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Accept Those That Are Different

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Today's devotional by bro Samuel Lantion The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad. Acts 15:3 NASB Some church members become upset when people who are "different" join their Church. And let's be honest some see them as a threat to the status quo. Hey there's nothing new under the sun, this is not a new problem. Some things never change. See Paul and Barnabas had started churches among the Gentiles on a recent mission trip, but they didn't require the new Gentile believers to follow Jewish law and one law most noticeable, circumcision. There were some men from Judea that said Paul and Barnabas were wrong for doing this. After debating with these men, Paul and Barnabas went up to Jerusalem to settle the issue once and for all. As they traveled to Jerusalem, they came across other Christians who were glad to hear what God was doi

Jesus' Authority

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Today's devotional by bro Samuel Lantion. When He entered the temple area, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to Him while He was teaching, and said, “By what authority are You doing these things, and who gave You this authority?” Matthew 21:23 (NASB) The question in today's message follow Jesus's entire public ministry. The temple was filled with people from around the world that was listening to Jesus's words as He preached the gospel. They witnessed Jesus performing miracles on the Sabbath, which was against Jewish law. The temple authorities were angered by Jesus' actions and they wanted to bring criminal charges against Him. The rulers of the Temple felt that He had no right to interfere. They thought they had trapped Him. Let's ask ourselves this question which is of the utmost importance. Are we sometimes like the priest and elders, questioning and debating God’s authority. Jesus wants us to have faith and totally submit to His omnipotent

I AM NOT ASHAMED

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Today’s Devotional by Priscilla Everett  For I am not ashamed of this good news about Christ. It is the power of God at work saving everyone who believes- the Jews first and the Gentile.” Romans 1:16 When we think about it, God has been so good to us- He gave himself to us unconditionally that we may have eternal life. Apostle Paul is encouraging the Church in Rome- as well as us today- to be bold in our testimony of the gospel. The only assignment that Jesus gave every believer is to spread the gospel to all people and to not be timid about it but share it with boldness. Paul also knew that we will be sometimes rejected, laughed at or persecuted as we share the word of God simply because the Christian message will not be accepted by everyone. Therefore, our part is to plant the seed of the word and let God do the rest, as it is the power of God that saves, not how well we speak or how convincin83708212021g we can be. Again, all we must do is tell someone about what Jesus has done and

A New Thing

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Today's Devotional by Takiela Harris (Isaiah 43:18-19) But forget all that—  it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.  For I am about to do something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?  I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. I know many of us are saying make it Go away. We could be crying right now just thinking about life and our failures. We must stop worrying and thinking about what once was, and where we use to be or use to do or still going through. We can not undo any of that. God is saying... forget all that. Trust Me. It's not to late. I got you. We've been in this drought in the wilderness for way to long. This is a New Year. Let's not waste any more time on back then...when God is here right now. God wants to shower, drench, and overflow our lives with forgiveness, blessings and joy. Thank you Lord for this New Thing you're doing.

Let's Go Quickly

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Let's Go Quickly And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Zachariah 8:21. (KJV) It's a promise brewing that's more than 2,000 years old. God promised that he's going to do something so amazing that a massive number of people will turn to the Lord. Now looking back over centuries of church history, we can clearly see how Jesus fulfilled God's plan, and accordance with Old testament prophecy, literally changing the course of the world. Let me tell you about another day promised in Scripture that we should really consider. It's the day when Jesus returns and the whole world knows that He is King. This will be the day when we will no longer have to explain to anyone who God is. It will be completely clear. But until that day comes, our goal is to invest our lives in spreading the good news to the world. So let us go quickly and continuously staying in praye

The Sovereignty of God

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The Sovereignty of God Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone-while the morning stars sang together, and all angels shouted for joy? Job 38:4-7 No one can explain why the weather changes as often as it does. Nature is very unpredictable. Yet, when we look around us, we see the wonders of God in the air, on land and under the sea. Scientists may have their own theory as to why all creatures come about yet they have limited knowledge and cannot fully explain the origin of nature. In the book of Job chapters 38-41, God posed some thought provoking questions to Job, which of course Job could not answer how all God’s creation existed. Job's response in Chapter 42 verse 2 declares the Sovereignty of God, “I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you”. Therefore, when we find ourselves in

Let's Give Back To God

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Let's Give Back To God And now behold, I have brought the first of the produce of the ground which You, Lord have given me.’ Then you shall set it before the Lord your God, and worship before the Lord your God; Deuteronomy 26:10 God provided Israel with instructions concerning the harvest He provides for them. They were to give 10 percent of their produce as a sacrificial offering back to God. And, they were to give it from the first fruits produced. Tithing is an act of worship that becomes an act of faith. The spiritual discipline of tithing becomes second nature when you have a cheerful heart. It is not a task. It was Paul who called it "a fragrant offering, and acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God"(Phil.4:18). I'm blessed with wonderful examples of living out the joy of tithing. I've watched a friend of mine's family faithfully give, year after year. To them, tithing is a privilege and a opportunity to show their gratitude for all God has done for them. A