THRIVE: Workweek #2 begins – Lots to do with all the change that is taking place…


With a new year there is always a lot of things to wrap up from the previous year but this year on top of the normal year-end review type things I am faced with some major changes coming down the pipe. As part of these changes, I need to prepare to explain and present our group to executives who will want to learn more about who we are as a team and what we do for the company. With the normal heavy lifting of reviews, this extra layer of work at first made me wonder and even stress a little bit. Thankfully our first week of the year was one of prayer and fasting which meant I was leaning into God more and so it allowed His truth and His promises to cause me to cast the cares, the anxieties, the worries onto Him because He cares for me. I grabbed hold of the 1 Peter 5:7 that says: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” I was able to grab hold of the truth that for me to thrive required change, I couldn’t just keep living life the way I had been if I wanted to make 2022 a year to thrive. I didn’t realize it meant in both my personal and professional lives though. Be it with my girls leaving home in 2022. Be it org changes to kick-off 2022. Be it prepping for camps in 2022. So today as I prep for what this week will include, anticipating my wife and daughter coming home from their trip to a soccer showcase, getting my son to and from school, taking care of the home including a puppy, the animals, putting out the trash, and what not, writing up the review docs, writing up the org docs, writing up a report for a board meeting, scheduling the kick-off meeting for the camp core team, and whatever else comes my way.


Today’s verse of the Day comes to us from Ephesians 4:2 and says:

‘Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. ‘

Ephesians 4:2

So today in the midst of it all, God reminds me that I need to live out my today completely humble and so I can’t be walking around being proud or overbearing. God’s Word speaks to the need of being gentle and so living out my today
kind
 · kindly · tender · benign · humane · lenient · merciful · forgiving · forbearing · sympathetic · considerate · understanding · clement · compassionate · benevolent · kindhearted · tenderhearted · good-natured · sweet-tempered · loving · mild · soft · quiet · shy · demure · modest · humble · retiring · unassuming · still · tranquil · peaceful · peaceable · pacific · placid · serene · reposeful · reverent · meek · docile · lamblike · dove-like. God’s Word continues with the need to be patient that’s right, be
forbearing
 · uncomplaining · tolerant · long-suffering · resigned · stoical · calm · composed · serene · even-tempered · tranquil · imperturbable · unexcitable · accommodating · understanding · indulgent · kind · considerate · longanimous · equanimous · inexcitable · persevering · persistent · tenacious · diligent · assiduous · indefatigable · dogged · determined · resolved · resolute · obstinate · insistent · single-minded · purposeful · pertinacious. Which all comes together with love when He closes it out saying to bear with one another in love. Do you remember what love is? Let’s grab a quick look in 1 Corinthians 13 as a reminder where it says:

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So here we go into week 2 of 2022 with a mission and goal to THRIVE. Let’s grab a hold of it and live it out in love for one another.


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 5 – How has becoming a father changed your perspective on a Father’s love for his children?


So where are you at today? Are you facing a lot of change? Don’t allow yourself to try and carry it alone and get overwhelmed, instead cast it on God who cares for you! Don’t be overwhelmed by it instead overwhelm it with love! If you are feeling the pressures of evil, Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s invite Jesus into our very situation. Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us through our busy today. Let’s be transformed by the renewing of our heart, minds, and souls. Let’s pray:


Love you! Love you more! Love you most!


Ever gotten into one of those games where you try to express how much you care and it gets upped? Ever had someone or been someone who goes one level more? Going from more to most? More is additional or a higher degree than without more right? Most on the other hand is used when it is the greatest amount or degree. So what does it take to go to the level of more? What would it take to get to the greatest level of most?

Where do you turn to understand the degrees of love? Where do you turn to understand the levels of love? Where do you turn to understand the levels of love? Where do you turn to get started understanding what love is? For me I start with 1 Corinthians 13 where it tells me:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Then to compare the levels of love, I go to the reality that God is love and see what God’s Word has to say about that:

‘Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. ‘

1 John 4:8

‘Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. ‘

1 John 4:8-12

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. ‘

John 3:16-18.

God is love and gave us an example of true love. So we ought to love one another. We may not be able to love more than God who loves most but we can live our lives learning and leaning in to be able to love more and more. So as we head into the Christmas season when we celebrate the coming of Jesus, let’s decide to live out this holiday season in and with love. Let’s not only look for and expect the gift of love but let’s be people who are giving generously love to the world around us. Let’s both be friends to others but also decide to receive by faith Jesus into our lives and be called friends of God just like Abraham.

‘And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God , and this [faith] was credited to him [by God] as righteousness and as conformity to His will ,” and he was called the friend of God. ‘

James 2:23

THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 23RD


Can’t Love You More


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. ‘

John 15:13

Let’s look to get the context from the additional version and more details through the Amplified version.

‘ “This is My commandment, that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends. You are my friends if you keep on doing what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you [My] friends, because I have revealed to you everything that I have heard from My Father. You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have appointed and placed and purposefully planted you, so that you would go and bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit will remain and be lasting, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name [as My representative] He may give to you. This [is what] I command you: that you love and unselfishly seek the best for one another. ‘

John 15:12-17

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you just talking the talk but not walking the walk?
  • Are you able to talk the talk and walk the walk?
  • Are you truly committed to your spouse? Do you love them?
  • Are you truly committed to your kids? Do you love them?
  • Are you truly committed to your friends? Do you love them?
  • If we consider that the measure of love as described in today’s verse is sacrifice then what is the level of sacrifice you have or are or will make for them?
  • If we consider that the measure of love as described in today’s verse is sacrifice then how often are you willing to give up your own pleasures in order to meet their’s?
  • If we consider that the measure of love as described in today’s verse is sacrifice then how often are you willing to give up your own comforts in order to meet their’s?
  • If we consider that the measure of love as described in today’s verse is sacrifice then how often are you willing to give up your own desires in order to meet their’s?
  • Do you love them enough to give up your own pleasures, comforts, and desires?
  • Do you love unconditionally?
  • Do you love genuinely?
  • When a test comes during a time of crisis, what does it reveal about the state of your heart and your love for others?
  • Consider soldiers and the commitment, sacrifice, and love they show by being willing to give their lives for one another.
  • Consider all those who have sacrificed their lives for their country, their democracy, their unit but most of all for their friends in the foxhole with them.
  • What about a crisis like chronical illness? What are you able to see through the response of others? Authentic love!
  • Are you able to show authentic love to annoying people by being patient?
  • Are you able to show authentic love to people who habitually and continually offend you by forgiving them?
  • Are you able to show authentic love by speaking the truth rather than just going and hiding?
  • So are you being self-absorbed or self-sacrificing?
  • Selfishness has been something to deal with for a very long time as the Bible teaches us about it. It’s not new! It’s not just something we are having to deal with!
  • Will you be willing to sacrifice even if the other person doesn’t get it?
  • Will you be willing to sacrifice even if the other person doesn’t appreciate it?
  • Will you just choose to live your life to demonstrate God’s love to you, in you, and through you?
  • Will you choose to live your life patiently in the midst of unappreciative and misunderstood people?
  • Will you persevere and allow perseverance to finish its work through the times of trials so that when it finishes its work you will be complete and lacking nothing?
  • Will you live focused on bringing the love of Jesus into the world around you?
  • Will you live your life in order to point people to Jesus and His love and ultimate sacrifice for each of us?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What does authentic love look like to you?
  • In what ways was Christ’s life as much of a sacrifice as His death?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The greatest enemy of Christianity may be people who say they believe in Jesus but who are no longer astonished and amazed. We have allowed screens to beat our imaginations into submissions and have become tourists rather than travelers. We have been stunted by mediocrity…”

Mike Yaconelli, Dangerous Wonder

As we continue through December we have finished the readings of the Tanakh and I thank Sefaria for their resources in helping me to see the Old Testament in a new way and my friend Lionel for having shared this tool with me. As we kicked off December the idea my wife brought up came to mind about going through the book of Luke (who was a doctor) which happens to have 24 chapters so that we can read one a day and complete it in time for Christmas. To get as many details from this I am going to use the Amplified version to try and grasp all the details Luke gives us to consider and learn.

So today we will read Luke 23:

‘Then the whole assembly got up and brought Him before Pilate. They began to accuse Jesus, asserting, “We found this Man misleading and perverting our nation and forbidding us to pay taxes to Caesar, and claiming that He Himself is Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed), a King.” So Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him, “It is just as you say.” Then Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no guilt in this Man.” But they were insistent and said, “He stirs up the people [to rebel], teaching throughout Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as here [in Jerusalem].” When Pilate heard it, he asked whether the man was a Galilean. And when he learned that He belonged to the jurisdiction of Herod [Antipas, the tetrarch of Galilee], he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time.

When Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly pleased. He had wanted to see Him for a long time because of what he had heard about Him, and was hoping to see some [miraculous] sign [even something spectacular] done by Him. And he questioned Him at some length, but Jesus made no reply. The chief priests and the scribes were standing there, continually accusing Him heatedly. And Herod with his soldiers, after treating Him with contempt and mocking and ridiculing Him, dressed Him in a gorgeous robe and sent Him back to Pilate. Now that very day Herod and Pilate became friends with each other—before this they had been enemies.

Pilate summoned the chief priests and the rulers and the people, and said to them, “You brought this man before me as one who corrupts and incites the people to rebellion. After examining Him before you, I have found no guilt in this Man regarding the charges which you make against Him. No, nor has Herod, for he sent Him back to us; and indeed, He has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore I will punish Him [to teach Him a lesson] and release Him.” [ Now he was obligated to release to them one prisoner at the Feast. ] But they [loudly] shouted out all together, saying, “Away with this Man, and release Barabbas to us!” (He was one who had been thrown into prison for an insurrection that happened in the city, and for murder.) Pilate addressed them again, wanting to release Jesus, but they kept shouting out, “Crucify, crucify Him!” A third time he said to them, “Why, what wrong has He done? I have found no guilt [no crime, no offense] in Him demanding death; therefore I will punish Him [to teach Him a lesson] and release Him.” But they were insistent and unrelenting, demanding with loud voices that Jesus be crucified. And their voices began to prevail and accomplish their purpose. Pilate pronounced sentence that their demand be granted. And he released the man they were asking for who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and murder, but he handed over Jesus to their will.

When they led Him away, they seized a man, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in [to the city] from the country, and placed on him the cross to carry behind Jesus. Following Him was a large crowd of the people, including women who were mourning and wailing for Him. But Jesus, turning toward them, said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not given birth, and the breasts that have never nursed.’ Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’ For if they do these things when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?” Two others also, who were criminals, were being led away to be executed with Him.

When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. And Jesus was saying, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.” And they cast lots, dividing His clothes among themselves. Now the people stood by, watching; but even the rulers ridiculed and sneered at Him, saying, “He saved others [from death]; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed) of God, His Chosen One.” The soldiers also mocked Him, coming up to Him and [cruelly] offering Him sour wine, and sarcastically saying, “If you are [really] the King of the Jews, save Yourself [from death]!” Now there was also an inscription above Him: “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” One of the criminals who had been hanged [on a cross beside Him] kept hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us [from death]!” But the other one rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? We are suffering justly, because we are getting what we deserve for what we have done; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” And he was saying, “Jesus, [please] remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” Jesus said to him, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.” It was now about the sixth hour (noon), and darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00 p.m.), because the sun was obscured; and the veil [of the Holy of Holies] of the temple was torn in two [from top to bottom]. And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit!” Having said this, He breathed His last. Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he began praising and honoring God, saying, “Certainly this Man was innocent.” All the crowds who had gathered for this spectacle, when they saw what had happened, began to return [to their homes], beating their breasts [as a sign of mourning or repentance]. And all His acquaintances and the women who had accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, watching these things.

