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Lord of Hosts.

The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.
Psalm 24:10

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Psalm 24 [ ]

One of the strangest battles of World War I was waged on August 23, 1914 — the Battle of Mons — when four divisions of the British Expeditionary Force met German troops over the sixty-foot-wide Mons Canal in Belgium. After withstanding six hours of bombardment, the British forces withdrew amid terrible scenes of conflagration. Here’s what’s strange about the retreat. London newspapers shortly afterward carried the accounts of British soldiers who reported seeing heavenly guardians aiding in the retreat and saving the army from annihilation. Some of the hospitalized soldiers spoke of “the secret army of Mons,” and many became believers in Christ.

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When we read such stories, we’re intrigued and perhaps even encouraged. But we don’t base our doctrine or build our theology on personal accounts or individual experiences. Our beliefs are grounded in Scripture alone. The Bible itself sufficiently speaks of angels as organized like an army, mobilized, ready to come to our aid as God directs them.

Angels are innumerable heavenly beings — immortal and invincible creations of God. He is the Lord of the hosts of heaven.

Praise Him above, ye heavenly hosts; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Thomas Ken, in the “Doxology”

Joshua 8-10

By David Jeremiah.

Heaven on earth…

By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.” 
-1 Corinthians 15:44

God loves you. He loves your body and wants to save your whole life right where you are, right now.

You may be thinking, “Bobby, I don’t believe that.” If that’s what you’re thinking, write to me. I want to pray for you. I want you to know God loves your body. Your body is a very sacred thing. He calls it a temple. And Easter is the celebration that someday God is going to rescue this earth.

Now, the cross may bring us to heaven, but resurrection brings heaven to earth. We must not forget that. What God wants done right here is heaven on earth today. We pray for it every day. And we continue to hope for it and work for it. If you believe in it, say, “Amen!”

Prayer: Dear Lord, I believe in your saving grace. Save me, my whole life, where I am right now. As we near Easter, and celebrate the hope that Easter brings, I also celebrate the day when God will rescue the whole world, bringing heaven to earth. Amen.

Reflection: Do you ever doubt that God loves you, your whole body, where you are right now? What convinces you that he does?

Birds of the air…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
-Matthew 6:34

As Jesus is speaking to the many listening to what we call the Sermon on the Mount Jesus looks up and sees some birds at play. He says, “Look at the birds of the air. They don’t sow or reap or store anything away in barns.” They don’t have a 401-K or a Roth IRA. “And yet I tell you that your heavenly Father takes care of them, and if he takes care of the birds of the air, how much more is he going to take care of you?”

Jesus says, if you spend all this time worrying, “Which of you can add even a single minute to your life?” Imagine a warm, comforting breeze blowing through the wild flowers growing on the hill. These wildflowers that nobody planted are beautiful lilacs, lilies, daisies, or something similar, and they bend and sway in the wind.

“Now look how the lilies of the field grow,” says Jesus. “They don’t labor, they don’t spin, and yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was arrayed like one of these. Now, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore, do not say, ‘What will we eat, what will we drink, what will we wear,’ for the pagans run after these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all those other things will be added to you. Therefore, don’t worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow has enough worries of its own.”

Such a different message than the world gives us today.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am so assured by your words that, if you care about the grass and the birds, and the flowers, how much more you care for me. Your perfect words of love help me to release worry and lean into your caring arms. Amen.

Reflection: What in this section of the Sermon on the Mount most captures your imagination or comforts your heart?


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
-Luke 24:39

The body is an important part of old-school Christian theology, and a lot of it has been lost in the new thought in the last century. However, when you read the old documents from the church, you’ll read that God loves the human body.

That’s why it was so important to early Christians that this fact is non-negotiable: Jesus was resurrected from the dead in his real physical body with holes in his hands and in his feet. That’s a non-negotiable Orthodox Christian teaching.

In those days, the Gnostics wanted to teach that he was raised in spirit because only the spirit mattered. You can read literally hundreds of documents from the early church that say, “No!” It’s not just the spirit that matters, but the body matters because God loves the body. With all of its aging and sickness and brokenness and white hairs, amidst all of that, God loves your body and chooses to call your body his temple. That matters.

