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October 13, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 12:19 tlb

"Dear friends, never avenge yourselves. Leave that to God, for he has said that he will repay those who deserve it."

The third movie in the Star Wars series was originally titled Revenge of the Jedi. Several months prior to the release of the film, many promotional materials were sent to movie theaters and chains across the country.

Then someone suggested to director George Lucas that if the Jedi knights were indeed agents of goodness and peace, they would not be motivated by revenge. Lucas thought about it, then agreed. Even though a title change would mean a substantial cost in redesigning film titles and replacing promotional materials, Lucas retitled the film Return of the Jedi.

In our culture, vengeance is not an uncommon concept. When someone does us wrong, our immediate reaction is to want to get back at them. If we are to be Christlike, though, we must give up our vengefulness.

Bro. Paul

October 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 4:4

"Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God."

When Luciano Pavarotti was a boy, his father introduced him to the wonders of song. He urged Luciano to work very hard to develop his voice. Taking his father’s advice, Luciano because a pupil under Arrigo Pola, a professional tenor. He also enrolled in a teachers college. On graduating, he asked his father, "Shall I be a teacher or a singer?" His father replied, "If you try to sit on two chairs, you will fall between them. For life, you must choose one chair."

Luciano chose one. After seven years of study, he made his first professional appearance. After another seven years, he reached the Metropolitan Opera. He went on to say, "Now I think whether it’s laying bricks, writing a book—whatever we choose—we should give ourselves to it. Commitment, that’s the key. Choose one chair."

In regard to your spiritual life, you must also make a choice. Will you serve God or the world? You cannot be faithful to both. For if you choose to be a friend of the world, you automatically become an enemy of God. There is no room for split alliances, no room for a divided heart. You must choose one chair.

Bro. Paul

October 11, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Esther 4:16

"I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

When your course is righteous, your courage will be reinforced. Esther had the righteous cause. She was to stand before the king and plead for the life of her people. Was she afraid? Undoubtedly.

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is persevering in spite of the fear. Courage doesn’t mean being oblivious to danger. People who wait for all the courage they need before they act will never act. But those who take the first little step in the process of courageous activity will be given greater strength by God.

The challenges of life will not get much bigger. But building your faith in God can grow you into a giant able to be courageous in any crisis. We build our faith by doing the things that seem hard to us at the time so that we can gain strength to do the really hard things that come to us in the future.

Bro. Paul

October 10, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 13:34

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

Francis of Assisi was terrified of leprosy. And one day, in the narrow path that he was traveling, he saw a leper! Instinctively his heart shrank back, recoiling from the contamination of that loathsome disease. But then he rallied and, ashamed of himself, ran and cast his arms about the sufferer’s neck and kissed him and passed on.

How many of us recoil from those who are different? When we meet someone who looks different, belongs to a different class, believes in a different religion, clashes with our personality, or is on a different intellectual level, we automatically withdraw. Rather than looking at these differences as an opportunity to show love, we allow the differences to separate us.

When you come in contact with those who are different, how do you respond? Do you reach out with arms of love or do you shrink back? Determine today, with God’s help, to love others unconditionally, accepting their differences. If this seems especially difficult, remember that God loves you unconditionally! There are no restrictions on His love.

Bro. Paul

October 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 1:30

"You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption."

The Bible tells us that when we become Christians, we are immediately equipped with the righteousness of Christ. Paul told the Corinthians, "You are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption" (1 Corinthians 1:30). When Jesus Christ came down to this earth as the perfect Son of God, He went to the cross and died for you.

As He hung upon the cross, two major things happened. First, He took our sin upon Himself. The Bible says He became sin for us. All the sins of the world were crucified on that cross with Jesus. Second, He imparted righteousness to us. So when we give our lives over to Him, when we put our trust in Him for eternal life, Christ not only forgives our sin, but gives to us His righteousness. We become righteous in Christ Jesus.

You know, that is the greatest bargain the world has ever known. You give up your sin and you get His righteousness in return. It is the greatest opportunity anybody has ever had, to get rid of your sin and get the righteousness of Christ imputed to your account in return.

Bro. Paul

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