WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM…(The Bible’s Impact on the Academy – Education) [Sept 13]


Ever wondered what it was all about? Ever wondered what type of class might give you insight into what faith is about? Ever gone through a class and came out the other side not catching the reality of what it was about? Ever wondered what the difference is between the various Christian denominations? Growing up with a family that went to an Anglican church gave me one perspective. Going to church with friends usually meant I was going to a french Catholic church. Moving and then finding a church that seemed to feel good and was teaching and preaching from the Bible has struck home and is where I am to this day. Ever wondered what christians believe? Ever wonder what churches believe? Ever checked out to see if a church has a statement of faith? The church I go to has a “What we believe” page that speaks of the 16 fundamental truths that the Assemblies of God believe. It still amazes me to this day that in all my years prior to finding my current church home that I missed the memo that it was all about having a relationship with Jesus. It was more than just rituals and routines, it was more than structure and schedule, it is all about inviting Jesus into your heart and living out each day in relationship with Him. He is with me every step of every day and is there to talk to no matter what comes my way. WOW! That is such an incredible revelation and how the Holy Spirit is able to speak into my very situation when I am stuck, I am questioning, I am needing wisdom or guidance or both. He is there! God will never leave me and never forsake me. God is for me and not against me. God is comforter and my guide. WOW! It makes such an incredible difference to know that this is the day that the Lord has made and so I get to rejoice and be glad in it. It makes such an incredible different to know that I am not going through this on my own and by myself. So how about you? Where are you at? Today’s reading comes to us from Ezekiel 22 which reads…
Israel’s Shedding of Blood 1And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2″And you, son of man, will you judge, will you judge the bloody city? Then declare to her all her abominations. 3You shall say, Thus says the Lord God: A city that sheds blood in her midst, so that her time may come, and that makes idols to defile herself! 4You have become guilty by the blood that you have shed, and defiled by the idols that you have made, and you have brought your days near, the appointed time of your years has come. Therefore I have made you a reproach to the nations, and a mockery to all the countries. 5Those who are near and those who are far from you will mock you; your name is defiled; you are full of tumult.
6″Behold, the princes of Israel in you, every one according to his power, have been bent on shedding blood. 7Father and mother are treated with contempt in you; the sojourner suffers extortion in your midst; the fatherless and the widow are wronged in you. 8You have despised my holy things and profaned my Sabbaths. 9There are men in you who slander to shed blood, and people in you who eat on the mountains; they commit lewdness in your midst. 10In you men uncover their fathers’ nakedness; in you they violate women who are unclean in their menstrual impurity. 11One commits abomination with his neighbor’s wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; another in you violates his sister, his father’s daughter. 12In you they take bribes to shed blood; you take interest and profit and make gain of your neighbors by extortion; but me you have forgotten, declares the Lord God.
13″Behold, I strike my hand at the dishonest gain that you have made, and at the blood that has been in your midst. 14Can your courage endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with you? I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it. 15I will scatter you among the nations and disperse you through the countries, and I will consume your uncleanness out of you. 16And you shall be profaned by your own doing in the sight of the nations, and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
17And the word of the Lord came to me: 18″Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to me; all of them are bronze and tin and iron and lead in the furnace; they are dross of silver. 19Therefore thus says the Lord God: Because you have all become dross, therefore, behold, I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. 20As one gathers silver and bronze and iron and lead and tin into a furnace, to blow the fire on it in order to melt it, so I will gather you in my anger and in my wrath, and I will put you in and melt you. 21I will gather you and blow on you with the fire of my wrath, and you shall be melted in the midst of it. 22As silver is melted in a furnace, so you shall be melted in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the Lord; I have poured out my wrath upon you.”
23And the word of the Lord came to me: 24″Son of man, say to her, You are a land that is not cleansed or rained upon in the day of indignation. 25The conspiracy of her prophets in her midst is like a roaring lion tearing the prey; they have devoured human lives; they have taken treasure and precious things; they have made many widows in her midst. 26Her priests have done violence to my law and have profaned my holy things. They have made no distinction between the holy and the common, neither have they taught the difference between the unclean and the clean, and they have disregarded my Sabbaths, so that I am profaned among them. 27Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, shedding blood, destroying lives to get dishonest gain. 28And her prophets have smeared whitewash for them, seeing false visions and divining lies for them, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord God,’ when the Lord has not spoken. 29The people of the land have practiced extortion and committed robbery. They have oppressed the poor and needy, and have extorted from the sojourner without justice. 30And I sought for a man among them who should build up the wall and stand in the breach before me for the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found none. 31Therefore I have poured out my indignation upon them. I have consumed them with the fire of my wrath. I have returned their way upon their heads, declares the Lord God.” –Ezekiel 22

