MAY 11, 2021 – What You Do, I Will Do

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What You Do, I Will Do

MAY 11, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

1 Samuel 14:7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Living in Michigan in the winter, we often get a lot of snow. Growing up, the garage my dad kept his car in was not attached to our house. On Sunday morning when it was time to go to church my dad would go out, open the garage and back the car out. He would then leave it running to warm up while he came back in the house for a few minutes. Then he would say something like, “Ok let’s get going,” and we would all head out to the car. As I stepped out the back door, I would try to put my little feet in the footprints where my dad’s feet had been. I knew if I could get my foot into his footprint, I would not get snow in my shoes which always left my feet cold the rest of the morning. I did not even have to look where I was going because I knew if I followed his tracks they would lead to where he wanted me to be. Occasionally I would trip and step out of his big steps, but I would get up and keep trying until I got to the car.

    The armourbearer in our verse today knew that to follow the heart and the footsteps of his leader would take him where he needed to be. In life we must know whom we are following. We must also know we are all leading someone who is hot on our trail.

  Oh, that we might have more men and women today, who would live their lives as to be leading people to God. We are all leaders of someone, while at the same time we are all followers of someone. Where are you leading others? You can know this by deciding whom it is you are following.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Imagine for a moment that you hear a child’s voice behind you that said, “Do whatever you heart desires: I am going to do that too.” Might it change what you do today? You are leading someone, even today.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 11, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 14     /     Psalm 108     /     Proverbs 11     /     Romans 6, 7

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Samuel 7-10           /    Luke 23:27-56

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MAY 10, 2021 – Someone Has A Crush On You

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Someone Has A Crush On You

MAY 10, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Guess what I have heard about you? You are wonderful. You are intelligent; witty, and charming. You have a great personality and are also found to be very attractive. They said they like you and you are a great person to have as a friend. Do you want to know who said all these things about you? Sure you do. Whoever they are, they seem to be a very smart person. In fact, as people go, they might be able to be a very good friend.

    However, what if someone said this instead? You are a fool. You are stupid, boring, and an absolute drag to be around. You have a horrible personality, and to top it all off I find you to be kind of ugly. Being around you is like rubbing sandpaper across my forehead until it bleeds. In fact, I would rather stick a fork in my eye than spend one more minute around you. OK, do you want to know who said that? Sure you do. However, the reason is different. You probably want to know, “What in the world could I have possibly done to them to make them hate me so much?”

  Yet, prior to our salvation, this is sort of the attitude we displayed toward God. We did not want to be around Him or His people. His ideas and ways seemed ridiculous, outdated, and we did not want to listen, read, or much less obey anything he had to say out of His Word. It may have sounded stupid, boring, and even foolish at times. However, while we were acting this way toward God, The Bible says “…God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” God sent His only Son to die for us. Why? It is because He loved us even when we were acting unlovable toward Him. Now my friend, this is real love.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    I wonder if God ever thought to Himself, “What in the world could I have possibly done to them to make them hate me so much?” God loved us even when we were acting unlovable toward Him. In fact, the someone who thought all those nice things about you in the first paragraph, that would be God. He really is a great friend indeed.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 10, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 11-13     /     Psalm 107     /     Proverbs 10     /     Romans 3-5

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Samuel 4-6           /    Luke 23:1-26

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Hebrews 2:12

May 8 & 9, 2021 – Our Safety Net Is God

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Our Safety Net Is God 

MAY 8 & 9, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 106:43-44 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity. Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Our security in the United States is often a subject of debate. How should the government go about making sure we are secure? Just how many of what we have for centuries consider to be our God given freedoms and liberties are we willing to give up or compromise in order to have a feeling that we and our families are safe? However, our outlook on the subject might be a little bit different if we only knew how many times unaware to us, we have been protected from danger. It might change our opinions if we knew how many terrorist organizations could not reach us because of the security net our nation developed which these terrorists could not penetrate. We often base our view of life here in this country on incomplete information. Many terrorists break through these networks, not because of the government’s negligence, but because a citizen will let them in.

