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A daily word of encouragement

Being a really good person will not get you to heaven…
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 22, 2024
A daily word of encouragement

Dinner Time!
God’s not angry at you. He just wants you back where you belong. At the table with your family.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 21, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Mustard Seeds And Three Measures Of Flour
Small starts in following God should not discourage us, and can lead to great things.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Look with me at 2 Samuel 2:10-11. We get a bit of a timeline. Saul’s son, Ish-bosheth reigned for two years over Israel. David reigned seven and a half years. And what we will learn later in 2 Samuel is that as soon as Ish-bosheth dies, David becomes king over all of Israel. So that means for five and half years, David was king over one tribe—Judah. Do you know what that is? That is patience. “Lord, am I not the one you anointed in a private ceremony 10 years ago, saying I would be the next king? Was I not anointed publicly in Judah? When then, LORD? Now seems like a great time!” And this is what I want us to see—David’s reign over God’s Kingdom starts small because David seeks God’s guidance and will, because David is obedient, because David is patient. In other words, the small start was not because David wasn’t brave enough or dynamic enough or risky enough. It’s not that David’s dreams and vision were too small, but rather, it was God’s design, even though David has the men that are described to be like an army of God (1 Chronicles 12:20-22) How are you with “small” starts? “Small” ministry? “Small” impact? What do you do, how do you respond when God’s work doesn’t start like you think it should? God lays a burden on your heart, a ministry, and you have these grand visions of what it could be. You assemble a team, you cast your vision, and then…it’s not the what you had hoped for. But isn’t this the pattern we see time and again in scripture? Jesus says in the gospels that the kingdom is like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, and like a little leaven hidden in three measures of flour. Think about those descriptions—smallest of all seeds, hidden in three measures of flour. The emphasis is on the inconspicuous beginnings and subtle spread of the kingdom of God. By Jesus’ time, we are thousands of years into God’s kingdom, and yet Jesus is still comparing it a mustard seed. Do not begrudge small starts in ministry life. Do not disdain small, slow, steady, stable growth. Do not think that God has forsaken a ministry, or a church, because of smallness. God loves to work in the shadows, chiseling away, changing.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 22, 2024
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Doc Talks

"Attempted Suicide" - ft. Cory Howard
God has a purpose for the lives of people who feel worthless and hopeless.   #doctalkspodcast   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 21, 2024
Lori Cline

Give Your One Chicken Today
God has given us unique and beautiful gifts to help others.   #theloriclineshow   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Did you have chickens growing up? It was only because we moved into a parsonage beside Lake Erling Baptist Church, when I was little, that had a barn behind it, full of chickens, that I grew up with chickens. They were awesome. I loved the baby chicks. We raised one as a pet of course and we had eggs for days. I wish I had chickens now. You may have a chicken house and what a blessing I bet you are to so many because of the eggs you give away. How beautiful is that? While raising chickens back in the day was more a means of survival than it was trendy, today, suburban and urban chicken keeping and cooping or whatever you want to call it, is exploding! The pandemic had something to do with it, but raising chickens is continuing to be a very popular thing. Why all this chicken talk? Well, I recently heard a story, and for the life of me I can’t remember who or where it came from, but it was a story about chickens that is worth repeating. It made me pause and ask myself, what’s my one chicken? The story goes that back, I believe during the depression, a family lost everything to a house fire. They had a barn with about a dozen chickens. It was a rough time. Everyone was struggling. The community came together to help this family as much as they could during their time of need. One wife had an idea. All the families in the area, during that time, had chickens. What if they all gave one chicken? Twelve families came together, helped rebuild a pen, and all gave one chicken. Just like that, this family that had lost everything, was given a fresh start. What’s your one chicken? That’s the question for the day. What has God given you, blessed you with, that you can give away? Do you love to cook? Oh my friend Jeannie does! In a way, that’s her chicken. Without even being asked, she made dinner for my family while I was away for work one week. Mexican chicken casserole and M&M cookies became the chicken she gave away. Do you love to garden or work in the yard? One season, we had two dear friends decide to come over and help landscape our front yard. I don’t remember even asking, but it was just what we needed. They blessed us with their chicken. We have a family we love dearly in our church family. They have three little girls. We had a galentine's day celebration with those babies at our house one night so mom and dad could have a night out. That was our chicken. See where I’m going with this? Look around. People are in need of love, encouragement, care and service. They don’t need your judgement or opinion, they need the hands and feet of Jesus to see them and care for them right where they are IN their time of need. 1 Peter 4:10-11 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. God has given you a chicken! You have gifts that are beautiful and unique to you that are not meant for building YOU up, they have been given to minister to those around you. We are to build one another up, love one another and build UP the body of Christ. When we give those gifts we have been given and blessed with away, people encounter the love of Jesus and God gets the glory! That’s the truth. So what chicken can you give away today? Pray about it. God has someone around you right now that needs it. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 21, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Full, Fast, And Happy
Following God means full obedience, right away, done with a happy heart.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   2 Samuel 2:3 “And David brought up his men who were with him, everyone in his household, and the lived in the towns of Hebron.” What is it we see David do in response to his prayer to God for direction, and then God answers with instruction and command? We see full obedience. The text tells us that David uproots his family, and uproots his fighting men with all of their family as well. David was leaving no trace of himself back in Ziklag. This was not an investigative trip, or an exploratory trip to see how things might shake out. No. God said Hebron was the place, and that is what David needed to hear in order to move with confidence. And move with confidence he did. Pack up the bags! Tie up the tents! All of it! We are moving. What a challenge for us when we know what GOd’s word commands us to do—to live in obedience. How would you define biblical obedience? The definition my wife and I gave our kids was, “Full obedience…Right Away…with a Happy Heart.”
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 21, 2024
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Day by Day Hacks

