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Luke 14:23

October 14

Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled’

To every Christian, Jesus has issued the order to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.

Jesus spoke these words to a small group of faithful followers thousands of years ago, but this special assignment was not for twelve disciples alone. This commission was not isolated just to them. This special order was for every person who has ever received Jesus.

If you accepted him forty years or four days ago, you have the same commission. Go and tell someone else who Jesus is and what He has done. No need to memorize chapter and verse or pass a test. Just remember these three simple words: win the lost!

No matter your denomination or tradition, win the lost. No matter your age or generation, win the lost. No matter your unique gifts or the one thing to which God has called you, win the lost. No matter where you have been or where you are going, win the lost.

If you are looking for a passion and a purpose, win the lost. This is how to make a difference. When you win the lost, you introduce the sinner to the Difference Maker, and He changes everything.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Gospel of Jesus be like fire shut up in your bones. Go forth to shine a light and tell His story so that the lost may be won!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 23:21-25:38

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 2:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 84:1-12

Proverbs 25:15

 

 

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Matthew 28:19-20

October 13

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…

Members of the United States military have one commission to uphold: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States.

No matter the branch of service – Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines or Coast Guard – the commission is the same. No matter the generation, training or assignment, the Enlistment Oath connects every service person who has ever worn the military uniform.

Even when a Marine argues his superiority over an Army soldier – one commission. Whether a soldier engaged in conflict or did not – one commission. Regardless if a service person retired as a four-star general or was discharged as a private – one commission.

As blood-bought, Bible-believing followers of Christ, we have one simple commission: go! God has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the Good News to every creature. When Jesus redeemed us, we were drafted into the army of the Living God. We are united under His banner and have received our marching orders.

When His truth is ignited in the depths of our souls, we are compelled to share the message of the gospel with those who are outside of His saving grace. We must go and tell the life-changing things that Jesus has done for us!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you commit to go! Shine His light and be a witness for Christ in this dark world. In Jesus’ name…amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 22:1-23:20

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 1:1-12

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 83:1-18

Proverbs 25:11-14

 

 

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Ecclesiastes 4:9

October 12

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor

We shine better together! Jesus looked at a group of people and said, “You are the light of the world.”

He spoke to each individual, since His light has taken up residence in each of our hearts. He also spoke to them as a group. Why? Because we shine brighter and better together!

Once we decide to try, to shine, to be difference makers, we must be willing to work with others. The church often suffers from an “I” problem – what “I” want, what “I” need, what “I” do. Instead, we must learn to ask how we can accomplish God’s plans together. How can we better reach this world?

How freeing to appreciate our differences! If we all are exactly alike, most of us are unnecessary. But He created us beautifully unique. Iron sharpens iron – one blade cuts against another – and friends hone the character of each other. In the places where one of us lacks, another comes to fill in the gaps; we come into agreement.

Under the cause of Christ, we unite to accomplish His purposes. Our God-given differences were made to complement – not compete with – one another. We are united in a purpose that is much greater than ourselves.

Together, we will shine so brightly that His glory will pour out to flood the whole earth!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you know that God has handpicked you to be a difference maker. You are the light of the world. Shine for the glory of God!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 19:1-21:14

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 5:3-28

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 82:1-8

Proverbs 25:8-10

 

 

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John 4:36

October 11

And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together

We love to celebrate big things! We bestow huge awards on people who perform better than everyone else. Behind every person who reaps the recognition, though, someone else has sown the little things.

In 1970, Dr. Norman Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his extensive work in agriculture. Scientists estimate that his discoveries saved over two billion people who would have starved to death.

Along with Borlaug, we must recognize Henry Wallace, one-time Vice-President of the United States. As the former Secretary of Agriculture, he believed that if the world was going to be at peace, it needed food. He hired young Borlaug to study ways to feed the world.

George Washington Carver must receive credit, too. Before he became the genius of his generation, he volunteered to take his professor’s son on nature hikes. There, he taught young Henry Wallace how all plants were created by God and could be used for great reasons.

Before that, Moses and Susan Carver rescued George from a band of bushwhackers who murdered his mother and kidnapped him. To honor his mother’s memory, they adopted George as their own.

Do not despise this day of small beginnings. Only God knows what eternal fruit will grow from the seeds you plant today!

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you know that little things have great significance in the eyes of the Lord. Trust that you will reap a harvest of much fruit. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 16:16-18:23

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:2

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 81:1-16

Proverbs 25:6-7

 

 

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1 Timothy 6:18

October 10

Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share…

One person who sees a need and is willing to try can change everything. A simple willingness to try can make all the difference.

Over forty years ago, Pastor John Hagee invited a nine-year-old boy to church. The youngster responded that he would love to go to church, but he did not have a ride. Pastor Hagee promised to find a ride for him. When he asked the church for a volunteer, a teenage girl raised her hand.

Every service the boy could attend, that young lady made certain that he made it to church. From the outside, it looked like a little thing, a mere good deed. In reality, she was a world changer.

