• Singing A New Song
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 16, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    It is not possible to overestimate the significance of the Psalms. In them, we find the ideals of a God-filled life that reflect humility, worship, dependence and service. In them, we find descriptions of men whose lives were in constant communion with God. We also find lives that reflect deep sorrow for sin and the search for holiness and perfection. We discover what walking in darkness is like - without fear gripping our hearts and controlling our minds because we see “faith at work.” We are confronted with the results of sin and the benefits of repentance, restoration, and righteousness. We see minds once tortured by guilt and shame restored to sanity by the grace and mercy of God as a result of His love. We see the beauty of God’s love in comparison to the tragedy of evil and wickedness. We see deep serenity following the storms of fear and danger.More than any other book in the Bible, we see the tragic effects of sin in first-person stories. We also see what God can do for those who fall before Him and ask for His forgiveness. We see the roller-coaster of life ending in smooth seas of God’s peace for those who submit to and worship Him.In the wisdom of God, His Spirit inspired the writers of the Psalms to take the experiences of men, who were as human as we are and give us a compass for life. The Psalms provide us with spiritual insight, wisdom, knowledge, and courage to deal with every issue of life.We read in Psalm 149 that we are to “sing a new song.”How is this possible when life is falling apart? Can there be any new songs?Yes! “His mercies never cease!” New day! New Mercies! New songs!Prayer: Father, make us aware of the unending mercies we receive every day. Fill our hearts with new songs of joy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord! Sing a new song to the Lord!&nbs […]

  • What's In A Name?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 15, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Names are, in fact, a commodity. They have “value” attached to them and can either be “traded” for a favor or used as a “warning.” A name distinguishes one person from another and gives a certain distinctiveness or uniqueness to individuals. Some pay particular attention to their name to make certain that it implies integrity and truth, honesty and hard work, power and influence.Most of us, from time to time, have been asked by others if they could “use our name” as a reference or as a way of introducing themselves. They assume that our names imply a degree of “significance” for one reason or another.So, they reason, if they are associated with us in one way or another, it will make a difference in what they want to achieve.But, human names are all limited. They only have worth in certain areas and for a certain amount of time. If people do not know us or have never heard of us, we make no difference in the scheme of things.There is an unusual statement made about a name in Psalm 148:13 - “His name alone is exalted.”There is a certain “exclusiveness” in this statement. Of all the names of all of the people who have ever lived, only one name is to be exalted. And that is because of who He is and what He has done. All other names are flawed or contaminated for one reason or another. His name is above and beyond reproach, worthy of worship and praise because He is holy and without fault.All of us “fall short of the glory of God” and need a “name” that we can “use” to save us. That name? Jesus!Prayer: Thank You, Father, for the power in Your name. It assures us of forgiveness and salvation and life eternal. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 148:13b His name alone is exalted.&nbs […]

  • Why Praise The Lord?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 14, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    All of Scripture is punctuated with outbursts of “praise.” The reason? Praise rises spontaneously from an internal attitude of joy which is in the heart and life of the people of God. The Bible speaks of man being created to rejoice in God’s gifts and God’s grace and God’s goodness. Praising God should be as natural as breathing and as regular as the beating of our hearts.Perhaps one of the significant aspects of “praising” is that it implies a close relationship with the one being praised. When we praise God, we are letting Him know that we are aware of and recognize His presence in our lives, that we are grateful for His benefits and blessings - big and small - and, that we are dependent on Him for all things. Consider this: If you give someone a gift, and they do not recognize you for it, do you feel unappreciated?Along with praising God, however, is the duty to exalt His name. Exalt, in Scripture, means to elevate, to glorify and to recognize the place and power of the one being exalted. When we exalt God, we acknowledge His Lordship in our lives and recognize that He is above all, in all, and has control of all. As we lift Him up above all others, we naturally bow down in humility before Him.“Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted,” said the Psalmist. Strange, isn’t it, how the names of athletes and entertainers are more highly praised and exalted than God’s name. How very sad!But the day is coming when every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!Prayer: Lord, You are so thoughtful and generous. All that we are and have is because You care. Thank You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted. […]

