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September 1, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 34:1

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth."

It has been said that too many Christians worship their work, work at their play, and play at their worship. What we do on Sundays we call worship … but is it really? For many people the subject of worship is an enigma. They come to services and sing, but they sense something is missing. They pray and talk with God each day, but find themselves wondering if perhaps there is something they failed to learn about their life with God.

When you begin to read the Scriptures and study the people of the Old Testament, you cannot read far before you begin to understand that worship was the pattern of their lives. The Lord Himself designed the first worship center. He was very specific; it took seven chapters to describe how He wanted it built. He made it portable and designed it to be a visual aid for the worshiping Israelites. The tabernacle was the center of the encampment of God’s people. It was a way of showing that God was to be at the center of His people in worship as a way of life. Worship is at the top of God’s priority list.

Bro. Paul




August 31, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

God Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 3:7–8

"Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and creature of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by mankind. But no man can tame the tongue."

James says we are able to control every kind of beast and animal, yet we have not learned how to control the tongue. After God created man, he was to rule over the fish, birds, cattle, and every creeping thing (Genesis 1:26). When Noah came out of the ark, God reiterated His purpose: "And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand" (Genesis 9:2).

Today, the nature of the animal has been tamed by the nature of man. We have dancing bears, trained seals, talking dolphins, acrobatic birds, charmed snakes, dogs jumping through hoops, and lions with their mouths open wide and the trainer’s head inside. We have elephants that march in line behind one another with riders perched on top. All of these creatures have been tamed, but the tongue is untamed and untamable without God’s help.

Bro. Paul




August 30, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is another scripture collage for Wednesday morning:

"Whoever trusts in the Lord, happy is he.

Lord God, like Abraham may I not waver at Your promise through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith, giving You glory, and being fully convinced that what You had promised You were also able to perform. The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied on You, the God of their fathers.

You are my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore I will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. It is better to trust in You, Lord, than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in You than to put confidence in princes. Lord, You order my steps as of a good man, and You delight in my way. Though I fall, I shall not be utterly cast down; for You, Lord, uphold me with Your hand.

Lord, I’ve tasted and seen that You are good; I am blessed when I trust in You! Oh, I fear You, Lord. There is no want to me when I fear You.

Lord, may I trust in Your promises

and Your ability and willingness to keep them.

Then I will know Your blessings."

Proverbs 16:20; Romans 4:20–21; 2 Chronicles 13:18; Psalm 46:1–2; Psalm 118:8–9; Psalm 37:23–24; Psalm 34:8–9

Bro. Paul




August 29, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage that goes along with Sunday's sermon:

"The accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Lord God, I can overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony. Who shall bring a charge against me, Your elect, Lord God? It is You who justify. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at Your right hand, who also makes intercession for me.

Having disarmed principalities and powers, Jesus made a public spectacle of them. Through death Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and released me who, through fear of death, was all my lifetime subject to bondage. In all these things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus who loved me. I put on the whole of Your armor, Lord God, that I may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. And I take the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word. Thanks be to You, Almighty God, who gives me the victory through my Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord God, victory over the devil, sin, and death is mine through Your Son. All praise to You!"

Revelation 12:10; Revelation 12:11; Romans 8:33–34; Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14–15; Romans 8:37; Ephesians 6:11, 17; 1 Corinthians 15:57

Bro. Paul




August 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Let's look at Proverbs 15:1
"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."

The mouth of the righteous is a well of life” (Proverbs 10:11) and is as valuable as choice silver (10:20). The words of the righteous are wisdom, they are like food for those hungry to know how to live (10:21, 31). And most of all, the lips of the righteous are discerning, knowing what is acceptable to say (10:32). I believe the sensitive, Spirit-led Christian can depend upon the Holy Spirit to give him freedom to speak or freedom not to speak, depending on whether the words are acceptable (appropriate) in the given situation.
Perhaps the most underutilized word of healing that Proverbs discusses is the “soft answer [which] turns away wrath.” It takes two people to have a heated, angry argument. If one of them decides to use a soft answer and not participate in the shouting match, the heated argument must by definition come to a halt. If you enter a situation where an angry argument is taking place, you can diffuse the tension and lower the decibel level by your soft words.
It is a blessing beyond description to see the spirits of a person rise, the life restored to their eyes, as a result of a healing word from your own lips.
 
Bro. Paul

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