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Post  Admin on Thu 19 Oct 2017, 9:27 pm

Date: October 19, 2017 at 2:59 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Rejected
Rejected

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12).

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 4:12-19

Being rejected always hurts. Rejection by a family member is very painful. A mom or dad does not stop caring when the adult children decide to live their lives as if their parents had never lived. A spouse does not stop loving even though his or her life partner does not respond to the Lord.

A believing woman invested years of prayer in her family, but still her husband gave no indication of wanting God in his life. When they nearly lost their horse farm because of a wrongly filed lawsuit, the husband turned to Christ for salvation. Immediately the couple began correcting some of the hurts and sins from the past, but their adult children wanted no part of their parents' new level of faith.

Wounded and hurt, the parents held on even tighter to their relationship with Christ. Soon they stopped asking so many questions of God and began enjoying Him as their Father. Jesus, who knew the keen pain of rejection, had not rejected them, and He enabled them to cope with their pain.

Insight: Jesus was rejected by many. Surely, He understands your pain. You can always turn to Him. Allow Him to replace your hurt with His joy.

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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Oct 2017, 11:22 pm

Date: October 17, 2017 at 1:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Pain or Joy
Pain or Joy

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 12:1-2

Many sermons have been preached about the agony Jesus suffered the last week of His earthly life. The gruesome death and violent habits of the Romans in punishing prisoners seem unbearable. We never want to minimize the awesome price Jesus paid to redeem us.

In Hebrews we find another dimension to Jesus' suffering. God's Son endured all that for you and me. He was willing to suffer the worst humanity could do to him, and He did it for the joy that would be His and eventually ours in heaven! He died that we might be restored to God and become a part of His family.

This wonderful hope is ours when we’re willing to tell God of our sin. Following our request for forgiveness, we need to receive Jesus as Savior. God then keeps His promise, “To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).

Jesus endured the cross for the joy of having us in heaven with Him. Live in His joy today.

Insight: Precious child of God, are you suffering today? Jesus wants to carry that burden for you. Will you let Him?

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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Oct 2017, 9:21 am

Date: October 16, 2017 at 1:09 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Right Attitude

The Right Attitude

“Always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else. Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:15-18).

Scripture Focus: 1 Thess. 5:12-24

If we lived alone on a desert island we'd find it much easier to practice Paul's instructions. It's just that we rub shoulders with those who do not believe as we do and things do not always go the way we want. Obeying is easy when things go well.

Paul knew we needed to be reminded of the role joy plays in our lives. If we're not joyful, we're failing to trust God to do and be all that He promises to be. Any time we take our cue to be joyful only from pleasing circumstances, we're misguided. Our joy comes in the provisions we have in God through belief in His Son Jesus.

Two youth leaders took a group of young people to a Christian convention in Washington, D.C. Calls from families is their small church brought sad news that two in their congregation back home had died. A few days later in Washington their van was vandalized. Their response? The youth declared confidently that God was going to do a great thing because the devil was working overtime. Instead of defeat, they chose to have a joyful, expectant attitude.

Insight: For several days keep a journal and note the things that bring you joy. What or




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Post  Admin on Fri 13 Oct 2017, 10:13 pm

Date: October 11, 2017 at 11:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Following Directions

Following Directions

“The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt, placed their cloaks on them, and Jesus sat on them” (Matthew 21:6-7).

Scripture Focus: Matthew 21:1-11

Imagine Jerusalem near the time of the Passover celebration. Picture a major city preparing for an influx of people for this special event. There's a whirl of activity as crowds descend, families reunite, relatives visit, and weary travelers strive to care for their needs. People are finding food, shelter, and transportation. The market place is jammed. In the midst of this, Jesus sends His disciples to secure a donkey and its foal. It would have been easy for the disciples to complain about the difficulty of dealing with the crowds and following the preciseness of Jesus' request.

They did as Jesus asked, and the celebration of joy that followed is still marked at the beginning of Holy Week as we approach Easter each year.

