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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
    22173 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
    2628 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.
    2039 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.
    856 Posted by Bud Stilwell
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Coffee Time with Jesus
Jesus: The Only Begotten of the Father
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we beheld His glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
John 1:14
 
Jesus is the Only Begotten of the Father, which means He comes from the Father and is the unique personification of the Father. Jesus’ being begotten of the Father means that He is the expression of the Father. John 1:14 emphasizes Jesus’ characteristic of being “the Word,” which means that the message and meaning of the Word reflects the Father. When the Father wants to make an utterance to the world, He does it through Jesus, the Word.
 
Lord Jesus, I come asking You to teach me what the Father in Heaven is like. I want to love the Father more than ever, but I must know Him better to love Him better.
 
Jesus is the Only Begotten of the Father, which means that He is just like the Father. If you want to see what the Father is like, look at Jesus in the Scriptures. If you want to know how the Father relates to you, look at how Jesus related to people. If you want to approach the Father, go to Him through His Son. To know the Father better, know Jesus.
 
Lord Jesus, I look to You to see the Father. I know that the Father is loving, because I see how You loved people. I know the Father is powerful, because I see Your awesome power in creating the universe and in transforming individuals. I know the Father is kind and gentle, because You are patient with me and forgiving toward me. Amen.
 
Go Deeper: John 1:14-28
 
To better know the Father, learn about Jesus.


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