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Christian Books of the Week: Bibles 5/13/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/12/2022

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Verse of the Day May 12th, 2022

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God has chosen you and made you his holy people. He loves you. So your new life should be like this: Show mercy to others. Be kind, humble, gentle, and patient. – Colossians 3:12 ERV

Devotion

We did not choose God. God chose us. The Bible says that “Christ died for us while we were still sinners, and by this God showed how much he loves us” (Romans 5:8). Therefore, we have nothing to brag about. We did not become the people of God because of something virtuous or special about us. We were still sinners, yet God loved us and saved us through Jesus Christ. Given this, the life we live in Christ should have certain characteristics.

First, we should be merciful. God showed us mercy and saved us while we were still sinners. It would be deeply wrong to receive God’s mercy and then treat other people unmercifully. Jesus told the story of the evil servant who received mercy from his king and then refused to give mercy to another servant. When the king heard about this, it did not go well for him (Matthew 18:21-35).

We should be kind. God showed us kindness and made us His holy people. He had every right to reject us and condemn us, but He showed us kindness instead. As a result, we should reflect the kindness of our kind God.

We should be humble. The Apostle Paul said that God “chose what the world thinks is not important—what the world hates and thinks is nothing. He chose these to destroy what the world thinks is important. God did this so that no one can stand before him and boast about anything” (1 Corinthians 1:28-29). For the Christian, pride is simply out of the question.

We should be gentle. God was gentle with us. He could have been harsh with us. He could have punished us, but He didn’t. We should, therefore, be gentle in our dealings with other people.

Finally, we should be patient. Psalm 103:8 says that “The Lord is kind and merciful. He is patient and full of love.” Just as God was and is patient with us, so should we be patient with those around us.

In a world full of unmerciful, unkind, proud, harsh, and impatient people, let us always reflect the loving nature of our gracious God.

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Book Spotlight: Matthew: Jesus the Fulfillment of the Old Testament Kindle Version 5/10/2022

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Matthew
Jesus the Fulfillment of the Old Testament
(Journey Through the Bible Book 2)

by Russell Sherrard

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 5/9/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 20:26-28 “But among you it should be quite different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to first must become your slave. For even I, the Son of Man, came here not to be served but to serve others, and to give my life as a ransom for many.”

How many servant-leaders do you know? Servant-leaders are people who are not afraid to get their hands dirty doing the things that need to be done with cheerfulness of heart. We live in a culture where it seems far too many of our spiritual leaders are content to sit in their pastoral roles and let others do all the manual labors and the serving of others. We pay our pastors and staff a lot of money and tell them not to worry about the busyness of church life. But, is this something we should be doing?

Having been a pastor for over 40 years of my life, I know how important it is for pastors to have time to study and meditate on the Word. I know the demands on his time to prepare and minister to those in need. However, I believe we do the people of the church a disservice when we deny pastors the opportunity to get dirty hands; we deny the people of the church and community the opportunity to see them serve. Leaders who don’t know how to serve can’t adequately teach his people how to serve.

If you are a leader in the church, lead by example. It is easy to delegate responsibility and retreat into our ivory towers. It is easy to hide behind the veil of meditative study. It is much harder to balance the time in the study with time in the trenches.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to walk in on your pastor sometime and catch him on his knees—cleaning the toilet? I, for one, want to follow such a leader.

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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: Writing/Bibles 5/6/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/5/2022

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Verse of the Day May 5th, 2022

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And the surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward and bear fruit upward. – Isaiah 37:31 ESV

Devotion

What am I taking root in right now? Have you thought about that question recently? Where am I putting my roots and what fruit do I hope to produce?

The book of Isaiah contains a prophecy about the returning exiles taking root once again and bearing fruit. They were uprooted from their land and led into captivity, yet the Lord gives a promise through the prophet Isaiah that a remnant of people will once again take root and bear fruit. God is faithful and always seeks to establish a people rooted in His love to bear fruit for His glory.

Has the Lord allowed you to be uprooted from your normal daily life because of the global pandemic, natural disasters, or social/political unrest? It is so easy to allow these events to drive us to the constant media that is available at our fingertips. However, the fruit of being constantly connected to news sources tends to be anxiety, despair, or confusion. It is also easy to take root in isolating from everything and everyone which could lead to the fruits of depression, loneliness, and hopelessness.

Root systems can develop quickly. The weed that appears in garden seems to pop up overnight. A gardener needs to stay on top of the garden pulling weeds frequently before they take deeper root and choke out the good fruit. John 15 says that Jesus is the true vine and God is the gardener who cuts off every branch that does not bear fruit. He watches over us and cares for us diligently.Since He is such a faithful and merciful Father, this may be a great time to invite Him to search our hearts and reveal some of the roots we may not be able to see. Psalm 139:23-24 offers a great prayer to invite God to examine our heart:

God, examine me and know my mind.
Test me and know all my worries.
Make sure that I am not going the wrong way.
Lead me on the path that has always been right.

God desires that we take root in Him. John 15 also says that He chose us and appointed us to bear fruit—real fruit that will last. Now is the time to get rooted in Christ, rooted in the Word of God, and rooted in His body, the Church. As the Lord reveals areas of our heart that may have a faulty root system, confess and renounce them. Then seek prayer and support to lay new roots in Him. Allow those roots to sink deeply into His truth, love, and mercy through worship, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. This will help us to be rooted and grounded in His love, producing the fruit of the Spirit for a world in need.

By Scott Stevens, Bible League International staff, Illinois, U.S.

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Book Spotlight: Numbers: The Census of the People: The Story of the Wanderings in the Wilderness Journey Kindle Version 5/3/2022

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Numbers: The Census of the People

The Story of the Wanderings in the Wilderness Journey

(Journey Through the Bible Book 5)

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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 5/2/2022

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CrossMatt. 19:25-26 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked. Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Jesus had just dealt with a very rich man who had come to Him wanting to know how to be saved. He was a good and devout man. He thought he had all his bases covered, but he wanted Jesus’ affirmation. Jesus told him the only thing he lacked was to sell his possessions and then to follow Him. The price was just too steep. He left Jesus dejected. His riches just meant too much to him. The disciples were caught off guard. Jesus made a statement that they did not understand. He told them how hard, impossible, it was for rich people to be saved. Mystified, they then asked the Lord who in the world could then be saved. Jesus’ response put things in their proper perspective; only God can save a soul. There is nothing man can do to save himself.

Jesus did not come to help us help ourselves to be saved. He came to be our Savior. Without Christ in their heart, no one will make it to heaven. All the money, fame, friendships, or good works will not save the soul. Anyone who thinks he can make it to heaven without repentance is believing a lie straight from hell.

It is not impossible for God to save anyone. Whoever humbles himself before God, confesses their sins, asks for forgiveness, and accepts Jesus as their Savior and Lord will be saved. God does not exclude anyone from the reach of His saving grace. He longs for all to be saved and will not turn anyone away who sincerely seeks 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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