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The Difference of Christianity

Morning Inspiration: You have come to Jesus, the One who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Abel did. See to it that you obey God, the One who is speaking to you. Hebrew 12:24-25 If we are to truly follow Jesus, we must live out His example of caring for & forgiving those who don’t deserve it. Religions or movements that promote revenge, hatred & terrorism aren’t of God, but man-made, & lead to selfishness & evil. Yet, we cannot fall into the trap of hating them. We are to obey & imitate our Savior, who shows us how to pray for them, to be kind, forgive, & show them the love of Jesus. Living like our God, is the best way to show them the shortcomings of theirs, without ever saying a word.

Work To Be A Leader

Morning Inspiration: Work hard & become a leader; be lazy & become a slave. Proverbs 12:24 Scripture makes it clear we can’t ‘Work’ our way into Heaven, yet there is a long tradition of Christians being dependable, trustworthy employees & laborers who go the extra mile. Paul made tents to support his preaching...& said “Those who won’t work, shouldn’t eat”. Put your whole heart into your job, as if you are working for Jesus Himself! The same goes for the effort you put into your family & ministry. Work hard, not because you have to, but because you want to please the Lord. God will reward you greatly.

What We Gain When We Endure The Pain

Morning Inspiration! There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:6–7 Even though Peter basically promises we will see numerous trials in our life, this Scripture encourages me, that we can make it through all the strife. We are told to hang tough, to never give in...secure in knowing we will eventually win. Nobody enjoys going through hurt, pain or treatment that is unjust. Yet we understand that this is all a must. Understanding that these trials are a test, will help us bring out our very best. Our natural response to trouble, is to be sad, but the Holy Spirit encourages us to actually be glad. Trust in Jesus …

The Worst Sinner Ever

Morning Inspiration! This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 1 Timothy 1:15–16 Paul wrote this. 2,000 years later, I feel I’m living it. I was trapped in a horribly sinful life. Jesus changed me in amazing ways. I continue to fall short of God’s desire for me. Even though I try my best to live a godly life, I still sin every single day. Yet, His work in me continues. I’m learning, & growing in my faith. Through the undeserved grace of God, I am forgiven! I often say “If God can use an idiot like me, He can use anybody”. I mean it! Even in & through your glaring weakness & imperfection, Jesus can use you to help others see His glory & His hope in their live…

Advice For Enjoying Life

Morning Inspiration:“If you want to enjoy life
and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil
and your lips from telling lies. Turn away from evil and do good.
Search for peace, and work to maintain it.
Psalm 34:12-14 Written by King David, included in the Old Testament, & then quoted in the New Testament by Peter, this Scripture is one we should practice daily! Carefully guard our words. Always be truthful. Turn away from evil, & do good things in the name of Jesus. Look for ways to find peace with those who oppose us, & work hard to do our part in maintaining it. Our reward is tremendous. Verse 15 reminds us: The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers.

2-3 Times The Power! Morning Inspiration

Morning Inspiration! For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” Jesus, quoted Matthew 18:20 This short passage has deep meaning & great power! Jesus teaches the importance of believers spending time together. Sharing our burdens with each other lightens our load, & encourages us that we are not alone. Jesus actually empowers us through the presence of His Holy Spirit. Unified prayer asking for His Will to be done, is promised & granted through God’s Son.

We Always Pay The Price

Morning Inspiration! Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. Galatians 6:7–8 What I now call ‘my former life’ is proof this Scripture is accurate. I completely ignored God for 20 years. Worse, I mocked him & his people. I learned about Jesus as a child, but shunned my faith as a young teen into my 30’s. I definitely paid a heavy price. I hurt those who loved me most, destroyed my marriage, lost my self respect & sunk into a selfish, degrading lifestyle that took me into deep depression & near suicide. My life today is far from perfect, but I am calmed, comforted (& more importantly, forgiven) by my Savior, Who is! Jesus will give His Holy Spirit to you too, if you simply & sincerely ask him to take over your life.

What's Your Approval Rating?

Morning Inspiration! Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. Galatians 1:10 I am guilty of always wanting to please others! Paul teaches our 1st goal must be to live a life that pleases Jesus. We should follow Paul’s example to be direct, bold & single minded. Yet we can’t be cold, mean or uncaring to those who don’t know the Lord. Imitate Paul’s kindness, gentleness, love & concern for others. He learned to ‘fit-in’ wherever he was, without compromising his deeply held beliefs.
When we do the same, we are worthy ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

Trust Brings Better Giving

Morning Inspiration! You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.
2 Corinthians 9:7–8 As we plan personal improvement in the new year, don’t overlook doing a better job at giving.
Learning to give generously, as well as cheerfully, brings wonderful promise from Scripture! Trusting Jesus to give us all we need, makes it easier to give what we have to others, because we know it will be replaced & even increased. When we truly care, it becomes natural to share...our time, talent & our treasure. All we ever have comes from God every day, so we can feel free to give it away!

Letting The Lord Light Us Up!

Morning Inspiration! O Lord, you are my lamp.
The Lord lights up my darkness.
2 Samuel 22:29 King David wrote a long, heartfelt prayer of gratitude to God, after being rescued from his enemies. He says the Lord is his rock, his shield & his strong fortress...yet calling God his lamp, makes this verse stands out to me. For all his success, David had many dark periods in his life. Some were self caused, others not his fault in any way. Isn’t that the case for many of us? Through it all, he looked to God as his guiding light. I’m teaching at New Covenant Church this Sunday, and my message is A Year of Light In The Lord. I pray you’ll join us for a look at how the Light of Jesus in our life, makes ALL the difference. You’ll go home with a suggested Scripture about God’s Light, to help you through every month of the year to come.

Follow His Light To Truth

Morning Inspiration! Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live. Psalm 43:3 King David knew he needed God’s light, to guide him to the truth. He realized the truth would lead him where he wanted to be in life. If like David, your desire is to be close to God, pray for Jesus to send you his guiding light each & every day.

Full Service Faith

Morning Inspiration: “Love the LORD your God, walk in all his ways, obey his commands, hold firmly to him, and serve him with all your heart and all your soul." Joshua 22:5 When we truly love God, walking in his ways & obeying him is an honor, not a duty. We serve Jesus best by taking care of his people. Yet we can’t allow our works, to get in the way of, or detract from our faith! Love the Lord with all you’ve got, by holding on tight to all he taught about balancing service & faith!

How We Are Saved

Morning Inspiration: If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. Romans 10:9-10 Mankind insists on making salvation difficult. Scripture, God's Holy Word, makes it an amazingly simple, two step process. 1: Believe that Jesus is Lord, and was raised from the dead. 2: Tell others. Forget the long man-made list of do's and don'ts. Show your love for, Jesus, by doing what He says. Believe He is, who He says He is...and tell the world why