September, 2002

God is love
Look up to the heavens

Come, Lord Jesus

Fill us with your Holy Spirit

God is wonderful

Live for the Lord

(September 30, 2002 6:12 AM CDT)

"Many in the crowd came to believe in him.
They kept saying,
'When the Messiah comes,
can he be expected to perform
more signs than this man?'"
John 7:31

Jesus performed many miracles.
Some believed in him and some did not.
They saw with their own eyes the wonders of God.
How could they not believe?
You read about Jesus today in 2002.
What do you think?
Was he God?
Was he the Messiah?
It takes faith to believe in Jesus.
Ask for this faith.
Ask Jesus to reveal himself to you.
Open your heart to him.
He will confirm who he is in your heart.
You will know.
He is a God of love.

(September 29, 2002 7:05 AM CDT)

"They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town,
leaving him there for dead.
His disciples quickly formed a circle about him,
and before long he got up and went back into the town."
Acts 14:19-20

It was a miracle.
Paul's time was not up.
He had more work to do.
His disciples prayed over him and he was healed.
Miracles do happen.
Expect great things.
Continue God's work.
Don't give up.
Keep at it.
Pray with confidence.
Pray with others.
Attend church today.
God will hear your prayers.

(September 28, 2002 7:51 AM CDT)

Marilou died a few days ago.
Would you pray for her and her family?
And pray for the families of those
who died in the bank robbery in Norfolk, Nebraska .
It is so sad.

"God is our refuge and our strength,
an ever-present help in distress.
Therefore we fear not,
though the earth be shaken
and the mountains plunge into the depths of the sea;
Though its waters rage and foam
and the mountains quake at its surging.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
our stronghold is the God of Jacob."
Psalms 46:2-4

Lord Jesus, we call on you for help today.
Many things are happening around us.
We are very concerned.
Come and help us.
Be our comfort in this time of sorrow.
You are our help.
Comfort these families.
We need you, Lord.
Hear our prayers for these people.

(September 27, 2002 6:20 AM CDT)

"That divine power of his
has bestowed on us everything
necessary for a life of genuine piety,
through knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and power."
2 Peter 1:3

You have all that you need,
if you have Jesus in your life.
What more could you ask for?
He is with you day and night.
He guides you to the truth.
He protects you and your family.
He gives you a wonderful future with him in heaven.
What more can I say?
You are blessed.

(September 26, 2002 6:21 AM CDT)

"Be on your guard,
stand firm in the faith,
and act like men (and women).
In a word, be strong.
Do everything with love."
1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Be strong in the Lord.
Stand up for your faith in Jesus.
Work for the Lord with love.
Guard your faith.
Put up your defenses.
Be strong.

(September 25, 2002 6:17 AM CDT)

"No sooner had Judas eaten the morsel
than he went out.
It was night."
John 13:30

There is darkness in this world.
There is evil.
How do we deal with it?
We remind ourselves that God is in control.
He will protect us from harm.
He will give us the strength to fight evil.
God is way more powerful than the forces of darkness.
There is no match.
It is not a fair fight.
Call on the name of Jesus and things happen.
Jesus is pure light.
The darkness runs from him.
Go to Jesus when it seems evil surrounds you.
Ask Jesus to cover you with his shield of protection.
Jesus, protect us from harm.
Be with us.
We need you.
We call on you for help.
Thank you for hearing our prayer.

(September 24, 2002 6:17 AM CDT)

Jesus said,
"Anyone among you who aspires to greatness
must serve the rest;
whoever wants to rank first among you
must serve the needs of all."
Mark 10:43-44

Be of service.
Help others.
Think of others.
Be thoughtful.
Ask Jesus to help you to do this.
Aspire to be great.

(September 23, 2002 6:14 AM CDT)

"More powerful than the roar of many waters,
more powerful than the breakers of the sea ---
powerful on high is the Lord."
Psalms 93:4

The Lord is very powerful.
He made the earth and all that we see.
He made the sun and stars.
He is bigger than the oceans.
He can stop the wind with a command.
And yet he is concerned about you.
He loves you.
The God of the universe is interested in you.
Will you respond to his love?
Will you take time to pray today?
Stop and listen.
He has much to say to you.
He is a loving God.
He cares about you.

