Today we are reading Isaiah 18. In this chapter we read about the word of God regarding the people of Cush. “At that time tribute will be brought to the Lord of hosts from a people tall and smooth, from a people feared near and far, a nation mighty and conquering, whose land the rivers divide, to Mount Zion, the place of the name of the Lord of hosts.” Isaiah‬ ‭18:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬ The land of Cush is identified as the region of Ethiopia. What we see in this prophecy is that people of great renown and from far away will bring tribute the the One True God in Jerusalem. Of course we know that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow. How does this universal submission to God comfort you? How does your submission to God impact your life? How does your submission to God bless those around you? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Thessalonians 5. In this chapter we read about directions that Paul gives the Thessalonian Christians. “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.” ‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:15-22‬ ‭ESV‬‬ In today’s turbulent times we are tempted to respond in anger when people offend us. What does God say? “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil.” We are called to be different than the world. What a challenge this is! How are you seeking to do good? Don’t limit who you might do good for. God is at work in and through you. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Corinthians 10. In this chapter we read about Paul’s total dedication to winning people for Jesus. “Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:24, 31-33‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How does your behavior impact those around you? Do your words and actions point people to Jesus. Consider how your lifestyle might make an eternal difference in someone’s life…are you willing to be a little uncomfortable so that someone might receive eternal blessings? May God be glorified in all you do! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Acts 17. In this chapter we read about the continuation of Paul’s Second Missionary Journey.  When Paul was in Athens, he found an interesting way to preach the Gospel. “Now while Paul was waiting for them at Athens, his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.

So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.” Acts‬ ‭17:16, 22-23‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Led by the Holy Spirit, Paul is able to build a bridge into the philosophical world of the Athenians. What bridges does God desire for you to build? How is the Holy Spirit helping you proclaim the Gospel where you live? Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Matthew 21. In this chapter we read about Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.“The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. Most of the crowd spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” And when he entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred up, saying, “Who is this?” And the crowds said, “This is the prophet Jesus, from Nazareth of Galilee.”” Matthew‬ ‭21:6-11‬ ‭ESV‬‬ It seems strange to have a “triumphant entry” before a victory. Jesus was on His mission to suffer and die for our sins. The people were giving Him a “heroes welcome”. He was much more than a hero! The small political victory they wanted Him to provide was nothing compared with the glorious eternal victory that is ours through faith. May God bless you to walk in this victory! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Zechariah 11. In this chapter we read about Zechariah being called by God to be a shepherd of His people. “”Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!””
‭‭Zechariah‬ ‭11:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬ Zechariah is speaking against the shepherds (Kings and priests) who have been unfaithful to God. If the leaders are unfaithful the people will suffer. How have you been faithful in leading those around you? What can you do to be a better “shepherd” to the sheep (people) God has placed in your care? What is the purpose or goal of the shepherd? May God raise you up to be a great shepherd! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Micah 7. In this chapter we read about the faith of Micah in the face of national catastrophe.“But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.”
‭‭Micah‬ ‭7:7-8, 18-20‬ ‭ESV‬‬ How do you react to the national catastrophe we are experiencing? Micah seemed to be able to see beyond the present struggles to a time of blessings. Every struggle we face in this life is TEMPORARY. God’s love for us in Jesus is ETERNAL. The devil would have us believe the opposite. How can you defend yourself from the deception of the devil? May God keep you in His steadfast love! Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 46. In this chapter we read about the futility of Babylonian gods.“Bel bows down; Nebo stoops; their idols are on beasts and livestock; these things you carry are borne as burdens on weary beasts. They stoop; they bow down together; they cannot save the burden, but themselves go into captivity.” Isaiah‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ “What is your “go to” when difficult times come?” I heard this question recently from a pastor on television. It is a good one. When we trust in anything other than God it will fail. False gods over promise and under deliver. The One True God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is the only one who can help us in our time of need. May God always be your “go to”. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading Isaiah 20. In this chapter we read about the disgrace of Egypt and Cush in their defeat at the hands of the armies of the Assyrian King Sargon. The people of Ashdod called upon Egypt and Cush for protection from Assyria. Because they did not call upon God they also shared in the disgrace of the defeat and were taken prisoner and enslaved in Assyria. Think of a time you experienced shame and disgrace. Were you able to unpack what led up to that time? Sometimes, as in the case of the Israelites, rebelling against God leads to our shame. In this situation, even mighty Egypt and Cush are not able to prevent God’s punishment at the hands of Assyria. So it is with God—it is only in Jesus’ name that we are spared the wrath our sins deserve. May God give you the Holy Spirit to confess your sins and receive forgiveness and eternal life in Jesus’ name. Pastor Tim

Today we are reading 1 Thessalonians 4. In this chapter Paul writes about the second coming of Jesus! All the details are very exciting for believers! These are words that inspire us and give us hope.  The keyword for this chapter is “pa-ra-ka-le-o”. The definition is “to exhort, to beseech,to encourage, to comfort”. “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words.” 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭4:16-18‬ ‭How does it encourage you when you think about Jesus’ return? How would it lift up and give hope to those around you as you speak of His second coming? May God bless you to live every day as if this is the day of His return!  Pastor Tim