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The Golden Rule - Experiencing LIFE Today - March 27, 2015

You probably know the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. You've probably also heard the more practical version: He who has the gold makes the rules.

  A great fortune is a great slavery. — Seneca You probably know the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. You've probably also heard the more practical version: He who has the gold makes the rules. I've got one Golden Rule to add: He who owns the gold is ruled by the gold. Confusing? Let Jesus clarify it with a story: A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?" "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: 'You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'" "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said. When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was very wealthy. — Luke 18:18-23 Check it out: This man was a rich ruler, yet he was really being ruled by his riches. He came seeking the wisdom of Jesus. He knew something was missing in his life. Jesus knew the core issue and said, "Sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Then come and follow Me." How does the man respond? It's the only place in Scripture ... read more

God Was Glorified - Time with God - March 26, 2015

As the centurion took in all that he had heard and seen from Jesus, he could come to only one conclusion: “Truly this man was the Son of God!”

Mark 15:39 When the centurion, who was standing right in front of Him, saw the way He breathed His last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” God was glorified in Jesus’ death! That centurion had never experienced a crucifixion like this one. Jesus did not cry for mercy or try to escape; rather, He prayed for the people who put Him on the cross, “Father, forgive them”. He spoke to the other victims of crucifixion about life with God after death. As He was dying, for three hours in the middle of the day, the sky went dark. When Jesus died, there was a massive earthquake and the rocks were splitting. It was a terrifying experience. As the centurion took in all that he had heard and seen from Jesus, he could come to only one conclusion: “Truly this man was the Son of God!” God was not only glorified in Jesus’ miracles and in His words that so amazed His listeners. The glory of Jesus’ life went way beyond His training of the disciples. God was also glorified in Jesus’ suffering and death. God is challenging you today not to think of the hard times you face as opponents of God’s work in your life. God is as much glorified by your spiritual response to those times as He is by your times of great victory and blessing. For the iPhone app and more from John North and Ambassadors For Christ International, click here. read more

Both / And - Crosswalk the Devotional - March 25, 2015

Sometimes it feels like we Christians divide ourselves into two camps...

  Both / And by Shawn McEvoy, Crosswalk.com Managing Editor Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is, Christ. Ephesians 4:15 Consider the following sets of words: Compassionate, communicative, kind, fair, long-suffering, patient, accepting, gentle, merciful, understanding. Honest, holy, set-apart, stand-taking, consistent, dedicated, mature, righteous, unyielding, just. Which set best describes you? Sometimes it feels like we Christians divide ourselves into these two camps. Camp A rightly believes that "God is love," and as such they do a fairly good job of not alienating those they meet and know and care for. Of course, with every strength there's a weak side, and sometimes our well-meaning Camp-A brethren can become wishy-washy and overly accepting, even false. Camp B, on the other hand, rightly believes that "God is holy," and as such they do a fairly good job of reminding those they meet and know and care for that sin is sin, and God can not tolerate it. Of course, sometimes our well-meaning Camp-B brethren can end up sounding a lot like gongs and cymbals, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. People know we're here, but they wish we'd quiet down for a bit. Perhaps all the conflict between our own camps has torn at your heart and worn down your spirit, too. Now consider... which set of words best describes Our Father? Think about it before answering. We'll come back to that thought in a minute. I have a close friend, ... read more