Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 January 2020


Banking Beyond Expectation

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)

Today’s Morsel:  I hear a lot about investing.  The news media pounds the stock market, the economy, and jobs.  I am not saying that these things aren’t important, as I believe that we all should plan for that rainy day.  My pastor taught me, “Live like Jesus is coming at the next moment and plan as though He’s not coming for a hundred years.”  But are you banking beyond your expectations?  Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”  In other words, Jesus is saying, don’t bank for the here and now, bank for the future.   Bank with Jesus, Inc.  No bank on earth can match His dividends and returns.

Sing:  There’s a dream that I dream of my heavenly home.   I know that I’m going there one day, yes I am. Maybe morning, night or noon I don’t know just how soon.  That’s why I’m sending up my timber every day!

Thought For Today:  Bank beyond your expectations.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 January 2020


The Offended Brother

“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.” (Proverbs 18:19)

Today’s Morsel:  The story is told of a man who went to church for the first time and he forgot to turn his cell phone off.  While the pastor was ministering, the phone went off and the pastor scolded the man.   Some of the parishioners shouted at him to turn it off.  On his way out of the church, people were still giving him dirty looks.  His wife nagged him all the way home telling him she was embarrassed by his action.  The man got home and was so upset that he decided to go to the local bar.   He ordered a drink.  He was still nervous and trembling and accidentally knocked it over.  The barmaid immediately cleaned up the spill and told him that we all make mistakes, don’t worry.  The janitor mopped up the floor and told him it was no big deal.  The owner of the bar told him not to worry, she gave him a hug and also assured him that we all make mistakes and she would give him another drink on the house.  The man was too embarrassed to ever return to church, but has never missed a Sunday at the bar.  
The moral of the story:  Sometimes our attitude as believers drives souls to hell.  You can make a difference by how you treat people especially when they make mistakes.   A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle, Solomon said. Never forget where you came from.

Sing: You’re my brother you’re my sister, so take me by the hand together, we will work until he comes. There’s no foe that can defeat us when we are walking side by side, as long as there is love we can stand.

Thought For Today:  Never forget where you came from.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 January 2020


What Did You Find?

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” (Proverbs 18:22)

Today’s Morsel:  A young lad came running into the house shouting, "Mommy, look what I found."  When the mother turned around, to her surprise the lad was carrying a skunk.  Solomon said that whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing and obtain favor of the Lord. As my wife says, notice it doesn’t say she who findeth a husband findeth a good thing!  The man does the finding.  There is a big difference between finding a wife and finding a woman.   A wife looks well to her house. She’s not idle.  She is wise.  She is industrious.  She is faithful.  She is energetic.  She is her husband's helpmeet.  Solomon's mother told him that her price is far above rubies. In other words, a virtuous woman (wife) is few and far between and there is no gem that can compare to her.  She is a crown to her husband; her children rise up and call her blessed and her husband also.

Sing: I found a new way of living, I found a new joy divine, I have the fruit of the Spirit, I am abiding, abiding in the vine.  Abiding in the vine, abiding in the vine, love, joy, health, peace, He had made them mine.  I have prosperity, power and victory abiding, abiding, in the vine.

Thought For Today: “A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.” (Proverbs 12:4)  

Friday, January 17, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 January 2020


The Heart

"A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear… Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.” (Luke 8:5-8;11)

Today’s Morsel:  I have come to realize that what we allow to enter into our hearts can have a major impact on our life.  What we listen to and watch can really be a hindrance to our spiritual growth and maturity.  Jesus lists four types of soil that the seed fell on, and why three did not produce and why only one did.  There was nothing wrong with the seed.  It all was predicated on the soil.  The heart. He that those by the wayside are they that hear; then comes the devil, and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, (in other words there is no commitment) which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away. And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.  (Read Luke 8:12-15)  If we are going to bring forth the fruit that Jesus desires us to bear, then we must have the right heart. “I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

Sing: Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit within me.  Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence O’ Lord.  Take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.  Restore unto me, the joy of Thy salvation, and renew a right spirit with me.

Thought For Today: Keep a watch on your heart. (Parker)

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 January 2020


The Cure

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)

Today’s Morsel:  When is the last time you just stopped, sat and looked at yourself and your situation and just laughed.  Isn’t it amazing how much better you feel when you have been around people and all you did was laugh?  And every time you tried to stop laughing you laughed even more?  Then days after when you thought about what made you laugh so hard, you laughed some more.  I believe that God has given us the answer to our health problems.  Simply laugh more.  Do things that give you a merry heart.  Most people pray and ask God for a job, they get the job, then they are mad that they must go to work.   Or they dislike where they work.  If they would go to work and see it as fun and excitement, they might make a difference in their lives as well as someone else’s.  The devil can’t steal your joy, you must give it to him.  Notice, a merry heart doeth good like a medicine.  Maybe if we could get more people to be happy and excited about life, there would be less sickness and suffering.   Maybe it’s time we start listening to what God says in his word. Care to try?

