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Verse of the Day and Devotional 3/31/2022

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March 31st, 2022

Scripture

…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. – 1 John 5:4-5 NIV

Devotion

What does the word “world” mean in the Bible? Sometimes it just refers to the earthly portion of God’s good creation. This is the sense Paul used when he referred to the “creation of the world” in Ephesians 1:4. In our verses for today, however, the word has a definite negative connotation. It refers to the earthly portion of God’s good creation in so far as it has been taken over by Satan and infected with sin. “World” in the first sense of the term is not something that needs to be overcome. It is simply the place of our habitation as human beings and it is good. “World” in the second sense, in contrast, needs to be overcome.

It is the second sense of the word Jesus used when He said “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus is not saying that he had overcome the earthly portion of God’s good creation, but that He had overcome the power of sin and the devil at work in the earthly part of God’s good creation. The reason Jesus came to earth was not to destroy the earth, but to destroy “the devil’s work” in the earth (1 John 3:8). The whole point of Jesus’ mission is to purge the earth of evil so that God may dwell with His people on earth (Revelation 21).

It is through our faith in Jesus Christ’s overcoming of the world that we overcome the world. Because of our faith, we have already overcome the world. We are already new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). We are already the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). We have already overcome Satan by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelation 12:11). And we continue to overcome whenever we resist, counteract, and destroy the works of the devil in our lives. In fact, whenever we resist the devil he will flee from us (James 4:7).

In Christ, you are an overcomer. Indeed, you are “more than a conqueror” (Romans 8:37).

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Book Spotlight: Treasury of David 3/29/2022

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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 3/28/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 18:1-6 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Which of us is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Jesus called a small child over to him and put the child among them. Then he said, “I assure you, unless you turn from your sins and become as little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. And, anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf is welcoming me. But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trust in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck.”

Faith is being simple-minded before God. It is simply trusting in God. It is that absolute confidence that God always stays true to His character and His Word. Faith is not letting the things we don’t know or understand throw us for a loop. It is enough to know that God knows. Faith is letting God worry about details and how to take care of us when we get into messes. In other words, faith is simply living in the comfort and security of God’s love.

Little children are reactionary. They sometimes react in negative ways that are not acceptable behavior in the world. They must be taught and disciplined so that they will change their behavior and attitude into a more acceptable way of life. If a child never learns and adapts, he will never mature to the point of fitting into life in the world. It will affect relationships and his ability to enjoy life.

Like little children, faith grows up. But, like all of us, there always remains a little bit of a child in us. He who forgets how to act like a child ceases to live. All joy goes away and all that remains is a miserable life waiting for it all to end. And, so it is with faith. We must never lose our childlike qualities of faith that enable us to trust and enjoy the life we have in Christ. We must get rid of the bad, but retain the good.

There is a grave danger for anyone who causes a child of faith to wander away from God. Anyone who leads a child of God away from God will be responsible for it. His fate will be such that it would have been better if he had never been born. Be sure that what you teach and preach leads a person to Christ and not away from Him.

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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 – Marriage 3/25/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 3/24/2022

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March 24th, 2022

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At harvest time, Cain brought a gift to the Lord. He brought some of the food that he grew from the ground, but Abel brought some animals from his flock. He chose some of his best sheep and brought the best parts from them. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift. But he did not accept Cain and his offering. Cain was sad because of this, and he became very angry. – Genesis 4:3-5 ERV
 

Devotion

Our verse of the days says that God accepted Abel and his gift, but he did not accept Cain and his offering. What does this mean? Does God prefer animal offerings rather than offerings that came from plants or fruits? Was God being unfair to Cain?

In the big cities of Indonesia, you can find many street beggars. Sometimes, they approach you to ask for money, and if you feel led you can give them some. This can be called a donation, which is different than an offering. A donation is giving some type of help, whether money, food, or things people need. We usually donate to people who are having a rough time, to people who need our help.

I think an offering is different. An offering is something you give to a person that you consider higher than you. You give out of respect and even submission. The amount might be the same, but the mentality is different.

Cain brought some of the food he grew. I believe that this is the issue. He was giving to God half-heartedly. He didn’t give to God with a right heart and attitude. What about Abel? While Abel also brought some animals from his flock, he chose the best sheep and brought the best parts from them.

Our verse of the day also say that God accepted Abel and then his gift. The Lord accepted the person first. He accepted the attitude, the heart of the person, then the gift.

Cain was rejected not because of his gift, but because of his heart. God knows our hearts and He wants us to be wholeheartedly for Him. He doesn’t want us to be half-heartedly living for Him. He wants all of us.

By Thony Ronaldo, Bible League International partner, Indonesia

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Book Spotlight: The Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon 3/22/2022

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The Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon

In publishing the life of the late CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, the publishers feel a peculiar pleasure and believe themselves especially fortunate in having secured the Rev. Russell H. Conwell, D.D., LL.D., pastor at The Temple, of Philadelphia, to prepare the work. There are many reasons why the popular preacher, who might justly be called the Spurgeon of America, should in this way pay a loving tribute to the memory of his great English ecclesiastical brother, and why such a book must have an absorbing interest for all readers. Foremost among these might be considered his personal acquaintance with the great divine of gigantic efforts and wonderful achievements, and the deep study he has ever given to his popular brother preacher’s life and the measure of its successes.

As a fellow-preacher of the Gospel, he knew better than any layman how to interpret the hidden springs of success to count the cost of Herculean efforts made, and better, understand the great man’s life-work in all its thousands of minute details which he, as an intimate personal friend had the opportunity to observe.