Day By Day Hacks
Bible study and prayer is important even for those in the depths of grief.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 20, 2024
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Lifeword Stories

Stories - The Keith Medlock Story "Union Rescue Mission"
When you don't like your life or who you are, there is still hope.   #lifewordstories   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Drew Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 17, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Small Starts, Big Promises
God always fulfills His promises, even if it is in ways we do not expect.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Take note of the first phrase in 2 Samuel 2:1, “After this, David inquired of the LORD.” After Saul has been mourned properly, after the proper amount of time, then and only then, does David begin to pray about next steps. It may seem to us a little strange that David would need to pray about this. After all, hasn’t he legitimately been anointed as the next king. What is there to pray about? Oh there’s plenty to pray about. And we see David’s humility come through in his seeking God’s counsel first, foremost, before acting. This has been the steady pattern in David’s life. We can look back to 1 Samuel, and forward throughout 2 Samuel, and count at least 9 times where David inquires of the LORD during an important time in his life. “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” Judah was a pretty safe place for David, after all, David is from Bethlehem of Judah. His people are there. His family. But in God’s response, God does not send David back to Bethlehem, but rather to Hebron. So Why Hebron? You see, Hebron, and David’s rule as king over God’s people, starts small. It starts in Hebron, and over just one tribe, Judah. That is the emphasis of the text. We see it four times in our passage, at the end of each main section: 2:4 “they anointed David king over the house of Israel” 2:7 “the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.” 2:8 “the house of Judah followed David…David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah.” Hebron may have been a small place, but it was also a place of gargantuan promise. Hebron reminds us that this promise includes a kingdom filled with as many people as there are grains of sand on the seashore. God tells Abraham that He will make Abraham’s offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, his offspring could be counted.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 17, 2024
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Mental Health Minutes

Cellular Reactions
Our body reacts to every thought in our mind.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 16, 2024
Lori Cline

