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To Do Thy Will  


Hebrews 10:4-10

Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God,” Hebrews 10:7.

 


 

 

Jesus Christ shed His blood and laid down His life for me! When I take a moment to let this truth sink in it humbles me. To see the sacrifice it took to cover my sins is sobering. How can I ever give anything back to Him that measures up to that? My life is all I have to give.

Sin absolutely wrecked our world. All of God’s creation feels its effects, including you and I. We are a broken people. Sin has devastated our lives and separated us from God. Just anything will not work as a worthy sacrifice to reconcile us back to God.

In today’s passage, we see the writer of Hebrews quote a psalm of David’s. Verse 4 speaks of the impossibility of the blood of bulls and goats to remove sin. The animal sacrifices in the Old Testament were great pictures that showed us the seriousness of our transgressions before God, but they fell short of paying the price for sin.

Then Jesus entered the world and became the answer for our sins. He offered Himself as the ultimate sacrifice. His death and shed blood was able to accomplish what the blood of animals never could.

Now we have a reason to serve Him. The knowledge of what Jesus did on our behalf should serve as all the motivation we will ever need. When we consider the enormous gift that God gave to us, we should react by giving Him our lives.

 

 

JUST ASKING

Is the truth of Jesus’ sacrifice serving as your motivator for doing His will?

Nathan Rogers

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SEPARATION IN UNITY


William Andrew Dillard

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An arresting concept emanating from the scriptures is that of being separated while united. No, this is not double-speak, so think with me about it.


Jesus had much to say about the doctrine of separation while in His earthly ministry. He came to separate families. He forthrightly declared He had not come to bring peace, but a sword, and that His teachings received would make the members of one’s household to be his enemies in spiritual things. The family would still be united, but at the same time separated.
The apostle Paul spoke in detail about personal, inner separation while being united. His writing in Romans Chapter Seven underscores what most every Christian of any degree of maturity experiences. Not doing what should be done, and doing what should not be done is universal among people of God on earth. The higher calling of God in Christ prompts us ever onward in the right direction, but the warfare with the flesh ever yields challenges to those accomplishments. By these things, one is separated while remaining united in the Christian pilgrimage. Every disciple of the Lord Jesus knows exactly what I am talking about from his own personal experience.


Another aspect of the subject is what is obviously manifested in the Lord’s churches. Some have managed to get their name on the church roll, but have never been saved. Still others who are legitimate members of the church find it often cramps their style, and they rejoice when they find another excuse to not participate either in worship or other important kingdom activities. It must be admitted that they are members of the church even if one has cause to doubt that Jesus would say so. Hence, the church is separated while still being technically united. It will be judgment before the Lord that finalizes and eliminates such fragmented status.


Still, in another sense being separated while united is often a cause of great joy. As one experiences war between the spirit and the flesh, and through prayer and understanding, the spirit wins over the flesh, it brings great happiness. This is the kind of separation while being together that pleases the Lord. It also adds to the growth in grace that builds Christian warriors.


The enemy of every disciple of Jesus lies within, and it cannot be uprooted. It can be overcome to a great extent as one dedicates himself to learning and following the Lord in harmony with His Word, and that brings rich reward in the end. Until then, victory in life through separation while being united goes on in the sure knowledge and hope of final unification of the total man without the separation sin has brought to us.

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FOOL ME ONCE, FOOL ME TWICE, AND FOOL ME ONCE AGAIN!


William Andrew Dillard


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The first half of the 19th century is dubbed as the second great awakening in America. In the 1840s the Millerite movement arose, so called after a prominent leader, William Miller. He had it figured out that Jesus would return on October 22, 1844. No small crowd of folks divested themselves of worldly goods and waited with great expectation. Of course, it did not happen. The event became known as the Great Disappointment. But, not to give up, the date was supposedly found with error and a new date set. That did not happen either. Did the followers dissipate? Some did, but enough stayed the error to evolve into the Seventh Day Adventist Denomination.


A few decades ago, a small sect of folks believed a leader that set the date for Christ’s return to earth. This was here in western Arkansas. They, too, divested themselves of material things. Many of them sat on a housetop with great expectation of seeing the monumental event. They, too, suffered a great disappointment due to ignorance of the Word of God.
The charade of religious charlatans goes on. Dates are set, discolored moons due to atmospheric conditions are observed, etc. So, fool me once, and fool me twice, and fool me once again!


What is sorely needed is for God’s people to immerse themselves in the pages of Holy Writ to be personally informed thereby having the ability to share knowledge of spiritual things. Ironically, church houses are often filled with folks who have really good intentions of doing just that. But some philosopher once noted that good intentions are like good eggs: if they are not hatched in a timely manner, they will soon rot.


So what are you waiting on? What is your purpose for taking up space on the planet? Some followers of Jesus wanted to wait until their father died and was buried, but Jesus said, “Let the dead bury their dead. Follow me!” Let everyone forget about noble dreams of tomorrow. God gives us all today! Yesterday is gone forever, and tomorrow does not exist. What you have is today. You may have been fooled once, or twice. Must you be fooled again?

