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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 24, 2019

TODAY’S VERSE: 5/24/19

Today’s Verse for 05/24/2019

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. — Isaiah 42:3-4 (KJV)

Thought

God will not falter! In a world where justice so seldom prevails, God is our only real assurance that justice will ultimately triumph. The hope for all lands and all peoples is for Jesus to return and bring with him God’s truth and justice. Maranatha, come O Lord!

Prayer

Righteous and merciful Father, I am sick of the corruption in our world and the injustice done to good, but powerless, people. Please send Jesus back soon and bring with him the righteous and just rule of your Kingdom. In Jesus’ 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.

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 23, 2019

AS LITTLE CHILDREN

Matthew 18:1-10

Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (18:3).

Safe In The Arms Of Jesus

One time after Dr. Huber Drumwright had delivered the morning sermon in our church, he said to me, “Let me tell you something that you do not know. There is a professor who loves you with all his heart. He and his wife had a son who was born sickly and weak, and as the years passed he became quite frail. In his last months he was kept at home and watched over by his loving mother.

“One day as the boy neared his eighth birthday, he and his mother were listening to you preach on television. When the service was over the boy turned to his mother and said, ‘I want to be saved just like that. I want Jesus to come into my heart.’ The mother picked up the frail child in her arms and explained to him how God had spoken to his heart. She carefully went over the plan of salvation, and the boy gave his heart in repentance and trust to Jesus. And the little fellow died in his mother’s arms, and in the arms of Jesus.”

Safe in the arms of Jesus,

Safe on His gentle breast,

There by His love o’ershadowed

Sweetly my soul shall rest.

[Fanny J. Crosby]

Dr. Drumwright added, “You see now why the professor and his wife so deeply love you.”

If you love a child, you show love for Jesus. If you minister to a child, you minister to the Lord. If you are kind to a little child, you are kind to the Savior. Somehow our hearts are bound up in the life of a child.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 23, 2019

DISPENSATIONALISM

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 23, 2019

THE GOSPEL

Today’s Verse for 05/23/2019

Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. — Acts 28:31 (KJV)

Thought

So often, we give excuses why we can’t do evangelism. Throughout his life, Paul shows us how lame our excuses really are! He is under house arrest and having to support himself, yet he still manages to get the Gospel out to the lost!

Prayer

Loving and Almighty God, forgive my excuses and my fear. Please make me bold to share your saving truth in the Gospel. May all who know me also come to know more about Jesus through me! In his precious 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 | May 22, 2019

PROFITED?

Matthew 16:21-28

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? (16:26).

What Can Money Buy?

“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption” (Gal. 6:8). When a person gives himself to the world and sows for worldly gain, his harvest can be money, affluence, success, pleasure, and freedom from hunger, from cold, and from heat. In many ways he can find a harvest that is seemingly grand. But Paul says that there is also another harvest in it, and that harvest is corruption, decay, and loss. The apostle says that there are no spiritual rewards or harvests when a person sows just for the world.

For example, money can buy a bed, but not sleep. Money can buy food, but not appetite. Money can buy a house, but not a home. Money can buy medicine, but not health. Money can buy amusement and pleasure, but not happiness. Money can buy gifts, but not love. Money can buy a crucifix, but not a Savior. When we sow for worldly gain, then the harvest is corruption, loss, and decay.

Two men were driving through a beautiful estate crowned by a lovely mansion, with fertile fields all around it. The man asked his companion, “What is the value of this great estate?” His friend replied, “I cannot tell you the value of it, but I can tell you what it cost the owner.” The other fellow said, “What?” And he replied, “It cost him everything he had. It cost him his soul.”

W A CRISWELL

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 20, 2019

TODAY’S VERSE 5/20/19

Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. — Philippians 1:4-5 (KJV)

Thought

Paul prayed with joy because the Philippians were partners with him, not just supporters. Through their financial help, prayers, and interest in his work, they truly shared in his ministry. They were partners! Let’s get interested in our congregations’ missions. Let’s pray and contribute to missions and get to know our missionaries. Let’s get to know our missionary partners all over the world!

