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Post  Admin on Thu 13 Feb 2014, 2:54 pm

Date: February 12, 2014 10:08 PM
Topic: +DEV+ I Want To Sing Your Praises

I Want To Sing Your Praises

"Day and night they never stop saying: 'Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.'" (Revelation 4:8)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 99

One of the things I'm looking forward to in heaven is being able to sing on key. I love to sing, and I do so with gusto at times, much to the chagrin of those sitting near me in church. I fully expect that my glorified body will have a perfect singing voice, too. 

The book of Revelation records a number of the songs of heaven, and the very first one (4:8) praises the holiness of God. This song is sung by four living creatures, but as the music progresses, more and more of the heavenly chorus join in until all creation is singing praises to the Lord (5:13). Can you imagine the magnificent sound? 

Some of us may not yet have the kind of singing voices we think are worthy, but one day we will. In the meantime, we can "tune up" for those heavenly songs by glorifying God with our lives. Jesus said, "This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples" (John 15:8). Won't you join me in singing with passion a song of praise to our great and holy King? "Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!"

Insight: "Lord, I want to sing your praises with my whole life. Help me to convey something of Jesus' beauty as I do so."

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Post  Admin on Tue 11 Feb 2014, 11:30 pm

Date: February 10, 2014 10:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holy And Godly

Holy And Godly

"Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed it’s coming." (2 Peter 3:11-12)

Scripture Focus: Galatians 5:22-26

In commenting on these verses, Michael Green says that "a man's character is the only thing he can take out of this life with him." Actually, we do not even take that! When I leave here, I will leave clinging only to the grace and stronghold of my Savior, Jesus Christ, not anything I have done. Our world will not carry on forever, but those of us who are believers in Christ will. So with that humbling reality, what kind of people ought we to be while we remain on this earth? 

Peter tells us in two words: holy and godly. Because we belong to God, we should reflect His character qualities in our lives the same way a child reflects much of his parents in his upbringing. The Holy Spirit gives us the power to be like Jesus, holy and godly. 

If you read the list of the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23, you'll find a perfect description of the character of Jesus Christ. Those are the qualities that the Holy Spirit will increasingly cultivate in our lives as well, reflecting our holy and godly Savior.

Insight: "Father, help me realize how important these few years on earth are and to concentrate on things of eternal value."

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Post  Admin on Mon 10 Feb 2014, 10:15 pm

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Topic: +DEV+ You Are A Chosen People

You Are A Chosen People

"You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." (1 Peter 2:9)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2:9-12

Not only are we a member of a "holy priesthood" (2:5), but also it is a "royal priesthood." We are related to the King of kings. Peter sums up what happens to us as we are grafted into God's magnificent kingdom: we have been chosen; we are called out of darkness into light; we belong to Him; we are priests to God; we are holy. And there is a purpose in all of this. In each of these ways God has worked through us, we are to declare His praises. We are to proclaim His eminent qualities, reflecting His grace and His glory. 

Some elementary school classes have "show and tell" time each week. The children bring a special object to school to show others and to tell about it. Every child loves those few moments in front of the class to spotlight the precious item from home. "Show and tell" time is one of the things the bigger kids usually miss having. If we take Peter's words to heart, we'll see that "show and tell" is alive and well for us as Christians. We can show God's virtues and tell others about Him!

Insight: "You are all I want to show others. let your glory - not my own - come through as I tell others of Jesus."

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Post  Admin on Thu 06 Feb 2014, 11:42 pm

Date: February 4, 2014 9:21 PM
Topic: +DEV+ We Are A Holy Priesthood

We Are A Holy Priesthood

"You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 2:5)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2:4-9

In the last few years I've realized that perhaps the most important thing I can do for others is pray for them. That is not the limit of my responsibility, but it is the focus of it. And God has seen to it that I am uniquely equipped for such a ministry, for I belong to a "holy priesthood." 

Old Testament priests represented the people before God, offering sacrifices and prayers on their behalf. The priests were anointed and set apart for that ministry (Exodus 30:30). We as Christians have received the anointing of the Holy Spirit (1 John 2:20) and are thus a "holy priesthood." We, too, are to offer "spiritual sacrifices," of which prayer is a very real part. James tells us to pray for each other, for the "prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective" (5:16). 

