing it?

Let’s pause for a moment and consider what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:2:

Let’s consider what we hear from Peter in 1 Peter 3:15-16:

So as we begin our week, let’s get prepared, let’s be prepared, and let’s live our lives to glorify God!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. ‘

Acts 2:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Just For Dads: Be A Positive Christian Role Model – Day 5


Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you faith-filled? Are you faithful? Invite Jesus into your life to help you! Invite Jesus into your heart to get a fresh start and a clean heart! Let’s be ready today! Let’s be prepared!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Come in ready and with a plan!


After a long weekend it’s time to get back to it. It’s time to get it done! It’s time to finish the month strong! So let’s get ready and come with a plan. Let’s use our time wisely living to glorify God by getting the good works He has prepared in advance for us to do done! Let’s get ready! Let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s plan! Let’s execute on the plan! Let’s choose to thrive today for the glory of God!


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Righteousness guards the person of integrity, but wickedness overthrows the sinner. ‘

Proverbs 13:6

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 14


So are you ready? Are you willing? Are you able? Will you prepare? Will you plan? Will you love? Invite Jesus into your heart to help you on your journey today! Invite Jesus into your life to help you navigate and know what it is you must do! Invite Jesus into your life and allow the Holy Spirit to provide you with wisdom and discernment! We each get a choice, a decision to make, and need to make it for ourselves! Could today be your day?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: How will you spend your today?


Will you get through some of your todo list? Will you make the connections that need to happen? Will you spend time with your loved ones? Will you make a list of things you need to or want to do or get done? What will things look like as your kids grow up? What will you things like in 5 years, 10years, and beyond? Is there anything you wanted to do that haven’t yet? Is there anything your wife wants to do that we haven’t done yet? If we want to thrive for the glory of God we have to be prepared!

So, how about talking about it and capturing a list and then making a plan?


TODAY’S VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘ “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘

Matthew 5:3

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
Popular – Day 11


So are you ready to make a decision today that will help you thrive? Are you ready to make a decision today that will transform your future? Are you ready to make a decision today that will ensure the best? Invite Jesus in to help you prepare and be prepared! Invite Jesus in to your heart to be transformed from the inside out! Invite Jesus into your life so that you can accomplish all the good works God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: You need to be prepared! You need to show up! You get to serve!


Up and at ’em this morning as today is an exciting day when it comes to summer, it’s staff and counselor training. Before we go to camp, we need to be prepared and so put together an agenda, setup some time, and come together to teach, train, and direct everyone on how we do camp. Before we go to camp, we need to be present and show up to be and get involved, to build teamwork, build trust, and build relationships! Before we go to camp, we need to make sure we are in the right mindset and ready to serve our campers.

Today’s going to be a full day and an exciting day, bringing together people who are new with people who have been doing this for over a decade. Today’s going to be a fun day as we have time to connect through challenge course activities, table time, and lunchtime. Today’s going to be informative and educational as we have some new team members and so some new ways or spins on how the material is communicated to the team.

Today is going to be a great day! Today is going to be a happy day! Do you know why? This is the day that the Lord has made so we will rejoice and be glad in it! We will be working as unto the Lord!


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him, ‘

Nahum 1:7

Today’s post from Be The Dads is
UNCOMMEN: Dads 2 – Day 5


So are you ready to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite God into the situation? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to be transformed by inviting Jesus into your heart?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email.

Let’s Pray!

Prayer Of Salvation
"Oh Father God, I believe with all of my heart that Jesus died on the cross for my sake and has risen from the dead. Lord, I receive Your Word and I repent of my sins. I renounce the past. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus. I receive my forgiveness. I receive the new birth, cleansed and washed in the Word and in the precious blood of Jesus. Fill me with Your Spirit, in Jesus' name. Amen."

THRIVE: Be prepared and ready to learn…


What an incredible first day yesterday was. What incredible people I had the opportunity to meet with and hear from. What energy, excitement, passion, and promise I could feel joining the team. I am ready to learn. I am prepared to do my part. I am excited to see what God has in store for me and for all those He brings into my life through this new experience. The getting started stuff I was able to get most of that paperwork done beforehand but finished the last couple yesterday and then hit the ground running.

As I begin chapter 3 of my journey with both the first two chapters finishing with a sign that allowed me to transition out quickly and into the next chapter just as fast, I realize the importance of putting God’s will first! Stay as long as He wants you to stay and when He says to go, then prepare to go wherever it is that He is calling you to go! I realize the importance of obedience to the prompting as I remember how back in my MS days I received the prompting to go but I kept responding with how much I liked the people and was so comfortable in the role, and now I realize the reason He was trying to protect me from what was coming down the pipe and because I didn’t listen I ended up going through some pretty painful reorgs and challenges. I remember how important it is to listen to the still quiet voice when God is prompting you to do something rather than looking for reasons or excuses why you couldn’t, shouldn’t, or wouldn’t obey Him during my time on an HOA for about ten thousand plus people and it taking an audible, booming, ultimatum to get my attention and for me to take it seriously. So if and when God gives you a sign like “get out of the boat” or “it’s time to move” or “an offer”, it’s time to get moving and moving forward for the glory of God so that you can thrive in all that He has planned and purposed to do in and through your life. Especially if it comes to you as a command from God.


Verse of the Day:

‘ “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ‘

John 13:34

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 4


This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s get up and get ready! Let’s get up and be prepared! Let’s be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit and then walk out today in alignment with God’s purpose, plan, and will! Let’s invite Jesus into our situations. Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts and lives! Let’s choose to accept the gift of grace that opens the door into eternity with God!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Don’t miss it!


