Devotional: ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’

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Throughout the book of Proverbs, we find Solomon encouraging his son to choose the right kind of friends. For instance:

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” (Proverbs 13:20)

“One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” (Proverbs 12:26)

Another great verse is Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” How can one friend sharpen another? Let me suggest three (3) ways:

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Devotional: ‘Lives Intertwined’

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Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)

In today’s passage of scripture, Solomon shares with us some great wisdom concerning our need for good friends. Consider some of his points –

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Sunday Sermon: ‘Son of the Most High’

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I would like to invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to the gospel of Luke, chapter 1. As we begin this Christmas season, I want us to focus upon not only the Christmas story, but the purpose of Christ’s coming to this earth.

Luke 1: 26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 To a virgin, espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of His father David: 33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

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Devotional: ‘A Triple Braided Cord’     

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God wants His people to be united. Jesus prayed that we all “…may be one, as thou, Father, in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us…” (John 17:24) Christ wants us to be as united as He is with His Father and the Holy Spirit.

God wants us to be one with Him and one with each other. Note again the words of the Apostle Paul: “For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” (Romans 12:4-5)

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Devotional: ‘The Body of Christ’

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Have you ever experienced the blessing of being a blessing? I’m sure you have. What a wonderful feeling it is. The Bible tells us that it is ‘more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35)

This is especially true for Christians. God has re-created us in Christ Jesus to be people who will bless. The Bible uses many descriptive titles for the church: Bride, Building, Family, and Flock. All of these titles help to tell us something about the nature of the church. But the primary title that is used is – Body. The church is a body of believers. The church is the Body of Christ.

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Devotional: ‘Joseph and His Faith in God’  

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I will never forget the day my father died. During the course of those hours, the Lord caused him to awake out of a deep sleep and we were able to share some precious time together as a family. I wished that I could describe for you the look on his face. There was a peace on his face like I have never seen before. It was as if it glowed. I am completely convinced that he was already on his way to heaven and that the Lord caused him to pause for a few moments in his journey, and look back upon a part of the life he had lived. Those last few moments with dad helped to assure us that heaven is real and that death is nothing to dread or fear for the child of God.

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