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Yesterday at church we continued looking at new life in Christ. We ended with:


What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart;
I have light in my soul for which long I have sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart.



Since Jesus came into my heart,
Since Jesus came into my heart;
Floods of joy o’er my soul like the sea billows roll,
Since Jesus came into my heart.


We will at a later time look into the song's origins, the author, etc. But it appears he "got hold of something" to write such words as these.


We know everything is not rosy all the time because we must " endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ." ~ II Timothy 2:3


Note Paul's words: For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; ~ II Corinthians 4:17


Paul calls all he went through a light affliction. That is because he is comparing it to all he has and all he will have in Christ. We noted a few as follows:


Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:12


That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. ~ Ephesians 2:7


Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; ~ I Timothy 6:17


He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32


These are just a few verses that should bring "floods of joy o'er my soul"!




Yesterday we mentioned the hymn: Since Jesus Came Into My Heart


The song was written by Rufus Henry McDaniel (1850 - 1940), who was born in Ohio. He started preaching at age nineteen and then became a minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1873. He had three children. One son, Clarence also became a minister. Another son, Herschel, died in 1913, and in 1914, following the untimely death of his son, Rufus penned these words to remind himself and others of the importance of faith, hope, and joy even in times of trial.


It is amazing how many of our wonderful hymns have come out of tragedy and pain in people's lives. It shows the power of the wonderful change that Jesus makes in our lives when He comes in.


We are also reminded of the song: Where Could I Go But To The Lord


These and other songs help us to remember that the true source of comfort, peace and strength is our heavenly Father who always invites us into His presence.


Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. ~ Romans 15:13




In the Anne of Green Gables series, there is a line that says: Every day is brand new with no mistakes. It reminds us of the passage many of us know:


It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. ~ Lamentations 3:22-23


We are grateful for God's newness each day and the opportunity for a fresh start. But with this newness can also be things that are new to us - things that we have never faced or seen before.

It is like the couple with their first-born. It is something new that they have never faced before.


They may have studied all the latest books on parenting, received great counsel from friends at church, and they may have been raised in wonderful homes. But they are facing something brand new with a lot of decisions and years of living it out.


We say this so we will recognize how each day can bring circumstances and situations that we have never faced before - good and bad. We therefore should remember our heavenly Father and all He has done and is doing to see that we win, that we overcome, and are victorious.


There are scores of scriptures that will bear this out. But we must remember the source and live each day knowing "without Him we can do nothing" ~ John 15:5




Because it is the 4th day of the month, we note a familiar passage:


My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:20-23


All of us "attend" to words each day - that is just a part of life. The words of the boss, of family members, friends, those found in letters or correspondence, from phone calls, and really from any conversation or words in our minds - they bring action on our part. In one way or another, we are always acting on words - giving them our attention or "attending" to them in some way.


Don Francisco came out with a song years ago entitled: Who You Gonna Listen to?


There are so many voices today trying to get us to listen. How many times have we especially wondered who our children are listening to? We know that if they start "attending" to wrong words, they will be led down a wrong path. We should also know that is true for all of us.


May we be especially mindful to attend to the Word of God and be like those of whom John spoke who know the difference between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. ~ I John 4:6

This is obviously very critical in the days we are living in.




An article in the September AFA Journal was entitled: Secularism - Can It Be Stopped?


The article outlines areas of secularism and the impact on Christianity. There has always been a secular aspect to the affairs and workings of this world. Yet in recent times we see blatant hostility toward Christianity and the standards that Christianity demands.


This has put a different challenge on the church and individuals - to be able to properly confront this attack. That is not really our subject today. We want to concentrate on the question - can it be stopped.


In the Bible we basically see two ways it is stopped: Repentance or judgment. We see Nineveh repenting as an example. We also see judgment both on Israel and other nations when the point is reached when God steps in.


