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Month: November 2011

Build Others Up

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by Phil Ware

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”  Ephesians 4:29

Thoughts on today’s verse

The goal in Christian communication is not merely clarity, but encouragement based on what the needs of the other person are.

Prayer:

Tender Shepherd, give me a heart that is pure so that my words may be pure. Give me a heart that is kind so that my words may be kind. Give me a heart that is full of joy and encouragement so that I may share these with those you bring to my path and with whom I share conversation. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

You can comment on this devotional online at:
http://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/2011/11/29/pw_build-others-up/

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It’s a See-What-Happens Life

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by Marilyn Ehle

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers.  “Come follow me,” Jesus said. At once they left their nets and followed Him.”  Matthew 4:18-19

daily devotionsFollowing Jesus doesn’t come with a master plan complete with intricate details. This is disturbing and distressing for those of us who like to know exactly where we’re going before we set out on the journey. We want a map with roads defined and detours clearly marked. No surprises, please. But Peter and Andrew obviously knew just enough about the character of the one who called them to leave their nets, their secure profession, their comfortable family life and embark on a see-what-happens life. Toward the end of his life, another of those early fishermen who chose to walk with Jesus wrote that he and the band of faithful followers – ‘heard, saw with our eyes, looked at, and our hands touched’ this Jesus, and by such following, their joy was complete.

Although we don’t have the physical Jesus in our presence, we actually have so much more as we read about His life in the Bible; we can begin to more fully understand the character of the one calling us. And once we choose to ‘leave our nets and follow Him.’ His very presence comes to dwell within us. Then the see-what-happens life takes on excitement, challenge and deep joy.

You can comment on this devotional online at:
http://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/2011/11/27/me_see-what-happens-life/
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