Today's Good News

August 2003

8/01/03 Acts 4:12
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

SALVATION
Jesus saves.  When I come to Jesus, repent of my sin, and ask Christ to save me, He is faithful and righteous to give me new life.  He is the only way that I can be saved.

 

8/02/03 Acts 13:47
For this is what the Lord has commanded us: “`I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’

EVERYONE
Everyone needs Jesus.  Each person in the world needs Jesus.  I will never be wrong when I share Christ.  My responsibility is to share what Jesus has done for me.  I am not responsible to make someone decide what they will do with this gift from God.

 

8/03/03 Romans 1:16
I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.

GOSPEL
The Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is a powerful word.  When I heard that God loved me it changed my outlook on life.  When I asked Christ to forgive me of my sin and save me it gave me new life.  One day I will stand face to face with the Lord and hear Him say that I will be with Him throughout eternity.  The Gospel is a great message from the heart of God to His creation.

 

8/04/03 Romans 13:11
And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.

TIME
Time is a fierce foe.  If we are in a hurry there is never enough time.  If we are starting a new work there seems to be more than enough time.  The truth is that the only time I have is right now.  Now is when I must share Jesus.  Now is when I can be a witness.

 

8/05/03 2 Corinthians 1:6
If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.

ACTIONS
What I do for Jesus counts.  It tells those around me that I am serious about what I believe.  I follow Jesus and my life is different.  I may never know the impact of the way I live on someone else.

 

8/06/03 2 Corinthians 6:2
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

SALVATION
The activity of the Holy Spirit in my heart urges me to accept Christ as Lord and Savior.  If I act on that decision I have salvation.  If I only think about salvation and do not accept Jesus as Lord and Savior I am not saved.  Putting off accepting Christ is a deadly trap that many otherwise good people fall into.  Now is the time to accept Jesus.

 

8/07/03 2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

BEHAVIOR
Jesus changes me.  If I am a follower of Christ I will try to live and act like Jesus.  The way I know this is that the Holy Spirit will keep me from getting way off-base.  When I do wrong things, the Lord will prompt me to correct my actions.

 

8/08/03 Ephesians 1:13
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit,

TRUTH
God in Christ died for my sin and for the sin of every single person.  Each one of us is valuable to the Lord.  Accountability demands that the cost of my sin be paid and Christ paid that price.  Whatever the world may say this is the truth.

 

8/09/03 Philippians 1:19
For I know that as you pray for me and as the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will all turn out for my deliverance.

PRAYER
I am not at the mercy of the world.  I can intercede in prayer for you and whatever you are facing.  I can ask you to pray with me.  Prayer changes me and faithful prayer of righteous people changes the world.

 

8/10/03 1 Thessalonians 5:5
For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night.

OWNERSHIP
I belong to the Lord.  I am not at the mercy of circumstances, or my own inadequacies.  I am a child of God.  I am at peace with the Lord and have access to Him.  Jesus is Lord of my life.

 

8/11/03 1 Thessalonians 5:9
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

FINISH
I can trust God as I grow old.  Death is a reality that all of us will face one day.  The race that I have run, my life, will not be discredited by the activity of age.  The Lord will see me through.

 

8/12/03 2 Timothy 2:10
Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

SALVATION
People count.  Jesus died for people.  I can do all within my power to share the Gospel with everyone.  The Lord uses people for evangelism and every person is worthy of hearing the Gospel.  I can persevere but I must remember that it is my responsibility to tell about Jesus and it is God’s responsibility to save individuals from their sin

8/13/03           Hebrews 2:3
What makes us think that we can escape if we are indifferent to this great salvation that was announced by the Lord Jesus himself? It was passed on to us by those who heard him speak,

ONE WAY
Jesus died for my sin. Christ rose from the dead by the power of God. His death and resurrection paid the price for my sin. It is a gift from God. If I ignore the gift of Jesus I will be called upon to stand in judgment by myself.

8/14/03         Hebrews 9:28
so also Christ died only once as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again but not to deal with our sins again. This time he will bring salvation to all those who are eagerly waiting for him.

SECOND COMING
Jesus is coming back. He will come back in glory, and power and honor. All things will come to a halt. All of creation will be judged. Everything will change. This is an encouragement and a warning. Jesus is Lord.

8/15/03         1 Peter 2:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,

MATURITY
People are dead in their trespasses and sin. When Christ comes in He forgives our sin and gives us life. Life begins at that point. We are not robots and therefore have to grow in spiritual things. Spiritual growth takes time and attention. If I study God’s Word and let the Holy Spirit lead me everyday I will grow.

