“THANK YOU, LORD” 8/31/2016 Written by Kathy Boecher

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Written by Kathy Boecher for “atimetoshare” @   http://atimetoshare.me

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THANK YOU, LORD

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Thank you, Lord, for giving me breath and life and for your gift of the Holy Spirit which has been working within me since my baptism. Each day you provide all that I need for my physical and spiritual needs. You hug me with your mighty arms and protect me from the evil one. You have a plan for my life even in my old age.

Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus. He lived a perfect life, showing by example how we should lead a servant’s life – always putting others before ourselves. My gratitude overflows because He took my place on the cross. He died so I might live and He conquered death by returning to life proving to me that I will also share eternity with Him.

Lord, thank you also for the trials I face each day. Thanks for planting confidence in my heart so I can overcome them. I have never suffered starvation or abuse, but I pray for those who have, so they may find peace through you – especially for those who are dying defending your name.

God, I have no gift to lay at your feet, but you treasure me more than gold. I cannot save myself, but you love me so much that you made my salvation possible. All I can do is give you my heart forever ad trust completely in you for my strength, my hope, my daily bread, my salvation. I know it is in the best possible hands! Amen.

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The Love Chapter-Love Is Non Arrogant

Thought I would post this one as well, because “Love in not jealous was so short !!

Blessings in Christ, bruce

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1 Corinthians 13:4

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,


This is the final devotion in Verse 4 of our text. Love does not brag, boast of it’s accomplishments; love is not an arrogant blowhard.

The church at Corinth was full of this as well. Those with the more popular gifts were using these gifts to lord it over other believers in some misguided air of superiority.

How do we not become this way? The same way we do not become jealous. We just remember who and for what we are given particular abilities. They are not for our own aggrandizement and selfish ambition, they are for the honor and glory of God and the building up of His body of believers.

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“The Love Chapter-Love Is Not Jealous” 8/30/2016 Written by Wally Fry

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The Love Chapter-Love Is Not Jealous

love never fails

1 Corinthians 13:4

 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,


As we have covered earlier, Paul wrote to the Corinthians to address some very serious problems in that church. As we covered, the church at Corinth was blessed with an exceeding blessing of spiritual gifts. One of the problems was that their gifts had turned from blessing which should have unified them to cursings  which were dividing them!

Why was this occurring? Simply put, jealousy. Instead of rejoicing in the gifts of others, they were becoming upset that they didn’t have the same gifts. Not having a particular gift was taking away their ability to be the center of things.

If we are honest, we have all been guilty of this offense. I certainly have. I love to sing, but on my best day I am quite average. On the other hand, others have voices like angels and people are just so inspired by hearing them. I have to admit looking upon that and wishing it was me so that those folks would be telling ME those good things. That hurts to say, but it is true.

I am hardly alone, though, am I? We have all done something like that at some point. When we do that, who has the gift come to be about? That’s right: when we do that we make our gifts, or the gifts of others about us rather than God.

Love, however, is not jealous. Our focus should always be how an activity edifies and builds up God and our church, not about how it builds US up.

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God Hears your Prayers

God is listening & hears you. Watch this short video to find God’s love and forgiveness! Salvation is only one prayer away. After watching video, please, select a poll response below. SPI…

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Excellent presentation of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ !!

Forward this to all those in needing God’s grace through saving faith in Christ…

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“Engage: Building Meaningful Relationships with our Children” 8/29/2016 Written by Elihu Anderson

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Engage: Building Meaningful Relationships with our Children (Raising GenNext)

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Last week I kicked off a series on raising the next generation of Christians. (You can read it here). In this series, we will be covering the 6 E’s of raising Gen-Next Christians: Engage, Exemplify, Equip, Entrust, Edify, and Entreat. Each “E” will contain about 3 articles as we will address raising children, training new Christians, and helping each other grow. Today’s article will cover building relationships with children in our congregations.

A Barna Group study reported in 2013, states, “Seven out of 10 Millennials who dropped out of church did not have a close friendship with an adult and nearly nine out of ten never had a mentor at the church.” Furthermore, they report “Those who stay were twice as likely to have a close personal friendship with an adult inside the church (59% of those who stayed report such a friendship versus 31% among those who are no longer active). The same pattern is evident among more intentional relationships such as mentoring—28% of Millennials who stay had an adult mentor at the church other than their pastor, compared to 11% of dropouts who say the same.”

As that study indicates, relationships are not a guarantee that children raised by Christians will remain in the church, but it is apparent that meaningful relationships influence that choice. Your teaching, advice, and (in some cases) rebuke will be better received if you are in a favorable relationship with a child or young adult. If we want people to remain part of the church, we need to do more than wave at them on Sunday morning.