Sing:  If you’re happy and you know it, say amen, say amen.  If  you’re happy and you know it, say amen, amen; cause when God’s spirit falls on you makes you shout hallelujah, if you’re happy and you know it, say amen.

Thought For Today: The devil can’t steal your joy, you have to give it to him.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 15 January 2020


The Seed

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.(Galatians 5:22-23)

Today’s Morsel:  God created the fruit tree on the third day, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.(Genesis 1:11)  Notice, the seed was in the fruit and the fruit was in the seed.  And it was to yield fruit after his kind.  In the parable of the sower, Jesus said the seed was the word of God.  John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God … And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.(John 1:1,14)”  Notice, the seed is Jesus.  If we are not producing fruit after Him, (His Spirit) then we must ask ourselves what seed is in us, as no tree can produce two kinds of fruit.

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

Thought for today: “No tree can produce two kinds of fruit” (Parker)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 January 2020


Don’t Touch

“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
(Genesis 3:1-5)

Today’s Morsel:  If you have ever been to an art museum or a crystal factor, you may have noticed that there are numerous do not touch signs.  Because of the value of the items, they do not want them to be destroyed accidentally.  The serpent asked Eve if God had said that they should not eat of every tree of the garden.  She said to the serpent, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die."  As far as we know God didn’t tell them that they should not touch it.  God told Adam 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 2:16-17)  But I like what Eve said.  Too bad she didn’t follow her own words.  You can’t eat it unless you touch it.  Even if someone forces it into your mouth you still must touch it.  Why do you think your parents warned you not to touch the hot stove?  You’ll get burned.  You touch sin and you will get burned.  If Eve would have held to her words not to touch the tree, she wouldn’t have gotten them expelled from the garden. Heed the warning, don’t touch the forbidden fruit.

Sing:  Touching Jesus is all that really matters, and your life will never be the same.  There is only one way to touch Him, just believe when you call on His name.

Thought For Today: Don’t touch the forbidden fruit.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 January 2020


Happiness

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold. She is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her. Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is every one that retaineth her. The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens.” (Proverbs 3:13-19)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I find about the apostle Paul after his conversion is he seems to always be upbeat and an encourager to the church.  No matter where he found himself, he says that he had learned how to be content.  Contentment is not predicated on what we have or do not have.  It is based on who we are and how we see ourselves in Christ.  Contentment springs out of a heart of wisdom.  When we know and understand our Savior, we can find happiness.  As Solomon says, "Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding." He says that it is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her.  The tree of life was amid the garden with Adam and Eve the same as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, they chose to eat from the one they were told not to eat from which ruined their happiness.  When you go after the things God tells you to avoid, you will probably forfeit your happiness.

Sing: Life is good all the time!  Life is good all time!  Life is good, life is good, life is good all time.

Thought For Today: Happiness comes from wisdom.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 January 2020


Talebearers

“A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.” (Proverbs 11:13)

Today’s Morsel:  When Jesus took Peter, James, and John with Him on the mount of transfiguration and they saw Moses and Elijah talking with him, there was a cloud that overshadowed them: and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, "This is my beloved Son: hear him".  And as they came down from the mountain, He charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man was risen from the dead.  And they kept that saying with themselves, questioning one with another what the rising from the dead should mean. (See Mark Chapter 9).  They were given a secret and they had to learn how to keep it and not reveal it to others.  What about you?  Are you able to keep the things told to you in secret?  We should not go up and down as a talebearer among people, as the words of a talebearer hurt.

Sing: Jesus never fail, Jesus never fail.  You might as well get thee behind me Satan you shall not prevail, because Jesus never fails.

Thought For Today: There is only one ‘u’ in faithfulness. (Parker)

Friday, January 10, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 January 2020


Soup Coolers

Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.(Psalms 34:11-13)

Today’s Morsel:  The purpose of bits and bridles placed on a mule or horse is to control them.  As King David admonishes, “Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.” (Psalms 32:9)  These bits and bridles are used so the animal may be brought into subjection and become obedient.  James tells us that our tongues are little members, but they set on fire the courses of hell. God didn’t design that we, as humans, should be controlled with bits and bridles to control our speech and tongue.  He gave us a set of lips.  If we learn to control our lips, we can control our words.  When Isaiah saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and lifted up and his train filled the temple, he said, “Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.” (Isaiah 6:5-7)  His unclean lips needed to be cleansed.  If we learn to keep our tongue from evil, and our lips from speaking guile, we can see many days, see good, and have a good and productive life.  But if we do not bridle our tongue but deceive his own heart, our religion is vain, James said (James 1:26). When you start to feel those evil words of the heart start to rise up in you, you might want to breathe through your lips before you utter those words.  Your lips aren’t call soup coolers for nothing.

