12-9-18 Rapture Ready News

Rapture Ready News 9 Dec 2018Published on: December 9, 2018 by RRadmin7 Netanyahu: Counterstrike in Gaza possible regardless of Northern Shield
With Israel focusing on decreasing Iran’s presence in Syria and neutralizing Hezbollah’s precision-guided missiles and terror tunnels from Lebanon, it has no interest in an escalation now with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said… At the same time, Netanyahu said… “we are poised to act in any situation that requires a military campaign in Gaza if needed, because we have the time to prepare for it, which gives us an advantage. Hezbollah’s second-in-command: All of Israel in our missile range 
The entirety of Israel is within range of Hezbollah missiles, the group’s Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said Sunday. “There is not a single point in the occupied territories out of reach of Hezbollah’s missiles,” Qassem told al-Vefagh newspaper, adding that “the Zionists cannot tolerate such a high level of threats in confront…

12-9-18 Daily Dig

Daily Dig for December 9Evelyn Underhill
The birth of Christ in our souls is for a purpose beyond ourselves: it is because his manifestation in the world must be through us. Every Christian is, as it were, part of the dust-laden air which shall radiate the glowing epiphany of God, catch and reflect his golden light. Ye are the light of the world – but only because you are enkindled, made radiant by the one light of the world. And being kindled, we have got to get on with it, be useful. As Christ said in one of his ironical flashes, “Do not light a candle in order to stick it under the bed!”
Source:Watch for the Light

12-9-18 Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer for December 9Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 4:29, NIVLord our God, we seek your face and long to find you. May we find you as your people found you in times past when you drew near with many signs and miracles. May our hearts come before you in awe and trust and draw their strength from you. May many in our time seek you and receive your comfort and help, for you provide strength and courage for the poor and destitute, for the suffering and the dying. Do not let our age pass by in vain, O great and almighty God. A new time must surely come, a new day must be born from this present age. This is your will, and in your will we trust. Amen.

12-9-18 The First 15

The Weekly OverviewWe serve a God of boundaries. In his limitless capacity, endless creativity, and boundless existence he still chose to create boundaries. He still had vision for what was good, right, pleasing, and perfect. And as children made in his image, we are to live, think, and create as he does. In a world marked by busyness from seemingly infinite opportunities, it’s important now more than ever for us to create boundaries. May you find freedom and joy this week as you receive vision and set boundaries under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.The Scripture“He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”- Ecclesiastes 3:11The Worship ExperienceArtist: Audrey AssadSong: Be Thou My VisionThe DevotionalTo be a true person of vision is to live this life in light of eternity. Without a real revelation of eternity, this life will be marked by hopelessness and a…

12-9-18 Today in the Word

The Gospel of Matthew: The King Has Come
Sunday, December 9, 2018 | Matthew 9:1–13
Groucho Marx was the star of dozens of films, author of multiple books, and host of You Bet Your Life. One of his immortal lines remembered today came from a telegram, however, not a comedy act. In the telegram sending his resignation from the Friar’s Club, Groucho said: “I don’t want to belong to any club that would accept me as one of its members.”
As depicted in Matthew’s Gospel, the Pharisees who confronted Jesus seemed to harbor the opposite sentiment: They didn’t want to be part of a kingdom that would accept others as members. When Jesus called a tax collector, Matthew, to follow Him (v. 9), Matthew immediately responded. Soon he and Jesus went to Matthew’s house, joining a dinner whose guests included other tax collectors and sinners.
This situation scandalized the Pharisees, who questioned His disciples: “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and…

12-9-18 Daily Devotion

December 09, 2018 God Is Good in Trials Romans 5:1-5 If God is always good, why does He allow His people to experience pain? Although there will be a day when He makes all things right, for now we live in a fallen world filled with suffering. God hasn’t lost control, but if we don’t understand what He’s doing, we could become discouraged or angry when we face trials. Our heavenly Father sovereignly uses every difficult and hurtful situation to bring about His purposes in our life. That’s why we are told to exult not only in the hope of the glory of God but in our tribulations as well. Rejoicing in tribulations (not for them) is possible only if we know the glorious things God accomplishes through trials. The good He produces is progressive in nature, moving from one positive result to the next: Perseverance. When our hope and trust are on the goodness, love, and power of God, we have all the resources we need to keep going instead of becoming disillusioned and abandoning our faith. Prov…

12-9-18 Prostitutes, Mistresses, and the Messiah

Prostitutes, Mistresses, and the Messiah SEVEN GREAT WOMEN OF ILL REPUTE December 7, 2018 Article by Jon Bloom Staff writer, A strange thread runs through the most prominent women associated with Jesus: they are all women of, shall we say, ill repute. Most of their notorious reputations spring from sexual scandals. What does this say about Christ? An awful lot. If your habit is to skip over the genealogies in the first chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, you may have missed a treasure buried in this list of forty fathers who comprise Jesus’s ancestry (if we count Joseph), stretching as far back as Abraham. The hidden treasure is the five women: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Jesus’s mother, Mary. Why are they listed? And what makes them as valuable as any man mentioned? That’s precisely what Matthew wants us to ask. Five Women of Ill Repute