Month: August 2022

August 16th – Romans 11:22

Romans 11:22

I love sitting on my front porch and enjoying the view of the large oak tree in my front yard. The beauty of its leaves in autumn is surpassed only by the size of its massive trunk. It bestows the kindness and nourishment of its leathery nuts to all who hunger. And protection from the storm to those seeking harbor in its sturdy branches. God is the mightiest of oaks. Providing spiritual sustenance and divine protection to those who feed on His Word, and shelter in His branches. A privilege reserved for those He calls His own. And because of His unequaled kindness, through the gift of salvation, we are grafted into His roots. And as long as we “continue in His kindness,” staying firmly perched in His tree, never rejecting Him or His Word, not ever will we hunger, nor any storm overtake us.

August 15th – Colossians 3:12

Colossians 3:12

One of the hardest choices we make in the morning, is what to wear. Often I find myself standing in front of my closet wishing I had a personal stylist. But guess what? As Christians we have access to an outfit that is perfect for every occasion and never goes out of style! As our Redeemer, Jesus takes our filthy rags of wickedness and clothes us in the ultimate designer clothes of His righteous glory. Magnificent robes that are to sparkle with the Lord’s kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bearing one another in love, and forgiving each other with same grace shown to us. Through the blood of Jesus we are now citizens of heaven. And each day we are to dress like it. Obediently wearing our heavenly attire that reflects “those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved,” for all to see!

August 14th – Titus 1:7

Titus 1:7

The church at Crete was struggling, so Paul instructed Titus to appoint elders as overseers. Not an easy job, because the church was being influenced by the morally corrupt Cretan culture. The men Titus chose had to be spiritual, with characters above reproach. For they would need strength against the evil and ungodly pulls of the world.  Much like today, the believers at Crete lived in a society which was trying to rid itself of God. But no matter what this wicked world says or does, the Lord calls us to hold fast to the truth of His Word. For we too are overseers in God’s church. Elders who need to lead godly lives, allowing Christ to work in and through us. Drawing others to Him through kindness, goodness, honesty, and patience. And when we know God’s truths and hold them in our hearts, we won’t be led astray by false teachers, wrong doctrines, and those “who turn away from the truth” (Titus 1:14).

August 13th – 1 Peter 4:10

1 Peter 4:10

Recently I went through a drive-thru. I pulled up to the window to find the car ahead had paid for my order. Pleasantly surprised by the generous gift, I happily paid for the car behind me to keep the blessing ball rolling. Each Christian is given a spiritual gift. Whether it be leadership, discernment, giving, helping, or teaching, each of us receives a gift of God’s choosing. And He  expects us to take that blessing and pay it forward. For just as God told Israel, we are blessed to in turn bless others.  (Gen. 12:2-3) Evangelical author Neil T Anderson wrote, “Your greatest fulfillment in life will come when you discover your unique gifts and abilities and use them to edify others and glorify the Lord.” If we want to glorify the Lord, we need to be willing to take the blessing ball God passes to us and pass it on. Serving others generously, giving kindness, encouragement, and strengthening to all who need it.

Our Faithful God – Deuteronomy 7

Deuteronomy 7

Recently while driving to an appointment, I took a wrong turn and ended up in an unfamiliar part of the city. Caught in traffic, and headed the wrong way, as soon as I was able I pulled over. There I got my bearings and called my husband to share my predicament. After hearing my plight he asked, “Why didn’t you just follow the route the GPS gave you?” I meekly replied, “Because I thought my way was better.” …

August 12th – Hebrews 8:12

Hebrews 8:12

Are you your own worst critic? Eager to speak a kind word to another, saving the harshest words in speaking to yourself? Can you forgive the mistakes of others, yet yours is on a movie wheel that continuously plays in your head? God says that when we both confess and repent of our sins He forgives and forgets, wiping the slate clean. So if He remembers no more, why can’t we forget? Because two of the of the greatest weapons Satan has in his armory are guilt and shame. And he wields them generously. Satan, whose name means Accuser, does just that. He whispers in our ears that we are unclean, unforgivable, unworthy, and unloved. He delights in reminding us of our past sins, trying to inject our hearts with feelings of doubts about God’s mercy, kindness, and love. But He is the father of lies. (John 8:44) So when God calls you forgiven, believe it! Not as a hopeful wish, but as a divine fact.

