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April 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Philippians 3:14

"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

In one of many attempts to scale Mount Everest before the successful climb in 1953, a team of mountain climbers made a final dash for the summit. Their courageous attempt failed and today they lie buried somewhere in the eternal snow. One of the party, who had stayed below when the final assault was attempted, returned to London. One day as he was giving a lecture on mountain climbing, he stood before a magnificent picture of Mount Everest. As he concluded his address, he turned around and addressing the mountain, he said, "We have tried to conquer you and failed; we tried again and you beat us; but we shall beat you, for you cannot grow bigger, but we can."

Just as a true mountain climber can never give up as long as there is still an unconquered peak, so Paul could not let the Philippian believers give up until they had reached maturity. His challenge to them was to keep on walking, keep on growing, keep on climbing until they reached their potential in Christ.

Bro. Paul




April 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Nehemiah 8:10

"The joy of the Lord is your strength."

Doctors speak of the "threshold of pain," the level of awareness at which a person feels pain. Some people have a high threshold; others have a very low threshold. When you take an aspirin, it has no effect on your physical problem. All it does is raise your pain threshold so that you must experience more pain before you are aware of it. The aspirin makes you feel better because you don’t feel how bad you feel.

Joy is like that. Happiness and joy are spiritual aspirin. When you are filled with the joy of the Lord, the hurts around you don’t touch you so quickly.

I have found that psychologically music raises my threshold of pain. On days when I am discouraged, I’ll go home, turn on the stereo, and begin to listen to music. God uses that to assuage my soul and bring me out of pain. Is it any wonder that Saul required David to come and play for him on the harp to bring him out of his depression? That’s what music can do in our hearts.

Bro. Paul




April 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Hebrews 11:1

"Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

In a day of material prosperity, when it seems that we have no lack of anything, there is one thing we are missing: heroes. Too often, those we traditionally look to as heroes end up being tarnished in some way—leaving us to search again.

Some people are designated as heroes during their lifetimes for achieving great things. But those enshrined in Hebrews 11 are remembered for their faith—faith by which they changed the world of their day. The most compelling thing about the people listed in Hebrews 11 is that they were ordinary people—people like you and me. The only thing they had going for them is the same thing available to us: faith.

Bro. Paul




April 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

 Let's look at Proverbs 16:13

"Righteous lips are the delight of kings, and they love him who speaks what is right."

Lest you think you will never be called to speak before the ruler of the land, remember that you do so at least once every year—on April 15. You communicate in writing, validated by your signature, certain things about your financial status over the previous year. It is your responsibility to communicate that information honestly and righteously and without grumbling.

A pastor friend of mine paid no taxes for many years because his salary was so low, and he told me how resentful he was the first year he had to pay income taxes. The first few years he even addressed his envelope on April 15 to the "Infernal Revenue Service" or the "Eternal Revenue Service." But he soon realized that he was not speaking righteously before the king, and changed

his attitude. It is our privilege as citizens to try to change the system through proper channels, but until it is changed we are to have "righteous lips" before the king.

Bro. Paul




April 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 35:27

"Let them shout for joy and be glad, who favor my righteous cause."

I read a quote once from a man who said, "I think I must be the happiest man in the world! I have never met anyone who has had as much fun as I have had." The words were not spoken by a playboy or a globetrotter or an adventurer. They were spoken by a Christian missionary by the name of Frank Laubach, whose life was dedicated to the cultivation of literacy among the backward people of the world. He never went searching for happiness—he just found it as a by-product of his search for something more important.

Dr. Laubach described delighted men and women weeping for joy when they discovered how to read. "No other work in the world could possibly have brought me so much happiness," he said. He didn’t live with prosperity or worldly success, but he found happiness. True joy is a by-product, not a goal.

Bro. Paul


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