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1 Peter 02:18-22 – Peter reminds people that life will not be fair, but life is not about them or their “rights.” Life is about serving God faithfully regardless of our circumstances. Most of the time that will involve being mistreated. God calls us to represent Him and not us. Submitting our lives to God’s hand is not optional for the believer but…
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Mothers Day 2024 - Proverbs 31 1-10 = Lemuel’s mom offers some great real world advice to her son. She reminds him to develop a servant’s heart. She challenges him to set healthy boundaries and to have a compassionate heart to the less fortunate. These 3 characteristics are foundational to raising the next generation.…
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1 Peter 02:9-12 – We belong to God; therefore, He can do whatever He wants with our lives. He wants to use us as a light in a very dark world. We have to stay away from things that hurt our souls. Our lives should reflect God in such a way that it is beautiful and appealing to people who live in a dark, messed up world.…
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1 Peter 02:4-8 – We all center our lives around something or someone. Peter reminds us that Jesus Christ must be that center if we are going to survive difficult times. God is working to make us the people He wants us to be. Allow God to do what He wants because He knows what is best.Από τον Jim Thomas
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1 Peter 02:1-3—Peter reminds his readers that a horizontal relationship with God is essential to a vertical relationship with God. Christian growth is assumed, and it involves a steady diet of reading and applying God’s Word to our lives. Christ's followers must get rid of the things that hurt our relationships with other people so that we can be t…
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1 Peter 01:22-25 – Our Salvation is the basis for our ability to love others. We need to love people sincerely and fervently. Our Christian growth is linked to our obedience and application of God's Word into our lives. Peter challenges us to love people and God's Word deeply.Από τον Jim Thomas
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1 Peter 01:17-21 = I pray that we are ready to stand before God as our impartial judge. I ask that no one leave here rejecting the message of God's love and grace. Use this message in our hearts so we may leave here loving you more and serving you with our lives.Από τον Jim Thomas
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1 Peter 1:3-9 – Christians possess a living hope sourced in the person of Jesus. We have an incredible inheritance that waits for us. While on this earth, our faith will be tested and refined. Times of testing allow us the opportunity to experience God's presence before the time that we live permanently in His presence. Rejoice because a great futu…
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1 Peter 1:1, 2 – Peter does not allow his past failures to define him. He focuses on what God has done and is doing in His life. He reminds God's people that God has selected them and has a plan for their lives. God's people need to trust and obey God because we are strangers in this world.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Matthew 5 – The Beatitudes starts with the characteristics of people who need God and desire righteousness (They mourn, hunger, are meek, and are poor in Spirit. It ends with people who possess righteousness (people of mercy, peace, and purity). These people will often face persecution for their lifestyle. It should not come as a surprise but rathe…
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Matthew 5 – Being a peacemaker starts with ensuring you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. You then have a responsibility to help others make peace with God as an Ambassador for your Savior. As peace workers, we strive to bring about peace whenever we can.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Matthew 5 – A person of mercy is more forgiving, understanding, and compassionate. Jesus demands that His followers become people of mercy because they have received mercy. He condemns an attitude that desires and longs for judgment. I pray that we act more like Christ and less like the Pharisees this week. Blessed are the merciful for they WILL be…
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Matthew 5 – A meek person chooses humility over ambition & authority. Meek people are not always passive but respond with appropriate anger when needed. Meek people have confidence and trust in their God. They allow God to work out His plan in His time, in His way. The world does not squeeze them into its mold; their God molds them.…
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Matthew 5 – A genuinely blessed understands mourning is part of life. Blessing starts with mourning for your sin and the need for a savior. Mourning is required as a part of the Christian journey. If we are going to be like Christ genuinely, then we realize sorrow and grief are necessary for growth. Ultimately, our goal on this earth is to see othe…
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Matthew 5 – A truly blessed man recognizes He needs God and begs God to be a part of His life. He places his complete trust in God and depends on God completely. He desperately needs God every day. How much of your day acknowledges that you are totally dependent of God? That is test of being poor in spirit.…
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Matthew 5 – Jesus invites the crowd to join Him in a new way of living. The principles he teaches are contrary to the way of the world. He encourages all of us to join Him in living life as He designed it to be experienced. Be blessed and happy in your approach to life this week.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Isaiah 43 – Tomorrow, we will change the calendar to 2024. But every day is a new opportunity. Each day represents an opportunity for a “do-over”. It is an opportunity to take ownership and change our focus from our circumstances to our God. Walk in faith this coming year and allow God to help you live life as God intended.…
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Luke 2 – The Christmas story is a story of hope. It provided salvation for everyone willing to accept God's great gift. It cost Jesus everything and me nothing. I pray that you have the assurance and hope that comes with accepting the gift of salvation. May each of us share the story of Christmas with a world that desperately needs Christ.…
