Monday, May 25, 2015

2015 May 25 - Morning Manna

And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished! (2 Samuel 1:17-27)

Today's Morsel:. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veteran's Day.  Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veteran's Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.  And so today we honor those who have fallen in the service of our nation for the freedom and security of our nation and its people.  It will be a day of sadness, celebration, and activities around the world.  But we must not forget the ultimate sacrifice paid by those who have fallen.
When David was told that Saul and Jonathan had been killed in battle, David lamented and wrote this poem, "How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle!"  Because  of his love for his friend and fellow soldier Jonathan, he wrote, "O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!"   He said, teach the children.  We, too, must teach the children.  We must not only use this day as a day of celebration and activities, but we must use it to teach the next generation why this day is of such importance.  No my friend, freedom is not free. Someone has paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their life that we might live and enjoy the freedom and liberty that we have.  Will you pray for the families of those who have lost their loved ones so that you can enjoy today's liberties and freedoms?  Will you also pray for the safety of the men and women of our armed forces and then share with your family and friends why this day is of utmost importance?   

Sing: He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away. I now I sing a brand new song, amazing grace, for Jesus paid a debt, that I could never pay.
Thought for Today: Poem by John McCrae, May 1915
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

2015 May 23 - Morning Manna

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:1-4)

Today's Morsel: Pentecost, or the Feast of Weeks, was 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  As the Lord told Moses, "Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD" (Leviticus 23:16).  It was one of those days that was required by God for all of the men of Israel to join themselves in Jerusalem for this feast.  Jesus had told His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high (Acts 1:4-8). And Luke records, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:1-4). Have you experienced your own personal Pentecost?   Do you ever have one of those time that you just don't know what you are hungry for?  It could be your soul crying out for a drink of some living water.  Allow the Lord to quench the thirst of your soul with the refreshing of His Spirit today.

Sing: The wind is blowing again. The wind is blowing again. Just like the day of Pentecost, the wind is blowing again.

Thought for Today:
 God is still pouring out His Spirit.

Friday, May 22, 2015

2015 May 22 - Morning Manna

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41)

Today's Morsel: I have been trying to figure out why, when some people are facing adversity, they run from the church, while others who are facing the same adversities remain in the church.  Shouldn't we as Christians, those who say that we know Jesus, know how to stand in adversity?  I really love today's passages of scripture.  They are some of my favorites.  If you will notice, the apostles are  afraid that they are going to perish in the storm, while Jesus isn't fazed.  He's laying in the back of the ship asleep on a pillow.  To me this is an indicator that we should not be disturbed in the storms of  our life, because He gives His beloved rest.  After seeing all the things that Jesus had done, the apostles were still afraid.  Another thing they failed to realize was that Jesus was in the same boat with them and He wasn't fazed about what was happening.  When they awakened Him, He asked them why they were so fearful, how it was that they did not have any faith.  Friend, you aren't in this boat of life by yourself.  Jesus told us that He would not leave us nor forsake us, so why fear?  He's on-board with us.  Let me encourage you, don't leave the church because of fear or anything else, Jesus is with you and will bring peace to you even in the midst of your storm.

Sing:  I know the Peace Speaker, I know Him by name. I know the Peace Speaker, He controls the winds and rain; when He says, 'Peace be still,' they have to obey.  I'm glad I know the Peace Speaker, yes, I know Him by name.

Thought for Today: Except you abide in the ship you cannot be saved (Apostle Paul)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 May 21 - Morning Manna

And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof: But every man's servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof. In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you. (Exodus 12:43-49)

Today's Morsel:  We hear a lot in the media these days about people shouting about unfairness.  I had a lady tell me that she was even told that God picks and chooses.  One of the things we need to realize is that God's ways are not our ways; as the Lord spake through the Prophet Isaiah, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).  It may seem that God isn't fair but that's not true.  He told Moses and Aaron, "One law shall be to him that is home born, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you."  Notice, one law.  All of Israel was required to do the same thing under the law God gave to them.   Even though God's ways and His thoughts are higher than ours, He is still no respecter of persons.  God said that there was one law for all.  When we turn to the church, there is not one plan of salvation for me and one for you.  God only made one plan, the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  As the apostle Peter admonished: "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).  We must all repent of our sins, be baptized in Jesus' name, and receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost which is evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives us utterance, and then live a holy life separated unto God.  That's His Plan.

