Friday, September 22, 2017

Today's Godly Reminder - Romans 14:13

"Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way."

Let us not criticize one another anymore. But rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block or a source of temptation in another believer’s way. Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. Be convinced that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it. We must stop judging others. We must also make up our minds not to upset anyone’s faith.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The Daily Grace - Is It True?

"Trust, but verify". I love this quote from Ronald Reagan. During his time in office, the former US President wanted to believe everything he was told in his political dealings with others. But since the security of his country depended on the truth being told - he strived to verify everything

Acts 17:11 tells us that the Bereans had a similar attitude about knowing the truth. "They received the Word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so". In other words, the Beareans didn't simply believe what someone else was telling them. They also verified it on their own - on a daily basis. 

That's important for us to consider as well. Whether we receive our Bible teaching through church, Sunday school, radio, or TV - we need to test what we hear again'st God's inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16-17). We are to "be diligent to present [ourselves] approved to God, . . . rightly dividing the Word of truth" (2:15). If we do this, we won't become prey to those who teach "a different gospel", and those who "want to pervert the gospel of Christ" (Gal. 1:6-7) - false teachers who come as wolves in sheep's clothing (Matt. 7:15). Remember, trust - but verify! Knowing what's true is the first step in knowing what's false.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, look with mercy upon my endeavors. Grant me to design only what is lawful and right. And, afford me calmness of mind and steadiness of purpose, that I may so do thy will in this short life, as to obtain happiness in the world to come, for the sake of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

How wonderful it is to be able to enter into Your presence Lord. No matter what time it is and no matter which land I am in, I need only to speak Your name. I ask for the grace to believe in what I could be and do if I only allowed God, my loving Creator, to continue to create me, guide me and shape me.

God of love, Father of all, the darkness that covered the earth has given way to the bright dawn of Your Word made flesh. Make me and all who confess Your holy name people of this light and make me faithful to Your Word that I may bring Your life to the waiting world. Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - 2 Timothy 3:16-17

"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."

All Scriptures are given by divine inspiration. These profitable for instruction, for conviction of sin, for correction of error and restoration to obedience and for training in righteousness. These are useful for learning to live in conformity to God’s will, both publicly and privately—behaving honorably with personal integrity and moral courage. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Daily Grace - Navigational System

Have you ever wondered how an airplane pilot knows how to get from point A to point B? Most likely, he uses VOR, short for VHF Omnidirectional Radio Range, a navigational system invented in the early 1950s. It still guides many aircraft to their destination today. The pilot sets the course of the aircraft on his dial. If the aircraft drifts from that set course, the instrument shows the pilot that the plane is deviating so he can correct it to align the aircraft to the set course again.

The nation of Israel in Isaiah's day badly needed a reliable VOR system. And God wanted to be that for them. But despite God's warning, they decided to align with Egypt (Isa. 30:1-2). God graciously promised that one day, however, He would be their navigator: "Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it'. Whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left" (v. 21).

Today, Christians have an internal navigational system. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, who lives in us to "guide [us] into all truth" (John 16:13). If you need direction as to where to set the course of your life, don't rely on your own way. Use God's VOR system. He will surely lead you in the right direction. The Spirit is our navigational system.

Today We Pray

Dear Jesus, Your death on the cross has set me free. I can live joyously and freely without fear of death. Your mercy knows no bounds.

I bless You for the day You have made. I pray that I may spend this day rejoicing in Your creation. And, I pray for Your Holy Spirit to fill me with the joy of my salvation, so that Your light may shine through me into the world, that Your honor and glory may be known to all people.

Let me not forget You as I go forth into the world this day, blessed Lord. May my every word be a prayer, and my every act be testimony to Your love and truth. And, may I know Your presence every second of this day.


Today's Godly Reminder - John 16:13

"When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come."

When He comes, He will guide you into all the full and complete truth. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears from the Father—the message regarding the Son. He will disclose to you what is to come in the future. He will take you by the hand and guide you into all the truth there is.

