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List of main devotionals written by Jerry for these March 2005 Devotionals (not posted elsewhere on this site):

Eight Reasons Why Jesus' Resurrection Is Important - March 27th


Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 1st/05

Psalms 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.

Here is the man who had sorrow in his heart all the day breaking into song! We do not find that his troubles were any less. The enemy was still exalted over him, and boasted of having prevailed; it seemed indeed as though he must soon sleep the sleep of death. But he never let go his trust. Whatever were his outward discomforts and trials, he clung to his God and waited patiently for Him; with the result that out of his stormy griefs he built a Bethel; and in the midst of his anguish broke out into song.

When we are sitting under the shadow of severe trial, God can wrap us about with the garment of praise, and fill our mouths with singing. Although the fig-tree does not blossom, and there is no fruit in the vines, yet the soul may rejoice in the Lord, and joy in the God of salvation. You cannot starve a man who is feeding on God's promises; and you cannot make that man or woman wretched who has a clean conscience, the smile of God, and the love of Jesus in the soul.

When brave old Thomas Halyburton lost his much-loved son, he made this record: "This day has been a day to be remembered. O my soul never forget what this day I reached. My soul had smiles that almost wasted nature. Oh, what a sweet day! About half-an-hour after the Sabbath, my child, after a sharp conflict, slept pleasantly in Jesus, to whom pleasantly he was so often given. Jesus came to me in the third watch of the night, walking upon the waters, He stilled the tempest in my soul, and lo! there was a great calm." When God is bereaving us of all else, He may so fill us with Himself that we shall magnify His bountifulness.

(Taken from Our Daily Homily by F.B. Meyer)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 2nd/05

Psalms 6:3 My soul is also sore vexed: but Thou, O LORD, how long?

You have been long in coming, love says. So miserly are we of the minutes, so leaden-paced is the beat of the pendulum, when our heart stands on the tip-toe of expectation. Moments lengthen to hours when we suffer and await deliverance, just as hours contract to moments when the heart is young and gay.

How long, Lord, ere the trial cease? - When we are entering into the furnace, we like to make bargains with God that it shall not last beyond a certain hour; but He never tells us, lest patience might miss her perfect work. He says simply, It is enough to suffer one moment at a time.

How long, Lord, ere deliverance arrive? - Long ago we sent for reinforcements; and since then the battle has been waxing more fierce. We have looked eagerly to the horizon to see the relieving column, clear-cut on the sky line; but in vain. We think we can hold out no more. We have strained at the oar to the last degree of strength, and if some deliverance does not come to us, the fourth watch of night will see us drifting helplessly to destruction. "Where is thy God?" the enemy cries; and we are tempted to think ourselves forsaken and forgotten.

How long, Lord, ere the Advent break? - He said that He would come quickly - but the weary centuries pass; and, strain our ears as we may, we cannot detect His princely footfall along the corridor of time.

Cease, fond heart, thy complaining. Delay is not denial. He counts a thousand years as a day. He is coming on the wings of every wind; already He is nigh, even at the doors. Never a moment too early - but not a moment too late.

(Taken from Our Daily Homily by F.B. Meyer)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday March 3rd/05

"And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness." --Genesis 1:4

Light might well be good since it sprang from that fiat of goodness, "Let there be light." We who enjoy it should be more grateful for it than we are, and see more of God in it and by it. Light physical is said by Solomon to be sweet, but gospel light is infinitely more precious, for it reveals eternal things, and ministers to our immortal natures. When the Holy Spirit gives us spiritual light, and opens our eyes to behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we behold sin in its true colours, and ourselves in our real position; we see the Most Holy God as He reveals Himself, the plan of mercy as He propounds it, and the world to come as the Word describes it. Spiritual light has many beams and prismatic colours, but whether they be knowledge, joy, holiness, or life, all are divinely good. If the light received be thus good, what must the essential light be, and how glorious must be the place where He reveals Himself. O Lord, since light is so good, give us more of it, and more of Thyself, the true light.

No sooner is there a good thing in the world, than a division is necessary. Light and darkness have no communion; God has divided them, let us not confound them. Sons of light must not have fellowship with deeds, doctrines, or deceits of darkness. The children of the day must be sober, honest, and bold in their Lord's work, leaving the works of darkness to those who shall dwell in it for ever. Our Churches should by discipline divide the light from the darkness, and we should by our distinct separation from the world do the same. In judgment, in action, in hearing, in teaching, in association, we must discern between the precious and the vile, and maintain the great distinction which the Lord made upon the world's first day. O Lord Jesus, be Thou our light throughout the whole of this day, for Thy light is the light of men.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Friday March 4th/05

"And God saw the light." --Genesis 1:4

This morning we noticed the goodness of the light, and the Lord's dividing it from the darkness, we now note the special eye which the Lord had for the light. "God saw the light"--He looked at it with complacency, gazed upon it with pleasure, saw that it "was good." If the Lord has given you light, dear reader, He looks on that light with peculiar interest; for not only is it dear to Him as His own handiwork, but because it is like Himself, for "He is light." Pleasant it is to the believer to know that God's eye is thus tenderly observant of that work of grace which He has begun. He never loses sight of the treasure which He has placed in our earthen vessels. Sometimes we cannot see the light, but God always sees the light, and that is much better than our seeing it. Better for the judge to see my innocence than for me to think I see it. It is very comfortable for me to know that I am one of God's people--but whether I know it or not, if the Lord knows it, I am still safe. This is the foundation, "The Lord knoweth them that are His." You may be sighing and groaning because of inbred sin, and mourning over your darkness, yet the Lord sees "light" in your heart, for He has put it there, and all the cloudiness and gloom of your soul cannot conceal your light from His gracious eye. You may have sunk low in despondency, and even despair; but if your soul has any longing towards Christ, and if you are seeking to rest in His finished work, God sees the "light." He not only sees it, but He also preserves it in you. "I, the Lord, do keep it." This is a precious thought to those who, after anxious watching and guarding of themselves, feel their own powerlessness to do so. The light thus preserved by His grace, He will one day develop into the splendour of noonday, and the fulness of glory. The light within is the dawn of the eternal day.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday March 5th/05

Quotes From The DownGrade Controversy

As many of you know, Charles Spurgeon is my all-time favourite preacher. Before I had ever read any of his sermons or books, I had read an account of probably the greatest battle he faced. It was referred to as The DownGrade Controversy. Reading about Spurgeon's struggles to stand for and proclaim the truth amidst the apostasy of many around him caused me to have great respect for him. In the years since first hearing of him, through reading various sermons, commentaries, quotes, etc. of his, I have come to love and respect him even more.

I have recently started rereading a series of articles on The DownGrade Controversy, and wanted to quote some of the paragraphs that have struck me the most. A few of them are long, but they are definitely worth reading! Not all of these quotes are by Spurgeon himself, but most are. You can read the whole series of articles on the Spurgeon website: The DownGrade Controversy (If you are desiring to quote a specific paragraph or statement of what I have included below, feel free to contact me and I can look it up for you, or you can skim through the articles on this Bible Study Site where I have bolded all the statements that I have quoted.) (Note: I do not endorse Spurgeon's Calvinism, but I have found that I can glean from and benefit from all else. Like any solid teacher or preacher, read him with discernment and you will be blessed indeed.)

The sword and trowel have both been used this year with all our might. We have built up the wall of the city, and we have tried to smite the King's enemies. How could we help it? No loyal soldier could endure to see his Lord's cause so grievously wronged by traitors. Something will come of the struggle over The Down-Grade. The Lord has designs in connection therewith which his adversaries little dream of. Meanwhile, it behoves all who love the Lord Jesus and his gospel to keep close together, and make common cause against deadly error.

