“LESS OF ME, MORE OF THEE!”

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 7:12 NIV Read:  Matthew 7:1-12   We have all met them.   There are some who go through life proclaiming: “ME, ME, ME!”   They seem to have the opinion their world and all those in it have a single purpose; to satisfy them.   As we think of those with that ‘ME, ME, ME’ attitude, we need to be reflective of the times we are the ones who are being selfish.    While we can see that attitude in others, it is an emotional blow to accept the fact we also can be too self absorbed.   In truth, there is not anyone else.   There is everyone else.  As this Christmas season approaches, let’s be less concerned with ‘me’ and more concerned with ‘THEE’.   When we focus on the love of CHRIST and all HE is doing and has done for us, it will come naturally to do unto others as JESUS would have us do.   Spread the true meaning of Christmas.   JESUS came in the innocence of an infant to save the world.   GOD born in human flesh to take on your sins.   Don’t spoil HIS intentions by focusing on ‘ME, ME, ME!’   Honor our LORD with ‘THEE, THEE, THEE’ all day, every day.   Make the lowest person you meet each day, the most important person every day this Christmas.   Today’s prayer:  “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for coming to save us from the sinful life we live.   Help...

“I KNOW HIM!”

“When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, ‘Who is this?'”  Matthew 21:10 NIV   Read:  Matthew 21:10-32     Have you ever seen someone you knew from years before, but you could not remember their name?   Maybe, you could not even remember where you knew them from or when.   But, you were certain you knew that face.   I have to admit; I have been in that situation.  I felt embarrassed years ago at a high school reunion.  The man recognized me and called me by name and I was a total blank.  There was something about him, but his name was not to be known by me.   All too many have an opposite problem with JESUS.   They know HIS name.  They even admit HE is the SON of GOD.   Yet, they do not know HIM.  You may know who the president of the USA is, but still you don’t know him since you have never even met him.   Knowing who is not the same as knowing personally.   Knowing who JESUS is will not get you into Heaven.   Knowing JESUS personally as your LORD AND SAVIOUR is the only way of getting into Heaven.   Knowing HIM personally is your salvation from the misery we find in this sin filled world.   If you don’t know HIM, today is the day to know JESUS.  Tell JESUS you accept HIM as your LORD.  Thank HIM for taking all your sins away.   Ask HIM to come into your heart.   JESUS knows your name and who you are.   Tell others; “I know HIM!”   Today’s prayer: ...

“WHO WERE THE BEREANS?”

“Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”  Acts 17:11 NIV Read:  Acts 17:1-15   Only once in scripture are the Bereans mentioned by name.  The Berean Jews were of noble character as we read in Acts 17.   These Jews were open to the teachings of Paul and many came to know CHRIST as the SAVIOUR they, as their ancestors, had waited to come.   During Paul’s journeys, he was chased from Thessalonica.  Undaunted, Paul continued his teaching of the RISEN SAVIOUR in Berea.   Are you undaunted as Paul continuing to proclaim the wonderful message of JESUS?   Or would you describe yourself as the scholarly Berean Jews who took Paul’s message and proved him right through the study of ancient scriptures?   These insightful men of the synagogue accepted the teachings of Paul because the scriptures of their fathers proved JESUS was the SON OF GOD, the SAVIOUR, as prophesied.   We all can be like the Berean scholars of two thousand years ago.   We believe because the truth of CHRIST is real.   Today’s prayer:   “JESUS MY LORD, Thank YOU for coming to this earth and dying so I might live.  Forgive my doubts and insecure moments.   I know YOU are THE SAVIOUR of all who believe and I believe! Amen.”...

“CODE BLUE!”

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”  James 3:9-10 NIV   Read:  James 3:1-12 Have you ever heard “Code Blue!” over an intercom at a hospital?   It usually means a cardio arrest emergency and is a call for a ‘code team’.  But, not always….   Different facilities may have different codes for different situations.   If you hear “Code Blue!” on a police radio or scanner, it usually means an emergency call for a taxi or bus.   The same words can have different meanings in different situations.  Society has done this with GOD’S words.   HIS scripture has been reduced to casual conversation too often.   What is Holy is being used by those who have no idea of the true meaning.  A texting favorite is OMG.  I can only imagine those using it have no idea they are using GOD’S name in vain.   JC is also a vain usage.  These are planted in our society by Satan himself.   Everyday language is “a drop in the bucket” which comes from Isaiah 40:15 which explained GOD’S descriptive importance of the nations.  A “scapegoat” is taken from scripture in Leviticus 16.   Two goats were presented to GOD; one as an offering and one was sent into the wild as an atonement with their sins.  There are dozens of other scriptural words and phrases which we use wrongly without knowing their origin.   It is important for us...

“COUNTDOWN . . .”

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  Acts 1:8 NIV   Read:  Acts 1:1-11 With Thanksgiving just days past and today is the last Sunday in November, Christmas is only 4 weeks away!  As soon as it gets here, then we have only days before the year is officially over.   This must be the busiest five weeks of the year and no matter what we do, we can’t slow the clock or calendar down.  Take a deep breath and it will all be O.K.   Never enough time can become overpowering.  We can’t do all we think we need to do and there is someone who wants to add to our unending list. Demands upon demands.   Think you got problems?   Can you put yourself in JESUS’ sandals for a moment?  No, HE did not have to prepare for a party, buy 42 gifts for the family and an unending list of others or decorate to be one up on the neighbors.  HE had a short list; save the world with all HE could do in a matter of days before HIS Crucifixion.  And then, HE had to leave it all in the hands of the disciples who were still having problems trusting WHO they were following.   Did you ever think, you are one of JESUS’ disciples today?  JESUS has left you with the same responsibilities HE gave HIS original followers.   Will you do as HE wishes; or are you weak in...