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                                                  DAILY DEVOTIONS

SUNDAY -     FEBRUARY  17TH, 2019  -

TODAY IS THE LORD'S DAY! LET'S REMEMBER TO KEEP IT HOLY - LET'S BE LIKE JESUS AND FIND OURSELVES IN GOD'S HOUSE WORSHIPPING, PRAISING AND THANKING HIM FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS. WE DON'T GO TO CHURCH TO BE SAVED AND THEN QUIT, BUT WE GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED. ATTENDING CHURCH EACH WEEK, WITH OTHER BELIEVERS IS ESSENTIAL IN FULFILLING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, AND OUR CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT. OUR PASTOR HAS A SAYING THAT IF YOU'RE IN GOD'S HOUSE ON SUNDAY, THEN YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE. ARE YOU GOING TO BE "EXACTLY" WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE? THOSE WHO DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY, RUN THE RISK OF FAILING IN THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK. HERE'S THE QUESTION; CAN YOU MAINTAIN YOUR CHRISTIANITY AND DEVELOP A SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT BY NOT ATTENDING CHURCH WITH OTHER BELIEVERS? IT'S A FACT, WE CANNOT DO THAT ALONE. . . WE NEED EACH OTHER. SEE YOU IN CHURCH!

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         THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONS ARE ABOUT  ..PEACE!

God is  calling  us in this generation to be fully alive in him. As you read these devotions, ask God how they can impact you so you can impact others. Spread the word that God is on the move in the pursuit of capturing the hearts of all men…..JUST REMEMBER GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE! 

 

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MONDAY      - FEBRUARY  18TH -"PEACE OF GODLY THOUGHTS"

 

 

 

 

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3

When you are pouring a gallon jug of water into a larger container, you get that “glug glug glug”  effect as  the water leaves  the narrow neck of the gallon jug. That happens because water and air are colliding in the neck of the jug. Water is leaving and air is rushing in to fill the empty space.

Our minds are like that gallon jug; they have to  be filled  with  something. The more we fill our mind with godly thoughts, the less room there will be for ungodly thoughts. As the prophet Isaiah wrote, when our minds are focused on God we will be at peace (Isaiah 26:3). There will be no room for its opposite—worry and anxiety. The apostle Paul went further with a list of things to meditate on: things that are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8-9). That’s an expansive list—lots of things to choose from; lots of ways to remain free of worry.

Empty your mind of negative, ungodly thinking and let the good and godly thoughts rush in. There is no better source for good thoughts than the Word of God.

 

 

 

TUESDAY       -FEBRUARY  19TH-"PEACE IS PEACE-MAKER JESUS!" 

 

      

 

   

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. — John 14:27

Our world needs peace. There is so much conflict going on between people groups, nations, political parties, religious groups, churches, and even individual Christians.

First thing we need to know is, we have peace with God through the covering of our sins. That leads to peace within as we know we have a Father who loves us. Then, finally, there’s peace  with others as we  learn to serve and be gracious and forgiving.

Jesus’ peace is unique,  much  different from the  world’s kind of peace. He said, “I do not give to you as the world gives.” The world seeks peace, but it only touches the surface of our lives. It may lead to a temporary end of conflict, but it cannot cure the source of that conflict—sinful human hearts.

Remember …Jesus is the great peacemaker.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY -FEBRUARY 20TH-"PEACE- OF KNOWING GOD'S FORGIVENESS"

 

    

 

 

  

Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more. (Romans 5:20)

Have you ever been so embarrassed, by standing  in the  checkout line, swipe your card,  declined.  Swiped again.  Declined.  Could you believe it?  you know that there was plenty of credit on that card but  swipe, swipe, swipe: declined. what was going on? It was so embarrassing.

Have you ever been there before? Maybe your fear was justified. You knew your card was near the limit. Sometimes do we ever wonder how great our credit limit is with God? Just think, There have been  billions of people  throughout time coming to God for credit for forgiveness, swiping their spiritual card, time and time again.

