Year: 2006

Attitude

Posted on December 29, 2006

THOUGHT:

May the New Year bring you and yours love, peace, joy, hope, and friendships.

Challenge

Make your first New Yea⁲ s resolution: Think About God more often each day. Do this through prayer, reading the bible, being active in your church, and reading your daily TAGlines. You will find this the first step in finding your path to love, peace, joy, hope and friendships. Happy New Year! The TAG Team

Verse

You will let me hear gladness and joy; the bones you have crushed will rejoice.

Reference

Psalm 51:10

Discipleship

Posted on December 28, 2006

THOUGHT:

It matters not how someone dies, but how they live.

Challenge

You can't control how you will die but you can control how you live. Live your life in a way that would be pleasing to God.

Verse

For David says of him: ‘I saw the Lord ever before me, with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. Therefore my heart has been glad and my tongue has exulted; my flesh, too, will dwell in hope, because you will not abandon my soul to the netherworld, nor will you suffer your holy one to see corruption.

Reference

Acts 2:25-27

Discipleship

Posted on December 27, 2006

THOUGHT:

Life is like a ten-speed bike. Most of us have gears we never use.

Challenge

God's plan for us is filled with uphills, downhills, curves and even construction sites, but never dead-ends. Ask God to give you the will to develop all your talents to serve Him more fully.

Verse

Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.

Reference

John 12:26

Wisdom

Posted on December 26, 2006

THOUGHT:

Seek the wisdom of the ages, but look at the world through the eyes of a child.

Challenge

Ask God to give you the ability to learn from your experiences, but more importantly, to approach your everyday life experiences with a more simplistic, optimistic and charasmatic point of view.

Verse

The Praise of the Father. At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.

Reference

Matthew 11:25

Joy

Posted on December 22, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Joy Theme: Joy to the World, the Lord has come.  Let earth receive her King.  Let every heart prepare him room…

Challenge

Take quiet time this Christmas season to make sure there is time enough and room enough for eart⁨ s King to be received in your heart and in your mind. You will find the true Joy of Christmas by leaving room enough to remember the reason for the season - Christ. Merry Christmas from the TAGteam!

Verse

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

Reference

John 15:11

Joy

Posted on December 21, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Joy Theme: Just as more money never makes anyone give more and more talent ever made anyone volunteer more, more of anything never makes anyone more joyful.

Challenge

Pursue the joy that God offers you. Pray today that the joy of the Christmas season will sink deep into your spirit and show to others that you meet. Maybe they will ask you why you are so happy!

Verse

Then our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues sang for joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD had done great things for them.”

Reference

Psalm 126:2

Joy

Posted on December 20, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Joy Theme: A joyful home is a glimpse of heaven.

Challenge

Regardless of how tough the day might be, make certain you go home tonight with the intention to spread the joy of the season in your home. Your joy will be contagious.

Verse

On the eighth day he dismissed the people, who blessed the king and went to their tents, rejoicing and glad of heart because of all the blessings the LORD had given to David his servant and to his people Israel.

Reference

1 Kings 8:66

Joy

Posted on December 19, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Joy Theme: By getting rid of the negative, we create a space for joy to take its space.

Challenge

In prayer today, ask the Lord to free your mind of needless worries. Then, and only then do we create a new space for joy to enter.

Verse

I - LORD, the God of my salvation, I call out by day; at night I cry aloud in your presence.

Reference

Psalm 88:2

Joy

Posted on December 18, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Joy Theme: Lighten up! Spirituality and joy go well together.

Challenge

As you pray today, do so with a sense of joy. Then, let this joy shine through to everyone you see today. Smile, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

Verse

A joyful heart is the health of the body, but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.

Reference

Proverbs 17:22

Peace

Posted on December 15, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Peace Theme: How blessed we are to have the peace and comfort of our church community in which to share our faith and values with fellow Christians.

Challenge

Find someone in your own church community that can use some peace and comfort this season. Help them strengthen their faith by sharing yours. You will find yourself enjoying your own measure of peace from the comfort you offered to them.

Verse

And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.

Reference

Colossians 3:15

Peace

Posted on December 14, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Peace Theme: The best place to start practicing peace this Christmas season is in your own home.

Challenge

As you are with your loved ones today, remember to be loving, peaceful, patient, kind, good, gentle…

Verse

In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Reference

Galatians 5:22-23

Peace

Posted on December 13, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Peace Theme: No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.

Challenge

The more you know God, the more you know the peace that comes from understanding what his grace means in your life. Take time today to get to know your God better – He wants to know you.

Verse

I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.”

Reference

John 16:33

Peace

Posted on December 12, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Peace Theme: Worry is like a rocking chair…it gives you something to do, but doesn’t get you anywhere. 

Challenge

It may be naïve to think we can eliminate worry completely, but it is not unrealistic to expect better outcomes if we can convert this anxious energy into positive actions. If you are worried about something today, ask God to help you focus on a solution that will bring you peace instead of dwelling on the problem.

Verse

Can any of you by worrying add a moment to your life-span?

Reference

Luke 12:25

Peace

Posted on December 11, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Peace Theme: There may be those on earth who dress better or eat better, but those who enjoy the peace of God sleep better. 

Challenge

This is a hectic time of year. Take time today to focus on the peace that God offers rather than the material aspects of the season. Relax!

Verse

And enter into peace; They rest upon their couches, the sincere, who walk in integrity.

Reference

Isaiah 57:2

Hope

Posted on December 8, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Hope Theme: The more impossible the situation, the greater God accomplishes His work.

Challenge

It is when we are at the end of our rope and in a situation that seems hopeless that even the weakest of Christians cry out to God for help. It is at this point that God can accomplish great things – when He has our attention. If you are facing a tough situation, put your Hope in God that he will care for you and pull you through.

