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  1. BlackEagle

    BlackEagle Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    The parable of the sower. Some seed fell on the path, some on stony ground, some among the thorns, and some on rich soil.

    The Navigators do a lot with something called Follow Up, helping new Christians become established in their relationship with Christ. The Lost Art of Discplemaking by Leroy Eims is one book that has been very useful to me. It touches on how the principles of 2 Timothy 2:2 can be used in a church setting. NavPress has a wealth of material on this subject.
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  2. Krogen

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    On Monday's devotional: How could you possibly have known I needed to read that today? Oh, wait.... I'm sure I know the answer!

    Thanks much and God bless you and yours.
  3. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Krogan; that happens a lot!
    Thanks, guys, for the support!

    For today:

    Remember the Beatitudes which Jesus spoke, in Matthew 5:3-12:
    “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."

    Now see what you think of these beatitudes;

    “Blessed are they who are too tired and too busy to go to church on Sunday, for they are my best workers. Blessed are they who are bored with the minister's mannerisms and mistakes, for they get nothing out of the sermon. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church for he is part of the problem instead of the solution. Blessed are they who gossip, for they cause strife and divisions that please me. Blessed are they who are easily offended, for they soon get angry and quit. Blessed are they who do not give their offerings to carry on God's work for they are my best helpers. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister, for he shall be with me forever. Blessed are the trouble makers, for they shall be called children of the devil. Blessed is he who has no time to pray, for he will be easy prey.”

    This week, which group of Beatitudes do you fall in? Each and every one of us will please a spiritual being this week. Which one will be pleased with YOUR actions, words, and thoughts?

    May God bless each one of you -
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    So often Terry I see a message that convicts me in these daily devotionals, and in doing so are a blessing to me. Thank you.
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    Thanks Terry!
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    I think I prefer the first set of beatitudes and would rather be allied with them.
    Thanks again.
  7. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, guys!

    For today, the devotional is a request. First, some scripture;
    1 Corinthians 12:12-21 (NCV);
    “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. And if they were all one member, where were the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.”

    What position does this say the Jews have with God?

    And even more concretely,
    Romans 11:28-29 (NCV);“The Jews refuse to accept the Good News, so they are God’s enemies. This has happened to help you who are not Jews. But the Jews are still God’s chosen people, and he loves them very much because of the promises he made to their ancestors. God never changes his mind about the people he calls and the things he gives them.”

    God loves the Jewish people, and Israel is the land He gave to them!

    And the request is – Please, keep the Jewish people in your prayers as they continue their struggle in Israel for the right to EXIST.
    Work for and pray for a government that will not support the terrorist nations and desert Israel for a supply of oil.
    Pray for the Jews – pray for Israel – and pray for all the people of the world today, that God may restrain his judgment on the world, and allow us more time to reach the lost.

    May God bless each one of you -
  8. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The specific details of this story are blurred by the years, but I have been able to verify the major points and identity of the people involved. It is true; it did happen.

    Many years ago two young men were working their way through Stanford University. At one point their money was almost gone, so they decided to engage the great pianist Paderewski for a concert and use the profits for board and tuition. Paderewski's manager asked for a guarantee of $2,000. The students worked hard to promote the concert, but they came up $400 short. After the performance, they went to the musician, gave him all the money they had raised, and promised to pay the $400 as soon as they could. It appeared that their college days were over. "No, boys, that won't do," said the pianist. "take out of this $1,600 all your expenses, and keep for each of you 10 percent of the balance for your work. Let me have the rest."

    Years passed. Paderewski became premier of Poland following World War I. Thousands of his countrymen were starving. Only one man could help, the head of the U.S. Food and Relief Bureau. Paderewski's appeal to him brought thousands of tons of food. Later he met the American statesman to thank him. "That's all right," replied Herbert Hoover. "Besides, you don't remember, but you helped me once when I was a student in college."

    Is this a great working out of the Golden rule?
    Luke 6:31 (KJV);
    “And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.”

    Which is followed just a few verses later by
    Luke 6:38;
    “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

    That is not the REASON to give, of course, but it is often the RESULT!

    May God richly bless each one of you - -
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    Gotta share this one Terry - thanks for another great sermon!
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    Reflex1, I have to admit that is one of my favorites -
    There are so many glurges floating around the net that are total fabrications, it is quite pleasant to learn an old story like this one that actually happened!

    For today:

    Years ago, Dr. Karl Menninger of the Menninger Clinic was asked, "If someone felt a nervous breakdown coming on, what would you suggest that he do?" He replied:
    "If you feel a nervous breakdown coming on, I would urge you to find somebody else with a problem -- a serious one -- and get involved with that individual, helping him solve his problem."

    I agree with Dr. Menninger here. In helping someone to solve his problem, you will find your own problem is going to disappear. You're no longer thinking internally. You're no longer letting things gnaw at your stomach. You're no longer getting disturbed about yourself because you're not thinking about yourself. You're thinking about others. I don't know what your objective in life might be, but there is something each one of us can do.

