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In every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

—Philippians 1:18

 

Do you remember those old Gatorade commercials that ask, “Is it in you?” That’s a great question for us to ask ourselves when it comes to our character and our faith…is it in us?

 

The reason Christ-like character needs to be in us is that what is inside us will come out when we are under pressure or facing opposition. It’s at times like these when others see who we really are.

 

If we are going to lead someone else to Christ, or be a positive example, we have to be people of integrity and credibility. Nobody wants to follow someone they don’t trust or who is not completely believable. Your message must be livable if it is to be believable.

 

It’s important to remember that we are either bringing credit or discredit to the holy name of Christ by the things we do and say each day. If the people around you know that you are a Christian, then what you do and say is a representation to them of Jesus.

 

That’s challenging to think about, but if Christ is in you, you have everything you need to be a positive example. After all, the best argument for Christ is a faithful follower of Him!

 

There’s really nothing mysterious about being a good example of the Christian faith.  Just let your walk match your talk.  Make your personal witness for Christ believable and trustworthy, so others will be willing to follow the example you set.

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Contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

—Jude 1:3

 

As we share the Gospel with the people around us and take it to the ends of the earth, we need to be aware that there are people out there who seek to distort or dilute the pure message of Christ. Any belief system or teaching that does either one of these things is a false system that we can’t trust.

 

Many people want to add works or rules to the Gospel; that is, they distort it to fit their own ideas of what it takes to be saved. Others try to water down the Gospel by removing or downplaying the need for confession and repentance.

 

The problem is that when unbelievers hear multiple versions of the Gospel, they don’t usually know which one to believe. Or even worse, they just simply choose the one that sounds the best!

 

There will always be those who try to make the Gospel less…or more…than it is. The challenge for us as believers is to make absolutely sure that we are clear when we present the truth of Christ.

 

That means being truthful with people about their sin and need of a Savior. Beware of the teaching, even in some so-called Christian circles, which says that everything will be fine if you just try to do your best, because God loves you no matter what and will accept your best efforts.

 

That’s not the Gospel! Nor is it the Gospel that somehow we can work our way to heaven.

 

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I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health.

—3 John 1:2

 

When was the last time you thanked God for your health? It’s probably been a while, because most of us take our health for granted.

 

One interesting thing to me about physical health is the powerful impact that our minds can have on the way we feel. By that I mean if we are always entertaining thoughts about how sick we are, or if we’re afraid of how sick we might become, the chances are we’re going to be sick.

 

Now please don’t misunderstand. I’m not making light of real illnesses. I’m just saying that the way we think and the attitude we take toward life has a tremendous influence on how we feel.

 

When I was in seminary, I ran an impromptu field test where four or five of us went up to another student who was perfectly healthy and told him, “Boy, you look sick,” just to see how it would affect him. Sure enough, before the day was over he went home sick!

 

My point is simply this. Live with a healthy attitude. Don’t worry about whether you might catch the latest “in” disease. Just thank God for the strength He gives you each day.

 

Thank God today for the strength He gives you to follow and serve Him.

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
 
—Psalm 118:24

If you’re around negative people very much, you know what a downer they can be. Some people just seem to always see the negative side of things, and refuse to embrace hope or happiness.
 


But as Christians, we need to get rid of those negative attitudes. That’s exactly what Paul did in his writings. He was even in prison when he wrote several of his letters, but he chose to rejoice in the Lord!  Paul would agree that your attitude will determine your outcome.
 


Every day, we should make a decision to rejoice and thank God, no matter our situation. Christians should be the most insanely joyful people on the earth! We don’t need to struggle all day with fear or worry because we know that Christ has everything in His hands, and He won’t let us go.
 


Learning to rejoice in the day is a process of training and disciplining ourselves to serve Christ and live in the joy of His love and grace. We may get irritable and stressed at times, but if the determination of our hearts is to rejoice in the Lord, we can find the good in everything—even in the little delays and frustrations of the day that so often upset us.
 


There is a wonderful little children’s chorus that begins, “This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made.  We will rejoice, we will rejoice and be glad in it.” That would be a good daily anthem to sing.
 

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the ultimate win-win situation
By | January 8, 2017

I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better.                                

—Philippians 1:23

 

I love a win-win situation! There’s nothing better than being in a situation where you come out on top no matter what you do. This is exactly what Paul describes in today’s verse.

 

Paul knew that the churches he had established needed him, and that staying on earth would mean more fruitful ministry. But he also had an overwhelming desire to be with Christ.

 

This is the ultimate win-win situation for Christians. If we live, we have another day to serve and please Christ. And even if we die, we will be with Him in paradise for eternity!

 

So how should we respond to this? The way Paul did. He wanted to go to heaven, but he also wanted to take as many people as possible with him. So Paul decided he would make every day he had count for Christ, serving Him and bringing Him glory…and let God decide when it was time for him to go home to be with Him for eternity.

 

My friend, if you’re a Christian you have the best of both worlds! You have a sure future and eternity in the presence of God, and you have another day to serve Him until then.

