APRIL 13, 2021 – The Choice Is Yours

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The Choice Is Yours

APRIL 13, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Joshua 7:21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    We have two choices in life, right and wrong. What are we to do? Our logic tells us we should do what is right. It just makes good sense. If we do what is right there will be fewer problems, no guilt, no hiding, etc. Yet why is it in life we often find ourselves doing exactly the opposite?

    It is because we must contend with the same sins Achan dealt with. These are the sins of PRIDE and LUST. We find our desire to make ME happy often outweighs the desire to do what is right. Achan heard what was right and knew the judgment to be passed out if he disobeyed. He knew it was not right to take the items he took. Nevertheless, he did it anyway. Thinking somehow, God might not see him, or possibly, that God really would not care if he took just a little for himself. Our pride often tells us we deserve more than God has given us. The lust of the heart stirs the desire to want more and more. The two combined help us forget God’s desires for our life. Selfish ambitions cause us to ignore what His Word has said. God sees everything we do, and He cares very much when we disobey.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    In Prov. 3:5 it says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” If you keep reading the book of Joshua, you will find that God would have given Achan so much more if he had just been willing to wait on God’s timing. It has been proven that if we will be patient, God will take good care of us.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 13, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Joshua 5-7     /     Psalm 89:1-18     /     Proverbs 13     /     Acts 17

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 21-22            /    Luke 9:27-62

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APRIL 12, 2021 – “Do As I Say, Not As I Do!”

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“Do As I Say, Not As I Do!”  

APRIL 12, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Philippians 4:9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  “Do as I say, not as I do!” Have you ever heard those words? Many people today who work in factories and the businesses of this world have. If those exact words were not said, they are sure implied by what is seen and lived out.

  As parents, we are sometimes guilty of giving our children the same misguided ideas of what is to be understood as right and wrong. We tell our children “You will do so because I said so. It does not matter what I do, you do as I say.”

  The truth is it does matter what we do. In fact, it matters a great deal. People will do what they see being done by others much quicker than simply doing what they are told to do. In our verse, Paul says those things which I have taught you, which you understood, or you heard me saying and saw me doing; those are the things you should do. He was simply saying, “Watch me, listen to me, follow me, copy me; I’ll be your example of a Christian.”    

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Can you tell people to watch you and you will show them what it means to be a Christian? Follow me and I will show you where you should and should not go. Listen to me and you will hear what Christians should sound like. Let me share a little secret with you today. It really does not matter if you tell people to watch you or not. When they heard you were a Christian, they began to watch. Where might you be leading them?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 12, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Joshua 1-4     /     Psalm 88     /     Proverbs 12     /     Philippians 1-4

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 18-20           /  Luke 9:1-26

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Hebrews 2:12

April 10 & 11, 2021 – What A Friend

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What A Friend 

APRIL 10 & 11, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 86:7  In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Some people say they do not need friends. They have the “I can do it on my own” attitude. Well, either these people are a lot stronger than I am, or they are putting on a front. I could not imagine living life every day with no friends. Friends are there to comfort me in times of sorrow. They encourage me when I get depressed. They are the ones I run to when I have a funny story to tell. They are the ones who I tell my greatest accomplishments to and share my deepest cares with. These are my Friends and I thank God for them.

    However, sometimes in the dark of the night, when you do not wish to wake a friend, there is my closest friend who is always there. Not only does He walk with me through the joys of my life, but also in my deepest trouble. I can call on God twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, and twelve months a year, all of my life. Better yet, not only does He listen to my heart, but He also calms my soul. He is a good enough friend to tell me when I am about to make a mistake in life and encourages me with His Holy Spirit when I do what is best. What better friend could a person have?

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    A hymn we sing in church comes to mind. “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and grief to bear…” What a friend indeed.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 10, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 33, 34     /     Psalm 86-87     /     Proverbs 10-11     /      Acts 16 

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 15-17           /    Luke 8:40-56

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 11, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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                               … and the Word of God into people.”

