Saturday, August 17, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 August 2019

Mix Well

Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” (Hebrews 4:1-2)

Today’s Morsel: Most of us who cook or bake know that recipes require us to mix the ingredients well, or we will not receive the desired end state.  The writer of Hebrews says that the word of God did not profit the children of Israel in the wilderness because they did not mix their faith with it.  Anytime we hear the word of God we must mix our faith with it or it will not profit us. We must get to the point that we believe God’s word.  If we do not mix our faith with it, nothing is going to change in our lives.  The word of God is our answer to life.  But if we don’t believe it, it will accomplish nothing.

Sing: I believe God! I believe God! That He will do, just as He says.  Trust and obey, believe Him and say, I believe, I believe God.

Thought For Today: Faith without works is dead. 

Friday, August 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 August 2019


But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:17-19)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the biggest roadblocks to spiritual growth, maturity, and perfection is unbelief. One of the things about unbelief is it binds you and holds you back from getting what God has promised you.  Scripture says, Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6, Romans 4:3). He put his faith and trust in God and he received the promise.  It’s amazing how we will trust everybody but God.  Our friends say they will come and pick us up, and we believe them.  Somebody tells us that someone was talking about us, and we believe them. But when it comes to God’s word, and someone tells us that God loves us and cares for us, we don’t believe it. Your pastor tells you to tithe and God will bless you, and you don’t believe him.  Roadblocks to spiritual growth and maturity.  The children of Israel, that came out of Egypt, did not enter the promised land because of unbelief.  The warning is clear.  Either we believe God’s word or miss the promise.

Sing:  Let Jesus lead you!  Let Jesus lead you!  Let Jesus lead you all the way, all the way from earth to glory, let Jesus lead you all the way.

Thought For Today: Beware of roadblocks to your faith. (Parker)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 August 2019

Salvation Is of The Lord

But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.” (Jonah 2:9)

Today’s Morsel:  What comes to your mind when you think about salvation?  Many people say that they are saved and born-again, but their life and actions speak a different meaning.  Have you ever had anyone ask you if you are saved?  How did you feel when they asked you? Were you surprised?  Did you do a self-examination?  It’s not uncommon around the church for someone to ask you if you are saved.  The gospel is about salvation. It’s the price Jesus paid that we might be saved.  Salvation belongs to Jesus.  He is the Lord.  It is all His; all belongs to Him so that none can share in bestowing it; none can have any hope but from Him.  What a message. Peter said, 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)  We should be thankful every time someone asks us if we are saved.  Either we are or we aren’t, there is no in-between.

Sing: Saved!  Saved!  I’m happy on my way. Saved! Saved!  Saved, I love Him more each day. Saved! Saved! Saved, I know He’s mine each hour, for He saves and He keeps satisfied by His Power.

Thought For Today: What day were you born-again?

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 August 2019

Help and Shield

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield. The LORD hath been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.” (Psalms 115:9-14)

Today’s Morsel:  Often, when I read scripture, I wonder what went through the minds of the enemies of Israel’s when they knew that they could not defeat them and that the creator of the world was with them and fighting for them.  We see this time after time in scripture.  But the Israelites don’t seem to realize it, nor do they seem to have the faith to believe God for what He says.  The Psalmist admonished Israel to trust in the Lord because He was their help and shield.  In other words, God would help them and protect them.  Jesus always helpthose who trust in Him.  He is able to help them in the time of trouble (see Psalms 50:15, Isaiah 40:10-13).  They who put their trust in Him will find Him a sure and certain help.  The writer of Hebrews tells us, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)

Sing:  He's  my rock my sword my shield, He’s the wheel in the middle of the wheel, He’s the lily of the valley, the bright and morning star; makes no difference what folks say, I’m going down on my knees and pray, I’m gonna wait, wait right here till Jesus come.

Thought For Today: “The LORD is my strength and my shield.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 August 2019

What To Keep An Eye On

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.” (1 Timothy 4:12-16)

Today’s Morsel:  Have you lost focus of who you are? It seems that many are keeping up with everything but themselves. I wonder if this is the reason why the flesh is out of controlWhy so many churches have lost their way.  Paul told Timothy until he comes to take heed to himself, and the doctrine.  If we are not alert to ourselves, we can allow anything to come in.  We must be sober, be vigilant; because our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour, Peter said (1 Peter 5:8).  You must examine yourself daily, to ensure you are remaining in the faith and that nothing has crept in unaware. If you don’t watch yourself, I guarantee you Satan will.

