Devotional: ‘Wanted: People Who Have a Burden for Someone’s Soul’

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Wanted: People who have a burden for someone’s soul. Requirements are a willingness to pray and share the gospel. Sincere love combined with a clear understanding of what the Bible says about sin and a coming day of judgment will be needed for long-term motivation. Immediate rewards will be the joy of seeing someone accept Christ with long-term benefits reaching far into eternity. Hours of work are: 24/7 with no holidays or vacations. All serious applicants can start immediately! Call: 1-PLEASELORD

So, are you applying for the job? Today we see that Abraham did.

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Devotional: ‘When It’s Wrong to Laugh’

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The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground. “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. Rest in the shade of this tree while water is brought to wash your feet. And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food to refresh you before you continue on your journey.” “All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”

So, Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry!  Get three large measures of your best flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.”  Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it.  When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men.  As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the shade of the trees.  “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.  “She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.  Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a son!”  Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent.  Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children.  So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”  Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh?  Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’  Is anything too hard for the Lord?  I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”  Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”  But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”  (Genesis 18:1-15)

Throughout scripture we see a pattern of how God often works in the lives of His people. Often, He sets an impossible task before us and then commands to us to have faith. Sometimes it is faith to build an ark even though it has never rained. Other times it is faith to go up against an enemy when they drastically outnumber us. Sometimes it is faith to have a child when you are long past the time of childbearing. But if God has made a promise to us, why should we laugh in disbelief?

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Unity in the Body of Christ’

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The book of Amos asks a very important question: “How can two people walk together unless they be in agreement?” (Amos 3:3) The answer to that question is obvious. They can’t. Two people can’t walk together unless they are going in the same direction.

This is true in many areas of life. For instance, consider the necessity of unity on a sports team. Anyone who has ever played sports knows that unity on a team is vital for success. Whenever you hear of a locker room that is divided, you know that team is in trouble. You can’t be a team unless you’re working together.

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Devotional: ‘When God Makes You Laugh’

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“A cheerful heart is good medicine…” (Proverbs 17:22) Though we all enjoy a clean joke or a humorous story, the best laughter we can experience is when God’s grace puts a smile on our face. Consider how God made Abram laugh.

“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you… Regarding Sarai, your wife—her name will no longer be Sarai. From now on her name will be Sarah. And I will bless her and give you a son from her! Yes, I will bless her richly, and she will become the mother of many nations. Kings of nations will be among her descendants.” Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?” (Gen 17:4-6, 15-17 NLT)

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Devotional: ‘Responding to El-Shaddai’

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Yesterday we considered God’s name – El-Shaddai. As you will remember, El-Shaddai means God Almighty. The Bible says-

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” (Genesis 17:1-2)

Today I would like for us to consider how Abram responded to God’s great name.

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Devotional: ‘El-Shaddai’

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When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life. I will make a covenant with you, by which I will guarantee to give you countless descendants.” (Genesis 17:1-2)

Scripture says that the LORD appeared again to Abram thirteen years after the birth of Ishmael. We do not know what Abram’s relationship with the Lord had been like during those thirteen years of silence; but no doubt there were moments when Abram experienced great guilt. Perhaps there were even times when he wondered if the Lord still loved him. Yet, God is gracious. As He appeared unto Abram once again, the Lord referred to Himself as ‘El-Shaddai’ which means ‘God Almighty.’ Why did God need to remind Abram again of His greatness?

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Devotional: ‘What to Do When You’ve Made a Mess’

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If you’re like me, there have been times in your life when you’ve made a mess. Either you did something you shouldn’t have done, or you didn’t do something that you should have done. Either way – you made a mess. Abram made a mess in his family. He agreed with his wife Sarai to father a child through her servant named Hagar. But once the child was born, Sarai became upset and blamed Abram for their problems.

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