Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner

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  1. jack404

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    Amen to that, its through knowing we are all weak corrupt critters , but through God's love , we are all made good if we accept His teachings as best we can
  2. ampaterry

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    Thank you, guys, for the support here - it is appreciated!

    Today is another special recognition day. A congressional resolution which was approved June 23, 1936, designated the last Sunday of September - today - as Gold Star Mothers Day. A Gold Star Mother is any woman who has lost a son or daughter in service to the United States.
    The history of this day began during WW I when families hung a “service flag” in their windows. On this banner, they had a blue star for each family member that was in the military. If a family member had been killed in the war, they put a gold star on this banner for them. Shortly after this war, the Gold Star Mothers Club was formed in the United States to provide support for mothers who had lost a son or daughter in the service.
    In 2009, the Marine Parents group began an initiative to encourage Americans to light a “luminary” on this day. The luminary is made by taking a paper sack, opening it, and folding the top down to hold the top open. Then a five point star 2” across is cut in one side of the bag, and a cup of sand is poured into the bottom. These are set outdoors in safe places, and a tea candle is pressed into the sand at the center bottom of the bag The candles are then lit at Sundown today.

    There was a fire crew that was going through a burnt-out section of forest and found an eagle, petrified in baked ash, still upright at the base of a tree. They nudged her to verify that she was indeed dead, and her lifeless body fell over, revealing several very alive eaglets which she had sacrificed her own life to protect when the fire burned over them. She could have flown to safety, but instead she gave her life to protect her children.
    Most parents feel that way; it is ingrained into us to protect our children at all costs. For this reason, it is especially horrible for a parent to loose a child who is, in effect, protecting them instead.
    The word of God tells us Children are a blessing from God:
    Psalm 127:3-4 (KJV); Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    May God grant a measure of peace today on all those who have lost a loved one in the service, and a special blessings on all mothers who have lost a child in the defense of their country.

    God bless each of you, guys -
  3. lonewolf204

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    Amen! Thanks Terry for your time and knowledge.
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    Amen, amen.
  5. ampaterry

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    An interesting thing happened to me a couple years ago. I was walking into the Dollar General store in Clarksville, TN, when I noticed a young man coming toward the door from the inside in some obvious physical difficulty. Under his shirt, I could see some angular lines that indicated to me that he was wearing some kind of brace, and it was making movement difficult for him. I stepped back outside the door and held it wide for him to pass through. As he shuffled through the door, a boxed set of sheets fell out from under his shirt. He bent and scooped them up, then continued to try to run while holding other items under his shirt. He ran to a car that was driven by a woman who was waiting with the motor running. As I stood there in shock, a clerk started yelling “Shoplifter!” and running toward the door. To be completely fair, I held the door open for them, too, but the young man had jumped into the car, and it was already speeding away.

    Now let us consider another scenario. What if I had realized what this man was doing, and held the door open for him intending to help him get away. Then, what if that door slipped from my hand and hit him, knocking him down so that the clerk caught him before he escaped.

    In the true story, I helped a man commit a crime while trying to do right.

    In the “what if” account, I wanted to help a man commit a crime, and instead had helped to stop him.

    In which account did I sin?

    Only in the second one. God does not look at results, God looks into our hearts and judges us on our intentions, not on the actual outcome. Thankfully, because so often we TRY to do right, and muck it up. And we never get “credit” for a good outcome of any actions we take in an effort to do wrong.

    Proverbs 17:3 (KJV);
    “The fining pot is for silver, and the furnace for gold: but the LORD trieth the hearts.”

    And there you have it. God does not judge you by your brain; your intellect is of little interest to Him. He does not judge you by your muscular development; your physical strength is nothing to Him. He judges your heart; what you intend to do, what you try to do, what you desire to do. Anything else means little.

    Helping a shoplifter escape is not the worst thing I have ever done, but it is the worst I am likely to use in a sermon illustration.

    God bless you, guys!
  6. lonewolf204

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    Amen, Thanks Terry!
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    Yesterday, I spoke of the fact that your INTENT is what you are judged on, and not the RESULT of your actions. Some folks may think that others can use this as an excuse to do wrong, by just claiming they did not MEAN to do what they did.

    Robert Farrar Capon addressed this in Between Noon and Three:
    Folks are worried about permissiveness--about the way the preaching of grace seems to say it's okay to do all kinds of terrible things as long as you just walk in afterward and take the free gift of God's forgiveness. ...
    While you and I may be worried about seeming to give permission, Jesus apparently wasn't. He wasn't afraid of giving the prodigal son a kiss instead of a lecture, a party instead of probation; and he proved that by bringing in the elder brother at the end of the story and having him raise pretty much the same objections you do. He's angry about the party. He complains that his father is lowering standards and ignoring virtue--that music, dancing, and a fattened calf are, in effect, just so many permissions to break the law. And to that, Jesus has the father say only one thing: "Cut that out! We're not playing good boys and bad boys any more. Your brother was dead and he's alive again. The name of the game from now on is resurrection, not bookkeeping."


    I encourage you to read the story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15;11-31. For additional thoughts about this, the word of God also tells us that Grace is bestowed to ALL people of faith:
    Romans 4:16 (KJV);
    "Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all"

    And the Word of God tells us that our salvation is NOT a result of our good works:
    Titus 3:5 (KJV);
    "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"

    May God bless each and every one of you -
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    AMEN!!
    Thanks Terry.
  9. lonewolf204

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    Amen! Thanks Terry
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    After church one Sunday, a lady's young son asked, "Mom, what's a virgin?"

