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Noonday Devotion by Keith
SHEPHERDS, SEEKERS AND THE SAVIOUR
As I read the Christmas story, the Lord showed me two main things about the shepherds and the wise men.
We are not told much about them and I just want to share some thoughts about them.
The shepherds were told about Jesus by the angels, this is significant, the angels could of told anyone, but the good news was told to them.
Why was it significant, well because Jesus was and is the good shepherd..he is the shepherd of his flock. John 10.
The wise men came to see Jesus, they earnestly sought for him, they followed the star from their home until they were able to present their gifts to Jesus. They were truly wise men
So what can we learn, well both the shepherds and the wise men came and worshipped Jesus. Is this what we are doing this Christmas?
This Christmas it is time to be wise and to offer our gifts to Jesus, it is time to be like the shepherds and to tell everyone what you have seen and heard.
Finally Jesus is the Lamb of God, he is the one who life and death deals with man's problem.. Here is God's response to man's problem of sin.
THE ANSWER IS JESUS.. THE PRECIOUS LAMB OF GOD
God bless you 


Keith and Helen
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Guest Devotion 1 by Chris Roberts
I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.
Genesis 3:15

The serpent’s deception led to Adam and Eve’s rejection of God’s righteousness. The serpent would continue to be an enemy of all God’s ways. His favored method of assaulting God is to assault God’s treasured possession, human beings. His opening salvo took place in a garden paradise and his deception lured Adam and Eve into sin.
From the very beginning of fallen human history we had the promise of a Savior. Even in the midst of judgment God delivered a promise that from the woman would come One who would crush the head of the serpent.
Jesus Christ did not come in a vacuum of history. His entry into humanity fulfilled thousands of years of promise and hope. In Eden, Adam and Eve were barred from the tree of life. In Jesus Christ we are given the bread and water of life. His coming brought hope and restoration and victory over sin and the grave.
Christmas is about a Savior who entered human history to crush our age-old adversary and to pay in his flesh the penalty for our sin. We cannot celebrate his birth without remembering why he was born. Without Easter, Christmas would have no meaning.
Rejoice in the knowledge that your enemy is vanquished. Satan’s power has been crushed and God has won a people for himself. The children of God are eternally secure even though the forces of darkness continue to rage against them. People of God, rejoice! The serpent has been crushed! Your sins are paid for! You have been redeemed! You are no longer of this world but belong to the kingdom of God your Father.
All this because two thousand years ago, God took on flesh.


Guest devotion 2 by Our Daily Bread

The Baby Grew ...
 
"...and the child grew and became strong;
He was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.
Luke 2:38
 
    Even Christians can miss the point of the Christmas story if they aren't careful.  We are warned of that danger by one who wrote: "We can become so charmed with the story of a baby that we grow sentimental about it.  It does not ask that we do anything about it; it does not demand any vital change in our way of thinking and living.
 
    "The great question for us is this: Is our Christmas still only a story about a baby, or is it more, a...story about The Person into whom the baby grew, who redeemed the world from its sins, and who calls us into partnership with His great and mighty purposes?'"
 
    When the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph, he said, "You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21).  It is only as we see the birth of Jesus in light of His crucifixion and resurrection that we are able to grasp the full meaning of Christ's coming to earth.
 
    With our eyes wide open this Christmas, let us respond to God with love and commitment for the Gift of His Beloved Son, focusing our thoughts, actions and motivations toward honoring the Babe who grew up and died for all our sins.
 
    Christ the Savior is born!  Hallelujah!  What a Savior!
 
When we look beyond the manger to the Cross of Calvary,
We will know the reason Christmas brings such joy to you and me.
 
The Cross and the Empty Tomb
are hidden in the message of the Cradle.
Taken from Our Daily Bread

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Quotes from Great Christians


"We shall have all eternity in which to celebrate our victories, but we have only one swift hour before the sunset in which to win them."

Robert Moffat


 "If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him."



Ct Studd


 If your heart takes more pleasure in reading novels, or watching TV, or going to the movies, or talking to friends, rather than just sitting alone with God and embracing Him, sharing His cares and His burdens, weeping and rejoicing with Him, then how are you going to handle forever and ever in His presence...? You'd be bored to tears in heaven, if you're not ecstatic about God now!



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Post  Admin on Wed 18 Dec 2013, 6:18 pm

Welcome to Noonday Devotion

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Please take time to share these devotions with all your friends and groups.

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Thanks and God bless

Keith

NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH

DELIVERING YOUR REPORT

ISAIAH 53

1.Who has believed (trusted in, relied upon, and clung to) our message [of that which was revealed to us]? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been disclosed?

When I was thinking about a verse to share with you, this one didn't immediately come to mind and when the Lord shared it with me, I thought.. 'Lord it is an Easter verse'.t as I have pondered and thought about it, I have come to see it's relevance to Christmas.

Isaiah was written 700 years before Christ was born, there were many thousands of prophecies in the OT about the birth of Jesus. In Micah the prophet said Jesus would be born in Bethlehem, so why wasn't that town being watched Night and Day by the people and indeed the rulers?

No one truly believed the report of Isaiah, the only people God spoke to were the wise men and the shepherds. He alerted people from modern day Iran/Iraq and some of the lowliest people in the kingdom of Israel.

The arm of the Lord has been revealed to Man, but is man interested.. well no. The birth of Jesus was announced by thousands upon thousands of angels, but no one else heard them apart from the shepherds.. or did they?

As it was with his first coming, so it will be with His second coming, no one will believe us when we tell them that Jesus is coming again. Indeed Jesus said that when he comes a second time, it will be like in the time of Noah.. eating and drinking will be happening.

You will be a voice crying in the wilderness, that is the role of the church and of the individual believer.

Even if People do not believe our report.. we have to tell it. We have to tell people that Jesus has come to deal with sin, because that is why he came, he did not come to show us how to live a good life (although he did) or to give us a good moral example (which he also did), but to deal with the main problem that man has and that he is a sinner cut off from His God and Jesus came to die for a world where the majority rejects HIM.

This Christmas, let us give our report, whether or not people believe it or not,let us open our mouths boldly and share the true meaning of Christmas.

Too many believers and churches say .. they have heard it all before, but that is not an option to say that, you are ordered by Jesus himself to share his story, the story of what happened at that first Christmas.

Jesus left the glory of Heaven, he exchanged being worshipped every minute of every day by millions of angels for the cold of a Bethlehem stable e cruel torture of the Cross of Calvary.

I think the least we can do is to share his story.. don't you?

God bless you

Keith



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Guest Devotion

Is There Room for Jesus in Your Bethlehem?

“Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn…Luke 2:4-7.”

Although King David is associated with Jerusalem, which means possession of peace, “the city of David” mentioned in verse 4 is Bethlehem, which means the “house of bread.” As a Christian you may be associated with a certain city like David but your citizenship and identity is in heaven where Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, is seated at the right hand of The Father as your Advocate and High Priest. The Apostle Paul assures the believer in Christ: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;” (Philippians 3:20)

Like David, are you associated with Jerusalem? Do you have this possession of peace which has come into the world? Has He been born into the Bethlehem of your heart or is there little or no room for Him? Should not our life be a “House of Bread” that feeds daily upon the “Bread of Life” as we face the challenges of each new day?

Jesus, the Bread of Life, was born in Bethlehem, the House of Bread, and laid in a manger for you and me. Translated, the word “manger” means “feeding trough.” So this raises the question: Have you come to Jesus? Have you come to feed upon the Bread of Life? Jesus says:

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. "I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. "This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh." Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, "How can this man give us His flesh to eat?" So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. "For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. "He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. "As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. "This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever." (John 6:47-58)

Without His Bread and without His Drink, we die of hunger and thirst in a dry and weary land. But God so love the world He made a way for us. He gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, the Bread of Life, because we have no life in ourselves. Jesus is the answer for the world today. Are you feeding upon “The Life” that truly satisfies your deepest hunger and thirst in your heart? Only Jesus can meet your greatest need. Is there room for Jesus in your Bethlehem? I encourage you to hunger and thirst for His Kingdom and His Righteousness? Remember the words of Jesus: “…he who eats this bread will live forever."

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Thanks and God bless
Keith

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Guest Devotion by Gregg Bing

~PEACE ON EARTH~
Part One of Two
by Gregg Bing

During the Christmas holidays, we often hear the expressions "peace on earth" and "good will toward men." Many think of this holiday season as a time of peace, but there is very little peace on earth. Politically, we see nations, races, even religions at war with one another. Economically, we see turmoil and uncertainty day after day. Even in our personal lives, many have such hectic schedules that peace and rest is only a dream for many. This is especially true during the holidays with family gatherings, school and office parties, and the madness of Christmas shopping at the malls.

When the Lord Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, some 2000 years ago, the angels announced His birth to the shepherds. A multitude of the heavenly host praised God saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2: 14).

Jesus' birth was the coming of Israel's long awaited Messiah; the One whom God anointed to be Israel's King; the One whom Isaiah called the "Prince of peace" (Isa. 9:6); the One whose government and peace would be unending (Isa. 9:7).

Peace on earth was certainly what God's chosen people, Israel, longed for. At the time of Jesus' birth, they had been under Gentile dominion for over 600 years, beginning with the Babylonians, who destroyed the city of Jerusalem and their temple, and continuing to that present day with the cruel Romans (Luke 2:1). Israel longed to be free from Roman taxes, Roman governors, Roman soldiers, and Roman laws-they longed for peace.

When the angels announced to the shepherds the birth of Israel's Savior and Deliverer, it must have seemed that peace was about to be a reality in their lives. But the birth of Jesus did not bring peace on earth. We read in John 1:11 that, "He came unto His own, but His own did not receive Him." How could this have happened? The many Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah's coming were all fulfilled in the Lord Jesus (Micah 5:2, Isa. 7:14, etc.), and the proofs of His identity and His authority as their King were clearly demonstrated through His teaching (Matt. 5-7) and His miracles (Matt. 8-9), yet the Jewish leaders "plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him" (Matt. 12:14).

Israel's own expectations had blinded their minds to what God's Word taught concerning. the Messiah (Christ). The problem began with Israel's leaders. They had corrupted God's Word by their traditions and interpretations of the law (Matt. 15), and when God spoke to them "in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2), they did not hear Him (John 8:47). These men honored God with their lips, but their hearts were far from Him (Matt. 15:8). They were "blind leaders of the blind" (Matt. 15:14), and so Israel rejected the One who was their peace, the Lord Jesus Christ.

When Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem, He said of them, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes" (Luke 19:42). The prophet Isaiah said of Israel, "The way of peace they have not known" (Isa. 59:8).

PEACE ON EARTH
Part 2 of 2
by Gregg Bing

Jesus' coming into this world did not result in peace, but in division (Luke 12:51-53). The people were divided over Him and who He was. A small remnant, including the apostles, believed He was "the Christ, the Son of the living God" (Matt. 16:16), but the majority of Israel saw Him only as a teacher or prophet. To those who believed, He was precious, but to the rest, the Lord Jesus was offensive and they stumbled at Him, "being disobedient to the Word" (I Pet. 2:7-8). They rejected the "Prince of peace," declaring, "We will not have this Man to reign over us" (Luke 19:14), and they delivered Him to the Romans to be crucified.

While those who put Jesus to death were certainly "wicked" or "lawless," we read in Acts 2:23 that all this was according to God's determined purpose. This was exactly why the Son of God came into this world-to give His life on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world (I Pet. 3:18, I John 2:2). He, "Himself, bore our sins in His own body on the tree" (I Pet. 2:24). Isaiah prophesied of the great sacrifice that He would make for us: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed" (Isa. 53:5).

It was through His death that Jesus brought peace. Romans 3:23 tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Our sin separates us from God, for He is holy, and we are under the penalty of death (Rom. 6:23), but even in this terrible condition, God loved us; so much that He was willing to send His only-begotten Son into the world to become the propitiation for our sins (Rom. 3:24-26, I John 2:2). Jesus' death on the cross satisfied God's holy and righteous requirement. This One, who knew no sin, become "sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (II Cor. 5:21). When we simply believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, God justifies us; He declares us to be righteous in His sight. The result of being justified is described in Romans 5:1: ''Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. " We, who once were enemies of God, are reconciled to God through the death of His Son (Rom. 5:10).

Many today are longing for "peace on earth" between men and nations, but, sadly, there is no peace. Wars and threats of wars continue with no peace in sight. The Scriptures teach that there will be peace on earth one day, but only when the Lord Jesus Christ, our risen and ascended Savior, returns to earth to fulfill the promises made to the nation of Israel. The Prince of peace will establish His kingdom on this earth and-His people, Israel, will rule and reign with Him. This is a peace that man can never hope to achieve through his own efforts.

Others are longing for peace in their own hearts and lives. This is a peace that is possible, but, once again, not by our own efforts. This peace only comes when we have "peace with God" through the Lord Jesus Christ. When we trust in Christ as our Savior, not only do we have "peace with God," we are also filled with "joy and peace in believing" "by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Rom. 15:13, Gal. 5:22). This wonderful "peace of God," which is beyond our understanding, then keeps or guards our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7).

If you are longing for true peace in your own heart and life, you can have it this very day, even this very moment, by simply believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work on the cross of Calvary; that He died for your sins and rose again the third day (Acts 16:31, I Cor. 15:3-4). It's not by any works of righteousness on your part (Tit. 3:5), but all by God's grace---His gift of eternal life (Eph. 2:8-9, Rom. 6:23).

Won't you trust Him today and experience this wonderful peace? You can have "peace with God" and the "peace of God" in your heart and life. This is truly "good will toward men."

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Keith

NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH

THE GREATEST NAME EVER


ISAIAH 9

6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.

When I teach English to my Chinese students, they have to be given English names and last month six new ones came at once and so I had to think quickly of new names.
I give them the names that come quickest into my head, but this is not the case with Jesus as He has the best names ever given to anyone.
Many people use the precious name of Jesus as a swear word, but the names given to him are truly amazing.
First of all we see his Humanity verse 6. He came as a child not as a conquering king, he will one day come as a King, but when he came at first, he came born in a humble stable.
To us God has given the greatest gift, all the gifts you can receive at Christmas, isn't this thegreatest one?
So why does Jesus remain unwrapped by the majority of people at Christmas?
Look at the words that are placed in front of Counsellor, God, Father and Peace.
Wonderful.. Jesus is truly beyond words..he is the ultimate guide.
Mighty.. Jesus can do anything.. he has all power at his disposal
Everlasting.. He was there before creation with the Father and the Spirit
Prince of .. He is peace.. He brings peace.. but most importantly..He makes peace through his death on the cross for us. we have peace with God.
Surely John Newton got tit right when he wrote

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.
It makes the wounded spirit whole,
And calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul,
And to the weary, rest.
Dear Name, the Rock on which I build,
My Shield and Hiding Place,
My never failing treasury, filled
With boundless stores of grace!
By Thee my prayers acceptance gain,
Although with sin defiled;
Satan accuses me in vain,
And I am owned a child.
One day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.. amen.
Jesus has the greatest name ever.. Let's go and tell the world about him.

God bless you
Keith


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Guest Devotion 1 by Pastor Bayo
Dearly Beloved,
WHO WILL YOU GIVE HAMPER THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON?
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).
Ordinarily, a hamper is a large basket, usually with a cover, used for the packing and carrying of articles. There has been a long tradition of community and social philanthropy and charity related to hampers, whereby persons or community groups donate to needy people a hamper of food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning products, or other household necessities, to assist with their family needs. Until recently, in the Western tradition, such hampers containing tinned or packaged goods are given out to employees, business clients, family and friends during Christmas season, though some people do so anytime of the year. This practice is somehow associated with the Boxing Day.
Interestingly, the purpose of giving of hampers during this season has been defeated as most people are giving it for selfish motives. This is applicable to corporate bodies that give hampers out to their clients. Many of these organizations are using hampers as a way of endearing their clients more to the organizations. Even many of those that are receiving the gifts are selfish too, as only the superior officers share the gifts, neglecting the junior staff.
Jesus Christ is the greatest Hamper of all time given by God not because of Himself but because of the salvation of the world. The most popular verse of the Bible, John 3:16, confirms this. Isaiah 9:6 says, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given...” (NKJV). Many people celebrate the Child that was born, but neglect the Son that is given and do not follow the spirit of love that made God to give the Son.
Giving of hampers should not be restricted to corporate bodies alone. Individuals can also give “hampers” to other people, especially the less privileged so that they also can celebrate this season. As you are planning to celebrate this Christmas, who will you give hamper this Christmas season?
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).


Guest Devotion 2 Sent by Nat and Margie.. please do what it says
What Christmas is all about!!

Dear Children,

It has come to my attention that many of you are upset that folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. Although, I do appreciate being remembered anytime.

How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth just, GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.

Now, having said that let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.

Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was I who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish: I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1 - 8.