  • Nothing New
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Some years ago, a group of Navy scientists began to work on ways to change the direction of major storms. If they were able to do this, they reasoned, they could direct them to do great damage to the enemy.Furthermore, they thought, if they could direct the storms to disrupt the enemy, they would be able to control clouds and form high seas and waves. Also, they believed if they could create low, solid overcast clouds, they would be able to conceal troop movements.But God used the weather to His advantage long before the military ever entertained the idea. A great story of God using the weather to accomplish His purpose is the story of Jonah.One day the Lord said to Jonah, “Go to Nineveh.” But he refused to listen to God and decided to go to Tarshish. However, he never got there. The Lord had a plan for Jonah, and, to accomplish His plan He needed a hurricane. So, He “turned” one loose and the crew of Jonah’s ship became frightened.Jonah looked at them and said, “It’s all my fault. Go ahead and throw me overboard.” When they did, the sea stopped raging and became calm. But, there’s more.God then ordered a great fish to get involved in His plan. Soon, the great fish swallowed Jonah and took him for a ride. Finally, the great fish spewed him out, and he went to Nineveh. God does not put up with disobedience. If He has to, He’ll get all of nature to help Him accomplish His plan.The Psalmist reminds us that “lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and stormy winds...do His bidding.”Prayer: Lord, we only fool ourselves if we think we can escape from Your plan. May we be willing to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 148:8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and stormy winds...do His bidding. […]

  • The Ways Of The Wind
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 12, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    An army brigade was on a field training exercise in Texas near the Davis Mountains. Without warning, the skies turned dark, and the winds began to blow. Then, a swirling tornado began to travel across the training area. As it passed through the command area, a mangled mass of canvas with a soldier wrapped in the middle of it, dropped right in front of the colonel leading the exercise.“Soldier,” barked the officer, “what nerve you have. Coming into my area without permission or cause. Have you no respect for your leader?”“Sir,” said the soldier, trying to free himself from the ropes and canvas, “I had nothing to do with this. I was simply trying to put my tent up when the wind came through and picked me and my tent up, and away we went. And here I am, Sir.”“But, I didn’t see the wind, soldier,” said the officer.“Neither did I, Sir, but I sure felt it,” came the reply.In the Bible, “wind” is an emblem of the Holy Spirit. And in Psalm 147:18 we read, “He sends the winds, and the ice thaws.”On one occasion, Jesus said, “The wind blows where it wants to. You can hear the sound of the wind, but you have no idea where it came from nor where it is going. So you can’t explain how people are born of the Spirit.”Nor can we explain the work of the Spirit. He is not predictable nor do we understand Him. eHe is a gift of God who works in our lives to save us and empower us to serve.Prayer: We thank You, Father, for Your Spirit who gives us eternal life and strengthens us in our daily walk. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:18b He sends the winds, and the ice thaws. […]

  • God's Attitude About Strength
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 11, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    What Americans spend on nutritional supplements and bodybuilding is staggering. Consider these facts:Sixty billion dollars were spent in January to lose weight.One and one-half billion dollars are spent on food supplements each month.There are 30,500 health clubs in America.The average cost per month of a gym membership is $55.00.The total amount of money spent on gym memberships in 2014 was $23.1 billion.The number of gym memberships in 2014 was 12.2 million.“Looking good” for many is much more important than “being good.” Taking pride in bulging muscles and well-toned bodies have become a way of life for many who worship themselves rather than God. It is difficult to watch TV without seeing commercials on how to “get ripped” or pills to lose weight or products that will extend life. The “beautiful body” has become an end for many.However, the Psalmist staked our God’s position on all of this: “He takes no pleasure...in human might.”Now, there’s nothing wrong with being physically fit. We are indebted to God to avoid doing anything to our body that would put it at risk for any disease that we can avoid. Why? We are obligated to Him to honor this “gift” and use it for His glory by serving Him. But, we cross a line when we worship our bodies and not the God who created them.Prayer: Lord, may we care deeply about the gift of life and wellness You have given us and use it to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm147:10b He takes no pleasure...in human might. […]

