Post Tagged as ‘Thought of Week’

“Obedience Made Easy”

GROWING IN CHRIST “Obedience Made Easy”  1 John 3:23-24a “And this is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as He commanded us.  Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them.” (NIV) These verses expand the meaning of Jesus’ two great commands: Love God and love people.  You show your love for God by believing in Him and placing your life in Jesus’ hands.  You love others by sacrificially loving them more than yourself. 1 John 3:16 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus […]

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“Lifestyle Evangelism”

GROWING IN CHRIST Matthew 10:22 “All men will hate you because of Me (Jesus), but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” (NIV) This is one of the instructions Jesus gave to the twelve disciples before sending them out. Think through your non-Christian associations before reading any farther to identify those people who hate/dislike/avoid you because of your relationship with Jesus. Most Christians would have a short list, if not a blank list, of who hates them for their life in Christ.  Jesus was preparing His disciples for this eventuality because He knew the reaction His gospel […]

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“Do You Know Your Mission”

GROWING IN CHRIST John 21:15-18 “Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love You.’ Jesus said, ‘Feed My lambs.’ Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?’ He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love You.’ Jesus said, ‘Take care of My sheep.’ The third time He said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love Me?’ Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love Me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know […]

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“Beacons of Light”

  GROWING IN CHRIST “Beacons of Light” Titus 1:15 “To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure.  In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted.”  (NIV) Every Christian has the choice of allowing Christ to live on the throne of his/her life or on the periphery.  When Christ lives on the periphery of your life, you can easily be corrupted and compromised by the world resulting in it being difficult to distinguish between what is pure and what is not.  Corrupted thinking and a compromised conscience will […]

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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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“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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“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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HOW TO BUILD A WALL OF GODLY PURITY IN MIND

Faith Deposit from Body of Christ Development Ministries GOD’S PLAN FOR YOUR VICTORY IN THE BATTLE FOR THE MIND: 1st  ADMIT YOUR GODLY IMPURE MIND TO GOD PSALM 119:9. NKJV HOW can a young man “CLEANSE” his way? BY TAKING HEED according TO YOUR(GOD’S) WORD. 2nd AFFIRM YOUR PURPOSE TO CLEAN UP  GOD’S WAY PSALM 119:10. NKJV With my WHOLE HEART I HAVE SOUGHT YOU; Oh, let me not wander from Your commands! Commit every energy to remain clean before God. 3rd  APPLY GOD’S WORD AS PROTECTION A) MEMORIZE  GOD’S WORD PSALM 119:11 NKJV YOUR WORD I have HIDDEN IN […]

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“Sin Shows the Way to God’s Power”

GROWING IN CHRIST Matthew 3:8 “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (NIV) God calls you to be fruitful. John 15:8 “This is to My Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be My disciples.” Christians often mistake fruitfulness with “doing” for God. Fruitfulness in your Christian life is an opposite paradigm of fruitfulness in the world’s ways. Your fruitfulness as a Christian occurs through a deeper revelation of the sin in your life. A deeper revelation of sin in you comes through a deeper relationship with God. As you come to know God better, the impurity of […]

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“On Mission for Jesus”

GROWING IN CHRIST Luke 4:42-44 “At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was, they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  But He said, ‘I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.’”  (NIV) Jesus was constantly going non-stop from one group. . .to crowds. . .to other ministry opportunities.  Jesus began his day by finding a solitary place for time with His heavenly Father before leaving for another town when […]

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