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Even Me - 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, October 18, 2019Even Me, or AnyoneI give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry – 1 Timothy 1:12. What is our qualification to be a child of God, or to do His work? Nothing in ourselves, for like Paul we too were formerly blasphemers, but have received mercy because we acted out of ignorance in unbelief. Paul charges us to be strong in the Lord in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10) Why? Because, He had learned by experience that, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13) God gives us the strength necessary to accomplish what He has set us out to do, so that “through our weakness and inability His strength is made known.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) As for faith, we often misunderstand faith as the Bible speaks of it. True faith is being, “fully convinced that what God had promised, He was also able to do.” It was this kind of faith, “that was credited to Abraham for righteousness. Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone,but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Romans 4:21-24) True “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) In regards to service, Paul referred to himself using the word “δοῦλος” (doulos) which means “slave.” Paul writes, “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God…” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Meaning, “We were bought at a price and must glorify God with our bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) We are no longer our own, rather we are appointed, or enlisted, to the service of God. Give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, He doesn’t “want any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) That when we hear and respond to the gospel in faith, our faith can be credited to us as righteousness, and we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to be useful to God and accomplish His will. Lord, thank You for seeking and calling me when I was but a lowly sinner and an enemy. That Your Gospel found me and I received Your grace through the faith that hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ produces. That You can use me to accomplish Your will and You give me the strength to do it. In Jesus name, Amen.

2 min2019 OCT 18
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Even Me - 1 Timothy 1:12

The Same Team - Mark 9:41

The Same TeamAnd whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ--truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward. – Mark 9:41It’s easy to get upset when we see others doing things that we aren’t able to, and wish that we could do. The disciples had seen a man casting out demons in Jesus name, something they had been unable to do in verse 21. They rebuked the man for showing what they had lacked, faith in Jesus name. Jesus responded sternly, “Do not stop him” Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that everyone from those doing the big things, performing miracles and casting out demons in His name, all the way down to the little things, giving a cup of water in His name are on the same team, working toward the same goal. “For whoever is not against us is for us.”We have all received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) We all play different roles, and have different gifts according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:6) Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop." (John 4:37) Jesus wants us to not devalue those who perform the small tasks; they will certainly not lose their reward. “It is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us. For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body--so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:11-12)Remember, whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, (Colossians 2:23), even giving a cup of water in Jesus name.Lord, help us to appreciate and understand the impact that even the little things done in Your name can have. Let us strive to be a blessing and to serve for Your namesake. Let us be a blessing in the world today. In Jesus name, Amen

1 min2019 OCT 17
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The Same Team - Mark 9:41

If You Can? - Mark 9:23

If You Can?Jesus said to him, "'If you can'? Everything is possible for the one who believes." — Mark 9:23We see a father coming to Jesus asking Him, “If you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” (v.22) All too often we approach God with an “if” mindset. We don’t believe that God is actually going to answer our prayers. However, the Bible clearly tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God...” (Hebrews 11:6) and here Jesus was disappointed with the lack of faith from the father, often the same lack of faith that we exhibit. We look at our circumstances and let them dictate what we believe that God can do. We ask the same questions of God, “If You can, if You will, if it’s possible?” Even though Jesus told us “if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)The very definition of faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) That is having trust in the words that Jesus spoke and believing He will do the things which He said. For it is through faith that we receive the grace of God for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), by faith, not sight, that we walk (2 Corinthians 5:7), and by faith that we even say to the mountain “move” and it moves (Matthew 17:20) because everything is possible for the one who believes.We ask Jesus, “If You can.” He replies, “If you believe”Lord, help us overcome our unbelief, help us when we don’t see you at work in our lives to know that you are still there and that you care about us. Help us to have faith to trust that you can perform miracles in our lives. Help our unbelief so that we can have a closer walk with You. In Jesus name, Amen

1 min2019 OCT 16
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If You Can? - Mark 9:23

