December


12/29/04 ... Resolutions?
12/20/04 ... The Gift Of Thanksgiving
12/17/04 ... The Joy Of Thy Salvation
12/15/04 ... Praise, Praise, All Praise ...
12/14/04 ... Integrity
12/13/04 ... Life is short, life is swift,..
12/11/04 ... Always Take The Time
12/10/04 ... The Day The Lord Has Made
12/09/04 ... The Armour Of God
12/08/04 ... Sin Enters Through Small...
12/07/04 ... Pass Them On
12/06/04 ... GOD With Us
12/03/04 ... Tares Among The Wheat
12/02/04 ... Facing The Situations Of Life
12/01/04 ... II Corinthians 13:5-14



 

 

 

Daily Devotion for December 29, 2004
RESOLUTIONS?

It will soon be that time of year when people make those New Year's resolutions. A short time thereafter, most of those resolutions will be broken and the people will be back into the same old rut in which they had endeavored to stay clear.

Should we make resolutions? Perhaps it depends upon how faithful we are to stick to our resolves. I, for one, do not have a very good track record. Even to a much greater extent than the Apostle Paul, I find myself in situations where when I would do good evil is present with me. And the things I would do, I do not and the things I would not, I find myself doing (Rom. 7).

Within our fleshly nature, we are failures and will continue to fall. Therefore, we dare not say: "Today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain" (James 4:13). Instead we should say: "If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that" (James 4:15).

Our desire to live more closely to our Lord and avoid sins of commission and omission are most certainly within the Lord's will. But we must realize that we need His strength to help us to walk the Christian pathway. Every day we should resolve to walk more closely to the Lord than the day before. However, I am afraid to boastfully say I am going to do so.

I believe it is good to try to improve. The new year is a time when this need seems to be brought to our attention more forcefully than usual. Let us think of some changes we need to make in our lives for the year ahead and endeavor to make them. Next week, when we fail to make the grade, don't give up and say, "I blew it, so I will try again next year." Instead, we should say: "Lord forgive me and help me to get back on the right road." It is better to try and fail than to never try. For if we continue to try, there will be some successes along with the failures.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 20, 2004
The Gift Of Thanksgiving

Dear Daily Devotion Readers,

The Devotion for today is different from any sent previously. Today we want to consider the plight of someone who is facing more than any of us are ready to face. Sister Brittany Stanaland is suffering with cancer. Brittany has been very courageous through all her ordeal with the battle against cancer, but it appears that the battle may be lost. Yet, when we analyze the situation, it may be that she is about to win the battle. God is in charge and when He is present, nothing else can sway us from our appointed way. We know that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. While we, from the natural standpoint, do not want to face separation from this world, yet at the same time we are looking forward to joining with that next world.

I am attaching below two posts from Brittany's web-site journal. This journal and web site are open to everyone who is interested in following Brittany's situation. Please read the entries given below. Then stop and offer a prayer for Brittany and her family. Pray for them all that they receive the gift of PEACE.

In The Master's Service, Elder Louis Culver

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FROM THE JOURNAL:

Journal

Saturday, December 18, 2004 3:38 PM

http://www2.caringbridge.org/fl/brittanystanaland/

Brittany did make it to school on Friday just in time for the Christmas dance. She promised to stay in her wheelchair so she would not get too tired, and her teachers and student friends were more than honored to push her around anywhere she desired to go. She had a great time and she was able to deliver most of her gifts to her teachers and friends by herself. For those she missed, she left her gifts for one of her classmates to pass out for her. We really hope you all like the gifts because she spent hours in the hospital gift shop (at different times on different days) choosing just the perfect gift for each of you. I grew weary just watching her pour over the many items she had to choose from before she found just the right thing for each of you.

She finally made it to the Panama City Mall last night after sleeping most of the afternoon. She is resting much more now and she seems to tire easily. She wanted to see a movie before we left the mall, but she was just too tired so we came home. She is usually up 2 to 3 times each night so she is now sleeping later in the mornings. She woke up at 4:30 am this morning needing nausea medicine. The medicine made her go back to sleep, and she didn't wake up until 10:00.