    Also, when we immerse ourselves in the work of helping others with worse problems, we find our own so much less than we had thought before! There is no way to truly appreciate the blessings we each have until we are exposed to those with so much less than we ourselves have!

    1 Peter 4:10;“As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

    Philippians 2:3-4;
    “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.”

    1 Corinthians 10:24;
    “Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.”

    May God bless each one of you, guys!
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    too true

    Cheers
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    Reading this part of the forum is so refreshing for me! Thanks for all your efforts Terry. I start feeling a little down or whatnot and 5-15 minutes reading here changes my entire perspective for the day!
    Have a GREAT weekend!
    Brian
  13. BlackEagle

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    Amen on getting our focus out of our own problems. God did that with a very burned out, exhausted Elijah in 1 Kings 19. God gave him a new assignment.

    I also like Psalm 40. Here are the first 4 verses...
    1. I waited patiently for the Lord;
    he inclined to me and heard my cry.
    2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
    out of the miry bog,
    and set my feet upon a rock,
    making my steps secure.
    3 He put a new song in my mouth,
    a song of praise to our God.
    Many will see and fear,
    and put their trust in the Lord.
  14. ampaterry

    ampaterry *TFF Admin Staff Chaplain* Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Thank you, guys, for that support!!

    For today;

    "If you give to charity while you are poor, you will eventually give in days of wealth. If you do not give while you are rich, you will eventually abstain from giving because of poverty. God has willed that there be two hands in the matter of charity -- one that gives and one that receives. Thank God that yours is the hand that gives. Say not, "I will miss what I give." Be like the sheep who give their wool and have no less the next year because they have given."
    -- Tan Huma Rabbinic Literature

    2 Corinthians 9:6-11;
    “But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth forever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness;) Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.”

    I almost never talk about giving, because collecting money is not the purpose of my ministry, nor should it be the purpose of any ministry! My ministry does not need your money. From the day we opened Bethany Church twenty five years ago, every singly need we have ever had has been met. We have never had over a thousand dollars in the treasury, yet the church has met each expense as it arrises.
    You, however, have a need to give money into God’s work. You need to decide where you wish to place it, and do so very carefully. If you are placing it into a charitable work, spend some time investigating charities to see which one you want to support. Go beyond their signs and ads, and dig deep into the organization itself. See how much they spend on buildings and staff. Check into the salaries of the upper administrators. From my personal investigations - and personal history - there is no better large charity than the Salvation Army. And from my personal investigations and personal history, there is no major charity as wasteful and ineffective as the Red Cross.
    You should put at least part of your titnes and offerings into the church you attend. If you are fed there, then pay for the meal.
    Whatever you decide to do with your tithes and offerings, make sure you do not neglect to give them into God’s work, whatever vehicle you choose to do that through.

    May God bless you, guys - -
  15. BlackEagle

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    The church I grew up in measured its priorities by its budget. (that was one measure; there were other measures of priorities, but as Jesus said (paraphrase), "your heart is where your treasure is" As long as the "Ministry" part of the budget outweighed the "Bricks and mortar" side of the budget the congregation knew the priorities were right.

    As a church we chose carefully who and what organisations we supported.
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  16. ampaterry

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    BlackEagle, my church works hard at this also. We vote on every outreach. Although very small, we have two regular monthly outreaches.
    1. Salvation Army.
    2. International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

    We have had others over the years, but they had to be ended for one reason or another. For instance, we voted to have a Native American outreach. We investigated and found a Catholic Priest that was doing a GREAT work on the Pine Ridge Reservation, so we started sending him monthly support. Every month, he would write to us and tell us what he had done with the money we had sent that month. Everything went fine until we sent him an extra amount at Christmas, which allowed him to do some things for his people that raised the curiosity of his governing body in the church. They contacted us and told us we could not send money directly to one of their priests, but had to send it to them and they would decide where it should be used. With deep sorrow, we stopped that outreach.


    For today:

    Today is Children's Day. This is not a holiday here in the US, and to be honest I am not in favor of making it one. I am fully aware of the importance of children, to be sure. I know that the future of our country rests in the hands of the children. I know that each generation, folks of my age have handed off the reins of the nation to the next generation, and retire – depending on those children to keep things running well.
    But I see a problem in our nation. I see news reports that are centered around children. Every time anything unusual happens in a school, a platoon of counselors descends upon the school to help the students deal with the adversity.

    No matter what the news issue is, some reporter somewhere is going to get a pre-teen kid on the air and ask them what they think about it. I remember a time when Kids listened to what adults thought instead of telling adults what they thought.

