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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/28/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 5:27 Tekel means “weighed”—you have been weighed on the balances and have failed the test.

This verse first spoke to me very early in my Christian walk. The Lord spoke to me about how I was doing in my faith walk. I had to take a serious look at myself and examine whether or not I was living a life that pleased the Lord or was I failing the test? I still look inward when I read this verse. I want to live a life that pleases the Lord. I want Him to look down upon me with a smile on His face and proclaim me to be His child. I don’t want to ever be found wanting and in danger of failing the test of God’s examination. But, how can we ever be sure that we are not failing the test?

We can live in confidence that we are pleasing the Lord. It, of course, all begins at Calvary. We must turn to Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. We have no chance whatsoever with God unless we do. We then must be living submissively and obediently to Him. We accomplish this by taking His Word seriously and spending daily time in it to study it and meditate on it. We need daily time fellowshipping with God in prayer. We then need to take our faith with us wherever we go in the world. We must not ever let ourselves be ashamed of our faith. We must let our faith shine through us so that others will know we are Christ’s by our love and righteous living.

I believe there should be a healthy fear of how we stand before God. Sin is an abomination to God and we should be concerned about whether or not we are harboring it in our hearts. Can we excuse our sins because we live in grace and not under the law? Will God shrug His shoulders and overlook sin because we proclaim Jesus as our Savior? If He could, then He would not be the holy God we profess Him to be. We should always strive to stay sin free so that we would not be weighed in the balances of God’s holiness and fail the test.

Are you so transparent that others can readily see Christ in you? Are you doing your best to live a life that is consistent with your profession of faith? Are you striving to be the holy person God created you to be in Christ? If you are, then you are passing the test. God is well-pleased with you. Keep it up! Run the race with your eyes glued on Christ. Fight the good fight of faith and never slack off. Great is your reward in heaven, both now and eternally.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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 – Commentaries 9/25/2020

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Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

 

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The Point Is … WOW! 9/24/2020

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Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” Philippians 2:9

grew up in the country. One of the funny things about country people is they often name their children multiple, crazy names. You can’t be country unless you have at least two or three names. Country folks have names like Billy Ray; or Bobby Joe; or Billy Bob; or Elvis Ray; or Cletus Bocephus; or my cousin Jimmy Joe Jeff Johnny Paul Ray Elmer Junior –we just called him Bubba. 

I think the craziest name I ever heard was Wow. Many years ago, a couple lived not far from where I grew up. They were in their 60s. They thought they were past the age to have children. They were at an age when they were looking forward to grandchildren.  

Unexpectedly and miraculously, grandma conceived, and she had another son, twenty years after she had her last one. The birth was such a miracle, that she named her little boy Wow. W-O-W. Wow. That was his name. You could spell it backwards. Wow. He grew up as Wow. 

Wow hated his name with all his heart. However, out of respect for his momma, he never changed it. He was always known as Wow. He got married. He had a family. He lived a long life.  

On his deathbed, Wow called for his wife. He said, “Honey, I’ve never shared this with you, but I hate my name. I’ve always hated the name, Wow. I don’t want people coming to my graveside and looking at a tombstone and saying, ‘Wow.’ So, here’s what I want you to do. On my tombstone put the date of my birth, the date of my death, and write any inscription that you want. But don’t put my name.” 

Wow died, and his wife honored his last wish. She had his tombstone inscribed with the date of his birth, the date of his death, and toward the bottom of his tombstone she had the following inscription. It said:  

He worshipped the ground his wife walked on. 

He was a devoted husband. 

He opened every door.  

He pulled out every chair. 

He ironed all his own clothes. 

He never looked at another woman for 50 years. 

He did everything his wife told him to do. 

When people came to the graveside and looked at the tombstone, all they could say was, “Wow!” 

Wow had a name that could not be forgotten. However, there is one name that will never be forgotten. It’s not the name of a hero or historian. It’s not the name of a soldier or a scholar. It’s not the name of an actor, author, or athlete. It’s not the name of a politician or a president. There is one name when the dust settles that will be spoken and shouted. There is one name that will be worded and worshipped. His name is Jesus Christ! 

The Bible says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” The word “above” means “more than.” It comes from a Greek word that means “incomparable.” There is one name that cannot be compared to any other name. It’s greater than Gandhi. It’s mightier than Mohammad. It’s more exciting than Elvis. It’s more overwhelming than Oprah. The Bible says there is one name that can’t be compared to any other name. His name is Jesus Christ! 

The point is: God has given the Lord Jesus Christ a name which is above all names. If you don’t know Him, you can call out His name in prayer today. You might pray something like this: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust You as Savior and follow You as Lord in the fellowship of Your Church. In Jesus Name, Amen.  

If you prayed that prayer today, I encourage you to find a Bible believing church and start growing in Christ. Your life will never be the same. 

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured Book of the Week from Christian Nonfiction Book Store 9/23/2020

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Books from $0.99 and UP. Categories include Bibles; Bible Study Guides; Biographies; Commentaries; Counseling; Devotionals; Disabilities; Evangelism; Homeschool; Marriage by Russell Sherrard @sherrardsebooks & Other Authors

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

 

This book is a Bible Study Guide 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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Book Spotlight: Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version $0.99 Kindle Version 9/22/2020

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Words of Jesus Bible

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Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version

Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version

Words of Jesus Bible – American Standard 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”

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/21/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 3:25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire. They aren’t even hurt by the flames! And the fourth looks like a divine being!”

