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

A One-Time Dedication Or Dying Daily? - October 15th

Daily Devotional for Saturday October 1st/05

Faith Is A Target

"And the Lord said . . . Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat; but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not" (Luke 22:31, 32).

Our faith is the center of the target at which God doth shoot when He tries us; and if any other grace shall escape untried, certainly faith shall not. There is no way of piercing faith to its very marrow like the sticking of the arrow of desertion into it; this finds it out whether it be of the immortals or no. Strip it of its armor of conscious enjoyment, and suffer the terrors of the Lord to set themselves in array against it; and that is faith indeed which can escape unhurt from the midst of the attack. Faith must be tried, and seeming desertion is the furnace, heated seven times, into which it might be thrust. Blest the man who can endure the ordeal! --C. H. Spurgeon.

Paul said, "I have kept the faith," but he lost his head! They cut that off, but it didn't touch his faith. He rejoiced in three things--this great Apostle to the Gentiles; he had "fought a good fight," he had "finished his course," he had "kept the faith." What did all the rest amount to? St. Paul won the race; he gained the prize, and he has not only the admiration of earth today, but the admiration of Heaven. Why do we not act as if it paid to lose all to win Christ? Why are we not loyal to truth as he was? Ah, we haven't his arithmetic. He counted differently from us; we count the things gain that he counted loss. We must have his faith, and keep it if we would wear the same crown.

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday October 2nd/05

"Be thankful unto Him, and bless His name." --Psalm 100:4

Our Lord would have all His people rich in high and happy thoughts concerning His blessed person. Jesus is not content that His brethren should think meanly of Him; it is His pleasure that His espoused ones should be delighted with His beauty. We are not to regard Him as a bare necessary, like to bread and water, but as a luxurious delicacy, as a rare and ravishing delight. To this end He has revealed Himself as the "pearl of great price" in its peerless beauty, as the "bundle of myrrh" in its refreshing fragrance, as the "rose of Sharon" in its lasting perfume, as the "lily" in its spotless purity.

As a help to high thoughts of Christ, remember the estimation that Christ is had in beyond the skies, where things are measured by the right standard. Think how God esteems the Only Begotten, His unspeakable gift to us. Consider what the angels think of Him, as they count it their highest honour to veil their faces at His feet. Consider what the blood-washed think of Him, as day without night they sing His well deserved praises. High thoughts of Christ will enable us to act consistently with our relations towards Him. The more loftily we see Christ enthroned, and the more lowly we are when bowing before the foot of the throne, the more truly shall we be prepared to act our part towards Him. Our Lord Jesus desires us to think well of Him, that we may submit cheerfully to His authority. High thoughts of Him increase our love. Love and esteem go together. Therefore, believer, think much of your Master's excellencies. Study Him in His primeval glory, before He took upon Himself your nature! Think of the mighty love which drew Him from His throne to die upon the cross! Admire Him as He conquers all the powers of hell! See Him risen, crowned, glorified! Bow before Him as the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the mighty God, for only thus will your love to Him be what it should.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 3rd/05

We have two new books up on the Bible study site that you might find helpful and interesting:

Manners And Customs Of Bible Lands - by Fred H. Wight
This book is very thorough and informative. I appreciate what I have read so far, especially that it doesn't seek to correct the Bible to prove a point, but shows various passages for each custom covered.

Hosea: People Who Forgot God - by Frank Logsdon
An easy to read commentary on this book of the Bible. Well worth reading if you want to dig deeper into it.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 4th/05

Another great sermon:


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Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 5th/05

The Wonderful Angel

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Daily Devotional for Thursday October 6th/05

Angela Trenholm has put together a lovely background and page for my poem Through This Valley - a poem written just before my Mom passed away and the Valley she was then travelling through, based in part on Psalm 23.

Through This Valley Poem

Through This Valley Background

For the Devotional today, I wanted to pass on a study on the book of Ephesians by Walter Wilson. It is an indepth look at this book of the Bible, from a topical perspective, rather than a verse by verse one.

Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians

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Daily Devotionals for Friday October 7th/05

Given By Inspiration

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Daily Devotional for Saturday October 8th/05

This was just posted this morning at 3BMB study site:


The will of God will never take you,

Where the grace of God cannot keep you.

Where the arms of God cannot support you, Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs, Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,

Where the Spirit of God cannot work through you, Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you, Where the army of God cannot protect you, Where the hands of God cannot mold you.

The will of God will never take you,

Where the love of God cannot enfold you, Where the mercies of God cannot sustain you, Where the peace of God cannot calm your fears, Where the authority of God cannot overrule for you.

The will of God will never take you,

Where the comfort of God cannot dry your tears, Where the Word of God cannot feed you, Where the miracles of God cannot be done for you, Where the omnipresence of God cannot find you.

-- Author Unknown

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Daily Devotional for Sunday October 9th/05

Don't Rush

Isaiah 50:10 Who is among you that feareth the LORD, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the LORD, and stay upon his God.

What shall the believer do in times of darkness - the darkness of perplexity and confusion, not of heart but of mind? Times of darkness come to the faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God; seasons when he does not know what to do, nor which way to turn. The sky is overcast with clouds. The clear light of Heaven does not shine upon his pathway. One feels as if he were groping his way in darkness.

Beloved, is this you? What shall the believer do in times of darkness? Listen! "Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God."

The first thing to do is do nothing. This is hard for poor human nature to do. In the West there is a saying that runs thus, "When you're rattled, don't rush"; in other words, "When you don't know what to do, don't do it."

