WHEN WILL IT COME!
Date: 6/24/2014 08:14 - Subscribe
Luke 17:20-21 NLT
20 One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, "When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. 21 You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.
The Pharisees asked when God's kingdom would come, not knowing that it had already arrived. The kingdom of God is not like an earthly kingdom with geographical boundaries. Instead, it begins with the work of God's Spirit in people's lives and in relationships. Still today we must resist looking to institutions or programs for evidence of the progress of God's kingdom. Instead, we should look for what God is doing in people's hearts.
GOD'S ENDURING WISDOM
Date: 6/21/2014 10:45 - Subscribe
I am often struck by the sense of urgency in the
Scriptures. Truly, our turning to God and living
the life God intended are presented as a matter
that needs our immediate attention. We need to
"seek the Lord while he may be found" and
"return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on us."
While we can interpret this sense of urgency as
a plea to avoid our own perishing, it seems that
the emphasis has more to do with God been with
us. God's "thoughts are not my thoughts" and
God's "ways are not my ways." The urgency of
the Scriptures is rooted in the reality that God
has something far greater in mind for us, and
each moment that we wait to embrace that
reality is time lost. God has a vision for our
flourishing, and we would be better off to seek
it in each day and in each moment.
God, help me in each day and each moment to
seek your wisdom that I may live fully this life
as you intended. Amen
(The Covenant Home Altar Daily Devotion, Paul Corner)
Date: 6/19/2014 08:20 - Subscribe
We shouldn’t be overly invested in winning over
fans. Some people just won’t like us, and that’s
all right. It’s probably not about us, but about
them. Try not to take it personally. There is only
one fan that we really need on our side – and
God already is our biggest fan.
Date: 6/15/2014 08:50 - Subscribe
(Here is a brief prayer that hits home)
Dear Lord, we can understand why You would be
disappointed and angry with Your disobedient
children, but we cannot comprehend why You
would go to such great lengths to save us. May
we be eternally grateful You aren't motivated by
what we and others find to be logical.
In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Date: 6/12/2014 08:47 - Subscribe
But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be
blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts
honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a
defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that
is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:14-15
Florida's 12-year-old Giovanni Rubeo was in trouble with his teacher.
No, he wasn't being disrespectful, and he wasn't being a bully to
other students. Rubeo hadn't neglected his homework, and he
wasn't regularly skipping class. He hadn't brought guns or knives to
school, and he wasn't being defiant.
That being said, Rubeo was told to dial his home phone number.
When he did as instructed, while the rest of the class watched and
listened, the teacher took the phone and left a rather brusque
message on the parent's answering machine.
But maybe I am getting ahead of myself. I should back up and tell
you Rubeo had been in trouble before. The teacher had decided his
selection of reading material during "free reading time" had been
offensive. More than once the teacher had confronted Rubeo about
his choices in reading material. On other occasions he complied
with her order to "Put that book away." This time, with his father's
blessing, Rubeo declined. That's when the teacher left the following
"I noticed that he has a book -- a religious book -- in the classroom.
He's not permitted to read those books in my classroom."
Did you get that? The teacher said that during "free reading time,"
which is when the kids are allowed to pick a book of their own
choice, Rubeo is not allowed to read religious material, in this case,
a Bible. The boy's outraged father maintains the folks at his son's
school and school district need to understand the concept of freedom
of religion. Legal experts agree with dad and say they also need to
understand the guidelines put out by the U.S. Department of
Education. (To see the official government position on Bible reading,
see the reference and link after the prayer.)
Now it's tragic that any young student in our nation should have to
face such non-violent persecution, but we can still give thanks. We
can give thanks because, from start to finish, Rubeo's family has
followed the instructions given in 1 Peter. When their faith was
1. they were prepared to make a defense of their faith;
2. they gave an answer for the hope they have in the Redeemer;
3. they gave their response with gentleness and respect.
There is little doubt this kind of persecution will increase in years to
come. By God's grace and the Holy Spirit's power, may we prepare
our young people to stand firm for the Lord Jesus who gave His life
for their forgiveness and salvation.
Dear Lord, we give thanks for the opportunity to stand up for the
Savior who stood strong for us. Grant that our witness may touch
others and point them to the Savior who gave His life for our
forgiveness. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
(Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries)
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