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For most of us we find our day filled with work to meet the needs of our family and ourselves. We do not want to be selfish, but we do have the responsibilities to care for our household and families as the scriptures admonish ~ I Timothy 5:8


So we want to especially thank and show our appreciation for those who go out of the way to serve others. We thank you for your concern and the efforts you make to be a blessing.


If you know someone who fits this description, please take a moment to bless them with appreciation and perhaps an act of kindness to them.




When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee: ~ Proverbs 2:10-11


We pray the wisdom and knowledge of God would be in us to the place that each day discretion would preserve us and understanding would keep us. We face so many situations and decisions daily. In each one may we have discretion and understanding that the fruit of wise decisions may abound.




Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: ~ Proverbs 3:3


Paul began many of his epistles with the words: grace, mercy and peace ~ I & II Timothy, Titus


John also in the book of 2nd John


Jude began his fiery epistle with mercy, peace and love


And words from Jesus:


But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. ~ Matthew 9:13


But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless. ~ Matthew 12:7


In whatever situation we face, we should make sure we stand with the truth and look for a way to show mercy. This will bring blessing to ourselves and others.




We all know that in today's climate it easy to say the wrong thing or act improperly. We can call it either "righteous indignation" or "I just lost it". Either way, we may have to do some damage control, apologize, or ask forgiveness.


In the same way that words and actions can get us into trouble, the right words and actions can do a lot to get us out of trouble.


"What can I do to make this right", is a great question to ask when we need to fix something.


We will not be able to fix everything to everyone's satisfaction, but we can demonstrate that we care about doing what is right and cast our pride aside when we need to.


Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. ~ Hebrews 13:18

We pray for each one reading that we keep a good conscience, that we live honestly, and walk in love toward others.




Here is a fun song about the wonderful grace of Jesus - a great way to start the weekend:


1. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Greater than all my sin;
How shall my tongue describe it,
Where shall its praise begin?
Taking away my burden,
Setting my spirit free,
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
Wonderful the matchless grace of Jesus,
Deeper than the mighty rolling sea;
Higher than the mountain, sparkling like a fountain,
All sufficient grace for even me;
Broader than the scope of my transgressions,
Greater far than all my sin and shame;
O magnify the precious Name of Jesus,
Praise His Name!
2. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching to all the lost,
By it I have been pardoned,
Saved to the uttermost;
Chains have been torn asunder,
Giving me liberty;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.
3. Wonderful grace of Jesus,
Reaching the most defiled,
By its transforming power,
Making him God's dear child,
Purchasing peace and heaven,
For all eternity;
For the wonderful grace of Jesus reaches me.




This hymn reminds us of one reason we go to church this morning:


Sing them over again to me,

wonderful words of life;

let me more of their beauty see,

wonderful words of life;

words of life and beauty

teach me faith and duty.




            Beautiful words, wonderful words,

            wonderful words of life.

            Beautiful words, wonderful words,

            wonderful words of life.


Christ, the blessed one, gives to all

wonderful words of life;

sinner, list to the loving call,

wonderful words of life;

all so freely given,

wooing us to heaven.


Sweetly echo the gospel call,

wonderful words of life;

offer pardon and peace to all,

wonderful words of life;

Jesus, only Savior,

sanctify forever.




God in His infinite wisdom has decided that man would have freedom of choice in this earthly life. At times we all may wish God would choose for us that which is best, but we seem to understand that is not the way we were created.


In the natural realm, we look at our children at times and wish we could make the right choices for them. That might fix something for the time being, be we know that is not their destiny. They were created to live free, to choose for themselves, and hopefully they will seek God's will and path for their lives.


I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:  Deuteronomy 30:19


Many are familiar with this scripture and understand it from a Biblical standpoint. We also know it is very practical because we recognize that all choices bring consequences. Most of understand that there is a right and wrong that we desire to teach our children and also demonstrate to society.


May God give us wisdom on how to teach our children to make wise decisions.




We pray God to bless us all with wisdom in our finances. We want to be givers, we need to take care of ourselves and family, we would like a little for enjoyment but avoid extravagance - may God help us to find the right balance.


As we have noted before - it is the love of money that is the root of all evil ~  I Timothy 6:10. When we picture that statement in our minds, we often see a wealthy person with a greedy heart. The exact opposite can be true as well - the person in poverty can be just as much a lover of money. It is a matter of the heart and one that all of us need to avoid.


We know the pressure of the world would have us view finances in a way opposite of how God sees them. We know to avoid the extreme of the love of money. We note in that same chapter (v.17) that Paul tells us that God gives us richly all things to enjoy. Yet he prefaces that part of the verse with admonition not to trust in the uncertain riches. Then the next verse tells us to be willing to distribute and be rich in good works. The balance in this is crucial as Paul then states that in doing so we lay up a good foundation for the time to come.


