Live Loved

He has made His wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and full of compassion.

[Psalm 111:4]

Our Message

I“I have a duty to all people,” Paul told the Roman church (Romans 1:14 ncv). He had something for them—a message. He’d been entrusted as a Pony Express courier with a divine message, the gospel. Nothing mattered more to Paul than the gospel. “I am not ashamed of the gospel,” he wrote next, “because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (v. 16 niv)…

What people think of us matters not. What they think of God matters all…

God doesn’t need you and me to do his work. We are expedient messengers, ambassadors by his kindness, not by our cleverness…

And we entrusted with the gospel dare not seek applause but best deflect applause. For our message is about Someone else.

A European village priest in medieval times once gathered his church for a special service. “Come tonight,” he told them, “for a special sermon on Jesus.” And they did. They came. To their surprise, however, no candles illuminated the sanctuary. They groped their way to the pews and took their seats. The priest was nowhere to be seen. But soon he was heard walking through the church toward the front. When he reached the crucifix that hung on the wall, he lit a candle. Saying nothing, he illuminated the pierced feet of Christ, then the side, then one hand, and then the other. Lifting the candle, he shed light on the blood-masked face and the crown of thorns. With a puff, he blew out the candle and dismissed the church.

May we do nothing more.

May we do nothing less.

[It’s Not About Me]

Father God,

You are the message this world needs to receive. Your loving forgiveness is the antidote for the sins of a world that would be lost without you. Without you there is only pain and hopelessness. With you there is forgiveness, hope, and a future. Let us be your faithful messengers. Help us not to care what others think but to care what you think,

Amen.

He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make His mighty power known.

[Psalm 106:8]

Or let them hear and say, “It is truth.” “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He.”

[Isaiah 43:10]

~ Max Lucado ~

Evening Prayer

BE MEEK

[Psalm 37:11; Matthew 5:5]

In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today

I pray for you to be blessed with a meek spirit – a spirit that is submissive, still, self-controlled and secure in the Lord. In times of trial or trouble, may your soul be quieted with an assurance that God is in control. May you continue to remain humble and meek for He promises that, in doing so, you will inherit the earth. May you submit to His control over your life, certain that His ways lead to life and peace. I pray that you will be meek, for your confidence is in the Lord.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

[Matthew 6:14-15]

Father God,

Today, forgiveness will be on my mind when that person cuts me off on the freeway, or jumps the line in the grocery store, and I would be lying to say I don’t want to give them a piece of my mind, but I will refrain.

Amen

Evening Prayer

SPEAKING THE TRUTH

[Proverbs 12:17,19,22; 14:25; Ephesians 6:14]

In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Tonight

May you always be a truthful witness who gives honest testimonies. May you always stand firm with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, for the Lord detests lying lips, but delights in those who are truthful. May you always remember that truthful lips endure forever, but a lying tongue lasts only a moment. I pray that as you speak the truth in love to others, the truth of God's Word will save lives and set them free. I pray that you will always please the Lord by speaking only the truth.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer

“For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

[Romans 8:5]

Father God,

You were the one that told me that my spirit and my flesh are at war with one another. Let me tell You now, that I will do all within my power to do it Your way today, but just in case I don’t make it, I ask You to forgive me one more time.

Amen

Evening Prayer

THE WORK OF YOUR HANDS

[Proverbs 10:4; 13:4; 14:23; Titus 3:14]

In Jesus' Name, I Pray God's Will for You Today

I pray that you will carefully choose the work you will devote your time on so that you will be productive. May you be guided to the right ground to plow on so that your efforts will not be wasted. I pray that you will learn to keep your hands busy and not settle for mere talk, for God promises that all hard work will bring a profit and the desires of the diligent will be fully satisfied. May you continue to praise God as He rewards the work of your hands.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Morning Prayer

“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me.”

[Romans 7:21]

Father God,

I know me, and although most days I do the right thing, there are times when I have my moments and no matter how much I want to turn away from sin, I can’t. Give me the strength today, to turn the right way.

Amen