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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 30, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/30/2018

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. — Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV)

Thought

Don’t you love gifts! Especially when they’re truly given, with no strings attached, all we have to do is receive them. The greatest gift we’ve ever received has nothing to do with our efforts. It is a gift from God. We didn’t earn it, deserve it, or purchase it. God gave it through his sacrificial gift so our salvation would not be our boast, but his kindness.

Prayer

Holy God, I can never thank you enough for sending Jesus and paying the debt for my sin. May I never presume on your grace or take the cost of your gift lightly. At the same time, Father, I want to live confidently, knowing that my salvation is not dependent on my mistakes but upon your grace. Because of such a lavish gift, I want to live for you today in a way that reflects the joy I have at receiving such an awesome gift. In the name of Jesus, my source of hope and grace, 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 | October 29, 2018

IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LIFE

1.  Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch and you’ll have to pee. 

2. Law of Gravity – Any tool, nut, bolt, screw, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible place in the universe. 

3. Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.

4. Law of Random Numbers – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal; someone always answers. 

5. Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will always move faster than the one you are in now.

6. Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone will ring. 

7. Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know INCREASES dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.

8. Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, IT WILL!!! 

9. Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.

10. Law of the Theatre & Football Stadium – At any event, the people whose seats are farthest from the aisle, always arrive last. They are the ones who will leave their seats several times to go for food, beer, or the toilet and who leave early before the end of the performance or the game is over. The folks in the aisle seats come early, never move once, have long gangly legs or big bellies and stay to the bitter end of the performance. The aisle people also are very surly folk. 

11. The Coffee Law – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold. 

12. Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only 2 people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.

13. Law of Physical Surfaces – The chances of an open-faced jam sandwich landing face down on a floor are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet or rug 

14. Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible IF you don’t know what you are talking about. 

15. Law of Physical Appearance – If the clothes fit, they’re ugly. 

16. The 50-50-90 Law Whenever there’s a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there’s a 90% probability that you’ll get it wrong. 

17. Law of Commercial Marketing Strategy – As soon as you find a product that you really like, they will stop making it OR the store will stop selling it! 

18. Doctors’ Law – If you don’t feel well, make an appointment to go to the doctor, by the time you get there, you’ll feel better. But don’t make an appointment and you’ll stay sick.

Pastor Terry Hagedorn

Mountain Manna Ministry
P.O. Box 175, Arthurdale, WV 26520
Mountainmanna.com
“Pointing Mountaineers To Mount Calvary”
Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 29, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/29/2018

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. — Romans 12:1

Thought

Because God went first and sacrificed what is most precious to him to save us, he can ask us to surrender ourselves to him. Only one problem: The sorry ol’ sacrifice wants to keep crawling off the altar. We must offer ourselves, our will, our time, our heart, our commitment, to God each day. Otherwise, the altar is empty and our sacrifice is gone.

Prayer

Holy and Righteous Savior, I want to surrender my life, my body, and will to you. But I confess, there are little things (and maybe some big things), that I keep from ever placing on that altar. Things I don’t want to give up. To the best of my ability, I will live for you today in a way that leaves nothing outside your Lordship and control. I offer you me — all that I have and am — to be yours today and all the forever I have. 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.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 28, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/28/2018

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. — 1 Peter 1:24-25 (KJV)

Thought

As the seasons change, the leaves fall, and the grass dies, we are reminded once again of how short our lives are. Despite the rapid advancements of technology, our deepest needs are addressed only by the eternal and proven will of God in Scripture. Whether you get your Scripture from the Bible on your mobile device or from an old family Bible, access it today. Don’t you need a dose of the eternal today?

Prayer

As I age, I am constantly reminded, O God, of my transitory stay on earth and your eternal reign in heaven. Give me a sense of my place before you as I seek your will in your Word. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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 | October 27, 2018

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Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 27, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/27/2018

Today’s Verse for 10/27/2018

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. — Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)

Thought

How often do you let God do major surgery on your spirit as his Spirit uses the Word to encourage, judge, motivate, convict, instruct, and inspire? With such a great tool so readily at hand for most of us, let’s not let a day go by that we don’t let God use his word on hearts.