That nine-year-old’s path changed the moment He surrendered his life into God’s hands. The course of his family destiny was altered for eternity. He became a pediatrician who has treated thousands of patients. For twenty years, he has volunteered as a Cornerstone Church cameraman so people around the world can tune in to worship. Thousands of people have been impacted by Jesus because one young girl was willing to try.

You are not responsible for a whole eternal destiny, but would you meet just one small need today? What difference could you make if you were only willing to try?

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May God give you the courage to try. As you listen to His voice, He will bring you victory after victory. You are a difference maker!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 14:11-16:15

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 80:1-19

Proverbs 25:1-5

 

 

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Ephesians 2:10

October 9

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them

You are not defined by your function. Who you are is not confined to what you do. You are a difference maker.

You might be a parent, a postal worker, a painter or a pediatrician, but that is not all that you are. Elevate your perspective: you are defined by the purpose for which God has called you.

As a parent, you impact future generations. When your children become tomorrow’s leaders, the difference they make will be determined by what you do today. More than having hot dogs with the kids, you are feeding a feast to future difference makers!

God told Jeremiah that He formed, called, and ordained him before he was even born. And God has a divine purpose for you! He prepared good works for you to accomplish today long before you arrived here – walk in them!

When every little thing that you do – wiping a nose, sliding a letter through a slot, splashing color on a canvas, or making a diagnosis – is done in the name of the Lord Jesus with an attitude of gratitude, He infuses those actions with holy purpose. More than fulfilling a function, you are created to make an eternal difference.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May the Lord give you eyes to see beyond the here-and-now to grasp the eternal purpose for which He created you. Walk in the good works He prepared for you in the name of the Lord Jesus!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 12:1-14:10

New Testament 

1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 79:1-13

Proverbs 24:30-34

 

 

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Matthew 5:16

October 8

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven

You never know the difference you could make until you try. Little things make a big impact.

Think of how your own life has been transformed by little things. A smile brightened your outlook on a rough day. A handshake welcomed you into a room filled with strangers. Three simple words – I love you – set your feet on the road to happily-ever-after.

The slightest bit of effort can change everything. Destinies have been changed by a little invitation to church. Lives have been impacted by a little word spoken in defense. Suffering has been eased by a little willingness to reach into others’ pain.

Do not disqualify yourself from the exact place where God wants to fit little you into His bigger plan. You may feel inadequate for the task to which He is calling you, but remember that it is His Spirit – not your might or strength – that empowers you.

Little things in the hand of an almighty God make a great difference. Give God a baby in a basket, and He will deliver a nation. Give God a shepherd boy with a slingshot, and He will bring down a giant. Give God five loaves and two fish, and He will feed 5,000. Never underestimate how little becomes much when God is in it.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Commit yourself to do the work, and watch God do the miracle! Give your best, and let God do the rest. Amen.

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 10:1-11:23

New Testament 

Colossians 3:18-4:18

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 78:59-72

Proverbs 24:28-29

 

 

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Matthew 5:13-14

October 7

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? You are the light of the world…

We are the light of the world. We are the salt of the earth. We are the difference makers that change destiny.

If salt loses its flavor, it has no value. If light is hidden under a basket, no one will see it. Are we doing what we were created to do?

We are the light of the world. This is not a simple statement made by a common man. Jesus has expertise in light. He was there when the Father looked down into the void of darkness. When God commanded, “Let there be light,” Jesus brought light to form.

And when Jesus looks at you, He does not see an ordinary, everyday individual. He recognizes inside of you the same power that changed everything in Genesis. The change agent that God used to dispel darkness in the beginning is the same power that exists inside your soul.

When you shine, darkness flees. Light breaks forth. The glory of God rises over the situation, and new life is born. Salt and light change destiny.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Go forth as the salt of the earth and light of the world to be difference makers for Him. Shine, shine, shine!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 8:8-9:26

New Testament 

Colossians 3:1-17

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 78:26-58

Proverbs 24:27

 

 

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Esther 4:14

October 6

Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this

“What difference does it make?” Have you ever asked yourself that question? Have you talked yourself out of taking action with that question?

You are a difference maker! Every day, whether you are intentional or not, you make an impact – for the good or the not-so-good. You decide the difference that you will make.

Instead of counting our blessings, we frequently choose to focus on things we would like to change. When it comes time to take the action that leads to change, though, we often throw up our hands and ask, “What difference does it make?” With that question, we discount any strategy, action, or outcome that would help us achieve our goal.

Do you wish your boss appreciated you more? Show up early. Stay later. Do a little more than what is required.

Do you wish you were in better physical shape? Put down the remote. Take a walk. Make healthier eating choices.

Do you wish that your family life was stronger? Spend time together. Look one another in the eyes. Talk about your accomplishments and challenges.

The power to make a difference lives in you. God has chosen you. He has inserted you into this moment in history to impact the world for Him. Live in wide-eyed expectation for the difference He will make through you today.

Blessing: 

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. All things are possible for you to accomplish the purposes of God. You are a difference maker!

Today's Bible Reading: 

Old Testament

Jeremiah 6:15-8:7

New Testament 

Colossians 2:8-23

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 78:1-25

Proverbs 24:26

 

 

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