THRIVE: Let’s choose to be good stewards of what we have been given.


Do you know what you own? Do you know what you are to steward? Do you know what ownership means? Do you know how stewardship is to be lived out?

Today’s verse of the day is:

‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ‘

Psalms 24:1

Did you catch that? Everything is God’s! That means with every good and perfect gift He has given us, we are to be good stewards of them. So how will that change the way you live out your today? How will that change the way you act or behave? How will that change how you use the things you have? How will that change the way you treat things you have? How will that impact your relationships with others? How will that impact your time management? How will that impact your finances? How will that impact your home? How will that impact your family? How will that impact your work? How will that impact your team? How will that impact the way you use your talents?

Let’s pause and reflect on the parable of the talents for a moment:

‘ “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ‘

Matthew 25:14-30

So let’s not be blind to our calling to be good stewards of what God has given us. Let’s not be living out our lives in fear but rather in faith so that we can make the most of what God has given us. Are you young and in school? Make the most of your education. Are you married? Make the most of your marriage and treat your spouse with love, invest in your marriage. Are you a parent? Make the most of your family and treat them with the love of God, invest in your family and decide to be the parent God created you and positioned you to be. For me, that means being a husband, a good husband to my wife. For me, that means being the dad God created me to be for the good of my family and my community. So let’s be good stewards of each and every good and perfect gift from God!


Today’s post from Be The Dads is Finding Dad – Day2.


So where are you at today? Are you looking for a role model or instructions on how to live out your life? Turn to God! Turn to God’s Word! Invite Jesus into your situation so that He can lead and guide you through the Holy Spirit to be the steward you need to be. Invite Jesus into your heart and allow Him to make things clean and clear when it comes to how to live your life. 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.

Feeling humbled and honored…


Ever been asked by someone you look up to and admire to do something? Did it create pride or humility in you? Did you get pumped up or feel honored for the opportunity? We for me today it is humbled and honored to be asked to present to the congregation their opportunity to bless the pastors with a love offering. I get to represent the board and elders before the church and ask them to both celebrate our pastors, praise God for having given us these pastors, and to bless these pastors with a love offering.

How about you? Have you ever been asked to do something public? Have you ever been asked to take the stage? Have you ever been asked to be broadcast to the world? How did you respond? How did it make you feel? How did that impact your ability to perform the asked task? Were you able to be a good steward? Were you able to do a good job? Did you feel humbled by the ask and the opportunity? Did you feel honored to get to represent?

Remember pride comes before the fall and so consider leading out of humility. Remember you are doing it as a task of servant leadership not out of vanity or arrogance. Let’s be good stewards of everything God has given us since every good and perfect gift comes from God! Let’s be good stewards of everything God gives us because it’s God’s after all since the Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it! So let’s step into the opportunities God gives us with thanksgiving and praise! Let’s celebrate and praise God for His love and faithfulness!


THE ONE YEAR DAILY INSIGHTS 
WITH ZIG ZIGLAR AND DR. IKE REIGHARD
FOR DECEMBER 4th


Thanksgiving


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘Make a joyful shout to the Lord , all you lands! Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the Lord , He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.’

Psalms 100:1-5

The Amplified version to give us a bit more details says the following:

‘Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness and delight; Come before His presence with joyful singing. Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.’

Psalms 100:1-5

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you see things? What perspective do you have?
  • Do you look at things from the perspective of creator or created?
  • Do you look at your accomplishments as something you did or that God did in and through you?
  • Do you look at the advancements in science as something people have done or that God has done through people?
  • Does your perspective change if you take hold of the reality that
  • Do you look at things from the perspective that God is the creator and sustainer?
    • “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” — Revelation 4:11
    • And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. — Colossians 1:17
  • Let’s take hold of the reality that our ability to think, dream, and invent come from God!
  • Let’s take hold of the fact that our gifts and talents comes from God!
  • Let’s not forget that our abilities to earn a living and put food on the table and provide money to pay the bills comes from God!
  • Every good and perfect gift comes from God! (check out James 1:17)
  • Let’s focus our attention on God than getting trapped by the focus on our human abilities and forget that they came from God.
  • Let’s re-read today’s Psalm as a reminder, a refresher, a wake-up call:
    • ‘Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness and delight; Come before His presence with joyful singing. Know and fully recognize with gratitude that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, not we ourselves [and we are His]. We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.’ — Psalm 100
  • Let’s remember who the creator and originator are and how all we have, all we can do, and every creative idea and thought comes from God!
  • Let’s remember how without God nothing exists!
  • Let’s grab hold of how great God’s love is that He gives us the abilities to create, invent, and discover and respond like the writer of today’s Psalm.
  • Let’s shout for joy and praise God!
  • Let’s sing God a new song of praise for what He has, is, and will do in and through us.
  • Let’s thank God!
  • Let’s praise God!
  • Let’s commit ourselves to live always and only for Him!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
  • What happens when we give people too much credit for the advances of the modern age?
  • Describe the right perspective, one that gives people the right amount of credit but ultimately goes back to God as the source of all good things.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people.”

Abraham Lincoln

Found the larger text and going to share for additional context to today’s quote from the devotional:

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

It has seemed to me fit and proper that [the gifts of God] should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged with one heart and one voice by the whole American people. I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.”

