Who’s At the Controls?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Romans 8:5-11 TO CHEW ON: The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Romans 8:6 Most vehicles, machines and toys have controls. Can you match the object with its controls? 1. Car ____ 4. Bike ____ 2. Computer ____ 5. Video Game ____ 3. Canoe ____ The controls on most things are small. But the results of how those things are controlled are big. It’s the same way with our lives. We determine who and what controls our lives in small ways. It's in the choices we make every day. We can make selfish choices and try to control our own lives. Or we can choose to let God the Holy Spirit control our lives. The consequences of both are huge....

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Water please

TODAY’S SPECIAL: John 4:4-15 TO CHEW ON: "Jesus answered her, 'If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.'” John 4:10 Which of these statements is true? ~ Water is the single most important substance on earth. ~ Our bodies are made up of 70% - 75% water. ~ Our bodies lose water when we sweat and go to the bathroom. ~ We can die from lack of water. Yes, they’re all true. Jesus was hot, tired and thirsty on His walk from Judea to Galilee. So it’s no shock He asked for a drink when he stopped at the Sychar well. But what is surprising is that he asked a woman, and a Samaritan woman at that (Jews hated Samaritans)....

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Two Births?

TODAY’S SPECIAL: John 3:1-8 TO CHEW ON: “Jesus replied, 'Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again .' " - John 3:3 Nicodemus was no dummy. He had gone to school for many years to become a Pharisee. He was in government as a member of the ruling council, the Sanhedrin. Yet even though he knew a lot and was an important man, he really wanted to talk to Jesus. He went to see Jesus at night. "Nicodemus" - Artist unknown "You're obviously from God," Nicodemus said. "Otherwise how could you do the miracles you do?" In reply Jesus didn't talk about where He was from. Instead He answered the question that was really on Nicodemus's mind - how to become part of God's kingdom....

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Power!

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 2:1-13 TO CHEW ON: "Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, 'What does this mean?'” Acts 2:12 Picture this. A group of people have met in a house for a church service. Suddenly the house is filled with the sound of a loud wind."Pentecost" by Kelly Nora Tongues that look like fire rest on each person’s head. Then these people begin to talk, but in languages they’ve never learned. Out on the street people passing by hear sounds from inside the building. They gather to listen. These listeners have come from many places and speak different languages. Now they are hearing the people inside the house saying words they can understand. They’re talking about how wonderful God is....

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Paul’s First Mission Trip

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 13:1-5 TO CHEW ON: "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.'” Acts 13:2. While Herod was persecuting the believers in Jerusalem, Barnabas and Saul were teaching in Antioch. It was here that those who believed in Jesus were first called Christians. One day during a prayer meeting in Antioch, God the Holy Spirit told the Antioch Christians to set apart Barnabas and Saul for a special job. They were to go on a mission trip. They would travel to places where no one knew about Jesus and tell about Him.Paul begins his first missionary journey - Artist unknown Have you ever been on a mission trip? If you have, you’ll know that preparing for such a trip is lots of work. You have to raise money for the plane or bus fare and for expenses along the way. If you’re going out of your country you need to get travel papers (like passports, visas and travel insurance). You may need shots to protect you against foreign diseases. You need foreign money. You need to prepare for what you’re going to...

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Last Words

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 1:3-8 TO CHEW ON: “'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.'” Acts 1:8 We pay close attention to a person’s last words. When we know we are seeing someone for the last time, we’re careful to listen to the things they say. The words above are the last words written in the Bible that Jesus said to His disciples before He went into heaven. He told His followers two important things."Jesus before His return to heaven" - Artist unknown Complete Jesus’ instructions by filling in the blanks using Acts 1:8 and the words below: 1. Jesus had a job for them to do:You will be ______ ________ in __________, ___________, __________ and to the ends of the earth. 2. He would help them do that job:You will _________ _________ when the ________ ______ comes on you....

