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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 1st/06

"The love of the Lord." --Hosea 3:1

Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how He hath fed and clothed thee every day -- how He hath borne with thine ill manners -- how He hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt -- how He has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven. Think of how His grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles -- how His blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins -- how His rod and His staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey His love in the future, for remember that Christ's covenant and blood have something more in them than the past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon. He is Alpha, and He shall be Omega also: He is first, and He shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, "For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on "the love of the Lord," our hearts burn within us, and we long to love Him more.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday July 2nd/06

Here is an excellent sermon for a Sunday in the Lord's service:

Discipline In Christ's Army - a sermon by Charles Spurgeon

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Daily Devotional for Monday July 3rd/06

"And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye and your cattle, and your beasts." --2 Kings 3:16,17

The armies of the three kings were famishing for want of water: God was about to send it, and in these words the prophet announced the coming blessing. Here was a case of human helplessness: not a drop of water could all the valiant men procure from the skies or find in the wells of earth. Thus often the people of the Lord are at their wits' end; they see the vanity of the creature, and learn experimentally where their help is to be found. Still the people were to make a believing preparation for the divine blessing; they were to dig the trenches in which the precious liquid would be held. The church must by her varied agencies, efforts, and prayers, make herself ready to be blessed; she must make the pools, and the Lord will fill them. This must be done in faith, in the full assurance that the blessing is about to descend. By-and-by there was a singular bestowal of the needed boon. Not as in Elijah's case did the shower pour from the clouds, but in a silent and mysterious manner the pools were filled. The Lord has His own sovereign modes of action: He is not tied to manner and time as we are, but doeth as He pleases among the sons of men. It is ours thankfully to receive from Him, and not to dictate to Him. We must also notice the remarkable abundance of the supply -- there was enough for the need of all. And so it is in the gospel blessing; all the wants of the congregation and of the entire church shall be met by the divine power in answer to prayer; and above all this, victory shall be speedily given to the armies of the Lord.

What am I doing for Jesus? What trenches am I digging? O Lord, make me ready to receive the blessing which Thou art so willing to bestow.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday July 4th/06

"Afterward." --Hebrews 12:11

How happy are tried Christians, afterwards. No calm more deep than that which succeeds a storm. Who has not rejoiced in clear shinings after rain? Victorious banquets are for well-exercised soldiers. After killing the lion we eat the honey; after climbing the Hill Difficulty, we sit down in the arbour to rest; after traversing the Valley of Humiliation, after fighting with Apollyon, the shining one appears, with the healing branch from the tree of life. Our sorrows, like the passing keels of the vessels upon the sea, leave a silver line of holy light behind them "afterwards." It is peace, sweet, deep peace, which follows the horrible turmoil which once reigned in our tormented, guilty souls. See, then, the happy estate of a Christian! He has his best things last, and he therefore in this world receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are "afterward" good things, harsh ploughings yielding joyful harvests. Even now he grows rich by his losses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and becomes full by being emptied; if, then, his grievous afflictions yield him so much peaceable fruit in this life, what shall be the full vintage of joy "afterwards" in heaven? If his dark nights are as bright as the world's days, what shall his days be? If even his starlight is more splendid than the sun, what must his sunlight be? If he can sing in a dungeon, how sweetly will he sing in heaven! If he can praise the Lord in the fires, how will he extol Him before the eternal throne! If evil be good to him now, what will the overflowing goodness of God be to him then? Oh, blessed "afterward!" Who would not be a Christian? Who would not bear the present cross for the crown which cometh afterwards? But herein is work for patience, for the rest is not for to-day, nor the triumph for the present, but "afterward." Wait, O soul, and let patience have her perfect work.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday July 5th/06

Bread Corn Is Bruised

"Bread corn is bruised" (Isa. 28:28).

Many of us cannot be used to become food for the world's hunger until we are broken in Christ's hands. "Bread corn is bruised." Christ's blessing ofttimes means sorrow, but even sorrow is not too great a price to pay for the privilege of touching other lives with benediction. The sweetest things in this world today have come to us through tears and pain. --J. R. Miller

God has made me bread for His elect, and if it be needful that the bread must be ground in the teeth of the lion to feed His children, blessed be the name of the Lord. --Ignatius

"We must burn out before we can give out. We cease to bless when we cease to bleed."

"Poverty, hardship and misfortune have pressed many a life to moral heroism and spiritual greatness. Difficulty challenges energy and perseverance. It calls into activity the strongest qualities of the soul. It was the weights on father's old clock that kept it going. Many a head wind has been utilized to make port. God has appointed opposition as an incentive to faith and holy activity.

"The most illustrious characters of the Bible were bruised and threshed and ground into bread for the hungry. Abraham's diploma styles him as 'the father of the faithful.' That was because he stood at the head of his class in affliction and obedience.

"Jacob suffered severe threshings and grindings. Joseph was bruised and beaten and had to go through Potiphar's kitchen and Egypt's prison to get to his throne.

"David, hunted like a partridge on the mountain, bruised, weary and footsore, was ground into bread for a kingdom. Paul never could have been bread for Caesar's household if he had not endured the bruising, whippings and stonings. He was ground into fine flour for the royal family."

