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How to be a good neighbor

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33

The Good Samaritan was practical in his neighborliness. He used the homely remedies at hand for first aid and the donkey for transportation. He carried the injured man to an inn where there were facilities for his care. He nursed him for one night and then left him to the care of the innkeeper. He did not leave a fortune, but estimated what was needed. In the promise to pay the balance was the hint of an audit.  True neighborliness seeds practical means of doing needed service.


Dear God and Father of us all, we thank Thee for those who have been neighbors to us along life’s way. Enable us to keep their spirit alive in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Devotional:  Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore

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Knowledge in the Image of its Creator

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Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

My Devotional:

When we can take a few steps back from the challenge that is set before us – it is possible to gain a balanced perspective. We have needed to gain a straight forward stance which reflects the truth of God’s word. It is not using old practices familiar to our old self. It is not borrowing old thinking to self justify but instead it is looking at the full scope using the word of God and apply wisdom and knowledge practically.

At the point of our salvation, we put on the new self (redemption in Christ) which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. We begin to reflect our Lord Jesus Christ who is our high priest – through the power of the Holy Ghost, so that God our Father is glorified.

What makes the difference up when we fall short? Because the word says “all fall short of the glory of God.” [Romans 3:23]  It is His Grace and His Grace alone. [John 1:16]

This same grace is being renewed in us and reaching out to us daily.  We also have comfort from seeking out His knowledge in his teachings and applying His truth as our answer for the challenge that has been set before us. We can then practice the application of God’s wisdom before defaulting back to our old self and old practices. “Practice makes permanence”- one of  my math teachers would say…”because no one is perfect, save Christ Jesus.” This is so true!!!  Take out those things (idols) that block the Holy Spirit and replace it with the fruits of the Spirit.

”The Spirit however, produces in human life fruits such as these: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, fidelity, tolerance and self-control—and no law exists against any of them. Those who belong to Christ have crucified their old nature with all that it loved and lusted for. If our lives are centered in the Spirit, let us be guided by the Spirit.”[Galatians 5:22-25/ PHILIPS]

Feed each other with peace not strife, love not hate, self-control not self-will, forgiveness not unbelief, joy not sadness, kindness not selfishness, goodness not bitterness. Forbear one another.

Welcome the Holy Spirit into your heart, today. Hear what the Spirit is gently speaking…it is fullness of Joy when followed by the pure of heart. Leave all your burdens at the foot of the Cross of Christ, who is strength made perfect in weakness. He is our strength because He Loves Us.

For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. [Luke 11:10] Amen.

Let the Spirit feed your heart, so that you can feed others with the same good spiritual fruit.  May you shine from the INSIDE with the LIGHT of His Wisdom and Grace. ~Zoey


An Average Day in the life of a believer is to be an example for the gospel of Christ

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If you lay all these instructions before the brethren, you will be a worthy steward and a good minister of Christ Jesus, ever nourishing your own self on the truths of the faith and of the good [Christian] instruction which you have closely followed.

But refuse and avoid irreverent legends (profane and impure and godless fictions, mere grandmothers’ tales) and silly myths, and express your disapproval of them. Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit].




For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way, for it holds promise for the present life and also for the life which is to come.

This saying is reliable and worthy of complete acceptance by everybody.



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10 With a view to this we toil and strive, [yes and] [a]suffer reproach, because we have [fixed our] hope on the living God, Who is the Savior (Preserver, Maintainer, Deliverer) of all men, especially of those who believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to Him).

11 Continue to command these things and to teach them.




12 Let no one despise or think less of you because of your youth, but be an example (pattern) for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.

13 Till I come, devote yourself to [public and private] reading, to exhortation (preaching and personal appeals), and to teaching and instilling doctrine.



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14 Do not neglect the gift which is in you, [that special inward endowment] which was directly imparted to you [by the Holy Spirit] by prophetic utterance when the elders laid their hands upon you [at your ordination].

15 Practice and cultivate and meditate upon these duties; throw yourself wholly into them [as your ministry], so that your progress may be evident to everybody.

16 Look well to yourself [to your own personality] and to [your] teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for by so doing you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let it be dismayed [John 14:27]…