If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:

1. Instead of writing protest letters objecting to the way My birthday is being celebrated, write letters of love and hope to soldiers away from home. They are terribly afraid and lonely this time of year. I know, they tell Me all the time.

2. Visit someone in a nursing home. You don't have to know them personally. They just need to know that someone cares about them.

3. Instead of writing George complaining about the wording on the cards his staff sent out this year, why don't you write and tell him that you'll be praying for him and his family this year. Then follow up. It will be nice hearing from you again.

4. Instead of giving your children a lot of gifts you can't afford and they don't need, spend time with them. Tell them the story of My birth, and why I came to live with you down here. Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.

5. Pick someone that has hurt you in the past and forgive him or her.

6. Did you know that someone in your town will attempt to take their own life this season because they feel so alone and hopeless? Since you don't know who that person is, try giving everyone you meet a warm smile it could make the difference.

7. Instead of nit picking about what the retailer in your town calls the holiday, be patient with the people who work there. Give them a warm smile and a kind word. Even if they aren't allowed to wish you a "Merry Christmas" that doesn't keep you from wishing them one. Then stop shopping there on Sunday. If the store didn't make so much money on that day they'd close and let their employees spend the day at home with their families.

8. If you really want to make a difference, support a missionary, especially one who takes My love and Good News to those who have never heard My name.

9. Here's a good one. There are individuals and whole families in your town who not only will have no "Christmas" tree, but neither will they have any presents to give or receive. If you don't know them, buy some food and a few gifts and give them to the Salvation Army or some other charity which believes in Me and they will make the delivery for you.

10. Finally, if you want to make a statement about your belief in and loyalty to Me, then behave like a Christian. Don't do things in secret that you wouldn't do in My presence. Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.

Don't forget; I am God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short. I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court. And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember -

I LOVE YOU,

JESUS

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Special Devotion and prayer requests

Thanks for joining us as I share this guest devotion and prayer requests with you, it is from an unknown author, but it is very challenging. Please share it with all your friends and groups

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God bless you
Keith and Helen

Prayer Requests
Please stand in prayer for our church in Yao Hua Men In Nanjing for the following things

Please pray for the church as we seek to reach out to the local area over the Christmas Period.

Pray for more people to come forward to be co- workers assisting Helen and Myself.

Pray for more men to become active in the Church.

Pray for China that God continue to touch this country.

Pray that the church would not compromise in any way.
Thanks and God bless
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Guest Devotion by UNKNOWN AUTHOR..this is very pointed and potent
Parable of the Fishless Fishermen
(author unknown)

Now it came to pass that a group existed who
called themselves fishermen. And lo, there were
many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the
whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes
filled with fish. And the fish were hungry.

Year after year these who called themselves
fishermen met in meetings and talked about their
call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they
might go about fishing.

Continually they searched for new and better
definitions of fishing. They sponsored costly
nationwide and worldwide congresses to discuss
fishing and to promote fishing and hear about all
the ways of fishing.

These fishermen built large, beautiful buildings
called "Fishing Headquarters." The plea was that
everyone should be a fisherman and every
fisherman should fish. One thing they didn't do,
however; they didn't fish.

They organized a board to send out fishermen to
where there were many fish. The board was
formed by those who had the great vision and
courage to speak about fishing, to define fishing,
and to promote the idea of fishing in far-away
streams and lakes where many other fish of
different colors lived.

Also the board hired staffs and appointed
committees and held many meetings to define
fishing, to defend fishing, and to decide what new
streams should be thought about. But the staff
and committee members did not fish.

Expensive training centers were built to teach
fishermen how to fish. Those who taught had
doctorates in fishology, but the teachers did not
fish. They only taught fishing. Year after year,
graduates were sent to do full-time fishing, some
to distant waters filled with fish.

Further, the fishermen built large printing houses
to publish fishing guides. A speaker's bureau was
also provided to schedule special speakers on the
subject of fishing.

Many who felt the call to be fishermen responded,
and were sent to fish. But like the fishermen back
home, they never fished.

Some also said they wanted to be part of the
fishing party, but they felt called to furnish fishing
equipment. Others felt their job was to relate to
the fish in a good way so the fish would know the
difference between good and bad fishermen.

After one stirring meeting on "The Necessity for
Fishing," a young fellow left the meeting and went
fishing. The next day he reported he had caught
two outstanding fish. He was honored for his
excellent catch and scheduled to visit all the big
meetings possible to tell how he did it.

So he quit his fishing in order to have time to tell
about the experience to the other fishermen. He
was also placed on the Fishermen's General Board
as a person having considerable experience.

Now it's true that many of the fishermen sacrificed
and put up with all kinds of difficulties. Some
lived near the water and bore the smell of dead
fish every day. They received the ridicule of some
who made fun of their fishermen's clubs and the
fact that they claimed to be fishermen yet never
fished.

They wondered about those who felt it was of
little use to attend the weekly meetings to talk
about fishing. After all, were they not following
the Master who said, "Follow me, and I will make
you fishers of men?

Imagine how hurt some were when one day a
person suggested that those who didn't catch fish
were really not fishermen, no matter how much
they claimed to be. Yet it did sound correct. Is a
person a fisherman if year after year he never
catches a fish?

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Welcome to Noonday Devotion
Thanks for joining us as we continue our build up to Christmas. 


In the next three Noonday Devotion's, we are going to be looking at three old testament verses that are significant.


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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


SHARE JESUS THIS CHRISTMAS

MICAH 5
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, you are little to be among the clans of Judah; [yet] out of you shall One come forth for Me Who is to be Ruler in Israel, Whose goings forth have been from of old, from ancient days (eternity).

Therefore shall He give them up until the time that she who travails has brought forth; then what is left of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel.
And He shall stand and feed His flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God; and they shall dwell [secure], for then shall He be great [even] to the ends of the earth.
The birth of Jesus is probably the most foretold event in history, there are many many prophecies stating various details about his birth.
One of the greatest is about his birthplace and this is in the prophet Micah. Surely he was going to be born in Jerusalem... after all that was God's city.. the home of the temple, but the privilege went to Bethlehem.
The birth of Jesus was planned in meticulous detail, everything was done in order.
The choice of Bethlehem tells us something about what God uses, it is not the biggest that gets used, it is not always the loudest and most glamorous that gets chosen.
Bethlehem was a backwater, it was somewhere that people passed through, when we are on the freeway/motorway, we go past towns and say.. well there is nothing there.. it is of no relevance.
Your town sometimes has plaques placed up for it's most famous residents or people who were born there, and so Has Bethlehem.. it is the birthplace of the ONE.. the one true Saviour/Messiah/Redeemer. The sign in Bethlehem today is JESUS WAS BORN HERE.
So if you think your life is a backwater, that no one else notices, take heart, the sign on your life is JESUS LIVES HERE..and by him living in you, you can share Him with others.
Jesus was born in Bethlehem and that town has shared him with the world.. they have shared the Saviour.. now it's your turn?
Who are you going to share Jesus with this Christmas?


God Bless you


Keith
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Guest Devotion from Gospel from India


The key to having a happy Christmas

"...you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." Matthew 1:21.

One type of letter we often get in our household is a birth announcement-
- someone announcing the birth of a child,
- a wonderful time of celebration and excitement. 

But when Jesus Christ was born-
- the ultimate birth announcement came straight from heaven when God, through His angels, said, 
- "Today in the city of David has been born for you a Savior who is Christ the Lord."

You may ask, "Why do I need a Saviour?"

God's Word is clear that we need a Saviour because all of us sin, and in the process, find ourselves separated from God. 
If we die separated, that means hell...and that's bad news. 

But Christmas is about good news-
- because Christ came to pay the penalty for our sins so that we could be forgiven and made right with God. 

For those who believe, He saves us from sin and, ultimately, hell...and that's pretty important.

As you rush around getting ready for Christmas-
- remember why He came and believe it. 

That's the key to having a happy Christmas!


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Welcome to Special devotion


I hope you appreciate this special devotion and sermon and link. Please click on the link and sermon. It is December and we are looking forward to the birth of our Saviour. The world is well busy doing everything that doesn't matter.


The sermon calls us to get our focus back to the central message of Christmas.. to Jesus.. He is the only thing that Matters.


The first people who heard of Jesus's birth were the shepherds.. amen. Truly significant.. because Jesus was the LAMB OF GOD.


The second people who saw him , were the wise men. Truly wise men come to seek Jesus this Christmas. Wise men and wise women, don't seek anything other than Jesus this Christmas.


There are some excellent sermons to listen to you this December


God bless you


Keith






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Guest Devotion by Connie


A Christmas Heart-Cry

 
In the Christmas Carol - "O Holy Night" - we hear the anointed words, referring to the Lord Jesus - "And in His Name all oppression shall cease."
 
These words remind us of the promise God made to the children of Israel, while in bondage to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt - "Now, therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto Me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them."  (Exodus 3:9)
 
Also, we have the promise given through the Prophet Isaiah to all of God's people - "In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee." (Isaiah 54:14)   
 
So many, throughout the history of mankind, have suffered"oppression" at the hand of some dictator such as Pharaoh. But all of mankind have suffered due to the oppressive control of Satan - whom Pharaoh typifies. Through "fear" and "terror," this arch enemy of God has kept people bound and oppressed so that they are not able to worship the Lord freely as they were created to do.
 
God raised up Moses to be His "tool" or "instrument" in bringing the Israelites out of Egyptian bondage. He called His Servant to this task with a Word, found in Exodus 3:10 - "Come now therefore, and I will send Thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth My people the children of Israel out of Egypt."
 
At this time - Christmas time - we celebrate - not another man like Moses coming to our rescue - but the fact that the very Son of God left Heaven's portals to be our Spiritual "Moses" - to bring us out of bondage to Satan and the World's system (which is a type of Egypt).   
 
It was as if the Father said to the Son - "Come now therefore, and I will send Thee unto Pharaoh (Satan), that Thou mayest bring forth My people (all of mankind)...out of Egypt ("deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father" - Galatians 1:4)."
 
This is why Jesus came. And this is why we joyously celebrate Christmas.
As the Carol so appropriately depicts - "And in His Name all oppression shall cease."
 
Psalms 82 and 144 depict the overall cries of mankind -
 
Psalm 82:4 says - "Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked."
Psalm 144:7 & 11 add - "Send Thine hand from above; rid meand deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children...Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood."
 
Surely, we can attest that some of our most powerful prayers ever uttered were those of very few words. In these two Psalms, we hear a prayer that has been uttered by many throughout history - "...rid me, and deliver me..."  
 
Perhaps you have not used these exact words, but this was your intent or heart's cry to the Lord God - "...rid me, and deliver me..."
 
In Psalm 82, we see the expression of Asaph's particular burden for justice to be done for the "poor and needy." Every where that he looked, he observed the "poor and fatherless" as well as the"afflicted and needy" being oppressed and wronged by "the wicked."Hence, his prayer poured forth from a burdened soul to the Judge of all the earth - "Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked."
 
In Psalm 144, we read of David's earnest cries for deliverance from his persecutors. Initially, he began his Psalm by magnifying the Lord God as He Who is "my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight." He then went on to declare what God was to him personally - "My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and He in Whom I trust; Who subdueth my people under me."
 
With his eyes totally focused on the Lord in Whom he trusted, he then fervently prayed - "Send Thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children...Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children; Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood."
 
His prayer was very simple and to the point - "...Rid me, and deliver me..."
 
In other words, tear apart, rend, snatch away, and deliver by breaking though all of the impediments, barriers, obstacles, or restraints which block my victory. 
 
"Send Thine hand from above..."
"...Rid me, and deliver me...from the hand of..."
 
The Lord Jesus is God's hand extended to you this day.
He is God's Manifested Power - reaching out to all of the earth.
 
You may be or feel that you are in the "hand" of the oppressor, but theGood News is that God sent forth His only begotten Son - His outstretched "Hand" - to "rid" you and "deliver" you from the"hand" or Power of "strangers" or enemies like the Devil himself.
 
The cry of mankind is - "Send Thine hand from above...Rid me, and deliver me...from the hand of..."
 
And you can find God's ready answer to this plea in Exodus 6:6 -"Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments."
 
Mankind's cry was and is - "Send Thine hand from above... Rid me, and deliver me...from the hand of..."

 
And God's ready answer was and is - "...I will rid you out of their bondage..."
 
Perhaps today you find yourself under the oppression of the enemy of your soul. You may specifically be oppressed by one of the Great Oppressors of all - FEAR!!!
 
Or your heart may be broken over the impossibilities that confront you at this time.
You have prayed every imaginable prayer and don't know what else to say. 
Seemingly, you have cried every tear.
Now you find yourself at a loss for words and answers.
 
Take heart this day, for the Holy Spirit - the Mighty Comforter - has come to help you pray.
 
Cry out to God as David did -  "Send Thine hand from above...Rid me, and deliver me...from the hand of..." 

Call out the name of that enemy under whose "hand" you are being oppressed. 
And then, hold on to the Mighty Promise that God is sending your way - "...I will rid you out of their bondage ..." 

 
The Great "I AM THAT I AM" is saying to you this very day - "...I will..." "...I will..." "...I will..."
Believe that as you cry out from the very depths of your being - "Rid me...Rid me...Rid me..." - that He, in turn, will "rid you out of their bondage..."
 
This is why Jesus came. He came to "rid you out of their bondage ..." and to make you "...far from oppression..."
 
Make this your heart-cry during this Christmas season and watch God manifest His Mighty Power by extending His "Hand" - the Awesome Presence and Glory of His Only Begotten Son - the Lord Jesus - on your behalf.
 
Pray this Christmas Prayer and then believe for a Christmas Miracle to come to you and yours.
 
Remember - "And in His Name all oppression shall cease."  
May God Bless His Word,
 

Connie
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  (Isaiah 54:17)

                                    
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Post  Admin on Fri 29 Nov 2013, 8:12 pm

Welcome to Noonday Devotion


What a thrill it is to share with you once again.It is a real privilege to be able to write and to listen to what God wants me to say to his people. These are not my ideas, I have no bible knowledge, no bible college training and it took me three times to pass my English exam, so I am no wordsmith as one popular christian author claims to be


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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


HOLY UNTO THE LORD PART 2






1 Corinthians 6


18 Shun immorality and all sexual looseness [flee from impurity in thought, word, or deed]. Any other sin which a man commits is one outside the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against his own body.
19 Do you not know that your body is the temple (the very sanctuary) of the Holy Spirit Who lives within you, Whom you have received [as a Gift] from God? You are not your own,
20 You were bought with a price [purchased with a [[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 cor 6&version=AMP#fen-AMP-28486b]b[/url]]preciousness and paid for, [[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1 cor 6&version=AMP#fen-AMP-28486c]c[/url]]made His own]. So then, honor God and bring glory to Him in your body.
Last week we saw that whoever we serve and give our bodies to, becomes our master.
We had the doctrinal part set out there that we are connected to Christ, but in the following verses, we have the practical out workings of how to avoid sexual fornication.
Realise that Paul was talking to the Corinthians here.. this was one of the most idolatrous cities in the world at that time.. it had temples all over it.. every sexual perversion was to be found in Corinth.
What is the first thing Paul says.. Shun or Flee vs 18.  Literally this means to turn and run in the opposite direction.. it means to do the complete opposite.  In 1 Timothy 6, Paul says to his protege, that he is to flee youthful lusts, this means to become a fugitive from it. Flee lust, do everything you can to get away from it, it will happen that these temptations will come, but you must do like Joseph.. when he was faced with this temptation.. it says He left his coat and got him out..in other words he ran like Usain Bolt in the other direction.
Why do we flee from sexual sin, because living inside of us, is the Holy Spirit of God, who is a real person, who can be grieved and hurt. He is in control of your body, he lives in it.
The believer has been bought by the precious blood of Calvary, ownership of your life has been switched and you are no longer in control of your own destiny or indeed what happens in your life. 
Your role is not to glorify yourself, but in everything to glorify God and to bring honour to Him, this means running from sexual fornication and yielding yourselves unto Christ.
This means:
Avoiding websites with sexual images
Not watching TV programmes with sexual imagery.. how many Christian's watch Desperate Housewives and shows like that and then expect God to bless them.
Not reading novels that have sexual/romantic fantasies in them
Be like Job in Chapter 31 I MADE A COVENANT WITH MY EYES NOT TO LOOK WITH LUST UPON A GIRL. Make a covenant with your eyes to do this.
Avoid shops that sell and promote newspapers and magazines that promote sexual images.. very difficult.. but it can be done.
Be a one woman or one man person.. in your marriage.  and be prepared to flee.. it will happen believer.. so get in shape and be alert.. oh and get yourself a good pair of running shoes 
Get serious with bible study and prayer, seek the face of God
if you  have a problem in this area, ask people you can trust to join with you in prayer. Seek counsel of Godly men/women including your pastor
If you have given in to sexual immorality, then stop it. Go to God in prayer and repentance. If you are a christian man/woman engaged in an affair.. break it off.. ASAP
Let me finish with a word of personal testimony, I have suffered from a sexual sin for a number of years, I now have victory over that sin, but it is a daily victory and won through much  prayer and struggle.. whatever it takes.. you have the win this battle.this is one battle you cannot afford to lose.. this is why the devil's major attack today is on people's purity. 
The good news is that the Holy Spirit who lives in you, will help you, you have all the power of God at your disposal.. amen

God bless you
Keith







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Special edition: ARE YOU HOT OR COLD or JUST LUKEWARM?


