Thursday, September 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 20

“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about us human is there is within us that unrighteous spirit to get even when others do us wrong or we think that others are not supportive of us or that they might be against us. As born-again believers, we must live as Paul said with a spirit of the absence of malice (see Ephesians 4:31).  He said that every kind and sort of evil are to be put away, and we are to manifest only that which is good in our lives.  Solomon said don’t say in your heart that you will get even, but learn to wait on the Lord and allow Him to save you (My wording). If you take matters into your own hands to get even, be assured God isn’t with you.

Sing:  I lean on You, Lord, I lean on You Lord.  For the things that I need I lean on You.  When I don’t know just what to do, I’ve got the faith You're going to see me through.  You supply my every need and I lean on You.


Thought For Today:  “Always keep malice out of your heart” (Parker).

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 19

“Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee” 
(Proverbs 4:7-9).

Today’s Morsel:  The story is told of two elderly ladies that were pulled over by a State Police for driving 100 miles per hour in a 65 mile per hour speed zone.  When the ladies asked the officer why he had stopped them, he politely told them they were exceeding the speed limit by 35 miles per hour.  One of the ladies said the posted speed sign said it was 100 miles per hour.  The office politely smiled and said, “No, Ma’am, that was the highway sign.” (humor).  Solomon said that we should get wisdom and along with it get an understanding.  He said that wisdom will promote you, exalt you, and bring you to honor if you embrace it.  He also states, “He that getteth wisdom loveth his own soul: he that keepeth understanding shall find good” (Proverbs 19:8).  Do you love you? Then get wisdom.

Sing:  He’s the only reason I live, and O’ what a reason. Jesus the reason I live, and O’ what a reason.  There’s nothing in this world worth living for, it only leaves you empty and longing for more.  He’s the only reason I live, and O’ what a reason.


Thought For Today:  Always cling to wisdom (Parker).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 18

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish” (Luke 13:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  In olden times, the tower was one of the highest places in the city.  It was sat so that the watchman could not only see who was coming to give the warning to have the gate open, but it also provided the sentinel with protection.  When they told Jesus about the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices, he asks them a question.  He said, “Those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” Solomon said, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).  What if Jesus fell on you?  Would you be saved or lost?  Would you be crushed, or would you survive?  Jesus again says, “Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder” (Luke 20:18).  Why don’t you fall upon Him now while you have the chance to be saved?  

Sing:  Anointing fall on me.  Anointing fall on me.  Let the power of the Holy Ghost fall on me, anointing fall on me.


Thought For Today:  A broken and a contrite heart, He will not despise.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 17

“Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil. Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:1-2).

Today’s Morsel:  In 1960, Joseph Jones wrote a song entitled, “YouTalk Too Much.”  Some of the lyrics say, “You talk too much, you worry me to death,
you talk too much, you even worry my pet. You just talk, talk too much. You talk about people that you don't know, you talk about people wherever you go.  You just talk, talk too much.”  Solomon said that we should not be rash with our mouth when we go to the house of God, and that we should let our words be few. I can remember in the Methodist Church, the old folks use to say that if you hum the devil don’t know what you are talking about, but if you speak it, he knows every word you say and how to attack you.  Sometimes, the best advice is to just keep silent and let God work as He knows all things. Solomon said, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding”  (Proverbs 17:28).  Let's practice being wise.  

Sing:  When He calls me, I will answer.  When He calls me, I will hear?  When He calls me, I will answer, I’ll be somewhere listening for my name.

I’ll be somewhere listening, I’ll be somewhere listening, I’ll be somewhere listening for my name. I’ll be somewhere listening, I’ll be somewhere listening, I’ll be somewhere listening for my name.


Thought For Today:  Your words determine who's working crew you are on (Parker)!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 15

“In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came unto him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order: for thou shalt die, and not live. Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed unto the LORD, And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore” (Isaiah 38:1-3).

Today’s Morsel:  One thing about King Hezekiah that I notice was that he seemed to know how to pray and to get ahold of God.  Hezekiah seemed to have a relationship with God and prayer must be the catalyst for every believer.  It must be the substance that holds them firm and sure in God’s ability to do what His word says.  That old saying, “Seven days without prayer will make one weak” is true.  Prayer strengthens us.  Paul said that we should pray without ceasing and in everything to give thanks.  If we will maintain an attitude of gratitude, we will always have a heart for prayer.

Sing:  Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon.  Whisper a prayer in the evening, and keep your heart intone.


Thought For Today:  “The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29).

Friday, September 14, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 14

“And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. And when they came down to him, Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness. And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. And Elisha said unto them, This is not the way, neither is this the city: follow me, and I will bring you to the man whom ye seek. But he led them to Samaria” (2 Kings 6:17-19).

