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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 11/30/2020

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by Jim Hughes

CrossJoel 2:12-13 That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you.

If you have turned away from the Lord, hear what He is saying to you today. Turn to Him while there is still time! You don’t know what is ahead of you. You may not even finish reading this today. Right now is the time to turn to Him and give Him your heart. Don’t let pride get in your way. Humble yourself before God and seek His face. Admit your sins, confess them before Him, ask Him to forgive you right now while you can.

The Lord is gracious and merciful; He will not turn you away. He will not reject you just because you have rejected Him. He is gracious and merciful and not easily angered. He has open arms to all who would turn to Him and repent. He longs to have fellowship with you. He longs to pour out His love and blessings on you. The only one who can stop Him from doing it is you.

The Lord is full of kindness and is eager to not punish you. He takes no delight in punishing anyone for sin, but He must if they don’t repent. God is holy and will never let sin go. He patiently waits for the soul to return to Him, but there always comes a point in which His patience runs out. He knows the soul and will continue to try to woo us back to Him while we are still able to return. Don’t let sin harden your heart to the point where God can no longer penetrate it. Return to Him now while you can.

If you have not forsaken the Lord but find yourself not as close to Him as you once were, now is the time to turn back to the Lord before you drift farther away. Today is the day of salvation. You may never have another chance to get back right with God. Do it now while you can. If all is well with your soul, praise the Lord for it and pray for those who need to return to 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 chaper 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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The Point Is … Wounded 11/26/2020

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He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. Psalm 147:3

The hood of her jacket was pulled low over her face hiding her eyes. Without exception, she wore the same long-sleeve hoodie, even in warm weather. Juston glanced at her and smiled as she stepped onto the school bus. “Hello, Angelica,” he said. She gripped the handrail tighter and looked up at him from underneath her hoodie. Her face was pale. She didn’t return his smile.  

Angelica stepped into the aisle and sat down in the front seat behind himShe always sat in the front seat. All the other high school kids were in the back of the bus, but not Angelica. She sat in front with the kindergarten kids. 

Juston closed the door, shifted gears, and pulled the bus out of the school parking lot. He looked up at Angelica’s reflection in the rearview. She never looked up. Her crossed arms wrapped around her bodyhugging herself.  

“Do you like pizza?” he asked over his shoulder. “You probably think I just drive this bus all day long,” he continued. “But this is not my real job. I only do this to make ends meet. I’m the pastor for students at First Baptist. Our youth group is having pizza tonight. You should come.” He peeked up at the mirror to see her reply, but she still never looked up. So, they drove on in silence. 

A few minutes later, the bus pulled up in front of her house. As she was stepping off, Juston said, “Church starts at seven.” She paused, then continued out the door without looking back. 

Juston was surprised that night when Angelica walked into church. She sat in the back, away from everyone else. She never looked up as Juston shared the gospel. After he finished speaking, she grabbed a slice of pizza and hurried out the door.  

He was surprised again next week when she came back.  

“Can I talk to you?” she asked. Juston nodded, “Sure.” 

“Before we talk, I need you to take this.” 

“What’s this?” 

“Open it.” 

Justin unzipped the small black case to reveal the contents inside – razorblades. It was full of razorblades. Angelica pulled up her sleeves. Scars started at the top of her arms and continued down to her wrists.  

Trembling and sobbing, she shared her story. It was a tragedy – a story of abuse. Someone she loved and trusted had done unspeakable things to herEventually, her heart numbed. As a way of “feeling” something, she became a cutter. 

She reached in her pocket and handed him a piece of paper – a suicide note.  

“A week ago, I decided to end my life. Then you invited me for pizza. Now, I don’t want to die. I want to live, and I want to know this Jesus you keep talking about…” 

That night, Angelica gave her life to Jesus Christ. Today, she and her husband are missionaries in South America. They just had their first child – a baby girl.  

Last week, I heard Juston share Angelica’s story at church camp. As I listened, I realized that the world is full of Angelicas. The world is full of scarred, wounded people. But Jesus Christ can bind up your wounds. 