"Like combat, like victory. If for you He has appointed special trials, be assured that in His heart He has kept for you a special place. A soul sorely bruised is a soul elect."

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday July 6th/06

The following is taken from the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, under the heading Preparation:

Divine Preparation for the Needs of Believers

Overflowing Blessings

Psalms 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Treasures of Goodness

Psalms 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

Psalms 68:10 Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.

Isaiah 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Jonah 4:6 And the LORD God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd.

A Spiritual Feast

Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

A Glorious Inheritance

Matthew 25:34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Luke 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

Luke 14:17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

A Heavenly Home

John 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

1 Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

For Blessings

Steps required in SPIRITUAL PREPARATION

Abandonment of idols

1 Samuel 7:3 And Samuel spake unto all the house of Israel, saying, If ye do return unto the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the LORD, and serve him only: and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

2 Chronicles 19:3 Nevertheless there are good things found in thee, in that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and hast prepared thine heart to seek God.

Cleansing of God's temple

2 Chronicles 29:15 And they gathered their brethren, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the commandment of the king, by the words of the LORD, to cleanse the house of the LORD.

Returning unto the Lord

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Personal purification

2 Timothy 2:21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

PREPARATION PRECEDES BLESSING, general illustrations of

No Water for the army until ditches were dug

2 Kings 3:16-17 And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.

No Oil until the vessels were gathered

2 Kings 4:3-4 Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.

No Healing until the leper had dipped seven times

2 Kings 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.

No Messiah until the way had been prepared

Isaiah 40:3 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.

No Harvest until the ground had been broken up

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.

No Reconciliation without repentance

Joel 2:12-13 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

No Vision without obedience

John 9:7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

No Resurrection until the stone is removed

John 11:39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

No Entrance into Heaven without cleansing

Revelation 7:13-14 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

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Daily Devotional for Friday July 7th/06

If you are anything like me, you like finding new websites to glean from. I did a search a few weeks ago to try to find some solid blogs worth reading - there was a lot of junk out there, but I found a few more solid blogs that were worthwhile. I am passing those on for your edification.

For the women who read these devotionals, you might appreciate devotionals and issues from a godly IFB woman's perspective. Right now she is starting a new series on Godly Apparel - even if you disagree with the conclusion, you can still glean from the Scripture passages and definitions covered. There is a wide range of other material posted too. Julie's Jewels

Here are several IFB blogs by preachers that I have enjoyed reading:

Meditate In Thy Precepts (this one I have been linked to from my blog for several months now) He presents thoughts on various topics and digs deep on some passages of Scripture.

Tim's Treasures Devotional thoughts from passages of Scripture that have influenced him.

Standing In The Gap Articles and devotions, many on soulwinning issues.

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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 8th/06

"Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:13, 14)

Regardless of the danger, Mordecai insisted that Queen Esther go to the king on behalf of the Jews. "Think not . . . that thou shalt escape in the king's house," Mordecai said. If the Jews were cut off, she would be too; neither the palace nor the crown would save her head!

If Queen Esther failed her people now, Mordecai believed that deliverance would arise to the Jews from another place. We observe that he spoke the language of a strong faith. When danger was most threatening, Mordecai was like Abraham who "staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God" (Romans 4:20).

"Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" If GOD designed her for this work, He would go with her and give her success. And by the event it appeared that she did come to the kingdom in order to be an instrument for the Jews' deliverance. Surely then she could say with Paul: "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28).

Each one of us ought to consider for what purpose GOD has put us in the place where we are, and then we ought to study to do His will. When any opportunity of serving GOD and our generation offers itself, let's be careful not to let it slip - it was given to us so that we might use it for the glory of God and for the good of others.

(Taken from Moments Of Meditation by Matthew Henry)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday July 9th/06

The devotional for today is on the theme of the brevity of life. It is taken from two different sources, but they certainly build upon one another.

Swifter Than A Weaver's Shuttle

From David Cloud's Friday Church News Notes for September 30th/05:

THE BREVITY OF LIFE.

The Bible contains many warnings about the brevity of life. That is why today is the day for unbelievers to be saved and the day for believers to serve the Lord. "Tomorrow is the day when idle men work, and fools repent. Tomorrow is Satan's today; he cares not what good resolutions you form, if only you fix them for tomorrow" (Jamieson, Fausset, Brown). "...our days on earth are as A SHADOW" (1 Chron. 29:15). "My days are swifter than A WEAVER'S SHUTTLE ... O remember that my life is WIND ... As the CLOUD is consumed and vanisheth away..." (Job 7:6-9). "...our days upon earth are A SHADOW" (Job 8:9). "Now my days are swifter than A POST: they flee away, they see not good. They are passed away as THE SWIFT SHIPS: as THE EAGLE that hasteth to the prey" (Job 9:25-26). "Man ... cometh forth like A FLOWER, and is cut down" (Job 14:2). "...we spend our years as A TALE THAT IS TOLD" (Ps. 90:9). "...as for man, his days are AS GRASS: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more" (Psalm 103:15-16). "...his days are as A SHADOW that passeth away" (Psalm 144:4). "For what is your life? It is even A VAPOUR, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away" (James 4:14).

From Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary on Job 7:1-6:

His life was hastening apace towards a period, Job 7:6. He thought he had no reason to expect a long life, for he found himself declining fast (Job 7:6): My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, that is, "My time is now but short, and there are but a few sands more in my glass, which will speedily run out." Natural motions are more swift near the centre. Job thought his days ran swiftly because he thought he should soon be at his journey's end; he looked upon them as good as spent already, and he was therefore without hope of being restored to his former prosperity. It is applicable to man's life in general. Our days are like a weaver's shuttle, thrown from one side of the web to the other in the twinkling of an eye, and then back again, to and fro, until at length it is quite exhausted of the thread it carried, and then we cut off, like a weaver, our life, Isa 38:12. Time hastens on apace; the motion of it cannot be stopped, and, when it is past, it cannot be recalled. While we are living, as we are sowing (Ga 6:8), so we are weaving. Every day, like the shuttle, leaves a thread behind it. Many weave the spider's web, which will fail them, Job 8:14. If we are weaving to ourselves holy garments and robes of righteousness, we shall have the benefit of them when our work comes to be reviewed and every man shall reap as he sowed and wear as he wove.

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Daily Devotional for Monday July 10th/06

Here's a great illustration about the condition of modern Christendom:

What Dad Expects When He Returns

"And when I get back, I'm going to be inspecting what you've done." These were the last words the four brothers -- oldest to youngest, Ralph, Phil, Robert, and Ronnie -- heard before their father left on a long trip. For while he was gone, he gave them them a list of things to do, one complete copy for each. All total he had twenty-nine responsibilities he expected done. As the four looked at these, they could see that some of the jobs would take less time to finish and others were obviously larger tasks to fulfill. Dad emphasized that he wanted all twenty-nine completed before he got back.

After their father was gone and out of sight, Ronnie walked inside to lie on his bed and take a nap. Robert took his copy and sat at the kitchen table to read them again. Phil suggested to all of them that there really were five of the twenty-nine that were crucial as far as he could see and that some of them were less necessary than the others. Ralph insisted that he had spent more time with their father than the other three, and that their dad really did want for them to finish all twenty-nine and that they should all take them seriously. He read his list and started working right away, encouraging the other three to get busy immediately fulfilling their father's will. Ronnie didn't say anything; he just slept. Robert smiled, smirked, and then just wagged his head at his brother's words. Phil informed Ralph that there was no way their dad would expect them to do everything, and that the safe approach would be to whittle the list down to the five most important. Robert responded, "Yes!" when he heard this idea, but he felt a little conviction by Ralph's example. He hated feeling like this, but he didn't want to change either. He kept remembering the words of Phil and that made him feel better about not obeying his father's list.

When Ronnie woke up he was "juiced" about Phil's idea and laughed when he heard what Ralph was going to do. "It's not like dad's going to kick us out of the family. We didn't have to earn our way in anyway." They all smiled at that. Security was great! Robert had spent so much time reading his copy that he had it almost memorized. He quoted large portions and could tell his brothers were impressed, even Ralph. He already knew that he could talk on and on about each one on the list, dissecting each of them grammatically.

While Ralph was busy working away to complete the father's will, Phil told the other two that Ralph was laboring so intensely only in order to impress the father and to show up his three brothers. They nodded in agreement and even threw out some well-worded ridicule that really made the three laugh. "Daddy's Pet!" "Papa's Prude!" "Little Ralph Fauntleroy!" Phil rewarded them with an affirming glance. He said Ralph also intended to put them on a "guilt trip." Phil sounded so intelligent in his evaluation, so they all smiled and agreed. Given their situation, some of these twenty-nine weren't going to be very fun at all, and they all knew that dad would surely want them to enjoy themselves. Could anyone say that father didn't want them to have a good time? Ralph was the real reason they felt bad about their lack of work for dad, anyways. And Phil regularly assured them of that.

Robert laid out his ingenious plan of "majoring on the majors" and then only getting to the minors if any of them felt like it, but nobody had to. He called the minors, liberties. Nobody should feel guilty if they didn't do the minors and no one especially should judge anyone for not getting some of them done. When they looked at their new short list, they loved it. They knew it was a list that they could get done and truly enjoy without a burden. One special, major rule that Ronnie suggested, to the glee of the other two, was that no one would confront anyone for not finishing or even doing those jobs on the list of minors. All three nodded in affirmative at this great addition. The only one whom they really attacked was Ralph. He deserved it for being so sensitive to dad's words. If Ralph was really close to dad, he wouldn't feel as though he had to perform as he did. He could just feel free, like they did. Sometimes they made sure Ralph could hear their mockery, and when he inquired, they guaranteed him they were only kidding and that everything they said was meant in good humor.

So they began to work on the father's list, really their new revision of it that suited their lifestyles. Many of them were getting done because Ralph was working so hard. He loved his dad and knew his dad meant business when he said he wanted all of them done. Some jobs weren't being completed because the other three had decided they just were not that important. Ralph tried to tell them, but they would always shut him up with charges of judgmentalism. They knew the dad's fundamentals and those were something around which all four could unify; how dare Ralph restrict them with his fastidious conformity! Nobody was going to make them feel guilty. Theirs was a gracious father who would reward them for having the kind of heart that they were sure they had.