She told me she wanted to go to Church tomorrow so she is back in bed resting so she will be able to go. Please pray that she can go and be able to stay for lunch. She said she would rest Sunday afternoon so she could go to our Sunday night gathering we have each 3rd Sunday night in December. She remembered our past December special meetings and said she really wanted to go to that. It amazes me that she can remember so much of what we have done in the past, but she doesn't seem to remember much of what we have done just this morning.

She received a gift in the mail today and tried to read the card inside the package. She said the writing was blurry. I read it to her and she was very upset that she could not see it enough to make out the words.

Please pray for her. She is starting to realize more and more that she is much sicker than she feels.

Jerry

Journal

http://www2.caringbridge.org/fl/brittanystanaland/

Monday, December 20, 2004 6:41 AM CST

Brittany was able to go to church Sunday morning and seemed to enjoy the services and fellowship afterwards. She rested Sunday afternoon so she could go back for our Sunday night service. She did go, but after singing and the introduction, she told me she was just too tired to stay. I took her home and she rested in the recliner until Jesse came home so he could tell her about the rest of the service.

She is getting weaker now and several times she has tried to go, but could not empty her bladder. I fear that she will not make it much longer and pray that she will not suffer much in the next few days.

Please pray that she stays comfortable and as pain-free as possible.

Jerry

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 17, 2004
The Joy Of Thy Salvation

"Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." - Psalm 51:12.

This is a prayer of each of us at some time in our life. We sometimes feel to be on the outside of God's plan, looking in as from afar. We fear that we have no hope. We are as lonely as is humanly possible for anyone to be.

Life becomes a burden and we fear that we are lost forever, that He is clean gone forever. We seem to have neither hope nor anything in which to hope. Life has become a heavy burden for us.

We bring such conditions upon us by our neglect of God's plan for His people. We are to worship Him, adore Him, praise Him, and trust Him. When we stray from such an attitude toward God, it seems that He strays from us.

In reality we are the ones who have strayed. God is always there for us. He never leaves nor forsakes us. There is an expression that states that we are always as close as a phone call. With God, we are even closer: in the person of the Holy Spirit, He dwells within us. He is everywhere present and nowhere absent.

When we realize that we have strayed from Him, we then plead: "Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit." - Psalm 51:12.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 15, 2004
Praise, Praise, All Praise To The Lord

Psalms 148:

1 ¶Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.

2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.

3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.

4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.

6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.

7 ¶Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

8 Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word:

9 Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars:

10 Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl:

11 Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:

12 Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:

13 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.

14 He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 14, 2004
INTEGRITY

in·teg·ri·ty n. - (1) Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. (2)The state of being unimpaired; soundness. (3)The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.

Often today integrity seems to be a lost concept, relegated to the dark ages, and left to molder on the trash-heaps of the old world; considered to be unsuitable for this "modern" world. Integrity is a virtue frowned upon by hordes of people who seem never to have possessed even a fragment of it themselves.

When the children of God speak of integrity, exercise and practice integrity and teach it to their offspring, they are frowned upon, ridiculed and criticized as being old-fashioned and behind the times. While words may hurt us for awhile, failing to adhere to the teachings of God's Word will hurt us worse and for a much longer period of time: the remainder of our lives on this earth.

We are taught to be honest, trustworthy and dependable. God expects no less from us and demands no more. Obedience to authority is expressly taught in God's Word and we are to take all His teachings to heart and obey them implicitly.

Integrity is a virtue most necessary in the life of every child of God.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 13, 2004
Life is short, life is swift, and then we pass away

What matters most now is what we do while we are here. We can use the time we have in pursuit of worthwhile things or we can while away our time and waste it completely. It is far easier to enjoy life when we are pursuing those things we have been commanded to do.

We are to love our neighbor as ourself. We are to love God above all things. We are to treat others as we want them to treat us. We are to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. We are to dedicate our lives in service to God.

When we follow the guide book, the Bible, we will find that life is far easier for us than if we try to avoid doing the things commanded in God's word. Following the rules is the only way for a child of God to go. When we disobey the rules we are penalized, just as in the sports games.

