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THIS CHRISTMAS DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE JESUS No one knows for sure how many people actually held in their arms the baby Jesus. What we do know for sure is that none of them fully understood the quality of the life they held in their arms. There is one story in the book of Luke where[…]
MY FINAL CONFESSION My final confession before God will not be complex or difficult. As my life is reviewed in Christ’s presence, it will be easily determined how much of the daily grace of Christ in me I used or did not use in order to be the love of God delivered in Christ day[…]
MIRACLES A miracle is a brief, temporary, unforgettable glimpse into the heart and character of God. By its very nature a miracle is temporary so it cannot compete with the permanent it represents. To ask for a miracle to be a permanent view of God is to attempt to make the miracle God. God is[…]
CREATED FOR THANKSGIVING In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. I Thessalonians 5:18 A lack of thanksgiving pollutes the social environment. No one can escape the impact of living in the company of unthankful people any more than one can escape the effects of dirty[…]
GONE “If you are depending on anything but Him, you will never know when He is gone.” Oswald Chambers My Utmost for His Highest Reading for Jan. 20 If Jesus’ positive influence, inspiration and abundance in you appeared to be suddenly gone, what would change in your daily life? Would you perceive He was[…]
HIGH EXPECTATIONS When you awaken each morning do you have high expectations for your daily Christian life? Do you start the day expecting your Christian life to win the battles that most certainly will come? When we read the words of Jesus in the four Gospels it is clear that Jesus had very high expectations[…]
A DEEPER REPENTANCE When we go through a time of great personal failure it can lead us to repentance. We respond to our failure knowing that we truly are at fault and need to come before God with a broken and contrite heart. Is this failure provoked change the most powerful kind of[…]
THE PERFECT WORDS OF JESUS The perfect words of Jesus came from the Father to us. “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You[…]
Two Baptisms ‘I baptize you with water.’ Matthew 3:11 A man of God, like John the Baptist, can do this baptism. ‘But He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.’ Matthew 3:11 Only Jesus, the Son of God, can do this baptism. Man’s baptism allows me to sadly say ‘I repent.’ Jesus’[…]
A Necessary Weakness “When I am weak, then I am strong.” – II Corinthians 12:10 Has anyone ever counseled you to become weaker? Should we ever tell someone “Your problem is you are not weak enough.”? The first time I ever heard a counselor tell someone they were too strong and they needed a good dose of[…]
Action not Reaction Reading the story of Jesus’ temptation in Matthew 4 makes it clear that Satan’s strategy to destroy Jesus was to turn Jesus into a reaction to His own pain instead of being God’s love in action. Jesus was sent to be God’s love made visible and available in the world. He was[…]
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Jesus, Risk and Love “Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” Matthew 4:1 Everything Jesus said and did while living among us involved risk. Jesus did not get a pass on the risk of being human and loving in this world. Jesus as a human[…]
A Growing Awareness “Lord, increase our faith!” What does it mean to have the Lord grow our faith? It means to experience a Divinely inspired increase in our personal awareness of God’s generous disposition and loving activity toward all mankind. Many believe that to grow in faith simply means having an increased awareness that[…]
Thoughts About Sheep “My Sheep hear my voice” – Jesus The voice of Jesus, the good Shepherd, inspires rest, satisfaction and purpose in the sheep. His voice liberates the sheep to live their purpose. Sheep are a one voice community. More than one voice gets them nowhere. Sheep are useful for good purposes only. They are a[…]
Being, Having and Doing “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 The most valuable thing a thief can steal is our inspiration to keep on living our story. The material[…]
Our inner life can become our refuge Let this thought sink in for a moment. Now say to yourself “My inner life with Christ can become a place of peace and stability in this troubled world.” If this statement is true, then it would follow that the care of our inner life should be our[…]
Ready, Set, Love! “Have you ever listed your daily rituals that begin the moment you awaken and end the moment you open your door to face the world? By now these daily disciplines have become habits that serve you well and keep you from being one of those people who are avoided in[…]
An Amazing Promise “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16 There is a way for every disciple of Jesus to experience sustained victory over their flesh. There is a way for every Christian to be free from every habit pattern we[…]
