Peace in the midst of change…


2022 is still focused on THRIVE. In the midst of how 2022 is filling up with change, it requires finding a way to manage and navigate the stresses and strains that come with it. Be it something as simple as managing a new puppy. Be it something a challenging as sending your oldest daughter off to boot camp. Be it mentally preparing for your younger daughter to go off to college in the fall. Be it wrapping up the review process to close out 2021. Be it putting together a multitude of documentation to help communicate the roles and responsibilities for your team to a new management chain so that they can be informed and able to best decide what the organizational change that is required to happen to help the business thrive can be done in the most effective and efficient way. Be it prepping for another year of camps that will bless teenage foster kids. And in the midst of all of this, how do we make it so that we can find peace. In the midst of all of this, how do we make forward progress towards thriving rather than just being stuck and going nowhere like running on a treadmill? It comes down to who has the pen! We can’t give the pen over to fear, worry, and doubt! We need to give the pen to God with faith, hope, and love! We need to cling to God who is able to bring about peace in one of three ways: He causes a peace that surpasses any understanding within us (calm the storm in me), He can create peace by calming the storm outside of me, or He can provide peace by walking through the storm with us. The key is not trying to go it alone! We need to walk it out with Him! We need to be sensitive to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit so that we can be good stewards of our time and energy. So today, let’s choose to trust God with helping us write the story of our life and walk out this day in a way that will bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory! This is the day that the Lord has made, let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not allow stress and worries to pile up on our shoulders but grab hold of God’s instruction to cast our cares upon Him because He cares for us! Let’s decide to hand the situation over to God because trying to worry or be anxious about it won’t help anything, it won’t make things better, and it won’t help us get through today. So today’s through prayer and supplication, let’s make our needs known to God! He cares for us!

Today’s verse of the Day comes to us from Amos 5:24 which says:

‘But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream! ‘

Amos 5:24

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Finding Dad – Day1.


So where are you at today? As we hit the second hump day of the year, are you needing God to step in and help? Are you needing His peace that surpasses all understanding to come into your life? Are you needing His strength to help you make it through? Are you needing His wisdom and discernment to help you manage and navigate through? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your life and into your situation rather than trying to go it alone? 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 Christ 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 to help me become the kind of person you want me to be. Thank You Father for loving me. In Jesus' name. 
Amen.

2019, 2020, 2021, … What comes to mind? Time of stress or stress-free?


What causes stress for you? Where do you turn to try and relieve stress? What do you do to try and relieve stress? How do you try and relieve stress? Who can you go to or turn to in order to try and relieve stress? When is it time to try and relieve stress?

Over the years I have seen much change. Over the years it seemed like some people thought it would be a change of jobs and hence we see the great resignation. Over the years it seemed like some people thought it would be isolating themselves. Over the years it seemed that some people have discovered keeping healthy boundaries in the midst of having to work from home raises concerns, issues, and stress. Over the years many have lost jobs because of mandates and regulations. Over the years many have lost jobs because the businesses have been forced to shut down. Over the years some have grabbed hold of government money and are now having to also deal with inflation and expectations of higher-paying jobs no matter the job. Companies struggle to find people. Companies struggle to retain people. Companies will need to determine how will they consider and address this going forward. With fewer people in the workforce or willing to work does it or will it trigger additional automation and a bigger shortage? Consider the Amazon stores where there aren’t people checking you out or welcoming you in and things just happen as you add/remove items from your cart and whatever is in the cart when you leave gets charged to you. What kind of jobs will require people to do them? What kinds of jobs will require people to go back to them? What kinds of jobs will be lost forever?

STRESS… Is it a verb or noun when you think about it?

Ever realized how much stress is in the world? Ever realized what stress is? Ever considered what the alternatives are? Do you realize that stress is hard for scientists to deal with because it tends to be subjective? Ever considered that different people measure stress differently and that if we can’t measure stress that it can also be hard to manage it? Do you realize that stress is caused by change? 2019, 2020, 2021, … have been filled to overflowing with changes globally.

Do you realize there is a tipping point for stress where it goes from healthy to unhealthy?

https://www.stress.org/what-is-stress#:~:text=stress%20can%20be,before%20you%20are.
Stress can be helpful and good when it motivates people to accomplish more.
 As illustrated to the left, increased stress results in increased productivity – up to a point, after which things go rapidly downhill. However, that point or peak differs for each of us, so you need to be sensitive to the early warning symptoms and signs that suggest a stress overload is starting to push you over the hump. Such signals also differ for each of us and can be so subtle that they are often ignored until it is too late. Not infrequently, others are aware that you may be headed for trouble before you are.

Stress can be caused by physical stimuli. Stress can be caused by emotional stimuli. Stress can cause ulcers. Stress can cause shrinkage of lymphoid tissue like lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, adenoids, and other structures. Stress can cause enlargement of adrenals which then impact the body’s ability to keep a healthy metabolism. Persistent stress can cause heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. We can only take so much stress and strain. Stress can be measured by the wear and tear on the body. Before we jump to the definitions, let’s consider the differences between Stress and Strain:

Parameters of ComparisonStressStrain
DefinitionStress is a force and is defined as the repelling force to a unit area of the object or deforming and restoring force per unit area.The Strain is the variation in the shape of an object per the original shape or the deformation per unit area.
Unit of measurementStress has two main categories one is tensile, and another is compressive stress. The measuring unit of Stress is N/m2 (SI).There are two main types of Strain normal strain and shear strain. It has no unit of measurement.
DependenceStress does not depend on Strain as it can exist without Strain.Strain only happens when there is Stress, or it only happens when Stress is applied to an object.
TypesThe various sorts of Stress are tensile, compressive, and shear stress.Strain is categorized into tensile, compressive, shear, and volumetric strain.
Symbol and FormulaStress is designated by the Greek symbol sigma, and the formula for Stress is represented by Stress =force/ Cross-sectional area or σ= F/A.Strain is symbolized by ‘ε,’ that is epsilon, and the formula is given by: ε= dt/t.
https://askanydifference.com/difference-between-stress-and-strain/

We will start with what our human nature or definitions tell us before we turn to God and His Word to find a way to get stress relief.

