Thursday, January 28, 2010

Who's First?

Read Colossians 1:15-19 TLB
It was a great celebration. Singers and speakers came from all over. Everyone was excited.

A boy approached one of the singers and said, “Here’s a book. I’m asking famous people to sign their names in the order I like them. You’re thirteenth.”

I wonder who came first.

If such a book were circulated in your presence, and you were asked to list who came first in your life, what would you write?

St. Paul listed Jesus “first in everything.”

Would you?

Really, there’s only one way to spell joy: Jesus first, Others second, Yourself last.

Prayer: Come into our hearts and homes, Lord Jesus. Guide us and guard us that we might live lives that will honor Thee and help others. Grant that Thy beauty will be seen in us: in Thy name. Amen.
Today's video seed: "Stick Together"

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Unconditional Surrender

Read Psalm 37:1-8

His men were hungry, poorly supplied, and sick. Robert E. Lee was forced to meet U. S. Grant and ask for peace.

“Keep your horses,” said the northern general. “You’ll need them for plowing.”

“What are your terms?” asked General Lee.

“Unconditional surrender,” replied General Grant.

The Lord is merciful and tender. He’s full of kindness and love. But before you can experience His unlimited salvation, He must have your unconditional surrender.

Commit your life to the Lord. He’ll take it. Then He’ll give it back to you bigger and better than ever.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, Thou art standing at the door of our hearts and homes, our schools and society, waiting to be welcomed. Come in now, pervading and permeating all our lives with Thy presence and Thy power that we may become obedient to Thee: in Thy name. Amen.

Today's video seed: "Lifted"

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Skippers

Read Psalm 55:6-16


Two women were gossiping. One said, “Give a man enough rope, and he’ll hang himself.”

“Not so,” said the other. “I gave my husband enough rope and he skipped.”

We have a lot of skippers, haven’t we?

Think of Jonah. Trying to dodge his duty of preaching in Nineveh, he skipped. Did he find relief? No, he only found remorse.

Think of Demas. Trying to run from his responsibility of gospelling with Paul, he skipped. Did he find success? No, only shipwreck.

Success and satisfaction aren’t found in skipping struggles, but in submission to the Savior. The trusting soul is always the triumphant soul!

Prayer: Enable us, heavenly Father, to accept nothing but Thy guidance, to serve nothing but Thy will, and to seek nothing but Thy glory. Grant that by Thy grace we will be loyal in love, kind in action, and pure in spirit: through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Today's video seed: "Fellowship With Jesus"

Monday, January 25, 2010

Playthings Or People

Read Joshua 24:15 NKJ
A little girl showed me her doll. She pulled a cord and it said, “Hello.” She pulled it again and it said, “I love you.”

God could have made us like that. But He doesn’t want playthings. He wants people who really love Him.

To make us free to love and obey Him, we have to be free to dislike and disobey Him.

God has given you freedom of will. You may use the gift of will to serve Him or to separate yourself from Him.

That’s why the Bible says, “Choose this day whom you will serve.” When you have a choice and you don’t take it, that in itself is a choice.

You will choose to love and obey the Lord, won’t you?

Prayer: Create in us, Father, a new, clean heart. Fill it, we beg Thee, with clean thoughts and right desires. Make us willing to obey Thee in everything: in Christ’s name. Amen.
Today's video: "Lunch Box Religion"

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Life That Wins

Read Mark 10:29-31

Albert was born a sickly child and was slow to learn to read and write. As he grew up, he forced himself to master difficult subjects.

He attended the University of Strasbourg, and earned Ph.D. degrees in philosophy, theology, and music. By the time he was thirty, he had become a famous organist and doctor.

Then he felt called of the Lord to become a missionary.

“Don’t waste your life being a missionary,” begged his friends.

But Dr. and Mrs. Albert Schweitzer went to Africa. There they labored for fifty years for the Lord.

Dare you give your life for your Lord?

Prayer: I thank Thee for giving Thy life for me, Lord Jesus. I now give my life to Thee for Thy direction. Make me what Thou wilt. Use me where Thou wilt. Do with me as Thou wilt: in Thy name. Amen.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Pointing To The Wrong Time

Read James 4:14


A clock was given to a city by a rich man, and the councilmen were to keep it pointing to the correct time.