There’s an old story of a tall, stubborn horse carrying a young rider. Unexpectedly the horse bolted for the barn. As it approached the barn door, the boy's frantic mother yelled, ”Duck!” The boy's quick response saved his life.

Insight: An immature individual obeys for a reward while a mature person obeys because it is the right thing to do. Why do you obey?
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Post  Admin on Mon 09 Oct 2017, 8:48 pm

Date: October 9, 2017 at 2:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).

Scripture Focus: Exodus 1:22-2:10

The birth of a son meant its death, according to the mandate from the king. One baby boy was hidden for three months, then placed in a basket boat to float in the river. Obediently, the older sister watched her brother through the tall

grasses. At the proper time, Pharaoh's daughter came along and heard the baby crying. Carefully phrasing the question, the sister asked Pharaoh's daughter if she would like her to find a care provider for the baby. Going to her mother, she thus reunited mom and baby for several years. Moses grew.

This story is remarkable. What if the mother had allowed her son to be killed? What if the daughter had disobeyed and left the infant? What if she had slipped and revealed that the baby was Hebrew? At each step God-fearing people allowed His orchestration of the whole event. Each one obeyed, doing a small part. The whole event became a story that has been retold many times. Instead of a tragic ending, Moses was allowed to become the man God used to lead the joyful release of the Hebrew slaves.

Insight: As you follow God's leading in your daily routine, you may be part of God's plan to perform a miracle in another's life.

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Post  Admin on Wed 04 Oct 2017, 11:07 pm

Date: October 4, 2017 at 12:34 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Crossroads

Crossroads

“This is what the Lord says: `Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls’” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 32

Many issues in life are clearly spelled out for us in Scripture. Other decisions are not listed specifically, like whether or not to place a parent in a nursing home, or how to survive when disaster strikes.

Today’s verse, tucked away in Jeremiah, may be of help in times of decision. Assuming that the ancient paths are those God has had in place since time began, one then can move from specific circumstances to principles to solve the problem.

In Psalm 32 we find guidelines for making a decision. It's good to start with confessing sin. Next steps include accepting forgiveness, praying to God and trusting Him for protection, following His direction without rebelling, and finally, rejoicing.

The Psalmist reviews God’s past provisions and acts of faithfulness. It's a great way to break through the wall of silence. Our joy comes in knowing that whether God's answer is yes, no, or wait, He will direct us. While we wait, it's good to fine tune our “spiritual hearing aid” so that we recognize His voice.

Insight: God's directions never contradict His laws and teaching. Yet, His answer is often Opposite what we might choose to do. Our joy comes as we follow His leading.
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Post  Admin on Mon 02 Oct 2017, 10:37 pm

Date: October 2, 2017 at 2:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Unified Body

Unified Body

“Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17).

Scripture Focus: Colossians 3:1-17

One of God's greatest gifts is to be part of a group of believers. Whether we find ourselves in a small or large church setting, getting together with other believers is essential. A bond is built in that group of God's children. It may start with one person agreeing to pray with us, then another joins, followed by additional friends praying. Jesus promises to be with us when two or three gather to pray in his name (Matthew 18:20). The fellowship grows with our mutual love for Christ holding us close to each other.

We have different functions in helping others mature in Christ. One may be the encourager who helps others grow in their faith, another may pray for the personal needs expressed by group members, another may teach God's Word and help others discover its truths, while another expresses love in practical ways through difficult times. Together the body of believers functions to help each one be all that God wants. When this happens, a spirit of joy pervades in our fellowship.

Insight: As part of a group of believers, you are God's gift to someone else. Allow Him to work through you.

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Post  Admin on Wed 27 Sep 2017, 10:04 am

Date: September 26, 2017 at 11:29 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A Book Worth Reading

A Book Worth Reading

“And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. . . The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away” (Nehemiah 12:43).

Scripture Focus: Nehemiah 8:1-12

Ezra had been faithfully teaching the Israelites God’s Law for 14 years prior to Nehemiah's return to Jerusalem. Now the challenge came from Nehemiah to trust God to help them rebuild the destroyed wall protecting the city. The proposed construction time was two months in the midst of Ezra's teaching. However, the whole process did not hinder the effectiveness of the great teacher's work, but instead motivated the people to want to know more of God's laws for them.

