What are you in need of renewing?


First Tuesday of 2022, a year that has kicked off with a theme of THRIVE, a day that has kicked off with the theme of renewal, and the importance of planting lots of seeds and knowing that they are good seeds because whatever you sow you will also reap.

In the beginning, God wanted to make sure we understood the importance of seeds and so on the third day:

‘Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. ‘

Genesis 1:11-13

God’s Word speaks to the impact of knowing what you are sowing and how it will make a difference:

‘Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken. ‘

Proverbs 22:8

‘Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you. But you have planted wickedness, you have reaped evil, you have eaten the fruit of deception. Because you have depended on your own strength and on your many warriors, the roar of battle will rise against your people, so that all your fortresses will be devastated— as Shalman devastated Beth Arbel on the day of battle, when mothers were dashed to the ground with their children. ‘

Hosea 10:12-14

So let’s consider as we reach the 4th day of this new year what seeds we have, what seeds we sow, how we will sow, and what it will mean in terms of what we will reap.

‘ “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ‘

Luke 6:37-38

‘ “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. ‘

Luke 6:43-45

‘Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. ‘

Galatians 6:7

‘Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.’

Psalms 126:5-6

God also demonstrated His love by sowing in order to bring salvation to this world, taking things into His own hands because He knew we were unable to take care of it on our own and so He sowed once it has caused an eternal harvest! So will you receive this seed and plant such faith into your life and the world around you?

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

John 3:16-18

Today’s post from Be The Dads is Day 4 – Putting Up the Bumpers


So are you ready for renewal? Are you ready to turn to God and ask Him to create a clean heart and renew a right spirit in you? Are you ready to do something different and not conform to the ways of this world but instead ask God to transform you by the renewing of your mind, the testing of your faith to build discernment of what is good, acceptable, and perfect? Are you ready to wait on the Lord in order to have your strength renewed so that you can walk out this life without fainting and run and not grow weary? So let’s receive Jesus and accept Him into our lives today, putting on our new self that is being renewed in the knowledge of God, our creator!

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

Now let’s renew ourselves by reading the Lord’s Prayer:

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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Does your reputation need a rebrand?


When you think about your reputation what comes to mind? What do people believe about you? What do people think about you? What habits do they believe you have? What characteristics do they believe you have? Does it line up with who you want to be? Does it align with who God wants you to be? Does it align with who God says you are? Do you need your reputation to be rebranded? refreshed? renewed? refined?

Who does God say you are?

‘ For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.’ — John 3:16

you are loved!

‘ SEE WHAT [an incredible] quality of love the Father has given (shown, bestowed on) us, that we should [be permitted to] be named and called and counted the children of God! And so we are! The reason that the world does not know (recognize, acknowledge) us is that it does not know (recognize, acknowledge) Him.’ — 1 John 3:1

you are His!

‘ The Lord your God is in the midst of you, a Mighty One, a Savior [Who saves]! He will rejoice over you with joy; He will rest [in silent satisfaction] and in His love He will be silent and make no mention [of past sins, or even recall them]; He will exult over you with singing.’ — Zephaniah 3:17

you are worthy!

‘ 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

you are purposed!

‘ In Him we have redemption (deliverance and salvation) through His blood, the remission (forgiveness) of our offenses (shortcomings and trespasses), in accordance with the riches and the generosity of His gracious favor,’ — Ephesians 1:7

you are redeemed!

So will you decide to live up to your calling? Will you decide to live up to your purpose? Will you decide to live up to your worth? Will you decide to live up to being a child of God? Will you decide to live like you are redeemed? The decision is yours? Are you being a reflection of Jesus to the world around you? Are you being Jesus with skin on to the people God brings across your path? Are you being His hands, His feet, His arms? Or do you need a reset so that you can rebrand and refine your reputation?


today’s devotional…


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


Refining your Reputation


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, And a man is valued by what others say of him.’

