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December 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 37:4

"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart."

Tracing the word "delight" through the Old Testament, I was surprised to learn that the majority of its uses are in relationship to the Word of God—delighting in the Word. The psalmists delighted in God’s will as expressed in His law (Psalm 40:8); delighted in His statutes (Psalm 119:16); delighted in His commandments (Psalm 119:35); and delighted in His precepts and law (Psalm 119:69–70, 77, 92, 174).

There is a profound relationship between delighting in the Lord and delighting in His Word. Think about your relationship with a person who is the object of your affections. Your conversations, the letters you receive, the phone calls you share—their words are a reflection of who they are. So to delight in that person’s words is to delight in them. And the same is true of our relationship with God. To trust in God is also to delight in Him and His promises. No Christian who delights in what God says about the future ("I will provide for you") can also be found worrying about the future.

When delighting in the Lord is your focus, everything else is brought into perspective.

Bro. Paul




December 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 10:20

"Do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."

I read about a group of short-term missionaries who recently held evangelistic meetings in Africa. During those meetings, these believers reported, a blind man miraculously received his sight. When the believers came back to report to the sending churches, that was just about all they could talk about. Yet during those same meetings, many embraced Jesus Christ as Savior and found eternal salvation. Many stepped out of spiritual blindness into the light of God’s kingdom. But that news always seemed to receive second billing to "the miracle."

If we could only view these things as God does! The message of reconciliation meets the basic needs of every man and woman, every boy and girl. In miracles, only God’s power and goodness are revealed, but in conversion, God’s grace is revealed—something that causes even the angels to look over the rampart of heaven in wonder (1 Peter 1:12).

The message of the saving grace of God is the greater message. The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ have given to us in this generation the greatest message that has ever been communicated to any people. Anywhere. At any time. Period.

Bro. Paul




December 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 43:1

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine."

There is a chorus we sing based upon these verses.  Look at this truth. We need companionship. We need fellowship. God has built these needs into us. In those moments when we are between friends, in those dark caverns of being all alone, we have the Master Companion, who stays with us through it all.

"Now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob. And He who formed you, O Israel;

"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;  And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.

When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,  Nor shall the flame scorch you.

For I am the Lord your God,  The Holy One of Israel, your Savior."

(Isaiah 43:1–3)

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that God’s immediate presence in our lives is not affected by our circumstances.

Bro. Paul




December 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 39:23

"The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper."

Think about Joseph’s circumstances. He was a slave, bound to his master. Yet the Bible says he was prosperous. We have this idea in America that prosperity is related to money and possessions, but prosperity in the eyes of God refers to character. If we are true to the Lord and His Word, we are rich. If we are in His will, we have the assurance that all things work together for good, something we certainly see evident in the life of Joseph.

It has been said that God doesn’t do anything or allow anything to be done to us that we would not choose for ourselves, if we could only see things from His perspective. If we could see every event exactly as God does, we would do things the very same way. He sees the end from the beginning, how everything fits together, and how necessary some of our hurts and disappointments are. Prosperity isn’t a matter of circumstances, but a matter of character. When Scripture says that Joseph was prosperous, it has little to do with how many material possessions he had, but with how much of him God had. Even though a slave, Joseph was a prosperous man.

Bro. Paul




December 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 23:1

"Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, "Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.""

On August 18, 1788, as he prepared to become the first President of the United States, George Washington wrote to Alexander Hamilton, saying, "I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man."

Character is to leadership what wood is to a tree—that inner "stuff" that provides its sturdiness and strength. Many a tree has blown down because it rotted on the inside. The notion that a person’s personal life has no bearing on his or her leadership is an unbiblical streak of postmodern thinking that ravages not only leaders, but their followers as well.

Each of us is a leader—of a group, a home, a project, a segment of God’s work. We need to maintain a clear conscience and be worthy of the calling we’ve received. "I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men," wrote Paul in Acts 14:16. That’s important not only for ourselves, but for those we’re influencing.

Bro. Paul


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