Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner

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  1. Woodnut

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    Been missing you in General Discussions since I don't jump around as much as I would like. But now have you in my favorites so I can read the sermon each day.
    Thanks Terry for all you do.
  2. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I appreciate your support, guys -
    And I appreciate your diligence in keeping this forum on the high road!!

    For today:

    I read about a four-year-old who likes to say the blessing at mealtimes, usually repeating the same short prayer: "Thank you, God, for this gracious food. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen."
    One evening, however, he thanked the Lord for the birds, the trees, each of his friends, and asked God to watch over his family and help them to be good. His parents were thrilled that he was finally praying from the heart.
    But after the "Amen," he took a spoonful of stew, gasped, then dropped his spoon into the bowl. "I should have said a longer prayer," he said. "My food is still too hot."

    People have many reasons for praying. Some wish to be seen as righteous. Some pray only when there is a great need in their life. Jesus told a parable which explained the proper attitude of prayer in
    Luke 18:9-14 (KJV);
    "And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
    And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

    And the Word of God tells us the importance of prayer, among the other directions toward personal conduct of a Christian:
    1 Thessalonians 5:16-22 (KJV);
    "Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil."

    God bless you, guys!
  3. lonewolf204

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    Amen, Thanks Terry!
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    When I broke my ankle, I was highly restricted in what I could do for several months. For the first ten weeks I got so sick of sitting around the house, I was ready to scream! I wanted to go OUTSIDE! I wanted to feed the groundhogs!
    Even after that, I could not mix concrete or haul gravel! I still couldn't wade in the creek and pick watercress! I completely missed the mushroom season, being unable to walk in the woods - a whole YEAR of mushrooming lost because of this injury.

    This restriction was forced on me, but I can not understand people who would WISH to remain in the house! Who would choose to sit and watch TV when spring is exploding all around them? Who would stay in the house and read when they could be poking through the may-apples looking for the elusive Morel mushroom?

    It gives me a new perspective on the typical parents admonition to their children to stay clean. Why do we do that? When you were a kid, were you more happy when sitting around being clean, or when you were out in the yard, the woods, or the stream, exploring this brand new world and EMERSING yourself in it?

    I once read about a woman who was frustrated by how often her four-year-old son, Brian, was getting dirty playing outside. At wit's end, she finally said, "Brian, can't you play someplace where it's cleaner?"
    "If God didn't want us to play in the dirt," Brian logically said, "why did he make so much of it?"
    My sentiments exactly.
    If we weren't supposed to play in the dirt, why did God make so much of it!

    The Word of God tells us that these things that make us ‘dirty’ are the works of God, and we should rejoice in them:
    Psalm 92:4-5 (KJV);
    "For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep."

    Your young kids, guys, will learn as much about God by digging through the mud and discovering worms as they will when they have the Bible read to them.
    Make sure to set aside time for BOTH!

    God bless each and every one of you -
  5. lonewolf204

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    Amen, If more folks would learn to enjoy and respect God's great outdoors the world would be a better place! Thanks, Terry!
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    Amen. There's no Mother Nature, only Father God. :)
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    Amen to BOTH of those comments, guys!

    For today:

    I read about a Christian who answered the phone, and found himself speaking to one of his eleven year old son's friends. The boy told him he was having a problem with spiritual warfare. This man asked him what he could do to help, and the boy replied he wanted to speak with his son about it. This man was bursting with pride that his son was being asked for spiritual advice! Later, he made it a point to ask his son how the conversation went.
    "Oh, fine," the boy replied. "He just needed help getting to the next level of the 'Spiritual Warfare' Nintendo game."

    Our spiritual battles cannot be dealt with quite so easily.
    The Word of God deals with the spiritual warfare that is not produced by Nintendo:
    2 Corinthians 10:3 (KJV);
    "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:"

    All of us have someone, somewhere, that we have difficulty with. It may be a neighbor, a co-worker, our boss, or even one in our own family.

    God tells us that in those skirmishes, the one we THINK we are battling with is not who we truly are battling with!
    Ephesians 6:12 (KJV);
    "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

    And we are given direction for this TRUE spiritual warfare:
    2 Timothy 2:1-4 (KJV);
    "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier."

    May God richly bless each one of you!
  8. lonewolf204

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    Amen, Thanks Terry!
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    Sorry I am late today, but I have a good excuse.

    Leviticus 16:29-30 (KJV);
    “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.”

    In the Hebrew calendar, today is tenth day of the seventh month, known as Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Even Jews that do not observe any other Jewish customs will observe this most important holiday of the year.

    Today, Jews seek atonement for their sins against God. Sins against their fellow man must be atoned for by seeking reconciliation with them, righting the wrongs committed against them if possible. But those sins must be taken care of before today, for this day is ONLY for atoning for the sins against God. On this day, God's books are closed and judgment is complete for the next year.

    Observant Jews will attend synagogue service starting at 8 or 9 AM today and continuing until about 3 PM this afternoon. They usually go home for an afternoon nap following this, and return at 5 or 6 this evening for services which will continue until nightfall. The Shofar is then blown in one long blast, which ends the days observances.

