Super Sunday: August 9, 2020

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Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

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Have you ever disobeyed your parents? If you have, were you afraid to tell them? Sometimes we are afraid to let others know how we have sinned because we’re afraid we can’t be forgiven. Today’s story teaches us that God is always ready to forgive all those who will come to Him and receive His forgiveness. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

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Devotional: ‘A Brawling Disposition’

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Are you a fighter?  That may sound like a silly question, but according to God’s Word, it’s not.  Many of us have a brawling disposition and perhaps do not know it.

Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.  (Titus 3:1-2)

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Devotional: ‘Developing a Godly Physique’

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Over the last decade or so, gravity seems to have a stronger pull on my body; therefore, physical exercise has become a part of my daily routine. Though I enjoy exercising and believe that it is very beneficial, the Bible teaches us that there is another form of exercise that is even more important.

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8 NLT)

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Devotional: ‘God’s Amazing Grace’

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Romans 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

There is not a day that goes by that I don’t need the grace of God. Paul tells us in this passage that it is by God’s grace that we stand. Consider with me some of the aspects of God’s amazing grace.

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Devotional: ‘Whatever Happens’

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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  (Philippians 1:27)

Throughout life, you and I will encounter various kinds of problems that have the potential to throw us off course. Paul was in such a situation. He had been arrested for preaching the gospel and there was the possibility that he might be executed. Yet Paul did not let his problems discourage him. ‘Whatever happens…’ Paul said, ‘…we should always stay true to the gospel of Christ.’ Consider some of the secrets that enabled Paul to keep this kind of positive perspective.

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Devotional: The Power of Prayer and Praise     

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Psalm 142 is an amazing portion of Scripture. In it we see David struggling with discouragement and depression. But in it, we also see how he found deliverance. Take a moment and carefully read through it once again.

(A Contemplation of David. A Prayer when he was in the cave) Psalm 142:1 I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. 2 I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. In the way in which I walk they have secretly set a snare for me. 4 Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul. 5 I cried out to You, O Lord: I said, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living. 6 Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low; deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than I. 7 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise Your name; the righteous shall surround me, for You shall deal bountifully with me.”

Thus far this week we have focused primarily on David’s despair. Today we will focus on David’s deliverance. As I read this psalm, I see two major things David did that helped him find victory during his time of trouble. The first thing is prayer. Consider how David expressed his prayer to God: “I cry out to the Lord with my voice; with my voice to the Lord I make my supplication. I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble.” (Psalm 142:1-2) 

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Devotional: God is Our Refuge and Strength   

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Let me begin today’s study by asking you a very personal question. Do you feel alone? Do you ever feel like you have in some ways been abandoned and that no one understands you? I’m sure that many of us could answer yes to these questions. David surely could.

Psalm 142:4 Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul.

David said, “…there is no one who acknowledges me…” Even though David was surrounded by his family and friends, he felt like no one really understood who he was or the severity of his situation. No doubt there were times when he tried to share his feelings with others, but no one seemed to listen. Maybe they rebuked him with their council that life wasn’t as bad as he thought it was and that he should be grateful for what he had. But to David, it was bad and to him, that’s all that mattered.

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