The point is: Only Jesus can heal your broken heartLike Angelica, you can bring Him your disappointments, your griefsand your wounds. Whatever you are going through, there is healing in Jesus.  

On the cross, Jesus bore our sins. By His wounds you have been healed. Step out in faith and place your life in His nail-scarred hands.  

The Point Is...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, columnist, and author. You can write to him by email at james@thepointis.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gems From Pastor Jim 11/10/2020

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CrossPs. 119:160 All your words are true; all your laws will stand forever.

ALL means all. There is not one word God has recorded in the Scriptures that is not true. Like it or not, God has declared what is truth. He who tries to water it down or adapt it to fit his own desires does so at the risk of his soul.

Not one of God’s laws will falter. God’s ways and thoughts are unchangeable. God’s Word will outlast all of creation. God is absolute truth. He is eternal Truth. He is the same truth that He always has been and always will be.

It is imperative for us to strive to understand the words of God as written. It is not our opinions that matter, nor is it an option for us to try to make it say what we want it to say. Many things God has spoken are beyond our ability to understand, but that gives us no right to question its authenticity or authority over us. We must study it diligently under the Spirit’s guidance to try and discern what is being said. And if we can’t understand some things, we know they are true because God said it and we accept them by faith.

Wise is he who is humble enough to admit he doesn’t have perfect understanding of all things. Our understanding is limited by our feeble minds. We understand things based on our own experiences and teachings in life. Wise is he who lets the Word speak for itself and accepts it as truth simply because God inspired it to be written. The more time I spend in the Word, the more I discover how limited my understanding really is. Often, the Lord speaks to me in ways that are outside of my comfort zone of understanding. It is by faith and not our sight that we are able to gain an understanding of God’s Word.

God gives us opportunity and all the resources we need to learn truth and he will hold us accountable for what we do with our opportunities. Ignorance is not an excuse for those who have been given opportunity and squander it away. All of God’s words are eternally true and will outlast all or our understandings of it.

 

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 chaper 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 11/2/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossHosea 14:9 Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those who are discerning listen carefully. The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

Wise are those who know the paths of the Lord and walk on them. Wise are those who know the ways of the Lord are always true and right and when we follow them we will make it to heaven. The Lord has never led one soul astray and, He never will.

The paths of the Lord are whatever it is that leads us to God. God makes himself known to us clearly and in a wide variety of ways. When we follow the path that leads to God, we will find Him. God makes himself abundantly clear in the Scriptures. You cannot read the Scriptures without encountering God. When we pray with sincere hearts seeking God, we find Him. God hears the prayers of those who sincerely seek Him and answers them. God is found in the fellowship of the church. You may have to look hard in some churches in order to find Him, but in most churches, He is there. God is found in the lives of those committed to Him. Getting to know godly people helps us to find Him. God is found in creation; all we have to do is to look honestly and humbly at creation and we can only conclude that God is. God is found in music, books, movies and we will find Him if we are sincerely looking for Him.

Righteous are those who are sincerely seeking God. They want to see God. They are observant in life and attribute to God the things that flow from God. They pursue those things that lead them to God. They strive to avoid those things where God cannot be found. The passion of the righteous is being in the presence of God.

Sinners stumble over the paths that lead to God. They are so blinded by sin that they have a very hard time seeing the paths that lead to God, let alone follow them. The desire of the sinner’s heart is not for God so they don’t pursue Him. They stumble and fall over the witness of God all around them. Sinners who are content in their sin will not find God.

Lord, help us to understand that we must always walk only on the paths that lead us to you and to not be content with the life of sin we are prone to drift into. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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The Point Is … Periodically 10/29/2020

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For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23   

understand people today don’t believe in spanking kids, but I was raised in a different time. Spanking was a daily occurrence for me.  

Corporal punishment was still in the public-school system when I was growing up. I used to get spankings at school. At my school, they used the board of education. They used a wooden paddle.  

