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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

ALL GLORY TO GOD – April 23

If there is one gift to God for which we should praise Him, it is the gift of His Son as our Savior. Quite naturally the Old Testament saints could not do that the way we can. For Christ was not yet born, and His cross had not yet become the altar on which He was sacrificed for our sins. Nevertheless in essence all the saints, from Adam onward and in every nation and people, did and should praise God for that precious, all-important gift. Note once again that in Psalm 117 we are told to praise God for His ...

A CALL TO PRAISE GOD – April 22

In the book of Psalms we find the longest and the shortest chapters in the Bible. Psalm 119 is the longest, having 176 verses; and Psalm 117 the shortest, having only two verses. But do not brush this Psalm aside as having little to say to us. It presents to us a very, very important calling, one we must not for one minute forget. Three times in this brief Psalm we are told to praise the Lord. That is a tremendously important calling for man who is made in the image of God. Did He not Himself say in Isaiah ...

A WALK THAT TALKS – April 21

Actions speak louder than words. And proof that we have meditated in God's precepts is that we have profound respect for them. That is why, when the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:13, 14, "With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches," he continues in verses 15, 16 with these words, "I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy Word. " Now when he says that ...

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: ...



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