Do you realize the impact you are having on others?


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Do you realize that your attitude impacts others? Do you realize that your responses impact others? Do you realize that a negative attitude impacts more than just yourself? Do you realize that a downer attitude impacts the performance of others? Ever considered why you are acting that way? Is there some issue that hasn’t been resolved that may require you to forgive someone? Is there some issue that continues to escalate because you haven’t dealt with it head on? You don’t want to be a downer right? You don’t want to make everyone around you down right? Do you realize a positive attitude impacts others too? Do you realize that when you walk around with a positive mental attitude it helps those around you too? Do you realize that when you walk around with the joy of the Lord as your strength it helps those around you? Do you realize that when you walk around as salt and light in the world, it makes a difference? Your attitude and your behavior impacts those around you and only you can decide how you are going to live it out. Do you realize how much of an impact your having on others?


Today’s reading gets us started in 2 Samuel 19 where we see how David’s attitude was impacting all his people, so how will you live out your today? Do you need a checkup from the neck up? Do you need someone to intervene? Do you need a booming voice encounter with God? Do you need a song that breaks thru the attitude? Why not invite God in and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you? Why not hear it and be obedient to what God instructs you?

‘Word soon reached Joab that the king was weeping and mourning for Absalom. As all the people heard of the king’s deep grief for his son, the joy of that day’s victory was turned into deep sadness. They crept back into the town that day as though they were ashamed and had deserted in battle. The king covered his face with his hands and kept on crying, “O my son Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my son!” Then Joab went to the king’s room and said to him, “We saved your life today and the lives of your sons, your daughters, and your wives and concubines. Yet you act like this, making us feel ashamed of ourselves. You seem to love those who hate you and hate those who love you. You have made it clear today that your commanders and troops mean nothing to you. It seems that if Absalom had lived and all of us had died, you would be pleased. Now go out there and congratulate your troops, for I swear by the Lord that if you don’t go out, not a single one of them will remain here tonight. Then you will be worse off than ever before.” So the king went out and took his seat at the town gate, and as the news spread throughout the town that he was there, everyone went to him. Meanwhile, the Israelites who had supported Absalom fled to their homes. And throughout all the tribes of Israel there was much discussion and argument going on. The people were saying, “The king rescued us from our enemies and saved us from the Philistines, but Absalom chased him out of the country. Now Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, is dead. Why not ask David to come back and be our king again?” Then King David sent Zadok and Abiathar, the priests, to say to the elders of Judah, “Why are you the last ones to welcome back the king into his palace? For I have heard that all Israel is ready. You are my relatives, my own tribe, my own flesh and blood! So why are you the last ones to welcome back the king?” And David told them to tell Amasa, “Since you are my own flesh and blood, like Joab, may God strike me and even kill me if I do not appoint you as commander of my army in his place.” Then Amasa convinced all the men of Judah, and they responded unanimously. They sent word to the king, “Return to us, and bring back all who are with you.” So the king started back to Jerusalem. And when he arrived at the Jordan River, the people of Judah came to Gilgal to meet him and escort him across the river. Shimei son of Gera, the man from Bahurim in Benjamin, hurried across with the men of Judah to welcome King David. A thousand other men from the tribe of Benjamin were with him, including Ziba, the chief servant of the house of Saul, and Ziba’s fifteen sons and twenty servants. They rushed down to the Jordan to meet the king. They crossed the shallows of the Jordan to bring the king’s household across the river, helping him in every way they could. As the king was about to cross the river, Shimei fell down before him. “My lord the king, please forgive me,” he pleaded. “Forget the terrible thing your servant did when you left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind. I know how much I sinned. That is why I have come here today, the very first person in all Israel to greet my lord the king.” Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shimei should die, for he cursed the Lord ’s anointed king!” “Who asked your opinion, you sons of Zeruiah!” David exclaimed. “Why have you become my adversary today? This is not a day for execution, for today I am once again the king of Israel!” Then, turning to Shimei, David vowed, “Your life will be spared.” Now Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson, came down from Jerusalem to meet the king. He had not cared for his feet, trimmed his beard, or washed his clothes since the day the king left Jerusalem. “Why didn’t you come with me, Mephibosheth?” the king asked him. Mephibosheth replied, “My lord the king, my servant Ziba deceived me. I told him, ‘Saddle my donkey so I can go with the king.’ For as you know I am crippled. Ziba has slandered me by saying that I refused to come. But I know that my lord the king is like an angel of God, so do what you think is best. All my relatives and I could expect only death from you, my lord, but instead you have honored me by allowing me to eat at your own table! What more can I ask?” “You’ve said enough,” David replied. “I’ve decided that you and Ziba will divide your land equally between you.” “Give him all of it,” Mephibosheth said. “I am content just to have you safely back again, my lord the king!” Barzillai of Gilead had come down from Rogelim to escort the king across the Jordan. He was very old—eighty years of age—and very wealthy. He was the one who had provided food for the king during his stay in Mahanaim. “Come across with me and live in Jerusalem,” the king said to Barzillai. “I will take care of you there.” “No,” he replied, “I am far too old to go with the king to Jerusalem. I am eighty years old today, and I can no longer enjoy anything. Food and wine are no longer tasty, and I cannot hear the singers as they sing. I would only be a burden to my lord the king. Just to go across the Jordan River with the king is all the honor I need! Then let me return again to die in my own town, where my father and mother are buried. But here is your servant, my son Kimham. Let him go with my lord the king and receive whatever you want to give him.” “Good,” the king agreed. “Kimham will go with me, and I will help him in any way you would like. And I will do for you anything you want.” So all the people crossed the Jordan with the king. After David had blessed Barzillai and kissed him, Barzillai returned to his own home. The king then crossed over to Gilgal, taking Kimham with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel escorted the king on his way. But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.” The men of Judah replied, “The king is one of our own kinsmen. Why should this make you angry? We haven’t eaten any of the king’s food or received any special favors!” “But there are ten tribes in Israel,” the others replied. “So we have ten times as much right to the king as you do. What right do you have to treat us with such contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing him back to be our king again?” The argument continued back and forth, and the men of Judah spoke even more harshly than the men of Israel.’