    The same is also true with Christians. How many times has God protected you, and you were not even aware of it? Then when things do go wrong, people tend to blame God. Asking God why He let this or that happen. When, if we could step back and see it from God’s perspective, we would see that our own lifestyles and the things that we do bring about many of our problem. We, like those who have gone before us, are often brought low or troubled in life as today’s verse says, because of our own sinful habits and desires.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Nevertheless, we can see that there is a rainbow of hope in these verses. When we have finally had enough of our self and our sinful ways and we cry out in true repentance to God, He will regard our afflictions. Even though our problems are of our own design, He is waiting for you to call on Him. He wants to help.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 8, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 8 -10     /     Psalm 106:34-48     /     Proverbs 8-9     /     Romans 1-2

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
2 Samuel 1-3            /    Luke 22:35-71

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 9, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

MAY 7, 2021 – Do You Measure Up?

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Do You Measure Up? 

MAY 7, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

1 Samuel 6:20 And the men of Bethshemesh said, Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? and to whom shall he go up from us?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    How is it that bank tellers are able to spot counterfeit bills so quickly? I have been told it is because they handle thousands of dollars in real cash every single day. So then, when a phony piece of currency passes through their hands, it feels different, and it looks different, because it is different.

    In the eyes of one another, we might look ok. However, what comparisons are we using? Are we not simply comparing our own goodness, our own likes, and dislikes, our good (or bad) tastes to one another? That is not how God measures us. God measures us by comparing us to His Son Jesus Christ. When held up next to Jesus, can anyone stand up to that evaluation? Surprisingly, there are two answers to this question.

    First, the answer would have to be NO. There is no possible way that any sinful person, no matter how good they may be, or how many good deeds they may have done, or even how religious they are, who can ever compare to the absolute sinless perfection and unmatched love of Jesus Christ. The Bible refers to our best abilities as filthy rags before a Holy God.

  The second answer is YES. How, you might ask? Well, in our self, we can never match up. However, when we accept Jesus as Saviour, God no longer looks at us alone. He now sees us IN CHRIST JESUS. Since we are in Christ, God sees His Son’s sinless perfection and we are MADE righteous in Christ.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Were it not for the righteousness of Christ, we could never stand in the presence of God. However, because of His righteousness, we can live with Him eternally. That alone should give you a lot to thank Him for today.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 7, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 6, 7     /     Psalm 106:16-33     /     Proverbs 7     /     Ephesians 5, 6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 28-31           /      Luke 22:1-34

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May 6, 2021 – You Need To Be Kind

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You Need To Be Kind 

MAY 6, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     When should you one person be kind to another person? OK, this sounds a lot like a loaded question. I am sure that most people will answer, “always,” right? Well, that is the right answer. However, the next question is where things get personal. Are we always kind to one another? How about the person who just cut you off in traffic and now, you are going to be late because you had to wait through one extra light? How about the elderly woman ahead of you at the grocery store who seems to want to pay for her entire grocery bill in change from the bottom of her purse? Yea, that is hard, we all know.

     Have you ever been nice to someone just because he or she is related to someone you know? Has your kindness extended to the friend of your friend just because your friend knew them? Sure, we have all done that. Did they earn your kindness or do anything for you to be kind to them? Nope. We just liked our friend or relative, so we extended that kindness to them also. That is exactly what this verse is saying. We should forgive and love one another because God did so for us. Did we deserve it? NO! However, for the sake of Christ who died for us, God forgave us. In the same manner, we are now to show love to others so they might also be drawn to the love of our Lord who loves and died for them as well. Even if they are playing their stereo so loud that from three lanes away with my windows up, I cannot hear mine, I need to be tenderhearted. Maybe that is also why we are to pray without ceasing! “Lord, help me to be kind.”

