Devotional – What’s in a Name?

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Judas (not Iscariot) John 14:22 ESV

Solomon poetically declared, “a good name is better than precious ointment.” Ecc. 7:1 ESV.

Unfortunately the name Judas has been forever tarnished because of Judas Iscariot’s ultimate act of betrayal. How tarnished? So tarnished that John is very careful to point out which Judas he is NOT speaking of! And, in the 2000 years since then very few parents have given their child the name Judas. Why have so many avoided this name? Well, to put it bluntly, the name stinks!

What about your name? Is the aroma of your life like a precious perfume? Will those around you come to associate your name with something akin to a fine smelling perfume?

Lord, I humbly ask you to empower me to live a life that is pleasing and honoring to you. I ask for Your grace to live peaceably among all of my neighbors, even those who act unkindly towards me. Lord, I pray that my life might reflect the sweet aroma of the name of Jesus Christ.

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Editorial note: Originally published June 5, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Devotional – Stop Waiting!

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He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV

Are you waiting for the absolute perfect moment to obey God’s calling? Are you waiting for the absolute perfect moment to witness to your neighbor, coworker or classmate? Did you wake up this morning, look at the calendar and think, “Nope, the conditions are not right today. I’ll wait for a better opportunity.”

Stop waiting!

The farmer who waits for the absolutely perfect weather conditions to sow the seed will never plant. Just as the farmer who waits for the perfect weather to reap the harvest will have his crops rot in the field.

Stop waiting…

…for the conditions to be right to obey God’s calling in your life! Step out in faith today! Stop waiting for the perfect opportunity to witness! Share the gospel today!

Jesus Christ said, “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.” John 4:35 ESV

Stop waiting! Otherwise the crops will rot in the field, the harvest will pass, and it will be too late.

Stop waiting.

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Editorial note: Originally published April 24, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter Seven

Vintage Railroad TracksIn the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes chapter seven King Solomon lists 12 different comparisons.

Some of the comparisons are rather surprising, such as “the day of death [is better] than the day of one’s birth” Ecclesiastes 7:1 NKJV. Other comparisons are downright shocking… “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting” Ecclesiastes 7:2 NKJV.

How can this be?

What is King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, saying? In this message we take a look at the life lessons that Solomon has for us in the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes 7.

 



 

Recorded: Sunday November 25, 2012 at the Central Bible Chapel, Millbrook, AL.

 

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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter One

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 NKJV

And so begins King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes with a searching question: “what does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” An excellent question, a question that many have asked. Maybe you have asked a similar question about life… “is all of this worth it?” or “work, work, work and then I die?!”

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explores his question with brutal honesty. In the end Solomon comes to the conclusion that life is meaningless if it is lived for the things “under the sun.” But there is hope! And that hope is found above the sun.

What about you? Are you living for those things under or above the sun?

Recorded: Sunday April 23, 2006 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA.

 

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Entry Level Theological Truth [12]

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“And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” Genesis 2:9

There is a common misconception about God: many people erroneously assume that He does not want them to enjoy life – that He is a sort of cosmic-killjoy. Nonetheless, from the beginning of creation the Almighty demonstrates His desire to bless mankind and give them lasting joy. The problem is that humans have a skewed understanding of well-being. Many of the things that we love in this world are self-destructive. The drunk loves his drink; the addict loves her

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