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever been angry at someone else that you didn’t really know because you believed what someone else told you about them?  Well, it happens quite often.  We may say that we don’t, but we humans usually draw our likes of people based on what we hear about them. Most people hate elected officials because of what they hear about them.  For example, a few weeks ago, a young lady knocked on my door handed me a flyer for an upcoming election.  I asked her to tell me why I should vote for the individual?  And she began to tell me all the negative things about the person who was currently in office.  I said to her, "Have you ever met him?"  She replied no she hadn't.   I asked her then how did she know all these evil things she was saying about him?  Then I proceeded to ask her, "Tell me what your candidate stands for?"  And with a somewhat saddened countenance, she said, "I don’t know."  I said to her, "So, you want me to vote for someone that you don’t know anything about, but, yet the other person is evil?"  I told her that this is not the way you should go about this.  If she were going to be involved then she should have some knowledge of the person she was campaigning for, and not just take what she hears others say as truth.  She thanked me and left.  When the men came looking for Elisha and God blinded them, He told them that that was not the way.  Our anger of others because of what we hear could put us in the wrong way.  Solomon said, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).  Be certain of the truth, do not draw your conclusions based on what you hear, know the truth for yourself.  

Sing:  It shall be light in the evening time; The path to glory you will sure find through the waterway; it is the light today.  Baptized in Jesus’ name.  Young and old, repent of all your sin, then the Holy Ghost will enter in.  The evening time had come; Tis a fact that God and Christ are one.


Thought For Today:  “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 13

“But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec” (Hebrews 6:9-20).

Today’s Morsel:  Are you feeling hopeless?  Why do people seem to lose hope?  I have often heard people when they lose a loved one, a home, or vehicle say, "I don’t know what I’m going to do."  Why are they shaken in their hope? Paul told the church at Thessalonica, “But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation” (1 Thessalonians 5:8).  He wrote in Hebrews 6 that we have an anchor of hope for the soul, Jesus Christ.  The anchor is designed to hold the ship in place, and Jesus who is our anchor will hold us.  

Sing:  It’s the old ship of Zion, it’s the hope for the lost and the dying.  It’s the soul-saving station, it's the tower of salvation.  Well, it’s the church triumphant, O Lord and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.  
I’m talking about the church in the Book of Revelation, it’s built on the Rock, it’s got a firm foundation; it’s been through the flood and it’s been through the fire, but one of these days the church is gonna move up a little higher.  It’s the church triumphant, O’ Lord, and it’s built by the hand of the Lord.


Thought For Today:  “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 12

“Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it”
 (Psalms 34:11-14).

Today’s Morsel:  I once heard a comedian say, “You don’t get old being no fool.”  David, who is attributed to this psalm, asked the following question: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? I’m sure like most, we would all desire to see such things. And then David tells us what we must do.  He said, “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”  In order to enjoy life and see good, we must avoid speaking sly and cunning words, we must avoid evil, and do good as well as seek after peace.

Sing: Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of this earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.


Thought For Today:  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21).

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 11

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent” (Revelation 3:14-19).

Today’s Morsel:  Of the seven churches mentioned in the book of Revelation, the church of the Laodice seemed to think that they had need of nothing; like some folks who think that they don’t need Jesus or the church until it is too late.  They think that they can make it on their own.  They think that their job and career will get them to where they want to be in life.  But they fail to realize that all good things do come to an end.  Solomon said that where there is no counsel the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors, there is safety (Proverbs 11:14).  Jesus’ counsel to this church was to realize their error and to not think that they were in a perfect state because they were not.  Rather to buy from Him the things that would last.  How about us, are we investing in what will last or in the temporary things of this world?

Sing:  Room for Jesus, King of glory! Hasten now, His word obey.  Swing the heart’s door widely open; Bid Him enter while you may.


Thought For Today:  There is safety in counsel.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 10

“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” 
(2 Timothy 3:14-17).

Today’s Morsel:  When I was in school and the teachers would give us a test or exam, they would always tell us to read the instructions first. Paul told Timothy that all scriptures are given by inspiration from God for instruction in righteousness.  There is no way we will be righteous without an understanding of God’s word.  Solomon said, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9).  We need to not only be made acquainted with the truth, but we need to be convinced when we are wrong and need correction.  We need to be taught what is right and what is required of us so that we can lead a holy and Godly life.  Every born-again believer needs instructions to grow and should not just be left to think that their conversion is all that is needed to be righteous.  We must learn to follow the principles of the word of God, as it shows us how to lead an upright life.  The scriptures furnish us with the rules of holy living in abundance.  And those same rules will guide us to heaven.

