Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner

Discussion in 'Religious Discussions' started by ampaterry, Apr 24, 2011.

  1. skullfr

    skullfr New Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    amen brother.A spirit filled service is a pure joy.Bible even says make a joyful noise.
  2. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Even in the Psalms:

    1 Clap your hands, all you nations;
    shout to God with cries of joy.
    2 For the Lord Most High is awesome,
    the great King over all the earth.
    3 He subdued nations under us,
    peoples under our feet.

    Clapping is not my scene, but I won't stop or condemn others that do.
    For me, it's a personal choice, maybe a different approach to worship.

    Thanks again, Terry.

  3. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Thank you, guys, for your support!!

    I write a little poetry, but nothing that expresses this quite as well as the unknown author of this piece:
    If I could go back and undo
    Some wrongs I've done along the way,
    And know that wounds that I have caused
    Were healed of all the scars today.
    If steps I've caused someone to take
    By thoughtless ways in which I've trod
    Have led to a confused estate,
    Instead of simple trust in God.
    If someone else still wanders on
    Who followed my unsteady track.
    And lost his way for lack of light
    Because my lantern globe was black.
    If I could gather up and bind
    The wasted years that I have spent,
    And treat them as they'd never been
    Today I'd be much more content.
    I'm pardoned from my undone past --
    But even so the hurt is done,
    For out there somewhere in the dark,
    A soul is lost I might have won.

    Psalms 40:12 (NKJV);
    “For innumerable evils have surrounded me;
    My iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;
    They are more than the hairs of my head;
    Therefore my heart fails me.”

    Regrets are a terrible thing, yet every one of us has them. The best we can do is to start each day talking to the Lord, and live each day in a way that will minimize the regrets we will have about what we do today when we think about it later.

    God bless you, guys -
  4. skullfr

    skullfr New Member

    Jul 11, 2012
    amen to that brother
  5. cutter

    cutter New Member

    Aug 3, 2008
    +1, Amen!
    Good post and makes you think!
  6. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    There are times when I think back on things I have said...I thought I was brilliant when I said them, but hindsight says it was a really stupid comment and I cringe.

    I just have to go back and pray the last verse of Psalm 19-- May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.
    Thanks, Terry. Amen.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2012
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    I have another unknown author short poem to share with you today:

    When you get what you want in your struggle for self
    And the world makes you king for a day,
    Just go to a mirror and look at yourself,
    And see what THAT man has to say.
    For it isn't your father or mother or wife
    Who judgment upon you must pass;
    The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
    Is the one staring back from the glass.
    Some people may think you a straight-shootin' chum
    And call you a wonderful guy,
    But the man in the glass says you're only a bum
    If you can't look him straight in the eye.
    He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest
    For he's with you clear up to the end,
    And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
    If the man in the glass is your friend.
    You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
    And get pats on the back as you pass,
    But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
    If you've cheated the man in the glass.

    Psalm 40:12 (NCV);
    “Troubles have surrounded me; there are too many to count. My sins have caught me so that I cannot see a way to escape. I have more sins than hairs on my head, and I have lost my courage.”

    Delve deep into your heart and root out all that is there of which you are ashamed! Confess those things to Jesus Christ, and cleanse yourself from them.
    Keep looking in the glass – daily – and make sure you like what you see.

    May God bless each one of us with true vision -
  8. skullfr

    skullfr New Member

    Jul 11, 2012
  9. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    A couple of days ago I thought of this passage, and again today.

    James 1:22-25 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

    Thanks again, Terry.
  10. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    That verse sure fits, BlackEagle!

    Christian businessman Fred Smith reported that the membership of the Moscow Baptist church was 5,600, the attendance 6,000, and the participation level almost 100 percent. These Russian Christians are zealous for their faith. The pastor told Mr. Smith, "In Russia, we have no four-wheel Christians." He coined this phrase to describe people who ride to church for their baptism, for the Easter morning service, for the Christmas program, and for their funeral.
    Sad to say, a large percentage of people in the free world who profess to believe on Jesus are little more than "four-wheel Christians." How about you? Is your church attendance irregular? Do you tend to be a passive observer rather than an active participant in the cause of Christ?
    If you go to church, take no part in the prayer, singing, worship or fellowship, you might just as well have stayed home and saved the gas money.

    Mark 12:30 (KJV);
    “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

    Romans 12:1 (KJV);
    “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

    Hebrews 10:25 (KJV);
    “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

    May God bless each one of you -
  11. tcox4freedom

    tcox4freedom Well-Known Member

    Your mention of Fred Smith reminded me of a job I used to have. (Prepping Mr. Smith's "P-38 Mustang" for a flight.)

    Mr. Smith is a true Christian man that takes time for the little guy. Even though, I just used to clean & fuel his private airplanes for a spin, he always had time for a little small talk & encouragement.

    He's a great leader & motivator of men!
  12. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Tim, that is GREAT to hear!
    Always nice to hear about someone who not only talks the talk, but walks the walk as well!
  13. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2008
    West Tennessee
    Parts of this devotional were taken from Daily Bread.

    Former pro basketball star Bill Bradley tells that at the age of 15 he attended a summer basketball camp that was run by Easy Ed Macauley, a former college and pro star. "Just remember that if you're not working at your game to the utmost of your ability," Macauley told his assembled campers, "there will be someone out there somewhere with equal ability who will be working to the utmost of his ability. And one day you'll play each other, and he'll have the advantage."
    Bradley, who went on to become a U.S. senator, and later became a candidate for President of the United States saw in those words "a totality of truth." He took them to heart and made them the guiding principle of his life. 30 years after Bradley heard these words, he said, "The important thing about the story is the type of young man I was, who would be so totally accepting of words like that and who, hearing them, immediately acted on them."

    Psalm 40:7-8 (KJV);
    “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”

    Colossians 3:23 (KJV);
    “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

    Whatever your job, whatever your call, whatever your pursuit, apply yourself to it to the fullest of your ability! Are you a parent? Be the BEST parent you can be. Are you a husband or a wife? Apply yourself to that task! Are you working for a living? Be the BEST at your job that you can be! Are you a Christian? Then apply the same standard here, and be the BEST Christian you possibly can be!
    All of these things will aid you greatly in this life, and will make your life much more pleasant. Taking on every aspect of your life in this manner will gain you the love and respect of all around you, and peace and fellowship with Jesus Christ.

    May God bless each one of you, guys -
  14. skullfr

    skullfr New Member

    Jul 11, 2012
  15. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 25, 2011
    Reminds me of 1 Cor. 9:24-27
    24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

    Thanks again, Terry. One more from the "Amen corner".
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