Revelation 3:14-16 (KJV)
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would you were cold or hot.
16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.


We are in the Laodicean age. It's the last age mentioned in the Bible. It's an age of SELF RIGHTS. Everybody has their RIGHTS to defend. That's the spirit of the world. The truth is NOBODY has a RIGHT to ANYTHING except the right GOD gives them. MEN can't hand out RIGHTS though they certainly TRY to. Laodicea was the wealthiest of the seven cities. Known for its banking industry, manufacture of wool, and a medical school that produced eye salve, but the city always had a problem with its water supply. That's the problem with riches. It makes it hard for the washing of the Word to happen. Living waters don't tend to pour out among the rich because they think they don't need God. At one time an aqueduct was built to bring water to the city from hot springs, but by the time the water reached the city, it was neither hot nor refreshingly cool—only lukewarm. The church had become as bland as the tepid water that came into the city. It's hard for someone to serve God with all their heart and soul and MIND when they have a large sum of money to manage. The managing of that MONEY takes too much of their time and attention. God doesn't want us to give Him half hearted service. He wants ALL of us. ALL that we are, ALL that we have. He doesn't want us to hold ANYTHING back.
Numbers 32:10-12 (NKJV)
10 So the Lord’s anger was aroused on that day, and He swore an oath, saying,
11 ‘Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me, 
12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the Lord.’


Following God in a lukewarm fashion can hold back the promises of God for one's life. Don't be a FENCE sitter. There is no MIDDLE with God. We can't have one foot in the world and the other foot in God. We have to make up our minds and get off the FENCE. Are the things of this world more important, or is GOD more important. Just DECIDE.
Mark 8:32-35 (NKJV)
32 He spoke this word openly. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him.
33 But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”
34 When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.
35 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.


In this moment, Peter was not considering God's purposes, but only his natural human desires and feelings. He wanted Christ to be King, but not the suffering servant prophesied in Isaiah 53. He was ready to receive the glory of following the Messiah, but not the persecution.
The Christian life is not a paved road to wealth and ease. It often involves hard work, persecution, deprivation, and deep suffering. Peter saw only part of the picture. Don't repeat his mistake—instead, focus on the good that God can bring out of apparent evil, and the resurrection that follows crucifixion. Unknowingly, the disciples were trying to prevent Jesus from going to the cross and thus fulfilling His mission on earth. Satan also tempted Jesus to avoid the way of the cross. Jesus used carrying a cross to illustrate the ultimate submission required of His followers. He didn't mean they should pick up and carry their PROBLEMS. THOSE belong to the LORD to carry. He meant we should pick up and carry our REDEMPTION and the LIFE we have in CHRIST. He is not against pleasure, nor is He saying that we should seek pain needlessly. He is talking about the heroic effort needed to follow Him moment by moment, to do HIS Will even when the work is difficult and the future looks bleak or when HIS WILL might mean we don't something we think we really WANT. We must be willing to lose our lives for the sake of the Gospel, not because our lives are useless, but because nothing—not even life itself—can compare to what we gain with Christ. Jesus wants us to CHOOSE to follow HIM rather than to lead a life of sin and self-satisfaction. He wants us to stop trying to control our own destiny and to let Him direct us. This makes good sense because, as the Creator, He knows better than we do what real life is about. He asks for submission, not self-hatred; He asks us only to lose our self-centered determination to BE IN CHARGE. Instead of saying, well, this is what I want and don't SEE any reason the Lord wouldn't want it to happen that way...try SEEKING the Lord and ASKING Him what HIS Will is in ALL your situations. REALIZE that HIS ways are FAR above ours and that we can't SEE with His eyes unless He opens OURS to see as HE sees. Yield it ALL to God. He ALWAYS wants the BEST for us. We don't have to be AFRAID to say, “What do YOU want me to do, Lord?” It's a PRIVILEGE to be able to do that. It's a way to VICTORY if we can just get out of our own minds and desires.


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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


HOLY UNTO THE LORD PART 1


1 Corinthians 6




15 Do you not see and know that your bodies are members (bodily parts) of Christ (the Messiah)? Am I therefore to take the parts of Christ and make [them] parts of a prostitute? Never! Never!
16 Or do you not know and realize that when a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? The two, it is written, shall become one flesh.
17 But the person who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him.


What a wonderful passage we are looking at for the next two weeks amen.
Being a christian is not just becoming a new creature, we are actually joined to Christ.
So when we are living in sin and impurity, we are joining ourselves to a prostitute as this passage states. Would you ever dream of securing the services of a prostitute?.. NEVER EVER NEVER.
Because when we sin, we align our spirits with the devil, when we repent, we move out of that zone. When we align ourselves with Christ and his sufferings, God is pleased to bless us. 
In Romans 6 and 7, Paul stated that whoever we serve, becomes our master, if we yield ourselves to Sin, it becomes our master, but if we yield ourselves to Christ, he becomes our master. 
You are joined to Christ, so how can someone, who is united to Christ, continue in sin and join himself/herself to the prostitute of sin.
The next time you sin.. by sinning you are aligning yourself with the devil.  but by resisting sin and standing strong in Christ's power you are aligning yourself with God and he  will give you  all his boundless resources to continue to stand strong.
Give yourself completely to Christ believer.. be his slave and be not the slave of sin. Sin has no more power over you.. amen

God bless you
Keith





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Guest poem by Susan Hughes


"For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the LORD withhold
from those who walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11)
 
YOU ARE MY PROVIDER O LORD
MY VERY PRESENT HELP IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES
YOU PROMISE YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME
AND YOU DON'T!
 
YOU REMAIN BY MY SIDE
IN TIMES OF DOUBT
IN TIMES OF FEAR
IN TIMES OF QUESTIONING WHEN A LOVED ONE IS TAKEN
IN TIMES OF HOMESICKNESS
IN TIMES OF SADNESS YOU ARE THERE TO WIPE AWAY MY TEARS
TO REASSURE ME THAT TIME WILL HEAL
LOVE FROM OTHERS WILL HEAL
 
YOU SHOW ME THAT CARING FOR AND FROM OTHERS
WILL LIFT THE PAIN OF MISSING LOVED ONES WHEN
BEING SO FAR AWAY HERE IN THIS FOREIGN LAND.
 
YOU PROVIDE OUR EVERY NEED O LORD
THANKSGIVING IS A WORD AS NATURAL AS BREATHING
TO ONE WHO LOVES YOU WITH THEIR WHOLE HEART, MIND, SOUL AND STRENGTH
THE STRENGTH OF THAT LOVE CARRIES US THROUGH
THE POWER OF THAT LOVE KEEPS US GOING FORWARD FROM DAY TO DAY
THE GLORY OF YOUR LOVE CAN BE SEEN ALL AROUND
TO THOSE WHO HAVE CRYSTAL CLEAR SIGHT THROUGH THE CERTAINTY
OF THEIR BELIEF IN YOU.
 
HOW CAN WE NOT BELIEVE?
YOU ARE IN THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE
THE STARS GENTLY TWINKLING
THE MOON IN ITS EERIE BEAUTY EACH NIGHT
THE SUN IN ITS RADIANCE LIGHTING UP YOUR SKIES EACH DAY
YOU ARE IN THE SMILES ON OUR FACES
IN THE LOVE WE SHOW FOR EACH OTHER
IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO LOVE LIKE YOU O LORD.
 
HELP US THIS DAY AND EVERY DAY O LORD
TO EMBRACE YOU MORE
TO LOVE YOU MORE
TO BE ALL THAT WE CAN BE
NOT BECAUSE OF MAN BUT BECAUSE IN DOING SO WE HONOR YOU
AND ULTIMATELY OURSELVES
 
TO BE CONTENT WITH WHAT WE HAVE
TO BE RID OF THE EXTRANEOUS SO THAT OUR MINDS ARE UNCLUTTERED
SO THAT WE EXPERIENCE FREEDOM IN IT'S TRUEST FORM
GIVE US MORE DESIRE, MORE AND MORE HUNGER TO
SEEK YOU O LORD
NOT TO HOLD ANY PART OF US BACK IN FEAR THAT IF WE SURRENDER
WE LOSE CONTROL
HELP US TO BE CONSTANT IN OUR SURRENDER OF OUR WHOLE SELVES
INTO YOUR EVER LOVING ARMS.
 
THANK YOU LORD!
 
AMEN!


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Re: special Simply Scripture (from Keith of Noonday Devotionals)

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Thanks and God bless
Keith

Special sermon
This is the third in the wonderful series on sexual purity


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SPECIAL DEVOTION BY BOB BUTLER
Keith's note
Don't be put off by the title.. this is one of the best articles I have ever read..by the way I am a committed christian.. but am in complete Surrender to God?


Keith
Why I’m Not a Committed Christian (And Why That’s a Good Thing)

Adrian Rogers, the dynamic preacher, teacher, evangelist, pastor and man of God who has gone home to be with the Lord, once told a story of a trip to Romania and a conversation he had with his translator, Josef Tson.  Josef Tson was a revered pastor in his own right and served as the president of the Romanian Missionary Society.  Reading this discussion led to an “aha” moment for me as it talked about the difference between the words “commitment” and “surrender.”  As I began to research this difference between words I came across this article written by Bob Butler.  Bob works with a Christian organization in Cambodia. He states “Surrender has become a new perspective for my faith as I continue to learn to obey Christ fully.”  Why try to write something already well written.  I hope you will not only enjoy what Bob has to say but apply it to your own faith walk with our LORD.

Why I’m Not a Committed Christian (And Why That’s a Good Thing)[1]
By Bob Butler
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“Most often I hear from God through study and reading the Bible. Sometimes His guidance works through a sermon or the spoken word. Occasionally the still, small voice is obvious during my quiet time. But, once in a while, it takes a whack on the side of the head.
One such head whacking occurred some time ago. In The Incredible Power of Kingdom Authority I read about a conversation between the late Adrian Rogers and Josef Tson, the revered Romanian pastor, author, and president of the Romanian Missionary Society who survived years of persecution and exile under cruel Communist rule. Rogers asked Dr. Tson for his perception of American Christianity.
I was surprised by Tson’s answer. After some hesitation, he replied, ‘Well, Adrian, since you have asked me, I’ll tell you. The key word in American Christianity is commitment.’ Rather than being a positive thing, he saw it as an inadequate replacement of an older Christian teaching: surrender.
Tson described the difference, ‘When you make a commitment, you are still in control, no matter how noble the thing you commit to. One can commit to pray, to study the Bible, to give his money, or to commit to automobile payments, or to lose weight. Whatever he chooses to do, he commits to. But surrender is different. If someone holds a gun and asks you to lift your hands in the air as a token of surrender, you don’t tell that person what you are committed to. You simply surrender and do as you are told. . . . Americans love commitment because they are still in control. But the key word is surrender. We are to be slaves to the Lord Jesus Christ.’

WHACK! I was stunned. Like most American Christians, I had made innumerable commitments to God. As a preacher, I had asked in hundreds of sermons for congregations to make various kinds of commitments. Now, unexpectedly, a core assumption of my vocabulary of faith was being disputed. I felt the wind knocked out of me.
Was Josef Tson correct? And if so, then why did he consider this to be such a critical issue? I immediately sensed he was speaking the truth, but knew I would have a lot of work to do to grasp the full meaning of what he said.
The Lens of Surrender
As I pondered, I realized Tson was right in identifying the root issue as control. My commitments seek to gain the blessings of God without giving up autonomy. My commitments may be righteous or noble but are merely promises about what I will do and depend entirely on me. I am retaining control to some degree, as if I could negotiate with God’s sovereignty.
Surrender concedes that in the battle of wills, God has already won. Surrender begins with the understanding that I am not God’s partner—not even a junior partner. He is my creator and absolute Lord. I am ruined and worthless without Him. Surrender is really so distasteful to us because it exposes the core issue of our sin: pride.
The characters and stories and teachings of the Bible began to look different as I read them through surrender-colored lenses. Two anointed kings, Saul and David, markedly illustrate the contrast of commitment and surrender. No doubt, Saul was a committed worshipper of Jehovah, but deliberate disobedience exposed his lack of total surrender. At Gilgal, impatience drove him to perform a sacrifice specifically prescribed to be offered only by the priest, Samuel (I Samuel 13). Later, Saul purposely disobeyed the Lord’s instructions to destroy the Amalekites totally (1 Samuel 15).
On the other hand, David’s highest priority was his relationship with the Lord. David was obviously as great a sinner as Saul. His family was dysfunctional. He made errors in worshipping the Lord and administering the kingdom. Yet there was never a doubt that David was absolutely surrendered to the glory of God, as evidenced by his response to the rebuke of the prophet Nathan, his attitude when his baby son died, and his abandoned worship as the Ark of the Covenant was brought to Jerusalem.
I also saw the distinction between surrender and commitment in John 6. Here, Jesus feeds five thousand people. Then, seeking solitude with God, He leaves the crowd. They followed him, expecting more miracles and food. Jesus challenged their motives and told them He was the only spiritual food they needed. Their reaction is enlightening:
 
From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

“You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.
Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that you are the Holy One of Israel.” —Jn. 6:66-69
Before my head whacking, I interpreted this episode as a crisis between the uncommitted crowd and the committed few. I now saw it as the difference between the merely committed crowd and the surrendered twelve. The multitude was committed . . . to a point. The Bible even calls them disciples. They had simply reached the end of their commitment. In contrast, the Twelve were fully surrendered. As Peter expressed, they allowed themselves no alternative other than following Jesus: ‘Lord, to whom shall we go?’
Commitment versus Surrender
How is commitment and surrender different for us? Looking at how the attitudes impact significant areas of spiritual life helped clarify the differences.
Priorities. In large degree, our secular culture measures a person’s worth in terms of success, winning, and accumulating. In this view, where winning is everything, surrender is unthinkable—even surrender to God. Commitment is acceptable, but surrender is considered foolish and perhaps dangerous. All that is associated with surrender—yielding, submission, obedience, self-denial, dying to self—either falls on deaf ears and hard hearts or else evokes hostility from those of us saturated with Western standards.
I once served in an exceptionally difficult ministry situation on the island of Maui. (I know what you’re thinking, but it really was tough.) After a couple of years, I decided to get out, and put my name in my denomination’s candidate pool to be considered for a different situation. Nothing happened for more than a year. One day, after whining to God about it, I just gave up. I said, ‘Lord, if you want to leave me on this rock for the rest of my life, that’s up to you.’ I did not decide to stay or leave; I just left it up to God. I believe God was waiting for me to pray that prayer. My commitment in that place had long since expired, but my surrender to the Lord opened the door to joy and peace and effectiveness.
I served in that position for two more years—joyfully—until I was called to another congregation. Looking back, I now see the damage that could have been done to my family, the Maui church, and the new church, if I had insisted on forcing my will into that situation.
           Discipleship. My repeated failure to live up to my commitments has been an overwhelming source of frustration in my Christian walk. A growing desire emerged to get off the merry-go-round of making promises to God and to embrace the simple, joyful life of believing God’s promises. I needed a surrendered heart in place of a list of commitments and goals, accomplished or not.
As Mary Poppins said, we make piecrust promises all the time—easily made and easily broken. Every time we use a credit card, we are promising to pay for that meal or DVD or plane ticket. We hardly think about it, but that habit of making easy promises often is at work in Sunday-morning pledges to God or the church or self . . . to change or do or go or give. And, like credit cards for many, we are surprised and overwhelmed when those promises accumulate and we are unable to honor the debt we have created.
When I first learned to have a quiet time, it was a major struggle to spend ten minutes in prayer and Bible reading each morning. Wanting more, I proudly and piously committed to half an hour a day, then one hour a day. I found I could not live up to the commitment. Things might go well for a few days or weeks, and then I would fail my standard. I felt defeated instead of blessed. After I discovered the meaning of surrender, I learned to let the Lord set the agenda and draw me to Himself. I was astonished, not at the length of my quiet times, but at the discovery that the Lord sought me throughout the day. My time with God was no longer an obligation but an opportunity.
Relationship. Commitment sets limits or boundaries to relationships. Commitments are always partial and restricted. Commitment makers never give away the farm, but carefully define limits of time, cost, etc. Surrender gives away the farm . . . and everything on it. The multitudes in the John 6 episode demonstrated the limit of how far they would follow Jesus. They had reached their self-defined spiritual boundary and would go no farther.
Commitment is the mindset of the consumer; surrender is the attitude of the beloved. God woos us and paid dearly for our love. Christ invites us into relationship with Him, but He does not bargain or renegotiate. The Twelve continued to enjoy intimacy with the Lord because they were willing to follow wherever He led. They did not yet fully understand what being a follower meant, but they knew who had the words of eternal life. They were in love with Jesus and trusted Him totally. Commitment invites Jesus along for the ride, but surrender gives Him the steering wheel . . . and signs over the title of the car too.
How Do I Surrender to God?
My conclusion was that I had no choice but to surrender. But how was I to go about it? Jesus gave us the answer: ‘If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me’ (Mt. 16:24). There is no more elegant and simple description of surrender than these ancient words.
Taking up my cross daily means to pursue God’s will in the place of my own. Surrender is setting aside my ambition and agenda and desires in order to pursue God’s. Jesus perfectly demonstrated this surrender at Gethsemane when he prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done’ (Luke 22:42).
The surrendered disciple prays like her surrendered master, saying, ‘Father, if my problem or pain or illness or loneliness can be part of accomplishing your will, do not take it away.’
Jesus’ invitation of ‘follow me’ means to obey Him absolutely. While drinking coffee early one Rocky Mountain morning at our favorite vacation campsite, I suffered another head-whacking reality check. At my age then, I collided with the indisputable fact that I could reasonably assume about three-quarters of my life and ministry had passed. The question that emerged was, How will I play the last quarter? Going through the motions? Sitting on the bench? Playing it safe? Finishing strong?
I did not know what or where ‘follow Me’ meant here, but I somehow understood that this was a surrender moment. Pulling out an old sports cliché, I prayed, ‘Lord, I want to leave it all on the field.’ I never imagined the great adventure the Lord had in store for me, spiritually and geographically.


