Category Archives: Daily Thought

Forgiveness

It takes courage to be in relationship. It takes courage to invest in another’s life. It takes courage to share yourself with another person. It takes courage to be a friend. Perhaps the hardest part of relationship, however, is forgiving the other person when he or she has wronged you.

By forgiving the other you are risking being hurt again. You are required to trust the other person and take them at their word when they say, “I’m sorry.” Despite the risk, we are to forgive because Christ first forgave us.

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In the Gospel of Matthew (18:23-35), Jesus tells a parable about a servant who, when he begged his master, was forgiven of a large sum of money. Unfortunately, when this forgiven servant went to collect the smaller debts owed to him, he was not as forgiving.

Jesus used this parable to show that we ought to forgive in light of how we ourselves have been forgiven. Christ came to die so that we might be forgiven for the ways we have wronged God (our sins); a considerable debt! Therefore, we are to respond by in turn, by forgiving others who have wronged us. Because we have been forgiven much, we ought to love much.

Lord, thank you for your unimaginable forgiveness. Help me to remember that grace as I interact with others who have wronged me. May I, in turn, show your grace and forgiveness to others. Amen.

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Brand New Beginnings

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Many situations in life – graduation, starting a new job, moving out on your own – are brand-new beginnings, a fresh start, a chance to try again or to try something completely new.

These aren’t the only fresh starts you’ll experience in life, however. God offers you a “beginning-again” ceremony every time you need a second chance. Whenever you blow it, make a poor choice, or even all-out rebel, God says, “Let’s begin again.” You don’t have to don a mortarboard, go to a job interview, or sign a new lease. All God asks is that you come to Him in honest repentance and ask His forgiveness. From that moment, the past truly is history. All is forgiven and your fresh start is ready to commence.

God, no matter how many new beginnings I have in my life, Your forgiveness and grace are more than I could ever need. Help me to come to You every time I need to begin again; I know You will always be there waiting. Amen.

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Q&A ~ What happens when a person dies with unconfessed sin? Especially if it was some sin he did just before he died?

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When a believer comes to Jesus Christ as Savior, and he is truly born again, that bond makes him a child of God. His standing before a holy God is based on that relationship with Christ, not on his up-to-date confession or anything else. Certainly every single one of us should keep short accounts with God. When we sin, we should confess and repent, not so that we can keep our relationship with God but to ensure our continued fellowship with Him (1 John 1:9).

Living in deliberate sin means living in rebellion to God’s will for your life, and it is probably one of the most joyless experiences that you as a Christian can suffer. Our sins were dealt with at the Cross. Sinful thoughts and ungodly conduct grieve the Spirit of God (Eph. 4:30), and our communion with God suffers. But our eternal salvation is not based on what we did or didn’t do—it is based on what Christ did for us. The old chorus is still true today: “Jesus paid it all, all to him we owe. Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.” It is finished.

“Today in the Word” A Ministry of Moody Bible Institute

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Fear of the Lord

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The fear of the Lord involves a sober awareness of what He loves, of what He despises, and of the consequences of disobedience and rebellion against Him. It leads to a sincere desire to please Him, heartfelt gratefulness for His mercy , and unending delight in His loving presence. So when we choose to “fear the Lord” we will heed Romans 12:9, “abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.”

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Money or Water?

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If you were offered a handful of $1,000 bills or a glass of cool water, which would you choose? The $1,000 bills, of course- anyone in his right mind would. However, if you were crawling through the desert, dying of thirst, and you were offered a glass of water or a handful of $1,000 bills, which would you take? The water of course-anyone in his right mind would. That’s called “circumstantial priorities.” Your priorities change according to your circumstances.

If there were a way to find everlasting life, would you want to know about it? The answer is “yes,” of course- anyone in his right mind would. What the Bible contains may surprise you. The scriptures speak of riches beyond our wildest dreams- the “riches” of everlasting life- and they are offered in the form of cool, clear water. “Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” (Revelation 22:17). At the moment, you may not be interested in the offer, but on Judgment Day your circumstances will radically change. Then it will be too late.