    Every time I go to the store, I am treated to kids running and screaming, slamming into me. Sometimes, they even poke through my cart, handling the things I have chosen to buy. And all of this is within PLAIN SIGHT of their parents, who merely smile at their antics. At the check-out, they will pull candy and toys off the shelves by the check-out lane, and pitch a fit until one of their parents buys it for them to shut them up.

    When I drive at the right time of day, it takes forever to get anywhere because the school buses stop at each driveway to pick kids up in the morning and again to let them off in the afternoon. They will do this right up to a block from the school, assuring that the little darlings don't have to walk more than 25 feet a day. Then, our tax money goes into school lunch programs to ensure that they get a healthy diet, and the experts complain about how overweight and out of shape our kids are!

    What I am saying is this:
    We do not need a special day to cater to our children in the United States in the 21st century. If someone will propose that we have one day to let the kids WALK to school while carrying a sack lunch from home, compel them to be polite, deny them a piece of candy or a toy by fussing about it, then I will get behind that movement.

    What does the bible say about disciplining children?

    Proverbs 13:24 (MSG);
    A refusal to correct is a refusal to love; love your children by disciplining them.

    May God bless all our children.
    And may God bless their parents with the wisdom to raise them correctly.
  17. BlackEagle

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    That's sad about the mission to the Native Americans. Leave it to the bureaucrats to kill off something good.

    re: children: I agree. Thanks again.

    If there were ever a chance of stopping by West Tennessee on one of our flying trips to see family in Indiana it would be a treat to see you, and the ministry you are having.
  18. ampaterry

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    BlackEagle, it would be a privilege to meet you.
    But be warned, the church is WAY down at this point -
    Most Sundays are just four of us.


    For today:

    A man in Kansas City was severely injured in an explosion. Evangelist Robert L. Summer tells about him in his book The Wonder of the Word of God. The victim's face was badly disfigured, and he lost his eyesight as well as both hands. He was just a new Christian, and one of his greatest disappointments was that he could no longer read the Bible.
    Then he heard about a lady in England who read Braille with her lips. Hoping to do the same, he sent for some books of the Bible in Braille. Much to his dismay, however, he discovered that the nerve endings in his lips had been destroyed by the explosion. One day, as he brought one of the Braille pages to his lips, his tongue happened to touch a few of the raised characters and he could feel them. Like a flash he thought, I can read the Bible using my tongue. At the time Robert Sumner wrote his book, the man had "read" through the entire Bible four times.

    Here is a man who had such a love for the Word that he not only learned brail, but learned it using his TONGUE, and then read the bible at least four times this way! His desire for the Word of God was so strong that he overcame obstacles which would cause most of us to give up!

    How does that make you feel? What about all those days, weeks, months, that you have avoided reading the Word because you didn’t have time, or were too tired, or just couldn’t understand it? Let us count our blessings, that most of us only have to pick up the Bible in order to read it! Let us DO IT, DAILY, out of joy for the simple fact that we CAN! Not only are we physically able, but we live in a country where we are still free to do so, still free to purchase and own a Bible; remember that there are MANY that are prevented from this wonderful privilege!

    Psalm 34:8;
    “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

    Matthew 5:6;
    “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

    May God bless each and every one of you!
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    I have preached to equally small congregations. Will be praying with you on that. You have a "congregation" of hundreds here on the forum.

    That puts a new twist on Jer. 15:16--
    Thanks, Terry.

    Christians in Scotland 400 years ago could be executed on the spot for having a Bible. I could take you to their monuments and tell their stories; today the same is true for many countries around the world under Communist or Muslim rule.
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  20. ampaterry

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    I have heard that if a rattlesnake is cornered, it can become so frenzied that it will accidentally bite itself with its deadly fangs. In the same way, when a person harbors hatred and resentment in his heart, he is often hurt by the poison of his own malice. He thinks he is injuring his enemies by displaying his wrath, but the real harm is inflicted deep within his own soul.
    And there are other, more earthly, reasons for maintaining your temper. I spend a lot of time on the internet, debating with Evolutionists and with Atheists. They can be very difficult to deal with, because they have learned that a Christian can sometimes be driven from the debate podium by sheer disgust at the things they say. When these tactics are tried, I get angry! They will use foul language, stoop to blasphemy, anything to drive a believer from the debate, for then they can claim they drove the Christian away with the truth of their argument.
    I have discovered that there is only one way I can loose one of these debates; loose my temper. As long as I remain calm, and counter their arguments point-by-point, I will always win, because the truth is on my side! As soon as I get angry, however, I will say the wrong thing. I will get flustered and make mistakes that are then pointed out as errors in my argument.
    Whatever you are doing, remember this:

    Proverbs 15:1 (KJV); “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”

    James 1:19-20 (KJV);“Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.”

    The one who can control his own temper is walking much closer to conquering his own flesh, and therefore closer to God than the one who angers easily.

    And, once again, I am preaching to myself here - - -

    May God bless you, guys!
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