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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

COMING TO THE FOUNTAIN OF ALL BLESSEDNESS – June 30

In Psalm 134:2, 3 we read, "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion." That sanctuary is the temple, God's house, and lifting up the hands is pointing the soul unto God, Who is the fountain of all blessedness. The hands only symbolize what the soul does. The mere closing of our eyes, folding of our hands, and bowing of our heads means nothing, if the soul is not pointed to God. In our prayers we lift not only our desires but also our thoughts ...

CALLED TO BLESS GOD – June 29

A word that falls easily and often off our lips is the word bless. That word is used in two different ways in scripture. We pray that God will bless us; and often in Scripture we are exhorted to bless God. Thus in Psalm 134:1 we read. "Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of Use Lard, which by night stand in the house of the bard " But can we bless God? That He blesses us, we can understand; but can we bring a blessing upon Him Who is the Fountain of all blessings? Can the creature bless ...

CALLED TO BRING THANKS TO GOD – June 28

Since every breath of life and every crumb of bread comes from God, and we cannot see or touch a creature that is not His, it might seem strange that Asaph concludes Psalm 76 with these words in verses 11, 12: "Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let all that be round about hm bring presents unto him that ought to be feared. He shall cut off the spirit of princes: He is terrible to the kings of the earth." That we should fear God is one thing, but that we can bring presents to Him Who owns ...

WRATH THAT PRAISES GOD – June 27

Because their hearts were filled with sinful hatred. the Jews got the Roman soldiers to nail Jesus to His cross Would you dare to say that God was praised by this dastardly deed? Asaph did, when in Psalm 76:10 he wrote. "Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain " No, Asaph did not say that these wicked Jews praised God, but their work did. As our versification explains it: When from heaven Thy sentence sounded All the earth in fear was still. While to save the meek and lowly God in judgment ...

THE CHURCH’S CERTAIN SAFETY – June 26

Good questions are very important, for finding their answers reveals to us important truths. And in Psalm 76: 4-7 Asaph, having made two powerful statements, asks a very important question. He writes, "Thou art more glorious and excellent than the mountains of prey.... Thou, even thou, art to be feared: and who may stand in thy sight when once thou art angered?" Or as our versification expresses it: Excellent and glorious art Thou, With Thy trophies from the fray; Thou hast slain the valiant hearted, Wrapt in sleep of death are they; When Thy anger once is risen, Who can ...

KNOWING GOD IN HIS LOVE – June 25

There is a vast difference between knowing about a per-son and knowing that person. We all know much about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but were they to appear before us today, we would not even be able to distinguish between them, if we saw them as they were at a specific and identical age. When then in Psalm 76:1, 2 Asaph writes, "In Judah is God known: His name is great in Israel. In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion," he means much more than that in Israel men know about God. In fact if ...

DELIVERED OUT OF ALL TROUBLE – June 24

Would you ever dare to say that all your troubles are over? Death lies ahead for each of us. Would you then agree with David when he in Psalm 54:7 wrote, "For he hath delivered me out of all trouble; and my eye hath seen His desire upon my enemies"? It is true that David had been speaking of his enemies, the strangers that had risen up against him. But even then David still faces death. And Paul correctly states in I Corinthians 15:26, "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." When then we sing in our versification: ...

STIMULATED UNTO PRAISING GOD – June 23

Life will always manifest itself, and today men measure life not merely by the beating of the heart but also by brain waves. If brain waves can still be found, there is the possi-bility that the heart can be induced to begin beating again. Otherwise it is hopeless to try. And in our spiritual life there are both of these signs of life. We find this truth in Psalm 54:6 where David writes, "I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good." Or as our versification has it: My sacrifice of praise ...

THE CERTAINTY OF OUR SALVATION – June 22

Who would dare to deny that we, as citizens of the king-dom of heaven, have enemies? To deny that simply shows that the chief enemy, Satan, has a mighty grip upon us, and that our enemies are many more than we can count. A countless number there is of those that do not have God be-fore them as the Lord Whom they must serve every minute of their lives and with every creature they see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. And because we do love God, and strive to serve Him with all things at all times, we get in ...

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 ...



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