Month: January 2021

Rest in Jesus – (Matthew 11)

Matthew  11

“Life is difficult for everyone; everyone has bad days. Everyone has trouble in their life because it doesn’t matter how rich you are, sickness, trouble, worry, and love; these things will mess with you at every level of life.” …Domhnall Gleeson

Sometimes it seems life has a way of kicking us when we’re down. And just when we think we can’t get any lower, we get kicked again. Setbacks, failure, and tragedy are a part of life. No matter who you are, there’s no way around it. But even in our times of deepest despair, we can can find comfort and rest through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. …

January 26th – Galatians 2:20

Galatians 2:20

The Christian life is all about change. Getting rid of the old and putting on the new. But change doesn’t just happen. It takes commitment and work. Commitment and work to lay down our sinful, fleshly desires of the past and put on the righteousness of Jesus. For once we accept Him as our Savior we no longer live for ourselves, but for the One who died to give us everything. That means becoming His ambassadors to a darkened world. Ambassadors who let Christ work through us to so that others can receive His precious gift of salvation.

News Of The Day – January 25th

Tennessee Governor Lifts Some Restrictions On Houses Of Worship

For many, one the hardest parts of the epidemic has been the closing of their local house of worship. But now, Christians in Tennessee are getting some new hope. Tennessee Governor, Bill Lee, has issued a new executive order Tuesday lifting some gathering restrictions put in place at the end of 2020. Although the governor warns that church services, weddings and funerals are encouraged to occur virtually, he has lifted the previous 10 person limit on social gatherings in indoor spaces. Read more about the new orders here.

 

Black Churches Stepping Up To Help In Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution

Although covid-19 vaccines have been developed, the government has been struggling to get the vaccines in the arms of Americans across the country. Now black churches in Florida have stepped up to aid the community. Pastor, R. B. Holmes Jr., along with other black worship leaders, have organized the Statewide Coronavirus Vaccination Community Education and Engagement Task Force. The group is partnering with hospitals and the state to better distribute vaccines as they become available through local churches to the people who are most at risk. Read more about their efforts here.

 

Christian Leaders Call For Lift Of Sanctions Against Syria

Church leaders in the Middle East, have written a letter to the new US President Joe Biden urging him to end restrictions in the war torn area of Syria. The middle east worship leaders called on President Biden to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the country, which is threatening the whole region and the world with a new wave of instability. Nearly 400,000 Syrians have died and over 11 million have been displaced since the uprising against Syrian President Assad began in 2011. Read more of these religious leaders pleas here.

 

Chinese Gold Miners Rescued

 Twenty two people have been trapped underground in the city of Qixia, Shandong Province, since an explosion blocked their exit on January 10. But now, eleven of those miners have been rescued, Chinese state media reported. The fate of 10 others who were underground at the time is unknown. Explosions and deaths are not uncommon in Chinese mines. but Increased supervision has improved safety in China’s mining industry, which used to average 5,000 deaths per year. Read more about the rescue here.

 

Has Jesus Disappointed You? – (Matthew 21)

Matthew 21

Have you ever been disappointed by Jesus? You’re probably saying to yourself right now, “What!? Of course not!” But if we’re truly being honest, wouldn’t the answer be yes? Maybe it’s something that you’ve really wanted or deserved that you didn’t receive. Perhaps you’ve been in a situation that wasn’t resolved to your expectations. Whatever the reason, if you’ve ever felt the sting of disappointment you are not alone. …

January 25th – Isaiah 41:10

Isaiah 41:10

Life is full of change. But change is hard, and not all of it is good. Yet each day, through the good and bad, God is with us. He cares, and is actively involved in every aspect of our lives. The Lord strengthens us by sending the Holy Spirit to guide us, and His precious Word to direct our steps. And in His great mercy, when we cry out to Him, God will answer our call. For with His mighty right hand He upholds us in righteousness, and promises to never forsake us. So today and every day, be bold, be strong, and be fearless. For the Lord is with us and His unending love will never fail!

January 24th – Psalm 118:24

Psalm 118:24

Every day we get to experience on earth, is a gift from God. And although not every day is a good day, there is always good in every day. For not only are God’s mercies new each morning (Lam. 3:22-23), each day holds its own unique blessings and opportunities to work for His kingdom. God knows the exact number of our days, and expects us to use each one that He gives us to the fullest. So although we might not what the day ahead holds, each morning we can rejoice and be glad. For this day will never come again. Go out and make it a great one!

January 23rd – Ezekiel 36:26

Ezekiel 36:26

When we receive Jesus as our Savior, a remarkable thing begins to happen. The Holy Spirit comes to indwell us and begins His remodeling project. He breaks down the walls of our fleshly, sinful hearts, and begins a transformation. The old is thrown away and the new begins to take shape. The Spirit cleanses our sin and renews our minds, allowing our souls to become joyful reflections of our Savior.  And all this is possible through the life, death, and sacrifice of the One who gave all to call us His, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God!

News Of The Day – January 22nd

Double Suicide Bombing In Iraq

The Islamic State (IS) group has said it was behind a double suicide bombing in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Thursday that killed at least 32 people and wounded more than 100. “It’s because of the elections. They are fighting for positions,” said Hussein Nahi, a porter at the scene who was wheeling goods in a wooden cart when the first bomber detonated his explosives. “This is because of disputes by the politicians, because always when elections are close, we pay the price.” Read more about this tragic taking of innocent lives here.

 

Immigration Ministries Praise Executive Order

Newly elected President Joe Biden spent his first hours as president signing many executive orders. Two of which were repealing former President Trump’s restrictions on travel from several Muslim countries, and stopping construction of the Southern border wall.  Evangelical advocates for immigrants and refugees were encouraged by President Biden’s decision, seeing it as  a positive step forward. Read more about these executive orders here.

 

Evangelist Stephen Lungu Passes Away

Many people around the world are mourning the death of a popular and much loved international evangelist. Steven Lungu, a leading African evangelist and former international team leader and CEO of African Enterprise, passed away in Lilongwe, Malawi today from Covid-19 complications. Lungu, whose powerful testimony of how God transformed him from a bitter freedom fighter to a global evangelist, has touched multitudes of people around the world. Read more about this man of God and his powerful testimony here.

 

Popular Christian Singer Relying On Jesus

Grammy award winning Christian artist, Zach Williams, has released his newest song entitled, ‘Less Like me”.  In the song Williams asks to be more like Jesus with a little more mercy and a little more grace towards others. “What does being more like Jesus mean to me? A couple things that come to mind, especially in this season, would be patience and peace,” Williams is quoted as saying. See the video for this uplifting song here.

 

Do Not Worry About Tomorrow – Matthew 6:25-34

Matthew 6

Fear and anxiety are powerful tools of the enemy. For God did not design us to be anxious or worried. In His Sermon on the Mount Jesus told the crowds, “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’….Do not worry about tomorrow.” (Matt. 6:31,34) …

January 22nd – Philippians 3:14

Philippians 3:14

As Christians God sets a goal for each of us. And that is to run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1). Each race is unique to each believer, but the objective is the same. We are all called to live lives of faithful obedience. We are to work for the betterment of God’s kingdom right up until that glorious moment when our Father calls us home. That means no dwelling on the mistakes of the previous day, but starting each new day fresh, forgiven, and ready to report to work for the Lord. And we do all of this for the unmerited and magnificent prize of Jesus Christ Himself!