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  • The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram. Ram became the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon. Nahshon became the father of Salmon. Salmon became the father of Boaz by Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed by Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse. Jesse became the father of King David. David became the father of Solomon by her who had been Uriah's wife. Matthew 1:1 WEB

    The first paragraph of the genealogy of Jesus Christ amazes me. When you look at the details, you would think that God would have chosen better. Instead He accepted flawed people with problems, and then He made them better, because He understands that life can be messy.

    Tamar became pregnant by her father-in-law Judah (Genesis 38:16). Rahab was a former prostitute who helped hide the spies that Joshua sent to Jericho (Joshua 2:1). Ruth was a Moabite, which means that she came from Lot impregnating his own daughter one night while he was drunk (Genesis 19:36). Solomon was born from David and Bathsheba, after David had her husband Uriah killed and then married her (2 Samuel 12:24). That is quite a list.

    All these people had problems, yet God chose them to be in the lineage of the Lord Jesus. Their lives were successful because there is forgiveness when we make mistakes. His grace is sufficient. Your problems will not stop God from using you, only you can do that. The things that you do not want to talk about, He already knows about.

    God wants to use you right now, just as you are. Yet we often resist and say that we are not worthy, and we will not let Him. We withdraw into a corner and shrink back because we are not good enough. Life is not all about your faults and frailty so stop looking at your own weaknesses. If God calls you to do something, He will also equip you to do it.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Please use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! Just a reminder that our RHM Live Saturday service is happening tonight at 4pm EST! We will be continuing with our online Bible Study, covering Luke Chapter Sixteen. To find out more or join us this afternoon, go to this page: RHM Live


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Please use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.Thank you Father for the coming new year... let it be filled with blessings and great opportunities to shine your love light out to others who need to see and feel your love. Bless the lives of all our RHM family and guide us into all you have planned for us in 2018. Keep us under your wings of protection and grace, help usmove mountains in your name (even if those mountains are self made) Let us all find joy in sharing your love and kindness to a world that needs to know your name. Give us grace in the trials and more blessings than struggles please. Give extra measures of protection and blessings to Pastor Dion and Sylvia for all they do for your kingdom's people. They are truly a bright light shining and we are so thankful for their loving hearts so giving. Keep them safe and in good health, keep guiding them to where you want them and bless RHM abundantly. We look forward to a future hopeful & bright in you Father. Amen  Thank you Pastor and Ms. Sylvia for everything <3 Happy New Year Everyone Be safe and stay blessed <3 See ya'll here next year ;)

December 30, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen! Beautiful prayer :) May you be blessed in 2018!!

December 30, 2017
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

AMEN!

December 30, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Amen 

December 30, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen to this! Thankful that God can use any of us regardless of our past or our flaws.

December 30, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

December 30, 2017
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez

Amen

 

December 30, 2017
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Michelle  Muff
Michelle Muff

Thank you!i needed this today!!

December 30, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen I am so thankful that He will use me just as I am, I will never measure up to what I would wish to be, I will always be flawed this side of heaven.

December 30, 2017
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

GOD is good for his  love so pure   love  

December 30, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Oh Dear Father, I know I'm a sinner and I want You to talk to me. Use me the way You want me to be to do the things You want me to. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor Dion for this message. 

December 30, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen! His grace is sufficient! Please Lord give me a clear vision of your plan for my life and by Thy power, please help me to understand and obey! In Jesus name I ask and pray, Amen!

December 30, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you for this message, Pastor Dion!!!

December 30, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

I love this devotional, thank you Pastor Dion.  The geneology always confuses me though. This is the geneology of Joseph if I remember correctly. Since he wasn't the father of Jesus, wouldn't Mary's geneology be more applicable? I know geneologies back then were reckoned through the male line, but Jesus' father was God, so there is no male line geneology for him. 

December 30, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

David and everyone before him is in both geneologies. They split at Solomon or Nathan. Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, David are all still there no matter which you look at. Be blessed.

December 30, 2017
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Ah, ok. That makes more sense then. Thank you! 

December 30, 2017
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

This is such a great example for people like myself. I'm so grateful that God is showing me new things that I am worthy of. I have been doing food ministry for many months now. My church is contracted with a well known grocery store. I pick up food each weekend and am able to help bless the homeless and poverty families in my neighborhood and a few others. I had to step back for a few weeks while recovering from surgery, although I still have my cast on--I'm back to it with help from a few friends. Last weekend I shared the food with 9 families and this morning 7. It is so rewarding to know I'm doing something worthwhile. The smiles on the faces just melts my heart. Sometimes it's so hard to get up so early to start the day, thinking "How am I going to do this today when I'm in so much pain?" God always comes through for me, giving me the strength to do it. It is a lot of work and I ask God who I'm supposed to help each time.

