Wade’s Wednesday

Using Time Well

By Charles F Stanley

The Lord gives us resources and abilities, and He desires that we use them well. One such gift is time.

In order to manage our coming days effectively, we should continually review the one we’ve just lived: What activities did we choose? How much time did each take? What were the results? This discipline will reveal what is most important to us.

In looking closely at our assessments, we can determine what drives our decisions about how to use time. Some people merely respond to circumstances for a majority of their day. They jump from one thing to the next, handling whatever appears in their world at the moment—whether personal, family, or business matters. But this style of living misses the mark.

Other people spend their time according to desires. They want to relax, so they get home and watch television for the evening. Or they love to hunt, so they use their time to research equipment and locate wildlife in the forest. Desires are not bad, but they should not drive the bulk of our actions.

Thankfully, there are also people who live according to what they deem important. Loving God and serving others, for instance, are two biblical values that should, ideally, determine what we do with our time.

If you itemize your activities and their time consumption over the course of a week, you might be surprised at which are the predominant events. Each moment is a gift, so set aside a few minutes each evening to plan the next day. Then revisit how you spent the last 24 hours. This will help you to live purposefully.

Tuesday with Karen

So thankful for how God blesses His children day after day! KI
Thanksgiving & Praise

Thanksgiving & praise, we give unto God,
Who loves His children and changes not;
He keeps us within the shadow of His wing,
It’s enough to make our grateful heart sing!
Thanksgiving & praise, we give to God today,
He listens to our prayers, hearing all we say;
He blesses more than our heart deserves,
Faithful & True to each promise in His Word!
Thanksgiving & praise, our heart, to Him gives,
The One who gives us each breath as we live;
He’ll walk beside us every step of the way,
God never forsakes us, even when we stray!
Thanksgiving & praise, God has from our heart,
Savior & Redeemer, His blood sets us apart;
Redemption, eternal life, and so much more,
Loving grace is ours when we know the Lord!
11-14-19
**Thanksgiving 2019

Gratitude

Time to Thank, Time to Share

Thanksgiving is a time to share. A roasted turkey stuffed with care,
potatoes, yams and buttered rolls are passed around in festive bowls.

But first we thank our God above and share with others his great love.
The dish served last is always best — a slice of pie for every guest.

—MaryAnn Sundby

Gratitude

In the week before Thanksgiving Mary-Jo asked her class of 9 year-olds to write a paragraph entitled: ‘What I am most thankful for on Thanksgiving Day’.

All Joey could write was: ‘I am thankful that I’m not a turkey at Thanksgiving.’

The Sacrifices of Thanksgiving

Once again in November, Americans will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Everyone goes around saying, “Lord, we’re so thankful for all You have done for us.” There’s nothing wrong, of course, with being thankful for all God has given us. But we need to do more than just offer thanksgiving to God. We need to do some thanks-living for God.

How do we do that? The psalmist offers us a good first step:

“Oh, that men would praise the LORD for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing” (Psalm 107:21-22, italics mine).

What are the “sacrifices of thanksgiving” we should offer to God? In God’s Word there are five spiritual sacrifices you can offer all this month and the rest of your life as unto the Lord. You might want to make a little checklist, put it in your Bible, and ask, “Am I continually offering to the Lord the sacrifices of Thanksgiving?”

The Hand of Comfort

By Randy Kilgore

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, . . .
who comforts us in all our troubles
. 2 Corinthians 1:3–4

“Patient is combative,” the nurse’s notes read.

What she didn’t realize until later was that I was having an allergic reaction as I awakened after a complicated open-heart surgery. I was a mess, with a tube down my throat. My body began shaking violently, straining against the straps on my arms, which were there to keep me from suddenly pulling out my breathing tube. It was a frightening and painful episode. At one point, a nurse’s assistant to the right side of my bed reached down and simply held my hand. It was an unexpected move, and it struck me as especially gentle. I began to relax, which caused my body to stop shaking so badly.

Having experienced this with other patients, the nurse’s assistant knew that a hand of comfort could minister to me as well. It was a vivid example of how God uses comfort when His children suffer.

Comfort is a powerful and memorable tool for any caregiver, and Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 it’s an important part of God’s toolbox. Not only that, but God also multiplies the impact of His comfort by calling us to use the memory of the comfort He gives us to comfort others in similar situations (vv. 4–7). It is but another sign of His great love; and one we can share with others—sometimes in the simplest of gestures.

