Devotional – Getting a Closer Look

And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. Genesis 11:5 ESV

The people desired to make a name for themselves (Genesis 11:4) so they devised an audacious plan on the grandest scale. “Come,” they said, “let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.”

And, so, they began their great project constructing a tower that would be so large, and so tall it would reach into the heavens. Impressive. Yet, in one of the more humorous Bible verses we are told the Lord “came down to see the city and the tower!” LOL. From God’s viewpoint their tower wasn’t so impressive.

Their building project was so puny! It was so infinitesimally small God implies He couldn’t even see it from Heaven! God ‘had to’ come down to ‘see it.’

What about you? Are you working on ‘great’ projects attempting to make a name for yourself? Or, are you busy making His name known?

Lord, today, would you help me to glorify your name?  And help me to make your name known and glorified on the Earth? Amen.

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Editorial note: Originally published January 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jottings – Comforting Lies or Cleansing Truth?

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Commenting on Ezekiel 3:4-27 ~

 

The human heart would rather hear lies that bring comfort than truths that bring conviction and cleansing.

 

Wiersbe, Warren W. Be Reverent. Colorado Springs, CO: Chariot Victor/Cook Communications, 2000. Print. “Be” Commentary Series.

 

 

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Jottings – A View of the Holiness and Majesty of Our God

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Commenting on Ezekiel’s vision of the Glory of the Lord in Ezekiel 1:4-28:

 

When the average reader of the Scripture comes to a passage such as Ezekiel 1, he sometimes may conceive that the matters under consideration are far removed from his life and service. But the opposite is true. Just as Ezekiel was a faithful messenger for God, warning of judgement for the unbelieving, and assuring of blessing for the believing, so we today have the unparalleled privilege to call men to the truth in Christ the Lord. If we have ever had a view of the holiness and majesty of our God, how can we fail to herald His message of urgency to the lost! If we are faithful, He has promised to call forth a remnant from all peoples. May God grant this fulfillment to be realized in our lives.

 
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Feinberg, Charles Lee. The Prophecy of Ezekiel: The Glory of the Lord. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2003. 21. Print.

 

 

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Jottings – Ultimate Accountablity

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If you can’t be accountable to God how can you be accountable to anyone?

 

Irwin, Tom. “Six Traits For the One Who Speaks for God.” North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA. 13 Dec. 2015. Address.

 

 

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Jottings – Who Then Should We Examine?

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Commenting on 1 Corinthians 11:28:

 

The Corinthians neglected to examine themselves, but they were experts at examining everybody else. When the church gathers together, we must be careful not to become “religious detectives” who watch others, but who fail to acknowledge our own sins.

 
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Wiersbe, Warren W. The Bible Exposition Commentary. Vol. 1. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996. Print.

 

 

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Devotional – Only One Life Twill Soon Be Past

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Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.  James 4:14 ESV

Earlier this week a horrific passenger train accident in Philadelphia, PA resulted in 8 fatalities and over 200 injuries.  As I saw pictures of the tragic accident and heard traumatized survivors describe their nightmarish experience, a flood of emotions overwhelmed me.   Anger– how could such an accident happen?  Sorrow for those who were injured.  Revulsion at the sight of grotesque injuries. Compassion for those who lost loved ones and prayers for all of those affected.

Tragedies like this are a stark reminder of the brevity of life.  One moment you’re comfortably riding a train sipping hot coffee– the next moment– before your coffee’s steam has even dissipated–  you find yourself having passed from this life into eternity.

Tragedies like these should serve as a reminder to redeem the time we have been given and make productive use of every minute for our Lord Jesus Christ.

Two little lines I heard one day,
Traveling along life’s busy way;
Bringing conviction to my heart,
And from my mind would not depart;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

Only one life, yes only one,
Soon will its fleeting hours be done;
Then, in ‘that day’ my Lord to meet,
And stand before His Judgment seat;
Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.

C. T. Studd

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Editorial note: Originally published May 15, 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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Jottings – Are You an Overcomer?

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Commenting on Micah 2:

 

It is the will of God that those whom He has taken into covenant relationship with Himself should ever be overcomers. If it is otherwise, the fault is in them— not in Him. He has abundant resources for the believer to draw upon. But where unbelief and disobedience hold sway, spiritual paralysis must necessarily ensue.

 

Ironside, H. A. Notes on the Minor Prophets. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1909. Print.

 

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Jottings – John Wesley’s Best Friend

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In these days, it was customary for the itinerant and local preachers to take breakfast together, on Sunday mornings, at City Road. On one occasion, when Wesley was present, a young man rose and found fault with one of his seniors. The Scotch blood of Thomas Rankin was roused, and he sharply rebuked the juvenile for his impertinence; but, in turn, was as sharply rebuked himself. Wesley instantly replied: ‘I will thank the youngest man among you to tell me of any fault you see in me; in doing so, I shall consider him as my best friend.’ This was quite enough to silence Rankin.

 

Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 567. The incident dates from 1789, less than two years prior to Wesley’s homecall.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – Who Is Lord of Your Prime Time?

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It is impossible for any Christian who spends the bulk of his evenings, month after month, week upon week, day in and day out watching TV networks or contemporary videos to have a Christian mind. This is always true of all Christians in every situation! A Biblical mental program cannot coexist with worldly programming… we need to allow Christ to be Lord of our prime time.

 

Hughes, R. Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1991. p75. Print.

 

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