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June 18, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Ephesians 4:11–12

"He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry."

To many people, fame is nearly as desirable as wealth. This is because acceptance is one of our basic needs, and there’s nothing like seeing your name in bright lights to make you feel accepted and admired. Some come to fame because of exceptional talent or brilliance. Others just happen upon it, being at the right place at the right time. Artist Andy Warhol once predicted that, due to expanding TV technology, we’ll all experience fame at some point in our lives, even if for just ten or fifteen minutes. Fame is fleeting, as they say, but elusiveness only adds to its enticement.

Christians should avoid the allure of fame. It can seduce us away from our foremost desire to serve God. Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit gives us gifts. We are to discover our gifts and be diligent with them, using them for God’s glory. Because of the nature of certain gifts, some of their beneficiaries may incidentally become famous. But the real purpose of spiritual gifts is to lead the church to a more meaningful relationship with the Lord.

Bro. Paul

PS  I will be at Youth Camp for the rest of the week, so this will be the only Devotional this week.

June 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Isaiah 30:15

"In quietness and confidence will be your strength."

Have you ever felt like a goldfish swimming around in a blender full of water—with someone’s finger on the "high" switch? Many of us are altogether too busy, running on overdrive, overextended in our schedules and underdeveloped in our souls. Instead of green pastures and still waters, we’re accustomed to clogged freeways and blaring cell phones.

King Solomon is a good example of a man who was so busy in the work of God that he neglected his walk with God. The result? He developed a great empire and a lean soul.The Lord is more concerned with our relationship with Him than with our productivity for Him, and the wise person knows that a healthy soul requires a certain amount of "quiet" and "still" and "rest."

"Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while," Jesus told the disciples in Mark 6:31. "Be still and know that I am God," advises the Lord in Psalm 46:10.

Is something in your life consuming you, pulling you away from intimacy with God? Are you too busy for your own good? A man had a plaque installed on his dashboard that read "Beware the Barrenness of Busyness." Why not take a deep breath, get away from all distractions, open your Bible, and commune with Him right now?

Bro. Paul

June 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Proverbs 21:25

"The desire of the lazy man kills him, for his hands refuse to labor."

Billy Graham tells this of his upbringing: "I was taught that laziness was one of the worst evils, and there was dignity and honor in labor. I could abandon myself enthusiastically to milking the cows, cleaning out the latrines, and shoveling manure, not because they were pleasant jobs, but because sweaty labor held its own satisfaction."

Through godly rearing, Billy Graham developed the valuable character quality of diligence. A diligent man is one who works hard at every task, no matter how important or how menial. He uses his time efficiently and always puts forth his best work. Though he may feel sluggish at times, he refuses to be a sluggard. He is a man ruled by discipline, not feelings.

Against the backdrop of people who avoid work, cut corners, and do half-hearted jobs, a diligent man stands out. Practicing diligence is an excellent way to stand out for Christ at home, in the workplace, and even at church. Today, complete each one of your tasks, however big or small, with diligence.

Bro. Paul

June 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at 2 Samuel 22:33

"God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect."

I have little power, but God has all power. If it is going to be, it is going to be up to Him. Not only does He have the power to bring things into existence, but to keep them out of existence as well. I have conceived a lot of things in my mind that God, in His wisdom and by His grace, has kept me from having. He has the power to do both.

So every day I need to end my prayer saying, "Lord, I know that, first of all, You are in control. Thank You. My life may seem out of control, but You are not. You are in control." The throne in heaven is not empty. God is there, seated and in sovereign control. He said a word and the worlds were made. He spoke and the moon and stars were flung out into space. He’s an awesome, almighty, powerful God.

And my prayer links me with Him. I don’t have to get up every morning and psych myself up for the day, because God’s power is always there. All I’ve got to do is plug into Him.

Bro Paul

June 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 71:6

"By You I have been upheld from birth; You are He who took me out of my mother’s womb."

We have the theology for prosperity down pat, but sooner or later our prosperity will give way to adversity. If you don’t have your theology finely tuned for that part of your life, you won’t do well. Unexpected, unannounced, uncharted, unplanned—adversity comes to everyone.

Every believer should be able to review the compassion of God. Stop and think about all the paths God has led you down like a shepherd throughout your spiritual life. God has been faithful to you! Is there any reason you have to doubt His faithfulness now? As the psalmist says, from our mother’s womb God took us and He has upheld us from our birth.

Even if we have been a believer for only a matter of days or weeks, the grace of God has brought us life and health and strength. God’s past faithfulness and compassion toward us is a heritage upon which we build our faith in the future.

Bro. Paul

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