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Daily Devotions

Join us in our weekly walk with Lord by reading our daily devotions. May they help guide your steps and deepen your faith. 

"My Church and My Country"

July 26th - 30th

July 26th Devotional

The Pastor’s Portion

I Corinthians 9: 1-14; Paul’s rights as a Minister

I Corinthians 9; 14: Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel.

Have you ever wondered what happened to all those bullocks, sheep, goats and the like that were brought to the Priests in the Old Testament days for sacrifice? According to Messianic Rabbi’s nowadays, they were consumed (ate) by the Priests in the administration of Temple duties. Actually Paul makes reference to that in verse 13 of our text verses. Paul also makes reference to the military, if they are full time soldiers they are not required to work outside jobs to provide for themselves. It makes perfect sense, how can one work two full time occupations and be effective in anything?

Should the New Testament Church be any different in the way Pastors and the like are monetarily compensated so they don’t have to work an outside job and Pastor a Church at the same time? It is true in some of the very poor regions of the world; some Pastors may get a chicken in the form of some type of offering, of which he/she would be most appreciative. Much depends on the size of the congregation as to whether a Pastor has to work a part time job or if the Church can support the Pastor. Even the Apostle Paul made tents as a sideline to compensate for some lean times in offerings. In a spiritually healthy Church, the Pastor is loved by the congregation, and the Pastor loves the people and gives himself for them, herein is the real shepherd revealed from the hireling (someone more interested in money). In the end, it was not only mandated to bring the offerings to the Priests, but that they should partake of the same.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

July 27th Devotional

The 3 P’s

II Thessalonians 3: 1-5; Prayer for the laborers

II Thessalonians 3:1; Finally brethren pray for us that the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified, even as it is with you.

            I venture to say many folks feel their part in the overall outworking of God’s grand plan of taking the Gospel message to the world is minimal at best. Paul here is calling upon the faithful folks in the Church to lift him and his inner circle up in prayer. A Church that understands the great responsibility of this charge is a Church on the go for God you can bet on that. We have to realize the work of God is a spiritual work and uses spiritual weapons, the Word of God to penetrate the spirit of a person that affects souls for all eternity. And what type of prayer is essential? We should always pray for open doors to the Gospel message. And pray for receptive audiences, plus pray for Divine protection for those in hazardous areas. While we are at it, don’t forget the power needed to do the job, miracles, signs and wonders. Yes, the local Church has much to do and could be done to lift up the frontline workers.

I am familiar with a Ministry that has over 8000 ministry partners and each partner sends a certain amount for the on-going work of that Ministry. People may wonder, how is that Preacher is so power-full and with such knowledge of the Lord. For one, these eight thousand souls lift him up in prayer, since the anointing comes from God, no wonder the person acts like he glows, I would expect no less. Once again there are no un-important parts/persons in the Body of Christ. When we lift up our spiritual leaders, Pastors in prayer, we are actually placing ourselves in a position to be blessed as well. I would venture to say, impotent preaching in the pulpit can be attributed to impotent prayer from the congregation in many instances. I read where one Church has a cellar that is under the pulpit in the sanctuary, during the service people assemble and pray for the Pastor while he’s preaching; they say it’s a powerful Church, not surprised.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

July 28th Devotional

Following Me

I Thessalonians 1: 1-10; Commendations for maturity

I Thessalonians 1: 7;  So that we were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

Talk about blessing some folks with good words, Paul has once again lifted the hopes of the faithful in Christ. Paul had founded the Church here at Thessalonica. His shared word of Christ with these folks has not been in vain. They have responded with works of faith, labors of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus even in time of persecution. Signs of life are always a welcome sight and delight to any and all who share the Bread of Life with any. As with this Word of Life there must also be a death, for one cannot be alive and dead at the same time. This is where the rubber has to meet the road, the owners of one’s life (who occupies the throne of your life) must be addressed, and the changing of direction in paths of life resultant that affects ones eternity is taken into consideration. All roads do not lead to Heaven, as some envision.

