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

Will We Know Our Loved Ones In Heaven? - September 27th
 


Daily Devotional for Thursday September 1st/05

The following two excerpts are taken from a long sermon by Oswald J. Smith, entitled The Only Way. If you are looking for answers in regards to what the Bible has to say about salvation (or know of others who are), this sermon is well worth the read, as it lays God's plan of salvation out clearly and plainly.

"Ridiculous! Absurd! Foolishness!" And the proud banker curled his lip in scorn.

"But why?" inquired the one to whom he had spoken.

"Why? Do you, a thinking man, ask why? Such nonsense!" And he laughed in derision.

"Yes, sir," responded the other. "I ask you why?"

The face of the banker took on a scowl, and there was anger in his voice as he answered.

"Why? Do you mean to tell me that the death of Jesus Christ in my place on the cross is going to satisfy God? Away with such theories! If I am to be saved, I must accomplish it with my own efforts." And he stamped his foot with passion.

"Ah! I see," replied the other. "Now I know what is the trouble. You think you have a right to manufacture a way of your own, and so you reject and spurn the God-provided plan."

"What do you mean by that?" questioned the banker, with a mystified expression on his face.

"Now, listen! Suppose a man should come to you and say, 'Mr. Banker, I am in great need, and I want you to loan me some money.' Tell me, who would have the right to make the terms and conditions upon which the money was to be loaned, you as banker and owner, or the man in need?"

"Why, I would, of course. He would have to meet my conditions before he could get the money.," replied the banker.

"Exactly. And that, sir, is your position. You are the poor, helpless sinner, lost and undone, and God is the great Banker. You are coming to Him for mercy and pardon. Will you tell me who has the right to make the terms and lay down the conditions upon which you may receive His salvation, remembering now that you are the man in need, and God is the Banker?"

"Ah! I never saw it that way before," responded the banker in an astonished tone of voice. "Why, of course, I am not in a position to dictate terms. God has that right, and He alone."

"And yet you have been manufacturing a scheme of your own, forgetting that paupers do not dictate; they accept. And all the time God, the great Banker, has been offering you salvation according to His plan. Will you now abandon yours and accept His? Are you ready to meet God on His own terms?"

"God helping me, I will," responded the now humbled banker, as the new light broke upon his soul.

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Do you not know that God loves you?

Yes, my friend, God loves you. "God so love the world that he gave." He gave "his only begotten Son." No matter what you have done, God loves you. He does not love your sin, but He does love you. You may not love the diptheria, but you love your child.

Romans 5:8 "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Some die for the good; Christ died for the bad.

"...who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). An individual. One person - you. He loved you and He gave Himself for you. Oh, what love!

"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood" (Revelation 1:5). First He loved, then He washed.

"In his love and in his pity he redeemed them" (Isaiah 63:9). Yes, He loved them first; then He redeemed them. They were slaves, but He loved them, nevertheless, and because He loved them, He redeemed them. Oh, what love!

John 3:16 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Do you not know that God does not want you to be lost?

2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is... not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Ezekiel 33:11 "As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live."

That, my friend, should be sufficient. God does not want you to perish. He says so. He wants you to be saved. Why then be lost?

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Daily Devotional for Friday September 2nd/05

Spiritual Cancer - Sermon Notes by David Garner

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Daily Devotional for Saturday September 3rd/05

God's Shadow

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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 4th/05

Our Solitary Saviour - A sermon by Robert L. Moyer

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Daily Devotional for Monday September 5th/05

"Behold the Man!" --John 19:5

If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of His people, it is where He plunged deepest into the depths of woe. Come hither, gracious souls, and behold the Man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold His heart so brimming with love that He cannot hold it in -- so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of His body, and falls upon the ground. Behold the Man as they drive the nails into His hands and feet. Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark Him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with priceless gems the diadem of the King of Misery. Behold the Man when all His bones are out of joint, and He is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken Him, and hell compasseth Him about. Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto His sorrow that is done unto Him? All ye that pass by draw near and look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched. Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in His agonies! Gaze upon Him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven. If in the ransom price of His blood there be not hope, ye harps of heaven, there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes. We have but to see His sorrows, and our sorrows we shall be ashamed to mention; we have but to gaze into His wounds and heal our own. If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and His sorrow.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday September 6th/05

I find it neat how the Lord will answer your questions on the Bible by bringing some information along your path - whether a brother or sister in the Lord who has wisdom in that area, or finding a book or an article that opens the passage up to you. Last month, I was wanting to dig a bit deeper into the typology of the brass lavers in the tabernacle and seeing how they pictured the Word of God - and here is exactly the aspect of that type I wanted to look into (pardon the pun!).

The following is taken from Chapter Six of James: The Application Of Faith To The Issues Of Life:

James 1:23-25 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Notice in the next few verses, the illustration that he gives. In verse twenty-three there is one man and in verse twenty-five is another man. The illustration is this: James is talking to Jews, the twelve tribes who are scattered. To those Jews, when he mentioned a natural glass, I think the thought of the laver in the tabernacle came to their minds. That laver was made from the looking-glasses of the women. You remember how Moses took up the offerings for the tabernacle and how the women gave their looking-glasses. The looking-glasses in that day were not mirrors, but highly polished brass in which you could see your reflection. Moses took those pieces of brass and formed them into a bowl and made the laver of the tabernacle. The first thing that you came to when you entered the tabernacle was the brazen altar where the blood was shed and then the priest would go from there to the laver and look down into the laver. The laver was full of water and he could see the reflection of himself. It says here that he beheld his natural face as in a glass or as in a mirror. So this priest would go and do that as a picture of looking into the Word of God and seeing himself for exactly what he was. James is saying here that we are to look into the Word of God and see ourselves as the hopeless sinners that we are. We are hopeless and completely dependent upon the grace of God, and we are to look on Him, depend on Him and trust Him. We are to be honest and see the truth. We have to confess what we see and be honest with ourselves and with God.

