October 2008

“Dead Men Walking”

Story of the day:  “Dead Men Walking”

     I love what Dr. Tony Evans had to say in a letter that he sends out as part of a ministry outreach.  He says, “One of the most powerful stories about Jesus comes to us by way of a dead man.

     Lazarus, a close friend of Jesus, had died.  Lazaurs’ sisters were grieving not only his death, but the fact that Jesus had not showed up earlier and healed him.

     That’s the way we are sometimes.  We have God on our side and His power to change the situation, but we’re complaining about what didn’t happen!

     Thankfully, that’s not the only lesson to take away from this story, nor is it just a great story about Jesus and His power.  It’s a life lesson for every believer…and about the power of God in us!

     In John 11:43-44, Jesus spoke to Lazarus directly, whom was dead and wrapped from head to toe, with a kerchief over his face, and said, “Lazarus, come forth!” 

     What happened to Lazarus is what God is asking of us still today.  Look around you.  There’s a world filled with “dead men walking.” People are bound by sin, trapped by religion, wrapped up in their circumstances, depressed by their lives, distressed by their families; many are thinking “it’s over.”  Their lives are in a rut just “grave” with both ends kicked out.

     But God can change their entire situation as we speak the Word and help set them free!  That’s the call on this ministry and the call on my life… and yours.  He has called us to carry out Kingdom plans and purposes on earth.

     Serving God is not about keeping religious practices to carry out some set of rules.  It’s about giving and living a life of spiritual freedom that reflects God’s glory, letting your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16)

     Who is in a “grave” situation near you?  Who can you speak a word of life to today?  Or let me put it this way…if you feel You are in a tough situation, I’m here to speak a word of life, hope, and encouragement into You.  God can turn it around for you, and when He does, give Him the thanks and praise He deserves.”

Quote of the day:  Vonette Bright

“Through our service to others, God want to influence our world for Him.”

Bible verse of the day:  John 11:40

“Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have called my family into ministry and as I share Your Word with others, I pray that lives may be changed, and all for Your Glory.  Father, the time that we are living in right now, is rough, there are some that can’t make ends meet, some are losing their homes, and are distressed. Father, I pray for revival to sweep our nation, that You may be glorified and lives can be transformed.  I continue to pray for those that don’t know You, that they hear Your voice when You say to them, “come forward and ask me to be a part of your life.”  I thank You for Your faithfulness in my life, for this day, and the hope for tomorrow! 

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

September 2008

I was once dead and am now alive

Story of the day:  I was once dead and am now alive

Billy Graham tells a story “of a man who glanced at the obituary column in his local newspaper.  To his surprise he saw his own name, indicating that he had just died.  At first he laughed about it.  But soon the telephone began to ring.  Stunned friends and acquaintances called to inquire and to offer their sympathy.

     Finally, in irritation, he called the newspaper editor and angrily reported that even though he had been reported dead in the obituary column he was very much alive.  The editor was apologetic and embarrassed.  Then in a flash of inspiration, he said, “Don’t worry, sir, I’ll make it all right; tomorrow I’ll put your name in the births column.”

     This may sound like merely a humorous incident, but it is also a spiritual parable.  Not until we have allowed our old selves to be nailed to the cross and to die, can our new selves be born again and emerge to grow up into the likeness of Christ.  The Bible is marvelously true:  “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins…Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” (Eph. 2:1; 5:1)”

Quote of the day:  Mieczyslaw Malinski

“It’s easiest to see the cross on Jesus’ shoulders.  It’s a bit harder with our neighbor’s cross.  Most difficult of all is seeing our own cross.”

Bible verse of the day:  Ephesians 2:1

“And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,”

Prayer:

Dear Father,

I can’t express how grateful I am for Your Son.  As I come to You everyday, may I pick up my cross and walk in Your Will.  I will give thanks to You with all my heart and I will tell of all Your wonders.  I will be glad and rejoice in You Father and I will sing praises to Your name all the days of my life.  Thank You that my old self has been placed upon that cross and today I am able to grow in the likeness of Your Son.  I pray for an opportunity to share Your Truth with others that they may come to know Your Saving Grace.  Thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

March 2008

One Solitary Life

j0423103.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                                         Story of the day:  One Solitary Life
    James Hefley quoted in J.B. Fowler Jr. Great Words of the New Testament, that “here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the Child of a peasant woman.  He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was itinerant preacher.  He never wrote a book.  He never held an office.  He never owned a home.  He never had a family.  He never went to college.  He never put His foot inside a big city.  He never traveled two hundred miles from the place where He was born.  He never did one of the things that usually accompany greatness.  He had no credentials but Himself.  He had nothing to do with this world except the naked power of His Divine manhood.  While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion turned against Him.  He was turned over to His enemies.  He went through the mockery of a trial.  He was nailed to a Cross between two thieves.  His executioners gambled for the only piece of property He had on earth while He was dying–and that was His coat.  When He was dead He taken down and laid in a borrowed grave through the pity of a friend.  Such was His human life–He rises from the dead.  Nineteen wide centuries have come and gone and today He is the centerpiece of the human race and the Leader of the column of progress.  I am within the mark when I say that all the armies that ever marched, and all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully as has that One Solitary Life.”
Quote of the day:  Carl F.H. Henry
“Jesus Christ turns life right-side-up, and heaven outside-in.”
Bible verse of the day:  1 Peter 2:21
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.”
Prayer:
Dear Heavenly Father,
You walked so humbly while You were here on Earth.  The things that were written in the story above were never done to bring fame to Your name, but were done because You love us so much.  It is that unconditional love that moves through me and draws me closer to You.  Father it is my heart’s desire to reach other souls for Your Kingdom.  It has become my mission in life to do Your Will and to serve You full time.  Give me wisdom this day in knowing how to do that.  I will follow the steps that You have laid before me as I set out to spread Your Gospel.  Thank You for this day!
In Jesus Name I pray,
Amen