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Post  Admin on Mon 20 Mar 2017, 11:56 pm

Date: March 20, 2017 at 1:39 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Unseen Companion

Our Unseen Companion

“Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

Scripture Focus: Matthew 28:16-20

Jesus has given us a job to do. We are not left on earth solely to enjoy the benefits of our relationship with Him. He asks us to be busy serving Him, spreading His Good News throughout our planet.

Some of us are mobile and can go. As we fulfill our mission, we experience Jesus' promise to be with us every step as we go. But what about those of us who are not mobile and cannot go to other parts of the world? Are we to live outside the circumference of His promised presence?

There is a geography of the heart. It’s possible to be so committed to obeying the Master that we direct our whole lives to the goal of spreading the Gospel. Our time and resources, our priorities, our hearts' desires are all focused on obedience. Our prayer interests and what delights our hearts are all related to Christ's kingdom.

For all of us - those who go and those who stay - if our hearts reach out in obedience, we each can know the personal presence of the Master. He knows our deepest desires.

Insight: Ask the Lord to help you give the spread of His Gospel a high priority. Then you will know His personal presence in a new way.
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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Mar 2017, 11:28 pm

Date: March 17, 2017 at 2:21 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Known and Loved

Known and Loved

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me - just as the Father knows me and I know the Father - and I lay down my life for the sheep” (John 10:14-15).

Scripture Focus: John 10:1-18

The envelope had my name and address neatly typed, and it was graced with a commemorative stamp instead of a meter imprint. I opened it and began to read the letter. After greeting me by my first name, the writer began, “Because of your keen interest in. . . .”

Ah, I thought, he remembered our conversation of a few weeks ago and was sending me the information I had requested. To the contrary! I quickly recognized that the letter had been computer-generated. My name was used, but I was not known.

How different it is with our Good Shepherd. He speaks to the real person within. He knows our deepest hungers, our highest aspirations. He knows our bitter regrets, our frustrated hopes, and our secret dreams. He knows the best and the worst within us, and still He loves us.

As our Good Shepherd, Christ commits Himself to our care. He speaks to us personally and provides for us according to our individual needs and capacities.

Insight: We can never know ourselves better than Christ knows us. He will never give us tasks that are beyond us nor withhold the gifts we need.

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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Mar 2017, 11:42 pm

Date: March 16, 2017 at 2:04 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Surrounded

Surrounded

“As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore” (Psalm 125:2).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 125

Think of yourself as a pilgrim moving through a territory that no map. You come to a mountain range and must deal with life-threatening danger. At times it seems that it's all over. You will never make it to the other side.

But you do, and you descend to a beautiful valley where you are warmed and sheltered from the violent winds. You are protected by the mountains that surround you.

In somewhat the same way Jerusalem was surrounded by natural mountains. The psalm-writer saw this as a picture of God's strong arms reaching out to protect and shelter His own.

We cannot avoid the experiences of life that buffet us. Troubles come to us, as they do to all people of every time and place. We cannot avoid stress and pain. Still we are protected. The Lord, who loves us, has placed us in a protected valley. He surrounds us with His strong love. The storms come, but we are sheltered in the warmth and safety of His love for us.

Insight: The choice is yours and mine today. Let's stop struggling and start relying on the warmth of the Lord's protection.

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Post  Admin on Wed 15 Mar 2017, 10:15 pm

Date: March 14, 2017 at 11:10 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Help, Lord!

Help, Lord!

“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (Psalm 34:15-16).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 34

Right now, this very moment, a cruel and evil enemy is on the prowl. And you may be its intended victim. “Be alert,” God warns, “your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

Temptation comes in many forms and in unrelenting frequency. The struggle demands our full concentration. Our resistance weakens just as our enemy planned. We wear down, and it seems too hard to say that big NO one more time.

Help is at hand. First, we have the Lord’s word that “the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). We do not have to be defeated.

Then we have our Lord’s reassurance that His eyes are on us constantly. His ears are always tuned in to our cry. He's there for us. There's no panic to get through on heaven's 911 emergency number, no need even to state our dilemma. He hears and will see us through our time of trouble, if we put our trust in Him.

Insight: We do not have strength to withstand temptation. That's why God wants us to call for help, believing that He will never let us down.

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Post  Admin on Mon 13 Mar 2017, 10:21 am

Date: March 13, 2017 at 12:43 AM
Topic: +DEV+ This or That?

This or That?