Thank God that not only is there the polished brass, but also the water. If that priest saw something that defiled him he could wash himself, because he was about to go past the laver and into the holy place where he would offer up incense as a picture of prayer. There is a picture of light in the candlestick and there is the bread of life. If that priest was dirty he was not to enter the holy place. If that priest was unclean he could not go to the altar of incense and pray. If that priest was unclean he could not see the light of the candlestick. He had no light in his soul if he didnít stop there at the altar and cleanse himself. If he did not cleanse himself he could not partake of the shewbread. He could not eat the bread of life.

Do you see how important it was? If he did not cleanse himself he could not pray, he had no light, he could not understand the Word of God (the bread of life) and he could not have fellowship with God. Everything in my Christian life depends upon this one thing. I must be clean before God before I pray, read, receive light, partake of the bread or have communion with God. I must be cleansed by the Word. I must be obedient to the Word. If that priest went into the tabernacle unclean he was taking his life into his hands. Many died because they entered unclean. James is writing to these Jews so that they will understand all of this. The Bible says, "Thy word have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against Thee." Thank God that the water is available. We do the same thing as Iíve already mentioned. We get up in the morning, look at ourselves in the mirror and see something that needs to be fixed. We see things that need to be cleansed or covered up or combed. James says that it is like seeing those things and doing nothing about them. Weíve been in churches where we would walk out saying, 'Do you think that lady forgot to comb here hair or is that just a new style?' She didnít fix it! We donít do that physically. We take pride in being clean and groomed. We take pride in the physical and let the spiritual go! We spend more time in front of the physical mirror than we do in front of the spiritual mirror. The physical mirror gets the outside right and the spiritual mirror gets the inside right. The spiritual mirror takes care of the heart and the soul. Notice that it say, "...and goeth his way". That is what we do with the Bible. We read what God says and we read about His way and then we say, 'I donít like that so Iím going to go my way.' We go out unprepared to meet the world, the flesh and the devil. We go out unable to have fellowship. We go out unable to pray. We go out unable to see the light. We walk in darkness all day. We walk alone all day. We walk without fellowship all day because we have not obeyed the Word of God.

If I read the Word of God and I look into the glass, which is a picture of judgment, and I see myself and wash myself I will then become a doer of the Word. I will then be allowed to go and pray. I will then receive light. I will then have fellowship at the table of shewbread. I will then do the work of God, but not until I am cleansed and obedient to what God tells me. Did you know that obedience, in a sense, is cleansing. When I obey the Word of God I have cleansed myself from sin and if I am obedient I will remain cleansed. I will be able to serve God and be a doer of the Word.

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 7th/05

In Time Of Trouble

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Daily Devotional for Thursday September 8th/05

The following is taken from Twenty-Seven Keys To The New Testament by William W. Orr.

Key to GALATIANS

1. BACKGROUND:

Paul is the writer; the time is about A.D. 57, the place of writing undoubtedly Corinth. The Galatians were citizens of certain sections of Asia Minor, near the Black Sea (see Acts 13; 14).

The occasion: Paul had evangelized these people, and they had gladly received the word of the Gospel. After Paul had left, there had come Judaizing teachers endeavoring to show that Christianity was sort of an exalted Judaism, and that every Christian must also keep the law. The Galatians were following them, and were turning aside from the truth of the Gospel.

2. THEME:

Galatians is the great Magna Charta, or Declaration of Independence of the Gospel. The key word is "liberty." The key verse is 5:11. This book is closely related to Romans, but the emphasis is somewhat different. In Galatians the stress is on the fact that the Christian LIVES by faith. Here is an Emancipation Proclamation to all who are in the bondage of the law.

3. MAIN DIVISIONS:

Note seven main divisions: Salutation; theme; Paul's gospel a revelation; justification by faith without law; the believer's rule is grace, not law; sanctification through the SPIRIT not law; exhortation.

4. SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS:

This letter is severe in its tone. The theme is considered to be one of vital importance. There is not a single word of commendation given. Paul shows himself to be very indignant against the Galatians.

Paul considers this error (mixing grace and law) to be extremely dangerous. It is moreover, infectious. The reason, Paul thinks, is not ignorance but unfaithfulness.

Paul's usual custom in writing letters was to use a secretary. Here, however, he writes with his own hand (6:11). This may have been due to the seriousness of the matter before him.

The real trouble in Galatia was legalism. False teachers were endeavoring to combine Judaism with Christianity. This is a subtle form of error. Paul calls this "another gospel" and roundly condemns it (1:7-9).

The character of the Galatians themselves seems to be that of being emotional, impulsive, and changeable. This is evidenced by their first worshiping Paul, and then suddenly changing and stoning him (Acts 14:13-19).

5. OUTLINE:

Introduction (1)

Personal Authority

Call (1)
Endorsement (2)
Controversy (2)

Gospel Authority

Justification by Faith (3)
Purpose of the Law (3)
Servants and Heirs (4)

Personal Application

Law and Liberty (5)
Personal Responsibility (6)
Conclusion (6)

6. OUTSTANDING TEACHINGS:

The tremendous importance of Paul's teachings is clearly indicated and repeated by the strong statement in verses 8 and 9 of chapter 1, where any other teaching is said to bring GOD's curse.

Nowhere in the Scriptures do we find stronger statements concerning the sufficiency of the grace message. Galatians is GOD's answer to the many cults of today which propose a mixture of Old and New Testament teachings.

Most clearly are we shown the true character of the law as Paul uses the term "schoolmaster" or child conductor in referring to its purpose (3:24, 25).

Other error can be prevented when we remember that to be "fallen from grace" (5:4) is to fall into law.