    Oh, no, she thought. The time has come. So with great care, she sat down with her son and calmly explained the facts of life in great detail, as she had already prepared herself to do in the exactly proper manner.

    When she finished, he exclaimed, "No, Mom, not that kind of virgin. I was talking about the King James Virgin."

    There are many today that do not know what the King James Version is, and they do not care enough to find out. There are many that ACT as though they do not know what a Virgin is either, although they know full what it means. In the past, this was a VERY important matter, and accusation of NOT being a Virgin were taken very seriously indeed:

    Deuteronomy 22:13-19 (King James Virgin);
    "If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate: And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her; And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech against her, saying, I found not thy daughter a maid; and yet these are the tokens of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; And they shall amerce him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel: and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days."

    We need to return to some core values in this country, and in the world. The ‘if it feels good, do it!’ philosophy has done a LOT of damage to our basic moral fiber, and this trend MUST be reversed for the sake of the upcoming generations!

    The Ten Commandments is a fine place to start.

    Thou shalt not commit adultery.

    May God bless you, guys -
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    Amen! I totally agree the Ten COMMANDMENTS would be a great place to start. Thanks, Terry
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    Good post! You just can't say enough on either subject! As I look around the America of today, it becomes very clear that our morals have gone out the window. We have built a house on the sand I'm afraid!
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    This is where we need to begin.

    II Chron 7:13-14

    If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, 14 and My people [d]who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
  14. ampaterry

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    jbmid1, that is spot on!!

    Thanks, guys, for your support!!


    For today:

    The Hebrew calendar, although quite different from ours, is keyed to the solar year as all good calendars are. The holidays drift around a bit in our calendar, they vary no more than Easter does from year to year.

    Today is the first day of the Hebrew month of Tishri. Tishri is the first month in their calendar, so today – and tomorrow – are celebrated as the Jewish New Year, which they call Rosh Hashana, literally, the Head of the Year. There is little similarity between the late night drinking of our celebrations and the Jewish celebrations, though. For a Jewish person, this is a day of judgement. Today, God judges the entire world for the coming year. Their practice of eating apples dipped in honey during this celebration is an expression of their desire for the coming year to be a sweet one.

    And beyond being New Years, they also celebrate this day as the birthday of the Human race, because it was on this date that God created Adam.

    There is an interesting thing about most Jewish holidays. Their months all start by the moon, and are corrected annually by the sun. In ancient times, the Sanhedron would observe the moon and pronounce when the next month had begun. Runners would then leave Jerusalem and spread the word across the countryside.

    This worked fine for Israel, but the Jews in surrounding areas may not get the word in time due to the slow method of communication. Knowing the months were either 29 or 30 days in length, they would celebrate the holidays on two days, knowing one of them would be correct.

    Now, the month beginnings are calculated exactly well into the future, but the holiday celebrations continue according to the old tradition. Israeli's celebrate only one day for each holiday, regardless of where they live in the world. And Jews that are not Israelis celebrate two holidays, even if they now live in Israel!

    This day is marked by Awe, Reverence, and Joy. Awe at the power of God in his creation. Reverence for God as the creator who loves us, and Joy in being His people, and the focal point of his attention.

    God bless you, guys!

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    Watch for a new forum to be opened soon - - :)
  15. lonewolf204

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    That's a good history lesson! Thanks Terry
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    Daily, we hear about more and more destructive and cruel behavior of college students, often in hazing ceremonies of various fraternities. I read this story that came out of one of our Ivy League schools a few years ago, and believe it outlines the real problem, a lack of responsibility, and gives a great solution to it as well.

    A university president faced the unpleasant task of disciplining some students who had been apprehended in acts of vandalism on their college campus. One of the young men, a spokesman for the group, was the son of a very wealthy family. In the midst of the scolding by the president of the college, he jauntily reached in his pocket for his checkbook and said with a haughty expression, "What's all the hassle about? Why the fuss? Just tell us the cost of it, and I'll pay the bill."

    The president of this university said in great anger, "Put your checkbook back. This week in the assembly, you men will make a public acknowledgment of your offense or you'll be expelled. Do you think a few miserable dollars can ever repay your debt to the founders of this university and the sacrifices they made to build this place and endow it with such great care and cost?"
    Then his closing statement is one that really gets to you. He said, "Every one of you here is a charity student."

    In the real analysis, we are all disobedient charity students, aren’t we? After all, we are here in this brief physical life just to learn lessons before we graduate into eternal life, the location of which is determined by how well we learn. In this process we ALL fail, but must strive constantly to improve.

    The Word of God tells us what we should strive for:
    1 Samuel 12:15 (KJV);
    "But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers."

    Ephesians 5:6 (KJV);
    "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;"

    Be good students, guys - and I will see you in the summer vacation that never ends -
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    Amen, Thanks Terry
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    Cheers Terry !
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    Hay question for you Terry

    If we were all spirits before we came down here then it must be our spirit that is fighting good and bad. Not the human part of us. Does this make sense? Why would satan be such a bad boy? isnt he in the spirit? Is satan an abomination?

    Ok now if we were all in the spirit before we came here I take it God created us? If so then how did he create us? the bible gives us a story about God breathing life into man. But is there any reference to the spirit life?

    If satan is as i have heard the most beautiful of all angles then why do we portray him as ugly? I am wondering if the description of beautiful doesn't really mean the most cunning?
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    I got to tell you i cant believe i dont think i ever found this thread.

    I'd like to think i have something to do with a new forum opening up. I think if i had seen this that the new forum may not have happened.

    Strange hugh, was this thread blinded from me until now?
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