Today's Good News

May 2000

May 1, 2000                1Ti 1:14
Oh, how kind and gracious the Lord was! He filled me completely with faith and the love of Christ Jesus.

One night at a revival the preacher said that I had as much of Christ as I wanted.  That changed me.  It put me on notice that the Lord was available for me.  I realized that Christ was willing to spend as much time with me as I wanted.  The depth of my relationship with Christ was a result of the time that I spent with Him.

May 2, 2000                1Ti 6:10
For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.

I am concerned about the benchmarks I let creep into my life.  What is it that makes me do what I do?  Is it my love for Christ or a passion for money?  When all I do revolves around money, I must take careful steps to change what I am doing.  I found in my own life once that even my tithing became an issue for it was a point of pride and complaint.  Lord look what I have done now you should respond in the way that I want.  Money can indeed be a root of evil when it gains control of my life.

May 3, 2000                1Ti 6:11
But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

That’s right.  Run from evil.  I promise you that every time I walk, crawl or saunter from evil it defeats me.  Be assured that you cannot stand in the presence of evil.   Run.

May 4, 2000                Ps 33:18
But the LORD watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love.

I believe that the Lord will watch over and care for me.  Whatever the result, the Lord is faithful.  Every time I respond to life based on the faithfulness of the Lord, another particle of ignorance is stamped out of my life.  God is good, all the time.

May 5, 2000                Ps 40:10
I have not kept this good news hidden in my heart; I have talked about your faithfulness and saving power. I have told everyone in the great assembly of your unfailing love and faithfulness.

I experience real joy and excitement in the Lord when I share with others what He is doing in my life.  My feelings tend to be fairly moody and more often than not express themselves in negative ways.  When I realize my feelings are taking center stage and request that He intercede, He does.   My feelings change.  The confusion or hurt or pain stops.  I must tell you that the Lord is faithful to me in helping me to deal with my every day life.

May 6, 2000                Ps 45:1
My heart overflows with a beautiful thought! I will recite a lovely poem to the king, for my tongue is like the pen of a skillful poet.

I love the Lord with every fiber of my being.  He is worthy of my total focus and the very best of my thoughts.  He wants to spend time with me and I am committing myself this day to increase the amount of time I spend with the wondrous Lord God.  Christ the King is a glorious king that is trustworthy and true.   Praise the name of the Lord.  Blessing and honor and mercy and grace belong to Him.

May 7, 2000                Ps 57:10
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens. Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

There have been dark nights at hospitals when I clung to this passage.  Several nights by a phone waiting to hear of or from a loved one this verse spoke to my heart.   I have found in all of my ways that the Lord has been loving and faithful to me.  And by faith I am confident that this will last through out eternity.

May 8, 2000                Ps 59:10
In his unfailing love, my God will come and help me. He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.

In my heart of hearts He said that He would never leave me alone.  This was important to me.  As a child loneliness was my constant companion.  I was different and weak.  The Lord assured me that He was on my side and that I would never be lonely again.  I had but to recognize His constant presence and He would deal with my enemy loneliness.  That is one enemy I no longer fear.

May 9, 2000                2Ti 1:13
Hold on to the pattern of right teaching you learned from me. And remember to live in the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus.

Have you ever held on so tight that the blood threatened to burst out of your fingers?  Have you been challenged so maliciously by the evil one that you literally had to hold on to keep from getting lost in sin?  Many people have.  Holding on helped me to come back.  When I got back I found out that what I had held on to was holding on to me.

May 10, 2000              2Ti 2:22
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.

I am responsible for the friends that I choose.  My friends have a terrific impact on the way I respond to the issues of life.  In my own life I find that my friends often come to my rescue when I am facing life’s greatest trials.  If I didn’t have friends like that I would be in trouble.  Thank you Lord for my friends.  They are a blessing from you.

May 11, 2000              Mt 22:39
A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Have you ever struggled with caring for an unlikable neighbor?  I have.  It is a deep, heart-wrenching struggle.  I want to comply with God’s requirement.  I want to do right.  But then the unlikable one does something even more detestable.  Help me Lord to put my beliefs into action.

May 12, 2000              Lu 6:27
“But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.

I have a hard, hard time actualizing this command in my life.  I turn to the Lord for the strength I need to make myself do this.  Every time I face an enemy with love I have to go back to the Lord Jesus for strength.   I cannot love my enemy without the intervention of God’s grace in my heart.

May 13, 2000              1Jo 4:7
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

I know I am saved because of my love for others.  Love is a choice.   I choose to love others.  Love is an action.  I treat others with respect and kindness.  By this I know that I am saved for the Lord Jesus Christ has changed the way that I act towards those that He died for.

May 14, 2000              1Jo 4:8
But anyone who does not love does not know God – for God is love.

Casting stones is never fruitful.   Love removes fear and hate from our lives.   If you are ruled by fear and hate for people, then you are not controlled by love.  If you are not controlled by love, you do not belong to the Lord.  If you do not belong to the Lord, you are dead in your trespasses and sin and Satan is your father.

May 15, 2000              Ps 40:16
But may all who search for you be filled with joy and gladness. May those who love your salvation repeatedly shout, “The LORD is great!”

Praise is a powerful part of worship of the Lord.  Praising God helps me to keep my perspective on who God is and who I am.  The Lord is worthy of all my praise and honor.  His glory is beyond my ability to comprehend.  Praise empowers me in my worship of the Lord Jesus who died for me that I might have life.

May 16, 2000              Ps 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.

I am drenched in the love of God.   The Lord has singled me out for His blessing and concern.  He has singled you out too.  Do not forget that the love of God is adequate for anything that you will face today.  His love for you is renewed each day.

May 17, 2000              Ps 44:26
Rise up! Come and help us! Save us because of your unfailing love.

Oh boy.  I need your help today Lord.  The trouble comes without warning.  The failure seizes me by the throat.  Hurry and save me.

May 18, 2000              1Th 5:8
But let us who live in the light think clearly, protected by the body armor of faith and love, and wearing as our helmet the confidence of our salvation.

My defeat comes when I am not thinking clearly.   I let the events of the day overwhelm my conversations with the Lord.  I get stampeded into action.  Do it now.  Solve it this way.  It’s so easy I won’t bother God with this.  But, when defeat looms I draw near to God.   The Lord renews my mind.  Why oh why Lord do I stray so quickly to my own way?   Help me to keep my focus on you.

May 19, 2000              1Th 5:13
Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work. And remember to live peaceably with each other.

Criticism may be proper in many professions but when it spills over into my personal life, it is wrong.  See everything.  Overlook a lot.  Criticize a little.  This mindset enables me to take others to the throne of God instead of to the hardness of my heart.

May 20, 2000              Ps 45:7
You love what is right and hate what is wrong. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you, pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.

The Lord Jesus guides me to focus on what is right.   The Holy Spirit touches my heart when my way veers from the proper direction.   Christ is my focus.  I am his focus.  We each become the pride and joy of Jesus as we live our life in Him.

May 21, 2000              Ps 48:9
O God, we meditate on your unfailing love as we worship in your Temple.

How many times have I blown it?  Maybe a million times?  The question at the point of failure is will he forgive me this time?   His answer is always yes, His love never fails.  I fail but He doesn’t.

May 22, 2000              2Ti 1:7
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

I am God’s property.  The Lord owns the title deed to my life.  Christ died that I might have an abundant life.  Satan seeks to kill, steal and destroy.  In Christ I am victorious.  Live the Life.

May 23, 2000              2Ti 1:9
It is God who saved us and chose us to live a holy life. He did this not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan long before the world began – to show his love and kindness to us through Christ Jesus.

God would that no one be lost.  This spurs me to evangelism.  I must tell everyone about Jesus.  He saved me.  I want them to know.  He forgives me.  I want to tell everyone.  He enables me to be what I always wanted to be.  Praise the Lord that I am saved and you should be too.

May 24, 2000              2Ti 3:2
For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred.

I have cautioned my heart on this verse.  Who are the ungrateful scoffers?  Shouldn’t I be careful in my depiction of others that I not stand like the Pharisee in condemnation?  It is pitiful that society as a whole seems to fit this description.  Help me to pray Lord for the lost.  Help me to cry for those dead in their trespasses and sin.  Forgive me Lord when my life resembles a pagan life instead of a Godly life.

May 25, 2000              Tit 3:4
But then God our Savior showed us his kindness and love.

I was dead in my sin and He set me free.  Often I think about my life and how different it would have been if the Lord had not come.   He was searching for me and found me and gave me life.  The richness of his mercy and grace increases exponentially as I walk with Him.  My troubles sideline me for a moment but then God shows me kindness and love and life resumes.

May 26, 2000              Jas 1:12
God blesses the people who patiently endure testing. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

My testing generally comes from my own poor preparation for battle.  The spiritual war is swirling all around me and I act as though I didn’t have a care in the world.  Help me this day Lord to watch and pray.  Encourage me to always be girded for battle.

May 27, 2000              Ps 33:22
Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone.

Failure is feared more than death.  But God’s love never fails.  Whatever I do, wherever I am, God’s love does not fail.   In failure He brings victory.  In success He provides assurance.  God’s love does not fail.  When all else around me is falling apart, God’s love stands firm.  I am His and He is mine.  God’s love does not fail.

May 28, 2000              Ps 36:7
How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

In the darkest hour of the darkest day, God’s love is comforting and encouraging.  All of us have had that kind of experience.  When we ask Him, He will respond.  His response is love and protection.  God is faithful, righteous and just.  His love is greater than all my hurts.

May 29, 2000              Ps 36:10
Pour out your unfailing love on those who love you; give justice to those with honest hearts.

Jesus is the living water of life.  His love is what I am so desperately in need of all the time.  In the hour of my need His love is there.  When I am not thinking about Him, He is thinking about me.  His love reaches into my life and gives me a platform for living.  His love is the gift of abundant life.

