Healing

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.
~ 1 Peter 2:24 [NLT]
God gave us His Son so that we would be spared us the full weight of our sin through His great sacrifice on the cross.  When you invite Jesus to be your leader, you no longer have to fear death! God also offers his grace to heal us for our spiritual brokenness. Through Jesus you can live a restored life.

Managing conflict

Scripture Reading: 
~ Matthew 18:15-20 

“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you.”
~ Matthew 18:15
Alan’s dog had a habit of barking when the family was away. Of course, they didn’t know it because they weren’t there. They found out when the police showed up at their door saying that a neighbor had complained. Alan was shocked and a bit hurt. He was sorry that his dog was causing an annoyance in the neighborhood, but he was also upset that his neighbor hadn’t just talked to him directly instead of calling the police. He went to talk to his neighbor and explained why he would have appreciated the direct contact and that he was sorry for the noise his dog was making. And his neighbor understood, even appreciated the conversation.
Our text from Matthew 18 has been a foundational principle for dealing with conflict. If you have a problem with someone, go and talk to them about it first before including other people. It seems pretty basic. But it is also a foundational principle in community. Making a public complaint or using gossip or backstabbing will bring about mistrust and break community. On the other hand, directly addressing issues in a spirit of godly wisdom and love is a positive way of dealing with conflict. 
Conflicts will arise. Managing them directly and in a timely way is an important part of community. Is there anyone with whom you need to discuss a conflict? Dealing with that has the potential to make your community even stronger. 

Father, help us deal with conflicts wisely, and bring us into stronger relationships as a result. Amen. 

~ Bret Lamsma

Turning Point

Recognizing Jesus
saying with a loud voice:
~ Revelation 5:12 [NKJV]

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slainTo receive power and riches and wisdom,And strength and honor and glory and blessing!”

More than one person was raised to new life in the Bible, but not permanent new life. Their earthly bodies were reanimated (they were resuscitated) and they were probably immediately recognized by people who had known them before their death. This was not the case with Jesus and His resurrection body.

After His resurrection, the two disciples Jesus joined on the Emmaus road didn’t recognize Him. His resurrection body must have looked human to the two travelers, but somehow different. Also after His resurrection, Jesus appeared in a locked room where the disciples were gathered. In other words, He “materialized” in the room rather than opening the locked door. But there was one thing about His resurrection body that was the same: the wounds in His hands, feet, and side. Those wounds will eternally mark Him as the Lamb who was slain for us.

Worship Jesus Christ today as the Lamb slain for your eternal redemption, and prepare to recognize Him by His wounds.

The Divine glory shone more out of his wounds than out of all his life before. 

~ Robert Murray M’Cheyne

A Quiet Place

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.
~ Mark 6:31 [NLT]

This is always a busy time of year with graduations, visiting family, and working hard. We get focused, hustling and bustling about with little time for eating that we exhaust ourselves. It’s important to go off to a quiet place to recharge yourself and rest awhile. Such a time is necessary to find rest in Jesus. When you sneak away, bring a verse with you to meditate and mull over. Perhaps it’s only 15 minutes, but the peace you will find is like none other. Come and find rest in Him.

Daily Treasure

Compassion for the Poor

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

~ Gal 6:10

Awake, my charity, and feed  
The hungry soul, and clothe the poor;  
In heaven are found no sons of need,  
There all these duties are no more.