This is great wisdom and something each one of us should look into regarding our own situation. Each of us deals with different circumstance and demands. May we all endeavor to be doers of the words we read from I Timothy 6:9-19




Yesterday we took a brief look at money from a Biblical perspective. Today we remember the familiar words of Jesus: Ye cannot serve God and mammon ~ Matthew 6:24; Luke 16:13


Mammon in a general sense is defined as money. We could state it simply to say the Bible teaches that we should serve God and money is to serve us. Money is simply a tool or a means by which we can acquire and pay for things. When money starts leading us around and being the dictator, that is when problems come.


May we determine that we will be servants of God and money will have its proper place in our lives. We are thankful for what we do have, and our desire is to glorify God with all He has given us.




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 as 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.




A daily devotional reminds us to be devoted daily. We and our children face so many decisions on a daily basis that involve right and wrong, good and bad, and important or somewhat trivial matters. Each decision takes our life down a certain path.

At times we may not know immediately the right decision to make - prayer and good counsel are often needed. In everything we should choose to side with the Lord and what His word says whenever that is applicable.


May we trust Him each day with our decisions and the paths we are taking.




For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: ~ Romans 7:22


This is something we should continually cultivate in our lives - that we would delight ourselves in the things that God delights in. We note that Paul says in the "inward man". We know that our minds can be particularly stubborn in this area.


We are told to be renewed in our minds ~ Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23. We do this when we spend time in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship with those of like precious faith. These things help our inward man to develop delight in the things of God.




Our opening hymn today:


Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my sin was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!


Glory to His name,
Glory to His name;
There to my sin was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!


We can always get an appointment at the cross whenever we need one - glory to His Name.




Our opening hymn yesterday reminds us of these words from Paul:


But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, ... ~ Galatians 6:14


This should be our testimony as well.  We do not glory in the works we have done, but we glory in the works Jesus has done.




On Sunday we remembered God as our Comforter. In the natural we know how precious comfort can be when we are trouble. When people offer true comfort, it is more than just words. They are willing to help bear a burden if they can.


Jesus described the Holy Spirit as the Comforter ~ John 14:16 & 26


We remember these words from Paul:


Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. ~ II Corinthians 1:3-4     


We note these words from Isaiah 40:1-5:


Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough places plain: And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.


We know this was fulfilled dramatically with the coming of John the Baptist and Jesus - not just in words but in demonstration.


With the help of God, may we be people with both comforting words and actions.



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


We remember the scripture tells us to speak the truth in love ~ Ephesians 4:15


We know that sometimes the truth is not received very well. This can happen when we stand up and speak about anything.


May God help to speak the truth at the right time and in the right way.




Some interesting verses in regards to strife:


It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling. ~ Proverbs 20:3


For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. ~ James 3:16


There are many scriptures regarding the subject and it is interesting to see the surrounding verses and the context in regards to these scriptures. 


And we note this one:


And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren. ~ Genesis 13:8


What a verse for this day and time! We know there can be heated discussions with passionate points of view. But may we be just as quick to say: Let there be no strife between us!


If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. ~ Romans 12:18


We can be known as those who will speak their minds and stand up for the faith. We can also be known as those who will avoid strife and seek to make peace if at all possible.




The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. ~ II Peter 3:9


We are thankful that throughout the Bible, God is shown to be longsuffering.


However we also see that He will only put up with so much for so long. In the New Testament we read:


And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. ` Acts 12:21-23


And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. ~ Acts 9:3-6


We see God moving dramatically in two different ways. We also note that after both occurrences we see that the Word of God grew and multiplied.


These verses should be a sobering reminder to mankind. We rejoice in such interventions as we see in the life of Paul; yet we can only imagine Paul's emotional reaction and thoughts as he prayed earnestly until Ananias came and prayed for him.


Again we are thankful for God's mercy, patience and longsuffering - though it might help us all to tighten up a little bit when we remember:


It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. ~ Hebrews 10:31




One of the points we wanted to make yesterday is that God will take care of things. It is not always in the timeframe we would choose, but things are dealt with by the Lord. Throughout the Old Testament we see God saying that He remembers what so-and-so did and what was going to happen as a result. It reminds of the song: My Lord Keeps a Record.


It should be a reminder to straighten us up; yet we can rejoice and be thankful for such verses as:


For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more. ~ Hebrews 8:12


This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. ~ Hebrews 10:16-17




Faith looks beyond this transient life

With hope for all eternity

Not with some vague and wistful hope,

But with firm trust and certainty ~ D De Haan from Our Daily Bread


It has been said that death levels the playing field.

No one in and of himself has an advantage.

