Powerful messages  that encourage, inspire, and convict “People of the Way” to enter into the presence of the Living God and to mirror the image of the precious Lord Jesus, bringing his life to this hurt and broken world. The messages were written by Richard E. Bieber. A pastor whose prolific writings spanned six decades.

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 I COULD LOSE EVERYTHING! 

If things keep going the way they are, I could lose everything!

The economy looks like a sinking ship.

My income is less certain with every day that passes.

World events are rocking the foundations of freedom.

People around me are starting to panic.

      I never dreamed such things could happen here!

Yet Jesus’ word to us is exactly what it has always been:

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16)

 No matter what happens….

“I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.” “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift  the world cannot give.  So don’t be troubled or afraid.  (John 14)  

Now is the hour to turn our hearts to the only sure anchor we have ever known.  

If things should turn out so badly that we lose everything….

…The Guardian and Keeper of our souls will still sustain us.

  In Him we are rich… when we have nothing.

  In Him we are strong… when we are weak.

  In Him we live… even when we die.

Were they to take our house, goods, honor, child, or spouse, though life be wrenched away….

They cannot win the day.

The Kingdom is ours forever!

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:30-33)

 
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us not to panic. Help us to reach for, to trust in, and to embrace the peace you promise us. Oh, help us not to be afraid. Help us to keep seeing and seeking your Kingdom…despite any lack, any loss, or any turmoil around us. Help us to be encouraged, to take heart because you will, you will sustain us. Amen.
Message: Richard E. Bieber  2019 Printable/Shareable Copy  
Featured Artist: Michael Cook
Website: hallowed-art.co.uk/
#Overcome #Don’tPanic #TakeHeart

YOUR IMAGE OR YOUR HEART?

You have a choice:

You can work on your image,

 or you can work on your heart.

It’s impossible to do both.

A good image will take you far in this world—even in the “Christian World.”

Doors will open for you.

People will seek your company.

But when darkness falls, and you’re alone with your thoughts, what do you have?

After King David took Bathsheba and arranged to have her husband killed, his image was still intact.

      But his heart was a mess.

      His only hope was to exchange his phony image for a clean heart.

   Which is what he did.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” he cried, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me!”

When you come face to face with Jesus the Messiah, you quickly discover that your only hope is to exchange your doubtful image for a clean heart. 

Jesus died on that cross to drain away the mess within you and give you a clean heart.  

Draw near, and ask him for cleansing.

He’ll wash you within as no one else can.

 ““Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  You fools! 

Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well?  But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you.”  (Luke 11:39-41)

What a relief to be able to walk through this world with a light heart, a clean heart…

 A heart at peace with God and man.

Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to let go of being so concerned about our image and to open our hearts to you instead. Like David we admit our hearts are a mess. We open them before you. Wash them. Clean the inside of us. Take our ugly thoughts, our unloving and vain attitudes, our foolish self-preoccupation and drain them away. Give us new hearts, change these dark minds Lord…so yes, we can truly be at peace with you and with those around us. Amen
Message: Richard E. Bieber 2019 Printable/Shareable Copy
Featured Artist: Michael Cook
Website: hallowed-art.co.uk/
#Image #CleanMyHeart #FilthyCups #CleanTheInside

COMPLACENCY TOWARD GOD 

Our complacency toward God is often hidden from us by our great zeal for our own “godly program.”

 How can I be complacent toward God, when I’m pouring myself out—

—saving the environment,

—crusading for the right to life,

—uncovering the hidden agenda of a popular cult,

—ministering healing and deliverance to many lives?

The issue is not: How zealous is your ministry?

But: Are you abiding in the Vine?

Have you died to your own agenda so that God can fit you into His?

“Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.'” (Matthew 7:21-23)

For followers of Jesus there is only one valid urgency:

Obedience to the Master’s voice.

Every other “urgency” is a distraction, concealing a heart that has become complacent toward God.

 “For you say I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. Therefore, I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, that you may be rich, and white garments to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen, and salve to anoint your eyes that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent.” (Revelation 3:17-19)

Prayer: Lord, we admit our complacency towards you has left us wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. We have been so careless with what you offer to us…if we could just stop being so busy with things, even good things, even ministries… that distract us from you. Oh Lord, we come to you, to draw close, to buy what we need to cover our nakedness, to get salve for our eyes so that we can see clearly again. We repent of our complacency towards you… of being distracted from you. Nothing, nothing is more important than having hearts that are warm toward you, seeking you with all we have, and not satisfied with our own goodness and agenda. Amen.
Message: Richard E. Bieber  September 2019  Printable/Shareable Copy
Featured Artist: Kevin Carden
Website: Good Salt 

#Complacency #GodlyPrograms #PitiablePoorBlindNaked

THE COMPLACENT BRANCH

 There was a branch on the Vine that produced the most magnificent leaves.

People came from miles around to admire their beauty, which far out-shined any other branch on the Vine.  One day a stranger came to see this awesome branch, and noticed that for all its leaves, it was producing no grapes.

“Why aren’t you producing grapes on your lovely branch?” asked the stranger.

“Leaves are my focus.  And you can see the result.  Aren’t they beautiful?”

One day the Vinedresser came along and noticed the magnificent leaves.  He came closer to see if this branch was producing grapes.  The Vinedresser shook his head in sadness, pulled out a huge knife, and lopped off the branch.

The poor branch lay there on the ground with withered leaves, until the gardener came by, picked it up, and threw it into the fire.

“I am the True Vine, and my Father is the Vinedresser.  Every branch of mine that bears no fruit he takes away. And every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit…..

Whoever abides in me, and I in them, they are the ones who bear much fruit.  For apart from me you can do nothing.”

                        John 15

Prayer: Lord, open our eyes to our complacency and our satisfaction in our own accomplishments. Without you we are withered, lifeless branches. We desire to be part of you. May we abide in you each and every day. You are our source of life. As we stay open to your life, our branches will be filled with fruit, your life; Life that quickens and sustains all whom reach out for nourishment. Amen.
Message: Richard E. Bieber February 2019  Printable/Shareable Copy
Featured Artist: Signe Flink
Website: deviantart.com/signeflinkart
#Complacent #Complacency #NoFruit #Withered #AbideInTheVine