What Are You Highlighting?
We should highlight and remember Bible passages that are important and encouraging to us.   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   If you’re reading a good book and you come across a GREAT quote, what do you do? You highlight it! It stands out to you. It resonates with your heart and you want to remember it. Those are the words and lines that show up in memes and quotes all throughout our feed on social media. We copy and paste and want to share with the world these words that have sharpened us or challenged us to MOVE forward, think deeper or see something in a new way. We get inspired by what we highlight. What are you highlighting? I love to highlight in my Bible. The words of God, every single one, are worth highlighting. Still, there are some that stand out to me on my journey. Those verses, those words are highlighted, underlined and circled so I won’t easily forget them. I can go back and be reminded and encouraged of what is true. Many of those words are hidden deep in my heart. I recently went home to celebrate and remember my Dad. It was his first birthday in Heaven. It’s so bittersweet. Our hearts ache for his presence while we at the same time have JOY knowing he is in the presence of the Lord. Over the years my Dad did a lot of highlighting. He had many Bibles and books. He was forever a student in many ways and it’s been so cool to go through all the books and Bibles and see sections and words that shaped and molded him. Words that meant something or encouraged him or words he knew would encourage those around him were highlighted, underlined or earmarked. My dad loved words and I now am paying attention to the words that meant something to him, the words he highlighted. I was sitting in his chair at home and was actually writing a bit for these devotionals. The question kept coming to my mind, what are you highlighting? I was looking through my own Bible and one section of scripture definitely stands out with underlines and highlights. It’s Hebrews 11 and 12. The faith hall of fame. I looked up and saw my grandfathers Bible up on the mantle. I never knew my grandfather, my Dad’s dad. He passed away one Sunday in the pulpit after reading his scripture for the sermon. He had a massive heart attack. My Dad was only 18. I thought to myself as I looked up at that Bible, I wonder what He highlighted. I got up, dusted off his Bible and settled back into my Dad’s chair. I opened it up to Hebrews chapter 11 and I smiled really big. Like my Dad, I love words, but in that moment I had none. I could only smile as I looked over the pages and verses. Just as I have in my own Bible, everywhere you read the words, ‘by faith’, they were underlined and highlighted. Sections marked and set apart for a purpose, to be reminded of what is true. It was a really special moment. I never met my Grandad, FG Carroll, but I sure feel like I knew him because of my Dad. They both walked by faith. They both believed the words of God and didn’t just read them on Sunday, they highlighted the words, hid them deep in their heart and lived them out every single day. Words matter. We are shaped by them. What are you highlighting? What words are you allowing into your heart? If they aren’t true and do not align with the words of God, they are leading you and your family astray. Revelation 21:5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” The word of God, after heaven and earth pass away, Jesus said in Matthew 24, will remain. Spend more time in those words. Let them sink deep in your heart. Abide IN them. Let them light your path each new day. Highlight those words and underline them for those who will come behind you. Write them on your walls and speak them OVER your children. May they be shaped by the words of God more than the words of this world. The words my Grandfather highlighted and underlined meant something to my Dad. They now mean something to me. They point me back to the only thing that matters, faith. That’s the truth. Where is your faith? What are you highlighting? If your faith journey is stalled out, go highlight some words in Hebrews chapters 11 and 12. Be encouraged by the faith of those who have gone before us and the faith they held so dear. Discover it for yourself and get to highlighting and living out in your life what is true. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 16, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

A Reminder About Ministry
Ministry does not always go in the direction or as fast as we expect.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   It’s been over 10 years since the prophet Samuel had shown up on David’s father’s front porch, asking to see Jesse’s kids. Over 10 years since David was brought as the runt of the bunch to Samuel, to which the LORD said to Samuel, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he,” meaning that David would be the next king of Israel, the people of God. And now, King Saul has died in battle. The only obstacle that had stood between David being on the throne of Israel, that obstacle has now been removed, after years of David being on the run. And we sit poised and ready to see David ascend the throne with all the glory he deserves. David’s preparation for being king was bit different than my preparation to pastor. We both spent about ten years preparing. Much of David’s preparation took place in a cave, but mine was done mostly in the dungeon of a library. And as much preparation as I received, as much as I learned about ministry in the academy, and also in real-life situations, there are some lessons that I need to be reminded of, as do you, if you hope to make it in ministry. Ministry for the LORD, oftentimes, does not start as we think it might, does not spread as far, wide, and fast as we would like, and encounters opposition, which is why humility is needed in God’s king. And this is what we will see as David ascends the throne of Israel.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 16, 2024
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Outdoors with Shaun Merrell

Missed Opportunities
You have got to see this!! A big OH-NO turkey hunting moment!   #outdoorswithshaunmerrell   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Shaun Merrell
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 15, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Grief Is Not Despair
Though Christians may still grieve loss, we do not have to despair in it.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   In light of 2 Samuel 1, where David and his men learn of the death of Jonathan, King Saul, and many other fellow Israelites, we can imagine the disciples of Jesus feeling much like David, when they realized their Rabbi, their Leader, was slain by crucifixion. No doubt they mourned. But before the ink was dry on their song of lament, they received even more dramatic news, and that is that his grave was empty and that one of the ladies had seen the LORD alive, resurrected. So now, they were writing new songs! And Paul could write the famous words, “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope…Therefore encourage one another with these words.” Do we still grieve? Yes. The humble in Christ grieve. We grieve with our mind on the kingdom. We grieve thoughtfully. We grieve because of personal loss. But we do not grieve without confidence, without Hope, without assurance. Grief is different than despair. We do not grieve as those without Hope. Grief sees the hole that is left, but is confident in God that He will fill the void. Despair thinks that the hole cannot be filled.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 15, 2024
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Mental Health Minutes

