Friday, August 18, 2017

Today's Godly Reminder - Isaiah 40:31

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk and not faint."

Those who expect, look for, and hope in the Lord will gain new strength and renew their power. They get fresh strength. Those who trust in Him will find new strength. They will lift up their wings and rise up close to God like eagles rising toward the sun. They will be strong like eagles soaring upward on wings. They will run and not become weary. They will walk and not grow tired. Find strength in Him always when things get tough. Good things come to those who wait.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Daily Grace - Is Somebody Singing?

From 200 miles above Earth, Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut and commander of the International Space Station, joined in song with a group of students in a studio on Earth. Together they performed "Is Somebody Singing", co-written by Hadfield and Ed Robertson. One phrase of the song goes like this: "You can't make out borders from up here". Although we humans draw many lines to separate ourselves from one another - national, ethnic, ideological - the song is reminding us that God doesn't see such distinctions. The important thing to God is that we love Him and love each other (Mark 12:30-31).

Like a loving father, God wants His family united. We cannot accomplish what God has for us to do if we refuse to be reconciled with one another. In His most impassioned prayer, on the night before He was crucified, Jesus pleaded with God to unite His followers: "That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us" (John 17:21). Singing illustrates unity as we agree on the lyrics, chords, and rhythms. Singing can also promote unity as it binds us together in peace, proclaims God's power through praise, and demonstrates God's glory to the world. Singing God's praises will never go out of style.

Today We Pray

Dear God, with You, there is nothing that cannot be redeemed. You are love; You are Creator and Redeemer. I praise You with my every ounce.

Grant me, I beseech You, Your divine helping grace. Endow me with patience and strength to endure my tribulations with complete submission to Your will. You know my misery and suffering.

Eternal God, heavenly Father, You have graciously accepted me as a living member of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and You have blessed me with the grace of forgiveness through the sacrifice He made for me and for all people. Send me now into the world in peace, and grant me strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalms‬ ‭19:1‬

God’s glory is on tour in the skies. God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. It is seen everywhere. His wonders will be shown throughout the world.

Everyday, we can see His greatness and power. Just look above, look around you. Isn't it wonderful? By looking at these things, you can now see His sovereignty. Indeed, He is worthy to be praised and adored.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Daily Grace - Believing in Advance

In a German prison camp in World War 2, undiscovered by the guards, some Americans built a homemade radio. One day news came that the German high command had surrendered, ending the war. Because of a communications breakdown, however, the guards did not yet know this. As word spread among the prisoners, a loud celebration broke out. For 3 days, they sang, waved at guards, and shared jokes over meals. On the fourth day, they awoke to find that all the Germans had fled. Their waiting had come to an end.

A number of Bible stories center on waiting: Abraham waiting for a child (Gen. 12-21). The Israelites waiting for deliverance from Egypt. Prophets waiting for the fulfillment of their own predictions. The disciples waiting for Jesus to act like the powerful Messiah they anticipated. Jesus' final words at the end of Revelation are "I am coming quickly", followed by an urgent, echoing prayer, "Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!" (2:20). For this, we still wait.

Here's the question I ask myself: As we wait, why are we so often fearful and anxious? We can, like the Allied prisoners, act on the good news we say we believe. What is faith in God, after all, but believing in advance what will only make sense in reverse? Waiting tries our faith and so we wait in hope.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, what is present to me is what has a hold on my becoming. I reflect on Your presence that is always there in love, amidst the many things that have a hold on me. I pause and pray that I may let You affect my becoming in this precise moment.

You created me to live in freedom. May Your Holy Spirit guide me to follow You freely. Instill in my heart a desire to know and love You more each day.

May Your Holy Spirit guide me in all my dealings with others. May I use the gift of speech with kindness. This is all I ask through Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - John 17:21

"I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me."

The goal is for all of the people in this world to become one heart and mind. Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you. So, they might be one heart and mind with us. Then they’ll be mature in this oneness. And, give the godless world evidence that He loved them in the same way He loved each and everyone of us. Let us be one with each other, just as I am one with you and you are one with me. I also want them to be one with us.