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October 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:3

"Blessed be the God … the Father of mercies."

In the New Testament, each member of the triune God (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) places a priority on encouragement.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, "Blessed be the God, … the Father of mercies [encouragement]" (2 Corinthians 1:3).

In one of his letters to the Thessalonians, Paul reminded his readers that Jesus Christ is also, at the very core of His ministry, an encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17).

And what can we say about the Holy Spirit? "Encourager" is one of His names! The King James Bible says of the Holy Spirit (in John 14 and 16), "However when He the Comforter is come.… " The title "Comforter" translates the word paraklete, which means "to encourage." When we encourage people, we live out the ministry of the third Person of the Trinity. He is the Encourager.

God the Father encourages. God the Son encourages. God the Holy Spirit encourages. We need to be encouragers because encouragement is one of the primary ministries—in fact, it’s a priority of our triune God.

Bro. Paul

October 3, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

The world needs kindness. But let’s narrow the scope even further. Your world needs kindness. Your home needs kindness. Where people are living in close proximity, kindness sometimes gets lost.

In the New Testament, the language given to the church is given to the home. The church met in the home. When Ephesians 4:32 says, "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you," that’s also directed at the home.

We need to be tenderhearted, kind, and forgiving. The fruit of the Spirit is tested in that laboratory we call the family. If you can make it work there, it will work any place on the face of the earth.

Bro. Paul

October 2, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 2:49

"And He said to them, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?"

Have you ever come home from church and discovered you left a child behind? As your family gathers around the dinner table, your eyes fixate on the empty chair. "Where’s Johnny?" you ask. Blank stares and shrugged shoulders reveal the worst—Johnny got left behind.

When Jesus was just twelve years old, He too was left behind at the temple. His parents returned to find Him and discovered Him sitting among the teachers, asking questions. Greatly distressed, His mother asked Him why He had done this to them. He replied, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?" Even at a young age, Jesus knew He had a unique mission to accomplish. Convinced of this, He did not allow people or circumstances to deter Him.

What unique mission has God called you to? Has He commissioned you to a special assignment at home, work, or the church? Whatever it may be, pursue it with all of your heart. Then at the end of your life, you may say as Jesus did, "I have finished the work which You have given Me to do" (John 17:4).

Bro. Paul

September 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 15:28

"The heart of the righteous studies how to answer."

For many years following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, people would ask one another, "Where were you when Kennedy was killed?" Now another date and event has replaced all others in the modern era as the subject of the "Where were you?" discussions: September 11, 2001. More than any other event in our day, the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., have redefined life for most people. And many people have come to fear that definition.

The only silver lining in this dark cloud of tragedy is that people are asking questions for which only the Bible has answers: What is our world coming to? Why do people do such things? What can we do to keep terror at bay? The answer that every Christian has discovered and every non-Christian needs to know is this: The world cannot be changed, but people can be. When someone asks you the post-9/11 questions, encourage them with the words of a first-century converted terrorist named Paul: The gospel is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16).

The only way the world will be changed is the same way individuals are changed: from the inside out.

Bro. Paul

September 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Anyone ever told you to Get a Grip!!

Well let's look at 2 Peter 1:5

"Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control."

Most of us would agree that when it comes to the battle for the right kind of living, the biggest enemy is not out there. The biggest enemy is right here—ourselves. That’s why the principle of self-control is so very vital. It is that quality which makes it possible to achieve the goals God has set before us.

In the Greek, the word "temperance" is kratain. It means "to grab hold of, to grasp." I believe it’s the concept from which we get the idiom, "get hold of yourself," which we use when we’re talking to someone who is getting too emotional. The word is used only seven times in the New Testament. In almost every situation, it is used to describe the importance of gaining control and reigning over our passions and desires.

The matter of self-control is a battle fought in the mind. The mind controls the passions. The battle is fought in the thought life. There is no conflict so severe as the conflict one goes through to subdue oneself.

I’d like to suggest that the best way to deal with the struggle for control over your thoughts and passions is focusing your mind upon Jesus Christ.

Bro. Paul

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