AFTER-WORDS: "Think About it"



AFTER-WORDS
"The Thoughts that came After"

<Faith is not ignorant if you are intelligent>

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Behold. Consider. 
Think and Do



THINK ABOUT IT

This is an introduction of sorts.
A change to grease the gears so we think alike.

I remember all week long what any Pastor teaches;
if I am sitting at his feet and listening that is.

I used to teach an "after glow" like an after-know;
which expanded and expounded on what the teaching was.

Later in ministry I used to "do a follow up";
that used the Pastors Words to remind people what was taught.

Much later I began to realize people 5 minutes after a teaching;
generally have no idea what the just heard but they are ready to go.

I AM NOT ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE


MINISTRY: "What Do I Do When Times Get Tough? Part 1 | Abounding Grace with Pastor Ed Taylor"


MINISTRY
"It's You and Me"

Care. Dare. Be there. Share.

"You can minister that which ministers to you;
all you have to do........is do it"

Abounding Grace 
with Pastor Ed Taylor
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MINISTRY: "Viernes, miércoles, 09 de octubre de 2013 | A Través de la Biblia con J. Vernon McGee"


MINISTRY
"It's You and Me"

Care. Dare. Be there. Share.

"You can minister that which ministers to you;
all you have to do........is do it"


A Través de la Biblia 
with J. Vernon McGee

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MINISTRY: "Why Does God Allow Suffering? Part 1b | A New Beginning with Greg Laurie"


MINISTRY: "Israel and The Church. Part 4 | 66/40 with Chuck Missler"

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "Love Me More" -God Calling


GOD CALLING


Our Lord and our God. Help us through poverty to plenty. Through unrest to rest, through sorrow to Joy, through weakness to Power.


I am your Helper. At the end of your present path lie all these blessings. So trust and know that I am leading you.

Step with a firm step of confidence in Me into each unknown day. Take every duty and every interruption as of My appointment.

You are My servant. Serve Me as simply, cheerfully, and readily as you expect others to serve you.

Do you blame the servant who avoids extra work, who complains about being called from one task to do one less liked? Do you feel you are ill served by such a one?

Then what of Me? Is not that how you so often serve Me? Think of this. Lay it to heart and view your day's work in this light.


But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, ... he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  John 14:26

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "Imitation of Christ" -Thomas a Kempis

The Imitation of Christ

OF THINKING HUMBLY OF ONESELF

There is naturally in every man a desire to know, but what profiteth knowledge without the fear of God? 

Better of a surety is a lowly peasant who serveth God, than a proud philosopher who watcheth the stars and neglecteth the knowledge of himself. He who knoweth himself well is vile in his own sight; neither regardeth he the praises of men. If I knew all the things that are in the world, and were not in charity, what should it help me before God, who is to judge me according to my deeds?

2. Rest from inordinate desire of knowledge, for therein is found much distraction and deceit. Those who have knowledge desire to appear learned, and to be called wise. Many things there are to know which profiteth little or nothing to the soul. And foolish out of measure is he who attendeth upon other things rather than those which serve to his soul's health. Many words satisfy not the soul, but a good life refresheth the mind, and a pure conscience giveth great confidence towards God.

3. The greater and more complete thy knowledge, the more severely shalt thou be judged, unless thou hast lived holily. Therefore be not lifted up by any skill or knowledge that thou hast; but rather fear concerning the knowledge which is given to thee. 

If it seemeth to thee that thou knowest many things, and understandest them well, know also that there are many more things which thou knowest not. 

Be not high-minded, but rather confess thine ignorance. Why desirest thou to lift thyself above another, when there are found many more learned and more skilled in the Scripture than thou? If thou wilt know and learn anything with profit, love to be thyself unknown and to be counted for nothing.

4. That is the highest and most profitable lesson, when a man truly knoweth and judgeth lowly of himself. To account nothing of one's self, and to think always kindly and highly of others, this is great and perfect wisdom.

 Even shouldest thou see thy neighbor sin openly or grievously, yet thou oughtest not to reckon thyself better than he, for thou knowest not how long thou shalt keep thine integrity. All of us are weak and frail; hold thou no man more frail than thyself.

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "Morning & Evening" -C.H. Spurgeon



Morning

"Wherefore hast thou afflicted thy servant?"

Our heavenly Father sends us frequent troubles to try our faith. If our faith be worth anything, it will stand the test. Gilt is afraid of fire, but gold is not: the paste gem dreads to be touched by the diamond, but the true jewel fears no test.

