Our Daily Elder Devotional: A Clear Conscience

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

A Clear Conscience

Acts 24:16Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 In view of this, I also do my best and strive always to have a clear conscience before God and before men.

Benjamin Franklin composed this little rhyme: “keep conscience clear, then never fear.”   George Bernard Shaw, the great Irish writer said, “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

Is conscience was such a vital concept to these secular writers, how much more concerned should we as Christians be that our consciences are “without offense towards God and man quotes”?  Without conscience we would be like rudderless ships at sea, or missiles without a guidance system.

God has given our conscious to us.  Its very presence is reflection of God in the human soul. Sin, however, can dull or even distort our conscience, silencing its voice and leading us astray. But God’s Word can purify and sharpen our conscience—and when that happens, “He leads [us] in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).  Is this happening in your life?

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: In Time of Trouble

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

In Time of Trouble

Psalm 55:22New International Version (NIV)

22 Cast your cares on the Lord
and he will sustain you;
he will never let
the righteous be shaken.

Years ago I came across this often quoted prayer: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  This prayer expresses an important thought; we should all pray—and live.

Some things in life cannot be changed—and some things can. Some things God has given us as fixed realities that we must accept. And some things He would have us not accept, but (with His help) work to change.  If we fail to do both of these—to accept some things and work to change others—we will end up burdened with worry; undeserved guilt, and frustration.

Someone once said, “Worry is the interest paid on trouble before it comes due.”  Instead, God would have us learn to trust Him. “Cast your burden on the Lord and He shall sustain you.”

Our Daily Elder Devotional: Constant Kindness

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from Our Daily Bread.

Constant Kindness

When I was a child I was an ardent reader of L. Frank Baum’s Land of Oz books.  I recently came across Rinkitink in Oz with all the original artwork.  I laughed again at the antics of Baum’s irrepressible, good hearted King Rinkitink with his down-to-earth goodness, Young Prince Inga described him best: “His heart is kind and gentle and that is far better than being wise.”

 

How simple and how sensible!  Yet who has not wounded the heart of someone dear to us by a harsh word?  By doing so, we disturb the peace and quiet of the hour and we can undo much of the good we have done toward those we love.  “A small unkindness is a great offense,” said Hannah More, an 18th-century English writer.

 

Here’s the good news: Anyone can become kind.  We may be incapable of preaching an inspiring sermon, fielding hard questions, or evangelizing vast numbers, but we can all be kind.

 

How?  Through prayer.  It is the only way to soften our hearts.  “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Do not let my heart be drawn to what is evil [or harsh]” Psalm 141:3-4.

 

Psalm 141:1-3New International Version (NIV)

A psalm of David.

I call to you, Lord, come quickly to me;
hear me when I call to you.
May my prayer be set before you like incense;
may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.

Set a guard over my mouth, Lord;
keep watch over the door of my lips.

 

Ephesians 4:32New International Version (NIV)

32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

In a world in which love has grown cold, a kindness that comes from the heart of God is one of the most helpful and healing things that we can offer to others.   David Roper

 

Forgive me, Lord, when I bring anger into a situation.  Soften my heart and help me use my words to encourage others.

 

The knowledge that God has loved me beyond all limits will compel me to go into the world to love others in the same way.  Oswald Chambers

Monday Ministerial Musings By Rev. Mark William Ennis Blog Number 33 October 14, 2019 Chicken Rotisseries and Transformative Love

Monday Ministerial Musings

By Rev. Mark William Ennis

Blog Number 33

October 14, 2019

Chicken Rotisseries and Transformative Love

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone who knows me will tell you that I have been on a two-year quest to find a Chicken Rotisserie. I love the taste of Rotisserie Chicken but would rather cook it myself than buy one at the local grocery. Perhaps I am foolish but I enjoy the craft of cooking for myself. My last Rotisserie burned out and I have been searching garage sales looking for a replacement. I’m too frugal to pay full retail price. My garage sale searches have been fruitless.

This weekend my daughter did a quick search on Facebook Marketplace. She found me a never-used rotisserie in the next town for a fraction of the retail price. Within an hour, she and I were picking it up from a woman who had purchased it, never used it, and sat it on a shelf. This un-loved, un-used rotisserie quickly found a home where it was loved and appreciated. It cooked its first chicken for me just a little more that 24 hours after it came home with me. In the right hands, with a little appreciation, it transformed from being unloved and useless to an appreciated member of my kitchen appliance collection.

I wish that every person would find a relationship that moves one from being un-used and useless to being purposeful and appreciated. I imagine that this is what mentoring is all about. I am a person who was changed and transformed by such a mentor. The person that I was entering college and the person that I was upon graduation was due to a wonderful Christian man who saw the good in me. I went from aimless to purposeful in those years of mentoring.

If you are feeling aimless, I encourage you to locate a mature Christian who can mentor you. If you are a mature Christian I encourage you to find someone without purpose and become that individual’s mentor. A relationship with the right person can, and will be, transformative. Let us mentor, and be mentored, in Jesus’ name.