(September 22, 2002 6:36 AM CDT)

"Whoever possesses the Son possesses life;
whoever does not possess the Son of God
does not possess life."
1 John 5:12

Is Jesus part of your life?
Do you believe in him?
You need him.
He is the only way to heaven.
You can't get there without him.
Call on Jesus.
Invite him to come into your life.
Your life will never be the same.

(September 21, 2002 7:33 AM CDT)

"The God of all grace,
who called you to his everlasting glory in Christ,
will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish
those who have suffered a little while."
1 Peter 5:10

Lord Jesus, restore us.
Give us new life.
Heal us of our sickness.
Forgive our sins.
Give us your joy that never ends.
Call us to greater things.
Lift us up, Lord.
We call on your name, Jesus.
Restore us.

(September 20, 2002 6:07 AM CDT)

"May grace be with you all!"
Titus 3:15

God our Father, give us grace.
Bless us with this gift from heaven.
We need your grace in our lives.
Come and fill us with your love.
Forgive our sins.
Restore us to life.
Make us more like you each day.
Change us, Lord.
Show us your mercy and grace.
Thank you, for hearing our prayer.

(September 19, 2002 6:05 AM CDT)

"He will strengthen you to the end,
so that you will be blameless
on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and it was he who called you to fellowship
with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:8-9

You can't do it by yourself.
You need God's help.
Call on Jesus.
He will change you.
He will perfect your faith.
He is the source of our strength.
Holiness is a gift from God.
You need the Lord every single day.
Jesus, be with me today.
Help me to do what is right.
Help me to spread peace and not hate.
Teach me your ways.
I need your help.
Change me, Lord.

(September 18, 2002 6:17 AM CDT)

"O God, be merciful to me, a sinner."
Luke 18:13

How do you approach God?
What do you say to him?
Do you thank him that you are not like others?
(See verse 11.)
Do you say things like, "I'm better than them."
Do you tell him what great things you have done?
We are all sinners.
None of us are perfect.
We all need to be saved.
Call on the mercy of God.
Bow down before him.
Have awesome respect for him.
He is the Lord.
He will save you.
Ask for his mercy.

(September 17, 2002 6:12 AM CDT)

"Jesus cried out in a loud voice,
and then gave up his spirit.
Suddenly the curtain of the sanctuary
was torn in two from top to bottom.
The earth quaked, boulders split, tombs opened."
Matthew 27:50-52

Jesus gave up everything.
He suffered tremendously for us.
He offered up himself on our behalf.
He called out to the Father
to save all that would follow him.
He died for us.
The curtain was opened to us.
We now have access to heaven.
He shakes up people's lives.
He wants to free us from the tomb.
Thank Jesus for opening the curtain to us.
Thank you, Jesus.
Thank you for dying for us.
We don't understand why you love us so much.
Change our lives.
Teach us to listen to you.
Help us to follow you.
Lead us to home in heaven.

(September 16, 2002 6:14 AM CDT)

"May the Lord give strength to his people;
may the Lord bless his people with peace!"
Psalms 29:11

God blesses his people.
He watches over them.
He protects them from harm.
He blesses them with his peace.
It is a peace beyond our understanding.
He gives us strength each day to do his work.
We can't do it without him.
He is our strength.
It is comforting to know that God is always there.
Know that he is God and we are his people.

(September 15, 2002 6:49 AM CDT)

"Beloved, do not imitate what is evil
but what is good.
Whoever does what is good belongs to God;
whoever does what is evil has never seen God."
3 John 1:11

Do you belong to God?
Is God a part of your life?
Imitate good.
Look at Jesus and try to imitate him.
Do what he did.
He was concerned about the poor and forgotten.
He forgave.
He helped the sick.
People came to him and he listened to them.
He welcomed the children.
He visited people's houses.
He shared what he knew about the way to eternal life.
He spread good news.
He worked for the kingdom.
He loved others.
He gave of himself.
He cared about others.
Look to Jesus.
Belong to God.