  • In Vain Or In Victory?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 10, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Years ago, a letter was found in the pocket of a young soldier. He wrote it knowing that he would be in a fierce battle and his chances of survival were slim.“Dear Mom,” he wrote. “Do you know why I feel sad right now? It’s not about dying that worries me. We both know that when my number is up, it’s up. There is nothing that we can do about that. I wouldn’t put it so crudely if we didn’t know the truth and if we could not be honest with one another. And, so I say humbly and without hypocrisy, ‘God’s will be done!’""As I said, Mom, it’s not the dying that bothers me. I will be calm right up until the end as you will be after you hear the news of my death. But what does worry, bother and matter most to me is this: Will I have died in vain?”Paul, in writing to the Corinthians addressed “dying in vain” when he wrote: “We urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain.” Could it be possible, he wondered, that they could ignore Christ’s death? Did they doubt the message of Paul? Could they look at the cross and not see that the death of Jesus fulfilled the requirements of God?“He,” Paul said, “will have died in vain if you do not accept His grace.” In other words, if we do not accept the death of Jesus as the door to eternal life, there is no life in Christ.But what of those who have accepted God’s grace in Christ? The Psalmist expressed it in heart-touching words: “The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” Can we ask for more?Prayer: Father, we love You and thank You for the hope that we have in You. We would live in vain without You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:11 The Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. […]

  • Look And Learn
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 9, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    There are many stories about birds in the Bible. And they all have their place. But of all the birds mentioned, the raven is close to the bottom of the list as far as having any importance. It is a large blackbird and belongs to the crow family. It is noisy and has a loud, rough, very emphatic cry. It’s not a bird that is filled with grace and charm.Even young ravens, while in their nest, have a coarse call - especially at feeding time. Even so, when they call for food, the Lord hears them, and their mother then feeds them.Jesus once said, “Look at the ravens - they don’t plant or harvest or have barns to store away their food, and yet they get along quite well. God feeds them. And you are far more important and valuable to Him than birds.”If the Lord hears the cry of young birds for food, how much more will He hear the cry of His believers when they call out for mercy? If He looks out for birds, how much more will He look out for us? But we must do our part.Shovels are not made to lean on; they are made to dig with. We cannot expect God to do for us what we will not do for ourselves. Work is as much a part of life as prayer and worship. Never forget that Jesus worked for a living before He began His public ministry. Even though His Father created the world, Jesus set an example for us by working to meet His needs. Our ability to work is a gift from God, and He expects us to work to the best of our ability and for His glory.The writer of Proverbs said it best: “Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity.”Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the ability to work. May we follow Your example and do what we do to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:9 He feeds the wild animals, and the young ravens cry to him for food. […]

  • God's Never-Ending Grace
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    George and Will had been best friends since they were in grade school. Unfortunately, Will was having a difficult time financially. So, he went to George and said, “I’m having a difficult time with my finances. Can you help me out with a loan until I get back on my feet?”“Sorry, Will, I just can’t do that,” said George.“We have been best friends forever,” said Will. “How can you do this to me? We grew up together, studied for our exams together, and went camping together. And, I even rescued you when you were about to drown. Why, George?”“I remember all those fun times together, Will. They were good times, and I think of them often. But here’s the question: What have you done for me lately?” said George.Often we ask God the same question: “What have you done for me lately? I know that You love me because You sent Your Son to be my Savior. And, I know You have answered my prayers in the past. But where are You now when I need You? Have You given up on me?”The Psalmist in his wisdom said, “He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow on the hills.” However, we must remember one fact: He always does what He said He would do: but in His time and on His terms.The beloved spiritual reminds us that “He’s got the whole world in His hands,” and continues by making it personal, “He’s got you and me, brother, in His hands.”Our God is a powerful God and a personal God. He cares for us and will never abandon us. When we don’t get what we need when we want it, trust Him. It’s coming.Prayer: Father, there’s no doubt that You love us and will meet our every need. Please add patience to our trust. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:8 He covers the sky with clouds; He supplies the earth with rain and makes the grass grow on the hills. […]

