"For Thou wilt light my candle; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness."
Jeffrey dutifully tended the lamp that hung by the altar. The flame had not
failed in over thirty years. Throughout that time, Jeffey had daily filled
the lamp with oil. People throughout the church marveled at this dedication
One day Jeffrey took sick and had to go to the hospital. Friends stopped in
to see Jeffrey, and as each one left, he lifted his head and said,
"Don't forget the light, okay?"
One women, puzzled by the urgency of Jeffrey's reminder, asked him why the
little lamp meant so much to him. His eyes grew misty, and he said, "That
light means the world to me. When I was young, two lights came into my life:
my wife and Jesus. My wife died, but then I let Jesus die to me. But now,
the lamp reminds me that so long as it shines, both of them are still alive.
I guess it wouldn't matter if the lamp went out, but it's important to me."
God sends light into our lives in many ways. The greatest light of all is love,
and we know love through His greatest gift, Jesus Christ.
Shine forth through the dark reaches of my life, O Light of the World, fill
me with Your blessed warmth and glow. Shine through me for others to see.
Let me be Your love in this world. Amen.
I am getting the honor of being part of a new church plant team in Little Rock. Little Rock First Assembly of God's first scheduled service is set for 3/2/13. Please keep us in your prayers! This church is being planted 1/2 mile from the high school I grew up in and I know this area needs to know the Lord. I used to run wild on these very streets.Thank you all for your prayers and know that I lift this thread up and all needs daily.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handywork."
This day, we need to stop for a moment to open new eyes to the wonder of God's world. If
we will only try to see it through His eyes rather than our own, we will find new beauty
that we never noticed before. His is a world of wonder and miracle. See it!
Lord, open my eyes that I might see all that this world is meant to be. Do not let the
pressures of the day create a cloud that prevents me from seeing Your beauty. Amen.
Please pray for Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
He was a wonderful and noble man.
"The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether."
Realizing that what you do is wrong is the first step. Fearing what might happen because of what you do is the next step.
Fear can be a healthy thing for us when it forces us to clean up our lives and walk the straight path. Once on the right
path, we can leave fear behind, for nothing can harm us once we are in the Lord's camp. God's judgments are righteous
and true, and He will always help us make the changes that allow us to clean up our lives, if we will only ask Him to.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Once you confess your sins and accept the forgiveness and righteousness
provided for you by Jesus, perfect love casts out fear.
I need to respect You more, Lord. I need to be reminded that Your way is the only way so that I won't be so tempted to stray.
Be with me to guide me. Amen.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”[e] 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”[f]
1 Corinthians 6:
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”[b] 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.[c]
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
"Some trust in chariots, and some is horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God."
The simple faith of a single man or woman is a mighty thing. Trust in the Lord, and you will marvel
at all that can be done. Whether it is the strength to endure an illness, the courage to step out
in faith into new endeavors, the wisdom to prepare for hard times, or the reliance on God and not
human government for justice, with God all things not only are possible, but all things good and
right will be established in His time.
Make me faithful, Lord. I doubt so often, and I put my faith in other things. Those things will
pass away, but I know that You will endure forever. Thanks be to Your love and grace. In
Jesus' name, Amen.
1 Corinthians 12:
Unity and Diversity in the Body
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
I am getting the honor of being part of a new church plant team in Little Rock. Little Rock First Assembly of God's first scheduled service is set for 3/2/13. Please keep us in your prayers! This church is being planted 1/2 mile from the high school I grew up in and I know this area needs to know the Lord. I used to run wild on these very streets.Done! The Lord Bless you and be Glorified through this plant!