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July 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 4:6 this morning:

"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 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a Wednesday morning scripture collage:

"My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.

Lord God, enable me to be strong and of good courage, may I not fear nor be afraid; for You, Lord God, are the One who goes with me. You will not leave me nor forsake me. You, Lord, are the One who goes before me. You will be with me; so I do not fear, nor am I dismayed. Have You not commanded me? So I will be strong and of good courage; I will not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for You, Lord God, are with me wherever I go. In all my ways I acknowledge You, and You shall direct my paths.

You have said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So I boldly say: "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" My sufficiency is from You, Lord God.

I pray, "Do not lead me into temptation." O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in me who walks to direct my own steps. My times are in Your hand.

In Your presence I know Your power, peace, guidance,

protection, and love. Thank You, God!"

Exodus 33:14; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:9; Proverbs 3:6; Hebrews 13:5–6;

2 Corinthians 3:5; Matthew 6:13; Jeremiah 10:23; Psalm 31:15

Bro. Paul

July 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Peter 4:10 this morning:

"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

July 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 4:7

"Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and in all your getting, get understanding."

My favorite secular definition of wisdom is, "Doing the right thing without precedent." That means you know what to do in a situation even though you’ve never experienced it before.

In his book Knowing God, J. I. Packer offers a helpful illustration for understanding wisdom using the metaphor of a railroad or subway system. He said some people think of wisdom as if they’re sitting in the control room looking at a giant board on which the movement of all the trains is tracked. You can see everything that’s going on in the city’s rail system at one time; you have a total picture of everything. Some people think the wiser they become the greater grasp they will have of the mysteries of God—how everything in the universe works and how all the pieces fit together. But that is not what biblical wisdom is all about.

I have found the opposite to be true. The more knowledge of God I get (that is, the wiser I become) the more I realize how much I don’t know, and will never know, about God and His ways.

Bro. Paul

July 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 20:28 this morning:

Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood."

If AT&T could establish a direct phone link between earth and heaven on a given Sunday morning and Jesus spoke simultaneously via satellite to congregations all over the world, what do you think He would say? You’re sitting there in your pew, your heart beating fast. What will His instructions be? "You shall be witnesses to Me … to the end of the earth." And after He said that, I think He would certainly repeat the words He spoke to Peter: "Feed my sheep."

In other words, "Brothers and sisters in the church, you live in a time of terrible demolition. My eyes miss nothing. I have seen it all. But even while precious things all around you are being torn down and dismantled, you can be in the process of building. Build up My church! Take care of My sheep. Feed them. Tend them. Love them … as I have loved you."

We don’t need a direct phone line, do we? We don’t need a satellite connection to heaven. He has given us His inerrant Word, which is a light to our feet and a lamp to our path. He has given us His Holy Spirit to dwell within us, illuminating the pages of Scripture, reminding us of everything Jesus taught.

Bro. Paul

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