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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

KNOWING THE POWER OF GOD’S WRATH – October 21

There were times when men lived to be hundreds of years old. Adam was 930 years old when he died. Methuselah reached 969, and Noah died when he was 950 years old. But after the flood, things changed quickly. Abraham did live until he was 175 years old, and Moses, even though he lived to be 120 years old, spoke the truth when in Psalm 90 he said, "The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow: for it is soon cut ...

VISITED IN HOLY WRATH – October 20

Some people die of cancer and others of heart attacks. Some are killed in an automobile accident or plane crash. Or it may be a fire or storm, to mention only a few possibilities. But we do well to remember that all these are secondary causes. They are the way in which God brings death because of the primary reason, namely sin, which moves God to anger and wrath. Listen to what He says through Moses in Psalm 90:7-9: "For we are consumed by thine anger, and by thy wrath are we troubled. Thou halt set our iniquities before thee, ...

MAN’S MOMENTARY LIFE ON EARTH – October 19

All men are aware of the fact that one by one we all re-turn to the dust from whence man came. All men, however, do not confess what Moses wrote concerning God in Psalm 90:4, namely, "For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday, when it is past, and as a watch in the night." Few there are who are with Moses ready to say of those who die, "Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are like sleep: In the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth, and ...

A RETURN TO THE DUST – October 18

Sooner or later we are going to die. This is so because it pleases God to reach down and cause it to happen. Through Moses He declares in Psalm 90:3, "Thou tamest man to destruction; and sayest, Return, ye children of men." And by return he means return to the dust out of which man was created. A versification of Psalm 39:4, 5 states that truth this way: My end, Lord, make me know. My days, how soon they fail; And to my thoughtful spirit show How weak I am and frail. To Thy eternal thought My days are but ...

OUR EVERLASTING DWELLING PLACE – October 17

What Moses wrote in Psalm 90:1, 2 might seem strange to us. There he wrote, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. " That last part we can understand, namely, that He is God. But that He is our dwelling place is something else. Had he written, as David did in Psalm 46, "God is our refuge and our strength," we would say that he presents an important truth. But, God is our ...

A SMILE FOR THOSE IN TEARS – October 16

Some years ago signs were displayed in public places that read: "Smile—God Loves You." And indeed there are times when we do not smile with the assurance that God is smiling down upon us. The psalmist in Psalm 119: 135 expresses it this way: "Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes." Now the shining of God's face is the displaying of His love. And plainly the psalmist was eager to have an assurance of God's love upon him. But surely we err if we say that God loves everybody who reads that sign. If ...

LONGING FOR A SANCTIFIED WALK – October 15

One thing that we will learn when we understand God's law is how far short we come as far as keeping it is concerned. In fact, in the measure that we understand God's testimonies, we will with the psalmist say, "I opened my mouth, and panted: for I longed for thy commandments. Look thou upon me, and be merciful unto me, as thou usest to do to those that love thy name" (Ps. 119:131, 132). For to open one's mouth and pant is to strive to ob¬tain an essential of life, namely, oxygen. It is feeling the serious need for ...

EXALTING THE LORD OUR GOD – October 13

A word or phrase maybe repeated for emphasis. That word or phrase may also be repeated in order to help us re-member it. Both of these are true concerning the phrase in Psalm 99:3, namely, "for it is holy," referring to God's name; in verse 5 stating "for He is holy"; and in verse 9, where we read: "For the Lord our God is holy." This last time the psalmist says this in connection with the truth that God answered the holy men of old, who called on Him, and forgave their sins. Now, that He is holy means that ...

ENLIGHTENED BY GOD’S WORD – October 14

There is a great deal that we understand; and the older we get, the more we understand the things around us. But that which above all we should understand, we by nature do not even want to hear about, much less understand. Man must not only know but understand why he was created and what his calling is before God, who made him and continues to give him every heartbeat. Man must know and understand that he was created for the glory of God (Is. 43:21), and walk in love for Him so that, with all he comes in contact, ...

WORSHIPPING GOD AT HIS FOOTSTOOL – October 12

Satan, the father of the lie, told Eve, and through her told Adam, that God is a liar. He told them that if they would disobey God, they would not die as God had said, but would become like Him, knowing that which is good for them and evil unto them. But how different is that which God says through the psalmist in Psalm 99:4, 5, where we read: "The King's strength also loveth judgment; Thou dost establish equity, thou executest judgment and righteousness in Jacob. Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is ...



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