Charles Stanley –That All May Know Him

 

1 Timothy 2:1-7

A friend of mine recently told me about a cab driver who had religious symbols representing Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism displayed in his taxi. My friend asked why he had so many contrasting religions represented. The driver said they were for protection. When asked which one served that purpose, the man said, “I don’t know. But I want to be sure that one will work, so I have all of them.”

Here in America, it’s easy to think most people know about Jesus Christ, but there are men and women we see each day who have no knowledge of our Savior. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, “There is one God, and one mediator also between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all.” That truth is the foundation for the Christian faith. Through the Son, we are forgiven and reconciled to the Father.

Don’t assume that everyone in your life is familiar with the good news of Jesus Christ. Whether it’s a coworker, a new friend, or your long-time neighbor, you may be the only person they know who can tell them about the one true God and Savior.

Bible in One Year: Judges 1-3

 

 

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Our Daily Bread — God’s Storybook

 

Bible in a Year:

God blessed them. . . . God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Genesis 1:2831

Today’s Scripture & Insight: Genesis 1:26–31

Wanting to enjoy the beautiful day, I headed out for a walk and soon met a new neighbor. He stopped me and introduced himself: “My name is Genesis, and I’m six and a half years old.”

“Genesis is a great name! It’s a book in the Bible,” I replied.

“What’s the Bible?” he asked.

“It’s God’s storybook about how He made the world and people and how He loves us.”

His inquisitive response made me smile: “Why did He make the world and people and cars and houses? And is my picture in His book?”

While there isn’t a literal picture of my new friend Genesis or the rest of us in the Scriptures, we’re a big part of God’s storybook. We see in Genesis 1 that “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God He created them” (v. 27). God walked with them in the garden, and then warned about giving in to the temptation to be their own god (ch. 3). Later in His book, God told about how, in love, His Son, Jesus, came to walk with us again and brought about a plan for our forgiveness and the restoration of His creation.

As we look at the Bible, we learn that our Creator wants us to know Him, talk with Him, and even ask Him our questions. He cares for us more than we can imagine.

By:  Anne Cetas

Reflect & Pray

Where do you see yourself in God’s story? In what ways are you experiencing His fellowship?

Loving God, thank You for making me a part of Your story. May I love You and others as You love me.

 

 

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Kids4Truth Clubs Daily Devotional – God Makes Each of Us Unique

 

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“And the LORD God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7)

Mrs. Gillen watched her sixth-grade students go through a fingerprinting procedure at the school safety fair. A very tall police officer was helping the children place each fingertip in ink, and then carefully press their fingers, one by one, on their papers. As the students compared their fingerprints, they realized that none were alike, not even the fingerprints of the identical twin boys in the class!

Have you ever look closely at your own fingerprints? Have you ever compared them to the fingerprints of your friends or siblings? No one else has your fingerprints. They are uniquely your own. How can this be possible?

Genesis 2:7 shows that God is the One Who created human beings and gave them life. Psalm 139 is another passage that gives a picture of how closely God pays attention in His creative work. David, the writer of this Psalm, describes this kind of special attention to detail way in verses 13-16: “Thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb…. My substance was not hid from thee….thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect…and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” God knows everyone this closely–each and every single person who has ever lived, who is living now, and who ever will live one day in the future. No wonder David declares in verse 14, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”

Now, take a moment to think about this: As of the date you are reading this devotional, the world’s population is estimated to be 6,512,737,489. That means there are over six billion people alive today on Earth. And all of them have a unique set of fingerprints. If you multiplied over six billion times 10 fingers per person, then–wow! That is quite a number of unique, individual fingerprints! What an amazing Creator we serve, and what mercy and grace He shows to us when He pays attention to the tiny details of our lives and takes care of our special needs.

For His glory, God created everyone unique.

My Response:
» Why should I praise God for making me unique?
» How should I think about my looks and talents in light of the knowledge that God made me just the way I am?
» How should I treat others, knowing that God created them the way He did?

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Denison Forum – What happened this week at Denison Forum?

 

If you’ve read any article on our website at DenisonForum.org, you’ve likely seen the feedback form at the end of each page. This allows readers to both rank their thoughts on the article via emojis and leave written feedback that our staff reviews.

For instance, in response to Dr. Denison’s one-year retrospective on COVID-19, one reader wrote that “it made me keenly aware of being ready to share my love for our Lord and Saviour”—a timely reminder for us all.

The reader’s feedback also echoed what Dr. Denison wrote just yesterday in response to the hope of a “historic” summer: “the most important lesson I believe we should learn from the pandemic is spiritual rather than medical, eternal rather than temporal. In short: we need faith in God on a level most of us do not experience each day.”

The somber COVID anniversary wasn’t the only event to make news this past week.

In his response to Oprah’s interview with Harry and Meghan, Dr. Denison wrote of three ways we can “respond biblically and redemptively to the vital issues we face”:

  1. Practice biblical discernment.
  2. Seek the constant guidance of the Spirit.
  3. Aspire to be redemptive rather than reactive.

These are appropriate steps to take every day given the world we live in, when issues such as the cancellation of Dr. Seuss and the legal ability of three gay men to parent two children bring our culture into stark relief against biblical truth.

Right now, consider your response to the issues of the day: Are you being reactive, or redemptive?

Let’s work against the current of culture and choose the latter over the former.

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Hear Dr. Denison

Dr. Denison is routinely interviewed on radio shows and podcasts. Here’s where you can hear him from this past week:

As always, you can find Dr. Denison’s archive of interviews here.

What you may have missed

Peeps—yes, that Peeps—has released Easter-themed makeup. But that has contributing writer Minni Elkins wondering about the other colors of Easter.

“Our world has more and more information, but less and less wisdom.” If you agree, you’ll want to read Steve Yount’s review of The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett McCracken.

Notable Quotables

  • “God’s word is ‘a lamp to my feet and a light to my path’ as much today as when it was first inspired (Psalm 119:105). This is because neither human nor divine nature change. What was true is still true. Thus, we need to view everything we experience through the prism of biblical revelation. Look for what God says about the issues you face, for that’s the truth you need.” — Jim Denison
  • “After a year of hiding everything on our faces but our eyes, it’s no wonder people are embracing new ways to accent them. As spring approaches, Easter is not far behind. Spring break has already begun for many students and parents. And for most, not a moment too soon! We all need ‘spring breaks.’ But so do our souls.”  —Minni Elkins
  • “We should live with such integrity, consistency, and compassion that others see the difference Jesus makes in our personal lives (Philippians 4:81 Peter 3:16). Our opponents are not our enemies but people who need the same grace we have experienced and are called to share.” — Jim Denison

Parting thought

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