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Post  Admin on Tue 05 Aug 2014, 9:09 pm

Date: August 4, 2014 11:03 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Trust In Him

Trust In Him

"Lord, help me!' she said.  He replied, It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs.  Yes, Lord...but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." Matthew 15:25-27.

Scripture Focus: Matthew 15:21-28

Asking favors for ourselves can be difficult. Yet, the pride that may prevent us from asking is quickly dismissed when the need is for a loved one, especially if the request is for a child. 

The Gentile woman in this passage knew she had no claim on the Jewish Messiah. But her appeal was not for herself. Others were being healed and her daughter needed healing, too. 

It must have been offensive to hear Jesus liken her family to dogs, but she did not argue. She humbly accepted her position as secondary to the Jewish people for the purposes of Jesus' ministry. That did not stop her from persevering in her request. She knew that even the least of us can receive mercy. 

Today, we may complain when God tells us “no” or “wait”. We may chafe when others receive blessings we desire. Yet, just as the Lord met this woman's need with a miracle, He reminds us to trust Him when His answers are not what we want. What we want and what we need may be very different, and what we need most of all may be a lesson in humility.

Insight: For what request have you been waiting while others are blessed instead? Trust God to provide for your true needs in his perfect time.

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Post  Admin on Thu 31 Jul 2014, 10:31 pm

Date: July 31, 2014 12:22 AM
Topic: +DEV+ In Trouble For Obedience

In Trouble For Obedience

"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side...the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it." Matthew 14:22, 24

Scripture Focus: Matthew 14:22-33

Obedience brings blessing; disobedience brings trouble. But sometimes even when we obey, the result is still trouble. 

The disciples must have been amazed when Jesus fed more than five thousand people. They may have been curious, too. But Matthew tells us Jesus "immediately" made them get into a boat to cross the lake. Why the need to leave so quickly? 

John's account gives the answer. Jesus knew the crowd "intended to come and make him king by force" (John 6:15). He protected His disciples from getting caught up in the crowd's desire to run ahead of God's plan. 

Still, the disciples were in a fierce storm because they had obeyed Jesus. Exhausted from fighting the waves, they became terrified at the sight of Him walking on the water. But as Jesus entered the boat, the wind stilled and the disciples had a fresh vision of Jesus, truly the Son of God. 

When obedience brings problems, it may be the Lord is doing a greater work than we expected. Will we focus on our troubles or keep our eyes on Jesus?

Insight: Are you struggling with difficulties because you obeyed God? Keep your eyes on Jesus - he will use even trouble for your good and his glory.

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Post  Admin on Wed 30 Jul 2014, 8:15 pm

Date: July 28, 2014 10:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+ That I May See
That I May See

"...two blind men followed him, calling out, Have mercy on us, Son of David! When he had gone indoors...he asked them, Do you believe that I am able to do this?" Matthew 9:27-28

Scripture Focus: Matthew 9:27-31

The ability to see is not limited to the use of our eyes. Details missed by the eyes are often grasped by our other senses. Emotions grip us as our hearts connect with the hearts of others. 

During Jesus' earthly ministry, the religious leaders - those most familiar with the Scriptures - were spiritually blind. They failed to recognize Jesus as the promised Messiah. But two physically blind men realized who He was. Though unable to see as they followed Jesus, they knew in their hearts who He was. They even called Him "Son of David," a title that referred to the Messiah's inclusion in the lineage of King David. They were certain He had the power to heal them. 

Today, just as in Jesus' day, blindness is not limited to physical sight. Many people can't see their need for a savior. Even Christians, blind to God's activity in our lives, can be so focused on our own agendas that we miss the blessings God leaves for us each day: occasions to witness, to serve, to praise, or simply to spend quiet time with Him.

Insight: How long have you been blind to God's activity in your life? Ask him to open your eyes to what he wants you to see today.

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Date: July 30, 2014 12:24 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Are You Hungry?
Are You Hungry?

"He replied, 'You give them something to eat.' They answered, 'We have only five loaves of bread and two fish - unless we go and buy food for all this crowd. (About five thousand men were there.)" Luke 9:13-14A

Scripture Focus: Luke 9:10-17

You've probably felt some degree of hunger before. Your stomach grumbles, you're unable to focus on the task at hand, and the only thing you can think of is food. 

During Jesus' earthly ministry, He satisfied many hungry and thirsty people. But their cravings were not limited to a desire for bread and water. They were hungry - starving, in fact - for something more. They needed to hear that their heavenly Father loved them, that He cared for them as a shepherd cares for his sheep. 

