The Young Ruler

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…

As he was going out into the way, one ran to him, knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?”Mark 10:17

This was a young man in the prime of his life. He was rich, with all the honor, ease, distinction, and influence that wealth brings. He was a man of good reputation among his peers; for he was a ruler of the synagogue. His character was above reproach because he had carefully kept all the commandments. He was a lovable man, with many fine qualities, attractive and winning; for Jesus loved him when he saw him. Yet he was not satisfied. his heart-hunger was also very strong, driving him irresistibly to want to know Christ.

The question he asked Jesus was one of the most important he could have asked. Eternal life is the most glorious prize in the universe to be gained. It embraces all the blessings of salvation in this world, and then a place in the family of God for ever. It is no wonder this young man ran to ask Christ this question. It’s amazing that so few people think about doing the same. Men run to seek earth’s poor prizes, but they are slow in their pace when they are seeking eternal life.

It is a prize too which can be gained. It lies within the reach of every one. There is no one who may not receive it. It is a prize, however, that cannot be gained merely by doing anything. There is plenty of room for doing in the Christian life, but this is not the place for it. Eternal life cannot be gained by saying so many prayers, or fasting so many hours, or being baptized in a certain way, or joining a particular church, or by giving so much money to charity, or by any other kind of religious act or service. Eternal life is the gift of God; it is obtained through Jesus Christ. It is bestowed upon all who will accept it. The way to get it is to take Christ as Savior and Lord.

Worries

Pat:

“Absolutely” ! There is no need to worry God has everything under control! Very Encouraging!

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

Worries

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?”
-Luke 12:25-26

Luke_12-6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Luke_12-6: Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God?

Many of us think that it’s normal to feel worried. In fact, if we have nothing to worry about, we start looking for things to worry about. We think that, if we worry, we’re more responsible. If we’re in a constant state of worry, then we’re not naive, but realists. We’re looking out for our own benefits, making sure that nothing bad happens.

Sometimes we may even think, “If I stop worrying, I leave myself open to being injured, or violated, or taken advantage of somehow. So, I have to worry constantly.” However, that is not the life that God, who…

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How To Shine…

 your light brightest

September 18, 2014

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.”

Matthew 5:14-15

Back when we lived on the East Coast, one of the things we used to do was go look at various lighthouses. I love lighthouses because they’re such a powerful picture of what it means to be an effective witness for Christ.

You see, you don’t find lighthouses in the middle of metropolitan areas. Their light would simply be drowned out by the light of so many other buildings. No, you find lighthouses on dark, dangerous shorelines where they’re exposed to the harsh elements and yet do their job of leading people safely to shore.

As a believer in Christ, God hasn’t called you to just huddle up with all the rest of the lights. He’s called you to go out, risking safety and comfort for the purpose of letting your light shine where it’s needed most.

Don’t just hang around Christians in your holy huddle at church. Get out in the world and take risks to bring others to Christ. Be a true light in a dark world and illuminate the path of Jesus Christ for the lost to come home!

BE A TRUE LIGHT IN THE DARK WORLD BY GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND SHOWING JESUS TO THE WORLD!

HE LIFTS US UP: The Depressed and Struggling

Pat:

Amen!! So encouraging!!

Originally posted on ChristianBlessings:

Many are depressed…
and struggle through the year…
dealing with feelings…
of loneliness, worthlessness or fear.
And many are struggling…
with a financial lack…
while others blow money…
and don’t even look back.

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How Can We Help Build…

 the Christian leaders our world needs

September 11, 2014

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.”

1 Timothy 5:17-18

It seems like every week I hear about a minister who has burned out, wiped out, and has shipwrecked his faith. I’ve even had personal friends in ministry who one day just threw in the towel and decided they were done. It’s a sad but very real problem today.

When I think about this epidemic, I really see one reason behind it: Many ministers simply aren’t being encouraged and loved by the people they serve. They’re seen as a business, and the churchgoers are the customers who come on Sunday to consume and then pay whatever they think it cost them for their seat.

