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  • 27 Aug 2016
    God only requires of his adult children, that their hearts be truly purified, and that they offer him continually the wishes and vows that naturally spring from perfect love. For these desires, being the genuine fruits of love, are the most perfect prayers that can spring from it. It is scarce conceivable how strait the way is wherein God leads them that follow him; and how dependent on him we must be, unless we are wanting in our faithfulness to him. John Wesley
    21958 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • 04 Jul 2019
    America, You Exist by My Power by Max Lucado   Every national privilege can be traced back to the hand of God. If we have liberty, we can thank the One who came to “proclaim liberty to the captives… to set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4:18 NKJV). If we enjoy a robust economy or a high tide of justice, we don’t limit our thanks to senators or the Supreme Court; we thank God.   Tally this up. God makes the boundaries. He determines the leaders. He dispenses the blessings. And America exists by the power of God. Can we afford to forget this—can we afford to sever this single, silver strand that supports the whole framework of our republic?   Only at terrible risk.   “If you ever forget the Lord your God and follow other gods, worshiping and bowing down to them, you will certainly be destroyed” (Deut. 8:19, NLT).   “America,” God says, “you exist by My power.” That’s the first reminder. But God doesn’t stop there. A second reminder commands our attention.   America, you exist for My glory.   Recall what God said through the prophet, “I will demonstrate my glory among the nations” (Ezekiel 39:21, NLT).   God does not need the United States in order to advance His cause. He lobbies no country and depends on no government. “No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him. They are but a drop in the bucket, dust on the scales. He picks up the islands as though they had no weight at all. The nations of the world are as nothing to him. In his eyes, they are less than nothing—mere emptiness and froth” (Isaiah 40:15, 17 NLT).   Suppose—just suppose—God’s glory became America’s prayer and priority: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory” (Psalm 115:1). Suppose our elected officials daily asked. How can we honor God in our decisions? How can this school introduce students to God? How can this army promote the name of God?   Remember, who manages the hearts of rulers? Who prompts the decisions of kings? God does. God can change a nation.   For that reason, we must pray—pray with all our hearts—that America would turn back to God.   “Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive our sins for your name’s sake” (Psalm 79:9).   Copyright Max Lucado Turn, Multnomah Publishers, Inc. 2005
    2578 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • 03 Aug 2016
    Daily Scripture & Reflection August 3, 2016   That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9   A Time to Think Every morning I spend fifteen minutes filling my mind full of God; and so there's no room left for worry thoughts. –Howard Chandler Christy, artist   A Time to Act Remember your faith is the best answer to anxiety . A Time to Pray Lord when I am full of fear and worry help me to take my eyes off of myself and to focus on You.
    2005 Posted by Bud Stilwell
  • 16 Jun 2019
    Daily Scripture & Reflection But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV)   A Time to Think A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. —Reverend Billy Graham   A Time to Act Ask that our Heavenly Father bless all earthly fathers today and every day.   A Time to Pray We’re honoring fathers everywhere today, Lord, and especially we honor You, the Father of us all.
    810 Posted by Bud Stilwell
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Coffee Time with Jesus
Jesus: The Vine
I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
 
Jesus is the Vine, the source of your spiritual life. Abide in Him, and you’ll have a fruitful life. You are the branches where His life grows and His fruit is produced. The key to fruitfulness is relationship; you must constantly remain attached to (abiding in) Him, or the opposite will happen. If you become detached, your spiritual life will not be fruitful; no fruit will grow, and the branches of your life will begin to die.
 
Lord, when I was small, I was constantly growing; but when I became an adult, I stopped growing. I sometimes feel the same thing has happened to me spiritually. Now that I’ve reached spiritual adulthood, don’t let me stop growing as a Christian.
 
Jesus is the Vine, and you are the branches. You will continue to grow as you are attached to Him. You must do more than talk about Jesus, sing about Jesus or even learn facts about Jesus. You must abide in Him in order to grow and be fruitful. You must be totally dependent on Jesus, just as a branch is totally dependent on the vine for everything. Just as energy (life) flows through the vine to the branches, your energy flows through Jesus to you. The Vine must become your life; yield to Him. The Vine has the fruit you desire; let Him grow it in you.
 
Jesus, since You are my Vine, produce optimism and spiritual expectation in me. Help me become like You, just as a branch is like the vine. Amen.
 
Go Deeper: John 15:1-8
 
The life of Jesus flows through us when we abide in Him.


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