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                                                  DAILY DEVOTIONS

SUNDAY -     JANUARY  23RD, 2022 - 

TODAY IS THE LORD'S DAY! LET'S REMEMBER TO KEEP IT HOLY - LET'S BE LIKE JESUS AND FIND OURSELVES IN GOD'S HOUSE WORSHIPPING, PRAISING AND THANKING HIM FOR ALL OUR BLESSINGS. WE DON'T GO TO CHURCH TO BE SAVED AND THEN QUIT, BUT WE GO TO CHURCH BECAUSE WE ARE SAVED. ATTENDING CHURCH EACH WEEK, WITH OTHER BELIEVERS IS ESSENTIAL IN FULFILLING OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD, AND OUR CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT. OUR FORMER PASTOR HAD A SAYING THAT IF YOU'RE IN GOD'S HOUSE ON SUNDAY, THEN YOU ARE EXACTLY WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE. ARE YOU GOING TO BE "EXACTLY" WHERE YOU OUGHT TO BE? THOSE WHO DO NOT ATTEND CHURCH REGULARLY, RUN THE RISK OF FAILING IN THEIR CHRISTIAN WALK. HERE'S THE QUESTION; CAN YOU MAINTAIN YOUR CHRISTIANITY AND DEVELOP A SPIRITUAL FULFILLMENT BY NOT ATTENDING CHURCH WITH OTHER BELIEVERS? IT'S A FACT, WE CANNOT DO THAT ALONE. . . WE NEED EACH OTHER. SEE YOU IN CHURCH!

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     THIS WEEK'S DEVOTIONS ARE ABOUT....

                                 "THIS AND THAT"

God is  calling  us in this generation to be fully alive in him. As you read these devotions, ask God how they can impact you so you can impact others. Spread the word that God is on the move in the pursuit of capturing the hearts of all men…..JUST REMEMBER GOD LOVES YOU AND SO DO WE! 

 

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MONDAY    - JANUARY  24TH "ELIJAH - WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE PRAYED"                        

                                                                   

                                        

   

‘Then Elijah said to the people, “I alone am left a prophet of the Lord, but Baal’s prophets are 450 men. Now let them give us two oxen; and let them choose one ox for themselves and cut it up, and place it on the wood, but put no fire under it; and I will prepare the  other ox and  lay it on the wood, and I will not put a fire under it. Then you call on the name of your god,  and  I  will call  on the name of the Lord, and the God who answers by fire, He is God.” And all the people said, “That is a good idea.”’

– I Kings 18: 22-24

It all began  when King  Ahab turned his back on God and built a statue to Baal, the god of rain.

In a moment of true irony, that’s when the rain stopped. Three and a half years later the people began  calling out both  for rain and  God. That’s when Elijah showed up for the ultimate showdown:

Elijah and the One True God vs 450 prophets of Baal.

Elijah and the prophets of Baal each built an altar and prepared a sacrifice.

It was to be a burnt offering, but there was just one catch – they had no fire.

Both sides would have to pray and ask their God or god to bring down fire. The prophets of Baal went first. They prayed, they chanted, and they called out – but nothing happened. Hours passed without a response. Elijah suggested they pray louder (maybe their gods had gone to sleep), but still, they had no answer.

Finally, it was Elijah’s turn. Taking his time, Elijah built the altar and prepared the sacrifice, soaking the altar in water (a precious commodity after 3.5 years of drought). He did this  just  to make sure  there would be no possible human explanation for what God would do. Then Elijah prayed.

Immediately fire fell from the sky consuming not just the offering, but the stone altar and all the water. Talk about an incredible demonstration of God’s power!

Elijah trusted God even when it didn’t make sense.

What about you? When life becomes difficult or doesn’t make sense, will you will you turn to false idols of our day?

Or will you remain grounded in your faith?

 

 

 

TUESDAY    - JANUARY   25TH -"ELIJAH-NEVER GIVE UP"

 

 

 

“And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, “It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” – I Kings 19:3-4

The prophet Elijah was what YOU MIGHT call a man of miracles.

When he prayed for the rain to stop, it did – for 3 1/2 years.

When he prayed for a single mom’s dead son, the boy was brought back to life.

When Elijah prayed for God to send down fire from heaven in a battle against the false prophets of the idol Baal, God answered.

