Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 October 2019


Extended Goodness

Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto the LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.(Psalms 16:1-3)

Today’s Morsel:  How far does your goodness extend to others?  When you give in to the mission’s coffer, how far does it reach?  When you encourage someone, how much are they affected?  When you help someone in need, what impact does it have on their life?  David said that the Lord was his Master and every good thing he had came from Him.  And because of that goodness, he would extend it to the saints in the earth. “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith” Paul said, (Galatians 6:10).  Extend a hand of goodness to others. You might need one someday.

Sing:  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days, all the days of my life.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days, all the days of my life.  And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever, and I will feast at the table spread for me.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me, all the days, all the days of my life.

Thought For Today:  Extend a hand to others. You might need one someday (Parker).

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 October 2019


What’s the Conclusion?

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.(2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

Today’s Morsel:  I often find that most people make decisions without considering the end-state or conclusion.  Every decision that we make has a consequence or conclusion.  Some will be good and some will be evil.  But if we consider and seek God for His wisdom and knowledge before we decide, it will probably reward us with good.  If not, it could reward us with evil.  Paul asked the question, "What will be the end to those who do not obey the gospel?"  And he gives the answer. He said, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints. Failure to obey the gospel can be painful. Solomon states, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.(Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)  If Jesus came right now, what would be the conclusion to your life?  

Sing:  For me! For me! For me! There’s a mansion there for me, in glory land so bright and fair where the victor's crown, I soon shall wear.  Come and go with me, for I want to be back you see.  If anybody’s going to be happy over there it’s me, me, me, me.

Thought For Today: Know that there is a conclusion.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 October 2019


Columbus Day
Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell inIsaiah 40:21-22)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the fears of early explorers was that the earth was flat and that they would fall off. However, if they had read the word of God, they would have known that the earth was round.  Isaiah said, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth.”  Columbus is credited with the discovery of the Americas.  I’m sure they had much fear.  As a matter of fact, reading through his log, there was much fear among them.  But what I liked about reading Columbus' log was that even though they had many issues, they still sailed on.  Even when there were quarrels and arguing among the crew, they still sailed on. Even when one of the ships had trouble, they still sailed on. Even when they thought they had discovered land, only to realize it was just the mirage of the sea, they still sailed on.  I often wonder what we would discover if we didn’t lose hope, but kept sailing on?  Paul said, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.(2 Timothy 4:8)  So, keep sailing on.

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

Thought For Today: Keep on sailing.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 October 2019


Cast your Bread Upon the Water

Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.(Ecclesiastes 11:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  When I first became born-again, my assistant pastor and I became very good friends.  We had this thing where when we were together, if we wanted something to eat or drink, we would see who could be the first to pay for it.  It became a joke between us, and we would sing, "Keep on casting your bread upon the water, for soon it’s going to come back home where it belongs."   When I first went to Vietnam in 1970, one of the first things I noticed was seeing some of the Vietnamese farmers slushing through these water fields sowing seed.  When I enquired as to what they were doing, I was told that these were rice patties, and they were planting rice.  I was told that rice patties needed lots of water to grow.  Jesus said that a sower went forth to sow seed (Luke 8), and that the seed was the word of God and the bread of life (Luke 8:11; John 6:35).  He, The Lord, said through the prophet Isaiah, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)  When we understand that the word of God is the bread of life, we must keep casting it forth.  As the psalmist said, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.(Psalms 126:5-6)  Don't stop casting the bread upon the waters.  

Sing:  Keep on casting your bread upon the water, soon it's going to come back home on every wave.  Keep on casting your bread upon the water soon it's going to come back home on every wave.  Good measure pressed down, shaking together, running over, soon it's going to come back home on every wave.

Thought For Today: The more you cast, the more you receive.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 October 2019


Don’t Forget God

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. And it shall be, when the LORD thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
(Deuteronomy 6:4-12)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about God’s grace is that it should never be forgotten by those whom He has given it to.  If you say that you are born-again, then you have received His unmerited love and you should be thankful.  Solomon admonishes us to remember our Creator (Ecclesiastes 12:1).  We should never forget God.  God is good and faithful all the time.  Even when we cannot see Him or feel Him, He’s working all things for our good.  I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee, saith the Lord.  A little thanks to Him goes a long way. “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)  Always remember your God.  

