Posts Tagged ‘Christ’

Story of the day:  Joy

     Sherwood Wirt wrote in Jesus, Man of Joy, about a conversation that he had with C.S. Lewis.  He says, “there is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters, too much speaking in holy tones.  The tragic loss in all this pious gamesmanship is to the individual in the pew, who begins to feel that in the midst of the religious razzle-dazzle he cannot get through to the Lord Himself.

     We have learned that joy is more than a sense of the comic, more than earthly pleasure, and to a believer even more than what we call happiness.  Joy is the enjoyment of God and the good things that come from the hand of God.  If our new freedom in Christ is a piece of angel food cake, joy is the frosting.  If the Bible gives us the wonderful words of life, joy supplies the music.  If the way to Heaven turn out to be an arduous steep climb, joy sets up the chair lift.”

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Joy is a winsome magnet that draws people in because it is one thing they do not have.”

Bible verse of the day:  Psalm 16:11

“You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today I will think about the joyful abundance that is mine when I follow Christ.  I will follow the path of life that You reveal to me and as I do, Your Word says that in Your presence, I will find the fullness of joy.  I thank You for this beautiful day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

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Story of the day:  Feeling imposed upon, overburdened, or overworked?

     “There was once an ant who felt imposed upon, overburdened, and overworked.  You see, he was instructed to carry a piece of straw across an expanse of concrete.  The straw was so long and heavy that he staggered beneath its weight and felt he would not survive.  Finally, as the stress of his burden began to overwhelm him and he began to wonder if life itself was worth it, the ant was brought to a halt by a large crack in his path.  There was no way of getting across that deep divide, and it was evident that to go around it would be his final undoing.  He stood there discouraged.  Then suddenly a thought struck him.  Carefully laying the straw across the crack in the concrete, he walked over it and safely reached the other side.  His heavy load had become a helpful bridge.  The burden was also a blessing.” (Green)

     My friends and family, Jesus is that bridge.  He not only will bear the burden of all that You are going through, He will always be there for You, and will catch every tear, every drop of sweat from Your brow, and will pour them back into Your life as a blessing.  Have you given your life to Jesus?  Have you made Him a priority in your life, if not, then now is the time.  What are you waiting for?  No one ever said that life would be easy, but I guarantee it will be a lot sweeter with Jesus in the picture.  All you have to do is ask Him into Your life. It can be as simple as praying this prayer.

Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and have displeased You in many ways. I believe You died for my sin and because You love me so much. Only through faith in Your death and resurrection can I be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and ask You to come into my life as my Savior and Lord.  Thank you, Lord Jesus, for saving me. Amen.

My friends, if you have said this prayer, Jeff and I would love to know about it, talk with you about it, and share in your joy!  Visit us on the website or shoot us back an email, we would love to hear your story:)   We also want to encourage you to become involved in a local Bible believing church where you can grow and learn from the Word of God. We hope that you have a blessed day! 

Quote of the day:  Author Unknown

“Someone has said, “A brook would lose its song if God removed the rocks.”

Bible verse of the day:  Hebrews 6:15

“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

My prayer goes out today for those that may feel imposed upon, overburdened, or overworked.  I pray that through this time in their life that they will use this heavy load as a helpful bridge in their life.  Father, I pray that all their tears will be caught in Your gracious hand and will be poured back into their life as a blessing.  I pray for courage, strength, and for rest in all that they do and that through this whole situation, they find peace in You to get them through it.  I thank You for those that have overcome obstacles in their life, including myself, and I pray for a productive day that brings honor and glory to Your Name. I thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Story of the day:  God is ready to restore you

   “Christians have every reason to be optimistic about life.  As Billy Graham observed, “Christ can put a spring in your step and a thrill in your heart.  Optimism and cheerfulness are products of knowing Christ.”  But sometimes, when we are tired or frustrated, optimism and cheerfulness seem like distant promises.  They are not.  Thankfully, our God stands ready to restore us.

