Happy New Year!


As this year comes to a start I am excited to set a focus for the year around being a dad. Last year God spoke to me and this year I am going to be putting more time into gathering and sharing data that will help me and everyone else understand the importance, the value, and the purpose of being a dad and the benefits as well as the detriments to others when we don’t pick up the mantel and be the dads God has created us to be.

Verse of the Day:

‘“Do not remember the former things, Or ponder the things of the past. Listen carefully, I am about to do a new thing, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even put a road in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. ‘

Isaiah 43:18-19

Are you ready for 2022 and how God is about to do something new? Are you ready for today and how God is about to do something new? Are you ready to be a part of something new?


Today’s Post from Be The Dads is: Day 1 – Am I Doing Enough as a Dad?

https://bethedads.com/2022/01/dad-tired-and-loving-it/


Are you ready for a new hope? Are you ready for a new heart? Are you ready for a new vision? Are you ready for new dreams? Are you ready to become a new creation?

Let’s pray:

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

And let’s take one more step and pray for God to help us through today:

THE LORD'S PRAYER

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us . And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

A New Work Week Begins…


It’s an interesting day as my body got me up much earlier than I normally do. No specific thoughts that were causing worry or anxiety just a sense of let’s get going. So I prayed as I always do before getting out of bed for my wife, kids, family, and the day ahead and then rolled over and got out of bed. I had tried to go back to sleep but it just wasn’t going to happen.

So a new work week begins and so new thoughts are starting to bounce around in my head. Between yesterday’s devotional on All Things New captured in my post Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ready for something news? What’s it going to take? and this morning’s devotional of Starting Over, it makes me wonder what God is planning and preparing as the year continues. I keep drawing closer. I keep praying. I keep asking. I keep seeking. And His Word continues to speak. I reflect on my mid year conversations and God’s Word continues to speak. I reflect on the larger purpose/plan with the theme around Be The Dads that God put in my head as I was praying and reading through the Matthew Barnett book The Cause within You: Finding the One Great Thing God Created You to Do in This World that I had picked up on one of his visits to our church. As I consider how my family has grown up with my oldest preparing to head out in January, my middle preparing to head out in August, and my youngest continuing his journey, where I am and what I do will need to adjust too as we get closer (my wife and I) to becoming empty nesters – still a few more years to go before that happens but it is on the radar now.

So I need to be moldable in God’s hands. I need to be ready for the good works He is preparing in advance for me to accomplish. I need to prepare spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally for what is yet to come. He’s not done with me yet. I know my final destination will be in eternity with Him and I want to finish the race on this side strong in hopes of hearing Him say the words “well done good and faithful servant”. And so today as I try to process the early morning wake up call and what this day and this week will contain, I turn to God and His Word to receive guidance, wisdom, and strength to make it a reality.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 4th


Starting Over


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.’

Jeremiah 18:3-4

Let’s pause and grasp the context of today’s verses by looking at more of the chapter in the Amplified version:

‘The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will make you hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and saw that he was working at the wheel. But the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled by the potter’s hand; so he made it over, reworking it and making it into another pot that seemed good to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” says the Lord. “Look carefully, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel. At one moment I might [suddenly] speak concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will uproot and break down and destroy; if that nation against which I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent and reverse My decision concerning the devastation that I intended to do. Or at another time I might [suddenly] speak about a nation or kingdom that I will build up or establish; and if they do evil in My sight by not obeying My voice, then I will reverse My decision concerning the good with which I had promised to bless them. Now then, say to the men of Judah and to the citizens of Jerusalem, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am shaping a disaster and working out a plan against you. Turn back, each of you from his evil way; correct your habits and change your actions for the better.” ’ But they will say, ‘That is hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act in accordance with the stubbornness of his evil heart.’ “Therefore thus says the Lord, ‘Ask now among the nations, Who has heard of such things? The virgin Israel Has done a very vile and horrible thing. Will the snow of [Mount] Lebanon melt and vanish from its rocks [which tower above Israel]? Will the cold, rushing waters of foreign lands [that flow down from the distant land] be dried up? Yet My people have forgotten Me; They burn incense to worthless gods, They have stumbled from their ways From the ancient roads, To walk in pathways, Not on a highway, Making their land a desolation and a horror, A thing to be hissed at perpetually; Everyone who passes by will be astounded And shake his head [in scorn]. I will scatter them like an east wind Before the enemy; I will show them My back and not My face In the day of their disaster [says the Lord].’ ” Then [my enemies] said, “Come and let us work out schemes against Jeremiah. Surely the law is not going to be lost to the priest [as Jeremiah predicts], nor the counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come and let us strike him with our tongue [by making charges against him before the king], and let us ignore anything he says.” Pay attention to me, O Lord [and intercede]; Listen to what my adversaries are saying [and are plotting against me]— Should good be repaid with evil? Yet they have dug a pit for me. Remember [with compassion] that I stood before You To speak good on their behalf, To turn Your anger away from them. Therefore, give their children over to the famine; Give them over to the power of the sword. And let their wives become childless and widowed; Let their men meet death [by virulent disease], Their young men be struck down by the sword in battle. Let an outcry be heard from their houses When You suddenly bring [a troop of] raiders upon them, For they have dug a pit to capture me And have hidden snares for my feet. Yet You, O Lord, know All their deadly plotting against me; Do not forgive their wickedness Or blot out their sin from Your sight. But let them be overthrown before You; Deal with them in the time of Your anger.’

Jeremiah 18:1-23

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Even when broken beyond repair, we can be made new in the Potter’s hands.
  • God’s not ready to give up on us and so we shouldn’t be willing to give up on us either.
  • Let’s give what is broken or holding us back to God and allow Him to start over, make us new, transform us.
  • Let’s allow God to take our fears and replace them with faith like He did with Abraham.
  • Let’s allow God to take our lies and replace them with His truth like He did with Jacob.
  • Let’s allow God to take our denials and rejection and replace them with His forgiveness and purpose like He did with Peter.
  • Just like all the people God gave a do-over or who God allowed to start over, let’s not lose hope but instead take hold of the reality of who He is in order that we too can be healed, forgiven, restored, and be able to start a new as we begin our today.
  • Let’s choose to be smooth, workable, and sticky so that we can be molded by God.
  • Let’s allow God to take away the rough and hard edges.
  • Let’s allow God to continue to form us and mold us to be useful.
  • Let’s allow God to continue to form us and mold us to be beautiful.
  • Let’s allow God to work out imperfections or flaws so that we can become who He has created us to be.
  • Let’s live with the hope that God isn’t going to throw us away but rather His plan for us is good and comes with hope and a future!
  • Let’s be ok if He needs to start over with us because we know He is doing so out of love!
  • Let’s be ok if He needs to start over with us because we know that He will remove the flaws and imperfections.
  • Let’s rejoice in the reality of when He starts over as He removes the flaws and adds in elements necessary for us to be better like His Spirit, accountability friends, and the guidance of His Word!
  • Let’s not become impatient as it takes time!
  • Let’s remember we are being molded for His purpose and for a specific use!
  • Let’s allow Him to both mold us into the vessel He desires and then be ready when the time is right to be used for His purpose.
  • If we need to wait to become useful again, don’t lose hope or start to worry! God’s timing is perfect!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What kind of flaws can make us unusable to the Potter?
  • What’s your role and what’s God’s role in shaping you?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“The God who made you can make you over.”

Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Are you feeling broken or out of sorts and in the need to be renewed or remade? Are you feeling damaged or confused and in needs of repair or hope? Are you looking to find a way to make today count? 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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Sick and tired of being sick and tired? Ready for something news? What’s it going to take?


What are you going through today? Are you on a treadmill of experiences? Are you feeling like you are on a hamster wheel? Are you trying to find a way out or a way off? Are you ready for something new? Are you ready for a change? Are you wondering which way to turn? Are you wondering what it would take? Could today be your day for things to become new? Could today be your day to get off the treadmill of life? Could today be your day to stop going round and round in the hamster wheel? What is it going to take for you to get sick and tired of being sick and tired and grab a hold of something new? Would it take an act of God? Would it take a vision of heaven? Would it take a dream of the next step? Would it take a God given purpose that would make a difference? What’s it going to take? Would it require that everything change?

Person running on a hamster wheel

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”
― Henry Ford

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for October 3rd


All Things New


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”’

Revelation 21:4-5

Let’s take a moment and gather a bit more context from the chapter using the Amplified version:

‘Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (vanished), and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, arrayed like a bride adorned for her husband; and then I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “See! The tabernacle of God is among men, and He will live among them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them [ as their God, ] and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be death; there will no longer be sorrow and anguish, or crying, or pain; for the former order of things has passed away.” And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true [they are accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy].” And He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I will give [water] from the fountain of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes [the world by adhering faithfully to Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior] will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But as for the cowards and unbelieving and abominable [who are devoid of character and personal integrity and practice or tolerate immorality], and murderers, and sorcerers [with intoxicating drugs], and idolaters and occultists [who practice and teach false religions], and all the liars [who knowingly deceive and twist truth], their part will be in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” ‘

Revelation 21:1-8

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are your views on eternity?
  • Do you wonder what life after death is like?
  • Do you have a desire, interest, curiosity about about the afterlife?
  • Do you realize that God put a desire in our hearts for eternity?
    • ‘He has made everything beautiful and appropriate in its time. He has also planted eternity [a sense of divine purpose] in the human heart [a mysterious longing which nothing under the sun can satisfy, except God]—yet man cannot find out (comprehend, grasp) what God has done (His overall plan) from the beginning to the end. ‘
      Ecclesiastes 3:11
  • Do you feel like there is life after death?
  • Do you feel like there is more than just what we experience in our lives?
  • Do you realize you aren’t alone in that feeling because people from every culture and in every age have tried to identify what it might be like?
  • Have you ever read the book of Revelation in order to learn about what heaven is like?
  • Have you ever read the book of Revelation and felt like the return of Jesus is getting closer?
  • I know when I started my reading of God’s Word in conjunction with this blog that is how I felt and also how come this blog has the name it does. I started in 2005 and the book of Revelation is how I got the “to eternity” part, hence From 2005 to Eternity!
  • Are you ready for the day when all wrongs will be made right?
  • Are you looking forward to the day when all wrongs will be made right?
  • Are you ready and looking forward to the day when every pain will be comforted?
  • Are you ready and looking forward to the day when every tear will be dried?
  • Are you ready and looking forward to the day when all of the confusion, doubt, and heartache will pass away?
  • Are you ready and looking forward to the day when bitterness, resentment, and strains of every kind and in every relationship will vanish?
  • Are you ready and looking forward to the day when all things will be made new?
  • From God’s Word what do you think are some assumptions we can make about heaven?
  • Things that bring us joy will be amplified?
  • Love, affirmation, understanding, and encouragement will thrill us because they won’t be tainted by selfishness?
  • Laughter will be more heartily than ever before?
  • We will worship God more effectively and wholeheartedly?
  • All the things that cause pain, suffering, anxiety will vanish in the light of God’s love!
  • Are you looking forward to getting spend eternity with God?
  • Are you looking forward to being in heaven with God?
  • Are you looking forward as those who had been oppressed in the past?
  • Are you looking forward to heaven as those who were slaves had done in history?
  • Are you looking forward to heaven as those who were poor and desolate had done in history?
  • Are you looking forward to heaven as those who were sick and disabled had done in history?
  • Are you looking forward to heaven as those who were prisoners had done in history?
  • Or is life ok, going well for you and you are still looking forward to spending eternity with God in heaven knowing that it will even be better?
  • Not sure? Why not take some time today to consider and meditate on it?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you think heaven will be different from your life now?
  • What do you look forward to most?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When the darkness of dismay comes, endure until it is over, because out of it will come that following of Jesus which is an unspeakable joy.”

—  OSWALD CHAMBERS

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Proverbs 25 (God knows! even those things that incapable of being fully explored or understood)
  • Proverbs 26 (Understand the season, the reason, the purpose)
  • Proverbs 27 (Don’t brad! Don’t fill yourself up! Don’t be prideful! Instead be wise)

So where are you at today? Are you at a crossroad on which you need to make a decision? Are you at a turning point where you need to decide to move forward to turnaround? Are you ready to step off the wheel and start pursuing your God given purpose? 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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Ever gotten to the point of “why so downcast oh my soul”?


Ever been through a lot of time or a long time where hope was fleeting? Ever been through a hard time or discouraging time where hope was lacking? Ever been through a challenging and uncertain time where hope was fading?

How did you go through it? Did it bring unhappiness? Did it bring depression? Did it bring physical illness? Did it bring sadness? Did it bring sorrow? Did it come with a feeling or sense of disappointment? Did it comes with a sense of rejection? Did it feel like it was zapping your spirit and your joy?

How did you respond? Where did you turn? How did it impact you physically, emotionally, and spiritually?

Did you turn to God? Did you turn to God’s Word?

Let’s consider what we can find in the Word of God…

‘Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why are you restless and disturbed within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him, The help of my [sad] countenance and my God.’

Psalms 43:5

What started the problem? What triggered the feelings? How will you respond?