In both the Old and New Testaments we see where God's people can greatly affect whether judgment or repentance (with mercy and forgiveness) comes - II Chronicles 7:14 and James 5:16-20


Christians should know that our nation needs a turn-around. We earnestly ask God to allow us to repent on behalf of our nation, and that the Spirit of God would bring reproof of sin, righteousness, and judgment everywhere it is needed. ~ John 16:8




Many know the story of Paul & Silas in prison, how all the doors were opened, the jailor received salvation, etc. There are dozens of sermons in this passage from Acts 16 and each person may get a little something different if they would take the time to meditate on these verses.


One thing we note today: The situation did not change Paul and Silas. They determined to be steadfast, unmovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord in any way possible. ~ I Corinthians 15:58


May this describe us well - Lord please remind us especially when we need it. In whatever situation (even like Paul & Silas in the jail), may we be so determined. This will give God the opportunity to change the situation and bring blessing to others - just as He did with Paul and Silas at Philippi.




Many are familiar with the expression from James Dobson: Love must be tough.


The point he and others make along this line is especially applied to dealing with teenagers. This is the case because during the teen years, our youngsters will more readily challenge what we say - both in words and actions.


It is "tough" because we may need to say things they do not want to hear and we know an argument can erupt. Also the person giving out the "tough love" may need to be "tough" as well. They cannot be ones that fly off the handle when they do not get the response they would hope for. We all need to remember that the term is both "tough" and "love". This applies to people of all ages - not just the "teens".


In the Bible, Paul needed to address and deal with people and situations that were not always pleasant or easy. It is interesting that after saying some things very candidly regarding the Galatians, we see this verse:


Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth? ~ Galatians 4:16


The truth is not enemy. Granted it can often be much easier to swallow when presented properly.


We all need to recognize how prone we can be to react in a wrong fashion. This should also remind us to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15. This is especially the case when the truth we speak has to be "tough".


May God grant us special wisdom to speak the truth in just the right way.




We were blessed  to partake of Communion yesterday. Too marvelous for words is the work Jesus did to bring us into the family of God whereby we can be called the children of God.


For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. ~ Galatians 3:26


Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God ... ~ I John 3:1


May we therefore walk as children of light and glorify God in word and deed.




Every person is familiar with temptation. The opportunities to do something wrong are all around. Yet each person can think of temptations that they would just laugh at - something they would never consider doing.


Some people for example would never consider illegal drugs, robbing a bank, being unfaithful to a spouse, etc. They really cannot be tempted in these areas (or an area that you can think of in your life) - they are steadfast and unyielding.


The real question is: Why can't we do that in every area? Our purpose here is to point out that we can be successful against temptation. If we can honestly see what really tempts us and what we are prone to yield to in our own lives, we have taken a major step in dealing with these things.


If we can target these areas, we can apply the Word of God there, and build the scriptures into our lives that will work against these temptations. Of course this should be a matter of prayer as well. We take a major step to deal with temptations with "it is written" from the Word of God and pray for God's help and wisdom to be successful.


That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. ~ I Corinthians 2:5. The power to resist temptation is indeed a formidable weapon.




In Ephesians 4 we see the term: work of the ministry


Anyone who has been in ministry or served in some capacity of Christian service understands that term: WORK


We would like to take a moment to thank and express our appreciation to all the people who do the work of the ministry at Open Door Church & Christian School. A good bit of this work is done "out of sight", "after hours", and often when "not convenient". We did not want it to be "without thanks". We are so grateful to you and to God for putting us together.


We pray for fruit of your labor and an increase in your seed sown. May you prosper and be in good health even as your souls prosper. Thank you for fulfilling I Corinthians 15:58 in our church and school:


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.




Have you ever considered that it does not take any more time to be in faith than it does to worry?


We know that worrying seems to be something that naturally comes to us in this world we live in. Yet we know that we can develop a habit of worrying.