Time passed and eventually their father returned. As he neared the house he could see that a majority of his list was finished, but not all of it. All told, eight of the twenty-nine didn't get done by the sons. Ralph did a little of all of them and tried to get all of them done himself, and they all would have been completed if they all had been faithful. Their father wasn't happy about Ronnie, Robert, and especially Phil. Phil had been the worst influence of the three with his dangerous teaching. The father reminded them that the greatest of the four was he who would do the least of his commandments. None of what he told them was optional. If they loved him, none would have been grievous to do. And for his faithful service, to Ralph he said, "Well done."

By Kent Brandenburg
Used With Permission

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday July 11th/06

This is an adapted form of the message I preached last Friday. Lord willing, I will be putting together a series on some of the Twelve Apostles. I am not sure how many of these twelve men I will be looking at in further studies, but I am looking forward to digging deeper into the lives of Peter, Thomas, Andrew, and Matthew (and perhaps several of the others) - and bringing out some applications for us.

This first study is on:

Simon The Zealot

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday July 12th/06

Greatest Gifts Come Through Travail

Romans 4:18-19 "[Abraham] against hope believed in hope... being not weak in faith..."

We shall never forget a remark that George Mueller once made to a gentleman who had asked him the best way to have strong faith.

"The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.

Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great afflictions you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, He will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know.

"Be not afraid, only believe." And if you are afraid, just look up and say, "What time I am afraid I will trust in thee," and you will yet thank God for the school of sorrow which was to you the school of faith. --A. B. Simpson

"Great faith must have great trials."

"God's greatest gifts come through travail. Whether we look into the spiritual or temporal sphere, can we discover anything, any great reform, any beneficent discovery, any soul-awakening revival, which did not come through the toils and tears, the vigils and blood-shedding of men and women whose sufferings were the pangs of its birth? If the temple of God is raised, David must bear sore afflictions; if the Gospel of the grace of God is to be disentangled from Jewish tradition, Paul's life must be one long agony."

"Take heart, O weary, burdened one, bowed down
Beneath thy cross;
Remember that thy greatest gain may come
Through greatest loss.
Thy life is nobler for a sacrifice,
And more divine.
Acres of bloom are crushed to make a drop
Of perfume fine.

"Because of storms that lash the ocean waves,
The waters there
Keep purer than if the heavens o'erhead
Were always fair.
The brightest banner of the skies floats not
At noonday warm;
The rainbow traileth after thunder-clouds,
And after storm."

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday July 13th/06

What's New With You?

So often Christians ask me this and this answer always comes to mind:

Lamentations 3:22-23 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.

Because I am:

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

With a:

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

And I have access to:

Hebrews 10:20-22 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

And one day I will dwell in the:

Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Therefore,

Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Now, I have been made an:

2 Corinthians 3:6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

So I need to tell others how they can have all things made new in their lives.

Lastly, I have:

John 13:34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

What's new with you?

July 12th/06
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional for Friday July 14th/06

The Churches With No Clocks

There is a very strange group of churches I have stumbled across in Australia. They are the churches with no clocks. I visited four of them just recently and have the pleasure of pastoring another at present. There is not a clock to be found in any of them. Admittedly, most of the people who attend still wear a watch, but it is amazing the effect it has on the church for it to have no clock. Here are a few observations I made in the churches with no clocks:

The song service seems to be freer and not ruled by the faint metronomic ticking of the clock. When the soloist breaks down in tears, nobody even thinks about how much time it will take for them to finish the special item. Everybody just cries with them.

The preacher does not need to race the clock to the finishing line at 12 noon. In fact, I sat in a service in one of these churches recently and feasted sumptuously at the Father's table for over an hour, and it troubled me not at all that the dear preacher was "almost half an hour late finishing the sermon." No, I take that back, he wasn't late. He was just on time. His hearers would have thought he was late if they'd had a clock to hold him accountable. In another of these strange churches without clocks, the pastor told the visiting speaker not to even worry about the time, but to just give the people everything he had brought for them. So he did. And no one complained. Strange, very strange.

I saw a brother who was carrying a heavy burden over a sick child get a dozen hugs and a thousand words of comfort, and nobody cared what time it was.

The people who attend these churches do not seem the least bit concerned about getting home in a hurry after the services. I have seen them talk to each other for over an hour after the sermon. I got the impression that their hearts were so full that they just needed more time together so they could do a bit of "running over" before they wandered off home. One dear old lady in one of these churches told me it was 3 PM before she finished her lunch. And it is the same at night. These strange clockless Christians actually sit down and talk to each other over a cuppa, and show no desire to depart.

The prayer meetings are affected by it as well. One of these churches has become so lax in their consciousness of the passing of time that they actually had five seasons of prayer at a prayer meeting recently, and a few of these were quite lengthy. And they don't seem to be troubled by this at all.

I wonder what would happen if revival came to one of these strange churches without clocks? Would they pray all night? Would they have preaching that went all day and far into the night? Would they allow people to stand up in the services and testify of God's grace and not try to work by a schedule? Would they linger on till dawn to pray for those who were convicted of sin and had not yet found peace with God? Would they lose all track of time and forget what day it was because they loved God more than the clock?

Would they drift away home at sunrise, having faces that outshone the sun, hearts full of joy, and lips that could no longer be silent?

I don't know, but I do know I want to go to a church that has a higher calling than watching the clock, and a better agenda than running to the world's timetable.

