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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Today's Verse : John 6:68

Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life." — John 6:68 

Thought

When Jesus asked his disciples if they would leave him like everyone else had, Peter's response is powerful and great. He knew where truth originated! He had heard the voice on the Mountain saying, "This is my Son, whom I love; listen to him!" He had seen Jesus' words change reality and destroy barriers to God's love and truth. Indeed, he knew that there was no one else who had the words of eternal life! So who are you listening to?

Prayer

Almighty God, thank you for making Jesus so accessible to me. Jesus helps me see the full extent of your love. Jesus helps me more completely understand your message about wanting to redeem me and make me your own. I want to always come to Jesus for truth, grace, refreshment, and hope. There is no other one that I want to be my Lord except my crucified Savior, Jesus. Today, Father, gently confront me in those areas where I have yet to fully yield to your Son's lordship in my life. In the precious name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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Illustration of John 6:68


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Friday, August 23, 2019

August 23, 2019


 Read: 2 Timothy 1:1-18

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. — 2 Timothy 1:7


Often times we are too scared to share our faith.  We think, "What will others think?"; or "Will I offend them?"; or any number other rationalizations involving what others think of us.  God's Word is clear.  We are not to be timid.  In fact, in today's verse, we are told point blankly that timidity is from Satan, not from God (2 Timothy 1:7).
The Heavenly Father wants to reach the world with His grace. That in turn means, we start with those around us.  Our friends and family. Telling them about our faith.  About Jesus.  We tell them what God our Father has done for us, through His Son Jesus Christ. Then we expand and tell others in our city and state (or region if you will).  Then we without hesitation take that message to the world. As we offer ourselves to be used, the Holy Spirit, which we received when we became Christians, will go with us, to help us to be bold and to speak the truth.




(please feel free to add your own prayer in the comments below this prayer)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Today's Verse : Luke 4:43

But he [Jesus] said, "I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent." — Luke 4:43 

Thought

When you think about the large cities of our modern world, what do you think about? Jesus sees them, and passionately yearns for the lost people in those great cities to be saved!

Prayer

Most holy and loving God, revive in us, your Church, a passion to reach the lost people of the world's great cities with the gospel and grace of your Son. In the name of the world's only true Lord and Savior, Jesus, I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Today's Verse Illustrated

Illustration of Luke 4:43


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Saturday, June 22, 2019

Today's Verse : Proverbs 10:2

Ill-gotten treasures are of no value, but righteousness delivers from death. — Proverbs 10:2 

Thought

My mom regularly reminded my brothers and me as we grew up that sin is often a false shortcut to a good thing. In a similar way, the Holy Spirit reminds us that falsely acquired riches are not the path to a rich and full life, which can only be truly acquired through godliness.

Prayer

Generous and loving Father, please forgive me for getting caught up in envy and the culture of affluence. Please use your Spirit to develop in me the patience and righteousness I need to resist the deceptions of Satan and to pursue the fullness of life you long to bring me. In Jesus' name, I pray, Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

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Illustration of Proverbs 10:2


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Friday, June 21, 2019

Today's Verse : Psalm 34:11

Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD. — Psalm 34:11 

Thought

What better goal for a father or mother could there be? Even if you have no children of your own, or if your "own" children are grown, God gives you his children at your congregation so you can teach them to love, honor, and reverence their one and only heavenly Father.

Prayer

Loving Father, help me to be involved in teaching your children and as I teach, please bless my efforts to teach them to love, honor, and reverence you, the one true and holy God. In Jesus' name I ask for this help and grace. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Today's Verse Illustrated

Illustration of Psalm 34:11


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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Today's Verse : 2 Thessalonians 1:12

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. — 2 Thessalonians 1:12 

Thought

I can't think of a more lofty goal for today than that the name of Jesus be glorified in what we do and say. But then Paul takes it a step further — that we find our glory by being identified with him! As the famed old hymn "Beneath the Cross of Jesus" says it, "my glory all the cross."

Prayer

Father of majesty and might, please help me as I strive to plan what my daily activities will be and then prioritize those activities so that my focus and passion are on bringing you glory in all that I do, think, and say. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Today's Verse Illustrated

Illustration of 2 Thessalonians 1:12


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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Today's Verse : John 3:5

Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit." — John 3:5 

Thought

Water and Spirit — they track together as key components in conversion and the new birth throughout the New Testament. One is an act of submission and surrender. The other a gift and reminder that only God can make us new by his power. No wonder Jesus made them so important to being, a part of his Kingdom.,

Prayer

Holy and righteous Father. I acknowledge that my best efforts often fail and my consistency isn't always consistent. That's why I'm so thankful you have given me your grace in Jesus and made me new by my spiritual birth into your family. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Today's Verse Illustrated

Illustration of John 3:5


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