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"Happy Mother's Day Lois and Eunice" 2 Timothy 5:1-5

Monday, June 18, 2018

Jim Reed

Mother's Day was established to give honor and encouragement to a vital foundation in the structure of our society. Many times the foundations in any structure can go unnoticed, yet without a solid foundation there would be chaos and collapse.

The amazing effect of a solid, loving upbringing is hidden in Paul's second letter to Timothy and spring forth as godly fruit in the life of this young man. Timothy was able to be a part in the establishment and growth of the first Christian churches in history.  Inscribed in God's Word is proof that a mother's influence can continue on into the years and even have a profound effect on a whole culture.  Paul wrote to Timothy: "I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded, now lives in you"  (2 Timothy 2:5).


"The Unforgiveable Sin" Matthew 12:22-32 - Monday, June 11, 2018

"And so I tell you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come" (Matthew 12:31-32).

The fact that Jesus would have to make such a statement is because of the nature of sin. All of humanity has been locked in sin sense The Fall in Genesis 3. The only way out is by the miracle of God's salvation through Jesus Christ. This salvation is alive and well today. God's salvation is the greatest miracle on earth. When Jesus ascended to heaven he left the Holy Spirit in charge. Anyone who rejects the call to salvation that comes from the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. Forever.

"Hope Against All Hope" Psalm 119:49-56 - Monday, June 4, 2018

Psalm 119 has been called "A Hymn to God's Word." We can understand this very well once we dig deeply into its form and structure. There are 22 stanzas, each beginning with the same Hebrew letter as it works through the entire alphabet. God's Word is highlighted in Psalm 119 with a variety of terms used to describe God's Word.

The seventh stanza shouts out the miracle of hope into the very center of our being. The first line begins with this request: "Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope."  We will discover many of the reasons for the need of this God-given hope as we work our way through this seventh stanza. And once we reach the end we also discover the reason that this hope can be realized in our lives: "For this has been my practice: I obey your precepts." Amen.

"Two Destinies: Wise and Foolish" Matthew 7:24-27 - Monday, May 28, 2018

Jesus ended his Sermon on the Mount comparing two different foundations. There were two different builders. One builder was foolish and the other builder was wise. There were two different foundations. One house was built on sand and the other house was built on the rock.

All foundations will soon be tested by reality. The house built on the sand will collapse. However, the house built on the rock will not fall. Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount this way on purpose. His purpose is to get more and more people to trust in him. "Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock" (Matthew 7:24). Please pray for God's wise building project of salvation to spread to more and more people.

"A Demonstration of Love" John 13:1-17 - Monday, May 21, 2018

John had a front row seat in the greatest event in all of human history: "The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory" (John 1:14). John lived and walked with Jesus. He preserved that very unique view that he was so privileged to witness by putting it in writing for us.

One such instance was when John wrote this about Jesus: "Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love" (John 13:1). This event in the life of Jesus with his disciples should fill us with awe and wonder. The majesty of Jesus and the depth of the love of God are joined together in this real-life account that we may never fully understand. We read. We wonder. We meditate. We bow in worship.

"Our Past, Present and Future" Colossians 3:1-4 - Monday, May 14, 2018

The Apostle Paul has written letters to help believers understand just what God has given us. We will be looking at Paul's letter to the church at Colossae. This letter was also written for us. We will find that God has worked out our past, present and future to conform to his will. God's will is to rescue as many people out of this lost world as possible.

All who say "Yes" to God's plan of salvation will discover that they now have a past they never had before. They will also find themselves living out a present that is an everyday-miracle. And what about the future?  Let's just say our future is so bright that "shades" won't due. We'll need a new body.

"Easter: The Authority to Create New Life" John 2:12-25 - Monday, May 7, 2018

Jesus entered this world at the time we call Christmas. Jesus departed this world at the time we call Easter. He entered this world in a manger and he exited this world from a tomb. This was all planned ahead of time and carried out under the sovereign authority of God.

Jesus did something the people in authority could not do. He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem. This upset the religious leaders and made them angry. They asked for sign to show his authority to do what he just did. Jesus answered them, "Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days" (John 2:19). Of course, like every human being, they didn't understand him. However, those who humbly bow to God's plan will be given new life by the Creator of life. Then, new understanding will enter and new life within them will grow more and more.

"The Shepherd's Heart of God" Luke 15:1-7 - Monday, April 30, 2018

It was no accident that God chose shepherds to lead his people. Abraham, Moses and David were shepherds. How could such a lowly profession have anything to do with the nature or character of the Creator of the universe? The answer is that a shepherd lives to seek and to save lost sheep. God will do the same. He sent Jesus, The Good Shepherd.

Jesus wants to share his heart with us. We who belong to him will find our hearts beating with the same rhythm and pulse that cares for the lost. The 99 may be safe, but we will begin to care for that one who is lost. We will find ourselves stretching more and more to reach out to bring in that one who may be lost. Then we will rejoice along with Jesus over one sinner who repents.

"God's Covenant Love Promised" Psalm 119:41-48 - Monday, April 23, 2018

Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible. This chapter has been called "A Hymn to God's Word." There are at least eight different terms used referring to God's Word. Psalm 119 is divided into 22 sections with each section labeled after the succeeding letters of the Hebrew alphabet with each line in that section beginning with that letter.

Today, we will be the sixth section. The letter "waw" (pronounced as W or as V) heads each verse.  May the miracle that is God's Word change our hearts just as God has planned and written in Psalm 119.

"The Last Supper" Luke 22:1-20 - Monday, April 16, 2018

The Last Supper is one of the most remembered events in the life of Jesus. Artwork abounds highlighting this epic event. One must wonder how Jesus really felt about The Last Supper. And we might even wonder how God himself felt about it. Because of the Bible we can know what God and Jesus were thinking. We have it in writing.

As we consult God's Word we can begin to understand that The Last Supper was all planned before time began. The Last Supper really will not be the last supper. Another event is awaiting all who belong to Jesus Christ. An angel instructed John to write, "Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!" And he added, "These are the true words of God" (Revelation 19:9). As we study The Last Supper we will more fully understand what God had planned in advance.

Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, June 19th, 2018
the Week of Proper 6 / Ordinary 11
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