I suspect there are no clocks in Heaven. That's good enough for me.

I think I'll be leaving my watch at home.

By Buddy Smith
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Used With Permission

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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 15th/06

Here is another message on the Apostles:

The Apostles - Bold And Rash Peter

It is a bit long, but I believe the message would be an encouragement to those who read it. It is always a blessing to see the love and mercy of God at work!

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Daily Devotional for Sunday July 16th/06

I thought this was a really good thought-provoking post:

Because They Have No Changes

"God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God." (Psalm 55:19)

This little verse, nestled as it is within the context of David calling upon the Lord to requite him of those enemies who surrounded him daily, tells us a lot about the why of so much of the disobedience displayed against the Lord. As I alluded to in an earlier post, Psalm 10:4 indicates that complacency is a common starting point for disobedience and rebellion. We often hear the phrase, "There is no plateau in Christian growth". That is very true. Either you are growing, or you're sliding back. And a complacent soul, one that tries to hunker down and enjoy things where they're at, is going to slip back down the slope, sooner rather than later. Dave Mallinak at Sharper Irony has an excellent post related to this, how the downs in our Christian experience can often consume, "eat up", the growth and spirituality we have reached in our walks with the Lord. So true.

Complacency often occurs when a man or woman, boy or girl, reaches a point where their "comfort zone" maxes out. They peg the red end of their satisfaction metre. But it's not the sort of satisfaction that engenders contentment in the Lord's will and way. Instead, it's a happiness with their present circumstances - which may often times be outside and growing further away from the Lord's perfect will for their lives. A soul can get into a rut, can get to a point where it will compromise with some sin in its life. "Keep it down to a low roar, and I'll tolerate you", we can tell that sin.

That's a jumping off point to full-blown rebellion.

"He that is ready to slip with his feet is as a lamp despised in the thought of him that is at ease." (Job 12:5)

Growing self-satisfied, especially in a place of sin and outside God's will, is to ignore the lamp that will prevent us from falling. And it happens so often to those that are at ease (think Western Christendom). It is little wonder that in Israel's history, ease and contentment were connected with apostasy and judgment (Amos chapter 6 being a good example).

And now, coming to the text verse given above, this is why God so often shakes us up by bringing into our lives adversity and trials. In other words, changes. That word used in our passage translates the Hebrew chaliyphah. The word has the connotation of "alteration", in the sense of something new being used to replace something old. In every other place but one where the word is translated "change", it is describing the changing of a garment, someone's physical clothing. It is also translated as "course" in I Kings 5:14 where it describes the once-every-three-months rotation of Solomon's levies to work the forests of Lebanon. So, the word, as we would expect, means something new being introduced.

It is because of these changes that we are forced to turn to God in trust. When God brings trials, allows temptations, leads us in directions that may be radically different from where we've been going or where we want to go, these are "changes". They ought to induce us to cleave to the Lord ever more, to seek Him out in trust, instead of trying to muddle through making our own way. This is the reality of Christian growth. God takes the limits of our faith as they presently exist, and strains them and stretches them so that they expand, hopefully permanently. If you take a flexible ring, you can pull and stretch it enough that it warps from its original dimensions and the area that it encompasses is expanded.

The enemies of David, who were really God-haters as the surrounding text makes clear, had no changes in their lives. They were complacent, but they ALSO did not have a relationship with God that included God working to help them to grow and prosper in a walk with Him. They were complacent with their idols or with their faÁade religion. They had no relationship with God, or if they had had one, they no longer did. They have no growth in God, and so they implicitly assume that there is no God to cause growth.

How do we respond when God brings changes into our lives? Do we revolt against them, or do we patiently accede to His desires for us? He does all that He does for our benefit and for His glory. He wants us to be better servants, better Christians, better parents, better children, better husbands and wives, better pastors, better laymen. And the way He brings this about is by taking us out of our comfort zone and challenging us to trust Him more.

By Tim Dunkin
Used With Permission

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Daily Devotional for Monday July 17th/06

This is not a devotional - but an invitation to my new attempt at a blog - this time for a poetry blog, for poems and songs by myself or others. Here is the Introduction to my new blog. Please stop by for a visit and bookmark it if it is something you would be interested in:

Songs In The Night

Welcome to my new blog. The goal of this site is to be able to post solid, Christian, Bible-based poems and hymns to edify and strengthen others, to be a witness of the love (and salvation) of God, and to exhort others to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ more.

The name is based on the following passages:

Job 35:10 But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night.

Psalms 42:8 Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Psalms 77:6 I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search.

I have found through personal experience that only the Lord Himself can give songs in the night - only He can give His perfect (complete) peace and joy to His children in the midst of their trials and sorrows. It is only through Him that songs can spring up out of troubled hearts - and it is those same songs that truly can touch and minister to the hearts of others.

Not only does the Lord Jesus Christ gives songs, He also is our song. In light of eternity and all that He has done for us, truly He is the only song worth singing about.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Exodus 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him.

Psalms 118:14 The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation.

Not only should God's Word be our songs:

Psalms 119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

Our songs should be filled with His Word!

When we are to:

Colossians 3:16-17 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

It is tragic that so many sing songs that are either void of the Word of God, or that contradict or confuse it.

