Being Salt and Light

salt and lightIn the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

— Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
 
THOUGHTS ON TODAY’S VERSE…
As Christians, we are not called to isolate ourselves from culture. We are not called to be hermits or monks. Instead, we are to recognize that we are in a world of darkness and live as light — not as little candles tucked away in some inner bedroom, but as candles set on their stands so all can see their light or cities on a hill that can’t be hidden. Of course, our goal is not to call attention to ourselves, but to help others see the glorious grace of our Father.
 

MY PRAYER…
Dear Heavenly Father, may my life bless others today, and everyday, so they can see you and your love more clearly. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.



The Presences of God

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus.”

— Acts 1:16 tniv

THOUGHT
The crucifixion of Jesus was not an accident. The passion of Christ was part of God’s plan from the beginning (1 Pet. 1:20). The Law, the Prophets, and the Psalms all speak of the Christ having to suffer (Luke 24:44-49). The inspiration behind these writings, these prophecies, was the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit spoke these things. So Judas’ betrayal of Jesus was not a surprise to Jesus. While it was a tragedy and involved the work of evil people,


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Pastor’s Prayer Partners

aaron-and-hur

“So Joshua did what Moses had commanded and fought the army of Amalek. Meanwhile, Moses, Aaron, and Hur climbed to the top of a nearby hill. As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.”
– Exodus 17:10-13 NLT

Thought:

This past Sunday, spontaneously, God placed on the heart of some in my congregation to bodily come forward during the service and anoint and pray over me as their shepherd.

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Don’t be selfish …

Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. (NLT) ( Philippians 2:3 )
 

Thought:

How can we not be selfish? That’s difficult when the overwhelming majority of our thoughts are about ourselves. The second half of this verse has the answer. When we think of others more often than ourselves we battle with our selfishness. It’s not asking us to think badly of ourselves, but instead to think higher of others. This can mean we give others the benefit of the doubt, release our grudges, and pay attention to the thoughtfulness others extend to us. Work today towards thinking of others more.


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Today,s Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

One of those women was Lydia, a Gentile God-worshipper from the city of Thyatira, a dealer in purple cloth. As she listened, the Lord enabled her to embrace Paul’s message. Once she and her household were baptized, she urged, “Now that you have decided that I am a believer in the Lord, come and stay in my house.” And she persuaded us.

~Acts 16:14-15

Thought:

I like the show “Undercover Boss,” where higher-ups in a company take on a disguise and become an employee of their own corporation. There they can really get to see the reality of the company and not just judge its success or failure by numbers on charts and graphs.


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Today’s Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

“But if I am casting out demons by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has arrived among you.”
— Matthew 12:28 nlt
 
THOUGHT
Jesus’ miracles forced everyone in his day, and in our own, to make a very clear decision. Either Jesus accomplished what he did by the power of Satan or by the power of God’s Spirit. Broken people were healed with results that were beyond dispute. So there was no middle ground. He is Son of God or charlatan. He is Spirit-empowered or Satan’s seductive lackey. Jesus’ claim is clear. I am doing this by the power of God’s Spirit.

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Today’s Thoughts from Pastor Randy…

I will pour . . . on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced.
~ Zechariah 12:10, NKJV

Thoughts:
Hymn writers and artists have conveyed to us a picture of Jesus hanging on a Cross on a hill far away. In fact, the place of execution was just outside the city gate, beside the main road leading into Jerusalem. And those to be crucified were only raised two to eighteen inches above the ground.


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