7. KEY:

Before you study Galatians, refresh yourself on Galatian history in Acts 13 and 14; then read again the book of Romans. Then you will be ready to read and understand Galatians.

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Daily Devotional for Friday September 9th/05

"Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us." - Psalm 68:28

It is our wisdom, as well as our necessity, to beseech God continually to strengthen that which He has wrought in us. It is because of their neglect in this, that many Christians may blame themselves for those trials and afflictions of spirit which arise from unbelief. It is true that Satan seeks to flood the fair garden of the heart and make it a scene of desolation, but it is also true that many Christians leave open the sluice-gates themselves, and let in the dreadful deluge through carelessness and want of prayer to their strong Helper. We often forget that the Author of our faith must be the Preserver of it also. The lamp which was burning in the temple was never allowed to go out, but it had to be daily replenished with fresh oil; in like manner, our faith can only live by being sustained with the oil of grace, and we can only obtain this from God Himself. Foolish virgins we shall prove, if we do not secure the needed sustenance for our lamps. He who built the world upholds it, or it would fall in one tremendous crash; He who made us Christians must maintain us by His Spirit, or our ruin will be speedy and final. Let us, then, evening by evening, go to our Lord for the grace and strength we need. We have a strong argument to plead, for it is His own work of grace which we ask Him to strengthen - "that which Thou hast wrought for us." Think you He will fail to protect and sustain that? Only let your faith take hold of His strength, and all the powers of darkness, led on by the master fiend of hell, cannot cast a cloud or shadow over your joy and peace. Why faint when you may be strong? Why suffer defeat when you may conquer? Oh! take your wavering faith and drooping graces to Him who can revive and replenish them, and earnestly pray, "Strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday September 10th/05

This is the passage (John 13:1-11) that I attempted to preach on yesterday, bringing in some other points, such as the difference between the two different Greek words translated as "wash/washed" in this passage (it is a neat study to trace them throughout the New Testament - I also covered several other verses, such as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Revelation 1:5; Titus 3:5) - tying in Exodus 29:4 and 30:18-21. Lastly, I brought in some points from the studies on the "glass" in James 1 (which pictured the laver, including the aspect of brass for self-judgment). The main points emphasized were the need for forgiveness and sins being washed away to have that relationship with the Lord and a home in Heaven (pointed out John 13:8 in this context) - pictured by the washing of the whole body (Strong's #3068 - to bathe the whole person - and 628, a different form of the first word, meaning to wash fully) - and the need to wash daily in the Word of God in order to maintain our fellowship - this is pictured by the washing of the hands and feet (Strong's #3538 - to cleanse, especially the hands, feet, or face), taking care of the dirt we pick up daily, that we soil our hands and feet by.

For further study: 1 John 1:5-2:1 (especially 1:9); and Hebrews 10:19-22 (compared with Exodus 30:18-21). The Levitical priests needed to wash of their daily defilement before they could enter into the presence of God (represented by the physical sanctuary) for service, worship, and prayer - even so, we need to deal with our daily sins before we can fellowship with the Lord.

Definitely rich studies indeed! Though it might have been too much to tackle in the Mission - but I made sure at the end of the devotion I summed up and reemphasized the need to have our sins washed in the blood of Christ (for salvation) and washed by the Word of God for daily fellowship - so at least those two points will stick, even if the rest was not easily grasped.

"He began to wash the disciples' feet." --John 13:5

The Lord Jesus loves His people so much, that every day He is still doing for them much that is analogous to washing their soiled feet. Their poorest actions He accepts; their deepest sorrow He feels; their slenderest wish He hears, and their every transgression He forgives. He is still their servant as well as their Friend and Master. He not only performs majestic deeds for them, as wearing the mitre on His brow, and the precious jewels glittering on His breastplate, and standing up to plead for them, but humbly, patiently, He yet goes about among His people with the basin and the towel. He does this when He puts away from us day by day our constant infirmities and sins. Last night, when you bowed the knee, you mournfully confessed that much of your conduct was not worthy of your profession; and even tonight, you must mourn afresh that you have fallen again into the selfsame folly and sin from which special grace delivered you long ago; and yet Jesus will have great patience with you; He will hear your confession of sin; He will say, "I will, be thou clean"; He will again apply the blood of sprinkling, and speak peace to your conscience, and remove every spot. It is a great act of eternal love when Christ once for all absolves the sinner, and puts him into the family of God; but what condescending patience there is when the Saviour with much long-suffering bears the oft recurring follies of His wayward disciple; day by day, and hour by hour, washing away the multiplied transgressions of His erring but yet beloved child! To dry up a flood of rebellion is something marvellous, but to endure the constant dropping of repeated offences--to bear with a perpetual trying of patience, this is divine indeed! While we find comfort and peace in our Lord's daily cleansing, its legitimate influence upon us will be to increase our watchfulness, and quicken our desire for holiness. Is it so?

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 11th/05

The following entries on Heaven were taken from Knight's Master Book of New Illustrations.

Heaven, The Believer's Homeland!

I had dropped in upon an old friend of my boyhood days. She was one of GOD's own saints. Rich in experience, she was ripe for the coming glory. She had gone so far in life's pilgrimage that her mind was slightly beclouded, and her memory affected. As I rose to go home she arose also and said, "I want to go home." "But mother," said her daughter, "you are home now." At that she looked a bit dazed. Then looking at me with a tender smile she said with a profound touch of pathos in her voice - "I want to go home before it gets dark."

I opened the door and started homeward. The twilight sky was still aglow with the vanishing glory of the sunset. Beyond it lay the glory of the FATHER's House. My soul was tingling with the spiritual message my dear friend's words had brought me. What an unspeakable blessing for GOD's children to reach home before it gets dark! Before the darkness of broken body and failing health; of dimmed senses and clouded faculties; of physical suffering and infirmities of vanished faces, voices, and fellowships - before all these come, how blessed it is to reach home before it gets dark.

