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September 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 4:22

"You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews."

As a pastor, I have come to realize that worship is the ultimate priority for which all of us were created. What does it mean to worship?

When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman in John 4 about worship He said, "You worship what you do not know." How can you truly worship something without knowing what it is? How do you worship a god you don’t know? Paul calls that ignorant worship.

All across the country last Sunday, churches were filled with people who walked in to worship something they did not know. People engaged in ignorant worship, and nothing really happened in their church or in their lives. They went through the external motions without ever really understanding the internal working, and nothing happened because God does not accept ignorant worship.

Worship is knowing God and worshiping Him, and if we do not know God, we cannot worship Him. Make it a priority to know God.

Bro. Paul

September 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

"I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day."

Duncan McNeil, the Scottish evangelist, once said that in school he had a seminary professor who insisted on opening his theology classes with a question. No one could ever anticipate what the question would be. One day he said to his students, "Gentlemen, can someone give me a definition of the gospel?"

A student rose and read John 3:16: "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The professor said, "That is a good gospel text, but it is not a definition of the gospel." Another student read 1 Timothy 1:15: "How true it is, and how I long that everyone should know it, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I was the greatest of them all." Again the professor declined to accept it; he waited for what he wanted. Finally, a student stood and read 1 Corinthians 15:3–5, much to the professor’s delight. It was evident that he had the reply he desired; he said, "Gentlemen, that is the gospel. Believe it, live it, preach it, and die for it if necessary."

Bro. Paul

September 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 27:6

"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

Some friends are willing to wound you in order to help you: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful" (Proverbs 27:6). Consider the last part of the verse—the characteristics of an "enemy." What to be on the watch for is essentially the flattering lips of a deceiver.

A person who constantly compliments you may not be a faithful friend. The wise person will quickly ask, "Why is this person saying all these nice things?" Sometimes that person has a hidden agenda. Perhaps they want something or are so insecure that fawning over people is the only way they know to find a friend.

So how do you find a faithful friend without being taken in by a flatterer or deceiver? Faithful friends edify, but they don’t flatter (Romans 15:2). They are humble and demonstrate love (Ephesians 4:2). They don’t always tell you what you want to hear. Instead, they are willing to rebuke you if necessary out of love for you (Proverbs 9:8).

Everyone needs to be close to someone who will ask them the hard questions about their lives. A faithful friend will ask those questions and not rest until he gets the right answers.

Bro. Paul

September 21, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 10:36

"You have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise"

When we have trials in our lives, we always have three choices:

We can endure our trials. Of course, some people make us endure their trials with them. We ask them how they’re doing, and they’re more than happy to tell us. But when we merely endure our troubles, we run the risk of becoming bitter.

We can just escape. Run! Leave! Get out of there! When we do that, we get away from where we are. But if God hasn’t told us to leave, we leave the place where God can help us.

We can enlist our troubles. This is the right thing to do. In other words, we can let God use the crises in our lives to make us better, to help us grow in His way. We can step up on our trouble and move to a higher level.

We all have a natural "flight syndrome" that causes us to think, If I could just run away! But when we do that, if we’re not careful, we make matters worse instead of better. Someone has said that no matter how difficult our circumstances, the safest place for us is always in the will of God.

Bro. Paul

September 20, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 4:12

"For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword."

A young German monk desperately wanted to find relief for his tormented soul. He prayed, he studied, he even went on a pilgrimage to Rome. Still he found no peace. Finally, when studying Paul’s letter to the Romans, the eyes of his heart were opened: "The righteous will live by faith" (Romans 1:17 niv). Martin Luther, the father of the Protestant Reformation, finally found the assurance he had sought for so long.

Because the Word of God is alive (Hebrews 4:12), it is able to bring about changes of all sorts. Whereas Martin Luther was able to find assurance of salvation through faith alone, another person may find freedom from anxiety through a knowledge of God’s sovereign control over life. The Word of God is used by the Holy Spirit to probe the deepest parts of the human heart and bring illumination. Perhaps there is an area of life where change has eluded you. If you will search the Word of God, you will discover the truth the Holy Spirit can use to satisfy your deepest longing (Proverbs 2:1–5).

The Word of God will bring forth the will of God in the life of the willing child of God.

Bro. Paul

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