In this passage, Jesus taught the people "about the kingdom of God and healed those who needed healing" (vs. 11). He healed their bodies and fed their spirits with the knowledge of Yahweh, the one true God. 

Jesus took a boy's meager lunch of five rolls and two sardines, and multiplied the limited offering into a meal that filled the stomachs of five thousand men, with left over besides. It was a miracle. 

But the greater miracle is that the One who was the Bread of Life fed their bodies and their spirits, indeed to overflowing.

Insight: Are you hungry to know god better? Feed on his word and satisfy the hunger of your soul.

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Post  Admin on Mon 28 Jul 2014, 10:49 pm

Date: July 27, 2014 10:48 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Are You Bothering God?

Are You Bothering God?

"...some men came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue ruler. Your daughter is dead, they said. Why bother the teacher any more? Ignoring what they said, Jesus told the synagogue ruler, Don't be afraid; just believe." Mark 5:35-36

Scripture Focus: Mark 5:21-24, 35-43

Our world is in bad shape, brutal wars, broken economies. Even the earth seems to shudder under the strain of earthquakes and other natural disasters. With world crises multiplying faster than mosquitoes after a summer rain, God must have His hands full! Is it right to bother Him with our relatively minor personal problems?

Jairus's daughter was dying. He begged Jesus to heal her. Jesus agreed to go with him. But despite the urgency, He stopped first to heal a woman with a bleeding disease. The short delay cost the little girl her life, and Jairus's servants brought the sad news to their boss: her battle is over. Don't bother Jesus with it any longer.

But our needs - �ll�our needs - are important to God, even if we feel like it is too late to ask. Jesus continued on His way. He assured them the child was still alive. He ejected the mockers and raised her from the dead. 

The Lord wants us to bring all of our concerns to Him, large or small, because He cares for us (I Peter 5:7). No bother at all.

Insight: Do you sometimes feel as if you are bothering God? Cast all your cares on him knowing he cares for you!

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Post  Admin on Sun 27 Jul 2014, 3:22 pm

Date: July 25, 2014 3:09 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Salvation Only In Jesus

Salvation Only In Jesus

?hen the woman...came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. He said to her, daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering." Mark 5:33-34

Scripture Focus: Mark 5:25-34

In Victor Hugo's novel, ?es Mis?ables? desperation drives Jean Valjean to steal bread for his starving family. The story follows him as he searches for, and finds, redemption. 

The woman in our passage was also desperate, perhaps somewhat like Jean Valjean. She had suffered from a bleeding disease for 12 years. She had spent all her money but had found no cure. Jesus was her last hope. She believed He could heal her, even if she only touched the hem of His cloak. Jesus did heal her, but it wasn't her touch that brought healing; it was her faith in Him. 

Today, people speak of many paths to heaven. Some live lives of deprivation to please God. Others practice good works to prove they are worthy of salvation. But the Bible tells us salvation is a gift God offers by grace - a gift received by faith (Eph 2:8-9). 

Desperation over sin may drive us to look for answers in many places. But faith in Jesus Christ is the only answer. He purchased our salvation and offers it freely to a desperate, sin-sick world.

Insight: What do you trust in when you are desperate? Find healing in Jesus Christ alone for salvation from the penalty and power of sin.

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Post  Admin on Thu 24 Jul 2014, 8:18 pm

Date: July 23, 2014 2:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Status Quo

Status Quo

�hen they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons ... in his right mind; and they were afraid �then the people began to plead with Jesus to leave their region." Mark 5:15, 17

Scripture Focus: Mark 5:1-20

People respond in different ways to a display of power. Some are drawn to it while others run away in fear. Some are intimidated; others want it for themselves. 

The people of the Gerasenes knew of a powerful, demon-possessed man living among the tombs. They had tried, and failed, to restrain his super-human strength. 

Then the demoniac came face to face with Jesus Christ. Demonic power was no match for the power of the Son of God. Jesus sent the demons into a herd of pigs which then drowned in the lake. 

While the demoniac was happy to be the recipient of Jesus' power, the people asked Jesus to leave. Were they fearful of a power greater than demons? Or were they unhappy that He had killed two thousand pigs - animals they shouldn't have had anyway, according to the Mosaic Law? The healing had cost them their livelihood. 

The people preferred Jesus' power to be absent from them rather than allow it to change them. They preferred the status quo, even if it meant a man would be plagued by demons.

Insight: How has the power of God's word made you uncomfortable? Allow the powerful truths of God's word to change you, even if it means discomfort.

