THE MURDER OF Thomas à Becket…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 12])


When things are feeling hard, where do you turn? When things are feeling tense, where do you turn? When things are feeling tenuous, where do you turn? When things are feeling stressful, where do you turn? Who can help? Who can intervene? Who can make a difference?

Today’s reading brings us into a situation where David is being challenged and we read in Psalm 6

O Lord, Deliver My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
2 Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
3 My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
4 Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
6 I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
7 My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
8 Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
9 The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
10 All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

from Psalm 6

Do you have the hope to put your life in God’s hands? Do you have the faith to believe that God’s Words are true? Do you have the trust that God’s got a plan for you and His plan is for good?

Have you been out of alignment with God’s plans and purpose for your life? Are you willing to turn back to Him? Are you willing to ask for forgiveness? Are you willing to make things right? We read in today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible about Thomas à Becket who was the archbishop of Canterbury and English martyr. We read about how in the midst of a disagreement on policy where king Henry II tried to restrict church freedoms, some night who wanted to impress the king took things into their own hands and murdered Thomas à Becket. Four years later we see that king Henry  sought to do penance for his sins. He went to the spot where Becket was murdered in Canterbury Cathedral and recited the repentance filled words of Psalm 6. What the enemy planned for evil God is able to turn it around and use it for good! Will you allow the touch of God and the transforming power of Jesus to intersect your life?

So where are you at today in your life? Have you invited Jesus into your life to bridge the gap that separates us from God because of sin? Have you respond to God’s calling to have a relationship with you? Have you opened the door and invited Him? Might today be your day? Let’s pray together…

Salvation Prayer Example

 

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord to be the man You have called me to be so that in and through it all I can bring You praise, honor, and glory. Grant me wisdom for every decision. Grant me discernment in how to proceed. Grant me peace that surpasses all understanding in the midst of the storm. Help me to walk in the Your peace – the peace of God and the peace of God through You. Lord give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that I may be able to accomplish all that You have planned and prepared for me to do for the glory of Your Kingdom. I ask all this so that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE CROSS…(The Bible’s Impact on Music [May 20])


Looking into what the meaning of this song was I did a bit of research and when they say “WORDS” they mean sayings and we find the seven last sayings of Jesus from the gospels are:

  1. Luke 23:34: Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
  2. Luke 23:43: Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.
  3. John 19:26–27: Woman, behold your son. Son, behold your mother
  4. Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34 My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?
  5. John 19:28: I thirst.
  6. John 19:30: It is finished. (From the Greek “Tetelestai” which is also translated “It is accomplished”, or “It is complete”.)-It is Finished.
  7. Luke 23:46: Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.

–from Sayings of Jesus on the Cross

Today’s Word is a powerful one and speaks to God’s love and desire to make a way that we could never make for ourselves. It speaks to the power of Jesus to provide a way into forgiveness. It speaks to the power of Jesus to provide reconciliation. It speaks to the power of Jesus as the sacrificial lamb for our sins.

Today’s reading comes from John 19, so let’s review it together…

Jesus Delivered to Be Crucified

1Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands. 4Pilate went out again and said to them, “See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.” 5So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold the man!” 6When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, “Crucify him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Take him yourselves and crucify him, for I find no guilt in him.” 7The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to that law he ought to die because he has made himself the Son of God.” 8When Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid. 9He entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” 11Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at all unless it had been given you from above. Therefore he who delivered me over to you has the greater sin.”
12From then on Pilate sought to release him, but the Jews cried out, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” 13So when Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Stone Pavement, and in Aramaic Gabbatha. 14Now it was the day of Preparation of the Passover. It was about the sixth hour. He said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” 16So he delivered him over to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 17and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.'” 22Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
23When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they took his garments and divided them into four parts, one part for each soldier; also his tunic. But the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom, 24so they said to one another, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to see whose it shall be.” This was to fulfill the Scripture which says,
“They divided my garments among them,
and for my clothing they cast lots.”
So the soldiers did these things, 25but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
The Death of Jesus
28After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.” 29A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

Jesus’ Side Is Pierced

31Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with him. 33But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 34But one of the soldiers pierced his side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of his bones will be broken.” 37And again another Scripture says, “They will look on him whom they have pierced.”