God has neither demanded nor commanded anything of us that we are not able to deliver, given His power to back us up in our endeavors. As we travel into the future, let us, one and all, seek to be obedient to all the rules He has given us. None are difficult, none are over-demanding, all are just and right.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 11, 2004
Always Take The Time

Do you know anyone who is so busy that he can never get anything done? He is always going from one task to another without ever completing any of them. This type of person gives the impression that he is doing many things and that he is accomplished in all of them. In reality, he's not accomplished in any of them.

Always take the time to do a job well. I remember a saying from long ago: "Any job, be it great or be it small, is worth doing right if worth doing at all." Unfinished jobs are like unfulfilled dreams: not worth a "plug nickel."

Always take the time to do a job well. When you encounter someone who is hungry and cannot pay for a meal, see that he receives a meal at least as good as the one you will have. If he is a beggar, he will be the one who has to pay for being deceitful. If he is truly a needy person, down on his luck, and you fail to assist him, you will be the one who ahs to pay for being unkind and unhelpful.

Always take the time to do a job well. When children want your attention and you fail to listen, you will suffer more than they will because you will be the one who pays for that inattention. Children look to grownups for guidance, attention, love and for answers to their millions of "Whys?" Take the time to give them some much-needed attention.

Always take the time to do a job well. Be quick to give recognition and praise for a job well done. Be slow to criticize and condemn when a job is not done to the degree of perfection that is expected. Learn why the job was not done properly. There could be extenuating circumstances.

Always take the time to do a job well. Life is too short for us to be majoring in the minors. Settle the little things in life and move on. If we keep batting in the sandlot games, we will never come to bat in the major league stadiums.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 10, 2004
The Day The Lord Has Made

After several days of rain, rain, rain it is wonderful this morning to see the sun shining brightly. While we know we need the rainy days, they tend to seem rather dreary. They are good for reading - find a nice, comfortable, secluded place somewhere away from the household traffic, have a good book, and read until you fall asleep.

Oh, I forgot. Some people are still working! That is not to say that retirees do not work. It seems that the more we try to relax, the more there is to be done. Sometimes I think that people think retirees have nothing better to do than to assist those who are still working. While we enjoy assisting others, there are times when it seems the demands are greater than we can fulfill. We are not complaining - we are glad that we are still physically able to do just about everything we want to do.

I have been working to enclose an equipment shed. It also needs a new roof, but as a temporary measure, we have attempted to patch the breaks in the tin top. It is strange, but when the sun is shining the roof does not leak and when it is raining it is too wet to work on, so . . . how is one to complete such a job!

Life is grand. We are enjoying it more and more each day. Our bless- ings come from the Lord. He has given us the sunshine to follow the rain, the rain to nourish the fields, and health and happiness for us to be able to enjoy all His blessings. We should be thankful every day for the manifold blessings from the Lord. As a matter of fact, I still have not been able to cover all the thanks I should give Him: Thanks- giving Day was not long enough for me to cover everything.

This is the day the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be exceeding glad in it.

Psalms 118:19-29 -

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.

21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.

22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.

23 This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.

24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.

26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.

27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.

29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 09, 2004
The Armour Of God

Brother Leron Dean writes: "The devotion `Sin Enters Through Small Openings' (Daily Devotion for December 8, 2004) reminded me of the poem [I] composed in February, 1987 that goes like so:"

(Children of the Heavenly King, 7s)
From Ephesians, Chapter 6

by: Leron R. Dean

Take unto yourself to wear
All the armour of your God,
To withstand that evil day
You encounter as you trod.

Girt with truth about your loins,
Shun the error taught today.
Place the breastplate on your chest
Covered in the righteous way.

Shod your feet to walk within
Paths of preparation made
By the gospel of sweet peace
For us, Jesus, clearly laid.

Take with you the shield of faith
With it quench much abler
All the fiery darts that's hurled
By the evil Lucifer.

Helmet of salvation don
And the Holy Spirit's sword,
Which is God's incarnate Word,
Blessed Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Pray in spirit and always
Supplicate with no complaints;
Watching thereunto with all
Perseverance for all saints.

Paul said, "Pray for utterance
May be given unto me.
I, the gospel, boldly speak
And make known its mystery."

God has given love with faith
Also, from Him, peace to you.
Bids our Lord, grace unto all
That love Him sincerely true.