2 Samuel 19

‘This message was given concerning Moab. This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “What sorrow awaits the city of Nebo; it will soon lie in ruins. The city of Kiriathaim will be humiliated and captured; the fortress will be humiliated and broken down. No one will ever brag about Moab again, for in Heshbon there is a plot to destroy her. ‘Come,’ they say, ‘we will cut her off from being a nation.’ The town of Madmen, too, will be silenced; the sword will follow you there. Listen to the cries from Horonaim, cries of devastation and great destruction. All Moab is destroyed. Her little ones will cry out. Her refugees weep bitterly, climbing the slope to Luhith. They cry out in terror, descending the slope to Horonaim. Flee for your lives! Hide in the wilderness! Because you have trusted in your wealth and skill, you will be taken captive. Your god Chemosh, with his priests and officials, will be hauled off to distant lands! “All the towns will be destroyed, and no one will escape— either on the plateaus or in the valleys, for the Lord has spoken. Oh, that Moab had wings so she could fly away, for her towns will be left empty, with no one living in them. Cursed are those who refuse to do the Lord ’s work, who hold back their swords from shedding blood! “From his earliest history, Moab has lived in peace, never going into exile. He is like wine that has been allowed to settle. He has not been poured from flask to flask, and he is now fragrant and smooth. But the time is coming soon,” says the Lord , “when I will send men to pour him from his jar. They will pour him out, then shatter the jar! At last Moab will be ashamed of his idol Chemosh, as the people of Israel were ashamed of their gold calf at Bethel. “You used to boast, ‘We are heroes, mighty men of war.’ But now Moab and his towns will be destroyed. His most promising youth are doomed to slaughter,” says the King, whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “Destruction is coming fast for Moab; calamity threatens ominously. You friends of Moab, weep for him and cry! See how the strong scepter is broken, how the beautiful staff is shattered! “Come down from your glory and sit in the dust, you people of Dibon, for those who destroy Moab will shatter Dibon, too. They will tear down all your towers. You people of Aroer, stand beside the road and watch. Shout to those who flee from Moab, ‘What has happened there?’ “And the reply comes back, ‘Moab lies in ruins, disgraced; weep and wail! Tell it by the banks of the Arnon River: Moab has been destroyed!’ Judgment has been poured out on the towns of the plateau— on Holon and Jahaz and Mephaath, on Dibon and Nebo and Beth-diblathaim, on Kiriathaim and Beth-gamul and Beth-meon, on Kerioth and Bozrah— all the towns of Moab, far and near. “The strength of Moab has ended. His arm has been broken,” says the Lord . “Let him stagger and fall like a drunkard, for he has rebelled against the Lord . Moab will wallow in his own vomit, ridiculed by all. Did you not ridicule the people of Israel? Were they caught in the company of thieves that you should despise them as you do? “You people of Moab, flee from your towns and live in the caves. Hide like doves that nest in the clefts of the rocks. We have all heard of the pride of Moab, for his pride is very great. We know of his lofty pride, his arrogance, and his haughty heart. I know about his insolence,” says the Lord , “but his boasts are empty— as empty as his deeds. So now I wail for Moab; yes, I will mourn for Moab. My heart is broken for the men of Kir-hareseth. “You people of Sibmah, rich in vineyards, I will weep for you even more than I did for Jazer. Your spreading vines once reached as far as the Dead Sea, but the destroyer has stripped you bare! He has harvested your grapes and summer fruits. Joy and gladness are gone from fruitful Moab. The presses yield no wine. No one treads the grapes with shouts of joy. There is shouting, yes, but not of joy. “Instead, their awful cries of terror can be heard from Heshbon clear across to Elealeh and Jahaz; from Zoar all the way to Horonaim and Eglath-shelishiyah. Even the waters of Nimrim are dried up now. “I will put an end to Moab,” says the Lord , “for the people offer sacrifices at the pagan shrines and burn incense to their false gods. My heart moans like a flute for Moab and Kir-hareseth, for all their wealth has disappeared. The people shave their heads and beards in mourning. They slash their hands and put on clothes made of burlap. There is crying and sorrow in every Moabite home and on every street. For I have smashed Moab like an old, unwanted jar. How it is shattered! Hear the wailing! See the shame of Moab! It has become an object of ridicule, an example of ruin to all its neighbors.” This is what the Lord says: “Look! The enemy swoops down like an eagle, spreading his wings over Moab. Its cities will fall, and its strongholds will be seized. Even the mightiest warriors will be in anguish like a woman in labor. Moab will no longer be a nation, for it has boasted against the Lord . “Terror and traps and snares will be your lot, O Moab,” says the Lord . “Those who flee in terror will fall into a trap, and those who escape the trap will step into a snare. I will see to it that you do not get away, for the time of your judgment has come,” says the Lord . “The people flee as far as Heshbon but are unable to go on. For a fire comes from Heshbon, King Sihon’s ancient home, to devour the entire land with all its rebellious people. “What sorrow awaits you, O people of Moab! The people of the god Chemosh are destroyed! Your sons and your daughters have been taken away as captives. But I will restore the fortunes of Moab in days to come. I, the Lord , have spoken!” This is the end of Jeremiah’s prophecy concerning Moab.’

Jeremiah 48

‘“Oh, is he a Galilean?” Pilate asked. When they said that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod’s jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time. Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle. He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. (Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.) Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.” Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” (Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.” But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he turned Jesus over to them to do as they wished.’

Luke 23:6-25

‘Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus. You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. And athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things. Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach. And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained. So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen. This is a trustworthy saying: If we die with him, we will also live with him. If we endure hardship, we will reign with him. If we deny him, he will deny us. If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.’

2 Timothy 2:1-13

‘Please listen, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph’s descendants like a flock. O God, enthroned above the cherubim, display your radiant glory to Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Show us your mighty power. Come to rescue us! Turn us again to yourself, O God. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, how long will you be angry with our prayers? You have fed us with sorrow and made us drink tears by the bucketful. You have made us the scorn of neighboring nations. Our enemies treat us as a joke. Turn us again to yourself, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved. You brought us from Egypt like a grapevine; you drove away the pagan nations and transplanted us into your land. You cleared the ground for us, and we took root and filled the land. Our shade covered the mountains; our branches covered the mighty cedars. We spread our branches west to the Mediterranean Sea; our shoots spread east to the Euphrates River. But now, why have you broken down our walls so that all who pass by may steal our fruit? The wild boar from the forest devours it, and the wild animals feed on it. Come back, we beg you, O God of Heaven’s Armies. Look down from heaven and see our plight. Take care of this grapevine that you yourself have planted, this son you have raised for yourself. For we are chopped up and burned by our enemies. May they perish at the sight of your frown. Strengthen the man you love, the son of your choice. Then we will never abandon you again. Revive us so we can call on your name once more. Turn us again to yourself, O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies. Make your face shine down upon us. Only then will we be saved.’

Psalms 80

What will be your legacy? What will be your message?


With all God has done in and through you, what legacy will you be leaving behind? How many lives have been impact and will be impacted because of the way you chose to follow God and live your life? How have you provided for this generation? How are you giving to the next? How will you pass it along? What will your message be? How will you deliver it? Who will you give it to? Will you give it in a way that can be shared? Will you give it in a way that can be passed along? Will you give it in a way that can go on into the future? How will you choose to gift it?

