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Moment in the Word

Moment in the Word

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact
you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

There was a blind girl who hated herself because she was blind. She hated
everyone, except her loving boyfriend. He was always there for her. She told
her boyfriend, 'If I could only see the world, I will marry you.'

One day, someone donated a pair of eyes to her. When the bandages came off,
she was able to see everything, including her boyfriend.

He asked her, 'Now that you can see the world, will you marry me?' The girl
looked at her boyfriend and saw that he was blind. The sight of his closed
eyelids shocked her. She hadn't expected that. The thought of looking at
them the rest of her life led her to refuse to marry him.

Her boyfriend left in tears and days later wrote a note to her saying: 'Take
good care of your eyes, my dear, for before they were yours, they were
mine.'

This is how the human brain often works when our status changes. Only a very
few remember what life was like before, and who was always by their side in
the most painful situations.

ACTION POINT:

Life Is a Gift

* Today before you say an unkind word - Think of someone who can't
speak.
* Before you complain about the taste of your food - Think of someone
who has nothing to eat.
* Before you complain about your husband or wife - Think of someone
who's crying out to GOD for a companion.
* Today before you complain about life - Think of someone who went too
early to heaven.
* Before whining about the distance you drive - Think of someone who
walks the same distance with their feet.
* And when you are tired and complain about your job - Think of the
unemployed, the disabled, and those who wish they had YOUR
job.
* And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down - Put a smile on
your face and think: you're alive and still around.

And are we yet alive, and see each other's face?
Glory and praise to Jesus give For his redeeming grace!


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:

"For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)

"Now the just shall live by faith ." Hebrews 10:38 (NKJV)


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial feats. All over
Paris, he would do tightrope acts at tremendously scary heights. Then he had
succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the
tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow.

An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the
tightrope walker, saying, "Tightrope, I don't believe you can do it, but I'm
willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides
all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act
over Niagara Falls."

Now, Tightrope wrote back, "Sir, although I've never been to America and
seen the Falls, I'd love to come."

Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people
came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come
to the American side. Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is
suspended over the treacherous part of the falls -- blindfolded!! And he
makes it across easily.

The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, "Well, Mr.
Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?"

"Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it."

"No," said Tightrope, "do you really believe I can do it?"

"Well of course I do, you just did it."

"No, no, no," said Tightrope, "do you believe I can do it?"

"Yes," said Mr. Promoter, "I believe you can do it."

"Good," said Tightrope, "then you get in the wheel barrow."

The word believe, in Greek means "to live by".

This is a nice story. It raises the probing question, how often do we say
that we believe Christ can do it, but refuse to get in the wheelbarrow?


In His Love & Service,

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

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Good Blessed Maundy-Thursday Family & Friends.


BIBLE MEDITATION:

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who

for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat

down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

The words recorded in Matthew 26:26-29, 36-46 tell part of the story about

what happened to Jesus on the evening of that first Maundy Thursday. We know

that He instituted the Lord’s Supper. We know the story about how Jesus

washed His disciple’s feet, and how Judas picked up and left the room to go

out and betray Him for 30 pieces of sliver.


Actually, Jesus had a lot to say and a lot to teach that evening. The Gospel

of John dedicates five chapters; almost ¼ of the entire book of John

describes what happened and what was said during these last few hours in the

Upper Room and before the Garden of Gethsemane.

I think of these hours as a last minute cram course that Jesus provided His

disciples. It must have been impossible for them to take it all in. It had

to feel like trying to take a drink from a fire hydrant. Jesus taught them

about His betrayal and death, about how their grief would turn into joy - -

it was an emotional lesson Jesus had to teach them. No wonder those

disciples were exhausted and later on, fell asleep in the Garden of

Gethsemane. Luke gives us this interesting detail when he says in Luke 22

they were “. . . . . . . . . . .exhausted from sorrow.” (v.45)


As Jesus experienced each of these events – that evening - and up through

the Cross on Good Friday- - - as He pressed on, faced evil, persevered, and

fulfilled Scripture and His Father’s will - - - I wonder what was on Jesus’

mind?


What do YOU think about when you face suffering and unfair treatment, or

wickedness? What do you think about when you are weak or afraid or sick or

tired or depressed or angry? Or when you feel like you are carrying a heavy

load on your shoulders? Do you think about God? Are your thoughts about God

complimentary? What do you think about Him? Do you think He is fair? Do you

lose patience with Him? Do you harbor doubts or resentment toward Him? Do

you ever wonder what God wants to do with your life?


