Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love…

May 21, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about being imitators of God…

A thought…

And yet, even in our imitation of Christ, we will discover a startling paradox—the more we become like him, the more we become fully ourselves. The more fully Christ lives in us, the more fully we will discover our uniqueness. Our talents and gifts will shine forth the clearer and we will understand, perhaps for the first time, the truths that there are many gifts, but one Spirit, and we, though different members, are one body in Christ.
Sam Guzman
from The Catholic Gentleman
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A devotion…

Be a Mime of God
Life for Leaders Daily Devotion
https://lifeforleaders.depree.org/be-a-mime-of-god/

A verse…

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day You have made and blessed us with. For each of mine and all Your blessings.
Gracious God, what an amazing imperative: Be imitators of God. I find this encouraging and overwhelming. Help me to know what it means for me to imitate you (and what it doesn’t mean). As people observe my life, as they see my deeds, may they sense your presence in me. May they know that even though they cannot see you with their physical eyes you are real and your Spirit dwells in me. May my life honor you in all that I do no matter where I am.

In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Prayer from today’s devotion

A song…

If You Ain’t In It
Danny Gokey
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“I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future.”

May 20, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about praying without ceasing, always giving thanks to our God. Praying specifically with eyes of faith and confidence in God’s will and purpose for me and mine…

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this new day and for this weekend with my children and grandchildren. You have blessed me and mine beyond measure. Your continued blessings don’t go unnoticed. Neither does all You bring my way throughout the day to keep me focused on You and all You use to show me Your sweet touch. It’s in these moments I get just enough wisdom and understanding to find the words to ask specifically for Your help for each of mine and for those You place in our walk. Thank You, hear my requests, show me how to pray more actively and specifically. Always knowing Your will, will be done on earth as in heaven. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A devotion …

Living Simply – Yet Focused
My Utmost for His Highest
https://utmost.org/living-simply%E2%80%94-yet-focused/

A verse…

Look at the birds of the air….Consider the lilies of the field…
Matthew 6:26, 28

A thought… from Jesus Today Kids

Believe that I am the Lord of your future and that I have good things planned for you. My plans will give you hope and a good future. page 48, "While you Wait"

"I say this because I know what I have planned for you," says the Lord. "I have good plans for you. I don’t plan to hurt you. I plan to give you hope and a good future."
Jeremiah 29:11

A Song…

Everything
Lincoln Brewster
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everything/1364885353?i=1364885929

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Jesus Calling Devotion for May 19, 2019

May 19, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about surrounding yourself in all things about Him and finding peace in Him alone…

Jesus Calling - Daily Devotion

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I am the Lord of Peace. I give you Peace at all times and in every way.

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from Jesus Today
page 26
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

–2 Thessalonians 3:16

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May 18, 2019

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BreakPoint: Defining and Defending Religious Freedom

May 17, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about surrounding yourself in all things about Him and defending the faith…

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Defining and Defending Religious Freedom‘Born This Way’

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We’ve not seen in the United States, at least in recent memory, so many efforts to force Christians to act in ways that violate their consciences. Almost always, these demands are made in the name of sexual freedom—whether we’re talking about nuns being forced to provide contraception, bakers and florists having to participate in gay weddings, or adoption agencies being forced to place kids with same-sex couples.

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What makes these stories even more discouraging is how many Americans—especially Christians—don’t seem to understand our first freedom or even care all that much about it. According to a new survey by Barna, the number of Americans who say that religious freedom means “being able to believe and practice the core commitments and values of your faith” is still a majority, but it’s falling; down 14 percent since 2012.

Even more troubling, pastors seem to be losing interest in the issue. Barna reports that just five years ago, a strong majority of Protestant clergy said they were “very concerned” that religious freedom would become more restricted. In the latest survey, that number fell to a paltry 34 percent.

Barna editor-in-chief, Roxanne Stone says it’s easy to stop caring “when we feel protected by those currently in power.” But in doing so, Christians risk becoming just “another tribal group” jockeying for special favors from Washington. If we want to keep our freedoms after a new president is in the White House, we have to learn to “make the case for religious liberty as a positive social value for all people.” In other words, we have to be able to argue for this freedom as if it’s more than a retreat strategy.