Definition of Stress found in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stress:

stress

noun

\ ˈstres  \

Essential Meaning of stress

  1. a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your life, work, etc.
    — She uses meditation as a way of reducing/relieving stress.
    — Hormones are released into the body in response to emotional stress.
    — He needs help with stress management. [=ways to deal with stress]
  2. something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety
    — I’m sorry for being grumpy. I’ve been under (a lot of) stress at work lately.
    — She is dealing with the stresses of working full-time and going to school.
    — He talked about the stresses and strains of owning a business.
  3. physical force or pressure
    — Carrying a heavy backpack around all day puts a lot of stress on your shoulders and back.
    — To reduce the amount of stress on your back, bend your knees when you lift something heavy.
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Full Definition of stress  (Entry 1 of 2)

  1.  constraining force or influence: such as
    a: a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part especially: the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in pounds per square inch
    b: the deformation caused in a body by such a force
    c: a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation
    d: a state resulting from a stress especially: one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existent equilibrium job-related stress
    e: STRAINPRESSUREthe environment is under stress to the point of collapse— Joseph Shoben
  2.  EMPHASISWEIGHTlay stress on a point
  3. archaic intense effort or exertion
  4. intensity of utterance given to a speech sound, syllable, or word producing relative loudness
  5. a: relative force or prominence of sound in verse
    b: a syllable having relative force or prominence
  6. ACCENT sense 5a

stress

verb

stressedstressingstresses

Definition of stress (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

  1. to subject to physical or psychological stress
    stressing the equipment
    — this traffic is stressing me out
  2. to subject to phonetic stress ACCENT
  3. to lay stress on EMPHASIZE
    stressed the importance of teamwork

intransitive verbto feel stress stressing about the big exam—often used with out

Definition of Strain found in https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/strain:

strain

noun

\ ˈstrān  \

Definition of strain (Entry 1 of 3)

  1. a: LINEAGEANCESTRY
    b: a group of presumed common ancestry with clear-cut physiological but usually not morphological distinctions
    — a high-yielding strain of winter wheat
    broadlya specified infraspecific group (such as a stock, line, or ecotype)
    c: KINDSORT
    — discussions of a lofty strain
  2. a: inherited or inherent character, quality, or disposition
    — a strain of weakness in the family
    b: TRACESTREAK
    — a strain of fanaticism
  3. a: TUNEAIR
    b: a passage of verbal or musical expression
    c: a stream or outburst of forceful or impassioned speech
  4. a: the tenor, pervading note, burden, or tone of an utterance or of a course of action or conduct
    b: MOODTEMPER

strain

verb

strainedstrainingstrains

Definition of strain (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb
  1. a: to draw tight cause to fit firmly
    strain the bandage over the wound
    b: to stretch to maximum extension and tautness
    strain a canvas over a frame
  2. a: to exert (oneself, one’s senses, etc.) to the utmost
    b: to injure by overuse, misuse, or excessive pressure
    strained his back
    c: to cause a change of form or size in (a body) by application of external force
  3. to squeeze or clasp tightly: such as
    a: HUG
    b: to compress painfully CONSTRICT
  4. a: to cause to pass through a strainerFILTER
    b: to remove by straining
    strain lumps out of the gravy
  5. to stretch beyond a proper limit
    — that story strains my credulity
  6. obsolete to squeeze out EXTORT
intransitive verb
  1. a: to make violent efforts STRIVE has to strain to reach the high notes
    b: to pull against resistancea dog straining at its leashc: to contract the muscles forcefully in attempting to defecate —often used in the phrase strain at stool
  2. to pass through or as if through a strainerthe liquid strains readily
  3. to make great difficulty or resistance BALK strain a point: to go beyond a usual, accepted, or proper limit or rule

strain

noun (2)

Definition of strain (Entry 3 of 3)

  1. an act of straining or the condition of being strained: such as
    a: bodily injury from excessive tension, effort, or use
    — heart strain
    especiallyone resulting from a wrench or twist and involving undue stretching of muscles or ligaments
    — back strain
    b: excessive or difficult exertion or labor
    c: excessive physical or mental tensionalsoa force, influence, or factor causing such tension
    — a strain on the marriage
    d: deformation of a material body under the action of applied forces
  2. an unusual reach, degree, or intensity PITCH
  3. archaic a strained interpretation of something said or written

So with all this insight and perspective from the natural or human world, let’s take a moment to stop and turn to God, the author, creator, and perfector to see what He has to say:


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 12TH


God’s Formula For Stress Relief


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.’

Isaiah 26:3

Let’s look for more context and details around today’s verse by expanding the verse and using the Amplified version.

‘In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: “We have a strong city; He sets up salvation as walls and ramparts. Open the gates, that the righteous nation may enter, The one that remains faithful and trustworthy. You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation]. Trust [confidently] in the Lord forever [He is your fortress, your shield, your banner], For the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. For He has thrown down the [arrogant] ones who dwell on high, the lofty and inaccessible city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He hurls it to the dust. The foot will trample it, Even the feet of the suffering, and the steps of the helpless.” The way of the righteous [those in right-standing with God—living in moral and spiritual integrity] is smooth and level; O Upright One, make a level path for the just and righteous. Indeed, in the path of Your judgments, O Lord, We have waited expectantly for You; Your name, even Your memory, is the desire and deep longing of our souls. In the night my soul longs for You [O Lord ], Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently; For [only] when Your judgments are experienced on the earth Will the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. Though the wicked is shown compassion and favor, He does not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he deals unjustly, And refuses to see the majesty of the Lord. Though Your hand is lifted up [to strike], O Lord, the wicked do not see it. Let them see Your zeal for Your people and be put to shame; Indeed, let the fire reserved for Your enemies consume them. Lord, You will establish peace for us, Since You have also performed for us all that we have done. O Lord our God, other masters besides You have ruled over us; But through You alone we confess Your name. The [wicked] dead will not live [again], the spirits of the dead will not rise and return; Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, And You have wiped out every memory of them [every trace of them]. You have increased the nation, O Lord; You have increased the nation, You are glorified; You have extended all the borders of the land. O Lord, they sought You in distress; They managed only a prayerful whisper When Your discipline was upon them. As a woman with child approaches the time to give birth, She is in pain and struggles and cries out in her labor, So we were before You, O Lord. We have been with child, we have twisted and struggled in labor; We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind. We could not accomplish salvation for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world born. Your dead will live; Their dead bodies will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy! For your dew is a dew of [celestial] light [heavenly, supernatural], And the earth will give birth to the spirits of the dead. Come, my people, enter your chambers And shut your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until the [Lord’s ] wrath is past. Listen carefully, the Lord is about to come out of His [heavenly] place To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their wickedness [their sin, their injustice, their wrongdoing]; The earth will reveal the [innocent] blood shed upon her And will no longer cover her slain.’

