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Malachi 4:6

August 15

And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse. 

The Toughness and self-discipline that David developed as a guerilla fighter disappeared as expensive chariots and horses filled the king's courtyard. David could afford luxury and indulged his children. Their luxurious lifestyle destroyed them. They didn't have to work for anything (2 Samuel 15:1). They were corrupted by abundance, by indulgence, by a lack of discipline in their family.

So I ask you, is your child safe? Is your son safe? Is your daughter safe? Will you at some future date sob over your child like King David, "O my son Absalom - my son, my son Absalom - if only I had died in your place!" (2 Samuel 18:33). You can't die for your son or your daughter. Jesus did that. But you can live for them. You can give them your time and a godly role model. You can invest yourself in your child's life, pray with them, read the Word of God to them, walk with the Spirit of God, and express the love and peace and joy found in Him to your kids. Don't wait.

Source:  Life Lessons to Live By - Invest Yourself in Your Child

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 9:22-10:39

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 9:20-10:14

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 34:1-10

Proverbs 21:13

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Romans 8:37

August 14

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
 
Falling Down Does Not Make You A Failure— Staying Down Makes You A Failure.

Saint Paul was the Apostle of persistence.  Did he give us Romans 8:37 when everything was running smoothly?  No, he said, “we are more than conquerors” after being beaten three times with a Roman cat of nine tails…after being stoned and left for death in the dirt…after being betrayed by his dearest friends…

I dare say that none of us have been beaten with a roman cat of nine tails, nor stoned and left for dead.  But Paul, when these things happened to him, said, “These light afflictions, which last only a moment, will achieve eternal glory for us“ (2 Corinthians 4:17).  In America these days, if you speak to someone about their Christian faith and it’s just not glowing and oozing with complimentary overtones, they’re highly offended.  Christians in the early church were thrown to the lions in the Roman coliseum and they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  Listen to the words of Paul:  “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8). 

If you get up one more time than you’re knocked down, you’re the winner.  I like the word triumph:  “try-umph”!  Get up again and give it another shot.  Don’t give me an alibi; give it another try, in Jesus’ name. 

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 7:61-9:21

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 9:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 33:12-22

Proverbs 21:11-12

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2 Corinthians 2:14

August 13

but God is able to make us always triumph through Jesus Christ.
If You’re Going To Succeed In Life, You Must Learn The Power Of Persistence.

There comes a time in every life when quitting looks good, when the problems seem insurmountable, when the giants seem unbeatable, and when defeat seems inescapable.  There comes a time in every job when quitting looks good.  Every job has its drudgery, its sweat and toil; not every day is a holiday.  There comes a time in every marriage when quitting looks good, when for “better or worse” just seems to be more than you bargained for.

The Bible says that nothing is impossible to those who believe Mark 9:23, and that all things will work out for our own good when we are called according to the purposes of God (Romans 8:28).

Life does not consist of doing what you want to do.  Life consists of doing what you ought to do.  Duty requires discipline, and success comes to those with the daring to pursue the purposes of God, to those who endure to the end in those causes to which god has called them.

Persistence is the divine fire that burns in your bones with a white, hot intensity that hell and high water can’t put out.  Jesus told us to endure, to persist, to persevere.  He said that a man who puts his hand to the plow and then looks back is not worthy of the kingdom (Luke 9:62).  He says to press on.  Learn to endure. 

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 5:14-7:60

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 33:1-11

Proverbs 21:8-10

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2 Timothy 2:3

August 12

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
You Can Only Reach Excellence Through Duty, Discipline And Discipleship.

Excellence is not determined by sex, age, race, or occupation.  Don’t make excuses or plead your limitations.  Everybody is handicapped in some ways.  You can use your handicap as an excuse to scratch in the dirt with prairie chickens, or you can use it as a motivation to fly into the heavens and be all you can be.

Moses was handicapped.  He said to God, “I can’t lead these people, I’m slow of speech.”  Joseph was handicapped.  He was a foreigner, an excon fresh out of jail, yet God made him one of the most powerful men in Egypt, second only to Pharaoh.  Paul was handicapped.  He spoke of a thorn in his side.  Paul wrote most of the New Testament—and most of it was written while he was in jail.

Another reason we fail to achieve excellence is lack of discipline.  Discipline yourself so other people won’t have to, and that’s good whether you’re 15 or 45.  There is no discipleship without discipline.  The Bible says, “Be thou faithful unto death” (Revelation 2:10).

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 7:20-40 

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 32:1-11

Proverbs 21:5-7

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Philippians 4:13

August 11

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
We Fail To Achieve Greatness Because We Fear Success.

One reason we do not reach excellence is because of our fear of failure.  Failure is a better teacher than success.  Every great success story has an element of failure.  You have not failed until you quit; only then have you failed.  After Thomas Edison finished his 700th experiment trying to develop the electric light his assistant said, “We have failed.”  Edison replied, “No.  We have found 700 ways that will not work.  Do not call these 700 experiments mistakes; call them our education.  Now let’s keep going until we find the answer.”  Are you afraid of failure?  Then you’ll never succeed.  You’ll never stub your toe standing still.  Remember the turtle, he never gets anywhere until he sticks his neck out.  You can’t succeed if you’re not willing to risk failure.

