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February 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 6:10

"Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."

It is a helpless, hopeless feeling to be caught in a whirl-pool where other people and their priorities are sucking you under. I know that my priorities are God first, my wife next, my children next, and my vocation and ministry last. What a joy it is to go to God in prayer each day and pray what I have learned from the Lord’s Prayer: "Lord, Your kingdom come, Your will be done. By the grace of God, with all that I have within me, Lord, help me this day to make Your will manifest in my life."

I have to keep praying that every day. I pray those priorities back to God, not only because I want God to hear them, but I want me to hear them, so I don’t ever forget them. God changes us through prayer—when we pray, we get on the same wavelength with God. And as we pray, if we pray according to the will of God, little by little He takes all the things that are out of sync in our lives and puts them into sync so that we can take this big deep breath and say, "Oh, yes, that’s the way it’s supposed to be!"

Bro. Paul


February 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 1:31

"God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good."

Genesis begins, as everyone knows, with the creation of the world. None of us was there to witness it, but we’re given the account of how God fashioned the heavens and the earth with His powerful hand. Through writing inspired by the Spirit of God, we can stand and behold the moment when God said, "Let there be light"; when He divided the waters from the dry land; when He caused the earth to bring forth grass and when He placed the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. On each occasion we know that God said, "It is good."

Yes, it is good! That’s our most basic response, too, when we look into the star-filled sky or see the sun rise in glory over a mountain, bathing the skies in orange and deep blue. But when we see that which is perfect, that which God has proclaimed good, we respond also with our emotions. We stand amazed; we wonder. And that’s a point we must stop and consider, for the ability to

marvel lies at the very center of our identities as human beings created in the divine image.

Stand before that sunset and not only will your eyes be filled, but also your very soul and imagination.

Bro. Paul

February 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:1

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials."

Persecution was the most common trial among Jewish believers in James’s time. Today, a trial can be a number of things: the loss of a job, a divorce, trouble with our children, severe financial strain, illness or death in the family, or relational problems over which we seem to have little control. Though our trials may not seem as severe as the persecution of James’s day, note that James does not say "if" we encounter trials, but "when" we encounter trials. And when these trials come, our first strategy, according to James, is to "count it all joy."

To count, or consider, it all joy in the midst of our trials is to respond with a deliberate, intelligent appraisal of our situation. We must learn to look at our situation from God’s perspective and recognize that, though the trial is not a happy experience in itself, it is God’s way of producing something of great value. The word "count" means "to think in terms of the future." James is not saying we are to rejoice over pain, but we are to rejoice because God’s purposes are being accomplished in our lives.

Bro. Paul

February 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 4:35

"Lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!"

Tennessee pastor Robert Shockey doesn’t believe in chance encounters. To him, every contact is an opportunity to evangelize. When he answers the phone, for example, and hears the person on the other end saying, "Sorry, I must have the wrong number," Bob responds: "Maybe not!"

Usually there is a pause on the line, followed by something like, "What do you mean?" That gives Shockey an opening to initiate a conversation about the gospel. He has led more than one person to faith in Christ that way.

Evangelist Billy Graham once answered the phone in his hotel room. The person on the other end asked for so-and-so, and Mr. Graham told him he had the wrong number. There was a pause, and the person said, "You sure sound a lot like Billy Graham."

"This is Billy Graham," replied the evangelist. During the ensuing conversation, the caller gave his life to Christ.

There are opportunities to witness for Christ all around us, some in unexpected places. We are ambassadors for Christ—harvesters—witnesses. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will lead you to someone today who needs a word from the Lord.

Bro. Paul

February 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 139:13

"For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb."

God knew you before you were born. He knows the moment when you were conceived. In every phase of development, from that moment on, He is there. The human embryo is not the result of a biological accident. God is aware of the union of the sperm and the egg and the attachment of the embryo to the uterine lining and the development of human life. God formed the inward parts and arranged the genetic structure. God knows about that human life and loves that human life from the very moment of its union.

In every cell of your body there is enough information to recreate your adult person as if no other cell were necessary. And every time that cell divides in the process of your growth, all the information contained in each cell is part of the division. Someone has reasoned that if all of the instructions in the DNA of one cell were written out, it would take 1,000 600-page books to put all that information down. And God put it in a cell that no one can see without magnification. And it’s in every cell of your body. God did it so you would have your identity. You are unique. You are individually precious to God.

Bro. Paul

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