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Titus 2:2

Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.

“Spiritual maturity” and “chronological age” are not synonymous. Many believers, with the benefit of years, have not used them for spiritual advancement. There are those who have moved into their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s without moving farther along in their walk with Christ. Paul tells Titus to teach the older men.

The characteristics and qualities listed in today’s passage are not for older men only. But those blessed with years in the church need to demonstrate these qualities to the younger men who are watching. Yes, we are to respect our elders…and… our elders should be “worthy of respect” by demonstrating temperance and standing firm “in faith, in love, and in endurance.”

Nowhere in Scripture do we find instruction for when we can retire from the Christian life. We are told to press on, not sit it out. The church desperately needs older men and women willing to empty themselves into the lives of another generation. The future depends on it. Older believers, it’s time to sign up for significant leadership! Impacting the future begins today.

Father, fill the church with older believers who have the experience of the past, obedience in the present, and a vision for the future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Real Christmas

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Matthew 25:40

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

It was time for the King’s people to enjoy their reward. The King told them how much He appreciated their service. There were times, He explained, that He was hungry and thirsty, a stranger and in need of clothes, sick and in prison. Each time His people met His need.

The people were thankful but a little confused. When had they ever seen the King hungry and provided food, or thirsty and offered water? When did they ever provide clothes to the King? They never remembered a time when they looked after the King when He was sick or visited Him when He was imprisoned. When did they ever do these things? Then the King explained, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

Significant service to God is seldom high and mighty; rather, it is lowly and humbling. God honors our giving money, providing food, and serving meals at the homeless shelter. God smiles when we clean out our packed closets and give good clothes to the poor. He smiles even broader when we buy only the clothes we need and use the money for those in need. Tending to a sick friend is not wasted time in God’s sight. And visiting those in prison . . . those who need a message of forgiveness and grace . . . are times of weighty service. Let us remember that every act of service is significant to God.

Father, it’s easy to think that our service is worthwhile only when it is from the “stage” seen by others. Give us Your heart for service. Remind us often that when we serve others we are really serving You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Worthy One

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Jeremiah 1:4-5

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

God’s selection of Jeremiah was made before the prophet was even born. The word “knew” means more than intellectual knowledge. It describes a personal relationship. God intimately knows those He calls. Jeremiah was not set apart for general use. Rather God had something very specific in mind. He “appointed” Jeremiah “as a prophet to the nations.”

Is this verse just for Jeremiah? I don’t think so. Speaking to believers, Paul wrote, “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight” (Ephesians 1:4). Think about that amazing truth! Before time began, God chose you to be holy and blameless in His sight. Like Jeremiah, God knew you intimately before you took your first breath.

And like Jeremiah, He set you apart. He has something very specific in mind for you to do. He has appointed you to a particular assignment. He has placed a significant calling on your life. We cannot waste what God has graciously given us. Such love on the part of God demands our love, worship, and obedience. Determine what God has called you to do; then, go about getting it done.

Father, give me the wisdom to know what You have called me to do. Give me the courage to do it and give me the perseverance to get it done. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

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Biblical Manhood

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John 21:15

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

Still regretting his three denials, Peter went back to what he knew best. He was out fishing and that’s where Jesus found him. The resurrected Lord called to the fisherman from the shore and provided for a miraculous catch of fish. When Peter realized that it was Jesus on the shore, he jumped in the water and ran to Him.

In an intimate conversation, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Perhaps each question provided Peter an opportunity to counter each previous denial. With Peter reaffirming his love, Jesus reinstated the apostle and gave him a second invitation to follow.

Jesus always provides another chance. God has not written you off. He has not cast you aside. Your failure is not final. While you must acknowledge and repent of your sin, Jesus waits with open arms to welcome you back, reinstate you, and use you. Your past cannot define you. You are defined by whose you are. In Jesus you are significant, secure, accepted, forgiven, and empowered. Jesus forgives and unlocks the prison of past regret. It’s time to move forward and serve Him in freedom.