Sing: He set me free, yes, He set me free. He broke the bonds of prison for me.  I’m glory bound my Jesus to see, glory to God, He set me free.

Thought For Today: Keep an eye on yourself.    

Monday, August 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 August 2019

The Lost

“And he spake this parable unto them, saying, What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?... Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost… For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” 
(Luke 15:3-7; 8-9; 24)

Today’s Morsel:  If you notice Luke’s writings about the parable of the lost, he listed three things that Jesus said were lost.  The sheep, the coin, and the prodigal son.  If you will notice, when you read the entire parable, only two things were sought after, they were the sheep and the coin.  The son was not sought after. He had to come to his senses and go home by himself. Lost sheep are the ones that we go after.  We don’t chase prodigals, they must come to themselves.  They know what is in the father’s house because they have been there, they have tasted and seen.  As Jesus told His disciples, “Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." (Matthew 10:5-8)  Stop chasing prodigals.  Pray for them and let them come to themselves.  You go to the lost sheep. 

Sing: One night while on life's raging sea it looked as if I would suffer defeat.  As the blackness of night closed off the light my heart sank with fear.  My desperate cry rang out with fright; all I could see was no hope in sight. With faith all but gone I met the one who came looking for me.
Chorus: He came looking for me, He came looking for me. He made a way when there was no way that I could see.  When I drifted so far Jesus was near to rescue my soul and calms all my fears.  Now I'm safe from all harm since I met the one who came looking for me.
(2nd Verse)
Satan had already picked out my grave, his plan was to foil and put me away.
  I'd drifted so far, would anyone care that I'd soon be lost.  I knew my destruction was a matter of time but Jesus appeared and said this one is mine.  Now I'm safe with no harm for He walked through the storm when He was looking for me. 

Thought For Today:  Are you lost or a prodigal?

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 August 2019

Why Pray?

And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1)

Today’s Morsel:  Prayer must be our steering wheel and not our spare tire, said Corrie Ten Boom.  Pray must be what guides your life and keeps you in the center of your lane.  It must be what turns us when Jesus prompts us to go in a different direction.  It must not be something that we only use when our life is flat, has a hole in it, or is low on air.  Prayer must be something that we put our hands on daily.  If you don’t have a life of prayer as your steering wheel, you better make sure your spare tire has air in it.

Sing: Telephone to Glory, oh what joy divine, I can feel the current, moving down the line.  Built by God the Father, for His loved own; you may talk to Jesus on this Royal Telephone.

Thought For Today:  Stay in touch with heaven on your knees (Parker).

Friday, August 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 August 2019

Sudden Fear

“Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh. For the LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.” (Proverbs 3:25-26)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about fear that I have learned is that it tries to take you by surprise.  It seems to pop-up when you are not expecting it.  It desires to startle you and put you in a state of shock, so you will live with it in your life.  But we must not be afraid of anything terrible that comes unawares, unthought of, or any reports of danger being near at hand.  We must always think ourselves safe in the arms of Jesus.  The best way to conquer fear is to use wisdom and go into areas you may be afraid to go or do the things that you may be afraid to do.  Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” (Revelation 2:10)  Fear will torment you if you let it.  Yet we have Jesus as a strong and mighty tower that we can run into and be safe.  Isn’t it refreshing to know?

Sing:  I’ve got a God who with His angels watches over me. I've got a God who keeps my enemies beneath His feet.  I've got a God who is with me when I’m sick and when I’m feeling well.  I've got a God, I've got a God, and my God never fails.  I’ve got a God. 

Thought For Today: Ain’t scared!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 August 2019

The First Night in Hell

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” 
(Luke 16:22-24)

Today’s Morsel:  I can remember the first nights when I arrived in the war zones of Vietnam and Saudi Arabia.  Both countries were steaming hot.  I could hear soldiers saying, “This must be what hell is like.”  It wasn’t uncommon to reach a hundred degrees in the shade.   Jesus told the parable of the rich man Lazarus. He said the rich man was in hell and he saw Abraham with Lazarus in his bosom; and he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  John wrote, “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-15)  I just wonder what those mockers and scorners, who make fun at Christianity and Jesus, those that promote an evil agenda, will say when they spend their first night in hell?    

