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#3440237 - 11/07/13 09:03 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#3446603 - 11/11/13 08:47 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: Winchester]
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Continue to Pray


It is said that our relationship with God is directly related to our time spent in prayer. So how is your relationship with God? Read this verse:



Colossians 4:2



2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.



Simple but important. Steadfast means: unwavering, as resolution, faith, adherence. So our prayers are to be solid, continuous, a commitment, and always faithful. Then as we see our prayers being answered and unanswered as God sees fit we are to be thankful. God knows us best and knows what we need and don't need.



Look at this verse:



1 Thessalonians 5:17



pray without ceasing,



Keep an attitude of prayer, that keeps you in a good relationship with God as you seek Him in every area of your life!



Thank you God that you allow us to talk to you, and that you talk back to us! We are so thankful to have a loving God like you!



Tom
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#3446869 - 11/11/13 10:55 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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#3448520 - 11/12/13 08:00 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: rabbit hunter]
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So much for judging!!!!


Ever hear someone say "who are you to judge me"? I know I have too many times to count. Well there is a difference between loving judgement and no-loving judgement. Before I go any further read this verse:



Luke 17:3



3 Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,



Hmmm did you see that, "If your brother sins, rebuke him", a judgement must be made to determine if a brother has sinned! How do we judge? By the Word of God. Now let me be clear when we judge we must do it in love. But we also must stand on the Word and not tolerate sin. We are not to be tolerant of sin. We are to be loving!



We also need to note forgiveness. If they repent we forgive, case closed! If they do not we keep loving them til they do. So how many times do we do this before we give up? Here is the answer:



Luke 17:4



4 and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”



Now if you are like me after about five times I would say forget it and give up on them but that is not what God says or has done with us. God says continue to forgive, that's love! Seven represents a complete number in the bible so this number represents you to continue to forgive...really there is no set number!



Remember how many times God has judged you and forgiven you sin because He loves you, that should be a good teaching point for us! We must imitate Christ and He judges and forgives, and even lays down his life for us sinners! Give Jesus some praise!



Luke 17:3 started out by saying "Pay attention to yourselves"!!! May we make sure the sin in our own life is taken care of, and then help others with theirs out of love!



Tom
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#3450270 - 11/13/13 08:16 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Attentive to the Word!


As a Pastor and even as a layman, I have seen many things when in church. The Word of God is being presented and this is what I see as it is common place now: sleeping, texting, talking, passing notes, reading magazines, eating and drinking, digging for keys, trips to the bathroom, balancing check books, and you can add on to this as you see fit. Folks when the Word of God is presented these things should not be so! So this text below grabbed my attention:



Nehemiah 8:1-3



Ezra Reads the Law



And all the people gathered as one man into the square before the Water Gate. And they told Ezra the scribe to bring the Book of the Law of Moses that the Lord had commanded Israel. 2 So Ezra the priest brought the Law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could understand what they heard, on the first day of the seventh month. 3 And he read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand. And the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law.



First, "all the people gathered". Wouldn't it be great to get all the members to church at one time??!!! Even better the whole community to be in church! When the Sabbath is celebrated we need to be in church worshiping!



Second, "as one man". Unity! They were united at this moment to hear from God. The people of God need to united more than ever right now! Satan is slowly eroding away Christianity and as followers of God we must stand and fight together!



Third, they read the word for several hours! What? But grandma had dinner ready! God and His Word is to take first priority. We are to be interested and ready to learn what God has for us. Remember what Jesus said:



Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”



The Word is life to the believer!



Fourth, "the ears of all the people were attentive to the Book of the Law". Hmmmm attentive. All those things I listed above I have seen in church are not attentive. He wants our undivided attention! No multitasking with God! He is God after all and He deserves everything we got! And with our ignorance of the bible these days we need to learn all we can!



So this morning think about you attentiveness to the Word of God both at church and at home. What kind of grade would you get? Make changes if needed and pay attention to the Word of God!



Tom
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#3458360 - 11/18/13 09:11 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Are you laying down your life?


We had Jeff and Kathy Deasy speak at our church yesterday morning. Kathy grew up at Trace Creek Baptist Church. Jeff and Kathy have given their lives to serve as Missionaries. They served several years in Brazil and now are in Kenya serving. As they were sharing yesterday these verses came to mind:





John 15:13

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.



1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.



Now our first thought when we read these verses pertaining to "lay down his life" is death. Which is true love. I also think we can look at it another way and I want you to think about it pertaining to your own life this morning. We can also "lay down our life" in a way in which we put down our own agendas and serve others. This is what Jeff and Kathy do on a daily basis. For the Christian it is a call for us also. All of us are not called to go to Africa, but all of us are called to be servants! Look at what Jesus says here:



John 13:14-17

14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.



