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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

THE HEART OF THE MATTER – February 21

To enter a house whose doors and windows are locked requires a key. To get an audience with a high govern-mental official demands documents of identification. And in this day of terrorism, you may even have to be searched to see whether you carry dangerous weapons. How much more are there severe requirements to come before the holy God and to be a guest in His house! Wisely does the psalmist ask in Psalm 15:1, "Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?" There also is a reason why Jesus spoke of the keys ...

AN ONLY POSSIBLE ANSWER – February 20

In reading and studying Scripture one must always take careful note of the words which God uses in the passage. Scripture is His word, and we miss the message in the measure that we slide over any of the words which He uses. In that important question in Psalm 15:1, "Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?" we could easily slide over that word holy. But if we do, we will not understand the answer to that question that is given in the remaining verses of the Psalm. Because God's house is a ...

A TREMENDOUSLY IMPORTANT QUESTION – February 19

From the days of our early childhood we learned by asking questions. But the answer had to be correct or we were deceived, and instead of being instructed we were misled. The question had therefore to be asked of one who had the correct answer, and could be trusted. And a most important question is the one we find in Psalm 15:1, namely, "0 Lord, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in Thy holy hill?" The significance of dwelling with God in His house is expressed in one of the versification of this Psalm in these words: ...

UNIVERSAL PRAISE OF GOD DEMANDED – February 16

All men on earth that live, To God all glory give; Praise ye the Lord; His loving kindness bless, His constant faithfulness and changeless truth confess; Praise ye the Lord. That is a very comprehensive call. "All men on earth" excludes no one. The psalmist in Psalm 117 puts it this way, "0 praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him all ye peoples. For His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Praise ye the Lord. And although the reason for that praise is listed as the merciful kindness of God toward ...

A CALL TO PRAISE JEHOVAH – February 15

Psalm 117 is the shortest Psalm and the briefest chapter in the Bible, consisting in only two verses, and in our translation having no more than thirty-three words. But size does not always indicate value. A small diamond is worth far more than a piece of coal that is ten times larger. And this Psalm, though very brief, expresses a very important truth. In this Psalm the call comes to all men: '”O praise the Lord, all ye nations: Praise Him, all ye people" Psalm 117: 1. And to get the idea of its significance, listen to what we read ...

DAILY CONVERSION ALWAYS NECESSARY – February 13

Our sins have been blotted out. The cross has wiped them completely out of God's book. But until we die, we still have the old man of sin, and we also have the motions of sin in our flesh. Therefore, we so quickly go back to the sins from which we turned. We fall again into sin. The history of Israel reveals this so clearly. They turned to idolatry, and God sent them into the captivity in Babylon. There they repented, and God returned them to the promised land. It did not take long before they were back in idolatry ...

WITNESSING OUR SPIRITUAL JOY – February 12

The world may, and often does, ridicule God's church. Think of how the King of the church was ridiculed upon His cross. Think of how they scoffed at those upon whom the Spirit was poured out on Pentecost, accusing them of being filled with new wine. But there are also times when they have to and do admit what the psalmist says in Psalm 126:1-3, namely, "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion... they said among the heathen, the Lord hath done great things for them." And the idea is that the un¬believers also saw what God did ...

MOUTHS FILLED WITH LAUGHTER – February 11

Yesterday we were reminded of the fact that God is our Redeemer, and that we should praise and thank Him more emphatically in regard to the spiritual gifts of our salvation. This truth is expressed again in Psalm 126:1-3, where the psalmist writes, "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. " Although this captivity was physical, when the Israelites were taken into ...

ACCEPTABLE IN GOD’S SIGHT – February 9

The heavens declare the glory of God, but in a way that they are not heard by the human ear. Man, however, was created in such a way that he could, with words that his fellow men could hear, speak of the glory of God. And he who truly hears the heavens declare God's glory will with his mouth speak words that glorify Him, The more he hears the heavens declare God's glory, the more he will want strength and desire to open his mouth to extol God for that glory. He will with David pray, "Let the words of ...

WARNED AND REWARDED – February 8

Warnings protect our lives. The buzzing sound of the smoke detector, the screaming of the siren of the fire engine speeding towards us from behind, and the red light indicating that the automobile ahead has its breaks applied, all serve to make us aware of danger. These warnings are given to keep us from possible harm. Unless we are foolish, we are thankful that there are such devices for our protection. But do you react with thankfulness because God gave us His law? Are you thankful when relatives, or friends, or officebearers warn you when you are breaking one of ...



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