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Monday

May 29, 2017

A Day To Remember

Read

John 15:13, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends”.
John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”.

Think

Memorial Day is more than a three-day weekend. It’s a time to give thanks, to pay tribute, and to remember those who gave their lives to protect our country. It’s also a day to set aside our own agendas, political leanings, and differences, because it’s not a day of division; it’s a day of reconciliation and unity. Yet, we often fail to give it much thought beyond our own plans. People selflessly laid down their lives for us! Thus, it should stir within us a sense of gratitude and a willingness to serve others in Christ’s name.

As the saying goes, “All gave some, some gave all”, but no one has given more than Jesus. Romans 5:8 states, “God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Wow! How great is our God? As the ultimate sacrifice, Jesus endured the unimaginable by bearing our wrath and shedding His blood to reconcile us to the Father. He died so that we could live! Death couldn’t keep Him as He burst forth with supernatural resurrection power and conquered the grave. Now we are forever free. And those who died for us in battle have done so to secure the freedom of our democracy—“One nation under God”. So, today, amid all the fun and sun, pause to pay respect and honor to the fallen, because in doing so you are also honoring our great and faithful God.

Pray

Father God, first I give You thanks for sending Jesus to die for my sins and to rise again. Help me to remember the cost of freedom as I honor the fallen. And may I remember to reflect on your faithfulness as I praise You in Jesus’ name, Amen.

Act

At Fellowship Church we want to make sure that every military service member is inspired and honored with letters of encouragement! Share a word of hope, gratitude for service, or just a simple thank you to a solider.

 

Tuesday

March 7, 2017

Let Them Hear

Read

Mark 4:9, “Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear’”.
James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

Think

Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears, let them hear’, approximately fourteen times in the New Testament. He captivated crowds by the authority with which He spoke—and people raptly listened. In the early church, people didn’t have written access to the gospel. The apostle’s letters were circulated around the various congregations and read as sermons. How fortunate we are today to have access to every Bible translation at the touch of our fingers! However, we must credit those who were “hearers of the word”. Comparatively, our listening skills leave much to be desired. In our ADD society, we must remember that hearing is with the ears, and listening is with the brain. Are you merely skimming through Scripture? Or are you listening for God’s voice and obeying His commands?

What kind of listener are you? Some people are pre-occupied listeners. They can’t seem to give others their undivided attention. Then there are those that occupy space, yet their thoughts are a million miles away. And we’ve all fallen prey to those suffering from ‘Interrupter-itis’,  who sit perched and ready to jump in anytime you take a breath. This is the exact reason God gave us two ears and one mouth. Also, there are the armchair experts always on hand to provide unsolicited answers. And finally, although a rare breed, there are those who actually listen. They actively engage in hearing what others have to say. They empathize and wait until the other person finishes speaking. God listens and He wants us to be intentional listeners as well. Good listening is an act of love, requiring patience, and reflects a healthy relationship with Christ. Whether in prayer or in a personal conversation with others, we must remember to listen for what God is speaking into our lives.

Pray

Thank God for constantly speaking into your life. Ask Him to guide you in becoming a better listener and spend a few moments meditating on the name of Jesus.

Act

What kind of listener are you? Over the next week pay special attention to your interactions with others.

 

Tuesday

January 24, 2017

Incomparable Riches

Read

Ephesians 2:4-7, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

Think

One bad mood, one off day, one impure thought, or even one cross look separates us from God. Incapable of perfection, selfish, and sinful by nature, we are destined for doom! We can choose our choices, but we can’t choose our consequences, and the Bible says the wages of sin is death. God is not capricious and cruel; His wrath is proportionate to our sinful behavior, it’s what we deserve. BUT due to God’s intrinsic love He has shown us mercy. This is not getting what we deserve. No matter what we’ve done or where we’ve been, God will forgive every sin. Is mercy available to all? Yes! Is it granted to everyone? No. The Bible says in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Therefore, recipients of God’s incomparable riches have a personal relationship with Christ.  How great is our God?  Not only are we spared from what we do deserve, we receive what we don’t—His amazing grace.

It’s very popular to talk about God’s mercy, grace, and kindness. And it’s great to be joyful and celebrate God’s abounding love.  He doesn’t want us to dwell on our past. He wants us to look forward—but we must always keep in mind what we’ve overcome and the sacrifice that made it possible. This should encourage us to seek out people that will get what they deserve in a Christ-less eternity.

Pray

Thank God for His mercy and grace. Ask Him to speak to you through His word and thank Him again.

Act

Read Ephesians 2 in the New King James Version (NKJV). And don’t forget to invite people who need Jesus to join in on our God-led revolution.

