Today's Good News

October 1999

10/1/99 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. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I am a sinner saved by grace. Jesus forgave me of my sin, and saved me. Salvation enabled me to see the wondrous glories of God in our world. Once I was ignorant and dead in my trespasses and sin but now praise God I can see. In Christ we everything we need as a child of God.

10/2/99 Romans 1: 20
From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky and all that God has made. They can see clearly his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Pride separates man from God. Self is in the way. Only when a person humbly acknowledges that God is different and that he/she is a sinner, only then can one receive new life in Christ. All have sinned. Renouncing one’s sin and asking for forgiveness from the Lord Jesus Christ is the way of reconciliation to the Father.

10/3/99 Acts 17:24-25
He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need there is.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You do not think the way God thinks. When you respond to problems, ask the Lord if you are responding correctly. God will give you the wisdom, mercy, and grace to deal with the real life issues you face every day. Ask the Lord. He will help you.

10/4/99 Acts 17: 26- 27
From one man God created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand which should rise and fall, and he has determined their boundaries. His purpose in all of this was that the nations should seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you too busy for time with God? Get ready because it is going to be a really surprising day. Time with God prepares us for the unknown. Time with God reminds us that He is near. When we spend time with God we are outfitted for the spiritual war each one of us battle. Time with God is time well spent.

10/5/99 Acts 17: 30-31
God overlooked people’s former ignorance about these things, but now he commands everyone everywhere to turn from idols and turn to him. For he has set a day to judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus loves you. He died that your sin might be forgiven. He defeated death and the grave and is alive today. Jesus loves you but you have to choose to accept that love. Trust Jesus today. Ask Christ to forgive you of your sin and come into your heart today.

10/6/99 John 4:24 (Simplicity)
God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A person must be alive in Christ to worship the Lord. When we come to the Lord we are charged with the responsibility to believe that God is there. He is there.

10/7/99 Deuteronomy 6:4-5
Hear, O Israel, The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is unique. He is Lord of all and creator of everything. Man forgets that his claim of importance and wisdom is sin. In Christ we find our value for in Christ we become family. Before all things existed, God was. This same loving creator God made you and wants to have a relationship with you. He stepped into this world and paid the price for the forgiveness of your sin. God loves you.

10/8/99 1 Kings 8: 27
But will God really live on earth? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is here with us. He resides in our hearts. He wants to have fellowship with us and be a part of all we do. Without Him all things would cease to exist. With Him in our lives we can do the things that are necessary for us to have an abundant life. In Christ the solid rock we stand.

10/09/99 Psalm 90: 1-2
Lord, through all generations you have been our home! Before the mountains were created. Before you made the earth and the world, You are God, without beginning or end.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is our refuge. We may trust in money, position, career, or a noble cause. They are not secure they are passing away. Only the Lord can provide the security that we are looking for. When our supports get shaky, we can trust the Lord. When life gets tough and things get bad, we can go to Jesus for encouragement, direction and security.    He is Lord of all.

10/10/99 James 1:17
Whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God above, who created all heaven’s lights. Unlike them, he never changes or casts shifting shadows.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is perfect. He is not selfish or stingy. When we come to God we come to a Father who understands us and knows our needs. The Lord does not make us grovel or beg to get what we need. He invites us into His presence as dear children and encourages us to spend time with Him.

10/11/99 Psalm 139:7-12
(Lord), I can never escape from you spirit! I can never get away from your presence. If I go to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the place of the dead, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night—but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Have you wandered away from the Lord? Has your heart grown cold? Have you forgotten how to talk about the Lord or is your witness nonexistent? Do not fear for God has not lost you. He knows exactly where you are and is waiting for you to wake up and call upon Him. He can fix the problems that you are letting destroy you. Seek the Lord and He will be found.

10/12/99 Ephesians 1:11
Because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Is your life chaotic? Does everything seem to be loosed from their moorings? Rest in this truth, Jesus is Lord. God is in control. He has not made a mistake in forgiving you and making you His child. When you become a child of God you are within the purpose of God and nothing can take you away from God.

10/13/99 Matthew 10:29-31
Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Failures and fears will not separate you from God. Your journey may be much different and more difficult than you thought it would be but nothing surprises Jesus. The Father accepted you knowing all about you including the future. God’s love will not cease nor will the Holy Spirit be removed from your heart. You are His forever. PERIOD.

10/14/99 Matthew 19: 25-26
The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. This is a simple and direct Biblical injunction. If a person will a ask Jesus into their heart they will be in the Family of God. Nothing else works. Only Jesus.

10/15/99 Deuteronomy 32:3-4
I will proclaim the name of the LORD; how glorious is our God. He is the Rock; his work is perfect. Everything he does is just and fair. He is a faithful God who does no wrong; how just and upright he is! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The glory of God is revealed in His mercy, grace, compassion, faithfulness, forgiveness, and justice. God reveals Himself in His love. We are each a great sinner and yet the God loves us. The Lord is a glorious, wonderful and mighty God. He is constantly seeking to benefit His creation. Glory to God in the highest.

