Friday, December 19, 2014

Prayer, Chorus, and Thought for the Day

Prayer for the Day

        I want to thank you Lord for coming to be with us.  Thank you for leaving the splendors of heaven to be born of a virgin so that you could dwell with us.  I Thank you heavenly Father that we can trust you to always keep your promises to us.  Thank you for coming all the way to the eastern Kansas camp meeting in Fort Scott Kansas to forgive me of all my sins.  Thank You for finding me on an eighty acre farm and convicting me of all my dark and awful sins.  Thank you for giving me a praying mother who wept and prayed over her wayward son until God for Christ’s sake brought me to a place of repentance on July 23, 1967.  Thank you Lord that I am experiencing Your presence right now as I write this little devotional prayer to You.  Thank you for giving me the witness that You dwell in my heart right at this moment.  Thank you!  Thank You!  Thank you!  Amen.
Chorus for the DayEmmanuel” by Bob McGee 
Thought for the Day
It doesn’t make any difference  to me whether my generation believes in Christ as a personal Savior or not, I know that he is because He has forgiven me of all my sins and sanctified me holy and that is enough evidence for me.

God Really Is with Us

God Really Is with Us

 Isaiah 7:14 states, “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and thou shall call his name Immanuel.”
       St. Matthew 1:23 quotes Isaiah’s prophesy and further explains that Emmanuel means “God with us”.  To a people long ago who were in great darkness, God promised to send His son to be with us!  It was a long time after Isaiah’s prophesy before Christ was born, but god always keeps His promises.
       Christian musician be sure to remind everyone who takes part in your Christmas musical ministry that Christ’s coming to earth in space and time was a fulfillment of God’s promise to mankind that God really would come to earth to dwell with us.  Although you, as a music minister, may believe that all those who minister musically with you know all about the story of Christ’s coming to earth—tell them again! 
       I get blessed just thinking about the fact that God was and is with us.  We are not alone on this earth.  We may not be able to see Him, but we can experience His presence very, very near us at this time of Christmas.  Christ came to abide with us—not just visit us.  He came to tabernacle with his children.  Be sure to invite all who minister with you to experience Christ in a special way as they music unto Him.   That will make their musicing real and very special this Christmas season.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thought and Scripture for the Day

Thought and Scripture for the Day  
We should take advantage of this Christmas season to thank our heavenly Father for the plan of salvation.  We should not forget to be thankful that, “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”
Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law.  To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.”


God’s Clock Does Keep Perfect Time

God’s Clock Does Keep Perfect Time
       For centuries the world had been in need of a Savior.  Surely the people were in darkness and sin.  In these dark times God the father sent His only son to come to earth that were under the law.  God knew that the wages of sin is eternal death, but God also knew that only the giving of His son Jesus could bring eternal life to this sin cursed world.  All those who loved and served Jehovah that lived during Old Testament times looked forward to the coming of the Messiah.  They must have wondered why they were left without the promised Emanuel. 
       I cannot imagine what it would have been like to have been born during those dark times.  It is amazing to me that many of the Jewish church leaders, who knew the prophesies about the coming of Christ, were not looking for a Savior who would be born in obscurity, humility, and poverty in a stable in the little town of Bethlehem.
       But when God’s clock said that it was the right time, He sent His son to this earth so that we would be able to receive remission of sins and be adopted into the family of God.  Although we do not understand why the time was right for our Savior to be born, we know that he did come and that He came to save us from sin.  Praise God that His clock does keep perfect time.  Because it does, we are the benefactors of this great salvation.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Prayer and Song for the Day

Prayer for the Day

I am asking you heavenly Father to protect my daughter Deanna and her husband Mark today as they prepare for the Christmas season.  Lord, please bless their ministry there in northern Ireland and make their ministry fruitful.  Please make them prophets to the nations.  Also, please comfort the hearts of all those who minister musically around the world and are separated from their families at this Christmas season.  These things I am praying in your wonderful name.  Amen.
Song for the Day  Submission” by C. Austin Miles

