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Post  Admin on Wed 19 Jul 2017, 6:56 pm

Date: July 19, 2017 at 1:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Sight for the Blind

Sight for the Blind

"For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind" (John 9:39). 

Scripture Focus: John 9 

Jesus performed the miracle of providing sight for a man who had been blind from birth. He used the occasion to expose the deep problem of spiritual blindness, which we all have from birth. 

The man with physical blindness had lived with his disability until Jesus turned it into an occasion to display God's power by giving him physical sight. God's power was also at work as the man understood who Jesus is. That day the man received both physical and spiritual sight. 

In contrast, the Pharisees, who had physical sight, were spiritually blind, and their blindness became more intense as they determined not to acknowledge who Jesus was. In rejecting His power to provide physical sight, they also rejected His power to provide spiritual sight. 

The Pharisees said, "Jesus made mud on the Sabbath; therefore, He cannot have come from God." In response, the healed man said simply, "I was blind; now I can see." The Pharisees remained blind; the man enjoyed sight -- physical and spiritual. 

Insight: Jesus came to bring you spiritual sight. Are you willing to accept the evidence of His power and trust Him for sight? 

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Post  Admin on Tue 18 Jul 2017, 9:37 pm

Date: July 18, 2017 at 12:20 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Source of Living Water
Source of Living Water

"If a man is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him" (John 7:37-38). 

Scripture Focus: John 7:37-44 

As part of the celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles, priests filled a golden pitcher with water and carried it to the temple. While the festival crowds sang joyful praises to God, they poured the water out on the altar. The ritual was a reminder of God's provision of water from the rock for the thirsty Israelites in the wilderness (Exodus 17). 

While the focus was on the symbol, the reality was standing in their midst. Suddenly Jesus called out above the celebration, inviting people to come to Him to have their inner thirst quenched. Jesus went on to promise that if they would come to Him for satisfaction, they would then become channels of refreshment for the spiritual thirst of others! 

Religious symbols may be rich in meaning, but Jesus promises reality! He will fully satisfy our thirst for spiritual life when we turn to Him. Once we do that, we'll be amazed at how He will use us to become channels of blessing to others. All glory belongs to Jesus when others find refreshment through us. 

Insight: Are you thirsty? Come to Jesus and drink deeply. Then watch as He uses you to bring refreshment to others.

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Post  Admin on Mon 17 Jul 2017, 7:14 pm

Date: July 17, 2017 at 1:04 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Tuned to God's Timetable

Tuned to God's Timetable

"`You go to the Feast. I am not yet going up to this Feast, because for me the right time has not yet come.' Having said this, he stayed in Galilee" (John 7:8-9). 

Scripture Focus: John 7:1-24 

We've met people who set goals and then seize every opportunity to advance toward them. Being in the right place at the right time is key to their success. Jesus' brothers taunted Him with this kind of self-promotion. "No one with any sense works miracles behind the scenes. Go to the Feast of Tabernacles and put on a real display!" 

Unbelief blinded them to Jesus' single-minded devotion to His Father. They didn't understand that His motives were not political, and His schedule was not centered around showing off His power. 

Because Jesus lived to please His Father, He was tuned to God's timetable. He knew when to show His miracle power and when simply to speak, because He was responding to His Father's will. 

Jesus went to the Feast a little later. He taught in the temple and aroused heated questions about His authority. According to God's timetable, the occasion was right for challenging the crowds to choose to do His Father's will and thus discover Jesus' true identity (v. 17). 

Insight: You come to know Christ and see His power at work in your life when you truly want to do His Father's will. 

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Post  Admin on Fri 14 Jul 2017, 9:30 pm

Date: July 14, 2017 at 2:18 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Learn from the Wave-Walker
Learn from the Wave-Walker
"He said to them, It is I; don't be afraid. Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading" (John 6:20-21). 

