Thursday, August 17, 2017

A True Friend

True friends are God's way of taking care of us. - Anon
Jonathan, the son of King Saul, and David, the man whom God chose to replace King Saul. Mortal enemies right - NO, it was a friendship made by God. Hmm!
We often take them for granted, and seldom remember how they came into our lives - friends. But that's just it - they are in our lives - and we would be somewhat at a loss if they weren't. They step up when others step back, add to you instead of taking away from you. Remember what the bible says, 'every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father...' I pray we may all be a true friend and have a true friend.
Until tomorrow......
Pastor Botts
"Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful." - Proverbs 27:6

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Still Just Men

The best of men are still men at best. – Anon
Peter’s sermon brought 3,000 plus into the church on Pentecost, but he still had a problem with Gentiles. Hmm!
We put a lot of stock and confidence in individuals for their accomplishments, deeds, and contributions to society, and well we should. But we should always remember that God was and is in the plans. The fact that He chooses to remain anonymous does not dismiss us from giving glory to Him. No man yet has accomplished anything by himself (except condemning himself to hell) and without the strength, wisdom, resources, and blessing of God he is no more than mortal and sin driven. Thanks be to God that He uses ordinary men to do extraordinary things. Look up, for today it may just be your turn.
Until tomorrow….
Pastor Botts
“So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me……Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God – through Jesus Christ our Lord!” – Romans 7:21-25

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Light that Illuminates

There are 2 kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures. - James Thurber
John in his 3rd letter writes about a church leader named Diotrephes. Leader - yes, but true light - NO. Hmm!
Without question as Christians we are called to be 'light' in a dark world. Just as Jesus came to be light, as ambassadors we are to let our light shine. However we need to make sure we are the light that illuminates a path for others to see Jesus clearly, not blind them that all they see is us or worst a very poor representation of Him. So as we 'glow' today let us make sure we're not blinding anyone.
Until tomorrow.....
Pastor Botts
"For this is what the Lord has commanded us: 'I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.....'" - Acts 13:47

Monday, August 14, 2017

Whose lead are you following?

Though important to know where you are going, better still is to know who you are following. – Sparks
Paul/Saul knew he was a highly dedicated and well-trained man on a mission for God, until he met Jesus on the road. WOW!
Upon reflection, I’m sure most of us can remember a journey or two we took where we didn’t like the end results. And in most cases it was more than likely because we did not know fully the details, we were ‘excited to be invited.’ However, without question; whether it be trend or person the majority of people today will still follow along without question. The common thinking is often that the “consensus can’t be wrong, the excitement can’t be false,” so this must be real.  Though God has given us the church, pastors, teachers, leaders, friends, etc; His call for us is not to them but to Him and His Word. People are fallible and may stray, but God’s Word will always lead us to Him. In circumstances that come upon us the question to ask is ‘whose lead are we following?’
Until tomorrow….
Pastor Botts
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong…… do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd.” – Exodus 23:2

Friday, August 11, 2017

Uncovering the Cover-up

When things go wrong, don't go with them. - Anon
King David and Bathsheba tried to cover up their sin and it just led to greater troubles. OUCH!
Try as we might to avoid the enemy through prayer, meditation, scripture reading/study, sometimes Satan gets the best of us and we sin. However, when this happens we should immediately confess it and repent before Almighty God, and not try to conceal it with further lies or other sinful acts, for it plays right into our enemies hands. We need remember Jesus said 'what is done in the dark will come to light.' Repentance and confession stops us and the enemy cold, and restores us back to God.
Until Monday.....
Pastor Botts
"Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody..... Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."
- Romans 12:17,21
P.S. - Don't forget Part II of our Sunday School Devotional this Sunday at 9AM. Hope you can make it!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Daring Moves

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may also start a winning game. - Goethe
Andrew brought a small boy with 5 barley loaves and 2 small fish to Jesus to feed 5,000. A sensible move – NO! A daring move - you bet!
In business, an 'entrepreneur' is one who has an idea or dream and is willing to risk everything they have to see it come to pass, realizing there is always a small possibility of failure. It's that type of spirit that should empower our faith and deeds. In truth, often for our faith to work or have value we have to step out on the “ledge of risk.” Not every program or every thing we do for God will work, but we will never know until we try, and the bottom line is that God will never be disappointed with our faithful efforts. PERHAPS.....
Until tomorrow…..
Pastor Botts
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed…..For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus sake, so that His life may be revealed in our mortal body.” – II Corinthians 4:8-9,11

Face It

He who loses wealth loses much, he who loses a friend loses more, but he who loses his courage loses all. – M. de Cervantes
Of all the things Judas lost on that fateful night, his courage to seek a forgiving Christ cost him most. Ouch!
Often we don’t want to face the trials God puts before us, meet the challenges His church requires of us, or step out on faith as His word tells us, but we must. For it is in going through the circumstances of life we grow our faith and our courage for the next battle. We need remember, Satan’s best and most used tool is “discouragement,” and he keeps it at the ready. So we must pray that the Spirit will empower us for today, for the challenges, they are a'comin.
Until tomorrow……
Pastor Botts
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith, be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.” – I Corinthians 16:13-14