“GOOOOOD MORNNNNNIIN!”

“to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.”    Acts 26:18 NIV   Read:  Acts 26: 15-18   With a bellowing voice that could be heard in the next city, everyone was greeted with more than a simple ‘Good morning’.   This gentile giant  made you feel welcome as you came up the walk to the doors of the church with his sincere southern “Goooood Mornnnnniin’! He was a servant of GOD.   He refused positions of leadership preferring to be a server rather than in a leadership position.   Even so, he led hundreds, even thousands, to know JESUS was their SAVIOUR as well. You and I have the same opportunities.   ‘Good morning!’ is a start…a very good start.   A conversation is easier to start with a simple greeting.  If you think it is difficult to witness to another, lay that notion aside. Did you know the main reason someone goes to a new church?  It is because they are invited!   The opposite is also true.  The main reason someone does not go to church is because no one asked them.   The second reason someone will go to a new church is they feel overwhelmed with a situation, depressed, worried or lonely.  …..and all they need is a ‘Good morning!’ and an invitation. Tell someone ‘Good morning!’  or ‘Good afternoon!’.   Then tell them about your church and invite them to go with you.   You may be surprised when they...

“MORE THAN A DOZEN ROSES!”

“Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”   Song of Solomon 2:12 NIV   Read:  Song of Solomon 2:1-17   No, it is not about the quantity of roses; yet a couple of dozen probably would not hurt anything.   In fact, it is not about roses at all.   It is about doing more…much more…than bringing home or having flowers delivered.   One day a year of showing love and appreciation is hardly enough to make up for the days of forgetfulness and wrongs of an entire year.   We need to show our love and appreciation for others every day.   We can get so busy in this hectic life, we forget to do the simple things for others simply because they are the right things to do.   While the giving of roses is a usual gift from a man to a special lady, roses are far from showing the love we all need to give and receive.  Today’s reading expresses the romance of love between a woman and a man.   Did you ever notice, when reading these verses, the exchange of poetic praises starts with the lady, is answered by the man, and is closed by the lady?   GOD created us male and female for HIS reasons.   HE alone created the romance we can hold for another.  Use this day to romance the one HE has created for you.  Hold each other high and sing praises to our LORD.   It is more than a dozen roses.  And don’t forget those who are all...

“SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET?”

“‘No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,’ declares the Lord. ‘For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.'”  Jeremiah 31:34 NIV   Read:  Jeremiah 31:30-34   Do you have skeletons in your closet?    You don’t have to keep those rattling bones around anymore.   So, why do you hang onto the memories of things you should have forgotten a long time ago?   There is no reason to have skeletons in your closet that only bring you haunting fears, anguish and depression.   GOD forgave those past sins long ago…if you asked HIM to forgive you with a remorseful heart.   Not only did HE forgive you, scripture tells us HE has forgotten all HE has forgiven.  GOD will not remind you again of all HE has forgiven and forgotten.   If GOD can forgive you, you can forgive yourself.   If you have forgiven yourself, then why do you still have those skeletons in your closet?   Are you concerned with others and what they may think or hold against you?   GOD forgave you.  Those who would remind or condemn you of a forgiven past are not your friends.  They can question and gossip, but you have GOD.   With the HOLY SPIRIT living inside you, you have more strength than those who condemn you.   They are allies of Satan.   Have peace in knowing you are forgiven.   If you still feel you have skeletons in your closet, ask GOD to remove them…all...

“DON’T BE A FOOL!”

“I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.”  Luke 16:9 NIV   Read:  Luke 16:1-15   “He is no fool who gives up that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose.”  (Jim Elliott, Christian missionary)   I suggest you read this quote a couple of times to apply it properly. We could re-phrase this as ‘He is a fool who holds onto things he cannot keep while losing things he could not lose in the first place.’ We are wise to give up things that we could not keep in the first place in order to gain what we can never lose.  It seems, daily, we strive to hold onto those things that are destined to slip from our grasp.  We reach with even more effort to hold what we know we were to never have. We do this while ignoring all we can have without fear of losing it.   Does this sound familiar?   We acquire worldly possessions which we cannot take with us.   Our lives are obsessed at times with things. JESUS offers us more than things.   HE promises us forgiveness of our sins…all of them.   When we are cleansed of our sins, HE promises us eternity in Heaven.   Are you holding onto things that will rot and decay rather than the sweet, pure eternity in Heaven that once given to you will never be taken away? Today’s prayer:  “Thank YOU, JESUS, for taking on all my sins so that I may spend eternity in Heaven with...

“IT DOES NOT TAKE COURAGE!”

“These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”  1Peter 1:7 NIV   Read:  1Peter 1:3-9   Write this down:   “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Courage does not offer support or win battles; faith does. It takes faith to have courage.   Faith comes first.   Whether you are battling a war or cancer, courage is good, but faith will see you through it all.   There are three types of faith.   You can have faith in yourself, faith in someone else or faith in GOD.   The first two are better than nothing, but offer the greatest opportunity for disappointment.   Faith in GOD will never disappoint.   Never.   The only time you will be disappointed in GOD is when you abandon your faith.   GOD will never abandon you.   Never.   GOD gave us magnificent examples of men and women of great faith…Noah, Moses, Abraham, Ruth, the woman who touched the hem of JESUS’ cloak, Paul and others.   You have the ability of being as faithful as any of these great people.   The HOLY SPIRIT resides in you if you are a believer.  If you are not a believer, you have an opportunity right now to accept JESUS as your SAVIOUR and have all the faith you will ever need.   Look at what you just wrote down.  “It does not take courage, it takes faith!”   Today’s prayer:  “LORD GOD, Thank YOU for giving me YOUR SON and the HOLY SPIRIT to...