Scripture Focus: John 6:16-21 

Imagine you were one of Jesus' disciples. You've just seen an amazing miracle in which Jesus took a boy's small lunch and provided a satisfying meal for thousands of people! Then, when the crowd decided to make Him their king, Jesus slipped out of sight. 

You join the other men and set sail across the lake. Suddenly the evening wind whips up a fierce storm. The situation becomes desperate. 

Then in your panic you see something. Someone is walking calmly across the heaving waves! You cry out in terror. Then you hear a voice you recognize, "It is I; don't be afraid" (v. 20). Jesus is coming, and you join the other disciples in welcoming Him into the boat. Suddenly you are at the shore. 

After the miracle of feeding the crowd, Jesus chose to reveal Himself on the storm-tossed sea to His closest friends. Knowing their faith in Him would be tested, He showed Himself in a private revelation as Lord of the Sea. No matter how the winds and waves may threaten us, we can count on Jesus to be with us in the worst storms and to bring us to shore safely. 

Insight: Ask Christ to open your understanding so that you recognize Him as He comes to you in the storms of life. Believe that He's there to help you. 

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Post  Admin on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 2:28 pm

Date: July 13, 2017 at 2:23 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Bread of Life
The Bread of Life

"The bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. . . . I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry" (John 6:33,35). 

Scripture Focus: John 6:1-15, 25-71

For many of us, bread rounds out an already carb-loaded meal. In Bible times bread was the necessary food to sustain life. It was basic in every day's diet. When Jesus performed the miracle of multiplying bread to feed the hungry multitude, He pictured Himself as the source and sustainer of spiritual life. But the people missed this. Instead, they reasoned that if one meal was good, many more meals would be better. If they made Jesus their king, He could supply them with miracle bread every day! 

Rather than receive Jesus as the source of spiritual life, the people wanted to use Him for their physical hunger. Jesus told them the truth that they needed to accept and believe His words, but their minds were set on material things. They wanted bread to satisfy their body hunger, and they went away heart-hungry. 

Peter spoke the truth for each of us when he said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God" (vs. 68) 

Insight: Where do you go to have your heart-hunger satisfied? Jesus is the Bread of Life. He alone is the source and sustainer of your spiritual life. 
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Post  Admin on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 3:55 pm

Date: July 12, 2017 at 2:27 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The One Who Heals

The One Who Heals

"One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. . . .Then Jesus said to him, `Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.' At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked" (John 5:5, 8-9). 

Scripture Focus: John 5:1-15

The pool of Bethesda was the place of last resort. Desperately infirm people gathered there, hoping somehow to benefit from its healing water. 

Jesus spoke with a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years, depending on others to care for his needs. Jesus asked, "Do you want to be healed?" 

Though the answer was obvious, the man gave an excuse for not getting into the pool. "I'm helpless. I have no one to help me." He wanted someone to lean on, someone to take responsibility for him. 

Jesus did not assume that role. Instead, He told the man to get up, pick up his mat, and begin walking. Impossible as it must have seemed, the man responded and found that Jesus had healed him. 

No matter what our need is today, no matter how long it has defeated us, Jesus asks, "Do you want to be healed? Do you want to be healed of painful memories that paralyze you? Do you want to be rid of habits that have you in its grip?" If we want His healing, He asks us to get up and walk in new life. As we heed His voice, we'll see the healing. 

Insight: Don't wait for someone to take responsibility for your needs. Look to Jesus. Obey His instructions. Then rejoice in His inner healing. 
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Post  Admin on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 11:50 pm

Date: July 10, 2017 at 2:31 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Discerner of Hearts

Discerner of Hearts

"The royal official said, `Sir, come down before my child dies.' Jesus replied, `You may go. Your son will live.' The man took Jesus at his word and departed" (John 4:49-50). 

Scripture Focus: John 4:43-54 

The man who stood before Jesus was a royal official. But more importantly, at that moment, he was a frantic father. He had rushed some 20 miles to beg Jesus to come heal his dying son. 

