Today's Good News

May 2010

05/01          Psalm 89:27-28
I will make him my firstborn son, the mightiest king on earth.  I will love him and be kind to him forever; my covenant with him will never end.

Messianic comments from God Himself simply stating He is eternally connected with Jesus.  The Lord is able and willing to connect with us.  Let Him change your view of your life.  Ask Him to let you know His plan for you.  Be about the master’s business.


05/02          Psalm 89:29-32
I will preserve an heir for him; his throne will be as endless as the days of heaven.  But if his sons forsake my law and fail to walk in my ways, if they do not obey my decrees and fail to keep my commands, then I will punish their sin with the rod, and their disobedience with beating.

The Lord loves obedience more than sacrifice.  We are called to obey Him because He knows what is right.  The Lord knows the end from the beginning and He knows what we need and what we are able to do.  Jesus loves you and me.


05/03          Psalm 89:33-37
But I will never stop loving him, nor let my promise to him fail.  No, I will not break my covenant; I will not take back a single word I said.  I have sworn an oath to David, and in my holiness I cannot lie: His dynasty will go on forever; his throne is as secure as the sun, as eternal as the moon, my faithful witness in the sky!”

The Lord is eternal.  He has a plan.  We can be included in His plan if we accept His offer of a family relationship-salvation in Jesus Christ.  The Lord is mighty and is able to keep us safe throughout eternity.


05/04          Psalm 89:38-40
But now you have rejected him. Why are you so angry with the one you chose as king?  You have renounced your covenant with him, for you have thrown his crown in the dust.  You have broken down the walls protecting him and laid in ruins every fort defending him.

Jesus suffered and died for us.  His death was overcome by the power of God and Jesus was raised from the dead, defeating death and providing for us exactly what we need: salvation.


05/05          Psalm 89:41-45
Everyone who comes along has robbed him while his neighbors mock.  You have strengthened his enemies against him and made them all rejoice.  You have made his sword useless and have refused to help him in battle.  You have ended his splendor and overturned his throne.  You have made him old before his time and publicly disgraced him.

We do not understand suffering.  We think the way things are right now is forever but the only thing that is forever is our relationship with the Lord.  Put aside your mourning clothes and praise God.  Praise and Glorify the Lord for He is wonderful.  Bless the Lord O my soul!


05/06          Psalm 89:46-48
O LORD, how long will this go on? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your anger burn like fire?  Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence!  No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave.

Our life is very short.  The Lord is eternal.  The Lord is seeking to bring us into His family.  In Christ we live eternally.  In Jesus we become a member of God’s family.


05/07          Psalm 89:49
Lord, where is your unfailing love? You promised it to David with a faithful pledge.  Consider, Lord, how your servants are disgraced! I carry in my heart the insults of so many people.  Your enemies have mocked me, O LORD; they mock the one you anointed as king.  Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and amen!

Praise the Lord.  Praise Him now today.  We don’t understand a lot of things.  Praise the Lord.  We get some of the things we think we understand wrong.  We are hateful creatures.  Praise the Lord.  We can’t fix things our self but we can praise the Lord, in all things give praise to the Lord God Almighty.


05/08          John 6:1-2
After this, Jesus crossed over the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias.  And a huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miracles as he healed the sick.

People need Jesus.  Those in His day knew that He had something they needed.  They saw the healing and they heard His words and it changed their life.  For the first time someone cared for them, someone with authority cared and they were willing to do whatever it took to find out about Jesus.


05/09          John 6:3-6
Then Jesus went up into the hills and sat down with his disciples around him.  (It was nearly time for the annual Passover celebration.)  Jesus soon saw a great crowd of people climbing the hill, looking for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Philip, where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”  He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.

Does God really want your help?  Are you willing to help Him?  He can do it without you but Jesus would that we become partners together with Him.  What is the Lord asking you about?  Has He given you a word of healing, a word of ministry or some other word about the yearning of your heart?  If He has then He is simply calling you to obedience and obedience always starts right now-do the next right thing.


05/10          John 6:7-9
Philip replied, “It would take a small fortune  to feed them!”  Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up.  “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”

Jesus is sufficient for my life.  He will meet my needs.  He will equip me to pray, work for and befriend the needy.  His work is worthy work that uses our obedience to accomplish His ministry among mankind.  No apology ever needed for serving the Lord.


05/11          John 6:10-11
“Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus ordered. So all of them — the men alone numbered five thousand — sat down on the grassy slopes.  Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and passed them out to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate until they were full.

