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August 17, 2018, 7:55 AM

friday'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."

Agapelove is God’s special kind of self-giving. Agapedescribes 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. Agapelove continues to give.

Agapedetermines to do whatever is best for the loved one. It willingly sacrifices itself for another’s good. Agapegives 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




August 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

thursday's Devotional


 

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is another scripture collage for you this Thursday morning:

"The God of peace … make you complete in every good work to do His will.

You call me to be complete, be of good comfort, be of one mind, to live in peace; and You, the God of love and peace, are with me.

By grace I have been saved through faith, and that not of myself; it is Your gift to me, Lord God, not of works, lest I should boast. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from You who are the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

I work out my own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is You, Lord God, who works in me both to will and to do for Your good pleasure. I can be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is Your good and acceptable and perfect will. May I be filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to Your glory and praise, Lord God.

Not that I am sufficient of myself to think of anything as being from me, but my sufficiency is from God.

Lord, fill me with Your grace so You can use me in Your kingdom."

Hebrews 13:20–21; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Ephesians 2:8–9; James 1:17; Philippians 2:12–13; Romans 12:2; Philippians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 3:5

Bro. Paul




August 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional


Good Morning Everyone,

Here is a scripture collage to meditate on:

"The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Sing, O heavens! Be joyful, O earth! And break out in singing, O mountains! For my Lord God has comforted us, His people, and He will have mercy on His afflicted. Lord God, You are my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for You, Lord, are my strength and my song; You also have become my salvation. You, Lord, are my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in You, and I am helped; therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise You. My soul shall be joyful in You, my God; for You have clothed me with the garments of salvation, You have covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to You, Lord God. I rejoice in You, God, through my Lord Jesus Christ, through whom I have now received the reconciliation. I will joy in You, the God of my salvation.

All praise to You, almighty and merciful God. I do indeed find in You countless reasons for joy!"

Nehemiah 8:10; Isaiah 49:13; Isaiah 12:2; Psalm 28:7; Isaiah 61:10; Romans 15:17; Romans 5:11; Habakkuk 3:18

So maybe we are not experiencing the strength and deliverance the Lord desires us to have because we don't rejoice in Him as we ought.  Just a thought.

Bro. Paul




August 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional


Good Morning Everyone,
 
Let's Look at DEUTERONOMY 29:29
"The secret things belong to the LORD our God."

We would be less than honest if we denied the tension that exists between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. God is in control, but man is responsible. An old Puritan preacher had a wise perspective on the dilemma. He said he just preached them both as hard as he could—God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. In Luke 22:22, Jesus said, “And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” Do you see both parts of the tension in this verse? It was determined by God that Jesus should be betrayed—but “woe to that man” who does the betraying.
A key verse in all these matters is Deuteronomy 29:29: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” The secret things are God’s determined, sovereign purpose. Our problem is wanting to know all God’s secrets. But our responsibility is to take what God has revealed and work to understand it and implement it with all our heart—and leave everything else to God.
 
Bro. Paul
 



August 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional


Good Morning Everyone,
 
Let's look at HEBREWS 11:8
"By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going."

Hope is necessary in our lives today because often the way is unknown. God came to Abraham and said, “I want you to go to a place that I have charted out for you. I want you to leave your home and your family and go there.” He didn’t give Abraham a map. He just said, “Go,” and Abraham pulled up everything, and he left.
God came to Abraham and said, “I am going to bless you with a son, and out of that son is going to be a nation. In fact, you are going to have so many descendants they will be like the sands of the sea and the stars of the sky because you won’t be able to number them. I’m going to bless you, and I’m going to bless your son, and I’m going to bless the whole nation that comes from this promise.”
What a wonderful promise—except that when Abraham got those words he was already in his nineties and didn’t have a son. It was the hope that Abraham had in his heart that helped him get through the way he didn’t know. Abraham woke up every morning not knowing what God was up to, but his hope helped him hold on to what God had told him.
 
Bro. Paul.

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