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#1141 Posted : Monday, June 12, 2017 7:10:53 AM(UTC)
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World knowledge or God?

Thomas Kempis wrote “How many there are who perish because of vain worldly knowledge and too little care for serving God.” The world is all about obtaining much knowledge for selfish reasons like money and fame. That is not what God says we are to be about, we are to be about Him and serving Him. So where are you in this line of thinking?

God tells us where true knowledge begins:

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Soloman warned us about worldly knowledge:

Ecclesiastes 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

Obedience and service to God are the keys to a prosperous life in our Lord:

2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

So think on this today and ask yourself...am I working hard for more knowledge and service to King Jesus or am I working hard to gain more knowledge to gain the world! Obviously you know what God wants!

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#1142 Posted : Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:54:26 AM(UTC)
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Slow down and think!

We as followers of Jesus must be very careful in all areas of our life to glorify God. So when we make decisions we need to slow down and think and make sure every decision is pleasing to God.

Thomas Kempis wrote: “Do not yield to even impulse and suggestion but consider things carefully and patiently in the light of God’s will.” Do we do that on a consistent basis?

2 Corinthians 10:5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

Proverbs 21:5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty,
But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Hebrews 12:25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,

So brothers and sisters slow down and listen for God as He leads and speaks to His children i all areas of life!

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#1143 Posted : Thursday, June 15, 2017 8:04:20 AM(UTC)
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Don’t take counsel from just anybody!

As a follower of Jesus be very careful whom you take counsel or advise from. To get sound advice make sure they are coming from God’s side not mans!

Thomas Kempis wrote: “Take counsel with a wise and conscientious man......the more humble he is and the more subject to God, the wiser and the more at peace he will be in all things.

We need godly men and women in our lives that we can got to for counsel at anytime and about anything!

Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance the people fall, But in abundance of counselors there is victory.

Proverbs 13:10 Through insolence comes nothing but strife, But wisdom is with those who receive counsel.

Proverbs 19:20 Listen to counsel and accept discipline, That you may be wise the rest of your days.

Proverbs 15:31-33 He whose ear listens to the life-giving reproof Will dwell among the wise. He who neglects discipline despises himself, But he who listens to reproof acquires understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

So let us be wise in the Lord brothers and sisters, seek God and then men and women of God for counsel!

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#1144 Posted : Monday, June 19, 2017 8:39:29 AM(UTC)
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Truth of God never dies!

Oh my brothers and sisters we must remember this and we must tell the world that the Word of God which is absolute truth...never dies! The world has such a wishy washy standard that changes at the drop of a hat and is based on man’s opinions that is greatly influenced by the devil. God is truth! His Word is truth! God never dies and neither does His Word!

Thomas Kempis wrote: “Men pass away, but the truth of the Lord remains forever.” Can I get an Amen?

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Psalm 33:11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations.

Psalm 117:2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 119:160 The entirety of Your word is truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.

Psalm 86:11 Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

John 17:17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Chew on this today as nothing else needs to be said.

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#1145 Posted : Wednesday, June 21, 2017 6:49:20 AM(UTC)
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Worldly things do not satisfy!

As followers of Jesus we must learn that true satisfaction and peace of mind do not come from the world but from Jesus Himself. Until we get that in out thick heads we will not only continue to be disappointed ourselves but we disappoint God as well.

Thomas Kempis wrote: “When a man desires a thing too much, he at once becomes ill at ease.....he can hardly abstain from earthly desires.....he is quick to anger if reproved. Yet if he satisfies his desires, remorse of conscience quickly overwhelms him because he followed his passions and they did not lead to the peace he thought.”

Wow! That is so true but we do it over and over again. We have to learn that Jesus is our total satisfaction in life. He is life and that is why we live for Him in all areas of our lives!

Colossians 1:17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

John 14:8 Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Matthew 6:2 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

2 Peter 1:3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

John 15:5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

We are here for to glorify God in all and there is nothing the world has to offer that cab be better than God Himself!!! Satisfy yourself in Him and Him alone!

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#1146 Posted : Thursday, June 22, 2017 8:41:39 AM(UTC)
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Who will let you down?