If we can catch ourselves when the "worry cycle" begins, we can put another cycle in motion. Let us take the energy we would use to worry and use it toward faith. It might be a baby step for some with a little stumbling, but it is a worthwhile start.


Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. ~ I Peter 5:7




The message of the gospel is for children and adults.

Believed and confessed in simple faith - new life is the results.

The sacrifice of God's Son was for everyone to meet salvation's need.

So that by grace the promise might be sure to all the seed. ~ Romans 4:16


And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

 ~ Galatians 3:29




On this 13th day of the month, we are reminded of I Corinthians 13 - the love chapter. Its position in the book is interesting. In chapter 12 we have the teaching regarding one body in Christ and the gifts operating in the members. In chapter 14 we have tongues and prophecy.


It is no accident that the "love chapter" is put right in the middle of us as we live out the things in the surrounding chapters. This is so meaningful as well when consider our lives at home, work, and with friends - we all need reminding of our love walk.


We should all remember that we each do some things well and some things we need the help of others - another reminder of our need for one another. We thank God for those of us He has put together and we determine to walk in love even when our togetherness gets strained.




The Daily Bread recently had a devotional about someone taking a tour of the Scandinavian countries of Europe. As they visited a particular church, the tour guide described it as "still a working church". When questioned, the guide told of the days when the state-sponsored ministers simply collected paychecks, no one attended the services, and no one really did anything. But this church was not one of those!


Hopefully we each can say the same about our church - it is not one that is just sitting there. Each one of us can see to it that our church is a "working church". As we go to church today, may we serve and work with joy in honor of our Lord.




As we approach election day, we were reminded in our service that God has a lot to say about nations and what they do. We particularly note:


Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD... ~ Psalm 33:12


The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. ~ Psalm 9:17


At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. ~ Jeremiah 18:7-10


May we intercede for our nation and be demonstrations of Godliness in our daily walk. We ask that God allow us to repent on behalf of our nation that His blessing might flow in our country. These words of Jesus remind us of what the church should be teaching the nations:


Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: ~ Matthew 28:19




Our opening hymn this past Sunday was: More About Jesus Would I Know


 Knowledge is not something just to be stored up. In the natural we take the knowledge we gain to put it to use - to solve problems, make improvements, enhance quality of life, to protect ourselves, and develop our society from a natural standpoint - we would call that prospering. The learning and developing never stops.


Spiritually it is the same way. We have been looking at the new life in Christ - going from glory to glory, faith to faith - in a state of development, of growth and maturity. The Old Testament described it as prospering and having good success. The New Testament describes it as prospering, being in health and overcoming


Jesus said if we would continue in His Word we would know the truth and the truth would make us free. ~ John 8:31-32. That is ongoing - it should never stop. As we face new challenges and circumstances each day, the more about Jesus we will need to know - in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ~ Colossians 2:3




A common question among young people is: What do you want to be when you grow up?


It is a very legitimate question and the possibilities seem almost endless. There is another question that is likely more important:


What kind of person do you want to be when you grow up?


Training our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord will be a great blessing in whatever they decide to do. For those of us with some years behind us, we too can make a change if we are not satisfied with the kind of person we are.


The love and grace of God will work for us at any age.




On this 18th of the month we are reminded of these verses in Psalm 18. Have you sung them or remember the chorus that came out using them a number of years ago?


I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. ~ Psalm18:3


The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted. ~ Psalm 18:46


These verses bring to mind another reference from an 18th chapter in the New Testament:


And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? ~ Luke 18:7-8


May we call upon the Lord in faith and believe He is a very present help in time of trouble.




For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. ~ Romans 11:29


The scripture above does not just apply to people in the ministry. One of the greatest fulfillments in all of our lives will come when we walk in the calling that God has for us. It is not just what we do as far as a job or employment is concerned. It involves the way we act, the seeds we sow, and the influence we can have on others as a witness to Christ. We can begin by seeking it out in prayer - asking God to develop His calling in our lives and show us how to be most effective in it.