Abraham Lincoln

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 mean 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 4:

‘Now Jesus, full of [and in perfect communication with] the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. And He ate nothing during those days, and when they ended, He was hungry. Then the devil said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command this stone to turn into bread.” Jesus replied to him, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone .’ ” Then he led Jesus up [to a high mountain] and displayed before Him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth [and their magnificence] in the twinkling of an eye. And the devil said to Him, “I will give You all this realm and its glory [its power, its renown]; because it has been handed over to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore if You worship before me, it will all be Yours.” Jesus replied to him, “It is written and forever remains written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.’ ” Then he led Jesus to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle (highest point) of the temple, and said [mockingly] to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here; for it is written and forever remains written, ‘He will command His angels concerning You to guard and protect You,’ and, ‘ they will lift You up on their hands, So that You do not strike Y our foot against a stone .’ ” Jesus replied to him, “It is said [in Scripture], ‘you shall not tempt the Lord your God [to prove Himself to you].’ ” When the devil had finished every temptation, he [temporarily] left Him until a more opportune time.

Then Jesus went back to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and the news about Him spread through the entire region. And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised and glorified and honored by all. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up; and as was His custom, He entered the synagogue on the Sabbath, and stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].” Then He rolled up the scroll [having stopped in the middle of the verse], gave it back to the attendant and sat down [to teach]; and the eyes of all those in the synagogue were [attentively] fixed on Him. He began speaking to them: “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing and in your presence.” And [as He continued on] they all were speaking well of Him, and were in awe and were wondering about the words of grace which were coming from His lips; and they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?” So He said to them, “You will no doubt quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal Yourself! Whatever [miracles] that we heard were done [by You] in Capernaum, do here in Your hometown as well.’ ” Then He said, “I assure you and most solemnly say to you, no prophet is welcome in his hometown. But in truth I say to you, there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the sky was closed up for three years and six months, when a great famine came over all the land; and yet Elijah was not sent [by the Lord] to a single one of them, but only to Zarephath in the land of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And there were many lepers in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and not one of them was cleansed [by being healed] except Naaman the Syrian.” As they heard these things [about God’s grace to these two Gentiles], the people in the synagogue were filled with a great rage; and they got up and drove Him out of the city, and led Him to the crest of the hill on which their city had been built, in order to hurl Him down the cliff. But passing [miraculously] through the crowd, He went on His way. Then He came down [from the hills of Nazareth] to Capernaum, a city of Galilee [on the shore of the sea], and He was teaching them on the Sabbath; and they were surprised [almost overwhelmed] at His teaching, because His message was [given] with authority and power and great ability. There was a man in the synagogue who was possessed by the spirit of an unclean demon; and he cried out with a loud and terrible voice, “Let us alone! What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent (muzzled, gagged) and come out of him!” And when the demon had thrown the man down among them, he came out of him without injuring him in any way. They were all astonished and in awe, and began saying to one another, “What is this message? For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits and they come out!” And the news about Him spread into every place in the surrounding district (Galilee).

Then Jesus got up and left the synagogue and went to Simon’s (Peter’s) house. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering from a high fever, and they asked Him to help her. Standing over her, He rebuked the fever, and it left her; and immediately she got up and began serving them [as her guests]. While the sun was setting [marking the end of the Sabbath day], all those who had any who were sick with various diseases brought them to Jesus; and laying His hands on each one of them, He was healing them [exhibiting His authority as Messiah]. Demons also were coming out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But He rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew that He was the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed). When daybreak came, Jesus left [Simon Peter’s house] and went to a secluded place; and the crowds were searching for Him, and [they] came to Him and tried to keep Him from leaving them. But He said, “I must preach [the good news of] the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because I was sent for this purpose.” So He continued preaching in the synagogues of Judea [the country of the Jews, including Galilee].’

Luke 4:1-44

So where are you at today? Are you living a life of pride or thankfulness? Are you living a life of self or of thanksgiving? Are you living a life in a relationship with God or trying to go it alone? Are you ready to turn back to God? Are you ready to start having a living relationship with Him? Are you ready to invite Jesus into your heart? 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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Time is finite so will you choose to use it or lose it?


Do you realize how important it is to love others with your time? Do you realize how important it is to bless others with your time? Do you realize how important it is to build relationship and make connections with your time?

Our time on this planet is finite and so we have to be good stewards of it. Imagine when you look at your calendar how much you could do to make an impact on and in the lives of others in just 30 minutes. Imagine showing your love for God and for others by actively doing something for others. Imagine blessing others with your time by making time to check in on them and help them if and when they have a need. Imagine making time to connect with not only your inner circle of friends but others God puts on your heart to check in on and share life together with. Do you realize that your half hour might be the difference maker that day? Do you realize that God put that person in your mind or on your heart because He needs you to be His hands and arms extended for that person? Do you realize you reaching might be the one thing that helps them realize they are important and are valued? Do you realize your tone and words could be the turning point in their lives and help them realize they are not alone? How will you use your 30 minutes today? How many 30 minute blocks are there for you to impact the lives of others? Will you make the time or waste the time? Will you use it or lose it? The choice is yours! How many people need your voice, your connection, your love, and your blessings today? Will you choose to be the one? Will you choose to care? Will you choose to share? Will you choose to dare? This is the day that the Lord has made so let’s rejoice and be glad in it! Be aware of your surroundings! Watch for those God would have you start, build, strengthen relationships with today!


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for April 21st


Walk with Integrity


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY:

‘He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known.’

Proverbs 10:9

The Amplified translation says it this way:

‘ He who walks uprightly walks securely, but he who takes a crooked way shall be found out and punished.’