One thing I have always found interesting, is that when we have the Scriptures dwelling in us, there is a song in our hearts - and when we look at this passage:

Ephesians 5:18b-20 ...but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We see that being filled with the Spirit of God produces the same effect - that is because the Holy Spirit always leads according to the Word He inspired and wrote.

When your focus is steadfast on the Lord, meditating on His Word, He surrounds you with His songs.

Psalms 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.

If you are saved, I hope that you use your songs to praise the Lord Jesus Christ who saved you.

Psalms 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

Psalms 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Our songs should be a testimony of our trust in our Saviour.

Psalms 40:3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

Whether songs of praise, songs of deliverance, or songs of joy - whatever the song, they should be all about the Lord!

I have been wanting an avenue to be able to post sound poetry and hymns/songs for a while. I do have my own personal poetry site (Home Of The Real McCoy), and one of my webpartners has a section on her family site where we keep poems by others (Trenholms Of Kelowna) - but there is never enough time to make new pages for these two parts of EarnestlyContending (plus so many of the free graphics sites keep disappearing - so it is hard to always find an appropriate background). You can view most of the poems I have online by visiting Home Of The Real McCoy (I find bookmarking the Table Of Contents helpful, as any new poems added to my site will be listed there), but I also wanted to draw your attention to two specific pages within my site - I have put together two poetry books and their contents can be viewed online, including some poems by others (which are not listed in my TOC). The books are: Refuge In The Storms Of Life, and The Seasons Of Your Pilgrimage. From time to time I will be posting poems from those books and other areas of our sites here.

This new blog gives me an opportunity to share poems with others on a regular basis, without having to send them out on a mailing list or make pages for them. Lord willing, I hope to post a new one each day - whether by myself or others - including sometimes little notes as to where the poems came from, how they influenced me, etc. I will also make up a Table Of Contents page where I can list them alphabetically, for those who later want to look for a particular one. When one of the poems I send out also has a page on EC, I will link the title of the poem to the appropriate page, so you can also view it with graphics and sometimes music.

I hope it is a blessing to you. Feel free to email me any of your favourite poems (with author's name, if possible), and I'm sure I will use some of them as time goes on.

Is your tongue the pen of a ready writer - and are your songs about Him?

Psalms 45:1-2 A Song of loves. My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer. Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

May this blog bring all glory and honour to Jesus Christ,
Jerry Bouey
July 17th/06

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday July 18th/06

One of my webpartners, Kate Plourde, recently started her own blog, where she can post some of her poetry and devotional thoughts. She posted something this morning that was thought provoking and challenged me to dig a little deeper and share those results with her. Then she decided to add my thoughts to her devotion. I think it is good food for thought:

To And Fro

If you are interested, I would also encourage you to bookmark her blog (which she has also given the same name as her personal website):

Maranatha (blog)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday July 19th/06

This is an excellent sermon on trusting the Lord with every area of our lives - because our whole life is in His hands! Definitely a faith-strengthening message!

My Times Are In Thy Hand - Sermon by Charles Spurgeon

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Daily Devotional for Thursday July 20th/06

Here is another sermon that I thought might be a blessing:

The First Day Of Creation - Sermon by Spurgeon

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Daily Devotional for Friday July 21st/06

Though these articles are not related, they are both by Brother Cloud. They are short and worth reading, so I wanted to send them both out together:

Can We Know Sound Doctrine? - Are there any promises we can claim in regards to knowing sound (ie. right) doctrine?

God Does Not Look On The External - Does it matter how a Christian dresses?

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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 22nd/06

God's Willingness And Man's Unwillingness

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Daily Devotional for Sunday July 23rd/06

Defense Of The Gospel In Spurgeon's Day And Now

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Daily Devotional for Monday July 24th/06

"By reason of the multitude of oppressions they make the oppressed to cry: they cry out by reason of the arm of the mighty. But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night; who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wiser than the fowls of heaven?" (Job 35:9-11)

Elihu teaches us that if GOD doesn't hear and answer the cries of the oppressed, the fault isn't with GOD but with us. "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss" (James 4:3).

Afflictions are sent to direct and quicken us to inquire early after GOD. "But none saith, Where is God my maker?"

That is, very few repent of their sins, very few return to Him that smites them, very few seek the favor of GOD, and very few seek the comfort in GOD that would make their afflictions easy to bear. Most people will ask, "Where is pleasure? Where is wealth? Where is a bargain?" But very few ask, "Where is God my maker?"

It is GOD who provides comfort and joy under our troubles; it is GOD who gives songs in the night. Regardless of how heavy our troubles are, we may find in GOD and in His grace enough to fill us with joy and consolation and enable us to rejoice in tribulation.

Surely we have reason to give thanks to GOD, even under the heaviest burdens because He teaches us more than the beasts of the earth. They have wonderful instincts and sagacities in seeking food and shelter, but none of them are capable of inquiring, "Where is God my maker?"

Therefore, as we meditate upon these things, surely we will pray with David:

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land" (Psalm 63:1).

(Taken from Moments Of Meditation by Matthew Henry)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday July 25th/06

"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (Psalm 8:3, 4)

Isn't it our duty to consider the heavens, to consider them as GOD's heavens? Distinguished from the beasts of the earth, man was made erect so that he might look up towards Heaven and learn to set his affections on things above.

