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

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by Jim Hughes

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 11/22/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 12:11,12 And he answered, “If you had one sheep, and it fell into a well on the Sabbath, wouldn’t you get to work and pull it out? Of course you would. And how much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Yes, it is right to do good on the Sabbath.”

I have always been careful on how I handle the Lord’s Day. There are a lot of differences in our opinions on what we can and cannot do in it. Each of us must let the Lord guide us in this. What concerns me the most is that for many of us, the Lord’s Day is not looked upon as being any different than any other day of the week. We have no qualms about what we do. We fill it with so much activity that we are ill-prepared to begin another work week. We don’t let our bodies or souls rest long enough to be refreshed. We don’t give much thought to honoring the Lord or letting the Lord’s Day be a day of worship and rest. In fact, many of us aren’t bothered much at all if we don’t even make it to church to worship Him.

You have to let the Lord guide you in this, but I would challenge you to at least take into consideration what the Lord says in His Word about remembering the Sabbath Day and keeping it holy. Regardless of which day you choose to set aside in your week for a day of rest and worship, it is clear to me that the Lord requires that we do it. To not have a Lord’s Day in our week is an act of disobedience. It is sin.

Jesus said that it is okay to do good on the Sabbath. He does not say that we can do anything we want to do. We need to carefully consider the good that we do or don’t do. If what you do serves no good eternal purpose, then I challenge you to wait before the Lord about it and let His Spirit guide you as to whether or not you should continue to do what you do.

You have to let the Lord guide you in this, but I would challenge you to at least take this into consideration. If we don’t give our souls time to refocus on the Lord and appreciate the life He gives us to live, we will dry up and wither away in our faith. We need to set aside a day to be renewed in our souls through praise, thanksgiving, and meditation on His Word.

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 11/15/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 11:28-30 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden is light.”

I don’t know what kind of a burden you are carrying today. Your heart may be loaded down with sorrow or grief over a loved one. You may be concerned about your job or finances. You may be under attack by someone who doesn’t like you. You may be concerned about some health issue. You may be loaded down with guilt and shame over sin in your life. Whatever burden that you may be carrying around with you today, hear the words of Jesus. Let them grab hold of you.

Jesus has the power and heart to help you. He wants to take the burden off your shoulders and carry it for you. He wants to replenish your depleted soul. He wants to give you the strength and desire to continue on. He wants to show you how you can move forward in your life once again. He wants to embrace you in His love. He wants to show you that it is true, He will never give you more of a load to carry than you are able to do.

Jesus wants you to know that today if you will let Him, He will do the heavy lifting for you. He will make your load lighter so that you can do it. He will see your through this tough time of your life. Things may seem to be too much for you and you may feel little hope of things not changing. Let me leave you with this truth. Never doubt in the dark what you know to be true in the light. Truth never changes no matter how dark things may get. What the Lord promises to do for you, He will do. You have His Word on 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 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 11/8/2021

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CrossMatt. 10:37-39 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine, or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it, but if you give it up for me, you will find it.”

These verses may cause you to do a double take. Jesus is laying it on the line and putting things in their proper perspective. He is declaring that our allegiance to Him is far more important than our allegiance to anyone else. He makes it very clear that if He is not more important to us than anyone or anything else, we are not worthy of being called His children.

When we consider how important our families are to us, this really challenges us to consider our love for the Lord. Do we love the Lord more than our spouses, children, parents, and siblings? Is it obvious to them and others that we do? Do we assume they know it or have we actually told them?

If we really love Christ more than anyone else, we will daily do whatever we have to do to remain faithful to Him. We will be willing to do anything for Him. We will be willing to make whatever sacrifices we need to do in order to obey Him. What we desire out of life becomes secondary to our devotion to Him. We will be willing to set aside whatever we deem important in life in order to follow Him.

If we really love Christ, we will surrender all of our life to Him. We will consider all of it His. We will abandon ourselves to His will. It is only when we do these things that we will really find ourselves. In Him alone we will discover what our lives are really all about. We will find purpose for our living. We will find what is worth living and dying for. In Christ alone we will find eternal life.