It’s Sunday morning, there is a mix of snow and rain out there and yet there are things to do today. There are things to consider. There are things to observe. There are things to know. Don’t miss it!

Are you ready? Are you watching? Are you paying attention? Don’t miss it!

What will it be? How will it happen? Who is involved? Where will it be? When will it be? Don’t miss it!

Were you waiting for it? Were you expecting it? Were you asking for it? Were you wondering about it? Were you ready when the sign showed up? Were you wondering if it was the sign? Were you ready with ways to confirm and affirm it?

What if it were to happen for you this week as it happened for me a few weeks ago?

Don’t Miss It!


Last night I was able to catch the weekend service at Eastridge Church for Palm Sunday weekend. Pastor Larry shared the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem from Matthew 21. He titled it “Don’t miss it!” and yet an alternative title might have been “Donkey talk!”. Some key takeaways I had from the sermon were:

  • In all the gospels the end of the story seems to slow down in order to allow us to savor that time as it emphasized what was taking place.
  • Jesus was preparing and prepared as we see when He sends the guys to go and get him a colt.
  • As He is entering into Jerusalem in verses 6-9, the Passover celebration was underway and so there were 250K-1M people in the area, we see the connection to Psalm 118 as people are crying out Hosanna, Son of David, there were people going before Him laying coats and palm branches on the ground and there were locals who were following Him from behind, affecting the entire city and causing people to question “who is this?”
  • We learned about how Jesus later was overlooking the city and was weeping for the city as He knew the Hosannas of the one day would turn into the “crucify Him” the next.
  • We see how the central theme of Matthew’s writing is “Who is this person Jesus?”
  • They missed it and we shouldn’t!
  • The donkey!
  • Jesus planned the moment for a particular purpose that they would notice.
    • ‘“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. ‘ Matthew 21:5-6
  • Jesus wanted to make a public declaration of His mission and character!
    • Humble and loving
    • Came to deliver and save
  • Let’s grab hold of 3 practical things we can learn from this:
    1. Pray that the Lord would prepare the hearts of people who don’t know Jesus that you know.
    2. Let’s invite and invest in people to have them come to church for the celebration of Easter!
    3. Let’s celebrate Easter for all that it is and what it has produced and provided for us!

‘As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ” The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” ‘

Matthew 21:1-11

Verse of the Day:

‘“Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” ‘

Luke 19:38

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 2


Don’t miss it! Be ready! Be willing! Be able! Invite Jesus into the situation! Invite Jesus into your heart! Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior!

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Need to get ready…


Some may take time between changes. Some may take a pause before stepping into the next thing. Some may choose to take a weekend and then get right back at it.

Whatever they choose that is right for them, in every case it comes down to setting yourself up to be ready for what’s next. What does it take for you to get ready? How do you get ready? Are you prepared? Are you ready in and out of season? Are you dressed for success? Are you standing on a firm foundation? Are you ready to stand your ground and move forward for the glory of God? Are you ready to take on new territory that God is giving you? Are you ready to step up and step into all that God has prepared in advance for you to do and receive? We need to get ready!


“be prepared in season and out of season”

2 Timothy 4:2

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. ‘

1 Peter 5:8

‘Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. ‘

Proverbs 27:1

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-17

‘“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” ‘

Joshua 1:7-9

‘Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. ‘

1 Chronicles 4:9-10

Are you ready? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared? Are you prepared to thrive? What comes to mind when you see this picture below? Does it go something like:

Let’s get ready to …..

Verse of the Day:

‘Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.’

Psalms 24:10

Today’s post from Be The Dads is The Heart Of The Father – Day 1


So do you want to be ready? Are you ready to get ready? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your situation and help you take care of it?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: Are you ready? Are you getting ready? Will you be ready?


Can you believe how fast seems to be going? It’s midweek already and we’ll be heading towards the close of the week in a few hours. So let’s be ready when it’s our turn and our time! Let’s be ready when our number is called! Let’s get ready now and be prepared! Let’s be equipped for what is coming our way so that we can thrive for the glory of God!

So first let’s make sure we are equipped and put on the full armor of God as we get up this morning!

‘And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no weekend war that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. ‘

Ephesians 6:10-18

Now that we are dressed for success, let’s get ready!

‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, ‘

1 Peter 3:15

‘In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry. ‘

2 Timothy 4:1-5

‘Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished. ‘

Proverbs 28:19-20

‘ “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. ‘

Matthew 24:42-44

‘Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. ‘

1 Peter 5:6-11

‘ “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”’

John 16:33

‘Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. ‘

Proverbs 6:6-8

‘By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. ‘

Hebrews 11:7

So today let’s be ready! Let’s get ready! Let’s press in and trust God! Let’s persevere and not give up! Let’s move forward in unity at the speed of health! Let’s decide that we will thrive for the glory of God!


Verse of the Day:

‘A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. ‘

Psalms 68:5

Today’s post from Be The Dads is My Father Can Be Your Father! – Day 6


Where are you today? Are you ready? Are you getting prepared? Have you invited Jesus into the situation that you are in so that He can make sure you are ready and prepared? Have you invited Jesus into your heart so that He can make sure you are ready for eternity?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

THRIVE: In the presence of God is where you need to be!


When you are in the presence of God, He is able to speak in His still quiet voice of the Spirit to lead and guide you through your situation. When you are in the presence of God, He is able to make your path straight (even when you don’t feel like it is). When you are in the presence of God, He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you can ask or imagine.

