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February 8, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Peter 2:24

"[Christ] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed."

For true comfort we must turn to the Master Healer. The apostle Peter gives us the promise of healing when we turn to Christ, "Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed. For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls" (1 Peter 2:24–25).

We are comforted by the knowledge that because of our Savior’s lonely suffering and death and His glorious resurrection, we also will rise again to have eternal life in heaven. Even when our loved ones die and leave us behind, we can become true survivors in Christ and not be overwhelmed by the pain of separation and aloneness, for we are not forever separated from them nor are we ever truly alone. Our Savior is always with us and through His power we know that the death of an earthly body is not the end of life, but the beginning of eternal happiness. Knowing this gives us comfort.

Bro. Paul

February 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:5

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

James says that God gives to all men "liberally," which means two things. First, the word means "to stretch out," and it pictures God stretching or spreading out His table of wisdom. God dispenses His wisdom to those of us who ask by lavishly pouring out to us the full supply of that which we need. The second meaning reflects the word "singly." God is the opposite of the "double-minded" man mentioned in 1:8. God gives His wisdom simply, plainly, and individually to all who will ask of Him.

God also gives His wisdom without reproach (that is, without insult). When we pray for wisdom, God does not scold us for coming. He is a God who is generous and gracious, so seekers should approach Him in faith. If we approach God without faith, we have decided to live life our own way, to make our own decisions, to separate ourselves from Him.

James says the person who prays while doubting is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed about by the wind. However, the faithful man is stable, looking in only one direction for the wisdom he needs. And he knows the God to whom he prays is able and willing to respond to his need.

Bro. Paul

February 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 6:10

"Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

It is a helpless, hopeless feeling to be caught in a whirl-pool where other people and their priorities are sucking you under. I know that my priorities are God first, my wife next, my children next, and my vocation and ministry last. What a joy it is to go to God in prayer each day and pray what I have learned from the Lord’s Prayer: "Lord, Your kingdom come, Your will be done. By the grace of God, with all that I have within me, Lord, help me this day to make Your will manifest in my life."

I have to keep praying that every day. I pray those priorities back to God, not only because I want God to hear them, but I want me to hear them, so I don’t ever forget them. God changes us through prayer—when we pray, we get on the same wavelength with God. And as we pray, if we pray according to the will of God, little by little He takes all the things that are out of sync in our lives and puts them into sync so that we can take this big deep breath and say, "Oh, yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be!"

Bro. Paul

February 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 1:31

"God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good."

Genesis begins, as everyone knows, with the creation of the world. None of us was there to witness it, but we’re given the account of how God fashioned the heavens and the earth with His powerful hand. Through writing inspired by the Spirit of God, we can stand and behold the moment when God said, "Let there be light"; when He divided the waters from the dry land; when He caused the earth to bring forth grass and when He placed the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. On each occasion we know that God said, "It is good."

Yes, it is good! That’s our most basic response, too, when we look into the star-filled sky or see the sun rise in glory over a mountain, bathing the skies in orange and deep blue. But when we see that which is perfect, that which God has proclaimed good, we respond also with our emotions. We stand amazed; we wonder. And that’s a point we must stop and consider, for the ability to marvel lies at the very center of our identities as human beings created in the divine image.

Stand before that sunset and not only will your eyes be filled, but also your very soul and imagination.

Bro. Paul

February 2, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 16:33

"In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

When we don’t know how this is all going to work out, we have to hold tightly to the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and rest in Him. That’s the message we often find in the New Testament.

In John 16:33 Jesus said to His disciples, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Jesus had been talking about His future death, but then He said, "Don’t get caught up in that. Make sure in the midst of these tumultuous times your trust is in Me."

When we go through a tough time, if we’ve spent any time at all in the Word of God, that tough time is like a magnet that draws us to the Lord Jesus. Nothing will happen in the future that will catch Jesus Christ by surprise. And there’s nothing that will happen that He can’t help His children work through.

So rather than spending our time trying to figure out the nuances of what will happen, we should spend at least as much time getting to know Him better.

Bro. Paul

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