Let go of all that your life is to you and give it to the Lord. He will then make something beautiful out of it and you.

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 11/1/2021

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CrossMatt. 10:32-33 “If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will openly acknowledge that person before my Father in heaven. But if anyone denies me here on earth,, I will deny that person before my Father in heaven.”

There is not much to say about this truth. The only issue I would raise is whether or not we are doing it. Are we proclaiming Christ or denying Him? You cannot live in a neutral zone. Your life is either reflecting Christ or it’s not. You are transparent. People see who owns you. It shows up in the way you live. Your actions and works are determined by who rules your heart. You can easily determine how healthy your soul is by taking an honest look at your life.

You will deny the Lord if you are embarrassed or ashamed of Him. Whenever you let people hinder your witness, you are more concerned about their opinions than those of Christ. You deny the Lord when it makes you uncomfortable. You deny Him because you lack a passionate love for Him. You deny Him when you fear man more than you do God. You deny the Lord when you get too busy to properly take care of your soul.

The Lord is not a badge you can put on and take off when it is convenient for you. You are either all into Him or you are not. Our witness for Christ is being noted and recorded in heaven. Do you acknowledge Him as your Savior and Lord every chance you get, or do you do it only when it’s convenient for you to do so?

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 10/25/2021

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CrossMatt. 9:37-38 He said to his disciple, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”

Can you see the harvest field? Do you know that most of the people you see around you are going to go to hell unless they come to Christ? Do you realize that the sheer number of people going to hell is so great? Does it concern you at all that hell is going to be populated with people you know and rub shoulders with daily? Do you think much about the seriousness of the matter?

We don’t preach and talk about hell much anymore. We may not actually come out and deny that it’s real, but by our actions and lack of discussion about it, we are in fact denying its realness. Hell is not a place anyone will want to be at. It is eternal torment for those who reject Christ as their Savior. It is a place of no escape and no relief. It is a place where there will be an eternal and loud cry of anguish over lost opportunities to accept Jesus. Scripture reveals it is a place of eternal hellfire and brimstone, unequaled in pain and suffering.

It should concern us that people we know are going there. There aren’t enough people who are concerned enough about them to warn them. There aren’t enough people today who are speaking up about hell and the lost soul of man. Pray and ask the Lord to raise up more voices to tell them. Ask the Lord to lay it upon the heart of more preachers and teachers of the Word to include the truthfulness about hell and the lostness of man’s soul.

Today is the day of salvation. Right now is when man has opportunity to be saved. We don’t know when the Lord is coming back or when he will shut the door on some soul’s chances to be saved. Ask the Lord today to send more workers into the harvest field.

Perhaps He is waiting for you to pray so that He may send you. And, if He does, don’t say no to His call. The souls of many are at stake.

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 10/18/2021

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CrossMatt. 9:36-38 He felt great pity for the crowds who came, because their problems were so great and they didn’t know where to go for help. They were like sheep without a shepherd. He said to his disciples, “The harvest is so great, but the workers are so few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send out more workers for his fields.”

The Lord has a heart for people in need. He cares about our problems. He cares that we often can’t solve them on our own. He cares that we often wander around grasping for answers and often live without help or hope. The Lord loves us and His heart goes out to us. He has great pity for us.

The Lord calls us to likewise have a heart for one another. We need to see those around us who are in need. We need to likewise pity those who have no hope or help. We need to love others enough to pray on their behalf. We must realize how great the need is all around us. We must ask the Lord to send people to those in need who can help them and when He leads, we need to be willing to be the feet to our prayers.

There is ample amount of people in need all around us. There is far more work to do than there are workers to do it. No matter how much good we are able to do, we will never be able to do enough. Pray for the Lord to raise up more workers. Pray that He will send people to those in need who can help them. Pray that the Lord will help us to not have sinful thoughts towards other workers in the harvest field.

Sadly, we find ourselves often squabbling amongst ourselves and finding fault with one another while those around us wander around in darkness without a Shepherd. We become jealous and judgmental of co-laborers instead of partners with them in the Gospel. We insist that they enter into our comfort zone before we will work alongside of them.