May 30, 2000              Ps 37:37
Look at those who are honest and good, for a wonderful future lies before those who love peace.

What each one of us needs with out exception is peace.   Peace is that comforting agent that encourages me to live an abundant life.   Loneliness breeds desperation.  Peace instills confidence.  Peace enables me to sit quietly through the storms of life with confidence and assurance that God is in control.  I am not alone.

May 31, 2000              2Th 1:3
Dear brothers and sisters, we always thank God for you, as is right, for we are thankful that your faith is flourishing and you are all growing in love for each other.

God is thinking about you this very moment.  I am sharing my concern for you with the Father.  I am asking Him to touch you with love and grace.  He has placed you in this world as His co-worker.  What has he called you to do?  You can do it.  Be busy about the master’s work.

April 2000

April 1, 2000 Ps 31:23
Love the LORD, all you faithful ones! For the LORD protects those who are loyal to him, but he harshly punishes all who are arrogant.

I don’t often think of myself as a faithful one.  It is difficult for me to evaluate my thoughts, actions and emotions over the course of a day and get a sense of rightness or wrongness.  I am always prejudiced in my favor.  God sees all things and knows my sin better than I do.  He too is prejudiced in my favor because of Jesus.  Father I want to be faithful.  Forgive me when I am not and restore me when I drift away.

April 2, 2000 Ps 26:3
For I am constantly aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.

The previous day had been a washout and the night came all too quickly.  In my morning devotional, I was reassured of His love by Him as I asked for forgiveness.   God’s love never fails.  When I am weak, He is strong.  I can trust the Lord when all else about me fails.

April 3, 2000  Mt 10:37
If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine.

This is a difficult requirement.  I can see my parents and appreciate the specific things they do for me.  I see my children and have a love for them deeper than they will ever know.   Lord help me to grow in my trust for you so that I see all of the wonderful things that you do for me and know them in my inner being.   This will enable me to develop the kind of love that places you first.

April 4, 2000  2Pe 2:13
Their destruction is their reward for the harm they have done. They love to indulge in evil pleasures in broad daylight. They are a disgrace and a stain among you. They revel in deceitfulness while they feast with you.

I always think of others when I think of double mindedness.  An accusatory finger points at that evil person.  Recently in my holiest moment I noticed that when I pointed my index finger at another person, there were three fingers pointing back at me.  My own duplicity and evil had found me out.  Lord forgive me in my moments of double mindedness.

April 5, 2000 1Jo 3:18
Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.

The standard response by a clerk when I go into a retail store is “how can I help you?”  Father, help me to grow in Christ likeness so that when I meet people in need my response will be “how can I help you.”

April 6, 2000 1Jo 3:16
We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters.

My family is really difficulty to deal with.  Some of them are Christians but they are very immature Christians and tend to be very self-centered.   I am grateful they are saved and really would fight to the death for them.  My difficulty is getting along with them.  It is very troubling for me to consider their desires ahead of mine.  Help me Lord to be willing to live with my family and not demand my rights.

April 7, 2000  Mt 19:19
Honor your father and mother. Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Time is a priceless commodity.   We only have so much of it.  I am just now beginning to realize that Jesus is saying that I must make time to think about, to care for and to spend time with my parents and my neighbor.  God loves people most of all.

April 8, 2000  Mt 22:37
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’

Stop signs and speed limits irk me.   I have developed the California stop habit and push my speed to utter most limits of societal acceptability.  I am discovering that the Lord is not calling me to develop an ability to live my way to the very limits of acceptability but to surrender myself to him.  For me this is a daily, lifelong challenge.

April 9, 2000  Mr 10:21
Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he looked at him. “You lack only one thing,” he told him. “Go and sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

What I do with my life is the evidence of my love for Jesus.  I struggle with anger and low self esteem a lot.  When I let His love conquer my anger and heal my low self esteem, it is evidence that I have given up all things and am following Him.  Help me Lord not to protect old habits and foolish ways.

April 10, 2000  Ps 31:16
Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, save me.

Every breath I take is evidence of God’s love for me.  When I kneel before Him I am declaring my love for Him.  The difference is I am only making a declaration and God is making a statement of fact.  God cannot lie.  Unfortunately I can.  Help me Lord to think of you as you are and not as I am.  Help me to look beyond what I can see, feel and touch and by faith grab hold of your promises.

April 11, 2000  Ps 31:7
I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.

I am hurting about a lifelong problem.  This problem is seldom far from me.  It always inserts itself in my thoughts in times of trouble.  Oh Lord, remember me in my despair and send a sense of joy to heal my hurt.  He always heals me because He constantly loves me.

April 12, 2000  Ps 25:7
Forgive the rebellious sins of my youth; look instead through the eyes of your unfailing love, for you are merciful, O LORD.

Lord, when will I grow up?  Even now, I do things that shock me at the immaturity of the act.  I am so easily upset.  Oh Father, help me to grow up.  Put a watch over my heart that I might not sin against you.

April 13, 2000  Mt 23:6
And how they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the most prominent seats in the synagogue!

Confession time.  I am guilty.   I want to be lauded for my humility.  Singled out for my kindness.  Uplifted for my sacrifice.  I am a sinner of the highest order for in my piety I seek exaltation of myself.

April 14, 2000  Mark 12:30-31
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’  The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.”

One day I will see God’s grace.  No not an emotion but a person, the Lord Jesus Christ.  His grace enables me approach God the Father.  The grace given me by the Lord Jesus Christ enables me to have the kind of relationship with God that my sin works against.

April 15, 2000  Ps 25:10
The LORD leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.

Do you ever have those philosophical days where you scrutinize yourself?  When I do I have a bad day.  I just cannot measure up.  Oh I can fool you but I can’t fool me.  Then, in prayer as I cry and plead with the Lord, Jesus reminds me that I never measured up.   He measures up for me.  Praise God for He is worthy of praise.

April 16, 2000  Ps 32:10
Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

I always question my faith when I am suffering.  How, why, for what reason and on I go.  If I were is a choice phrase.  What happened?  Then the Lord patiently reminds me that   life is a journey of pain for everyone.  His promises are true but life will attack them with full force.  My relationship with Him is a relationship of faith.  Faith in Jesus equips me to survive in this life and stand in the experience of failure and sorrow and pain.

April 17, 2000  1Jo 2:15
Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.

What does this mean?  Can I not like a spring day?  What about the joy of travel or loving my job?  Must I reject everything around me, pack up and trudge out to a deserted area?  Lord Jesus I struggle with this.  My answers change some times but the question is still there every time I read 1 John.  Help me Lord to answer this question honestly and rightly by the way I live.

April 18, 2000  Mark 12:33
And I know it is important to love him with all my heart and all my understanding and all my strength, and to love my neighbors as myself. This is more important than to offer all of the burnt offerings and sacrifices required in the law.”

I know the right things to do.  Two problems.  Sometimes in my rebellion I just don’t want to do the right thing.  Other times through laziness or self-centeredness I foolishly do the wrong thing.  Both are sins.   Father I repent of my sinful ways today.   Help me to change.

April 19, 2000  Lu 6:35
“Love your enemies! Do good to them! Lend to them! And don’t be concerned that they might not repay. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to the unthankful and to those who are wicked.

I find in my life that the way I act puts me in the camp of the enemies of God.   My position is saved by my action is of the world.  Lord forgive me when I act like your enemy.  Bring me back into your loving presence.

April 20, 2000  1Jo 2:5
But those who obey God’s word really do love him. That is the way to know whether or not we live in him.

Have you ever called anyone a hypocrite?  Jesus did.  It is heart breaking that he called those that claimed to be intensely committed to God hypocrites.  That causes me to look at myself.  Am I who claim to be an intense follower of God a hypocrite?  Am I obeying God’s Word?  If I am not obeying, no matter how intense my proclamation, I really am a hypocrite.  Help me Lord to life my life in obedience to you.

April 21, 2000  Ps 40:11
LORD, don’t hold back your tender mercies from me. My only hope is in your unfailing love and faithfulness.

Some days I get out of bed on the wrong side.  I feel it and know in my morning devotional time.  I’m hurried and insensitive to the movement of the Lord.  Before the day is over I am crying out, Lord please guide me.   In the midst of my confusion Christ encourages me and guides me through the trial or tribulation that the day holds.

April 22, 2000  1Jo 3:17
But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help – how can God’s love be in that person?

I am my brother’s keeper.  I cannot ignore a person in need.  My sin and guilt was so great and Christ died for me.  His love compels me to help others.  His love calls me to see the need around me and do something about it.

April 23, 2000  1Jo 3:14
If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to eternal life. But a person who has no love is still dead.

How do I talk about this?  I cannot judge another person as to their salvation.  Maybe this simple definition of one who is alive is a reassurance for me in my daily walk.  God’s Word gives me a clear word on the reality of my faith.  I am because He is.  My love evidences my life.

April 24, 2000  Ps 26:8
I love your sanctuary, LORD, the place where your glory shines.

Lord thank you for reminding me of your precious presence.  Help me Father to remember to complain to you in private and praise you in public.  Encourage me Lord to prepare for public worship.  And Father when I come to your sanctuary help me to see you.

April 25, 2000  1Jo 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the beginning. This commandment – to love one another – is the same message you heard before.

I am called to express my love through self-sacrifice and service.  My faith is real when it reaches beyond my friends and touches my enemies and persecutors.  My growing relationship with the Lord will result in growing relationships with others.

April 26, 2000  1Jo 3:11
This is the message we have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

He died for me.   When he met the soldiers on the Mt. of Olives he did it for me.  He endured the ignominy and persecution for me.  He was battered and bruised for me.  His pain was my gain.  He died for me.   And when He said “Father forgive them” He meant me.  Thank you Jesus for saving me.

April 27, 2000  1Jo 3:23
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us.

My faith is an action.  When I am His I become yours.  I serve Jesus by serving you.  I love Jesus by loving you.