Thank You, Father, for the comfort You provide to us, either directly or through the acts of Your children. Help us to see where we can apply that same comfort to others in and for Your name.

Simple gestures can bring powerful comfort.

A Treasure Map

By Max Lucado

In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.                                                         —John 1:1

The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. A thousand times over it the grave has been dug, and the dirge has begun, but somehow the Bible never stays in the grave. Not only has it survived, it has thrived. It is the single most popular book in all of history. It has been the best-selling book in the world for years!

“There is no way on earth to explain it. Which perhaps is the only explanation. The answer? The Bible’s durability is not found on earth; it is found in heaven. For the millions who have tested its claims and claimed its promises there is but one answer – the Bible is God’s book and God’s voice.”

The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God’s plan and passion to save His children. That is the reason this book has endured through the centuries.  It is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure: Eternal life.

The Bible is a book that has not come from the will of man, but the will of God. God put Himself into the Bible, and that is why it is still the number one selling book of all times.

If you blow into a balloon, your life, your very DNA, is in that balloon. The Bible has the DNA of God, and that is why it is a living book.

Friday Funnies

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

A small business owner was dismayed when a brand new corporate chain much like his own opened up next door and erected a huge sign which read BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEALS. He was horrified when another competitor opened up on his right, and announced its arrival with an even larger sign, reading LOWEST BLACK FRIDAY PRICES. The small business owner panicked, until he got an idea. He put the biggest sign of all over his own shop-it read… MAIN ENTRANCE.

ONE LINERS

Q: Who profits the most on Black Friday?

A: The one who was smart enough not to go shopping on that day. 

Q: What do people eat on Black Friday? 

A: Whatever they couldn’t finish on Thanksgiving Thursday.

Black Friday: A day Americans are willing to kill over materialistic things just a day after celebrating what they’re already thankful for. 

 

Sunday Dinner

A young couple invited their pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having.

“Goat,” the little boy replied.

“Goat?” replied the Pastor, “Are you sure about that?”

“Yes,” said the youngster. “I heard Dad say to Mom, ‘We might as well have the old goat for dinner today as any other day.”

Bible Study

 WHO ARE YOU WALKING LIKE 1 John 2:6 

We become like those we are around. For instance, as I grew up, without realizing it, I began to walk like my father. I have also picked up many other characteristics from him, some desirable, others no so much so. Now that is from a physical point of view. However, from a spiritual point of view, there is another in Who’s steps we are to walk, and His name is Jesus Christ.

When a person first comes to Jesus for salvation, there are some instantaneous changes that take place, yet it is very natural for them to retain some of the characteristics from their old life. However, as they grow and mature in the Lord, there should be changes that begin to take place. These changes are produced as we learn more about God, Christ, and the Bible, and as we yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Hopefully, as these changes take place, we will find that our attitudes, our actions, our attractions, etc, become less like the old, pre-salvation person and more like the Lord Jesus.

I would like for us to think about these questions as we address the question that stands as the theme for this lesson, “Who are you walking like?” ”Are you walking like Jesus?”

I. A PROFESSION DECLARED

The word “saith”. Those referred to in this passage have a profession of faith. That is, they have said that they are saved. Let’s examine their claim, as well as our own. When they make the profession that they “abide in Him”, they are saying a mouthful!

A. A Declaration Of Salvation – Those referred to in this passage claim to be “in” Jesus. There is only one way into Him and that is through receiving Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, Acts 16:31.

To be “in” Jesus is the only place of salvation, of safety, of security. Of peace, of happiness, of being right with God , of being delivered from Hell, of being certain of Heaven. The benefits of being “in” Jesus are enormous, but the consequences of not being “in” Him are catastrophic!

Actually, getting saved is about the most simple thing a person can do. There are only a few things you need to know and accept and one thing you need to do. Allow me to share them with you.

1. You Must Know That You Are A Sinner – Rom. 3:10; 23

2. You Must Understand That There Is A Penalty On your Sin – Rom. 6:23; Rom, 5:12; Psa. 9:17.

3. You Must Know That God Loves You And That He Has Made A Way For You To Be Saved – John 3:16; Rom. 5:8.

4. You Must Believe The Gospel – Rom. 10:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:3-4.

5. You Must Be Willing To Turn From Your Sins – Luke 13:3. This doesn’t mean that you must be perfect before you can be saved.

