Post Tagged as ‘Thought of Week’

“Let Go and Let God”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Let Go and Let God”  2 Chronicles 20:12a “For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.”  (NIV) Your journey through life will confront you with many changes, challenges, and opportunities.  Many of these will seem insurmountable – bringing fear and uncertainty.  How you respond to these times will impact God’s work and purpose in you.  The passage in 2 Chronicles 20:12-27 will give you some rich insights on how to approach adversity through God’s power and grace. The Jewish people were moving according to God’s call but still feared the dangers […]

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“What is God Up To?”

GROWING IN CHRIST “What is God Up To?”  Romans 3:1-2 “What advantage, then, is there in being a Jew, or what value is there in circumcision? Much in every way! First of all, they have been entrusted with the very words of God.” (NIV) Here the Jewish people are questioning the value of their relationship with God. Have you ever been there? What you thought should have been… is not. What you hoped for will not happen. What you invested your life in has evaporated. Who is this God that loves you? Who is this God that cares for every […]

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As the Nation Struggles

With all of the everyday chaos, and uncertainty around the world we need encouragement. Even the best of us feel sometime that we just want to throw up our hands and quit. But remember what Paul wrote to the Roman church in such times and be encouraged: Romans 12:9-21 (New Living Translation – NLT) Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically Rejoice in our […]

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“Take No Seconds”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Take No Seconds” Galatians 1:12 “I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.” (NIV) Our world is filled with new avenues to be spiritually fed. Social media inundates you with spiritual truths, teachings, Scriptures, wisdom, and impressions. You can receive any number of devotions every day, read a book on any topic, listen to sermons online from churches throughout the world, and basically satisfy every spiritual need or curiosity that you have. Knowledge has become so numerous and plentiful that a follower of Christ can easily […]

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“No Martha For Christmas”

GROWING IN CHRIST “No Martha For Christmas”   Luke 10:41-42 “‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better and it will not be taken away from her.’” (NIV) Martha had a wonderful opportunity to be in the very presence of the Lord Jesus, yet she let her meal preparation for Him take away from the opportunity to be with Him. Christmas is an opportunity similar to Martha’s experience to be with Jesus.  Christmas is a time when you can not only recognize God’s great […]

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“What Do They See?”

GROWING IN CHRIST “What Do They See?”  1 John 4:12 “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.” (NIV) God loved mankind so much that He planned for Jesus, His only Son, to come to earth in the form of man and pay the price for your sins by dying on the cross so that you might have eternal life. John 3:16 famously says it best, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him […]

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“Focus Small – Grow Big”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Focus Small – Grow Big”  Luke 16:10 “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much.” (NRSV) God not only wants you to exhibit faithfulness in every aspect of your life, but He also wants you to be faithful in what He has called you to do. 1 Corinthians 4:1-2 states, “So then, men ought to regard us as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the secret things of God. Now it is required that those who have been […]

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GOD’S PURPOSE AND PASSION IN ETERNITY FOR US

GOD’S PURPOSE AND PASSION IN ETERNITY FOR US ECCLESIASTES 3:11 AMP He(GOD) has MADE EVERYTHING beautiful in its time. He also has PLANTED ETERNITY in men’s HEARTS and MINDS [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. (GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE FOR US) JOHN 17:3 NKJV Hear Jesus:And this is eternal life, that they may know You(FATHER/GOD), the ONLY TRUE God, and Jesus Christ whom YOU have SENT. ☆Before creation God […]

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“Boldly Proclaiming Christ”

GROWING IN CHRIST Acts 9:28 “Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.” (NIV) Saul became a Christian in Acts 9:19, began preaching in 9:21, immediately faced a plot to kill him in Damascus in 9:23, in 9:28 he continues preaching boldly, and in 9:29 they try to kill him in Jerusalem. We do not know the days involved, but you quickly see that any decision to follow Jesus, much less proclaim His name put Saul’s life at risk. “Boldly” is used 11 times in the Bible, while 6 of those […]

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“Lend a Hand Brother”

GROWING IN CHRIST Acts 11:29 “The disciples, each according to his ability, decided to provide help for the brothers living in Judea.” (NIV) This verse reveals a kindred spirit toward fellow Christians which should be common among all believers.  Fellow Christians are not just people, fellow church members, common members in the faith; they are “brothers and sisters in Christ.” Do you view Christians and Christian ministries in a cold manner when they have needs, or does your heart respond as a brother/sister in Christ? I am not suggesting you have an obligation to help every brother in the Lord, […]

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