Your attitude toward life will change

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, October 13, 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:

Every day we should focus on our blessings and express our gratitude to God for them. We can never say thank you enough to parents, friends, leaders, and especially to God. When thanksgiving becomes an integral part of your life, you will find that your attitude toward life will change. You will become more positive, gracious, loving, and humble. (NLT)

Psalm 92:1-15 – It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High. It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening, accompanied by the harp and lute and the harmony of the lyre. You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me! I sing for joy because of what you have done.

O Lord, what great miracles you do! And how deep are your thoughts. Only an ignorant person would not know this!   Only a fool would not understand it. Although the wicked flourish like weeds, and evildoers blossom with success, there is only eternal destruction ahead of them. But you are exalted in the heavens. You, O Lord, continue forever. Your enemies, Lord, will surely perish; all evildoers will be scattered.

But you have made me as strong as a wild bull. How refreshed I am by your power! With my own eyes I have seen the downfall of my enemies; with my own ears I have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents. But the godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the Lord’s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green. They will declare, “The Lord is just! He is my rock! There is nothing but goodness in him!”

[The righteous] will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green. –Psalm 92:14 (NIV)

Doris Yeung (Samut Prakan,Thaland) titled her story “NEVER TOO OLD;” here is a portion of Doris’ story:

“Several months ago, another pianist joined our church choir, making four of us. I felt discouraged, useless, and humiliated. I asked God, ‘Am I supposed to retire at age 61?’ Then, when my sister needed help after surgery, I decided to attend another church that had earlier hours for worship.

“After only a month, I was told that this small congregation planned to start a choir. Immediately, I knew that God was calling me. I offered to be the pianist, and I have enjoyed participating in this choir ever since.

“. . . From this experience, I have come to understand that as long as we are willing, God will guide us and prepare a way for us. No matter our age, if we listen to God’s calling, we can joyfully serve.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – As long as I am willing, God can find ways for me to serve.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for guiding us when we feel lost. Help us to remember that we can always serve – if we are willing. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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When life will be peaceful at last, everything will be made right

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, October 12, 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:

Chapter 35 pictures the days when life will be peaceful at last, everything will be made right. Carmel and Sharon were regions of thick vegetation and fertile soil. They were symbols of productivity and plenty. (NLT)

Isaiah 35:1-2 – Even the wilderness will rejoice in those days. The desert will blossom with flowers. Yes, there will be an abundance of flowers and singing and joy! The deserts will become as green as the mountains of Lebanon, as lovely as Mount Carmel’s pastures and the plain of Sharon. There the Lord will display his glory, the splendor of our God.

Why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet . . . even Solomon in all his glory was not clothes like one of these. –Matthew 6:28-29 (NRSV)

Ken Claar (Idaho) titled his story “THE AJO LILY;” here is a portion of Ken’s story:

“When we visited Ajo, Arizona, we went on a tour of the desert south of the city. There we spotted the Ajo lily, or desert lily. It has a beautiful flower, like a smaller version of the Easter lily. It only grows in the deserts of the American Southwest and in northern Mexico. . . .

“When I saw this beautiful plant thriving in such an arid, sandy environment, I was amazed at how God creates beauty in even the most desolate places.

“God brings beauty into our lives in the same way. Even in our deserts of hurt, loneliness, and despair, God reminds us that we can thrive where we are planted and share the beauty of our faith with our neighbors. When we dedicate our lives to God, we can look past the ugliness we may see in ourselves to see God’s beauty in our lives and in the world.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can make love bloom anywhere in my life.

Prayer: Dear Lord, remind us that where we see ugliness you see beauty; where we see fear, you see hope. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS LONELY

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Confession of faith

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, October 11, 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 rock on which Jesus would build his church has been identified as (1) Jesus himself (his work of salvation by dying for us on the cross); (2) Peter (the first great leader in the church at Jerusalem); (3) the confession of faith that Peter gave and that all subsequent true believers would give. It seems most likely that the rock refers to Peter as the leader of the church (for his function, not necessarily his character). Just as Peter had revealed the true identity of Christ, so Jesus revealed Peter’s identity and role.

