Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fear or Faith

Faith is the opposite of fear. When we have hearts that are filled with faith in God, fear has a difficult time finding a place in our lives.

Because this is true, we must ask ourselves, “What can we do to fight against fear? How can we keep a calm heart and a live a peaceful life?” Faith and fear cannot occupy the same heart at the same time.

There was a king in scripture who was pursued relentlessly by his enemies. He became weak, but his enemies were strong. He was by himself, but there was a large group that was trying to locate and destroy him. How did he handle his fear?

He placed his faith in the Lord. He cried, “Though a mighty army surround me, my heart will know no fear….I will wait patiently for the Lord and be brave and courageous.”

The Lord will never forsake the one who has faith in Him as long as they live with and for Him. To believe in God empowers us to face life with a brave heart and a bold stance.

Prayer: Help us, our Father, to put our faith in the God of our salvation, knowing that You will always be there when we need You. Through Christ our Savior. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 27

Today's video seed: "Lift Up Holy Hands"

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Loving God And Loving Man

A minister of a small church in Europe dearly loved his people. He was thought to disappear every Friday evening and ascend into heaven. He would then return to earth the next day.

A skeptic in his community decided to investigate. He observed the pastor reading the Bible, followed by a time of prayer. He then put on the clothing of a peasant and went into the woods. In the woods he would chop down a tree and deliver the wood to the poor. He would then return home and serve as a minister to his congregation.

That is the nature of the love that comes from knowing Him. This type of love that is described in the Bible, first reaches up to God in worship. Then it reaches out to others in service and works for God.

What will you do for others today? Stop and show them God’s love.

Prayer: Father, may this be a special day in our lives when we will worship You in everything we do. May we enjoy reading Your word, talking with You in prayer, and doing for others. May Your love fill our hearts, Your wisdom occupy our minds and Your words flow from our mouths. In Christ’s name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 4:11-12.

Today's video seed: "An Honest Father"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I'll Be Remembering You

When leaving me, a dear friend grasped my hand, looked me in the eye and said, “I’ll be remembering you.” How thoughtful! It made me feel important and significant. It brought happiness to my heart. It also reminded me of our Lord.

We are always on His mind and in His heart. The Psalmist reminds us, “The Lord is thinking about me right now. O my God, You are my helper.”

His mind is occupied with us because He knows our needs.

His eyes are focused on us because He watches over us very carefully.

His ears are open to us because He hears our every prayer.

His arms are underneath us because He does not want us to fall.

His heart is open to us for He has promised us that He “has loved us with an everlasting love.”

Prayer: How grateful we are, Father, to know that we are always on Your mind and in Your heart. We appreciate Your love, Your grace, Your mercy and presence in our lives. May we be as faithful to You as You are to us. In Your name we pray. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 40:17

Today's video seed: "Be Quiet"

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

We Are All In God's Heart

Some children were teasing a redheaded classmate. One taunted, “Why do you have red hair when your brothers and sisters have brown hair?”

“My parents adopted me,” he said proudly.

“What do you mean adopted?” asked another.

“I grew up in my mom’s heart instead of her tummy,” he explained.

Long ago, even before He made the world, the Bible tells us that God chooses us to be His very own, and made a place for us in His heart.

Ever since we were born, He has kept His eyes upon us, His ears open to us and His arms outstretched for us. And He says to each of us, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”

Have you accepted His love and been adopted into His family? His arms are open and He is waiting for you.

Prayer: We are grateful to You, our Father, that You have a special place for each of us in Your heart. We realize that there are times when we feel that we do not deserve Your love or have done things that have disappointed You. But we take You at Your word and ask that You forgive us and let us find our space in Your heart. In Jesus name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Jeremiah 31:3

Today's video seed: "Too Shovenistic"

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I Did It For Love

One morning a mother was running late for an appointment. Wanting to look her best, she asked her son to polish her shoes. He did such a good job that she wanted to reward him. So, she gave him a dollar.

As she was putting on one of the shoes, she felt something strange. She reached into the shoe and discovered her dollar bill. With it was a note that read, “Here’s your dollar back, Mom. I did it for love.”

