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Prayer of the Day – November 16th


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The good I want to do, I do not do; the evil that I do not want to do, I do. I grieve, for my temper, my pride, my self-will, the bad thoughts I permit, the unkind, things I say. But you knew all this before you awakened me. Have compassion and save me!

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An Evening Devotional for…


July 1: True Sacrifice

Today’s Reading: Galatians 6:6-10

So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Galatians 6:9

A MOTHER WAS preparing pancakes for her two young sons, Kevin and Ryan. The boys began arguing over who would get the first pancake. The mother scolded them, and then took the opportunity to relay some moral truths to her children.

“What would Jesus do if he were here?” asked the mother. The boys shrugged their shoulders in unison. “Jesus would insist that his brother take the first pancake,” she told them. “And then he would wait for the next one.”

The boys nodded, and the mother felt confident that her lesson had taken. She turned her back and continued baking, but soon heard her oldest boy whispering to the younger one, “Ryan, you be Jesus.”

It’s a cute story, but at times it hits a little too close to home to be very funny. How often do you and I see an opportunity for good and instead of acting, wait for someone else to play the part of Jesus? Ever cast your eyes downward in a meeting hoping someone else will volunteer for the sacrificial jobs? Ever looked the other way when a brother in need walked past you? Ever passed the buck to a deacon when news of a needy family came your way? “I’m a little busy at the moment. Why don’t you be Jesus?”

I’ve been guilty more than once of leaving the tough jobs to others. I know a couple who have spent years working in inner-city missions, and we’ve spent years supporting them. Somehow it makes me feel noble and sacrificial. At least it did until we took a trip to visit them for the weekend. I saw firsthand the way they lived and ministered to some of the most needy and helpless people in our country, and suddenly I didn’t feel quite as merciful for my small contributions. Here’s a little money. Why don’t you be Jesus?

“We are each responsible for our own conduct,” writes the apostle Paul. “Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful desires will harvest the consequences of decay and death. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time” (Galatians 6:5, 8-9). It’s easy to let others be Jesus for us, but a true follower doesn’t pass on that responsibility when it comes. Jesus expects more from us than we often expect from ourselves. Sacrifice means getting involved, not just getting others to do it.

Reflection

In what ways do you allow others to do the work of Christ for you? How can you take more responsibility in service to Jesus?

Embracing Eternity: Living Each Day with a Heart Toward Heaven.

Galatians 6:6-10 (CEV)
6  Share every good thing you have with anyone who teaches you what God has said.
7  You cannot fool God, so don’t make a fool of yourself! You will harvest what you plant.
8  If you follow your selfish desires, you will harvest destruction, but if you follow the Spirit, you will harvest eternal life.
9  Don’t get tired of helping others. You will be rewarded when the time is right, if you don’t give up.
10  We should help people whenever we can, especially if they are followers of the Lord.

A Brief Note on the Symantecs of Evolution


The most effective lies are those that are based on a partial truth. The package of beliefs, notions, theories and hypotheses that are known as “Evolution” are no exception!  All of “evolution” is not true.  At the very least, a fair-minded individual would have to admit that most of it cannot be proven by the scientific method.  But, all the same, I cringe when someone says that “evolution” is a total lie, because people hear that, see the part of evolution that makes sense and discounts anything said after that about “evolution” being false.

We are familiar with the part of evolution that says we evolved from a one celled organism into homo sapiens mankind.  Most would agree that there is no proof for this.  There is a missing link showing the transition, which is to say where is the proof?  You can see many species of animals for instance and geneticists say surely one evolved from the other, but where is the in between creature?  Extinct, they say!  Isn’t it suspicious (and against the scientific method) that in all these cases, all the “in-between” links went extinct?  The former version survived, even though it was disadvantaged and “replaced” with a more fit version…and the ultimate version survived in all its evolutionary splendor!  But the very link in between, that could prove trans-specie natural selection is missing.  It did not survive….every single time!  How can anyone dedicated to the scientific method of discovery ever believe that bunk?

