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That name…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”
-John 14:6

Jesus – that name causes each one of us to make a choice.

Those who followed Jesus when he was on earth seemed to go in one of two directions. Either they always wanted to worship him and follow him and be with him and hang on his every word, or somehow it went the other way where they wanted to plot against him and crucify him and see him dead.

The one word that was always used for Jesus was “wonder.” No one could be neutral with Jesus, and so it is so today. No one can be neutral with Jesus. There is no middle road with him. There is no lukewarm. There’s yes or no. There’s either/or. There’s the narrow and difficult road or the wide and easy road – one that leads to life, and one that leads to death. There is no middle ground.

Jesus demands everything or nothing. His name has power and every time his name is mentioned, whether you know it or not, your soul is reminded of a choice you have yet to make: Will I do what he says? Or will I do what I say?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I want to do what you say, but my own thoughts so often drown out your words of love and encouragement. I want to do the next right thing. Draw me close. Show me the way. Amen.

Reflection: What is your first response when you hear the name “Jesus”?

The Approval Process: Act Out.


Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2

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Last October two puppies, brothers Jeffrey and Jermaine, were found wandering the streets of Philadelphia. Though both dogs were frightened and sick, Jeffrey had the greater challenge — he was blind. Determined to care for his brother, Jermaine literally became a guide dog. He constantly stayed within touching distance of his disabled brother, and Jeffrey leaned on Jermaine for support. Without any training, Jermaine became a guide dog. The puppies were always seen touching each other and even slept holding each other. Their story melted the hearts of Philadelphians, and the brothers had no trouble finding a home.

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If animals can be that devoted to each other, shouldn’t we be the same? Galatians 6 tells us, as we have opportunity, to bear the burdens of others, especially to those who are of the household of faith. We can affirm, appreciate, and approve of others by the way we treat them. We can bear their burdens. Love is worthless unless it acts out, unless it’s expressed in deed and behavior.

That’s not just puppy love; it’s agape love.

Love is seen in what it does.
Gladys Aylward

Read-Thru-the-Bible
1 Samuel 1-7

By David Jeremiah.

Angelic Escort.


Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
Exodus 23:20

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Throughout the Bible, angels seem to have an active role in ushering God’s children to heaven. In his book, Somewhere Angels, Larry Libby writes: “No one likes to go on trips all alone. Now, some fine day you will and I will see heaven for the very first time …. and that home will be so very much better than Disneyland, and sunsets, and mountain lakes, and snowy canyons that I can’t even tell you how much. And I don’t think God means for us to be alone when we travel to that new home …. The angel gets to be there when you see the shining beauty of your forever home for the very first time; when your eyes fly open and your mouth drops open, and the tears of happiness rush to your eyes, and you say, ‘Oh, my goodness! It’s more beautiful than I could ever have dreamed!’ And the angel gets to be there and share in it all!”1

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We can’t fully visualize the wonder of that moment, but what a comfort to know we’ll not be alone as we travel from earth to heaven! No Christian is abandoned at the moment of death. The angels are the ushers, and our passage to heaven is under their escort.

When it comes to leaving earth for heaven, there’s nothing to worry about. God wants you home so much that He’ll send His own angel to meet you. And don’t be surprised if the angel is wearing a big smile.
Larry Libby

1 Larry Libby,  Somewhere Angels  (Sisters, OR: Multnomah Publishers, 1994), n.p.

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Ruth 1-4

By David Jeremiah.

Praying For Grace Of Preparation In Our Seasons Of Spiritual Growth.


Faithful God, I join my brothers and sisters in one accord, we call upon Thee to draw us into an intimate relationships with You, so that we may be fully empowered to draw others unto You and we want to bring Your deliverance to broken people and we desire to prevail in spiritual warfare as others learn to turn their hearts and lives over to You, this we ask through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen, Amen and Amen.

God of Divine Exchange, Lord Jesus, we exchange everything we are and have for all of You, we exchange our bondages for Your freedom and we thank You from the bottom of our hearts, for the grace of exchanging our sins for Your righteousness, we exalt and praise You for Your mercies towards us even as we worship in Jesus Name. Amen, Amen and Amen.

Gracious Father, when ever we feel as though we are merely marking time instead of marching into victories, we call upon Your Spirit, to help us to understand that You are placing us in season of spiritual growth and preparation for what lies ahead and with Your grace fully active in our lives, we shall continue to wait, live and walk in Your will for our lives to Your glory, we pray in Thy Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen, Amen and Amen.

O Lord, Our God, we trust You, not our feelings, thoughts, or circumstances, we refuse to believe the lies of the enemies but rather we grab the extraordinary grace availed to us to make this season, our seasons to spoil the enemies works, as we possess our spiritual promised lands of blessings and abundance, we ask this, and claim it over our lives in Jesus Victorious Name, we pray. Amen, Amen and Amen.

 

 

 

Storm shelter…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’”
-Psalm 91:1

I spent six years living in Oklahoma in a little town called Broken Arrow just outside of Tulsa, and it has some of the worst weather around. Even on beautiful days, it’s usually windy. And because of this, Oklahomans are always ready for weather. They’re always interested in the weather. They’re always thinking about weather.

If you go to a Starbucks in Tulsa, for example, you will see people on their laptops looking at the weather forecasts for their towns. They’re thinking, “That’s interesting. Let’s see what kind of weather is going on in Michigan. Oh, that’s interesting.” People in Oklahoma are obsessed with the weather.

The reason I say this is that because, even though people in Oklahoma are obsessed about the weather, they’re always prepared for it. They have shelters. They have well built homes. They’re ready for the wind. They are never going to leave something expensive outside and allow it to be demolished by something as trivial as the weather. That would never happen in Oklahoma. Anything worth keeping outdoors is always stored in the shed where it belongs.

Jesus encourages us to be Oklahomans, to be ready for anything. If we follow Jesus, if we cleave to him and to his teachings, he will be our shelter no matter what comes our way.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being my companion in good times and bad. Thank you for sheltering me in the storms of life. With you by my side, I need never be afraid. Amen.

Reflection: In what way has Jesus sheltered you during times of trouble?

There is no name…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
-Philippians 2:9-11

Jim Gaffigan, a standup comedian, is in a nightclub and everybody is drinking and having a good time. He says, “I like everyone to feel comfortable. That’s why I’m going to talk to you about Jesus.” Right? There’s something about Jesus.

Talking about Jesus is very similar to talking about sex. It really is. Think about it just for a moment with me. When you talk about sex, there is no neutral language. Either it’s a language of intimacy, love, and romance that stirs the heart. Or, it’s vulgar, offensive, funny. Or, it’s technical like scientific, medical language that sterilizes the topic and keeps it far away from our emotions.

We do that same thing with Jesus. We talk about Jesus as either as one who is deeply intimate and heart moving. Or, his name is used in a vulgar way, to curse or to swear. Or, we use some kind of technical, theological language to hold Jesus at a distance. That’s because Jesus stirs the heart, the emotions, the will, the mind. His very name has spiritual power and that’s why it cannot be mentioned in a neutral way.

To say “Jesus” anywhere moves everything. Millions of people have spent trillions of hours writing and making art and worshipping and lifting up this name. There is no name like Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, there is no name like your name. I call on your name and you fill my heart, you calm my fears, you show me the way. Amen.

Reflection: When have you called on the name “Jesus”?

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