Posts with the category “choose-the-river”

It's Time to Think Little
by Justin McClure on April 2nd, 2020
“May you be blessed by the Lord,    the Maker of heaven and earth.”Psalm 115:15A few times when my children were younger and I promised them a surprise, it didn’t take me long to learn how vividly their imaginations took off as to what that surprise was.  What I meant by a surprise was maybe a couple of extra hours with daddy or a drive to get some ice cream.Their imaginations, however, took off a...  Read More
No Social Distancing With God
by Justin McClure on March 31st, 2020
“Come near to God and he will come near to you...”James 4:8aWe are all doing our duty and keeping one another at arm’s length.Social distancing is the buzz word that burst on the scenejust a few short weeks ago.We know what it means and why it is important.But here’s some good news for us – there is no social distancing with God.Not only does He promise to never leave or forsake us but He also ass...  Read More
In These 'Certain' Times
by Justin McClure on March 30th, 2020
“Trust in him at all times, you people;pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.”Psalm 62:8Shouldn’t the title be: ‘In Theses Uncertain Times’ instead?After all that is the more common phrase.Yes, it is, but these are uncommon times.Yet they are not times that have caught God unaware.It is so very easy to be fearful and anxious about the times we find ourselves in.Especially if we are on...  Read More
What Say You?
by Justin McClure on September 30th, 2019
“On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorifie...  Read More
Listen to Him am and not to Him
by Justin McClure on May 29th, 2019
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,”Romans 8:1Have you ever done anything wrong?I know – dumb question!Forgive me for assuming – but of course you have. Haven’t we all?Have you repented from what you did and still find that you have this sense of guilt or shame?Far too often that is the case for many of us. We live in this place of condemnation and allow the...  Read More
Worship and Wait
by Justin McClure on May 23rd, 2019
“Set up the tabernacle, the tent of meeting, on the first day of the first month. Place the ark of the covenant law in it and shield the ark with the curtain. Bring in the table and set out what belongs on it.Then bring in the lampstand and set up its lamps.” Exodus 40:2-4Do you know that God wants to meet with you?He really does!Do you know what He told Moses the Tent was called when He gave him ...  Read More
Meetings, Meetings, Meetings
by Justin McClure on May 22nd, 2019
In day camp when I was younger we would always have a small part of our day for announcements, It was an important part of the day in order to communicate the next day’s plans, information that needed to go home to our parents, reminders about this or that and so on. But prior to a day of fun and games or following a day of fun and games announcements were always seen as:So much “Blah, blah, blah!...  Read More
Exercising My Gifts and Calling
by Justin McClure on May 19th, 2019
To Apply the Word of God in my life I mustdevelop the discipline of exercising my gifts and calling.Psalm 119:140 “Your promises have been thoroughly tested, and your servant loves them.”One way that Gods’ promises can be thoroughly tested in our lives is by the exercising of our gifts. Do you want to know if God can be trusted? Step out in your gifting where you must trust that He has given it to...  Read More
Praying the Word
by Justin McClure on May 16th, 2019
The Word cannot affect and impact our lives unless we read and think about it regularly. What is stress and anxiety caused by? Usually it is by thinking and meditating on things we cannot change. Rather than think on those things how about considering peace and protection, mercy and grace, love and kindness, joy and noble things as the writer of Philippians encourages us to do?It is worth pointing...  Read More
Hanging on by a Thread?
by Justin McClure on May 15th, 2019
“...Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”Luke 11:28To say you are a believer and to not allow the word to transform your life and inform your decisions and your behaviors is to be a believer on life support.You are hanging on by a thread. Let me repeat Jesus’ words – He said: “'Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'"His Wor...  Read More
Craving the Word
by Justin McClure on May 14th, 2019
““Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,” I Peter 2:2The Bible is both a road map and an instruction manual for life. It was written by men under the inspiration of our Creator. If I had a question on an Apple iPhone, who would I ask? The geniuses at the Apple store! How much more, then, if I have questions on life and purpose would I go to...  Read More
Look Carefully and Listen Closely!