Isaiah 26:1-21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Perfect peace, is that what you want?
  • Perfect peace, is that what you are looking for?
  • Perfect peace, the one that goes beyond all understanding, is that the one?
  • Would you recognize it if you saw it?
  • Do you know what you are looking for?
  • If stress is an alarm clock, when it goes off do you keep hitting the snooze button? Or worse, do you just shut it off or unplug it?
  • Is the alarm that is going off busyness?
  • Is the alarm that is going off hurriedness?
  • Is the alarm that is going off overwhelmingness?
  • Are you looking for peace or a distraction?
  • Are you looking for peace or an escape?
  • So why not stop, turn back to God, and allow His peace into your life?
  • If Isaiah was able to offer such a peace to people who were dealing with a lot more than what we are or could be dealing with then why not us?
  • If Isaiah was able to offer such a peace to men and women who had been defeated in war and taken into slavery, how much do these words mean for you and me and our circumstances today?
  • Feeling like life is out of control? Turn to God and allow Him who promised to rescue you to do so.
  • Feeling like life is out of control? Turn to God and allow Him who promised to restore you to do so.
  • God’s promise wasn’t just physically! It was a promise spiritually and emotionally too!
  • Perfect peace doesn’t come from schedules or happenstance.
  • The key to perfect peace is focusing on God! His goodness! His strength! His kindness! His love! His purpose!
  • Let’s go beyond knowing and step into trusting these things are true of God!
  • Let’s go from head knowledge to heart trusting God!
  • Let’s go from knowing about God to having a relationship and getting to delight and experience His leading each day!
  • Let’s allow His peace be a benchmark for when the stresses of life come our way!
  • Let’s allow God to lead and guide us when those stresses come so that we can say yes or no in alignment with God’s purpose and plan!
  • Let’s focus on getting God’s good works that He has prepared in advance for us to accomplish to get done rather than chasing after possessions, positions, and pleasure!
  • Let’s decide today that we will pursue God’s perfect peace!
  • Are you missing out or lacking in comfort or peace?
  • Do you have peace and hope today?
  • God’s faithfulness isn’t based on us.
  • Peace and Reconciliation (The Bible’s Impact on Acts of Mercy [Apr 12])

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What are some things that rob you of God’s peace?
  • What are some ways you can fix your mind and heart on God’s character and His will for you?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Surely it makes sense that the Lord who knew how to create the world knows how to run it– including even your life.”

Zig Ziglar

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

So today we will read Luke 12:

‘In the meantime, after so many thousands of the people had gathered that they were stepping on one another, Jesus began speaking first of all to His disciples, “Be continually on your guard against the leaven of the Pharisees [that is, their pervasive, corrupting influence and teaching], which is hypocrisy [producing self-righteousness]. But there is nothing [so carefully] concealed that it will not be revealed, nor so hidden that it will not be made known. For that reason, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops. “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will point out to you whom you should fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority and power to hurl [you] into hell; yes, I say to you, [stand in great awe of God and] fear Him! Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? Yet not one of them has [ever] been forgotten in the presence of God. Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not be afraid; you are far more valuable than many sparrows. “I say to you, whoever declares openly and confesses Me before men [speaking freely of Me as his Lord], the Son of Man also will declare openly and confess him [as one of His own] before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit [that is, whoever intentionally discredits the Holy Spirit by attributing the authenticating miracles done by Me to Satan], it will not be forgiven him [for him there is no forgiveness]. When they bring you before the synagogues and the magistrates and the authorities, do not be worried about how you are to defend yourselves or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

Someone from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or an arbitrator over [the two of] you?” Then He said to them, “Watch out and guard yourselves against every form of greed; for not even when one has an overflowing abundance does his life consist of nor is it derived from his possessions.”

Then He told them a parable, saying, “There was a rich man whose land was very fertile and productive. And he began thinking to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place [large enough in which] to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my storehouses and build larger ones, and I will store all my grain and my goods there. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many good things stored up, [enough] for many years; rest and relax, eat, drink and be merry (celebrate continually).” ’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own all the things you have prepared?’ So it is for the one who continues to store up and hoard possessions for himself, and is not rich [in his relationship] toward God.” Jesus said to His disciples, “For this reason I tell you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; or about your body, as to what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the crop]; they have no storehouse or barn, and yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! And which of you by worrying can add one hour to his life’s span? So if you are not even able to do a very little thing [such as that], why are you worried about the rest? Consider the lilies and wildflowers, how they grow [in the open field]. They neither labor nor spin [wool to make clothing]; yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. But if this is how God clothes the grass which is in the field today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You of little faith! So as for you, do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink; nor have an anxious and unsettled mind. For all the [pagan] nations of the world greedily seek these things; and your [heavenly] Father [already] knows that you need them. But [strive for and actively] seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid and anxious, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. “Sell your possessions (show compassion) and give [donations] to the poor. Provide money belts for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing and inexhaustible treasure in the heavens, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

“Be dressed and ready for active service, and keep your lamps continuously burning. Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that when he comes and knocks they may immediately open the door for him. Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) are those servants whom the master finds awake and watching when he arrives. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he will prepare himself to serve, and will have them recline at the table, and will come and wait on them. Whether he comes in the second watch (before midnight), or even in the third (after midnight), and finds them so [prepared and ready], blessed are those servants. “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time the thief was coming, he [would have been awake and alert, and] would not have allowed his house to be broken into. You too, be continually ready; because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” Peter said, “Lord, are You addressing this parable to us [disciples], or to everyone else as well?”

The Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise steward [of the estate], whom his master will put in charge over his household, to give his servants their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is that servant whom his master finds so doing when he arrives. I assure you and most solemnly say to you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking his time in coming,’ and begins to beat the servants, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers. And that servant who knew his master’s will, and yet did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will be beaten with many lashes [of the whip], but the one who did not know it and did things worthy of a beating, will receive only a few [lashes]. From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

“I have come to cast fire (judgment) on the earth; and how I wish that it were already kindled! I have a baptism [of great suffering] with which to be baptized, and how [greatly] I am distressed until it is accomplished! Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division [between believers and unbelievers]; for from now on five in one household will be divided [over Me], three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.” He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain,’ and that is how it turns out. And when [you see that] a south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and it happens. You hypocrites (play-actors, pretenders)! You know how to analyze and intelligently interpret the appearance of the earth and sky [to forecast the weather], but why do you not intelligently interpret this present time? “And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right? For while you are going with your opponent [at law] to appear before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle, so that he does not drag you before the judge, and the judge does not [rule against you and] turn you over to the officer, and the officer does not throw you into prison. I say to you, you [absolutely] will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent.”’