Elijah knew his time on earth was coming to an end, so when he & Elisha came to the Jordan River, Elijah took his robe, wrapped it together, struck the waters, and the river was divided, so both of them passed over on dry land.

Elijah had first-hand experience of God’s power, so why was he so depressed and afraid?

WE ALL AT ONE OR  ANOTHER TIME  IN OUR LIFE,  HAVE DOUBTS, FEAR, BECOME OVER-WHELMED AND HAVE SOME TRYING TIMES, HOWEVER, NEVER GIVE UP ON GOD. HE’S ALWAYS THERE AND WAITING FOR YOU TO COME  TO HIM WITH THE SMALLEST  OR BIGGEST SITUATION YOU’LL EVER HAVE.

 

 

 

WEDNESDAY-JANUARY   26TH- "GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU"

   

                                             

 

  

When Elijah defeated all the prophets of Baal by praying for God to rain down fire from Heaven and burn up their man made alter, Queen Jezebel was not happy. As a powerful advocate of the false god, Baal, she threatened Elijah by issuing a death warrant for him. Now remember, this man had been fearless in confronting the evil king (her husband) and hundreds of Baal’s prophets. Yet at Jezebel’s threat, Elijah became so overwhelmed by  fear and depression that this great man of faith wanted to die.

After such courageous faith, how could this happen?

Well, Elijah was emotionally, spiritually, and physically spent. And when it comes to emotions, what goes up, must come down. Spiritual and emotional highs like the ones Elijah experienced are often followed by depression, doubt and fear.

So how did God respond?

God cared for Elijah by providing for his physical needs by bringing him food and water. God cared for Elijah’s emotional needs by giving him time to rest. Finally, God cared for Elijah’s spiritual needs by speaking to him in a “still, small voice.”

Are you feeling let down, depressed or just plain exhausted today?

Just like Elijah, even in the midst of what may be  the most fearful time of your life, God will be there to care for you.

 

 

 

THURSDAY- JANUARY    27TH -"CAST ALL YOUR CARES ON HIM"

 

 

 

Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (Nkjv)

It’s so easy to get stressed out. You can do it without even trying. With all the pressures from the pandemic, more boosters, kids at home more than at school, jobs, talk of another war, empty food shelves… it’s easy to feel lots of pressure to get things done and at times, just plain stressed out.

Today’s Bible verse doesn’t tell us that we won’t experience worry and stress in life, but it does tell us what to do about it.

We are challenged to  give our worries  to God. The great thing about giving something away is that we no longer have it.   And that is what we are to do with worry. We are to give it to God and no longer carry it in our life.

When you  give your worries  and  cares to God it  demonstrates your faith in him…when your faith is stronger than your doubts and fears, you can know that God is always going to take care of you!

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY      - JANUARY    28TH - "FRIDAY"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                                               Final thoughts FOR THE WEEK

     THANK GOD FOR YOUR MANY BLESSINGS DURING THIS PAST WEEK!   ATTEND CHURCH THIS SUNDAY,  IT WILL BE GOOD.......

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY -    JANUARY   29TH, 2022   -    "LET'S MAKE PLANS!"

LIGGETT BAPTIST CHURCH INVITES YOU. . .

SUNDAY SCHOOL FIRST . . .THEN MORNING WORSHIP

. . .JUST REMEMBER THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU "ALL" WEEK TO DO WHATEVER YOU PLEASED, AND ALL HE ASK IS JUST ONE DAY THAT YOU SET ASIDE SOME TIME TO COME FOR A VISIT TO HIS HOUSE. COME INTO HIS PRESENCE WITH PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING - HE'S BEEN GOOD TO YOU. . .CAN YOU NOT RETURN THE FAVOR?  THIS WEEKEND IS A VERY SPECIAL WEEKEND FOR YOU TO  WORSHIP THE LORD!

HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!  AND DON'T FORGET BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU! 

 


OUR CHURCH WILL PROMOTE SUNDAY SCHOOL TO THE FULLEST. AS WE CONTINUE TO SEE A DECLINE IN SUNDAY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE, WE MUST REALIZE JUST HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL REALLY IS TO OUR CHRISTIAN WALK OF LIFE.  THERE ARE MANY REASONS WHY EACH PERSON THAT ATTENDS CHURCH, SHOULD BE INVOLVED IN A SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS, AND NOT JUST THE WORSHIP SERVICE ONLY. HERE ARE A FEW REASONS WHY THAT YOU, IF YOU AREN'T ALREADY, NEED TO BE ATTENDING SUNDAY SCHOOL.