If I were writing the story, I'd have Jesus immediately go with the father and place His healing hand on the boy. But that's not what happened. Jesus appeared to be indifferent to the father's desperate request. He spoke of people needing to see miraculous signs and wonders before they would believe. While it seemed that Jesus was putting the man down, He was actually helping him believe in Him. 

When Jesus said simply, "Go; your son lives," the father believed and returned home, expecting to see his son alive and well. 

True faith meant walking away not knowing what he could find at home, yet believing that Jesus had kept His word. Jesus discerned the father's heart. He saw faith there and rewarded it, knowing the man wouldn't have proof of the miracle until he was met by his servants with good news. 

Insight: Jesus discerns your heart. Does He see that you will trust Him even when you can't see what He will do for you.

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Post  Admin on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 8:21 pm

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Topic: +DEV+  God's Seeking Heart

God's Seeking Heart

"A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks" (John 4:23).   

Scripture Focus: John 4:1-42 
Many of us would want to avoid a conversation with a woman from an "outsider" race who is being shunned by her own people. Yet Jesus chose to open a conversation with such a person. 

A Jewish teacher would never have spoken to any woman, let alone a Samaritan, especially one whose visits to the village well were timed to avoid her neighbors. But Jesus initiated the conversation, guiding it until He broke through to concealed facts: she was a sinner, having had five husbands and was living with a sixth man. 

Jesus did not blame her or tell her how abhorrent her sins were. Instead, he offered her living water as a gift, water from the fountain of eternal life to quench her desperate thirst. Then he shared with this woman the most amazing truth: His Father is seeking people who will strip themselves of pretense and defensiveness and will turn their hearts to Him. He doesn't wait for them to try to improve -- He seeks people with open hearts who will worship Him sincerely, just as they are. 
Insight: Stop making excuses for your wrongdoing. Recognizing that God sees who you really are, open your heart to worship Him in sincerity and truth. 
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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Jul 2017, 9:51 pm

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Topic: +DEV+  Love Lifted Up

Love Lifted Up

"Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life" (John 3:14-15). 

Scripture Focus: John 3 

Jesus came to provide the way for us to meet God and respond to His love. To help us understand the extent of God's love, Jesus pointed back to an incident from Old Testament times. Once, when the Israelites rebelled against God, they were punished by poisonous serpents. Many Israelites died. Then God told Moses to make a bronze snake and raise it high on a pole. To be saved from death, the smitten people had only to look up at that serpent. 

Jesus explained that He would be lifted up in the most incredible expression of God's love. On the cross Jesus would bear the punishment we each deserve. In order to receive the gift of eternal life, we need only to look up at the cross, believing that Jesus gave His life there for us. The cross is a symbol of unspeakable suffering and punishment for sin. It is also the symbol of God reaching out in love and grace, offering forgiveness and eternal life. Our part is to believe that this wondrous expression of love is for us. 
Insight: Have you believed the good news? God has provided in His Son the way in which you can have eternal life. Believe it . . . and receive it! 
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Post  Admin on Wed 05 Jul 2017, 9:33 pm

Date: July 5, 2017 at 1:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Focus on Meaning

Focus on Meaning

“To those who sold doves he said, `Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father's house into a market!'" (John 2:16) 

Scripture Focus: John 2:12-22 

Jesus went to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. It was an important celebration for the Jews in which they remembered how God had rescued their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. 

As Jesus entered the temple, He found a busy marketplace. Money changers were converting money from festival attendees into temple currency, and making a healthy profit. In addition, merchants were selling animals for sacrifices at greatly inflated prices. 

Jesus was indignant. What should have been a celebration honoring His Father had become a money-making scheme for temple personnel. What should have been a meaningful act of worship for even the most impoverished person had become a painful expense. God was being ignored in a celebration to His honor! Jesus made a whip of cords and drove the offenders out of the temple. 

What does Jesus see in your worship? Where is your focus as you sing, pray, and give your offering. Are you there to honor God? 