What a Friend - Proverbs 18:24

October 15, 2019What a FriendOne with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24Jesus is exactly what the Pharisees accused Him of being, a friend of sinners. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one then this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14) Jesus plainly tells us in His teaching when someone loses something, or someone, they love and care about they don’t merely forget about it, rather they go looking for it. (Luke 15:4) This is what Christ did for us. We all like sheep had gone astray (Isaiah 53:6) and were enemies of God. (Romans 5:10) We were lost in sin and had no place in God, yet Jesus came looking for, and found, us. He showed His love by laying down His life for us, freeing us from our sins through his blood (Revelation 1:5), and welcoming us back.We may find ourselves having many friends in this world, but we have all been let down, or even wronged, by those whom we relied and depended upon. In contrast, Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.If you have never known that level of friendship, from the greatest friend that a man could have, I encourage you to listen to what Jesus said and do what He commands. Lay down your life and surrender to Jesus as Lord, He will redeem you and welcome you back like an old friend.Lord, we thank you for the friendship that you have shown to us. Even when we rebelled against you, and were enemies, You sought to find us and to redeem us. We thank You for the love You poured out on the cross so that we could be saved. Thank you for loving us and being a friend. In Jesus name, Amen.

1 min2019 OCT 15
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What a Friend - Proverbs 18:24

Die to Live - Romans 6:11

October 14, 2019Die to LiveSo, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. - Romans 6:11Paul builds the case of sin against humanity in Romans ultimately reaching the point that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This then is where the Gospel comes into play. God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.But, not wanting the grace of God to be misunderstood to cheapened Paul writes a stern warning, What should we say then?Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not!How can we who died to sinstill live in it? In order to live in Christ, we MUST die to sin. This is one of the most fundamental aspects of salvation. This is understanding that Jesus is Lord and as such He is in charge of our lives. Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body. Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.If you’ve never trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I encourage you to surrender your life to Him today and die to sin.Lord, help us to put to death all of the sins in our lives and live surrendered to You and to Your will. Be with us as our strength and our guide. Help us to live lives that are pleasing to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

1 min2019 OCT 14
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Die to Live - Romans 6:11
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Latest Episodes

Even Me - 1 Timothy 1:12

Friday, October 18, 2019Even Me, or AnyoneI give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord who has strengthened me, because he considered me faithful, appointing me to the ministry – 1 Timothy 1:12. What is our qualification to be a child of God, or to do His work? Nothing in ourselves, for like Paul we too were formerly blasphemers, but have received mercy because we acted out of ignorance in unbelief. Paul charges us to be strong in the Lord in the strength of His might (Ephesians 6:10) Why? Because, He had learned by experience that, “we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.” (Philippians 4:13) God gives us the strength necessary to accomplish what He has set us out to do, so that “through our weakness and inability His strength is made known.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) As for faith, we often misunderstand faith as the Bible speaks of it. True faith is being, “fully convinced that what God had promised, He was also able to do.” It was this kind of faith, “that was credited to Abraham for righteousness. Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone,but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” (Romans 4:21-24) True “Faith makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) In regards to service, Paul referred to himself using the word “δοῦλος” (doulos) which means “slave.” Paul writes, “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God…” (2 Corinthians 5:21) Meaning, “We were bought at a price and must glorify God with our bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:20) We are no longer our own, rather we are appointed, or enlisted, to the service of God. Give thanks to Christ Jesus our Lord, He doesn’t “want any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) That when we hear and respond to the gospel in faith, our faith can be credited to us as righteousness, and we are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to be useful to God and accomplish His will. Lord, thank You for seeking and calling me when I was but a lowly sinner and an enemy. That Your Gospel found me and I received Your grace through the faith that hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ produces. That You can use me to accomplish Your will and You give me the strength to do it. In Jesus name, Amen.

2 min2019 OCT 18
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Even Me - 1 Timothy 1:12

The Same Team - Mark 9:41

The Same TeamAnd whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you belong to Christ--truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward. – Mark 9:41It’s easy to get upset when we see others doing things that we aren’t able to, and wish that we could do. The disciples had seen a man casting out demons in Jesus name, something they had been unable to do in verse 21. They rebuked the man for showing what they had lacked, faith in Jesus name. Jesus responded sternly, “Do not stop him” Jesus wanted His disciples to understand that everyone from those doing the big things, performing miracles and casting out demons in His name, all the way down to the little things, giving a cup of water in His name are on the same team, working toward the same goal. “For whoever is not against us is for us.”We have all received a gift, use it to serve others, as good stewards of the varied grace of God. (1 Peter 4:10) We all play different roles, and have different gifts according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:6) Some plant the seed, and others harvest the crop." (John 4:37) Jesus wants us to not devalue those who perform the small tasks; they will certainly not lose their reward. “It is the Spirit who does all this and decides which gifts to give to each of us. For just as the body is one and has many parts, and all the parts of that body, though many, are one body--so also is Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:11-12)Remember, whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people, (Colossians 2:23), even giving a cup of water in Jesus name.Lord, help us to appreciate and understand the impact that even the little things done in Your name can have. Let us strive to be a blessing and to serve for Your namesake. Let us be a blessing in the world today. In Jesus name, Amen

