SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, “JOB’S LUCK”…(The Bible’s Impact on Literature [August 9])


Will you persevere? Will you press on? Will you trust? Will you believe? No matter what? Don’t give up! Don’t give in! Don’t lose hope! Don’t lose faith! Remember what faith is…

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. –from Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

in a different translation we read

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
–from Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

So be confident in what God says! Be confident in His promises! Be confident that His plans are good! Be confident that He can turn what the enemy plans for evil and use it for good! Be confident that His plans are to give you a hope and a future!

Consider the evidence! Consider the assurance! Remember the testimonies of your faith and the evidence God produced and provided! Don’t lose hope put your trust in God!

Today’s reading comes to us from Job 35 who never walked away from God even in the midst of the trials and tribulation from the devil. Does he ask questions? Yes. Does he bring his concerns before God? Yes. God wants an intimate relationship with us. It’s ok to ask, to seek, and to knock. How will you respond when you get your answer?

1Then Elihu said:
2“Do you think this is just?
You say, ‘I am in the right, not God.’
3Yet you ask him, ‘What profit is it to me,
and what do I gain by not sinning?’

4“I would like to reply to you
and to your friends with you.
5Look up at the heavens and see;
gaze at the clouds so high above you.
6If you sin, how does that affect him?
If your sins are many, what does that do to him?
7If you are righteous, what do you give to him,
or what does he receive from your hand?
8Your wickedness only affects humans like yourself,
and your righteousness only other people.

9“People cry out under a load of oppression;
they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful.
10But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker,
who gives songs in the night,
11who teaches us more than he teaches the beasts of the earth
and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?’
12He does not answer when people cry out
because of the arrogance of the wicked.
13Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea;
the Almighty pays no attention to it.
14How much less, then, will he listen
when you say that you do not see him,
that your case is before him
and you must wait for him,
15and further, that his anger never punishes
and he does not take the least notice of wickedness.
16So Job opens his mouth with empty talk;
without knowledge he multiplies words.”

–from Job 35

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on literature brings us the topic of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and his poem Job’s Luck. We learn how his poems and writings contained many biblical and religious references. We read about how he was a lyrical poet, critic, and philosopher. We learn about how prominent he was in the English Romantic movement. We even get to see how he was able to find some humor in the story of Job with his poem “Job’s Luck” which goes like this…

Sly Beelzebub took all occasions
To try Job’s constancy and patience;
He took his honours, took his health,
He took his children, took his wealth,
His camels, horses, asses, cows—
And the sly Devil did not take his spouse.
But Heaven that brings out good from evil,
And loves to disappoint the Devil,
Had predetermined to restore
Twofold all Job had before,
His children, camels, horses, cows,—
Short-sighted Devil, not to take his spouse!

–from Job’s Luck by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I remember when I used to dread reading Job and how it would speak into my current situation. Were things going to get touch or rough? That was up until 2013 when on my last day on the job my reading came from Job 42:12 and my next working day was going to be at a new company after 19 years and 1 day at the first company I had worked for right out of university. I remember telling my friend my interpretation (the second half of his life was twice as good as the first) and he questioned it until I shared the start of Job’s story and the numbers that were there.

‘In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. ‘

–from Job 1:1-3

vs

And the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

We learn through Job’s story to persevere and how in the end God’s plan is for good not for evil and it is to give us a hope and a future. So now I don’t fear or worry about what will happen when I get to Job but rather how will God use this time in order to bring himself the praise, the honor, and the glory.

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 for this new day and for all that will be in it. Help me Lord I pray that I may bring You praise, honor, and glory. Help me Lord to take hold of the truths and promises of Your Word so that I won’t lose hope, I won’t worry, and I won’t fear. Help me Lord I pray to live out today in a way that will lift You up. Help me Lord to see the vision and the purpose and the plan so that I may go beyond being a hearer of the word but living out being a doer of the word in a way that will bring You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s 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.

 

ORIGINS OF THE WORK-LIFE BALANCE…(The Bible’s Impact on Trade and Taxes [June 24])


Work-Life balance, what does that mean to you? I have heard it spoken of by different people at different times at different companies. What is the difference between work and life? What does work mean? What does life mean? Are you getting rest? Is rest part of your balancing act?

For me, I do get my sleep. For me, I tell people that since work is busy, I make life busy so that I can keep work-life balance. Some say I am pretty sure that isn’t what they meant. Others say, you need to sleep which I respond, oh, I sleep. So what about you? What do your priorities look like? What do your goals look like? What do your plans look like? I remember when things go out of balance for me and I had to do a reset. It was so out of balance that I was missing out on the right amount of sleep and it started to affect my health. So I went back to what are my priorities in rank order. Once I did that I reflected on if I was living my life in alignment to what I said my priorities were. In that time I wasn’t. So I did a reset and changed the way I was living my life so that you could tell from my time and investment what my priorities were. As an example depending on if you use 0 or 1 as your first number the list looks like this:

  • God
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • Work
  • Service

So I had to reflect on things like am I putting First Things First? To this day it has helped me with what things I can or can’t do, when I can and can’t do, why I can or can’t do. How about you? Do you have a list? Are you living it? Are you putting First Things First? I remember a book I read many years back now that spoke of just that.

Today’s reading comes to us from Mark 2

Jesus Heals a Paralytic

1And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. 2And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. 3And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. 4And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. 5And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, 7″Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? 9Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? 10But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— 11″I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” 12And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Jesus Calls Levi

13He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. 14And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him.
15And as he reclined at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners were reclining with Jesus and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

A Question About Fasting

18Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 19And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. 20The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day. 21No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the patch tears away from it, the new from the old, and a worse tear is made. 22And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins—and the wine is destroyed, and so are the skins. But new wine is for fresh wineskins.”

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

23One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26how he entered the house of God, in the time of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?”27And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”

from Mark 2

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the subject of Trade and Taxes comes to us on the topic of the origins of the work-life balance. It points us to the text from Mark 2:27 which is part of our reading from today which says…

‘And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. ‘

from Mark 2:27

So how is work-life balance looking to you now? Today’s devotional points to how the Bible starts in Genesis with the portrait of a God who works for 6 days:

The Creation of the World

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

–from Genesis 1

and then to Adam we see the instructions about the importance of work…

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

–from Genesis 2:15

Today’s devotional then points us to the importance of rest.

The Seventh Day, God Rests

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.

–from Genesis 2:1-3

And in Exodus 20, we get a command for humans to follow God’s pattern of rest:

9 Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.

–from Exodus 20:9-10

We see that it isn’t just and Old Testament thing as it appears in our message from today in Mark 2 which says:

‘And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. ‘

–from Mark 2:27

Today’s devotional concludes about how many organizations, companies, communities, families, and individuals continue to value the Bible’s teaching about the Sabbath and maintain the practice of devoting at least one day a week to rest.

So how about you? Are you finding work-life balanced? Are you finding that you are balancing out your time? Are your priorities in the right order to enable you to find balance? Have you had an encounter with God that will help you to learn and build upon these truths?

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 new day and this message. I thank You Lord that You made a way even when there didn’t seem to be a way through Jesus. I thank You Lord that You didn’t have to wait for me to be perfect before reaching out to me and helping me to reconcile back to You. Lord, help me today to speak life, speak love, speak hope into all the people that will come my way today and in the weeks and months to come. Help me to speak truth in love so that in and through it all 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.