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April 12, 2021

Psalm 136:1  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever.

A German professor surveyed 600 students asking them, "What would you do if you had only one day to live?" Twenty percent said they would engage in immoral behavior. Eighteen percent said they would get drunk or get high on drugs. Seven percent said they would commit suicide. Thirty percent said they would spend the time with loved ones. One girl said she "would find a quiet church and spend the time thanking God for the wonderful life He had given her." The professor said, "The girl's answer was like a breath of fresh air."

The giving of thanks certainly seems to be less common than grumbling and complaining. Jesus found it to be true when only one returned to give thanks for healing (Luke 17:11-1). The psalmist, however, was assured that God's "love endures forever," and so he could not help but give thanks.

As New Testament people we have every reason to give thanks! Christ suffered, died, was buried, and rose victoriously from the grave, His victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil is our victory. Thanks be to God!!!!
 


 

April 8, 2021

Psalm 127:1  Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.

If you have ever built a new house, you know how important it is to choose the right builder. Nightmare stories abound concerning well-meaning people who trusted in a builder only to later be defrauded and deceived.

In whom are you trusting to build your life? Who is building your family? Who is the master builder of your marriage?

Many people today make the mistake of trusting the world and the things of this world to be the builder of their personal, family, and married lives. But in the end, they become so very disappointed! Can satellite television, a well-balanced stock portfolio, or romantic relationships guarantee a well-built, meaningful life? Of course not!

God reminds us that unless He becomes the master builder, our construction projects will end in failure. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7:24-27), Jesus tells us that the most sturdy construction takes place when we hear His Word and put it into practice. As our builder, the Lord Jesus forgives our faults, steadies our resolve to follow Him, and promises to one day take us to our heavenly mansion with Him in heaven.
 


 

April 7, 2021

Psalm 121:1-2  I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

When people walk or march together they often sing or chant familiar lines. This often helps to set the rhythm or pace of the walk. Sometimes it helps the travelers stay focused on the journey's end, especially when the song or lines speak about what awaits them.

This is the case with Psalm 121. It was spoken by pilgrims as they made their way up to Jerusalem. The holy city sat on one of the highest points in the land. The temple, where the worship, praise, and sacrifices took place, was in Jerusalem and was also called Mount Zion. As people journeyed up to the temple, their eyes were drawn to the long climb ahead of them. They used this time to prepare their hearts for God.
 

Spiritually, we also have a hard, difficult journey. Because of sin, we are weak and unable to walk the wearisome way. God knew, however, that the climb was too much for us, so He came down to us. He then climbed the rough road that went up the hill to the cross. We now journey with Jesus, knowing that our help has come. It came from the hills, the hill of Calvary.

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April 6, 2021

Psalm 120:1  I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me.

A few years ago, a lady who was new to town began having an allergic reaction to her medication. Where should she call? Since this happened before today's "911" generation, she decided to call the local fire station. She dialed the number - busy! She checked the number and tried again - busy! Every time she got a busy signal. The receiver of the phone at the fire station had been accidentally left off the hook. Tragically, she knew of no one else to call.

God reminds us that with Him we never get a busy signal. He is ready and willing to help in any and every situation.

Does God care about the argument we had with our spouse? Of course! Is the Lord interested about our hurt and loneliness? Yes! Does it matter to God that we don't feel well and face an uncertain physical future? For sure!

We can be assured that God knows us and hears us, no matter what the challenge may be. Why? God loves us. The proof of His love is in the person of His only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Since we are God's own through Christ, we can be assured that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us. he is always open to hear from us and never gives us the busy signal.
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April 3, 2021

Matthew 25:37  The righteous will answer him, saying, "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?"

The Homeless Jesus is a bronze statue depicting Jesus as a homeless person, sleeping on a park bench. In 2013, The Homeless Jesus appeared in Davidson, North Carolina. Some people walked by without stopping. Others went way out of their way to avoid the statue - thinking it was a real, living person.

How do we respond to the homeless Jesus? That's the question from today's parable. How do we respond to the homeless Jesus, the hungry Jesus, the hurting Jesus? The answer comes in knowing: 1) Jesus is the source of mercy and 2) Jesus shows the course of mercy.

Jesus is the source of mercy. That's what Holy Week is all about. Christ's suffering and death mean we have forgiveness for every sin, direction at every turn and light for every dark day. Jesus shows the course of mercy: "It's about the other person." It's not about me. It's about the other person.
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April 5, 2021

Psalm 119:105  Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

Have you ever been caught in an unfamiliar room with absolutely no light? Trying to get through an unfamiliar home with no light, unaware of the furniture arrangements and doorways, and not knowing even where the light switches are, is an unsettling experience. The first time you bump your shin on a coffee table, you freeze and stand there fearful of moving because you don't know what to expect next. And then your host comes in, switches on the light, and a wave of relief comes over you.

Jesus is God's Word made flesh. Before He came, we were stumbling around in the darkness of our sin, fearful, not knowing what to expect next. But in His light, we see our path. Our path, because of Christ's light shining before us, is to everlasting life in heaven. Sometimes we still stumble and hurt ourselves, but He is there to pick us up and put us back on the path.
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April 4, 2021

Matthew 28:18  All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me.

By virtue of reading this devotion, you're now in a sales seminar. Today's topic? How to improve business. We're in the disciple-making business and everything is based on Christ's authority. By virtue of his Son's death and resurrection, the Father has crowned Jesus King of the universe. Jesus has all authority over demons and darkness, pain and suffering, the devil and even death.

And Jesus wants all nations to know this good news. How? By making disciples through baptizing and teaching. How can we improve that? That's what this seminar is all about. When it comes to forgiveness, because of Good Friday and Easter, we have an unlimited supply. When it comes to people's needs, because of sin and death, we have an unlimited demand.


 

Are you ready for business? "Go there and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20)

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