Friday, December 31, 2010

Revelations 19-22 "A NEW YEAR"

By Mary White

S--Rev. 21:3 …”Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God. There will be no more death or mourning or crying, or pain. For the old order of things has passed away. Rev. 22;17 “Let the Spirit of the Lord say “COME!”

O--this is the recording of the last chapters of the revelation that John had about the “last days.”

A--As Christians we have so much to look forward to…the coming of Christ! These were very exciting chapters to read and I had difficulty choosing just one…so I chose three.
I have been sick a lot this last year and that has been very discouraging. I am looking forward to a time where there is “no more crying and pain”. However, the responsibility to share the Gospel of Christ is even greater… I feel compelled to go and tell others about the Redemptive power of Christ. I want to see many people give their lives to Him during this next year, 2011. Not only give their lives to Christ but to be equipped to live a good life and experiencing His love daily.
I want to be an overcomer Rev. 21:7 “He who overcomes will inherit all this and I will be his God and he will me my son (daughter).

P--Help me Lord to be an overcomer. Help me to reach the Loss. Help me to teach new “babes” in Christ how to live for You. And thank You Lord for yet another day to serve You. I want to serve you well…I want to hear you say to me one day…”Well done!”

Thursday, December 30, 2010

December 30, 2010 Revelation 15-18 Be "Ready Ready"

Revelation 15-18
"Ready Ready"

S-Rev. 15:15 "Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed."

O- This scripture is very much like the parable of the 10 virgins in Matt. 25:1. Be ready, ready for the day when Jesus is to return and not be sleeping, or we will miss Him. Don't be sleeping in your spirit.....have your hearts, minds and souls properly clothed in His armor and alert for the day and the hour.

A- We don't know the day or the hour of Jesus's return, I want to be ready, ready at all times. It can be so easy to slip and follow the ways of the world, when you don't know the Lord. When your relationship
is not strong with the Lord, it is very easy to go your own way and be naked before Him, because He see's and knows all. God wants us to be ready, and stay clothed in His armor.

P- Father, please help me to stay clothed in your breast plate of righteousness, belt of truth, with keeping on my helmet of salvation, shield of Faith, and the sword of the spirit, and keep my feet fitted for readiness for when the arrows of evil come against me.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - December 29, 2010 - Revelation 10-14

S - Revelation 11:18b "The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small - and for destroying those who destroy the earth."

O - The twenty-four elders were proclaiming the day of God's judgment in John's Revelation.

A - God is going to destroy "those who destroy the earth." These words have never stood out for me before, but they blared at me today. Sometimes us Christians despise environmentalist vigilantes because they worship the earth, it seems, as opposed to God. And they might, but that does not mean that taking care of our planet is a bad thing. That was the first vocation (and probably avocation) for Adam - taking care of the garden. Just because we know God will give us a new heaven and a new earth (Rev 21:1), this does not give us free reign to trash our planet. And look - God is going to destroy those who destroy it.

P - Lord, help me to be a good steward of the land You have given us to live on. Thank You for its beauty, Lord.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/28/10  Revelation 5-9 - SING A NEW SONG!

S - Rev 5:8-10 NLT, And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb... And they sang a new song with these words, "You are worthy to take the scroll and break its seals and open it.  For you were slaughtered, and your blood has ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. And you have caused them to become a kingdom of priests for our God.

O - John had wept bitterly because no one was worthy to open the scroll.  But then Jesus, in the form of a Lamb, stepped forward.  They sang a new song to Him.  According to my NIV Study Bible, "In the OT a new song celebrated a new act of divine deliverance or blessing."

A - Gosh, wouldn't it be awesome if we sang a new song to Jesus after every new act of divine deliverance or evidence of His blessing in our lives?  We could gather our songs together and create a whole new repertoire of worship choruses!!  That might help us remember all of the Lord's favor, blessings, interventions, etc.  What new song are you singing today??

P - Jesus, you have done so much for us!  May we never forget each blessing, each divine happenstance in our lives.  Thank you for loving us so much that You were willing to be slaughtered as a Lamb in order to purchase people from every tribe, language, people, nation - including me/us!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Monday Dec. 27, 2010 "Omnipotent One" Rev. 1-4

Monday Dec. 27, 2010
"Omnipotent One"
Rev. 1-4
S-Rev. 1:8 " I am the Alpha and Omega says the Lord God. who is, and who was, and is to come the Almighty."

O- God has existed from the very beginning and is eternal, forever and ever. He is the Omnipotent one, the one
who is yet to come.

A-He is the only one, and the ruler of my life. Omnipotent means; one having unlimited authority, universal power
or force. All of that said, He is the ruler of my life, and that gives me much peace and joy, knowing He is full
of mercy & grace for me, and He even has time for me. He is Everything.

P- Almighty Father, creator of Heaven and Earth, the one who is and yet to come. Thank you, that you have chosen me and I have chosen You, so I need not do things on my own, but rather I have the master of the universe overseeing my life, and you have given me the gift of eternity with you. I am blessed, and I am forever grateful. Thank you, Amen.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Love and Obedience

S: 2 John 6: And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning his command is that you walk in love.
O: We can show our love to Christ by our obedience to his teachings; by being imitators of the one who taught us how to live.
A: As I have grown in love for Christ my heart has undergone a transformation. I no longer see his commands as a burden that I have to carry but a way to demonstrate my love for the one who gave it all for me. How can I help but long to please the King who traded in his crown and throne for a cross and a crown of thorns so that I could live?
P: Father God I desire to grown in obedience; not because I am forced to but because I love you and my heart's desire is to please you. Show me the path of obedience in every interaction I have. Keep my feet planed firmly in your word that I may not stray. In Jesus' precious name I pray. Amen.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Thursday Dec. 23, 2010 John 15-18 "I am a Friend"

Thursday Dec. 23, 2010
John 15-18

"I am a Friend"

S- John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

O- Jesus is telling His disciples, that He no longer calls them slaves but because He has shared intimately with them everything He knows about His Father and He knows their hearts. He considers them a friend. The word for friend is also referred to as Love. The Message Bible He says, "But remember the root command is: Love one another.

A- When we abide in Him, He abides in us, and love one another, that is how we show His love not only to each other, but our love for God, because we obey His commandment. That makes us His friend......even as unworthy as I can be, He still calls me friend. Friendships are gifts from God.

P- Father, I thank you for the gift of friendship. I thank you that you call us friends. The more intimate we are with you the closer our friendship and the deeper our relationship grows in love. I love that name "friend." Thank you!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - John 12-14

S - John 12:7b It was intended that she should save this for the day of my burial.

O - The perfume that Mary anointed Jesus with was costly. Jesus said anointing Him was better than using it for the poor.

A - We need to get our priorities right. Jesus is everything. If we choose to give to God first, He certainly has the ability to provide abundantly so that we can also give to the poor. Pour out Your everything for God and He will enable you to give even more.

P - Lord, I pour my everything out for You. It is a costly perfume, and the the aroma is so very sweet.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Now I See!!

by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/21/10 John 9-11, "Now I See!!"

S - John 9:25 GNB, "I do no know if he is a sinner or not, " the man replied.  "one thing I do know; I was blind, and now I see."

O - Jesus set the blind man free when He mixed mud with spit and put it on the man's eyes.  He performed this miracle on the Sabbath, so some the Pharisees were convinced He was a sinner - as He did not obey the Sabbath law.  They were blind in their own way from seeing that Jesus was the Savior.

A - No one can argue with your testimony!! "I was blind and now I see," is irrefutable!  I was once a hopeless Compulsive Eater, bound in despair and self-hatred.  I was traumatized with this condition for 30 years.  But God!  I once was a Food Addict, but now I am free! I once hated myself, but now I enjoy who God made me to be.  I once was overweight and unhappy, but now I have peace in this area of my life!