Proverbs 27:21

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Has your reputation ever been unfairly tarnished?
  • Was it caused by gossip or manipulation?
  • When you consider what the majority of the people think though, what does your reputation look like?
  • When you contemplate the reality of your reputation is it a good thing or a bad thing?
  • What is the general opinion about you point to?
  • Is it going to take some heat and refining to get you to the next level?
  • Is it going to take some removal of some pieces like the dross and sludge that is removed as part of the precious metal refining process?
  • Let’s allow other people’s opinion of us be the fire that will help the impurities float to the top so that they can be skimmed off gradually!
  • Let’s allow the noble things to stay and the selfish things to be removed!
  • Let’s allow the good things to stay and the bad things to be removed!
  • Let’s be wise to evaluate the feedback, the reports, the messages about us by accepting them and implementing a change process to get better! (ex. Be more assertive)
  • Let’s allow the fire to complete the purification process rather than trying to be removed from the fire by using excuses or the blame game and miss out on the lessons we can learn and benefits from the criticism.
  • A good reputation takes time to earn!
  • Let’s pay attention to other’s opinion of us!
  • Let’s make sure to way everyone’s opinion though and not get tripped up by bad intentions or motives!
  • Look for wise people to give you feedback!
  • Consider discounting the value (don’t take at full value) the feedback of gossips, angry, bitter or even those who are trying to use flattery to manipulate you.
  • Stay in the heat! Learn the lessons! Let God us the fire to purify your heart!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How do you respond to criticism?
  • Depends…
  • sometime try to come up with justification or excuses
  • sometimes try to explain or reject
  • when it is from someone I trust, I take it to heart for real consideration
Who are the people you trust to tell you the truth?
  • Wife
  • Friend
  • Many of my managers

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“To disregard what the world thinks of us is not only arrogant but utterly shameless.”

Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43BC)

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


So who can you trust to get a real evaluation? Who can you ask for real feedback? How will you choose to respond? How will you be transformed? How will you be refined? How will you be renewed? How will you be rebranded? Might it take some humility and grace? Might it take some apologies and forgiveness? Might it take deciding and taking a stand?

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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Is the pressure or labor too much to bare?


If there was someone who could help you would you be willing to share it with them? If they would listen without turning away without contempt, mockery, scoffing, insult, disparagement, spite, sarcasm, ridicule, or put-downs, would it make you more willing to share the cares of your heart and the thoughts of your mind? Do you need someone who can stand by you? Do you need someone who can walk it out with you? Do you want someone who can support and encourage you both on the good and on the tough days? Do you want someone who can speak truth in love when you start to question what is going on? Do you need a way to find rest for your soul? Do you need to find rest for your mind? Do you need to find rest for your body?

Do you know where to go when the pressure starts to build up? Do you know where to turn when life feels overwhelming? Do you know what to do when you don’t know what to do? Turn to God! Cry out to Jesus! Be still and listen to the words of the Holy Spirit! Turn to God’s Word for wisdom and direction! When you don’t know what to do, you do what you know how to do. Ever considered in the midst of your trials and troubles, your burdens and your yoke, to give to others in need or to reach out to help others in need?

Is the pressure or labor too much to bare? Are you willing to do something about it? Will you let God in?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 25th


Rest for the Soul


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”’

Matthew 11:28-30

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • What is burdening your life?
  • What are the pressures?
  • What are the stresses?
  • Do you realize that rest doesn’t mean to escape from all responsibilities?
  • Do you realize that you can find rest without having to escape from everything?
  • Do you realize that being passive or looking to escape may not be the real answer to your situation?
  • Do you realize from Jesus’ words above that He didn’t mean that passivity and escape aren’t what He has in mind?
  • Ever envisioned or tried to picture the word picture Jesus describes in Matthew 11?
  • Can you see the importance of being equally yoked?
  • Can you see the importance of being equally yoked to stability and level of effort?
  • Can you see the importance of being equally yoked from a mentoring and development perspective?
  • Can you see the importance of being equally yoked to learning cooperation and team work?
  • So are you willing to yoke up with Jesus?
  • Are you willing to learn from His lead?
  • Are you willing to develop from His teaching?
  • Are you willing to cooperate and team up with Him?
  • Are you willing to pull alongside Jesus to accomplish God’s plans, purposes, and will for your life?
  • Jesus won’t scold us when we don’t pull our weight or misstep in our walk beside Him, for there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!
  • Just as today’s verses tell us, rather than scold us, Jesus will be humble and patient in reminding us that He is pulling most of the load.
  • So let’s trust Him in this and with this!
  • Let’s allow the Spirit to lead and guide our thoughts, our words, our steps, and our actions.
  • Let’s stop trying to pull everything on our own and instead pair up with Jesus!
  • Let’s stop trying to go it alone!
  • Let’s start pulling in alignment with Jesus!
  • Let’s walk with Him and learn to work in cooperation with Him!
  • Let’s allow this lesson to bring us peace, relief, rest, and thankfulness
  • Let’s lean on God’s strength rather than trying to go it in our own.