   Today, accept the new spirit that God seeks to infuse into your heart.  Think optimistically about yourself, your friends, your family, your place of employment, and your world.  Rejoice in this glorious day that the Lord has given you, and share your optimism with your family, your friends, and your co-workers.  Your enthusiasm will be contagious.  And your words will bring healing and comfort to a world that needs both.” (Family Christian Press)

Quote of the day:  Warren Wiersbe

“With the peace of God to guard us and the God of peace to guide us–why worry?”

Bible verse of the day:  Ezekiel 36:26a

“I will give you a new heart and put anew spirit within you;”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for creating me to be a cheerful person.  Father, I do know at times when I get frustrated or really tired that the part of me that wants to remain cheerful can become somewhat difficult.  I ask that during these times that I can stop and see the blessings that I am missing out on when I give in to the flesh and react out of frustration or sleepiness and that You restore me in all that I do.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

 

 

                                                                                                                           Story of the day:  Is the church dying?

   Is the church dying?  I don’t believe so, but let me ask that of you once you have finished reading this amazing story that illustrates the question.  The story was written by Lloyd Cory and he says this:  “The ministry of church is a ministry of people.  When a church lives, it lives because the people within are vital and active.  When a church dies, it withers and dies not because the brick and mortar and carpet and pews get old and begin to crack and rip and crumble.  A church withers and dies because the people wither and die.

   I think a vivid illustration of this comes from a true story of a young minister in Oklahoma who went to this little, tough long-standing, church in hopes of really reviving the ministry of it.  He had stars in his eyes and great hopes for the future.  He thought he could turn it around.  And he gave it his best effort and his best shot week after week, to no avail.

   Finally, he had one last idea, and it seemed to work.  He announced in the local newspaper on Saturday that the church had died, and on Sunday afternoon there would be a funeral service at the church itself, and all who wished could attend.  For the first time in his years there, the place was packed.  In fact, people were standing outside on tiptoes looking through the window to see this most unusual funeral service for a church.

   To their shock, because most of them got there twenty or thirty minutes early to get a seat, there was a casket down front.  And it was smothered with flowers.  He told the people as soon as the eulogy was finished they could pass by and view the remains of the dearly beloved that they were putting to rest that day.  They could hardly wait until he finished the eulogy.  He slowly opened the casket, pushed the flowers aside, and people walked by, filed by, one by one, to look in and leave sheepishly, feeling guilty as they walked out the door, because inside the casket he had placed a large mirror.  As they walked by, they saw the church that had died.”

Quote of the day:  Mary Nelson

“The church is the glue that keeps us together when we disagree.  It is the gasoline that keeps us going during the tough times.  It is the guts that enables us to take risks when we need to.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 3:21

“to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

I come to You right now and I continue to pray for the church as a whole.  Father, I pray that You would raise up some mighty men and women that will lead our nation into revival and that together we can bring unity amongst each other striving for the same purpose in this life and that is to bring lost souls to the knowledge of Your Saving Grace.  Father, there is an outpouring of lives that need to be touched.  I pray that they hear that still small voice that only one can hear when You are speaking to them.  Father, I get excited to know that You are moving across this nation and doing so in a way that is changing lives.  I thank You for all that You do and I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

dsc00753.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                     Story of the day:  Power made perfect in our weaknesses

    Do you feel strong in your weakness?  The pain we may all experience, that can be found in our weak times, although challenging, can be rewarding when all is said and done. It may not seem like it while you are going through the pain, but power is made perfect in our weakness.  As I continued on with this thought about our pain or times of persecution that we all go through at one time or another, God shed a little more onto this by sharing this marvelous Scripture with me last night at church.  It is found in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, and He so gracefully says this “but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.”  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.” 

    Well, here is a little piece of art that I found that helps to illustrate the power of God making us strong in our weaknesses or the trials and tribulations that we may experience.  “A little piece of wood once complained bitterly because its owner kept whittling away at it, cutting it, and filling it with holes, but the one who was cutting it so remorselessly paid no attention to its complaining.  He was making a flute out of that piece of ebony, and he was too wise to desist from doing so, even though the wood complained bitterly.  He seemed to say, “Little piece of wood, without these holes, and all this cutting, you would be a black stick for ever–just a useless piece of ebony.  What I am doing now may make you think that I am destroying you, but, instead, I will change you into a flute, and your sweet music will charm the souls of men and comfort many a sorrowing heart.  My cutting you is the making of you, for only thus can you be a blessing in the world.”  Thank you M.R. Dehaan for this wonderful story.