A man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council (Sanhedrin, Jewish High Court), a good and honorable man (he had not consented to the Council’s plan and action) a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for and expecting the kingdom of God; this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. And [after receiving permission] he took it down and wrapped it in a linen [burial] cloth and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had yet been laid. It was the day of preparation [for the Sabbath], and the Sabbath was dawning. Now the women who had come with Him from Galilee followed [closely], and saw the tomb and how His body was laid. Then they went back and prepared spices and ointments and sweet-smelling herbs. And on the Sabbath they rested in accordance with the commandment [forbidding work].’

Luke 23:1-56

So where are you at today? Are you loving? Are you feeling the love? Are you loving first? Are you loving more? Are you loving most? Are you ready to receive true and unconditional love from God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and your life? Are you ready for things to be different? Let’s pray:

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

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A new week begins – lead start it with LOVE!


As we prepare for this day and this week ahead, let’s turn to the ultimate love letter (God’s Word) and the ultimate source of love (which is God) to be filled up to overflowing into the world around us. Ever looked at God’s Word as a love letter to you from your Heavenly Father? God’s Word tells us that God is love and we get the definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 where we read about God’s love, now let’s look to live our lives so that we can replace the word love with our name. Give it a try and see which characteristics of love you need to work on as you start this day.

‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Since God is love, we can replace Love with God and say: God is patient, God is kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, God is not self-seeking, God is not easily angered, God keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

Now give this a try and consider where you need to focus or need to improve: [insert your name here] is patient, [insert your name here] is kind. [insert your name here] does not envy, [insert your name here] does not boast, [insert your name here] is not proud. [insert your name here] does not dishonor others, [insert your name here] is not self-seeking, [insert your name here] is not easily angered, [insert your name here] keeps no record of wrongs. [insert your name here] does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. [insert your name here] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. [insert your name here] never fails.

So considering what authentic love looks like let’s consider before we walk into today what it means and what it will take to live our lives with authentic love and live our lives as love would lead us. Is there something we can do to be more patient or kind? Is there something we can do to be more selfless than selfish? Is there a way to live out today without envying or boasting? Is there something we can do to humble rather than proud? Is there a way to honor others? Is there something we can do to serve others? Is there something we can do to be of good humor or pleased? Is there a way for us to forgive rather than keep a log of the wrongs against us? Is there a way to do the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish so that we can rejoice with and in the truth? How can we protect today? How can we trust today? How can we hope today? How can we persevere today no matter what troubles come our way so that we can consider them pure joy and allow perseverance to finish the work in us?

So are you ready for today? Are you ready to make today count? Are you ready to make today a Happy Today no matter what? Are you ready to rejoice in today because God made it? Are you ready to love in and through today because that is what this world needs and what God wants? Remember how the commandments were summarized in two love commmands?

  • Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ — Mark 12:30
  • The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” — Mark 12:31

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for November 8th


Authentic Love


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”’

John 13:34-35

Let’s get a bit more context about when Jesus said this and use the Amplified version in case it gives us some more details.

‘So when Judas had left, Jesus said, “Now is [the time for] the Son of Man [to be] glorified, and God is glorified in Him; [if God is glorified in Him,] God will also glorify Him (the Son) in Himself, and will glorify Him at once. Little children, I am with you [only] a little longer. You will look for Me and, as I told the Jews, so I tell you now, ‘Where I am going, you are not able to come.’ I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I am going, you cannot follow Me now; but you will be able to follow later.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why cannot I follow You now? I will lay down my life for You!” Jesus answered, “Will you [really] lay down your life for Me? I assure you and most solemnly say to you, before a rooster crows you will deny and completely disown Me three times.’

John 13:31-38

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • There is a difference between being impressed and being transformed.
  • Flashy stuff or experiences can impress but it takes authentic love to bring transformation.
  • Will you choose to live your life with authentic love in order that those questioning this love that Christians speak of is for real?
  • Are you ready to live your life with authentic love that shows how Jesus in you touches hearts and changes lives?
  • Are you ready to live your life showing love in action? Not just chit chat but in action.
  • Are you ready to live your life with authentic love in order to break through the hypocrisy that others have heard or seen before?
  • So are you loving your brothers and sisters in Christ?
  • Today’s verse speaks that this is like a litmus test that will allow others to know it is for real.
  • Today’s verse speaks that this is like a litmus test that will allow others to know we are following Jesus.
  • You know you are being watched right?
  • You do realize you are being watched right? What type of a role model are you being?
  • Ever feel like somebody’s watching you?
  • What does authentic love in action look like to you?
    • Is it trying to mend a broken heart?
    • Is it showing up at the hospital when someone was hurt or sick?
    • Is it bringing a meal or some friendly company to someone who is stuck at or just got home from the hospital?
    • Is it showing up to help put the pieces together after a blowup or breakup?
    • Is it being present in the moments of need?
    • Is it stepping up or stepping in to help?
    • Is it listenting when nobody else will?
  • People will wonder if what we are talking about is for real.
  • It is our actions through authentic love that proves that it is for real.
  • The overflowing and outpouring of God’s love through our relationship with Jesus!
  • Our loyalty to Jesus is demonstrated through our authentic love for one another.
  • Let’s be Jesus with skin on to the world around us!
  • Let’s be Jesus’s hands reaching out and arms embracing to the needy people around us.
  • So let’s be ready to be living out authentic love to the people God brings into our lives.
  • Let’s make sure we pass the litmus test of authentic love!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How would you define “authetic love”? What does inauthentic love look like?
  • What is one thing you can do today to demonstrate authentic love to someone in need?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Love each other as God love each one of you, with an intense and particular love. Be kind to each other: it is better to commit faults with gentleness than to work miracles with unkindness.”

Mother Teresa

“Learn to love and you learn to serve.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Nehemiah 7 – Let’s come together and do our part.
  • Nehemiah 8 – If you don’t remember then go back to the source, the Word of God.
  • Nehemiah 9 – Reflect and remember all that God has done.

So where are you today? Are you ready to be filled with love so that you can overflow love into the lives of others? Are you ready to fill your heart with love so that from the overflow of your heart the words your mouth speaks will be in love? Let’s invite Jesus into our hearts as the fountain of love to help clean it up and clean it out, filling it to overflowing with love! Let’s pray:

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

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What would it take for you to invite someone to be comfortable and be themselves?


When you are at work are there people that you have built relationships with to whom you can invite them to a meeting, a party, or even your house and tell them to make themselves comfortable and feel free to be themselves like this was all about them? When you are at home are there people out there that you have built relationships with to whom you would invite to make themselves comfortable in your home and act like they were at home? 

What would it take for you to feel that comfortable or sure and open that door? Would there have to be a level of trust? Would there have to be a level of understanding? Would there have to be a level of love? Would there have to be a level of commitment? Would there have to be a good relationship? 

Ok, so someone comes over to visit you at your place. Do you welcome them in? Do you help them get in and get settled? Do you say “make yourself at home”? Why or why not? What is the decision or tipping point to you being able to open that door? 


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 30th


Make Yourself At Home


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. ‘

John 14:23

Ever considered the context of this message? Do you realize the relationship Jesus had been forming with these men? Do you realize the place God had in their hearts? Let’s check out a bit more context in this conversation and add details with the Amplified version.


‘ And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. On that day [when that time comes] you will know for yourselves that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you. The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].” Judas (not Iscariot) asked Him, “Lord, what has happened that You are going to reveal Yourself to us and not to the world?” Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him. One who does not [really] love Me does not keep My words. And the word (teaching) which you hear is not Mine, but is the Father’s who sent Me. “I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will help you remember everything that I have told you. Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] You heard Me tell you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming back to you.’ If you [really] loved Me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going [back] to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does take place, you may believe and have faith [in Me]. I will not speak with you much longer, for the ruler of the world (Satan) is coming. And he has no claim on Me [no power over Me nor anything that he can use against Me]; but so that the world may know [without any doubt] that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father has commanded Me [and act in full agreement with Him]. Get up, let us go from here.’

John 14:16-31

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • If God left this message for His disciples don’t you think we should pick it up too?
  • Love God! Loving God is linked to obeying God!
  • Obey God! God richly rewards our faithfulness!
    • ‘ “If you [really] love Me, you will keep and obey My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor—Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), to be with you forever— the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive [and take to its heart] because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He (the Holy Spirit) remains with you continually and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans [comfortless, bereaved, and helpless]; I will come [back] to you. ‘ John 14:15-18
    • ‘The person who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him [I will make Myself real to him].” ‘ John 14:21
    • ‘Jesus answered, “If anyone [really] loves Me, he will keep My word (teaching); and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our dwelling place with him. ‘ John 14:23
  • Let’s grab hold of Jesus’s promises of a rich relationship with God out of our obedience driven by love!
  • Let’s grab hold of the reality of feeling at home with God as we read in verse 23.
  • We need to be in relationship with God who we know and trust!
  • When we don’t know someone important who comes into our homes we feel on edge because we don’t know what to expect or if we are living up to the situation.
  • When we know someone well, a friend or family member, and they come into the house you are prepared and can experience anticipation rather than fear.
  • You are able to kick back with them, talk, listen, unwind, and speak to and from the heart.
  • You are able to deal with quiet moments or disruptions without fear or worry.
  • You are able to pick right back up like you didn’t miss a beat.
  • You are able to fill each others tanks because of the love and understanding.
  • You are feel great and at peace because you know they love you and you can trust them.
  • It’s unconditional love and so there is no pretenses, no masks, and no head games.
  • By building that loving and trusting relationship with God opens the door for such conversations and time together, with the same stress free moments together.
  • Don’t take God for granted or even consider that you are on the same level as Him.
  • Let’s decide to love and obey God as we would do or want with a close friend.
  • Let’s decide to live our lives as ambassadors to our loving King.
  • Let’s decide to live our lives with love and obedience as the loved child we are of our very powerful Father.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What does it mean to you to be at home with God?
  • Are your love for God and your obedience to Him making you feel more at home with Him? Why or why not?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“It is the most astounding thing what happened to a tax gatherer, a fisherman, a farmer and a small business man — the disciples — when they lived with Jesus. They were transformed as the marvelous alchemy of His spirit had its way with them.”

Henry Drummond

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you today? Where are you with others? Where are you at with God? Are you loving and obeying God and feeling at home? Are you feeling a bit uncomfortable at times because you miss the market on one of those areas? Loving God? Obeying God? Are you ready to step up and step in to live your life in alignment with God? Are you ready to live a life of love out of obedience to God? Are you ready to get started on your journey today? Let’s pray:

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

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Needing some comfort today?


Yesterday set me in a position where I need God’s favor, God’s help, and most of all God’s comfort in the midst of it all. Be it a miscommunication associated with my daughter’s home coming transportation and so now trying to see if we can still get a bus for the right day. Be it getting what the team needs from a different team to be able to get things done for that other team. Be it working out dates for a camp (which looks to be coming together, thanks be to God!). I am starting this day both with needs of divine intervention as well as God’s comfort to support and encourage me through it all.

So I invite the Holy Spirit into each situation for He is my comforter and my guide. So I lift each of these needs up and cast them on God because He cares for me. My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus’ blood and righteousness! And so I ask for God’s peace that surpasses all understanding to guard my heart and my mind in order to get through this day with hope and peace by the grace and comfort of God!

How about you? Do you have something weighing on you? Do you have something that needs prayer? If you would like someone to join with you in prayer, please feel free to email prayerrequest@from2005toeternity.com so I can pray with you. God knows what we have need of before we ask. Are you willing to humble yourself enough to ask? Are you ready for God’s peace that surpasses all understanding to enter into your situation? Are you ready to be comforted by the comforter who is the Holy Spirit? Are you ready to receive comforting? Are you ready to give comfort? What is it that today will be for each of us?