April 28, 2000  Ps 59:16
But as for me, I will sing about your power. I will shout with joy each morning because of your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety in the day of distress.

The pain is so great the power seems far away.  Only when I force myself will I say it and then I shout, the Lord is good and worthy of my praise.  In the midst of destruction I will trust thee.  When my power is gone I know He is strong.  Praise the name of the Lord.

April 29, 2000  Ps 57:3
He will send help from heaven to save me, rescuing me from those who are out to get me. My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.

There is a lot going on in the spiritual realm.  The Father does not tell us a great deal about it.  I think that He doesn’t because my mind is so tiny and my thinking is so shallow.  I believe.  He reminds me of His personal help coming to me and I accept it.  Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

April 30, 2000  Ps 33:5
He loves whatever is just and good, and his unfailing love fills the earth.

There is nothing I can do that is hidden from God.   Help me to conquer my private sins that I keep hidden from view and turn to again and again.  Search me and cleanse me from all my sin and put me on the everlasting way.  Confession heals me of my unrighteousness.  God is faithful to renew my fellowship with Him.

March 2000

March 1, 2000                 2Pe 1:7
Godliness leads to love for other Christians, and finally you will grow to have genuine love for everyone.

The folks I come into contact with are the folks God calls me to love.  I am not to conjure up an emotion of love for folks I can’t see, my charge is to treat the people I am with like God treats me.  Love my neighbor.

March 2, 2000                 Lu 6:32
“Do you think you deserve credit merely for loving those who love you? Even the sinners do that!

It is a difficult task to love the unlovely.  Especially when they mistreat us.  God’s love is committed love that reaches across our actions and responds to our need.  We need to respond to the needs of those around us.

March 3, 2000                 Jos 23:11
So be very careful to love the LORD your God.

If I love the Lord, I will obey Him.  Obedience is more important than sacrifice.

March 4, 2000                 De 7:12
“If you listen to these regulations and obey them faithfully, the LORD your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he solemnly promised your ancestors.

We are accountable for the way that we act.  There is God’s way and our way.  We make the choice.

March 5, 2000                 Job 10:12
You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

Our relationship with the Lord is a daily relationship.  We choose to have all of God that we want.  My daily choices either bring me closer to the Lord or move me further away.

March 6, 2000                Ps 5:7
Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; with deepest awe I will worship at your Temple.

God is our most faithful friend.  No matter how bad life gets or how wrong we are we can still pray.  He will hear us.  He will listen to our pleas.  The Lord is our friend.

March 7, 2000    Ps 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.

Sometimes things happen that really get me down.  I don’t seem to be able to find the right solution or dispose of the heavy feeling.  I turn to the Lord and ask Him to help me refocus my cares and concerns from my inadequacy to His loving strength.  Often within minutes the power of God reaches deep within my soul to comfort me.  His love fills me with peace and joy.

March 8, 2000    1Jo 4:11
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

I want to have friends.  Life gets quicker as I get older.  I find old friendships getting left behind.  Not on purpose just the hurry of life.  Three months pass, then six months and I haven’t spoken to my dear friend.  Then suddenly it’s a year, then two.  I have fond memories of life long ago now overrun by cares and woe.  Time passes too fast.  I live under the tyranny of the urgent.  But God calls me to care for my friends.  Care enough to discipline my time.  Care enough to get rid of the junk and focus on the joy of friendships.

March 9, 2000                 Ex 20:6
But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations.

I know a family that has 10 generations of preachers.  They have the same problems I do but they seem to have a deep love for each other and all around them.  I want to build my life in such a way that the Lord will lavish his love on my family for 10 generations.  God tells me in His Word that when I obey Him I am expressing my love for Him.

March 10, 2000    1Jo 4:10
This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Do you ever think about doing something extra good so that God will be favorable to your needs?  I must confess that I sometimes mistakenly do this.  When I do, Jesus reminds me that the Father already loves me more than I can comprehend.  God wants the very best for my life.  The Father is always ready to help me if I will just let Him.

March 11, 2000                 Ex 34:6
He passed in front of Moses and said, “I am the LORD, I am the LORD, the merciful and gracious God. I am slow to anger and rich in unfailing love and faithfulness.

I hide my sin from God.  I smile and do my thing all the while knowing that there is an un-confessed sin in my closet.  My thinking is that the Lord doesn’t want to talk about that sin.  God can’t help me with that sin.  The Father knows all things and expects me to bring all of my sin to Him for forgiveness.  He awaits my willingness to confess.  I have all of God that I want.

March 12, 2000    1Jo 3:10
So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the Devil. Anyone who does not obey God’s commands and does not love other Christians does not belong to God.

Too many people want to live a dual life.  At work, play and home they do what they must to survive.   At church they act like God’s child.   Ever wonder why when things get rough at church so many people act so awful?  Does it surprise you that at your church so few people tithe?  It’s because they belong to their father, Satan and they were only acting at church.

March 13, 2000 Ps 17:7
Show me your unfailing love in wonderful ways. You save with your strength those who seek refuge from their enemies.

I need your help Lord.  I really need your help.  Things just don’t work out like they should.  When I should keep my mouth shut, I talk.  When I want to help, I get my feelings hurt.  Help me to stand in the moment of spiritual attack.  Give me courage to be the person you created me to be.  Father I believe, help my unbelief.

March 14, 2000    1Jo 4:12
No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.

The best way to prove your love for the Lord is real is to love everyone you come into contact with.  This is how you will know you are becoming more Christ-like, if you are beginning to love others, especially the un-loveable.

March 15, 2000                 De 10:18
He gives justice to orphans and widows. He shows love to the foreigners living among you and gives them food and clothing.

I can minister to Jesus when I help the helpless.  The helpless include widows, orphans, unborn children, the mothers of unborn children, the aged, the poor, those in prison and the homeless.

March 16, 2000                 Nu 14:19
Please pardon the sins of this people because of your magnificent, unfailing love, just as you have forgiven them ever since they left Egypt.”

My sin burns a hole in my heart.  I ache at the way that I sin against a loving Father.  My lifestyle, even though carefully developed falls far short of glorifying Him.   His love for me is greater than my sin.   His watch care over me is more thorough than my own care.  Thank you Father for your far-reaching forgiveness.

March 17, 2000    Ps 18:1
I love you, LORD; you are my strength.

Lord you are my rock, my fortress, my shield, my stronghold and my salvation.   There is no other but you.  When I consider your love and care and I can truly confess that you are my strength and without you I can do nothing.

March 18, 2000                 De 6:5
And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.

Lord I want to make everyday of my life a day that is focused on you.  Help me Father to flee from sin.  Help me Lord to be obedient in all things.  Then Lord I will be the kind of child that will love You with all my heart, soul and strength.

March 19, 2000                 1Jo 4:18
Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us.

Yes, there are times when I fear the Lord.  His Word reminds me that He loves me.  I bow in confession and ask Him to show me His love.  As I meditate on His wondrous love for me, He gently quiets my heart and removes my fear.

March 20, 2000                 De 7:9
Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.

So often when good things happen to me I rejoice and immediately forget the Lord.   My focus becomes me.  I set about developing how I will enjoy the good things.  Good things change so quickly.  In the midst of the change I suddenly realize that I have forgotten the Lord.   Help me Father to mature to the point where I will not forget about you even for a moment.

March 21, 2000    1Jo 4:17
And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world.

Do you ever think about what will happen when you die?  I do.  As I get older I think about it more often.  Death is a reality.   I try to comprehend the things that the Word of God says about what happens when we die.  All I really understand is that we will go to be with God because of what Jesus has done.   A lot of other things I don’t understand but I know this, I am safe in Christ.  He is my salvation.

March 22, 2000    Ps 36:5
Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.

Jesus loves me, this I know.  I know it because His Word says it.  I know it because the Holy Spirit bears testimony to His love for me.  One day I will know it first hand for I will stand before God’s precious love, the Lord Jesus Christ.  That will be a glorious day.

March 23, 2000    Ps 23:6
Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.

A non-Christian friend asked me how I knew that God was concerned about my life.  I told him that it was because of my faith in God’s Word and my own experience.  Jesus said that He was concerned about my daily life, and the quality of my decisions.  I believe that.  As a result of His promise, I ask Him about everything I do.  He has changed me from the inside out.  My life is different and Jesus is the reason.

March 24, 2000    1Jo 4:16
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

I know God’s love because I have felt it in times of trial and tribulation.   I know God’s love because I have felt it when I went to Him for forgiveness from a sin.  Every time I experience God’s love I know Him better.  His love equips me to love you.

March 25, 2000    Mt 5:43-44
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.  But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

Jesus presents a new paradigm here.  Love my enemy is a hard saying.  I am thinking of an enemy this very moment.  Lord help me to change and love my enemy.

March 26, 2000    Mark 12:38-39
Here are some of the other things he taught them at this time: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they love to parade in flowing robes and to have everyone bow to them as they walk in the marketplaces.   And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and at banquets.

My name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.  I want to please the Father.  Help me Father to take my eyes off the things of this world and keep them on you.  I know that I must be corrected at times, Lord Jesus correct me.  I need your strength to deal with my pitiful ego.

March 27, 2000 Mt 5:46
If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.

Lord, I recognize that my righteousness is as filthy rags.  Enable me not to focus on the evil of others but to be sensitive to and aware of the evil in me.  Make me a usable vessel.  Instruct me in your ways so that I will lead a life pleasing to you.  Remind me again and again that how I act with those around me is an indication of how I really feel about you.

March 28, 2000    Ps 25:6
Remember, O LORD, your unfailing love and compassion, which you have shown from long ages past.

I really struggle with the pressure of the moment.  In a trice I can go from gentle to irate.  Why, I ask myself over and over as I go to the Father and the individual for forgiveness.  The Father knew all my sins from forever and yet He loves me with a deep and abiding love that always seeks my best good.  One of my big problems is that I always want my way.  Because of my limited intelligence I don’t know what is best for me and in the rush of the moment seek to get my best by anger.  Love conquers my anger.