Later, Peter reminds Christians that they are the church built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ as the cornerstone. All believers are joined into this church by faith in Jesus Christ as Savior, the same faith that Peter expressed here. Jesus praised Peter for his confession of faith. It is faith like Peter’s that is the foundation of Christ’s Kingdom. (NLT)

Matthew 16:13-20 – When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”

“Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”

Then he asked them, “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the power of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you lock on earth will be locked in heaven, and whatever you open on earth will be opened in heaven.” Then he sternly warned them not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Jesus said, “I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church.” –Matthew 16:18 (NRSV)

Teresa Coda (Rhode Island) titled her story “WHO AM I?” Here is a portion of Teresa’s story:

“Now that I am between careers, I find it challenging when I first meet people. In the past, when asked what I do for a living, I have loved being able to say, ‘I am a student’ or ‘I am a teacher.’ In a few short words, these descriptions summarized aspects of my identity that I was proud to claim. For instance, implicit in the statement, ‘I am a teacher,’ is the understanding that I love to learn, that I work hard, and that I care about children.

“While having an identity rooted in a particular title was comforting, unemployment has given me the opportunity to pause and think: Who am I, really? What I do professionally might reflect some of my priorities and my hopes, but it doesn’t reveal who I am at my core.

“In today’s quoted scripture, Jesus doesn’t tell Simon that he is a prophet or a disciple or a teacher. Instead, Jesus calls him by name: Peter, rock. And this identity has not come from Simon Peter’s work or his actions by from his faith – his declaration that Jesus is the Messiah, the son of the living God. . . . My primary identity comes from my faith, from being a child of God.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter what, I am a child of God.

Prayer: O God, thank you for loving us and valuing us, no matter what job we have or do not have. Amen.

Prayer Focus: PEOPLE STRUGGLING TO FIND WORK

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When we trust Him completely to take care of us

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, October 10, 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:

We all want to live without fear, our heroes are fearless people who take on all dangers and overcome them. The psalmist teaches us that fear of God can lead to a fearless life. To fear God means to respect and revere him as the almighty Lord. When we trust Him completely to take care of us, we will find that our other fears—even of death itself—will subside. (NLT)

Psalm 112:6-8 – Such people will not be overcome by evil circumstances. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly.

Their hearts are steady, they will not be afraid. –Psalm 112:8 (NRSV)

Chris Surber (Virginia) story is titled “GOD’S SHOULDERS;” here is a portion of Chris’ story:

“. . . One day I said, ‘Son, I’m tired too,’ to which he replied, ‘You can’t be tired. You’re my daddy!’ Human fathers can be tired, even too tired to carry their children or their burdens. Our heavenly Father, on the other hand, never tires or grows weary. God’s back never hurts too much to carry our burdens, and God is always available for us when we surrender and cry out for help.

“Everyday life can be hard enough, but having to deal with severe trials can overwhelm us. We may try to carry burdens ourselves, but sooner or later we realize that we can’t do it alone. When danger, disease, or darkness pushes us over the edge, God waits to catch us as we surrender our burdens to our heavenly Father.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can see beyond my trials to God’s love.

Prayer: Holy God, help us never to forget that while you are holy, you are also close to each of us. Teach us to trust in your strength. Amen.

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Only then will He show us how to choose His way

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, October 9, 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:

To fear the Lord is to recognize God’s attributes: He is holy, almighty, righteous, pure, all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-wise. When we regard God correctly, we gain a clearer picture of ourselves: sinful, weak, frail, and needy. When we recognize who God is and who we are, we will fall at his feet in humble respect. Only then will He show us how to choose His way. (NLT)

Psalm 25:8-12 – The Lord is good and does what is right; he shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in what is right, teaching them his way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.

For the honor of your name, O Lord, forgive my many, many sins. Who are those who fear the Lord? He will show them the path they should choose.

All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees. –Psalm 25:10 (NRSV)

Nitraporn Laddakornbhand (Chiang Mai, Thailand) story is titled “GOD’S STEADFAST LOVE;” here is a portion of Nitraporn’s story:

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 and decided to have surgery to remove the tumor and keep the cancer from spreading. . . .

“. . . The Bible encouraged me, helping me remember that God has the answers I seek.

“During the time 18 years ago, God gave me a life work: preaching the gospel. Now I see life as a blessing from God. Even when we are troubled in body and mind, we can rely on God’s grace and receive God’s mercy with humility. . . .”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Life is a blessing from God.

Prayer: Thank you, God, for your healing, kindness, justice, and steadfast love. Amen.

