Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 1/13/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossLuke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

Glory to God in the highest—for the fullness of time had come. It was the perfect time, God’s time, for Jesus to come. God had prepared all history for this moment. Everything on earth was ready for a Savior. Those born under the Law were ready to be set free. Publically God’s children were anxiously waiting for the promised Messiah.

Glory to God in the highest—for the favor of God rests with men. Think about it. God has favored man with His presence! We are not alone in our spiritual battles. We no longer have to wonder where God is. God favors those who are His. He favors us with His Spirit. He favors us with spiritually-minded hearts that enable us to understand the Word and gives us a desire for Him. He favors us with the church, where we can grow and become a holy people unto the Lord. He favors us with all we need to withstand the stormy times of life. He favors us with life that is worth living and dying for.

Glory to God in the highest—for the future of man is with God. God gives us a reason to live and a reason to die. He gives us a life worth living for, a life filled with God’s peace, joy, contentment, love, and power. He gives us a life that satisfies the soul, both now and forever. He gives us eternal life, a life where there is no more sorrow, pain, confusion, doubts, fears, or death.

Glory to God in the highest—there is now peace in the heart of man of all those who will receive Him as their Savior. This is a peace that holds the soul steady through all the storms of life. It is a peace rooted in God’s grace. It is a peace knowing our sins are forgiven and there is now no more condemnation for our sins. It is a peace that causes the soul to sing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

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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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