Do you remember what it means to thrive?

To vigorously grow, we need the right nutrients, the right energy source, and the wisdom and discernment to respond which can be found in the Bible. To grow, we need to breathe, to do this we need to spend time praying and in relationship with God. To grow, we need to be clean and the best way to be purified is to bring our mistakes, our sins and give them up and confess them to God. As you can see to grow we need to be in the presence of God!

It’s a short work week for me this week as we get to celebrate my oldest’s graduation later this week. It’s a short work week for me as we have to travel later this week. It’s a short week and so the key is to stay in God’s presence in order to walk out the present in alignment with His plans and purposes. It’s a short week and so by staying in God’s presence I will be able to prepare for what He has prepared in advance for me to accomplish. It’s a short week and so by staying in God’s presence, He is able to multiply my efforts and help me to get done what is needed before I take a couple of days off. So I lean in and trust Him in the midst of so much change and uncertainty. I lean in and trust Him so that in spite of my circumstances I will be able to take new ground for the glory of God! I lean in and trust Him because His Word never returns void and always knows what I need to hear be it through a daily verse of the day through to devotionals about being a dad. So as I reflect on my priority list of putting God first, my wife and our marriage second, my kids and family third, I know that anything and everything else comes after that and so I get to take that new list that will materialize and prioritize my time to accomplish the right things so that for my good and God’s glory it will be done in His perfect timing. This is the day that the Lord has made and so I will rejoice and be glad in it!


Verse of the Day:

‘The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. ‘

Psalms 34:18

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 6 Biblical Traits Of A Godly Dad – Day 4


Where are you today? Are you in God’s presence? Are you drawing closer to God? Are you ready to turn back to God? Are you ready to invite God into your situation?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE: Time to focus on God!


In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to be hearing from God. In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to be spending time with God. In order to THRIVE for the glory of God, we need to understand God’s plan and direction.

I am so thankful for Jesus who gave His all in order for me to be able to be reconciled with God and be in a relationship with Him. I am so thankful for Jesus who when He returned to sit at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me because He sent the Holy Spirit so that we wouldn’t be alone but have a comforter and guide to help us through this life. I am so thankful for Jesus who taught us through His Word and His experiences how to live a life to the full by raising the bar on average. I am so thankful for Jesus who warned us that in this world we would have troubles because He also reminds us that we can take heart because He has overcome the world. I am so thankful for Jesus who came that we could have life and life more abundantly. I am so thankful for Jesus who demonstrated that the devil will try to trick us and trip us up when we are at our weakest by twisting God’s Word and yet that we can rebuke the lies and treacheries by correcting Him using God’s Word too.

Let’s choose today to follow Jesus and allow Him to guide us into a life where we can THRIVE. Let’s choose today to wait on Jesus and allow Him to provide us with the wisdom and discernment we need to address what comes our way. Let’s grab hold of what it really means to THRIVE:

THRIVE: To vigorously grow; to flourish; to take new ground in your life regardless of the circumstances.


Verse of the Day:

‘Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. ‘

Revelation 3:20

Today’s post from Be The Dads is 10 Challenges Every Dad Must Conquer – Day 4


So where are you today? Are you making time to spend with God? Are you making time to be with God? Are you making time to hear from God? Are you making time to do what God calls you to do? Are you seeking and searching? Are you hearing that tug on your heart from Jesus? Are you ready to open the door to your heart and invite Jesus in?

If you pray today’s prayer with me feel free to let me know so I can pray with you and for you too. (If you don’t feel comfortable leaving a comment then you can always try email or text.

Let’s Pray!

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Let’s Read the Bible Together (February)


THRIVE: What will it look like? What will it feel like? What will it sound like?


As another week has made it over the hump and the changes haven’t finished that are required to get from survival to thrive, it makes me wonder. What will it look like as 2022 moves towards the year to thrive? What will it feel like with all the changes as 2022 moves towards the year to thrive? What will it sound like with the adjustments and moves that are being setup and aligned to make it a year to thrive?

I am happy to hear about my oldest daughter thriving. I am happy to see my younger daughter also thriving. I am happy to get the reports that my son is thriving. And so I cling to God, lean on Him rather than my own understanding, trusting in Him to make my path straight so that 2022 will be a year to thrive. I am so excited that each week we have the opportunity to hold onto the theme of thrive through reading from the book of Exodus.

What will today bring? Let’s work to make sure we are prepared! Let’s be positioned to thrive!


Today’s Verse of the Day comes to us from 1 John 2:15-16 and says: (including v17 to close the point)

‘Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever. ‘

1 John 2:15-17

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 4

Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 4


So where are you today? Are you preparing? Are you anticipating? Are you getting excited? Are you looking and seeking? Are you reaching and feeling? Are you listening and hearing? Let’s invite Jesus into the center and let’s cling to Him today. Let’s invite Him in to help us navigate through our lives and live them to the full potential.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE: We need to be prepared to go from survive to thrive!


As I start today the idea of getting prepared for a conversation that is coming seems to make sense. As I start today I consider how God tells us to be ready in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within us. In 1 Peter 3:15-16, we read: ‘But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. ‘ In 2 Timothy 4:2, we read: ‘Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. ‘ Throughout scripture, God tells us to be prepared and to get prepared. So today I will spend my non-meeting times getting ready to speak not only of my faith but my team and our future. How about you? Are you ready to thrive? Are you prepared to move forward and thrive? Are you prepared to flip the switch and stop surviving day by day and start to thrive day by day? Are you ready to grab hold of God’s plan to give you hope and a future? Are you ready to grab hold of why Jesus came to this earth so that we can have life and live it to the full?


