July 20 – Lead Well

Lead on dear Lord, for we cannot without You.

THE RIVER WALK

Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours? (2 Chronicles 1:10)

Read: 2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17, Romans 6:1-23, Psalm 16:1-11, Proverbs 19:20-21 

Relate: Last night I was talking with someone who had just left a board meeting with a church that is in desperate need of a very real change. I am familiar with it and some of the difficulties they have been facing over the past few years. The meeting he was a part of was the first step in what will be a process that will revitalize and turn them around. The big trick is to not just come in and impose those changes but to figure out how to get them to take ownership of those changes so that they fully buy in to the healthier culture and can once again have an impact on their…

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All God’s people – Here I am, Lord

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In the Eye of the Storm

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control.
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I am in conflict with two important truths.
Trials and trouble are necessary
Trials and  trouble bring me closer to You.
It is difficult for me to embrace J. B. Phillips translation of the expected reaction to trials and trouble in James 1,
“When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don’t resent them as intruders, but welcome them as friends!”
Friends??
The Spirit is willing, the flesh is weak.
I have to settle it in my heart that a deep relationship with the Lord, comes from a willingness to go where He leads, even into the eye of the storm.
My devotional this morning read as  follows,
There Bible never plays it safe, denies reality, or offers a cosmetized view of a fallen world.
The Bible never tricks you into thinking things are better than they are.
The Bible is very candid about the hardships, the storms and trouble, but it is also gloriously hopeful.**
In the eye of the storm-
You remain in control
In the middle of the war
You guard my soul
You are the anchor
when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me
in the eye of the storm…
He controls the storm
He guards my soul
He is my anchor
He surrounds me with love
In the eye of the storm.
Help me Lord to realize when my faith is tested in the storms of life that I am never alone. That I can trust you to do good by me.
Even when it overwhelming
Even when the news is bad
Even when I don’t understand
Even in the eye of the storm…..
*Ryan Stevenson-In the Eye of the Storm
** Paul David Tripp- New Morning Mercies
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Nuggets – Hereby know

Hereby Know
“Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.” (1 John 4:13)

It is surprising to note that this phrase “hereby know” occurs eight times in the little epistle of 1 John. Each of these listed below is given as a means of both testing the genuineness of our professed faith in Christ and then of giving assurance and comfort to the true believer.

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3).

“But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (1 John 2:5).

“Hereby perceive [same Greek word as ‘know’] we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren” (1 John 3:16).

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him” (1 John 3:18-19).

“And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us” (1 John 3:24).

“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God” (1 John 4:2).

“We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error” (1 John 4:6).

The eighth and last such reference is our text for the day. Note that the common thread running through all is the importance of the indwelling Spirit of truth, leading those who know the Lord into lives of doctrinal purity, obedience to God’s Word, and love toward the brethren. HMM
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July 19 – Because of One Man

It’s your choice – grace or sin.

THE RIVER WALK

Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous. (Romans 5:19)

Read: 1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19

Relate: I have been reading a bit about happiness lately. There was a major gallop poll conducted a few years back to find out who are the happiest people on the planet. This pole found that the Irish are the unchallenged champs at keeping that smile on their face. About the time the pole results were made public a few different magazines reported on it. Time Magazine wrote this about the land of the leprechauns: “Debt-laden Ireland faces a gloomy economic future, yet its population is among the cheeriest on the planet, reporting high levels of well-being and contentedness.” The Irish Times wrote this about themselves: “Who’s happy? We are, apparently. Despite toppling over an economic cliff, Irish…

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All God’s people – In Christ alone

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Nuggets – Call to remembrance

Call to Remembrance
“But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions.” (Hebrews 10:32)

Our American younger generation, like the Hebrew Christians back in the first generation after Christ, seems in grave danger of forgetting the great sacrifices of those earlier generations in this country who made our nation the land of the free. What seems almost a deliberate “dumbing down” of our great Christian heritage has been taking place in our public schools and universities ever since World War II ended.

Memorial Day should not be merely an occasion to give people a three-day time of leisure and pleasure, but rather a call to remembrance of those who suffered and died to ensure our political and religious freedoms—especially that freedom to believe and proclaim the saving gospel of Christ, which so motivated our forefathers.

And it is even more important, every day, to call to remembrance the unfathomable sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ who died, not just to give us temporal freedom, but eternal freedom, providing everlasting life to all those who believe. We have a formal time for remembering this—whenever we observe the special supper He established, remembering His broken body and shed blood. “This do in remembrance of me,” He said (1 Corinthians 11:24-25), and Christians have been remembering Him in this way ever since He met with His disciples the night before He died for our sins.

But we need also to remember Him every day, not just on the days scheduled for communion, just as we ought to remember and thank God for those who died for our country, and to do so far more often than just once each year. As Paul said concerning the dedicated, but suffering, Christians in Philippi, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you” (Philippians 1:3). HMM

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July 18 – Unjust Punishment

The love of God goes beyond all. Thank You, Jesus.

THE RIVER WALK

He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God. (Romans 4:25)

Read: 1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34, Romans 4:13-5:5, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 19:17

Relate: Some times life just is not fair. I had a strong sense of the injustice of the world even at a tender age. I was probably eight at the time. I was making some toast in the kitchen when my sister came in and got a drink. She came in through the dining room door, poured herself a glass, then left out towards the office without shutting the fridge. Not thirty seconds later my mom appeared in the kitchen through the dining room door. She saw the open door and me buttering my toast and set in on scolding me for leaving the door open. My protestations of innocence only added lying to my crime…

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All God’s people – Shine, Jesus shine

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Encountering the Ark

The ark was nothing compared to the world He made. Here is just a little example of His wonderful architectural creativitiy and wisdom. You are awesome Lord.

The Artistic Christian

“It’s bigger than imagination.” – Ark Encounter Slogan



Two weeks ago our family drove out to Williamstown, Kentucky where we walked through Noah’s Ark. No, I’m not kidding!



Ark Encounter, a theme park that opened in July 2016, features the largest replica of Noah’s Ark that exists in the world today. The construction is built to biblical proportions, and is so massive that it takes an entire day to walk through it. Seeing this ark – which is made from actual gopher wood and looks and feels much like the actual ark must have – brings the biblical narrative to life and answers countless questions that skeptics have about this historical account.

Look at the details of this beautiful structure with an artist’s eye, however, and you will find that Noah’s Ark was not only practical and functional, but dripping with symbolism.

Size Does Matter

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