Before we get into the “how’s,” I want to take a moment to make one important note: when I refer to relationships, I refer to those that are appropriate, healthy relationships. I do not condone sexual abuse, rape, extra-marital affairs or anything of the sort. To guard against such things, parents need to get to know the people their child is spending time with. If you aren’t comfortable with a situation, don’t leave your child alone with those individuals. Accompany them, send someone you trust to watch over them, or don’t allow them to go at all. As a preacher, elder, (or any adult male), do not allow yourself to be alone with women or girls to whom you are not related or married. Always have your spouse or a relative present to protect your reputation and that of the child/young adult. For girls/women, the same is true: do not spend time alone with a man without having a relative/spouse present.

How do we build appropriate, effective relationships with our children?

Help children get to know strong, older Christians

It’s vital that children connect with Christians outside their peer group. Older Christians are typically more grounded in their faith and are less likely to be fickle in their relationships. The younger the child is when you initiate this process, the more amenable your children will be in stepping outside their peer group to make these connections when they leave home.

No matter where I have gone, there have always been amazing Christians in and out of my peer group who have encouraged and strengthened me. Many of these men and women are as dear to me as my own blood relatives. As a parent, encourage and nurture healthy friendships with older Christians who will show your child the value of following Christ and encourage them to continue in their walk.

As an adult, ask children questions beyond their age and grade. Ask what they like to do. If you find out they’re into sports, ask questions about their team or their games. Follow up with them the next time you see them. If they’re into music, ask what music they are learning and how they like their instructor. Get to know them. Invite their families into your home, get to know their parents. Help them to realize that big people can be kind and have integrity.

Spend quality time your own kids and grandkids

How can you teach your children about the Lord if you are never with them?

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

~ Deuteronomy 6.4-7, ESV (emphasis mine)

The example is there for us. We know the Israelites fell short in this commandment. Let’s not do the same thing. Let’s do what God asked the Israelites to do, which is to diligently teach our children about God, Jesus and right living. How can we teach our children if we are never actually with our children? Furthermore, why would they want to spend time listening to the word if we never spend time with them in other pursuits?

Being a parent is hard. You can’t exactly be “friends” with your child because you have to discipline and withhold things from them. Such discipline does not prevent a meaningful, loving relationship with them if it is done out of love and outweighed by positive experience. One of the best things you can for your child is to spend quality time with them. Build good memories together.

I can’t tell you how many times my kids ask me to simple spend time alone with them. My 5-year-old will often come and say, “Come watch me play.” He’s not asking me to engage in play (thought I often do), but to simply be present. My middle child just about fell apart the other day when I had to take not only her but her two siblings to violin. She treasures that time when it’s just she and I. My oldest child and I are often at loggerheads, but we connect through a mutual love of books. I try to make sure we have time to read together every day. This desire for my presence may or may not change when they’re teenagers, but I’m only guaranteed today, and I need to let them know they are valuable to me today. Spend time with your kids, even if it’s just reading books, playing games. building legos, or going out for ice cream. Grant your children the gift of time.

As a grandparent, you are in a unique position to influence your grandchild, whether you are near or far. Their parents may or may not be faithful Christians, but you can be the light of Jesus to them. Their parents may allow them to attend services with you, or they might not. It never hurts to ask. Do not undermine your children’s wishes, just be an example to your grandchildren. Make your house and company a place of peace and joy.

Take interest in their interests

I have to admit that if my kids got into sports, I would be a bit lost. I never played sports—I was always into music and academics. I love watching a good game, but know little of the in’s and out’s. If my kids suddenly decided to do sports, however, I’d be asking them all sorts of questions to fill in the gaps, and I’d want to learn what they loved about it. I’d attend most if not all of their games and practices. Why? Is it because I’m a nosy, hovering, helicopter parent?? No! I would take interest because it’s important tothem. If I show zero interest in what my kids love, why would they show any interest in what I love? Strong relationships require give and take. I want my children to love the One that I love (God), but I can’t pound my fist on the table and command them to do so (nor would I want to!). They need to come to God because they desire to know Him. It is my job to demonstrate the same unconditional love that God shows us.

Children who grow up in our homes and congregations are in our care for a limited time. Make the most of it. It’s so easy to grow weary of their boundless energy, to get distracted by our own pursuits, or foist them upon someone else. If you need a reminder of how little time you have, pull out their baby pictures—you’ll quickly realize that the days are flying by.

What are you doing with the days, the hours, the minutes?

Engage with your children today to establish the church of tomorrow.