The Surprise of Surrender
In Absolute Surrender, Andrew Murray wrote, ‘We find the Christian life so difficult because we seek for God’s blessing while we live in our own will.’ Making commitments can be our subtle attempts to get God’s blessings while holding on to our own authority and lifestyle. Many fear that surrender will cost too much or make them miserable.
The surprise of surrender is that by giving control of everything we have and are to God we gain the blessings we desire. That is counter intuitive to our human nature, but Jesus promised, ‘Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it’ (Matthew 16:25).
Giving control of my life to God means I am not in control . . . and what a relief that is! It is the secret source of peace. Failure, frustration, and disappointment are the legacy of commitment, because it is always about me and depends entirely on me to achieve some outcome. Surrender takes ‘me’ out of the equation. As I heard a person once say, ‘When I began to follow Christ, I resigned as General Manager of the Universe.’
When I acknowledge that Jesus is my sovereign and not my peer, He begins to transform me. C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity, ‘The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.’ When we deny ourselves, we find ourselves.
In my surrender journey, I have discovered joy and delight and peace. I feel less pressure to achieve. I do not have to struggle to solve every problem. I do not have to fight to protect what I have. I am less concerned about the future and enjoy today more. I am learning to trust my absolutely trustworthy master.
Of course, the inconvenient truth is that if we are not surrendered, we are not really free and in control at all. The Bible says we are either slaves to sin or surrendered slaves to Christ.
I must choose to surrender to Christ. I do not want to leave him. Where else would I go?[/font][/color]

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It is wonderful the effect of a single verse of Scripture
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Dear Friends
I make no apology for sharing this newsletter with you.


The following verses say it all
1 Cor 12
26 And if one member suffers, all the parts [share] the suffering; if one member is honored, all the members [share in] the enjoyment of it.
Hebrews 13
Remember those who are in prison as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are ill-treated, since you also are liable to bodily sufferings.


Please please get involved the suffering Church.. get your church involved. You may say.. why.. well Because it is one of the evidences that you are truly saved.. amen.


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Please please get involved.. I live in China.. I attend an unregistered church. I am honoured to do this.


Every week I will send this newsletter.. persecution won't stop.. the devil is very active.. but he is defeated .. amen.


At the bottom is a devotional, sermon and website.. please read and listen as we cant get enough of the pureness of God's word.. amen


Thanks and God bless you
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Special Sermon


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Voice of the Martrys Newsletter


"We don't pray to be better Christians, but that we may be
the only kind of Christians God means us to be; Christ-like Christians;
that is, Christians who will bear willingly the cross for God's glory."
-- A note smuggled from Communist Romania
SYRIA: Christians Massacred in Rebel Attack
Sources: Barnabas Aid, Christian Today, The Augusta Chronicle
Dozens of people were killed when Islamist rebels besieged the Christian town of Sadad (northeast of Damascus). Thousands fled the violence, many with just the clothes on their backs. Those who took money, documents or other valuables were robbed. Homes, businesses, schools and other public buildings, including a hospital, were looted and destroyed; church buildings were attacked and graffitied with insults against Christianity.
Members from an al-Qaeda-linked group stormed Sadad on October 21st shouting "Allahu Akhbar" ("Allah is great"). They set up sniper posts and launched a campaign of shelling, killing anyone they found on the streets. Children were crying in fear as the militants took over the town.
Reportedly, government forces had recaptured Sadad on October 28th, enabling the citizens to return to their homes. However, the surviving victims of the attack arrived to a scene which was described as "catastrophic." Almost 40 bodies had been dumped in mass graves and had to be dug up to be identified. About half of the buildings in Sadad had been destroyed; and there was no power, water or telephone connection. These suffering believers greatly need our prayers....
In the midst of so much devastation and loss, may the Christians of Sadad and other attacked Syrian communities be greatly comforted. Pray that God, who understands their plight, will intervene mightily on their behalf, providing all that is necessary to rebuild their lives and communities. On behalf of these Syrian believers, please also pray that the 'Angel of the Lord' would encamp around them (Psalm 34:7), protecting them and their loved ones from any further attacks while quieting their troubled hearts with the 'peace that surpasses all understanding' (Philippians 4:7).
To view a four-minute video clip on the attack of Maaloula, another neighbouring Christian town located near the city of Damascus, please go to:www.persecution.tv/syria1.
 
MEXICO: Evangelicals Beaten and Imprisoned by Local Authorities
Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Release International, Morningstar News
Four evangelical Christians were unjustly imprisoned and beaten by order of local authorities in Mexico's south-western state of Oaxaca. On November 4th, the municipal president publicly called citizens to "demolish the temple; (and to) lynch, imprison and torture" members of the Pentecostal church in San Juan Ozolotepec. This provoked the abduction and incarceration of Rev. Leopoldo Alonso and three church members the following day.
Human rights officials say a mob of traditionalists, armed with pickaxes and sledgehammers, attacked the church building and severely beat four church members with rods and stones. With the backing of police, state officials intervened and the four Christian men were released and hospitalized for their injuries on November 8th.
The town has been a cauldron of religious discrimination for some time. Church members reported that in May, municipal president, Pedro Cruz González, threatened to burn them and throw their bodies into a canyon if they did not renounce their faith. The municipal leader also responded to the Protestants' public appeal for state intervention by incarcerating a church member in July. The main issue at stake is the church's refusal to join and fund local traditionalist festivals.
The National Commission for Human Rights has filed a complaint about the case in San Juan Ozolotepec. The Commission reports that cases of religious intolerance are on the rise in Mexico, particularly in rural areas and regions with a significant indigenous population. While religious freedoms are constitutionally enshrined in Mexico, state and federal reluctance to intervene has allowed intolerance to spread. To learn more about the challenges facing evangelical Christians in Mexico, go to www.persecution.net/mexico.htm.
We offer thanks to God for the release and medical care of Rev. Alonso and his three church members -- Manuel Martínez Silva, Miguel Silva Reyes and Plácido Aragón. Please pray for their physical healing, and that courage and strength be granted to all who are being persecuted in this embattled town. May the municipal president, Pedro Cruz González, be confronted about his sin against God's people, reminding him and all other governing authorities of the importance of serving with justice and truth. Lift up the country of Mexico in prayer, asking that the Light of the Gospel will shine brightly...even in areas of darkness where there is discrimination, hatred and social turmoil.


LAOS: Believers Falsely Accused for Villagers' Deaths
Source: VOM Sources
A group of new Christians in a Laotian village have been blamed for the unrelated deaths of three men. When the deaths occurred shortly after the conversion of the believers, the rest of the community concluded that they had angered their ancestors.
In March 2013, two evangelists shared the Gospel in three remote villages of Laos. As a result, 178 people received Christ and 18 were baptized. Shortly afterward, three men from one of the villages died from unrelated causes. One was given the wrong medicine, one died in his sleep, and the third was accidentally electrocuted while trying to run a cable line.
The shaken community consulted a witch doctor who concluded that the strange new religion that was introduced to the community had angered their ancestors. "Those Christians have to renounce their faith or they have to leave the village!" he warned. "Otherwise, more people will die."
The community leader became angry with the new Christians and called a meeting for the whole village; army and police officials were present. At the meeting, the village authorities ordered the believers to renounce their faith. They also forced the Christians to cover the travel expenses of the army and police officials, and to pay for the funeral costs of all three people who had died. Previously posted alerts of persecution in Laos are available at www.persecution.net/laos.htm.
Praise God for the great spiritual harvest that has taken place in Laos this year due to the evangelists' ministry among the villagers. Pray for His protection to be upon these new believers so that the enemy of their souls will not be able to jeopardize or thwart the wonderful work that He has begun in each of their lives. Ask the Lord to encourage and strengthen them spiritually so they will be able to stand firmly in their faith despite opposition, knowing that He has also promised to be their Defender and Vindicator (Isaiah 54:17).
Use your Christmas vacation to learn more about the persecuted church and earn college credits at the same time. More information is available at: www.okwu.edu/share/global-studies.

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Guest Devotion


CHRISTIAN HUSBANDS, ARE WE GUILTY OF ABUSE?
Written By: Brother Jerry H. Miller
 
Dear Fellow Christian Husbands,
 
This is an essay, not a Bible study or a sermon. In this essay I am going to speak my mind in love, and I believe what I have to say in Biblically based.
 
To many of us Christian men have taken the Scripture's commandment that our wife is to be submissive to us way out of context! In no way or no where does the Bible teach that our wife is to be treated like a slave or even as one of our children. While we are commanded to discipline our children, We are not told to discipline our wife. That is God's duty!
 
As A Matter Of Fact, We Husbands, As Representatives Of Christ In Our Marriage, Are To Be The Servant - Leaders Of Our Wife.
 
Ephesians 5: 25-33 ~ And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word. F10 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. 29 No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church. 30 And we are his body. 31 As the Scriptures say, "A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one." F11 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. (New Living Translation)
 
Ask yourself if you are like Jesus in His dealings with His disciples. Did he not wash His disciple's feet? Did He not minister to their needs? Did He not come to their rescue when they were in trouble? Did He not take them aside and give them a time of rest when they were weary?
 
And what about how He presently ministers to His Church? Isn't He always ready to offer the church His full attention? Hasn’t He promised to always comfort us? Did He not tell us to feel free to come into His presence to express our request? Does He not intercede with the Heavenly Father for our needs? Did He not love us enough to give up His life for our needs, suffering one of the cruelest forms of death imaginable? Hasn't He promised to never leave or forsake us? Has He ever made us a promise that He hasn't kept? Did He not say that He came to minister to others and not the other way around?
 
Our wife is not our servant, our child, or a "second class human." She is our help mate. She is "one flesh" with us. Our wife is not placed in our life to fulfill our whims! 
 
Husbands, I am warning you: if you don't treat your wife with love, tenderness, compassion, gentleness, dignity, and respect, you are a failure at being a Christ- like man. You WILL harm your relationship with your wife, and she will lose all respect and trust in you.
 
If We Do Not Treat Our Wives As Jesus Instructs Us Too, We Are Guilty Of Abuse.
 
1 Timothy 5:3-16 - Honour widows that are widows indeed. 4 But if any widows have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety F7 at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 6 But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 7 And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, F8 he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
 
If We Don’t Love Our Wife, Children, and other family members and provide for them as we should, in the sight of God we are committing a horrible sin; so serious He devotes a lot of attention to teaching us about it extremely thoroughly.
 
Let Me Very Clear, We Are Instructed To Love Our Wives. Let Me Return Back To Ephesians 5: 25
 
Verse:25, And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her
 
Verses 28-29, In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man is actually loving himself when he loves his wife. 29 No one hates his own body but lovingly cares for it, just as Christ cares for his body, which is the church.
 
Sadly, many Christians love their congregation and their pastors far more than they do their wives. They certainly love themselves more than they do their wife and their family. Does that please God? I don’t believe so.
 
I list here what Christian wives say they NEED from their husbands. You may choose to learn from it, or disregard it. But it is my strong opinion that if you disregard it, you will hurt yourself in the long run.
 
 
 
“HELPER HINTS” SUBMITTED BY WIVES:
(Not listed in any particular order. This list ways shared with me by someone in the past. Who, I don’t remember.)
 
1)     Be my best friend.
2)     I need to know you call my name in your prayers
3)     Hold me when I cry.
4)     Show and tell me that you love me often, and leave no doubt about it in my mind.
5)     Show me your approval when I make a decision that is good.
6)     Talk to me about what’s important to you and to me.
7)     Listen to me and don’t treat me like I am stupid and don’t know anything.
8)     I need intimacy, and not just sexually. Anyone can have sex, but it takes a real man to be intimate,
9)     Make me feel wanted and trusted in the things I can do for you.
10)  Don’t try to make me like your mother. 
11)  Remember that I am your “Help Mate.” I am not someone to be stomped on and just used for your “whims.”
12)  Understand that I like to have our family near and want all relationships to be what God intended.
13)  Comfort and hold me.
14)  Be a one woman man.
15)  Take the spiritual lead in giving me (and our children) direction and guidance.
16)  Ask me for my help – it is good to be regarded as a helper and useful.
17)  Make appropriate adjustments to your lifestyle and preferences as a married / family man.
18)  Treat me with love and respect in the company of others.
19)  Show appreciation and affirmation.
20)  Tell me you love me often, even if you think I should already know this.
21)  Show affection for no “reason” at all.
22)  Make me feel as though I am still desirable.
23)  Be devoted to caring, giving protection, and affirming your love.
24)  Encourage me to realize my goals, and don’t put me down for trying something new. 
25) Try to understand how I feel and listen to me when I try to tell you something that is important to us or that is hurting us.
26)  Admit your mistakes.
 
LET ME CLOSE WITH THIS WARNING GIVEN BECAUSE I LOVE YOU CHRISTIAN MEN. I want you to be blessed of God and to have a life time of  a wonderful marriage and a great family life.
 
Men, we really need to straighten up!
Brother Jerry H. Miller
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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
DISCIPLINING THE NEXT GENERATION

Judges 2
Judges 2:10 Amplified Bible (AMP)10 And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers, and there arose another generation after them who did not know (recognize, understand) the Lord, or even the work which He had done for Israel.
After Moses and Joshua led the children of Israel out of Egypt and into the promised, the next generation fell away and went after other gods like baal and asheroth.
This is surely a warning to us, why did they fall away, well some of the responsibility lies with Joshua's generation, because they did teach the next generation to their children and to their children's children.
This is why Sunday school is so important for the little ones, we are to teach them the full counsel of God,or else we are in danger of losing the plot.
We need not only to focus, on the here and now, but look to the future. The church needs to disciple the next generation of believers to take over from us.
Two people who did this were Moses.. who trained Joshua and the apostle Paul.. who trained Timothy and others to take the baton from Him.
In His second letter to Timothy.. Paul was passing the baton of the ministry, onto Timothy. The loss of Paul hurt the church, they were losing their primary evangelist, but there were others to take over.
Some churches have folded, because they have not trained others to take over.
In Deuteronomy the  children of Israel are told to teach their children about all that God had done...so why Hadn't they, because these words are cutting in Judges 2. 
This generation had no understanding of what God had done for Israel
We are to tell all children stories of what God had done for you and your church.
You must tell your children about stories of Revivals such as the welsh revival or the great awakening under both Wesley and Whitfield. We must tell them about great heroes of the faith, such as Hudson Taylor and Finney.
Most of all, we must instruct our children in the truths of the bible.. we must have an outreach to our youth.. but most importantly, we need to have devotions led by the parents in our homes.
We need to wake up church..amen
What are you personally and your church doing to train the next generation of leaders?
God bless you
Keith



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CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US
by Russell S. Miller

When Israel came out of the land of Egypt and the Lord's gracious forbearance with Pharaoh required that he release the people of God from slavery, that Egyptian did not revere the Lord and would not let God's people go. On the fateful night of "the Lord's Passover", Pharaoh arrogantly hardened his heart against the Lord (Ex.5:1;14:15-18,27). 

