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Many days mark the starting point of something new. Yet, today marks the start of multiple new beginnings.

  • 2021 30-Day Prayer Challenge
  • Shawna Cook of Brown Girl Bible Study releases pre-orders of her new book
  • Jeremiah Journey Week 35 continues with Live @ Lunch Bible Study

2021 30-Day Prayer Challenge

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer

Romans 12:12 (ESV)

As we embark on this prayer challenge to pray more day by day, we must keep the latter portion of this verse in mind.

“. . . be constant in prayer.”

Let us stay constant in prayer and consistent in our prayer life. Let this challenge serve as a means for you to learn more about prayer and your own prayer life as well as deepening your relationship with God through prayer. Join the challenge today!

Orders Being Taken for Brown Girl Bible Study

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My recent guest on Coffee & Chat with Rev Bruce was Shawna Cook of Brown Girl Bible Study and she shared about her upcoming book which is a journal through the New Testament epistle of Philippians. Visit Brown Girl Bible Study to learn how to order your copy today.

The Jeremiah Journey Continues with Live @ Lunch Bible Study

We’ve been doing it chapter by chapter week by week. The plan is to continue doing it: chapter by chapter, week by week throughout 2021. It’s all 52 chapters of the Book of Jeremiah for all 52 weeks of the calendar year. It’s all about the weeping prophet and how he carried God’s message to God’s people despite their resistance and refusal to hear him openly. It’s all about getting a better understanding of what God’s Word says and what God’s Word has for you to learn and live out today.

Join us today!!
Word cloud of chapter 35

It all happens every Wednesday at 11 AM PST on our YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out today and visit our Bible Study & Beyond playlist to view past livestream episodes.

This week we look at chapter 35 and the rewards of obeying God’s commands. The chapter includes the Rechabites and their commitment to the commands of their forefather Jonadab. God uses this group of individuals and their collective dedication the commands of Jonadab to demonstrate a vital lesson to both Israel and Judah. Look further for more information on chapter 35 online beyond my own blog posts if that helps your Bible study and understanding of the text. There are other blogs with insights into the descendants of Jonadab and their obedience.

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In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. -Proverbs 14:23

Are you benefiting from all of your labor?

Do you see others who are blessed based on what you have done?

You may be a blessing to others beyond yourself due to all that you put into your pursuits.   It may be that God wants to use you and your hard work to serve as a blessing to other people, too.

Don’t just talk about what you may want to do.  Get busy doing what you can do.  Make moves that get you closer to making a living by doing what you love to do.

Talk is cheap as they say.  Biblically speaking, talk is worthless.  Do what you need to do to position yourself for a profitable life for you and others.

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In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. -Proverbs 14:23

Are you benefiting from all of your labor?

Do you see others who are blessed based on what you have done?

You may be a blessing to others beyond yourself due to all that you put into your pursuits.   It may be that God wants to use you and your hard work to serve as a blessing to other people, too.

Don’t just talk about what you may want to do.  Get busy doing what you can do.  Make moves that get you closer to making a living by doing what you love to do.

Talk is cheap as they say.  Biblically speaking, talk is worthless.  Do what you need to do to position yourself for a profitable life for you and others.

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There are times in our lives when we just have to agree to start expecting more.  We cannot simply keep accepting the status quo.  Something has to change.

Why not change your perspective on life?

As a Christian, you may not escape the pains and heartaches of this life.  Pain will come.  Heartaches will happen.  That is life.  Yet, how we live our lives is what should separate us from the rest of the world.

Start changing how you approach matters in life.  Let each be met with eager anticipation, expecting God to do marvelous works right before your eyes, right in the midst of your presence.

Start meeting your days with expectancy.  Start watching God do His best for you and through you.

Oh, and by the way, be ready.

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Those who love money will never have enough.
How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness!

