Saturday, February 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 February 2019

The Same Thing

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind” (Philippians 2:1-2).

Today’s Morsel:  A man from an Asian country was asked how he got the American name of Sam White having been born in Asia?  The man said, "Well, when I came to America and approached Immigrations point, a man in front of me was asked what his name was?  He said, to the officer, Sam White. And when I approached, and they asked me, I said, Sam Thang.  The immigration officer thought I said, ‘Same thing’ and wrote on my papers Sam White."  (Hope no offense here ... just a little humor).  Paul said if we have any comfort of love, that which comes from God only, which is everlasting and unchangeable, then we should all know how to live according to it and how to use it.  If we are born again, then we should all have the same kind of love.  Agape.  And either we have the same thing as the original apostles or we don’t.  God is love and either we have Him or we don’t.

Sing: Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.  Red and yellow, black, and white they are precious in His sight.  Jesus loves the children of the world.

Thought For Today: Make sure you have the same thing.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 February 2019

Jesus Loves Me
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt” 
(Deuteronomy 7:7-8).

Today’s Morsel:  My friend gave me a pin to wear which states, “Jesus loves you, but I’m His favorite.” And yes, I wore it.  I know that God doesn’t have favorites, but I do feel that I am blessed and highly favored of Him because He has shown His great love and kindness toward me.  I don’t think I’m alone in my thinking.  At least I hope I'm not.  Everyone who is born again should feel this way.  Think about all the people in the world, and Jesus chose you to show His love to.  If no one were to ever tell you that they loved you, you can be sure that Jesus does.  Calvary speaks it loud and clear.

Sing:  I am so glad that Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me, Jesus loves me.  I am so glad that Jesus’ love me, Jesus loves even me.

Thought For Today:  His love never fails.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 February 2019

The Desert Rose

“The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God” (Isaiah 35:1-2).

Today’s Morsel:  Today, around the world, millions of dollars will be spent on roses to show love to others.  The rose.  The beauty of this flower expresses promise, hope, and new beginnings.  It is contrasted by thorns symbolizing defense, loss, and thoughtlessness.  A yellow rose symbolizes joy, protection against envious lovers, and a mature love.  White roses symbolize purity, mysticism, holiness, spirituality, and a secret admirer.  It has been stated that ‘Valentine’s Day’ is when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts.  If God is our love and secret admirer, then what will we give Him?  If God is our love, then what will we say about Him to others?  If God is our love, if you could, how many roses and what color would you buy Him?  God, He is still the beautiful Rose Sharon.

Sing: The greatest thing in all my life is loving You. The greatest thing in all my life is loving You.  I want to love You more.  I want to love You more.  The greatest thing in all my life is loving You.

Thought For Today:  He’s still the beautiful Rose of Sharon    

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 February 2019

Noise Makers

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal” (1 Corinthians 13:1).

Today’s Morsel:  When I was a kid in school, I was part of the rhythm band.  They gave us these gadgets that made so much noise it was like who let the recorders out (humor).  But think of how much noise some concerts and even churches make.  And I start to wonder who let the dogs out?  Paul said though we speak in tongues of men and of angels and have not love we are just making a bunch of noise.  (paraphrase is mine)  He said that if the trumpet gives the wrong sound, who will prepare for battle?  Tongues should reflect God in you.  And if God is in you, then love must flow from you not just noise.  So, who’s band are you a part of?  The school rhythm band or Jesus' Holy Band?  Love is always a clear sounding language.

Sing: I love my Savior, He loves me, too.  I seek His favor in everything that I do.

Thought For Today: Love is always a clear sounding language (Parker)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 February 2019

True Love
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8),

Today’s Morsel:  Most people like to focus on Calvary as true love.  Or they quote John 3:16.  Love really is the test of our being born again.  I find it hard when people tell me that they are born-again and yet their love bank is always depleted.  If God is in us, shouldn't we be the ATM machine that keeps dispensing His love?  If God loved us, shouldn't we love others?  Love flows from a sense of God’s love to us.  John said if we don’t love we don’t know God; for God is love.  Herein is love, he says, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another” (1 John 4:10-11).  Are you the love ATM?

Sing: I love Him. I love Him; because He first loved me. He purchased my salvation on Calvary.

Thought For Today:  True Love…Jesus

Monday, February 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 February 2019

The Best Things in Life Are Free

O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods” (Psalms 96:1-4).

Today’s Morsel:  My grandson, like his mother, can impersonate people.  One of his favorites songs that he likes to do is “Gone Fishing” by Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby.  The scriptures tell us to sing unto the Lord a new song.  What I have found is that the right song can lift people up out of depression and motivate them to keep going.  Singing costs you nothing.  God has given every one of us this ability free of charge.  As worship leader at church, I find myself reverting to the older hymns, just making up my own words, or singing a psalm.  No matter what it is, I do my very best to sing it unto the Lord.  He inhabits our praise, and I think I sound pretty good; at least I know I do to The Lord. What about you?  Sing and make melody in your heart.  

Sing:  O’ the moon belongs to everyone, the best things in life are free.
The stars belong to everyone, they gleam there for you and me.
The flowers in spring, the robins that sing, the sunbeams that shine;
They're yours, they're mine.  And love can come to everyone;
The best things in life are free.

Thought For Today:  Make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 February 2019

Don’t Put Another Log On The Fire

Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth” 
(Proverbs 26:20).

 Today’s Morsel: One of the things about a fire is it needs a source to keep burning.  The same holds true with anger, lying, strife, talebearing, drunkenness, fornication, and adultery.  These all need a source for them to keep burning in your life.  If there is no source, then they will cease.  If the ear will not listen to the talebearer, he will soon cease.  If the source of lying is avoided, he will soon cease.  If there is no wood put on the fire, it will soon go out.  If people would stop glorifying Satan in the church during testimony time, he probably wouldn't show up as much in their life.  If people would not give sin a source in their life it would cease in their life.  But if they give it a source, it will keep burning.  So, don’t keep putting wood on the fire. Let that fire go out.

Sing:  What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  O’ Precious is the flow, that makes me white as snow, no other fount I know, nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Thought For Today: Remove the wood and the fire will go out.