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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

September 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Revelation 2:5

"Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works."

Perhaps we walked with God early in life, or even got all the way through college with our faith intact. But then, through small concessions in our lives, our walk with the Lord began to erode. Little by little we slipped away from the things that once had been important to us.

What should we do today? How do we get back? We must remember from whence we have fallen. Repent where we are. Go back and repeat the first works. Confess our sin. Acknowledge who we are. And then remember that God loves us.

The good news of the gospel, my friend, is that before the prodigal ever turned his heart toward home, the father had been praying and waiting for him, thinking of what it would be like to embrace him again in his arms.

God will not force Himself upon us. He will not come and drag us out of our situation. But if we will return, He will love us all the way back home.

Bro. Paul

September 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for Tuesday morning:

"Let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Now for a little while, if need be, I have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of my faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. I glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.

It is good that I should hope and wait quietly for Your salvation, Lord God. I have a better and an enduring possession for myself in heaven. So I do not cast away my confidence, which has great reward. For I have need of endurance, so that after I have done Your will, Lord God, I may receive the promise. My Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and You, my God and Father, who have loved me and given me everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort my heart.

Thank You for reminding me that You, Almighty God, are in charge, that trials are not pointless, and that eternal rewards await."

James 1:4; 1 Peter 1:6–7; Romans 5:3–4; Lamentations 3:26; Hebrews 10:34–36; 2 Thessalonians 2:16–17

Bro. Paul

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