Would you like to be more like Jesus?

On Friday, The Morning Thing shared some ways that we can become more like Christ.
By studying the life of Jesus, we can find 10 important characteristics about His character.
When we make these characteristics part of our lives we become more like Christ.

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1. Unconditional Love

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13

2. Prayerful Life

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. -Luke 5:16   

3. Forgiveness

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:24

4. Humility

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. – Mark 10:45

5. Jesus studied The Word of God

When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. -Luke 2:45-46

6. Compassion

But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. -Matthew 9:36

7. Seek First the Kingdom of God

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. –  Matthew 6:33

8. Self-Control

He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. –  Acts 8:32

9. Authority

Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are–the Holy One of God!” And Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be quiet, and come out of him!” –  Mark 1:23

10. Obedience

And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. –  Philippians 2:8

7 Ways to Trust in the Lord Daily

Today on The Morning Thing we talked about ways to trust in the Lord daily. If you want to read more about ways you can learn to trust in the Lord click Here for all seven tips.

Although these tips may have been heard before, and are simple, it is important to wake up and lay our lives down for Christ just as He did for us on the cross. Always know that God’s plan for our lives is much greater than what we think we have for ourselves.

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Get more out of your bible study – some tips from www.biblestudytools.com


We all know that bible study is vital for our lives. If you are like us, you are always looking for ways to enhance your bible study time.
Good news! The Morning Thing team found some great tips from www.biblestudytools.com

Mark Altrogge, the senior pastor of Saving Grace Church in Indiana, Pennsylvania shares 8 tips to get more out of your bible study. He has written hundreds of songs for worship, including “Stand in Awe” and “Forever Grateful”. Mark and his wife, Kristi, have five children and five grandchildren. Find out more on his blog, http://www.theblazingcenter.com

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1. Prepare the night before

Every night before going to bed, I grind some coffee, put a filter in my Aeropress coffee maker, put my coffee cup on the counter and fill my Hot Shot with water, so all I need to do is push a button to heat the water for my morning cup o’ joe. I make sure everything I need – Bible, marker, journal, Kleenex – is on the stand next to the couch in the den. This saves me having to scramble around wasting time in the morning, and I can get reading more quickly.

2. Pray

I usually spend a couple minutes praying before I read. I thank my Father for his love and the gift of sleep, and for protecting my family and me during the night. I also thank him for his gracious invitation for me to enter boldly into his presence through the merits and blood of Jesus. Then I often pray John Piper’s I-O-U’S: “Incline my heart to your testimonies,” “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law,” “Unite my heart to fear your name,” and “Satisfy me with your love.”

3. Same time, same place every day.

Find your best time, when you can concentrate and have the least number of distractions. For me, it’s first thing in the morning. The house is quiet and no one else is up. If I start in on projects or reading the news, I never get to reading the Bible. In the evening I’m too distracted and tired. For some, evening is their best time. The important thing is to find a time when you are least distracted and can concentrate.

I read in the same place every day. As I said earlier, I keep my Bible, marker, journal and prayer notebook on the end table next to the couch in the den. That way I don’t have to waste time searching through the house for things before I read.

4. Keep track of what you read

After reading, in the back of my journal I write the day, date, and the passage I read. That way I don’t have to try to remember where I left off the day before. You can use a bookmark as long as it doesn’t fall out and you lose your place.

5. Write in your Bible

Don’t hesitate to underline, write in the margins, or circle words. Underlining and writing helps us concentrate more on what we’re reading. My favorite marker is a light blue Sanford China Marker. You can underline lightly or darker and it never bleeds through the page.

6. Read consecutively

Don’t skip around or play Bible Roulette. Finish one book before going to another. One way to consistently read through the Bible is to read through Matthew, then Genesis. Then Mark, then Exodus and so on. If you are keeping track of what you’ve read, you’ll eventually work through the whole Bible. Nothing is more discouraging than picking up the Bible and reading at random every day.

7. Use a journal

I’ve used journals for years in my devotions. I like Moleskine lined journals. As you read, write down any verses that stand out to you or any thoughts you have about the passage. Writing slows you down and helps you focus. I usually try to look for one key verse or passage that stands out to me from that day’s reading to record in my journal.

8. Respond to what you’ve read

After recording one key verse or passage in my journal, I usually write a prayer in response. This prayer will sometimes be worship and praise to God for the truth I’ve just read about him or it may be supplication for him to change me to conform with his word. I keep the prayer to one, maybe two pages at the most. It takes me about ten minutes and propels me into my prayer time.

Whether you use these approaches or you have your own, try to build consistent habits of reading the Bible. There’s no better way to fellowship with Jesus and delight in him.

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