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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 23, 2019

A SAD DAY

Jeremiah 8:1-20

The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved (8:20).

The Tragedy Of Delay

One of our deacons said to me, “A family has moved next door to my house. None of them are Christians. Help me win them to the Lord.”

Upon visiting the home, I found a father, mother, two boys, and a girl. They readily agreed that they should become Christians and attend Sunday school and church, but they never did. No amount of persuasion could bring them to a decision for Christ.

About two o’clock one morning, a Christian nurse from the hospital telephoned. “Pastor, a boy has been critically hurt in a traffic accident. His father is by his side. When the boy dies, it will be a terrible blow for this man. I thought possibly you could come and be with him and help him. He says he knows you.” When she told me his name, I recognized the name of the man who lived next door to the deacon.

At the hospital I stood by the side of the father as we watched the life of the boy slowly ebb away. Soon the nurse turned to the father and said, “Sir, your boy is gone.” She drew the sheet over the face of the silent form. The father stood over the bed, too stunned to move. Then he burst into tears and sobbed piteously, “O my God! My God! My boy is gone, and I have not lived right before him!”

The next Lord’s Day the entire family was present in church and answered the invitation to come to the Savior. What should have been a beautiful sight was to me one of the saddest sights, because in a lonely grave in a Texas cemetery lay the silent form of their boy, who went out to meet God without hope, without salvation, without the forgiveness of sins. That boy’s life was sacrificed on the altar of the sin and indifference of his parents.

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 23, 2019

Today’s Verse for 04/23/2019

Praise ye the LORD. Praise the LORD, O my soul. While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being. — Psalm 146:1-2 (KJV)

Thought

“Hallelujah!” This is a hallelujah Psalm! “Praise the LORD” is our translation for “Hallelujah!” What I love about this Psalm are the dimensions of praise given here: my soul, all my life, and as long as live. That is pretty all-encompassing. Our lives are to be a “holy praise” to the LORD as long as we have life! So how’s your praise? Only been letting it out at church? Mmmm, maybe it’s time to let the rest of your life have a few hallelujahs!

Prayer

I praise you, God of Israel and God of the Covenant, for your mighty work bringing salvation through Israel to all nations through Jesus Christ. My heart praises you for your joy and comfort, my head praises you for all your wondrous creation, and my soul praises you for your abiding presence through the Holy Spirit. Please hear my life, my heart, and my voice and they all cry, “Hallelujah!” to you, who alone are God! In the name of the Messiah Jesus, I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 22, 2019

The Human And The Divine

Isaiah 66:1-24

For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My word (66:2).

The Human And The Divine

When I was a pastor in a little country church, one of the godly deacons, a farmer, fell heir some way to a Spanish Bible. He could not read a word of it and wondered what to do with it. Then he remembered that in the community was a Mexican family. He made his way up to the house and knocked at the door. He was greeted by the father of the large family. The deacon said, “I have a gift for you, a Bible. It is written in Spanish, in your language. I am giving it to you.” The Mexican took it with gratitude, saying, “Gracias, gracias.”

One day after the farmer had forgotten the incident, he heard a knock at his door. There stood that Mexican tenant farmer. He said, “You know the Book you gave us? We have been reading the Book, and we have all accepted Jesus as our Savior. And it says in the Book that we ought to be baptized, and I have come to ask if I and all of my family could be baptized.” They brought the matter to me. I said, “We rejoice; we thank God.” So I baptized the Mexican and his large family.

Then one day a fire broke out in the tenant farmer’s house. As the house was going up in flames, the farmers who had gathered around saw that Mexican dash into those burning embers and come back out with the Bible. He had rescued from the flames the Word of God and held it in his hands, a treasure forever. Scripture is supernatural in its effect upon the human soul.

Such is the Book of God. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the word of our Lord,” inspired plenarily, verbally, dynamically, supernaturally, “abides in glory and in power forever.”

W A CRISWELL

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 22, 2019

Today’s Verse for 04/22/2019

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. — Psalm 46:1-2 (KJV)

Thought

God is not only our protector; he is also our helper. Even when our world seems to be crashing around us, he is there. He will deliver us from death or deliver us through death. He will deliver us from evil or he will deliver us to overcome evil. Our task is to trust that in the midst of our earthquakes and tidal waves we are not alone or abandoned.

Prayer

Holy God, I pray for those today who are in the middle of life’s earthquakes. You know those for whom I am concerned. You know I care about their struggles which are too big for me to mitigate and too painful for me to truly bring comfort. I ask you now, to bless them, be with them, and please deliver them quickly. You are our only true hope and Jesus is our only sure redeemer. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 21, 2019

The Gospel

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 21, 2019

Today’s Verse for 04/21/2019

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. — Galatians 6:10 (KJV)

Thought

We are to be a people who do good deeds! When God gives us the opportunity, let’s take it! Unlike those in the world looking to get ahead, to get even with someone, or to get out of difficult situations, let’s look for opportunities to do good!

Prayer

Only you are truly good, Father, but I pray that some of that goodness may be seen in me and in your Church as we serve you today, this week, and until the time the Savior returns for us in glory. Help us to be aware of and to look for the opportunities that you give us to do good to and for others. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 20, 2019

DON’T STOOP TO BE A KING—C H Spurgeon

Isaiah 61:1-11

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn (61:2).

The Noblest Calling

One time I came across a letter that Spurgeon had written to his son. He wrote, “I should not like for you, if meant by God to be a missionary, to die a millionaire. I should not like it, were you fitted to be a missionary, if you should stoop to be a king. What are kings and nobles and diadems compared with the dignity of winning souls to Christ?” That is a great and true conviction and persuasion. A king, a millionaire, a kingdom with all kinds of emoluments and successes—these things are nothing compared to the marvelous assignment of winning people to Christ.

What Spurgeon wrote to his son is my persuasion after many years of looking at the stream of life. The noblest and finest of all dedications is that of witnessing for the Lord and seeing people come to know Christ, in obedience to the Great Commission of our blessed Savior. O Lord, that we might share in a like commitment!

W A CRISWELL

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 20, 2019

Today’s Verse for 04/20/2019

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. — Psalm 145:3-4 (KJV)

Thought

What we know about God is confined to our small brains, our limited experiences, our willingness to read about the great deeds of God in Scripture, and our hearing of his incredible work through the lives of older Christians. There is nothing quite like listening to older, grace-filled brothers and sisters in Christ who know our Lord and his power through worship, obedience, and experience.

Prayer

God Almighty, by your grace I call you Abba Father. Your majesty is beyond my ability to comprehend and your power is beyond my abilty to grasp. What I do know, dear Father, and what I do understand, Almighty God, brings me to my knees in humble adoration and reverent appreciation. Thank you for your love, your mercy, and your grace that makes your majesty approachable and my mortality redeemable. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.b

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 19, 2019

EASTER TRADITIONS

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | April 18, 2019

CHRIST DIED FOR YOU

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