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August 18, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 130:5

"I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope."

There is a sense in which we have to wait before God for Him to reveal Himself to us so we can learn more about Him. The reason has to do with how we learn anything. We learn things in the human realm by acquiring a new piece of knowledge and comparing it to something we already know. But with God, since He is beyond our finding out, we have nothing to compare Him to.

We can never know God completely because we don’t have enough common ground to associate who He is with what we know. And so we are consigned to waiting before Him as He reveals more of Himself to us. If that seems strange to us, it is because we are not used to thinking of God in the truly transcendent terms in which He exists. As we grow in our experience and knowledge of God, we develop more and more common ground with Him, by which we can learn even more. Therefore, knowing God is a process, and waiting before Him in worship is the means to knowing Him better.

Bro. Paul




August 17, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 15:12

"This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."

Agape love is God’s special kind of self-giving. Agape describes a love that comes from and is rooted in God. It is totally selfless love. It delights in giving, even though the loved one may be unkind, unlovely, and unworthy. Agape love continues to give.

Agape determines to do whatever is best for the loved one. It willingly sacrifices itself for another’s good. Agape gives when it gets nothing in return. It does not even think of getting something back.

Do you think love is just a feeling? It is not a feeling. Love is a decision. The Bible says God is love. God is not a feeling. The Bible says we are commanded to love. We don’t have any option.

Maybe you don’t feel like loving. Do it anyway. God commands you to love. Maybe you think you can’t love. Then find out whatever it is you are supposed to do when you love somebody and do all those things. Depend upon God to do His part. When we do what we’re commanded in obedience to God, we discover that grace begins to develop in our lives.

Bro. Paul




August 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 63:6

"I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches."

Many people spend their nights tossing and turning when they face difficult circumstances. But not David. When he lay on his bed at night, he simply meditated on the Lord. He remembered the many ways in which God had been faithful to him in the past.

Are you losing sleep over a situation or circumstance in your life? As you think about the past, the present, and the future, meditate upon it from God’s perspective. Keeping hope alive is partly based on reliving the memories of the good things we have experienced as a child of God and the difficult things God brought us through.

Think of what David must have meditated upon. David stood before that mountain of a man with three things: a sling, a bag of stones, and faith in the power of God to give him victory. And that was all he needed—the battle was his. Never forget what God has done for you in the past. Those victories will fuel your faith in victories yet to come.

CONSIDER JESUS!!!!!

Bro. Paul




August 15, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 15:11

"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full."

The Bible shows that joy is present in all of the major events of the Christian life. There is joy in salvation, in baptism, when we read the Word of God, and in prayer. In fact, Christian joy is so unique that the Bible teaches us that it comes even at times of discouragement. Even when we are dying.

G. K. Chesterton has written that "joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian." I believe he’s right. This kind of joy is not known anyplace else in the world except in the life of a person who knows Jesus Christ in a personal way.

Jesus said, "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full" (John 15:11). The center of joy for the Christian is Christ. The joy is Christ’s joy. It is simply the life of the Lord Jesus Christ being lived out in an individual. Christian joy is letting Christ live His life out through you so that what He is, you become. There are other kinds of joy found in other places in the world, but there is no place where you can find Christian joy except in Christ.

Bro. Paul




August 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Deuteronomy 29:29

"The secret things belong to the Lord our God."

We would be less than honest if we denied the tension that exists between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. God is in control, but man is responsible. An old Puritan preacher had a wise perspective on the dilemma. He said he just preached them both as hard as he could—God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. In Luke 22:22, Jesus said, "And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!" Do you see both parts of the tension in this verse? It was determined by God that Jesus should be betrayed—but "woe to that man" who does the betraying.

A key verse in all these matters is Deuteronomy 29:29: "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law." The secret things are God’s determined, sovereign purpose. Our problem is wanting to know all God’s secrets. But our responsibility is to take what God has revealed and work to understand it and implement it with all our heart—and leave everything else to God.

Bro. Paul


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