P - Lord, thank You for Your miracle touches in our lives!  May we walk with our heads held high - free - because of Your faithfulness.  And may others come to know who You truly are - because of our testimonies!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Know Truth as a Person

Diana Kriesel

12/20/10 – John 7,8 – “Know Truth as a Person”

S – John 8:32 – “Jesus said, "If you hold to My teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

O – Jesus is telling us that we, as His disciples, can have a constant experiential knowledge of the power of Truth. However, there is a condition that many people leave out. Often only “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” is quoted. But that’s not the entirety of what Jesus said. He said, “If you hold to My teaching…you are really My disciples…THEN you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” The mistake often made is in thinking that if we just grab some biblical truth, we will be made free. NOT!!! God is looking for relationship, commitment, intimacy and obedience. He wants us to HOLD to His teaching, not just blab it and grab it. To cling to it, to walk in it, to embrace it as His disciples, and it is from that clinging, that relationship that true freedom is found.

A – Freedom is not found in the ACT of speaking the truth. Freedom is found in relationship with the Person who IS TRUTH. And from that relationship we can find the Source of Life from which comes our freedom, our ability to overcome, transformation, and true peace and joy. It is as we fall in love with the Lord, and learn from Him and His life-changing word that true freedom will come.

P – Lord, take us to the place where we can know You more, love You more, obey You more, and grow into the true freedom that You purchased for us on the Cross.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Living Surrender

S: John 6:38. For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but the will of him who sent me.
O: Jesus knew that he would be betrayed and crucified and yet he came not to assert his own will but to carry out the will of God.
A: As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus I can’t help but think of the destiny that awaited the Christ child. Yet Jesus lived completely surrendered to the will of the Father. He took on our sins and carried them for us. He hurt, he cried, he was every bit like one of us, experiencing life. It is easy for me to be completely surrendered during the storms of my life but what about when the storm passes and the waters return to calm? It can be tempting during these calm times to turn to God and say “I got this” or decide that we aren’t sure we like the course God has us on so we will be “masters of our own destiny”. Jesus’ entire life shows us how we are supposed to live – completely surrendered to the Father. He wants access to ALL the areas of our life all the time. If we keep him out or use God like a pinch hitter we are limiting what he can do in us and through us.
P: Father God forgive me for all the times that I have denied you complete access. Father my desire is to live as Jesus did, completely surrendered to your will. I have lived the life of doing things my way and I do not want to go back there. I want to live each day according to your will, your plans. Set me free from selfishness and pride. I surrender to you and you alone. Fill me with more of you and use me to bring light in the darkness. Amen.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday, December 17,2010 - 2 Peter 1-3; John 1 WALK THE TALK

By Mary White

S--2 Peter 1:5-7 “Make every effort to add to your faith goodness and knowledge, and to knowledge, self control and to self control, perseverance, and to perseverance, godliness and to godliness, brotherly kindness and to brotherly kindness, love.”

O--Peter is strongly encouraging believers to strengthen themselves spiritually.

A--Peter goes on to say that if we posses these qualities then we will be productive and effective, then he says if we don’t possess these traits we are nearsighted and blind. I want to be effective and productive for the Kingdom and some of these qualities I struggle to attain and to live them. Love is the KEY. If we love God we will want to please Him and be useful to Him. We can only effectively be used if we “walk the talk“.

P--Forgive me Lord for wanting my way over Yours. Help me to “walk my talk” and live a godly life

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thursday Dec. 16, 2010 1 Peter 1-5 "Beauty from the inside-out"

Thursday Dec. 16, 2010
1 Peter 1-5

"Beauty from the inside-out"

S-1Peter 3:4 Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.

O-The scripture is telling us, that as women we are not to dress and adorn ourselves with jewels, and make up, rich clothing, to make ourselves JUST beautiful in appearance only. Rather, to take care of our hearts and minds and our inner disposition. That is what is pleasing to God.

A-This scripture is so true. I can look good on the outside, but what God wants to see is the treasures on the inside. When, my mind and my heart are thinking the purest of thoughts, I might as well be walking around with mud all over me. That's not a pretty picture, but neither is the picture of our insides to God, when we are ugly on the inside, and trying to look good on the outside.

P- Father, create in me a clean heart, and a clean mind. Let me meditate on your words in Phil. 4:8..true, pure, holy, noble, lovely
whatever is praise worthy, let me think on these things. Keep my heart pure, from the inside out. Amen.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - December 15, 2010 - James 1- 5

S - James 2:17 - In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

O - James is saying that your faith is pretty worthless if you don't do anything with it.

A - You can't earn your salvation, this is true. It's a free gift that God gives that is so precious we could never pay for it. However, once we are saved, it should just follow that we would want to demonstrate that faith. How do we follow the great commission of preaching the gospel to the ends of the earth if we don't also demonstrate that same gospel by being Jesus with skin on to those who would otherwise not believe? Getting saved isn't the end goal - being with Jesus in heaven is. So get up off your duff and do something! Demonstrate your faith by your works. Be a witness and tell people why you do what you do.

P - Lord, I ask for even more opportunities to do your work. Give me the ways and the means, Jesus.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/14/10 Hebrews 12,13; Jude - JOY AWAITS!

S - Heb 12:1-2 GNB, So then, let us rid ourselves of everything that gets in the way, and of the sin which holds on to us so tightly, and let us run with determination the race that lies before us.  Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, on whom our faith depends from beginning to end.  He did not give up because of the cross!  On the contrary, because of the joy that was waiting for him, he thought nothing of the disgrace of dying on the cross, and he is now seated at the right side of God's throne.

O - Wow, Jesus knew what was waiting for him on the other side of the cross!  It had been prophesied and He anticipated sitting at the right hand of his Father.  He knew the joy that was waiting for Him!

A - I think maybe we could press on to finding breakthrough if we could imagine the joy that is waiting for us on the other side!  That sure helped Jesus! We need the testimony of others expressing the freedom and joy they found - so that we can even imagine it.  We need to get a picture of that future and what it will feel like.  Then maybe we'd be willing to pay the incredible cost of self-denial in order to get there.

P - Father, please give us images, tastes, glimpses, of that future joy. Without that future glimpse, we may find ourselves giving up, hopeless - because of the cost. But with that future sense of joy, we may be able to press on to the end!  Help us Lord!  Joy is awaiting!

Monday, December 13, 2010


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 12/13/10 – Hebrews 11:35,36 - “Don’t Throw Away Your Confidence! ”

S – Hebrews 10:35,36 -So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.

O- This is a reference to giving up, as soldiers who drop their shields and run from battle. Our shield is our faith in Christ which gives us knowledge of salvation, so the writer of Hebrews is encouraging us to keep our shield up and it will keep us. We must remain steady and faithful, regardless of our feelings. Our faith stands on our access to God, our right to approach His throne, our birthright and inheritance as His sons and daughters—all this is OURS and reason to hold on to our confidence.

A – Sometimes when life is tough our confident hope in God can be tested. We must persevere so that we do not cast away our hope, become timid, disheartened, or discouraged. God will give us strength to bear up under trials, and maintain a steadfast adherence to Him and His purposes, and we will come forth stronger. This carries the present reward of peace and joy, with God’s presence and power upon our lives, and we can look forward to what He has in store for us hereafter.

P – Lord, teach us holy perseverance. Teach us to embrace those times when our confident hope is being strengthened through tests and trials. Cause us to bear up with a tenacity that pleases You and transforms our lives.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Web of Relationships

S- Philemon 1:1-2 - "To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to
Apphia our sister, to Archippas our fellow soldier..."

