Thursday Quote Day: Billy Sunday

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features a quote from evangelist Billy Sunday:

“In teaching me the way of life, the Bible has taught me the way to live; it taught me how to die.” (Billy Sunday)

Thursday Quote Day: Matt Chandler

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from pastor and author Matt Chandler:

“We always have to be a little bit wary of the idea that numeric growth and enthusiastic response are always signs of success. The Bible isn’t going to support that. Faithfulness is success; obedience is success.” (Matt Chandler The Explicit Gospel)

Sunday Devotional: Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  (Genesis 1:1)

The first verse of Bible says so much in so few words.  In the beginning, God was in the middle of things.  He was already there when things first began here.  There never was a time when He wasn’t there.

Besides always being there, He created everything.  It is because of Him that we exist.

So as we go about this week, let us remember the One who was, who is and who is to come.  Let us remember the One who created the heavens and the earth.  And let us remember that He loves us.  Let that encourage us this week

Sunday Devotional: Philippians 4:8

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

Growing up, I was involved in Bible Drill.  Part of doing that was memorizing verses.  This was one of those verses that I memorized.  And it is a good verse to remember.  Paul is giving instruction to the Philippians about a variety of topics.  He ended one of his thoughts with this sentence.  It’s a good reminder to think about the things he listed.  If one thinks on these things, they are helpful in focusing on God and what He wants for you.

So this week, let us think on things that are true, that are honorable, that are just, that are pure, that are lovely, that are commendable.  Let those things be in the forefront of our minds as we go about this week serving Him.

Sunday Devotional: Ezra 7:1-10

“Now after this, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah, son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth, son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki, son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief priest— this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him.

And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and some of the priests and Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple servants.  And Ezra came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king.  For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him.  For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

Ezra knew what he was supposed to do.  He had those who came before him and their track record of following God and leading the people in worshiping God.  He had the education in studying God’s word.  And he had the calling on his life from God to serve.  Ezra led a group of people from Babylon back to Jerusalem while the temple was being rebuilt.  There was spiritual rebuilding as well that needed to take place.  Ezra knew what he was supposed to do in helping in the spiritual rebuilding in Israel.

This week, there may be places and opportunities for us to help in the rebuilding of someone’s spiritual life.  Let us be like Ezra and have our hearts set on studying God’s Word and doing what it says to do & be willing to share what we learn with others.

Encouraging Thought For The Day

This morning I was reading through Ephesians 3 (I’m reading through the New Testament in a year).  I was reminded of these verses and they were an encouragement to me.  I tweeted them out but because Twitter is only 140 characters I will put them here as a means of sharing them again.

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”  (Ephesians 3:14-21)