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March 18, 2019

LOOKING LIKE JESUS IN A MODERN WOLD

The Bible gives many examples of signs, warning us of the coming end of the age. Six such signs are given by Jesus, two characteristics are given by Paul, and eleven other occurrences that will occur prior to or...

"People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God." 2 Timothy 3:2-4 NIV

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March 17, 2019

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE

Yesterday, we focused on WHERE to start studying the Bible. Today, we’ll focus on HOW to study the Bible. 1. Find a modern translation of Scripture. The message is unchanged, but the everyday language used will help you you...

"Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth."

2 Timothy 2:15

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March 16, 2019

NEW TO BIBLE STUDY?

If you’re new to Bible study, it’s hard to know where to begin. In my opinion, it’s best not to begin at the beginning, but in the middle, with the story of Jesus. Oftentimes, I will suggest people start...

"Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth."

2 Timothy 2:15

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We spend so much time reaching out to students, parents. And to adults in general, that sometimes our teachers fear ,our in the shuffle. So what about teachers? What a challenging and often thankless job!  Constantly bombarded with new rules, regulations, and methods to incorporate into the already challenging task of educating and molding  he next generation, it’s no wonder ,any teachers feel unappreciated, frustrated, and sometimes reach the point of burnout.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Do you ever wonder joe you can possible continue pouring into student after student, especially when it seems as though nothing is getting through? Take a look at God’s promise in Philippians 1:6: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished...” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Too often we want the complete picture, the full map, before we even start the journey. When, in fact, God is asking us to surrender each daily step and trust Him to lead us to the end destination in His time. It’s frustrating, I know, but freeing when we start to trust God in that way.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Let me tell you so,whiny: God has a purpose for you as a teacher! Only in eternity will you know the true extent of your impact on a student’s life. So, hold onto God’s promise that what He begins, H will complete — both in your own life and in the lives of the students you teach!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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What a powerful parallel to the lives of many who claim to follow Jesus. As the the world’s influence on ethical and moral standards increase, the truth as found in the Bible becomes harder to see. Where once we were light in the darkness, now some of our light has faded into obscurity, no longer seen in a world filled with darkness.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you call yourself a Christian, let me ask you a question: Do others see the light of Christ in your life? Or has it faded and blended into culture? Don’t allow your light to vanish into obscurity. Jesus followers were called to be light and life in a dark and dying world. Don’t settle for blending in when God called you to stand out!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #light #northernlights #instatruth #lightoftheworld #standout #bedifferentAn estimated 1.9 BILLION people worldwide tuned in to watch the 2018 royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. For the 2,640 actual attendees - you can bet that most did just about anything to be there. In Matthew 22, Jesus tells the story of another royal wedding celebration. The king’s son was getting married and the reception would be a huge event, but the invited guests didn’t respond the way you might think.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Wedding celebrations were a bit different in the first century. For starters, it was the father of the groom who took on the responsibility of planning and paying for a reception. The celebration lasted more than a few hours - we’re talking about up to a full week! Finally, rather than sending out a “saved the date” invite a few months in advance, the King would send out servants to let people know the celebration was happening, right now! And amazingly, the guests would show up.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Only in Jesus’ parable, the guests didn’t show up. So, the king told the servant to invite anyone and everyone they could find - the typically “undeserving guests” or the ordinary folk you wouldn’t expect to find at a kings banquet table. So what is Jesus getting at?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The king represents God the Father, and the son is Jesus. The servant, sent out as messengers, are the Old Testament prophets, the disciples, the early church — everyone sent before and after Jesus to share His story with others. The guest are the Jews, because Christ, as a Jew Himself and born in Israel came first for the Jews. But the majority of the guests (like many Jews) refused to attend the celebration. Their hearts were hardened.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus’ message in this story is God’s heart for the lost. It’s a reminder to the church that we are to invite every kind of person to the celebration that is the kingdom of God. But as with any invitation, we all have a choice. Will you attend?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #biblestory #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #wedding #partySecrets.  For thousands of years people wondered about a secret... the promised Messiah... who would come and redeem the world. Who? When? How? So many questions, and yet God kept this secret until just the right moment in history. In Paul’s letter to the church in Colossae, he explains: “I want them to be strengthened and joined together with love and to have the full confidence that comes from understanding. I want them to know completely the secret truth that God has made known. That truth is Christ Himself” (Colossians 2:2 ERV).⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you want to understand what God is like, look at Jesus. He is the visible image of the invisible God. Christ is the Creator behind all creation. He is our Savior, who has come to rescue us from a spiritual darkness and to give us peace with God.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you want to understand what God is like, look at Jesus. If you want to understand the answer to life, look to Jesus. God’s ultimate secret was revealed to you - Jesus Christ. Don’t you want to learn more about Him?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A local pastor recalls a teenager at his hutch who was responsible for leading dozens of his friends to Christ. How did he accomplish this great ministry? Well, it was actually pretty simple. He invited his friends to church. May accepted the invitation, began attending regularly, and became involved in the many activities the church provided for the youth. This teen was a great missionary by simply bringing his friends to church and letting the teachers and pastors take it from there.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In explaining the young man’s amazing success at witnessing to his friends, the pastor simply said, “No one ever told him that witnessing was supposed to be hard!”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, when people look at your life - do they see Jesus?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #godcan #godsplan #letgoandletgod #instatruth #livelikejesus #reflection #evaluate #reflect #personalgrowthThere are a lot of “sayings” that many associate with scripture - but they’re not. “Cleanliness is next to godliness” Nope, not in the Bible. “God helps those who help themselves.” Not there. But the most misquoted non-scripture has to be the saying, “money is the root of all evil.” What the Bible DOES say is, “The LOVE of money is the root of all sorts of evil.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In other words, money is neither good nor bad. It’s our relationship with it that God is interested in: how we acquire it, spend it, and where wealth ranks on our list of priorities. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why does It matter? God knows that money can hold a lot of power in our lives. Money is clearly necessary for survival. It can also be used for incredible good. But at the same time, money can easily become the focus of our lives that the people and relationships in our lives suffer. The pursuit of money can become an idol. For others, in the quest to “measure up” and “keep up” with society, we can become enslaved to money as we spend more than we earn. Our anxiety and stress grow in pace with our debt.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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God says that we need to sort out our priorities. Who will we love more - God or money? God’s warning is there : to love Money more than God can bring a lot of unnecessary grief into our lives. Perhaps you’re trying to recover from some poor financial choices right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Be careful to not let the love of #MONEY rule your life. After all,God allows us to be caretakers of what He provides - including our money. So, love God first and manage His money second.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #rfthministries #dailydevo #dailydevotion #dailytruth #dailydevotional #quiettime #quiettimewithgod #godtime #bible #bibleverse #biblestories #biblescripture #faith #faithjourney #faithjournaling #myfaithstory #christian #christianlife #christianliving #jesuschrist #godisbigger #budgeting #godsplan #letgoandletgod #instatruth #moneymatters #financialpeace #priorities #adultingTake a look at Hebrews 12:1-3 and pay attention to the key words: witness, entangles, perseverance, the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes, endured, and weary... to name a few. There’s clearly a training component needed to achieve this level of continuous faith through all of life’s ups and downs; and that comes from spending regular time with God in prayer and through studying His Word. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In the process, we will learn more about WHO God is and WHAT His will is for our lives. And if we let Him, God will transform our lives by teaching us the practice of trust and obedience. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Real, authentic Christianity requires a person of conviction and growing faith. It’s a journey that lasts a lifetime! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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To be clear, Jesus did not suffer from any type of divine identity crisis. He was very clear on who He was and is. Yet, Jesus did not hold onto this equality with God the Father, but made Himself nothing. Literally, He emptied Himself of His divine rights to take on the form of mankind - so that He could identify with us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In the same way, we must be willing to give up our own “rights” in order to experience God at work in us and through us. What do I mean by rights? Jesus often asked people to give us certain rights or blessing to follow Him: leaving family, occupations, homes, money, safety, security and comfort. If we’re not careful, these same “rights” or blessings will create a barrier between us and Jesus. They will become a weight that holds us back. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Jesus calls us to LOVE others. Period. There’s no allowance for those who treat you unfairly or who cut you off in traffic. Love others. Ok, but how? The love Jesus is talking about is not a feeling. This love is a decision of the will on the part of a Jesus follower to treat our fellowman justly and compassionately. It’s treating others right, even loving them enough to call them out when necessary. It’s loving those with different backgrounds and world views, different political leanings. It’s even choosing to love the racist, misogynist, or terrorist.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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So, what is our role as a Christ follower? To love God and to love others. How are you doing that today?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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