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Monday, February 27, 2017

Scripture Lite

February 27

(Proverbs 2:1-9 NIV) "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, {2} turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, {3} and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, {4} and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, {5} then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. {6} For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. {7} He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, {8} for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. {9} Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path."

(Psalm 119:105 NIV) "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

One of the great weaknesses of the modern church is illiterate Christians. It’s not that we cannot read -- it’s that we won’t read... at least not the scriptures. We watch TV. We go to movies. We listen to the radio. We read newspapers and magazines. But we spend very little time reading from the book of life. The bible is more available than ever before in history, but scripture reading and knowledge are at historic lows. Most bibles in American homes gather more dust than they do readers. If Christians spent as much time in the word of God as they spend on Facebook, Twitter, or the morning newspaper, this nation would be filled with spiritual giants. But, for some reason, many Christians today are trying to live on “Scripture Lite”. We try to put our lives together without reading the Manufacturer’s Instruction Manual. Wise up Christian. Make God’s word, a priority. Get into it today! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Model Imitators

February 26

(1 Thessalonians 1:6-9 NIV) "You became imitators of us and of the Lord; in spite of severe suffering, you welcomed the message with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. {7} And so you became a model to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. {8} The Lord's message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia--your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it, {9} for they themselves report what kind of reception you gave us. They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,"

(1 Thessalonians 2:14 NIV) "For you, brothers, became imitators of God's churches in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus: You suffered from your own countrymen the same things those churches suffered from the Jews,"

(Ephesians 5:1 NIV) "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children"

When the gospel invades and conquers our life, something observable happens. Jesus reboots our system, and the evidence of that reboot becomes visible on the screens of our lives. “Invisible Christian” is an oxymoron. Shining lights cannot be invisible. Before Christ, we mimicked the foolishness of the world in a highly visible way, but following conversion we are to become imitators of Christ. We read the gospels, we believe them, and we begin to live them out. We observe seasoned brothers and sisters, and imitate them. We seek out mentors and they influence the way we live. Christian, someone is watching you, and they should be. The question is… what are they seeing? When people observe you and imitate your behavior, will they be doing what Jesus did? Will they be imitating Jesus if they imitate you? Live like you are following Jesus today. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Hope That Endures

February 25

(1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV) "We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

(Romans 4:18 NIV) "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be.""

(Romans 8:24 NIV) "For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has?"

Hope is always about the future. We do not need hope for what has already happened, or for what we already have. We only need hope for what is not yet ours… for that which lies in front of us. A pessimistic view of the future brings despair. Hopeless people will always struggle to endure. But those with hope often do extraordinary things simply because they do not give up. When we struggle with our past mistakes or with our present circumstances, hope is what keeps us going. Hope produces an optimism that helps us envision a better future. It fuels perseverance, inspiring greater endurance in the present. This makes hope one of the main ingredients in victorious living. You cannot live as an overcomer unless you learn to maintain hope. The past is gone! It cannot return unless you reach back and drag it into today. Don’t do that! Instead, choose to look ahead with hope. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Friday, February 24, 2017

Love That Labors

February 24

(1 Thessalonians 1:3 NIV) "We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."

(Ephesians 5:2 NIV) "and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."

(1 John 3:16 NIV) "This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers."

Modern culture has devalued and cheapened the word “love”. It once meant something deep and enduring -- something that grew over a lifetime. Today, “love” has been dumbed-down and is used to describe an infatuation or an act of passion. Love has been trivialized as a feeling that comes and goes. Gone are the expectations of a lifelong commitment. We now use terms like “falling in love” and “making love”, with the main emphasis on the “falling” and the “making”. But if we really do “fall in love”, we can just as easily fall out of it. And these days, if love stops being “fun” it is abandoned like a cheap trinket. But God says love is more like labor. It lays down its life for another. It perseveres, even in pain. It keeps on going when feeling has diminished. This kind of love you don’t fall in and out of it. You wade through it and you walk in it… even if it’s uphill both ways. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day