Insight: Worship is not formal procedure but the expression of a relationship that is full of personal meaning. How meaningful is your worship?

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Post  Admin on Tue 04 Jul 2017, 2:58 pm

Date: July 4, 2017 at 2:33 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Glory in the Ordinary
Glory in the Ordinary

“This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him” (John 2:11). 

Scripture Focus: John 2:1-11

Jesus came to earth to reveal His Father. Suppose you were His public relations director. How would you promote your client? Would you send Him to Rome to capture the admiration of the empire? Would you send Him to Jerusalem to impress the Jewish leaders? 

Jesus went to a wedding. There, when the host was about to be embarrassed in front of his guests, Jesus quietly performed a miracle of turning water into wine. There was no public announcement, no spotlight beamed on Him, no roll of drums to build anticipation. Amazingly, the host and guests didn't recognize the glory in their midst. Only His disciples discerned it, and they put their trust in Him. 

Jesus enters our lives, supplying a need even before we know we have it, guiding us to the right person at the right time; or protecting us in a moment of danger. We can assume these as ordinary happenings, or we can recognize the Glory -- that Jesus, the Son of God, has revealed something of Himself in the ordinary events of our day. 

Insight: Ask Jesus to open your eyes to see touches of His glory in the ordinary events of your life. Then open your heart to trust Him for even more. 

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Post  Admin on Mon 03 Jul 2017, 10:49 pm

Date: July 3, 2017 at 3:01 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God

"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). You were redeemed ... with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

Scripture Focus: John 1:18-51 

God sent His Son to be the living link between His heart of love and the people He created. His Son could have been introduced to us in any role: a potentate with vast wealth and power to generate awe in his subjects, a teacher with an incredible ability to attract followers, or a star to display a level of talent that would cause people to swoon. 

But the Son of God came to us an animal -- not a lion, the symbol of strength, but as a lamb -- defenseless, needing care and protection, and destined to be sacrificed for the sins of us all. John introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God! 

God sent His Son to communicate who He is and how much He loves us. The Son of God with all His power and majesty could relate to us in our naked humanness. Jesus would speak to us as dearly loved individuals. He would offer strength for our weakness, light in our darkness, and life that we could never find on our own. And He would deliver this for us by being Himself the sacrificial Lamb who takes away our sins. 

Insight: No matter how people may view you, God loves you and knows your deepest need -- and only the Lamb of God can meet it. 

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Topic: +DEV+  The Lamb of God

The Lamb of God

"Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (John 1:29). You were redeemed ... with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect" (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

Scripture Focus: John 1:18-51 

God sent His Son to be the living link between His heart of love and the people He created. His Son could have been introduced to us in any role: a potentate with vast wealth and power to generate awe in his subjects, a teacher with an incredible ability to attract followers, or a star to display a level of talent that would cause people to swoon. 

But the Son of God came to us an animal -- not a lion, the symbol of strength, but as a lamb -- defenseless, needing care and protection, and destined to be sacrificed for the sins of us all. John introduced Jesus as the Lamb of God! 

God sent His Son to communicate who He is and how much He loves us. The Son of God with all His power and majesty could relate to us in our naked humanness. Jesus would speak to us as dearly loved individuals. He would offer strength for our weakness, light in our darkness, and life that we could never find on our own. And He would deliver this for us by being Himself the sacrificial Lamb who takes away our sins. 

Insight: No matter how people may view you, God loves you and knows your deepest need -- and only the Lamb of God can meet it. 

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Post  Admin on Thu 29 Jun 2017, 10:16 pm

Date: June 29, 2017 at 1:36 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Word

The Word

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:1, 14). 

Scripture Focus: John 1:1-18

The Word. Imagine speaking and then seeing whatever you had said come immediately into being: light, land, living creatures! John writes about the One who is the Word of God made visible, the Word who embodies such creative power that to speak brings forth whatever the Father willed. 

