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July 30, 2019, 8:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 4:5


Philippians 4:5

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.

 

Thought for Today

We live in a world that celebrates the unreasonable and sensational. As we begin moving to a new presidential election cycle unreasonable seems to be the order of the day. People cry out for ridiculous or impossible things as if they were sensible and attainable. Paul tells us that one of the marks of God’s people is that we be the reasonable voice. We are to be practical, helpful, centered and controlled. It is easy to get swept up in the political discourse of the day. There are big issues to be solved and great challenges before us. Paul’s call is not to disengage from the discourse or pretend that all is well, his call is to be thoughtful, respectful and confident in the God who is near as we address the challenges our nation faces. Strident voices repel people. Reasonable voices cause people to pause and reflect, even when they disagree. This honors God, for it is when people pause that the Holy Spirit has room to begin doing His work in their heart and life. So, let me ask you, what positions or causes do you support that cause you to become strident, fiery, unreasonable? Lift these up to the Lord and ask for His guidance to become more reasonable in your presentation, for the Lord is near. Your neighbor and our nation are in His hands, not yours.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, help me to remember that You are near to me and my nation. Help me to present myself in ways that honor You and encourage my neighbor, especially when we don’t agree. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

There are two kinds of people one can call reasonable: those who serve God with all their heart because they know him, and those who seek him with all their heart because they do not know him. — Blaise Pascal

 

Quote of the Day

There is no limit to suffering human beings have been willing to inflict on others, no matter how innocent, no matter how young, and no matter how old. This fact must leada all reasonable human beings, that is, all human beings who take evidence seriously, to draw only one possible conclusion: Human nature is not basically good. — Dennis Prager



Comments

07-30-2019 at 9:27 PM
Pastor Eric
Amen! Melba
07-30-2019 at 8:44 PM
Melba Layton
Thanks. Reading this as I have been listening to debate.
Wondering how many of these people have God in their life and think about what is reasonable. Prayers are needed.
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July 29, 2019, 4:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 4:4


Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.

 

Thought for Today

Joy is such a hard thing to come by these days. There are so many reasons to be discontent. Nearly 3/4 of all Americans are dissatisfied with their jobs, more than half of all marriages end in divorce, political divides are deep and their champions thrive on exacerbating the pain of their constituents, and on and on. How can Paul call us to rejoice when so much of our lives are unpleasant? The reason we can rejoice is because we have a greater reality to consider. We are the people of God. Every day we are forgiven and redeemed. We have a God who is actively for us. He works for our good in all things. Today will not be perfect, but we can rejoice knowing that God is at work in and through us regardless of our circumstances. More than this, we know that, humanly speaking, the worst thing that can happen to us is to close our eyes in this world and open them in the very presence of our Savior. That will be the greatest day of our eternal future. So no matter what the world throws at you, rejoice! God is working through it and will bring glory from it.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I praise You for You are the reason I rejoice. Thank You for all Your blessings, especially the blessing of Your Son, Jesus Christ, my Lord. Through Him I have hope in any and every circumstance. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Satan wants us to constantly focus on everything that is wrong with us and look at how far we still have to go. But God desires for us to rejoice in how far we have already come. — Joyce Meyer

 

Quote of the Day

Why is it that we rejoice at a birth and grieve at a funeral? It is because we are not the person involved. — Mark Twain



Comments

07-30-2019 at 7:53 AM
Diane Scheinpflug
Thanks, Pastor I really needed to read tis one today. So helped me this AM. THANK YOU!!!
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July 26, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3:20-21


Philippians 3:20-21

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.

 

Thought for Today

Our citizenship is in heaven. This is such an important thing to remember in the midst of our deeply hurting and divided nation. We have dual citizenship. Our temporary citizenship belongs to the nation into which we were born. Our permanent citizenship is in the Kingdom into which we were born at our baptism. Our national citizenship will end when our body here on earth dies. Our citizenship in the Kingdom of God never ends because Jesus will transform our lowly bodies to be like His glorious eternal body, and we will live in a Kingdom that will endure forever. The things that happen in our earthly nation have no lasting consequence for us. These light and momentary trials will be but a memory when we enter into the fullness of the Kingdom for which we were created. To God be the glory!

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I praise You for Your promise to transform me to be like You. Help me to live fearlessly for You in this life because of the joy of the life to come! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin and desire nothing but God, and I care not whether they be clergymen or laymen, they alone will shake the gates of Hell and set up the kingdom of Heaven on Earth. — John Wesley

 

Quote of the Day

The doctrine of the Kingdom of Heaven, which was the main teaching of Jesus, is certainly one of the most revolutionary doctrines that ever stirred and changed human thought. — H.G. Wells

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