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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 3/14/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 16:26 “And how do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your soul in the process? Is anything worth more than your soul?”

There are so many whose only goal in life is to gain as much of the world as they possibly can. They buy into the lie that the more you get out of the world, the happier you will be. They become convinced that this life is all the life there is and so it only makes sense to go for it. Fame and fortune become their necessities in life. Live for today and don’t worry about tomorrow becomes how they live. Death is not a concept that is taken seriously as far as how it affects how they live.

Then, when their dreams are not realized, they have nothing else to live for. Life becomes a pain instead of a joy. Negativity rules the soul. Anger is not unusual. Defiance is common. For those whose only life is wrapped up in the world, they are disappointed and disillusioned. It may come early or late in life, but it does come.

Yet, everyone must somehow come to grip with their soul. No matter how much one may try to bury it, no one can go through life without dealing with it. What happens after death? Can it be true that there is eternal life? If so, where do I fit into it? Will I go to heaven when I die? Is there any criteria I have to meet in order to get there? If I don’t make it to heaven, then what? Is there really a hell that awaits me? Really, is gaining all I can from this life worth the risk of losing my soul? What if there is a heaven and hell?

Whether we want to or not, we must think about these things. Waiting until you die to find out if it is all true or not is not a good idea. If it is all true, which I know it is, then if you have not lived so that you are ready to die, you will go to hell. Life is not about gaining what the world has to offer; it’s about living in Christ so that when you die you will go to heaven and not hell.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 3/7/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 16:24-25 Then Jesus said to the disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.”

Jesus did not mess around. He told it like it is. If anyone wants to be known by Christ and live for Him, there must be some real decisions made. First, we must put aside selfish ambition. One of the ways to determine the genuineness of faith is to look at what one lives for. A true follower of Christ lives for Christ and not himself. He is not driven to please himself and make himself known amongst his part of the world.

A true follower of Christ also takes up his cross and follows Christ. A cross is where self is sacrificed and love is displayed. It is where total commitment to Christ is proven. A cross is very painful. It is a lonely place to be. It is misunderstood by most and mocked by many. The cross is where faith and trust in God is proven. It is immoveable and requires all that we have to give. The cross is not easy to endure and never is to be taken lightly.

A true follower of Christ understands the dynamic of giving over to Christ his life, all of his life. He understands that only Christ can save the soul and nothing on earth is worth holding onto compared to Christ. Jesus is the focal point of his living. He is willing to give up all of what this life has to offer in order to remain faithful to Christ.

Only those who surrender to Christ all of life will have eternal life. Failure to surrender to Christ costs one eternal life in Christ. Are you sold out to Jesus? Have you given Him all of you, or you still trying to hang on to parts of you? Are you living for Him alone, or are you still living for what the world has to offer? God will not ignore our divided loyalties.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 2/28/2022

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CrossMatt. 15:10-11 Then Jesus called to the crowds and said, “Listen to what I say and try to understand. You are not defiled by what you eat, you are defiled by what you say and do.”

Practice trumps procedure. It is not the rules and regulations that we try to keep that make us right with God; it’s what comes out of our hearts. The heart determines what we say and do. If the heart is not right with God, it doesn’t matter how strict a person may be in his behavior. We are not holy because we act or talk a certain way.

This can be a very difficult thing to balance out in our lives because we know that our works are essential to our faith. We tend to do the right things because we know that is what pleases God. The danger comes in when we get the idea that we are saved because we do those things. Rather, we are to do what we do because we are saved. We are made righteous in Christ alone. Our relationship with Christ is what motivates us to do what pleases God.

If you are relying on how you are living for your salvation, you need to humble yourself before Christ and let Him be your salvation. You cannot make it to heaven based on how “good” of a person you are. Jesus alone can make us righteous before God. If it were any other way, Jesus died in vain. There would have been no reason at all for Jesus to come to earth. Everything we know and understand about God, life, and salvation would be a lie. If works could save us then there would be no such thing as forgiveness or true peace with God.

Jesus is THE way, truth, and life and no one will ever be made righteous and holy before God except by Him.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 1/17/2022

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CrossMatt. 15:8-9 “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is a farce, for they replace God’s commands with their own man-made teachings.”