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Genesis 3:15 – Biblical hope is centered on certainty, not possibility. It does change the reality of your present world. Biblical hope changes the focus of your current world to the certainty of the future. Hope patiently waits for the day that what you believe by faith you now experience in real-time.…
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Hope of Christmas – Psalm 130:7,8 - When you cry out to Christ for mercy, he will hear and answer. He has never turned anyone away. You may call him from out of the depths, but God is full of love and mercy. He will hear your voice and be attentive to your prayer. No matter how bad your situation is or how deep the pit, God's love is still more pro…
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Bible – Illumination – 1 Corinthians 2:10 – Bibliogy teaches us that God has gone to great lengths to communicate with us. He wants us to know His thinking and plans for our lives. Allow God's Spirit to guide and direct your life by reading and applying God's Word to your life.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Bible – Interpretation – John 16:13 – God wants to communicate clearly to you. Do not make things more complicated than they need to be. Read God's Word, study it, and apply it to your life. It is God's literal instruction manual for life.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Bible – Preservation – Matthew 24:35 – God has allowed this book to survive for almost 2,000 years. It has proven reliable and consistent across numerous language barriers and cultures. We are privileged to possess it in our hands, phones, and multiple media forms. Read it, study it, but more importantly, apply it to your life. God preserved it so …
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Bible – Canon & Inerrancy – Matthew 24:35 – Throughout history, people have used the writings of this book to learn about God. It has proven itself unique and accurate throughout history. It has an eternal nature to it, so treasure it, read it, apply it. Allow the things written in this book to direct everything in your life.…
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Bible – Inspiration – 2 Tim 3:16 - God has communicated His word to us. Clear communication involves us listening to God as he speaks through His word, circumstances, and the Holy Spirit. Allow Him to work in your life this week as you listen to His voice.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Genesis 25 - I hope and pray that we can learn to model the healthy things we have seen in the life of Abraham this week. Walk with God and be considered a "friend of God." Experience a full life of following God through the valleys and on the mountaintops. I hope you can look back and see how God has worked within your life.…
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Genesis 24 gives us some insight into parenting, marriage, and Love. As parents, we must teach and live out Biblical principles in front of our kids. Remember that being married requires your spiritual walk to be centered on Christ, not self. If you choose to love someone, put their needs before yours. Follow the example that Jesus set.…
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Genesis 23 – Make sure you are ready for the day when your life ends. Be assured of your eternal destiny, and do not take or treat the matter lightly.If you have buried loved ones, I pray that you experience the peace of God and find the skills necessary to live in a world that has been changed forever. The reason that it hurts so much is because y…
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I hope you can see God's generous provisions in your life. I hope we will remain faithful and obedient when God tests our faith. As God tests us, I pray that God will honor and bless your faithfulness and obedience. Walk this week in faith and obedience regardless of your circumstances.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Genesis 21:22-34 – This story reminds us that we will all face conflicts. Our responsibility is to stay current and deal with problems as they arrive. Wise believers focus on the impact they make for God's kingdom each week. They help prepare their family for the future they will never see. They plant trees for eternity.…
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We all fail God, but that does not mean God has abandoned you. I pray that you stack your fears and worries this week at the foot of the cross and walk away. May you understand that God has not abandoned you but forgives and continues to use you in His kingdom if you follow Him wholeheartedly.Από τον Jim Thomas
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John 19:28 - I Thirst - It is our prayer and our purpose to make sure everyone hears and has an opportunity to trust Christ. You are now responsible for what you do with it. Everyone walks away from here one of 2 ways = Christ as your Savior or Rejecting Him – no other options. He is the only way, the only truth and the only life – no one comes to …
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Genesis 19 - I pray that we each look at the direction of our lives. Carefully look at your choices and the paths they lead you down. Examine your heart before God and ensure it is in tune with Him. Live in such a way that you remember Lot's wife and keep your focus and goals pure before God.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Genesis -18:16-33 = This week may you deepen your prayer and fellowship with God. May you develop a genuine intimacy with God. May you converse with him so your heart becomes in tune with His. May you learn what it is to intercede and be humble, sincere, and committed to what you take into His presence. May your heart be changed due to your prayer …
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Genesis 17 - This week, may you trust in the Almighty God. May you surrender your will and plans and allow Him to be in control. May you examine your heart and ensure that you have a heart that is circumcised and marked forever by devotion and a commitment to the almighty God.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Genesis 16 – I pray that we learn to realize it does not depend on us to figure it out. We have to learn to wait and do God's will God's way in God's time. God is watching and sees your situation. Often His answer comes in doing the hard things, but blessing follows genuine obedience.Από τον Jim Thomas
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Genesis 14 – The story of Genesis 14 is about giving and taking. The pagan kings focused on taking what they wanted. Abram focuses on giving sacrificially of his time, resources, and money. He puts others first and seeks the glory of God. How will you honor God with your time, talents, and resources this week. It is what we are all called to do.…
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