When you run into a spiritual fog bank, don't tear ahead; slow down the machinery of your life. If necessary, anchor your bark or let it swing at its moorings. We are to simply trust God. While we trust, God can work. Worry prevents Him from doing anything for us. If our minds are distracted and our hearts distressed; if the darkness that overshadows us strikes terror to us; if we run hither and yon in a vain effort to find some way of escape out of a dark place of trial, where Divine providence has put us, the Lord can do nothing for us.

The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts. We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child, and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love.

He knows the way out of the woods. Let us climb up into His arms, and trust Him to take us out by the shortest and surest road. --Dr. Pardington

Remember we are never without a pilot when we know not how to steer.

"Hold on, my heart, in thy believing -
The steadfast only wins the crown;
He who, when stormy winds are heaving,
Parts with its anchor, shall go down;
But he who Jesus holds through all,
Shall stand, though Heaven and earth should fall.

"Hold out! There comes an end to sorrow;
Hope from the dust shall conquering rise;
The storm foretells a summer's morrow;
The Cross points on to Paradise;
The Father reigneth! cease all doubt;
Hold on, my heart, hold on, hold out."

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 10th/05

A Model Church

I also wanted to include several new links from my poetry site that might be a source of comfort or encouragement to you:

Lent By The Lord - a poem to offer comfort to those who have lost a young child or a saved older child.

In His Time - a poem about trusting the Lord to work out His plan and will in our lives.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 11th/05

Reflectors of the LORD's Beauty

"As for me, I will behold Thy face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness" (Psalm 17:15).

The portion of other men fills their bodies and enriches their children, but the portion of the believer is of another sort. Men of the world have their treasure in this world, but men of the world to come look higher and further.

Our possession is twofold. We have God's presence here and His likeness hereafter. Here we behold the face of the LORD in righteousness, for we are justified in Christ Jesus. Oh, the joy of beholding the face of a reconciled God! The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ yields us heaven below, and it will be to us the heaven of heaven above.

But seeing does not end it: we are to be changed into that which we gaze upon. We shall sleep a while and then wake up to find ourselves as mirrors which reflect the beauties of our LORD. Faith sees God with a transforming look. The heart receives the image of Jesus into its own depths, till the character of Jesus is imprinted on the soul. This is satisfaction. To see God and to be like Him - what more can I desire? David's assured confidence is here by the Holy Ghost made to be the LORD's promise. I believe it. I expect it. LORD, vouchsafe it. Amen.

(Taken from Faith's Checkbook by Spurgeon)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 12th/05

Tears, Then Joyful Harvest

"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:5).

Weeping times are suitable for sowing: we do not want the ground to be too dry. Seed steeped in the tears of earnest anxiety will come up all the sooner. The salt of prayerful tears will give the good seed a flavor which will preserve it from the worm: truth spoken in awful earnestness has a double life about it. Instead of stopping our sowing because of our weeping, let us redouble our efforts because the season is so propitious.

Our heavenly seed could not fitly be sown laughing. Deep sorrow and concern for the souls of others are a far more fit accompaniment of godly teaching than anything like levity. We have heard of men who went to war with a light heart, but they were beaten; and it is mostly so with those who sow in the same style.

Come, then, my heart, sow on in thy weeping, for thou has the promise of a joyful harvest. Thou shalt reap. Thou, thyself, shalt see some results of thy labor. This shall come to thee in so large a measure as to give thee joy, which a poor, withered, and scanty harvest would not do. When thine eyes are dim with silver tears, think of the golden corn. Bear cheerfully the present toil and disappointment; for the harvest day will fully recompense thee.

(Taken from Faith's Checkbook by Spurgeon)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday October 13th/05

A Man Without Fear

"And He said, Certainly I will be with thee" (Exodus 3:12).

Of course, if the LORD sent Moses on an errand, He would not let him go alone. The tremendous risk which it would involve and the great power it would require would render it ridiculous for God to send a poor lone Hebrew to confront the mightiest king in all the world and then leave him to himself. It could not be imagined that a wise God would match poor Moses with Pharaoh and the enormous forces of Egypt. Hence He says, "Certainly I will be with thee," as if it were out of the question that He would send him alone.

In my case, also, the same rule will hold good. If I go upon the LORD's errand with a simple reliance upon His power and a single eye to His glory, it is certain that He will be with me. His sending me binds Him to back me up. Is not this enough? What more can I want? If all the angels and archangels were with me, I might fail; but if He is with me, I must succeed. Only let me take care that I act worthily toward this promise. Let me not go timidly, halfheartedly, carelessly, presumptuously. What manner of person ought he to be who has God with him! In such company it behoveth me to play the man and, like Moses, go in unto Pharaoh without fear.

(Taken from (Taken from Faith's Checkbook by Spurgeon)

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Daily Devotional for Friday October 14th/05

You Make the Trenches

"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).

Three armies were perishing of thirst, and the LORD interposed. Although He sent neither cloud nor rain, yet He supplied an abundance of water. He is not dependent upon ordinary methods but can surprise His people with novelties of wisdom and power. Thus are we made to see more of God than ordinary processes could have revealed. Although the LORD may not appear for us in the way we expect, or desire, or suppose, yet He will in some way or other provide for us. It is a great blessing for us to be raised above looking to secondary causes so that we may gaze into the face of the great First Cause.

