(CLICK THE TITLE) Good morning everyone. Isn’t great to be a living, breathing child of God in this brand new year? It’s the first day of your new beginning. Are you on your mission? My wish for you is that you don’t lose focus. Remember that whatever you may be going through, Jesus has already been there and blazed the trail!

Today’s Prayer

Father, Thank You so much for being with us throughout this past year. If it were not for You and Your grace, what would we have done! Life would be so much more difficult, even hopeless, without Your presence and promises. Thank You for every time You comforted and encouraged us through your Word, a song of praise, a word spoken in season, a kind deed, a surprise e-mail or card, answers to prayer, safety in uncertain situations…and so much more. Thank You also for blessing us through special God Appointments and using us to touch others’ lives and testify of Your goodness. We want to thank You now for all that You plan for us this fresh, New Year. We want to thank You for being with us. We ask that You anoint us for the tasks ahead. Help us to be wise. We’re trusting You to meet every need as You have always done. Thank You, dear God. With love, in the name of Jesus, Amen.

Let’s eat.

The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

Mark 1:9-15

9 One day Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee, and John baptized him in the Jordan River. 10 As Jesus came up out of the water, he saw the heavens splitting apart and the Holy Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.”

 12 The Spirit then compelled Jesus to go into the wilderness, 13 where he was tempted by Satan for forty days. He was out among the wild animals, and angels took care of him. 14 Later on, after John was arrested, Jesus went into Galilee, where he preached God’s Good News. 15 “The time promised by God has come at last!” he announced. “The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the Good News!”

Quote of the Day

Here is a cord of love let down, and the upper end of it is fastened to Christ’s heart, and the lower end of it hanging down the length of your hearts. And, O! shall not Christ’s heart and yours be knit together this day. Here is a cord to bind His heart to your heart, and your heart to His heart.

Ralph Erskine






Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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