Monday, October 22, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 22

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye” (Colossians 3:12-13).

Today’s Morsel:  Every so often, someone will come up to me at church or a gathering and say to me, “Is that a new suit?”  I have come to realize that people do watch us.   I have also come to realize, that we not only reflect God in who we are by our conduct but also in what we wear.  Paul tells us to put on as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another. These things must be worn by us daily since we have put on Christ in the waters of baptism (Galatians 3:27). Peter instructs us, “Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price” (1 Peter 3:3-4).  What are you going to wear today?  Is it going to reflect Christ to the world?  “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness” (Ephesians 4:24).  Both our inward and our outward adorning need to be a reflection of Christ in us, the hope of glory.  

Sing:  The windows of heaven are open, God’s power is falling tonight.  There’s joy, joy, joy in my heart since Jesus made everything right.  I gave Him my old tattered garments, He gave me a robe of pure white.  I’m feasting on manna from heaven, and that’s why I’m so happy tonight.

Thought For Today:  Always let Christ be seen in your decorum (Parker).

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 20

“Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find? The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him” (Proverbs 20:6-7).

Today’s Morsel:  I often sit and ponder, and I ask myself at what point in a person’s life of those who attend church do they allow what the word of God says to get into their heart and they start doing what it says? Solomon says that the just man walks in his integrity and his children are blessed after him.  Notice, this is the faithful and upright man, who is made righteous by the obedience of Christ and His word.  And he walks by faith in Him, and according to the truth of the Gospel. When he does this, his children are blessed after him. Again, pondering on these scriptures, is this how we must train up our children in the way that they should go?  By allowing them to see us walking in our integrity?  If my children are blessed by the way that I walk, in my integrity, should I not walk circumspectly?  I want my children to blessed, so I walk upright before God and before them.  I maintain my integrity.   

Sing: Let me walk in the light, in the great gospel light.  Let me walk in the gospel light, till my journey is over and I’ll travel no more, let me walk in the gospel light.

Thought For Today: Monitor your walk (Parker).

Friday, October 19, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 19

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid” (Psalms 27:1).

Today’s Morsel:  The psalmist said that when we open the Bible, it gives light (Psalms 119:130).  Genesis 1:3 says, “And God said, let there be light: and there was light.”  John tells us that God is light (1 John 1:5).  To me, God is the source of light.  That is, He guides and leads me.  Darkness is the emblem of distress, trouble, perplexity, and sorrow; light is the emblem of the opposite of these.  When God is present with us, His light causes our troubles to disappear, and His way is made bright and shining.  If God is on our side or is for us, we should have no apprehension of danger.  He is abundantly able to protect us, and we can confidently trust in Him.  David said that God is the strength of my life. God is the support of our life.  In other words, He keeps us alive.  Life is feeble and is easily crushed out by trouble and sorrow; but if God is our strength, there is nothing to fear or worry about.  He will light the way.  

Sing: Now let us have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about our troubles, He will hear our faintest cry, He will answer by and by.  When you feel a little prayer wheel turning, you’ll know a little fire is burning.  You will find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

Thought For Today: Jesus is the light that gets you out of darkness (Parker)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 18

“Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour” (Matthew 15:21-28).

Today’s Morsel:  We are told that if we have an emergency or need help in a crisis to call 911 or to send out an SOS signal.  But who do you call or what signal do you send when it’s a need that neither of these things can help you?  There are times in life when the only one that can help us is Jesus.  When my peace is gone, only Jesus can bring that back to me.  When my health is failing, the only one that can give me the strength that I need is Jesus.  The Syrophoenician women needed help for her daughter that not even Jesus' disciples could provide.  They said to Jesus, “Send her away; for she crieth after us.”  Once she moved from just asking for His help to worshipping Him and then asking for His help, she received what she desired.  I don’t know what kind of help you may need today, but Jesus does, and your worship to Him could make a difference.

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:  A heart of gratitude always proceeds the an answer to the cry for Help 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 17

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

Today’s Morsel:  This word ‘Sanctify’ means to render pure or to cleanse from sins (1 Thessalonians5:23, 1 Corinthians 6:11).  Sanctification in the heart of a Christian is progressive.  It consists of one becoming more like God and less attached to the world.  It’s getting the power over evil thoughts, and passions, and impure desires; and becoming more and more weaned from earthly things and attaching oneself to those things which are unseen and eternal.  The word also means “to consecrate, to set apart to a holy office or purpose” (See John 10:36, John 17:19).  When Jesus prayed here that God would sanctify them, He probably included the idea that they would be made holy, and be truly consecrated to God as the real ministers of the gospel, as most people of the gospel will only be devoted to the service of God in proportion to how they are personally pure.  How much of you are you giving to the gospel?  It is a reflection of your inner purity and relationship with Christ.  