David prayed, "May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice" (Psalm 141:2). Let's offer up prayers for many around us, prayers made acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Insight: "Lord, I pray for many I know who are lonely, sad, desperate, in trouble, in pain, feeling hopeless. may Your kingdom come in their lives."

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Post  Admin on Wed 05 Feb 2014, 10:13 pm

Date: February 3, 2014 1:40 AM
Topic: +DEV+ Holiness Is A Process

Holiness Is A Process

"By that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. ... because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy." (Hebrews 10:10, 14)

Scripture Focus: Philippians 1:3-11

At first glance today's verses may look contradictory. First the author says we "have been made holy," and then he says we "are being made holy." Which is it? Past tense or present? In fact, it is both! 

Holiness is a product and a process. We usually think of the product as "holiness" ; and call the process "sanctificatio n." Holiness, the product, is being like Christ, God's ultimate goal for us (Romans 8:29). Sanctification, the process, begins the moment of our salvation and continues throughout our earthly life. We've no need to be discouraged that we haven't arrived once and for all as good and consistent Christ-followers. He is working on us day in and day out - through all our shortcomings and failures - just as surely as a teacher sticks with a student to the end of the coursework. He will never give up on us. 

The triumphs we occasionally see in our lives are just pointers to the great triumph our Savior won for us. His faithfulness encourages and assures us that He will see the job through.

Insight: "Thank you for your faithfulness. I would have given up on me. Work your purposes in me, making me more like you in character and conduct."

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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: February 4, 2014 5:06 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Necessity of Discipline

The Necessity of Discipline

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." (Hebrews 12:11)

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 12:4-15

Are there any words in Scripture more readily agreed with than "No discipline seems pleasant at the time"? Whether it's a spanking to improve behavior or a diet to improve the waistline, who likes the discipline when it is happening? The word translated "discipline&qu ot; can also mean physical "training, " the metaphor the Hebrews author uses. 

Several students at the high school where I teach are on the track team and are beginning training for the season. Most of them are sore, tired, and grumpy. Some already talk of quitting, saying the training is just too hard. But one young man, Cliff, has a different attitude. He admits the training is difficult, yet he looks forward to it. Why? Because he hopes to go to college on a track scholarship and knows the training is necessary if he is to stand a chance at reaching his goal. 

God's "goal" in disciplining us is "that we might share in his holiness" (vs.10). Our training is sure to involve hardship. Let's fix our eyes on our front-runner, Jesus, who endured the discipline of the cross for us.

Insight:" Thank you for putting me in your 'training program' and for Jesus who already endured and conquered it for me!"

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Post  Admin on Fri 31 Jan 2014, 10:05 pm

Date: January 30, 2014 11:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Serve The Living God

Serve The Living God

"How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!" (Hebrews 9:14)

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 9:11-15

I wonder if there is anyone who still remembers an old radio program called The Shadow. It was one of my favorites as a boy. Lamont Cranston would say with each broadcast, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows." 

I don't know how extensive the Shadow's knowledge really was, but I am certain of the One who truly knows our hearts (1 Samuel 16:7), the One in whose wings' shadow we are safely hidden (Psalm 17:8). 

Not only does He know our hearts, but He has cleansed them (Hebrews 10:22). The author of Hebrews contrasts the Old Testament sacrifices with the precious blood of Jesus, concluding, "How much more, then, will the blood of Christ... cleanse our consciences" (9:14). 

Can you see that the animal sacrifices of that day were but shadows of a greater cleansing yet to come? Though the Israelite people were washed of their sin through the shedding of animal blood, there was no cleansing of the heart - only the blood of Jesus could do that. And it has!

Insight: "Help me, lord, to appreciate all that you have done for me in Christ."

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Post  Admin on Thu 30 Jan 2014, 10:39 pm

Date: January 30, 2014 12:08 AM
Topic: +DEV+  God’s Family

God’s Family

"Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers." (Hebrews 2:11)

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 2:10-18

The heart of this verse strikes me as incredible: Jesus and I are members of the same family. Amazing! How does one enter the family of God? 

The Bible teaches that we enter God's family much the same way we enter human families: by birth or adoption. We have been born again, as Jesus explained to Nicodemus in John 3. And we have been adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:5). We've doubly entered His family so that He knows us and cares for us as His very own children, His flesh and blood. What a wonder to be a part of the family of the God of the Universe! 