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on Education or Academy on the subject of Westminster Shorter Catechism and the impact of Ezekiel 22:26 on it. We learn that this means going over a shortened version of the Westminster Confession of Faith, a training manual to provide instruction based on the basics of the faith. We learn how it was drafted by a council of Scottish and English theologians at Westminster with the intent to help unify the Presbyterian churches of England and Scotland through a common doctrinal basis. We learn how this was approved by Parliament in 1648 but lost its official status when the monarchy was restored under King Charles II who was Catholic. We learn how other Presbyterian churches as well as Congregationalists and Baptists picked this up with adaptations. (they mentioned particularly in the US) So what is a catechism you may ask? It is a set of questions and answers to help people better understand the faith – explaining doctrines and include specific Bible content. We learn in today’s devotional how question 61 focuses on the topic of the Sabbath and how it is supported by today’s reading from Ezekiel 22:26.

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
Westminster Shorter Catechism 
Question 61

Q: What is forbidden in the fourth commandment? 
A: The fourth commandment forbiddeth the omission or careless performance of the duties required,
1 and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is in itself sinful,2 or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our worldly employments or recreations.3

Ezekiel 22:26. Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 
Malachi 1:13. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the LORD. 
Amos 8:5. Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
Ezekiel 23:38. Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
Isaiah 58:13. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words. 
Jeremiah 17:24, 27. And it shall come to pass, if ye diligently hearken unto me, saith the LORD, to bring in no burden through the gates of this city on the sabbath day, but hallow the sabbath day, to do no work therein. . . But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched.
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project |
 WSC Question 61 
So where are you at today? Have you been going through the motions? Have you been going through the routine? Have you been trying to follow the rules? Or have you had a heart transformation? Have you started a relationship with Jesus? Have you invited Him into your heart?  So let’s pray
the-lords-prayer
Let’s pray…
Prayer of Salvation Example
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
Heavenly Father,
I thank You for this new day and for everything that is in it. I thank You Lord that I don’t walk into any situation without you or on my own. I thank You Lord that You will never leave me nor abandon me and will even prod me back on track when I try to go it my own way and get off track. Help me today Lord as I prepare for this day. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear so that I can bring Your truth, Your hope, Your light, and Your love into every situation. Help me to accomplish all that You prepared in advance for me to do. Give me opportunities and the boldness and courage to take them so that in and through it all, You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Amen.

THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 30])


So are you carrying your fair share? Are your works visible to demonstrate your faith? Are your works providing for your needs? Are you preparing the soil? Are you planting? Are you watering? Are you seeing God make it grow?

Today’s reading comes to us from 2 Thessalonians 3

Pray for Us

1Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, 2and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. 3But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. 4And we have confidence in the Lord about you, that you are doing and will do the things that we command. 5May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

Warning Against Idleness

6Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us. 7For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us, because we were not idle when we were with you, 8nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with toil and labor we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you. 9It was not because we do not have that right, but to give you in ourselves an example to imitate. 10For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. 11For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. 12Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.
13As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good. 14If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. 15Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.

Benediction

16Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
17I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the sign of genuineness in every letter of mine; it is the way I write. 18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

–from 2 Thessalonians 3

So let’s not grow weary in doing good works. Let’s allow our faith to be demonstrated in our works. Let’s allow God to provide for us in and through our works.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the impact of the Bible on Trade and Taxes speaks and teaches us about The Russian Revolution. We learn about the fact that the rebels platform was inconsistent, however, they tried to use the Bible in order to related and connect with the people. In 1917 the Soviet forces used slogans like “The Russian Soviet Republic is not the conqueror of other lands, but their liberator from the yoke of the predators”. Whereas another slogan came directly from our reading today in 2 Thessalonians 3:10…

‘For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. ‘ — 2 Thessalonians 3:10

when they had the slogan saying: “Soviet authority has decreed he who does not work shall not eat”. This isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last time in history that the words of the Bible will get co-opted for contrary or suspect views.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for Your Word and for allowing Your Word to interpret itself and to speak truth and life, instruction and wisdom, and never returning void. I thank You Lord that this is a new day and for all the incredible plans You have for everyone who is coming together in Your name to do good. Help us today to be salt and light. Help us today to be love and Jesus with skin on to those we serve. Help us Lord I pray to live out our lives ina way that demonstrates Your Word, Your love, Your hope, Your truth to everyone who sees us so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

JOHN HUS…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 27])


When the pressure is on and things are getting hot, what is on the inside bubbles out. So what does it say about your character? What does it say about your faith? What does it say about your heart? Are you trying to just put on a good front or has your heart truly changed and so when the pressure or heat get turned up does your hope, your faith, your trust, and your character that shows up reinforce what you have been saying and living?