But Jesus has tasted death for every man

This was done to extend God's grace to all of us. ~ Hebrews 2:9


That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. ~ Romans 10:9-10


Jesus took our death in order that we might partake of His life.




Throughout the New Testament we are encouraged to draw near to God and to seek Him. We note a few verses:


All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. ~ John 6:37


Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. ~ Matthew 11:28


Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you... ~ John 4:8


Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ~ Hebrews 4:16


Regardless of our circumstances and whether we feel we are making much spiritual progress, our hope is in Him and our life is in Him. We remember the song: Where Could I Go But To The Lord.


Though we have said it many times we should remember: Always run to the Lord, not from Him - regardless of how bad we might think our situation is.




On Sunday we looked at the word "patience":


But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. ~ Luke 8:15


Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: ~ Romans 15:5


Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; ~ Colossians 1:11


That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. ~ Hebrews 6:12


Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. ~ James 1:3-4


Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. ~ James 5:10-11


And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; ~ II Peter 1:5-6


These verses we know are not pleasing to the flesh. Yet how often do we tell our children "be patient"! We need to take our own admonition in this area.


It is not always easy but we ask God's help in developing patience in our lives.




Can I enrich someone else's life today?


How many lives shall I touch today?

How many neighbors will pass my way?

I can bless so many and help so much,

If I meet each one with a Christ-like touch ~ James from Our Daily Bread


Let our works bless others and glorify our Father in heaven. Let this not be something we just enjoy reading or thinking about, but enjoy doing.




Today we note the word "plant" used as a verb. An Old English definition of plant is to "root". This makes perfect sense. The plant must take root and develop a good root system. We see this in scripture in Jesus' parable of the sower.


If we take the "t" from the word, we get the word "plan". We recognize how much "planning" goes into our "planting". It is rarely haphazard or random with serious planters. "Sowing to the wind" does not yield good results.


We use this word play today to note how closely connected "plan" is with "plant". In our lives we desire that our plans become "planted" or that they "take root". We know this is a must in order to get good results.


We ask God to give us the right plan that our planting may be fruitful and blessed with God's increase.




O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. ~ Psalm 25:2


In today's culture we will likely be challenged if we stand up for Biblical truth. There is nothing wrong with that because it gives us the opening to explain why we take the stand we do. It is a great opportunity to witness even when disagreement occurs.


May God grant us wisdom in these opportunities to be steadfast in our witness and loving in our approach.




If you have one of those days when you do not feel any particular spiritual inspiration, just do something in the natural for your household or family that will be a blessing or a help. You will reap both naturally and spiritually.


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




Yesterday we mentioned times or days when we do not feel particularly "spiritual". Though it may be difficult to actually define it, many can relate to what we mean.


We remind ourselves from the words of Jesus and throughout the New Testament that we are told to "do good". This is something beneficial at all times - for ourselves and others.


Good deeds will honor the Lord regardless of how we feel or discern things in our spirits. While doing so, we can search our hearts and say to the Lord that we are open and desire to receive anything He has for us.




Yesterday our opening hymn was: Love Lifted Me


The words are meaningful to all who have experienced the salvation power of the love of God. The song reminds us that God's response to all of man's trouble, rebellion and sin was love - to send Jesus. In the natural man usually demands the opposite. When someone does wrong we may lash out and demand payment or retribution. Jesus said that He would make the payment on our behalf - that the love of God might be shed in our hearts, and that we might share it with others.


May the love of God in us help us to be a lift to someone today.




Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. ~ Proverbs 4:23


In light of the verse above, we see these words about Rehoboam:


And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. ~ II Chronicles 12:14


Jesus spoke of how important the heart is - both good and evil can come forth out of it. ~ Matthew 12:35; 15:19


May God help us to guard and protect our hearts - and fill them with that which is good.


Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:~ Psalm 139:23


And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ. ~ II Thessalonians 3:5




We take a moment from the life of King Asa. He was human and therefore not perfect, but his heart was right before God and he sought to do right. We note this verse when enemies were coming against him:


And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee. ~ II Chronicles 14:11


The story goes on to tell of the victory. In our lives too we face situations that could just be viewed as obstacles all the way to things that are life-threatening. We should remember, like Asa, that God can use many or few. The main thing is to remember that if God be for us, who can be against us ~ Romans 8:31


Thank you Lord that You are a very present help in time of trouble. We ask You to aid, uphold, sustain, and deliver us in our times of need.




As we have mentioned before, music and praise play a large roll at our church. We enjoy working on specials for holidays like Christmas, and we work up more elaborate arrangements from time to time. Yet we have found the basic and simple songs are ones that people really enjoy and enter in with when we just want to praise Jesus. We remember one such song:


My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,

All other ground is sinking sand;   All other ground is sinking sand.

May we declare Jesus to be the Rock of our salvation each day.




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