Spiritual new birth happens when we receive Jesus as our Savior. It is something so profound that the greatest theologians have studied and pondered it for centuries. Yet it is so simple that even a child can come to Him. Many years ago, I was born into the family of God the same way you can be: by acknowledging I am a sinner, believing Jesus died to pay the penalty for my sins, and calling out to Him as my Lord and Father.

Insight: "Father, thank you for giving me new birth, adopting me as your own, and welcoming me into your family with open arms."

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Post  Admin on Wed 29 Jan 2014, 8:37 pm

Date: January 27, 2014 10:04 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God Wants Us To Be Holy

God Wants Us To Be Holy

"May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May... [you] be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it." (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)

Scripture Focus: 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Someone once said, "God is easy to please but hard to satisfy." Does that resonate with you? Let me explain it this way. Suppose you had a 10-month old child who was ready to take her first steps. You would be pleased and excited when she did so. But would you be satisfied if she never learned to walk better than that? 

Like a loving father, God is pleased with our first feeble steps in our Christian walk. But He is not satisfied with that. He wants us to grow and mature so that our walk with Him progresses throughout our journey as believers. God intends to make us holy "through and through." He wants us to be holy and will settle for nothing less. And lest you feel discouraged about that, remember that verse 24 tells us He will do it! God does not leave us on our own to grow up any more than a parent would leave a child to her own. He is with us all the way. "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 1:6).

Insight: "Father, I thank you that sanctification is your work. Help me be receptive to it."

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Date: January 28, 2014 9:08 PM
Topic: +DEV+ We Belong To God

We Belong To God

"If a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work." (2 Timothy 2:21)

Scripture Focus: 2 Peter 3:8-9

Experts tell us that the proverbial "snail&# 39;s pace" is actually about 23 inches per hour. Sometimes I feel that my sanctification is proceeding at about that rate. Often there is so little apparent progress that I'm tempted to give up altogether. 

Then I come to my senses and remember that I cannot give up; I don't even have the right to do that! Since I no longer belong to myself but to Christ, only He has the right to tell me to give up and quit. Yet I can't imagine He would ever do that! The Greek word "Master" (vs. 21b) has its roots in the word we know as despot, or absolute ruler. But the Master of your heart and mine is not an oppressor or tyrant. He is good. 

This aspect of holiness - belonging to God and being set apart for His service - helps me get things in perspective. I want to be useful for my Master; I want to live my life in light of eternity. And I know that He will use me, by His grace, to accomplish His will...even if it seems to me to be taking a very long time to get there.

Insight: "Lord, help me remember whose I am and to rest in you and the assurance that you are at work in my life."

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Post  Admin on Tue 28 Jan 2014, 3:51 pm

Date: January 27, 2014 2:47 AM
Topic: +DEV+ The Provision Of God

The Provision Of God

"God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit." (1 Thessalonians 4:7-8)

Scripture Focus: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-11

Holy living for us is not automatic, as we are painfully aware. Though we share God's nature (2 Peter 1:4), we still need at least two other things: knowledge and power. Paul mentions both in today's Scripture verses: knowledge comes through instruction from God's Word, and power comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit. 

The primary way God speaks to and instructs us is through the Bible. Prayer and Bible reading are like the two sides of a personal conversation. We speak to God in prayer; He speaks to us in His Word. 

Most of us know more of God's Word than we are obeying. What we need is Someone to give us the desire and ability to obey it. The Lord meets us here in the Person of His Holy Spirit. "It is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose" (Philippians 2:13). All that we need for holy living has been given us, so we ought to be without excuse. Yet we still fail day after day. That is why He gave us Jesus, the provision of perfect holiness when our efforts fall short.

Insight: "Lord, help me live today in obedience to your word and dependence on your Holy Spirit."

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Post  Admin on Sun 26 Jan 2014, 1:14 am

Date: January 23, 2014 9:49 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holiness Is God's Will

Holiness Is God's Will

"It is God's will for you that you should be holy, ...that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable... " (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 143:8-10

Do you wonder what God's will is for your life? Most of us have struggled through knowing God's will in particular situations we've faced - issues of vocation, marriage, finances, etc. The concerns of life can weigh us down. But these are not our most basic concern. God cares deeply about who is on the throne of our hearts and about the character of our being. The Bible says His will for me is that I be holy. 

If you were to look at my employment record, you'd think I can't hold a job. Since my college days I have been a truck driver, a pastor of three churches, a bookstore clerk, sales manager, editor, free-lance writer, and high school teacher. God has led me on to live in four different states. Perhaps some of you have had lives with much change like this, too. 

