Take 5 (June 8-12, 2015)

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Caleb Korth • Director of Contemporary Worship

Monday: Promoting God

1 Timothy 1:1-7

Controversies are all around us, and sometimes we get pulled or even pushed into them. Controversies do not promote the paramount quality exemplified by Christ… love! As believers in Jesus, we are to be promoters of God’s love. Love is to be a part of our everyday life, and should be something that people notice. Think of it like advertising. How well do you promote (or advertise) Christ? Do people notice the love of God in your life?

For Today: Be a promoter of God’s love!

Tuesday: When People Meet Jesus

1 Timothy 1:12-14; Acts 9:1-19

When people meet Jesus, amazing things happen, and the Apostle Paul is no exception to this. In these verses, he counts it a blessing and a privilege that God would use him in proclaiming the truth of who Jesus is. Paul recalls who he was before Christ, “…I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man”. Acts 9 records how Paul met Jesus and went from persecutor to promoter, from enemy to friend, and from sinner to saved. Can I get an AMEN? When people meet Jesus, amazing things happen. Have you met Jesus?

For Today: Take a moment to remember when you met Jesus and thank Him for saving you.

Wednesday: When People Follow Jesus

1 Timothy 1:15-17

When people follow Jesus, they are changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “the old has gone, the new has come.” It is really interesting to look at before and after pictures of restorations and renovations. The change that takes place in those situations are exciting. Even more exciting than those is the change that happens in someone that places their trust in Jesus Christ. How has Jesus changed you? How is He changing you?

For Today: Ask Jesus to make you more like Him.

Thursday: Praying for our Leaders

1 Timothy 2:1-4

When people follow Jesus, they are changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “the old has gone, the new has come.” It is really interesting to look at before and after pictures of restorations and renovations. The change that takes place in those situations are exciting. Even more exciting than those is the change that happens in someone that places their trust in Jesus Christ. How has Jesus changed you? How is He changing you?

For Today: Take some time and pray for the spiritual well-being of our country’s leaders.

Friday: Jesus, our Mediator

1 Timothy 2:5-7

Jesus is our mediator. He has bridged the gap between God and mankind through His death on the cross and through His glorious resurrection three days later (insert “The Hallelujah Chorus” here). How amazing is that! Through Christ, we have forgiveness; through Christ, we have access to God; through Christ, we have freedom from the bondage and slavery of sin; and, through Christ, the insurmountable debt of our sin is paid in full. Truly, there is no other name on earth, in heaven, or in the great vastness of the universe that can compare to the glorious name of Jesus. Praise the name of Jesus!

For Today: Spend time thanking Jesus for being your Mediator.