From the furthest reaches of eternity, from before the Creation of the universe, the Word existed in perfect harmony with the Father. Then at a point in earth-time the Father willed that the Word enter the world He had created and become as one of the living persons He had placed on earth. 

The Word came bringing life that has an endless supernatural quality, and light that banishes a darkness that casts shadows over even the happiest human existence. He came because the Father longed to communicate Himself to us. More than that, the Word with all His creative power came to transform us so that we can hear the Word and be so infused with heaven's life and light that we can actually become children of God! 

Insight: It's hard to believe, but God, who has always existed in love and harmony with His Son, has extended that love to include you and me.
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Post  Admin on Wed 28 Jun 2017, 11:11 pm

Date: June 27, 2017 at 11:42 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Reflection

Reflection

“When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy” (Titus 3:4-5). 

Scripture Focus: Titus 3:3-8 

Titus reminds us that God's love was revealed in the person of Jesus Christ. If we were richly deserving, God's love and kindness would be amazing. But we were not deserving - and in ourselves there was nothing we could do to earn God's love and kindness. 

Jesus changed all that!  From a heart overflowing with love for us, God has poured out “every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). “Because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (2:4). 

Jesus came to earth to demonstrate God’s holiness and love. He did not come out of a sense of duty but with love that could not be stopped, even though He was despised and rejected by those who should have recognized Him and welcomed Him. 

In humble response to Christ’s love and holiness, let's enter the new year in an attitude of worshipful adoration and loving service while we sensitively share His love with others. 

Insight: Ask the Lord to teach you every day more about living in His love and ex-pressing your love to Him in return. 
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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Jun 2017, 1:14 pm

Date: June 27, 2017 at 1:14 AM
Topic: +DEV+  An Allegory

An Allegory

“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent” (Revelation 3:19). “Do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you” (Hebrews 12:5). 

Scripture Focus: Revelation 3:19-22

Rebuke and discipline are God's bridle for us. When we become spiritually complacent or indifferent, the bridle snaps. This alerts us to press on. If we're galloping in areas that require caution and discernment, the bridle pulls us back. 

This allegory gives helpful insights.  By nature we'd rather roam around at whim. Who wants the frustration of being saddle broken? We prefer to be free of the restraints of a rider. But God sees beyond our flesh and perceives the heart of a champion destined to win the race of faith. 

Though not an equestrian, I’d guess that through expert training over time, horses would develop an inner sense of anticipating directions so that horse and rider travel as one. 

At time we may grow weary of God’s loving discipline. But when our faith has been tested and the rebuke removed, we are always one step closer to winning our race. Without exception, God's wise correction draws us closer and underscores our kinship through Jesus Christ. 

Insight: As you look to a new year, determine again to submit to the Lord's disciplining love. Let Him train you to be a winner in the race of faith. 

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Post  Admin on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 10:15 pm

Date: June 25, 2017 at 9:29 PM
Topic: +DEV+  He Obeyed Dreams

He Obeyed Dreams

“The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. . . .When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife” (Matthew 1:20,24). 

Scripture Focus: Matthew 1:18-24 

God's law was clear. “If a man happens to meet a virgin pledged to be married and he sleeps with her, you shall . . . stone them” (Deuteronomy 22:23). What a terrible dilemma for Joseph! His heart had been captivated by young Mary, yet she was now pregnant. He couldn't make a public accusation that might lead to her death. Instead, he planned to use Israel's lax divorce laws to protect her. 

As Joseph tossed in troubled sleep, an angel spoke to him in a dream. “Joseph, don't be afraid to take Mary as your wife. This child has been conceived by the Holy Spirit and she will bear a son. You are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” 

Joseph awoke greatly encouraged.  He quickly found Mary, and brought her to his home. After Jesus' birth, a sleeping Joseph received a second angelic visit warning of Herod's murderous plans and the need to escape to Egypt. In the darkness of that same night, Joseph swiftly moved his family to safety (2:13-15). 

