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March 2017

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It has been said that one of the greatest thing that any employee can do is to make the company look good. If you were a boss, what would you think of an employee who had a goal to make your company look good? You would certainly look on him favorably and you would likely ask this person about his (or her) outlook.


Sadly, such an ethic is hardly heard of - or at least it is not promoted or emphasized. It should be the work ethic of many and particularly those who call themselves Christians. What a witness and testimony this would be!


As Christians, we could say the same about our service to God. Does our conduct make God, His church, and other members of the body of Christ look good? Lord help us to be mindful of this and demonstrate an effort toward it. It is certainly a way to esteem others better (more highly) than ourselves. ~ Philippians 2:3




A few days ago, the theme of our post was the founding of our country. There is no doubt that the Bible and Christianity were fundamental in the foundation and principles of our governmental system.


As we consider our country today and the government, we asked ourselves " Where are we going to stand now"? That is a question for us almost every day in so many areas.


Let us suppose we were talking with someone who did not really believe that our country was founded on Biblical, Christian principles and morals. Let us further suppose that through reasoning, study and looking through the evidence that this person was convinced regarding the founding of our country in the way we described.


That person might then reason: Well that might have been a good start and worked for them back then; but we are in a whole new situation that will require something completely new. This is the point we were making the other day.


We see it often as our children grow. As they get into their teen years, they often question and challenge everything. We may hear: "Well mom and dad believe this way. That might be OK for them but I am not sure that I believe it or not, or whether I am going to live this way."


This is why the truth is so important to recognize, learn about, grow in and live by, Many have recognized the truth of the gospel for salvation (asking Jesus to come into their hearts). Yet they may not recognize the New Testament especially as the way to live and guide us today.


May we continue in the Word as Jesus said as Jesus that we may know the truth that will make us free.


We talked about our country and government at the beginning of this writing. We remember some verses in this regard:


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD ~ Psalm 33:12


... happy is that people, whose God is the LORD. ~ Psalm 144:15


Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people ~ Psalm 14:34


Timeless truths like these verses are not just for "them back then"




Just a quick note to remind us that we should always do our best - whether it is to the boss, our spouse, our family, our friends, or to God. We all appreciate those around us who are giving their best - they are ones we can count on.


It is good to remind ourselves of this because we all get tired and some things get so routine. Getting this "our best"  attitude or mindset down on the inside will bless us, those around us, and should enhance our Christian testimony.


We could start by just doing something a little extra today in some area.




These words from Jeremiah remind us of Psalm 1:


Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. ~ Jeremiah 17:7-8


We continue to emphasize the Lord's desire that we bear fruit and that it benefits ourselves and others.


Tomorrow we will continue to look at the concept of "bearing fruit"




We said that we would continue today with the subject "bearing fruit". Before getting to it, we want to look at something that might be considered a completely different subject.


We remember that it was not very long after the children of Israel left Egypt that God had Moses and Joshua establish and train an army. Up until then, Israel had no real fighting force as a part of their society. God had done all of the fighting so to speak and had done all the providing for the people up until this time.


But now Israel was becoming and would be identified as a nation. They were heading for their land - a place they would be responsible for. They would have to stand up for themselves and take on challenges from enemies. If God had continued to do and provide everything for them without them doing anything, can you imagine how lazy and slothful they would become. They would likely become very selfish and very self-centered with God at their beck and call 24/7


So it is with us - as children much is done for us but the time will come when we must stand on our own two feet. Good parents will always be there for their children, but they are not going to do everything for them. If the parents were to continue to provide for and work for everything for the children, the parents would be the ones "bearing the fruit" so to speak - with the children just eating it.


This is our point today: Bearing fruit requires work and effort. God does not expect us to do it alone, but He does expect us to do our part. Jesus said that He is the vine and we are the branches - were the fruit grows.


In all areas we should strive to grow, develop and get results (good fruit)


Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. ~ John 15:4-5


We see here that Jesus expects us to bear fruit and He wants to be right with us doing it.




We remember this verse:


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, ... ~ I Corinthians 15:58


We know this is easier when we are not in a dry season or in a big battle. But we note the last part of the verse:


"forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord."


We trust God to bring forth the fruit and we pray to stay strong, for we desire to fulfill His calling in us with joy.




As many of us will be running out to grab milk and bread in light of the storm, let us not forget our "daily bread"


Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:11


Most people have heard this expression and likely know that it comes from the Bible. A study of the scriptures will show us that daily bread (or sustenance) is more than just physical food.


Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God ~ Matthew 4:4


Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work. ~ John 4:34


Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. ~ John 6:27


Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. ~ John 6:49-51


As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: ~ I Peter 2:2


From these verse and others, we could say our "daily bread" is what we need to maintain our lives during this earthly existence - spirit, soul, and body.


Remember this statement from Jesus: The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. ~ Luke 12:23


Thank God for our food and raiment, yet we thank Him further that He understands we need more than just those things in this life if we are to be successful. As we pray and ask for our daily bread, let us be open to God's abundantly supply to meet our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19), that He might give us knowledge of witty inventions or ideas (Proverbs 8:12), and that we might prosper and be a good success as we seek Him and His word (Joshua 1:8).


