Year: 2011

Compassion

Posted on November 16, 2011

THOUGHT:

People who matter are most aware that everyone else does, too.

Challenge

As you go through your day today, be conscious of the fact that we were all made in the likeness of God and that we all matter. With that heightened awareness, treat everyone you encounter with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Verse

With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need not be so, my brothers.

Reference

James 3:9-10

Attitude

Posted on November 15, 2011

THOUGHT:

Some would rely on their power, others put their trust in gold. Some have only their Savior, whose faithfulness never grows old.

Challenge

Don’t hold too firmly to the things of this world for they will pass away. Cling instead to the One whose faith in you never ceases, and who loves you regardless of whether you are rich or poor, weak or strong.

Verse

But Christ was faithful as a son placed over his house. We are his house, if [only] we hold fast to our confidence and pride in our hope.

Reference

Hebrews 3:6

Wisdom

Posted on November 14, 2011

THOUGHT:

Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.

Challenge

Ask God for the wisdom to evict the negative clutter in your life and make more room for the things that bring you peace and make your happy.

Verse

A slave of the Lord should not quarrel, but should be gentle with everyone, able to teach, tolerant,

Reference

2 Timothy 2:24

Attitude

Posted on November 11, 2011

THOUGHT:

Happiness keeps you sweet, trials keep you strong, sorrows keep you human, failures keep you humble, success keeps you glowing, but only friends .... keep you going.

Challenge

Thank your best friend, Jesus, tonight for keeping you going and all the blessings and friendships He has bestowed upon you.

Verse

You are my friends if you do what I command you.

Reference

John 15:14

Attitude

Posted on November 10, 2011

THOUGHT:

It's not what you do once in a while; it's what you do day in and day out that makes the difference.

Challenge

Don't limit your Christian growth to just Sundays. Fill yourself with God's word day in and day out. If you want to make a difference, look for ways to share your faith every day.

Verse

Then he said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Reference

Luke 9:23

Discipleship

Posted on November 9, 2011

THOUGHT:

Maybe you can't change the whole world, but if you have love in your heart you can make small differences every day, which really does change the world, one life at a time.

Challenge

We have all been the beneficiary of a small act of kindness. Remember how that made you feel. With love in your heart, perform a small act of kindness for someone today. Repeat tomorrow. You have begun to change the world for the better.

Verse

And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Reference

Romans 5:5

Encouragement

Posted on November 8, 2011

THOUGHT:

Whatever you are going to be, be a good one. – Abraham Lincoln

Challenge

God created each and every one of us. With His great power and wisdom, each of us is a little different. So, whatever you do, make sure you are doing your best to show your appreciation of His gift of your uniqueness.

Verse

For as in one body we have many parts, and all the parts do not have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ and individually parts of one another.

Reference

Romans 12:4-5

Attitude

Posted on November 7, 2011

THOUGHT:

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.

Challenge

How about this for a positive thought: "With God All Things Are Possible." With that assurance, go and achieve positive results for God.

Verse

And he said, “What is impossible for human beings is possible for God.”

Reference

Luke 18:27

Wisdom

Posted on November 4, 2011

THOUGHT:

You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Challenge

Look back on the past day, week, month of your life. If the sermon in church this week was based on your life, is it a sermon you would be proud of? What changes can you make in your life to improve the message you are sending?

Verse

Showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity in your teaching, dignity,

Reference

Titus 2:7

Courage

Posted on November 3, 2011

THOUGHT:

Vision without action is daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.

Challenge

We all spend time visualizing how our life could be different. Ask God for the courage to act and the wisdom to focus on the right things that will allow you to better serve others through His plan for you.

Verse

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How inscrutable are his judgments and how unsearchable his ways!

Reference

Romans 11:33

Courage

Posted on November 2, 2011

THOUGHT:

History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to become discouraged by their defeats.

Challenge

The trials and tribulations leading up to Jesus' death and resurrection are perfect examples of encountering and overcoming obstacles. Let His example give you the courage and strength to overcome the obstacles in your life. If you need help, God is just a prayer away.

Verse

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!”

Reference

John 20:28

Wisdom

Posted on November 1, 2011

THOUGHT:

You can't have everything. Where would you put it?

Challenge

Remove the clutter in your mind and your house by realizing that often times all the things we think we need are blocking the view of the things that really matter. Take time to Think About God today and those people you love the most. All the sudden you will discover time and space you never could find before.

Verse

I - My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation.

Reference

Psalms 62:2

Comfort

Posted on October 31, 2011

THOUGHT:

Hold on, man.  We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title.  ~From Scooby-Doo

Challenge

It can be fun to pretend there are ghosts, goblins, and scarecrows on Halloween night. The rest of the year look for inspiration and guidance from THE Holy Spirit. Pray for love, happiness, goodness and your fellow man. Happy Halloween – The TAGteam

Verse

Like a scarecrow in a cucumber field are they, they cannot speak; They must be carried about, for they cannot walk. Do not fear them, they can do no harm, neither can they do good.

Reference

Jeremiah 10:5

Habits

Posted on October 28, 2011

THOUGHT:

You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.

Challenge

Today, worry less about what others think about you and more about what God thinks about you. Repeat tomorrow.

Verse

Am I now currying favor with human beings or God? Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.

Reference

Galatians 1:10

Praise

Posted on October 27, 2011

THOUGHT:

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

Challenge

Be thankful for your relationship with God and you will strengthen that relationship. As your relationship with God grows stronger, you will realize you have enough.

Verse

Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.”

Reference

Hebrews 13:5

Habits

Posted on October 26, 2011

THOUGHT:

We first make our habits, and then our habits make us.

Challenge

Make a habit of living your Christian values each and every day. Be intentional about daily prayer and lead by Christ's example. Your habits will help you become the Christian you want to be.

