Today's Good News

December 2002

12/01/02 Matthew 7:11
(Jesus said,) If you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him?

I belong to Jesus. I can go to Him for all of my needs. God is trustworthy. I cannot explain Him but I can trust Him.

12/02/02 Romans 2:21
Well then, if you teach others, why don’t you teach yourself? You tell others not to steal, but do you steal?

Every time I criticize someone and point my finger at them there are three fingers pointing back at me. No matter how well meaning my criticism is it most often could go unsaid. Guard my mouth Lord that I might praise you.

12/03/02 James 1:17-18
Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows. In his goodness he chose to make us his own children by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his choice possession.

I am amazed at how much I have changed in my short life. All around me change is the constant. God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He has always loved me. He loves me this very moment and always will love me.

12/04/02 Psalm 86:5
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask your aid.

A dull pencil is sharper than the brightest mind. To help me focus and remember what I want to talk with the Lord about I keep a daily prayer list with my Bible. I want to make sure that I am talking with the Lord about everyone I know and about the things I need.

12/05/02 Hebrews 9:12
Once for all time (Christ) took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.

The blood of the Lord Jesus Christ saves me. His blood was given for my sin.

12/06/02 I John 1:7
But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.

I cannot ever forget that people are important. They are important enough to Jesus that He died for each one of us as if there were no one else. People count with God. I want to make sure people count with me.

12/07/02 I Corinthians 15: 3-4
I passed on to you what was most important and what had been passed on to me – that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said.

The Word of God is authoritative and true. There are 7,000 plus promises in His Word that apply to me. My life counts, my work is important. I am not alone nor will the Father leave me short of the resources I need to do His work.

12/08/02 Romans 10:9-10
For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved.

I am on a journey with Jesus. Everything that happens to me is an integral part of that journey. Telling others about Jesus is simply communicating what is happening in my life. Jesus is Lord and I can talk about Him.

12/09/02 Psalm 1: 1-4
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundations on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols, and never tell lies.

There is nothing too hard for God. Your life is important. What you are doing counts. Take the activity of your life to the Father and He will take care of you.

12/10/02 Matthew 19:1-4
“Haven’t you read the scriptures,” Jesus replied. “They record that from the beginning God made them male and female. And he said, ‘This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.’ Since they are no longer two but one, let no one separate them, for God has joined them together.”

I am grateful for my wife. She is a constant blessing for me. She isn’t perfect but then neither am I.

12/11/02 1 Corinthians 15: 47-49
Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam’s, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ’s. Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven.

I am just passing through this world. It is not my home. My goal is to become a servant like Jesus. My security is in Christ Jesus the Lord. One day I will leave this world and go to be with Jesus and see Him face to face.

12/12/02 Colossians 1:13-14
For he has rescued us from the one who rules the kingdom of darkness, and he has brought us into the Kingdom of his dear Son. God has purchased our freedom with his blood, and has forgiven all our sins.

I am free in Jesus. I am no longer in bondage to sin. I can recover when I sin. I can change. I can become more like Jesus. I can have an abundant life.

12/13/02 II Peter 3: 8-9
But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He doesn’t want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.

I am important to God. He is concerned about everything in my life. My challenge is to not let time destroy my confidence. The Lord is faithful and always on time.

12/14/02 Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Two people can accomplish more than twice as much as one; they get a better return for their labor. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But people who are alone when they fall are in real trouble.

Teamwork is important. My church is home base for teamwork. I can survive and grow in the Lord’s family.

12/15/02 Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. So I concluded that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to enjoy themselves as long as they can. And people should eat, drink, and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.

Worry will always defeat me. I can turn to Jesus with my worry. He will encourage me and strengthen me as I face the day. What I worry about today is often wasted time. My time with Jesus is always beneficial.

12/16/02 Exodus 34:6
(The LORD) passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the LORD, I am the LORD, the merciful and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness.”

