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Morris: No Creation, No Gospel

Any other gospel is another gospel and is not the true gospel. Without the creation, the gospel has no foundation; without the promised consummation, it offers no hope; without the cross and the empty tomb, it has no saving power. – Dr. Henry Morris, Some Call It Science, 50 (as excerpted from The Berean Call)

Having a Dismal Day?

No, not today with all its cloudiness and rain. But a day of ministry, a day of serving the Lord… a day of worshipping the Lord. Oh may my heart be lifted up to the Lord today, to the heights of His throne. I need a clear vision of Him, as He revealed Himself to Isaiah (Isa 6:1). Let me not be satisfied with just existing, but let me seek the Son-shine of my Savior’s face today with all my heart! (Ps 27:8)

Wiersbe: Our Attitude Towards Money

Money cannot conquer death, and money cannot go with us, but we can use it wisely while we have it. “For he sees wise men die; likewise the fool and the senseless person perish, and leave their wealth to others” (Ps 49.10).

The psalmist advises us not to trust in wealth but to trust in the Lord. It is not a sin to have the things that money can buy as long as you don’t lose the things that money can’t buy (eternal life). Don’t have any false confidence that simply because the bank account looks good you’re going to live. You can’t take your money with you, but you can use it today for God’s glory. When you do that, you are investing it in eternity. Make your wealth eternal by letting God direct your use of it.

 Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 130.

“Well Pleased”

“You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”1

This was the Father’s voice from heaven when Jesus was baptized. God the Father was taking delight in the life and the obedience of God the Son. I wonder, can God say the same of me? Does He take delight in my life, today? When He thinks of me, is it with cherished thoughts, or is He disappointed? “I pray, Father, help me to be the delight of Your heart, today.”

  1. Luke 3:22b []

Wiersbe: Thirsting for God

By |April 16th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”1

[The psalmist] is thirsting for God. In fact, he is so thirsty he is using his tears as food. We, too, have spiritual senses: taste, hearing, and sight. When your soul is thirsting for the living God, you won’t be satisfied with substitutes. Don’t feed on your feelings, because you will poison yourself.

  – Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 114.

  1. Psalm 42:1–3 []

Wiersbe: Waiting on the Lord

By |April 9th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

I waited patiently for the Lord; And he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: Many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. ((Psalm 40:1–3)

Are you waiting on the Lord? Are you praying about something and asking, “O God, when are You going to do this? When are You going to work?” Remember, one of these days your praying will turn to singing. Your sinking will turn to standing. Your fear will turn to security as He puts you on the rock. Just wait on the Lord. He’s patient with you. Why not be patient with Him and let Him work in His time?

                          Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 107.

Reconciled to God

“And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach.”1 

Reconciled to God, O glorious thought. I who once was His foe, His enemy, one alienated from Him. I now have been brought into the reality of HIs family. My Lord took the initiative, He sent His Son to shed His blood, thus bringing peace. In the cross, God has declared peace between me and Himself. Now, instead of dread, there is assurance; instead of denial, there is love; instead lostness, there is hope. “I love you, O Lord, for reconciling my soul to You!”

  1. Col 1:21-22 []

Verse for the Day: Romans 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Wiersbe: Growth and Troubles

By |March 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Growth is often a painful process. It is through difficulty amid distress that God enlarges us. Are your troubles enlarged? It is important that you not waste your trials by simply enduring them or wanting to be delivered from them. Allow trials to have their “perfect work” of enlarging you for a greater ministry.

Spurgeon: The Danger of Boasting in Grace

By |March 15th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

It is a curious fact, that there is such a thing as being proud of grace. A man says, “I have great faith, I shall not fall; poor little faith may, but I never shall.” “I have fervent love,” says another, “I can stand, there is no danger of my going astray.” He who boasts of grace has little grace to boast of. Some who do this imagine that their graces can keep them, knowing not that the stream must flow constantly from the fountain head, or else the brook will soon be dry…

 – Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: Daily Readings, Complete and unabridged; New modern edition., (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2006).

Wiersbe: Waiting

By |March 14th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Waiting is one of the hardest things for me to do. I would rather work than wait. Somehow I always end up in the wrong lane or the wrong line, and I’m forced to wait. My impatience is probably why the Lord reminds me of verse 20: “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.” Why does God delay in answering prayer? He wants to give us a better blessing. Why does God delay in bringing deliverance or healing? He has something better in store for us. Our times are in His hands.

We must remember that when we wait on the Lord, we are not being idle or careless. Waiting prepares us. God works in us so that He can work for us. He knows what He is doing and has His own schedule. “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some [people] count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish” (2 Pet. 3:9).

–  Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 81.

Rogers: The Powerful Word of God

By |March 3rd, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

The Word of God is all-powerful. Satan fears the Word of God. He knows its overcoming power. We must learn to use it against Him. It’s an offensive weapon. Many of us study the Bible, but it’s not enough just to study it, we must learn to employ it. The Word of God is a sword, and it is meant to be used. – Adrian Rogers