Take hold of God’s plan which is to give us a hope and a future. Take hold of God’s plan which required giving His one and only Son Jesus so that whosoever would believe in Him would not perish but have eternal life. Take hold of God’s love letter found in the Bible that speaks to us God’s wisdom and God’s Word in a way that is able to be passed along and is able to continue generation after generation. Take hold of God’s example as a servant leader. Take hold of God’s example of stewardship. Take hold of God’s promises for they are true. Finish strong! Be careful to complete the works that God has prepared in advance for you to accomplish.


Today’s reading from God’s Word:


So let us pray with an alert mind and a thankful heart! Be careful to love God to the end of your life! Trust God in and through it all! Do not worry! Do not fear! Be bold and courageous! Just Believe! Receive His forgiveness! Accept His grace! Live shining light and being salt! Live your life in the peace that surpasses all understanding and comes from God! The power of salvation comes thru forgiveness. The power to break strongholds and bitter and anger is thru forgiveness. So forgive first! Let’s make the most out of every situation!


‘Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.’

Colossians 4:6

Do you realize what you have been given? Do you realize why?


Do you realize there is a reason? Do you realize there is a plan? Do you realize there is a purpose? Do you realize the value? Do you realize the impact? Do you realize the influence? Do you realize the difference?

Are you on your guard? Are you getting prepared? Are you focused? Are you on track? Are you on mission? Are you aligned? Are you aware? Are you ready?


Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from:


Will you be a good steward of your allotment? Will you trust God’s allotment with which He is trusting you? Will you live showing that you are worthy of what has been given to you? Will you live out your life in order to fulfill God’s purpose and plan for you and your life? Are you ready to receive what God has to offer you? Are you ready to accept what God has available to you? Will you receive and accept God’s offering of salvation? Are you willing to obey what He asks? Are you ready to seek Him in order to find Him? Are you ready to align with God’s ways and God’s thoughts? Will you produce good fruit? Will you prosper in doing His good work? Will you live out your life by the Holy Spirit? Will you act and speak by His power and wisdom and direction? Will you do things according God’s way and will, putting on your new nature? Will you forgive others? Will you live without allowing a bitter root to hold? Ask God for wisdom and discernment!

Do you realize the impact of a personal touch?


How often do you go out of your way to say “Hi” to someone? How often do you go out of your way to ask someone “How are you doing?” and stick around long enough to hear the answer? How often are you letting people know they matter and are valued? How often are you available to listen to someone speak and share what is going on in their lives? How often are you reaching out to bring comfort or encouragement into a situation? Do you realize it may mean looking away from your phone and having a conversation? Do you realize it may mean more than just typing and actually using your voice? Do you realize it may mean doing something differently because of age differences, culture differences, etc.? Not a mechanical type of approach but do you realize the impact that a personal touch can have on the lives of the people around you?


Today’s reading starts in Leviticus 13. Imagine what it would feel like if you ended up being one of these people and how you might respond.

‘The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “If anyone has a swelling or a rash or discolored skin that might develop into a serious skin disease, that person must be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons. The priest will examine the affected area of the skin. If the hair in the affected area has turned white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, it is a serious skin disease, and the priest who examines it must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. “But if the affected area of the skin is only a white discoloration and does not appear to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair on the spot has not turned white, the priest will quarantine the person for seven days. On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has not changed and the problem has not spread on the skin, the priest will quarantine the person for seven more days. On the seventh day the priest will make another examination. If he finds the affected area has faded and has not spread, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. It was only a rash. The person’s clothing must be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean. But if the rash continues to spread after the person has been examined by the priest and has been pronounced clean, the infected person must return to be examined again. If the priest finds that the rash has spread, he must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, for it is indeed a skin disease. “Anyone who develops a serious skin disease must go to the priest for an examination. If the priest finds a white swelling on the skin, and some hair on the spot has turned white, and there is an open sore in the affected area, it is a chronic skin disease, and the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. In such cases the person need not be quarantined, for it is obvious that the skin is defiled by the disease. “Now suppose the disease has spread all over the person’s skin, covering the body from head to foot. When the priest examines the infected person and finds that the disease covers the entire body, he will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. Since the skin has turned completely white, the person is clean. But if any open sores appear, the infected person will be pronounced ceremonially unclean. The priest must make this pronouncement as soon as he sees an open sore, since open sores indicate the presence of a skin disease. However, if the open sores heal and turn white like the rest of the skin, the person must return to the priest for another examination. If the affected areas have indeed turned white, the priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean by declaring, ‘You are clean!’ “If anyone has a boil on the skin that has started to heal, but a white swelling or a reddish white spot develops in its place, that person must go to the priest to be examined. If the priest examines it and finds it to be more than skin-deep, and if the hair in the affected area has turned white, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. The boil has become a serious skin disease. But if the priest finds no white hair on the affected area and the problem appears to be no more than skin-deep and has faded, the priest must quarantine the person for seven days. If during that time the affected area spreads on the skin, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, because it is a serious disease. But if the area grows no larger and does not spread, it is merely the scar from the boil, and the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. “If anyone has suffered a burn on the skin and the burned area changes color, becoming either reddish white or shiny white, the priest must examine it. If he finds that the hair in the affected area has turned white and the problem appears to be more than skin-deep, a skin disease has broken out in the burn. The priest must then pronounce the person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a serious skin disease. But if the priest finds no white hair on the affected area and the problem appears to be no more than skin-deep and has faded, the priest must quarantine the infected person for seven days. On the seventh day the priest must examine the person again. If the affected area has spread on the skin, the priest must pronounce that person ceremonially unclean, for it is clearly a serious skin disease. But if the affected area has not changed or spread on the skin and has faded, it is simply a swelling from the burn. The priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean, for it is only the scar from the burn. “If anyone, either a man or woman, has a sore on the head or chin, the priest must examine it. If he finds it is more than skin-deep and has fine yellow hair on it, the priest must pronounce the person ceremonially unclean. It is a scabby sore of the head or chin. If the priest examines the scabby sore and finds that it is only skin-deep but there is no black hair on it, he must quarantine the person for seven days. On the seventh day the priest must examine the sore again. If he finds that the scabby sore has not spread, and there is no yellow hair on it, and it appears to be only skin-deep, the person must shave off all hair except the hair on the affected area. Then the priest must quarantine the person for another seven days. On the seventh day he will examine the sore again. If it has not spread and appears to be no more than skin-deep, the priest will pronounce the person ceremonially clean. The person’s clothing must be washed, and the person will be ceremonially clean. But if the scabby sore begins to spread after the person is pronounced clean, the priest must do another examination. If he finds that the sore has spread, the priest does not need to look for yellow hair. The infected person is ceremonially unclean. But if the color of the scabby sore does not change and black hair has grown on it, it has healed. The priest will then pronounce the person ceremonially clean. “If anyone, either a man or woman, has shiny white patches on the skin, the priest must examine the affected area. If he finds that the shiny patches are only pale white, this is a harmless skin rash, and the person is ceremonially clean. “If a man loses his hair and his head becomes bald, he is still ceremonially clean. And if he loses hair on his forehead, he simply has a bald forehead; he is still clean. However, if a reddish white sore appears on the bald area on top of his head or on his forehead, this is a skin disease. The priest must examine him, and if he finds swelling around the reddish white sore anywhere on the man’s head and it looks like a skin disease, the man is indeed infected with a skin disease and is unclean. The priest must pronounce him ceremonially unclean because of the sore on his head. “Those who suffer from a serious skin disease must tear their clothing and leave their hair uncombed. They must cover their mouth and call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as the serious disease lasts, they will be ceremonially unclean. They must live in isolation in their place outside the camp. “

