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December 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:19–20

"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

It is unfortunate that when we think about communication we only think of the active aspect of communication, which is talking. We ought also to consider the important passive application of communication, which is listening. Experts tell us that it is not easy to teach people to listen, but it is a skill that can be learned. Did you know that in one day approximately 9 percent of your time will be spent writing, 16 percent of your time will be spent reading, 30 percent of your time will be spent speaking, and 45 percent of your time will be spent listening?

We spend more time listening than any other activity, yet I’ve never seen a Christian training seminar that teaches you how to listen. It is possible to go to almost any graduation and see people getting awards for speaking, but I have never seen anyone get an award for listening. Remember the words of James: "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:19–20).

Bro. Paul




December 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 13:8

"Love never fails."

Eusebius, the "father of church history," wrote how the early Christians demonstrated love during plagues and epidemics: "Most of our brethren showed love and loyalty in not sparing themselves while helping one another, tending to the sick with no thought of danger, and gladly departing this life after becoming infected with their disease. Many who nursed others to health died themselves."

He then added, "The heathen were the exact opposite. They pushed away those with the first signs of the disease and fled from their dearest."

Philippians 2:4 gives a great definition of love: "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Love is seeking the best of the one loved. It is meeting the needs of another without thought of our own. It is doing for another what we would like to have done for ourselves (Matthew 7:12).

On a very practical level, this involves a lot of little things—sharing housework with your spouse, remaining patient with your children, listening to a friend, sharing praise with a coworker, helping a neighbor in need, or maybe just holding your tongue when you’d rather let loose. This kind of love never fails.

Bro. Paul




December 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 27:6

"Now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me."

Have you ever seen people with so much trouble their heads are down? Have you felt that way? You face a confrontation and it goes wrong. You walk away from there with your head down. Very graphic, isn’t it? The Bible says that when you face trouble and you worship, that worship becomes the lifter of your head. You could walk into church with the burdens of the world on you, and when you get caught up in the worship of the Lord, it’s almost like God just lifts your head right up.

Worship makes God big in your heart. Is God big? Yes. He can’t get any bigger than He is. I mean, God is God. But worship magnifies God; it puts awareness of who God is into your heart so you begin to sense and appreciate the greatness of Almighty God. When you see His greatness and you put your trouble in that picture, everything changes. When you measure your trouble against others, you might be depressed, but when you measure your trouble against the greatness and magnificence of God, that’s encouraging. No wonder your head gets lifted!

Bro. Paul




December 5, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good  Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 11:28

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Stress is the catchall disease of our day. It is blamed for medical conditions and just about anything else that people don’t know how to otherwise explain. Huge sums of money are spent every year to teach people how to live with stress.

Two thousand years ago, a book was written under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, that purports to have the answers to all of mankind’s needs. Can a book written so long ago really speak to the modern age in which we live? See if Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28–30 aren’t the perfect invitation to the stressed-out people of our day: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

The invitation, though 2,000 years old, is still valid because the basic human need is still the same: People are still weary from the process of living life without God.

Bro. Paul




December 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ezekiel 22:30

"I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one."

When Frances Havergal, author of the hymn, "Take My Life and Let It Be," was a teenager, her parents moved to Dusseldorf, Germany, where she was placed in a German school. She was the only Christian among 110 pupils. The others made fun of her, teased her, even persecuted her. Her response? "It was very bracing," she wrote. "I felt I must try to walk worthy of my calling, for Christ’s sake. It was a sort of nailing my colors to the mast."

You might be the only Christian in your school, on your ball team, at your office, or in your family. What an opportunity! Christians are the "salt of the earth." It doesn’t take a lot of salt to season the whole pot. The presence of even one believer can hinder sin, delay judgment, prompt conviction, and extend the kingdom of God.

Paul and his two companions were apparently the only believers on the storm-tossed ship in Acts 27. But their presence saved all 276 people on board. The odds against Elijah on Mount Carmel were 450 to 1, but one plus God is a majority. The feeblest light is best seen in the thickest darkness. Don’t be afraid to nail your colors to the mast.

Bro. Paul


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