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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

LIFTED TO EVERLASTING PRAISE – August 8

In a fierce storm the wind whips up huge waves that dash against the rocks. But always the rock splits the waves and scatters the water left and right. Every time this happens, we have a picture of how safe the child of God is in the storms of life. In Psalm 27:5 David had written that God had set him up upon a rock, which is Christ. Below are his enemies as powerful waves driven by Satan in an attempt to destroy the church. But the waves are dashed into pieces, while the Rock is unharmed; and those set ...

OUR CERTAIN SAFETY – August 7

A man with a so-called life insurance policy gets nothing out of it himself. The policy does not assure him that he will not die, and promises nothing that will restore life to him. But the child of God has a life assurance policy that is based on the word of the almighty, unchangeable, ever faithful God of our salvation. That policy not only assures us that we will never lose the new life we got when born again; but it also promises us that we will get our bodies back, and this time in a far more glorious, heavenly ...

A VERY REVEALING DESIRE – August 6

It cannot be denied that we all face death, and in I Cor-inthians 15:26 Paul calls death the last enemy to be de-stroyed. That makes us wonder how David could say in Psalm 27:1 that he has nothing to fear and that he is afraid of nothing and no one. For although we understand that his reason for this is that God is his light and his salvation, the question arises for us as to how we can be sure that God is our light and salvation. We cannot find that out by looking into a mirror. Looking at our ...

WELL-FOUNDED CONFIDENCE – August 5

Having enemies is one thing. Being afraid of them is another. We have enemies; but we should not be afraid of them. In fact if we have no enemies, we should be afraid. If Satan and the ungodly world are our friends, God is our enemy, and we have reason for terrible fear. But if He is our light and our salvation, we have no reason to be afraid, no matter how big a host of enemies is against us. The first promise God gave His church, the mother promise of Genesis 3:15, assures us that our enemies' heads will ...

A VERY INSTRUCTIVE QUESTION – August 4

Children learn by asking questions. At a very early age they ask what this and that is, why this happened and that happened, why we must do this and why we must do that. And parents give them answers to teach them. But parents also have questions and want answers so that light is brought on a particular subject. And they also ask questions in order to teach. David did that so beautifully in Psalm 27:1 where he asks, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of ...

PRAYING FOR A SOUND HEART – August 3

All the members of our bodies are important. God, who made and fashioned them, knew what He was doing when He made us as we are. And although some of the members of our bodies can be removed surgically without threat to our lives, and sometimes have to be removed because of cancer or some other disease, we cannot get along without a heart. And the healthier the heart is, the more active one can be; while an impaired heart will limit one's activity. It is no wonder then that the psalmist wrote in Psalm 119:80, "Let my heart be ...

LIVING IN LOVE TOWARD GOD – August 2

There are sicknesses and diseases which come upon us that are not man's attack upon us. But there are also afflic-tions which enemies bring upon us. Of such troubles the psalmist spoke in Psalm 119:77, 78, where he wrote: "Let thy tender mercies come unto me, that I may live: for thy law is my delight. Let the proud be ashamed: for they dealt perversely with me without a cause: but I will meditate in thy precepts." What we find here and must learn is that because God made and fashioned us in His own image to walk in love ...

A PRAYER FOR COMFORT – August 1

The tenth section of Psalm 119 is full of prayers. In verse 73 the psalmist had prayed that God would give him understanding. Then follows in this section of the Psalm five petitions that God will let this and that happen. In verses 75, 76 he prays, "I know, 0 Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness halt afflicted me. Let, I pray thee, thy merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to thy word unto thy servant. " Here he prays for comfort in the midst of his afflictions. And because God has given him ...

THE BELIEVER’S HOPE – July 31

To hope for something is to long for it- but also to expect it to come. In his wisdom Solomon wrote in Proverbs 10:25. “The hope of the righteous shall be gladness. But the expectation of the wicked shall perish." Hoping is expecting that for which one longs. Idol worshipers have hope, for they long to be set free from pain and suffering, and they expect their idol to bang them there. The righteous long and expect to be delivered from the act of sin as well as from the punishment of sin. The psalmist makes very plain when in ...

A CALL TO REJOICE – July 30

Place some precious gold coins in the feeding trough of a horse or mule. But do not be surprised when it pushes these aside with its mouth and, having eaten all the food, walks away from them. It sees no value in them but rather considers them to be in its way. It is because we do not appreciate God's mercy as we ought that we are in Psalm 32:9 taught, "Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have and no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near ...



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