Sing:  Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart; floods of joy O’er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.


Thought For Today:  “Righteousness is developed by obedience” (Parker)

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 8

“And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved. No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better” (Luke 5:36-39).

Today’s Morsel: A couple of ministers and I were discussing the candy we ate when we were kids compared to the candy of today.  As kids, our candy bars were larger, cheaper, and tasted better.  But what happened to the taste of today’s candy bars?  Jesus said, “No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.”  Once we get used to eating, drinking, or doing something for so long, the new doesn't appeal to us as quickly.  I think this may be one of the reasons that in some churches the elders have such a hard time adjusting to the new music of the millennial's.  They are so used to the hymn and songs they grew up with.  To them, the old is better.   We must remember that it usually takes people a while to get use to this Holy Ghost and this church thing because they are so used to the way of the world.  Be patient with them as they must get some new taste buds as they learn and grow in the ways of God.

Sing:  He’s sweet I know, Jesus is sweet I know.  Storm clouds may rise, and strong winds may blow.  But I’ll tell the world, everywhere I go, that I've found my Savior and He’s sweet I know.   

Thought For Today:  Keep drinking the new wine and you will not desire the old (Parker)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 7

“Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge. For it is a pleasant thing if thou keep them within thee; they shall withal be fitted in thy lips. That thy trust may be in the LORD, I have made known to thee this day, even to thee. Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?” (Proverbs 22:17-21).

Today’s Morsel:   How certain are you of the truth? Jesus said that He was the truth (John 14:6). So how certain are you of that Truth?  The man who has learned the certainty of the words of truth will learn to observe it in all that men commit to him.  The certainty of truth are the words and doctrines of truth.  They are true in themselves. They come from God Himself and are truly fulfilled by all that believe.  These words of truth are certain.  They are not dubious or difficult to interpret. They point directly to the purpose for which God gave them.  They offer promises and they are fulfilled.  When concerning the salvation of the soul, the scriptures are to be understood so that every believer has the witness in himself and knows the certainty of the words of truth. David said, “For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth” (Psalms 33:4).  How certain are you of the truth?  You can be assured and certain when you place your confidence in Jesus.  

Sing:  But I know in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able, to keep that which is committed unto Him against that day.

Thought For Today: “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth” (John 17:17).

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 6

“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins” (Hebrews 10:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  Are you a true worshipper?  If you will notice in Isaiah 6, after he saw the Lord high and lifted up and whose train filled the temple, he was taken aback and realized, as he stated, “ Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged” (Isaiah 6:5-7).  Notice, he had his sins and iniquity purged and taken away by the fire from the altar.  Paul said that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.  Therefore, I believe that to be a true worshipper, you should be sin free.  By obeying Acts 2:38, you can have your sins remitted and become a true worshipper.  As Jesus told the woman at the well in John 4, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24).  

Sing:  I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You.  I worship You O’ Prince of Peace; that is what I long to do.  I give You praise; for You are my righteousness.  I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You.

Thought For Today:  Obey Acts 2:38 and you can have your sins remitted and become a true worshipper.  


Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 5

“And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea” 
(Mark 5:1-13).

Today’s Morsel:  This story has always been one of my favorite stories in the Bible.  Jesus shows up and the devils panic.  They bowed down before Him; rendering Him homage.  This was an acknowledgment by them of Jesus' power, and of His control over them.  I believe one of the reasons there is so much hatred toward Christians is that because when they show up, the devils know that they must bow because they know that the Holy Ghost in the Christians gives control and power over every devil.  Scripture says, “And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”  Therefore, I conclude, that the best way to get the devil out of someone’s life is to get them baptized in water, in the name of Jesus, and teach them how to remain covered with His blood.

Sing: I am covered, covered, covered by His blood, walking by faith, living in love. I am covered, covered, covered, by His blood, Jesus has rescued me.

Thought For Today:  Baptism doth now save us (Simon Peter)

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 4

“Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Matthew 25:1-13).

Today’s Morsel:  Some folks who purchase a vehicle do not realize that they need to check the oil.  I’ve heard people say, “If it’s low, the engine oil light will come on.”  But what if the light isn’t working?  It could cost you a whole lot of money for a blown engine.  When the call came for the virgins to go out and meet the bridegroom, five of them found themselves without any oil.  They had failed to check their supply.  Some folks think that they can make it without the Holy Ghost.  But Jesus lets us know that without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). Are you running low on oil and don’t even know it?  When you get angry and fly off the handle, yell and scream at others, call people names, it may be an indication that your oil is running low or just ran out.