It just means that you are aware of your sins, that you are sorry for your sins and that you are willing to let the Lord take your sins away, along with your desire for them. It means simply, that you are willing to be changed, 2 Cor. 5:17.

6. You Must Be Willing To Call On Jesus Christ Alone For Salvation – Rom. 10:13. This is the one thing that you must do. Salvation can never become a reality in your life until you make that decision to bow before the Lord and ask Jesus to come into your heart and life.

7. You Must Know That You Should Not Wait – 2 Cor. 6:2.

B. A Declaration Of Surrender – The word “abide” means “to tarry, or to dwell.” This brings to mind another passage where john used this word. In john 15:1-11, John records the words of Jesus, where Jesus says that He is the True Vine and that we, who are saved, are the branches. Just like a branch on a literal vine, our duty to our Savior is to abide in Him. This means that we are to draw our very life from Him. We are to surrender to His will and to His power in us. We are to bear fruit, but we cannot make fruit happen. We are to yield everything up to Jesus in absolute and total surrender, Rom. 12:1-2. Is your life totally surrendered to the will of God? Are you truly abiding in the vine?

How do you go about abiding in Jesus? The only possible way for us to abide in Him is to spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer. As we spend more time with Him, we will learn more about Him, we will learn to love Him more and we will find more areas of our lives to yield to His will and control.

C. A Declaration Of Service – The concept of abiding also carries the idea of service. Not only does one need to be saved and surrendered, but that person also needs to be serving. Love for Christ that manifests itself in service to Christ is as natural to the Christian as is breathing.

When we are saved and abiding in Him as we should be, then the natural outcome of that is fruit bearing, John 15:5. When a person is saved and surrendered they will naturally serve the Lord and will bear much fruit for His glory, Matt. 7:17-20; Gal. 5:22-23. Are you bearing much fruit?

While 1 John 2:6 is a small, short verse. The people John refers are making quiet a boast. They say that are saved, they say they are surrendered and they say they are faithfully serving God. They say what many in our day say. Yet, people can say anything they like! The proof, as they say, is in the pudding. John is about to tell us that it doesn’t matter much what you say, the reality of your life exists in what you do!

I. A Profession Declared

II. A PERFORMANCE DEMANDED

A. A Reasonable Expectation –  “Ought” = “to be indebted to”, “Himself” refers to the one making the profession. John is telling us that every person who claims to be saved should recognize that he has a personal responsibility to discharge a debt he owes to God. I do not mean to imply that we could ever pay God back for our salvation, however, we should all recognize that God didn’t save us just to keep us out of Hell. We have a serious obligation to the Lord!

Every saved person owes God 100 % surrender and effort. But, let’s face it, many are doing nothing to serve the Lord and to discharge this debt. Some people feel that it is enough for them to just come to church on Sunday morning, or to drop in when they feel like it. Others fill up their lives with everything under the sum and leave no time for God or His work. Maybe we need to read Rom. 12:1-2 again! Our reasonable service is to give him everything we are in total sacrifice and surrender. If our lives are really sacrificed to Him, then we will have no rights, but all we are and do is left totally up to Him. That is biblical, 1 Cor. 6:20! By the way, your service to the Lord, or the lack thereof, says all that there is to say about your spiritual condition – James 2:18.

According to our text, this is what you “ought” to so, but what is the real story? Does Jesus come in a distant second or worse to you activities and the plans of your life? Who are we really walking to please, us or God? It ought to be Him! Remember the terrible price Jesus paid to save your soul! Our love for Jesus is told by what we do rather than by what we say! Calvary and the infinite love of God for you! The least you and I can do is walk for Him!

B. A Remarkable Example  – This verse tells us that every person ought to walk like Jesus. He is to be the standard for which we are to all reach. Every step we take should be patterned after Him and after His walk. How did Jesus walk? A few examples from His life may answer this question and teach us how we need to live.

