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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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Post  Admin on Thu 10 Jul 2014, 12:20 pm

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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- "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: 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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- "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: 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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- "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." Thomas Jefferson
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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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- "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."

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

- "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
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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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- "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 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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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."


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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- "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."
"Mustard Seed Effect" — A Year with Jesus for 06/11/2014
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Date: May 27, 2014 12:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Jesus And Salvation Is Powerful

Jesus And Salvation Is Powerful

"Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Scripture Focus: John 14

As I write this a missionary friend 8,000 miles away uses Twitter to ask for prayers. He and his team were preaching in a town in Asia. When one of them spoke this verse, the crowd erupted in protest and began hurling rocks and pieces of 2x4 lumber at them. The truth of Jesus and salvation is powerful, isn't it? 

Closer to home, I have noticed over the past few years a blue bumper sticker has gotten quite popular. Spelled out in a mix of white letters and symbols from the world's foremost religions, it simply says "Coexist." Maybe you've seen it. 

As followers of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), we are to live in peace as much as it depends on us (Romans 12:18). However, to simply "coexist" with other religions would be the most hateful thing we could do. Billions of people still don't know Jesus. They live in falsehood and darkness. By God's grace we now live in light, love, and truth. Then wouldn't the most loving thing we can do in this world be to tell people about eternal life in Jesus alone?

Insight: Lord, please strengthen missionaries around the world and encourage our persecuted brothers and sisters living in countries opposed to the Gospel. amen.

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Date: May 19, 2014 11:14 PM
Topic: +DEV+  His Words Are Eternal Life


His Words Are Eternal Life

"I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say." John 12:50

Scripture Focus: John 12:34-50

Jesus always displayed courage and obedience in the face of opposition. Here, before the Jewish rulers who again press Him about His identity (though they refuse to believe what He has already told them), He does not back down. His words are the Father's words, which lead to eternal life. Everything Jesus did was of the Father. His words and His works were given to Him by the Father (John 5:36; 10:25, 32; 14:10; 17:8). His words and works were meant to glorify God and lead us to eternal life in Him. 

On earth He was fully obedient to the Father in declaring Him. Now Jesus has charged us to bring the Gospel to the world and make disciples. It seems daunting, but He has promised that He will never leave us (Matthew 28:19-20). He has left us the Holy Spirit (John 16:7) to empower us and our efforts. Despite whatever opposition may come in this world, Jesus has charged us to live courageously and obediently, glorifying Him among men and women as to save others, grabbing them out of the fire (Jude 23).

Insight: "This is love for God: To obey his commands, and His commands are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)







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Topic: +DEV+ Live For Jesus

Live For Jesus

"Peter asked, Lord, why can't I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you." John 13:37

Scripture Focus: John 13

At their last meal together, Jesus told His disciples He was leaving. Where He was going they could not follow, though one day they would. Missing the significance, Peter thought only in the moment and expressed his heart's desire to be with Jesus. I can appreciate his sincerity and absolute devotion. I might have reacted the same way. Would you have, too? Even Paul later wrote that while he longed to be with Jesus, he knew he needed to remain alive a little while longer (Philippians 1:21-24). 

As Peter discovered, the truth is that we often offer to die for the Lord when what He really has for us to do is live for Him. Little did Peter know that night, but he had 30 years of Gospel ministry ahead of him. One day he would lay his life down for the cause of Christ. But not yet. 

How long you and I have on this earth is known only to the Lord, but today the harvest for Gospel work is plentiful and the laborers are few (Luke 10:2). Death will come soon enough, but today Jesus would have us live for Him.

Insight: Every christian wears bifocals, to see both the nearness of today and distance of eternity. He is returning soon to collect His church.

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Date: May 18, 2014 1:28 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Adversity Into Victory

Adversity Into Victory

"So from that day on they plotted to take his life." John 11:53

Scripture Focus: Psalm 2; John 11:45-57

As we've studied "life" in John, we have seen life explained, given, received, laid down, picked up, and personified in the Person of Jesus. Here, in what may be one of the most ominous sentences ever written, John tells of the plot to take that life away. Like in a movie, we can almost hear the dark orchestration of the film's score as the words are said by our narrator. 

The action of the ruling Jewish leaders came as a result of Jesus' raising Lazarus from the dead and their own high priest's prophesy that one would die for the nation of Israel (in fact, for all the "scattered children of God," John 11:52). Later, at Pentecost, Peter would preach in the power of the Holy Spirit that it was the sovereign plan of God, and yet also of wicked men who were humanly responsible for it (Acts 2:23). 

