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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/1/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 49:16a “See, I have written your name on my hand”

What an awesome sentence to latch onto! Think about it for a few moments. Hold your hand up so you can see it with the palm facing towards you. If you have a pen or pencil handy, write your name on your palm. Now imagine that the ink you used was a permanent marker that could not be erased. There your name is for you to see every time you look at your hand. The Lord has written your name on His hand, not with ink, but with the blood of Christ at Calvary.

You are always on the Lord’s mind. You are never forgotten. You are always known by God. Not only does He know your name, He knows your heart. He has you in the palm of His hand to always protect you. He never lets you out of His sight. He holds you close so that He is always available to minister to your needs. He wants you to always know that He will never leave you or forsake you wherever you may go. He will never wander away and leave you behind. He will never let you get outside the reaches of His hand. He has you close to His heart at all times to love and cherish you.

The Lord has written YOUR name on His hand. He will cover you up when Satan tries to attack you so you won’t get hurt. He will always have His hand under you so that you won’t fall out of His sight. He looks upon you with His loving heart and always breathes into you afresh the breath of life.

Your name has special meaning to Him. He made you special and unique. You were put together with love and tender care. He has never stopped looking at you with love. Life may have been very hard on you, but He loves you. You may have done some very bad and stupid things, but He looks at you with tender love. You may see yourself as unworthy and even worthless, but He sees you as worth dying for. He holds in His hand all who have been washed in the shed blood of Christ at Calvary. He clothes us in His righteousness and sees our sins no more. We are not who we were; we are now His precious children who have been made into a new creation for His glory and honor.

Your name is written on His hand with the precious blood of Jesus. You will never be out of His mind or His heart. The Lord always is watchful over you and will hold you close until the day you arrive home to be with Him forever. Praise His holy name!

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

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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Books of the Week 6/28/2019

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Books of the Week for Your Consideration

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/27/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

With this news, strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees. Say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.”  – Isaiah 35:3-4 NLT

Devotion

This isn’t going to last forever. Right now, it may seem that way, but it’s not going to be that way much longer. Why not? It’s because an important shift has happened. In heaven above a shift has taken place that will eventually manifest itself on earth below. The days of denial and frustration are coming to a close. The days of lack and emptiness are coming to a close as well. Isaiah says, “Even the wilderness and desert will be glad in those days. The wasteland will rejoice and blossom with spring crocuses.” (Isaiah 35:1) Moreover, nothing can stop it from manifesting.

Indeed, can’t you see that it’s almost here? Can’t you see that it’s right around the corner? Is there something wrong with your eyes? Isaiah quotes the Lord God Himself on this point: ‘”For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.”‘ (Isaiah 43:19) The new thing the Lord is doing is better than what He did in the past. It’s so good that it will even make people forget about all the good things He did before. (Isaiah 43:18)

If you can see it coming, if your eyes are good enough to see it coming, then there’s something you need to do. You need to do what our verse for today says you need to do. You need to spread the good news. You need to “strengthen those who have tired hands, and encourage those who have weak knees.” Don’t leave the fearful wallowing in their fear. Say to them, “Be strong and do not fear, for your God is coming to destroy your enemies. He is coming to save you.” Instead of joining them in their fear and unbelief, strengthen them and lift them up.

After all, that’s what people do who have the faith to see. They don’t keep the good news to themselves. They spread it around. They spread it around to those that need it every bit as much as they do.

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Book Spotlight: Matthew: Jesus the Fulfillment of the Old Testament (Journey Through the Bible Book 2) $2.99 Kindle Version 6/25/2019

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Matthew: Jesus: The Fulfilment of the Old Testament

Matthew: Jesus: The Fulfillment to the Old Testament

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Matthew in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). The Book of Matthew presents Jesus Christ as the fulfillment of all the prophecies in the Old Testament. Matthew: Jesus the Fulfillment of the Old Testament is the second book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/24/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 45:18 For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.”

The world tries very hard to get us to believe that God did not create what is, that it all somehow evolved and came into being by accident. But, God did create it all. In order to not believe in God as the Creator of all things one must deny that the Biblical record is true. The proofs of God creating all that is is self-evident for those who have eyes to see them. Not only did He create all things, God put everything in its place and told them to stay there. Nothing is out of order in creation. Everything can be counted on to be exactly where it’s supposed to be; in fact, our very existence depends on it.

Man is constantly trying to find other places in the universe that can sustain life as we know it, but to no avail. God made the world we live in to be inhabitable. Everything that makes up our world runs smoothly because God designed it and set it in motion. Life is sustainable on earth because every part of it is interdependable. There is nothing on earth that is not important for the sustainability of life. We don’t know how everything perfectly fits together, but God does. The more we discover about the mechanisms of life, the more in awe we become of what God has done.

The darkened soul fails to see and appreciate the hand of God in creation and life. He is not capable of putting God into the mix and worshipping Him. Instead, because nothing makes sense to him, he does his best to deny the very God who created him. Sin prevents God from shining in. Many set out to prove that God is not and life has no purpose other than the moments we are in. Without the Lord, there is no hope of understanding the world we live in and our place in the universe. All understanding of God begins at Calvary.