Unfortunately, man will let you down. No matter who it is....your spouse, your pastor, you dad, your mom, or your best friend. We are all human and we are all sinner so we will fail others!

Thomas Kempis wrote: “Vain is the man who puts trust in men, in created things.”

The good news their is ONE who we can put all out faith and trust in and who will never let us down...and that is Jesus.

Psalm 55:22Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Romans 5:5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Deuteronomy 31:8 And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.”

Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Jesus is perfect, He never makes any mistakes, and He loves us! He is the best friend I want, how about you???

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

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#1147 Posted : Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:22:59 AM(UTC)
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Are you in the dark?

John 8:12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

You need to ask yourself this morning am I walking in the dark or can I see? We make it very difficult when God has made it very simple to determine where we are in this thing called life.

Jesus tells us plain and simple in the verse above if you follow Jesus you are in the light, if you follow the world/devil you walk in darkness. The light is available to all!!! Thank you Jesus! Read John chapter 3 for a complete understanding.

John 12:46 I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

So this morning where do you want to be? You have a choice...Go with Jesus you will not be disappointed!

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#1148 Posted : Thursday, July 06, 2017 7:11:07 AM(UTC)
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A little church jam!

I love this new song by Zach Williams called “Old Church Choir”! Turn it up and worship the Lord this morning!



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#1149 Posted : Friday, July 07, 2017 7:49:18 AM(UTC)
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People will let you down!

The earlier in life we learn this truth the better off we will be in life! People will let us down. We are not perfect and we will fail!
Thomas Kempis put it like this: “Vain is the man who puts his trust in men, created things.” Amen to that!

I have good news though there is ONE whom we can put our trust in and He will never let you down and He was never created!!! He has always been! That man is Jesus!

Hebrews 13:5c “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 9:10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.

Now as followers of Jesus we should strive to never let anyone down and be a people of our word! But let us know Jesus never does let anyone down who follows Him! All glory, honor, and praise to Jesus my King!

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#1150 Posted : Friday, July 21, 2017 10:40:25 AM(UTC)
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You can’t out give God.

Malachi 3:10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.

Everything you have is from God. You are blessed because of Him. God tells us as you can see to give back to Him a portion of what He has blessed you with. Are you? God even tells you in this verse to put Him to the test! Do as He says and give to the church and see that you will have even more!

I can say for myself that God has blessed me and I will always give back to God! Every week! After all, it is His anyways and I want to be obedient to Him!

Think on what you are giving to God, are you being obedient? If yes, great! If no, no better time to start than today!

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#1151 Posted : Monday, July 24, 2017 6:25:12 AM(UTC)
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Is God seeking you?

Chew on this today:

John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

This verses tells us God is seeking people. What kind of people? People who will worship Him in the Holy Spirit. You only receive the Holy Spirit when you have received Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life. So do you qualify?

Second, the Father is seeking those who are truth. This also can only be had through “The Truth” which is Jesus. Remember John 14:6?

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Jesus identifies Himself as “the Truth” here. So do you seek to follow the Truth and be truthful everyday?

God wants you but you must be willing to submit to His conditions!

God is seeking, I hope you want to be found!!!

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#1152 Posted : Tuesday, July 25, 2017 7:30:16 AM(UTC)
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Humble???

Interesting how much God talks about being humble vs. being prideful in the bible. Search it out sometime. Obviously it is very important to God....our attitudes is a sign of our hearts!

Thomas Kempis said this “The humble live in continuous peace, while in the hearts of the proud are envy and frequent anger.” Think about that. It is so true. So are you a humble person or are you full of pride? Be honest with your self.

Here are a few verses to think about:

Psalm 31:23 Love the Lord all you Saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.

Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil.
Pride and arrogance and the way of evil
and perverted speech I hate.

Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Job 22:29 For when they are humbled you say, ‘It is because of pride’;
but he saves the lowly.

Psalm 25:9He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.

Psalm 149:4 For the Lord Takes pleasure in his people; He adorns the humble with Salvation!

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

Pretty plain and simple, huh?

Are you humble? Only with the help of the Holy Spirit is true humility possible!

Tom
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#1153 Posted : Wednesday, July 26, 2017 7:29:13 AM(UTC)
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Wise Counsel

With the rise of social media I see lots of folks making big mistakes! Discussing personal issues with anyone and everyone. This is not wise! Even outside of social media we often talk about our business with unwise people.

