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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Proverbs 12:25

Proverbs 12:25 "Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up."
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish I had an unlimited supply of money so I could shower my family, friends and those in need with gifts?”
Ironically each one of us has and unlimited supply of gifts that we can give, but most of the time we keep them all to ourselves! I know you are asking what gifts? The gifts I am talking about are not physical gifts, but they are the gifts of encouraging words. The gift of an encouraging word can meet a need and bless a person more than any physical gift ever could.
One of the things we are training our teams to do at CFW is when they greet someone tell them "Welcome to CFW, how can I make your day better; or how can I serve you today."

Our encouraging words have the power to turn someone’s day around. They have the power to change someone’s attitude about life and about their eternity! That's our heart at CFW, elevating peoples attitude the minute they step in our doors. Can you imagine a church full of people elevating each other towards Christ?
Today look for opportunities to be generous with the gift of your encouraging words. Maybe it will be your co-worker, someone next to you in class or it might even be your child or your spouse that needs the gift of your words. Will you hold back or will you make the choice to be generous with your words?
You are Loved!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Romans 5:11

Romans 5:11 "Not only so, but we also rejoice and exultingly glory in God {in His love and perfection} through our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom we have now received and enjoy our reconciliation."  

The greatest relationship we will ever have the opportunity to enjoy in our lives is our friendship with God. I can't stress this enough or stop telling you why this is so important. The Bible speaks of his love for us in the most quoted scripture of all time, John 3:16. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." This word “love” in the Greek is the word Agape. It is the love that covers all, the love without demand and the love that is impossible to measure. This love so great is the love that God has for us and his greatest desire is not for us to be religious, but for us to have a relationship with him! That means have coffee with him in the morning or a chat sometime throughout the day.

All other loves will fail, but the love of God will never fail you. Even when we feel like He is not there or that He does not care about the situation you are in. That's just old Satan trying to keep you from the victory at hand. So keep your heart and thoughts on track and remember that our minds cannot even comprehend the eternal, everlasting love of God. We just have to trust that love and gratefully accept Him as the greatest friend we will ever know.

You are Loved!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Todays Thought Luke 9:23-25

Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭23-25‬ KJV
"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?"

To build quality friendships, we not only look for the right person; we also have to be the right person. In our culture we are taught to focus on ourselves and what makes us happy, but God’s ways are counter cultural! He says if we want to be happy we have to give ourselves away and look for ways to make others happy. We must be the kind of friend that we are looking for. We must be humble, not pushing for our own way. We must be patient and kind even though it seems like that is the last thing we want to do. And we must be willing to forgive others just has God has forgiven us.

You are loved!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - 1 Samuel 18:1

1 Samuel 18:1 "After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself."
Most of us instinctively know the “right they” in our lives, but we don’t always pursue those relationships. It's kind of like the teenager who knows who they should date but have a tendency to chose the "wrong they" we talked about yesterday. God desires for us to have the kind of relationships that pour into our lives and give us fuel in our tanks.
Think about Jonathan and David; they had such a strong bond and deep love between them; God desires that for us. He desires our relationships to be ones that edify and build up. The "wrong they" pour the negative into us to bring us down. Those who will love us like David and Jonathan loved each other, impact us to greater things.

Take some time to Think about people in your life that may be flying under the radar because they are humble. Look for people that are constantly encouraging others, people that easily forgive wrongs and people who are following God’s will in their lives. These are the “right they”. These are the people who will help you get to the next level in your relationship with God and ultimately have a full and abundant life.
You are loved!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT -1 Corinthians 15:33

1 Corinthians 15:33 "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
For most of us growing up we probably heard a parent or teacher quote this familiar Bible verse! It is amazing how the simplest of principles can sometimes become the most complex. We so easily fall into the trap of the “wrong they”.
I know you are thinking who's the "wrong they?" Take a look at the people you surround yourself with. Like a detective looking for clues you must look for the signs. It may be big things that scream out that our friends are the "wrong they" or it may be small things that we might easily overlook. Things like a negative attitude, gossiping, lack of making wise choices and lack of love for God can end up being huge things if we allow them to have an influence on our character. So like one who puts on the armor, we must guard our heart and spirit so we don't get pulled away from our relationship with Christ. "Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
You are Loved!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Proverbs 13:20

Proverbs 13:20  "Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm."
Relationships are one of the most important things in our lives here on Earth. Relationships are one of the biggest things Jesus told his disciples to cultivate. The people we choose to walk with through our life will have a huge impact on where we will end up! That's why it's important to choose those who will lift you up and not tear you down.

In this quiet moment as you chose to read this devotional today, take time to take a “Friend-entory”. Are the people around you causing you to make wise choices and building you up in your faith or are they causing your trouble or even causing you to get into trouble?
We only have this one life to live. This is not a dress-rehearsal, so we have to make sure the people we choose to spend the most time with are pulling out the best in us and pushing us closer to God. My prayer for each of you is that as your Pastor and friend, I'm getting you closer to the one who saves you...make the choice today to do the same with those around you!
You are Loved!

Monday, July 14, 2014

TODAY’S THOUGHT - Mat 5:13-15

Mat 5:13-15 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. "You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.
 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."

When Jesus taught his disciples about their roles and responsibilities in life He wanted them to realize that ultimately their lives would be put on display for everyone to see as an example. There are the same expectations for each of us to be examples in our time as was in His. If we believe the bible is true, then how we live and the choices we make should be a positive example of who Jesus is and what He means to our lives.

Just like “salt” is used as a preservative and provides “flavor” and creates “thirst,” our choices in life should accomplish the same thing. Our lives should preserve the character of God. When we reflect his Character through our choices we will be like an attractive seasoning that will produce a spiritual thirst in the lives of others. People will be drawn to us and will crave what we have. This is how we are to shine our lights. Remember, God has a plan and purpose for our lives. Make a commitment today to fulfill God’s purposes in your life by shining his light through the choices you make.

You are loved!