Luke 12:1-59

So where are you at today? Are you at a tipping point where you need to deal with or find a method so that you can get healthy again? Are you needing God’s wisdom and discernment to help you get your life back on track and His help in running it? Are you looking to find that peace that surpasses all understanding? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart and your life? Let’s pray:

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

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Do you realize the boomerang effect exists? Some call it the principle of sowing and reaping…


Today is a new day and you get to choose how you will live it. You get to choose what you will sow into it. You will get to reap into the future for whatever you have sown. What will you choose to plant today? Will you choose to plant hope, love, trust, integrity, and faith into the lives of others? Will you choose to plant things that will build up others? It’s not rocket science, it’s agricultural. It’s not magic, it’s science. It’s not made up, it’s the truth. So what will you throw out today? If you know it is going to boomerang back at you would that change your decision? If you know it is going to produce a return that you will get to reap would that change your decision? If you knew that based on the amount you sow the return or amount you will reap will be in accordance, would that change your decision?

Let’s check out what the Bible has to say about sowing and reaping:

  • One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. — Galatians 6:6-10
  • Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” — Luke 6:38
  • The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. — 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  • Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity, and the rod of his fury will fail. — Proverbs 22:8
  • Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. — Malachi 3:10
  • Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him. — Psalm 126:5-6
  • For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; … — Ecclesiastes 3:1-9
  • For they sow the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind. The standing grain has no heads; it shall yield no flour; if it were to yield, strangers would devour it. — Hosea 8:7
  • “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” — Luke 18:10-14
  • Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you. — Hosea 10:12
  • As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.– Job 4:8
  • For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. — John 3:16
  • Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. — Romans 13:7
  • ‘ “Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favor] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God. ‘ — Matthew 5:9

So what will return to you? What will you reap? Let’s decide to plant what is good, what is right, what is just, what comes from a heart of love in order that what we reap in return will align.


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


Rude Leads to Rude


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention.’

Proverbs 15:18

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Ever seen this in real life? In a meeting? In a store? In an intersection? In politics?
  • Ever noticed how the pace of life seems to have picked up which escalate things?
  • Ever noticed how the pressures of life have grown which have escalated things?
  • Do you realize how much has changed in the past couple generations?
  • Two generations ago most Americans lived on farms.
  • Imagine how life would have been different when the pace is based on the seasons of the year.
  • Imagine how life would have been different when it comes to expectations compared to where we are at today.
  • Do you realize how much has changed in one generation?
  • Imagine a place where most people walked to work.
  • Imagine a place where family life was more stable with nightly family dinners with minimal distractions.
  • So where are you at today? What are the stressors in your life? Is it caused by greater mobility? Is it caused by higher expectations? Is it caused by extra stress?
  • Have you noticed the impact of stressed people?
  • Have you noticed the lack of patience and the increase in tension because of stress?
  • Does it seem there are more hotheaded people who go off than there used to be?
  • Does it seem like patience is lower and more people seem to get provoked than before?
  • Does it seem like more people are saying things they wouldn’t have before?
  • Ever noticed how when one person blows up it can trigger a chain reaction?
  • Ever noticed or been the one who steps back and allows or causes things to cool down?
  • It may not be cold and many may stay at the simmering stage, on ready to go off again.
  • Ever noticed how many people have short fuses these days?
  • Are you ready to bring a cooler head to the situation?
  • Are you ready to be a peacemaker who will reduce the fire and tension?
  • Peacemaker doesn’t mean push over!
  • Peacemaker means being able to speak calmly and go after resolution rather than conflict.
  • Peacemaker means being able to speak calmly and go after resolution rather than escalating conflict.
  • Are you at peace or do you need God’s help to bring peace into you first?
  • You need to be filled with peace for peace to come out of you!
  • You need to release the stresses to God so that they don’t come out of you instead of peace!
  • So are you ready to get rid of or reduce the stressors in your life and give them up to God?
  • Let’s grab hold of God’s instruction in James 1 that says:
    • ‘Understand this, my beloved brothers and sisters. Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]; for the [resentful, deep-seated] anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God [that standard of behavior which He requires from us]. So get rid of all uncleanness and all that remains of wickedness, and with a humble spirit receive the word [of God] which is implanted [actually rooted in your heart], which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth]. For if anyone only listens to the word without obeying it, he is like a man who looks very carefully at his natural face in a mirror; for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he immediately forgets what he looked like. But he who looks carefully into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and faithfully abides by it, not having become a [careless] listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he will be blessed and favored by God in what he does [in his life of obedience]. ‘ James 1:19-25
  • Then we can be peacemakers into the lives of those around us and point them to God too to help them defuse and destress!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • When have you seen tension escalate between angry people?
  • Are you a peacemaker? If not, what can you do to reduce stress so you can have a cool head?

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Don’t be distracted by criticism. Remember the only taste of success some people get is taking a bite out of you.” 

— Zig Ziglar

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Where are you today? What are you sowing and reaping? Are you deciding to be a peacemaker? Are you ready to live out your today in a way that will make a difference? Are you ready to plant good into the lives of others today? Need some help? Why not invite God into your situation and allow Him to work in and through you? 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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Love moved First


As we head into Valentine’s day weekend the theme of love came to mind. All morning before I got before my computer the song by Casting Crowns kept playing in my head Love Moved First. As I was getting ready to head up to write the ideas around how much God loved us, even though we weren’t even alive yet, that He moved first and sent Jesus, He gave His one and only Son that whosoever would believe on Him would not perish but would have everlasting life. As I was getting ready the idea of how God is love and there is no darkness in Him came to mind. As I was getting ready the thought of God is Love and so that means that God is patient, is kind, He does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud, He does not dishonor others, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs, God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth, He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.

So as we prepare for this day, will we move in love, will we act in love, will we speak in love, will we prepare in love, will we plan in love, will what comes out of us be from the overflow of love? Will we fill ourselves with love so that the overflow into the lives around us will be love? From the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks!


