Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 19 June 2019

The Saving Element of Life

“For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.” (Romans 8:24-25)

Today’s Morsel:  Like faith,  hope is one of those things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. It must be seen through the mind.  It requires belief and trust in God’s ability to provide what we ask for.  Paul says that if we see what we hope for, then why are we hoping. Hope is that saving element for our soul.  We are not in eternity with Jesus yet, but we hope to someday be.  And because we look for such things, we need hope to ensure that we make it.

Sing:  Have faith, hope, and charity, that’s the way to live successfully.  How do I know? The Bible tells me so.

Thought  For Today: Jesus Christ is our anchor of hope.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 June 2019

The Waterway

After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them, and baptized. And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.” (John 3:22-23)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things Jesus told his disciples was to let no man deceive you.  Paul wrote to the church at Galatia, “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9)  The gospel is the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we apply that to our lives by obeying Acts 2:38. “Then 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.” Jesus came up out of the water (Matthew 3:16). John was baptizing in Aenon because there was much water there (John 3:23).  The eunuch said to Phillip in Acts 8:36, "See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?"  (paraphrased)  And we are buried with Christ by baptism (Romans 6:4).  Friend, baptism is by immersion.  It’s the waterway.

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

Thought For Today: “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 3:21) Simon Peter

Monday, June 17, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 June 2019

Call To Remembrance

“And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.” (Hebrews 12:5-8)

Today’s Morsel:  Every now and then God needs to jangle my chain to remind me of His goodness. He shouldn’t have to, but He does.  You see, every now and then I seem to get into one of those complaining modes like Elijah, where I think I’m the only one and no one else cares, to which God reminds me I’m not.  And he tells me to stop complaining before I get overwhelmed.  The writer of Hebrews tells us, “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.”  When we are going through things, God may be correcting us the same way a natural father does.  He said that if God doesn’t correct us, then we are not His.  Aren’t you glad for His correction?  He only does it for our good.

Sing: He’s changing me, my blessed Savior, I’m not the same person that I use to be.  Well, it’s been slow going, but there’s a knowing that someday perfect I will be.

Thought For Today: If you be without chastisement you aren’t His. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 June 2019

It’s Time to Get Off The Porch

After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.” (John 5:1-9)

Today’s Morsel:  The man in today's scriptures had laid on this porch for thirty-eight years. He was there because of his sins (vs 14).  Sin will put you places you do not want to be.  Sin may look like fun and pleasure, but many are suffering today because of it.  Maybe you are on a porch that you find yourself doing the same thing over and over every day.  Maybe you are stressed, unhappy, tired, despondent, lonely, trying to make ends meet.  Well, ask yourself if sin has you on this porch?  If it does, it’s time to stop the merry-go-round and get off. Sin must not have dominion over you.  Jesus died that you might be made free.  Care to take up your bed and walk?  It's time to get off the porch.  

Sing: When gloom and sadness whispers, you’ve sin 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: Sin will keep you on the porch if you let it.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 June 2019

Happy Birthday Army

And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (Revelation 19:11-16)

Today’s Morsel: Today we celebrate the U.S. Army Birthday.  For 244 years, this great nation has been blessed to have such great men and women serve in its Army to maintain the freedom and peace of their homeland, and their allies, while liberating others.   And so we honor those soldiers of past, present, and future who have sacrificed and are sacrificing daily to maintain peace and freedom.  President Coolidge penned it best when he said, “The Nation that forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten.”  We take time to honor the U.S. Army for a job well done and say thank you for 244 years of dedicated and committed service to this great nation.  We salute you.  

Sing:  Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord; He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored; He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His of His terrible swift sword; His truth is marching on.
Glory, glory, hallelujah, Glory, glory hallelujah, Glory, glory hallelujah, His truth is marching on.

Thought For Today: Happy Birthday, Army… Hooah!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 June 2019


This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then 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. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:32-42)

Today’s Morsel:  Many folks don’t like to hear that they must be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of their sins.  And so they continue as they are without complete salvation and power.  As I heard a preacher once say, the devil has the church right where he wants them, divided.  When Naaman was told by Elisha to go dip seven times in the Jordan River and that he would be clean of his leprosy, he went away because it was not what he wanted to hear (2 Kings 5).  Elisha didn’t care if he dipped or not.  He just gave him the instructions of God.  But Naaman's servant told him if he had asked you to do some great thing you would have did it.  How much more to dip seven times in the Jordan River.  When Naaman obeyed, he was healed.  You know one of the reasons you may be going through some of the things you are going through in your life is because you have not obeyed the scriptures.  Is salvation in the name of Jesus or not?  Read and obey, its as simple as that.  

Sing: I’ll say yes Lord yes, to Your will and to Your way. I ’ll say yes Lord yes, I will trust You and obey.  When Your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I’ll agree, and my answer will be yes, Lord, yes.

Thought For Today: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 June 2019

The Power of The Word

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)

Today’s Morsel:  Albert Barns states about this word, “Mighty:  Its power is seen in awakening the conscience; alarming the fears; laying bare the secret feelings of the heart, and causing the sinner to tremble with the apprehension of the coming judgment.  All the great changes in the moral world for the better, have been caused by the power of truth. They are such as the truth in its own nature is suited to effect, and if we may judge of its power by the greatness of the revolutions produced, no words can over-estimate the might of the truth which God has revealed.”  When we understand that Jesus Christ has all power (Matthew 28:18), and that He is the Word made flesh (John 1:1,14), we can understand why the Word of God is so quick and powerful and can change any life or situation.  There is nothing more powerful or mighty than Jesus.  Just the mention of His name and mountains will move.  

