“Sing the praises of the Lord, you his faithful people; praise his holy name.” Psalm 30:4 NIV


Read:  Psalm 30


I have learned to sing fairly well…not great…but fairly well.   I am still reminded of what my oldest son told me, years ago in church, when he was about 16: “Not so loud, Dad, others can hear you!”.  Back then, I could not carry a tune…not even in a bucket!


A pastor recently told me of being asked in school choir:  “Can you sing ten or?”   He replied he thought he was a bass.   The teacher joked; “No not tenor….ten or twelve miles away.”   Then, we have heard of the singer being asked:  “Can you sing Far Away.   The singer responded he did not know Far Away.   The requester clarified:  “No not the song Far Away…..really far, far away.”   Oh, we can be so cruel, even when joking…


Our voices may not please everyone.   But, they please GOD.  GOD created you with the voice HE chose.   Your joyful noise is a blessed symphony when GOD hears you.  HE loves to hear you raise your voice to praise HIM.    It is more than just your voice.   All your thoughts and actions given to praise GOD, to do HIS work and to spread HIS gospel are all well received.  Of course, there is always someone who can do something better by our human standards.  But, your actions will always be the very best by GOD’S standard.


Feel the joy of being GOD’S best.   Raise your voice in praise.   Share HIS good news and for that moment, you are doing it better than anyone else in GOD’S eyes.


Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for hearing my desperate attempt of singing my praises to YOU and seeing my actions as better than I believe they are.  Thank YOU for being the forgiving GOD.  Amen.”  


 “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people-“  1Timothy 2:1 NIV


Read:  1Timothy 2:1-8


I was first introduced to the phrase ‘hurry up and wait’ when I joined the USMC.  Standing in line for hours because someone did not schedule things right became common.   From the early days as a trainee to the final days awaiting discharge, the hours accumulated into weeks and weeks of wasted time.  It seemed we waited to wait.


We can grow impatient while waiting for the schedule of others to accommodate us.  It is more than reality that not everyone is on our personal timetable.


Some of our discouraging delays have purpose.  How many times have you prayed for something and it seemed GOD did not answer your prayer? Delays and waiting may just be GOD’S doing.  Remember the last time you thought you wanted something and in time you were grateful that your prayer was not answered.   Your prayer was most certainly answered.  At the time you prayed, the answer was ‘No’.   Maybe, you did not hear it because you were not prepared for GOD to tell you ‘No’.


Every prayer you pray will get an answer.   Be prepared for GOD’S perfect answer.   Listen carefully for “Yes”, “No” or “Not now, wait”.   Don’t forget…be sure to tell GOD thank you for all of HIS answered prayers.


Today’s prayer:   “GOD MY FATHER, Thank YOU for answering all my prayers.  Help me to listen and understand YOUR answers of ‘yes, no and wait’.  Amen.”


“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Luke 12:34 NIV


Read:  Luke 12:32-34


For centuries, man has searched for treasures based on maps that promised riches untold.   At times, their searches were even for the maps that were rumored to exist.


As a child having imaginary fun, we drew our own treasure maps that led to nothing.   Today, there are people following their own treasure maps that lead to disappointment.   Their maps are of their own lost desires and faithless hopes.


Are you following your own treasure map that is leading nowhere?    Does your map lead you day after day to another dead end?   Are you looking back at your life and wondering where all went wrong?   Are you ready to find the real treasure?


Open your Bible.  All the real answers to every question you have is in your Bible.   Every treasure you will ever need you will find in your Bible.  The three truths are yours within the pages of your Bible.   GOD created the heavens and the earth.   HE sent HIS only SON to take on your sins on that cross, and then was raised to Heaven.  Until, JESUS returns the SPIRIT OF GOD will dwell within every believer.


Find your treasure in these truths.  Your Bible will give you the treasure you can’t find on any treasure map.  Your Bible will give you the redeeming love of our TRIUNE GOD.


Today’s prayer:  “My GOD, Thank YOU for the treasure of YOUR truth.  While seeking treasures of this earth, I have not been as obedient as I should have been.   I will read and study YOUR WORD with faith in finding YOUR treasures.  Amen.”