When we consider the heavens, we cannot keep from admiring GOD's divine grace to the children of men. "The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens" (Psalm 103:19); they are the work of His fingers. Made with marvelous beauty and majestic vastness, the heavens show us something of GOD's almighty power. Even the moon and the stars declare the power and glory of Him who made them and keeps them in their perfection and grandeur. Surely "the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork" (Psalm 19:1).

When we consider how the glory of GOD shines in the upper world, how useful the heavens are to man, and how the lights of Heaven are divided to all the world, we humbly say, "Lord... what is man, that thou art mindful of him?" We marvel that GOD, who made all things and rules all things, would take notice of such a creature as man and provide food, clothing, and protection for him! Whenever we consider the goodness, mercy, and grace of GOD to us, we cannot but praise the Lord whose mercy endureth forever!

(Taken from Moments Of Meditation by Matthew Henry)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday July 26th/06

"The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower." (Psalm 18:2)

In giving thanks unto the Lord, David's faith and love and joy and praise soar to new and lofty heights; and he inspires us to call upon the Lord who is worthy to be praised.

The Lord is my Rock - a hiding place that is strong and secure and safe - "Thou art my . . . God, and the rock of my salvation" (Psalm 89:26).

My Fortress. Under GOD's protecting watchcare, "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust" (Psalm 91:2).

My Deliverer. Am I in distress? In trouble? Pursued? The Lord is my Refuge; He will deliver me; He will rescue me.

My Strength, in whom I will trust. "The LORD is my strength . . . my heart trusted in him, and I am helped" (Psalm 28:7).

My Buckler. We know from experience as David did that "God . . . is a buckler to all those that trust in him" (Psalm 18:30).

The Horn of my salvation. CHRIST is the Horn of our salvation, for GOD "hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David" (Luke 1:69).

My High Tower. The Lord is a high Tower to all who flee to Him for protection - "Thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy" (Psalm 61:3).

My God! Surely, "The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him" (Exodus 15:2).

(Taken from Moments Of Meditation by Matthew Henry)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday July 27th/06

"The Amen." --Revelation 3:14

The word AMEN solemnly confirms that which went before; and Jesus is the great Confirmer; immutable, for ever is "the Amen" in all His promises. Sinner, I would comfort thee with this reflection. Jesus Christ said, "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." If you come to Him, He will say "Amen" in your soul; His promise shall be true to you. He said in the days of His flesh, "The bruised reed I will not break." O thou poor, broken, bruised heart, if thou comest to Him, He will say "Amen" to thee, and that shall be true in thy soul as in hundreds of cases in bygone years. Christian, is not this very comforting to thee also, that there is not a word which has gone out of the Saviour's lips which He has ever retracted? The words of Jesus shall stand when heaven and earth shall pass away. If thou gettest a hold of but half a promise, thou shalt find it true. Beware of him who is called "Clip-promise," who will destroy much of the comfort of God's word.

Jesus is Yea and Amen in all His offices. He was a Priest to pardon and cleanse once, He is Amen as Priest still. He was a King to rule and reign for His people, and to defend them with His mighty arm, He is an Amen King, the same still. He was a Prophet of old, to foretell good things to come, His lips are most sweet, and drop with honey still -- He is an Amen Prophet. He is Amen as to the merit of His blood; He is Amen as to His righteousness. That sacred robe shall remain most fair and glorious when nature shall decay. He is Amen in every single title which He bears; your Husband, never seeking a divorce; your Friend, sticking closer than a brother; your Shepherd, with you in death's dark vale; your Help and your Deliverer; your Castle and your High Tower; the Horn of your strength, your confidence, your joy, your all in all, and your Yea and Amen in all.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Friday July 28th/06

The following is taken from Chapter 13 (The Mystery of the Church is Revealed) of The Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Ephesians by Oliver B. Greene:

Any part of CHRIST can be summed up in one word:

UNSEARCHABLE! When we attempt to describe "the unsearchable riches of CHRIST" words fail us; but I am sure that Paul must have had in mind the fact that JESUS was in the beginning with the FATHER, in the bosom of the FATHER, the most precious jewel in Heaven, co-equal with GOD the FATHER, Creator of all things. Nothing was made without Him, but by Him all things were made. He was worshiped and honored in Heaven because He was Deity, co-equal with the Father.

Paul thought of the riches of CHRIST's willingness to leave all of Heaven's glory, honor, and praise, and come into the world to lay His life down in the most shameful, cursed way that any man could die; and I think Paul has the riches of His grace in mind when he says to the believers in Corinth, " . . . though he (JESUS) was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich" (II Corinthians 8:9).

To the Philippians Paul said that even though JESUS was equal with GOD, He took a body of humiliation, became obedient unto death . . . even the death of the Cross. I am sure Paul was thinking of the riches of the sinless life of JESUS here on earth.

No man ever lived like JESUS lived. No man ever spoke like JESUS spoke. No man ever worked miracles like JESUS did. No man ever loved like JESUS loved. Everything He did was so different to the way other men would have done it (if they could have done it)! When JESUS performed His wonders, the people said, "We never saw it on this fashion."

Then - Paul must have thought of the exceeding riches JESUS demonstrated, in that He never one time complained or grumbled. He said, "Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head!"

