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  1. So don't be afraid therefore; you are worth more than many sparrows. Matthew 10:31 (HCSB) As I am preparing this devotional, the price of gold is $1,467.25 per ounce. (Hmmm...I could use five ounces of it right now, but that is beside the point.) This price will go up or down depending on various economic factors that I will not discuss. Needless to say, gold is a valuable metal. Yet, there is one asset that is more valuable than gold. The value of this asset does not change with time. It is not platinum even though that is a reasonable guess. This asset is us. Us? Yes, us. Jesus makes it perfectly clear that we are more valuable than many sparrows. So, how much is a bunch of sparrows worth? It really does not matter. The key word in today's devotional verse is "are". We are highly valuable to God. So, how valuable are we to God? We are so valuable to God that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus Christ to be the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. Then, God raised Jesus up from the dead on the third day to give us all hope of eternal life if we choose to believe in Him. I encourage you to thank God for seeing you as highly valuable to Him. May God bless you today and every day!
  2. Show yourself in all respects a model of good works… Titus 2:7a (NRSV) I can vividly remember my first model car kit. I carefully fit each piece where it needed to go, but in the end, my model car did not exactly look like the one shown in the picture. I was disappointed with the results and vowed never to work with model cars again. Looking back at the model I built, I realized I did some things correctly. The model car did have four wheels like the original. It also had well-built doors and a firmly constructed hood that revealed an impressive motor. All in all, my model car was not a bad representation of the real thing even if it looked like it belonged in a junk heap. In Acts 10:38, Peter tells Cornelius and his friends that Jesus went about doing good. Jesus Christ is our ultimate role model when it comes to doing the right thing. As His followers, we are to set an example for new Christians as well as non-Christians who are seeking reasons to believe. What kind of good works should we be doing? I believe the most important good work we can do is to love everyone with God’s love. My mother says that loving others is the key to them understanding who God truly is. I agree with her wholeheartedly. God’s very nature is to love, and it was His love that motivated Jesus Christ to die for our sins on the cross. I encourage you today to perform good works for people. Pray that God will give you opportunities to share His love with those who are hurting and in need of someone who understands his/her problem. May God bless you in your endeavors as you reach out to a lost and dying world. May God bless you today and every day!
  3. Above all, put on love—the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:14 (HCSB) Unity is a delightful word. It basically means that groups of diverse people have developed into one multi-faceted group. The body of Christ is comprised of Christians from different denominations, countries, and races. So, unity is not a major issue in the Christian faith, right? Well, not quite. There are times when disagreements occur in the body of Christ. Suppose one person believes that the rapture of the church will occur before the Great Tribulation, and another person believes that the rapture will occur after the Great Tribulation. Such was the case between a fellow minister and me. When I expressed my view on the rapture, he looked at me and said, “I love you, buddy.” He did not agree with my view, but he still loved me as a fellow Christian. Unconditional love is the “super glue” that holds the body of Christ together. When we love one another as Jesus loves us, we can agree to disagree on issues and not let anything separate us from the body. Let us all love each other and maintain the unity of the body of Christ. May God bless you today and every day! 😊
  4. My name is Shane. I am a Christian minister and an educational mathematician. I love to share God's love to people and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I hope and pray that the devotionals I prepare will bless you.
  5. [Andrew] first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah!” (which means “Anointed One”), and he brought [Simon] to Jesus. John 1:41, 42 (HCSB) When I was very young (about twelve), I wanted to be a member of the Ricky Schroder fan club. Ricky Schroder was a young actor who starred in the comedy series “Silver Spoons” during the 1980s. I was excited when I got mail from the fan club. Among the souvenirs from this exclusive club was an autographed picture of Ricky Schroder. Although I never got to meet Ricky Schroder in person, he remains one of my favorite actors. In today’s devotional passage, we see that Andrew is very excited about having an encounter with Jesus Christ. He finds his brother Simon and tells him the great news of finding the Messiah. He then brings Simon to Jesus. Simon (Peter) later became one of the most dynamic disciples in the New Testament. In fact, on the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit came to indwell the disciples, Peter gave the first evangelistic message. Three thousand people got saved that day. If you are saved by God’s grace, then you are a spokesperson for Jesus Christ. You can tell your friends about what Jesus did for them when He died on the cross for their sins. You can even tell them the good news that Jesus rose again on the third day to give them hope of eternal life if they choose to follow Him. I encourage you to pray for God to give you opportunities to share His love and to tell others about Jesus Christ. May God bless you today and every day! 😊
  6. Reaching out His hand He touched him (the leper), saying, "I am willing; be made clean." Immediately his disease was healed. Matthew 8:3 (HCSB) At the beginning of Matthew 8, we read that Jesus has just finished His sermon on the Mount of Olives. As He is coming down the mountain, He encounters a leper who approaches Him. The leper kneels before Jesus and says, "Lord if You are willing, You can make me clean" (Matthew 8:2). In that bold statement, the leper expresses faith in Jesus's power to heal. The question is: Is Jesus willing to heal the leper?" In today's devotional verse, we see the answer: Yes! Motivated by God's love, Jesus heals the leper completely. We Christians are to follow Jesus's example of reaching out to hurting people. Although we cannot heal them as Jesus can, we can pray with them, encourage them, and even weep with them (see Romans 12:15b). In so doing, we are showing God's love to them and are extending an opportunity for them to receive God's wonderful grace. I encourage you to seek opportunities to reach out to people in need of an encouraging word or even the gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. Pray for God to enable you to do this, and He will. I guarantee it! May God bless you today and every day!
  7. And he gave the…teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry… Ephesians 4:11-12 (ESV) I am an educational mathematician. That is, I have devoted my life to helping students with their mathematics skills. I have taught math remediation, geometry, and algebra to middle school students and have tutored high school students in almost every math course in the secondary school curriculum. Although my job is challenging to say the least, it is highly rewarding. To see a student master an objective that he/she didn’t think he/she could do is a wonderful sight. Teachers are also valuable in the body of Christ. The Apostle Paul says that God gives teachers (as well as a few other roles) for the purpose of equipping the saints to minister to others. To equip means to thoroughly prepare. It’s like a football player putting on his uniform before going out on the field. Classroom teachers prepare lesson plans that will guide them in instructing their students. Likewise, spiritual teachers prepare knowledge and understanding of key Christian principles so they can instruct fellow believers how to live for Christ. The hope of every teacher is that every student knows and understands the material well enough to apply it. According to the Apostle Paul, the teacher equips the saints for effective application in the ministry. That is, the teacher prepares the saints for going out into the real world and sharing God’s love with all people. In a world where hurt and pain are inevitable, it is good to have a Christian alongside a hurting person to ease the pain. May God bless you today and every day!
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