© 1987, by Leron Dean
(All rights reserved)

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 08, 2004
Sin Enters Through Small Openings

We have an equipment shed that has a tin top. So long as the sun is shining the top does not leak, but just as soon as it begins to rain, the roof starts to leak. An effort has been made to stop the leaks. The smallest holes have been filled with a compound that is supposed to stop the leaks. However, there are some very small ones that just do not seem to be willing to cooperate! The water still comes through.

This reminds me of the cracks in our armour. If we are wearing faulty armour we are not totally protected from the enemy. Sin can and does enter through the smallest openings. We must, at all times, maintain our armour in excellent condition, otherwise we are not fully protected from sin and its dangers.

We may be wearing the armour that is to protect us, but if we have failed to maintain it in proper condition, then we are not fully protected. Let us consider this armour (Ephesians 6:10-18):

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

This armour is composed of seven distinctly different parts. So often we leave off the seventh part: Prayer. To me, prayer seems to be the cohesive element in the entire suit of armour. If we are wearing any part of this armour in an incorrect manner, it is not possible for it to protect us totally as it should. Hence, sin enters: we are vulnerable to the outside influences of Satan and we are not completely able to withstand his onslaughts.

Sin enters through small openings.

When we partake of idle conversation, gossip, tale bearing, we are permitting cracks to form in our armour. In this manner the devil often enters our minds and hearts and causes us to stray from the right way, from the pathway of God. Sin has entered.

When we watch indecent programs on television or at the movie theater we are opening our minds to that which is not good or proper for a child of God. We are being influenced by outside forces which, most often, are designed to erode our shield of protection, to expose us to the evils being placed before us. Sin has entered.

We sometimes read material that is unsuitable for the child of God. Indeed, much of the material available today is unfit for human consumption. Period. When we partake of such reading material, we are opening cracks in our armour that permit entry of filth into our minds. Sin has entered.

Sin enters through small openings.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 07, 2004
Pass Them On

Our forefathers gave us many things. We were able to benefit from their hard-earned experiences in life: survival under adverse conditions, respect for each other, love for God and His kingdom; the difference between right and wrong, and how we are to choose the right and reject the wrong.

Our parents and grandparents, usually the extent of our personal knowledge of our forefathers, shared their wisdom with us. They imparted to us a definite sense of moral uprightness, decency and honor; respect for those less fortunate than we; and a burning desire to live upright, decent and wholesome lives.

We learned these lessons well. Those trips to the woodshed, sessions with the soapy mouthwash, and time spent listening to moral lectures were not wasted exercises in futility. They bore some fruit. We are still giving evidences today of the far-reaching influence and effects of those lessons in our lives.

The concern today is: What are we doing about the great lessons we were taught? Are we utilizing the values contained in them by passing them on to our off-spring, our descendants, or have we ceased to do our duty to our children and grandchildren. If we have failed them by not sharing the valuable lessons we were taught as we were growing up, then we have failed as parents to impart necessary truths to our children.

Proverbs 22:6 -
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


Whereas our parents and grandparents undertook to train the children at home, today we have delegated that responsibility and privilege to others and thereby we have lost that most essential contact with our children. How frequently do you spend time in true conversation with your children? And when you do, just how much (or little) time do you devote to that activity?

Do your children feel welcome to approach you with their questions, concerns and problems of life, or do they seek answers from others: their peers (who usually know no more, if as much, about the subject than your children do), other adults, the television, or some other less desirable source?

Lines of communication should always, ALWAYS be open in both directions between parents and their children. Do your children receive a busy signal when they try to reach out to you?

Remember the great teachings of your parents and grandparents, then pass them on.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 06, 2004
GOD With Us

GOD with us, in good times,
Even when we neglect to see;
GOD with us, in hard times,
When we weep and sorely grieve;

GOD with us, in every moment;
With us, keeping us, in the night;
HE's with us, when all around us
Glories in beams of His Light;

GOD with us! Hallelujah!
Praises to His Holy Name!
GOD with us! There's nothing better!
His goodness and mercies, proclaim!

By the mercies of GOD,
Sister Peggy Hood
[© Peggy Hood, 12-4-2004]

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 03, 2004
TARES AMONG THE WHEAT

Daily we face the enemy, tares in our garden of life. We find them in all kinds of gardens: vegetable, flower, herb - even in our rock gardens. Tares are a vigorous crop which grows at an ever-increasing and far-spreading pace. It seems impossible sometimes to control the crop of tares.