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


Bringing Comfort


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. ‘

II Corinthians 1:3-4

Today’s verse is an interesting one where we learn how God is comforting us so that we are able to comfort others in the midst of the troubles that are taking place. Let’s learn from how God comforts us in order to be able to comfort others. Let’s grab hold of the full context of this as verses 3-7 speak to Comfort in Suffering and verses 8-11 speak to Delivered from Suffering. Let’s grab hold of God’s truth and God’s promises. Remember the promise that He will not leave us and will not forsake and will not abandon us! Let’s check out the greater context using the Amplified version:

‘Blessed [gratefully praised and adored] be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For just as Christ’s sufferings are ours in abundance [as they overflow to His followers], so also our comfort [our reassurance, our encouragement, our consolation] is abundant through Christ [it is truly more than enough to endure what we must]. But if we are troubled and distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted and encouraged, it is for your comfort, which works [in you] when you patiently endure the same sufferings which we experience. And our hope for you [our confident expectation of good for you] is firmly grounded [assured and unshaken], since we know that just as you share as partners in our sufferings, so also you share as partners in our comfort. ‘

2 Corinthians 1:3-7

‘For we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about our trouble in [the west coast province of] Asia [Minor], how we were utterly weighed down, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life [itself]. Indeed, we felt within ourselves that we had received the sentence of death [and were convinced that we would die, but this happened] so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. He rescued us from so great a threat of death, and will continue to rescue us. On Him we have set our hope. And He will again rescue us [from danger and draw us near], while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then thanks will be given by many persons on our behalf for the gracious gift [of deliverance] granted to us through the prayers of many [believers]. ‘

2 Corinthians 1:8-11

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you like pain?
  • Do you question pain and suffering?
  • Are you one of those people who say “no pain, no gain”?
  • Are you someone who makes a funny face when someone says “no pain, no gain”?
  • Do you ever wonder where God is in the midst of the pain or suffering?
  • Do you ever wonder why this is happening?
  • Ever reflected on the various reasons for suffering that are called out in the Bible?
    • natural disasters
    • consequences of our own sins
    • effects of other people’s sins on us
  • We may or may not ever figure out the cause or the reason.
  • We can’t control what happens to us but we can control our response.
  • So when it happens (and if it hasn’t yet, it will as we read in John 16:33) we can take hold of Jesus’s additional statement to take heart because He has overcome the world and as such we have 2 things we can include in our response:
    • turn to God for comfort
    • comfort others who are in pain too
  • God never promised that life would be pain-free.
  • Beware of preachers who try and tell you or even promise you unlimited prosperity and wealth for they are hoaxes and not biblical.
  • God does promise to be with us in and through the pain and suffering though. He promises that we won’t have to go through it alone!
  • He offers for us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us!
  • He promises that our pain will never be in vain!
  • He promises to step into the very situation in order to give us comfort in and through the experience.
  • Remember that what the devil planned for evil God is able to turn around and use for good!
  • So invite God in so that you can feel His presence in the midst of the pain and suffering!
  • So invite God in so that He can provide you with comfort in the midst of your pain and suffering!
  • So invite God in so that He can provide enough comfort that you will be able to comfort others even in the midst of your own pain and suffering!
  • So let’s cling to God through this time! No matter how long or short it may be, let’s not let go but instead let God in and cling to Him through it all!
  • Let’s cling to God and allow His mercy and His comfort to help us!
  • We need Him to be comforting us to be in any shape or form to be able to comfort others!
  • With God’s comforting we are then able to comfort those who are in despair, feeling emptiness and heartache.
  • Let’s not try to coverup or camouflage the situations but be real in and through them.
  • Let’s not try to use canned phrases or methods to try and comfort others but instead allow the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and discernment for the very situation!
  • Let’s be present! The ministry of presence can be sufficient to help us in the midst of our troubles and pain and suffering.
  • Let’s be present! Let’s allow God’s wisdom to help us to keep quiet or to speak as He leads! We don’t want to say something that will make it worse!
  • We need to grab hold of God’s mercy and grace and how it comforted us. We need to remember and experience God’s kindness, tenderness, patience, and love in the dark times in order to be able to support others when they are in their dark times!
  • Let’s not forget what God has done and let’s use it to help others!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when you were hurting. What questions did you ask? What brought real comfort?
  • Who are some people around you today who need to be comforted? What will you do?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“There is nothing you will ever face that you and God can’t handle. The Lord promises us He will give us the grace to bear whatever burden comes our way.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you in need of comforting? Are you supposed to come alongside someone to help comfort them as God has comforted you? Are you in the midst of being comforted and still need to be able to comfort others? Are you in need of help to be filled up in order to share? Let’s turn to God and turn to prayer for help in navigating where we are at:

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

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Who can you love?


Are you someone who walks around with unconditional love for everyone? Are you someone who is able to love those who oppose, reject, attack, deceive, trick, and misrepresent you? Are you someone who is able to love those who society seems to reject; the homeless, the widows, the orphans, the imprisoned, and those who have different views from you? Are you someone who only loves those who love you? Who do you love? Who will you love? Who can you love?

Do you remember what love is? Let’s grab the definition from 1 Corinthians 13 which says:

‘Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So knowing what love is, who can you love? Who will you love? Who do you love? Do you realize that God loves you so much He wrote you a letter called the Bible? Have you ever seen, heard, or watched The Father’s Love Letter?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 8th


Can You Love The Unlovely?


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, ‘

Matthew 5:44

Let’s grasp a bit more context on this one and use the Amplified version to acquire even more context:

‘ “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor (fellow man) and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may [show yourselves to] be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on those who are evil and on those who are good, and makes the rain fall on the righteous [those who are morally upright] and the unrighteous [the unrepentant, those who oppose Him]. For if you love [only] those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that? And if you greet only your brothers [wishing them God’s blessing and peace], what more [than others] are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles [who do not know the Lord] do that? You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.’

Matthew 5:43-48

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Does it make sense to you to love those who love you?
  • Does it make sense to you to love those who hate you?
  • The world seems to work in a way that people love those who love them but hate those who hate them.
  • God’s Kingdom is different and runs by different rules as Jesus explains and commands.
  • God is aware of how human nature works but Jesus calls us to a higher standard!
  • Jesus calls us to be different, radical, and counterculture in how we choose to love!
  • Jesus calls us to not only love those who love us but to go the extra step to love those who annoy or antagonize us.
  • Jesus calls us to not only love those who love us but to go the extra step to love those who try to hurt us and even curse us.
  • Remember how God is treating us? While we were yet sinners Christ died for us!
  • Remember how God loves us? God so loves the world that He gave His one and only Son!
  • We had and have nothing to offer Him and yet He decided to go above and beyond to make a way to makes things right!
  • Even with our arrogance, rebellion, and apathy, He cares enough and cared enough, He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to conquer sin and the grave in order to make a way for us to be reconciled to Him!
  • God cares and loves us so much that Jesus went to the cross and died for us, to pay the price that we could never pay on our own!
  • The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord!
  • Let’s stop being so selfish and miss out on the opportunity to love others as Jesus loves us!
  • Let’s stop being selfish and put our focus and our love on God and others!
  • Remember how the commandments can be summarized by love God and love people?
  • God hasn’t given up on us and He keeps loving us!
  • How will you choose to respond? Will you accept and receive the gift of grace? Will you pass it on to the people around you, including the unlovely?
  • We all have a choice to make today: Will we choose to be selfish and not love everyone God brings across our path? Will we choose to be like God and love everyone God brings across our path?
  • Is it going to be easy? Probably not.
  • Is it going to be worth it? Definitely!
  • Let’s not try to go it on our own and alone but instead choose love and go it with God!
  • Let’s decide to go it with God who will lead us, fill us, and use us to change lives!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • In what ways is “loving the unlovely” like God?
  • What steps can you take today to be a display case of God’s grace?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Loving the lovely is an easy test to pass. Loving the unlovely requires much patience and wisdom.”

— Ike Reighard
Screenshot of the Google Books display of the above quote

“The best way for our faith to grow and expand is by expressing that faith to others.”

— Zig Ziglar
Screenshot of the Google Books display of the above quote

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you able to love the unlovely? Do you need to be filled up with God’s love to overflow for it to even be a consideration? Are you ready to turn to God and ask Him to fill you to overflowing with such love? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart so that you will be filled with the fountain of love that will never run dry? Let’s pray:

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

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What is the answer to “Why do you …?” Is it LOVE?


Why you do something can be questioned by some in an effort to determine your motivation and purpose. For some it is the love people. For others it is the love of money. For some it is the love of position or power. For some it is the love of the product or service. For some it is the love of family. What is your motivation for what you are doing today? What is the purpose behind what you are doing and how you are doing it?

We know why Jesus came to the earth, it was out of love. We know why the Father send Jesus and had Jesus go through all He did, it was love for you and me. We know that God’s commandments can all be summarized in two love statements: LOVE God! Love People!

So are you ready to live out your today with LOVE being the motivation and the purpose? Are you ready to live out your today with LOVE as your fuel source? Do you remember what love is and what love looks like? Let’s take a moment and reflect on it before we jump into today’s devotional.

‘Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So let’s be patient and kind! Let’s avoid being envious, boastful, and proud! Let’s be honoring to and of others! Let’s be selfless rather than selfish! Let’s keep from being easily angered! Let’s not be keeping records of wrong! Let’s rejoice in the truth rather than in evil! Let’s protect! Let’s trust! Let’s hope! Let’s persevere! Let’s live so filled with and overflowing with LOVE that through God we can live out our lives with all things being possible and seeing how LOVE never fails!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 5th


Jesus Loves Them


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” ‘

Matthew 19:14

Let’s bubble out a bit to get more context around what Jesus was sharing with the people and try to grasp some additional insights by using the Amplified translation:

‘Then children were brought to Jesus so that He might place His hands on them [for a blessing] and pray; but the disciples reprimanded them. But He said, “Leave the children alone, and do not forbid them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” After placing His hands on them [for a blessing], He went on from there.’

Matthew 19:13-15

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think of people in tiers?
  • Do you think of people in classes of society?
  • Do you think of people at different levels?
  • Do you realize how in the old days and in some societies today they still do tier men, women, and children in distant third place?
  • Have you ever noticed how when Jesus came on the scene that He tipped things upside down?
  • It is kind of like how in some companies they use the upside down pyramid to explain the org where the person at the top is at the bottom and the people who are the workers are at the top?
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Which model of leadership are you following or seeing?
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Are you old school traditional leadership or new school emerging leadership model?
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Do you realize the benefits of flipping things on their head to make things better?
  • Back to Jesus flipping things on their heads, we see examples where He broke the mold of accepted religious behaviors.
  • We see how He reached out and touched the lives of those who were sinning or sinners and far from God in order to love them and draw them closer to God.
  • We see how instead of ignoring women that He reached out to them (like the woman at the well) and included them in His circle as equals.
  • We see how He loved and included the children as we read in today’s verse.
  • Jesus honored them and welcomed them into His inner circle, His life, and into His heart.
  • We need to make sure we prioritize our kids but not just their activities and schedules but also their emotional and spiritual lives too.
  • We need to make time and leave energy to be able to pour into their lives.
  • When we consider our priorities are we also putting our efforts and energies in those same areas?
  • If you say your priorities are God, your wife, your kids, and then everything else and you check out your calendar, your checkbook, your schedule would it prove out to be true? Or would it reveal some adjustment may need to be instated/installed?
  • Let’s take our cues from Jesus!
  • Let’s see our children the way He did and does!
  • Let’s treat them with respect!
  • Let’s treat them with patience!
  • Let’s treat them with LOVE!
  • Let’s carve out time to love on them just like Jesus did!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • To what extent are children in your life a joy, an annoyance, or a burden?
  • What are some thing that need to change so that you can devote more emotional energy and time to them?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Start your child’s day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Job 1 (Sometimes you go through troubles and trials not because you are out of the will of God but because you are in the will of God and the devil is coming after you and God wants to build up your faith, your strength, your perseverance and to showcase and highlight His work in and through your life)
  • Job 2 (We may not understand why we are facing the trials and troubles, the sorrows and pain
  • Job 3 (God is ok to talk it out and listen to you. God is with you in and through it all. God’s love is greater and stronger than even your closest friends)

So where are you at today? Are you being challenged by having to lead with love? Are you being challenged by having to love, invest, and support the children? Are you being challenged to love them? Are you being challenged with trials or troubles? What are you going to do about it? Where are you going to turn? Are you ready to turn to God and allow Him to work in and through you and the situations you are facing? Let’s pray:

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

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Who deserves to live?


