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Moment in the Word

Moment in the Word

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Pastor Larry E. Campbell
BIBLE MEDITATION:

“Let your 'Yes' be yes, and your 'No', no... “  (James 5:12 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

SAY What You Mean and Mean What You SAY.

Remember when people said what they meant? Maybe you didn't like it, but you understood what they meant, and you knew they meant it. The word 'cool' meant somewhere between warm and cold, and if you said, 'wicked good,' someone would've asked which one it was. It seems like straightforward speech is now a thing of the pass. The Bible tells us, 'Let your "Yes" be yes, and your "No", no.' In other words, mean what you say and say what you mean. Failing to do so damage relationships. We avoid saying 'no,' or we say 'yes' when we don't want to, out of the fear of rejection. And what are the results?

1)  We live with stress, anger or resentment over feeling mistreated by others;

2)  Our life becomes a classic double-bind where we feel trapped whichever way we go: 'If I say no, you'll be mad at me; if I don't, I'll be mad at   myself and you!' So we stay stuck in our own pressurized trap;

3) The other person will never know how we really feel, or understand why we act as we do. Unless you say what you feel, you'll never get what you need from others. People don't change, until you change how you interact with them;

4) Your choice to avoid what you fear is what makes you a victim, not other people's words or actions;

5) You become part of the problem, surrendering to others the power God gave you to determine your own direction and set your own boundaries.

ACTION POINT:

We must always seek approval of God and follow the divine guidance of the Holy Spirit and clearly communicate what you mean, whether it's 'yes' or 'no!'

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“God will help her at break of day.” (Psalm 46:5 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
When your world is suddenly turned upside down, remember, God’s plans for your life haven’t been cancelled! When you feel trapped with no way out, here are some things to remember:

1)            Look for the river. ‘There is a river whose streams make glad. ‘(Psalm 46:4 NIV). In Old Testament symbolism, rivers represent God’s supply for your every need. When every human source of supply seems to have dried up, don’t fear, look for the river.

2)            Look for the city. God has planted His ‘city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells’ (Psalm 46:4 NIV), right in the middle of your circumstances. God’s city, the symbol of His presence and power, guarantees He’s still in control and that He will restore peace and order to your troubled world.

3)            Look for the signs of God’s presence. ‘God will help [you] at break of day’ (Psalm 46:5 NIV). Daybreak, a symbol of new beginnings, gives you confidence that beyond this time of trouble and testing, a new day is at hand.

‘Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning’ (Lamentations 3:23 NLT).

4)            ‘Come. see the works of the Lord. ‘ (Psalm 46:8 NIV). Reviewing the record of His mighty acts builds your faith and reminds you that He is the ‘same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). If He took care of you then, He will take care of you now.

5)            Look to God and be at peace. Based on the tested and proven foundation of His power and faithfulness, you can live by the Scripture, ‘Be still, and know that I am God. ‘ (Psalm 46:10 NIV).

Pastor Campbell can reached at larrycampbell14@ca.rr.com

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.”

(Psalms 107:8 *NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Today, we will look at the shortest chapter in the Bible.
It is located very close to the center of the Bible as well. The chapter I am speaking of is the 117th Division in the Book of Psalms. Though it is only two verses of praise for our Heavenly Father, it gives us two big reasons to praise Him indeed!

Psalm 117

1.            Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!

[Laud] means, “to speak very well of.” The Hebrew word for [Gentiles] means all people except the Jews; thus this word means all other  roups, along ethnic or language lines.

2.            For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!

[Merciful kindness] refers to God’s faithfulness to His Covenant promises, to His Children all over the World.

Have you ever said to yourself, “I can’t think of anything that God has done for me lately? Therefore how can I praise Him?” Well, this short Psalm gives us the two big reasons to praise our Heavenly Father: His tremendous love toward us and His faithfulness that endures forever.

So just think, if God did nothing else for us. He would still be worthy of our highest praise everyday!

Have a Wonderful Day and may the Love of God fill your heart and mind, today and always! Amen!

Pastor Campbell can reached at larrycampbell14@ca.rr.com

Moment in the Word

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Please note that I will be attending the Southern California Annual Conference until November 4, 2009. Therefore, I will not be sending out the “Moment in the Word” during this period. Please keep me in your prayers.   

BIBLE MEDITATION:
”I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Criticism

God loves you so much that Jesus Christ hung in agony and blood for you. You are precious to God. You are the object of God’s love. The blood of Jesus Christ was poured out on Calvary for you. Listen … if you know all that, then you can stand up against any criticism. It won’t bother you what others say about you. The cross sets you free. He who died for you now lives in you. He gave Himself for you that He might give Himself to you. When Jesus Christ died for you, He didn’t just take away your sins, He took away yourself. You are crucified. So who can harm a dead man?

ACTION POINT:
Have you felt the sting of criticism this week? Remove the stinger and bathe the wound with the balm of Jesus’ love. Give your critic to the Lord. Then ask God to teach you from what happened.

Have a Blessed Week!

 

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

 

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men …”  (Psalms 107:8 *NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Today, we will look at the shortest Chapter in the Bible.  It is located very close to the center of the Bible as well.  The Chapter I am speaking of is the 117th Division in the Book of Psalms. Though it is only two verses of praise for our Heavenly Father, it gives us two big reasons to praise Him indeed!

                                Psalm 117

1. Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!

 [Laud] means, "to speak very well of."   The Hebrew word for [Gentiles] means all people except the Jews; thus this word means all other groups, along ethnic or language lines.

2. For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever.  Praise the Lord!

[Merciful kindness] refers to God's faithfulness to His Covenant promises, to His Children all over the World.

Have you ever said to yourself, "I can't think of anything that God has done for me lately? Therefore how can I praise Him?"  Well, this short Psalm gives us the two big reasons to praise our Heavenly Father: His tremendous love toward us and His faithfulness that endures forever. So just think, if God did nothing else for us … He would still be worthy of our highest praise everyday!

Have a Wonderful Day and may the Love of God fill your heart and mind, today and always! Amen!

In His Love & Service,

Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

 

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