Year: 2014

Compassion

Posted on November 14, 2014

THOUGHT:

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

Challenge

Ask God for the ability to learn from your experiences, but more importantly, to approach everyday life 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

Fellowship

Posted on November 13, 2014

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

Courage

Posted on November 12, 2014

THOUGHT:

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Challenge

The next time you are faced with a challenge or controversy, large or small, stand tall. Measure up to God's standards, not man's standards.

Verse

The Two Foundations. “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house. But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.

Reference

Matthew 7:24-25

Priorities

Posted on November 11, 2014

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 reflect on 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

Courage

Posted on November 10, 2014

THOUGHT:

The purpose of confession is not to clear your conscience; it is to change your behavior.

Challenge

We should not simply confess our sins only to sin again. God calls us to confess and repent – to change our behavior. Think of a sin that is in your life at this time. Confess it to God, and ask Him for the strength to change your behavior and your life.

Verse

Probe me, God, know my heart; try me, know my thoughts. See if there is a wicked path in me; lead me along an ancient path.

Reference

Psalm 139:23-24

Courage

Posted on November 7, 2014

THOUGHT:

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

Challenge

As you pray today, ask God to stretch you beyond your comfort zone. Then, watch for a challenge that He shall present to you. Accept the challenge knowing that God will supply you the power you need.

Verse

For I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek.

Reference

Romans 1:16

Wisdom

Posted on November 6, 2014

THOUGHT:

Remember that everything has God's fingerprints on it.

Challenge

Everything and everyone you come across today is a creation of God. Treat them with the respect a creation of God deserves.

Verse

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected when received with thanksgiving,

Reference

1 Timothy 4:4

Encouragement

Posted on November 5, 2014

THOUGHT:

Faith is like electricity. You can't see it, but you can see the light.

Challenge

Neither the power or the intention of our Father's plan is always visible to us. Ask God to give you the strength to recognize your faith will help to light the path of righteousness.

Verse

Chapter 42 - Then Job answered the LORD and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be hindered.

Reference

Job 42:1-2

Discipleship

Posted on November 4, 2014

THOUGHT:

If you are living like there is no God, you'd better be right.

Challenge

We know our faith assures us otherwise, but will your actions justify this eternal reward? Do a self examination today to make sure all your actions are pleasing to God.

Verse

But be very careful to observe the commandment and the law which Moses, the servant of the LORD, commanded you: love the LORD, your God, follow him in all his ways, keep his commandments, hold fast to him, and serve him with your whole heart and your whole self.”

Reference

Joshua 22:5

Prayer

Posted on November 3, 2014

THOUGHT:

There are 1440 minutes in a day. How many of them do you give back to God?

Challenge

Spend a minute in prayer to God right now. Set a stopwatch if you need to, but spend one full minute thanking God for the other 1439 minutes that He will give you today.

Verse

Constant Prayer. With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones

Reference

Ephesians 6:18

Evangelism

Posted on October 31, 2014

THOUGHT:

You cannot unsay a cruel word.

Challenge

Plan to have a kind word for everyone you encounter today. No matter how small the compliment, it will work miracles. Pray your actions become habit forming.

Verse

God’s Love and Christian Life. Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.

Reference

1 John 4:7-8

Forgiveness

Posted on October 30, 2014

THOUGHT:

God has a BIG eraser!

Challenge

If you've made mistakes in your past (and we all have), God will forgive you. All you have to do is ask him with a repentant heart. There's nothing you've done that God doesn't know about for which He has already forgiven others. Take a minute and ask

Verse

And he said to them, “Thus it is written that the Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead on the third day and that repentance, for the forgiveness of sins, would be preached in his name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Reference

Luke 24:46-47

Empathy

Posted on October 29, 2014

THOUGHT:

A great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

Challenge

Slow down today and take the time to truly empathize with others. Use your new understanding of where they are coming from to offer help in a meanngful way.

Verse

The Benefits of Finding Wisdom - Happy the one who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding! Her profit is better than profit in silver, and better than gold is her revenue;

Reference

Proverbs 3:13-14

Guidance

Posted on October 28, 2014

THOUGHT:

Be good, keep your feet on solid ground, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ.

Challenge

Look daily for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in everything you do. If you can’t hear Him, find a peaceful quiet place to meditate and pray, He’ll find you, and you’ll find the joy of Christ in this time well spent.

Verse

Declare them guilty, God; make them fall by their own devices. Drive them out for their many sins; for they have rebelled against you.

Reference

Psalm 5:11

Comfort

Posted on October 27, 2014

THOUGHT:

To know the strength of the anchor, you need to feel the storm.

Challenge

God’s strength is best felt during troubled times. When you hurt the most, He will be there to comfort you. Anchor yourself to Him today through the study of His word.