Proverbs 10:9

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you live your life?
  • Does it matter who is watching?
  • Do you live your life the same when people are and aren’t watching?
  • Do you do the right thing even when nobody is watching?
  • Do you live behind a mask of lies?
  • With the pandemic and so many people wearing masks, we know how it hides things, what about the masks we can’t see that people may have been wearing for years?
  • What are you scare of people finding out and hence your reason for wearing a mask?
  • Are you willing to live the truth?
  • Are you willing to live a life of integrity? Even when it gets hard?
  • Last weekend in the message about Stephen, we learned about his integrity but we also witnessed falsehoods being said about him and his stoning and death.
  • Some stay on track and occasionally fall off with lies but others have lied so much that they aren’t sure of the truth anymore.
  • Do you have the treasure of a clear conscience?
  • Are you able to live with the peace that surpasses all understanding because you live with integrity?
  • Are you committed to living a life of and with integrity?
  • Are you letting Jesus clean up your heart?
  • Are you letting Jesus clean up your mind?
  • Are you living your life with the reality that God sees everything?
  • Are you living your life with a quick return to God when you get tripped up?
  • Are you ready to do the right thing because you know that God always sees what you are doing?
  • Are you living your life in relationship with God and so can hear the Holy Spirit’s still quiet voice when you start to stray or go off track?
  • We are human and so we aren’t perfect and so there will be times when we go off track.
  • When we do we are faced with a decision. Will you ignore and reject it, turning away from God? Will you accept and admit it and turn back to God?
  • Do you take hold of God’s forgiveness and forgiving power in those moments?
  • God knows everything we do – what we watch or see, what we do, and even what we are thinking.
  • So let’s take hold of today’s memory verse and choose to walk with integrity!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What happens to you and your relationships when you try to wear a mask to hide your sin?
  • causes fear and worry of being found out
  • causes anxiety and missteps
  • it makes conversations hesitant or shallow
What would it (or does it) take for you to live with a clear conscience?
  • give it – whatever it happens to be this time – over to God and ask for forgiveness

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Every choice has a consequence; we can determine our choices, but we do not determine the consequence.”

Ike Reighard

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


How will you choose to use your time? Will you choose to spend it or lose it? Will you choose to use it or have it taken away from you? Will you use it wisely and with integrity? Will you use it to bless others? Will you use it to love others? Will you use it to build connections with others? Will you use it to build connections and relationship with God?

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

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

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Did you pray with me?
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A time to reflect…


As the first quarter of 2021 draws to a close I reflect on where we are at. I reflect on my first quarter nearly done on the job. I reflect on my incredible team I get to be a part of. I reflect on my peers and leaders and all they have done that has been a part of this first quarter. I reflect on accomplishments and the bumps in the road, the lessons learned and relationships built. I reflect on the time that has gone by and the reality of time. Time can’t be saved. Time is either spent or used or lost. I reflect on the importance of stewardship of our time. I reflect on how when I was going to take a break from reading a new book that a book from the pile called to me and so I will spend a half an hour a day to read and learn from it. As I reflect on relationships and the doors of opportunity God has opened to build stronger relationships with some great men right where they are at and making the time and purposing the time to build it up and support them. I reflect on how fragile life is as people get injured or sick and how we need to appreciate every moment we have because we never know which will be our last. I reflect on how getting to spend time with my wife, talking, reading a devotional, and praying together is so powerful. I reflect on how with COVID it changes the time we have with each other and where we can find time that wasn’t available before or isn’t there now like the commute. As Q1 of 2021 draws to a close, let’s reflect on it and consider if there are things we need to do to make Q2 better, to make better use of our time and efforts, to make a bigger impact in our lives and our community, to become healthier and stronger physically, emotionally, and spiritually. What can we do? What should we do? What will we do?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard 
for March 31st


A desperate prayer for desperate times


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 38:21-22

‘Do not forsake me, O Lord ; O my God, be not far from me! Make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation!’


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • Having a bad day? How do you know? What are you measuring it by or comparing it to?
  • Are the pains and confusion self inflicted or at least partially? Is it related to sins or foolish decisions?
  • Are you receiving accusations and attacks too on top of your existing heartaches?
  • Have people you thought were on your side turned their backs on you? when you needed them most?
  • Where will you turn? Where did you turn? Where could you turn? Where can you turn?
  • Will you be like David and turn to the one place he knew he could turn? Will you turn to God?
  • Consider David’s Words in Psalms 38: Asking God not to forsake him too.
  • Ever felt like everything is turning against you?
  • Ever felt like everyone has turned against you?
  • Gotten to that point of hopelessness and at the end of yourself?
  • Will you cry out to God and let Him step in?
  • Will you ask God for help in order to receive hope?
  • A hope that will last, a hope in God.
  • In this world we will have troubles but Jesus reminds us that we can still have hope because He overcame the world! (John 16:33)
  • The troubles can come from many directions. The troubles can come from may sources. The troubles can come in many ways.
  • Before we get to the end of our ropes or hit rock bottom, let’s turn to God and invite Him into the situation.
  • We don’t need to get to rock bottom before we turn to God!
  • We don’t need to get to the point of feeling hopeless, abandoned, misunderstood, betrayed, or incompetent to turn to God and definitely we can and should turn to Him before all of them set in!
  • Let’s cast our cares on God because He cares for us!
  • Let’s go to the one who is faithful to listen to us!
  • Let’s go to the one who cares for us!
  • Let’s go to the one who can restore our hope!
  • Don’t give up or think that this or these times of desperation are the end of the line! Turn to God!
  • Let’s put our focus on God who is bigger than any of our problems!
  • Let’s put our trust in God who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever ask or imagine!
  • Let’s express our trust in God and how we know He will come through!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
When was the last time you felt hopeless, trapped, or abandoned?
  • April 2020 – Dec 2020
How does God use those times to get your attention?
  • It required I lean on Him more because it wears us down
  • It required I find others to join me in leaning on God more because where 2 or more are gathered He is there
  • Finding another person can help bring perspective, support, strength to get through one more day – even when things don’t seem to be getting better
  • Knowing others are praying for you while you are in the midst of it gives encouragement to press in and press on.
  • God can be the certainty in uncertain times
  • God can be the firm foundation when everything around you seems to be like shifting sand.