Paul would proudly proclaim, you have become followers of us. That statement is bigger than most folks think. The reason is, Paul would leave at some point to be with the Lord, and they (followers) would still be there, and at some point they will be gone and we are still here. Every generation has to step up and say; be followers of me (that is Christ in me). There was/is a place to start out; there is a place for growth, and a place for maturity. Somewhere along the way, people should or will want to be someone they would want others to follow. You have been a great student, now you will be a great teacher. You were a great follower, now be a great leader. At one time you were observed, now you are at a place of observing, helping, sharing all that the; Paul’s of life have shown you. Are we walking a walk that others would want to follow? Paul commended those that were, if you are, you are to be commended as well.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

July 29th Devotional  

No Gray Areas

Revelation 2:12-17; The Church of Compromise

Revelation 2: 16; Repent or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

            Many Christians are familiar with the seven Churches mentioned in the last book of the Bible; the Book of Revelation. The Church in review is the Church at Pergamos. It seems as is often the case the Church had known better times. According to history the area the Church dwelt in was a hot spot for idolatry, actually satan’s throne. As we all know, idolatry and Christianity is not a good mix. Ask just about any Pastor of a Church big or small and he’ll tell you his Church is making a major impact in his local area, but are we? Just as the Church should disturb the devil’s realm, the devil and his bunch will do their best to disrupt the Churches realm of influence as well.

            This is where the Lord’s words concerning the gates of hell not prevailing against us, become part of the battle, (Matthew 16:18). The Church at Pergamos had evidently fought a good fight for a while, as there was martyr/s in the Church. However at some point in their walk, the Lord noted a compromising of it’s testimony to the community. Yes, there are truths and standards that must be adhered to in Church. To allow the world in is to run God out. It takes a strong leader/shepherd to keep the Church in touch with God, and keep the worldly junk out. Compromise is not our friend, there can be no toleration for anything worldly in our lives or in the Church. We live in a day and time the Lord spoke of; the luke-warm, not hot for God anymore, not really dead cold either (Rev 3:16) is upon us. It’s time to stoke the fire, and get hot for Jesus again. Remember; the warning Jesus gave Pergamos, is the same warning for us.

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

July 30th Devotional

Faithful Until the End

Revelations 2: 18- 29; Holding fast in the faith

Rev. 2: 25; But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come.

            These letters concerning each of the seven Churches has some good points mentioned and some not so good points as well. Is it normal for all Churches, where a pattern exists that no matter the Church there is always some major fault within? Let’s hope not, but like anything that has “human” involvement, there is likely to be fleshly contamination, (lack of spirit). However the Lord noted some very good traits of that local flock of believers. Jesus commended them for their love and faith, actually love and faith are power twins; (Gal 5:6). Love for the Lord and others will make you want to step out on the limb of faith to help them. Also mentioned was their service and perseverance. Take note; enduring persecution while still working for the Lord while being faithful, reveals a committed Christian. The last thing the Lord mentioned was; that they were now doing “more” than they did at first. Not a misprint!

             As always these gleanings from the Word of God were not just for the 1st Century hearers, but for every generation that would follow until the return of the Lord. How that impacts us is this; are we taking notes of where we are in our daily walk with the Lord. You can be sure there are some things that have crept into the Church that is not right, but where are we, are we part of the faithful, hopefully not just a faithful few. Are we busy for the Lord, soul winning, not forsaking the assembly of our selves, and the more as we see that day approaching, (Heb 10:25). Are we faithful in prayer, love and being a blessing, of course this is not a new doctrine, it’s a basic walk. The Apostle Paul said there were things that happened to Israel that would serve as “ensamples” to us in the New Testament Church (I Cor. 10:11). I submit there were things that happened in the early Church that should serve as ensamples for us well, as we listening?  Be thou faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of life. Rev 2:10

Blessings to you for a great day, Pastor Thomas

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