May, 2006

Bless the Lord
Take shelter in him

He is your strength

You can be with him forever

Your sins can be forgiven

Seek the Lord

(May 31, 2006 Wed 6:18 AM CDT)

"Suddenly, without warning,
Jesus stood before them and said,
The women be came up and embraced his feet
and did him homage.
At this Jesus said to them,
'Do not be afraid!
Go and carry the news to my brothers
that they are to go to Galilee
where they will see me.'"
Matthew 28:9-10

How we need peace in this world.
There is too much violence.
We are so afraid.
Jesus, come into our world and bring peace.
We need you.
Come and change our world.

(May 30, 2006 Tue 6:08 AM CDT)

"In the Lord's eyes,
one day is as a thousand years
and a thousand years are as a day."
2 Peter 3:8

God is beyond time.
He is infinite.
We can't understand this.
We are in time.
Time marches on.
We have clocks.
Make the most of your time here on earth.
The Lord will guide you to use it well.
Time is running out.

(May 29, 2006 Mon 7:45 AM CDT)

"Therefore, although I feel that I have every right
to command you to do what ought to be done,
I prefer to appeal in the name of love."
Philemon 1:8-9

God is love.
He asks you to do things.
He is your Father.
Do it for the Lord.
Do it in the name of love.

(May 28, 2006 Sun 7:59 AM CDT)

This is from the sermon at TC for 05/21/06.
I listened to it yesterday.

"Your love must be sincere.
Detest what is evil,
cling to what is good.
Love one another with the affection of brothers.
Anticipate each other in showing respect.
Do not grow slack but be fervent in spirit;
he whom you serve is the Lord.
Rejoice in hope, be patient under trial,
persevere in prayer.
Look on the needs of the saints as your own;
be generous in offering hospitality."
Romans 12:9-13

Be sincere.
Love the Lord with all that you are.
Show him great respect.
He is deserving of all our praise.

(May 27, 2006 Sat 8:35 AM CDT)

There is a thunderstorm going through Omaha this morning.
Thank the Lord for the rain.

I have been studying sudoku lately.
It is an interesting thinking game
with the numbers 1 to 9.

"Therefore, since we for our part
are surrounded by this cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every encumbrance of sin
which clings to us and
persevere in running the race which lies ahead;
let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus,
who inspires and perfects our faith."
Hebrews 12:1-2

We have many brothers and sisters in the Lord.
We are the body of Christ.
We are not alone.
Let us push sin aside and
and ask for forgiveness from the Lord.
We are in a race.
Let us focus on Jesus.
He will inspire us until the end.

(May 26, 2006 Fri 6:48 AM CDT)

"Hence, all depends on faith,
everything is grace."
Romans 4:16

It takes faith.
Grace is a gift.
It is a free gift.
We don't deserve it.
God loves us.
We are his children.
Thank the Lord for his mercy and grace.

(May 25, 2006 Thu 6:14 AM CDT)

"Some men of Cyprus and Cyrene among them
who had come to Antioch
began to talk to the Greeks,
announcing the good news
of the Lord Jesus to them.
The hand of the Lord was with them
and a great number of them believed
and were converted to the Lord."
Acts 11:20-21

The message of Jesus was spreading.
It is good news to the world.
Many believed in Jesus.
They became followers of him.
They were converted.

(May 24, 2006 Wed 6:14 AM CDT)

Jesus said:
"The light is among you only a little longer.
Walk while you still have it
or darkness will come over you.
The man who walks in the dark
does not know where he is going.
While you have the light,
keep faith in the light;
thus you will become sons of light."
John 12:35-36

Jesus is the light of the world.
Stay with him and you will not stumble.
He guides you to the truth.
He makes your life bright.

(May 23, 2006 Tue 6:16 AM CDT)

Last night I went to graduation for my nephew
at the Orpheum in downtown Omaha.
God bless him and his family.
God bless all the graduates this year.
In the speech last night the student said:
a noun is a person, place, thing or idea.