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Post  Admin on Tue 22 Jul 2014, 10:23 pm

Date: July 22, 2014 1:15 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Faith Or Fear

Faith Or Fear

"Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" Matthew 8:24-25

Scripture Focus: Matthew 8:23-27

Most of us aren't too bothered by rainstorms as long as we are sheltered at home, safe and snug. But driving through an intense downpour with zero visibility is another matter. 

The disciples experienced the biblical version of driving through a storm when they were in the boat with Jesus. Battling wind and waves - and their own fears - they could not understand how Jesus could sleep through the torrent. 

Jesus could rest in the storm because He knew who He was. He knew to whom He belonged. He knew who was in control of and even created that storm. Unlike His disciples, He lived by faith, not fear. Granted, they did not yet fully realize who was in the boat with them. But what's our excuse? 

We have the full record of God's written word. We have the historical evidence of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We have the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. And like Jesus, we know to whom we belong and who is in control. There's no room for fear when we live by faith, even in life's storms.

Insight: What is causing you to be fearful today? Live by faith, knowing that God will either calm the storm or He will calm you.

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Post  Admin on Mon 21 Jul 2014, 2:37 pm

Date: July 20, 2014 11:47 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Moved With Compassion

Moved With Compassion

"As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out - the only son of his mother, and she was a widow....When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, 'Don't cry.'" (Luke 7:12-13)
Scripture Focus: Luke 7:11-16

Losses can be devastating, causing us to feel as if our hearts have been ripped from us. Life then becomes a series of days wrapped in despair. We find it difficult to believe anyone could understand what we're feeling, including God.

Jesus - fully God, fully man - showed us God does understand. His simple words to the heartbroken widow, "Don't cry," were more than an empty phrase. His heart was knit with hers. But unlike the others there, Jesus could remove the source of her grief. He gave her back what she had lost - her precious son.

Jesus understands our grief today. His compassion reaches into our lives, bringing wholeness. He may not restore what is lost, at least in this life. But a relationship with Him heals our spirits and comforts us in ways no one else can.

If you have not yet suffered a disturbing loss, you will. Loss is part of our sin-sick world. But through prayer, God's Word, and His Holy Spirit, we can draw on Christ's compassion, a compassion that brings comfort when no one else can.

Insight: Have you experienced a deep loss? Receive the Lord's compassion and comfort, and the reality of His presence.

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Post  Admin on Sat 19 Jul 2014, 10:44 pm

Date: July 18, 2014 12:12 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Humility Of Faith

Humility Of Faith

"Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed." (Luke 7:6B-7)
Scripture Focus: Luke 7:1-10

What do we deserve? The world tells us to push to the front of the line. Fight for the corner office. Rush for first place at the table. After all, we deserve the best of everything. Or do we? 

When Luke recorded this passage, he offered a seeming contradiction regarding the worthiness of the centurion. The Jewish leaders told Jesus, "This man deserves to have you do this, because he...has built our synagogue" (Luke 7:4-5). But the centurion said, "I do not deserve to have you come under my roof" (Luke 7:6). Which statement was true? 

If good works are the standard, then the man did indeed deserve to have his servant healed. But the centurion knew his good works were nothing in light of the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then he combined his humility with great faith. "I do not deserve....But say the word, and my servant will be healed." 

Jesus cited the man's humble faith as an example for us all. What do we deserve? Nothing. What do we receive when we put our faith in Jesus Christ? Everything.

Insight: Feel entitled and deserving of more? Jesus has taken the punishment for our sins that we all actually deserve. come to Him In humility of faith.

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Post  Admin on Tue 15 Jul 2014, 2:58 pm

Date: July 14, 2014 9:54 PM
Topic: +DEV+ What Is Your Value?

What Is Your Value?
"If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep!" (Matthew 12:11-12)
Scripture Focus: Matthew 12:9-14

How much is the human body worth? Some say that when the human body is reduced to its physical elements, it is worth $4.50. Others say the market value of living tissue, organs, marrow, blood, and all other body parts totals forty-five million dollars!

In today's passage, Jesus showed His critics the value of one person. The Mosaic Law required the Israelites to honor the Sabbath by not doing any work. But Jesus challenged them to consider that if they would save a sheep on the Sabbath, how much more valuable is a human being? Then Jesus displayed His authority by healing the man's withered hand.

At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus once again showed the importance of people to God. He willingly gave up His life on a cross, reconciling to God all who would believe in Him. His sacrifice enables us to receive the gift of eternal life.