A race of earnest and faithful ministers were raised up who built again that which had been thrown down, leaving their mark on the age and their example to their successors. Do the present race of men prove themselves worthy successors of their fathers? Some do, no doubt. Would that the same could be said of all! But in too many cases sceptical daring seems to have taken the place of evangelical zeal, and the husks of theological speculations are preferred to the wholesome bread of gospel truth. With some the endeavor seems to be not how steadily and faithfully they can walk in the truth, but how far they can get from it. To them divine truth is like a lion or a tiger, and they give it "a wide berth." Our counsel is— Do not go too near the precipice; you may slip or fall over. Keep where the ground is firm; do not venture on the rotten ice. Take the advice of an old missionary, the late Thomas Morgan, of Howrah. The writer, and a worthy brother who fell asleep twenty years ago, were all journeying in the direction of Maidstone, where the missionary was to meet the late Mr. Dobney. Said one of us to him, "How about Mr. D.'s theory concerning future punishment?" The old Welshman replied, "Well, if he brings up the subject to me, I shall say, 'Don't try it, that's all.'" So we venture to say to any venturesome spirit who wants to follow the Will-with-a-wisp of modern thought, "Don't try it; there are dangerous bogs near, where you may soon lose yourself and all that is dear to you."

If a mariner, having to traverse an unknown sea, does not put implicit confidence in his charts, and therefore does not consult them for guidance in steering the ship, he is, as anyone can see, every moment exposed to dangers of various kinds. Now, the Word of God—the Book written by holy men as they were moved by the Spirit of God—is the Christian's chart; and though, in a ship's company, some of the men may have little critical knowledge of navigation, the captain is supposed to be well instructed therein, and to be able, by consulting the charts, to steer the ship aright; so in reference to ministers of Christ's gospel, and pastors of Christ's church, which he hath purchased with his blood. The first step astray is a want of adequate faith in the divine inspiration of the sacred Scriptures. All the while a man bows to the authority of God's Word, he will not entertain any sentiment contrary to its teaching. "To the law and to the testimony," is his appeal concerning every doctrine. He esteems that holy Book, concerning all things, to be right, and therefore he hates every false way. But let a man question, or entertain low views of the inspiration and authority of the Bible, and he is without chart to guide him, and without anchor to hold him.

Those who hold the eternal verities of salvation, and yet do not see all that we believe and embrace, are by no means the objects of our opposition: warfare is with men who are giving up the atoning sacrifice, denying the inspiration of Holy Scripture, and casting slurs upon justification by faith. The present struggle is not a debate upon the question of Calvinism or Arminianism, but of the truth of God versus the inventions of men. All who believe the gospel should unite against that "modern thought" which is its deadly enemy.

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Daily Devotional for Sunday March 6th/05

More Quotes From The DownGrade Controversy

Many believe that this final battle, and the toll it took on Charles Spurgeon's health, is what drove him to the grave. Better to die - in the will of God - contending for the Lord's cause and be rewarded in Heaven, than to live longer - out of the will of God - only to the praise of man!

A MAGAZINE is in some danger of death when the editor is so completely prostrate that his brain will not think, and his right hand cannot hold a pen. But it has so happened that our peculiarly heavy affliction came upon us this time in a sort of interval between one monthly number and the next, and we are, through restoring mercy, again able to set about our appointed task. There is always some circumstance of grace about the heaviest trial. The thorn-bush bears its rose. The Lord lets us see a bright light in the clouds even when they gather in grimmest fashion.

Where the gospel is fully and powerfully preached, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, our churches not only hold their own, but win converts; but when that which constitutes their strength is gone—we mean when the gospel is concealed, and the life of prayer is slighted—the whole thing becomes a mere form and fiction. For this thing our heart is sore grieved. Dissent for mere dissent's sake would be the bitter fruit of a wilful mind. Dissent as mere political partisanship is a degradation and travesty of religion. Dissent for truth's sake, carried out by force of the life within, is noble, praiseworthy, and fraught with the highest benefits to the race. Are we to have the genuine living thing, or are we to have that corruption of the best from which the worst is produced? Conformity, or nonconformity, per se is nothing; but a new creature is everything, and the truth upon which alone that new creature can live is worth dying a thousand deaths to conserve. It is not the shell that is so precious, but the kernel which it contains; when the kernel is gone, what is there left that is worth a thought? Our nonconformity is beyond measure precious as a vital spiritual force, but only while it remains such will it justify its own existence.

It often happens that causes of sorrow may be increased at the very same moment when occasions of joy are most numerous. We judge that it is so just now. The cause of God goes on in spite of foes, and his truth is sure to conquer in the long run, however influential its opposers. No, no, we are by no means despondent for the Lord's kingdom. That would be a dishonor to his eternal power and Godhead. Our amiable critics may possibly be pleased to know that they will not find us bathing in vinegar, nor covering our swollen foot with wormwood, nor even drinking quinine with our vegetables; but they will find us rejoicing in the Lord, and buckling on our harness for the war with as firm a confidence as if all men were on our side. Bad as things are from one point of view, there is a bright side to affairs: the Lord has yet his men in reserve who have not bowed the knee to Baal.

It is our solemn conviction that where there can be no real spiritual communion there should be no pretense of fellowship. Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin. Those who know and love the truth of God cannot have fellowship with that which is diametrically opposed thereto, and there can be no reason why they should pretend that they have such fellowship.

But what of it all? Will any result follow from taking up a position of stern protest? We think so. We believe that already a drag has been put upon the "Down-Grade" wheel, and that inquiry has been aroused which will more effectually hinder the deplorable advance to ruin. But if not, what of that? Suppose a man should speak the truth in the name of the Lord, and no one should believe him; suppose that good as well as bad should judge him to be perverse and pragmatical; suppose he should be forsaken by those who were once his adherents and friends; and suppose that he should even die with the ill repute of being one who needlessly and in vain troubled Israel—what then? If in that which he had spoken he was true to his conscience, and to his God, what would he have lost by receiving no recognition from men? Lost! He would have been immeasurably the gainer, inasmuch as he would not have received his reward, but his crown would be laid up in heaven "against that day." At any rate, he would have glorified his Lord by having been enabled to say, "Although ministers should not proclaim the gospel, nor professors confess the faith; the constancy of the faithful shall fail, and even the most godly abide in cowardly silence; courage shall fail from the brave, and decision from the instructed; yet will I rejoice in the Lord and his eternal truth, yea, I will joy in the God of my salvation."

But what if earnest protests accomplish nothing, because of the invincible resolve of the infatuated to abide in fellowship with the inventors of false doctrine? Well, we shall at least have done our duty. We are not responsible for success. If the plague cannot be stayed, we can at least die in the attempt to remove it. Every voice that is lifted up against Anythingarianism is at least a little hindrance to its universal prevalence. It may be that in some one instance a true witness is strengthened by our word, or a waverer is kept from falling; and this is no mean reward. It is true that our testimony may be held up to contempt; and may, indeed, in itself be feeble enough to be open to ridicule; but yet the Lord, by the weak things of the world, has overcome the mighty in former times, and he will do so again. We cannot despair for the church or for the truth, while the Lord lives and reigns; but, assuredly, the conflict to which the faithful are now summoned is not less arduous than that in which the Reformers were engaged. So much of subtlety is mixed up with the whole business, that the sword seems to fall upon a sack of wool, or to miss its mark. However, plain truth will cut its way in the end, and policy will ring its own death-knell.