The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn’t speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen. He won’t draw attention to himself, but will make sense out of what is about to happen.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Daily Grace - Dogged Devotion

Maggie doesn't care much for television. She would rather look out a window than stare at a small screen. Reading doesn't thrill her either. She has been known to "chew" on books, but only in the strictly literal sense. Nevertheless, when Jay and I read or watch TV, Maggie participates. Even though she doesn't enjoy what we're doing, she enjoys being with us. Maggie is our very devoted dog. More than anything (well, just about anything) Maggie wants to be with us.

The word dogged means determined and persistent. These words describe Maggie. They should also describe us. When we are devoted to God, we want to be with Him even when He's doing something that makes no sense to us. We may ask, "Why, Lord?" when He seems angry (Ps. 88:14) or when He seems to be napping (44:23), or when the wicked prosper (Jer. 12:1). But when we remain devoted to God despite our questions, we find fullness of joy in His presence (Ps. 16:11).

Jesus knew that we would have questions. To prepare us for them, He urged us to abide in His love (John 15:11). Even when God's ways are inexplicable, His love is reliable. So we remain doggedly devoted to Him. We find joy when we learn to abide in Jesus' love.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, You are always there waiting for me. May I never be too busy to find time to spend in Your presence. Guide me always to do Your holy will knowing that your strength will carry me through.

Help me to be always aware of the important things in life. Help me to care for those around me. And, help me to seek Your presence in all I meet.

As I travel through the rest of my day, may the God of hope fill me with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit I may abound in hope. Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm, whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm, be there at my sleeping. And give me, I pray, Your peace in my heart, Lord, at the end of the day.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 16:11

He got our feet on the life path. He is all radiant from the shining of His face. Ever since He took our hand, we will always be on the right way. There is indeed a fullness of joy when we are always in His presence. 

He will show us the path of life. In His right hand, there are pleasures forevermore. When we let God guide our steps, He will always show us the right way. Let Him guide you and walk you to the right direction. Delight yourself in Him.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Daily Grace - Heart Matters

Our hearts pump at a rate of 70-75 beats per minute. Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day. Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. In a lifetime, that is equivalent to driving to the moon and back. A healthy heart can do amazing things. Conversely, if our heart malfunctions, our whole body shuts down.

The same could be said of our "spiritual heart". In Scripture, the word heart represents the center of our emotions, thinking, and reasoning. It is the "command center" of our life. So when we read, "Keep your heart with all diligence" (Prov. 4:23), it makes a lot of sense. But, it's a difficult advice to keep.

Life will always make demands upon our time and energy that cry out for immediate attention. By comparison, taking time to hear God's Word and to do what it says may not shout quite so loudly. We may not notice the consequences of neglect right away, but over time it may give way to a spiritual heart attack. I'm thankful God has given us His Word. We need His help not to neglect it, but to use it to align our hearts with His every day. To keep spiritually fit, consult the Great Physician.

Today We Pray

Dear God, who has given me life and breath, and another day: I do not know what this day might bring. For men make plans, and their plans come to naught, as You will it. Thus I take this day out of my hands and submit it to Your will.

Let me follow only Your way. Let me hear only Your voice, not the voices of those who do not believe in Your teachings. Let me celebrate and rejoice with those who do believe in You.

Take my heart and hand. May Your sweet love grow more like You day by day. In His name, I pray, let my day be Yours, and let it be filled with goodness and faith.


Todays Godly Reminder - Our Protector

God is our Ultimate Protector from the works of the enemies. The enemy is like a devouring lion, ready to attack us anytime. But, we must not be deceived by the enemy. Ask God for protection everyday, and He will carry you in His mighty arms.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Daily Grace - The Blame Game

When Jenny's husband left her for another woman, she vowed that she would never meet his new wife. But when she realized that her bitterness was damaging her children's relationship with their father, she asked for God's help to take the first steps towards overcoming bitterness in a situation she couldn't change.