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God’s Mobile Home

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Exodus 25:1-9 TO CHEW ON: “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.” Exodus 25:8,9 Do you go to church on Sunday? What is your church like? Churches can be big or small, fancy or simple, a special set-apart building or a building that is used for other things the rest of the week. Again God told Moses to come up to Him on the mountain. So Moses put Aaron and Hur in charge of the people. Then he took his assistant Joshua and again climbed Mount Sinai. God’s presence covered the top of the mountain with a glory cloud while God talked to Moses about many things. In today’s Bible reading, we read how God told Moses to build Him a church or sanctuary. But this building wouldn’t be like the churches most of us know. This church would be a tent called a ‘tabernacle.’ It would be light and movable, like tents are....

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Fruit Salad

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Galatians 5:16-26 TO CHEW ON: "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." Galatians 5:22,23a What do you like about fruit - its sweetness? Its juiciness? The way it feels in your mouth? What is your favorite kind of fruit? If you live in a place where fruit grows, you know only certain plants produce fruit. You don’t expect to pick apples from an oak tree or find blackberries on a cedar bush. Even fruit trees can only produce one kind of fruit. Plum trees will not grow peaches, neither will cherry trees grow pineapples. We can think of people as plants. Their fruit is the things they do. But unlike plants, people’s lives can grow many kinds of fruit - a real fruit salad. In the letter he wrote to the church in Galatia, Paul talks about the kinds of fruit a person who has given their life to Jesus should grow. It's Holy Spirit fruit. When we give Jesus our lives and let the Holy Spirit change us to be like Him, our lives will grow this kind of fruit too....

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Changed!

TODAY’S SPECIAL: 1 Samuel 10:1-9 TO CHEW ON: “The Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.” 1 Samuel 10:6,7 The next day Samuel sent Saul back home. Just before they parted, Samuel took out a bottle of oil and poured some on Saul’s head. Anointing him in this way showed that Saul was God’s choice to be Israel’s king. 1.To make sure that Saul knew this was God’s idea and not just Samuel’s, Samuel predicted some things that would happen to Saul in the next few hours. Which thing Samuel did not say: (1 Samuel 10:2-6)...

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Accurate Predictions

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Joel 2:28-32 TO CHEW ON: "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions." Joel 2:28 If someone asked you, “What will happen next week?” could you tell them? What if they asked about tomorrow, or even later today? Without God’s help, people have no way of knowing the future. But when God’s Spirit tells people what to say about the future, as He did to the Old Testament prophets, we get accurate predictions. God gave Joel words to say about the distant future. He told about a time when God would pour out His Spirit on all people – old and young, women and men. Hundreds of years later a small band of Jesus’ followers were gathered in a Jerusalem room. Jesus had recently died, risen again and gone back to heaven. Just before He left, Jesus told His followers to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit. That’s what they were doing this day when suddenly there was the sound of wind and the sight of fire tongues sitting on each person’s head. Then people began praising God in languages they didn’t...

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Accepting All People

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Acts 10:24-35 TO CHEW ON: "Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.'" Acts 10:34,35 Peter went back with Cornelius’s servants to Caesarea. Even though Cornelius and his men were Gentiles and not Jews, Peter knew God wanted him to visit Cornelius. Peter probably had an idea his vision was about more than eating unclean food. After he heard Cornelius’s story, Peter knew God was telling him to accept people he had thought of as unclean. What two things did Peter learn (Acts 10:34,35)? "Peter and Cornelius" - Artist Unknown 1. God does not _____________________________________________2. God accepts ______________________________________________ God hasn’t changed. He still loves everyone – no matter what color their skin, what language they speak or where they live. We should love them too....

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A Keepsake Meal

TODAY’S SPECIAL: Luke 22: 14-20 TO CHEW ON: “...do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 Do you have a collection of special keepsakes? Suppose in your collection you have a teacup from your grandma, a baseball hat from when you were little, and a trophy. Those keepsakes wouldn’t be special to someone else, but they are to you. Why? Because each one is a picture or symbol of someone or something important to you. The teacup might remind you of grandma and the interesting stories she told. The baseball hat could remind you of the friend you played with when you wore it. The trophy reminds you of your team and how hard you worked to win the tournament. Jesus, during his last meal with His disciples, gave them just such a way to remember Him. He took a piece of bread, said grace over it, tore it apart, and handed the broken pieces to them. He told them to eat it and when they did, to remember Him and how His body would be nailed and pierced (broken) for them."The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci - 1498 Then he took a cup of wine. Again he asked a blessing on it, handed...

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