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Daily Devotional for Monday March 7th/05

These have been gleaned over time from a variety of sources - mostly from Theodore Epp's and M.R. DeHaan's books on the Tabernacle, and several commentaries by Warren Wiersbe. While they may not interest you right now, mark them down in the front or back of your Bible, and the next time you are reading through Leviticus, or some other passage describing the Tabernacle or Temple furnishings or the sacrifices, you will have a better idea of what may be pictured in each passage. God's symbolism is consistent throughout His Word, so a simple grasp of these descriptions would be of great benefit to you in the years to come.

Material In The Tabernacle/Temple And What Each Represents:

Gold - Deity
Silver - Redemption
Brass - Judgement
Purple - Royalty
Blue - Heavenly Nature
Scarlet - Sacrifice
White - Perfection
Fine Linen - Righteousness
Wood - Humanity Of Christ
Rams' Skins - Atonement
Goat's Hair - Atonement
Badgers' Skins - Humanity Or Outward Appearance Of Christ
Oil - Holy Spirit
Leaven - Sin
Honey - Man's Wisdom Or Man's Glory
Salt - Purity
Water - The Word Of God

Some examples:

Leaven As Sin (Leviticus 2:11): Hypocrisy (Luke 12:1); False Teachings (Galatians 5:7-9); Corrupt Living (1 Corinthians 5:6-8).

Honey (Leviticus 2:13) - Man's Glory (Proverbs 25:27) or Man's Wisdom (Proverbs 24:13-14)

Salt (Leviticus 2:13, and Matthew 5:13) - Preserves, Cleanses, Purifies, Seasons, Penetrates, Creates A Thirst. See also Mark 9:50; Colossians 4:6.

Rahab's Scarlet Thread - there is also a scarlet thread that runs all throughout Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 8th/05

Psalms 46:9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; He breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; He burneth the chariot in the fire.

"My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword." (Psalm 57:4) Such is the frequent confession of the child of God. Hemmed in by foes, the butt of vehement hate! But the moment comes at length when God arises to deliver. He utters His voice - the earth melts. In the night the enemy has wrapped up his tents and stolen silently away. War has ceased, and all the land of life lies plain and open.

God makes the wars of the outward life cease, so that as life's afternoon comes the man who had fought his way through overwhelming odds - as a reformer, or inventor, or philanthropist - spends his years amid troops of friends and loving recognition.

God makes the wars of the home cease, so that the disturbing elements pass out, or are transmuted by invincible patience and love.

God makes the wars of the heart cease, so that Satan no longer annoys. The storm dies down, and the river which makes glad the city of God purls quietly through the soul. Sennacherib and his vast army lie as the leaves of autumn, silent in the last sleep.

If as yet God has not made your wars to cease, it is because He knows that you have still strength to fight on. Do not faint in the day of battle. Ponder those great words of Cromwell: "Call not your burden sad or heavy, for if your Heavenly Father sent it (or permitted it) He intended it to be neither." It is through the fight that you are winning experience, strength, the approval of your Captain, and the crown.

(Taken from Our Daily Homily by F.B. Meyer)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 9th/05

Psalms 49:5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of evil, when the iniquity of my heels shall compass me about?

Have I not God? At sundry times and in divers manners, He spake to, and succoured His saints. Will He not come to me, and cast around me the soft mantle of His protecting love? And if I love Him, do I need any beside?

"Who that one moment has the least descried Him,
Dimly and faintly, hidden and afar,
Doth not despise all excellence beside Him,
Pleasures and powers that are not, and that are?"

Did He not walk with Enoch, and then take him home, before the deluge came? Did He not shut Noah in, with His own hand, that there should be no jeopardy from the overflowing flood? Did He not assure Abram that He was his shield and exceeding great reward, quieting his fears against any possible combination of foes? Did He not preserve His servant Moses from the fury of Pharaoh and the murmurings of Israel? Was not Elijah hidden in the secret of His pavilion from the wrath of Ahab? Did He not send his angel to shut the lions' mouths that they might not hurt Daniel? Were not the coals of the burning fiery furnace as sweet and soft as forest glades to the feet of the three young confessors? Has God ever forsaken those that trusted Him? Has He ever given them over to the will of their enemies?

Wherefore, then, should I fear in the day of evil? I may be standing on the deck, whilst the ship is beset by icebergs and jagged splintered rocks; the fog drapes everything, as the way slowly opens through this archipelago of peril: but God is at the helm - why should I fear? Days of evil to others cannot be so to me, for the presence of God transmutes the evil to good.

(Taken from Our Daily Homily by F.B. Meyer)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday March 10th/05

This was taken from a short chapter (#5) of a book I have been really blessed by, The Puzzles Of Job by Ord Morrow. I will be using some of the ideas of the second chapter, What Is Man?, for my devotion at the Gospel Mission tomorrow.

The justified life is a life of joy here and now...

Jesus did not say that He had come to stifle our lives, or to bore us, or to make us miserable, or to take the zest from living. What He did say was, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." The more joy we have in life the more it pleases God.

At one time when the Lord was teaching His disciples, He said to them, "These things have I spoken unto you, that... your joy might be full" (John 15:11). He was telling them of His love for them and how they might have answered prayer and fruitful lives.

To have joy does not mean that we will feel like singing all the time - not unless we sing through tears. Life is not all song. It is mingled with toil, tears, testings and trials. However, we are reminded that no testing has come to us but such as is common to man, and God will not leave us without a way of escape (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Neither does joy mean that we will feel like breaking out into jubilant praise when we receive light on a subject we perhaps did not understand before. Our Lord was a man of joy, but He was not a man of frolic and light laughter, for these are not necessarily expressions of joy.

Joy is a deep settled peace based upon the person and promises of God.

Joy is knowing that all is well simply because God says so. The earth may be breaking up beneath us, but we trust in the everlasting arms under us.

Joy is a foundation upon which we rest our hearts even when these hearts are broken.

Joy is the assurance that God cares for us, that God loves us though men and the Devil may try to tell us it is not so. There will be times when they will say these very things to us.

Joy is born out of the confidence we have in God who has promised that one day He will wipe away all tears from our eyes. Joyfully we wait and watch for that day even though we watch through tears, remembering that though weeping may endure for a night, joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5).

Joy is the settled fact that we are the children of God now, and that we have an inheritance with the saints of all ages.

Joy is knowing that God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. "Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement" (Romans 5:8-11).

"O child of God, wait patiently,
When dark thy path may be,
And let thy faith lean trustingly,
On Him who cares for Thee;
And though the clouds hang drearily,
Upon the brow of night,
Yet in the morning joy will come,
And fill thy soul with light.

"O child of God, He loveth thee,
and thou art all His own;
With gentle hand He leadeth thee,
Thou dost not walk alone;
And though thou watchest wearily,
The long and stormy night;
Yet in the morning joy will come,
and fill thy soul with light.

O child of God, how peacefully
He calms thy fears to rest,
And draws thee upward tenderly,
Where dwell the pure and blest;
And He who bendeth silently,
Above the gloom of night
Will take thee home where endless joy,
Shall fill thy soul with light."

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Daily Devotional for Friday March 11th/05

I have been really blessed by reading this devotional just now. I bolded a phrase that really struck me.

