Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Are you haunted by your past?

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:



Are you haunted by your past? Are you less accepting of other believers because of their pasts? Take a page from the apostle Paul. God can soften even the hardest heart. Continue to walk forward with Him, one step at a time.


Scriptures for Exploration


Witnessing—Acts 1:8, 21, 22; 1 Corinthians 1:18–31.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Busyness and time pressures are dramatically shaping our culture.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Many people are seeking hope.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Think about your relationship with Christ.

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:

You’ve probably met people who attend church regularly but are unmoved by the preaching of God’s Word. Their attendance seems more of a social obligation than a means for sharing and being enriched with God’s Word. Is that how life is for you or your family? Think about your relationship with Christ. Does it have a true and real meaning? Make your goal next Sunday to worship God through active participation and listening.

Scriptures for Exploration

Acceptance—Judges 11:3; Luke 4:24; 9:1–6.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Inspiration from Lucado Life Lessons

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:


Have you ever found refuge or support in an unexpected place? Have problems resolved themselves in ways you didn’t expect? Ask God today to make you the unexpected solution to someone else’s problem— God’s miracle channel.

Scriptures for Exploration

God’s Will—2 Chronicles 18:28–33; Esther 4:13, 14; Acts 16:6.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Moms in the Bible

Moms in the Bible
The Mother Who Fears the Lord;
Children Who Love God, Too


Are there those who respect the Lord? . . . They will enjoy a good life, and their children will inherit the land. (25:12–13) Some Sunday morning take a look at the parents at your church. How engaged are they in the service? Do they look like they’re enthralled with God’s holy presence? Then, the next time you’re at a big ball game, look around at the parents in the stands. How engaged are these people in what’s going on? Or what if a famous person happened to be seated in the stands? Wouldn’t there be a buzz? An electricity in the air?

Maybe the above comparisons aren’t fair, but the point is well taken. Our children are watching what we do. If our kids observe us excitedly talking about our favorite athletic team, or enthusiastic over a celebrity, they’ll begin to believe that sports or fame are worth serious attention. If we get fired up reading about the stock market over breakfast, they’ll get the idea that making money is a big deal. And if they see us sleepily checking our watches or mumbling our way through the hymns during a church service, they’ll decide that knowing God is about as exciting as waiting in a doctor’s office.

It’s likely that your children will be influenced by the passions you demonstrate in front of them. David asks, “Are there those who respect the Lord?” (25:12). Where are the parents who love being in God’s presence, who can’t wait to enjoy their heavenly Father’s nearness? When you find them, look at their kids. Chances are they’ll be easy to spot. They are the children who will inherit what’s truly important.

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

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Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. To experience the Mom’s Bible for yourself and receive a free download visit www.momsbible.com.

Inspiration for today

Inspiration for today from the Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible (NKJV) http://www.nelsonbibles.com/bible.php?id=15:

Is there anyone you are not willing to tell about Jesus? Is there any place you are not willing to take the Good News? Ask God to give you the willingness and the courage. Let him direct you where he wants, not where you want.

Scriptures for Exploration

Witnessing—Acts 13:46, 47; Romans 1:14–16; 10:8, 9; 1 Corinthians 15:1–4; Galatians 2:7–9; 2 Timothy 1:8; 1 Peter 1:23–25

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our God Is Better Than Anything Else

“One day in the courtyards of your Temple is better than a thousand days anywhere else.”
(84:10)


These psalmists knew that spending time in the presence of the Lord was time better spent than doing anything else. Do we also believe that? They knew that there was true value in being a faithful follower of the Lord, even if it meant just standing at the Temple door as a servant. Do we agree?

When we spend our time in church, worshiping God, talking to Him, praising Him, listening to Him, and serving Him, our days have eternal meaning and joy. The same happiness is available when little ones learn to worship (verses 3–4). Ask the Lord for a perspective like that of the sons of Korah. It’s what will really make you happy. “I want more than anything to be in the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. My whole being wants to be with the living God” (Psalm 84:2).

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

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Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. To experience the Mom’s Bible for yourself and receive a free download visit www.momsbible.com.

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

He Is Kind and Merciful

Insights

He Is Kind and Merciful

Psalm 103:1–5


Our children need to know of God’s mercy, kindness, and goodness. And they need to hear words from our lips, thanking the One who forgives our sins, heals us, saves us, blesses us, satisfies us, and renews us. In everyday conversations, we can respond to little kindnesses of the Lord with, “Isn’t God amazing?” or “Thank You, Lord!” as naturally as we say “Good morning” to our children.

We can choose between two attitudes—either arrogance (thinking that our accomplishments are because of something we muster up on our own) or humility (realizing every breath we take is because of God’s mercy). Nothing we’ve ever done can ever make us worthy of the incredible love of God. Because a mother’s attitude is picked up by her children, let them hear you praise the Lord. He is kind. He is very kind.

The excerpt above is found in the pages of the Mom’s Bible: God’s Wisdom for Mothers, with General Editor, Bobbie Wolgemuth.

Mom’s Bible
: God’s Wisdom for Mothers gives women an awareness of just how precious and vital they are in God’s plan for the family.

Available in the New Century Version and drawing on solid Bible teaching, it encourages women at every stage of life to strengthen their relationship with God. A perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays, or whenever it’s time to say “thank you” to a special mom. To experience the Mom’s Bible for yourself and receive a free download visit www.momsbible.com.