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October 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 1:1

"Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God."

When we meet people for the first time, frequently in addition to stating our name we will identify our occupation or profession. Our identity is closely linked to what we do.

Paul introduced himself in the Book of Romans by stating, "Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God."

Paul saw everything in his life through the lens of his slavery to Christ. Outwardly, he wrote as a slave of Caesar, but inwardly he considered himself a bondslave to Jesus Christ. To Paul the term servant was a title of dignity and humility. There was no greater position than to be a servant of Jehovah God.

We all would do well to remember that God did not save us to become sensations, but rather to become servants.

Bro. Paul




October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Exodus 3:14

God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."

No one ever sank under the burdens of today; but add yesterday and tomorrow to today, and it can capsize your life. Jesus said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Dr. Osler, a famous physician of years past, made a helpful observation. He noted how oceangoing vessels were able to seal off various sections of the boat so that a leak could be contained in only one part of the ship. Though damaged, a ship could still make it to safety.

Just so, he suggested, we need to develop the capacity for sealing off the yesterdays and tomorrows that fuel the fires of worry. We need to learn to live in the compartment of today alone.

God is the great "I AM" (Exodus 3:14), not "I WAS" or "I WILL BE." The Christian who lives with Him today, in the present tense, is the one who will be free from worries about yesterday, today, or tomorrow.

Bro. Paul




October 13, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday'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, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday'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, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday'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


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