Today's Good News

JUNE 2011

6/01 Ephesians 6:1-2
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord, for this is the right thing to do. “Honor your father and mother.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments that ends with a promise.
When we follow Christ we accept the responsibility to live like Jesus. Jesus always followed the will of His Father. We are called to obey our parents. This is an important responsibility in our life that we cannot take lightly.

6/02 Ephesians 6:3
And this is the promise: If you honor your father and mother, “you will live a long life, full of blessing.”
This is a promise from the Lord to us. Live long and prosper. Simple, direct, and complete without qualifiers that is from the Lord and deals with our life here on Earth. Not pie in the sky bye and bye but right now.

6/03 Ephesians 6:4
And now a word to you fathers. Don’t make your children angry by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction approved by the Lord.
Love endures. Love cares. Love is gentle. Be kind and gentle with your children. Bring them up in the Lord. Guide them in the way that they should go.

6/04 Ephesians 6:5-6
Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. Work hard, but not just to please your masters when they are watching. As slaves of Christ, do the will of God with all your heart.
Obedience is critical for us to grow. Out of our obedience to the Lord and to those in positions of authority over us we will develop understanding and wisdom. We want to live joyous and fruitful lives. Do what is required of you and you will develop the ability to lead a fruitful life. The Lord will give you joy.

6/05 Ephesians 6:7-8
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.
I have a job I can do. No one else can do what the Lord has called me to do. I will do it knowing that the Lord is with me and watching over me. The Lord will not forsake me. I can do what I am called to do. Jesus is Lord.

6/06 Ephesians 6:9-10
And in the same way, you masters must treat your slaves right. Don’t threaten them; remember, you both have the same Master in heaven, and he has no favorites. A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.
I am weak and often heavy laden. The Lord is strong and is seeking to carry my load for me. Help me Lord today to give my burden to You and walk with confidence that You have my best interests at heart. Jesus loves me.

6/07 Ephesians 6:11-12
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil. For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.
We are in a battle for our walk. If you have asked Christ into your life and believe in Jesus you will face a constant battle from the powers of darkness. They cannot defeat you and they know that. Instead they are trying to bump you off of the right way and cause you to stumble becoming ineffective with the claims of the Lord. Be careful how you life. Pay attention to the Lord. Be faithful in praying and spending time with Jesus so that you will know HIM.

6/08 Ephesians 6:13
Use every piece of God’s armor to resist the enemy in the time of evil, so that after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Victory is won. All we have to do is resist. The enemy cannot overcome you unless you give into its wiles. Stand firm in Jesus claiming His promises and believing that He will be with you in you time of struggle and difficulty.

6/09 Ephesians 6:14
Stand your ground, putting on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness.
Jesus is the truth. He loves you and in Him we have eternal life. It is a free gift so that no one may boast. Jesus loves you. He bestows upon you the righteousness of God so that we can have fellowship with the Lord.

6/10 Ephesians 6:15
For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that you will be fully prepared.
Once you come into the Family of God there is no more bad news. There are setbacks and disappointments but the victory has been won. We have peace. Jesus is our peace. We are encouraged and directed by His presence, promises and power. Jesus is Lord and we walk in Him. Know that you can stand in Christ and nothing can separate you from Jesus.

6/11 Ephesians 6:16
In every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.
The Lord made you a promise. If you asked Jesus to save you He has. Therefore, you can depend on Him. Do not let the slings and arrows of daily life get you down have faith in Christ. Spend time with Jesus. Read the Word. He will see you through whatever you are facing.

6/12 Ephesians 6:17
Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
God’s Word is your direction for living. It is a detailed living message to you with instructions for dealing with your daily life. It is personal. It is powerful. It speaks to your heart and equips you to attack life and all of its difficulties.

6/13 Ephesians 6:18
Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.
We need the Lord. We need to be in constant contact with the Lord. It is prudent to develop an attitude of conversation with the Lord about everything in our life. It will purge us of evil. This constancy of conversation with the Lord will change the way we think.

6/14 Ephesians 6:19
And pray for me, too. Ask God to give me the right words as I boldly explain God’s secret plan that the Good News is for the Gentiles, too.
We tell everyone about what is going on in our life. When we are constantly in conversation with the Lord we will be consistent in telling about Jesus. If we are sold out to the Lord we will be quick to tell others about what the Lord is doing in our life.

6/15 Ephesians 6:20-22
I am in chains now for preaching this message as God’s ambassador. But pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for him, as I should. Tychicus, a much loved brother and faithful helper in the Lord’s work, will tell you all about how I am getting along. I am sending him to you for just this purpose. He will let you know how we are, and he will encourage you.
It takes courage to deal with the day-to-day Christian life. My faith is the platform that my courage rests upon. By faith I live as Christ calls me to live. By faith I believe He has a plan for my life and that I can accomplish His plan. It takes courage for my to accept what the Lord has laid out for me and to live that way.

6/16 Ephesians 6:23-24
May God give you peace, dear brothers and sisters, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May God’s grace be upon all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.
Life is valuable. We can recognize our value in Christ and have peace all the days of our life if we will accept it from the Father. He will give us His peace and we can live His life day by day in Christ Jesus. The choice is ours. We count with Christ and our life is in His hands. He will be with us and enable us. Choose today to follow Jesus.

6/17 Romans 1:1-3
This letter is from Paul, Jesus Christ’s slave, chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out to preach his Good News. This Good News was promised long ago by God through his prophets in the holy Scriptures. It is the Good News about his Son, Jesus, who came as a man, born into King David’s royal family line.
JESUS has come to mankind. He gives us a choice in life. Will I live my way and perish or will I surrender my life to Jesus and live? Choose carefully and do not fool yourself because the Lord knows our heart.

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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!