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Weekday devotionals for Christians

One Giant Leap for CW

Psalms 119:162
I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil.

Those who know me, know that I am very much for reading the Bible through cover to cover in one year.  I will not be dogmatic on this devotion in regards to this, but let me say this.  My Christianity took a tremendous leap forward, not only as a Christian, but also as a Pastor.  Looking back on my life, I am regretful that I waited so long to do it, but I greatly benefit now that I am in the pattern of doing this yearly.

With all of this extra time that we have, let me suggest that we take more of the Word of God in our lives.  He will help us get through any and all difficulties and hard times.  Below is a poem.  It is rather lengthy, so I will just give you the first and last paragraphs.  I will also include a link to the entire poem.  I encourage you to follow the link and take 2 extra minutes to read it.

 

When I Read the Bible Through

I supposed I knew my Bible
Reading piecemeal, hit and miss,
Now a bit of John or Matthew,
Now a snatch of Genesis,
Certain chapters of Isaiah
Certain Psalms (the twenty-third!);
Twelfth of Romans, First of Proverbs—
Yes, I thought I knew the Word!
But I found that thorough reading
Was a different thing to do,
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read the Bible through.

You who like to play at Bible,
Dip and dabble, here and there,
Just before you kneel, aweary,
And yawn thro’ a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book—
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look—
Try a worthier procedure,
Try a broad and steady view;
You will kneel in very rapture
When you read the Bible through!

—by Amos R. Wells

https://www.wholesomewords.org/poetry/biblepoems/when.html

March 30, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , , , | 2 Comments

What is Your Story?

2 Corinthians 3:2-3
(2)  Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
(3)  Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.

These are interesting verses.  We are a letter from God, written to this lost world.  Think about that………………………   No Pressure!   Ha ha…

Seriously though, this is a great thought to send to you today.  If a non-believer in Jesus were to “read your book”, what would He read?  This is a convicting thought to me because there are areas in my life that need to be worked on and improved.  Being imperfect and greatly loved, we are forgiven by God…and He forgets too!  Regretfully, I have found that people do not forget so easily.

If someone’s eternity and their ability to trust in Christ was greatly effected by one of Christ’s followers.  And that follower was you, how would you go about your day?  Would you change anything?  My toes are being stepped all over right now.  Let’s do our best to be a great epistle for others to read during this time of fear and panic.  We all will encounter a variety of people today and this weekend.  Let us all determine to be the type of epistle that would draw others to Christ!

Here is a poem that you might appreciate:

The Gospel is written a chapter a day
By the deeds you do and the words you say
Men read what you say, whether faithless or true
Say, what is the Gospel according to you?

 

March 27, 2020 Posted by | Devotional, Madison Street Baptist Church | , , | Leave a comment

Preaching With Our Feet

Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Pro 30:9  Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain. 

Have you ever wondered why crazy, silly, frustrating things happen to those who love the Lord and strive to serve Him with their whole heart?  I am sure that there are many reasons why, but I want to explore one idea with you today.  That idea is that we preach with our feet.  In the verse in Proverbs above, the passage states that we take the name of God in vain when we steal.  The idea is that our actions (which speak louder than our words), take God’s name in vain.  It is like someone in the checkout line at Walmart and they cut in front of someone while wearing a shirt that says that they are a christian.  It is like someone who has a “Honk if you love Jesus” bumper sticker and they run people off the road and are a rude driver.  What we do preaches a very loud message to those around us.

So…here it is, why does God allow crazy stuff to happen to you?  Well, I believe one reason is that He trusts you more than others.  Huh?  What?!  Come Again!! What I mean by that is He wants to display to the lost and dying world the Greatness of His Love.  He does that through His representatives…that’s right, you and me!  Can God trust you to show Christ’s love when junk happens to you?  He is looking for someone that He can trust to show His through.  At first glance you might think, “why would I want God to send junk my way”?  The answer: to show His love, to take the Gospel to the ends of the world, to let God use you in a mighty way, to allow God to help others through your faithfulness and dedication, to be THE ONE that is His “go-to guy”.  Wouldn’t you want to be God’s “go-to guy”, His problem solver, His loving representative to a lost world?  I do (just help me through it Jesus)!  Just remember that, God will never put more on you than you can handle!

Last question, can God trust you to “Preach with your Feet”?

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