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Wednesday
Oct292014

Rejection Hurts

But if any place refuses to welcome you or listen to you, shake its dust from your feet as you leave to show that you have abandoned those people to their fate. (Mark 6:11 NLT)


They were told not to move, but what if moving would quell another’s feelings of rejection?

Lunch room rules state a student must remain in the same seat. New students often feel uncomfortable regardless of where they sit, especially if they don’t know anyone—and Scarlet didn't. One student, however, took the initiative to break the rule. I assumed she was coming to ask permission to go to the bathroom, but instead she asked, “Dr. Wiles, can me and ____ go and sit by the new girl?” Last year, she had been the new girl. I suppose she knew how rejection felt. An honorable act of intervention. 

Jesus knew many would reject his message of love. During my lifetime, I've been rejected numerous times for various things. When I was young, I was normally the last one picked for a game team. I've been turned down for jobs and overlooked for promotions. And I have numerous notches in my belt representing the times one of my articles or devotions has been turned down for publication. 

Yet I take comfort in knowing God never rejects me or anyone else—unless they purposefully ignore him. We are all created in God’s image which makes us important and worthy of acceptance. In fact, Jesus said the second greatest commandment—behind loving him with all my heart, was for me to love others as I do myself. 

The ways I can show acceptance are abundant. Among them are showing forgiveness when I've been wronged, giving restoration to someone who has failed, initiating friendships, and encouraging those who are discouraged. 

What’s one way you can show acceptance to someone today?


Merciful God, when others reject, enable us to be the ones who accept.

Martin (SC)

Friday
Oct242014

A STRANG HAWAIAN STORY

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints” (Psalm 116:15 KJV)


A few years ago, I was walking by myself at a resort in Hawaii. It was a blessing to be able to hear the beautiful birds as they flew by and to have private time in which I could fill my lungs with the fragrant flower infused air that was so free for the taking.

Waking in sunshine that was filtered by waving palm trees, I felt so free and at peace.

Then, I heard a voice say: “The Lord giveth and He taketh away”. I ignored the voice because I didn’t want to be disturbed. A few steps later, I heard the same words, only it was a firmer voice talking to me. That got my attention so I said: “Is that you Lord”? I felt an affirmation that dazed me.

My wife met me as I stepped into our condo and said: “Honey, your mother is dying”. I called Mom in California and asked my sister, who is a nurse, to lay the cell phone on Mom’s chest because she was semi-conscious. As I sang “Jesus Loves the Little Children”, to my Spirit filled little Mother, she left the room, that had filled with light and warmth. 

Mom isn’t blind in one eye anymore. She won’t fall down and lay there afraid again. She’s with Jesus.

I’m telling myself that the tears that are starting to flow down my face are tears of joy, but they really are because I miss her.


Lord, we praise You for Your conquering death! Amen.

Robert (AZ)

Saturday
Oct182014

GOD'S SPOKES-PERSON

Go, then, to all people everywhere and make them my disciples. Matt. 28:19a TEV

My purchase at the hardeware store was particularly heavy, and knowing that I would be unable to load it into my car without assistance, I asked the check-out girl for carry-out help. A very pleasant gentleman came to assist me. As we exited the store, I made a negative comment about it being a typical windy Nebraska day. His response was that things like that didn't bother him a lot as he looked at life as a journey toward his permant home with his Lord. Rather than the usual "Have a good day" that we hear so often, he followed this with: "Have a blessed day."

When Jesus ascended into heaven, we became his hands, His feet, His mouth. In Matthew 28 we are clearly given that assignment and my carry-out gentleman was doing just that. By picking up on my casual comment and by making a subtle change in the worn out "Have a good day," he made it clear that he served the risen and victorious Savior. And he sent a clear message to me that I could do a much better job of doing so.

 

Lord, help us to take every opportunity to use our hands, our feet and our mouths to serve you, not

occasionally, but at every opportunity. Amen.

 

Madeline (Nebraska)

Thursday
Oct092014

SPIRITUAL FERTILIZER

Do not make an alliance with them or show them any mercy. Deut. 7:2b TEV

Lawn care is an endless job. The alternative to a healthy, well tended lawn, is a weed patch. Failure to fertilize allows your grass to become weak and vulnerable. Weeds can then get a head start and choke out your grass.