If you start to meditate on this biblical truth, you’ll soon discover how your spirituality grows and changes in a big way. Try it, and see!

Prayer: Dear Lord, I struggle to understand how important my body is in comparison to my mind and spirit, especially my spirit. Sometimes the needs of my body outweigh those of my spirit and vice versa. You bring balance to my life and make me whole. Amen.

Reflection: What are your thoughts about the spiritual importance of the body?

Just as we are…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
-2 Timothy 2:15

The physical world that we live and operate in is based totally on merit, isn’t it? That’s especially true in America where we have the freedom to achieve and accomplish goals, which are good things.

The bad side effect of this kind of a world is that everything becomes about merit. It begins in school, doesn’t it? With grades. You go to school, you’re in second or third grade, and you don’t do very good work so you get a C or a D, and the kid over there got an A or a B. Then, as you progress along in school, you start to realize that, if you work hard, your merit grows and your teachers and parents view you more highly. Now, all of a sudden, your future looks better.

This starts to weave into everything we do. If I pray a lot, God’s going to listen more, bless me more. If I give a lot more to charity, if I overcome my vices, if I do these things, then somehow there’s a part of us that says, “Well, I’ve come a little bit closer to God’s love.” But that gets everything backwards.

You cannot become a virtuous Jesus-kind-of-person by your own efforts. It begins and ends with the power that comes from knowing that we’re not what we have, not what we do, and not what people say about us. We’re God’s children and he loves us. That love cannot increase and it cannot decrease.

God loves us, not as we should be, but he loves us just as we are.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving me just as I am. I am your child and you love me just as much today as you did yesterday and will tomorrow. I am comforted by you love and grace. Amen.

Reflection: How are you comforted by God’s love?

God With You.

As I [ God ] was with Moses, so I will be with you [ Joshua ]. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
Joshua 1:5

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Hebrews 13:5-6 [ ]

When a mother decided her little boy was old enough to begin walking the few blocks to his school by himself, it was a major step. Nervous for the first few days, the little guy nonetheless made it to school and home safely the whole year. It wasn’t until years later that the mother told her now teenaged son that she had followed behind him, out of sight, every day for that first year to make sure he made it to school safely. He had been nervous and a little afraid to walk by himself, but he shouldn’t have been. The one who loved him the most was always with him.

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When Joshua filled Moses’ sandals as the new leader of Israel, he was no doubt nervous and a little afraid, too. He remembered the giants in Canaan that the spies had reported decades before (Numbers 13:31-33). So God made a promise to Joshua: “I was with Moses. You are taking Moses’ place. So I will be with you as well.” Part of God’s covenant promise to Israel was to be with them and make them successful. And Jesus affirms that same promise to His followers: “And lo, I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).

As you go about God’s work today, remember: He is with you (Mark 16:20).

Anxious care is out of place in a heavenly Father’s presence.
Kenneth Wuest

Exodus 17-20

By David Jeremiah.

More than merciful…

By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved.”
-Ephesians 2:4-5

During a trip to Turkey a few years ago, we had a translator with us who was a wonderful person, a Muslim man who became a friend of mine.

During the trip, I would speak to my fellow travelers on various topics, and later he and I would sit over a cup of coffee and talk about my sermons. He said, “I’ve been noticing that one of the big differences between Islam and Christianity is that in Islam we say God is merciful, but in Christianity you say God is love.” Now, that is a huge and important distinction. With all respect to my friend, there is something exceptionally important about the idea of God being more than merciful, actually truly loving us, and expecting, therefore, that we love other people.

So, God is more than merciful. God simply says that his heart beats for you. We can never really get good at loving others unless we are deeply and spiritually rooted in God’s unfailing love. Unless we are deeply rooted in God’s grace, love, affection, and favor, how can we have the strength to love good people, let alone love our enemies or difficult people?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I am rooting myself in your love, growing deeper roots in that love with each passing day. May I love others in a way that roots them in your unfailing love, as well. Amen.

Reflection: How are you rooted in God’s love? How does that make it easier for you to love others?

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