"He that loveth not knoweth not God." --1 John 4:8

The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, "Christ loved me and gave Himself for me." Then love gives the countersign, and stamps upon the heart gratitude and love to Jesus in return. "We love Him because He first loved us." In those grand old ages, which are the heroic period of the Christian religion, this double mark was clearly to be seen in all believers in Jesus; they were men who knew the love of Christ, and rested upon it as a man leaneth upon a staff whose trustiness he has tried. The love which they felt towards the Lord was not a quiet emotion which they hid within themselves in the secret chamber of their souls, and which they only spake of in their private assemblies when they met on the first day of the week, and sang hymns in honour of Christ Jesus the crucified, but it was a passion with them of such a vehement and all-consuming energy, that it was visible in all their actions, spoke in their common talk, and looked out of their eyes even in their commonest glances. Love to Jesus was a flame which fed upon the core and heart of their being; and, therefore, from its own force burned its way into the outer man, and shone there. Zeal for the glory of King Jesus was the seal and mark of all genuine Christians. Because of their dependence upon Christ's love they dared much, and because of their love to Christ they did much, and it is the same now. The children of God are ruled in their inmost powers by love--the love of Christ constraineth them; they rejoice that divine love is set upon them, they feel it shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost, which is given unto them, and then by force of gratitude they love the Saviour with a pure heart, fervently. My reader, do you love Him? Ere you sleep give an honest answer to a weighty question!

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday March 12th/05

SINGING IN THE SHADOWS


And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matthew 26:30.

Already Judas had gone to the chief priests to sell his Lord at the usual price for a common slave. Already the symbols of His mangling and piercing had been distributed. Already the contentions as to who should be greatest had shown that even His own familiar friends had failed to discern His spirit. A night of agony was known to be just ahead, and this was to be followed by a day of humiliation, ignominy, suffering and death. But in the midst of it all He paused to sing a hymn. And the word is not ooda, the general term for song, but humos, a song of praise to God. We may not know just which of the Psalms was used, but judgment favors the forty-seventh or the one hundred and fiftieth, both of which are set to the highest key of triumph.

Singing in the shadows! Praising God in the dark shadows! How could He do it? you ask. He could do it because He knew there was a day beyond the darkness — an Easter morning beyond the tomb. There was no tremor in the hands that broke the bread and passed the cup that night, and the song they sang was in the major key. The harsh wind from Calvary did not cause Him to shiver; the sight of the cross did not produce any wavering in His eyes. In the shadows Jesus was unafraid.

But what of us and the shadows through which we must pass? The sentence of death has been passed upon us also. The execution date is slightly uncertain, but we know it shall fall within a given time — we know the maximum delay. But shall we sing a dirge to the honor of death? No, let us make it a psalm of life. For we too shall live again in a near tomorrow. An Easter morn shall end our night. A day of triumph shall dismiss our shadows. Let us sing: “Sing praises unto God, sing praises; sing praises unto our King, sing praises... for the shields of earth belong unto God: He is greatly exalted.”

I have heard that the wounded bird sings more sweetly than before it was hurt. It sings, perhaps, in memory of its former better days. And shall not we sing in the shadow, knowing, as we do, that the shadow must pass, and that we shall yet live in a land where clouds never come? Yes, I am that wounded bird, and I shall sing. But I sing both in memory of the good days I have had with loved ones now vanished from sight and in anticipation of clasping glad hands again on the cloudless shore. Let us sing even in the shadows, for Christ is King, and we shall reign with Him forever.

(Taken from Singing In The Shadows by J.B. Chapman)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday March 13th/05

This is an adapted form of the message I preached at the Gospel Mission on Friday:

What Is Man?

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Daily Devotional for Monday March 14th/05

A helpful Disclaimer on these Daily Devotionals: I would never knowingly pass on articles or quotes from those that are known to be heretics or deny the fundamentals of the faith. Sometimes I do pass on stories, illustrations, studies, or articles that are very sound - but I may not be aware of all the theology of the particular author that wrote it. If I ever post something from someone that causes you a concern, please email me to let me know.

I am also KJV-only, so I will not pass on devotionals that do not quote from the KJV. Sometimes I may pass on a section of a book and take the liberty to quote from the KJV (for example, F.B. Meyer's devotionals - sometimes he quotes from the Revised Version, but is otherwise sound in doctrine), though I would refuse to pass on a section where someone's whole premise is based on that other version - in other words, if their doctrine is not according to the King James Bible, I won't quote it or use it, lest I cause others to stumble.

There are many daily devotionals that I have been blessed with from the book Streams In The Desert - and I have passed on some of them, but there are other parts in the book I cannot recommend due to quoting of other versions or parts that may not be sound or that are too vague.

Other authors I have quoted that have been sound in the faith (believe all the fundamentals) - such as Charles Spurgeon, Matthew Henry, D.L. Moody, etc. - but may differ on some minor areas of doctrine. Those I can glean from (and encourage others to do so), but will not quote from those parts I believe may cause confusion. I firmly believe that in regards to sound Christian material that we can eat the meat and spit out the bones; however, this philosophy should never be applied to those who are not sound in the faith, who reject the fundamentals. In cases such as those, their works should be rejected completely - except for possibly research purposes, and in such cases read very critically.

Proverbs 19:27 Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.

Today's devotional is one I agree with, though the author seems to believe in entire-sanctification (as it appears from another section of this book). I can glean from this portion here - though I would not pass on or quote from the other part. He uses an illustration in this section that I have heard several times from others, and it is nice to read the original quote (regarding the kite).

If others disagree with my philosophy here, please let me know why - and I would be willing to consider my approach. I never want to be a stumbling-block for anyone. Someone does not have to dot all their i's the exact same way we do for us to glean from their materials - as long as they are sound in the faith - but there are many that it is better off avoiding altogether. I want to glorify the Lord in all these devotionals, and I am still learning the best way to do this (especially in my devotionals and preaching) as I walk with Him.

I’M SURE “THERE’S LAND AHEAD”

When the hearts of his men grew faint, Columbus, on his journey west, drew from the water the branch of a tree on which there were green leaves, buds and ripening fruit. The evidence was conclusive, there was land ahead, for the land they had left was too far distant for such a product to have traveled so far. The spirit of uncertainty now gave place to assurance, and all lifted up their heads and strained their eyes in keen expectation that they would soon see that for which they had undertaken the voyage.

Life is a great sea over which we are called to sail, and sometimes it seems far from the shore we left to the one toward which we sail. Hearts may at times grow faint from the fear that there is no shore except the one we left behind. But does this broad sea on which we sail have a shore ahead? It has, indeed, and that shore is the shore of my faith and of my hope. The shore from which I sailed is now far behind, and I shall never see it more. But I do not mind; for breezes from heaven bring fragrance from the trees of God. There is land ahead. I cannot see it yet, but I can taste its fruit, and I know a land that can produce such fruit must be fair beyond compare. What are these tokens which I feel in my poor heart today? What is this which brings such melting to my spirit? What is this pillow upon which I rest my weary head? What is this blessed hope which feeds my hungry soul and quenches the fever of my restless spirit? Why, these are tokens of land ahead, and their freshness testifies that the distance is not great. I too lift up my head and strain my eyes for the first glimpse of the land “that is fairer than day.”

A small boy stood holding the string to his kite, while the strong wind took the kite far aloft into the mist-filled sky. A passing man inquired, “What are you doing here, boy?” To this the lad replied, “I am flying my kite.” “But I do not see any kite,” said the man. To this the boy answered, “I can’t see the kite, either, but I know it is up there — I can feel the pull.” Our eyes have not seen the City of God: but we are sure it is up there because of the pull it makes upon our hearts. And the closer we come to the city, the stronger the pull. No one need tell me there is a heaven — I feel its pull. And if I go back again to the language of the sea, I must assert that the shore is near. Today I stand upon the prow of the Old Ship of Zion and train my eyes toward the horizon in the effort to catch the first full glimpse of the land toward which I sail. Soon I shall hear and share the glad cry, “Welcome, heaven, welcome home, the day of God has dawned!” Yes, I’m sure there’s land ahead.