The part of “evolution known as “natural selection” (perhaps better known as survival of the fittest) is absolutely true, to a point.  We see it in action around us.  Mankind has not been protective of some species, and they have gone extinct.  At the top of the food chain, we should have done better.  But my point is, if you say natural selection is a lie, by lumping it together under the general title of “evolution”, then you are simply mistaken, despite your good intentions, and no one hears anything else you have to offer.  Your lie has discredited you.

Of all the people debating this issue, less than half are truly well-informed on all the aspects.  It takes study!  You cannot just take one part you do not agree with and proclaim evolution to be bunk, any more than your opponent can take one part they believe in and fill in the blanks to say all of evolution is true.

A lot has been said about “faith” and how it takes more faith to believe in evolution than it takes to believe in the Biblical account of creation.  If both sides tried better to understand the topics, the answer would be obvious.  Facts and conclusions based upon the scientific method are seen on both sides.  Faith-based conclusions are present on both sides.  This controversy may go on until the end of time.  But we must be careful to know both sides of an issue before we make strong dogmatic statements.

I assume this post will draw some comments.  Let’s keep them on point and avoid name-calling, pigeon-holing, stereotyping, etc.  Let’s be respectful of one another, otherwise how can anyone learn?

Morning and Evening Devotional for June 29th


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Morning Verse

“Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him.” 1Thessalonians 4:14

Let us not imagine that the soul sleeps in insensibility. “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise,” is the whisper of Christ to every dying saint. They “sleep in Jesus,” but their souls are before the throne of God, praising Him day and night in His temple, singing hallelujahs to Him who washed them from their sins in His blood. The body sleeps in its lonely bed of earth, beneath the coverlet of grass. But what is this sleep? The idea connected with sleep is “rest,” and that is the thought which the Spirit of God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a Sabbath for the day. Sleep shuts fast the door of the soul, and bids all intruders tarry for a while, that the life within may enter its summer garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the weary child when it slumbers on its mother’s breast. Oh! happy they who die in the Lord; they rest from their labours, and their works do follow them. Their quiet repose shall never be broken until God shall rouse them to give them their full reward. Guarded by angel watchers, curtained by eternal mysteries, they sleep on, the heritors of glory, till the fulness of time shall bring the fulness of redemption. What an awaking shall be theirs! They were laid in their last resting place, weary and worn, but such they shall not rise. They went to their rest with the furrowed brow, and the wasted features, but they wake up in beauty and glory. The shrivelled seed, so destitute of form and comeliness, rises from the dust a beauteous flower. The winter of the grave gives way to the spring of redemption and the summer of glory. Blessed is death, since it, through the divine power, disrobes us of this work-day garment, to clothe us with the wedding garment of incorruption. Blessed are those who “sleep in Jesus.”

Evening Verse

“Howbeit, in the business of the ambassadors of the princes of Babylon, who sent unto him to enquire of the wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that He might know all that was in his heart.” 2Chronicles 32:31

Hezekiah was growing so inwardly great, and priding himself so much upon the favour of God, that self-righteousness crept in, and through his carnal security, the grace of God was for a time, in its more active operations, withdrawn. Here is quite enough to account with the Babylonians; for if the grace of God should leave the best Christian, there is enough of sin in his heart to make him the worst of transgressors. If left to yourselves, you who are warmest for Christ would cool down like Laodicea into sickening lukewarmness: you who are sound in the faith would be white with the leprosy of false doctrine; you who now walk before the Lord in excellency and integrity would reel to and fro, and stagger with a drunkenness of evil passion. Like the moon, we borrow our light; bright as we are when grace shines on us, we are darkness itself when the Sun of Righteousness withdraws Himself. Therefore let us cry to God never to leave us. “Lord, take not thy Holy Spirit from us! Withdraw not from us Thine indwelling grace! Hast Thou not said, ‘I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day’? Lord, keep us everywhere. Keep us when in the valley, that we murmur not against Thy humbling hand; keep us when on the mountain, that we wax not giddy through being lifted up; keep us in youth, when our passions are strong; keep us in old age, when becoming conceited of our wisdom, we may therefore prove greater fools than the young and giddy; keep us when we come to die, lest, at the very last, we should deny Thee! Keep us living, keep us dying, keep us labouring, keep us suffering, keep us fighting, keep us resting, keep us everywhere, for everywhere we need Thee, O our God!”

