Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/21/2021

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Verse of the Day

October 21, 2021

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Enjoy serving the Lord, and He will give you whatever you ask for. Depend on the Lord. Trust in him and he will help you. – Psalm 37:4-5 ERV

Devotion

Trust, enjoy, and depend. As another translation states: trust, delight, and commit. Three actions of the heart and mind that serve the believer well in trying and tumultuous times.

As I sit in prayer and sharing of this devotion from my home in Orange County, California, we are under state “stay at home orders” (again) as Los Angeles County. The state has become the epicenter of Covid-19. Hospitals are full. There are no ICU beds. Ambulances have waited up to six hours for admission. At least one patient died while waiting in an ambulance. Tents are being set up in parking lots. Hospital employees are overworked and understaffed. Talk of rationing care is more and more. Young children are being orphaned, losing both parents to the disease.

Each day brings news of someone you know with COVID-19. Symptoms can range from nothing to mild to excruciating and, occasionally, comes the news of the death of a friend or acquaintance. On top of all that, there are the stresses of economic chaos and polarizing politics.

And yet, God is good. He is still on the throne. He sees it all. He is in control. In our verse for today, David reminds us that evildoers should not upset us. We must remember their day with the Lord will come, their evil will be exposed, and their end will come. Rather than being upset we are to trust in the Lord.

In John 16, Jesus speaks to the disciples of His pending ascension and concludes saying in 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” These are such words of comfort and strength to live by. All trouble, trials, and tribulations in the world are turned to joy because the believer has the result. Jesus has conquered sin and death to give us victory over the world. We trust in what God has already done for us. So, trust and continue to do well as unto the Lord, not hiding away, and the promise is the Lord will take care of you.

In such trust, we are also to enjoy and delight in doing good. We should continue and constantly fight the good fight of faith, enjoying it all in the promise of victory. Attitudes of defeat, self-loathing, and self-pity will never bring us into a place of peace and rest in our relationship with God. But with attitudes of joy as we serve, we will get answers to prayers and praises for the life of grace and mercy we have.

Finally, we are exhorted to depend on the Lord. The idea is committing our ways to the Lord. It’s not about us, our abilities, our wants, our desires, our rights, or our happiness. It’s about surrendering and sacrificing to the Lord’s way for our lives. It is much better to give God control of our lives and paths of life. Such is the way of “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

Beloved friends, whatever your circumstance, in whatever part of the world you reside, don’t be upset or angry. Rather trust in Him and His ways. Enjoy the ride serving God and doing well, and depend on Him to lead the way and direct your path.

May the Lord immerse you in much peace and rest as we wait up Him.

By Pastor David Massie, Bible League International Staff, California, U.S.

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Book Spotlight: Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Journey Through the Bible 1) 10/19/2021

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

(Journey Through the Bible 1)

by Russell Sherrard

 

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

 

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.

The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.

Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 10/18/2021

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CrossMatt. 9:36-38 He felt great pity for the crowds who came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”

The Lord has a heart for people in need. He cares about our problems. He cares that we often can’t solve them on our own. He cares that we often wander around grasping for answers and often live without help or hope. The Lord loves us and His heart goes out to us. He has great pity for us.

The Lord calls us to likewise have a heart for one another. We need to see those around us who are in need. We need to likewise pity those who have no hope or help. We need to love others enough to pray on their behalf. We must realize how great the need is all around us. We must ask the Lord to send people to those in need who can help them and when He leads, we need to be willing to be the feet to our prayers.

There is ample amount of people in need all around us. There is far more work to do than there are workers to do it. No matter how much good we are able to do, we will never be able to do enough. Pray for the Lord to raise up more workers. Pray that He will send people to those in need who can help them. Pray that the Lord will help us to not have sinful thoughts towards other workers in the harvest field.

Sadly, we find ourselves often squabbling amongst ourselves and finding fault with one another while those around us wander around in darkness without a Shepherd. We become jealous and judgmental of co-laborers instead of partners with them in the Gospel. We insist that they enter into our comfort zone before we will work alongside of them.

May the Lord forgive us for our sinful ways. May He unite us together at the foot of the cross and send us out together into the harvest field to reach whomever we can for their souls’ sake. May He keep us from being more of a hindrance than a help to reach the world we live for the Gospel.

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Jim Hughes

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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Christian Books of the Week: Devotionals 10/15/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/14/2021

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October 14, 2021

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“Write down the revelation and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it. For the revelation awaits an appointed time; it speaks of the end and will not prove false. Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay.” – Habakkuk 2:2-3 NIV
 

Devotion

Jesus said, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4). We need revelation. Our very lives depend upon it. We need it to give us the proper perspective on life and to set the proper course for our lives. We need the lamp of God’s revelatory Word shining light on our pathway through life (Psalm 119:105).