       Although we can’t always see the big picture of why we go through the things we go through, it truly is for our best interest and we will only become stronger for having gone through our weak times, if we allow God’s power to be made perfect in our weakness.   

Quote of the day:  C. S. Lewis

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains:  it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Bible verse of the day:  2 Samuel 22:31

“This God–His way is perfect: the promise of the Lord proves true:  He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that in my weakness Your power shines through.  I am grateful that Your power is made perfect at the times when I am the weakest.  God, I thank You for always being there for all of the times in my life.  You are there when I am happiest, when I am saddest, and when I have overcome whatever obstacle was placed before me.  I thank You for being my Everything.  I thank You or the times in my life when I have been weak, You have made me stronger.  I love You and thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

blue-hills.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                Story of the day:  God’s words and time table, not mine

    I usually get up every morning, do my quiet time with God, and then write for Quote of the day.  Lately, God has been showing me that it’s not always going to work like that.  I am a scheduled person and like to do things the same everyday.  God has now been telling me to wait on Him, which I usually try to do, but lately, I have been struggling because when I am ready to write, God has been telling me to wait.  So, I first want to apologize for not getting the quotes out as early as I had every morning, but at the same time, I don’t apologize for God telling me to wait, because through my waiting, God has shown me that His timing is perfect.   

    Not only is His timing perfect it is everything!  As I was reading in the book of Jeremiah last night, I began to notice just how important His timing truly is.  There are times that I think that Quote of the day is ready to go out for the day and God says, no wait.  And I ask God, are You sure?  Like He needs me to ask Him.  Again I always hear crickets and imagine Him standing over me, and looking at me like I look at my children when they’ve asked me a question like that.  And although the waiting has been uncomfortable and challenging to me, I see the importance of why He had me wait. 

    Have you ever wondered what you were going to say to someone about Christ and were afraid that you didn’t know exactly what to say and when to say it?  That has been my dilemma my whole life.  It’s not that I was afraid of telling people about God, it’s just I didn’t know where in the Bible to look.  Along with that were struggles with reading.  I have always had to read things a couple of times to make sure that I got it, so I thought, well if I am struggling with saying things and reading things, maybe I should write it down, but even that was so hard for me.  Give me a math problem, since I love math, and I could figure it out, but with writing, my thoughts would speed past me and my hand’s couldn’t write it down fast enough before they became just a memory.  And even though these things were always hard for me, God is amazing in that He took the things that I struggled with the most and turned them into a strength for His glory! 

    God began to show me in Jeremiah last night just how impecable His timing is.  It is so perfect that He knew that I would be writing this right now even before I was born.  Jeremiah 1:4-5,7b-9  says this:  “Then the Word of the Lord came to me, saying:  Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”  For you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.  Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.  Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:  “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.” 

    I stand amazed every single day that He puts into my mouth the words that He will have me write and does so in a way that ministers to me, the one that is doing the writing. It has come full circle to me understanding my purpose even during the times that I didn’t understand it.    And as long as I continue to do what He has asked of me and to remember that it’s all on God’s time table, and not mine, then no matter what time I get Quote of the day sent off during the day, I now know that it will be sent on His perfect time, whenever that may be.

Quote of the day:  Esther Fields

“Things don’t just happen to us who love God,

They’re planned by His own dear hand,
Then molded and shaped, and timed by His clock,
Things don’t just happen–they’re planned.

