Monday, July 25, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 25

When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria.
(John 4:1-4)

Today’s Morsel: Ever​y so often when traveling, I like to take detours to see what I can ​come upon that I haven’t seen ​ before​, or visit people that I haven’t seen in a while.  Scripture says that Jesus must needs go through Samaria. We know that 
​He talked with the woman at the well and explained to her the truth of the gospel, and that many others came to know ​Him as Christ, but what was the real need there?  I believe ​He took this detour because of the division between the Jews and Samaritans. ​It is my thought  that Jesus knew that if He didn’t break down the middle walls of partition between the Jews and Gentiles while ​He was on the earth by showing others that ​He was no respecter of persons, ​H​is disciple ​might not carry the full truth of ​ the gospel to others. We are all called to make a difference in the lives of someone else.   But if we have respect of persons in our heart​,​
 we ​won't share the gospel with them, leaving them without hope and help.  The detour that you have to take today may be God’s way of saying to you​, "Someone on this route needs to hear the gospel.
​"​

Sing: ​Where he leads me I will follow! Where he leads me I will follow! Where he leads me I will follow! I’ll go with him all the way.

Thought ​For ​Today: The detour that you have to take today may be because someone needs to hear the gospel. (Parker)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 23

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him! (Matthew 8:23-27)

Today’s Morsel:  About two years ago, I read an article that the North Korean President told his weather forecasters that the next time they got the weather reporting wrong that he would have them killed. The Bible says, Jesus and His disciples entered into a ship and when they were in the sea and Jesus was in the hinder part of the ship asleep, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves.  His disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish.  And He said unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?  Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.  Sometimes, even when we are doing the will of God and following Jesus, there are going to be unexpected storms in our life.  Things are going to happen that we were not expecting to take place.  Some of these storms, like the disciples, are going to cause us to feel as though we are going to perish. Yet this story is about maintaining our faith in the storms of life.  If Satan can shake your faith in the storm, he’ll shake your faith in distress.  So settle it now in your heart, that you won’t lose faith in the storms when they come.

Sing: There’s a storm out on the ocean and it’s moving this away, if your soul's not anchored in Jesus, you will surely drift away.

Thought For Today: Settle it now in your heart, that you won’t lose faith in the storm (Parker).

Friday, July 22, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 22

Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:51-58)

Today’s Morsel:  I like mystery movies.  Sherlock Holmes. Murder She Wrote. I like playing the game called “Clue”.  I even like searching through the Bible for mysteries.  Even Paul told Timothy that godliness was a mystery. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).  I believe that one of the reasons that many Christians don’t know that Jesus is God is because they will not search the scripture to find the answer.  If it’s a mystery, then you have to search for the answer.  Jesus told us: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39-40).  Eternal life is in Him.  Perhaps that is the reason so many people aren’t 100% committed to God, because they don’t know who He is.  I also believe, that if people would search the scripture to know God, death wouldn’t be such a mystery to them, and many wouldn’t fear it. Paul said, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” So how are we changed? We will take off this old tabernacle and put on a new one in Heaven. “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).  Have you searched out any mysteries lately?  The greatest mystery you will ever solve is to know who Jesus is.

Sing: The Mighty God is Jesus, The Prince of Peace is He. The Everlasting Father, The King Eternally, The Wonderful in Wisdom, by whom all things were made, the fullness of the Godhead in Jesus is displayed.

Thought For Today: The greatest mystery you will ever solve is to know who Jesus is. (Parker)

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 21

The LORD is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. The right hand of the LORD is exalted: the right hand of the LORD doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD. The LORD hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death. Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD: This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar. Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalms 118:14-29)

Today’s Morsel: I’m sure most of you can remember the day of your graduation.  Whether from school, basic training, or some other class you looked forward to that day.  You anticipated the day.  You probably had a hard time sleeping the night before.  You probably wondered if you would make a mistake crossing the stage.  No matter what your thoughts, you looked forward to the day.  The psalmist wrote, “This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” So if this is the day that the Lord has made, and if we should rejoice and be glad in it, why do we focus on yesterday?  Why do we worry about what someone said or what someone did to us yesterday?  It’s over and done, it is gone.  Today is a new gift from God.  So let's move on, let’s rejoice and be glad in today.

Sing:  This is the day, this is the day that the Lord has made, that the Lord has made!  I will rejoice, I will rejoice and be glad in it, and be glad in it.  This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.  This is the day, this is the day, that the Lord has made.

Thought For Today:  Today is a new gift from God!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 20

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  Probably my favor scent is Honeydew Melon.  I also like the smell of “Beyond Paradise” that my wife wears.  When I was living in Asia, you always smelled the different smells of incense.  Many of them were used in sacrifice in the temples and personal worship and sacrifices to Buddha.  One of the pieces of furniture in the temple was the brazen altar of incense.  The priest was to present incense for a sweet smell with the sacrifices unto the Lord.  Paul said that we would follow Jesus' example, “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.”  As living sacrifices, we should always have a sweet savour - a sweet disposition to God and others.

Sing:  Make me an instrument, an instrument of worship, I lift my hands to Thy name.  All glory and honor to Jesus forever, I lift up my hands to Thy name.

Thought For Today:  We should always have a sweet disposition to God and others. (Parker)

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 19

Then said the high priest, Are these things so? And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran, And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and come into the land which I shall shew thee.
(Acts 7:1-3)

Today’s Morsel: Some of my favorite subjects in school were U. S. History, World History, and Political Science.  Even today, I find myself studying Biblical and Military History.  So I guess I just love history.  Really, the Bible is not only a book to teach us character and salvation, but it’s also a history book.  If people would read Biblical and world history, they would see the dogma error of evolution and false religions.  Acts chapter 7 is a Biblical History Lesson given by Stephen to the religious leaders and the apostle Paul.  Even though they killed Stephen for his lesson to them, this lesson would prove valuable to the apostle Paul in years to come when he was converted to Christianity. He wrote to Timothy, “According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen” (1 Timothy 1:11-17).  Though some may try, you can’t change history.  Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today, and forever.


Sing:  All over the world, the Spirit is moving, all over the world, like the prophets said it would be; all over the world, there’s a mighty revelation, of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Thought For Today:  You can’t change history! (Parker)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 July 18

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
(Matthew 6:19-21)

Today’s Morsel: I’ve noticed that a lot of people no longer see the importance and value of church.  Many seem to see church as a nice to do thing, but not something that they really need to go do if they feel something else is more important. What I find is that those who say such things have not invested in the Kingdom of God. They have no treasure in the house of God. They don’t tithe, so church isn’t important to them. They don’t teach, so church isn’t important to them. They aren’t involved in helping the church grow, so it’s not important to them. Jesus said where your treasure is that is where your heart will be also. How much do you have invested in your church?

Sing: Aren’t you get just a bit tired of fooling around? You try to laugh your way through life but you’re not gaining ground; why not try the Lord today, just asking him in your heart to stay, and you’ll find Jesus’ love to be the be the greatest thing you’ve even found.

Thought For Today: Where your treasure is there will your heart be also.