Daily Thought

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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

It is so important to understand scripture in context. For instance, Phil 4:6 is often portrayed only as, “Try not to worry, be patient.” While the passage does demand patience, the context provided by the statement “Rejoice in the Lord always…” adds the critical detail of the manner in which we wait!

As you eagerly await the answers to life’s hard questions, don’t miss the opportunity to actually bear fruit while you wait. Instead of merely waiting for the Lord to fulfill your desire, allow your heart to be aligned with His in active patience through prayer, reading of scripture, and receiving of guidance. These are the practical ways in which we “rejoice in the Lord always.” In this way, you can experience the very best He has for you while you wait!

For when you are seeking first to glorify Christ in your life, then you will be truly satisfied to wait upon Him patiently. And who knows? Perhaps you will see the thing you are waiting for differently as a result of the journey you’ve just experienced.

Lord, thank You for Your word. Thank You for the way it directs us as we live our lives. I pray that you would help me to learn active patience, and in so doing “rejoice in You always.” Amen.

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All Our Hope is in You!

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“My God Would Never Create Hell.”

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Those who say that are right: their “god” would never create hell, because he couldn’t. He doesn’t exist. He is a figment of their imagination, a god they have created to suit themselves. It’s called “idolatry,” and it’s the oldest sin in the Bible. Idolaters will not inherit the kingdom of God. The one true God, however, could and did create hell for those who reject His mercy. They will reap His just wrath.

No one knows when their last breath will be, shouldn’t where you will spend eternity the most important matter that you get confirmed now?

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:13)

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Notable Quotes

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Thankfulness…is an attitude of gratitude that recognizes God’s goodness and prompts expressions of appreciation to God and others.

Compassion…is a genuine concern toward hurting people evidenced by investing in whatever is necessary to bring healing.

Endurance…The maturity that develops in me as I patiently respond to trials holding fast to God’s promises inspired by a true hope.

Author Unknown

God finishes what He starts…

Choose to sin, choose to suffer…

Don’t get thru it—get on top of it…

There are no enduring relationships without forgiveness…

Perseverance is the funnel through which all Christian virtue flows…

Faith is believing the word of God and acting upon it, no matter how I feel, because God promises a good result…

James MacDonald

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Glimpse of God

GlimpseofGod Can you remember the last time you caught a glimpse of God? Was it this morning? Last week? Two years ago?

Most likely it didn’t come through a flash of lightning or a startling vision. More likely you were at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee in your hand. Or out on the back porch in a lawn chair. Or on your knees in the quiet of your bedroom. You might have been reading the Bible, meditating on some portion of Scripture or praying. Then again, you might have been in the middle of something as mundane as walking the dog, feeding the baby or driving to work, when suddenly –unexpectedly — you caught a glimpse of God. You saw Him in a new way, caught a fresh insight into His love…His greatness…His holiness. And what you saw touched your heart and made a difference in your life.

Did you know that God cherishes those moments as much as you do? He delights to be found by his seeking children. He loves to reveal Himself to those who are earnestly longing to know Him.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart… Jeremiah 29:11-13

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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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Why Does God Allow Suffering?

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Click on Link> Why Does God Allow Suffering?

Great study on the subject! You can expand to full screen, mute the page flipping sound, and zoom in and out with the options at the bottom of the page. Enjoy and God Bless.

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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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