I wonder how many people fall into this category. I often have wondered how many people who go to church and are involved in it really are honoring the Lord in their lives. It’s easy to talk the talk of salvation. It’s easy to give the Lord praise and thanks. It’s easy to tell of what the Lord has done and even what He means to us. But, what we say is not always what is really in our hearts. We can go through the motions and be very deceptive to both others and ourselves.

How can we really know that we are right with God? I believe this is probably the most crucial question we can ask of ourselves. God clearly tells us that if we really do love Him we will obey Him. So therefore, we must determine whether or not we are really obeying Him. The only way we can know is for us to know what He commands us to be and do. We must evaluate ourselves in light to God’s Word. There is no room for debate on this. What God says we must do.

We often make up our own rules for Christian living. We determine what we can live with and what we can’t. We adjust what God says to fit our comfort levels. We try to legislate faith instead of living by it. We tend to impose our standards on God’s standards and if there is a conflict, our ways generally win out.

All of God’s commands are doable when we live fully surrendered lives to Christ. He gives us the power and will to do them. He changes us so that we humbly strive to conform to His ways and not our own. We learn to live in Christ’s righteousness and trust Him to work out His holiness in us. Honoring God in our lives is simply letting Jesus be our Lord and living to please Him.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 1/3/2022

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CrossMatt. 14:29b-30a So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Instantly Jesus reached out his hand and grabbed him.

When you are looking around you, you are not looking ahead of you. It sounds simple enough, but it’s hard for us to do. We are prone to notice most all that is crashing in around us. We see the magnitude of our storms. We become overwhelmed by all that is going wrong and that is all we can think about. Instead, we should be keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

When we keep our focus on Jesus, the storms lose their strength. They may not go away, but their impact on us is minimized. As long as we are focused on the Lord, we understand the bigger picture of life. We understand that our storms will pass away, that there is always something better in store for us if we persevere through them.

Peter did not give a thought to the possibility that what he was doing was impossible. All he thought about was Jesus and His invitation to come. He did not consider the fact that he might not make it to Jesus. All that matter was getting out of his comfort zone and going. We need to be just as willing to go to Jesus when He calls us.

Peter had the faith, but he made a very bad mistake. He took his eyes off of Jesus and focused on the storm and the impossibility of what he was trying to do. Peter was shaken by what he was trying to do and believed the lie that he could not do it. He began to sink and fail the test of his faith. Yet, to his credit, Peter understood where his help came from. He called out to Jesus and was not turned away.

When we call out to Jesus He hears us and answers our call. He is able to help us, no matter how big the storm is we are in. All we need to do is take a hold of His hand, hold on tight, and let Him take us out of our storm.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/27/2021

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CrossMatt. 14:25-29a About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them at once, “It’s all right,” he said, “I am here! Don’t be afraid.” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you by walking on water. “All right, come.” Jesus said.

Has life ever frightened you, really frightened you? Usually we get scared the most when the unexpected happens and we think we are in danger. Circumstances can really overwhelm us. We get ourselves into situations that we can’t handle and we imagine the worst. We don’t see any way that it can be good and we get scared of what might happen. It causes us to pull back or run away from our circumstances.

Yet, there is Jesus. For those of us who know Him, there is nothing to fear. His very presence reassures the soul and calms our fears. When we fix our thoughts and hearts on Him, there is a peace that takes over and enables us to put things in their proper perspective. Instead of seeing the bad that might be, we see the good that is.

When we fixate on the Lord, we begin to see ourselves as able to do what we thought was impossible. We no longer fear what is going on around us, we step out boldly where we have never stepped before. No matter how stormy things may be, with our eyes fixated on Jesus we can handle them. It’s when we take our eyes off the Lord and look at the storms and what we are trying to do that we begin to sink and drown.

Jesus bids you to step out into the stormy waters and take His hand. Trust Him and you will overcome. You can do it because the Lord says you can.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/20/2021

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CrossMatt. 13:11-12 Then he explained to them, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.”

Not every child of God gets it. In fact, most don’t seem to get it at all. Most seem to be content with very little understanding to the deeper things of faith. Most do not dig very deep into God’s Word on their own. Their Bible knowledge is confined to what they may learn from Sunday School or a Sunday sermon. If they are really ambitious, they may even learn some things from a group Bible study. But, few believers are students of God’s Word on their own so they miss out on much of the deeper truths of the Word.