Sing:  Are you washed in the blood, in the soul cleansing blood of the Lamb?  Are your garments spotless, are they white as snow?  Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Thought for today: Stay sanctified for tomorrow we just might passed over. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 16

“I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalms 16:8-11).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I like when reading my Bible through each year, is that I gain more revelation of the truth of God and His word, and I often get a better understanding of where the New Testament writers are coming from when they write to give us clarity of the Deity of Jesus Christ.  If you have been around the church for any length of time and have heard someone quote Acts chapter 2, then you know that today’s passage of scripture was quoted by the Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost to show that the writing of this Old Testament passage, by King David, was referring to Jesus Christ.  When is the last time you have dug a little deeper for clarity to refresh your understanding as to who Christ is?  Look it’s in there, right in the Word of God.

Sing: It’s all in Him! It’s all in Him! The fullness of the Godhead is all in Him. It’s all in Him, it’s all in Him, the Mighty God is Jesus and it’s all in Him.

Thought For Today:  Who do you say that I am? (Jesus Christ) 

Monday, October 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 15

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness” (Proverbs 15:1-2).

Today’s Morsel:  I believe the number one thing that causes disagreements is our desire to get even or to be right.  If you ever observe kids who get into a fight, it’s always he or she started it.  Most people will not accept being guilty of wrong.  If we would be quick to hear rather than to answer, we could probably save ourselves much trouble and heartache.  Solomon says that a soft answer turneth away wrath.  In other words, think about what you are about to say before you say it. Sometimes, you may just need to say, ‘I am sorry’, or just say nothing at all.  If we must answer, then choose words that will edify and not create division or argument.

Sing:  To be like Jesus!  To be like Jesus! On earth I long to be like Him.  All through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.

Thought For Today:  Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 13

“Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted” (Galatians 6:1).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about restoration is that you must want to be restored.  No one can ever be restored who does not have a true heart of repentance toward God for their wrong.  David was probably the most repentant man in the Bible when God exposed to Him his sin and Psalms 51 is that prayer of repentance by David.  If one is overtaken in a fault and they desire to be restored, they must have a heart of true repentance and submission both to God and those who are appointed over them.  Without that, they cannot be restored.  Restoration starts with a heart of repentance.  

Sing:  If you will come to Jesus Christ today, He’ll take your sins away, He’ll take your sins away.  And keep you happy in His love each day, He'll take your sins away.
He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day! I’m so glad He took my sins away, He took my sins away.

Thought For Today:  Restoration begins with repentance.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 12

“Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God” 
(Romans 2:1-3)?

Today’s Morsel:  I once had an opportunity to serve on a chili judging committee.  I will never do that again!  Isn’t it amazing that God chose judges to judge His people and yet people say, “Don’t judge me”, and they also say “We are not supposed to judge others.” Well, if God chooses judges, what are they supposed to do?  What is their job?  Isn’t it to judge others?  I would love to see someone stand before the court and tell the judge, "You aren’t supposed to judge me."  I do believe that men of God have the right to judge others when cases of wrongdoing, disagreements, and corruption are brought before them.  Even Paul tell us, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life” (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)?  I think many people may misunderstand Paul’s writings.  But to judge others without facts and understanding is always wrong. Especially Paul said if we judge others for doing wrong and we ourselves are doing the same thing.  There is a judgment of God and every one of us have an appointment, no one will escape it.  Be prepared for the final judgment.  

Sing:  When gloom and sadness whispers, you’ve sinned no use to pray.  I look away to Jesus, and He tells me to say.
I see a Crimson Stream of Blood, it flows from Calvary, it’s waves which reach the Throne of God, are sweeping over me.

Thought For Today:  Judges rule after wisdom.   

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 11

“Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy” (1 Corinthians 14:1)

Today’s Morsel:  It’s always interesting when someone new comes into the church whose name is Charity, and I begin to quote 1 Corinthians 13 about what charity is and doesn’t do.  Their faces seem to light up.  I can remember the first time that I heard my name ‘Rufus’ mentioned from the Bible.  Each Sunday that I would walk into the church, my pastor’s wife would say, “Greet Rufus chosen in the Lord…”. Were her words prophetic?  I think so, now that I am an ordained minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul also tells us to follow after charity.  Therefore, we must follow Jesus Christ because God is Love (1 John 4:8).  And again, as Paul states, “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).  The word charity has a powerful meaning, follow it at all cost.  

Sing:  Love lifted me!  Love lifted me!  When nothing else could help, love lifted me.  Love lifted me!  Love lifted me!  When nothing else could help, love … lifted… me.