Lord Jesus, some reading this today are struggling with past sins, thinking this has disqualified them for future impact. Please speak to their hearts and remind them of Peter, who was forgiven, reinstated, and restored. May today be the day when Your forgiveness is accepted and freedom is experienced. In Your name. Amen.

 


 

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Giving God a Standing “O”

Your heart is full of dreams and disappointment.  You want to make a difference for God but there have been significant obstacles in your path.  Take heart again, because that’s the story of Nehemiah.  And his experience can help put you back on the path to achieving your dreams.

Ron Moore will be here to share it in a moment.

The times require a special kind of dad…one who wants to make a significant difference in his children’s lives…one who embodies three critical character traits.

Those three traits are Ron Moore’s focus on today’s program.

Matthew 13:44

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

You are God’s treasured possession! In Christ you are:

Significant

Secure

Accepted

Forgiven

Empowered

You are God’s work of art, His masterpiece. He loves you so much that He sent His Son to pay sin’s penalty just for YOU.

The man in today’s parable found a treasure and was willing to sell all he had to acquire it. In the same way, Jesus left the glories of heaven just for YOU. He gave everything—His life—in order to have YOU as His possession.

Think of what Jesus sacrificed for you. Think of what Jesus gave for you. You are a child of the King! Lift your head, your heart, and your life today like a child of the kingdom!

Lord Jesus, thank You for leaving heaven to walk on earth and die on a cross for me. Thank You for humbling Yourself all the way to the cross. Help me respond today with gratitude and praise. Help me to live like a child of the kingdom. In Your name I pray. Amen.

 


 

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The Fall

Luke 5:5-7
Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.

Simon Peter and his business partners were exhausted from a long, unsuccessful night of fishing. You can almost hear their groans when Jesus asked them to put their boats out a little from the shore so He could teach the crowds. The inward groaning turned to outward complaining when Jesus asked them to go into deep water and let down their nets.

Fishing in the Sea of Galilee was best in shallow waters at night. Jesus wanted them to go into the middle of the lake during the day. Peter said, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything.” Then he acquiesced, “But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” Jesus miraculously provided a catch so large that the nets began to break and the boats began to sink. There in the boat Peter realized that Jesus was no mere man. He fell to his knees and, waist deep in fish, said to Jesus, “Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!” From that point on, Peter and his partners followed Jesus.

The closer we get to Jesus the more we see our sinfulness. When we see who He is we fall to our knees and acknowledge Him as Lord. Sometimes we are waist deep in our successes, accomplishments focused on the wrong things, or achievements that seem significant. Sometimes we fall waist deep in the mess we have made of our lives. But on our knees is the best place to recognize who Jesus really is. From our knees is the best place to follow Him.

Father, help me see Jesus for who He really is — my Savior and my Lord. Help me respond in worship to His person. Help me follow hard after Him. In His name. Amen.

 

Read John 1:1-18

John 1:12-13
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God — children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

If you have trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you have been transformed! Brokenness is no longer the theme of your life. You are a child of the living God. Here’s what it means to be a child of God. You can remember your position in Christ with the acronym SSAFE.

You are SIGNIFICANT! Your worth is not found in what you wear, how you look, where you live or what you drive. You are “God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for [you] to do.” (Ephesians 2:10).

You are SECURE! You are safe. You are protected. You are sheltered. Nothing can ever separate you from God’s love (John 10:27-30; Romans 8:38-39).

You are ACCEPTED! The living God has adopted you and given you all the privileges of natural children, including inheritance rights. He sent His Spirit to live in you. God invites you to call Him “Abba (Daddy), Father.” (Galatians 4:3-7).

You are FORGIVEN! Through Jesus, God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). He puts our sins out of His sight (Isaiah 38:17) and chooses to forget them (Isaiah 43:25). God takes our sins and throws them into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:18-19). God has forgiven you! You can forgive yourself and others. 