‘Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. ‘

Proverbs 3:5

Put your hope and trust in God! Cast your cares on Him!

‘May those who fear you rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:74

‘My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. ‘

Psalms 119:81

‘I wait for the Lord , my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. ‘

Psalms 130:5

‘Israel, put your hope in the Lord , for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. ‘

Psalms 130:7

‘Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. ‘

Psalms 119:49

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. ‘

1 Peter 5:7

So are you ready to do it? What do you care about? What is making you worried? What is causing you to be anxious? Speak them and give them to God! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s care for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s love for us! Let’s exchange our cares and anxiety for God’s mercy on us!

We need to get rid of and replace these thoughts that are triggering or causing fear, worry, doubt, and anxiety with God’s Word, God’s love, and God’s presence with us. We need to pick up the antidote for fear which is our faith in God!

Remember how in the Bible it tells us to fear not? Remember how there are enough that we can read one or take hold of one per day? He provides us with a way to go from fearful to fearless! There are references that speak to there not being 365 fear nots, there are many references that give you enough Bible verses to make it through the year.

Check out these reference sites that point to God’s Word to help you find the fear not for today:

So the key to facing the disappointments and the challenges, the trials and the troubles, the anxiety and the fear is hope. Without hope everything else can makes its way in and try to shake up our lives. So we need to turn to God! We need to cry out and call on God! We need to lean on God harder! And in so doing we will be able to use our faith as the antidote to fear. We will be able to consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds. We will be able to take heart when we face troubles. We will be able to lean not on our own understanding but trust God rather than being anxious.

So where are you at today? Is all the crazy going on in this world getting to you? Is all the crazy going on in this world shaking you? Step on and stand on the rock of our salvation which is unshakable. Let’s build our lives on Jesus! It doesn’t mean we won’t face problems but it does mean we won’t have to face them alone.

Don’t let your heart be troubled! Let’s take hold of the words of Jesus!

‘ “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” ‘

John 14:1-4

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for September 3rd


Heartsick


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.’

Proverbs 13:12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you think you are invulnerable?
  • Do you think you are bullet proof?
  • How do you handle disappointment?
  • We are just humans after all, as Solomon reminds us.
  • Ever noticed how disappointment hurts?
  • Ever noticed how disappointment can cause physical pain?
  • Ever considered the distance between your hopes and your disappointments?
  • Ever considered the impact of this difference?
  • Ever noticed how this difference between hopes and disappointment tends to have that amount of impact on us?
  • Be it a minor setback or a devastation, it is painful.
  • Pain hurts and is normal.
  • In this world we will have troubles remember and as such that means we will have to face unfulfilled hopes.
  • Check out Psalms and you will get to see glorious praise as well as sobering lows too.
  • The key we learn through Psalms is that when we face the painful, trying times we don’t turn away from God but we need to draw even closer to Him.
  • Let’s pour out our thoughts and pains to God with honesty and allow God to pour back into us the reality of His love, His truth, and His promises.
  • Let’s trust God!
  • Let’s not allow ourselves to be troubled without taking our cause to God and trusting in Him.
  • Let’s allow our hopes to be fulfilled through our trust and prayers to God!
  • Let’s not turn from God in times of troubles but instead lean into Him even more.
  • When things are great, let’s not wander off either to find ourselves alone and in the middle of who knows where.
  • Let’s share our emotions with God! The good, the bad, and the ugly!
  • Let’s be genuine and honest with Him in the midst of whatever we are going through.
  • Let’s seek the Lord with all of our hearts!
  • Let’s dig deeper into His grace!
  • Let’s seek Him for wisdom and discernment to help us know how to navigate the situation!
  • Let’s never forget to give Him the praise, the honor, and the glory He is worthy of!
  • God answers prayer!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • Describe a time when shattered hopes made your heart sick.
  • Do you feel permission to be truly honest with God about your disappointments? How would it help you to be honest with Him?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”

― George Bernard Shaw

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? What are you going through? What are you in need of? Do you know where to go? Do you know where to turn? Where does your help come from? Where does your hope come from? Are you ready to turn to God? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart today? Could today be your new beginning?

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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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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When you know the ending you can rejoice!


Are you like me and want stories to have a happy ending? Are you like me and can get upset if you spend a bunch of time watching a show and then it has a sad ending? I still remember watching Pocahontas and saying that I can’t believe Disney would allow something like that. As I thought about it and the tears I cried as a kids watching “The Wonderful World of Disney” and seeing movies like Old Yeller which was another one with a sad ending. And looking back there were a bunch of Disney movies where there were sad endings. They weren’t all Happily Ever After type of stories. But I remember back to when I began to write this blog and it started with the end. The End Times that is. I started my blog in the book of Revelation which is where the Eternity in the blog name from 2005 to eternity comes from. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, it allows you to be able to rejoice in the Lord always. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, when tough times come your way you are able to take heart. When you realize that Jesus has already won the victory, when you face trials of many kinds you are able to consider it pure joy because you know that when perseverance finishes its work that you will be complete and lacking nothing. When you have started a relationship with Jesus and you know the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey used to tell about), even when things get hard, you can lean in on God rather than your own understanding and put your trust in Him. We can grab hold of the reality that He works all things for good for those who love God and called according to His purposes. So even when there is pain and suffering, troubles and tribulation, trials and challenges, we can take heart and not give up! I know in 2020 I leaned on God a lot. He helped me through 2020 to build a stronger relationship with my wife. He helped me through 2020 to spend more time with my family. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by leaning on Him rather than my own understanding of the craziness. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by trusting in Him no matter what craziness happened. He helped me through 2020 to grow my faith by continuously forgiving. And 2020 had a happy ending when I got a new role and a new boss and a great team just before Christmas and in time to start off 2021 on a new note. It was God’s Christmas present to me. I kept having the theme that Hindsight is 2020 for the entire year, even before the crazy began but it was right as the year ended and I was able to see clearly what was going on from painful changes, leadership favor and support, and yet being able to keep the relationships even though I lost the teams. God used it and turned it for good. And as such I can say that we can, should, and will rejoice in the Lord always!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard
for June 29th


Rejoice


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!’

