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Tuesday, November 12 2019

Verse of the Day

And about that time there arose a great commotion about the Way. [Acts 19:23 – NKJV]

At first blush, today’s passage may seem somewhat cryptic, but not really. What is with the reference to the “Way” and what in the world is it? Well, the explanation is simple. The Way was the name given to the original church. Makes sense doesn’t it? Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” It’s His way or the highway. What more need be said?

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Monday, November 11 2019

Verse of the Day

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” [Isaiah 6:8 – NIV]

Volunteering is a good thing. Many of us contribute our time and talents to many worthy causes. If you are a volunteer for a group or organization you are probably familiar with the “80-20 rule.” That is, 20 percent of the members do the work and the other 80 percent belong. Actually, there is nothing really wrong with this. It is just the way things are meant to be. Some people lead and the others follow. If you are a member of the 20-percent crowd, how would you like it if the other 80 percent were involved in leadership? Just imagine meeting with several hundred people each with their own agenda instead of a cozy group of 10? And if you are a member of the 80-percent group there is nothing to be ashamed or embarrassed about. Belonging is sufficient in and of itself.

But being called by God is different. For example, I know that I have been called by God to share His Word in the workplace. But this is not about me, it’s about you. Have you heard His “still, small voice?” Is He calling you? Is there something that He wants you to do for Him? Are you going to step up to the plate like Isaiah did? You can make a difference for Him. Just answer His call and make a difference in His Kingdom!

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Friday, November 08 2019

Verse of the Day

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace. [Acts 20:24 – NIV]

The analogy between a race and our walk with God is used several times in the Bible, notably by Paul (in 1 Corinthians and 2 Timothy) and the author of Hebrews. But in today’s passage, Luke adds another nuance, to “complete the task that the Lord Jesus has given [us].” This probably seems like a no-brainer, but then we do need constant reminders of what is expected of us in our lives in Christ.

There is nothing more important than sharing the Good News. When we awake at the dawn of each new day, do we commit ourselves to “the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace?” Of all the tasks on our daily “to do” list, sharing the Word of God is at the top. Let’s get cracking!

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Thursday, November 07 2019

Verse of the Day

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. [Proverbs 3:5-6 – NASB]

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve always been an “A to B” person. I like fast cars, and getting to my destination in a hurry is the name of the game. No doubt many of you will disagree. You prefer the scenic route. To you, there is nothing like a slow, meandering drive taking in the beauty of God’s creation. And, you’re right! I’m the misguided one! But, the debate about how to get somewhere in our 21st century world is not exactly the point of today’s passage.

In Old Testament times, long journeys were grueling and tiresome tasks. Most people traveled on foot over “roads” that were at best rocky, dusty, uneven, and treacherous. Because engineering was still a thing of the future, most roads in those days were twisty, winding, and often traversed mountains and other rugged terrain. Is it any wonder that the travelers of the day prayed for straight, flat paths? They longed for the easier route.

The message from today’s passage is that if we “trust in the Lord … and do not lean on [our] own understanding” then He will make our paths straight. In other words, life will be easier for us. So, trust in the Lord today and reject your own thoughts and desires. You’ll be glad you did!

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Wednesday, November 06 2019

Verse of the Day

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. [Romans 1:20 – NIV]

You know you have to be deaf, dumb, and blind to not realize that God exists. His creation screams His Holy Name from the mountains, to the prairies, the deserts, the cities, the pampas, the valleys, the peat bogs, the oceans, the Arctic and Antarctic, and everywhere in between. Day and night, rain and shine, summer and winter, it makes no difference—He is there. How can you walk around at night gazing at the stars and not see Him? Only the deceit of the evil one can shield the obvious from the view of the unbelievers. All the more reason to get out and share the story of the Lamb with all you meet. Never fear; as the Apostle Paul says, you’ve got a lot of help. After all, God is all around us. And never forget, His love is irresistible. We love Him because He first loved us.

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