In Genesis 16, there's a story of a couple to whom God later promised a baby. When Sarai suggested that her husband Abram have a child with their servant Hagar, she wasn't fully trusting God for the child He had promised. When the baby was born, Hagar despised Sarai (Gen. 16:3-4), and Sarai became bitter (vv. 5-6). Hagar had been the slave with no rights and suddenly she was special. How did Sarai react? By blaming others, including Abram (v. 5). God's promise was realized in the birth of Isaac 14 years later. Even his weaning celebration was spoiled by Sarai's attitude (21:8-10).

It may never have been easy for Sarai to have lived with the consequences of their decision to go ahead of God. It may have taken a miracle of grace to change her attitude, but that could have transformed everything. Sarai couldn't reverse the decision but through God's strength, she could have lived with it differently and given God the glory. By God's grace, we can reflect His light in the dark times.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, as I cross the threshold of this day, I commit myself, soul, body, affairs, friends, to Your care. Watch over, keep, guide, direct, sanctify, bless me. Mold me completely into the image of Jesus, as a potter forms clay.

Teach me what it means to run to You and have You as my sanctuary. Help me not to worry about the words I say, but just to express my heart to You and to nestle down close to You. Incline my heart to Your ways. 

Oh Lord Jesus Christ, who said to Your Apostles, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you”; I pray that I and Your whole church, the body of all faithful people, will know Your peace, and live in harmony and unity, one with another, in accordance with Your wishes. This I pray to You, who lives and reigns forever.


Today's Godly Reminder - Psalm 27:4

"One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple."

Let us ask God, for one thing, only one thing: to live with Him in His house our whole life long. Let us live in His house every day of our life to see how wonderful He is. And to pray in His temple. We’ll contemplate His beauty. We’ll study at his feet. This is an amazing thing to do, living in our Heavenly Father's house. Just praising in His Name and asking in His Name.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Daily Grace - A Heart for Prayer

While traveling on an airplane with her 4- and 2-year-old daughters, a young mom worked at keeping them busy so they wouldn't disturb others. When the pilot's voice came over the intercom for an announcement, Catherine, the younger girl, paused from her activities and put her head down. When the pilot finished, she whispered, "Amen". Perhaps because there had been a recent natural disaster, she thought the pilot was praying.

Like that little girl, I want a heart that turns my thoughts toward prayer quickly. I think it would be fair to say that the psalmist David had that kind of heart. We get hints of that in Psalm 27 as he speaks of facing difficult foes (v. 2). He said, "Your face, Lord, I will seek" (v. 8). Some say that David was remembering the time he was fleeing from Saul (1 Sam. 21:10) or from his son Absalom (2 Sam. 15:13-14) when he wrote this psalm. Prayer and dependence on God were in the forefront of David's thinking, and he found Him to be his sanctuary (Ps. 27:4-5).

We need a sanctuary as well. Perhaps reading or praying this psalm and others could help us to develop that closeness to our Father-God. As God becomes our sanctuary, we'll more readily turn our hearts toward Him in prayer. In prayer, God can still our hearts and quiet our minds.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, who decreed that we should take one day of rest, one special day in remembrance of You, today I celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the moment of His glorious victory over death. I add my voice to countless millions of others in thanks, in praise, and in awe of Your sacrifice for us. Help me, dear Lord, to dedicate these few moments to You completely.

Help us to appreciate the work that others do, the service given from their hearts, their sacrifice for You. You have taught us that we may dwell with You, even while we are caught in this difficult world, and I pray to dwell with you fully now. Guard me against wandering of mind and the intrusion of mundane thought, so that I may be fully present with You, through the power of Your Holy Spirit.

And in the coming week, I pray that my mind may constantly turn to You, so that I may always remember You when I am tempted to anger, to selfishness, to lust for power and the vanities of this world or any of the myriad temptations that might assail me in the course of life. Send me Your light and truth, to keep this day and all the days of my life. In the name of Christ and through faith in Him, I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 Timothy 5:17

"Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching."

