A+ R A-

Moment in the Word

Moment in the Word

E-mail Print PDF

Please know that my heart is heavily burden with the sad news of the passing of Rev. Dr. Howard S. Gloyd. Please let the record reflect that Presiding Elder Gloyd provided me with me with the best of Pastoral Ministry leadership and mentorship and opportunities for over six years. His presence will truly be missed in the circle of great Pastoral leaders.

BIBLE MEDITATION:

"For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." 1Thessalonians 5:2

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

There was a man who went shopping and left his car and house keys in the ignition. When he returned, his car was gone. The next morning he discovered his car in the driveway with a note that said, "I was in an emergency. I'm very sorry. I needed your car. Here are two tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers' game." The man went in and told his wife, "You won't believe this!

There's our car, and look! We've got tickets to a Los Angeles Lakers' game!"

They went to the game, and when they came home, their house had been cleaned out! Friend, they never expected it, and that's the point. That's how the Lord Jesus Christ is going to come - as a thief in the night.

ACTION POINT:

How would you live your life differently today if you knew that Jesus was coming back in 24 hours?

In His Love & Service,

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

Moment in the Word

E-mail Print PDF

BIBLE MEDITATION:
"As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially
unto them who are of the household of faith." Galatians 6:10

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:30-37? He was on
a journey but stopped and helped a bruised and broken man. He didn't make
excuses saying, "It's none of my business." It was a golden moment, and he
took it. All around you are people who need the compassion of Christ. They
need you to see their pain as a golden opportunity to serve them in the name
of Jesus. The chief enemy to kindness is busyness. We have our priorities,
our jobs, our duties, our responsibilities, and we're too busy. But if we're
too busy to be kind, we're too busy.

ACTION POINT:
What's on your schedule for today? If someone had a flat tire, could you fix
it? If someone called and needed a ride to the hospital, could you take
them? Clear the way for Jesus, my friend.


In His Love & Service,

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

Moment in the Word

E-mail Print PDF
BIBLE MEDITATION:

"Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land

which the Lord thy God giveth thee." Exodus 20:12



DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Whether you are young or old, you can honor your parents. How? By showing

respect! Leviticus 19:3 says, "Each of you must respect his mother and

father, and you must observe my Sabbaths. I am the LORD your God." KJV uses

the words, ""Ye shall "fear" every man his mother and his father". Now that

word "fear" doesn't mean to tremble in the presence of your parents. That

is, you are to have a holy respect for your father and your mother. You may

say, "But, my parents are not worthy of respect." With all due respect, you

aren't either. None of us are worthy. Only perfect children can demand

perfect parents, and no children are perfect. Our parents are imperfect. We

are imperfect. But God is holy, and He says that we are to respect our

parents.



ACTION POINT:

What's your relationship like with your parents? If you've been showing less

than the type of biblical respect that God requires, then begin today to

turn that around for His glory!





In His Love & Service,



Pastor Larry E. Campbell

St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

Moment in the Word

E-mail Print PDF
BIBLE MEDITATION:
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try
you, as though some strange thing happened unto you." 1 Peter 4:12

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:
Has something bad happened to you and you said, "Oh me. What did I do? I
must have done something terrible. Otherwise, this wouldn't have happened"?
And before you knew it, you fell headfirst into a pity party of morbid
introspection - taking yourself apart piece by piece to see where you went
wrong? If you're like most people, you have. But have you ever thought that
maybe you've done absolutely nothing wrong, but God is simply testing your
faith? This is an important truth for you to understand, because if you
don't, you may get discouraged. The seeds of doubt and discouragement sprout
in the soil of ignorance.

ACTION POINT:

Read Exodus 16 about the testing of the Lord in the lives of the Israelites
while wandering in the desert. What applications can you give to your life?


In His Love & Service,

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

Moment in the Word

E-mail Print PDF
BIBLE MEDITATION:

"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
(Proverbs 15:1 NIV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Don't Fight Fire with Fire

If you're counting on excellent self-control or a naturally sunny
disposition to keep you from responding harshly to a burst of anger from
someone else today, you're drawing from an awfully shallow well. Chances are
your "well of gentleness" will run dry ... at exactly the worst moment.

The source of the "gentle answer" to anger that's recommended in Proverbs
isn't you at all. It is none other than Christ, as he desires to make an
appeal through us precisely at the moment that another unloads anger. As
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, "All this"--including the ability to
respond to anger with a gentle answer--"is from God, who reconciled us to
himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God
was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins
against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation."

ACTION POINT:

So if you find yourself on the receiving end of a blast of anger today,
don't rely on yourself to respond gently. Instead, pray briefly, and then
invite Christ to make his appeal through you.

In responding to an angry reaction, remember that "a gentle answer turns
away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger" (Proverbs 15:1). Respond to
anger with a gentle voice, relaxed posture, and calm gestures. Communicate
in every way that you take the other's expression of anger seriously and
want to help resolve the problems that prompt it. Plan ahead how to respond
to possible objections and deal with them specifically and reasonably.

As Paul notes, God has committed the message of reconciliation to you; it is
your birthright as a Christian. Far more reliable than your own pleasant
demeanor, it is a constant within you. Pray for God's guidance to draw upon
it even in the most trying circumstances.


In His Love & Service,

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

Page 8 of 11

Quantcast

BVN National News Wire