Suicide Awareness
The second cause of death in young demographics is suicide.   #mentalhealthminutelw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 14, 2024
Lori Cline

Gonna Fly Now
With the Holy Spirit, nothing we can face is impossible to overcome.   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   I’ve got spirit, yes I do, I’ve got spirit how about you? If your answer is a resounding no, no I do not have spirit, then maybe YOU need a pep rally! I love a good pep rally. Growing up I went to quite a few. One of the many hats my Dad wore was guidance counselor for our small town High School. He was in the middle of everything which meant a lot of times I was too. Friday night football games, homecoming parades and pep rallies are something special in a small town. We may have been small, but we had spirit! We were Lumberjacks for life and we bled black and gold. On Friday’s in the Fall, before a big game, we would gather in our highschool court yard for the pep rally. It was AWESOME. The band played the theme song from the movie Rocky, Gonna Fly Now. All the classes gathered, cheerleaders cheered, the football players were in their jerseys, rifles and flags were being thrown in the air and we were pumped up! We were ready to put the beat down on the other team, or at least have some fun trying. I miss those days. In this game of life, don’t we often need a good pep rally? Our feet hit the floor at the start of each new day and before we even move the proverbial ball forward, we get sacked, pushed back and time is running out on the clock. Even IF the brass section of the band belted out those classic first notes of ‘Gonna Fly Now’, it wouldn’t make one bit of difference. Game over. I’m done. I’m crawling off the field. I’m tired. If that’s you today, remember what is true. God is NOT done with you. The game is still ON. There’s a position on the field just for you. Even with all the challenges you may be facing, if you feel you’ve lost your spirit, your strength has failed you, the pom poms have left the field and no one is cheering you on, you’re still in the game. God has you in this quarter of life for a purpose, for such a time as this. Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Paul begins this letter to the church in Philippi remembering them with joy and thanksgiving. He’s excited to think about all God has done, is doing and wants to do in their lives and through their church. He is pepping them up a bit. He’s cheering them on and reminding them there has never been the slightest doubt that God, who started a great work IN them, would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the day Jesus appears. That pep talk of truth is for you today as well. God’s not done with you. He gets excited thinking about you. He loves you so much. There is MORE for you, even if you’re in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. But Lori, I am tired. I can’t. I’m sidelined and limping and there is no way I can win. I thought you might say that, so here’s the other truth you need to hear. Zechariah 4:6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty. When by grace through faith, you have placed your trust in Jesus, the SPIRIT of the living God dwells IN you. By THAT spirit and through His perfect strength, you can do anything God has for you to do. It’s more than you could ever ask for or imagine. That’s the truth! So let me ask it again this way, do you have THAT Spirit? With it, nothing is impossible, even if the game of life is tied and you’re down to the final seconds of the game, keep going. One day those trumpets will sound, how cool would it be if they played Gonna Fly Now?? I’m cheering you on! I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 14, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Thoughtful Grief
Earthly realities should lead the church to rally behind God’s power and authority.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   At the end of 2 Samuel 1 we have a song written by David. So David didn’t just sing a song, he wrote a song. Processing our grief important. And one of the ways David is known for processing and expressing emotion is through writing poetry and song. Take note of what David says about this song in verse 18—“he said it should be taught to the people of Judah;” He wrote it to remember and motivate the people of God; to motivate towards holiness, godliness; motivate to uphold the fame of God—tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon. These are Philistine locations. David does not want the news of Saul and Jonathan’s death to be known in Philistine areas. He doesn’t want the daughters of the Philistines to rejoice, to gloat, to proclaim that their god, Dagon, was more powerful than Israel’s God. But they would surely find out. How would they not? So David is communicating to His people that the gloating, the mocking, the exalting of false gods, should motivate God’s people to uphold God’s fame, and to make sure that nothing like this happens again, that God’s people themselves do not disregard, do not put themselves in a position to be under the discipline of God. This is to serve as motivation towards trust and holiness. And church, we are to be thinking these things as well! Will we let earthly realities like death wreck us, or rally us? We will see the holes that have been created as a result of living in a sinful world and just walk off in despair, or will we rise to the level of godliness and strength and trust in God to fill those vacancies in brotherly and sisterly love? Will we trust Him when he calls us to these areas?
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 14, 2024
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Day by Day Hacks