Prayer Focus: CANCER PATIENTS

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Listening and responding is vital in a relationship

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, October 8, 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:

Listening and responding is vital in a relationship with God. Although God does not always use the sound of a human voice, he always speaks clearly through his Word. To receive his messages, we must be ready to listen and to act upon what he tells us. Like Samuel, be ready to say “Here I am” when God calls you to action. (NLT)

1 Samuel 3:1-10 – Meanwhile, the boy Samuel was serving the Lord by assisting Eli. Now in those days messages from the Lord were very rare, and visions were quite uncommon. One night Eli, who was almost blind by now, had just gone to bed. The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was sleeping in the Tabernacle near the Ark of God. Suddenly, the Lord called out, “Samuel! Samuel!”

“Yes?” Samuel replied. “What is it?” He jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am. What do you need?”

“I didn’t call you,” Eli replied. “Go on back to bed.” So he did.

Then the Lord called out again, “Samuel!”

Again Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli, “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”

“I didn’t call you, my son,” Eli said. “Go on back to bed.”

Samuel did not yet know the Lord because he had never had a message from the Lord before. So now the Lord called a third time, and once more Samuel jumped up and ran to Eli. “Here I am,” he said. “What do you need?”

Then Eli realized it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So he said to Samuel, “Go and lie down again, and if someone calls again, say, ‘Yes, Lord, your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went back to bed.

And the Lord came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!”

And Samuel replied, “Yes, your servant is listening.”

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. –Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

Gary Dowdy (Tennessee) titled his story “LISTENING TO GOD;” here is Gary’s story:

“One Sunday as I walked to my car after worship, I heard the chimes of the church ringing out a beautiful hymn. I felt as if God were sending me on my way!

“During the week the chimes still ring out; however, I don’t very often hear them. When I do, they are usually mixed in with the noise of the day. I may be driving or shopping or talking to someone – only vaguely aware of the sound of the chimes; I don’t actually stop to listen.

“Isn’t that like my relationship with God? I attend worship and leave with a strong feeling of God’s presence. During the following days of the week, however, I get caught up in the routine of life. Then when a need arises, I call on God in prayer, trying to fit my faith into my busy schedule.

“Like the church chimes, God is always communicating with us. But we must still the voices around us, slow down the pace of our life, and not just talk to God but listen. God’s voice of love and compassion is what we need to carry us through the week. God is speaking – how well are we listening?”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How am I listening for God’s voice today?

Prayer: Loving God, teach us to make time for you in our lives. You are our hope and salvation, and nothing is more important than being with you in prayer. Amen.

Prayer Focus: TO FIND QUIET TIME WITH GOD

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When facing a seemingly impossible task

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Saturday, October 7, 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:

When Jesus asked the disciples to provide food for over 5,000 people, they were amazed and said it would take a small fortune to feed such a crowd. How do you react when you are given an impossible task? A situation that seems impossible with human resources is simply an opportunity for God. The disciples did everything they could by gathering the available food and organizing the people into groups. Then, in answer to prayer, God did the impossible. When facing a seemingly impossible task, do what you can and ask God to do the rest. He may see fit to make the impossible happen. (NLT)

Mark 6:35-44 – Late in the afternoon his disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and it is getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the nearby farms and villages and buy themselves some food.”

But Jesus said, “You feed them.”

“With what?” they asked. “It would take a small fortune to buy food for all this crowd!”

“How much food do you have?” he asked. “Go and find out.”

They came back and reported, “We have five loaves of bread and two fish.” Then Jesus told the crowd to sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat in groups of fifty or a hundred.

Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and asked God’s blessing on the food. Breaking the loaves into pieces, he kept giving the bread and fish to the disciples to give to the people. They all ate as much as they wanted, and they picked up twelve baskets of leftover bread and fish. Five thousand men had eaten from those five loaves!

The disciples said, “Send the people away so they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” But [Jesus] answered, “You give them something to eat.” –Mark 6:36-37 (NIV)

Keith Osmun (Ohio) titled his story “INVESTING OURSELVES;” here is a portion of Keith’s story:

“. . . Jesus wanted the disciples to be part of his work. Despite our faults and limited resources, God can do miraculous things when, like the disciples, we invest ourselves in God’s work.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God can do miraculous things through me.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for inviting us to participate in your ministry despite our faults and limitations. Amen.

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