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How are you doing in the yoke as you learn to pull with Jesus?
  • It gets easier as you get in step and alignment with Jesus
  • As you accept and adjust your steps to walk with Him,
What changes do you need to make? How will these affect your life?
  • Keep in step with Jesus, all the time
  • Understand when it is time to speed up or slow down
  • In so doing, there will be rest and peace and relief and so much more to be thankful for.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“I have a great need for Christ: I have a great Christ for my need.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Are you ready to stop trying to do it all in your own strength? Are you ready to stop trying to go it alone? Are you ready to share the load with someone who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than you could ever ask or imagine? Will today be your day?

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

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

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How will you use the time? the gifts? the talents?


So a bunch of the things that used to be on your calendar are gone. How will you choose to use the open slots on your calendar? Will you be a good steward of the time? Will you be a good steward of the gifts you have been given? Will you be a good steward of the talents you have been given? Will you live out your today in a way to produce good fruit? Will you live out your today in a way to produce good works? Will you live out your life so that you will get to hear well done my good and faithful servant?

Are there projects you can get done because you are able to work without distractions? Is there research and findings you will be able to do because you have time to focus and execute? Are there people you will be able to help who before you were too busy to be able to help? Are there questions you can now ask because you have time to ask and process and respond to them? How will you use the time you have been given?

Is it a blue sky kind of time? Is it a green field kind of time? Is it blue sky allowing you time to emphasize vision? Is it a green field allow you time to come up with some new or undeveloped idea(s)? Is it cloudy? Let’s take this time getting our head out of the clouds in order to be visionary or innovators!


August is in the rearview mirror
They say hindsight is 2020. For that to be the case we need to have taken a moment to review and focus and learn from it. What have you learned over the past 8 months? What will you do with those lessons? How will it impact the vision for the future? How will it impact the new or undeveloped ideas for the future? Will it help bring clarity for what is yet to come?

The 49 week challenge – Day 246

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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:

  • Will you set your focus on prayer, being watchful and thankful?
  • Will you pray for your leaders? at church? at work? in government?
  • Will you let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone?
  • Will you be someone who brings words of encouragement?
  • Will you be someone who brings comfort?
  • Do you realize that the 7th year may require a sabbath in the land? We can live off of what is generated?
  • Do you realize that the 50th year is to be a year of jubilee?
  • What are the odds that 2020 is also the 7th year and the 50th year?
  • Will you take moment to hear from God about the situation you are in?
  • Will you confess to God for your own and the others in the nation in order for God to bring reconciliation?
  • Will you find favor because of God?
  • Will be one who brings joy and encouragement in love?
  • Will be one who refreshes the hearts of others?
  • Will you act in a way that brings life rather than death?

As day 246 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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There is hope and chance for a change…


Going through history we watch the pendulum swing back and forth. We see it go from alignment with God to out of alignment with God…back and forth again. We see it go from doing what is right to going what is wrong…back and forth again. We see it go from joy and celebration to pain and suffering…back and forth again. Depending on where people are at in their lives they hop onto the pendulum on one end or the other, or somewhere in the swing. If it is going well but people aren’t reminded why they forget and start to take things for granted and get comfortable, stopping the swing and back it goes the other way.

Take a look around you. Consider the situation of things right now in your life and in the timeline of the world. Where is the pendulum? And what way do we need to start going?