On the day they dedicated the rebuilt wall, there was both holiness and joy as people responded to God's Word. They had wept as they confessed their sins. Now they worshiped God with songs that poured out from cleansed hearts. Their understanding of His ways was increased.

The Bible is a precious, life-changing gift from God. Recently a Chinese student studying at a nearby university received a Bible with tears in his eyes. His only comment was, “How precious! How precious!”

Insight: Do you find joy in reading and understanding the Bible? Try using one of the psalms to pray God's words back to him.


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Post  Admin on Tue 26 Sep 2017, 10:58 am

Date: September 25, 2017 at 11:29 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Yours for the Taking

Yours for the Taking

“You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).

Scripture Focus: Galatians 5:16-26

God has made provision for His children with the wonderful ministry of the Holy Spirit. One task of the Spirit is to give joy. It's a fruit (or result) of one's life being placed under God's control. Such was the case in Thessalonica. Paul and some of his helpers had lived there for a time, and many watched them live as Christians. A good number of them eagerly received the Good News of Christ. The Thessalonians became imitators of the Christians in their midst.

A godly college professor made it a daily practice to get up at 4 A.M. to pray for each of his more than 200 students. The results were changed lives with students wanting to be “like him.”

Think of several who have influenced your life and encouraged you to follow Jesus. It will bring them great joy to see you draw close to God. When we imitate Christ, others will hear or see truth about God in us as well as from His Word. We can invite the Holy Spirit to help us be Christlike – even in the areas where following God is difficult for us.

Insight: Joy is not depending on circumstances. Instead, it's allowing God to be in charge of our emotions and mind and will.

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Post  Admin on Mon 25 Sep 2017, 10:29 pm

Date: September 25, 2017 at 2:54 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Your Place on God's Team

Your Place on God's Team

“For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10).

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 2:1-10

You are on God's winning team, if “by grace you have been saved, through faith” in Jesus Christ (vs. 8). The team is a sure winner, not because of your skill, energy, or motivation, but because of what Jesus Christ has done. No matter how bitterly the opposing team may play, “in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). Ultimate victory is guaranteed, even though our day-by-day struggle may discourage us at times.

Not one of us is the star player on the team. All glory goes to Christ. Still, we each have a place on His team that cannot be filled by any other. In our key verse for today we learn that long ago God planned for the specific “good works” that we would each do on His team. When we received Christ as Savior, He recreated us in Christ Jesus to fulfill those plans He has had in store for us. Our part is to trust Him enough to do whatever He asks of us as we faithfully read His Word.

Insight: What a privilege to be on God's winning team! Let's live in constant communication with our Coach. He will enable us to fulfill the plans He has for us.


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Date: September 20, 2017 at 1:30 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Spread the Encouragement

Spread the Encouragement

“Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 10:19-25

In sports parlance a team's “spiritual leader” is not necessarily its religious leader. He is simply the leading motivator, the spirited encourager of his teammates. He makes them believe in themselves, and he leads them into competition with a winning attitude in their hearts.

Encouragement must surely rank high as one of the best gifts any of us can pass on to another human being. Discouragement can sneak into every life, weighing us down, crippling our spirit, and taking the wind out of our sails. Discouragement robs us of joy and the ability to succeed. It keeps us from being what God wants us to be and doing what He wants us to do. Encouragement, though, lifts us up, renews our spirit, and puts the wind in our sails. It gladdens our hearts and drives us forward toward a noble goal.

Be encouraged today. God is on your side. And then why not spread the encouragement around? Someone near you could use a lift.

Insight: A person will go father when he receives a pat on the back rather than a crushing blow to the spirit.

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Date: September 21, 2017 at 2:07 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Wanted: Spiritual Therapists

Wanted: Spiritual Therapists

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

Scripture Focus: Galatians 6:1-5

Physical therapy has gained a solid reputation for restoring injured athletes to playing condition. It has also helped thousands of non-athletes recover from an injury or regain their strength following surgery. Certain aspects of physical therapy cause temporary discomfort, of course, but it is a necessary part of the healing process.

