Motivational Quote: H Jackson Brown

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.”

H. Jackson Brown

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Bible Prayers: The Passover Lamb

Exodus 12:7  “Then they are to take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the door frames of the houses where they eat the lambs.”

Exodus 12:13  “But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

The Passover Lamb was a type of the Messiah,  “Lamb of God” through whom God would bring redemption to both Israel and the Gentiles.  The similarities between the Passover Lamb and the Lamb of God, the Lord Jesus Christ are obvious. The sacrificial lamb was to be without defect,  just as the Lord Jesus was without blemish. It was the shed blood of the lamb which saved Israel’s firstborn from the plague just as it is the shed blood of the Lamb of God which saves men from the judgment of God. Jesus Christ  was the Lamb of God, our Savior.

Bible Prayers

You blessed me, Lord, when you reached down and saved me. I was given the gift of the Holy Spirit which seals me as your child. I want to walk in the fullness of the Holy Spirit every day. Let my actions show those around me that I am your child. When troubles surround me, instead of grumbling I can go to you with confidence knowing that you will answer my prayer.

There are times I have a feeling of restlessness. I go to you in prayer and ask you to tell me what is wrong. Have I sinned? Have I ignored you? I sit still before you and listen. You never fail me. My peace returns.

Obeying you is sometimes difficult, but I know that if I take that first step and patiently wait, trusting you, that you will provide me with all that I need to do what you ask. I can step out in obedience knowing that you will keep me safe and protect me no matter the circumstance.

Lord, your power is not limited to one group of people, to one church or to one religion. You are alive in this universe touching people’s lives. How I came to know you was in such an unexpected way that I could not label it as religious. Religion is not only about love, it is about ultimate truth. Whatever leads me to truth, to goodness, to beauty is from God no matter which religion it is found. Your Word does warn about false teachers who can lead astray. Often with good intentions but with harmful interpretations of what it means to be a Christian today. Holy Spirit help me to discern when someone is not speaking the truth no matter what religion.

By: Lissette Trahan

Bible Prayers: The 10 Plagues

Exodus 12:29-30 “Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.”

The Hebrew people were suffering under the cruel rule of Pharaoh. Moses asked Pharaoh to let them return to their homelands in Canaan, but he refused. In response the ten plagues were inflicted on the Egyptians.

Bible Prayers

Lord, guard me from pride, keep my heart from wrong motives. I want my thoughts and focus to be on you. I tend to stray and ignore you. When that happens, draw me back to you, guide me, lead me in the path you have for me.

Thank you for today and for the days that are ahead. I trust you and know that my future is in your hands. Faith and trust in you gives me peace. I am full of gratitude.

There have been times in my life when I felt lost. Choices where I felt my life was at stake.  You helped me, Lord, to make the right choice and I was blessed. When I am in your will, you are with me. Every turn I take gives me peace. I found that the times that I knew you were working in my life were the times that you led me to places I would never go.

Lord, help me to always keep my focus on you. Don’t let my mind be crowded with concerns that block me from hearing you. May I never  ignore you or be too busy to listen to you. I want to always obey you and know that you are in control.

Lord, I want to make a difference. How can I know that the world is a better place because I was a part of it? My greatest sin is not the things that I do, but the things that I don’t do. You have poured blessings upon blessings on  me, instead of passing them on to others I have selfishly kept them to myself. I want to learn to serve, to give, to help others. Help me to follow in your footsteps, to not waste my time doing things that have no meaning.

By: Lissette Trahan

Bible Study Plans: What is My Responsibility as a Believer?

Responsibility these days is hard to find. No one wants to take any. That’s why when asked what is your responsibility as a believer, many Christians have no idea what that is. In this blog post by AtoZMomm, we’ll answer that question for you. Contact me with questions!

YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AS A BELIEVER

  • Unwavering belief in Jesus as the Son of God and in his resurrection and death for our sins.
  • “Standing firm, letting nothing move us” and “always giving ourselves full to the work of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
  • If we have no eternal home or earthly ramifications then we will be “tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).
  • God has given us everything; we need to give to him everything in return.

WORK FOR THE LORD AND AS HE LEADS

Until the Lord returns, there are souls to reach and ministries of every sort to be performed. We are responsible for our money, time, energy, talents, gifts, bodies, minds, and spirits, and we should invest in nothing that does not in some way contribute to the work of the Lord. James tells us, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).

We are to work for the Lord always and faithfully. Our work is eternal benefits in heaven.

“Since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:24).

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Bible Prayers: Moses and the Burning Bush

Genesis 3:2 “There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.”

God used a burning bush to get Moses’ attention. God chose Moses to lead Israel out of bondage. God saw how his people were being held slaves. He promised Moses he would be with him.

Bible Prayers

Father, grant me that peace that passes understanding, that peace you promise in your Word. I want to have that peace when everything seems hopeless. The peace that trusts you no matter what is going on in my life. When I have that peace, I have joy. A peace confirming that nothing can destroy the love and faith I have in you. Thank you for your  promise that tells me you will never leave me or forsake me.

I delight in your Word. It is truth, it fills me with wisdom. It reveals your love for me. You shield me from harm, I feel protected. You hear me when I call in distress. Your mercy and compassion never fail me.

When I surrendered my life to you, I became your child. You have set me apart, I am yours, body, soul and mind. My sin nature is still a part of me. The thought that I still sin and offend you drives me to confession. I am forgiven, you restore my peace and joy. That is what the cross accomplished. Your blood covers me, I am pronounced not guilty.

Why am I anxious? Your Word says “Be anxious for  nothing but in everything let your requests be known

to God”.  As I pray, Lord, free me from my anxious thoughts. Let the knowledge that I am your child, that even if I am considered a failure in the eyes of the world—I am still your child. Nothing can ever take that from me. Having control over everything and focusing on myself increases my anxiety. Let my goal in life be living for you, Lord, and to focus on others rather than myself.  

By: Lissette Trahan

Bible Study Plans: Best Bible Scholars Part 4

We’ve been taking a look at influential Bible scholars of the past. Here’s the last post in our series. Contact AToZMomm with questions!

INFLUENTIAL BIBLE SCHOLARS OF OUR TIMES

  • Francis of Assisi (1182-1226). Perhaps best known as the priest who loved animals, Francis of Assisi was one of the primary influences of orders within the Catholic church. He is a saint who founded the Franciscan orders and is credited with setting up the first live nativity scene.
  • Jerome or Saint Jerome (347-420). Saint Jerome’s primary contribution to Christianity is translating the Bible into Latin (the version known as the Vulgate, which was the official Bible of the Catholic Church throughout the Middle Ages), and he wrote commentaries on the Bible.
  • Teresa of Avila (1515-1582). Teresa of Avila was a nun who reformed the Carmelite Orders. She wrote extensively on Christian mysticism and meditation and was an apologist for Catholicism
  • Karl Barth (1886-1968). Karl Barth was a Swiss Reformed theologian who is most well known for his landmark The Epistle to the Romans and his five volume theological summa the Church Dogmatics. He is the father of “neo-orthodoxy” and influential in the movement to reject theological liberalism.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on Bible scholars as much as I have. Contact AToZMomm with questions!