Author Archives: Pastor Terry

Devotional: ‘Giving It All to the Lord’  

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While Jesus was in the Temple, he watched the rich people dropping their gifts in the collection box.  Then a poor widow came by and dropped in two small coins.  “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “this poor widow has given more than all the rest of them.  For they have given a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she has.”  (Luke 21:1-4)

The King James Version says that the widow’s offering was only ‘two mites.’ One commentary suggests that a mite was the smallest coin of the Jewish people; perhaps little more that 1/3 of a cent. In comparison to the huge amounts offered by the rich, the widow’s two mites were almost nothing. Yet Jesus said that she had given more than all the rest. How could such a small amount be more than the large amounts given by others?

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Devotional: ‘The Danger of Unguarded Moments’

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“Then it happened one evening that David arose from his bed and walked on the roof of the king’s house. And from the roof he saw a woman bathing, and the woman was very beautiful to behold. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And someone said, ‘Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ Then David sent messengers, and took her . . .” (2 Samuel 11:2-4)

The Bible says that during a time when many kings when out to war, David decided to stay home and rest. Resting is not wrong and perhaps many of us could use more of it. Yet what David did during his time of rest was wrong. He allowed his mind to wander and it led him to an evil place.

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Devotional: ‘What Do You Think About When You Are All Alone?’  

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Some people can go right to sleep while others of us seem to have a hard time shutting down, and even when we do, we often awaken during the night. Not only is the lack of sleep a problem, the solitude of darkness can also be a time when our minds can become filled with troubling thoughts. So, what do you think about during the night? Consider this portion of scripture –

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD. There be many that say, “Who will shew us any good?” LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:3-8)

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Leading Your Child to Christ’

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Would you please take your Bible and turn with me to Mark chapter 10. This morning I want to speak to you on the subject of ‘Leading Children to Christ.’ I’m sure that for many of you, your number one goal as a parent is to see your child come to Christ and receive Him as their Savior. In addition to that, I am sure that many of you desire to see your children follow Christ and serve Him as Lord. These two goals should be our top priorities in life. Jesus said, “what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?” (see Matthew 16:26) Worldly wealth and achievements will mean nothing in the end if we have not received Christ as our Savior and serve Him as Lord.

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Devotional: ‘Delight Thyself in the Lord’

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“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.”  (Psalms 37:4)

I remember a man coming into my office one day, asking me what this verse meant. In his mind, he had tried to faithfully serve the Lord, yet it seemed like he couldn’t get ahead. “Why do I struggle so much in life?” he asked. “Why can’t I get a better job? The Bible says, ‘delight thyself in the Lord; and he will give thee the desires of thine heart.’ I have and He hasn’t. Why?”

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Devotional: ‘Slow Down and Drive Safely’

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Over the years, our family has done a lot of traveling and seen a lot of traffic. But rarely have I seen it as bad as one day when we were trying to make our way home from vacation.

It all began out with a “Construction Ahead” sign. One moment we were doing seventy-miles-an-hour and the next moment we were doing zero! After thirty minutes of creeping along at five miles an hour, we discovered the reason for our delay. There were seven orange barrels in the right-hand lane guarding who knows what, and not a piece of road construction equipment in sight.

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Devotional: ‘Standing Strong in God’s Grace’

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“In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ…” (1 Peter 1:6-7)

Peter was writing to Christians who were suffering persecution. Throughout his letter, he gave them many words of instruction and comfort. At the close of his letter he said something that I believe is extremely important.

“…I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.”   (1 Peter 5:12)

Notice – “…the true grace of God wherein ye stand.” Grace is often described as the ‘unmerited favor of God.’ Consider that definition carefully.

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