Insight: Let's celebrate the courage of this common man who dared to obey dreams. Let's be quick to respond with belief when God speaks to us. 

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Post  Admin on Fri 23 Jun 2017, 2:40 pm

Date: June 22, 2017 at 11:58 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Fiat - Be It Done!

Fiat - Be It Done!

“The angel went to her and said, `Greetings, you who are highly favored!' . . . `I am the Lord's servant,' Mary answered. `May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her” (Luke 1:28,38). 

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:30-38 

When the angel visited Nazareth and announced to Mary that she would give birth to a son, she asked, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” Mary knew that the conception of human life required passion, an act of love between a man and a woman. 

Though divine in origin, this conception of the Savior was far from passionless! Redemptive love had waited centuries to be joyously released from the chambers of the Father's heart. This tender young Israelite was being asked by God to not only receive His unfathomable love, but to be totally overwhelmed by Him in her spirit. Translating the Greek, this meant Mary had agreed to being supernaturally enveloped by God's brilliance! 

“Fiat,” she replied. 

What courage was displayed in Mary’s heart.  By her consent to God she faced earthly disgrace and a possible divorce from Joseph. Yet she submitted to God's plan. Mary's faith and humility moved God to honor her with this highest of callings, to give birth to His Son. 

Insight:  When the Lord's voice is calling you, may you respond “Fiat. May my willing obedience bring joy to Your heart.” 

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Post  Admin on Thu 22 Jun 2017, 9:30 pm

Date: June 22, 2017 at 1:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Prelude

The Prelude

“The angel said to him: `Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John'“ (Luke 1:13). 

Scripture Focus: Luke 1:5-20

Zechariah joined other priests for their annual duties in the temple. They cast lots to see who would offer incense at the holy altar. Zechariah's heart must have leapt when this honor, which usually came only once in a lifetime, finally fell to him. 

Entering the holy place, he lit the flame on the altar, and the aroma of incense enveloped him.  While adding his prayers to those of the worshipers outside, an angel appeared. Zechariah was terrified! 

“Don’t be afraid,” the angel said.  “Your prayers have been heard. Your wife will bear a son, to be named John.” 

“But we’re too old!” Zechariah stammered. 

Surely the angel was sad as he responded, “I stand in the presence of God. I was sent with this wonderful news, but since you don't believe me, you will remain silent until your son is born.” 

The people stared as Zechariah returned to the court. What had taken so long? But the excited priest could not speak. Indeed, Elizabeth gave birth, and Zechariah's last written sign read, “His name is John.” 

Insight: Ask the Lord to prepare your heart for divine interventions. Ask Him to help you always be receptive to His work in your life. 

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Post  Admin on Wed 21 Jun 2017, 11:27 pm

Date: June 20, 2017 at 11:47 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Holy Windbags

Holy Windbags

“Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me” (Jeremiah 9:23-24). 

Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 9:23-26 

How the world loves to boast! We are even told that it’s a necessity to master the art of self-promotion if we want to be truly successful.  But God's ways are not ours. 

The Lord exhorts us not to be boastful.  Are you wise? Submit your intellect to God for His purposes. Are you strong? Use your muscle power to better the lives of others. Has God prospered you?  Invest in things of eternal value and be mindful of the poor. 

There is one kind of boasting that pleases the Lord - namely, boasting of the joy of knowing Him and understanding His ways. The world desperately needs to know that God delights in being loving, kind, and just. People everywhere need to hear that their Creator desires to fellowship with them. 

The world needs to know that our eyes see Jesus reaching out to them in  compassion and mercy. The lonely need to know that in Christ we have found a trusted friend. The sorrowing need to know that God is the ultimate Comforter and Healer. Those who are afraid need to be led to the shelter of His wings. 

Insight: Boast a little today - boast joyfully in the wonder of knowing the Lord and living in the awesome delight of His love! 