    Besides the services, Jews have restrictions today. For a full 25 hour period, they will not work, eat or drink (even water). Some will also not bathe, wash, use cosmetics, deodorants or wear leather shoes. They will also refrain from sexual relations. As always, these restrictions do not apply to children under 9, women between the onset of labor and three days after childbirth, or anyone else that would suffer a threat to life or health by following them.

    As with all Jewish days, today actually began yesterday at sundown. And Yom Kippur services started yesterday just after sundown. So, for the first time ever, we decided to attend a Jewish service. Last night Judy and I drove for two hours to get to a synagogue in Jackson, where we attended a 7 PM service that was for both Yom Kippur and Shabbat, which do not coincide often. We sat there and joined these Jewish people in smiting our chests with our fist as we asked God to forgive us our sins against Him. I looked around at these people who have been through persecution after persecution, yet with tears in their eyes they beseeched God to forgive them for any ill will they harbored in their hearts against any fellow human being. We both found tears welling up in our eyes. The presence of God at this service was almost overwhelming as we watched the reverence they showed toward the scrolls which they removed from the Ark several times during the service. We did our best to follow along in a service that was chanted, sung and spoken in both English and Hebrew. When it was dismissed, I checked my watch – I could not believe that we had been there for two hours already! Almost everyone there came up to us before or after the service and introduced themselves, welcomed us to the service, and invited us to return today for the LONG service.

    Wish your Jewish friends an Easy Fast today, and that their names be written in the book of life.
    And if anyone believes that God does not hear the prayers of the Jews, I encourage you to attend one of their services.
    Your mind will be changed.

    God bless you, guys -
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    Amen, Thanks Terry
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    Are these Messianic Jews?
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    They are not.
    The Jewish people believe that during the period from Rosh Hashana (new year) to Yom Kippur, they must make ammends for anyone they have wronged. The last day to rectify things with God is Yom Kippur, today. At the conclusion of their service tonight after sundown, they blow the Shofar, and that signifies the end of God's judgment for the comming year.
    The books are closed, and their names are either written in the book of life or in the book of death.
    The traditional wish is, therefore, may your name be written in the book of life.
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    Sadly, "wishing" doesn't get ones name written in the book of life. But, I can wish them an Easy Fast and pray that the Veil be lifted from their eyes.
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    This is one of those topics that COULD lead to an argument.
    I believe we are above that here.

    MY BELIEF on this is:
    God made a covenant with the Jews.
    He never said he was renigging on that covenant.
    They were His chosen people, and still are.

    God made a covenant with the Gentiles through Jesus Christ.
    With this covenant, we became ingrafted into the jewish root, and are therefore ALSO His chosen people.

    Christ said:
    John 10:16 (KJV);
    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

    MY BELIEF is that he could have come to the Americas, other places around the world, and made additional covenants with them as well.

    And that is just the way I see it; I do not push that opinion, and I will not get heated about it; it just makes the most sense to me.
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    Wow Terry thanks for that insite. Untill now i have had my own opinion about the races in different places. I had not considered that. Your opinion really helps work out the one God created all issue i have been having.
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    I appreciate that feedback, Cycloneman -
    That particular thought of mine is not normally a very popular one among Christians, but to me at least, it fits the evidence.

    For today -

    On October 9th of 1825, the ship Restauration docked in New York harbor. Aboard this ship was the first organized group if immigrants from Norway to the United States. For that reason, when Lief Erikson Day was proclaimed in 1964, this date was chosed to celebrate it.

    Lief Erikson day is the day set aside to honor the first non-American to establish a colony in the new world. While there is some evidence that there might have been visits here prior to Erikson's, there is little doubt that Lief Erikson was the first to establish a colony here. He arrived here in 1002, a full 490 years before Columbus. This is recorded in Nordic sagas and other accounts, and physical evidence has come from archaeological discoveries in Newfoundland.

    But the colony had a lot of difficulties. They were in constant battles with the Native Americans, or Skraelings as these Vikings called them. Although the Vikings had steel weapons which were superior to those of the native population and gave them a military advantage, the natives superior numbers, in just a few years, helped to force the colony to wither and die.

    The other factor that caused its demise was the cooling climate. When Lief arrived, he named it Vinland because of the wild grapes growing there. But the climate cooled, and increasing arctic ice made it increasingly difficult to maintain trade lines. Greenland was also so named because of the greenery growing there when the Scandinavians arrived.

    Luckily, back in those days we had no climatologists to tell everyone that the climate change was being caused by man, so no draconian laws were put in place to reduce the use of cook fires, which surely caused a pollutant that reflected the suns heat away from the earth, causing the cooling. The lack of cooking would have led to various diseases which would probably have caused the human race to join the Dinosaur and Dodo bird in extinction.

    And with that thought, the Bible verses for today:

    Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV);
    The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

    Romans 1:22 (KJV);
    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    God bless you, guys -
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    too many listening to the BS and pronouncing themselves the wise ones ..
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    Amen Terry, and Thanks again.

    I agree Jack.
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    Good thoughts again Terry - but 1825 - typo right?
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    hehehehehhe
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