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From the Eyes to the Heart

From the Eyes to the Heart A  soldier sees his fellow soldier shot and killed in the heat of battle.  A fatal car accident. The devastation from a tornado.  These are the images many people who see them say they have a hard time getting out of their mind.  They can't "un-see" what they saw. These images have much emotion attached to them. Images like these stick in the heart and mind long after they have been viewed. This is what I imagine David thinking when he wrote in Psalm 101:3a "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes."  For David it was the sight of Bathsheba bathing on her rooftop that stirred up the sinful thoughts of the mind and wicked flame of the heart.  This is an important topic for our children and young people today as they are inundated with images each and every day.  A great ...

I’m Better Than You

I'm Better Than You The title of this blog entry by Mr. Tim Challies really caught my eye.  It caused me to take the time to read his article and I assume the reason why you are taking the time right now to this entry.   Here are some quotes from the article: "I’m kind of a jerk. For as long as I’ve been able to think about myself, my heart, my life, I’ve known that I’m a sinful person. I’ve never doubted the reality of my depravity. And if there ever had been any doubt, being married and having children and immersing myself in a local church has provided all the proof I, and they, need. But lately I’ve been considering one simple and disturbing aspect of this sin: I’m better than you. At least, this is what I believe in most of life’s situations. I’m just plain better than you. Somewhere deep ...

Bible Vocabulary for Devotions

The study of the Bible and God has a lot of very interesting vocabulary.  There are many large and difficult to understand words that students hear off the pulpit, come across in catechism, while in school, and in their reading of the Beacon Lights and Standard Bearer.  Since many of my students are unfamiliar with the meaning of these words, I made a list last school year of -ology words that I could use at the beginning of this year that could be applied to our morning devotions as well as expand their Biblical vocabulary.  By the end, the students enjoyed guessing pronunciations as well as what the word referred to.  It also adds a good dose of root words and languages of origin. I list the words, their studies, and the scripture references I used below.  By no means are these scripture references the best.  I chose scripture that ...

Daily Devotions

THE BLESSED MEEK – December 14

Would it comfort you and give you peace of mind if you could be given a glimpse into God's book of life, and find your name there, written in indelible ink? Well, you can and should do that. We have the Scriptures, God's word, and in it He tells us whether our names are in that book of life or not. In Psalm 25 David is used by God to tell us that those who are meek, and in that meekness keep His covenant and His testimonies, have their names in that book of life, and that Christ blotted out ...

REMEMBERED IN CHRIST – December 13

There are members of our bodies that can be surgically removed for our health's sake. But without a heart man cannot live. And when we are speaking about our spiritual life, the heart of our salvation is Christ. Without Him there just is no spiritual life for fallen man. That is why David wrote in Psalm 25:7: "Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord." In those two words, namely, mercy and goodness, David speaks of Christ. For all of God's mercy comes to us through ...

NECESSARY GUIDANCE – December 12

If you trust in your own strength, you are going to be put to shame. Man is like the flower of the grass that soon fades and dies. The child of God has the devil and his host lined up against him, making his cause hopeless, if it depends upon him. Peter boasted that he would never forsake Christ. Only a few hours later he denied all connection with Him, and even of knowledge concerning Him. If in the battle of faith we are going to trust in self, we are going to be overcome. Then our flesh will be ...

SAVED FROM SPIRITUAL SHAME – December 11

Ever since man fell into sin, man has had enemies. Performing that first act of sin against God, Adam introduced into the human race hatred also between man and man. If we do not keep the first table of the law, we will not keep the second table either. If we do not love God, we will not love the neighbor. As soon as God implants the new life of Christ in a man, that man will find the enmity of the seed of the serpent against him as seed of the woman, (Gen. 3:15). The question therefore is not ...

GLORY FOR THE NEWBORN CHILD OF GOD – December 10

A beautiful truth that a born again child of God can and will sing is stated in these words: My Savior 'neath Thy sheltering wings, My soul delights to dwell; Still closer to Thy side I press, For near Thee all is well. My soul shall conquer every foe, Upholden by Thy hand; Thy people shall rejoice in God, Thy saints in glory stand. This is the versification of Psalm 63:11. In this verse David wrote: "But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall ...

SALVATION’S INEVITABLE FRUIT – December 9

Precious things cost a lot of money. That which is worthless you can pick up without giving as much as a penny. But this must not lead us to think that because salvation is a free gift it has little or no value. It is the most precious gift that can be given to man. Although it costs us nothing, it cost God the extremely great price of the death of His only begotten Son. The preciousness of that gift of salvation is to be seen in that which those whom God saves are made capable of doing. Of that ...

OUR INIQUITY FORGIVEN – December 8

One truth that we must embrace and hold tightly is expressed beautifully by David in Psalm 85:2. There he wrote: 'Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah." For here we have the legal basis for all the blessings of salvation. We are guilty in Adam and have walked in a multitude of our own sins. The wages of sin is death, and it opens the doors of bell with all its woe. How then can we be born again? What right do we have to let the light of God's grace fall ...

TRUST AND THANKFULNESS – December 7

That which has no life can be moved. Lofty mountain peaks have been moved by earthquakes and volcanoes. But only that which has life can either move itself or produce movement within itself. The living seed sends a shoot upward and roots downward. The tree sends nourishment from the roots to the tip of its leaves. Applied spiritually we can say that the child of God, who has been born again with the new life of the kingdom of heaven, and has been enlightened by the call of the Spirit of Christ, is going to produce conscious, willing activity. We ...

LIGHT FOR OUR LIFE – December 6

So completely do we depend upon God for our salvation, that we receive not one part of it that did not come from God, and was given us because He wanted us to have it. As surely as every heartbeat comes from Him, as surely as all our sunshine comes from Him, so every aspect and phase of our salvation comes from God as a free gift. In Psalm 36:9, which we considered briefly yesterday, David wrote: "For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light." That last clause surely presents an awesome and ...

SEEING THE FOUNTAIN OF ETERNAL LIFE – December 5

No child ever had anything to say as to whether he would or would not be conceived and born. No man or woman can decide that a child is going to be born to them. They may be very desirous of having a child, and there may seem to be no reason why they cannot have one. But whether they will or not depends upon God's will. Concerning God, David writes in Psalm 36:9: "For with thee is the fountain of life; in thy light shall we see light. We therefore sing: The fountain of eternal life I found alone ...



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