Are you ever worried that God’s going to say to you: declined? That sin is just too great. You’ve just messed up too badly this time, declined. No more forgiveness for you.

What great words of comfort God has for us in Romans chapter 5. “But where sin increased, grace overflowed much more.” No matter how great your sins are, God’s grace is still the greatest. Jesus has offered a payment greater than your sins and so God can and will always forgive you.

You never have to worry that God is going to run out of grace. Where your sins increased God’s grace increased all the more. Jesus is a greater  Savior than you are a sinner. So keep coming to him. Keep asking for his forgiveness. Know the peace of hearing his words… yes… I forgive you in Jesus name.

 

 

 

THURSDAY    -FEBRUARY  21ST-"PEACE IN QUIETNESS & CONFIDENCE" 

 

 

 

 

In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15

Isaiah was dismayed when he saw the royal delegation leaving Jerusalem for Egypt. King Hezekiah was sending envoys to form a  military alliance instead of trusting God’s protection. Hezekiah hadn’t asked Isaiah’s advice, nor had he sought God’s counsel (Isaiah 30:2). Instead, the king’s diplomats treaded  through the desert (verse 6) on a mission doomed for failure (verse 7). Isaiah advised the caravan to turn back, saying: “In returning and rest you shall be saved.” He told them to turn around and return home, to rest in God’s protection, to quiet themselves, and to trust God’s promises. That, he said, would be their strength (verse 15). That’s our strength too.

We can’t solve all the problems facing us; and sometimes the more we try, the deeper the mess. We find little help in “Egypt.” But in returning to the Lord and resting in Him, we find deliverance, And in quietness and confidence, we find  strength. And peace in his presence.

 

 

 

FRIDAY          -FEBRUARY  22ND- "PEACE-GUARD IT..."

 

     

 

  

We must realize that peace is very strong- it’s not an absence of conflict, it’s a presence of God’s presence and power in our spirit. It belongs to us through Jesus. It’s the same peace that allowed Jesus to reach out and heal the soldier’s ear in the Garden  of Gethsemane  when his life was threatened.  It’s the same peace that spoke to a storm to be still. It wasn’t the absence of  trouble  in Jesus’  life- but the presence of the power of peace that enabled Jesus to live free from stress.

Jesus left you that very same peace. Then he gave us a condition for that peace to reign every day of our lives. He said guard it- he said don’t allow yourself to get disturbed or fearful- don’t permit those feelings  to make you  forget the peace power you have.   The doorway  to your peace being robbed is your mind. When thoughts of doubt and fear hit you, hit them with  God’s Word of truth  by speaking them out loud

When you guard your peace, it’s like shutting the door on your house and locking it. No robber can enter. You are secure. But when you allow your mind to worry and fear, then you have unlocked and open the door and enemies of your peace can come to steal it from you.

 

 

  

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                                               Final thoughts FOR THE WEEK

     THANK GOD FOR YOUR MANY BLESSINGS DURING THIS PAST WEEK!   ATTEND CHURCH THIS SUNDAY,  IT WILL BE GOOD.......

               

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY -    FEBRUARY 23RD, 2019   -    "LET'S MAKE PLANS!"

LIGGETT BAPTIST CHURCH INVITES YOU. . .

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST . . .THEN MORNING WORSHIP

. . .JUST REMEMBER THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU "ALL" WEEK TO DO WHATEVER YOU PLEASED, AND ALL HE ASK IS JUST ONE DAY THAT YOU SET ASIDE SOME TIME TO COME FOR A VISIT TO HIS HOUSE. COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING - HE'S BEEN GOOD TO YOU. . .CAN YOU NOT RETURN THE FAVOR?  THIS WEEKEND IS A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR YOU TO  WORSHIP THE LORD!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!  AND DON'T FORGET BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU! 

