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October 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 12:6

"Whom the Lord loves, He chastens."

Until we are faced with the consequences of what we do wrong, we won’t even admit it to ourselves. We are the most marvelous people at rationalizing wrongdoing.

In our culture, absolutes are almost gone. We face a major problem in the church today with people doing what is absolutely wrong and having a good case for why it is not so bad. Until we face the penalty for our wrongdoing, we often won’t be honest with ourselves.

I think Jonah probably had a good case for not being the right man for the Assyrian job until the gastric juices started working on him in the belly of the fish. Then he started to say, "Well, maybe I am the right man for the job after all."

Some people think that this type of foxhole decision isn’t genuine. But just because we say "yes" to God under pressure doesn’t mean we aren’t being honest. It means we had to get to "yes" the hard way, but we got there all the same.

Bro. Paul

October 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 28:20

"Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

Christ is the only Savior of the world. But the Bible tells stories of leaders who, with God’s help, "saved" their people. Moses led his people out of Egypt, where they were miserable and enslaved. But after he brought the Ten Commandments down from the mountain where God had given them to him, he saw his people sinning. He had spent days there with God only to return to find the Israelites had not listened to him or to God. As a savior, he was alone, and it was his sole duty to bring his people back to God. With God’s help, Moses was a savior, and he too felt lonely.

Joseph saved the Hebrew people from famine by giving them food that Egypt had stored. Joseph had spent many years alone because his brothers sold him into slavery, and Joseph was also jailed for an offense of which he was not guilty, Joseph too had saved the Israelites by following God’s orders. But his path was not an easy one; it was often a lonely one.

Christ bore His burden alone on the cross so that He could obtain victory over death for us. Since Christ bore all the agony, loneliness, and sin of the world, we do not have to fear God’s forsaking us. God will always be with us, even unto the end of the age.

Bro. Paul

October 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 2:47

"The Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved."

Pastor Charles Swindoll tells about what was, at one time, the greatest evangelistic outreach center in the metropolitan Boston area—a gas station in Arlington. Bob, the owner, had a vision for his work being part of his faith. He provided such honest and dependable service that cars would often be lined up just to buy gas and be serviced at his station. There were no "Jesus Saves" banners, religious sayings, or "fish" symbols in sight. Just Bob—a committed Christian who led dozens of people to faith in Christ because of his Christlike life.

Rebecca Pippert has said, "Christians and non-Christians have something in common: We’re both uptight about evangelism." People found Christ at Bob’s gas station because Christ, not evangelism, was what they encountered. When evangelism, the church, or even Christianity takes the place of Christ, everybody gets uptight. What is your "gas station"? Wherever you encounter non-Christians, ask God to show you how to make Christ, not evangelism, the focus.

Every Christian is a lens through which the world is trying to catch a glimpse of Jesus.

Bro. Paul

October 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Mark 9:24

"Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!"

Why do you doubt? Have you been influenced by a book? A professor? Another believer? A non-believer? Identifying your doubts and their source will help you understand what you need answers for and why.

Think of the people in the Old Testament who God greatly used who had doubts when they heard His plans for them—Sarah, Moses, Gideon, and Jeremiah just to name a few. These people were approached by God Himself and they still doubted!

God knew their doubts just as He knows yours and mine. We don’t turn our doubts into prayers to God in order to inform God of our doubts. We tell God what we are thinking and feeling about our faith. That makes it more understandable to us as we try to figure out what is going on in our lives.

Go to God with your doubts. He is waiting to hear from you.

Bro. Paul

October 25, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 2:25

"I considered it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker, and fellow soldier, but your messenger and the one who ministered to my need."

Epaphroditus was a fellow worker in the body of Christ, which is another reason why Paul was so fond of him. Paul was without question a worker, and he was attracted to others who gave their all to the advancement of the gospel.

In the spirit of love, I must ask you the same thing I ask myself and those whom I pastor in my church: Are you a worker? If you are a Christian, I know you are a brother or sister. But I want to know if you’ve moved beyond that point and become a worker for Christ. Unfortunately, many in the body of Christ today are looking for the church that offers them the most services. Who do they think provides all those services if not workers just like themselves? If they do find a church offering what they are seeking, then they conclude, "This church is large and has everything all together. They don’t need me to do anything." That perspective reflects a definite lack of knowledge about the church of Jesus Christ and its needs.

Every church needs its members to be workers.

Bro. Paul

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