God told the Israelites to take a lamb, roast it with fire, and bitter herbs, and eat it in haste, for "it is the Lord's Passover", and "strike [the blood] on the two side posts and on the upper door post" of each house (Ex.12:1-11). 

"For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord." 

It is not Pharaoh and his Egyptian "gods", but Jehovah who rules the world! 

"And... when I see the blood, I will pass over you... " (Ex.12:12,13,29,30). 

Now we come to the New Testament, and as our Lord celebrated "Passover" with His disciples, He instituted "the Lord's Supper", a memorial of His shed blood, the revelation of which Christ first delivered to Paul. It was later revealed to "His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit" (ICor.1:18; 15:1-4; Rom. 3:25,26; 5:9,10; Eph.3:5; IPet.1:11,12). 

That Christ was born of "a virgin" makes His blood efficacious to save us from our sins (Matt.1:18-25; John 1:47; Rom.5:12; 8:3; Heb. 7:26). 

This is why the Apostle Paul could say of the Lamb of God on Calvary's cross: 

"FOR EVEN CHRIST OUR PASSOVER IS SACRIFICED FOR US" (ICor.5:7). 

Now we see that not only were Israelites redeemed by blood in the Exodus of Egypt some 1500 years Before Christ (Ex.12:11-14), the typification of which is revealed to Paul, but we also learn that Christ's "Passover" blood now saves believing Jews and Gentiles (ICor.11:25). 

"Neither by the blood of goats and calves, BUT BY HIS OWN BLOOD HE ENTERED IN ONCE INTO THE HOLY PLACE, having obtained eternal redemption for us" (Heb.9:12). 
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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH




THE MARKS OF A TRUE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL


Galatians 6



17 From now on let no person trouble me [by [[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=GALATIANS 6&version=AMP#fen-AMP-29204l]l[/url]]making it necessary for me to vindicate my apostolic authority and the divine truth of my Gospel], for I bear on my body the [brand] marks of the Lord Jesus [the wounds, scars, and other outward evidence of persecutions—these testify to His ownership of me]!



What is the main evidence of being a true minister of God?


How can you spot them?


Do they wear a funky t-shirt with some funny quote on it?


Have they a massive church with a great  ministry?


Have they got a private jet and expensive cars?


Have they got degrees from different universities?


We had a conference at our church in Nanjing with Pastor Xu from Shandong province. This guy had a network of 1,000 small churches and had planted 3,000 more


He told us stories of being under severe persecution and having been arrested many times. Whilst he was preaching, the above verse was impressed on my heart.


Matthew Henry says this


The apostle had in his body the marks of the Lord Jesus, the scars of wounds from persecuting enemies, for his cleaving to Christ, and the doctrine of the gospel.



Paul had gone through so much for the gospel.. he had been flogged, stoned, imprisoned and spat upon.. just like His saviour 


You can tell false teachers.. because they are afraid of taking on these scars for Christ.. they run away from persecution.. they teach a gospel.. where there is no sacrifice.. no obedience.. no devotion to Christ. 


Every true minister will have his body marked with the marks of Jesus.. their lives will be refined in the school of persecution, they will of spent many hours in the prayer closet getting close to God.


Martin Luther said this
"The marks on my body indicate whose servant I am. If I was anxious to please men, if I approved of circumcision and good works as factors in our salvation, if I would take delight in your flesh as the false apostles do, I would not have these marks on my body. But because I am the servant of Jesus Christ and publicly declare that no person can obtain the salvation of his soul outside of Christ, I must bear the badge of my Lord. These marks were given to me against my will as decorations from the devil and for no other merit but that I made known Jesus."
Of the marks of suffering which he bore in his body the Apostle makes frequent mention in his epistles. "I think," he says, "that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men ." (I Cor. 4:9.) Again, "Unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; And labour, working with our hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it; being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the off scouring of all things unto this day ." (I Cor. 4:11-13.)
The true minister will have the identifying marks of  suffering on their bodies, they will of gone through the fire and will still be going through it.
Some ministers are identified by their suits or their big churches, they are loved and adored by the world, they are courted by the world.. they are asked their opinions by the world about various subjects on CNN.
True ministers think that suffering for Christ is nothing (they are dead to this world), they think it is an honour to suffer for HIM. 
Their bodies may be torn asunder.. like Paul's

In some of his final words.. he said to his fellow minister Timothy.. 2 Timothy 4

As for you, be calm and cool and steady, accept and suffer unflinchingly every hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fully perform all the duties of your ministry.
For I am already about to be sacrificed [my life is about to be poured out as a drink offering]; the time of my [spirit’s] release [from the body] is at hand and I will soon go free.
I have fought the good (worthy, honorable, and noble) fight, I have finished the race, I have kept (firmly held) the faith.
[As to what remains] henceforth there is laid up for me the [victor’s] crown of righteousness [for being right with God and doing right], which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that [great] day—and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His appearing (His return).
The marks that were on Paul and every true minister, make no difference to them, because they see that one day they will receive the crown of glory.
Like Paul, all ministers and indeed believers are branded with the identifying marks of Christ.. it shows that he and he alone has ownership of us.
What he went through such as rejection from the world and bodily suffering, we must go through also... amen
Have you the marks of Christ.. like Paul had?


God Bless you


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“Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you...1 Peter 5:6-7."

We all go through stages and seasons that are difficult.  Sometimes we wonder if they will ever end.  Physical or emotional sickness can seem insurmountable, hopeless and unending.  This can be exacerbated by our American worldview.  Ours is a culture that despises hardship and feels compelled to put an immediate end to all discomfort in our lives.  So, when we face difficulties we can easily and quickly become fixated on getting out of our predicament.  If the solution or deliverance is not instantly apparent, we start to fret and become anxious.  We assume something is wrong with us, or that there must be an unjust cause to our pain.

We would do better, however, to take a more God-centered approach to our challenges, ailments and troubles.  Peter wrote, “Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)  God is working on many levels at once.  Rarely is He just concerned about getting you out of trouble.  Usually He is working on your character and perceptions of life.  Life is not primarily about you; it’s about God and about others.  However, God does care very deeply for you, and promises to work for your good and well being in every situation. (Romans 8:28)

So, why fret?  Why exhaust yourself, looking for the way out?  Why not receive God as your direction and provision and protection?  It is best to recognize your honest need for Him.  He created you with your limitations.  You are not doing Him a favor, or achieving any particular status before Him, when you pretend you can (or even should be able to) handle things on your own.  Instead, declare your utter reliance upon Him – and then live that way.  Look for what He is doing.  Look for any wisdom He might have for you.  Believe that He will lift you up; and stop worrying.

Sometimes we are tempted to think that our anxiety is a natural expression of our concern and sense of responsibility.  Often, however, it is actually an expression of pride and lack of faith.  To not believe in Him, to not take God into account, to not rely on Him is to miss the Kingdom of God and its treasures.  It is self-focused, self-reliant and spiritually empty living.  God wants you to cooperate with Him, and believe that He will release you from your confinement at the most appropriate time.  He wants you to trust Him.  This is faith!  You can rely on Him because He cares for you.  Jesus promised that if you seek God and seek to walk in His ways, He will take care of your life. (Matthew 6:33)  Are you willing to cast your anxiety upon Jesus today, believing that He will guide and provide for you?  This is a wonderful expression of worship.   With you, Pastor Tom





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Welcome to our series of special guest devotion


Connie is on of the best writers who I receive devotions from. Please read what she has shared from God's heart. The devotions are very good and if you have been blessed by them, please share them. My friend Paul puts them on six yahoo groups.. please share on your groups, with your friends, on facebook, tweet the websites.. if everyone shared these devotions with say 50 of their contacts, we could make great impact for the Lord and hurt the devil amen


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SPECIAL DEVOTION


Answer The Hard Questions                  
 

"It is a sad thing when the heart is cold with a good matter, and worse when it is warm with a bad matter, but incomparably well when a warm heart and a good matter meet together." - Charles Spurgeon 

"Whatever the heart is full of, with that the mouth overflows." - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary On The Old Testament



"The farther wisdom proceeds in manthe more practical knowledge it gains; and finding out the nature and properties of things, and the general course of providence, it can contrive by new combinations to produce new results." - Adam Clarke



1 John 1:1 says - "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life."This verse indicates the great need in the world todayThe world needs for the Church to "hear," "see," "look upon," and "handle""the Word of life," and then share their experience with fine eloquence and great persuasion



The world is yearning for answers. Sadly, they are looking for them in all of the wrong places. The truth of the matter is that the Body of Christ - the Born Again children of God - have the answers at their fingertips. The question is - who will pay the price to find them and then reveal them to the world at this crucial hour

The above quote from Spurgeon talks about the heart "being cold about a good matter" or being "warm about a bad matter." Isn't this what we see in the church world today? Where are those who are on-fire for Jesus? Where are those who are "walking with Jesus"...hearing His conversation...and coming away with their "hearts burning within them" (Luke 24:32)? 

A while back, the Holy Spirit directed me to two verses of Scripture - found in Proverbs 16:21 and 23 - which say - 



"The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning."

"The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips." 



These verses are not very familiar to most, yet I was made aware by the Spirit that they are rich in meaning and hold crucial truths for us in this day and time. In this message, I will give you a glimpse into my findings on these verses, but I challenge you to go further in your study and get all that the Lord is saying to us as modern- day Christians. 



On closer examination, you see several words repeated or written in a slightly different way. For instance, you find "the wise in heart" and"the heart of the wise." You also find "the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning" and "addeth learning to his lips."   



"Wisdom" is a gift. It is a gift that comes from God. How do we know this? Because James 1:5 tells us - "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of GodThat giveth to all men liberally, and upraideth not; and it shall be given him." Psalm 51:6 adds - "...and in the hidden part (heart) Thou (God) shalt make me to know wisdom." 



"Wisdom" is not found in the head, but in the heart. The Scripture says - "the wise in heart" and "the heart of the wise." The truly wise man differs from a conceited, talkative man. His words come from his heart - a heart that has been touched by God. He is careful and sensible - receiving good advice, thinking about his actions, and avoiding the dangers of which he is admonished. He is under the influence of sound principles - the Holy Word of God. His human knowledge is sanctified by grace. He knows how to order his affairs with discretion. The "wisdom" in his heart regulates his temper, affections, words, and actions aright. 



One remarkable characteristic of "the wise in heart" is that he is very discerning. He thinks before he speaks and acts, and he is not easily fooled by the speech or actions of others. (And oh how we need this in our society today!)   



"The wise in heart shall be called prudent..." 

"The heart of the wise teaches his mouth..." 



When reading these two verses, we cannot help but think of Jesus' words as found in Luke 6:45 which says - "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh." 



When wisdom is in the heart, it will come out in wise speech. 



Jesus - the Personification of Wisdom - had this said of Him in Mark 6:2 - "And when the sabbath day was come, He began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing Him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto Him, that even such mighty works are wrought by His hands?" John 7:46 adds - "The officers answered,Never man spake like this man (Jesus)."



1 Kings 10:1-10 tells us of the "fame of Solomon" because of his great "wisdom" that God put into his heart making him "wise in heart" - "And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions...and when she was come to Solomon,she communed with him of all that was in her heart. And Solomon told her all her questionsthere was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not. And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom...there was no more spirit in her. And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom." Look how the "heart of the wise" "taught his mouth" what to speak - drawing the attention of leadership - the"queen of Sheba" - a foreign ruler. 



True wisdom makes a man "prudent." "The wise in heart shall be called prudent..." 



Proverbs 8:12 says of Jesus - "I Wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions." Here we see that"prudence" was a companion of "Wisdom" or Jesus. He dwelt in"prudence," and "prudence" dwelt in Him. It was natural to Him. It was always near to Him. It was always ready at hand to be exercised by Him. 



In fact, the Scripture implies that He was fully possessed of"prudence" - "In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3). Isaiah 52:13 says of Him - "Behold,My servant shall deal prudently, He shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high." We saw this displayed in His disputing with the doctors in the temple at the age of twelve. Also, it was demonstrated when He gave "prudent" answers to the ensnaring questions of His enemies.  



True wisdom makes a man "prudent." "The wise in heart shall be called prudent..." Wherever true wisdom is, it will lead to action - theaccomplishing of the best ends by use of the most appropriate means.



Those who believe in Christ demonstrate the highest point of"prudence." Because they have Jesus dwelling in their hearts and because they "abide" in the "wisdom of God" as found in His Holy Word, then "prudence" becomes their closest companion as well. Because they are under Jesus' Lordship, they "deal prudently" - being full of practical tact, insight, knowledge, foresight, and sound judgment for life. They "find out witty inventions" - devices, discreet ways, and counsels - for the effectual countermining of Satan's devices...the doing of good...and the right understanding of God's providence in their generation. 



"The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning." Beneficial "learning" - "learning"that comes forth with clearness and force - proceeds out of the"heart of the wise." When he speaks, his "heart is warm with a good matter." He understands and feels the truths that he explains and recommends. Hence, he is able to deliver them in an easy, flowing style. He clothes his ideas with clear expressions. His"wisdom" and impressive eloquence unite together to form an irresistible persuasion in his hearers



He is always improving himself and learning. While he communicates knowledge to others, he is learning by teaching -increasing it in himself and spreading it to others. What he utters is instructive, edifying, and profitable to direct. He delivers it with elocution - a flowing, easy style. Because his heart is so full of the "matter," his "tongue" becomes "the pen of a ready writer"(Psalm 45:1) - bound to attract the attention of others and convey the importance of what he speaks. 



As the "queen of Sheba" proved "Solomon" with "hard questions," it is as if the present-day world is proving the church with "hard questions." "And Solomon told her all her questions." But, what can be said of today's church? 

God wants to use every one of you in these Last Days. Because Jesus is ruling and reigning in your heart, you have "wisdom" and"prudence" within your heart. You are "wise in heart." You have the answers that the world is looking for. However, it is up to you to "add learning to your lips." 



What will impress the world will be when they "see the boldness" and hear the eloquence, persuasion, and forthrightness of your words - your "wisdom" and"prudence" - that indeed reflect that you have "been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13).



The world need answers. You know where to find them. Cry out to God for "wisdom" and its companion"prudence." Become an expert on what He teaches you out of His Word. And then watch and see how He will use you to "spread" that "learning" to others.  

  
 


May God Bless His Word,  


Connie   
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  (Isaiah 54:17)

                                    
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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH




COMMUNING WITH YOUR BELOVED


I want to share on a subject that is very difficult for many of us to even talk about.. and that is the sexual part of marriage.


In the bible, there is a whole book given over to this subject and this is the Song of Solomon. Now some people think it is an allegory.. a picture of Christ's love for the church and yes it is.


But it is a vivid picture of a healthy and vibrant physical relationship within marriage. Yes within marriage, any sexual relationship outside of marriage is wrong and sinful, therefore sex before marriage and affairs by either partners outside marriage are wrong.. amen.


When you read the Song of Solomon, you realise that it is such a tender love poem, between two people who loved each other deeply. This is summed up in Chapter 8, in these wonderful words


Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]!
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man would offer all the goods of his house for love, he would be utterly scorned and despised.
You see how powerful, true and pure sexual love is within marriage,it is a powerful flame BETWEEN two people,one that has been put there by God.
That flame cannot be put out by many waters, usually water can put out flames, but in this case, it can't, that is how powerful true and pure love within marriage is.
Let me say this..Sex was created by God, the sex act was created by God, sexual desire and sexual emotions were created by God and the man's and woman's sexual organs were created by God. When he created all things, all things were very good, including sex.
When a married couple have healthy and enjoyable sex within marriage, God says that is very good...He gave it not just for procreation for for excitement and enjoyment for the married couple.
The married couple in the Song of Solomon tell each other that they love each other, they are passionate not just in their affection, but in their words.
They also love each other bodies, they focus on every part of their married partners bodies...tell your wife or husband that she/he has beautiful hair/legs/face  or whatever.
There is a deep longing, when you are apart like the woman in the song of songs. When Helen and I meet up again at lunchtime, we literally run into each other's arms.. yes we are both old romantics!!!
In Proverbs 5, we have some beautiful verses, especially to husbands

18 Let your fountain [of human life] be blessed [with the rewards of fidelity], and rejoice in the wife of your youth.
19 Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant doe [tender, gentle, attractive]—let her bosom satisfy you at all times, and always be transported with delight in her love.
Let me say that the sexual relationship outlined in the Song of Songs, does not give the green light to all types of things such as bondage and oral sex, it is not a green light to do anything and to trample on your marriage partner. What it does, is to picture a beautiful and tender marriage, filled with such passion and energy.
It is about enjoying each other and putting each other first. Remember that God has given each married couple this unique gift of sex.
Pastor Brad in the first sermon says that sex is four things:
PASSIONATE,PERSEVERING, PURSUING AND PRICELESS
I have added two more things that it is 
PERMANENT AND POWERFUL
There is another P that you and your husband have to be together and that is PRAYERFUL. 
Problems will happen and famine times will happen, but you need to go to the one who invented Sex, not go to your friends.. God is your best sex counsellor.. although your pastor and close friends will be used by God.
One of the most beautiful verses in the Song of Songs is in chapter 2
16 My beloved is mine and I am his! 