O - In the book of Philemon, we see a web of relationships. Paul and the people he writes to see themselves as dear friends, fellow workers, soldiers together for the gospel. They have common purpose and deep feelings of connection on many levels. In past generations, Pentecostals addressed each other as "Sister ___" and "Brother ___". In our church, we had Sister Alice, who was known to all by that name.
I am reminded today that we need to see ourselves, both locally and in the church universal, as beloved brothers and sisters, as members of one family. Even if at times, we as siblings quarrel or disappoint each other, we need to hold fast to the truth that we are family.

A - This Sunday as I look out at individuals in the congregation, I will think to myself "This is my brother." and "This is my sister."

P - Holy Spirit, so move among us that the love of God is manifest. Fill us with a spirit of love and a deep sense of family and belonging. In Jesus name, Amen.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Thursday Dec. 9, 2010 1 Tim. 5,6; Titus 1-3

Thursday Dec. 9, 2010
1 Tim. 5,6; Titus 1-3

S-1 Tim 5:3 NIV: Give proper recognition to those widows who are really in need.
MSG: Take care of widows who destitute.

O- Paul is on special assignment and letting us all know, under God's command that we are to take care of our widows and honor & respect our elders. We are to treat older women as if they are our mothers, and younger as if they are our daughters, and like wise for the men. Not only to treat them with respect but to treat them as if they are our

A- In the message the word "destitute." that word means: (social welfare) lacking; deprived or bereft......abandoned or deserted. I know many widows......there faith is truly reliant on God. Some have very very little, but they trust in the Lord and He never fails them. Their testimonies of God's provision for them is admirable. God calls us to take care of the widows......find one, especially during the holiday season and bless them today. Show God's love in obedience to His word or taking care of those who are lacking, and, that speaks to me.

P- Lord, touch our hearts with someone who is a widow in need, and give us the right means to bless them. Father may we be your vessels that will reach the widows who have no one to hold them, and to sleep next to them. Father give us a heart of compassion & mercy for your saints. Bless them through us Lord, and bless them over and over so they lack nothing. Amen

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - December 8, 2010 - 1 Timothy 1-4

S - 1 Timothy 1:16 But for that reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.

O - Paul is talking of Christ's purpose of saving sinners. If Christ could save a wretch like Paul, He can certainly save you.

A - And at times I feel like the chief of sinners, as Paul did. I am really grateful that I cannot forget from whence I came. I left the dark path of destruction and despair and walked onto the light filled path of hope and glory. If Christ can save me, He can certainly save you. I mess up still! And he still loves me. I repent and He forgives me. Life with Christ is awesome! Follow me as I follow Christ.

P - Lord, thank you for your infinite patience with me and help me to offer that same patience to those around me.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 12/7/10  Colossians 1-4 - THE GARMENT OF LOVE!

S - Cols 3:12,14 MSG, So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline... And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.  I'ts your basic, all-purpose garment.  Never be without it.

O - Paul was encouraging the Colossian church to wear their new garments, given to them by their new life in Christ. And love is the basic garment.

A - Sometimes it's hard to wear love - real things interfere that make it difficult.  For me, frustration was a huge interference.  Frustration comes out of expectations that aren't met or realized.  So I had to step back and take a look at what I could do - to come out of that place of frustration.  The circumstances weren't about to change, so my outlook needed to.  A HUGE difference came when I learned to embrace reality instead of fighting it.  I needed to learn how to work with what I had instead of wishing it were different.  When frustration took a back seat, love was able to move to the front seat.

P - Father,  may we be brave enough to look at the things that are holding love back.  Help us realign our belief systems so that Love can come forth. We want to express Your love where ever we go... set us free, to love!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Dec. 6, 2010 Phil: 1-4 Don't worry!

Monday Dec. 6, 2010
Phil: 1-4 Don't worry!

S-Phil. 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

O-Paul writes to all believer's in Philippi with much joy, thanks and appreciation. He tells us to Ask, but to not be anxious for anything. That we should live our days in stability knowing that the Lord is near, and confident that His spirit will guide us, in all things.

A- To worry is to lack in trust of the Lord. The word says for us to "Cast all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. (Peter 5: 6-7). Yet, when we worry, are we doing that. When we worry, we do not have Joy & Peace. Worry is just as much a sin, as stealing, lying or any of the we confess it as that? He cares and takes care of every need for the birds, He will certainly be faithful and take care of what is right for us. When we worry, aren't we saying to our Lord "hurry up daddy, do it my way?"

P- Father in heaven I ask you to give us days without worry, and for us to not be anxious about anything, but rather give us Peace that passes all understanding. Teach us to give our worries to you, so that we may live in Peace and Joy, and not be heavy with burdens, but rather light in the goodness of you, so we may glorify you with joy on our faces....not worries the of the world on our minds. Amen

Saturday, December 4, 2010

An Unshakeable Place in God's Heart

S - Ephesians 1:4 - "For He chose us..."

O - Have you ever felt rejected? Overlooked? Maybe it was in grade school, when the kids picked teams at recess and you were picked last? Or maybe you feel uneasy at social gatherings at church or at a work holiday party? Maybe you aren't sure who to talk to or who would want to talk to you.
Today's good news is that you are chosen by God. You are loved. There is One who chose to lavish his love on you, who wants to hear your joys and sorrows. Eph. 4:3 says "And you also were included in Christ."

A - I am chosen, I am included, and I can choose to include others.

P - Thank you God for including me in your heart, your plan, and your purpose. Help me to open wide my heart to you and to others. I want to be like Jesus whose big heart reached out to so many. Lord, I pray today for the rejected and neglected, for the lonely and the insecure. I pray that they would receive a new revelation of what it means to be chosen and loved by God. I pray that they would truly know that they have purpose and worth, and that they have an unshakeable place in your heart. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Thursday Dec. 2, 2010 Romans: 9-12 Being Consistent

S- Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer
your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-- this is your spiritual act of worship.

O-Paul is addressing the need for us to offer our bodies and our every day living as a sacrifice to God. He challenges us to a life of service, to live Godly christian lives.

A- In everything we take God with us.....Embracing everything that He has in store for us. Do we act differently at work, or school, or even home then we do at church? That's what God wants us to be steadfast be consistent. In the message bible it says, in doing so "God brings the best out of us."

P- Father, it is my prayer to be consistent. To have an even walk in my life. Send your holy spirit of conviction in areas where I am not consistent, and re presenting you in a way that is not pleasing to you. Thank you for my life, help me to perfect it in you, Amen.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


by Vivian Bills

12/1/2010 - Romans 5-8

S - Romans 7:19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do - this I keep doing.

O - Paul was speaking about his own struggle with sin.

A - This is one of my favorite lines in the bible. When I hear it, I usually chuckle because it can sound like such a tongue twister depending on which version you read. And then I can SO relate to this. I don't WANT to sin - ever. And yet time and time again I find myself saying or thinking something that I shouldn't and it is extremely frustrating. HOWEVER, I do not stay in that place. I keep throwing sin aside and pressing on because Christ gives me the strength to do so.

P - Thank You, Jesus, that You rescued me from my sin and that You keep me from it as long as I keep my eyes on You.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 11/30/10 Romans 1-4 - ENCOURAGED IN THE FAITH

S -  Rom 1:11-12, Paul: "I long to see you so that... you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith." Rom 4:20-21, Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.

O - Paul wanted to encourage the Roman believers and planned a visit to see them. He was hoping they could encourage each other in the faith. Before going, he told them in a letter about Abraham's unbelievable walk of faith.

A - Testimonies are so powerful!  Wow, the fact that Abraham didn't doubt God's promise, even though his and Sarah's bodies were way too old to produce a child, is a powerful story.  He walked in faith knowing that God had the power to do whatever He promised.  We need these promises.  And we need to walk in this kind of faith! We need to see how God fulfills His promises in others - we are encouraged to not doubt in our own life when we see other's not doubting and God fulfilling!