Sing: There's just one, one, one, one way to God! There's just one, one, one, one way to God! There's just one, one, one, one way to God!  Baptized in Jesus Name!



Thought for Today: I and my Father are One (John 10:30).

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

2015 May 20 - Morning Manna

He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (1 John 5:10-13)

Today's Morsel: If someone were to ask you if you were  saved, what would you tell them?  Did you know that you can be saved and know it?  John said, "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself...He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."  It just all comes down to whether or not you have Jesus in you.  Is your relationship with Him intact?  Is He number one in your life all the time?  Paul told the church at Rome, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"(Romans 8:9).  Do you have the Holy Ghost.  I'm not talking about a good feeling.  I'm talking about knowing you have it just like they received it in the book of Acts.  Paul said that if not, then we are none of His.  And that means that we do not have eternal life yet.  It's available, yet without His Spirit, we do not have life eternal.  John said, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother" (1 John 3:9-10).  Are you doing what is right?  Do you love your brother?  If not, you're not of God.  Jesus is a God of righteousness and love.  If we will compare our life to the Word of God, we can know if we have eternal life or not.

Sing: I am determined to hold out to the end, Jesus is with me on him I can depend. For I know I have salvation, for I feel Him in my soul, I am determine to hold out to the end.

Thought for Today: Eternal life is free, all you have to do is what the word of God tells you.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2015 May 19 - Morning Manna

Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt. It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations. (Exodus 12:40-42)

Today's Morsel: Do you ever wonder what it must have been like that last night in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus would be betrayed by Judas?  Picture if you will, Jesus, in one of His final acts of  love for humanity, and yet so many have now so soon forgotten Him.  Even when we look at the children of Israel, scripture says that  this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations. As Christians, we relate with Israel.  As Gentiles, we have been en-grafted into the body of  Christ.  Israel was instructed to never forget the night that God spared them and brought them out of bondage.  But they so soon forgot.  Before they ever reached the promised land, they murmured and complained and forgot what God had done for them.  They forgot the night.  But Nicodemus remembered the night (John 3:1-24).  He remembered the night that he came to Jesus.  He remembered the night that he learned what true salvation was all about.  He remembered the night that he got to listen to the Savior of the whole world explain to him who the true God was.  Paul said, "And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others" (Ephesians 2:1-3).  Friend, we are in the night.  Darkness surrounded us.  But Peter said that God brought us out unto his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).  Have you forgotten the night?  Have you forgotten what Jesus did for you?  Watchmen, what of the night?

Sing:  One night while on life's raging sea, it looked as if I would suffer defeat. As the blackness of night closed off the light my heart sank with fear. My desperate cry rang out with fright; all I could see was no hope in sight. With faith all but gone I met the one who came looking for me.

(Chorus)
He came looking for me, He came looking for me. He made a way when there was no way that I could see. When I drifted so far Jesus was near to rescue my soul and calm all my fears. Now I'm safe from all harm since I met the one who came looking for me.

Thought for Today: Don't ever forget the night that Jesus saved you.

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 May 18 - Morning Manna

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 8:35-39).

Today's Morsel: How would you rate your persistence? Would you say that you give up and give in easy when things do not look favorable?  Or do you keep pursuing what you want? I find that David, Gideon, Jesus, and the Apostle Paul were all men of persistence. They each had a determination that nothing was going to stop them. David pursued his enemy to get back his family (1 Samuel 30).  Gideon chased his enemy even though he and his men were faint and tired (Judges 8).  Jesus was willing to go to the cross  that we might have salvation (Matthew 26:36-46). And Paul was not willing to allow anything to stop him from preaching the gospel (Acts 20:24). These stories are written for our learning and encouragement.  The only way we can make heaven and gain eternal life is to be persistent in our walk and relationship with God.  Paul was also so persistent that he said that nothing would be able to separate him from God's love.  What about you?  Are you willing to keep pressing toward the mark of the prize?

Sing:  I've got a made up mind, I've got a final destination, gonna keep on pressing on, to my final destination; gonna burn all the bridges behind me, break all the ties that bind me, gonna keep on pressing on, till I reach that home sweet home, that New Jerusalem.

Thought for Today:  Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence (President Calvin Coolidge).