Prayer

Father in heaven, I pray that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Please bless and empower the spread of your Kingdom. Protect and strengthen those with whom our church is partnered wherever they may be. Bless them with greater resources, maturity, and character. Help me to recognize and to do the things that I can do to support and encourage them. In Jesus’ 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 | May 19, 2019

5/19/19 Bible Verse

Today’s Verse for 05/19/2019

For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. — 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (KJV)

Thought

What kind of reputation does your church have? What is your dream for the congregation you attend? So many of us have such short-sighted goals for our churches. The church at Thessalonica was only a few months old and its reputation for sharing their faith had become known all over the Roman Empire. Now that’s the kind of reputation I want the congregation I work with to have! How about you?

Prayer

O Lord God Almighty, please fill our congregation with the power of your Holy Spirit so that with sensitivity and courage we may share the good news of your grace in Jesus Christ. Please be with our missionaries, our ministers, and all of our members so that we may display and declare the Gospel of salvation to our friends, our neighbors, and people all over the world. In Jesus’ 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 | May 18, 2019

FORGIVENESS

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:14-15‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Crucial to forgiveness is the understanding of what it means to genuinely forgive and what it does not.

Forgiveness is not:

Forgiveness is not just ignoring the pain.

Forgiveness is not forgetting the hurtful incident.

Forgiveness is not declaring the other person was right or what he did was ok.

Forgiveness is not allowing the offender to control your life.

Forgiveness is not saying you are over the pain.

Forgiveness is not saying you forgive, while avoiding the offender.

Forgiveness does not mean the offender should not have to pay the consequences of his actions.

Forgiveness is:

Forgiveness is more for your benefit than for the benefit of your offender.

Forgiveness means you are more interested in understanding why something happened than in getting even.

Forgiveness states that the offender no longer owes you anything.

Forgiveness means you are more concerned about moving ahead with your life than being controlled or restricted by your past.

Forgiveness sets you free to move through the healing process.

Forgiveness opens the door for God’s blessing on your life.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 18, 2019

FREE!

Matthew 12:22-50 (Please read this passage.)

Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation (12:45).

Breaking The Bonds

As a little boy I remember attending a meeting where an evangelist called to the platform a big, powerful man and sat him in a chair. The evangelist took a string and put it around the man seated in the chair and told him to break it. The man broke it easily. The evangelist then took the string and wrapped it around him three times, and the man broke it. But then the evangelist took that string and wrapped it around the man many times, and that big man did all in his power to break that string and failed. He was bound.

That is how Satan works on us. He begins slowly, and we do not even realize the hold he eventually has over us. I must war against Satan! I must resist him! But how? A person can never find strength in himself to oppose Satan; we are no match for him. Satan is too deceptive, too shrewd, and too strong for flesh and blood—we lose the battle before we begin. How does a person stand to face Satan? He does it by faith in God. It is not enough just to turn over a new leaf; we must thrust the spirit of uncleanness out of us, but that is not enough. Our hearts are then empty and make easy places for Satan’s demons to fill.

So what do we need? We need the power of God to resist Satan’s attacks. We must let Jesus come into our hearts. We will then have the Spirit of Jesus, and when a person has the Spirit of Jesus in his heart, the evil spirit has no place to dwell.

CRISWELL

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | May 17, 2019

The touch of the Masters hand.

Matthew 12:1-21

Behold My servant, whom I have chosen; My beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased: I will put My spirit upon Him, and He shall show judgment to the Gentiles (12:18).

The Master’s Hand

One of the most beautiful and meaningful poems I know is entitled “The Touch of the Master’s Hand.” It begins with an auctioneer selling an old violin. He holds it up and says, “What am I bid for this violin? One dollar? Two dollars? Who will make it three?”

Just before the old violin was to be sold for three dollars, from the back of the room an old, gray-haired man came forward. He took the violin and the bow, and wiped off the dust. He tightened the bow, turned the strings, and began to play angelic music. When the auctioneer held it up again, he said, “What am I bid for it? A thousand dollars? Two thousand dollars? Who will make it three?” The concluding stanzas of the poem read:

The people cheered, but some of them cried, “We do not quite understand

What changed its worth?” Swift came the reply: “The touch of a master’s hand.”

And many a man with life out of tune,

And battered and scarred with sin,

Is auctioned cheap to the thoughtless crowd, Much like the old violin.

A “mess of pottage,” a glass of wine;

A game—and he travels on.

He is “going” once, and “going” twice,

He’s “going” and almost “gone.”

But the Master comes and the foolish crowd

Never can quite understand

The worth of a soul and the change that’s wrought

By the touch of the Master’s hand.

—from “Touch of the Master’s Hand,” Myra Brooks Welch.

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