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What's Your Theme?

What's your theme?   (by Newsletter, Newletter)

 Disgusted by a tasteless dish, Winston Churchill once summoned a waiter, saying, "Take this pudding away.  It has no theme!"  Any good dish, book, movie or sermon needs a good theme.  So does a good life!  That's why a personal motto or mission statement is helpful.  William Carey's was "Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God."  Joan of Arc's was "God must be served first."  And St. Paul's was "to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2, ESV).
 Pastor Curtis Nigh says, "If the heart does not have a noble or goodly theme, then it develops an anti-theme."  What noble theme can you live by as you live for Christ?

Our Firm Foundation

This read came from "Newsletter, Newletter" (Sept. 2018)

During his childhood on the Atlantic Coast, Gregory Elder devoted much time to creating eleborate sandcastles.  "Whole cities would appear beneath my hands," he writes.  One year, when bullies repeatedly crushed his handiwork, Elder finally placed large rocks and concrete chunks at the base of his kingdoms.  The returning bare-footed thugs soon learned a lesson.
   Many people consider today's church under attack from secularism, heresies and sin, Elder writes.  "They forget that the church is built upon a Rock (Matthew 16:18), over which the gates of hell itself shall not prevail."

Don't Be A Stranger

Don't Be A Stranger to God!
  God does not want us ever to shrug him to the side.  Our God wishes for us to move on from the "land of content" to the  obedient "kingdom worker".  The "kingdom worker" recognizes faith and obedience belong together.  That a close relationship with God helps us keep believing, and our faith response is being obedient, and serving others for Christ sake.  Imagine a coin with faith on one side, and obedience on the other side.   This is a whole coin!  Now split the coin edgewise, and you have now destroyed both sides and render the whole thing valueless.   The coin is not intended to be split.  
  Child of God, do you have a holy longing?   Are you really feeling "content" is just not doing it?  Talk to God, He hears your longings and requests.  Plus, the other good news is that God is consistent with Himself.  God will always be Himself with YOU.   When you return to Him,daily, you are investing wisely!  Others don't know all of your potential, but God has it perfectly placed it in you.
  Don't be a stranger to God, seek, seek and seek.  

With Benefits!

Do you use those deals that come with benefits?  Often travel packages bring benefits like--"stay 4 nights and get 2 FREE meals"!  Or the credit card company encourages you to charge $500.00 now and get 6 months of no interest charges.  Wow, we like those benefits!
   When was the last time you considered the benefits package you have received from the Lord?  Psalm 103:2 reads:
"Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits."  Benefits come from the Lord Jesus every day, and we do not deserve all his graciousness.  His benefits are too numerous to count!  Certainly no earthly package can bring us unshakable peace, holy guidance, and every little or big blessing.
   As humans we have the tendancy to get trapped into our gripes!  We focus on the high costs of food, delays in the traffic, or noise from our neighbors.  We might waste hours thinking about our frustrations.  Maybe we could try to let gratitude over-flow from our humble hearts and count those benefits from the Lord.
  When you start counting the benefits, share them with others.   Get others on the "new track" of praising, rather than on the path of gripes.  
   Prayer:  Change my heart, O Lord.
 

Is it good? Who decides that?

What is "good" for you?   Chocolate is good, friends are good, football is good, and a party is good!  Perhaps that is not your list of "good" things.  Maybe you were thinking that a nap is something good!   With our various tastes and personalities, we each would have a different list.   Would our list be different if we had to write down what is good and evil, what is right and wrong when it comes to morals and values?   This could lead into an argument!   Is it really our decision to decide what is good and evil?  It is not up to us to decide!   It doesn't matter what we like or don't like.  All that matters is what God says is good.  God had told us in the Bible what is good and what is evil.  The Bible points out what is right, and what is wrong.   God says it is "good" to forgive!   God says it is "good" to be generous.  We do not have to make our own version of "good values", it is already provided for us by the Creator God.  For God created good in the very beginning.
  Prayer:  Dear good and amazing God!  Guide me today and each day to follow your guidance in my moral choices and actions.  Help me to recognize what is good or evil, and what is "right to do" in your eyes.  Thank you for this help.   Amen.

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Prayer

We give thanks unto You, O God, because we can approach Your throne, at any time, with freedom and confidence! Father, we thank you that we are Your workmanship and our identity is found in You. We are grateful that we were chosen before the foundation of the world, that you adopted us, that you love us, and that we belong to You. When we are tempted to worry about what others think or we are afraid of how others see us, God remind us that You have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. We are no longer condemned; we are forgiven. We are delivered. We are healed. We are set free. We are overcomers by the Blood of the Lamb! We are Your sons and Your daughters. Hallelujah! We are victorious. In Jesus' name, Amen.   (By T.Morrison)