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REPLACING CRITICISM AND CONDEMNATION WITH LOVE AND ENCOURAGEMENT

SCRIPTURE: The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). When He comes, He will tell us all things.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one … Continue reading

HOW WILL YOU RESPOND TO GOD’S CALL FOR YOUR SERVICE?

SCRIPTURE: But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) MEDITATION: We can learn a lot from Mary, the mother of Jesus, can’t we? Her life was dramatically changed when the angel Gabriel spoke to her. Gabriel the angel had spoken to her. As if hearing an angel speak … Continue reading

HAVE YOU ACCEPTED YOUR INVITATION TO THE WEDDING SUPPER OF THE LAMB?

SCRIPTURE: “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘these are the true words of God.'” (Revelation 19:9) MEDITATION: In our world today, it is not unusual to be invited to parties frequently. We are urged to save the … Continue reading

HAVE YOU ALLOWED OTHERS TO DAMAGE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM?

SCRIPTURE: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9) MEDITATION: Have you ever had feelings that you are out of step with others? A time … Continue reading

DO YOU BELONG TO CHRIST?

SCRIPTURE: You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. (Romans 8:9) MEDITATION: “What is my standing with Jesus Christ?” It is a question asked by many … Continue reading

DO YOU VIEW GOD AS A PUNISHER, OR A KIND AND COMPASSIONATE FATHER?

SCRIPTURE: “In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD your Redeemer. (Isaiah 54:8) MEDITATION: God is slow to anger…. ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does … Continue reading

HOW DO WE MEASURE GOD’S LOVE?

SCRIPTURE: Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens; Your faithfulness to the skies. (Psalm 36:5) MEDITATION: Measurements are important when building structures or making apparel. They are critical in the field of medicine. In the field of sports, measurements are required for comparing contestants. However there are some things that cannot be measured definitively. … Continue reading

GIVING OR RECEIVING, WHICH DO YOU PREFER

SCRIPTURE: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38) MEDITATION: We all like to receive gifts, but do we enjoy giving them more? Whenever we … Continue reading

IS MY FAITH HIDING, OR IS IT MANIFESTING ITSELF IN ME AND MY LIFE?

SCRIPTURE: Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. (1 John 3:21-22) MEDITATION: The Bible teaches us that faith will manifest itself in at least five ways. It will manifest itself in … Continue reading

WHO YOU ARE, WHAT YOU HAVE, AND ALL YOU ACCOMPLISHED IS BECAUSE….?

SCRIPTURE: But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” (1 Corinthians 15:10) MEDITATION: What exactly is the “grace of God”? It is, … Continue reading