1. SUNDAY SCHOOL FULFILLS A VITAL FUNCTION IN HELPING THE CHURCH REACH ITS MISSION.

2. SUNDAY SCHOOL MOBILIZES THE CHURCH FOR EVANGELISM.

3. A MISSION IS BEST ACCOMPLISHED IN THE CONTEXT OF SMALL GROUPS - HENCE: SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES.

4. SUNDAY SCHOOL GIVES CHILDREN A SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE.

5. SUNDAY SCHOOL EQUIPS THE SAINTS TO DO THE WORK OF A MINISTRY.

6. MOST IMPORTANTLY,  SUNDAY SCHOOL DEVELOPS LEADERSHIP FOR THE CHURCH. SUNDAY SCHOOL IS WHERE YOU LEARN FROM A BIBLICAL LESSON ALL ABOUT GOD'S WORD AND WHAT IT SAYS TO EACH ONE OF US.

SO YOU SEE HOW IMPORTANT SUNDAY SCHOOL IS FOR YOU? YOU MAY ASK, "WHAT BENEFIT IS SUNDAY SCHOOL FOR ME?" HERE'S THE WAY YOU CAN FIND OUT - JOIN US FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL THIS SUNDAY, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO TRY IT. THEN YOU MAKE THE DECISION!  THERE'S A CLASS FOR EVERYONE!

 

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BECAUSE HE LIVES!

SUPPOSE JESUS CHRIST HAD NOT RISEN FROM THE DEAD. WHERE WOULD THAT LEAVE US? WHAT ASSURANCE WOULD WE HAVE ABOUT ANYTHING IN LIFE? OUR CONFIDENCE? OUR THOUGHTS ABOUT DEATH? OUR HOPES? OR EVEN ABOUT EXISTENCE AFTER THIS LIFE - HOW WOULD IT ALL BE AFFECTED?

OF COURSE, IF YOU HAVE NEVER RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR PERSONAL SAVIOR, HIS RESURRECTION WOULD SEEM RATHER MEANINGLESS, AS FAR AS YOU'RE CONCERNED. AND GOD KNEW THAT JESUS' RESURRECTION WOULD RAISE MANY QUESTIONS. HOWEVER, THE ONLY QUESTION THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT IS: DO YOU BELIEVE HE HAS RISEN?

THIS MEANS THAT IF THE RESURRECTION HAD NOT OCCURRED, OUR FAITH WOULD BE EMPTY AND WITHOUT FOUNDATION. WE SHOULD BE THANKFUL, BECAUSE AS BELIEVERS, OUR HOPE EXTENDS BEYOND THIS LIFE, BECAUSE JESUS HAS TRULY RISEN FROM THE DEAD. THE TOMB IS EMPTY. MOST IMPORTANTLY, JESUS HIMSELF TOLD OF HIS RESURRECTION. EVERYTHING HE PROMISED OR PREDICTED HAS COME TO PASS JUST AS HE SAID IT WOULD. THE FACT THEN, THAT JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD GIVES US THE ABSOLUTE, UNQUESTIONABLE FOUNDATION FOR EVERYTHING ELSE WE BELIEVE. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS, THAT WE HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT OUR GOD IS ALIVE. JESUS WAS NOT SIMPLY SOME PREACHER OR TEACHER, BUT HE CLAIMED TO BE THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. IN FACT, THAT WAS ONE OF THE REASONS HE CAME - TO REVEAL THE HEAVENLY FATHER, SO WE COULD UNDERSTAND WHAT HE IS LIKE. YOU MIGHT WONDER, IF CHRIST IS ALIVE, THEN WHAT IS HE DOING? HE IS SEATED AT THE FATHER'S RIGHT HAND, INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF. HE IS A LIVING GOD WHO CARES, LOVES, PROTECTS, AND HEARS OUR PRAYERS. HE IS A FORGIVING LORD, WHO IS CONTINUALLY ADVOCATING ON OUR BEHALF, AND WHAT'S MORE IS, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IS PREPARING A PLACE FOR EACH AND EVERYONE OF US WHO BELIEVES IN HIM . HE IS A RISEN SAVIOR WHO ALSO PROMISED HIS DISCIPLES, THOUGH HE WAS GOING AWAY, HE WOULD NOT LEAVE THEM LIKE ORPHANS, BUT JESUS ASSURED THEM HE WOULD SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH AND GUIDE EACH OF HIS FOLLOWERS UNTIL HE RETURNED. TODAY EVERY SINGLE BELIEVER IS INDWELT WITH THE SPRIT OF GOD, STARTING THE MOMENT HE OR SHE RECEIVES JESUS CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOR. ANOTHER GREAT PROMISE OF THE SCRIPTURES IS THE MOST BELOVED VERSE OF THE BIBLE - JOHN 3:16 - "FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH, BUT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE." THAT MEANS FOREVER. IRREVOCABLE 100% SURE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE RISEN SAVIOR. BECAUSE HE LIVES AND ROSE FROM THE DEAD, WE KNOW THAT HE WILL RAISE US, TOO, SO THAT WE CAN LIVE WITH HIM FOREVER. THAT IS WHY WE SING, "HALLELUJAH, CHRIST AROSE!" HE IS OUR RISEN SAVIOR!

