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Life Lesson: October 23

23 Oct

Meditate
Read: John 3:16-21

Sing:  And Can It Be

Verse 1
And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior’s blood
Died He for me who caused His pain
For me who Him to death pursued
Amazing love How can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me
Amazing love How can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me.

Verse 2
He left His Father’s throne above
So free so infinite His grace
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race
‘Tis mercy all immense and free
For O my God it found out me
Amazing love How can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me

Verse 3
Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray
I woke the dungeon flamed with light
My chains fell off my heart was free
I rose went forth and followed Thee
Amazing love How can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me

Verse 4
No condemnation now I dread
Jesus and all in Him is mine
Alive in Him my living head
And clothed in righteousness divine
Bold I approach th’eternal throne
And claim the crown through Christ my own
Amazing love How can it be
That Thou my God shouldst die for me

Message
            Are you certain you are going to be with Jesus for eternity? If you were to die tonight, would you see Jesus? These are important questions and unless you can answer a resounding. “YES!”, you need to get this worked out today. I asked this question of a woman one day and she answered, “Well, I hope so.” This is not a good answer. Yes, we have hope of eternity, but it should not be a wishful thinking kind of hope. It should not be like, “Well I hope the seatbelt holds if I have an accident.” Or “Well I hope I get the Christmas present I want this year.” When asked if we are going to spend eternity in heaven, our answer should sound more like, “Absolutely!”, “No doubt!”, or “Yes, and I am so thankful.”

If you are not able to answer this question without doubt, today is the day. You do not have to have all the answers, you do not need to be perfect, you do not need to have all your sin issues worked out and you do not need to change everything about yourself. Jesus does not list any of these things as requirements for salvation. He simply says that those who believe in him will have eternal life. Some of these other things will fall into place as you get to know God and his Word. Other stuff in life takes longer and may be a life long struggle, but Jesus does not give up on us.

If you have no doubt that you believe in Jesus and have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, Praise God! Do not take this for granted.

Blessing
To celebrate your “born again birthday”. make or buy 6 cupcakes. Take 5 of them to the people that God brings to mind. Let them know what these are celebrating.

Move
Stretch today. Begin with your toes and work up to your head. Pay attention to every body part. Do not forget your knee caps, tummy muscles, and your ears.

Create
Get out your crayons and paper. Draw a depiction of your life before Christ. Turn your paper over and draw a depiction of your life after Salvation.

Nourish
Find someone to share a meal with and include communion.

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
Do something that represents new life. Plant a flower, a tree, or something else that will live and grow.

Pray
Pray for those who do not know Jesus.

Snacks
Have the last cupcake for a snack. Put a candle in it and remember the day you were born again in Jesus.

World Prayer
Pray for those around the world that are being led astray by false religions.

Sleep
As you fall asleep, pray this prayer with a confident peace, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.”

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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“And Can It Be”, CCLI Song # 5252295, Charles Wesley | Don Chapman | Thomas Campbell, © 2002 Hearts to God Music, Inc., CCLI License # 283314

Life Lesson: Sept 4

4 Sep

Meditate:  Read Hebrews 11:29–12:2.

Sing:  Faith of Our Fathers

Verse 1
Faith of our fathers living still
In spite of dungeon fire and sword
O how our hearts beat high with joy
Whene’er we hear that glorious word

Chorus
Faith of our father’s holy faith
We will be true to thee till death

Verse 2
Our fathers chained in prisons dark
Were still in heart and conscience free
How sweet would be their children’s fate
If they like them could die for Thee

 Verse 3
Faith of our fathers we will strive
To win all nations unto Thee
And through the truth that comes from God
Mankind shall then be truly free

Verse 4
Faith of our fathers we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife
And preach Thee too as love knows how
By kindly words and virtuous life

Message
               We all have someone who we think is the highest example of faith and Christian living. Most of us can think of someone that we look up to and want to emulate. The reality is that these are just people who trust God, by faith, to walk them through the journey that He has planned for them.
I had always looked up to my father as a “real man of God.” I wanted to be like him and I wanted to have a relationship with God just like he did. It was hard when I grew up and began to see his faults. He was still a good man, but I suddenly began to realize that he was not perfect and that was alright. He was on a journey. There were others that I met in CFO. There were speakers and song leaders that I believed could probably walk on water. As I got older, I began to hear things and see things that shed light on the truth that these were just sinful human beings. Like me! These people were sinful, they were mortal, they were fallible, and their only hope was to walk by faith. The good news is that I could look at their lives and learn from them. They are part of the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds me and by their examples (good and bad), I can learn to walk the journey that God has laid out for me.
God has a plan for each one of us. If you doubt that, consider Paul’s word to the Ephesians, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (2:10).” Sometimes we see a glimmer of what that is and other times we feel that we are in the dark. The good news is that we can trust him to guide and direct our path to get us to the good that he has planned for us. It is also good news to know that we are not alone. God gives us people to walk with us on this journey.
We have two roles in our walk with God: 1) Walk by faith. Keep our eyes on the prize and use those who have gone on before us as examples. 2) Be an example. Remember, there are people coming up behind us that need someone to guide. Is your life a good example for those who need it?

Blessing
Consider one or two people who have helped strengthen you in your journey with Jesus. Write them a note and tell them how they have helped and pray a blessing for them. If they are no longer living, see if you can track down a family member and send the note and blessing to them.

Move
Walk through every room in your home. Picture each room as a stop on your journey through life and ask God to reveal a message about that stop. Seek God’s leading concerning your walk in the future, by lessons learned in the past.

Create
Rewrite today’s song in your own words. This does not have to rhyme and it does not have to fit the music. Allow yourself creative license.

Nourish
Do not get so busy with the journey today that you forget to eat. Eat slow and healthy today. Do not rush the journey.

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
Whatever you do today, take a minute and be intentionally present in the moment. See what there is to see. Close your eyes and smell. Take time to taste and to touch something along the way. Remind yourself to hear what is happening.

Pray
Spend some quiet time asking God who he wants you to help or mentor as they walk through life. Begin by praying for this person and then ask God how you should take the next step.

Snacks
Eat something with a great smell, interesting looks, unusual texture, and maybe even a curious sound. Let taste be the last thing you discover about your snack.

World Prayer
Pray for those who do not walk with God and feel alone today.

Sleep
Thank God that he is always present in your journey.

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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Faith of Our FathersCFO Sings, pg 309.

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