Daily Devotional

October 16, 2019

JESUS LOVED THE CHILDREN

Parents pushed and shoved their children forward, hoping the famous man would bless them. His assistants, thinking they were protecting Him from unwanted demands, tried to shoo the kids away, but this important man became indignant with His assistants....

"But Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me. Don't stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.'" Matthew 19:14

Daily Devotional

October 15, 2019

THE GOSPEL: GOD’S GOOD NEWS

Everyone loves a winner – especially when that winner is an underdog. It’s the feeling of overcoming tons of obstacles and silencing the critics to accomplish the impossible. Jesus was familiar with obstacles and especially critics. In fact, it...

“But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 'Don’t be alarmed,' he said. 'You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.'” - Mark 16: 4-6

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October 14, 2019

THE BIBLE – OUR OWNER’S MANUAL

Every new vehicle has one. It’s found in the glove compartment of your new car. It’s an owner’s manual. If you thumb through it, you’ll see everything you need to know about how to care for your vehicle:  how...

"The word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword." - Hebrews 4:12

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Parents pushed and shoved their children forward, hoping the famous man would bless them. His assistants, thinking they were protecting Him from unwanted demands, tried to shoo the kids away, but this important man became indignant with His assistants. "Let the children come to Me," He said. Taking the children into His arms, He hugged them.  The children loved Him. This manHow do we recognize the call of God? Most of the time when God calls us to leave one place and move into another, we experience a sense of strong inner leading. In my life, I remember wrestling with the decision to leave the business world and move into full-time Christian ministry. I didn’t know exactly what that would look like, but I felt a strong inner leading to take that step away from the familiar and into the unknown.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Stepping into God’s calling for your life can be very uncomfortable because it forces us to depend 100% on God. As we move out of our comfort zone and into the uncomfortable, we MUST lean on God. We have no other choice.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Bible is full of stories of men and women stepping into a calling they didn’t quite understand.  Sometimes they felt under-qualified. Other times, the call seemed just plain illogical.  Yet time and time again when they said "Yes," God showed up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It was late in the day and the people were getting hungry, so Jesus asked one of His disciples, Philip, where could they go to buy enough food to feed everyone. Remember, there wasnPicture this scene: An old man is lying beside the healing pools of Bethesda. He had been sick and paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus walks by and says to him, "Do you wish to get well?" Now, could there be a more obvious question than this?Everyday, people have been carrying him on his mat, laying him by the pool, and hoping for healing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If youIn the first century, the temple was a sacred building for worship and prayer for the Jewish people. Inside that building was a place called the Holy of Holies. This inner sanctum symbolically represented the presence of God among the people. Today, Christians understand that the presence of God is in a NEW temple: our bodies.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When we accept Christ and trust Him as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit begins to dwell in each of us. Our bodies become God’s temple. That’s why we are called to take care of our bodies through fitness, diet, abstaining from sexual immorality and harmful addictions that can damage the body. When we engage in sins such as gluttony, alcoholism, drug addiction or sexual immorality – we aren’t showing respect for God or His temple.  Even worse, we are joining God’s spirit to those sins.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How do you treat your body, God’s temple? Do you need to make any changes to live a healthier lifestyle? Ask God for the strength to commit to honor Him with your body. If you’ve never accepted Christ as Lord and Savior over your life, do so today. You, too, can have the Holy Spirit of the Living God dwell in your heart and life.  You, too, can become the temple of the Living God. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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1) GOD FIRST – Scripture is very clear that we are to give God a tithe, or 10% of our income. This acknowledges that all we have comes from God and that we trust Him to meet our needs. It’s a way of saying – God, all of this is yours (Proverbs 3: 9-10).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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2) SAVE & INVEST – Any financial planner will tell you that at least 10% of your income should go into savings and investments. Scripture provides the analogy of ants who work hard during the summer months to prepare for the winter. When it comes to saving and investments, we are to be wise planners (Proverbs 6:6-11).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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3) PAY TAXES – No one is ever excited about paying taxes, but Scripture is clear that we are to pay the taxes we owe. After all, those funds not only pay the salaries of our civil servants, but they also fund and maintain our roads, water, schools, courts, and even our police and military protection. (Romans 13: 6-7).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Suddenly, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, a huge storm threatened to sink the ship. Realizing this was all his fault, Jonah told the sailors to toss him overboard. As Jonah began to sink, he cried out to God. Out of nowhere, he was swallowed by a huge fish and spent the next three days reevaluating his life. 
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Are you resisting God? Maybe like Jonah, you’re running from a calling of God. Perhaps you’re like the people of Nineveh and you’ve been living your life your way with no interest in God. The good news is that no matter how far we run or how much we resist, God’s love will always persist. He will continue to reach out to us in hope that we’ll change our mind, direction, and trust in Him — just like Jonah.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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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