Verse

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Reference

Romans 12:2

Courage

Posted on October 25, 2011

THOUGHT:

There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one’s maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocracy.

Challenge

Strive to be your very best, but always do it with integrity and not at someone else’s expense. This is what God expects us to do each and every day. Make God proud today.

Verse

Only be strong and steadfast, being careful to observe the entire law which Moses my servant enjoined on you. Do not swerve from it either to the right or to the left, that you may succeed wherever you go.

Reference

Joshua 1:7

Faith

Posted on October 24, 2011

THOUGHT:

I am strong because I know my weakness, I am wise because I've been foolish, and I laugh because I've known sadness.

Challenge

With the benefit of your life experiences, evaluate what you want in the future. Get motivated and stay strong in your faith as you pursue your goals.

Verse

“Let me rise then and go about the city, through the streets and squares; Let me seek him whom my soul loves.” I sought him but I did not find him.

Reference

Song of Solomon 3:2

Praise

Posted on October 21, 2011

THOUGHT:

Repentance is not turning away from something, but rather turning towards something.

Challenge

If you are like most humans, you can identify several things that you need to turn away from, but as a Christian you need to turn toward only one thing. Look towards Him who conquered your sin, and leave today’s temptations behind.

Verse

On the contrary, first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem and throughout the whole country of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached the need to repent and turn to God, and to do works giving evidence of repentance.

Reference

Acts 26:20

Habits

Posted on October 20, 2011

THOUGHT:

Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours.

Challenge

How can you be miserable with the knowledge that eternal life is waiting for you? Choose to be happy and watch that joy spread to those around you. The choice is yours.

Verse

As the smoke is dispersed, disperse them; as wax is melted by fire, so may the wicked perish before God.

Reference

Psalms 68:3

Discipleship

Posted on October 19, 2011

THOUGHT:

The resurrection did not abolish evil, but transformed it.

Challenge

Jesus’ sacrifice did not remove evil from the world, but it abolished its power over you. Today, be an example to others of one who is transformed by Christ’s love. Let them see His goodness in you.

Verse

Do not be conquered by evil but conquer evil with good.

Reference

Romans 12:21

Habits

Posted on October 18, 2011

THOUGHT:

Make room for the Holy Spirit.

Challenge

Watch a little less TV, work just a little less, but whatever you do, find some quiet time to meditate and let the Holy Spirit in. Let go and let The Spirit guide your thinking. Then, keep hold of that feeling in order to let the Holy Spirit be with you throughout your day.

Verse

For the holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you should say.”

Reference

Luke 12:12

Discipleship

Posted on October 17, 2011

THOUGHT:

It is better to look ahead and prepare than to look back and regret.

Challenge

How much time do you spend preparing for eternal salvation? If you believe in eternal life with Christ, look ahead and prepare. Don't wait and regret.

Verse

If anyone cleanses himself of these things, he will be a vessel for lofty use, dedicated, beneficial to the master of the house, ready for every good work.

Reference

2 Timothy 2:21

Habits

Posted on October 14, 2011

THOUGHT:

It is impossible to mentally or socially enslave a Bible-reading people.

Challenge

Read the Bible every day. Let the power you receive from God’s word overcome those things of the world that would try to dampen your spirit.

Verse

For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the holy Spirit and [with] much conviction. You know what sort of people we were [among] you for your sake.

Reference

1 Thessalonians 1:5

Faith

Posted on October 13, 2011

THOUGHT:

God wants to redirect our hope in His grace rather than goods, in His mercy rather than money, and in His worth rather than wealth.

Challenge

As many of us are struggling in this economy, God is calling us to direct our hope in Him. Remember: He is still the same powerful God. Immediately increase your net worth today by investing your trust in God.

Verse

Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.

Reference

Luke 12:33

Faith

Posted on October 12, 2011

THOUGHT:

If you see everything as covered by God’s goodness, you may not always understand what He does, but you will trust Him.

Challenge

It is our human nature to ask “why” when we are faced with adversity. We may not always get an answer, but we know we can trust Him to give us what we need to persevere. Ask less – trust more.

Verse

His divine power has bestowed on us everything that makes for life and devotion, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power.

Reference

2 Peter 1:3

Leadership

Posted on October 11, 2011

THOUGHT:

The world is divided into people who do good things, and people who are more interested in getting the credit. Strive to belong to the first group, there is far less competition.

Challenge

Focus today on doing things for God. Don't worry who gets the credit - God knows.

Verse

But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing, so that your almsgiving may be secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Reference

Matthew 6:3-4

Attitude

Posted on October 10, 2011

THOUGHT:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs

Challenge

Be yourself and live your life to the fullest each and every day. God has a special purpose for your life. Thank Him by living it.

Verse

Do not lay hands too readily on anyone, and do not share in another’s sins. Keep yourself pure.

Reference

1 Timothy 5:22

Discipleship

Posted on October 7, 2011

THOUGHT:

It is as hard to see one’s self as to look backwards without turning around.

Challenge

Take a look around at yourself. Are you following Christ’s teachings? Are you reading His word? Helping others? Praying? If not, turn yourself around. If so, keep turning toward God.

Verse

Be careful, therefore, to do as the LORD, your God, has commanded you, not turning aside to the right or to the left,

Reference

Deuteronomy 5:32

Faith

Posted on October 6, 2011

THOUGHT:

Just as a small fire is extinguished by the storm whereas a large fire is enhanced by it - likewise a weak faith is weakened by predicament and catastrophes whereas a strong faith is strengthened by them.

Challenge

Strenthen your faith today so that when a predicament occurs in your life, you will be equipped to overcome it. With faith in God, all things are possible.

Verse

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons, and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

Reference

1 Corinthians 12:13

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