Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Sharing the Lord’s Word Through Our Relationships

Sharing the Lord’s Word Through Our Relationships

May 21, 2018

Message Summary:  The Apostil Peter, in his sermon in Acts 10:42-43, admonished all followers of Jesus to witness the Gospel: “And he commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be judge of the living and the dead. To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”. Most of us are most effective in sharing the Lord’s Word through our relationships with the people whom we know. When we get to know someone, and they get to know us, they will, sooner or later, ask us a question. In answering this question from our relationship, we can answer, from Romans 10:1, as a follower of Jesus: “Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.". This response is built on our personal relationship, and it is natural and open.

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Anger. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Forgiveness. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Personal Pentecost”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV)Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 10:40-43; Acts 1:6-8; Psalms 120:1-7.

Becoming God’s Treasure in Our Lives

Becoming God’s Treasure in Our Lives

May 20, 2018

Message Summary: God is making us into pearls of great value. However, some of us are upset about our life difficulties or issues in our relationships. If we allow the Lord to use our life circumstances and if we are obedient and submissive to Him, the Lord will turn our situations into a life of beauty. Alternatively, when we encounter these negative situations in our lives, we can become bitter. On the other hand, we can submit and obey the Lord, thereby, permitting the Lord to turn our lives and life situations into pearls of beauty and lives of great value; and, also, we will know more of the presence of Jesus in our lives. As Paul tells us in Philippians 1:21: “For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.". Remember, the Prophet Joel tells us, in Joel 2:13b, about the character of God: “he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster.".

Today’s AffirmationI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYESGod made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Personal Pentecost”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): Joel 2:12-13; James 4:4-10; Isaiah 1:18-20: Psalms 119f:142-176.

Do You Point Your Life to Jesus in Tough Times? Why Not?

Do You Point Your Life to Jesus in Tough Times? Why Not?

May 19, 2018

Message Summary: Is Jesus the Lord? Is Jesus Sovereign over the Universe? Does Jesus really care for us? If we will remember what we have been taught about Jesus, it will help us deal with our tough life circumstances: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus," (Philippians 4:6-7)Remembering Jesus’ Sovereignty and character will help you to know that He will hold your hand and walk along beside you in your trials and tribulations. However, be careful that you don’t drift away from your personal relationship with Jesus in tough times.

Today’s AffirmationToday, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I will entrust to Him my futureI know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.  (From 2 Timothy 1:12).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV)Isaiah 35:3-4; Matthew 6:25-34; Colossians 1:11-14Psalms 119e:117-141.

Many Christians Live Just Like the Unbeliever Next Door

Many Christians Live Just Like the Unbeliever Next Door

May 18, 2018

Message Summary: In our non-Christian behavior: we are mean; we are angry; we are judgmental; and we are selfish and self-centered. Also, in our non-Christian behavior, we are often in bondage to debt, drugs, and extramarital sex. In all these behaviors, we are not different from the unbeliever next door. We need to ask ourselves: “Am I being faithful to Jesus Christ; what needs to change in me and my life; and how am I disobeying the Lord?”. God has promised us that, even though our lives become enmeshed in sin and without our relationship with Him, God will return to us if we return to Him as God promised in Zachariah 1:3: “Therefore say to them, Thus declares the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.”. If enough of us get serious with God and return to Him, then God will heal us and this land.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my Insensitivity. Rather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Gentleness. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): Hosea 11:1-11; Isaiah 6:8-13; Matthew 13:13-17; Psalms 119d:89-116.

The Enemy Is Always Working Among Us Seeking to Destroy

The Enemy Is Always Working Among Us Seeking to Destroy

May 17, 2018

Message Summary The enemy is always at work seeking to destroy the fruit of the Lord’s field. In John 10:10-11, Jesus tells us that the enemy is always active and seeking only “to steal, kill, and to destroy”: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.". In 1 Peter 5:8-9, Peter tells us that the enemy goes around “like a roaring lion seeking to devour”: “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.". The enemy never sleeps, and he is constantly attempting to mess us up and to destroy our relationship with God. The enemy tries to get us to doubt God – he may do his work in subtle ways, but he wants us off the righteous path.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Past Failures. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Grace. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV): Psalms 7:5-7; Luke 10:19; Matthew 13:36-43; Psalms 119c:55-88.

A Culture of Grace, Mercy, and Kindness

A Culture of Grace, Mercy, and Kindness

May 16, 2018

Message Summary: A culture of grace, mercy, and kindness provides an environment in which there is no griping or murmuring; no putting people down. Paul relates, in Galatians 5:22-26, by defining the “Fruits of the Spirit” and how they relate to a “Culture of Grace”: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.". This culture of grace, mercy, and kindness gives people the benefit of the doubt; and it provides a visible demonstration of the value of other people while, also, providing an atmosphere that is filled with the fruits of the Spirit.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because I am in Jesus ChristHe will supply all my needs. (Philippians 4:19). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:14).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

cripture Reference (ESV): Micah 6:8; Romans 3:21-26; Matthew 5:1-11; Psalms 119b:27-54.

