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February 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 11:25–26

"Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.""

The King of kings came into the world humbly. He was born in a stable, His cradle a feed trough. In His thirty-three years of earthly life, He owned no possessions. He had to depend on others to provide for His needs, and He had to borrow everything He used. The stable where He was born was borrowed. He borrowed money to pay His taxes, a boat to stand in and preach, a cross on which to die. Even His tomb was not His own.

But He had a mission that He alone could accomplish: He, the Son of Man, came "to seek and to save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). He bore our sins "in His own body on the tree" that in the age to come we might have eternal life (1 Peter 2:24, Mark 10:29–30, and John 3:13–17). Of Himself He says, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die" (John 11:25–26). He "put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself … so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many.… We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" (Hebrews 9:26–10:10).

Bro. Paul

January 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 4:23

"The hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him."

When Lawrence of Arabia was in Paris with some of his Arab friends after World War I, he took them to see the sights of the city. His friends showed little interest in the Louvre, the Arch of Triumph, or Napoleon’s tomb. The thing that really interested them was the faucet in their bathtub. They spent much time turning it on and off; they thought it was wonderful. All they had to do was turn the handle and they could get all the water they wanted.

When they were leaving Paris, Lawrence found them in the bathroom with wrenches, trying to get the faucet off so they could take it with them. "You see," they said, "it is very dry in Arabia. What we need are faucets. If we have them, we will have all the water we want." Lawrence had to explain to them that the effectiveness of the faucet depended on the water system to which it was attached.

Our study of worship reminds us that the effectiveness of all that we do in the church is not to be found in outward activity or service, but in the One who stands behind it. The One whom we serve. The One deserving of our worship.

Bro. Paul

January 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 16:7

"I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you."

As a child of God, the Holy Spirit lives within my heart. Christ came into the world, He died, He was buried, He was resurrected, and He ascended into heaven. Before He ascended, He said, "Before I go, I want you to know I am going to send a Comforter who is not only going to be with you—He is going to be in you." The Holy Spirit is that Comforter whom Christ sent to live within us. By virtue of my sonship, I have a permanent spiritual resource—the Holy Spirit living within me. He helps me to walk, talk, and live like a son of God, something I couldn’t do if He weren’t within me. The standard for living life as a child of God is far beyond anything I could ever produce on my own. But when Christ came to live within my heart, He put His blessed Holy Spirit within me. Because I have the Spirit of the Father in me, I am identified as one of His children.

The Holy Spirit in me is far better than a calling card. With the Holy Spirit, I have access to my heavenly Father at any time. That is a resource of power that I cannot have any other way.

Bro. Paul

January 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 30:5

"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

It’s interesting that David follows a pattern of looking at the day that was begun in the creation account in Genesis. He says that weeping comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. If you remember, when God created the heavens and the earth, He said, "the evening and the morning were the first day" (Genesis 1:5). We think just the opposite, don’t we? We think of a day as the morning followed by the evening.

I think there are wonderful truths embedded in God’s perspective on life. If you will look at your day as the evening and the morning instead of the morning and the evening, you will begin your day in the evening by meditating on what you need to accomplish the next day, and asking God’s blessing on it. Then He is free to work in your heart and mind as you sleep to prepare you for accomplishing those things. When Christ returns, there will be no more weeping. Weeping is ours during the night, but our eternal joy is coming in the morning of Christ’s return.

Bro. Paul

January 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 3:10

"They were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him."

Worship and wonder, which are so closely connected, are all about coming to the end of our measurements. In the presence of Almighty God, as the apostle John discovered, the sense of wonder comes naturally and leaves us changed. How could we respond any other way? But without the capability of awe, where we stand at the edge of ourselves and gaze beyond, we will never come into His presence.

Do you ever wonder? How long has it been since you’ve been a child again, gaping with wide eyes? How would it change your life if you could live like that every day? How would it change the people around you?

I hope you’re already sensing it—your heart’s very desire. This is what has been lacking in so many lives. We’ve wandered through the emptiness when we could have been wondering at the fullness of the love of God. Your heart’s desire, even if you haven’t come to realize it, is to live every moment in the wonder of worship.

Bro. Paul

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