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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

REMEMBERED IN CHRIST – December 13

There are members of our bodies that can be surgically removed for our health's sake. But without a heart man cannot live. And when we are speaking about our spiritual life, the heart of our salvation is Christ. Without Him there just is no spiritual life for fallen man. That is why David wrote in Psalm 25:7: "Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember me for thy goodness' sake, O Lord." In those two words, namely, mercy and goodness, David speaks of Christ. For all of God's mercy comes to us through ...

NECESSARY GUIDANCE – December 12

If you trust in your own strength, you are going to be put to shame. Man is like the flower of the grass that soon fades and dies. The child of God has the devil and his host lined up against him, making his cause hopeless, if it depends upon him. Peter boasted that he would never forsake Christ. Only a few hours later he denied all connection with Him, and even of knowledge concerning Him. If in the battle of faith we are going to trust in self, we are going to be overcome. Then our flesh will be ...

SAVED FROM SPIRITUAL SHAME – December 11

Ever since man fell into sin, man has had enemies. Performing that first act of sin against God, Adam introduced into the human race hatred also between man and man. If we do not keep the first table of the law, we will not keep the second table either. If we do not love God, we will not love the neighbor. As soon as God implants the new life of Christ in a man, that man will find the enmity of the seed of the serpent against him as seed of the woman, (Gen. 3:15). The question therefore is not ...

GLORY FOR THE NEWBORN CHILD OF GOD – December 10

A beautiful truth that a born again child of God can and will sing is stated in these words: My Savior 'neath Thy sheltering wings, My soul delights to dwell; Still closer to Thy side I press, For near Thee all is well. My soul shall conquer every foe, Upholden by Thy hand; Thy people shall rejoice in God, Thy saints in glory stand. This is the versification of Psalm 63:11. In this verse David wrote: "But the king shall rejoice in God; every one that sweareth by him shall glory: but the mouth of them that speak lies shall ...

TRUSTING IN GOD – November 30

In an effort to establish peace and to maintain it, a League of Nations was formed. When it failed and a more widespread war broke out, there was formed a United Nations which, instead of fostering peace, manifests in-creased friction between the nations. And today wars and rumors of war are great in number. There is one war that has never ceased even for one day, and will soon come to an awesome climax when the anti-christ arises. This war began the day man fell into sin and God announced enmity which He would put between the seed of the ...

OUR GREATEST NEED – November 29

Are you more concerned about your body than about your soul? There can be no denying of the fact that man is deeply concerned about his body. All the physicians, hospitals. and establishments that manufacture medicines reveal how much man is concerned with the life of his body. There is nothing wrong with this. Jesus healed many bodies and raised three of them from the dead. But the life and well-being of the soul is far more important and must be there, or our concern for the body is sinful. The psalm¬ist writes: "Let my soul live, and it shall ...

A CRY FOR HELP – November 28

It was the pride that Satan worked into Adam's and Eve's hearts that moved them to commit man's first sin. Man was moved to desire to be like God and not remain a servant of God. And every sin that we commit is due to that sinful pride that is in us from the day of our birth. Salvation, therefore, requires the removal of that pride. If we are going to be saved from breaking God's law, we must be humbled by the truth that He is God and that we were created to serve and praise Him as God ...

SALVATION’S SURE RESPONSE – November 27

As we saw yesterday, salvation is a wonderful gift. It also has a wonderful response. Of this we read in Psalm 119.171, 172 in these words: "My lips shall utter praise, when thou halt taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness, " Our versification explains it thus: Instructed in Thy holy law, To praise Thy word I lift my voice; OLord, be Thou my present help. For Thy commandments are my choice. We do well to note that here again salvation is presented as deliverance from the love of sin ...

UNDERSTANDING OUR SALVATION – November 26

Salvation is a very wonderful gift which we surely ought to seek. Understanding our salvation and how we are and can be saved is also of extreme importance. That is why the psalmist wrote: "Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord: give me understanding according to thy word. Let my supplication come before Thee: deliver me according to thy word" Psalm 119:169, 170. Our versification has it thus: O let my supplicating cry By Thee, my gracious Lord, be heard; Give wisdom and deliver me According to Thy faithful word. In verse 166 he had written: "Lord, I ...

OUR MIGHTY GOD AND FAITHFUL GUIDE – November 25

Whether he will admit it or not, every unbeliever has a god. One may claim to be an atheist; but you will find him trusting in this or that object and revealing superstition. He will speak of lucky numbers and of good luck and bad luck. Doing so he speaks of powers outside himself which deter-mine his lot. And that is an admission of trusting in a god. But the child of God believes in the one true God and makes a very rich and powerful confession. With the psalmist he says, "For this God is our God for ever ...



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