Archive | March, 2017

Life Lesson: March 27

27 Mar

What drives you? What controls your thoughts and how you talk? Is it your personal goals or is it the love of Christ in you?

Meditate
Read and mediate on the words of 1 Corinthians 9:16-23

Sing: “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us”

Verse 1
How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Verse 2
Behold the Man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

Verse 3
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Message
Think about how often you act out of compulsion. We eat, sleep, and breathe out of necessity for life. Many of the things we do out of impulse or “lack of control” are negative or sinful. Paul was so impacted by the Father’s love that he had no choice but to preach the gospel! What is your response to the love of God? Are you compelled to tell others about the good things He has done in your life?

Blessing
Call a friend that you have not spoken to in a long time.

Move
Do stretches for 10 minutes. Work your whole body.

Create
Write a long note to your spouse, parent, sibling, or other closest relative or friend.

Nourish
Be thankful for what you eat today. Say a prayer of thanks before your meal, stop and pray again in the middle of your meal, and close your meal with a word of thanksgiving.

Rest
Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Recreation
Play a board game with someone.

Pray
For the person you wrote your note to.

Snacks
Eat a piece of fruit.

World Prayer
Pray for our nation and President today.

Sleep
Go to bed a few minutes early tonight. Plan to get up a few minutes early tomorrow and spend that time in prayer and Bible reading. Put your Bible next to your bed so that you have no excuse in the morning.

From morning until night, God wants us to worship and commune with Him. Start your day in His Word and then weave throughout the day these elements of devotion, worship, contemplation and service to others.

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LYRICS CREDIT: “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us” CCLI Song # 1558110, Stuart Townend, © 1995 Thankyou Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing), For use solely with the SongSelect Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com, CCLI License # 283314

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Life Lesson: March 20

20 Mar

Meditate

Read John 6. Meditate on the word “Bread” and how Jesus is the Bread of Life.

Sing
Chorus
Fill my cup, Lord, I lift it up, Lord.
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul,
Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.

Vrs 1 – Like the woman at the well I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy,
And then I heard my Savior speaking
Draw from My well that never shall run dry.

Vrs 2 –There are millions in this world who are craving
The pleasures earthly things afford,
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.

Vrs 3 –So, my brother, if the things this world gave you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray.

Message
Bread is a staple. It is the foundation of our food pyramid and every person around the world understands bread. The Scriptures are full of references to bread: 1) The feat of unleavened bread, manna in the wilderness, 2) The bread of the Presence, 3) Temptation to turn stones into bread, 4) Feeding of the thousands with only a little bread, Give us this day our daily bread.

In John 6, Jesus had just finished feeding 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish. The people search until they find him and he lets them know that they did not come after him because of the miracles, but because they wanted more food. Jesus told them that he is the Bread of Life and the Living Bread. Once you eat of the living bread, you will never go hungry again.

The people were confused, as they talked about Moses providing manna in the wilderness for their forefathers. 1) Manna was not given by Moses, it was given by God and Jesus did not come from man, he was sent by the Father. 2) Manna was temporary relief, but Jesus’ filling is eternal. 3) Manna was for the body, but Jesus fills the soul. 4) Manna was for Israel, but Jesus is for the world.

The people were worried about their physical needs and yet Jesus was concerned about their spiritual needs. Do we seek after Jesus for our physical needs or do we look to him for eternal substance? Do we understand that our eternal life is more critical than our earthly comforts?

Blessing
Bake a loaf of bread (buy one if you can not bake one) and ask God who you should give it to. Attach a note that says, “The Bread of Life (Jesus) wants to sustain you forever!”

Move
Do this a couple of times, stretching a little more each time. Never go farther than is comfortable.
Praise God (reach high overhead)
From whom all blessings flow  (reach arms out to the sides)
Praise Him all creatures here below (reach to the ground)
Praise Him above ye heavenly host (slowly come up)
Praise Father (reach overhead)
Son (bend to right) and Holy Ghost (bend to left)
Amen (right hand sweep, left hand sweep, bend at waist)

Create
Consider the word bread and ask God for five new words that begins with each of the letters in the word bread. Now create a prayer using these five words.

Nourish
Have some whole grain today and be thankful for God’s goods gifts of bread.

Rest
Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Recreation
Take a walk with some intensity. This will be different for everyone. Walk around the block as quickly as you can, walk up and down a set of stairs once or twice, walk from the kitchen to the sofa three times. If you can do it again, go for it!

Pray
Call the coordinator of a food pantry or homeless shelter, ask what their needs are. They can be personal or business. Offer to pray while on the phone and let them know you will continue to pray.

Snacks
Go without a snack tonight and send a $2 donation to a food pantry.

World Prayer
Pray for those who are hungry. Those who have no bread to eat. Go online and pray for Compassion International (http://www.compassion.com/) children by name.

Sleep
Before going to sleep, thank God for His provision in your life and thank Him for being your bread of life.

From morning until night, God wants us to worship and commune with Him. Start your day in His Word and then weave throughout the day these elements of devotion, worship, contemplation and service to others.

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LYRICS CREDITS:
CCLI Song # 15946, Richard Blanchard, © 1959 Richard Blanchard. Assigned 1964 Word Music, LLC (a div. of Word Music Group, Inc.), CCLI License # 283314, CCLI Song # 56204, Louis Bourgeois | Thomas Ken, Public Domain

Life Lesson: March 13

13 Mar

Meditate
Exodus 14:8. The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.