I am thankful to God that He is interested in such matters of my life as where I live and work. But I know His primary concern for me in all circumstances is that I belong to Him. Belonging to Him, I am holy. Let's be holy as is His will for us!

Insight: "Father, help me do your will wholeheartedly. "

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Post  Admin on Thu 23 Jan 2014, 10:35 pm

Date: January 22, 2014 11:54 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Garments Of Love

Garments Of Love

"Therefore as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3:12)

Scripture Focus: Romans 13:11-14

The Old Testament priests were attired in special garments that set them apart from the rest of the people. Those garments, described in Exodus 28, were designed to reflect God's holiness and remind the people of their unique relationship to Him. 

When Paul spoke to his friends in Colosse and Rome of putting on garments appropriate to holiness, the picture of the priestly garments probably came to mind. But they were not to be worn for show. It is quite the opposite! Putting on kindness, patience - indeed, putting on Jesus Christ Himself - is bound to be noticed and perhaps even draw others to the Lord. 

Suppose you were always compassionate, humble and gentle with the members of your family. Would they notice (or worry) that you were sick? Suppose you put on the love of Jesus every day with the people you work with and meet. What kind of impression would that leave? 

Through our holy God who owns us, our lives reflect His character. Praise Him for clothing us with His righteousness.

Insight: "Father, please clothe me with Jesus and his Holiness so that i might more effectively share the gospel with others."

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Post  Admin on Wed 22 Jan 2014, 5:22 pm

Date: January 21, 2014 9:23 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Washed Through The Word

Washed Through The Word

"...to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the Word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Ephesians 5:26-27)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 51:1-10

If you were to meet with an important person, you'd want to look your best, with your clothes cleaned and pressed. Paul expresses a similar idea in today's verses when he refers to the church as being presented to the Lord "without stain or wrinkle," that is, washed and ironed. This washing is accomplished through the Word of God. 

Do you struggle with retaining what you read in the Bible? Perhaps your like the little boy whose father handed him a dirty wicker basket and instructed him to go to the river and bring back water in the basket. The boy obeyed, but all the water drained out. He was sent a second time-with the same results. By the third time the boy grew frustrated. But his father inspected the basket and was satisfied. He'd simply wanted the basket cleansed, and the water running though it had accomplished that. 

Study God's Word. Even when you do not retain it all, a cleansing comes over your life and you will find yourself declared radiant - washed and ironed - before God because of Jesus.

Insight: "Let the cleansing blood of Jesus wash over me, Lord, so that even in my failures i am spotless and holy before you."

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Date: January 20, 2014 12:23 AM
Topic: +DEV+  A Holy Temple

A Holy Temple

"In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2:21-22)

Scripture Focus: 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Can you picture God wearing a construction worker's hard hat? Does that seem out of place? Yet it's not an inappropriate image. After all, God is engaged in a building project, fashioning all of us into His Holy Temple where He dwells in us through His Spirit. He is both the General Contractor and the Tenant! 

The more familiar image, of course, is that of the temple in the Old Testament. It was the place where God's presence dwelt with His people, a picture of how things would one day be when the ultimate temple sacrifice would be made in Jesus. Then the curtain would be torn and Christ would take up residence in each of us. We would be His holy temple! 

In Ephesians 2 Paul speaks of more than the individual as a temple. The whole church is the temple of the Lord; believers are the "living stones" being shaped, cut, and fitted into God's building. Whether the picture is of the temple as individuals or as part of the whole, it is holy, taking on the character of its chief Occupant, Jesus.

Insight:  "Lord, I want to be a temple in which you dwell. Use me to be helpful in the building program of the church worldwide."

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Post  Admin on Sun 19 Jan 2014, 12:24 am

Date: January 16, 2014 9:53 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holiness In God

Holiness In God

"Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 6

It's hard to admit, but I know I am not the man today I intended to be ten years ago. As I look back over my life, I recall some of my hopes and aspirations, some of the dreams I dreamed with God. A few have been realized; many have not. Most never will be now. 

But I also am not the man today that I was ten years ago, and that is good! I see areas of my life in which I have grown and matured. When Paul speaks of "perfecting holiness," I realize I am a work in progress, keeping my eyes fixed on two things Paul writes of: the promises of God and reverence 
for God. 