The elders who perform their leadership duties well are to be considered worthy of double honor, especially financial support. Give a bonus to leaders who do a good job, especially the ones who work hard at preaching and teaching. And, to those who work hard at preaching and teaching the word of God concerning eternal salvation through Christ. Church leaders who do their job well deserve to be paid twice as much.

Give due honor to our church leaders, especially our pastors and missionaries. They deserve every good thing here on this earth. They worked hard in spreading the gospel. Give them what they deserve.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Daily Grace - Roughing the Pastor

I was at my cousin's eighth-grade football game when the referee indicated there was a penalty and stopped play. Apparently, after the ball was thrown, the boy who passed it was tackled, prompting a penalty flag. The announcer from the press box said: "There is a flag on the field. The penalty is roughing the pastor. . . I mean, roughing the passer". As soon as he said it, I thought to myself, God could give that penalty to some churches today!

It's not that pastors are perfect. If that is what we are looking for, then pastorless churches would be the norm. It's that God calls on us to honor those who lead us spiritually, particularly "those who labor in preaching and teaching" (1 Tim. 5:17). In my opinion, pastoring is one of the hardest occupations on the planet. We live in a sophisticated, fast-paced, and complex world, and our expectations for "high-performance" pastors often set the bar at unattainable heights.

So, let's switch the focus and become high-performance church members who honor our pastors with words of encouragement and prayer. A supportive note or a "thank you" in the foyer will go a long way to stimulate pastors to serve with joy and efficiency. Don't be rough on your pastor. Pass along some encouragement today.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, thank You for each and every day You have blessed us here on earth. Thank You for Your tender mercies. Thank You for giving us friends and family to share joys and sorrows with.

Thank You, Lord, that though our situations may not change, Your grace is strong enough to change us in our situations. Help us as we struggle sometimes to live in this sinful world. Write the story of my life so that I might reflect Your love and goodness to those I encounter today.

The blessing of the Lord rest and remain upon all his people, in every land, of every tongue. The Lord meets in mercy all that seek him. The Lord comfort all who suffer and mourn, and the Lord hasten his coming and give us, his people, the blessing of peace.


Today's Godly Reminder - Joshua 1:9

It is His command to be strong and courageous. We should not be afraid. We should never be discouraged. It is because He is always beside us.

Remember the Lord your God when you are afraid or discouraged. Do not be terrified or be dismayed. He will always welcome you with His loving arms. Wherever you will go, He will be there.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Daily Grace - Sparrow's Flight

After dinner one night, a tiny brown sparrow flew inside our house through the front door. A chase ensued. Each time my father got near to it, the little intruder fluttered away in a desperate search for an exit. Before we could escort it safely outside, the bird toured the house so frantically that we could see its chest throbbing from its rapid heartbeat.

Sometimes, we are like that little bird - anxious, frazzled, and afraid of what might happen next. It comforts me to think that "not one [sparrow] falls to the ground" without God knowing about it (Matt. 10:29). He sees and knows everything in our world. "The eyes of the Lord are in every place" (Prov. 15:3), and nothing escapes His attention, including you and me. God understands and values the finest points of our being. Jesus said, "The very hairs of your head are all numbered" (Matt. 10:30).

It's amazing that God keeps a tally of our personal trivia and is even aware of a bird's misfortune. Since He knows about these small details, we can trust that He sees and cares about the big issues that ruffle our feathers. When we ask Him for help, God's response is always informed by His perfect knowledge of us and our circumstances. Let's trust Him with our anxious concerns.

Today We Pray

Dear God, in the daily journey from sunrise to sunset, remind me always of your holy presence hovering near, both within me to guide me, and surrounding me to protect me. Free me from shame and self-doubt. And, help me and all of my fellow believers, to see the myriad opportunities to walk our path in the courage, honesty, and wisdom inspired by Your Holy Spirit.

I pray that I may proceed with boldness in the few things I know as a certainty, especially that my eternal salvation can come only from Christ Jesus. May I never shrink from Your Great Commission, to share the Gospel with the world. So that, those with ears to hear it might join me in salvation; for this is Your express command to me, and to all Christians.