But that’s not how the body of Christ was meant to function. When it comes to church staff, it’s not ‘us’ and ‘them.’ It’s one body! We’re called to minister to and encourage one another in the faith. That’s the point of coming together!

So what can you do to build up today’s Christian leaders? Well, you can start by simply encouraging the ministers at your church. Maybe it’s a quick email or note today that says, “Thank you for serving.” Encourage those who serve in ministry and you’ll help build the strong Christian leaders our world needs!

HELP BUILD UP THE STRONG CHRISTIAN LEADERS OUR WORLD NEEDS BY BEING AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVE IN MINISTRY

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Where Can We Find Shelter…

 from the judgment to come

September 12, 2014

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

One of the more hot-button issues discussed in the church today is the issue of the rapture. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the rapture is an event that many claim will happen when Christ will take all believers to heaven just before a period of severe judgment on the earth.

Now let me show my cards and tell you that I believe this is an actual event that will happen. I have very good friends who think differently. But as we discuss such things, it’s important we don’t miss the big picture: that Christ will return and save those who know Him from the judgment to come.

This should comfort us who know Christ because of the fact that since we’re in Him, we’ll never face one iota of judgment. Our sins are completely washed away. And in His grace, God will save us from the storm to come.

So take comfort. The God who saved you from your sins will most assuredly save you from enduring judgment for those sins. Trust in God’s goodness, keeping your faith squarely in Him, and you’ll find shelter and safety from the judgment to come!

TRUST IN GOD’S GOODNESS, TAKE COMFORT IN HIS FORGIVENESS, AND YOU’LL NEVER ENDURE JUDGMENT FOR SIN!

Where is God?

Pat:

Amen,Amen!! Very Encouraging!! Enjoy!! :)

Originally posted on God Loves Bummyla:

Where is God?

Today’s Truth

Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised’
(Job 1:20-21).

Job was an extraordinary man, husband, father, and leader who served God faithfully. His faithfulness to God in prosperity was a powerful testimony, but His faithfulness to God in the face of death, pain and despair was even more powerful.

Did Job doubt and question God?

Absolutely!

Did Job openly and honestly grieve his loss and weep in his pain?

Yes!

But Job remained faithful to God, even when he did not understand why God would let him endure such suffering.

Job stood firm in his faith even when his heart and body was broken. God was pleased with Job and rewarded him for…

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Joy In The Lord

Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…cloudy-wallpaper-1280x800

Jesus said to them, “Can the groomsmen fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they can’t fast.Mark2:19

This was our Lord’s answer to those who thought His religion was too bright and optimistic – that it didn’t have enough days for fasting in it. They thought that religion was only genuine when it made people sad, and that its quality was just in proportion to its gloom. But Christ’s reply showed that mournful faces are no essential indicators of a reverent and contrite heart. Should His disciples be mournful and sad when He was with men, filling their lives with the gladness of His presence? Should Christians claim to be heavy-hearted, looking as though life is not worth living, when in fact they are really filled with joy, and when there is no excuse for sorrow? Why should anyone who has been saved by the Lord Jesus and who is rejoicing in the fact they have eternal life, go about in sackcloth and ashes? Is there any godliness in a sad face? Does God love to see his children looking miserable? Is human joy displeasing to our Father?

All these questions are answered here in our Lord’s words. He does not wish His disciples to go mourning and fasting when they have no excuse for it. His words are a defense of Christian joyfulness. Christ wants His friends to be happy. There is a complete contradiction in a sad and downcast Christian life. By its very nature true religion is joy-filled! Our sins are forgiven. We are adopted into God’s family. We are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. The covenant of love arches its shelter over us continually. All things in this world work together for our good, and then glory waits for us beyond death’s gate. With all this to look forward to, why should we be mournful and sad?

While we enjoy the smile of Christ, the consciousness of his love, the assurance of his forgiveness, and the hope of heaven and eternal life, what should make us sad? We should have radiant faces.