  • Our Limitless Lord
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 7, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    “Understanding,” said an angry husband, “is one thing my wife knows nothing about.” No doubt, there are many who would make the same statement anytime they feel that they are misunderstood. Not only do we want to be loved, but we all want to be understood as well. And, all too often, when we pour out our heart to our dearest friend, it seems that they, too, don’t really care.How precious, then, are the words of the Psalmist: “Great is our Lord and mighty in power, His understanding has no limit.” Our God is a God whose understanding is unlimited!God knows our abilities as well as our possibilities, what we can and cannot do. When we understand and accept that simple fact, we will realize that He is the only one who can direct and guide us each day of our lives. He has given each of us a special skill set and has endowed us with talents and gifts that are uniquely ours and to be used for His glory. So, when He offers us an opportunity to serve Him, He will take the gifts that He has given us and empower us to do what He has called us to do.God also knows our spiritual limitations. We must never forget for a moment that He alone can deliver us from the temptations of life if we want Him to! If we trust Him and turn to Him, we can be assured that “no temptation will ever overpower us.” If, when we are being tempted, we turn to Him for an escape route, He will deliver us from anything that will destroy us.He is great, mighty and understanding. Trust Him!Prayer: Lord, when we come to the end of our limits, may we realize that we are just at the beginning of Yours. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord and mighty in power, His understanding has no limit.&nbs […]

  • Just Try!
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 6, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Mrs. Burrell, my fourth-grade science teacher, often visited the students in her class at night to teach them how to identify the various constellations. Now and then she would ask, “Well, how many stars can you count tonight?” No one was ever able to give an accurate accounting. But, we would giggle and make up some unreasonable number just to humor her.However, on a clear night, it is possible to see about two thousand stars. With some of the large telescopes now used to research the universe, astronomers can take a photograph and count about thirty billion. Even so, there are still many more billions that are beyond the power of the eye of the telescope.Sir James Jeans once suggested that there are as many stars as there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the planet. So, there’s a good reason why no one has been able to number them.Except One. “He determines the number of stars and calls each by name.” Now, that may be difficult to believe. But, when we realize His power and might and majesty, it fits right into His character.Numbers, however, are not as important as His love. However, our great God, Who created and named the stars and hung them in orbit, is more interested in us than He is in His stars. In fact, He loved us so much that He gave His only Son for our salvation. This God of measureless might is also a God of limitless love. And this very God extends an invitation to us to become one of His children.Prayer: How blest we are, Lord, that we are of such value to You that You willingly gave Your Son to save us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:4 He determines the number of stars and calls each by name. […]

  • Healing Hearts - Binding Wounds
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    No matter where we look, we find pain and suffering.Hospitals are crowded with people who were once healthy but are now waiting to heal. Our prisons are filled with shattered lives and unfulfilled dreams where hope once lived. Mental institutions have waiting lists for troubled minds and broken spirits. Divorce courts are now busier than ever as people “uncouple.”Every home seems to have its share of sadness. Eyes once filled with joy and expectation are filled with blank stares. Hearts that once sang praises are now hushed in silence because doubt and fear have overcome faith. Minds once focused on “things above” are now filled with self-centeredness and greed.Years ago there were craftsmen who were “jacks of all trades - masters of none.” George placed a sign above the door to his shop that read: “We can mend everything but broken hearts and bodies.”But the Psalmist reminds us of the One who can do just that: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”Recently, I sat in the office of my neurosurgeon to review my post-surgery status. As I sat there, I reflected on all who were involved in “restoring” my health: nurses, surgeons, pharmacists, anesthesiologists, dieticians - and the list seemed endless. And then God spoke to me and said, “You’re right. They were only involved. It’s up to Me and My Father’s grace as to what the outcome would be.”“He” - and only “He” - can bind up wounds and bring healing.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to realize what You can do in us, for us, through us and with us because You truly love us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. […]