One day it stopped, but after ten minutes it started again.

Men, women and school children looked at the clock for the correct time. They thought they had time to spare. So they didn’t hurry to their destination.

One clock pointed to the wrong time. Many were late for their appointments.

What about your life? Are you pointing to the wrong time? Does your life ring true? Will someone miss heaven because of you?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, come into my life and make me a help, not a hindrance. Help my life to be an example to others. Let the beauty of the Lord Jesus be seen in me that I might woo and win others to Thee and to heaven: in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Today's video seed: "Live The Life"

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

In A Slippery Place

Read Psalm 141:3
The children in church sang, “Be careful little tongue what you say,” and the preacher asked, “Why is it hard to control the tongue?”

“Because,” answered a boy, “it’s in a wet place.”

Yes, being in a wet place, the tongue is prone to slip. Even though it weighs practically nothing, it’s surprising how few can hold it.

Your tongue can bless, but if it slips it can curse. Your tongue can heal, but if it slips it can hurt. Your tongue can speak the fairest things, but if it slips it can speak the foulest.

Once a word is spoken, you can’t get it back. But you must answer for it.

So remember the children’s song, “Be careful little tongue what you say.”

Prayer: Father, control my tongue so that I may speak no untrue word, no unholy word, and no ungracious word. Control my actions so that I may always honor Thee: through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Today's video seed: "Turn Right"

Monday, January 18, 2010

Keep On Praying

Read 1 Thessalonians 5:17


Gypsy Smith, the great evangelist, was converted when he was a boy. He loved his grandfather, and he tried to win him to the Lord.

Not being allowed to talk to his grandfather, he prayed for his conversion.

One day the grandfather asked, “Laddie, why are the knees of your trousers so badly worn?”

“Because I’ve been praying for your conversion,” he explained.

Weeping, he knelt with the boy, and received the Lord.

Have you ever worn out your trousers by praying for the conversion of your family and friends?

Try it, won’t you?

Prayer: O God, all through today make me brave enough to follow Thee, strong enough to witness for Thee, and convincing enough to win souls to Thee. Constrain me to pray persistently for the conversion of my family and friends: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "Remembered In His Will"

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Melt The Saints

Read Mark 16:15

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government ran out of silver for coins. So Cromwell sent his men to look for precious metals.

They returned saying, “The only silver we found is in the statues of the saints in the cathedrals.”

“Melt the saints,” cried Cromwell, “and put them into circulation.”

Today, as yesterday, we have too many saints standing in the sanctuaries, not circulating in the streets; worshiping in the meeting place, not witnessing in the marketplace.

But our Lord said, “Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Don’t we need to melt the saints?

Prayer: Deliver us, Father, from lukewarmness in our worship and laziness in our work. Today give us an errand to run for Thee that will honor Thee and help others. Make us going, growing, glowing Christians who will spread Thy word: in Christ. Amen.

Today's video: "The Master's Yoke"

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Staring Or Singing

Read Psalm 137
A woman in Texas was cleaning out a birdcage with a vacuum cleaner. Suddenly the phone rang. In reaching for the phone, the hose slipped and sucked up the parakeet.
In desperation she rescued the bird, cleaned it and put it back in the cage. But the bird no longer sings. It just sits and stares.

Can this be true of you? Maybe it’s because you’ve been sucked into worldliness. Sin always takes away the song. Sighs, not songs, befit the backslider.

Come to the Lord in confession, won’t you and you’ll return with rejoicing. Then you’ll sing, not just stare.

Prayer: Keep us, Father, from playing with sin. Stop us from going to the places of sin. Enable us to overcome our wrongs and our weaknesses which have us in their grip, and help us to be courageous, cheerful, conquering Christians: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "Who Walks With Me"

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Right From Wrong

Read James 1:1-15
Two bosses were talking. One said of an attractive girl that worked in their office, “Poor thing, she doesn’t know right from wrong.”

“You teach her what’s right,” said the other, “and I’ll teach her what’s wrong.”

The worst thing you can do is to teach a person to sin. The next worst thing is to sell out to sin.

You can’t sell out in the game of love and win. To compare it with cards, once you’ve played your ace – given your self – the game’s over.

If you play again, you’ll play with a worn deck, but with a new partner. If your “king” turns out to be a “joker” you go deeper in your guilt and grief.