Hope you have a GREAT day and a Happy Valentine’s Day weekend. Choose love! Remember, Love moved First! Let’s listen to the song before we continue…

Love Moved First by Casting Crowns

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


God’s Peace Plan


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 29:11

‘The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Peace, what do you think it is? How do you think you can get it?
  • Peace with God – do you have it?
  • Peace of God – do you have it?
  • Peace with others – do you have it?
  • The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Peace with God comes through faith and brings justification!
  • Peace of God requires action and is impacted in how we live our lives. Imagine if we lived out our lives like Philippians 4:4-7 and how we would be filled with and so connected to God that we could feel that peace that surpasses all understanding.
    • ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.’ — Philippians 4:4-7
  • Peace isn’t the absent of war.
  • Peace isn’t the absent of hassles.
  • Peace is found in the wonder and awe of God.
  • God in the midst of storms can bring peace by calming the storm or by calming the storm in us, walking us through the external storms of life.
  • Through faith we can find strength and peace through God.
  • In the midst of the storms, the winds, and the waves, God is able to bring in us a peace that surpasses all understanding.
  • He will bring us peace in spite of the troubles, trials, and storms of life.
  • If we focus on God rather than the storm then His peace can comfort and strengthen us!
  • If we focus on how great our God is rather than how big our problems are then His peace can comfort and strengthen us!
  • God is love! Let’s never forget that God is love!
  • So are you facing troubles, trials, or storms of life? Are you focusing on how big they are more than how BIG your God is? Change your focus to be on God’s wonder and awe! When we focus on God, His peace can fill us! So let’s praise Him! Let’s worship Him! Let’s live out our today as living sacrifices in order to bring Him the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name!
  • Let’ take hold of God’s peace plan by staying in connection with Him and keeping our focus on Him and remembering He is bigger than any trouble, problem, or storm of life that can come our way!
  • Let’s allow our faith to grow by focusing on His greatness!
  • As we do, our peace will grow too!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What’s the connection between wonder and peace?
  • When we focus on God rather than our problems we can find peace!
  • When we remember the wonders and awe of God our problems pale in comparison and so His peace that surpasses all understand can guard our hearts and minds.
What are somethings you can do to increase your sense of wonder at God’s power?
  • Consider God’s creation!
  • Consider the beauty of the sky He created!
  • Consider the beauty of nature that He created!
  • Focus on how GREAT He is!

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“God takes life’s broken pieces and gives us unbroken peace.”

Wilbert Donald Gough

Found this incredible picture in my searches for links for today’s quote and so sharing it and a link to the source:

“Unbroken Peace” – Pinterest

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 30
  • Exodus 31
    • Do you realize the skills, gifts, talents God has given you?
    • Are you ready to use them for a purpose greater than yourself?

So are you ready for love? Are you ready for God’s peace? Are you ready to let God take life’s broken pieces and receive unbroken peace?

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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Peace be with you…


Are you at peace? Do you have peace? Peace with others? Peace with God? Peace of God?

If you don’t then do you want to?

“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭AMPC‬‬

Why not invite Jesus into your heart and life? It begins with a relationship with Him. Through Him we receive forgiveness of sin. Through Him we receive salvation and peace with God. Allowing Jesus in allows the Holy Spirit who will prove you with God’s peace. With God’s peace we can find peace in the midst of our situation and allow us to forgive others and start to build peace with others through God’s wisdom and strength.

Will today be the start of you journey with Jesus? I know it has transformed my life, my mind, and my heart. So what God has given me I offer to you, the gift of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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With all the darkness, the evil, and the anxiety that is going on in this world, wouldn’t you rather trade it in for the peace of God that goes beyond what we can even understand in order that our hearts and our minds will be guarded and protected through Jesus?

Wouldn’t it be great that if and when things happen we can be people with a clear and focused mind because the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guards our hearts and minds while everyone else is panicking or anxious? Even if it doesn’t make natural sense to everyone else but thanks to Jesus, living in and through us, by faith we are able to face the challenge head on. We can be like Benaiah who faced the lion and rather than panic or flee, he roared back and chased the lion. All of this is possible. We can find peace in the midst of the trials because our trust and hope is in Jesus and the eternity with God in heaven. We can find peace in the midst of troubles because we can take heart knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world. We can have peace in the midst of the storms because we know that God will either protect us in he storm or get us through the storm for the glory of His kingdom. To those who don’t know Jesus it probably looks crazy.

What is it you are facing today? Will your first response be to invite Jesus into it? Will you ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance? Will you do what He tells you so that out of this very situation and this very moment Our Heavenly Father will receive the praise, the glory, and the honor in Jesus’s name? No matter what it is, make your first response be to turn to God and then allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your heart and mind.

With this peace you receive become a peacemaker! For as much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone! Let’s be ambassadors of peace!


August is in the rearview mirror
August is in the rearview mirror and they say that hindsight is 2020. So what have you learned so far from 2020? For some this is a long weekend and it means an extra day to consider and reflect, relax and refresh, energize and motivate and for other to take the lessons learned and put them into action. How will you take the lessons in order to help provide a clearer path forward? Will you pursue vision or dreams? Will you seek God’s direction and instruction? Will you set a plan in motion and then allow God to direct your steps?

The 49 week challenge – Day 249

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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:

  • God has a plan for you and it is for good and not for evil, it is to give you a hope and a future. Will go along with it?
  • Will you receive the gift of grace and receive it in faith in and through Jesus?
  • Will you allow love to be the source, the fuel for everything that you will and can do?
  • ‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ Ephesians 3:16-21
  • Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your needs?
  • Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your trials?
  • Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your troubles?
  • Will you ask God for wisdom in response to God’s offer to give to you?
  • Will you ask God for wisdom in order to be able to live your life to the fullness of God’s blessings?
  • Will you ask God for wisdom so that you can walk out your life in alignment and accordance to God’s Word, God’s will, and God’s plan?
  • Let’s praise God!
  • ‘Praise the Lord , my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord , my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord ’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord , you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord , all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord , all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord , my soul.’ Psalms 103:1-22
  • What will you do with what God shows you?
  • What will you do with what the Spirit reveals to you?
  • How will you take the wisdom from God and respond to it?
  • Will you be someone who speaks truth and life into the world around you?
  • Will you speak it so that others too may find the peace that surpasses all understand and so that they too will be saved?