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

     What does real kindness look like? Well, God so much loved you and me, and every person he ever created, that He gave His one and only begotten Son, to pay the ransom for our sin. If anyone will believe completely in His death and resurrection as the payment for their sin, and trust in what He did for the atonement of their sin, they will never ever have to worry about perishing but can rejoice in everlasting life.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 6, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 3-5     /     Psalm 106:1-15     /     Proverbs 6     /     Ephesians 3, 4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 25-27           /  Luke 21

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MAY 5, 2021 – Your Friends Are Your Mirrors

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Your Friends Are Your Mirrors

MAY 5, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 5:8-9 Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    When I was a young boy, my parents would tell me, “Son you’ll be judged by the people you hang around with.” In the courts, it is called guilt by association. As much as we may not like this, it is true. People form an opinion about you by the people with whom you spend the most time. Is that really fair? Can someone know you by other people’s character? Well let’s take a closer look.

    List all the things you like. Music, sports, movies, places to go, things you like to do, the clothes you wear, anything you can think of. Now take a look at the people you spend much of your time with outside of work or school. Most of the things you like, they like. Why is that? Because you will hang out with people who are most like yourself. It just makes sense. Why would you want to buddy up with someone who always hates what you like or likes what you hate? Therefore, when others look at the people you spend the most time with, people can see what you like, dislike, believe, and even who you are. Even if this is not true 100% of the time for you, it is still true for your friends. If they will hang with you, you must be doing what they like to do or they would soon find someone else to be with.

  So, if you ever want to see a good reflection of your life, how and what others think of you, look at your closest friends. They are a great mirror.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today’s verse says to stay away from the worldly crowd. This does not mean we can never talk with them or be friendly toward them. In fact, we need to be out there with the world to win them to Christ. However, the worldly crowd should not be your closest friends. Christians should have Christian friends.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 5, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
1 Samuel 1, 2     /     Psalm 105:16-45     /     Proverbs 5     /     Ephesians 1, 2

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 21-24             /    Luke 20:27-47

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Hebrews 2:12

MAY 04, 2021 – God’s Love Never Ends

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God’s Love Never Ends

MAY 04, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 105:15 Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

     Sometimes I wonder if even well-meaning Christians look over this little verse. They may think, “well that was so long ago, it was in the Old Testament, God does not mean this so much in today’s day and age.” However, I believe this verse is just as valid today as it was the day it was written.

    Now I know some of you may be looking at this and thinking, “Here goes the preacher warning us about being mean to the preachers.” Well, to some degree, I believe there is relevance to that, and it ought to be pursued. Preachers today are the prophets of God. Not prophets as we find in Bible times who are still receiving new revelations from God. Nevertheless, they do convey the words of God from His Holy Word the Bible and they are in that sense prophesying His word. However, I think this verse is about something else. About someone else.

    What I see in this verse is the love God has for the Children of Israel. In the context of the chapter, God is speaking about the people of Israel. He is warning those who might harm her of His undying love for this people. We seem to forget, after all these years, they are still God’s chosen people. He has not forgotten them, and neither should we. God loves them just as you and I would love a rebellious child. Do we quit loving them? NO. Do we sometimes have to punish them for their actions? YES! Nevertheless, the love never ends. Well folks, neither has God’s love for His Children.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Remember Israel and pray for God’s chosen people.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 04, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Ruth 2-4     /     Psalm 105:1-15     /     Proverbs 4     /     Romans 20

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 18-20            /    Luke 20:1-26

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Hebrews 2:12

May 03, 2021 – Do You Love Me?

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Do You Love Me? 

MAY 03, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Ruth 1:16 And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Love is a funny thing. It will cause people who never knew each other before, to start dating and marry. It also causes people to do and say some funny things. I heard a story about some men who were standing in a locker room at a country club. A cell phone on the bench rings and one man reaches over and turns on its speakerphone. The caller said, “Honey, it’s me. Are you at the club?” The man replied, “Yes.” The woman’s voice said, “I am at the mall and found this beautiful leather coat. It is only $1,000. Is it okay if I buy it?” the man replied, “Sure, if you like it that much go ahead.” The woman proceeded saying, “I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new models. I saw one I really liked.” The man asked, “How much?” She said, “$60,000,” he said, “Okay, but for that price I want all the options.” The excited voice on the other end said “Great! Oh, and one more thing, the house we wanted last year is back on the market. They are asking $950,000.” From the locker room she heard “Well, then go ahead and give them an offer, but just offer $900,000.” She replied “OK. I will see you later! I love you!” The man replied, “OK, have a great day” and hangs up. The other men in the locker room are looking at him in astonishment. Then he asks, “Anyone know whose phone this is?”