Habakkuk received a revelation from God. In his case, it was a prophetic revelation of things to come. The revelation he was given is instructive because part of it, our verses for today, shows us how we should relate to any of the prophetic revelations of the Bible. There are three things that we should keep in mind.

First, prophetic revelation is valuable. It is worth writing down and remembering. It is something that a herald should proclaim from the housetops like any other revelation of God. In so far as all of us are heralds we should proclaim prophetic truth. For example, “Jesus is coming again!” “The dead shall be raised!” “God will dwell with his people!” and so on.

Second, prophetic revelation speaks truth about an appointed time in the future. Although we cannot see it yet to check it out, it will not prove false. After all, it is revelation from God and if God declares that something will happen, it will happen (Isaiah 55:11). And like all revelation, God’s prophetic word gives us the proper perspective on life and helps us set the proper course for our lives.

Finally, although the fulfilment of prophetic revelation may linger, although it may take longer than we expected, it will surely come at the appointed time and will not be late. We should patiently wait for it and reorder and redirect our present lives according to what it reveals.

God has revealed the main lines of the future for us in the Bible. Let us have faith in God’s prophetic Word and live our lives in the light of it.

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Book Spotlight: Ten Questions With…: A Collection of Candid and Insightful Interviews With Over 40 Christian Independent Authors 10/12/2021

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Ten Questions With…: A Collection of Candid and Insightful Interviews With Over 40 Christian Independent Authors

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Ten Questions With ...

Ten Questions With…

This eBook is a collection of candid and insightful interviews with over 40 christian independent authors.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 10/11/2021

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CrossMatt. 7:21 “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as “Lord,” but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

There is a difference between good people and godly people, between religious people and godly people. It’s fairly easy to be who we really are not. We can act the part but be far from it. What separates the godly from the ungodly is the relationship they have with Christ. Godly people are those who have given Christ their hearts and strive to live holy lives. They are a people who are changed from the inside out and not just on the outside.

People who consider themselves to be religious and good often call Jesus Lord, but they will not make it to heaven. We can do a lot of things in Jesus’ name and live to think about it in hell. When Jesus is Lord, we obey God. There is a constant effort to do what pleases God. A godly person knows what God expects them to do and strive to do it. Faith is real when actions back up one’s words.

We need to take a careful look in the mirror and consider whether or not we are living in obedience to God’s commands. We cannot pick and choose which ones we want to do. Partial obedience is really not obedience at all. A godly soul does not have divided loyalties. He gives the Lord all of his heart, mind and soul.

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Jim Hughes

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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Christian Books of the Week – Devotionals 10/8/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 10/7/2021

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Verse of the Day

October 7, 2021

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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:2 NIV

Devotion

I remember that Friday well. The clouds hung low, blocking the horizon, and limiting visibility to only a few hundred yards. The minutes dragged on. The effect on my mood was noticeable. But then, as afternoon approached, the clouds began to break, and I saw it: beautiful Pikes Peak, the most recognizable landmark of my city, flanked on each side by the mountain range. A smile broke over my face. I considered that even our physical perspective our literal line of sight can affect our spiritual vision. And I was reminded of the psalmist singing, “I lift up my eyes to the mountains” (Psalm 121:1) Sometimes we simply need to lift our eyes a bit higher!

This song expresses assurance and hope in God’s protection. He not only made the hills but heaven and earth as well. We should never trust a lesser power than God Himself. The psalmist pondered where his help came from, maybe because the hilltops around Israel were dotted with altars to pagan gods and often contained robbers. Or it could have been because the psalmist looked up beyond the hills to Mount Zion where the temple stood and remembered that the Maker of heaven and earth was his covenant God.

Either way, to worship we must look up. We have to lift our eyes higher than our circumstances, higher than our troubles and trials, higher than the empty promises of the false gods of our day. Not only is God all-powerful, but He watches over us. Nothing diverts or deters Him. We are safe. We never outgrow our need for God’s untiring watch over our lives. Then we can see the Creator and Redeemer, the One who calls us by name. Even during this pandemic, He’s the One who will “watch over your coming and going” today and forevermore.

By Patience Kasweka, Bible League International staff, Zambia

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Book Spotlight: Words of Jesus Bible World English Version 10/5/2021

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Words of Jesus Bible

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Words of Jesus Bible WEV

Words of Jesus Bible World English Version

Words of Jesus Bible – World English Version. This Bible is NOT a complete Bible, it just contains the words of Jesus. Therefore, it does not contain any of the Old Testament. If you look at any Bible that has “a red letter edition” you will have a “Words of Jesus Bible”. Since the Kindle is in black, white, and shades of gray, you cannot easily tell what the Words of Jesus are. This edition puts the words of Jesus in Red. On the Kindle they appear a lighter grey than the rest of the text. Of course, on the Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac or the Kindle Fire these words appear in red. To try and keep the context the entire verse which Jesus speaks is included.

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