As day 249 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

The Sinner’s Prayer

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Do you have peace and hope today?


If you don’t what is preventing you from having peace and hope today? If you don’t what is causing you or robbing you of being able to have peace and hope today? Can you put your finger on it? Can you identify it? Can you do something about it?

What type of peace are you finding that you are missing? Is it peace with God? Is it peace within yourself or some may say the peace of God? Is it peace with others? Do you realize the difference and what it takes? The peace with God is a gift that comes from receiving Jesus. Peace of God or peace within yourself is a fruit produced through that relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. Peace with others requires work.

So do you have peace with God? We learn about this peace and how it is a gift in a the book of Romans where we read:

  • Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, — Romans 5:1
  • For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:23

We learn how this peace is something we receive at the moment we accept Jesus into our heart and are saved. Some may call this spiritual peace.

So do you have peace of God, so peace within yourself? We learn about this peace and how it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in the book of Galatians where we read:

  • 22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. — Galatians 5:22-23

We see how it takes time to produce fruit and how these fruits make us more like Jesus and help us to have peace within. It begins through receiving the peace of God which then plants the seeds within us to be able to develop the peace of God no matter what is going on in the outside world. Some may call this emotional peace.

So you have peace with others? Are you working at it to be a peacemaker? Are you working to allow the righteousness of God to work in and through you to achieve peace with others? We read about this type of peace in the Old and New Testaments:

  • The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. — Isaiah 32:17
  • If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. — Romans 12:18
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.– Matthew 5:9

So let us be peacemakers! Let’s do our best to live at peace with everyone rather than trying to stir up the pot. Some may call this relational peace.

So the key all goes back to having peace with God and then everything else can build up and out of that!


July is in the rearview mirror
With hindsight being 2020 and with the past being clear in the rearview mirror. What is it we can learn so as to bring clarity for what is yet to come? We need to moving towards God and with God! We may even need to slow down and listen to God’s Word and what is prompting us to do. We need to be patient. We need to do more listening than speaking as we have 2 ears and 1 mouth and so should be listening twice as much as we speak. Let’s take hold of what is said in James 1:19 that says “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,“.