Philippians 4:4

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Do you realize how many choices you get to make?
  • Do you realize that rejoicing is a choice?
  • You get to choose if you will rejoice or not.
  • Do you rejoice in the goodness and greatness of God?
  • Do you rejoice for what God has given you whether you feel like it or not?
  • Do you rejoice for what God has given you whether you see it or not?
  • Paul tells us in today’s verse that we are to always rejoice in the Lord!
  • So we are to rejoice in the Lord at the highest of highs and the lowest of lows!
  • We are to rejoice in the Lord in the good times and the bad times!
  • We are to rejoice in the Lord when things are going easy or smoothly as well as when things get tough or difficult.
  • We rejoice in the Lord because we trust in Him!
  • We rejoice in the Lord even when we don’t know what He is doing, so we trust Him and that He is working all things for good because we love Him and are called according to His purposes!
  • Paul who went through great highs in his missionary journeys has incredible reasons and occasions to rejoice in the Lord!
  • Paul who went through incredible trials and persecution (even being stoned to what the people though killed him and dragged him out of town) and he is the guy who continued to rejoice that he was getting persecuted for the cause.
  • To hear from someone who went through so much tell us to always rejoice, we can see in and through his life how during the highest of highs where people were being saved to the lowest of lows when he was beaten, imprisoned, and more that He worshipped God and rejoiced and praised God even in the cells and ministered to the world wherever he was.
  • So can you rejoice like Paul when you are experiences incredible blessings and miracles?
  • Can you rejoice like Paul when you are experiences trials and persecution?
  • Let’s take hold of what Paul is telling us and rejoice in the Lord always!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • How would it help you to make the choice to rejoice even when you don’t feel like it?
  • What are some situations right now that require that choice?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.”

— John C. Maxwell

“Encouragement is the fuel on which hope runs.”

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So where are you at today? Do you have hope for the future so that you can rejoice in the present? Do you have hope for the future so that you can take heart in the present? Do you have hope for the future so that you can consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Do you have hope for the future so that you can rejoice in the Lord today? If not, would you consider inviting Jesus into your heart and your life? Would you be willing to receive the gift of grace that provides a hope for the future? 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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Can you see the light through the darkness?


On a clear night with a full moon there are times when you wouldn’t know night time, you may even see a shadow. On a cloudy night there are times where it is so dark you can barely see anything, but our eyes find any light they can grab a hold of. But what happens when you close your eyes in those times? What happens when you don’t know what you are walking out into? Can you see the light through the darkness?

Do you realize there are times in life where it can feel that way too? When someone speaks going through some dark times it usually means it was a time of despair, sadness, and without hope. When you can’t see the light in those dark times, it makes it really hard to move forward. Without the hope you might even give up trying or moving forward. Times when you just don’t think you can go on. Times when you don’t think the hurt will go away. Times when we couldn’t find any rhyme or reason to what was going on. So what do you do? Will you be willing to turn to someone in order for the light to get turned back on in this darkness?

Will you turn to someone you know? Will you turn to God and put your trust in Him that in the right time He will make a way even when we don’t see it and can’t find it? Will you invite God into the situation to be your light and your hope? Will you allow fellow believers into your situation in order for them to speak love and life and hope? Will you trust God for the answers?

Don’t put all your trust in money instead of God! God is love and there is no darkness in Him! The love of money is the root of all evil! Money can’t buy you love! God is offering it to you for free! Do you realize how much God loves you? God loves you so much 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. God didn’t send Jesus to the world to cause more doom and gloom not even 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. The thing is will we trust Him and invite Him into the situation. I know that 2020 was a dark time for me and many others. In my case it required leaning in on God a lot and trusting Him for wisdom and direction and that in the right time He would make a way. I didn’t make sense. It wasn’t easy. I depended on Him through His Word, His Spirit, and His people. Instead of falling into despair or depression, I fell into God’s hands and trust Him to get me through it. I would ask if it was time for a change or to move on but He never said yes. I would ask Him what should I do or what could I do and He kept saying to love and to forgive. In the midst of the darkness He wanted me to be light. In the midst of so many lives being impacted He wanted me to be salt in order to season people’s lives for His glory. So I had to press in and I had to press on through the troubles because I could take heart because Jesus has overcome the world! (See John 16:33 and 1 John 5:4) I had to press in and press on, considering it pure joy when I face trials of many kinds. James 1 continued to remind me:

‘ Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.’

James 1:2-4

So I made it and so can you. Let’s build up our endurance in faith. Let’s build up our steadfastness and patience in faith. Let’s allow them to be strengthened and fully developed so that we can become such faith filled people and receive all that God has prepared and planned for us so that we can join Him being complete and lacking nothing!

If it feels like it is going from dark to darker to darkest, remember that it is always darkest before the dawn!

Let’s be willing to turn to God and hear from God and then do what He says. Imagine being the widow that Elisha told to go and get vessels to pour her jug of oil into. How many vessels would you get? How much would you trust God and as such how many vessels would you go and get to be filled? Would you get your family involved to be a part of the miracle? Imagine how the darkness of that day brightened up. Imagine how that experience changed the perspective and faith of her kids. Let’s help them to see God’s hand at work in and through us!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for May 4th


Even in the dark


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You.’

Psalms 139:11-12

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Consider all the dark times David went through
  • Consider the times when it looked like the light of hope wouldn’t shine again
  • Consider the attacks
  • Consider the betrayals
  • Consider the threats
  • Consider when he betrayed by having an affair with Bathsheba
  • Consider when he betrayed by trying to cover up the affair
  • Consider when he betrayed by having her husband, one of his soldiers killed
  • Do you remember a time when you had to deal with pitch darkness in your spiritual life?
  • Do you remember having no visibility and thinking that nobody else would be able to see too?
  • Do you remember the hopelessness?
  • Do you remember the fear, worry, and doubts?
  • Be willing to hear and listen to what God is telling you!
  • Be willing to invite God into the situation!
  • I remember the downward spiral of not being willing to forgive
  • I remember the darkness and loneliness in those times
  • Remember that in our darkest moments God can still see clearly!
  • Take hold of that in order to allow that hope to help you keep going!
  • Just because we can’t see light, we can have hope like David did because we know that God can see through it all!
  • God sees us! He sees us when we are in the pit! He sees us when it is pitch dark! He sees all things clearly!
  • So no matter what it is or what we are going through, let’s hold onto the confidence that comes from our God!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Describe a time when you felt in the dark spiritually and emotionally.

Check out the video description on YouTube by searching godaddy story slam forgiveness – you will find a video titled GoDaddy Story Slam Phil Davidson. Feel free to pause here and watch and hear my story. It is a story I have been able to share and seen many other people’s lives touched because they decided to forgive. I have been approached to talk with people by divine appointment so that I could share this story to help them in their dark time. (wanted to make sure to provide this information for those listening to a podcast as I am embedding the video below)

How does it affect you to realize God see clearly even when you can’t see at all?
  • It helped me get through 2020, never giving up, always getting back up, and thanking God through it all
  • It helped me connect more with my wife and allowed us more time to share and to pray together
  • It helped me get more time with my kids and allowed us more time to share over meals.
  • It kept me going and provided me with a revelation towards the end of 2020 as the new door opened filled with God’s incredible blessings – on top of the ones He gave me through 2020 at home.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

There are seldom, if ever, any hopeless situations, but there are many people who lose hope in the face of some situations.

– Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Will you let a little light into the darkness? Will you be the light in the darkness? Will you invite God into the darkness? How will you handle those dark days? How will you transform them with the light and hope of God? How will you allow Jesus to transform your life and the life of those He has put around you?

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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Did you pray with me?
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There is a way to stay hopeful…


It requires connection to God. Are you willing to spend time daily in God’s Word? Are you willing to try and help others? Are you willing to give? Do you realize the benefits? Do you realize how pouring out yourself opens the door for God to pour into you? Do you realize how taking time to connect with God through His Word will help fill you up? Do you realize how making time to pray and reflect with God on His abilities and His provision can bring hope and you can reflect on His plan which is to give us a hope and a future.

There are 3 verses today that come to mind whenever I feel troubled. (1 of them came up in my reading of the book The Power of a Half Hour by Tommy Barnett)

‘ I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]’

John 16:33

‘ Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.’

James 1:2-4

‘ Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us.’

Romans 5:3-5

So don’t lose hope, put your trust in God!


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


Commit to Connect


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” ‘

Matthew 9:21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Have you heard stories?
  • Have you had one of those moments where hope is reignited?
  • Have you been suffering or carrying that weight for so long that you have started to lose hope?
  • Have you tried everything in your own power to try and fix it?
  • Has your suffering, your feelings, and your connections hurt more than helped?
  • Are you battling between hope and shame?
  • Is there one thing though that rekindles the hope you needed and so you won’t stop for anything from getting connected and finding a renewed and living hope?
  • What if all it would take was a touch?
  • What if all that it would take would be to make a connection?
  • What if that connection would transform the rest of your life and bring a hope you had thought was long gone?
  • What if that one touch would be enough to get the spark of hope and transform your life?
  • Would you be willing to reach out and just touch it?
  • Do you realize how much Jesus loves you?
  • Do you realize that He knows what you are going through?
  • Do you realize that He loves you so much just the way you are and loves you too much to leave you there?
  • Ever tried to fly under the radar? To remain anonymous?
  • Do you realize that you aren’t anonymous to God? Do you realize Jesus knows your name?
  • Would you be willing to make a connection with Him and have your life transformed?
  • What if it was going to mean the beginning of a real relations?
  • Are you ready to start a real relationship with Jesus?

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What’s the difference between really connecting with Jesus and going through the motions of church and other religious activities?
  • It is the difference between rituals and routines compared to having a real relationship!
  • Jesus felt the power leave Him and rather than just let it go, He turned around to connect with the lady in order that there would be a real relationship.
  • Connecting with Jesus is about making and taking time to spend with Him!
  • It is not the works or the acts that save us, Jesus paid that price in full already!
  • Now our faith and relationship with Jesus will overflow into us performing works and acts that glorify God!
What are some ways you can reach out to connect with Jesus today?
  • Read God’s Word
  • Pray and have conversation with Jesus
  • Invite Him into all of your day and talk to Him throughout the day
  • Invite Him into your heart as your Lord and Savior!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Hope is the foundational quality for all of life.”

Alfred Adler

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So are you looking for hope today? Are you willing to get connected and find hope? Would you like some new hope? What if you could have a living hope? How about a hope beyond your circumstances?

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

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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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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What can help you to keep going?


Ever faced a time when things got really tough? Ever faced a time when things felt uncertain? Ever faced a time when things were very unstable? Ever faced a time when direction and control seemed far out of reach? How were you able to keep going?

Was it faith? Was it belief? Was it trust? Was it courage? Was it boldness? Was it family? Was it friends? Was it internal? Was it external? Was it defiance? Was it truth? Was it love? Was it hope?

With 2020 being the year of hindsight, I discovered in the midst of lots of change and lots of uncertainty that I had to lean harder and harder on God! There were so many times when it felt like I was needing to eject and see where I landed but God kept encouraging me to keep going and wait. Through a year with what I thought was going to be 3 bosses as we reached December. Through a year with what I thought was going to end with 6 roles as we reached December. God had one more plan for me. It took almost the entire year before I was positioned to step out and step up into the new things God had planned for me. It was going to take a lot of change and turbulence to help me be ready to step out and into what God had in store. I had so many connections. I had so many things I felt I owned. I had so many areas to cover. And to get me humbled and positioned for what was yet to come, it required letting go of all of that. It required giving it all up to God and trusting His plan for me. It wasn’t easy. It did open my eyes to see God’s hand at work in me and through me. I learned more about the leadership team above me and how most of them were similarly looking for the best for me. God’s favor started that and continues it to this day. And with less than half of December in play and with 2 weeks vacation scheduled over Christmas and New Years, God was ready for the last change of 2020 where I was able to reconnect with someone I had started working with nearly 20 years earlier to support a team of incredible people who God had previously given me connections with over my careers when I got my fourth boss for the year and seventh position and an incredible team just before I was going on vacation and celebrate not only a new job but also Christmas and New Year with my family.

When we trust God with all of our heart, mind, soul, and strength, we find hope when things are hopeless. When we trust God in spite of the trials and troubles, storms and waves of life, we find hope when things are hopeless. So if you find yourself feeling hopeless then you might be needing to spend more time with God and putting more trust in Him and His wisdom and direction so that you too can go from hopeless to hopeful.


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for March 15th


Full of Hope


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Jeremiah 29:11

‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord , thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ‘


The AMPC translation of this verse provides us with this additional insight:

‘ For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.’