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The Disciples Pledge

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Today is a new day and I am a new creation through Christ Jesus. I choose to follow You, while You empower me to turn away from the sinfulness of this world. I surrender my life including my dreams & ambitions, my feelings & emotions, my time & energy, to You afresh this day. I know as I follow You today, You will put a spring in my step, and fresh joy in my heart. Give me Divine appointments where I can share Your Gospel and shine Your light into this hurting world. I remember that although most people won’t read a Bible today, I have the opportunity to show them Your love in a real and tangible way through my life. Help me to live up to that responsibility as I go today.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. (Matt 16:24)

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The Key

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Back in the Old West, a number of men were upstairs in a boarding house amusing themselves with a game of cards when there was a cry from the street below of “Fire! Fire!” The men looked at one another in disbelief. One of the windows grew orange with the flames. “Wait!” said the dealer. “Let’s just finish this hand, we’ve got plenty of time- I have a key to the back door.” The men nodded in approval, then quickly picked up the dealt cards.

Precious minutes passed. One of the men became nervous as the flames licked through the now broken window. With darting eyes and a sweat-filled brow, he asked for the key. “Coward!” muttered the dealer as he tossed the key. Each of them then rushed to the door and waited with bated breath as the key was placed into the lock. “It won’t turn!” was the cry. “Let me have it!” said the dealer. As he tried in vain to turn the key, he whispered in horror, “It’s the wrong key!”

The Bible says in Proverbs 14:12, “there is a way that seems right to a man, but the end is the way to death.” The world with all of it’s false religions, want us to believe that God’s message is universal, but Jesus said in John 14:6, “I AM the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, No one comes to the FATHER, except through ME.”

“ Today, if you will hear His voice.”

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An Interesting Quiz…

How would you respond in these situations?

1. A preacher and his wife are very, very poor. They already have 14 kids. Now she finds she’s pregnant with the 15th. They’re living in tremendous poverty. Considering their poverty and the excessive world population, would you consider recommending she get an abortion?

2. The father is sick with the sniffles, the mother has TB. Of their four children, the first is blind, the second has died, the third is deaf, the fourth has TB. She finds she’s pregnant again, Given this extreme situation, would you consider recommending abortion?

3. A white man raped a 13 year old black girl and now she’s pregnant. If you were her parents, would you consider recommending abortion?

4. A teenage girl is pregnant. She’s not married. Her fiance is not the father of the baby, and her fiance is upset. Would you recommend abortion?

In the first case, you would have killed John Wesley, one of the great evangelists in the 19th century.

In the second case, you would have killed Beethoven.

In the third case, you would have killed Ethel Waters, the great black gospel singer.

If you said yes to the fourth case, you would have declared the murder of Jesus Christ!

God is the author of life, and He has given every single individual supreme value. Each life – whether inside or outside the womb – should therefore be valued by us. God knows the plans He has for each individual and has written in His book all the days ordained for us before one of them came to be.

When we presume to know better than God who should be given life, we are putting ourselves in the place of God and are guilty of idolatry.

God is the AuthorGod is the Author of Life!

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Silent Night

It was early Christmas Eve in 1818 when the priests of St. Nicholas Church in Obernadorf, Austria, learned that the broken pipe organ would not be fixed in time for Midnight Mass.

Joseph Mohr, the assistant priest, was at first saddened by the news, but then moved in action. He sat down and wrote the first three stanzas of a song that could be easily sung a cappella or with guitar accompaniment. That night “Stille Nacht” – or “Silent Night” – was debuted at midnight mass and is now sung by millions of people each year in 180 languages.

Christmas is about the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It’s about the music and singing, spiritual, sentimental, whimsical, and humorous, Christmas puts all kinds of songs in our hearts and reminds us to sing. To sing of God’s grace and mercy come down in the form of Jesus Christ our Lord!

Lord, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus. Thank You that we can celebrate His birth this time of year through our jubilant songs. Help me to think of and be grateful for Christ every time I sing! Amen. silentnight

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