We are a group of college students from ALFA College .Our purpose is to worship God and grow in a deeper understanding of who He is, as we have fun and form relationship with one another in God. Wherever you are from, and whatever your church background may be, we welcome you to come hang out with us. God bless!
THIS COMING WEDNESDAY ( 9- MAY-2012) . OUR CF IS HAVING A SHARING FELLOWSHIP. WE WILL BE MEETING IN ALFA COLLEGE 12 FLOOR - (L4).COME AND JOIN US TO SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS. YOU ARE OFFICIALLY INVITED TO JOIN US. WE ARE READY TO LISTEN TO YOUR STORIES...
BEFORE THAT WE WILL BE HAVING LUNCH TOGETHER, 12PM. MEETING UP IN 11TH FLOOR OF ALFA COLLEGE.
MIKE'S SHY TALK
FEELING SHY? COME AND JOIN US IN HOW TO OVER COME YOUR SHY, SHARED BY ONE OF ALFA FORMAL STUDENT. DONT MISS IT OUT...:D
Come and join us for a brand new start.
we are meeting up every wednesday 12:30pm- 2pm.
YOU WILL EXPLORE SOMETHING BIGGER THAN YOU HAVE EVER
ENCOUNTER. LIVE FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.
WHETHER YOU'RE AN INCOMING FRESHMAN OR YOU JUST
GRADUATED OR EVEN JUST A NORMAL STUDENT IN ALFA.
YOU ARE OFFICIALLY INVITED TO JOIN US.
WE WILL BE WAITING FOR YOU.
AND PRAYING FOR YOU.
God always always bless us with fine fine weather!!! :D
The last time ACCF went up hill. This time, we chilled and relax at Ulu Yam waterfall. Again, God blessed us with awesome weather! and also with wonderful time of fellowship with one another. We praise God for everything.
Roadblocks. There are many roadblocks that God has put in our lives. Have you ever thought that Roadblocks, are actually sometime to help us?
Art Hallett has shared with us a story that day, and it goes like this.
There was once a man, who was driving on a bridge. a 23 miles long bridge on a very foggy day. A moment he was in the fog, and a moment later he was out of it.
When he enters the foggy part of the bridge, he drove really slowly. But as he enter the clear part, he stepped on the pedal and accelerate. He drove in and out of the fog throughout the 23 miles.
so, as he continues to drive in and out of the fog, at one point, he saw a guy waving and jumping wildly somewhere near the other side of the bridge. At first, he thought it was one of the mental patients that ran away from the insane asylum nearby. He didn't bother.
but as he drove closer and closer to that guy. He was getting worried. What if , it was a scheme to rob him, what if, he is some maniac who wanted to harm him. He stepped on the oil, hoping to move past that stretch of the bridge quickly. But as he move to the right lane, the wild guy blocked ahead of him. and when he moved to the left lane, the guy followed.
He didn't understand. Though the messy looking, wildly waving guy was screaming at the top of his lungs, he didn't understand a word from him. The man was scared. He wanted to just step on the pedal and drive ahead, thinking that the wild guy will surely move avoid his car. But as he stepped on the pedal, the guy didn't move. He hit the break immediately. Barely an inch away from the guy.
And within the distance, he finally heard what the guy was trying to say.
"The bridge is down, the bridge is down!! Do not drive any further!!" He was screaming.
Then only he realized that, the bridge was parted into two. Cars and cars were coming from the other side without knowing that the bridge was not connected to the other side. Because of the fog, a number of cars had drove across and fell into the water. Many lives were lost.
The man finally understand, the wild guy was not a roadblock that was trying to harm him. But a roadblock that God has placed, in his way, to save him.
Just like everyday scene in our lives, God has placed many different roadblocks in our lives. Perhaps, some that seem to bring nothing good to us, when things don't go along our ways, we complained and asked why...
Through this testimony, God has told us why. These roadblocks are there for a purpose. Maybe, to stop us from going the wrong way....Maybe, to strengthen us along the way.....and Maybe maybe maybe more.
So, let us not be disappointed or get distress when things don't go our way. Pray for God to help us see the clear picture.
Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Today, in ACCF, we talked about Jonah. It was definitely a refreshing session.
We were supposed to be sharing a short video today, but God's plan, always amazing, always all wonderful, led us into this character learning session.
In the bible, it is stated that Jonah runs away from God. Right after God spoke to Jonah, he promptly runs away from God. He was called by God to go to the Nineveh, a city full of sin, and ask the people to repent. But he disobeyed. or at least, he tried to disobey.
Many times, just like Jonah, God speaks through us by a conviction of our hearts, a counsel by a godly friend or through the clear teaching of scripture as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. Like Jonah, we understood that it was a word from God, yet, since the word was something we either did not want to obey, we turn our hearts and head our own way.
But despite all our unwillingness, all our disobedience, all our attempts of trying to run away from Him,. God always give us a second chance, like how He gave Jonah a chance to fulfill the commission he was first given.
God's plan, may not be visible now, we may not comprehend, but one thing the bible told us, God always has a plan for us, not any plan, but His plan, His special plan, perfectly and specially created plan for every single one of us. Everything that happened, be it humiliation, success, failure or roadblocks, its all for His greater plan, a plan so wonderful and complicated that even if He tells us now, we may not be able to understand.
So, let us not run when we can't comprehend. For we are like little ants who can't run far from God, He's there, He's always there.
Jeremiah 29:11 states,
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, " plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
from the last post, we said that during that semester (March-Aug), we want to go ALL OUT in CF. We want to introduce CF to all Alfaians, to let them at least know that ACCF exist.
and now that the last semester has gone by and the new semester has come, we can conclude that , ACCF did quite a great job!!! From all the poster-making, games planning, food preparing, inviting speakers and all...with God's blessing and thanks to all members, it was one fruitful and awesome semester.
let's take a look at what we've gone through.....
tada~~~ in the very beginning! The Welcoming party~~
from none to many.............
and food for every!!
of course, also games and plenty :) :) :)
on that day, majority of the new students know ACCF exist!!
In this semester,
we also celebrated Easter together for the very first time!!
with the silly bunny games :) that made the pastor hopped,
we also invited a special speaker to share with us bout God's salvation.
though not everytime we succeed in planning, we tried to have frisbee!
although it rained in the end. but we never give up.