May the Lord forgive us for our sinful ways. May He unite us together at the foot of the cross and send us out together into the harvest field to reach whomever we can for their souls’ sake. May He keep us from being more of a hindrance than a help to reach the world we live for the Gospel.

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 10/11/2021

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CrossMatt. 7:21 “Not all people who sound religious are really godly. They may refer to me as “Lord,” but they still won’t enter the Kingdom of Heaven. The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in heaven.”

There is a difference between good people and godly people, between religious people and godly people. It’s fairly easy to be who we really are not. We can act the part but be far from it. What separates the godly from the ungodly is the relationship they have with Christ. Godly people are those who have given Christ their hearts and strive to live holy lives. They are a people who are changed from the inside out and not just on the outside.

People who consider themselves to be religious and good often call Jesus Lord, but they will not make it to heaven. We can do a lot of things in Jesus’ name and live to think about it in hell. When Jesus is Lord, we obey God. There is a constant effort to do what pleases God. A godly person knows what God expects them to do and strive to do it. Faith is real when actions back up one’s words.

We need to take a careful look in the mirror and consider whether or not we are living in obedience to God’s commands. We cannot pick and choose which ones we want to do. Partial obedience is really not obedience at all. A godly soul does not have divided loyalties. He gives the Lord all of his heart, mind and soul.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 10/4/2021

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CrossMatt. 7:20 “Yes, the way to identify a tree or a person is by the kind of fruit that is produced.”

What kind of life we live reveals who really controls our lives. We do not have to do all the things the world does in order to be under Satan’s control. We can be “good people” in the eyes of the world and go to hell when we die. In fact, I believe most people fall into that category. What makes a person good and acceptable to God is not what we do; it is in whom we put our trust. Without putting our trust in Christ, we may do much good in the world, but we will lose our souls.

It doesn’t matter what we profess to be; if our living doesn’t match up to our profession, we are not who we claim to be. We cannot live in fellowship with Christ and fail to produce godly fruit. A child of God shows the characteristics of God in his life. God is holy and His children show evidence of holiness in their lives. The only way to really know what that means in practical terms is to open up God’s Word and take note of what He says about how we are to live. A closed Bible results in ungodly living.

Good fruit is only produced on properly nourished trees. There has to be amble amount of necessary ingredients for it to grow and produce. It is the same with our souls. We must feed our souls what they need in order for them to grow and produce. We must be vigilant in what we allow our souls to feast on. No one can properly take care of your soul for you but you. A neglected soul will produce bad fruit that is of no eternal value at all. Only a soul that produces good fruit will see God.

When properly taken care of, our souls will produce much good fruit that brings honor and glory to Christ. You are what you produce.

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 9/27/2021

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CrossMatt. 7:13-14 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow and only a few ever find it.”

There is only one way to enter into God’s Kingdom and that is through Christ. God has made no other provision for our salvation. He is the doorway and He will not let any enter who does not embrace Him as their Savior and Lord.

Most people do not embrace this truth. They try to find another way into heaven. They believe Satan’s lies that there has to be another way. They refuse to see themselves in need of Christ. Most people want nothing to do with God’s way. They convince themselves that their own way is good enough. Most people will remain on the outside looking in and will never know what heaven is like on the inside.

Only a few people will enter into heaven. Only a few will humble themselves before Christ, confess their sins, and seek His forgiveness. Only a few will strive to live life God’s way. God’s way is the pathway of holiness. It is a path where one is constantly changing, being conformed into the likeness of Christ. Only a few will persevere to the end and enter into heaven.

Contrary to the teaching of many, the way to heaven is not easy. It is not easy to stand strong for truth in a world that hates the truth. It is not easy to stand alone on righteousness when those around you are encouraging you not to. It is not easy to be looked down on and sometimes harmed because you dare not compromise on godly living. It is not easy to proclaim the Word of God to a people who do not want to hear it and will make life miserable for you if you do. It is not easy, but it’s the only way to heaven.

Be different than most. Put your faith in Christ alone and let Him be your righteousness and holiness before God. Put your faith in Christ and let Him make you fit for heaven. Be among the few who will enter through heaven’s door. You will be eternally grateful you did.

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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