Galatians 6:1 advertises openings for spiritual therapists, dedicated and compassionate believers who will involve themselves in the process of restoring any brother or sister who has sustained a spiritual injury by falling into sin. The need for such therapists is great, because far too many believers simply ignore a fallen brother or sister's need.

You don’t need an academic degree to be a spiritual therapist. All you need is a humble attitude, a compassionate heart, and a sincere desire to restore the fallen to spiritual health. Will you answer the Galatians 6:1 ad today?

Insight: When a fellow believer falls into sin, he doesn't need the back of our hand but simply a helping hand.

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Post  Admin on Tue 19 Sep 2017, 10:48 pm

Date: September 19, 2017 at 1:10 AM
Topic: +DEV+ A Winning Attitude

A Winning Attitude
“I will praise your name for ever and ever. . . My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever” (Psalm 145:1,21).
Scripture Focus: 1 Thess. 5:16-28
I underwent five hours of back surgery three weeks before Christmas, 2000. Knowing the biblical exhortation to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), I listed both the frustrations and blessings I discovered through the surgery and recovery. Here are just a few:

Frustration: Waking up in the Recovery Room and having someone stick his fingers in my face and ask, “How many fingers am I holding up?”
Blessing: Waking up in the Recovery Room.

Frustration: Having tubes connected to almost every part of my body.
Blessing: Getting the tubes removed.

Frustration: Having my vital signs checked every couple of hours.
Blessing: Having vital signs.

Frustration: Dropping a bar of soap onto the shower floor and not being able to pick it up.
Blessing: Having hot water as well as cold water.

What blessings will you find today in the adversity you are experiencing?

Insight: God sends trials to make us better, not bitter, and to strengthen, not weaken, our faith.
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Post  Admin on Mon 18 Sep 2017, 12:18 pm

Date: September 18, 2017 at 2:05 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Everyone Gets to “Play”

Everyone Gets to “Play”

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Being a member of God's team is quite different from being a member of a sports team. For one thing, God's team has no age restrictions. By faith in Jesus Christ an 8-year-old and an 80-year-old are as welcome as a 20-year-old. However, I have never seen an 8-year-old or an 80-year-old play Center for a basketball team or Running Back for a football team.

Another difference: Sports teams are prohibited from entering more than a specified number of players into active competition. The number in baseball is 9; in football, it's 11; hockey allows 6; and 5 is the number allowed in basketball. Occasionally a team inadvertently puts too many players into the flow of a game and gets penalized for doing so. But God's team allows all who want to serve on God's team to do so. Indeed, He invites “whoever wishes” to sign up and get actively involved (see Revelation 22:17).
By the way, God’s team can never be defeated. Isn't that your kind of team?
Insight: God places His team members exactly where He wants them and guarantees a victor's crown to everyone who represents Him well.
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Post  Admin on Sun 17 Sep 2017, 11:47 pm

Date: September 15, 2017 at 1:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Worth More Than Millions

Worth More Than Millions

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29).

Scripture Focus: Matthew 19:23-30

My eyes may have deceived me, but I think I read that a baseball pitcher signed an 8-year salary contract of $225 million. It's hard to believe your eyes when they focus on that kind of money. Who wouldn't sing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” if he made about $140,000 every time he showed up at the ballpark?

But no amount of money can compare with the rewards of serving Jesus Christ. He pays dividends that are out of this world! Once, when Peter asked Jesus how he and his fellow disciples would be recompensed for leaving everything and following Jesus, he received an astounding answer. Jesus promised that everyone who abandons personal benefits to serve Him will receive 100 times as much and eternal life too!

When this life ends—and it will—no one can carry even a thin dime into eternity. But serving Jesus now is a sure way to find treasures in eternity.

Insight: Money isn't evil, but the love of money is the root of all evil. On the other hand, loving Jesus is the root of all that's good and enduring.

