March, 2017 Devotional
“How can I know for sure that I will go to Heaven
when I Die?”
God wants you to be sure!The Bible says: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (1John5:13).If you were standing before God right now and He asked you, “Why should I let you into Heaven?”You may not know what to say.Well, God loves you and has provided a way that we can know for sure where you will spend life forever.The Bible states it this way: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
We have a problem that is keeping us from Heaven.Our sinful nature keeps us from having a relationship with God.We cannot save ourselves.“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that we are saved by grace and not by works because it is a gift of God so no one can boast.We deserve death and hell.
God sent His only Son into the world to die on the cross and take away our sins.He loves us that much!1Peter 3:18 tell us: “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous to bring you to God.”Then He arose on the third day proving He was God’s only Son.
When we are born again, we place our faith in Christ as His gift to us.If you want to have that confidence that when you die Jesus has a place for you in Heaven, it can be yours.There is nothing you can do--no good works.It is all a gift from God.To be sure of your future, just trust and believe what these scriptures tell you.Jesus and our Heavenly Father have done it all.Once again: For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).Just rest in that and ask Jesus to control your thoughts and desires.
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What About This New Year???
Are you going to have a fresh start this year???You want to so much, but will you?Count on Jesus to help you.Each morning before you get out of bed, ask Jesus to guide your day by His Holy Spirit and that He might be glorified in all that you do.
The word glorified in the Bible verse; Psalm 29:2 says; “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name: Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness.”When it comes down to it, nothing else matters but to give Him glory and not ourselves.
Oh, that’s not easy.So, what am I to do?
Start each day with Jesus (before you get out of bed).Ask Him to help you.Matt.7:7; Jesus said,“Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.Sometimes, we forget that we can ask the Lord.He knows best, but we can ask.Read our hand book, the Bible, and the devotionals we have at church are excellent daily books to get started.
Take Jesus along as your friend and prayer partner.There is always something going on at the store, on the TV or at your job.Wednesday night Bible study is a chance to study the Word with others.Other social outings provide opportunities to be a “light” for the Lord.Remember to always ask Jesus to provide times for you to share your faith in Him – not for your glory but for His glory.
Well, this is a New Year.Have fun as the year transpires.It’s good to know that Jesus is with us “through it all.”Remember the Holy Spirit is in you when you accepted Christ as your Savior.He’s there as you visit with friends, watch TV, and in your secret thoughts.Our Father loves us, forgives us and desires our fellowship.Cherish His Glory as number one!
***If you are not sure that you know Jesus Christ personally, understand that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son (Jesus) to die on the cross for your sins and mine that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Ask Jesus into your heart today.
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December Devotional, 2016
There was a little church, St. Nicholas, in Obendorf, Austria preparing for a Christmas Eve service.The Assistant Priest, Joseph Mohr, sat down to practice the organ and not a sound would come from the instrument.What could he do?The organ would not play on that all important night of the year when we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.Joseph knelt and prayed for inspiration from the Lord.
Not too long before, Mohr had visited a family with a newborn child and been inspired to write a poem with six stanzas entitled “Silent Night.”He thought of this poem and then of his friend, Franz Gruber, a school teacher and guitarist at the church.The priest went to Gruber’s home above the school with the poem in hand and explained the problem with the organ.“Can you write music for the poem and play the guitar for the service tonight? “ Mohr asked Gruber?The teacher smiled and assured the priest that he could.
Before the Midnight Service, the choir learned the words and the melody.Franz Gruber played the guitar.Every heart was blessed by the words musically expressing the story of Christ’s birth.The less heard fifth verse continued full of grace:
Silent Night, Holy Night
Already long ago planned for us,
When the Lord frees from wrath
Since the beginning of ancient times
A salvation promised for the whole world.
A salvation promised for the whole world. *
This stanza expresses the finished work of Christmas.Jesus was born, he lived and taught us and died on the cross to save us from our sins – freed us from Satan’s wrath. Then He arose from the grave as the victorious son of God to fulfill the Father’s purpose to redeem each one of us personally – the promised salvation for the world.
As you sing this Carol, may it deeply thrill your soul.Ask Jesus into your life this Christmas and this will be the
“best” Christmas ever!
*verse from Stille Nacht Gesellschatt,Mag. Manfred W.F. Fischer & Rengte Schaffenberger, Google Custom Search
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2016 November Devotions:
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.
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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October 2016,Widening Prayer Horizons
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 theirland.”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 Sept. 2016
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!
St. Petrie’s Gift
Give thanks unto the Lord for His mercy endures forever.
Last December, 2015, our organ quit playing just before Christmas. There was no sound coming from it and after checking it by members of the congregation and inquiring into repairs; we found it impossible to find parts to repair an electronic organ 30 years old.
We started to look for a replacement, but we also continued to check on the cost to have a repairman from the company come and look at the existing instrument.Organs are expensive.
Soon after, we received a phone call from a friend.We were told that an AFLC church in our area had closed their doors and sold their building to a denomination that did not use an organ or the chimes in the church.The organ and chimes were to be given away, but we were not the first possible recipients.
In the next few days, after much prayer, several of us went to a meeting to see and hear the organ.It was a full-sized organ and only three years old.The lady that represented the other churches played the organ as well as our organist.It was an excellent instrument.Since we were without an organ totally, she said we should have it.The others at least had an organ.Hallelujah!It was ours.A Gift from the Lord Jesus!
A friend of the congregation even offered to pay to have it moved professionally.Our church in the country has a lovely organ and the chimes are up and awaiting the final main cable.Stop by and visit us and see our miracle from the Lord!
All thanks and praise to our Gracious Heavenly Father
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