Countless wars have been fought. Wars fought over love, money, power, resources and religion. Among these, the most horrific wars was fought over religion. Religion has a way that transcend into other aspects of war. Wars fought over who's God is greater, who's god is false, and who’s god is still with them.As we look into the history of the Hebrews, we see that they fought over land, freedom and in God's name. For those that survived, they were granted an inheritance, ownership of the promised land. For those that died in the wars, I believe that they are with God.
As we look into today's history, we still see religious wars being fought in our own country, our own country that was founded on Christian principles and belief. Our country's soldiers have died protecting us. In remembrance of them, we give a day to celebrate them, Memorial Day.
As Memorial Day comes around, be grateful to those who fought on your behalf. They gave you your freedom, they gave themselves to protect you, your ideals, and way of life. Be strong and courageous and not let fear come to you because God is with you always.
Today's devotion comes from:
Deuteronomy/2 Kevcai 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Nej yuav tsum ua siab tawv thiab nyob khov kho tsis txhob ntshai cov neeg ntawd. Tus TSWV uas yog nej tus Vajtswv yuav nrog nraim nej, nws yuav tsis ncaim nej lossis tso nej tseg li.
Once there were two friends, best of friends named John and Mark. As kids they promised to make the neighborhood they lived in a better place for their community.
John and Mark both grew up to become activists. John however shined over Mark. John was known beyond their community. He was a philanthropist. He made mankind better. He healed the sick and gave the homeless a shelter that he personally oversees. Everyone admired John.
Mark however was a volunteer at John's shelter. He feed them, clothed them and comforted them. Mark didn’t have much but he did what he can. Those who knew him loved him.
At the end of their lives and at heavens gate, both men was given the same question, "Why do you deserve eternal life to be with Christ?" John answered, "I made mankind better. I have enlightened them. I helped heal the sick, gave money to the poor, and even made a shelter for the homeless." The gatekeeper then said, "Go away. You may not be permitted." And so John was left outside the gate weeping saying to himself, "What more can I gave done?"
As Mark approached, he was terrified as his friend John was a better man and did more than him. He was worried because if John didn’t get in, how could he get in. The gatekeeper asked Mark the same question, "Why do you deserve eternal life to be with Christ?" Mark answered, "I have done less than my friend Mark. I only say I deserve eternal life because I have done what little I had been given not because of improving the world I lived in but because I was following what example Jesus left behind. I have faith in Jesus and did what little I could."
Then the gatekeeper opened the gate and said, "For by grace you are saved through faith, the gift of God."
Todays devotion come from:
Ephesians / Efexus 2:8-9
For by grace you are saved through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so that no one can boast.
Vajtswv tus uas hlub nej, nws cawm nej dim twb yog vim nej ntseeg. Qhov uas nej dim ntawd, tsis yog vim nej ua haujlwm zoo, tiamsis yog Vajtswv cia li pub dawb rau nej xwb. Qhov uas nej dim tsis yog nej lub dag lub zog ua mas nej thiaj tsis muaj lus khav tau.
Todays devotion comes from Barbara Rainey on Family Life.
Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13 NIV). I can think of no one for whom I would give up my life more quickly than my child. A mother's love is fierce, loyal, protective, and self-sacrificing.
When my children were babies, I sometimes had nightmares about our family car being swept off a bridge, our house being broken into, or my child falling off a cliff on a family hike. Always in those dreams, I would be bravely and frantically fighting to save the babies and the littlest ones. My oldest daughter, Ashley, has told me that she, too, has experienced those frightening dreams and imaginings now that she is a mother. I believe it is a universal instinct among mothers to protect and rescue our children. We know intuitively and experientially that our children need us. Truly their survival depends on us.
Based on extensive studies he conducted over many years, psychoanalyst John Bowlby wrote about the importance of the mother-child bond in his book Attachment. He wrote, "The young child's hunger for his mother's love and presence is as great as his hunger for food." And by contrast, he went on to add, "Her loss or absence inevitably generates a powerful sense of loss and anger."
God asked this question through the prophet Isaiah: "Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?" (Isaiah 49:15a NIV). The obvious answer is no. It is unusual for a mother not to feel great love for the child she has birthed. God made women with a capacity to love our children with unending devotion.
But beyond the initial love affair a mother often feels for her newborns, beyond the heroic rescuing of her children from physical danger, what is it that keeps a mother lovingly devoted to her children for a lifetime? The knowledge that they will leave her someday and will need to make it on their own is what keeps a mother focused. She needs the ability to see into the future—to envision the finish line—because she knows it's up to her to prepare them for that life of independence. A mother knows from her own experience that the difficulties and insecurities of childhood will not last forever. A wise mother also knows that present difficulties, though unpleasant, are often the classroom for building character.
Todays devotion comes from :
By Barbara Rainey on Family Life, "A Mother's Legacy"
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
Tus uas muaj kev hlub loj tshaj plaws yog tus uas zoo siab tuag theej nws cov phoojywg.
Luke 18:9-14, tells us the parable of the pharisee and the tax collector. In this parable, the pharisee was praying to God. He was praying to God about his own righteousness, and he prayed looking down on all those who sinned. He prayed thanking God that he is not like the robbers, evil doers, adulterers, and even the man who was there praying, the tax collector.
The tax collector came to pray a simple prayer. He pounded on his chest and said, "God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
Who do you think God forgave? If we go to God, claiming our righteousness and mock others, we are claiming to be without sin and we all know that there is only one man that was without sin. And that man died so that we can be forgiven.
Rather than do what the pharisee has done, we should all pray like the tax collector, admitting our sins. In this way, we can be cleansed of our sins and be purified from all things unrighteousness.
Todays devotion comes from:
1 John/1 Yauhas 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Yog peb lees peb lub txim Vajtswv ncaj ncees thiab tso siab tau, nws yuav daws peb lub txim thiab ntxuav peb tej kev phem huvsi mus.