IN AS MUCH AS YOU HAVE DONE IT UNTO THE LEAST OF THESE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to  begin your day
January 20, 2018

On a recent bitter, cold, snowy day, I was curled up on the sofa by the fireplace enjoying a book.  It was my perfect day.  I love winter much more than summer. As I sat in the comfort of my home I was thinking of those who are far less fortunate than I.

While sitting there, I Googled the number of homeless people in America.  It is an astounding three and half million people. Of that number, about 1.35 million are children.  In the wealthiest nation in the world, this should not be but, it is.

What is my role, as a Christian, to alleviate poverty, hunger,  and homelessness?  The Bible is clear.  Read this familiar passage: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:30-40).

I live in a small town and I am not aware of a shelter for the homeless.  I can, however, help clothe them by gifts to several local agencies that collect clothing for those in need.  I can travel to nearby towns that have shelters and help with the task of preparing and serving meals.  I can visit our local hospital and minister to those who are sick.  Many of them are frightened and have no family.  The same is true of those in nursing homes.

While I may not personally know anyone who is homeless, there are many opportunities to minister to them.  When I do, it is as if I have done it unto Jesus Himself.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

GOD WOULD NOT HAVE US BE IGNORANT

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 19, 2018

I love the news!  Probably more than ninety percent of the television I watch is either news, news commentary or documentary.  I especially enjoy election seasons and political debates. Most people I know think I am a little crazy, but I like being informed. I can intelligently discuss any side of any topic that is current in the world. I become impatient with those who are quick to champion views without knowing or caring to know the facts. Some friends of mine say they don’t watch the news because it is too depressing.  I can understand that point of view, but I would still prefer being informed than ignorant.

When I think of how passionate I am to be informed about the news and world events, I am ashamed to say I am not as passionate about being informed about what the Word of God says regarding many topics that are relevant to our everyday lives, and are imperative for us to know if we are to advance the Kingdom of God on earth effectively. Ignorance does not mean you are dumb or stupid; it just means you are uninformed.  In our country, there is no reason for any Christian to be uninformed or ignorant regarding what God would have us know. 

As Christians, we should be passionate about the Word.  I should be able to intelligently debate any topic from God’s Word, just as I can current events in the news. I should be able to defend the Word of God in the public arena, with confidence.

Today, I will commit to becoming more informed about what the Word of God says.  If I spend half as much time in the Word as I do watching news, I would quickly become proficient in defending the gospel wherever I go.  

Your passion may not be watching the news, but there is something that likely takes time away from your study of God’s Word.  Think about taking some of that time to commit to learning more about how to present and defend the Gospel to a dying world.

God would not have us be ignorant.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

BE CAREFUL OF WRONG THEOLOGY

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 18, 2018

Last night I was thinking about a song from my teenage years.  It was very popular, and I can still remember most of the lyrics.  I am always careful to respect copyright laws, and I won’t write the lyrics word for word.

The song was a tear jerker which made it most memorable.  It was about a teenage boy out on a date. He and his girlfriend were in a serious accident, and the girl had been killed.  The verses told the story of what happened, and the refrain explained what the teenage boy thought he needed to do.  When he realized his girlfriend was dead, the young man speaks of how the Good Lord had taken her away and how, if he is to see her in heaven, he will have to be good.

I often think of that song and the wrong theology it implies. The song would lead us to believe our way to heaven is to be good.  The Bible teaches another way altogether. In Acts 4, Peter and John and been teaching about Jesus and his resurrection. They also healed a lame man in the name of Jesus. These acts were not popular among the political and religious leaders of that day. Peter boldly addresses the Sanhedrin, and in verses 11-12, Peter says, “Jesus is the stone the builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Those verses say nothing about being good to get to heaven. The Apostle Paul knew he could not be good enough when he said in Romans 7:15, “I do not understand what I do, for what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate, I do.”  God also knew none of us could ever be good enough no matter how hard we try. The only way would be the shed blood of Jesus.

The book of James talks about good works.  It is clear that good works without faith is dead, (James 2:17). The difference is that we are known by our works, but we are saved by trust in the Lord Jesus.