Have we this day grace enough to make trenches into which the divine blessing may flow? Alas! We too often fail in the exhibition of true and practical faith. Let us this day be on the outlook for answers to prayer. As the child who went to a meeting to pray for rain took an umbrella with her, so let us truly and practically expect the LORD to bless us. Let us make the valley full of ditches and expect to see them all filled.

(Taken from Faith's Checkbook by Spurgeon)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday October 15th/05

A One-Time Dedication Or Dying Daily?

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

I remember as a younger believer being exhorted to obey Romans 12:1 - and it was taught as a one-time act of dedication. You know, first you get saved, and then somewhere down the road you give yourself wholly to the Lord. These are the two main decisions that you need to make spiritually. (Obviously salvation is THE most important decision.)

But I was just thinking about that mentality - it almost brings a dangerous complacency. "Yeah, I gave my all on the altar 10 years ago (though I've since taken back some areas...)."

Rather, I think rather the exhortation is to give ourselves daily, to daily present our bodies? Not just a one-time act of dedication, but continual acts of dedication? We know other passages deal with dying daily - but what did the apostle Paul have in mind here?

The Lord certainly works through me more when I present myself to Him daily, when I seek to daily lay aside my will - rather than rely on one decision I made in the past. I do believe that the first time we do give ourselves wholly to Him is a major decision - but I do not believe it is intended to be a one-time act, but ongoing.

Like someone has so eloquently stated: "The bad thing about a living sacrifice is that it keeps getting up off the altar!"

Some other verses along this theme:

Luke 9:23-25 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

Philippians 3:10 That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death;

When I was meditating on this last verse this summer, I was really impressed with the fact that it uses a different form of the same word as Romans 12:2 - Comformable. Being conformed to Christ's death, dying to sin and self daily, and having His resurrection power for daily living and service.

Romans 6:6 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.

Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.

The above verses deals with our positional stand in Christ - but one that we need to reckon and carry out in our daily lives!

Romans 6:11-13 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Romans 6:16-18 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Jesus was the perfect example of seeking to do God the Father's will everyday:

Matthew 26:39 And He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me: nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.

Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of Me,) to do Thy will, O God.

Just like Jesus, we need to die to ourselves daily, and daily seek the Father's will. An often overlooked part of the Lord's prayer that He was teaching His disciples:

Matthew 6:9-13 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

It is dealing with our daily bread and daily petitions, and includes seeking to do God's will daily. How many times have we prayed this prayer - or merely meditated on it - without focussing on that phrase I bolded above? We often petition the Lord for our daily needs and forgiveness, even for Him to lead us away from temptation (prevent us from wandering into it) - BUT do we really pray not only for the Lord to do His will in our lives, but plead for His grace and wisdom so that we may DO His will?

While the context of the following verse is dealing with doing right while suffering, rather than specifically seeking the Father's will or dying daily, we can glean the principle of following Jesus' example even in these areas of our lives:

1 Peter 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps:

Wow, what a rich subject in the Scriptures!

October 15th/05
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional for Sunday October 16th/05

Scent Of The Rose

"Blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out" (S. of Sol. 4:16).

Some of the spices mentioned in this chapter are quite suggestive. The aloe was a bitter spice, and it tells of the sweetness of bitter things, the bitter-sweet, which has its own fine application that only those can understand who have felt it. The myrrh was used to embalm the dead, and it tells of death to something. It is the sweetness which comes to the heart after it has died to its self-will and pride and sin.

Oh, the inexpressible charm that hovers about some Christians simply because they bear upon the chastened countenance and mellow spirit the impress of the cross, the holy evidence of having died to something that was once proud and strong, but is now forever at the feet of Jesus. It is the heavenly charm of a broken spirit and a contrite heart, the music that springs from the minor key, the sweetness that comes from the touch of the frost upon the ripened fruit.

And then the frankincense was a fragrance that came from the touch of the fire. It was the burning powder that rose in clouds of sweetness from the bosom of the flames. It tells of the heart whose sweetness has been called forth, perhaps by the flames of affliction, until the holy place of the soul is filled with clouds of praise and prayer. Beloved, are we giving out the spices, the perfumes, the sweet odors of the heart? --The Love-Life of Our Lord.

A Persian fable says: One day
A wanderer found a lump of clay
So redolent of sweet perfume
Its odors scented all the room.

'What are thou?' was his quick demand,
'Art thou some gem from Samarcand,
Or spikenard in this rude disguise,
Or other costly merchandise?'

'Nay, I am but a lump of clay.'
'Then whence this wondrous perfume - say!'
'Friend, if the secret I disclose,
I have been dwelling with the rose.'

Sweet parable! and will not those
Who love to dwell with Sharon's rose,
Distil sweet odors all around,
Though low and mean themselves are found?

Dear Lord, abide with us that we
May draw our perfume fresh from Thee.

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 17th/05

I have really enjoyed reading this sermon/Gospel presentation by Harry Ironside. It looks at a familiar passage with a different perspective - one I might even use this Friday at the Mission. Hope it is a blessing to you as well.

The Chains of Sin - Harry Ironside

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 18th/05

This is what I preached on last Friday. It certainly is a fount of spiritual blessing to study this issue out. Often I have looked at John 4 and other related passages, but this time I looked at/preached on the topic of Living Waters from the perspective of Jeremiah 2. This is the fleshed out edition of the devotional I preached.