                                                                                                      

                                                                           

                                             

                       THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST

NO ONE KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL HAPPEN.  IT IS PLAGUED BY MANY FALSE TEACHINGS.  MANY PREDICTION BOOKS HAVE BEEN WRITTEN SAYING THE EXACT DAY WHEN JESUS' RETURN WILL BE.  A MOVIE RECENTLY RELEASED, DECLARED THAT THE YEAR 2012 WILL BE WHEN JESUS WILL RETURN AND THE WORLD WILL END.  THESE BOOKS AND MOVIES HAVE MISLED A LOT OF PEOPLE, BUT ONE THING IS CERTAIN;  NO ONE KNOWS THE DAY NOR THE HOUR THAT HE WILL COME AGAIN.  ONLY GOD, THE FATHER, KNOWS WHEN THE SECOND COMING OF HIS SON, JESUS WILL HAPPEN.  JESUS TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, "NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THAT DAY OR HOUR, NOT EVEN THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN, NOR THE SON, BUT ONLY THE FATHER  (MATTHEW 24:36, 40, 42).   THIS IS WHY WE SHOULD KEEP WATCH.  WE CAN EITHER STAY IDLE AND SIMPLY WAIT FOR JESUS' RETURN OR WE CAN BE PREPARED AND READY.  THIS IS DONE BY KNOWING WHAT THE BIBLE REVEALS ABOUT UPCOMING EVENTS AND COMPARING THEM TO WHAT WE SEE IS HAPPENING TODAY AND TOMORROW, NOT ONLY IN THE UNITED STATES,  BUT ALL AROUND THE WORLD.  THERE ARE OVER 100 BIBLE PASSAGES THAT DISCUSS THE  SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST.  HIS FIRST COMING WAS IMPORTANT, BUT FAR  MORE  IMPORTANT  IS HIS  SECOND COMING;  WHY?   LET'S  LOOK  AT  THE  WORD S..E..C..O..N..D..   S-SUDDEN - ONLY THE FATHER IN HEAVEN KNOWS THE VERY SECOND AND CORRECT TIME THAT HIS SECOND COMING WILL TAKE PLACE.  IT WILL BE SUDDENLY. . . QUICKLY - JUST AS A LIGHTENING FLASH ACROSS THE SKY, OR THE TWINKLING OF AN EYE....IT WILL BE SUDDEN.   E-ESSENTIAL - THE SECOND COMING OF JESUS CHRIST WILL BE ONE OF THE  MAIN PILLARS OF CHRISTIAN  FAITH.  JESUS WILL COME AGAIN AS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, IN ALL HIS GLORY FOR THE FINAL JUDGMENT.   C-CHRIST'S FINAL JUDGMENT -  AS THE BIBLE SAYS, JESUS WILL BE THE FINAL JUDGE OF THE WORLD.   O-OBVIOUS - IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THERE ARE BILLIONS OF PEOPLE LIVING ON THIS EARTH.  AND ONLY GOD KNOWS THE TRUE CHRISTIANS.  THOSE WHO LIVE BY A SET OF IDEALS THAT THINK THEY CAN ENTER HEAVEN BY THEIR GOOD DEEDS WILL OBVIOUSLY NOT.  THE BIBLE PLAINLY EXPLAINS THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND LIFE ETERNAL IS ONLY BY ACCEPTING JESUS AS LORD AND SAVIOR.  N-NO ONE KNOWS - NO ONE KNOWS THE EXACT TIME AND DAY THAT THE LORD WILL RETURN.  GOD IS OUTSIDE OF TIME.  TIME REALLY DON'T MATTER TO HIM.  WE SHOULD NOT BE DECEIVED IN THINKING OR BELIEVING THAT ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF KNOWS THE VERY HOUR OF JESUS' RETURN.  D-DOUBTERS BEWARE - AS THE TIME DRAWS EVER SO CLOSE TO HIS SECOND APPEARING, THERE WILL BE INCREASING AND WIDESPREAD DOUBT ABOUT WHETHER JESUS WAS EVEN REAL.  PEOPLE WILL START WONDERING IF GOD REALLY EXISTS.  DON'T GIVE IN TO DOUBT, REMAIN TRUE AND FAITHFUL AND GREAT WILL BE YOUR REWARD.   THIS IS ONLY A GUESS,  BUT HIS IMMENSE LOVE FOR US ALL IS MAKING HIM PUT IT OFF FOR YET ANOTHER DAY, BUT WHAT ABOUT TOMORROW? WILL IT BE THEN?  ARE YOU READY?  AS EACH DAY CLOSES AND WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR HIS RETURN YET ANOTHER DAY, HE IS GIVING US PRECIOUS TIME TO MAKE SURE WE'RE READY? PLEASE. . . BE READY AND WAITING!

