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Archive for August, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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IF INTIMACY WITH CHRIST SEEMS A DISTANT REALITY , there may be a couple of possibilities as to why :

Good Morning!

(1) You do not have God’s word in your heart

(2) You are not obeying the word of God.

He who has My commandments and keeps them , he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him .” (Jn. 14:21)

God calls us to simple, unequivocal obedience of His word. Often, however in our ignorance or rebellion we:

Don’t know what the Word of God says :

God to Adam : “…from the tree…you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surly die.” (Gen. 2:17)

Eve to Satan : ” …God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it…” (Gen. 3:3) Eve, after adding to God’s word soon succumbs to Satan’s seduction.

Challenge the authority of the Word of God :

“And the serpent said (to Eve)…’You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it (the tree) your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ ” (Gen 3:4,5)

Water down the Word of God :

“…Many peddle (and) ...adulterate the word of God…” (II Cor. 2:17;3:2)

Twist the Word of God :

“The untaught and unstable distort (the word of God) …to their own destruction.”

(II Pet. 3:16)

The intimacy with Christ we long for is based on a childlike understanding and response to the word of God. Do we have the courage, faith and will to seek out, discover and obey the word in this manner?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated March 14th, 1994

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

17_08_23

IF INTIMACY WITH CHRIST SEEMS A DISTANT REALITY , there may be a couple of possibilities as to why :

Good Morning!

(1) You do not have God’s word in your heart

(2) You are not obeying the word of God.

He who has My commandments and keeps them , he it is who loves Me; and he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I will love him, and will disclose Myself to him .” (Jn. 14:21)

God calls us to simple, unequivocal obedience of His word. Often, however in our ignorance or rebellion we:

Don’t know what the Word of God says :

God to Adam : “…from the tree…you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surly die.” (Gen. 2:17)

Eve to Satan : ” …God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it…” (Gen. 3:3) Eve, after adding to God’s word soon succumbs to Satan’s seduction.

Challenge the authority of the Word of God :

“And the serpent said (to Eve)…’You surely shall not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it (the tree) your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’ ” (Gen 3:4,5)

Water down the Word of God :

“…Many peddle (and) ...adulterate the word of God…” (II Cor. 2:17;3:2)

Twist the Word of God :

“The untaught and unstable distort (the word of God) …to their own destruction.”

(II Pet. 3:16)

The intimacy with Christ we long for is based on a childlike understanding and response to the word of God. Do we have the courage, faith and will to seek out, discover and obey the word in this manner?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated March 14th, 1994

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good Morning!

Here is a simple guide to prayer you might want to try — perhaps before getting out of bed in the morning, while walking or driving. Let’s call it the “Prayer Hand.”

THUMB – Because it is the extremity nearest you, it represents your family . Pray first for the members of your family.

INDEX FINGER – This is the finger used for instruction and exhortation. So, pray for your pastor and other Christian leaders.

MIDDLE FINGER – Being the longest finger, it could remind us of the government. Paul urges us that,

“…entreaties and prayers, petition and thanksgiving, be made…for all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Tim. 2:1, 2 )

FOURTH FINGER – This is the least used finger, perhaps reminding us of the weak or least recognized among us.

“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just to please ourselves…For even Christ did not please Himself…” (Rom. 15:1, 3)

“PINKIE” FINGER – Being the smallest finger, we should pray lastly for ourselves.

while prayer is one of the most difficult of the disciplines, it is a must. as christ admonished us :

Men ought always to pray and not to lose heart.” (Lk. 18:1)

Chances are that if we are praying, we are not loosing heart.

And…if we are loosing heart, we are not praying.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated March 7th, 1994

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Good Morning!

Here is a simple guide to prayer you might want to try — perhaps before getting out of bed in the morning, while walking or driving. Let’s call it the “Prayer Hand.”

THUMB – Because it is the extremity nearest you, it represents your family . Pray first for the members of your family.

INDEX FINGER – This is the finger used for instruction and exhortation. So, pray for your pastor and other Christian leaders.

MIDDLE FINGER – Being the longest finger, it could remind us of the government. Paul urges us that,

“…entreaties and prayers, petition and thanksgiving, be made…for all who are in authority, in order that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.” (I Tim. 2:1, 2 )

FOURTH FINGER – This is the least used finger, perhaps reminding us of the weak or least recognized among us.

“Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just to please ourselves…For even Christ did not please Himself…” (Rom. 15:1, 3)

“PINKIE” FINGER – Being the smallest finger, we should pray lastly for ourselves.

while prayer is one of the most difficult of the disciplines, it is a must. as christ admonished us :

Men ought always to pray and not to lose heart.” (Lk. 18:1)

Chances are that if we are praying, we are not loosing heart.