The Fountain Of Living Waters

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 19th/05

"Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst." --John 4:14

He who is a believer in Jesus finds enough in his Lord to satisfy him now, and to content him for evermore. The believer is not the man whose days are weary for want of comfort, and whose nights are long from absence of heart-cheering thought, for he finds in religion such a spring of joy, such a fountain of consolation, that he is content and happy. Put him in a dungeon and he will find good company; place him in a barren wilderness, he will eat the bread of heaven; drive him away from friendship, he will meet the "friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Blast all his gourds, and he will find shadow beneath the Rock of Ages; sap the foundation of his earthly hopes, but his heart will still be fixed, trusting in the Lord. The heart is as insatiable as the grave till Jesus enters it, and then it is a cup full to overflowing. There is such a fulness in Christ that He alone is the believer's all. The true saint is so completely satisfied with the all-sufficiency of Jesus that he thirsts no more - except it be for deeper draughts of the living fountain. In that sweet manner, believer, shalt thou thirst; it shall not be a thirst of pain, but of loving desire; thou wilt find it a sweet thing to be panting after a fuller enjoyment of Jesus' love. One in days of yore said, "I have been sinking my bucket down into the well full often, but now my thirst after Jesus has become so insatiable, that I long to put the well itself to my lips, and drink right on." Is this the feeling of thine heart now, believer? Dost thou feel that all thy desires are satisfied in Jesus, and that thou hast no want now, but to know more of Him;, and to have closer fellowship with Him? Then come continually to the fountain, and take of the water of life freely. Jesus will never think you take too much, but will ever welcome you, saying, "Drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday October 20th/05

This was posted on another message board I was visiting and thought it worth sharing - don't cheat and skip ahead to see who it is talking about.

"The Stranger"

"A few months before I was born, my dad met a stranger who was new to our small Tennessee town. From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer, and soon invited him to live with our family. The stranger was quickly accepted and was around to welcome me into the world a few months later.

As I grew up I never questioned his place in our family. In my young mind, each member had a special niche. My brother, Bill, five years my senior, was my example. Fran, my younger sister, gave me an opportunity to play 'big brother' and develop the art of teasing. My parents were complementary instructors - Mom taught me to love the word of God, and Dad taught me to obey it.

But the stranger was our storyteller. He could weave the most fascinating tales. Adventures, mysteries and comedies were daily conversations. He could hold our whole family spell-bound for hours each evening.

If I wanted to know about politics, history, or science, he knew it all. He knew about the past, understood the present, and seemingly could predict the future. The pictures he could draw were so life like that I would often laugh or cry as I watched.

He was like a friend to the whole family. He took Dad, Bill and me to our first major league baseball game. He was always encouraging us to see the movies and he even made arrangements to introduce us to several movie stars. My brother and I were deeply impressed by John Wayne in particular.

The stranger was an incessant talker. Dad didn't seem to mind - but sometimes Mom would quietly get up - while the rest of us were enthralled with one of his stories of faraway places - go to her room, read her Bible and pray. I wonder now if she ever prayed that the stranger would leave.

You see, my dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions. But this stranger never felt obligation to honor them. Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our house - not from us, from our friends, or adults. Our longtime visitor, however, used occasional four letter words that burned my ears and made Dad squirm. To my knowledge the stranger was never confronted. My dad was a teetotaler who didn't permit alcohol in his home - not even for cooking. But the stranger felt like we needed exposure and enlightened us to other ways of life. He offered us beer and other alcoholic beverages often.

He made cigarettes look tasty, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished. He talked freely (probably too much too freely) about sex. His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing. I know now that my early concepts of the man-woman relationship were influenced by the stranger.

As I look back, I believe it was the grace of God that the stranger did not influence us more. Time after time he opposed the values of my parents. Yet he was seldom rebuked and never asked to leave.

More than thirty years have passed since the stranger moved in with the young family on Morningside Drive. He is not nearly so intriguing to my Dad as he was in those early years. But if I were to walk into my parents' den today, you would still see him sitting over in a corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.

His name? We always just called him TV."

Psalm 101:3 I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.

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Daily Devotional for Friday October 21st/05

As most people who have been reading these devotionals for a while now know that I love commentaries - and one of my all-time favourite Old Testament books is Isaiah, I delight in passing on this easy-to-read commentary on what many refer to as "the Gospel of the Old Testament." I trust it will be a blessing and help to you in understanding more of God's precious Word.

Expository Notes on Isaiah - H.A. Ironside

Unfortunately, we have since found out that the copyright has been renewed on this book. If you are ever in a position to order it or if you ever see it second somewhere, I would encourage you to purchase it. I gleaned a lot from it.

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Daily Devotional for Saturday October 22nd/05

The following is an excerpt from a larger sermon by T. Myron Webb, and is one that has tremendously blessed my heart. While I am leaving this section with you, I would encourage you to read the whole sermon if you are able.

The Length, Breadth, Depth, And Height

"...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." - Eph. 3:17-19.

Paul prayed that we might know the extent of God's love. He prayed our vision would be extended that we might see the height of God's love. He prayed that our lives might be quickened to the extent of sounding the depth's of God's love. On Mount Wilson Observatory there is a giant telescope. It penetrates the uttermost recesses of God's universe. Stars a thousand times larger than our own earth are but dim specks in the distance, yet God's love is higher than that. It reaches to the very throne of Heaven itself. God's love is too high for mortal man to see, for the love of God is as high as God, and He reigns over all.

