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November 27, 2017, 9:06 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: GOD IS FOR US


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” --Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

 

Thought for Today

God created you for a purpose. God has a plan for you. This does not mean that there is only one path your life can take, you still have free will. However, when we seek God and His plan, we find hope and fulfillment in our lives. And the best news is that you can’t miss God’s plan, because He will patiently wait for you to be ready. Why not start on that path today?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, I am so excited to know that You have given my life purpose and meaning because You have a plan for me. Help me to align with Your plan so that You can receive the most glory through my life possible. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote for Today

"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile." –-Max Lucado

 

Quote of the Day

"Life is about making an impact, not making an income." –-Kevin Kruse

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November 7, 2017, 7:43 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JUDGES, THE CYCLE OF REBELLION


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. --Judges 2:10-12

 

Thought for Today

It has often been said that Christianity is only one generation away from extinction. What is frightening is that it will not be a single rebellious generation that walks away from the Lord. History shows us that it is the cancer of small compromises that causes the next generation to think that the Lord is unimportant. This is the first phase in the cycle of sin that plays out twelve times in the Book of Judges. The people slowly walk away from God one compromising baby step at a time until they come to the place where they don’t really know Him anymore. I believe that we, as a nation, are experiencing this today. Gradually declining church attendance, prayer removed from school, small social compromises in the name of fairness and tolerance, and many other small steps away from God are causing the next generation to think that God is unimportant. And they don’t have time for what is unimportant. What compromises have you allowed into your life or the life of your family? How can you begin to uphold the importance of the Lord in your family again? It is always easiest to cure the cancer if it is caught early.

 

Prayer

Holy Lord, I confess that I have begun to compromise on small issues in my life rather than standing strong for You. Help me to see these compromises and take steps to eliminate them, that I may be more faithful to You. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

"Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one--the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,...Your affectionate uncle, Screwtape." --C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

Quote of the Day

"Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." --Janis Joplin

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October 30, 2017, 10:52 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: REFORMATION WEEK: DEVOTIONS BY MARTIN LUTHER, MONDAY


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

The devotions for this week are adapted from John Theodore Mueller’s delightful, Five Minutes Daily with Luther (MacMillan, 1926)

 

For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. --Galatians 3:26 ESV

 

Luther’s Thought for Today

Paul, as a true and excellent teacher of faith, always says these words, “by faith, in faith, of faith,” which is in Christ Jesus. He does not say, “You are the children of God because you have heard the Law and have done the works thereof,” but ”by faith in Jesus Christ.” The Law does not make us children of God, much less the traditions of men. The Law does not produce in us a new nature, a new birth; but it sets before us the old birth by which we were born into the kingdom of the devil, and thus prepares us for a new birth, which is by faith in Christ, and not by the Law. This is done by faith alone. Faith in Christ makes us the children of God. What tongue, either of men or angels, can sufficiently praise and magnify the great mercy of God towards us, that we, though we are miserable sinners and by nature children of wrath, should be called to His grace and glory to be made the children and heirs of God and lords over heaven and earth, and all of this only through our faith in Jesus Christ!

 

Prayer

Lord God, I think you for the gift of faith by which I have received all of the blessings of being Your child. Help me to live in the joy of this truth today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God's grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times. --Martin Luther 

 

Quote of the Day

The Protestant Reformation had a lot to do with the printing press, where Martin Luther's theses were reproduced about 250,000 times, and so you had widespread dissemination of ideas that hadn't circulated in the mainstream before. --Nate Silver

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