 It is a poor faith which can only trust God when friends are true, the body full of health, and the business profitable; but that is true faith which holds by the Lord's faithfulness when friends are gone, when the body is sick, when spirits are depressed, and the light of our Father's countenance is hidden.

 A faith which can say, in the direst trouble, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him," is heaven-born faith. The Lord afflicts his servants to glorify himself, for he is greatly glorified in the graces of his people, which are his own handiwork. 

When "tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope," the Lord is honoured by these growing virtues. We should never know the music of the harp if the strings were left untouched; nor enjoy the juice of the grape if it were not trodden in the winepress; nor discover the sweet perfume of cinnamon if it were not pressed and beaten; nor feel the warmth of fire if the coals were not utterly consumed. 

The wisdom and power of the great Workman are discovered by the trials through which his vessels of mercy are permitted to pass. Present afflictions tend also to heighten future joy. 

There must be shades in the picture to bring out the beauty of the lights. Could we be so supremely blessed in heaven, if we had not known the curse of sin and the sorrow of earth? Will not peace be sweeter after conflict, and rest more welcome after toil? Will not the recollection of past sufferings enhance the bliss of the glorified? 

There are many other comfortable answers to the question with which we opened our brief meditation, let us muse upon it all day long.

Evening

"Now on whom dost thou trust?"

Reader, this is an important question. 

Listen to the Christian's answer, and see if it is yours. "On whom dost thou trust?" "I trust," says the Christian, "in a triune God. I trust the Father, believing that he has chosen me from before the foundations of the world; I trust him to provide for me in providence, to teach me, to guide me, to correct me if need be, and to bring me home to his own house where the many mansions are.

 I trust the Son. Very God of very God is he--the man Christ Jesus. 

I trust in him to take away all my sins by his own sacrifice, and to adorn me with his perfect righteousness. I trust him to be my Intercessor, to present my prayers and desires before his Father's throne, and I trust him to be my Advocate at the last great day, to plead my cause, and to justify me. 

I trust him for what he is, for what he has done, and for what he has promised yet to do. And I trust the Holy Spirit--he has begun to save me from my inbred sins; I trust him to drive them all out; I trust him to curb my temper, to subdue my will, to enlighten my understanding, to check my passions, to comfort my despondency, to help my weakness, to illuminate my darkness;

 I trust him to dwell in me as my life, to reign in me as my King, to sanctify me wholly, spirit, soul, and body, and then to take me up to dwell with the saints in light forever."

Oh, blessed trust! To trust him whose power will never be exhausted, whose love will never wane, whose kindness will never change, whose faithfulness will never fail, whose wisdom will never be nonplussed, and whose perfect goodness can never know a diminution! 

Happy art thou, reader, if this trust is thine! So trusting, thou shalt enjoy sweet peace now, and glory hereafter, and the foundation of thy trust shall never be removed.

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "The whole family in heaven and earth." - Daily Light

MORNING
The whole family in heaven and earth.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. - Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. - That in the dispensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him.
He is not ashamed to call them brethren. - Behold my mother and my brethren! Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. - Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father.
I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: ... and white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. - That they without us should not be made perfect.
EPH. 3:15. Eph. 4:6. -Gal. 3:26. -Eph. 1:10. Heb. 2:11. Matt. 12:49,50. John 20:17. Rev. 6:9 11. Heb. 11:40.
EVENING
After this manner ... pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven.
Jesus lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father. - My Father, and your Father.
Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. - Ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
MATT. 6:9. John 17:1. -John 20:17. Gal. 3:26. Rom. 8:15,16. Gal. 4:6,7. John 16:23,24. II Cor. 6:17,18.

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "The Exegesis of God" -A.W.Tozer

TOZER DEVOTIONAL

The Exegesis of God

I wish I could comprehend everything that the inspired Word is trying to reveal in the statement that Jesus, the eternal Son, is the "radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being" (Hebrews 1:3). This much I do know and understand: Jesus Christ is Himself God. As a believer and a disciple, I rejoice that the risen, ascended Christ is now my High Priest and intercessor at the heavenly throne.
The writer to the Hebrews commands our attention with this descriptive, striking language:
In these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, . . . [who is] the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word (Hebrews 1:2–3).
We trust the Scriptures because we believe they are inspired—God-breathed. Because we believe them, we believe and confess that Jesus was very God of very God.
Nothing anywhere in this vast, complex world is as beautiful and as compelling as the record of the Incarnation, the act by which God was made flesh to dwell among us in our own human history. This Jesus, the Christ of God, who made the universe and who sustains all things by his powerful word, was a tiny babe among us. He was comforted to sleep when He whimpered in His mother’s arms. Great, indeed, is the mystery of godliness.
Yet, in this context, some things strange and tragic have been happening in recent years within Christianity. For one, some ministers have advised their congregations not to be greatly concerned if theologians dispute the virgin birth of Jesus. The issue, they say, is not important. For another thing, some professing Christians are saying they do not want to be pinned down as to what they really believe about the uniqueness and reality of the deity of Jesus, the Christ.