The Trophies Of God's Love

On the banks of Italy's most beautiful river, the Arno, there is an exceptional piece of statuary. The sculptor who executed it was Michelangelo. Travelers say there is no other piece of statuary in all the world that will compare with Michelangelo's "David." The story is told that when Michelangelo had conceived this great statuary in his mind, he could find no marble suitable for his artistic chisel. For years he searched the world over for some suitable piece of marble. After almost despairing in his search, he at last found a beautiful piece of marble buried underneath the debris of the city.

This particular piece of marble had been rejected by those who had built the city, but it was of the exact design and consistency to yield its beauties to Michelangelo's chisel. It was from this piece of supposedly worthless marble that he executed the most beautiful piece of statuary in the world. There has never been another that has excelled it in symmetry and beauty, YET IT WAS EXECUTED FROM A WORTHLESS PIECE OF STONE. Oh, how like the transforming grace of God! From the base He makes the beautiful. From the rejected He makes the beloved. From the vile He makes the clean. From the lowest levels He lifts to the highest plane. Talk about modern miracles - the greatest miracle of all times is the regenerated life of a sinner. Were we to call the roll of the ages we would see some of the results of God's love.

Behold Peter, the smelly, cursing, vile fisherman. His whole being reeked of human filthiness. His mouth was unclean. His heart was desperately wicked - rejected by the better class of society. No doubt he dwelt in a home that was little more than a hovel. No self-respecting Pharisee would have considered him good company.

But the love of God came into his heart - the power of God changed his life. The mercy of God enveloped him and he became a great evangelist. His first sermon was blessed of God with three thousand souls. His hands were cleansed in the fountain filled with blood, and God reached down with His holy hand and moved Peter's to write two great epistles.

Paul, what can you say as to the love of God? Saul of Tarsus, the bloody-handed murderer, the archenemy of the church of the living God, the conspirator who brought the indictment against the saintly Stephen: Paul, whose heart was so black and whose sense of love was so warped he could look on while the body of an innocent man was being broken with stones - what does Paul say? 'WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD? Shall principalities and powers - shall nakedness and peril and sword - shall the angels in heaven or the demons of hell - shall things present or things to come?' 'No'! Paul says: "NAY, IN ALL THESE THINGS WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US" (Rom. 8:37).

What does that mean, beloved? It means that even though all the angels of Heaven should rise in rebellion and declare war on our souls, WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS. It means that though Hell should be opened and out of its maw every foul spirit and demon of all ages should rise up against us, we would be MORE THAN CONQUERORS, not in our feeble strength, not with our inadequate weapons, not through our wisdom - but "THROUGH HIM THAT LOVED US."

Do you want to know the height and depth and the length and breadth of God's love? If so, roll back the pages of time and stand with Him on Golgotha's brow. There, suspended between the heavens and the earth, Jesus, the Son of God, is substituting Himself for you.

"For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him." - 2 Cor. 5:21.

Go and write on the top of the cross, "The height of God's love." Stoop down beneath the nail-pierced feet that never touched nor walked in sin, and write, "The depth of God's love." Then walk around to the left of the cross, the side where the heart of God beats, the heart that loved you and me, the heart that bore our griefs and sorrows, the heart that wept over the lost condition of sinners, and at the fingertips of that bruised and bleeding hand, write, "The length of God's love." And then walk around to the opposite side, the right hand, the everlasting hand, the hand that cradled the universe, the hand that was dipped into the sea of eternity to form the worlds, the hand that blessed little children, the hand that lifted up woman taken in adultery, the hand that rebuked the winds and the waves, the hand that kept the unbelieving Peter from sinking beneath the waves. Go there and write, "The breadth of God's love."

That love was for you and me. That love is for you and me. The cross exemplified the love of God. All of God's pardoning mercy was invested in the cross. All of God's love toward men appeared in the cross. The condemnation of God that was borne by Christ was ours; the judgment of God upon sin was ours. The shame of the cross should have been ours, the sufferings of the cross were rightfully ours, BUT GOD LOVED AND GOD GAVE HIS SON. Oh, how I love our text: God loved and God gave. We believe and we have. Have what? We have everlasting life. We have life when we deserve death. We have peace when we deserve trouble. We have joy when we should have sorrow. We have righteousness when we should have unrighteousness. We have forgiveness of sins when we should have condemnation.

"For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. BUT AFTER THAT THE KINDNESS AND LOVE OF GOD OUR SAVIOUR TOWARD MAN APPEARED... WHICH HE SHED ON US ABUNDANTLY THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR." - Titus 3:3-4, 6.

How Deep Is God's Love

...When Nansen was looking for the North Pole, his ship entered into deep waters. Each day he gathered up rope and let down the plummet to measure the depth of the ocean at a given point. One day he came to a place where he knew the water must be exceptionally deep. He let down the plummet but was not able to sound the depth. The next day he gathered up all the available rope on board the ship and attached it to the line - down, down, down, went the plummet, but it never reached the depth. In his report he wrote the exact length of the line, and regarding the depth, "DEEPER THAT THAT." So, sinner friend, no matter how low you have fallen, no matter how deep you have sunk in the quagmire of sin, no matter the depth of depravity, God's love goes deeper than that.