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Founder and Executive Director
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APRIL 09, 2021 – Can’t Get The Tune Out Of My Head

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Can’t Get The Tune Out Of My Head  

APRIL 09, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Deuteronomy 31:21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are befallen them, that this song shall testify against them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they go about, even now, before I have brought them into the land which I sware.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    All too often, you will hear someone say, “It is only music” or “what harm might that do, it is just a song?” For some reason people do not believe music makes a big impact on our lives or on what we think or do. Today we hear many “so called” musicians who sing of killing, suicide, drugs, immoral relationships, and the list goes on and on. Do you really think this will have no effect on the way we might think if this evil message in song is played over and over again? Moreover, it is not just Rap, Rock, or Pop music. All forms of music have jumped on the sing about sin bandwagon. It is not just the latest and so called greatest. It has been going on for a while. Still people think, “Well what can this hurt, it is just a song, right?”

    Well, it does not matter what you or I think. What matters most is how does God look at the role of music in our life? By looking at just one verse, we see God knew back in Moses time, (and I am sure before) music affects the thinking and memories of the Children of Israel. God did not ask Moses to write another book, paint a picture, or build a monument. A book might not be read, a picture can only be in one place, and a monument never leaves it location. However, a song, people hear it, remember it, and take it with them in their hearts forever.   

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  Still think music never affects you. Then what do you think of when you read this? “JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW…” Yes, we learned that favorite chorus as a child. Read it again, “JESUS LOVES ME THIS I KNOW…” Now, that will be stuck in your head for a while. You see, music and lyrics make a big difference in our lives. What are you going to feed your heart today?

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 09, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 31, 32     /     Psalm 85     /     Proverbs 9     /     Galatians 5, 6

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 12-14           /  Luke 8:1-39

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APRIL 08, 2021 – DO WE REALLY HAVE TIME TO SERVE?

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DO WE REALLY HAVE TIME TO SERVE?

APRIL 08, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Galatians 3:3  Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    Work, work, work. That seems like all we ever do. Always so busy. Our place of employment wants more of our time than ever before. They want us to be dedicated to them first and anything else second. Our spouse wants and deserves our time as well. However, we seem to have very little left after all that work. Then there is the church. It tells us we need to be serving God by serving in His church. We know that is true, but how can all this be true when there are only so many hours in the day?

    We somehow get the idea that in order to please God we need to be busy all the time. The truth is all the things we do with our lives may glorify God if done for Him. Our place of employment is our mission field where we share with our friends our life in Christ. Our home is our place of encouragement and love. God gave us this for our benefit. Working for the Lord is not something you do only in church. It is a life you live and bring with you to church. Sometimes it seems as though we forget that all we have in salvation is free. We cannot earn it or repay God for it. The gifts and talents given to you by God are to be used as one of the forms of your expression of worship in the Lords House.   

 

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Thank God today for allowing you to serve Him with ALL your life in ALL you do. We were saved by faith in Him. Let us also live by faith in Him.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 08, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 29, 30     /     Psalm 84     /     Proverbs 8     /     Galatians 3, 4

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Joshua 10-11         /    Luke 7:36-50

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Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 07, 2021 – “The Apple Of The Eye!”

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“The Apple Of The Eye!”

APRIL 07, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 7:2 Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    “The Apple of the Eye!” What does that really mean? Well, I went out on the Internet and asked that question and here is what I received back from GoEnglish.com.

    The apple of your eye is that person (or thing) that you care for the most. Example: “He sure does love his little girl.” Reply: “She’s the apple of his eye.” Example: “You got me the bracelet I wanted!” Reply: “Yes, I knew it was the apple of your eye.”

The original meaning of the apple of your eye is the pupil, or the round black spot in the middle of the eye. It is as if that person’s reflection can be seen in the pupil (“apple”) of your eye. Example: “Everyone knew they would get married someday. She was always the apple of his eye.”

It makes you feel good to look at the person who is the apple of your eye. From a famous love song: “You are the apple of my eye. That’s why I’ll always be with you.”