ACCF went all the way up hill. and From the Broga Outing,
We learned to have faith that we do not need a back up plan just in case God's plan fail.
Our plan may fail but He never fails!!
We also learned to never leave anyone behind!! because together we can!! :) :)
that was why everyone who went conquered Broga Hill!! yay!
but some days, when assignments are piling up,
we stayed in college and have games and fun ~~
and when we're stressed out and tired and exhausted,
we take crazy pictures to de-stress ourselves.
we learned bout God's words through sharing sessions.
we shared bout anger, God and each other.
and towards the end we fortunate to have,
David Story himself singing live in Alfa with us!!
ACCF had whole two hours of his very own concerT! :)
in this semester, we started having prayer walk.
sometimes we gathered in a class and pray, some days we walked around and prayed for every corner of the college.
after all the busy weeks,
and all the packed up schedules...
i do seriously think, God has made ACCF known in Alfa college :)
when God say pray and have faith, He will never fail us.
God has MaDE IT HAPPENED!!! and He will continue to do great things in our lives, if we allow Him into ours.
so who says Design students never have time for anything??
ACCF people have definitely proven that they'll always have time for God.
PRAY AND HAVE FAITH
in Mark 11: 24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,
believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
Recently, we've had meetings over meetings to plan for the next semester. Confused? lost? discouraged? tired? Starting something new has never been an easy task. With no experience in this, we might be discouraged when things don't go smoothly in the beginning.
But always remember, we're not doing this by our own might. In fact, we can never succeed if we try to depend on our own strength. We may grow weary, but God will never will. Have faith in Him and pray.
There's a reason for us to have found each other,
There's a reason that we're called to come together to work this out.
Of all the billions people out there, with thousands of colleges and universities, we are the few that have gathered here in this small college, starting this ACCF. This shows, God has something planned in His mind and its definitely something great.
WHENwe believe in God, we are willing to take the leap of faith that He will
come through for us. Once we lay our
concerns at His mighty throne of grace, we, in trust, can sigh with relief that it is in
the almighty hands of an infinite and loving God. With confidence that our loving
Father will take care of whatever we ask of Him, we go forth in trust knowing that He will
make things right.
So brothers and sisters,
Don't be discouraged!! :D have hope!have faith!!!!
keep your heads up and :D
BE ENERGETIC FOR GOD!!!!
Let us all really pray throughout this week. For guidance and for strength.
And not to forget to believe in what you've pray.
We're going all out this coming semester.
believe that GOD is going to MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!!
Our next meeting will be on
Date: Thursday 17th March 2011 5pm-7pm
Venue: College 12th floor
Let us all come together and pray on that day!! see you guys then :)
PLAN OF SALVATION
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that who You
have to know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you and me. You
have to know that you and I are sinners..."
For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God" and because we are, we are condemned to hell if we stay in our present state..."The wages of sin is death"...Romans 6:23.
But God loved you and me so much that He gave His only son...Jesus Christ...and let Him die on the cross and His blood was shed to wash away our sins , that we could escape the condemnation of hell and havesoever believed in Him should not perish but have everlasting life"...John 3:16.
Salvation is a gift...and you can receive it right this very minute if you'll admit you're a sinner and ask Jesus to save you. God wants to give you the best gift ever offered anyone. Why not accept Him now? Will you pray this prayer? O
GOD...I KNOW THAT I'M A SINNER...I AM SORRY FOR MY SINS...I KNOW THAT
JESUS CHRIST DIED ON THE CROSS AND SHED HIS BLOOD TO SAVE MY SOUL...I
KNOW THAT JESUS CAN SAVE ME, AND THAT HE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SAVE
ME...AND THE BEST WAY I KNOW HOW...I ASK JESUS TO COME INTO MY HEART AND
SAVE ME NOW...AMEN After you have trusted Christ as your Savior you should: 1. Realize that you are a new person in Christ, 2 Corinthians 5:17 2. Understand that you are saved forever, John 10:27-29, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Peter 1:5 3. Make public confession of your salvation in a local Bible preaching church and before others, Matthew 10:32 4. Be baptized in obedience to the command of Christ, Matthew 28:19,20; 1 Peter 3:21 5. Attend regularly and support a Bible-preaching church, 1 Corinthians 16:2; Hebrews 10:25 6. Pray and read your Bible everyday. ! Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Timothy 2:15 7. Live your new life in the power of the Holy Spirit, Ephesians 5:18. If you would like to talk to someone, We are free at any time. Please call us on Melissa 0126696259 Hazel 0102423132 Lydia 012 5688795 Michael 019 2458024 Edner 0133330790
SAVED, SANCTIFIED and SINGLE: When God’s Plan Excludes Marriage
say unto him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not
good to marry. But he said unto them, All men cannot receive this
saying, save they to whom it is given.”~ Matthew 19: 10-11
upon a time, I had real difficulty with verses like this. I was your
typical American girl, raised on stories of fairy tale princes who
would someday sweep me off my feet and carry me to their castle far,
far away to live happily ever after. Armed with a bevy of movies and
books on the subject, I knew that no matter what happened to me in
life I wanted to be in on this falling-in-love thing. I promised God
anything He wanted, as long as it involved a good-looking guy with
perfect manners and a stunning diamond ring just waiting in his back
pocket for me and only me.
was homeschooled through high school, so once college came around it
was on. While outwardly I rolled my eyes at the girls who were working
hard for their MRS Degree and plugged away in proper feminist-age zeal
at my chosen field of study, inwardly, I wanted nothing to do with a
career and everything to do with a guy who would let me stay home and
be the wife. There really wasn’t much to stand in the way that I could
see – I was young, I was cute, I was a darn good cook. In no time The
Guy would find me and our lives of wedded bliss would ensue.
I left college, it was with a nursing a degree and without a ring.
Sure, there had been a couple of Mr. Wrongs in there, and several
Never-Gonna-Happen-So-Don’t-Even-Asks, but The Guy had somehow not
surfaced. I came home feeling like a failure instead of a success.
