Today's Good News

November 1999

11/1/99      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. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord wants to be part of everything that we do. When God is missing from the activities of our lives, death reigns. When the Lord is present the result is life. Without the Lord, our life is worthless.

11/2/99      Psalm 30:1
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You need help. Fate, hate, attacks from the evil one, poor childhood, mistakes, foolishness, carelessness, and many more enemies are swirling around you. There are enemies without number each seeking to sidetrack our life. The Lord rescues us from our enemies. He equips us to live life abundantly. Call upon the name of the Jesus.

11/3/99      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. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is righteous and loving and always wants to deliver His children. He is a loving Father that is without compare. Every time we fall into trouble, even when it is our own fault for the umpteenth time, the Lord will rescue us.

11/4/99      Psalm 32:1-2
Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Forgiveness is a part of God’s nature. When we forgive others we are acting like God. In Christ we have forgiveness for our sin yesterday, today and forever. The Lord knows us completely and seeks to bring us close to Him with His forgiveness.

11/5/99      Psalm 33:4-5
For the word of the Lord holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We have a trustworthy, truthful, unchangeable God. He is never caught by surprise. All that He does is right. Do you have problems? The Lord solves problems. Go to Him, ask His help, listen for His reply and wait. God is good, all the time.

11/6/99      Psalm 34: 4-5
I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me, freeing me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Word of God contains more than 7,000 promises for His children. Many of those promises are blessings. Most of those blessings require our active participation. Active participation includes our believing what the Lord has said and acting in confidence upon His revealed truth. Confidence destroys fear.

11/7/99      Psalm 34:15
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Doing right is a choice. We who are alive in Christ are equipped to make right choices. Do not let Satan convince you that you aren’t strong enough, smart enough or loved enough to do the right thing. When we do the right thing the Lord is at our side. Walk in the light.

11/8/99         Psalm 35: 9-10
Then I will rejoice in the Lord. I will be glad because he rescues me. I will praise him from the bottom of my heart: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the weak and helpless from the strong? Who else protects the poor and needy from those who want to rob them? Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our attitude is our choice. Will I believe the Lord and rejoice in His provision? When we face impossible situations and monumental problems, it is always our option to rejoice. The Lord will deliver, on time, in the right way. What a Savior, what a Lord, rejoice!

11/09/99     Psalm 36: 7-9
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your rivers of delight. For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus said that He would give us living water. This living water enables life in the midst of catastrophe. We are not limited by our life but protected by God’s love. Our lives are grand exhibitions of the intervention of the Lord and His forgiveness of our sin. Praise God that we now have light to live by.

11/10/99     Psalm 37:3-4
Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God wants us to trust Him. He does not force His will upon us. We choose to spend time with the Lord. When we get to know Him better, we learn the richness of His love. We experience the joy of coming into His presence. There is wonderful blessing when we come knowledgeably into the presence of the Father.

11/11/99     Psalm 37: 18-19
Day by day the Lord takes care of the innocent, and they will receive a reward that lasts forever. They will survive through hard times; even in famine they will have more than enough. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A relationship with the Lord is a moment by moment journey. It takes our time to develop this relationship. When hard times come, those moments we have invested will payoff with the power to stand in the hour of desperation. You will survive because you are a child of God and know Him and the power of His resurrection.

11/12/99     Psalm 39: 6-7
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth for someone else to spend. And so, O Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

People spend a lot of time developing their security in a life that will last only a short while. If you are wise, you will invest time in your eternal destination. Get to know the Lord. Let Him have your time and interest. Your life will be over too soon.

11/13/99     Psalm 40: 1-3
I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be astounded. They will put their trust in the Lord. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus Christ offers salvation from death to life for each one of us. There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved. Jesus is the only way to the Father. He is the only source for life. When you believe that Jesus is Lord and ask Him to forgive your sin and come into your heart and save you, He will. You will have life. You will have peace with God.

11/14/99     Psalm 42:8
Through each day the Lord pours his unfailing love upon me, and through each night I sing his songs, praying to God who gives me life. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When I walk with the Lord I am constantly thinking about Him. Lord, I praise you for your wonderful gifts to me. Thank you for helping me to live my life in the right way. As I develop this Godward focus in my heart each day, at night my heart will burst forth in song. In the midst of despair, the Lord was there. When trouble came or heartache raged the Father reigned. He never left me alone. He was with me in victory and defeat. Oh the joy of the Father’s love. Sing His song oh heart of joy.

11/15/99     Psalm 43:5
Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my savior and my God! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In this life, discouragement and sadness are always waiting to pounce upon us. The Lord equips us to survive in the face of these insurmountable obstacles. There is joy with the Lord.