One thing is certain: "God has made this Jesus, whom they crucified, both Lord and Christ" (Acts 2:36). His purposes prevail over every scheme of man, and they prevail in your life too, securing you as His child.

Insight: Every human effort to oppose the Gospel is used by God to further it. 

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Post  Admin on Sat 17 May 2014, 11:01 pm

Date: May 16, 2014 6:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+ He Is Our Fortress

He is Our Fortress

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28)

Scripture Focus: John 10:22-42

We've all heard stories about secret underground bunkers or seen movies about some awesome, impenetrable fortress. Humanly speaking, the security of such places may be debated. But Jesus' words reveal the absolutely impenetrable fortress of every believer's eternally secure salvation. 

The "them" in this sentence refers to Jesus' sheep, those who "listen" and "follow" Him (vs. 27). The security of their souls is perfectly and infinitely guarded by at least six mighty truths: 1. They are His ("My sheep"); 2. He knows them (vs. 27); 3. He is the one who gives them eternal life; 4. That eternal life was given to Him by the Father to give (vs. 29); 5. Tthey are in the Father's Hand (vs. 29); and 6. Jesus and the Father are one (vs. 30). 

Your eternal future was forever won by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. You can rest assured it is held safe not by your own strivings, but by the hand of the omnipotent, loving, promise-keeping God. "A Mighty Fortress is our God... His kingdom is forever" (Martin Luther, 1529).

Insight: There is emphatic force behind "never." We can think of it as those who are the Lord's will "absolutely never" perish!

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Post  Admin on Fri 16 May 2014, 6:01 pm

Date: May 14, 2014 10:38 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

"I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." John 10:11

Scripture Focus: Psalm 23; John 10:11-13

Why would any shepherd willingly die to save the flock he's watching over? They are, after all, only sheep. If we think about it, it sounds absurd. Only a shepherd of remarkable courage and benevolence would so commit himself, even to his own death. Such a selfless shepherd would act so devotedly because he knows the importance of the one who owns the sheep. 

The answer to the question, of course, is that Jesus is no ordinary shepherd. He is God. He is the Good Shepherd. From eternity past, God the Father entrusted every precious believing soul to the Son. The Son honors the Father in His perfect care of and sacrifice for the Father's flock. 

While He was with them, the Good Shepherd protected them and kept them safe, losing none except the one destined to be lost (John 17:12). Yet His greatest act of love and devotion would be His own obedient death for their sakes - for our sakes. We are those sheep! Through it He did what no one else could do; He secured our safety and peace for all eternity.

Insight: The Gospel is beautiful not because of the sheep but because of the Good Shepherd. our worth is due entirely to Him.

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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: May 16, 2014 6:53 AM
Topic: +DEV+  He Is Our Fortress

He is Our Fortress

"I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand." (John 10:28)

Scripture Focus: John 10:22-42

We've all heard stories about secret underground bunkers or seen movies about some awesome, impenetrable fortress. Humanly speaking, the security of such places may be debated. But Jesus' words reveal the absolutely impenetrable fortress of every believer's eternally secure salvation. 

The "them" in this sentence refers to Jesus' sheep, those who "listen" and "follow" Him (vs. 27). The security of their souls is perfectly and infinitely guarded by at least six mighty truths: 1. They are His ("My sheep"); 2. He knows them (vs. 27); 3. He is the one who gives them eternal life; 4. That eternal life was given to Him by the Father to give (vs. 29); 5. Tthey are in the Father's Hand (vs. 29); and 6. Jesus and the Father are one (vs. 30). 

Your eternal future was forever won by the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. You can rest assured it is held safe not by your own strivings, but by the hand of the omnipotent, loving, promise-keeping God. "A Mighty Fortress is our God... His kingdom is forever" (Martin Luther, 1529).

Insight: There is emphatic force behind "never." We can think of it as those who are the Lord's will "absolutely never" perish!

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Post  Admin on Wed 14 May 2014, 8:37 pm

Date: May 13, 2014 11:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ The Son Of The Living God

The Son Of The Living God

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." John 10:10

Scripture Focus: John 10:1-10

We might think of this verse only for the "down and out" in life - those who appear to have given up on life. I know I have. I've quoted this verse to drug addicts and alcoholics. It exposes Satan's intentions behind those substances. My intentions were good. I meant to show the miserable end result of those things and the hope that can be theirs. But the ferocity of Satan's hate is not limited to addicts. He is equally happy to steal, kill and destroy a successful executive or a housewife caring for the family, a plumber or a religious monk trusting in his own piety. He is not particular. 