College was where the guys were; how was I supposed to find Mr Right
now? Or rather, how was he supposed to find me? I quelled the nervous
quivers of doubt and moved into my career and my local church,
determined not to be dismayed. After all, there were singles at
church. I just had to have faith.
when a single man at church (finally!) noticed me, in my eyes he was
practically perfect: good-looking, hard-working, a Christian good ole
boy with a savings account and a nice car. OK, so he lived with his
parents: but he had good reasons for that. Alright, he was 30 and had
never married or really had a long-term relationship: that’s because
he’d been waiting for me. Convinced I was on the verge of being
rewarded for my patience, I shut my eyes and dove in heart first. Way
too late I realized that his heart had stayed in the kiddie pool while I
was paddling in the deep end, and I finally had to face something I
had avoided my whole life:
was never going to get married. No amount of wanting it on my end
would make it happen, no amount of trying could undo this truth. I was
simply not ever going to get married.
it sounds like I gave up to soon, but to be brutally honest, I saw it
coming. I turned the radio up in my head to drown out the hints along
the way that I was destined for something different: that sense of
relief every time a relationship ended, those Scriptures that talk
about dying to your own plans in life and not trying to make bargains
with the God of the Universe. And mostly, that quiet but distinct
voice I remembered from childhood, every time I presented my demands to
God. Like clockwork, every time my head said “When I get married…” my
heart whispered “Not married… Not alone, but not married.”
thing is, once I embraced God’s plan for my life, I couldn’t figure
out why I’d fought it for so long. Even amidst the pain of loss, I was
so happy: contented, at peace, relieved. The pressure to go against
what was best for me was gone, and my entire soul rejoiced. I was
never going to get married. Thank God.
those verses about remaining unmarried became sweet love notes from a
God I had run from for far too long. There was a place for me, a
O barren, thou [that] didst not bear; break forth into singing, and
cry aloud, thou [that] didst not travail with child: for more [are] the
children of the desolate than the children of the married wife, saith
the LORD. ~ Isaiah 54:1
I would never taste the benefits of married life; but the kindest and
gentlest of Husbands would be my provider. I was to be all for God,
and He would be all for me.
life started that day I died to my own demands. I have since watched
God be true to every promise He ever made. He truly is the best
Husband I could ever ask, and more than I could have dreamed. Sure,
some days I still dream, but it’s not with desperation; it’s with the
quiet knowledge that marriage is a beautiful and desirable thing, even
if I know it will never be for me. Since that day, my life has been an
incredible adventure, so different from the sedate life I had planned –
and so well suited to my personality and tastes that I often sit back
and just marvel at where I am, and thank God for not letting me mess
singlehood is not something that a lot of people talk about. Most
Christian singles groups start off right, only to eventually dissolve
as members of the fellowship pair off and join the Young Couples group
down the hall. And that’s perfectly alright; marriage is a blessed
institution, and God’s will for many people. But, there are also a lot
of people like me: people ordained by God to be preserved for him
alone, free from the burdens of a spouse and children. If you’re one
of those people, then rest assured that even if you never marry, you
are far from alone!
So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better. ~ 1 Corinthians 7:38
All Fired Up
"God said to Moses, "I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.'" (Exodus 3:14)
Moses was terrified. First he had spent forty years in Egypt- the
most powerful nation on earth- as a prince. Popular, revered, and held
in the highest esteem. Add to his resume forty years in the desert as a
shepherd working for his father-in-law. Lonely, unappreciated, and
punching the clock at smelly job central.
Now he kneels trembling before Jesus in the burning bush being
commissioned for a holy cause. He was being sent by God Himself to set
the Israelites free from the Egyptians. Promotion? Sure. Chance to be
restored to greatness? Absolutely!
Only - he didn't want to go.
He fired excuse after excuse at the blazing King. Christ had an
answer for every one of them. One of Moses' excuses was "Suppose I go to
the Israelites and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to
you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell
Jesus had an answer... "I AM who I AM."
In the same way Moses was a master of excuses when it came to
delivering the Jews, aren't we the excuse experts when it comes to
delivering the gospel? God Himself has commissioned us (Matthew 28) to
"go and make disciples of all nations..."
But God - what if I don't I know what to say? What if they reject me?
What if they ask me a question I don't have the answer to?" Blah. Blah.
The bottom line is this... the great "I AM" has sent us. Excuses fade
into oblivion when it comes to Christ. When we realize who God is-
excuses fall flat.
So who is God? Who is this "I AM"?
First - we know that He is "one God". Deuteronomy 6:4 reminds us,
"The LORD our God, the LORD is one." Christianity is a monothesitic
faith. "Mono" means one. "Theo" means "God." We believe in one God.
Second - we believe in one God who is comprised of three persons...
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Each is fully God. Each is
fully unique. Three persons: one essence.
The title some have given this truth is "The Trinity." One God (unity)- comprised of three persons (Trinity)
Get it? Neither do I. Neither does anyone, except God. God is
infinite. We are finite. As one expert said, "For us to try to
comprehend God is like a gnat trying to drink in the ocean."
But get this. This triune God is sending you on a mission. This holy
mission is to spread the Gospel to a dying world. Just like Moses, our
excuses fail. Why? Because the "I AM" has sent us. We are on a mission
from God- let's get busy!
True stories about deceit and deception can sound stranger
than fiction. According to an AP news item, a Georgia woman was arrested
after trying to pay for more than $1,500 in purchases with a
million-dollar counterfeit bill. When questioned, the embarrassed patron
claimed to have been misled, saying that the fake money had been given
to her by her ex-husband, who was a coin collector.
The size of the bill makes us question whether anyone could really
have been misled into thinking it was real. But maybe that makes it a
good illustration of the almost unbelievable problem of self-deception
that the prophet warns us about. When Jeremiah said, “The heart is
deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand
it?” (17:9 ESV), he expresses a sense of amazement that is beyond our ability to grasp. Here the prophet is not saying that some of us have a problem being honest with ourselves; he is claiming that everyone does.
Thankfully, God searches our hearts and understands what we cannot
see (v.10). He gives us every reason to say, “Lord, we need Your help.
Please show us whether we are being honest with ourselves and You. If we
aren’t, help us to change and rely on You rather than on ourselves.”
Search me, O God, and know my heart today;
Try me, O Savior, know my thoughts I pray.
See if there be some wicked way in me;
Cleanse me from every sin and set me free. —Orr
The only way to survive in a world of deception is by trusting the One who will never deceive us.
New Committee Member Year 2011
Am here to announce the new committee of the coming Year 2011!