How much are you worth? You are so valuable that you were purchased not with silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus Christ (see 1 Peter 1:18-19).

Insight: Have Others Caused You To Doubt Your Value To The Lord? You Are So Valuable To God That His Only Son Died For You.
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Post  Admin on Fri 11 Jul 2014, 3:40 pm

Date: July 11, 2014 1:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

"When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, Do you want to get well? Sir...I have no one to help me..." John 5:6-7

Scripture Focus: John 5:1-9

When I am hurting, I tend to focus my attention on my pain or on what I think might bring relief. However, my focus is often limited by a wrong perspective. 

The man in this passage had been ill for 38 years. He sought healing at a pool known for miraculous cures. A crowd of disabled people waited at this site, watching intently for the slightest movement of the water. Each one yearned to receive a cure by being the first to enter that pool. 

But in order to watch the water, they needed to keep their gaze lowered. They were limited by their physical conditions, and they were also limited by a perspective that always had them looking down. Then everything changed for one man when Jesus stepped into the picture. 

How often do we focus on our problems or pursue wrong choices for relief? We compound our suffering because we do not look up. We fail to include Jesus in the equation. Looking up may not change our physical condition. But it will help us maintain an eternal perspective.

Insight: On what do you focus during your trials? Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the one who brings eternal healing.

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Date: July 8, 2014 9:53 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Unclean !

Unclean !
"A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, 'If you are willing, you can make me clean.' Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man." Mark 1:40-41

Scripture Focus: Mark 1:40-45

"Unclean! "According to the Mosaic Law, that is what a leper was required to shout when near other people because leprosy was terrifying in its contagious and speedy progression. 

Jesus could have healed this leper with a word. He could have commanded the man to bathe in a stream. He could have allowed the leper to grab His robe. But Jesus " touched " him. 

What did that touch mean to this outcast? He must have been desperate for physical contact with other people - for proof that though the disease had stolen his health, it had not stolen his humanity. 

Jesus then instructed him to show himself to a priest, to comply with the Mosaic Law. Instead, the man proclaimed his healing to all who would listen. Would the local priests have become believers if this man had obeyed Jesus and followed the Law? We don't know. 

What we do know is that the Law could only "confirm" his physical healing. It could not "bring" healing - physical or spiritual. For that, the man needed the touch of the Master's hand and so do we.

Insight: Where Do You Need The Touch Of The Master's Hand In Your Life? Submit To Jesus' Touch And Experience Spiritual Healing And Restoration.

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Date: July 9, 2014 8:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Forgive Sin or Heal Body

Forgive Sin or Heal Body
"When Jesus saw their faith, he said, Friend, your sins are forgiven. The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" Luke 5:20-21

Scripture Focus: Luke 5:17-26

Paralysis shows itself in a variety of ways. Physically, it can stop us from moving our bodies. Spiritually, it is the result of being trapped in the grip of sin. 

Of the two, physical health is often our consuming priority. After all, it's been said, "If you have your health, you have everything." 

However, God's primary concern is not the healing of our bodies, but the healing of our spirits. His priority is our freedom from sin, not our freedom from discomfort. Despite his physical state, the paralyzed man's greater need was to be restored to God. That's why Jesus first said to him, "Your sins are forgiven." 

Still, healing of the spirit is usually not visible. Since those at the scene could not see the forgiveness, they might claim it did not occur. So Jesus healed the man's body. To prove He was God's Son, He healed the paralytic spiritually and physically. 

Was it easier for the Savior to forgive the man's sin, or for the Creator to heal his broken body? Only God can do both...and He did!

Insight: Do You Have The Assurance That Your Sins Are Forgiven? Come To Christ For The Most Important Healing You Will Ever Receive

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Post  Admin on Tue 08 Jul 2014, 6:59 pm

Date: July 6, 2014 11:19 PM
Topic: +DEV+  July 4th Christ Has Set Us Free!

Christ Has Set Us Free!

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." (Galatians 5:1)

Scripture Focus: Galatians 5:1-15

We sat on a dock of the Current River and watched as a man carefully rowed his canoe back and forth along the waterway, pulling a tube with his wife and two daughters hanging on. One of the girls waved an American flag she had made and mounted on a broom handle. People all along their docks waved, cheered and saluted as they floated by.

Today we celebrate the wonderful and expensive freedom we enjoy in this country. But it's also a time to be reminded of the spiritual freedom we enjoy and celebrate in Jesus Christ. He has set us free - covered, bought and redeemed us out of the slave market. We are now His children in faith. Has there ever been more reason for joy?