Now suppose mildew contaminates some woolen or linen clothing, woolen or linen fabric, the hide of an animal, or anything made of leather. If the contaminated area in the clothing, the animal hide, the fabric, or the leather article has turned greenish or reddish, it is contaminated with mildew and must be shown to the priest. After examining the affected spot, the priest will put the article in quarantine for seven days. On the seventh day the priest must inspect it again. If the contaminated area has spread, the clothing or fabric or leather is clearly contaminated by a serious mildew and is ceremonially unclean. The priest must burn the item—the clothing, the woolen or linen fabric, or piece of leather—for it has been contaminated by a serious mildew. It must be completely destroyed by fire. “But if the priest examines it and finds that the contaminated area has not spread in the clothing, the fabric, or the leather, the priest will order the object to be washed and then quarantined for seven more days. Then the priest must examine the object again. If he finds that the contaminated area has not changed color after being washed, even if it did not spread, the object is defiled. It must be completely burned up, whether the contaminated spot is on the inside or outside. But if the priest examines it and finds that the contaminated area has faded after being washed, he must cut the spot from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather. If the spot later reappears on the clothing, the fabric, or the leather article, the mildew is clearly spreading, and the contaminated object must be burned up. But if the spot disappears from the clothing, the fabric, or the leather article after it has been washed, it must be washed again; then it will be ceremonially clean. “These are the instructions for dealing with mildew that contaminates woolen or linen clothing or fabric or anything made of leather. This is how the priest will determine whether these items are ceremonially clean or unclean.”’

Leviticus 13

Today’s reading next brings us words of wisdom through Proverbs starting in Proverbs 6.

‘My child, if you have put up security for a friend’s debt or agreed to guarantee the debt of a stranger— if you have trapped yourself by your agreement and are caught by what you said— follow my advice and save yourself, for you have placed yourself at your friend’s mercy. Now swallow your pride; go and beg to have your name erased. Don’t put it off; do it now! Don’t rest until you do. Save yourself like a gazelle escaping from a hunter, like a bird fleeing from a net. Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber. What are worthless and wicked people like? They are constant liars, signaling their deceit with a wink of the eye, a nudge of the foot, or the wiggle of fingers. Their perverted hearts plot evil, and they constantly stir up trouble. But they will be destroyed suddenly, broken in an instant beyond all hope of healing. There are six things the Lord hates— no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord in a family. My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s instruction. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. When you walk, their counsel will lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up, they will advise you. For their command is a lamp and their instruction a light; their corrective discipline is the way to life. It will keep you from the immoral woman, from the smooth tongue of a promiscuous woman. Don’t lust for her beauty. Don’t let her coy glances seduce you. For a prostitute will bring you to poverty, but sleeping with another man’s wife will cost you your life. Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? Can he walk on hot coals and not blister his feet? So it is with the man who sleeps with another man’s wife. He who embraces her will not go unpunished. Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he must pay back seven times what he stole, even if he has to sell everything in his house. But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys himself. He will be wounded and disgraced. His shame will never be erased. For the woman’s jealous husband will be furious, and he will show no mercy when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation, nor be satisfied with a payoff of any size.’

Proverbs 6

Today’s reading then continues into Proverbs 7.

‘Follow my advice, my son; always treasure my commands. Obey my commands and live! Guard my instructions as you guard your own eyes. Tie them on your fingers as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart. Love wisdom like a sister; make insight a beloved member of your family. Let them protect you from an affair with an immoral woman, from listening to the flattery of a promiscuous woman. While I was at the window of my house, looking through the curtain, I saw some naive young men, and one in particular who lacked common sense. He was crossing the street near the house of an immoral woman, strolling down the path by her house. It was at twilight, in the evening, as deep darkness fell. The woman approached him, seductively dressed and sly of heart. She was the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home. She is often in the streets and markets, soliciting at every corner. She threw her arms around him and kissed him, and with a brazen look she said, “I’ve just made my peace offerings and fulfilled my vows. You’re the one I was looking for! I came out to find you, and here you are! My bed is spread with beautiful blankets, with colored sheets of Egyptian linen. I’ve perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let’s drink our fill of love until morning. Let’s enjoy each other’s caresses, for my husband is not home. He’s away on a long trip. He has taken a wallet full of money with him and won’t return until later this month. ” So she seduced him with her pretty speech and enticed him with her flattery. He followed her at once, like an ox going to the slaughter. He was like a stag caught in a trap, awaiting the arrow that would pierce its heart. He was like a bird flying into a snare, little knowing it would cost him his life. So listen to me, my sons, and pay attention to my words. Don’t let your hearts stray away toward her. Don’t wander down her wayward path. For she has been the ruin of many; many men have been her victims. Her house is the road to the grave. Her bedroom is the den of death.’

Proverbs 7

Today’s reading next brings us into the New Testament in Mark 10.

‘As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.’” “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God!” This amazed them. But Jesus said again, “Dear children, it is very hard to enter the Kingdom of God. In fact, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But not with God. Everything is possible with God.” Then Peter began to speak up. “We’ve given up everything to follow you,” he said. “Yes,” Jesus replied, “and I assure you that everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or property, for my sake and for the Good News, will receive now in return a hundred times as many houses, brothers, sisters, mothers, children, and property—along with persecution. And in the world to come that person will have eternal life. But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.”

They were now on the way up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. The disciples were filled with awe, and the people following behind were overwhelmed with fear. Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him. “Listen,” he said, “we’re going up to Jerusalem, where the Son of Man will be betrayed to the leading priests and the teachers of religious law. They will sentence him to die and hand him over to the Romans. They will mock him, spit on him, flog him with a whip, and kill him, but after three days he will rise again.”’

Mark 10:17-34

Today’s reading continues into 1 Corinthians 16.

‘Now about our brother Apollos—I urged him to visit you with the other believers, but he was not willing to go right now. He will see you later when he has the opportunity. Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love. You know that Stephanas and his household were the first of the harvest of believers in Greece, and they are spending their lives in service to God’s people. I urge you, dear brothers and sisters, to submit to them and others like them who serve with such devotion. I am very glad that Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus have come here. They have been providing the help you weren’t here to give me. They have been a wonderful encouragement to me, as they have been to you. You must show your appreciation to all who serve so well.

