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Monday, January 22, 2018
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The Ten Commandments 

The Ten Commandments were written by God upon two tablets of stone and then given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Most scholars date this event around the 13th or 14th century BC. God gave the Decalogue, or 10 Commandments, to the Israelites shortly after they left Egypt. The record of the Ten Commandments can be found in the Bible, both in Exodus 20:2-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

01. You shall have no other gods before Me.
02. You shall make no idols.
03. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
04. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
05. Honor your father and your mother.
06. You shall not murder.
07. You shall not commit adultery.
08. You shall not steal.
09. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet. 

(www.BibleInfo.com ~ Copied Article)

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Question:

Does God still expect us to keep the Ten Commandments? Aren't they a bit out of date, since they're thousands of years old and the world is so much different today? 

Answer:

The Ten Commandments are just as valid today as when God gave them to Moses over 3,000 years ago. Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law” (Matthew 5:18). 

Yes, it’s true we live in a much different world. But if anything, this means we need the Ten Commandments even more, for we live in a time of great moral and spiritual confusion. How can we know what is right or wrong? There are only two ways: either we make it up on our own–or we depend on God to show us. But God knows what is best for us, and when we reject His will for us, we end up in moral and spiritual chaos. 

Have you honestly looked carefully at the Ten Commandments? (You can find them in Exodus 20:1-17.) When you do, you may be surprised just how brief they are–but also how much they cover. Don’t we all benefit when people don’t kill each other, or steal, or dishonor their marriage vows? Of course. But the issue you face isn’t just whether or not you will follow the Ten Commandments. The real issue is what place God has in your life. Have you put Him on the fringes, so to speak? Why? Instead, put God at the center of your life by committing yourself to Christ.

(“My Answer” by: Billy Graham, June 1, 2004 ~ Copied Article)

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His Amazing Grace

Living in a world with such perverse thinking, it's no wonder our society is sinking. When the mind is constantly on self and God is put on a shelf, judgment will surely come because there is not much decency left in anyone. God said this would be and we have no one to blame but you and me. Each day is filled with so much glamour and everyone is in a clamor, to gain even more than what they had the day before. Prestige and the almighty dollar seems to be what man tends to follow, not thinking that one day their old earthly body will turn back to clay. If they gain the whole world and lose their soul then their fate will be sealed and there's only one place left to go. 

All the money that can be gained won't be worth an eternity of anguish and pain. My prayer is and always will be that God will open blinded eyes that they may see. He sent His Only Son into a world that was lost and undone in hopes that we could see He made a better way for you and me. I choose Him even though this world is growing dim and I am going to a better place because I have been saved by His amazing grace. 

(Written by: Jean Hunt, 12/02/17)

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Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Peace — what a good word it is! Yet, millions seek it in vain at the bottom of a bottle, at the end of a needle, or in the accumulation of money and property. Peace is received through faith in the Prince of Peace. And that makes it available to you today. 

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Dear Lord, I know you are there! In the morning, in the evening, in the long nights, I know I am not alone. Please make your presence known to me this day as I seek to honor you in what I do and say.  -- Amen. 

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Monopoly

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 6:11). 

A group of ministers were discussing whether or not they ought to invite Dwight L. Moody to their city. The success of the famed evangelist was brought to the attention of the men as a reason for inviting him. 

One unimpressed minister commented, “Does Mr. Moody have a monopoly on the Holy Ghost?” 

Another quietly replied, “No, but the Holy Ghost seems to have a monopoly on Mr. Moody.” 

Search for the spiritual secret of all great servants of God and you will find it to be total surrender. To Moody, life was the great adventure of finding out what God would do with one who was totally and completely yielded to Him. William Booth saw as his reason for success the fact that God had all there was of him. F. B. Meyer looked back to a time when he gave the keys to every room in his heart to Christ. Paul urged the Christians at Rome to yield their members as instruments of righteousness. In other words, he was calling for the yielding of every hand and heart to the service of Christ and the glory of God. He summed it up with this moving challenge: “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” (Romans 12:1).  

We have been furnished with some wonderful examples of all-out dedication in both the Scriptures and in history. What about your personal surrender to the will of God? Are you really willing to do what He wants you to do this very day? 

(jvim.com – Daily Devotional, 03/28/15 ~ Copied Article)

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Fooled Again!

Recently, I was reading the morning news online as is my usual habit. I guess “reading” is not exactly the right word I should use. Actually, I scan over the news to see what I want to read. This has become my habit because there’s way too much bad news with only a little good news mingled in. This particular morning, I saw something really interesting! It was a jar of “Reunion Cream.” Oh my, this really peaked my interest! 

