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February 8, 2019, 12:00 AM

friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at James 1:5

"If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

James says that God gives to all men “liberally,” which means two things. First, the word means “to stretch out,” and it pictures God stretching or spreading out His table of wisdom. God dispenses His wisdom to those of us who ask by lavishly pouring out to us the full supply of that which we need. The second meaning reflects the word “singly.” God is the opposite of the “double-minded” man mentioned in 1:8. God gives His wisdom simply, plainly, and individually to all who will ask of Him.

God also gives His wisdom without reproach (that is, without insult). When we pray for wisdom, God does not scold us for coming. He is a God who is generous and gracious, so seekers should approach Him in faith. If we approach God without faith, we have decided to live life our own way, to make our own decisions, to separate ourselves from Him.

James says the person who prays while doubting is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed about by the wind. However, the faithful man is stable, looking in only one direction for the wisdom he needs. And he knows the God to whom he prays is able and willing to respond to his need.

Bro. Paul

February 6, 2019, 12:00 AM

wednesday's Devotional

Jeremiah 31:13

I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow.

Sadness is an everyday truth in this life, and one we have to reckon with. But just as a day can bring sadness with it, it is also true that the day of sadness passes. We can be accused of being trite or trivial when we say it, but it is true that “things are going to get better; just hang on; you’ll get through this.” That’s the truth. Sadness does turn to joy.

I don’t know how many times I have faced a group of family and friends who have lost a loved one un-expectedly—a funeral can be the saddest day of our lives. Looking at people’s faces, we wonder if they will ever smile again. And yet, I will see those same people in a matter of weeks or months and the joy has returned. It’s just the process of life. We weep and then we rejoice. God gives us the grace to move from one phase to the next, from one day to the next.

Bro. Paul

February 5, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Stand Amazed

Genesis 1:31

God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.

Genesis begins, as everyone knows, with the creation of the world. None of us was there to witness it, but we’re given the account of how God fashioned the heavens and the earth with His powerful hand. Through writing inspired by the Spirit of God, we can stand and behold the moment when God said, “Let there be light”; when He divided the waters from the dry land; when He caused the earth to bring forth grass and when He placed the sun, the moon, and the stars in the sky. On each occasion we know that God said, “It is good.”

Yes, it is good! That’s our most basic response, too, when we look into the star-filled sky or see the sun rise in glory over a mountain, bathing the skies in orange and deep blue. But when we see that which is perfect, that which God has proclaimed good, we respond also with our emotions. We stand amazed; we wonder. And that’s a point we must stop and consider, for the ability to marvel lies at the very center of our identities as human beings created in the divine image.

Stand before that sunset and not only will your eyes be filled, but also your very soul and imagination.

Bro. Paul

February 4, 2019, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

As we face the challenges of the week remember Isaiah 43, "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flame will not consume you.  For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior."

Bro. Paul

February 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Matthew 6:21

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

A certain man lived in a cottage on a hill. Every week he rode his camel to a little stream. And every week as the camel stopped to drink, it nosed up the pebbles in order to make a deeper place for drinking. Again and again, the man picked up the bright stones the animal uncovered and took them home with him. One day a traveler told the man of the easy comfort and riches that certain men in the city enjoyed; the traveler filled the man’s eyes and heart with discontent. So, he sold his cottage and wandered the earth looking for money. Finally he died in rags and poverty, and was buried. The man who bought the cottage found the stones and preserved them. 

One day a merchant came to his home and discovered that these well-preserved stones were diamonds. The owner of the diamonds immediately became a millionaire. The first man had great wealth, but being ignorant of it, sold it and traveled the world looking for it. The second man simply made use of what he had. All people have eternal life at their disposal. Some respond to this treasure like the first man, some like the second.

Bro. Paul

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