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Moment in the Word

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
“But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.”

(Mark 9:27 NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Have you ever had to ask someone to help you? Every now and then everyone needs some help from somebody, sometimes.  Whether it is a large undertaking or something small, we all eventually need a little help.  Sometimes we need help and won’t ask for it.

Sometimes we need help and won’t accept it.  Sometimes we try to help ourselves. Self help is generally described as those actions which tend to improve one’s social or economic condition. There are many people who cannot be helped by a self help program because they were spiritually lost. Their desire and thirst for personal achievement has vanished. The inner drive needed to climb out of their dilemma is not present. They are hopeless. That’s where the Lord comes in.  When we cannot help ourselves, Jesus gives us a helping hand. When we are spiritual wanderers, Jesus shows us the way.

The text found in Mark 9:14-27 focuses on Jesus healing a child who had been declared a lunatic or dumb on the request of his father.  The text first notes that the boy who was lifted came in Christ himself. Jesus took his hand. There are many great things that can happen when our hand is in Jesus’ hand.  Outside of his hand and on our own power, we can do nothing. Today there are too many people who will not put their hand in Christ’s hand. Even in this text, the boy did not give his hand to Christ, Jesus took his hand. There are many circumstances in life when the Lord must take our hand because we are too stubborn, obstinate and too mean to take his hand.  Perhaps that’s why the Lord often pushes himself into our picture and simply takes our hand. He interrupts our busy schedules, and intrudes on our daily lives just enough to take our hands. No wonder the songwriter would declare, “Take my hand precious Lord, lead me on and let me stand. I am tired. I am weak.  I am worn.”

As Christians, we are ever thankful to God for his mercies and kindnesses, for without his strong, saving hand, we would still be sinking in the sea of life. Somebody can testify with the songwriter: “I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no, but the master of the sea, heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.” I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad that Jesus lifted me!  I’m so glad that he picked me up and turned me around!

I’m so glad that he gave me a new song to sing!

I’m so glad that Jesus lifted me!

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

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

“And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee: for Thou, Lord, hasn’t not forsaken them that seek Thee.”

Psalm 9:10

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

After World War II, in an effort to help boys left as orphans, a group of humanitarians housed them in tent cities. However, the boys would wake up in the night from nightmares.  Then a psychiatrist surmised that their fear was because they had such an uncertain future. The psychiatrist decided to feed the boys a big meal each night and then give them each a piece of bread. He instructed them to hold the bread in their hands so it could be their breakfast the next morning. Somehow just holding in their hands a piece of bread helped them to sleep all night. When you go to bed tonight, I want you to have bread, not in your hand, but in your heart. He is the bread of Heaven, and His name is Jesus!

ACTION POINT

Take a walk with the Lord today and tell Him your fears. Confidently place them before the Lord, and trust in His love to provide.

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

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

“Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray.  Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.  For; The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

(James 5:13; 14 & 16 *NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

One of the most powerful things on this Earth is “The Power of Prayer!” ‘For, The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. (Psalms 34:15 & 17) So let us not forget to speak to God in prayer today, and thank Him for all He has done for each of us! Let us also pray for those who are suffering, or are going through trials and tribulations in their lives! Let us pray for each other as well, and ask God to fill us with His Love, Hope, and Faith!

ACTION POINT

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters as I pray for each of you; ‘I kneel before the Father, I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God’. (Ephesians 3:14; 16; 18-19) Have a great day and remember that God smiles every time He thinks about you!  Amen.

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

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHT:

The following Meditation on Moments in Life was recently forwarded to me and I would like to share them with each of you. There are times in this life when at least one of these 9 statements applies to each of us.

“MOMENTS IN LIFE”

1.   There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real!  So cherish them while they are with you.

2.   When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don’t see the one, which has been opened for us.

3.   Don’t go for looks; they can deceive. Don’t go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

4.   Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

5.   May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.

6.   The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

7.   The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can’t go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

8.   When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. So live your life so at the end, you’re the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

9.   Don’t count the years-count the memories...........

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take; but by the moments that take our breath away! Author Unknown

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

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BIBLE MEDITATION:
"In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his
lips is wise." Proverbs 10:19

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Your tongue can get you into a lot of trouble. There is nothing that can do
more damage to your relationships than your words. Proverbs 17:27 says, "He
that hath knowledge spareth his words." That is, if you're smart, you won't
talk so much. When you do talk, keep your words warm and sweet because you
may have to eat them. There's an old saying: "The ears are open and out.
They're unguarded, but the tongue is behind ivory bars." When you're
talking, you're not learning. When you're not learning, you're not
communicating. When you're not communicating, there will be no intimacy in
your relationships.

ACTION POINT:
In what ways has your mouth gotten you into trouble lately? Confess those
times before the Lord and ask for strength and wisdom to be a better
communicator.

A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

My dear Friends, have a tremendous day knowing that God Loves You, and is
always there with you as well! Amen


In His Love & Service,

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

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