Now Jesus wants to do more than just wash feet, the example He gave here is clear...serve others and you shall be blessed!



When I think about laying down my life for others the first thing that comes to mind is TIME! That is what is most precious to us. We have to lay down time that we want to spend on other things and spend it on serving others!



So are you laying down your life for Jesus or keeping it for yourself?



Tom
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#3460000 - 11/19/13 08:24 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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We should be weeping!


As I read this verse I thought to myself, does the Word of God move us anymore?



Nehemiah 8:9



9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the Lord your God; do not mourn nor weep.” For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.



The wall was finished, the people gathered, the Word of God was read. It was a Holy Day to God. As the people heard the Word they realized their sin before God thus they wept. When is the last time you seen anybody weep before God because of their sin? It is not very common anymore. We will cry over a movie, a dead pet, a ball game, and many other things but for some reason the biggest issue in our life (sin before a holy God) does not bring us to tears. We have become hard to sin! Not good!



The reason they told them not to weep here is because it was to be a day of celebration to a Holy God.



If we realize our sin it should bring us to tears, and then it should move us to repent and get right with God! Do something about it! We have a loving God and look at what He promises when we confess our sins:





1 John 1:9



9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.



Oh what an awesome God we serve! Thank you God for forgiveness through the shed blood of your son Jesus!



As a nation, we should be weeping and praying for our sins are destroying us!



Tom
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#3461722 - 11/20/13 08:20 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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We need to do the same! (confess sin)


For the Christian, we should see we need a turning back to God in this nation. It starts with me and you. When Israel realized, after hearing God's Word, they had sinned they did this:



Nehemiah 9:2



2 And the Israelites separated themselves from all foreigners and stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.



The separation from all foreigners were those that were unbelievers, even if it was their wives, as they had disobeyed God's Word and married outside the tribes of Israel. (See Ezra 9-10) For us we also would separate ourselves from unbelievers, confess our own sins, and then get busy trying to reach unbelievers! Have you confessed you sin to God recently?



They also confessed the short comings of their fathers. As a nation we need to confess the sins of our leaders. Then we need to vote our values and hold our leaders accountable to the Word of God. In the Christian life there is no separation of church and state. All areas of our life are to be governed by God!



So this morning think about this, leading our nation back to a right standing with God starts with you and I! Get right with God!



Tom
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#3463904 - 11/21/13 09:25 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Excited and loud about God!


My wife leads worship at our church. I preach occasionally at church. We both have said when we look out at the congregation we sometimes wonder if we are at a funeral or at church worshiping the risen Savior!!! We should have great joy in worship. Singing and shouting for our King has done great things!



Below is how Israel celebrated when they were dedicating the wall they had just built around Jerusalem:


Nehemiah 12:43

43 And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.



Do you have joy in worshiping God? Can others tell? Now I don't want it to be a show, but there is nothing wrong with praise and worship being heard and seen! Think about a ball game. Is it hard to tell what team you are rooting for? No! In church sometimes it is hard to tell what team we are on! This should not be! Our God has done so much for us let Him hear our praises!!



Psalm 30:4



4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.



Psalm 33:2



2 Give thanks to the Lord with the lyre;

make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!



So this week at church let it go for the Lord! Who cares what others think, you don't seem to care at the ballgame!!! Praise and worship with all you got! And as they did in Jerusalem, let your joy be heard far away!



Tom
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#3465618 - 11/22/13 08:21 AM Re: Preachermantom's Daily Devotional [Re: preachermantom]
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Are we willing to die for Jesus?


Here we see folks trying to stop Paul from going to Jerusalem for fear he will be imprisoned, hurt, or even killed for preaching Jesus:





Acts 21:12-14

12 Now when we heard these things, both we and those from that place pleaded with him not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

14 So when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, “The will of the Lord be done.”



Paul gave his life to Christ when he accepted Him as Lord of His life. Paul was bought by Christ and we are too if we have Jesus as Lord and Savior:



1 Corinthians 6:19-20



19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.



As this verse says, we are not our own, we belong to Jesus. When Jesus says this:



Luke 9:23

Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and takeup his cross daily, and follow Me.



Jesus is saying it is not our will to be done but His even to the point of death. So many over the years have given their lives for Christ. Many at this moment are living in places telling about Jesus whom if discovered will be killed. This is the kind of mindset Paul had and Jesus expects all of His followers to have. Now most of us will never have to give our life for Jesus, but we have people we need to share Jesus with that we are scared to do so. It really is no option. It is a matter of eternity in heaven or hell for that individual! Always keep that in mind. If they reject the gospel so be it, you did you job!



So are you willing to die for Jesus? Are you willing to die to self to tell the most important news this world has to offer? I pray if you are a disciple of Christ you are willing!



Tom
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