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December 16, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 127:3

"Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward."

The Bible is clear in teaching us that our children are a gift from God. As far back as Genesis 4:1 we find Eve declaring that her son Cain had been given to her by God. Later, Abraham and Sarah had their son Isaac as a direct result of God’s intervention in opening Sarah’s womb. God also opened the womb of Leah, Jacob’s first wife, and Rachel, also his wife. Ruth was also made a mother due to God’s intervention (Ruth 4:13).

The little ones God gives to us do not come by accident or as interruptions to our lives. They come as God’s good gifts to us, entrusted as a stewardship from Him. Children are not only given to receive love from their parents but to be God’s teachers. What parent would say they have not learned about sacrifice, patience, priorities—not to mention learned more about God’s love for us, His children—as a result of being a parent? Children are a gift for which parents should thank God every day.

Bro. Paul

December 15, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 12:22–23

"Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing."

Let me begin by stating something that you may or may not agree with: Worry is sin. Worry is not part of our personality, it is not something to be excused because "everybody does it." From God’s perspective, worry is sin. But in order to clarify this (itimportant to know when we are sinning and when we are not), let’s separate worry from concern.

It is certainly right to be concerned about things which are your responsibility and over which you exercise control. God expects us to be responsible, to be concerned that we follow through on what is ours to do. But worry is concerning yourself about things over which you have no control. Worry is allowing care and concern to escalate beyond the realm of responsibility and into a realm in which you have no authority or control—God’s realm. And that kind of concern, which is worry, is sin.

When we worry, we deny the faithfulness of God— and that is why worry is sin.

Bro. Paul

December 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Samuel 3:4

"The Lord called Samuel. And he answered, "Here I am!""

Ernest Hemingway once lamented, "I live in a vacuum that is as lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead and there is no current to plug into."

Not so the Christian. We have a mission and a message. God has placed us on earth for a brief time to do an urgent work. Our lives have purpose, and all our days are scheduled in His perfect will. We travel an appointed way. What is the burning vision for your life? What does God want you to do?

Ask Him to show you. Read His Word, seeking His will for your life. Tell Him you’re available. Say, like Samuel, "Here I am." Find something to do and begin doing it. Find a need and begin filling it.

Perhaps it’s visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home or working with children in the church nursery. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir, making visits for your church, or serving as an usher or greeter on Sunday morning.

Be faithful in that smaller thing, and the Lord will give you more work to do, and more and more—all for His glory. He wants to use you. He has a purpose for your life, and He alone can give you a vision of His will.

Bro. Paul

December 13, 2016, 7:11 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 1:35 

"Mary, you are going to be with child in a way that no one has ever been with child before, or shall ever be afterward."

There are several ways humans come into being. Adam and Eve were created directly by God. They did not come through the birth process. Today, we are the products of a relationship between our mother and father. But Jesus was uniquely born in the sense that He was born of His mother, but He had no earthly father. So Mary was asked, at the age of sixteen, to comprehend a concept, a birth process, that had never before occurred in the history of humanity. No wonder she was perplexed!

This is the glory and wonder of Christmas, that God could plant not only into the womb of this woman the Son of God, but He could plant in her heart the faith to believe the message that she received from the angel. Her response has always overwhelmed me with a sense of absolute submission that ought to be in the heart of every child of God. Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

Bro. Paul

December 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone

Let's look at Matthew 11:29

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

There are two kinds of stress that people need to deal with. First is the stress of sin which is relieved when we come to Christ initially. But second is the stress that accumulates when we don’t live our lives under Christ’s Lordship. That is the cause of the vast majority of the stress that Christians live with daily. To use Jesus’ own words, it is the stress that comes from not taking Jesus’ yoke upon us.

A yoke suggests a picture of oxen linked together pulling a common plow. That’s not really what His words mean. Taking on a yoke was a rabbinical expression meaning to become a disciple of someone. Therefore, He is saying, "Come and be My disciple. Begin to let your life be patterned after the dictates of My life and My soul. Come and get involved in submission to Me in Lordship. Take My yoke upon you."

Jesus, as the victorious Lord, the King of kings, is inviting us to be His disciples, to let Him rule over our lives.

Bro. Paul

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