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The Last Will Be First

Written by | December 1, 2017 | 0
Read: Mark 9:33–37 Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 40–41; 2 Peter 3 Those who humble themselves will be exalted.—Matthew 23:12 Recently I was among the last in line to board a large passenger jet with unassigned seating. I located a middle seat beside the wing, but the only spot for my bag was the overhead compartment by the very last row. This meant I had to wait for everyone to leave before I could go back and retrieve it. I laughed as I settled into my seat and a thought occurred to me that seemed to be from the Lord: “It really won’t hurt you to wait. It will actually do you good.” So I resolved to enjoy the extra time, helping other passengers lower their luggage after we landed and assisting a flight attendant with cleaning. By the time I was able to retrieve my bag, I laughed

“GOD IS COUNTING ON“ YOU (2)

Written by | November 14, 2017 | 0
GOD IS COUNTING ON“ YOU (2)” SCRIPTURE READINGS: Daniel 1:1 – 7 EXPOSITION: In Ghana, about 70% of the nation’s population is said to be Christians. The rest are a combination of all other religions. One would thus expect that the majority will influence the minority. Unfortunately, this is not so. It is in this more or less Christian nation (Ghana) that many vices such as bribery and corruption are rampant. When King Nebuchadnezzar besieged Judah, he instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs that he should bring to Babylon, some children of Israel (Children of God), with special qualities and could stand in the king’s palace. The same criteria were used in selecting all the slaves to Babylon. Indicating that, any Hebrew slave that was carried to Babylon during the capture,

“GOD IS COUNTING ON YOU”

Written by | November 14, 2017 | 0
SCRIPTURE READING: Daniel 1:8 – 15 Ama left for the University having in mind that she represented her loving father wherever she was. And so, she wanted to make her dad proud by finishing with a first class. In her final year, what bothered her most was the proposal by her lecturer to sleep with her in order to get the high mark she needed to achieve her dream. She had to make a decision which most of us face in life. Should she give in to him? In our reading today, we see Daniel and his other three friends who were faced with a similar situation. All four of them were youths, and out of their native land to be slaves in the land of Babylon; where no mom or dad or church leader was present to check on them. The King instructed they should be taught the Babylonian language, and their names

Let’s Finish the Race

Written by | September 20, 2017 | 0
Read: Ecclesiastes 4:9–12 Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 4–6; 2 Corinthians 12 Two are better than one . . . . If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.—Ecclesiastes 4:9–10 In the 2016 Rio Olympics, two athletes in the 5,000-meter race caught the world’s attention. About 3,200 meters into the race, New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino collided and fell. Abbey was quickly up on her feet, but stopped to help Nikki. Moments after the two athletes had started running again, Abbey began faltering, her right leg injured as a result of the fall. It was now Nikki’s turn to stop and encourage her fellow athlete to finish the race. When Abbey eventually stumbled across the finish line, Nikki was waiting to embrace her. What a beautiful picture of mutual

The Battle Between Faith and Worry

Written by | September 19, 2017 | 0
BIBLE MEDITATION: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Philippians 4:6 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Do you ever worry? Don’t look around and point your finger at someone else. Do you ever worry—even the least little bit? And yet the Bible so clearly tells us not to worry about anything but to pray about everything. There are really only two classes of things for which we ought not to worry: those things we cannot do anything about and the things we can do something about. The best thing you can say about worry is that it is useless. The worst thing you can say about it is that it dishonors God. ACTION POINT: Worry is the opposite of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to

“THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” 

Written by | August 14, 2017 | 0
SCRIPTURE READING: Galatians 5:19-26 EXPOSITION: The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These are the gracious and godly habits produced in the life of a believer, by reason of the Holy Spirit indwelling in the believer. One of the primary purposes of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Christian is to lead and facilitate a transformational process, where the Christian is made conformed into the image of Christ. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is in direct contrast with the acts of the sinful nature in Galatians 5:19-21, which describes all people, in varying degrees, when they do not know Christ and thus positioned outside the influence of the Holy Spirit. Our sinful nature produces certain types of fruit that reflect

Just Passing Through—Our Real Home Is Waiting

Written by | August 10, 2017 | 0
BIBLE MEDITATION: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: God saved you out of this world and sent you back into this world to tell the world that Jesus saves. He is scattering you as precious seed. You are an ambassador upon foreign soil for the King of kings. You are not only scattered as precious seed, you are also scattered as a persevering saint. You are a foreigner in a land where you march to a different drummer. You don’t settle down in this world. It’s not your home; you’re only passing through. ACTION POINT: You ought to pray, “Lord, if I am building a nest, put a thorn in it.” If you dabble and delight in this world, yet your citizenship is in heaven, you’re

Seeking Things or Seeking Him?

Written by | August 8, 2017 | 0
BIBLE MEDITATION: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: Have you ever noticed that along with the command in Matthew 6:34 not to worry, correspondingly there comes a promise from God to take care of us? One of the most frequent promises is that we will be fed—God will take care of our needs. Then why does God promise that “all these things will be added unto you.”? So we will not starve? No. Friend, a lot of people who don’t trust God have a pantry full of food. The average unsaved person is thinking about money, homes, cars, clothes, jewelry, etc. Jesus knows we have a one-track mind and cannot serve two masters. If these are the things you are seeking, then you are not seeking

Are You Looking For An Easy Way To Serve God?

Written by | July 24, 2017 | 0
BIBLE MEDITATION: “…and run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1c DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: The word “patience” here doesn’t mean the ability to thread a needle, but literally means “endurance.”  It means bearing up under some load, some challenge. Are you looking for an easy way, a cheap way, a lazy way to serve God?  All honey and no bees? A life of ease?  You just want to say, “O, I’m so happy in Jesus.”  Listen, this business of running this race means that you’re going to be at it with all of your heart. You may be on a sick bed or in a wheelchair. But none is excluded. We are to run with endurance.  When you watch someone running, do you notice how intense he is? If you’re in this race, you need to pray over it, you need to weep over it,

Take Off That Overcoat!

Written by | July 24, 2017 | 0
BIBLE MEDITATION: “Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us….” Hebrews 12:1 DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT: If you’re going to run a race, how do you prepare yourself?  First, you’ve got to lay the weights aside.  Notice athletes. They run in very light clothing. The less weight, the better.  One thing you’ll never see is someone in the Olympics, running in an overcoat.  It’s not going to happen.  They get as light as they possibly can.  You have to lay aside every weight. The Greek word weight does not mean something that’s sinful.  It just means something that burdens you, that holds you down.  There are some things that are not bad in themselves.  Nothing wrong