Thomas Kempis warned us against this: “Do not open your heart to every man, but discuss your affairs with one who is wise and fears God. That is some great advise. Find a true man or woman of God for counsel who will advise you by the Word of God for that is where the best answers come from.

Look what God says about counsel:

#1 Seek God’s Word and have a proper fear of God!

Proverbs 1 1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
3 to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
4 to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
5 Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
6 to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

#2 Find that wise counsel.

Proverbs 24:6 for by wise guidance you can wage your war,
and in abundance of counselors there is victory.
Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man listens to advice.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteous.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “bad company ruins good morals”.

So find those godly, wise counselors! Live for the Lord for this is truly wise!

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#1154 Posted : Thursday, July 27, 2017 8:02:32 AM(UTC)
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A giver or stingy? (please read and share)



As a follower of Jesus, I believe we are commander to give a portion of what God has blessed us with back to God. Many scholars teach the stating point of this should be 10% and I think this is a good starting point. I heard a sermon yesterday by Johnny Hunt that really spoke to me and I wanted to share some statistics with you from that sermon.

First let me a share a some scriptures with you about giving(tithing):

Genesis 14:19-20
19 And he blessed him and said,
“Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
Possessor[a] of heaven and earth;
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and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Genesis 28:20-22
20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, 21 so that I come again to my father's house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, 22 and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God's house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

2 Chronicles 31:4-5
4 And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. 5 As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
Proverbs 3:9-10
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Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;
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then your barns will be filled with plenty,
and your vats will be bursting with wine.

Malachi 3:8-12
8 Will man rob God? Yet you are robbing me. But you say, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In your tithes and contributions. 9 You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing me, the whole nation of you. 10 Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. 11 I will rebuke the devourer[a] for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. 12 Then all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a land of delight, says the Lord of hosts.

Mark 12:41-44
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny.[a] 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”

Hebrews 7:1-2 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, 2 and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.

Luke 16:11
11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

The verses in Malachi have always spoken very loudly to me! Obviously we see God desires us to tithe or give a portion back to Him.

Have you ever heard someone say…”if God was good then how could he allow people to starve???” Well Johnny Hunt shared a good insight to this….God is good it is the stingy Christian who people are starving! Ouch! Harsh but true when we get down to the true numbers of things.

As we seen in the verses of Mark 12 above, It does not take money to give money away; it takes faith to give money away. Think very carefully on the following statistics which are the latest we have right now:

Today the average believer gives 2.3% to charity. This is to all charity not just the church…like Red Cross, Cancer research, and the church.

In the Great Depression era the believer gave 3.3%!!!! What? Gave more when they had nothing!

Only 5% of believers give 10% or more. This says much about our faith in our God!

Giving is a heart issue, not a money issue! Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Now think about this: If the minimum giving of all church goers was 10% we would receive $165 billion additional money.

What could the church of God do with this?

$25 billion could relieve global hunger, starvation, and deaths from preventable diseases in 5 years!

$12 billion could eliminate illiteracy in 5 years!

$15 billion could solve the world’s water and sanitation issues, specifically at places in the world where 1 billion people live on less than a $1 a day!

$1 billion could fully fund all overseas mission work!

$100-$110 billion would still be left over for additional ministry expansion.

These numbers blow my mind away!

So let me ask you, if you claim to be a follower of Christ are you a giver by God’s standards or are you a stingy Christian? Remember everything we have is a blessing from God….are we sharing these blessings thus fulfilling Galatians 5:14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Tom
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Is God your Lord?


This is a very important question to ask yourself. God makes it very clear in His Word that when we follow Jesus, we are no longer our own but His!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

The Word tells us we are slaves now…Romans 6:22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.

It continues to say Jesus is Lord….Revelation 17:14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Thomas Kempis gives us a good reminder: “It is a very great thing to obey, to live under a superior and not to be one’s own master.” For the follower of Jesus that superior is JESUS!

So think about who is Lord of your life today?? Is it you? Is it someone you are in a relationship with? Or is it the One and only Jesus who died for you upon the cross, to take your sins upon Himself, so that you may live for eternity in heaven with Him.