Day By Day Hacks
Studying the Bible can provide reminders that help us rein in difficult emotions.   #daybydaylw   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 13, 2024
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A daily word of encouragement

Faith is all about who HE is.
A lot of the time learning to grow in Faith takes scary situations.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 08, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Grieving Over Leadership
It is important to recognize what events are worth grieving over.   #daybyday   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Should the widow grieve the loss of a husband? Should she be wrought with emotion? Should the grief be because it was a personal and devastating loss? Absolutely. Without a doubt. We would think it strange if that wasn’t the case. But we should also grieve at the hole in leadership that is left; at the spiritual vacuum that was created. Don’t forget that the relationship between husbands and wives, and children and parents, and friends are all pictures of kingdom-realities, that help make kingdom living glorious and clear and full of joy.   I think we are to understand something deeper in 2 Samuel 1 than just the fact that there had been a sword fight and Saul and Jonathan, others lost. This is not the first time war has been fought and there was loss of life. What David is lamenting is the fact that God’s anointed one had been killed, along with his successor, that God’s people were without a leader. David is grieving over the fact that the people of Israel were experiencing God’s severe discipline, because Saul refused the leadership of God. And as such, the army of Israel was defeated. “because they had fallen by the sword.” He is grieving because a hole has been left in leadership, and what are the people of God to do now? He is grieving that God will be mocked and seen as small among the Philistines. There is something here from which we need to learn. We need to learn what is worth grieving over. When you see the people of God afflicted with bad leadership, or no leadership, does it grieve you? When you see a lack of repentance in your own life, or in others’ lives, like we see in Saul’s life, does it grieve you? When you see churches in defeat, do we weep? When you see a loss of confidence in God, is your heart broken? When you see the people of God moving and living in weakness, and being routed by the enemy, does it tear at your soul? When they are more inclined to hide out and wait, instead of standing up to fight, does it bother you? Do we stop what we are doing and cry out to God on their behalf?
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 10, 2024
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A daily word of encouragement

Please come home.
Maybe today you need to rededicate your life to God.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 06, 2024
A daily word of encouragement

Sometimes we have good intentions but a limited view.
Jesus had just told the disciples that he would have to die a brutal death and this was Peter's response.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 07, 2024
Lori Cline