Love Without a doubt love is the most beautiful thing ever seen in the universe. Love inspires, uplifts, calms, faces pain, heals, guides, directs and changes everything and everyone for the better. Happy are those who experience love. From where does love come? How long has it existed? What is its source? The Apostle John[…]
You Are What You Receive God told Adam and Eve they would be dead if they received the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They receive the fruit and died. The became what they received. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden[…]
Being Found By Perfect Love Jesus came so we could find and experience perfect love once and for all. No matter how far back in time we travel, we will never find anything greater than love or older than love. No matter how far forward in time we travel, we will never find anything better[…]
Ask “There is nothing I can do!” There are times when we feel absolutely helpless and useless. Our hands are tied. Our resources are gone. We are too far away. We wish we could do something. We can do something! We can ask. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication,[…]
Intercession “Pray without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 It has become common to hear people criticize people who respond to tragedies like hurricanes or fires with the promise “I am praying for you!” The critics accuse the person of doing nothing if all they do is pray. I suppose we should be patient with people who[…]
What is Success? This is one of the fundamental questions that those who want to live well and justly must answer. No matter how hard we may try to avoid answering this question, this question will chase after us until we finally must turn and face it. Having faced this question now for over 67[…]
Paying Twice or Paying Forward It is very frustrating to discover we have paid twice for the same service. What frustrates even more is to have somone argue with us that the double charge is somehow justified. We have all learned to live with hidden costs, extra charges, double taxation and special fees. We simply[…]
Find The Temple. Use The Sanctuary. But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Flee sexual immorality. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit[…]
A Time Of Crisis We experience crises along the way because it is in these times that our souls can truly learn to calm down, grow and expand in love. Cooperating with Jesus in a time of crisis is essential to spiritual growth. Without cooperation with Jesus during a time of crisis our souls only[…]
Meditate On These Things Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. Philippians 4:8 It makes perfect sense to me that[…]
Discomfort “Jesus diagnoses our inner divisions as our greatest challenge.” E. Stanley Jones Anyone who has taken an all night international flight in economy class knows what discomfort is. Anyone who has spent over a week in an intensive care unit knows what discomfort is. Anyone who has suffered with severe back issues for a long[…]
COURSES AND DEVOTIONAL
Christian Life • Spirituality • Couples • Leadership
THE SATISFYING LIFE
This inspirational course by pastor Bud McCord is based on the metaphor of John 15 which reminds us that the perfection of Jesus is available to all, right now. The Christian life is not to produce something, but to receive, rejoice in and release the life of Jesus. Discover how to live and express the perfection which abides in you, while remaining in Jesus and finding him your source of full satisfaction.
6 METAPHORS OF A HAPPY MARRIAGE
Being married and being happy seems to be much harder these days. Certainly we can sense in our homes an enormous pressure on our families and on our marriages. Why is this the case? A happy marriage is the best way in the world to manifest the Glory of God and reveal the Image of God. For this reason, Satan, enemy #1 against the glory and image of God wants to destroy our homes and our marriages.
JESUS ON THE MOUNT
-The Center and Circumference of Love- Only Jesus, who is perfect love, can perfect our love. In these 33 devotions we can see the path to the perfecting of our love. Discipleship is the perfecting of our love by the perfect presence of Jesus in us. Enjoy this forever journey with Jesus!
Everything we do has one goal: to help people experience in their own lives the perfect presence of Jesus moment by moment
We love Jesus and His Church. We believe that anyone who has Christ has the entire Christian life and lacks nothing. Our dream is to inspire every disciple of Jesus to live a simple, healthy and fruitful spirituality, where Jesus is perfectly sufficient in us 24 hours a day, seven days a week and moment by moment. Our hope is to open an international channel for dialogue about Jesus centered Spirituality, Restoration and Action. We know that everyone can enjoy a barrier-free relationship with Jesus. We hope to see every church inspired to be a beautiful vineyard where the fruit of God's love is made visible and available to all. The ABIDE vision was born in the heart of God and communicated to us by Jesus shortly before His crucifixion. In this beautiful metaphor of true Christian spirituality Jesus invites all of His disciples to deliver God's love to this hurting world. Jesus is all. Let every disciple live Him now!