QUOTE(S) FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

When God is all we have left, we then realize that God is all we need.”

IKE REIGHARD

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


Do you realize what you have? Do you realize what you need? Do you know what to do about it? Will you take time to reflect on it? Will you choose to be a good steward of your time?

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

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

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Are you living like you own it or are you living like you are a steward of it?


How are you choosing to live today? How are you treating the gifts and the talents you have been given? How are you treating the relationships and the work you have been given? Are you living to take what you have been given and be productive with it? Are you living to multiply what you have been given because you want to be a good steward or to increase yourself? Are you living to grow your piece of the pie or are you living to grow the pie? Are you living to make things better for you? Are you living to make things better for others? Are you living like you are in charge or like you have been given a responsibility? Are you living like an owner or a manager?

Let’s consider the story of the talents. Do you realize how a talent of gold would be valued at today? Over a million dollars! So what would you do if you were given 5 talents or 2 talents or 1 talent to manage? Even with the low interest rates of today, putting it in a money market account would give a return.

‘“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’’

Matthew 25:14-30

You have been given gifts and talents! How will you use them? How will you manage them? How will you view them? Remember where it came from:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

James 1:17

Remember who owns it vs who gets to manage it based on their abilities:

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;

Psalm 24:1

The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for January 28th

Owner or Manager

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: Psalms 24:1

‘The earth is the Lord ’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.’

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:21
  • If you consider things like Saving, Spending, and Giving what should the order be? Had a great conversation about this topic yesterday. Consider a tithe which is the the best and first 10% which is to be given to God. In such a case we end up with 90% that God can bless in our possession. If we don’t do it that way then we end up with 100% that isn’t blessed. Which do you think will play out better in the long term?
  • Capitalism points to ownership as the cornerstone
    • We work to earn money and consider it to be ours
    • We use that money to buy things and consider it to be ours
  • Ever considered what the Bible has to say and how it differs from this?
    • The earth and everything in it were created by God and as the Creator, He is the rightful owner.
    • God entrusts parts of it to use for a short time and so should live out these parts as managers
  • How do you view people and things? Do you have a consumer mentality? Are you always looking for how you can get something or how they can be used?
  • Do you emotions or happiness drive how you treat them? Do you keep them around if they make you happy and get rid of them if they don’t?
  • We need to take hold of the reality that we are God appointed managers!
    • Let’s acknowledge that our money is God’s
    • Let’s acknowledge that the skills and talents we have been given are God’s
    • So let’s consider all this under the microscope or magnifying glass of how can we use this in a way that pleases God?
    • So the money we have in our bank accounts and how we choose to spend it, is it pleasing to God?
    • So the people in our lives and those relationships, are we treating and building them up in a way that is pleasing to God?
    • Are we choosing to live our lives in a way that will please God?
  • Since the piece that will remain after this life isn’t the money or the stuff but the people, they are what is most important to God!
  • So how will you choose to treat your family and your relationship with them?
  • So how will you choose to treat your friends and your relationship with them?
  • So how will you choose to treat your coworkers and your relationship with them?
  • Are you choosing to live your life in a way that will show them love, build them up, and bring praise, honor, and glory to God?
  • Are you taking time to ask God how to best relate to them? Are you taking time to ask God how to best encourage them in a way that will honor God?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
How would it affect your management of money and other resources if you saw yourself as God’s appointed manager?
  • To give first to God! Give my best first to God! TITHE
  • To save and spend in ways that will bless and be a blessing
  • To save and spend in ways to be able to provide for my family and friends
  • To be a good steward in order that by saving well, I can give more to causes that matter most to God and bless others to demonstrate God’s love for them.
How would it affect your relationships if you saw people as entrusted to you by God?
  • It’s not an accident that you are reading this message! It is because of you that I am writing it!
  • God has positioned you here, reading this message so that you can know how much He loves you!
  • God has positioned me here to share a new message each day about how and what God is speaking to me daily.
  • God has positioned me and walked me through the year known as 2020 in preparation for the new year that I get to experience with a new role and a new set of responsibilities and a new group of people to work with.
  • I choose to make each day a Happy Today in order that others will get to experience and receive the hope and the love of God!
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


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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The Week Begins… The Journey starts…God’s plan for my talents…


Today is an exciting day. First workday of the 2021. First day of 2021 coming into my new team with a new manager (who is a previous manager) and a great team (who are people I am so excited to get to be working with). The journey of getting to lead this team as we start 2021 has begun. The opportunities to support people from around the world through an incredible team who manage inspiring and creative content, localized content that helps our customers not only make the right selection but use the various tools and services provided by our company. The opportunities to level up and provide quality and necessary information to help both the customers and business to succeed.

God has given each of us talents and we need to use them as good stewards for the glory of God in order to accomplish His vision and plans. We need to take hold of our strengths and alignment to move forward in alignment to God’s instruction and plan. Just as the body is made up of many parts, we need to use our various roles and strengths to be able to accomplish God’s bigger plan. We each have a role to play and to be a stronger team or body we need each component to be strong and for all of us to moving forward in the same direction, in unity so that we don’t self-destruct due to division.

So as we begin today, let’s be good stewards of the gifts and talents God has given us. Let’s find our strengths in order to help the unity of the team be stronger. Let’s get ready to become everything God has planned and prepared for us to be.