- He borrowed a boat for a pulpit.
- Many nights He spent alone, in the Garden in prayer.
- He had no lunch, but He took a little boy's lunch and fed five thousand.
- He never performed a miracle of any kind to bring comfort or profit to Himself.

Surely Paul must have been thinking of the exceeding riches of His sacrifice, His unselfishness, His kindness, His goodness, His generosity - and then of course the riches of His death.

He came - and announced clearly that He was in the world - not to be ministered unto, but to minister and to give His life a ransom for many. He did just that. When men reviled Him He did not scold them - He said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do!"

When men called Him ugly names He did not fight back.

At the beginning, both thieves railed on Him, mocked Him, sneered and jeered even though they were in the same condemnation. Finally, one of the thieves saw something in JESUS, or heard something fall from His lips, that changed his mind, and he cried out, "Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom." JESUS in His dying hour saved a thief who had been His enemy but moments earlier. Any phase of the life, ministry, death, burial and resurrection of JESUS can be described as "unsearchable."

My precious friend, you may be poor in this world, so far as goods and the secular things of life are concerned. Your belongings and your wealth may be very meager - but you can be a multi-millionaire in the grace of GOD!

Through His poverty, you can be as rich as Heaven's unsearchable riches.

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Daily Devotional for Saturday July 29th/06

Ephesians 3:14-21 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The following is taken from chapter 15 (Paul's Prayer for the Ephesians...) of The Epistle Of Paul The Apostle To The Ephesians by Oliver B. Greene:

It is humanly impossible for the finite mind to comprehend the love of GOD.

Its breadth - "God so loved the world." Can you conceive of such love? Do you dare ask yourself what it would mean to love the whole wide world? How many folks do you love? Think it over. The breadth of GOD's love covers the whole wide world.

Its length - "God... gave His only begotten Son." GOD's love reached from the portals of glory to a stable in Bethlehem. GOD's love placed His only SON in the womb of the virgin Mary. He was born . . . He lived . . . GOD gave Him. GOD surrendered His SON into the hands of wicked sinners, and they nailed Him to a Cross. That, in some small way, points out the length of the love of GOD. Do you have a son? Do you have an only child? Would you surrender your child to die for wicked men?

Its depth - "Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish." Oh, I know we say we love everybody . . . but do we? Do we really love everybody? It is easy to love the lovely. It is easy to love those who are always doing kind things for you and saying kind things about you - but GOD so loved that He gave His only Son, that whosoever . . . the lovely, the unlovely . . . might not perish. CHRIST died for the ungodly. GOD surrendered up JESUS when we were yet sinners.

Its height - "Everlasting life." The love of GOD reaches to the depth of sin and places that sinner in the heavenlies in CHRIST JESUS. From the lowest depths to the highest height . . . only the love of GOD could work such a miracle!

Oliver Greene also makes reference to the following hymn in regards to the love of God (so I have quoted it in full here):

The Love Of God
(Words and Music: Frederick M. Lehman)

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Chorus:
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saintsí and angelsí song.

When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
Godís love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adamís raceó
The saintsí and angelsí song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

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Daily Devotional for Sunday July 30th/06

The following notes were put together by my pastor, Claude Madle, and taught the last two Sunday mornings. He has been doing a series on the Attributes Of God, and this part is well-worth meditating on:

The Mercy Of God

Mercy is God withholding the judgment we deserve.

I. Is Part Of His Character. Exodus 34:6-7; Psalm 62:12; Nehemiah 9:17; Jonah 4:2, 10; 2 Corinthians 1:3

II. Described As:

1. Great. Numbers 14:18; Isaiah 54:7

2. Rich. Ephesians 2:4

3. Manifold. Nehemiah 9:27; Lamentations 3:25-27, 32

4. Plenteous. Psalm 86:5, 15; 103:8

5. Abundant. 1 Peter 1:3

6. Sure. Isaiah 55:3; Micah 7:20

7. Everlasting. 1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 89:28; 106:1; 107:1; 136:1-26

8. Tender. Psalm 25:6; 103:4; Luke 1:78

9. New Every Morning. Lamentations 3:23

10. High As Heaven. Psalm 36:5; 103:11

11. Filling The Earth. Psalm 119:64

12. Over All His Works. Psalm 145:9

III. Is His Delight. Micah 7:18

IV. Manifested:

1. In The Sending Of Christ. Luke 1:78

2. In Salvation. Titus 3:5

3. In Long-suffering. Lamentations 3:22; Daniel 9:9

4. To His People. Deuteronomy 32:43; 1 Kings 8:23

5. To Them That Fear Him. Psalm 103:17; Luke 1:50

6. To Returning Backsliders. Jeremiah 3:12; Hosea 14:4; Joel 2:13

7. To Repentant Sinners. Psalm 32:5; Proverbs 28:13; Isaiah 55:6-7; Luke 15:18-20

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Daily Devotional for Monday July 31st/06

I have added two more studies to my series on the Twelve Apostles. Lord willing, I will be adding several more in the future.

You can read all the studies I have available so far in this series:

The Apostles #1 - Simon The Zealot

The Apostles #2 - Bold And Rash Peter

The Apostles #3 - Thomas The Doubter

The Apostles #4 - Jesus Loved Them To The End

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