The churches here in the province of Asia send greetings in the Lord, as do Aquila and Priscilla and all the others who gather in their home for church meetings. All the brothers and sisters here send greetings to you. Greet each other with a sacred kiss. Here is my greeting in my own handwriting—Paul . If anyone does not love the Lord, that person is cursed. Our Lord, come! May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus.’

1 Corinthians 16:12-24

As we close today’s reading let us meditate on all that God has spoken through His Word. Let us take a moment to receive the wisdom and direction.

Let’s read today’s conclusion to our daily reading with Psalms 79.

‘O God, pagan nations have conquered your land, your special possession. They have defiled your holy Temple and made Jerusalem a heap of ruins. They have left the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of heaven. The flesh of your godly ones has become food for the wild animals. Blood has flowed like water all around Jerusalem; no one is left to bury the dead. We are mocked by our neighbors, an object of scorn and derision to those around us. O Lord , how long will you be angry with us? Forever? How long will your jealousy burn like fire? Pour out your wrath on the nations that refuse to acknowledge you— on kingdoms that do not call upon your name. For they have devoured your people Israel, making the land a desolate wilderness. Do not hold us guilty for the sins of our ancestors! Let your compassion quickly meet our needs, for we are on the brink of despair. Help us, O God of our salvation! Help us for the glory of your name. Save us and forgive our sins for the honor of your name. Why should pagan nations be allowed to scoff, asking, “Where is their God?” Show us your vengeance against the nations, for they have spilled the blood of your servants. Listen to the moaning of the prisoners. Demonstrate your great power by saving those condemned to die. O Lord, pay back our neighbors seven times for the scorn they have hurled at you. Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will thank you forever and ever, praising your greatness from generation to generation.’

Psalms 79

Do you realize the impact you can have? Are you willing to work beyond the differences to find success?


Yesterday on my way to work a new way of thinking about how to make things better came up. I am sure many of us had already heard from Good to Great but this morning on the radio I heard them speak of from Good to Gold and the good to great came to mind as an inferior way to get better. Imagine taking hold of the reality that God has given you everything you need to accomplish His will and succeed. Now knowing that He has given us everything we need will we exercise it so that we can go from good to gold? It’s kind of like when we get a gym membership which has all the things we need to get fit and then after the first month or two we stop. It isn’t because we don’t have what we need but that we need to exercise our will power to use it. So what will we do with this reality? You’ve been given potential so how will you choose to use it? Will you put it into action? If we consider potential as your faith will you put it into action and do good works? Let’s get started reading from Genesis 11 which starts with the Tower of Babel.

‘At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there. They began saying to each other, “Let’s make bricks and harden them with fire.” (In this region bricks were used instead of stone, and tar was used for mortar.) Then they said, “Come, let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” But the Lord came down to look at the city and the tower the people were building. “Look!” he said. “The people are united, and they all speak the same language. After this, nothing they set out to do will be impossible for them! Come, let’s go down and confuse the people with different languages. Then they won’t be able to understand each other.” In that way, the Lord scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the Lord confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.’

Genesis 11

It continues speaking of the people of the time. Now as we are scattered across the world and are speaking different languages, how is it possible to find success beyond the language barrier? We know God has given us everything we need so we can’t give up but we need to work towards the common goal and direction. We need to stop trying to do it all in our own way and our own strength but rather we need to invite God into our lives and our situations to help us to accomplish His will. We need to stop being about making ourselves greater and rather we need to humbly serve and accomplish God’s purpose and plan for our lives. Instead of taking the view of “let’s build a great city for ourselves with a tower that reaches into the sky. This will make us famous and keep us from being scattered all over the world.” From their words you can tell they knew the consequences of their actions ahead of time but wanted to go and do it anyways out of their selfish and prideful ways. Imagine if the people of the world would put God in the center how much less division there would be. Imagine if the people of the world put God in the center how it would draw everyone closer to each other as they drew closer to God. Let’s come together putting Jesus in the center for as God’s Word tells us a chord of three strands is not easily broken and as such will strengthen the unity among us. Today’s reading in Genesis 11 concludes going through some genealogy that included Abram and Sarai and then we continue into 1 Chronicles 8 to learn even more from Benjamin and Saul.


How would you respond to learning the reality of who Jesus was? What does it take for you to do what you need? Will you take hold of what Jesus tells His disciples from today’s reading in John 4?

‘Meanwhile, the disciples were urging Jesus, “Rabbi, eat something.” But Jesus replied, “I have a kind of food you know nothing about.” “Did someone bring him food while we were gone?” the disciples asked each other. Then Jesus explained: “My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work. You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike! You know the saying, ‘One plants and another harvests.’ And it’s true. I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.”’

John 4:31-38

Will you allow the desire to serve God and serve others to motivate you and satisfy your desire for success? Will you allow the law being summarized into Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself? In today’s reading from John 4 we see how the woman at the well comes to the reality of who Jesus is and so brings others who come to see and not just because of her words but their own personal experience with Jesus they also believed. Will you be willing to have a personal experience with Jesus? Will you invite Him into the situations you face even if they are messy instead of trying to go it alone? Will you invite Him in to help take that potential and put it into action to help get things cleaned up?


Today’s reading continues into James 4 talking about what is motivating or causing quarrel and fight? Do you realize what you need to do so that you can find peace and joy and hope? Would you turn back to Jesus and invite Him into your situation? Let’s check out today’s reading for specifics:

‘What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure. You adulterers! Don’t you realize that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again: If you want to be a friend of the world, you make yourself an enemy of God. Do you think the Scriptures have no meaning? They say that God is passionate that the spirit he has placed within us should be faithful to him. And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world. Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. Don’t speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God’s law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you. God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has the power to save or to destroy. So what right do you have to judge your neighbor?’

James 4:1-12

So let’s not judge our neighbors. Let’s not walk around proud and boastful. Let’s not allow the temptation of the devil or our own selfish desires cause us to divide instead of finding unity. Let’s not be jealous of what others have. Let’s reset and check out motives at the door to make sure they are good and pure. Let’s invite Jesus into our lives to be the center and the foundation on which we build our lives. Let’s draw closer to God making time to meet with Him and hear His Word and allow Him into every situation. Let’s walk out our lives in humility, serving others in ways that will glorify God. If the devil tries to get you off track, resist him so that he will flee. Let’s take hold of our reading from James 4:1-12 today.


Today’s devotional concludes in Psalms 8, so let’s take a moment to meditate on it together:

‘O Lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord , our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!’