“I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:17).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 25

Our years in Arizona was the high point in our spiritual lives. The church we attended there throbbed with vitality. The congregation grew week by week. The offering baskets overflowed as we emptied our wallets to pour out our love and gratitude to God. The preaching was uplifting, and our sense of the unity of Christ's body thrilled us.

Sunday evening we always sang together, “Take the Name of Jesus with You.” Then we left the church to go our separate ways. Some of us wished we could have set our spiritual instruments on automatic pilot so we could have lived as we had worshipped.

But we couldn’t. Each of us had to make many personal choices throughout the week. Should we do this or that? Should we go here or there? Should we speak or be silent? The pastor could not be there to remind us of God's Word. Nor at the moment of decision did we have time to search the Scripture for direction. But God was there. He promises to give us moment-by-moment direction as we need it.

Insight: This or that? God will do His part to give us direction. Our part is to keep alert, to be ready to listen and obey.

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Post  Admin on Fri 10 Mar 2017, 6:27 pm

Date: March 9, 2017 at 2:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Searchlight

God's Searchlight

“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Scripture Focus: 2 Chronicles 16

Much as giant beads of light pierce the darkness as searchlights pan the area, God's eyes constantly roam the earth searching out hearts that are fully committed to Him. And into those hearts He promises to pour His strength.

Note the context in which this promise is given. King Asa had led the people of Judah to remove all evidence of idol worship and to fortify their cities. They sought God with all their hearts, and He was found by them. Then Asa compromised. When the King of Israel began to provoke war, Asa sent treasures from the temple to the king of Syria, with a terse appeal, “Break your treaty with the King of Israel, so he will leave me alone.”

Asa made a critical blunder. God’s prophet spoke. “God promises to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him. Yet you chose to solve your problem in your own strength.”

Asa’s heart was unyielding toward God. From that point on, his reign skidded downhill. The choice was his, as it is ours today.

Insight: Will we trust our own resources or count on God's ever-available strength? As His eyes scan the earth today, may He find our hearts ready to receive His help.

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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Mar 2017, 9:04 pm

Date: March 8, 2017 at 3:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Grace to Cope

Grace to Cope

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 4:14-16

Failure! That word can be stamped across the lives of the Children of Israel. Not failure to perform, but failure to believe. God promised spiritual fulfillment, but when the Israelites heard His Word they did not listen with faith. They failed to enter into the blessing God had for them.

We too may fail, but we do not need to. God promises to bless us. When we hear His Word, we need to listen with faith to receive what God is saying. In this matter of our inner response, we may deceive ourselves, but we do not deceive Him. His Word is the divine clarifier. It constantly monitors our hearts, sifting our deepest, most subtle thoughts and attitudes.

God’s knowledge of us need not produce fear. We have Jesus Christ our High Priest, who stands in heaven on our behalf. He represents us as One who has a keen awareness of our need. He knows how feebly the flame of our faith burns. We are aware that we may fail, as did the Israelites of old. Jesus knows our weaknesses, and He never turns away from us but reaches out to help us.

Insight: Christ invites us to come to Him with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace to cope in our moment of need.

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Post  Admin on Tue 07 Mar 2017, 10:24 pm

Date: March 7, 2017 at 1:46 AM
Topic: +DEV+ My Shepherd

My Shepherd

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul” (Psalm 23:1-2).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 23

As a teenager I traveled by train across Canada from Ontario to Alberta. Wide-eyed with excitement, I sat with my nose pressed against the window. Even during the night I peered into the darkness, hoping to capture every possible glimpse of the pristine northland and the sweeping prairies.

My companion missed the beauty because she was occupied with getting organized. Throughout the three-day trip, she packed and repacked her carry-on luggage, expecting that soon she could sit back and enjoy the view. She never did.

Like this woman, we may become fretful when life does not conform to our tidy plans. When we focus only on our frustrations, we miss the thrill of a spiritual adventure with our Shepherd.

As you read Psalm 23, notice its constant reference to the present. Right now you can have fellowship with the Lord. There is no need to wait till you put your life together. He accepts you as you are and is available to care for you, no matter how cluttered and out of control your circumstances may be.

Insight: Do you believe that the Lord is your Shepherd today? Trust Him and place yourself in His care.

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Post  Admin on Mon 06 Mar 2017, 10:50 am

Date: March 5, 2017 at 10:00 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Strength for Today

Strength for Today

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. . . . Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength” (Isaiah 40:29, 31).

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 40:25-31

God's man trembled on the brink - of what? That was part of the problem. He had no way of guessing what could possibly be ahead for him.