Alignment
Joy and Celebration
Pressing towards God

The pendulum goes back and forth

Out of alignment
Pain and Suffering
Walking away from God
Getting to comfortable Swing Realizing something is missing

So where are you at on the pendulum of life? What is needed? Reminders so we don’t forget and stay on that side? What is needed? Reminders to help get things back on track? Consider your choices and the impact they will have on the swing! Consider your decisions and how they will impact beyond your circle of influence! Consider your actions and how they will impact the world around you! It’s time to decide!


Today’s reading from 2 Kings 22 starts with Josiah…having the right leader in place makes a difference on a nation. Having the right leader with the right character is key to how it will play out! Having the right leader with integrity and a dependency on God will direct the nation! Look beyond the head to see the character of those managing things – are they honest and trustworthy? Look beyond candidates to the people they depend on! Now what would happen if they found that reminder of what was? How would they respond? Would they dig deeper or just cast it aside? Let’s see how Josiah responds and consider how life is today and the choices we are facing today…One generation can stop the upward swing on the wrong side! One generation can turn things around! One generation can start to make right for the wrongs of their predecessors! Will you be that generation? Will you make a difference?

God is just! Today people have an option that didn’t exist before…Jesus! Back then Jesus hadn’t come down from heaven to sacrifice Himself and turn the choices! Jesus came that we could have life and life to the full! Jesus came to make a permanent, once for all sacrifice in order to make a way where there wasn’t a way so that we can be reconciled back to God! Now receiving Jesus is a choice! Accepting the gift of grace is a choice! Asking Jesus into your life is a choice! And with freewill we each get to make that choice for ourselves! Imagine if we started to walk in alignment with Jesus and started raising the bar which would raise the average rather  than working towards the lowest common denominator which by design lowers the average. The choice is yours! The decision is yours! And your actions could impact things not only today, but for generations to come!

There is hope and time for a change but to fully receive it, we need to bring Jesus back into our lives! We need to put Him in the center in order that when we come together a cord of 3 strands is not easily broken! Be it in our marriage! Be in our business partnerships! Be in our community relationships! Be it in our national leadership! We need to get back to the truth! We need get back to the way Jesus pointed us to! We need to first love God! We need to then love people! Walking out these two will keep us on track to be everything God created us to be!

Josiah Rules in Judah

1Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah from Bozkath. 2He did what was pleasing in the lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.
3In the eighteenth year of his reign, King Josiah sent Shaphan son of Azaliah and grandson of Meshullam, the court secretary, to the Temple of the lord. He told him, 4“Go to Hilkiah the high priest and have him count the money the gatekeepers have collected from the people at the lord’s Temple. 5Entrust this money to the men assigned to supervise the restoration of the lord’s Temple. Then they can use it to pay workers to repair the Temple. 6They will need to hire carpenters, builders, and masons. Also have them buy the timber and the finished stone needed to repair the Temple. 7But don’t require the construction supervisors to keep account of the money they receive, for they are honest and trustworthy men.”

Hilkiah Discovers God’s Law

8Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and he read it.
9Shaphan went to the king and reported, “Your officials have turned over the money collected at the Temple of the lord to the workers and supervisors at the Temple.” 10Shaphan also told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” So Shaphan read it to the king.
11When the king heard what was written in the Book of the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. 12Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: 13“Go to the Temple and speak to the lord for me and for the people and for all Judah. Inquire about the words written in this scroll that has been found. For the lord’s great anger is burning against us because our ancestors have not obeyed the words in this scroll. We have not been doing everything it says we must do.”
14So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Acbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to the New Quarter of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
15She said to them, “The lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, 16‘This is what the lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the words written in the scroll that the king of Judah has read will come true. 17For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will burn against this place, and it will not be quenched.’
18“But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the lord and tell him: ‘This is what the lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: 19You were sorry and humbled yourself before the lord when you heard what I said against this city and its people—that this land would be cursed and become desolate. You tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the lord. 20So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city.’”
So they took her message back to the king.

–from 2 Kings 22

So let’s not turn away from what is right! Let’s not turn away from doing what is right! Let’s not turn away from speaking the truth in love! Let’s take hold of the truth for the truth will set us and those around us free!