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Post  Admin on Tue 20 Jun 2017, 3:42 pm

Date: June 19, 2017 at 10:19 PM
Topic: +DEV+  The Color of God's Spirit

The Color of God's Spirit

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have. . . Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity” (Colossians 3:13-14). 

Scripture Focus: Colossians 3:12-17 

A great miracle took place in South Africa in 1994, and it didn’t come about by diplomatic genius. It was a hard won battle fought by blacks and whites as they came together in prayer for God's help in their violence-marred country. 

On April 17th, over 25,000 people attended a prayer rally in Durban, South Africa. Among those present were provincial leaders who had never before been able to come into unity. 

Behind the scenes in those crucial weeks, Ray McCauley, pastor of Rhema Bible Church in Johannesburg, also played a significant role in influencing Zulu leader King Zwelithini to participate in the open election. 

The world’s gaze was fixed on the expert international mediation teams, but I believe God's eyes were moved by the sight of love and forgiveness displayed by His people as they pleaded for the healing of their land. 

On that day love flowed and there was one color - the color of God's Spirit. 

Insight: Bigotry lurks in the human heart. Only God's love can break down the barriers that divide us. 

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Post  Admin on Mon 19 Jun 2017, 10:10 pm

Date: June 19, 2017 at 2:35 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Engraved on His Hand

Engraved on His Hand

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16). 

Scripture Focus: Isaiah 49:13-16

Every time God looks at His hand, He sees us there. Whenever we feel alone or rejected, whenever we are in pain, we can know that we are never forgotten. 

God describes His love for Israel as that of a mother's tender compassion toward her baby. Can she forget this infant she has borne? Of course not. God goes on to say that in addition to engraving us on His hands, our walls are ever before Him. This is His promise of divine protection. 

My brain often fails me when it comes to remembering names. This has caused me several embarrassing moments. But I never have to fret about God forgetting my name. It is written forever on the palm of His hand. Nor do I have to fear the future, for God's eyes are ever on me, guarding the walls of my life. 

In my most difficult moments my heart may tremble, but then I hear His loving whisper in my heart, “Fear not. . . . I have summoned you by name; you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1). 

Insight: God's love for you is wonderfully personal. Rejoice in His intimate care and protection. 

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Post  Admin on Fri 16 Jun 2017, 10:24 pm

Date: June 16, 2017 at 1:14 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Least of These

The Least of These

“No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, `Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest” (Hebrews 8:11). 

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 8:10-12 

God's laws are now written in our hearts and in our minds; therefore, if we but ask, Jesus will reveal Himself to each of us. Rich or poor, lovely or unlovely, God's love knows no such distinctions. 

I met a remarkable young man at a pastors conference whose story impressed me. He had been abandoned by his wife and left to raise their young children alone. Rather than becoming bitter, he received God's healing love and opened his home to foster children. Over time, dozens of little ones flourished under his loving care. 

Years later, one of these young charges came back to visit him. Hesitantly he told him that he was dying of AIDS. Then he added it would be okay if he didn't open the door to him. He immediately embraced him, crying, “Welcome home, Son!” 

Unlovable?  Unacceptable?  The least among us? Not to this man, who demonstrated God's grace as he nursed him for two years. This young man accepted Christ before he died. His sins were forgiven and forgotten. 

Insight: Ask the Lord to help you really understand that no one stands outside the boundaries of His love. Let Him enlarge your heart! 

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Post  Admin on Wed 14 Jun 2017, 5:33 pm

Date: June 13, 2017 at 2:27 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Do I Have To?

Do I Have To?

“I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you” (Luke 6:27-28). 

Scripture Focus: Luke 6:27-36 

I find it significant that our key verses open with Jesus’ words, “I tell you who hear Me.”  Often we must quiet our shouts of anger, hurt, spite, and self-righteousness before we can hear His whisper. 

I’ve learned volumes about this command due to a former member of a church We used to go to. They passed on harsh judgment against us to the new pastor, a man whose opinion of us meant too much. I was convinced he would believe their criticism. 