March 29, 2000    Mt 6:5
“And now about prayer. When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I assure you, that is all the reward they will ever get.

Father help me to be as transparent with my praying as you are with your loving.   Use me to encourage others and ask you to help them.  Beyond that Lord stop me from ever praying for show.

March 30, 2000    Mt 24:12
Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.

Everywhere I look I see the pervasiveness of sin.  Satan is in his element in the world today.  As I study history, today isn’t much different than it was in Jesus’ day.   His love was real.  It focused on the needy and they killed Him.  I want to be more like Christ.  Father, help me to prepare for the animosity and anger of the world.  Keep my heart hot for Christ.

March 31, 2000    Mt 6:24
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

This verse says to me that God is interested in the way I deal with my money.  I believe this and twenty-five years ago my wife and I committed to Jesus to tithe our money.  This was a hard task.  Quite frankly it has been hard every year but we have not veered from that commitment.  I discovered twenty five years ago that if I couldn’t be trustworthy with what I had how could I expect the Lord to trust me with what He had.

February 2000

2/1/00            Proverbs11:2
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.

Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist.  Pride is foolishness and flies in the face of God.  We are so limited and pride declares that we are unlimited.   Pride is a lie.  The Lord will personally move against a person that is full of pride.

2/2/00            Proverbs 11:3
Good people are guided by their honesty; treacherous people are destroyed by their dishonesty.

Deceit and dishonesty create a life of destruction.  That kind of person sows seeds of discord and disharmony everywhere they go.  They will not miss their reward.  Their end will be self-destruction.  God’s Word is true.  His values never change.

2/3/00          Proverbs 11:4
Riches won’t help on the Day of Judgment, but right living is a safeguard against death.

There is a day coming when the Lord will pour out His wrath upon the evil.   On that day God will settle accounts with all people.  There is no amount of money that can buy a person’s way out of the judgment.  The only solution is the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

2/4/00          Proverbs 11:6
The godliness of good people rescues them; the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

When we ask Christ to forgive us of our sin, come into our hearts and save us, we are saved.  We have become a member of the family of God.  Our response to God with the recognition that the Lord has provided a way has indeed provided a way for us.   Jesus rescues us from our sin against God and unites us with the Father.  We have bent the knee to victory.

2/5/00           Proverbs 11:12 -13
It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent.   A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

Satan is the accuser of the brethren.  He is a scandalmonger and talebearer.  If I belittle my neighbor, gossip or lie, I am acting like Satan.  If I do this regularly, whose child am I?

2/6/00          Proverbs 11:14
Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety.

Wealth is not always a blessing.  Sometimes wealth is a test.  Will I take of the widows and orphans?  Will I protect the innocent and helpless?  What will I do with my wealth?

2/7/00          Proverbs 11:17
Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.

Peace comes to the peaceful.  Help is given to the helpful.  The daily actions we take and the way that we see others is simply a reflection of the way we see ourselves.  Be careful the evil you pursue for you will be the one that is overrun.

2/8/00          Proverbs 11:18-19
Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last. Godly people find life; evil people find death.

We will reap what we sow.  Our lives are made up of what we do.  If I follow my own ideas and yearnings, the result will be a wasted life.  If I seek God’s way and strive to know Him the result will be Godly life.

2/9/00          Proverbs 11:20
The LORD hates people with twisted hearts, but he delights in those who have integrity.

God’s all seeing eye is upon us.  How does the Lord evaluate your life?  Are the secret thoughts you think embarrassing?  Are the hidden things you do abominable to the Lord?  God knows what you are thinking and what you are doing.

2/10/00          Proverbs 11:24-25
It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything. The generous prosper and are satisfied; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

God is no man’s debtor.  As you grow in Christ-likeness you will discover that you cannot out give God.  Generosity is the seed we sow for a prosperous life.

2/11/00          Proverbs 11:27
If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!

You do not have to stray far to destroy your life.  Evil is all around us.  My prayer at this stage of my life is “Lord don’t let me mess up now.”   Satan is seeking whom he might devour.

2/12/00          Proverbs 12:1
To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.

Growth doesn’t come easily.  Failure is often involved in significant steps of maturity.  The Lord uses others to help us regain our balance when we fail.  Listen carefully when a friend gives advice.  It may be from the Lord.

2/13/00          Proverbs 12:11
Hard work means prosperity; only fools idle away their time.

Work hard.  Love all.  Be careful.  Look both ways when you cross the street.  Simple edicts that if ignored can cause one great grief.  Our lives are built one day at a time.

2/14/00            Proverbs 12:15 -16
Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others. A fool is quick-tempered, but a wise person stays calm when insulted.

When you get angry remember that you are acting like a fool.  Establish a process where you can regain your composure.  Be calm.  Think clearly.  Be wise.

2/15/00          Proverbs 12:18
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

God cares for you.  You can be confident that the Father will guide you with wisdom to help when a friend is hurting. Sometimes a comforting touch is all that is needed.  Other times you will need to pray carefully for what the Lord would have you say.  .

2/16/00          Proverbs 12:19
Truth stands the test of time; lies are soon exposed.

Lies carry the seeds of their own destruction.  What seems for the moment to be a safe refuge is a perilous trap.   Tell the truth.  Tell the truth first then you won’t have to face the music later.   The Word of the Lord is truth and always trustworthy.  As a servant of the Lord we also should be truthful.

2/17/00          Proverbs 12:20
Deceit fills hearts that are plotting evil; joy fills hearts that are planning peace!

God always takes a long-range view.  He knows what the end will be.  Unless we commit ourselves to the things of God, we will suffer from a short-range view.  Think with eternity as your yardstick.

2/18/00          Proverbs 12: 22
The LORD hates those who don’t keep their word, but he delights in those who do.

I don’t want to be an enemy of the Lord.  When I fail to keep my word, I am hurting my friend but destroying myself.

2/19/00          Proverbs 12:23
Wise people don’t make a show of their knowledge, but fools broadcast their folly.

Loud talk is the label of a fool.  Cursing and big boasts are the trademark of one doomed to disappointment.  Wisdom is peaceful and gentle.  What’s that you were saying?

2/20/00               Gen 22:2
“Take your son, your only son – yes, Isaac, whom you love so much – and go to the land of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will point out to you.”

You and you alone are responsible for your condition.  When you look at what you are doing today you can get a good idea of what tomorrow will be like.  Abraham’s journey to Moriah was the culmination of a long walk of obedience to the Lord.   His response was fashioned years before by his daily growing faith in the Father.

2/21/00               Gen 29:18
Since Jacob was in love with Rachel, he told her father, “I’ll work for you seven years if you’ll give me Rachel, your younger daughter, as my wife.”

Our most important goals and desires are worth working for.  Has the Lord put someone or something on your heart?  If He has, work for them.  If there is someone you have been praying for 5, 10, 15 or more years, keep at.   Never give up on them.  The Lord didn’t give up on you.

2/22/00              Proverbs 13:3
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; a quick retort can ruin everything.

Count to ten when you are tempted to respond in anger.  You never have to apologize for what you don’t say.

2/23/00              Deuteronomy 7:12
“If you listen to these regulations and obey them faithfully, the LORD your God will keep his covenant of unfailing love with you, as he solemnly promised your ancestors.

Read God’s Word.  You are responsible for the way you act.  Fortify your heart and your life with wisdom from God’s Word.  The hour of temptation arrives without warning.  Be prepared.

2/24/00               1Ki 8:23
He prayed, “O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven or earth. You keep your promises and show unfailing love to all who obey you and are eager to do your will.

God has grafted us into His covenant family.  In Christ we have all of the blessings that the Lord has promised.   Rejoice in the Lord.  As His child you are blessed beyond comprehension.  Pray that the Lord will expand your understanding of His deep love for you.

2/25/00               1Chronicles 16:34
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

The more we think about what God has done, the more we can appreciate the miracles that He has worked in our own lives.  It is a miracle everyday when we wake up.  The breath of life is precious and beyond compare.  Thank the Lord today for all of the wonderful gifts He has given you.

2/26/00               Deuteronomy 10:12-13
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship him with all your heart and soul, and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today for your own good.

Respect, follow, love, worship and obey the Lord.  When you do this you will be surrounded by His love and peace.  Life can be a lot simpler than we make it.  Trust the Lord.

2/27/00               Leviticus 19:18
“Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.

We need to see ourselves the way God sees us.  He sent His son to die that we might have life.  What greater act of love could there be?  What greater worth could we have?

2/28/00               Ps 6:4
Return, O LORD, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love.

People count with the Lord.  God wants us to think about each other the way He does.  When we review our wealth, we should remember that people are the assets of God’s portfolio.  What’s in your portfolio?

2/29/00               Ps 13:5
But I trust in your unfailing love. I will rejoice because you have rescued me.

Evil and suffering seem to go unchecked.  Sometimes we are tempted to think that the Lord is slow about responding.  God’s love does not fail.  Your faith is safe with Him.

January 2000

1/01/00              Proverbs 1:7
Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only fools despise wisdom and discipline.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

People count.  We need to listen to others.  Wisdom and learning do not begin and end with us.  You may know a lot of what is written in books and be leading an empty life.  Listen.  The words you hear may be from the Lord.

1/02/00             Proverbs 1:8 -9
Listen to what your father teaches you. Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Actions imbed themselves in our heart.  Our parents teach us by the way that they live.  Be careful what you despise.  Learn from those that love you.

1/03/99             Proverbs 1:10
My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Sin is fun for a season but makes our appetites our masters.   Be careful who you follow and what you do.   Bad choices and inattention let bad habits gain a strong control over our lives.  Sin is always deadly and is constantly seeking to be our master.