Verse

He hushed the storm to silence, the waves of the sea were stilled.

Reference

Psalm 107:29

Service

Posted on October 24, 2014

THOUGHT:

We stand tallest when we stoop to help others.

Challenge

Jesus showed us that to be a servant to others is the greatest act of love. Stand tall today by serving someone in need.

Verse

Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”

Reference

Mark 9:35

Wisdom

Posted on October 23, 2014

THOUGHT:

There are two ways of exerting one's strength - one is pushing down, and the other is pulling up.

Challenge

Every day you will have the opportunity to help or hinder those around you. Use your strength wisely today. You won't have to go far to find someone who's down. Pull them up with an encouraging word.

Verse

The Fall of Judah. Early and often the LORD, the God of their ancestors, sent his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place.

Reference

2 Chronicles 36:15

Attitude

Posted on October 22, 2014

THOUGHT:

Jesus, please teach me to appreciate what I have before time forces me to appreciate what I had.

Challenge

Live life in the present - right now! Be grateful for what you have. Tell God how much you appreciate His blessings. What are you waiting for?

Verse

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Thanksgiving. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge,

Reference

1 Corinthians 1:3-5

Wisdom

Posted on October 21, 2014

THOUGHT:

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

Challenge

Take stock right now of who/what is really important in your life. Enjoy them now and avoid the regrets later.

Verse

But Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Reference

Matthew 19:14

Gratitude

Posted on October 20, 2014

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

Discipleship

Posted on October 17, 2014

THOUGHT:

The best sermons are lived, not preached.

Challenge

Listen carefully this week at church. Sermons are always full of ideas of how we can be better Christians. Take one or several of those ideas and practice them throughout the next week. Stop back next Sunday and receive your next assignment.

Verse

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps.

Reference

1 Peter 2:21

Vocation

Posted on October 16, 2014

THOUGHT:

Responsibility is our response to the ability God has given us.

Challenge

Be responsible to God's call. Spend as much time this week honing your skills as a christian as you do developing your skills as a professional.

Verse

Beloved, you are faithful in all you do for the brothers, especially for strangers;

Reference

3 John 1:5

Prayer

Posted on October 15, 2014

THOUGHT:

Prayer is not a way to get what we want, but the way to become what God wants.

Challenge

Take a deep breath and clear your mind. Now prayerfully ask God what He wants of you today.

Verse

Entreat him and he will hear you, and your vows you shall fulfill.

Reference

Job 22:27

Evangelism

Posted on October 14, 2014

THOUGHT:

Don’t have anything to be thankful for? Check your pulse.

Challenge

Your life is the most precious gift from God. Tell someone today how thankful you are that the Lord gave you life by giving up His.

Verse

And he is not God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.”

Reference

Luke 20:38

Priorities

Posted on October 13, 2014

THOUGHT:

The best things in life aren’t things.

Challenge

In a world that is in a constant pursuit of things, know that you are blessed with the best thing in the world – the Grace of God. Stop right now and thank God for this wonderful blessing you have received through Jesus Christ.

Verse

For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.

Reference

2 Corinthians 8:9

Courage

Posted on October 10, 2014

THOUGHT:

Being defeated is often a temporary condition.  Giving up is what makes it permanent.

Challenge

We all suffer temporary setbacks in life.  Ask God to give you the strength to stay the course.  Never give up!

Verse

I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

Reference

Philippians 4:12-13

Faith

Posted on October 9, 2014

THOUGHT:

Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!

Challenge

As Christians we are called to have faith and believe.  Trust in God even when times are darkest. 

Verse

God indeed is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid. For the LORD is my strength and my might, and he has been my salvation.

Reference

Isaiah 12:2

Courage

Posted on October 8, 2014

THOUGHT:

Prepare and prevent rather than repair and repent.

Challenge

Although there is nothing you can do to fall from God’s grace, it is better to avoid temptation and sin rather than to succumb and seek forgiveness. Ask God today and every day to strengthen you for the battle against the temptations of the world.

Verse

Therefore, put on the armor of God, that you may be able to resist on the evil day and, having done everything, to hold your ground.

Reference

Ephesians 6:13

Attitude

Posted on October 7, 2014

THOUGHT:

Be careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence you can reach for; perfection is God’s business.

Challenge

No matter how high you climb, be humble and thank God for showing you the way.

Verse

I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me.

Reference

Philippians 4:13

Wisdom

Posted on October 6, 2014

THOUGHT:

When you feel you're not close to the Lord, ask yourself, "Who Moved?"

Challenge

If you have distanced yourself from God's way, all you have to do is ask with a repentant heart and He will forgive you. Christ will always accept you back.

Verse

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” The Call of the First Disciples.

Reference

Mark 1:15

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