Sing:  Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning.  Give me oil in my lamp I pray.  Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning.  Keep me burning till the break of day.

Thought For Today:  What a difference the oil makes (Parker)

Monday, September 3, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 3

“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3)

Today’s Morsel:  If we are not careful, we can get so busy in the nonessentials of life that we don’t have time to rest and gain more strength for our next task.  Sad to say, more people are burnt out, fatigued, depressed, and stressed out because they are working in their own strength.  Paul wrote that we are laborers together with God…” (1 Corinthians 3:1-9).  If we are working with Him, then shouldn’t we have plenty of rest since the Holy Ghost is The Rest?  His word says that He gives rest to the weary.  "Come unto to me, and I will give you rest."  Spend time with Him daily, and allow Him to give you rest. 

Sing:  I lean on You, Lord, I lean on You Lord.  For the things that I need I lean on You.   When I don’t know just what to do, I’ve got the faith You’re going to see me through.  You supply my every need and I lean on You.

Thought For Today:  Stay yoked with Jesus and you won’t be tired. 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 1

"Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob. Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin, Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already. And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel." 
(Exodus 1:1-12)

Today’s Morsel: Though scripture, I often observe the life of Jesus and His people that the more they were afflicted the more they seem to grow.  In the New Testament, the more they were persecuted, beaten and afflicted, the more the church multiplied and grew.  But today, there seems to be an avoidance by people not to be persecuted or afflicted.  They seem to want an easy way. Would the church grow more if we took a stand for righteousness and truth in today’s world even if it brought persecution and affliction?  Would the people of God grow more spiritually and become more like their Heavenly Father if they were afflicted more?  The Bible says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all” (Psalms 34:19).  Israel went down into Egypt with 70 people.  And when they were placed into slavery and afflicted, they multiplied and grew.  So the next time you are feeling as though you are being afflicted, don’t try to get away from it, but stand still and see what the Lord is doing in your life.  He just might be growing you for what He’s getting ready to do through you.

Sing:  Jesus! Jesus! You know what best for me.  So lead on, Jesus, I’ll go wherever You lead.


Thought For Today:  "If though faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small"  (Proverbs 24:10).  

Friday, August 31, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 August 31

“Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” 
(1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

Today’s Morsel:  For me, one of the things that I have come to realize is that the things that were written afore in the Bible were written for my learning as a born-again believer.  If I fall into idolatry, it’s my fault.  If I fall into drunkenness, it’s my fault.  If I fall because of adultery, fornication, or pornography, it is my fault.  If I fall because of indebtedness, it is my fault.  If I fall because of lust, pride, hatred, prejudice, envy, jealousy, it is my fault.  If I say I am a Christian and I fall, it is no one else's fault but mine, because scriptures have already been written to give me the warning and to teach me how to not fall.  It is up to me to read them and heed them.  As the Lord told Joshua, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success” (Joshua 1:8).  The apostle Peter tells us that if we add to our faith; knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love we will nerve fall (2 Peters 1:5-11).  If you are a Christian, you must stop saying it is someone else’s fault for your failure to serve God the way He asks you to.  Somewhere, you must take responsibility for your own actions.  I promise you, God is not going to listen to the excuse that it was someone else’s fault for your failure.  Jesus has given us the BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth) to guide us to keep us from falling.  Read it and heed it.  You can make it.   

Sing: 1. The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.  The Testimonies of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.
More to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold; sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb.  

2. The Statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the Commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes. 
More to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb.  

3. The Fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever, the Judgments of the Lord or true and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold, sweeter also than the honey and the honeycomb. 
Thought For Today: Be a doer of the word and you won’t fall. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 August 30

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).

Today’s Morsel: The Greek word for substance is the word, hupostasis (hoop-os'-tas-is), which is a support, assurance, or confidence.  So we can see that the thing that we need to support us and to keep us strong while we wait for what we may desire is faith.  Faith is like the stump and roots in the ground of a tree.  The Lord said through the prophet Isaiah that when the teil tree and the oak tree cast forth their leaves you know that there is substance in them (Isaiah 6:13).  In other words, you know that their support is intact and firm.  He said that He would be the substance in the earth.  A tree's roots are working if there are leaves on the tree because leaves don't grow on a tree whose roots and stump are dead.  Jeremiah said, “Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8).  In other words, blessed is the man who has his faith in the Lord.  If he has faith in the Lord, he has substance to endure.  How is your support network working?  You will be flourishing with leaves if your roots are deep.  

Sing:  Faith can move mountains, mountains of fear and of doubt.  Faith can move mountains, so why don’t you try your faith out.
Thought For Today:  Faith is substance.