August 11th – 1Corinthians 13:4-5

1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Loving one another doesn’t always come easy. And some days, it doesn’t come at all. And although no one can love as unconditionally and perfectly like Jesus, still we are called to love like Him just the same. But what is Christlike love? Contrary to popular culture, it isn’t butterflies in the stomach, or a sappy song on the radio. Genuine, Christlike love isn’t found in a feeling. Rather it’s found in the way we treat others. Each time we show patience, kindness, and goodness to another, we are loving them the way Jesus does. Christlike love isn’t envious of another’s blessings or based in arrogance and pride. It doesn’t intentionally hurt others, nor keep a scorecard of another’s past mistakes. Instead it demonstrates it’s deep love for God by obediently loving others not in words, but in godly deeds.

August 10th – Galatians 5:1

Galatians 5:1

As the perfect fulfillment of the Law, with His death the Lord freed us from living under a set of rules. Yet because we’re all in various stages of our spiritual growth, what we feel free to do or not do means different things to different people. And Paul tells we need to respect those differences with patience and kindness. Instead of saying, “I’m not giving up my rights because another Christian hurt feelings about it!”, say, “From a Christlike love, it’s better to limit my own freedom than to cause a weaker believer to stumble.” Paul knows of what he speaks. As an apostle personally chosen by Jesus, Paul was entitled to certain rights specified by God. But instead of claiming these rights, he voluntarily laid them aside for a greater reward. (1 Cor. 18-19, 23) Paul thought it a great privilege to serve the Lord. And although he never compromised his convictions, he was more than willing to put his comfort, needs, opinions, and rights behind those of others. And all to grow God’s kingdom.

News Of The Day – August 9th

Survivor Of Oxford Michigan School Shooting Wows Judges With Lauren Daigle Song

18 year old Ava Swiss’ stirring rendition of Lauren Daigle’s “Remember” earned her a standing ovation on America’s Got Talent. But it was her personal story that truly touched the Judges and audience. Swiss revealed she was a survivor of the Oxford, Michigan school shooting in November 2021. “I’m just so blessed, and I’m so happy I have another opportunity to just share my story and to hopefully touch others and heal others with my voice,” the young singer said. Swiss earned a unanimous “Yes” vote from all four Judges to move forward in the next round. Read more of her story here.

 

British Boy Dies when Life Support Is Pulled After Long Legal Battle Between Family And Doctors

Archie Battersbee, the 12-year-old British boy whose family waged an unsuccessful legal fight to stop his doctors from disconnecting him from a ventilator, died. He had been in a coma since he was found unconscious by his mother in April. Archie was being kept alive by a combination of medical interventions, including ventilation and drug treatments. The family fought against turning off his life support but were ultimately defeated. His family, who were supported by the Christian Legal Centre, said they were “so proud” of Archie and that he had “fought against all the odds”. Read more about the sweet little boy and his family here.

 

Wisconsin Pastor Arrested In Solicitation Of Minors Sting

The lead pastor of an evangelical church in northwest Wisconsin has been arrested in a solicitation of minors sting operation conducted by state and local authorities. Jason James Taylor, 47, lead pastor of Calvary Chapel Solid Rock in New Richmond, Wisconsin, was among six people arrested following a sting operation led by the Minnesota Human Trafficking Investigators Task Force. An agent chatted with Taylor via messaging and sent a “decoy” picture of a girl appearing to be under 18. Taylor agreed to pay $80 for a  sex act. Read more the sting and arrest here.

 

Auburn Basketball Team Baptized In Jordan River During Israel Tour

Players from one of college basketball’s most prominent teams took part in a baptism ceremony in the Jordan River last week during an off day as part of the team’s summer international tour. The Auburn men’s basketball team visited multiple historical sites in Israel in recent days, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which tradition says was the site of Christ’s empty tomb. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, who is Jewish, has called the tour a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity. On Friday, the players were baptized in the Jordan River. The team’s official social media account posted pictures of the baptisms. Read more about their life changing trip here.

August 9th – Hebrews 12:15

Hebrews 12:15

As followers of Jesus we are to show the grace of God to all we meet. For we are His representatives here in the world. And as Paul tells us, “a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing.” (2 Cor. 2:15) Meaning our lives should be such wonderful testimonies of the love and grace of Jesus, they are lights to those who receive Him, and a condemnation to those who reject Him. But we can’t be those glorious reflections if our roots are tangled in bitterness, anger, and strife. Because such things only lead to trouble in our life and the lives of others. Instead we need to be deeply rooted in God and nourished by His grace. Only then will we be able to be kind to one another, tenderhearted, and forgiving; just as God in Christ forgave us.