Jesus knows our need.  He loves us.  He is sensitive to the things happening in our lives.  Jesus meets us at the point of our need and is willing to walk us through it.  Give your heart and mind to Christ and He will not disappoint you.


05/12          John 6:12-13
“Now gather the leftovers,” Jesus told his disciples, “so that nothing is wasted.”   There were only five barley loaves to start with, but twelve baskets were filled with the pieces of bread the people did not eat!

People count most with Jesus.  He did not come to create a wealthy empire but instead to offer participation in an eternal kingdom.  He is concerned about our daily needs, our heartache and pain, and our eternal destination.


05/13          John 6:14
When the people saw this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet  we have been expecting!”

People need a leader.  All of us like sheep are easily led astray.  Jesus, the great shepherd, leads us in paths of righteousness.  He is Lord and He will bring us into His kingdom under His leadership and guidance.


05/14          John 6:15
Jesus saw that they were ready to take him by force and make him king, so he went higher into the hills alone.

Jesus knew what people thought.  They sought Him because they wanted someone to ease their daily struggle.  There was little thought about kingdom issues.  Their view of God was limited to their needs and their life.


05/15          John 6:16-17
That evening his disciples went down to the shore to wait for him.  But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed out across the lake toward Capernaum.

Jesus is the Son of God.  He had told the disciples that but they didn’t understand what He was saying.  He was away praying and they were on the shore doing their own thing.  They knew of His devotion to the Father.  They also knew that He was trying to train them to follow in His footsteps.  They didn’t get it and decided to leave Him there.


05/16          John 6:18-20
Soon a gale swept down upon them as they rowed, and the sea grew very rough.  They were three or four miles out when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, “I am here! Don’t be afraid.”

Jesus is here.  He knows what we are facing.  He will help us deal with our life.  He isn’t an armchair quarterback; He knows the pain we feel for He has felt our pain.  The disciples left without instructions doing their own thing.  Jesus cared for them and was coming to their aid.  One of the great truths about our relationship with Jesus is that He always knows what we need and is striving to meet our need.


05/17          John 6:21
Then they were eager to let him in, and immediately the boat arrived at their destination!

People want to evaluate Jesus based on their own concept of who Jesus is.  Jesus is Lord and as such calls for our obedience not our evaluation.


05/18          John 6:22-24
The next morning, back across the lake, crowds began gathering on the shore, waiting to see Jesus. For they knew that he and his disciples had come over together and that the disciples had gone off in their boat, leaving him behind.  Several boats from Tiberias landed near the place where the Lord had blessed the bread and the people had eaten.  When the crowd saw that Jesus wasn’t there, nor his disciples, they got into the boats and went across to Capernaum to look for him.

Why were they looking for Jesus?  Did they want Him to do their bidding or were they willing to obey Him?  Obedience is usually a last resort.  Today let us consider the Lord’s will and note that He values obedience as the number one thing we can do.  Obey Him and everything else falls into place.


05/19          John 6:25-27
When they arrived and found him, they asked, “Teacher, how did you get here?”  Jesus replied, “The truth is, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you saw the miraculous sign.  But you shouldn’t be so concerned about perishable things like food. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that I, the Son of Man, can give you. For God the Father has sent me for that very purpose.”

What would we have Jesus do?  Are we seeking Him to be our Lord and Master or are we seeking to make Him our spiritual butler?  Jesus calls us to radical obedience.  He wants us to do the Father’s will.  We generally don’t know our own will let alone God’s will.  Spend time with Jesus so that you can follow Him.


05/20          John 6:28-29
They replied, “What does God want us to do?”  Jesus told them, “This is what God wants you to do: Believe in the one he has sent.”

Obedience affects everything we do.  It critically shapes the way I think about and approach God.  He is worthy of all honor and glory.  The people I come into contact with are also due respect and proper treatment.  Help me Lord to be as concerned about people as you are.


05/21          John 6:30-33
They replied, “You must show us a miraculous sign if you want us to believe in you. What will you do for us?  After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! As the Scriptures say, ‘Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.’  “Jesus said, “I assure you, Moses didn’t give them bread from heaven. My Father did. And now he offers you the true bread from heaven.  The true bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

Lost people are blind.  They are dead to spiritual things.  A person who is lost has no relationship with the Father.  They cannot think spiritual things.  This is why the world is in the shape it is.  This is why people have put everything first except people.  The lost are truly lost.  It is our responsibility to tell them what God is doing in our life.


