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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Build an Altar

June 21

(Genesis 8:20 NIV) “Then Noah built an altar to the LORD and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.”

(Genesis 12:7 NIV) “The LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your offspring I will give this land." So he built an altar there to the LORD, who had appeared to him.”

(Genesis 26:25 NIV) “Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.”

(Genesis 35:6 NIV) “Jacob and all the people with him came to Luz (that is, Bethel) in the land of Canaan. {7} There he built an altar, and he called the place El Bethel, because it was there that God revealed himself to him when he was fleeing from his brother.”

(Exodus 24:4 NIV) “Moses then wrote down everything the LORD had said. He got up early the next morning and built an altar at the foot of the mountain and set up twelve stone pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Just about every great hero of faith in scripture had an encounter of some kind with the living God. When that encounter was over, they almost always built some kind of public altar. That’s because our God is a public God. Every person Jesus ever called, he called publicly. Jesus wants us to acknowledge Him as Lord in this world. He wants to be glorified in our lives, not just hidden away in our hearts. He wants to shine out of us. He commanded us to be His witnesses. So we must find a way today to build our public altars. The calls we hear to keep our faith private do not come from the mouth of God, they come out of the darkness from the enemies of God. The duty of man is to glorify God. That can’t happen when we keep Jesus hidden away like some distasteful family secret. Lift Him up. Lift Him high. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Much Given = Much Demanded

June 20 

(Luke 12:48 NIV) “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

(Luke 16:10 NIV) "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

We’ve been given so much. God’s grace has been poured out on us. God is patient, kind, and loving toward us. He gave us His Son to pay for our sin. We are truly blessed. Because of this, Jesus says much will be demanded from us. A “demand” is not a request. When we stand before God we will no longer have options. We will be presented with the book of our life -- the record of our action or inaction. What will be on the pages of your book? We’ve been entrusted with much, so much will be expected. The gospel has been given to us with the clear assignment to share it with the world. We’ve been told to represent it well and broadcast it in every possible way. God wants His investment to grow. What a privilege it is to manage what God has left with us until He comes back. We’ve been entrusted with much. Much is asked of us in return. Spread His love around. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Failing Champions

June 19

(2 Chronicles 15:7 NIV) “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

(Galatians 6:9 NIV) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Do not be discouraged by failure. It’s temporary, unless you make it permanent. You may fail, but that does not make you “a failure”. The only sin in failure is when we begin to see it as the norm for our life. The greatest batters in Major League baseball only get a hit about a third of the time, but champions learn how to work through failure. They spend their lives learning from their mistakes instead of lamenting them. God is looking for some people who will get back up and get out in front. The Lord has plenty of bench warmers. What Jesus needs are some stand up people who will step up to the plate and work at getting on base. He wants some players who will swing for a home run… even if they strike out trying. He wants some champions who will suit up, stand out, and swing away. Will you be that player? Will you be a champion for Jesus, or are you content warming the bench? -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Monday, June 18, 2018

Denying Christ

June 18

(Matthew 26:31-35 NIV) “Then Jesus told them, "This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: " 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.' {32} But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee." {33} Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." {34} "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." {35} But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.”

(Luke 22:54-62 NIV)  "Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. {55} But when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. {56} A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, "This man was with him." {57} But he denied it. "Woman, I don't know him," he said. {58} A little later someone else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." "Man, I am not!" Peter replied. {59} About an hour later another asserted, "Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean." {60} Peter replied, "Man, I don't know what you're talking about!" Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. {61} The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times." {62} And he went outside and wept bitterly."

Peter boldly proclaimed he would die before ever denying Christ. He publicly declared it. He promised it. He swore to God. Yet when the soldiers came, he scurried away like a rat off a sinking ship. He wasn’t yet ready to carry his cross, or to die for Christ. Later, when he was asked if he knew Jesus, Peter swore again, this time in a whole different way. Scripture records that Peter “the mouth” became Peter “the mouse”, and denied even knowing Jesus. When he realized what he had done, it broke his heart and produced bitter weeping. Denying Jesus is easy for all of us to do. A little silence here… a little denial there… and the next thing you know, we too have become mere church mice, living on the crumbs of old sermons and scurrying away from every perceived danger. Don’t go there Christian, or you too will suffer a broken heart and bitter weeping. Stand up for Jesus. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day