President : Sis Melissa Chong Vice president : Sis Lydia Ng
Secretary : Bro Sam Yap
Treasurer : Sis. Hazel Lim
Praise & Worship : Bro Justin Wong
Asst Praise & Worship : Sis Melissa Pang
Program Planner : Bro. Harry Low
Asst. Program Planner : bro Xin Kai
Prayer & Devotion : Sis. Lydia Ng and Sis Melissa Chong
May our Lord be with us and guide us on every steps we take.
God bless every one~!!
Pray on all occasions
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
key phrase of this scripture which I would like to emphasize is “pray
continually”. Praying continually is not something that we are
naturally motivated to do, but we must strive to do it. Jesus often
withdrew from others to pray. There were times when He would pray all
night; He also declared that His father's house is to be a house of
prayer. Consider making a commitment to pray for 10 minutes every day.
Decide what you will be praying about and stay focused. For example,
you may want to pray for your family for 10 minutes or your youth
group, be specific and stay focused. Check the time before you start
A New Year's Prayer Solution
Teach us to make the most of our time, so that we may grow in wisdom. (Psalm 90:12)
Are you two-faced? Maybe we all are at some point. But did you know
that the word January refers to a two-faced Roman deity: one face
looking back at the past and one face looking towards the future.
This would be a great time to be doing the same...looking back at the previous year and looking forward to the year ahead.
The past...to many that is a scary phrase. The year in review brings
back guilt anew. The sorrows, sins and silly slip-ups get in your face
and haunt you like re-occurring nightmare. So looking back over 2010
would be about as fun as being dragged over wounded scorpions. Yet I
would still encourage you to do so for this reason: grace. If you peer
hard enough into your accumulated memories, you will find the
fingerprints of God over all your botches and blunders- and the finger
that left the prints is pointing towards forgiveness and restoration.
Remember that Jesus is the God of second chances (and third, fourth,
fifth etc.). Learn from your mistakes and move on- that's what the
Apostle Paul did:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I
strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Paul was a lot like us. He looked back and saw things he was proud
of, and things he was ashamed of. Yet rather than revel and grovel in
obsessive observations, he made a decision to employ a wonderful
technique for dealing with the past: forgetting.
Let's get practical. Try writing out a journal of all the highs and
lows of 2010. Beside all the mistakes, write "forgiven"; and beside all
the victories, write "thank you".
Remember the other face? It looks towards the future. Not in a
ridiculous and useless resolution sort of way, but in a dedicated and
determined fashion that takes seriously the high calling of being a
believer left on this planet to advance God's Kingdom one day and one
life at a time- because each day is a gift.
What impact does the attitude of 'each day being a gift' have on a
person? Perhaps it differs with each individual- but here is the prayer
of an African pastor who was later killed for his faith. Read it,
memorize it, speak it and live it. Instead of a New Year's resolution,
make it a New Year's 'prayer solution'. May Christ give you the grace to
have it profoundly affect the way 2011 unfolds:
I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been
cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a
disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is
secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight walking, small
planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane
talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions,
plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops,
or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His
presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may
be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable
and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the
presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the
enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of
I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up,
stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach
until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His
own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!
What do you need to forget from last year?
How can you apply this prayer?
Which people in your life need to hear the gospel?
A minister passing through his church In the middle of the day, Decided to pause by the altar And see who had come to pray.
Just then the back door opened, A man came down the aisle. The minister frowned as he saw The man hadn't shaved in quite a while.
His shirt was kinda shabby And his coat was worn and frayed. The man knelt, he bowed his head, Then rose and walked away..
In the days that followed, Each noon time came this chap. Each time he knelt just for a moment, A lunch pail in his lap..
Well, the minister's suspicions grew, With robbery a main fear. He decided to stop the man and ask him, 'What are you doing here?'
The old man said, he worked down the road. Lunch was half an hour. Lunchtime was his prayer time, For finding strength and power.
'I stay only moments, see, Because the factory is so far away; As I kneel here talking to the Lord, This is kinda
What I say:
'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP
AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY,
BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. SO, JESUS, THIS IS JIM CHECKING IN TODAY.'
The minister feeling foolish, Told Jim, that was fine. He told the man he was welcome To come and pray just anytime
Time to go, Jim smiled, said 'Thanks.' He hurried to the door. The minister knelt at the altar, He'd never done it before.
heart melted, warmed with love, And met with Jesus there. As the tears flowed, in his heart, He repeated old Jim's prayer: 'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD, HOW HAPPY I'VE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP
AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN. I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY,
BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY. SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN TODAY.'
Past noon one day, the minister noticed That old Jim hadn't come. As more days passed without Jim, He began to worry some.
At the factory, he asked about him, Learning he was ill.
The hospital staff was worried, But he'd given them a thrill.
The week that Jim was with them, Brought changes in the ward. His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, were his reward.
The head nurse couldn't understand Why Jim was so glad, When no flowers, calls or cards came, Not a visitor he had.
The minister stayed by his bed, He voiced the nurse's concern: No friends came to show they cared.. He had nowhere to turn.
Looking surprised, old Jim spoke Up and with a winsome smile; 'the nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, That He's in here all the while
Everyday at noon He's here, A dear friend of mine, you see, He sits right down, takes my hand, Leans over and says to me:
'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM, HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP, AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.
ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY, I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM, THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN TODAY.'
If this blesses you , pass it on. Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart
May God hold you in the palm of His hand And Angels watch over you.
Please pass this page on to your friends & loved ones. If you aren't ashamed. Jesus said,
' If you are ashamed of me,' I will be ashamed Of you before my Father.' If you are not ashamed, pass this on..
But only if you mean it. So this is me ... Just Checking In Live in peace and peace will live in you.
"Not everyone who calls me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the Kingdom of
heaven, but only those who do what my Father in heaven wants them to
do." Matthew 7:21 (TEV)
"Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his constant presence in our lives."
Being a disciple of Jesus doesn't mean simply agreeing with Jesus or
even heading in the same general direction as Jesus. We're not called to
follow Jesus in the abstract. It is not like we're negotiating a
contract, where we come to an agreement in principle. Think of it like
this: you can agree smoking is hazardous to your health, but it means
nothing until you stop smoking.
The call of Jesus is to Christ himself. We are called into a
relationship. We follow and obey the person, the only begotten son, the
author and perfector of our faith.
Jesus calls us to a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by
his constant presence in our lives. Discipleship without Jesus is no
discipleship at all. We may not understand all that discipleship
involves or all that it will cost us, but Jesus calls us to take the
first step, and, through that obedience, we develop the additional faith
necessary to take the next step.