- James H. McConkey

Looking Through the Paling

Some years ago in Dayton, Ohio, a small girl learned to love the SAVIOUR and became an earnest Christian. She loved her father very dearly, but her father was not a Christian, and was not concerned much about the church nor its work.

Each evening as the father would come home from his work, the little daughter would meet him at the gate. The gate was high, and the palings were close together. In order that the child might see through the gate to tell when her father was coming, the father tore off one of the palings from the gate. Each night when the father came home from work his little Christian daughter was waiting for him, eagerly looking through the paling for his coming.

Finally, the little girl became sick. As she grew worse, the father was heartbroken and did not know what to do. He loved his child more than he did his own life. Just before she died, his little daughter, looking up at her father, said, "When I get to Heaven I will ask GOD to pull a paling from off Heaven's gate so I can look through to see you come."

Her last words were, "Papa, I will be looking for you." This greatly touched the father's heart, and he became an earnest Christian.

- Gospel Herald

Why He Didn't Mind the Journey

A small boy sat quietly in a seat of the day coach on a train running between two of the Western cities in the United States. It was a hot, dusty day, very uncomfortable for traveling, and that particular ride was perhaps the most uninteresting day's journey in the whole land. But the little fellow sat patiently watching the fields and the fences hurrying by, until a motherly old lady, leaning forward, asked sympathetically, "Aren't you tired of the long ride, dear, and the dust and the heat?" The lad looked up brightly, and replied, with a smile, "Yes, ma'am, a little. But I don't mind it much, because my father is going to meet me when I get to the end of it." What a beautiful thought it is that when life seems wearisome and monotonous, as it sometimes does, we can look forward hopefully and trustingly, and like the lonely little lad, not "mind it much" because our FATHER, too, will be waiting to meet us at our journey's end! FATHER will meet us at the end of the journey - thank GOD!

- Bible Expositor and Illuminator

That's What Lets You In

A London waif, cold and hungry, was invited one night, by a city missionary to one of the houses of refuge for little wanderers. He was told to ring the bell, and when they asked him who he was, to say the three words, "In His name." He ventured up the steps and, true to the promise of the worker, received a royal welcome, and with a good supper and a warm bed dreamed that he was in Heaven. A few days after, he was hurt in a London thoroughfare by a passing wagon. The card of the rescue home was found in his pocket, and he was taken to the hospital, and word was sent to the mission. He was tenderly nursed during the few lingering days of his life, and gently taught of that other portal which was also entered "in His name." And often in his last hours he would repeat over and over again, "'In His name,' that's what lets you in."

- A. B. Simpson

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Daily Devotional for Monday September 12th/05

Here is a Gospel sermon, clearly explaining the brazen serpent in Numbers 21 and John 3:14-15, and how it pictures Christ:

The Brazen Serpent - by R.L. Moyer

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday September 13th/05

"In their affliction they will seek Me early." --Hosea 5:15

Losses and adversities are frequently the means which the great Shepherd uses to fetch home His wandering sheep; like fierce dogs they worry the wanderers back to the fold. There is no making lions tame if they are too well fed; they must be brought down from their great strength, and their stomachs must be lowered, and then they will submit to the tamer's hand; and often have we seen the Christian rendered obedient to the Lord's will by straitness of bread and hard labour. When rich and increased in goods many professors carry their heads much too loftily, and speak exceeding boastfully. Like David, they flatter themselves, "My mountain standeth fast; I shall never be moved." When the Christian groweth wealthy, is in good repute, hath good health, and a happy family, he too often admits Mr. Carnal Security to feast at his table, and then if he be a true child of God there is a rod preparing for him. Wait awhile, and it may be you will see his substance melt away as a dream. There goes a portion of his estate -- how soon the acres change hands. That debt, that dishonoured bill -- how fast his losses roll in, where will they end? It is a blessed sign of divine life if when these embarrassments occur one after another he begins to be distressed about his backslidings, and betakes himself to his God. Blessed are the waves that wash the mariner upon the rock of salvation! Losses in business are often sanctified to our soul's enriching. If the chosen soul will not come to the Lord full-handed, it shall come empty. If God, in His grace, findeth no other means of making us honour Him among men, He will cast us into the deep; if we fail to honour Him on the pinnacle of riches, He will bring us into the valley of poverty. Yet faint not, heir of sorrow, when thou art thus rebuked, rather recognize the loving hand which chastens, and say, "I will arise, and go unto my Father."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 14th/05

I am in the process of typing up the last chapter and some supplemental material, but I wanted to pass the link on to a book entitled The Little Baptist. Though fiction, it very clearly presents what the Scriptures teach about believer's Baptism, and also covers some of the other Baptist Distinctives. If you ever wondered why Baptists stood where they stood on this issue - or even wanted a better way to answer some of the questions thrown at you - here is a good book to read. It is simple enough that even a child could read the book or have it read to them (and in fact, children in my church have read this book and gleaned from it).

The Little Baptist - by J.M. Martin

Please pass the link on if it has been a help to you.

If you have the SwordSearcher Bible program, you might also be interested in this book module: a devotional classic entitled:

The Companion Of The Way - by H.C. Hewlett
(Note: this module is in zip format - just unzip it and put it in the Books folder of your SwordSearcher program. The next time you start the program, it will be available to read - choose it from the book link at the top of the screen.)

You can also read this book on EarnestlyContending: The Companion Of The Way

The Holy War by John Bunyan (another allegory, like his classic Pilgrim's Progress - which will be next on my agenda) as a SwordSearcher module. I had put it together before, but there were some errors I had to fix first. You can read the book online: The Holy War - by John Bunyan

Both The Holy War and The Little Baptist will be added to the resources on Eagle's Wings Ministries when I am able to do so.

