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December 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 27:6

"Now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me."

Have you ever seen people with so much trouble their heads are down? Have you felt that way? You face a confrontation and it goes wrong. You walk away from there with your head down. Very graphic, isn’t it? The Bible says that when you face trouble and you worship, that worship becomes the lifter of your head. You could walk into church with the burdens of the world on you, and when you get caught up in the worship of the Lord, it’s almost like God just lifts your head right up.

Worship makes God big in your heart. Is God big? Yes. He can’t get any bigger than He is. I mean, God is God. But worship magnifies God; it puts awareness of who God is into your heart so you begin to sense and appreciate the greatness of Almighty God. When you see His greatness and you put your trouble in that picture, everything changes. When you measure your trouble against others, you might be depressed, but when you measure your trouble against the greatness and magnificence of God, that’s encouraging. No wonder your head gets lifted!

Bro. Paul




December 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

I took a little vacation, but let's look at Matthew 11:28

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Stress is the catchall disease of our day. It is blamed for medical conditions and just about anything else that people don’t know how to otherwise explain. Huge sums of money are spent every year to teach people how to live with stress.

Two thousand years ago, a book was written under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, that purports to have the answers to all of mankind’s needs. Can a book written so long ago really speak to the modern age in which we live? See if Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28–30 aren’t the perfect invitation to the stressed-out people of our day: "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

The invitation, though 2,000 years old, is still valid because the basic human need is still the same: People are still weary from the process of living life without God.

Bro. Paul




December 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Genesis 50:20

"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive."

One of the greatest assets Joseph had was his sensitivity to every situation. In both his triumphs and tragedies, Joseph was able to see through his circumstances and see God at work behind the scenes.

Joseph always seems to be conscious of God in his life. He refused the invitation of Potiphar’s wife because he recognized that it would be "a sin against God." He refused to exalt himself when interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, instead insisting that "God shall give Pharaoh an answer." Now he refuses to take vengeance upon his brothers for selling him as a slave, since he now knows the Lord had it in mind all along. Joseph made God part of every aspect of his life.

If we can come to a place in our spiritual walk where we can see God at work in both our triumphs and tragedies, we’ll find new peace in our souls. We don’t always understand or particularly like what God arranges, but we understand the fact that He is in charge, and we bow to His sovereignty. That’s called living with an eternal perspective, and it’s exactly what Joseph does. He has confidence that God is at work on His master plan, regardless of how the immediate circumstances appear.

Bro. Paul




December 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ezekiel 22:30

"I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one."

When Frances Havergal, author of the hymn, "Take My Life and Let It Be," was a teenager, her parents moved to Dusseldorf, Germany, where she was placed in a German school. She was the only Christian among 110 pupils. The others made fun of her, teased her, even persecuted her. Her response? "It was very bracing," she wrote. "I felt I must try to walk worthy of my calling, for Christ’s sake. It was a sort of nailing my colors to the mast."

You might be the only Christian in your school, on your ball team, at your office, or in your family. What an opportunity! Christians are the "salt of the earth." It doesn’t take a lot of salt to season the whole pot. The presence of even one believer can hinder sin, delay judgment, prompt conviction, and extend the kingdom of God.

Paul and his two companions were apparently the only believers on the storm-tossed ship in Acts 27. But their presence saved all 276 people on board. The odds against Elijah on Mount Carmel were 450 to 1, but one plus God is a majority. The feeblest light is best seen in the thickest darkness. Don’t be afraid to nail your colors to the mast.

Bro. Paul




November 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 1:12

"The things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel."

Samuel Rutherford attended Edinburgh University as a young man and began teaching there at age twenty-three. But desiring to preach the gospel, he assumed the pastorate in Anwoth, Scotland, in 1627, and served faithfully for ten years. In 1636, he was called before the High Commission Court to defend his Puritan views. He lost the case and was exiled from his congregation.

On July 13, 1637, he wrote to his church from exile: "Next to Christ, I had but one joy, the apple of the eye of my delights, to preach Christ my Lord; and they have violently plucked that away from me. It was to me like the poor man’s one eye; and they have put out that eye, and quenched my light in the inheritance of the Lord." But all this actually furthered the gospel. While in exile, he wrote many letters which were later compiled into one of Christian history’s greatest classics, The Letters of Samuel Rutherford.

Whenever you experience a reversal in life, look around for an opportunity to share the gospel. Problems have a way of becoming pulpits in the overruling providence of God.

Bro. Paul


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