His call is a command for you to comprehensively and absolutely walk away from the way you do life now so you can follow him down an exclusive path through the narrow gate that leads to the kingdom of heaven.
Jesus wants you to know him and, through that relationship, He will
empower you to live an extraordinary life, full of grace and truth. He
calls you to a miraculous life, one that requires edge-of-your-seat
faith to follow him, where you find yourself asking in joy, "What's
next, Jesus? What are you going to do through me today?"
You Need to Care if You Want to SUCCEED
"So if God's going to teach you real love,
realize that he's going to put you around unlovely people."
Everything you do must be done with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
One of the most important keys to receiving God's favor on your work is this: you must care about the people you work with.
Even when they are irritable, even when they don't like you, even when
they make fun of you, even when they put you down for being a Christian,
you must still be a friend to them.
Start working enthusiastically.
Understand who you really work for.
Concentrate on building your character.
Care about the people you work with.
Why is this so important for success? Because the number one lesson
in life, the number one reason God put you on this earth, is to learn
how to love. God is love and he wants you to be like him.
It's easy to love people you like, the people you find easy to get
along with. So if God's going to teach you real love, realize that he's
going to put you around unlovely people.
"Everything you do must be done with love"(1 Corinthians
16:14 NLT). "Everything you do" - that means in the office, in the car,
on a sales trip, whatever. The good news is this really is not hard.
It's easy to underestimate the power of a kind word, a friendly smile, a
pat on the back, a genuine compliment, a word of encouragement, and a
I have seen so many lives changed when somebody takes time to pay
attention to them. There is not a person on this planet who isn't
starving for attention. But a caring person is hard to find. The Apostle
Paul said this,"I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare"
(Philippians 2:20 NLT). Does that sound like your workplace? Everyone
looking out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ? Those who
really care are really aware.
People need affirmation, attention, and affection. Learn to care about the people you work with and show them God's love."Be humble and gentle, be patient with each other, making allowances for each other's faults because of your love" (Ephesians 4:2 LB).
Biblical Obedience: Love + Trust + Action
"If you love me, you will obey what I command." John 14:15 (NIV)
"God wants us to see obedience to him as a relationship of love. And out of love comes trust."
In the middle of all the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season,
let's pause and think back to the first Christmas. Have you ever stopped
to put yourself in Joseph's shoes? Here was a guy who found out his
fiancé was pregnant, claiming she was visited by an angel and it's God's
baby. And she wanted him to believe her!
In an instant Joseph's whole world was turned upside down. This was
not the way his life was supposed to turn out. It just didn't make any
Do you know the feeling? Maybe you finances suddenly take a turn for
the worse, or layoffs are looming at work, or you've just received news
of a health crisis in your family. How are you going to handle it? What
do you do when things in your life don't make sense?
Joseph made the choice to do what God said to do and it changed
everything. Joseph chose to obey God even though he didn't understand
what was happening.
Today, the wordobeyhas a negative connotation. We view
obedience as a forced, unwilling decision to do something we don't want
to do because we're afraid of punishment.
But that's not the kind of obedience that's in God's Word. Obedience in the Bible means this: love + trust + action.
It starts with love, as Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love me,
you will obey what I command" (NIV). Obedience comes from knowing that
God loves you and you love him in return.
A lot of people think obedience is about fearing God, but God wants
us to see obedience to him as a relationship of love. And out of love
comes trust. If you trust what God is saying to you, and you believe
that he loves you, then that will lead to action.
You need to have all three because action without love is just rote religion. And love without action is just mere talk.
Joseph was able to accept what Mary and the angel told him because of
his relationship with God. He knew God loved him and he loved God. He
trusted God and made the choice to do what God asked him to do. And
because of that, Joseph's life is still impacting lives today.
9 Is not the whole land
before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the
right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward
Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the LORD, like the land of
Egypt. (This was before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 1112 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. 13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the LORD. So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:
We may have secret longings too deep to utter to
others—perhaps a desire for marriage, or a work or ministry we’d like to
perform, or a special place to serve. We must put each desire in God’s
hands and pray, “Lord, You must choose for me. I will not choose for
tells us that Lot made his own choice about a desire he had. He “lifted
his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered
everywhere . . . like the garden of the Lord . . . . Then Lot chose for
himself all the plain of Jordan.”
The plain of Jordan, with its rich soil and copious water supply,
looked best to Lot. But the land was polluted with wickedness (v.13).
Pastor Ray Stedman wrote that “Lot, presuming to run his own life,
‘chose for himself,’ and, deceived by what he saw, stumbled blindly into
heartache and judgment. Abram, on the other hand, was content to let
God choose for him. . . . Abram saw it in its true light.” Lot chose for
himself and lost everything—his family, his fortune, his favor with
It is always the best course for us to let God choose and to follow
His direction, knowing as we do that all our heavenly Father’s choices
are prompted by infinite wisdom and love.
Long ago I made my life’s decision To serve the Lord and have Him choose my way; And when I’ve felt uncertain at a crossroad, He’s never failed to lead me day by day. —Hess
Contentment comes when we want God’s will more than our own way.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.
An employee in the bill-collection department of a large
store gave me an insight into human nature. He told me that he
repeatedly gets the following response from customers who are delinquent
in paying their bills: “I know you must have others who owe a lot more
than I do. Get off my back, will you!”
The employee then told me, “They miss the point entirely. Sure, there
are a lot of others who owe more. But somehow I have to tell them in a
nice way, ‘Look, what somebody else owes isn’t the issue. Our records
say that your account is overdue!’”
The tendency of sinful man has always been to shift attention from
himself by pointing the finger at others. Religious people excuse their
inconsistencies by referring to the “pagans” around them. And the
“pagans” try to sidestep the issue by talking about the hypocrisies of
the religious. But God is not fooled by finger-pointers.
When someone else appears to be a greater sinner than we are, it’s
just an illusion. The sooner we realize that no one owes more to God
than we do, the more likely we are to receive His free forgiveness. He
extends His pardon only to those who humbly acknowledge that they are
hopelessly in debt.