  Using these definitions, is God’s Word, “the apple of thine eye?” Is it, “What you care for most?” Is your life a reflection of God’s Word? Do you feel good looking into Gods Word? God wants His Word to be the Apple of our Eye.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    Today as you read through the verses on the pages of the Holy Bible remember, God is speaking through that page to your heart. He, more than anything, wants to be the “Apple of Thine Eye.”

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 07, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 28     /     Psalm 83     /     Proverbs 7     /     Galatians 1, 2

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Joshua 7-9           /    Luke 7:1-35

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 06, 2021 – What Might Be Your Score?

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What Might Be Your Score?

APRIL 06, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 82:8 Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    It seems the whole world is unhappy with the idea of people judging people. When I was growing up there use to be winners and losers in games. Now instead, because we do not want to damage someone’s self-esteem, there are those who come in first and the runners-up. Just who in the world do we think we are kidding? Any child or adult knows if they are watching boxing, and they see one person unconscious on the mat, no one thinks he is the runner-up.

    We are always being judged whether we like it or not. Our children and grandchildren make judgments on how to live their lives by what they see their parents and grandparents do. Our co-workers are judging whether they can trust us or not by how we conduct our lives. Our friends are judging us to see if what we say and what we do line up. Our spouse is judging us to see what kind of mood we are in today. We are always being judged.

    However, I think we often forget that there is one who is always judging. He judges the good and the bad. He will ultimately judge the saved and the unsaved. The saved He judges as an Olympic judge would, issuing a reward at the end of their competition. The unsaved he judges for their sin of rejecting Jesus Christ for their salvation. He will be the final judge. He is always a fair judge. Not accepting some and rejecting others because of anything except, have they accepted Jesus as Lord and Saviour and let His blood wash away their sin.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    God is judging us all. If He were to hold up a card like they do for Olympic Skaters, and on the card your Christian walk was rated from a 1 – 10, what number do you think God would be holding up for you today? You control that number; He is simply judging what He sees in your heart and in your life.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 06, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 26, 27     /     Psalm 82     /     Proverbs 6     /     Acts 15

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Joshua 4-6            /    Luke 6:20-49

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 05, 2021 – What Chains Hold Us?

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What Chains Hold Us? 

APRIL 05, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Deuteronomy 24:22 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

  In America, we too often take our freedom for granted. We wake up every morning and believe we are free. Free to go where we want to go, do what we want to do, and as our parents told us when we were young, we could grow up to be anything we want to be. Freedom. What a wonderful liberty, which we treat so lightly. Men and women have died to gain and keep our freedom. Yet there are those who walk around us every day who truly are not free.

  The chains of drug addictions bind some. What may have seemed like such a small thing years ago now controls their life. Some are held captive by alcohol. Every day is another day to see how long they can go before they feel an uncontrollable need for that first drink. Others are enslaved by tobacco, pornography, gambling, etc. They say it is not a problem, but they cannot seem to live without it. The chains are whatever it may be that has more control of our life than we do. Are we free?

  In our verse today, Jesus was reminding the Israelites that they too were bound at one time, and not to ever forget it. It is so easy to look at someone else who is bound and forget where we ourselves have come from. We too were bound by sin. Sin was taking us off to hell and we were content to go there. Until one day, someone shared with us the glorious truth of God’s Word. The Holy Spirit shined a light in our life and there and then, we saw our need for a Saviour. Only through Jesus can any of us ever be really set free.    

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

  As we see others struggling to be free in the sea of life, let’s not toss them an anchor of ridicule, pity, or shame. We once were, and maybe in another way, still are held by some things. We must reach out a hand to help them into the lifeboat of God’s love and mercy. We must remember where we came from and where Jesus found us. Once they get in the boat with us, maybe they can help us with our chains too.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 05, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 23-25     /     Psalm 81     /     Proverbs 5     /     James

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Joshua 1-3           /  Luke 6:1-19

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

April 3 & 4, 2021 – Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven

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Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven 

APRIL 3 & 4, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Proverbs 3:1-2My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” That was to be a line written in a chorus sung years ago. However, the sentiment seems to be the truth for most people today. There is a story of a Sunday School teacher who asked a student, “Do you want to go to heaven?” The student said, “Yes.” She said, “Go stand over there.” Then she asked another, “Do you want to go to heaven?” They also said, “Yes.” She instructed them also to stand over by the other class member. Then she asked a third student the same question, but the student said, “NO.” The teacher, amazed said, “You mean to tell me that when you die you don’t want to go to heaven?” The young lad replied, “oh yes, when I die I do, I thought you were getting a group together to go right now.”

