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    by Cecelia Lester

May 26, 2023
Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ……  ( Click for more )
May 19, 2023
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will……  ( Click for more )
May 12, 2023

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness. . . .” Matthew 5:8

Jesus commends those who seek a right relationship with Him. He tells those who listen that they will be blessed. What does a person who hungers and thirsts after righteousness look like? He or she isn’t satisfied with the things the world does. That person looks at the world through God’s eyes.

How does a believer look at suffering? One who has spent time with the Lord knows what God’s Word—the Bible—says. That believer spends time in prayer.…  ( Click for more )

May 5, 2023

“Blessed are the meek,

for they shall inherit the earth.”

Matthew 5:5 (NIV)

The Guideposts Family Concordance defines meek as patient, steadfast, not harboring resentment.

Jesus singles out those who are patient, reliable, and hold no grudges and tells those in His audience that they receive God’s favor. Those deemed meek will receive—as a divine gift—the earth. The tense of the verb denotes this will be a future happening. That’s all Jesus tells us.

I have known people who illustrate meekness by the way they conduct themselves…  ( Click for more )

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD Genesis 6:8 (NKJV) In my Lenten devotional reading, I read part of Hebrews chapter 11. My study Bible stated something that made me stop and think. The note was on Noah building the ark. The sentence stated that without God’s grace, Noah……  ( Click for more )
April 21, 2023
Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5 (NKJV) Words of David. David pleads for God’s mercy and deliverance. He asks God to not “remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions:”……  ( Click for more )
April 14, 2023

“Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

From time to time in our lives we receive word of someone whose life here on earth has come to an end. Our friends come up to us a hug us. They express their sorrow over our loss or they choose not to say anything. We don’t realize it at the time but we are mourning.

We receive condolences in many forms—the hugs, the sympathy cards, the floral tributes, the funeral dinner provided by the people of the church. We receive comfort from these actions. We also receive…  ( Click for more )

The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes……  ( Click for more )
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” Luke 7:47 (ESV) A Pharisee invited Jesus to share a meal with him in his home. While He reclined at the table a sinful woman entered the home. She……  ( Click for more )
March 24, 2023
The Lord your God is in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 (NKJV) The Lord God is in your midst - A……  ( Click for more )
March 17, 2023
Joy in His Presence You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence. Acts 2:28 (NKJV) Words from Psalm 16:11, spoken by the apostle Peter on the day of Pentecost. God sent His Holy Spirit to the believers. They……  ( Click for more )
March 10, 2023
And He said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14 (NKJV) A promise of God given to Moses. Moses talked with God, asking for help to lead the Israelite people on their journey across the wilderness and into the land He had promised them. ……  ( Click for more )
March 3, 2023
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5 (NKJV) Words of Paul written to the believers in Rome. Paul has just told the Roman believers that hope is the by-product of character.……  ( Click for more )
February 24, 2023

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

Matthew 5:3

The MESSAGE Bible has an interesting paraphrase for these words. “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of you rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.”

When God’s children face emotional times, their inner beings, if left to their own ways. can deflate to the point of extreme lowliness.

When Jesus went to John the Baptist, John told the crowds that he couldn't touch Jesus’ sandal. He told the crowd “He must…  ( Click for more )

February 17, 2023

Handling Disappointment

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around

like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know

that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”

1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

I sometimes get disappointed easily. Any mix-up in plans can cause me great anguish. The only way I can keep myself under control is to pray about the issue. I have to ask the Lord if I am in the wrong or is the other person. There have been…  ( Click for more )

February 10, 2023

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed,

for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Because we are human, we have times where fear overtakes us. Our hearts become heavy and our minds focus on the sadness of our lives. We immediately focus on the darker part of issues that affect our lives. Or we lose interest in the things that go on around us. Each day seems to stretch ahead of us or time gets away from us. When anxiety takes over our lives,…  ( Click for more )

February 3, 2023
Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. I acknowledged my sin unto You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions/ to the LORD,” And You forgave the iniquity of my sin. ……  ( Click for more )
January 27, 2023
Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (NKJV) Words spoken by Jesus. In this passage, Jesus invites……  ( Click for more )
January 20, 2023

“Let your gentleness be evident to all.” Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

Have you ever know anyone who never raised their voice or shown any sign of anger to another person? Have you witnessed someone treating another person with kindness during a stressful situation?

These instances demonstrate gentleness. The people who can do this receive the ability to display this attribute from having God in our lives.

Jesus modeled gentleness with the woman caught in adultery, the woman who touched the hem of his garment, the disciples, and with Peter.

We speak of…  ( Click for more )

January 20, 2023
The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him. The Spirit of wisdom and understanding, The Spirit of counsel and might, The Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD. Isaiah 11:2 (NKJV) The words of the prophet Isaiah. Isaiah gives us insight into the……  ( Click for more )
January 13, 2023
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass. Psalm 37:7 (NKJV) A Psalm of David David advises his readers to rest in the LORD. What does……  ( Click for more )
January 6, 2023
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you are to love one another. By this all people will know you are my disciples if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 (ESV) The scene is in the Upper Room, Jesus is talking to His disciples. He has……  ( Click for more )
December 30, 2022

"Let love and faithfulness never leaveyou; bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart." Proverbs 3:3 (NIV)

We have seen faithfulness in the news recently. A couple in Connecticut have been recognized as the longest married couple in the United States-80 years as man and wife. My thought when I saw this on my computer was they have been married longer than most people live. I was impressed by their marital longevity.

Several years ago, I met a mother who cared for a special-needs child for decades. She and her husband kept him at home.…  ( Click for more )

December 23, 2022

As I started to study this topic, I had some questions about it. How would you define goodness? Do we see goodness in others? How can we achieve goodness in our hearts?

How would you define goodness?

The MSG Bible equates goodness with “a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.” I believe that goodness is a heart quality that is visible to those around us. We see it in those who serve others. A friend steps up and helps someone with a need. People see the goodness we have as they watch us go through our days and how we handle our problems.…  ( Click for more )

December 16, 2022

“He gives his king great victories; he shows unfailing kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants forever.” Psalm 18:50 (NIV)

What does God’s kindness look like? We can see it every day, if we look for it. Have we ever experienced God’s kindness? Of course we have. Does it show itself in what He does for us at the time we ask or does it come into view when we later reflect on a time when He withheld one our requests? Did you recognize it when it happens? With practice, we can.

How can we, as God’s people, convey His kindness…  ( Click for more )

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