My sin, O Lord, defies Your Word, It scorns Your holy name; I will not make excuse for wrong— Christ's blood is what I claim. —D. De Haan
16 Therefore confess
your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be
healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
When a waitress in Ohio asked to see a customer’s driver’s
license, she was shocked when she saw the photo on the ID. It was her
own picture! The waitress had lost her driver’s license a month earlier,
and this young woman was using it so she’d have “proof” she was old
enough to drink alcohol. The police were called, and the customer was
arrested for identity theft. Trying to gain what she wanted, she
pretended to be someone she wasn’t.
Jacob, in the Old Testament, did some pretending too. With his mother
Rebekah’s help, he fooled his dying father into believing he was his
brother Esau so he could gain the blessing meant for the elder son (Gen.
27). Jacob got caught after his deceitful act, but it was too late for
Esau to receive the blessing.
Pretending goes on in our churches today. Some people put on a false
front. They use the right “Christian” words, attend church almost every
Sunday, and even pray before meals. They pretend they “have it all
together” in order to gain the approval of others. But inside they’re
struggling with brokenness, guilt, doubt, or an addiction or other
God placed us in a body of believers to support one another. Admit
that you aren’t perfect. Then seek the counsel of a godly brother or
sister in Christ.
Don’t hide your sin and cover up, Pretending there is nothing wrong; Instead, confess it and repent, Then God will fill your heart with song. —Sper
Be what God intends you to be—don’t pretend to be what you’re not.
Who in the world would be against these characteristics? Who could
oppose such positive forces in a person’s life? In other words, who
could be against Christians? Who could call Christians nasty names,
consider them dangerous, and seek to put as much distance as possible
between themselves and Christians?
Who? Many people. But why? It’s because in the Christians they
already know, they do not observe love, forgiveness, compassion,
goodness, kindness, mercy, grace, and generosity.
They won’t see Christ and His attributes if we’re standing in the
way. If we have a self-serving agenda or cause, they’ll see our hate
instead of our love, our grudges instead of our forgiveness, our
indifference instead of our compassion, our harshness instead of our
goodness. Our lives need to be consistent with the message we proclaim (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12).
Christianity is about Christ and His loving, forgiving, and
compassionate gift of eternal life.
Anything we do that reflects
something else gives others the wrong idea.
It’s all about Jesus. Let Him shine through your life so that others can see Him. —JDB
Show me the way, Lord, let my light shine As an example of good to mankind; Help them to see the patterns of Thee, Shining in beauty, lived out in me. —Neuer
Live so that others will want to know your Savior.
A boy with a badly disfigured face was the target of many
unkind remarks. One day he said to his mother, “I hate people.”
Realizing he had become despondent, she took him to a canyon and told
him to shout, “I hate you!” The echo came back, “I hate you!” Then she
told him to call out, “I love you!” The echo came back, “I love you!”
His mother explained that usually we receive from people what we first
There is a sense in which that’s also true in our relationship with
God. He, of course, takes the initiative in salvation, yet man chooses
how he will be dealt with by God. Psalm 18 says that God shows Himself
merciful to the merciful, and to the devious He shows Himself shrewd
(never deceitfully but to foil man’s evil designs).
If God seems distant, perhaps we’ve distanced ourselves from Him, or
from others. If He seems uncaring, maybe we’ve grown hard toward others.
But the opposite is also true. He is merciful to those who are sincere,
depend on the Savior’s mercy, and reach out to others. Bible
commentator Richard Steele writes, “If you will echo to Him when He
calls, He will echo to you when you call.”
What echoes are we creating?
The messages we send each day By what we do and say Will echo back to us in kind From those who pass our way. —DJD
Color your words with kindness, and they will come back to you in kind.
replied, "People soon become thirsty again after drinking this water.
But the water I give them takes away thirst altogether. It becomes a
perpetual spring within them, giving them eternal life." (John 4:13-14)
Many years ago in South America, a crew of
Peruvian Sailors headed up the Amazon River came upon a strange sight. A
Spanish ship was anchored off the coast, and as the Peruvians drew
closer they saw that the Spaniards were in terrible physical condition.
They looked the picture of death itself, their lips parched and
swollen. They were dying of thirst.
"Can we help you?" shouted the Peruvians.
The Spaniards cried out, "Water! Water! We need fresh water!"
The Peruvian sailors, surprised at this request, told them to lower their buckets and help themselves.
The Spaniards, fearing they'd been misunderstood cried back, "No, no we need FRESH water!"
they received the same reply from the Peruvians to lower their buckets
and help themselves. They finally did lower their buckets into the
ocean waters and when they brought the buckets on deck they discovered
(to their amazement) fresh water.
There at the mouth of the
Amazon river, anchored for days, too far from land to see the coast,
but not too far from the mouth of the river, they had fresh water in
The sailors nearly died of thirst when the cure was
easily within reach. When they placed their faith in someone who had
'been there', it saved their lives.
familiar? You and I are on this incredible journey called life. Our
past is forgiven and our future is secure, but sometimes we mess up the
present pretty well.
Why is that? Well
for one thing, just because we have trusted Christ doesn't mean that we
don't have the same thirst for love, meaning, and significance. I
think that some Christians are surprised when they get spiritually
thirsty, so they go into denial and go through life in terrible
experience was not intended to be a fix-all happy pill that would solve
all your personal issues...anybody who preaches that is probably
trying to sell you something.
wake up! The Living Water is all around you, but your going to have to
lower your bucket and get it yourself. Believe me, I've been on that
boat- and it's not fun. But I can testify to you now that the Water is
fine- don't be afraid of it: drink deeply.
Am I dampening your
spirit down with too many metaphors? Let me translate some of this for
you so that the message will flow better.
Ship: your circumstances
Journey: your life
Saltwater: The things you used to try and make you happy, but now you know they end up making life worse
Bucket: Your relationship with Christ
Freshwater: The Bible, prayer, pure worship, and fellowship with other Christians.
long as you are on this earth, you are going to have deep needs. If
you want to truly satisfy your soul-oriented sigh-ings, you must
develop a drinking problem. That is, it's a problem if you aren't
drinking from the bucket of frequent prayer, reading the Bible (at
least) daily, spending time in pure worship and hanging out with solid
Feeling 'thirsty' lately? Could it be because you have dropped the bucket?
How do you get your basic needs met?
Do you have a drinking problem? Why or why not?
Smile, God Loves You
I think that God truly loves to hear the prayers of children-
especially when they mess up. Have you ever read some of the bloopers
that kids have made of the Lord's Prayer? Here are a few: "Give us this
steak and daily bread, and forgive us our mattresses." Or: "Give us this
day our jelly bread." These children must have been hungry.
