Are We Really Too Busy? – 3

*Pastor’s Note: Here’s the promised third part and conclusion from our Brother-in-the-Lord, Wally Fry from his Facebook Group, Truth In Palmyra and if you haven’t already checked it out, you need to as it will afford you some tremendous blessings.

As I try to remind people, please stop by his group and let him know you appreciate his ministry for us as well as for the Lord. While you’re there, check out his other posts. Remember, all these articles are a sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord! (Yes, even the humor!) Give him a like and some encouragement! Let him know his service is appreciated. God Bless!


Truth In Palmyra    By Wally Fry

PART THREE

So far we should be in agreement that reading and studying God’s Word is important; also data clearly shows that we do not do very well in this important area. What can we do about it?

Here are some strategies that might be of some use for those readers really interested in getting with God’s program of daily time in His Word. For those NOT really interested, just move along I guess, as this won’t apply to you.

Commit to it. Our walk of faith is not accidental; it must be intentional. Remember Daniel? Early in his life Daniel and some friends were faced with a test of their faith. Most Christians know the story of Daniel and his friends refusing to eat the King’s meat. Daniel 1:8 tells us that Daniel “purposed in his heart” not to eat the meat offered by The King. The application here is that, for anything we want to accomplish for and through God, we still have to make an intentional decision to actually do it. Any talk of some daily study plan is irrelevant if we aren’t committed to doing it.

Make choices. The truth is, there are only 24 hours in a day; that is just a fact and a reality. We all make choices daily about the things we get to do or do not get to do. In some cases, it may be as simple as deciding which TV show to watch. We can’t watch two at once, so we choose. Do we go to this party or that party? The list goes on and on. We choose to not do things because of time every single day.

How do we decide? We decide based on what is important to us; we decide on based on what matters to us; we decide based on what will bring us the most payoff and once again the list goes on and on. Because we have committed to some things, choosing them becomes quite easy. The same is true for daily Bible study; if we commit to it, then we have to make the choice of what NOT to do to make room for it.

Pick a time; make it a habit. How many things do we have a time assigned at which we do it? Once again, television comes to mind. I know people who would no more miss Monday Night Football than they would skip eating for a week. What about work? Most of us have a particular time we have to report in. The point is, we have a time at which we do those things. That time belongs to those things, and because of that we do them. They are habits.

The time doesn’t matter; pick what works. But do pick, and assign that time and don’t allow another thing to infringe or take that time. I like really early in the morning. It’s all mine, as nobody else is awake then. It’s quiet, as nobody else is awake then. It also happens to be the time of day when I am freshest and most able to concentrate. It is my most effective time of the day, and I feel God deserves my best time. And that’s not just my opinion, I got it from God, who has made many references to us giving Him our firstfruits in His Word. Get a Concordance and check out firstfruits if you don’t believe me.

Now, let’s sum up. The sign said, “If you’re too busy to read the Bible, you’re too busy.” That is simply true and non-negotiable. I say non-negotiable because that is how God sees it, and that seals it. I can cook up justification otherwise until the day ends, and I would simply be wrong. And guess what? If you do that, you are wrong as well.

So, commit to it, make choices, pick your time and begin a new habit that I promise will transform your Christian walk.

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Daily Prayer & Praise 8/12/2022


Prayer for Friday 8-12-2022

Lord our God, You are our strength and shield. Our hearts hope in You and we are helped. Accept us from among all the nations as a people who want and desire to serve You. Strengthen our hearts, especially when we must be tested in every way and must face the many hardships that will come when we take up our task of proclaiming Your name among the nations and witnessing of You. For You are strong and can protect us. You can fill us with light and with joy to proclaim again and again the salvation that is coming through Your all-powerful goodness, mercy and grace, the salvation offered in Jesus Christ the Lord. In His name we ask these things of You.

Amen.

