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July 18, 2019, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 138:2–3

"I will … praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me."

David notes three things for which we are to praise God when we are in trouble. These make a great outline for praying in times of trouble.

1.    Praise Him for His mercy and truth.
God is perfectly balanced in mercy and in truth. When you come to Him, His truth is tempered by mercy and His mercy is illumined by truth.

2.    Praise Him for His magnified Word.
When you read God’s Word and read of His lovingkindness and truth, you can know that the integrity of God and His name are behind those words.

3.    Praise Him for His mighty provision.
Whatever His answer, it gives us strength which makes us bold. And boldness allows us to face troubles without fear. We face trouble with confidence and strength, knowing that God is with us and will see us through. That kind of perspective keeps us from cowering in the corners of life and gives us the confidence to face each day unafraid of what it might bring.

Bro. Paul

July 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Corinthians 5:21

"He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

I once heard someone say that, of all men who ever lived, Barabbas should have the best understanding of vicarious substitution. Somebody died in his place. This murderer and thief walked out a free man, the crowds cheering his release. At the same time, an innocent Jesus was sentenced to die. 

But Barabbas isn’t the only one who can say that Jesus died in his place. We can all say that Jesus Christ died on that cross for us, just as He did for Barabbas. In the words of 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Jesus died that we might live. He was bound that we who are in bondage to sin might be set free. 

When word of his freedom came, he had to walk out of that cell to be truly free. Through Christ the cell door has sprung open. All we have to do is say, “I accept what Christ did for me, and I will now live in the light of that truth.” 

Bto. Paul

July 16, 2019, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 16:9

"A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

Richard Storrs and Gordon Hall were students at the same theological seminary. One Saturday near the end of the semester, Hall was preparing to go to Braintree, Massachusetts, to preach, hoping that he might receive an invitation to become their pastor. That afternoon as he was splitting some wood, his hat fell beneath the axe and was destroyed. He didn’t have the money to replace it and the weather was bitter cold, so he asked his friend to take the assignment. Storrs preached and was offered the job. He accepted it, and he remained the minister of that parish until his dying day—a period of more than half a century! 

Hall, although disappointed, sought other outlets for his talents. He went to India and became the first American missionary to Bombay. He was quite influential in the Indian missions movement. No one who believes in divine providence will for a moment doubt that God stationed Storrs at Braintree and Hall in India. By means of that ruined hat, the courses of two lives were changed. Nevertheless, in God’s divine will, the good news was proclaimed.

Bro. Paul

July 15, 2019, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning

Let's look at Colossians 1:27

"Christ in you, the hope of glory."

Though World War II did not officially end until 1945, it can be safely said that it was over on June 6, 1944. That was D-Day, when 176,000 Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy in France. Eventually, three-quarters of a million troops assembled in France to liberate Europe from the Axis powers led by Adolf Hitler. Many fierce battles followed D-Day before the Axis armies were defeated. But the die was cast on D-Day when hope came once again to the free world.

The same may be said of our Christian experience. Though the day is yet in the future when evil will be eradicated from earth completely, we know it will happen because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. By His death, Christ freed believers from the debt of sin. And by His resurrection, death, the last great enemy, was conquered so we might live again and forever. Are you in a battle or skirmish today with the world, the flesh, or the devil? Don’t wish things were different. Instead, put your hope in the fact that with the invasion of Christ into this world, victory was won. True hope is available to all allies of the conquering Christ. True hope is not wishful thinking; it is faith in fact.

Bro. Paul

July 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

Friday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 43:5

"Fear not, for I am with you."

While stranded on a deserted island, Daniel DeFoe’s character, Robinson Crusoe, salvaged a Bible from the shipwreck, read it, and was converted. He grew into a devout Christian. His life, though missing human companionship, was peaceful and prayerful.

But one day he found a footprint in the sand and realized he wasn’t alone. Knowing the cannibalism of the local tribes, he grew into a fearful man, looking over his shoulder with every step. He no longer slept peacefully. He altered his habits. He visualized himself being captured and devoured. “That former confidence in God … now vanished, as if He that had fed me by miracle hitherto could not preserve, by His power, the provision which He had made for me by His goodness.”

Crusoe had to go back to his Bible, repent of anxiety, and be strengthened again in his faith. He eventually learned the great lesson of faltering Christians: The things we most fear are likely, in the providence of God, to be most used for our good. Those footprints, in the end, led to his deliverance.

God has planned out our future from eternity past and guaranteed it with His promises. We can trust Him.

Bro. Paul

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