Morning and Evening.

On Mother’s Day…


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Proverbs 12:4 (NKJV)
4  An excellent wife is the crown of her husband….

I have been fortunate in my selection of a wife, because she makes me proud in so many ways.  She is the prototype mother, raising two boys and two girls in fine fashion.  They may say they wished some things were different, but that is what free-will is about.

But I cannot really take much credit for my selection…you see I prayed for the right wife since age 12!  God knew who I needed and knew who she needed and placed us together.

I wanted to pay her tribute on this Mother’s Day, because we have been married over 46 years, and you never know how much time you have left.  I don’t mean to be macabre, but you never want to leave anything unsaid.  I love Joyce and she is “the crown of her husband..”; ME!

My prayer for my self today is, “Thank you, Lord, for my special wife.”  Enough said!

 

How Ought We To Live?


Ever since man began to question things, right in there with who am I, why am I here, and where am I going was the title question; How ought we to live? These questions did not originate in the 1960’s with a social movement. Even the ancient Greek philosophers pondered this.

Many have suggested various solutions to the dilemma. But it was never put any better than the apostle Peter in his first general epistle:

1 Peter 4:7-11 MSG

Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!

Love is the answer to many of the social conflicts we have today. War is a form of aggression. Aggression comes from frustration. There is frustration in our lives because we do not trust God to handle our problems. Some of you are bound to think that this is an over-simplification, and maybe so, but consider this– We put up with more from those we love than we would put up with from anyone else. If we loved more people and to a greater degree, then we would be less aggressive and that would be a better life for all.

Apostle Paul tells us in I Corinthians 13 what love is and what love is not. If we take that and apply it liberally to St. Peter’s advice, above, then we’ll take a giant step toward how we ought to live!

My prayer for you today is that you will love more and feel loved more. Christ can help you with that, if you simply ask Him.

Pastor’s Corner….coffee anyone?


Another masterpiece by pastordustinbutler. This is why I awarded him the very inspiring blogger award! Check it out…..

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For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

–Psalm 33.4,5

There are so many wonderful verses in Scripture about how just God is. As part of His character, He cannot but be just, it is who He is. Justice flows from Him, it is the foundation of His throne (His reign, and sovereignty and kingdom). Because justice reflects who God is, what is unjust is contrary to who God is, contrary to His faithfulness and love. Accordingly, our starting point to understanding justice is the character of God.

 

  • Claim—God is just and His justice is perfect and faithful and trustworthy, because that’s who He is!

  • Data—Psalm 33.4,5; 97.2; 111.7; Isaiah 28.16,17; 30.15-18; 33.5,6; 42.4-9 (just to name a few).

  • Warrant—to say that God is just is to say we…

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Proverbs 10:7-8 (CEV)
7 Good people are remembered long after they are gone, but the wicked are soon forgotten.
8 If you have good sense, you will listen and obey; if all you do is talk, you will destroy yourself.

This quote is from the Proverb of the Day, this being the tenth of April.  It is ever true.

  • I do not have any delusions about being long revered after I am gone, but it is good to know that my quest for living by the Golden Rule will have a lasting benefit.
  • I do need to listen more and talk less.  This is nothing new to those of you who know me.
  • I have determined to be more uplifting in my blog(s), so be fore-warned!  I am looking for the good to report.  The evil finds us fast enough, without any help from me!