Don’t sell out! Give yourself to the Lord who loves you and who’ll lift you.

Prayer: Keep me, Father, from eyes which see nothing but faults, from the mind which always thinks the worst, and from a tale-bearing tongue. Keep me from all sin, both small and large: through Christ. Amen.
Today's video devotional: "Do A Kind Deed Today"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Rescue The Perishing

Read Deuteronomy 6:4-9
In Rochester, New York, a little boy had fallen into the river, and the current was drawing him to his death.

A workman crossing the bridge, seeing the boy fighting a losing battle, jumped in the river and rescued him.

Imagine the man’s surprise when he found that he had saved his own son!

Mothers and fathers, do you realize personally that your sons and daughters are in danger of losing their own souls? What are you doing about it?

Won’t you pray passionately, witness winsomely, and lovingly lead them to the Lord?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, make me a help, not a hindrance in my family. Let the beauty of the Lord Jesus be seen in me that I might win and woo the children to Thee. Make me a good witness to all that I come into contact with: in Thy precious name. Amen.
Today's video devotional: "You Love Me"

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Somebody To Love Me

Read John 13:34


A missionary was sick. He had to come home for treatment. He asked a little girl, “What shall I send you?”

“Somebody to love me,” she sobbed.

That’s the cry at home and abroad.

Let’s love others selflessly. Not for what they can give us, but for what we can give them.

Let’s love others sacrificially. Not to be served, but to serve. Not to be blessed, but to bless.

Let’s love others sympathetically. Feeling their burden, and bearing it. Sensing their need, and supplying it. Sharing their sorrow, and strengthening them.

Our Lord did, and He said, “Love one another; as I have loved you.”

Prayer: O Thou God of love, come into my heart, and love others through me. Help me to speak love, to show love, to give love, and to live love: this I pray in the name of the One who loved me and died for me. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "I Shall Not Want."

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mire Or Choir

Read Psalm 40:1-8 TLB


A boy in North Carolina broke a record. He jumped 26,439 times in four hours and twenty-six minutes on a pogo stick.

Say what you will, he had his ups and downs.

And so did a king in the Bible. But one day he turned his life over to God. Then he said, “I waited patiently for God to help me; then He listened and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out from the bog and the mire, and set my feet on a hard, firm path and steadied me as I walked along.”

Why sink in the mire when you can sing in the choir?

Turn your life over to God, won’t you?

Prayer: Too often, Father, our minds are easily led astray, our hearts are easily swayed, and our wills are so weak. Just now we submit ourselves to Thee. Take over in our lives and guide us in the things we should do for Thee. In Thy strength we will resist the devil: through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Trash Me

Read Jeremiah 18:1-6 TLB
A man said to me, “I’ve wrecked my life. I give up!”

“But God hasn’t given up,” I said.

“Prove it,” he cried.

“The Bible tells of a potter,” I answered. “The jar that he was forming didn’t turn out as he wished.”

“So?” he asked.

“He kneaded it into a lump and started again,” I replied.

There’s David. He wrecked his life by lust. But God started again, and the destroyer of lives became the deliverer of lives.

There’s Peter. He wrecked his life by cowardliness. But God started again, and the cowardly person became a courageous preacher.

Why don’t you let God make you into a beautiful person?

Prayer: Save us, Father, from tainted thoughts, wicked words, disobedient deeds, and worldly ways: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video devotional: "A Cheerful Giver"

Monday, January 4, 2010

Moth-Eaten Experience

Read James 4:8


A fellow had a life-changing experience in college. It was such a blessing that he wrote it down, and called it his “Blessed Experience.”

One day the new pastor called on him. “Wife,” he said, “run upstairs and bring down my Blessed Experience.”

She returned, saying, “I’m sorry, but the mice have been in your desk, and have eaten your Blessed Experience.”

If you had a blessing fifteen years ago, and haven’t had one since, forget it. Get an up-to-date experience.

How?

Read the Bible daily. Pray fervently. Witness faithfully. When you draw close to God, He’ll draw close to you.

Prayer: Constrain us, Father, to pray so fervently, to witness so winsomely that we may lead the lost to Thee. Grant that we may grow closer to Thee: through Christ. Amen.

Today's video: "Make Others Happy"