What’s going on around you that needs to be changed? What’s going on around you that needs to be taken away? What’s going on around you that need to be torn down? What’s going on around you that needs to be fixed up? Who do we need to help get things back on track? Who do we need to ensure is aligned with God’s work? What measuring stick are you using to vet the choices that need to be made? What measuring stick are you using to make sure you pick the right people for the job?

Ever noticed that there are some who are trying to hide or tear down or take away the things of God? Ever noticed that there are some who are trying to God out of the fact that in God we trust? Ever noticed that there are some who are trying to take God out of the education system? Ever noticed that there are some who are trying to take God out of the workplace? Ever noticed that there are some who are trying to take God out of our everyday conversations? Will we make a choice that will cause people to draw closer to God or will it push them even further away? What reform is required?

The pendulum is at a point where what gets decided next will decide the direction and the height of the swing. Will it start to swing back towards the center or will it keep swinging away? Will it have implications other than back and forth like the foucault pendulum?

Josiah Rules in Judah

1Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. 2He did what was pleasing in the lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right.
3During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David. Then in the twelfth year he began to purify Judah and Jerusalem, destroying all the pagan shrines, the Asherah poles, and the carved idols and cast images. 4He ordered that the altars of Baal be demolished and that the incense altars which stood above them be broken down. He also made sure that the Asherah poles, the carved idols, and the cast images were smashed and scattered over the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. 5He burned the bones of the pagan priests on their own altars, and so he purified Judah and Jerusalem.
6He did the same thing in the towns of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, even as far as Naphtali, and in the regions all around them. 7He destroyed the pagan altars and the Asherah poles, and he crushed the idols into dust. He cut down all the incense altars throughout the land of Israel. Finally, he returned to Jerusalem.
8In the eighteenth year of his reign, after he had purified the land and the Temple, Josiah appointed Shaphan son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of Jerusalem, and Joah son of Joahaz, the royal historian, to repair the Temple of the lord his God. 9They gave Hilkiah the high priest the money that had been collected by the Levites who served as gatekeepers at the Temple of God. The gifts were brought by people from Manasseh, Ephraim, and from all the remnant of Israel, as well as from all Judah, Benjamin, and the people of Jerusalem.
10He entrusted the money to the men assigned to supervise the restoration of the lord’s Temple. Then they paid the workers who did the repairs and renovation of the Temple. 11They hired carpenters and builders, who purchased finished stone for the walls and timber for the rafters and beams. They restored what earlier kings of Judah had allowed to fall into ruin.
12The workers served faithfully under the leadership of Jahath and Obadiah, Levites of the Merarite clan, and Zechariah and Meshullam, Levites of the Kohathite clan. Other Levites, all of whom were skilled musicians, 13were put in charge of the laborers of the various trades. Still others assisted as secretaries, officials, and gatekeepers.

Hilkiah Discovers God’s Law

14While they were bringing out the money collected at the lord’s Temple, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the lord that was written by Moses. 15Hilkiah said to Shaphan the court secretary, “I have found the Book of the Law in the lord’s Temple!” Then Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan.
16Shaphan took the scroll to the king and reported, “Your officials are doing everything they were assigned to do. 17The money that was collected at the Temple of the lord has been turned over to the supervisors and workmen.” 18Shaphan also told the king, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a scroll.” So Shaphan read it to the king.
19When the king heard what was written in the Law, he tore his clothes in despair. 20Then he gave these orders to Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Acbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary, and Asaiah the king’s personal adviser: 21“Go to the Temple and speak to the lord for me and for all the remnant of Israel and Judah. Inquire about the words written in the scroll that has been found. For the lord’s great anger has been poured out on us because our ancestors have not obeyed the word of the lord. We have not been doing everything this scroll says we must do.”
22So Hilkiah and the other men went to the New Quarter of Jerusalem to consult with the prophet Huldah. She was the wife of Shallum son of Tikvah, son of Harhas, the keeper of the Temple wardrobe.
23She said to them, “The lord, the God of Israel, has spoken! Go back and tell the man who sent you, 24‘This is what the lord says: I am going to bring disaster on this city and its people. All the curses written in the scroll that was read to the king of Judah will come true. 25For my people have abandoned me and offered sacrifices to pagan gods, and I am very angry with them for everything they have done. My anger will be poured out on this place, and it will not be quenched.’
26“But go to the king of Judah who sent you to seek the lord and tell him: ‘This is what the lord, the God of Israel, says concerning the message you have just heard: 27You were sorry and humbled yourself before God when you heard his words against this city and its people. You humbled yourself and tore your clothing in despair and wept before me in repentance. And I have indeed heard you, says the lord. 28So I will not send the promised disaster until after you have died and been buried in peace. You yourself will not see the disaster I am going to bring on this city and its people.’”
So they took her message back to the king.

