Sept 20…DAILY ENCOUNTER
..Why are you doing what you are doing? …Pr 21:2 “All a man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.” …We have all done something that we know we shouldn’t have done. We always have just the right excuse for why doing it was alright, and we make sure, while excusing our wrong actions, that we keep up the appearance that we are doing good. We are masters of justifying our actions. God, however, sees our hearts and knows the motives behind our actions. It is not enough for what we are doing to appear right. It must be done with a right heart. Stop today and ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. Check your motive. God will.
Sept 20…DAILY ENCOUNTER
Sept 18…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Are you kind? Really?
…Pr 19:17 “He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done.”
…Many of us have forgotten what it means to be kind. In fact, it seems that acts of kindness have become something unusual in our world. Even our news channels report these acts as if something phenomenal has happened. I, for one, would like to see kindness restored as the rule, not the exception, to our everyday lives. The greatest test of kindness is what we do for those who have neither the means nor the ability to return the kindness to us. It is our way of loaning to the Lord our strength and resources, knowing that these are loans that Jesus will repay someday. Make the effort to be kind to someone today without any thought of how you will benefit from your kindness. I promise you that Jesus, in turn, will be kind to you.
Sep 15…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Are you drowning?
…Mat 14:29“…Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
…There are days when we all feel overwhelmed, when we feel like we are drowning. When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water, he started walking toward Jesus until he “saw the wind” (v.30) and began to sink. When we focus on our circumstances, like Peter, we, too, begin to sink. It is important for us to remember that Jesus rescued Peter. He did not let Peter drown in spite of Peter’s lapse in faith. Neither will Jesus let you drown. Peter forgot something that we all need to remember. Everything that threatens to get over your head today is already under the feet of Jesus. So keep your focus on Jesus, and not on your situation, …. And keep walking. Jesus won’t let you down… Nor will He let you drown!!
Great night at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church first wild game dinner. Over 200 in attendance. 15 salvation decisions. Great start to revival through Tues. Pastor Paul Hines doing a great job. Prayers for revival appreciated.
Sep 13…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…Are you thinking before you speak?
…Mat 12:36 “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.”
…We have all said something that we wish we could take back. More often than not, those words were spoken carelessly and they wounded someone we cared for a great deal. Words are powerful. They can encourage greatly or hurt deeply. Words are also the outward expression of our inmost thoughts, the content of our hearts. The words we have spoken are still out there, and God will recall them one day. Each word will be examined to show what was in our hearts when we said it. Take your words seriously today, you will hear them again.
Spoke at the Convocation @ University of the Cumberlands. Around 400 present. We had 14 students accept Jesus. God is moving at U of C. Over 140 salvation decisions in the past 2 weeks. Dean Whitaker is doing a great job.
Sep 11…DAILY ENCOUNTER
… As you remember what today means, where will you find hope?
…Lam 3:25 “The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;”
… We all remember where we were 13 years ago when our nation was brutally attacked by radical terrorists. We must never forget those whose lives were taken. As we face renewed terror threats, we must remain vigilant, militarily, against those who would so casually kill innocent people, but our hope, ultimately, cannot rest in our military might. After all, we are supposed to be “one nation under God”. What we place our hope in, gets our focus, allegiance, and energy. It is what we seek. Only Jesus is capable of giving us the hope we need today, as we remember. Seek Him, and you will discover that He is good. He will be all the hope you, and our nation, needs.
Sept 9…DAILY ENCOUNTER
…What are you trying to hide?
…Pr 10:9 “The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes crooked paths will be found out.”
…Most of us were taught, “Be careful, your sins will find you out”. It is true. We really don’t get away with the wrong we do. When we choose to compromise our integrity, we choose a life that is filled with treachery, lies, and constantly having to look over our shoulders. We have chosen a crooked path, and we will, eventually, be “found out”. Life is much less complicated and more secure for those who live with integrity. When you choose to do right, you can live without fear of exposure because you have nothing to hide. Choose today to live your life all out, an open book, and you will enjoy the freedom that God intended you to have… the freedom that no one can take from you.
Sep 5… Daily Encounter
… How is the fishing?
… And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”Mat 4:19
… I recently spent a week fishing for small mouth bass in Canada in an area where, because of no cell coverage, I was forced to take a vacation from technology. It was wonderful. The men I was fishing with brought their expensive rods and reels with a wide array of jigs, crank baits, shaky heads, and spinner baits. They were experts on the appropriate techniques of small mouth fishing. One of the men also brought his 16 year old daughter. When we set out to fish, she took her place at the back of the boat with her inexpensive rod and reel and her bucket of worms. While we were carefully strategizing about where to make our next cast, she simply put the worm on her hook, threw it over the side of the boat, and sat back to enjoy the beauty of creation. After a while, she reeled in her line, usually with a fish hooked, and then repeated the exercise. When the week ended, she had caught the most fish, by far, and was the only one in the group to have caught a trophy. Sometimes I think we spend so much time in the church getting the latest and greatest equipment to fish for the lost and on learning the best techniques for reaching the lost that we forget to just simply go fishing. We need no greater bait than the gospel. Why don’t you go fishing today? Tell someone the story of your encounter with Jesus. You just might catch a big one!