Prayer

Almighty God, your will is my heart’s desire. But I realize that I need to be fed more consistently by your Word revealed in Scripture. Give me strength and consistency in my walk with you through your Word. Through your Spirit, inspire me to change what needs to be changed and to be blessed and encouraged in the areas that I need it most. I turn to you and trust in your Word to point me in the way of life. I pray in the name of your ultimate Word, Jesus of Nazareth. 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 | October 26, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/26/2018

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. — 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV)

Thought

God wants us to be prepared to do good works. Thankfully he gave us the Scriptures. Today we have the Bible translated into many different languages, dialects, and versions. Rather than a threat, this is a great blessing. But we must remember that the goal of Scripture is not to be learned but to be lived. God intended his Word to be practical truth — a gift that prepares us to do every good work.

Prayer

Holy God, it still amazes me that you chose to speak to us, your finite creatures, in our own words. May I never take for granted the great gift of being able to read your Word and learn your Truth. But Father, please give me the character and the courage to put it into practical use and let it train me to do your will. 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.

Matthew 21:18-22 and Mark 11:12-14, 20-24 record the account of a “cursed” fig tree (Mk. 11:21).

This occurred during the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. The day after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Jesus was hungry as He was returning to the city. (Jesus has a real human nature and experienced during His time on earth the normal needs of a human being for food and rest.) Knowing that figs bud before leaves appear, He went to the tree with leaves expecting to pick and eat some green figs. The tree, however, had no figs. Jesus then declared “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again.” Passing by the tree again the next day, the disciples saw that it was “dried up from the roots.”

Jesus used what He did to the fig tree as an object lesson. During His entire earthly ministry up to this point, all His miracles were for the good of the people who came to Him. In contrast, this miracle was negative. It was against an inanimate object; He did not make a person the object of His displeasure. He came to a tree that gave evidence of being productive, but it was all a show without fruit. Jesus made clear that such was unacceptable. Israel for all its show of religiosity was soon to bear the judgment of God for its lack of true godliness. The same will hold true for individuals. God desires fruitfulness, not just a display of religion. It is not profession but productiveness that counts. Saying spiritual things and doing nothing provides no value, e.g., “‘Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,’ but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” (Jas. 2:16). Jesus makes the fig tree an object of judgment on hypocrites.

Further, Jesus also makes His action an object lesson on faith. The disciples marvel at the speed at which the tree completely withered away. Jesus assures His disciples that if they have faith they could cast the Mount of Olives into the sea. With faith in God, they would be able to perform miracles. As He tells them a couple days later, they will do even greater works than He had done (Jn. 14:12). While they never moved mountains, the apostles went on to exercise great faith, healing the sick, casting out demons, even raising the dead. And faith continues to be a condition of prayer. Miracles such as Christ and the apostles performed did not continue, but faith in God and the promises in His word remain the backbone of prayer. Faithful prayer based on the Word of God, for the glory of God, and the good of His people is heard in heaven and answered on earth.

Let us learn from the object lesson Jesus gave to avoid judgment and to pray in faith for things agreeable to His word.

Posted by: Pastor Terry Hagedorn | October 25, 2018

Today’s Verse for 10/25/2018

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; — Ephesians 5:19-20 (KJV)

Thought

Hearts full of thanks — that’s what makes for good singing! With Jesus as the source of our salvation and center of our future, how can we not sing! But singing is not just for us and God. God wants our songs to bless others. It is our ultimate spiritual talk.

Prayer

O Lord my God, you are awesome and wondrous. Your works are magnificent and your deeds are beyond comprehension. May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart ever declare your praises. May my heart be filled with thanksgiving for all that you have done to save us from sin, shame, law, and death. You alone are worthy of my praise, my songs, and my life. In the holy name of 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 | October 24, 2018

Lessons on Prayer

James 5. Lessons on Prayer

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