  • Which Way Is The Right Way?
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 4, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Walter had been out for a night of drinking with a group of men whom he thought were his friends. When he left them, he got turned around and was going the wrong way on a one-way street. A police officer stopped him and asked, “Where do you think you are going?”In slurred speech, he said, “I’m not sure officer. But I must be too late. Everybody’s coming back, and I’m just getting started.”Disregarding traffic signs will usually get us in trouble here on earth. But disregarding God’s signs that point to everlasting life will certainly get us in trouble in the life to come. In the end, there are only two ways to live: righteously or unrighteously. And the choice is ours to make. Either we choose to live by God’s words and His ways or our ways that we design for ourselves.Jesus told an interesting story. On one occasion He was talking about life’s choices. He said: “Listen, you have a choice. If you want to get into heaven, be aware of this - the gate is very narrow.” Then He continued, “On one hand, the highway to hell is wide enough so all who want to travel it together can do so. It’s wide, and it’s easy going, but the choice is yours. On the other hand, the Gateway to Life Eternal is rather small, and the road is quite narrow. Now, only a few will make it, but I’ll be with them to help them when things get tough. But the choice,” He concluded, “is yours.”“The Lord loves the righteous,” said the Psalmist. And, it is His love that will protect us from danger and destruction on our journey.Prayer: We truly need You, Lord, to lead us on the right path to make the right decisions to live a righteous life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:8c The Lord loves the righteous. […]

  • Help For The Burdened
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 3, 2018 at 5:51 PM

    One day Napoleon and a lady friend were walking together down a winding path in the country-side. They encountered some workmen who were carefully carrying a large, heavy load of material. Arrogantly, the lady said, “Move from the path and make way for Napoleon!”“No!” interrupted Napoleon. “Respect the burden. Always respect the man with the burden.”God not only respects the man with the burden, but He willingly will relieve the burden and refresh the man or woman who has the burden. Listen to the experience of the Psalmist: “The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down.”No matter the weight or size of our burden or burdens, the Lord extends an offer to us to grant us His relief. “Humble yourselves, therefore under God’s mighty hand that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your worries or cares or anxieties or problems or troubles or fears on Him because He cares for you!”I find it interesting that for me to accept the offer of God to “lift me up” I must first “let myself down.” Notice, if you will that He begins His offer with the conditional word, “humble.”“I’d rather do it myself” is the way most of us try to “live life.” We want to do it in our own strength on our own time and in our own way. But that does not suit God. If we want His help, we must get out of His way and say, “I surrender. I can’t do anything without You, Lord.”Beginning with our salvation, and ending with Him in heaven, we must live life “bowed down” before Him.Prayer: Lord, how foolish we are to try to live life on our terms rather than Yours. Help us to “give in and give up.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:8b The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down. […]

