Praying with Paul: ‘A Model of Good Deeds’
Dear Father, whose word is sound doctrine,
Let me teach by word and example what conforms to the sound doctrine of your word. Help me to be temperate, serious, sensible, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness.
Let me show myself in all respects to be a model of good deeds, and in my…[Read more]
Humility of Attitude
For as he thinks within himself, so he is. –Proverbs 23:7, NAS
Before it is ever obvious, humility has to begin in your heart. But how is that possible? It is because of a certain attitude. John put it in the practical terms of loving your brother. He said, “Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing i…[Read more]
What Jesus Did! ‘Memories of Extravagance’
Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus – the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from e…[Read more]
And the twenty-four elders, who were seated on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying: “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was, because you have taken your great power and have begun to reign.” –Revelation 11:16-17
What kind of God would put happiness at the very core of the s…[Read more]
Thank you for calling us to salvation through the Good News of Christ, so that we may obtain the glory of the Lord Jesus. Help us to stand firm and hold fast to the traditions of your holy apostles.
May the Lord Jesus Christ himself, and you, our Father, who loved us and gave eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort our…[Read more]
Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea. –Micah 7:18-19
Our success and value are not based on o…[Read more]
Listening to the Father’s Heart – July 17
by Os Hillman
Son, you have noted well that I typically choose to work through teams. Jesus, the Holy Spirit and I are a team. My Son chose 12 unlikely men to change the world. By working together in a team, you are able to leverage what I have called you to do. Remember, “Five of you shall chase a…[Read more]
But only the redeemed will walk there, and the ransomed of the Lord will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. –Isaiah 35:9-10
God is the God of gladness, a happy God of infinite joy. In the billions of years that we will r…[Read more]
Praying with Paul: ‘A Marvelous Message’
1 Thessalonians 1:2-8
Thank you for the great numbers of believers in Jesus Christ, for their works of faith, their labors of love, and their steadfastness of hope which they have in Christ. Thank you for choosing all of us and calling us to yourself by the Good News about Jesus. Thank you…[Read more]
From Adversity to Destiny
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
July 13, 2018
“The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position” (James 1:9).
Most of us avoid pain. We keep our medicine cabinets loaded with pain relievers. We couldn’t imagine major surgery without an anesthetic. We are so averse to pain that…[Read more]
Praying with Paul: ‘Sowing Seeds’
Dear Father, holy unscornable God,
Don’t let me be deceived, my God, for I know that no one can mock you with impunity. For whatever a person sows that is what the person will reap. Those who sow to the flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but those who sow to the Spirit will reap eternal life.
I want to…[Read more]
Praying with Paul: ‘Bearing Each Others’ Burdens’
Dear Father, lifter of our heavy loads,
Fill my heart with love for my brothers and sisters in Christ. If someone is overtaken in some misdeed, help me to assist in restoring that person, in a spirit of gentleness. Let me watch out for myself, lest I also be tempted.
Help all of us to bear one…[Read more]
Listening to the Father’s Heart – July 9
by Os Hillman
Son, I want you to know that walking with me is not about avoiding things; it’s about filling your life with more of me. If a glass is half empty, it is easy to fill it up with other things. But if that glass is full of me, it has no room for anything else. This is the key to living a…[Read more]
Praying with Paul: ‘The Deeds of the Flesh’
Dear Father, opposer of all that is evil,
Help me to stay away from those things which are clearly works of the flesh: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like.
Help me…[Read more]
Praying with Paul: ‘The Flesh Versus the Spirit’
Dear Father, giver of your Spirit,
Help me to walk by the Spirit and not gratify the desires of my flesh. For the desires of my flesh are opposed to the desires of my spirit and to the desires of your Spirit for me. These things set up an opposition within me to keep me from doing what I want. But…[Read more]
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