(Taken from God's Abounding Love)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday October 23rd/05

PayDay Someday - Sermon by R.G. Lee

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 24th/05

This was in my church bulletin today:

Standing On The Promises

A promise from God is a statement we can depend on with absolute confidence. Here are 12 promises for the Christian to claim:

1. God's presence - "I will never leave thee" (Hebrews 13:5).

2. God's protection - "I am thy shield" (Genesis 15:1).

3. God's power - "I will strengthen thee" (Isaiah 41:10).

4. God's provision - "I will help thee" (Isaiah 41:10).

5. God's leading - "And when He putteth forth His sheep, He goeth before them" (John 10:4).

6. God's purposes - "I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil" (Jeremiah 29:11).

7. God's rest - "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).

8. God's cleansing - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9).

9. God's goodness - "No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalm 84:11).

10. God's faithfulness - "The Lord will not forsake His people for His great name's sake" (1 Samuel 12:22).

11. God's guidance - "The meek will He guide" (Psalm 25:9).

12. God's wise plan - "All things work together for good to them that love God" (Romans 8:28).

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday October 25th/05

Too often we look at a believer's sudden homegoing as a tragedy, and seldom we think of those they influenced - both during their lifetime and afterwards. When God takes His children home to Heaven to be with Him, it is not a tragedy - no, a thousand times no, it is a victory.

The following is taken from the last chapter of Charles Cowman: Missionary-Warrior by Mrs. Charles Cowman. I was blessed by reading it just now and wanted to pass this excerpt on:

It was an hour for retrospection. Time turned backward in her flight, and together with my loved one I was once more walking over mountains and vales seeking the "other sheep" which He said He MUST bring. Memory brought back again the years when the life of excess consecration had paid its martyr penalty. And then, then this question stole into the mind unbidden. Had Charles Cowman received his Home-call too early? Had he been defeated? Had death robbed him of his inheritance as a missionary?

Was Henry Martyn, the scholar of Oxford and Cambridge, who buried himself in the sands of Arabia for JESUS' sake, defeated? He went down into territories where no white man had ever been, and at last he lay down to die on the desert sand, and they buried him in an unmarked grave. Was this great hero defeated?

"Go to the old burying-ground of Northampton, Mass., and look upon the early grave of David Brainerd, beside that of fair Jerusha Edwards, whom he loved but did not live to wed.

"What hopes, what expectations for CHRIST's cause went down to the grave with the wasted form of that young missionary of whose work nothing now remained but the dear memory, and a few score of swarthy Indian converts! But that majestic old Puritan saint, Jonathan Edwards, who had hoped to call him his son, gathered up the memorials of his life in a little book, and the little book took wings and flew beyond the sea, and alighted on the table of the Cambridge student, Henry Martyn.

"Poor Martyn! Why should he throw himself away! . . . To what purpose was this waste? Out of that early grave of Brainerd, and the lonely grave of Martyn far away by the splashing of the Euxine Sea, has sprung the noble army of modern missionaries."

Was Martyn defeated? No, a thousand times. Put a stone at the head of his grave and let some angel carve upon it with eternal letters. It is victory.

Was Charles Cowman defeated because he finished his course years ahead of his time? A thousand times, no! The strings of the harp are snapped, but the harp is not broken: it has been handed to a Truer Minstrel, who will bring out the richness of its hidden music. The torch which he bore aloft is not quenched, - it still shines with all the brilliance of the sun, - and thousands, taking that torch from his hand and carrying it aloft into every corner of Japan, Korea, and China, will light a vast multitude Home.

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday October 26th/05

The following two sections are taken from Jehovah Remembers - Studies In Zechariah by Nathan J. Stone:


"Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by" (Zech. 3:3-5).

The reason for Satan's accusation of the high priest Joshua appears in verse 5. What a strange sight to behold the high priest of Israel, the most holy and sacred of all offices, clad in filthy garments even while carrying on his ministry, standing before the Angel of the LORD. As one writer puts it, "the deepest uncleanness is to be found not in Israel's contact with the life of the heathen, but in Israel's own sin against GOD." Again let it be said that the high priest represents the whole nation. And Israel's calling as a holy people is concentrated in him. Even the service of GOD may not be free from sin and guilt and judgment.

So Satan relentlessly and scornfully points at the shameful and revolting appearance of the LORD's high priest. The word for filth here is the strongest word the Hebrew language possesses. It is filth of a loathsome character. It must certainly be meant to denote sin as viewed by the HOLY ONE of Israel, which is fittingly typified by leprosy (Lev. 13, 14). The filthy garments may be said to stand for self-righteousness -- always a besetting sin of Israel. How apt the words of the prophet Isaiah, "We are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags" (Isa. 64:6).

But now a wonderful transaction and transformation takes place. The filthy garments are removed and pure garments put on. These are the garments of GOD's provision, the robes of His righteousness: "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels" (Isa. 61:10) and "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (II Cor. 5:21). The solemnity and wonder of the transaction are attested by the striking expression, "and the angel of the LORD stood by" (v. 5). GOD loves His own and He will vindicate His choice. He has not and will not cast off His people Israel whom He has foreknown (Rom. 11:1). He will one day cleanse them and make them to serve Him in holiness. As it is impossible to measure the universe, so it is impossible for GOD to cast off His people: "Thus saith the LORD; If heaven above can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the LORD" (Jer. 31:37), in spite of all they have done.

This principle applies to all those who are GOD's own in CHRIST. He loves us and He will vindicate His choice. He will not forsake us but will see us through to glory.


"Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt also judge my house, and shalt also keep my courts, and I will give thee places to walk among these that stand by. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH" (Zech. 3:7-8).

