Jesus, I’m so thankful You brought these friends into my life. Help me love them more and think of myself less. In Your Name, Amen.
Jesus, I cannot fathom Your sacrifice for me. Truly, Your death proved Your love. Thank You again and again, Amen.
We all want good health, but I hate going to the doctor.
As a child, every time my mother took me in for a check up, the doctor proclaimed my weight above average. I’m the type of person who likes to please, and I hated that news. Chubby. Plump. Yuck.
As I got older, I watched what I ate, and I discovered that I couldn’t eat if I wanted to be skinny. That made me just as uncomfortable.
I had always been one of those kids who liked to read and too much exertion made me tired. But I earned good grades in school, so that rewarded my studies. Finally, I learned about exercise. It didn’t come naturally because I hated sweating. However, over time I learned exercise could be fun and make me feel good.
Then I saw the Bible encouraged that.
While bodily training has some value, godliness is of great value in every way as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. I Timothy 4:8
Note that bodily exercise does benefit, even though godliness benefits more.
The Holy Spirit helps us with self-control. Watching what you eat and exercising several times a week takes self-control.
After the holidays, you may feel a little uncomfortable in your clothes. Those rich dessert at parties or an extra Christmas cookie at night added a few pounds. Now you want to get back in control of your weight.
Today I have Karynthia Phillips. She is a Physician’s Assistant and she can give you some ideas on being healthy and staying that way.
Lord, I don’t feel gentle, but you died for every person around me. Help me to live gently regardless of how I am treated. In Your Name, Amen.
Left to myself, Lord, I would not be fair to others. I acknowledge how selfish I can be. Help me to be fair. In Your Name, Amen.
Lord, it’s so easy to mess up when I allow my my mouth to run wild. Give me a huge dose of your wisdom today. In Your Name, Amen.
None of us want to be deceived. A fellow writer, Pamela Christian, starts her talks by asking the audience if they want to be deceived. No one ever raises her hand.
Deception scares me, and I question everything I read or hear so that doesn’t happen. I enjoy reading mysteries and watching suspenseful movies because I like to solve the puzzle. However, one movie, Deceived, upset me. The story started off fine: early scenes showed a family of three. Husband wife and daughter. The husband managed a museum and traveled a lot, and the couple seemed to have a good marriage.
An accident took the husband’s life, and then the suspense started. Goldie Hawn played the wife. She learned the stories her former husband told her didn’t add up. For one thing, investigators suspected him of selling forged antiquities to other museums. Her husband bought her a gift he claimed came from another city, but she found a receipt proving her husband bought a gift in the same town where they lived. More research unearthed another wife in the same city. That’s when I got edgy.
And because she kept looking, he began to stalk her. She feared he might kill her. How unsettling. especially since I stayed home with my children at the time.
But when it comes to faith, these days people pick and choose what they like from various religions, as if their choice makes something true.
How can we be sure Christianity is true? Our eternal destiny depends on that. During the Reformation, Martin Luther turned to Scripture above church decrees and councils. But we can’t trust in mere men. What can we do to ensure our faith is in the right place?
Today Ray Simmons, an elder at Grace Community Church, will give us answers to these questions. Ray wrote an article on a recent book by a local pastor, and you can access that here.
Oh, Father,I am so tired. Please allow your loving kindness embrace me so I can rest. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
My head knows I am rich, but sometimes my heart forgets. Keep me praising you today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Father, I’m so vulnerable when Satan attacks. Help me to recognize his work and use your word for defense today. In the name of Jesus, Amen.