Chapter 6 of 2 Corinthians tells some of those promises. God will help you (vs. 2), receive you (vs. 17), and be a father to you (vs. 18). In light of those precious promises, God calls you and me to come out and be separate, to be holy and purified. We come near to Him and stand in reverent awe of who He is. I may not be the man I want to be, but God sent His Son to be that Man in my place, Holiness perfected in a human body, all for me and you.

Insight: "Search my heart, lord, and reveal to me any sins i have overlooked. wash them away through the power of Jesus' blood."

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Hobby Lobby Founder-May Close ALL Stores
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:35 pm (PST) . Posted by: "Michael & Anita Inman" n0klu 
I checked on Snopes, nothing about this... It may or may not be true

I have one question, why are Muslims in America exempt from ObamaCare but Christian organizations or groups are not exempt from this perverted health care mandate?

Hobby Lobby Founder-May Close ALL Stores

The wisdom that comes from above is, first, pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruit...s, without uncertainty or insincerity. James 3:17

By David Green, the founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames.. Our first retail store wasn't much bigger than most people's living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God's word.

From there, Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation's largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We're Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I've always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God's laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that's what we've tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week's biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest.

We believe that it is by God's grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We've not only added jobs in a weak economy, we've raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that.

A new government healthcare mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don't pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don't cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs.
It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one.

If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.
Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy.
Our government threatens to fine a company that's raised wages four years running.
Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It's not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it's the same for everybody. But that's not true.
The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won't exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don't like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult.
The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that's a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

Since you will not see this in the liberal media, please pass this on to all your contacts.
Sincerely,
David Green
CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. 

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Post  Admin on Fri 17 Jan 2014, 11:16 pm

Date: January 16, 2014 9:53 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holiness In God

Holiness In God

"Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." (2 Corinthians 7:1)

Scripture Focus: 2 Corinthians 6

It's hard to admit, but I know I am not the man today I intended to be ten years ago. As I look back over my life, I recall some of my hopes and aspirations, some of the dreams I dreamed with God. A few have been realized; many have not. Most never will be now. 

But I also am not the man today that I was ten years ago, and that is good! I see areas of my life in which I have grown and matured. When Paul speaks of "perfecting holiness," I realize I am a work in progress, keeping my eyes fixed on two things Paul writes of: the promises of God and reverence 
for God. 

Chapter 6 of 2 Corinthians tells some of those promises. God will help you (vs. 2), receive you (vs. 17), and be a father to you (vs. 18). In light of those precious promises, God calls you and me to come out and be separate, to be holy and purified. We come near to Him and stand in reverent awe of who He is. I may not be the man I want to be, but God sent His Son to be that Man in my place, Holiness perfected in a human body, all for me and you.

Insight: "Search my heart, lord, and reveal to me any sins i have overlooked. wash them away through the power of Jesus' blood."

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Post  Admin on Thu 16 Jan 2014, 1:49 pm

Date: January 14, 2014 11:07 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A Family Matter

A Family Matter

"The unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean but as it is, they are holy." (1 Corinthians 7:14)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:14-16

This is a difficult verse to understand, and I do not claim to fully grasp it myself. But one thing is clear: a family member who is a Christian has an opportunity to influence others in the home. 

How is it that an unbelieving spouse has been sanctified through the believing spouse? And how is it that the children are holy? Paul says this is so, and I am left to conclude that the home is a powerful place for influencing people for God. Peter spoke of it also in 1 Peter 3:1-2 about the believing wife winning over the unbelieving husband through the behavior, purity and reverence in her life. 

If this is true of a home where only one member is a Christian, how much more when both partners are believing? What an impact they have on the lives of their loved ones! It makes me see my own home as God's workshop, a place where lives are tempered and shaped for eternity. My wife knows me better than anyone, so I consider what does she see in my life that would cause her to want to be more like Christ?

Insight: "Lord, help me live with those who know me best in such a way that I can influence them for eternity."

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 Date: January 15, 2014 10:55 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Family Members Influence Each Other

Family Members Influence Each Other

"The unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her believing husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean but as it is, they are holy." (1 Corinthians 7:14)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:14-16

This is a difficult verse to understand, and I do not claim to fully grasp it myself. But one thing is clear: a family member who is a Christian has an opportunity to influence others in the home. 