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THE LAW


Author – Dr. W.P. Mackay, M. A  1903

 

‘The law was given by Moses: grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.’ The law showed what man ought to be. Christ showed what man is, and what God is. The law was given, but grace and truth came. The word translated ‘came’ is very strong in the original. It might be rendered ‘were impersonated’ in Him — always kept in due harmony and proportion. Calvary tells out fully what man’s true state is, what God’s truth is, and what grace means. The law is what man ought to be to God. Grace tells what God is for me. The first word of law is ‘Thou,’ the first of grace is ‘God’ so loved. But it is grace through truth. God has investigated everything, nothing has been overlooked. The greatest sin that any man could possibly commit has been committed, namely, the murder of God’s Son. At the same time the greatest grace of God has been manifested.

 

Wonderful, marvelous grace

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God Gives Strength  


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Isaiah 40:29, 31

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint,” Isaiah 40:31.

I tend to be like a runaway train. I go and go until I crash. I should seriously slow down a little sometimes, but I have a difficult time doing that. I know it is not healthy. And when I do hit that wall I am absolutely beat.

Maybe you can relate? We all get tired. It really does not matter how young you are, old you are or how in shape you are physically everyone gets tired. We experience times of exhaustion. We all hit the wall of fatigue. This can happen physically, mentally, emotionally and even spiritually. Being “flat worn out” is just a part of life sometimes. But God’s strength never fails. He is omnipotent or all-powerful. He has the means to give strength and power to the weary.

The great thing is that God is never too tired to or too busy to assist us in our walk. He is never too weary to listen to our needs.

What do we do when we get worn down and worn out? That is when we allow His strength to become our strength. Only God can sustain us in weakness. God alone is the only one who can help us press on when we are at our end.

Through God we can find the strength to keep moving, running and soaring!

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

Are you looking to God as the provider of strength when you find yourself weary?

Nathan Rogers

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241 – August 29 – This Day in Baptist History Past


 

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The first Baptist missions society in America

Dr. Thomas Baldwin on August 29, 1802, co-authored the call for the establishment of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society. In 1803 he became editor of the “Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Magazine” and served until his death. Dr. Baldwin received a letter from Adoniram Judson in February, 1813 in which he wrote, “Should there be formed a Baptist Society for the support of missions in these parts, I shall be ready to consider myself their missionary!” Baldwin immediately invited several leading pastors from Mass. to meet and confer on the matter. The result was the organization of a temporary society to assist the Judson’s until such time the Baptists nationally could rally forces for the undertaking. Ultimately, with the formation of “The General Missionary Convention of the Baptist Denomination in the U.S. for Foreign Missions,” Dr. Baldwin served as secretary. Thomas Baldwin was born on Dec. 23, 1753, in Bozrah, CT. When he was 17, he received the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and soon declared in favor of Baptist doctrine. He severed ties with his denomination in which he had been raised and therefore many of his friends severed ties with him. Upon moving to Canaan, NH, Baldwin, though young was chosen to represent his village as a legislator in the General Court of the State. However in due time he surrendered for the ministry and on June 11, 1783, Baldwin was ordained and for seven years pastored the Baptist church in Canaan, CT. In 1790 he was installed as pastor of the 2nd Baptist Church of Boston, Mass. A great revival broke out under his leadership with 212 added in 1803.

Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 356-57.

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I Will Come Again  


 

John 14:1-3

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me,” John 14:1.

I love security! And I want all the security I can have in my life, financial security, job security, marital security and homeland security! It feels good to know things are secure. In today’s passage, we see the greatest security a person can have, spiritual security. Is there a greater security than the security of the believer? This is a protection that is sealed by the promises of Almighty God! In John 14:1-3, we see Jesus promising us three things that serve as keys to our security in Christ.

 

1. We need not be troubled. Our belief in God and His Son Jesus is the starting point of our spiritual security. If you have placed your faith in Jesus for salvation, you are secure.

2. Jesus is in the process of preparing a place for the believers. Our security is seen in His work. He is preparing our eternal home because He guarantees our arrival if we are in Him.

3. He is coming back for us. The promise that He will return again to bring us to the place He has prepared is a positive guarantee. A promise from God is a promise that will never be broken.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

Do you rest in the knowledge that Jesus already seals your spiritual security?

Nathan Rogers

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Napoleon, born August 15, 1769


Napoleon_in_His_StudyAmerican Minute with Bill Federer

After the French Revolution, a slave revolt resulted in France’s loss of Haiti (Saint-Domingue), one of the world’s main producers of sugar.

Desiring to replace it with another tropical colony in order to compete with Britain’s India, the French General Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Egypt in 1798.

Napoleon defeated the Egyptian Mamluk slave cavalry in just a few weeks.

Napoleon then attempted to introduce democracy, equality and liberty but found there were no words in the Arabic language to convey such concepts, as they had been ruled for centuries by the sword.

Napoleon uncovered the Pyramid treasures, the Rosetta Stone and conquered into Palestine.

