Today's Good News

February 2006

02/01          Matthew 5:9
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.

Peace is in short supply in our world.  The Lord uses people to help people.  When we look at problems through the eyes of Jesus we see people in need.  When we help people in need we bring peace.


02/02          Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors. ”

Jesus destroyed the enmity between us and God.  He brings peace as a gift of family membership.  When we are saved we have peace because the Lord is in our heart.


02/03          Luke 24:36
And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. He said, “Peace be with you.”

All the good we have and hope for is found in the peace that we receive as a member of the family of God.  Christ is our peace and He lives in each one of us.  His peace is a result of the aggressive activity of the Holy Spirit working in us, cleansing us and calling us into a closer relationship with the Lord.


02/04          John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

He left us His peace when He died on the cross.  He saw my need, forgave my sin and gave me possession of His peace.  I have title to the privilege of peace with the Father  and my fellow man.


02/05          John 16:33
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Troubles and trials are great but the peace Christ Jesus gave me title too is greater.  He is my peace and I can live and walk in it.  I do not have to be burdened with the disappointment of the world, Jesus is Lord and He is my Lord.  This moment I claim His peace for my life.  This peace enriches my soul and calms my heart.


02/06  John 20:19
That evening, on the first day of the week, the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.

His peace is my legacy as a child of God.  I am blessed with the presence of the Lord, the benefit of all that He did on the cross and His peace.  This is a powerful message to me this moment.  He is alive in me and blessing me with His gift of peace.


02/07          Acts 10:36
I’m sure you have heard about the Good News for the people of Israel – that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.

The war is over.  We are members of the family of God.  Christ has saved us and given us His peace.  The Lord is with us and giving us the very thing that the whole world is looking for: Peace.


02/08          Romans 14:17
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Peace is the result of the activity of God in a person’s life.  It is an aggressive movement that removes fear, disappointment, failure and lack of self worth.  Peace from God pulls us to build our relationship with Jesus.  It works in our hearts to remind us that Jesus cares about us.  Peace equips us to live an abundant life.


02/09          Romans 15:13
So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Faith is real and effective in dealing with our daily life.  It destroys the negative things we deal with each day and enables us to have hope in our real life situation and peace as we work out our salvation where the Lord Jesus has placed us.


02/10          Romans 15:33
And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.

I am saved.  With my salvation I received the right in Christ to claim the gift of peace for my life.  This gift is given freely and willingly by the Lord Jesus.  Troubled, ask Christ for peace this very moment.  He will give it.


02/11          Romans 16:20
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Jesus brings life.  His salvation is the Good News all of the world is looking for.  People want to count and they want their lives to count.  The peace of Jesus reminds us that we count and His peace equips us to do the things that the Lord Jesus created us to do.


02/12          1Corinthians 1:3
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you his grace and peace.

I claim grace.  Grace gives me what I need and cannot earn.  I need grace each moment of every day.  I claim peace.  This gift of peace gives me a part of heaven.  I can go through the difficulties of real life knowing that my life counts, what I am doing is important and the Lord Jesus will not forget me and will always be with me.


02/13          Galatians 6:16
May God’s mercy and peace be upon all those who live by this principle. They are the new people of God.

When I look to Jesus as the author and finisher of my faith I will have peace.  His gift of peace equips me to serve where I am and live the life I have.  I don’t have to be like someone else.  I can be me.  Jesus is calling me and gives me peace.

02/14          Ephesians 1:2
May grace and peace be yours, sent to you from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Peace is evidence of the Lord’s presence in me.  It changes the way I see myself and my life.  Peace lifts me up when life puts me down.  It is the energy of my soul.  Peace calms my heart and focuses my life.


02/15          Ephesians 2:14
For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us.

Peace is the powerful activity of the Lord Jesus reaching into our world and enabling us to be at rest.  We know the Lord and He knows us.  We are not at the mercy of the world.  We are alive and Jesus is Lord.  He is our peace.


02/16          Ephesians 2:15
By his death he ended the whole system of Jewish law that excluded the Gentiles. His purpose was to make peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new person from the two groups.