Sing: Jesus, I’ll never forget what You’ve done for me. Jesus, I’ll never forget how You set me free.  Jesus, I’ll never forget how You brought me out.  Jesus, I’ll never forget, no never.

Thought For Today: Don’t forget God.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 October 2019


Where Did They Go?

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)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the reasons I believe that there is so much evil in the world today is due to a lack of deterrence.  When I was a kid, teachers could spank you for misbehavior or wrongdoing in school.  Those who were incarcerated were made to dig ditches, pick-up trash, and keep the roadways clean.  Those in authority were respected because of their positions of leadership.  People went to church where they learned to reverence God.  And because there seems to be no consequence to wrongdoing today, Solomon states, “The heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.”  But then he informs us, Though a sinner does evil a hundred times, and his days be prolonged, it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days. “For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden underfoot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Paul said (Hebrews 10:26-31)  There are going to be consequences to evil and wrong, and the quicker we figure that out the better we will be.

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

Thought For Today: It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 October 2019


Getting to the Point of Nevertheless

Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.(Matthew 26:38-39)

Today’s Morsel:  The longer we delay in our obedience to the word of God, the longer it will take for us to become more like Him.  His word is designed to perfect us and make us like Him.  We must get to the point of nevertheless when it comes to the things of God.  No matter if anyone else is obeying it or not, we must obey.  No matter if anyone else is tithing or not; we must obey.  No matter if anyone else is living holy or not, we must obey.  Our eternal salvation is not predicated on what others do.  It is predicated on what we do.  If we want to hear Jesus say, ‘Well done’, then we must get to the point of nevertheless and let His will be done in our lives.  We must be obedient to His word.  

Sing: He leadeth me, He leadeth me, by His great power He leadeth me.  His faithful follower I will be,  for by His power He leadeth me.

Thought For Today:  Obedience is better than sacrifice   

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 October 2019


A Lack of Satisfaction

The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.(Proverbs 30:15-16)

Today’s Morsel:  I think Satan has many people right where he wants them.  In a state of dissatisfaction.  I have never seen so many people who are so displeased, discontent, disappointed, unhappy, and always frustrated about something.  Why can’t they find satisfaction?  Well, I believe one of the reasons is what Lord said, “For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.(Jeremiah 2:13)  They are trying to find satisfaction in things that cannot satisfy.  He says through the prophet Ezekiel, “They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.(Ezekiel 7:19) Money won’t satisfy your soul.  But if we put our trust in the Lord and set our hearts upon Him, He said, “I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.(Psalms 91:14-16)  The only one that will bring you satisfaction is Jesus.  

Sing: If the ship of your life, is tossing on the sea of strife; You need someone. If you feel so all alone, and your house is not a home, you need someone. If it seems life isn't fair, and there's no one left to share, all those lonely days and nights, And things just won't turn out right, and you need someone to care, someone to just be there; You need someone.

I give you Jesus, He's the peace that passes all understanding; I give you Jesus, He's the perfect love that casteth out all fear.  I give you Jesus, He's the water that you drink and never thirst again.  I give you Jesus, my friend, I give you Jesus,

Thought For Today: Know Jesus, know satisfaction. No Jesus, no satisfaction.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 October 2019


Is This Your Time?

Then Mordecai commanded to answer Esther, Think not with thyself that thou shalt escape in the king's house, more than all the Jews. For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?(Esther 4:13-14)

Today’s Morsel:  Do you ever ask yourself why out of all the people in the world, God chose you?  Do you wonder why your employer chose you over someone else for the job?  What would you do if you knew that your selection for the job had nothing to do with your qualifications, but it was God behind the process to place you there to be a witness for Him at this time?  Have others started to open up to you about their situation and life and ask for your opinion? Do you find others gathering around your more?  As Mordecai told Esther, “Who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Sing:   Lord prepare me, to be a sanctuary, pure and holy, tried and true; and with thanksgiving, I’ll be a living sanctuary for You.

