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January 9, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 3:1

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!"

Perhaps you’ve been exposed to the idea of the "Fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man." This idea suggests that God is the Father of us all, and we are all brothers regardless of who or where we are in life. In reality, there are two families in this world. There is the family of God, and there is the family of the devil. Until you are spiritually born again, you are not part of God’s personal family—you cannot call him "Father." There are many people who have gone all of their lives without knowing God personally. They have prayed the Lord’s Prayer, but to no avail, because you cannot pray "My Father" if He isn’t really your Father. The way He be-comes your Father is by your putting your trust in the gift He provided of His Son, Jesus Christ. When you accept Christ as Lord and Savior of your life, you become a child of God—you are born into His family, and He becomes your Father

Bro. Paul

January 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 95:1

"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation."

Isn’t it wonderful that you could be on your hands and knees, scrubbing a filthy floor and singing the music of Zion?

Music helps you transport your spirit from mundane corners to majestic splendor. The body follows where the heart leads—and vice versa, as a matter of fact. Your prayers will be more focused and your mind more alert if you’ve aligned yourself on your knees. Some of your best worship might occur when you’re jogging or driving a car, when your body is tensed to the task. Do you want to know how to incorporate worship into every moment of your day? Music is an excellent place to start.

Let’s sing unto the Lord because it’s one more way to give our bodies to His praises. Let’s sing because music expresses levels of adoration we can’t find in the spoken word. Let’s sing because the people of the world will be attracted to our music. And let’s sing because we absolutely can’t help it! Our Lord reigns!

Bro. Paul

January 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 13:7

"[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things."

Love hopes all things." Love that hopes has a confident expectation. It is a definite, persistent, absolute truth. There is no situation that divine love within us cannot face with full hope. That’s what love is all about. Love hopes.

Hope is not refusing to face the truth. Hope is having a confidence in God to see you through each difficult trial. Jesus was always the epitome of truth, but He never failed to bring hope to others. When He met the woman taken in adultery, He inspired her to hope again. When He met the thief on the cross, Jesus made sure that man left this life with hope. He told the story about the lost coin that was found, and the lost son who came home, and the lost sheep that was found. Over and over again, what Jesus said in His messages was, "There’s hope!" Though He was mocked, disbelieved, and crucified, He never doubted the glory that was yet to be, and He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him. He had hope.

Love hangs on with tenacity when other hands let go in despair. To hope when faith has been disappointed is a greater thing than to have believed the sure thing. Love hopes all things.

Bro. Paul

January 3, 2017, 8:44 PM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 11:23

"When [Barnabas] came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord."

The Holy Spirit is the Encourager. Anyone who wants to be an encourager of others must be filled with the Encourager as Barnabas was. Because of the Spirit’s presence in him, he could readily yield to the leading of God. Our own ego and drive for self-promotion is so strong that only the Spirit can bring about the transformation needed to accomplish God’s purposes. When we build up and encourage others, we know that God is at work in and through us.

The fact that Barnabas was good, generous, gracious, and godly was not because of his upbringing or his education or his heritage. It was because he was filled with the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit who indwelt Barnabas is the Spirit who is given to every believer in Jesus Christ. We receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again, and we remain filled with the Holy Spirit as we confess our sins and yield to His leading in our lives. God wants every Christian to be filled with the Encourager so that we might become encouragers as Barnabas was. The same glory brought to God through Barnabas’ life can be brought to Him through our lives.

Bro. Paul

January 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:5

"You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth."

Sometimes during trials we focus so intently on our experience that we forget to focus on God. But the psalmist didn’t. Over and over in this psalm he calls to mind the character and attributes of God: His glory, His power and strength, and His faithfulness.

And five times he mentions God’s righteousness. The one thing that we must never lose sight of in the midst of our own suffering is the righteousness and goodness of God. It is because of God’s inherent goodness that we are able to trust Him in all things.

When you are in the middle of trials, everyone will have an opinion or a suggestion or a remedy—and if they are from people you trust, you should consider them. But after all is said and done, there is only one thing that you can put all your trust in, and that is the character of God.

Bro. Paul

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