Staff Devotions

 

Pastor’s Desk June 24th

Scripture Passage:  “And he said unto them, Come you yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat.”  Mark 6:31
 
Dear Friends,
 
     The vacation season has begun.  The busy months of June and July usually mark the time families set aside to take trips and visit family.  Many businesses shut down over the Fourth of July weekend making it a convenient time for families to get away.  Others have to schedule a year in advance to be able to have people cover their shifts while they are gone.  Some have the luxury of being able to travel any time they please because of retirement and minimal responsibilities.  One thing I am convinced of – people have a lot more money than they did years ago, so the economy must be doing pretty good.
 

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Pastor’s Desk June 17th

Scripture Passage:  “And you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”  Ephesians 6:4
 
Dear Friends,
 
     Happy Father’s Day to all my male friends who belong to the elite club of fatherhood.  I often say anyone can father a child, but it takes a special man to be a daddy.  I look back on the years when my children were small and think about the worries and responsibilities I had as a young man.  I thought when they grew up and could do things on their own, my worries would be over.  I have found that not to be true.  My worries have increased even if my responsibilities have declined. All my children are on their own and doing quite well, but they are always on their daddy’s mind and in his prayers.
 

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Pastor’s Desk June 10th

Scripture Passage:  “And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:  He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”   Exodus 13:21-22
 

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Pastor’s Desk June 3rd

Scripture Passage:  And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.  But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not; for of such is the kingdom of God.  Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.”  And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.  Mark 10:13-16
 

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Pastor’s Desk May 27th

Scripture Passage:  “I will praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O, my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.  My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou has redeemed.  My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame that seek my hurt.”  Psalms 71: 22-24
 

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Pastor’s Desk May 20th

Scripture Passage:  “Beware that there be not a thought in your wicked heart, saying, The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand; and your eye be evil against your poor brother, and you give him naught; and he cry unto the Lord against you, and it be sin unto you.  Deuteronomy 15:9
 

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Pastor’s Desk May 13th

Scripture Passage: “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”  I John 3:16
 
Dear Friends,
 
I have purposefully used a passage of Scripture today to catch your attention.  Did you notice that this is John 3:16?  I John 3:16 that is.  Do you see the parallel?  God loved us so much that He gave his Son to die for us that we might have eternal life.  Because God loves us, we ought to love one another.  Because Jesus laid down His life for us, we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.  Do you think this is a coincidence?  I think not.  Let us go a little further.

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Pastor’s Desk May 6th

Scripture Passage:  “He that is greedy of gain troubles his own house; but he that hates gifts shall live.”  Proverbs 15:27
 
Dear Friends,
 
     Webster says greed is an acquisitive desire beyond reason.  To be greedy is to be eagerly desirous especially of wealth.  The synonym of greed is covetousness.

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Pastor’s Desk April 29th

Scripture Passage:  “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  Psalms 119:105
 
Dear Friends,
 
     The Word of God is so precious.  It is precious because it is a person.  It is precious because it is God breathed.  It is precious because it is the exact representation of who God is.  The Word of God is compared to a two-edged sword.

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Pastor’s Desk April 22nd

Scripture Passage:  “And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean line cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.”   Matthew 27:59-60     “And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun.”  Mark 16:2       “Be not affrighted: You seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here: behold the place where they laid Him.”   Mark 16:6
 
Dear Friends,
 
     Happy Resurrection Day!  We serve a risen Savior who has conquered death, hell, and the grave.  We need never fear death again, or ever surrender to the lies of Satan.  Because He Lives – We Live.  Because He Won – We Win.  Because He is coming again we live in great hope and expectation.  One of my favorite Resurrection sermons is by S.M. Lockridge entitled: “It’s Friday – but Sunday’s Coming.”  Many people have taken credit for this poem, so I do not know who originally wrote it.  I just know Lockridge concluded his sermon with it and you can still hear it on You Tube today.  Here is a printed copy for you to read and enjoy today.  Remember Satan thinks he has you defeated today, just as he did Jesus on the Friday of crucifixion.  Today is just Friday – but Sunday’s Coming!  Hallelujah!
 

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