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October 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Esther 4:16

"I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!"

When your course is righteous, your courage will be reinforced. Esther had the righteous cause. She was to stand before the king and plead for the life of her people. Was she afraid? Undoubtedly. 

Courage is not the absence of fear. Courage is persevering in spite of the fear. Courage doesn’t mean being oblivious to danger. People who wait for all the courage they need before they act will never act. But those who take the first little step in the process of courageous activity will be given greater strength by God.

The challenges of life will not get much bigger. But building your faith in God can grow you into a giant able to be courageous in any crisis. We build our faith by doing the things that seem hard to us at the time so that we can gain strength to do the really hard things that come to us in the future.

Bro. Paul

October 8, 2018, 7:15 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,
Here is a scripture collage for your Monday:
   " I will not fear. What can man do to me?
Mighty Lord, who shall separate me from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, or sword? Yet in all these things I am more than a conqueror through Jesus who loved me.
I will not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But Jesus has shown me whom I should fear: fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, Jesus says fear Him!
I am blessed when I am persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for mine is the kingdom of heaven. I am blessed when they revile and persecute me, and say all kinds of evil against me falsely for Jesus’ sake. I will rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is my reward in heaven. None of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy. I will speak of Your testimonies, Lord God, before kings, and will not be ashamed.
    May I fear You and You alone, Lord,
    and therefore be bold in my witness to Your truth,
    Your mercy, and Your grace."
    HEBREWS 13:6; ROMANS 8:35, 37; LUKE 12:4–5; MATTHEW 5:10–12; ACTS 20:24; PSALM 119:46
Bro. Paul

October 5, 2018, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 11:33

"Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!"

The greatest minds of history have wrestled with the issue of the sovereignty of God versus the free will of humankind. Some day in eternity we may discover how the track of God’s sovereignty and the track of our responsibility finally come together. But the way we should look at this is so simple we sometimes miss it: Let God take care of His sovereignty and let us take care of our responsibility. God’s sovereignty explains things that humans cannot possibly fathom. 

The sovereignty of God in our lives, from our perspective, is like looking at a weaving from the wrong side. We see all the various threads and knots and strands sticking out. We see it from the back side because we do not have the perspective that God has. But someday in eternity God will take that patchwork we have looked at and haven’t understood and He will turn it around. We will see the beautiful tapestry that has been woven out of our lives. We can spend all our lives trying to figure out why God does this and why God does that. Sometimes we just have to fall back on the fact that God is sovereign and in control. We can rest secure in that truth.

Bro. Paul

October 3, 2018, 11:12 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Acts 17:26

"They should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us."

There is a fundamental emptiness in every human being which can only be filled by the presence of God Himself. It is interesting to note that the only time Jesus Christ cried out in loneliness was from the cross when the Father forsook Him and allowed Him to die as a sacrifice for the world. 

Without the presence of God, the most agonizing loneliness will afflict even the strongest person. No person should search for a solution for his loneliness without solving the basic issue of separation from God.

Accepting Jesus Christ, and being filled by His Spirit, is the first step toward overcoming the negative dimensions of loneliness.

Bro. Paul

October 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 1:3

"Blessed be the God … the Father of mercies."

In the New Testament, each member of the triune God (God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit) places a priority on encouragement.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Blessed be the God, … the Father of mercies [encouragement]” (2 Corinthians 1:3).

In one of his letters to the Thessalonians, Paul reminded his readers that Jesus Christ is also, at the very core of His ministry, an encourager (2 Thessalonians 2:16–17).

And what can we say about the Holy Spirit? “Encourager” is one of His names! The King James Bible says of the Holy Spirit (in John 14 and 16), “However when He the Comforter is come.… ” The title “Comforter” translates the word paraklete, which means “to encourage.” When we encourage people, we live out the ministry of the third Person of the Trinity. He is the Encourager.

God the Father encourages. God the Son encourages. God the Holy Spirit encourages. We need to be encouragers.

Bro. Paul

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