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Adapted from the Daily Written Prayers of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, 1842–1919. In Public Domain
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Judson’s Call To Boston Church

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When Adoniram Judson graduated from college and seminary he received a call from a fashionable church in Boston to become its assistant pastor. Everyone congratulated him. His mother and sister rejoiced that he could live at home with them and do his life work, but Judson shook his head. “My work is not here,” he said. “God is calling me beyond the seas. To stay here, even to serve God in His ministry, I feel would be only partial obedience, and I could not be happy in that.” Although it cost him a great struggle he left mother and sister to follow the heavenly call. The fashionable church in Boston still stands, rich and strong, but Judson’s churches in Burma had fifty thousand converts, and the influence of his consecrated life is felt around the world.

But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. – Acts 20:24

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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J.C. Ryle Quote 8/12/2022

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Psalm 119:105 – Ole Hallesby

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For Friday August 12, 2022:

PSALM 119:105

Psalm 119:105 (NKJV)
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

Many children of God think that this promise is not being fulfilled in their lives. They pray for light and desire earnestly to know the will of God. But they do not think that they receive a definite answer.

The reason is in many instances that they misunderstand the light that God does give them. They forget that it is a lamp unto our feet.

On a dark autumn evening, a little lantern in our hand, we stand ready to start out upon the mile-long road through the wood. One without any experience would no doubt ask: “You do not expect to get along with that little light, do you?”

But everything goes all right. The lantern does not light up a great deal more than one step at a time. But since I am carrying it in my hand, it lights up every step I take until I have reached my destination.

Thus God lights up our pathway. Step by step.

We are not always satisfied with this light. And would rather that God would employ His heavenly search-light in order that we might be able to see all the way to the end of life all at once. Especially would we have Him project His light through the dark veil of death and into the invisible realm beyond.

But it is grace from God that He does not open the book of the future to us, that He gives us His light only step by step.

True, this oftentimes becomes an earnest trial of our faith. We become restless when it seems that God delays too long before shedding His light upon the situations in which we find ourselves.

However, as we look back upon our life with God, I think that we must all thank and praise Him because he has so graciously led us upon the right pathway, notwithstanding all our restlessness and impatience. Wherefore we say:

“Hitherto the Lord hath helped us!”

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O. Hallesby, God’s Word for Today: A Daily Devotional for the Whole Year, trans. Clarence J. Carlsen (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1994)
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No Spirit of Fear!

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Reflecting With God 8/12/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Friday August 12, 2022:

So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. – Exodus 20:21.

How wonderfully life loses all fear to the soul that has been called apart, alone, into some darkness and has found God there. “Morning dawns from His face,” and what light is like the light that rises upon those who touch God’s right hand in the darkness and are lifted up and strengthened?
~ G. GUINNESS

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Sowing Seeds 8/12/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Gratitude for 8-12-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 35:9


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Stand Firm, Encourage One Another

Dearest brothers and sisters, both near and far, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet Him. Don’t let yourself be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun or that it has already happened as some do even today. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a teaching from those who know the truth. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness, the antichrist, is revealed—he will be the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy everything that people call god and every object of worship, everything religious whether true or false. He will even sit in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God.

Don’t forget that this is what the Apostles taught as inspired by the Holy Spirit! And you know what is holding him back, the Holy Spirit, Himself, for the antichrist can be revealed only when his time comes. For this lawlessness and corruption is already at work in the world secretly, and it will remain secret until the Holy Spirit who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness, the very antichrist himself, will be revealed, but the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of His mouth and destroy him by the splendor of His coming.

This man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. They will be sensational. Do not be deceived by signs and wonders that give no glory to God. He will use every kind of evil deception to fool those who are already on their way to destruction, because they refuse to love and accept the truth that would save them. So God will cause them to be greatly deceived, and they will believe these lies. Then they will be condemned for enjoying evil rather than believing the truth. This will all be so that God can display His Almighty power and glory to the world.

As for those of us who know you and even those of the Church who don’t, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters who are so loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose us as and especially you from the very beginning to experience His wonderful gift of salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. He called you to salvation when you were told and taught the Good News; now you can and are able to share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

With all these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters, wherever you find your steps may take you, stand firm and keep a strong grip on the teaching that was and is passed on to you both in person by anointed men of God and most especially by the Word of God.

