Goal: Heed Conscience

[Today in Christian Radio] Rick Warren talked about the fortune cookie he received: “It said, ‘Commit a sin twice and it won’t feel like a sin.’….Well, that’s true! It’s called a hardened conscience….The fifteenth murder is easier than the first. It’s still murder!” Isn’t that true? We start out feeling guilty, but then we continue in the sin until we barely know it’s wrong. Then we laugh about it, sin openly, and tout the benefits of our sin. Yet when others sin, our mouths gape as they laugh about it without shame. We can only see our own actions in an honest light with God’s help. Lord, heal our seared consciences so that we can be restored to wholeness and honor Your Holy Name. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This quote was taken from Rick Warren’s sermon series called “The Words of Forgiveness Part 1.” Listen to the whole sermon here: http://pastorrick.com/listen/player?roi=echo7-29562481031-50157884-380823079ea8fecebba43da6c98a65aa&

****Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Pray for Our Nation

[Today in Christian Radio] David Jeremiah said, “I have heard it said—as you have—that if God doesn’t judge America pretty soon, He’ll have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.” Honestly, I do not think I have heard that said before. This statement powerfully conveys God’s patience and love for us while driving home the truth that we are indeed a sinful society. Still, it bothers me to suggest that God—in His perfection—should ever apologize for anything. Additionally it seems notable that as America’s sinfulness does not even touch the atrocities occurring worldwide. It all seems a grand reminder to pray for America and the other nations of the world. Lord, thank You for Your patient love. We pray Your continued mercy on mankind and ask that You would open the eyes of the people to see their own wickedness. Remind us to pray for the innocent victims of the wickedness of others.Give us the ability to await Your return with holy patience. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*David Jeremiah presented this quote (that did not originate with him) in his sermon called “The Patience and Kindness of Love Pt 1.” Listen to his powerful message of God’s love here: http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio_player.aspx?id=2244

**Blog author Kim Bond invites you to enjoy this free resource. Beseeching Grace: An International Prayer Book https://drawneartochrist.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/beseeching-grace-draw-near.pdf

Goal: Unmask Anger

[Today in Christian Radio] Fawn Weaver said, “If you say, she made me angry. No she didn’t. She either hurt you or she exposed a fear….We cover that up with angry.” If we want to reflect the holy glory of God in our personal relationships, we should examine ourselves when we become angry. What specific words or actions hurt us and why? What fear was unmasked by those words and actions? Challenging ourselves to be vulnerable with our loved ones will improve our relationship with God and others. We will grow in humility and experience increased healing. Lord, help us to be humble enough to confess our past hurts and admit our fears so we can invite Your Holy Spirit to apply the balm of healing to those wounds and grow in the strength of the Lord. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*Fawn Weaver was a guest on Focus on the Family with Jim Daly. Listen to the full conversation here http://www.focusonthefamily.com/media/daily-broadcast/reducing-conflict-in-your-marriage

**Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Be Culturally Relevant

[Today in Christian Radio] Ravi Zacharias said, “A conviction ungirded by love will make the possessor of them obnoxious and the dogma he possesses repulsive.” If you are like me, you have both the gospel and love in your heart. Yet this society of information-rich individuals who isolate themselves have challenged us to find new ways to share both. Lord, show us creative ways to share the love of Jesus in ways that are culturally acceptable. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

*This is just one of many profound statements in Ravi Zacharias’ sermon called “Convictions that Conquered the World Part 1 of 2.” If interested, listen to it here: http://rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/convictions-that-conquered-the-world-part-1-of-2/

**Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Let Go of Failure

[Today in Christian Radio] June Hunt said, “Three denials, three questions, three opportunities to restore [Peter] to ministry….For every denial, [Jesus] gave [Peter] the opportunity to be restored to ministry.” As Christians, we have the tendency to focus on rejection, failure, and shame—especially when it happens repeatedly. The relationship between Jesus and Peter proves Jesus forgives repeated failures and offers many chances. Lord, help us to receive forgiveness for past mistakes, accept restoration of our relationship to You, and hope for future success. Amen.

*The above  insight was mentioned today on Hope for the Heart with June Hunt. The radio program called “The Good News About Failure” can be heard in its entirety here: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/hope-for-the-heart/custom-player/?bcd=2017-02-27.

**Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Identify Calling

[Today in Christian Radio] Robbie Romeiser read the definition of “calling” from Miriam Webster’s Dictionary. A calling is defined as a strong inner impulse toward a particular course of action especially when accompanied by conviction of divine influence. As Christians, we struggle over our the details of our calling. This simple definition helps to narrow down God’s will. It is a desire that begins in our heart. How do you desire to serve the needs of humankind? I pray the Lord would unveil our callings to us and help us to fulfill them.

*Robbie Romeiser was a guest on Howard Dayton & Steve Moore’s MoneyWise radio program. Listen to the full radio program here: http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/moneywise/custom-player/

**Blog author Kim Bond writes and edits Christian literature for Draw Near Christian ministry. Click FREE EBOOKS to read more.

Goal: Delight in God

[Today in Christian Radio] Dr. Mike Fabarez said, “Because of my permanence in the family of God, my relationship with God will never go away and my relationship with government will necessarily end.” This profound statement helps us recognize our priorities. Christians give so much thought as to how our words and actions will affect others including our government, family, friends, and even strangers. Yet, we sometimes fail to give equal consideration as to how God will weigh those same words and actions. In the end, our relationship with Him is the only one that matters. I pray our words and actions would reflect what God delights in.

*The above quote was taken from the sermon series “God’s Expatriates” (Part 5B). Listen to the full sermon here:  http://focalpointministries.org/product/enemies-grace-revenge-part-5b/