Please let me know if you have the SwordSearcher Bible program, and if you would be interested in further devotional materials or Christian Classics as part of this program. When I am able, I will also add a separate Downloads page for these modules.

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Daily Devotional for Thursday September 15th/05

I have two for you today - one on salvation and one on the Bible:

Whosoever Will

Many Books

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Daily Devotional for Friday September 16th/05

Trouble Teaches

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble" (Ps. 46:1).

The question often comes, "Why didn't He help me sooner?" It is not His order. He must first adjust you to the trouble and cause you to learn your lesson from it. His promise is, "I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him." He must be with you in the trouble first all day and all night. Then He will take you out of it. This will not come till you have stopped being restless and fretful about it and become calm and quiet. Then He will say, "It is enough."

God uses trouble to teach His children precious lessons. They are intended to educate us. When their good work is done, a glorious recompense will come to us through them. There is a sweet joy and a real value in them. He does not regard them as difficulties but as opportunities. --Selected.

Not always OUT of our troublous times,
And the struggles fierce and grim,
But IN--deeper IN--to our one sure rest,
The place of our peace, in Him.
--Annie Johnson Flint

We once heard a simple old colored man say something that we have never forgotten: "When God tests you, it is a good time for you to test Him by putting His promises to the proof, and claiming from Him just as much as your trials have rendered necessary."

There are two ways of getting out of a trial. One is to simply try to get rid of the trial, and be thankful when it is over. The other is to recognize the trial as a challenge from God to claim a larger blessing than we have ever had, and to hail it with delight as an opportunity of obtaining a larger measure of Divine grace. Thus even the adversary becomes an auxiliary, and the things that seem to be against us turn out to be for the furtherance of our way. Surely, this is to be more than conquerors through Him who loved us. --A. B. Simpson

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Saturday September 17th/05

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" --Psalm 27:1

"The Lord is my light and my salvation." Here is personal interest, "my light," "my salvation"; the soul is assured of it, and therefore declares it boldly. Into the soul at the new birth divine light is poured as the precursor of salvation; where there is not enough light to reveal our own darkness and to make us long for the Lord Jesus, there is no evidence of salvation. After conversion our God is our joy, comfort, guide, teacher, and in every sense our light: He is light within, light around, light reflected from us, and light to be revealed to us. Note, it is not said merely that the Lord gives light, but that He is light; nor that He gives salvation, but that He is salvation; he, then, who by faith has laid hold upon God, has all covenant blessings in his possession. This being made sure as a fact, the argument drawn from it is put in the form of a question, "Whom shall I fear?" A question which is its own answer. The powers of darkness are not to be feared, for the Lord, our light, destroys them; and the damnation of hell is not to be dreaded by us, for the Lord is our salvation. This is a very different challenge from that of boastful Goliath, for it rests, not upon the conceited vigour of an arm of flesh, but upon the real power of the omnipotent I AM. "The Lord is the strength of my life." Here is a third glowing epithet, to show that the writer's hope was fastened with a threefold cord which could not be broken. We may well accumulate terms of praise where the Lord lavishes deeds of grace. Our life derives all its strength from God; and if He deigns to make us strong, we cannot be weakened by all the machinations of the adversary. "Of whom shall I be afraid?" The bold question looks into the future as well as the present. "If God be for us," who can be against us, either now or in time to come?

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

On Friday, I preached on the Seven I Am statements that Jesus made in the Gospel of John, and showed that Jesus was all that we need in this life, and in eternity. Is He everything to you?

For your personal enjoyment, look up the following references in your Bible (and meditate on the contexts):

John 8:56-58
Exodus 3:13-14
1) I Am the Bread of Life - John 6:35, 48
2) I Am the Light of the World - John 8:12
3) I Am the Door of the Sheep - John 10:7, 9
4) I Am the Good Shepherd - John 10:11, 14
5) I Am the Resurrection and the Life - John 11:25-26
6) I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life - John 14:6
7) I Am the True Vine - John 15:1, 5

To end the message, I used the following:

I was regretting the past
And fearing the future.

Suddenly my Lord was speaking:
"MY NAME IS I AM."

He paused.

I waited. He continued,
"When you live in the past
With it's mistakes and regrets,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WAS.

When you live in the future,
With its problems and fears,
It is hard. I am not there.
My name is not I WILL BE.

When you live in this moment,
It is not hard. I am here.
My name is I AM."

Author Unknown

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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 18th/05

"For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ." --2 Corinthians 1:5

There is a blessed proportion. The Ruler of Providence bears a pair of scales - in this side He puts His people's trials, and in that He puts their consolations. When the scale of trial is nearly empty, you will always find the scale of consolation in nearly the same condition; and when the scale of trials is full, you will find the scale of consolation just as heavy. When the black clouds gather most, the light is the more brightly revealed to us. When the night lowers and the tempest is coming on, the Heavenly Captain is always closest to His crew. It is a blessed thing, that when we are most cast down, then it is that we are most lifted up by the consolations of the Spirit. One reason is, because trials make more room for consolation. Great hearts can only be made by great troubles. The spade of trouble digs the reservoir of comfort deeper, and makes more room for consolation. God comes into our heart - He finds it full - He begins to break our comforts and to make it empty; then there is more room for grace. The humbler a man lies, the more comfort he will always have, because he will be more fitted to receive it. Another reason why we are often most happy in our troubles, is this - then we have the closest dealings with God. When the barn is full, man can live without God: when the purse is bursting with gold, we try to do without so much prayer. But once take our gourds away, and we want our God; once cleanse the idols out of the house, then we are compelled to honour Jehovah. "Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord." There is no cry so good as that which comes from the bottom of the mountains; no prayer half so hearty as that which comes up from the depths of the soul, through deep trials and afflictions. Hence they bring us to God, and we are happier; for nearness to God is happiness. Come, troubled believer, fret not over your heavy troubles, for they are the heralds of weighty mercies.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

P.S. The reference to "gourds" is from Jonah 4:6-7, and the verse quoted above was Psalm 130:1.