How is it that an unbelieving spouse has been sanctified through the believing spouse? And how is it that the children are holy? Paul says this is so, and I am left to conclude that the home is a powerful place for influencing people for God. Peter spoke of it also in 1 Peter 3:1-2 about the believing wife winning over the unbelieving husband through the behavior, purity and reverence in her life. 

If this is true of a home where only one member is a Christian, how much more when both partners are believing? What an impact they have on the lives of their loved ones! It makes me see my own home as God's workshop, a place where lives are tempered and shaped for eternity. My wife knows me better than anyone, so I consider what does she see in my life that would cause her to want to be more like Christ?

Insight:  "Lord, help me live with those who know me best in such a way that I can influence them for eternity."

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Post  Admin on Tue 14 Jan 2014, 8:11 pm

Date: January 13, 2014 11:15 PM
Topic: +DEV+ You Are Not What You Were

You Are Not What You Were

"That is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 2:9-12

What a powerful argument for personal holiness summed up in these words: "You are not the person you once were; so do not live as you once lived." That is essentially what Paul is saying. 

In the preceding verses Paul describes the lifestyle of the ungodly and then adds this profound reminder: "That is what some of you were." Looking back on how much we have been forgiven is simply staggering. Knowing what we were makes us immensely thankful for what we now are. 

And praise God for the next little word in the passage - one of the most important in Scripture - the word "but." That is what you once were, but... something has happened to change you. Paul says you were washed (your sins no longer mark you), sanctified (made holy) and justified (declared blameless). This radical change surpasses any kind of cleaning we ourselves could accomplish. Christ has made us what we are! 

That radical change took place in my life when I received Christ as my Savior. I am not the person I once was, and I thank Him for it.

Insight: "Lord, help me when I slip back into my old style of living. Help me know the enormous difference you've made in my life."

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Post  Admin on Mon 13 Jan 2014, 11:21 pm

Date: January 12, 2014 9:23 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Called To Be Holy

Called To Be Holy

"To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ - their Lord and ours..." (1 Corinthians 1:2)

Scripture Focus: Matthew 5:1-6

In his book The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges calls attention to this verse and writes, "We are through Christ made holy (sanctified) in our standing before God, and called to be holy in our daily lives." He asks readers to survey themselves and see if there is a yearning in their hearts to live a life pleasing to God. The desire for holiness may not consciously be present at the time we come to Christ, but the Holy Spirit will help that desire grow in us. The more we see Jesus and His holiness, the more we long to be like Him. 

I find those thoughts to be challenging. How glad I am to know that I do have a hunger for holiness in my heart! But I am happier still to know that my Savior has lived the holy life for me that even the deepest longings of my heart could not produce. I may try and try to reach the level of purity He has called me to; most likely I will fail and fail. But I can rest in the fact that, as Paul says, I have been sanctified in Christ Jesus, not in myself!

Insight: "Father thank you for placing within me a genuine hunger for Holiness. May my life be pleasing to you in every respect."

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Post  Admin on Thu 09 Jan 2014, 10:39 pm

Date: January 8, 2014 11:31 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Sanctified By The Truth

Sanctified By The Truth

"Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified." (Acts 20:32)

Scripture Focus: Hebrews 4:12-13

Some time ago my wife and I set out to read through the Bible in one year. She was more faithful than I, completing the reading while I dropped out halfway through. But we both benefited from our reading and grew in our understanding and appreciation of God's character, His loving plan of redemption, and His instructions for living a holy life. 

It is the reading of God's Word that sanctifies us and sinks down into our hearts. The Holy Spirit does His work of changing us to be more like Christ. Even though that year I didn't reach my "through- the-Bible" goal, I became more aware of my need to read the precious book that God Himself inspired and gave us. M.R. De Haan once said, "If the believer would spend half as much time in the Word, worship and prayer as he does in his social activities, he would set the world on fire." 

May the Word of God set our hearts on fire; may it purify and refine us like gold. Jesus said, "I have given them your word... Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth (John 17:14, 17).

Insight: "We praise you, Father, for your word which you have made readily available to us. Thank you for the living word that you sent to us."

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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Jan 2014, 8:26 pm

Date: January 6, 2014 11:57 PM
Topic: +DEV+ A Handel For Holiness

A Handel For Holiness

"Don' t you know that...you are slaves to the one whom you obey - whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? " (Romans 6:16)

Scripture Focus: Romans 6:15-23

I can almost hear you saying, "I want to be holy; I've tried time and again, but I just can't seem to get a handle on it." 

