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November 21, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Y'all,

Let's look at 2 Timothy 2:2

"The things you have heard … commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

Long before Martin Luther “discovered” Reformation-truth, John Hus was preaching it in Behemia (Czech Republic). Born about 1373 of peasant parentage, Hus became the most powerful preacher in Prague. He advocated reform in the church, which drew the displeasure of his fellow clergy. When he declared Scripture alone sufficient for Christian life and practice, he was summoned before the Council of Constance.

On July 6, 1415, Hus was found guilty of heresy, condemned, and taken to the outskirts of town to be burned. His last words were, “I have never thought nor preached except with the intention of winning men, if possible, from their sins. In the truth of the gospel I have written, taught, and preached; today I will gladly die.”

It’s dangerously easy to sit in church and yawn over the very truths for which earlier generations died. Our Bibles have been passed to us at great cost. Take a few moments today to thank God for the faithfulness of those who have handed down to us the gospel, and rededicate yourself to passing it along to someone else.

Bro. Paul

November 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Y'all,

Let's look at James 4:6

"God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble."

If there is a deadly sin, one that is more wicked than any other, it has to be pride. James 4:6 tells us, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” God resists the proud. The one thing that seems to turn the power of God off in a person’s life more than anything else is pride.

Pride is the original sin, if there is such a thing. It goes all the way back to when Satan was separated from God. Isaiah 14:12–14 says, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! For you have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven. I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ ” 

And God said, “I have had enough of Lucifer!” Next thing we know, the separation has occurred and Satan and his demons are gone. With all of the difficulties and problems that God brings into our lives, things which we would never choose for ourselves, I wonder sometimes if they are simply God’s messengers to keep our feet on the ground and away from a proud heart.

B ro. Paul

November 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 4:19

"We love Him because He first loved us."

Why does God love us? Not because we’re lovable by nature. Deuteronomy 7:7–8 offers this remarkable answer: “The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you.… ” Read that again! “The Lord … set His love on you … because … the Lord loves you.” He loves us just because He loves us. His nature is to love.

Why do we love God? Not because we’re loving by nature. First John 4:19 offers a remarkable answer: “We love Him because He first loved us.” Our love is responsive. William Tyndale, who was later burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English, was a brilliant, winsome scholar whose life was changed by finding 1 John 4:19 in the Greek New Testament. He called it “the pearly gate through which I entered the Kingdom.” Tyndale wrote, “I used to think that salvation was not for me, since I did not love God; but those precious words showed me that God does not love us because we first loved Him. No, no; we love Him because He first loved us. It makes all the difference!

Bro. Paul

November 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Y'all,

Let's look at Romans 12:2

"Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."

The only way to survive in a world which tries to slowly poison our minds is to renew our minds each day. The psalmist says in Psalm 1 that the blessed man is the one who delights in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. When I open my Bible for personal devotions, I know that I’m looking at the very Word of God. It’s different from everything else around me. What I’m reading is in a whole different universe. I’m getting a transfusion of heavenly culture into my system. I know that if I try to make it in this world, I’ll get pulled down. I’ll never be happy following the world’s plan.

But when I came to Jesus Christ, the happiness of this world was ruined for me. I’ve got the Holy Spirit inside me, and I can never be happy unless I’m walking with Him. People can try to be happy, but they’ll never achieve it apart from the Lord. Christians can try to follow the world’s plan for happiness, but the only way they will find it is to let the Word of God cleanse and renew them.

Bro. Paul

November 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

I recently went to a conference and one of the speakers was David Platt.  David served as the President of our Foreign Mission Board for four years.  He challenged us to 7 things in his session:

7 things the world needs to see in us:

1.  A God centered view of God.  A zeal for His glory.  Reflecting God's passion for His own glory.

2.  A life-changing understanding of the Gospel.  The Gospel changes everything!

3.  A Word saturated way of life.  A zealous love for the Word!!  Meditating, memorizing, living.

4.  A prayerful dependance on God's Spirit.  Pleading for God's grace.  Fasting.

5.  A local church committment to global missions

6.  An eternal oerspective on God's justice.  A perspective that is not determined by the culture of the day.

7.  A death defying zeal for God's glory.   To die to self and live to Christ!

Bro. Paul

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