“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.'”  Matthew 22:8 NIV

Read:  Matthew 22:1-14

“He doesn’t deserve it!” a worker commented after hearing his co-worker had been promoted and given a raise.   Even in simple things, we can become both judge and jury…too often in great error.   Sometimes, these judgments are rooted in jealousy, while our ignorance of all the facts can be the reason we misjudge.


Other times we may be right in our perception, but wrong in our accusations.   We need to have the discernment to know and the obedience to not judge but allow GOD to control the situation.  We see evil triumphing over good and those responsible seemingly being rewarded.   Growing richer in money and power; there seems to be little accountability.


If we could see those we know passing into Heaven, would we pass the same judgment?  Knowing the sins of others on this earth, would we question our GOD in allowing such sinners into Heaven?


Turn the table.   If you are to be forgiven of all your sins, would you deserve it?   Do you deserve to be washed in the blood of our RISEN SAVIOUR and to spend eternity with HIM?   Think of all the things you have done.   Think of the things you could have done for others and didn’t.   Then ask yourself; “Do I deserve it?”


If you are truly a believer, you deserve salvation only because JESUS is wearing your rags of sin.


Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, LORD, for giving me all I don’t deserve.  Thank YOU for taking my sins so that I may have eternal life with YOU.  Help me to give YOUR gospel to others who don’t deserve.  Amen.” 



“They thrust the needy from the path and force all the poor of the land into hiding.”   Job 24:4 NIV


Read:  Job 24

We have all heard the warning to never turn our backs.   The expression is laced with the dangers of not being aware of something or someone who could do us harm.


But, there is another way of learning from that old expression.   We should never turn our backs on the good things in life either.   In particular, we should never turn our back on a believer.


If you ever turn your back and disregard the needs or refuse to reach out to a believer, you are turning your back on CHRIST.   When we shed our responsibilities, we are abandoning our duties as followers of our RISEN LORD.


Has someone recently asked for your help and you gave it a passing thought and decided you did not have the time or money to aid them?   After all, you thought, somebody else will help them.   The only problem is the somebody else you thought would help them was also thinking they did not have the time or money either.


Guess what…we all have the time.  The problem is we accept the things of this earth as more important than the things JESUS told us to do.  It is not too late.   Go to that person and give them the help they need.   You will be glad you did.


Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for all YOU have done for me.   Please forgive me for not doing for others.   YOU have blessed me so that I can be a blessing to others.   Today, I will bless others as YOU will have me do.   Amen.” 



“Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Where is your brother Abel?’ ‘I don’t know,’ he replied. ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?'”   Genesis 4:9 NIV


Read:  Genesis 4:1-16


An irritated man continued his defensive tirade, with his boss, affirming; “I am not arguing with you; I am just explaining to you why I am right!”.


In Genesis 4, we learn of Cain lying to GOD after he killed his brother Abel.   GOD knew better.   Then Cain argued with GOD over the punishment GOD was to use.  Cain was wrong on all counts, yet he kept up his argument.


Have you ever continued an argument just to prove you were right?   Did it do you any good or did it just provoke the other person even more?


Sometimes, we want to be right so much, we go to great lengths to prove our point when in reality there is no point to be made.  We can choose to walk away and be the better person rather than dig our heels in.  We have a better chance of convincing the other person we are right when we are gracious than when we are obstinate.


Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for forgiving me when I am so wrong.   Help me to be more understanding and less rigid in my dealings with others.  Amen.”




“Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” 


Matthew 10:1  NIV


Read:  Matthew 10:1-20
When we think of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, James and others we are correct in knowing they were among the first disciples of JESUS, our LORD AND SAVIOUR.   At the same time, these men of GOD became known as apostles of JESUS.


We can learn from the scriptures an apostle is also a disciple, yet all disciples are not apostles.  A disciple is a follower of CHRIST; a student of scripture, who born again and is faithful in believing in all JESUS tells us and then shares that faith in order to teach others.   An apostle is all this and more.   Upon accepting CHRIST as your SAVIOUR, your new role is to be a disciple.   Are you living a life as a disciple?