How protective we must be of this cherished freedom. Paul tells us to "stand firm." We are not to allow ourselves to be enslaved to methods, rules, lawlessness or that which will keep us from growing in Christ and serving Him. Celebrate today with time in His Word and time in prayer, thankful for our cherished spiritual freedom.

Insight: Christ has brought change and freedom to us. Let the joy of one set free be evident in you.

Michael D. Inman

- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
 - "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one.
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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
 - "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."

Date: July 7, 2014 9:11 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Fully Obey God

Fully Obey God

"'Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything.  But because you say so, I will let down the nets.'  When they had...they caught such a large amount of fish that their nets began to break." (Luke 5:5-6)
Scripture Focus: Luke 5:1-11

Has God ever asked you to do something that didn't seem logical? 

That may have been how Simon Peter felt when Jesus told him to launch his boat. Simon was an expert fisherman. If anyone knew where the fish were or were not biting, he did. What could a carpenter tell Peter about fishing that he didn't already know? 

For example, Peter knew the best chance for success was at night, when fish swam closer to the shore. The fish swam to deeper waters during the day, making it much more difficult to catch them with nets. After working all night with nothing to show for his efforts, the logical decision was to cut his losses and try again the next evening. 

But Jesus told Peter to do what was contrary to his expertise. He instructed him to set his net in deep water during the day. Peter had a choice: obey in faith or trust his experience. Peter's obedience resulted in a great catch that broke every rule of fishing. Even greater was the change in his life. This fisherman became a fisher of men.

Insight: Where Is God Asking You To Obey Him Contrary To Your Experience? Obey The Lord In Faith. He'll Fill Your Nets And Change Your Life!

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Post  Admin on Mon 16 Jun 2014, 7:42 pm

Date: June 15, 2014 10:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Task at Hand

The Task Before Us

"Simon's mother-in-law was in bed with a fever So he went to her, took her hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them." Mark 1:30-31

Scripture Focus: Mark 1:29-31

What is holding you back from serving the Lord? Are your thoughts filled with dreams of "if only"? If only I had the finances. If only I didn't have these obligations. If only I weren't limited by this sickness. Then I would do great things for God. 

But sometimes our desire to do great things for the Lord becomes mixed up with our desire to make a great name for ourselves. Our desire to do great things for God can also blind us to what we can do right where we are. 

When Jesus healed Peter's mother-in-law, her first act was not to rush into the streets to proclaim her healing. Instead, at the touch of Jesus, she got up and did what needed to be done right where she was. She served a meal. Her healing was not about her; it was about being equipped to serve. Jesus' healing of her was important, yet we don't even know her name. 

Peter's mother-in-law did not dwell on the grand things she might do for the Lord if only she were healed. Rather, when she was healed, she served Him by completing the task at hand.

Insight: Are Dreams Of Grand Service Blinding You To The Task At Hand? Glorify God By Completing The Task He Has Given You, Large Or Small.

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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."

A mix of interesting information

Did You Know?
1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die within the next 3 years
3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you.
There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime.
4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
5. A person� height is determined by their father, and their weight is determined by their mother.
6. If a part of your body "falls asleep" , you can almost always "wake it up" by shaking your head.
7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing -food, attractive people and danger.
8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odor
10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don�.
14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia.
16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins to boil 1.5 liters of water!!
18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell !!
19. Stomach acid (conc. HCl) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God's guidance for your purpose, today.
23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
26. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you
cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
28. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything!
30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
31. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
32. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
33. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a 'Giver&# 39; not a 'Taker&# 39;.
37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
38. Time heals everything.
39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
40. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you've accomplished, today !
43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
Forward this to everyone on your list to help them lead a happier life.....!

Michael D. Inman

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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Jun 2014, 10:07 pm

Date: June 11, 2014 11:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Our Authority

Our Authority

"The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, What is this? A new teaching - and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." Mark 1:27

Scripture Focus: Mark 1:21-28

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vocational standards may influence the answer. While they may be difficult to achieve, these criteria often provide the authority we need to work in our chosen field. 

In Jesus' day, young men studied for years to be teachers of the law, also known as scribes. Some began training as early as 14 and finished at age 40. Then they could be ordained as judges or use the title of rabbi. 

But when Jesus taught them, He did not have the formal training His listeners had come to expect. Still, His teaching amazed them. But Jesus' teaching was not the only thing to inspire awe. They were also amazed at His authority over the spirit world. The evil spirit knew he had to obey Jesus' command. He recognized Jesus' authority and so did the people who watched. 