In order to learn the things God wants us to know, we must be open to what He wants to teach us. We must want to learn before we will learn. The more open we are to learning, the more we will learn and understand. Spiritual growth and maturity only happens when understanding takes place. The more we grasp of God’s Word, the more God gives us. There is no shortcut to spiritual growth. We must desire to learn and put in the time and effort to learn.

Jesus made a very sobering statement in this passage today. He said that if we are not listening, what we do have will be taken away from us. We may hear what God is saying, but if we aren’t paying attention to it, we will lose what understanding we have. Is He saying that we will lose the faith we have if we don’t listen to Him? Maybe. Remember, He is speaking to His disciples here.

The key point is that we must not get the idea that learning is an option for the believer; it is an absolute necessity. If we are not learning, we are dying. We will never survive spiritually if we are not listening to what God is saying and seeking to understand and live it. We cannot remain faithful on our own; we must avail ourselves of all the resources God provides for us that we can.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/13/2021

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CrossMatt. 12:36-37 “And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then, either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”

I pray that today’s verses will grab your attention. I know how easy it is to say things you later regret. I have often spoken words in haste or under duress that I should not have said. I have spoken words against others that I should not have done. I have said things to others that I should not have. It is hard to guard the tongue! Does that justify us? No. Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said. Therefore, we must pay attention and deal with ourselves in this area of our lives. So, what can we do?

First of all, we must admit we have a problem. It will do us no good if we deny the fact that we fail to always speak in love and kindness. It is what it is and we must own up to it. We sin in this area of our lives. Next, we must understand our helplessness. We can’t control our tongues by sheer willpower.

We must take our problem to the Lord. Only Jesus can forgive us for having loose tongues and only Jesus can give us renewed hope that we can gain victory over our sin. We must stay in close touch with our Lord. Every time we sin, we must flee to Him. We must not give up the battle. If we want victory, we have to fight the good fight and win as many battles as we can. We will not gain total victory in the flesh, but we can make progress.

Gaining victory over our loose tongues is not a hopeless endeavor. What comes out of our mouths is rooted in our hearts. When our hearts are right with God, we will be able to produce better and more productive fruit from our lips.

Don’t skip over this issue. Jesus said that how we speak and what we say will carry great weight on Judgment Day. Keep your soul right with God and your words will be right before God.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/6/2021

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CrossMatt. 12:30 “Anyone who isn’t helping me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.”

Is what you are doing with your life helping or hindering the cause of Christ? In light of Jesus’ statement, we are doing one or the other. This should cause us to stop and look at what we do with our time and lives. While we can get carried away with our self-examination, I do believe we need to be aware of what we are doing in light of Christ’s role in our lives.

Our life purpose should be always to advance the Kingdom of God while we are here on earth. There is no greater purpose for life than this. We do various things with our lives, but we should share a common purpose. Life isn’t about what we may be able to accumulate or accomplish in the world; life is what we can do to work with Christ to reach the world for Him.

Jesus went so far as to say that if we aren’t working with Him, we are working against Him. It is easy to see how that is true for the believer and unbeliever, but we don’t see it as easily when we look at the life of the believer. It’s not unusual to do very little with our faith to advance the Kingdom of God. We want faith and all its benefits, but we don’t want the work that goes with it. If we aren’t working with Him, we are working against Him. Strong words to ponder today.

If you aren’t working out your salvation in the world you are actually opposing Christ. Do you need to make some changes in your life today?

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 11/29/2021

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CrossMatt. 12:35-37 “A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”

What we say matters to God. What we say is a reflection of what is in our hearts. A godly heart speaks good things and an evil heart speaks evil things. God hears what comes from our mouths. He holds us accountable for the things we say and on Judgment Day we will answer to Him for them. Does this truth bother you at all? It should cause all of us to stop and think about what we say, how we say things, and why we say them.

What we say is also a reflection of what is in our hearts. Notice what Jesus says about it. We speak what is in our hearts. If we use vulgar words it indicates that sin is in our hearts. If we are careless in how we use the Lord’s name, it indicates that we have a careless regard for Him. If we speak negatively about others it indicates that we are not driven by godly love. If we speak harshly it means that we are not seeking peace and the well-being of others.

We are not perfect, but certainly we can do a much better job of how we speak and act. We must strive to be godly for we will be judged by God for how we do it. We dare not think lightly about this. God demands that we live rightly before Him. We can do it if we let Jesus be our Lord and not just our Savior. Is Jesus your Lord?

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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