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Daily Devotional for Monday September 19th/05

The following is taken from chapter one (entitled A Concern For Souls) of The Divine Art Of Soulwinning by J. O. Sanders.

"EVEN IF I WERE UTTERLY SELFISH, and had no care for anything but my own happiness, I would choose, if I might, under GOD, to be a soulwinner; for never did I know perfect, overflowing, unutterable happiness of the purest and most ennobling order till I first heard of one who had sought and found the SAVIOUR through my means. No young mother ever so rejoiced over her firstborn child, no warrior was so exultant over a hard-won victory." So spoke that matchless winner of souls, Charles H. Spurgeon. Only those who have never given themselves to the exercise of this divine art, would be disposed to quarrel with him for the seeming extravagance of his statement.

And yet, despite the fact that this "perfect, overflowing, unutterable happiness" is within the reach of the humblest and least capable believer, comparatively few seem sufficiently in earnest to strive after its attainment. A passion for souls is rare among church members today. The great mass of Christian people feel not the slightest responsibility for the souls of their fellow men. It never so much as dawns on them that they are their brother's keeper. If they can manage to save their own souls, that is the end of their concern.

The case was put even more strongly by a gifted and noted infidel, who said: "Were I a religionist, did I truly, firmly, consistently believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and the practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion should be to me everything. I would cast aside earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as less than vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought and my last image when sleep sank me in unconsciousness. I would labor in her cause alone.

"I would not labor for the meat that perisheth, nor for treasures on earth, but only for a crown of glory in heavenly regions where treasures and happiness are alike beyond the reach of time and chance. I would take thought for the morrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for Heaven worth a life of suffering. There should be neither worldly prudence nor calculating circumspection in my engrossing zeal. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand nor seal my lips. I would speak to the imagination, awaken the feelings, stir up the passions, arouse the fancy. Earth, its joys and its grief, should occupy no moment of my thoughts; for these are but the affairs of a portion of eternity so small that no language can express its comparatively infinite littleness.

"I would strive to look but on eternity and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly miserable or everlastingly happy. I would deem all who thought only of this world, merely seeking to increase temporal happiness and laboring to obtain temporal goods - I would deem all such pure madmen. I would go forth to the world and preach to it, in season and out of season; and my text should be: 'What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

Why have I troubled to quote this in full? Because all unwittingly, the infidel has here written the philosophy of life of that Master Soul-winner, The LORD JESUS. Now read it again and see how accurately it presents His attitude to this world and to eternity. His life was absolutely consistent with His belief in the everlasting punishment of the lost. Have we the mind of CHRIST in this? Is our attitude to this life and eternity that described in the infidel's statement?

The Value of a Soul

But how can we compute the value of a soul?

1. By ITS NATURE AND ORIGIN. Man was made in the image of GOD, and into him was breathed the breath of GOD. Man is an immortal being.

2. By ITS POWERS AND CAPACITIES. The capacities of a human being, even in this life, seem almost limitless - but, alas, they have been prostituted to base uses in the service of the usurper. But man is still capable of fellowship with GOD - the highest privilege conceivable to the mind of a human being.

3. By THE DURATION OF ITS EXISTENCE. The human soul exists eternally, and either in bliss or in woe. (See II Corinthians 4:18; I Corinthians 15:53; Romans 8:11; Jude 7; II Peter 3:6, 7; Matthew 25:46).

4. By THE COST OF ITS REDEMPTION. It required not shining silver or yellow gold to pay the price of man's redemption, but crimson drops of precious blood from the broken body of the Son of GOD. This makes even the meanest soul worth saving.

5. By THE STRUGGLE REQUIRED FOR ITS POSSESSION. Why is the unregenerate human soul the battleground of both GOD and the Devil, the one actuated by love, the other by hate? Because both know and rightly appraise the possibilities for good and evil of only one human soul.

No wonder souls are not lightly won with such an adversary. If then, a soul is of such surpassing value, to save it, no expense is too large, no pain too agonizing, no trouble too great, no labor too hard.

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Daily Devotional for Tuesday September 20th/05

The following was taken from A Concern For Souls by J. O. Sanders.

A Striking Example

A most striking example of the urge to win souls triumphing over even imminent death, is that of John Harper, a Baptist minister of London, who was lost with the Titanic. At a conference held in the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a man rose and gave the following testimony: "Four years ago, when I left England on board the Titanic, I was a careless, godless sinner. I was in this condition on the night when the terrible catastrophe took place. Very soon, with hundreds more, I found myself struggling in the cold, dark waters of the Atlantic. I caught hold of something and clung to it for dear life.

The wail of awful distress from the perishing all around was ringing in my ears, when there floated near by me a man who, too, seemed to be clinging to something. He called to me: 'Is your soul saved?' I replied: 'No, it is not.' 'Then,' said he, 'Believe on The Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.' We drifted apart for a few minutes, then we seemed to be driven together once more. 'Is your soul saved?' again he cried out. 'I fear it is not,' I replied. 'Then if you will but believe on The LORD JESUS CHRIST your soul shall be saved,' was his further message of intense appeal to me. But again we were separated by the rolling currents. I heard him call out this message to others as they sank beneath the waters into eternity.

There and then, with two miles of water beneath me, in my desperation I cried unto CHRIST to save me. I believed upon Him and I was saved. In a few minutes I heard this man of GOD say: 'I'm going down, I'm going down'; then 'No, no, I'm going up.' That man was John Harper."

