Saturday, February 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 February 2019

The Same Thing

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

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

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


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

Friday, February 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 February 2019

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

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

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

Thought For Today:  His love never fails.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 February 2019

The Desert Rose

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 February 2019

Noise Makers

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

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

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

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


Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 February 2019

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

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

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


Thought For Today:  True Love…Jesus

Monday, February 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 February 2019

The Best Things in Life Are Free

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

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

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


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

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 February 2019

Don’t Put Another Log On The Fire

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

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

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

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


Friday, February 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 February 2019

WOE

Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink: Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!” 
(Isaiah 5:20-23).

Today’s Morsel:  If you are a follower of news, then you will have noticed that good is being called evil and evil is being called good.  Religion is being called evil and worldliness, as we know it as based on God’s word, is being called good.  Darkness is being displayed as light, and light is being displayed as evil.  Darkness, in the scriptures, is an emblem of ignorance, error, false doctrine, and crime.  While Light denotes truth, knowledge, piety.  And bitter and bitterness are often used to denote sin.  Isaiah has a cry of ‘Woe’ for the people which denotes danger.  A warning of great sorrow or distress is heading your way.  He gives a wakeup call to those who would pervert light for darkness and evil for good.  Paul said that if people are deceived into thinking that darkness is light and evil is good, Satan has blinded their minds.  We must stay in the word because it is the light that will keep us out of darkness and give us understanding.  The word will keep us walking in The Light.

Sing:  Send the light the blessed gospel light, let it shine from shore to shore.  Send the light the blessed gospel light, let it shine forever more.


 Thought For Today:  In His light we shall see light.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 February 2019

Springs of Living Water

“When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water” (Isaiah 41:17-18).

Today’s Morsel:  Water is one of those basic commodities that we all need.  They say that we should drink at least a gallon of water a day to keep rehydrated and replenished.  The Lord said through the prophet Isaiah, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys: I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.”  God said I will ensure there is water for them to drink no matter where they are.  Jesus understood the need not only for natural water but also spiritual water.   And so, “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).  Are you thirsty?  Do you need the Holy Ghost, that water that you can drink and never thirst again?  Why not come to Him and drink today.

Sing: Drinking at the Springs of living water, happy now am I, my soul they satisfy.  Drinking at the springs of living water, O wonderful and bountiful supply.


Thought For Today: Spring up O’ well!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 February 2019

Educators
Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me!” (Proverbs 5:7-13).

Today’s Morsel:  A lot people seem to have trouble with listening to instructions.  I was counseling with a man in prison once and he told me that he had been arrested seven times for DWI before the judge sentenced him to prison.  He said, "I knew what I was to do each time I was arrested, but I thought I was okay."  When I see people in prison, in jail, or in trouble, I often wonder just how many sermons they have heard about sin and wrongdoing?  How many messages have rolled across their minds that they did not heed?  How many of their teachers, tutors, mentors, pastors, and judges they did not heed?  What about you?  Are you rejecting the word of God because you think that you can handle it?  “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (1 Corinthians 10:12).

Sing: I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.


Thought For Today: Obedience is better than sacrifice. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 February 2019

QUICKSANDS! KEEP OFF!
     Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” 
(Psalms 139:23-24)
 Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about quicksand is it’s a slow death if you fall into it and cannot be recovered.  Sad to say, many are in quicksand today.  They are in Satan’s grip and can’t seem to get out.  He is slowly pulling them under.  And it’s because they fail to heed the warning of God to stay clear.  The Bible, which is God’s book rather than man’s, deals so strongly and wisely with one great evil, which has manifested itself in every age and in every state of society.  And that is our thoughts.  It speaks boldly and plainly; and who will meditate on its teaching with a prayerful heart will be saved from many painful snares.  If we fall it will only be due to our having refused to heed the voice that speaks to us from its pages.  The greatest caution that we must all observe is in the control of our thoughts. The soul must never be left open to the tides of suggestive thoughts that break our relationship with Christ During medieval times, as soon as darkness fell, the watchman kept the gate.  This world is dark.  And we must remain sober and alert to keep watch at our eye-gate, ear-gate, and touch-gate, lest some thought of evil gain entrance and destroy us.  His word will protect us if we will obey it.
Sing:  I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore, very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more.  But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry, from the waters lifted me, now safe am I.
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: The gate to your soul is through your thoughts. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 February 2019

Lovingkindness

O continue thy lovingkindness unto them that know thee; and thy righteousness to the upright in heart” (Psalms 36:10).

Today’s Morsel:  Lovingkindness is to be gracious and merciful.  The psalmist prayed that God would continue His lovingkindness to them that know Him.  Do you know Him?  Who do you say that I am, Jesus asked?  What is His name?  And what is His Son’s name if thou canst tell?  If we say that we know Him, should we not love Him and serve Him?  If we say that we know Him, should we not be able to witness for Him and about Him?  Right knowledge of God is the source of right affections and conduct.  His lovingkindness will continue to them that know Him and His righteousness to them that are upright in heart.

Sing:  Thy lovingkindness is better than life.  Thy lovingkindness is better than life.  My lips shall praise Thee, thus will I bless Thee, I will lift up my hands unto Thy name.


Saturday, February 2, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2 February 2019

Redeeming The Time

For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. Who knoweth the power of thine anger? even according to thy fear, so is thy wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom” 
(Psalms 90:9-12).

Today’s Morsel:  I like to watch the expression on some folks' faces when we are coming to the end of a year and to hear them say, "Where did the year go so fast?"  It has been stated that the older we get time seems to pass faster.  The psalmist said that we spend our years as a tale that is told.  Metaphorically, a tale is short.  Most people don’t like to sit around and listen to long drawn out sagas.  That’s one of the reasons children’s’ books are short.  Preachers' sermons are now short (unless they are filled with air).  And people use the drive-through window so they don’t have the time to sit for long.  And because life is brevity, the psalmist prayed, “Teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”  Teach us to consider our latter end, and what will become of us hereafter; which is a branch of wisdom.  Teach us to seek the way of salvation; to seek after Jesus Christ, which is the wisdom of God, and to fear Him, as He is the beginning of wisdom; and to walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time.  Time is fleeting, make the most of it.  Only what we do for Christ will last.  

Sing:  Jesus is all the world to me, I want no better friend; I trust Him now, I’ll trust Him when life’s fleeting days shall end.  Beautiful life with such a friend, beautiful life that has no end.  Eternal life, eternal joy, He’s my friend.

Thought For Today: Redeem the time as the days are evil.

Friday, February 1, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 1 February 2019

Good and Evil
 And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:15-17).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about the world in which we live is there is both good and evil.  From the creation, if you will notice when you read the word, God made everything good in the Garden and then on the seventh day He rested from His work.  But sometime and somewhere in the Garden, there was a tree planted called the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.  It was this tree that God warned Adam to not eat of or else he would die.  We see in the 3rd chapter that it is this tree that the serpent is in.  And it is from this place that he deceives Eve into thinking that God is trying to keep something from them.  You see both good and evil can kill you.  When you get to a point in your life that you think that you are so good that you don’t need God or need to listen to His instructions, or you think that you can make it without Him on your own, you are headed for destruction.  So we can easily see that this tree was used by Satan, and it’s still in the world in which we live today.  And many are partaking of it.  It’s called the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Whether good or evil, if God says to stay away from it, you might want to obey.

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: Good and Evil can both kill you.