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

DISCOVER YOUR STRENGHS

MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: exodus 36:8

‘Then all the gifted artisans among them who worked on the tabernacle made ten curtains woven of fine linen, and of blue, purple, and scarlet thread; with artistic designs of cherubim they made them. ‘

POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • We have each been given God-given gifts to help with His plans and His purpose
  • We get to choose how we will use these gifts or talents
  • Will we choose to use these gifts for God’s greater plan?
  • Will we choose to use these gifts for God’s greater purpose?
  • God has given us abilities
  • We get to choose if and how we will use these abilities
  • Will we choose to use these abilities to accomplish God given, God sized dreams?
  • Ever considered how getting better or career development works best? I know over the years I have seen a formula where part of the development process is job-related experiences, another part is through interaction with others, and the final part is actual training. (70/20/10 ratio)
  • Training isn’t good enough or enough for us to rely upon it as the principal method of becoming competent on our job.
  • Ever heard the quote “love what you do and you will never work a day in your life“?
  • If all you ever did was train, as important as training is, if you don’t have much competence for the job then it will probably become a grind that makes each week very trying.
  • What if instead of focusing on your weaknesses you focused on your strengths?
  • What if your work responsibilities happens to leverage your God given abilities?
  • Ever noticed people who are in the groove? People who are working in their strengths and flowing through their days and weeks?
  • Ever noticed how much can be accomplished when you are working in your God given gifts and talents area?
  • Ever realized how much more creative, more energetic, more relaxed, and more willing to help others who need a hand when you are in the “zone”, working within your God-given gifts and talents?
  • Ever been in a role where you started to lose hope because it wasn’t fulfilling?
  • Ever noticed how long it takes when you are working outside of your God given gifts to start losing steam, losing passion, losing your groove, and losing your hope?
  • What if the answer to finding hope was to focus on your God given gifts and how they can be used to work?
  • What if you were able to take those strengths given to you as God given gifts and focused on that?
  • God may help us learn through valleys in order to gain perspective and acquire new lessons, but God’s plan is good and it is to give a hope and a future and so we shouldn’t be stuck in a perpetual valley.
  • We need to be active participants in life rather than just passive, go with the flow.
  • We need to be active in not only uncovering our talents but we also need to then use them with all of our hearts.
  • We need to be working as unto the Lord!
  • It’s not optional! Remember the story of the talents or gifts? Remember how at the end each person had to give an answer for what they did with them? Explain what kind of stewardship they had been with their talents or gifts? Remember the one who received 5? Remember the one who received 2? Remember the one who received 1? Don’t you want to be the one who gets to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”?
  • So on that day when we have to give an account of how we spent our time on earth, what do you want to be able to say?
  • When God asks how we used our talents He gave us here on earth, how will we reply? What will he think of our response?
  • We all want to get to hear “Well done” right?
DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are the activities and responsibilities that rev your engine?
  • Working with others to help find and solve problems
  • Working with others to help them use their gifts and talents to touch the lives of others
  • Working with others to help them user their gifts and talents to the best of their abilities
  • Serving and helping kids have a great experience growing up – be it my own, sponsored kids, or kids I get to bring to camp
  • Helping others see light in the darkness
  • Helping others find hope in the midst of despair
  • To shine the light of Jesus into the world around me
  • To spread the joy of the Lord which is my strength to the world around me.
What do you need to do to refine your career so that your job fits your God-given talents?
  • Take a role where I can serve others
  • Continue leading a team of volunteers to run camps for teenage foster kids
  • Continue supporting and encouraging my own kids in their God given talents to be able to achieve God’s plan and vision for their lives
  • Consider each team member’s talents and how to be able to help them in accomplishing their God given talents and helping their job fit their talents.
QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. There must be a will to produce a superior thing. 

— JOHN RUSKIN

Today’s reading from Tanakh:


What are your God given talents? How are you honing and being a good steward of those talents? What could you be doing to make the most of your talents? Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

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

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Are you ready for what is ahead? Are you preparing so you can be prepared?


How will you know? Do you have a way to know the truth? Do you have a way to measure what is being said or written? Do you have a way to compare sources? Do you have reliable sources that you can use to test against? Are you ready? How did you get prepared? How will you get prepared? What are you ready for? What are you getting prepared for? Are you ready and prepared for the right thing? How do you know what to prepare for? How do you know how to live?

God’s Word is the measuring stick. God’s Word is how we can be prepared. God’s Word doesn’t tell us to worry and doesn’t tell us to fear. God’s Word gives us wisdom like:

These are but a few examples from God’s Word of how we can be prepared and know what we are preparing for. Last night an interesting topic came up at the dinner table about how the judgment seat will work and if people will be able to sway the final destination positively or negatively. It was an interesting conversation as there was a consensus around how the conversations would go based on if their name was in the lamb’s book of life or not – as that ensures you will be going to heaven and spending eternity with God or not. For those who reject Jesus and will spend eternity apart from God it will be a conversation around judgment. For those who receive Jesus and will spend eternity with God it will be a conversation around roles and responsibilities. So will we be good stewards with what the Lord has given us? Will we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior?

What are you preparing for? What are you prepared for? What will be ahead? What will be your final destination?

Today is the last day of the Weary World Rejoices devotional and so I will need to consider how to complete my readings and posts for the year. Do I just use the daily verse(s) of the day? I will lean into God to see what He speaks to me to decide while at the same time look into what program I will use to read the Bible in a year for 2021.


Today’s Verse of the Day:

‘ Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.’

— Joshua 1:9

✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

The Weary World Rejoices:
Bearing Witness To The Truth Of Christ In A Pluralistic, Globalized World

Truth, even the mere notion thereof, is constantly under attack in today’s world. Yet Christ claims to be ‘the truth , the way, and the life’, an exclusive statement that asserts that Christ alone is the way for humanity to be reconciled to God. As Christ’s disciples, we are called to be people of truth—both in word and deed—bearing witness to our glorious Saviour. 