I can only imagine what Nebuchadnezzar must have thought when he saw four people walking around in a fire that he had made seven times hotter than normal. A lot of fearful things must have gripped him. It just did not happen! People do not walk around in the middle of any kind of fire without being consumed by it. Period. Yet, there they were! Not only did he see the Hebrews he had thrown into the fire walking around, there was an extra person with them! Where in the world did he come from? How is it even possible? He had to just appear because no one lives in a fiery furnace! He saw these men walking around unbound, and he had made sure that they were tightly bound before they were cast into the furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were seemingly just out for a stroll in the flames. They weren’t being affected by the fire whatsoever! They apparently were deep in conversation with the other man, oblivious to what was going on around them. It was a strange sight indeed. I know that I would have been scared of what I was seeing and more than curious as to how it could be and what it meant. The king didn’t know it, but God was with them in the furnace.

Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who knows when we stand up for Him regardless of what others may think or do? We serve One who cares about the situation we are in and is able to help us through it. He never leaves us hanging. He is always with us as we go through our difficult circumstances of life. He doesn’t promise to change what we are going through, but He does promise to go with us through it.

The wonderful thing about it is that when we walk with the Lord through our difficult circumstances of life, things change for us. Our faith grows stronger, our confidence in God’s love for us grows stronger, our awareness of His ability to help us grows, our ability to let go of our own power lessens, and our gratitude for the God we serve grows. Adversity is a good thing when you go through it with the Lord at your side

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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Christian Books of the Week – Biographies 9/18/2020

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Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

 

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The Point Is … I Once Was Blind 9/17/2020

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“He answered and said, Whether he be a sinner or no, I know not: one thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see” John 9:25

Many years ago, a family moved to a little Southern town. There were three children in the family, two older daughters and a little boy. The two girls had the responsibility of taking care of their little baby brother.  

One day, the girls wanted to go swimming. The town did not have a city pool. Instead, the town’s children swam in a little pond on the edge of town. Their momma said, “Okay, but you have got to watch your brother. You need to be careful with him. And you must always keep an eye on him.” The girls said, “Yes, ma’am,” and ran out the door dragging their little brother behind. 

They arrived at the pond and jumped into the water. They had a good time. However, they were new to the community. They didn’t know any of the other kids. So, they were a little stand-offish. Most of the other boys and girls were gathered at one end of the swimming hole. The girls and their little brother were at the other end. 

The girls saw some horses just over a little hill. One said to the other, “This pond is not very big. There are lots of kids here. The water is not very deep, and we will be right back. Let’s go pet those horses.” So, they left their little brother unattended. They left their little brother alone and ran over the hill to the horses.   

They had only been gone a minute, when they heard their brother thrashing in the water. He screamed, “Somebody help me, I’m drowning! Somebody help me, I’m drowning! Somebody help me!”  

They ran back to the pond as fast as they could, but they were too late. When they got there, they saw their brother floating face down in the water. Their little baby brother had drowned. 

The sisters were hysterical. Hot tears rolled down their cheeks. They turned to the kids and said, “Why didn’t you save our brother? You could hear him screaming. You were right here in the water with him.”  

“He was only a few inches from the bank.” the other kids said. “He could have reached out and grabbed it. We told him over and over to just reach out and grab the bank.”  

The girls said through their tears, “Our little brother was blind. Our little brother was blind. He was blind. Every time you told him to reach, he reached the wrong way. He reached out in the wrong direction.” 

The point is: All around us, there are people reaching. Some are reaching for alcohol. Some are reaching for drugs. Some are reaching for sexual sins. Some are reaching for immorality. Some are reaching for false religions. All around us, there are people reaching.  

Over two-thousand years ago, Jesus healed a blind man. When he was questioned by the religious leaders, the man who had been blind said, “One thing I know, that, whereas I was blind, now I see.” Jesus can still give sight to those who are blindly reaching. 

Reach out and take a hand that is reaching the wrong way and pull that hand toward the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Point Is ...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Spotlight: Treasury of David $5.99 Kindle Version 9/15/2020

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Treasury of David

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Treasury of David

Treasury of David

This work was first published in weekly installments over a twenty-year span in the London Metropolitan Tabernacle’s periodical, The Sword and the Trowel.

Completed sections were released volume by volume, until the seventh and final volume was released in 1885. Within a decade more than 120,000 sets had been sold. The Treasury of David is a superb literary achievement. Eric Hayden, pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle a century after Spurgeon’s ministry began there, calls this work “Spurgeon’s magnum opus.” Spurgeon’s wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/14/2020

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crossDan. 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power. Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God well enough to know that for them there was no other God. They would not bend to the pressure of the king to bow down and worship another god, even if it were to cost them their lives. They knew what God was capable of . Would God deliver them? They didn’t know, but they were willing to trust Him with their lives. They had gotten to know the Lord well enough to know that they could not put their allegiance anywhere but in Him. They knew Him well enough to know that He was worth dying for.

It is imperative that we too get to know the Lord well enough to trust Him with our lives. We live in a world that has many different understandings of God. People try to force their understanding on others. People chide those who stand strong on Biblical principles. We need to work hard at developing a relationship with God that will keep us anchored in Him regardless of the circumstances we are in.

When we really know and love the Lord, we do not need to defend ourselves. We discover that it’s not about us; it’s about the Lord. We don’t fear what others may be able to do or what they think. We put ourselves in the Lord’s hands and accept whatever may happen. There is no power on earth that can defeat a soul who’s God is the Lord. Jesus is the way and there is no other way.

Work hard on your salvation so that you will be able to stand up strong in the faith regardless of whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. The stronger your faith is, the less fear will grip your soul. The Lord will be with you to help you always when you are totally committed to Him, even in the face of certain death.

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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