What the people did not realize was that Jesus' authority did not arise from merely learning the "written" word of God. Jesus taught and acted with authority because He is the “living” Word of God.

Insight: In What Areas Should You Submit To Jesus Christ's Authority In Your Life? Submit To His Authority Today And He'll Amaze You, Too.

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Post  Admin on Thu 12 Jun 2014, 7:01 am

Date: June 11, 2014 12:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+ We Like Predictability

We Like Predictability

"They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." Luke 4:29-30

Scripture Focus: Luke 4:14-30

Many of us like predictability. We're comfortable with the expected. Perhaps it's because it gives us the illusion that we're in control. 

When Jesus taught in the Galilean region, He received praise from all who heard Him. Then He traveled to His home town of Nazareth. 

The people of Nazareth thought they knew Him. After all, they had watched Him play as a child. They had seen Him help Joseph in the carpenter shop. So they expected Him to behave the way all the hometown men behaved. How dare He declare Himself a prophet over them? Worse yet, He compared them to lepers! 

Mob mentality reigned. They took Him to the top of a cliff to throw Him off. "But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way" (vs. 30). 

Some might argue this wasn't a true miracle. Yet Jesus displayed His power in a clearly divine manner. He could not have walked through the crowd any other way. Sometimes a miracle is not found in signs or wonders, but in recognizing God for who He is when He is in our midst.

Insight: How has the Lord acted in unexpected ways in your life? Expect the unexpected as God works for your good and His glory!

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- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."


Date: June 11, 2014 11:25 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Our Authority

Our Authority

"The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, What is this? A new teaching - and with authority! He even gives orders to evil spirits and they obey him." Mark 1:27

Scripture Focus: Mark 1:21-28

What do you want to be when you grow up? Vocational standards may influence the answer. While they may be difficult to achieve, these criteria often provide the authority we need to work in our chosen field. 

In Jesus' day, young men studied for years to be teachers of the law, also known as scribes. Some began training as early as 14 and finished at age 40. Then they could be ordained as judges or use the title of rabbi. 

But when Jesus taught them, He did not have the formal training His listeners had come to expect. Still, His teaching amazed them. But Jesus' teaching was not the only thing to inspire awe. They were also amazed at His authority over the spirit world. The evil spirit knew he had to obey Jesus' command. He recognized Jesus' authority and so did the people who watched. 

What the people did not realize was that Jesus' authority did not arise from merely learning the "written"  word of God. Jesus taught and acted with authority because He is the “living” Word of God.

Insight: In What Areas Should You Submit To Jesus Christ's Authority In Your Life? Submit To His Authority Today And He'll Amaze You, 
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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
 - "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."
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Post  Admin on Wed 11 Jun 2014, 7:28 am

Date: June 9, 2014 11:41 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Chose To Believe

Chose To Believe

"Jesus replied, You may go. Your son will live. The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living." John 4:50-51

Scripture Focus: John 4:46-54

I'm from Missouri, and the unofficial slogan of the state of is, �he show me State.� But you don't have to be a resident of Missouri to be a bit cynical. Having heard one too many false promises, more than a few of us can identify with the phrase, "I'll believe it when I see it." 

So we wouldn't blame the nobleman in this passage for wanting Jesus to accompany him to his dying son. He believed that if Jesus came with him, his son would be healed. Shouldn't that have been enough? 

Jesus made the point that it �asn't enough� He told them, "Unless you people see miraculous signs and wonders, you will never believe" (John 4:48). Then he tested the nobleman's faith even more. Without going to see the dying boy, Jesus pronounced him healed. Later the man's servants met him on the road home with the news of his son's miraculous healing - a healing that occurred at the precise time Jesus declared it to be true! 

The nobleman chose to believe that Jesus' word was good enough ... and he was right.

Insight: Are there promises in the Bible that you struggle to believe? Take God at His word and trust Him for the results.

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- "Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing." John Stuart Mill, 1867
- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
- "If the First Amendment fails, use the Second one."

Date: June 11, 2014 12:25 AM
Topic: +DEV+  We Like Predictability

We Like Predictability

"They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill in order to throw him down the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way." Luke 4:29-30

Scripture Focus: Luke 4:14-30

Many of us like predictability. We're comfortable with the expected. Perhaps it's because it gives us the illusion that we're in control. 

When Jesus taught in the Galilean region, He received praise from all who heard Him. Then He traveled to His home town of Nazareth. 