  • Opened Eyes, Closed Mind
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 2, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    Sir Isaac Newton is generally recognized as the most original and influential theorists in history. His impact on physics and mathematics was profound, and he is the one who also discovered gravity.One day a visitor to his study remarked, “Sir Isaac, I don’t understand: you seem to believe the Bible like a little child. I have tried, but I can’t. Many of the statements mean nothing to me. I can’t believe, and I can’t understand why.”Sir Isaac replied, “Sometimes I come to my study, and in my absentmindedness, I attempt to light my candle when the extinguisher is over it. I fumble about trying to light it but cannot. But when I remove the extinguisher, then I am able to light the candle.”“I am afraid the extinguisher in your case is your love for sin. It is deliberate unbelief that is in you. Turn to God in repentance, be prepared to let the Spirit of God reveal His truth to you, and it will be His joy to show the glory of the grace of God shining in the face of Jesus Christ.”It is unbelief that keeps the truth of God’s Word from entering our minds, hearts, and lives. Reading and doubting are the opposite of reading and accepting. If we expect God to speak to us from His Word, we must first take Him at His Word, and the truth that is in His Word: “For by grace are you saved through faith.”“The Lord,” said the Psalmist, “gives sight to the blind.” He will open our eyes if we open our hearts.Prayer: Lord, open our hearts to the grace You offer us through Christ and our eyes to see the truth in Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:8a The Lord gives sight to the blind. […]

  • Finally Free
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on October 1, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    A clerk in Birmingham, England was placing a package on a shelf in a post office. As he was lifting it from a cart, it broke open and out fell what appeared to be a pair of “heavy-duty” handcuffs that were unlocked.Jokingly, he said to an associate, “I dare you to try these on for size.”“I’ll take the dare,” he said, put them on and locked them. After a few laughs, they went to the box to locate the key to unlock them. To their surprise, there was no key.They hurried to the police station to get a key to release the lock. They inserted it properly, but when they turned the key, it broke. What was once comical now became serious. The broken key either had to be drilled from the cuffs or the thick, heavy handcuffs sawed apart.But, it was Sunday, and no one could be found to help them out of their predicament. Finally, they went to the police chief who said, “Well, this looks like a good time to teach you a lesson. You’ll have to go to Derby, explain your problem to the person who made the handcuffs and then come back and we’ll remove them. You need to learn a lesson about playing with things that can harm you.”What a picture of sin. At first, it promises to bring pleasure and enjoyment - a time of fun and laughter. Then, it takes one “captive,” and one is no longer free. But, we know there is one who can free us: Christ our Savior. “The Lord sets prisoners free,” proclaimed the Psalmist.Prayer: Help us, Lord, to accept the freedom that can be ours through Your Son. May we place our trust in You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:7c The Lord sets prisoners free.&nbs […]

  • One Powerful Promise Keeper
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on September 30, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    “Promises are like pie crusts,” begins an old proverb. “They are made to be broken.” Not so God’s promises.Read this amazing statement: “The Maker of heaven and earth, the seas and everything in them, the Lord...remains faithful forever.”Behind God’s promises are His past performances. He is a God of truth and will not forget or forfeit His Word. Whatever He said He would do, He did. Whatever promise He made, He has kept. If He said it, He meant it, and He will do it!Behind His promises is His passionate love. He is the very definition of the word, love. Whenever we doubt the fact that God loves us, look at Christ on His cross. Unfortunately, we tend to only look at an empty cross. But, never forget that Jesus, our Savior, at one time hung on that cross for three painful, lonely, humiliating hours. How can we ever doubt God’s love?Behind every promise is His power. As the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, all of the laws that govern it are under His control. No one or no thing can stand in the way of the fulfillment of the laws that govern His universe - His creation. And if that is not enough, look once again into the empty tomb. He has the power to do whatever He said He will do.On a very special occasion, Alexander the Great gave one of his loyal supporters a generous gift. Said the recipient, “This is too much for me to receive.” Said the giver, “But it is not too much for me to give.”Prayer: Forgive us, Father, for those times when we have doubted Your promises, passionate love or power. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: The Maker of heaven and earth, the seas and everything in them, the Lord...remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:6 […]