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ‘

`1 Timothy 6:12


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Strange Words – A Dad’s Prayer For His Children – Day 3


So are you ready today? Are you getting ready? Are you wondering how to get ready? Let’s get started by inviting Jesus into our lives and our very situation in order to have a firm foundation on which to stand.

Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

THRIVE going into today. Are you living with purpose, for a purpose, and on purpose?


As you begin today, who are you? Where does your identity come from? Who do you say you are? Who does God say you are? Are you ready to live according to who God says you are rather than being defined by what you do, how you do it, or what others think? Are you ready to grab hold of your identity and live out the purpose for which you were created?


Today’s verse of the day comes to us from Matthew 28:19 and says:

‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, ‘

Matthew 28:19

Are you ready to go today? Are you ready to share the good news today and make disciples? Are you ready to remove the limits and the barriers of who you can share the good news with? Are you ready to help them enter into the baptism? Are you ready to bring them into and under the covering of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Are you ready to help them find their true identity in Christ Jesus? Are you ready to help them be redeemed? Are you ready to answer the call?


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Finding Dad – Day 7.


There are so many things in this world that try to tear us down. There are so many things in this world that try to define us or write out our identity. Let’s not allow the world to rob us of our true identity. Let’s grab hold of who God says we are. Let’s decide today to accept and receive the gift of God through Jesus Christ and become children of God. Let’s pray:

Dear God
I admit I am a sinner and need your forgiveness; I believe that Jesus Christ died in my place paying the penalty for my sins. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord. I commit myself to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and take control, and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

Are you ready to pass the baton? Is there someone who is ready to take it?


Ever watched a relay race where they have to pass the baton within a certain area to another person who is already running in order to complete the race? Do you realize how important it is to have someone to pass the baton to? Do you realize how important it is to have someone ready to receive the baton? Do you realize the impact of making the transition smoothly? Do you realize the benefit to the outcome when we have planned, practiced, and are prepared for the transition? Let’s pause and review the analogy of a race and passing the baton before we consider how this applies to our lives.

Jamaica getting the world-record victory in the 4×100 meter race

It’s not just about how you start. It’s about the connection. It’s about the training. It’s about practice and repetition. It’s about perfecting the pace. If you are too fast then it will mess up the transition. If you are too slow it will mess up the transition. If you are in sync the transition is smooth and the pace forward won’t miss a beat.

If you want each year better then the transition needs to be smooth. If you want each area of focus to get better then the transition needs to be practiced and repeated. If you want to pass the baton to the next generation then you need to make sure they are ready to keep up the pace, receive it, and move forward. So we need to have succession planning! Do you have someone you are mentoring? Do you have someone who is ready to take the baton and keep moving forward without missing a beat? Do you have someone who has been training and preparing for such a day and such a time?

Ever considered how the word success is a part of succession?

succession
[səkˈseSHən]
NOUN
a number of people or things sharing a specified characteristic and following one after the other.
"she had been secretary to a succession of board directors"
synonyms:
sequence · series · progression · course · chain · cycle · round · string · train · line · lineup · run · continuation · flow · stream · concatenation
geology
a group of strata representing a single chronological sequence.
"the Cretaceous succession"
the action or process of inheriting a title, office, property, etc..
"the new king was already elderly at the time of his succession"
synonyms:
accession · elevation · inheritance of · assumption of
the right or sequence of inheriting a position, title, etc..
"the succession to the Crown was disputed"
synonyms:
line of descent · line · descent · ancestral line · blood line · ancestry · dynasty · lineage · genealogy · heritage · pedigree · extraction · derivation · stock · strain · background
Definition of Succession

Ever considered that it takes planning for succession to work? Ever considered that it takes planning for succession to succeed? Ever considered that if you want succession to be a success you need to be planning in advance? How are ahead do you think it needs to be? How long does it take to help someone get ready and be ready to take the baton? It probably depends on the race you are asking them to run and the skills and talents required to do it. So what role(s) do you have? What is/are your succession plans? Do you know or have candidates to pass the baton over to?

  • Succession planning is a process of developing the talent of the employees to meet the needs of the organization now and in the future.
  • Succession Planning can be defined as a purposeful and systematic effort made by an organization to ensure leadership continuity, retain and develop knowledge and intellectual capital for the future and encourage individual employee growth and development.
  • Succession: a number of persons or things following one another in order or sequence.
  • Success: The favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals. A performance or achievement that is marked by success.
  • Succeed: to thrive, prosper, grow, or the like
  • Succession Planning:
    • Strategic, systematic and deliberate effort to develop competencies in potential leaders through proposed learning experiences such as targeted rotations and educational training in order to fill high-level positions without favoritism.(Mathew Tropiano, 2004)
    • Deliberate and systematic effort by an organization to ensure leadership continuity in key positions and encourage individual advancement. (St-Onge, Mercer)
    • A structured process involving the identification and preparation of potential successors to assume a new roles.

Do you realize the importance? Do you realize the biblical application and examples? Do you realize that you need it? What are you going to do about it? What will you do if it happens before you are ready? What will you do if you don’t have someone in place? Why not consider it and get started today? What is the process? What are steps to have? Dig in and see what you can find. Succession Planning…


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 23rd


Succession Planning


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Then the contention became so sharp that they parted from one another. And so Barnabas took Mark and sailed to Cyprus; but Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God. And he went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.’

