Today's Good News

May 2001

05/01/01    Psalm 13:1 and 5
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way? But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
When my heart is breaking I go to Jesus. I pour out my feelings to Him. I am able to talk through my problems with him. The end result is that Jesus comforts me in my distress. He encourages me. He helps me to get the right perspective. He gives me peace.

05/02/01    Psalm 14:2-3
The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God. But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one.
I am careful to remember that I am saved by grace. The temptation for me is as I minister to pat myself on the back and exclaim what a good boy am I. The truth is that Christ died for me a sinner. His death cost the Father. I am valuable to God because He has chosen to make me valuable. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

05/03/01    Psalm 15:1-2
Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? Those who lead blameless lives, and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts.
My lifestyle must come from God’s Word. The world worships itself. The world always wants the easy way. If I live my life based on the Word of God I will enjoy consistent fellowship with Jesus.

05/04/01    Romans 1:2
This Good News was promised long ago by God through His prophets in the holy Scriptures.
I am no longer at war with God. The rest of the Good News is that He is no longer at war with me. Jesus Christ paid the price for my sin. I am a child of God and grafted into the family of God.

05/05/01    I Corinthians 15:1
Now let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is built on this wonderful massage.
Jesus lived a perfect life, died on the cross for my sin and was resurrected from the dead by the power of God. I asked him to forgive me of my sin and He did. He lives in my new heart and guides me in the right way. Jesus is God.

05/06/01    Psalm 16:1
Keep me safe, O God, for I have come to you for refuge.
My thoughts turn to the Lord quickly in troubled times. I want to be the kind of person that is always thinking about Jesus. I sing songs of praise to soften my heart. I read the Word of God to make me aware of how great God is. I thank Him at all hours of the day. I find that the more my activities include Him, the easier it is to keep my heart focused on Jesus.

05/07/01    Psalm 16:2
I said to the Lord, “You are my master! All the good things I have are from you.”
Tithing is the only way I can prove to myself that I really believe all I have comes from the Lord. When I give Jesus more control of the things I hold, He is able to give me all the things He controls. God is good, all the time.

05/08/01    1 Corinthians 15:3-4
I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me-that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scripture said. He was buried and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures say.
God did it for me. He provided all the proof that I need to know that He cares for me. He sent His son to die for me. He let Him suffer for me. He raised Him from the dead so that He could reconcile me to His presence. Jesus is Lord and is able. I am His younger brother and am enabled. Christ in me, my hope of glory.

05/09/01    1 Corinthians 15:20
But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again.
Satan always attacks the Word of God first. He is always suggesting that God isn’t interested in me. The truth is that God has said in His Word that Jesus was raised from the dead by His power. That same power is available for me to live my life in this world and in the world to come.

05/10/01    Psalm 16:5-6
Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!
My soul cries out to God, I want Him. I want communion and fellowship with Him over silver or gold. I am willing to be who I am and not what I want to be as long as I have Jesus. The Lord is my happiness therefore I can rejoice in who he is and not in what I have.

05/11/01     Psalm 17:6
I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.
I know that God hears me and Jesus is always concerned for my well-being. There are times when things are tough that I remind the Lord that I know He is there and would he please listen closely. Then I pour out my heart.

05/12/01    Psalm 17:14
Save me by your mighty hand, O Lord, from those whose only concern is earthly gain.
People don’t always do things the way I think they should. Rather than give them a piece of my mind, the Lord encourages me to give my anger and pain to Him. He will know how to deal with it. He also knows who is evil and who isn’t. He is teaching me that dealing with evil is His job. Dealing with me is my job.

05/13/01 Psalm 18:1-3
I love you Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, for He saves me from my enemies.
Sometimes when life gets thick and nothing seems to go right, the Lord acts. He clears away my yesterdays and shines on my tomorrows. That is the time when I just want to hug God. Oh Lord you are my everything. Thank you for taking care of me.

05/14/01 Psalm 18:28-29
Lord, you have brought light to my life; my God, you light up my darkness. In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.
Victory is mine. This is not something I have done. Jesus did it. Jesus has made my life victorious. He is my strength. Without Him I can do nothing.

05/15/01 Psalm 19:1-2
The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
Life has a way of slipping by. It closes in without my realization. Things happen and cause me pain. I respond in foolish ways. But then I step out in the night to clear my head. There before my eyes is the glory of the Lord. Twinkling, shining, pointing at me, it declares His majesty. He is in control, great and powerful. Jesus my Lord, and King, thank you for reminding me of your majesty.

05/16/01 Psalm 19:7
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
God’s Word directs my path. When I am wrong it reaches deep inside of me and challenges my direction. As a child of God I can be confident that the Word of God will give me the advice I need to stay close to the Lord.