Now that the high priest, representing the nation, is cleansed and consecrated anew, the Angel of the LORD presents a solemn exhortation (vv. 6-7). It is a charge to obedience and faithfulness. Israel signally failed in that charge first given it and was severely chastened. This second charge is equally conditional. So blessing and usefulness to all believers is conditional upon obedience and a spiritual "walk."

Verses 8 and 9 are the key to the whole transaction of the vision. The removing of the filthy garments from the hight priest was the removing of his iniquity (v. 4). Verse 8 refers to one by whom iniquity is removed. It is of this person that Joshua and his fellow priests are a type, for the meaning of the expression "men wondered at" is "men of signs."

The One is "my servant the BRANCH." In Zechariah's day the word "BRANCH" was already a proper name of MESSIAH. Zechariah uses it again as "the Man whose name is The BRANCH" (6:12), and Jeremiah speaks of a KING, the BRANCH: "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" (Jer. 23:5-6). It is therefore definitely the MESSIAH who is meant here. The significance here is in reference to the removing of iniquity, and in this connection, His designation as the SERVANT is particularly appropriate. Isaiah characterizes Him as a servant bearing the iniquity of us all (Isa. 53:6). That whole wonderful passage, a message of a substitutionary atonement, begins with the words "Behold, my servant" (Isa. 52:13). Then He is the One who took upon Himself the form of a bond servant, who became obedient to the death of the cross to remove our iniquities (Phil. 2:7-8).

Since Joshua and his fellows are a type of the SERVANT, the BRANCH, in such priestly character and ministry, then in Him is found the ideal and eternal priesthood, a priest forever, the author of eternal salvation. It is through Him that Israel's iniquity is to be removed in a day (v. 9). Since this has never yet occurred, it obviously refers to a future cleansing of Israel by MESSIAH.

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Daily Devotional for Thursday October 27th/05

Here is a short, but challenging, sermon:

Where Are The Marks Of The Cross? - by Vance Havner

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Daily Devotional for Friday October 28th/05

The Living And The Written Word

Jesus The Bible Teacher

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Daily Devotional for Saturday October 29th/05

I preach a 7-10 minute devotional on Friday nights just before supper at the Gospel Mission. This Friday there were 28 extra teens there and the couple adults with them - the hockey team got in trouble for something, so this was their way of making them do community service. So I got an opportunity to clearly present the Gospel to some people who have probably never heard it before. It was so quiet in there you could have heard a pin drop - everyone was paying attention.

I preached on Paul's defense to Felix in Acts 24, and Felix's procrastination in putting off the Gospel for "a convenient season" - a more convenient time which never came. I went a little longer than I normally do - but it was worth it. I found some good illustrations from chapter 40 of a commentary on the book of Acts (awesome commentary, by the way!), entitled Acts Of The Apostles by Frank Allen:


This is a striking passage illustrating the danger of delay in accepting CHRIST. Paul spoke to Felix and Drusilla concerning the most important subject in the world, "concerning the faith in Christ Jesus." He had spoken of righteousness, no doubt telling them of the righteousness of CHRIST and how we may be made righteous through Him. He had told them of the necessity of living a sober and pure life; he had warned them of the awful judgment which will be meted out to those who go on in sin, when at the last day GOD will divide the righteous from the wicked. He had no doubt called upon them to repent of their sins and be saved. He had very probably urged this wicked couple to repent at once and continue in sin no longer. But Felix, though deeply moved, alarmed, terrified by the picture of the judgment to come, still wanted to put off making a decision. At another time he would hear Paul, perhaps he would consider his plea more favorably some day in the future, but so far as history records that convenient day never came. Felix continued in sin, was recalled to Rome and would have suffered the death penalty had it not been that his brother, a favorite with the Emperor, interceded and prevailed upon him to spare his life. Felix, it appears, went on in sin and died a slave of lust, unrepentant of his many crimes.

Pharaoh put off his decision until "tomorrow," Felix until "a convenient season." What a fearful mistake! The Psalmist had before him the history of those who delayed when he said: "To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart" (Hebrews 3:7, 8). Paul had dealt with many procrastinators when he said: "behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation" (II Corinthians 6:2). The writer to the Hebrews knew that multitudes had been lost because of neglect when he asked this searching question: "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation" (Hebrews 2:3). The opportunity which is given now may not be given again; the call which comes to you today and startles you with its burning words may not come again; the SPIRIT, who pleads with you so earnestly today, because you refuse to listen, may pass you by tomorrow.

