Archive for May, 2008

As the nation pauses this Memorial Day weekend to honor our brave military men and women, pray that we will all be captured by the importance of this holiday and will pause to honor our war dead and the freedoms we experience because of their sacrifices. Pray that our troops will know the gratitude of the nation and will be encouraged in their dedication and services.


Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for the many freedoms we enjoy as a nation to worship You. We thank You for peace in our land and pray that it may be extended throughout the world, and that many may come to know You – the Prince of Peace.

We ask that you would have mercy on our brave men and women in harms way. We pray that You would reveal the truth of Your love in their hearts; that You would bring comfort and peace to their families; and that You would protect them from the wickedness of this world. We ask that you would turn the tide against the terrorist enemies of this world, whose only offering to mankind is death, destruction, and oppression. This we ask in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

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Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.                 Hebrews 12:2  
Sorrow may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning!

Remember that Christ had to endure the cross on your behalf. Be brave, and anticipate the morning. Feel in the night of sorrow, that underlying JOY that tells of confident expectations of the morning!

In his trials and sufferings, the Apostle Paul trusted in the promises of God:

… My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Dear Heavenly Father – My strength is weak. Your grace and mercy is sufficient for me through all my sorrows and joys. Help me to always trust in You, through trials and sufferings, as well as, the victories, of each day. Strengthen me to not only endure the nights of sorrows, but to also persevere in my daily walk with You. In Jesus’s name – Amen. 

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A Devotional by J. Hudson Taylor

(Pioneer missionary to China from 1860 – 1905)

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. Psalm 1:1

The way of the sinner no more suits a true believer than the way of the believer suits the sinner. As a witness for his Master in the hope of saving the lost, he may go to them, but he will not, like Lot, set his tent toward Sodom. Ah, how many parents who have fluttered moth-like near a flame of sin have seen their children destroyed by it, while they themselves have not escaped unscathed. And how many churches and Christian institutions in the attempt to attract unbelievers by worldly amusements and compromising their values have themselves forfeited the blessing of God, and have lost spiritual power that those whom they have attracted have not been benefitted. Instead of seeing the unregenerate brought to life, a state of indolence and death has crept over themselves. There is no need of, nor room for, any other attraction than that which Christ Himself gave when He said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth will draw all men to Myself” (John 12:32).Our Master was always separate from sinners, and the Holy Spirit unmistakably says, “For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

“Or sit in the seat of mockers.” The seat of the mocker is one of special danger in this age. Pride, presumption, and scorn are closely linked together, and are far indeed from the mind that is in Christ Jesus. This spirit often shows itself in the present day form of irreverent criticism; those who are least qualified for it are found sitting in the seat of judgment rather than taking the place of the inquirer and learner. The Bereans of old did not scornfully reject what seemed to them strange teachings of the apostle Paul, but searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so (Acts 17:11).Now even the Scriptures themselves are called into question, and the very foundations of the Christian faith are abandoned by men who would be looked upon as apostles of modern thought.

Heavenly Father, everywhere I look, wickedness and sin abound. And in my life, it’s easy to sit in the mocker’s seat and criticize and scorn other believers and spiritual matters I don’t understand. I need Your help to not walk in the way of sin. Help me today. Amen.

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