 


OUR CHURCH WAS NOMINATED TO ASSIST OUR UPPER CUMBERLAND ASSOCIATION WITH THE SUNDAY SCHOOL DEPARTMENT. SO. . .  AS BEING HEAD OF THAT DEPARTMENT, OUR CHURCH WILL PROMOTE SUNDAY SCHOOL TO THE FULLEST, NOT ONLY IN OUR CHURCH, BUT IN ALL THE CHURCHES THAT ARE IN OUR ASSOCIATION. AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE A DECLINE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, WE MUST REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL REALLY IS TO OUR CHRISTIAN WALK OF LIFE. THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY EACH PERSON THAT ATTENDS CHURCH, SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, AND NOT JUST THE WORSHIP SERVICE ONLY. HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY THAT YOU, IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY, NEED TO BE ATTENDING SUNDAY SCHOOL.

1. SUNDAY SCHOOL FULFILLS A VITAL FUNCTION IN HELPING THE CHURCH REACH ITS MISSION.

2. SUNDAY SCHOOL MOBILIZES THE CHURCH FOR EVANGELISM.

3. A MISSION IS BEST ACCOMPLISHED IN THE CONTEXT OF SMALL GROUPS - HENCE: SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES.

4. SUNDAY SCHOOL GIVES CHILDREN A SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE.

5. SUNDAY SCHOOL EQUIPS THE SAINTS TO DO THE WORK OF A MINISTRY.

6. MOST IMPORTANTLY, SUNDAY SCHOOL DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP FOR THE CHURCH. SUNDAY SCHOOL IS WHERE YOU LEARN FROM A BIBLICAL LESSON ALL ABOUT GOD'S WORD AND WHAT IT SAYS TO EACH ONE OF US.

SO YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL IS FOR YOU? YOU MAY ASK, "WHAT BENEFIT IS SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ME?" HERE'S THE WAY YOU CAN FIND OUT - JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO TRY IT. THEN YOU MAKE THE DECISION!

 

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BECAUSE HE LIVES!

SUPPOSE JESUS CHRIST HAD NOT RISEN FROM THE DEAD. WHERE WOULD THAT LEAVE US? WHAT ASSURANCE WOULD WE HAVE ABOUT ANYTHING IN LIFE? OUR CONFIDENCE? OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT DEATH? OUR HOPES? OR EVEN ABOUT EXISTENCE AFTER THIS LIFE - HOW WOULD IT ALL BE AFFECTED?

OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, HIS RESURRECTION WOULD SEEM RATHER MEANINGLESS, AS FAR AS YOU'RE CONCERNED. AND GOD KNEW THAT JESUS' RESURRECTION WOULD RAISE MANY QUESTIONS. HOWEVER, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS: DO YOU BELIEVE HE HAS RISEN?