Love has ears to hear the sighs of the sorrowing. It has eyes to see the needs of those who are suffering. It has feet that run to others to show mercy. It has hands that extend themselves to help heal others. It has a heart that can feel the pain that others are enduring. Love always forgets self to serve others.

If we are not serving others, we are not loving. God’s Word tells us to “Love in deed, not words alone.”

May we each show more of His love every day.

Prayer: Lord, no matter what we do, we can never show enough of Your love to others. Help us, we pray, to think often of the love that You have shown us in and through Your Son, and to show that love to others. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 3:17, 18

Today's video seed: "Be Still."

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Somebody's Not Doing His Job!

In a Charlie Brown comic strip, Lucy asked Charlie Brown, “Why are we put on earth?”

“To make others happy,” he answered.

“I don’t think that I’m making anyone very happy,” confessed Lucy. “And nobody’s making me very happy.”

Then she shouted, “Somebody’s not doing his job!”

In our relationships with others, however unkind they are, we must practice the same love that our Lord practices with us. We must show them their worth, their value, their importance and their significance. We must always let others know that God’s love is the glue that keeps us in contact with Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Such love is a sign of strength, not weakness; courage not complacency.

Today, I am determined to do my job and make others happy. Care to join me?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to follow the example of Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, and show others what true love is all about. May we live every day of our lives bringing hope and help, honor and happiness to others. This we ask in Your precious name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Peter 3:8,9

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Love Hugs

Four-year-old Mary liked the story, “The Three Little Pigs.” She begged her father to read it to her every night.

One day he taped the story and when she asked him to read it to her he said, “Dear, please turn on the tape recorder. I made a recording especially for you.”

“But,” she protested, “it can’t hug me.”

When someone wraps their arms around us we feel safe and loved, wanted and important.

Love has eyes to see the misery of others, ears to hear the cries of others, feet that hurry to help others, hands that can lift the burdens of others and a heart to feel the pain of others.

The Bible urges, “Dear Friends, let us practice loving each other, for love comes from God and those who are loving and kind show that they are the children of God, and that they are getting to know Him better.”

Prayer: Father, we bring our souls to You for Your salvation, our misery to You for Your grace, our pain to You for Your healing, our heartaches to You for Your comfort. We ask that we may always feel Your love and presence in our lives and that we will gladly share it with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 4:7-8

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

I Need Love, Not A Prescription

A girl said to her date, "If you do not tell me that you love me I am going to hold my breath until I pass out."

"Holding your breath may be interesting," he said. "Being a doctor, I realize that if you pass out it may be a metabolic disorder. I suggest Vitamin B6. You can take a tablet or eat liver."

"I ask for love," sobbed the girl, "and all I get is a prescription for beef liver."

Everyone needs love. It is the greatest gift the world has ever known. It takes the unloved and makes them
believe they are loveable. It takes the unacceptable and makes them feel acceptable. It brings respect to those
who have never been respected.

The Source of love is God. The beginning of love is God. And the end of love is God. It is only as He reigns in
our hearts that His love will be revealed in our lives.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, open our hearts to Your love. May Your love possess us so completely that others will see You in our eyes, feel Your presence in our lives and hear Your compassion in our voices. Through Your precious name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 4:7-11

Today's video seed: "Not In My Prayer"

Monday, February 8, 2010

Going Out Together

A middle-aged couple was awakened one night when the smoke detector sounded.

Grabbing his wife by the arm, he led her down the hallway and out of the house into the front yard safely.

He looked at his wife expecting a word of thanks, but noticed that she was smiling.

Troubled, he asked, “Why are you smiling?”

“Tonight,” she answered, “is the first time that we’ve gone out together in five years.”

Unfortunately, there are too many times in life when we are brought together by tragedy rather than tenderness, hopelessness rather than helpfulness, pain rather than pleasure.

Success in marriage is more than finding the right person. It is being the right person. Success in family living is more than being together, it is loving together. Success in relationships is more than doing, it is being the person God would have you to be.

It is living as Jesus lived and loving as He loved.

