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December 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 1:12

"The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel."

Samuel Rutherford attended Edinburgh University as a young man and began teaching there at age twenty-three. But desiring to preach the gospel, he assumed the pastorate in Anwoth, Scotland, in 1627, and served faithfully for ten years. In 1636, he was called before the High Commission Court to defend his Puritan views. He lost the case and was exiled from his congregation.

On July 13, 1637, he wrote to his church from exile: "Next to Christ, I had but one joy, the apple of the eye of my delights, to preach Christ my Lord; and they have violently plucked that away from me. It was to me like the poor man’s one eye; and they have put out that eye, and quenched my light in the inheritance of the Lord." But all this actually furthered the gospel. While in exile, he wrote many letters which were later compiled into one of Christian history’s greatest classics, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford.

Whenever you experience a reversal in life, look around for an opportunity to share the gospel. Problems have a way of becoming pulpits in the overruling providence of God.

Bro. Paul




November 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 5:18

"[Give] thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

It is not new truth to many of us that prayer is a great comfort in uneasy times and a mighty warrior against worry. I am convinced, however, that we are confused about the way prayer actually works for us in such stressful and difficult days.

Does Paul’s call to prayer mean that when we pray, all the things we worry about will be straightened out for us and that our trouble will be gone? Not necessarily!

If prayer does not always change our situation so that it no longer worries us, then what is the value of praying? Here is the answer! Prayer does not always change the situation and make it better, but prayer always changes us and makes us better.

Prayer, especially prayer accompanied by thanksgiving, is the perfect answer to a heart that is overridden with anxiety.

Bro. Paul




November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 10:12

"We do not care to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise."

I’m always a little surprised when I hear someone comment that they cannot understand why God would do something for Mr. and Mrs. Someone and not for them. But the comment that shocks me is when they say, "It isn’t fair."

The hard truth is, we ought to be asking why God would ever do anything for any of us. As Jeremiah wrote, "Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not" (Lamentations 3:22).

The only thing we "deserve" is His wrath. Whatever talent or ability we may develop or position we may achieve, it is only because of God’s great grace.

I love Paul’s gentle sarcasm when he writes: "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12 niv). Today, thank Him for who you are and every blessing He has provided.

Bro. Paul




November 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 6:38

"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom."

When Elijah met the widow of Zarephath, she was locked in the clutches of a handful of meal and a tiny bit of oil. That’s all she had. We can sympathize with her. In fact, some of us can identify with her. And Elijah’s heart went out to her.

The difference was that he knew something she didn’t know. He knew that the way to have what you have and have it to the fullest is to always put God first. That’s why he said, "Make me a little cake first." In other words, "Trust God by putting Him first and watch what He does."

When we first see this woman in the story, she is clutching everything she has. At the end of the story, she is releasing it all to God. The way to have what you have is to give it back to God. That is the only way you can ever possess your possessions. If you give it back to God with open hands, He will not only bless you, He will also put back what you need.

Bro. Paul




November 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

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


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