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Broken Relationships

Broken Relationships May 19, 2011 — by C. P. Hia Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: Philippians 4:2-7 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit. —Philippians 2:3 Bible in a year: 1 Chronicles 7-9; John 6:22-44 I watched from my balcony as a 20-story apartment building was demolished. The demolition took barely a week to complete. In its place a new building is being constructed. It’s been months now, and despite construction activities going on nights and weekends, it is still incomplete. How much easier it is to tear down than to build up! What is true for demolition and construction of buildings is also true for personal relationships. In Philippians 4:2, Paul wrote to two women in the church, saying, “I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.” The quarrel between these two women threatened to tear down the witness of the Philippian church if left unresolved. So Paul urged a “true companion” (v.3) to help rebuild tha…

Shod for God

Thursday, May 19 Shod for God ...and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Ephesians 6:15 Recommended Reading Romans 10:14-15 Detectives in Huntington Beach, California, recently made a break in a cold case by identifying a murdered woman's shoes. The crime occurred in 1968, and for decades the victim's identity has been "Jane Doe." Recently the case was reopened after her shoes were traced to a regional brand in upstate New York. Now police have discovered a report of a missing woman from that area, and it appears the case may be solved.1 Imagine being identified by one's shoes. The Bible teaches that those who take the Gospel to friends and neighbors have "beautiful feet" in God's sight (Romans 10:15). When our faith is steady, we travel through life surefooted, saying, "He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places" (Psalm 18:33). We're to turn our feet to God's testimoni…

Selfless Dedication

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Selfless Dedication by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 2:15–25 Moses, the Prince of Egypt, alias Prince Charming, watering animals? Why? Because Moses had just choked down the biggest wedge of humble pie you can imagine. By now, the man was ready to do anything. Isn't it interesting, though, that in this incident Moses was allowed to be a deliverer on an immensely smaller scale? Earlier, he had thought he was going to deliver a nation. He had grand dreams and mighty schemes. But this time God said, "You want a job as deliverer? Then stand up and do it, son. Start here. There are seven women here in Midian who need a champion at this moment." Moses could have shrugged it off. He could have said, "Aw forget it. I'm out of the delivery business. Let someone else do the job." But he didn't. It was here Moses took his first steps in becoming a man of selfless dedication. The young women would later tell their father, "An …

What's the Secret to a Great Prayer Life?

Thursday, May 19, 2011 What's the Secret to a Great Prayer Life? Hank Hanegraaff Quite simply, and without meaning to be glib, the secret to prayer is secret prayer! The goal of prayer should never be the roaring approval of the crowds, but rather the approval of our Father who is in heaven. As Jesus so eloquently put it, "When you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, Who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." The secret to prayer is secret prayer. Jesus provided the ultimate example. As Dr. Luke puts it, He "often withdrew to lonely places and prayed" (Luke 5:16). Unlike the religious leaders of His day, He did not pray to be seen by men. He prayed because He treasured fellowship with …

Impossible Love Made Possible

May 19 Impossible Love Made Possible Galatians 5:22-23 When a lawyer asked Jesus which commandment was the greatest, He said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and “the second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matt. 22:37, 39). What an overwhelming assignment! In our own strength, none of us can live up to this obligation, but the Lord has provided a way for Christians to do the impossible. The indwelling Holy Spirit works to produce His fruit in us, and first on the list is love (Gal. 5:22). In fact, the other eight qualities are really just descriptions of its expression. Whenever we demonstrate kindness, patience, or gentleness, we see the Lord’s love at work through us, especially when the other person has been unkind and doesn’t deserve such pleasant treatment. This fruit is not produced by trying harder to muster good will toward someone who is irritating or hard to get along wit…