I pray we all can say like Joshua: Joshua 24:15 And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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#1156 Posted : Wednesday, August 09, 2017 6:39:16 AM(UTC)
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Only One Way for true peace!

People all over the world are searching for true peace in their lives. Many think it can not be found but God tells us different. It can be found!

Thomas Kempis made a true statement here: “They will never gain peace of mind unless they subject themselves wholeheartedly for the love of God.” Plain and simple and the truth! Are you sold out to the love of God?

Look what God says here: Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Have you turned everything over to God? Or are you holding on to something that you want to keep control of? It don’t work like that if you want peace…God wants all of you. Remember these words from Jesus: Luke 9:23 Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

The One way for peace is Jesus and to make your life all about Him! Think on that today and make your move for true peace through Jesus Christ.

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#1157 Posted : Thursday, August 10, 2017 8:03:26 AM(UTC)
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Stay away from the gossip!

Are you inclined to listen to gossip or maybe even seek it out? In this world we live in gossip is sought on a daily basis as you see we have TV shows, magazines, and internet website just full of gossip about politicians, celebrities, sports stars, and whatever else they can find to spread rumors about. Why are we so concerned about others peoples business?

Look what Thomas Kempis says about gossip: “Shun the gossip of men as much as possible, for discussion of worldly affairs, even though sincere, is a great distraction inasmuch as we are quickly ensnared and captivated by vanity.”

In our distraction of being caught us in gossip we get away from our main purposes…worshipping God, loving others, meeting needs, and sharing the gospel.

God has much to say about gossip so let me share some verses:

Proverbs 16:28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends.

1 Timothy 5:13 13 And besides they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle but also gossips and busybodies, saying things which they ought not.

2 Thessalonians 3:11 For we hear that there are some who walk among you in a disorderly manner, not working at all, but are busybodies.

Romans 1:28-30 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
2 Corinthians 12:20 For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;

James 1:26 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.

So what does God want us to do with our mouths?

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Build people up! Don’t tear them down.

So are you seeking gossip or staying away from it?

Tom
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Take Up Your Cross (Guest writer)



It is not often that I use the devotion of another but I like the way she put this. Short and straight to the point. May we heed the words wisely!

Tom

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

Galatians 6:14, NKJV

The cross is not just a symbol of love or a fashion statement. The cross is your daily decision to deny yourself,
your rights,
your wants,
your dreams,
your plans,
your goals,
and deliberately, wholeheartedly, unreservedly live out your commitment to His will and His way and His Word and His wisdom. The cross is your decision to live for Jesus. Period. No “ifs,” “ands,” “buts,” or “maybes.”
Would you take up your cross . . . every day . . . and follow Him?

Blessings,

Anne Graham Lotz
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Talking with a purpose

Thomas Kempis wrote in his book The Imitation of Christ: “We often talk vainly and to no purpose.” It made me think about the things I talk about. How much time do we waste talking about things that make no difference in life. How much time do we talk about our purpose for life…worshiping, obeying, and serving God?

We need to make our aim in life to speak of the most important aspect of our life….our faith in Jesus. Do you?

What does God’s Word say to this?

Luke 6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.

Matthew 12:36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

Ecclesiastes 10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, But the lips of a fool shall swallow him up;

Psalm 105:1 Oh, give thanks to the Lord! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples!

James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

So think about these verses today and think about what the purpose you have for your mouth. Are you using it to glorify God or something else?????

Tom
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Depend on God not man.

Thomas Kempis once wrote: “A man ought to root himself so firmly in God that he will not need the consolation of men.”

Think about that quote for a bit. Is our relationship so string with God that we don’t need anyone else to lean on? If we think about it that is the way it should be because God can take care of all of our burdens where man can not!

Look what the scriptures say:

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord, Than to put confidence in man.

Jeremiah 17:5 Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man
and makes flesh his strength,
whose heart turns away from the Lord.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

Isaiah 2:22 Stop regarding man
in whose nostrils is breath,
for of what account is he?

We can not even trust our own selves apart from a new heart in Christ so why do we want to lean on another human when we can lean on God for all our needs???
So let us cast all of our cares upon Him as we are instructed in the Word:

1 Peter 5:7
7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Tom
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