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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Bleh

Has anybody ever had a hard time writing? I don’t mean you fiction writer types; I can see that as a problem for sure. If you don’t have the inspiration, then you just don’t. That makes sense.

I don’t write fiction; I write devotional Bible lessons mostly. I even have TWO series that are not even close to done.  I even have ideas in my head. I actually have several posts practically written in my head.

I was off yesterday, so I had plenty of time.

Yet, I can’t seem to put anything on paper, so to speak.

Bleh.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Christ Took Our Nature

by Wally Fry

Tuesday, September 17

Christ Took Our Nature

Hebrews 2:14-18

“Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted,” Hebrews 2:17, 18.

Jesus was fully God and fully human. That is impossible to understand, yet Scripture teaches that truth. The full humanity of Jesus matters for many reasons. First and foremost, the fact that it was humanity who sinned in the first place meant that humanity owed the price that was required to be paid. Jesus’ status as fully human qualified Him to pay the price we owed for sin.

But, there is more concerning the reality of Jesus and salvation than just the simple payment for our sin; as we have discussed several times, our Christian lives only begin at salvation. Unless we are called home the moment we are saved, we are asked to translate the reality of Jesus in us into a visible reality in our lives.

There lies another reason for the full humanity of Jesus. Jesus gets it because He lived it for over three decades. Even though He lived a sinless human life, it was very much a human life, marked by all of the feelings, trials and temptations faced by any other human who has ever lived. Of course, our Lord never gave in to the temptations He faced, but He felt every bit of them. Not only did Jesus act as a model and example for us to follow, but He also shared many words of wisdom, counsel and commands for us to read and apply. Jesus showed us how to do it, and He told us how to do it. Are we?

JUST A THOUGHT: Jesus is our Savior and our Lord; we do not get one without the other.

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Monday chuckles

I need a double dose of funny today. Here is one from Bluebird of Bitterness. Enjoy!

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Just a Thought

False teachers don’t start out lying. They start out saying that other ideas are equal to Bible truth


Galatians 1:8-9 

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, September 15, 2019

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

by Wally Fry

Monday, September 16

The Ministry of the Holy Spirit

John 15:26-27

“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning,” John 15:26, 27.

As great as being saved is, it is not the final objective of God in the lives of believers. God has a plan and objective for each of us as individuals; He also has universal or common objectives for all believers as a body. God desires that none remain lost and that all come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). While God, as the sovereign of the universe, could certainly just directly cause all to come to Him, He has not chosen that method. The method He has chosen is that all will have the ability to choose Him or reject Him, based on their response to the proclamation of the gospel message.

Here, we see one of the most important ministries of the Holy Spirit under the new covenant. John was inspired by that same Holy Spirit to share this with us, that God sent Himself as the Holy Spirit to testify of the Son and point the way to salvation for the entire world.

How does the Spirit testify of the Son to the whole world? He does that through us, the saved. First, we are indwelt by Him at the moment of our conversion. Second, we are given His strength, power, and enlightenment to perform this task. He gave the disciples their marching orders in the last part of our devotional verse, and that instruction was for us also; is there any better way to show the reality of Jesus in our lives than to tell others about Him?

JUST A THOUGHT: Someday when we get to Heaven, it would be nice to meet many who are there because we said something?

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Setting Our Eyes on Heavenly Things

by Wally Fry

Sunday, September 15

Setting Our Eyes on Heavenly Things

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,” 2 Corinthians 4:18.

There is a term in reference to computer programs, garbage in garbage out. In other words, the output of any computer program or routine is only as good as the information that was input in the first place. Corrupt input produces a corrupt end product. This also happens to be a pretty fair analogy of what can happen with Christians now and then. Sometimes our Christian product is not what it should be, and we produce garbage and incoherence. That may seem harsh, but it is true.

God has provided all that we need to produce good Christian output. He gave us grace, His Son, and the strength and power to do it. He has built us ready and able to be successful believers. We are equipped by Him and ready to be taken off the shelf and put to use.

Yet, we have a role in the success of our Christian walks. What we put in our minds, what we think on, and where our focus is matters a lot. We tend to take on the characteristics of the ones we spend the most time with. If our minds are constantly filled with the world, and the things of the world, then acting like the world, will be our output. If we fill our minds with God’s Word and eternal things, then what we produce will be Christlike. Does this really matter? Of course, it does. What good is a Christian who is just a mirror of the world rather than Jesus?

JUST A THOUGHT: When nonbelievers look at us what do they see? Do they see something different?

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