Saturday, March 28, 2015

…Blessed be the king that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest. Luke 19:38
The crowd got it right, at least on the surface, that day of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He is the king, not of the Hebrews only, but of the entire world (no matter who doesn’t like it), of the universe, and of the heart of man. But back then at that moment, and tragically still this moment in modern times, the human heart is in rebellion against Him, and though some might give lip service, the human heart often goes with the fickle crowd that turned Blessed be the king into crucify him.
The human heart needs to be converted to the truth. Jesus is the truth. The human heart needs to yield its loyalty to God’s king. Jesus is the king. The human heart needs to be converted to a new life of joy, peace, and love. Jesus is the life.

As the Christian world remembers the waving palm fronds, and praises of Palm Sunday marking Jesus as the king, examine your own heart to see if praises to Jesus are welling up from within you.
Go sing His praises in church and declare Him king of your heart.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A Devotional Thought From Proverbs

The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.     Proverbs 10:7

Their names sit rotting upon the garbage dumps of history. They are remembered for the rape, pillage, cruelty, and murder they inflicted on the human race: Huns, Nazis, Mau Maus, Stalinists, and others. The stink of their evil surfaces whenever their names are spoken, and the blood of their millions of victims cries from the earth against them. Example: Jonah 1:2, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. Other names, today’s names, those of terrorist groups and other wicked ones, will join them rotting on that same garbage heap, smelling to high heaven. I hope it will be soon, but whether it is soon, or not until Jesus comes the terrorists will face judgment and defeat. Name the names. You know them. None can defy the will of God and succeed in the evil they do. There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD (Proverbs 21:30). There will come a time when like decaying corpses on the steaming garbage heaps of Gehenna the very mention of their names will bring the rotten stink.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Devotional Thoughts From Proverbs

For at the window of my house I looked through my casement, And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding. … And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart. … Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.     Proverbs 7:6,7,10,27

     Though many in Western society do not wish to hear it, sexual sin is not only against the will of the living God for all humanity, but it is dangerous. Sexual sin can result in sickness, remorse, loss of character, death, and even hell.
     Young people engaged in premarital fornication spoil themselves morally, and rob their future spouses of the purity God desires them to bring to the marriage bed. Married men and women put their marriages and families in the path of danger, at risk for breakup and generational immorality when they commit adultery. They also risk an unfaithful spouse’s passing of disease to the other. How many children are being born around the world with A.I.D.S., or other dread diseases that come from sexual sin?
     Jealous husbands (and wives) have been known to kill over infidelity. A man may die raving in a mental hospital completely out of his mind because of sexually transmitted disease, or could be killed in a car accident on a rain swept night as he speeds to the immoral rendezvous, or be mugged and murdered by criminals waiting for unsuspecting Johns outside a brothel.
     A society loses social purity, uprightness, honesty, structural support, moral strength, and political wisdom when sexual sin is the basis of communal life. The banding together of one ethnic group against another, violence in the streets, the powerful oppressing the powerless are all companion sins of the sexual sins that plague a society.

     Modern Western societies need is to repent towards God, and have respect towards our fellow man.

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Devotional Thought From Psalms

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.     Psalm 122:6

In a world were the nation Israel is often berated, accused, and fired upon by her enemies it is well that Christians remember these words from the Psalms. God has declared that He loves Jerusalem and the people of Israel. He wants peace for them, His chosen people of the Old Testament, and the place where He has set His name. Christians are like their Father in heaven, and as such we love Israel too, and we want her to be blessed, and we want peace for the city of David, Jerusalem. That presumes peace for the whole nation. Christian individuals, Christian churches, and all nations of the world will prosper when they have the attitude of concern respect and love that praying for others expresses. And they will prosper because of the Jewish people. God said to Abraham, the first man in the Hebrew line, the beginning of the people of Israel, And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth  thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3). So pray for the peace of Jerusalem, whoever you may be.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Devotional Thought From Psalms

My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.     Psalm 104:34

     “Sweet!” That’s what we say when something nice happens to us like a free ice cream at the local soft serve when they open for the season. The psalmist said “Sweet!” When he thought of the LORD.  “Just thinking of Him makes me glad.”
     As Christians this is one of the Old Testament qualities we want to emulate. We want to draw close to God through prayer and scripture readings so that as we think of Him, and who He is, and all He’s done, and what He will do in the future, and what He's doing in our lives right now, our hearts will well up within us with a deep, spiritual “Sweet!”
     I find in my personal devotions that God’s word speaks to the situations of my life. And His word is true and right and pure. That I draw closer to Him by reading His word and prayer. That His word translates into my life and ministry. That it gives me comfort. It encourages me. It energizes me. My meditation of Him makes me smile and be joyful.

     The psalmist is right: personal devotions with God are sweet!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Devotional Though From Psalms
For he hath looked down from the height of his sanctuary; from heaven did the LORD behold the earth; To hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death;              Psalm 102:19,20
          90 – 150 Christian men, women, and children were captured and abducted by ISIS in Syria this week. 21 Egyptian Christians were beheaded in Libya, Japanese, British and American hostages have been brutally killed and their deaths used as video propaganda, little children have been crucified, all in the name of religious terrorism making the middle east the hot spot of world persecution and horror. We are not the only ones who see it, God is looking on this inhumanity of man to man. Why doesn’t He start throwing lightning bolts, He can, you know? But as I think about it I am reminded of a child’s reply to an adult, when she was asked why God didn’t send her help in her trouble: “He did, Sir. He sent you.” God has ordained governments to restrain evil. Speaking of those governments He says:  For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil (Romans 13:4).
          God sees the wickedness perpetrated by ISIS, other terrorist groups, and individual terrorists, and He also sees, what those He has given legitimate power for good, do to stop it.

          I urge my nation, and the other legitimate governments of the world to stop the terror. Work together and do what it takes to defeat the terrorists of all sorts. Do what it takes. Stop the evil.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

A Devotional Thought From Psalms

Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.     Psalm 96:3

God is glorious, and His glory can be seen in everything He does from creating the earth to the promise of the new heavens and earth that will one day be the reality of the universe. His glory is seen in the fact that He is a loving God, who loves all the peoples of the earth. As the children’s hymn has it, “red and yellow black and white they are precious in the sight.” This glorious God offers forgiveness and salvation to anyone who desires to know Him and have that salvation. He has made that salvation a reality by sending His own Son Jesus Christ to the cross of Calvary where Christ died for our sins carrying them away once for all. Anyone: male or female; of any ethnic group or religion; old or young; rich or poor; empowered or powerless; blind, death and, dumb or completely healthy; here, there, and everywhere; anyone who desires to know this glorious God and receive His love revealed and given in Jesus Christ, who calls upon the Lord to be saved will be saved. Many other glorious things of Him are spoken, but for today let our attention be upon this glory, the Lord is the God of salvation. The Lord is the God of new life. The Lord is the glorious God above all things Who came to earth to save human kind. I declare His glory, He has given me salvation.