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July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 14:26

"The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all the things that I said to you."

The Holy Spirit’s other name is Comforter. That is my favorite name for the Holy Spirit. The word "comforter" is a Greek word, paraclete, and it is the same word that is translated "encourager."

The Holy Spirit is my Encourager. He comes and puts His arm around me when I am discouraged, and He encourages me.

Yes, there are times when this pastor loses his perspective a little and becomes discouraged. I may have actually slipped into depression once or twice (not recently, thank the Lord). It’s the same with anyone in leadership; sometimes you feel as though there is hardly anywhere to run. You just have to get alone with your Bible, get down on your knees in prayer … and then the Spirit of God comes to bring encouragement to your heart. I’ve had that experience time and again. It is almost (almost!) worth experiencing the dark and heavy times, because the encouragement of God’s Spirit is so sweet. I praise God that the Holy Spirit is my Comforter and Encourager and Helper.

Bro. Paul




July 11, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Colossians 1:27

"Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Though World War II did not officially end until 1945, it can be safely said that it was over on June 6, 1944. That was D-Day, when 176,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in France. Eventually, three-quarters of a million troops assembled in France to liberate Europe from the Axis powers led by Adolf Hitler. Many fierce battles followed D-Day before the Axis armies were defeated. But the die was cast on D-Day when hope came once again to the free world.

The same may be said of our Christian experience. Though the day is yet in the future when evil will be eradicated from earth completely, we know it will happen because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By His death, Christ freed believers from the debt of sin. And by His resurrection, death, the last great enemy, was conquered so we might live again and forever. Are you in a battle or skirmish today with the world, the flesh, or the devil? Don’t wish things were different. Instead, put your hope in the fact that with the invasion of Christ into this world, victory was won. True hope is available to all allies of the conquering Christ. True hope is not wishful thinking; it is faith in fact.

Bro. Paul




July 10, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:2

"Deliver me in Your righteousness, and cause me to escape; incline Your ear to me and save me."

When in the hospital during my bout with cancer, I awakened in a morphine-induced grogginess with the thought to read Psalm 71. I recall noting the hour—3:00 a.m.—but could not remember who, prior to coming to the hospital, had encouraged me to meditate on that particular psalm. I reached for my Bible and began to read the words of the psalmist, who wrote concerning a dark night he had been through. The words of that psalm were a bright light in a dark night in my life—and can be for you as well.

Regardless of the name of the author of this psalm, we do know this about him: He was thoroughly familiar with the ways and words of God. It is a compilation of truths about God’s deliverance of His saints during times of trouble.

It is not the absence of suffering, but the response to suffering that makes Christians unique. Believers are not exempt from trials in life, but we can be exempt from failure in those trials.

Bro. Paul




July 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 20:28

"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




July 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 4:2

"It is required in stewards that one be found faithful."

God places a high premium on the quality of faithfulness. He says to us by the way of Paul in 1 Corinthians 4:2, "It is required in stewards that one be found faithful." We are all stewards of the grace of God. God has given Christians an opportunity to administer part of His kingdom on this earth on His behalf.

If there is anything at all we need in our churches, it is this quality of faithfulness. Sometimes described as fidelity, sometimes defined as steadfastness, it always means the determination to stay by your word and complete your commitment.

How we need the quality of faithfulness in our world today. Contracts mean nothing. Commitments mean nothing. We don’t mean what we say. Sooner or later, like everything else, that kind of thing begins to creep into the body of Christ. We have lost the characteristic of faithfulness.

God is teaching us that we are to be faithful no matter what. What a freeing thing that is! God has given all of us something to do, and He says to us, "Here’s what I want from you in this assignment. Be faithful."

Bro. Paul


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