Like Spurgeon, he has the power to earn and raise large sums of money, but he devotes every dollar beyond a reasonable living expense to the cause he has so much at heart. His remarkable line of work, also, in many ways corresponds with that of Spurgeon,

The similarity in the work of the English Spurgeon and the American Conwell has often been commented upon by press and people. Spurgeon made, and Conwell is making, a complete sacrifice of talents, time and health to the one aim in life-the salvation of souls. Each commenced life a poor boy, and had an early life fraught with discouragements and temptations.

The author’s grand work for the Grace Baptist Church, of Philadelphia, has justly distinguished him as the greatest preacher of his denomination in this country. He was a student at Yale College, and graduated in the Law Department of Albany University and was admitted to the New York bar in 1865. His health not permitting the practice of law, he began as traveling correspondent of the Boston Traveler and the New York Tribune, during which his constant companion and warmest friend was Bayard Taylor, with who he traveled all over the world, and obtained distinction as a journalist.

In addition to the pastorate of a church which has one of the most remarkable houses of worship in the world, open every hour of every day and night in the year, and is never untenanted, Dr. Conwell is the head of Temple College, connected with the church fostered by him, which is for the free education of working-men and women in the classic collegiate branches, with fourteen professors, a preparatory department that sends pupils to Yale, Harvard and Amherst, and giving itself decrees equal to those of Princeton. He is the head of the Samaritan Hospital, also an outgrowth of his personal effort and example, which is doing incalculable good in Philadelphia.

In addition. to his church work, Dr. Conwell lectures all over the United States, to large and delighted audiences.

He is also a prolific author, The most important of his works are a ” Life of Garfield,” which he wrote at the home of the martyred President, in Mentor; “Why and How the Chinese Immigrate,” the material for which he gathered in the Chinese Empire Life of Hon. James G. Blaine,” Life of Bayard Taylor,” and “Acres of Diamonds,” each of which has been appreciatively read by thousands of readers in this and other countries.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 3/21/2022

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CrossMatt. 17: 19-20 Afterward the disciples asked Jesus privately, “Why couldn’t we cast out that demon?” “You didn’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I assure you, even if you had faith as small as a mustard seed you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”

How much faith do you have? Does your faith enable you to move the mountains in your life? Is your faith enough to help you overcome whatever life brings you? There is nothing in life that is beyond our ability to handle if we have faith in God. If we have absolute trust in Him, we will not lose heart, or hope. Faith shapes the way we think about life’s circumstances. If we lack faith we will be overpowered by life and live in defeat instead of victory. Faith draws us closer to God. When the tough times of life overwhelm us, faith makes the Lord more real and precious to us. The journey is often very difficult, but faith makes any journey possible.

Faith is rooted in relationship. A faith that is rooted solely in the brain is no real faith at all. Faith that will move the mountains is rooted in the heart where Jesus is. The more Jesus influences our lives, the more we trust Him in life. Jesus changes us from the inside out and that change enables faith to take root and govern our lives.

How much faith do you have? Is it enough to move the mountains out of the way in your life? Jesus said that just a little faith can make the impossible possible. There is no limit to the victories you can have over the obstacles in your life if you but believe in God’s ability and willingness to help you. Buckling underneath the heavy loads of life is simply a lack of faith in Him who can carry them for us. He is able to do immeasurably more than anything we ask for Him to do or for us to imagine Him capable of doing. Ask anything in the will of God and don’t doubt and He will do it for you.

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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 – Homeschool/Marriage 3/18/2022

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Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

 

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 3/17/2022

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March 17th, 2022

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For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. – 1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 ESV

Devotion

When the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached, it is done so by human beings. Individual human beings, one might say, take ownership of it and become responsible for it. This does not mean that the Gospel is nothing more than the creation of mere humans, for the Apostle Paul says “it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16), but it does mean that those who preach the gospel become its heralds or representatives. It is in this way that Paul can refer to “our” Gospel. The Gospel he preached was the Gospel of an individual herald of the Gospel who had made it his own.

As is the case for all heralds of the Gospel, the effectiveness of Paul’s preaching was dependent upon the activity of God. If Paul’s Gospel was to be something more than mere words, if it was to have a transformative effect in the lives of its hearers, then God would have to be at work in his preaching. And Paul is saying in our verses for today that he is convinced God was indeed at work in his preaching to the Thessalonians and that this must mean God had chosen them to accept the Gospel.

The reason Paul was convinced that God was at work was the way he experienced his preaching of the Gospel to them. He realized that the words he spoke were not mere words, mere theological information, but that they came with power, with the Holy Spirit, and with deep conviction. They came, that is, with the “power of God for salvation,” with a sense of the presence and enablement of the Holy Spirit, and with no doubt in his own mind. Although he had made the Gospel his own, he sensed that he was not alone. The Holy Spirit was with him.

Every Christian is involved in some way, shape, or form, in the spread of the Gospel. Today, since we can do nothing apart from Him, ask God to be involved in your part of that great enterprise, just as He was with Paul.

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Book Spotlight: Spurgeons’ Morning and Evening Devotionals Kindle Version 3/15/2022

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Spurgeons’ Morning and Evening Devotionals

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Morning and Evening

Spurgeons’ Morning and Evening Devotionals

Organized by month, this devotional has a morning and evening meditation for every day of the year. Although these devotions are short in length, they are filled with spiritual goodness. In just a few sentences, Spurgeon is able to convey the wisdom of Scripture with eloquence and purpose. These daily messages provide Christians with the spiritual energy they need to begin and end each day. Spurgeon weaves a verse of Scripture into each devotion, helping readers draw deeper meaning out of the selected passages. This powerful devotional provides Christians with the spiritual nourishment required to strengthen their relationships with God. Readers will find themselves inspired by Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals.

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