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Planting Trees - Word for the World - April 24

So David made extensive preparations before his death (1 Chron. 22:5). David became the architect of the Temple he would never build.

Planting Trees Dr. Randy White "David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house that is to be built for the Lord shall be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands. Therefore now I will make preparation for it.” So David made ample preparations before his death." (1 Chronicles 22:5,) It was clear to David that, because of His sin of self-reliance shown in counting the numbers of the armies of Israel, he would not be allowed to carry out his heart’s desire to build a House for God. This grand opportunity would be left to the next generation. David could, however, dream the dream and gather the goods! So, David became the architect of the Temple he would never build. He designed a temple that would be "exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all lands." This is a good blue-print for the activities you do in the name of God!  David also gathered the material for the construction, including stone, iron, timber, and “more bronze than could be weighed” (1 Chronicles 22:3). Pastor Earnest Campbell put it this way— To be young is to study in schools that you didn’t build. To be mature is to build schools in which you will not study. To be young is to swim in pools that you did not dig. To be mature is to dig pools in which you will not swim To be young is to sit under trees that you did not plant.... read more

The Only Way You Can Live a Spiritual Life - Senior Living - April 23

Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst (John 4:14). Trying to be 'spiritual' without the Holy Spirit makes about as much sense as trying to live without water.

  The only way you can live a spiritual life Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” - John 4:13-14 Science tells us that the body needs on average about three quarts of water a day to operate efficiently. Water helps break up and soften food, making to the most critical chemical in the digestive process. In fact, the blood in your body is about 90% water and carries nutrients throughout the body. As a cooling agent, water regulates your temperature through perspiration. And without the lubricating properties of water, you joints and muscles would’ve worn out long ago like a piece of old rusty machinery. Water is the most vital substance for you to have physical life. And in much the same way, the Holy Spirit of God is the single most important ingredient for you to have true spiritual life. Trying to be ‘spiritual’ without the Holy Spirit makes about as much sense as trying to live without water. You simply can’t do it. The Holy Spirit in your life confirms your place in heaven, as well as empowers you for godly living each and every day. And if you’re in Christ, He’s already inside of you! Live by the Spirit each day and let Him guide you in your walk with Christ. Prayer ... read more

Your Greatest Legacy - Encouragement for Today - April 22, 2014

Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children (Lam. 2:19). You'll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent.

April 22, 2014 Your Greatest Legacy Mark Batterson "Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children ..." Lamentations 2:19b (NLT) Nothing keeps you on your knees or on your toes like parenting. Maybe you can relate to these words attributed to John Wilmot: "Before I got married, I had six theories about raising children; now I have six children and no theories." Lora and I have three children (ages 18, 16 and 12), and they have effectively dismantled all of our theories about parenting except for one. And that one theory is the game changer: You'll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is our highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing we can do that will have a higher return on investment. In fact, the dividends are more than generational. They are eternal. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren and every generation that follows. The blood running through my veins is half Swedish. I trace my genealogy back through the Johansson family who made a decision to get on a boat and come to America in the late 19th century. That single decision started a chain reaction that radically altered the destiny of every descendent to follow in a thousand different ways. Just as one decision can change your destiny, so can one prayer. In fact, you are one prayer away from a totally different life! Before you were even ... read more