Sing: Whisper a prayer in the morning, whisper a prayer at noon, whisper a prayer in the evening, so keep your heart in tone.

Thought For Today:A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.(Proverbs 25:11)

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 January 2020


The Purpose for Instructions

“Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the LORD.” (Jeremiah 35:12-13)

Today’s Morsel:  With most of the things that we purchase, such as appliances or things that require us to assemble them, there is usually a set of instructions inside the box.  The company wants us to know how the appliance works and how to use them.  And often we find in those instructions a section called safety or warnings.  If we fail to obey or heed them, we could cause harm to ourselves as well as to others.  Solomon states, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.” (Proverbs 9:9) and Paul admonishes us, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.(2 Timothy 3:16-17)  The Lord told the Prophet Jeremiah to go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, "Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words?"  God wanted them to know that they were not obeying His word and that there would be consequences.  Man can’t save us, nor deliver us, nor heal us, nor pull us out of sin.  Only God can do these things.  But it requires obedience to His instructions for us.  The table or chair put together without following the instructions in the box, 99% of the time does not look like the picture on the box.  The same holds true for the person who says that they are born-again who does not obey the Bible.  Their actions and conduct will not look like what a true Christian is supposed to look like and be.  The purpose of instructions is to ensure things turn out correct.  Are you following the Instructions?  The Bible.  Bible means Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth.  And a person's life will never turn out right if it is not followed.

Sing: Aren’t you getting just a bit tired of fooling around?  You try to laugh your way through life, but you are not gaining ground.  Why not try the Lord today, just ask Him in your heart to stay; and you’ll find Jesus love to be the greatest gift that you've ever found.  
Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go.  Jesus got into my heart, He got into my soul.  I use to be oh so sad, but now I’m happy, free, and glad, because Jesus got ahold of my life and He won’t let me go.  

Thought For Today:  You can learn a lot from a dummy.  So, buckle up!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 8 January 2020


The Fruit of Wisdom

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (Galatians 5:19-23)

Today’s Morsel:  I can truly say that I don’t think that there is a fruit that I do not like.  Now, I have seen ads here lately trying to discourage people from eating certain fruits, but I lump those who say such things in the same bag with those who tell me that salt isn’t good for me.   Either Jesus is a liar or they are.  Because Jesus said, “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace one with another.” (Mark 9:50)  In writing to the church at Corinth Paul states, “But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24)  He says that Jesus Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God, and if any have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His (Romans 8:9). So with that knowledge, we can understand why it is called the Fruit of the Spirit.  Or should we say the Fruit of Wisdom?  Solomon says about Wisdom's Fruit, “My fruit is better than gold, yea, than fine gold…” (Proverbs 8:19)  Nothing can compare to Wisdom's Fruit, as nothing can be compared to God.  If we desire to possess God’s Wisdom, then we must eat of His fruit. And the good thing about it is there is no law stating how much of it we can eat or have.

Sing:  Deeper, deeper, in the love of Jesus daily let me go; Higher, higher in the school of wisdom, more of grace to know.
O deeper yet, I pray, and higher every day; and wiser blessed Lord, in Thy precious holy word.

Thought For Today:  The Fruit of Wisdom comes only from Jesus (Parker)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 January 2020


Self-Control

“The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” (Proverbs 19:11)

Today’s Morsel:  The thing about self-control is you have the power to avoid doing wrong.  You possess the ability to walk away from evil and those things that will not reward you good.  But if we are lacking in this area, we are sure to wind up with heartaches and hardships. You see, self-control came with the Holy Spirit.  So, if we say that His Spirit dwells in us and that we are born-again, then we should have self-control.  It is called temperance.  Temperance is defined as moderation or voluntary self-restraint.  It is typically described in terms of what an individual voluntarily refrains from doing.  This includes restraint from retaliation in the form of non-violence and forgiveness, restraint from arrogance in the form of humility and modesty, restraint from excesses such as extravagant luxury or splurging now in the form of prudence, and restraint from excessive anger or craving for something in the form of calmness and self-control.  You cannot say that you are a Christian and not possess self-control.  As Peter said of Jesus, “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:21-23).  That is what self-control looks like.  I conclude that if we do not control ourselves someone else will.

Sing:  I’m learning how to lean and depend on Jesus. He’s my Friend and He’s my Guide.  I’m learning how to lean and to depend on Jesus; I found out if I trust Him, He will provide.

