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April 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 46:2

"Therefore we will not fear even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea."

We, as humans, are tied to time and space—they are all we know. We do not have a sense of the eternal. This earthly planet where we make our home is our point of reference in the universe. If it is stable, we feel secure. If it trembles and quakes, then we do as well. But God our refuge is not tied to this earth. In fact, He is not tied to anything. The entire earth could be removed, and the mountains could be carried into the midst of the sea; the waters could roar and be troubled, and the mountains could swell and shake—and God, our God, would still be a refuge.

The comfort for us in this is that nothing can happen to us in the time-and-space existence we live in that can impact God. He is, and will always be, a refuge for us. When things change around us, God doesn’t change. When things are in an uproar around us, He is not. When things of the earth are in a calamitous state, He is at peace. Therefore He is always a timeless refuge where we can seek shelter and safety.

Bro. Paul

April 25, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 1:6

"He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ."

When a young teenage girl named Joni Eareckson broke her neck in a diving accident, she thought it was the last step on her road to life. In reality, her mishap was actually the first step on a path of fruitfulness that she could not have imagined at the time. From her wheelchair, the quadriplegic Joni Eareckson Tada has touched millions of lives through her books, art, music, and advocacy for the disabled.

Joni’s story is more dramatic than anything most of us will ever experience. But the depth of her suffering serves all the more effectively to illustrate the point: The day we think life has come to an end is the day God’s plans and purposes are brought into even sharper focus. What we call "accidents" in life are nothing of the sort if we mean that accidents are random occurrences outside of everyone’s control—unpredictable events with no more meaning than a ricocheting steel ball in a pinball machine. The same God who has every hair on your head numbered has the days of your life numbered as well.

The child of God should rest in the knowledge that our Father in heaven has a plan—and He is never late.

Bro. Paul

April 24, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 29:18

"Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but happy is he who keeps the law."

Roger Staubach, who led the Dallas Cowboys to the World Championship in 1971, admitted that it was difficult for him to be a quarterback who didn’t call his own signals. Coach Tom Landry told Staubach when to pass, when to run, and only in emergency situations could he change the play. Even though Staubach considered Coach Landry to have a "genius mind" when it came to football strategy, pride told him he should have been able to run his own defense.

Staubach later said, "I faced up to the issue of obedience. Once I learned to obey, there was harmony, fulfillment, and victory."

Every Christian needs to come to terms with the issue of obedience as well. True happiness and fulfillment come in obeying God’s commands. Many have turned down the wrong corridor in search of happiness. They have chased after possessions, pleasures, and positions, only to find themselves at a dead end. Disillusioned by a world that promised happiness, they stand before a chasm of emptiness and trouble.

Have you been searching for happiness in all the wrong places? True happiness awaits those who obey Christ.

Bro. Paul

April 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 14:28

"You have heard Me say to you, "I am going away and coming back to you." If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, "I am going to the Father.""

In order for Jesus to give us what He promised, it was necessary for Him to go back to heaven. He says in verse 28, "You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father.’ " Jesus is reminding His disciples (and us) that before His peace could flood their hearts, it was necessary for Him to ascend back to heaven and be with the Father.

You may wonder why that was true. I believe it was because the peace of the Lord Jesus is resident in the Person of the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit could not be poured out upon mankind as He was at Pentecost until Jesus Christ ascended back to the Father. Jesus had just told the disciples (vv. 25–26) that the Holy Spirit would be sent by the Father after Jesus was no longer present with them. Because the Holy Spirit is resident in the life of every believer, it becomes possible for every believer to experience peace (Galatians 5:22).

Bro. Paul

April 20, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 20:35

"It is more blessed to give than to receive."

Too often we forget that it is a blessing to be able to give. If we were as eager to do things for others as we are to receive favors, we would better understand the words of Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." A spring of water continually gives, while a pool continually receives. That is why the spring is always fresh, while the pool becomes stagnant and filled with refuse. If we knew the blessing of giving, there would be no need for drives, schemes, rummage sales, car washes, entertainments, and circuses to support church work. The poor preacher would not need to plead and urge and beg to keep things going. A giving church cannot die, but when a people stop giving, the church dies—spiritually as well as materially.

After a minister had earnestly pled for the cause of missions, a stingy old deacon complained, "All this giving will kill the church." The pastor replied, "Take me to one church which died from giving and I will leap upon its grave and shout to high heaven, ‘Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord!’ "

Bro. Paul

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