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December 13, 2016, 7:11 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 1:35 

"Mary, you are going to be with child in a way that no one has ever been with child before, or shall ever be afterward."

There are several ways humans come into being. Adam and Eve were created directly by God. They did not come through the birth process. Today, we are the products of a relationship between our mother and father. But Jesus was uniquely born in the sense that He was born of His mother, but He had no earthly father. So Mary was asked, at the age of sixteen, to comprehend a concept, a birth process, that had never before occurred in the history of humanity. No wonder she was perplexed!

This is the glory and wonder of Christmas, that God could plant not only into the womb of this woman the Son of God, but He could plant in her heart the faith to believe the message that she received from the angel. Her response has always overwhelmed me with a sense of absolute submission that ought to be in the heart of every child of God. Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

Bro. Paul




December 12, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone

Let's look at Matthew 11:29

"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."

There are two kinds of stress that people need to deal with. First is the stress of sin which is relieved when we come to Christ initially. But second is the stress that accumulates when we don’t live our lives under Christ’s Lordship. That is the cause of the vast majority of the stress that Christians live with daily. To use Jesus’ own words, it is the stress that comes from not taking Jesus’ yoke upon us.

A yoke suggests a picture of oxen linked together pulling a common plow. That’s not really what His words mean. Taking on a yoke was a rabbinical expression meaning to become a disciple of someone. Therefore, He is saying, "Come and be My disciple. Begin to let your life be patterned after the dictates of My life and My soul. Come and get involved in submission to Me in Lordship. Take My yoke upon you."

Jesus, as the victorious Lord, the King of kings, is inviting us to be His disciples, to let Him rule over our lives.

Bro. Paul




December 9, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:19–20

"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God."

It is unfortunate that when we think about communication we only think of the active aspect of communication, which is talking. We ought also to consider the important passive application of communication, which is listening. Experts tell us that it is not easy to teach people to listen, but it is a skill that can be learned. Did you know that in one day approximately 9 percent of your time will be spent writing, 16 percent of your time will be spent reading, 30 percent of your time will be spent speaking, and 45 percent of your time will be spent listening?

We spend more time listening than any other activity, yet I’ve never seen a Christian training seminar that teaches you how to listen. It is possible to go to almost any graduation and see people getting awards for speaking, but I have never seen anyone get an award for listening. Remember the words of James: "So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath, for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God" (James 1:19–20).

Bro. Paul




December 8, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 13:8

"Love never fails."

Eusebius, the "father of church history," wrote how the early Christians demonstrated love during plagues and epidemics: "Most of our brethren showed love and loyalty in not sparing themselves while helping one another, tending to the sick with no thought of danger, and gladly departing this life after becoming infected with their disease. Many who nursed others to health died themselves."

He then added, "The heathen were the exact opposite. They pushed away those with the first signs of the disease and fled from their dearest."

Philippians 2:4 gives a great definition of love: "Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others." Love is seeking the best of the one loved. It is meeting the needs of another without thought of our own. It is doing for another what we would like to have done for ourselves (Matthew 7:12).

On a very practical level, this involves a lot of little things—sharing housework with your spouse, remaining patient with your children, listening to a friend, sharing praise with a coworker, helping a neighbor in need, or maybe just holding your tongue when you’d rather let loose. This kind of love never fails.

Bro. Paul




December 6, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 27:6

"Now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me."

Have you ever seen people with so much trouble their heads are down? Have you felt that way? You face a confrontation and it goes wrong. You walk away from there with your head down. Very graphic, isn’t it? The Bible says that when you face trouble and you worship, that worship becomes the lifter of your head. You could walk into church with the burdens of the world on you, and when you get caught up in the worship of the Lord, it’s almost like God just lifts your head right up.

Worship makes God big in your heart. Is God big? Yes. He can’t get any bigger than He is. I mean, God is God. But worship magnifies God; it puts awareness of who God is into your heart so you begin to sense and appreciate the greatness of Almighty God. When you see His greatness and you put your trouble in that picture, everything changes. When you measure your trouble against others, you might be depressed, but when you measure your trouble against the greatness and magnificence of God, that’s encouraging. No wonder your head gets lifted!

Bro. Paul


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