 

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     NO EXCUSE SUNDAY

TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE TO ATTEND CHURCH NEXT SUNDAY, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL “NO EXCUSE”  SUNDAY.  HERE ARE SOME THINGS WE WILL DO TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE.

1.        COTS WILL BE PLACED IN THE FOYER FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “SUNDAY IS MY ONLY DAY TO SLEEP IN.”

2.          MURINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH TIRED EYES FROM WATCHING T.V. TOO LATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

3.          WE WILL HAVE STEEL HELMETS FOR THOSE WHO SAY, “THE ROOF WOULD CAVE IN IF I EVER CAME TO CHURCH.”

4.          STEEL-TOED SHOES WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO DON’T WANT THEIR TOES STEPPED ON.

5.          BLANKETS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR THOSE WHO THINK THE CHURCH IS TOO COLD AND FANS FOR THOSE WHO SAY IT IS TOO HOT.

6.          WE WILL HAVE HEARING AIDES FOR THOSE WHO SAY “THE PREACHER SPEAKS TOO SOFTLY” AND COTTON FOR THOSE WHO SAY HE PREACHES TOO LOUDLY.

7.          FOR THOSE WHO USUALLY GO FISHING ON SUNDAY, INSTEAD OF COMING TO WORSHIP, THE BAPTISTERY WILL BE STOCKED WITH BASS AND BLUE GILL, (BRING YOUR OWN POLE).

8.          SUNGLASSES WILL BE IN THE PEWS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THE LIGHTS ARE TOO BRIGHT AND MINITURE FLASHLIGHTS FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY CAN’T SEE TO READ THE HYMNALS

9.          THE AUDITORIUM WILL BE DECORATED WITH BOTH CHRISTMAS POINSETTAS AND EASTER LILIES FOR THOSE WHO ONLY ATTEND CHURCH TWICE A YEAR.

10.      SCORE CARDS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO LIST THE HYPOCRITES PRESENT.

11.       THERE WILL BE T.V. DINNERS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY HAVE TO STAY HOME FROM CHURCH AND COOK.

12.      SOME RELATIVES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE, FOR THOSE WHO SAY THEY LIKE TO GO VISITING ON SUNDAY.

 FINALLY, TIME CLOCKS WILL BE INSTALLED FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO KEEP TRACK OF THEIR TIME SPENT FOR GOD.

 

THESE MAY SOUND LIKE UN-BELIEVABLE EXCUSES, AND SOME ARE SORT OF FUNNY, BUT IN REALITY, HOW MANY OF THESE EXCUSES HAVE YOU HEARD. . .  . .  OR USED YOURSELF? ? ? ?

 

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