More resources we will have to guide us in our daily decisions

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, June 22, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

This “law” means all of Scripture: the first five books of Moses, the Prophets, and the other writings. The more we know of the whole scope of God’s Word, the more resources we will have to guide us in our daily decision.

The more we delight in obeying God, the more fruitful we are. On the other hand, the more we allow those who ridicule God to affect our thoughts and attitudes, the more we separate ourselves from our source of nourishment. We must have contact with unbelievers if we are to witness to them, but we must not join in or imitate their sinful behavior. If you want despair, spend time with mocking sinners; but if you want God’s blessing, make friends with those who love God and his Word. (NLT)

Psalm 1:1-6 – Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. But they delight in doing everything the Lord wants; day and night they think about his law. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season without fail. Their leaves never wither, and in all they do, they prosper.

But this is not true of the wicked. They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind. They will be condemned at the time of judgment. Sinners will have no place among the godly.

For the Lord watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

Those who do not follow the advice of the wicked . . . are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not wither. In all that they do, they prosper. –Psalm 1:1, 3 (NRSV)

Susana M. Allen (Jalisco, Mexico) titled her story “DEEP ROOTS;” here is a portion of Susana’s story:

“We recently spent some time living in the mountains of Boquete, Panama. . . . Though a few trees and plants do not survive the dry season in Panama, most return to their beautiful greens in the rainy season. Others, having deep roots, never change and give forth blooms of every color imaginable all year long.

“So it is in our spiritual lives. Dry times may come – times when we do not feel the love and closeness of the Lord. But our faith is strengthened when we are deeply rooted in scripture and prayer. We can rest in the hope that the dry times will be followed soon by seasons of God’s overflowing abundance.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can deepen the roots of my faith by reading the Bible.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for scripture that reminds us of your love and deepens our faith in you. Amen.

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Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 21, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Christ is showing us the heart of God the Father. God is not selfish, begrudging, or stingy, and we don’t have to beg or grovel as we come with our requests. He is a loving Father, who understands, cares, and comforts. If humans can be kind, imagine how kind God, the Creator of kindness, can be. (NLT)

Matthew 7:9-12 – [Jesus said] “You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.”

Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. –Matthew 7:1-2 (CEB)

Albert Brooks Drake, Jr. (Indiana) titled his story “JUST HELP;” here is Albert’s story:

“My wife and I were enjoying our ride together when we passed a man holding a sign that read, ‘Will Work for Food.’ Later, we saw him getting into a car. Cynically, I wondered aloud what he was going to do with the money he had collected that day. But my wife asked me to follow him so we could also give him some money.

“He pulled into a gas station and bought only $2.00 worth of gasoline. My wife and I quickly agreed that I should talk with him. He indicated that he had lost his job, had not been able to find work for over six months, and that he was trying to feed his family. I told him that we would like to help him in the name of Christ.

“While I filled his car with gasoline, my wife went with the man and bought some food for his family. As we parted, my wife and I gave him more money and a copy of The Upper Room. Then we prayed together.

“Through my wife, God taught me a lesson. Since that day I’ve been less judgmental and more accepting of others. How that man used the gifts we gave him was between him and God. I learned that it is not my place to judge but to help.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – My Christian faith frees me to give without judgment.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for teaching us to care for others and to leave any judgment of others to you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO HAS LOST A JOB

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Your Father knows exactly what you need

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, June 20, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Matthew 6:5-8 – [Jesus said] “And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you.

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered only by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them, because your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!”

The Lord says, “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” –Isaiah 65:24 (NIV)

Randy Swanson (Utah) titled his story “STRANDED IN THE DESERT;” here is a portion of Randy’s story:

“While on a two-year trip around the world in a Volkswagen camper, I was stranded in the Sahara Desert for several days. . . . The punishing roadway caused two shock absorbers in the camper to explode simultaneously, breaking the chassis. After sitting for three days, I saw a traveler pull up behind me in a small van. On the roof of his vehicle, he had some welding equipment. Unfortunately, neither the traveler nor I knew how to weld, and he had no welding rod. I prayed and then remembered the steel coat hangers I had packed away. With torch and coat hanger in hand, I climbed under the camper and somehow managed to weld the broken chassis back in place.

“I discovered that the man with the welding outfit had started into the desert long after I had but before my crisis had occurred. This reminded me of the words of the Lord quoted above.

“We never know what the future holds or what crises or difficulties might lie in front of us. But by faith, we can know that God is always present. In fact, God’s answer is on the way even before we call.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what difficulty I face, God is in it with me.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we may not understand what is happening to us now or what we might face in the future, but help us to turn to you for the answers. Amen.

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His power to handle crises in our lives

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 19, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

The disciples lived with Jesus, but they underestimated Him. They did not see that His power applied to their very own situation. Jesus has been with his people for 20 centuries, and yet we, like the disciples, underestimate His power to handle crises in our lives. The disciples did not yet know enough about Jesus. We cannot make the same excuse. (NLT)

Mark 4:35-41 – As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He was already in the boat, so they started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?”

When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”

And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?”