P - Father, may we have the faith of Abraham. May we see the need to encourage each other as Paul did. May we be open about Your faithfulness in our lives so that others will be encouraged!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Worth It All

1 Thessalonians 1:2 - It is clear to us friends that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special.
O: God loves us so much and has put his hand on each of us for soemthing special.
A: Ever felt worthless or like you have nothing to offer? Yet God loves us so much we are not capable of comprehending that love. He has something for each of us. No matter what our need. We waste far too much time feeling unworthy, worthless. We are loved by the most High God. The creator of heaven and earth. What more do we need? When we are young we are told by the world "you're too young". When we get older we are told "you're too old". Yet God has a different perspective. He has something for all of us to do whether we are 8 or 88. There is always something to be done in the Kingdom of God; something that only you can do; all part of God's perfect plan. Let's not waste our time comparing our worth to those around us and instead seek those special tasks that God has designed us (and only us) to do.
P: Father God overwhelm us with your love today. Forgive us for all the time we've wasted feeling worthless and unworthy. Let your face be the only one we seek when we question our worth. Let our value come from you alone. Set a task before me today Lord for me to do for Your Kingdom. Let me spend each day working toward making earth a little more like your Kingdom. Amen.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Unshakeable God

S- Ps. 125:1 - "Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken."

O - It has long been a goal in my life to be unshakeable. I have learned that it is not that I will never be "shaken", overwhelmed, insecure or anxious. Those feelings are part of the human experience. I believe that when I am "shaken", I can turn to the One who is unshakeable, consistent, and unchanging. Therein is my security. When the way is rough, when I slip and fall, and I do, I must once again turn to God, my Rock, and get my footing again.

A - The way to security is not through self-sufficiency. It is through the way of turning and trust.

P - Lord, I am so glad that in this world of constant change and challenge, you are faithful. You are unshakeable. You are my Rock and my Fortress.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

November 25, 2010 Mt. 20-22 "A Place of Honor"

November 25, 2010
Mt. 20-22 "A Place of Honor"

S-Matt. 20:21 "What is you want?" He asked. She said "Grant that one of these two sons of mine may sit at your right and the other at your left in your kingdom.

O-The mother of Zebedee, had a request to Jesus. The request was that her two son's James & John, would be favored and seated in a place of honor, one on each side of Jesus. Little did she know what she was asking, and the price to be paid for this place of honor.

A- Often we desire the place of honor, but do not realize the cost for that seating. Jesus knew the moment of crucification was to come. Would James and John's desire still be to be seated on the right and left of Jesus? Sometimes, we do not know what we ask! It is easy to say, "sure I can do what it would take to have that placement" as James and John replied to Jesus. It is best to be asked to be in the seat of honor, than to put yourself there. Jesus came to serve, not to be served.....the first shall be last and the last shall be first. Whoever wants to be great must become a servant.

P- Father, thank you that you came to serve and that you came to give.....thank you for your sacrifices. Teach us Lord how to follow in your ways, to be humble and teachable servants. Amen

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - November 24, 2010 - Matthew 17-19 - FORGIVING FROM YOUR HEART

S - Matthew 18:35 "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive a brother or sister from your heart."

O - Jesus was explaining how we should forgive people through the parable of the unmerciful servant who ended up being tortured by the jailers until he paid back what he owed.

A - I owe Jesus a debt I can never repay. He saved me from the fiery pit of hell and eternal separation from love! If He could forgive me for breaking every single commandment, how can I NOT forgive a brother or sister who has merely offended me? You know how happy you are to receive an unexpected gift sometimes? You just want to pass at least a little of that good feeling along, don't you? So it is with forgiveness - pass it on! And it shouldn't be just lip service to say you did it. Let God change your heart so that you can truly forgive and say with all sincerity "I FORGIVE YOU!"

P - Lord, help me to walk in generous forgiveness, doling it out before anyone has to even ask.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 11/23/10 Matthew 14-16 - BAD YEAST!

S - Matt 16:6 "Be careful," Jesus said to them, "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees."

O - When the disciples went across the lake forgetting to take bread with them, Jesus used the opportunity to enlighten them in a spiritual matter.  He warned them about embracing the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.  The Pharisees were legalistic and hypocritical.  Legalism is trying to receive acceptance, with God, others or yourself, through your behavior and performance.

A - I struggle with legalism. But I'm working on it... I've spent years walking away from being hypercritical - especially of myself and those close to me.  I don't want to judge by behavior anymore. Jesus paid the price - all of it. I don't need to "measure up" to be accepted.  If Grace means that Jesus did it all for me, then I am negating His finished work when I want to take some credit/blame and put it on myself.

P - Lord, please set us (and me!) free from legalism.  Teach us the Grace Walk.  Set us free to just be.

Monday, November 22, 2010


Diana Kriesel

Monday, 11/22/10 – Matthew 11-13 - “FIND REST”

S – Matthew 11:29 – “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
O- This is a strange paradox: that a person already overloaded must take a new weight upon him in order to be eased and find rest. But the Lord is calling us to learn from HIM; that just as Christ’s willingness to empty Himself to all that His Father asked was the spring of peace and rest for His own spirit, He invites us to do the same and assures us of the same rest and peace. Check out how the Message Bible puts it: “Walk with Me and work with Me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.”
A – He calls us to be partakers of the work of the Kingdom, but also promises that a heart that is surrendered to Him will be joined (yoked) to Him, His peace, His joy, His freedom. It is an amazing Kingdom principle, that when we try to do things on our own we tire out and can feel the weight of life and its problems. But when we yoke ourselves with our Lord, and cast our cares and responsibilities on Him, He carries us AND what we carry, and there is freedom there. When we are yoked with Him, we find rest for our souls, and our burden becomes His, and His is light…therefore ours is light as well!

P – Lord, thank You for Your promise to give us rest as we surrender everything to You. Teach us to not hold on, when You are calling us to let go; take us to a new place of “learning from You” as we learn to trust in You and Your ability to carry us.

Friday, November 19, 2010


By Mary White

S--Matthew 3:8&9a “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance and do not think you can say to yourselves “We have Abraham as our Father;”

O--This is what John the Baptist told a group of Pharisees and Saducees.

A--John’s point was that if we are truly repentant, then our lives will show it…there will be a positive change in our lives (fruit). Also, it doesn’t matter who our parents are or what our “religious heritage” is…Salvation is NOT a birthright, but comes through faith in Jesus as Lord. Ephesians 2:8 says “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith…”

P--Jesus thank you for your awesome sacrifice…taking upon yourself all our sins that we might be saved…help us spread that truth to those who are loss.

Thursday, November 18, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Thursday - November 18, 2010 - Psalm 124; 2 Corinthians 11-13

S - Psalm 124:7 We have escaped like a bird from the fowler's snare; the snare has been broken, and we have escaped.

O - The psalmist is speaking of how, because God is with us, we have escaped from the wrath of the enemy.

A - Sometimes when I reflect on my past before I came to the realization that Jesus died for my sins, I feel just like the psalmist says - I've escaped. I remember being in the midst of my sin and having thoughts that I could die right then because of what I was doing and panic would set it - the kind of panic that comes when you're entangled in a snare and the more you struggle, the more trapped you become. And then Jesus reached out with His nail pierced hands and ripped open a huge hole in that snare and pulled me out. I am free! I am free INDEED!

P - Jesus, thank You, thank You, thank You for setting me free. I will always remember how it felt to be trapped and I don't ever want to go back. I am so grateful. Help me, Lord, to never forget this and allow me to use my hands as the hands of Jesus to rip open the snares that have trapped others.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - November 17, 2010 - 2 Corinthians 7-10

S - 2 Corinthians 7:10 Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

O - You should feel bad about your sins, but not so you want to kill yourself - only so you repent and get on the right path.

