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September 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morningt Everyone,

Revelation 2:5

Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.

Perhaps we walked with God early in life, or even got all the way through college with our faith intact. But then, through small concessions in our lives, our walk with the Lord began to erode. Little by little we slipped away from the things that once had been important to us.

What should we do today? How do we get back? We must remember from whence we have fallen. Repent where we are. Go back and repeat the first works. Confess our sin. Acknowledge who we are. And then remember that God loves us.

The good news of the gospel, my friend, is that before the prodigal ever turned his heart toward home, the father had been praying and waiting for him, thinking of what it would be like to embrace him again in his arms.

God will not force Himself upon us. He will not come and drag us out of our situation. But if we will return, He will love us all the way back home

Bro. Paul




September 27, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at" Ephesians 6:18

"[Pray] always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit."

I once borrowed a car and as a favor to the owner filled it with gas. That big Oldsmobile station wagon had an ornament on the hood that said "diesel," a sticker on the rear gate that said "Oldsmobile Diesel," and a note on the fuel gauge reading, "Diesel Fuel Only." So naturally I put diesel fuel in the tank. Big mistake, since the owner had recently converted it to gasoline. When it broke down on the main street of a village in New York, I had to explain why I had put diesel fuel into a vehicle with a gasoline engine.

I don’t think I’ll ever live that down, so I use it as the perfect illustration of Christians. We are human beings, and we have "Human Being" written all over us, but we’ve been converted into something else. If you try to run your new spiritual self on the old kind of fuel, it won’t work. There are a lot of Christians who haven’t figured that out yet. The fuel for the Christian life is prayer. Prayer is the energy that makes it possible for the Christian warrior to wear the armor and wield the sword.

You cannot fight the battle in your own power. No matter how talented you are, if you try to fight the spiritual battle in your own strength, you will be defeated.

Bro. Paul




September 26, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 4:22

"You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews."

As a pastor, I have come to realize that worship is the ultimate priority for which all of us were created. What does it mean to worship?

When Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman in John 4 about worship He said, "You worship what you do not know." How can you truly worship something without knowing what it is? How do you worship a god you don’t know? Paul calls that ignorant worship.

All across the country last Sunday, churches were filled with people who walked in to worship something they did not know. People engaged in ignorant worship, and nothing really happened in their church or in their lives. They went through the external motions without ever really understanding the internal working, and nothing happened because God does not accept ignorant worship.

Worship is knowing God and worshiping Him, and if we do not know God, we cannot worship Him. Make it a priority to know God.

Bro. Paul




September 23, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 15:3–4

"I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day."

Duncan McNeil, the Scottish evangelist, once said that in school he had a seminary professor who insisted on opening his theology classes with a question. No one could ever anticipate what the question would be. One day he said to his students, "Gentlemen, can someone give me a definition of the gospel?"

A student rose and read John 3:16: "For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

The professor said, "That is a good gospel text, but it is not a definition of the gospel." Another student read 1 Timothy 1:15: "How true it is, and how I long that everyone should know it, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—and I was the greatest of them all." Again the professor declined to accept it; he waited for what he wanted. Finally, a student stood and read 1 Corinthians 15:3–5, much to the professor’s delight. It was evident that he had the reply he desired; he said, "Gentlemen, that is the gospel. Believe it, live it, preach it, and die for it if necessary."

Bro. Paul




September 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 27:6

"Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful."

Some friends are willing to wound you in order to help you: "Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful" (Proverbs 27:6). Consider the last part of the verse—the characteristics of an "enemy." What to be on the watch for is essentially the flattering lips of a deceiver.

A person who constantly compliments you may not be a faithful friend. The wise person will quickly ask, "Why is this person saying all these nice things?" Sometimes that person has a hidden agenda. Perhaps they want something or are so insecure that fawning over people is the only way they know to find a friend.

So how do you find a faithful friend without being taken in by a flatterer or deceiver? Faithful friends edify, but they don’t flatter (Romans 15:2). They are humble and demonstrate love (Ephesians 4:2). They don’t always tell you what you want to hear. Instead, they are willing to rebuke you if necessary out of love for you (Proverbs 9:8).

Everyone needs to be close to someone who will ask them the hard questions about their lives. A faithful friend will ask those questions and not rest until he gets the right answers.

Bro. Paul


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