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Through "The Basics with Beth," Beth Jones is teaching the basics of God's Word to help you live a life you love and love the life you live! 


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Two Doors

Jennifer Cole

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses...Oh, that you would choose life…!” Deuteronomy 30:19, NLT

Every day we face a multitude of choices - some big and some small. What should I wear today? What should I have for breakfast? What is on my priority list for today? While each decision we make impacts the course of our day, there is one decision that alters the course of our life…


Before each of us is two doors. One leads to life and blessings - the other leads to death and curses. Oh, that each of us would choose life!

How do you choose life? The verse continues: “You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and committing yourself firmly to Him. This is the key to your life...” Deuteronomy 30:20, NLT

If you haven’t yet made the choice to commit your life to the Lord, make today your day! 

Say This: "Father, I believe Jesus came to earth, died on the cross for me and rose again. I accept the gift of salvation and forgiveness of my sins. Be the Lord of my life! In Jesus' Name. Amen."

The Verdict Is In

Jennifer Cole

“…God is love.” 1 John 4:8, AMPC

I grew up thinking God was a harsh judge. I just knew He was watching from heaven and ready to bop me the minute I got out of line. I don’t remember anyone telling me these things - it’s just the concept I had. It took many years to get my mind renewed and my heart responsive to the truth of who God is, as revealed in His Word. Through Jesus, the Father has revealed Himself as a God of love, mercy, kindness, patience and goodness!  

How about you? What’s your view of God? I’ve discovered that many people have difficulty seeing and experiencing our Father as who He truly is - love. There are probably many reasons for this – childhood experiences, your upbringing, etc. – not to mention that we have an enemy, the devil, who works overtime as the accuser of God. The enemy wants to separate us from the Lord, so he tries his hardest to convince us that the Lord is mad at us, disappointed with us, angry towards us and thinking lowly of us.

The truth is: God is not the harsh, angry, mean judge and taskmaster that we’ve believed Him to be. On the contrary! The verdict is in - God is LOVE!

God is everything love is. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love keeps no record of wrong. Love believes the best. Love never fails. (Read 1 Corinthians 13 for a refresher on what love is - our Father is all of that and more!) God is kind. He is rich in mercy. He is gracious. He is patient. He is good.

Someone might say, “Yeah, but what about the judgment side of God? God hates sin, you know?” When Jesus died on the cross for us, He took our place and experienced the judgment for sin, on our behalf. Therefore, those who believe, receive and follow Jesus can look forward to goodness and mercy following them all the days of their lives! 

Say This: “Father, I believe You are love. Because of the cross of Jesus Christ, I am able to receive Your love towards me on a daily basis. I pray that You help me experience the length, breadth, depth and height of your love for me. I love You because You first loved me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Ditch The Hammock!

Jennifer Cole

“For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!” Romans 5:17, NIV

When you hear the word “receive” what kind of actions come to mind? Does this word invoke pictures of sitting back, relaxing and waiting for something to be given to you? Do you picture yourself on a hammock, passing the time by watching the clouds roll on by?

Today I want us to do a 180 on what we think being in the “receiving” position looks like! To receive God’s promises and blessings in our lives, such as His provision of grace and gift of righteousness - then receiving must be an action verb!  

“Receive” in this verse is from the Greek word “lambano” and according to numerous experts, it literally means: “to take with the hand, lay hold of, to take in order to carry away; to take what is one's own, to claim; to take to one's self, lay hold upon, take possession of, i.e. to appropriate to one's self; to take a thing due, to collect, gather; to receive what is offered; to receive what is given, to gain, get, obtain.”

To receive from God is very proactive. Notice those descriptive words for “receive” – to take, to claim, to get, obtain, lay hold upon and take possession. This means that we should not wait around for God’s promises to “happen upon” us - we need to receive, claim and take hold of God’s gifts to us!  

Say This: “Father, thank You for revealing to me in new ways today what it means to receive Your gifts - and helping me to have a greater understanding of what my role is in proactively taking possession and claiming your blessings in my life! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

You Might Bump Into These Two

Jennifer Cole

“Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them..." John 21:20-21, NIV

Who’s sitting at your table these days? Who are you hanging out with - who are your followers? It’s important for us to realize that just because someone calls him or herself a friend or follower doesn't always mean they are. Judas called himself a follower back in the day and so did John. There was a big difference between the two! 

John was referred to as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” John was a true blue, loyal friend to the core. He was Jesus' dear friend and disciple and the one entrusted with caring for Jesus’ mother after Jesus died and rose to Heaven. Loyal friends like "John" are such a gift and what a gem when you have one!

But, Judas was there too - he pretended to be a disciple of Jesus but never truly was in his heart. He probably wore the right holy garb, looked really religious, knew how to perform and play a role and talked a lot about helping the poor. But as it turned out, he talked behind Jesus' back and was a thief skimming out of the money bag. And in the moment when Jesus needed him most, Judas showed his true colors and betrayed Jesus into the hands of thugs. 

So how do you know who’s at your table - a “John” or a “Judas?” Jesus said we'd know people by their fruit. Who’s had your back, even when the going got tough?  Who’s been a faithful friend, trustworthy, and prays for you? Who’s consistently shown that they’re unwilling to sell their integrity? Such people are likely enjoying a life full of supernatural joy and hope, and you’ll see that fruit! Today, let’s thank God for the “Johns” in our lives!

Say This: “Father, I thank You for __________ (mention by name(s) the 'Johns' in your life) - thank You that they’ve been true blue friends, filled with integrity and surrounded by the evidence of spiritual fruit in their lives. Father, I also ask for Your wisdom and discernment to identify if there’s any 'Judas' in my life. Help me, Lord, to be a 'John' kind of friend to others! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

Who Loves Pumpkin Spice

Jennifer Cole

"Let me tell you why you are here. You're here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness?..." Matthew 5:13, Message

Do you instantly feel immersed in Fall when you smell and taste a pumpkin spice latte or some fresh apple cider?  Does the smell of hotdogs and popcorn instantly transport you to your favorite baseball stadium, or does the fresh aroma of a blooming magnolia tree take you right to your childhood backyard? Isn't it funny how smells and flavors take us places? 

In a similar way, God wants us to add the seasoning, flavor, taste and aroma of Christ to the world in which we live - to our sphere of influence. When we are walking closely with the Lord, there is a fresh aroma that comes from our lives and the people around us notice it. Have you ever thought about that? What flavor or aroma are you emitting? What flavor is your faith? If we are living our lives for the Lord, He will express the flavor and aroma of Christ through us and take others to wonderful places in God! 

There is something so delightful about spiritual aroma and flavor! Why not be intentional today and choose to “season” everyone and everything around you with the "joy, mercy, kindness, patience and love" flavor and aroma of Christ!

Say This: "Father, I want my life to add the seasoning, flavor, taste and aroma of Christ to the world in which I live. Help me to live closely to You and let my life express the flavor and sweet aroma of Christ. In Jesus' Name. Amen."