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Date: September 12, 2017 at 12:57 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Surviving a Slump

Surviving a Slump

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God” (Psalm 42:11).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 42

If you follow sports, you know the words “streak” and “slump.” A team is said to be on a streak when it wins several consecutive games, but in a slump after losing several consecutive games.

Do you ever feel like you have fallen into a slump in your Christian life? You hang your head and admit that your prayer life has hit bottom, your relationship with God has grown cold and distant, and you have to reach far back in the month to find something to praise God for. Is there any hope of recovering from the slump and initiating a winning streak?

The writer of Psalm 42 was a musician, but as his psalm reveals, he was singing the blues because God seemed distant (vs. 1-3). Then he peeked out of the slump and hoped for a better day. He encouraged his soul to hope in God, focus on

His love, pray to Him, and praise Him (vs. 5-11).

We all experience slumps in our walk with God, but He delivers us when we tie our hope to Him. End of a slump! Start of a streak!

Insight: What are you singing today - a dirge or a doxology? Dirges arise from a slump; doxologies ascend from a streak.

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Date: September 11, 2017 at 2:37 AM
Topic: +DEV+ How to Join God's Team

How to Join God's Team

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Scripture Focus: John 6:35-40

Baseball is a fun game, unless you are the youngest and least talented player in the neighborhood. Getting left out when the kids choose sides is not only an embarrassing experience but also a crushing blow to one's self-image. Even getting assigned to play backstop is better than just watching everyone else play.

Fortunately, no one has to feel excluded from God's team; he invites everyone to get on board! As our verse for today affirms, whoever receives Jesus' word and believes on the Father who sent Jesus to earth crosses over from death to life. In other words, whoever believes becomes a member of God's eternal team.

Jesus further affirmed in John 6:37 that He will never drive away even one person who comes to Him as a gift from the Father. My friend, if you haven't joined God's team yet, today is the best day to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior. He declared in John 14:6 that He is the way to God.

Insight: God's grace reaches even to the vilest sinner and offers him forgiveness and membership in His forever family.
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Post  Admin on Fri 08 Sep 2017, 9:15 pm

Date: September 8, 2017 at 1:47 AM
Topic: +DEV+ How's Your Daily Workout?

How's Your Daily Workout?

“Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like” (James 1:23-24).

Scripture Focus: James 1:19-27

One bad step in a hole in 1980 - that's all it took to push an already weak spinal disk over the edge. A lateral herniation at L4/5 is what the neurosurgeon called it. Toss in a nasty bone spur and a narrowing of the opening the nerves pass through, and you have a recipe for excruciating back and leg pain. Surgery two months later relieved most of the pain, but six weeks of therapy lay ahead.

You may know by personal experience that physical therapy stretches a patient. It stretched my muscles and my character. The latter proved harder to stretch than the former, because I had to discipline myself after the final therapy session to put into practice what the therapist had taught me. Finding time and the will to exercise daily at home was hard, but not exercising and having the pain return was hardly a good option. So I exercised.

James underscores the need to give our faith a daily workout by obeying what God's Word instructs us to do (1:23). How well will you stretch your faith today - and every day?

Insight: Obeying the Bible is a form of daily exercise. It strengthens faith and enables us to perform acts of service.
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Date: September 7, 2017 at 12:51 AM
Topic: +DEV+ When the Going Gets Tough
When the Going Gets Tough

“For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example. We were not idle when we were with with you. . . . On the contrary, we worked night and day...” (2 Thessalonians 3:7-8).

Scripture Focus: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-10

December 12, 2000, proved to be an unusual day in Denver Nuggets basketball history. You see, only the coach showed up for practice that day. The players had decided to skip practice without mentioning their decision to the coach. They cited a red-eye flight after a four-game road trip as the culprit. The local media rumored that the team was at odds with the coach and planned to boycott that night's

game against the Miami Heat. But the Nuggets denied the rumors, alleging they were too tired to practice. After all the hubbub, the Nuggets played the scheduled game but lost.