We pray most earnestly that our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

Comfort and strengthen one another when you gather together with these words of truth.

God Bless each of you in Christ Jesus’ holy name!

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Pastor’s Note: This is an adaptation, without adding or losing any truth, from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians, chapter 2 as found in the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
~ Please take the time to read 1 & 2 Thessalonians in any version you are comfortable with. I used the NLT strictly for it’s modern vernacular and ease of reading. You WILL find the letter/epistle most rewarding and comforting.
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Daily Prayer & Praise 8/11/2022


Prayer for Thursday 8-11-2022

Lord our God, grant that we may be Your watchmen, who can understand what You mean for our time. We thank You for all You have already done, for every change to the good among the nations. For the nations must and will bow to Your will so that nothing happens unless accomplished by and through You. Judge us rightly wherever necessary. Open our eyes to see where we are wrong and where something does not go according to Your Spirit of holiness. Be with us and give us strength. Raise up more watchmen everywhere, in every place and in every home. Wherever something happens to move people’s hearts, let the watchmen proclaim, “This comes from God. It does not matter how much we suffer. This comes from Jesus Christ, who suffered and died, but who rose again.” Raise up such watchmen among young and old everywhere on earth, to the glory of Your name. Let there be a people who go to meet You with shouts of joy and continual thanksgiving. In the name of our Lord of lords and King of kings, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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Adapted from the Daily Written Prayers of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, 1842–1919. In Public Domain
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TV Misrepresentations

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It is pitiable how biased persons deceive the public via the mass communications media. During a CBS documentary, for instance, the camera focused on a pitiful Negro infant who was nothing more than skin and bones. It came out later that this little child, instead of being a victim of malnutrition, was born to a healthy, well-nourished mother. It was born prematurely, however, and weighed only 2 pounds, 12 ounces at birth. The baby died within five days after birth as a consequence of its prematurity. But millions of viewers were led to believe that malnutrition was the cause of the child’s condition.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. – 2 Timothy 3:13

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Hugh Blair Quote 8/11/2022

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This Experience Must Come – Oswald Chambers

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For Thursday August 11, 2022:

THIS EXPERIENCE MUST COME

2 Kings 2:12 (NKJV)
So he saw him no more.

It is not wrong to depend upon Elijah as long as God gives him to you, but remember the time will come when he will have to go; when he stands no more to you as your guide and leader, because God does not intend he should. You say—‘I cannot go on without Elijah.’ God says you must.

Alone at your Jordan. 2 Kings 2:14. Jordan is the type of separation where there is no fellowship with anyone else, and where no one can take the responsibility for you. You have to put to the test now what you learned when you were with your Elijah. You have been to Jordan over and over again with Elijah, but now you are up against it alone. It is no use saying you cannot go; this experience has come, and you must go. If you want to know whether God is the God you have faith to believe Him to be, then go through your Jordan alone.

Alone at your Jericho. 2 Kings 2:15. Jericho is the place where you have seen your Elijah do great things. When you come to your Jericho you have a strong disinclination to take the initiative and trust in God, you want someone else to take it for you. If you remain true to what you learned with Elijah, you will get the sign that God is with you.

Alone at your Bethel. 2 Kings 2:23. At your Bethel you will find yourself at your wits’ end and at the beginning of God’s wisdom. When you get to your wits’ end and feel inclined to succumb to panic, don’t; stand true to God and He will bring His truth out in a way that will make your life a sacrament. Put into practice what you learned with your Elijah, use his cloak and pray. Determine to trust in God and do not look for Elijah any more.

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Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest: Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Oswald Chambers Publications; Marshall Pickering, 1986)
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Holy Is The Lord

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Reflecting With God 8/11/2022

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Thinking, praying, reading, studying the Bible – when we do these things, we are reflecting on the Word of God. To reflect is to contemplate and/or consider, and God wants us to deeply reflect on His Word so that we can better understand Him.