Give me grace through Your Holy Spirit always to seek wisdom, to admit where I have been mistaken, even in attitudes I have held my entire life. Make me fresh every day in your word, Holy God. And, let the light of Your wisdom shine throughout the world, that we all might grow in our knowledge and love of You, throughout our lives.


Today's Godly Reminder - Proverbs 15:3

"The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good."

God doesn’t miss a thing. He’s alert to good and evil alike. The Lord is watching everywhere and keeps His eye on both the evil and the good. The Lord sees everything, whether good or bad. 

Be careful in everything that you will do. God is watchful in every way. He is an alert one. Be a blessing!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Daily Grace - Ike's Anger Problem

On June 6, 1944, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, was the most powerful man on earth. Under his authority, the largest amphibious army ever assembled prepared to liberate the Nazi-dominated continent of Europe. How was Eisenhower able to lead such a vast army? Part of the answer can be linked to his remarkable skill in working with different kinds of people.

What many do not know, however, is that Ike hadn't always gotten along with others. As a boy, he often got into fistfights at school. But fortunately, he had a caring mother who instructed him in God's Word. One time, when she was bandaging his hands after an angry outburst, she quoted Proverbs 16:32, "He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city". Years later, Eisenhower wrote, "I have always looked back on that conversation as one of the most valuable moments of my life". Undoubtedly, by learning to control his anger, Eisenhower was able to work effectively with others.

Inevitably, each of us will at times be tempted to lash out in anger. Yet through God's work in our lives, we can learn to control our anger. What better way to influence people than through a gentle spirit. He who conquers his anger conquers a strong enemy.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, I lower my head before You and confess that I have too often forgotten that I am Yours. Sometimes I carry on my life as if there were no God, and I fall short of being a credible witness to You. For these things, I ask Your forgiveness.

Spirit of God, please change my heart. And, give me a new desire. I want to be a man of peace, not controlled by anger's fire.

Finally, may I go forth filled with the joy and confidence of Your Spirit. And, may everything I do this day, in word or deed, be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Through Christ's Name, I pray.


Today's Godly Reminder - Proverbs 16:32

"He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city."

Moderation is better than muscle. Self-control is better than political power. Better to be patient than powerful. He who is slow to anger is better and more honorable than the mighty soldier. Better to have self-control than to conquer a city. It means that controlling your temper is better than being a hero who captures a city.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Daily Grace - The Small Giant

The towering enemy strides into the Valley of Elah. He stands 9 feet tall, and his coat of armor, made of many small bronze plates, glimmers in the sunlight. The shaft of his spear is wrapped with cords so it can spin through the air and be thrown with greater distance and accuracy. Goliath looks invincible.

But David knows better. While Goliath may look like a giant and act like a giant, in contrast to the living God, he is small. David has a right view of God and therefore a right view of the circumstances. He sees Goliath as one who is defying the armies of the living God (1 Sam. 17:26). He confidently appears before Goliath in his shepherd's clothes, armed with only his staff, five stones, and a sling. His confidence is not in what he has but in who is with him (v. 45).

What "Goliath" are you facing right now? It may be an impossible situation at work, a financial difficulty, or a broken relationship. With God, all things are small in comparison. Nothing is too big for Him. The words of the hymnwriter Charles Wesley remind us: "Faith, mighty faith, the promise sees, and looks to that alone; laughs at impossibilities, and cries it shall be done". God is able to deliver you if that's His desire, and He may do so in ways you don't expect. Don't tell God how big your giants are. Tell your giants how big your God is.

Today We Pray

Dear Lord, I have planned my strategies and figured out how I will try to solve my problems, yet, I have not consulted You. I cannot do it myself, great God; only by my prayer to You, can my burdens ever be satisfied. And I pray to You now, take up my burdens while I am on earth, today, just as You will take them up when I am with You in heaven. 

By the grace You gave me through the sacrifice of Your only Son, relieve me. May I do Your will while I am alive, just as I will do Your will when I am together with You again, in paradise. For there and no place else lies my salvation and all true happiness.

