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March 1, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 10:1

"My heart’s desire and prayer to God … is that they may be saved."

A recent survey by Christian pollster George Barna found that only about half (53 percent) of born again Christians feel a sense of responsibility to tell others about their faith. Compare that with these quotes from earlier generations of believers:

"I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls for Christ."—David Brainerd

"God, the sin of this city is breaking my heart."—Samuel Hadley, about New York City

"Lord, give me souls or take my soul."—George Whitefield

"Here let me burn out for God."—Henry Martyn, on the shores of India

"I am very tired, but must go on … A fire is in my bones … Oh God, what can I say? Souls! Souls! Souls! My heart hungers for souls!"—General William Booth

"I would rather win souls than be the greatest king or emperor on earth. My one ambition in life is to win as many as possible."—R. A. Torrey

Bro. Paul

February 28, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 3:17

"The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy."

Heavenly wisdom is continually coming from above, as evidenced in James’s use of the present tense in 3:17. God’s supply of wisdom never runs dry, but keeps coming to us to meet the demands of each hour (James 1:5). This wisdom is manifested through God’s Son, made available through God’s Holy Spirit, and written down in God’s holy book, the Bible. The wise man is the man who has given himself to Jesus Christ and who, with the Spirit’s help, keeps his intellect in submission to the will of God.

The comparison of heavenly and earthly wisdom is instructive. The world’s wisdom results in "confusion" (v. 16), but God’s wisdom always brings "peace" (v. 18). The result of the world’s wisdom is "every evil thing" (v. 16), but God’s wisdom produces fruit. In the fruit of God’s wisdom are the seeds of more fruit; the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace (v. 18). God’s wisdom automatically multiplies.

Bro. Paul

February 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 9:8

"God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work."

An old widow was living in poverty and want. A young man, hearing she was in need, went to visit her to see if he could be of any help. The old lady complained bitterly of her condition and remarked that her son in Australia was doing very well. Her friend inquired, "Doesn’t he do anything to help you?" She replied, "No, nothing. He writes to me regularly once a month but he sends me only some little pictures with his letters." The young man asked to see the pictures she had received. To his surprise, he found each of them to be twenty-pound notes. The poor old lady did not realize the value of this foreign currency, but had imagined them to be mere pretty pictures.

She had lived in poverty and want, whereas she could have had all the bodily comforts she desired and needed so much. We smile at the foolishness of the old woman, but how many of us are like her, living as though we were paupers instead of sons and daughters of the King?

Bro. Paul

February 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 34:17

"The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles."

David testified, "This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." C. S. Lewis once wrote, "Down through the ages whenever men had a need of courage they would cry out, ‘Billy Budd, help me’ and nothing happened. But for 1900 years, whenever men have needed courage and have cried out, ‘Lord Jesus, help me’ something always happened."

I love the Hebrew definition of the word "trouble." The word literally translates, "hang-ups." It means to be inhibited, tied up and restricted. When we lay hold of Christ, we are freed from our "hang-ups."

Sound too simple? It is! Yet when I’ve counseled with so many Christians in deep trouble, I’ve asked them, "Have you talked to the Lord about this?" They looked at me with a blank stare. "You mean tell Him?" Yes. When you acknowledge the reliability of the One who is in charge of your life and then admit your fear, you have to appropriate the power that He has promised to give you. You have to tell it to Jesus.

Bro. Paul

February 23, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is one more scripture collage for the week:

"Who is the man that fears the Lord? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses.

Your Word, Lord God, calls my eye the lamp of my body … if it is good, my whole body is full of light.

Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. My ears hear a word behind me, saying, "This is the way, walk in it," whenever I turn to the right hand or whenever I turn to the left. You will instruct me and teach me in the way I should go; You will guide me with Your eye. Not like the horse or the mule, who have no understanding, and must be harnessed with bit and bridle, else they will not come near me. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but I trust in You, Lord; Your mercy surrounds me. I will be glad in You, Lord, and rejoice; I shout for joy, I who am upright in heart!

O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in me who walks to direct my own steps.

I want to follow Your path in this life, Lord. Keep me following Your leading and obeying to Your instructions, constantly aware of Your loving mercy."

Psalm 25:12; Matthew 6:22; Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 30:21; Psalm 32:8–11; Jeremiah 10:23

Bro. Paul

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