A - There is always a way out. Nobody walking on earth is so far gone that God can't turn them around. All that they have to do is repent and recognize that Jesus is Lord. There is no regret with this and there should only be a determination to make things right as far as you can. Apologize, make restitution, serve God as whole heartedly as you had served the world - even more so. There IS a light at the end of the tunnel of depravity and despair. Run toward it, be saved, never go back.

P - Lord, help me to live with no regrets and to show others that there is a way to live that is so much better than a life of regret and worldly sorrow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 11/16/10 2 Corinthians 3-6  The Ministry of RECONCILIATION

S - 2 Cor 5: 18-19  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

O - God made it all right between us and Him.  We have access to Him and His wrath has been taken away - because of Jesus!  We are changed forever, reconciled to God.  Now we have this same assignment - reconciling to others and even spreading this message of reconcilation provided through Jesus. In the Message, it reads, "All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other."

A - I love the word Reconciliation!! It means to renew or restore; to make new or bring back to a former condition. In the Greek, the word is katallage - to change or reconcile.  "A change or reconciliation from a state of enmity between persons to one of friendship." (Zodihiates). Wow, our Father's heart so wanted reconciliation with man that He even sent His son to pay the price.  How dedicated are we to reconciling? Are we willing to pay the price to restore friendship with another with whom we are at enmity?

P - Father - thank you for "the Minsitry of Reconciliation."  May we be faithful to do all we can do - to reconcile with anyone we may be at odds with.  It's just called - LOVE.

Monday, November 15, 2010


Diana Kriesel

Monday, 11/15/10 – Job 41, 42; 2 Corinthians 1,2 - “Comforted to Comfort Others”

S – 2 Corinthians 1:4 – “He comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” The Message Bible says it this way: “He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.”

O – The comfort we receive from God is not simply for our own personal relief; it has another purpose- so that we might be able to help others. Paul went through tribulation and through his experience, he was also equipped to better minister to others. God prepares us for what He is preparing us for. We lead others most effectively down the path that God has taken us. God’s math is amazing! As the trials abound, the comfort of God abounds. And then He multiplies it over when he uses us in the lives of others!

A – God shows Himself to be the God of tender mercy and comforts us, bearing us up in, through and above all our trial and difficulties. He gives us personal experience of His sustaining power and grace, and He doesn’t stop there! He then uses us as agents of comfort for others.

P – Lord, teach us to live from Kingdom perspective, living from the realization that as we experience Your comfort in our distress, there is not only relief, but also purpose, far beyond what we presently know or see. Give us eyes to see that Your comfort is channeled through us, transforming our lives as well as the lives of others.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

God is big and I am Small

S - "Does the hawk fly by your wisdom?" Ps. 39:26

O - In chapters 38 and 39 of Job, God reveals his ominipotence (power) and his omniscience (knowlege). In chapter 40, Job realizes that God is big and he is small, and that Job's knowledge and understanding is limited. "Does the hawk fly by my wisdom?" The answer is no. So much is beyond my understanding and control! The great Apostle Paul realized this too. He said "For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I am known."

A - I declare that God is big and I am small. He knows all things, and I don't.

P - Lord, thank you for this beautiful amazing world we live in. Help us to humbly seek more wisdom and understanding. We want to learn and grow. Be with us on our journey of discovery, and help us to accept that some answers are elusive, but someday we will know as we are knows.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Job 37-38; 1 Corinthians 12

By Mary White

S--1 Corinthians 12:25 & 26 “…there should be no division in the body…if one part suffers every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part rejoices.”

O--Paul is comparing our physical body to the Church (believers). Every part of our body was created to do specific tasks. Just as the Body of believers have varied gifts, talents and purposes, each one is necessary so the body can be whole and function as God planned.

A--If my hand is injured I would not ignore it, but nurse it back to health. Likewise, if someone in the body is hurting I need to minister to that part of the body so the body will be whole and well again.

P--Father help me to look to each one of my brothers and sisters and to honor them as a vital and important part of the Body.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Thursday - November 11, 2010 - Psalm 122; 1 Corinthians 9-11

S - 1 Corinthians 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

O - Paul is speaking of his use of his freedom to win people to Christ.

A - The unfamiliar is uncomfortable to a lot of people. But, when they find they have something in common with someone, familiarity creeps in and friendships can form. And this is why it is good to look for something you have in common with the unsaved. Common ground can give you credibility. " I was once like you, but Jesus set me free." When you can do this, you set pride and arrogance aside and people might be more prone to linger and listen to what you have to say.

P - Lord, help me to always be able to find common ground with the lost and then use me to be a bridge straight to you.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


by Vivian Bills

S- 1 Corinthians 8:9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.

O - Paul is speaking specifically about rules and regulations regarding food. But, it goes much deeper than that.

A - If someone that is an alcoholic lives with you, and you're NOT an alcoholic, it is perfectly permissible and fine, maybe even beneficial for you to have a glass of wine with dinner. But, the alcoholic should not have that glass of wine because it would most likely cause them to imbibe to excess. So, even though it's okay for you, for the other person to see you might make them think that they could do the same as you and stop at one drink - when they can't. So, in cases like these, it is not okay because your act of drinking without sin would cause them to sin by drinking to excess.

P - Lord, help me to not be a stumbling block to anyone. Instead, make me a stepping stone that helps people step closer to You.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 11/9/10 Job 34; 1 Cor 4-6 - ROLE MODELS

S - 1 Cor 4: 14-16 MSG, 16 NIV, "I love you and want you to grow up well, not spoiled.  There are a lot of people around who can't wait to tell you what you've done wrong, but there aren't many fathers willing to take the time and effort to help you grow up... I'm not, you know, asking you to do anything I'm not already doing myself. Therefore I urge you to imitate me."

O - Paul didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk.  He was encouraging the Corinthian church to follow his example because he had the heart of a father - hoping and praying for help them to grow up in genuine faith.

A - Let's be true role models - Let's live the talk.  Nothing turns people off more than hypocrisy.  Our best teaching style of the life of faith is our own life and how we walk in it.  Let's remember that others are watching us, waiting to see how we will respond when stuff happens. Let's be powerful role models!

P - Father, help us be genuine, true, honest Believers because the world is watching. I pray that we not be fake or pretenders, but real people.  Empower us to walk in faith - for the world to see the real Christian life. And draw others to You and help others to grow up in You because of our own walk.  Use us Lord!

Monday, November 8, 2010


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 11/8/10 – Job 33; 1 Corinthians 1-3 - “Spiritual Alignment”

S - 1 Corinthians 2:9 - "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

O – This quote is taken from lsaiah 64:4 and the words not only apply to the glory that we will know in a future world; but they also belong in our lives now. They express the amazing light, life, and liberty that God has prepared for those that believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our new life in Christ takes to a realm that God has prepared for us as His children; where things we have never seen, heard of, or even conceived in our natural minds… The apostle Paul is telling the Corinthians that the only way to know these things is by the Spirit, who knows and reveals the deep things of God.

A – As children of God, we can know that our Father has prepared great things for us; greater things that we could ever imagine! This places a hunger in me to position my life, my heart, my spiritual eyes and ears – in a position of eager anticipation and expectation for my heavenly Father to ‘download’ the revelation of the Kingdom into my life. Imagine if we all position ourselves for all that He has prepared for us!

P – Father, I ask that you continually teach me how to align myself with Your Holy Spirit so that I am positioned for Your truth, your purposes, your surprises for my life and to work those things through my life into the world You have placed me in. Speak Lord, for Your servant is listening...

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What is your Harp tuned to?