When we confuse goodness with trust in Christ we are dealing with wrong theology.  If we truly trust Christ, the goodness will come.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

PASSIVE WITNESSING

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 17, 2018

Recently a friend gave me some golf balls that had a scripture verse stamped on them.  The next time I played golf I used those balls.  As I played, I thought how this was “passive witness.”  When I lose a ball someone will likely find it. Could it be that God would use the verse on the ball to minister to the person who finds it?  I have a feeling God will do exactly that.

There are other ways to passively witness.  We see bumper stickers everywhere with powerful Christian messages.  My favorite is t-shirts. Many people have Christian flags in their yards.  These witnesses are clever and are designed to get someones’s attention.  God will do the rest.

Passive witnessing is not a substitute for actively trying to spread the gospel, but, it may plant a seed in someone’s mind that will lead to a deeper look into the faith.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

STAY ON THE PATH

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 16, 2017

Several years ago my best friend, Martha, took her three-year-old son to the park. The park had walking trails so she decided to go for a short hike. Normally the trails are easy to follow but it was fall and leaves had covered the paths. Without realizing it, she lost her way and found herself deep in the woods with no clue how to get out.  With a toddler in tow and hopelessly lost, she kept walking, which only got her deeper into the woods. Her son was hungry, thirsty and scared. While she tried not to alarm him, he kept asking, “Mama, are we lost?” Margie had her cell phone with her but service was sketchy. She came to a place where she saw a fence which appeared to lead to an opening, but the way to the fence was treacherous and she decided not to take any chances.  She could hear traffic in the distance but could never find a way out.  She walked around in the woods for about three hours, having to carry her son most of the way. Finally, Margie reached a spot where she had cell service and she called a friend that lived near the park. That friend went to the park and to the trail. She called and called, but with no answer. Thankfully this friend called the park service who sent a search team out to find the lost pair. All ended well.

There are many spiritual analogies we can draw from this story. Mostly I think how easy it is to lose our way in life. We often lead others astray as well.  We only need to wander from the straight and narrow way just a little before we find ourselves going deeper into a life that is far from God’s best for us.  We may hear God’s voice in the distance, but when we are so far off the path there are obstacles in our way and it is difficult to get back on the right track. At those times it is good to have Christian friends to call to help us find our way back.

The best answer is to make certain we are disciplined and stay on the right path.”Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the path that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13. God will keep us on the right path if we commune with Him daily and ask Him to show us the way.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

STORMY, JOB WELL DONE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 15, 2018

Today, January 15, marks the anniversary of the death of my precious dog, Stormy. Stormy had liver cancer and was the dog of a lifetime. In my book, TheDogs, of My Life and What They Teach Me About The Kingdom of God, are stories about Stormy and the spiritual truths he taught me. I wrote the story of the day he died and have included it in the book. I summarize it here.

Stormy had been sick for a few weeks, but much worse the last several days of his life.  When he stopped eating altogether yet still gained twelve pounds in ten days, I knew he was retaining fluid at an alarming rate and that his condition was grave. On the day I took him to the veterinary hospital, I thought it would possibly be for the last time. It was a Friday, and the veterinarian told me that Stormy would not live through the weekend. He went on to say, if I took him home, he would likely suffer and die. His breathing was already labored. Euthanasia was the humane thing to do.

As Stormy lay on a quilt, life leaving his body as the drugs entered his veins, there were many things I wanted to tell the best dog I had ever known.  I wanted to tell him how much I loved him and how precious he was to the family and me. But instead of saying those things, the first words out of my mouth were, “Job well done.”

In the eleven years I had Stormy, he was the perfect companion and friend. He taught me so many things that God would have me better understand. He showed me the meaning of unconditional love, loyalty, obedience, faithfulness, selflessness, true friendship, and companionship. He had done his job better than any other dog I have ever owned or any person I have ever known.

There has not been a day since his passing I have not thought about him. I still miss him terribly. The lesson Stormy taught me reminds me of the parable of the talents. Read the parable in Matthew 25:14-30. The servant that served his master well, heard the master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25: 23). We should all live our lives with that goal in mind.  Serve the Master every day in ways that please Him and have him say, “Job well done.”