The message of the Gospel is that Jesus - also no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34-36) - is God, and He came to earth to do for us what we never could: save us from all that holds us captive. He alone can break the bonds of sin shackling every human heart. Apart from Jesus we have only death, even in our greatest earthly successes. True life, overflowing life, eternal life, is found only in Jesus, the Son of the Living God.

Insight: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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Post  Admin on Tue 13 May 2014, 6:45 pm

Date: May 13, 2014 1:57 AM
Topic: +DEV+  To God Be The Glory

To God Be The Glory

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned, said Jesus, but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life." John 9:3

Scripture Focus: John 9; Romans 8

Heaven will be filled with heroic saints. Think of the five young missionary men who lost their lives at the hands of the Waodani (Auca) Indians of Ecuador in 1956. Or think of Joni Erickson Tada of our lifetime, living courageously as a quadriplegic most of her life, and yet thanking God for the influence it has allowed her to have for His kingdom. Remember Job in the Bible, who endured so much yet refused to heed his wife's advice to "curse God and die" (Job 2:9). Four thousand years later, the story of his suffering continues to inspire people to draw ever closer to God in their trials. 

The account of the man born blind in John 9 is another such story. Receiving his sight was precious. But he received two greater gifts: eternal life and the privilege of being used by God. No matter what our disease or impairment, Jesus encourages us that God is sovereign in our weaknesses. He has a good purpose in mind for every detail of our lives. How amazing it will be to speak with these saints in heaven one day!

Insight:  "But We Have This Treasure In Jars Of Clay To Show That This All-Surpassing Power Is From God And Not From Us." (2 Corinthians 4:7)

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Date: May 12, 2014 2:16 AM
Topic: +DEV+ What Is Your Life’s Story 

What Is Your Life’s Story 

"No one, sir, she said. Then neither do I condemn you, Jesus declared. Go now and leave your life of sin." John 8:11

Scripture Focus: John 8:1-11

I'm fascinated by books and stories that tell how someone lived his or her life. In the Bible we read hundreds of mini biographies, some only a verse or two long. In 2 Samuel we read about Benaiah. One of King David's chief men, he "was a valiant fighter...who performed great exploits. He struck down two of Moab's best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion" (2 Samuel 23:20). The lives of most of the kings of Judah and Israel are summarized with the words, "and he did evil in the sight of the Lord." 

In John chapter 8 we get another brief life story. Jewish leaders brought a woman caught in adultery to Jesus. By Jewish Law she was to be stoned, but what would this Teacher say? Jesus did not condemn her, but He did write her biography when He summed up her life as a "life of sin." A good doctor shows the disease then dispenses the medicine. People don't need condemnation, but they do need to be shown their honest condition before God, and then the Savior He sent to save them.

Insight: What Better Biography Is There Than Of A Life Changed By Jesus? Does Your Life Tell That Story?

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Post  Admin on Fri 09 May 2014, 8:38 pm

Date: May 8, 2014 10:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Jews Wanted Him Dead

Jews Wanted Him Dead

"After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life." (John 7:1)

Scripture Focus: Genesis 39; John 7

In election years we constantly hear about poll numbers. One misstep on the campaign trail, and a candidate's popularity with voters can drop overnight. Jesus certainly wasn't running for office, but He knew first-hand how quickly the tides of public opinion can change. 

John 6 opens with Jesus being a hero to thousands. He miraculously fed over 5,000 people on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee in the North. The same chapter ends with most of the people abandoning Him (John 6:66). His "poll numbers" were far worse in Judea to the South: the ruling Jews there wanted Him dead! 

In today's verse John implies that Jesus stayed in Galilee for a time preaching, teaching, and healing. He did what ministry He could, where He could. Jesus was not afraid for His life. He went to Jerusalem shortly after (John 7:2). Even when opposed, He continued in ministry. With you and me in mind, Jesus was faithful to His purpose to save us, even becoming "obedient to death - even death on a cross" (Philippians 2:8)!

Insight: Lord Jesus, thank you for Your faithfulness in Your earthly ministry and that we now have life in You. Amen.

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