Start Each Morning Clean – Love Worth Finding – October 28

Start Each Morning Clean

OCTOBER 28

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. Psalm 51:2

Before a priest could enter the Holy of Holies, he had to stop by the basin and wash his hands and feet. He had already been washed from head to toe, but there is no floor in the tabernacle, only dirt. This final preparation before he entered God’s presence was to symbolize the washing away of the defilement of this world.

As you and I come into contact with the world, we are going to become defiled. We don’t need a bath all over. We are already saved. But each day we must ask God to search our hearts and cleanse us once again from our sins.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each of us came into the presence of God as seriously as the Old Testament priests? We should. Have you been to the cleansing basin this morning?

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Quiet Walk – October 28

October 28

Colossians 1

Christ is the image of the invisible God and the Head of the church.

INSIGHT

On the surface, it is pretty difficult to explain why you believe in God. No one has seen Him face-to-face, touched Him, or smelled Him, yet His fingerprints are everywhere. You must get beneath the surface where the intangible becomes tangible. God is made visible through Jesus Christ. Paul writes that Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (v. 15). If you want to know about God, learn about Jesus. If you want to see God, look at Jesus. If you want to please God, follow Jesus. He is God in the flesh!

PRAYER

Praise God that He came to us in the person of Jesus Christ:
“Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”
(John 14:10-13)

Pause for praise and thanksgiving.

Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen
(1 Timothy 6:20-21)

Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind, and pray this affirmation to the Lord:
He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen
(1 Timothy 6:15-16)

As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
spiritual discipline,
strength for those ministering Gods Word in China,
your activities for the day.

Finally, offer this prayer to the Lord:
No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.
(John 1:18

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George Stanley Faber

George Stanley Faber

Exodus 20:11
“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore Jehovah blessed the Sabbath and made it holy. “

The books of the 19th century had such memorable titles! Anglican vicar George Stanley Faber published a book in 1823 called the Treatise on the Genius and Object of the Patriarchal, the Levitical, and the Christian Dispensations (Treatise on the Genius and the Object of Patriarchal, Levitical, and Christian Dispensations). With a title like that, I can’t wait for the movie!

Faber was interested in geological ideas. He was aware of the clash between the proposed long ages for rock layers and fossils, and the timescale given for Creation in the Bible. He realized that the two could not be reconciled. Of course, when these two concepts are pitted against each other, one of them would have to give in. For Faber, it was the Genesis account that had to yield.

Faber wrote that the six days of Creation Week were “each a period of very considerable duration.” Thus was born the Theory of the Day-Era, reason why Biblical scholars have tried to reconcile the Bible with the deep epochs by making each day of creation longer and longer.

Faber was convinced that he could find justification for the extreme length of these days in the text itself. He said: “[This] can be proved partly by the analogy of language, partly by the very necessity of narrative, partly by ancient tradition, and partly (and most decisively) by the discoveries … of modern physiologists … “

Faber’s first two points have been answered many times. But it is interesting that Faber gives more weight to the so-called “discoveries”. These, as we know, were not discoveries at all, but were the opinions and interpretations of people who had already engaged on old earth timescales, without any justification from the Bible.

Prayer: Lord, may we always stick to the words You have given us, and do not venture to reinterpret Your Word with our own opinions and prejudices. Amen.

Ref: Faber, GS (1823), Treatise on the Genius and the Object of the Patriarchal, Levitical and Christian Dispensary , pp. 111 and 112, <https://archive.org/details/treatiseongenius01fabe&gt; access, 1/23/2018.

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The Only Works That Lead to Eternal Life – Powerpoint – October 28

The Only Works That Lead to Eternal Life

October 28

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Romans 3:21-22

I’m an American. Growing up, I was taught that I could do anything I wanted in life as long as I was willing to work for it. That’s how many people in our country are raised… to never give up on their dreams, pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and make something of themselves no matter their background.

That way of thinking works great for reaching a better life. But it doesn’t work at all when it comes to reaching eternal life. That’s because on our own, heaven is completely unattainable. You’d have more success in jumping to the moon than you would in getting to heaven by your own works.

Left to ourselves, we’re stubborn, prideful, sinful, and utterly hopeless. I’ve often said that I wouldn’t trust the best 15 minutes I’ve ever lived to get me into heaven. But praise God that Jesus Christ has done the work I couldn’t, taken away my sins, and given me eternal life when I certainly didn’t deserve it!

Any chance you had of getting to heaven on your own was destroyed by sin. But Christ destroyed the power of sin on the cross to give you eternal life if you’ll only trust in Him. Put your faith in Christ, not yourself, for eternal life. It’s His work alone that can save you!

DON’T TRUST IN YOUR OWN WORKS TO GET YOU TO HEAVEN. TRUST IN CHRIST’S WORK ALONE FOR ETERNAL LIFE!



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PowerPoint Ministries is the radio and television broadcast ministry of Dr. Jack Graham in Plano, Texas. Dr. Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation’s largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with more than 33,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a DifferenceLessons from the HeartA Hope and a FutureLife According to JesusAre you Fit for Life? and Powering UpCourageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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