Acts 15:39-41

Let’s look back and get some additional context from this story and see what we can learn through it. Let’s expand on it too using the Amplified version.

‘After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let us go back and visit the brothers and sisters (believers) in every city where we preached the message of the Lord, and see how they are doing.” Now Barnabas wanted to take [his cousin] John, who was called Mark, along with them. But Paul kept insisting that they should not take along with them the one who had quit and deserted them in Pamphylia and had not gone on with them to the work. And it became such a sharp disagreement that they separated from one another, and Barnabas took [John] Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. But Paul chose Silas [who was again in Antioch] and set out [on his second journey], commended by the brothers to the grace and favor of the Lord. And he traveled through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.’

Acts 15:36-41

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever had a disagreement?
  • Ever been unable to agree on the outcome?
  • Ever had to deal with division?
  • Ever turned to God to see if maybe He is adjusting the plan(s)?
  • Ever considered how sometimes struggle or disagreements or division are required to bring about change?
  • We see in Acts how Paul and Barnabas had been knocking it out of the part on their journey.
  • Together they were able to bring the gospel to many places and establish churches along the way.
  • They had brought someone along who eventually deserted Paul and as such it caused some division between the two.
  • God used that time to build two teams and we can read later how the relationship with the one who had deserted Paul had been restored.
  • The division wasn’t on the basis of belief but rather on if they should bring John Mark or not.
  • The disagreement wasn’t between right and wrong but rather it was about taking a risk.
  • Since they both weren’t willing to take the risk they chose to divide and conquer with Paul taking Silas and Barnabas taking John Mark.
  • Leadership demands hard choices!
  • Leadership demands hard choices about people.
  • Leadership demands hard choices that aren’t always cut and dry.
  • Different leaders bring different perspectives and as such may not come to the same decision.
  • Different leaders bring different perspectives and as such may not be able to come to an agreement.
  • So as leaders we need to make a decision and move forward.
  • We see how in today’s example 1 team became and 2 and in so doing produced double the effectiveness.
  • It may not have been the plan but it was the choice that was made.
  • The choice was God’s plan and solution to the disagreement.
  • God sometimes has solutions that we may never have considered.
  • God sometimes has solutions that may require a heated disagreement to be created.
  • God’s plans and solutions though do produce more for the Kingdom.
  • So don’t be afraid of disagreements.
  • State your opinion and seek common ground.
  • Then look to find God’s wisdom and direction to guide you in the plan forward for His glory.
  • God has a plan for you.
  • God has a plan for those around you.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Would you have given John Mark a second chance? Why or why not?
  • What ground rules and expectations should be put in place when Christians disagree?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If you want to move up the ladder of success, teach someone how to do your job better than you.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you today? Are you preparing to move up or move on? Are you preparing to step up or step in? Are you preparing to hand off or hand over? Are you ready? Why not invite Jesus into the situation to help you both be ready to pass the baton and also to receive the baton. Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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What’s up with you? Are you ready to explain why you are that way?


Ever been questioned about why you act the way you do? Ever been questioned about why you believe the way you do? Ever been asked how you seem so confident? Ever been asked about how you seem so sure? Ever been asked how in the midst of storms to be at peace? Ever been asked about how in the midst of troubles you seem to have hope? Ever been asked how in the midst of trials you seem to be filled with joy?

Ever been able to give an answer? I remember at work one time someone said they had some questions and do I have time to chat. We went into a conference room where he said he noticed I seem to be a religious person and wanted to know and understand more so that maybe he could have and live a different life. When he said religious it triggered something in me as religious has certain connotations to me and made me think of rituals and routines rather than relationships and after he explained himself, I explained to him that it isn’t religious, it is about a personal relationship with Jesus. After talking it over for a while he asked me how he could have this relationship and I was able to lead him to the Lord including the sinners’ prayer. I wasn’t looking for such an encounter or such a meeting but I have been preparing so that if or when such an event was to happen I would be ready! I have taken hold of the fact that I am to be ready in and out of season to give a reason for the hope that is within me. I remembered how in God’s Word it wants me to be prepared in season and out of season! I have chosen to live a life that proclaims God’s goodness in the way I choose to treat, engage, and speak with others so that Jesus in me is shining out to the world around in so that in the case or on the day when someone comes to me and asks about the reason for the hope that is within me and how my life has been transformed or seems different from others, I will be ready to share Jesus with them and how Jesus encountered me and how through a relationship with Him, I have been transformed from the inside out! I will be ready to overflow God’s love that has filled my heart and pour into the lives of others! How about you? Do you have this hope? If you don’t then do you want it? If you do then are you ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you? If you don’t think you are then get prepared because the day is coming! If you don’t think you are ready then get ready!