This has been His plan from the beginning. We could write pages about it, but hopefully this will stir us all to seek out God's calling in their lives. No one can do what you do exactly the way you would do it. Take that uniqueness and be all you can be to glorify God and bless others.




The word “precious” in the New Testament has the following meanings:


            Unique, invaluable, cherished, loved, treasured, and priceless


New Testament notes 3 things in particular as precious:


Our faith ~ II Peter 1:1


The promises of God ~ II Peter 1:4


The blood of Jesus ~ I Peter 1:19


It is interesting that it is Peter that uses the term "precious". It is likely that the love of Jesus particularly touched this rough fisherman in such a way that he recognized what a treasured gift he had received - especially in light of what could have happened with him.


In the natural we take particular care of things that are precious to us. We guard them, we do not give them to just anyone, we treat them with great importance. Yet, these three things above we see that God has freely given them to us. Indeed, we see that God must count each of us precious – worth the life of Jesus. Regardless of our circumstances, this should brighten our day.




The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. ~ Proverbs 21:1


What a scripture to hold to as we approach the election. We must remember too that the hearts of the people are very important also. You could have a good leader with rebellious people - just ask Moses.


So as we pray this scripture (and others) over our leaders, let us add our own names in the prayer as well.




Our opening hymn yesterday morning was Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus our blessed Redeemer. In Hebrews 13:15 we read:


By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.


Note the word "continually". We see a number of things in scripture we are encouraged to continue in:


Jesus said to continue in His word ~ John 8:31


As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. ~ John 15:9


Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who, speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God. ~ Acts 13:43


Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. ~ Acts 14:22


Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. ~ Romans 11:22


Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; ~ Colossians 4:2


Let brotherly love continue. ~ Hebrews 13:1


His praise shall continually be in my mouth. ~ Psalm 34:1




This 23rd day of the month reminds us of Psalm 23 and what a comfort it continues to be for many. In Proverbs 23 we note verse 12:


Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.


Did your parents often ask you, "What did you learn in school today?". Hopefully you did not constantly give them "nothing" as the answer.


A good question for us is "What did I learn today?"


We must remember that learning does not just drop on us out of the blue. We seek it out and put effort toward it - just like we want our children to do in school.


May we make the effort to learn each day - that our lives may be enriched and bettered and that we may be a blessing to those around us.




In looking at the word "strong" in the New Testament, it is used for good when applied to believers. As an example we see:


Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. ~ Ephesians 6:10


This encourages us to stand in strength when that which is wrong comes against us. There will be opposition and there will be challenges to what we stand for, the message that we bring, and the lifestyle we live. This should not be surprising - we are told ahead of time that it is coming.


Are we taking the time to fortify and strengthen ourselves so that we will be ready? Don Francisco has a song called "Morning Prayer" that describes the scene of a person opening the Bible and studying before going out and facing the day. One verse is as follows:


Protect me from words of the liar

Deceptions that seem they're from You

Meanings You never intended

Give me wisdom to see what is true

And equip me today for the battle

With strength and the armor of light

With the joy of the Victor inside me

To shine through the day and the night


May we face each day so equipped.




Have you ever asked the question "How could God ever use me?"


Ephesians 6:8 ~ Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.


What can we find to do that would be good to the glory of God and be a blessing to others? Jesus said it could be something as simple as giving a cup of water or visiting someone.


If you are still down in the dumps about wondering what you could do for the Lord, consider someone like Fanny Crosby who continues to touch people all over the world with her music.


It will bless you to do a little research on her life. But we note one thing particularly - she spent years growing up with her blindness before writing a hymn. She could have turned bitter in those years as there were certainly many difficult challenges. But she focused her energy toward trying to make a difference - memorizing scripture, writing poetry, and even speaking before Congress as she got older. She determined that she would not just sit home and exist.


