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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/13/2021

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Verse of the Day

May 13th, 2021

Scripture

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

Devotion

Our father in heaven is the Lord God of heaven and earth. What He says goes. He speaks and things happen. By His creative Word He brought all things into being. By His providential Word He upholds, directs, and governs all things. His Word does not return to Him empty because it failed to achieve what He wanted it to achieve. Rather, it accomplishes what He sends it out to do.

What is true of God’s creative and providential Word is also true of His Word as written down in the Bible. It accomplishes what He wants to accomplish with it. What does God want to accomplish with the Bible? He wants to turn the world back to Him. He wants to tell people how they can get back into proper relationship to Him. Humankind fell into sin and became alienated from God. God had a plan to redeem the world through Jesus Christ and the Bible, in both its Old Testament and New Testament, tells us about that plan.

And God’s written word is not failing to achieve what He wants to achieve with it; it is not returning to Him empty. What began as a small movement in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire has advanced from there throughout the whole world. What began with a few people in an upper room in Jerusalem has advanced from there to include over two billion people. Jesus’ prophetic parables have come true. The small mustard seed has become the largest plant in the garden (Mark 4:30-32). The yeast has worked its way throughout the dough (Matthew 13:33). All of this is because God’s written Word has accomplished what it was intended to accomplish.

And God’s written Word will continue to achieve what He wants to achieve with it until the full number of people are brought into the church. All of us who read and hear the words of the Bible, who speak and proclaim the words of the Bible, participate in the accomplishment of its purpose.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 5/10/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 1:6 David was the father of Solomon (his mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).

I am so thankful today that God does not give up on us and that he brings good out of lives that are not so good. David messed up royal. He got caught up in his lust and it led to adultery and murder. He had it all, the blessings of God and the favor of man, yet it was not enough to keep him from sinning. He took his eyes off of God and let them fall on Bathsheba. What a mess he made of his life for a few fleeting moments of pleasure!

Yet, God is merciful and patient. He did not give up on David. He spoke to his heart and convicted David of his sin. David confessed his sin before God and sincerely sought God’s forgiveness. It was granted to him and God brought good out of the bad mess David had made of his life. David married Bathsheba and out of a relationship that began in adultery, a line of descendants came in which Jesus was born.

No matter what you may have done, or perhaps are now doing, God can clean up your mess and bring good out of it. He loves you and wants to bless you. Blessings flow from confession. God will not bless you as long as you harbor sin in your life. Read David’s prayer of confession in Psalm 51 and make it your own. You will be glad 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 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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Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals Podcast & Bible in a Year Podcast 5/9/2021

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by Russell Sherrard

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Organized by month, this devotional has a morning and evening meditation for every day of the year. Although these devotions are short in length, they are filled with spiritual goodness. In just a few sentences, Spurgeon is able to convey the wisdom of Scripture with eloquence and purpose. These daily messages provide Christians with the spiritual energy they need to begin and end each day. Spurgeon weaves a verse of Scripture into each devotion, helping readers draw deeper meaning out of the selected passages. This powerful devotional provides Christians with the spiritual nourishment required to strengthen their relationships with God. Readers will find themselves inspired by Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals.
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Did you have a New Years resolution to read the Bible all the way through in the New Year? But now find that you are already behind.
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Alexander Scourby is a voice actor known for his deep and resonant voice. He is particularly well-remembered in the English-speaking world for his landmark recordings of the entire King James Version audio Bible, which has been released in numerous editions. He later recorded the entire Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Scourby recorded 422 audiobooks for the blind which he considered his most important work.
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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/6/2021

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Verse of the Day

May 6th, 2021

Scripture

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! – Proverbs 16:16 NIV

Devotion

In our country we have an old question: Is it better to have or to know? Everyone agrees that to know is the best.

During my years as chaplain at prison ministry in Albania, many times I worked with groups that had no interest at all in any form for religious studies, so I started looking for things that would attract them. I talked about the man like no other man, a man that became the most reached and influential of all times: Solomon.

My group members started reading the chapters on wisdom and we had a competition on memorizing most of those verses. After the winners were announced, one of the winners of the competition approached me very upset. I thought he wasn’t happy with his prize. He handed me a piece of paper with a very short sentence: “You are too late for me.” I looked at him and said, “I’m right on time. Not my time or your time, but God’s time.”