Jesus Is Buried

38After these things Joseph of Arimathea, who was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus, and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took away his body. 39Nicodemus also, who earlier had come to Jesus by night, came bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about seventy-five pounds in weight. 40So they took the body of Jesus and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. 41Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42So because of the Jewish day of Preparation, since the tomb was close at hand, they laid Jesus there.

Jesus fulfilled years of centuries of prophecy. Jesus answered many of the “how” questions related to the prophecies. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and it is only in and through Him that we are able to be reconciled to the Father.

So have you decided to follow Jesus? Will you invite Him into your life, into your heart, and into your world? Will you allow Him to come in and lead you and guide you, instruct you and correct you through His Holy Spirit? Will you allow today to be the beginning of the rest of your life? Let’s pray today and ask Jesus in together…

Prayer of Salvation Example

Have you prayed such a prayer before? Is today your first time or are you recommitting your life to Jesus? I want to celebrate with you and with the angels in heaven who are celebrating your decision to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. I praise God that His Word never returns void and that He is Love!

Remember that love never fails

Now go and pursue Jesus the rest of your life – being transformed from the inside out and trying to be more and more like God who is love and so that one day you may be able to put your name in for love. Let’s live out this life to the best of our abilities pursuing God’s Will and allowing the Holy Spirit to give us the wisdom and discernment necessary to accomplish God’s purpose and plan in and through our lives.

Jesus isn’t deadHe is sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me!

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible speaking of the impact of the Bible on music points us to the inspired song “THE SEVEN LAST WORDS OF OUR SAVIOR ON THE CROSS” by Franz Joseph Haydn from God’s Word – mostly from John 19. We find that some of the text comes from all four gospels but most of it comes from John. We learn how Haydn composed this song for a Good Friday service in Cádiz, Spain.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I praise You Lord for all that You do and are going to do in order to accomplish Your perfect plan and purpose in and through my life. Give me eyes to see so that I see what is going on around me and the wisdom in order to know how to respond. Lord, give me ears to hear more than just the words in order to receive understanding and be able to receive Your discernment and be able to accomplish Your perfect and purpose in and through my life. I give my life into Your hands so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

St. Matthew Passion…(The Bible’s Impact on Music [May 19])


Ever had people plotting against you? Ever been betrayed by someone you thought you could trust? Do you realize that there is power in forgiveness? Do you realize that God made a way for us to be forgiven and reconciled with Him? Do you realize that same power of forgiveness is available to us in our daily lives? Do you realize that God’s Word provides us even the opportunity to remember the sacrifice of Jesus through the institution of the Lord’s Supper or what many today call communion? Let forgiveness win! Let reconciliation be a part of how you live! Be different! Live different! Speak different! Think different! Act different! Show others around you that there is hope, there is joy, there is peace no matter what happens! Peace that surpases all understanding! Joy unspeakable! Hope that never ends!

Let’s take a moment to be encouraged…with a song by Mandisa…

Today’s reading comes to us from Matthew 26… It speaks to the questions we start this post with today and speaks to how Jesus responded. Will we live for God’s purposes over our own? Will we put God’s purpose first? Will we consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds? Will we take heart when we face troubles because Jesus has overcome the world? Will you take your sorrow, your worry, and your concerns to God and give it into His hands to determine how it will be handled? Let’s look at how Jesus responds and let’s consider how we can be prepared to respond if and when such things come our way…

The Plot to Kill Jesus

1When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2“You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
3Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” 10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus

14Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

The Passover with the Disciples

17Now on the first day of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Where will you have us prepare for you to eat the Passover?” 18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, My time is at hand. I will keep the Passover at your house with my disciples.'” 19And the disciples did as Jesus had directed them, and they prepared the Passover.
20When it was evening, he reclined at table with the twelve. 21And as they were eating, he said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.” 22And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” 23He answered, “He who has dipped his hand in the dish with me will betray me. 24The Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born.” 25Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.”

