Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry


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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Express Message Of the Holy Spirit

by Robert Brock

The Express Message of the Holy Spirit

1 Timothy 4:1-5

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron,” 1 Timothy 4:1, 2.

God made bees to be amazing creatures, collecting pollen from flowers, going from flower to flower pollinating and carrying pollen back to the hive. There it is converted to honey which feeds the hive and makes royal jelly to feed the queen.

Paul said in our lifetime nominal believers will be seduced by wandering spirits like bees looking for flowers. This implies that Satan’s advocates will wander from church to church spreading heresy among Christians and weak believers or fake Christians who will fall away from the truth—apostasy.

“That day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition” (2 Thessalonians 2:3). This express message of Paul was preached two thousand years ago. It is now more imminent than ever.

“For the time will come…they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3, 4). Paul was teaching that the reason for this great falling away from the faith was because some folks in the congregations had itching ears. They knew how to manipulate the speaker to say what they wanted to hear. This is nothing new. “That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah 30:9, 10).

THOUGHT: Thank God for the faithful. He has special rewards for them.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-What We Should Do While We Wait On the Lord

by Robert Brock

What We Should Do While We Wait on the Lord 

Acts 1:12-14

“These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren,” Acts 1: 14.

You may feel like you are the only person who has had to wait. The Bible is full of examples of many great people of faith who have had to wait many years to see the fulfillment of God’s promises in their lives. Noah had one hundred twenty years to wait. Abraham had been promised he would be the father of many nations, but he was one hundred and Sarah ninety before they had their son Isaac. Joseph endured many years as a slave and a prisoner, before he saw the fulfillment of God’s revelation to him. Remember, God raises leaders in a slow cooker, not a microwave.

Jesus’ disciples had just witnessed their leader ascend into the clouds. He had instructed them to wait in Jerusalem until they were endued with supernatural powers to carry the universal gospel to the world and start churches. He would be head over all the congregations they established (John 14:18). All their doubts were dashed. He had ascended promising to return later to set up His kingdom on earth. In the meantime, they were to build the kingdom in the hearts of believers.

We are strangers and pilgrims, passing through this world. If Jesus is our King sitting on the throne in our lives, the world will know something is different about us; we are labeled as foreigners treading upon the world’s territory. Satan does not care much for that, but Jesus does not care what Satan and his cohorts think. Just keep doing what He left you here to do.

THOUGHT: “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Right Attitude For God’s Preachers

by Robert Brock

The Right Attitude for God’s Preachers

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God,” 1 Corinthians 2:2, 5.

I heard of a preacher who was so animated when he preached that he poked his finger through the low ceiling of the stage.

Some preachers worry that they are not running around on the stage enough, being melodramatic and drawing attention to themselves. Some in a congregation may think a preacher is not preaching unless he jumps up and down.

Paul said he was more interested in the Corinthians learning the truths about Jesus and the gospel than dazzling them with his wisdom.

Every preacher has his own natural style and congregations can see right through an artificial presentation that can be turned on and off at the blink of an eye. Implied in this passage is the willingness of the congregation to hear what the preacher has to say about the truth and its spiritual conditions. Listeners, who have studied God’s Word and have prayed all week, should be ready to worship on Sunday and hear the wonderful things God has in store for those who love him, no matter if the preacher is sitting in a wheelchair or overly animated.

This church was so worldly it could not be moved with a bulldozer. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (1 Corinthians 3:1, 2).

THOUGHT: Our attitude toward God’s preachers should be to pray for them daily to be faithful in the work God has called them to do.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Entering a New Time In Life

by Robert Brock

Entering a New Time in Life

Joshua 1:1-9

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest,” Joshua 1:8, 9.

I know a man who vows to lose sixty pounds of excess weight every year. He loses five and sometimes ten pounds before giving up. Yet, yearly he makes the same vow to himself and to God. He also has kinfolks who vow yearly to be nicer this year than they were last year; and yet, the sin nature, like gravity, wins almost every time. When a Christian gets saved, he cannot come before God bearing accomplishments and good deeds to trade for salvation. He has to come with an empty cup and brokenhearted because of his sin that put God’s only begotten on the cross. If one says, “God, I have nothing to offer; I am unworthy of so great a gift, but please forgive me and save my soul.” That man will rise up with his cup full and running over. He will be able to walk in newness of life as he faces the New Year ahead. He can live for Jesus, and his good deeds will be recorded in Heaven. When Jesus returns, He will bring His reward with Him for the deeds which Christians have done in the body. “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new” (Revelation 21:5).

THOUGHT: Be strong and of good courage this year. 
Joshua 1:8, 9 is a great formula for success which 
will bring prosperity and give you peace in your heart.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-How God’s Truth Is Revealed

by Robert Brock

How God’s Truth Is Revealed

1 Corinthians 1:17-24

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God,” 1 Corinthians 1:23, 24.

In a survey of people’s curiosity about Bible information two subjects consistently emerge: creation and Revelation. A person could study what has already happened in the beginning, what will happen in the end, but still end up in eternal damnation. The deep mysteries of the Bible are interesting, but the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only topic that is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe. Jews had to have a miracle before they would believe. Jesus said an evil and adulterous generation seeks after miracles. The reason being, if God has to prove Himself with miracles, there is no faith in it at all.