8/16/03        Revelation 7:10
And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

SALVATION
Salvation is priceless and plentiful. Christ is able to save anyone that turns to Him. We cannot explain salvation to a lost world, we can only proclaim it. When a person comes to Christ and accepts salvation everything changes. They realize what a great blessing and wonderful joy it is to be a child of God.

8/17/03       Revelation 12:10
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

END THINGS
Satan has lost. You and I are living in the victory Christ has won. Our responsibility is to see through the dark glass by faith and live in confidence that our Father loves us.

8/18/03 Job 11:18
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

HOPE
My trust in the Father is grounded in His work in Christ. The power of God in me makes the difference in the life I live. I spend time with Jesus to get direction and guidance on dealing with my life. Christ gives me hope for the future.

8/18/03      Job 11:18
You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.

HOPE
My trust in the Father is grounded in His work in Christ. The power of God in me makes the difference in the life I live. I spend time with Jesus to get direction and guidance on dealing with my life. Christ gives me hope for the future.

8/19/03      Psalm 9:18
But the needy will not always be forgotten, nor the hope of the afflicted ever perish.

HELP
I am called to help the helpless. I am to be the willing servant of the Lord in this world. When I help the helpless I am doing the work of Christ in a needy world. Jesus wants to use me.

8/20/03      Psalm 25:3
No one whose hope is in you will ever be put to shame, but they will be put to shame who are treacherous without excuse.

HOPE
I am to focus my life on Jesus. Everything I do must be under the guidance and control of the Lord. I am so limited in my understanding of the world that I cannot survive without His guidance. Jesus expects me to have a willing heart.

8/21/03      Psalm 25:5
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.

HOPE
I can choose to give God control of my life. I can refuse to let emotions control me. I am responsible for my life and Jesus will equip me to live it. I can do all things through Christ.

8/22/03      Psalm 25:21
May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope is in you.

HOPE
All of my confidence for today and for the future is in Christ. There is nothing I do that is beyond the reach of Jesus. The Lord will see me through failure and through success. The Lord is near and I trust Him.

8/23/03      Psalm 31:24
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the LORD.

STRENGTH
When failure and difficulty strike I can respond with confidence. Jesus will stand with me and give me the courage, wisdom, mercy and grace that I need to survive. I do not have to fear. The Lord is with me.

8/24/03      Psalm 33:18
But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

WISDOM
The enemy will always try to get my eyes off of the Lord. Many times my adversary will succeed. It is a real blessing for me to realize that the Lord will not take His eyes off of me. I am the focus of His attention and the beloved of His heart. The Lord is with me.

8/25/03      Ecclesiastes 9:4
Anyone who is among the living has hope –even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

CHOICE
We will die one day. Until that day I can choose to follow the Lord and live under the Lord’s watchful eye. If I fail to choose the Lord before I die I will not get another chance. Death ends choice.

8/26/03      Isaiah 40:31
Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

LIFE
Life is to be lived with an understanding of the resources of God. The Lord will not desert me. His love and concern will not be dissipated. The Lord will not leave me behind nor will He permit the evil one to have control of me. I belong to the Lord.

8/27/03      Psalm 33:20
We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.

ETERNITY
I am a child of God. I am to live my life with an awareness of heaven and the life to come. He uses me to care for the hopeless and helpless. The Lord cares for me because I belong to Him. I am able to live in victory because Jesus saved me.

8/28/03      Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

HELP
The Lord will not desert me. Jesus will meet my needs. He has made provision for me that perfectly fits my life. The Lord’s plan for me is perfect. I have value and worth and my life is important to the Father.

8/29/03      Psalm 40:4
Oh, the joys of those who trust the LORD, who have no confidence in the proud, or in those who worship idols.

JOY
Joy is not based on my circumstances. It is not dependent on my abilities or good luck. Joy comes from the Father. It is the inescapable confidence that God loves me. Jesus saved me and I have a growing, maturing relationship with the Father. I can trust the Lord.

8/30/03      Psalm 40:6
You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand – you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings.

OBEDIENCE
God loves obedience. My relationship with the Father is not based on clever insight or careful choice. I am called to listen to the Lord and do what He says. God knows me and He knows what I need. He will not overlook me or be stingy with the things that I need. The Lord is a loving Father and He loves me.

8/31/03      Psalm 40:10
I have not kept this good news hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

FAITHFUL
God is faithful. He is always on time. I can live my life with the utmost confidence in His care for me and His provision for me. I can live an abundant life.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the pastor at the Brantley Baptist Center for twenty-five years. He is married to Carol Corvin and the father of three children and has three grandchildren.