All Scriptures Used are NKJV, New King James Version


For Thursday August 11, 2022:

“You shall have no other gods before Me.” – Exodus 20:3.

If you find yourself beginning to love any pleasure better than your prayers, any book better than the Bible, any house better than the House of God, any table better than the Lord’s table, any person better than Christ, or any indulgence better than the Pope of Heaven—take alarm.
~ GUTHRIE

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Sowing Seeds 8/11/2022

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*Pastor’s Note: The harvest is plentiful and the laborers are few, so we will keep sowing seed for the Glory of  the Lord!

Sowing Seeds of Righteousness for 8-11-2022

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Coffee and a Side of Psalms – Psalm 34:22


PROLOGUE TO PSALMS:
There is one thing that a Child of God can always rely upon with their Heavenly Father; HOPE and ASSURANCE! His plans for the world may appear to be harsh, yet He is always thinking of ONLY the best for those Whom He calls by name! Remember that when you look around at the situations in the world then realize and remember, our Home is NOT of this world!

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Are We Really Too Busy? – 2

*Pastor’s Note: Here’s the promised second part from our Brother-in-the-Lord, Wally Fry from his Facebook Group, Truth In Palmyra and if you haven’t already checked it out, you need to as it will afford you some tremendous blessings.

As I try to remind people, please stop by his group and let him know you appreciate his ministry for us as well as for the Lord. While you’re there, check out his other posts. Remember, all these articles are a sacrifice of praise and worship to the Lord! (Yes, even the humor!) Give him a like and some encouragement! Let him know his service is appreciated. God Bless!


Truth In Palmyra    By Wally Fry

PART TWO

Monday, we covered that, clearly, daily reading and studying of God’s Word is important for Christians. It matters to God, so it should matter to us. It is rather ironic that one would only know how important it is to God by reading it in His word, though! That is why people like me write stuff like this, I suppose.

So, how are Christians really doing in this area?

A couple of years ago, LifeWay Research released a study with some interesting findings.

The survey found 90 percent of churchgoers agree “I desire to please and honor Jesus in all I do,” and 59 percent agree with the statement: “Throughout the day I find myself thinking about biblical truths.” While the majority agree with both statements, there is a significant difference in the strength of agreement. Nearly two-thirds of churchgoers (64 percent) strongly agree with the first statement, but only 20 percent strongly agree with the second.

However, when asked how often they personally (not as part of a church worship service) read the Bible, a similar number respond “Every Day” (19 percent) as respond “Rarely/Never” (18 percent). A quarter indicate they read the Bible a few times a week. Fourteen percent say they read the Bible “Once a Week” and another 22 percent say “Once a Month” or “A Few Times a Month.”

Here is some data from the American Bible Society:

If they do read it, the majority (57 percent) only read their Bibles four times a year or less. Only 26 percent of Americans said they read their Bible on a regular basis (four or more times a week).

So I ask, what’s our problem? We know what the problem is; I should have asked: What’s our excuse? Today, we are only talking about the, “I don’t have time” excuse.

Does that seem harsh, to call it an excuse? All I can really say is that we ought to be happy Jesus found the time to complete His work on the cross. Maybe that would help our perspective a little bit.

That’s it for today. Come back Friday and we will discuss some things that might help in our efforts to become more diligent Bible students.

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Daily Prayer & Praise 8/10/2022


Prayer for Wednesday 8-10-2022

Lord our God! What can separate us from Your love? Can trouble or fear or persecution or hunger or nakedness or peril or the sword? In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Dear Father in Heaven, we long for courage and strength. You will answer our prayers and again and again grant us strength, and the abundant and glorious power of Your Holy Spirit, the only power that can strengthen us. We thank You for all You have done for us. Help us onward from victory to victory until everything on earth is won for the good, to Your honor and Your great glory among all humankind. In Your Son’s name, Jesus, we pray.

Amen.

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Adapted from the Daily Written Prayers of Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt, 1842–1919. In Public Domain
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