In 2004, there was an interesting poll conducted a poll where they asked 10

thousand people in ten different countries what they thought about God. The

poll was titled: “What The World Thinks of God.” Wouldn’t it be great if you

could conduct a follow-up poll titled: “What God Thinks of The World?” But

you know what? - - -If we could prove that we conducted an interview with

God - - - I wonder how many people would care? How many people would be

willing to change - if what God said - - went against what they wanted?


Well we already have that interview with God, we already have a record of

What God Thinks About the World - - - and story is recorded throughout the

66 Books of the Bible. One of the central messages of the entire Bible is -

- that God is thinking about you.


Hebrews 12:2 “(fix your) eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith,

who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and

has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”


God is saying to us in this Bible verse, “take a long hard look at Jesus.”

He didn’t enjoy the Cross. It says here He “endured” it, and He “despised

the shame” of it. But what kept Jesus going? What kept Him on task?



* Was it the support of His disciples? No.



* Was it that Jesus somehow perfected mind over matter? No.



* Was it that Jesus had a supernatural pain tolerance? No.



* Was it just the sheer tenacity of Jesus character? No.



What kept Jesus on task? What kept Him going? Jesus sees the Higher Goal.

What does it say in Hebrews 12:2 “(fix your) eyes on Jesus, the author and

perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross,

despising the shame. . .”


Jesus faces evil, so that we can face eternity. Jesus climbs to the Cross,

so that we can claim heaven. Jesus feels the press of evil, so that we can

feel the presence of His Spirit, and the power of His love. Simply put- - -

the bottom line is: Jesus thought of us.


Jesus paid all, All to Him I owe:


Sin had left a crimson stain; He washed it white as snow.


In His Love & Service,


Pastor Larry E. Campbell

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

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

"There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to
death. Proverbs 14:12 (NIV)


DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

Have you heard the song "I did it my way?" In the late 1960's a number of
Artists began singing a song first published by Paul Anka but made famous by
Frank Sinatra. It was also a part of the regular repertoire of Sammy Davis,
Jr. and Nina Simone. The Song rejected the opinions of others and even the
direction of God. It promoted the idea of doing our way, regardless.
Some of the lyrics give a clue:


Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew.
But through it all, when there was doubt,
I ate it up and spit it out.
I faced it all and I stood tall;
And did it my way.


I've loved, I've laughed and cried.
I've had my fill; my share of losing.
And now, as tears subside,
I find it all so amusing.



To think I did all that;
And may I say - not in a shy way,
"No, oh no not me,
I did it my way".



For what is a man, what has he got?
If not himself, then he has naught.
To say the things he truly feels;
And not the words of one who kneels.
The record shows I took the blows -
And did it my way!



Frank Sinatra sold millions of copies of that record. Years after his death
a new generation still sings that song and believes that it is important to
do it "My way."


Have you ever stopped to wonder whether "My Way was God's way?" Many who are
doing things their own way and are satisfied.
Sometimes "My way" and God's Way" are two different ways.


As Christians, we desire to do it God's way or no way at all. Most of us
have tried the Burger King approach to life; that is, "Have it your way." We
have since learned that God's way is the best way.



In His Love & Service,

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

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BIBLE MEDITATION:

But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up
my head. (Psalms 3:3 *NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHT:

When your life becomes filled with anxiety and confusion, and you become
concerned about the events in your life, turn to our Savior Jesus Christ!
For He has said; "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have
peace. In this World you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome
the World." (John 16:33)

After all Jesus' never abandons us, or leaves us to struggle alone!
For it is written; "Therefore we can always call on God in even the most
troublesome times, for He is always with us!" (Hebrews 13:5)

After all; The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs
in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. "You will be like a
well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." (Isaiah 58:11)

Also remember that when confusion, worry and fear enter your life, it
is not from God but from Satan. "For it is written that; God is not the
author of confusion but of peace." (1 Corinthians 14:33)

Therefore, let us not, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by
prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known
to God." (Philippians 4:6)


In His Love & Service,
Pastor Larry E. Campbell
St. Paul A.M.E. Church, San Bernardino, CA

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