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July 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 138:2–3

"I will … praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me."

David notes three things for which we are to praise God when we are in trouble. These make a great outline for praying in times of trouble.

1. Praise Him for His mercy and truth.
God is perfectly balanced in mercy and in truth. When you come to Him, His truth is tempered by mercy and His mercy is illumined by truth.

2. Praise Him for His magnified Word.
When you read God’s Word and read of His lovingkindness and truth, you can know that the integrity of God and His name are behind those words.

3. Praise Him for His mighty provision.
Whatever His answer, it gives us strength which makes us bold. And boldness allows us to face troubles without fear. We face trouble with confidence and strength, knowing that God is with us and will see us through. That kind of perspective keeps us from cowering in the corners of life and gives us the confidence to face each day unafraid of what it might bring.

Bro. Paul




July 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at II Corinthians 5:21

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

I once heard someone say that, of all men who ever lived, Barabbas should have the best understanding of vicarious substitution. Somebody died in his place. This murderer and thief walked out a free man, the crowds cheering his release. At the same time, an innocent Jesus was sentenced to die.

But Barabbas isn’t the only one who can say that Jesus died in his place. We can all say that Jesus Christ died on that cross for us, just as He did for Barabbas. In the words of 2 Corinthians 5:21, "For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him." Jesus died that we might live. He was bound that we who are in bondage to sin might be set free.

When word of his freedom came, he had to walk out of that cell to be truly free. Through Christ the cell door has sprung open. All we have to do is say, "I accept what Christ did for me, and I will now live in the light of that truth."

Bro. Paul




July 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 16:9

"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

Richard Storrs and Gordon Hall were students at the same theological seminary. One Saturday near the end of the semester, Hall was preparing to go to Braintree, Massachusetts, to preach, hoping that he might receive an invitation to become their pastor. That afternoon as he was splitting some wood, his hat fell beneath the axe and was destroyed. He didn’t have the money to replace it and the weather was bitter cold, so he asked his friend to take the assignment. Storrs preached and was offered the job. He accepted it, and he remained the minister of that parish until his dying day—a period of more than half a century!

Hall, although disappointed, sought other outlets for his talents. He went to India and became the first American missionary to Bombay. He was quite influential in the Indian missions movement. No one who believes in divine providence will for a moment doubt that God stationed Storrs at Braintree and Hall in India. By means of that ruined hat, the courses of two lives were changed. Nevertheless, in God’s divine will, the good news was proclaimed.

Bro. Paul




July 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 4:6

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God."

One of the best ways I know to remember how to commit things to God in prayer is by remembering three circles. One is the worry circle, in which I keep nothing. Second is the prayer circle, in which I keep everything. Third is the gratitude circle, in which I keep anything. So when I pray, I am anxious for nothing, prayerful for everything, and thankful for anything (Philippians 4:6).

We feel foolish asking God to help us with some of the things in our lives. But remember: "In everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God"(Philippians 4:6). You just need to write out every one of your concerns before they turn into worries and commit them to God. He does care about each of them. If you take them back, just give them back to Him in prayer again. Day by day, as you get more and more practiced committing the affairs of your life to Him, you will begin to leave them with Him. Your trust in Him will grow, and you will stop grabbing back what you have given Him.

Bro. Paul




July 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Peter 4:10

"As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God."

Ministry" and "service" are from the same Greek word and mean essentially the same thing. There is no ministry apart from service. No one can have an impact in ministry who is not also willing to serve, to be a servant.

There is always a price tag attached to service. It might be health; it might be convenience; it might be aggravation; it might be humility. Whatever the cost, it is what adorns the neck of those who minister.

Ministry in the church is like being a parent. The most successful parents are those who learn to sacrifice for their children. And while we parents think our children never are going to realize what we have sacrificed in service to them, they eventually do. And what we have sacrificed for them comes back to us as the fruit of a close and intimate relationship with them. And it’s the same way in ministry in the church. The more we give of ourselves in ministry to others, the more we will get back in return. I heard the speaker John Maxwell say once, "If you are going to go up, you have to give up." There is no way to advance in ministry without giving of ourselves.

Bro. Paul


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