1/04/00 Proverbs 2:2-5
Tune your ears to wisdom, and concentrate on understanding. Cry out for insight and understanding. Search for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure. Then you will understand what it means to fear the LORD, and you will gain knowledge of God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ comes to those that seek Him. You and I must set aside the time and devotion in our daily life to be with the Lord. If we are too busy for God, we will seldom hear His voice. If we are too distracted by the world we will never develop a sense of the eternal. Choose it or lose it.

1/05/00 Proverbs 2:6-7

For the LORD grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. He grants a treasure of good sense to the godly. He is their shield, protecting those who walk with integrity. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Am I who I say I am? When I profess Christ as Lord and Savior of my life am I permitting Him to be Lord and Savior? God is not concerned with what we have. The Father is concerned about who we are. If I am the Lords, everything I say and do will be affected by Him. If I am controlled by me, then everything I say and do will be tainted by sin and failure.

1/06/00 Proverbs 2:11
Wise planning will watch over you. Understanding will keep you safe. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do the next right thing. When this is the watchword of my life, God will be honored. If my life is focused on honoring the Lord, wisdom will be the result. Our relationship with the Father is not a mystery. We reap what we sow.

1/07/00 Proverbs 2:20-22
Follow the steps of good men instead, and stay on the paths of the righteous. For only the upright will live in the land, and those who have integrity will remain in it. But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be destroyed. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The seeds of destruction have been sown in our land. The fruit of Godless living is all around us. If you find yourself overwhelmed by life, look at the way you are living. Are you following the god of this world, Satan or are you following the Lord of All, Jesus Christ. You choose. Be careful that you don’t lose by making the wrong choice.

1/08/00 Proverbs 3:3 -4
Never let loyalty and kindness get away from you! Wear them like a necklace; write them deep within your heart. Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will gain a good reputation. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Loyalty and kindness both involve actions as well as attitudes. When we are loyal we act responsibly. When we are kind, we insure justice for the powerless. Our actions are a measure of the strength of our heart. A heart that is strong in the Lord deals with others in a Godly manner. People count.

1/09/001 Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Go to God for good decisions. Don’t think that you won’t like what the Lord says. He is interested in your best good. Decisions made without the Lord’s involvement exclude God from your life.

1/10/00 Proverbs 3:7-8
Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We feel eternal and live with a deep seated awareness of our frailty. We must learn to lean on the wisdom of God. No matter what the current situation looks like we can trust the Lord. He deals with us with loving kindness and understanding. He knows what is best for us. He will not direct us to do anything that would destroy our future.

1/11/00 Proverbs 3:9-10
Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the best part of everything your land produces. Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with the finest wine. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When are you the most alert? Mark out time for God then. What do you do that is superb? Invite God to use that gift as He sees fit. You are what God created you to be. You have what God gives you. Give the best you have to Him.

1/12/00             Proverbs 3:11-12
My child, don’t ignore it when the LORD disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are not here by ourselves.  Our Father in heaven is carefully scrutinizing our coming in and going out.  We are responsible for what we say and what we do with our hands and feet.  The Lord will quickly discipline us when we stray from the right way.  We need to be quick to recognize Fatherly discipline.  It will keep us from a multitude of sin.

1/13/00             Proverbs 3:21-26
My child, don’t lose sight of good planning and insight. Hang on to them, for they fill you with life and bring you honor and respect. They keep you safe on your way and keep your feet from stumbling. You can lie down without fear and enjoy pleasant dreams.  You need not be afraid of disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Pray hard, and work hard.  Our close relationship with the Father should spur us to be faithful, diligent servants.  Laziness is ungodly.  The Father encourages careful living.

1/14/00             Proverbs 3:27
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Be careful how you live.  Think about the needs of those around you.  Be as quick to give good as you are to receive good.

1/15/00             Proverbs 3:31-32
Do not envy violent people; don’t copy their ways. Such wicked people are an abomination to the LORD, but he offers his friendship to the godly. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Peace is a gift from God.  When God is involved, peace reigns.  When we are in charge, chaos is the motif.  A warring spirit is a sure sign that we need to get before the Father and pray for peace in our heart.

1/16/00             Proverbs 3:34
The LORD mocks at mockers, but he shows favor to the humble. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Humility is a difficult trait for hardhearted, judgmental mankind to develop.  We recognize our limitations but live as if we  were all knowing.   We pontificate in the most outrageous ways, listing outcomes that seldom come true and fearing events that will never happen.   Our lives should be governed with the realization of “as the Lord wills.”  Humility is a trait that is developed by focusing our lives on God.  The almighty, loving, all powerful Father who knows all things and can do all things.  He is in control.   I will never be in charge.

1/17/00             Proverbs 4:23 –27
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do. Avoid all perverse talk; stay far from corrupt speech. Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You are responsible for what your hands do.  Where your feet walk is under your control.  Guard your mouth for your sharp wit is a veritable cancer that can destroy others.  Our job is to connect our relationship with the Father so that it controls our actions.

1/18/00             Proverbs 5:21-23
For the LORD sees clearly what a man does, examining every path he takes. An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him. He will die for lack of self-control; he will be lost because of his incredible folly.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Evil habits are hard to break.  Only by the power of God can we change our lives from darkness to light.  Pray hard.  Pay attention to how you act.  God knows everything you do.  You can fool me but you can’t fool the Father.

1/19/00             Proverbs 6:6-8
Take a lesson from the ants.  Learn from their ways and be wise! Even though they have no prince, governor, or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Prepare for each day. Evil is active and seeking you.  Put on the full armor of God and be busy about the Lord’s work.  What is His work you say?  Caring for His creation.  You are a co-laborer together with the Lord.

1/20/00             Proverbs 6:16-19
There are six things the LORD hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that kill the innocent, a heart that plots evil, feet that race to do wrong, a false witness who pours out lies, a person who sows discord among brothers.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

This is straightforward.  Are you practicing any of these things?  If you are, you are sinning and the Lord hates it.  Stop it.  Do better.

1/21/00             Proverbs 6:20-23
My son, obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck.   Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning, they will advise you. For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do not turn a deaf ear to good advice.  Life is hard enough when we do the right things.  Be careful what you do and remember what your parents say.   Our heavenly parent is very concerned about us everyday.  Listen.

1/22/00             Proverbs 6:30-33
Excuses might be found for a thief who steals because he is starving. But if he is caught, he will be fined seven times as much as he stole, even if it means selling everything in his house to pay it back. But the man who commits adultery is an utter fool, for he destroys his own soul. Wounds and constant disgrace are his lot. His shame will never be erased. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s Word gives us clear direction for living.  When we violate His law, we will reap the consequences of our sin.  Be sure that your sin will find you out.  God’s law seeks to protect us from stupidity and foolishness.

1/23/00             Proverbs 9:7-8
Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get a smart retort. Anyone who rebukes the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother rebuking mockers; they will only hate you. But the wise, when rebuked, will love you all the more.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I am too quick with a retort when criticized.  Sometimes I can profit from insightful criticism.  I need to listen and think when others offer their view.   The Lord will give me insight as to the appropriate response if I will ask Him.  Sometimes, a response is not necessary.

1/24/00             Proverbs 9:10-12
Fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in understanding. Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Wisdom means “practical discernment.”  When we are wise we are able to make good decisions in difficult circumstances.  Whenever I need to make a good decision I can ask the Father for His direction to guide my actions.

1/25/00             Proverbs 10:2
Ill-gotten gain has no lasting value, but right living can save your life.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Feelings get us into trouble.  They are transitory in nature and are always changing.  However, the Lord gives us principles to live by.  They help us to establish long-range behavior that is based on our best good and not subject to the whim of the moment.  Right living creates a foundation for eternal happiness.

1/26/00             Proverbs 10:3
The LORD will not let the godly starve to death, but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The life of the person who seeks God is better than the life of the person that is controlled by wickedness.  You have one life to live.  Choose whom you follow carefully.

1/27/00             Proverbs 10:5
A wise youth works hard all summer; a youth who sleeps away the hour of opportunity brings shame.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A wasted life is built upon wasted minutes.  Be attentive to what you are doing with your life.  Watching TV three or four hours every day will result in a life that is easily overrun in the time of trial and tribulation.  Be careful how you spend your minutes.

1/28/00             Proverbs 10:12
Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all offenses.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Forgive, listen, care, help, and understand.  You are a representative of the Lord.  Deal with others the way the Lord deals with you.

1/29/00             Proverbs 10:16
The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Look at how you spend your money.  Are you investing in eternal things?  Have you thought through your use of the resources that the Lord has given you?  We can make a difference in our life by how we spend our money.

1/30/00             Proverbs 10:17
People who accept correction are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore it will lead others astray. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We can acquire wisdom by asking the Lord.  Sometimes that wisdom is in the form of another person sent to help us grow.  Listen carefully to those Godly mentors in your life and it will save you much pain and disappointment.

1/31/00            Proverbs 11:1
The LORD hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

“The Lord hates” is a strong statement.  I must submit myself to His scrutiny and understand that when I cheat anyone I am doing something that God hates.  That sends cold chills up my spine.

December 1999

December 1 John 1: 1-5
In the beginning, the Word already existed. He was with God, and he was God. He was in the beginning with God. He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make. Life itself was in him, and this life gives light to everyone. The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You exist because God made you. The creative Christ was at work before the foundations of the world exercising His sovereignty by creating you. You are a work of the master. Your life is of great value to the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. You are not alone. You do not have to stumble through the darkness of life. Jesus offers you the light you need for a meaningful, abundant life. Choose Christ.

December 2 John 1:10-13
But although the world was made through him, the world didn’t recognize him when he came. Even in his own land and among his own people, he was not accepted. But to all, who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical rebirth resulting from human passion or plan—this rebirth comes from God. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our spiritual rebirth comes by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a new birth from within. We are given a new heart that changes the way we act. It also puts us in the Family of God. We are now His children and as such are under his constant care. God cares for you.

