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June 28, 2017, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage for this morning:

"Who is able to stand?

Lord God, who can endure the day of Jesus’ coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap.

The apostle John was permitted to see the future when a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands. These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

There is no condemnation to those of us who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. I stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made me free.

Lord God, enable me to walk according to Your guiding Spirit and to stand fast in the freedom of Your forgiveness."

Revelation 6:17; Malachi 3:2; Revelation 7:9, 14–17; Romans 8:1; Galatians 5:1

Bro. Paul

June 27, 2017, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 5:23

"[The wicked man] shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray."

The story is told of an eagle perched on a block of ice just above Niagra Falls. The swift current carried the ice and its majestic passenger close to the edge of the great precipice. Other birds warned the eagle of the danger ahead. But their words were unheeded. "I have great and powerful wings," he boasted. "I can fly from my perch at any time."

Suddenly the edge of the falls was only a few feet away. The eagle spread his powerful wings to mount up over his impending doom only to discover that his claws had become frozen to the block of ice.

Scripture warns those who think they are immune to sin to be careful! They are on the verge of falling (1 Corinthians 10:12; 1 Timothy 3:6). "I never thought it would happen to me" are words which have hounded many a person until their dying day (Proverbs 5:11–14). Every Christian needs to know that yielding to temptation can happen—and will, unless the instruction of wisdom is embraced.

Wisdom says, "Hear me clearly: The road to immorality is the road to destruction."

Bro. Paul

June 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Joshua 1:8

"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it."

Most of us read the Bible casually and carelessly. We read the Word of God and it has no effect on us. That’s why the Word of God has become so insipid in our lives; it has no power over us. The greatest thing we can do in reading God’s Word is to understand that the Lord has given the book to us as our marching orders. We are to read it, study it, and then do it. Our prayer before reading the Bible should be, "Lord, show me in Your Word today what You want me to do! Show me the things in my life that are not in conformity with Your will, for I commit myself as I open this book that whatever You say to me here, I’ll do it."

With Jesus with us we can go anywhere—into Canaan with its walled cities and giants everywhere, and into the days of the year ahead, where every day poses a mystery and a challenge. We all will face giants in our futures, but know this: If He is with us, we are sufficient to win in the power of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bro. Paul

June 23, 2017, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Romans 15:4

"We through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope."

The Bible is filled with encouraging truths. There’s no need to find substitutes from other sources. God’s Word is filled with truth, given to us for the sole purpose of encouraging our hearts. In Romans 15, Paul reminds us that one of the purposes of the Old Testament was to provide encouragement for us today: "For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort [encouragement] of the Scriptures might have hope" (Romans 15:4). Everything from Genesis to Malachi was written for our learning, so that we, through the encouragement of the Scriptures, might have hope. If you don’t get your encouragement from God’s Word, you may find its benefit sadly temporary.

In the New Testament, the theme of encouragement is everywhere, especially in Paul’s writings. When Paul wrote to Timothy and Titus, he reminded those young pastors of the critical importance of using God’s Word as a tool of encouragement. "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort [encourage], with all longsuffering and teaching" (2 Timothy 4:2).

Bro. Paul

June 22, 2017, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Luke 1:37

"With God nothing will be impossible."

Over and over again in the Old Testament God is described as the maker of heaven and earth. The Hebrews’ worldview was based on the fact that their God was the maker of all things, and as such He had the power and strength to meet all their needs. Therefore it was part of the continual confession, almost as a reminder, that their God (who is also our God) made all things—nothing was too hard for Him.

God created all things and by Him all things are held together. Now if God holds the entire universe together, is it not reasonable to assume that He can hold the different aspects of your individual life together as well? He created us for the journey and sustains us through the journey as well.

So when you arrive at a place on your journey and you don’t know what to do, and you say, "Lord, I need help," remember this: The One to whom you are praying is the One who made heaven and earth. He can help you! The God who created us for life is the One who can help us with life.

Bro. Paul

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