Jeremiah 29:11

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you find hope after crushing disappointment?
  • How do you keep going after crushing disappointment?
  • Will take hold of the reality of who God is and that He is the author and perfecter of peace and hope?
  • Do you have a dream? Has your dream taken a beating? How do you keep going?
  • Is it because it was a God dream? So you know that if He calls you to it that He will get you through it?
  • Is it because it was a God dream? So you can trust Him and His timing to help you accomplish it?
  • As a great author and speaker that I got the opportunity put it “A setback is a setup for a comeback” — when Willie Jolley shared that during a men’s conference that I was blessed enough to bring my son with me, I could take hold of that and I have a t-shirt that helps me remember it too.
  • Don’t allow setbacks or criticism to hold you back from accomplishing God’s plan and will for your life!
  • Don’t allow discouragement to take hold and cause you to quit!
  • As we learned in yesterday’s post about waiting, God’s timing is perfect and His delays have purpose too.
  • Don’t take delays as cold water thrown on your energy and future!
  • Don’t allow your hope to be lost because of delays and discouragement!
  • Don’t allow them to distract you from God’s plan and purpose!
  • Don’t allow the distraction of the good things to keep you from accomplishing the God things!
  • Don’t lose hope out of impatience!
  • Lean in and trust God and His perfect timing! Who knew that when I started my blog posts on how 2020 was going to be a year of Hindsight that it would take me to nearly the end of the year to get focus on what was happening, what needed to happen, and what I was supposed to do.
  • Don’t become impatient and settle for less that what God has for you!
  • Don’t allow the enemy to rob you of the best by settling for good!
  • Take hold of today’s words from Jeremiah as the Lord speaking to you today!
  • Take hold of the reality that you are not alone and that God loves you!
  • Take hold of the reality that God loves you and will never leave you nor abandon you!
  • Take hold of the reality that God’s grace is enough!
  • Trust God so that you can be filled with hope that God is able to take your problems and weave them into His plans!
  • God is faithful!
  • God’s faithfulness isn’t dependent on our perceptions of reality!
  • Yes, in this world we will have troubles but Jesus told us to take heart because He has overcome the world! Take heart or Have hope, turn to God, receive Jesus, and press forward!
  • Throughout the Bible we see how lots of people went through troubled times, so don’t lose hope if or when you find yourself in such times but instead turn to God!
  • Don’t allow fear to cause you to stop! Press on!
  • Don’t allow worry to rob you! Press on!
  • Be it Abraham or Moses or Peter – they each faced troubles – God remained faithful and forgiving!
  • “As long as there is hope in the future, we” have power in the present to persevere.”

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
Are you discouraged that God’s vision for your life doesn’t seem to be making headway?
  • There have been bumps along the way but my hope and trust are in God.
What do God’s words of hope mean to you today?
  • Have hope even in the midst of trials and troubles! Trust in God and His time! Lean not on my own understanding because God is faithful and His plans are perfect! Have Hope and Take heart! Put your trust in Jesus!

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

That the Almighty does make use of human agencies, and directly intervenes in human affairs, is one of the plainest statements in the Bible. I have had so many evidences of his direction, so many instances when I have been controlled by some other power than my own will, that I cannot doubt that this power comes from above. I frequently see my way clear to a decision when I am conscious that I have not sufficient facts upon which to found it. I am satisfied that when the Almighty wants me to do or not to do a particular thing, he finds a way of letting me know it.

Abraham Lincoln

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Are you ready to live your life full of hope? Are you ready to give up hopelessness for hopefulness?

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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Thankful this New Year’s Eve!


Has this been a fun year? No. Has this been an enjoyable year? No. Have there been trials? Yes. Have there been troubles? Yes. Have there been challenges? Yes. Have there been trials? Yes. Have there been shake ups and shake downs to try to destabilize me? Yes. Have the challenges and the struggles slowed down or stopped? Nope. Even as I sit here on the eve of a new year, there are many open questions for what is yet to come.

But in the midst of all that there has been so much to be thankful for this new year’s eve that will start my second semi-centennial. I got more time to be with my family as so much of the world shutdown for a while. My wife and I started a routine of reading a devotional and then praying for each other each night after dinner. God’s opened up new doors of communication where I am able to speak to people from around the country and around the world. God’s opened doors for me to have conversations most mornings with other men and share life together. God’s even opened the door for me to be able to connect and pour into on evening a week too. God has provided for the needs of my family. God has protected my family as they come and go. God is love! God is light! My hope is built on nothing less that Jesus’s blood and righteousness! My faith allows me to know this is not the end but as each day goes by it draws us closer to His return. I have learned the importance of love! I have learned how important it is to allow God’s love to fill me up in order that I can overflow into the world around me. There are so many things to be thankful for!

I continue to learn from the lessons of the past in order to press forward towards the prize which Jesus has prepared and put before me. I continue to celebrate all that God has done and continues to do to help me through each day. I continue to lean on Him rather than my own understanding so that I won’t be in despair from the attacks of the enemy. I continue to pray believing for God’s wisdom and discernment so that the Holy Spirit can be my comforter and my guide, leading me through each day.

Happy New Year’s Eve of my second semicentennial!


Today’s verse of the day comes to us from Philippians 4:13 and says:

13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]

— Philippians 4:13

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? T-1 day till we will have October in the rearview mirror. T-1 day till a semicentennial will be in the rearview mirror. It is interesting to consider the first 30 against the last 20 and all that has taken place in the last 20 with God as the focal point, as the center, so that the chord of with Him in the middle has been so much stronger in helping me in and through life. How in the last 20 I have seen lives transformed including my own. I have seen incredible children grow up into incredible human beings who love God and serve people. How God was able to speak to me daily through His Word about where I am at, not to give up, and press in and press on for the glory of His kingdom. They say hindsight is 2020 and it has revealed to me that I still have more to learn and more growing to do. It has revealed to me the importance of have God at the center of the house and the impact it makes not only in my hope but beyond as it extends to work, to the community, to the next generation. So as I reflect on the past, I am excited for the future because I know that God is in control and that He will give me strength to complete the good works He has prepared in advance for me to accomplish. So let’s learn form the past and press forward today! Let’s make the most of today because we don’t know what tomorrow will bring but we do know that today will be more than enough to deal with.

The 49 week challenge
Day 304

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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:

  • ‘Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells. So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.’ — 2 Peter 3:1-18
  • ‘Be merciful to me, my God, for my enemies are in hot pursuit; all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long; in their pride many are attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God, bring the nations down. Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll — are they not in your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord , whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.’ — Psalms 56:1-13
  • ‘“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord . Therefore this is what the Lord , the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord . “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number. I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord . “The days are coming,” declares the Lord , “when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior. “So then, the days are coming,” declares the Lord , “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ but they will say, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.” Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the Lord and his holy words. The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly. “Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,” declares the Lord . “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,” declares the Lord . “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray. And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.” Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says concerning the prophets: “I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.” This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the Lord . They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ But which of them has stood in the council of the Lord to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word? See, the storm of the Lord will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked. The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds. “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the Lord , “and not a God far away? Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord . “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord . “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds? They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship. Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord . “Is not my word like fire,” declares the Lord , “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? “Therefore,” declares the Lord , “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me. Yes,” declares the Lord , “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the Lord . “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the Lord . “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the Lord ?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the Lord .’ If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message from the Lord ,’ I will punish them and their household. This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the Lord ’s answer?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ But you must not mention ‘a message from the Lord ’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the Lord Almighty, our God. This is what you keep saying to a prophet: ‘What is the Lord ’s answer to you?’ or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ Although you claim, ‘This is a message from the Lord ,’ this is what the Lord says: You used the words, ‘This is a message from the Lord ,’ even though I told you that you must not claim, ‘This is a message from the Lord .’ Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. I will bring on you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”’ — Jeremiah 23:1-40
  • ‘The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, you are living among a rebellious people. They have eyes to see but do not see and ears to hear but do not hear, for they are a rebellious people. “Therefore, son of man, pack your belongings for exile and in the daytime, as they watch, set out and go from where you are to another place. Perhaps they will understand, though they are a rebellious people. During the daytime, while they watch, bring out your belongings packed for exile. Then in the evening, while they are watching, go out like those who go into exile. While they watch, dig through the wall and take your belongings out through it. Put them on your shoulder as they are watching and carry them out at dusk. Cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have made you a sign to the Israelites.” So I did as I was commanded. During the day I brought out my things packed for exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands. I took my belongings out at dusk, carrying them on my shoulders while they watched. In the morning the word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, did not the Israelites, that rebellious people, ask you, ‘What are you doing?’ “Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: This prophecy concerns the prince in Jerusalem and all the Israelites who are there.’ Say to them, ‘I am a sign to you.’ “As I have done, so it will be done to them. They will go into exile as captives. “The prince among them will put his things on his shoulder at dusk and leave, and a hole will be dug in the wall for him to go through. He will cover his face so that he cannot see the land. I will spread my net for him, and he will be caught in my snare; I will bring him to Babylonia, the land of the Chaldeans, but he will not see it, and there he will die. I will scatter to the winds all those around him—his staff and all his troops—and I will pursue them with drawn sword. “They will know that I am the Lord , when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them through the countries. But I will spare a few of them from the sword, famine and plague, so that in the nations where they go they may acknowledge all their detestable practices. Then they will know that I am the Lord .” The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, tremble as you eat your food, and shudder in fear as you drink your water. Say to the people of the land: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says about those living in Jerusalem and in the land of Israel: They will eat their food in anxiety and drink their water in despair, for their land will be stripped of everything in it because of the violence of all who live there. The inhabited towns will be laid waste and the land will be desolate. Then you will know that I am the Lord .’ ” The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, what is this proverb you have in the land of Israel: ‘The days go by and every vision comes to nothing’? Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to put an end to this proverb, and they will no longer quote it in Israel.’ Say to them, ‘The days are near when every vision will be fulfilled. For there will be no more false visions or flattering divinations among the people of Israel. But I the Lord will speak what I will, and it shall be fulfilled without delay. For in your days, you rebellious people, I will fulfill whatever I say, declares the Sovereign Lord .’ ” The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, the Israelites are saying, ‘The vision he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies about the distant future.’ “Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: None of my words will be delayed any longer; whatever I say will be fulfilled, declares the Sovereign Lord .’ ”’ — Ezekiel 12:1-28

As day 304 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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Hope even in the midst of grief.


Do you have hope no matter what happens? Do you have hope in the midst of having to suffer for a little while? Do you have hope that goes beyond your situation and circumstance?

Where does your hope come from? Jesus is my hope, no matter what, because in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection. Jesus is my hope, no matter what, because through Jesus I step into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is stored up in heaven where moths and rust don’t destroy and thieves don’t break in and steal. There is hope because beyond what what Jesus has already done on His first visit, sacrificing Himself and paying the ultimate price opening the door to eternity for all those who will believe in Him, He is coming back one day to end it all, He has already won the victory, He will bring to fruition a new heaven and a new earth, with no more sorrow and no more pain. Where does your hope come from?

Do you have faith to help you through your today? Do you faith to take heart when you face troubles in this world because you know that Jesus has overcome the world? Do you have faith to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Do you have faith to let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.


Let’s reflect on what faith is before we jump into today’s reading:

Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

Let’s reflect on this with a few additional scriptures:

  • For in this hope we were saved; but hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he can already see? — Romans 8:24
  • So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. — 2 Corinthians 4:18
  • For we walk by faith, not by sight. — 2 Corinthians 5:7
  • But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are His house, if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope of which we boast. — Hebrews 3:6
  • We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly to the end the assurance we had at first. — Hebrews 3:14
  • But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. — Hebrews 10:39
  • By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in godly fear built an ark to save his family. By faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. — Hebrews 11:7
  • By faith Moses left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw Him who is invisible. — Hebrews 11:27

August is in the rearview mirror
August is in the rearview mirror along with 3 weeks of September, what have we learned in and through it all? When someone says that hindsight is 2020, it means we know, we can see what has happened. But can we take those lessons learned and create clarity of vision for what is yet to come? Can we get rid of the blur that has been in front of us and replace it with visions and dreams, clarity and conciseness, a plan and a purpose? This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it. Let’s not be stuck in the past. Let’s overcome fear with love rather than allowing fear to paralyze or control us. Put your trust in God!