Psalms 8

Take a moment after reading through Psalms to just hear it sung out …

OSCAR WILDE, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 27]


Ever considered what you have been given? Ever considered what being a good steward looks like? Ever considered that you are given bread and seed, one to eat and one to sow? What type of seeds do you have? What type of seeds are you taking? What type of seeds are you planting? Are you planting or eating the seeds? If you don’t use what what you have been given as food (bread) for food but instead try to eat what was given so that you can reap a harvest later it will impact what is yet to come. If you try to go for the immediate or fast hit of eating the seeds rather than having the patience for the seeds to be planted, watered, germinate, and then grow, you will miss out on everything that was purpose and intended for those seeds. If you don’t sow you won’t reap. If you sow sparingly you will reap sparingly. If you sow generously you will reap generously. Don’t miss out on all that God has for you. Don’t miss out on the blessings of scattering the seeds. Trust God for the harvest. Trust God because what you sow not only produces a harvest but more seeds. Sow to the Spirit in order to reap eternal life. Don’t allow yourself to be tricked or fooled and sow to the desires of the flesh like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these because such things reap corruption. Instead sow to the Spirit which reaps eternal life by keeping in step with the Spirit and producing the fruits of the Spirit against which things there is no law like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. So where are you at today? Are you ready to trust God? Are you ready to do good?

Let’s check out today’s reading from Galatians 6:

Bear One Another’s Burdens

1Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5For each will have to bear his own load.
6Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Final Warning and Benediction

11See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.

Galatians 6

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Oscar Wilde and his play The Importance of Being Earnest. We learn in today’s devotional about Oscar Wilde who was an Irish playwright, poet, and dramatist. We learn that he was famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his comic masterpieces. We learn that he was part of a movement in England that advocated art for art’s sake called Aesthetic: an intellectual and art movement supporting the emphasis of aesthetic values more than social-political themes for literature, fine art, music and other arts. We learn that it wasn’t until late in his life that he sought religious help. We learn that the Catholic Church welcomed him on his deathbed. We learn in the closing of today’s devotional that many of his works included biblical references with the example of Miss Prism quoting Galatians 6:7 in Act 2 of The importance of Being Earnest which is part of today’s reading.


‘Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. ‘

Galatians 6:7

MISS PRISM: As a man sows, so shall he reap.

The Importance of being earnest – Act 2 – p.277
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays: Lady Windermere’s Fan; Salome; A Woman of No Importance; An Ideal Husband; The Importance of Being Earnest (Oxford World’s Classics)Jun 15, 2008
by Oscar Wilde and Peter Raby

So will you be earnest?

serious · serious-minded · solemn · grave · sober · humorless · staid · steady · intense · committed · dedicated · assiduous · keen · diligent · zealous · industrious · hard-working · studious · thoughtful · cerebral · deep · profound · bookish · donnish · devout · heartfelt · wholehearted · sincere · impassioned · deeply felt · from the heart · full-hearted · fervent · fervid · ardent · passionate · intense · burning · urgent · passional · perfervid


Interested in turning back to God and starting to walk in the Spirit rather than the flesh and starting to sow in the Spirit in order to produce the fruits of the Spirit?


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, Thank You for this new day and for all that will be in it. I pray Lord for Your healing touch as I have woken up this morning feeling ill. I give this day into Your hands Lord and ask for Your wisdom and help to accomplish all that You have planned for me. Help me Lord to live it out in a way that will bring You praise, honor, and glory. Help my friends Lords who are fighting sickness, dealing with loss, and pursuing You Lord. I ask all this so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

RAVENOUS ALIENS … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 24]


Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone you love? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who is good? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who is in need? Does it make sense to sacrifice for someone who has done wrong? Does it make sense for someone who has been bad? What if the sacrifice was to die for someone else? What would it take for you to be willing to give up your life for someone? Would you be willing to give up your life for your family? your friends? your neighbors? your community? your city? your country? Is there a limit? 


Today’s reading comes to us from Romans 5

 

Romans 5

In this world we will troubles but we can consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. Today’s reading gives us another view on this truth where it says:

‘Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ‘

Romans 5:3-5

And going back to the questions which started today’s post, we read in Romans 5:7-8 which even aligns with today’s devotional where the Bible reads:

‘For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ‘

Romans 5:6-8

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Ravenous Aliens. We learn in today’s devotional how even movies like Alien can give allusion to biblical principles. Today’s devotional points us to today’s reading where in Alien 3 Ellen Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver is the sole survivor of a crashed spaceship which lands on a planet for prisoners living in a maximum security facility. We learn how in the movie the prisoners view her as a savior who has fallen from the sky. We learn how in the movie she reveals a Christ-like character when she sacrifices her life for them. We also learn of how at that moment in the movie she even stretches out her arms as if she is on a cross.

Aliens 3 - Sigourney Weaver - Arms out as if on a cross
Romans 5:7-8

So have you been saved? Have you received the incredible gift of life because of the incredible sacrifice? Have you receive the incredible gift of life through Jesus who gave up His life on the cross so that we can live, not just here on earth but also for eternity with God? Might today be your day?


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day. Thank You for time yesterday as a family getting to go get our tree and celebrating Thanksgiving together. Thank You for my incredible wife and children. Thank You for my incredible friends and relatives. Thank You Lord for the incredible sacrifice of Jesus who cares so much for all of us that He would come and give His life in such a powerful and painful way to pay the price so that we can be saved. Thank You Lord for touching me and calling me and saving me. I give this day up into Your hands and ask Lord for Your help in allowing me to live int out in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 23]


Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you living a life that shows what you believe in? Are you living a life that demonstrates your core values? What are people seeing in the way you live? What are people seeing in the way you carry yourself? What if they knew you when they couldn’t see you? Are you living your life as unto the Lord? Are you living your life in a way that will shine the light and bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name? Do you love Jesus? Are you living out a life of servant leadership? Are you feeding and tending His sheep?

Today’s reading comes to us from John 21

Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples

1After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?” They answered him, “No.” 6He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea. 8The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yards off.
9When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Jesus and Peter

15When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19(This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”

Jesus and the Beloved Apostle

20Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
24This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true.
25Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.

John 21

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of The Shawshank Redemption
The Shawshank Redemption is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont, based on the 1982 Stephen King novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It tells the story of banker Andy Dufresne, who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Penitentiary for the murder of his wife and her lover, despite his claims of innocence. Over the following two decades, he befriends a fellow prisoner, contraband smuggler Ellis “Red” Redding, and becomes instrumental in a money laundering operation led by the prison warden Samuel Norton (Bob Gunton). William Sadler, Clancy Brown, Gil Bellows, and James Whitmore appear in supporting roles. We learn in today’s devotional how this film was based on a Stephen King novel. We learn about the wrongful imprisonment, being put into a maximum security prison, the dangers of a calculating warden, how in a key scene the warden and guards come for a surprise inspection in hopes of convincing Andy to use his great accounting skills to help him launder money. We learn how Andy was digging a hole to freedom through a wall hidden by a poster when the warden had arrived. We learn about how the warden questioned Andy about the Bible he was holding and asked what his favorite passage was. We learn it was from Mark 13:35 KJV:

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning

Mark 13:35 KJV

to slyly reference the warden’s visit. The warden tells Andy he prefers John 8:12 to point out his plans

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 8:12 KJV

We learn how when the warden hands back the Bible he says “Salvation lay within.” We learn how these words come back to the warden when Andy has escaped and blown the whistle on him how Andy speaks them back to the warden and we learn how when Andy opens it further it shows a cut out of where the rock hammer he had been using was hidden and had helped him escape through the tunnel.