The people of Nazareth thought they knew Him. After all, they had watched Him play as a child. They had seen Him help Joseph in the carpenter shop. So they expected Him to behave the way all the hometown men behaved. How dare He declare Himself a prophet over them? Worse yet, He compared them to lepers! 

Mob mentality reigned. They took Him to the top of a cliff to throw Him off. "But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way" (vs. 30). 

Some might argue this wasn't a true miracle. Yet Jesus displayed His power in a clearly divine manner. He could not have walked through the crowd any other way. Sometimes a miracle is not found in signs or wonders, but in recognizing God for who He is when He is in our midst.

Insight: How has the Lord acted in unexpected ways in your life? Expect the unexpected as God works for your good and His
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Post  Admin on Thu 05 Jun 2014, 7:58 pm

Date: June 5, 2014 2:21 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Our First Impressions

Our First Impression

"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

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression," so the saying goes. If this is true, why did Jesus choose His first miracle to be one where He changed water into wine? Why not something more spectacular, such as giving sight to a blind man or raising the dead? 

But this miracle is as spectacular as any of His others. 

In the beginning, when God created the world, He made something out of nothing (Genesis 1). Since only God can create, what better way for Jesus Christ to begin His earthly ministry than by proving He is the Creator? Without grapes or grape juice, Jesus created a fine wine to be served to the wedding guests. 

Not only did this miracle affirm Jesus as Creator, it's setting also pointed to His relationship with believers. Marriage is a picture of our relationship with Christ. One day, the Church will be presented to Him as His perfect bride (Revelation 19:7-8). 

Jesus' first miracle revealed His glory. Today, it reminds us that He is our Creator and our Bridegroom. 

Insight: What situation is causing you to doubt God's power or compassion? Rest in the assurance that your powerful Creator is also your loving Bridegroom.

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Post  Admin on Wed 04 Jun 2014, 10:05 pm

Date: June 4, 2014 12:06 AM
Topic: +DEV+ His Identity

His Identity

"Jesus did many other miraculous signs....But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:30-31

Scripture Focus: John 14:6-11

If your identity were in doubt, how would you prove who you are? You might show an ID card. You could ask someone to vouch for you. You may even offer to do something only you can do or provide answers no one else knows. 

In Jesus' day, Israel longed for the Messiah to come and defeat the Romans. They had already been disappointed by false messiahs. So how did Jesus Christ prove His identity as the Son of God and Israel's true Messiah? He did not have an ID card, but His genealogy was well documented. His brothers did not believe who He said he was at first (Mark 3:20-21), but His heavenly Father confirmed the He was the Son of God (Matthew 3:17). And Jesus performed miracles. 

The miracles of Jesus confirm who He is. God created the world, and only God could suspend its natural laws. Man was sin-sick; only God could bring healing - both physically and spiritually. Each miracle of Jesus points to His identity and His authority...and tells us something about the heart of God for His people. 

Insight: How do Jesus' miracles confirm His identity to you today? Allow these miraculous accounts to give you a fresh appreciation of who Christ is!

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Date: June 2, 2014 11:24 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Jesus Is God's Son

Jesus Is God's Son

"But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31

Scripture Focus: Ecclesiastes 12:12-14, John 21

This is the last place in his Gospel where John mentions "life." He tells his readers that his explicit purpose for writing was that they would believe. But notice how John does not simply say blind faith saves. He does not say that being saved comes from believing Jesus was a good man, a moral teacher, or a worker of miracles. Life, John says, can be ours only by believing Jesus to be the Christ - the promised coming Savior. 

Life comes by believing Jesus is the Christ and that He is God's Son (Romans 10:9-10). Many philosophies claim to have "the meaning of life." Many ideologies and religious cults deceive with empty promises of life. None of them has the truth that leads to eternal life.

Life - true life, changed life, eternal life - is ours only through Jesus. "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:11). Will you commit your heart to Him and experience true "life in His name"? May your life in Jesus bring glory to God.

Insight: Jesus is ever-ready to impart life to the weary, broken, and humble. turn from sin and ask Him for life in His name today.
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Post  Admin on Mon 02 Jun 2014, 7:50 pm

Date: June 1, 2014 10:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Personally Knowing God

Personally Knowing God

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

Scripture Focus: John 19-20

My wife works for a university which offers students over 200 different degree programs. Years of study can be invested to gain knowledge about almost anything under the sun. Many of those fields of study are gifts of grace from God to help us learn about the world He created and gave us dominion over. Yet, God inspired King Solomon 3,000 years ago to reflect that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Nothing is worth knowing like knowing God. That's why theology is important. 