(Taken from Singing In The Shadows by J.B. Chapman)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 15th/05

It is neat how so many times the Lord will bring studies and material across my path while preparing a devotional or study - ideas to help me develop the message, or more passages and points for me to meditate on throughout the week, so that when I do preach, I am preaching a message that has impacted me first.

Praying about what the Lord would have me preach on - and I believe He wants me to continue to preach several more messages out of the book of Job. I decided that this Friday I wanted to preach on Job's statements regarding the resurrection (mostly Job 19). Then after that decision was made, a message was posted on that exact same theme on the study site I am involved with: If A Man Die Will He Live Again?

Last night I was reading some Days of Praise devotionals and came across the one I will use for today's devotional:

Resurrection In The Old Testament

Isn't God good! (Referring here specifically to His guidance - though He is always good to us!)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 16th/05

"I will be their God." --Jeremiah 31:33

Christian! here is all thou canst require. To make thee happy thou wantest something that shall satisfy thee; and is not this enough? If thou canst pour this promise into thy cup, wilt thou not say, with David, "My cup runneth over; I have more than heart can wish"? When this is fulfilled, "I am thy God," art thou not possessor of all things? Desire is insatiable as death, but He who filleth all in all can fill it. The capacity of our wishes who can measure? but the immeasurable wealth of God can more than overflow it. I ask thee if thou art not complete when God is thine? Dost thou want anything but God? Is not His all-sufficiency enough to satisfy thee if all else should fail? But thou wantest more than quiet satisfaction; thou desirest rapturous delight. Come, soul, here is music fit for heaven in this thy portion, for God is the Maker of Heaven. Not all the music blown from sweet instruments, or drawn from living strings, can yield such melody as this sweet promise, "I will be their God." Here is a deep sea of bliss, a shoreless ocean of delight; come, bathe thy spirit in it; swim an age, and thou shalt find no shore; dive throughout eternity, and thou shalt find no bottom. "I will be their God." If this do not make thine eyes sparkle, and thy heart beat high with bliss, then assuredly thy soul is not in a healthy state. But thou wantest more than present delights--thou cravest something concerning which thou mayest exercise hope; and what more canst thou hope for than the fulfillment of this great promise, "I will be their God"? This is the masterpiece of all the promises; its enjoyment makes a heaven below, and will make a heaven above. Dwell in the light of thy Lord, and let thy soul be always ravished with His love. Get out the marrow and fatness which this portion yields thee. Live up to thy privileges, and rejoice with unspeakable joy.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday March 17th/05

Adam as a Type of Christ

The following study is by Dr. Bruce Lackey: Adam was the figure (tupos) of him that was to come (Ro 5:14). As such, several comparisons and contrasts are made in Romans chapter 5. (1) His act affected the world (Ro 5:12). 2Co 5:19, God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. (2) The gift which came by Christ is much more than the penalty which came by Adam (Ro 5:15). (3) Adam's one sin brought judgment, but Christ brought justification for many offences (Ro 5:16). (4) By Adam's sin, death reigned over us; by Christ's grace and righteousness, we reign (Ro 5:17). (5) One act of both Adam and Christ was imputed to all people (Ro 5:17-18). These comparisons and contrasts would naturally encourage us to seek others from the Genesis record.

THE COMPARISONS BETWEEN ADAM AND CHRIST. (1) A unique beginning: Adam, from the dust (Ge 2:7); Christ, from the Holy Spirit through a virgin mother (Lu 1:27,35), humanly speaking, of course. As God, He had no beginning (Mic 5:2). (2) Adam was given dominion over all the earth (Ge 1:26-28). Christ will have it when He returns (Isa 9:6-7). (3) Adam and his bride were to be fruitful (Ge 1:28). Likewise, Christ and His bride (Ro 7:4). (4) Adam was to subdue all the earth (Ge 1:28). Christ will do the same (1Co 15:24). (5) God gave Adam work to do (Ge 2:15). The Father sent Christ to do a specific job (Joh 3:17). (6) God commissioned Adam to keep the garden (Ge 2:15). Christ kept all of those whom the Father gave Him (Joh 17:12). (7) God commanded Adam (Ge 2:16). The Father obviously did likewise, to Christ, since He said I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things (Joh 8:28). (8) God made a wife for Adam (Ge 2:18-25). Christ also has one wife, the church (Eph 5:25-33). (9) Adam was exceptionally wise, naming all the creatures (Ge 2:19-20); Christ is more so (Col 2:3). (10) Adam was wounded so his bride could be formed (Ge 2:21-22). Because of Christ's wounds (Isa 53:5), we can become His bride. (11) Adam's wife was deceived into sin (1Ti 2:14). Likewise, Christ's bride had a deceitful heart (Jer 17:9). (12) Adam evidently sinned deliberately, according to the implication in 1Ti 2:14. Christ deliberately took upon Himself our sins (1Pe 2:24). (13) It was because of the woman that Adam sinned (Ge 3:6). It was because of us that Christ became sin (2Co 5:21). (14) Adam's sin brought sorrow to him (Ge 3:17). Because He took our sins, Christ was a man of sorrows (Isa 53:3). (15) Adam's sins resulted in separation from God (Ge 3:23-24). When He became sin for us, there was a separation between the Son and the Father (Mt 27:46). (16) Adam's name was given to his wife (Ge 5:2), so, Christ's name has been given to us (1Pe 4:16). (17) Adam's likeness was imparted to his son (Ge 5:30); so, believers will be conformed to the image of Christ (Ro 8:29).

THE CONTRASTS BETWEEN ADAM AND CHRIST: (1) Adam had the image of God (Ge 1:26-27), but all the fullness of the Godhead dwelled in Christ, bodily (Col 2:9). (2) Adam came to a paradise, an earth without sin (Ge 2:8). Christ came to an exceedingly sinful earth. (3) While Adam was asleep, his bride was formed (Ge 2:21-22). The Lamb's bride was formed by His death (Eph 5:25). (4) After his sin, Adam hid from God (Ge 3:8). After He became sin, Christ presented Himself to God (Heb 9:12-14). (5) Adam blamed Eve for his sin (Ge 3:12), but Christ his own self took our sins upon his body on the cross (1Pe 2:24). (6) Adam's sin brought a curse to the ground (Ge 3:17). Christ's sacrifice for sin made it possible for the curse to be removed (Isa 35:1-10). (7) An innocent animal had to be slain for Adam (implied in the coats of skins, Ge 3:21), but Christ became the innocent Lamb of God for us (2Co 5:21). (8) Adam's life ended (Ge 5:5), but Christ lives forever (Re 1:18).

(Taken from David Cloud's Way Of Life Encyclopedia)

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Daily Devotional for Friday March 18th/05

Some of Matthew Henry's Comments on Psalm 119

There are ten different words by which divine revelation is called in this psalm, and they are synonymous, each of them expressive of the whole compass of it (both that which tells us what God expects from us and that which tells us that we may expect from him) and of the system of religion which is founded upon it and guided by it.

The things contained in the scripture, and drawn from it, are here called,

1. God's law, because they are enacted by him as our Sovereign.

2. His way, because they are the rule both of his providence and of our obedience.

3. His testimonies, because they are solemnly declared to the world and attested beyond contradiction.

4. His commandments, because given with authority, and (as the word signifies) lodged with us as a trust.

5. His precepts, because prescribed to us and not left indifferent.

6. His word, or saying, because it is the declaration of his mind, and Christ, the essential eternal Word, is all in all in it.