by Justin McClure on May 13th, 2019
 “The Lord said to me, “Son of man, look carefully, listen closely and give attention to everything I tell you concerning all the regulations and instructions regarding the temple of the Lord. Give attention to the entrance to the temple and all the exits of the sanctuary.  Say to rebellious Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says”Ezekiel 44:5-6aLet me point out to you four commands given to...  Read More
Because You ARE a Teacher - Be a Better Student
by Justin McClure on May 10th, 2019
“Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth.”II Timothy 2:15 AmplifiedMaybe you’ve read this verse before and dismissed it by thinking to yourself, “Well, I’m not a teacher so it really doesn’t apply to me. After all, doesn’t James 3:1 say: Not many of you sho...  Read More
Write It Down!
by Justin McClure on May 9th, 2019
Is it o.k. if I take a few minutes and harp on something?God so values His word that He often commands those He is delivering it to, to write it down.  What do you tell yourself – if something’s important and you don’t want to forget it – what do you do, you write it down?  We document our marriage by writing it down on a license, our graduation on a diploma and the final wishes for our estate in ...  Read More
Honor the Word, Honor Jesus
by Justin McClure on May 8th, 2019
The word ‘esteemed’ is defined as: highly regarded; to set a high value on: regard highly and prize accordinglySome synonyms of the word esteem would be: admiration, appreciation, favor, regard, respect.In other words – the Word of God is to be highly valued and is of great worth. It is to be admired, appreciated and respected.  Especially, and particularly, by those who call themselves Children o...  Read More
Feed Your Spirit and Starve Your Flesh
by Justin McClure on May 7th, 2019
Let’s take a moment and think of people we honor, those that we esteem.Let’s name names.I was born and raised and live in the greater Rochester, N.Y. area So we honor those who have done great things for the city or region or maybe those who went onto bigger and better things but started out right here in Rochester. We could name, for instance, Nathaniel Rochester, Frederick Douglas, and Susan B. ...  Read More
Esteeming God's Word
by Justin McClure on May 6th, 2019
God values His word. He expects us to as well. This command was given to Moses concerning future kings of Israel: “When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all th...  Read More
Taking the Risk, Camping on the Edge!
by Justin McClure on May 3rd, 2019
“Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”I Kings 17:9 How can you take advantage of opportunities to sow into the Kingdom of God and why would you want to do that?So that God might bring the supernatural into your life and the life of the church. The first step is to step out when God tells you to.Just like Elijah leavin...  Read More
Stop, Look and Listen!
by Justin McClure on May 2nd, 2019
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6 When fear is what we sow, what we reap is bondage to the natural order of the world.When faith is what we sow, what we reap is the supernatural order of the Kingdom of God.Fear says: “Me first!”Faith says: “God first!”Fear sows in anti...  Read More
Taking Care of Babies
by Justin McClure on May 1st, 2019
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,”I Peter 2:2  What are your expectations for a newborn baby?Would you send them out to mow the lawn?How about driving a car?Of course that is silly; a newborn is not capable of such things.Yet, so often, in our churches, we expect the newly saved to be instantly mature.We lecture them on the sins they ...  Read More
The Imperfect You and the Imperfect Me
by Justin McClure on April 30th, 2019
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”Ephesians 3:20“...His power that is at work within us...”“...His power....”Stop and think about that for a minute.It does not say – your power.That is power that has no limit.It is the same power that raised Christ from the dead that is working in you.If any limit is found ...  Read More
Don't Feed The Monster!
by Justin McClure on April 29th, 2019
“And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.”Genesis 45:5So how do you guard your heart from rejection?Some people believe the best way is to never trust anyone again.That would prove to be a very lonely response and not one characteristic of a believer.Certainly, a more effective response, and o...  Read More
Far Away No More
by Justin McClure on April 25th, 2019
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away havebeen brought near by the blood of Christ.”Ephesians 2:13As far as the East is from the West?Nope, we were infinitely farther away from the Father than that.When scientists talk of open space, they speak of vast distances measured in light years and trillions of miles.But even that does not do justice to how far away our sin removed us from a ...  Read More
Dealing with Quadruplets
by Justin McClure on April 24th, 2019
“But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb.  Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.  This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.”I Samuel 1:5-7Why is it stated twice?It clearly says that it was the...  Read More
Resurrection- What Does it Mean?