After losing the Battle of the Nile to Britain, he eventually had to return to France.

Napoleon, born AUGUST 15, 1769, then conquered across Europe – from Italy, Austria, Poland, and German States, to Holland, Denmark and Norway.

His military ‘envelopment’ tactic and use of mobile artillery resulted in him being considered one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

He spread the metric system and a civil-legal system – the Napoleonic Code – which emancipated Catholics in Protestant countries and Protestants in Catholic countries, as well as Jews across Europe.

Fearing Haiti’s slave rebellion would spread to the French Louisiana Territory, and badly needing money for his Army, Napoleon sold a million square miles of land to the United States in 1803 – the “Louisiana Purchase.”

Napoleon’s draining war in Spain inadvertently resulted in the Mexican War of Independence.

The loss of French troops retreating from Russia and his defeat at Leipzig led to Napoleon’s abdication and exile on the Island of Elba in 1813.

After a year, he escaped and again took control of France for 100 dates, but lost the Battle of Waterloo to Britain, June 18, 1815.

During the 17 years of Napoleonic Wars, an estimated 6 million Europeans died.

In October 1815, Napoleon was banished to the South Atlantic Island of Saint Helena, where he died in 1821 at the age of 52.

Reflecting on his life, Napoleon dictated his “Mémoires” to General de Montholon, Baron Gourgaud and General Bertrand.

His conversations were recorded by Emmanuel de Las Cases in Memorial de Sainte Hélène (published 1823).

Napoleon had complained to Montholon of not having a chaplain, resulting in Pope Pius VII petitioning England to allow Abbé Vignali to be sent.

Napoleon read out loud the Old Testament, the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles.

Affirming his belief in God, Napoleon told Montholon:

“I know men; and I tell you that Jesus Christ is not a man.

Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.

There is between Christianity and whatever other religions the distance of infinity…

His religion is a revelation from an intelligence which certainly is not that of man.

The religion of Christ is a mystery which subsists by its own force, and proceeds from a mind which is not a human mind.

We find in it a marked individuality, which originated a train of words and actions unknown before…”

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Napoleon continued:

“Jesus is not a philosopher, for His proofs are miracles, and from the first His disciples adored Him.

Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and myself founded empires; but upon what foundation did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force!

But Jesus Christ founded His upon love; and at this hour millions of men would die for Him.”

Napoleon had stated:

“The Bible is no mere book, but a Living Creature, with a power that conquers all that oppose it.”

Napoleon once told a Milan parish priest in 1797:

“Society without religion is like a ship without a compass.”


Bill FedererThe Moral Liberal contributing editor, William J. Federer, is the bestselling author of “Backfired: A Nation Born for Religious Tolerance no Longer Tolerates Religion,” and numerous other books. A frequent radio and television guest, his daily American Minute is broadcast nationally via radio, television, and Internet. Check out all of Bill’s bookshere.

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When He Appears  


 

1 John 3:1-3

“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2.

 

As believers, we are called to be like Jesus. Each day many of us strive to be more and more like Him. I believe this describes you. You are probably one who desires to be like Jesus. I assume this because you are currently reading this devotional writing and trying to grow in your knowledge and faith in God. Our striving in this life is not in vain. God rewards our pursuit of holiness. However, we will not see the completion of this process until we see Jesus face to face.

When we do see Jesus face to face, everything changes. This sinful and broken flesh no longer holds us back as we strive for holiness. Will our struggle always remain? No! We will be as He is! When believers in Jesus finally look into His beautiful face, we are made to be like Him!

What does it mean to “be like Him”? It means that we will have glorified bodies. It means that sickness, age and fatigue will no longer have an effect on us. It means that we will be without sin. It means that we will no longer be prone to error in our thinking or theology, but instead, our knowledge and understanding will be perfected.

 

 

JUST A THOUGHT

Allow the hope of what we will become motivate you to continue striving toward Christlikeness in this life.

Nathan Rogers

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The Founding of the Thessalonian Church  


 

Acts 17:1-10

“And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few,” Acts 17:4.

 

Paul frequented the synagogues wherever his missionary journeys took him. He would preach the truths about Jesus. The audience would either reject the message, riot or believe. He would gather the believers and teach them, and when he left the town, there was usually a New Testament church established. Often he would visit the believers again, ordaining preachers and teachers, that they might exhibit the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit to conduct God’s business through His churches. The supernatural gifts were necessary in the early churches because instructions to the churches were not yet written. “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you” (John 16:7). As long as Jesus’ physical body was present among the disciples, there was only one church, and He is the Head of the church.

“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless [orphans]: I will come to you” (John 14:17, 18). On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit empowered the church. Therefore, they could spread the gospel all over the world, establish churches and Christ could be the Head of every one of them. Thus, we see His plan for creating New Testament churches, each one autonomous, governing itself in the work of evangelism, baptism and teaching the truths of God.

 

 

JUST SAYING

Jesus’ plan was to establish New Testament churches.

Robert Brock

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