1. He Placed God’s Will Ahead Of All Things – John 4:34; John 6:38; Luke 22:42. ( Matt. 6:33)

2. He Loved All Men Equally – He never turned anyone away – Matt. 12:15.) Mk. 10:21 ( Matt. 22:37-39; John 13:15.)

3. He Always Did Those Things That Pleased God – In other words, He did not live for self, but for the glory of God. (John 8:29) (John 14:15)

4. He Was Compassionate Toward Others – (Matt. 9:36; Mt. 14:14; Mk. 1:41) (Eph.. 4:32; Phil. 2:4)

5. He Was A Man Of Faith – John 11:41-42 ( Mk. 11:22; Rom. 14:23; Heb. 11:6)

6. Above all, He was a man who walked with God! Jesus was the perfect revelation of God to man – John 14:9; John 10:30. His very life could be summed up by 2 verses, Gal. 5:22-23. This should also be true of us! This is possible for us only when we yield totally to the Holy Spirit! Ill. Jesus was a Spirit filled man!

Victory Baptist Church 20 November 2019 victory palmetto.com

Wade’s Wednesday

Longings of the Soul

By Billy Graham

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness; for they shall be filled. —Matthew 5:6

It has been my privilege to know what it means to walk in the way of Christ. What a thrilling, joyous experience it is to wake up every morning and know His presence in the room! What a thrilling, joyous experience it is to know in the evening, when the sun is setting, the peace of God as you go to bed and to sleep, and to sleep the sleep of only those who know Christ! What a joy it is to walk in the eternal and permanent experience of Christ!

Do you hunger for such a walk? Do you long for such joy, peace, contentment, abandonment, and adventure in your own soul? If this is your hunger and desire, then God will do exactly what He has promised to do: He will fill you. Every promise God has ever made, He has kept—or will keep.

Tuesday With Karen

by Karen Icenhour
Help Is On The Way
Help is on the way, for the broken hearted,
Over loved ones our life has seen departed;
He knows the depth of our grief is so real,
And His voice still whispers, Peace, be still!
Help is on the way, when we face the foe,
The Lord is there, He never leaves us alone;
Like a roaring lion, Satan seeks to destroy,
But God is with us, it’s reason for pure joy!
Help is on the way, for anything we face,
Nothing ever comes, without Him giving grace;
He knows all things, & gets there before we do,
He’s willing & able to lovingly lead us through!
Help is on the way, in a life that deeply hurts,
In all we have to face, He will get there first;
For His fulfilling or to see your joy replaced,
Do not be discouraged, help is on the way!
6-12-17
**After Bro. Curtis preached this.

Wisdom

by Charles Stanley

A growing number of people in our world fail to seek God for His wisdom. Instead, they strive to satisfy their passions and desires without regard to their futures or to the consequences of their decisions.

This is a spiritually dangerous way to live. When we try to live apart from the counsel of God’s wisdom, we suffer disillusionment, fear, doubt, worry, and frustration. Our lives fall apart when we do not involve the Savior in our decisions.

The wisest approach to life’s challenges is to seek God for His plan, direction, and spiritual insight. But how can we do that? The next time you face a challenge or an important decision, seek God’s wisdom by doing the following:

• Seek Him—If you want to know God’s heart on a given issue or when you have to make a difficult decision, ask Him. Take time to pray—but in your times of prayer, don’t do all the talking. Listen for God’s still, small voice whispering His words of guidance and encouragement to you.

• Meditate on God’s Word—You will gain insight into God’s mind and heart by studying Scripture and meditating on its truth. Difficult decisions become easier to make when God is the One guiding you.

• Obey the principles of Scripture—When you set your heart on obeying God, He will teach you how to apply His truth in your life. Then you will know the way of wisdom.

• Observe the faithfulness of God—The Lord has never failed to keep a single promise He has made. The Bible is full of testimonies that celebrate His goodness and love. Learn to claim His promises as you read His Word.

• Heed godly counsel—God can use a pastor or trusted Christian friend to help you see beyond your weaknesses. Don’t hesitate to share your needs and fears with those who love the Lord and you.

• Associate with wise people—Choose your friends wisely. Include God in every relationship, and you will establish a strong, godly base of counselors to support you in making wise decisions.

Because God loves us, we have no need to worry about the future. He has a plan, not only for our lives, but also for every problem we face. Oswald Chambers said, “All our fret and worry is caused by calculating without God.” Take time today to renew your trust in God and His ability to provide the wisdom you need.