 

Friday

October 28, 2016

Never Forget

Read

Luke 22:19-20, “He took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then He broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, ‘This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.’ After supper He took another cup of wine and said, ‘This cup is the new covenant between God and His people—an agreement confirmed with My blood, which is poured out as a sacrifice for you.’”

Think

The Israelites slaughtered a lamb without blemish and placed its blood over their doors to spare their firstborns as the angel of death passed over enacting God’s final plague on Egypt. After the sacrifice, the lambs were roasted and served with unleavened bread signifying God’s provision and the deliverance of His people. Therefore, Passover supper became the most sacred annual Jewish feast. Jesus is our flawless Passover Lamb.

Never succumbing to a single fleshly desire, Jesus gave His flesh for us. For this reason, He passed out bread for the disciples to eat and said, “Do this in remembrance of Me”. Then He lifted a cup of wine and said, “This is My blood”, shed to free us from the bondage of sin and death. Therefore, God gave us communion to memorialize His free gift of forgiveness and grace—something we don’t deserve.

Communion also serves as a reminder of who and Whose we are. It brings awareness to the vitality and quality of life that began in us the moment we entered into a loving personal relationship with Jesus. And it’s a marker of life change. Our lives are forever changed once Christ walks through the door of our hearts, cleanses us, and removes all of the unwanted trash and wreckage of our former selves. So the next time you receive a little cup of juice and a tiny cracker, don’t take for granted the magnitude of the occasion—our sin debt paid in full on the Cross by the Savior’s blood. But receive it with joy in celebration of God’s tremendous gift—with awesome gratitude as an expression of the greatest love ever known—that Christ laid down His life for ours.

Pray

Give thanks to God for always having your best interest at heart. And ask Him to reveal any hypocrisy within your life in order be a carrier of His forgiveness and grace.

Act

Over the next week approach everything and everyone with an attitude of gratitude. Each day post something you’re thankful for on social media. Not only will this help you express your appreciation to God, it will serve as a reminder for others to do the same.

Wednesday

October 26, 2016

“Practically Holy”

Read

I John 4:9-10, "This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sin".

Think

God said, "Be holy, because I am holy". As Christ followers, we're always mindful of our salvation through unmerited grace, yet we often forget to do all the things God has asked us to do. Thus, not only are we blocking the blessings He desires to rain down upon us, we are missing out on all the great things He wants to accomplish in our lives. Remember, He didn't hesitate to spare His only Son for us. Therefore, we must not hesitate to actively participate in the things of God for His glory.

30% of Jesus' words were about information and 70% were about application. The practical application of faith is consistently doing what Jesus did while He was on earth. Because we love God, we desire to imitate Christ and obey His commands. What must we do? We leverage our gifts and abilities within the body of Christ. We extend God's grace to others. We sow our time and resources within the local church. And we become the hands and feet of Jesus by sharing the life-changing message of the gospel with the lost. When we practice purity in reverence and remembrance of His sacrifice and forgiveness, God will do immeasurably more than we ever dreamed possible in and through our lives.

Pray

Pray Psalm 37:3-6, "I will trust in You, Lord, and do good. I will live safely in the land and prosper. I will delight myself in You, knowing You will give me the desires of my heart. I commit everything I do to You. And I trust that You will make my innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of my cause will shine like the noonday sun".

Act

Our lives should be an act of worship. This means everything we do, say, touch, and feel should glorify God. Spend a few moments considering the aspects of your life that fall short of this standard. Then pray for guidance and insight into these areas. If you are not currently serving in the house, no problem! Click here to get connected: https://fellowshipchurch.com/volunteer/

Tuesday

October 25, 2016

Remember That

Read

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9

Think

Forgiveness is such a complex act for so many.  There is something in us that requires that a transgression be paid for and certainly not forgotten.  Perhaps that is why accepting forgiveness for our own transgressions is so difficult.  We struggle with understanding that once we confess that transgression – that sin – then God is done with it.  He chooses to forget them.  But it is not as easy for us to forget because the enemy continues to remind us of those sins and causes us to question God’s forgiveness and the fact that God has already accepted payment for those transgressions with the blood of His only son, Jesus Christ. 

It’s time to change our way of thinking.  Instead of continuing to remember those things God has forgotten, let’s remember what God remembers.  God remembers that His Son came to this earth, lived a perfect life, died a sacrificial death and defeated death through the resurrection.  Why?  So that when we confess our sins to Him, ask Jesus to take over our hearts and wash us clean with that sacrificial blood that was poured out for us He will not remember our sins, but He will remember that we are forgiven and now righteous.  We too can enter that throne room with Jesus because of the debt He paid for us.  When we come to God and confess our sins, He remembers our sin no more, but instead sees Jesus and remembers what His son gave for us.   Let’s remember what God remembers and forget what God chooses to forget.