Are you looking for true freedom? Are you looking for a way out of where you are at today? Why not turn to God? Why to read His Word and hear His love story? Why not learn of the gift of grace through Jesus Christ? 


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day and for everything within it. Help me Lord to live out my life in a way that will bring You glory. Help me to live out my life as a living sacrifice to You. Help me to live out my life as a servant leader who is watching and feeding Your sheep. Lord give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that in all things at all times I will be able to live my life that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name in every thought, word, and deed. Amen.

MEL GIBSON, THE PASSION … (The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 22]


What an interesting thing that appear as the devotional for today when today happens to be Thanksgiving Day in the US. This morning I saw a show about the people who gave and sacrificed in our military and I am so thankful that they were willing to serve, to go, and to give and and some to even lose their lives for freedom. Freedom isn’t free. As I was reflecting on that I was also reflected back on Jesus and His ultimate sacrifice in order for us to be reconciled back to God so that we can be free for who the Son sets free is free indeed. Freedom isn’t free. It has come at an incredible cost. Last night during the Thanksgiving-eve service a few interesting facts came up about Thanksgiving from US history. First 1621, where the Senate and the House petitioned George Washington the first president of the United States to issue a proclamation, declaring a national Day of Prayer and Thanksgiving. Second 1863, in the midst of the US Civil War, Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving Day . In 1863, a year filled with pivotal historical events — the Emancipation Proclamation, the Union victories at Gettysburg and Vicksburg, and the Gettysburg Address — Abraham Lincoln issued what has become known as the first annual Thanksgiving Proclamation. As we can see it wasn’t always an easy time or a time of peace, but it was similar to Lamentations where in the midst of the trials and the troubles people are able to turn to God and give him thanks.

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

Lamentations 4:19-24

Today’s reading comes to us from John 19. Let’s take a read from there…

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.

–John 19

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Mel Gibson’s The Passion. We learn about the movie’s portrayal of the crucifixion or passion of Jesus. We learn how Jesus has inspired many works of art, music, and film. We learn how in Mel Gibson’s 2004 production of The Passion of the Christ how it is one of the most successful portrayals of this story. We learn how it was nominated for three Academy Awards. We learn how it grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. We learn how it was done in a very unique way by portraying the story in Aramaic which is the languages that was most likely spoken by Jesus and His disciples. We learn of some pretty incredible things that happened during the filming of the production to the actor Jim Caviezel who played Jesus like being struck by lightning, suffering injuries from the whipping, and during his hanging on the cross a separated shoulder.


What do you have to be thankful for? No matter if you are at mountain top point in your life or in the valley lows, what can you be thankful for? Do you need to go to the point of Lamentation where because of God you can be thankful no matter what happens? Do you need to reflect on assumptions like “no matter what happens” and “you are alive” for all today() = Happy!! ? Yesterday is gone. Tomorrows isn’t guaranteed. So why not make the most of your today? Let today be Happy, no matter what happens, you can celebrate that you are alive. You can celebrate the promises of God! You can celebrate that you know where you are going.


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day. Thank You for this time with my family. Thank You for this time to remember all that You have already done and are doing in and through my life. Thank You for my wife – the answer to a summer time prayer. Thank You for my children – the answer to continued prayer. Thank You for my home – the answer to a 8 year old boys prayer. Thank You for being with me every step of every day. Thank You for sending Jesus who made a way when there wasn’t a way. Thank You for the examples be it George Washington and the house and senate coming together during the first presidency which was fairly trying. Thank You for the examples of Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War and setting time aside to celebrate Thanksgiving. I give all this into Your hands so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

KARLA SPETIC …(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 21]


Leadership…Are you a good leader? Are you a good follower? Ever considered what it takes to be a good leader? Ever considered the qualities and attitude of good leaders? Ever consider how important being a servant is to being a leader? Ever considered that to be a good leader you need to serve others? Ever considered that you need to have vision? Ever considered that you need to have wisdom? Ever considered that you need God? Ever considered looking at the example of Jesus as a leader and trying to mirror that? Ever considered His instructions and direction? Ever invited the Holy Spirit into your life to help you become a leader? Ever considered the number of people who are watching you and looking for you to lead?


Today’s reading comes to us from John 10

I Am the Good Shepherd

1″Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
19There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

I and the Father Are One

22At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, 26but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.”
31The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 35If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken— 36do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands.
40He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42And many believed in him there.

John 10

Will you stay? Will you stand? Will you be? Will you run? Will you scatter? Will you hide? What kind of a leader will you choose to be? For yourself? For your family? For your friends? For your community? For your workplace? People are looking to you even when you don’t know it and so it is up to you to choose.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Karla Spetic. We learn in today’s reading about how many of her dresses, tops, skirts in her spring/summer 2013 “faith” collection feature a prominent picture of Jesus — the Good Shepherd of John 10 with a lamb around His shoulders. Doing a bit of research I found an article that talks about her this way:

“Karla Spetic launched her namesake label in 2008 at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, just two years after graduating from the Sydney Fashion Design Studio. The Croatian-born, Sydney-based designer confesses to being her own harshest critic and, while she is never truly satisfied with a collection, that doesn’t mean others aren’t utterly delighted. Regarded as pretty and playful, modern and minimalist, her pieces are worn all over the world with 24 stockists in Australia and four in New York, Dubai, Auckland and Jakarta. In 2009 she was nominated as a finalist in the Best Up and Coming Designer category in the Prix de Marie Claire awards. Never one to let success go to her head, Karla is still genuinely chuffed when she sees someone in the street wearing her garments.”

KARLA SPETIC from Map Magazine

So what are people seeing and learning as they watch you? What type of leader do they see you to be? What kind of leader do you want to be? Are you leading where others are or want to follow you? Are you just going on a casual walk? Like all of life the choice is up to us to decide.


Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, Be with me today. Help me to walk out my today in a way that points people to You. Help me in my thoughts, words, and actions to be living out my life so that if or when others are watching me they notice the difference and come to the realization of who You are in my life and how having Jesus in the center makes a difference. Help me Lord to check my heart and my mind that I will be a servant leader. Help me Lord to consider who I am leading in order to better serve them and be a good shepherd like Jesus. Lord, I give all this up into Your hands as I thank You and ask all this in Jesus’s name so that You Lord will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

BIBLE STORIES IN FILM…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 19]


Ever considered that everything doesn’t have to be perfect for God to be able to use it for His purpose? Ever considered how allowing people to have free will that people have the opportunity to do things that don’t align with how God would have wanted it to go but that He is able to turn what the enemy planned for evil and turn it around and use it for good? Ever considered how God can use imperfect people for His perfect plan? Consider the family tree that gives us Jesus. Ever considered how from Abraham to David and from David to the time when the people of Israel got deported to Babylon and from the deportation to Babylon to the birth of Jesus were each 14 generations? If you look up the family tree which is part of today’s reading you will see that there were imperfections in that family tree and yet God was able to take it and use it to bring the savior of the world Jesus Christ.

Today’s reading comes 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.

Matthew 1

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of Bible stories in film and calls out the Gospel According to Matthew by Paolo Pasolini. Today’s devotional speaks to how many of the films produced about the Bible try to tell the stories in a straightforward and realistic way while others dramatize and take liberties in order to make the film “better”. We learn about how Paolo unlike many of the films took the direction of trying to show the ancient world of Jesus and the apostles accurately.


So where are you at in your walk thru life? Have you made a decision? Have you walked away from your call? Have you started to pursue your call? Are you ready to make a decision? Ever considered receiving the incredible gift of grace from God? Ever considered giving grace to others – be it family or friends or co-workers?

Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, I thank You Lord for this new day and for Your revelation that You are in control even when we feel like life is spinning out of control. Help me today Lord to live out this day in a way that will bring You glory. Help me to share Your grace at home, at work and everywhere in between. Help me Lord to take hold of the truth of Your Word in a way that will break any barriers or strongholds that would keep me from being everything that You desire and have planned for me. Help me Lord today to speak love, life, and truth into the world around me so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

THE FALL OF NINEVEH…(The Bible’s Impact on Performance Art) [Nov 18]


Ever considered what would happen if someone rejected or walked away from God? Ever considered what would happen if a nation rejected or walked away from God? Ever considered what would happen if the grace of God was taken for granted even when people turn their back on Him? What if God removes His hand over a person or a nation? What if God allows a person or a nation to receive what they were asking for? What would be the consequences? What would be the results? Do you think anyone might turn back before it was too late? Do you think they would be able to remember what had happened and not allow the cycle and so to turn back? What do you know? What do you remember? What have you been taught? Will you remember and allow God to be Lord of your life? God is love! God is just! The battle belongs to the Lord!

4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Imagine from yesterday’s reading from Jonah who was called to go and warn the people of Nineveh and they received the message and were saved. What if those people aged and died and the next generation came without being taught about what had happened, about God’s love, about the messenger Jonah what might or could or did happen…


Today’s reading comes to us from Nahum 1

1An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh.
God’s Wrath Against Nineveh
2 The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord is avenging and wrathful;
the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries
and keeps wrath for his enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.
His way is in whirlwind and storm,
and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
4 He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;
he dries up all the rivers;
Bashan and Carmel wither;
the bloom of Lebanon withers.
5 The mountains quake before him;
the hills melt;
the earth heaves before him,
the world and all who dwell in it.
6 Who can stand before his indignation?
Who can endure the heat of his anger?
His wrath is poured out like fire,
and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.
7 The Lord is good,
a stronghold in the day of trouble;
he knows those who take refuge in him.
8 But with an overflowing flood
he will make a complete end of the adversaries,
and will pursue his enemies into darkness.
9 What do you plot against the Lord?
He will make a complete end;
trouble will not rise up a second time.
10 For they are like entangled thorns,
like drunkards as they drink;
they are consumed like stubble fully dried.
11 From you came one
who plotted evil against the Lord,
a worthless counselor.
12 Thus says the Lord,
“Though they are at full strength and many,
they will be cut down and pass away.
Though I have afflicted you,
I will afflict you no more.
13 And now I will break his yoke from off you
and will burst your bonds apart.”
14 The Lord has given commandment about you:
“No more shall your name be perpetuated;
from the house of your gods I will cut off
the carved image and the metal image.
I will make your grave, for you are vile.”
15 Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him
who brings good news,
who publishes peace!
Keep your feasts, O Judah;
fulfill your vows,
for never again shall the worthless pass through you;
he is utterly cut off.

Nahum 1

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Performance Art on the subject of The Fall of Nineveh an 1892 production that was directed by John Rettig and performed for the Adam Forepaugh Circus in Philadelphia. We learn how the multimedia production was inspired by the book of Nahum and his account of the fall of Nineveh. 

I did some searching and found this quote about the production:

In 1892, the Adam Forepaugh shows sought to capitalize on the success of “Nero” with the “Fall of Nineveh,” a Biblical spectacular that reenacted the collapse or the “first great metropolis of the civilized world.” The Forepaugh show presented it on the “largest and best equipped stage in the world, 300 feet long and 55 feet wide” a cast of 1,000 men, women, and children costumed “in the most gorgeous array.” And like the Nero production, “Nineveh” included a ballet and athletic competitions, and concluded with the destruction of a mighty city.
Georgia reviewers applauded the Nineveh drama—as they had “Nero”—for its “almost realistic reproduction” Of the past. The Constitution pointed out that “Nineveh” had the power to transport spectators “back to the age of childhood” since it was an “old story which all had read in their infancy.”

The Big Tent: The Traveling Circus in Georgia, 1820-1930

Today’s devotional speaks of it as

Dynamic visual spectacles produced for large audiences were very popular in the late nineteenth century. The Fall of Nineveh production also drew large crowds because archaeologist Sir Austen Henry Layard had recently discovered the ruins of Nineveh in today’s Iraq.

–Global Impact Bible – Nahum 1

So where are you at in your walk thru life? Have you made a decision? Have you walked away from your call? Have you started to pursue your call? Are you ready to make a decision?

Let’s pray… Let’s first pray to commit our lives back to God


Next as we prepare for this day, let’s take hold of the Lord’s Prayer and align with God’s plans and purpose for today…

Now let’s get going with today and live out our lives as living sacrifices so that in and through it all God will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Let’s pray to forgive others…


Heavenly Father, thank You for this new day and for everything that will be in it. Thank You for allowing me to be a part of an incredible weekend of wisdom on the topic of grace and allowing me to be there last night to hear from pastor Dan and today to get to have the message reinforced as I get to be a part of 2 more services. Help me Lord with Your healing touch so that in and through it all I can live out today and the rest of my life walking in alignment with You and Your calling on my life not swaying to the left or right but walking out Your will for me. I give this day into Your hands asking that in and through ti all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.