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

LAUGHTER WORKS LIKE A MEDICINE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 14, 2018

A few months ago I was dog sitting for a neighbor. I love dogs.  One of my favorite sayings is,  “Dogs are my favorite “people.”  I never met a dog I did not like.

These dogs are bull terriers.  I had never been introduced to this breed until my neighbors moved in. I liked all three of them immediately. Dogs, like people, have distinct personalities.

The first day of my assignment, I took each dog outside separately.  The first dog out was the Alpha female. The Alpha dog has to be the boss of all other dogs. Whenever there is another Alpha dog around, things can get contentious. My dog, also an Alpha female, was in my yard but I had the neighbor’s Alpha dog on a leash. There should have been no problem.  Boy, was I wrong!  The dog on the leash saw my dog in my yard and was off like a bolt of lightning, pulling me behind.  She was moving so fast I could not keep up, and with the leash wrapped around my hand, she quickly dragged me facedown to the sidewalk and then halfway across the yard before I could free myself from the leash. Picking myself up and reaching for my glasses, which had been thrown to the ground when I hit the sidewalk, I could tell, from the uproar, the two dogs had met. They sounded as though they were killing each other. I ran as fast as I could. By the time I reached my house, they were in my garage doing laps around my car.  I was in hot pursuit, also running laps trying to catch the dog on the leash, but she would pull away, and around and around we would go again. When they finished running circles in the garage, they darted into the driveway.  My husband had just pulled in and seemed amused that we were now doing laps around his car.  I finally said to my husband, “Will you stop laughing and try to help me?” Even with the two of us, we struggled to catch the dogs and separate them.  The whole scene must have been comical for passersby to watch.

As I sit here recalling this event, I can’t help but laugh. Several hours removed, the picture in my mind of being jerked to the ground, dragged across the yard, and chasing two dogs in circles, was hysterical. I believe God would have us laugh at ourselves sometimes. I could have taken this much too seriously. It could have been serious.  I thank God I don’t have any broken bones. When I think of how hard I hit the pavement, it is a miracle my body is intact! The dogs did not kill each other. There was much gnashing of teeth and flying hair, but neither dog had a scratch. The neighbors watching the scene got a good laugh. My husband and I are still laughing.

Today, if everything seems to be going wrong, take a moment to laugh. Also take time, to be thankful that it is not the worst day you have ever had, nor is it the worst day you ever will have. The Bible says, A merry heart (laughter) does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22 King James Version).  No one wants dry bones.  Laugh today, and allow it to work as a medicine.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

DO NOT LOSE HEART

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 12, 2018

In 2017, history was made in the world of college football.  The Clemson Tigers defeated the University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide for the National Collegiate Football Championship.  Why is it college football history? Most everyone is aware of the Tide’s prowess on the football field. They have won more national titles than any other team and were favored to win the title game. It has only been in recent years that the National title has been decided by one final game, but that is a discussion for another time.  The fascinating fact that will go down in college football history is that this game marked the first time in 40,619 days since Clemson defeated Alabama on the football field.  It last happened in 1905. The two teams have only met 13 times since 1905 but, this is a game Clemson wanted badly since they lost to the Tide last year in the title match-up.  I don’t tell you all this because I want you to think I am an expert on college football trivia.  I am not.  These were fascinating facts that came out over the course of the game.

What does all this have to do with today’s devotion? Think about the frustration the Tigers have had trying to beat the Tide.  If you watched the game, you know they did not give up.  As a matter of fact, Clemson did not get the winning points until the last second of the contest. Yes, that’s right; there was one second left on the game clock. What a lesson in perseverance!

We read throughout the Bible that we are to never give up hope. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”  (2 Corinthians 4:16-17 ). The trophy the Tigers received for winning that game will forever be on display at Clemson University.  It represents the glory they achieved for persevering. 