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we are in Christ.  He resides in our hearts and brings us peace.  His peace equips us to be ourselves and rejoice in our daily life.  Jesus is our life and His life brings us peace.

02/17          Ephesians 2:17
He has brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and to us Jews who were near.

Peace protects our hearts and enables our growth.  Peace equips and nurtures.  We need the peace that Jesus brings.  A life grounded in the peace of Christ is a life that is directed by eternal values.  Jesus is Lord.


02/18          Ephesians 4:3
Always keep yourselves united in the Holy Spirit, and bind yourselves together with peace.

The Lord is present when there is peace.  Accepting His gift of peace equips and enables us to do those things that build the kingdom.  When I walk in His peace I am walking in eternity.


02/19          Ephesians 6:15
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared.

The gift of peace is the gift of daily living.  The reality of life in this world is harsh and unforgiving.  The reality of peace is unity and strength.  The Lord Jesus gives us peace so that we can be about His business.


02/20          Ephesians 6:23
May God give you peace, dear brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

When I am walking in Jesus I am walking in peace.  I know that I am forgiven; I live with the full awareness that my life is important and counts.  In the midst of the turmoil of life I can experience His wisdom for the daily choices I make and an unshakeable confidence that I am not alone.


02/21          Philippians 1:2
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

God’s activity in me is His peace.  The Lord is at work shaping and molding me into His image.  Peace is His gift to me enabling me to see beyond the next problem or difficulty.  He is able.  His peace nurtures me to grow in His strength.  I am being pulled forward in eternity as I experience the peace of the Lord Jesus at work in me.


02/22          Philippians 4:7
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

The world around us is being destroyed by fear.  Fear of the unknown and fear of failure are two significant issues that our society struggles with.  The peace of Jesus reaches into our life and conquers our fears.


02/23          Philippians 4:9
Keep putting into practice all you learned from me and heard from me and saw me doing, and the God of peace will be with you.

I claim peace.  I claim this precious gift for my daily life.  Moment by moment I am receiving His peace as I do those things that only I can do.


02/24          Colossians 1:2
It is written to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace.

Faithfulness is an understood standard in the early Christian faith.  Today, too many avowed Christians are adrift for lack of faith.  Our faithfulness is a part of our daily Christian walk.  It is coupled with the blessing, grace, of our Lord and the resultant fruit, peace, of that relationship with Jesus.  When we deny Jesus we deny ourselves for as His children we are part of His work in this world.


02/25          Colossians 1:20
and by him (Christ) God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of his blood on the cross.

I belong to Jesus.  He died for me and you.  Each one of us is a part of what the Father is doing in this world.  We are part of the family.  We become the active expression of Jesus in this world.  He saves us and we become His hands and feet.

02/26          Colossians 3:15
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Peace is representative of the kingdom of God.  We are at peace as a gift from the Father.  We live at peace with one another because of the rule of Christ in our hearts.  We give peace to others as a ministry of our daily life.  Our attitude as a result of receiving, being and giving peace is thankfulness.  Thank you Lord for your peace!


02/27          2Timothy 2:22
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

Our activity must be the outworking of the spirit of the Lord Jesus in us.  When our activity turns to sin we must immediately turn and literally run to Christ!  We are to actively seek to be Christ like.  This requires much prayer and consistent time with the Lord.  Read the Bible.  It will nurture and guide you.


02/28          Hebrews 12:14
Try to live in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.

Suffering can lift us up or drag us down.  In the midst of daily life we are called to change.  Do not be like the world.  Be at peace.  Actively interact with all as a child of God.  Jesus renews our spirit when we are at peace with suffering.  When others see our attitude it strengthens them.  Peacefulness affects the world and encourages the weak hearted.  You be at peace.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is currently a Bible Teacher and occasional preacher at Bethel Community Baptist Church in New Orleans. He is the retired VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary after completing 38 years as their Business Administrator. 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. He ministers today as Co-pastor of the Bethel Community Baptist Church and seeks to share the Gospel with everyone. Jesus is Lord!