Have you failed? Get up.  Wipe the dust and the dirt off of your face and get back in the race.  Don’t give an alibi; give it another try.  Failure is not the worst thing in the world that could happen to you.  The very worst thing in the world is your refusal to try again.  One of my favorite quotes is from Theodore Roosevelt, who said, “Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Nehemiah 1:1-3:14

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 7:1-19

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 31:19-24

Proverbs 21:4

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Psalm 90:12

August 10

Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
On Judgment Day, You And I Are Going To Stand Before God And Answer For The Gap That Exists Between Where We Are And Where We Could Have Been Had We Lived By God’s Plan!

Why don’t we achieve excellence?  One reason is that we waste time.  The Bible very plainly says in Ephesians 5:15, “Redeem the time.”  We don’t achieve excellence because we waste our lives one minute at a time.  Time cannot be stored…it cannot be stopped…and it cannot be borrowed.  We all wake up every morning with the same amount of time allotted to us.  If you do not control your time, you’re out of control of your life.  David said in Psalm 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”  Every day should have a plan.  Quit living your life willy-nilly and start living by divine appointment.  When you get up in the morning have something that’s on God’s agenda, and do that.

Every night, before you go to bed, list the ten most important things you have to do the next day, in order of their importance.  Then when you get up the next morning, start doing them systematically.  Plan your work and work your plan.  Killing time is suicide to success.  When you kill time, it’s gone forever.  My father used to say this to his four sons quite often:  “I only want you boys to work a half day, and I don’t care which 12 hours you choose.” 

Why don’t we achieve excellence?  Because we have a limited vision of what God can do through us?  If he could use a donkey to preach to Balaam, then he can use me and he can use you. 


Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Ezra 10:1-44

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 31:9-18

Proverbs 21:3

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Philippians 1:10

August 9

That you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ.
It’s God’s Will For You To Achieve Excellence.

There’s more to being a Christian than just going to heaven.  There is the dimension of adding to your faith excellence and being all you can be by the grace of God.

There’s an appalling lack of excellence in America.  Our industrial leadership has been lost because we have abandoned our commitment to excellence.  Our schools are producing graduates who can’t read, can’t write and can’t spell, because excellence is no longer our goal.  If a foreign government had done to our educational system what America’s educators have done, we would consider it an act of war.

There’s an appalling lack of excellence in moral standards.  We have gone from love to lust.  We have gone from covenant to convenience.  We have gone from fidelity to fornication.  It’s time for America to return to the excellence of the word of God in preserving and protecting family values.

If you try to witness to your neighbor across the fence while your unmowed yard is filled with junk and trash, do God a favor and tell your neighbor you’re an atheist!  Don’t tell them you’re with God, because junk and trash are not what God is all about.  Paul said in Colossians 3, “Whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (v. 17) and “Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men” (v. 23).  “Whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).  The message is this:  either do it with excellence or don’t do it at all.

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Ezra 8:21-9:15

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 31:1-8

Proverbs 21:1-2

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Isaiah 40:31

August 8

But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.
 
God Has Invented You To Soar.

There is a story about an American Indian who found an eagle’s egg and placed it in the nest of a prairie chicken.  The eagle hatched with a brood of prairie chickens and grew up with them.  Thinking he was a prairie chicken, the eagle did what the other prairie chickens did.  He never flew more than a few feet, because that’s what the prairie chickens did.  One day he saw a magnificent bird, flying gracefully and effortlessly far above him in the cloudless sky.  On the powerful wind currents it soared majestically with scarcely a beat of its mighty wings.  The earthbound eagle asked the prairie chicken, “What is that beautiful bird?”  The prairie chickens said, “That’s the eagle.  He is the chief of birds.  But you could never fly like him, because you’re just a prairie chicken.”  So the eagle never gave it another thought and eventually he died, deceived and deprived of his heritage because he was persuaded by the limited vision of others. 

What a waste.

The greater waste is that millions of Christians—designed by the Creator go fly to the highest heights of heaven and to sit in the heavenlies with him—are scratching in the dirt for seeds and worms, convinced that they’re just prairie chickens.  What about you?  Are you an earthbound prairie chicken, scratching for seeds and worms, or a spiritual eagle that knows the joy of reaching for heaven’s best and living in the dimension of excellence?

Source:  12 Sunday Mornings—Volume 2

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Ezra 7:1-8:20

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 4:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 30:1-12

Proverbs 20:28-30

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Leviticus 17:11

August 7

For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.

The blood of Jesus Christ was precious blood. "Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as the lamb without blemish and without spot" (1 Peter 1:18-19). A river of blood from bulls and turtledoves could never save you. Humanitarian acts of kindness cannot save you. Salvation is not possible by joining the church. You do not have power through positive thinking or meditation or staring into a crystal. The only thing that has the power of God to save your soul is the precious blood of Jesus Christ.

"Life" is literally in the blood. When the blood stops moving in your body, you are dead, totally and instantly. The point is this: a theology or church or person without the blood of Christ is dead. The life of Christ, with all its intrinsic power and blessings, is only yours as you are linked to His blood by faith.

Source: Life Lessons to Live By - The Life Is in the Blood

Today's Bible Reading 

Old Testament

Ezra 5:1-6:22

New Testament 

1 Corinthians 3:5-23

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalms 29:1-11

Proverbs 20:26-27

 

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