Oct2TueOctober 2, 2018
Building an Altar
So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
Dr. Nelson Bell was a missionary physician who became the mentor and father-in-law of evangelist Billy Graham. In his book, Convictions to Live By, Dr. Bell spoke of the primacy of a godly family, writing: “In the Old Testament we read that the patriarchs ‘pitched their tents, digged a well and built an altar.’ How many people today pitch their tents and dig their wells but make no provision for the spirit! The altar is never built. There are thousands of houses across America fabulous in their appointments for gracious living, but they remain houses only, not homes.”
In order to have success in our family life, we must build an altar and put God at the head of our homes. Husbands, wives, dads, and moms should keep their Bibles open, their knees bent, and the joy of the Lord dialed up on the family thermostat. The Christian home should be church-going, Bible-reading, and Christ-honoring. We need to pitch our tents and dig our wells, but let’s not forget to build our altars.
A Christian home means first of all that Christ is the Lord of the home and that He has preeminence in the lives of those who live there.
L. Nelson Bell
Oct1MonOctober 1, 2018
Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, for I delight in it.
We don’t often hear it said, “God happy you!” But it would be entirely appropriate. “God bless you!” could accurately be translated, “May God grant you happiness, joy, favor, and spiritual prosperity!” The so-called Beatitudes of Jesus (Matthew 5:2-11) are normally rendered,
“Blessed are those who . . .” but could just as easily be translated,
“Happy are those who . . . .”
“Blessed is” or “Blessed are” was a common Old Testament expression, one of the most well-known being from Psalm 1: “Blessed is the man who” avoids the way of the ungodly. Instead, “his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night” (verse 2). Finding delight, prosperity, favor, and happiness by walking according to God’s statutes is an underlying theme of both the Old (Joshua 1:7-8; Psalm 119) and New (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:4) Testaments.
Rather than seeking happiness in the temporary things of this world, let your daily delight be in the Word of God: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever” (Isaiah 40:8). That which seems a source of delight in the moment can’t compare with true, eternal joy.
The more reverence we have for the Word of God, the more joy we shall find in it.
Aug29WedAugust 29, 2018 Rev Cory
Restoring the Fragments
I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered from 1946 to 1956 in 11 caves near the Dead Sea. Over 900 manuscripts were discovered representing hundreds of texts and more than 15,000 fragments of linen, papyrus, and parchment (animal skin). So—10 years, 11 caves, hundreds of manuscripts and texts, and thousands of fragments ranging in size from 27 feet long to fingernail size. It fell to scholars to try to piece the fragments back together to create the original priceless documents.
Fragments—that’s how we view our life at times. If we have had a failure, a sin of omission or commission that shames or embarrasses us, we feel crushed and broken. We wonder if God can put the pieces of our life back together again. The good news is that He can! The psalmist David knew of God’s restoration work first hand (Psalm 32, 51), as did the apostles Peter (John 21:15-19) and Paul (Acts 22:6-16).
If sin or failure has fragmented your heart and soul, confess to God and let Him restore the joy of your salvation (Psalm 51:12).
It does not spoil your happiness to confess your sin. The unhappiness is in not making the confession.
Charles H. Spurgeon