Is life important to you? Is living important to you? Do you think everyone deserves to live? Do you think everyone should get a change to live? What does life mean to you? What does living mean to you?

Are you someone who leads with love because you think everyone’s life is important? Are you someone who leads with love because you think everyone’s life matters? Are you someone who leads with love because you think everyone deserves to live?

What is life? How do you define it? What is living? How do you define it?

What has life? What is living? What doesn’t have life? What isn’t living?

Do you think life is inviolable? Do you think life is absolute? Do you think life should be considered or regarded as too important or valuable to be interfered with? Do you think life should be set apart? Do you think life should be protected? Do you think life should be defended? Do you think life should be secure?

So as you consider your today, is there anything that would change your answer to “Who deserves to live?”?

Do you realize how important you and your life are? Do you realize who your life is important to?

Would you be ready to give life a chance? Would you be ready for your life to change?

Are you willing to give life a chance for someone else? Would you be ready to allow someone else’s life to be changed?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for August 7th


Sanctity of Life


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“You shall not murder.’

Exodus 20:13

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever killed someone? Most of us haven’t and can check the commandment from today’s verse off the list.
  • Ever taken a hold of how Jesus raised the bar on the commandments and what He said as it relates to this one?
  • Remember how he upped the game when He said if we look at someone with lust that we have committed adultery in our hearts?
  • On the topic of murder, He upped the game too by saying we shouldn’t hate as hating someone is the same as murder!
  • Remember how Jesus encapsulated the 10 Commandments in 2? Love God! Love People!
  • Are you ready to forgive rather than hate?
  • We need to get rid of hate in our hearts! We can’t allow it to take root!
  • We need to allow the Holy Spirit to help us with anger and resentment so that it doesn’t turn into hate!
  • We need to give those negative thoughts and feelings over to God rather than dwelling on them and allowing them to become hate!
  • We need to give those negative thoughts and feelings over to God in order to find and be able to have reconciliation and forgiveness!
  • We need to give up grudges so that we aren’t holding onto hatred! We need to forgive others so God will forgive us! Remember that lesson I learned about forgiveness? Ever checked out the Story Slam I shared on forgiveness?
  • So let’s not allow hate to take root in our hearts for it is the opposite of love and so we need to allow love to overpower and overwhelm hate and replace it in our hearts!
  • Want to look into what the Bible says about hate? Check these out:
    • 1 John 4:19-20
    • 1 John 2:8-11
    • 1 John 1:6
    • 1 John 3:14-15
    • Leviticus 19:17-18
    • Psalm 97:10
    • Romans 12:9
    • Proverbs 13:5
    • Proverbs 8:13
    • Proverbs 10:12
    • 1 Peter 4:8
    • 1 John 4:7
    • Malachi 1:2-3
    • Proverbs 6:16-19
    • Psalm 5:5
    • Psalm 11:5
    • Matthew 5:23-24
    • Hebrews 12:15
    • Ephesians 4:31
    • Matthew 10:22
    • Matthew 24:9
    • Ecclesiastes 3:7-8
    • Proverbs 10:18
    • Galatians 5:20-21
    • Genesis 37:3-5
  • Do you realize it is ok to hate evil though?
  • Do you realize it is ok to hate falsehood?
  • Do you realize it is ok to hate what God hates?
  • Do you realize that the key is to let love have the power?
  • Do you realize what can happen to you if you allow yourself to hate?
  • Do you realize what can happen if you aren’t quick to forgive?
  • Don’t allow bitterness to take root and cause hatred to have a home in your heart!
  • Let’s receive God’s gift of grace in order to be able to share it with others and love our enemies rather than wanting to kill them!
  • God searches our hearts, not just what is on the outside!
  • Since God knows what is in our heart, hatred in there is equivalent to murder!
  • God is checking out our motives and intentions!
  • Have you accepted and received God’s forgiveness?
  • Have you found that it helps you be able to forgive others?
  • Don’t seek revenge, give it over to God for He has said that vengeance is His!
  • So let’s go to the next level that Jesus has called us to!
  • Let’s not hate our enemies but let’s love them!
  • Let’s lead with love and forgiveness!
  • Let’s pray for those who persecute us!
  • Let’s treat others better than they treat us!
  • Let’s treat others the way we want to be treated!
  • Let’s lead with love so that there is no sign of hatred and hence no accusations of murder!
  • Let’s follow God’s purpose and example for our lives!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What do you think Jesus meant when He said that hatred is like murder?
  • Is there animosity in your heart that needs to be replaced with God’s love? If so, how can that happen?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Wicked men obey from fear; good men, from love.”

Aristotle

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What is the state of your heart? Remember how from the overflow of your heart the mouth speaks? What are your words saying about the state of your heart? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to bring healing and health? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and Savior? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to get rid of the negative and harmful things stored up in your heart from the past? Have you invited Jesus into your heart to help you uproot the bitterness and anger that has found root in your heart? If not, would you consider it today? Let’s pray:

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

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Do you remember falling in love? Who said “I love you” first?


When I say the word LOVE what comes to your mind? What is your definition of LOVE? Where did you find it or figure it out? Was it from your upbringing or how you were raised? Was it through television and movies? Was it from the dictionary or the bible? Has it stayed the same? Has it evolved over time? Is it now constant or does it continue to fluctuate like the definitions in the dictionary do? Is the word LOVE overused and in so caused it to become different?

I have noticed over time that there are new words that show up in the dictionary. I have noticed over time that the definitions of words changes in the dictionary. Is LOVE a verb or a noun? Let’s take some snapshots of what various dictionaries say about the word LOVE:

Collins Dictionary says:

Definition of love according to Collins Dictionary - https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/love

Dictionary.com says:

The definition of LOVE according to dictionary.com - https://www.dictionary.com/browse/love

Cambridge dictionary says:

The definition of LOVE according to the Cambridge dictionary: https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/love

These are all based on what the dictionary says today. I found this other source of 36 definitions of LOVE.

I also found a post that asks the question Does it seem that the meaning of love has changed over the years? – Quora. The interesting answer we find there is no because “It is a universal value like good, truth, justice and beauty. Those values, including love, are timeless, immortal, and never changing.

Now, the one definition of LOVE I prefer comes from God’s Word, from the Bible, from the source of LOVE as God is LOVE. If we could replace the world LOVE in this definition with our own as we can with God then we would be able to truly live out and understand the definition of LOVE. So let’s check out the definition we find in 1 Corinthians 13 that says:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So what is LOVE? LOVE is patience, kindness, generous, modest, humble, honoring, unselfish, well tempered, forgiving, rejoices in the truth, protects, trusts, hopes, perseveres, succeeds, and thrives. Love is unconditional!

God’s definition just like Himself, never changes! God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and since God is LOVE so is LOVE! Imagine if we all lived out our lives with this kinds of love and with this definition as our definition of LOVE.

So now you know what love is! Reading God’s Word and understanding His character will help you see it in action! Jesus is the ultimate example in His sacrifice on the cross that we could all be forgiven and reconciled to God! God the Father didn’t send Jesus to condemn the world but rather that through Jesus we could all have the opportunity to make the decision to receive Jesus, love God, and be saved! So where are you at today? Are you living in God’s love for you? Are you receiving God’s mercy and grace through Jesus Christ? Are you wanting or needing such unconditional love in your life? Could today be the beginning of your LOVE and faith journey with Jesus?

If you want to jump ahead and pray now, I will wait here for you to come back before we continue into today’s devotional. Jump to the end of the post to find the prayer and then come on back to check out today’s devotional.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 30th


Before We Loved Him


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ‘

Romans 5:8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever imagined if our human relationships would be based on love rather than mutual attraction and benefits?
  • Do you only enjoy your friends because they make you feel good?
  • Did you get attracted to your spouse because they made you feel more alive?
  • Do you only do your job because it provides satisfaction and a salary?
  • If that is the case and things get tough, how do you fare? how long does it last? how long will it last?
  • When things get tough are you able to last or are you looking for a way out?
  • What if they were all based on unconditional love instead? Imagine if we viewed them all as commitments!
  • What if out of love we stuck with them through thick and thin?
  • What if out of love, even when they push us to our lives and we may not like them or their behaviors, we still love them.
  • Ever realized how radical God’s love is for us?
  • Ever realized how He gave us freewill to choose and as such doesn’t demand compliance to rules?
  • Ever realized how He gave us freewill to choose and as such doesn’t require certain behavior for us to win His love?
  • God gives His love liberally, freely, and without conditions!
  • Remember earlier when we looked up the definition of Love in the Bible and said that we can replace LOVE with GOD?
  • Let’s check out another scripture we have with a message from Paul:
    • ‘In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, ‘ Ephesians 1:7-8
  • God doesn’t love us because we deserve it, He is love, and that is why it is called grace!
  • God’s love is free and unmerited!
  • God’s love and perfect and doesn’t change, it doesn’t grow when we are behaving or shrink when we are rebellious, apathetic, or selfish!
  • God doesn’t love us because we are worthy, He loves us because that is who He is!
  • He didn’t wait to love us for us to come to our senses! He loved first!
  • As we read in today’s verse “while we were yet sinners” Jesus died for us! He paid the ultimate price, once and for all!
  • All we need to do is accept it, receive it, and invite Him into our lives in order to be saved!
  • God’s not a Hallmark movie that is sappy or sentimental! God’s love is bold, active, and moves towards us!
  • God wants to win your heart!
  • God’s unconditional love was demonstrated when Jesus died for our sins on the cross!
  • Don’t doubt or worry if God really cares! If and when you do, look and remember the cross!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe the most selfless love you have ever seen.
  • Thank God for His unconditional and radical love for you.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”

― C.T. Studd

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So, where are you at today? Are you looking for love in all the wrong places? Are you looking for love in too many faces? Are you ready to know what love is? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart in order to learn about and receive God’s LOVE? It’s unconditional! Let’s pray:

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

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Do you know your neighbor?


Ever gone somewhere with a large group and then played ice-breaker games to help people meet each other? Ever done ice-breaker games where it helps you get to connect at some level with others in the group? Ever done ice-breaker games where it has created new connections with people you didn’t know? what about people you did know?

What about where you live? If you consider the neighbors on your street, do you know the people next door? Do you know the people across the street? How many houses away do you know the people? In a culture with automatic garage door openers, do you get out enough to get to know your neighbor or do you push a button and get into your car or out of your car and never really get to know your neighbor? What about holidays like nation’s birthday, do you get together with your neighbors or do you go and meet with others you already know? Do you know your neighbors? Do you know if or when there is a need? Do you know if or when there is something you can do to help? How do you get connected or stay connected with people?

Who is your neighbor? Ever considered the story of the Good Samaritan to help you with the answer?

‘On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’ ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” ‘

Luke 10:25-37

So, do you know your neighbor?


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


Your Neighbor


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”’

Mark 12:31

If you remember yesterday’s post titled Will you allow your life be know by love? Will you be so filled that you keep pouring out? spoke to the first and most important command related to loving God. Today’s continues into the second which when combined with the first enables us to fulfill all the law. Let’s check it out in full context and use the Amplified to see if it can give us a few more tips or pointers.