Prayer: Strengthen us, Father, to live, speak and show love in all of our relationships. May everything that we think, say or do reveal the loveliness of our Lord and reflect His lovingkindness. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 5:21-33.

Today's video seed: "Checking Up On Myself"

Thursday, February 4, 2010

He Loves Me

Everyone seems to love Charlie Brown, the hero of the comic strip “Peanuts.” One day he and Lucy were strolling along when she stopped and picked up a daisy and began to pluck the petals one by one, saying, “He loves me, he loves me not. He loves me, he loves me not.” Plucking the last petal she said, “He loves me! Charlie Brown, you love me!”

“Well,” he said, “I could have told you that.”

Sadly she asked, “But why didn’t you?”

We often neglect to tell those whom we love that we do indeed love them – that they are important to us, that we care for them deeply and that they mean as much to us as life itself. It is important that we speak and share our love with others as God has shared His love with us. And if the love of God is in our hearts, then the love of God will be seen in our lives.

Prayer: We pray, Lord, that our hearts may be so filled with Your love that we will gladly and happily share it with others. We pray that we will demonstrate Your love through our lives and that others will see Jesus in us and through us. We ask this in Thy wonderful name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 4:8

Today's video seed: "Water and Wine"

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Lots Of Love

A salesman complimented a young mother on her well-behaved son, adding, “I have eight children of my own.”

“Eight kids,” she exclaimed in disbelief. “I can’t imagine dividing my love by eight.”

“I don’t divide my love,” he said, “I multiply it!”

How like God. We read in His word that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…for everyone.” His love is unlimited and all inclusive. And we would never know how much He loved us until it was seen in Jesus and stated in Scripture. Love began with God, was seen in Jesus and ends with us. There is no way to know, experience or understand the love of God except through the Son of God.

As we put our lives into His hands, He will put His love into our hearts. And as we come to understand His love we will realize that He has a lot of love for us to share with others, and we can help to multiply His love as we serve others.

Prayer: Lord, we can see that You love us because You gave Your Son for us. May we come to understand just how much You love us as we worship and serve You every day of our lives. Amen.

Scripture for Today: John 3:16
Today's video seed: "Professors or Possessors"

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Big Al's Final Ride

Big Al loved his vintage car more than anything in the world. When he died, a chauffeur led the funeral procession to the cemetery in his vehicle.

Even though the burial service was brief, someone had time to steal his car while the mourners bowed their heads in prayer. Realizing what had happened, a friend said, “I guess you can’t be too careful even at your own funeral. You never know what might happen after you die.”

But we can know without a doubt what will happen after we die. We know that God loves us and that we are very dear to Him. We also know that a car can take us many places, but not to heaven. Only our faith in the Lord can do that. When He calls us home to heaven, if our faith is in Him, He will bring us into His presence and we will enjoy eternity with Him forever.

Prayer: Lord, we know that You have a place prepared in heaven for those who love and trust You as their Savior. Help us to accept Your love and grace and to realize that when we die, we may have life everlasting with You, because You loved us and gave Yourself for us. Amen.

Scripture for Today: Luke 18:20-22

Today's video seed: "Your Labor Is Never Wasted"

Monday, February 1, 2010

My One And Only Love

A shopper once said to a sales associate, “I want the most beautiful gold heart that you have in your store on the finest gold chain available for my fiancee.”

After considering many different choices, he made his decision, and said, “I’ll take that one.”

“Shall I inscribe her name on it?” asked the sales associate.

“Oh no!” came the instant reply. “If we break up, I would like to use it again.”

How different is God’s love. We hear it in the words of Jesus when He said, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” How comforting it is to know that God’s love is permanent. How fortunate we are to know that God’s love is guaranteed by His word. How wonderful it is to know that God’s love is for everyone. And finally, how grateful it is to know that His love makes our salvation through Jesus Christ possible.

Prayer: Help us, Father, to understand how much You love us. May those who read this “Seed” come to know You and accept Your Son as their Savior and love Him because He first loved us and gave Himself for us. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 John 4:11-12

Today's video seed: "For The BEtter"