Devotional Thought for Today – 01/25/2021

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philippians 4:8

Philippians 4:1-8

Thinking Marvelously 

Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes a simple plea; think, focus on, the blessings of life

In today’s world, it is so easy for everyone, “Christians” included to get caught up in the day to day bitterness, evil, and sadness around us. We have a choice go with the flow, as they say, and be like those of the world, or as Paul says in Colossians 3:2 we are to set our minds on kingdom things, not on earthly stuff. This is not some self-help guru book this is straight from the WORD of GOD. No greater source, no greater help can be given.

Today I encourage everyone to focus on Christ, on the things that are true,   honorable, and worthy of respect, pure and wholesome, lovely and brings peace, admirable and of good repute, anything worthy of praise, On these things think continually.

Sunday Sermon Series – No Man Care for my Soul

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PSALM 142 


Context/Comment

A Prayer when he was in the cave. He was in one of his many lurking places, either Engedi, Adullam, or some other lone cavern wherein he could conceal himself from Saul and his bloodhounds. Caves make good closets for prayer; their gloom and solitude are helpful to the exercise of devotion. Had David prayed as much in his palace as he did in his cave, he might never have fallen into the act which brought such misery upon his later days. SUBJECT. There can be little doubt that this song dates from the days when Saul was sorely persecuting David, and David himself was in soul trouble, probably produced by that weakness of faith which led him to associate with heathen princes. His fortunes were evidently at their lowest, and, what was worse, his repute had fearfully fallen; yet he displayed a true faith in God, to whom he made known his pressing sorrows. The gloom of the cave is over the psalm, and yet as if standing at the mouth of it the prophet poet sees a bright light a little beyond. – C.H. Spurgeon

Our text above this morning could be summarized by these words,  Only when no escape, no fortress or refuge remains for us, and it is apparent no one (mankind) cares for our souls, only then do we cry to the LORD.

Maybe it is about time we cry unto the Lord daily, on the tops of the mountains as well as those deep valleys and dark caves?


SERMON

DAVID’S PRAYER IN THE CAVE

NO. 2282, SCRIPTURE: PS. 142
 BY C. H. SPURGEON
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON
ON LORD’S-DAY EVENING, MAY 18, 1890


PRAYER

In you, O LORD, do we take refuge; let us never be put to shame; Psalm 31:1(ESV) indeed, let none who wait for you be put to shame. Psalm 25:3(ESV)

For God alone our souls wait in silence; from him comes our salvation: He only is our rock and our salvation! Psalm 62:1-2(ESV) In him is our glory, our might, and our refuge; and our hope is from him. Psalm 62:5-7(ESV)

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7(ESV) We will trust in your steadfast love, O God, forever and ever, and will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godlyPsalm 52:8-9(ESV)

We have hoped in your word; Psalm 119:81(ESV) O remember your word to your servants, in which you have made us hope. Psalm 119:49(ESV)

Devotrional Thought for Today – 01/23/2021

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Matthew 14:22-36

There are many great commentaries on what this passage of scripture is all about.  I am not arguing with them, I just want to emphasize one point that I see as something that likely could have been me. 

Peter in the situation plays a doubting Thomas when he recognizes Jesus’s voice but still says v.28; Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

It is easy to understand the fear and disbelief at first. Only God can command nature and Jesus had just done so. Yet when Peter is assured by His voice there remains lingering doubt. 

Today’s question? Is there any lingering doubt in you? Or are you fully committed to Christ as you LORD and SAVIOR! 


Additional Resources:

What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels

 

Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

Three Antidotes to the Fears that Rule the World

If I had to choose a single word to describe the past twelve months, it would be fear. It’s run roughshod over people’s lives since early 2020, showing up in toilet-paper shortages, stay-at-home orders, murder hornets, and violent protests. People are terrified. But of what? I think there are two answers.

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What Is the Future of the Abortion Industry?

Twenty-One Reasons That the Handwriting Is on the Wall for the Abortion Industry

What Is the Future of the Abortion Industry?

