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The Staff of God

Saturday, June 04, 2011 The Staff of God by Charles R. Swindoll Read Exodus 4:21–23 God was saying to his servant, "Moses, you simply go before Pharaoh and deliver the goods. He won't like it. He won't want it. Just bear in mind that even his stubborn, hardened heart is not outside My will." In the following verse, the Lord gave Moses specific instructions of what to say when he rammed into that brick wall. "Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, "Israel is My son, My first-born. So I said to you, 'Let My son go, that he may serve Me'; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn" ' " (Exodus 4:22–23). To put it into the vernacular, that was a gutsy message. You walk out of the desert into a new land, get an audience with the king, stand before him eyeball to eyeball, and say, "Pharaoh, God says to let His people go. But because you will refuse to do that, your own son w…

God Is Speaking to You

Saturday, June 4, 2011 June 4/5 God Is Speaking to You Psalm 85:8 Our concept of God determines how we relate to Him. Those who see Him as distant and impersonal may be surprised to know He “speaks” personally to everyone—even to those who deny His existence. Since He wants us to know Him and have a personal relationship with Him, He continually seeks to communicate with us. But without hearing His voice audibly, many people are unaware of Him. Even Christians can develop insensitive spiritual ears. For those who are willing to hear, God’s voice can be discerned through a variety of sources. The most obvious one is the Bible, but He can also call to us through the spoken or written words of other believers. He even speaks through circumstances and the wonders of His creation. I think we would all be amazed if we knew how many different ways our loving heavenly Father tries to get our attention. He calls with a quiet voice that speaks into our hearts and minds. Although His word…

Proclaimers of God's Word

Weekend, June 4 & 5 Proclaimers of God's Word: Hudson Taylor Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself... neither can you, unless you abide in Me. John 15:4 Recommended Reading John 15:1-5 Missionary pioneer Hudson Taylor worked so hard in China that his health nearly broke. One day a letter came from a friend who wrote about the joy of abiding in Christ. The letter said, "Abiding, not striving nor struggling; looking off unto Him; trusting Him for present power...this is not new, and yet ‘tis new to me." Reading this at his mission station at Chin-kiang on September 4, 1869, Taylor's eyes were opened. "As I read," he recalled, "I saw it all. I looked to Jesus; and when I saw, oh how the joy flowed!" Writing to his sister, he said: "As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. The last month or more has been perhaps the happiest of my life…

Impact For Christ

Impact For Christ June 4, 2011 — by Dave Branon Our Daily Bread Radio is hosted by Les Lamborn Read: 1 Timothy 4:10-16 Be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, . . . in faith, in purity. —1 Timothy 4:12 Bible in a year: 2 Chronicles 21-22; John 14 Over the past several years, I’ve been privileged to travel with teenagers on eight mission trips. One thing I’ve learned in those excursions is that teens are not too young to make an impact for Jesus—either on me or on others whose lives they touch. I’ve also noticed that the teens who make the biggest impact for Christ match the characteristics Paul told Timothy about in 1 Timothy 4:12. Trying to convince Timothy that his relative youth did not have to be a deterrent to his ministry, Paul told him to “be an example to the believers” in several areas. In word: Young people who make a difference for Christ control what they say, avoid negative talk, and speak words that honor God. In conduct: Teens who practice discret…