 

I challenge you today to make the most of each day God gives you to bring Him glory…and bring others to Christ.

  

Praise God for giving you the ultimate win-win situation—a life that counts for him today...

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What is success for your family?
By | December 30, 2016

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

—Luke 10:27

 

I know you want your family to be successful. Whether you’re a parent or grandparent, you want your children to be healthy, successful, and productive.

But what is true success? Jesus addressed this in Luke 10 when he was confronted by a lawyer asking, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?”

Jesus replied with a question, “What is written in the Law?” The answer is our verse today: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”

Jesus said, “Do this, and you will live” (Luke 10:28). If you want your children to really live, a successful life comes from a strong faith.

You may be asking, “So how do I instill that faith into my children?”

It’s not as hard as society likes to pretend. You see, God wants your children to know and love Him even more than you do.

That is why He has provided you with an instruction manual, His Word. If you and I simply apply the Scriptures to our lives and homes, we will raise godly children!

If you’re struggling in a particular area at home, see what god’s word has to say about it.

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What if Jesus hadn’t been born?
By | December 21, 2016

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.

Colossians 1:15

 

I want you to try to imagine what the world would be like without the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s beyond our imagination, but just try to picture it. We certainly wouldn’t know God as we know Him. In fact, we’d be fortunate to have even heard about the God revealed in the Old Testament.  

So what changed on that first Christmas so long ago? Well, when Jesus Christ came, the Bible says He was Immanuel… “God with us.” God was no longer a distant deity. He was no longer an unfathomable, unapproachable image. But God became flesh and blood; God was with us! That’s why Jesus would later say, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9).

When Jesus was born into the world, He was God! He wasn’t a man acting like God; not even God acting like a man; but God who was fully man and a man who was fully God! When Christ was seeing, that was God seeing. And when Christ was walking, that was God walking!

If Jesus hadn’t come, and if He weren’t God, we’d never have the knowledge of God we have today. So thank God today for sending Jesus to Bethlehem all those years ago so that you might have a clear picture of a God who loves you unconditionally!

THANK GOD FOR REVEALING HIMSELF TO YOU THROUGH JESUS SO THAT YOU COULD BE SAVED BY KNOWING HIM!

 

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Wrap your mind around the truth
By | December 20, 2016

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us).”

—Matthew 1:23

Right now, millions of people around the world are preparing for Christmas. Some are planning for parties and family gatherings. Others are frantically shopping for the final items on their Christmas list.

You may even have a few last-minute preparations to make, too.

So many people are consumed with the usual Christmas activities. But do they really know what is Christmas really all about? Is it a myth? Is it about merriment? Is it about money and merchandizing?

The answer is that Christmas is a miracle. An amazing, life-changing miracle that happened long ago—and that continues to happen in the lives of those who know Christ.

The first miracle of Christmas is that Immanuel came. And according to our verse today, Immanuel means “God with us.”

The very presence of God in Jesus Christ came to earth. It’s unbelievable! Impossible! Unthinkable! Heaven’s royalty walked down our streets. He became flesh and dwelt among us.

And the Prince of eternity still knocks on your door today. That’s the glorious truth of Christmas.

Wrap your mind around the truth that God himself stepped out of eternity into time… for you.

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The greatest story ever told
By | December 19, 2016

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”—Matthew 1:21
 

In the busyness of the holiday season, it’s easy to lose sight of how truly incredible the miracle of Christmas really is. Think about it. Jesus bridged the gulf of sin between God and mankind (you, if you’re a believer) by taking the form of man.

The story of Christmas is the Greatest Story Ever Told because Jesus came to bear the devastation and pain of our sins. It’s unimaginable, but true!  Christmas is about redemption. It’s about hope. As our verse today says, “He will save his people from their sins.”

 When you get a glimpse of what Jesus came to do, you can recapture the wonder and awe of this Christmas season. 

Because Christ came, we can be filled with joy, hope, and peace! And that is Good News worth celebrating!
 
The story of Christmas is the greatest story ever told because Jesus came to bear the devastation and pain of our sins.

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The Ultimate Gift
By | December 16, 2016

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

—John 3:16

God wants to live in your heart and transform your life. You see, when you become a believer in Jesus Christ, a wonderful thing happens. The very Spirit of God enters your life and lives within you!  And when the Holy Spirit lives within, you’re never the same.

 

This is the best Christmas present of all! Nothing can compare to receiving the gift of Jesus Christ because His salvation is the ultimate gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

 

God loves you and me so much so that he sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth as a baby. God sent Him so that you could have meaning, purpose, and a future with Him. God didn’t walk away or give up on restoring our relationship with Him. No, He came to save you!

 

It’s my prayer that you would remember God’s love for you this Christmas season and that you would be bold in sharing this gift with the world. It will be the best Christmas present you could ever give someone!

 

Nothing can compare to receiving the gift of Jesus Christ because His salvation is the ultimate gift of forgiveness and eternal life.

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