Inspired men with a passion

The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”

The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. Continue reading

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Consider Your Ways (BibleTalk)

The prophet Haggai wrote concerning the children of Israel, “Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes” (Haggai 1:6).

The Israelites were apparently working hard but not gaining very much. What was it that prevented them from prospering according to their efforts?

Back in verse 2, the Israelites declared that even though the temple of the Lord needed repair, now was not the time to do it. They were too busy taking care of their own homes to worry about the house of the Lord. But God rebuked them for this attitude in saying, “Is it a time for you yourselves to dwell in your ceiled houses, while this house lieth waste” (1:4)?

Too often Christians today put off doing the work of the Lord because they think their family obligations cannot wait. Sometimes taking care of the church building is put off because everyone is too tired from working at their secular jobs all week. Visits cannot be made because there are chores to do around the house.

We seem to forget the words of Christ who said, “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26-27).

Taking care of our family and work obligations are very important but certainly not more important than the work that our God gives us to do. Our lives should revolve around service to God not service to home.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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Committed with no way to go back

When Cortez landed at Vera Cruz in 1519 to begin his conquest of Mexico with small force of 700 men, he purposely set fire to his fleet of 11 ships. His men on the shore watched their only means of retreat sinking to the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. With no means of retreat, there was only one direction to move, forward into the Mexican interior to meet whatever might come their way.

In paying the price for being Christ’s disciple, you too must purposefully destroy all avenues of retreat. Resolve that whatever the price for being His follower, you will have to pay it.

—Walter Henricksen

Revelation 3:20-21 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock

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Tozer on lack of Christian discipline

Mr. Tozer had the following to say about the Protestant churches of his day that he knew. May it never be said of a church of God among us.

The amount of loafing practiced by the average Christian in spiritual things would ruin a concert pianist if he allowed himself to do the same thing in the field of music. The idle puttering around that we see in church circles would end the career of a big league pitcher in one week. No scientist could solve his exacting problem if he took as little interest in it as the rank and file of Christians take in the art of being holy. The nation whose soldiers were as soft and undisciplined as the soldiers of the churches would be conquered by the first enemy that attacked it. Triumphs are not won by men in easy chairs. Success is costly. —A.W. Tozer, We Travel an Appointed Way, 26.

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A Christian hero

We reproduce, with permission, what Richard Stevens III wrote today on Facebook:

ONE OF OUR GODLY ELDERS, DON SMITH, HAD AN INFECTION SEVERAL YEARS AGO THAT ALMOST KILLED HIM. The doctors said several times that he would not live. I was there. However, by the grace of God he survived a coma, a heart attack, heart surgery, dialysis, a slight stroke, skin grafts, and the amputation of several toes. And after months of discouraging painful rehabilitation, this once independent and industrious man had to learn to hugely depend on others, mainly his wife, Joan.

In time, he learned to walk again aided by a cane and special shoes. He was told a significant amount of the pain would never go away, even in the night.

Since then, this brother faithfully attends services, teaches weekly and monthly Bible classes, preaches monthly, serves Communion, shepherds the flock, and so on, all through pain. HE IS MY CHRISTIAN HERO! (hero defined: “a person noted or admired for nobility, courage, outstanding achievements, etc.”; Oxford Dictionary).

I am thankful to have Don as an example, mentor, and leader. He exclaims with his life, “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ” (1 Co. 11:1; 4:16).

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TFT: Devotion

“If we are devoted to the cause of humanity, we shall soon be crushed and broken hearted for we often shall meet more ingratitude from men than we would from a dog; but if our motive is love for God, no ingratitude can hinder us from serving our fellow men.” Service is the rent you pay for the space you occupy in the kingdom of God.

By Oswald  Chambers

(Luke 10:27)  So he answered and said, ” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.'”

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock

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Standing On The Faithful Word!

Text: II Timothy 3:16 – 4:4  (16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

* Introduction: Standing On The Promises! It is our prayer that all will be like the Bereans, whom we read about in Acts 17. They were commended because they had a great love for the Word of God. We’re told that after hearing Paul, they went and “searched the Scriptures daily.” If we have this kind of love for the Bible, we will always be found “standing on the promises.” We can count on God, can He count on YOU?

What Kind of Foundation Do YOU Have? We build our lives on all kinds of foundations. Jesus spoke of those who build their lives on the sand, a life that has no permanent foundation. He contrasted that with one who built their lives on a solid foundation. The one who built on the sand had all kinds of problems in life. The one who built on the right foundation (Jesus) enjoyed the blessings of God. Continue reading

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