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November 28, 2016, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 6:38

"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom."

When Elijah met the widow of Zarephath, she was locked in the clutches of a handful of meal and a tiny bit of oil. That’s all she had. We can sympathize with her. In fact, some of us can identify with her. And Elijah’s heart went out to her.

The difference was that he knew something she didn’t know. He knew that the way to have what you have and have it to the fullest is to always put God first. That’s why he said, "Make me a little cake first." In other words, "Trust God by putting Him first and watch what He does."

When we first see this woman in the story, she is clutching everything she has. At the end of the story, she is releasing it all to God. The way to have what you have is to give it back to God. That is the only way you can ever possess your possessions. If you give it back to God with open hands, He will not only bless you, He will also put back what you need.

Bro. Paul

November 22, 2016, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Timothy 2:2

"The things you have heard … commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

Long before Martin Luther "discovered" Reformation-truth, John Hus was preaching it in Behemia (Czech Republic). Born about 1373 of peasant parentage, Hus became the most powerful preacher in Prague. He advocated reform in the church, which drew the displeasure of his fellow clergy. When he declared Scripture alone sufficient for Christian life and practice, he was summoned before the Council of Constance.

On July 6, 1415, Hus was found guilty of heresy, condemned, and taken to the outskirts of town to be burned. His last words were, "I have never thought nor preached except with the intention of winning men, if possible, from their sins. In the truth of the gospel I have written, taught, and preached; today I will gladly die."

It’s dangerously easy to sit in church and yawn over the very truths for which earlier generations died. Our Bibles have been passed to us at great cost. Take a few moments today to thank God for the faithfulness of those who have handed down to us the gospel, and rededicate yourself to passing it along to someone else

Bro. Paul

November 18, 2016, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's lookat Numbers 32:23

"Be sure your sin will find you out."

The great news of the gospel is that we have a forgiving God. When we come to Him, open our hearts, and confess our sins, God does hear us and forgive us. He’s just waiting for us to come and ask Him. God puts confessed sins behind His back as far as the east is from the west. He buries them in the deepest sea.

God forgets what He forgives. Yet there’s a postscript: The Lord won’t erase history. Some consequences may be set in motion while we are out of fellowship with God, and we must reap what we sow. Even when we have been restored to fellowship through the forgiveness process, sometimes we have to "pay the piper."

It is impossible to get away with sin. You can’t do it. Numbers 32:23 says it this way: "Be sure your sin will find you out." Just as surely as you can’t get away with sin, you can’t get away from God’s love. No matter how evil your conduct, God loves you. The reason you have that hurt in your heart right now is because you’re God’s, and He doesn’t want you out of fellowship with Him.

Bro. Paul

November 17, 2016, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 4:19

"We love Him because He first loved us."

Why does God love us? Not because we’re lovable by nature. Deuteronomy 7:7–8 offers this remarkable answer: "The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you.… " Read that again! "The Lord … set His love on you … because … the Lord loves you." He loves us just because He loves us. His nature is to love.

Why do we love God? Not because we’re loving by nature. First John 4:19 offers a remarkable answer: "We love Him because He first loved us." Our love is responsive. William Tyndale, who was later burned at the stake for translating the Bible into English, was a brilliant, winsome scholar whose life was changed by finding 1 John 4:19 in the Greek New Testament. He called it "the pearly gate through which I entered the Kingdom." Tyndale wrote, "I used to think that salvation was not for me, since I did not love God; but those precious words showed me that God does not love us because we first loved Him. No, no; we love Him because He first loved us. It makes all the difference!

Bro. Paul

November 16, 2016, 7:01 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Colossians 1:6–7

"You heard and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant who is a faithful minister of Christ on your behalf."

In Colossians 1:7, Paul not only calls Epaphras a dear fellow servant, but a "faithful minister of Christ." Here is another key characteristic of those whom God uses: faithfulness. When was the last time you heard someone in the body of Christ commended for being so faithful? We speak well of almost every other trait before we think of faithfulness. Yet, in truth, faithfulness in ministry underlies everything else we do for Christ. It’s easy to be faithful in moments of crisis or great need, but I’m talking about those who labor faithfully for the Lord day in and day out with little notice. Faithfulness translates into persistence in ministry.

The persistent minister is the one who makes it to the finish line. Teaching Sunday school? Leading a backyard Bible club? Singing in the choir? Serving as a deacon? Faithfulness in these or any other ministry means you will take your last step as you cross the finish line—and not before. Epaphras was that kind of man—a faithful minister of Christ.

Bro. Paul

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