C. S. LEWIS ON CHILDREN…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 18]


Can you spot the deeper meaning? Can you hear the truth in the noise? Can you understand the message through the words? Can you find the application of what you read and apply? Are you finding reading that will get you ready? Are you finding reading that is useful? Are you finding reading that is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness? Are you careful what you allow into your mind? Are you careful what you allow into your heart?  Today’s reading comes to us from Matthew 18:
Who Is the Greatest? 1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them 3and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
5″Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me,6but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea. Temptations to Sin 7″Woe to the world for temptations to sin! For it is necessary that temptations come, but woe to the one by whom the temptation comes! 8And if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than with two hands or two feet to be thrown into the eternal fire.9And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the hell of fire. The Parable of the Lost Sheep 10″See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. 12What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? 13And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. 14So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
If Your Brother Sins Against You 15″If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant 21Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.
23″Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. 24When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. 26So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. 28But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29So his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’30He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. 31When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. 32Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’ 34And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt. 35So also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.”
from Matthew 18
Do you have childlike faith? Do you childlike humility to have a place in your life? Let’s avoid living immaturely and acting childish. Let’s keep things simple and receive them simply. Let’s believe God’s Word with childlike faith! Let’s live like we are the lowest rather than pumping ourselves up and acting like we are the highest. Let’s be humble to serve others in what we say and do. Let’s humble ourselves by being living sacrifices to God and by remaining humble before God so that He can be be exalted and lifted up. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject C.S. Lewis view of children. C.S. Lewis is known for his popular kids series The Chronicles of Narnia. What some many not be as aware of are the number of letters he received and wrote to people about the books. We learn in today’s devotional about one such letter from a girl named Ruby where he shared with her how children tend to understand the hidden biblical meanings in his books better than adults, which we see reflected in today’s reading from Matthew 18:3

‘and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. ‘   from Matthew 18:3
when he wrote

If you continue to love Jesus, nothing much can go wrong with you, and I hope you may always do so. I’m so thankful that you realized the ‘hidden story’ in the Narnian books. It is odd, children nearly always do, grown ups hardly ever. from Letter to Ruth from C.S. Lewis
So how about you? Where are you at today? Are you able to see God’s hand in your life? Are you looking for God’s hand in your life? Are you inviting God’s hand into your life? Why not get today started with a prayer… Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…
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.Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord that You prove it over and over again that Your Word is true and that I need not lean on my own understanding but instead put my trust in You. I take hold of Your truth that I don’t need to be anxious about anything but rather pray about everything. I take hold of Your truth that I don’t need to fear but rather can put all my trust in You. I take hold of Your truth that You are for me and not against me, that Your plans for me are good and to give me a hope and a future. I take hold of Your truth that I need to be prepared to give an answer for the hope that is within me. I take hold of Your truth that I need to put on the full armor of God! Help me today Lord as I step out into this world to live my life in the light bringing light into dark places and bringing salt into the places that need to be spiced up. Lord help me to live out my today in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name Amen.

MONTANISTS…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 18]


Do you really know what it says? If someone was gave you a statement would you know if it was or wasn’t from a given source? If someone says something close to what is real do you realize in the long run how off track that can be? Imagine heading out on a walk with two others, 1 going down the straight path, 1 being 1 degree off course and 1 being 2 degrees off course. How far off track do you think the other 2 will be after 10 miles. If you decided to try and get back to the original path via a straight line down in the first case, you would walk another 0.175 miles and be a bit behind at 9.998 miles point. If you decided to try and get back to the original path via a straight line down in the first case, you would walk another 0.349 miles and be a bit behind at 9.994 miles point and had you gone 100 miles you would end up being 3.49 miles off track. So it may seem close to the truth but if it isn’t then it can get you way off track over time. So imagine if you took a part of the Bible but then added or removed something from it. Ever read we aren’t to add or remove from God’s Word? Do you know God’s Word well enough to be able to distinguish if what is being said is really from God, is close to what God says, or is something that is just nice? Would you be willing to make time to hear and learn God’s Word so that you know for sure? Would you consider reading His Word? Would you consider memorizing His Word? Would you consider meditating on God’s Word so that you receive God’s instruction, conviction, correction, and training in righteousness, so that you may be complete, fully equipped for every good work? Let’s get started with today’s reading from Matthew 1

The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

1The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.
2Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, 3and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, 4and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, 6and Jesse the father of David the king.
And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, 7and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, 8and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, 9and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, 10and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, 11and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.
12And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, 14and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, 15and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, 16and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.
17So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations.

