by Bible League International Verse of the Day and Devotion When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.  – Hosea 13:6 NKJV Devotion You were stuck in your personal version of Egypt,

 

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 4/25/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

When they had pasture, they were filled; They were filled and their heart was exalted; Therefore they forgot Me.  – Hosea 13:6 NKJV

Devotion

You were stuck in your personal version of Egypt, your personal version of sin and slavery. Like the ancient Israelites, you were oppressed and you were full of sorrow. It looked like you would never get out of there. Like the Israelites, however, you remembered the Lord and you cried out to Him. (Exodus 3:7) You asked Him for help and deliverance. He responded to your cry and rescued you from that horrid place. Indeed He rescued you, as far as you were concerned, in miraculous fashion. Although He didn’t have to part the Red Sea, his rescue was no less astonishing.

Then the Lord led you out into your personal version of the Wilderness. Like the Israelites, you were tried and you were tested. The Lord was preparing you for the battles you would have to fight in order to take possession of the Promised Land. (Exodus 13:17) Like the Israelites, in the Wilderness you remembered the Lord and you cried out to Him. You asked Him for the help you needed to endure the trials and to pass the tests. Although there were, as there were for the Israelites, many ups and downs to the journey, the Lord came through for you and helped you to make it.

Now you’re sitting pretty in your personal version of the Promised Land. You remembered the Lord and He helped you to conquer and take possession of it. It was hard, but you were successful. Figuratively speaking, you have what our verse for today says the Israelites had: “they had pasture, they were filled.” You have, in other words, everything you need. The only question now is whether or not you’re going to do what the Israelites did next.

What did they do next? They forgot the Lord: “They were filled and their heart was exalted.” They forgot how dependent they were on the Lord and how He helped them. They began to think they didn’t need His help. They even began to think that they gained the position they were enjoying on their own. As a result, the Lord allowed the Babylonians to conquer and deport them.

What’s the point? The point is, don’t do what they did! Don’t let the good times cause you to forget the Lord. You don’t want a personal version of Babylon in your future.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/22/2019

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crossIs. 29:16 “How stupid can you be? He is the Potter, and he is certainly greater than you. You are only the jars he makes! Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, “He didn’t make us”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”?

Let us think about this for a moment. How often do we question God? How often do we come up against things in our lives that we simply do not like and do not think is good in any way and then accuse God of not loving us? Do we blame God for what goes wrong with us? It happens, doesn’t it? How should we think about God when we don’t like what is happening?

We need to get to know God well enough to know who He is so we don’t turn on Him when things go bad. We need to know that God’s nature never changes. He is always good; He always does what is right. God is incapable of acting towards us in evil ways. He is holy love and always works for our good. He allows things to happen in our lives for our good. He desires that we grow through the tough times so our faith is made stronger. He knows what we need to experience so that we will become more holy and learn to trust Him more.

Instead of seeing things as bad, we need to see them as good. Circumstances do not define who God is. They do not reflect His love for us. He is in control of the lives of those who are committed to Him. He in His wisdom knows how to best help us become a holy people. Instead of complaining about our difficulties, we should see them as a good and necessary part of our lives. We should thank the Lord in the midst of our struggles for His goodness to us. We should get our eyes off of our problems and focus on the goodness and holiness of God.

It is foolishness to turn against God when things don’t go our way. He never promises that things will always be what we want them to be like. He never promises us an easy road to heaven. We need to grow up and deal with life positively and not negatively. All that blaming God does for us to push us away from God. Wise is he who draws near to God regardless of the circumstances that surround us. Wise is he who turns to God and seeks God’s help to overcome. Wise is he who knows how to praise the Lord in all things.

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Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Books of the Week 4/19/2019

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Books of the Week for Your Consideration

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Luke: Daily Devotionals Volume 20 Be the Hands and Feet Gospel Speech Illustrated What Are the Results of the Establishment of Secular Humanism? The Love Dare Write for the King of Glory

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Verse of the Day and Devotion 4/18/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body.  – Romans 12:4-5 NLT

Devotion

In our verse for today, “Christ’s body” is used by the Apostle Paul as a metaphor for the church. We know this because he clearly identifies the two terms in a number of places. (e.g., Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:24) The word “church” is a translation of the Greek word “ecclesia,” which means “called out assembly of people.” In other words, the church, the body of Christ, is an assembly of people that have been called out of something.

From what have they been called out? The Apostle Peter says they have been called out of darkness and into the light of Christ. (I Peter 2:9) Similarly, Paul says they have been called out of the kingdom of darkness and into the Kingdom of Christ. (Colossians 1:13) The members of the church, one might say, have been called out of the wicked way of life governed by Satan and into the righteous way of life governed by Jesus Christ.

How extensive is Satan’s dark reign from which the church has been called? Satan’s darkness has affected every area of life. There is no area of life that has not been twisted and perverted to one degree or another by Satan’s evil influence.

How extensive, then, is Christ’s reign of light to which the church has been called? The light of Christ has an effect on every area of life as well. There is no area of life that is not being restored and renewed to one degree or another by Jesus Christ’s reign of light.

In this transition from dark to light, therefore, the church has a role to play in every area of life. Each member of the church has a special function, or several functions, to help with the transition. These special functions are not limited to the religious professions. The church is more than just a religious institution. Since Jesus Christ’s Kingdom of Light affects every area of life, he has need of members in every area. In marriage, family, school, university, media, business, politics, government, etc., he needs members with the special functions necessary to banish the darkness and introduce the light.

Wherever you see light, no matter what area of life, there the church, Christ’s body, is at work.

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