December 3 John 1:14
So the Word became human and lived here on earth among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is one of a kind. In Christ we see God. Jesus acts like the Father. Jesus did what the Father instructed Him to do. When we pattern our lives after Jesus, we will act like God acts.

December 4 John 1:16-17
We have all benefited from the rich blessings he brought to us—one gracious blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Moses delivered cold stone tablets, the law. Fully human, fully divine, Christ was the fulfillment of the law in the flesh. The presence and nature of God was revealed in the humanity of Jesus. His divine love was expressed in the divinity of Jesus. Christ is God’s everything.

December 5 John 1:18
No one has ever seen God. But his only Son, who himself is God, is near to the Father’s heart; he has told us about him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Christ, we could see and touch the Father. No one else could do this for us. The hidden is revealed. No longer do myths or fables bind us, but now we can see God as He is. Jesus is Lord.

December 6 Hebrews 1:1-2
Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. But now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he made the universe and everything in it. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God has spoken to us through Christ. No longer does He use visions, prophecies, dreams or other means. He reveals Himself in Jesus and speaks to us through the risen Lord Jesus Christ. God loves you. He died for you. He lives for you. You are safe in His care. He will not forget you.

December 7 Hebrews 1:3
The Son reflects God’s own glory, and everything about him represents God exactly. He sustains the universe by the mighty power of his command. After he died to cleanse us from the stain of sin, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God of heaven. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is God. That is why folks get upset when we talk about the Christ. He is the God who spoke in the Old Testament. He is the God who instituted the Church, which is His bride. Jesus is the full revelation of God. He is the only way to the Father. Christ is the complete expression of God in human form.

December 8 Colossians 1: 15-17
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before God made anything at all and is supreme over all creation. Christ is the one through whom God created everything in heaven and earth. He made the things we see and the things we can’t see—kings, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities. Everything has been created through him and for him. He existed before everything else began, and he holds all creation together. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ is the glue that makes it all work. Those that ignore Him benefit from Him. Those that serve Him benefit because of Him. Then, one day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord of all. Praise the Lord.

December 9 John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one can come to the Father except through Me.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The eternal has offered direction to the creation. This is not a cafeteria type question with a multitude of options. It is a serious, significant directive offered to you and me by the Creator. Are we interested?

December 10 Deuteronomy 18:15
The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like [Moses] from among you, and you must listen to that prophet. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus Christ came to earth as a part of the eternal plan of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Jesus has always been the way that the Lord God planned to provide for you and me. Maybe sometimes we forget that the Lord has always known who we are and where we will be. This is Mike Clay reminding you that Jesus loves you.

December 11 Isaiah 7:14
All right then, the Lord himself will choose the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and call him name “Immanuel”—”God is with us.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A virgin named Mary conceived and bore a son, Immanuel, the Christ. Isaiah foretold his coming. He came.

December 12 Galatians 4:4-5
But when the right time came, God sent his son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We have all the rights of a biological child in the family of God. We share with Jesus all of the resources made available by the Father to His children. You can ask the Father for anything you need and be confident that He will hear and He will provide.

December 13 Matthew 2:3-6
Herod was deeply disturbed by their question, as was all of Jerusalem. He called a meeting of the leading priests and teachers of religious law. “Where did the prophets say the Messiah would be born?” he asked them.
“In Bethlehem,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: ‘O Bethlehem of Judah, you are not just a lowly village in Judah, for a ruler will come from you, who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

In Bethlehem Christ came as one with no power and yet He had all the power of God. He willingly surrendered the visible to the invisible. We have the same access to the Father. We can have all the power we need for daily living. Don’t be mislead by appearances. The things you see are passing away.

December 14 Luke 1:26-28
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

The Lord is with you. Live your life so that your light might shine. You have not been forgotten.

December 15 Luke 1:30-33
“Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; His Kingdom will never end!” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

December 16 Luke 1:46-49
And Mary responded: “Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call be blessed. For he, the Mighty One, is holy and he has done great things for me.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Lord is a champion of the poor, the despised and the oppressed. The Father is concerned about the plight of the down and out. He charges us to care for those that are in need. Next time you see a poor person, remember that you are looking at someone that the Lord is thinking about at that very moment.

December 17 Matthew 1:18-21
Now this is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Joseph, her fiance’, being a just man, decided to break off the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace her publicly. As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said,” do not be afraid to go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What would your response have been? Right. Faith believes that God is active in our lives. We have a Father that cares for our best good. We have a sovereign that is not surprised at any event that happens in our lives. He knows the depth of our sin and has forgiven all of it. Our response should be, yes Lord I believe, help my unbelief.

December 18 Luke 1:68-70
Praise the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has visited his people and redeemed them. He has sent us a mighty Savior from the royal line of his servant David, just as he promised through his holy prophets long ago. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Before a watching world the promises of God came to life. He did it then and He will do it now. Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it will be opened unto you.

December 19 Luke 1:76-79
And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord. You will tell his people how to find salvation through forgiveness of their sins. Because of God’s tender mercy, the light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God chooses to work through frail humans. Never underestimate what God can do. He made us and He can work through us. Be about the Father’s work.

December 20 Luke 2:1-5
NOW in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The pagan world thinks it is in charge. God’s activity is always in charge. When you become a part of the family of God, you become a part of God’s activity in the world. He knows what you can and cannot do. God will use you.

December 21 Luke2:1-7
At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria. All returned to their own towns to register for the census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancee, who was obviously pregnant by this time.

And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God stepped into our world like the poorest among us. He lived a perfect life and died for us so that we would no longer be poor. In Christ we are rich. In Christ we are victorious. Have a joyous time celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ brings courage to fearful lives. We can trust Him and put our complete dependence upon Him

December 22 Luke 2:8-11
That night some shepherds were in the fields outside of the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the City of David!” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Too often we think of happiness as an emotion. Emotions are easily changed. The coming of the Messiah assures our happiness. It is no longer an emotion. In Christ our happiness is a guarantee. You can bet your life on it.

December 23 Luke 2:11-14
“The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the City of David. And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Peace is here. Christ is our peace. When we go to others, we are emissaries of peace. Be a peacemaker. When you serve Christ you will be.

December 24 Luke 2:16-19
The shepherds ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in a manger. Then the shepherd told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We serve an astonishing God. The Lord has annointed us to serve Him. He didn’t choose angels, or super-humans, He choose us. Just so that we would know we could do it, He came in the form of a human. He came as a commoner in a family of common folk. He demonstrated the power of God by His daily surrender. He lived a perfect life by using the same resources that we have available to us. We matter to God. His plan to use us to share the Gospel doesn’t have a backup plan.

December 25 Isaiah 9:6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His ever expanding, peaceful government will never end. He will rule forever with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David. The passionate commitment of the Lord Almighty will guarantee this! Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

He is our hope. He delivers us from darkness to light. No longer slaves to sin, we are free in Christ. Jesus is God’s everything.

December 26 Luke 2:28-32
Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God, saying: ” Lord, now I can die in peace! As you promised me, I have seen the Savior you have given to all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel.”   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Can you see what I see? Christ is born, crucified and risen. He is alive. His life changes my life. No longer enslaved to sin. Now I am free to be what He created me to be. Bless the name of the Lord.

December 27 Isaiah 11: 1-5
Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot—yes, a new branch bearing the fruit from the old root. And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. He will delight in obeying the Lord. He will never judge by appearance, false evidence, or hearsay. He will defend the poor and the exploited. He will rule against the wicked and destroy them with the breath of his mouth. He will be clothed with fairness and truth. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We cry for justice but do we give it? We want our needs met but are we concerned about meeting the needs of the poor and exploited? Jesus meets needs. When we come to Christ we learn to care for others. Growing in Christ-likeness results in being concerned about the needs of those around us. God loves people most of all.

December 28 Matthew 11:28

Jesus said, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you loaded down with sin? Is depression or oppression taking over your life? Jesus forgives sin. Jesus frees us from bondage. Start where you are. Ask Christ to make you whole. The journey begins and lasts for an eternity. You will never be an outsider again.

December 29 John 16:33
(Jesus said), “I have told you all of this so that you might have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You will face many problems but never alone. You will lose many battles but the war is already won. Jesus brings victory to every life. Jesus makes each one of us count.

December 30 Matthew 24:4-6, 13-14
Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you. For many will come in my name saying, ‘I am the Messiah.” They will lead many astray. And wars will break out near and far, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must come, but the end won’t follow immediately…. Those who endure to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the world, so that all nations will hear it; and then, finally, the end will come.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus is coming back. If you are here when He does He will not forget you. Put away your worry, you can trust the Lord.

December 31 Matthew 24: 45-47
Who is a faithful, sensible servant, to whom the master can give the responsibility of managing his household and feeding his family? If the master returns and finds that the servant has done a good job, there will be a reward. I assure you, the master will put that servant in charge of all he owns. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News. Take care of the Lord’s people. Do the work that Christ has assigned you. None of us know what Y2K will do. But, we know what God can do.

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.

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.

September 1999

9/1/99 Isaiah 43:7
All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are never apart from the Lord. Alive, He is with us. When we die we will be where He is. God is the giver of all good and perfect gifts. Our life is a gift from Him. It is a good gift. Get busy. Live your life.

9/2/99 Isaiah 43:10-11
“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!,” says the Lord, “And you are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God; there never has been and never will be. I am the LORD, and there is no other Savior. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I am a witness to the risen Lord Jesus. If I know Him and the power of His presence then I will tell others about Him by word and deed. If I am only a pretender, then I won’t have anything to say. Jesus is Lord.

9/3/99 Isaiah 43:13
From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is big. We don’t realize how big. God is and is in control of all things. He does not make mistakes. God is never forgetful. He is not at a distance. God loves you and me. He has a plan for our lives. He is Lord of all.

9/4/99 Isaiah 43:25
I—yes, I alone—am the one who blots out your sins for my own sake and will never think of them again. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God forgives sinners. I am a sinner and He has forgiven me fully and completely. Think of the person that has done the worst thing in the world to you. Forgive that person, not because they deserve it but because God has forgiven you. Christ died for you.