We had sincerely extended ourselves to this person, and I was angry! 

The Spirit reminded me, “Bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you” (v. 28). 

“Give me a break!” I’d reply, pouting inwardly before bending my knee before God. 

One night I dreamed this person and I were both chained to the walls of a cold, empty chamber.  It was my heart! The message was obvious. Unless I unlocked our shackles with the key of pardon, we'd both remain prisoners of my foolish bitterness. 

Insight: It is not within our power to offer forgiveness to someone who has badly hurt us. But Christ can give us the key of forgiveness and will help us use it. 

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Date: June 14, 2017 at 12:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Love Gone Wrong

Love Gone Wrong

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world . . . comes not from the Father but from the world” (1 John 2:15-16). 

Scripture Focus: 1 John 2:15-20 

Some believers have escaped into reclusive lifestyles because they feared the world.  Yet God doesn't speak of fearing the world, but of not loving it. How do we reconcile worldly separation with godly compassion for people loved by Him? 

Satan’s plan is to use the world system to align hearts to himself. This world he heads is more a spiritual system than a place. How happy he would be if we chose to timidly cloister together awaiting rescue, rather than walking out in the bold assurance that Jesus has overcome the world! 

We need to recognize two points lest we dash foolishly unto uncharted waters. First, we need God's revelation of the spirit of this world so that we grasp the real danger we are being exposed to. 

Second, as we live in this world and interact with its inhabitants, we need to rely on the Holy Spirit's power rather than on our own skills, strength, and wisdom. His anointing rests on us no matter where we go so that we will illuminate the world with His pure light. 

Insight: Rely on the Lord to keep you close to His heart as you serve Him in the darkness of a perverse world system. 
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Date: June 12, 2017 at 12:44 AM
Topic: +DEV+  The Master Builder

The Master Builder

“I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. . . . Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful” (Jeremiah 31:4). 

Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 31:3-6 

Though not a builder by profession, my father found great satisfaction making and repairing things with his hands. From garages, to furniture, from constructing wooden steps helping toddling grandchildren reach something too high, to crafting rustic picture frames, his skills grace our lives. 

The thrill of seeing useful things taking shape or someone else's junk becoming a thing of beauty motivated him. The smells of wood shavings, stains, and varnish always bring Dad to mind. 

Isaiah’s prophetic words in today’s Scripture reading were spoken to the Israelites when they were exiled in Babylon. They were slaves, yoked and chained, crying out in terror and despair. Babylonian junk! But God saw them through the eyes of the Master Builder, and He set out to restore them. 

“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness,” He declared (v. 3). He ached to see them pick up the tambourines again and dance with full joy in their hearts. 

Insight: God's heart doesn't change. He calls to you today, “Don't despair! I will work with a skilled hand, and your life will be rebuilt.” 

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Date: June 9, 2017 at 12:48 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Prescription for Life

Prescription for Life

“Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38). 

Scripture Focus: Matthew 22:34-40 

Once again the Pharisees were plotting against Jesus.  They chose an expert in the Law to ask Him a question which they hoped would trick Him into giving an inadequate answer, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment?” 

The question did not trick Jesus.  He replied with infinite wisdom in today's verse. Have you questioned why God commands us so often to love Him with such abandon? As a new Christian, I secretly thought that this was a bit vain of God. 

As my spiritual understanding grew, I realized that it was for my good that God asked for my unreserved love. For when my heart is turned toward Him, my own woundedness is healed. When I cry out, “Bless the Lord, O my soul!” in the midst of my problems, hope is revived. As I consider the goodness of God, my mind is cleansed of harmful earth clutter. 

The Greek word used for commandment in today's verse implies an authoritative prescription. Joyfully loving our God is a great spiritual remedy indeed! 

Insight:  Let's acknowledge God's pure heart, eternally void of human vanities, and offer Him our deepest love. 
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