The 49 week challenge – Day 218

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With July in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Today’s reading gets us started speaking on hope and peace in Romans 5:
    • ‘Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned— To be sure, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Nor can the gift of God be compared with the result of one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ! Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was brought in so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’ — Romans 5:1-21
  • Today’s reading then brings us related messages first in Nahum 2:
    • ‘An attacker advances against you, Nineveh. Guard the fortress, watch the road, brace yourselves, marshal all your strength! The Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, though destroyers have laid them waste and have ruined their vines. The shields of the soldiers are red; the warriors are clad in scarlet. The metal on the chariots flashes on the day they are made ready; the spears of juniper are brandished. The chariots storm through the streets, rushing back and forth through the squares. They look like flaming torches; they dart about like lightning. Nineveh summons her picked troops, yet they stumble on their way. They dash to the city wall; the protective shield is put in place. The river gates are thrown open and the palace collapses. It is decreed that Nineveh be exiled and carried away. Her female slaves moan like doves and beat on their breasts. Nineveh is like a pool whose water is draining away. “Stop! Stop!” they cry, but no one turns back. Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold! The supply is endless, the wealth from all its treasures! She is pillaged, plundered, stripped! Hearts melt, knees give way, bodies tremble, every face grows pale. Where now is the lions’ den, the place where they fed their young, where the lion and lioness went, and the cubs, with nothing to fear? The lion killed enough for his cubs and strangled the prey for his mate, filling his lairs with the kill and his dens with the prey. “I am against you,” declares the Lord Almighty. “I will burn up your chariots in smoke, and the sword will devour your young lions. I will leave you no prey on the earth. The voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”’ — Nahum 2:1-13
  • Today’s reading then continues with 2 Samuel 14:
    • ‘Joab son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart longed for Absalom. So Joab sent someone to Tekoa and had a wise woman brought from there. He said to her, “Pretend you are in mourning. Dress in mourning clothes, and don’t use any cosmetic lotions. Act like a woman who has spent many days grieving for the dead. Then go to the king and speak these words to him.” And Joab put the words in her mouth. When the woman from Tekoa went to the king, she fell with her face to the ground to pay him honor, and she said, “Help me, Your Majesty!” The king asked her, “What is troubling you?” She said, “I am a widow; my husband is dead. I your servant had two sons. They got into a fight with each other in the field, and no one was there to separate them. One struck the other and killed him. Now the whole clan has risen up against your servant; they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother down, so that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed; then we will get rid of the heir as well.’ They would put out the only burning coal I have left, leaving my husband neither name nor descendant on the face of the earth.” The king said to the woman, “Go home, and I will issue an order in your behalf.” But the woman from Tekoa said to him, “Let my lord the king pardon me and my family, and let the king and his throne be without guilt.” The king replied, “If anyone says anything to you, bring them to me, and they will not bother you again.” She said, “Then let the king invoke the Lord his God to prevent the avenger of blood from adding to the destruction, so that my son will not be destroyed.” “As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “not one hair of your son’s head will fall to the ground.” Then the woman said, “Let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” “Speak,” he replied. The woman said, “Why then have you devised a thing like this against the people of God? When the king says this, does he not convict himself, for the king has not brought back his banished son? Like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be recovered, so we must die. But that is not what God desires; rather, he devises ways so that a banished person does not remain banished from him. “And now I have come to say this to my lord the king because the people have made me afraid. Your servant thought, ‘I will speak to the king; perhaps he will grant his servant’s request. Perhaps the king will agree to deliver his servant from the hand of the man who is trying to cut off both me and my son from God’s inheritance.’ “And now your servant says, ‘May the word of my lord the king secure my inheritance, for my lord the king is like an angel of God in discerning good and evil. May the Lord your God be with you.’ ” Then the king said to the woman, “Don’t keep from me the answer to what I am going to ask you.” “Let my lord the king speak,” the woman said. The king asked, “Isn’t the hand of Joab with you in all this?” The woman answered, “As surely as you live, my lord the king, no one can turn to the right or to the left from anything my lord the king says. Yes, it was your servant Joab who instructed me to do this and who put all these words into the mouth of your servant. Your servant Joab did this to change the present situation. My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God—he knows everything that happens in the land.” The king said to Joab, “Very well, I will do it. Go, bring back the young man Absalom.” Joab fell with his face to the ground to pay him honor, and he blessed the king. Joab said, “Today your servant knows that he has found favor in your eyes, my lord the king, because the king has granted his servant’s request.” Then Joab went to Geshur and brought Absalom back to Jerusalem. But the king said, “He must go to his own house; he must not see my face.” So Absalom went to his own house and did not see the face of the king. In all Israel there was not a man so highly praised for his handsome appearance as Absalom. From the top of his head to the sole of his foot there was no blemish in him. Whenever he cut the hair of his head—he used to cut his hair once a year because it became too heavy for him—he would weigh it, and its weight was two hundred shekels by the royal standard. Three sons and a daughter were born to Absalom. His daughter’s name was Tamar, and she became a beautiful woman. Absalom lived two years in Jerusalem without seeing the king’s face. Then Absalom sent for Joab in order to send him to the king, but Joab refused to come to him. So he sent a second time, but he refused to come. Then he said to his servants, “Look, Joab’s field is next to mine, and he has barley there. Go and set it on fire.” So Absalom’s servants set the field on fire. Then Joab did go to Absalom’s house, and he said to him, “Why have your servants set my field on fire?” Absalom said to Joab, “Look, I sent word to you and said, ‘Come here so I can send you to the king to ask, “Why have I come from Geshur? It would be better for me if I were still there!” ’ Now then, I want to see the king’s face, and if I am guilty of anything, let him put me to death.” So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.’ — 2 Samuel 14:1-33
  • Today’s reading then closes with 2 Samuel 18:
    • ‘David mustered the men who were with him and appointed over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. David sent out his troops, a third under the command of Joab, a third under Joab’s brother Abishai son of Zeruiah, and a third under Ittai the Gittite. The king told the troops, “I myself will surely march out with you.” But the men said, “You must not go out; if we are forced to flee, they won’t care about us. Even if half of us die, they won’t care; but you are worth ten thousand of us. It would be better now for you to give us support from the city.” The king answered, “I will do whatever seems best to you.” So the king stood beside the gate while all his men marched out in units of hundreds and of thousands. The king commanded Joab, Abishai and Ittai, “Be gentle with the young man Absalom for my sake.” And all the troops heard the king giving orders concerning Absalom to each of the commanders. David’s army marched out of the city to fight Israel, and the battle took place in the forest of Ephraim. There Israel’s troops were routed by David’s men, and the casualties that day were great—twenty thousand men. The battle spread out over the whole countryside, and the forest swallowed up more men that day than the sword. Now Absalom happened to meet David’s men. He was riding his mule, and as the mule went under the thick branches of a large oak, Absalom’s hair got caught in the tree. He was left hanging in midair, while the mule he was riding kept on going. When one of the men saw what had happened, he told Joab, “I just saw Absalom hanging in an oak tree.” Joab said to the man who had told him this, “What! You saw him? Why didn’t you strike him to the ground right there? Then I would have had to give you ten shekels of silver and a warrior’s belt.” But the man replied, “Even if a thousand shekels were weighed out into my hands, I would not lay a hand on the king’s son. In our hearing the king commanded you and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Protect the young man Absalom for my sake. ’ And if I had put my life in jeopardy —and nothing is hidden from the king—you would have kept your distance from me.” Joab said, “I’m not going to wait like this for you.” So he took three javelins in his hand and plunged them into Absalom’s heart while Absalom was still alive in the oak tree. And ten of Joab’s armor-bearers surrounded Absalom, struck him and killed him. Then Joab sounded the trumpet, and the troops stopped pursuing Israel, for Joab halted them. They took Absalom, threw him into a big pit in the forest and piled up a large heap of rocks over him. Meanwhile, all the Israelites fled to their homes. During his lifetime Absalom had taken a pillar and erected it in the King’s Valley as a monument to himself, for he thought, “I have no son to carry on the memory of my name.” He named the pillar after himself, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day. Now Ahimaaz son of Zadok said, “Let me run and take the news to the king that the Lord has vindicated him by delivering him from the hand of his enemies.” “You are not the one to take the news today,” Joab told him. “You may take the news another time, but you must not do so today, because the king’s son is dead.” Then Joab said to a Cushite, “Go, tell the king what you have seen.” The Cushite bowed down before Joab and ran off. Ahimaaz son of Zadok again said to Joab, “Come what may, please let me run behind the Cushite.” But Joab replied, “My son, why do you want to go? You don’t have any news that will bring you a reward.” He said, “Come what may, I want to run.” So Joab said, “Run!” Then Ahimaaz ran by way of the plain and outran the Cushite. While David was sitting between the inner and outer gates, the watchman went up to the roof of the gateway by the wall. As he looked out, he saw a man running alone. The watchman called out to the king and reported it. The king said, “If he is alone, he must have good news.” And the runner came closer and closer. Then the watchman saw another runner, and he called down to the gatekeeper, “Look, another man running alone!” The king said, “He must be bringing good news, too.” The watchman said, “It seems to me that the first one runs like Ahimaaz son of Zadok.” “He’s a good man,” the king said. “He comes with good news.” Then Ahimaaz called out to the king, “All is well!” He bowed down before the king with his face to the ground and said, “Praise be to the Lord your God! He has delivered up those who lifted their hands against my lord the king.” The king asked, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” Ahimaaz answered, “I saw great confusion just as Joab was about to send the king’s servant and me, your servant, but I don’t know what it was.” The king said, “Stand aside and wait here.” So he stepped aside and stood there. Then the Cushite arrived and said, “My lord the king, hear the good news! The Lord has vindicated you today by delivering you from the hand of all who rose up against you.” The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?” The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.” The king was shaken. He went up to the room over the gateway and wept. As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom! My son, my son Absalom! If only I had died instead of you—O Absalom, my son, my son!”’ — 2 Samuel 18:1-33

As day 218 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

The Sinner’s Prayer

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Are you missing out or lacking in comfort or peace?


There is a lot going on these days. There are a lot of changes that are and have taken place. In the midst of a global pandemic, are you able to find comfort? In the midst of protests and violence, are you able to find peace? God’s desire is that we wouldn’t be anxious or worried about anything but rather through prayer and petition make our needs and asks known to Him. When Jesus was leaving the earth in His physical body, He said that His Father would be sending the Holy Spirit who would be our comforter and our guide. We learn in God’s Word that when we lean on God and put all of our trust in Him that He gives us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Have you waited on God? Have you waited until you received the Holy Spirit like the disciples did in the upper room when Jesus commanded them to go back to Jerusalem and wait until the Holy Spirit came upon them? The promise of the Holy Spirit also promises that He will give power to go out and share the good news of Jesus with the world around us.