At the same time we are trying to control the tares, we are also busy with the desired crops we have planted: the fruits of the spirit, the labors of our hands, the thoughts of our minds - and the walks of our feet; especially the walks of our feet. Wherever the feet go the rest of the body also goes. If we cannot control our walk, how are we able to control our speech, our thoughts and our deeds? We can go only one way at a time. Either we go in the right direction or we do not go in the right direction. Let us pray for our feet to point in the correct direction at all times.

When we walk in the right direction, the tares along the road of life will not deter us on our journey. We will be able to walk through the tares and not be affected by them. Sin, when avoided, will not hamper us or prevent us from traveling the correct pathway of life.

Leave the tares alone and they will eventually be destroyed. They may grow lush and green for a time, but the heat of the day - God's great judgment day - will cause them to wither and die. They will become as the grass which is here today and gone tomorrow - grown up, cut down, and cast into the fire.

Tares are bothersome hindrances along life's way, but they are just a nuisance with a short life span. The wheat is what matters. The wheat is the good crop, the desired crop, the proper crop. As we sojourn in this land, we plant a crop: good deeds, kind words, helpfulness, fair dealings with others . . . the list is endless. We sow deeds of kindness when we befriend the friendless, help the helpless, doctor those who are ill, lead the blind, strengthen the weak. We can never finish the job - there is always something for the child of God to be doing.

The things of the world are the tares among the godly crops we should be planting and cultivating, harvesting and distributing to the needy in God's vineyard here on the earth.

Matthew 13:24-30:

24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

We are to give more time with the wheat, than we give with the tares.

In The Master's Service,

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Daily Devotion for December 02, 2004
Facing The Situations Of Life

Daily we face situations that call for us to make decisions, sometimes with little or no time for thought or meditation on the matter at hand and without the benefit of input from anyone else. It behooves each of us to be ready at all times to give a reason for the hope that we have within us. We should base all our decisions upon the merit of the hope we possess within us. That hope is from God Himself - and we are never to question it. God gives His children minds to understand, to comprehend and reason through daily situations with which we are confronted.

When we must make decisions we ought to diligently search our minds to find the very best solutions to the problems. We often have the answer but sometimes do not realize it until we have analyzed the situation giving due consideration to every aspect of the situation. Everything, without exception, that we have ever experienced in our life will help or hinder us in our decision-making - we are influenced by each one of life's experiences. Therefore, we should give the more earnest heed to everything we do, exercising extreme caution in all things that we do.

Our association with others has a great influence upon us, so for this reason we need to be especially careful when we choose our associates. The material we read has a great influence on our thinking. We need to censor our reading materials, to be certain that they are good quality materials. Our eyes, windows to our minds, are especially susceptible. They either permit or hinder entry to our minds by the things about us in our daily lives. Shut the windows and prevent the entry of undesirable things; open them, and grant entry to the desirable things. Think how much good can be received through the use of our ears. We can hear so many good things when we listen to the right things. We can hear so many bad things when we listen to the wrong things. Many evil things - undesirable things - can be avoided if we will shut our ears to gossip and backbiting, slander, cursing, lying and the many other evils which the world contains. We can do without such evils. They're unnecessary.

When we face the situations of life with wisdom and understanding, and with the determination to do so in the most responsible way, we are on the right path to the proper solution. In order for us to succeed, and reach the best solution, we must be guided by the Holy Spirit dwelling within each child of God. The Spirit of God directs the children call upon His name. When we call He answers and when He answers we are able to draw upon the wisdom He gives us. We have a ready storehouse to use whenever we need it. With that, we are able to face life's situations.

In The Master's Service,

Elder Louis Culver .... * Top *

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Daily Devotion for December 01, 2004
II CORINTHIANS 13:5-14

5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.

7 ¶Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.

8 For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.

9 For we are glad, when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your perfection.

10 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.

11 ¶Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

12 Greet one another with an holy kiss.

13 All the saints salute you.

14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

In The Master's Service,

Elder Louis Culver .... * Top *

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