16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.
Gracious Lord, we are so grateful for your grace in giving your only Son as a sacrifice for us. Remind us daily and even moment by moment that we are new creations in Christ. Remind us that we are to love others and not judge. Our job as heirs of Grace and Mercy is to show love and lead others to you. In the precious name of our Lord Jesus, Amen.
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.
1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you,(A) my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.(B)
2 I have seen you in the sanctuary(C) and beheld your power and your glory.(D) 3 Because your love is better than life,(E) my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live,(F) and in your name I will lift up my hands.(G)
We bless your name this morning. Thank you for a beautiful morning. We rejoice this morning knowing that you are with us and for us. Continue to walk with us. We desire nothing more than to be close to you. Guide us to live closer lives as we live our lives for you, in the name of Jesus. Amen.
I love you all with an amazing love. Go in peace while serving and praising the Lord.
You are always in my prayers and thoughts. I know this time and season, in the world, is stripping most people down to the authentic version of who they truly are in a critical time. When it comes down the bare bones, who are we really? What or who is our compass for our behavior?
English Standard Version
Unity in the Body of Christ
4 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for your faithfulness toward us. You have given everything we need to know how to walk worthy of the calling as servants of God. We pray for strength for our daily walk. May the Spirit of Christ shine brightly through us, for your glory. In Jesus name, Amen.
Go in peace, family, while praising and serving the Lord. I love you with an amazing and everlasting love.
As a cakyolled people, it is our great honor to stand in reviewof our calling. We have the ability to claim our Inheritance in Christ. In Christ, we have a responsibility to walk and live in accordance with the Word. The benefit is that we have access to anything we ask for in Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:1-2
New International Version
The Nature of True Apostleship
4 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always. I love you all with an amazing and everlasting love.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2 for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
3 Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.[a]
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]
7 Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory
We come to you this morning covered with the Blood of the Lamb. We call to You, Lord, and ask that you lead us in the way we should go. Thank you for your Grace and Mercy that follows us in our daily journey. Let us not forget the sacrifice that was made so that we may have eternal life in the name of your Son and our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Amen.
1 The Lord is my shepherd,(A) I lack nothing.(B) 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,(C) 3 he refreshes my soul.(D) He guides me(E) along the right paths(F) for his name’s sake.(G) 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a](H) I will fear no evil,(I) for you are with me;(J) your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table(K) before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil;(L) my cup(M) overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love(N) will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
I love you all with an amazing love. Go in peace, while serving the Lord.
7 But if you stay in meand obey my commands, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! 8 My true disciples produce bountiful harvests. This brings great glory to my Father.
9 “I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love. 10 When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in his love. 11 I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow! 12 I demand that you love each other as much as I love you. 13 And here is how to measure it—the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends; 14 and you are my friends if you obey me.
Thank you for reassuring our hearts of your neverending love for us. As we proclaim to be your children, help us to remember that you place Love for one another and for you as the highest laws.
Allow us to see your love in those we meet. May we greet everyone we encounter with your love. We ask all these things in the name of the one who loved us the most, Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord. Amen.
Go in peace and love, while praising and serving the Lord.
In the scripture below, Jesus had just finished telling the adulterous woman, who was supposed to be stoned, to go and sin no more. One by one, Jesus had sent away the accusers of the woman by asking those who had no sin to throw the first punishing stone. He then told of His divinepurpose and nature.
English Standard Version
I Am the Light of the World
12(A)Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, (B)“I am the light of the world. Whoever (C)follows me will not (D)walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
We thank you for your complete sovereignty in every area in our lives. Thank you for loving us and showing us our value, even though we dont always feel valuable. Thank you for illuminating not only our path but also our hearts.
Help us to remember that we are ambassadors of Your Light. If we are to be identified as followers of Christ, we should not have characteristics of darkness. We have been bought with a Precious Price. May we come into the full spiritual knowledge of who we truly are in Jesus. In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Redeemer. Amen and Amen.
Go with God and be the Light Carrier you were called to be. Go in peace while serving the Lotd.
12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
As we remember to pray, the way the Lord taught us, we ask for your help, guidance and protection, as we go through our day today. Keep our spirit aware of any sin that may try to ensnare or entangle us. Deliver us from the hand of the enemy, so that our focus may be on you. Lead our steps away from any temptation that would take our eyes off of you. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.
May the peace of the Lord be with you always. Go in His perfect peace while serving and praising in His name and for His glory.
2 Let my teaching fall like rain(A) and my words descend like dew,(B) like showers(C) on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.
We thank you for the refreshing and renewing that you do each morning. Every day is a new day to glorify and magnify your name in all the earth. Father, you set our feet on the sure ground of your only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. You filled us with your guiding Light through your Holy Spirit.
Lord, you have equipped us with so much. Let us not misuse the grace we have been given for the day. In the name of Jesus we do pray. Amen.
Go in peace, Family, while praising and serving the Lord.