Imagine trying to start a new lawn in a weed patch. The Israelites were entering a pagan land -- a weed patch of idolatry. God knew their faith would be challenged and gave them clear instructions for how to avoid the infiltration of idolatry into their lives. "Do not intermarry with the pagans." "Do not allow your children to intermarry with the pagans" vs. 3.

Sinning is as easy as letting our lawn go to crab grass and dandelions. Indeed, we do not need to plant weeds in our lawns. The seed is already there waiting to take over. By the same token, we already have sinful natures waiting to take over. To obey God takes work. It takes a prayerful walk with Him in the study of His Word. That is the fertilizer that keeps us spiritually strong.


Give us strength, Lord, to resist temptation and walk in your Word. Amen.

 

Madeline [Nebraska]

Thursday
Oct022014

WISDOM DRAWS

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. 1 Kings 10:1 NKJV So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. 1 Kings 10:3


There's not a single area in each of our lives that we couldn't use more wisdom. Often out of desperation we seek wisdom from sources that are not so wise. Leaving us with much more of a mess than what we started with. What we really need is God's wisdom.

The Queen of Sheba was not only wealthy, but as a Queen she had to be wise also. Yet, the Queen of Sheba recognized there was something about this King Solomon's wisdom that she'd heard about that prompted her to pay him a visit. Driven, she set out to witness this great wisdom and test it's authenticity. 

Although a pagan believer, she knew from the beginning this wisdom had to be tied to his God.

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions. 1 Kings 10:1 NKJV

So Solomon answered all her questions; there was nothing so difficult for the king that he could not explain it to her. 1 Kings 10:3

Ultimately, Godly wisdom along with proper application can only come by and through our relationship in and with Jesus Christ. As we seek God for His wisdom about all areas of our lives and apply what He says, not only will our lives be tremendously changed, it will cause even non believers to come and see this all so great wisdom you have acquired. As your life changes for the glory of God others will be curious about your God. 

Lord I Ask:

1. In what areas do I need Your immediate wisdom? 

2. What unwise sources do I need to relinquish as I seek Your wisdom?

3. What obstacles will seek to hinder me from applying Your wisdom?

God I believe You are the ultimate source of wisdom. I'm choosing to believe that You are willing to provide me with the wisdom needed in my life. 

Holy Spirit lead, guide and direct me with wisdom and the boldness of application that it not only changes my life but causes others to want to know more about Jesus Christ.

Sonja [MD]

Wednesday
Sep242014

THE RIGHT DIRECTION

"He leads the humble in the right way and teaches them His will. Ps. 25:9 (TEV)

Six-year-old Brandon was as ready for his first Little League softball game as he was going to be. Now it was his turn to bat. He did eventually hit the ball. Everyone shouted, "Run, Brandon, run!" And he ran -- to third base.

The next time he was up to bat, he ran the right direction. But he saw the opposing team running to get the ball and -- deciding that looked like fun -- joined them.

Brandon could be excused. It was his first game. As Christians, we too often run the wrong direction or -- even worse -- help the opposing team. All too often, we play into satan's hands. And most of us cannot use the excuse that we have had no experience at Christian living.

Father God, we, your disciples, often stray from you. Help us to stay focused on you and your will. Give us a clear sense of direction for our lives. Amen.

By Madeline, Nebraska

Wednesday
Sep172014

A CHILD'S MITE

Honor the Lord by making Him an offering from the best of all that your land produces. Prov. 3:9 TEV

As the offering is received on Sunday mornings in our congregation, the children drop a :"noisy offering" into a metal urn in front of the altar. This offering is sent to a Christian school in Tanzania to pay a student's tuition. One Sunday four-year-old Brandon couldn't find his coins. Oblivious to the chuckles coming from the congregants, he stood in front of the congregation, turning in circles as he dug through one pocket after another. It was obvious to all that Brandon was not returning to his seat until he found and gave his offering.

The first fruits of God's gifts to us might not be literally hiding in our pockets. But they are often hiding behind our lack of faith that God will adequately provide for us. They may be hiding behind our materialism and selfishness. Are we as determined as Brandon to find them and offer them back to our Lord, the giver of all good things?

Good and gracious God, you love and care for us in spite of or faithlessness. Help us to trust you enough to give back to you the first-fruits of our labor, trusting you always. Amen.

By Madeline Peterson Nebraska