This is how you should treat your husband/wife.
Your husband/wife is a precious gift from God as is sex within marriage...Remember that God is happy when he sees deep intimacy within marriage between a man and a woman.. he says
IT IS VERY GOOD...if GOD says it is very good, then you should not say any differently.. amen. 
Please read the Song of Songs with your husband/wife.
Pray together.. seek God together.. and if you are not being faithful to your wife and husband, either with your eyes or your physical body.. then YOU NEED TO STOP.. YOU ARE IN SIN.
May all you who are married enjoy sex. 
Here are some ideas to do this:
Pray before you start intimacy
Be alluring/smart/clean for him/her
Bring them a present
Tell your marriage partner.. that she/he is so beautiful/handsome
Just tell them you love them for being themselves
Spend time with them.. just sharing and talking before the act.. 
Sex is meant not just for the procreation of children.. it was given by God for men and women to enjoy, after when Eve was brought to Adam, his reaction was probably WOW AND HIS EYES POPPED OUT OF HIS HEAD!!!!
Love your marriage partner, enjoy every part of the union God has given you for his glory.. because He says it is very good.. amen
God bless you
Keith





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A HEBREW SAGE MIGHT SAY. . .
When passion burns within you, remember that it was given to you for a good purpose. [Hassidicsaying]

GOD’S VIEW OF SEX 
"And G
OD created man in HIS image; in the image of GOD Hcreated him; male and femaleHcreated them. GODblessed them and GOD said to them— Be fertile andincrease." [Genesis (Bereshit) 1. 27 - 28 Tanakh, Torah]

Human sexuality was originally given to be a blessing. Man and woman were created in the Image of ALMIGHTY GOD. Nudity was not a sin but was pure and good. The man and woman were both naked before the HOLY ONE, and GOD saw everything HE had made and, "indeed it was very good."

The woman was cherished by man from the very first. When the MASTER DESIGNER created the woman out of the rib HE took from the side of the man and brought her to the man, Adam looked at the naked woman and said, "This one at last is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh, she shall be called woman (‘ishshah) for from man (‘’ish) she was taken." [Genesis(Bereshit) 2. 23 Tanakh, Torah]

CREATOR GOD accepted Adam’s response, when he saw the woman. GOD said— That is correct, "hence a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, so they shall become one flesh." [Genesis (Bereshit) 2. 24 Tanakh, Torah]

The attraction and responsibility between the man and woman was given by theETERNAL ONE.  The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY put in the heart of the woman a desire to please her husband, and gave the man responsibility over the woman to care for her and protect her.  Notice, this did not include abuse or misuse of any kind. All commandments by GOD regarding the relationship between man and woman are for the protection and care of the woman.

After the Great Flood, which came to remove violence of mankind from the earth, GOD renewed the blessing to Noah and said,"Be fertile and increase and fill the earth." [Genesis (Bereshit) 9. 1 Tanakh, Torah]  Because of the tendency of mankind to turn to violence and wickedness,GOD gave laws regulating behavior and human sexuality.  The following are specific sexual relationships & practices the HOLY & RIGHTEOUS LORD has forbidden:  
     Adultery.
 Forbidden sexual contact:
      Bestiality (sexual relations with an animal)
      Incest (sex with near relative)
      Mother
      Step Mother
      Sister or half-sister
      Granddaughter
      Half-sister
      Aunt (father's side)
      Aunt (mother's side)
      Aunt (uncle's wife, father's side)
      Daughter-in-law
      Sister-in-law (brother's wife)
      A Woman and her Daughter and her Granddaughter
      Sister-in-law (wife's sister) 
      And, do not marry your wife's sister while your wife is still living. 
Additional & Repeated Commandments
Do not have sexual relations with a woman during her menstrual period.
Do not commit adultery.
Do not give your children to be sacrificed to Molech.
Homosexuality, forbidden as an abomination (outrage, disgrace, repugnance, loathsome, abhorrence, detestation) to the RIGHTEOUS & HOLY GOD.
Bestiality (sexual relations with an animal). [see Leviticus/Vayikra 18]

These sins are the reason the land had been defiled and had vomited out its inhabitants that Israel was commanded to utterly destroy; and the ones not only practiced, but most are legalized in America.  What fools we have been these last sixty years.  We put the wolf in charge of the hen house, then wonder that our children are being devoured.  Tolerance of what God calls wickedness, and appeasement toward the ones given to it, does not make the public more noble, but the reverse, they become more debauched and depraved. 
    
GOD forewarned: "Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for it is by such that the nations are defiled; which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out its inhabitants. You must therefore keep Mstatutes and Mjudgments, you must not commit any of these abhorrent things, neither any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you for all these abominations were done by the people who were in the land before you, and the land was defiled, the land will vomit you out also when you defile it." [Leviticus (Vayikra) 18. 24 - 28 Tanakh, Torah]  Every nation whose people persistently do these things will soon bring the wrathful judgment of GOD down on its own head and be destroyed.

Always remember what GOD forewarned about those who are sexually immoral, "But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." [Revelation 21. 8]  It would be prudently wise and most sensible to "Fear GOD and keep HIS commandments! For this applies to all mankind: thatGOD will call every creature to account for all their conduct, be it good or bad. ForGOD will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil." [Ecclesiastes (Kohelet) 12. 13 - 14 Tanakh, Kethuvim]
Be warned! ...because of your sin, the Lake of Fire is your present final expectation. 


 
Sha'alu (Pray) for the Shalom (Peace) of Jerusalem and all of Israel!
Blessings to all who love Zion! We were greatly blessed when the HOLY ONE has brought us out of slavery from Egypt and took HIS people directly to Mount Sinai. There HE gave us the Law to keep us free from slavery (to sin). Then, HE gave us HIS ONLY-BEGOTTEN SON, YESHUA ha’MASHIACH to keep us free and give us true peace and eternal rest in HIM. HalleluYAH! what a SAVIOR!


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Spurgeon's sermon, "The Minstrel"

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What power would come upon the soul,
if we would grasp a single line of Scripture
and suck the honey out of it till our soul
is filled with sweetness.
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Welcome to a very very special Notes from Nanjing


Today is a very special day, can you tell me what happened one year ago today. Come on there's a special prize for you!!!!!.


ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY


Well have you guessed it yet.. on the 28th October 2012 at 6pm or around that time, we were married in front of our friends and family members.


October 28th will always be so special to us both and we are just as happy as we were on that wonderful day.


I wish to just tell you that Helen is totally awesome, beautiful, loving and caring. She is my best friend, love, co-worker, soul mate and companion.


When we have our little picnics at lunchtime in the little pagoda area in our complex, and I come down the path, she sees me and runs up to me arms outstretched and hugs me. Helen cycles home three times a week to have lunch with me.. now that is true sacrifice and that is true love.

Her love lifts me and makes me better, her care reassures me, her wisdom makes me take better decisions and her smile make me weak at the knees.

She is what Proverbs 31:10-31(please read this) calls a virtuous woman.. Solomon wrote that Chapter.. he knew something about women.. after all he had 700 wives.. oh and 700 mothers in Law, by he way we love ours, she is wonderful also..

She spurs me on.. not just in my christian faith, but also in the kitchen..it is down to her encouragement and wise words, that I can now cook to the standard that I can.

It is down to Helen that I am able to teach as she has gathered the students and has encouraged me to do my teaching plans and has given me many helpful hints to assist my teaching.

She has blessed me so often with so many gifts, the only reason she has given me them is because she loves me, it hasn't been a special occasion or my birthday!!!

Helen just tells me that she loves me, it just comes out, many times a day.  I said at our wedding that being loved by Helen is like standing under a waterfall, being soaked constantly and consistently. Her love is both these things.. it is so beautiful

Thank you my Darling Helen for blessing my life with so much love, tenderness, joy and care.

You are my beautiful angel.. I often say that that an angel is missing from heaven.  here is no one I have ever met like my darling, beloved Helen, she is My CHIN AI DE.. MY SWEETHEART. HELEN CALLS ME HER HONEY.

When I have been calling people like my brother and others, because I call Helen sweetheart so often, I started to call Peter my brother sweetheart, first time he had been called that.. hahahahahaha.

I am so happy to celebrate our first anniversary.. can't wait for what God has in store for us both along with our precious Little One..our wonderful daughter Ming.. who is a total star also

Love you both so much my Wife and my Daughter

God bless you

Keith


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Christian Motherhood



by J. R. Miller, 1886
 


"When Elkanah and all his household went up to make the annual sacrifice and his vow offering to the Lord, Hannah did not go and explained to her husband, 'After the child is weaned, I'll take him to appear in the Lord's presence and to stay there permanently.' Her husband Elkanah replied, 'Do what you think is best, and stay here until you have weaned him. May the Lord confirm your word.' So Hannah stayed there and nursed her son until she weaned him." 1 Samuel 1:21-23

It is the picture of a mother of the olden times, that is before us. The story of Hannah is invested with rare interest. It is one of those narratives whose charm is their unadorned simplicity. Though living so long since, when the world was so young—this mother stands yet, in the radiant spirit of her life—in the clearness of her faith, in the devotion of her motherhood, as a model for Christian mothers in these newest ages. There are some things that grow old and out of date—but motherhood does not. It is ever the same in its duties, its responsibilities, its sacred privileges, and its possibilities of influence. The old picture is new and fresh, therefore, in every age, to every true-hearted mother who looks upon it.

For one thing, Hannah, as a mother, was enthusiastic. She was not one of those women who think children undesirable encumbrances. She did not consider herself, in her earlier married years, particularly fortunate in being free from the cares and responsibilities of motherhood. She believed that children were blessings from the Lord, that motherhood was the highest honor possible to a woman; and she sought, reverently and very earnestly, from God—the privilege of pressing a little child to her bosom, and calling it her own. This line in the ancient picture we must not overlook in these days, when children are not always regarded as blessings from the Lord, nor even always welcomed.

For another thing, when Hannah's child came, she considered it a part of her pious duty, to nurture and care for it. Instead, therefore, of going up to Shiloh to attend all the great feasts, as she had done before—she stayed at home for some time, to give personal attention to the little one that God had given her, and that was still too young to be taken with safety and comfort on such long journeys. No doubt she supposed that she was worshiping God just as acceptably in doing this, as if she had gone up to all the great religious meetings. And who will say that she was not right?

A mother's first obligations—are to her children; she can have no holier or more sacred duties than those which relate to them. No amount of public religious service will atone for neglect of these. She may run to social and missionary meetings, and abound in all kinds of charitable activities, and may do very much good among the poor, carrying blessings to many other homes, and being a blessing to other people's children, through the Sunday school or mission school; but if she fails, meanwhile, to care for her own children—she can scarcely be commended as a faithful Christian mother! She has overlooked her first and most sacred duties, while she gives her hand and heart to those that are but secondary to her.

Hannah's way evidently was the true one. A mother had better be missed in the church, and at the public meetings—than be missed in her own household. Some things must be crowded out of every earnest life—but the last thing to be crowded out of a mother's life, should be the faithful and loving care of her children. The preacher may urge that everyone should do something in the general work of the church, and may appeal for teachers for the Sunday school; but the mother herself must decide whether the Master wants her to take up any religious work outside her own home. For the work there-she surely is responsible; for that outside—she is not responsible until her responsibility to her children is well done, and she has time and strength for new duties.

Another thing about Hannah was, that she looked after her own baby. She did the nursing herself. She did not hire any kind of 'baby-sitter'—and then commit her tender child to her care, that she herself might have a "free foot" for parties and visits and operas, and socialand religious duties. She was old-fashioned enough, to prefer to nurse her own child. She does not seem to have felt it any great personal deprivation, to be kept rather closely at home for a year or two on that account. She even appears to have thought it a high honor, and a distinguished privilege—to be a mother, and to do with her own hands—a mother's duties. And when we think what this child that she nursed became in after-years, what the outcome was of all her pains, self-denials and toils—it certainly looks as if Hannah was right!

It is not likely she ever regretted that she had missed a few parties and other social privileges—in order to nurse and care for Samuel in his tender infancy—when she saw her son in the prime and splendor of his power and usefulness. If anything even half so good comes ordinarily out of faithful mothering, there are certainly few occupations open to women, even in these 'advanced' nineteenth-century days, which will yield such satisfactory results in the end—as the wise and true bringing up of children. Many women are sighing for distinction in theprofessions, or as authors, or artists, or singers; but, after all—is there any distinction so noble, so honorable, so worthy, and so enduring—as that which a true mother wins when she has brought up a son who takes his place in the ranks of godly men?

Could Mary, the mother of Jesus, have found any mission, in any century, greater than that of nursing and caring for the holy child that was laid in her arms? Or, if that example be too high, could the mothers of Moses, of Samuel, of Augustine, of Washington, have done more for the world—f they had devoted themselves to art, or poetry, or music, or any kind of 'profession'?

Perhaps Hannah was right; and, if so, the old-fashioned motherhood is better than the new, and the mother herself is her own child's best nurse. A hired woman may be very skillful; but surely she cannot be the best one to mold the soul of the child, and awaken and draw out its latent powers and affections. The mother may, by employing such a substitute, be left free to pursue the fashionable round of dining and dressing, of amusement and social engagements; but meanwhile, what is becoming of the tender, immortal life at home in the nursery, thus left practically motherless, to be nurtured and trained by a hireling stranger? And besides, what becomes of the holy mission of motherhood, which the birth of every child lays upon her who gave it life?

A recent writer, referring to this subject, asks, "Is there any malpractice of office, like unto this? Our women crowd the churches, to draw the inspiration from religion for their daily duties, and then prove recreant to the first of all fidelities, the most solemn of all responsibilities! We hear fashionable young mothers boast that they are not tied down to their nurseries—but are free to meander in the old mirthful life, as though there were no shame to the soul of womanhood therein."

Such a boast is one of the saddest confessions a mother could make. The great need of this age, is mothers who will live with their own children, and throw over their tender lives all the mighty power of their own rich, warm, loving natures. If we can have a generation of Hannahs, we shall then have a generation of Samuels growing up under their wise, devoted nurture.

There is one other feature in this old-time mother that should not be overlooked. She nursed her child for the Lord. From the very first she looked upon him as God's child, not hers—and considered herself as only God's nurse, whose duty it was to bring up the child for a holy life and service. It is easy to see what a dignity and splendor this gave to the whole toilsome round of motherly tasks and duties, which the successive days brought to her hand. This was God's child that she was nursing, and she was bringing him up for the Lord's service in two worlds. Nothing ever seemed drudgery; no duty to her little one was hard or distasteful—with this thought ever glowing in her heart. Need any woman have loftier or more powerful inspiration for toil and self-forgetfulness, than this?

And is there any mother who may not have the same inspiration, as she goes through her round of commonplace nursery tasks? Was SamuelGod's child, in any higher sense when Hannah was nursing him—than are the little ones that lie in the arms of thousands of mothers today? In every mother's ears, when a baby is laid in her bosom, there is spoken by the breath of the Lord the holy whisper, if she but had ears to hear the divine voice, "Take this child—and nurse it for Me!" God wants Christian mothers to bring up their children for pure and noble lives, and for holy missions. Every mother is, by the very lot of motherhood when it falls upon her, consecrated to the sacred service of nursing, molding, and training an infant life for God. Hannah understood this, and found her task full of glory. But how many, even among Christian mothers, fail to understand it, and, unsustained by a consciousness of the dignity and blessedness of their high calling, look upon its duties and self-denials—as painful tasks, a round of toilsome, wearisome drudgery?

It will be well worth while for every mother to sit down quietly beside Hannah, and try to learn her secret. It will change the humblest nursery—into a holy sanctuary; and transform the commonest, lowliest duties of motherhood—into services as splendid as those which the radiant angels perform before the Father's face!


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Spurgeon's sermon, "The Minstrel"

It is wonderful the effect of a single verse of Scripture
when the Spirit of God applies it to the soul.

What power would come upon the soul,
if we would grasp a single line of Scripture
and suck the honey out of it till our soul
is filled with sweetness.
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Post  Admin on Sun 27 Oct 2013, 5:02 pm

This incomparable book!

(Thomas Brooks, "Apples of Gold" 1660)

The whole of Scripture is but one entire love
letter
, dispatched from the Lord Christ, to 
His beloved spouse! 

Oh! the mysteries, the excellencies, the glories 
which are in this incomparable book! There 
are none so useful, none so needful, none so 
delightful, none so necessary to make you 
happy and to keep you happy--as this!

Ah! the Word of the Lord is . . .
  a light to guide you,
  a counselor to counsel you,
  a comforter to comfort you,
  a staff to support you,
  a sword to defend you, 
  a physician to cure you! 