...During the early years of D.L. Moody's work in Chicago there was a man who attended the Tabernacle regularly and who frequently seemed about to decide for CHRIST. As Mr. Moody urged him not to delay but to accept CHRIST he replied, "No I cannot, my business partner is not a Christian and if I should accept CHRIST he would ridicule me." Finally he became annoyed because Mr. Moody urged him and ceased to attend the Tabernacle. One day his wife came to see Mr. Moody with the request that he come to see her husband at once as he was very ill and the physicians said that he could not live. He hurried down to the house and found the man ready to listen. In response to Mr. Moody's appeal he seemed to accept CHRIST as his SAVIOUR. But to the surprise of all his friends, he began to get better. He recovered rapidly and the next time Mr. Moody called he found him sitting out of doors in the sunshine. "Now that you have recovered," said Mr. Moody. "when you are able to be back at the Tabernacle I want you to make a public profession of CHRIST." But the man seemed to have gone back to his old fear; he replied, "if I should do that my partner would ridicule me. But," he continued, "I am going to move to a farm in Michigan and when I go there I will make a profession of faith in CHRIST." Just a week after that his wife called to see Mr. Moody again, saying, her husband had a relapse and the physician, after a consultation said he could not live. She asked him to come and speak to him again. Mr. Moody went, but as he approached the man's bed he said: "Mr. Moody I don't want you to talk to me. It will do no good. I have had my chance and have thrown it away." Though he pleaded and tried to show him that GOD was ever ready to hear and though he offered to pray with him the man said, "No, I have thrown away my chance." Mr. Moody did pray with him, but as soon as he had finished the man said, "There, I told you it would do no good. It is too late. I have thrown away my chance." All the afternoon as the man sank lower and lower he kept repeating the passage of Scripture, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved" (Jeremiah 8:20). And as the sun sank beyond the western prairies, his friends leaned over and heard him whisper faintly, "The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." And with these words he passed into eternity.

One cannot but wonder whether Drusilla thought of the appeal and warning of Paul in her last hours, for according to the younger Pliny in a letter to Tacitus, she and her younger son perished in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius when Herculaneum and Pompeii were buried beneath its lava and ashes. Oh then! on that memorable day when the earth rocked beneath her feet and when she saw the flames shooting toward the sky; when she heard the terrific roar of the cracking rocks and the belching volcano; when she saw the mountain of red lava rushing like a river toward her; when she felt the hot ashes pouring down over head, heard the screams of the terrified refugees about her and was perhaps trampled beneath their feet; when she began to realize that escape from being buried alive was perhaps impossible; then, I wonder, did she not recall those searching words of Paul spoken years before at Caesarea when describing the judgment to come he had told them that they who did not repent and seek refuge in CHRIST should long to hide themselves from the wrath of the LAMB? Then did she not wish that she had given up her immoral life and her trust in the pleasures of the world, and had trusted in the only saving Name? Then did she not wish that she and Felix had listened to the pleading of the apostle and had taken refuge in the rock that is higher than man? Then did she not lament that she had not made her dwelling in the secret place of the Most High and her abode under the shadow of the Almighty, whose praises she had sung in the innocency of her childhood? Ah, dreadful hour! Then it was too late! The convenient day had passed! The day of judgment had come!

Oh, you to whom this message comes! Will you not forsake your sins and seek the LORD while He may be found? Will you not call upon Him while He is near? Will you not respond to His voice as He calls you today? Will you not give your heart into the keeping of Him who is from everlasting to everlasting the same? Will you not flee to the LAMB that was slain from the foundation of the world? Will you not believe that though your sins have been as scarlet CHRIST can make them whiter than snow? Having received Him as your SAVIOUR will you not say, with Peter, before all the world, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16)? Will you then not plead with Him that He may give you grace to walk in the strait and narrow way which leadeth to life eternal?

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Daily Devotional for Sunday October 30th/05

Broken Things

"By reason of breakings they purify themselves" (Job 41:25).

God uses most for His glory those people and things which are most perfectly broken. The sacrifices He accepts are broken and contrite hearts. It was the breaking down of Jacob's natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe him with spiritual power. It was breaking the surface of the rock at Horeb, by the stroke of Moses' rod that let out the cool waters to thirsty people.

It was when the 300 elect soldiers under Gideon broke their pitchers, a type of breaking themselves, that the hidden lights shone forth to the consternation of their adversaries. It was when the poor widow broke the seal of the little pot of oil, and poured it forth, that God multiplied it to pay her debts and supply means of support.

It was when Esther risked her life and broke through the rigid etiquette of a heathen court, that she obtained favor to rescue her people from death. It was when Jesus took the five loaves and broke them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of breaking, sufficient to feed five thousand. It was when Mary broke her beautiful alabaster box, rendering it henceforth useless, that the pent-up perfume filled the house. It was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be broken to pieces by thorns and nails and spear, that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal ocean, for thirsty sinners to drink and live.

It is when a beautiful grain of corn is broken up in the earth by DEATH, that its inner heart sprouts forth and bears hundreds of other grains. And thus, on and on, through all history, and all biography, and all vegetation, and all spiritual life, God must have BROKEN THINGS.

Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in worldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken ofttimes in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Ghost is seizing upon, and using for God's glory. "The lame take the prey," Isaiah tells us.

O break my heart; but break it as a field
Is by the plough up-broken for the corn;
O break it as the buds, by green leaf seated,
Are, to unloose the golden blossom, torn;
Love would I offer unto Love's great Master,
Set free the odor, break the alabaster.

O break my heart; break it victorious God,
That life's eternal well may flash abroad;
O let it break as when the captive trees,
Breaking cold bonds, regain their liberties;
And as thought's sacred grove to life is springing,
Be joys, like birds, their hope, Thy victory singing.

--Thomas Toke Bunch

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Monday October 31st/05

I have rewritten and added two extensive quotes to my study on the Garden Of Gethsemane. It is part two of a three part series - The Story Of Three Gardens. (Lord willing, I will type up and flesh out the third study - I have the preaching notes somewhere, but have not turned it into a study yet - ie. in a format suitable for reading.)

Part One - The Garden Of Eden

Part Two - The Garden Of Gethsemane

I would also like to pass on this excellent sermon for your reading pleasure:

The Uttermost Saviour - by Hyman Appelman

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