(September 14, 2002 7:20 AM CDT)

"What we are aiming at in this warning
is the love that springs from a pure heart,
a good conscience and sincere faith."
1 Timothy 1:5

God warns us.
He sends us messengers.
We need to listen to these warnings.
We need to change our ways.
Love with a sincere heart.
Have a good conscience.
Be informed on what God has to say.
Be sincere in your faith.

(September 13, 2002 6:22 AM CDT)

"Who will separate us from the love of Christ?"
Romans 8:35

Christ is there.
He is there knocking on the door.
Will you open the door to him?
Will you welcome him into your life?
Receive his love.
Open the door.

(September 12, 2002 6:10 AM CDT)

Did you see the awesome sunrise yesterday
in Omaha around 6:50 AM?
It gave you goose bumps.
It was very beautiful.
It was a ray of hope on such a tragic day to remember.
God is still there.
God is still in control.

Could you pray for Jeff and his family?
Jeff passed away on September 7th.
He was only 29 years old.

Jesus said,
"There will be signs in the sun,
the moon and the stars."
Luke 21:25

The Lord Jesus will return one day.
The sky will announce his coming.
Look up.
Welcome the Lord of all creation.
Welcome your Savior and your King.

(September 5, 2002 6:10 AM CDT)

Spring 2 Life is on hold until September 12.
We take a few moments of silence to remember
all those who died on September 11th last year.
May they rest in peace.

"The Lord is close to the brokenhearted..."
Psalms 34:19

Lord, be with all those in sorrow at this time.
Comfort them in their grief and loss.
Jesus, be near them.
Give them your peace.

(September 4, 2002 6:16 AM CDT)

"It was for this you were called,
since Christ suffered for you in just this way
and left you an example,
to have you follow in his footsteps."
1 Peter 2:21

Suffering is part of life.
Christ showed us to offer this up to him.
Suffer for the sake of Christ.
Follow his example.
His suffering brought great good to the world.
Don't complain.
When you feel a pain let it be a reminder
of what he suffered to save us.
It is a reminder to pray.
Jesus, thank you for carrying the cross for us.
Thank you for enduring the pain on the cross.
By your cross and suffering you have redeemed the world from sin.
We are most grateful.

(September 3, 2002 6:13 AM CDT)

"You are a vapor
that appears briefly and vanishes."
James 4:14

We are only here for a short time.
Most of us live 70 or 80 years on this earth.
That is not very long.
We are here and then gone.
Prepare yourself for life after death.
Believe in Jesus.
He will take you to life eternal.
He has prepared a place for you when your days are done.
Follow Jesus to heaven.
You will find rest in him.

(September 2, 2002 6:17 AM CDT)

Billy Graham is on TV this week.
Click above and check the TV listings
or watch the two programs online.
In Omaha he is on Channel 3 KMTV CBS
Wednesday, September 4th, 7 PM and
Friday, September 6th, 7 PM.
The programs were recorded in Cincinnati, Ohio a few months ago.

"Ananias entered the house and laid hands on Saul and said,
'Saul, my brother, I have been sent by the Lord Jesus
who appeared to you on the way here,
to help you recover your sight and
be filled with the Holy Spirit.'
Immediately something like scales
fell from his eyes and he regained his sight."
Acts 9:17-18

Open our eyes, Lord.
We are blind.
Help us to see the truth.
You are the light.
You show us right and wrong.
Teach us your ways, Lord.
Send us your Holy Spirit.
Give us wisdom to know what to do.
We need help.
We are blind.
Without you we stumble and fall.
Help us, Lord Jesus.

(September 1, 2002 6:40 AM CDT)

Jesus said to them,
"Let the man among you who has no sin
be the first to cast a stone at her."
John 8:7

Who is perfect?
Who does what is right?
Who is a truly holy person?
Be careful casting stones at others.
Look in the mirror first.
Correct yourself.
Ask the Holy Spirit to point out your faults.
Work on these things with God's help.
Jesus, show us our faults.
Show us our blind spots.
We need to see where we need correction.
Call us to holiness.
We need your help.
Help us, Lord Jesus.
(Be careful praying this prayer.
The Lord will point things out to you.
Do you really want to change?)

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