People are watching us every day and when they noticed the difference they start watching more closely. And one day they might even build up the courage to approach you about it and ask you about it. So let’s get ready! Let’s be prepared! Let’s allow the love and hope of Jesus to flow out of our lives ad God continues to pour it into our lives!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 19th


Defending Hope


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; ‘

I Peter 3:15

Let’s get additional context around this statement and use the Amplified version to get a better understanding:

‘Now who is there to hurt you if you become enthusiastic for what is good? But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness [though it is not certain that you will], you are still blessed [happy, to be admired and favored by God]. D o not be afraid of their intimidating threats, nor be troubled or disturbed [by their opposition]. But in your hearts set Christ apart [as holy—acknowledging Him, giving Him first place in your lives] as Lord. Always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks you to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within you, yet [do it] with gentleness and respect. And see to it that your conscience is entirely clear, so that every time you are slandered or falsely accused, those who attack or disparage your good behavior in Christ will be shamed [by their own words]. For it is better that you suffer [unjustly] for doing what is right, if that should be God’s will, than [to suffer justly] for doing wrong. For indeed Christ died for sins once for all, the Just and Righteous for the unjust and unrighteous [the Innocent for the guilty] so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit; in which He also went and preached to the spirits now in prison, who once were disobedient, when the great patience of God was waiting in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons [Noah’s family], were brought safely through the water. Corresponding to that [rescue through the flood], baptism [which is an expression of a believer’s new life in Christ] now saves you, not by removing dirt from the body, but by an appeal to God for a good (clear) conscience, [demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God [that is, the place of honor and authority], with [all] angels and authorities and powers made subservient to Him.’

1 Peter 3:13-22

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you ready for it?
  • You don’t know the day or the time or even the location!
  • Are you ready to give an answer?
  • What if it happens at work? on vacation? at the grocery store?
  • What is it that makes them ask? Is it your kindness? Is it your joy? Is it your generosity? Is it the way you treat others? Is it an event in the news? Is it a family problem? Not sure…
  • So are you ready or getting ready? What if it happens today?
  • Do you know what you will say? Do you know what you would say?
  • Do you know how you would say it?
  • We don’t know how they will ask or why they will ask.
  • Some ask from an intellectual perspective.
  • Some ask from an ethical perspective.
  • Some ask from a personal perspective.
  • No matter the how they are asking, the why they are asking tends to be related to wanting to know if your faith experience is rich, is real, and makes a difference!
  • They are looking for hope!
  • Will you be a hope dealer?
  • They are looking to know they are loved!
  • Will you be a love dealer?
  • They are looking to know they forgiven!
  • Will you be an ambassador of reconciliation?
  • They are looking to be accepted by God!
  • Will you be a messenger for God?
  • Are you ready to tell them the truth? That Jesus encountered you and can meet with them right here and right now?
  • Are you ready to tell them it isn’t fake but that it is real?
  • Are you ready to tell them God loves them too?
  • Is your heart ready? Have you allow Jesus to work in your heart so that from the overflow of your heart the mouth speaks with such love, hope, and power it points people back to Jesus?
  • Are you able to share the truth with authenticity?
  • It’s not about winning an argument!
  • It’s not about intimidating someone to accept God!
  • It’s about loving them authentically and sharing the truth of God with them!
  • It’s not about rituals and routines but rather a living relationship with God!
  • It’s about becoming children of our loving Father, God!
  • So let’s grab a hold of Peter’s recommendation to enter into the conversation with “meekness and fear” with the awe of God for the opportunity and the responsibility and the priviledge to share the light of the God’s Word into a dark world and into darkened and hopeless or saddened hearts!
  • Are you ready?
  • Let’s be ready! If needed, get ready now!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • If someone asked you about your faith today, what would you say and how would you say it?
  • What are some specific things you can do to “sanctify” Christ in your heart so you’ll be ready?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If knowing Jesus means a lot to you—and if you know Him, it does—then let me urge you to pray for God’s guidance so that you might witness effectively, and for God’s courage so that you will witness often.”

― Zig Ziglar, The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you seeking? Are you asking? Are you knocking? Are you ready to give a reason for the hope that is within you? Are you ready to witness to the world around you who Jesus is? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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This is the day! How will you respond?


So you find out the time has come and today is the day. How will you respond? Are you ready? Are you prepared? Will you choose to act? The decision is yours! You can do it or not do it! You can choose to not decide which is the same as choosing not to do it! Your choice matters! Your response makes a difference! It will impact your destiny and final destination!

Are you ready? (Being Ready, Being Ready, Being Prepared, Always Being Ready)

  • Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. — Matthew 24:44
  • But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, — 1 Peter 3:15
  • Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. — Matthew 25:13
  • You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. — Luke 12:40
  • Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. — Luke 21:28
  • The sluggard does not plow in the autumn; he will seek at harvest and have nothing. — Proverbs 20:4
  • And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. — John 14:3
  • “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. … — Matthew 25:1-13
  • Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. — Matthew 24:42
  • I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. — John 16:33
  • Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”— for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.” — Revelation 19:7-9
  • But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him. — 1 John 2:27
  • As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. — 1 Timothy 6:17-19
  • Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. — Revelation 1:7
  • Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. — Hosea 10:12
  • “Take heed, keep on the alert; for you do not know when the appointed time will come. It is like a man away on a journey, who upon leaving his house and putting his slaves in charge, assigning to each one his task, also commanded the doorkeeper to stay on the alert. Therefore, be on the alert—for you do not know when the master of the house is coming, whether in the evening, at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning in case he should come suddenly and find you asleep. What I say to you I say to all, ‘Be on the alert!’” — Mark 13:33-37

How will you choose to live out today with purpose? How will you choose to live out today on purpose? How will you choose to live out today on purpose? God created each of us on purpose, with purpose, and for a purpose, so today let’s decide to live with it!

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!

Are you ready for the day of deliverance? Are you ready for the day of salvation? Are you ready for the day of redemption? Are you ready for the day of remission of sin?