7. His judgments, because framed in infinite wisdom, and because by them we must both judge and be judged.

8. His righteousness, because it is all holy, just, and good, and the rule and standard of righteousness.

9. His statutes, because they are fixed and determined, and of perpetual obligation.

10. His truth, or faithfulness, because the principles upon which the divine law is built are eternal truths.

And I think there is but one verse (it is Ps 119:122) in all this long psalm in which there is not one or other of these ten words; only in three or four they are used concerning God's providence or David's practice (as Ps 119:75,84,121), and Ps 119:132 they are called God's name. The great esteem and affection David had for the word of God is the more admirable considering how little he had of it, in comparison with what we have, no more perhaps in writing than the first books of Moses, which were but the dawning of this day, which may shame us who enjoy the full discoveries of divine revelation and yet are so cold towards it.

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Daily Devotional for Saturday March 19th/05

Last week I posted a sermon by Charles Spurgeon based on part of the story of the Prodigal Son. If you have not read it yet, I would encourage you to do so. It is one of my favourites by him.

Bread Enough And To Spare - Sermon by Spurgeon

(Taken from part 7 of The Puzzles Of Job by Ord Morrow)

"O turn ye, O turn ye, for why will ye die,
When God in great mercy is coming so nigh?
Now Jesus invites you, the Spirit says, 'Come,'
And angels are waiting to welcome you home.

"And now Christ is ready your souls to receive,
O how can you question, if you will believe?
If sin is your burden, why will you not come?
'Tis you He bids welcome; He bids you come home.

"In riches, in pleasures, what can you obtain
To sooth your affliction, or banish your pain?
To bear up your spirit when summoned to die,
Or waft you to mansions of glory on high?

"Why will you be starving, and feeding on air?
There's mercy in Jesus, enough and to spare;
If still you are doubting, make trial and see
And prove that His mercy is boundless and free."

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Daily Devotional for Sunday March 20th/05

Shadows

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Daily Devotional For Monday March 21st/05

"Have faith in God." --Mark 11:22

Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. Love can make the feet move more swiftly; but faith is the foot which carries the soul. Faith is the oil enabling the wheels of holy devotion and of earnest piety to move well; and without faith the wheels are taken from the chariot, and we drag heavily. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination nor the power to do anything in the service of God. If you would find the men who serve God the best, you must look for the men of the most faith. Little faith will save a man, but little faith cannot do great things for God. Poor Little-faith could not have fought "Apollyon;" it needed "Christian" to do that. Poor Little-faith could not have slain "Giant Despair;" it required "Great-heart's" arm to knock that monster down. Little faith will go to heaven most certainly, but it often has to hide itself in a nut-shell, and it frequently loses all but its jewels. Little-faith says, "It is a rough road, beset with sharp thorns, and full of dangers; I am afraid to go;" but Great-faith remembers the promise, "Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; as thy days, so shall thy strength be:" and so she boldly ventures. Little-faith stands desponding, mingling her tears with the flood; but Great-faith sings, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:" and she fords the stream at once. Would you be comfortable and happy? Would you enjoy religion? Would you have the religion of cheerfulness and not that of gloom? Then "have faith in God." If you love darkness, and are satisfied to dwell in gloom and misery, then be content with little faith; but if you love the sunshine, and would sing songs of rejoicing, covet earnestly this best gift, "great faith."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening Devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 22nd/05

I was reading a devotional by Day's Of Praise yesterday and wanted to develop an idea they brought forth from Matthew 22. (These short devotionals by the Institute for Creation Research bring out a thought to chew on, highlight a theme, sometimes trace a word through the Scriptures. They are not just on scientific themes - they also deal with daily living, witnessing, growing in faith, faithfulness, etc. - a whole range of themes. I have been blessed by many of them. If you are interested, you can sign up on their mailing list to receive their daily devotionals as well. Or bookmark the page I linked to above and visit periodically. I'm sure you will be glad you did.)

Render Unto God

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 23rd/05

Songs Of Praise Rise From Affliction


"Just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints" (Rev. 15:3).

The following incident is related by Mrs. Charles Spurgeon, who was a great sufferer for more than a quarter of a century:

"At the close of a dark and gloomy day, I lay resting on my couch as the deeper night drew on; and though all was bright within my cozy room, some of the external darkness seemed to have entered into my soul and obscured its spiritual vision. Vainly I tried to see the Hand which I knew held mine, and guided my fog-enveloped feet along a steep and slippery path of suffering. In sorrow of heart I asked,

"'Why does my Lord thus deal with His child? Why does He so often send sharp and bitter pain to visit me? Why does He permit lingering weakness to hinder the sweet service I long to render to His poor servants?'

"These fretful questions were quickly answered, and through a strange language; no interpreter was needed save the conscious whisper of my heart.

"For a while silence reigned in the little room, broken only by the crackling of the oak log burning in the fireplace. Suddenly I heard a sweet, soft sound, a little, clear, musical note, like the tender trill of a robin beneath my window.

"'What can it be? surely no bird can be singing out there at this time of the year and night.'

"Again came the faint, plaintive notes, so sweet, so melodious, yet mysterious enough to provoke our wonder. My friend exclaimed,

"'It comes from the log on the fire!' The fire was letting loose the imprisoned music from the old oak's inmost heart!

"Perchance he had garnered up this song in the days when all was well with him, when birds twittered merrily on his branches, and the soft sunlight flecked his tender leaves with gold. But he had grown old since then, and hardened; ring after ring of knotty growth had sealed up the long-forgotten melody, until the fierce tongues of the flames came to consume his callousness, and the vehement heart of the fire wrung from him at once a song and a sacrifice. 'Ah,' thought I, 'when the fire of affliction draws songs of praise from us, then indeed we are purified, and our God is glorified!'

"Perhaps some of us are like this old oak log, cold, hard, insensible; we should give forth no melodious sounds, were it not for the fire which kindles around us, and releases notes of trust in Him, and cheerful compliance with His will.

"'As I mused the fire burned,' and my soul found sweet comfort in the parable so strangely set forth before me.

"Singing in the fire! Yes, God helping us, if that is the only way to get harmony out of these hard apathetic hearts, let the furnace be heated seven times hotter than before."

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday March 24th/05

This short chapter is taken from the book Remarkable New Stories Told by the Doctor by Walter Lewis Wilson. It is a book filled with stories about witnessing to the lost and their conversions. It deals with many difficult situations, and the joy of seeing others come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour. So far, there are only a few chapters of this book up, but if you follow the link above, you will find those chapters as well as two other books by the same author. The rest of the chapters will follow, as time permits.

THE SPIRIT CONVICTED THE SPIRIT MEDIUM

A club of spirit mediums in one of our larger cities invited me to bring them an address on the Bible in the auditorium of a large hotel. There were sixty-two present - fifty-nine women and three men. This proportion was not unusual. This has been the case through the centuries. I received this invitation because these people had been listening to some radio messages which I had given over a local station. One of these messages dealt with the condition of the dead and the attitude of the living toward the dead.

The meeting convened and the president of the club introduced me by saying, "Tonight we have with us a gentleman who probably does not believe as we do, and no doubt he has views which are decidedly in conflict with ours. We feel that our position is quite firmly established, but it may be that we will be challenged by the message which he will bring us tonight. We accept the challenge. I am sure that all of us will listen with open hearts and minds, so that any new thoughts brought before us by the Doctor will receive our careful consideration.

The service was turned over to me, and I announced that I wished to consider with them, not the matter of death so much as the matter of life. I had decided, while planning the service, that a better effect would be produced on those present if I would avoid their usual line of thinking and bring before them a series of truths with which they were not familiar. I chose the Gospel of John and discussed the eight miracles recorded in that book. The president, Mr. W-, seemed to be such an earnest fellow that I prayed especially for him, that the Word might enlighten his mind and touch his heart. I noticed that he listened most earnestly.

