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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

DELIGHT IN GOD’S LAW – April 20

"Like father, like son." So the expression goes, and very often this is true. Sons often resemble their fathers to such a degree that you do not need to ask the child who his father is. Then too fathers' mannerisms, talents, and the like show up in sons. Now there is one instance where the son will always look exactly like the father in thinking, willing, and acting. When God the Father begets a child through His Son and His Spirit, that child will look exactly like God from a spiritual point of view. Do we not in Psalm 17:15 ...

SIN PREVENTION – April 19

Of fire prevention we have all heard. Crime prevention likewise is not only a matter we desire but one whose need we become aware of more and more every day. Sin pre¬vention, however, is far more necessary and, sad to say, of very little concern even in the church world today. Yes, we can make a distinction between crime and sin. Crime is sin, but all sin is not crime. Crime is what the world calls any deed that breaks a man-made law, and that is sin before God when that law is made by the authorities God placed over ...

SEEKING GOD WHOLEHEARTEDLY – April 18

To find a particular object one must go in a definite direction and upon a particular way. Go north when the object is south of the place where you are, and you will not reach that object. And the same is true about things spiritual. Therefore the psalmist in Psalm 119:10 writes, "With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments." Two truths are evident here: We must seek God with our whole heart; and if we wander from His command¬ments, we are not going to find Him and enjoy His covenant fellowship ...

CLEANSING OUR WAY – April 17

Throughout the day we wash our hands. Our clothes also need periodic washing to remove the grime they collect. But far more important is it that we cleanse our way. And cleansing our way is straightening out our walk of life so that we walk in love toward God. That is why the psalmist writes in Psalm 119:9, "Where-withal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to Thy word." And it is not because young men sin more than older people that the psalmist writes these words. It is because if we do not learn ...

PRESERVED FOR PERFECTION – April 16

Once a believer, always a believer. Once a child of God, always a child of God. Once on the way to heavenly glory, always on the way to that unending glory. That is the com-forting assurance in the Word of God. This does not mean that we will never sin anymore, will look always like believers, and never as those on the way to the lake of fire. In all our life here below we will still have the old man of sin, and, like Peter, may even by word or deed deny all connection with Christ, and say that ...

ALL OF OUR SALVATION, GOD’S WORK – April 15

It is not without good reason that God in His word warns us not to boast of our faith and new life. Through Paul He tells us in Ephesians 2:8, 9 that we are saved by grace in such a way that faith also is a gift, so that there is no room for us to boast of having contributed even the de¬sire for salvation. That too He gives us through His Son. This truth He gave us the very day we fell into sin. For then He told us that through His Son He would put enmity in us ...

GRACE THAT CONQUERS – April 14

All the heavenly bodies have their God-given places and move in a divinely prescribed course. Therefore man can tell just when the sun shall arise or set on a particular day in the future, and when the moon shall be full, or a new moon appears. God has it all under His perfect control. And the psalmist declares this in Psalm 148:3-6 with these words, "Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him all ye stars of light, Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the Lord: ...

OUR GOD, A PARTICULAR GOD – April 13

God is particular. Let us take hold of and maintain that truth with all of our strength. Every day we are bombarded with a denial of this truth. On bumper stickers, over the radio, from off the pulpit, and displayed where passers-by may read it, these unscriptural words are presented: "Smile, God loves you." Whosoever reads or hears these words is supposed to be the object of God's love; and it is shouted out that Christ died so that every one who hears them has a chance to be saved. But let us get it deeply into our souls that ...

OUR SINS FULLY COVERED – April 12

If there is one thing that we all need, it is the forgiveness of our sins. Since there is none that doeth good, no not one, we all need to have our sins blotted out, or everlasting punishment lies before us. As Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:22: "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." In Adam all of us are guilty, and the wages of sin is death. Unless we have our guilt removed, we will enter everlasting punishment. But thanks be to God, those whom He chose in Christ have ...

SAVED IN A MARVELOUS WAY – April 11

As a versification of Psalm 86:10, 11 we sing: In all thy deeds how great Thou art! The one true God Thy way make clear; Teach me with undivided heart To trust Thy truth, Thy name to fear. And the Scripture version reads, "For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: Thou art God alone, Teach me thy way, 0 Lord; I will walk in thy truth: Unite my heart to fear thy name. " We do well to give serious thought to this truth today. For the greatness of God in the work we considered yesterday is so universally ...



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