Sing
“Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.
He is trampling our the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored.
He hath loosed the fateful lightening of his terrible swift sword.
His truth is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
Glory, glory, hallelujah!
His truth is marching on.”

Message
When given the choice between fight or flight, the latter usual goes first. I do not intend to start out that way, as a matter of fact, I do not even think about it. The reality is that the moment I am asked to do something hard, I cower. I can make up excuses so fast you would never believe I even had time to process the request.   Hebrews 4:16 tells us that we can approach the throne of grace with boldness. If we can be bold before God…. You know, the God who wiped out the entire Egyptian army in one wave of His hand? If we can boldly approach Him, what makes us cower in the face of difficulties? Do we really think that money problems, difficult people, loss of work or pain can do more than the Great King of Kings whom we will spend eternity with?

Perspective. It is all about perspective. Once we realize that God is for us, we can begin to grasp that no one can be against us. The Israelites marched out boldly, we can do the same.

Blessing
Text or e-mail today’s song lyrics and scripture to someone whom God lays on your heart.

Move
Make up movements as you sing this song or repeat the words:
“We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching,

Oh, we are marching in the light of God.
We are marching, marching, we are marching,
Oh, we are marching in the light of God.”

Create
Look at the words, Marching Out Boldly, and do an acrostic of the names or characters of God, which are greater than our troubles.

Nourish
Check the calories and portion sizes of your meals today. Are you eating a healthy and reasonable amount? Are you drinking enough water?

Rest
Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Recreation
March around your home and claim that space for God and His work.

Pray
Pray for the leaders of your church; anyone in authority or leadership. Do not forget the maintenance and cleaning personnel.

Snacks
Have some green tea tonight. Hot or cold. Add some fresh lemon.

World Prayer
Pray for the president and those in our Federal Government.

Sleep
Once you are in bed, tighten and relax each part of your body, from your scalp to your toes. Remember your fingers, abdomen and your face.

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LYRIC CREDITS:

Life Lesson: March 6

6 Mar

Are you living with fear? Has your situation become bigger than you can handle?

Meditate

Read Jonah 2

Sing
Not a Spirit of Fear

The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear
but of love and of power and a sound mind.
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus
Which was also in Christ Jesus.
Which was also in Christ Jesus.

The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear
but of love and of power and a sound mind.
There is no fear in love.
Perfect love casts out fear.
Perfect love casts out fear.
Perfect love casts out fear.

The Lord has not given us a spirit of fear
but of love and of power and a sound mind.

Message
Jonah had reason to fear. He had run away from God. He willfully disobeyed God. Now he finds himself in a dark, damp and cold place. He was alone and had no idea what would come next. Instead of giving over to fear, he called out to the one who knows him best and loved him anyway. There was a time in my life when I found myself alone and afraid. I remember sitting in the corner crying in hopelessness. My husband was gone and my kids needed me. I was facing an unknown future and I could not imagine how I would survive. It was like a light-bulb coming on when I remembered that God was bigger than this and that he was not surprised by my situation. He was not only ready for it, he had prepared me for this very moment. I began singing an old CFO song called “I Will Not Be Afraid” and God turned my fear turned into strength by His love. Sometimes, we try to get through difficult situations on our own and sometimes we find it easier to remain in difficulty rather than doing a hard thing and making life better. We do this because we hang on to pride, fear, stubbornness, control, comfort of the familiar, and many other “reasons”. These reasons for not crying out to God become idols and we hang on as if they can give us life. Jonah recognized the result of hanging on to these idols: “Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them (Jonah 2:8).” Let go and let God have his way in your life. Let go of fear, pride, control, and any other seaweed that is holding us in the belly of the fish.

Blessing
Is there someone you know who is afraid? Send them this message as an encouragement. Offer to pray for them in their situation.

Move
March around while proclaiming: “I will not be afraid! I will not be afraid! I will look upward and travel onward, and I’m not afraid!” Get your heart rate up because of conviction instead of fear. (Use the other verses on pg 101 of CFO Sings if you have it available.)

Create
Get a piece of paper and a writing utensil. Ask God to help you make a list of what makes you afraid. Pray for God’s love to be a greater force in your life than those fears and then destroy the list.

Nourish
Make sure you are praying before each meal.

Rest
Find 10 minutes to be still. Do nothing during this time. This is God’s time to renew you in mind, body and spirit.

Recreation
Go to the store and buy a flower. Just a simple carnation would do. Take the flower to someone who might be feeling alone and afraid. Spend a few minutes visiting with them.

Pray
Pray Jonah’s prayer a couple of times and then quietly listen to God. Journal what you hear.

Snacks
Skip your snack tonight and remember those who do not have enough to eat.

World Prayer
Pray for those who live in fear and do not know the love of God.

Sleep
As you fall asleep, be thankful that God has you in the palm of his hand.

From morning until night, God wants us to worship and commune with Him. Start your day in His Word and then weave throughout the day these elements of devotion, worship, contemplation and service to others.

LYRICS CREDIT:
Not a Spirit of Fear, Ordelphia Nelson, CFO Sings, pg 308

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