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Reading Your Bible

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Psalms 19:7-10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12)

The surest way to God’s heart is through His Word. When you start there. you’ll never go wrong.

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The Bible sure is a big book, isn’t it? Really it’s 66 books all in one book. And if you try starting logically at page 1 and barreling straight through to the end , you’re likely to bog down somewhere in Leviticus or Numbers, not quite sure how to the cleansing ritual for leprosy is going to factor into your life. So start reading one of the foundational books of the Bible, like the Gospel of John or Paul’s letters to the Romans, or the books of Psalms and Proverbs. If you want to tackle more, you could set off on a journey through the New Testament, starting with Matthew. Read as much  as you can, but only as much as you can understand, not being afraid to read only a verse or two a day as long as you mingle it with prayer that God will use it to shine His truth into your life. As you read, you’ll begin picking up hints of what God’s nature is like, plus new understandings of the Bible’s overall message. Little by little, but quicker than you think, you’ll start developing a mind that thinks like God thinks, because you what God says.

“The Bible gives us heart and hope to make earth like heaven, and to make our hearts and homes a habitation for Christ.” – A.T. Robertson

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Tomorrow’s Reading: Still, you’re likely to forget a lot of what you read if that’s all you do with the Scripture. To really let it sink in deep, you’re got to lock it away for a safekeeping.

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Called Meetings

Building on the Basics

Real freedom isn’t won by ignoring the rules, but by obeying them so faithfully that they become second nature. Like a great symphony musician, you’ll find freedom in your Christian life, not by lazily skipping practice, but by perfecting the basics, mastering the fundamentals til your instincts become His, till His will becomes yours.

 

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Spending set-aside time with Jesus

Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. 
For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. The boastful shall not stand in Your sight; You hate all workers of iniquity. You shall destroy those who speak falsehood; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; in fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple. Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is destruction; their throat is an open tomb; they flatter with their tongue. But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield.  – Psalms 5:1-9, 11-12

The moments you spend with no one else but Jesus build the best foundation to a Christian’s day.

Don’t expect your quiet time to come along quietly, because you can usually tell how important something is to your Christian walk by watching how hard Satan works to prevent you from doing it. Yes if there’s one thing you need as a growing believer, it’s the early established, hard fought discipline of starting each day with your head in the clouds, the clouds of God’s presence. Jesus did. The Bible says that He “often withdrew to lonely places and prayed” (Luke 5:16). “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark,  Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place” (Mark 1:35). Not that your time alone with God has to be in the morning, but most of us have learned that leaving quiet time off till bedtime usually results in leaving it off altogether, or at least changes it from a season of refreshed commitments and confident resolve into a weepy, discouraging  rehash of the messes you’ve made that day. You’ll make time for what matters. And this matters the most.

“If you meet the Lord before you meet anyone else, you’ll be pointed in the right direction for whatever comes.” – Elisabeth Elliot

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Tomorrow’s Reading: Hope you’re ready to carve out a spot in your day that’s earmarked for just you and Jesus to enjoy together. But what are you supposed to fill up a quiet time with?

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Happy 4th of July

Most importantly, our FREEDOM in Christ.

 

 

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1st Day of Summer

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Hope You Enjoyed Father’s Day

Hope you spent some quality time with our heavenly Father as we should daily.

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Jesus bless you!

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Happy Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Weekend

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But not just America, Thank you all the soldiers around the world for fighting and protecting your country. EVERY LIFE MATTERS, doesn’t matter where we live. 

 

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Counting the Cost

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The High Price of Commitment

Anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’ “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Will he not first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.

“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.”

(Luke 14:27-34; 9:23-24)

God is love and peace and joy and contentment. But He is serious business. You’d better be too.

Being a born-again Christian means everything. Everything you are, everything you have. That’s why the most miserable people in the world are Christians who aren’t willing to take it all the way. To them, church is uncomfortable, because it keeps confronting them with their sins. Sin is uncomfortable, because the Spirit’s taken all the guiltless fun out of it. Relationships are uncomfortable, because being a Christian in one place and a heathen in another makes life to keep up with. The call of God stirs their heart, but the call of the world purrs even louder. So with feet in two worlds, they know only the worst of each, the empty promises of sin and the nagging pain of an awakened conscience. Wow. And they thought God’s ways were hard. The road to the good life is narrow. And pretty steep in a lot of places. But the view is breathtaking, the experiences, unforgettable. And those who choose to walk it find everything their heart desires. Everything.

“God nowhere tells to give up things for the sake of giving them up. He tells to give them up for the sake of the only thing worth having.” – Oswald Chambers

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Tomorrow’s Reading: You’ll find many of the basic, everyday disciplines of Christian living new and challenging, but get good at them. They are spiritual habits you’ll never outgrow.

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Did I Do That?

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Spiritual Gifts

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him us it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. 

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He gives them to each one, just as He determines.

(Ephesians 4:7, 11-13, 16; Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:11)

You already had a nice little handful of talents before you came to God. But look at you now.

God made you with an inborn set of natural abilities, things that have just always come easily to you. Maybe you have a nice singing voice or a flair for calligraphy. Maybe you’re good with numbers or can fix anything on wheels. You’ve trained these abilities, honed them. But the raw materials and understanding were built into your natural makeup. They are gifts from God in every sense of the word. Now that you’ve become a born-again Christian, though, God has given you an extra set of gifts, spiritual gifts, to equip you to play the vital role He’s given you in His church. Where natural gifts may dictate the kind of work you’ve chosen, the hobbies you enjoy, or the subjects you like most in school, spiritual gifts are designed to activate your field of ministry. They supercharge you with un-natural abilities to give, to comfort, to challenge, or to speak with boldness. They won’t take the place of the things you do well, but they will open up new vistas of opportunity and responsibility for you to be all that God created you to be.

“Every member of the Body has the potential to be and should be led and fed toward functioning as a fully equipped agent of Jesus Christ.” – Jack Hayford

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Tomorrow’s Reading: God has given you an indescribable gift and the incredible experience of living in His power. But Christianity isn’t all about receiving . Are you ready to give it all?

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