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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




December 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 1:12

"The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel."

Samuel Rutherford attended Edinburgh University as a young man and began teaching there at age twenty-three. But desiring to preach the gospel, he assumed the pastorate in Anwoth, Scotland, in 1627, and served faithfully for ten years. In 1636, he was called before the High Commission Court to defend his Puritan views. He lost the case and was exiled from his congregation.

On July 13, 1637, he wrote to his church from exile: "Next to Christ, I had but one joy, the apple of the eye of my delights, to preach Christ my Lord; and they have violently plucked that away from me. It was to me like the poor man’s one eye; and they have put out that eye, and quenched my light in the inheritance of the Lord." But all this actually furthered the gospel. While in exile, he wrote many letters which were later compiled into one of Christian history’s greatest classics, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford.

Whenever you experience a reversal in life, look around for an opportunity to share the gospel. Problems have a way of becoming pulpits in the overruling providence of God.

Bro. Paul




November 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 5:18

"[Give] thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

It is not new truth to many of us that prayer is a great comfort in uneasy times and a mighty warrior against worry. I am convinced, however, that we are confused about the way prayer actually works for us in such stressful and difficult days.

Does Paul’s call to prayer mean that when we pray, all the things we worry about will be straightened out for us and that our trouble will be gone? Not necessarily!

If prayer does not always change our situation so that it no longer worries us, then what is the value of praying? Here is the answer! Prayer does not always change the situation and make it better, but prayer always changes us and makes us better.

Prayer, especially prayer accompanied by thanksgiving, is the perfect answer to a heart that is overridden with anxiety.

Bro. Paul




November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 10:12

"We do not care to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise."

I’m always a little surprised when I hear someone comment that they cannot understand why God would do something for Mr. and Mrs. Someone and not for them. But the comment that shocks me is when they say, "It isn’t fair."

The hard truth is, we ought to be asking why God would ever do anything for any of us. As Jeremiah wrote, "Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not" (Lamentations 3:22).

The only thing we "deserve" is His wrath. Whatever talent or ability we may develop or position we may achieve, it is only because of God’s great grace.

I love Paul’s gentle sarcasm when he writes: "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise" (2 Corinthians 10:12 niv). Today, thank Him for who you are and every blessing He has provided.

Bro. Paul


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