If you want true happiness, don’t put all of your trust in money.  The Bible says so.
Do not trust in oppression, Nor vainly hope in robbery; If riches increase, Do not set your heart on them. – Psalm 62:10 (NKJV)
He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. – Proverbs 11:28 (NKJV)
Rather than do things for the love of money, the Bible instructs us: Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy (1 Timothy 6:17).

Other believers have said so, too.

“A preacher always loses out when he gets his mind on finances.” – Smith Wigglesworth
“Economy is half the battle of life; it is not so hard to earn money as to spend it well.”
“God has given us two hands — one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for giving.”  –Billy Graham

“Every spending decision is a spiritual decision.” – J.C. Ryle

Let us learn how to maintain a proper perspective on what God provides to us.  We must learn to do what we do for the love of the Lord, not for the love of money.

Happy is the man who finds wisdom. – Proverbs 3:13 (NKJV)

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God wants something for you.

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

God definitely wants something for you.

He does not want you to feel down and hopeless.  He has plans for you.  He wants you filled with hope.  He wants you positioned to prosper.  He has a future in mind for you.

It’s yours.  It’s yours for the taking if you will call upon the name of the Lord.  It’s yours if you will come and pray to the Lord.  It’s all yours if you will seek the Lord.

You can have what God wants for you, but you have to come on God’s terms.

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Dishonest money dwindles away,
but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
– Proverbs 13:11 (NIV)

You have a choice.  You can do things the right way or not.

If you go about things the wrong way, you will see how fast what you have can dwindle away and disappear.  The wrong way has consequences of its own.  The right way always outweighs the wrong way.  Don’t get it twisted.

The Bible speaks of exercising patience.  Proverbs keeps speaking about prudence and wisdom.  This verse echoes much of the same line. 

Gathering money little by little requires accumulation.  You may not start with much, but you need to start.  You need to start somewhere.  You need to start with something.  You need to start small.

Don’t be afraid if things look tiny at the beginning.  You have to start somewhere to get from zero to something.  Just put it away bit by bit and month after month.  Make it work for you and let it grow.

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“Let the redeemed of the LORD say so. . .” – Psalm 107:2

We who have been saved by the grace of the Lord need to say so.  We need to share about the Savior and the salvation that He offers us.  We owe Him at least that much for all that He has done for us.

As we move towards Easter and the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection, let us recall all that He has offered us through His saving grace.  He has not only risen.  He has bought us with a price through His precious blood.  He has brought us into a right relationship with God.

Say something about the Savior through the way you celebrate His resurrection this year.  Share your testimony with others.  Don’t let this year go by with you simply blending in with the world rather than standing out by saying something about the Savior.

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The Power of Positive Thinking
Look at how Norman Vincent Peale breaks down some common challenges for people.

Positive thinking is powerful.  It has both blessings and benefits.  The power of positivity can carry you through some unbelievable storms.  Don’t think that bad things don’t happen to good people.  We all encounter various challenges day by day.  the difference is made by how we handle those challenges.

Embrace a positive mindset.  Don’t let negative thinking invade your mind.  Keep a positive outlook and expect positive outcomes.

Let the Lord and His Word work on you.  Let His Word sink in and enrich you.  Let it take root in your willing soul.

I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.- Philippians 4:13 (NASB)

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good shepherd

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.- John 10:11 (NCV)

Lost people need help finding their way.  They end in the wrong places because they don’t know how to find their own way.  They need someone who can help them find their way step by step and day by day.

The Good Shepherd helps the lost find their way.  He comforts them like no one else can.  He lays down His life for the sheep within His flock.  The sheep recognize His voice.  The lost sheep are in dire need of the Good Shepherd.  He offers the sheep more than any other shepherd ever can.

Lost people need help finding their way through life.  Lost people need help finding their way in church and Christian social circles.  Lost people need help finding their way to Jesus.  Once they find Jesus, lost people will have the Good Shepherd present, protecting and providing for them all the way.

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me,15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep.16 I have other sheep that are not in this flock, and I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd.– John 10:14-16 (NCV)

 

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