Verse

No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known. John 1:18

Thought

Jesus Christ is Himself God. He is the One and Only at the Father's side; the radiance of His glory; the exact representation of God being. He has made God known. Christ is the exegesis of God.

Prayer

Miracle of miracles! You, O Christ, that baby in Mary's arms are both God and human being. You make God accessible to me.

CLASSIC DEVOTIONALS: "Whereby Shall I Know?" -My Utmost for His Highest


Whereby Shall I Know?

In spiritual relationship we do not grow step by step; we are either there or we are not. God does not cleanse us more and more from sin, but when we are in the light, walking in the light, we are cleansed from all sin. 

It is a question of obedience, and instantly the relationship is perfected. Turn away for one second out of obedience, and darkness and death are at work at once.

All God’s revelations are sealed until they are opened to us by obedience. You will never get them open by philosophy or thinking. Immediately you obey, a flash of light comes. 

Let God’s truth work in you by soaking in it, not by worrying into it. The only way you can get to know is to stop trying to find out and by being born again. 

Obey God in the thing He shows you, and instantly the next thing is opened up. One reads tomes on the work of the Holy Spirit, when one five minutes of drastic obedience would make things as clear as a sunbeam. "I suppose I shall understand these things some day!" You can understand them now. 

It is not study that does it, but obedience. The tiniest fragment of obedience, and heaven opens and the profoundest truths of God are yours straight away. God will never reveal more truth about Himself until you have obeyed what you know already. Beware of becoming "wise and prudent."




WITNESS WITHOUT WORDS: "Present Help"




DAILY DEVOTIONS: "What Church Is All About" -WordDevo

DAILY DEVOTIONS


Read it. Live it. Share it. Tag it.


"Honoring God in the Morning"



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#LIFESTYLEOFINSPIRATION
#INTHEMORNING


CHURCH IS WHERE YOU PRACTICE
Not what you live.

Sometimes people get the backwards
They think Ministry is For Church
And Life is for Living.........

WRONG

Church is where you practice your ministry;
Because 
LIFE IS YOUR MINISTRY

You are a Living Witness
Not a Religious Relic

Your Home, Your Job, Your Family
Your Wife, Your Husband, Your Neighbor
The people who know you,
the people who don't.....

THOSE ARE YOUR MINISTRY

You are a God's Son
You are God's Daughter

Church is there to remind you of that
and let you practice becoming it so you can live it.

Don't become Churchly and think you've arrived
Be Godly and then you will have arrived

At What Church Is All About.


DAILY DEVOTIONS: "Look Up" -David McGee


DAILY DEVOTIONS


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"Honoring God in the Morning"




Look Up

Luke 21:28
"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."
NKJV


Each week our world seems to brace for a new disaster. Whether it's an earthquake, hurricane or economic collapse, we experience regularly the evidence of this fallen world. To the unbeliever, these events bring uncertainty and fear. After all, if this world is all there is and it's clearly unpredictable and broken, how can they know what to do? Yet, to a follower of Christ, we look at these things from a different perspective... a biblical perspective.

Jesus told us that we would have tribulations. The Bible is very clear that because of sin, this world has been corrupted and therefore, we will experience its effects. But that is not the final word. Yes, this world is broken. Yes, we have natural disasters and horrific events like we witnessed on 9-11. Yes, these things will increase as we get closer to the end. BUT, it will end.

When we see these things happen, look up. When you witness the suffering around the world, look up. When you experience the loss of a loved one, look up. When you see people and governments turning against God, look up, because your redemption is near. In the end, Jesus will stop it all. He will make all things right and heal this broken world. Until then, we look up and proclaim to this broken and beat up world the peace they can find in Jesus. Sin caused these problems. Jesus will solve them.

Life Lesson: No matter what the future holds, we can know WHO holds the future.
Dear God, Thank You for Your grace on my life and the peace I can have through Jesus. Father, help me to trust You in every situation, no matter how hard it may be. Each time I see or experience the pain of this broken world, help me to look up and be reminded of Your return. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee

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