Whatever our talents may be, we can determine that our efforts will be toward that which is good. We pray everyone reading will understand that they can be vessels of honor fit for the Master's use and prepared for good work ~ II Timothy 2:21


May God help us all to have the right mindset and our efforts toward that which favor His righteous cause. ~ Psalm 35:27




In keeping with yesterday's writing on wanting to do something to honor the Lord because we love Him, one of the best questions we can ask is:


Is there any way I can help?

And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. ~ I Corinthians 12:28


It is interesting that Paul lists "helps" right in with what we would consider main ministry callings. Both the kingdom of God and people in general need good help.


Being willing to help allows the other person to open up and share what they are dealing with. Perhaps you might not be able to help directly but know someone who can. Perhaps you can not help with the particular problem mentioned but can relieve pressure in another area. There is likely something we can do to help lighten the load.


May we be those who are always willing to help.




Many are preparing for the hurricane/storm that could effect our region. We know the drill so to speak - we likely have lists of all the things we need to check on and make sure they are ready.


We remember that Jesus said the storms of life would come and we need to be firmly planted on the Rock. May we be as diligent in theses aspects of our lives as we are regarding the natural storms.


We pray for safety, protection, wisdom and discretion for everyone during this time.


My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness...




Many today enjoy searching their lineage. For some it is a hobby and for others there is a serious reason to look into their ancestry. It can be fun, eye-opening, and we know that information we gather could be uplifting or depressing. That should be recognized up front if you are going to delve into people's lives and history.


In the Bible we see meticulous records kept regarding the genealogy of the Jewish people. There was a very practical aspect of this in order to substantiate God's covenant with them, what tribes they were from, inheritance issues, etc.


It is interesting in Luke 3:8, Jesus noted that just being of the lineage of Abraham did not carry a lot of weight if a person's behavior did not measure up. Being of that lineage was good and it should enhance character and behavior, and not be used to turn someone into a snob!


The lesson from the natural standpoint: Do not let your lineage either turn you into a snob or put you down so that it determines who you are. Note Paul's spiritual lineage application:


"...The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit." ~ I Corinthians 15:45


"The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven" ~ I Corinthians 15:47


Jesus is called both the "last Adam" and the "second man". Jesus made it possible for the lineage of the first man Adam to end, and the lineage of the "second man" to begin.  This is the lineage that we should really be concerned about.


All of us had the natural, earthy birth into the lineage of the first Adam. We all need to be born again into the lineage of the second Man - Jesus.


Doing a Biblical study into this type of lineage and researching exactly the type of family we have been "born again" into is indeed thrilling! This helps us to better understand the words of Jesus: Ye must be born again ~ John 3:7.




Billy Graham used to make the statement: "You cannot unscramble an egg".


He would use it as an illustration that there are some things in our lives or in our past that are just there and you cannot "undo" them. He went on to say: That does not mean you just let it lay around, mold, rot, and draw flies.


In other words, clean up the mess if you can. Sometimes you just cannot fix everything - especially to everyone else's satisfaction. But we should do everything we can to right wrongs, ask forgiveness, and make amends.


God will show us how to do this and open doors to help us clean up any messes. After we have done all we are able, we can forget what lies behind and press toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus ~ Philippians 3:14


This is the beauty of a new life in Christ.




We earnestly lift up prayers, petitions and intercessions for everyone dealing with this storm.


Lord teach us, as Paul notes in Philippians 4, to know how to deal with the good and the bad. May our hope and confidence in Christ our Savior.


We cry out for mercy and grace to help in this time of need




It is a day to pray. We ask for God's mercy on those devastated and impacted by this storm. We pray for many laborers to be thrust in to help. We pray that the laborers be safe, have supernatural strength and endurance, and that they have wisdom to know exactly what to do.


Remember safety and discretion this evening for those who may be out.


Often we feel unable to do much to help with what has happened in other parts of the country. One thing we can do is intercede in prayer and call upon our Lord who is described as our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble ~ Psalm 46:1



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