I have to prepare these devotionals days or sometimes weeks in advance. For instance, I am working on getting them through the end of March because on March 12 , Sandra and I are going to Israel/Jordan. We are truly excited.This will be our third trip and it is our anniversary trip. Seven from our church is going with two other groups. Three years ago we tried to get to the ancient city of Petra in Jordan but a snow storm, yes, a snow storm stopped us less than two miles from Petra. For those of us on that cold bus it was not pleasant at all. However, two highlights of Jordan were seeing the Jabbok River and going to Mt. Nebo.
If you do not know the biblical significance of these locations, do a little Bible search and see why they are important. I will give you a hint- Jacob and Moses. Have a great day.
I read through the Book of Revelation every month. There are 22 chapters. So I have read through this magnificent book numerous times. Each time there is this amazing wonder to it. But the most frightening is not the plagues, and the bowls of wrath it is found in chapter 20. It says this," ...and books were opened, And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books."(vs.12)
When I first read this a sense of dreadful fear fell over me. I then asked God , is my name written in the Book of Life? This is a question we should all ask.
The response I received from the Lord was,"Yes, your name is written in the Book." Oh, what assurance that is. Oh, what joy that brings.
Is you name written in the Book of Life?
When someone buys out a business, the business may have gone bankrupt. In fact, the same thing happened when Jesus met us in the market place of sin and death. We were bankrupt. He alone is able because He loved us enough, to buy us out of the eternal mess we were in. He alone has the power and strength to convert bankrupt lives into temples of the living God.
Colossians 1:13-14 (NASB)
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Acts 1:8 (NASB)
... but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."
" You know the Church started out with a Bible , then it got a hymnbook, and for years that was it- a Bible and a hymnbook. The average church now certainly wouldn't be able to operate on just a hymnbook and the Bible. Now we have to have all kinds of stuff. A lot of people couldn't serve God at all without at least a vanload of equipment to keep them happy."
Secondly –The Cultural Christian- “Type C”
The "C" stands for the Counterfeit Christian. They have learned the language, the performance and they are just pretending. These are plentiful. When difficulties come they drop out quickly.
Luke 8:12 (NASB) "Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.
Modern thinking breaks down, by advertising to people that all they have to do is say a prayer and they will be saved- born again. Prayer doesn’t save you; faith saves.
Ephesians 2: 8-9 says,” For by grace are you saved through faith; and not of yourselves , it is the gift of God, not as a result of works, so that no one can boast.”
What we Learned on Sunday? Insights, ideas and Inspiration