When I was in the eighth grade, we were studying the periodic table of elements in science. I struggled memorizing the periodic table. I was as lost as a goose in a snowstorm.  

Who came up with those abbreviations anyway? Some of them made sense. For example, hydrogen is H. Oxygen is O. But some of them don’t make any sense. Take potassium for example. Potassium is K. There isn’t even a K in the word potassium. Sodium is NA. I thought NA meant “not applicable.” Silver is AG. Isn’t AG the abbreviation for agriculture?  

In the eighth grade, I could not remember the periodic table for the life of me. There was a big test over the periodic table coming up. So, I decided to cheat. I took an ink pen that was made of clear plastic. I copied out the entire periodic table on a very small piece of paper. Then I rolled up the piece of paper and put it inside the pen. All I had to do was look at the pen for the test answers. 

My plan would have worked if not for my cousin, Bubba. Bubba’s real name was Jimmy Joe Jeff Johnny Paul Ray Elmer Junior. But that was a mouthful. We called him Bubba. Bubba was in Mr. Alford’s Science Class with me. He was sitting in the desk behind me on the day of the test.  

When the test started, things were going great. I was filling in all the blanks on the test thanks to the periodic pen. Suddenly, Bubba whispered, “What’s the abbreviation for Mercury?” I tried to ignore him because I didn’t want to get caught.  

He was persistent. He asked again louder, “What’s the abbreviation for Mercury?” I still didn’t answer.  

Finally, Bubba stood up and said, “Mr. Alford, my pen quit writing. Can I borrow James’ pen?”  

Mr. Alford walked over, took the pen, and marched me out into the hall. Mr. Alford had my pen in one hand and the paddle in the other. It was a bad day after that. 

I cheated, got caught, and had to pay the price.  

The point is: There are consequences when we sin. When we disobey God, there are consequences. God is just and because He is just, He must punish sin.  

The Bible says the wages of sin is death. For the lost, it means death in hell. For the Christian, it can mean physical death pre-maturely. Sometimes God will kill a Christian if that person loses his testimony and lives like a non-Christian. Sin brings physical death.  

Sin can also bring death to your marriage, to joy in your life, and to your relationships. Sin destroys. Sin kills.  

However, God has given us a gift. God gave us His Son, Jesus Christ. Eternal life is waiting for those who call on Him in repentance for salvation. Get off the path that leads to death. Get on the highway to Heaven. Turn to Christ today. 

The Point Is...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, columnist, and author. You can write to him by email at james@thepointis.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/26/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossHosea 10:12 Plant the good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness on you.

When you live in righteousness you will naturally be a loving person. You cannot be right with God and not inherit His love nature. No matter how well you may be able to live righteously by man’s standards, if you are not loving, you are not living righteously by God’s standards.

Hosea spoke to a people who based their righteousness on how well they were able to live by God’s law. God made it very clear what they must do in order to be right with Him. What ended up happening was that when they lived by the law they failed to love one another and legalism without love creates a hard heart. Hosea’s admonition was for them to plow up the hardness of their hearts. Obedience to God must be done for the right reason. What we do must flow from hearts of love, not duty.

If you are not motivated by love for the Lord in what you do, now is the time to do something about it. Continuing on without love makes the heart hard towards God. No matter how much good you are doing, if love is not behind it, you do it in vain. God knows your heart and whether or not your motivation in doing what is right is love and He will hold you accountable for your motivation. If you want to be sure your heart is right with God, take a bath in His love. He will shower you in His righteousness and all will be well with your soul.

Loving God overshadows everything we do. It affects not only our standing with God, it affects our relationships with others. We cannot love God without loving people. We cannot live righteously with uncaring souls.

Now is the time to examine your soul. Now is the time to seek the Lord. Now is the time to make sure that loving God is the driving force in your life. Now is the time to live righteously before God. Tomorrow may never come and if you don’t do it now, it may be too late.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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The Point Is … Better Late Than Never 10/22/2020

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“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

Over the years, I have been blessed to receive many letters from readers. Many of those letters asked questions. One reader wrote, “Dear Pastor James, you are without a doubt the biggest pinhead on the planet. Who told you that you were a writer?” Signed, “Phillis Stein.” 