The man was Moses. God was sending him back to Egypt to lead a nation of slaves out of bondage. “Who am I for such a task?” Moses gasped. He was unknown by the slaves, and he was a wanted man in the court that was holding the slaves in their misery. The assignment seemed to defy logic.

God answered, “I will be with you.” Moses' inadequacy was not a problem to God.

Moses then asked, “And who are You?”

God replied, “I am who I am” (Exodus 3:14).

Though the exact meaning of this name is hidden in mystery, we know it refers to God's eternal, dependable nature. Promises He gave Moses were based on His never-changing character.

We too can know the reality of God’s presence. He has promised us strength for today to accomplish the work He has for us to do. We can count on His strength because we can count on Him.

Insight: God will always give us the strength to do what He asks us to do. We can count on that.

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Post  Admin on Fri 03 Mar 2017, 5:27 pm

Date: March 2, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Ever-Present Help

Our Ever-Present Help

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear. . . .The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress” (Psalm 46: 1-2, 11).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 46

Our cowardly hearts yearn for a life without trouble. But God does not guarantee that. What He does promise is that He will be our refuge and strength while we are experiencing trouble. When we learn to count on His promise, we will not be gripped by terror even in time of disaster.

Services we depend on - telephone, electricity, water, fire and police protection - may all fail. One resource remains untouched by catastrophe: God. Nothing can cut us off from Him.

The psalm-writer describes the worst: natural disasters on land and sea, international crisis of war and political upheavals. Even when the catastrophe is beyond human intervention, and we are surrounded by total chaos and devastation, God is there. His promise is not that He will come when we call on Him in desperation, but that He is already there even as the disaster strikes. And He is there, not as an onlooker nor even as a compassionate rescue-worker. He is there to be our personal refuge and strength.

Insight: Don't wait for a disaster to strike before you count on God to be your ever-present help. He is your refuge today.

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Date: March 1, 2017 at 1:22 AM
Topic: +DEV+ A Happy Ending

A Happy Ending

“Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him. . . . Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37: 4-5,7).

Scripture Focus: Psalm 113

A couple taught in a school for children of missionaries, but being surrounded by children all day did not satisfy their longings. The wife especially wanted the blessing of children of their own.

Prayerfully they discussed with friends the wisdom of starting a family later in life. They acted on the advice they received and began exploring adoption. Not one but two would enter their home. Days in court were hard, expensive, and time consuming, but now, after several years of parenting, the children have become legally theirs. In a beautiful way God “settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children” (Psalm 113:9).

Two believers who are committed to God in their life service for Him also turned over their inner desires to Him. They waited and followed His leading - now their desires are fulfilled and their home is filled with exceeding joy.

We never need to conceal our heart desires from God. He knows them and will work out His will for us as we delight in Him.

Insight: Joy comes when we get what we really want and have waited for God to provide it His way in His time.

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Post  Admin on Tue 28 Feb 2017, 7:52 pm

Date: February 28, 2017 at 2:00 AM
Topic: +DEV+ How Jesus Loves Me

How Jesus Loves Me

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:34-35).

Scripture Focus: John 13:31-35

Most of us tend to be careless about Jesus' clear command to love others as He has loved us. Ironically, His disciples let it go right over their Heads. They simply changed the subject!

To discover how we are to love others, we need first to know how Jesus loves us. He totally accepts us exactly as we are, even when we're not a pretty sight. He's never too tired to give us His undivided attention.

Jesus is firm when we’re taking a wrong path, but He is never harsh. When tragedy or scandal enter our lives, He stays by us. He is never fickle.

Jesus is not afraid of intimacy. He even longs for it. He continually lifts us up before His Father in prayer. Though Jesus is high and exalted, He calls us His friends. He puts our well-being before His own - even unto death.

Why did Jesus give this command? He wanted the world to stand amazed as they took note of the startling resemblance between Christians and their Lord and Teacher.

Insight: Think of how much Jesus loves you. Then ask yourself, Will people observe His love in my words and actions today?

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Post  Admin on Mon 27 Feb 2017, 7:27 pm

Date: February 27, 2017 at 2:42 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Love Given and Received

Love Given and Received

"Leave her alone,' Jesus replied. It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me" (John 12:7-8).

Scripture Focus: John 12:1-8

Calculate your annual income. Imagine that you invest that amount in a rare imported perfume. You hide it away, sensing that someday you will use it for a very special expression of love.

