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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.
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...
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.”
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.
What if Jesus hadn’t been born?
By | December 21, 2016
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
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!
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).”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Every single person, at some point in his or her life, goes through a time of darkness. Whether it be a darkness of failure, darkness of sin, or the darkness of sorrow, there’s no escaping the fact that darkness is all around us. This darkness causes many to wonder, “Will the darkness win? Will evil prevail?”
The answer to that question was given over 2,000 years ago when Jesus Christ was born into the world. To many in that day, it looked like the darkness was going to win. And while most people were afraid of the darkness of oppression by the Roman Empire, Jesus opened their eyes to the reality of something even darker… the darkness of their own sin.
But in the midst of that darkness, God sent Jesus into the world to shine a great light… a light so bright and so overwhelming that those who experienced it were forever changed.
God sent a bold answer all those years ago that while the darkness may sometimes seem overwhelming, goodness will ultimately triumph over evil. Jesus was the light of the world, and whoever believes in Him already has victory over sin and death. Trust Him for that victory today.
In Christ, you can overcome the darkness and have victory over sin and death. Trust Him today!
In Christ, you have the hope and peace that can endure any storm.
By Jack Graham | November 18, 2016
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
-1 Peter 1:3
Christian recording artist Steven Curtis Chapman once wrote a song entitled “Heaven in the Real World,” in which one of the repeated lines is, “Where is the hope? Where is the peace?” Those are great questions because I think those are the questions many people are asking every day.
How I praise God that we have the answer! There is hope and there is peace for this world. But that hope and peace is found only in Jesus Christ.
You see, when you and I accepted Christ, we were born again to what the Bible in the verse above calls a “living hope,”…a hope that is not wishful thinking, but a hope that is based on the reality of God Himself evidenced in the power of the resurrection of Christ from the dead.
This living hope means we can persevere through trials, rough spots, and even pain. This living hope means we may stumble and fall, but we will not falter completely because we are in Jesus Christ. And this living hope means we have a future that is sure and that we aren’t alone today.
The peace God gives us when we accept Jesus is a peace that the world could never know. It means that we can enjoy serenity of heart no matter what happens to us. Why? Well, Jesus said it best in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you...
Regardless of the trial, you can live in hopeful anticipation
By Jack Graham | November 17, 2016
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes problems are like a big truck you’re following on the highway. It’s so big that you can’t see around it…and you’re not sure you can get around it because you don’t know what’s ahead of you.
A problem can sometimes seem so big and overwhelming that you simply don’t know if you’re ever going to get around it.
The good news is that even though you can’t always see on the other side of a problem, there’s something good there—the anticipation that comes from knowing that when you wrestle through a problem, God is there on the other side with the promise of a brighter and hopeful future.
As a follower of Christ, you have the promise of God that He will finish what He started in you and not leave you stranded in the middle of a problem. And let me remind you that God permits trials in your life to strengthen your faith…and that should give you the anticipation of knowing that He is doing something wonderful through you and for you, even when the testing is hard.
So if you’re going through a hard trial today, don’t let go of the hopeful anticipation of what Christ is doing in your life.
REGARDLESS OF THE TRIAL, YOU CAN LIVE IN HOPEFUL ANTICIPATION BECAUSE OF GOD’S PROMISE TO FINISH WHAT HE STARTED IN YOUR LIFE.
It's a huge mistake to think you're not vulnerable to temptation.
By Jack Graham | November 16, 2016
Therefore, let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
-1 Corinthians 10:12
Remember when you were a kid and would wrestle with your brother or sister? And once you got them down on the ground, you’d hold them there until they cried “uncle”? You wanted them to stop resisting and give up.
Well, temptation is tenacious like that, but far more vicious and unrelenting. If you or I even entertain the idea of sin, we can soon find ourselves in its grip struggling to escape.
You see, Satan can manipulate our minds and seduce us so that we’ll disobey God. He’ll take a natural, God-given, wholesome desire and twist it so that we will desire to use it in God-forbidden ways. He tempts us with the promise of some reward for our disobedience…. it might be pleasure, power, or profit.
And Satan will stop at nothing to make you give in to him. I know people who never dreamed they could be unfaithful to their partner, but then Satan brought the temptation.
Now you might think, “I would never let that happen!” But listen. It’s a huge mistake to think you’re not vulnerable to temptation. You must realize your own weakness and prepare yourself. This is why Jesus taught us to pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil….”
Be proactive in your prayer life. Prize obedience to God more than temptation’s rewards.
IT’S A HUGE MISTAKE TO THINK YOU’RE NOT VULNERABLE TO TEMPTATION.