Did The Sun Rise Today?
When facing a dark road, we should rely on the light of God’s Word to guide us.   ~~~   Did the sun rise today? How do you know it did? Well for one, you can walk outside and see that it is in fact in the sky. There is light and it is good. There also is another reason to believe and know that the sun has risen. A dear friend of mine shared this with me recently. It comes from a quote by C.S. Lewis. “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: Not only because I see it, but because BY it, I see everything else.” - C.S. Lewis When the darkness of night comes, we can’t see everything. When the sun rises, what was once in the dark, unable to be seen, can be seen. We see the sun and we see everything else because of the light of the sun. This dear friend that shared this C.S. Lewis quote with me is walking through some darkness. Jesus is by her side, yet the road ahead is dark and unknown. The Lord is reminding her, He IS the light of the world. He IS lighting her path, even though at times she can’t see her steps. He is leading the way and she is following and trusting that He is in control. John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If you too are walking through a dark season, be encouraged. Keep your eyes on Jesus and He will bring light to your circumstance. Seek Him first through it and know He will never leave you and you do not walk through the dark valley you are walking through alone. You do not have to be afraid. In Christ, you HAVE the light of life and with that shining brightly, you can see everything you need to see. Job 12:22 He reveals the deep things of darkness and brings utter darkness into the light. Nothing that you have faced, are facing or will face in this life are outside of God’s reach. While we don’t understand it all on this side of heaven, living in this broken and sin filled world, we can know the eyes of our heavenly father are on us and His light is brighter than any darkness that comes our way. All darkness WILL be brought into the light. John 1:5 ​​The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Are you walking a dark road or maybe battling the spirits of darkness? Stand firm on the truth my friend is standing on. The darkness cannot stand against the light of God’s word. Psalm 119:105 ​​Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. Next time you find yourself facing a dark road, forget the flashlight and grab your LIGHT. Don’t walk any road without it! The sun did rise today. I see it and because I do, I see everything else! What about you? Do you see Jesus? Do you believe? Put your faith in the light of the world. When you do, not only will you see His love for you, His grace and forgiveness over your life, you’ll see everything else. That’s the truth. This world is a dark place, but with the light we carry, it can’t stand a chance. Shine truth to those around you today. You might even start with the question, ‘did the sun rise today’? I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 09, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Grief Can Be Deeply Emotional, And That’s Okay
We should not look down on someone for having a deep, emotional reaction to grief.   #daybyday   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   In 2 Samuel 1, as David is grieving the deaths of Jonathan and King Saul, we see David take his clothes and tear them, along with his men doing the same thing. If we are familiar with the Bible, we are familiar with this practice somewhat. We see it happen among people in times of tragedy, or great fear. The tearing of the clothes is a very dramatic act. Garments were not easy to come by in those days, so the ruining of a garment on purpose would be pretty monumental. Your clothes were also a sign of status. What you wore usually indicated where you fell in the pecking order of society, so to ruin your clothes in such a way was a way of saying, “Status does not matter at this time. We are all to be devastated by this news.” The tearing of the clothes, in this case, signifies deep sorrow and agony and tribulation from within. A broken heart. A coming undone due to shock or pity. Grief is an emotional thing. Do not look down on someone when they express deep grief. And that expression is fleshed out in different ways among different people and cultures.
By: Clif Johnson
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Aired on May 09, 2024
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Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Godly Grief
Godly grief provides boundaries so that we do not put personal gain ahead of righteousness.   #daybyday   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   They had been in Ziklag for a couple of days, resting from their war with the Amalekites, enjoying their families, and celebrating, when in the far distance, someone spotted a man coming into their city. His clothes were torn, his face covered with ash, the symbolic and ceremonial signs of mourning. It would be the equivalent of a parade of cars with their flashers on. This man asks around, looking to find David, the mighty warrior. And when he finally finds him, he falls down in front of David, paying respect and honor to him. But David knows by this man’s dress that he is in mourning, and quickly finds out that this man comes from the war that Saul and the men of Israel were fighting with the Philistines. And David asked, “How did it go?” The man begins to paint a picture in David’s mind: “The people, they fled, like deer escaping a burning forest, away from the battle. Some made it out, but many died on the battlefield, including Saul, and his son Jonathan.” David’s eyes grew to the size of platters, but he wanted certainty, so he asked, “How do you know for sure that Saul and Jonathan are dead?” The young man continued his story. “Sir, it just so happened that I was passing by Mount Gilboa, the same mount that Saul was on. And I saw him. He was weak, and injured, leaning on his spear just to be able to stand up. And when he caught a glimpse of me, he called me over to him. He asked me who I was, and I told him I was an Amalekite. And then your King, King Saul, asked me between labored breath, to stand over him and kill him. And sir, since he was mortally injured, but yet not dead, I did what he asked.” And then to offer even greater proof that Saul had really died, this young man pulled out of his bag Saul’s crown and armband and handed them to David. And bowed his head again to David. At this point we all might have an idea, or expectation, of what David might say or even do. After all, Saul is the man would had been chasing David all around the caves of the Promised Land. Saul was the madman who wanted to run a spear through David. So maybe we are thinking that the next words out of David’s mouth would be, “Finally! The old man is dead along with my own running from him.” OR MAYBE, “Now I can finally be king, like God desires! My time has come!” Read Text: 2 Samuel 1:11-12 “Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of Israel and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.” Maybe that wasn’t quite the reaction from David you were expecting. There is no dancing, no high-fiving, no congratulatory slaps on the back. Listen again to the laboring of the text: “David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. AND they mourned AND wept AND fasted until evening for Saul AND for Jonathan his son AND for the people of the LORD AND for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.” This is the humility of David on display. This is David’s humble and godly ability to see more going on than just the death of two people. This is deep, godly grief, and godly grief provides boundaries or reigns for us so that what might be personal gain does not get ahead of righteous grief.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 08, 2024
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A daily word of encouragement

On this day one year ago the Lord laid this video on my heart to make.
On this day one year ago the Lord laid this video on my heart to make.
By: Allison Hawkins
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 03, 2024
Doc Talks

