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Share the burdens in leadership!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Exodus 16-18, Ephesians 4

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 18:21-23 “Moreover, look for a few men from all the people, men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, and place such men over the people as chiefs of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties, and of tens.  And let them judge the people at all times.  Every great matter they shall bring to you, but any small matter they shall decide themselves.  So it will be easier for you, and they will bear the burden with you.  If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace.” 

Jethro was Moses’ father-in-law.  He came to visit Moses and noticed that Moses was overworked and burdened down with all the disputes among the people.  Jethro gave Moses some fatherly advice:  Share the load!  Moses should carefully chose others who were godly and capable of leadership.  These should be appointed over groupings of people in orderly fashion.  They would handle the small concerns and bring the bigger to Moses.  All would be blessed and Moses could survive!

Faith Confession and Prayer:  I am thankful for many gift people in the Body of Christ.  These gifts spread the responsibility and blessing of leadership.  Lord, help me to recognize my need for the help of others You have given to bless the Church.

Ephesians 4:11-13 “And He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, . . .”

 

 

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Trustworthy and True!

Scripture reading for December 27th:  Revelation 21, Psalm 145-46, Proverbs 12

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 21:3-5  “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling of God is with man.  He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.  He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”  And He who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.”  Also He said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  

John heard a wonderful announcement from heaven’s throne, with God Himself speaking,  (possibly through an angel.)  God stated that His dwelling was now with men and He would attend to all their needs by making everything new.  There would be no more crying, pain or mourning because of death and sin.  These words can be trusted!  Take them to the bank of Heaven!

Faith Confession:  Father God, I  believe Your holy and trustworthy Word today and rest in Your great love and mercy.  How I long for their complete fulfillment but I am thankful for the down-payment.  You alone are worthy to be worshiped and praised forevermore.

Psalm 145:8-10 “The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.  The Lord is good to all, and His mercy is over all that He has made.  All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and all Your saints shall bless You!”  

 

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Worship the King Eternal!

Scripture reading for September 24th:  1 Timothy 1, Psalm 41, Proverbs 6

Key Scriptures: 1st Timothy 1:15-17 “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.  To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen.”

Paul is moved to worship his King, Jesus Christ, as he explains to Timothy that Jesus’ mission of saving sinners had spared his own life.  Paul was the foremost of sinners in that he in self-righteous anger, had sought to put Christ’s followers in prison and even to death.  But Jesus demonstrated God’s great patience by saving Paul and giving him the gift of eternal life.  This should call all who are saved to worship and adoration, now and throughout eternity!

Faith Confession:  I know Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, of which I am also foremost.  I thank God for His great patience and grace in giving me the gift of eternal life!  I will worship Him now and forever!

Psalm 41:13 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!  Amen and Amen!”  

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