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Q91: Yourself

What would Jesus ask you today?

"You, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself?" - Romans 2:21.

While Jesus expects you to grow in your ability to give and minister to others, you must never lose sight of the fact that ultimately your only and greatest responsibility is to carry out what you know and what you are teaching others.  Is your life consistent with what you teach and know?  Do you teach others yet ignore the very things you teach?  Read 1 Corinthians 9:27 and see if there is anything you need to deal with in your own life, especially things you judge others for doing.


Q90: Clarity

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why is my language not clear to you?" - John 8:42.

God is always broadcasting or speaking. You often can't hear Him because there are impediments in you that prevent you from hearing, like a hard heart, worry, preconceived notions of what He is saying, or not taking time to be still and hear. What is God saying to you today?  What is He speaking to you that is for you alone? Are you spending time quietly and alone to listen? Read John 12:28-31 and see how people misinterpreted what God was saying, but that Jesus said the voice came and comes for you to hear!


Q89: People

What would Jesus ask you today"

"Do you see this woman?" - Luke 7:44.

You encounter many people every day, and may not even see them.  Do you notice the people in your world, whether they are happy or sad, joyful or burdened, weighed down or lifted up? If you don't notice the people around you, how can you effectively minister to them or receive what they have for you? Read 1 Corinthians 11:29-32 and see that there is a price when you don't properly discern those around you who are the body of Christ.


Q88: Memories

What would Jesus ask you today?

"And don't you remember?" - Mark 8:18.

When things don't go as you like, it is always good to remember all the things the Lord has done for you, and times when your life was as you want it to be.  Do you have a short memory where the Lord is concerned? Do you take time to give thanks for what He has done?  What can you do to enhance your memories of God's goodness in your life? Read Deuteronomy 7:17-19 and do what God commanded Israel to do: Remember what God has done!


Q87: God Said

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Have you not read what God said to you . . . ?" - Matthew 22:31.

Notice that Jesus quoted Scripture and equated it with God speaking to you.  If Jesus had such a "high view" of Scripture, should you not have the same? Are you reading the Bible as God's word to you or just another book?  If it is God's word, are you studying it to understand it more fully and completely? Do you expect to hear from Him when you read it? Read Psalm 109:105 and then approach the Bible for what it is - God's voice to mankind. 


Q86: New Heart

What would Jesus ask you today?

"Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts?" - Matthew 9:4.

The heart is the home for all manner of human evil. That is why God's Spirit is present in you to create in you a new heart. You must cooperate with His work and actually seek it when you are confronted with your heart problems. How is your thought life? Are you smiling on the outside but harboring bitterness, resentment or some other evil in your heart?  Read Ezekiel 36:25-27 and then pray that this will become a reality in your life and walk with God.

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ATTENTION KENYA! I forgot to mention in my Monday Memo that I am co-hosting a Purpose Profiling Seminar this Saturday afternoon at NPC Valley Road along with Royal and Rich Development Company.  If you would like more information, please write and let me know. 


A Dream Fulfilled

1 PlaqueToday we participated in the dedication of the library and learning center here on the outskirts of Nairobi, in a town called Banana. You can read all about my day here, but suffice it to say that it was a very special day.  Probably eight years ago, I attended a cocktail party book signing, at which one of the Kenyan cabinet education ministers was there. He made some brief remarks, but asked if those present could help start libraries in Kenya, since there are very few.  He said that the people were bored and had nothing to read.  That made an impact on me and I determined then to do just that.

Today we dedicated the space for the first of what I hope to be many libraries throughout Kenya (I am pictured at the right reading some dedicatory prayers with Pastor Peter). I want to 1 John and Peter Dedicatebuild one good model so that others can copy what was done. This library will have books, an Internet center, and a study room where children can do their homework. While education is free up to high school here, the books are not, so many students fall behind because they have no books and no place to do homework.  This learning center will provide that.

Once we get the books we have shipped released from South Africa, we will work on getting a copy of every text book for every grade level in the library so children can come visit every day if need be.  Then we will get the Internet Center up and running. After that we will continue to ship resources to the Banana branch while we start others.  Just writing this makes me excited.

1 $1000Our trip is going well and the team members are all fine.  We have two more days of ministry before we head off to safari. The team returns home on Saturday and I stay a few more days to finish up some training but will be home for Easter.  In the meantime, I am still searching for the remainder of The Big Blessing money. For all I know, it could be sitting in my post office box back home, or maybe the Lord has something else in mind.  If you feel led to give at this point, you can still donate through my site or by 1 Doors Opensending a check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882 (We gave $1,000 today toward the ongoing work of the library, pictured left).

Thank you for helping make today possible. I wish you could have been here and I have done my best to chronicle the day.  At right is Pastor Peter and I officially opening the doors of the library space. There is nothing like a goal reached in the will of God that required faith and perserverance.  Thank You, Lord, for allowing us to be used of You.


Q85: Leaving

What would Jesus ask you today?

"You do not want to leave too, do you?" - John 6:67.

It seems that Jesus gave His disciples every chance to turn back through hard sayings and unpopular positions that went against the grain of culture and society. He still does the same today.  Are you struggling with obedience in any area of your walk? Have you left church fellowship, not yet to return? Read Hebrews 4:6-11 and see if there is any area of rest you are forfeiting due to a hard heart or disobedience.


Q84: The Body

Today we move out of the gospels to look at other questions asked in Scripture that can be relevant questions that Jesus would ask you today.  Our journey will take us into the other books of the New Testament, but also cause us to look at some of the questions found in the Old.

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What would Jesus ask you today?

 "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"  - Acts 9:4

Even though Saul was persecuting believers, Jesus considered it the equivalent of persecuting Him.  That is because those saints were part of the body of Christ. The same is true today. How you treat God's people is really how you are treating Him! How are you treating God today as you relate to His people?  Read 1 John 3:16-18 and then work to express your love for God through your behavior toward His people.


Q83: Discussions

What would Jesus ask you today?

"What are you discussing together as you walk along?" - Luke 24:17.

When you get with others, you can use your words to build up or tear down, to learn or to frustrate, to speak idle words and gossip or speak words of life, to criticize or to edify, to ask questions and listen or monopolize the conversation and be insensitive to others. How do you tend to engage others in conversation?  How can you improve?  Read Ephesians 4:29-32 and determine to be more gracious in your discussions with others.