— Bearing Witness To The Truth Of Christ In A Pluralistic, Globalized World

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word (Day 5):

My Notes:

  • ‘ Now while Paul was awaiting them at Athens, his spirit was grieved and roused to anger as he saw that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned and argued in the synagogue with the Jews and those who worshiped there, and in the marketplace [where assemblies are held] day after day with any who chanced to be there. And some also of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers encountered him and began to engage in discussion. And some said, What is this babbler with his scrap-heap learning trying to say? Others said, He seems to be an announcer of foreign deities–because he preached Jesus and the resurrection. And they took hold of him and brought him to the Areopagus [Mars Hill meeting place], saying, May we know what this novel (unheard of and unprecedented) teaching is which you are openly declaring? For you set forth some startling things, foreign and strange to our ears; we wish to know therefore just what these things mean– For the Athenians, all of them, and the foreign residents and visitors among them spent all their leisure time in nothing except telling or hearing something newer than the last– So Paul, standing in the center of the Areopagus [Mars Hill meeting place], said: Men of Athens, I perceive in every way [on every hand and with every turn I make] that you are most religious or very reverent to demons. For as I passed along and carefully observed your objects of worship, I came also upon an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. Now what you are already worshiping as unknown, this I set forth to you. The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines. Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. [Isa. 42:5.] And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring. Since then we are God’s offspring, we ought not to suppose that Deity (the Godhead) is like gold or silver or stone, [of the nature of] a representation by human art and imagination, or anything constructed or invented. Such [former] ages of ignorance God, it is true, ignored and allowed to pass unnoticed; but now He charges all people everywhere to repent (to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins), Because He has fixed a day when He will judge the world righteously (justly) by a Man Whom He has destined and appointed for that task, and He has made this credible and given conviction and assurance and evidence to everyone by raising Him from the dead. [Ps. 9:8; 96:13; 98:9.] Now when they had heard [that there had been] a resurrection from the dead, some scoffed; but others said, We will hear you again about this matter. So Paul went out from among them. But some men were on his side and joined him and believed (became Christians); among them were Dionysius, a judge of the Areopagus, and a woman named Damaris, and some others with them.’
    Acts 17:16-34
  • ‘ FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.’
    1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • ‘ [The Servant of God says] The Lord God has given Me the tongue of a disciple and of one who is taught, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He wakens Me morning by morning, He wakens My ear to hear as a disciple [as one who is taught]. The Lord God has opened My ear, and I have not been rebellious or turned backward.’
    Isaiah 50:4-5
  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the authentic Christian response to differing of opinions?
  • What should be the practical actions for Christians in the public policies discussions and debates?
  • How should Christians ensure that science and technology aren’t used to manipulate, distort or even destroy the truth?
  • How should Christians participate in order to preserve and fulfill being human in the way our Heavenly Father had created us in His own image?
  • So let’s pray against corruption as it is condemned in the Bible
  • Let’s pray against corruption as it undermines economic development, distorts fair decision-making, and destroys social cohesion
  • Consider how we can invite and lift up Christians in the workplace, especially young entrepreneurs, to think creatively about how they can best stand against this scourge.
  • Consider how we can encourage young Christian academics to consider a long-term career in the secular university, to both teach and develop their discipline from a biblical worldview, thereby to influence their subject field.
  • We need God’s vision and wisdom
  • We need to continue to pray without ceasing and working together in the fulfillment of Jesus’s Great Commission.

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

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

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

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Did you pray with me?
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It’s Official!


Has 2020 caused you to become weary? As we are heading into the Christmas season are you able to in the midst of it all find a way to rejoice? God’s ways aren’t necessarily our ways but they do tend to be higher and better than our ways. I couldn’t have imagined as 2020 draws to a close so many changes, so much excitement, so much favor, so much direction to appear. Right when I figured things had settled down there was one more change lined up to my surprise as it went from 3×6 to 4×7.

So yesterday 4 and 7 became official as I moved to my new team. Today my new team will move to me as well. They found out yesterday too and so the journey begins to connect with everyone and look for opportunities and ways to best serve and support them. Over the next little while I will also be working to transition my old job away to others and will need to help my old team connect with the respective product teams.

A couple words came to mind today that lead me forward. Manager and Steward. Manager isn’t an owner, they are to manage. To be a good manager requires being a good steward of everything God has given me.

As I reflect on being a good steward 2 thoughts came to mind “to whom much is given, much is required” from Luke 12 and the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. As I reflect on this year and consider what happened, I can see how God was preparing me for something new and for that to truly happen it required things to be taken away. As I reflect on this year and consider what happened, I can see how God was using me to show His hand over my life through it all from comments I later received about someone having my back which told me God’s favor but don’t think the person who said it realized it. As I reflect on this year and consider all the changes and the uncomfortable feelings I praise God for having never left me or abandoned me but was with me through it all. There were a bunch of trials in which to try to live out life considering them pure joy. There were a bunch of trouble in which I tried to take heart because I know that Jesus has already overcome the world.


So as we step up and step into today, not wanting to be held back from all that God has prepared and planned, grabbing hold of the verse of the day for today is key. Forgiveness!

‘ Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].’

— Colossians 3:13

✨MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU✨

A Weary World Rejoices
– Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

Our first Christmas devotional has the prelude of:

Weariness can steal the joy from our Christmas journey! Let the Nativity refresh your heart as you walk with Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary and the shepherds in preparation to experience Emmanuel this holiday season.