Are you missing something? Are you missing out? Are you lacking in peace? Are you lacking God’s comfort? Maybe today is the day to turn back to God and run into His arms like the lost son did allowing Him to comfort you and fill you with His peace that surpasses all understanding.

Don’t allow the news to freak you out. Don’t allow the situations at home, at work, in the community, in the world freak you out. If something starts to bother you, turn to God and invite Him into that situation. If something starts to try and rob your peace, your joy, you hope, your love, your comfort or anything else (like the devil tries to do with his negative intentions to rob, kill, and destroy through his lying ways) turn to God, cry out to Him for help, invite Him into the situation because He always provides a way out from any temptations the devil would try to ensnare or trap you with. Fear not, just believe! Faith is the antidote for fear! Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness! Lean not on your own understanding, lean on God, in all your ways acknowledge God, trusting Him and He will make your path straight! Allow Jesus’s peace which surpasses all understanding to help bring spiritual peace, emotional peace, and relational peace into your heart and mind and life.


June is in the rearview mirror.
Hindsight is 2020! Don't go rushing into the blur, turn to God and finish the race strong with clarity of vision!
Hindsight is 2020! Don’t go rushing into the blur, turn to God and finish the race strong with clarity of vision!

The 49 week challenge – Day 197

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With June in the rear view mirror, let’s share our takeaways from today’s reading! Did you catch and promises to trust? Did you catch any commands to obey? Did you catch any truths to embrace? Did you catch any warnings to heed? Did you catch any encouragement to rest in? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself? What did you learn about the world? What verse stood out most to you today?

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Today’s reading from God’s Word – the Bible comes to us from:


My Notes:

  • Receive grace and peace from God and Jesus
  • Receive the comfort in all our troubles so that we can share comfort with others
  • Allow comfort to produce in you patient endurance of the same sufferings
  • Don’t put your reliance in self but instead set your reliance in God!
  • Put your hope in God who will protect and sustain you
  • Depend on God’s grace over worldly wisdom
  • In Jesus it is always yes, the promises of God are yes in Him.
  • Walk under the ownership of God and filled with the Holy Spirit
  • Stand firm by your faith
  • Don’t do evil in the eyes of the Lord and be turned over to your wicked ways and suffer the consequences
  • Will you trust in God enough that you will only go if He will go with you?
  • Will you go in order that God will get the praise, the honor, and the glory?
  • Is it more important that God and His people receive the credit over you?
  • Trust God!
  • Don’t try to go it or control it in your own strength, power, and wisdom, instead ask God for wisdom and then go it His way!
  • Put your trust in God over man
  • God is looking to strengthen the hearts of people whose hearts are fully committed to Him.
  • Who will you trust more? God or man? When you are in a situation why not turn to God rather than putting all your trust and hope in man?
  • Who will you be? Will you be one who is marked as God’s people?
  • Will you be part of the people who will spend eternity with God?
  • Will you be part of the people who will spend eternity apart from God?

As day 197 of 2020 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 this early into 2020 and the blessing to get to live out the rest of 2020 in that power and that truth and that hope.

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

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

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Are you feeling like dry bones? Will you allow God to speak them back into life?


Has some part of your life died? Has some part of your life fallen apart? Has some part of your life needed new breath? Has some part of your life needed help to be born again?

Are you needing help? Are you feeling cut off? Will you invite the Spirit of the Lord into your heart? Will you invite the Spirit into your life and come back to life?  Will you invite Jesus into your life and be born again? Will you choose to be God’s people and for Him to be your God? Will you follow His laws and keep His decrees?

Will you seek peace? Peace doesn’t mean we will have it easy! Peace doesn’t mean a stress free life! Peace doesn’t mean a trouble free life! Peace doesn’t mean a trial free life!

Do you want peace? Do you know where to start to find and receive peace? Start first with finding peace with God! Jesus came to make a way when there didn’t seem to be a way! Thru Jesus you are able to find spiritual peace…peace with God! Ask God to open your eyes! (Ephesians 1:18-19) Come to Him in humility! Humility is the pathway to peace! (James 4:6) Ask God and expect Him to answer you! (Matt 11:28-29) Connect with Jesus and let Him lighten the load!  So let’s get things off on the right foot and find peace with God! (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

Next is to find peace with yourself! To find emotional peace! Jesus is the answer here too. Do not be in denial that is blinding you from the truth! Jesus has the peace you need! Receive the peace of God so that you will be at peace! (Colossians 3:15)

Next is to find peace with others! To find relationship peace with the people around you and in your life! Set God as the focal point! If you both are heading towards God then you will keep getting closer together! Be it with family! Be it with spouse! Be it with friends! God wants us to find peace with one another! (Ephesians 2: 13-14) (Galatians 3:28) We need to stop blaming others for our problems and ask God to open our eyes and help us out! Let’s step up and step in with humility! Let’s connect with Jesus and allow Him to lighten the load!

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The battle belongs to the Lord and victory is His! There is no one who can beat Him! We know Jesus came to provide a way to salvation! Jesus is coming back and there will be a battle (Armageddon) where the final battle will be won by Jesus! So let’s stand firm and put our hope and trust in God! Let’s not just sit back and allow evil to find victory before that time! Let’s stand up and look to stop them! Let’s pick God’s side!

There is testimonies and stories, songs and praise about all that God has done! It’s not by our strength but by the strength of God that provided and created victories for His people! Put our trust not in manmade things but fully in God! Let’s stay humble in our lives to God! Let’s not become too proud and risk the folly and fall created thru pride! We need to align and walk with God! Don’t forget God! Don’t walk away! Don’t lose focus! Don’t break away from what God has planned and purposed for you! Let’s live that He will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory because of God’s great love!

So in closing, let’s consider what God’s Word from 1 Timothy has to say…

1The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. 2Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. 3They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. 4For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
6If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wivesʼ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.
11Command and teach these things. 12Donʼt let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 13Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. 14Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.
15Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.

–1 Timothy 4

 


Today’s Reading: Ezekiel 37, 38, Psalm 44, 1 Timothy 4