I am so glad that Jesus loves me. He is my counselor, my strength and my guide. Bless the name of the Lord.

12/17/02 Deuteronomy 34: 8-10
Then you will again obey the LORD and keep all the commands I am giving you today. The LORD your God will make you successful in everything you do. He will give you many children and numerous livestock, and your fields will produce abundant harvests, for the Lord will delight in being good to you as he was to your ancestors.

God loves me. He rejoices in a relationship with me. He will answer my prayers and supply my needs. Jesus lives in my heart and will guide me in my daily life. There is great joy in being in the presence of the Lord.

12/18/02 Psalm 34: 8
Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in him!

I can find the answers for my life in Jesus. It takes time and energy for me to build a relationship with Christ. I need to read His Word, trust His direction and obey His instructions. The result is that I will have real joy as I live my life.

12/19/02 Psalm 100:5
For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

God will not forsake me. He cares for me. I am the recipient of His good favor.

12/20/02 Psalm 119: 65-68
You have done many good things for me, LORD, just as you promised. I believe in your commands; now teach me good judgment and knowledge. I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word. You are good and do only good; teach me your principles.

Jesus is committed to me. He has a plan for my life. If I follow that plan I will succeed. Jesus is Lord and my privilege is to make Him Lord of my life.

12/21/02 Lamentations 3: 25
The LORD is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him.

Jesus loves me. He loves me completely. I can have peace with Jesus in control of my life.

12/22/02 I Peter 3:15 (NLT)
You must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are ever asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

I love the Lord. I love Him because He loves me. He is in my heart and in control of my life. Ask me and I will be glad to tell you about what my Lord does for me.

12/23/02 Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

God did it all. He created me and He loves me. What a joy to live. What a blessing to belong to Jesus, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. There is not other. Jesus is Lord.

12/24/02 Hebrews 1:1-2
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it.

Jesus is God’s everything. I cannot fail when I place my trust in Christ. In Jesus I can find joy, peace, value and worth. Jesus is the reason for the season merry Christmas and peace on earth.

12/25/02 II Peter 1:20-21
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves, or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.

Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit made a plan. The plan was made before there was anything else created. That plan was for God to save you. Jesus is the source of our salvation. His love is the evidence. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and have a blessed celebration of the Lord’s birth. Tell someone what Jesus has done for you.

12/26/02 John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

I believe in Jesus. I have eternal life. You can have life too. Ask Christ to save you and believe that He has. It will change your life.

12/27/02 Philippians 2:9-11
Because of this, God raised him up to the heights of heaven and gave him a name that is above every other name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

When I talk with Jesus I am talking to God. As I serve the Lord I am acting as His agent. Jesus is my master.

12/28/02 Psalm 139: 13-14
You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body, and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—and how well I know it.

We are wonderfully made and yet we are only a vapor. Life is here today and gone tomorrow. Our creator has a plan. I can appropriate His glory in Christ. When I have Jesus in my heart I am in the family of God.

12/29/02 Psalm 119:160
All your words are true; all your just laws will stand forever.

God is perfect and there is no other. Jesus Christ the Lord came to give me direction and guidance. Christ enables me to follow the Lord.

12/30/02 Romans 8: 12-13
So, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation whatsoever to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you keep on following it, you will perish. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you turn from it and its evil deeds, you will live.

Jesus is able to help me change. I can turn over all the things I suffer from to Him. He will help me replace the wrong things my mind, hands and feet do with a holy heart and Godly actions. I serve a powerful Lord Jesus Christ the King.

12/31/02 Romans 1: 25-26
Instead of believing what they knew to be the truth about God, they deliberately chose to believe lies. So they worshiped the things God had made but not the Creator himself, who is to be praised forever. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires.

I will not do what I have always done. My strengths are suspect. I plan in this new year to first ask the Lord if what I am doing, thinking or planning is correct. Then I will trust Him to speak to me or in His determined way stop or change me. I can trust Jesus to be actively involved in my 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.