S - Job 30:31 "My harp is tuned to mourning, and my flute to the sound of wailing."

O - Job has gone through terrible trauma: the loss of his family, possessions, health, prestige, and friends. He feels terribly hurt and wonders where God is in what he sees as a terrible injustice. Verse 27 says "The churning inside me never stops." There are people all around us who have been traumatized by life, whose harp and flute, their inward being and outward expression are constantly tuned to mourning. I think that eventually they have to let go of the unanswered question of "Why me?" and move in time to freedom by acceptance and forgiveness.

A - I want my harp tuned to gratitude and my flute to express joy.

P - Lord, I pray right now for anyone who is experiencing loss and grief, and who is tortured by unanswered questions. I know that "there is a time for everything" including "a time to mourn and a time to dance". I pray for your comfort, peace, strength in that time of mourning and pray that you give them hope that there is a place of healing, joy and restoration that you will lead them to.

Friday, November 5, 2010


by Mary White
S--Galatians 2:16 “Know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.”

O--Paul was correcting Peter who was teaching Gentiles to follow Jewish laws.

A-- It is interesting to see that even a great Apostle like Peter could occasionally be lured to please men instead of God. Paul set him straight. Gal 1:10 says “…if I were still trying to please men I would not be a servant of Christ.” We please God when we accept His free gift of salvation by faith and realize that we cannot earn it.

P--God, thank you for taking upon Yourself all our sins that we might be set free. Help me want to please You more and not to seek the approval of man.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - Job 25; Mark 13-14

S- Mark 14:6 "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me."

O - Jesus is talking with his followers about the woman who anointed him with expensive perfume. They thought it was a waste.

A - It is never a waste to take time to worship the Lord. It's a beautiful thing. It's okay to take the time even if your children are clingy, your tummy is hungry, your spouse is waiting for you. It's okay for them to witness your devotion and for you to draw them with you as you worship. I remember my dad thinking tithing was a waste and foolishness so that pastors could run around in fancy cars. I asked him if he saw the clunker our assistant pastor tooled around in. But, to me, tithing is an act of worship. It's giving back to God only a small portion of the abundance He has given me. The perfume the woman poured on Jesus' head was only a small portion of the riches He had bestowed upon her. Salvation is everything.

P - May it be a pleasing fragrance
That I bring to you oh my Lord
I am so in need of your presence
That I bow before you now
I pour my vial of worship over you

Tuesday, November 2, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 11/2/10 Job 23.24; Mark 11,12  STRANGE REQUESTS!

S - Mark 11:5 "What are you doing, untying that colt?"

O - Jesus instructed two of his disciples to go ahead to a village, untie a virgin, unridden colt to bring to Him.  He wanted to ride into Jerusalem.  He even instructed them what to say if anyone asked what they were doing!

A - I loved Pastor Diana's story told at the retreat of giving away a purse to a cashier at Kohl's.  The story spread like wildfire and I wonder how many possessions will be given away to others as a blessing because of her adventure?  Sometimes the Lord asks us to do unexpected, maybe even strange things.  I pray it doesn't stop us just because it's unusual.  He will even give us the words to say if someone asks!

P - Father, I pray that we become obedient to the small and large instructions you give us!  I pray others are blessed through our obedience.  I pray that You touch the world through us.

Monday, November 1, 2010


by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 11/1/10 – Psalm 121; Mark 9,10 - “Our Help Comes From the Lord”

S – Psalm 121:1-2 – “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.”

O – The psalmist declares that there is only One source of help: our help comes from God. This speaks of a confident, yet humble reliance on Him-the Creator of the universe who is also able to defend, protect and keep us.

A – God’s power to help us reaches to the remotest parts of creation, and the remotest parts of my life. Where, when, and how I need help is known by Him, and not only known by Him, but He IS my help. I just spent a weekend in the mountains with 84 women who know…that HE IS OUR HELP! No matter what we go through, we can know that He has purpose in each test, each trial, each circumstance, and He is there with us to not only help us IN the difficulty, but He also uses it to prepare us for what’s next.

P – Thank You Lord that no matter what we go through we can lift up our hearts and our eyes to You, our Source of help in time of need. Thank You for Your amazing love and faithfulness to our lives.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Thursday Oct. 28 JOB 19 Mark 1,2 "Ready, ready!"

Thursday Oct. 28
JOB 19 Mark 1,2

"Ready, ready!"
S-Mark 1:15 NIV "The time has come," he said, "The kingdom of God is near, Repent and believe the good news."
MSG- "Time's up! God's kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message

O- John the Baptist had come to preach a message of repentance. Lives were being transformed and the people were being baptized
in water. John says that he will baptize in water, but soon one will come, that is much greater than John, who will baptize in the holy spirit.
A spirit came upon John to be anointed to preach a conviction message to the people. He also baptized Jesus in water, and the heaven's opened up
a voice from heaven said "You are my son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life (MSG).

A- The power of the holy spirit can bring such a change in our lives. There is a treasure in repentance. To be walking in a path of destruction
and to have a spirit of repentance and conviction come upon you, is life changes the course, and the directly from where your are
to where you can go. Know the truth and the truth shall set you free.......that's the most freeing scripture I know. Jesus is the truth the way and the light, so be Ready, ready to
be sensitive to His grace and merciful spirit, and be "ready, ready" at all times.

P-Father, send your spirit to our hearts, and let us welcome him everyday and every moment. Let our hearts be so sensitive to your spirit, and in the ways
that are pleasing to you. Let us be ready at any moment to change our course of destruction, to be totally full of living waters with you, Lord. "Ready, Ready!"

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - October 27, 2010 - Job 18; Psalm 114; Acts 27-28

S - Acts 27:25 So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me.

O - Paul was speaking to the sailors and soldiers on the boat with him who believed they would perish in the storm they were in.

A - I have seen lots of people proclaim the word of the Lord, believe it for a short time (or a long time) and then stop believing. When I ask them why, they usually have decided that what they thought was the voice of God was really only their own selfish hopes and dreams. I believe that in most instances, when they lose faith, the enemy has just stepped in to steal their promise. God does not go back on His word. If you are His sheep, then you know His voice. Don't doubt when you hear Him speak. Ask Him for confirmation and then hold on to your faith with everything you have. Don't let the enemy of your soul steal your promise and your hope.

P - Lord, I stand before You believing what You have promised. Increase my faith, Lord.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/26/10  Job17; Acts 24-26 - REPENTANCE PROVES ITSELF

S - Acts 26:15;17-18 MSG "I am Jesus... I have a job for you. I've handpicked you ... I'm sending you off to open the eyes of the outsiders so they can see the difference between dark and light, and choose light, see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God.  I'm sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me." Acts 26:20 NIV "I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds."

O - Saul's life was interrupted by Jesus on the road to Damascus.  He was given a heavenly assignment from Jesus to open the eyes of the lost through his preaching.  His name and calling in life took a radical 180 degree change in direction as he obeyed the Lord's assignment. No longer did he kill Christians; now he brought people to Christ.  A radical change of repentance and lasting fruit.

A - Repentance proves itself by deeds. When we repent, there is fruit consistent with the repentance.  We begin "real living" when we repent and walk in a new direction.  Sometimes, the new life is radical, such as a miracle of deliverance from an addiction.  Other times the new life is embraced sacrificially one day at a time, moment by moment, through our choices.  But thankfully, not through our own willpower.  As we lean heavily on the Lord, we are empowered to prove our repentance through deeds through the power of the Holy Spirit.

P - Lord, may our repentance prove itself with our deeds.  May there be lasting fruit for all the world to see - of how Your Presence in our lives makes a radical difference.  May we be light to the world!

Monday, October 25, 2010


By Mary White

S--Job 16:5 “But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.