Pray

Ask God to search your heart.  Confess any sins and transgressions you need to right now and ask for His forgiveness.  Thank Him for being so gracious in forgiving your sins – your transgressions and for the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Thank Him for choosing to forget what you may find difficult to forget and ask Him to help you remember what He remembers – that you are now righteous before Him and forgiven.

Act

Write todays verse on a piece of paper and put it where it will remind you often of this truth.  Now remember, you are forgiven!

 

Monday

October 24, 2016

Forgive and Forget

Read

Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more”.

Hebrews 8:12, “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more”.

Think

Why is it that we inevitably forget what we need to remember? We can remind ourselves for over a week of an appointment on the upcoming Monday at 10:00 a.m. Then just as we sit down for lunch on Monday that—“Oh No!” sinking feeling of forgetfulness sets in and steals our appetite. At other times our forgetfulness is less innocuous like forgetting why we walked into a room. However, when it comes to the things we need to forget and forgive ourselves of—the very things God has chosen to forget—they echo resoundingly in our hearts. In these moments we must remember that it’s the enemy who’s broadcasting our past mistakes in the forefront of our mind. Why, then, do we keep castigating ourselves for what only the devil wants us to remember?

We must be mindful of what God calls us to be mindful of. He chose to preemptively forgive us, and when we surrender our lives to Him, He remembers our sins no more. How great is our God? He could have said, “Too bad, so sad” and left us to fend for ourselves in a Christ-less eternity—but He didn’t! Since He’s chosen to forget, He wants us to do the same. And thanks to Jesus, we are free to live our lives anchored in hope, faith, forgiveness, and love.

Pray

“Father God, I praise You for loving me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins. And I ask that You remind me of what You have chosen to forget when I fail to let go of self-condemnation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Act

What is it that you just can’t seem to let go? Are you carrying any blame or shame in your heart? Are you unable to forgive yourself or someone else from the past? Spend a few moments in your prayer journal writing whatever comes to mind. Then ask God to help clarify who or what needs to be remembered, forgiven, and forgotten.

 

Friday

June 3, 2016

Time to Roll

Read

“On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho. And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.” Joshua 4:19-20  

Think

Every memorial stands as a reminder of something powerful that has happened. In today’s Scripture, Joshua built a reminder of what God had done for the Israelites. But there’s more to this memorial than that. The word “Gilgal” means “to roll away old defeat.” In other words, this is a reminder of the victory God had given. That word picture brings to mind the ultimate memorials—the cross and the empty tomb. God has rolled away your old defeat and given you ultimate victory in Jesus Christ. And now, God says, ‘It’s time to roll into the future!’  

Pray

Thank God for the work He did in constructing the ultimate memorial. Thank Him for rolling away your defeats and giving you victory through Christ!  

Act

Read about the ultimate victory that you have been given in 1 Corinthians 15:54-58.  

 

Thursday

June 2, 2016

Tangible Reminders

Read

“These stones are a permanent memorial for the People of Israel.'" Joshua 4:7

Think

When something significant happens in in our lives, we have a desire to remember it. It’s the reason we take vacation photos or write letters to loved ones. We want to have something tangible that ties us to our past. Why? Because we want to appreciate what has happened. That desire to appreciate our past is given to us by God. He wants us to be thankful and thoughtful about what has happened in our lives, because it’s helps us in sharing our story. What do you have today that reminds you of the past and helps you communicate to others in the future?

Pray

Take this time to thank God for one thing that He has done in your life. Let Him know that you appreciate the fact that He has blessed you.

Act

To fully understand the memorial mentioned in today’s Scripture and the significance it had for future generations, read Joshua 3-4.

Wednesday

June 1, 2016

Helping Others Remember

Read

“He said to the Israelites, ‘In the future when your descendants ask their parents, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them … the Lord your God did to the Jordan just what He had done to the Red Sea when He dried it up before us until we had crossed over.” Joshua 4:21-23

Think

Every memorial we have triggers our memory. But that’s not the only purpose of memorials in our lives. Another purpose is to give us something to point others to. When God does something in our lives, He wants us to tell others about it. We can’t keep it to ourselves.

Pray

Ask God to help you build memorials in your life and for the opportunities to share what those memorials mean.

Act

Whether you draw it, write it, paint it, sing it; however you can do it, construct a memorial that reminds you of when you met Jesus. Then, post it to your Facebook wall and pray for it to open a conversation with someone about what it means.