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Encouragement for the Day: V

John 1:1-14,

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.

12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Points To Ponder:

1. John is making a bold statement.  This Jesus is God’s Word in flesh and even more Jesus is God.  Creation took place through the control of Jesus Christ.  Have you come to the place of trusting in the control of Jesus Christ as your Creator and Lord? 

 2.  Only children of God will enter into eternal life and live with God in heaven forever.  So how does someone become a child of God? 

3.  John the disciple describes John the Baptist as a witness who came to testify to Christ Jesus so that people may believe in Him.  If you confess Christ as Lord then do you realize that you are also called to be a witness of Jesus Christ so that people may believe in Him?

4.  John tells us that Jesus was fully God in verse 1 and fully man in verse 14.  What could be seen in the life of Christ and what was Jesus full of?

5.  Has Jesus Christ taken the same place in your life that He holds in the universe as Lord and Master? Do you realize that you were created by Christ and you become His by trusting in His control?  Do you believe that the fullness of grace needed to save and the fullness of truth to live is only found in Jesus Christ?  Are you ready to be a witness for Jesus today?

 Response in Song:  “This Is My Destiny” by Dennis Jernigan

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Posted by on August 20, 2007 in Devotional

 

Encouragement for the Day:IV

Ephesians 1:1-14,

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

Points to Ponder:

1.  God’s plan for you is based on who being in your life?

2.  List some things that happen to everyone who recieves Christ into their life?

3.  Those who are in Christ are to bring what to His glory?

4.  In verse 13, it says that when you trusted in Christ you were sealed with the Holy Spirit.  What does this mean?

5.  Do you realize that real life is only found in Christ.  When you believe in Christ you recieve everything you need for Him to live through your life.  Do you realize that Jesus is amazing and that you need Him to be the center of your family, plans, goals, relationships?

 Response in Song, “More Than Wonderful”

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Revival Hymn Part I

Our hope for the future of the American Church is found in our turning from our sin and pride to trusting in the control of Jesus Christ.  Please listen to the beginning of the “Revival Hymn” and pray, “God open my eyes to Your Glory.”  I hope you will be gripped by the reality of Jesus Christ and His work on the cross that your life is transformed today.

 The Revival Hymn: Part I

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2007 in Devotional

 

Got Church?

 

  My desire has been to write about the steps of spiritual growth.  The first step is to trust in Jesus Christ as Lord and to make your commitment to Him public through baptism.  The next step is to join a local church.  Therefore I will write a couple of articles about church and why you as a believer need to be apart of it.  First let me give you a word of warning.  No church is perfect; therefore perfection isn’t the foundation for choosing a church.  The foundation is revealed in answering the question, “How does this church respond to the Lordship of Jesus Christ?”

  The Bible reveals the truth about the nature of a church.  The church isn’t a building or a location.  The church isn’t meeting once on Sunday Morning, Sunday Night, and Wednesday Night.  The nature of the church is a group of at least three or more people who meet together for the purpose of growing in Christ-likeness and spreading the Goodnews of Christ’s work to others.  The church belongs to Jesus Christ, therefore, it is under His control. 

  When I became a Christian, Jesus changed me.  With this change came a new family and responsibility.  My new family is the church and my responsibility is to serve the church in any way I can.  To give up on the church is to give up on God.  I will not grow spiritually mature until I commit myself to a group of believers that are intent on being Christ-like and spreading the message of Christ’s work. 

  What do you think would be the response of a woman if you told her that her face was beautiful, but her body was ugly?  Do you think she would take that as a complement?  No, she would be hurt or even angry.  This is what we do to Jesus when we think we can have Him without the church. 

  Plan on finding a church in the next six months that you will join and serve.  Please follow along as we study the church.

   

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2007 in theology

 

Wednesday, July 25, 2046

Wednesday, July 25, 2046 is the day I will die.  How do I know this information?  A website called “Death Clock” told me so.  If you put in some information about yourself, it tells you the day you will die and how many seconds you have until that time. 

The reason I’m posting about this website is because it makes the point that life is short.  We all need to spend what time we have left living for the things that matter.  Don’t get so busy that you miss time for God, family, and friends. 

 Matthew 16: 26-

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2007 in Uncategorized

 

Encouragement for the Day: III

 Romans 8:31-39, 

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?

36 As it is written,For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered
.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Points to Ponder:

1.      Who is for you and how did He prove it?

2.      Who is interceding for you right now?  What does it mean to intercede?

3.   What can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord?

4.   In all things we are what through him who loved us?

5.   Do you trust in the fact that God is on your side.  He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus Christ.  Because of all that Christ has accomplished, He has become our judge.  The great news is that instead of judging us, He intercedes for us.  Do you realize that because God is on your side then nothing can separate you from His love?  How could all this be true?  By trusting in the Lordship of Jesus Christ.  Do you believe Romans 8:31-39?

Song of Response: “The Power Of Your Love”

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2007 in Devotional

 

Encouragment for the Day: II

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

“16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Points to Ponder:

1.      What happens to someone when he or she places their trust into the control of Jesus Christ?

2.      God made someone become sin on our behalf.  Who is this person?  What are the results if we believe?

3.      God is reconciling the world to Himself.  What does the word reconcile mean?

4.      If we trust in Christ we have been given some responsibilities.  We are now ambassadors for Christ entrusted with the message of reconciliation.  So what should you be doing if you trust in Christ?

5.      Do you realize that by trusting in Christ and His work on the cross you became a brand new person?  Do you realize that all of your past has been forgiven and your future is secure?  Do you realize that since you have been made right with God, He wants you to share with the people you know how they can be made right with God by trusting in Christ?  

Song of Response“In Christ Alone”

 
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Posted by on August 10, 2007 in Devotional

 
 
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