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November 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a wednesday morning scripture collage:

"The one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.

When I cry to You, Lord, You will hear, for You are gracious. You will not cast me away, nor shall You abhor me, to utterly destroy me and break Your covenant with me; for You are the Lord my God. You will remember Your covenant with me in the days of my youth, and You will establish an everlasting covenant with me.

Lord, You say, "Come now, and let us reason together." Though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to You, Lord, and You will have mercy on him; and to our God, for You will abundantly pardon. The dying thief said, "Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom." And Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

A bruised reed You will not break, Almighty God, and smoking flax You will not quench.

Great are Your mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Thank You for Your abundant pardon and Your faithfulness to Your covenant promises."

John 6:37; Exodus 22:27; Leviticus 26:44; Ezekiel 16:60; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 55:7; Luke 23:42–43; Isaiah 42:3

Bro. Paul

November 21, 2017, 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

November 20, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

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.

Bro. Paul

November 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Colossians 1:6–7

"You heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf."

In Colossians 1:7, Paul not only calls Epaphras a dear fellow servant, but a "faithful minister of Christ." Here is another key characteristic of those whom God uses: faithfulness. When was the last time you heard someone in the body of Christ commended for being so faithful? We speak well of almost every other trait before we think of faithfulness. Yet, in truth, faithfulness in ministry underlies everything else we do for Christ. It’s easy to be faithful in moments of crisis or great need, but I’m talking about those who labor faithfully for the Lord day in and day out with little notice. Faithfulness translates into persistence in ministry.

The persistent minister is the one who makes it to the finish line. Teaching Sunday school? Leading a backyard Bible club? Singing in the choir? Serving as a deacon? Faithfulness in these or any other ministry means you will take your last step as you cross the finish line—and not before. Epaphras was that kind of man—a faithful minister of Christ.

Bro. Paul

November 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

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 we open our Bibles for personal devotions, We know that we're looking at the very Word of God. It’s different from everything else around us. What we're reading is in a whole different universe. We're getting a transfusion of heavenly culture into our system. We know that if we try to make it in this world, we’ll get pulled down. We’ll never be happy following the world’s plan.

But when we came to Jesus Christ, the happiness of this world was ruined for us. We’ve got the Holy Spirit inside us, and we can never be happy unless we're 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

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