THIS MEANS THAT IF THE RESURRECTION HAD NOT OCCURRED, OUR FAITH WOULD BE EMPTY AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL, BECAUSE AS BELIEVERS, OUR HOPE EXTENDS BEYOND THIS LIFE, BECAUSE JESUS HAS TRULY RISEN FROM THE DEAD. THE TOMB IS EMPTY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, JESUS HIMSELF TOLD OF HIS RESURRECTION. EVERYTHING HE PROMISED OR PREDICTED HAS COME TO PASS JUST AS HE SAID IT WOULD. THE FACT THEN, THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD GIVES US THE ABSOLUTE, UNQUESTIONABLE FOUNDATION FOR EVERYTHING ELSE WE BELIEVE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS, THAT WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR GOD IS ALIVE. JESUS WAS NOT SIMPLY SOME PREACHER OR TEACHER, BUT HE CLAIMED TO BE THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. IN FACT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS HE CAME - TO REVEAL THE HEAVENLY FATHER, SO WE COULD UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS LIKE. YOU MIGHT WONDER, IF CHRIST IS ALIVE, THEN WHAT IS HE DOING? HE IS SEATED AT THE FATHER'S RIGHT HAND, INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF. HE IS A LIVING GOD WHO CARES, LOVES, PROTECTS, AND HEARS OUR PRAYERS. HE IS A FORGIVING LORD, WHO IS CONTINUALLY ADVOCATING ON OUR BEHALF, AND WHAT'S MORE IS, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US WHO BELIEVES IN HIM . HE IS A RISEN SAVIOR WHO ALSO PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES, THOUGH HE WAS GOING AWAY, HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM LIKE ORPHANS, BUT JESUS ASSURED THEM HE WOULD SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH AND GUIDE EACH OF HIS FOLLOWERS UNTIL HE RETURNED. TODAY EVERY SINGLE BELIEVER IS INDWELT WITH THE SPRIT OF GOD, STARTING THE MOMENT HE OR SHE RECEIVES JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. ANOTHER GREAT PROMISE OF THE SCRIPTURES IS THE MOST BELOVED VERSE OF THE BIBLE - JOHN 3:16 - "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE." THAT MEANS FOREVER. IRREVOCABLE 100% SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE RISEN SAVIOR. BECAUSE HE LIVES AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD, WE KNOW THAT HE WILL RAISE US, TOO, SO THAT WE CAN LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER. THAT IS WHY WE SING, "HALLELUJAH, CHRIST AROSE!" HE IS OUR RISEN SAVIOR!

                                                                                                      

                                                                           

                                             

                       THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST

NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL HAPPEN.  IT IS PLAGUED BY MANY FALSE TEACHINGS.  MANY PREDICTION BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN SAYING THE EXACT DAY WHEN JESUS' RETURN WILL BE.  A MOVIE RECENTLY RELEASED, DECLARED THAT THE YEAR 2012 WILL BE WHEN JESUS WILL RETURN AND THE WORLD WILL END.  THESE BOOKS AND MOVIES HAVE MISLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN;  NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN.  ONLY GOD, THE FATHER, KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF HIS SON, JESUS WILL HAPPEN.  JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, "NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THAT DAY OR HOUR, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER  (MATTHEW 24:36, 40, 42).   THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD KEEP WATCH.  WE CAN EITHER STAY IDLE AND SIMPLY WAIT FOR JESUS' RETURN OR WE CAN BE PREPARED AND READY.  THIS IS DONE BY KNOWING WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS AND COMPARING THEM TO WHAT WE SEE IS HAPPENING TODAY AND TOMORROW, NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES,  BUT ALL AROUND THE WORLD.  THERE ARE OVER 100 BIBLE PASSAGES THAT DISCUSS THE  SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.  HIS FIRST COMING WAS IMPORTANT, BUT FAR  MORE  IMPORTANT  IS HIS  SECOND COMING;  WHY?   LET'S  LOOK  AT  THE  WORD S..E..C..O..N..D..   S-SUDDEN - ONLY THE FATHER IN HEAVEN KNOWS THE VERY SECOND AND CORRECT TIME THAT HIS SECOND COMING WILL TAKE PLACE.  IT WILL BE SUDDENLY. . . QUICKLY - JUST AS A LIGHTENING FLASH ACROSS THE SKY, OR THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE....IT WILL BE SUDDEN.   E-ESSENTIAL - THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL BE ONE OF THE  MAIN PILLARS OF CHRISTIAN  FAITH.  JESUS WILL COME AGAIN AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, IN ALL HIS GLORY FOR THE FINAL JUDGMENT.   C-CHRIST'S FINAL JUDGMENT -  AS THE BIBLE SAYS, JESUS WILL BE THE FINAL JUDGE OF THE WORLD.   O-OBVIOUS - IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THIS EARTH.  AND ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUE CHRISTIANS.  THOSE WHO LIVE BY A SET OF IDEALS THAT THINK THEY CAN ENTER HEAVEN BY THEIR GOOD DEEDS WILL OBVIOUSLY NOT.  THE BIBLE PLAINLY EXPLAINS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND LIFE ETERNAL IS ONLY BY ACCEPTING JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR.  N-NO ONE KNOWS - NO ONE KNOWS THE EXACT TIME AND DAY THAT THE LORD WILL RETURN.  GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME.  TIME REALLY DON'T MATTER TO HIM.  WE SHOULD NOT BE DECEIVED IN THINKING OR BELIEVING THAT ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF KNOWS THE VERY HOUR OF JESUS' RETURN.  D-DOUBTERS BEWARE - AS THE TIME DRAWS EVER SO CLOSE TO HIS SECOND APPEARING, THERE WILL BE INCREASING AND WIDESPREAD DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER JESUS WAS EVEN REAL.  PEOPLE WILL START WONDERING IF GOD REALLY EXISTS.  DON'T GIVE IN TO DOUBT, REMAIN TRUE AND FAITHFUL AND GREAT WILL BE YOUR REWARD.   THIS IS ONLY A GUESS,  BUT HIS IMMENSE LOVE FOR US ALL IS MAKING HIM PUT IT OFF FOR YET ANOTHER DAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? WILL IT BE THEN?  ARE YOU READY?  AS EACH DAY CLOSES AND WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR HIS RETURN YET ANOTHER DAY, HE IS GIVING US PRECIOUS TIME TO MAKE SURE WE'RE READY? PLEASE. . . BE READY AND WAITING!