I’ve learned, (after having enjoyed lots of birthdays), to go back and look anything over again that appears too good to be true. After I rubbed my eyes and got them back into focus, the jar of Reunion Cream disappeared and a jar of Retinol Cream took its’ place. Of course, my old eyes had me fooled again! 

“And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.  For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.” (1 Corinthians 15:4953). The Bible tells me that many people were able to recognize Jesus after His resurrection and in His glorified body. That lets me know that we’ll also be recognizable in our glorified bodies.  

I’ve lost many dear loved ones and friends thus far in my life. Losing those makes me long to see them again! I know “Reunion Cream” isn’t real and isn’t sold on this earth. My heart is truly blessed when I hear the gospel song “My Home.” This beautiful song by “Heirline” talks about Heaven, where there’s going to be “reunions by the millions everywhere!” Hallelujah! One day, I’ll be rejoicing in a Heavenly reunion too! 

(Written by: Pat Lewallen, 12/21/17)

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Your Last Day 

Let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. —1 Thessalonians 5:6 

What if you were told this morning that today was to be your last day on earth? How would you spend its fleeting hours? Whom would you insist on seeing? Would your behavior differ radically from what it usually is? 

Someone has wisely said, “You should treat every day as if it’s your last one, because one of these days you’re going to be right.” 

There’s no getting around it. Whether our earthly life ends by accident, illness, the ravages of age, or our Lord’s return, one of these days will be our last. That’s why we should guard so carefully the things we do and the words we say. 

We ought to be tying up the loose ends of long-neglected matters by expressing our love and gratitude to others, by seeking reconciliation with an alienated friend, or by sharing the gospel with a neighbor. 

Perhaps you’ve even been putting off accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior until some more convenient day. But that day may never come. Since your last day on earth can be so unexpected, heed Paul’s inspired words: “Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2). 

Are you living each day as if it were your last? 

Believe in Christ, redeem the time,
Prepare without delay;
That death is certain should affect
The way you live today. 

What would you change if this day were your last? 

(www.odb.org - 01/09/1995 devotional by: Vernon Grounds ~ Copied Article)

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Stop Quenching the Spirit 

If we quench a fire, we stop it in its path. If we quench the Holy Spirit, we halt His work in us. We stifle or suppress Him. When you quench the Holy Spirit, you exalt your will above the will of God. To quench the Holy Spirit is to resist Him. It is going your own way when His leading is clear. 

Quenching the Holy Spirit is like changing channels on your television set. It is like turning off the radio to avoid its message. It is turning your mind away from the things you know the Lord wants you to do or say. 

When you stop quenching the Holy Spirit, you will find some wonderful things happening. Your day will unfold as a part of His plan. You will see opportunities that you would otherwise have missed. His calming voice will comfort you when everything seems to be falling apart. Life’s irritations will be recognized as experiences that enable you to be patient and longsuffering. The needs of others will be brought to your attention and you will be refreshed in ministering to them. Having your own way will become less important. Allowing Christ to have His way in your life will receive priority. 

So, stop tuning out that still small voice that always gives the right direction. Lend an obedient ear to the Lord. Be quick to do His bidding. Look for opportunities to follow His leading this very day. Don’t be afraid to be an obedient child. 

Remember, the Lord always gives His best to those who follow Him completely. 

(jvim.com, 11/13/17 ~ Copied Article)

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The Four Calls

The Spirit came in childhood and pleaded, “Let me in,”
But oh! the door was bolted by thoughtlessness and sin;
“I am too young,” the child replied, “I will not yield today;
There’s time enough tomorrow.” The Spirit went away.
 

Again He came and pleaded in youth’s bright happy hour;
He came but heard no answer, for lured by Satan’s power
The youth lay dreaming then and saying, “Not today,
Not till I’ve tried earth’s pleasures.” The Spirit went away.
 

Again He called in mercy in manhood’s vigorous prime,
But still He found no welcome, the merchant had no time;
No time for true repentance, no time to think or pray,
And so, repulsed and saddened, the Spirit went away.
 

Once more He called and waited, the man was old and ill,
And scarcely heard the whisper, his heart was cold and still;
“Go leave me; when I need thee, I’ll call for thee,” he cried;
Then sinking on his pillow, without a hope, he died!
 

(Written by; J. V. Easton ~ Copied Article)

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Proverbs 1:24-26 (KJV): Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 

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Home is not so much a place on a map, as it is a place to belong. God gives us that place.