This is, of course, a real challenge in a culture where increasing numbers of people think religion should be kept private, and sexual preferences should be made public. Somehow, we must make the case that religious liberty is not only a good worth preserving, but that it’s essential to a free society.

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For a long time now, I’ve wished there were a "S.L.E.D." for religious freedom—something to help us remember the arguments and make the case in a convincing way. Well, my colleague Shane Morris has just came up with one: “F.R.E.E.” Free is an acronym that can walk you through an intelligent conversation about religious liberty.

F is for Forcing. Forcing people to go against their beliefs for no good reason is a bad thing. This is a premise that even most secular people should be able to get behind.

R stands for Reason. Is there a good reason to force a religious person to go against his or her belief in the case you’re discussing? And are there less burdensome alternatives to squashing this freedom, like using a bakery down the street or an adoption agency across town?

The first E is for Examples. Offer examples that the person you’re talking with may not have thought of or heard of. Should a Muslim t-shirt designer be forced to create shirts mocking the prophet Muhammad? Should an Orthodox Jewish club at a university be forced to admit Christians as officers? Should an LGBT baker be forced to bake a cake with anti-gay slogans?

The final E is one I think they’ll love: Equality. Christians who don’t agree with the new sexual orthodoxy should be equally free to live according to their faith, without being compelled to violate their consciences. Don’t hesitate to turn it around as a question: “If you think Muslims and Jews should have religious freedom in the examples we gave, why not Christians?”

It’s not a silver bullet, nor does it say everything that we’ll need to about religious freedom, but “F.R.E.E” can help you have a conversation that’s intelligent and focused. If we can discuss religious freedom in a way that cuts through the rhetoric—the way many of us have learned to talk about abortion—we’ll have a chance of preserving this freedom no matter who’s in office.

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It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:21 MSG

May 17, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about knowing the obvious… The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being. Matthew 6:21 MSG

Devotions… from Today in the Word

Focus on Christ
https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2019/may/devotions/15/

They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body . . . grows as God causes it to grow.
Colossians 2:19

Set on Things Above
https://www.todayintheword.org/issues/2019/may/devotions/17/

Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1

A thought… from Jesus Calling

As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember that I am a God of abundance.
page 144

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

A Song…

Till I Found You
Phil Wickham
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/till-i-found-you/1373272775?i=1373273276

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day. For all Your reassurances reflected in Your Word and communicated to me through the Holy Spirit within me. I know I’m slow to respond and follow, but I also know I am a man after Your heart. Not just for me, but for me and mine, and as an example to those You place in my path. There world is lost and full of so many lost and hurting. Who only hate because they have not known Your love. I pray for them. I pray for Your love. Help stay focused on Your love. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Jesus asked “…do you love me?” John 21:15-17 NLT

May 16, 2019

One Walk with Jesus is about answering Him every day, every moment… do you love me?

Today’s Haven Today the best of this weeks series so far…

The Darkest Hour
As bombs rained down on London, the words of C.S. Lewis fell on the hearts of thousands who needed good news. Many feared for their lives, but it was their souls that needed the most protection. Don’t miss the next HAVEN Today with Charles Morris and part four of a series called “The Darkest Hour.”
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A devotion…

The Habit of Recognizing God Provision
My Utmost for His Highest
https://utmost.org/the-habit-of-recognizing-god%E2%80%99s-provision/

A Song…

What a Friend I Have in Jesus
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A verse…

After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: “Simon son of John, do you love me?” “Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know I love you.” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said. A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
John 21:15-17 NLT

A thought… from Jesus Calling Kids

As you begin each day, talk to Me about it. And as you go through your day, keep checking in with Me.
page 143, “I Am Lord!”

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21

A prayer…

Dear Lord God, Abba Father, Jesus my Savior, thank You for this day. I do love You. I count every blessing. I seek Your face. I surround myself in Your Word. Aware You are with me always. Help me reflect these things to everyone You put in my path. That they would see and know what I know. In Jesus name I pray. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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