I believe using Gods wisdom is treasure that we barely use. We all make the same mistakes, trying to use the wisdom we get from our education, family, experiences, and professional life before the wisdom of God. What a mistake! Every earthly experience is valuable, and God uses them in our daily lives. But to build our lives based on the wisdom of God would transform every single detail of our character.

The world has wisdom and stills seeks for it, just like those prisoners. They wanted that wisdom that made a man a great man like no other. We are God’s children. We are called to change a lost world! It’s not too late to seek wisdom from the Lord. Ask for wisdom today!

By Erion Cuni, Bible League International staff, Albania, U.S.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 5/3/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).”

God is with us. GOD is with us. God is WITH us. God is with US. No matter how you say it, this is the grandest news man has ever heard!

GOD is with us. The designer, creator, and sustainer of all that is, is with us. The beginning and end of all things is with us. The giver of all life and the hope of all ages is with us. He who knows all things knows us for He became one of us. He who cannot be contained for all heaven is His footstool, became flesh and dwelt for awhile amongst us.

God IS with us. No matter how distant God may at times seem to be, He IS with us. How can we know for sure it is true? He said it is so. He has declared that He is with us, that He will never leave or forsake us, even unto the end of the earth. He is seen and found by anyone who sincerely looks for Him, even in the worst of life’s circumstances.

God is WITH us. God did not create us and leave us to fend for ourselves. He does not reside in heaven and leave us alone. God is with us. He is with us in whatever we go through in life. He is with us to help us when we lose our way. He is with us when we are confused and frustrated. He is with us all the days of our lives, both now and forever.

God is with US. God is with us, His children. God is with all who come to Him for the forgiveness of their sins and choose to live under His authority over their lives. He has chosen US to be His children and live holy lives. Do not fear what comes your way, God is with US.

Immanuel, God with us, is heaven’s story. Embrace it. Live it and heaven will come down and glory will fill your 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 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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Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals Podcast & Bible in a Year Podcast 5/2/2021

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Organized by month, this devotional has a morning and evening meditation for every day of the year. Although these devotions are short in length, they are filled with spiritual goodness. In just a few sentences, Spurgeon is able to convey the wisdom of Scripture with eloquence and purpose. These daily messages provide Christians with the spiritual energy they need to begin and end each day. Spurgeon weaves a verse of Scripture into each devotion, helping readers draw deeper meaning out of the selected passages. This powerful devotional provides Christians with the spiritual nourishment required to strengthen their relationships with God. Readers will find themselves inspired by Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals.
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Did you have a New Years resolution to read the Bible all the way through in the New Year? But now find that you are already behind.
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Alexander Scourby is a voice actor known for his deep and resonant voice. He is particularly well-remembered in the English-speaking world for his landmark recordings of the entire King James Version audio Bible, which has been released in numerous editions. He later recorded the entire Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Scourby recorded 422 audiobooks for the blind which he considered his most important work.
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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 4/26/2021

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CrossMal. 3:8-10 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me!” But you ask, “What do you mean? When did we cheat you?” “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you!”

“Should people cheat God?” Let us pause and reflect on this question. How might we cheat God? Malachi addresses the issue of tithes and offerings. God, through Malachi, challenged His people to be faithful givers to Him. He equated their disobedience in giving to their difficulties in life. He promised to bless His children if they brought to Him their tithes and offerings. There are other ways that we cheat God as well.

When we fail to acknowledge God before man, we cheat Him. When we fail to be a witness for the Lord we are depriving others of the opportunity to perhaps come to Him. We are cheating the Lord of the opportunity to speak to a person’s needs.

When we fail to give thanks and praise the Lord, we are cheating Him of the glory He so richly deserves. Others need to hear what God has done and our gratitude to Him for doing it.

When we fail to serve the Lord, we are cheating Him. God gives us gifts and talents to use to reach others with the Gospel message. He graciously blesses us to use us and when we don’t let Him use us, we are cheating Him of the glory He deserves.

When we fail to spend time alone with Him, we are cheating Him of our fellowship. The Lord longs for us to spend time alone with Him in His Word. It is there that He speaks most often to us. It is there that we learn how to live holy lives that please Him. The Lord longs for us to spend time alone waiting before Him. Prayer is a vital part of our fellowship with God and when we don’t pray, we are cheating Him of our fellowship.