O--Job had lost everything; his family, his home, his land & now his health. He was very discouraged and was in much pain and discomfort. His good friends came to him and instead of bringing him encouragement they lectured and judged him.

A--When a friend finds themselves in a bad situation, financially, physically, and or spiritually, even if they have brought it on by their own bad choices, or not, as a true friend it is my duty and privilege to encourage them, and show them God’s love. Sometimes this is not easy, especially if they have done this repeatedly. It is not my place to judge but to extend God’s love and mercy to them. When our lives seem to be falling apart, we need our friends to rally around us and encourage us in the Lord.

P-- Oh Lord, help me to be a good friend, in good and bad times. Help me to remember your Word which says in Matt. 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful; for they will be shown mercy.”

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Not Crippled by Over-responsibility

S - Acts 17:32 - "When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said "We want to hear you again on this subject."

0 - Paul was a man with a mission. He traveled to Thessalonica, Berea, Athens, Corinth, Antioch, and Ephesus. He met with success and failure, acceptance and rejection wherever he went. He didn't base his confidence on his results which were mixed. He based his confidence on his call. He seemed to know that he was responsibe to speak and that he was not responsible for how others responded. What others did with his words was their responibility. He was not weighed down by over-responsibility, frustration with others, or a sense of failure because some rejected him and his message. . His call was to preach Christ crucified and risen and he successfully did what he was supposed to do.

A - I need to do my part. What others do with it, is not my responsibility.

P - Lord, help me to clearly know what my responsibility is, and help me to faithfully do my part. Help me to focus on the doing, not the results. Set me free from "over-responsiblity" for the responses of others. Help me to remember the examples of Jesus and Paul who did what the Father told them to do, and who faced mixed results, yet pleased God. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Job 11 & 12; Acts 15 & 16 GO AND TELL

S--Acts 16:25 “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God…”

O--Paul and Silas had been thrown in prison for preaching. They had been stripped and badly beaten.

A--I wonder if I had been beaten and thrown in prison for preaching the Gospel, would I be found singing and praising God or complaining and praying for help? Paul and Silas had a mission to “go and tell”. They were confident in Whom they were serving. They were compelled and driven to share the message of salvation through Christ.

P-- Oh God, make me like Paul and Silas. Give me boldness to “go and tell” others about You. Help me to overlook temporary discomfort…so I might bring “perfect comfort” to a hurting world.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Thursday October 21 Job 9 & 10, Acts 13 & 14 "He knows All" S- Job 9:4 His wisdom is profound, His power is vast.

"He knows All"
S- Job 9:4 His wisdom is profound, His power is vast.

O- Job acknowledges that he could not be righteous before God. He must have done something wrong to receive such afflictions on his life. He is confident that he did not sin greatly, and did not deserve such sufferings. Yet, his faith arises and is persistent in calling on God. The worst part for Job, was the times of silence.

A- In some of the worst of circumstances God can become silent. Sometimes God will allow us to go through the dark hours in silence. We misinterpret that to be that He is not listening, and He isn't there. When it's just the opposite. It is true that He will not give us a circumstance that we cannot handle, and at times we take tests of life over and over again, and it may seem to be the worst times of our lives, BUT GOD. It is those dark and silent times that God will work in and through your heart and develop your character and strengthen your faithfulness towards Him. He knows our end from our beginning and everything in between, and He never will leave us or forsake us. If you are feeling the silence, it is then that we become even more persistence and seek His face, and trust in Him with all our hearts.

P- Father of heaven and earth, thank you for everything. There is no better place to be, than in your presence and in the palm of your hand. Thank you for life, and every test and trial and the opportunity to glorify you through each one. You are the best thing that has ever happened to me, and I am greatly for all things. Amen.Thursday October 21
Job 9 & 10, Acts 13 & 14

"He knows All"
S- Job 9:4 His wisdom is profound, His power is vast.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - October 20, 2010 - Job 6-8; Acts 12

S - Acts 12:7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. "Quick, get up!" he said, and the chains fell off of Peter's wrists.

O - The church had been praying for Peter as he was in jail. An angel came and helped him escape.

A - When you pray, don't forget to be ready to do something in order for the prayer to be answered. Of course, we could just lie back and wait for deliverance to come, wait to be carried to safety. But, look how Peter was delivered. Whack! Get up, get dressed and MOVE! The angel had appeared "suddenly" and it was time for Peter to move. We should always be ready to participate in the answer to our prayers.

P - Lord Jesus, help me to be ready for the "suddenlies" that You send my way. I want to move when You tell me to move and to participate in whatever it is that You would have me to do.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/18/10  Job 3,4; Acts 8,9  WHAT HAPPENED TO PHILIP?!

S - Acts 8:5,6,35  Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there.  When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.... Then Philip began that very passage of Scripture and told him (the Ethiopian eunuch) the good news about Jesus.

O - Oh my!  What happened to Philip?  He was selected as one of the seven to "wait on tables" in chapter 6 when the Hebraic Jews were complaining that their widows were being overlooking in the distribution of food. Now in Chapter 8 he is performing miracles, being sent by the Spirit for a divine appointment with the Ethiopian eunich, bringing others to faith (even Simon the Sorcerer) and baptizing them in water.  He is a powerful influence in the Kingdom of God!! He becomes known as Philip the Evangelist in Acts 21:8.

A - Philip was originally selected to feed the widows because he was "known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom," Acts 6:3.  I find that interesting... he was recognized for his strong faith but selected to wait on tables!  We may start small, but as we are faithful in faith, developing our relationship with the Lord, He promotes us!!  Let's be faithful to the small things so that our influence will grow and magnify!

P - Father, thank you for our small beginnings.  Thank you for growing us up and sending us out as we seek You and be diligent in the things you call us to today.  May we be Philips in this age!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Oct. 18, 2010 Job 3 & 4 Acts 8 & 9

S- "Tests" Job 3:3 "May the day of my birth perish, and the night it was said, "A boy is born!"

O- After 7 days of Satan testing Job, and taking everything except for his love and faithfulness to the Lord, get's pushed to his breaking point. Not only was his family taken, his riches, his land, and even being afflicted with welts to his body.
Job get's to the point where he curses the day he was born, but he does not curse God, or speak badly of Him..... His heart was truly one that just wanted God's will for his life, even in the worst of testings he was faithful. Later through this scripture
he his faith starts shining through and recognizing and knowing the truth about the promises and purpose for his life.

A-Honestly, there are times that I have wished I were never born, BUT....I know, .there are no accidents from God, and there is purpose for every life, and no one is an exclusion. In the tests and the trials, my hope and prayer would be
to have the mind and heart of Job, and his long suffering.....because in the end of the testing and the trials, God prevails and gets al the glory, and restores back 10 fold what the locusts have stolen. As long as I am in God's will.....there is
no place than I would rather be.

P-Father of Heaven and Earth, thank you for the tests and trials that increase our trust and faith in you, and help us to become all we can be for you Lord. Give us strength through every trial and test that comes our way. Draw us close to you Lord, and
never let us go. Give us a longing and a desire to follow you in all of our days, and through all your ways! I love you Lord....thank you for the blessed times and the tough times.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A Life-time Commitment

S - Ps. 148:1 - "Praise the Lord, O my soul, I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing praise to my God as long as I live."

O - The Psalmist makes a life-time commitment to a life-style of praise. He worships the God who is his hope and help, his maker and re-maker. He thinks about the faithful character of God and how his character is expressed in actions. He worships the God who goes in dark prisons to set the prisoners free, the God who lifts up those who are bowed down, who watches lovingly over the needy.

A - When I praise and worship God, I am lifted up to a higher place, and I am strengthened.

P - Lord of Love, I worship and praise you, my Maker and Re-maker, my help and my hope.