The Word is . . . 
  a mine to enrich you,
  a robe to clothe you, 
  a crown to crown you. 
  bread to strengthen you, 
  wine to cheer you, 
  a honeycomb to feast you, 
  music to delight you, 
  a paradise to entertain you!

Oh! therefore, before all and above all:
  search the Scripture,
  study the Scripture,
  meditate on the Scripture,
  delight in the Scripture,
  treasure up the Scripture! 

There is . . .
  no wisdom like Scripture wisdom,
  no knowledge like Scripture knowledge,
  no experience like Scripture experience,
  no comforts like Scripture comforts,
  no delights like Scripture delights,
  no convictions like Scripture convictions,
  no conversion like Scripture conversion!

I exhort you to a speedy, serious, diligent, 
and constant study of the Scripture. 
Ah! you do not know how soon . . . 
  your blind minds may be enlightened,
  your hard hearts may be softened,
  your proud spirits may be humbled, 
  your sinful natures may be changed,
  your defiled consciences may be purged,
  your distempered affections may be regulated,
  and your poor souls may be saved . . .
    by searching into the Scriptures,
    by reading the Scripture, and 
    by pondering upon the Scripture. 

Ah! if you do not in good earnest,
give yourself up . . .
  to the reading,
  to the studying,
  to the pondering, 
  to the believing,
  to the practicing,
  to the applying, and
  to the living up to the Scripture--
Satan will be too hard for you, 
the world will be too hard for you, 
your lusts will be too hard for you, 
temptations will be too hard for you, 
deceivers will be too hard for you, 
and in the end you will be miserable!

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He [the enemy] will tell you at the beginning of your lives, it is too soon to serve God---he will tell you at the end, it is too late. Oh, be not deceived!

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Post  Admin on Wed 23 Oct 2013, 10:42 pm

Welcome to Noonday Devotion


What a joy it is to share with you, the Lord has given me this particular subject and has put this burden on my heart.


We continue to focus on Halloween on the Guest devotion and the links.. the Guest websites have many ideas on how to witness and share the gospel at this time.. it is an open door.. use it.


Here are some more ideas


You say what Can I do?


You can pray binding the power of Satan.. and get your church  and house group together to do the same?. Have a prayer meeting at your church on the date of Halloween or open up your home for a prayer meeting


Have a party at your home/church for the Kids. Ask them to come dressed up as their favourite bible character, but do something different.. offer them Jesus


You can prayer walk you area.. applying the blood of Jesus to every house


You can give out gospels to every child who comes to your house Trick or treating.


Please share these devotions with all your friends and groups esp place on Facebook.


Thanks and God bless


Keith



NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH


REPROVE AND CHALLENGE ALL EVIL WAYS


11 Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] [[url=http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=ephesians 5&version=AMP#fen-AMP-29314d]d[/url]]expose and reprove and convict them.
12 For it is a shame even to speak of or mention the things that [such people] practice in secret.
13 But when anything is exposed and reproved by the light, it is made visible and clear; and where everything is visible and clear there is light.
14 Therefore He says, Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall shine (make day dawn) upon you and give you light.
15 Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwiseand witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),
16 Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil.





The Lord has laid this devotion on my heart. I feel very passionately about the evils of Halloween.


Now I know many believers think I am going over the top on this issue, so let's start with these verses in Galatians 5


19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.



Do you notice anything believer.. yes Witchcraft is included in this list.


Jesus talks about things like Adultery and Murder in the sermon on the mount, he says that if you do them in your heart, you are as Guilty as those who actually do them.. what about participating in Halloween?


Oh you say, we don't do that. Well if you let you children dress up in Ghostly costumes, or Place carved Pumpkins outside your house.. you are.


What does the first part of Ephesians 5:11 say.. HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE WORKS OF DARKNESS.


The Ephesian believers had a great bonfire and burnt all their pagan books.. they took these verses to heart, more to the point, they obeyed them.


Believers want God to be their friend.. well he is.. If you obey Him. He demands that you burn all this Halloween stuff and that you do not participate in this godless and pagan holiday.


Now I won't be the only person teaching or preaching this in the run up to Halloween, but some people do not get it.. it is TIME TO OBEY THE LORD AND TO HAVE NO  FELLOWSHIP WITH THE WORKS OF DARKNESS.


This so called holiday is in the realm of the devil.. he is our enemy.. it seems some Christian's have crossed over to the enemy's side for the time leading up to Halloween.


It is time to burn the stuff you have about Halloween and go to the Lord in Repentance.


In 1 Samuel 15, the Lord says that Rebellion, which is a refusal to do what you are told and to go your own way, is like this


22 And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.



If you refuse to obey the Lord and participate in Halloween, then you are guilty of witchcraft, and as Galatians 5 says.. no one who does such a thing will enter the Kingdom of God.. A very sobering thought.. amen


HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS PAGAN TIME.


Encourage others not to buy this rubbish.


Thank You


Keith


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Guest Devotion by Betty Miller


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT... 
THE TRADITION OF HALLOWEEN? 
  
"Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes."  Song of Solomon 2:15
  
Foxes sometime in search of food would enter into the grape orchards and devour the grapes and spoil the crop. However, the little foxes were too small to reach the grape bunches so they would chew on the vines and it would kill the whole vine. Instead of the farmer just losing his crop, he would lose his vine which was more disastrous. Spiritually some things we do or allow, that we might think is little or insignificant, can also be disastrous for us. 
  
Some may consider celebrating Halloween as only a little compromise. However, it is the "little foxes" that spoil the vines and this little compromise can open the door to other evils. Many Christians do not realize that certain traditions that are celebrated in the world have evil origins. Just because our society partakes in certain activities does not make them acceptable for Christians. We must look to Christ and His Word to see if the traditions of this world are good or evil. 
  
Mark 7:13: "Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye." 
  
One very evil tradition is the celebration of Halloween. No Christian should partake in the activities of this holiday, nor should they allow their children to do so. We can discern the evil of this day by taking a look at the festivities that are associated with its celebration. Children are dressed as witches, goblins, ghosts, little devils and fortune tellers. All these are representatives of Satan's kingdom. Games played at carnivals promote fear in children as they are ushered through spook houses and horror rooms. Skeletons, black cats and bats represent death and darkness. No carnival is complete without the gypsy who tells fortunes. Satan has gained man's approval to celebrate his day by simply making it a tradition that seems like a fun day. The opposite is true, however, as more damage and harm are done on this day each year than any other holiday. Children are taught to go door to door chanting "trick or treat." It is unchristian to demand a gift under threat of playing some trick. Police are on the alert for juvenile vandalism and caution parents to be watchful. 
  
Because so many of us have grown up celebrating Halloween, and seemingly did not experience any negative effects, some feel that not celebrating Halloween at all is an extreme measure.  However, we would encourage you to pray about this.  Is any holiday that glorifies death and darkness (even in fun) a proper thing for a Christian to do since we have been called out of darkness into His marvelous light?  
  
1 Peter 2:9: "But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light." 
  
Whether we feel that we have been really hurt by celebrating Halloween or not, is only part of the issue.  How does God feel to see His people making light of demons and witchcraft?  Shouldn't we be thinking about how to honor Him and show our love to Him?  Where do our loyalties lie? 
  
Most Satanists celebrate this as their high holy day and even offer human sacrifices to the devil. Until recently, most Christians have not questioned this traditional celebration, but rather have gone along with it by even bringing Halloween parties into the church. The earliest Halloween celebrations were not held by the early church, but the Druids in honor ofSamhain, the "lord of the dead", and his demons, whose festival fell on November 1. Halloween actually means "holy or hallowed evening." 
  
According to the Roman calendar in which days began at midnight, the evening of October 31was the eve before the hallowed day; hence Halloween or All Soul's Eve was kept throughout the ancient pagan world. All Hallows Eve, because it is the day before All Hallows' or All Saints' day, was a holy day in the Roman Catholic Church, Episcopal Church, the Church of England and the Greek Orthodox Church. This festival honors all martyrs, known and unknown, who have died for the church. During the time of Constantine, these two holidays were merged in an attempt to Christianize the heathen. 
The church could not prevent these heathen practices, so they thought "taming'" them would be the answer. They were, of course, not to worship their gods on the church's "All Saint's day." However, as it is with all compromises, soon the evil overrode the good, and hence we still honor these heathen practices by celebrating Halloween. 
  
Parents have a responsibility not to allow their children to be exposed to these evil celebrations. What might seem to some as innocent children's games is a "little fox" that can open the door to satanic influence and even demon possession in some cases. Children can be tormented with a spirit of fear that can come through this involvement that stays with them throughout their lives. It also introduces children to witchcraft, making it easier for them to become involved in cults and occultic activities. When children are taught it is alright to play with the things of darkness, it does not give them the repulsion and resistance that they need to stand against greater Satanic involvement. When the things of Satan are taken lightly, as games and fun, it sets our children up to accept evil rather than to resist it. This "little fox" is not only spreading evil to children but has been a curse for the church and our nation as well. As Christians, we should spread the word to others about the evil tradition of Halloween. 
  
Ephesians 5:6-12: "Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. 12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret." 
  
Excerpt from the book Exposing Satan's Devices by Betty Miller.

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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH

THE UNSEEN REASON FOR SUFFERING

Dear Friends

In this devotion, I am not going to focus on one verse but on one book and this is the book of Job.

As I was going to get my phone recharged, the LORD dropped something really important into my spirit.

This year I have been reading the bible through systematically and the book of Job impressed myself on my heart.

We all suffer and go through things, and sometimes our suffering is caused by our sin, but sometimes it is not.

Let's look at Job's situation.

He was a righteous man.. amen. He was fully consecrated to God amen. Yet he went through some of the worst suffering in the bible.

Why did this happen?

Sometimes our suffering has nothing to do with us.. amen?

The devil came to God and accused Job, and we need to realise that he accuses us every minute of every day.

Job was a pawn between God and the devil, Job's three friend's came and gave him plausible and logical explanations. Sometimes we can give advice which in human terms is right and correct, but in spiritual terms is so way off the mark. I wonder if you are one of Job's friends who answer him from the flesh and not the spiritual.

We need to look spiritually at all situations.. to see by the spirit and not the flesh.

Let me give you some examples from Scripture. Firstly the man born blind in John 9. Why was he born blind? So that God's work through Jesus could be made manifest. His suffering was not the result of some sin, your suffering is because God wants to be glorified. Whether in peace or in suffering.. God will be glorified.

Secondly the apostle Paul, he had a thorn in the flesh and Paul wanted this removed, but what did God say and this is his most quoted answer to people who ask Why

MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU

My beloved friend and Pastor Richard back in the UK and his wife Esther lost their son Daniel to an incurable disease last year, this year Richard has been diagnosed with cancer.. please pray for Him. Can we explain this.. why this suffering for this anointed couple who are sold out for God? I know I can't, God knows and he is in charge.. amen

Sometimes we can only say that the suffering is not because of us, we have to realise that there is a battle between God and the forces of darkness. Remember the story of Elisha in 2 Kings 6, there is a spiritual battle raging all around us. We see a little of what is going on, it is a battle against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We need to realise that like Job sometimes our suffering is not because of our sin, but it is a fight between forces that are spiritual.

Going back to Job.. let's see what happened to Him.. God restored Him and he gave him twice as much as he had before.. amen.

Also he did not give Job an explanation for his suffering, he owes us no explanations, sometimes he does graciously tell us why.

Secondly look at Paul, what Did Paul say to Him.. and this is what he says to us all when we ask Why.. like Dear Pastor Richard has.. he says

MY GRACE IS SUFFICIENT FOR YOU

A final thought when God is silent about the reasons for suffering.. remember that He is your loving Father and he will never ever do anything to hurt you, everything he does is for your benefit.. remember if you are bearing fruit.. he will prune you, not to hurt you, but so that you bear more fruit.

He doesn't have to explain why he does things to us, our suffering is to benefit us and for His glory.

Remember that the suffering of this present world is nothing to the glory wen we spend eternity living in the light of his glory and presence.

God bless you

Keith



Guest Devotion by JAMES SMITH

He must afflict us!

(James Smith, "Afflictions Necessary" 1853)

"He does not afflict willingly." Lamentations 3:33

Here is a fact well known — the Lord afflicts His children. Trouble never springs out of the dust — nor do afflictions come by 'chance'. No! Every trial and affliction is sent from our Father's throne — and its direction is written by our Father's hand. He appoints the kind, thedegree, and the direction of our afflictions.

We are afflicted with disappointments, losses, and crosses. None are exempt. None can always escape, for "the Lord tries the righteous." "Many are the afflictions of the righteous."

"He does not afflict willingly." He only grieves us from necessity. He has fixed His end, which is to make us holy, and to conform us to the image of His Son; from this, He will not be diverted — but He will surely accomplish it.

In the afflictions which He sends, God aims at . . .
our deeper sanctification,
or our greater usefulness,
or simply at His own glory,
which is always linked with our good.

He therefore afflicts us — to exercise our graces; these would otherwise often lie dormant, become weak, fade, and wither.

God afflicts His children — to wean us from the world, to which we are too much attached, and would be more so, if it were not for trials, disappointments, and vexations.

God afflicts His children — to embitter sin, which is the prolific root, on which every pain, grief and sorrow grows.

God afflicts His children — to endear the Savior, who is our solace in sorrow, and will be our glorious deliverer from it. Never does Jesus appear so precious — as in the hours of trouble and trial.

God afflicts His children — to prevent our falling into temptation, which we would do more frequently, if we were not kept awake and watchful by our various sorrows.

God afflicts His children — to fit us for usefulness, for as the land must be ploughed, harrowed, and crushed — if it is to be fruitful and supply our needs; just so must we be tempted, tried, and troubled — if we are to be of much use to man, or to bring much glory to God.

God afflicts His children, to make us long for heaven — which we seldom do when all is pleasant, bright, and sunny below.

If God loves us with an infinite love;
if He has predestined us to be conformed to the image of His Son;
if He will make us fit to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
and if He will correct our faults and our follies
— He must afflict us!

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Welcome to Notes from Nanjing

Thanks for joining us as we tell you what has been happening to us here in Nanjing.

We have just had Mid Autumn festival and on the 1st October it was Chinese National Day.

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QIAN LAKE

On Tuesday the 1st, we set off as a church for a special church outing. Now Nanjing is dominated by Purple mountain and on the slopes of it are many lakes and valleys.

One of these lakes is Qian Lake.

We had to set off pretty early as everyone else was headed to the purple mountain area, it is very popular. So we hired a small bus for some of our members and some of us travelled by public transport.. unfortunately the hire bus got lost, but after a delay of about half an hour safely arrived.

We set off to walk around the lake, surrounding the lake is the city wall..the Chinese do like building walls!!!!!!.

Nanjing was the old imperial capital of China and has the highest and longest city wall in China.. it is about 150 feet high and goodness knows how thick.

The path around the lake was lovely and tree lined and after about an hours walk we arrived at a lovely area of grass and trees. So we found a nice spot on a little hill and unpacked all our food.. all of us had brought something.

So we had what we call in the UK, a picnic, but what they callin China, it is a feast and it certainly was. The food was plenteous and our fellowship together was happy and joyful. We sat there on some rugs that we had brought. It was very peaceful and pleasant.. just the wind brushing through. the trees.

After our lunch we went towards the edge of the Lake and as we had brought some hymn book with us, we sang 4 or 5 hymns and took many photographs, some of which
are attached.. if you want more then please let me know.

We went out of the Qian lake area and as it was about 1.30, we set off home. As people had to do other things.. family is very important in China

Helen , Ming and I went to Daselea.. our favourite cake shop.. I had one with lots of cream on, and then we went to the markets to buy fruit. Near Daselea there is a little square so we sat there and ate our grapes and fruit and just watched the world go by.

We will return to Purple Mountain again especially as this is the burial place of Dr Sun Yat Sen, the founder of Modern China.. as a footnote and this is to my Friend Andrew in Oxford.. do you remember we studied all about Him in CSE History back in the 70's? (sorry Andrew.. this gives away your age and Mine.. we are over 21 and under 60.. lol lol)

Mid autumn Festival Lasts for over a week and we did other things such as visit people in Hospital and attended a wonderful two day conference organised by our church.

We hope you enjoy the photos and that we have given you a little flavour of China.

God bless you all

Keith and Helen

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Guest Devotion by AW TOZER

Loaf, putter, play, doze and run about

(A. W. Tozer, 1897-1963)

One trap into which the preacher is in danger of falling,
is that he may do what comes naturally, and just take
it easy. I know how sensitive this matter is and, while
my writing this will not win me friends, I hope it may
influence people in the right direction.

It is easy for the minister to be turned into a paid idler,
a social parasite with an open palm and an expectant look.

He has no boss within sight; he is not often required to
keep regular hours, so he can work out a comfortable
pattern of life, that permits him to loaf, putter, play,
doze and run about at his pleasure. And many do
just that!