The Gentiles had to prove with logic and scientific examination that God exists. All pure science will prove is that the Supreme Being exists. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21). Jesus asks for belief first then obedience; thereafter, He promises to manifest Himself to the believer.

Every human receives an eternal spirit at conception. That spirit will spend eternity somewhere. When a human trusts Christ as Savior, the Holy Spirit guarantees his citizenship in Heaven forever, for all eternity, with Jesus the source of his eternal life.

THOUGHT: Why spend eternity under judgment when the One who guarantees life can make reservations for you? Start the New Year off right by walking in the light. Jesus is the source of all truth.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Passing Times of Life

by Robert Brock

The Passing Times of Life

Ecclesiastes 7:8-12

“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof,” Ecclesiastes 7:8.

New Year’s Eve is all about time this side of eternity. A year has passed. How much of last year will bring a Christian rewards for service to God?

Such as it is, the old year is gone—used up. We cannot go back and fix that which time has cemented in stone. About the best we can do is apologize to God for all the wasted opportunities, ask those we offended to forgive us, pick up the broken pieces, turn our faces to the wind and thank God for one more year to do it right.

When we were young parents on New Year’s Eve in Hawaii, loud bursts of bombs woke us at midnight. We thought the island was being bombed again. Running to the screen door, we saw the entire community was lit up. Buddhist and native islanders were popping millions of firecrackers, shooting Roman candles and lighting whole packs of firecrackers in empty trash cans. For a few minutes, we experienced what others have felt when being invaded by enemy forces. The next day we learned the Islanders were scaring off the evil spirits in preparation for the New Year. A few years later, at the seminary where I am an instructor, students and families came together, brought their happy holiday food and fellowshipped in the Lord. When the clock struck midnight, we were in a circle up holding hands, praying and thanking God for the New Year and the year that just passed. Christians depend on the Holy Spirit to help them fight the devil. The world uses firecrackers and bombs while Satan laughs at their pitiful attempts.

THOUGHT: Life is a vapor—here today and gone tomorrow. Win as many as you can to Jesus in the New Year.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Suffering For Righteousness Sake

by Robert Brock

Suffering for Righteousness Sake

1 Peter 3:14-18

“For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit,” 1 Peter 3:17, 18.

God never intended Christians be the doormat where the world would grind its feet. “The LORD will enter into judgment with the ancients of his people, and the princes thereof: for ye have eaten up the vineyard; the spoil of the poor is in your houses. What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the LORD GOD of hosts” (Isaiah 3:14, 15).

The people who persecuted the early Christians are weeping in hell. But, those Christians faithful unto death are now at “rest from their labours” (Revelation 14:13).

Peter teaches us not to be afraid of persecutors who feed their warped egos on persecuting Christians. We would be wise to fear God and let Him get revenge for us.

THOUGHT: Persecution for a Christian is usually 
a badge that shows he is doing something right. “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted) above that you are able” (1 Corinthians 10:13).

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Suffering of the Messiah

by Robert Brock

The Suffering of the Messiah

Isaiah 53:3-7

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he 
was bruised for our iniquities:…and with his stripes we are healed….the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all,” Isaiah 53:5, 6.

One wonders how God could be satisfied punishing His own innocent Son to pay for the sins of the guilty. That is only part of the story. God planned to resurrect His Son to be the Mediator for believers and keep them saved.

“For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Leviticus 17:11). When the priest prepared an innocent animal to be sacrificed, the father of that family laid his hands on the head of the animal and proclaimed he was placing the sins of his family on the head of the innocent creature. This ritual was continued for about a thousand years. Then, Jesus appeared on the scene, and John the Baptist introduced Him as God’s Lamb to take away the sins of His people and the world. When the time arrived for Him to be sacrificed for us, God allowed Herod’s soldiers to push down a crown of thorns upon His head. Since thorns symbolized man’s sin curse (Genesis 3:17-19), God literally placed our sins on the head of His Lamb and let Him pay for our sin debt.

THOUGHT: “He shall see of the travail of his soul, and 
shall be satisfied” (Isaiah 53:11). This is the rest of the Christmas story. Read Luke 2:1-20 to your loved ones on Christmas morning before they open their presents.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The List of Spiritual Fruit

by Beverly Barnett

The List of Spiritual Fruit

Galatians 5:22, 23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, 
temperance: against such there is no law,” Galatians 5:22, 23.

Spiritual fruit cannot come from an unspiritual tree. Believers are fertile souls for producing spiritual fruit as lead by the Holy Spirit. But, there is a turf war going on in our hearts. The Spirit and our fleshly nature tug back and forth to win the preeminent place in our hearts.

When the Spirit wins out, we can produce a bumper crop of spiritual fruit: love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. But when the flesh wins, we are subject to the blight of sinfulness with weeds and briers and disease such as: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness or revellings (Galatians 5:19, 20). When the flesh wins, we are spiritually miserable. When the Spirit wins, we are light and love to the world, plus we have peace with God. We walk with Him, and He walks with us.

REFLECTION: “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (Galatians 5:25).

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