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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/23/2021

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Verse of the Day

September 23, 2021

Scripture

He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” – John 21:16 ESV

Devotion

Perhaps in high school you experienced the feeling of flirting with someone from across the room. The butterflies that rush through your body when your eyes catch the other person staring at you are almost visible. Maybe you winked or shyly smiled. Even though the new emotions flooding your senses feel very real and very close, the extent of your relationship with that person is distant! Flirtation has produced liking, but love is far from the equation.

Many people spend their life flirting with God from across the room without ever truly getting close and falling in love with Him. Jesus wants us to be so in love that we are married to Him. He wants us to love Him more than the stuff He has given us.

As He asked Peter and He asks us, “Do you love Me more than these?” Do you love Him more than your passions, career, gadgets, and possessions? Have you ever had a relapse when you walked away from God to your former lifestyle? In that moment, did you respond like the prodigal son and come back to your first love? The question remains, do you love God more?

Along the same line, do you love Him more than the things He does for you?

We love seeing God do big miracles, and we love knowing we are saved, but do we love God more than the things He does? Today examine your relationship with God and determine if you are truly in love with Him or if you’re merely flirting with Him from across the room. Can I encourage the flirters to get the courage to take your relationship to the next level? The answer can be a big YES! He wants to be with you.

By Pastor Leroy Childress, Bible League International partner, Illinois, U.S.

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Book Spotlight: Words of Jesus Bible King James Version 9/21/2021

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Words of Jesus Bible

King James Version

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Words of Jesus Bible KJV

Words of Jesus Bible King James Version

Words of Jesus Bible – King James 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”. Since the Kindle is in black, white, and shades of gray, you cannot easily tell what the Words of Jesus are. This edition puts the words of Jesus in Red. On the Kindle they appear a lighter grey than the rest of the text. Of course, on the Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac or the Kindle Fire these words appear in red. To try and keep the context the entire verse which Jesus speaks is included.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 9/20/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 7:3-5 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye when you can’t see past the log in your own?’ Hypocrite! First get rid of the log from your own eye, then perhaps you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”

We don’t think much about our own issues when we criticize or judge others. It’s not too hard to convince ourselves that we don’t have any issues, or if we do, that they don’t really matter. We are easily led into the trap of seeing ourselves in a positive light and others in a negative one.

Jesus instructs us to look inward before we look outward. An honest look at ourselves through the lens of God’s Word quickly reminds us of just how far short we fall from God’s standards. None of us can honestly say we don’t have issues, that there is no sin in us.

Jesus instructs us to take our issues to God before we attempt to address the issues others have. Only the pure in heart have the right to confront others with sin. Think about this a moment. I wonder how many professing Christians actually live this out. It is easy to pull out our Bibles and point out the sins of others. It’s another thing to pull out our Bibles and let God point out our own sins. I wonder how we would act differently when confronting others if we were to spend time before the Lord in repentance first. I suspect we would be a lot more compassionate and gracious.

Jesus reminds us that it’s hypocrisy for us to intervene in someone’s life without first dealing with our sins before God. Don’t let Satan deceive you in this. All of us are sinners and need to let Christ purify our hearts before we stand in judgment over others.

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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 – Counseling 9/17/2021

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by Russell Sherrard

Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

 

Christian Books of the Week

Christian Books of the Week

Counseling

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/16/2021

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Verse of the Day

September 16, 2021

Scripture

Then a huge army of angels from heaven joined the first angel, and they were all praising God, saying, “Praise God in heaven, and on earth let there be peace to the people who please him.” – Luke 2:13-14 ERV

Devotion

In November 2015, three Muslim terrorists opened fire in the Bataclan Theatre in Paris. That day, 90 people were killed in the attack and more than 200 were wounded. The day after, an unnamed man played John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ on a grand piano outside the Bataclan. A video recording of his performance went viral. Many people were touched by this statement of love and hope amidst fear and anger.

Love? Hope? Based on what? The first line of Lennon’s song says, ‘Imagine there’s no heaven.’ And a little later, he sings, ‘Nothing to die or kill for, and no religion too.’ In John Lennon’s understanding, religion is a source of hatred and violence, like peace will follow once people get rid of religion. A song with a painful undertone that echoes in the hearts of many.