Thought For Today:  Self-control means that you are in charge of you. (Parker)

Monday, January 6, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 January 2020


The Six Things The Lord Hates

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.(Proverbs 6:16-19)

Today’s Morsel: These Six - Doth The Lord Hate:
1. A proud look - exalted eyes; those who will not condescend to look on the rest of mankind.
2. A lying tongue - he who neither loves nor tells truth.
3. Hands that shed innocent blood- whether by murder or by battery.
4. A heart that deviseth wicked imaginations - the heart that fabricates such, lays the foundation, builds upon it, and completes the superstructure of iniquity.
5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief - he who works iniquity with greediness.
6. A false witness that speaketh lies - one who, even on his oath before a court of justice, tells anything but the truth.
And seven are an abomination unto him.  The seventh is he that soweth discord among brethren.  The one who troubles the peace of others, by lies and misrepresentations, and evil-affected towards their brethren.  The teacher here enumerates six qualities as detestable, and the seventh as being worse than all the others.  And all seven belong to one man, the man whom he says is, “A naughty person, a wicked man, who walketh with a froward mouth.” (Proverbs 6:12) The sons of Belial.  We want to be cleansed and washed from the things that God hates.

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

Thought For Today: The Blood still works.

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 4 January 2020


The Principle Thing

Hear, ye children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding. For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law. For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother. He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live. Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.
(Proverbs 4:1-9)

Today’s Morsel:  I think that the most important lesson that a parent can teach themselves and their children is the value of obtaining wisdom.  As I sit, watch, listen, and observe folks, I can see just how many lives that it is missing from.  Peoples' lives are being turned upside down because they are missing the main ingredient of life.  And that is wisdom.   Solomon states, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore, get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her. She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: a crown of glory shall she deliver to thee.”  Believe me, you can’t fix stupid, but wisdom can.

Sing:  Deeper, deeper, in the love of Jesus, daily let me go. Higher, Higher, in the school of wisdom more of grace to know.  O’ deeper, yet I pray, and higher every day, and wiser blessed Lord, in Thy  precious holy word.

Thought For Today:  “Wisdom is more than education … it’s life” (Parker)

Friday, January 3, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 3 January 2020


How to Keep God Close

“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” (Psalms 145:18)

Today’s Morsel:  I had a person say to me once, "I can’t ever feel God anymore."  I said to him, "Then guess who moved."  God is always as close as the mention of His name.  But if we get too far from Him, and our actions and conduct aren’t well-pleasing to Him, then we won’t feel Him.  The Lord is close to everyone that calls on Him in truth.  As David wrote, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” (Psalms 51:17)  In other words, God will look on us with favor, and He will grant us His blessing.  Do you know how to keep God close?  Obey His word, live and tell the truth, and He will be there every time.

Sing:  Just to be close to You, just to be close to You is my desire.  Just to close to You, just to be close to You, is my desire.

Thought For Today:  “Watch those little white lies.” 

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2 January 2020


Daily Blessings and Praise

David's Psalm of praise. I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. (Psalms 145:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  The Bible tells us that the things which were written afore were written for our learning (Romans 15:4), and they are an example for us (1 Corinthians 10:6).  That being the case, in today’s passage, David said, “Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.”  So my question to you is this, are you following the example and the things written here for your learning?  You see, if we don’t get into the habit of doing what God’s word tells us to do, we will allow other things to steal our praise that is due Him.  I believe that if we would get into the habit of every day blessing and praising God, we wouldn’t find ourselves overwhelmed by the foolishness and evil of this world.  Remember, thought produces actions and actions produce habits.  Let us start this new year off with the habit of praising Jesus.  

Sing: Praise Him!  Praise Him!  Praise Him in the morning, praise Him in the noontime.  Praise Him, Praise Him, praise Him when the sun goes down.

Thought For Today:  Thought produces actions and actions produce habits.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 1 January 2020


A Fresh Start

“The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.” (John 5:10-14)

Today’s Morsel: How would you have like to been Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after they sinned and clothed themselves with fig leaves?  I wonder how often they had to change them.  Maybe this is where the idea for first hula skirts came from.  Or the man mentioned here that was at the pool for 38 years and could never go swimming?   The only reason here there seems to be for getting into the pool was for healing once the angel troubled the water.  Don’t ever let the swimming pool trump the church.  One of the things I find about Jesus, as He’s God in flesh, is that He’s willing to give everyone a fresh start.  He even made coats of skins for Adam and Eve, and I believe it was so they would not have to keep sewing figs leaves together.  And He told the man at the pool to take up his bed and walk.  The Bible says that He makes all things new.  When we are born again, God is giving us a fresh start, He doesn’t want us to continue down the same old path that caused us hardships and troubles in the first place.  Just as He told the man whom He healed at the pool, go and sin no more.

Sing: He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and He keeps me singing every day.  I’m so glad He took my sins away; He took my sins away.


Thought For Today:  “Don’t ever let the swimming pool trump the church.”