Institution of the Lord’s Supper

26Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29I tell you I will not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”

Jesus Foretells Peter’s Denial

30And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 33Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.” 34Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” 35Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!” And all the disciples said the same.

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” 39And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 40And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”43And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on. See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus

47While he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a great crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man; seize him.” 49And he came up to Jesus at once and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” And he kissed him. 50Jesus said to him, “Friend, do what you came to do.” Then they came up and laid hands on Jesus and seized him. 51And behold, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55At that hour Jesus said to the crowds, “Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs to capture me? Day after day I sat in the temple teaching, and you did not seize me. 56But all this has taken place that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples left him and fled.

Jesus Before Caiaphas and the Council

57Then those who had seized Jesus led him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders had gathered. 58And Peter was following him at a distance, as far as the courtyard of the high priest, and going inside he sat with the guards to see the end. 59Now the chief priests and the whole council were seeking false testimony against Jesus that they might put him to death, 60but they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61and said, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.'” 62And the high priest stood up and said, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” 63But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” 64Jesus said to him, You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven. 65Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. 66What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.” 67Then they spit in his face and struck him. And some slapped him, 68saying, “Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck you?”

Peter Denies Jesus

69Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times. And he went out and wept bitterly.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible speaking to the impact on music points us to Matthew 26:26-27 which says

‘Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, ‘

from Matthew 26:26-27

We learn in today’s devotional about how it inspired Johann Sebastian Bach in the composition of the oratoria St. Matthew Passion which premiered in 1727 in Leipzig. The devotional speaks of the grandeur of the “Scored for double chorus, double orchestra, and soloists, and later revised by Bach in 1736”.(p. 1321 the Global Impact Bible – Matthew 26)

We also learn how composer Felix Mendelssohn called it “the greatest of all Christian works”. This music isn’t old and dead but continue to be performed around the world. We even learn about how it got used in both “The Gospel According to St. Matthew” in 1964 and the Martin Scorsese movie Casino in 1995.

So let’s take hold of the sacrifice of Jesus! Let’s take hold of the example He provided us so that we would not forget. Let’s receive the gift of salvation! Let’s receive the gift of Jesus into our hearts! Let’s spend time in God’s Word so that we will renew our minds! Let’s fill our minds with God’s Word so that we can rebuke the lies that others may try to put in there. The lies of the devil who tries to get us off track and distracted. Let’s take hold of the truth and press forward for the glory of God!

First lets pray this prayer together …

Sample Sinners Prayer

If this was your first time or if this was a moment of recommitting your life to God, congratulations. I celebrate with the angels your turning back and return to God. Feel free to leave me a comment if you would like to chat or discuss. Look for a Bible believing, Bible preaching church to get plugged into so that You can be filled up as well as finding a place to serve.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and for Your Word that never returns void. Help me Lord to not grow bitter or angry but Lord to walk in a spirit of reconciliation, of love, of hope, and of forgiveness. Help me Lord to be someone who reflects Your Son to the world around me so that in and through me they too may come to see and know the love of Jesus for them. Help me Lord to be what you have created me to be and to accomplish what you have purposed for me to accomplish. Help me Lord to live my life in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Forgiveness has power…(The Bible’s Impact on Acts of Mercy [Apr 25])


Today’s reading as I read Colossians 3:13 caused a flashback in my mind to that drive to the tax lady and how after the song 7×70 came on the radio, God did a work in me through the power of forgiveness. First as I forgave others and second as I asked God to forgive me for not having forgiven earlier.

bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

from Colossians 3:13

It reminds me of how important it is to have a habit of forgiveness! It even taught me how important forgiveness is and has empowered me to share my story even to a new group of people via a story slam. It was something painful to walk through but having gone through it I would never give it up. Afterwards God used this lesson so that I could speak truth and life and freedom into the lives of people around me. God sent people out of the blue to ask if I had a moment to talk and walk with them. God set me up so that I was ready to be able to be an encouragement to them in the midst of their troubles and trials. God prepared in advance the good work He had for me to do. I could have just accepted that first prompting to forgive them but I didn’t and allowed a bitter root to take hold. Once I gave control to God and started to go through the forgiveness process, He tore out that root and replaced the bitterness and anger with peace, hope, and love.