If you have been struggling through trial after trial and there appears to be no end, remember you are achieving eternal glory if you persevere, keep your eyes on the goal, do not lose heart, do not give up hope, and keep the faith. The Apostle Paul knew this.  He wrote to his friend Timothy, “Now there is in-store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day.” (2 Timothy 4:8). Not one of us has struggled more than Paul. His perseverance achieved for Paul eternal glory. He did not give up and he did not lose heart.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

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Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PHILLIPIANS CHALLENGE

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 11, 2018

About thirty years ago I heard a lady speak at a conference I was attending.  She talked about a time in her life when she felt she had lost the joy of her salvation.  She loved the Lord, but the fire was gone.  In confiding to a friend, she was advised to read the book of Philippians every morning and every night for 30 days.  She accepted the challenge, and it changed her life. I took the challenge as well, and it changed my life.

I realize Your Daily Moment is supposed to take just a moment.  I try hard to make the devotionals short but powerful.  Surely, you can’t read the book of Philippians in just a moment. As a start, why not take just a moment to find one verse you can read and then think of that verse today.

I’ll  even give you a verse with which to start. “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISOBEDIENCE HAS CONSEQUENCES

YOUR DAILY MOMENT: Inspirational thoughts to begin your day
January 10, 2018

Do you ever remember doing something as a small child that your parents expressly told you not to do?  Most of us have.  That activity was likely forbidden because your parents thought it would be for your own good to not participate.

I remember when I was about five years old, my parents told me to never jump on their bed. Somehow, even at five, their ban must have made it more attractive.  I loved jumping on their bed. It was my trampoline.  One day as I was jumping as high as I could, I lost my balance and fell, landing hard on the nightstand. I remember that it hurt but there was no outward sign of injury.  After several days of crying and complaining my parents took me to the doctor.  I had a simple fracture of my collar bone. Even worse than the pain, was the treatment.  A small cross was placed on my back and my shoulders pulled back and secured to the cross to stabilize the bone as it healed. It was summer and my mother took my brother, sister and I swimming every day at a local state park which had a very nice lake and beach. I loved to swim.  For six weeks I had to sit on the beach and watch the other kids have all the fun, while I bore my cross.  I don’t ever remember jumping on my parent’s bed again.

I suspect disobeying your parents is about as close to sin as a small child gets.  Disobedience definitely had its consequences.  So it is with disobeying God. The worst consequence is death. “For the wages of sin is death.” However, the last part of that verse, Romans 6:23, makes it clear God has provided a plan to deliver us from death; “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

There was no escaping my punishment for disobeying my parents.  They did the right thing, but I still had to “bear my cross.”  God knew we would disobey Him and He knew we would face the worst consequence ever; death (separation from Him ). What most non-Christians don’t understand is that God does not cause the separation; sin does. My parents did not cause my accident, my disobedience did.  God provides the escape from eternal damnation. “But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8.) It doesn’t get any better than that.

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Suggested reading and listening list

The Purpose Driven Life
D-Day, June 6, 1944, the Climactic Battle of World War II
High and Lifted Up
, Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
Tyler Talks Back,  CD Allen Levi
Revealing Jesus CD
Revealing Jesus DVD
The Pursuit of Holiness
Portraits In Courage by George W. Bush
Worship Changes Everything.
The Insanity of God.  A true story of faith resurrected.
Revealing Jesus: A 365-day devotional
The Dogs of My Life and What They Teach Me About the Kingdom of God
How Time Flies (includes, “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.”)
Hope (includes the song, “Still”)
The Hiding Place
*Thera Cane
Life’s Ultimate Privilege
True Treasure (This is a Chrisitan Children’s Book)

I encourage you to link to each of the items in the reading list.  You are sure to find something there that will bless your life.  All the selections are reasonably priced, and I have read or listened to each and highly recommend them.
Be blessed,
Karen

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DISCLOSURE: The products for which I provide links are all products I can personally recommend.  I may be an affiliate for those products which means if you click on a link and buy one of those products, I will be paid a small commission.   You will not pay more for the product by clicking on my link, but it will help offset some of the cost of providing YOUR DAILY MOMENT.  Thank you, and as always, be blessed. Karen

*********************************************************

Karen Cobbs is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising linking to Amazon.com