‘Then one of the scribes [an expert in Mosaic Law] came up and listened to them arguing [with one another], and noticing that Jesus answered them well, asked Him, “Which commandment is first and most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The first and most important one is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.’ This is the second: ‘You shall [unselfishly] love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” The scribe said to Him, “Admirably answered, Teacher; You truthfully stated that H e is O ne , and there is no other but Him ; and to love Him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength , and to [unselfishly] love one’s neighbor as oneself , is much more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.” When Jesus saw that he answered thoughtfully and intelligently, He said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that, no one would dare to ask Him any more questions. ‘

Mark 12:28-34

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • The greatest commandment is to love God with all your heart, and with all your soul (life), and with all your mind (thought, understanding), and with all your strength.
  • The love of God and loving God puts all of our being in the right frame of mind and our heart filled with love so that it can overflow into the people God brings into our lives.
  • The second commandment is also about love and is to unselfishly love our neighbor as ourselves.
  • Do you love your neighbor as much as you love yourself?
  • Do you love your neighbor as much as you love your pets?
  • Do you love your neighbor enough to help meet their needs?
  • Do you respond to your neighbor’s needs the same way as you do your own? That is when you have the need you meet it?
  • Does your love reflex for others, for your neighbors cause you to see a need to step up to meet it?
  • Are you too consumed with your own needs that you are missing out the needs of others and as such missing out the opportunity to be able to meet their needs?
  • Are you so focused on your own needs that you are too tired, too drained, out of energy, out of gas to be able to consider or look to meet the needs of your neighbors when you get home?
  • Would you consider realigning your life to be able to be in the right frame of mind and perspective to be able to have the energy and the will and the desire to connect with your neighbors, see their needs, and fill them?
  • Would consider starting with those in your own home? Would you then consider expanding it to your neighbors?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe what it means to love someone the way you love yourself.
  • What are some practical things you can do to have some energy to devote to loving others?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The highest and best way to love others is to apply the SALT Principle:

See others as Jesus sees them.

Accept others as Jesus accepts them.

Love others as Jesus loves them.

Touch others as Jesus touches them.”

— Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So are you curious about how to better love your neighbor? Are you ready to ask Jesus into your heart to help you on this endeavor? Let’s pray:

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

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When you see a need do you fill it?


As I was reading this morning from The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett, the need of people in the community was discussed and in particular the one that hit home for me was in relations to the kids in the foster care system who age out. Imagine having been in a system where you have been taken away from your parents and put into other family’s homes and then when you turn 18 someone shows up and tells you that you are on your own. Imagine the situation you find yourself in. Imagine the confusion or the needs or the troubles in addition to everything else you had to go through and now are facing. In today’s reading their church saw the need and so asked their church to give suitcases filled with everything you would need at 18 to fill in this situation. He also shared how they go with the caseworkers and offer them support through the Dream Center including housing, schooling, training, and more. They are an example of people who saw a need and decided by the power of God to fill it.

Where are you at today? Do you see a need in your neighborhood? Do you see a need in your community? Do you see a need at work? Do you see a need at your kid’s sporting event? Do you see a need at the schools? If you see the need, is there something you might be able to do to fill it? Might God have allowed you to see it in order that He could use you to fill it? Will you listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirit? Will you be obedient to God’s call to make a difference and be the difference in the life of someone in need? Could today be the day you learn their name? Could today be their day to have an encounter with love? Could today be their day to have an encounter with God? Could you be His hands and arms extended? Could you be His legs and feet going? Is today your day?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 26th


God of Deliverance


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.’

Psalms 91:14

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • God delivers!
  • God is our deliverer!
  • How God delivers isn’t always how we might have thought or expected.
  • When God delivers isn’t always in the timing we would have hoped or wanted.
  • We need to come humbly asking rather than pridefully demanding
  • God knows everything and He know the right way and the right time, so if we demand something that would be the wrong way or would be at the wrong time then we would be setting ourselves up for a potential worse fate and so we need to lean in on Him rather than our own understanding and trust Him, His ways, and His timing!
  • Would you rather do it God’s way or demand your own way and find disappointment?
  • If you demand and then find disappointment, if you don’t stop it can become discouragement!
  • Faith is trusting in God, no matter what!
  • Faith is trusting in God even when you don’t feel it or see it!
  • We might not be able to see it with our physical eyes but we can still trust God is at work through our faith!
  • Let’s take hold of God’s purposes, ways, timing, and promises!
  • Let’s remember how God’s ways are not our ways but are rather higher than our ways!
  • In the midst of our troubles, we can take heart, even when we don’t see the answer yet!
  • In the midst of our trials, we can consider it pure joy, even when we don’t feel the difference or see the answer!
  • Let’s put our trust in God more than being oblivious to the reality of the situation we are going through!
  • Let’s put our trust that God is at work and in His perfect timing He will deliver us!
  • Some times it takes going through the tough times for us to be able to learn and grow most!
  • Like the Psalm says about when we are in the valley, let’s not give up nor fear evil!
    • Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. — Psalm 23:4
  • Let’s trust God when we are on the highest mountain tops and also when we are in the lowest valley lows!
  • Let’s trust God to lead us and guide us through it all!
  • Let’s trust God will lead us out of the valleys!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

When we experience difficulties, what are some differences between demanding answers from God and trusting that He will deliver us in His way and in His time?
  • Demanding makes it look like we are in control and when or if it doesn’t happen like we are asking it can lead to disappointment or worse to discouragement!
What are some of the lessons we learn in life’s valleys?
  • How to forgive!
  • How to trust!
  • How to love!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love.”

— Oswald Chambers

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So what is it that you believe? What is it that you know? Do you have faith? Do you believe in God? Have you started a walk in relationship with God? Have you discovered that it doesn’t mean you won’t have problems but rather that God will be with you in and through them? If you haven’t started a relationship with God, is there something holding you back from receiving what Jesus has to offer? If you haven’t started a relationship with God, is there a fear or a worry that might be keeping you from accepting the gift of grace through Jesus? Might today be your day?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together:

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

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Are you living life the way you should?


How do you know how to live your life? Was it by watching people? Was it by listening to people? Was it by choosing the things you liked and discarding the ones that you don’t? Is it clear or fuzzy? Is it definite or subjective? Is it consistent or is it unstable? Are there rules? Are there guidelines? Are there directions? Are there instructions? Is there a manual? Is there a model to follow? Is there a set of guidelines?

How do you know the way you should live your life? If you know the way you should live your life then are you living it? Is it working for you?

What if you had a role model and they were a powerful leader and they told you that you need to be humble to live the way you are supposed to? What if you had a role model and they told you that you need to serve others to live the way you are supposed to? What if your role model told you that you need to forgive to live the way you are supposed to? What if your role model told you that the key to living life the way you are supposed to is love? Will you love God and love people if that is what it takes to live life the way you should? What if you learned the real definition of love, that is unconditional love, and that you needed to live your life in accordance to that? Let’s take a look at a few verses and take hold of what love is:


‘Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away. ‘

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

So what if all you needed to do was be like love? You need to live your life towards being able to taking the information above and changing the word love with your name? Would you be up for living your life the way you should? Would you be willing to live a life that isn’t lead or controlled by fear but instead choosing a life that is lead with power and of love and of a sound mind? Do you have something to turn to for instruction? Do you have someone to turn to for guidance? Do you have somewhere to go for support?

Are you living life the way you should?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 30th


Walking as Jesus walked


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: I John 2:6

‘He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you just talking the talk or are you also walking the walk?
  • Are you being authentic in every area of your life?
  • Are you being authentic in both your physical and spiritual lives?
  • Are you willing to live in obedience to God’s instruction and guidance?
  • Are you willing to live in loving God and loving others?
  • Are you ready to live your life in accordance to the Father’s will?
  • Are you ready to live your life in accordance to God’s calling on your life?
  • Are you ready to live your life in accordance to God’s purpose for your life?
  • Are you able to do what is right rather than what is popular?
  • Are you able to do what is good rather than what is popular?
  • Are you willing to come if God calls you?
  • Are you willing to go if God sends you?
  • Will you walk the narrow path and not be persuaded by the devil into temptations and falling away or walking away from God?
  • Will you walk in love?
  • Will you reach out to and help those others consider unlovable?
  • Will you reach out to and serve those others won’t help?
  • Will you love and serve those that people avoid or ignore?
  • Will you choose to lead with love to everybody God brings across your path?
  • Will you choose to focus on and do what God is calling you to do rather than your own selfish desires?
  • Will you choose to help those others won’t help?
  • Will you choose to care for people nobody else even notices?
  • Will you live out your today with the overflow of Jesus’ love flowing into the lives of the people around you?
  • Will you do your part?
  • Will you hear from God what your part is and do it?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What do you need to do to align your life more completely with God’s purpose for you?
  • Be sensitive to the leading of the Spirit to give me eyes to see and ears to hear those I am to love and serve.
  • Stick closer to God and reduce the noise so that the still quiet voice can lead and guide me throughout each and every day.
  • Be available to those in need
  • Be present for those in need
  • Serve others with the overflowing love of Jesus

Who are some people no one else notices who need your love?
  • Homeless
  • Jobless
  • Fatherless
  • Orphans
  • Widows
  • Street kids and people
  • People around the office
  • People who used to be around the office
  • People around the neighborhood
  • People walking the streets of town

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

What would Jesus do?”

Charles Sheldon

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So how will you choose to live your life? Will it be the way you should? Do you have an example to help you know how you should? Why not consider today’s quote to help you? WWJD – What Would Jesus Do?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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

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Ever been faced with the question “Do you love me?”


What comes to mind when you hear that? Does the situation or timing of the question make a difference? Do you think or do you just answer? Do you know or are you unsure? On the weekend I had such a moment which made us all laugh as I knew they had to go and hadn’t put food out for the birds yet. I thought of the verses where Jesus asks the question and when He gets a “yes” he says to feed His sheep. For me, I answered “yes” and then added “feed my birds” which set off a big laugh.

When you hear the question do you understand the context? When you hear the question do you understand the intentions? When you hear the question do you understand what they expect to hear? When you hear the question are you ready to show it by the way you live? When you hear the question are you prepared for the actions necessary to pass the test?

In the Bible, it plays out like this:

‘So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, 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 all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”’

John 21:15-19

How about in your life? Is love the litmus test for something else? Is love the way to know you are good? Is love the way to know you can trust? Is love the way? What does love mean to you? Ever considered the definition of love? Not the worldly definition where it is a feeling, but the Bible’s definition where it is more than a feeling! Let’s check it out from 1 Corinthians:

‘ Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. As for prophecy (the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), it will be fulfilled and pass away; as for tongues, they will be destroyed and cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away [it will lose its value and be superseded by truth]. For our knowledge is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect), and our prophecy (our teaching) is fragmentary (incomplete and imperfect). But when the complete and perfect (total) comes, the incomplete and imperfect will vanish away (become antiquated, void, and superseded). When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; now that I have become a man, I am done with childish ways and have put them aside. For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God]. And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.’

1 Corinthians 13:4-13

Love is the greatest! It is the barometer that speaks to not only who you are but also who they are to you. So when someone asks you “do you love me?” will you be ready to respond? And will your actions speak louder than your words?

'Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. '

1 Corinthians 13:4-8
https://my.bible.com/bible/111/1CO.13.4-8
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 24th


Love’s Litmus Test


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: John 13:34-35

‘A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Are you seeing things with the right perspective?
  • Are you looking at things from the right angle?
  • Are you looking at things through the right prism?
  • Are you ready to be different because you love people?
  • Are you ready to be looked at strange because you love people?
  • Are you ready to press in and press on because you love people?
  • Are you ready to pass the litmus test by loving people?
  • Are you ready to respond in love rather than retaliation?
  • Are you ready to respond not like for like but rather Jesus’ way and lead with love?
  • Another way people think of or say that is “an eye for an eye” vs going the second mile?
    • ‘“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.’ — Matthew 5:38-42
  • Are you ready to not respond in your carnal, human, and flesh response but instead take up Jesus’ direction to forgive? and forgive again? and forgive again?
    • ‘“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.’ — Matthew 5:43-48
  • Are you ready to show God’s love is in you by loving like Jesus loves us?
  • Some think the love your enemy seems extreme, but what about loving one another like Jesus loves you?
  • Are you willing to love one another overlooking thousands of offenses and forgiving?
  • Are you willing to love one another overlooking sarcasm and just forgiving them?
  • Are you willing to love one another overlooking coldness and giving kindness?
  • Are you willing to love others like Jesus loves and loved you?
  • Today we will have a choice to make as we go out into this world!
  • Today is the day the Lord has made and we get to choose if we will rejoice and be glad in it!
  • Today’s choices will determine no matter what happens and no matter what comes your way if you will allow the joy of the Lord to be your strength and your response to be love!
  • Will you choose to love others rather than compete against them?
  • Will you choose to love others rather than compare yourself to them?
  • Will you choose to love others rather than getting sucked into pettiness, jealousy, and gossip?
  • Will you choose to speak the truth in love, even if the truth may require a difficult conversation?
  • Will you choose to speak the truth in love rather than trying to cover it up with flowery words?
  • Will you choose to love and express your love in the midst of the difficulties and challenges of life?
  • Will you choose to love and express your love for others by caring enough to have the difficult conversations?
  • Will you choose to live a life of love today? and every today?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How would you describe Jesus’ love for His followers?
  • Sacrificial
  • Pure
  • Unconditional
Who is one person to whom you need to show more of Christ’s love?
  • Everyone who sends me an email
  • Everyone who sends me a slack message
  • Everyone who I see throughout the day
  • Everyone in my house
  • Everyone in my family

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

The fundamental issue in life and Scripture is the ability and willingness to forgive like God.”

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So will you pass the litmus test for love?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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

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It can be best summarized in one word: LOVE


As I start this day and reflect on the world’s celebration of Valentine’s Day, it makes me reflect on the core principle. LOVE! The day celebrates St. Valentine who shared the good news of Jesus and was martyred for it. He is considered the patron saint of LOVE. Do you realize how much of the world would be transformed if we just grasped the reality and the importance of LOVE?

Consider how Jesus was able to summarize the 10 commandments or supersede them with two simple commands of love. First we need to love God! So as we start this day that is to celebrate love, let’s choose to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind’. Second, we need to love people! So as we start this day that is to celebrate love, let’s choose to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.‘ From Jesus we hear how no commandment is greater than these. Jesus didn’t come to abolish the law but rather He came to fulfill the law!

So now that we understand that it is about love and how all the rules and regulations can be summarized through love, let’s reflect on what the definition of true love is!

God is love! We can take the above and replace the word LOVE with GOD and it still remains true! Do you realize how much God loves you? Do you realize how far God was willing to go to demonstrate His love for you? Do you realize how much God was willing to do in order to not only show His love for you but make a way for you to be reconciled to Himself? Today’s devotional shows how one verse that most people have seen before even without knowing the words of it and so I will let it be shared momentarily. Do you realize that the Bible is a love letter from God? It is the Father’s Love Letter to us! Ever taken a moment to see a summary of the Bible in the form of a love letter? There is a video and audio and even a text version that you can check out online at www.fathersloveletter.com. You will find that it is available in 120+ languages. You will find that the video has been updated for over 2 decades.

Take a moment to check out the video before we jump into today’s devotional.

Father’s Love Letter – 20th Anniversary Edition video

Are you ready and willing to receive God’s love? Are you ready and willing to accept God’s love?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 14th


The Gospel in a Nutshell


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: John 3:16

‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ‘


With today being Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share this verse using the Amplified Translation too:

‘ For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.’

John 3:16

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How often have you seen John 3:16 show up in your life? On TV? At sporting events? On t-shirts?
  • If you haven’t seen it before what thoughts go through your mind?
  • Let’s not forget or lose the significance of John 3:16
  • Let’s read it new each day and each time we see it for the truth it is and provides.
  • Consider what we have to offer God that could pay the price for us to receive His forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Consider how great His love is for us that He would take things into His own hands in order to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way.
  • God didn’t wait for us to come up with a solution. God didn’t wait for us to have a better option. God didn’t wait for us to provide our own way. God didn’t wait for a better deal. Love moved first! God moved first!
  • God took His own initiative and moved first!
  • God loved us so much that He gave! That’s right God made the first move! Out of love He moved first!
  • God wants to forgive us so much and His character required a payment to make it possible and so He gave out of love!
  • God wants to spend eternity with us and His character required a payment that was large enough to open that door and so He gave out of love!
  • How much does God love you? Consider how much He was willing to give up for you! That’s right, His one and only Son! That’s right the sinless lamb of God! That’s right He didn’t deserve it but it was the only way to make a way for us to be reconciled, forgiven, and able to spend eternity with Him!
  • This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
  • God gave everything!
  • It was a one way deal where God gave and we just have to choose to receive it!
  • Jesus stepped out of heaven in order to die and give His life on the cross in order that we may live!
  • By receiving Jesus we get to spend eternity with God in Heaven rather than separated from God for all of eternity in Hell.
  • Can you capture the reality of this verse today on this Valentine’s Day?
    • God loved us so much
    • God gave His one and only Son for us
    • God forgives us for our sins
    • God rescues us from an eternity apart from Him
    • As today’s devotional is titled – The Gospel in a Nutshell.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How does it affect you to read this verse as if it’s the first time you ever saw it?
  • Speaks to how great God’s love for us is
  • Speaks to how He didn’t want to leave us to our own ways to try and make a way when He knew there wasn’t a way
  • God’s character knew there was only one way to solve the problem once and for all
  • So Love came first!
Have you accepted His promise? Who else needs to hear it?
  • Yes!
  • I learned how it is about a relationship rather than rituals, routines, and religion.
  • Everybody needs to hear this and so I post it to the world in hopes that some will receive it and be saved.

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

In order to create there must be a dynamic force, and what force is more potent than love?

— Igor Stravinsky

You are not saved by a feeling, but by trusting God and accepting Jesus Christ as your Savior. 

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 34
    • The LORD passed before him and proclaimed: “The LORD! the LORD! a God compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in kindness and faithfulness, extending kindness to the thousandth generation, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin; yet He does not remit all punishment, but visits the iniquity of parents upon children and children’s children, upon the third and fourth generations.”
    • Don’t allow covenants with people rob you of our covenant with God or get you tripped up.
    • Can people tell that you have been spending time with God?
  • Exodus 35
    • Do you realize God’s rules or commandments are for your own good and protection?
    • God isn’t trying to keep you from good things but rather He is trying to protect you from evil things.
    • Will you choose to use your gifts and talent to serve the Lord?
  • Exodus 36
    • Use your gifts and talents with stewardship to be the best you can be in order to bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory.

So are you ready for love today? Are you ready for the most incredible and most powerful love to enter your life? Are you ready for unconditional love?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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

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As one year is closing and a new one is around the corner, the key will be love.


2020 has been a challenging year that has included not only isolation but also a roller coaster of events creating division. It requires us to take a moment and see our part, our role, and our responsibility in bringing hope and healing and reconciliation to this world. We need to overcome hate with love. We need to overcome fear with faith. We need to overcome worry with hope. To do this will require that we take hold of the golden rule: love your neighbor as yourself.

“So then, whatever you desire that others would do to and for you, even so do also to and for them, for this is (sums up) the Law and the Prophets.”

‭— Matthew‬ ‭7:12‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

“And as you would like and desire that men would do to you, do exactly so to them.”

‭‭— Luke‬ ‭6:31‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

All of God’s laws can be summarized in a two part love statement, love God and love people! Imagine reconciliation to close 2020 and how things would be different in 2021. So let’s go thru 2020 and see who we can forgive and reconcile with. Next let’s go thru 2020 and see who we need forgiveness from. Then let’s make our faith active and bridge those gaps, tearing up the bitterness and bitter roots that have tormented us this year. Let’s practice our faith. Let’s speak our faith. Let’s choose to live out our lives like we have nothing to lose. Let’s position ourselves so that is able to move in and through our lives. Let’s put our hearts, minds, and attitudes in the right posture to ensure God receives the praise, the honor, and the glory He so deserves. Let’s speak the truth in love so that others have a chance to encounter God and position themselves I the right place and posture to end 2020 and begin 2021. God has put us in such a place as this for such a time as this. If we don’t do our part and lose our position then God will find others to step up and step in to fill the gap. Don’t worry about tomorrow but instead make the most of today so that God’s will is done and His kingdom will come on earth as it is in heaven. Let’s be catalysts of love and transformation and reconciliation for the world around us. It starts with us. It starts with us loving with Jesus’s love so that the world can have an encounter with Jesus and have their lives transformed for eternity. So what is it that God would have you do today?


Today’s Verse of the Day:

“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.”

‭— 1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

God is love and so in the love definition we find in 1 Corinthians 13 we can replace love with God and see God’s character. Now imagine if we decided to work at living love how it would impact us and the world around us.

We see from the definition how God isn’t slow when it comes to His timing but rather He endures long and is patient. His desire is that nobody would perish but would receive Jesus and be saved.

“For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”

John‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

So as we work to be ambassadors of peace, bridging the gap of reconciliation with love, let’s shine our lights like cities on a hill that nobody can miss. Let’s be salt that helps bring healing and purification to the situation, bringing the right amount of spice into the situation.

Let’s decide to finish 2020 strong in order that 2021 will start out on the right footing. There is enough of God’s love for everyone so let’s be patient and kind, let’s not boast or be comparing ourself to others and become envious or boastful, let’s walk out our today in humility, loving others as ourselves!


Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you ready to set a foundation of love? Are you ready for forgiveness and reconciliation? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

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

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How will you come alongside others?


Will you help bear their burdens? Will you help endure their burdens? Will you help carry their burdens? Will you bear with them their troublesome moral faults? Will you help them through their troublesome moral faults? Will you help carry them through their troublesome moral faults? Will you do all of this in order to fulfill the law? Will you do all this to show the love of God to the world around you? Will you do all this to show that you are Jesus’s and so living your life to observe the law fully? Will you do all of this to complete what is lacking in your obedience to the law of love through Jesus?

Will you stand in the gap when God is looking for someone? Will you answer the call of God on your life for such a day and such a time as this? If you see a need will you meet it? If you see someone weeping will you weep with them? If you see someone celebrating will you rejoice with them? Will you give without expectations of a return?

If you knew that the end was near then would you be more motivated to come alongside and do something? If you knew your time was drawing near then would you be more motivated to come alongside another and do something? If you knew heir time was drawing near then would you be willing to come alongside them and help?


Today’s Verse of the Day:

“Bear (endure, carry) one another’s burdens and troublesome moral faults, and in this way fulfill and observe perfectly the law of Christ (the Messiah) and complete what is lacking [in your obedience to it].”
‭‭— Galatians‬ ‭6:2‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

It’s 2020 and so probably not to hard to find someone going through hard times. Let’s consider the need, the burden, the help that they require. Let’s consider how we can come alongside and help them today. We are called to fulfill the law of Jesus, the Messiah, rather than the law of Moses. Remember how Jesus summed up the law thru love and how He is calling us to raise the bar so that the average isn’t being lowered. Love God and Love people. With Jesus’s coming as the Messiah, the old law was fulfilled and accomplished its purpose in the time of B.C., remember how Jesus told us how He didn’t come to abolish the law but rather that He came to fulfill the law! Jesus’s second advent is coming too, so we need to be living our lives in a way that point people to Him and so that through Him, they will be saved and get their names written in the Lamb’s book of life in order to spend eternity with God rather than apart from Him. Love is the key to who Jesus was, is, and why He gave so much. Jesus loves us and gave Himself for us, and so we have the choice to receive the gift of grace from God which is love and salvation. So let’s receive this gift of love and allow it to overflow into the lives and world around us. So let’s go beyond ourselves and show our love corporately by loving one another, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and bearing one another’s burdens. Since when one person is suffering or struggling then as the body we all are and as the body we need to come together to help, support, and strengthen them. So are you ready to come alongside and help in order to live Jesus’s way? Let’s ask God to help us to see and identify people in our circle who are in a place of need and then to come alongside them to listen, to provide, and to pray with and for them. Ask God to have eyes to see and ears to hear and a heart to care and help. Ask God for wisdom to know what is required and how to emphasize with them. Let’s ask God to help us to approach each relationship with His compassion and grace. Let’s make today count and help others in Jesus’s name for the glory of God.


