Feb 192018


On the night of Jesus’ arrest-

Peter denied Jesus – three times! 

In spite of his lack of loyalty-

Jesus extended an invitation of mercy to Peter and said:

“Come and dine!” 

There on the shores of the Sea of Galilee after His resurrection-

Jesus came to Peter and prepared a table of restoration. 

Can you imagine what was going through Peter’s mind?

Guilt and gladness, fear and fascination, wonder and worship-

– a kaleidoscope of emotions! 

He could not believe that-

– he was being invited to the table of the One he had deserted just days before. 

And not only was he being invited but restored!

The depth of Jesus’ covenant love is not exhausted when we sin.

There is forgiveness and restoration. 

Peter is off the scene!

You are on the scene!! 

Allow Him to transform your life.

And to use you for His glory from today on… 

Read this account of restoration in John 21:4-19.

Rejoice over God’s plan of restoration in your life. 


Nothing is wasted!

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Feb 182018

When the Mexican boll weevil devastated the southeast Alabama cotton crop-
– farmers reverted to planting peanuts and ended up producing more than any county in the nation.

Consequently the town of Rucker erected a monument bearing this inscription:
“In profound appreciation of the boll weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity.”

Did you know that what starts as a problem can end as a blessing?

When Jesus discovered Lazarus was sick he didn’t respond till after he’d been dead four days.

But because Jesus was waiting didn’t mean He wasn’t working.
He chose to demonstrate His resurrecting power, to prove that nothing’s too hard for God.

Joseph was falsely imprisoned for 13 years.

But God was with him and he went on to save multitudes, including his family who’d mistreated him.
Joseph’s struggles made him better, not bitter.
But it could have ended differently if he hadn’t maintained the right attitude.

God used Esther to save her people.

But first he put her in the position of living where she didn’t want to live and doing what she didn’t want to do.

Even though a widow, Ruth ended up gleaning in a field where she met and married a wealthy man named Boaz.
In addition to bearing him children, she became part of Jesus’ ancestral bloodline.

So if you’re struggling to see God’s purpose in your suffering today-
– rest assured He has one!

After feeding a multitude Jesus told His disciples:
“Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted!”

In God’s kingdom nothing is ever lost!
When you trust Him He makes “all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28).


The Sovereign silence!

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Feb 172018

When Lazarus was dying, his sisters urgently called for Jesus.
Imagine how their grief must have compounded when He didn’t instantly respond to their request.

God’s silence is difficult to accept.
Why is He silent at times?

Silence delays His action!
We want Him to leap into action when we call, particularly if we are hurting or afraid.

But since He promises to meet our needs-
– we can be sure that a silence from heaven has purpose.

Silence draws our attention!
The disciples knew that Jesus could heal, so they must have wondered why He delayed instead of rushing to His friend’s bedside.

But the Lord wanted them to witness something even greater:
His power over death!

They had been confused by His statements about conquering death, and they needed to understand that He could fulfill His own resurrection prophecies (Mark 9:31-32).
The miracle at Lazarus’ tomb was part of their preparation.

Silence deepens our assurance!
Mary and Martha sent word of Lazarus’ illness because they anticipated that the Lord would heal him.

But would their faith waver if that expectation was not met?
Martha answered the question by stating, “I believe that you are the Christ” (John 11:21-27).

The Lord rewarded the women’s trust with a stunning miracle:
– their brother’s return to life.

At times, the only thing we can hear when we pray is our own breathing.
That can be frustrating and frightening.

But Scripture says God is always with us.
The Sovereign silence will not last forever (Job 23:8-10; Heb.13:5).

Cling to those promises as you seek the purpose behind His silence.


100% guaranteed!

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Feb 162018

“And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it” (Psalms 90:17).

Charles William Eliot, former president of Harvard University-
– had a birthmark on his face that bothered him greatly.

As a young man, he was told that surgeons could do nothing to remove it.
Someone described that moment as “the dark hour of his soul.”

Eliot’s mother gave him this helpful advice:
“My son, it is not possible for you to get rid of that hardship…
But it is possible for you, with God’s help, to grow a mind and soul so big that people will forget to look at your face.”

It’s true!
All of us have things we’d love to change about our bodies.
And many of us tend to spend an awful lot of time and money trying to change, fix and cover those things up.

When we are shining for the Lord-
I don’t believe anyone sees them!

Do you really want to make a drastic difference in your appearance today?

Let’s stop focusing on our outward issues today,
– and start focusing on what really counts,
– walking uprightly and wholeheartedly with the Lord
– a spiritual extreme makeover!

We will glow like never before!
100% guaranteed!


More like Jesus!

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Feb 152018

The grandfather said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, but the water leaked out before he could get back to the house.

The grandfather sent him back three more times and told him to move faster each time.
Every time, the frustrated boy returned with an empty basket.

Finally, out of breath, the young boy said to his grandfather, “See? It’s useless!”

The old man said, “Look at the basket. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it’s now
clean. Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand it or remember everything you read, but when you do, it will change you from the inside out.”

As believers, we must daily saturate our hearts and minds with the Word of God.
It may seem like you can’t retain or comprehend everything you read in the Bible.
But God uses the Scripture you study each day to change you from the inside out!

Make a commitment to the Lord to study His Word faithfully each day.
Pray that He will use the Scripture to cleanse you and make you more like Jesus!