JESUS gave the original disciples the power to heal and to drive out demons whom HE called HIS apostles.   Mark 3:14 tells us JESUS: “…designating them apostles…” This power was given later to Paul, Matthias (who replaced Judas) and perhaps a dozen others by JESUS.


Some churches claim a hierarchy of apostles, while some individuals claim to be apostles with the power to heal the sick and to drive demons from others.  Others hold there are no new apostles, that all apostles were given the authority only by JESUS.


In truth, most struggle with the task of being faithful disciples.   Many of those you attend church with are disciples, while many know who JESUS is, but have not truly accepted HIM are not disciples of our RISEN LORD.   Being a follower of our LORD AND SAVIOUR is not a passive role.


Has JESUS called you to be HIS disciple?  If you have accepted JESUS, you are to be HIS disciple.  What are you doing to prove you are HIS disciple?


Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU. JESUS, for giving me YOUR teachings to guide me.  Help me use all scriptures to model my life after YOU and to take these teachings to others as YOUR disciple.  Amen.”  




“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”   1Corinthians 2:11 NIV


Read:  1Corinthians 2:1-16


About two months ago, a local TV weatherman predicted this would be a drier and warmer winter than normal.   Within days, he was proven wrong and is being proved even more wrong daily as this bitter cold continues.


As smart as we think we are, as much education and experience we have; we know so little.   It is humbling to admit we are wrong.   GOD knows all and we know all about nothing.


We, all too often, depend upon our own self dependent confidence to make decisions.   We think we know best and more times than not find ourselves asking our FATHER why things are going as they are.


Rather than trust our own instincts, we need to take those thoughts and ask GOD if we should act upon what we think.  We go to doctors when we think we have an illness.  We consult an attorney for advice in legal situations.   We depend upon skilled tradesmen to repair our appliances and cars.  Why don’t we depend upon the most high authority?


GOD is waiting to hear from you.   HE created you so you would fellowship with HIM.  Instead of depending upon yourself, depend on the ONE whom knows all.   GOD is the expert…the only expert…in your life.   Don’t continue making the same mistakes over and over.


Take your problems and lay them at the foot of the cross.   Don’t forget HE is with you every minute of every day if you are a believer.    When JESUS returned to Heaven, HE sent the SPIRIT OF GOD to live inside every believer.  The HOLY SPIRIT will guide and direct you in all you do.  Instead of predicting the weather, which only GOD knows, ask GOD what plans HE has for you.


Today’s prayer:   “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me knowledge and wisdom to do as YOU tell me.   Remind me throughout the day YOU know all and that I must call upon YOU and trust YOUR guidance.  Amen.”



“Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied,”Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.”  John 13:36 NIV


Read:  John 3:16-21


It seems, we are all coming from somewhere or going to somewhere.  Where are you going?  Do you have a destination?  You may have a geographic destination, an emotional destination or a spiritual destination.


There is a problem with both a geographic destination or an emotional place you are led to be.   Both are only temporary.   They may satisfy you for hours or even years.   Yet, in time neither will have nothing to offer you.


GOD has a place for you.   The place is so special; HE sent HIS son to take on all your sinful burdens so you can spend all eternity with HIM.  John 3:16 tells us:  “For GOD so loved the world that he gave HIS one and only SON, that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life.”   Then HE clarifies and removes all doubt in verse 17:  “For GOD did not send HIS SON into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through HIM.”


Scripture tells us only those who have chosen JESUS as their SAVIOUR will spend eternity in Heaven.   We can see that is very true by just looking around at the sin in this world.   Most don’t believe.  Many of those who claim to be believers are living out their lives just as the non-believers do and will never see to glory of Heaven.


Do you know where you are going?   There are only two destinations.


Today’s prayer:  “LORD, Thank YOU for sending YOUR SON, to save me from an eternity in hell.   I know where I am going.  I will be obedient to YOU.  Amen.”