The Birth of Jesus Christ

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). 24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.
–from Matthew 1
Ever considered the genealogy of Jesus and how none of us are perfect, yet God is able to work in and through us? God isn’t looking for perfect people but willing people. God is in the perfecting job as we live to become more and more like Jesus. We don’t have to have everything buttoned up before we turn to God, we start to get buttoned up once we choose to invite Jesus into our lives and start to follow after Him. Don’t let your past keep you from the future God desires for you. Don’t let your family tree define your future. Invite Jesus into your life and start to pursue after Him and His ways and allow the Holy Spirit to get you to plans of God which are good and to give you a hope and a future. Does that mean it will be easy? Nope, just that you won’t have to go through it alone or in your own strength. God’s Word tells us that in this world we will have troubles but doesn’t end there but rather speaks encouragement to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. Does that mean we won’t face trials? Nope, but we are to consider them pure joy because what we know they will do in and through our lives. We read that when we read from James where it says:
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. –from James 1:2-4
So don’t be deceived! Don’t be lied to! Put your trust in God! Test what you hear against what God’s Word says as it won’t contradict itself. God’s Word is to bring unity and truth and hope and love. There are many who pretend to be of God and so we need to take what they say, test it against God’s Word, and then decide if it is good or not. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Montanists which was named after their founding teach Montanus. We learn that this group was a controversial Christian movement that spoke of a “New Prophecy” back in the late second century. We learn how it received many challenges and was eventually deemed a heresy. We learn how the Montanists drew from Matthew 1:12-13
‘and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, ‘ — Matthew 1:12-13 
believing that God was speaking through Mantanus and his prophets, and that the second coming of Christ was imminent. Even today there are some that are close and may even use God’s Word or something close and then add or remove things that take it off track. We need to test what is being said against God’s Word! We need to let the Bible interpret the Bible. We need to allow God to be God and for us to be us. Will you invite Jesus into Your heart? Will you allow God to start a true and intimate relationship with You? Will you allow Him into every aspect of your life? Is today going to be your day of rebirth and renewal and transformation?
So no matter if it is the best of time or the worst of times. No matter what happens today. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and wait upon the Lord so that we can renew our strength. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength. We don’t know what today will bring, and yesterday is behind us, so let’s make the most out of our today! Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…

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.

Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father, I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Help me Lord to stay on track and to measure everything that is said against Your Word to test it and verify it and validate it. Help me Lord to lean not on my own understanding but rather in all my ways acknowledge You so that You will make my path straight. I invite You tino my life and ask that Your Spirit guide my every thought, word, and deed so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

ABRAHAM JOSHUA HESCHEL…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 17]


Consider what it is you are wanting to communicate. Consider the purpose and the intent. Consider the audience that is to receive it. Consider the best medium to be able to get the message across. It has to be understandable! It has to be simple! So will you share the message in a way that is simple and understandable so that your audience can receive it and respond to it? Today’s reading comes to us with a similar tone to these questions from Habakkuk 2…
1 I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

2And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations
and collects as his own all peoples.”

