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September 8, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 John 1:1

"The which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of Life."

It was the ancient Greeks who first sent representatives to conduct official business on behalf of their government. Today, ambassadors speak with the full authority of their governments and embassies are considered inviolable territory. In short, how a nation treats another nation’s ambassador and embassy is a good indication of the esteem in which it holds the foreign nation as a whole.

The idea of identifying and valuing two entities as equals is a biblical concept. For two people in covenant, to harm one was to harm the other (1 Samuel 18:1–4). And to disregard a person’s word was to disparage the person himself (Luke 6:46). Therefore, how we value the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ, is a good indicator of how we value the written Word of God, the Bible. What conclusions would someone draw about your love for the Savior after observing your relationship to the Scriptures for a few weeks? Since both the Bible and Jesus Christ are the Word of God, it’s impossible to value one and not the other.

A proven way to grow closer to God is to grow closer to God’s Word

Bro. Paul

September 7, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Thessalonians 5:11 niv

"Encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."

We say, "I’m going to sit down and figure out how I can build others up." That’s fine, but how do we build others up? How do we know what to do?

Paul gave this advice in Acts 20:32: "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified."

How do we get built up enough to build up somebody else? My friends, it’s the Bible. Read the Bible. The Word of God is the fuel to help us be builders. In 1 Peter 2:2 we are told, "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby."

One New Testament passage, Jude 1:20–21, talks about building ourselves up: "But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."

What does Jesus want us to do? I think He wants us to be builders—edifiers—men and women who are committed to strengthening the body. Let us build one another up!

Bro. Paul

September 6, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 4:9

"The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

The Philippian believers were instructed to practice the things which they had heard, seen, learned, and received from Paul. The items on that action list included the following:

• Loving more

• Having greater discernment

• Being sincere and without offense

• Being filled with the fruits of righteousness

• Having conduct worthy of the Gospel

• Standing fast in one spirit

• Striving together for the Gospel

• Being likeminded, of one accord

• Esteeming others better than themselves

• Working out their own salvation in fear and trembling

• Doing all things without complaining and disputing

• Holding fast the Word of Life

• Looking out for false teachers

When Paul spoke of the things learned and received, he was talking about careful exhortation. When he spoke of those things heard and seen, he was referring to concrete example. Paul was a living example of the conduct he expected from the Philippians.

Bro. Paul

September 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 37:39

"The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble."

Here’s a way for you to think about this the next time trouble comes: If you and God are standing apart from one another, and trouble comes between you, it can drive you further apart. But if, when you see trouble coming, you cling to God with all your might, never letting trouble come between you, then you have the victory. In fact, the pressure of the trouble will push you closer and closer to God. It will only serve to strengthen your relationship with Him. People tell me all the time, and I can testify as well, that they never experience the nearness of God as much as they do when they are in the desert places of life. That happens by not letting trouble come between you and God.

Prayer is a way to cling to God. You reach out to Him and communicate with Him with the words of your heart. You pour out your praises and your petitions, and you stay in an attitude of prayer until deliverance comes.

Bro. Paul

September 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's lok at Luke 21:28

"Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."

In 1949, the magazine Popular Science predicted, "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." In 1977, Ken Olsen, founder of Digital Equipment Corporation, said, "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." Bill Gates said in 1981, "640K ought to be enough for anybody."

Making predictions is risky business—unless you are God! According to John Wesley White, the coming again of Christ and the end of the age occupies some 1,845 scriptural verses, and each one offers sure and certain hope for the Christian. Just consider these promises: "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). "I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (John 14:3). "Behold, I am coming quickly!" (Revelation 22:7).

Vance Havner said, "We are not just looking for something to happen, we are looking for Someone to come! And when these things begin to come to pass, we are not to drop our heads in discouragement or shake our heads in despair, but rather lift up our heads in delight."

Bro. Paul

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