This is how it was for Mary. At a dinner given in Jesus' honor, a feeling of urgency built within her heart. She must express her love for Jesus. She must do it in a way that would communicate the depth of her gratitude to Him.

Mary slipped away to get her perfume. Opening the container, she poured the precious oil onto Jesus' feet, and in a moment the house was filled with the fragrance. Judas, who was treasurer of Jesus' group of twelve disciples, pretended to be horrified. He protested that the perfume should have been sold and the money used to feed the poor. He really wanted some of the money for himself.

Jesus defended Mary. She had seized the appropriate moment to give her love, and He had received it. He had read her heart as she poured out her love with reckless abandon.

Insight: Mary's love broke through the confines of what is prudent. How do you express your love for Jesus?

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Post  Admin on Fri 24 Feb 2017, 6:49 pm

Date: February 24, 2017 at 2:48 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Test of Love

The Test of Love

“Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Scripture Focus: Romans 5:6-11

We read that love bears all things (see 1 Corinthians 13:7, KJV). Someone has said that love can be measured by our willingness to be inconvenienced. How have we inconvenienced God?

Because He loves us, Jesus gave up His mighty power and “made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness” (Philippians 2:7). He left His glorious place in heaven to suffer the torturous death of the cross. God the Father experienced the horror of separation from His beloved Son. In all of eternity they had never been separated. But, as Jesus hung on the cross, all our sins rolled on Him, and God had to turn His back on His Son. The Father abandoned Jesus during the time of His greatest suffering. The agony of that separation is more than we can imagine. Jesus gave up His relationship with His Father and suffered the hell we deserve. Jesus endured it all because of His love for you and me. It was the ultimate inconvenience.

Insight: If we weigh God's love for us by His willingness to be inconvenienced, we discover His love is beyond our ability to measure.

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Post  Admin on Thu 23 Feb 2017, 12:42 pm

Date: February 23, 2017 at 3:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Living in Love

Living in Love

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love” (John 15:9-10).

Scripture Focus: John 15:9-17

When Jesus speaks of love, He speaks in the past, present, and the future.

Past: As My Father has always love Me, so have I loved you.

Present: So live today in that sphere of perfect love. And as you obey My commandments today,

Future: You will continue to live in that sphere of My love.

Present: I have told you this so that My joy may constantly pervade your life. Love each other,

Past: As I have loved you.

What a beautiful blending of past, present, and future, of receiving love, giving out love, and enjoying new capacities to give and receive love!

Jesus gives us two responsibilities if we will live in His love. First, to obey His commands, and second, to reach out and love others. We may start by taking time to listen or by running an errand for another. But when we obey and take that first step, we will sense that the warmth of His love is filling our beings.

Insight: Our love-hungry hearts long to enjoy Christ's love to the full. We taste it when we obey Him and love others.

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Feb 2017, 11:40 pm

Date: February 21, 2017 at 10:33 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Enfolded in Love

Enfolded in Love

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken . . says the Lord, who has compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:10).

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 54:1-10

She is known as Julian of Norwich, a gentle lady born in 1342 who lived in a cell attached to St. Julian's Church in Norwich, England.

What could a person so far removed from our world have to say to us today? Simply this. During a severe illness, Lady Julian's heart was opened to receive insights into God's character, insights that transcend time and culture. God's love so filled and overwhelmed her that she devoted the rest of her life to sharing what she had seen and learned.

“He is our clothing,” she wrote. “In His love He wraps and holds us. He enfolds us for love, and He will never let us go.”

God’s never-failing, all-encompassing love is not subject to the winds that so quickly affect human love. Friends may grow distant. Family members may allow differences to become barriers. The one dearest to you may betray a commitment made in God's presence, but God will never vary in His commitment to you. God's love will never fail. His promises can never be withdrawn.

Insight: God's compassion is based on His character, not on your conduct. He enfolds you in His love today.

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Post  Admin on Tue 21 Feb 2017, 8:27 pm

February 21, 2017 at 12:46 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Connected by Love

Connected by Love

“The Lord did not set His affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples. But it was because the Lord loved you” (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 7:7-10

As I was thinking about God's comfort recently, I watched a Christian TV program in which a beautiful young woman shared her testimony of God's love and comfort through interview and song. Like so many, she too had her story of foster homes, abuse in every form, and eventually the plan to end her life through suicide.

The very day she was planning to end it all, the husband of the family she was living with opened his Bible and asked her to read a few verses. The Scripture opened her eyes to see how important we are to the Lord and how much He loves us. This young woman's life was spared, and through wonderful Christian friends and godly counsel she recovered and is now busy serving Christ.