Jesus said to them,
"Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled
in your hearing."
Luke 4:21

There are many prophecies about Jesus.
He was sent to bring good news to the poor. (Verse 18)
He proclaims liberty to captives. (Verse 18)
He announces a year of favor from the Lord. (Verse 19)
Listen to Jesus.
It is a great idea.

(May 22, 2006 Mon 6:11 AM CDT)

"As Jesus entered Capernaum,
a centurion approached him with this request:
'Sir, my serving boy is at home in bed
paralyzed, suffering painfully.'
He said to him,
'I will come and cure him.'
'Sir,' the centurion said in reply,
'I am not worthy to have you under my roof.
Just give an order and my boy will get better.'"
Matthew 8:5-8

It takes faith.
Do you believe that Jesus can heal you?
He can cure you.
He is the divine physician.
Jesus, give the word.
Heal me.

(May 21, 2006 Sun 8:26 AM CDT)

This is from the sermon at TC for 05/14/06.
I listened to it yesterday.
They had a guest speaker for Mother's Day.

"Unless the Lord built the house,
they labor in vain who build it."
Psalms 127:1

Invite the Lord into your house.
Make Jesus part of your family.
Pray together.
He will help you raise your children.
He is there to make your house a home.

(May 20, 2006 Sat 8:42 AM CDT)

Jesus said,
"I give you a new commandment:
Love one another.
Such as my love has been for you;
so must your love be for each other.
This is how all will know you for my disciples:
your love for one another."
John 13:34-35

By the grace of God love other people.
It is not easy.
It takes the strength of God.
He is there to guide you.

(May 19, 2006 Fri 7:12 AM CDT)

"When Jesus had arrived at the house,
he permitted no one to enter with him
except Peter, John, James, and the child's parents.
While everyone wept and lamented her, he said,
'Stop crying for she is not dead but asleep.'
They laughed at him, being certain she was dead.
He took her by the hand and spoke these words:
'Get up, child.'
The breath of life returned to her
and she got up immediately;
whereupon he told them to give her something to eat.
Her parents were astounded,
but he ordered them not to tell
anyone what had happened."
Luke 8:51-56

Don't laugh at Jesus.
He is talking to you.
He tells you to get up.
He gives you the breath of life.
Come back to life.

(May 18, 2006 Thu 6:18 AM CDT)

"Come to him, a living stone,
rejected by men but approved,
nonetheless, and precious in God's eyes.
You too are living stones,
built as an edifice of spirit,
into a holy priesthood,
offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."
1 Peter 2:4-5

Offer your life to God.
Give all that you are to him.
You are alive.
You are precious to him.

(May 17, 2006 Wed 6:19 AM CDT)

"Pray perseveringly, be attentive to prayer,
and pray in a spirit of thanksgiving.
Pray for us, too,
that God may provide us with an opening
to proclaim the mystery of Christ,
for which I am a prisoner.
Pray that I may speak it clearly, as I must.
Be prudent in dealing with outsiders;
make the most of every opportunity.
Let your speech be always gracious
and in good taste,
and strive to respond properly
to all who address you."
Colossians 4:2-6

Pray in the Spirit.
Pray to God.
Thank him for today.
Thank him for the gift of faith.
Talk to others.
Give them your full attention.
Listen to them.
Share your faith with them.

(May 16, 2006 Tue 6:13 AM CDT)

"The only stipulation was that
we should be mindful of the poor ---
the one thing that I was making
every effort to do."
Galatians 2:10

Remember the poor.
Help them.
Do what you can for them.
Pray for them.
God bless them and be with them.

(May 15, 2006 Mon 6:17 AM CDT)

"At that the whole assembly fell silent.
They listened to Barnabas and Paul
as the two described all the signs and wonders
God had worked among the Gentiles through them."
Acts 15:12

Be silent.
Listen to what the Lord is doing.
He is at work changing the lives of people.
It is a sign from God.