9/5/99 John 4:23-24
For the time is coming and is already here when true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. The Father is looking for anyone who will worship him that way. For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You can’t work your way to heaven. You heart must be cleansed from unrighteousness. Jesus gives us a new heart. It is the heart transplant that God provides that enables us to worship Him. Think carefully, how is your heart? Forgiving, generous, open, loving or is it the way it has always been?

9/6/99 1 Peter 2:4
Come to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by the people, but he is precious to God who chose him.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus holds all things together. Without Christ the world would not exist. Are you a bystander in the activity of life? Are you dead in your trespasses and sin? If you do not know Jesus you are a bystander, dead in your trespasses and sin. If you know Jesus, the call is to grow and become like Christ.

9/7/99 I Peter 2:5-6
And now God is building you, as living stones, into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are God’s holy priests, who offer the spiritual sacrifices that please him because of Jesus Christ. As the Scriptures express it, ” I am placing a stone in Jerusalem, a chosen cornerstone, and anyone who believes in him will never be disappointed.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You have a responsibility in the Kingdom of God. His church is His chosen tool for ministry in this world. You are a part of His church. He works thru people. Let Him work thru you. He commissions you to be His representative. When you care for others and share about Jesus you are caring the way that Jesus cares.

9/8/99 Hebrews 13: 15-16
With Jesus’ help, let us continually offer our sacrifice of praise to God by proclaiming the glory of his name. Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You are your brother or sister’s keeper. Greed is a sin. When we hoard our wealth we are being greedy and sinning. Open your heart and you will open your pocket book. When you come to Jesus, you learn to care about others. Jesus loves you.

9/9/99 Colossians 1:9-10
We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while you will learn how to know God better and better.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What we do comes out of what we are. We are called to make Christ first in our lives. The reason for this is that Christ destroys godless lives. We can fake a godly life for a while but when the winds of change or tribulation strike godless folk act like their father, Satan. Believe in Jesus. He is Lord of all.

9/10/99 I Timothy 2: 1-3
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. As you make your requests, plead for God’s mercy upon them, and give thanks. Pray this way for kings and all others who are in authority, so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, for he wants everyone to be saved  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God would that all be saved. Wherever you are what ever you have done, God is calling you to salvation. If you do not know Jesus, you are lost, dead in your trespasses and sin. It doesn’t matter how smart, how rich, how lucky, how handsome, how pretty, or when you think death is coming to you. When you die, if you do not know Jesus, you will spend eternity separated from the Lord. You will live an eternal death. You will be in continuous despair and pain. Choose Jesus while you can.

9/11/99 Psalm 147:11
The Lord’s delight is in those who honor him, those who put their trust in his unfailing love. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We honor the Lord by obeying Him. God’s children seek to know Him and find out what He would have them do. It takes time and energy to trust the Lord. Obedient children bless Him. Bless the Lord, oh my soul and all that is within me. Help me, Father, to be an obedient child.

9/12/99 1 John 3: 21-22
Dear friends, if our conscience is clear, we can come to God with bold confidence. And we will receive whatever we request because we obey him and do the things that please him. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

You know when you sin. Go to the Lord and ask for forgiveness. When you ask for forgiveness ask also for the power and wisdom to change. God delights in our obedience and will abundantly give us what we need to live our lives wisely.

9/13/99 1 John 3: 23-24
And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The promises of God are a rich resource for our daily life. We can face the unknown confidently with the full assurance that our Father will hear us when we call out to Him. He is concerned about our good. God is on our side.

9/14/99 James 1:5-6
If you need wisdom—if you want to know what God wants you to do—ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is here. He is always by our side. Anytime we talk with God, we know that He listens aggressively to our requests. His answers are always forthcoming, always timely, and always adequate. We serve a mighty God who gloriously saves us to live our lives with Him.

9/15/99 Psalm 32: 8-9
The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or a mule that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God would like to guide us with love and wisdom. If we become His child and live disobedient lives, God will guide us with discipline and punishment. Your choice, obey God.

9/16/99 Proverbs 6: 20-23
Obey your father’s commands, and don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. Keep their words always in your heart. Tie them around your neck. Wherever you walk, their counsel can lead you. When you sleep, they will protect you. When you wake up in the morning they will advise you. For these commands and this teaching are a lamp to light the way ahead of you. The correction of discipline is the way to life.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Learn from your mistakes. Listen to your parents. Seek wise counsel for all your decisions. Be careful when you question advice. Make sure that your wisdom comes from the Word and not the world.

9/17/99 Joshua 1: 8
Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Life is not easy. It is filled with many challenges and tribulations. You need godly counsel to survive. God’s Word gives us wisdom, courage and hope. The Word of God is a light unto our path and a lamp unto our feet. With the Lord we will be successful. When we read His Word and think about what He has said we can follow Him.

9/18/99 Joshua 1:9
Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We must learn to be who we are. Our gifts and our skills are the exact gifts and skills that the Lord God gave us. We can lead joyous and abundant lives being who we are. The Lord made us. He will not desert us. We are not alone. We are not at the mercy of the world. We were not a mistake. We are loved and valuable. Be blessed because the Lord God Almighty loves you.

9/19/99 Psalm 37: 23
The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is good. Every thought that God has toward you is for your good. Who you are and what you do is more important to Jesus than it is to you. You can trust the Lord Jesus. He will provide the resources you need for living your life. Remember that He gave His life for you. He loves you that much.

9/20/99 Proverbs 3: 5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your path.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Read the Word of God. Does your decision square with God’s Word? Seek council from those around you that are wise. Is the course you are taking wise? Spend time with the Lord in prayer and seek His council. Does the Lord speak to the issue? In all of these ways and more the Father seeks to give us wisdom to live our lives. Trust in the Lord. Be wise.

9/21/99 Proverbs 3:11-12
Don’t ignore it when the LORD disciplines you, and don’t be discouraged when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Why are you in trouble this time? Have you ignored a direct command from the Lord? His Word is a command to us for righteous and godly living. When you disobey your Father’s directives, He will discipline you. Straighten up. Quit whining. Thank God that He cares for you. Be obedient.

9/22/99 Isaiah 47:17-18
The LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along paths you should follow. Oh, that you had listened to my commands! Then you would have had peace flowing like a gentle river and righteousness rolling like waves.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We go our own way so easily. Watch how you are living your life. Immediate repentance is our response when we find ourselves against God. If you are not where you you should be, ask the Lord to forgive you of your sin, turn from your wicked ways and follow Him.

9/23/99 Isaiah 58:11
The LORD will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is trustworthy. He never wavers. He is never caught off-guard. He is interested in my life. His eye is upon me. He is intimately involved in all the events of my life. God cares for me.

9/24/99 1 Peter 2: 2-3
You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Growth is our option. Too many Christians never grow and constantly whine about their failures. God’s Word helps us to grow. It points out the right path for us to walk. Time with Jesus enables us to change. Growth requires change. If we fail to focus on the Word and Christ we will not grow. If you find yourself immature in your faith, confess your failure and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to help you read the Word with interest and understanding. Then you will grow.

9/25/99 II Timothy 2: 19
God’s truth stands firm like a foundation stone with this inscription; “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Those who claim to belong to the Lord must turn away from all wickedness.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

False teachers are always with us. It is not our responsibility to prove they are wrong. We are called to follow Jesus. God’s truth does not change. Jesus is God’s truth. He does not change. He will not leave us. Follow Him.

9/26/99 II Timothy 2:20-21
In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a utensil God can use for his purpose. Your life will be clean and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Allow God to use you. He has a good plan for your life. God’s use is the best use of our lives. Let God have His way with you. Be about His service and you will find the best use of your life. Joy and peace will be the result of surrendering your plans to Him.

9/27/99 II Timothy 2: 22
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lust. Follow anything that makes you want to do right. Pursue faith and love and peace, and enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

A wise person knows they cannot stand in the face of temptation. They run from it into the loving arms of the Father. The guaranteed path of failure is to constantly challenge those things in our life that have proven to be a weakness. God calls us from stupidity to wisdom. Run when you face repeated temptation in your life.

9/28/99 Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is our light and protector. He gives us grace and glory. No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who do what is right.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God will provide what we need to grow. We sacrifice our time to be with the Lord. It is time with the Lord that enables us to grow. Our life must be carefully controlled to include daily time with the Lord. When we cultivate a relationship with Jesus, He will speak to the needs of our life and encourage our hearts. Christ likeness is the result of a life focused on Christ.

9/29/99 Psalm 86: 11
Teach me your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, that I may honor you. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When we face great trials and tribulations we learn the process of yearning for the Lord. It begins on our knees, when we cry out for help. Trouble can be a wonderful blessing. It can outfit us for growing in Christ. Or, it can cause us to be angry with the Lord. Each one of us must make a choice when trouble comes, the Lord’s way or our way.

9/30/99 Psalm 89.1-2
I will sing of the tender mercies of the Lord forever! Young and old will hear of your faithfulness. Your unfailing love will last forever. Your faithfulness is as enduring as the heavens. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is faithful. He is faithful to you from this moment throughout eternity. His promises will come true. His eye is on you and He is thinking about you this very moment. He loves you and will never leave you.

August 1999

8/1/99 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service in the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving. There are different ways God works in our lives, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. God manifests the Spirit through each person for the good of the entire church.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Christ is all and in all. In Christ we find our access, unity, gifts and relationship to the Father and Holy Spirit. Jesus is the one. In him we become one. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. You will experience growth, encouragement, renewal and forgiveness. When we go to Jesus, we often find that the problems we are facing with others is caused by sin in our lives.

8/2/99 Romans 11: 29
God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God uses broken people. When we find ourselves on our knees before the Lord, we are in the proper position for the Father to call us for service. Until we experience brokenness we will not be able to get beyond our pride and self-sufficiency.

