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September 1, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is another scripture collage:

"The free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.

Loving Father, though my sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. You, Lord God, are He who blots out my transgressions for Your own sake; and You will not remember my sins. So I put You in remembrance; let us contend together; I state my case, that I may be acquitted. You have blotted out, like a thick cloud, my transgressions, and like a cloud, my sins. I return to You, for You have redeemed me.

God, You so loved the world that You gave Your only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more Your grace and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. I was washed, I was sanctified, I was justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by Your Spirit, Lord God.

From now through eternity I will be praising You for the gift—the grace—of justification and cleansing from my sins. Thank You, Lord God!"

Romans 5:16; Isaiah 1:18; Isaiah 43:25–26; Isaiah 44:22; John 3:16; Romans 5:15; 1 Corinthians 6:11

Bro. Paul

August 31, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is another scripture collage:

"The king held out … the golden scepter … Then Esther went near and touched the top of the scepter.

Mighty God, when I cry to You, Lord God, You will hear, for You are gracious.

I have known and believed the love that You have for me. You are love, and when I abide in love I abide in You, and You in me. Love has been perfected in this: that I may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as You are, so am I in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But if I fear I have not been made perfect in love. I love You, God, because You first loved me.

I draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having my heart sprinkled from an evil conscience and my body washed with pure water. Through Jesus I have access by one Spirit to You, my heavenly Father. I have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Jesus. I therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that I may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

The earthly king extended temporary access. You, my heavenly King, extend eternal access to Your throne."

Esther 5:2; Exodus 22:27; 1 John 4:16–19; Hebrews 10:22; Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16

Bro. Paul

August 30, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for Tuesday morning:

"Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Lord God, like Abraham may I not waver at Your promise through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith, giving You glory, and being fully convinced that what You had promised You were also able to perform. The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on You, the God of their fathers.

You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. It is better to trust in You, Lord, than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in You than to put confidence in princes. Lord, You order my steps as of a good man, and You delight in my way. Though I fall, I shall not be utterly cast down; for You, Lord, uphold me with Your hand.

Lord, I’ve tasted and seen that You are good; I am blessed when I trust in You! Oh, I fear You, Lord. There is no want to me when I fear You.

Lord, may I trust in Your promises

and Your ability and willingness to keep them.

Then I will know Your blessings.

Proverbs 16:20; Romans 4:20–21; 2 Chronicles 13:18; Psalm 46:1–2; Psalm 118:8–9; Psalm 37:23–24; Psalm 34:8–9

Bro. Paul

August 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning's devotional will be a little different.  I want to thank the Body of Christ residing at First Baptist Church in Eustace for surprising Leslee and me at this morning's worship service commemorating 20 years as Pastor.  It has been a wonderful journey for us and we look forward to serving the Lord here as long as He wants us to.  The Church gave us a bronze desk plate with a scripture on it.  The scripture reference was II Timothy 4: 2 which says:  "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching".  My prayer is that all be prepared to "preach the Word" when called upon by the Lord.  We love you guys and gals.  Let's follow hard after Jesus and see all the Kingdom events Jesus wants to do in and through us!

Bro. Paul

August 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 18:1

"He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart."

Here is something I have learned about prayer that I have not seen mentioned in books on prayer I have read: Prayer is meant to be preventative more than remedial. We usually treat prayer as remedial, meaning we pray when we have a need or are in trouble. But in Luke 18:1 Jesus says that at all times we "ought to pray … and not lose heart." In other words, prayer isn’t the last thought; it’s the first thought. It is preventative, not remedial. Also instead of praying when we are tempted, Jesus says we should pray that we "may not enter into temptation" (Matthew 26:41). When we are not under pressure and stress, we should be praying so that we might be shored up and defended against the pressures that will come.

Until we come to the place of prayer, we will never find release from stress. If we treat prayer as just a religious ritual or option, then we are not truly living in dependence upon God. Prayer is the soul of man crying out in inadequacy to a God who is adequate, a God who is able to do what man cannot.

Bro. Paul

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