— A Weary World Rejoices – Five Days of Preparing Your Heart for Christmas

So today’s focus as we read from God’s Word are: (Day 5)


Today’s Reading:


My Notes:

  • Today’s devotional is so powerful and has such incredible points about Zechariah that speaks to our hearts, Elizabeth that speaks to significance, Joseph that speaks to laying our agendas to the side, Mary that speaks to an eagerness to receive grace, the shepherds and the awe and wonder, and all of this combines into a thrill of hope in order for all of us, the weary world to rejoice! So let’s take time to reflect on this year and consider our lives in relations to all of those from our devotional and how in the midst of the weariness we feel or may feel how we can receive from God rejoice!
  • ‘ IN THOSE days it occurred that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole Roman empire should be registered. This was the first enrollment, and it was made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all the people were going to be registered, each to his own city or town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the town of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, To be enrolled with Mary, his espoused (married) wife, who was about to become a mother. [Matt. 1:18-25.] And while they were there, the time came for her delivery, And she gave birth to her Son, her Firstborn; and she wrapped Him in swaddling clothes and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room or place for them in the inn. And in that vicinity there were shepherds living [out under the open sky] in the field, watching [in shifts] over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord flashed and shone all about them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel said to them, Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people. For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord! [Mic. 5:2.] And this will be a sign for you [by which you will recognize Him]: you will find [after searching] a Baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. [I Sam. 2:34; II Kings 19:29; Isa. 7:14.] Then suddenly there appeared with the angel an army of the troops of heaven (a heavenly knighthood), praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor]. When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing (saying) that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us. So they went with haste and [by searching] found Mary and Joseph, and the Baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known what had been told them concerning this Child, And all who heard it were astounded and marveled at what the shepherds told them. But Mary was keeping within herself all these things (sayings), weighing and pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, just as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when [the Baby] was to be circumcised, He was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.’
    — Luke 2:1-21
  • ‘ He was despised and rejected and forsaken by men, a Man of sorrows and pains, and acquainted with grief and sickness; and like One from Whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we did not appreciate His worth or have any esteem for Him.’
    — Isaiah 53:3
  • ‘ He shall see [the fruit] of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge of Himself [which He possesses and imparts to others] shall My [uncompromisingly] righteous One, My Servant, justify many and make many righteous (upright and in right standing with God), for He shall bear their iniquities and their guilt [with the consequences, says the Lord]. Therefore will I divide Him a portion with the great [kings and rulers], and He shall divide the spoil with the mighty, because He poured out His life unto death, and [He let Himself] be regarded as a criminal and be numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore [and took away] the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors (the rebellious). [Luke 22:37.]’
    — Isaiah 53:11-12

Where are you at today? Are you feeling weary? Are you looking for support and encouragement? Are you wanting to get your journey with God started? Let’s pray together.

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

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What would you do if you could get one more day?


How would you make the most of it? How would you invest that time? How would you spend that time? How would you steward that time? What would you get from that time? How would it help you? How would it change you? How would it prepare you? What if it was a work day? What if it was a week day? What if it was a weekend day? What would you do if you could get one more day?


August is in the rearview mirror
They say that hindsight is 2020. What have you learned that would help you make the most of an extra day? What if the extra day would happen to be your last day? What if that extra day was an extended weekend? What if that extra day was a work day? Will you learn from the past in order to avoid repeating the mistakes?

The 49 week challenge – Day 248

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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:

  • Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.
  • ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. ‘ Ephesians 2:10
  • ‘For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. ‘ Ephesians 2:14-16
  • ‘But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you. ‘ Deuteronomy 9:3
  • ‘After the Lord your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The Lord has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the Lord is going to drive them out before you. It is not because of your righteousness or your integrity that you are going in to take possession of their land; but on account of the wickedness of these nations, the Lord your God will drive them out before you, to accomplish what he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Understand, then, that it is not because of your righteousness that the Lord your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stiff-necked people. ‘ Deuteronomy 9:4-6
  • ‘But Joab replied to the king, “May the Lord your God multiply the troops a hundred times over, and may the eyes of my lord the king see it. But why does my lord the king want to do such a thing?” ‘ 2 Samuel 24:3
  • Take accountability for what you have done. Choose wisely!
  • ‘But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels of silver for them. ‘ 2 Samuel 24:24
  • Let’s live out our day as living sacrifices so that in and through it all the Lord will be praised in Jesus’s name.
  • This is the day the Lord has made so let us rejoice and be glad in it!
  • Let’s use each day as if it were our last
  • Let’s use each day as if it were a gift since it is the present
  • Let’s use each day to glorify God in Jesus’s name.

As day 248 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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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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How can you be and stay relevant when your role changes?


How will you make a difference in the lives of others? Will the change help you find new ways to make a difference and stay connected with others? Will you find better and more efficient ways to be a connector, an encourager, a helper, a friend, a leader, a mentor, …

So you lost your team but how will you keep the friends and relationships? So you changed your job, your roles and responsibilities but how will you be prepared to be adding value and making a difference to the world around you? So you are working from home through the change but how will you reach out and define new role while at the same time become relevant and create a new normal that matters and will make a difference?

Will you be a servant leader and give to others, pour into their lives to help them become a success and overcome any challenges caused by the change? Will you be a steward of all that you have done and accomplished so that the return can be used to renew and rekindle and restart the next leg of the journey? Will you share the pains and the troubles with others in order to prevent them from having to figure it out on their own? Will you explain the joys you received in those trials and how it was like a refining experience to help you know and understand what is most important? Will you share your story in order for others to be able to learn and grow without having to personally go thru it? Will you face the giants like David did with all your hope and faith in God? Will you take on the challenge like Benaiah did when he faced and chased the lion? With so much trust and hope in God David as a boy defeated Goliath and eventually became king. With so much trust and hope in God Benaiah chawed and killed the lion and eventually became the head of Solomon’s army.