8/3/99 1 Corinthians 12:11
It is the same and only Holy Spirit who distributes these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

I must always be what God created me to be. If I refuse to celebrate the gifts God gives me I will always see myself as unworthy and falling short. My gifts are the gifts for which the Lord holds me responsible. God loves me and the gifts He gave me were the ones He wanted me to have.

8/4/99 1 Corinthians 12: 27
Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The ground at the Cross-is level. Each one of us is loved of God. Our gifts are not indicators of God’s love for us. Our gifts are marching orders for service. Christ is the proof of God’s love. Exercising my gifts is proof of my love for God.

8/5/99 Ephesians 4: 15-16
We will hold to the truth in love, becoming more and more in every way like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are works in progress. We strive mightily in full knowledge that we are engaged in spiritual warfare. Our strength is our faith not our accomplishments. All that we do we do as unto the Lord. When we fail we proceed rapidly into the presence of the Lord. He forgives and heals and sends us forth to serve. God uses broken vessels. When we find ourselves broken, get ready for service is at hand.

8/6/99 1 Corinthians 12: 24-26
So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God loves people most of all. When the focus of our heart is Jesus, God will be glorified and people will be loved.

8/7/99 Ephesians 4: 11-13
(Christ) is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our model for service is Jesus. We measure ourselves by Him. As we serve the Lord, we do not look to the left or right. Our eyes are upon the Living Lord and we are constantly seeking direction from Him. The bride of Christ is the church. Jesus loves the church. When we serve Jesus we will be active in the church and love it like Jesus does.

8/8/99 Romans 12:1
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Serving God is a daily event. We cannot rest today based on yesterday’s work. It is important for us to understand and remember that a relationship with the Living Lord Jesus is a now relationship. We can be obedience because we love Jesus. Sacrifice is what we do to serve the Lord. Not my will Father but your will.

8/9/99 Romans 12:2
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God’s plan for my life is good. He wants the best for me. If I will put the Lord first, he will make the things I do a blessing to those I serve and to me. If I can maintain my focus on Jesus, and willingly set aside sin in my life, the result will be a life lived that will be a great blessing for me in my older years. The Lord builds a no regrets life. No regrets today, no regrets tomorrow and no regrets in eternity.

8/10/99 Romans 12:3-6
As God’s messenger, I give each of you this warning: Be honest in your estimate of yourselves, measuring your value by how much faith God has given you. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has a different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Our identity is in Christ. Changing the way we respond to worldly values is more than not touching and not tasting. It is a change in our hearts. We no longer want the forbidden things of this world. This is impossible to do unless a Christian is willing to make Christ the focus of his or her life. Jesus is all and in all. When He has all of us, we have all of Him.

8/11/99 Romans 12:6-8
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do what you can. Be who you are. Don’t evaluate yourself in light of the things you can’t do. Tithe what you have. Pray about what is affecting you. Forgive those who hurt you. Love those you are with.

8/12/99 1 Corinthians 12:29-31
Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? Does everyone have the gift of healing? Or course not. Does God give to all of us the ability to speak in tongues? Can everyone interpret tongues? No! And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Use what you have to help others. Don’t wait until tomorrow or until you get more. Use what you have. Do what you can. Be about the Lord’s business now.

8/13/99 Matthew 6: 31-33
Don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Have you ever worried about those dead in their trespasses and sin? Are you concerned about your son or daughter? Does your mate know Jesus? Worry about eternal things if you must worry. God will take care of you.

8/14/99 Matthew 7:13-14
You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

What road are you on? Is Jesus Lord and Savior in your life? If you aren’t sure you are on the broad road. You are headed to hell. Better turn at the nearest intersection. Ask Christ right now to forgive you of your sin and be Lord of your life.

8/15/99 John 14:6
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The way to the Father through Christ is wide enough for the whole world. This way creator is in charge. Not my way but His way, Christ is the only way.

8/16/99 Hebrews 3: 16-19
And who were those people who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Weren’t they the ones Moses led out of Egypt? And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn’t it the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? And to whom was God speaking when he vowed that they would never enter his place of rest? He was speaking to those who disobeyed him. So we see that they were not allowed to enter his rest because of their unbelief.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

If I trust God, I will change my life. This is simple to understand and easy to implement. Note that this is not a statement of finality but a declaration of a journey. My life in Christ is a life that is constantly being changed into the likeness of the living Lord Jesus.

8/17/99 Hebrews 4:1-3
God’s promise of entering his place of rest still stands, so we ought to tremble with fear that some of you might fail to get there. For this Good News— that God has prepared a place of rest— has been announced to us just as it was to them. But it did them no good because they didn’t believe what God told them. For only we who believe can enter his place of rest.
Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The heart is the place of change. First I must accept Christ as my Lord and Savior. Then, with a new heart I can begin to work under His direction changing the way I am and the things I do. When I come to Him and believe that He has given me a new heart then it will be possible for me to begin new life in Christ.

8/18/99 Hebrews 4: 6-7
So God’s rest is there for people to enter. But those who formerly heard the Good News failed to enter because they disobeyed God. So God set another time for entering his place of rest, and that time is today. God announced this through David a long time later in the words already quoted: “Today you must listen to his voice. Don’t harden your hearts against him.” Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When we hear God speaking to us is the time to respond to the offer of salvation. We are not promised tomorrow only today. When your heart is warmed and you soul is yearning, that is the time to respond to Jesus.

8/19/99 Matthew 11: 28-30
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Jesus loves you. He will provide peace for your life. By faith you can find the comfort that you are looking for. You are not alone, nor are you at the mercy of the world. In Christ you can a meaningful life. Don’t despair. Don’t give up. At the point of your brokenness, Christ is waiting to provide healing.

8/20/99 Luke 12:22-24
Then turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you will have enough food to eat or clothes to wear. For life consists of far more than food or clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Do your best and put the results in the Lord’s hands. We work and the Lord provides solutions. Stop worrying. Worry hurts you and disappoints the Father. God loves you and is thinking of you all the time. Trust the Lord. Stop worrying.

8/21/99 Luke 12: 25-26
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?   Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

It is more productive to pray than to worry. It is more productive to work hard than to worry. Worry is a negative activity whose only purpose is to destroy your peace. In Jesus we find peace and comfort for our soul. The Lord is on your side.

8/22/99 Luke 12: 33-34
Sell what you have and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven have no holes in them. Your treasure will be safe—no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there will your heart and thoughts also be.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

When Jesus is our focus, ministry is the result. When money is our focus, heartache is the result. Set aside money goals and make the Kingdom of God central in your life. Work hard, serve God and our eternal treasure will grow. Wealth comes to some in the form of money, but all of us can have wealth in our relationship with the Father.

8/23/99 Luke 12:35-37
Be dressed for service and well prepared, as though you were waiting for your master to return from the wedding feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and let him in the moment he arrives and knocks. There will be special favor for those who are ready and waiting for his return.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Are you ready for the judgement day? Christ is coming back. You will not live forever. Our lives pass by in a flash. Lives lived carelessly have a way of vanishing before the careless one realizes it. Jesus could come back today. Are you ready?

8/24/99 Romans 14:1-3
Accept Christians who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. For instance, one person believes it is all right to eat anything, But another believer who has a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables. Those who think it is alright to eat anything must not look down on those who won’t. And those who won’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are all weak in some areas of our faith and strong in other areas. The sooner we recognize that we are sojourners in this world and that this place is not our home we will begin to think properly about those that we live with. People count most of all with the Lord and we are called to make people count most of all in our daily lives. Watch what you say, take care with what you do.

8/25/99 Romans 14:12-13
Each of us will have to give a personal account to God. So don’t condemn each other anymore. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not put an obstacle in another Christian’s path. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God has His eye on you. He sees everything single thing you do. It is recorded and remembered. You are your brother or sister’s keeper. Be hard on your self and gentle with others. Not the reverse.

8/26/99 Romans 14:17-19
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God. And other people will approve of you, too. So then, let us aim for harmony in the church and try to build each other up. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Think about Jesus. When you rise, when you walk, when you study, when you fail, when you talk, at all times think about the risen Lord. When you do this you will develop wisdom and restraint. As you grow you will become more like Jesus.

8/27/99 John 15:5
(Jesus said: ) I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

Soul winning, prayer, peace, joy, and love are included in fruit bearing. You just cannot do the work of God without being under the control of Jesus. He will direct your path and give you guidance for living.

8/28/99 John 15: 7-8
But if you stay joined to me and my word remains in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my father. Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

God is glorified when we surrender ourselves to Jesus. We can do nothing apart from Him. When we let Jesus control our lives He will direct our path. Time with Jesus takes time. We are to allocate our time to include Bible reading, prayer time and reflection time. Time with the Lord is time well spent.

8/29/99 Matthew 28:18-20
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the command I have given you, and be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The last words of a good friend are important. Jesus told his disciples that they were under his authority and that they should do the things that He had done. We are to be busy as the Lord’s representative in this life. Jesus will never leave us. We are not alone. Our call is to tell what He is doing in our lives.

8/30/99 Matthew 7:24-25
(Jesus said: ) Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse, because it is built on rock.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

We are to listen and do. The doing must become a consistent part of our lives. If I listen and believe, I will do. How do I evaluate my Christian walk? By looking at my behavior and attitude. If it is Christlike then I am growing. If I continue to act like a pagan, then there is a disconnect in my Christian walk. I need to go back to Jesus, ask for forgiveness and strength to change and change. God is interested in my obedience.

8/31/99 Matthew 7:12
(Jesus said: ) Do for others what you would like them to do for you. This is a summary of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.  Hi, I’m Mike Clay with Today’s Good News.

The Golden Rule is an affirmation in a positive way of my responsibility for my brother or sister. I am to do for not to ignore or evade. When we treat others like we ourselves want to be treated we grow. When we do for others what we want them to do for us, we find that the true gift is the giving. We grow when we give like Jesus gave.