Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:45 PM [General]

    Write out your best definition of ‘want’ and then your best definition of ‘need’.  Now, I ‘want’ to write a book.  What will I ‘need’?  Ah- pencil and paper!  Alas, but I ‘need’ pencil and paper to write the book!  But then, did I ‘need’ to write the book; or did I ‘want’ to write the book.  So if I didn’t ‘need’ to write the book, then did I really ‘need’ the pencil and paper?  The Bible says that we were created for a life of good works that the Lord has prepared for us (Ephesians 2: 10).  Then someone gets run over and killed by a car.  Was he not able to complete that life of good works that his Creator had prepared for him?  The Bible teaches that not a sparrow falls but that our Heavenly Father doesn’t take note of it.  The question is, was the person that was run over and killed simply not living or even looking to do the works that his Creator had prepared for him?  How many people really are?  But suppose you knew that this person was a fine Christian who was always seeking to do good everywhere he went.  Then, we have to suppose that his Creator knew what good works he had done and knew that all that was planned for him had been done.  Did not the Lord know when this fine Christian was going to meet his eternal rewards?

    Next write out your best definition of ‘love’ and then write out your best definition of ‘hate’.  Now consider these hypothetically.  “I really love my job.”  “I really hate my job.”  “I really love my boss.”  “I really hate my boss.”  “I really love that person over there.”  “I really hate that person over there.”  “I really love this friend.”  “I really hate this friend.”  (Sort of dumb, right?  I mean if it was someone you really hated, then he wouldn’t likely be your friend.)  “I really love my fiancé/spouse.”  Go back to the beginning of this paragraph where you wrote your best definitions for ‘love’ and ‘hate’ and take each sentence in this paragraph and replace the word ‘love’ or ‘hate’ with the definition that you wrote.  Is there one word that you would change, add, or take away?

    “I really love my home.”  “I really love my car.”  “I really love my computer.”  “I really love ‘whatever’”.  Just what is ‘love’?  I don’t think that love is something someone can just tell you.  I think it is something that each person has to discover for his/her self.  Where should one look to discover it?  I believe the only place that it will be truly found is in the Word that was given to us by our Creator.  Even then, you could read it till death do us part, and still never find it all.  God is love, and the universe can’t contain Him.  If you never search for love by going to the Source of love, then you will only have eternity without it.  If you truly search for love, you could search for eternity and never find the fullest depths.

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    Today's Reading

    Thursday, August 20, 2015, 8:55 AM [General]

    Today’s reading from: Matthew 18:14; Luke 15:7; John 3:1-8, 16; 10:29; Acts 16:31; Romans 3:10, 23; 5:8; 6:23; 10:13


    Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.  This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him."  Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the Kingdom of God."  Nicodemus said to Him, "How can a man be born when he is old?  Can he enter into his mother's womb a second time and be born?"  Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, 'You must be born anew.'  The wind blows where it will, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit."


    None is righteous, no, not one.  All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


    For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.  But God shows His love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.  For, "everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved."


    Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.  Jesus said, "My Father, Who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.


    There will be more joy in Heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.


    Yes, Heaven rejoices for the saving of a soul.  Jesus said, "So it is not the will of My Father Who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should perish."  Have you been born again?  Have you included yourself in the "whosoever"?  Do you believe in the grace of God through Jesus Christ to save you?

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    Bible Passages to Think on

    Wednesday, August 19, 2015, 6:01 AM [General]

    Some selected passages from- Genesis 1:1; Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 22:21; Acts 5:29; Romans 13:1; 1st Timothy 2:1-3;Hebrews 11:3


    For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever.  The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this.


    Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.  For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.  – Let us stand for our National Anthem.


    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.


    Then saith Jesus unto them, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's and unto God the things that are God's."


    In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.


    We ought to obey God rather than men.

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    Some Passages for Today

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015, 7:48 AM [General]

    Some selected passages from- Ecclesiastes 9:10; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6:19-21; John 12:26; 2nd Thessalonians 3:13, 16, 18; 2nd Timothy 2:15; Hebrews 6:10


    Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth not rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


    If any man serve Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor.


    But now, O Lord, Thou art our Father; we are the clay, and Thou our Potter; and we all the work of Thy hand.


    Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth.


    For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye have shewed toward His name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.


    Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.


    But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.


    Now the Lord of Peace Himself give you peace always by all means.  The Lord be with you all.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.

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    Some Bible Reading for Today

    Monday, August 17, 2015, 5:31 AM [General]

    Some selected passages from- Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 5:1-5; Hebrews 3:1-6; 11:1-3; 1st John 5:4


    Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For by it the men of old received divine approval.  By faith we understand that the world was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.


    Therefore, holy brethren, who share in a heavenly call, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession.  He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, just as Moses also was faithful in God's house.  Yet Jesus has been counted worthy of as much more glory than Moses as the builder of a house has more honor than the house.  (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.)  Now Moses was faithful in all God's house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, but Christ was faithful over God's house as a son.  And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope.


    Behold, he whose soul is not upright in him shall fail, but the righteous shall live by his faith.


    Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through Him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.


    For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.

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