Every Day With Jesus

Daily Devotionals from Pastor Quintin Stieff

The Bottom Line

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."
22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."
25"Who are you?" they asked."Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied.
26 "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

Today's Message

THE BOTTOM LINE

 

It’s not politically-correct, but it’s still the truth:  apart from Christ, people are lost forever.  Jesus made it very clear:  “I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."

 

This is a sobering reality to contemplate.  There are billions in our world who do not believe that Jesus is the one he claims to be.  Do you believe they will die in their sins?  Really?

 

If you take Jesus at his word, that those who do not trust in him face eternal separation from God, it changes your outlook on people.  How?

 

·   You’re more compassionate.  You care about lost people.  You want to see them come to faith.

·   You’re more prayerful.  You ask God daily to awaken people’s hearts and bring them to Christ.

·   You’re more outspoken.  You aren’t ashamed of the gospel because only the gospel has the message that can bring forgiveness from sins.  It’s a message of hope.

·   You have a greater sense of urgency.  You know that forever is forever and that a lot is at stake.  You know we only have a short time to make an eternal difference.

 

Do you believe the bottom line?

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Saturday, February 24, 2018 | 0 comments

What do You Want

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

21 Once more Jesus said to them, "I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come."
22 This made the Jews ask, "Will he kill himself? Is that why he says, 'Where I go, you cannot come'?"
23 But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
24 I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."
25 "Who are you?" they asked.
26 "Just what I have been claiming all along," Jesus replied. "I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is reliable, and what I have heard from him I tell the world."
27 They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.
28 So Jesus said, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am the one I claim to be and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me.
29 The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him."

Today's Message

WHAT DO YOU WANT?

 

Those questioning Jesus were convinced they understood God’s plan. They thought they had a clear idea of exactly what kind of savior they needed, and Jesus did not fit that pattern. Are you trusting Jesus to be your Savior because he knows best, or are you reserving final judgment just in case a “better” option comes along? Are you trusting God to graciously meet your needs even when you do not fully understand or are you clinging to the belief that you know best what God can do for you? Are you still shopping for a better offer? Only Jesus can give forgiveness and eternal life.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Friday, February 23, 2018 | 0 comments

The Truth

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 Then they asked him, "Where is your father?"
20 "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.

Today's Message

THE TRUTH

 

The Pharisees thought that Jesus was either a lunatic or a liar. Jesus provided them with a third alternative that he was the Son of God. Because most of the Pharisees refused to consider the third alternative, they never recognized him as Messiah and Lord.

 

If you are seeking to know who Jesus is, do not close any door before looking through it honestly. Only with an open mind will you know the truth that he is Messiah and Lord.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 0 comments

Like Father, Like Son

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

 

13 The Pharisees challenged him, "Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid."
14 Jesus answered, "Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.
15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.
16 But if I do judge, my decisions are right, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.
17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two men is valid.
18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me."
19 Then they asked him, "Where is your father?"
20 "You do not know me or my Father," Jesus replied. "If you knew me, you would know my Father also." He spoke these words while teaching in the temple area near the place where the offerings were put. Yet no one seized him, because his time had not yet come.

Today's Message


LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON

 

Jesus was the exact representation of Almighty God, his Father.  He was God in human flesh.  He was the Son of God.  If you saw Jesus, you had just as much seen God the Father.  That’s because Jesus was co-equal and co-eternal with his Father.  He always did what the Father wanted.  He perfectly followed the Father.  He perfectly revealed the Father.

 

 

The sad thing is that the religious leaders of the day rejected him entirely.  Even though God in human flesh was standing in their midst, they were not moved to believe in him, love him, trust him, or follow him.  That’s unbelievably tragic!

 

 

There are many world religions that contain bits and pieces of truth and morality.  And we respect them for the truth that they may contain.  But no other religious leader -- not Moses, not Mohammed, not Buddha -- no one holds a candle to Jesus.  Why?  Because they are mere men.

 

 

Jesus is God in the flesh.  He is worthy of your life, your devotion, and your worship.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | 0 comments

The Light of the World

Today's Scripture

Read John 8 (NIV)

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

Today's Message

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

 

This one short verse says a lot.  Here are just a few things you should note:

 

1 - Jesus made an astounding claim:  “I am the light of the world.”  Can you imagine a university professor, a politician, or a well-known personality saying something like that?  Outrageous!  Yet, Jesus doesn’t shy away from the claim. He’s saying that he is the guide for every person on the planet!

 

2 - Jesus followers are given an amazing promise.  Jesus says that if we follow him, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.  Imagine that!  No more wandering around in the darkness.  Rather, by following Jesus you can know just where to go and just how to live your life.

 

3 - Naturally, human beings are in the darkness.  We don’t have light in ourselves.  We need an outside Source of Light (i.e. Jesus) who can light our world.

 

4 - If you know that you’ve been in the darkness, then today is the day to come into the light.  Don’t spend even one more day in the darkness.  Come into the light.  Believe in Jesus and follow him today.  You will have the light of life!

 

5 - Walking with Christ brings you life!  All the other ways are dead ends.  They lead to nowhere... or worse!  Life, real life, is found in knowing and following Jesus.

Posted by Valley Church Communications at Tuesday, February 20, 2018 | 0 comments