05/22          John 6:34-37
“Sir,” they said, “give us that bread every day of our lives.”  Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to me will ever be hungry again. Those who believe in me will never thirst.  But you haven’t believed in me even though you have seen me.  However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them.

Jesus is the source of our relationship with the Father.  He is Lord and calls us to Himself for our daily life.  Obedience and attitude are critical characteristics of the Christian life.  Our obedience permits Him to lead, guide and direct us.  An attitude of faith and belief enable us to see Him at work in our life.  Jesus is the source of our strength and our peace so we want to be consistent and persistent in our daily walk.


05/23          John 6:38-40
For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do what I want.  And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them to eternal life at the last day.   For it is my Father’s will that all who see his Son and believe in him should have eternal life — that I should raise them at the last day.”

Jesus is holding on to us.  He brought us into the Family of God and now He lives so that we might grow and mature spiritually as a servant of the Lord High God.  Jesus brings us everything we need to live a victorious life.


05/24          John 6:41-44
Then the people  began to murmur in disagreement because he had said, “I am the bread from heaven.” They said, “This is Jesus, the son of Joseph. We know his father and mother. How can he say, ‘I came down from heaven’?”  But Jesus replied, “Don’t complain about what I said.  For people can’t come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me, and at the last day I will raise them from the dead.

If you don’t believe in Jesus no one will make you believe.  When we accept Jesus as our Lord we begin a journey of getting to know Him.  He already knows all about us but knowing Jesus becomes our life quest.  Spend time with Him and let Jesus teach you about life.


05/25          John 6:45-48
As it is written in the Scriptures, ‘They will all be taught by God.’  Everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to me.  (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him.)  “I assure you, anyone who believes in me already has eternal life.  Yes, I am the bread of life!

Real life begins with Jesus.  We learn from Him.  He has a “hands on” approach to our life, He holds us in His hands.  Troubled?  Turn to Jesus.  Need wisdom?  Ask Jesus.  He is available to give us direction for living.


05/26          John 6:49-51
Your ancestors ate manna in the wilderness, but they all died.  However, the bread from heaven gives eternal life to everyone who eats it.  I am the living bread that came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; this bread is my flesh, offered so the world may live.”

We have eternal life from Jesus.  It is not based on what we can do it is based on the Lord Jesus Christ and is a free gift from Him to us.  When you come to Jesus you get eternal life.  He is generous and understanding but there is only one way to the Father and that is through Jesus Christ.


05/27          John 6:52-57
Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” they asked.  So Jesus said again, “I assure you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you.   But those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them at the last day.  For my flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink.  All who eat my flesh and drink my blood remain in me, and I in them.  I live by the power of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, those who partake of me will live because of me.

Jesus was our sacrifice and He paid for our sin with His body and blood, He died for us.  When we accept Him we are accepting the sacrifice He made for us and we become members of God’s family.  He dwells in us and in Him we are alive forever.  We have His life in us.


05/28          John 6:58-60
I am the true bread from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever and not die as your ancestors did, even though they ate the manna.”  He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.  Even his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”

The Christ life is actually simple.  We surrender control of our life to Jesus.  We get to know Him and go to Him for guidance.  Jesus willingly guides us.  In Jesus we surrender our life to Him to succeed.


05/29          John 6:61-63
Jesus knew within himself that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you?   Then what will you think if you see me, the Son of Man, return to heaven again?   It is the Spirit who gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.

In Christ we have life.  That life is underwritten by the work of the Holy Spirit.  In Christ we become members of God’s family, He is our Father and we are His children.  Life in Christ is right living.


05/30          John 6:64-66
But some of you don’t believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.)  Then he said, “That is what I meant when I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father brings them to me.”  At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him.

The human mind is self-centered and grasping.  Only when we surrender ourselves to Christ and ask Him to forgive us of our sin and lead us will we become children of God and in Jesus we are but it isn’t on our terms or our timetable.  It is God who is at work seeking the lost.


05/31          John 6:67-71
Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you going to leave, too?”  Simon Peter replied, “Lord, to whom would we go? You alone have the words that give eternal life.  We believe them, and we know you are the Holy One of God.”  Then Jesus said, “I chose the twelve of you, but one is a devil.”  He was speaking of Judas, son of Simon Iscariot, one of the Twelve, who would betray him.

Jesus is the only one in whom we can find life.  He is alive and seeking us.  He wants to give us the free gift of life but we have to let Him give it to us and accept it.

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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!