Let’s praise God! Let’s celebrate with joy and exceeding gladness! Let’s rejoice with all of our heart to God for all He has done, He is doing, and will do! Let’s rejoice in God’s blessings! Let’s be jumping for joy! Let’s be walking with a spring in our step! Let’s be overflowing with joy to the point of skipping along! As I was looking into this verse, I came across a recommendation for things we can do today: (Psalm 118:24 Commentary-This is the Day)

  1.    Rejoice in the Lord 
  2.    Accentuate the Positive and Count Your Blessings 
  3.    Get Proper Rest 
  4.    Do Something for Someone Else 
  5.    Listen to Happy Music 
  6.    Exercise 
  7.    Make up your Mind to be Happy & Enthusiastic 
  8.   Take a Break and Do a Little Something for Yourself Every Day 
  9.   Claim the Promises of God 
  10.   And Cast your Burden on Lord 

This is the day! Are you ready? Will you grab hold of God’s Word and promises and look to live out your today doing these 10 things?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 12th


It’s Time


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”’

Mark 1:14-15

Let’s expand on this to get more context and use the Amplified version to grasp more details too:

‘The beginning of the [facts regarding the] good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written and forever remains in the [writings of the] prophet Isaiah: “Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, Who will prepare Y our way— A voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight !’ ” John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins [that is, requiring a change of one’s old way of thinking, turning away from sin and seeking God and His righteousness]. And all the country of Judea and all the people of Jerusalem were continually going out to him; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair and had a [wide] leather band around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he was preaching, saying, “After me comes He who is mightier [more powerful, more noble] than I, and I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the straps of His sandals [even as His slave]. As for me, I baptized you [who came to me] with water [only]; but He will baptize you [who truly repent] with the Holy Spirit.”

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Immediately coming up out of the water, he (John) saw the heavens torn open, and the Spirit like a dove descending on Him (Jesus); and a voice came out of heaven saying: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased and delighted!” Immediately the [Holy] Spirit forced Him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days being tempted [to do evil] by Satan; and He was with the wild animals, and the angels ministered continually to Him.

Now after John [the Baptist] was arrested and taken into custody, Jesus went to Galilee, preaching the good news of [the kingdom of] God, and saying, “The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life] and believe [with a deep, abiding trust] in the good news [regarding salvation].” As Jesus was walking by the shore of the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon [Peter] and Simon’s brother, Andrew, casting a net in the sea; for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “ Follow Me [as My disciples, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher and walking the same path of life that I walk], and I will make you fishers of men.” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. Going on a little farther, He saw James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John, who were also in the boat mending and cleaning the nets. Immediately Jesus called to them; and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired workers, and went away to follow Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. They went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. They were completely amazed at His teaching; because He was teaching them as one having [God-given] authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was a man in their synagogue with an unclean spirit; and he cried out [terribly from the depths of his throat], saying, “ What business do You have with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet (muzzled, silenced), and come out of him!” The unclean spirit threw the man into convulsions, and screeching with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all so amazed that they debated and questioned each other, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits (demons), and they obey Him.” Immediately the news about Him spread everywhere throughout the district surrounding Galilee. ‘

Mark 1:1-28

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Reflecting on the past, when do you think would have been the best time for Jesus to come?
  • Considering God knows the beginning and the end, what do you think made Him choose that time to send Jesus?
  • Isn’t it interesting how God chose to pick a time over 2000 years ago without all the ability to communicate we have today in an isolated place?
  • Imagine if we could have gotten Jesus to show up now with all the TV, Internet, and worldwide broadcasting abilities but God had a different plan that requires us to be involved (people to be involved).
  • When Jesus stepped out of eternity and into our space/time continuum people got the opportunity to choose to believe in Him.
  • Since that time everyone gets a time where they get the opportunity to receive the gospel and the choice is offered up to them.
  • Paul in Romans 1:19-20 shares how everyone gets enough light to decide or reject the Good News and so nobody has an excuse.
    • ‘For [God does not overlook sin and] the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who in their wickedness suppress and stifle the truth, because that which is known about God is evident within them [in their inner consciousness], for God made it evident to them. For ever since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through His workmanship [all His creation, the wonderful things that He has made], so that they [who fail to believe and trust in Him] are without excuse and without defense. ‘ — Romans 1:18-20
  • Jesus came humbly to this earth to give up Himself for the lives of others.
  • Jesus wasn’t some slick salesman with some flashy marketing campaign!
  • Jesus came as an iterant preacher to share the Good News.
  • Jesus came with his group of followers that He found along the way.
  • Today He comes through friends and family members, even strangers on the street
  • Today He comes through people reaching out to show they care about you.
  • Today He comes through people who reach out to pour love into the lives of others.
  • Today He comes through people who share the Good News they have heard and how it transformed their life!
  • Today He comes through people who share God’s love with them and then it is decision time if they will choose to receive it, accept it, embrace it, and move forward in it.
  • How about you? Do you have it? Do you share it? Do you want it? Do you need it?
    • If you want to get started today, skip to the bottom of this post and join me in the prayer, you can jump back up to this section to continue reading if you want.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you believe God orchestrates a momen (or several of them) for people to hear the gospel and respond, or is it just by chance?
  • How will you know if it’s time for your family members and friends to hear?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I believe the greatest single mistake Christians make is not using sales knowledge and common sense in spreading the word about the benefits of walking through this life with Jesus Christ.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Are you ready? Is it your turn? Is it your time? Will you decide to invite Jesus into your heart? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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Are you living an inspired life?