The end is drawing near. Don’t be so focused on the past that you won’t be ready for what is right in front of you. Don’t be tricked into being stuck in the past and not be prepared for the day at hand. Some say hindsight is 2020, but we don’t have to get stuck there, we don’t need to get lost there, instead we need to learn the values that were taught there in order to move forward and be the people God has created us to be and do what God has created us to do, and accomplish the purpose we were created for. Let’s take the lessons, and be prepared for the day of the Lord. This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it.


Today is my final reading of The 49-Week Challenge as I go through the final missed day. As this comes to a conclusion and I prepare to complete the year with other reading and look for a new devotional to help me through 2021, I reflect on all that has happened in 2020 and how faithful God has been through it all. God is good all the time! All the time God is good! God is love and so I pray that I will be filled with this love in a way that I can overflow into the lives of others.

The 49 week challenge Day 234 of 341

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 234 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD–THE BIBLE:


My Notes:

  • ‘I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me. Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in Christ Jesus. They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them. Greet also the church that meets at their house. Greet my dear friend Epenetus, who was the first convert to Christ in the province of Asia. Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you. Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was. Greet Ampliatus, my dear friend in the Lord. Greet Urbanus, our co-worker in Christ, and my dear friend Stachys. Greet Apelles, whose fidelity to Christ has stood the test. Greet those who belong to the household of Aristobulus. Greet Herodion, my fellow Jew. Greet those in the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord. Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, those women who work hard in the Lord. Greet my dear friend Persis, another woman who has worked very hard in the Lord. Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and the other brothers and sisters with them. Greet Philologus, Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas and all the Lord’s people who are with them. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ send greetings. I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Timothy, my co-worker, sends his greetings to you, as do Lucius, Jason and Sosipater, my fellow Jews. I, Tertius, who wrote down this letter, greet you in the Lord. Gaius, whose hospitality I and the whole church here enjoy, sends you his greetings. Erastus, who is the city’s director of public works, and our brother Quartus send you their greetings. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you. Amen. Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith— to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.’
    — Romans 16:1-27
  • ‘Help, Lord , for no one is faithful anymore; those who are loyal have vanished from the human race. Everyone lies to their neighbor; they flatter with their lips but harbor deception in their hearts. May the Lord silence all flattering lips and every boastful tongue— those who say, “By our tongues we will prevail; our own lips will defend us—who is lord over us?” “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord . “I will protect them from those who malign them.” And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times. You, Lord , will keep the needy safe and will protect us forever from the wicked, who freely strut about when what is vile is honored by the human race.’
    — Psalms 12:1-8
  • ‘“Listen to this, you descendants of Jacob, you who are called by the name of Israel and come from the line of Judah, you who take oaths in the name of the Lord and invoke the God of Israel— but not in truth or righteousness— you who call yourselves citizens of the holy city and claim to rely on the God of Israel— the Lord Almighty is his name: I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. For I knew how stubborn you were; your neck muscles were iron, your forehead was bronze. Therefore I told you these things long ago; before they happened I announced them to you so that you could not say, ‘My images brought them about; my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’ You have heard these things; look at them all. Will you not admit them? “From now on I will tell you of new things, of hidden things unknown to you. They are created now, and not long ago; you have not heard of them before today. So you cannot say, ‘Yes, I knew of them.’ You have neither heard nor understood; from of old your ears have not been open. Well do I know how treacherous you are; you were called a rebel from birth. For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath; for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you, so as not to destroy you completely. See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another. “Listen to me, Jacob, Israel, whom I have called: I am he; I am the first and I am the last. My own hand laid the foundations of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I summon them, they all stand up together. “Come together, all of you, and listen: Which of the idols has foretold these things? The Lord ’s chosen ally will carry out his purpose against Babylon; his arm will be against the Babylonians. I, even I, have spoken; yes, I have called him. I will bring him, and he will succeed in his mission. “Come near me and listen to this: “From the first announcement I have not spoken in secret; at the time it happens, I am there.” And now the Sovereign Lord has sent me, endowed with his Spirit. This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be blotted out nor destroyed from before me.” Leave Babylon, flee from the Babylonians! Announce this with shouts of joy and proclaim it. Send it out to the ends of the earth; say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob.” They did not thirst when he led them through the deserts; he made water flow for them from the rock; he split the rock and water gushed out. “There is no peace,” says the Lord , “for the wicked.”’
    — Isaiah 48:1-22

As day 234 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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Did you pray with me?
Would you be willing to leave me a comment so that I can pray with and for you about such an incredible decision?

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Today’s devotional that I am following is The 49-Week Challenge comes from Life.Church. For more information, please visit www.life.church — Thank you Life.Church for sharing this reading plan through Bible.com


Continuous Improvement…


Ever heard the saying that if you stop moving forward then you are going backwards? Then how can we keep moving forward? What do we have that we can build upon in order to continuously improve? Are there things we have that we can build upon? Are there things we can do that will make us better? Do you have an image or target of what you are trying to become? Do you have a goal for where you want to end up? Let’s consider the words of Peter first and then reflect on today’s verse of the day before we jump into today’s reading…

In today’s reading we find Paul gives us a hint, direction, help in what we need to do when he says:

‘For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘

2 Peter 1:5-8

So with the foundation of Jesus that is firm, we are able to walk out our lives in faith. To improve on that we can add goodness. To improve on that we can add knowledge. To improve on that we can add self-control. To improve on that we can add perseverance. To improve on that we can add godliness. To improve on that we can add mutual affection. To improve on that we can add love. So we just need to remember our goal of becoming more like Jesus who is not only our foundation but also our cornerstone to help us in aligning with God. He is both the foundation and cornerstone and the goal towards which we press forward in order to be able to spend eternity with God! God is love! God so loves the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life. We are saved by grace through faith, not by works so that nobody can boast. So let’s not lose hope but let’s take our faith, which even if it is only the size of a mustard see would be enough to speak to a mountain to be cast into the sea and it would happen. So let us not stop fighting the good fight! Let’s run to win the race! So that we will one day hear “well done my good and faithful servant”.


Today’s verse of the day can build upon this idea of love! AGAPE love which is unconditional love is the kind of love we are to have for everyone. Today’s verse of the day speaks about loving our enemies and so let’s check out what it has to say:

‘ But love your enemies and be kind and do good [doing favors so that someone derives benefit from them] and lend, expecting and hoping for nothing in return but considering nothing as lost and despairing of no one; and then your recompense (your reward) will be great (rich, strong, intense, and abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High, for He is kind and charitable and good to the ungrateful and the selfish and wicked.’

Luke 6:35

Remember how Jesus spoke of how the law can be summed up in these 2 sayings: Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself? Bet you think of a good neighbor or nice neighbor when you first hear or read that right? But have you ever had bad neighbors or mean neighbors or even neighbors you might consider your enemies because of the ways they live and the things they have done? In today’s verse of the day we read that we need to love our enemies, we need to be kind and do good to them, we need to lend without expecting anything in return, we are to give out of love for the glory of God so that our reward won’t be here on this earth but will be when we are before God in heaven. Love your enemy is easy till you have an enemy. Matthew 5 – love your enemy so that we can become perfect like our Father is perfect – reinforces the need to love our enemies. Let’s not settle to be just ourselves but instead let’s love our enemies in order to become perfected. Let’s be people who give mercy and forgiveness to others too. It takes deep lifting to be able to do it and get there, So let’s take the opportunities we have and love our enemies. Let’s ask God to help us to follow the example of Jesus and love our enemies. Let’s ask God to give us the strength to continue to improve so that by loving our enemies we can continue to improve and become perfect. Let’s ask God to walk with us and help us in and through each situation so that in and through it all, He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.


With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? Have learned lessons of love? Have you learned lessons of forgiveness? Have you learned lessons of improvement? Have you learned lessons of perfecting? With 2020 supposing to be hindsight, let’s not just get focused on the past but instead lets focus on the future and being able to put all the lessons learned into practice so that we can continue to grow and improve and be perfected in and through Jesus!

Before we jump into today’s reading, do you want to invite Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior? Jump down to the bottom of this post and pray with me if you do, we will wait here for you and we will continue into today’s reading with you when you return.


The 49 week challenge
Day 302

Want to join me in the challenge? Click Day 302 link to join me and sign up. It is never too late. The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

If you are interested in getting together or sharing the information together, please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


Today’s reading
from GOD’S WORD–THE BIBLE:

My Notes:

  • ‘Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours: Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain. We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.’ — 2 Peter 1:1-21
  • ‘These are the last words of David: “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse, the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, the hero of Israel’s songs: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’ “If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire. But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns, which are not gathered with the hand. Whoever touches thorns uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear; they are burned up where they lie.” These are the names of David’s mighty warriors: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter. Next to him was Eleazar son of Dodai the Ahohite. As one of the three mighty warriors, he was with David when they taunted the Philistines gathered at Pas Dammim for battle. Then the Israelites retreated, but Eleazar stood his ground and struck down the Philistines till his hand grew tired and froze to the sword. The Lord brought about a great victory that day. The troops returned to Eleazar, but only to strip the dead. Next to him was Shammah son of Agee the Hararite. When the Philistines banded together at a place where there was a field full of lentils, Israel’s troops fled from them. But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory. During harvest time, three of the thirty chief warriors came down to David at the cave of Adullam, while a band of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of Rephaim. At that time David was in the stronghold, and the Philistine garrison was at Bethlehem. David longed for water and said, “Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!” So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord . “Far be it from me, Lord , to do this!” he said. “Is it not the blood of men who went at the risk of their lives?” And David would not drink it. Such were the exploits of the three mighty warriors. Abishai the brother of Joab son of Zeruiah was chief of the Three. He raised his spear against three hundred men, whom he killed, and so he became as famous as the Three. Was he not held in greater honor than the Three? He became their commander, even though he was not included among them. Benaiah son of Jehoiada, a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, performed great exploits. He struck down Moab’s two mightiest warriors. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion. And he struck down a huge Egyptian. Although the Egyptian had a spear in his hand, Benaiah went against him with a club. He snatched the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed him with his own spear. Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada; he too was as famous as the three mighty warriors. He was held in greater honor than any of the Thirty, but he was not included among the Three. And David put him in charge of his bodyguard. Among the Thirty were: Asahel the brother of Joab, Elhanan son of Dodo from Bethlehem, Shammah the Harodite, Elika the Harodite, Helez the Paltite, Ira son of Ikkesh from Tekoa, Abiezer from Anathoth, Sibbekai the Hushathite, Zalmon the Ahohite, Maharai the Netophathite, Heled son of Baanah the Netophathite, Ithai son of Ribai from Gibeah in Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite, Hiddai from the ravines of Gaash, Abi-Albon the Arbathite, Azmaveth the Barhumite, Eliahba the Shaalbonite, the sons of Jashen, Jonathan son of Shammah the Hararite, Ahiam son of Sharar the Hararite, Eliphelet son of Ahasbai the Maakathite, Eliam son of Ahithophel the Gilonite, Hezro the Carmelite, Paarai the Arbite, Igal son of Nathan from Zobah, the son of Hagri, Zelek the Ammonite, Naharai the Beerothite, the armor-bearer of Joab son of Zeruiah, Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite and Uriah the Hittite. There were thirty-seven in all.’ — 2 Samuel 23:1-39
  • ‘I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. They tell of the power of your awesome works— and I will proclaim your great deeds. They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. All your works praise you, Lord ; your faithful people extol you. They tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all people may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways and faithful in all he does. The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord . Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.’ — Psalms 145:1-21
  • ‘Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws. I have suffered much; preserve my life, Lord , according to your word. Accept, Lord , the willing praise of my mouth, and teach me your laws. Though I constantly take my life in my hands, I will not forget your law. The wicked have set a snare for me, but I have not strayed from your precepts. Your statutes are my heritage forever; they are the joy of my heart. My heart is set on keeping your decrees to the very end. I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God! Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed. Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees. You reject all who stray from your decrees, for their delusions come to nothing. All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statutes. My flesh trembles in fear of you; I stand in awe of your laws. I have done what is righteous and just; do not leave me to my oppressors. Ensure your servant’s well-being; do not let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail, looking for your salvation, looking for your righteous promise. Deal with your servant according to your love and teach me your decrees. I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. It is time for you to act, Lord ; your law is being broken. Because I love your commands more than gold, more than pure gold, and because I consider all your precepts right, I hate every wrong path.’ — Psalms 119:105-128

As day 302 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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Don’t grow weary! Don’t lose heart!