I have good news for you. I've found the "handle" for holiness. It's expressed simply in today's Bible verses: Obedience leads to righteousness, which leads to holiness (see vs. 16, 19). Obedience is the "handle" we need to take hold of. 

One pastor points out that righteousness refers mainly to our actions while holiness speaks of our inner state or condition. "To be holy means to be pure within, to be pure in heart, to be pure in life, to be dedicated to God, to be conformed to His divine image and character." 

Before we have Jesus on the throne of our lives, Paul says our sinful actions lead to "ever-increasi ng wickedness." But when we are living for Christ, our righteous actions lead to ever-increasing holiness. As we obey, our character will be strengthened in holiness. Even when we lose our "handle" on holiness, our perfect Redeemer has His hold on us.

Insight: "Lord, help me desire to obey, and then help me to do it by the power of your Holy Spirit."

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Date: January 7, 2014 8:29 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Now This Is Eternal Life

Now This Is Eternal Life

"Now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life." (Romans 6:22)

Scripture Focus: 1 John 5:11-20

You may think of eternal life as unending existence. It is, indeed, everlasting. But actually, it is more than that! Even those who are not saved will have an unending existence - in hell. Eternal life is a new quality of life altogether. It is God's life in us. Through faith in Jesus Christ, we have become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4) and have received the Holy Spirit in us (Galatians 3:2). 

Jesus defined eternal life this way: "Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent" (John 17:3). "Knowing" is more than having head knowledge. It is entering into a living relationship with Him. As we draw nearer to the next life, our new life no longer holds us hostage to sin. Are we exempt from sin? Not yet. Do we still stumble and fall? Yes. But we are already on our way to holiness, casting away our old life and its bondage to sin. We are growing in holiness that leads to Christ-likeness, and the result is eternal life.

Insight: "Thank you for the new life I have in Christ and for the eternal life with him that awaits me."

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Post  Admin on Mon 06 Jan 2014, 7:00 pm

Date: January 5, 2014 11:44 PM
Topic: +DEV+ God Has Chosen You

God Has Chosen You

"You are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession." (Deuteronomy 7:6)

Scripture Focus: Deuteronomy 7:6-9

Two lines of William Norman Ewer's 1917 poetry have now become famous: How odd of God, To choose the Jews. It was odd perhaps, but not out of keeping with the way God does things. In all of His dealing with us, He takes the initiative; we respond. 

God's purpose in choosing the Jews was that they would be a people set apart for Him. It was not because they were numerous or noteworthy in any way before He looked upon them. He simply chose them in His wisdom and love "...before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight" (Ephesians 1:4), the same way He chooses you and me today. 

Unless God had revealed Himself to us, we wouldn't even know of Him. He sent His Son to die for our sins; none other could have initiated that great salvation act, a plan which slowly unfolded throughout history and which still reaches into hearts today. Have you accepted salvation through Jesus? He is making you into His likeness, a process that will take your lifetime. But all the while, you will belong to Him.

Insight: "Lord, thank you for saving me. Please work in my life to accomplish your purposes."

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Post  Admin on Sat 04 Jan 2014, 1:16 am

Date: January 3, 2014 12:27 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Be Holy
Be Holy
"But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: 'Be holy, because I am holy.'" (1 Peter 1:15-16)

Scripture Focus: 1 Peter 1:13-21

The older I get, the more I recognize ways in which I am like my father, especially in mannerisms or gestures, vocal inflections or the use of family phrases. I look in the mirror and see my dad. I guess "Like father, like son" can be true after all! 

Peter says it should also be true in relation to us and our heavenly Father. If the holy God is our Father - and He is if we've received Jesus as our Savior - then our lives should reflect that family resemblance, too...even in holiness. 

In our passage today, Peter quotes from the Old Testament book of Leviticus, a book which has a lot to say about holiness. After God brought the Israelites out of Egypt, He called them to consecrate themselves, to be holy. He urges Christians to think much the same way. As God's children, we are to obey and bring honor to our Father. Obedience is the way we bring holiness to a practical level in our lives. The more we obey, the more we come to be like our heavenly Father. We bear the family likeness because God is holy.

Insight: "Thank you, Lord, for saving me from my old life of sin. Help me walk in obedience to you, reflecting your Holiness."