Neither death, nor life . . . nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. –Romans 8:38-39 (NRSV)

Patricia Wilgis-Patton (Texas) titled her story “CALMED STORMS;” here is a portion of Patricia’s story:

“. . . Similarly, the storms of life assault us with little or no warning. Winds of change scream and howl. We are tossed up on the shore like driftwood, where we may find ourselves lying among the wreckage of serious health problems, ruptured family relationships, or broken dreams.

“When we face hard times, grief and pain can dominate our days and fear may visit us in the middle of the night. Like the disciples, we cry out, ‘Lord, do you not care that we are perishing?’ Jesus may not instantly command these winds and waves, ‘Be still!’ But he does say to us, ‘Peace!’ He speaks with loving-kindness to comfort and strengthen us.

“Scripture reminds us that our Lord will never leave us or forsake us. We are encouraged to cast all our cares, concerns, hurts, fears, and pain on God because God cares for us. . . .”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When life seems to be falling apart, Jesus can give me peace.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for hearing our prayers and giving us your peace in the stormy times of our lives. Amen.

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Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Jesus is not saying that his disciples would do greater works—after all, raising the dead is about as amazing as you can get. Rather, the disciples, working in the power of the Holy Spirit, would carry the Good News of God’s Kingdom out of Palestine and into the whole world. (NLT)

John 14:8-14 – Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father and we will be satisfied.”

Jesus replied, “Philip, don’t you even yet know who I am, even after all the time I have been with you? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father! So why are you asking to see him? Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words I say are not my own, but my Father who lives in me does his work through me. Just believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or at least believe because of what you have seen me do.

“The truth is, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, because the work of the Son brings glory to the Father. Yes, ask anything in my name, and I will do it!”

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works, and give glory to your Father in heaven. –Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)

Belinda Jo “B. J.” Mathias (Mississippi) titled her story “JUST LIKE MY FATHER;” here is a portion of B. J.’s story:

“For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be just like my dad. . . .

“Just as I wanted to be like my dad when I was a child, as an adult I want to be like my heavenly Father. I want to strive to love others as God loves, unconditionally, and sacrificially, and to forgive others as God has always graciously forgiven me. I want to bring light into dark places, joy into places of sadness, and healing into places of pain.

“With the power given us by the Holy Spirit, we can be like the Father and like the Son. We can make a difference in our world as we follow Christ.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – If I strive to be like my heavenly Father, I can make a difference in the world.

Prayer: Dear God, may we be more like you with each passing day so that others will come to know your love and grace. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Focus: FATHERS

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He will search for us and give us opportunities to respond

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, June 17, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

In this story, the father watched and waited. He was dealing with a human being with a will of his own, but he was ready to greet his son if he returned. In the same way, God’s love is constant and patient and welcoming. He will search for us and give us opportunities to respond, but he will not force us to come to him. Like the father in this story, God waits patiently for us to come to our senses. (NLT)

Luke 15:11-20 – To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs. The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man.”’

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.

He ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. –Luke 15:20 (NIV)

Pascual P. Torres’ (Cortés, Honduras) story is titled “FULL OF LIFE AGAIN;” here is a portion of Pascual’s story:

“In our HIV/AIDS clinic, we maintain a rose garden to honor the patients we serve. . . .

“One day I found, to my dismay, that someone had carelessly walked through the garden and trampled two rose bushes. . . . I saw one terribly damaged white rose with some buds lying in the mud. I picked it up, filled a glass jar with water, and placed the lifeless rose in it. . . . A few hours later, the rose and its leaves were fully extended, the buds had opened up, and its full beauty was on display.

“The lesson in this for me is that no matter in what condition God finds us, we can rest assured that God will embrace us and attend to us lovingly. Through our small acts of compassion, we can find a new sense of purpose so that we can flourish and let the beauty of God’s love show through us.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No life is too broken for God to make it new.

Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for creating us anew. Help us to shine your love into a world so desperately in need of it. Amen.

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, June 16, 2017

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

There are days when the last thing we want to do is rejoice. Our mood is down, our situation is out of hand, and our sorrow or guilt is overwhelming. We can relate to the writers of the psalms who often felt this way. But no matter how low the psalmists felt, they were always honest with God. And as they talked to God, their prayers ended in praise. When you don’t feel like rejoicing, tell God how you truly feel. You will find that God will give you a reason to rejoice. God has given you this day to live and to serve him—be glad! (NLT)

Psalm 118:21-24 – I thank you for answering my prayer and saving me!

The stone rejected by the builders has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s ding, and it is marvelous to see. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice nd be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24 (NRSV)

Courtney Hill Gulbro (Alabama) titled her story “JOY IN TIMES OF STRESS;” here is a portion of Courtney’s story:

“My husband and I were going through some difficult times with work-related stress and financial worries. . . .

“One morning as I was meditating, the verse quoted above came to my mind. For the first time in a while, I thought about joys that I could find in the world every day. I remembered that a walk in the woods had brought me close to the fresh scent of trees and soil, the musical sound of birds conversing, and the feeling of a gentle breeze across my face. And it didn’t cost a dime!

“Scripture helped me realize that every day can bring something to enjoy, if I will only look for it. In time my husband and I got back into the habit of seeing God’s gifts right in front of us, and that went a long way toward easing our stress. The Lord has created many reasons to rejoice and be glad within this day and every day.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God made today, and that is a reason to rejoice!

Prayer: Loving Father, help us to allow the joy of your world to reach us even during times of stress. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY

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