Verse

Slay me though he might, I will wait for him; I will defend my conduct before him.

Reference

Job 13:15

Hope

Posted on December 7, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Hope Theme: ““I've always been in the right place and time. Of course, I steered myself there.”

Challenge

Let Hope continue to steer you in the right direction. Stop and say a prayer at this moment that your Hope in life everlasting will guide your faith.

Verse

To live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God,

Reference

Colossians 1:10

Hope

Posted on December 6, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Hope Theme: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” …truly the most challenging of these is hope.

Challenge

Although Hope is the most challenging, God promises that we won’t be disappointed. As we celebrate the birth of his son, let this celebration renew our hope in the reason for Christ’s life and death.

Verse

To live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God,

Reference

Corinthians 13:12-13

Hope

Posted on December 5, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Hope Theme: It seems hope is most difficult when most necessary. 

Challenge

Take a few quiet moments to ask God to strengthen your faith, make positive your attitude and give your hope whenever you are faced with challenges and pitfalls.

Verse

He shall not fear an ill report; his heart is steadfast, trusting the LORD.

Reference

Psalm 112:7

Hope

Posted on December 4, 2006

THOUGHT:

Advent Hope Theme: When you awaken your awareness of God’s presence within you, you realize that all blessings are not only possible, but probable! 

Challenge

Hope is more than wishful thinking. Pray, read God’s word, practice Christ’s teaching, and open your heart to others – all these will help you to better understand the true meaning of hope.

Verse

Then you shall see and be radiant, your heart shall throb and overflow. For the riches of the sea shall be poured out before you, the wealth of nations shall come to you.

Reference

Isaiah 60:5

Attitude

Posted on December 1, 2006

THOUGHT:

Don't count years: make years count.

Challenge

Life is Gods gift to you. Live it to the fullest. It is what He wants for you. Take a moment and reflecton your life. Start today to make sure you're living, not just processing days.

Verse

No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us, that he has given us of his Spirit.

Reference

1 John 4:12-13

Comfort

Posted on November 30, 2006

THOUGHT:

I would rather walk with God in the dark, than go alone in the light.

Challenge

When you encounter a “dark” moment today, remember that God is with you. Look to Him to guide you through that moment and bring you once again into the light.

Verse

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.

Reference

Psalm 23:4

Courage

Posted on November 29, 2006

THOUGHT:

God doesn’t love us less if we fail, and he doesn’t love us more if we succeed.

Challenge

Failure is inevitable. God does not remember it, and neither should you. Pray that any lingering pain that you feel from your failures will be removed.

Verse

Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

Reference

Jude 1:21

Service

Posted on November 28, 2006

THOUGHT:

When a friend is in trouble, don't annoy him by asking if there is anything you can do. Think up something appropriate and do it.

Challenge

During difficult times, as always, actions speak louder than words. Don't wait for someone to give you directions. Act now.

Verse

As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Reference

1 Peter 4:10

Courage

Posted on November 27, 2006

THOUGHT:

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.

Challenge

Problems are inevitable. Our responses to them are not. Ask God for the courage and wisdom to approach all your problems as opportunities, starting today.

Verse

LORD, may you not withhold your compassion from me; May your mercy and your faithfulness continually protect me. B - But evils surround me until they cannot be counted. My sins overtake me, so that I can no longer see. They are more numerous than the hairs of my head; my courage fails me.

Reference

Psalm 40:12-13

Fellowship

Posted on November 24, 2006

THOUGHT:

True friendship is like sound health, the value of it is seldom known until it is lost.

Challenge

Friends are a gift from God. Don't take them for granted. Pick up the phone and call a friend that you haven't talked to in the last month. A good conversation can be healthy for both of you.

Verse

No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Reference

John 15:13

Praise

Posted on November 22, 2006

THOUGHT:

Take life for gratitude, not for granted.

Challenge

As you gather with family and friends tomorrow, make sure you take nothing for granted. Remember to thank God often for your many blessings.

Verse

But when you have eaten and are satisfied, you must bless the LORD, your God, for the good land he has given you. Be careful not to forget the LORD, your God, by failing to keep his commandments and ordinances and statutes which I enjoin on you today:

Reference

Deuteronomy 8:10-11

Praise

Posted on November 21, 2006

THOUGHT:

Happy moments, praise God, Difficult moments, seek God, Quiet moments, worship God, Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God !.

Challenge

Remember today to Think About God in everything you do, wherever you go and whatever you think. God is everywhere and how blessed we are. Don’t forget to thank him for being your everything!

Verse

Hear, O LORD, have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper.” IV - You changed my mourning into dancing; you took off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness.

Reference

Psalm 30:11-12

Service

Posted on November 20, 2006

THOUGHT:

Does one person make a difference? Did Christ?

Challenge

Christ died and rose again so that YOU could make a difference in HIS world. Make a difference today by helping, encouraging or praising someone.

Verse

For Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous, that he might lead you to God. Put to death in the flesh, he was brought to life in the spirit.

Reference

1 Peter 3:18

Comfort

Posted on November 17, 2006

THOUGHT:

Life is like a schoolroom. Expect to encounter pop quizzes and periodic examinations.

Challenge

Our Christian maturity is measured by our ability to withstand tests. When you are tested today, do not get anxious. In God’s schoolroom, everyone is given the opportunity for a passing grade.

Verse

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, of course, you fail the test.

Reference

2 Corinthians 13:5

Courage

Posted on November 16, 2006

THOUGHT:

God’s plan defies human logic. Trust Him.

Challenge

The next time you find yourself questioning why God allowed a trial in your life, remember to trust his plan. Pray, not for understanding, but for the strength to get you through the trial.

Verse

My deliverance and honor are with God, my strong rock; my refuge is with God.

Reference

Psalm 62:8