 

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“The Fine Print” 8/28/2016 Written by Nancy Ruegg

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The Fine Print

The bright red ad demanded attention, its bold lettering enticing buyers with:

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                    40% off entire store!

But then the small print at the bottom of the ad listed three top brands that werenot included in the sale. (How do businesses get away with such blatant dishonesty?)

I can only imagine the frustration of an unsuspecting shopper, combing the racks of those “forbidden” brands, trying them all on to select those that fit best, only to take them to a counter (where she must wait in line with other bargain-hunters) and finally be told, “Oh, I’m sorry. Those brands are not included in the sale.”

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We have to read the fine print—of advertising, offers, and contracts.

And buyer beware:

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(“Nothing in fine print is ever good news.”

–Andy Rooney, radio and TV writer)

There is one exception however where the fine print does provide very good news. That’s because the word, fine, has many more definitions than small.

Among the eleven definitions in Webster’s Dictionary, fine can mean:

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  1. Free from impurities, as in fine gold

  2. Very sharp, as in the fine edge of a knife or a fine intellect

  3. Exemplary of great skill, as in fine lace

  4. Capable of superior quality and craftsmanship, as in a finecarpenter

  5. Manifesting precision, as in a fine timepiece

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With these definitions in mind, the finest print in the world is God’s Word, the Bible. It is:

  1. Free from the impurities of lies or even a stretching of the truth (Psalm 19:7a).

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2. Very sharp, able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Heb. 4:12, NLT).

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  1. Exemplary of great skill—God’s skill.

He brought together more than forty men from diverse cultures and all classes of citizens – from kings to fishermen – to record His Word. God extended his work over 1500 years and three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe), three languages (Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek), and nine different genres. Yet the diverse pieces fit together in one unified whole. What other book can compare?

  1. Superior in quality and craftsmanship.

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(“As for God, his way is perfect;

the word of the Lord is flawless.”

 –2 Samuel 22:31, NIV)

  1. A masterpiece of precision. Those who doubt the accuracy of the Bible would do well to learn about the:

a) hundreds of fulfilled prophecies contained within its pages,

b) scores of archaeological discoveries which verify people, places, and events mentioned in scripture,

c) thousands of manuscripts and fragments which validate the accuracy of the Bible, and

d) scientific and medical research affirming the truth of various passages – long before that truth could be verified.

Indeed, the fine print of scripture is of rare quality, demonstrating absolute purity and perfection. That’s because the Author is himself the epitome of purity, precision, and perfection.

So read the fine print of scripture . Marvel in its superior quality compared to others books.  Get to know the faithful and trustworthy Author through his Word.  And embrace its life-changing truth.

Also be mindful that:

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(“A Bible that’s falling apart

usually belongs to someone who isn’t.

― Charles H. Spurgeon)

No other fine print can offer such stability.

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“Growing Up Spiritually” 8/27/2016 Posted by Don Merritt

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Posted by Don Merritt  for “The Life Project” @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com

Original post @  https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/growing-up-spiritually/

 

Growing Up Spiritually

Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so.

Hebrews 6:1-3

For me, this little bit of text always brings bit of a shock, for we see that the things we almost always talk about are the “elementary teachings,” the “milk” but not the “solid food” of maturity at all! Let’s take a closer look:

…not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God…” This is something we need to see in a different way, for it isn’t maturity in Christ. What is this “foundation” for repentance from sins and faith in God? Think…

It is the cross.  All of us take everything back to the cross, and properly so, but we normally do that as if the cross was the end, but it is not the end; the cross is the beginning of the story. Yes, it’s true, as awe-inspiring, wonderful and amazing as it is in its fullness and mercy and love, the cross is the beginning, not the end of maturity.  “Cleansing rites” for us today would be in the same category as rituals, ceremonies, styles of worship and so forth.  These things are elementary, “young” and baby milk things, not the sort of things that the mature in the faith are much concerned with. “Laying on of hands” and other spiritual gifts are wonderful, but elementary.  Resurrection, eternal life, and judgment are at the beginning of the process, wonderful promises, and highly instructive at an early stage of growth, but they are not in and of themselves maturity in Christ. Can you see why I said that these are things we always talk about?  Yet, they are milk, not solid food for adults; God permitting, we will move on from these things.

Before I close out this section, let’s pause and take stock.  Hebrews is written to Jewish Christians in Rome who are being persecuted by the Emperor Nero, one of history’s most notorious criminals.  The author is writing this to encourage them, to instruct them and to hopefully energize them so that they do not give up their faith in the stress of persecution. Doesn’t it seem reasonable to suggest that their “elementary” spiritual development might be the cause of their temptation to drift away? I hope that we too, will reflect on this.

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