10/16/99 1 John 4:8-10
Anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his own Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Real love is holy, and giving. Love thinks of others first. He places His children first. His concern is for our safety, peace and joy. We are never out of His thoughts. Our lives are never beyond His control. Nothing that happens in our lives surprises Him and yet still He loves you and me. God is love.

10/17/99 Psalm 33:4
For the word of the LORD holds true, and everything he does is worthy of our trust. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God does not lie. He does not change. He knows all things. We can trust the Word of God because it comes from a trustworthy Lord.

10/18/99 Isaiah 40:13-15
Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord? Who knows enough to be his teacher or counselor? Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice? Does he need instruction about what is good or what is best? No, for all the nations of the world are nothing in comparison with him.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s provision sustains the universe. The Lord’s presence saves us in our time of need. He is never far when we are in trouble. God is good, all the time.

10/19/99 1 John 1:5
This is the message he has given us to announce unto you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is the only one that can guide us out of the darkness of sin. He is holy, and true. In the darkness, good and evil co-exist. In the light of the Lord, we can distinguish good from evil. We choose the Lord. We choose by His power to set aside sinful things in our lives. In Christ we have life.

10/20/99 Exodus 3:13-14
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they won’t believe me. They will ask, ‘Which god are you talking about? What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
God replied, “I AM WHO I AM. Just tell them ‘I AM’ has sent you.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is eternal, all-powerful and unchanging. In our world values, morals and laws are always changing. God never changes. When we turn to the great I AM we find stability and security. The Lord always knows who you are, what you need and when you need it.

10/21/99 Psalm 57:2-3
I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. He will send help from heaven to save me, rescuing me from those who are out to get me.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Christ we have direct access to the Father. He hears us because we belong to Him. We each take first place in the heart of the Father. Each one of His children is loved as if he/she were the only one. God loves His children.

10/22/99 John 13:15
I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you. 16How true it is that a servant is not greater than the master. Nor are messengers more important than the one who sends them. 17You know these things—now do them! That is the path of blessing. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What we do matters. God gives us a new heart; but we are responsible for what our hands do, where our feet lead us and for the things we say. Pay attention to what you are doing.

10/23/99 Exodus 31:12-13
The Lord then gave these further instructions to Moses: “Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between you and me forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Sabbath day is a day of refreshment and remembrance. We draw aside from our hectic lifestyles and rejuvenate our bodies. While we rest we are to remember the Lord. God rejoices in our praise and we grow when we recognize the multitude of things that are praise worthy about our Lord and Savior. The Sabbath day enables us to maintain balance in our quickly passing lives.

10/24/99 Genesis 22:13-14
Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a bush. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering on the altar in place of his son. Abraham named the place, “The LORD Will Provide.” This name has now become a proverb, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God sent His only Son to die for us. By the death of Christ we were spared from the eternal death we deserve. God’s provision for us is always exactly what we need. The Lord is good, all the time. His goodness is beyond compare. Worthy is the Lamb.

10/25/99 Judges 6:23-24
“It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” And Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and named it “The Lord Is Peace.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord removes strife and chaos from our lives and in its place brings harmony and joy. His presence gives us the power to live our lives with a calm assurance. When we are aware of whose we are we can live a peaceful life where we are. The lost are looking for the peace that Jesus provides.

10/26/99 Isaiah 40:28-29
Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is never too tired to help you. Jesus is never too busy to listen to you. God cares for you and is always available to help you. When the world is pressing in and you cannot take another step, call upon the Lord and He will renew your strength.

10/27/99 Psalm 23:1
The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Sheep are dependent upon the Shepherd. They need guidance, protection and food and the shepherd provides all of these things. We are like sheep. We are easily led astray. We don’t know the way in which we should go. We starve for spiritual nourishment. Christ is our shepherd. He provides the real things that we need to live. In Christ we have all we need.

10/28/99 Psalm 31: 14-15
But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying ,”You Are My God!” My future is in your hands.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God loves and cares for us. All of life’s circumstances are in His hands. When we face numbing experiences we can be confident that God is in control. We can also be confident that the Lord always does the right thing for us.

10/29/99 Daniel 4:34-35
After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal. All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He has the power to do as he pleases among the angels of heaven and with those who live on earth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will take care of you. When you go to the Lord and ask Him to do whatever it takes to make you a good child and a strong servant, remember that the Lord will act in your life. Sometimes because of our pride and self-centeredness, the Lord must act more strongly than at other times. What will it take for the Lord to get your attention?

10/30/99 Romans 8: 28
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

This is a hard saying when things aren’t going our way. The problem generally is that we don’t see what God is up to. When you cannot see what God is doing you can trust His actions. Be still and know that He is Lord.

10/31/99 Philippians 1:6
And I am sure that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on that day that Christ Jesus comes back again.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will not give up on you. He will see you through to the end. As you struggle day by day, you can live with confidence that the Lord is working in you for His good purpose. Be filled with the Spirit and do not sin.

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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.