#ReformedChurchInAmerica                                             #ClintonAvenueReformedChurch

#PastorMarkAuthor.com                                                     #Bergenfield

#BergenCountyNJ                                                               #Mentors

#Usefulness                                                                          #TransformativeLove

To read more of Pastor Mark’s writings, please order a copy of his book:

https://deepriverbooks.com/books/the-circle-of-seven/

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Lunes Musings Ministerial Por el Reverendo Mark William Ennis Blog Número 33 14 de octubre de 2019

Lunes Musings Ministerial
Por el Reverendo Mark William Ennis
Blog Número 33
14 de octubre de 2019

Rotisseries de Pollo y Amor Transformativo

Cualquiera que me conozca te dirá que he estado en una búsqueda de dos años para encontrar una pastelería de pollo. Me encanta el sabor de Rotisserie Chicken, pero preferiría cocinar lo yo mismo que comprar uno en el supermercado local. Tal vez soy tonto, pero disfruto el arte de cocinar para mí. Mi última Rotisserie se quemó y he estado buscando ventas de garaje en busca de un reemplazo. Soy demasiado frugal para pagar el precio de venta al por menor. Mis búsquedas de venta de garaje han sido infructuosas.

Este fin de semana mi hija hizo una búsqueda rápida en Facebook Marketplace. Me encontró un asador nunca usado en la próxima ciudad por una fracción del precio de venta al público. En menos de una hora, ella y yo lo estábamos recogiendo de una mujer que lo había comprado, nunca lo usó, y lo senté en un estante. Esta asador sin ser querido y sin usar rápidamente encontró un hogar donde era amado y apreciado. Se cocinó su primer pollo para mí sólo un poco más de 24 horas después de que llegó a casa conmigo.

En las manos correctas, con un poco de apreciación, se transformó de ser poco amado e inútil a un miembro apreciado de mi colección de electrodomésticos de cocina.

Deseo que cada persona encuentre una relación que mueva a uno de ser poco utilizado e inútil a ser propósito y apreciado. Me imagino que de esto se trata la tutoría. Soy una persona que fue cambiada y transformada por tal mentor. La persona a la que estaba entrando a la universidad y la persona que estaba al graduarme se debía a un maravilloso hombre cristiano que veía lo bueno en mí. Pasé de sin rumbo a propósito en esos años de tutoría.

Si os alentaréis sin rumbo, os animo a localizar a un cristiano maduro que os guíe. Si sois un cristiano maduro, os animo a encontrar a alguien sin propósito y a convertiros en el mentor de esa persona. Una relación con la persona correcta puede, y será, transformadora. Seamos mentores, y seamos mentores, en el nombre de Jesús.

#ReformedChurchInAmerica                                             #ClintonAvenueReformedChurch

#PastorMarkAuthor.com                                                     #Bergenfield

#BergenCountyNJ                                                               #Mentors

#Usefulness                                                                          #TransformativeLove

Para leer más de los escritos del Pastor Mark, por favor ordene una copia de su libro:

https://deepriverbooks.com/books/the-circle-of-seven/

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Our Daily Elder Devotional: Stay Close to Jesus

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Jesus Calling – Enjoying Peace in His Presence” by Sarah Young.

Stay Close to Jesus

Philippians 4:7New International Version (NIV)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 14:29-30New International Version (NIV)

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Hebrews 12:2New International Version (NIV)

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

My face is shining upon you, beaming out Peace that transcends understanding.  You are surrounded by a sea of problems, but you are face-to-face with Me, your peace.  As long as you focus on Me, you are safe.  If you gaze too long at the myriad problems around you, you will sink under the weight of your burdens.  When you start to sink, simply call out, “Help me Jesus!” and I will lift you up.

 

The closer you live to Me, the safer you are.  Circumstances around you are undulating, and there are treacherous-looking waves in the distance.  Fix your eyes on Me, the One who never changes.  By the time those waves reach you, they will have shrunk to proportions of My design.  I am always beside you, helping you face today’s waves.  The future is a phantom, seeking to spook you.  Laugh at the future!  Stay close to Me.

Our Daily Elder Devotional: God’s Good Promise

Our Daily Elder Devotional
We claim no originality for these devotions. One of our elders searches various sources and finds a daily devotion. Consider this a gift from Clinton Avenue Reformed Church: www.clintonave.org.

 

Today’s devotional comes from “Hope for Each Day” by Billy Graham.

God’s Good Promise

1 Kings 8:56New International Version (NIV)

56 Praise be to the Lord, who has given rest to his people Israel just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through his servant Moses.

When we purchase something of great value a house, for example we are usually required to put down a deposit to indicate our sincerity and to promise that all intentions of serious. That deposit is a form of insurance, I guarantee that is substance to a word.

God has made some incredible promises to us promises that stagger our imaginations. He has promise that we might have a relationship with Him through His Son. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us and to be with us always. He has promised to take us to heaven when we die. The Bible is full of God’s promises.

Someone might ask, “What insurance do we have that God is serious?  How do we know His promises can be trusted?”  God’s deposit is the most precious investment anyone could make: His Son, who by His death and resurrection purchased our salvation —completely and fully. Not only is Jesus Christ a sufficient “down payment” on God’s promises, He is, in fact, payment in full!

Today’s is a special devotional (sorry for the missing one yesterday) because yesterday we closed on the house in New Jersey.  We are officially home-less.  Now we are awaiting God’s provision for a closing date on our new home (they are finishing up the construction).  We are confident that the new buyers will love it as much as we did.  We exchanged phone numbers and emails so that if they have questions about how things work, about the garden etc. they can contact us.  The real estate agent said that they have hardly ever seen a more cordial and hug filled closing before.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, walk with the King today and be a blessing to all that you meet.

The Friendly Church