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"The Gospel of Redemption Ruth

Monday, September 17, 2018

Jim Reed

The book of Ruth is a story of the miracle of redemption.  It is a beautiful story that is as real as life itself because it comes from The Creator of Life itself. We get a close look at how God hand-picked a woman named Ruth to be in the lineage of the Messiah. 

There is a very unusual genealogy: “Boaz, the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth” (Matthew 1:5). Women were not usually included in genealogies.  However, God’s work is not usual; it’s a miracle.  God intervened in history to add Ruth in the lineage of our Blessed Redeemer.  God proved that he can work his redemptive power into the life of a foreign-born woman who had hit rock bottom.  God's redeeming power is alive today.  We live under the blessed covering of Jesus, Our Redeemer. Let us pray that more people will accept Jesus as their Redeemer.


"The Gospel of the Amen" 2 Corinthians 1:18-22 - Monday, September 10, 2018

In Jesus' revelation of himself to the church of Laodicea he began this way: "These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation" (Revelation 3:14). When we meditate on the power of truth and the importance of truth, we begin to realize what truth means when God himself is the source. It should cause our faith to sky-rocket (or heaven-rocket).

This is exactly what God would have all believers understand as they live and dwell in the midst of this miracle of truth – God's Amen. The Apostle Paul wrote to encourage the church in Corinth that the Gospel is not "Yes" and "No." In other words, there is no doubt of God's truth. Paul went on to say that in Jesus, the Gospel has "always been 'Yes'" (2 Corinthians 1:19)! May we all learn and grow in God's "Yes" more and more. Amen.

"The Year of the Lord's Favor" Luke 4:14-21 - Monday, September 3, 2018

This world is in big trouble. We are in a fix we cannot fix. God himself must open our eyes to what happens to be the source of the problem. Once God's revelation enters the scene, the problem becomes very simple and basic. And that problem is sin.

As Jesus began his public ministry in the book of Luke, he was given the Scroll of Isaiah. He unrolled that scroll to a certain place that read, "The Spirit of the Lord in on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news… to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:18-19). Jesus entered this world to fulfill this prophetic promise in Isaiah. Jesus will enter anyone's life to make this promise come true. It is important to know that this promise is only available so long as time exists. One day, for everyone, time will be no more.

"Let the Children Come to Me" Mark 10:13-16 - Monday, August 27, 2018

Children are at the center of God's heart and his plan for his people. God's plan for children is written in Deuteronomy 6:1-9. If God's people were to succeed in the Promised Land it would depend on whether or not they could pass HIS ways to the next generation. God is all about "Generation Next."

One day, the disciples thought they were doing Jesus a favor by rebuking people who were bringing little children to him. Here's how Jesus reacted: "When Jesus saw this he was indignant. He said to them, 'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it'" (Mark 10:14-15). Let's pray that we may we learn a few lessons from Jesus.

"Obedience and Devotion Psalm 119:57-64 - Monday, August 20, 2018

Psalm 119 is a God-ordained hymn to God's Word. It is the longest chapter in the Bible. This hymn to God's Word comes to us in 22 stanzas and each stanza is represented by one of the 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet.  Each line in every stanza will begin with the same Hebrew letter that is assigned to it.

As we dig deep into the 8th stanza we will be carried along by the blessed path created by the focus of the many terms used for God's Word, such as Law, Promise, Statutes, Commands, Precepts and Decrees. This journey may take a little bit of work and diligence, but it will lead to a growing sense of obedience and devotion to God's Word.

"The Wisdom of God" 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 - Monday, August 13, 2018

One of the main attributes of wisdom is to know the outcome before the end arrives. Wisdom can be a rare commodity in this world. The wisdom of God has entered this world, yet the world will reject God's wisdom. We must ask, "Is that wise?" According to this world, the answer is obviously "yes." Again, we must ask, "Is that wise?"

All of humanity must know that we live in a world full of trouble, turmoil and death. In the midst of this chaos, all who slow down and think deeply, should realize this is a reality that we all share. Enter the wisdom of God. God's wisdom knows the outcome before the end arrives. The Apostle Paul put it this way: "Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God" (1 Corinthians 1:24). Jesus is God's wisdom of salvation for all to receive.

"Freedom In Christ" John 8:31-36 - Monday, August 6, 2018

Jesus entered our world to offer all people a chance to be bound by a freedom that is a miracle. We can now be bound up in a safe freedom that has miraculous limits. "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free" (John 8:31-32).

Please notice that this miraculous freedom offered by Jesus Christ is bound by two words that we must not overlook: the word "if" and the word "then." Without the "if" there can be no "then." Please pray that more and more people will accept the "if" so that they may also have the "then." Then, we all may shout with joy, and, with Jesus, "Let freedom ring!"

"Let Us Keep Our Faith Alive" Hebrews 12:1-3 - Monday, July 30, 2018

The book of Hebrews is full of exhortations inspired by the Holy Spirit. These exhortations are designed with the intent of adding strength to our faith and to keep our faith alive. We all need encouragement. God knows this world wears us down, wears us thin and wears us out. Faith matters. Faith that is alive and growing matters all the more.

The book of Hebrews is a faith book written to be God's holy vitamin that will add vitality (life) to our faith. We will be taking a deep look into three verses from the book of Hebrews. It is God's will that we all have a lively, vibrant faith that will be a reflection of the life of God in all believers. A faith that is alive will lead to godly action and godly vitality. Let us invite God's Word to revitalize our faith.

"Knowing God As Father" 1 John 3:1 - Monday, July 23, 2018

How great is the love of God? How can anyone measure God in any way? We know that God is eternal in every way. We mortals have no way to measure eternity, let alone put our measuring devices before the Creator of all things.

What if God would reveal his love to us in some measurable way? What if God would give us hint as to the measure of his love? He did just that. God has given us a gift and blessing of being able to call God "Father." The Apostle John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, wrote this for us: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him" (1 John 3:1). Happy Father's Day.

"The Gospel: The Weight of Glory" 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - Monday, July 16, 2018

It is true that we may suffer in many ways in the life we live. We all do. The difference is that, if we have given our lives to Christ, we now have a new way of viewing our lives. As we continue to explore the depth of the Gospel we find that we carry with us a glory that cannot be measured by any natural measuring instrument calibrated by this world's standards.

Paul speaks of it this way, "Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all" (2 Corinthians 4:17). In the Gospel we have been gifted with a new way to view our lives. This new view, or vision, carries with it power and motivation from the very heart of God. We can now be used of God to reach out in service to those around us.

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2018
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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