For further information on John Harper, read his amazing story in A TRUE STORY OF THE TITANIC

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 21st/05

Trouble Is The Messenger

"My Father is the husbandman" (John 15:1).

It is comforting to think of trouble, in whatever form it may come to, us, as a heavenly messenger, bringing us something from God. In its earthly aspect it may seem hurtful, even destructive; but in its spiritual out-working it yields blessing. Many of the richest blessings which have come down to us from the past are the fruit of sorrow or pain. We should never forget that redemption, the world's greatest blessing, is the fruit of the world's greatest sorrow. In every time of sharp pruning, when the knife is deep and the pain is sore, it is an unspeakable comfort to read, "My Father is the husbandman."

Doctor Vincent tells of being in a great hothouse where luscious clusters of grapes were hanging on every side. The owner said, "When my new gardener came, he said he would have nothing to do with these vines unless he could cut them clean down to the stalk; and he did, and we had no grapes for two years, but this is the result."

There is rich suggestiveness in this interpretation of the pruning process, as we apply it to the Christian life. Pruning seems to be destroying the vine, the gardener appears to be cutting it all away; but he looks on into the future and knows that the final outcome will be the enrichment of its life and greater abundance of fruit.

There are blessings we can never have unless we are ready to pay the price of pain. There is no way to reach them save through suffering. --Dr. Miller.

"I walked a mile with Pleasure,
She chattered all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

"I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne'er a word said she;
But, oh, the things I learned from her
When sorrow walked with me."

(Taken from Streams In The Desert devotional)

The Blessings That Remain

There are loved ones who are missing
From the fireside and the feast;
There are faces that have vanished,
There are voices that have ceased;
But we know they passed forever
From our mortal grief and pain,
And we thank Thee, Oh our Father,
For the blessings that remain.

Thanksgiving, oh, Thanksgiving,
That their love once blessed us here,
That so long they walked beside us,
Sharing every smile and tear;
For the joy the past has brought us,
But can never take away,
For the sweet and gracious memories
Growing dearer every day,

For the faith that keeps us patient
Looking at the things unseen,
Knowing Spring shall follow Winter
And the earth again be green,
For the hope of that glad meeting
Far from mortal grief and pain -
We thank Thee, Oh our Father,
For the blessings that remain.

by Annie Johnson Flint

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Daily Devotional for Thursday September 22nd/05

It has definitely been a journey of grace these last few days. My Mom went home to be with the Lord about 2 o'clock this morning (ie. Thursday). She is in a much better place. I truly have to say, I am dealing with her loss MUCH BETTER, now that she is in Heaven. Shouldn't I be grieving now? No, the hard part was the waiting game, knowing she was suffering, the roller coaster of what ifs - maybe she will get better, maybe she won't - and then gradually seeing or hearing about her declining.

I do not grieve as someone without hope - in fact, my "confident expectation" is that one day we WILL see each other again at the rapture or when I go home myself - whichever comes first.

As far as God's grace goes, I invite you to read this thread - some of which you may have already read - but I have added some new thoughts and evidences of God's comfort and assurance that I would love to share with you:

God's Grace In Our Trials

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Daily Devotional for Friday September 23rd/05

A series of devotionals that I found Thursday morning by Days Of Praise, on the hymn It Is Well With My Soul:

Peace Like A River

Tho Satan Should Buffet

Nailed To The Cross

Faith Turned To Sight

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Daily Devotional for Saturday September 24th/05

I am sending out all the devotionals for the weekend tonight (Thursday), as I will be at the wake on Saturday, and may not be back until Sunday or Monday.

Lori got home Wednesday morning, after spending part of the night in the hospital, clicked on her computer and turned on her Bible program. Not sure how to look for today's Morning And Evening devotional by Charles Spurgeon, she looked in Books, and found Spurgeon's Sermons - thinking that was what she wanted, she clicked on it - though she had never opened this part of the program before. The sermon that it opened to contained this phrase in the very first line and caught her attention:

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me.

If you knew how much that verse means to my sister - it is one of the main ones we memorized and cling to in trials - so she was stunned to see it. She started reading the sermon, and was given the grace, strength, and encouragement she needed for this morning. There are no accidents - just His appointments!

It turns out that she had found part two of a two-part message. Here is the first part, which brought me tremendous comfort this morning:
Faith In Perfection

Here is part two, which builds on the theme that Spurgeon began in the first message:
Perfection In Faith

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Daily Devotional for Sunday September 25th/05

"They go from strength to strength." --Psalm 84:7

They go from strength to strength. There are various renderings of these words, but all of them contain the idea of progress.

Our own good translation of the authorized version is enough for us this morning. "They go from strength to strength." That is, they grow stronger and stronger. Usually, if we are walking, we go from strength to weakness; we start fresh and in good order for our journey, but by-and-by the road is rough, and the sun is hot, we sit down by the wayside, and then again painfully pursue our weary way. But the Christian pilgrim having obtained fresh supplies of grace, is as vigorous after years of toilsome travel and struggle as when he first set out. He may not be quite so elate and buoyant, nor perhaps quite so hot and hasty in his zeal as he once was, but he is much stronger in all that constitutes real power, and travels, if more slowly, far more surely. Some gray-haired veterans have been as firm in their grasp of truth, and as zealous in diffusing it, as they were in their younger days; but, alas, it must be confessed it is often otherwise, for the love of many waxes cold and iniquity abounds, but this is their own sin and not the fault of the promise which still holds good: "The youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, and they shall walk and not faint." Fretful spirits sit down and trouble themselves about the future. "Alas!" say they, "we go from affliction to affliction." Very true, O thou of little faith, but then thou goest from strength to strength also. Thou shalt never find a bundle of affliction which has not bound up in the midst of it sufficient grace. God will give the strength of ripe manhood with the burden allotted to full-grown shoulders.