Sing:  I’ve heard of a land that is wondrously fair, they say that’s its splendor is far beyond compare!  In that place that’s called Heaven, my soul longs to be, for where Jesus is it will be Heaven for me.

Chorus: Heaven for me, it will be Heaven for me; Jesus will be what makes it Heaven for me.  All its beauty and wonder I’m longing to see, but Jesus will be what makes it Heaven for me.

Thought For Today: Keep heaven in view. (Parker)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 August 2019

Electric City

“And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)

Today’s Morsel:  Kaukauna, Wisconsin, is known as the Electric City.  Prior to 1880, and shortly afterward, Kaukauna was known as "The Lion on the Fox".  This nickname was changed to "The Electric City" upon the completion of a hydroelectric plant in the city.  John said, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2)And that there will be no need of light there because God will be the light there.  Jesus said, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth” (Matthew 28:18).  He can light up any city with just a spoken word.  He also states, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)  Follow Him now, and the light will lead you to the city that is prepared for you.  Are you looking for that city of lights?

Sing: There’s a country far beyond the starry sky, there’s a city where there never comes a night; if we’re faithful we shall go there by and by; tis the city where the Lamb is the Light.
In the city where the Lamb is the Light.   In the city where there cometh no night; I’ve a mansion over there, and when free from toil and care, I am going where the Lamb is the Light.

Thought For Today: Are you ready for the Electric City?

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 August 2019

Battles Are Won Within

And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines. But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.” (2 Samuel 23:11-12)

Today’s Morsel:  Before we can defeat those evils that come against us without, we must defeat the fear and anxieties within.  If we allow fear to torment us, we can never win.  Saul and his army could not defeat Goliath because they couldn’t conquer the fear of him that was within.  There will always be that inner struggle with fear.  Therefore, we must sing to ourselves psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melodies in our hearts to the Lord.  Paul states, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”(2 Corinthians 10:3-6)  When you have defeated the battle of fear within, you can stand against your enemies without like Shammah.   You become more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.  

Sing: For the Lord is marching on; And His army is ever strong, And His glory shall be seen upon our land. Raise the anthem, sing the victor's song.
Praise the Lord for the battle's won; No weapon formed against us shall stand.
For the Captain of the host is Jesus, we’re following in His footsteps, No foe can stand against us in the fray.
Praise the Lord for the battle's won; No weapon formed against us shall stand.
For the Captain of the host is Jesus, we’re following in His footsteps, No foe can stand against us in the fray.

Thought For Today: What do you do to defeat the fear within?  

Monday, August 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 August 2019

Eat Like You Mean It

“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)

Today’s Morsel: When I was a kid, I never saw a buffet or all you can eat restaurant. Other than maybe once a quarter at church potluck dinners. And you never knew what was in those pots. You just prayed and moved on.  I was in line at a church dinner once, and this guy in front of me, not to small, had on a T-Shirt which stated, “I hope you are in front of me in the food line, because when I’m done there will be nothing left.” He was going to eat like he meant it. The Lord said through the Prophet Isaiah, “Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Jesus said that they that hunger and thirst after righteousness shall be filled. If you really want to know more about Jesus Christ, why don’t you get into the bread of life, the Word, and start eating like you mean it.

Sing: Here’s my cup Lord, I lift it up Lord, come and quench, this thirsting of my soul; bread of heaven, feed me till I want no more, here’s my cup, fill it up, and make me whole.

Thought For Today: Better eat your Wheaties.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 August 2019

The Chair

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”
(Revelation 21:5)

Today’s Morsel:  Forty-One years ago, I married the love of my life.  It all began in a discotheque over a chair.  I asked her if I could have the chair at her table. She told me sure, just bring it back when I was finished with it.  In other words, get lost.  Neither of us knew that God was setting the stage for what would become a life of love, joy, and ministry in His kingdom.  As I look back and see how He has taken us around the world, and now back to the same city that we met in, all glory and honor is given to Him.  John wrote, “And he that sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, write for these words are true and faithful.”  I wonder if Jesus had something to do with that chair being empty.  I believe He did.  

Sing: I love you; I love you; I love you. What more can I say, but than I truly love you.  And I'll try to live my life, so that it says it too.  I love you, I love you, I truly love you.

Thought For Today: Happy Anniversary Darling!