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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/13/2022

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by Jim Hughes

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.

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: Bibles 6/10/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/9/2022

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Verse of the DayJune 9th, 2022

Scripture

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. – Hebrews 4:12 ESV

Devotion

Dear friend, if you have a Bible, you are blessed. Open and read it. According to our verse today, God’s Word is living, active, and sharper than any two-edged sword. It was written by God using human authors to convey His holiness, love, and truth throughout the generations. When Jesus was tempted by the devil, He responded, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Satan has tried to destroy God’s Word, but the Word of God endures forever (Isaiah 40:8). One such example is in the life and death of great theologian William Tyndale. On October 6, 1536, Tyndale was hung on a stake, strangled, and burned alive. His crime for such a horrific death was translating the Bible into English. It’s reported that when the translators of the King James Version produced their Bible in 1611, they relied heavily on Tyndale’s wording. It is humbling to recall these faithful saints who were martyred for the cause of Christ. God is faithful to preserve His Word to reach a lost and dying world.

The Bible is radical and transformational. We encounter history, poetry, wisdom, law, sin, grace, salvation, redemption, sanctification, prophecy, and more. We discover a Creator who pursues His creation all the way to a cross. We meet a Savior who suffered, beyond human understanding, as a perfect sacrifice for our sin. We are assured of a Redeemer who is coming back for His bride, the Church. We also see the judgement of God for those not under the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

Reading devotionals, books, and listening to sermons can be wonderful tools to help us grow in our faith journey, but they can never replace the truth and intimacy found in the Word of God. We will be spiritually weak and lack discernment apart from God’s Word.

God speaks to us in numerous ways including nature, circumstances, and people, but His voice is most clearly revealed through His Holy Word. We can easily be deceived when we are not studying the Scriptures for ourselves. It is essential that we do not take Scripture out of context, but read the text, chapter, and book to gain understanding. We need the full counsel of God to shine His light in our heart as we meditate on His words. The Bible empowers us with truth and hope to stand against the deceptions of this present darkness and live a godly life.

God’s Word has the power to shred our pride as it exposes our thoughts and motivations of our heart. The conviction of God’s Word leads to comfort and hope when we turn to Him. The Holy Spirit directs us in wisdom and understanding as we humbly obey. The Bible is not always easy to digest, but it is always truthful, and always eternally best for those who believe. The Bible is God’s revelation to know Him and to walk in His ways.

Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path (Psalm 119:105). Why not read Psalm 119 right now? I shall do the same. Praise God for His Word!

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Book Spotlight: Holy Bible World English Version Kindle Version 6/7/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Holy Bible World English Version

by Russell Sherrard

 

Holy Bible World English Version

Holy Bible World English Version

The World English Version of the Holy Bible. Now with superior navigation of any Bible in the Kindle store. I have included a “Table of Contents” as part of this book. Each verse of the entire Bible has a link. With just 3 clicks from the Table of Contents you can get to any verse in the entire Bible. If you are at a point where there is not a link to a verse, you can always push the cursor wheel on the Kindle 1 or the 5-way on the Kindle 2&3 and a pop-up menu will appear in which you can go to the “Cover”, “Table of Contents”, or “Go to the Beginning”. Choose either of these options to navigate to certain portions of the book. In addition, the words of Jesus are in red.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/6/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 24:42 “So be prepared, because you don’t know what day your Lord is coming.”

Are you ready for the Lord to come back? If He were to come today, do you know that you would be among those who would go to heaven with Him? Is there any doubt whatsoever in your mind about your readiness? If there is, you need to get things settled with God right now. You know whether or not there is unconfessed sin in your heart or mind. You know whether or not you have given the Lord the best of your heart or the leftovers. You know whether or not you have obeyed His Word to the best of your ability or not. You know whether or not Jesus is your first love and what you have done to show your love for Him. You know what you are doing to stay prepared for His coming. Are you ready?

Part of being ready is serving. The Lord commands us to live to serve. We are to invest our lives into others to help whomever we can to be ready, too. Are you doing that?

Are you growing in Christ by spending daily time in His Word and fellowship? Would you welcome His coming with great joy if it were to be today? It could be today. No one has a guarantee of another day on earth. Jesus may come for you today. If you are ready, the mere thought that it could be today should excite you. It should be what you are living and hoping for. If you hope He doesn’t come today because you know that you might not go with Him to heaven, then today is the day you must get things right with Him. Tomorrow might not ever come for you. Do it now while you can.

Don’t let the Lord’s coming catch you off guard. Stay alert and stay ready at all times

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: Bibles 6/3/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 6/2/2022

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Verse of the DayJune 2nd, 2022

Scripture

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:10-12 NLT
 

Devotion

The times we live in are the times between Jesus Christ’s first and second coming. Although the power of the devil has been broken in principal through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ to the right hand of God, the enemy still wields considerable power here on earth. Indeed, the Bible can still refer to the devil as “the ruler of this world” (John 14:30). This does not mean that he has all power over the world, for “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it” (Psalm 24:1), but it does mean that he is the mighty prince of a spiritual regime of “evil rulers and authorities” at work within God’s world.

The devil is not some sort of impersonal evil force. The devil is a created spiritual being with the power of reason and thought. He is a thinker. He does not confront us without thinking about it. He has strategies designed for our destruction. Although Paul tells us that “we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies,” he uses flesh-and-blood enemies to effectuate his purposes in the world. We must always realize, therefore, that there is a devious spiritual strategist behind the struggles we face with other people—and even with our own selves, for we can be our own worst enemy.

In order to fight effectively against the devil and his cohorts, Paul tells us that we must be “strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” We must not, therefore, try to confront the devil in our own power. It is because he thoughtfully uses his considerable power that we must not fight him on our own. We must use the armor of God listed in this chapter: the “belt of truth,” “God’s righteousness,” the “peace that comes from the Good News,” the “shield of faith,” and the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:14-17). Each of these in its own way helps us in the fight.

Today, ask the Lord to help you make intelligent use of His armor as needed against the strategies of the enemy.

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