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August 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at John 20:31

"These are written that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name."

Jesus was not only victorious over death, but He reached out to all those around Him. He desperately wanted to communicate with those who had been closest to Him. He used His scars with Thomas, His voice with Mary, the breaking of bread with two disciples, and a repeated fishing adventure with the other disciples because He loved them and wanted to reveal Himself to them.

He still has that passion today. We are so blessed to have the precious Word of God, the record of all the Lord did to reveal Himself to people. By it He has communicated to us, asking us to believe so that we may have life.

He continues to reach out to people today, through His church, through radio and television messages, through books and tapes, and through the personal witness of those who know Him as their personal Savior. He keeps on reaching to us with the message that He is alive, and because He lives, we may live also.

Bro. Paul

August 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 1 Timothy 1:13

"I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy."

The great glory of the story of the apostle Paul is knowing what he had been before seeing what he became. The greatest enemy of the Lord Jesus Christ in the first century became His greatest servant, most trusted apostle, and a faithful friend. The same hand that wrote out indictments of heresy against the early church was the hand that wrote the letters upon which the early church was based and ultimately spread. The heart that rejoiced when Stephen was stoned to death became a heart that rejoiced at the privilege of suffering for Christ’s sake. The noble statements of theology in Romans, the sweet lyrics of Christian love in 1 Corinthians 13, and the desire to reach the regions beyond with the gospel all came from the former persecutor of Christ and His church.

If ever there was any evidence of the transforming power of the gospel, it is seen in the life of Saul the persecutor who became Paul the apostle. Hopefully that same gospel has transformed you as well. If so, like Paul, may you ask the Lord today, "What do You want me to do?"

Bro. Paul

August 21, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 6:18

"Having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness."

As familiar as many of us are with the Passover and Exodus, one aspect of that great event is often overlooked: God redeemed His chosen people from bondage to Pharaoh for the purpose that they might become servants (slaves) to Him. Freedom for the sake of absolute freedom from all responsibility was never God’s purpose. The children of Israel, once they came out of Egypt, did not suddenly scatter to the four points of the compass to do whatever they wished. God’s desire was that they might walk in His will and invest their freedom from bondage in obedience to His will. Why? So He might bless them! When they failed to obey Him, He did not revoke their redemption and send them back into bondage—but they did miss out on the temporal blessings of continued obedience.

The parallel between the nation of Israel in the Old Testament and the individual believer today is inescapable. We should invest our freedom from slavery to sin, not in indulging the whims of the flesh, but in seeking to serve the God who redeemed us.

Bro. Paul

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

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