In the Will of God at Christmas

In the Will of God at Christmas
Jeremiah 1:5 states, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
       Today is my firstborn daughter Deanna’s birthday.  At the time I am writing this devotional, she is thousands of miles away from us today.  She is a pastor’s wife in northern Ireland.  Before she was born God knew who she was and what He wanted her to be doing right now.  He sanctified or “set her apart’ and ordained her to be a minister’s wife who would minister to the nations.
       You may have loved ones who are ministering far, far from home today.  You and I need to constantly be reminded that God is awake.  Nothing slips up on Him.  There is no luck, happenstance and nothing startles God, because, in His awesome wisdom, He always knows what is best.
       I would rather have my children thousands of miles away from me serving God than to have them all around my table but out of the will of God for their lives.  With that in mind, we will celebrate the birth of God’s son Jesus Christ with joy and full confidence that He is working out his purpose in our lives.  My heavenly Father sent His only Son to Die.  I only sent my daughter to serve Jesus Christ.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Prayer, Song, and Thought for the Day

Prayer for the Day
Dear Lord I want to thank You for giving me an older brother that loved me enough to give me what was at that time an unwanted gift.  I want to also thank You for giving your son to pay the awful penalty for my sins.  I also want to thank You for sending the Holy Spirit  to convict me of the awfulness of my sinful life.  Because of two unwanted gifts, I am Your adopted son today.  Thank You for caring for my soul.  Amen.
Song for the Day  Love Lifted Me by James Rowe
Thought for the Day
As  the Christmas season is now here and you will be giving gifts to others, try to give gifts to your unsaved friends and family members that will, cause them to think about their lost spiritual condition.


The Unwanted Gift

The Unwanted Gift
            Today is my oldest brother Dr. David Wolf’s birthday.  Thinking about his birthday has caused me to remember a gift that he gave me many years ago.  We all like to receive gifts but this gift was different. It was a beautiful and expensive gift but that did not matter to me because I did not want to receive it.  It is what I call the unwanted gift.  I cannot remember when he gave it to me but I will never forget the fact that he brought it with him when he came home from the US Navy.  The unwanted gift was a Bible.
            The reason that I did not want it was because I was not a Christian at that time and had no intension of trading it.  David has given me many fine gifts over the years but this was the greatest gift that he has ever given to me.  That is saying  lot because he once gave me a car!  It was  great gift because it brought me face to face with my lost condition.  It made me think about the fact that I was very sinful and needed to confess my sins and give my heart to God. 
            There was an even greater gift that was given to sinful men and women—that gift was God’s giving of his only son Jesus Christ to come to this sinful world to live, suffer, and give His life on a cruel cross at Calvary.  Many sinful men and women did not receive that wonderful gift, but thanks be to God, He gave his only begotten Son anyway.  My brother gave a gift to me because he loved me.  God gave His only son for sinful men and women because he loved us all with a wonderful unfathomable love.




Monday, December 15, 2014

Thought for the Day

Thought for the Day

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Christ would return for those who love and serve Him during this Christmas season?

Christmas Nightmare

 Christmas Nightmare
Twas a night in December when Christ returned to this earth.
And although twas near Christmas we weren’t thinking of His birth.
We were all worn out ‘cause things had been popping.
Our family was all preoccupied with ‘xmas shopping.
The children were all in bed that night.
My wife and I had just had a big fight.
When all of a sudden I heard Christ’s trumpet sound,
I ran to the front door with a big bound.
Although I had fully planed at the trumpeter to yell,
When I was surrounded with light to my knees I fell.
Christ took the book from the angel that night,
As He searched for my name there I gasped in fright.
I knew He’d not find it on those pages that night,
For in my heart there were things that were not made right.
I fell on my knees that fateful night,
But it was too late to make things right.
As I awoke from that nightmare there beside my wife,
I pinched myself hard to show proof of life.
Although all of the above was a nightmare last night,
It has caused me to make sure that my heart is right.
Although you now know that this whole poem is fake,
I hope it will cause you right choices to make.