You Were Made For This

Initiate

Some people have given up the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer.  Hebrews 10:25 (CEV) We can have some long-term relationships with deep roots of friendship.  Some of our…

Sever

A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses.  Proverbs 27:19 (GN) When pruning a tree, we remove specific branches or stems to benefit the whole tree. We remove the dead, damaged and diseased branches to help prevent insects & decay from entering…

Restore

Do not repay anyone evil for evil…If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:17-18 (NIV) Every day we have a choice of how we want to interact with others. We can choose to look at other people as if they are out to get us.…

Nurture

…the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow. Colossians 2:19 (NIV) Ligaments and sinews have a common purpose. They are for connecting parts of the body together. When they are damaged, daily living can be painful and our body does not function properly. We…

Made for Community

There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth… Ecclesiastes 4:8 (NIV) We were never meant to live life alone. While we do need time apart from the rest of the world at times, we were…

Driven By Eternity – Part 3

This week we talked about a legacy, where your life lives on beyond you. We learned that we need to give to something that will outlive us and to live so your life outlives you. We do this by giving what we have and serving others with our time, talents, and resources. We recognized that…

Driven By Eternity – Part 2

Yesterday we learned to live intentionally, driven by eternity, we need to give what we have (and not what we don’t have) and serve others with our time, talents, and resources.  The third and most significant piece of living intentionally driven by eternity is to share Christ with others. We are Christ’s ambassadors; God is…

Driven By Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV) We were made to live eternally. God’s original plan was to be with His people forever. Once our salvation is established (when we accept Christ into our lives), our eternal life and home are secure.…

The Two-Question Test

He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I John 5:12 (NKJV) You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “‘As…

Serve Others

Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Surely he will never be shaken; a righteous man will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:5-6 (NIV) All of us want our lives to matter even after we die. This is simply considered leaving a legacy. Your legacy is…

The Blessings of My Life

Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. Luke 16:9 (NLT) We are commanded to worship the Lord with all our heart and to love others as we love ourselves (Matthew 22:37-39). Worship is how we live our lives…

Deciding How to Use our Gifts

I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Philemon 6 (NLT) Generosity is an action and making the plan for how to be intentional with it can sometimes be difficult. How should we evaluate…

Intentional Generosity

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop… God loves people who love to give… God can bless you with everything you need, and you will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things…

Seek God First in Life

Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.  Matthew 6:33 (NCV) Seeking God should be your first response, not your last resort.  It’s interesting how we will try a variety of other solutions before consulting God who created heaven and earth.  God wants to provide…

Hear and Do God’s Word

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22 (NIV) In the devotionals this week we’ve been discussing spending time with God.  It’s important to spend time in prayer (communicating with God) and reading God’s Word (the Bible).  But as referenced in the verse above, we need…

He Will Forgive You

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 (NIV) God is a loving father who wants the best for us.  In the parable of the prodigal son, Jesus explains that there was a son who requested his inheritance…

Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your…

Put It into Practice

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But…

Declare Your Decision

“Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32-33 (NLT) While we have a personal relationship with God, we are not supposed to keep it to ourselves.  Jesus…

Changed Life

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ…  2 Corinthians 5:17-18 (NLT) When you accept Christ into your life you become a new…

Follow My Example

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.  1 Corinthians 11:1 (NIV) As parents, we tend to try and set an example of how to behave for our children.  We want to teach them the way to behave and how to treat others.  We teach them how to be independent when they need…

In Advance

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.…

Masterpiece

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) Have you ever seen a work of art that takes your breath away?  You find yourself amazed at the detail the artist included in their work.  It appears much talent…