Theology, we said, is not just for pastors and scholars. Studied rightly, it has daily benefits of teaching us about the God who saved us and wants us to know Him more. Jesus has the authority to give eternal life (John 17:2), but what exactly is that? In today's verse Jesus provides the answer: To know God, and know His Son whom He sent. We can know a lot of things in life; many academics will insist that this is supreme. What (rather, Who?) can possibly be more important than knowing the Lord?

Insight: We must guard our hearts against the danger of knowing about God but not truly, personally knowing God.

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Post  Admin on Sat 31 May 2014, 10:15 pm

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Date: May 30, 2014 1:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Life through Theology

Life through Theology

"For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." John 17:2

Scripture Focus: John 17, 18

Many Christians think theology (the study of God) is just for pastors and scholars. They think it is some lofty way to think about God with little practical value for the rest of us. Nothing is farther from the truth! Sound, Bible-based theology becomes beneficial to our everyday lives not in the facts we may accumulate, but when what we learn about God inspires us to worship and love Him more. When we know what we believe, it shapes who we are and how we behave day in and day out. Consider the rich theology in today's verse. 

The Father gave the Son authority over all people, and He gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those whom the Father particularly gave Him (John 17:2, 20). Paul expands on this by saying that God was working this salvation for us in eternity past, for "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" and has given us the Holy Spirit as a promise of His continued work in us (Ephesians 1:4,13). That's good theology!

Insight: Theology, done rightly, always leads us to worship the Lord, either for who He is or for what He has done.

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Post  Admin on Fri 30 May 2014, 10:21 pm

Date: May 30, 2014 1:02 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Life through Theology

Life through Theology

"For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him." John 17:2

Scripture Focus: John 17, 18

Many Christians think theology (the study of God) is just for pastors and scholars. They think it is some lofty way to think about God with little practical value for the rest of us. Nothing is farther from the truth! Sound, Bible-based theology becomes beneficial to our everyday lives not in the facts we may accumulate, but when what we learn about God inspires us to worship and love Him more. When we know what we believe, it shapes who we are and how we behave day in and day out. Consider the rich theology in today's verse. 

The Father gave the Son authority over all people, and He gave the Son the authority to give eternal life to those whom the Father particularly gave Him (John 17:2, 20). Paul expands on this by saying that God was working this salvation for us in eternity past, for "He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight" and has given us the Holy Spirit as a promise of His continued work in us (Ephesians 1:4,13). That's good theology!

Insight: Theology, done rightly, always leads us to worship the Lord, either for who He is or for what  He has done.

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Post  Admin on Thu 29 May 2014, 4:34 pm

Date: May 28, 2014 1:24 AM
Topic: +DEV+ While We Were Still Sinners

While We Were Still Sinners

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Scripture Focus: John 15, 16

No one has ever spoken truer words than Jesus. His words are true because He is the truth (John 14:6). His words are life because He is the life (John 11:25; 14:6). And of all the lives laid down for others, none was so valuable, surrendered so selflessly, or given with greater love than Jesus'. If pressed into an urgent enough situation, you or I might give our own lives for a very best friend. I am humbled to think how Jesus willingly gave His life for me when I did not yet even know Him. 

Only because of Jesus' sacrifice can we move from being enemies of God to friends with Him. Paul wrote in Romans 5:10, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!" It is a privilege to be given life and reconciliation with God, especially when we consider what He did to make it possible. Our life began where Jesus' life ended. That is the power of the cross. Greater love has no one than this!

Insight: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

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Post  Admin on Wed 28 May 2014, 11:51 am

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Date: May 28, 2014 1:24 AM
Topic: +DEV+  While We Were Still Sinners

While We Were Still Sinners

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

Scripture Focus: John 15, 16

No one has ever spoken truer words than Jesus. His words are true because He is the truth (John 14:6). His words are life because He is the life (John 11:25; 14:6). And of all the lives laid down for others, none was so valuable, surrendered so selflessly, or given with greater love than Jesus'. If pressed into an urgent enough situation, you or I might give our own lives for a very best friend. I am humbled to think how Jesus willingly gave His life for me when I did not yet even know Him. 

Only because of Jesus' sacrifice can we move from being enemies of God to friends with Him. Paul wrote in Romans 5:10, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to Him through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through His life!" It is a privilege to be given life and reconciliation with God, especially when we consider what He did to make it possible. Our life began where Jesus' life ended. That is the power of the cross. Greater love has no one than this!

Insight: "But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  (Romans 5:8

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