God Desires to Help Us, Through Prayer, in Our Times of Need

God Desires to Help Us, Through Prayer, in Our Times of Need

May 15, 2018

Message Summary: God desires to walk with us and to help us, but God does not provide us with this support unless we pray and ask Him. James, the brother of Jesus and the author of James 5:13-16, succinctly describes prayer and its power for the followers of Jesus: “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”. Prayer gives us the ability to enter in to the very Throne Room of God, thereby, to commune with the Creator of the Universe and asking Him for His help. The only way to learn how to pray is just do it – just pray with your heart. Prayer; just you and our Lord in conversation.

Today’s Affirmation: Today, because of I am filled with the Holy Spirit, I will not be controlled by my AddictionsRather, I will walk in the Spirit’s fruit of Self-Control. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22f).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

 Scripture Reference (ESV): 2 Kings 20:5; James 5:13-18; Philippines 4:4-9; Psalms 119a:1-26.

Stay in God’s Will for You Even in Difficult Times

Stay in God’s Will for You Even in Difficult Times

May 14, 2018

Message Summary:  Many of us are living in difficult times with the possibility of losing everything. Don’t give up on the will of God no matter your difficulties or your life situation. As Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 regarding God’s will for our lives: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”. One of God’s character attributes is that God does not change. In 1 John 2:17, the Apostle John points out that God’s will for us does not change; and our discernment of His will should be our life-focus: “And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”. God is faithful. God’s provision for your needs may not look like what you expected, but He will provide for your needs. Strive to seek God’s will for your life and strive to live in His will.

Today’s Affirmation: Because of who I am in Jesus Christ, I will not be driven by Hatred. Rather, I will abide in the Lord’s Love. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/

Scripture Reference (ESV)1 John 2:15-17; Mark 3:32-35; Hebrews 6:17-20; Psalms 118:1-29.

Does Anybody Here Want to Be a Real Christian?

Does Anybody Here Want to Be a Real Christian?

May 12, 2018

Message Summary: Paul, in Titus 3:4-8, powerfully lays out that we, as Christians, receive our Salvation through our faith and God’s Grace; however, we are given the opportunity to mirror Jesus in our actions and works: “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. The saying is trustworthy, and I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works. These things are excellent and profitable for people.". What would happen, if the next time you are in the grocery store, you see a young family in need at the register and you pay their bill? Or, what would happen if you paid the bill of a young family in line behind you at a fast food restaurant? Or, what would happen if you got in your car and visited the shut-ins living in your community? Or, what would happen if you went next door and actually met, got to know, and helped your neighbor? If we want to be real Christians, then we need to follow the “Great Commission” set forth by Jesus, for us, in Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”"

Today’s AffirmationI affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, JesusI AM RIGHTEOUS IN GOD’S EYESGod made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “The Five Needs of Mothers”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – “The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/.

Scripture Reference (ESV): John 13:34-35; Romans 2:6-10; Titus 3:4-8: Psalms 117:1-2.

Why Don’t We Have a Passion About Our Spiritual Life?

Why Don’t We Have a Passion About Our Spiritual Life?

May 11, 2018

Message Summary: Most of us had great passion in our lives as we approached the age to get our driver’s license or the age of eighteen when we would be an “adult”. Why don’t we have the same kind of passion about our spiritual life? Why don’t we want to grow up and mature in the Lord? Living in the Holy Spirit sets us apart from our fellow human beings who are living without the Christ. As Paul tells us, in Titus2:11-13, we must focus on living a Godly life while, also, living our life in the Holy Spirit: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.”. We have the capacity to live like no one else because we have presence of God in our lives through the person of the Holy Spirit.

Today’s AffirmationToday, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I will seek God’s perspective on my situationFor I know that in all things God  works together for good to those of us who love Him and are called according to His purpose. (From Romans 8:28).

This Sunday’s SermonYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “Life in the Spirit – Part 2: Consequences of Waking in the Power of the Holy Spirit”, at our Website: www.AWordFromTheLord.org/listen/.

Website Link to the Video – “The Upper Room – Part 2: The Promise of Forgiveness (Christ Cathedral, Kampala Uganda)”:  https://www.lightsource.com/ministry/a-word-from-the-lord/.

Scripture Reference (ESV)Titus 2:11-15; 2 Timothy 3:2-7; Mark 11:15-19; Psalms 116:1-19.