11/16/99     Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Even if the world ends you are safe with the Lord. You are not alone and your life belongs to Him. Be comforted by His promise. The Lord is God and there is not other. He loves you and will provide an eternal relationship for you.

11/17/99     Psalm 46:11
The Lord Almighty is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is a battle. We need the Lord. He is able to save us in the face of the daily battle that we face. Life is not for the wicked, for they will perish in their trespasses and sins. The victory has been won. In Jesus we are His and He is ours.

11/18/99     Psalm 49:15
But as for me, God will redeem my life. He will snatch me from the power of death.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

By faith we are saved. The power of God saves us. It is His free gift to us. Not by works or might but by the blessed salvation bought by His life. The blood of Christ paid the price.

11/19/99     Psalm 50:15
Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is trustworthy. It is His nature. We can live our lives knowing that He cares for us. He loves us with a deep and abiding concern for our daily well being. The Lord is good, all the time.

11/20/99     Psalm 50:23
Giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me. If you keep to my path, I will reveal to you the salvation of God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Gratitude is an attitude that we can cultivate. The Lord encourages us to see His activity in our lives and to express our gratitude in word and deed. How we see our selves and God’s plan for our lives is important. You are valuable and God’s plan for your life is a worthy plan. Be encouraged. Bless the Lord and thank Him for all that He does for you.

11/21/99     Psalm 51:10-12
Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me again the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Father, cleanse us from our selfish hearts. Help us to know the right way to go and walk therein. Encourage us to read your Word and be obedient in our daily lives. And Father when we forget this or don’t live this way, remember whose we are and gently discipline us so that we will return to your presence.

11/22/99      Psalm 55: 17-19
Morning, noon and night I plead aloud in my distress, and the Lord hears my voice. He rescues me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, even though many still oppose me. God, who is king forever, will hear me and will humble them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our enemies are of our own creation. They are our sin, our bad habits, our lack of gratitude and a host of other things that we have permitted to stand against us because we are such great sinners. All we can do when our enemies attack us is cry out to the Lord and He will save us.

11/23/99     Psalm 56: 3-4
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. O God, I praise your word. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

People can inflict bodily harm against us. They can even kill us. But they cannot harm our souls or our future. We belong to the Lord. We are his and He is ours. We will never be separated from Him. Therefore you should fear God who controls this life and the life to come.

11/24/99     Psalm 57:1
Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until this violent storm is past. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is sometimes like a violent storm. It catches us off guard and by surprise. All we can do is hang on. But as we hang on in survival mode, the Father is busily at work protecting us. When the storm rages, rest under the protective presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. You will survive.

11/25/99     Psalm 58:11
There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Paul tells us that one day every knee shall bow and every person will confess Jesus as Lord. There is a day of accountability. All the things that are wrong will be set right. Justice will prevail. Every one of God’s children will be brought into His presence. Each one of them will be blessed. We serve a mighty God. Thank God for His blessings.

11/26/99     Psalm 61: 1-3
O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth I will cry to you for help, for my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for you are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life can be distressing. Sometimes we find ourselves in places far from home and trouble strikes. God is not limited by geography. He is where we are. Do not despair. The Father will not forget you or where you are. He will always be there to meet your needs. Rejoice we serve a mighty God.

11/27/99     Psalm 62:7
My salvation and my honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When you trust God, it changes your outlook on life. Defeat is never final. Failure is just another step in life for victory is just ahead. The Lord is on your side. He will provide the help that you need.

11/28/99     Psalm 63:7-8
I think how much you have helped me; I sing for joy in the shadow of your wings. I follow close behind you; your strong right hand holds me securely. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God promises to give us strength in our time of testing. He does not say that He will eliminate challenges or problems. We live our life with the sure knowledge that the key to our success is in knowing the Lord. Life is a succession of ups and downs. Balance is achieved by growth in our relationship with the Lord. This requires my time and attention to the things of God. Daily Bible reading, a quiet time and diligence in applying God’s Words to my life are required.

11/29/99     Psalm 64: 10
The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him. And those who do what is right will praise him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do the next right thing. When we commit to this kind of lifestyle, the Lord will be honored and praised.

11/30/99     Psalm 66: 8-9
Let the whole world bless our God and sing aloud his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and he keeps our feet from stumbling. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is proud of you. He created you for fellowship with Him. All that you are and can be are a wonderful gift from the Lord. Seize the day. Serve the Lord. Rejoice and be blessed.

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Clay Corvin

Clay Corvin is Co-Pastor at Bethel Community Baptist Church. He is the VP Business and Professor of Admin at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. 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.