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Great is God’s faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations‬ ‭3‬:‭23‬ NLT)

The great American poet Ralph Waldo Emerson once remarked about the beauty of a new day: “Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays.”

On this last day of Summer, a beautiful one here in Central Arkansas, it’s a good time to bid an old season goodbye and to welcome a new one in. Just as each new morning starts for me with a steaming cup of coffee, it also comes with the promise of new things and healing moments that God spent all night preparing while I slept. To imagine that God gives each of us the opportunity to start over everyday is the best feeling ever!

As you start your new day today and everyday, start it with a new mindset. You can choose to either dread it or embrace it. The difference is up to you! You are loved today!

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This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” (1 John‬ ‭4‬:‭10‬ NLT)

Baseball legend Ted Williams’ career with the Boston Red Sox was marred, to a degree, by his sour and antagonistic relationship with the fans and media in Boston, and having led the Red Sox to just one American League pennant in his entire career (and no World Series titles). But as the last All-Star Game of the 20th century came back to Boston, it was was Williams who was awarded the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. And as the crowd came alive for that magical night, all old feelings were transformed into great praise and honor for the Splendid Splinter, the Hero of Hardball.

We have never done anything to deserve God’s grace, yet He offers it freely because of His great love. In spite of our rebellious attitude and His necessary corrective measures, when we finally yield our selfish will, Heaven welcomes us home greater than anything Fenway Park experienced in 1999!

As you get ready to come to church tomorrow, know that God’s love is greater than our failures. While we beat ourselves up for letting God down, He simply waits with open arms to bring you back to His love. Be grateful today for that amazing grace! See you tomorrow!

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But the other criminal protested, ‘Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.'” (Luke‬ ‭23‬:‭40-41‬ NLT)

Lee Strobel was the award-winning legal editor of The Chicago Tribune before becoming a New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books and serves as Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University. As a young atheist, Strobel set out to disprove Jesus and Christianity. However, with all of his research, he began to realize the reality of who Jesus is, how He does operate in our daily lives, and that the evidence became too overwhelming, leading him to his own conversion from atheist to Christian in 1981. Today, Strobel uses that knowledge to refute wrong thinking about the Christ Life.

Sometimes we have to engage in apologetics, which means defending the faith. Not with violence or anger, but with studied beliefs and crafted words. By standing up for God’s Word, we stand our ground for God’s glory instead of giving it away on a whim or out of cowardice.

Arguing never solves anything unless one side is willing to change. But by standing up for what we believe, bullies are kept at bay. Stand up proudly for God’s Word! A shrinking army is needing new warriors of faith! You are loved today!

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See, God has come to save me. I will trust in him and not be afraid. The LORD GOD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” (Isaiah‬ ‭12‬:‭2‬ NLT)

Jeff Rennell was among the motorists caught up in the tangle of nearly four dozen semi-tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles near Michigan City on I-94 in Indiana due to whiteout conditions which left three motorists dead and several injured back in January. “It was like an onion. They went layer by layer by layer by layer,” he says of the 3-hour rescue by 15 First Responders. “They said, ‘We’re not leaving tonight ’til you get out of this car.'”

We should never be surprised when God “finally” comes to save us. With God, timing is everything. He’s not only meeting your needs but those of 6+ billion people also, with all of our lives intersecting to make greater impacts in the passing. God saves us so that others can see and be both inspired for their own life and witness God at work firsthand.

As you go about your week, don’t become impatient by what God seems to NOT be doing. God is always on the move on your behalf. Stay strong knowing that, like Rennell, God will not leave you until you are safe from the crushing layers of your life! You are loved today!

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The disciples were astounded. ‘Then who in the world can be saved?’ they asked.” (Matthew‬ ‭19‬:‭25‬ NLT)

“Mitchell” was not a regular guy, nor was his church. Mitchell was newly saved and hungry for God. He had been a warlock in two covens overseas and one here in America when he was radically changed! His church, however, wasn’t. Adultery, divisiveness, and rebellion ran rampant in the congregation. One evangelist even preached a message against her called “Witches Brew in the Pew.” Ironic choice of terms, I thought.

The disciples had their own world rocked by Jesus. If the “righteous” won’t make Heaven, then who would?! The answer is those that are TRULY changed. Mitchell deserved a deep place in Hell for his choices, yet God reached out to him and gladly accepted the prodigal home. His church, however, continued to follow it’s own hellish path of destruction. The true miracle is how he got saved there in the first place!

Only God can accomplish true redemption; Man fails at it everyday. Never write anyone off as “impossible for redemption“! Sometimes it’s the toughest ones that come home first while those that know better never do! Make sure your path is actually the one of true repentance! You are loved today!

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Can you direct the movement of the stars— binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion? Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?” (Job‬ ‭38‬:‭31, 33‬ NLT)

Only 25,000 light-years away, the Quintuplet Cluster is one of the Milky Way’s most spectacular sights. According to Listverse.com, the cluster is akin to a cosmic kindergarten—full of young, brightly shining stars. This area of space is also very densely packed, with stars located within punching distance of each other. The center of the Milky Way is obscured by patches of white-hot gas and dust. Thus, the Quintuplet Cluster remained hidden until 1990 when astronomers were able to peer through the shroud using infrared imaging.

We like to think we control our lives and keep everything in order, but we deceive ourselves. Just like we can’t order or control the heavenlies, neither can we orchestrate what will happen today or tomorrow, keeping ourselves safe or happy. Only God has complete control of all things around us because He sees it all.

So, relax and live! Come to church today knowing that Where God directs you, He will always take care of you. Short of creating your own meltdown, you’ll be fine when you let God direct your stars! True control belongs to Him! You are loved today!