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September 19, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 4:10 this morning:

"You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."

God exists everywhere, but He is not always manifest everywhere. His manifest presence comes to us when He is praised. C. S. Lewis once wrote that "it is in the process of being worshiped that God communicates His presence to men … even in Judaism the essence of the sacrifice was not really that men gave bulls and goats to God, but that by their so doing God gave Himself to men."

Perhaps you have experienced the wonderful presence of God during a special time of worship. As you were singing, praying, praising, and worshiping the Lord, you felt His presence closer to you than ever before! Worship causes the presence of God to be felt and experienced by His people. If you really want God to be in your church meetings, praise Him as best you can.

Satan tempted Jesus by asking for His worship, not His service: "All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me" (Matthew 4:9). Satan understands the correct order—the one you worship is the one you will serve. And keep in mind Christ’s response in verse 10: "You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve."

Bro. Paul

September 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:7

"Our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation."

During stormy weather, when the strong winds blow, the roots of plants actually dig down deeper. Then when the calm days return, the new roots provide a deeper foundation for new growth. That is the way it should be with us. What we receive from disruptive moments depends upon how we respond.

The right question is never, "Why, Lord?" It is always, "What, Lord? What do You want to teach me through this disruptive moment? Take me around and through the bend in the road as my Teacher. Don’t let me miss anything that You want me to see and learn."

Dear friend, if you face a disruptive moment with any other perspective than that, it will just be a bump in the road that bounces you all over the highway. When it is over you will just be sore, and you won’t be any better. Purpose now, before you get to the bends in the road, that you will respond in a way that produces more of God’s will in your life.

Bro. Paul

September 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 17:9

"He who covers a transgression seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates intimate friends."

For many Christians, the indoor sport of choice is gossip. Only we don’t call it gossip—we say we are "sharing prayer requests." The Book of Proverbs speaks volumes about the poison that can be spread by the tongue: "He who repeats a matter separates friends" (Proverbs 17:9; see also Proverbs 16:27–28; 18:8; 26:18–22).

A story is told of a woman who learned this lesson the hard way. She gossiped extensively about another woman only to discover that all she had been repeating was not true. She sought the advice of her pastor on how to make things right. He told her to take a feather pillow, cut a hole in it, and go around town sprinkling the feathers everywhere she went.

Then, the next day, he told her to go back through town and collect each of the tiny feathers. The woman realized that she could no more retract the damage done by her words than she could collect thousands of tiny feathers scattered by the wind

Bro. Paul

September 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 4:9

"The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

The Philippian believers were instructed to practice the things which they had heard, seen, learned, and received from Paul. The items on that action list included the following:

• Loving more

• Having greater discernment

• Being sincere and without offense

• Being filled with the fruits of righteousness

• Having conduct worthy of the Gospel

• Standing fast in one spirit

• Striving together for the Gospel

• Being likeminded, of one accord

• Esteeming others better than themselves

• Working out their own salvation in fear and trembling

• Doing all things without complaining and disputing

• Holding fast the Word of Life

• Looking out for false teachers

When Paul spoke of the things learned and received, he was talking about careful exhortation. When he spoke of those things heard and seen, he was referring to concrete example. Paul was a living example of the conduct he expected from the Philippians.

Bro. Paul

September 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 34:1

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

It has been said that too many Christians worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship. What we do on Sundays we call worship … but is it really? For many people the subject of worship is an enigma. They come to services and sing, but they sense something is missing. They pray and talk with God each day, but find themselves wondering if perhaps there is something they failed to learn about their life with God.

When you begin to read the Scriptures and study the people of the Old Testament, you cannot read far before you begin to understand that worship was the pattern of their lives. The Lord Himself designed the first worship center. He was very specific; it took seven chapters to describe how He wanted it built. He made it portable and designed it to be a visual aid for the worshiping Israelites. The tabernacle was the center of the encampment of God’s people. It was a way of showing that God was to be at the center of His people in worship as a way of life. Worship is at the top of God’s priority list.

Bro. Paul

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