I arranged the eight miracles in four pairs: - the first and the eighth, the second and the seventh, the third and the sixth, and finally, the fourth and the fifth.

This strange handling of the Scripture seemed to be most interesting to Mr. W-. He had never examined these portions, nor had any of the audience. I saw at once that they were interested and were receiving the message favorably. I called their attention to the fact that in the first miracle (chapter 2) there was no wine at the wedding, and that in the eighth miracle there was no fish after the night of labor (chapter 21). Wine is a type of joy. Meat is a type of strength. I applied the lesson very earnestly by telling them that the LORD chose the happiest scene on earth, a wedding, to show that their joy could not be complete without His presence, and the peace which He brings to the heart. Neither could labor be gratifying and successful, unless He came with His own personal blessing. I noticed that the chairman, Mr. W-, nodded his head and indicated that he saw the point and was considering it.

In the next pair of miracles, we considered the healing of the nobleman's son (chapter 4, verses 46 to 54) in connection with the raising of Lazarus (chapter 11). The son was about to die, while Lazarus was already dead. In each case, there was no hope of any human help. I stressed the fact that in the first case only CHRIST could sustain life, and in the second case, only CHRIST could give life. A number of illustrations were used to show how futile it is for any man to attempt to impart life to that which is dead, or to create life where none exists. This part of the message seemed especially forceful, and I noticed that Mr. W-, with his head bowed, was considering this matter very earnestly.

As we considered the third group, I pointed out that the man at the pool (chapter 5) was in many respects quite like the blind man (chapter 9). They were both healed on the sabbath day. They both had an experience near a pool, and they were both helpless. In the former case the impotent man was unable to walk with the LORD, and in the latter case the blind man was unable to see the LORD. Only CHRIST could make these men whole. Only CHRIST could make the one man walk as he should, and cause the other man to see as he should. From this I stressed the fact that it is still true that no man can walk with GOD, nor work for GOD, until CHRIST JESUS comes into his life. No man can see his own guilt and realize his own need of the righteousness of GOD, until CHRIST gives him spiritual sight. Evidently this was an entirely new thought to the president, and his perplexity deepened as he meditated on this truth.

I next brought up for consideration the fourth and fifth miracles in John (chapter 6) - the feeding of the multitude and the storm on the sea. In each case there was a very pressing need. In each case, there was an appeal made to the LORD JESUS for help, and it was not in vain. The first group were afraid of hunger. The second were afraid of drowning. The first group had no food. The second group had no means of rescue. In each case, the SAVIOUR met the need quickly, quietly and easily. I pressed home the lesson to be learned from this: That only CHRIST can satisfy the hunger of the human soul, and only the SAVIOUR can rescue from the storms of life.

We had now come to the close of the service. I hoped that the president would give me an opportunity to talk with him personally, but he did not. He shook my hand, thanked me cordially for the message and then disappeared. I had conversations with others that were present and whose interest had been aroused, but was unable to lead any of them to CHRIST. I left the service disappointed.

The next morning, to my great surprise and joy, I received a visit from Mr. W-, who was himself an active spirit medium in the city. He sat down beside my desk and opened the conversation by saying, "Your message last evening certainly has aroused my deepest interest. I was unable to sleep during the night. Your arguments seemed quite conclusive, and my own personal experiences corroborated what you said. Do tell me something more about this matter."

It was plain to be seen that the SPIRIT of GOD had touched this man's life. The light of GOD's Word had shone into his dark soul. The Word of GOD had revealed to him his own utter insufficiency, and he was not ready for GOD's remedy. I said to him, "You may ask me any question that you wish concerning death, the grave, hell, Heaven or eternity, and I will endeavor to answer you from the Scriptures. I believe that GOD has told us in His Word everything that you may want to know concerning death and the hereafter. It is really not necessary for you to attempt to talk with dead in order to obtain information, for you already have it in your Bible.

"I know it," he replied, "and that is what troubled me last night. I realize that I do not know my Bible, nor the teachings of GOD, and therefore am in the dark myself."

The way was now open for me to present the precious truth of the saving power of CHRIST JESUS. Opening my Bible to John 8:12, I read the words of JESUS, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." I also turned to John 12:46 and read, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness."

"You will see from this, Mr. W-, that light does not come from the dead, but from the living LORD. The LORD JESUS knew very well that there would be darkness in human intellects, and that the fog of doubt, superstition and ignorance would cloud men's vision. Therefore, He came Himself to bring light to human hearts. If you will trust the LORD JESUS with your soul and heart and life, He will in some mysterious way give you the light of life.

He did not hesitate at all, but immediately replied, "I believe you are right. Certainly I have had no true light in the past, though I have sought it for years. I will trust JESUS CHRIST just now and will test His Word. I believe He told the truth and will give me light."

We considered together John 3:16, with John 5:24 and John 10:10. These Scriptures satisfied his heart. He left my desk saying, "Thank you, Doctor; I belong to JESUS CHRIST."

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Daily Devotional for Friday March 25th/02

Normally, I only send out one link when I use one of the Days Of Praise as my devotional for the day, but these two went so well together.

The Pure Word

The Light Of The Word

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Daily Devotional for Saturday March 26th/05

Make It As Sure As You Can

Matthew 27:65-66 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can. So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

For those who are interested, I preached a Gospel message yesterday about some of the events of that Resurrection Sunday, mostly from Luke 24, tackling the resurrection of Christ from a slightly different perspective. I used a devotional I had written in October (you can read it by going to the link below). It went very well, and gave those at the Gospel Mission some food for thought.

Six Things The Lord Opened

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Daily Devotional for Sunday March 27th/05

"But now is Christ risen from the dead." --1 Corinthians 15:20

The whole system of Christianity rests upon the fact that "Christ is risen from the dead;" for, "If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain: ye are yet in your sins." The divinity of Christ finds its surest proof in His resurrection, since He was "Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." It would not be unreasonable to doubt His Deity if He had not risen. Moreover, Christ's sovereignty depends upon His resurrection, "For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and living." Again, our justification, that choice blessing of the covenant, is linked with Christ's triumphant victory over death and the grave; for "He was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." Nay, more, our very regeneration is connected with His resurrection, for we are "Begotten again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." And most certainly our ultimate resurrection rests here, for, "If the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you." If Christ be not risen, then shall we not rise; but if He be risen then they who are asleep in Christ have not perished, but in their flesh shall surely behold their God. Thus, the silver thread of resurrection runs through all the believer's blessings, from his regeneration onwards to his eternal glory, and binds them together. How important then will this glorious fact be in his estimation, and how will he rejoice that beyond a doubt it is established, that "now is Christ risen from the dead."

"The promise is fulfill'd,
Redemption's work is done,
Justice with mercy's reconciled,
For God has raised His Son."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

Here are some reasons why I believe the resurrection is important (with a little input from others):

Eight Reasons Why Jesus' Resurrection Is Important

1) It proves the truth of the Bible in fulfilled prophecy. All the Old Testament prophecies of Christ's first coming had now been fulfilled.

2) It proves who Jesus Christ is - the Son of God, the Messiah, the only Saviour.

Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:

3) It proves that Jesus Christ made the complete atonement for our sins that was required by the Father.

Romans 4:23-25 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

4) It proves that Jesus has the power to save, that He is a living Saviour.

Romans 5:8-10 But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

John 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more; but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also.

5) Jesus' resurrection was essential in order for Him to be our Advocate in Heaven, our Mediator.

Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

Romans 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

6) Jesus Christ's resurrection was essential in order that our identification with His death, burial, and resurrection would enable us to conquer sin in our own lives.