I pray that I may be blessed every step of my path this day by the great God of light. May Your sun shine upon me; as the moon moves the tide, may Your Spirit move my emotions with every grace and magic. May my heart sing with the voice of Your angels and my heart be warm, and may this and every blessed day You have given me be filled with joy.


Today's Godly Reminder - Ephesians 4:7

"But to each one of us, grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift"

God’s undeserved favor was given to each one of us. Not indiscriminately, but in different ways. This is in proportion to the measure of Christ’s rich and abundant gift. Out of the generosity of Christ, each of us is given his own gift of grace.

Receive that gift of grace today. It is one of the most valuable gifts of God to us. It brings joy to our hearts and to our lives. This is how God loves us, He is giving us this gift for free. Amazing love!

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Daily Grace - Love to Tell His Story

When noted author Studs Terkel was looking for a topic for his next book, one of his friends suggested "death". While he was resistant at first, the idea gradually began to take shape, but its voice became all too real when Mr. Terkel's wife of 60 years passed away. Now the book was also a personal search: a yearning to know what lies beyond, where his loved one had just gone. Its pages are a poignant reminder of our own search for Jesus and the questions and concerns we have about eternity while we walk our faith journey.

I'm thankful for the assurance we can have that we will be with Jesus after we die if we have trusted in Him to forgive our sin. There is no greater hope. It is now our privilege to share that hope with as many as we can. 1 Peter 3:15 encourages us: ". . . always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear". We have the opportunity from God, as David said, to "call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples" (1 Chron. 16:8).

The stories of so many people we love are not yet ended, and the privilege to tell them about the love of Jesus is a gift most precious. Let our days be filled with a longing - and the opportunities - to tell our story of Jesus. Tell His story. Spread the good news.

Today We Pray

Dear God, as I face this new day, let me be aware of the work You have done for me as I slept. I praise you that Your loving care never slumbers, but has been with me while I was least aware of it. And, that You renew me and the whole world, fresh every day, preparing Your plans for me.

I pray that I may seek Your will this day, Your plan for my life, and carry out Your plan in my every action. I lay my hopes and fears on an altar before You, that your Holy Spirit may guide my hopes toward the light of Your holiness. And, may quiet my fears with the knowledge of Your infinite peace, in total confidence that Your grace will save me from the evils of this world.

If You are with me, O God, who can be against me? For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus my Lord. I pray, in the name of Christ.


Today's Godly Reminder - Mark 10:45

"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many"

That is what the Son of Man has done: He came to serve, not to be served. And then, to give away His life in exchange for many who are held hostage. He came to help others to give His life as a ransom for many. The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master. But, a slave who will give His life to rescue many people.

What a selfless and sacrificial love is this! He died for our place. A sinless and pure man died for our sins. Give glory to His Name for His unconditional love for us.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Daily Grace - Born to Rescue

After the terrorist attack and the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City on September 11, 2001, Cynthia Otto took care of the search-and-rescue dogs. Years later she established a Working Dog Center where young pups are put through specialized training to prepare them to help victims of a disaster. Otto made this comment about these rescue animals: "There are so many jobs now that dogs are being used for. . . and they can save lives". Otto said that these puppies will one day give vital aid to people in life-threatening circumstances. They are "born" to rescue others.

The Bible tells us of the Messiah who was born to rescue humanity from the penalty of sin. What He did rises above all earthly comparison. Two thousand years ago, God Himself became human in order to do for us what we could not do for ourselves. When Jesus became a man, He understood and proclaimed that He was born to rescue (John 12:27). "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" (Mark 10:45). Let us praise our wonderful Savior - Jesus Christ - who was born to save all who will accept His offer of salvation. Christ came to seek and to save the lost.

Today We Pray

Dear God, my Savior, and Master, the model of all perfection, I resolve to imitate Your example, to be like You today. I will redouble my efforts to see Your image in all those I meet and deal with this day. I resolve to avoid this day all those sins which I have committed heretofore and which I now sincerely desire to give up forever.