In the night that Jesus Christ was born, a huge army of angels sang about a completely different peace, a peace that comes from the heaven that John Lennon denied. A divine peace so special that it needed that glorious celestial choir to properly laud it.

In Luke 2:11, the angel announces the source of that peace, “Today your Savior was born in David’s town.” Because of our sinful nature, we were at war with God. We displeased Him. Jesus came to save us from sin and death. With His sacrifice, He settled the war between God and us. In Christ, we please God again. According to our verse of the day, peace will be the result. Our world is in desperate need of that peace, and the love and hope it entails. Let the words of the angel be our testimony to the people around us!

Whose song do we join today? May the Lord give you peace at all times and in every way.

By Anton de Vreugd, Bible League International staff, The Netherlands

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Book Spotlight: Words of Jesus Bible American Standard Version 9/14/2021

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Words of Jesus Bible

American Standard Version

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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”. Since the Kindle is in black, white, and shades of gray, you cannot easily tell what the Words of Jesus are. This edition puts the words of Jesus in Red. On the Kindle they appear a lighter grey than the rest of the text. Of course, on the Kindle apps for iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle for PC, Kindle for Mac or the Kindle Fire these words appear in red. To try and keep the context the entire verse which Jesus speaks is included.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 9/13/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 7:1-2 “Stop judging others and you will not be judged. For others will treat you as you treat them. Whatever measure you use in judging others, it will be used to measure how you are judged.”

If you are like most of us, judging others comes easily. We tend to be critical of those who don’t measure up to our expectations. We do it mainly because it makes us look at ourselves in a positive light. We think of ourselves as better than he who falls short. As long as we see the faults and failures of others, we don’t see our own.

The Lord tells us not to be that way. People catch on quickly and will in turn judge us. No one is perfect and all of us are good targets for judgmental spirits. We do reap what we sow. If you don’t like being on the tail end of criticism, then don’t criticize others. None of us are perfect and are targets for being judged.

Instead of being judgmental, we are called to be a people of grace, love and forgiveness. We are to be kind towards others and not look down on them. Sure people mess up and sometimes royally, but who are we to make a big deal out of it and rake someone over the coals for it? We can correct someone out of kindness and love instead of judgmental spirits.

If you find yourself being quick to judge, ask the Lord to help you do what is right in his eyes. Ask Him to forgive you and give you a spirit of love and grace. Ask Him to hold you accountable for your spirit and help you to act in a more acceptable way.

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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 – Counseling 9/10/2021

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Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

 

Christian Books of the Week

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Counseling

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/2/2021

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Verse of the Day

September 9, 2021

Scripture

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! – Isaiah 26:3 NLT

Devotion

We live in a sinful, broken world that is full of evil. It’s easy to come undone. It’s easy to lose control and break down. There’s temptation to get nervous and anxious, to get fearful and fainthearted, and to get angry and exasperated. In many of the situations of life that arise, no one will blame you for coming apart at the seams. We’ve all been there—we’ve all been pushed to the limit.

The promise of our verse for today, however, is of a way of being in this broken world that does not seem to belong to this world. It’s a way of being that comes from a better place; that comes from heaven above. The promise is that God will keep us in perfect peace. The promise, then, is not just for ordinary peace, but for “perfect peace.” The peace that the Apostle Paul said exceeds anything that we can understand (Philippians 4:7).

Although peace is a gift that belongs to all of God’s people (John 14:27), it requires something on our part in order to fully manifest in our lives. It requires that we trust in God. You can’t have perfect peace without a strong trust in God. The specifics of the situation will get to us if there is no faith that God is in control.

If we are to have a strong trust in God, then we can’t allow situations to run away with us. At some point we must turn from them and fix our thoughts on God. We must turn from the turmoil and focus our attention on Him. We must boldly come before the throne of our gracious God that we may receive help in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

To be kept in perfect peace does not mean that we are unmoved by the situation, like a Stoic philosopher who refuses to allow emotion of any kind to sweep over him. It means, rather, that no matter what happens there is a peace to the person of faith that can’t be explained in human terms.

Whatever you may be facing today, turn from it for a moment and fix your thoughts on God, trust in Him, and let His perfect peace rise up in your souls.

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Book Spotlight: Treasury of David 9/7/2021

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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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