1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (KJV)

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Everything We Need


Pocket Devotions

Romans 8:32
...but gave him up for us all --- how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Thoughts for Today:

In our passage today, Paul asks us: "How will he not also, along with Him [Jesus], graciously give us all things?" Embedded within this phrase is the idea "all good things." I think Paul's point is simply this: If it's a good thing, God will give it to us because He's already demonstrated His goodness, generosity, grace, and mercy when He gave us the best gift of all -- Jesus Christ!

Questions to Ponder:

Is there something you haven't prayed about because you think it is too small or trivial to involve God? Nothing is inconsequential to our Lord. His mercy and grace knows no bounds. Will you come to Him today? Not just with the big problems, but the desires of your heart as well.

Friday, January 9, 2015

A Very Specific Instruction

Pocket Devotions

Romans 12:1d
this is your spiritual act of worship.

Thoughts for Today:

The word "spiritual" used here is translated from the Greek work "logikos" and means "worship which is rendered by the reason or the soul." It is the root of our English word "logic". Think for a moment about where we have been through the first eleven chapters of Romans. Paul asks us to take all of this into account: "Therefore, I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy to offer your bodies as living sacrifices--this is your spiritual act of worship." Paul brings forward all that God has done for us; now he tells us that yielding to God's will is our only logical, appropriate, and acceptable response. In fact, it is how we worship Him.

Sometimes things just need to be placed in the proper perspective. I think this is Paul's point in our passage today: Obedience to God is our only logical, appropriate, and acceptable response to everything He has done for us. It's just once in a while we need very specific instruction.  Paul gives it to us today as "this is your spiritual act of worship."

Questions to Ponder:

In what area of your life are you having an obedience problem?
What has God said to you that you continue to ignore?
What should be your response? Is it holy and pleasing to God?
Today what will be your spiritual act of worship?
How will you obey God?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

"A Story of Perfect Love"

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About this Gospel:

What could be a greater example of love than God's love for the human race,

demonstrated through the sacrificial gift of His own Son?

This unique wrap-around cover shows a single red rose, with the title

 "A Story of Perfect Love" positioned like a drop of blood falling from the rose.