Woe to the Chaldeans

6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
for how long?—
and loads himself with pledges!”
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
and those awake who will make you tremble?
Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
to set his nest on high,
to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your house
by cutting off many peoples;
you have forfeited your life.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood
and founds a city on iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts
that peoples labor merely for fire,
and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,
in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
The cup in the Lord‘s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
18 “What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Ever noticed that everyone worships something? Ever noticed that their means of worship may differ but they each have something they worship? What is it that has your attention? What is it that has your focus? What is your heart focused on? We know from God’s Word that where our treasure is so our heart will be. What have you chosen to put in the center of your life? Will you put Jesus in the center so that no matter what comes your way, you can stand firm on the fact that a cord of three strands is not easily broken? Will you stand for justice? Will you stand for redemption? Will you be active and alive in justice and point people to the redemptive power of Jesus? Let’s turn to our devotional for today. Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Abraham Joshua Heschel, a Jewish Rabbi who wrote about the Bible’s prophets. We learn in today’s devotional how in his book The Prophets how he reflects on the different visions of justice and redemption. We learn about his journey through Europe and eventually to the US after starting living in Germany, being arrested by the Gestapo – Nazi police – and being sent to Poland and eventually making it to the US before the beginning of the Holocaust. He became an active member of the US civil rights movement alongside Martin Luther King Jr, frequently writing on the theme of justice. We see how he even wrote about our reading from today from Habakkuk 2:4
‘ “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.’ — Habakkuk 2:4
when Habakkuk questions God over the issue of injustice in the world where Heschel wrote these observations:
True, the interim is hard to bear; the righteous one is horrified by what he sees. To this the greater answer is giving: “The righteous shall live by faith.” It is an answer, again not in terms of thought, but in terms of existence. Prophetic faith is trust in Him, in Whose presence stillness is a form of understanding. … What the prophet faces is not his own faith. He faces God. To sense the living God is to sense infinite goodness, infinite wisdom, infinite beauty. Such a sensation is a sensation of joy. The world may be dismal; the wrath may turn the gardens into a desert; yet the prophet “will rejoice in the Lord.” –from The Prophets (p. 143)
So no matter if it is the best of time or the worst of times. No matter what happens today. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and wait upon the Lord so that we can renew our strength. Let’s take hold of the truth of God’s Word and allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength. We don’t know what today will bring, and yesterday is behind us, so let’s make the most out of our today! Let’s pray… Be it a prayer of relationship with God…

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.

Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father, I wait upon You today as I prepare for what today will bring. I ask Lord for Your wisdom and discernment for each situation and conversation that I will have. I ask Lord that You will help me to be prepared when asked for the reason for the hope that is within me. I thank You Lord for Jesus who give His all that I can have life and a relationship with You. I thank You for the Holy Spirit that prompts and guides and comforts me pointing me back to Jesus for Your glory. Lord, I give this day up into Your hands and choose to live it out as a living sacrifice unto You so that in and through it all, in the name of Jesus, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.      

DIFFERENT STYLES FOR DIFFERENT PROPHETS…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 16]


What will it take to get your attention? How do you respond to troubles? How do you respond to trials? Is there anything that would cause you to turn from your own plans and your own ways? Is there anything that would draw your attention from your own desires? Is there anything that would stop you in your tracks and get you to turn back to God?  Today’s reading comes to us from Amos 4 and goes like this…
“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,
who are on the mountain of Samaria,
who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,
who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’
2 The Lord God has sworn by his holiness
that, behold, the days are coming upon you,
when they shall take you away with hooks,
even the last of you with fishhooks.
3 And you shall go out through the breaches,
each one straight ahead;
and you shall be cast out into Harmon,”
declares the Lord.
4 “Come to Bethel, and transgress;
to Gilgal, and multiply transgression;
bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three days;
5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them;
for so you love to do, O people of Israel!”
declares the Lord God.

Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord

6 “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
and lack of bread in all your places,
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
7 “I also withheld the rain from you
when there were yet three months to the harvest;
I would send rain on one city,
and send no rain on another city;
one field would have rain,
and the field on which it did not rain would wither;
8 so two or three cities would wander to another city
to drink water, and would not be satisfied;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
9 “I struck you with blight and mildew;
your many gardens and your vineyards,
your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
I killed your young men with the sword,
and carried away your horses,
and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
11 “I overthrew some of you,
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning;
yet you did not return to me,”
declares the Lord.
12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”
13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought,
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! — Amos 4
We each have free will and we all have to make the choice on our own. We all get to decide our direction and our destiny. Is there anything that would get your attention and get you to turn back to God? Is there anything that or anyway possible to get your attention and turn your heart back to God? Is there anything that would set you up to invite Jesus into your life and receive Him and be transformed? Would it be getting away from the normal? Would it be going to a quiet place? Would it be a bunch of “co-incidences”? Would it be a random invite to church? What might it be for you? Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Different styles for different prophets. We learn in today’s devotional how God’s prophets go beyond being recorders of God’s message but are also great speakers who use beautiful language to move the people, their audience. Today’s devotional teaches how Jewish interpreters argue that no two prophets prophesy in the same way. We learn how these interpreters claim that each prophet has a role to exercise in delivering and formatting the message given to them by God. We learn about the difference between Isaiah whose prophecy is rich with language and metaphors around city life, whereas, for Amos it is more rural imagery and is from a small town bordering the desert. We see this in today’s reading from Amos 4:1
‘ “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!”  — Amos 4:1 
We see how it aligns to and fits with Amos’ background and profession. We see in the closing of today’s devotional how according to the Bible, prophets are not simply recorders of God’s message; they are great orators who move the people with their beautiful language. So what might it take to get your attention? Is there a certain delivery of God’s message of hope and love and grace? Is there a certain atmosphere or ambiance? Is there a certain relational aspect? What will it take for you to be introduced and receive Jesus in your life? Let’s pray…Be it a prayer of relationship with God…
Be it your daily prayer with God…
Be it a specific prayer from God’s Word like…
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Whatever or however you pray, it is all about having and building and living out your relationship with Jesus. So how will you start your today?
Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for all that is in it. I praise You Lord that in the midst of my struggles and challenges, You never left me nor abandon me. I praise You Lord because You made sure I knew You were there. Grant me wisdom Lord because I don’t know what is going on or why I am feeling this way about my situation. Grant me vision and discernment so that in and through it all I can be walking in alignment with You so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