Today’s reading comes to us from John 14

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

1″Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4And you know the way to where I am going.” 5Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
8Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves.
12″Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. 13Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Jesus Promises the Holy Spirit

15″If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, 17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
18″I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 21Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
25″These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.26But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. 28You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. 30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, 31but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

from John 14

Do you believe in the words of Jesus? Are you doing Jesus’ work? Are you asking in Jesus’ name? Are you living a life of love? Are you allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you and guide you through every day of your life? So don’t worry because who can get anything out of worrying? Lean in on Jesus! Trust in Jesus! Believe His Words are true! Will you take hold of Jesus’ Words and pursue Him and His way? Will you receive the gift of Jesus and the exclusivity of His words and promises? Will you take the narrow road?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of Trade and Taxes speaks to us about John Hus a forerunner to Martin Luther. We learn about how Martin Luther and other Reformers were greatly influenced by Hus’s strength of character and his faith in the face of the church’s brutality. We also learn how many of the key themes that came through the Reformation had already been being taught by Hus a century earlier. We read in today’s devotional about how Hus was burned alive as a heretic. We read in today’s devotional about how Hus in the midst of the pressure and the heat of the situation said “God almighty will strengthen the hearts of His faithful ones whom He hath chosen before the foundation of the world that they may receive an incorruptible crown.

Let’s Pray…

Salvation Prayer Example

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
This is the day that You have made, so I will rejoice and be glad in it. As I close up the week in preparations for the works You have for me the rest of the week, please give me eyes to see and ears to hear that I may complete the work You have prepared in advance for me to accomplish in a way that I will be a good steward and get to hear You say “Well done my good and faithful servant”. Lord, I ask all this so that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

PROTECTING ISRAEL…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 14])


Ever wondered how someone can know things? Ever wondered how someone can understand things? Ever wondered how someone can bring such unity? Ever wondered how such peace can be created? Ever wondered how such truth can exist?

Let’s take a look at today’s reading from Isaiah 11

The Righteous Reign of the Branch

1 There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.
6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
7 The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
9 They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
11In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush, from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea.

12 He will raise a signal for the nations
and will assemble the banished of Israel,
and gather the dispersed of Judah
from the four corners of the earth.
13 The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
and those who harass Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah,
and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
14 But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west,
and together they shall plunder the people of the east.
They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab,
and the Ammonites shall obey them.
15 And the Lord will utterly destroy
the tongue of the Sea of Egypt,
and will wave his hand over the River
with his scorching breath,
and strike it into seven channels,
and he will lead people across in sandals.
16 And there will be a highway from Assyria
for the remnant that remains of his people,
as there was for Israel
when they came up from the land of Egypt.

from Isaiah 11

Today’s reading gives us the answer which is Jesus. We read about the Holy Spirit worked with Jesus when He had given up His powers in order to be the ultimate sacrifice in order to bridge the gap and provide a way for us to be reconciled to God. We read about the peace that comes through Jesus. We read about the fruit that is produced through Jesus. We read about wisdom and understanding made available to us thanks to Jesus through the Holy Spirit. We read about Jesus provides righteousness and equity. We learn of a time where the chaos and the rebellion against God will be replaced by peace and unity. We learn about a time and a place where there is only faith, hope, and love thru Jesus. Jesus the shoot from the stump of Jesse. Jesus a branch that bears so much fruit. We see this through Jesus’ life and we realize it more in His ultimate sacrifice on the cross and then resurrection and ascension into Heaven.

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the topic of the impact of the Bible on trade and taxes brings us to the story of protecting Jerusalem. Today’s reading starts with the call of the Pope (Pope Urban II) to have a crusade to repel Muslim attacks on the Byzantine Empire and to protect Christians in Jerusalem. He quotes Isaiah 11:10 in his speech to encourage his audience.

‘In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. ‘

from Isaiah 11:10

We get to read a portion of the speech which says…

If, when the Lord had but just been crucified and the city was still held by the Jews, it was called holy by the evangelist when he says, ‘Many bodies of the saints that had fallen asleep were raised; and coming forth out of the tombs after His resurrection, they entered into the holy city and appeared unto many,’ and by the prophet Isaiah when be says, ‘It shall be His glorious sepulchre,’ then, surely, with this sanctity placed upon it by God the Sanctifier Himself, no evil that may befall it can destroy it, and in the same way glory is indivisibly fixed to His Sepulchre. Most beloved brethren, if you reverence the source of that holiness and I . you cherish these shrines which are the marks of His footprints on earth, if you seek (the way), God leading you, God fighting in your behalf, you should strive with your utmost efforts to cleanse the Holy City and the glory of the Sepulchre, now polluted by the concourse of the Gentiles, as much as is in their power.