by Justin McClure on April 22nd, 2019
What does the resurrection of Christ mean?No, I don’t mean – Can you simply define the word resurrection?But if you had to put it into your own words,what would you say the resurrection accomplished?Asked another way – as it was posed to us this week –Jesus was raised from the dead so that_____________________________.How would you fill in the blank?Let’s let scripture help us answer it.“Therefore...  Read More
He is Not Here, He has Risen
by Justin McClure on April 19th, 2019
Luke 24:1-8“On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb.  They found the stone rolled away from the tomb,  but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.  While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them.  In their fright the women bowed...  Read More
The Power of the Cross
by Justin McClure on April 18th, 2019
“For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.I Corinthians 1:18The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing.They often look with scorn on those who believe its message. They may not be vocal in their resistance but will look down their noses just the same to anything they deem ‘religious’. A cros...  Read More
Endurance and Joy!
by Justin McClure on April 17th, 2019
“fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.Mark 11:15-19What on earth could be so joyful that Jesus would endure the cross?Maybe it wasn’t an earthly reward at all.Could it be that Jesus endured the cross knowing that what awaited Him after that terrible orde...  Read More
Is a Trip to the Gym in Order?
by Justin McClure on April 16th, 2019
“On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But yo...  Read More
by Justin McClure on April 15th, 2019
“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven,Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.”Luke 9:51Resolute is defined as being:marked by firm determination : resolved : bold, steadyIn other words Jesus was determined and resolved to go to Jerusalem.Others were going to celebrate the Passover.He was going to be the Passover LambOthers were going to celebrate.He was going to die a death by c...  Read More
Are We There Yet?
by Justin McClure on April 12th, 2019
“Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. So i...  Read More
Death and Life
by Justin McClure on April 11th, 2019
“Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him.” Romans 6:8Death and life.Both are found in Christ.What do I mean to say that death is found in Christ?We are to die to ourselves and live for Him.Even the act of dying to self cannot be done apart from Christ.I need Him in order to die to self.You see, I usually don’t want to die.My flesh wants to be satisfied.I suspect your...  Read More
A Valuable Friendship
by Justin McClure on April 10th, 2019
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”Proverbs 12:26What kind of persons are you attracted too?I am speaking in terms of friendships or those you would admire.Would it be someone with great charisma, good looks or intelligence?Maybe you would be attracted by their personality or just that ‘click’ that can happen between two people. Let me sugge...  Read More
Many Convincing Proofs
by Justin McClure on April 9th, 2019
“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gavemany convincing proofs that he was alive.”Acts 1:3This past Sunday we were challenged with a question.Do our lives give convincing proof to others that Jesus is alive?It is a question the church can ask of itself.By and large we probably fail.When others observe the ‘day-to-day’ of your and my life what are they seeing?Is there a distincti...  Read More
Standing in the Gap
by Justin McClure on April 8th, 2019
“I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it,but I found no one.”Ezekiel 22:30Gap is defined as:a break in a barrier such as a wall, hedge, or line of military defense.Suppose, for the purpose of today’s post, I defined the word gap as the inability to see or know a living Jesus.The gap is the in...  Read More
So, sow!
by Justin McClure on April 4th, 2019
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” Hebrews 3:12-13 As the scripture above points out, sin is indeed deceitful. It promises much but delivers only heartache and death. There may be pleasure...  Read More
God's Sacrifice was Made for Your Sake
by Justin McClure on April 3rd, 2019
Now Jesus was going up to Jerusalem. On the way, he took the Twelve aside and said to them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day he will be raised to life!”Matthew 20:17-19 Jesus went to ...  Read More
Break Time is Over, Back to Work!
by Justin McClure on April 2nd, 2019
“Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land.Then the word of the Lord came to him: “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.”I Kings 17:7-9                                                                                                      “Alright”, you say, “I’ll concede that God is n...  Read More
God's Promises to You
by Justin McClure on April 1st, 2019
How easy it is to believe a lie but how hard it is to believe the truth at times.When this is the struggle that you face it is helpful to continually reinforce the truth of Gods’ Word in your life and for your life.Take His promises and meditate on them.Memorize them, rehearse them over and over and let them speak to your spirit.God is for you, He loves you and wants you to walk in Kingdom success...  Read More
Trials, Tests and Temptations
by Justin McClure on March 28th, 2019
“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”Matthew 4:1-4                            ...  Read More

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