Bible verse of the day:  Jeremiah 1:9

“Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me:  “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Your timing is so perfect.  I am so grateful that You have been showing this to me in the last few weeks.  And although I may want things a certain way, I know that it’s not my way that counts, but Yours.  Let me be reminded daily that waiting on You is a gift that You have given to me. The gift has been teaching me patience, the value of Your time and not mine, and how to deal with struggles in my life.  Thank You that before I was born You already had Your words ready for me to use.  The words will be used to glorify Your name and to teach others about You.  God, I have looked at myself and have often asked why You have chosen someone that has had struggles with writing to do Your will, and with Your great response You said,  “Christy with your weakness, your struggle, I have turned it around, and made into a strength.  I want others to see that it’s okay to have weakness, because in my eyes, as I begin to change their weakness into a strength, they too will see the great things that I am doing in their life, and know that it is from Me.  They just have to want to love Me and allow Me to start a work in them, and from My work that I am doing, they will see how much I love them.” God, that touched my heart and continues to minister to me. I thank You for Who You are and for sharing this with me today.  Father, I love You so much.  When I wake up to when I go to sleep my thoughts are always on You and as You reach down from Heaven daily and “touch your hand to my mouth,” I know that I have been given exactly what You want me to say and it will be done on Your time table and not mine.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name  I pray,

Amen

j0422256.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                         Story of the day:  The Ice Cream Maker

    As I listened to our pastor yesterday, he really got me to thinking about today’s story.  We were reading out of Mark, chapter 8, verses 27-38.  One question that Jesus asks to His disciples is “Who do men say that I am?  The disciples shared what they had heard others say.  Then Jesus asked each of the disciples, “But who do you say that I am?, referring to each one of them.  The question that Jesus asked was different the second time He asked it.  The first question was more on the lines of what they had heard others say about Him and the second question was what do each of them say that He is.  Very different, just like each of us and I like to refer to us as the 31 flavors.  We each look different, and will say something different as to who do we say that Jesus is, yet we all were created by the same Ice Cream Maker, and once we become alive in Jesus, we will truly know who is He.  Jesus was created with a purpose as each of was.  We are to live in our intended purpose.  Had He not died on the cross, then I wouldn’t be alive in Him today.

        This really got me to thinking and so I wanted to take this a little further and move into Mark 9, verses 1-5.  Here Jesus shows Himself by “transfiguring before them, His clothes became shining, exceedingly white, like snow, such as no launderer on earth can whiten them.” Mark 9:2-3

    Not only did God ask them before in Mark 8, who they thought He was, in Mark 9, He began showing them who He truly was.  He was letting them in on the “ice cream making business” if you would so call it.  He allowed them to be a part of what is to come and to be held with the highest secret of not sharing the news with anyone.  The step by step process of making the different ice cream could not be told to anyone until the store was open for business.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider my Lord dying on a cross, a business, but had He not done the job that He was given, then, I would not be privy to the information that God has blessed me with.  He has taken me in under His wing and has allowed me to manage this Baskin Robin store until He comes back.  It is has now become my job to advertise for my Savior and to share with others all that God has to offer, through His Son Jesus Christ. 

    So the question today to all of you is as you look into your heart is, Who do you say that Jesus is?  Have you made our Lord one of the flavors in your life, setting Him equal to you or are you allowing Him be the Ice Cream Maker and sharing all the wonderful things that He has to share with you?  We have to die to ourselves daily, pick up our cross, and move forward with the plan that Christ has set before us.  To do this, means that we must recognize who He really is.

Quote of the day:  W. A. Criswell

“In a dream I saw the Savior.  His back was bare and there was a soldier lifting up his hand and bringing down that awful cat-o’-nine-tails.  In a dream I rose and grasped his arm to hold it back.  When I did, the soldier turned in astonishment and looked at me.  And when I looked at him, I recognized myself.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 8:29

“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?  Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Today, as I ask myself, who do I say that You are, I become saddened because just like in the quote as the soldier is hitting you on your back and I am trying to stop it, I see myself in this situation.  I know that You had to die on the cross and sometimes I wonder had I been there, would I have tried to stop what was about to happen to You.  I would have to say yes.  I wouldn’t want to see You in pain, yet I know that this is something that had to be done so that I could live.  Father I thank You for what You did!  God, You are an amazing Ice Cream Maker, the loving care that You took as You made each individual flavor, the thought that went into everything makes it that much sweeter.  Your love for us is so much more than we can ever imagine.  Thank You for that!  God, I can probably never love the way that You do, at all times of the day, but I pray that You plant deep within me somewhere the desire to want to love more than I already do.  I thank You for this day, and I pray for those that don’t know You, that You give them strength, courage, and wisdom to want to know You and have that personal relationship with You.

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen