God Can Handle It

God Can Handle It

I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 NKJV

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It’s a promise that is made over and over again in the Bible: Whatever “it” is, God can handle it.

Life isn’t always easy. Far from it! Sometimes, life can be very, very difficult, indeed. But even when the storm clouds gather overhead, even during our most stressful moments, we’re protected by a loving Heavenly Father.

When we’re worried, God can reassure us; when we’re sad, God can comfort us. When our hearts are broken, God is not just near; He is here. So we must lift our thoughts and prayers to Him. When we do, He will answer our prayers. Why? Because He is our shepherd, and He has promised to protect us now and forever.

God is God whether we recognize it or not. Nothing about that can change, except us. ~Lisa Whelchel

Either we are adrift in chaos or we are individuals, created, loved, upheld and placed purposefully, exactly where we are. Can you believe that? Can you trust God for that? ~Elisabeth Elliot

God is in control, and therefore in everything I can give thanks, not because of the situation, but because of the One who directs and rules over it. ~Kay Arthur

The choice for me is to either look at all things I have lost or the things I have. To live in fear or to live in hope. Hope comes from knowing I have a sovereign, loving God who is in every event in my life.   ~Lisa Beamer

TODAY’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father, You never leave or forsake me. You are always with me, protecting me and encouraging me. Whatever this day may bring, I thank You for Your love and Your strength. Let me lean upon You, Father, this day and forever. Amen

Cheerfulness 101

Cheerfulness 101

Every day is hard for those who suffer, but a happy heart is like a continual feast.Proverbs 15:15 NCV

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Cheerfulness is a wonderful antidote to stress. And, as believers who have been saved by a risen Christ, why shouldn’t we be cheerful? The answer, of course, is that we have every reason to honor our Savior with joy in our hearts, smiles on our faces, and words of celebration on our lips.

Christ promises us lives of abundance and joy if we accept His love and His grace. Yet sometimes, even the most righteous among us are beset by fits of ill temper and frustration. During these moments, we may not feel like turning our thoughts and prayers to Christ, but that’s precisely what we should do. When we do so, we simply can’t stay grumpy for long.

Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts of religion—love, adoration, praise, and every union with our God. ~St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.   ~St. Francis of Assisi

God is good, and heaven is forever. And if those two facts don’t cheer you up, nothing will.    ~Marie T. Freeman

When we bring sunshine into the lives of others, we’re warmed by it ourselves. ~Barbara Johnson

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, You have given me so many reasons to be happy, and I want to be a cheerful Christian. Today and every day, I will do my best to share my happiness with my family and my friends. Amen

Neighbors in Need

Neighbors in Need

Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”  That’s exactly what Jesus did. - Romans 15:2-3 MSG

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Sometimes, it’s not you, but instead your neighbors, who are experiencing stress. And, of course, we know that we’re instructed to love our neighbors, and yet there’s so little time . . . and we’re so busy. No matter. As Christians, we are commanded by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to love our neighbors just as we love ourselves.

This very day, you will encounter someone who needs a word of encouragement, a pat on the back, a helping hand, or a heartfelt prayer. And, if you don’t reach out to your friend, who will? If you don’t take the time to understand the needs of your neighbors, who will? If you don’t love your brothers and sisters, who will? So, today, look for a neighbor in need . . . and then do something to help. Father’s orders.

Make it a rule, and pray to God to help you to keep it, never, if possible, to lie down at night without being able to say: “I have made one human being at least a little wiser, or a little happier, or at least a little better this day.” ~Charles Kingsley

Encouraging others means helping people, looking for the best in them, and trying to bring out their positive qualities.   ~John Maxwell

Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can. ~John Wesley

 

TODAY’S PRAYER
Heavenly Father, help me be a Good Samaritan to the people You place along my path, today and every day. Amen

A Good Marriage

A Good Marriage

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.  – Genesis 2:24

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The Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri has made public 1,300 recently discovered letters the late President wrote over the course of a half-century to his wife, Bess. Fifty years is a long time, and that’s a whole lot of letters!

That’s because Truman had a lifelong rule of writing Bess every day they were apart. He followed this rule when he was away on official business or whenever Bess left Washington to visit her beloved Independence.

Scholars will examine the letters for whatever light they may throw on political and diplomatic history. And that’s all well and good. But don’t miss this simple, beautiful, fact: every day they were apart, the President of the United States set aside the world’s most powerful leaders and most pressing problems to sit down and write a letter to his wife.

There is nothing nobler and more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends. – Homer (ancient Greek poet)

The Morning Watch

The Morning Watch

Every morning He wakes me. He teaches me to listen like a student. The Lord God helps me learn . . . – Isaiah 50:4-5 NCV

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Each new day is a gift from God, and if you are wise, you will spend a few quiet moments each morning thanking the Giver. When you do, you’ll discover that time spent with God can lift your spirits and relieve your stress.

Warren Wiersbe writes, “Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.” That is sound advice. When you begin each day with your head bowed and your heart lifted, you are reminded of God’s love, His protection, and His commandments. Then, you can align your priorities for the coming day with the teachings and commandments that God has placed upon your heart.

So, if you’ve acquired the unfortunate habit of trying to “squeeze” God into the corners of your life, it’s time to reshuffle the items on your to-do list by placing God first. And if you haven’t already done so, form the habit of spending quality time with your Father in heaven. He deserves it . . . and so do you.

How paltry must be the devotions of those who are always in a hurry. – William Law

How motivating it has been for me to view my early morning devotions as time of retreat alone with Jesus, who desires that I “come with Him by myself to a quiet place” in order to pray, read His Word, listen for His voice, and be renewed in my spirit. – Anne Graham Lotz

I suggest you discipline yourself to spend time daily in a systematic reading of God’s Word. Make this “quiet time” a priority that nobody can change. – Warren Wiersbe

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, help me to hear Your direction for my life in the quiet moments when I study Your Holy Word. And as I go about my daily activities, let everything that I say and do be pleasing to You. Amen

 

Studying God’s Word Builds Character

Studying God’s Word Builds Character

You will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 1 Timothy 4:6 NASB

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God’s promises are found in a book like no other: the Holy Bible. The Bible is a road map for life here on earth and for life eternal. We are called upon to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News. We are instructed to study the Bible each day and meditate upon its meaning for our lives. Otherwise, we deprive ourselves of an invaluable, character-building gift from the Creator. God’s Holy Word is, indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a-kind treasure. And, a passing acquaintance with the Good Book is insufficient for those who seek to obey God’s Word and to understand His will.

God has made promises to mankind and to you. God’s promises never fail and they never grow old. You must trust those promises and share them with your family, with your friends, and with the world.

Are you standing on the promises of God? Are you expecting God to do wonderful things, or are you living beneath a cloud of apprehension and doubt? The familiar words of Psalm 118:24 remind us of a profound yet simple truth: ‘This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it’ (KJV). Do you trust that promise, and do you live accordingly? If so, you are living the passionate life that God intends.

For passionate believers, every day begins and ends with God’s Son and God’s promises. As we face the inevitable challenges of life, we must arm ourselves with the promises of God’s Holy Word. When we do, we can expect the best, not only for the day ahead, but also for all eternity.

Trust God’s Word: Charles Swindoll writes, ‘There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are, ‘God keeps his word.” And remember: When it comes to studying God’s Word, school is always in session.

Reading news without reading the Bible will inevitably lead to an unbalanced life, an anxious spirit, a worried and depressed soul. Bill Bright

God gives us a compass and a Book of promises and principles’ the Bible’and lets us make our decisions day by day as we sense the leading of His Spirit. This is how we grow. Warren Wiersbe

A New Venture for Steve Arterburn and New Life

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Christian Author and Radio Host Steve Arterburn in New Venture with Top TV Execs

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LAGUNA BEACH, Ca., March 20, 2014 –  In a new venture with two media titans, New York Times bestselling Christian author and radio host, Steve Arterburn will complement his nationally syndicated, daily call-in radio show with a new subscription-based TV channel on the Internet.

Debuting March 24 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT), Arterburn’s New Life TV will be the first of several channels on a platform created by TAPP Media, the brainchild of Jon Klein, former President of CNN/U.S., and Jeff Gaspin, former Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

New Life TV will feature a fresh 30-minute show every weekday.  For $9.95 a month, fans of Arterburn (and his line-up of co-hosts), whose radio show has an estimated 3 million listeners, will be able to log onto https://tv.newlife.com and view the original programming in one sitting or in shorter shareable clips, as well as access archived  material.  New Life TV will be available on multiple devices including smart phones, tablets, computers, laptops, smart TV’s.

Arterburn’s popular radio call-in show, New Life Live, features Arterburn, a human relationship expert, and his co-hosts, dispensing Christian-based advice to listeners who call in on a variety of problems—marriage, anger, grief, anxiety, abuse, addictions, and other issues.  New Life TV will delve into these subjects in greater depth than the radio format allows, and offer members the opportunity to interact with Arterburn and his co-hosts during regular video chats.

“This venture has the potential to expand our sphere of influence and help more people experience life transformation. This is an opportunity we didn’t see coming, but we’re extremely grateful for it,” Arterburn said.  He added, “One day we’ll address an issue of the day, another day how to build, grow and repair a relationship, another on how to integrate Biblical principles into daily lives, yet another on addiction recovery and then one on general counseling topics.”

In addition to New Life TV, TAPP plans to roll out several channels this year—and dozens more in the next two to three years.  The company recently announced funding from Discovery Communications, and individual investors including Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google.

A Fit of Temper that Changed a Young Man’s Life

A Fit of Temper that Changed a Young Man’s Life

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18

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When Benjamin Carson was a teenager he had a terrible temper. One day he got into a scuffle with another youth, drew a knife, and stabbed at the other boy. The blade, however, caught on the boy’s belt buckle.

That fit of temper was a flashpoint experience for Carson. He went home and fell to his knees, praying for three hours for the Lord to take his temper away.

So, what happened to that young boy? Benjamin Carson retired last year as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, known all over the world for his surgical skills and care for his young patients.

But if God hadn’t prevented his blade from striking and Carson hadn’t conquered his fit of temper that day, hundreds of patients would’ve been deprived of this physician’s compassionate care and brilliant skills as a neurosurgeon.

Aren’t you glad God is in control? Aren’t you glad that His eyes are always on us, watching out for us. The hymn writer of old said it best when he wrote, “For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

I came to realize that if people could make me angry they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life? – Dr. Benjamin Carson

George Burns |It’s Nice to be Anywhere

It’s Nice to be Anywhere

No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death. Ecclesiastes 8:8

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When it comes to the length of your life, what do you consider long enough?

On March 9, 1996 comedian and actor George Burns passed away at the age of 100. He was still performing live comedy, until just a few years before his death. At his 98th birthday celebration, he addressed his guest in true “George Burns style”,saying “It’s nice to be here . . . at 98, it’s nice to be anywhere.”

At 98 years-old, George Burns considered every day a gift and he was right! Whether you’re twenty-two years old or ninety-two, life is precious and should never be taken for granted. None of us are born with a guaranteed number of days on this earth. We have no promise that we will be here tomorrow and should realize that each moment is priceless. In acknowledging each day as an irreplaceable gift, we will be more likely to make the most of the time that we are given.

Start each morning by thanking the Lord for the day He has given you. Then spend that day, as if you meant what you said.

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick. – George Burns

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9

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Have you ever calculated and carefully planned something . . . only to find that the results were not what you expected?

In January of 1996, a Los Angeles based radio station awarded a pair of Superbowl tickets to the winner of their “Crazy Stunt” contest. For his stunt, finalist Mike Garcia intended to remove his glass eye, swallow it, bring it back up, and replace it in the socket . . . all before a live audience. In preparation, Garcia consumed a massive quantity of food, followed by a 6-pack of beer. Once onstage, the first half of his stunt went according to plan; Garcia effortlessly removed his glass eye and swallowed it. The second half, however, took an unexpected turn.

The gluttonous portions of food and ale had their anticipated effect. But despite his best efforts, Garcia could not retrieve the eye that he had swallowed. He heaved upon stage for more than fifteen minutes and then left the stage tired, disappointed, and missing one eye. Had he known the outcome in advance, he probably would have opted to buy tickets, which probably would have been cheaper than what he spent to replace his prosthesis.

Be careful when you find yourself thinking that you have it all figured out. You could be headed for trouble. We need God’s input and direction every moment of the day. Remember that even though we are reading the map, He is at the wheel. Look to the Lord when making the smallest, and seemingly most insignificant decisions.

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. – George Herbet