(May 14, 2006 Sun 8:26 AM CDT)

"Jesus began to teach them
that the Son of Man had to suffer much,
be rejected by the elders,
the chief priests, and the scribes,
be put to death, and rise three days later.
He said these things quite openly."
Mark 8:31-32

Jesus came to earth to die for us.
He knew what he was doing.
He did it because of his great love for us.
He came to save us.
Thank you, Jesus, for dying for us.
You are wonderful.

(May 13, 2006 Sat 8:59 AM CDT)

"At the first hearing of my case in court,
no one took my part.
In fact, everyone abandoned me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by my side
and gave me strength,
so that through me
the preaching task might be completed
and all the nations
might hear the gospel."
2 Timothy 4:16-17

Paul was all alone.
His friends had deserted him.
But the Lord was with him.
Jesus was right by his side.
He is all that you need.

(May 12, 2006 Fri 8:13 AM CDT)

It is trash day in my neighborhood.
God bless the people that pick up the trash and recyclables.

"We are bound to thank God for you always,
beloved brothers and sisters of the Lord,
because you are the first fruits
of those whom God has chosen for salvation,
in holiness of spirit and fidelity to truth.
He called you through our preaching
of the good news so that you might achieve
the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ."
2 Thessalonians 2:13-14

You are chosen.
You are special.
You have heard the wonderful news.
You will achieve glory.
Give praise to God.

(May 11, 2006 Thu 6:16 AM CDT)

"You know that while all the runners in the stadium
take part in the race,
the award goes to one man.
In that case, run so as to win!
Athletes deny themselves all sorts of things.
They do this to win a crown of leaves that withers,
but we a crown that is imperishable.
I do not run like a man
who loses sight of the finish line."
1 Corinthians 9:24-25

Look to Jesus.
Your goal is heaven.
Keep him in sight.
Stay close to him.

(May 10, 2006 Wed 6:17 AM CDT)

"During the night before Herod
was to bring him to trial,
Peter was sleeping between two soldiers,
fastened with double chains,
while guards kept watch at the door.
Suddenly an angel of the Lord stood nearby
and light shone in the cell.
He tapped Peter on the side and woke him,
'Hurry, get up!' he said.
With that, the chains dropped from Peter's wrists.
The angel said, 'Put on your belt and sandals!'
This he did.
Then the angel told him,
'Now put on your cloak and follow me.'
Peter followed him out,
but with no clear realization
that this was taking place
through the angel's help.
The whole thing seemed to him a mirage.
They passed the first guard, then the second,
and finally came to the iron gate
leading out to the city,
which opened for them of itself.
They emerged and made their way down a narrow alley,
when suddenly the angel left him.
Peter had recovered his senses by this time,
and said, 'Now I know for certain that the Lord
has sent his angel to rescue me from Herod's clutches
and from all that the Jews hoped for.'"
Acts 12:6-11

The Lord will send his angel to you.
He will wake you up.
He will rescue you.
Trust in the Lord.
He can do more than you can imagine.
Recover your senses.

(May 9, 2006 Tue 6:15 AM CDT)

"Zacchaeus first ran on in front,
then climbed a sycamore tree
which was along Jesus' route,
in order to see him.
When Jesus came to the spot
he looked up and said,
'Zacchaeus, hurry down.
I mean to stay at your house today.'
He quickly descended,
and welcomed him with delight.
When this was observed,
everyone began to murmur,
'He has gone to a sinner's house
as a guest.'
Zaccheaus stood his ground
and said to the Lord:
'I give half my belongings, Lord,
to the poor.
If I have defrauded anyone in the least,
I pay him back four-fold.'
Jesus said to him:
'Today salvation has come to this house,
for this is what it means
to be a son of Abraham.
The Son of Man has come to search out
and save what was lost.'"
Luke 19:4-10

Take a close look at Jesus.
He is coming your way.
Invite him to your house.
He will come and stay with you.
Today is the day of salvation.

