Today's Good News

May 2003

5/01/03                        Job 6:10
At least I can take comfort in this: Despite the pain, I have not denied the words of the Holy One.

I am called to live a life of faith.  I must not get in the habit of evaluating my faith or my usefulness based upon my current circumstances.  Life is tough and it really happens.

5/02/03                        Job 14:22
They are absorbed in their own pain and grief.”

Now is the time to decide about Jesus.  A decision to accept Christ now is a decision that will reap abundant rewards.  A relationship with Jesus will extend from the present into eternity.  A decision to accept Jesus that is deferred until the final moments of life is a decision that may be overlooked.  Jesus is Lord.

5/03/03                        Proverbs 4:7
Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! And whatever else you do, get good judgment.

I am responsible for my life.  I can go to God to help me grow and mature.  If I make the right choice of spending time with Jesus I will become wise.  If I fail to grow in Christ I will not have good judgment.

5/04/03                        Job 30:17
My weary nights are filled with pain as though something were relentlessly gnawing at my bones.

I live in a frail body that carries within it the seeds of destruction.  Pain, heartache and disappointment are often a part of life.  My relationship with Jesus is based upon His gift and not my circumstances or situation.

5/05/03                        Psalm 25:18
Feel my pain and see my trouble. Forgive all my sins.

Jesus is alive.  He knows my pain and sees my suffering.  He has not forgotten me.  Christ is not ignoring me.  In Jesus I have access to all the riches of the Lord.  I am not alone.

5/06/03                        Psalm 38:6
I am bent over and racked with pain. My days are filled with grief.

In this world I will have trouble.  Trouble is not permanent.  Trouble does not indicate a lack of value or worth.  Jesus is with me and will always be with me in good times and bad.  I belong to Him.

5/07/03                        Psalm 41:3
The LORD nurses them when they are sick and eases their pain and discomfort.

Jesus is real.  He is concerned about me and the things I am going through.  Christ will help me deal with my life right now.

5/08/03                        Psalm 69:29
I am suffering and in pain. Rescue me, O God, by your saving power.

The power of God is absolute.  His power is active in my life now and into eternity.  Anxiety, heartache, pain and fear can be given to Jesus.  I am not at the mercy of the world.  I belong to the Lord.

5/09/03                        Psalm 109:22
For I am poor and needy, and my heart is full of pain.

The human condition is full of trouble.  You and I have both been at the point of heartbreak.  When I turn to the Lord I can go with full assurance that He knows my situation and will comfort me.    Jesus mends broken hearts.

5/10/03                        1 Chronicles 16:32
Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst forth with joy!

I can celebrate my relationship with Jesus with great joy and delight for He has given me great blessings each day.  The Lord is good and is good to me.

5/11/03                        1 Chronicles 29:9
The people rejoiced over the offerings, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD, and King David was filled with joy.

Salvation saves ones heart and pocketbook. My willingness to give is birthed out of my gratitude for what Jesus has done for me.  Giving is a reflection of my relationship with the Lord.

5/12/03                        Nehemiah 8:10
And Nehemiah continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of choice foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the LORD is your strength!”

The blessings of God will always inspire in me the willingness to be a blessing.  All that the Lord Jesus gives me is to be passed on.  The miracle is that when I learn to bless my blessings multiply.

5/13/03                        Psalm 5:11
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Protect them, so all who love your name may be filled with joy.

The world may be in turmoil.  The details of my life may be out of control.  In Christ I am whole.  Eternity is ahead and I will survive.  I can find real joy with Jesus.

5/14/03                        Psalm 9:2
I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

Jesus is alive.  He is building His love and strength in me.  I am grateful and elated that Jesus loves me.

5/15/03                        Acts 13:52
And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the life giver.  He equips me for living my life today.  I have joy because Jesus is in my heart.

5/16/03                        Acts 2:28
You have shown me the way of life, and you will give me wonderful joy in your presence.’

The Lord is building a relationship with me.  My job is to surrender my time and attention.  His job is giving me life and that in abundance.  I have joy in Jesus.

5/17/03                        Matthew 2:10
When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!

People are afraid.  They are afraid about a lot of things most notably the future.  Jesus has come.  Jesus destroys fear.  Jesus loves me.

5/18/03                        Matthew 28:8
The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to find the disciples to give them the angel’s message.

Do you feel helpless?  Jesus will help you.  We can find strength and encouragement in Jesus.  He will not let us down.

5/19/03                        Luke 1:14
You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice with you at his birth,

A 2,000 year old event that is current and powerful today.  God came in the form of a man so that man could find God.  Jesus takes us to the Father.  He is the only way.

5/20/03                        Luke 15:10
In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

I am important to Jesus.  Every detail of my life concerns Him.  My life is valuable.  I count with Jesus.

5/21/03                        Luke 19:6
Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.

Encouragement is a powerful blessing.  I am called to be an encourager.  It promotes healing in hurting lives.

5/22/03                        Luke 24:52
They worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.

Jesus is alive.  He is alive and lives in my heart.  His life gives me joy.  I am not alone.  I have value and worth.  My life is victorious.

5/23/03                        John 15:11
I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!

A word from Jesus is a healing tonic.  It breaks up the clouds of despair.  It ensures the future.  Christ is King and I am part of His kingdom.

5/24/03                        John 16:22
You have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.

Joy is not an emotion.  Joy does not depend on my station in life or even in good things happening.  Joy is rooted in eternity and is a fact.  I belong to Jesus therefore I have joy.

5/25/03                        John 16:24
You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.

I can ask in Jesus name and know that the Father hears me.  Even though I may be mired deep in sin I can cry out and be heard.  This brings great joy.  I belong to Jesus.  He loves me.

5/26/03                        John 20:20
As he spoke, he held out his hands for them to see, and he showed them his side. They were filled with joy when they saw their Lord!

Jesus cares for me.  He died that I might live and lives that I might not perish under the weight of the world.  There is great joy in the presence of Jesus.

5/27/03                        Ecclesiastes 11:10
So banish grief and pain, but remember that youth, with a whole life before it, still faces the threat of meaninglessness.

Jesus brings meaning to life.  I am a co-laborer together with Jesus in the Garden of God.  What I do counts.  The plan for my life is a good plan and it requires me.

5/28/03                        Hebrews 13:3
Don’t forget about those in prison. Suffer with them as though you were there yourself. Share the sorrow of those being mistreated, as though you feel their pain in your own bodies.

Prison is a hard place.  No one has it easy there.  I can pray for those in prison.  I can pray for their salvation, safety and opportunity for service.  I am partnering with Jesus when I care for those in prison.

5/29/03                        1 Peter 4:1
So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you are willing to suffer for Christ, you have decided to stop sinning.

I must learn to control my ego.  My whole life involves careening from one want to the other.  Setting aside my wants will cause my flesh to react indignantly and with great force.  Sin wants to have a hold on me.  Only Jesus can heal my selfish heart and equip me to live for Him.

5/30/03                        Revelation 21:4
He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”

If I will walk with Jesus He will meet all my needs.  Heaven will be a great place.

5/31/03                        Jude 1:22
Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering.

There will be a day when I will need your help.  It will come.  Help me with kindness and understanding when I face that day.  You to will have a day of need.

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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!