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: Be careful you don’t get cut.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 June 2019

No Condemnation

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:17-19)

Today’s Morsel:  The problem with self-condemnation is that we bring it upon ourselves.  Many folks never get to the point where they see themselves as what God says about them versus what others say and think of them.  For some reason, they allow the enemy of their soul to get them to a point that they compare themselves among themselves; comparing themselves to others rather than comparing themselves to what God would have them be.  When they do that, they are more likely to condemn themselves and others in the process.  Jesus said that He came not to condemn the world but to save it.  If you say that you are born-again, why are you condemning yourself?  Jesus is the only one you should care about pleasing with your life. And if He’s well pleased with you, then others in your sphere will be also.  As Paul said, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1)  If you are pleasing Jesus, that is what matters.  

Sing:  I know who I amI know who I amI know who I amI am Yours, I am Yours.  I know who I amI know who I am, I know who I amI am Yours, I am Yours
I was running and You found me; I was blinded and You gave me sight.  You put a song of praise in me; ooh.  I was broken and You healed meI was dying and You gave me life.  Lord, You are my identity

And You are mineJesus, You are mine.  You are mine Jesus, You are mine

Thought For Today: “Condemnation… Am not good enough” (Parker)

Monday, June 10, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 June 2019

Help Lord

Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.” (Psalms 12:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you feel as though no one cares about you and your situation?  Do you feel that all those you’ve helped and have done well to are now nowhere to be found?  Well, welcome to David’s world.  David felt that those who should know to do what was right were now turned back to the ways of the world.  He states, “The godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.”  He felt that the only one that he could rely upon was God.  And so he cried, "Help Lord for the godly man ceaseth."  Paul said, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." (2 Timothy 3:1-5)  We must settle this in our minds and hold to God’s unchanging hand.  Others may not be there for us, but He will always be our help and support in times of trouble.  

Sing: Lord, I can’t even walk, without You holding my hand.  The mountains too high and the valleys too wide; Down on my knees, is where I learn to pray, and I can’t even walk, without You holding my hand.

Thought For Today:  Jesus will not fail you nor forsake you.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 June 2019

Pop And No Kick

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. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.” (1 Thessalonians 5:8-11)

Today’s Morsel:  In the Army, one of the lessons we would teach our soldiers during Basic Rifle Marksmanship Training was that if they were firing their weapon and they pulled the trigger and they heard a pop (the trigger extractor hitting the bullet) but they felt no recoil, then their weapon did not fire, and that they must apply immediate action quickly to get it firing again.  This was especially true in combat.  Job told his friends they were all physicians of no value.  In other words, they had a pop but no kick.  They had words, but no effectiveness in his situation.  If we are not able to aid others in their dilemmas, then we may need to apply immediate action to our life.  Our words must be effective for edification and aid to others in their dilemmas.  We need to apply immediate action so our words are effective for edification. 

Sing: There is power, power, wonder working power, in the blood, of the Lamb; there is power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb.

Though For Today: Death and life are in the tongue

Friday, June 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 June 2019

The Power of Prayer

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8)

Today’s Morsel: Why is there power in prayer?  Jesus said it helps prevent you from quitting and giving up.  Solomon said that if we faint in the day of adversity our strength is small (Proverbs 24:10).  Prayer allows us to maintain our focus on Christ who is the source of all power. Therefore, the more we pray, the less likely we are to quit and give up.

Sing:  Are you weary, are you heavy-hearted?  Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.  Are you grieving over joys departed?  Tell it to Jesus alone.
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus; He is a friend that’s well known.  You have no other such a friend or brother; tell it to Jesus alone.

Thought For Today: PUSH…Pray Until Something Happens

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 June 2019


And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:44-49)

Today’s Morsel: On June 6, 1944, Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, France to liberate German-occupied France and late Europe from Nazi control and laid the foundation of the Allied victory on the Western front. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborn invasion in history.
 After resurrecting Jesus from the dead, He told His disciples, “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49)  The disciples had been given a mission to liberate the people from the enemy of their souls' control.  But they had to wait for the right day for it to happen.  They were to wait in Jerusalem for power.  Luke wrote, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)  D-Day! Deliverance Day.  The day that people could be made free and continue on in liberation and freedom.  The day that light shined in the darkness.  The day that evil lost its control of humanity.  The day that Joel spoke of.  And the day that all things can now be made new.  D-Day did not end on this day for the church, it began.  Whom the son has made free is free indeed.  D-Day is still available for you today.  

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

Thought For Today: D-Day…Liberation

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 June 2019

The Well is Deep

There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband: For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly.”  
(John 4:7-18)

Today’s Morsel: When I was a kid, a lot of folks where we lived had wells to draw their water for drinking, cooking, doing laundry and many other things.  Those wells were deep.  In Jesus discussion with the Samaritan woman, Jesus offers her living water versus natural water.  Her comment was really, 'Mister, You are asking me for a drink, and You don’t even have anything to draw water with, and the well is deep. How are You going to give me water?'  What she failed to realize was that Jesus was not speaking of natural water, but spiritual water; the Holy Ghost.  John states, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)” (John 7:37-39)  Jesus doesn't want you to keep thirsting for things that won't satisfy.  He wants you to be content and full of joy.  The well is only deep when we don’t understand.  But when there is understanding, we understand that He is the River of Life.  And we can draw freely from His never-ending well.  

Sing:  I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me, it makes the lame to walk and the blind to see.  It opens prison doors set the captives free.  I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.
Spring up, O’ well, within my soul.  Spring up, O’ well, and make me whole.  Spring up, O' well, and give to me, new life abundantly.

Thought For Today: Jesus is the Spring of life