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Give Freely

by Chris Allen

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.

Luke 23:34 (ESV)

He who never needed it gave it freely. Why won’t you?

When you hear this utterance from the mouth of Jesus, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do,” our natural minds immediately say, “There is no way I would forgive them, while they’re hanging me on a cross.” The people knew exactly what they were doing, or yet, they should’ve known; they knew the scriptures. The scriptures foretold of the Messiah — the Messiah they had been earnestly praying for, waiting and anticipating for years while under cruel Roman rule. How could Jesus make this decision, how could He extend this kind of compassion when the people had absolutely no compassion for Him? They knew He was innocent, yet they were screaming, and advocating for His demise. The One who never needed forgiveness was willing to give it freely to those who didn’t deserve it.  How could He make this decision Continue reading

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Day 26 Proverbs Challenge: Ever Been A Fool?

by Tammy Phillips

Do not answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest you also be like him.

Answer a fool according to his folly,

Lest he be wise in his own eyes.

He who sends a message by the hand of a fool,

off his own feet and drinks violence.

Like the legs of the lame that hang limp,

Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

Like one who binds a stone in a sling, Is he who gives honor to a fool.

Like a thorn that goes into the hand of a drunkard,

Is a proverb in the mouth of fools.

The great God who formed everything,

Gives the fool his hire and the transgressor his wages.

As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.

Proverbs 26:4-11 (NKJV)

Proverb 26 makes several unflattering comments about fools, so I know being considered one is not good. According to Dictionary.com, one definition for fool is “a silly or stupid person; a person who lacks judgment or sense.”

The Bible is full of foolish people. Adam and Eve, who listened to a serpent, were fools (Genesis 3). The man whose debt was forgiven, but who would not extend mercy when he ran into the person indebted to him, was a fool (Matthew 18:21-34). Judas, Continue reading

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Ambassador for Purpose

By Keisha G. King

This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 (NJKV). I’ve learned to embrace each new day with a praise on my lips because tomorrow is not promised to anyone. Treat others just as you would like to be treated. All things work together for your good. God is so intentional when it comes to His children and their purpose. He wants so much for you; He’s just waiting on you to get in proper alignment with the assignment. He said in Psalm 84:11 (HCSB), “For the Lord is a sun and shield. The Lord gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.”

The Lord will shower you with His amazing grace and His glory. He will not withhold anything from His children. His heart’s desire is to see you blessed. You did not choose God; He chose you. (see John 16:16). You may not know how special you are to God until He shows you a supernatural miracle. You’re about to walk into your divine purpose.

Revelation 21:4 (NIV) says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Welcome to your happiness. Continue reading

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The Best Christmas Gift

by Sharman J. Monroe

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
     Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

 

I first learn this verse in a song when I was in choir in elementary school. I didn’t know then it was a scriptural verse; I just knew it was part of a song in Handel’s Messiah. We sang the first verses twice softly and in a short round. We sang the third verse twice; first the sopranos then the second sopranos and altos. We sang the fourth verse together as one voice. And the last two verses, we belted out in 3-part harmony. The audiences always loved it. I loved it too. Singing the last two verses was my favorite.

Jesus told us, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:29-30).

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines yoke as “a bar or frame that is attached to the heads or necks of two work animals so that they can pull a plow or heavy load together.” The two are bound together Continue reading

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