Today’s verses describe how precious we are to God. His love signifies a connection of our hearts with Him. His delight in us implies the ardent inclination of His mind along with His special tenderness and fullness of affection. That's how God loves each of His children. He is committed to us!

Insight: What specific challenges are you facing today? Remember how perfectly you are loved. You are connected to God by love.

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Post  Admin on Mon 20 Feb 2017, 3:34 pm

Date: February 20, 2017 at 12:52 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Sunshine of God's Love

The Sunshine of God's Love

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 41:1-10

For two weeks 17-year-old James lay in a coma. Fractures and extensive bruises racked his body with pain. A mesh of wires monitored his vital signs. Tubes, straps, and bandages wrapped themselves around him. Together, his parents, sister, close friends, and I - his fathers friend - prayed for his recovery and reflected on the irresponsibility of the hit-and-run motorist who had struck James as he walked across a street.

At the end of two weeks, Derick woke up and recovered to the point that his medical caregivers placed him in a wheelchair and guided it onto an outdoor balcony. What an incredible display of God's love and faithfulness that event portrayed! The sun was shining gloriously, and a cool breeze refreshed each of us as we thanked God for bringing Derick from critical condition to one of great improvement.

Truly, God answers prayer and holds each of us with His righteous right hand. We may experience weakness, but He is strong enough to hold us.

Insight: In God's care, there is a sense of peace, a reason to be optimistic, and assurance that His strength can never fail.

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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Feb 2017, 7:41 pm

Date: February 17, 2017 at 2:29 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Endurance of Love

The Endurance of Love

“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 53

Love “always perseveres” (1 Corinthians 13:7).

Jesus gave us the supreme example of enduring love. Eternal hell was what He suffered when He hung on the cross and took our sins on Himself. Not only did He experience separation from His Father, He also felt God's full punishment for sin. Jesus is the only One in the universe who has ever experienced the fierceness of God's unbridled wrath against sin. We cannot begin to imagine the horror that was to Him. “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because of His love for us, Jesus was willing to endure our death sentence.

Jesus is not frail. His love is not fragile. His love is stronger than anything in the universe, mightier than any evil force, stronger than hell itself. His love was powerful enough to hold Him on the cross. Doesn't that forever prove how much He loves us?

Insight: No matter how many times you have turned away from Jesus, He still loves you and offers you full forgiveness.

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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Feb 2017, 10:30 pm

Date: February 16, 2017 at 2:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+ What If God Did Not Love?

What If God Did Not Love?

“If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing” (1 Corinthians 13:2).

Scripture Focus: Romans 8:31-39

Can you even begin to imagine God without love? He would be isolated in the universe, alone in eternity. Can you imagine our desolation if the Bible contained accurate prophecies but did not include assurances of God's love and care?

We often quote John 3:16, but do we really believe its message? God loves us so much that He gave His Son -- not only so we could live with Him forever, not only so we could escape the torments of hell, but so we could realize His love today and experience it for all eternity.

Sometimes we believe God’s love extends to our future joys in eternity, but we don't relate that love to our today's. When we live without the warmth of God's loving smile on us, our Christian lives become burdensome. We read verses about God's judgment and fear stalks our days and nights. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). Accept God's love for you. Trust His forgiveness.

Insight: We do not have to wait until we enter heaven to experience a love relationship with God. It begins the moment we open our lives to Him.

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Post  Admin on Wed 15 Feb 2017, 4:19 pm

Date: February 14, 2017 at 11:47 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Pursue Love

Pursue Love

“These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Follow the way of love” (1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1). “[Nothing] will be able to separate us from the love of God” (Romans 8:39).

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 13:13-14:1

God wants us to pursue love. Pursuing love does not mean trying to make ourselves more lovable. It does not mean doing things to earn God's love or to make Him love us more. He already loves us as much as He loves Jesus.

Pursuing love means that our goal is to learn the vastness of God's love for us and to respond to His love with trust and obedience in our daily lives.

Pursuing love means that we seek to live within the safe boundaries of His love. He has given us His guidelines in His Word.

Pursuing love means that we endeavor to apply His love to every situation of our lives – and toward all the people in our lives.

Pursuing love means that we ask God to make us more loving to others. We depend on Him to accomplish it in our lives.

Pursuing love means that we depend on God's Holy Spirit to produce His love in our lives.