–from http://the-american-catholic.com/2014/09/23/popewatch-urban-ii/

We learn in today’s devotional about how the First Crusade saw the capture of Jerusalem and ushered in 200 years of brutal war throughout Asia and Palestine. European crusaders would occupy Jerusalem for 88 years before Saladin, a Muslim military leader recaptured the city.

So will you look to the end and receive Jesus into your heart today? Will you be transformed now so that you can walk out this life with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus knowing that these are the three that will last into eternity?  Will you choose Jesus to be your Lord and Savior? Will you make the decision to transform the rest of your life by inviting Jesus into your life now? Will you make today the beginning leaving the old behind and step out into the new?

Let’s pray…

Prayer of Salvation Example

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord that You never leave me and never abandon me. I thank You Lord that You are the same yesterday, today, and forever and so I can put all of my hope and trust in You. I thank You Lord that I don’t need to walk in fear because I know in whom I trust and so will walk out this life with faith, hope, and love which will last forever and demonstrating love which is the greatest of these throughout my life and in my relationships. Help me Lord to shine the light and hope of Jesus into the world I walk out into today. Help me Lord to reflect the light and love of Jesus to all those I get to encounter today. Help me Lord to allow the joy of the Lord, Your joy, to be my strength. So that in all and ll of this You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

TODD BEAMER AND 9/11…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 13])


Where does your trust come from? Where does your hope come from? Where does your fulfillment come from? Where does your peace come from? Where does your wisdom come from? Where does your direction come from? Where does your courage come from? Where does your confidence come from? Where does your provision come from? Where does your protection come from? Where does your help come from?

Is it because of whom you believe? Is it because of where you know you are going? Is it because you know who is in control? Is it because you know who is leading you? Is it because you know who is comforting you? Is it because you know who is instructing and correcting you?

Today’s reading comes to us from Psalm 23

The Lord Is My Shepherd
A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
3 He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.

from Psalm 23

Do you have the trust of David in who God is? Do you have the faith to believe that God will do what He says He will do? Do you have the faith to trust God no matter what happens? Do you have faith that God already has a place for you in his house in heaven so walking out in obedience His plans on earth is easier to do? Do you have faith that allows you to consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds? Do you have faith that allows you to take heart when you face troubles?

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of the Bible’s impact on Trade and taxes brings us to the event of Sept 11, 2001 (I remember sitting in front of the TV before leaving for work wondering what was going on as it looked like an airplane was sticking out of a building, while still confused another plane flew into the second tower. Wow!) and in this case shares the story of Todd Beamer who was a passenger on the United flight 93. It was the plane where the passengers learned about the attacks and were not going to allow that to happen with their plane and so stormed the cockpit and stopped the hijackers. We learn in today’s devotional something about what happened before the storming of the cockpit. We learned that Todd Beamer called the United Airlines’ telephone service and went through Psalm 23 with the operator who answered his call. We learn that the last words the operator heard from Todd were “Let’s Roll!” which became inspirational for many. They saved the target, they stopped the hijackers, but through it they all sacrificed and lost their lives in the field near Shanksville, PA. We learn how “Let’s Roll!” was cited in the 2002 presidential State of the Union as is the title of his wife’s book reflecting on his life and that fateful day in American and world history.

June 13 - Psalm 23 - Freedom is not free - Sacrifice and HeroismJune 13 - Psalm 23 - Crew and Passengers of flight UA94

Have you received the forgiveness of God through Jesus Christ? Are you sure where you will be in the end? Will we meet in heaven  in the house of the Lord? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that you can find comfort and peace? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that you can be confident of where you will end up? Will you choose to invite Jesus into your heart so that through this journey called life you will have His rod and His staff to guide and correct you? Will you make time to meditate on His Word daily for wisdom and discernment? Will you be transformed into the new you God desires for you to be?

Let’s pray…

Sample Sinners Prayer

For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this day and for the words of encouragement through Your Word and today’s devotional. Help me today to walk out my life with the confidence and boldness that comes through my relationship with You. Help me Lord to live out this day reflecting the light of Jesus into the lives of the people You bring into my life. Help me Lord to to not worry – for worry changes nothing but to pray without ceasing living in continuous relationship with You. Help me Lord to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Help me Lord to be obedient to Your will. I ask all of this Lord so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.