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December 6, 2019

A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Have you ever been visited by an angel? Some folks are positive they have been; others aren’t so sure. Still, others argue the very idea of being visited by an angel is just plain crazy. In the mid 1990s,...

“…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people…’”  Luke 2:10

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December 5, 2019

GIVE THE GIFT OF LOVE THIS CHRISTMAS

Loving God means faith in action. But if that’s the case, then how do we live that out? The answer is obedience. Faith in action means obeying God’s commandments. That pretty much covers the first part of the Scripture referenced...

 ‘One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”’ – Mark 12:28-31

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December 4, 2019

MODERN DAY MIRACLES?

“Why doesn’t God perform miracles anymore?” It’s a question I’m often asked. So, what’s the answer? In the early Biblical days of the journey of faith, it’s true that God brought about a large number of miracles to jump-start...

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” – Hebrews 13:8

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In the mid 1990s, there was a popular TV series called "Touched by an Angel." The showLoving God means faith in action. But if that"Why doesnCan you hate evil and be a loving person? Yes. But, it surely isn"Was no one found who returned to give glory to God...?" - Luke 17:18⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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ItIn 1674, an Anglican priest wrote a simple song of praise for his students at EnglandThe call to love our neighbor is universal. It’s the way in which we include others in our lives that varies. It depends on how we’re wired, where we live, and our sphere of influence. There’s no “one size fits all” model when it comes to dealing with people. However, there are a few key truths to keep in mind as we intentionally work on being better neighbors within our communities.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1. Be a friend first. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2. Meet them on their turf.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How different would your relationships be if your primary goal was to be humble instead of to be right? It’s not about going against God’s Word. It’s about refusing to let unnecessary barriers block people from seeing God’s love and grace. This is the heart of Jesus.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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4. Be wise. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Just because you are free to do something doesn’t mean it is wise to do it. Freedom is a gift that can easily be abused. If we use our free will to impose ourselves on others rather than pointing to God, then we’ve missed the point. Be wise in how you use your freedom to point others to Christ.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The goal of being a good neighbor is simple: Live for the glory of God so others can see the love you have received! It’s really not as difficult as we’ve made it appear. It starts with simply being a friend and accepting people where they are – differences, flaws, and all.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’re struggling with loving your neighbor, ask yourself this question: Where were you when you first met Jesus? Look around – there might just be someone stuck in that same place where your life first met freedom.  Don’t miss the opportunity to point them to Jesus. #rfthministriesAre you inclusive or exclusive? When it comes to spending time with others, are you known for those you include or those you exclude? As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a welcoming, hospitable people pointing others to God. Unfortunately, too often Christians are seen as constructing barriers that only prevent people from seeing God. It seems we are known more for what we are against, instead of what we are for – excluding rather than inviting.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Don’t get me wrong. Standing up for our beliefs and confronting wrong is a good thing. We are not willing to compromise and call sin acceptable. However, the delivery and timing matter! This is why in John chapter 1, Jesus is called the picture of grace and truth revealed. Delivering truth without grace is harsh and too often becomes a barrier to people hearing the Gospel. This is why hospitality is so important. This is why including rather than excluding others is key. Remember, people will start to care about what we believe when they first believe that we care!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So how can we become more inclusive? More hospitable to those around us?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1. Be Transparent. The more we invite others in, the greater the chances they see that we don’t have it all together – the greater the chances our lives will point them to Christ. People need to see our need for Jesus so they can see what He has done for us.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
2. Be Generous. Be generous with your time, your resources, and your interest in the lives of others. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
3. Don’t Forget. There’s not one person alive who has it all together.  Don’t forget where you were when you first met God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Every Jesus follower has known the need for a Savior and experienced God’s love that brought us back to life. We’ve been included – because Jesus included us. So, who are you going to invite into your life today to show GodThe call to love is simple, but the act of loving others is hard. If it were easy, we wouldn’t need to hear about it. Knowing it’s not easy, Jesus talked about it often. Love – it’s Gospel 101. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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As followers of Jesus, we are called to love God and to love others. So how do we do it? How do we live out this call to love? If you are struggling to love those in your life, what can you do?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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First, recognize the source. The power to live out this call to love comes from the love God has shown us through Christ.  It’s because we’ve been unconditionally loved first, that we are empowered to love others. Don’t miss this - Misunderstanding this foundational Gospel truth has led many people to burnout and frustration with religion.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Second, the call to love others is not about earning the love of God, but rather revealing the love of God we have received.  The apostle John says to look to Jesus.  Jesus is the manifestation, the revealed picture of God’s love for us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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God’s love is NOT portioned out based upon what we do for Him. It’s NOT revealed based upon our performance. It’s all about what God has already done for us.  So, my efforts to love my neighbors, colleagues, friends or family is not in hopes of finally experiencing God’s love, but in hopes that they see this love and grace He has given to me.  We love because He first loved us!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Are you striving to love others out of a desire to be loved, OR out of a desire to reflect love you have received? If you’re looking for fulfilling love from others, you will only be let down.  It’s the unconditional, unending, undeserved love found in Christ alone that truly satisfies. The more we understand this kind of love, the more God empowers us to love others – even those hardest to love. #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #bible #bibleverse #biblescripture #faith #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #scriptureoftheday #dailyword #christianposts #biblequoteWhen Jesus died on the cross, He paid the penalty for all of our sins. That means there’s no baggage and no regret too big to leave at the cross. There’s no sin too big for Christ’s forgiveness. So what does Jesus mean when talking about “an unforgiveable sin?” Is there really an unforgiveable sin?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If this topic is making you nervous, let me put your mind at ease. If you’re skimming through your list of sins and wondering about an “unforgivable sin,” then you can stop worrying. When you acknowledge your own sinfulness and recognize your need for a Savior, you’ll never come close to what Jesus says is the unforgiveable sin: blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What exactly is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit? It’s an attitude whereby a person is so blind to their own sins that they only see the sins of others. It’s when a person doesn’t see a need for a Savior to forgive them of their sins.  Someone who rejects Jesus as God’s Son. That person is headed towards the unforgiveable sin. If they die with that mindset, they will never be forgiven. In Jesus’ day, many religious leaders fell into this category. If this sounds like you, it’s time for some serious self-reflection. Don’t let your self-righteous pride keep you from recognizing that we are all sinners, seriously in need of a forgiving Savior – Jesus Christ. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” - Mark 3: 28- 29⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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An Update From Bryant!