For forty-eight years, the United States has enshrined the legal right to abortion. Millions of unborn lives are taken by abortion each year in America alone, and this practice appears only to be on the rise. However, the abortion industry is in serious trouble, and the single greatest reason for this is that there is a holy God who reigns in heaven.
 
Read today’s article from Dr. George Grant, pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church in Franklin, TN, to consider why time is running out for the industry driven by abortion and the culture that has far too long tolerated this evil

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Devotioanl Thought for Today – 01/20/2021

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1 Corinthians 10

This chapter is all about a reminder to remember how the nation of Israel continually disobeyed God, and for the Corinthians not to make the same mistakes. 

Probably the most recognized and most wrongly quoted verse is v.13,  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (KJV)

Folks consistently use this to say, the “Devil Made me do it”,  the old Flip Wilson theology. But Paul is NOT saying that.   He in context is saying your insistence on sin (idolatry in any form) can be overcome if you only trust God.  It is not Satan making you do anything, it is our own sinful heart.

Everyone wants someone to blame, they need to play the Blame Game, but God says the fault lies within. We need to trust in Him for the solution. Are you trusting in Christ today? 

Offering Hope in Reentry

The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1,833state prisons, 110federal prisons, 1,772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3,134 local jails, 218immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centers, state psychiatric hospitals, and prisons in the U.S. territories. But people go to jail 10.6 million times each year. ¹   

You all know I am not one who is a lenient forgive and forget kind of person when it comes to criminal justice.  Yet our current system seems to be geared towards a never-ending cycle of recidivism. There are expectations, mainly through the work of faith-based groups like Prison fellowship. Here is one story. 


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INSPIRING HOPE THROUGH TRANSFORMATION

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Kathy Vosburg’s first time inside a prison was at a Prison Fellowship Academy® graduation in October 2006. While visiting the original Academy at the Carol S. Vance Unit, one man told her, “We have never, ever known in our entire lives the unconditional love like these mentors and these volunteers show us while we’re here at the Vance Unit.”

That memory stuck.

Today, Vosburg is the founder of CrossWalk Center in Houston, Texas. A local, faith-based parachurch organization founded in 2016, Crosswalk offers safe, sober transitional housing, reentry and spiritual counseling, and living-wage employment placement services.

In late 2019, Prison Fellowship began a formal partnership with CrossWalk Center

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A COVID-Free China Still Isn’t Free

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A COVID-Free China Still Isn’t Free

Recently, police in Hong Kong arrested 53 pro-democracy activists for holding a primary election. The Communist Chinese government made the sweep of political opponents under cover of its new national security law. The same day as these arrests, China-based tech firm Alibaba’s stock jumped 30 percent when word circulated that Jack Ma, Alibaba’s eccentric founder, might actually be alive. Ma vanished two months ago after publicly criticizing China’s banking system. Apparently, stockholders had assumed the Chinese Communist Party killed him…

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Devotional Thought for Today – 01/19/2021

Expository Sermon from Luke 18:9-14 | In Whom Do You Trust?

Psalm 146

 One of my friends Laszlo sent me this Psalm the other day with the third verse highlighted; Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation (help). (AMP).  The last dozen-plus years in our political climate and especially the past election cycle have been a clear reminder of this. 

Maybe it is because I am old enough to remember the days of civility and reason in the houses of congress. When bi-partisanship, for “The Good of the People” and “In God We Trust” really meant something.  

Some thought Obama was the coming savior and his legacy was that of failure after scandal. President Trump’s unpolitical style and lack of decorum caused both sides of the aisle to dislike him.  Both men of great power and yet in them both was found no hope or lasting help. Joe Bidden will be the same or worse. 

The psalmist makes it clear that the only true help, the only one we can truly trust in count on day after day is God, v.5; How blessed and graciously favored is he whose help is the God of Jacob (Israel), Whose hope is in the Lord his God,

Today’s question is simple, have you surrender to the call of the Holy Spirit? Have you placed your trust in the one and only who will never disappoint?  The time is now and Christ is waiting. 

Short Prayers For Trusting God

10 Facts You MUST Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

10 Facts You MUST Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine

American Pastors Network President Sam Rohrer Addresses Serious Vaccine-Related Points for American Christians to Consider

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