    Everybody wants to go to heaven. I have never ever spoken to anybody about someone who just passed away and heard him or her say, “I sure hope they went to Hell.” Why? Because nobody, I do not care what they say when they are alive, nobody really ever wants to go to hell. Everybody wants to go to heaven. At the same time, we all want to find the fountain of youth. This way we can live here forever.

    Well, I personally cannot promise you length of days and quality of life. However, in today’s verse, I believe the Word of God gives us an example of how God does exactly that. It says we need to stay in His Word, and obey the precepts in it, and then God says he will lengthen our days and make them as enjoyable as earthly possible.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    How can this be? Well, can you imagine any better way to spend your life, than in obedience to the one who holds the days of your life in the palm of His hand? What a peace of mind. What a joy filled life in communion with the creator and sustainer of life. If anyone can promise you more days, it is He who holds our days in His hands.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 3, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 20-22     /     Psalm 79-80     /    Proverbs 3-4     /     Acts 14

THROUGH THE BIBLE OLD & NEW TESTAMENT DAILY
Deuteronomy 32–34          /    Luke 5:27-39

 

WHAT TO DO ON SUNDAY:

There will not be a Daily Devotion sent out on Sundays. Instead we encourage you to attend your church and listen intently to what God has prepared in the heart of your Pastor. Write down all the scriptures he uses in that message, then when you get home re-read those passages for today’s reading. God has given to your Pastor exactly what He desires for you on that day.  

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 4, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
NO READINGS ON SUNDAY

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

APRIL 02, 2021 – Just Like Dirty Children

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Just Like Dirty Children

APRIL 02, 2021

KEY FROM GOD’S WORD:

Psalm 78:72 So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart; and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

THOUGHT ON GOD’S WORD:

    It is a beautiful day out, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, and what a great time to take the children to the park. When arriving you tell them all the rules like, do not talk to strangers, do not run off where I cannot see you, try not to get too dirty, etc. After a moment, you find yourself sort of lost in the freshness of spring and the beauty of it all. When it dawns on you, where are the children? You get up; look around, but you cannot see them. You walk around a bit and, oh thank heavens there they are. To whom are they talking? As you get closer, you can see that they are all filthy dirty, and carrying on a conversation with a kindly older gentleman. When you excuse yourself and walk away with the children, you realize, they have broken every single rule you gave them on that day.

  What should you do? I know, just leave them there to starve and never teach them another thing. They have disobeyed and so you no longer want them around ever. Right? Of course not. Why, because you had a part in bringing them into this world and you love them. Even when they have not obeyed exactly what you asked, you still love them. Therefore, you take them home, clean them up, make them dinner, and try to explain one more time why it is important to obey the things you have told them. There may be a punishment; however, you real goal in life is to try to guide them skillfully away from dangers and into a life of peace and safety.

    You have just read a story that explains the heart of God toward us. We do not always obey, even though we know we should. We do not always stay clean, although we know He has asked us too. We cannot get out of His sight, but we can get out of His will. Nevertheless, if you are His child, He loves you. He will guide and help you and do it by His integrity and skillfulness.

CARRYING THAT THOUGHT THROUGH THE DAY:

    In Hebrews 13:5, it is said of God; “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” What a great promise to his wayward children. He says to you and to me today, come home. Let’s get cleaned up. I love you.

GOD TALKING TO ME:  APRIL 02, 2021

THROUGH THE BIBLE ACCELERATED READING  (O.T.-1/N.T. & PS.-2/Prov.-Monthly)
Deuteronomy 17-19     /     Psalm 78:56-72     /     Proverbs 2     /     Acts 13

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Founder and Executive Director
Hebrews 2:12

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