Are you living a life that has been inspired? Are you living a life that is inspiring others? Are you living a life that with extraordinary qualities? Are you living a life where you are able to share those qualities with others? Are you living a life where you are open and available to receive those qualities? What is it that is your inspiration? What is your source of inspiration? Where do you turn for your inspiration? Are you living a life that is receiving and overflowing into the lives of others with creativity? Are you living a life that is receiving and overflowing into the lives of others with innovation? Are you living a life that is receiving and overflowing into the lives of others with imagination? Are you living a life that is receiving and overflowing into the lives of others with originality? Are you living a life that is receiving and overflowing into the lives of others with insight and vision? How has your inspiration been profitable and for what? Have you been able to pass it along to others through reproof, correction, and instruction? Have you found that it is helping complete you? What is your source? What is your foundation? What is it or who is it that has enabled you and positioned you to live such a life?

Is it God? Is it God’s Word? I know for me they are the source. If not for you where does it come from?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 6th


Complete Inspiration


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.’

II Timothy 3:16-17

Let’s take a moment and get a bit more insight and clarity by reviewing the context of these words using the Amplified translation:

‘But understand this, that in the last days dangerous times [of great stress and trouble] will come [difficult days that will be hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self [narcissistic, self-focused], lovers of money [impelled by greed], boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane, [and they will be] unloving [devoid of natural human affection, calloused and inhumane], irreconcilable, malicious gossips, devoid of self-control [intemperate, immoral], brutal, haters of good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of [sensual] pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of [outward] godliness (religion), although they have denied its power [for their conduct nullifies their claim of faith]. Avoid such people and keep far away from them. For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate morally weak and spiritually-dwarfed women weighed down by [the burden of their] sins, easily swayed by various impulses, always learning and listening to anybody who will teach them, but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Just as Jannes and Jambres [the court magicians of Egypt] opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, unqualified and worthless [as teachers] in regard to the faith. But they will not get very far, for their meaningless nonsense and ignorance will become obvious to everyone, as was that of Jannes and Jambres. Now you have diligently followed [my example, that is] my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness, persecutions, and sufferings—such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, but the Lord rescued me from them all! Indeed, all who delight in pursuing righteousness and are determined to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be hunted and persecuted [because of their faith]. But evil men and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced [holding tightly to the truths], knowing from whom you learned them, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings (Hebrew Scriptures) which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus [surrendering your entire self to Him and having absolute confidence in His wisdom, power and goodness]. All Scripture is God-breathed [given by divine inspiration] and is profitable for instruction, for conviction [of sin], for correction [of error and restoration to obedience], for training in righteousness [learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage]; so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, outfitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:1-17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize that every word of scripture is God breathed, is inspired by God?
  • Do you realize that God inspired the writers of the scripture to write with their personalities and backgrounds in order to provide us with an instruction manual for life, a love letter for God?
  • God’s Word is divine and never returns void!
  • God’s Word transforms lives!
  • God’s Word is profitable! It is profitable to us individually if and when we decide to invest the time to listen and study it!
  • God’s Word teaches us truth!
  • God’s Word teaches us about the greatness and grace of God!
  • God’s Word teaches us about our need for forgiveness!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to have relationship with God and with others!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to have every kind of relationship!
  • God’s Word teaches us which way to go, affirming when we are going about life the right way and shines the light on us to help us course correct when we are living a life of selfishness and disobedience.
  • God’s Word teaches us the right track to be on, the narrow path which leads to eternal life with God through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to live lives that will honor, bless, and glorify God!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to live lives that are fulfilling!
  • God’s Word teaches us the importance of humility and willingness and obedience to God’s Word will shape us into the people God is able to use for His glory and honor and to accomplish His purposes!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to be impactful, being able to accomplish our purpose and help others to accomplish there’s!
  • God’s Word teaches us how to make a difference not only in our own lives but also in the lives of those God brings into and across our lives!
  • God’s Word is available in different translations, formats, and sources to facilitate our ability to get it, read it, study it, and learn from it.
  • God’s Word can be studied through messages shared by preachers and teachers of the Word!
  • So let’s decide today that God’s Word is important and valuable and decide to make time to study it in order to understand it and learn from it.
  • With so many resources available in print and online, let’s decide to read and study God’s Word more deeply! more often!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when Bible study really excited you.
  • What are some resource you can use and ways you can make Bible study a higher priority?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“There are some promises in the Bible which I have never yet used; but I am well assured that there will come times of trial and trouble when I shall find that poor despised promise, which I thought was never meant for me, will be the only one on which I can float. I know that the time is coming when every believer shall know the worth of every promise in the covenant.”

~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you needing some inspiration? Are you needing to get inspired? Are you looking for a way to live inspired? Will you receive it? Will you give it? Will you share it? Will you accept it? Could today be the day you go to God and God’s Word to not only become inspired but also to be able to overflow with inspiration? Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father 
I come to you in prayer asking for the 
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my 
mouth and believe with my heart that 
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the 
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven. 
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of 
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose 
from the dead and I ask you right now to 
come in to my life and be my personal 
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and 
will Worship you all the day's of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with 
my mouth that I am Born Again and 
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus 
Name, Amen
Heavenly Father
I come to you in prayer asking for the
forgiveness of my Sins. I confess with my
mouth and believe with my heart that
Jesus is your Son, And that he died on the
Cross at Calvary that I might be forgiven.
and have Eternal Life in the Kingdom of
Heaven. Father, I believe that Jesus rose
from the dead and I ask you right now to
come in to my life and be my personal
Lord and Savior. I repent of my Sins and
will Worship you all the day’s of my Life!
Because your word is truth, I confess with
my mouth that I am Born Again and
Cleansed by the Blood of Jesus! In Jesus
Name, Amen

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