Month: May 2016

REMEMBERING THE SACRIFICE

We wanted to share this piece from our friends at Devotional Daily on this American Memorial Day Holiday.

Remember the Sacrifice 
from Seeing God In America

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. — John 15:13–14

Looking out across the rolling wooded acres of Arlington National Cemetery, with its hundreds of thousands of white stones in perfectly ordered rows, brings an assortment of emotions that are impossible to escape. Sadness. Desolation. Pride of country. Anger over so many lost young lives. The stones represent tremendous loss as well as the gift of freedom we are able to enjoy.

Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., in Arlington County, Virginia. Within its 624 acres, over four hundred thousand active-duty service members, veterans, and their families have been buried. In addition to the military heroes, Arlington is also the final resting place for a select number of presidents, astronauts, senators, and Supreme Court justices. Founded during the dark days of the Civil War, the cemetery now contains the remains of military personnel from every American war — from the Revolution to Iraq and Afghanistan.

But what about those of us who have never been called upon to lay down our lives in battle? Is the whole concept of “sacrifice” something for others and not for us? No! The Lord Jesus Christ calls each of His followers to a life of sacrifice, for His sake. The apostle Paul wrote,


Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. — Ephesians 5:1–2

Sacrifice isn’t just some dramatic final act of heroism. Sacrifice is also laying down our privileges, benefits, and pleasures for the good of someone else. The book of Hebrews says,

Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. — Hebrews 13:16

We may yet be called on to give up our lives on earth for the sake of another. But in the meantime, Jesus calls us to daily follow Him by giving more attention, care, love, time, and help to others than we give to ourselves.

Lord Jesus, sometimes my sacrifices seem so small, so insignificant, compared with those who have given so very much. But my goal today is to follow You with all my heart, being ready to set aside my own plans and pleasures whenever You call me to.

Sacrifice is a daily determination to put the needs of others before our own.

Excerpted with permission from Seeing God In America, copyright Thomas Nelson.
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WEEKLY MEDITATION 30 MAY -5 JUNE 2016

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your guidance and will into our lives for your glory.

– Amen

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced…..

“I have obeyed my Father’s commands, and I remain in his love. IN the same way, if you obey my commands, you will remain in my love. I have told you these things so that you can have the same joy I have and so that your joy will be the fullest possible joy” (John 15:10-11)

“I will show you what everyone is like who comes to me and hears my words and obeys. That person is like a man building a house who dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the floods came, the water tried to wash the house away, but it could not shake it, because the house was built well” (Luke 6:47-48)

“We can be sure that we know God if we obey his commands. Anyone who say, “I know God”, but does not obey God’s commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if someone obeys God’s teaching, then in that person God’s love has truly reached its goal” (1 John 2:3-5)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 23-29 MAY 2016

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your guidance and will into our lives for your glory.

– Amen

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced…..

“Look, Jesus is coming with the clouds, and everyone will see him… An all peoples of the earth will cry loudly because of him. Yes, this will happen! (Revelation 1:7)

“Always be ready, because you don’t know the day your Lord will come…Because the Son of Man will come at a time you don’t expect him.  (Matthew 25:42-44)

“Just as everyone must die once and be judged, so Christ was offered as a sacrifice one time to take away the sins of many people. And he will come a second time, not to offer himself for sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him (Hebrews 9:27-28)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 16 – 22 MAY 2016

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your guidance and will into our lives for your glory.

– Amen

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced…..

“Do not lose the courage you had in the past, which has a great reward. You must hold on, so you can do what God wants and receive what he has promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36)

“We must not become tired of doing good. We will receive our harvest of eternal life at the right time if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9)

“Lord, even when I have trouble all around me, you will keep me alive. When my enemies are angry, you will reach down and save me by your power” (Psalm 138:7)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 9-15 May 2016

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your guidance and will into our lives for your glory.

– Amen

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced…..

“Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you” (Isaiah 46:4)

“I was young, and now I am old, but I have never seen good people left helpless or their children begging for food” (Psalm 37:25)

“God, you have taught me since I was young. To this day I tell about the miracles you do. Even though I am old and gray, do not leave me, God. I will tell the children about your power; I will tell those who live after me about your might” (Psalm 71:17-18)

WEEKLY MEDITATION 2 -8 MAY 2016

As you begin this week we ask that you meditate on the following scriptures and how they apply to your life and your growing relationship with the Lord.

Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your guidance and will into our lives for your glory.

– Amen

Worship is the “thank you” that refuses to be silenced…..

“The Lord Say, “My thoughts are not like your thoughts. Your ways are not like my ways. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9)

“Don’t worry and say “What shall we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well” (Matthew 6:31-33)

“If we are not faithful, he will still be faithful, because he must be true to who he is…God’s strong foundation continues to stand. These words are written on the seal: “The Lord knows those who belong to him” and “Everyone who wants to belong to the Lord must stop doing wrong” (2 Timothy 2:13, 19)