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On the evening of September 4th I am honored to speak at Alma Temple. My message is titled “Miracles at Midnight, Part 3.” The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on KPOF, AM910 and audio streaming via the internet. You are cordially invited to join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV).

Selfish ambition can be anything from grabbing the best seat at a table in a restaurant for the best view, to striving to be CEO of a large corporation. The natural man creeps into our daily living. Almost without notice we find ourselves in tune with that old song from the musical, “Annie Get Your Gun”. And when we’re “Doing What Comes Naturally” we’ve granted the old nature permission to take over. Most of the time we’ve opened that door without thinking.

Day after day we find ourselves bombarded by advertisements directing us as to what we should be, what we should eat, what we should wear, and what we should tell our doctor to prescribe for us. Whatever it is, it will be something to make you happier or better your life. It’s no wonder we’ve forgotten that we are a royal priesthood: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

Media advertisements tout products to make you happier, prettier, and smarter. It seems this world is all about you and how you look to those around you. How is it that we never hear advice on how to live with humility? It doesn’t seem normal in this corrupt world to put others before yourself. But Jesus showed us how to do it over and over again throughout the Scriptures.

As a royal priesthood, we look to our high priest, Jesus Christ, for guidance. He came to show us how to live. He said we ought to love our neighbor, and to treat others as well as we would treat ourselves. Jesus showed us how to put others first. He put us first. He lived a sinless life and gave His life on the cross for our sins, so that we could spend eternity with Him. It was, “For the joy set before him that he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus willingly laid down His life, without it being a grandiose gesture. Instead He humbly submitted to God, for the sake of the people God created all over the world. Humility is not a gift of the Spirit. It is an attitude to be cultivated. For the joy set before us we can scorn the shame of being taken advantage of or trampled by those we humbly serve. Nothing is more winsome than a humble attitude. When others say, “my needs are more important than yours,” and you agree, they love you.

Most Gracious Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Jesus to teach us how to live. Give me the desire to be more like Him every day and to know that He is better than anything the world can offer. In His precious name, Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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Vicki at Belleview Chapel

Vicki at Belleview Chapel

August 14th I am honored to speak at the evening service at Alma Temple. My presentation is titled “More Miracles at Midnight” The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on KPOF, AM910 and audio streaming via the internet. Please join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Jesus Christ had so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV).
When Jesus walked this earth He extended His love to all people. This was His passion; to save the world. John 3:17 says, “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” He came into a hostile world. He felt the disapproval of His friends and even His earthly family. He was scorned because the world believed He was conceived out of wedlock.
Instead of hating those around Him, He loved them. He understood contempt and heartache. He felt all of it and endured it. He knew you would suffer some of the same kinds of abuse from the people around you, so He gave you endurance. Human beings are made for endurance.
Physical endurances, such as running a marathon or a triathlon, are trained for ― and planned events. Prisoners of war undergo months and years of physical demands and survive. Many times they survive by mental endurance. The mind and body work in tandem. Where the physical may weaken, the mental will increase, thereby re-energizing physical endurance. God gave us the ability to endure. He will renew your strength.
Encouragement has been placed all around us by God. Have you ever watched a sunrise or sunset that left you speechless? I just returned from Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia, Canada. Scenes there put me in awe of the God who created them. Pictures don’t do them justice and words could never describe that place.
I live in Colorado and the sunsets are often very beautiful. As I travel from place to place I see amazing sunsets almost everywhere I go. A tall mountain, an awesome tree, a petal on a flower and even a carefree sparrow; these are all encouragements that there is a God who cares about everything that surrounds us.
God shows us His presence in many different ways. This is His encouragement to a suffering world. Encouragement often is what we need to help us commit to running the race. How we run the race is what glorifies God.
And what is that attitude? Patience, kindness and an eagerness to serve others. God gave us endurance and encouragement not just so we can finish the day, but so that throughout the day we can have the attitude of patience, kindness and eagerness to serve others. God gave us Jesus to show us how to live. He wants us to interact with others so we can act with the same mind and voice — that same attitude Jesus had while here on earth. He extended patience, kindness, and an eagerness to serve those He encountered each day.

Lord, thank You for giving me endurance and encouragement when I feel discouraged. Help me have the same attitude toward others that Jesus had. A day I don’t glorify You is a wasted gift. Help me glorify You today. Amen.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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Do Not Be Afraid

“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Luke 12:6-7 NIV).

Fear is the evil one’s favorite tool. It keeps us from doing the things God has for us. How many times have you abandoned a project, didn’t make a call, or avoided someone out of fear? Your heart may beat a little faster and you may get nervous as you imagine what horrible things could happen if you go ahead with your plan to do something good. Well, the evil one doesn’t want us to do good things.

We serve the Lord God Almighty and He is greater than the evil one. Jesus and Satan were never equals. Jesus has always been God and Satan is an angel created by God. Satan was given the free will to make a choice and he chose to rebel against his Creator. This is the battle we face on a daily basis. God has already won this contest.

In the meantime, Satan will use fear to bind the world. Thankfully, those of us who have made Jesus Lord and Savior, are not of this world. Heaven is our home and one day we will go there. That day will be of God’s choosing, but until then He has us in the palm of His hand. He will never leave us or forsake us. He will be faithful to us, even when we’ve lost faith in Him.

In front of me right this very minute, I have a short saying taped to my desk, ‘False Evidence Appearing Real.’ This is my mantra when I begin to feel fear. I admit I have had times in my life when fear bound me. I couldn’t function. I could only be afraid. I was afraid of bullies, people who had me believing they could hurt me. I was afraid to ask questions because I believed that people would think I was stupid. The evil one was having a ball with me.

At some point, God revealed that my fears were unfounded. Most everything I feared grew out my rich imagination (I guess that’s why I also write fiction). I could conjure up World War III at the drop of a hat. All it took was a tiny seed and I could grow a beanstalk the size of Texas. The evil one goes around like a modern day Johnny Appleseed sowing seeds of doubt, destruction, and fear.

When Satan gives an attitude of fear, we become useless. Praise God, we can have an attitude of victory. Jesus won at the cross. When Satan thought He had won, Jesus rose again and freed us from the condemnation of sin. We have nothing to fear and everything to look forward to.

The opposite of fear is faith. The attitude we want is not the attitude of fear, but the attitude of faith. Faith that God is in control. Faith that God loves us. Faith that God is for us and will never leave or forsake us. We love Him. We trust Him. We know all these things are true in general. We trust they are true for us personally today. Have faith. Trust God.

This is an excerpt from the forty-day devotional, “Attitude Matters”. Click here to order.

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