Friday, October 15, 2010

BOLDNESS by Mary White

S-- Acts 4:31 “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the Word of God boldly.”

O--Peter and John had been thrown in jail because of their preaching. They were warned to stop preaching in the name of Jesus.

A--Instead of heeding the warning they all gathered together with other believers and prayed for Boldness and God answered their prayers. They were filled with the Holy Spirit. I need to take their example and when I feel threatened or afraid, I should ask God to fill me a new with His Holy Spirit. Then I would have the boldness and the power to speak His Word and the joy of seeing people come to the saving knowledge of Christ.

P--Oh God, please fill your church a new with the Holy Spirit…shake us up and give us Holy Spirit boldness, that will draw men and women to you.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Thursday October 14, 2010 Neh. 11& 12 Ps. 1; Acts. 3 "Blessed"

Thursday October 14, 2010
Neh. 11& 12 Ps. 1; Acts. 3


S-Psalm 1:1 NIV "Blessed is the man"
MSG: How well God must Like You-------

O- The first psalm and it's first word is "Blessed" is the man who does not follow after the world, but chastens after God. Those that separate themselves from the things of the world will be blessed. They will be like a tree, which stands strong and the source of water will come be a direct flow from the Lord, and will bearer much fruit. God will direct the path of those who choose to follow Him, and they will be Blessed.

A- Following the Lord's path is so much more peaceful, than following the path of destruction of the world. Even as a Christian, just being in a place where my heart is critical and judgmental, and everything around me seems to be not going right, because of my choices and my thinking are worldly and not God's way of thinking, it's not's a really bad place to be. It's polluted waters running through my thinking, and it can leak out in every area. Worst part, you do't even know it,sometimes. Life is so much easier and peaceful, when I am in tune and connected with my Father's ways of thinking. That's when my life is truly blessed. Blessings are not about things or money, it's a about peace and happiness.

P-Lord, each day let's start it with praising you and thank you for all of your blessings in my life. Please help me to keep my mid focused on the way you think and the way your see, and my ears to what you hear, and what you would want from me. Control my tongue to speak encouragement and to not be critical or sharp. Guide my direction Lord.......Jesus take the wheel. Amen......I love God's place I'd rather be, and I don't like visiting any where else but His place:)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


by Vivian Bills

Wednesday - October 13, 2010 - Nehemiah 9-10; Acts 2

S - Acts 2:38 Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit."

O - The people were convicted of their sins and wanted to know what they could do. This was Peter's reply.

A - It sounds so formulaic, doesn't it? Repent, get baptized, receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And yet, I know people who struggle with whether or not they've received the Holy Spirit, possibly because many doctrines state that the evidence of that gift is speaking in tongues. Just because there may not be evidence does not mean something is not true. The Word says if you repent and get baptized, you WILL (not MIGHT) receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Stand on this truth.

P - Lord, I thank you that I do speak in tongues. "But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue." (1 Cor 14:19) Pour out Your Spirit even more, Lord!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday 10/12/10 Nehemiah 7.8; Acts 1 GOD PUT IT INTO MY HEART!

S - Nehemiah 7:4,5  Now the city was large and spacious, but there were few people in it, and the houses had not yet been rebuilt.  So my God put it into my heart to assemble the nobles, the officials and the common people for registration by families.

O - Nehemiah was a man tuned into God.  He was originally distressed when he discovered that Jerusalem was in ruins, so he set about to rebuild the wall the and the gates. Certainly this was God's assignment placed into his heart.  He pressed through all the opposition by praying, seeking, following the Lord's leading.  Now he was motivated by God to register all the people who were in the land. He is sensitive to God's leading AND a man of action, carrying out the assignments regardless of the cost.

A - May we all be like Nehemiah!  May we be sensitive people, tuned into our spirits, sensing the gently leading of the Lord within.  May we join God in these leadings and follow through with the action necessary.  May we turn to God for strength when the going gets tough.  May we follow through AND finish what God leads us to do!

P - Lord, thank you for leading me.  May I become even more sensitive to Your Spirit within me.  May I be aware of those things you put on my heart, take action, follow through, and finish.  I thank you that you lead me like this in building Tune the Temple - adding to it each season. You put these things into my heart and I know You are leading me. Thanks!

Monday, October 11, 2010


S--Neh. 6:9 “But I prayed, now strengthen my hands.”

O--The Jews were rebuilding the wall. They had much opposition and dealt with intimidation. Their enemies were hoping that the Jews' hands would get too weak to complete the work.

A--There was an important task to be done…they were tired and under much stress, however, they would not give up. Nehemiah prayed “strengthen my hands.” Sometimes when I am faced with difficulty, opposition, and intimidation I just want to run, hide, escape and hope someone else will accomplish the task. My prayers can be “whining and complaining.” I want to be like Nehemiah, who trusted God and prayed for strength to keep on working.

P-- Oh God, please forgive me for the times that I have turned and ran away…help me to trust You and to call out for Your help and strength. I want to, not only run the race, but I want to cross over the finish line.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Rebuilding Our Lives

S- Nehemiah 1:3 - "They said to me "Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire."

O - The people had returned to the land, but they were really struggling. Their lives were a mess. This makes me think of a person who receives salvation, but is really struggling. Their life is very troubled, and they are not enjoying abundant life.

Walls are boundaries that keep the bad out and gates are openings to let the good in. Some people, especially if they come from a background of abuse, have had their boundaries trampled. They tend to let the bad, in and in shame or fear, hold their gates shut against good.

A- We need to rebuild our boundaries in order to protect our physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. We also need to know how to open up to the good blessings that God has for us.

P - Father, teach your people to rebuild their walls. Lord, we don't want to be just saved. We ask for the abundant life, the safety, and the blessings that you promise in your word as our Inheritance. In the name of the God of Heaven, who desires to bless his people, we pray. Amen!

Friday, October 8, 2010


by Mary White
S-- Luke 21: 3 & 4 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in all she had to live on.”

O--Jesus saw people giving their gift and observed the rich giving as well as the poor.

A--I’ve been financially well off, and financially poor …it was easy for me to be generous when I had plenty of money. However, now that my finances are meager, I find it exciting to give and watch God provide my every need, and so much more. I cannot out give God. I believe that God is looking for a people who are willing to give it all. Give till it hurts is a truism to many faithful people who diligently pay their tithes, give to the poor and help support worthwhile causes. He looks at the attitude of our hearts.

P-- Oh God I want to be like the widow who gave all she had, because she loved and trusted You to meet her every need.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Thursday October 7, 2010 Ezra: 7,8 Luke 20 "Pay up"

Thursday October 7, 2010
Ezra: 7,8 Luke 20

"Pay up"

S- Luke 20:25 (NIV) "Caesar's," they replied. He said to them, "The give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's.

O-The scribes sent spies who were pretending to be righteous, and were trying to trick Jesus by asking Him questions about taxes and money. Even though they say, they know
He is honest, and speak and teach correctly. They still ask Him about paying taxes, and the answer Jesus gives is not only about paying taxes to Caesar, what is due, but also
to give God what is due....."pay up."

A-The government takes from us what is due, or we get a lien on our property or go to jail for not paying our taxes. With God, He doesn't take anything that is due to Him.
He gives us the freedom to give it back to Him with free will. Even though, God's word says to pay your tithe's (Mal. 3:10) and He will pour out blessings upon us. It is
true, when you "pay up" what is due, God has blessing and great reward, all for being obedient to His word, and understanding God's principles. Works in my life:)

P- Lord, bless those who give back to you a special outpouring of your blessings today, for their obedience. Forgive those who steal from you, and hold back their tithes and offerings, for they are robbing from themselves too, and they opportunity to receive your blessings. Teach us how to give and "pay up" with the purest heart and joyful spirit, and learn to give even more. Amen