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February 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 4:11

"If God so loved us, we also ought to love one another."

A famous psychiatrist once said, "Love, true love, is the medicine for our sick old world. If people can learn to give and receive love, they will usually recover from their physical and mental illnesses."

Before Christ, the concept of love was a love for the best. If something was deemed worthy of love, it was loved. Christ dying on the cross changed all that, for He offered a love for which we are completely unworthy. Christ revealed God’s love. He lavished that holy love on people with no thought of whether they were worthy or not. Now when a Christian wants to know what real love is, he looks to the cross. Having experienced God’s love while yet a sinner, and having been transformed by that great love, the Christian recognizes the people around him as the objects of God’s love. They are love-starved, in need of the transforming power that only Christ’s love can bring.

Jesus set an example by giving Himself totally in love, with no thought of receiving anything in return. We, as Christians, are called by God to reflect that love to our spouses, our families, and our world. And the more we reflect it, the more we give it away to others, the more we experience it in our own lives.

Bro. Paul




February 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 2:4

"Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. "

There is an inscription on a small tombstone in an English village that reads: "Here lies a miser who lived for himself. He cared for nothing but gathering wealth. Now, where he is or how he fares, nobody knows and nobody cares."

The root of all evil in human nature is the desire to have one’s own say. Self-centeredness is the exact opposite of agape love. Agape love is love that seeks the best interest of the one loved. Selfishness seeks the best interest for one’s own self, so the two are exactly opposite. It is not possible to have agape love and to have self-seeking or self-interest. R. C. H. Lenski, the well-known commentator, has said, "If you can cure selfishness, you have just replanted the Garden of Eden." It was selfishness that caused Adam and Eve to reject God’s way in favor of their own desires. Self replaced God in their hearts and they determined to go their own way. Love, on the other hand, is not interested in its own way, but is preoccupied with the interests of others.

Love does not seek its own. Love considers the other person and gets excited about seeing that their needs get met.

Bro. Paul




February 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Galatians 5:22

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love."

I’m convinced that what we need most in our world today—in our churches, in our homes and in our personal lives—is a great outpouring of agape love. It is not an accident that God has put love at the top of the list of the fruit of the Spirit, because when that is right, everything else has the greatest potential to fall into place.

How can we get this love in our lives? By finding out how much God really loves us. We love Him because He first loved us.

If your heart is filled with bitterness, resentment, and hard feelings, God loves you just as you are in spite of that. But when you go to His Word and contemplate His love for you, when you see the price He paid that you might have Him and His love, when you drink deeply of His love and thank Him for loving you, the wonder of it all begins to break in on your consciousness.

Then real love, agape love, God’s love, can begin to develop in your life. Get caught up in how God loves you and watch your life respond. The more we know about God and His love for us, the more that love begins to fill our being until we become like Him.

Bro. Paul




February 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 5:7

"For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Faith is seeking and finding God in Christ—desiring Him and being fulfilled by Him. To say it another way, faith is wholly leaning on Christ for everything in your life. It is trusting Him for eternity. Faith is the acceptance of a gift at the hand of Almighty God. That’s what faith is, and anything that doesn’t meet that standard, while it may be a spiritual term, is not faith. The Bible tells us that not only do we walk by faith and live by faith every day, but also faith plays a part in our life as we continue to seek a deeper relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

We have a problem in that we have isolated faith to the act of becoming a Christian instead of living the ongoing Christian life. Certainly, faith is at the center of our entrance into salvation. But if we leave it there and do not continue to exercise faith daily, we will fail to live an obedient spiritual life. We literally must walk by faith as believers or we will not walk at all.

Bro. Paul




February 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday'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


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