 

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     NO EXCUSE SUNDAY

TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL “NO EXCUSE”  SUNDAY.  HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE WILL DO TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.

1.        COTS WILL BE PLACED IN THE FOYER FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “SUNDAY IS MY ONLY DAY TO SLEEP IN.”

2.          MURINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH TIRED EYES FROM WATCHING T.V. TOO LATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

3.          WE WILL HAVE STEEL HELMETS FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “THE ROOF WOULD CAVE IN IF I EVER CAME TO CHURCH.”

4.          STEEL-TOED SHOES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT THEIR TOES STEPPED ON.

5.          BLANKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE CHURCH IS TOO COLD AND FANS FOR THOSE WHO SAY IT IS TOO HOT.

6.          WE WILL HAVE HEARING AIDES FOR THOSE WHO SAY “THE PREACHER SPEAKS TOO SOFTLY” AND COTTON FOR THOSE WHO SAY HE PREACHES TOO LOUDLY.

7.          FOR THOSE WHO USUALLY GO FISHING ON SUNDAY, INSTEAD OF COMING TO WORSHIP, THE BAPTISTERY WILL BE STOCKED WITH BASS AND BLUE GILL, (BRING YOUR OWN POLE).

8.          SUNGLASSES WILL BE IN THE PEWS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THE LIGHTS ARE TOO BRIGHT AND MINITURE FLASHLIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY CAN’T SEE TO READ THE HYMNALS

9.          THE AUDITORIUM WILL BE DECORATED WITH BOTH CHRISTMAS POINSETTAS AND EASTER LILIES FOR THOSE WHO ONLY ATTEND CHURCH TWICE A YEAR.

10.      SCORE CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LIST THE HYPOCRITES PRESENT.

11.       THERE WILL BE T.V. DINNERS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY HAVE TO STAY HOME FROM CHURCH AND COOK.

12.      SOME RELATIVES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE, FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY LIKE TO GO VISITING ON SUNDAY.

 FINALLY, TIME CLOCKS WILL BE INSTALLED FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR TIME SPENT FOR GOD.

 

THESE MAY SOUND LIKE UN-BELIEVABLE EXCUSES, AND SOME ARE SORT OF FUNNY, BUT IN REALITY, HOW MANY OF THESE EXCUSES HAVE YOU HEARD. . .  . .  OR USED YOURSELF? ? ? ?

 

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