Another reader wrote, “James Collins, you are a narrowminded bigot. Where do you get off by saying Jesus is the only way?” Signed, “Barry Cuwder.”   

Another letter read, “We’ve been trying to reach you about your car’s extended warranty. Why don’t you reply? Signed, “Otto Matik.” 

One of my favorite letters said, “Dr. Collins, I’m sorry that I called you an idiot in my previous letter. I really thought you already knew. I could explain to you how stupid you are, but I can’t understand it for you. What university would be so moronic as to give you a doctorate?” Signed, “Rory Motion.” 

This past week, I received a letter from Ladonna (not her real name). She wrote, “Dear Pastor Collins, I write today because I am confused. Many years ago, I made accusations against another person that were just false. It created a crisis that I am ashamed of today. Should I try to make it right after all these years or should I just leave well enough alone… I don’t want to make things worse or dig up old wounds. What should I do?” 

This question is one that I have been asked often. Many Christians struggle with this issue. However, the Bible is clear that if you as a believer have wronged another believer then you need to attempt to make things right. God has given us a ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19). 

A few years ago, a woman named Dee felt something was missing in her life. So, she started coming to my church. Eventually, she gave her life to Christ. It was my privilege to baptize her. Whenever someone gets saved, it is a miracle of God. But Dee’s salvation was truly a miracle considering she was eighty-three-years-old. Most of the time, when someone reaches that age, life has hardened them to the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

One day Dee told me about her daughter, Joy. Dee had basically abandoned Joy when she was a child. They had not spoken to each other for almost fifty years. I encouraged Dee to call her daughter and apologize. Dee said the same thing to me that Ladonna said in her letter, “I don’t want to make things worse or dig up old wounds.” I said, “Jesus Christ can heal wounds even old ones,” as I handed her the phone. She called her daughter and apologized. She shared how Jesus Christ had changed her life. As they spoke, Joy put her faith in Jesus as Savior. She became reconciled with Jesus and with her mother. Now both Dee and Joy have peace with each other and peace with God.  

The point is: When you confess and seek forgiveness from someone you have wronged, God provides opportunities for healing (James 5:16). By not seeking reconciliation, you feel sick with unforgiveness, anger, and shame. God through His Son and Spirit can heal you when you seek His help. 

Why don’t you lean on God’s strength and reach out to that person and show them the love of Christ today? 

Better late than never.

The Point Is...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, columnist, and author. You can write to him by email at james@thepointis.net.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/19/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, “ O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and keep your commands.”

Do you really believe it? Do you believe that God always fulfills His promises of unfailing love to those who love Him and obey Him? Think about how you think about God when circumstances overwhelm you and He seems to not care. Be honest. Do you consider God loving you when things are going bad for you? Don’t you question the love of God for you when nothing seems to change for the better? After all, if God really loves, He would make sure everything went well for us, wouldn’t He?

We doubt God’s love because we can’t see the forest because of the trees. All we can see is the moment we are in, not the broader picture of our lives. We don’t see how the moment can be good for us in any way. We don’t see how God is going to use us the rest of our life journey and how our present circumstances are a part of our preparation.

We don’t see the good in the bad because we fail to remember what God says about himself. He is holy love and is incapable of acting in a non-loving way. Everything God does, or allows to happen in our lives, flows from love. He is incapable of doing anything wrong. We may not understand it at all, but it is true. In order to deal with life we must accept as absolute truth everything God says. All of God’s promises come to pass but, there is a condition if we are going to personally experience them.