So, where are you at today? Are you struggling with anything? Do you need or would you like prayer for something? Leave me a comment so we can get started. I am already praying for everyone who will read this today and whose lives will be touched by the truth and the love of Jesus and the incredible power of forgiveness provided in and through Him.

Today’s reading comes from Colossians 3:

Put On the New Self

1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.6On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

18Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. 25For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of Acts of Mercy is about the Waorani in Ecuador. We learn about the death and killing that was taking place. We learn about how when the first missionaries tried to come into the community they were killed. We learn how through forgiveness spoken in Colossians 3:13, 2 relatives of the original missionaries went back and were able to share the Bible with them and how it began a transformation away from revenge killing and violence in the community. We read also about the incredible stories that came back in the book by Elisabeth Elliot “Through Gates of Splendor” and the films “Beyond the Gates of Splendor” and “The End of the Spear”.

Forgiveness is the way! Forgiveness is the key! Forgiveness was paid for by the blood of Jesus so that we could be reconciled to God! Now it is a gift we get to share with others!

Don’t reject forgiving others! Don’t reject forgiving yourself!

If you don’t then it becomes like taking poison and expecting the other person to die, it doesn’t work!

Need forgiveness from God? Why not invite Jesus into the situation? Let’s pray this together:

Prayer of Salvation Example

Welcome into the kingdom of God! Welcome into being a part of God’s family!

If you want to discuss your decision then you can leave me a comment and we can start or you can find a local Bible believing, Bible preaching, Christian church.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this day and for everything that will be in it. I thank You Lord that You have taught me how to be bold and courageous and stand up for what is right. I thank You Lord that You have made a way when there wasn’t a way. Help me today to be salt and light into the world around me and to be able to shine for You pointing people to You so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

What is your purpose? What is your intention?


Consider why! Why are you doing what you are doing? Why are you acting the way you are? Why are you living your life this way? Why are you interacting with others in this way? Why are you speaking this way? Why are you treating people this way? Why are you thinking that way?

Consider the impact of your thoughts, your words, and your actions on others. Is it helpful or destructive? Is it lifting up or tearing down? Is it making things better or is it making things worse? Is it causing a temptation for the other person that is unnecessary and going to get them off track?

Today’s reading from Luke 17 …

Temptations to Sin

1And he said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”

Increase Our Faith

5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

Unworthy Servants

7Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.'”

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers

11On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

The Coming of the Kingdom

20Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”
22And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 26Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,29but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed. 31On that day, let the one who is on the housetop, with his goods in the house, not come down to take them away, and likewise let the one who is in the field not turn back. 32Remember Lot’s wife. 33Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will keep it.34I tell you, in that night there will be two in one bed. One will be taken and the other left. 35There will be two women grinding together. One will be taken and the other left.” 36Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 37And they said to him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
–from Luke 17

Today’s devotional from the Global Impact Bible takes from Luke 17:1 as it applies to Lincoln’s second inaugural speech. Not being at home I am not able to read what it has to say but I know earlier this month we had another instance that spoke to Lincoln’s second inaugural speech from Matthew.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for all that will be in it. You know the people and the topics of today and so Lord I ask for Your wisdom and discernment and direction today so that in all that I think, say, and do, You will be lifted up and protect. I ask Lord for traveling mercies over my entire family and that You will guide us and guard and protect us keeping us safe that we may shine for the glory of Your kingdom. Lord help me to shine for You today so that in all things at all times to all people I may bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.