In the midst of everything that is going on out there, we need to stand firm on the truth and love of God! We need to remember how much God loved us that Jesus was so filled with joy of knowing the victory He was to win that He endured the the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Jesus knows what we are going through and shows us that we don’t have to worry or be fearful of troubles in this world because He has already won the victory. Jesus knows what it means to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because He did it knowing the purpose and knowing the end game and as such we can grab hold of the encouragement from James 1:2-4 as well and allow perseverance to complete its work in the midst of the trials so that in the end our faith will be stronger and we will be complete and lacking nothing thanks to all that Jesus has already done in and thru and for us.

Don’t grow weary by picking up things you should have handed over to Jesus. Don’t lose heart by believing the lies and attacks of the devil but instead receive Jesus who came that we can have life and life to the full.

There is a battle taking place in this world. It isn’t about physical things but it is over your soul. It isn’t about stuff here on earth but rather it is over where you will spend eternity. So we need to love our neighbors and be salt and light in order that they will see it and praise our Heavenly Father and receive Jesus and join us in heaven for all of eternity rather than spending eternity apart from God. It is a choice that will make the difference between no more sorrow and no more pain versus pain and gnashing of teeth. We all have to make the decision for ourselves. We all get to choose how we will live out our today in order to point others in the direction of Jesus so that they too can receive this hope that is within us.


Today’s verse of the day:

‘ And what this love consists in is this: that we live and walk in accordance with and guided by His commandments (His orders, ordinances, precepts, teaching). This is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you continue to walk in love [guided by it and following it].’

— 2 John 1:6

Do you want to know what love is? It is demonstrated through obedience to God. It is seen through living our lives in the way directed by the Holy Spirit who leads and guides, corrects and instructs us. We need to walk out our today in love! We are to love our neighbors as ourselves! That means we are to be living our lives demonstrating God’s unconditional love to our neighbors. We need to be living our lives demonstrating how much we love God! Jesus gave us the example and works of love in His life. So we need to love and treat one another with love. Let’s treat others more important than ourselves. Let’s share love that brings new life!


With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today?
With September in the rearview mirror how will you live out your today? Let’s take hold of the lesson to love! Let’s take hold of the lessons from 1 Peter of how we need to love. Let’s take hold of the lessons from Luke 10:25-37 of how we need to love our neighbors as ourselves. Let’s walk out our today in love which is the commandment we receive from Jesus!

The 49 week challenge
Day 295

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How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading
from GOD’S WORD–THE BIBLE:

My Notes:

  • Don’t be distracted or derailed by the noise or lies
  • Put your focus on Jesus!
  • Let’s finish this race we have started, pursuing Jesus!
  • Let’s pursue it with joy just as Jesus did in the midst of the trials and troubles, the pain and the suffering He was going to experience, knowing the goal, the end, the purpose for which we continue to press in and press on
  • Don’t grow weary! Don’t lose heart!
  • Let’s accept God’s discipline in order to stay on track and on the path
  • Take hold of the truth that disciplines us because He loves us
  • Consider the righteousness and peace that will come from the discipline that comes our way
  • Let’s receive the sound learning of God!
  • Let’s take hold of God’s command!
  • Get wisdom! Get understanding!
  • Walk the path God leads you down!
  • The path is narrow and straight!
  • Turn your ears to the Word of God!
  • Guard your heart for everything flows from it!
  • Fix your eyes and gaze straight ahead on the narrow path.
  • Are you wanting God’s blessing? Don’t cause yourself to stumble or give up the blessings.
  • Let’s choose to live our lives in a way that will receive the inheritance Jesus has prepared in advance for us.

As day 295 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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Do you realize that how you treat others matters?


Do you engage others out of unconditional love? Do you engage others with respect? Do you engage others from a position of humility? Do you recognize them for who they are and how important they are to you and to God? Are you a giver, being supportive and generous to others? Are you playing your role in life? Let’s decide to live out our lives doing good deeds to others. Let’s look to accomplish all the good works God had prepared in advance for us to accomplish. Let’s allow others to realize how important they are and loved they are by God and by us. Let’s take hold of loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves.

Consider these words spoken by Jesus:

27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:27-36

August is in the rearview mirror
August is in the rearview mirror and less than four months left in 2020. What lessons have you learned through 2020? What wisdom and knowledge have you acquired? With hindsight being 2020 let’s reflect on what is behind us in order to learn from it in order to move forward with the love, the truth, the grace, the hope that is before us. Let’s learn from the past so we can walk forward with clarity of vision.

The year began with COVID-19. The end of summer is filling the air with smoke from wildfires that go up the west coast. There are many who are being isolated because of their risk level. There are many who don’t want to take the threats seriously. How can we reach out to stay connected? How can we reach out to make sure that others are ok? What is our role to play? What is our responsibility to make sure others are well? How will you decide to answer the calling?


The 49 week challenge – Day 260

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The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from GOD’S WORD – THE BIBLE comes to us from:

My Notes:

  • 1 Timothy 5
    • ‘Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but exhort him as if he were your father. Treat younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, and younger women as sisters, with absolute purity. Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need. But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. The widow who is really in need and left all alone puts her hope in God and continues night and day to pray and to ask God for help. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even while she lives. Give the people these instructions, so that no one may be open to blame. Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. No widow may be put on the list of widows unless she is over sixty, has been faithful to her husband, and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the Lord’s people, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds. As for younger widows, do not put them on such a list. For when their sensual desires overcome their dedication to Christ, they want to marry. Thus they bring judgment on themselves, because they have broken their first pledge. Besides, they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to. So I counsel younger widows to marry, to have children, to manage their homes and to give the enemy no opportunity for slander. Some have in fact already turned away to follow Satan. If any woman who is a believer has widows in her care, she should continue to help them and not let the church be burdened with them, so that the church can help those widows who are really in need. The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses. The sins of some are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not obvious cannot remain hidden forever.’
      1 Timothy 5:1-25
  • Deuteronomy 13
    • ‘If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you. If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again. If you hear it said about one of the towns the Lord your God is giving you to live in that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely, both its people and its livestock. You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt, and none of the condemned things are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors— because you obey the Lord your God by keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.’
      Deuteronomy 13:1-18
  • Song of Songs 7
    • ‘How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of an artist’s hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. Your breasts are like two fawns, like twin fawns of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus. Your head crowns you like Mount Carmel. Your hair is like royal tapestry; the king is held captive by its tresses. How beautiful you are and how pleasing, my love, with your delights! Your stature is like that of the palm, and your breasts like clusters of fruit. I said, “I will climb the palm tree; I will take hold of its fruit.” May your breasts be like clusters of grapes on the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, and your mouth like the best wine. May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth. I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me. Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved.’
      Song of Songs 7:1-13
  • Song of Songs 8
    • ‘If only you were to me like a brother, who was nursed at my mother’s breasts! Then, if I found you outside, I would kiss you, and no one would despise me. I would lead you and bring you to my mother’s house— she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates. His left arm is under my head and his right arm embraces me. Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you: Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires. Who is this coming up from the wilderness leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I roused you; there your mother conceived you, there she who was in labor gave you birth. Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If one were to give all the wealth of one’s house for love, it would be utterly scorned. We have a little sister, and her breasts are not yet grown. What shall we do for our sister on the day she is spoken for? If she is a wall, we will build towers of silver on her. If she is a door, we will enclose her with panels of cedar. I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers. Thus I have become in his eyes like one bringing contentment. Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver. But my own vineyard is mine to give; the thousand shekels are for you, Solomon, and two hundred are for those who tend its fruit. You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! Come away, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or like a young stag on the spice-laden mountains.’
      Song of Songs 8:1-14

As day 260 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

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All you need is love!


Love? What is love? What does love have to do with it? How can love be the answer? Will you allow love to flow into you? Will you allow love to flow out of you? Will you allow love to fill you? Will you allow love to overflow from you?

Let’s reflect first on what love is:

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.”

— ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:4-8‬

Next let’s reflect on the law and how love is the answer:

“Love does no wrong to one’s neighbor [it never hurts anybody]. Therefore love meets all the requirements and is the fulfilling of the Law.”

‭‭— Romans‬ ‭13:10‬

Do you realize that your neighbor goes beyond the guy next door? Do you realize how that impacts the verse we just read? We see Jesus ask the question who is your neighbor and how it gets answered in the book of Luke with the story of the Good Samaritan.

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””

Luke 10:25-37

So you see, love is the answer. Love meets the requirements of the law. And so we need to get a hold of this crazy little thing called love. God is love and there is not darkness in Him. We can replace the word Love on the definition with God or with Jesus but we probably aren’t there yet. So we need to receive Jesus into our hearts and allow Him to help clean up the mess and fill it up to overflowing with love. The as He continues to pour into our lives we will start to pour into the lives of the people God beings into our lives point them to the reason for the hope that is in us. Do you realize how important you are to God? He loves you so much that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus loves you so much that He was obedient to His call, to the point of dying on the cross o make a way for us to be saved.

So we have to start with loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength. We then have to combine with that we need to love our neighbors as ourselves. We need to prioritize the needs of our neighbors as much as our own needs and desires. We need to make the effort to relate with others in order to be able to help and love them. There may be challenges because of race or politics or even with families because of the brokenness in this world, but we need to stand up and stand firm on God’s Word and love our neighbors. We need to be walking in a spirit of reconciliation. We need to be kind to one another whenever possible and then remember that it is always possible. Let’s love everyone with the love of Jesus overflowing from our hearts, so that from the overflow of our hearts what we speak will be the truth in love. Let’s lean into God so that we can share unconditional love, agape kind of love into the world around us. Let’s ask God for eyes to see the good in others around us in order to be able to encourage them.

I heard someone say the other day that they told someone that they have to love them even if they don’t like them. They went on to say if they can love them then they will pray for them and allow God to help them to love them.


August is in the rearview mirror
Hindsight is 2020 so they say. So what you learned from it? How is it impacting the way you live your today? Today is the present, a gift from God. Yesterday is gone! No guarantees about tomorrow. So will decide that today will be Happy Today?

The 49 week challenge – Day 247

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The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.

How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?

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Today’s reading from
GOD’S WORD – THE BIBLE
comes to us from:

My Notes:

  • In love God predestined us for adoption into His family
  • Through Jesus we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us.
  • Jesus came to bring unity between heaven and earth.
  • When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
  • Give thanks for those God has brought into your life, remembering them in your prayers.
  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to live in you so that you may receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Jesus better.
  • Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father interceding for you and me.
  • Jesus is the name above all names.
  • Jesus humbled himself when He came to the earth and God the Father has elevated Him far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
  • Will you accept Jesus and receive the promises of God?
  • Will you trust God at His Word?
  • Will you believe what God tells you?
  • Will you test spirits that speak to ensure they are truth and from God?
  • Will you do it God’s way or will you be persuaded by the instruction and fear of man?
  • Would you want to receive the punishment meant for someone else because of your disobedience to God?
  • God has the power of to help or to overthrow. Will you do it his way in order to please God?
  • Don’t allow pride of victory to make you think it was of your own hands and then get tripped up for pride comes before the fall.
  • Let’s exalt God! Let’s worship Him!

As day 247 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?

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

The Sinner’s Prayer

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