The Lord’s team, comprised of believers, is in a contest far more crucial than a professional basketball game. The opposing team, coached by Satan, wants to thwart our every attempt to champion the cause of righteousness. The stakes are simply too high for us to opt out of the contest. Keep up your resolve. Your Heavenly Coach waits for you.
Insight: Christians may grow weary in the work of the Lord, but we must never grow weary of the work of the Lord. Victory is certain!
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Date: September 6, 2017 at 2:07 AM
Topic: +DEV+ 85 and Still Going Strong

85 and Still Going Strong

“So here I am today, eight-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I am just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then” (Joshua 14:10-11).

Scripture Focus: Joshua 14:6-14

Caleb had been one of the 12 Israelites who had spied out the land of Canaan and reported their findings to Moses. He and Joshua had advised Moses that the land abounded with fruit and flowed with milk and honey, just as the Lord had promised. They urged their fellow Israelites to trust the Lord and enter Canaan right away. However, the other 10 spies discouraged the Israelites from doing so. They reported seeing giants in Canaan and told the Israelites they were no match for the giants. Unfortunately, the Israelites believed the faithless spies and chose to keep on trekking aimlessly through the desert.

Forty-five years later, Caleb, now 85, was in Canaan with Joshua and a new generation of Israelites, and he was ready to claim the mountain the Lord had promised to him. And he was prepared to drive out the pagans who inhabited it.

Active faith and age are not mutually exclusive. When the Lord blesses us, He doesn't look at the length of our life but the strength of our faith.

Insight: The fact that you are still alive, whether 19 or 90, proves that the Lord has some work He wants you to do for Him.
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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Sep 2017, 10:35 pm

Date: September 5, 2017 at 2:10 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Demolition Team

God's Demolition Team

“We do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

Scripture Focus: Joshua 6:1-21

“Joshua fit the battle of Jericho!” So goes an old spiritual, but actually it wasn't much of a battle, according to the Bible account. Jericho's inhabitants were already terrified of Joshua and his forces before they arrived. They had heard how the Lord had disposed of Israel's enemies - the Egyptians at the Red Sea and the Amorites in the wilderness (Joshua 2:10). Weak hearts and knocking knees had taken the fight out of the people of Jericho. Also, consider how Joshua and his followers conquered Jericho. After marching silently around it once daily for six days and seven times on the seventh day, the Israelites merely shouted when their priests blew their trumpets. Then the Lord collapsed Jericho's walls so the Israelites could march straight into the city and take it.

So it is probably best to sing, “The Lord fit the battle of Jericho.”

What walls can the Lord bring down for you today?

Insight: If an immovable wall seems to stand in the way of blessing, trust the Lord to collapse that wall.

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Date: September 4, 2017 at 12:48 AM
Topic: +DEV+ With God on Your Side

With God on Your Side

“No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Joshua 1:5).

Scripture Focus: Joshua 1:1-9

Joshua faced a major challenge that brought with it a huge responsibility. The Lord appointed him to succeed Moses, and tasked him with the responsibility of leading Israel victoriously into Canaan. This would not be a piece of cake! Canaan's cities were heavily fortified. Its fighters were heavily armed and experienced. Nevertheless, the Lord encouraged Joshua by promising to be with him and by assuring him that he would succeed if he would meditate daily on God's law and obey it. With God on his side, Joshua would be invincible.

Facing a new challenge, perhaps a new job or relocation across country, can be frightening. But the Lord doesn't present such a challenge without promising to be on your side. If you honor Him and obey His Word, you will succeed in whatever task He assigns.

Knowing the Lord is on your side is a sure cure for first-day-on-the-job jitters or a morale boost for whatever challenge you face. You cannot fail if you depend on Him.

Insight: True success in any venture is measured by our obedience to the Lord and our confidence that He is with us.

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Date: September 1, 2017 at 1:29 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Best Rest
The Best Rest
“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).

