Saturday, December 3, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 3

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)

Today’s Morsel:  After the fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, God immediately established a plan of salvation and redemption for mankind.  He told Satan, I will put enmity between thee and the woman.  God knew in his current state, man would be no match for Satan; and therefore God would need to defeat him Himself.   Paul records in Galatians 4:4-5, “But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons."  Jesus came for one purpose, to redeem us from the bondage of Satan.

Sing:  Down from His glory, ever living story, My God and Savior came, and Jesus was His name.  Born in a manger, to His own a stranger, a man of sorrow, tears and agony.
O’ how I love Him!  How I adore Him!  My breath, my sunshine, my all in all!  The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him. 

Thought For Today:  He came down so that we could live.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mornining Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 2

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).

Today’s Morsel: There seems to have been some concern as to who Jesus was.  Paul wanted Timothy to ensure that in his ministry he had an understanding as to who He was.  And so he explains to him that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh.  Paul said that the creator of heaven and earth came to earth, and then went back up into glory.  He told the church at Colossi, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” (Colossians 2:8-9). There are many deceptions about Christ and we need to be aware of them.  “When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13).  Christmas is not a time to debate doctrine. It’s a time to understand who Jesus is so that you no longer live in confusion and miss the clear meaning of Christmas.

Sing:  And the first time that You opened Your eyes, Did You realize that You would be my Savior.  And the first breath that left Your lips, Did You know that it would change this world forever.
And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years, 
To what this midnight made so clear; That You have come to meet me here.  

Thought For Today:  Truth shall make you free.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 December 1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:1-14).

Today’s Morsel:  Of all the gospel writers, John seems to be more interested in giving his readers a clear understanding as to who Jesus was.  In his gospel, John uses miracles, parables, and stories to reveal the truth to his audience.  He begins his gospel by putting the bottom line upfront.  He said that God was the word and that word became flesh.  In his epistles written to the church he wrote in 1 John 1:1-4, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full”; and in 1 John 5:7 he writes “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." John knew that if he could get his readers to believe that Jesus was God, they would be filled with joy at the revelation of the truth. We, too, must repeat the sounding joy!

Sing:  Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven, and nature sing.

Thought For Today:  Repeat the sounding joy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 November 30

"Finally, Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."  (Philippians 4:8-9)

Today’s Morsel: When we were kids we use to play follow the leader. Whatever the person in front of you did, you had to do the same thing. Paul told the church at Philippi, that they should do the things that they had seen him do, and that the God of peace would be with them. By all account, Paul was a very good example of Christ's character, discipline, motivation, dedication, and wisdom.  He was an example of of the things of God.  As he told Timothy, “But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me” (see 2 Timothy 3:10-11).  If Jesus, who is the Prince of Peace, will be with us if we follow righteousness, should we not all pursue it (righteousness)?  

Sing: I will follow. I will follow. Follow, follow Him!

Thought For Today: Peace is always with those who practice righteousness. (Parker)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 November 29

For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. (Jeremiah 2:13).

Today’s Morsel:  When we lived in Okinawa, Japan, it was not uncommon for us to be put on water rationing.   Most people in the world today don't understand what it was like in olden times to have to draw water from a well for drinking, bathing, or washing clothes. Getting water from a well or fountain was essential to life and living. But what we find today, is that most people take water for granted. Like the people in Jeremiah's days, they try to find their own water. The Lord told Jeremiah, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”  In trying to do it their own way they had gone from the Lord.  And the Lord said that this was evil.  In other words, this was the wrong thing for them to do. Anytime you go from God you are heading towards evil.  What about you?  Are you trying to satisfy your own soul and thirst?  “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David”, The Lord said (Isaiah 55:1-3).  Friend, only Jesus can satisfy your soul.

Sing: Only Jesus, can satisfy your soul.  Only He can take your heart and make you whole.  He’ll give you peace you never knew, sweet love and joy and heaven, too.  Only Jesus can satisfy your soul! 

Thought For Today:  Satisfaction of the soul requires the real thing! (Parker)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 November 28

“Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” (Acts 12:5).

Today's Morsel: Do you thank others for praying for you? Do you ever stand and testify and give thanks to the church for praying for you?  Peter found himself in prison, but the church prayed for his release and God answered.  We never know who is praying for us.  It may just be their prayers that are protecting us from bad things happening in our lives. Therefore, we should give thanks to God for those who pray for us.

Sing:  Somebody’s praying for you!  Somebody’s praying for you! When you feel you’re alone and your heart would break in two,  remember somebody’s praying for you.

Thought For Today:  Thank God for the church.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 November 26

“And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22).

Today’s Morsel:  Are you thankful for the blood of Christ?  Many churches no longer preach about the blood.  If it had not been for the blood of Christ, we could not be saved.  From the inception, it was the blood used by God to cover sin.  Life is in the blood.  If Israel had been thankful for the blood, they may not have become overwhelmed with their complaining and missed the promised land.  Get in the habit of thanking God for The Blood.

Sing: Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood! Thank God for the blood, that washes white as snow.

Thought For Today:  Thank God for the blood.