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Monday's Thought of the Day

Luke 8:15 “As for the seed that fell on the rich soil, they are the ones who, when they have heard the word, embraced it with a generous and good heart, and bear fruit through perseverance”. REFLECTION: This verse come from the parable Jesus taught of the seeds that fell on various soil conditions and what became of them.  It should be our hope and desire that we are like the seed that fell on rich soil.  We should have an open mind to the teachings of Jesus; we should listen and learn from the Master.  We need to humble ourselves and acknowledge our need to be instructed in the ways that the LORD God intends, for His will should be our will.  It is only through humble listening do we gain understanding and closeness to God.  God gives grace to those who hunger for His word that they may understand His will and have the strength to live according to it.  Brothers and sisters, do you have this hunger, do you thirst for this knowledge?   Without the desire to be nourished by the Word of Go…

Friday's Thought of the Day

Luke 19:45-48 “Then Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written, “My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.  And every day He was teaching in the temple area.  The chief priests, the scribes and the teachers of the people, meanwhile, were seeking a way to put Him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all of the people were hanging on His words.” REFLECTION: Was Jesus talking to each of us?  Do we defile His house of prayer?  When we sin against Him or our brothers and sisters we certainly are.  Jesus was admonishing the “thieves” and casting judgment on them just as we are subject to judgment today.  Do we listen today to His judgment or do we continue to defile His house?  Jesus’ admonishment is meant to bring us to a great level of purity, holiness and reverence; it is not intended to bring us down, but to lift us up.  His act of judgment in th…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Psalm 27:1-6 “The LORD is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?  When the evildoers come at me to devour my flesh, these my enemies and foes, themselves stumble and fall; my heart does not fear.  One thing I ask of the LORD, this I seek: to dwell in the LORD’s house all the days of my life.  For God will hide me in His shelter in time of trouble.  I will sing and chant praise to the LORD”. REFLECTION: We will all have troubling issues in our life when we feel as though the evil one has his hooks in us.  It is not a good place to be, but there are ways out.  God is always on our side when we cry for help.  His loving arms are always open for us.  There are times we are put to the test and these tests allow us to grow in our faith and grow in our spiritual and emotional life.  It will not always go our way, but it should always go the Holy Spirit’s way. We must discern what He is telling us and align our way with His way; it just makes life easier. With God at our side we should never…

Sunday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 25:14-15 “It will be as a man who is going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.  To one he gave five talents, to another he gave two, and to a third he gave one – each according to his ability.” REFLECTION: Wonderful parable and as with all of Jesus’ parables, there is a modern day meaning.  A talent was a sum of money in Jesus’ day and therefore the master was entrusting each of the three servants with his property.  He gave them this sum of money, each according to the means he felt they had, out of trust and with no strings attached. They could do as they pleased with the entrusted money.  As the parable goes, the one servant entrusted with five talents and the one entrusted with two talents, invested the master’s money wisely and each doubled the money for the master.  The servant entrusted with one talent feared the master and buried the talent for safekeeping and upon the master’s return, gave him the one talent back.  Sisters and broth…

Saturday's Thought of the Day

Wisdom 19:9, Psalm 105:2-3 “For they ranged about like horses and leapt like lambs, praising You, LORD, their Deliverer.  Sing praise to Him, play music; proclaim all His wondrous deeds!  Glory in His holy name; let hearts that seek the LORD rejoice”. REFLECTION: To me, when you combine a verse from the Book of Wisdom with a song from the Book of Psalms, the message comes to life.  Close your eyes and see the horses galloping in the field as the wind blows their mane and they frolic without a care.  Imagine the lambs leaping with joy and happiness.  These are creations of God, just like we are, but we are made in His image and have an eternal soul, unlike the horse and lamb.   If the horse and the lamb run free and do not worry about material things, who is more content with the grace God bestowed; us or them?  Sisters and brothers, we cannot keep material things for eternity, but our cooperation with the grace of God makes our eternity happy and glorious. The horse and the lamb romping …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:11-16 “As He continue His journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.  As He was entering a village, ten lepers met Him.  They stood at a distance from Him and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master!  Have pity on us!”  And when He saw them he said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  As they were going they were cleansed.  One of them, realizing he had been healed, returned glorifying God in a loud voice, and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked Him.  He was a Samaritan”. REFLECTION: There are a couple of thoughts from this powerful verse I would like to share with you.  This is clear evidence that Jesus came to minister to all, Jews and Gentiles alike and equally.  The Jewish people and the Samaritans did not associate with each other and in fact despised each other. There is another well-known interaction between a Samaritan in an account recorded in John 4, “A woman of Samaria came to draw water.  Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink”.  This woman…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:7-10 “Jesus said to His disciples, “Which of you, who has a servant plowing or minding sheep, would say to him when he returns from the fields, “Prepare supper for me, and gird yourself and serve me, till I eat and drink, and afterwards you shall eat and drink”.  Must he be grateful to the servant for doing what he is told?  So with you also, when you have done all you have been told to do, say, “We are unprofitable servants, we have done what we are obliged to do”. REFLECTION: Do you give God your very best effort in your daily tasks?  We are all servants for God working in His vineyard to bring glory to His kingdom.  God owes us nothing, He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and have victory over death.  Jesus came to serve, not to be served.  If we are Christians, followers of Christ, we are to do the same.  When we do the expected, we are only doing our duty.  Our duty, in fulfillment of our Covenant with God, is to give Him praise and worship.  What makes o…

Monday's Thought of the Day

Luke 17:3-4 “If your brother [sister] sins, rebuke him, and if he repents forgive him.  And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, “I am sorry”, you should forgive him”. REFLECTION: Sisters and brothers, have you ever done something you really regretted, and it was something that offended someone else?  How did you feel?  Embarrassed?  Remorseful?   Then you humbled yourself and asked for forgiveness for your transgression, and did the person accept your apology or not?  If they did, how did you feel?  If they didn’t, how would you feel?  Now change places and someone humbled themselves before you for a transgression they committed, and you can accept the apology or refuse it.  In life we will all be on both sides of this.  If you do not forgive, can you expect to be forgiven?  For those that have been getting my Thought of the Day for some time, know that a guiding Bible verse for me is Genesis 1:27 when God tells us we are made in His image.  We …

Thursday's Thought of the Day

1Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for the temple of God, which you are, is holy.” REFLECTION: Are you a temple of God?  Biblically speaking, what is a temple?  A temple could be a physical building made of stone and wood where worship is conducted, or it could be as was written in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own.  For you have been purchased at a price.  Therefore, glorify God in your body”.  God created us as His people.  When we were baptized, we were marked with the seal of God.  When Jesus came to save us from sin and death, we were purchased by the blood of His crucifixion and the glory of His resurrection.  Just as Jesus said in John 2, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up,” He was not speaking of the stone temple, but His body. Jesus …

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Psalm 37:23-24 “The valiant one whose steps are guided by the LORD who will delight in his way, may stumble, but he will never fall, for the LORD holds his hand.” REFLECTION: Hopefully this Psalm from the Old Testament can bring you comfort and hope. What is a valiant person?  It is a person that shows and possesses courage and determination; an intrepid person that is fearless, unafraid and unflinching.  Is this an accurate description of your Christian faith?  Each of these adjectives describes what Jesus did for you, it was His gifts.  Sisters and brothers, accept these gifts and use them and make them a part of who you are.  If you are a true Christian, a follower of Christ, you should emulate all of the qualities of your leader, Christ Jesus.  If you are a valiant Christian, you will have courage and determination, you will be fearless, unafraid and unflinching in your defense and love of Jesus Christ.  When Jesus is your friend, He will always be at your side and hold your hand.  W…

Tuesday's Thought of the Day

Luke 14:15-17 “When one of those who sat at table with him heard this, he said to him, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, `Come; for all is now ready.” REFLECTION: Jesus is the Bridegroom and His Church is the Bride and we are all invited to the wedding banquet.  The most significant vision of heaven is the royal wedding banquet given by the King; a banquet we are all invited to.  As this passage continues there was one excuse after another for not coming to the banquet: I just bought some land, I just bought five yokes of oxen, I have to tend to my wife.  How insulting for the invited guests to then refuse when the time for celebrating came! They made light of the King's request because they put their own interests above his.  Sisters and brothers, what have you done with your invitati…

Friday's Thought of the Day

Romans 8:3-4 “For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so, He condemned sin in sinful man, in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit.” REFLECTION: Man had broken the covenant with God by living a sinful life.  Many turned their back on God and worshipped false gods, others worshipped false gods and the true God.  The Jewish leaders put more emphasis on the law and not the spirit of the law.  People were oppressed and bewildered.  Jesus was the perfect sin offering because He was (and is) perfect.  Jesus came to show us that a sinful life holds us captive.  Just as God gave Moses the power to free His people from slavery in Egypt and journey to the Promised Land, God sent Jesus to free us also and put us on the journey to the Heavenly Jerusalem. Through…

Wednesday's Thought of the Day

Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed ae you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.  Thus, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” REFLECTION: Christ came as a revolutionary; He came to make big changes.  The ruling class did not like this and not only resisted, but persecuted Jesus and His followers.  This verse in Matthew is the last part of the Beatitudes where Jesus is blessing the downtrodden and poor.  Yes, Jesus was a revolutionary, but not a revolutionary with military might.  If He were, the Jewish nation might have embraced Him.  Jesus came with a message of love and compassion. The Jews wanted a military leader to get them out of the trouble they seemed to get in all the time.  The Jews were God’s Chosen People, but their sinful ways displeased God and they fell out of favor.  God sent Jesus to save all people.  Jesus said, “Blessed are the meek, for they would …