Then there's the heartfelt prayer of a brother wanting to get his sister into trouble:
"Lead a snot into temptation."
But my all-time favorite is the petition of the pre-schooler:
"Our Father, who art in Heaven, how didja know my name?"
In the mind of this little one is a big mystery: how can Someone whom
he has never met before possibly know his name? So naturally it would
make sense to ask this since he was checking in anyway.
What I like best about that boy's inquiry is that it is a great
reminder of the same wonder and curiosity that we should have towards
God. Remember when we first trusted in Him? Everything was a completely
cool discovery- like the way the Bible seemed to speak to exactly what
we were going through, and the strangest ways that God would meet our
deepest needs...almost like He was with us wherever we went. Oh yeah-
can you also recall how blown away you were that the God of the Universe
knew you before you were even born, knew how sinful you were then, and
still died on the cross for you?
Then, little by little...sermon by sermon...meeting by meeting- the
marvel of the Majesty of the King melted into a matter-of-fact mutual
relationship that is more 'mature' now. You just don't seem so excited
to pick up that Bible because there are so many other things that are
more entertaining. And prayer? Mostly now it's when you're either in
trouble, or sick, or both. Your perception of the Almighty has been
reduced to a vending machine who dispenses grandfatherly advice and
gives you the loose change out of His pockets.
But remember - He still knows your name...
In fact, He knows everything about you. Want proof? Here you go:
I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm
thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of
your sight. You know everything I'm going to say before I start the
first sentence. I look behind me and you're there, then up ahead and
you're there, too -- your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is
too much, too wonderful -- I can't take it all in!
Is there anyplace I can go to avoid your Spirit? to be out of your
sight? If I climb to the sky, you're there! If I go underground, you're
there! If I flew on morning's wings to the far western horizon, You'd
find me in a minute--you're already there waiting! Then I said to
myself, "Oh, he even sees me in the dark! At night I'm immersed in the
light!" It's a fact: darkness isn't dark to you; night and day, darkness
and light, they're all the same to you.
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my
mother's womb. I thank you, High God--you're breathtaking! Body and
soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration--what a creation!
You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know
exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into
something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to
birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of
my life all prepared before I'd even lived one day.
Your thoughts--how rare, how beautiful! God, I'll never
comprehend them! I couldn't even begin to count them--any more than I
could count the sand of the sea. Oh, let me rise in the morning and live
always with you! (Psalm 139:3-18)
In a nutshell- "Our Father, who art in heaven, how didja know so much about me?"
For some, this might be scary. For others, it is 'too wonderful'.
Maybe that's because for some- the fact that God knows all this and is
still crazy about us is the greatest news in the universe. How could you
ever grow tired of that?!?
I guess that all depends on where you are in your relationship with your Creator.
If you have misplaced some of your primary passion, my suggestion to
you would be to bring back some of that curiosity and inquisitiveness
that you first had as a new Christian. It's no wonder that unbelievers
aren't attracted to Christ when they meet 'older' believers - would you
be? Ah, but then there's the ones whose hearts still leap for joy at the
Name of Jesus. They are still in awe that they can read the love letter
from God called the Bible. Their enthusiasm just pours out, and it is
like a drink of water for a spiritually parched population.
Begin today to rekindle the same amazement at the works and words of
the God who became a man- otherwise you may find on Judgment Day that
Jesus really doesn't know your name!
On a scale of 1-10, how much amazement do you have towards God?
What is one way you could bring back some of your 'early years' enthusiasm?
What impact does the information is Psalm 139 have on you?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my
anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me
in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)
Christian Cover Ups
"The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order
to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him..." (II
In Basel, Switzerland each year the good
Christian townspeople have a festival in which they all put on masks and
go through the city doing things and going places they would never even
think about doing/going under normal circumstances. The mask, which
veils their identity, makes it easy for them to do these things.
year, the Salvation Army, concerned about how easy it was for these
people to abandon their convictions, put up signs all over the city
which read: "God sees behind the mask."
These days, it seems as though this festival goes on everyday with Christians.
Which mask is your favorite? Let me list a few:
1. The "I'm no different" mask.
* This is the one for believers who smile, say 'amen', and
quote verses on Sunday with no mask- but then Monday through Saturday
it's back to the festival. They hide behind a fear of rejection from
friends and co-workers, and they rationalize their pagan lifestyle by
saying to themselves: "I don't want to offend anyone." If you fit in
this category, God wants you to trust your reputation to Him and ditch
the disguise. Remember that hypocritical Christians do more damage to
the cause of Christ than anything else. Paul put it this way: "Am I now
trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please
men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of
Christ." (Galatians 1:10)
2. The "I'm super-spiritual" mask. * This is the one that the Pharisees of Jesus' day wore. On the
outside, they seemed spiritually superior to everyone around them. On
the inside, they were self-righteous moral highlanders. This disguise
keeps you from telling anyone about your struggles because you are too
prideful to admit them. You think that if you were truthful with others
about your failures, you would be rejected. Yet keep in mind that if you
are rejected by 'friends' for being honest, then they were horrible
friends to begin with. In the words of James: "Therefore confess your
sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed."
3. The "I don't need God" mask. * This
person's favorite "verse" is: "God helps those who help themselves"
(which really isn't in the Bible). If, and only if, all other solutions
have been tried will they turn to God and ask for help. Let's face it,
though, don't we need God to even keep us alive moment to moment? If
Jesus needed to constantly ask for God's help, how much more do we?
Jesus said: "I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in
me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do
nothing." (John 15:15)
There are probably hundreds of other
kinds of masks, but I think you get the picture. Look in God's mirror
this weekend to see how you make your face up with your favorite
disguise in an attempt to fool the all-seeing Lord and the 'survivor'
crowd. He wants to bless your honesty and strengthen your uprightness.
1. How would you describe the mask that you wear most often? 2. What would God say about it? 3. What is the first step you need to take in taking the mask off?
The next few verses make it evident that God is working to establish faith in the church by removing guilt. He will witness to us that our sins are forgiven. He will witness to us that He will remember lawless deeds no more. That releases boldness.
That boldness enables us to go into the Throne of Grace and put a demand on God – most likely for justice. If we can do that, then we know we have what we ask for and justice is a done deal. It is ours! When the church has boldness in the Holy of Holies we are ready to bring forth the justice of God!