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Post  Admin on Thu 02 Jan 2014, 11:52 pm

Date: January 2, 2014 12:04 AM
Topic: +DEV+ A King For The New Year

A King For The New Year

"Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" (Galatians 3:2-3)

Scripture Focus: Philippians 3:7-14

Every year at this time I am torn between making New Year's resolutions and not making them! On the one hand, it is good to review our lives and seek change for the better; on the other, I know that my resolutions usually fade come January, and this can be dispiriting. Why bother? 

I have come to see that rather than set my own priorities for my life, I need to ask the King what He wants in my life. Also, I find that I need to put less faith in resolutions and more in the only One who really can be resolute. I need to depend more on the "God who works in [me] to will and to act according to his good purposes" (Philippians 2:13) rather than on my own willpower. 

Instead of starting every year with a list of resolutions like last year's, ask the Lord to speak to you each day, by His Word and in prayer and in the many nudges His Spirit gives you. Listen to His voice. And let the King's proclamation of love and providence for you determine the priorities for your life. May His reign carry you through!

Insight: With the same great explosive power that raised Jesus from the dead, God can raise me afresh each day as I ask Him.

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Topic: +DEV+
Examples in Holiness

"Who among the gods is like you, O LORD? Who is like you-majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?" (Exodus 15:11)

Scripture Focus: Exodus 15:11-18

To understand what holiness is, notice how the word is used in the Bible. In the Old Testament it is used only in relation to God or what He has sanctified (made holy). It refers to something being different and set apart from other things. In this sense God is holy because He is unlike mankind (Hosea 11:9). 

The temple also was holy because it was different from other buildings, set apart for the worship of God. The Sabbath day was holy, again set apart from the other days of the week. The entire Jewish nation was holy because God chose them out of all others to belong to Himself and be His people, different and set apart from the others. 

When we think of holiness, we probably think of purity. This association is fitting, especially as the whole Bible unfolds, leading up to the embodiment of holiness in the birth and life of Jesus Christ. No clearer picture of holiness could be given. All of the Old Testament's foreshadows of holiness came to be in our majestic, awesome, wonder-working Savior.

Insight:  "Lord, help us learn to appreciate your holiness and share it in our daily lives."

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Date: December 31, 2013 12:39 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Holy Are You Father

Holy Are You Father

"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory." (Isaiah 6:3)

Scripture Focus: Psalm 111:1-9

Someone has suggested that the key to worship is acknowledging the holiness of God. I think Jesus would have agreed with that. He taught His disciples to pray, "Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name" (Matthew 6:9). And that is not the little boy's rendition which says, "Our Father in heaven, Harold be your name"! 

The young child's misunderstanding brings a smile, but do we really understand what Jesus was teaching? "Hallowed" means to treat as holy. If we truly appreciated God's holiness, would we be as casual as we often are in prayer, worship, or Bible study? Paul speaks in Romans of those who knew God yet neither glorified (hallowed) Him as God nor gave thanks to Him (1:21). 

On the other hand, Isaiah acknowledged both God's holiness and his own sinfulness when confronted by the holy God (see Isaiah 6). When he did so, he was cleansed of his sin. We too have the privilege of knowing the holy God as our Father, basking in His holiness and giving thanks for His forgiveness that washes us clean.

Insight: Lord, we want to echo in our words and actions the message of the angels; “Holy, Holy, Holy” Are You!

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Date: December 26, 2013 10:26 PM
Topic: +DEV+ Holiness Is Not An Option

Holiness Is Not An Option

"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14)

Scripture Focus: Hebrews12:14- 24

A few years ago when I was in the market for a new car, I learned that in new-car sales there is the basic price and then there is the price with all the options. I'm not sure how car manufacturers determine what is "basic" and what is "optional, " but the difference sure changes the cost! 

Christians sometimes use "basic" and "optional" ; as categories for behavior. "Kindness, devotion, patience" ... basic Christian principles. But something like "holiness" ; is usually placed in the optional category and treated as such. 

The Bible, however, allows for no such division. Personal holiness is not an option. For "without holiness, no one will see the Lord" (vs. 14). While we know that Christ's holiness is imputed to us (see 1 Corinthians 1:30), the author of Hebrews also tells us to make every effort to be holy. Paul notes that we're chosen to be "conformed to the likeness of his Son" (Romans 8:29). It is God at work in us to make us like Christ. And He requires our wholehearted effort.

Insight: Lord, help me be cooperative in all that you have planned for me. 

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