We must love the Lord and obey Him. When we love the Lord we trust Him. We rest in the knowledge that what we are going through is noticed by God and is being used by Him for our good. We do not speak negatively of Him; instead we acknowledge Him, thank Him, and praise Him regardless of what we are experiencing. We continue to faithfully obey Him regardless of how we feel. God never fails us, but we do fail Him. God will see you through whatever you are going through if you love Him and obey Him.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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The Point is … A Winning Team 10/15/2020

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by James Collins

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 22:3-5

One of my favorite writers is the great Louis L’amour. He wrote a book called Last of the Breed. In the book, the hero was in a lot of trouble. He was being chased by bad guys. He was in Alaska, freezing to death in the snow. He was starving. Things did not look like they were going to end well for the hero. 

I couldn’t stand it. I couldn’t wait to see what was going to happen. So, I looked at the back of the book. In the end, he defeated his enemies. He won. 

I have also peeked at the last chapter of the last book in the Bible. Guess what? We win. 

There are times you may feel defeated. There are times you may feel like a loser. However, if you’re a Christian, you’ve picked the winning team. 

I always wanted to be on a winning team. The few times I played ball, we always lost. The school I went to was very small. We were not very competitive with the larger schools. Still, I wanted to play. Desperately, I wanted to be on a winning team. So, when I was in the seventh grade, I tried out for the middle school basketball team. 

In my mind, I was Michael Jordan. In reality, I was the school nerd. 

I was tall and skinny – 6’3” tall and 105 pounds. I would have been taller, but so much of me turned down for feet. I wore size thirteen sneakers, but my basketball shoes were too big even for my big feet. They were size fifteen second-hand rejects. I always tripped over my own big feet. 

My tank top was also too big. I wore old baggy shorts that would hardly stay up. I was extremely clumsy and awkward. 

Despite my lack of coordination, I made the middle school basketball team, and I sat on the bench game after game. I wanted to be a winner. I wanted to get in the game just one time. 

I would sit on the bench and dream. I dreamed that the coach looked over at me and said, “Our best player has broken his leg. James, it’s all up to you.” 

I ran out on the court. Someone passed me the ball. I took off down the court. 

The crowd was screaming. They yelled, “There must be rockets in his shoes!” 

Just as the last second ticked off the clock, I jumped up with the basketball and I slammed dunked it. We won the game! 

All the cheerleaders ran out. All of them said, “James, would you be my boyfriend?” That’s what I used to sit on the bench and dream. 

One time, I actually got in a game. Someone passed the ball to me. I tucked it under my arm like it was a football. I didn’t dribble. I ran for a touchdown. It was back to the bench for me. 

I always wanted to be on a winning team. Thank God, I have won the victory in Christ. 

The point is: The day that I repented of my sin and trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior; I joined a winning team. I have looked at the last chapter of the Bible and we win. 

If you are on Team Jesus, then you are a winner too.

The Point Is ...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/12/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 6:10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to God.

Daniel did not let his circumstances dictate his faith. He knew that things weren’t going to be easy for him if he were to continue being bold about his faith, but that did not matter to him. He unashamedly did what he always did, he prayed openly and he did care what others thought about it. His allegiance was to God, he needed time alone with God, and he made sure that he got that time.

When he prayed, Daniel often gave thanks. He understood that he was who he was because of God’s favor on him. He appreciated the life he lived and made sure that God knew his appreciation. He was not concerned what others thought; he was determined to acknowledge God’s hand on his life, both past and present. We can learn much from Daniel’s heart.

I wonder how bold we are about acknowledging God’s hand on our lives and unashamedly giving Him thanks. So many of us do not take the time to offer the Lord our thanks for His blessings of life. I see so many professing Christians who do not pause to give thanks in public before a meal. I hear so many of us who take far more credit than we deserve for the blessings of our lives. I hear so many prayers that are geared to what we want from God rather than thanks for what we have received. A lack of gratitude for God’s blessings is a sin.

God deserves our gratitude. We don’t deserve to be children of God. We don’t deserve any of the blessings He bestows on us. It is shameful the way that we often act around those who do not share our faith. We should never hide our faith. We should not care what others may think. It is far more important what God thinks than it is man. Dare to be a Daniel. Let others see your faith at work in you and hear your words of gratitude unto the Lord.

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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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