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By Wally Fry

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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Pastors: Be Swordsmen and Chefs

An interesting look at the role of pastors by Slim Jim at The Domain For Truth. Pastors and chefs…this is great!


Ephesians 6:17 refers to the Word of God as the sword of the Spirit: “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

If the Word of God is a sword then that this helps us with understanding further two biblical roles of Pastors.

Pastors Be Swordsmen

The most obvious role of pastors and the sword of the Spirit is the responsibility of pastors to protect the flock.  The charge of pastors to protect the church with the Word is directly commanded in Titus 1:9=

holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.

Note here the reference to the Word of God as something pastors are supposed to hold fast unto.  Note the end of the verse mention the role of pastors “ to refute those who contradict.”  In order to do this pastors must be skilled in the use of the word of God to refute error.

Read the rest of the post here: Pastors: Be Swordsmen and Chefs

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Just a Thought

The problems of the world are just fleeting and temporary, but the peace of Jesus lasts forever.

John 16:33 

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

To a Man of God: See You Again Someday

For those of you keeping up around these parts, you know that about 6 weeks ago my Father in Law was diagnosed with a very aggressive brain tumor. It was indeed aggressive, and this past Friday the 4th of January we laid him to rest. I want to tell you a bit about him.

We called him a lot of things, depending on who we were. He was Pap to the grandkids, Dad to a son, and Daddy to a daughter. By his wife, he was often called Harold Edward!!! Yes, one has to say it with the exclamation points to actually hear it correctly. I don’t recall actually calling him anything, but “HEY!” was probably close. He had not been able to hear very much for almost 50 years, and when his hearing aids acted up, he could not hear thunder. He could often hear folks with loud, clear voices; but, you had to get his attention and make him look right at you. I have a loud, clear voice, and “HEY!” was how most of our conversations started. For the rest of this, he will just be Pap.

Pap was a simple man. Pap was an exceedingly smart man, but he was just simple in the ways of the world. I never saw him read anything in print, and I don’t think that was really in his comfort zone. Even though he didn’t read, he loved word search puzzles. Strange, really. He knew how to do a ton of stuff, though, that involved real life. Anything outside, he was your man. We will be eating the bounty of his gardening skills for at least another season or two.

Pap loved his family more than anything, especially his little girl (my wife,) and his grandkids. During his final days, while he never once got upset over the fact that he was dying from his own standpoint, the thought of his family having to struggle without him would reduce him to tears.

Pap was never mean to a soul. I have not heard, nor do I think I ever will hear, of a single person who would say this man treated them with less than kindness and respect. Even the jerks.

Pap loved his church. If the doors were open he wanted to be there with his brothers and sisters in Christ. In a day when people decline corporate worship over a chest cold or sprained pinky, Pap hung in there until the end. I remember one Sunday in the hospital he verified the day, then asked why everybody was not in church.  One that visit, he came home Wednesday and was crazy upset that they didn’t let him go home early enough to go to church that night. No problem, because the next night the church came to him and we had Wednesday worship in his living room on Thursday night.

Pap was a solid theologian, as we discovered at the end. He was not a big Bible reader; we already discussed that earlier. But he knew his Jesus, and that Jesus had saved him.  When he was deciding whether to pursue treatment for his tumor and finally decided not to, he just said, “No, I’m just going to go on home.”

Pap was an evangelistic machine. The thing was, we didn’t really know that. We knew he always talked about three things with neighbors: Jesus, his family, and his church. What we didn’t know was how dogged and persistent he was in his efforts to tell people about Jesus. We got so many reports from people about his witness to them….and we didn’t even know this. He was burdened for his lost kinfolk. During one of his rougher nights later in the illness, he just started praying out loud, in the middle of the night. No one had ever heard him pray out loud before. He prayed for us. He thanked God that his wife, children, and grandchildren all knew the Lord. But, he didn’t forget the two uncles who don’t know Jesus, and he prayed for them. It was back about 50 years ago when Pap first guided he and his wife back into the church. They had both been raised in it, and knew the Lord, but had been absentee believers for some years. Even though he probably didn’t give a theological dissertation on why he clearly understood what it meant to the future of his descendants. Now, his closest family members all know the Lord. I probably came to know Him myself because of a decision made 50 years ago.

We are going to miss you, Pap; but; we will see you again someday.

Thank you, for Giving to the Lord

I dreamed I went to heaven
You were there with me
We walked along the streets of gold
Beside the crystal sea
We heard the angels singing
Then someone called your name
You turned and saw a young man
He was smiling as he came

He said friend, you may not know me now
But then he said but wait
You used to teach my Sunday school
When I was only eight
Every week you would say a prayer
Before the class would start
One morning when you said that prayer
I asked Jesus in my heart

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

Then another man stood before you
And said remember the time
A missionary came to your church
His pictures made you cry
You didn’t have much money
But you gave it anyway
Jesus took the gift you gave
And that’s why I’m here today

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave

One by one they came,
As far as the eye could see
Each one somehow touched
By your generosity
Little things that you had done, sacrifices made
Unnoticed on the earth, heaven now proclaims
And I know up in heaven
That you’re not supposed to cry
But I was almost sure
There were tears in your eyes
As Jesus took your hand
And you stood before the Lord
And He said my child look around you
For great is your reward

Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am a life that was changed
Thank you for giving to the Lord
I am so glad you gave
I am so glad you gave
I am so glad you gave

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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Anxiety In The New Year

From Rebecca Luella Miller at A Christian Worldview of Fiction. She makes a great point that, while many do face each new year with fear and trepidation, that Christians certainly ought not to!


I keep hearing about people starting 2019 filled with anxiety and a sense of woe. I’m not sure where this pessimism is coming from. Maybe it’s the usual depression brought on by winter. Maybe it’s the divisiveness currently in our nation. Maybe it’s the downward spiral some see our moral climate taking. I don’t know for sure.

What I do know is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

That truth actually isn’t good news for people who reject or ignore God, because He has already demonstrated that when evil reaches a limit, He will act in judgment. He did so with Egypt, with Canaan, with Israel, with Judah. Why would the God who is the same from one era to the next suddenly go soft on sin? He isn’t likely to do that. But we don’t know just how or when His judgment will fall.

So those who are far from God have reason to be somewhat anxious.

But Christians? Not if we are going about doing our Father’s business.

Read the rest of the post here: Anxiety In The New Year

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Just a Thought

We don’t shine with our own light; we only REFLECT the light of Jesus


Matthew 5:16 

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

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