   That was not love. It cost the man nothing. However, in our passage today we find Ruth has fallen in love with her Mother-in-law, her family, and their God so much that she is now willing to forsake everything to be near her. Have you ever thought that this is exactly what we are asking every person to do who hears of the Lord Jesus? Be willing to forsake everything for Him. Forsake their sin, their old life, and receive life more abundant. They need to know; it is worth it.

   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Love will make you do some crazy, outrageous, silly, wonderful things. Have you told the Lord, you loved Him today? You should!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  MAY 03, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 21 – Ruth 1     /     Psalm 104     /     Proverbs 2-3     /     Acts 19

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 16-17           /  Luke 19:28-48

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May 1 & 2, 2021 – Even If You Can’t… GOD CAN

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Even If You Can’t… GOD CAN 

MAY 1 & 2, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

2 Corinthians 12:9And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Pastors worldwide have all had people saying things like, “I cannot do that” or, “That is not my Spiritual Gift.” How about, “I could never do that as well as so and so” or maybe, “God has not called me for that.” The funny thing is most of these people are doing nothing or little for the LORD in the first place. Maybe they cannot because they do not try! If one thing is not someone’s gifted area what is? Some think their gift is to sit every Sunday. (Pew warming is not a gift.) No one will ever know if God has called him or her to do something if they keep talking about what they cannot do and refuse to listen to God saying, “Let Me do it through you.”

    Could simply trying, even in your weakness, bring God glory? It sure could. Imagine people watching you, who know you have never done this or that but see you stepping forward and saying by the grace of God I am going to try. As they see you doing work for the Lord, they will know it is God working in you and not you doing the work yourself. If they see God work through you, maybe they will step up and let God work through them also.

    What is it that you want your Christian friends, your children, and your God, to hear from you? “I cannot do that…?” Well then, God has no chance to show Himself mighty in you. Those listening may well follow in your footsteps and say, “I cannot do that either….” On the other hand, should they be hearing, “I have never done this, but God, if you will help me, I will try.” Well, God will help you. Imagine what a testimony you will have been.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Just remember, Even if you can’t… GOD CAN!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 1, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 18-20     /     Psalm 103     /     Proverbs 1     /     2 Corinthians 10-13

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 14-15           /    Luke 19:1-27

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  May 2, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 30, 2021 – Never Changing In An Ever-Changing World

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Never Changing In An Ever-Changing World

APRIL 30, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 102:27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    People try to be so kind to one another. Good Christian people stand and look a fellow believer in the eye and then stretch the truth just as far as they can. After years of being apart they will say something like, “you have not changed a bit.” Now you and I both know that without help of cosmetic surgery, this statement is probably not exactly the truth. Your ideas, your belief in some things, your physical abilities, and even your outward appearance all change as time passes by. Everything seems to change with time.

    However, there is someone who never changes, God. God is not like man. He never ever changes at all. Time has absolutely no effect on Him. In fact, He created time for us to be able to measure days, and weeks, and months. He has never really had a need for time. Not one thing about him ever changes. Not His ideas, His beliefs, not His abilities, and not even His appearance. God never ever changes.

    What a great and glorious truth for those of us who have put all our faith and trust in him. Whatever He has said will always be true. Salvation is by faith. Always has been, and always will be. We then can live our life by faith. Then, when God decides the time has come, we will live eternally with Him by faith. Faith in the fact that He never ever changes anything He has said. Now that is security.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    It is so comforting to know that in an ever-changing world, there is still one thing we can hold onto as a constant. We can trust and hold onto God’s unchanging hand!

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 30, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Judges 17     /     Psalm 102:18-28     /     Proverbs 30-31     /     2 Corinthians 8, 9

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
1 Samuel 12-13            /    Luke 18:31-43

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