(May 8, 2006 Mon 6:18 AM CDT)

"Do not neglect good deeds and generosity;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind."
Hebrews 13:16

Think of others.
Help them.
Be thoughtful.
There are many people that need your help.
Give of your time.
God be with you.

(May 7, 2006 Sun 8:28 AM CDT)

"What is it that he does say?
'The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart'
(that is, the word of faith which we preach).
For if you confess with your lips
that Jesus is Lord,
and believe in your heart
that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
Faith in the heart leads to justification,
confession on the lips to salvation."
Romans 10:8-10

You are very close to the kingdom of God.
Tell Jesus that you believe in him.
Ask him for the forgiveness of your sins.
He is very near.
He will touch your heart.
He will change your life.
Jesus, I believe in you.
Come into my heart.
Change me, Lord.

(May 6, 2006 Sat 9:21 AM CDT)

Here is something else from our Bible Study.

"The next day John was there again
with two of his disciples.
As he watched Jesus walk by he said,
'Look! There is the Lamb of God!'
The two disciples heard what he said,
and followed Jesus.
When Jesus turned around
and noticed them following him,
he asked them,
'What are you looking for?'
They said to him,
'Rabbi (which means Teacher),
where do you stay?'
'Come and see,' he answered.
So they went to see where he was lodged,
and stayed with him that day.
(It was about four in the afternoon.)"
John 1:35-39

What are you looking for?
Ask yourself this question.
Jesus asks what you are searching for.
It tells a lot about you.
It is revealing.
Jesus gives you an invitation.
Draw near to him.
Come and see.
Stay with him for awhile.

(May 5, 2006 Fri 6:19 AM CDT)

Last night in the Bible Study
we talked about this Bible verse.

"We keep thanking God for all of you
and we remember you in our prayers,
for we constantly are mindful
before our God and Father
of the way you are proving your faith,
and laboring in love,
and showing constancy of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ.
We know, too, brothers and sisters beloved of God,
how you were chosen."
1 Thessalonians 1:2-4

I'm praying for you this morning.
You are chosen by God.
Jesus is your hope.
I thank the Lord for your faith that is growing.
We give praise to God.

(May 4, 2006 Thu 6:15 AM CDT)

"This means that you are strangers and
aliens no longer.
No, you are fellow citizens of the saints
and members of the household of God.
You form a building
which rises on the foundation
of the apostles and prophets,
with Christ Jesus himself as the capstone.
Through him the whole structure
is fitted together and takes shape
as a holy temple in the Lord;
in him you are being built
into this temple, to become
a dwelling place for God in the Spirit."
Ephesians 2:19-22

Jesus is your friend.
He is on your side.
He is your foundation.
Build your life on him.
Be part of the beautiful structure.

(May 3, 2006 Wed 6:20 AM CDT)

Peter said:
"Therefore, reform your lives!
Turn to God,
that your sins may be wiped away!
Thus may a season of refreshment
be granted you by the Lord
when he sends you Jesus,
already designated as your Messiah."
Acts 3:19-20

Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
Turn toward God.
He will grant you a season of refreshment.
He is new life every morning.
He is joy for your soul.

(May 2, 2006 Tue 6:18 AM CDT)

Jesus told a parable about a rich man and Lazarus:
"Between you and us
there is fixed a great abyss,
so that those who might wish to cross
from here to you cannot do so,
nor can anyone cross from your side to us."
Luke 16:26

The rich man was on one side and Lazarus
was on the other side.
It is a reference to heaven and hell.
We choose to be with God or not.
Call on the mercy of God.
Jesus is the one that can save you.
Jesus, save me.

(May 1, 2006 Mon 6:20 AM CDT)

This is from a sermon (04/30/06)
I heard last evening from TC .

"Draw close to God,
and he will draw close to you."
James 4:8

Take a step of faith.
Take a step toward the Lord.
You will be surprised.
He is most interested in you.
He is fascinating to learn about.

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