The 49 week challenge – Day 265

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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 Peter 1
    • ‘Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
      Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.’
      1 Peter 1:1-25
  • Leviticus 11
    • ‘The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “Say to the Israelites: ‘Of all the animals that live on land, these are the ones you may eat: You may eat any animal that has a divided hoof and that chews the cud. “ ‘There are some that only chew the cud or only have a divided hoof, but you must not eat them. The camel, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is ceremonially unclean for you. The hyrax, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. The rabbit, though it chews the cud, does not have a divided hoof; it is unclean for you. And the pig, though it has a divided hoof, does not chew the cud; it is unclean for you. You must not eat their meat or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you. “ ‘Of all the creatures living in the water of the seas and the streams you may eat any that have fins and scales. But all creatures in the seas or streams that do not have fins and scales—whether among all the swarming things or among all the other living creatures in the water—you are to regard as unclean. And since you are to regard them as unclean, you must not eat their meat; you must regard their carcasses as unclean. Anything living in the water that does not have fins and scales is to be regarded as unclean by you. “ ‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle, the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat. “ ‘All flying insects that walk on all fours are to be regarded as unclean by you. There are, however, some flying insects that walk on all fours that you may eat: those that have jointed legs for hopping on the ground. Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper. But all other flying insects that have four legs you are to regard as unclean. “ ‘You will make yourselves unclean by these; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. Whoever picks up one of their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. “ ‘Every animal that does not have a divided hoof or that does not chew the cud is unclean for you; whoever touches the carcass of any of them will be unclean. Of all the animals that walk on all fours, those that walk on their paws are unclean for you; whoever touches their carcasses will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up their carcasses must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. These animals are unclean for you. “ ‘Of the animals that move along the ground, these are unclean for you: the weasel, the rat, any kind of great lizard, the gecko, the monitor lizard, the wall lizard, the skink and the chameleon. Of all those that move along the ground, these are unclean for you. Whoever touches them when they are dead will be unclean till evening. When one of them dies and falls on something, that article, whatever its use, will be unclean, whether it is made of wood, cloth, hide or sackcloth. Put it in water; it will be unclean till evening, and then it will be clean. If one of them falls into a clay pot, everything in it will be unclean, and you must break the pot. Any food you are allowed to eat that has come into contact with water from any such pot is unclean, and any liquid that is drunk from such a pot is unclean. Anything that one of their carcasses falls on becomes unclean; an oven or cooking pot must be broken up. They are unclean, and you are to regard them as unclean. A spring, however, or a cistern for collecting water remains clean, but anyone who touches one of these carcasses is unclean. If a carcass falls on any seeds that are to be planted, they remain clean. But if water has been put on the seed and a carcass falls on it, it is unclean for you. “ ‘If an animal that you are allowed to eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass will be unclean till evening. Anyone who eats some of its carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. Anyone who picks up the carcass must wash their clothes, and they will be unclean till evening. “ ‘Every creature that moves along the ground is to be regarded as unclean; it is not to be eaten. You are not to eat any creature that moves along the ground, whether it moves on its belly or walks on all fours or on many feet; it is unclean. Do not defile yourselves by any of these creatures. Do not make yourselves unclean by means of them or be made unclean by them. I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy. Do not make yourselves unclean by any creature that moves along the ground. I am the Lord , who brought you up out of Egypt to be your God; therefore be holy, because I am holy. “ ‘These are the regulations concerning animals, birds, every living thing that moves about in the water and every creature that moves along the ground. You must distinguish between the unclean and the clean, between living creatures that may be eaten and those that may not be eaten.’ ”’
      Leviticus 11:1-47
  • Job 23
    • ‘Then Job replied: “Even today my complaint is bitter; his hand is heavy in spite of my groaning. If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me. Would he vigorously oppose me? No, he would not press charges against me. There the upright can establish their innocence before him, and there I would be delivered forever from my judge. “But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him; when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. “But he stands alone, and who can oppose him? He does whatever he pleases. He carries out his decree against me, and many such plans he still has in store. That is why I am terrified before him; when I think of all this, I fear him. God has made my heart faint; the Almighty has terrified me. Yet I am not silenced by the darkness, by the thick darkness that covers my face.’
      Job 23:1-17
  • Proverbs 17
    • ‘Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family. The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the Lord tests the heart. A wicked person listens to deceitful lips; a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue. Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker; whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished. Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool— how much worse lying lips to a ruler! A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it; they think success will come at every turn. Whoever would foster love covers over an offense, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends. A rebuke impresses a discerning person more than a hundred lashes a fool. Evildoers foster rebellion against God; the messenger of death will be sent against them. Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs than a fool bent on folly. Evil will never leave the house of one who pays back evil for good. Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent— the Lord detests them both. Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it? A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge and puts up security for a neighbor. Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin; whoever builds a high gate invites destruction. One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper; one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble. To have a fool for a child brings grief; there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. The wicked accept bribes in secret to pervert the course of justice. A discerning person keeps wisdom in view, but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth. A foolish son brings grief to his father and bitterness to the mother who bore him. If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good, surely to flog honest officials is not right. The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.’
      Proverbs 17:1-28

As day 265 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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Do you hear the knocking at the door of your heart? What will you choose?


I remember the resurrection scene because of getting to play the angel on resurrection Sunday so many years ago. Being a part of the earthquake, watching the stone roll away, and talking to Mary Magdalene and the other Mary. The shock, the wonder, the joy, the celebration of that time, that day, and that event was incredible. Jesus gave up His life, nobody took it. Jesus was resurrected, defeating the power of death. He had trained up and spent so much time with His disciples and by revealing Himself through the resurrection to them, solidified their faith and provided them with the encouragement and direction they would need to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the point where people are still taking about Him, putting their faith in Him, putting their hope and trust in Him, giving their lives for Him, thousands of years later. Have You heard the TRUTH? Have You taken the step to ask Jesus into Your heart? Read on and I pray that Your life will be transformed by the love and power of Jesus Christ who intersected my life and called to me, then help to get rid of the distractions, that I may be able to focus on Him and hear the truth, the truth that I believe and the patterns of life, I try to live, that I may be more like Him every day.

Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

But the angel answered and said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you."

So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.

And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, "Rejoice!" So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me."


There are a lot of people who desire to keep you from knowing the truth. The devil come to lie, rob, and destroy, and will do everything he can to try to stop us. But Fear Not, Just Believe, for Jesus has already won. Keep your eyes on Him, that He may help you through any storms or trials you may be facing.

Now while they were going, behold, some of the guard came into the city and reported to the chief priests all the things that had happened. When they had assembled with the elders and consulted together, they gave a large sum of money to the soldiers, saying, "Tell them, ‘His disciples came at night and stole Him away while we slept.’ And if this comes to the governor’s ears, we will appease him and make you secure." So they took the money and did as they were instructed; and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.


Jesus asked the Father to send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our comforter and our guide. He reveals to us through God’s Word and our circumstances the truth. If we will listen and be obedient to His still quiet voice, we will know what to do and what is right. We need to stop and listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so as much as we talk or ask, we need to stop and listen twice as much. This isn’t only true with our prayers, but also in our lives with others who we spend time with and relate to.

Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.

And He said to them, "What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?"

Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, "Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?"

And He said to them, "What things?"
So they said to Him, "The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see."

Then He said to them, "O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?" And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.

Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, "Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent." And He went in to stay with them.

Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

And they said to one another, "Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?" So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, "The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!" And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.


Jesus knows where to find you. He is knocking at the door to your heart and asking to come in. He desires to meet with you and to fill that void you feel in your heart, the void that was created when the gap between God and man occurred in the garden of Eden. He is knocking at the door, what will you choose to do? Thomas didn’t believe the others, but humbled himself when Jesus showed up again. He realized the truth and wasn’t as interested as getting proof as when the others had spoken to him. He didn’t need to see the holes in His hands or the one in His side. Believe and Live. Fear Not, Just Believe.

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.

So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord."

So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe."

And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing."

And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"
Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed."


WORSHIP

Praise the LORD!
Blessed is the man who fears the LORD,
Who delights greatly in His commandments.
His descendants will be mighty on earth;
The generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches will be in his house,
And his righteousness endures forever.
Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:1-4

WISDOM

The hearing ear and the seeing eye,
The LORD has made them both.
Proverbs 20:12


Today’s Reading:

Matthew 28:1-15 ; Luke 24:13-35; John 20:19-29;
Psalm 112:1-4; Proverbs 20:12