#981 The Christian Life – Christian Unity

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Have you ever travelled out of town and met someone else who is a Christian?  There are stories that could be told of Christians meeting and fellowshipping on a plane, identifying each other as Christians through reading the Bible or pausing a moment for prayer.  Or, maybe these Christians take the opportunity to visit a church and fellowship with other attendees.  While some would call these meetings coincidental, others would consider them as purely God’s will through Christian unity.  Christianity is strongly based on scriptural fact of unity of believers in Christ, joined by the Spirit of God as members of a body of which Jesus Christ is Head.  This union of Christians for fellowship will always acknowledge “that in all things Christ might have preeminence.”

As you fellowship with other believers, whether out of town or in your own city, always keep Christ at the center of your fellowship!

“And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.  And He is the head of the body, the church:  Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence.” (Colossians 1:17-18)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#980 Super Bowl XLVII – Ultimate Victor

First published February 4, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The forty-seventh Super Bowl is history, and the winner has now been determined:  the Baltimore Ravens.  They are the ultimate victor in the world of professional football, but no matter how great they are, they cannot ever be considered the real Ultimate Victor.  Two thousand years ago the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth and gave His life on the cross as a sacrifice for us.  In doing so He defeated Satan and became the ultimate Ultimate Victor.  When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior we are also victors, eternal victors living forever with our Lord in Heaven.

Think about it; is it not amazing that just by placing your faith in Jesus Christ you are going to be spending eternity with Him in Heaven?  Is it not also a shame that everyone will not place their faith in Him?

“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.”   (Romans 8:37)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#979 Super Bowl XLVII – Worship God Only

First published February 1, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Previously we saw how “many people these days worship celebrities as if they were gods;” this being whether they are entertainment or sports figures.  Years ago, media considered the personal lives of “celebrities” off limits, so the celebrities enjoyed privacy, no matter what they did.  Today, there is no privacy for celebrities who are constantly under scrutiny.  Sadly, too many youngsters not only copy the celebrities’ skill, they follow and mimic their personal lives.  A number of football players as well as players from other sports know and love Christ, and we trust they will be among players youngsters will consider a role model.  Yet, there will be players in the Super Bowl that youngsters will idolize who will not be the best role models.  As the sender of the personal email quoted from earlier put it, “Just think how much better their lives would be if they worshipped God with the same fervor?”

Enjoy the game this weekend, but remember and help others remember that these players should not and are not to be considered role models!

“And be not conformed to this world:  but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”   (Romans 12:2)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#978 Super Bowl XLVII – Celebrity Worship

First published January 31, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Earlier this week we wrote how so many people have placed sports before God, thus making sports their “idol.”  We received a personal email the following day that took that truth even further.  The sender said, “Many people these days worship celebrities as if they were gods.”  The sender is certainly correct as many people, especially the young and impressionable, make well-known people from the sports world as well as the entertainment world their “idols” and role models.  Although it cannot be said of all sports and entertainment figures, many of them make very poor role models based on their lifestyle.  The youngsters attempt to copy the skill or talent of their idol; however, it does not stop there as they follow their idol’s lifestyle.  As we look at the players this Sunday, think of how many youngsters “worship” one or more of them.

If you know of youngsters who are worshipping celebrities as their role models, pray for them and seek to guide them into worshipping God instead!

“I am the LORD, and there is none else, thee is no God beside me.”   (Isaiah 45:5a)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#977 Super Bowl XLVII – Our True Mission

First Published January 30, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

While the Super Bowl is held in the United States and played by American teams, the whole world now takes an interest and joins American football fans in feasting on the football news and game.  The National Football League (“NFL”) has done a tremendous job of selling American football to the world by holding games in other countries and televising games throughout the world.  When we realize the job they have done selling football, it should encourage us Christians in assuring that the Word of God is taken to other lands.  While organizations and conventions have enabled thousands of missionaries to be sent, we should ask the Lord what part we can play, whether it is through working with them on short-term mission trips or contributing financially directly to them.  Or, maybe the Lord is calling one of us to the mission field.

Pray today that God will show how you may have a part in spreading the Word of God to the world!

“Declare His glory among the heathen, His wonders among all people”   (Psalm 96:3)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#976 Super Bowl XLVII – God or Idols?

First published January 29, 2013

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This is the week for which football fans have been waiting, many of them for the past year.  Super Bowl Week is a solid week of analyzing a single professional football game, Super Bowl XLVII.    Ironically, the game does not always live up to its hype, yet millions and millions world-wide will spend this Sunday afternoon watching every play and advertisement.  Ever wonder how many people will attend church this Sunday?  Ever wonder how many people will read and study their Bibles this week?  Sports can be exciting and fun, and we can attempt to follow the big games, but putting them first is the same as worshipping them as idols.  Nothing should take the place of God and His Word at any time in our lives.

On your list of priorities, is God first, or do you allow other “idols” to take His place?

“Thou shalt have none other gods before Me.”  (Deuteronomy 5:7)

May God Richly Bless You Today

#975 Wisdom – God’s Strategy

Good Day Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

God’s wisdom as shown in the book of Proverbs leads to successful living.  In fact, successful living can only be accomplished with God’s wisdom.  Robert L. Alden said, “Proverbs provides both a goal and route.  The goal is successful living, and the route is the way of wisdom.”  So, what is a strategy for effective living?  Begin with:  God’s wisdom; respecting and appreciating who God is; reverence and awe in recognizing the almighty God.  Requires:  Moral application; trust in God and His Word; allowing His Word to speak to us personally; and a willingness to obey.  Requires:  Practical application; acting on God’s direction in daily devotions.  Results:  Effective living; experiencing what God does with our obedience.

Have you chosen the correct route to successful living?

“For the LORD giveth wisdom:  out of His mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”  (Proverbs 2:6)

May God Richly Bless You Today