This would indeed be a daily feast!




For those of us who have children, we learn a lot from how they respond and react to different situations. We are very concerned when they give up on things easily, have little motivation, or demonstrate little progress in life.


We should recognize this in ourselves as well. Sometimes our life gets so full of the "daily grind" that it takes up all of our time just to keep our head above water so to speak. These times likely come to us all but we do not want to live there.


May God grant us and our children a zeal for Him and His plan for us. May we purposely seek out and work on all He has for us. May we prosper and have good success ~ Joshua 1:8


But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. ~ Matthew 6:33




In I Corinthians 4 we see this question: What things do we have that we have not received? The point is on the positive side - the good things we receive from God. The verse admonishes us in things that we have, what we have done, or what we might consider accomplishments on our own. It is by the grace and gifting of God.


The verse brings us to the subject of receiving. It seems to be a difficult concept at times so we want to share some things on receiving from God and how we might grow in them. Often in looking at a certain subject, it can be helpful to look at its opposite. In other words, how do we "not receive" something?

If something is presented to you with the implication of: this is for you, this is what you ordered, this is just what you need, or "surprise" - enjoy this unexpected delivery.


If you did not want it, you would say so very quickly. There would be no part of you that would make any effort to take it. You would say: I did not order that, that is not mine, wrong address, take it away from here. You could destroy it yourself or in some way remove it.


You really do not have to give a reason why you will not receive it - the choice is yours.

Now turn that around and use the same principle and method to receiving - picture it both naturally and spiritually.


Remember Mary when the angel Gabriel appeared to her with a message and her response was: ... be it done unto me according to thy word (Luke 1:38). Mary received that message with her words. Her words could have been just the opposite.


Remember how we get saved (receive salvation) from Romans 10:9-10: We believe with our hearts and confess with our mouths.


If you recall the parable of the sower, Jesus talks about the seed that is "received" into various types of ground.


We hopefully are starting to see how we receive. We have just scratched the surface but we are on solid ground. The word "receive" is in the 4 gospels 105 times. It is a good study for us.


We pray, heavenly Father, for wisdom and understanding in receiving from You and Your word. We declare by faith that we are learning to receive.




We love to talk about grace, sing about it, and indeed thank God for it!


For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, ~ Titus 2:11


Each of us should be grateful that God's grace has appeared to us. If we have embraced it we should have experienced what it can do. We also should be mindful of the next verse after the one above in regards to this grace:


Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; ~ verse 12


This verse talks about living "soberly". The reality of the whole verse should indeed "sober us up"!




A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. ~ Proverbs 25:11


We often talk about the great blessing of saying the right thing. But notice this verse talks about the way we say things (fitly) as opposed to having the right words. It may be a slight difference, but it is a difference.


We have all been in the place where it seemed the right words escaped us. But saying the words in the right way can often be a great blessing itself. The right tone or spirit behind the words we say can touch people more than having the right words or having "all the answers".


The tone of our voice can assure people of our care for them and that we will be there to help any way that we can.




From the story of Jonah - judgment was coming but God wanted to extend mercy


Your mercy Lord, how great it is

To overrule our sin!

So help us know Your righteousness

And choose to walk therein ~ D. De Haan from Our Daily Bread


God's judgment is certain, but so is His mercy.




We know that many young children play games that are classified as "make believe". It may be based on a fairy tale or nursery rhyme or the kids may be acting out what they see mom and dad doing. Boys may play with soldiers, swords or act out being a fireman. Girls may have tea    parties, be a school teachers in front of dolls, etc. Their imaginations will determine the activity..


We want to emphasize the description of such activities as "making believe" or we may say that they are "making a belief". They are determining for the moment what they believe about themselves and what they are doing.


The point we make is that humans have the capacity to decide what they will believe. We see this in the natural all the time: People deciding what they believe they will pursue, if they will get married, where they will live, etc. What they believe will usually chart their course.


This is a spiritual capacity in man. Thus he can decide what he believes about God, the gospel, life after death, and on and on. He has a free will in all of this.


What will we make our belief or beliefs to be today? We have this choice daily.


Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) ~ Hebrews 10:23




Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: ~ James 1:19


We are often the opposite in the natural - quick to speak and quick to wrath.


This verse reminds us of the art of listening, which is a great way to show our concern. We open a door with others when we show them that we care about what they have to say.




We know that the celebration of the sacrifice and resurrection of Jesus Christ is coming soon. We share this beautiful song:







Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. ~  Philippians 3:13-14


Many have commented that through Christ, both Paul and the rest of us can put the bad things of the past behind us. That is true but it can also apply to things we may consider good or positive. We cannot rest on the laurels of yesterday - though they may continue to bear fruit and we rejoice.


But today needs tending to with God-given responsibilities - we need our daily bread. We need to continue to press on as Paul writes above. We decide daily to live the Christian life, be a doer of the Word of God, and desire "That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;" ~ Colossians 1:10


We are grateful that we can leave our bad behind, we are thankful for any good foundation we have laid in the past, but today and each day ahead we determine to "...run the race that is set before us" ~ Hebrews 12:1


There is no time like the present to either begin or continue this journey with God.






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