 

Many who are part of our Right From The Heart
family may not know that I have been the Senior
Pastor of Johnson Ferry Church in Marietta,
Georgia, for the last 37 years. A few months ago,
I felt the Lord leading me to begin the search
process for my successor, which as I’m sure you
can imagine, wasn’t an easy decision to make!
But, it was clear to me that God was the source
of this change, so the church began the process of
searching for God’s man to follow me in the role
of Senior Pastor. I’m very pleased to say that Clay Smith
has affirmatively answered the call to become the next Sr. Pastor at JFBC.

“So,” you ask, “what happens to Right From The
Heart after you step down from pastoring the
church?” Well, I can assure you of one thing:

I STILL PLAN TO LEAD RIGHT FROM THE HEART!

I’m excited that I will have more time to focus
on our mission to “Reach and disciple people
for Jesus Christ through the use of media.” God
has blessed this ministry in so many ways, and I
know that through your continued prayers, your
financial support, and our dedication to be good
stewards of what God has graciously allowed us
to do, we will be able to reach even more people
with the Good News of Jesus Christ!

In addition, I will be adding new aspects to our
ministry at RFTH in leading Bible study tours to
Israel and Paul’s missionary journeys, as well
as mentoring younger pastors. I humbly ask for
your prayers for all of us at Right From The Heart
as this transition takes place. Thank you and
may God bless each of you!

FROM OUR FOUNDER
Bryant Wright