Thought For Today:  Who are you following.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 10

“Why standest thou afar off, O LORD? why hidest thou thyself in times of trouble? The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined. For the wicked boasteth of his heart's desire, and blesseth the covetous, whom the LORD abhorreth. The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. His ways are always grievous; thy judgments are far above out of his sight: as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them. He hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity” (Psalms 10:1-7).

Today’s Morsel:  David seems to be concerned that the wicked were not being punished for their wrong.  Asaph seems to feel the same way as we read in Psalms 73.  He said that his foot almost slipped when he saw how they seemed to prosper.  But then Asaph said, “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors” (Psalms 73:16-19).  It’s amazing what you can learn when you read, hear, and study the Word of God.  Even Solomon states, “And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity. Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God” (Ecclesiastes 8:10-13).  Don’t ever think that the wick are getting away.  “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life” (Jude 1:20-21).

Sing:  I've got my mind made up to serve the Lord.  I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord.  I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord.  I’ve got my mind made up to serve the Lord.

Thought For Today:  Keep yourself in the love of God.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 9

“Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house. I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” 
(Isaiah 42:5-8).

Today’s Morsel:  If you have ever acted in a play, you know that your role and part is key and essential to the success of the play.  Your part may seem insignificant to you if it is small, but to the writer and conductor, it’s very important. God said through the prophet Isaiah that He called you in righteousness.  In other words, God chose you to aid in bringing about that which is right.  In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus states, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Luke 4:18-19).  If you are called of God, and born-again, you are now the ‘Anointed Ones’; and you must now help bring into fruition that for which you were called - Righteousness.  Don’t see your role as being insignificant. Rather see yourself as having a lead role.  And play your part to the fullest.  

Sing:  Who is this who comes with healing for the halt, the blind, the lame, saying softly to the sinner “Follow me.  Only come in faith believing, as of old the people came.  And the lame shall walk the blind against shall see.”
It is Jesus! Jesus!  Sad one, weep no more!  He will heal the brokenhearted, open wide the prison door.  He is able to deliver evermore.

Thought For Today:  Soul winning gives you a lead role. (Parker)

Monday, October 8, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 8

“For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God” 
(1 Corinthians 1:22-24).

Today’s Morsel:  I’m sure many of you, like me, at one time or another have just been walking along and suddenly you just stumbled and fell.  You get up, and you see nothing that gives you any indication for your falling.  Now some folks will say, well the devil tripped me.  Through the study of God’s word, I do see in many instances where Satan uses his sly and cunning forte to cause the people of God to fall, and he will continue to do so.  Therefore, we must be sober and vigilant to ensure that he doesn’t.  Paul states that they preached Jesus Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.  Notice, Jesus Christ is both the power and the wisdom of God.  Therefore, He is omnipotent (Matthew 28:18) and omniscience (John 1:48).   If we do not get a clear understanding of who Christ is, and to what purpose he died, then this gospel can become a stumbling block to us as well.  Make your calling and election sure so you do not trip and fall.  

Sing: Falling in love with Jesus!  Falling in love with Jesus! Falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I ever, ever done. In His arms, I feel protected.  In His arms, I’m never disconnected.  In His arms, I feel protected, there’s no place I rather, rather be. Falling in love with Jesus! Falling in love with Jesus! Falling in love with Jesus is the best thing I ever, ever done.

Thought For Today:  Be sober and alert so you don’t fall. 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 6

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving” 
(1 Timothy 4:1-4).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the latest trends by Satan on the street today is a thing called “Body Shaming.”  It is the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.  According to Psychology Today, entitled "Shutting Down Body Shaming:  New law conveys the message that weight does not equal worth.  Posted Oct 10, 2017.  The article states, Multiple studies have shown the negative impact of the media on body image.  Exposure to photoshopped images of unrealistic body ideals has been linked to low self-esteem, depression, and eating disorders. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), at least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S., resulting in at least one death every 62 minutes. In a study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, negative body image was determined to be a predictor of suicidal thoughts among college students, especially among young women.  A new law in France is now attempting to tackle what has become a public health issue in that country as well, where over 600,000 people suffer from anorexia or other eating disorders.”  I think that a bucket of Kentucky fried chicken is going to taste just fine for dinner tonight.  Wrap your identity securely in Christ Jesus.  Do not allow the enemy of your soul to shame you into thinking you are less than what Jesus has created you to be.  

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 at the ties that bind me; I’m gonna keep on pressing on, till I reach that home sweet home, that new Jerusalem.

Thought For Today:  Be ye doers of the word and not hears only.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 5

 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!” (Psalms 139:1-17).

Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever stop to consider how important you are to God?  I think if people would realize how important they are to God and focus on the love that He has for them, and would not be overcome with what others think of them, they could prevent themselves from such low self-esteem, depression, troubled minds, and suicidal thoughts.  David writes that God knows everything about us. He even knew us when we were being formed inside of our mother’s womb.  He told Jeremiah, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).  And because God knows everything about us and cares for us, the psalmist wrote, “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”  Aren’t you glad that Jesus loves you?

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

Thought For Today: I love you. (Jesus Christ)

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 4

“There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  A man once asked me if I was born again? I said to him, “Yes sir I am. Are you?”  He said, “O’ yes, I have confessed Jesus.”  I asked him to explain to me.   He said, "You know, I have confessed Jesus as my Lord and Savior."  I said to him, "I don’t want you to think that I’m rude, but that’s not what it means to be born again."   I asked him to please look at the scripture again.  It says that you must be born again of the water and the spirit.  To just confess Jesus doesn’t mean that you are born again.  I said to him to notice that when they heard Peter preach on the Day of Pentecost they were pricked in their hearts because of what he said.  It means that they were stricken with sudden sorrow and grief at what they heard, and they wanted to know what they must do.  To which Peter said unto them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls” (Acts 2:38-41).  I told him that scripture tells us to beware that we are not spoiled by the philosophies and traditions of men and not after Christ (Colossians 2:8-9). Confessing Jesus is just the acknowledgment of Jesus.  It is not being born again.  It’s just one of the steps in the process. But Acts 2:38 shows us the complete process of being Born Again.  Have you completed the process of the new-birth experience?  If not, you can if you ask yourself the same question, "What must I do?"  And read Acts 2:38 for your answer.  

Sing:  Born again, there has been a change in me.  Born again, just like Jesus said.  Born again, and all because of Calvary, I’m so glad that I’ve been born again.

Thought For Today:  Are you Born Again?

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 3

“Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5-7).

Today’s Morsel:  When is the last time you’ve stopped to consider your ways?  Does it often feel like you are never getting ahead in life?  Does it feel like all you do is work, work, work and never get any advancements?  Does it always feel like no one is appreciative of the things that you do?  Do you feel as though life has handed you a bag of lemons?  Then when is the last time you considered your ways?  The Bible tells us, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ” (Colossians 3:23-24).  Every so often, we may need to stop and do a self-evaluation to ensure we are not doing things for our own self-glory and negating the things of God.  What does your church giving account look like when it comes to your time, talents and treasure?  Ensure you are giving of yourself for the right reason, the right purpose, and the right cause.  

Sing:  Open the eyes of my heart Lord, open the eyes of my heart, I want to see You, I want to see You.  To see You high and lifted up, shining in the Light of Your glory, pour out Your power and love as we sing Holy, Holy, Holy.  I want to see You.

Thought For Today:  Have you considered eternity lately?

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Morning Mannna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 2

“And she said, Behold, thy sister in law is gone back unto her people, and unto her gods: return thou after thy sister in law. And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me. When she saw that she was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her” (Ruth 1:15-18).

Today’s Morsel:  How would you define commitment or what do you think commitment really is?  When we get married, we are making a commitment.  When we join the military, we are making a commitment.  When we are hired for a job, we are making a commitment.  But some people are quick to go back on their commitment.   When Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi, told her that she was free to return to her family after the death of her husband, Naomi was releasing her of her commitment.  Which Paul would later write, “The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord” (1 Corinthians 7:39).  Ruth was not only committed to her husband, but she was also committed to her husband’s family.  Are you holding to the commitment and vows that you’ve made?  Many folks miss some great opportunities in life because they were not committed.

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

Thought For Today:  Commitment… no turning back (Parker).

Monday, October 1, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 October 1

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Proverbs 1:7)

Today’s Morsel:  We often hear of people having different types of phobias.  Some people are afraid of heights, while others are afraid of closed rooms, or of flying.  Whatever their phobia is, it can cause them to panic and think they will die. So, what is the answer to deal with their phobia?  John said that perfect love casteth out fear.  And God is love (1 John 4:8).  Fear or phobias torment.  Yet there is one fear that we must all have and that is not the fear of dying or of people and things, but the fear of God.   The respect and awe for Him.  Solomon says that this fear is the beginning of knowledge.  It’s really the first step to obtaining wisdom.  It’s the watchword for a true ethical education.  No one can ever become truly wise who does not begin with knowing God who is the fountain of all knowledge.  When one’s mind is influenced by this fear and love of God, he will learn more in a day than others who do not have it will learn in a month.

Sing: Deeper! Deeper! In the Love of Jesus daily let me go. Higher! Higher!  In the school of wisdom more of grace to know.

O’ deeper yet I pray, and higher every day, and wiser blessed Lord in Thy Precious Holy word.

Thought For Today:  The respect for God is the greatest education one can have (Parker).