To avoid this danger the minister should voluntarily impose
upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer.

No pastor has any right to a way of life less rugged
than that of the workers who support him.

"You therefore must endure hardship, as a good
soldier of Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 2:3

"Endure hardship. Devote yourself completely
to your ministry." 2 Timothy 4:5

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NOONDAY DEVOTION BY KEITH
HOLDING FORTH JESU
Philippians 2 (Amplified Bible)

14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [[l]against God] and [m]questioning and doubting [among yourselves],

15 That you may show yourselves to be blameless and guiltless, innocent and uncontaminated, children of God without blemish (faultless, unrebukable) in the midst of a crooked and wicked generation [spiritually perverted and perverse], among whom you are seen as bright lights (stars or beacons shining out clearly) in the [dark] world,

16 Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life, so that in the day of Christ I may have something of which exultantly to rejoice and glory in that I did not run my race in vain or spend my labor to no purpose.

17 Even if [my lifeblood] must be poured out as a libation on the sacrificial offering of your faith [to God], still I am glad [to do it] and [n]congratulate you all on [your share in] it.

I just Love these verses and indeed the whole book, it is just so wonderful. Paul as so often in his letters, is so human, so honest and so truthful as he shares what he is going through.

Look at the whole passage, aren't they awesome verses, just think on them for a few moments.

I just want to share some thoughts on verse 16 and the phrase:

Holding out [to it] and offering [to all men] the Word of Life

This my brothers and sisters is what we do each and every moment of every day.

We are literally the mouthpieces of God, we are ambassadors of Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20-21. An ambassador is someone living in an embassy in a foreign country and this is a place of security for people who were born in say the UK, who go to China.!!!!!!

My Brothers and sisters, we are living in enemy territory, this world is controlled by the prince of the power of the air, and we are strangers in a strange land.

My question is are you acting like an ambassador in your daily life? Are you an embassy of love and security for your fellow believers and people who don't know Jesus? Is your life consistent with your calling? Are you holding fast the word of Life in your daily life?

By our lives, we show Jesus to a needy world. I was reading a story about a very famous preacher, who was in a shop and the attendant started crying, because that lady was so glowing with Jesus and she led her to Christ.

Is Jesus so evident in my/your life, that people see Jesus in that way. Like Moses, this is done by spending lots of time with the Father in intimate fellowship.

We can only hold forth the word of Life, when we know the word of life Himself... Jesus.

How much time do you spend with Him?

The more time you spend with Him.. the more you will be able to hold forth the word of Life, to a needy world.

God bless you
Keith

Guest Teaching 1 by Jonathan Edwards

Holy and humble Christian love

Jonathan Edwards, "Charity and its Fruit"

Holy and humble Christian love, is a principle
of wonderful power to give ineffable quietness
and tranquility to the soul. It banishes all
disturbance, and sweetly composes and brings
rest to the spirit, and makes all divinely calm
and sweet and happy. In that soul where divine
love reigns and is in lively exercise, nothing can
cause a storm, or even gather threatening clouds.

Guest Devotion 2 by Spurgeon

Never enough!
"No lover of the Lord Jesus has ever said that he has
had enough of Christ's love. Never did he who drinks
of the wine of Christ's love become satiated or even
content with it; he ever desires more and yet more of it."
-from Spurgeon's, "Better Than Wine"
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"They will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they willweep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn." Zechariah 12:10

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Guest Devotion by Connie


An Unholy War
  

 
"Oh, how wise, how infinitely wise, to obey Jesus, and how dreadful the folly of continuing to be His enemy." - Spurgeon, from The Treasury Of David.
 

There is an Unholy War going on at this present moment. It is between the "kings" and "rulers" and the Lord Jesus Christ - God's Anointed One - authorized and qualified by Him to rule and reign over all the earth.
 
In Psalm 2:2, David described the warfare in this manner - "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against His anointed..."
 
Look around you...read the front page headlines...or catch the breaking news on TV - and you will have to agree that there is an unholy war going on right now before our very eyes.
 
What antagonism there is - which is aimed at the rise of Christianity ... the adherence to God's Holy Word as the only rule book for mankind ... or the salvation message found in One Person and One Person alone - the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
What we see is a specific and definite plot stirred up by a determined malice and deep-seated hatred against the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every life. These leaders have combined, resolved, become firm, determined, or fixed in their purpose... taken a resolute and obstinate stand...and set themselves in array - so to speak. Their faces are as flint and their hearts as an adamant in their defiance against all godly and sound reasoning. They have absolutely no Fear of God whatsoever. 
 
They "take counsel together." In other words, they animate one another in their opposition. With utmost vigor, they deliberate with such unanimity on schemes and plans of preventing the establishment of the Kingdom of God on this earth in the hearts of men, women, boys, and girls.
 
Notice who David defined as their major opponent - "against the LORD, and against His anointed."
 
Oh! They might fight certain individual believers or churches who are zealously preaching the Gospel Truth, but, ultimately, their "case" is with God.
 
As we read between the lines, we see that the devil's problem is not with the wishy-washy, spaghetti-spined "Christian."
 
No! No! No! He furiously fights those who are just like their leader -"Anointed" - those who are kicking down the gates of Hell and rescuing sinners from the grasps of demons and devils...who are so dead to self and allowing Jesus to be increased while they are decreased...and who are more interested in the advancement of the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus than their own reputation, honor, and name.
 
These "kings" and "rulers" - who are demon-inspired - are actually envious of the Lord Jesus' advancement on this earth. They are exasperated with His authority over their lives and the lives of their subjects. They despise - with an unholy passion - the spirit of holiness which the Gospel message perpetrates and promotes.
 
They "rage" (Psalm 2:1) at the discovery of their sins. They gnash their teeth to think of the possible obscuring of their glory. They fret at the thought of their dominion being usurped by another - even though He is worthy of all praise, honor, dominion, and power.
 
What word would God have for such leaders?
What word of instruction could possibly stop this insane madness? 
 
David offered it in Psalm 2:10 - "Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth."
 
Here is a word of exhortation for all leaders to hear and obey. God is saying to all - take warning...cease all of your vain attempts to oppose the eternal reign of the Lord Jesus over this earth...submit your neck to His yoke...be reformed...receive instruction from the Word of God... cast aside all of your ungodly laws which run contrary to His Law ... receive the Scriptures as the one and only basis for the laws of your land...and allow your influence over the people to promote His  purposes and plans. 
 
In closing, let's read Spurgeon's quote once again -"Oh, how wise, how infinitely wise, to obey Jesus, and how dreadful the folly of continuing to be His enemy."  
 
Just how many "wise" and "instructed" leaders do we have today?
 
Sad but true - there are so many who are absolute fools - thinking that they can oppose God and win!
 
Matthew Henry, the renowned Bible Commentator, said it in this way -"Those that would be wise must be instructed, and those are truly wise that receive instruction from the word of God....Those that give law and judgment to others must receive law from Christ, and it will be their wisdom to do so."
 
The Prophet Jeremiah - under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit - said it best of all - "The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?" (Jeremiah 8:9)
 
David concluded the matter with these words in Psalm 2:4-5 - "He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh...Then shall He speak unto them in His wrath, and vex them in His sore displeasure."
 
It makes no difference whether or not these leaders believe in God! The Scriptures tell us that these fools - who think that they can fight the Almighty and win - shall witness Him getting the Last Laugh.  Afterwards, they will "taste" of His dreadful "wrath"
and "sore displeasure."  

 
Then they will finally realize how foolish it is to try to oppose His plan on this earth.
 
"Be wise now therefore," ye Leaders in high and low places!
"Be instructed, ye judges."

 
It's for your own good that you do so.

  
May God Bless His Word,
 
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Noonday Devotion by Keith
GIVE GOD ALL THE GLORY
 
Jeremiah 9
 23Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches; 


24But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.

 
 I love these verses in the book of the weeping prophet.. he certainly had a lot to be weeping about. Maybe it is time for us to be like Jeremiah and weep for the state of our own lives, the lives of our churches and the life of our nation.. amen. If we aren't weeeping for these things.. we should hang our heads in shame.
Doing any type of ministry, can make you boastful of what you do, but we must always remember that all the glory, must go to GOD. I must constantly remind myself, that not one word of what goes out comes from me, it comes from the Holy Spirit, touching my mind and heart and laying on my heart, what He wants people to hear.

I am certainly no Bible teacher, English is not  my best subject, but God has given me this gift, He has given it to me, to use for the benefit of fellow believers and He alone is my inspiration.


What we are to glory in, is our relationship with Him. It is wonderful to me, that the God of creation, could and is, interested in me.. totally mind blowing.. isn't it?


What is mind blowing, is that we can recognise and know God in a intimate way, we can know Him deeply.. amen. To the Christian, this is the thing, that never will cease to amaze him/her.. amen. It certainly never ceases to amaze me.


Out of this relationship, flows our relationships with others.. amen. My friends, how we act towards others is a reflection of our relationship with God. We need to be in fellowship with God, before we can be in proper fellowship with our fellow believers and then the world.. amen.


I love the verses in Micah chapter 6, they are truly special to me.


 
 6With what shall I come before the Lord and bow myself before God on high? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 


    7Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? 


    8He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?


Christian, glory in this.. that you are loved beyond measure by the God of creation.

God bless you
 Keith


Guest Devotion 1 by Spurgeon
An intolerable disgrace!

Spurgeon, "THE GREAT SIN OF DOING NOTHING"
The very essence of our religion lies in love, and one of the
first-fruits of it is to make us care about the salvation of
our fellow-men. We owe everything to the grace of God, and,
if God has given us grace in our own hearts, and saved us
with the precious blood of the Only-Begotten, how can we
sit still, and allow others to perish?

Surely it is an intolerable disgrace to any one to profess
to be a man of God, and to have no care about the souls of
others, while they are perishing by millions.


Guest Devotion 2 by John Bunyan



Prayer and sin...

Prayer will make a man cease from sin; or 
sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.

John Bunyan



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Post  Admin on Mon 30 Sep 2013, 4:51 pm

Welcome to Notes from Nanjing
What a great joy to share with you, what has been happening to myself and Helen here in China
We hope you will enjoy these updates and they give you a flavour of life in this incredible country..
Please share these updates with all your friends
God bless you
Keith and Helen
Please pray for our daughter Ming.. who has a spot on her eyelid

THE ANDROID HAS LANDED
When I came back to China last October, Helen gave me her old Cell phone, now in cell phone terms, this was like something out of the dark ages.. it did take pictures, but all else it did, was receive and let me make calls.

Well A few weeks ago, it gave out so Helen took me across to Suning, which is our all stops store for Electrical goods.

I have never had a so called touch screen phone or android phone, and to be honest was a little nervous on how to use it, but it is easy.

We managed to get one for 400 yuan, which was down from 900, it is great to be able to download music to it and to have finally arrived in the technological age.

There were phones that were expensive.. one that cost 4000 and another that cost 6000.. that one makes tea and brings you breakfast in bed!!!!!. Seriously they go on line very quickly.. is there anywhere you can't access the Internet?

Now I know some of you have I-pad's, I-pods, Blackberry's and Palm pre's.. give me another 5 years and I may have them!!!!!

One of my joys is to listen to music, and as I said I have downloaded much. My Music tastes range  from Classical to Chinese music.

As I grew up in the 70's and 80's, I do like that era.. have you guessed my favourite group of the 80's.... YES ITS MADNESS!!!!..nicknamed the Nutty Boys.

Another of my favourite groups of the 70's.. had a lead singer called.. of course have you guessed it.. yes NODDY!!!!!!. Yes folks I admit it, I was a Slade Fan!!!!

So you can see I have a wide range of musical tastes.. interesting some may call it.
I have earphones.. so I go round our little area.. listening to my music on my new phone. I have an excellent set of earphones.. the first set I used didn't fit.. I thought I would have to buy a new set or even worse get a new pair of ears!!!!!

Thanks as always to my beloved wife, who bought me this phone.
God bless you
Keith and Helen
Guest Devotion by Grace Gems

Cheer up!
 (adapted from Octavius Winslow's,
"The Prophetical Glory of the Redeemer")
Child of God, are you fallen?
Jesus bids you take hold of His strength.
Are you burdened?
Jesus bids you cast that burden on His arm.
Are you wearied?
Jesus bids you recline on Him for rest.
Does the world persecute you? Do your fellow
Christians misunderstand and wrong you?
Jesus bids you take refuge within the hallowed
sanctuary of His own pierced and loving heart.
Do you need grace?
Jesus bids you sink your empty vessel beneath the
depths of His ocean fulness, and draw freely more grace.
Whatever corruptions distress you,
whatever temptations assail you,
whatever adversity grieves you,
whatever cloud darkens you,
whatever necessity presses upon you;
as the watchful Shepherd, as the tender Brother,
as the faithful Friend, as the great High Priest,
Jesus bids you draw near, and repose in His love.
Oh, Jesus has a capacious bosom! There is room, there
is a chamber in that heart for you, my Christian reader!
Do not think your lot is desolate, and lonely, and friendless.
Do not think that all have forsaken you, and that in
sadness and in solitude you are threading your way
through an intricate desert.
There is One....
  that loves you,
  that thinks of you,
  that has His eye upon you,
and is at this moment guiding, upholding,
and caring for you; that one is Jesus!
Oh that you could but look into His heart, and see
how Jesus loves you; oh that you could but hear
Him say, so gently, so earnestly, "Abide in my love!"
Cheer up!
You are in Christ's heart, and Christ is in your heart.
You are not alone: your God, even your Father, is with you.
Your Shepherd guides you; the Comforter spreads
around you His wings, and heaven is bright before you.
Soon you will be there!
The pilgrim will soon repose his weary limbs;
the voyager will soon be moored in his harbor of rest;
the warrior will soon put off his armor, and shout his song of triumph.
Then look up!
Christ is yours, God is yours, heaven is yours!
If God is for you, who can be against you?
And if you find disappointment in 'created good',
it will but endear Jesus; and if you know more of
the inward plague, it will but drive you to the
atoning blood; and if you have storms and
tempests, they will but shorten the voyage,
and waft you the quicker to glory!
Cheer up!

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Post  Admin on Wed 25 Sep 2013, 9:45 pm

Welcome to Noonday Devotion

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Noonday Devotion by Keith

Nothing is Hidden from God

Proverbs 15

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch upon the evil and the good.

Have you as a believer asked someone to repeat something they have said to you, because you didn't quite catch it, and they said ' oh It was nothing important'.

Well God never misses anything, he sees and hears everything, he does not miss a trick.

To me as a believer, this is really comforting, because I know that sometimes things are said and done behind my back, but God sees and hears everything.

He sees all the times you have been talked about, every bad word that has been spoken about you and every trick that has been planned and played on you.

Our Father sees absolutely everything and so we can rest in this truth, we do not have to worry about what people say about us, or do to us, because God sees it and he weighs these things, he is our avenger.

So we have to let God be God. Do Not act as God, seeking revenge, because you have the fearful judge of the universe in your corner.

He sees the injustice done to you and HE and HE alone, will deal with that. One thing that you have to remember is that in the end, you will come through all of the trials stronger and sweeter, because you stand on the promises of God and you look to Him. Do not seek to deal with things in your own way.

Believe me, it has taken me a long time to learn this lesson and yes.. I fail still.. but God in his graciousness just picks me up, after I have come to him and asked for his forgiveness.

Please don't think I am some super christian.. because I am not.. But God loves me and I trust in Him

I hope this blesses someone

God Bless you

Keith



Guest Devotion by Charles Orr

Be sure to shut the door!

(Charles Orr, "How to Live a Holy Life")

"But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret." Matthew 6:6

It is as impossible to live and prosper spiritually without prayer — as it is to live and prosper physically without food. Those who enjoy a close walk with God and have power with Him — are those who pray. Natural abilities and intellect can never supply any lack in spirituality. Unless you are spiritual — you are of but little use to God; and to be spiritual — you must live much in prayer.

It is not those who are on their knees the oftenest or the longest — who do the most praying. Some may pray more real prayer in one hour — than others in two or three hours. Too many people leave the door open. Prayer that feeds the soul, must be offered with the door shut. "But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret."

God is in secret. He is hidden from the world. You can never reach God in your prayers — unless you shut out the world. Shutting the door means something more than closing the door of your literal closet. People may enter the literal closet and close the door — and yet have the world in their hearts and thoughts! Such have not closed the door, in the true sense.

Even in the public assembly you must enter your closet when you pray, and shut the door — or your prayers avail not with God. You must talk from your heart — to the heart of God.
There is a blessing in such praying; there is a joy that cannot be told. Such prayer feeds the soul upon the divine life, and lifts us into realms of holiness and happiness. Thank God for the sweet privilege of secret communion with Him.

O beloved, when you pray, enter into your closet — and be sure to shut the door!


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