Can God accuse us of cheating Him? Ask Him in what ways you have cheated Him. Wait quietly for Him to answer. Listen to what He is telling you and start now doing something about it. Perhaps you are cheating God in other ways. Let Him guide you. God wants to bless you, but when you cheat Him, you are keeping Him from doing it. Let Him have His way with 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 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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Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals Podcast & Bible in a Year Podcast 4/25/2021

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Organized by month, this devotional has a morning and evening meditation for every day of the year. Although these devotions are short in length, they are filled with spiritual goodness. In just a few sentences, Spurgeon is able to convey the wisdom of Scripture with eloquence and purpose. These daily messages provide Christians with the spiritual energy they need to begin and end each day. Spurgeon weaves a verse of Scripture into each devotion, helping readers draw deeper meaning out of the selected passages. This powerful devotional provides Christians with the spiritual nourishment required to strengthen their relationships with God. Readers will find themselves inspired by Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals.
Listen live at 6am Pacific and 6pm Pacific. Visit anchor.fm/russell-sherrard any other time to listen to all of our episodes.
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Did you have a New Years resolution to read the Bible all the way through in the New Year? But now find that you are already behind.
I have the answer.
“Bible in a Year Podcast” divides the Bible into equal parts to easily be consumed whether reading or listening in one year. All episodes are scheduled for 9am Pacific Time
Alexander Scourby is a voice actor known for his deep and resonant voice. He is particularly well-remembered in the English-speaking world for his landmark recordings of the entire King James Version audio Bible, which has been released in numerous editions. He later recorded the entire Revised Standard Version of the Bible. Scourby recorded 422 audiobooks for the blind which he considered his most important work.
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Verse of the Day and Devotional 4/22/2021

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April 22nd, 2021

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Devotion

A new year feels like a fresh start. A time when we make resolutions, plans, or bucket lists. We want to do better, try harder, achieve more than the previous year. Personally, I ask God for a phrase and Scripture verse to build on for personal and spiritual growth. I am always amazed on how God achieves the goal. It generally is not how I anticipated the year’s journey would be. Thank God that He who began a good work will bring it to completion (Philippians 1:6).

Our verse of the day reminds us if we are in Christ, we are a new creation. New in every way eternally! It is not just a temporary resolution or commitment; we are given a whole new way of thinking, living, and loving. We devote our life to God because we have been born again (John 3). We were spiritually dead, but now we are alive! Paul goes on to clarify how this happens: “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (v. 21).

It is through God giving us a new nature that He begins to develop His character within us. He develops the fruits of the Spirit in us (Galatians 5:22-23). Many of you have walked with Christ for several years like I have. Sometimes I become frustrated that I am not further along in the process. I look at the results instead of looking at the One who began the good work and who promises to complete it.

Jesus warns the Church of Ephesus in Revelation 2, you have abandoned the love you had at first. May we be resolute to pursue the love we had at first. When God has our heart, the rest will follow. He will strengthen us and empower us to complete His mission. “All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation… Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God,” (2 Corinthians 5:18, 20).

This year is a fresh opportunity to drink in deeply the love of God and exalt His Son. You are the righteousness of God in Christ and you have been given the ministry of reconciliation to God.

Stand firm in His Word and be diligent in prayer. His steadfast love endures forever (Psalm 136).

By Debbie Mesin, Bible League International staff, Crete, Illinois USA

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 4/19/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMal. 3:6-7 “I am the LORD, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already completely destroyed. Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned my laws and failed to obey them. Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD Almighty.

“I am the Lord, and I do not change.” God is the same as He always has been and always will be. But, do we really believe it? Think about it for a few moments. There is so much confusion about God floating around in the church. Many have come to the conclusion that what we once believed to be true no longer is. Many have taken the liberty to redefine God’s words and given meaning to them that are totally different than what has been understood in the church for many centuries.

Many have taken the liberty to rewrite the Scriptures to suit their own agendas and opinions. There is great effort put into changing things around so that what was once known to be sin is no longer sin. Words and thoughts are put into God that were never revealed by God to be there.

God has not changed His mind or His Word! God has not rewritten His Word or given man permission to do so. God has declared once and for all what is sin and what isn’t. We have no right to question or try to change what is clearly declared to be sin in God’s Word. Just because we may find it hard to conform to its teachings does not mean that we have permission to dismiss it and try something else. The Word of God is absolute truth for all people for all time.

You will never find anything in the Word of God that is not true and applicable to life. God’s standards for holy living, His warnings against sinning, and His promises are irrevocable and unchanging. We will stand before Him and be judged on how we have lived according to His Word. God will not be mocked by those who now seek to alter or disregard the Word. We all will reap what we sow We choose daily whether or not we will go to heaven or hell by the way we live according to God’s 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 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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