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Christian Books of the Week: Bibles 5/27/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/26/2022

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Verse of the Day May 26th, 2022

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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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Book Spotlight: Holy Bible American Standard Version Kindle Version 5/24/2022

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Holy Bible American Standard Version

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Holy Bible American Standard Version

Holy Bible American Standard Version

 

The American Standard 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 5/23/2022

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 22:14 “For many were called, but few were chosen.”

This is the story of the great wedding feast. Jesus used this story to teach us what it will be like when He comes back to establish His kingdom. This was a wedding feast and all the guests who were initially invited were too preoccupied with their own agendas to bother coming when it was time for the wedding to take place. The host of the wedding was furious with those who spurned him and turned to those who did come, those who considered the invitation something special and dropped everything else to hurriedly come.

The point Jesus made is that we should never squander our opportunity to be ready for His coming. We will never know when He will show up and if we are not ready for Him, it will be too late. We should consider it an honor to be invited to be a part of His wedding party. It should be the number one priority of our lives. We must be ready so that at any given moment we can join Him.

Don’t assume anything about the Lord’s coming. He may come for His church, or He may come for you, at any moment. Live each moment as if it were going to be your last one on earth. If Jesus were to come for you today, would you wish that you had more time to get ready? Would you be spurned by Him because you passed up His invitation to be ready while you had it? If Jesus would call you home today, what would He find you doing with your life?

Many are invited into His kingdom, but few are chosen because most people do not value the treasure of a life lived in Christ.

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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: Bibles 5/20/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/19/2022

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Verse of the Day May 19th, 2022

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Before the world began, the Word was there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. – John 1:1 ERV

Devotion

The first paragraph of John’s Gospel will never be easy for me to comprehend, I must confess. Today’s verse speaks about a reality so tremendously big that I will never be able to wrap my head around it. It echoes the beginning of Genesis, the beginning of all we know. In the empty darkness, God spoke.

I once heard a story about a Jewish rabbi who wept each time he read the first verses of Genesis. Why? He said, “The Eternal One could have chosen to remain silent. However, He chose to speak.” We serve a God who speaks. Moreover, we serve a God whose Word called everything we know into existence. How could I ever fathom that?

John teaches us that the Word, that was there in the beginning, was Christ. Christ, both Son of God and Son of Man. The very power that created the universe, got concentrated in a human body. That incredible creative force walked and talked just like we do. Thus, it opened the way for us to become a new creation. Christ’s birth as a humble baby was the condition for us to be born-again.

Nicodemus, an important teacher of Israel, couldn’t understand it. I don’t understand it, either. Yet, I believe it! I believe I am a new creation, not fit for this world anymore, but being prepared for eternal life. I know so, because God also chose to give His Word to us. That creative power dwells on the pages of the Bible. It is grace and love in its purest form. It contains the words of eternal life.

Today, take time to ponder that miracle. Stand in awe as you meditate on the living Word who came to save us. Never take that for granted!

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Book Spotlight: Journey through the Bible (5 book series) Kindle Version 5/17/2022

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Journey through the Bible

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Journey Through the Bible

From Book 1: This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.

The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.

Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 5/16/2022

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CrossMatt. 21:21-22 Then Jesus told them, “I assure you, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May God lift you up and throw you into the sea,’ and it will happen. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

The more faith we have, the greater our authority to move the mountains in our lives will be. There is nothing that can hinder us if we have the faith to move forward. Faith can be either our greatest friend or our worst foe.

Faith is our friend when it is a real presence in our lives, when it is actively working to draw us closer to God. It helps us to grow up and become more effective lights of grace in the world. It helps us to be able to handle whatever life throws at us with a calm confidence and unshakeable peace. It provides for us a purpose for living and dying.

Faith is our enemy when we don’t exercise it and give it opportunity to take root and grow in our lives. When we don’t nurture it, we live in misery. To believe in God without living in God saddles us with a life without peace, joy, and no real hope. We try to justify ourselves with our knowledge of God, but we can’t. We base our relationship with God on what we think we know, instead of with whom we know. We try to live without God influencing our lives and yet thinking it’s okay since we believe in God. One of the biggest problems that plagues a Christian today is the thinking that we are saved and alright with God since we mouthed some words at some point in our lives. Faith that is a saving faith is a faith that changes the way we think and live.

Faith can be your friend or your foe. It’s up to you. Make a commitment to nurture your faith so that it can grow in you and you will be able to command the mountains of your life to go away and they will.

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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: Bibles 5/13/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/12/2022

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Verse of the Day May 12th, 2022

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

Devotion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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