Monthly Archives: September 2012

Call for Peace and Holiness (Devotional)

Passage Hebrews 12:12-15 Prayer Dear Father,When my hands droop and my knees are weak, put me in a place where I will get exercise. Open my eyes so that I can find level paths on which to lead the lame so they will not trip and get hurt but will walk and find healing.May I always strive for peace with every other person in the world and to seek holiness for myself, knowing that without it I will never see you.Enable me to help others find grace and to keep those in your family from becoming bitter, which causes trouble and leads to defilement.In the name of your Son I ask. Amen. Devotional provided by Heartlight ,reg; ,copy; 1996-2012. All rights reserved.

Luke 2:32 (Devotional)

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. -Luke 2:32 If we could look through mighty telescopes or listen to electronic soundings, we could hear and see the metallic stars which both Russia and America have put into space in the past years. None of these synthetic stars have brought peace to the world. But God’s star promised peace to the whole world, if man would believe and trust. Too often man’s synthetic stars bring fear and anxiety. Our gadget-filled paradise, suspended in a hell of international insecurity, certainly does not offer us the happiness of which the last century dreamed. But there is still a star in the sky. There is still a song in the air. And Jesus Christ is alive. He is with us, a living presence, to conquer despair, to impart hope, to forgive sins, and to take away our loneliness and reconcile us to God. Billy Graham

1 Corinthians 10:13 (Devotional)

. . . who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able . . . -1 Corinthians 10:13 It is Satan’s purpose to steal the seed of truth from your heart by sending distracting thoughts. It should encourage you to know that the devil considers you a good enough Christian to use as a target. The difference between a Christian and a non-Christian is: though they both may have good and evil thoughts, Christ gives His followers strength to select the right rather than the wrong. You see a man going to prayer meeting with a Bible under his arm. That man was undoubtedly tempted to stay at home, go bowling, or to some other activity. But, as these diverse thoughts came to his mind, he made the right selection, and headed for the church. Another man walks through the night to a bar. It no doubt occurred to him that he had best stay home with his family. But he yielded to the negative thought, and gave in to his lower appetites. It is not the temptations you have, but the decision you make about them that counts. Billy Graham

Luke 2:32 (Devotional)

A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel. -Luke 2:32 If we could look through mighty telescopes or listen to electronic soundings, we could hear and see the metallic stars which both Russia and America have put into space in the past years. None of these synthetic stars have brought peace to the world. But God’s star promised peace to the whole world, if man would believe and trust. Too often man’s synthetic stars bring fear and anxiety. Our gadget-filled paradise, suspended in a hell of international insecurity, certainly does not offer us the happiness of which the last century dreamed. But there is still a star in the sky. There is still a song in the air. And Jesus Christ is alive. He is with us, a living presence, to conquer despair, to impart hope, to forgive sins, and to take away our loneliness and reconcile us to God. Billy Graham

Bible Verse

Proverbs 16:9 () 9 The heart of man plans his way,but the Lord establishes his steps.

Romans 1:20 (TLB) (Devotional)

Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power . . . -Romans 1:20 (TLB) If you try to rationalize God exhaustively, you will fail. There are mysteries about God that we will never understand in this life. How can the small and finite, limited to time and space, understand an infinite God! We should not think it strange that it is impossible to explain many mysteries in the realm of matter. Who can explain why objects are always attracted to the center of the earth Who can fathom the law of gravity Newton discovered it, but he could not explain it. Who can explain the miracle of reproduction . . . Thus many evidences and many arguments could be advanced to indicate there is a God. Yet the plain truth is this: God cannot be proved by mere rationalization. He cannot be contained in a tiny man-made test tube or confined to an algebraic formula. If God can be fully proved by the human mind, then He is no greater than the mind that proves Him. Billy Graham

A great ministry! Look at that smile on Tim!

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Quote for Tue September 11, 2012

“Every act of kindness and compassion done by any man for his fellow Christian is done by Christ working within him.”

Simpson Devotional – Tuesday, September 11, 2012 (Devotional)

Literally, Jesus is saying, “I am with you all the days.” He comes to us each day with a new blessing. Every morning, day by day, He walks with us with a love that never tires and a blessing that never grows old. And He is with us “all the days;” it is a ceaseless abiding. There is no day so dark, so commonplace, so uninteresting that we do not find Him there.Often, no doubt, He is unrecognized, as He was on the way to Emmaus, until we realize how our hearts have been warmed, our love stirred, our Bible so strangely vivified, with every promise seeming to speak to us with heavenly reality and power. It is the Lord!God grant that His living presence may be made more real to us henceforth. Whether we have the consciousness and evidence-as they had a few glorious times in those 40 days-or whether we go forth into the coming days as they did most of their days to walk by simple faith and in simple duty, let us know this fact always, that He is with us, a Presence all unseen but real and ready when we need Him to manifest Himself for our relief.

1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB) (Devotional)

God . . . is the one who invited you into this wonderfulo friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord. -1 Corinthians 1:9 (TLB) The question remains, “How can God be just,mdash;that is, true to Himself in nature and true to Himself in holiness,mdash;and yet justify the sinner ” Because each man had to bear his own sins, all mankind was excluded from helping, since each was contaminated with the same disease. The only solution was for an innocent party to volunteer to die physically and spiritually as a substitution before God. This innocent party would have to take man’s judgment, penalty, and death. But where was such an individual Certainly, there was none on earth. There was only one possibility. God’s own Son was the only personality in the universe who had the capacity to bear in His own body the sins of the world. Only God’s Son was infinite and thus able to die for all. Billy Graham