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Thursday

This Little Light of Mine

Matthew 5:16; Psalm 18:28, This Little Light of Mine Children's Song
Did you sing this children's song in Sunday School?

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"

Some claim it was written by African-American slaves hundreds of years ago. Others claim it was composed in the 1920's. Whoever wrote it, it's lyrics are simple, yet profound.

I thought of this song when reading Psalm 18:28:

"You light a lamp for me. The LORD, my God, lights up my darkness." NLT

But the lyrics take it one step further because the light coming from Christ makes us "lights" too.

"Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16

This is a good truth to ponder. 

Are we living "clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people," holding firmly to God's Word? Philippians 2:14-16

Let's let our lights shine.

Wednesday

We Serve a God of Adventure

Luke 9:23-24, following Jesus, Obeying and following Jesus
When we returned from overseas Christian work and moved close to our children and grandchildren 6 years ago, my husband and I (in our 50's) thought it would be the last of our 20+ moves together.

But earlier this year, while praying about God's purposes for our lives, God spoke to our hearts. We felt He wanted us to move....we just didn't know where!

Eventually God unfolded His plan for us to volunteer with a ministry in another state. 

In two weeks, we'll be leaving behind children and grandchildren and a house we love.

God doesn't ask everyone to do this. That's His plan for us. 

But He asks everyone to follow Him (Luke 9:23-25).

That means we must be willing to do what He asks, whether it's simply to walk across the street and share Jesus with our neighbor, give sacrificially to help His work, repent of our sins, or read our Bible daily.

Will you follow Him?

Tuesday

Why Does He Love Us?

God's love, we don't deserve God's love
“I don’t need to struggle for His love,” the young woman said, tears streaming down her face.

I’d just shared the story of God’s incredible love from Genesis to Revelation with a group of Hungarian women. And this woman wept because she realized, for the first time, how faithfully God has loved mankind despite our rebellion and wickedness throughout human history.

Another woman, with wonder and gratefulness in her eyes, asked me gently and reverently, “Why does He love us?”

I answered honestly, “I don’t know.”
There's no human explanation.
God’s love is ‘unreasonable’— unexplainable!
He doesn’t love us because we are deserving.
He loves us even though we aren’t.

God “does not treat us as our sins deserve” but loves us “while we [are] still sinners” (Psalm 103:10; Romans 5:8).

These women put me to shame as I saw the love of God afresh through their eyes and asked myself why I am not daily overcome with such joy and wonder.
 © copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011
image: William Hole, Bible Picture Gallery

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Monday

Standing On God's Word in Changing Times

homosexual debate, Standing on God's Word, Trusting God's Word
Scripture tells us "always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect" (1 Peter 3:15).

2 Timothy 2:23 adds "don't get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights."

When debating Bible truths, we should:
    1. Know what God's Word says - 2 Timothy 2:15
    2. Refrain from anger - James 1:19-20 
    3. Avoid contentious debates - 2 Timothy 2:14
    Proverbs 26:4-5 illustrates our difficulty with this last point:

    "Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation." NLT

    So how do we discern what to do? There's no easy answer, but it's always wise to pray before, during, and after discussions, allowing the Spirit to lead us.
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    This week's Bite Size Bible Study is a follow up to last week's study on what the Bible says about Homosexuality, and it contains some common arguments made against the Bible's teachings.  Check it out HERE and read answers to the following arguments (all of which can be refuted by God's Word):
    Argument 1: God says homosexuality is wrong, but He also says eating shrimp is wrong (Leviticus 11:9-12). Do you really believe that stuff? 
    Argument 2: Homosexuality is the same as any other sin. If you refuse to marry homosexuals in your church, you should refuse to marry gossips. 
    Argument 3: Christians aren't supposed to judge, so you have no business judging another person's sexual orientation. 
    Argument 4: God is always changing His mind about sex. He used to let people have multiple wives.
    Argument 5: David and Jonathan were homosexual lovers, and God didn't condemn them.
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    All Scripture references NIV unless otherwise noted.