Below is a digest of the daily email messages composed by Pastor Stuart Nice for the second week of January. This week he is encouraging us to engage Jesus as a life conversation partner. Click the title of each to read the full article.
When Fear Grips Us | January 11, 2016
Practicing trust in the face of uncertainty is where our relationship with Jesus is brought to deeper understandings. When times are stormy, all of our walks with Him in the sunshine become so much more important.
And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “ Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"
(Matthew 8:25-27, NASB)
Seeking to Touch Jesus | January 12, 2016
The scriptures reveal her "self-talk." "If I can touch Him, He will heal me." She had an absolutely resolute belief that Jesus had the answer and getting to Him would be enough.
And a woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; 21 for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I will get well.” 22 But Jesus turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” At once the woman was made well.
(Matthew 9:20-22, NASB)
What's Wrong With My Kids? | January 13, 2016
Don't be discouraged, simply start moving in the direction you want to see your children walk in. With your prayers, and the presence of the Holy Spirit, you will see the fruit of you efforts.
So Isaac lived in Gerar. When the men of the place asked about his wife, he said, “ She is my sister,” for he was afraid to say, “my wife,” thinking, “ the men of the place might kill me on account of Rebekah, for she is beautiful."
(Genesis 26:6-7, NASB)
Stairway To Heaven | January 14, 2016
There are a few times in our lives when we are so profoundly impacted by an encounter with the Lord that it becomes the pivot point of our lives. These moments of encounter change everything for us.
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac."
(Genesis 28:12-13, NASB)
Walking Together | January 15, 2016
Our relationship with the Lord is the key to our trust in Him. We know Him when we walk with Him. Take Jesus up on His invitation. Come to Him. Stop carrying the load alone. Take the walk together.
And those who know Your name will put their trust in You,
For You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
(Psalms 9:10, NASB)
"Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy- laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
(Matthew 11:28-30, NASB)