  • Two In One
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on September 29, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Have you ever heard anyone accuse Jacob of being the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the Bible? This way of looking at Jacob was brought to my attention recently. A very strange description of one who has such a significant role in Scripture.Consider these facts: We see a constant struggle of good versus evil. He rises, yet falls short of his goals. His life is one constant battle between two natures: one earthbound and the other filled with divine intentions.No one can describe his life in a single word. It is certainly appropriate to speak of Abraham as a man of faith or Joseph as a person of purity. But it does not seem possible to summarize Jacob’s many-sided life into one word unless it would be the word “inconsistent.”His early years present a vivid picture of these inconsistencies. He was a cheat - having cheated both his father and brother. Yet, he constantly tried to do better.He might have died as a Jekyll and Hyde, but one night he was forced to face his sins and make a decision about his future. And when he realized that he was at the end of his resources, he finally turned to God to be saved from his sins and self-destructive ways.After that God-changing event, he went from victory to victory, with hope and help from the Lord.There is no limit to what God can do for each of us. What He did for Jacob, He can do for us: “Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God.” Wrestling with sin? Turn to God now!Prayer: How foolish we are, Father, to struggle in our own strength when Yours is available. Save us now! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:5 Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God.&nbs […]

  • To Trust Or Not To Trust
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on September 28, 2018 at 1:00 PM

    It is more difficult to trust than not to trust. So, many people go through life angry and alone.A father once said to his young son, “James, climb to the second step of the ladder, turn around and look at me. Now, when I open my arms, I want you to jump, and I’ll catch you.”Obediently, James did as his father asked him. However, when he jumped, his father stepped back and allowed him to fall to the ground. Hurting, crying, fearful and afraid, he looked at his father in amazement.“James,” said his father, “I wanted to teach you a lesson. Do not trust anyone. Not even your father.”What a tragic way for a father to teach his son about trust. Though many men and women are not trustworthy, there certainly are those who can be trusted. Many who are Christians strive to be people of integrity and honesty, openness, and trust.But there is a difference between trusting someone and putting our trust in someone. While it is important to be able to trust others, we must be careful about what we trust them for.So, God had a Psalmist give us a warning about putting our trust in people. “Do not put your trust in...mortal men who cannot save.” Our trust must be in God.Many offers to “save” and protect us from the realities of life. Treaties are written, and policies are produced to assure us that “they” will “save” us from every enemy! But in the end, only God can do that. Only He can save us.Prayer: Lord, Your Word assures us that we can trust in You for everything we need - salvation and eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:3 Do not put your trust in...mortal men who cannot save.&nbs […]

  • Praise, Praise And More Praise
    by noreply@blogger.com (Guido staff) on September 27, 2018 at 12:30 PM

    Years ago, two masked thieves quietly entered a church as the pastor offered the invocation. Immediately after he said, “Amen,” they shouted, “Everyone keeps standing, raise your hands toward heaven and sing ‘My Hope is Built on Christ Alone’ as though your life depended on it. ‘Cause it does.”With the worshipers’ hands held high, the thieves were able to go through pockets and purses at a rapid pace. After they were finished and fled from the church, the minister of music said in a trembling voice, “I’m sure that God heard us sing that song of hope this morning as we’ve never sung it before!”The hope that we have in and from God must always be in our hearts and on our lips. Unfortunately, when our days are trouble free and uncontested, we seem to forget the importance of hope, and the blessings that come with it. However, the hope we have in Him and because of Him should fill our hearts with praise for His grace at all times. Hear the words of the Psalmist: “Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing praise to my God as long as I live!” Praise was as natural as breathing, and he did not need special days or favors to praise God. Every day was a day to praise God.In good times or hard times, the Psalmist joyfully expressed his gratitude to God for everything. “All my life...as long as I live...I will praise Him!”Good days or bad days, joyous days or painful days, “smiley face days” or tear-filled days: Praise Him!Prayer: Help us, Father, to constantly raise our voices in grateful praise to You, for Your never-ending blessings! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.Scripture for Today: Psalm 146:2 Praise the Lord, O my soul. I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. […]

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