You are EMPOWERED! When we trust in Christ the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our hearts. Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives we receive power (Acts 1:8). We have within us the same power that raised Christ from the dead! We have the power within us to live a life of obedience. 

Father, thank You for making me Your child. Thank You for making me significant, secure, accepted, forgiven and empowered. Help me acknowledge my position in You each day of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 105:1-11
Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice. Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Abraham, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. He remembers his covenant forever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: “To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.”

Praise is both a spiritual and practical experience. It forms deep within the soul and comes forth in song or proclamation. And it shows itself just as real in delivering a meal to a family in need. How can we make known to others what God has done? How can we practically tell of His wonderful acts? Here are some examples purposed to encourage you to practical praise.

  • Visit a person in a nursing home. Read Scripture and pray with them.
  • Take a meal to a person who is unable to come to church. Encourage them with the ministry of presence and God’s Word.
  • Shovel the snow from a neighbor’s driveway or mow their grass when they are gone on vacation.
  • Drive a person to their treatment and stay with them during the procedure.
  • Volunteer in a ministry of your church.
  • Use your spiritual gift—up front or behind the scenes.

The spiritual experience of praise is significant, but so is the practical application. Practical praise demands that we break from our holy huddles and run some plays on the field of life. Practical praise will allow us to honor God through serving people and engaging in conversations about God’s wonderful acts.

Father, give me meaningful experiences of spiritual and practical praise. Help me  see that down-to-earth application provides great opportunities to tell of Your wonderful deeds. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 104:24-30
How many are your works, LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number—living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground.

Saving Private Ryan is an epic war film set during the World War II invasion of Normandy. The film follows U. S. Army Ranger Captain John H. Miller (played by Tom Hanks), and his squad as they search for Private First Class James Francis Ryan, who is the last surviving brother of four servicemen. Miller loses several of his men in their search to find Ryan. After finding Ryan, Miller, himself, is mortally wounded. As he lay dying, he tells Ryan, “Earn this.”

Years later, a much older Ryan stands in front of Miller’s grave and says,  “Every day I think about what you said to me that day on the bridge. I tried to live my life the best that I could. I hope that was enough. I hope that, at least in your eyes, I’ve earned what all of you have done for me.” Turning to his wife, an emotional Ryan says, “Tell me I have led a good life…Tell me I’m a good man.”

The fear of insignificance comes in the form of an internal question: “Have I done enough with this one and only life that God has given me?” On our own we can never convince ourselves that we have but that all changes with Jesus. He died for us so that we don’t have to earn anything. By His grace we can live a life “satisfied with good things.” So the question becomes: “Is the work of Jesus enough to make me satisfied and significant?” The answer to that question is always, “Yes!”

Father, thank You for sending Your Son so I am declared innocent and righteous in Your sight. Thank You for giving me significance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Psalm 103:13-18
As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.

In his book The Knowledge of the Holy, A. W. Tozer writes, “Love is an essential attribute of God.” Tozer explains that all of God’s attributes are always at work together. One is never held back in order to emphasize another. Let’s think about what that means.

God is eternal so His love has no beginning or end. There has never been a time when God wasn’t, so His love has always existed. There will never be a time when God ceases to exist so His love will always exist. It is from everlasting to everlasting. 

God is infinite so His love has no limits. God’s love is not restricted by capacity. His love has no boundaries or ending point. There will never be a time when God stops loving us.

God is holy so His love is pure. On our best day, man’s love is tainted by our sinfulness. But God’s love and His motives are completely pure. God’s love for us is perfect.

I don’t know what you are going through today but I do know this—God loves you! He loves you with an everlasting love. God loves you! He loves you with a limitless love. He will never stop loving you. God loves you! His motivation in loving you is pure. He paid a great price to redeem you from sin’s slavery. You are significant. You are secure. You are accepted. You are forgiven. You are empowered. You are a child of the living God all because of His great love.

Father, thank You for Your eternal, limitless, and pure love. Help me respond with a life of thanksgiving and honor demonstrated by obedience in all the areas of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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