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Today

Just stop and think. This moment will never come
again. Do we realize how important our days are?
Oh, we say, “My days are not of any importance.”
The Bible says, “Hebrews 3: 13 (NIV), “But encourage
one another daily as long as it is called “today,” so
that none of you may be hardened by sin’s
deceitfulness. “Hebrews 13:8 (NIV) says, “Jesus
Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

Another verse about today from Jesus’
words from the cross to the thief stated, “Truly I tell
you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke
23:43 NIV).

So, today is significant. You don’t have to be doing
something profound, but keep your hearts and minds
on the Lord Jesus. You may say, ” I can’t do that
while I am working on a job in a plant or some
business project.” Ask the Lord to help you, because
He is a part of everything we do in this world.

Try it.

Yes you will not always remember, but keep
practicing His presence and you will be surprised at
His part in your “today” activities.

Thank you, Jesus, for reminding each of us that you
are with us every day! Amen

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Widening Prayer Horizons

October 2021     

1 Timothy 2: 1-2 , I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Recently, I heard of a prayer group that prayed for certain African countries every month.  I am sure that Christ has put a country or more on your heart or individuals in that land to pray for.  With the wars, disasters, disease and killings occurring over there, it is hard to not to be somewhat detached and not feel the horrible emotion and suffering. 

Jesus knows our hearts and He gives us Bible verses to help us along the way.  2 Chronicles 7: 14 is one you will remember.  If my people, who are called by name, will humble and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”  Pray that every day and you will soon have it memorized!

Perhaps, praying with a friend about another country or a certain situation and praying with your spouse is the answer for you.  “When we pray in humility, turn from wickedness, and seek God, He hears us.”1

1Lawrence Darmani, Daily Bread, July 4, 2016

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Daughters & Sons of the King

Daughters & Sons of the King   Sept. 2021

Acts 1:8 (NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

At a Bible study recently, we talked about how important it was for the pastor to visit the sick.  They were saying how easy it was for us as lay people to just make conversation and not talk about the importance of sharing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  We should expect the minister to read the Bible and pray.  What about us who are daughters and sons of the King?  Does that get us off the hook, because we are just church members?  Are we afraid to offend someone by sharing our hearts during a visit?  Of course, we must ask the Holy Spirit to guide the visit.  Are we worried that folks might not like us or be convicted about not knowing Jesus? 

Today, I saw a friend at the hospital and shared with him some of the good news from St Petrie.  As we were talking, another woman from Seneca joined our conversation.  Before Don left he shook her hand and asked if she went to church and if she had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  To his joy and mine, she answered “yes.”  She said that her family’s health was not going to keep her away from church much longer.

Matt 5:16 Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

        Let the Lord touch hearts and “be” in Him!

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Wrong Turn

Have you ever made a “wrong turn when travelling?”  Alistar Begg, a well -known radio pastor, talks about the time he was driving and the sun was suddenly setting in the wrong place.  How could that be?  He had followed the signs.  As it turned out, he had made an incorrect turn and was going the opposite direction to his dismay. 

How many times have we been going along following the right directions and ended going a wrong way?  Did we quickly correct our way and start heading in the right direction?  The question is: Do we always do a turn-a-bout in life’s directions when we are headed the wrong way?  Perhaps the “sun” was the son of God that had not been so important in our lives the last few weeks.  Life had gone pretty well and we had not “needed” those emergency prayers as often.

Then, all of a sudden something happened and we cried out to Jesus and said “help.”  He was there – always.  Jesus says,” Lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20. 

Then, you can say thank you, Jesus, for being with me and saving my soul – sacrificing your life at the cross – rising from the dead — Son of God – forgiving my sins!  Help me stay close to you in the good times as well as the rough times.

                          In Jesus’  Name.  Amen

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Does Jesus Care?

Devotion for April 2021

On February 21st this year, Pastor sang the favorite hymn, “Does Jesus Care” by Pastor Frank E. Graeff (1860 – 1919)     which was written in 1900.  The story behind the hymn is as follows:

The Graeffs had a beautiful young girl.  As the custom of the day, ladies wore floor length  dresses.  Their home was heated with fireplaces or wood burning stoves.  Their daughter got too close to the fireplace and her long skirt caught on fire. The fire consumed her clothing rapidly; nothing could be done and she was burned to death.

Pastor Graeff was overcome with grief, as we can imagine.  His thoughts of turmoil and sadness reminded him of the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” written by J. Scriven 75 years earlier.  He found himself dropping to his knees. The Lord revived him and Pastor Graeff went on to be called the “Sunshine Minister” of the Philadelphia area.

Yes, Jesus Christ was his only hope and answer for eternity as He is ours also!

Chorus:  

Oh YES, He cares!  I know He cares.  His heart is touched

with my grief; When the days are weary, the long nights dreary; I know my savior cares.”

The information about Pastor Graeff was from the nickelnotesblogspot.com and the Family Bible Time –- you-tube.

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Who Was William Tyndale?

March, 2021, Devotions

Who was Wm. Tyndale?

 Wm. Tyndale was the first person to translate the Bible into the English language.  He also was the first to use the newly invented Gutenberg’s movable type press to print the scriptures.  You might ask the question, “Why is this fact important?”  Perhaps, we would not have had the early texts done at the important times in history for the great theologians.  Even King Henry the VIII who had opposed Tyndale published the Great Bible three years after his death in 1539.

While reading an article written by Tyndale, I was impressed with his zeal for his beliefs in God.  Do I have that kind of zeal for Jesus?  Do I worry too much about tomorrow?  The Bible says, “not to worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phillippians4:6,7)  That is a promise.

Wm. Tyndale believed in the desire for people to have that eternal confidence and so we should.  We will not be burned at the stake as he was for his faith.  Jesus died for our sins, rose again from the grave and yes, He’s coming again.  By faith let Him be your Savior for all eternity from today and always. 

God’s Word is Our Great Heritage And shall be ours forever; To spread its light from age to age Shall be our chief endeavor…. Throughout all generations.   ~Nikolai Grundtvig

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