"Never Alone" - ft. Dr. Jonathan Montgomery
Missionaries have needs that we should understand and support.   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Brian Sheppard
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Aired on May 07, 2024
Lori Cline

This Is Faith’s Promise
If we are hoping for something that hasn’t come yet, we can trust God sees it.   ~~~   Do you believe things today are as they ought to be? If you’re on a beach somewhere with your toes in the sand and not a care in the world, you just might believe that. But even IF that is where you are, things still aren’t as they ought to be are they? We DO have so many cares in this world. We don’t have to look far to find pain. It’s in our own lives, in the lives of those around us and we see it everyday in our country and around the world. When my heart is overwhelmed with the truth that things are NOT as they ought to be, I remember 1 Peter 5:7 that says, ‘cast all your care on Him because He cares for you.’ We weren’t meant to carry the weight of this world. We can find rest as we lay ALL our cares down at the feet of Jesus. That’s the beauty of faith. Even when the world around us is falling apart, I am blessed. If you are IN Christ, you can claim that same blessing and promise. So even if things aren’t as they ought to be, it CAN be well with your soul and as it ought to be because you are IN Christ. He makes it right, even when it’s not. It’s a beautiful truth that is not based on what you see. It’s based on a HOPE that is found in what we cannot see. It’s faith’s promise. Things may not be as they should be now, but one day they will be and until then, it IS well with my soul. Faith’s promise is that one day things will be as they ought to be. So we walk by faith and look to the promises of God. He’s never not kept one by the way! Look at Abraham and Sarah in the Old Testament. God promised them a son. God told Abraham in Genesis 15 to count the stars and if he COULD count them, that would be the number of his descendants! Do you know how long Abraham and Sarah waited for a child? A very long time. But the Bible tells us that Abraham believed in the Lord. He had faith, even when things weren’t as they ought to be. There was a time Abraham fell on his face and laughed about it all, Sarah laughed too, but thankfully they lived through that, and even though he was one hundred years old when Sarah conceived, God was faithful to His promise. Hebrews 11:12 ​​And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. Abraham walked by faith. He laughed a little along the way, but still He believed. What are you believing for today that you aren’t seeing? Trust and know that God sees. His plan for your life IS good. His timing is perfect. His ways are SO above our own. We can’t see the big picture, but when we walk by FAITH and believe in the promises of God, we are BLESSED and in our heart, things ARE as they ought to be. Receive this blessing today and believe in the promises of God for your life. Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. This blessing of God’s people is called “the Aaronic benediction” asking God to delight in His people and show them favor. God’s favor leads to peace. This isn’t a life without pain, struggle, death or war, this is a heart that believes in a God who IS faithful to His promises even when things around us are not as they ought to be. That’s the truth. May the Lord bless you and keep you as you trust IN Him and walk each day, by faith. I’m Lori Cline.
By: Lori Cline
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 07, 2024
Day by Day - 2 Samuel

Good Grief
Grief is a necessary and godly response to tragedy.   #daybyday   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!   ~~~   Have you ever noticed how people will apologize for their grief? “I’m sorry for being like this, please forgive me.” But grief is not a bad thing. Grief can be a necessary and godly response to tragedy. The author of 2 Samuel 1 makes this moment right here, David and his men’s grief, the central part of the story. If we read this text through a literary lens, then this moment, this reaction, sits in the middle or the climax of the story. We first have the arrival of this young man, then David questions the young man. The story closes with David questioning the young man again, and then we have the young man’s elimination from the scene. So you have arrival, conversation, and then conversation and exit. But right in the middle here is David’s and his men’s mourning. This is not by accident. In fact, it is very possible that the order of events as listed here is not even chronological. It could be that the grieving actually takes place after the execution of the young man. But the author puts grieving right in the middle of the scene to stress its importance. The author does this to highlight the fact that the central element in this story is not the young man, but rather, David’s grief. And we just need to take a moment to make the comment that grieving is important. As Christians, it is not only okay to grieve, but it is good and right to grieve. But we should grieve in the right way, and over the right things.
By: Clif Johnson
(Lifeword)
Aired on May 07, 2024
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Day by Day Hacks

Day By Day Hacks
We can worship God and grow closer to him in the mundane moments of daily life.   #daybyday   Interested in learning more about becoming a devoted follower of Christ? Go to follow.lifeword.org!
By: Clif Johnson
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Aired on May 06, 2024
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