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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



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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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July 25, 2019, 5:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Philippians 3;17


Philippians 3:17

Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.

 

Thought for Today

Who are you imitating? We know developmentally that babies learn largely by imitating adults. Young Christians grow much the same way. It has rightly been said that if you want to know who you will be in 5 years just look at the people you surround yourself with today. You will imitate them for better or worse. Paul knew this. Therefore, he commends us to be intentional about who we are following and imitating. Of course, the best person to imitate is Jesus, but, in truth, this is difficult because we can only read about Him. It is easier to imitate someone you can watch, study and converse with. So Paul says, “Follow me as I follow Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1). So I ask again, who are you imitating? Are they worth imitating? Are they following Christ in a way you want to? If you are intentional about who you imitate you will become the kind of person someone else will find worth imitating, and I can’t think of a better way to glorify God.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, show me who is following you nearly in my life. Help me to imitate them as they imitate You so that I might grow to be more like You, too. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

For years I thought my assignment, or the Church’s assignment, was to articulate the Gospel and nothing more. Now I believe that if we don’t support the verbal expression of the Gospel with physical demonstration of compassion, we are not imitating Jesus. — Max Lucado

 

Quote of the Day

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another — Voltaire

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