Scripture Focus: Mark 6:1-12, 30-31

I saw a bumper sticker that boasted, “The best never rest.” I disagree. Whoever heard of a winning sports team whose players never rested? Tired, bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived players would be a pushover any day. Well-conditioned athletes respect their bodies and give them time to replenish expended energy, restore overworked muscles, and rebuild lost stamina. They know that to be the best, they must get adequate rest.

Jesus taught His team of busy disciples to rest - to restore their bodies and their souls. Following an extensive preaching tour, the disciples were advised by Jesus to accompany Him to “a quiet place and get some rest” (Mark 6:31). Jesus knew well that His followers couldn't shine as lights if they suffered burnout.

The barrenness of a busy life can strike any of us if we neglect to spend quality time alone with God through prayer and Bible reading. Resting quietly in His presence renews us, inspires us, and equips for further ministry. The best rest!

Insight: Time spent in prayer and Bible reading is far from wasted. Indeed, it is a valuable investment in peace of mind and spiritual renewal.

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Date: August 31, 2017 at 12:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Take Heart, There's Hope

Take Heart, There's Hope

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Scripture Focus: Acts 27:13-26

The apostle Paul's voyage to Rome was anything but a fun-filled cruise. For one thing, he was a prisoner. For another, the ship that carried him and 275 others was on the verge of breaking apart. A violent storm was pummeling the ship and striking terror into the hearts of both its crew and the soldiers who were guarding Paul. But into that hopeless situation Paul infused hope. He told everyone that God had revealed to him that the ship would sink but no lives would be lost. “Keep up your courage, men,” Paul shouted, “for I have faith in God” (Acts 27:25).

Like an imperiled ship, our civilization seems headed for destruction, and many people are frightened. Nevertheless, God offers hope. Such hope can replace despair and bring confidence where there is fear, peace where there is worry, and joy where there is sadness. These tumultuous times summon believers to hold out hope to the distressed. Why not look for an opportunity today to declare, “Take heart . . . for I believe God”?

Insight: Hope in God is based firmly on His character. He is faithful to bring to pass everything He has promised.
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Date: August 30, 2017 at 3:08 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Living Well Forever

Living Well Forever

“I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” (John 5:24).

Scripture Focus: John 10:7-11

More than three centuries ago, Thomas Sydenham, whom many call the English Hippocrates, wrote an extensive book about disease. He believed that good health was largely a product of proper diet, adequate rest, fresh air, and exercise. But only three years after completing his medical study, he died - like every human being before him.

Though plenty of fresh air, proper food, proper rest, and an excellent exercise program contribute to good health, inevitably every human being must experience death. God announces that we all have an appointment with death (Hebrews 9:27). However, the Creator who holds life and eternity in His hands wrote a book explaining how we can enjoy the highest quality of life now and after death as well. That book is the Bible. It informs us that Jesus Christ offers an abundant life today (John 10:10) and a blissful life in God's presence after death (1 Thessalonians 4:17-18).

Good reason to sit up and take notice of what the Bible teaches, don't you agree?

Insight: Jesus, the Great Physician, is the only physician who gives His patients abundant, everlasting life.

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Date: August 27, 2017 at 11:36 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Best Is Still to Come

The Best Is Still to Come

“Instead, they were longing for a better country - a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them” (Hebrews 11:16).

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 11:13-16

Summer 2000 was hot, dry, and extremely dangerous for those living in the Western United States, and the number of forest fires reached an all-time high. Often lightning ignited timber and turned thousands of acres into blazing infernos. Many residents, forced to evacuate, could only await word about the fate of their homes.

In Northern California, one woman’s refusal to evacuate her home cost her not only her home but also her life. A fire fighter who stayed until the last possible moment trying to persuade her to leave, suffered burns before escaping.

Giving up a house is a painful experience, but nothing we own in this life is secure. Nor is it as valuable as life itself. If we place too high a value on possessions, eventually we will be disappointed. It is far better to see things as just things and to anticipate the eternal inheritance God has promised to bestow on all who love Him. We are traveling toward the city of God that will never perish or lose its luster.

Insight: Whatever we hold in our hands is temporary, but what God holds in His hands for us is eternal.

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