URIAN OAKES, PRESIDENT OF HARVARD COLLEGE…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 15]


Ever read something and thought “wait isn’t this about …”? Ever realized the connection between what you are reading and something you had read before? Ever considered that you have been created on purpose, for a purse, and with a purpose? Ever considered the divine providence with which you life was created and is being directed? Have you taken hold of it and being trying to live out that purpose in and through your life?  Today’s reading comes to us from Micah 5 which says
The Ruler to Be Born in Bethlehem
1 Now muster your troops, O daughter of troops;
siege is laid against us;
with a rod they strike the judge of Israel
on the cheek.
2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
from ancient days.
3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time
when she who is in labor has given birth;
then the rest of his brothers shall return
to the people of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord,
in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great
to the ends of the earth.
5 And he shall be their peace.
When the Assyrian comes into our land
and treads in our palaces,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds
and eight princes of men;
6 they shall shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod at its entrances;
and he shall deliver us from the Assyrian
when he comes into our land
and treads within our border.

A Remnant Shall Be Delivered
7 Then the remnant of Jacob shall be
in the midst of many peoples
like dew from the Lord,
like showers on the grass,
which delay not for a man
nor wait for the children of man.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the beasts of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep,
which, when it goes through, treads down
and tears in pieces, and there is none to deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted up over your adversaries,
and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And in that day, declares the Lord,
I will cut off your horses from among you
and will destroy your chariots;
11 and I will cut off the cities of your land
and throw down all your strongholds;
12 and I will cut off sorceries from your hand,
and you shall have no more tellers of fortunes;
13 and I will cut off your carved images
and your pillars from among you,
and you shall bow down no more
to the work of your hands;
14 and I will root out your Asherah images from among you
and destroy your cities.
15 And in anger and wrath I will execute vengeance
on the nations that did not obey. from Micah 5
Will you take hold of the promise of Jesus? Will you choose to receive Jesus and have your life transformed? Will you be a part of the remnant that is delivered because of your faith in Jesus? How will that impact the way you live out the rest of your life? How will that impact your relations and relationships with others? How will this love, this grace, this hope in you benefit the world around you?  Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Urian Oakes, President of Harvard College and the college now called Harvard University itself. We are introduced to Urian who served as the fourth president of Harvard College. We learn about his 1673 sermon where he spoke about the sense of divine mission that encouraged the Puritans of New England quoting Micah 5:7 as a key part of his speech.

‘ Then the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples like dew from the Lord , like showers on the grass, which delay not for a man nor wait for the children of man.’  Micah 5:7 
We learn how Micah compares a remnant of the people to “dew from the Lord, like showers on the grass” to benefit the world. We read how Oakes used the same imagery in his sermon.
You have been as a City upon a hill (though in a remote and obscure Wilderness) as a Candle in the Candlestick that gives light to the whole House. You have, to a considerable Degree, enlightened the whole House (world I mean) as to the pattern of God’s House…You have been though a handful of people separated from the greatest part of the Christian World as it is prophesied of Jacob’s remnant that it should be in the midst of many people (Micah 5:7) as a Dew from the Lord, and as the flowers upon the grass. God hath privileged and honored you greatly in this respect. –Global Impact Bible – p. 1235 – Micah 5

Let’s pray
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Let’s pray…
Prayer of Salvation 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 You will do in and through it. Grant me wisdom and discernment for every conversation, every situation, and every decision I need to make. Help me Lord to be sensitive to Your Spirit and to walk in Your grace. Help me to share it with others and to glorify You in the name of Jesus so that in and throughout my day You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.