Thought For Today:  Shine where you are planted.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 5 October 2019


Good-Bye

Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.(Proverbs 14:7)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the hardest things for some folks is to cut loose their old so-called friends.  Once we are born-again, we have to decide if we are going to keep hanging with those same old people that we hung with before we were saved.  Solomon said, “Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.”  Paul told the church, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.(2 Corinthians 6:14-18)  If we continue to hang with people without knowledge, they can draw us back to our old way of life.  It is time to make some decisions in our new life and possibly cut some ties.    

Sing: Just a little while to stay here, just a little while to wait.  Just a little while to labor, in the path that’s always straight.  Just a little more of trouble in this low and sinful state; then we’ll enter heavens portals, sweeping through the pearly gates.
Goodbye! Goodbye! Goodbye world, goodbye!

Thought For Today: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 October 2019


How Deep is Your Well?

He left Judaea, and departed again into Galilee. And he must needs go through Samaria. Then cometh he to a city of Samaria, which is called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 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?(John 4:3-11)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about Jesus was He was not afraid to go places that the other Jews would not go.  Jesus doesn’t seem to care what others think nor what others might say.  He went where the needs were.  Scripture says that He had needs to go through Samaria.  Samaria was the second capital city of Israel, built by King Omri.  Even though the tribes were divided, they were still God’s people.  As we see when the woman asks Jesus, “Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?”(John 4:12) But when Jesus asked her for water to drink, she told him that they had no dealings because the Jews hated them.  Jesus told her that if she had asked Him, He would have given to her living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.  Some say that this well was approximately 100 feet deep.  So you can see why she made this statement?  Let me ask you today, how deep is your understanding of Jesus? How deep is your theology 'well' of Jesus?  Are you able to help those who hunger and thirst after righteousness?  

Sing: Deeper! Deeper! Blessed Holy Spirit, take me deeper still.  Till my life is wholly lost in Jesus, and His perfect will.
O deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day; and wiser, blessed Lord, in Thy precious word.

Thought For Today:  Still waters run deep.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 October 2019


Time Check
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.(Ephesians 5:15-16)

Today’s Morsel:  They say that the older we get, the faster time seems to go.  As I look back, fifty years ago seems like yesterday.  When is the last time you have checked the time?  Jesus said, “And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:20-28)  Are you monitoring the times?  Are you ready to see King Jesus?  Keep your eyes on the time, Jesus is coming soon.

Sing: Oh, my brother are you ready for the call, to crown your Savior King and Lord of all.  The kingdom of this world shall soon before Him fall.  We shall see the King when He comes.  We shall see the King, We shall see the King, we shall see the King when He comes.  He’s coming in power, we’ll hail the blessed hour.  We shall see the King when He comes.

Thought For Today:To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven(Ecclesiastes 3:1)


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2 October 2019


 All Is Vanity
I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity. I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life. I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees: I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done. Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.(Ecclesiastes 2:1-13)

Today’s Morsel:  Cardinal Jules Mazarin was an Italian cardinal, diplomat, and politician who served as the Chief Minister to the King of France from 1642 until his death in 1661.  He was heard a few days before his death by a friend to utter a sad refrain.  “I was walking,” says this friend, “in one of the apartments of the palace, when I recognized the approach of the Cardinal by the sound of his slippered feet, which he dragged one after the other as a man suffering from a mortal malady.  I concealed myself behind the tapestry and heard him say, as he looked at one picture and rare treasure after another, “I must leave all these.”  At the beginning of his search for happiness, King Solomon erected a splendid home and planned all kinds of delights of an artistic and luxurious nature.  There were gardens, pools of crystal water, fruit trees, meadows filled with cattle, regal splendor, musicians who poured into the palace their sweet melodies.  He went further, adding to architecture and art his intellectual pursuits.  But when he had gone to the furthest limit, he turned from it all, with gnawing at his heart said vanity of vanities, all is but vanity.  In other words, in the end you must leave all.  Paul admonishes us, “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4)  Keeping Jesus first will always keep our priorities in place.  

Sing: You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus. You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus. You can take this whole world, but give me Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

Thought For Today: Set your affections on heaven.