God’s love is the greatest gift given to us. It’s the greatest love we can give to someone else.

Insight: Pursuing love means contentment in our relationship with our loving Father. Pursuing love means a discontent that urges us on to know Him more.

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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Feb 2017, 4:06 pm

Date: February 14, 2017 at 12:40 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Look of Love

God's Look of Love

“Love is kind” (1 Corinthians 13:4). “God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

Scripture Focus: John 18:25-28

A friend once confided painfully that she imagined God looking at her with an expression of disgust. Have you visualized God vindictively scrutinizing your life, searching for some reason to punish you? But God is kind. He reaches out with love, promising, “With everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you” (Isaiah 54:8). He reaches out to draw us to Himself.

When we sin, God’s look may be one of deep sorrow or grief. After Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus' gaze broke his heart.

We can be assured of God’s loving-kindness toward us even when we do wrong. He promises that when we confess our sin and turn from it, He graciously forgives us and cleanses our sin away (see 1 John 1:9). He sets us on the right path and promises to help us live in ways that honor and please Him. We are never out of His sight. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” (2 Chronicles 16:9).

Insight: God is not looking at you through angry eyes but with eyes filled with loving-kindness.

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Date: February 12, 2017 at 11:17 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Keeping Inside God's Love

Keeping Inside God's Love

“We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us” (1 John 4:16-17).

Scripture Focus: 1 John 4:7-21

Jude urges us, “Keep yourselves in God's love” (v. 21). How do we do this? If we rely on our feelings, we may worry that we are out of His love. Sometimes when I pray, I am restless and painfully aware of my shortcomings. An agitated, guilty-feeling state is not keeping ourselves in God's love.

Jesus spoke to His fear-ridden disciples, promising to send the Holy Spirit to comfort them and to confirm His love for them. He also spoke of the need for obedience. He said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him. . . If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:21, 23).

God’s Spirit produces love. It is not something we generate ourselves (see Galatians 5:22). The Spirit helps us rely on God's love. When we love Jesus and know He loves us, we are able to relax and enjoy being in His presence.

Insight: We keep ourselves in the love of God by remembering how much God loves us and by reminding ourselves how much we mean to Him.

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Post  Admin on Fri 10 Feb 2017, 11:08 am

Date: February 10, 2017 at 2:38 AM
Topic: +DEV+ God's Infinite Love

God's Infinite Love

“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power . . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:17-19).

Scripture Focus: Ephesians 3:14-21

Our human need for love is a gaping, bottomless pit. Who can fill this deep need? No other human can give us the vast amounts of love and affirmation we require, not our spouses, children, family or friends.

I have often felt depressed over this. Then I read in Isaiah that God inhabits eternity (see 57:15, KJV). Joy filled my heart when I reasoned that if God can fill all eternity with Himself, He is surely able to overlow my bottomless-pit need for love.

It is futile to expect anyone else to do what only God can do. If we look to others to meet all our needs for love, we put them in the place of God. While we are doing this, we are missing out on the experience that God wants us to enjoy.

Paul prayed that we would understand the vastness of God's love for us. His love is unconditional. It is not bound by time, distance, by anything we do or don't do. It's wider, longer, higher, and deeper than we can imagine. It is vast enough to fill that bottomless pit of yearning that we have.

Insight: God's love is larger than the universe. When you have Him, you have all the love there is, and His love is all you need.

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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Feb 2017, 9:05 pm

Date: February 8, 2017 at 1:09 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Kept in His Love

Kept in His Love

“Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back” (Isaiah 38:17).

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 38:15-20


King Hezekiah was at the point of death when the prophet Isaiah went to him. His message was not encouraging. “Put your house in order for you are going to die.” Hezekiah wept before God. Then Isaiah had a second word. God had heard his prayer and would add 15 years to his life.

A incident comes to mind when I consider how the Lord spared Hezekiah's life. A friend and his wife were returning from a trip when he was suddenly gripped by severe chest pains. His complexion turned ashen, and beads of sweat dotted his forehead. Paul pulled the car over and collapsed on the steering wheel. There wasn't another car or telephone in sight. We had nowhere to turn but to God, and we cried out to Him.

Paul specifically mentioned Hezekiah’s miracle as we prayed, asking the Lord for His healing touch. He distinctly sensed the presence of the Lord with us in those moments. Gradually the pains subsided. A subsequent checkup showed no permanent heart damage. God's love kept Paul that day.

Insight: Look back over your life. Thank God for the times He has rescued you from the very pit of destruction.


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