Saturday 12 August 2017

14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – John 10:14

 

Jesus knows us intimately because Jesus loves us deeply. The depth of Jesus’ love is proven through His interest in every detail of our lives. Nothing about us, or our lives is too small to escape Jesus’ knowledge and care. This means that Jesus always has time for us, Jesus is always interested in listening to us, and Jesus is always inviting us to spend time enjoying His protecting love.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

The Daily Faith Builder will resume on Monday 21 August.

 

Friday 11 August 2017

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10

 

What is robbing you of contentment, peace, health and a sense of well-being? So often we unwittingly open the doors of our lives to these thieves who, when given the slightest opportunity crash through the door and work to ultimately rob us of our relationship with Jesus. Whenever one of these thieves tries gaining access to your life, please invite Jesus to stand guard at the door of your life. With Jesus protecting you, I promise you will know the protecting power of Jesus.

 

Affectionately,
Pastor Ric

 

Thursday 10 August 2017

I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. – John 10:9

 

On a bitterly cold winter’s day, or an oppressively humid and hot summer’s day, or on a rainy day it feels great to come through my front door and into my dry and comfortable home, that saves me from the weather. When I walk through my front door I remember that like my front door, Jesus is our way to safety. Jesus is our gate – our front door who brings us into the protection, care and safety of God. Whenever the weather of life chills our heart, exhausts our spirit or dampens our disposition, please enter anew into a place of safety and peace through Jesus our Front Door who saves us. Each time you walk through your front door, feel the love of Jesus surrounding and saving you.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric  

 

Wednesday 9 August 2017

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” – John 8:12

 

Jesus is the world’s light. When we follow Jesus, His life lights the way for us. When we walk behind the Light of the world, we clearly see the dangers that lie before us, the obstacles to avoid, and the pitfalls to sidestep. Jesus our Light also makes it possible for us to discern the best decisions to make because His light exposes what’s false and illumines what is right, good, and beautiful. Whenever life fills you with uncertainty, or causes you to stumble, remember Jesus is lighting your way, guiding you and keeping you in the warmth of His care.

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Tuesday 8 August 2017

“Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel 10 

in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other. – Exodus 28:9-10

 

The onyx stones remind the nation Israel of their history and God’s presence in that history. Each of us has a history. Our pasts are filled with persons, events and places that shape us into the people we are. God blesses our pasts with people who are good, and God is at work bringing healing to the places in our pasts that are painful. God has the sons of Israel engraved on stones so that Israel will remember that He is always with them. Jesus is always with us, working to bring good out of every part of our pasts so that in the present we can receive the strength and healing what will make us into people with wonderfully bright, hope-filled futures.  

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric

 

Monday 7 August 2017

24 Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. – Proverbs 4:24

 

The content of our character can be seen in the saltiness of our speech. By salty speech, I don’t mean speech filled with foul language. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says to His followers, “You are the salt of the earth.” Salt is a preservative that keeps food from rotting, and it’s a flavor enhancer. Salty speech is speech that enhances the beauty of God’s world, and preserves a culture of grace, kindness and love. Salty speech looks like conversation that is free from perversity and corruption. How will our speech be salty today?

 

Affectionately,

Pastor Ric