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November 4, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 12:24

"There should be no schism in the body, but … the members should have the same care for one another."

Courtesy is one of those things that is so simple we forget about it. Most of us want to get involved in the large, huge, loving things. But you see, courtesy isn’t the great big love involvement. Courtesy is love in the little things. Courtesy is the simplicity of love.

You can take the most untutored person and put him into the highest society, and if he has a reservoir of courteous love, he will not behave unwisely. A person who is committed to God’s kind of love, as simple as he may be, will know what to do and will be accepted. Carlisle said of Robert Burns that there was no truer gentleman than the plowman poet. "He loved everything, and all things great and small that God had made. So with this simple passport he could mingle with any society and enter courts and palaces from his little cottage, and be accepted."

I’ve known people like that. Maybe they don’t have the right clothes or don’t know just the right words to say, but because of their simplicity and their easiness with people and their courtesy in conversation, they seem to be accepted in any strata of society. That is the simplicity of love.

Bro. Paul

November 3, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning,

Here is another scripture collage

"Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

Lord, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, as the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, so my eyes look to You, my God, until You have mercy on me.

You commanded a continual burnt offering throughout the generations at the door of the tabernacle of meeting, where You would meet Your people to speak with them. In every place where You record Your name You will come to Your people, and You will bless us.

Where two or three gather together in Jesus’ name, He is there in our midst.

The hour is coming, and now is when the true worshipers will worship You, Father God, in spirit and truth; for You are seeking such to worship You. Lord, You are Spirit, and when I worship You I must worship in spirit and truth.

I will pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit. I will pray without ceasing.

Keep me listening for Your voice, Lord, as I pray, worship, and enjoy Your presence with me."

Proverbs 8:34; Psalm 123:2; Exodus 29:42; Exodus 20:24; Matthew 18:20; John 4:23–24; Ephesians 6:18;

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Bro. Paul

November 2, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage:

"Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit," says the Lord of hosts.

Lord, who has directed Your Spirit, or as Your counselor has taught You?

God, You have chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and You have chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised You have chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in Your presence.

The wind blows where it wishes, and I hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit … born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of You, Lord God.

Jesus’ Spirit remains among us; I do not fear! The battle is not mine, but God’s.

You, Lord, do not save with sword and spear; for the battle is Yours.

Your Spirit, Lord, saves, guides, protects, and brings victory to Your purposes. Thank You for making His power available to me for life’s battles.

Zechariah 4:6; Isaiah 40:13; 1 Corinthians 1:27–29; John 3:8; John 1:13; Haggai 2:5; 2 Chronicles 20:15; 1 Samuel 17:47

Bro. Paul

October 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 12:6

"Whom the Lord loves, He chastens."

Until we are faced with the consequences of what we do wrong, we won’t even admit it to ourselves. We are the most marvelous people at rationalizing wrongdoing.

In our culture, absolutes are almost gone. We face a major problem in the church today with people doing what is absolutely wrong and having a good case for why it is not so bad. Until we face the penalty for our wrongdoing, we often won’t be honest with ourselves.

I think Jonah probably had a good case for not being the right man for the Assyrian job until the gastric juices started working on him in the belly of the fish. Then he started to say, "Well, maybe I am the right man for the job after all."

Some people think that this type of foxhole decision isn’t genuine. But just because we say "yes" to God under pressure doesn’t mean we aren’t being honest. It means we had to get to "yes" the hard way, but we got there all the same.

Bro. Paul

October 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning

Let's look at Acts 2:47

"The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

Pastor Charles Swindoll tells about what was, at one time, the greatest evangelistic outreach center in the metropolitan Boston area—a gas station in Arlington. Bob, the owner, had a vision for his work being part of his faith. He provided such honest and dependable service that cars would often be lined up just to buy gas and be serviced at his station. There were no "Jesus Saves" banners, religious sayings, or "fish" symbols in sight. Just Bob—a committed Christian who led dozens of people to faith in Christ because of his Christlike life.

Rebecca Pippert has said, "Christians and non-Christians have something in common: We’re both uptight about evangelism." People found Christ at Bob’s gas station because Christ, not evangelism, was what they encountered. When evangelism, the church, or even Christianity takes the place of Christ, everybody gets uptight. What is your "gas station"? Wherever you encounter non-Christians, ask God to show you how to make Christ, not evangelism, the focus.

Every Christian is a lens through which the world is trying to catch a glimpse of Jesus.

Bro. Paul

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