Romans 6:4 Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:6-11 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once: but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

7) It proves that there is life after death - that Christ will resurrect to eternal life all those that believe in Him.

Acts 26:22-23 Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day, witnessing both to small and great, saying none other things than those which the prophets and Moses did say should come: That Christ should suffer, and that He should be the first that should rise from the dead, and should shew light unto the people, and to the Gentiles.

1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

John 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

8) Jesus' resurrection is the proof that He has the authority to be the Judge of all men, and that truth and justice will reign from His throne.

Psalms 9:8 And He shall judge the world in righteousness, He shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

Acts 17:31 Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.

Written March 26th/05
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional for Monday March 28th/05

A reminder I need to heed more! The portion I have bolded is what really spoke to me.

"I have yet to speak on God's behalf." --Job 36:2

We ought not to court publicity for our virtue, or notoriety for our zeal; but, at the same time, it is a sin to be always seeking to hide that which God has bestowed upon us for the good of others. A Christian is not to be a village in a valley, but "a city set upon a hill;" he is not to be a candle under a bushel, but a candle in a candlestick, giving light to all. Retirement may be lovely in its season, and to hide one's self is doubtless modest, but the hiding of Christ in us can never be justified, and the keeping back of truth which is precious to ourselves is a sin against others and an offence against God. If you are of a nervous temperament and of retiring disposition, take care that you do not too much indulge this trembling propensity, lest you should be useless to the church. Seek in the name of Him who was not ashamed of you to do some little violence to your feelings, and tell to others what Christ has told to you. If thou canst not speak with trumpet tongue, use the still small voice. If the pulpit must not be thy tribune, if the press may not carry on its wings thy words, yet say with Peter and John, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee." By Sychar's well talk to the Samaritan woman, if thou canst not on the mountain preach a sermon; utter the praises of Jesus in the house, if not in the temple; in the field, if not upon the exchange; in the midst of thine own household, if thou canst not in the midst of the great family of man. From the hidden springs within let sweetly flowing rivulets of testimony flow forth, giving drink to every passer-by. Hide not thy talent; trade with it; and thou shalt bring in good interest to thy Lord and Master. To speak for God will be refreshing to ourselves, cheering to saints, useful to sinners, and honouring to the Saviour. Dumb children are an affliction to their parents. Lord, unloose all Thy children's tongue.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday March 29th/05

Sorrowful, Yet Rejoicing


"As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing" (2 Cor. 6:10).

The stoic scorns to shed a tear; the Christian is not forbidden to weep. The soul may be dumb with excessive grief, as the shearer's scissors pass over the quivering flesh; or, when the heart is on the point of breaking beneath the meeting surges of trial, the sufferer may seek relief by crying out with a loud voice. But there is something even better.

They say that springs of sweet fresh water well up amid the brine of salt seas; that the fairest Alpine flowers bloom in the wildest and most rugged mountain passes; that the noblest psalms were the outcome of the profoundest agony of soul.

Be it so. And thus amid manifold trials, souls which love God will find reasons for bounding, leaping joy. Though deep call to deep, yet the Lord's song will be heard in silver cadence through the night. And it is possible in the darkest hour that ever swept a human life to bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Have you learned this lesson yet? Not simply to endure God's will, nor only to choose it; but to rejoice in it with joy unspeakable and full of glory. --Tried as by Fire

I will be still, my bruised heart faintly murmured,
As o'er me rolled a crushing load of woe;
The cry, the call, e'en the low moan was stifled;
I pressed my lips; I barred the tear drop's flow.

I will be still, although I cannot see it,
The love that bares a soul and fans pain's fire;
That takes away the last sweet drop of solace,
Breaks the lone harp string, hides Thy precious lyre.

But God is love, so I will bide me, bide me--
We'll doubt not, Soul, we will be very still;
We'll wait till after while, when He shall lift us
Yes, after while, when it shall be His will.

And I did listen to my heart's brave promise;
And I did quiver, struggling to be still;
And I did lift my tearless eyes to Heaven,
Repeating ever, "Yea, Christ, have Thy will."

But soon my heart upspake from 'neath our burden,
Reproved my tight-drawn lips, my visage sad:
"We can do more than this, O Soul," it whispered.
"We can be more than still, we can be glad!"

And now my heart and I are sweetly singing--
Singing without the sound of tuneful strings;
Drinking abundant waters in the desert,
Crushed, and yet soaring as on eagle's wings.
--S. P. W.

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday March 30th/05

Genesis 5:24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

What an epitaph on this ancient saint! It is as clear-cut to-day as when first recorded here. We know nothing of Enoch but this brief record; but it tells us everything. It was not an act or a number of acts, but a high tone of life constantly maintained. Better to walk with God every day in calm, unbroken fellowship, than to have occasional rapturous experiences, succeeded by long relapses and backslidings. The Hebrew word might be rendered, "Enoch walked, and continued to walk."

Be sure to go God's Way. - He will not walk with thee in thy way, but thou mayest walk with Him in His. To this He calls thee. Each moment, and especially when two or three roads diverge, look up to Him, and say, "Which way art Thou taking, that I may accompany Thee?" It will not be so hard to forsake inviting paths and engaging companions, if only the eye is kept fixed on His face, and the track of His footsteps determines thy road beyond hesitation or dispute.

Be sure to keep God's Pace. - Do not run impetuously before Him; learn to wait His time: the minute-hand as well as the hour-hand must point the exact moment for action. Do not loiter behind in indolence or sloth. Be loyal and true to His ideals, and quick to obey His least commands.

Be sure to wear God's Livery*. - He is in the light; the light is His chosen symbol; it ill becomes thee to wear the unfruitful works of darkness. Put them off, and put on the armor of light. Walk with Him daily in stainless robes, washed in the blood of the Lamb. Then thy fellowship shall be with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and with all holy souls everywhere.


*A particular dress or garb, appropriate or peculiar to particular times or things. - Webster's 1828 Dictionary

(Taken from Our Daily Homily by F.B. Meyer)

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Happy Birthday to me! Had my birthday today - and a nice little surprise when Angela Trenholm's daughters baked me a homemade chocolate cake with extremely messy and gooey icing! Mmm, good!

Daily Devotional for Thursday March 31st/05

"Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands." --Isaiah 49:16

No doubt a part of the wonder which is concentrated in the word "Behold," is excited by the unbelieving lamentation of the preceding sentence. Zion said, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." How amazed the divine mind seems to be at this wicked unbelief! What can be more astounding than the unfounded doubts and fears of God's favoured people? The Lord's loving word of rebuke should make us blush; He cries, "How can I have forgotten thee, when I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands? How darest thou doubt my constant remembrance, when the memorial is set upon my very flesh?" O unbelief, how strange a marvel thou art! We know not which most to wonder at, the faithfulness of God or the unbelief of His people. He keeps His promise a thousand times, and yet the next trial makes us doubt Him. He never faileth; He is never a dry well; He is never as a setting sun, a passing meteor, or a melting vapour; and yet we are as continually vexed with anxieties, molested with suspicions, and disturbed with fears, as if our God were the mirage of the desert. "Behold," is a word intended to excite admiration. Here, indeed, we have a theme for marvelling. Heaven and earth may well be astonished that rebels should obtain so great a nearness to the heart of infinite love as to be written upon the palms of His hands. "I have graven thee."It does not say, "Thy name." The name is there, but that is not all: "I have graven thee." See the fulness of this! I have graven thy person, thine image, thy case, thy circumstances, thy sins, thy temptations, thy weaknesses, thy wants, thy works; I have graven thee, everything about thee, all that concerns thee; I have put thee altogether there. Wilt thou ever say again that thy God hath forsaken thee when He has graven thee upon His own palms?

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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