So what about you? How are you going to face your today?


Do you know what true wisdom looks like? Do you know how to recognize Godly wisdom? Do you know how to practice godly wisdom? Faith without works is dead we learn in James 2. God is going before us, preparing the good works He has for us to accomplish, will you be ready, prepared, and observant enough to see it and then walk it out for the glory of His kingdom? Will you choose to walk it out in humility giving God the glory and not robbing yourself by being prideful? Can you rethink what true wisdom is by reflecting on the words of James which say:

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Not by human definitions but rather God’s definition. It isn’t about ourselves being the all knowing and all seeing but rather it is about love a life that is seeking the good of others. We need to realize who we are first without Jesus, flawed, with lots of cracks in my character and failures which produces a life lived in humility. It helps me realize how much I need God love and help and grace. It makes it so that I will live in humility because of this need rather than pride that I am all that in my own strength and power. I need God to transform me thru Jesus and the working of the Spirit in and through my life. We need to live our lives unselfishly putting others before myself. Looking to serve others and honor others by the way I choose to live my life. We need to realize that other people are just as important and valuable to God and so I need to live my life so as to treat them that way. You aren’t pretending or putting on an act but rather you are treating others with the love and honor and respect they deserve. Imagine a world where everyone is living with this wisdom, elevating each other and how incredible he world would be and how high and lifted up God could be because of that. Imagine how everyone would feel and act with such an environment of love, hope, truth, and respect. Who are the people that you can treat with humility as more important than yourself? How will you choose to put that out there and lift them up and empower them? Let’s be prepared to do the good works God has prepared in advance for us to accomplish. Let’s love our neighbors like our selves. Let’s be Jesus with skin on the world around us. Let’s live out our Happy Today because the joy of the Lord is our strength. Let’s live as humble servants so that God can be glorified and lifted up in Jesus’s name.


Let’s not be fooled or tempted by the lies of the world but rather live according God’s will, way, and plan. Let’s not get tripped up by allowing the devil’s lies that my life is about me and that my happiness matters most. Let’s not be tricked that there aren’t any absolute truths or objective standards that we should be living by. Let’s instead choose to live out our lives in accordance to God’s inspired Word found in the Bible. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the words of James and decide to walk out today in true wisdom that will glorify God and point people to Him by the way we choose to out our today.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

— James 1:22

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”

Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.

20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

— James 2:14-26

They say hindsight is 2020 but what have you learned from the past 8 months? Are there new ways? Are there new responsibilities? Are there new roles? Are there new asks? Are there new tasks? For 2020 to make a difference, we need to make sure to take time to reflect on it. Day by day, week by week, month by month.

The 49 week challenge – Day 245

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With August in the rear view mirror, let’s reflect on what we have learned in the past 6 days as we meditate on God’s Word this 7th day. Do you have any highlights or insights from what we have read in the past 6 days? What connections have you made or can you make in relations to our readings from God’s Word? Have you made time to speak with God through your reading time? Have you made time to speak with God as a part of your daily schedule? Are you prioritizing God enough that He gets prime time with you? Have you missed the mark this week and need to turn back to God and confess it and ask Him for forgiveness? Have you taken time to thank and praise Him for the forgiveness that has already been paid for through the blood of Jesus? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the other blessings in your life? Have you taken time to thank Him for all the answered prayers? Do you have any worries? Are you taking hold of His promise not to worry but to give it up into His hands? Let’s ask God for wisdom and guidance for this day! Let’s put our trust in Him!

In a time of change, will you share what God is doing and saying in and through your life with others?

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


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

‘For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. ‘

Colossians 1:13-14

My Notes:


As day 245 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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Passion (Day#5)


Consider and reflect what day today is. It’s Friday…Good Friday! The day Jesus picked up everything and nailed it to the cross through the use of His own body! The day Jesus finished it all! How will you celebrate His sacrifice today? Will you make it to a service? Will you reflect on and turn your focus to Him?

Be wise! Be prepared! Be a good steward! Take what you have been given and gifted and use it for greater things! Take what you have been given and work on it to improve in order to produce greater things! Take what you have been given and invest it that you will produce a return! Take the talents you have and work on them, invest in them in order to produce a return of 5x or 10x! We have been given based on our ability. It’s not about how much we have been given, it’s more about what will we do with it for the glory of God’s kingdom! Will we get to hear the incredible words “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Can He trust us with the little He gave us? Can He then trust us with more? Make sure to do something with it! Don’t just bury it in the ground! Will you help? Will you reach out? Will you do something for those you see who are in need? Will you feed the hungry? Will you give water to the thirsty? Will you be a friend to the lonely? Will you share and provide for the needy? Will you take care of the sick? Will you visit the imprisoned?

Let’s check out today’s reading from Matthew 25

Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them. 4But the wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5“Now while the bridegroom was taking a long time, they all got drowsy and started falling asleep. 6But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8Now the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, since our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise ones replied, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11Now later, the other virgins came, saying, ‘Sir, Sir, open up for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Therefore stay alert, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

Parable of the Talents

14“For it is like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more. 17In the same way, the one with two gained two more. 18But the one who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19“Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20The one who had received the five talents came up and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed me five talents. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 22“The one who had received the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed me two talents. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 24“Then the one who had received the one talent also came up and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26“But his master responded, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you should have brought my money to the brokers, and when I came I would have received it back with interest. 28Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For to the one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30Throw the worthless servant out, into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

The Righteous Judge

31“Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they too will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46These shall go off to everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”

–from Matthew 25