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Daily Devotional – June 30

 

When God created the human body he constructed it of many lovely and attractive parts.  It seems, though, that He did the feet last–maybe throwing them together from left over parts. 

Let’s face it, feet are pretty ugly. 

I have a relatively new friend.  Helen is a magnificent person of talent and education.  In this respect,  I know and have known many like her. What separates Helen from many others is not her talent or her education, but her feet.  Helen happens to be one of the few people in this world who has beautiful feet

Romans 10:15b How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

In a world of pain, sorrow and sin, we need people like Helen.  People with beautiful feet. 

How about a pedicure over this holiday weekend?

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June 30, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 8 Comments

Verse of the day

ECCLESIASTES 5:10
He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this [is] also vanity.

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Daily Devotional – June 29

AMERICA’S PHILANTHROPISTS

Amidst much hoopla, media events and heraldry, Warren Buffet (one of America’s richest men) gave Bill Gates’ (the world’s richest man) charitable foundation $30.7 billion dollars plunging his net worth to a measly $44 billion.

In Luke 21 Jesus’ disciples witnessed the rich casting in their gifts into the treasury.  These people were often known to (Matt 6:2) sound a trumpet or make a big show to others concerning how much they gave. 

Then an impoverished, unnoticed, unpraised widow slipped her two pennies into the treasury escaping the notice of most–but not Jesus! 

He pointed out that her sacrificial giving was worth more than all of the gifts of the rich put together.

In 2003 American’s gave $240 billion to charity.  Much of this came from corporations, but much of it also came from the daily sacrificial giving of people who can ill afford it but find joy in giving it–America’s true philanthropists.

June 29, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 2 Comments

Verse of the day

EPHESIANS 4:2
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;

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Daily Devotional – June 28

 

CHIEF OR INDIAN

There are primarily two kinds of Christians living today.  Christian chiefs and Christian Indians.

The apostle Paul was a Pharisee of Pharisees.  He lived a strict life in accordance with the law.  Truly if ever a righteous man existed it was Paul.  Paul could condemn and judge others with a vengeance.  If he detected an imperfection or weakness in his fellow man, he was ready to pounce.  If others did not live up to his expectation, Paul was ready and willing to be judge, jury and executioner.

It wasn’t until later, through God’s grace,  that Paul realized:

1Timothy 1:15 This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

Rather be a chief or an Indian?

(Note:  While Paul was Pharisaical and oriented around the law and quick to use it to cut others down, there is the other side who is just as quick to judge and condemn those who don’t conform to their own “form of godliness”.   Unfortunately neither side recognizes their own chieftain status…)

June 28, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | Leave a comment

Verse of the day

GALATIANS 3:11
But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, [it is] evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

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Daily Devotional – June 27

 

NEED TRUTH? 

Here a little, there a little (Isaiah 28:9-13): God did not organize the Bible so that all information on a given subject falls in one chapter or book. The whole Bible must concur before we can truly call a theological concept “truth.”

A positive approach (Acts 17:11-12): God left us a wonderful example of a people who sought to prove the truths of God rather than disprove them. He can work with those who have submissive minds, receptive to His revelation (We Bereans!).

3) A desire to please God (II Timothy 2:15): Our study should be intended to merit God’s approval of our lives. He is not impressed with scholarship or intelligence, but He does respect spiritual growth (Psalm 111:10; II Peter 3:18; I John 3:22).

4) No private interpretation (II Peter 1:20-21): The Word of God and the understanding of it are revealed by the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 2:6-16). Any personal understanding or interpretation must agree in all points with the Bible, or come from its principles (II Peter 3:16)—otherwise an idea is nothing more than an opinion and maybe a dangerous one.

5) Humility (I Corinthians 8:1-3): It is a good idea to remember that many others, probably wiser, have faced the same questions before us.

6) Seek counsel (Proverbs 24:6): Not only should one bring vexing questions to the ministry, but one should also seek wise advice from brethren, both inside and outside one’s normal circle of friends. After mentioning it to others, give them time to study the subject thoroughly themselves and reply before drawing any conclusions.

7) Prayer and meditation (Psalm 119:33-40, 97-99): Seeking God’s will and considering the ramifications of our ideas are absolutely vital to proper Bible study. Others, weaker in the faith, may not be able to survive our “spirituality” (I Corinthians 8:9, 11-13).

June 27, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 3 Comments

Daily Devotional – June 26

THE BOOK 

If you had access to a history book that was

  • written over 1600 years,
  • spans thousands of years,
  • had 40 different authors that agree with each other,
  • that not only contained eyewitness accounts to most of the worlds most momentous events,
  • but contained hundreds of prophecies that have been fullfilled, (300 by one man),
  • with many yet to come,

wouldn't you be interested in reading it?

The Bible – Number 1 bestseller of all time (530,659,106 bought and distributed this year alone–thats approximately 431 million more than than the Da Vinci Code).

The Bible – Often purchased, often quoted, rarely read…

June 26, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 9 Comments

Verse of the day

1TIMOTHY 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

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Daily Devotional – June 23

 

HEADLINES

— CNN sources believe potential targets for terror suspects arrested in Miami today included Sears Tower, Chicago, and Miami's FBI building.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— The Associated Press reports Marines plan to charge seven Marines and one sailor with murder in connection with the April death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdaniya, a defense official said.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— Jurors reach verdict in trial of Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling. Verdict to be read at noon ET.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— National Hurricane Center issues hurricane warning for Florida's Gulf Coast from Longboat Key to the Ochlockonee River, The Associated Press reports.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— An Afghan man threatened with execution because he converted from Islam to Christianity is expected "to be released in the coming days," an official says.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— Mary Winkler, wife of slain minister Matthew Winkler, has confessed to killing him, police in Selmer, Tennessee, say.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

— Roman Catholic archdiocese of Dublin report says 102 priests are suspected of sexually or physically abusing at least 350 children since 1940, The Associated Press reports.

1Thessalonians 5:18 In every th ing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Hmm…

June 23, 2006 Posted by | Daily Devotional | 2 Comments