I also help my neighbor and an elderly couple with things they can't do anymore. So many times over the last few years I felt so lost, not sure of what He wants me to do. Six years ago when I had my accident at College, with only a few credits to get my Associate in Office Technology my whole life changed dramatically. The fall causing physical and brain damage left me wondering "Why me?" I had worked so hard, maintained 3.8gpa for 3yrs. All I had learned tossed out like a bag of trash. No memories, nothing left to show for all the hard work and long hours, working and college full time. Enough of all that, because God had other plans for me and not in corporate business world. I'm helping to make a difference in peoples lives and I couldn't be happier. If you're ever left wondering what you're supposed to do, don't give up. If God brings you to it , He will get you through it :)  Sorry for going on and on, but just wanted to share. Maybe someone will read this and be encouraged.

May you all have a Blessed Day

Rebecca  

December 30, 2017
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey

Amen!!!!thank you Jesus for that blessed devotional. I'm going to print it off and put it with some others that I have.  From God's heart to yours to mine. I can't speak for nobody else but this is an on time word for me.  The word has gone out and it's going to accomplish something. 

Thank you pastor and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

be blessed!

December 30, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Happy New Year, Diane <3!

December 30, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

December 30, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

 Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Please use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3

 

 

Father, let me see through your eeys what you want me to see with mine. Speak to me in a way I will understand. 

 

 

Thank You Pastor Dion for todays devotion. :-)

December 30, 2017
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Phynedra Franklin
Phynedra Franklin

Amen

December 30, 2017
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez

Amen brother!  This is so true! And I give a personal testimony to its truth because when I was lost in darkness and sin and considered by law enforcement in my home town as a menace to society selling cocaine and commtting a host of other crimes GOD PROVED HIS SOVEREIGNTY OVER EVEN THE DARKNESS AND PLACED HIS HAND UPON ME, TAKING ME OUT OF THE GRIP OF SATAN ...... BREAKING EVERY CHAIN THAT HELD ME IN BONDAGE, AND DESPITE ME BEING A WORKER OF INEQUITY AND A ENEMY OF THE GOSPEL ..... HE CHOSE TO MAKE ME AN EXAMPLE OF HIS LOVE AND GRACE FOR ALL THE WORLD TO SEE THAT NOBODY IS OUTSIDE OF REDEMPTION AND HE CAN TAKE THAT WHICH IS LOST, BROKEN AND UNRIGHTEOUS ....... SHOWING THAT JESUS CHRIST CAME INTO THE WORLD TO SAVE SINNERS, AMONG WHOM I STAND FOREMOST! ....... AND THROUGH THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL NOT ONLY CHANGE MY HEART BUT MAKE ME A "NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS TO DO GOOD WORKS, WHICH GOD DID BEFORE PREPARE, THAT IN THEM I MAY WALK!

Ohhhhh ABBA FATHER! Thank you for showing the world your power to save! And your power to use us for your purpose, praise and glory! And may we prove your Word true that calls us saints, not, because we are perfect, ....... But, because we experience your grace daily through the finished work of Jesus Christ! - Amen! Hallelujah!

December 30, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen! Halleluyah! What a srong testimony Brother Joseph! 

May our Saviour continue to pour His mercy and grace upon you and use you mightily for His coming kingdom!

Thank you Pastor for leading us. God Bless!

December 31, 2017
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomezedited: December 31, 2017

Yes sister Pranoti! Amen and Hallelujah! All glory be to God that He shows His mercy, grace and love for all the world to see, that He is almighty God!  And not just the God of creation, but also the God of re-creation!

May we enter His gates with joy and thanksgiving and enter His courts with praise!  And say to the Lord how thankful we are for His love and unmerited grace!  

May your life be a blessing to others and a fine jewel unto the Lord!

- In His service and yours,

  Joseph

December 31, 2017
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen!

 

December 31, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  Heavenly Father, I thank You for today. Please use me. Open the door and I will step through it. Give me a clear vision and speak to me in a way that I understand. Let me show Your love on this earth, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

December 31, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I love that God created each one of us for a purpose. We need to find out what that purpose is so we can work with Him through that purpose. The Holy Spirit will teach you all things, I pray that the eyes of my heart will be open to glorify my God.

December 31, 2017
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, I'm here , use me lord your servant 

January 2, 2018