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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

ATTACKED BY SPIRITUAL STRANGERS – June 21

When you meet one from a foreign country who speaks a language that you do not understand, you will rightly judge him to be a stranger. And when the child of God who speaks the language of faith, which is the language of the kingdom of heaven, meets those who are citizens in the kingdom of darkness, they will appear to him to be strangers, even though they wear the same style of clothing, and have the same color of skin. What is more, because the child of God walks by faith he wants no part in the sinful pleasures ...

SAVED BY GOD’S NAME – June 20

Well may we ask, “What is there in a name?” Our names seldom say what we truly are. Mr. Long may be far shorter than others in his age group and race. Mr. Brown may have white skin, and a man named Daniel–which name means “my judge is God”–may be a man who walks in a way that reveals anything but trust in God as his judge. But when we consider God’s name, we must insist that He is everything that His name declares. He is the Almighty One, the self-sufficient Jehovah, who needs nothing and no one outside of ...

DELIGHTING IN GOD’S COMMANDMENTS – June 19

It is one thing to keep a law. It is quite a different thing to do with joy what that law demands. In fact, then it does not even seem like a law. And the question is whether we keep God's law because we must, or because we find delight in doing so. Then, too, it is one thing to demand something of someone else and quite another thing to find pleasure in doing so yourself. If then we find joy in doing what God's law sets forth, all the ridicule and derision the world heaps upon us will not ...

BLEST WITH THE BOLDNESS OF FAITH – June 18

That a man is bold and fearless before other men does not necessarily mean that he has the boldness of faith. Boldly Korah, Dathan, and Abiram challenged Moses and Aaron. And Gehazi lied boldly before his master, Elisha. But God punished them for works of unbelief. The boldness of faith is in us when God puts the truth of His word in our mouths. Then as the psalmist writes, after having written that he wanted God's word in his mouth, "And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, ...

MOUTHS FULL OF THE TRUTH – June 17

When the unbelievers heap ridicule and scorn upon us, it is so easy to respond with sarcasm and with other sinful deeds. For that reason the psalmist asks God in Psalm 119:43, 44, "And take not the word of truth utterly out of my mouth; for I have hoped in thy judgments. So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever." This is in harmony with what we read in James 3:2, "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." If there is one member ...

STRENGTHENED TO WITHSTAND MOCKERY – June 16

If you are a child of God, you have to one degree or another, and at one time or another, suffered mockery and ridicule. The gift of salvation makes a night and day difference between us and the world. Jesus once said, "By their will fruits ye shall know them." This means that we ourselves know by our works, and by our reaction to the mockery of the world, whether we in God's mercy have salvation begun in us. Now mockery, ridicule, derision, and sneering are not pleasant. And the child of God knows that, because he has only a ...

GOD’S PRAISES JOYFULLY SUNG – June 15

A thankful heart will sing praises, as we saw. For to give thanks is to declare that someone has done something good. Therefore, having thanked God for His wondrous work of salvation, Asaph in Psalm 75:9, 10 writes, "I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted. " Because God, as the righteous judge, will punish all the enemies of His church, and in Christ has blotted out the sins of all His people so ...

A CUP WITH DEATH IN IT – June 14

In this vale of tears and sorrows, and especially as we approach the days when the antichrist will be here to per-secute the true church of Christ, we do well to take hold of the comfort of God's word as Asaph wrote it in Psalm 75:8. There we read, "For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red; it is full of mixture; and he poureth out of the same: but the dregs thereof, all the wicked of the earth shall wring them out, and drink them." Our versification explains it thus: Jehovah ...

OUR SURE VICTORY – June 13

Peter tells us that Satan goes about as a roaring lion. But there are times when his followers attack us as an angered bull that charges with its horns to try to gore the one that irritated it. And keep in mind that the unbelievers are irritated when we hold God, His law, and His Christ before them. Was not Cain angry when Abel called his attention to his sinful sacrifice? And did he not kill Abel in anger? This bears out the truth written in Psalm 75:4, 5, where we read, "I said unto the fools, deal not foolishly; ...

SAVED IN RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT – June 12

God is near to His people encircling them in His love. And when the time is ripe He will judge the wicked and cast them into everlasting punishment. For His name is the Almighty One, and He can and does perform the wondrous work of saving His people. But His name is also the Holy God, and He can stand no sin before His eyes. That is why the psalmist writes in Psalm 75:2, 3, "When I shall receive the congregation I will judge uprightly. The earth and all the inhabitants thereof are dissolved: I bear up the pillars thereof ...



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