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December 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional


Good Morning,

Let's look at 1 Corinthians 13:6

"[Love] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth."

In Greek the phrase, “Love does not rejoice in iniquity,” literally means, “Love does not take satisfaction from sin.” To rejoice in unrighteousness is to justify sin. It is making wrong appear to be right. This is what Isaiah said in Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness.” 

There is much of that going on in our world today. Men and women in the media have come to understand that bad news is good news in the sense that it makes the headlines and provides more readership and listenership, but God’s love is saddened when it hears of the defeats and tragedies in other people’s lives. It is easy to be glad at another person’s misfortune, but God says that as Christian people we are never to rejoice in sin. When you love somebody, you cover their sins; you don’t broadcast them. John puts it this way: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (3 John 4).

Bro. Paul




December 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional


Good Morning,

Let's look at Luke 1:35 (paraphrase)

"Mary, you are going to be with child in a way that no one has ever been with child before, or shall ever be afterward."

There are several ways humans come into being. Adam and Eve were created directly by God. They did not come through the birth process. Today, we are the products of a relationship between our mother and father. But Jesus was uniquely born in the sense that He was born of His mother, but He had no earthly father. So Mary was asked, at the age of sixteen, to comprehend a concept, a birth process, that had never before occurred in the history of humanity. No wonder she was perplexed!

This is the glory and wonder of Christmas, that God could plant not only into the womb of this woman the Son of God, but He could plant in her heart the faith to believe the message that she received from the angel. Her response has always overwhelmed me with a sense of absolute submission that ought to be in the heart of every child of God. Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.”

Bro. Paul




December 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional


Good Morning,

Let's look at 1 Samuel 3:4

"The Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!”"

Ernest Hemingway once lamented, “I live in a vacuum that is as lonely as a radio tube when the batteries are dead and there is no current to plug into.”

Not so the Christian. We have a mission and a message. God has placed us on earth for a brief time to do an urgent work. Our lives have purpose, and all our days are scheduled in His perfect will. We travel an appointed way. What is the burning vision for your life? What does God want you to do?

Ask Him to show you. Read His Word, seeking His will for your life. Tell Him you’re available. Say, like Samuel, “Here I am.” Find something to do and begin doing it. Find a need and begin filling it.

Perhaps it’s visiting someone in the hospital or nursing home or working with children in the church nursery. Perhaps it’s singing in the choir, making visits for your church, or serving as an usher or greeter on Sunday morning.

Be faithful in that smaller thing, and the Lord will give you more work to do, and more and more—all for His glory. He wants to use you. He has a purpose for your life, and He alone can give you a vision of His will.

Bro. Paul




December 11, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional


Good Morning Everyone,

Just some lyrics from one of my favorite songs:

 

When peace like a river attendeth my way

When sorrows like sea billows roll

Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,

"It is well, It is well with my soul"

 

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought

My sin not in part but the whole

Is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more

Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, Oh my soul

 

And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll

The trump shall esound and my Lord shall descend

Even so, it is well with my soul

 

It is well   It is well   It is wel, it is well with my soul!!!

Bro. Paul

 

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December 7, 2018, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional


Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 11:28

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Stress is the catchall disease of our day. It is blamed for medical conditions and just about anything else that people don’t know how to otherwise explain. Huge sums of money are spent every year to teach people how to live with stress.

Two thousand years ago, a book was written under the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, that purports to have the answers to all of mankind’s needs. Can a book written so long ago really speak to the modern age in which we live? See if Jesus’ words in Matthew 11:28–30 aren’t the perfect invitation to the stressed-out people of our day: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

The invitation, though 2,000 years old, is still valid because the basic human need is still the same: People are still weary from the process of living life without God.

Bro. Paul


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