Jesus removes the darkness of the soul that sin causes. He opens up the eyes so that we can see God. In Christ we are able to grasp that God is and there is none beside Him. In Christ, God becomes real and personal. We discover that God is more than an explanation for life, He is life itself. God becomes one whom we can have a relationship with and not just an entity that exists apart from human experience. In Christ everything comes together and begins to make perfect sense. We discover that it is okay to not have a reasonable explanation for everything, that what we don’t get we can accept as truth by faith because God is and has declared it to be so.

If you don’t know that God is and that He is yours, there may never be another chance for you to get to know Him than right now. By faith, reach out to Him and He will take your hand. Admit your sins, accept responsibility for them, confess them, ask the Lord to forgive you, and He will. You can know God is from personal experience right now. Don’t put it off. You may never be given another opportunity to do so.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

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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Books of the Week 6/21/2019

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Books of the Week for Your Consideration

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/20/19

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  – II Timothy 2:21 NLT

Devotion

According to the Apostle Paul’s imagery, people can be compared to household utensils, of which there are two basic kinds: “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.” (II Timothy 2:20) In the verse that follows, our verse for today, Paul exhorts Timothy to be one of the special utensils that’s fit for honorable use, that’s fit for every good work the Master, Jesus Christ, has for him.

Since keeping oneself pure is key for being a special utensil, how does one do it?

The first thing that needs to be said about this is that the Apostle Paul is not advising Timothy, and all the rest of us by extension, to somehow achieve purity in the power of our own strength and effort. Understanding his advice in that way, in point of fact, goes against the central teaching of his whole life and ministry-that we are saved by grace through faith, not works. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Instead, Paul means to say that Timothy, and all the rest of us, should “be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus.” (II Timothy 2:1)

The second thing that needs to be said about this is that by “purity” Paul has at least two things in mind. More specifically, “purity” refers to keeping clear of people like Hymenaeus and Philetus, who taught false doctrines and led many people astray. (II Timothy 2:17-18) More generally, “purity” refers to keeping clear of anything evil, because “All who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” (II Timothy 2:19)

To sum it up: If, by the strength of God’s grace through Christ, we believe and teach the right things and live the right way, then we will be special utensils that are clean and pure. We will have put ourselves in a position to be used by the Master for good and honorable work in the areas of His Kingdom where He wants us to serve.

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Book Spotlight Numbers The Census of the People The Story of the Wanderings in the Wilderness Journey (Journey Through the Bible Book 5) $2.99 Kindle Version 6/18/19

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Numbers: The Census of the People

Numbers: The Census of the People

Numbers is the fourth book of the Pentateuch. It is named for the numbering of the people of Israel. However, it was known to the Jewish people as “In the Wilderness”, because it primarily tells of the forty years of wandering in the wilderness before entering the promised land. After the exodus from Egypt, the Israelites rebelled against God. Because of this rebellion, only two men of all the adults who left Egypt were to enter into the promised land of Canaan.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/17/19

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crossIs. 40:31. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

This verse is cherished by many of us. The promise is that God’s favor will be upon those who wait on him. He will be with them and overwhelm them with freedom and strength in Him. The thought I want to dwell on for a few moments is the waiting. What does that mean for us today? A few things come to my mind.

When we wait before the Lord we don’t get ahead of Him. We don’t strike out on our own and wait for Him to catch up to us. We let Him do the leading. It’s like the Israelites of old as they wandered in the wilderness. They stayed in their camp until the Lord moved. Whenever He lifted His presence from the Tabernacle, they broke camp and followed Him. If He didn’t lead them anywhere different, they stayed put and occupied where they were at. We sometimes get anxious about things and start moving on our own. We need to learn to wait. Sometimes we get too confident of ourselves and start moving without God’s direction. We need to learn to wait.

When we wait on the Lord we spend time in fellowship with Him. We seek Him out just to be with Him. We linger in His presence just to enjoy Him. We spend time in the Word looking for Him. We spend time in prayer expecting to visit with Him.

When we wait, we make the Lord a priority in our lives. We value our time with Him and understand that our time with Him takes priority over everything else. We don’t rush our time or try to fit Him into our busy schedule. We understand that everything else must fit around our time with Him and if that means some things have to be set aside and perhaps not get done, so be it.

When we wait before the Lord, we linger until we know that our need for Him has been met. We linger as we bring to Him all the burdens of our heart. We linger until we have peace that all is well with our soul and our burdens are lifted. We linger with thanksgiving on our hearts for Him and all that we are so richly blessed with. We linger that we might praise Him, for He is worthy of all our praise. We understand that there is no greater need that we have than to wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord means that our hearts are in an attitude of worship while living in Him. Wait on the Lord and He WILL renew your strength.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

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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Books of the Week 6/14/2019

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Books of the Week for Your Consideration

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