Pastor Norm's Devotional
July 2, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Worthy Disciple


A Worthy Disciple

 

“He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lore require of you, but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humble with your God,”

– Micah 6:8 NKJV

 

When Jesus was talking to His disciples, He warned them that each one must “Take up his cross and follow me.” The disciples must have known exactly what the Master meant. In Jesus’ day, prisoners were forced to carry their own crosses to the place where they would be put to death. So, Christ’s message was clear: in order to follow Him, Christ’s disciples must deny themselves and, and trust Him completely. Nothing has changed since then.

If we are to be followers of Christ, we must trust Him and place Him at the very center of our being. Jesus never comes “next.”  He is always first.

Do you desire to be a worthy disciple of Christ? Then pick up His cross today and every day that you live. When you do, He will bless you today and forever.

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June 18, 2019, 12:10 PM

A Passion For The Lost


A Passion For The Lost

 

“…that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren; my countrymen according to the flesh.” – Romans 9:2-3 NKJV

 

The apostle Paul had something essential for evangelism: a God-given burden for those who did not know Jesus Christ. In his case the burden was for his own people, the Jews. He cared. It burned inside him.

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once said, “If it were possible I would like to take everyone and dangle them over Hell for 24 hours. That way they could see the reality that awaits those who do not know Jesus Christ.”

I think Paul makes an amazing statement in Romans 9, when he says in essence, “If it were possible, I would give up my hope of eternal life, so that others who do not know might come to faith.” That’s a pretty dramatic statement.

As believers, you and I have a responsibility to those outside the church - those outside the faith. If God’s love is really working in our lives, it should motivate us to do something for them.

If you pray that God will give you this burden, then be careful. The results could be life-changing. You just may be surprised at how quickly He answers you.



Comments

06-18-2019 at 12:20 PM
Dan
Amen, Amen and a Amen
to that!! That’s Christ Centered!!
Thanks Pastor!!!!
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May 20, 2019, 11:00 AM

Eternal and Total Security


Eternal and Total Security

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved we now are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as Hs is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.” - I John 3:1-3

As a believer you are God’s child. And in a day and age when people yearn so deeply for some form of security in our world, this is a message of comfort and hope for all of us.

As a son or daughter of God, you have security in knowing you have a heavenly Father who is faithful. You can depend on Him because He will never fail you!

Perhaps you, like many people grew up without knowing any security from your earthly parents. Today I want to repeat that you have a heavenly Father who is faithful and unflinching in His love for you!

As a child, there is nothing- NOTHING -you can do to make God love you any more than He already loves you because He loves you perfectly! And there’s nothing you can do to cause God to love you any less.

Remember what Romans 8:38-39 say: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, not things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I hope these words from our Lord encourage your heart today. And that you will understand that you are eternally secure in Jesus Christ!

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May 13, 2019, 12:00 PM

A Marriage That Will Last a Lifetime


A Marriage That Will Last a Lifetime

 

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; Love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”  

I Corinthians13:4-7

 

Can love really last a lifetime? Is it possible to love someone more on the 5000th day of marriage than you did on the 1st? Wives, can you actually fall more in love as your husband goes from sleek and handsome to bald and bulgy? Husbands, can you love your wife more as her hair goes gray and her face gets wrinkled?

Can love really last a lifetime? The answer is yes…because God created it that way!

As you take a look at the famous love passage in I Corinthians 13, we find God’s road map for the kind of love that really can last, “till death do you part.” It’s a love that, at its core, isn’t focused on self, but on the goodness and well-being of the other person.

Did you get that? The greatest way to find real joy in a love relationship is to stop trying to please yourself and seek the other person first. It’s so counter-intuitive, but so absolutely crucial in making marriage last.

Maybe today, you know you’re guilty of having a self-focused love and your marriage is suffering because of it. It’s not too late to change. Start today by putting your spouse before yourself and you’ll discover real joy as each day becomes a lifetime of love.

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April 30, 2019, 11:00 AM

Your Most Important Task as a Parent


Your Most Important Task as a Parent

 

“My son, hear the instruction of your father; And do not forsake the law of your mother; For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck.”

- Proverbs 1:8-9

 

There was a mountain village that had a small lake as its only water source. The lake was fed by a stream created by snow-melt from the top of the mountain. But because of the debris from decaying limbs and leaves, the town hired workers to go up the mountain and ensure the stream was free of trash.

 

The children played, the people of the town drank, and swans and fish swam in the beautiful lake because of the workers who cleaned the water. But after a while people began to see the cleaning as a menial task. No one wanted to do it, but everyone wanted the benefits of a clean lake. So the workers eventually died and no one was left who wanted to clean the stream.

 

Soon, that once-beautiful lake became an eyesore. Scum formed on the top. The water was no longer drinkable. And the fish and swans that had once populated the lake, were gone. All this because, no one would tend to the stream, feeding the lake.

 

If you’re a parent, you’re the keeper of the spring! It’s not a menial thing…it’s the most important thing you can do. Do the work to make your home a safe place for your kids - a place where Christ is exalted and good behavior is exemplified!



Comments

05-07-2019 at 9:25 PM
Barbara Overocker
I think we are guilty of letting our children slide on to many things that we thought weren't that bad, because our faith wasn't that strong. We have been Reaping what we sow.
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