1 min2019 OCT 17
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The Same Team - Mark 9:41

If You Can? - Mark 9:23

If You Can?Jesus said to him, "'If you can'? Everything is possible for the one who believes." — Mark 9:23We see a father coming to Jesus asking Him, “If you can do anything have compassion on us and help us.” (v.22) All too often we approach God with an “if” mindset. We don’t believe that God is actually going to answer our prayers. However, the Bible clearly tells us, “Without faith it is impossible to please God...” (Hebrews 11:6) and here Jesus was disappointed with the lack of faith from the father, often the same lack of faith that we exhibit. We look at our circumstances and let them dictate what we believe that God can do. We ask the same questions of God, “If You can, if You will, if it’s possible?” Even though Jesus told us “if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (Matthew 21:22)The very definition of faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) That is having trust in the words that Jesus spoke and believing He will do the things which He said. For it is through faith that we receive the grace of God for salvation (Ephesians 2:8-9), by faith, not sight, that we walk (2 Corinthians 5:7), and by faith that we even say to the mountain “move” and it moves (Matthew 17:20) because everything is possible for the one who believes.We ask Jesus, “If You can.” He replies, “If you believe”Lord, help us overcome our unbelief, help us when we don’t see you at work in our lives to know that you are still there and that you care about us. Help us to have faith to trust that you can perform miracles in our lives. Help our unbelief so that we can have a closer walk with You. In Jesus name, Amen

1 min2019 OCT 16
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If You Can? - Mark 9:23

What a Friend - Proverbs 18:24

October 15, 2019What a FriendOne with many friends may be harmed, but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother. – Proverbs 18:24Jesus is exactly what the Pharisees accused Him of being, a friend of sinners. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one then this that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:13-14) Jesus plainly tells us in His teaching when someone loses something, or someone, they love and care about they don’t merely forget about it, rather they go looking for it. (Luke 15:4) This is what Christ did for us. We all like sheep had gone astray (Isaiah 53:6) and were enemies of God. (Romans 5:10) We were lost in sin and had no place in God, yet Jesus came looking for, and found, us. He showed His love by laying down His life for us, freeing us from our sins through his blood (Revelation 1:5), and welcoming us back.We may find ourselves having many friends in this world, but we have all been let down, or even wronged, by those whom we relied and depended upon. In contrast, Jesus promises to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5); He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother.If you have never known that level of friendship, from the greatest friend that a man could have, I encourage you to listen to what Jesus said and do what He commands. Lay down your life and surrender to Jesus as Lord, He will redeem you and welcome you back like an old friend.Lord, we thank you for the friendship that you have shown to us. Even when we rebelled against you, and were enemies, You sought to find us and to redeem us. We thank You for the love You poured out on the cross so that we could be saved. Thank you for loving us and being a friend. In Jesus name, Amen.

1 min2019 OCT 15
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What a Friend - Proverbs 18:24

Die to Live - Romans 6:11

October 14, 2019Die to LiveSo, you too consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. - Romans 6:11Paul builds the case of sin against humanity in Romans ultimately reaching the point that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This then is where the Gospel comes into play. God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree; so that, having died to sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.But, not wanting the grace of God to be misunderstood to cheapened Paul writes a stern warning, What should we say then?Should we continue in sin so that grace may multiply? Absolutely not!How can we who died to sinstill live in it? In order to live in Christ, we MUST die to sin. This is one of the most fundamental aspects of salvation. This is understanding that Jesus is Lord and as such He is in charge of our lives. Don't you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought at a price. So glorify God with your body. Consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.If you’ve never trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior I encourage you to surrender your life to Him today and die to sin.Lord, help us to put to death all of the sins in our lives and live surrendered to You and to Your will. Be with us as our strength and our guide. Help us to live lives that are pleasing to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

1 min2019 OCT 14
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Die to Live - Romans 6:11
the END
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