Josiah’s Religious Reforms

29Then the king summoned all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30And the king went up to the Temple of the lord with all the people of Judah and Jerusalem, along with the priests and the Levites—all the people from the greatest to the least. There the king read to them the entire Book of the Covenant that had been found in the lord’s Temple. 31The king took his place of authority beside the pillar and renewed the covenant in the lord’s presence. He pledged to obey the lord by keeping all his commands, laws, and decrees with all his heart and soul. He promised to obey all the terms of the covenant that were written in the scroll. 32And he required everyone in Jerusalem and the people of Benjamin to make a similar pledge. The people of Jerusalem did so, renewing their covenant with God, the God of their ancestors.
33So Josiah removed all detestable idols from the entire land of Israel and required everyone to worship the lord their God. And throughout the rest of his lifetime, they did not turn away from the lord, the God of their ancestors.

–from 2 Chronicles 34

So will you share the good news? Will you walk differently than what people expect in society? Will you be someone who tries to make an impact? Will you point people back to Jesus? Will you tell people of Jesus and the way He has changed your life? Will you be salt and light into this world? Will you give God the glory? Will you point people to Him!

Paul and Barnabas in Iconium

1The same thing happened in Iconium. Paul and Barnabas went to the Jewish synagogue and preached with such power that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. 2Some of the Jews, however, spurned God’s message and poisoned the minds of the Gentiles against Paul and Barnabas. 3But the apostles stayed there a long time, preaching boldly about the grace of the Lord. And the Lord proved their message was true by giving them power to do miraculous signs and wonders. 4But the people of the town were divided in their opinion about them. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles.
5Then a mob of Gentiles and Jews, along with their leaders, decided to attack and stone them. 6When the apostles learned of it, they fled to the region of Lycaonia—to the towns of Lystra and Derbe and the surrounding area. 7And there they preached the Good News.

Paul and Barnabas in Lystra and Derbe

8While they were at Lystra, Paul and Barnabas came upon a man with crippled feet. He had been that way from birth, so he had never walked. He was sitting 9and listening as Paul preached. Looking straight at him, Paul realized he had faith to be healed. 10So Paul called to him in a loud voice, “Stand up!” And the man jumped to his feet and started walking.
11When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in their local dialect, “These men are gods in human form!” 12They decided that Barnabas was the Greek god Zeus and that Paul was Hermes, since he was the chief speaker. 13Now the temple of Zeus was located just outside the town. So the priest of the temple and the crowd brought bulls and wreaths of flowers to the town gates, and they prepared to offer sacrifices to the apostles.
14But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard what was happening, they tore their clothing in dismay and ran out among the people, shouting, 15“Friends, why are you doing this? We are merely human beings—just like you! We have come to bring you the Good News that you should turn from these worthless things and turn to the living God, who made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. 16In the past he permitted all the nations to go their own ways, 17but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness. For instance, he sends you rain and good crops and gives you food and joyful hearts.” 18But even with these words, Paul and Barnabas could scarcely restrain the people from sacrificing to them.
19Then some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowds to their side. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of town, thinking he was dead. 20But as the believers gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch of Syria

21After preaching the Good News in Derbe and making many disciples, Paul and Barnabas returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch of Pisidia, 22where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God. 23Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they turned the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. 24Then they traveled back through Pisidia to Pamphylia. 25They preached the word in Perga, then went down to Attalia.
26Finally, they returned by ship to Antioch of Syria, where their journey had begun. The believers there had entrusted them to the grace of God to do the work they had now completed. 27Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles, too. 28And they stayed there with the believers for a long time.

–from Acts 14