True (Not Fake) Confession

Let me be honest, Lord. I don’t love the folks on the other side of the political aisle. I confess that I take pleasure in their troubles. And that’s not right. Forgive me.

And teach me to love. 

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Wishful News

 

Jesus was clear:

Matthew 5:44 (NIV)
Love your enemies.

 

We miss the mark when we gleefully read and share fake news because we hope it’s true. God calls us to want his best for our enemies. Who is behind our desire to see the guy we don’t like disgraced and shamed?

John 8:44
You belong to your father, the devil . . .  there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

Stop and think: whose side are you on?

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Simple Truth

 

Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)
Speak the truth in love.

 

 

Is it true?
Is it loving?

If no, don’t say it.

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Fake News

 

“Fake News” is in the news. What do you think?

 

 

  • “Fake News”? Fake!
  • If it isn’t true, it isn’t news
  • I don’t believe any news any more

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true.

If it isn’t true, don’t give it a second thought–not yours or anyone else’s. Don’t say it, don’t post it, don’t tweet it, don’t follow it, don’t share it. Not even if you wish it were true.

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Safe Worship

Last year, Christians were attacked while worshiping in here in the US, and in Egypt and Nigeria. Around the world, many of our brothers and sisters in Christ meet together in secret, hoping to avoid violent confrontations. Let us pray for their safe worship.

 

Lord, we know that there is no safer place for believers than at your feet. But here on earth, there are those who are attacked for and during their worship of you. We pray for their safety, for their joy, for their peace. May your angels encamp round about them, may their praise rise to you from the safe circle of your protection. Amen.

Psalm 34:7 (MSG)
God’s angel sets up a circle
of protection around us while we pray.

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God Accomplished

“Holy, Holy, Holy!
  All the saints adore Thee,
  casting down their golden crowns
  around the glassy sea.”
Reginald Heber, 1826

 

We’ll cast down those crowns because . . . 
all that we have accomplished 
you have done for us (Isaiah 26:12).

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Simply Accomplished

 

God will provide what you need
to accomplish what he wants.

 

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Who Accomplished?

Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)
All that we have accomplished you have done for us.

 

Forgive me, Lord, for hogging the credit.

 

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An Accomplished Word

 

My one-word for 2018 is Accomplished.

It’s inspired by Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)
All that we have accomplished you have done for us.

It will remind me that God gets credit for all I accomplish. My goal is to accomplish the things God has planned for me.

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Accomplished!

 

What did you accomplish in 2017?

 

 

  • I kept my resolutions. Yea!
  • A little good, a lot not so good
  • Progress—not there yet, but I’m headed in the right direction

Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)
All that we have accomplished you have done for us.

God is the provider of our talents, our experience and our opportunities. Give him credit.

Prayerfully consider: what does God want to accomplish in you in 2018? Make that your New Year’s resolution.

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