Give me wisdom, Lord, in everything that I will do today. I offer You my memory, understanding, and my entire will. All I ask for in return is Your love and Your grace, that’s enough for me.

Now all glory to You, great God, who is able to keep us from falling away and will bring us with great joy into Your glorious presence without a single fault. All glory to You who alone are God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are Yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time!


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 Chronicles 16:8

Let His Name be famous to the world. God is great and good, so let it be known among the nations. Thank God for everything. Call out his Name. Tell the whole world who He is and what He’s done.

Broadcast all His wonders. Revel His Holy Name. Seek His presence day and night. Remember all the wonders He performed, the miracles and judgments that came out of his mouth.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Daily Grace - Learning To Love

When Hans Egede went to Greenland as a missionary in 1721, he didn't know the Inuit language. His temperament was often overbearing, and he struggled to be kind to the people. In 1733, a smallpox epidemic swept through Greenland, wiping out almost two-thirds of the Inuit people - and claiming Egede's wife as well. This shared suffering melted Egede's harsh demeanor, and he began to tirelessly labor to care for the people physically and spiritually. Because his life now better represented the stories he told them of God's love, the Inuits could at last grasp His desire to love them too. Even in suffering, their hearts turned to God.

Perhaps you are like the Inuits in this story, and you are unable to see God in the people around you. Or perhaps you are like Hans Egede, who struggled to express love in a way that taught people about God. Knowing we are weak and needy people, God showed us what love is like. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins (John 3:16). That's how much God loves you and me.

Jesus is the perfect example of the love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13. As we look to Him, we learn that we are loved and we learn how to love in turn. Let us never be the barrier that block one's view of God. Love others, love like Jesus.

Today We Pray

Dear God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, and I need Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for dying for me and giving me eternal life. Transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to You alone.

The heavens are telling of Your glory and the wonders of Your love, the sun by day, and the moon and stars by night. Please help us to see this life from a heavenly perspective. Remind us that our trials, however difficult, will one day fade from view when we see You face to face.

Lethe word of Christ richly dwell within me all this day. And whatever I do in word or deed, may I do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Through Christ I pray.


Todays Godly Reminder - 1 Corinthians 13:4


"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud."

Love endures with patience and serenity. Love is thoughtful. It is not jealous or envious. Love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant.

Most of all, love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. That's what love looks like.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Daily Grace - Commanded to Love

As a result of adult children neglecting their responsibilities, some elderly parents in Singapore are forced to seek financial help from charities and other state agencies. Speaking about this escalating situation, a government official said, "We cannot legislate love".

In the Bible, however, love is commanded. That is what Moses told the nation of Israel: "I command you today to love the Lord Your God, to walk in His ways" (Deut. 30:16). And Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to "love the Lord your God" (Mark 12:30). How can God command love? His supreme display of love at Calvary gave Him that right. 

Jesus' beloved disciple, John, wrote: "By this, we know love because He laid down His life for us. . . This is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment" (1 John 3:16, 23). What opportunities do you have to obey God's command to love? Honoring parents by caring and providing for them? Ministering to a sick friend? Offering a gracious and kind word to someone who is difficult to love? We show our love for God when we love one another.

Today We Pray

Dear God, blessed are You, Lord God of my salvation. To You, be praise and glory forever. May I, the fruit of Your new creation, rejoice in this new day You have made and praise You for Your mighty acts.

Save me, O my God! For salvation belongs to You alone. May Your blessing be ever on Your people.

Support me all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over and my work is done. Then of Thy mercy, grant me a safe lodging, and a holy rest and a peace at last through Jesus Christ, our Lord.


Today's Godly Reminder - 1 John 3:23

"This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us."

We have a commandment to follow from God. It is believing with personal faith and confident trust in the name of His Son Jesus Christ. And, that we unselfishly love and seek the best for one another, just as He commanded us. Again, this is God’s command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us. God wants us to have faith in his Son Jesus Christ and to love each other. This is also what Jesus taught us to do.