A Message You Can't Afford to Miss
I have to admit that sometimes following God puts me in the middle of
some very strange circumstances. Today for example, I had several
different options going as far as this devotion- but every time I
started writing, my thoughts got stuck as fast as a warm tongue on a
subzero metal pole.
So what to do? For some reason, I kept being drawn back to an e-mail I
received last week. I came to the conclusion that its message is what
you need to read today.
But before you do, I want to ask you to do something.Pray.I mean really pray. Quiet your heart, remove all distractions, and
ask the Holy Spirit to open the eyes of your heart...because what you
are about to read may be the most important thing you see all week.
My prayer for you? Treat this letter like it is real, and written for you.
A LETTER TO YOU FROM SATAN
I saw you yesterday as you began your daily chores. You awoke
without kneeling to pray. As a matter of fact, you didn't even bless
your meals, or pray before going to bed last night. You are so
unthankful, I like that about you.
I cannot tell you how glad I am that you have not changed your way of living, Fool, you are mine.
Remember, you and I have been going steady for years. and I
still don't love you yet. As a matter of fact, I hate you, because I
hate God. I am only using you to get even with God. He kicked me out of
heaven, and I'm going to use you as long as possible to pay him back.
You see, Fool, GOD LOVES YOU and HE has great plans in store
for you. But you have yielded your life to me, and I'm going to make
your life a living hell. That way, we'll be together twice. This will
really hurt God.
Thanks to you, I'm really showing Him who's boss in your life
with all of the good times we've had. We have been watching dirty
movies, cursing people out, stealing, lying, being hypocritical,
fornicating, overeating, telling dirty jokes, gossiping, being
judgmental, back stabbing people, disrespecting adults, and those in
leadership positions, no respect for the Church, bad attitudes.
SURELY you don't want to give all this up. Come on, Fool, let's
burn together forever. I've got some hot plans for us. This is just a
letter of appreciation from me to you. I'd like to say "THANKS" for
letting me use you for most of your foolish life. You are so gullible, I
laugh at you.
When you are tempted to sin, you give in HA HA HA, you make me sick. Sin is beginning to take its toll on your life.
You look 20 years older, and now, I need new blood. So go ahead and
teach some children how to sin. All you have to do is smoke, get drunk
or drink while under-aged, cheat, gamble, gossip, fornicate, and live
being as selfish as possible. Do all of this in the presence of children
and they will do it too. Kids are like that.
Well, Fool, I have to let you go for now. I'll be back in a
couple of seconds to tempt you again. If you were smart, you would run
somewhere, confess you sins, and live for God with what little bit of
life that you have left. It's not my nature to warn anyone, but to be
your age and still sinning; it's becoming a bit ridiculous. Don't get me
wrong, I still hate you. IT'S JUST THAT YOU'D MAKE A BETTER FOOL FOR
Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great
enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to
devour. (I Peter 5:8)
Which part of this letter applies to you the most? What do you need to change right away?
If this letter didn't speak to you at all, could it be that you are prideful?
What would you write back to Satan?
Thoughts For Daily Living
By Being Willing To See, You Will Discover a God of Love
There is nothing God requires that you do. There is no payment or
sacrifice he requires or desires. There is no path to discover by
racking your brain in trying to figure out what it is that God would
have you do. There is no physical thing in the entire universe that you
need to give God or to those who claim they follow God. There is only
one thing that God desires from you and that is for you to Be Willing.
Be Willing to see clearly.
Be Willing to choose differently.
Be Willing to set aside what the world has taught you.
Be Willing to be what he would have you be.
Your willingness creates an opening in your being that allows the
Holy Spirit to Do things. It allows the Holy Spirit to heal you, teach
you and guide you. Learn to Be willing and you'll truly see what God Can Do.
In many countries, childhood obesity is at an all-time
high. A major culprit in such unhealthy weight gain is poor eating
habits and junk food.
The term junk foodrefers to items that taste good but lack
nutritional value and are often very high in calories and fat. Chips,
soft drinks, candy bars, cookies, and many meals purchased at fast-food
restaurants fit these criteria.
To be spiritually healthy, we have to avoid “spiritual junk food” as
well. Some religious teachers proclaim “a different gospel” (Gal. 1:6),
ranging from health-and-wealth to a counterfeit spirituality. And some
Christian music and books also contain false teaching. Taking in this
kind of “food” may seem to satisfy spiritual hunger, but it will not
lead to spiritual health.
Hebrews warns us: “Do not be carried about with various and strange
doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace” (Heb. 13:9).
False teaching is detrimental to our health and is not profitable,
because it cannot cleanse from sin nor give power for spiritual growth.
But biblical content that is based upon grace and truth does both.
Avoid “spiritual junk food” and instead feast on God’s Word to promote your spiritual health.
To walk close by Your side, my dear Savior,
To be led by You, doing each task,
To feast richly on grace at Your table,
And to know You is all that I ask. —Somerville
Feeding on God’s truth will help us avoid swallowing lies.
Say No And Yes
1 John 3:10 (New International Version)
10 This is how we know
who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are:
Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone
who does not love their brother and sister.
When we wash our hands to clean off the grime and germs, do
we actually clean them ourselves? No and yes. To be precise, the soap
and water does the job—not us. But we make the choice to use the soap
and water to clean our hands.
In 2 Timothy 2, the apostle Paul tells us, “Therefore if anyone
cleanses himself . . . he will be a vessel for honor” (v.21).This does
not mean that we on our own have the power to cleanse ourselves from
sin. Rather, we use the cleansing provided by Jesus Christ, who died for
us on the cross.
Philippians 3:9 tells us that we are “found in Him, not having [our] own righteousness,
which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the
righteousness which is from God by faith.”
When we receive Christ, His death and resurrection sets us free from
the penalty and the power of sin, thus enabling us to say no and yes in
everyday life.We can say no to the desires of the flesh, or “youthful
lusts” that Paul mentioned (2Tim.2:22).And we can say yes to “righteousness” (right behavior), “faith” (right
belief), “love” (right response), and “peace” (right focus).
As we’re cleansed daily, we’ll be “useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (v.21).
Lord, help us to think of the right and the true,
The pure and the noble—it all points to You;
For if we consider what’s worthy of praise,
We’ll then want to live for You all of our days. —Fitzhugh
Right thinking leads to right living.
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Jesus said " Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28