October 31, 2020 "Which Way to Go?"

“For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; 

Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.” 

2 Timothy 4:10

In the game of baseball, victory is determined by runs. It is not determined by strikes or strike-outs, hits, double plays, triple plays or the number of innings a game may go. It is only determined by runs. The player who hits the ball into left field for a single and even stretches it into a double and slides safely into second is not rewarded with “half-a-run.” It is not part of the final score. How true of life. How true of everything we do. It is not how well we start, how well we continue for a while, but whether or not we finish what we started.

Paul had a co-worker named Demas. How long he was involved with Paul or whether or not he had any particular skills in church planting is not known. What is known is that he deserted Paul because he loved the things of “this life.” He allowed his desire for worldly things and pleasures to surpass his desire for the things of the Lord.

There are two ways we might view the world. One is the way God intended it to be and the way it will be when He returns in His glory. The other way we might look at the world is as Demas did - as it is now with its evil attractions and sinful pleasures. All of us have the same choices as Demas and Paul: to live for the things of this world or the world to come. Life is a choice. Choose wisely.

May we desire to honor The Lord in all we do. May we turn our eyes to our Redeemer and off the things of this life. May we seek first the kingdom of God and a life of righteousness. May we truly desire to “In all thy ways acknowledge Him..”

Live by faith, walk in his Spirit, choose Him and have a GREAT day👍🏻 

Suggested readings:

  • Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Matthew 6:19-24
  • Philippians 3:13-14
  • James 4:4
  • 1 John 2:15-17

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  • 10-30-2020 "Don't Lose Your Temper"

    “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”   Ephesians 4:26-27

  • 10-29-2020 "A Faithful Man"

    "Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?"  Proverbs 20:6

  • 10-28-2020 "Doing the Right Thing"

    “Ye shall observe to do therefore as the LORD your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.”

    Deuteronomy 5:32

  • 10-27-2020 "Jesus Prays for You"

    “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

    Hebrews 7:25

  • 10-26-2020 "What's In Your Heart?"

    “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.”   Proverbs 23:7

  • 10-25-2020 "Blessed"

    “And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

    Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

    Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

    Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

    Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

    Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

    Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    Matthew 5: 1-12

  • 10-24-2020 "Your Words Reveal You"

    “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”  Psalm 19:12-14

  • 10-23-2020 "Think Happy"

    “Finally brethren whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4 : 8

  • 10-22-2020 "Envy"

    “A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones." Proverbs 14:30

  • 10-21-2020 "Quick Tempered"

    “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.”  Proverbs 14:29

  • 10-20-2020 "Keep Thy Heart"

    “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

  • 10-19-2020 "Run Well, Finish Strong"

    “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 

    1 Corinthians 9:24-27

  • 10-18-2020 "The Peace God Promises"

    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”   John 16:33

  • 10-17-2020 "The Pot-Stirrers"

    "Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins."  Proverbs 10:12

  • 10-16-2020 "Encourage"

    “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.” Romans 15:2

  • 10-15-2020 "The Other Side"

    “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began."   Titus 1:2

  • 10-14-2020 "Others"

    “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”    Philippians 2:3

  • 10-13-2020 "Let Your Faith Roar"

    “Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”  Matthew 26:41

  • 10-12-2020 "Renew Your Mind"

    “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”    Romans 12:2

  • 10-11-2020 "Iron Sharpens Iron"

    "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend."  Proverbs 27:17

  • 10-10-2020 "Pride"

    “Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." Proverbs 13:10

  • 10-09-2020 "Love is Not Self-Seeking"

    “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil...). 

    1 Corinthians 13:4-5

  • 10-08-2020 "We Choose God"

    “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”  Joshua 24:15

  • 10-07-2020 "Do All to the Glory of God"

    “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”   1 Corinthians 10:31

  • 10-06-2020 "Judge Not"

    “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”   Matthew 7 : 1-5

  • 10-05-2020 "God Meant It for Good"

    “But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.”   Genesis 50:20

  • 10-04-2020 "Trust God"

    “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”    Proverbs 3:5-7

  • 10-03-2020 "Worry"

    Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.   Matthew 6:31-32

  • 10-02-2020 "Whose Side Are You On?"

    “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD'S side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.”    Exodus 32:26

  • 10-01-2020 "Schism"

    "That there be no schism in the body; but that members should have the same care one for another."   1 Corinthians 12:25