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Truth in Palmyra

By Wally Fry

Just a Thought

So, do we go, or do we say, “Hey, God, can’t you send that OTHER guy?”


Isaiah 6:8 

Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

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Bogard Press Daily Devotional-Judgment on Evil Nations

by Wally Fry

Friday, March 15

Judgment on Evil Nations

Habakkuk 2:5-20

“Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the 
remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein,” Habakkuk 2:8.

Even though this prophecy took place as the Babylonians were rising to power, God knew what their future would hold. The Babylonians would carry away Judah, hold it captive seventy years, and they would themselves be displaced by another. This is exactly what happened when the Persians under Cyrus defeated the Babylonian empire and ascended to preeminence. Of course, it was ultimately the Persians who allowed the Jews to return to their homeland. God’s got this, and God is in control! He knew and foreordained exactly how things would unfold in order that His plan would be accomplished.

It’s hard to imagine the grimness facing the Jews as they watched the world falling under the conquering Chaldeans and knowing their turn was coming. While things may seem tough on us, they very likely are not, and will not be that bad. Nonetheless, it is easy to lose hope occasionally.

Our story is not the same as the story of the Jews, and we do not have the same national relationship with God that they did. Despite this, there are clear lessons for us in these Old Testament accounts. A lot of years passed before the Babylonians met the judgment they deserved, but it did come. God’s promises never fail. We can look into the past and see the promises that came to be, and look ahead to see the promises to come; we can know beyond a doubt that God promises will come to pass!

JUST A THOUGHT: We know God has done every single 
thing He said He would do; we can also know He will do all the things He has said He will do.

 

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Sheep thrills

We all need a laugh now and then; so, thanks for this one Bluebird!

bluebird of bitterness

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Just a Thought

When we do God’s work God’s way, He will be there to help


Ezra 7:6 

This Ezra went up from Babylon; and he was a ready scribe in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given: and the king granted him all his request, according to the hand of the Lord his God upon him.

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The Need For Patience in Times of Trouble

by Wally Fry

Thursday, March 14

The Need for Patience in Times of Trouble

Habakkuk 2:1-4

“For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry,” Habakkuk 2:3.

People can be strange in their outlook about getting out of trouble. When we get caught and suffer a consequence, we are quick to expect to be released from the suffering caused by our own actions! Judah had erred, and deserved the consequences of its long-term actions; even a casual reading of the history of the time shows that. Sometimes long-term actions have long-term consequences. Often, just because we change our ways and turn in a positive direction, but it will not change those circumstances. We can be committed to a changed life, but things from the past continue to unfold.

The Jewish nation as a whole was going to suffer mightily; this likely included those who were living righteously; yet, all would suffer the effects of the coming judgment.

Even today, the just often suffer along with the unjust. The things that seem to assail us hit all of us; in fact, sometimes they seem to affect the faithful even more. So, what are the faithful to do? That answer is simply that we are to remain faithful and steadfast in the Lord. God instructed the prophet Habakkuk to preserve his vision so that all would know God’s Word came to pass. We likewise have a Word from God in the form of His Holy Bible. We can also know that what He promises in His Word will come to pass at an appointed time.

JUST A THOUGHT: As the song says: “Farther along, we’ll know all about it; farther along, we’ll understand why.”

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Ambassadors for Reconciliation

Efua asked this in the post:”How well are we fulfilling our commission as Christ’s ambassadors?”The problem is never that we are not equipped or empowered for the mission Jesus has given us, but that we aren’t ready and willing. Great post, Efua, and a challenge to us all.

Grace Over Pain

“So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:20 AMPC

For the past few weeks the above bible scripture have been on my mind. And each time it comes, the word “reconciled” is amplified in my heart. Last week my 7 years old daughter came back from school and with excitement and she said “mum today in RE (Religious Education), we were taught about reconciliation……”. Again in all she said, reconciliation was amplified in my heart and it got me meditating on the above bible verse.

Reconciliation is the restoration of friendship. When God created the world, it was perfect. The worship and fellowship was pure until sin came in through Adam and Eve. All through old testament, many…

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Just a Thought

When God calls us, we have no reason to fear anything or anybody. He will be there with us for the mission.


Jeremiah 1:8 

Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord.

Bogard Press Daily Devotional-The People Who Took Judah Captive

by Wally Fry

Wednesday, March 13

The People Who Took Judah Captive

Habakkuk 1:1-17

“For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not their’s. They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves,” Habbakuk 1:6, 7.

At the time of this prophecy by Habbakuk, history was turning quickly. The kingdom of Judah was at a low point. Sin, idolatry and lawlessness were the norms in the land, and God was about to exercise judgment on the nation. Parts of the judgment against Israel had seemingly already started. The Chaldeans (Babylonians) were rising to their position as the preeminent world power, and the prophecy was that they would be God’s tool and means of judgment on Judah.

The question seems logical: why would God be using a godless people to judge God’s people? In fact, Habakkuk had a dialogue with his Lord concerning that very issue. Today, Christians feel similar pressure. We often feel as if we are beset from every direction by those who do not acknowledge the Creator of the universe. Clearly, we are much like those in the time of Judah. Sin, idolatry and lawlessness are the norms today among many of God’s own. God has not changed His mind about these things, and He will judge them eventually. Why would He use the heathen to accomplish this then, and why now?

This is a two-part answer. On the most basic level, God is God and is fully entitled to accomplish His will in any fashion He chooses. Maybe, it is also because God’s people simply have ceased to listen. If His own will not hear Him, then perhaps the use of the godless is the only way to make us hear?

JUST A THOUGHT: When we stop listening, God may have to speak more loudly.

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He’s Waving Me Around

God clearly expects us to use the brains He gave us, Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Yet, no amount of proof and logic will ever convince a lost person to believe, or a saved person to actually follow Him daily. Ultimately each of those choices is a problem of the heart. Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Excellent post, Mike

New Hope for Dry Bones

The other night a friend of mine was talking about when he went to have heart surgery.  He said there was a doctor he had spoken to  for about five minutes, a anesthetist he had just met, a nurse that had spent about a half hour with him and several others that had just been around.

Yet, when they put him under, he trusted each one to do their job and to do it well.

He also said that he had passes a semi on a two-lane highway that was traveling at a slow rate of speed and all that made him certain going on around was safe was an arm hanging out the window of the semi motioning to go ahead.

Even though he didn’t know this guy waving the hand, somehow he managed to trust him with a situation that could be life-threatening.

I’m sure my point has…

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