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

Did I forget to say, God is good!! And His grace is sufficient!

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

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Daily Devotional for Monday September 26th/05

Here is the eulogy we put together for our Mom. I did not have an opportunity to share it this past Saturday (at least not read it - but I did give a printed copy to all my aunts and uncles), because it was basically just a viewing of my Mom. Lord willing, I will be able to share it this coming Saturday when we have the actual funeral and memorial services. Please keep that in your prayers. There will be many people there, including many lost relatives (pray for grace for me too - I have never preached with any lost family present, or any family present for that matter).

You can read this testimony/eulogy here:
Our Mom's Victory Through Faith

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I am looking forward to being able to share the eulogy/testimony/opportunity to share the Gospel this coming Saturday. There will be a lot of people there. Praise the Lord for preparing me this past year by preaching weekly at the Gospel Mission. This crowd doesn't scare me the way that other crowd did at times. Like my pastor said, if I can preach in the hostile environment of the Mission, I could preach anywhere. I know from experience that every time I preach, if I make sure I seek the Lord steadfastly throughout the week in preparation, He ALWAYS gives me the boldness and grace I need to preach - so I am not hesitant or afraid of this opportunity, but actually excited. Though please do keep this request in your prayers. I am nothing without the prayers of God's people. (Believe me, I notice a difference in my preaching when there is more people praying! There is there more convicting of the Spirit, more power behind the message, more wisdom in presenting exactly what the Lord would have me preach, etc.) This memorial will give me an opportunity to preach/witness to all my lost relatives. I am so looking forward to this! Please pray that God does not allow Satan to do anything to hinder this time.

Again, thank you everyone for your prayers and words of encouragement. I may not be able to respond to everyone individually in emails, but we do appreciate your support at this time and do not take it for granted. God bless.

Daily Devotional for Tuesday September 27th/05

Today in an email, a friend of mine asked me if the Bible taught that we would know our loved ones in Heaven.

Will We Know Our Loved Ones In Heaven?

Yes, I do believe we will recognize our loved ones for the following Biblical reasons:

1. The Bible says that those we win to the Lord will be our crowns of rejoicing in Heaven - in other words we will be rejoicing in eternity spent together.

1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? For ye are our glory and joy.

2 Corinthians 1:14 As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2. King David said one day he would go to Heaven see his son that had died - that certainly indicates he would know him. This thought of being reunited is what removed David's grief.

2 Samuel 12:22-23 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.

3. On the mount of transfiguration, Moses and Elijah showed up to speak with Jesus and the three disciples recognized them. There is nothing in the passage to indicate that Jesus had to point out who these two were to the disciples.

Matthew 17:3-4 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with Him. Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if Thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for Thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

4. In Hebrews 11, it talks about the OT saints who conquered through faith, and said God was waiting until they were united with us before He fulfilled all the promises.

Hebrews 11:39-40 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

5. Also, think of Abraham and Lazarus - Lazarus knew who Abraham was, though Abraham had died about 2000 years before.

Luke 16:22-23 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

6. The promise of the Rapture is specifically designed to comfort believers over their departed loved ones - because they will be reunited again one day.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

7. While I do not believe the context of the following verse is referring to Heaven (but to the complete canon of Scriptures - when that which is perfect is come), I do believe we can make an application regarding it:

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Right now, as a believer, I can know the Lord "face to face" spiritually as I read His Word and see Him revealed therein, see His Word opened up to my eyes and see all the types and Old Testament prophecies explained, see how they all point to the Saviour - and then one day, when Jesus returns, I will see Him face to face physically. Until that day keep looking up!

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

1 Peter 1:6-8 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

Now we see Him not - though one day we will be face to face with Jesus - when we shall be caught up together with all our saved loved ones and meet the Lord in the air! And so shall we ever be with the Lord!

I hope this devotional was a blessing to you - as it was to me as I meditated on these various passages.

September 27th/05
Jerry Bouey

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Daily Devotional for Wednesday September 28th/05

"And the LORD shall guide thee continually." --Isaiah 58:11

"The Lord shall guide thee." Not an angel, but JEHOVAH shall guide thee. He said He would not go through the wilderness before His people, an angel should go before them to lead them in the way; but Moses said, "If Thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." Christian, God has not left you in your earthly pilgrimage to an angel's guidance: He Himself leads the van. You may not see the cloudy, fiery pillar, but Jehovah will never forsake you. Notice the word shall - "The Lord shall guide thee." How certain this makes it! How sure it is that God will not forsake us! His precious "shalls" and "wills" are better than men's oaths. "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Then observe the adverb continually. We are not merely to be guided sometimes, but we are to have a perpetual monitor; not occasionally to be left to our own understanding, and so to wander, but we are continually to hear the guiding voice of the Great Shepherd; and if we follow close at His heels, we shall not err, but be led by a right way to a city to dwell in. If you have to change your position in life; if you have to emigrate to distant shores; if it should happen that you are cast into poverty, or uplifted suddenly into a more responsible position than the one you now occupy; if you are thrown among strangers, or cast among foes, yet tremble not, for "the Lord shall guide thee continually." There are no dilemmas out of which you shall not be delivered if you live near to God, and your heart be kept warm with holy love. He goes not amiss who goes in the company of God. Like Enoch, walk with God, and you cannot mistake your road. You have infallible wisdom to direct you, immutable love to comfort you, and eternal power to defend you. "Jehovah" - mark the word - "Jehovah shall guide thee continually."

(Taken from Spurgeon's Morning And Evening devotional)

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Daily Devotional for Thursday September 29th/05

The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached - by Oliver B. Greene

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Daily Devotional for Friday September 30th/05

The Just Shall Live By Faith

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