And…if we are loosing heart, we are not praying.

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated March 7th, 1994

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

17_08_09

Jesus told us to “Go, MAKE DISCIPLES”:

Good Morning!

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18 – 20)

The kind of DISCIPLES Jesus charged us to develop have the following characteristics :

They have forsaken all to follow Christ:

“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:26 – 33)

They are serious adherents of God’s word:

“…Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn. 8:31, 32)

They love others unconditionally and sacrifically as Christ loves us:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you , so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn. 13:34, 35)

They are growing in Christ likeness:

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Lk. 6:40; Matt. 11:29)

They bear much, lasting fruit:

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last…” (Jn. 15:8, 16)

Oh…I almost forgot: A law of life is that you produce after your own kind. So to disciple others, you must first be a disciple . Hmm…

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Feb. 28th, 1994

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

17_08_09

Jesus told us to “Go, MAKE DISCIPLES”:

Good Morning!

“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matt. 28:18 – 20)

The kind of DISCIPLES Jesus charged us to develop have the following characteristics :

They have forsaken all to follow Christ:

“In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:26 – 33)

They are serious adherents of God’s word:

“…Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (Jn. 8:31, 32)

They love others unconditionally and sacrifically as Christ loves us:

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you , so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (Jn. 13:34, 35)

They are growing in Christ likeness:

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.” (Lk. 6:40; Matt. 11:29)

They bear much, lasting fruit:

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples… You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last…” (Jn. 15:8, 16)

Oh…I almost forgot: A law of life is that you produce after your own kind. So to disciple others, you must first be a disciple . Hmm…

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

*Originally dated Feb. 28th, 1994

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good Morning!

Jesus’ final command to His disciples was “Go, MAKE DISCIPLES.” (Matt. 28:18 – 20).

Tell me, are you obeying Christ’s command to MAKE DISCIPLES?

If your answer is, “I’m very busy in Christian activity”, you will have some serious answering to do at the Judgment Seat of Christ (II Cor. 5:9 – 11).

Activity is no substitute for productivity. Productivity is no substitute for re-productivity.

Christ MADE DISCIPLES, who in turn were commanded to MAKE DISCIPLES, who in turn were to MAKE DISCIPLES: Spiritual reproduction. He told us to do exactly the same:

“Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations…teaching them (your disciples) to observe all that I have commanded you (part of which is the making of disciples)…” (Matt. 28:19, 20)

Spiritual multiplication .

Paul put it this way , ” And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (II Tim. 2:2):

Paul discipled Timothy, who in turn was to disciplefaithful men, who in turn were to teachothers, who were to also teachothers. Spiritual multiplication. Spiritual re-production: MAKING DISCIPLES.

Tell me, are you MAKING DISCIPLES? If not, why not?

When God evaluates us for the substance of our lives, the question will be asked, “Did you lay the foundation of Christ in people’s lives?” That is the gold, silver, and precious stone that will stand the test of fire. It is called MAKING DISCIPLES. Everything else will be burned as dross (I Cor. 3:10 – 15).

Tell me, are you MAKING DISCIPLES? Or are you just busy in Christian activity?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Feb. 21st, 1994

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Good Morning!

Jesus’ final command to His disciples was “Go, MAKE DISCIPLES.” (Matt. 28:18 – 20).

Tell me, are you obeying Christ’s command to MAKE DISCIPLES?

If your answer is, “I’m very busy in Christian activity”, you will have some serious answering to do at the Judgment Seat of Christ (II Cor. 5:9 – 11).

Activity is no substitute for productivity. Productivity is no substitute for re-productivity.

Christ MADE DISCIPLES, who in turn were commanded to MAKE DISCIPLES, who in turn were to MAKE DISCIPLES: Spiritual reproduction. He told us to do exactly the same:

“Go therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations…teaching them (your disciples) to observe all that I have commanded you (part of which is the making of disciples)…” (Matt. 28:19, 20)

Spiritual multiplication .

Paul put it this way , ” And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” (II Tim. 2:2):

Paul discipled Timothy, who in turn was to disciplefaithful men, who in turn were to teachothers, who were to also teachothers. Spiritual multiplication. Spiritual re-production: MAKING DISCIPLES.

Tell me, are you MAKING DISCIPLES? If not, why not?

When God evaluates us for the substance of our lives, the question will be asked, “Did you lay the foundation of Christ in people’s lives?” That is the gold, silver, and precious stone that will stand the test of fire. It is called MAKING DISCIPLES. Everything else will be burned as dross (I Cor. 3:10 – 15).

Tell me, are you MAKING DISCIPLES? Or are you just busy in Christian activity?

My prayer is that you are having a great week!

R. Dwight Hill

* Originally dated Feb. 21st, 1994