05/17/01 Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my shepherd; I have everything I need.
The Devil has no happy old men. I have determined that for all the days of my life, when I am unhappy I am going to the shepherd. I am a sheep. Sheep are foolish, to put it bluntly stupid, and in need of direction, guidance and care. The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me all of those things. If I live to be old I will die a happy man.

05/18/01 Psalm 23:4
Even when I walk through the dark valley of death, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.
I am a child of God. I know my redeemer lives. I can be confident that when I stray, He will bring me back. Sometimes He will chasten me. Sometimes He will protect me. But He will always be there. He is carefully watching over me.

05/19/01 Psalm 24:1
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
I lay claim to so much. This is my car. This is my house. These children belong to me. Everything on earth belongs to the Lord. He died for me that I would have a chance to claim Him. I claim Jesus as Lord. Now He belongs to me. I am His and He is mine.

05/20/01 Psalm 28:1
O Lord, you are my rock of safety. Please help me; don’t refuse to answer me. For if you are silent, I might as well give up and die.
Everything around me changes, but not the Lord. The Lord seeks my best good. He is there for me. He is working out the events of my life according to His pattern. Praise the Lord who is in control of my chaotic life.

05/21/01 Psalm 30:10
Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me. Help me, O Lord.
I cannot move forward without the mercy of God accompanying me. In His mercy and by His grace He saved me. In His mercy and by His forgiveness he reconciles me to Himself every time I bend the knee and repent. In His mercy and by His power He keeps me by His side. O Lord thank you for your merciful kindness.

05/22/01 Psalm 31:1
O Lord, I have come to you for protection; don’t let me be put to shame. Rescue me, for you always do what is right.
I can live a Christian life. It is not complex. I do not have to be scanning the future and wringing my hands worrying about whether or not I got it right. I must simply commit myself each day to do the next right thing.

05/23/01 Psalm 32:1
Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Satan is always alert to how I feel and especially when life throws me a curve ball. It is those times that the accuser comes and reminds of what a worthless Christian I am. My response is just like David’s, oh what joy that I am forgiven. Jesus won the victory and has forgiven me of all my sin. The Lord rebuke you Satan. He has forgiven me.

05/24/01 Ephesians 1:3
How we praise God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we belong to Christ.
In Christ, I have the power to do God’s will. I can do the right thing. I can change. It doesn’t mean that it will be easy but it does mean that I can. When I submit to Jesus I am under the authority of the all-powerful Savior, Christ the Lord.

05/25/01 Ephesians 1:6
So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved son.
God has chosen to love me. He has graced me by adopting me into his family. Christ my Savior has brought me from death to life. I am alive in Christ. I belong to the Lord.

05/26/01 Psalm 33:4
For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust.
Today moral constraints have been thrown away and every man does what is right in his sight. I cannot live that way. I bent the knee to the Lord and asked Him to take control of my life. His Word gives me the direction that I need for living a Godly life. God’s Word is trustworthy.

05/27/01 Psalm 33:20-21
We depend on the Lord alone to save us. Only he can help us, protecting us like a shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we are trusting in his holy name.
Circumstances may frown upon us but God never takes his eye off of me. I may not see the end of the tunnel but the Lord is there. The day may be dark but He is the light. He holds the future parallel with the present. Nothing takes him by surprise and he never forgets about me.

05/28/01 Psalm 34:1-2
I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are discouraged take heart.
I lead a life that is filled with the unknown. Some days are good. Some days are bad. There are no bad days when I am with the Lord. There are no bad situations when I am with the Lord. Everything that happens comes under His scrutiny. Nothing catches Him by surprise. I am complete in Christ and I can praise Him in all things. Victory is mine.

05/29/01 John 3:3
Jesus replied, “I assure you, unless you are born again, you can never see the Kingdom of God.”
I have established a personal relationship with the Lord. Being born again births me into the Kingdom of God. I am the only one that can make that choice for me. Have you made that choice for you? If you haven’t you will not see the Kingdom of God. Remember, God sets the standard. You and I choose whether or not we will bend the knee to the Lord.

05/30/01 John 3:18
There is no judgment awaiting those who trust him. But those who do not trust him have already been judged for not believing in the only Son of God.
Judgment day is a reality. Jesus said it was coming. He also said that no one would escape responsibility for his or her choice. For me it is a call to ministry. I must tell everyone I come into contact with about Jesus. I need to make sure that they know I love the Lord and care for them. There are some that will speak ill of me because I do this. I need to come to grips with the suffering that talking about Jesus will bring. The fact remains that I am still responsible for telling my story. Ministry is my responsibility. I may not be a pastor. I may not even be a good speaker but I still have a responsibility to tell others about Jesus.

05/31/01            Psalm 33:1
Let the godly sing with joy to the Lord, for it is fitting to praise him.
Jesus has me on his heart.  His love for me is unstoppable.  Therefore whatever condition I find myself in I can praise Him.  The Lord is worthy of all praise, honor and glory.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.  Jesus is the King.

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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!