Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 25 November 2020

Given to Hospitality

 

For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
(Titus 1:5-9)

 

Today’s Morsel:  One of the distinguishing marks of a true Christian is hospitality. You cannot be a true ‘Cross Bearer’ without giving to hospitality.  Paul told the church at Rome, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.(Romans 12:9-13)  He cautions them not only to help the saints but to also give hospitality.  Invite others in.  They must be ready to offer and cheerfully entertain even strangers.  This is a duty that we see frequently in the scriptures.  In Hebrews 13:2, we are told “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby many have entertained angels unawares;”  Peter tells us in 1 Peter 4:9, “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.”  And Paul again makes it the duty of a Christian bishop, “A bishop then must ...be given to hospitality;” “and a lover of hospitality” 1 Timothy 3:2  and Titus 1:8. That stranger just might be the person that changes your life forever.  Do you love hospitality?  It is a requirement that Jesus give us.  

Sing:  You are welcome in the place mighty God, You are welcome in the place Abba Father,  You alone deserve our praise, to You our voice we raise, You are welcome in this place mighty God.

Thought For Today:  Does your welcome mat means what it says.


Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 24 November 2020

 

The Man that Hath No Strength

“ O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee: Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry; For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave. I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength” (Psalms 88:1-4)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever found yourself feeling as though you have no strength to keep going.  Or maybe you have found yourself not even having enough strength to cry.  When I was a missionary living in Japan, myself  and now Missionary Fonzell Marsh decided to climb Mount Fuji.  From the look of that mountain, which the Japanese call Mr. Mountain, it looks as though it can be easily conquered.  But we came to realize that that mountain will consume every ounce of strength you have if you have not prepared to climb it.  There were times during that climb that I wanted to go down as quickly as I could.  But what I found was that as I kept singing and praising the Lord, I found the strength to carry on to completion.  The psalmist said that he was a man that had no strength.  In other words, he was weak.  He had no power to resist anything.  If he were to get sick, he had no strength to resist.  If someone were to beat him up, he had no strength to resist.  When a man has no strength, he has no means to defend himself.  But Jesus said, "Behold I give you power."  And His power never fails.  Paul said that Jesus’ strength is made perfect in our weakness.  If we have His strength, we can endure unto the end.

Sing: He gives strength to me, as I worship him, as my heart is filled with praise.  Jesus breaks the band, as I raise my hands, He gives glorious victory.

Thought For Today:  His strength is made perfect in our weakness!

 

Monday, November 23, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 23 November 2020

 

The Message

“That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”
(1 John 1:1-5)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember playing the game in school where someone told you something, you told someone else, and by the time it got back around to the front of the class it was changed? The same is true in the church.  For some reason, many have changed the message of the gospel.  The Apostle John wanted to recall our attention to not forget the message.  He said, “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.”  We cannot say that we have received and understand the message if we are still walking and living in darkness.  Jesus is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  And if we say that we have fellowship with Him and walk in darkness, we lie and do not the truth.  The message of the gospel of Jesus Christ is the only message that will get you out of darkness.  It is the only saving message.  It is the only message whereby we must be saved.  The Gospel is the only message that has hope in it for the world.   We cannot change and we must not forget the message.  

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 forevermore.

Thought For Today: The Gospel is the only message that has hope in it for the world.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 November 2020

 

Sounds Good to Me

 

“For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things; That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.” (Acts 15:28-29)

 

Today’s Morsel:  When the Gentiles were being added to the church, the council needed to discuss what the requirements would be for them to be added since they were not Jews.  After much discussion by the council, it was determined that they should abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well.  Are you following suit?  Scripture says for this seemed good to the Holy Ghost and unto the council.  In other words, since it was good to God, it sounded good to the apostles.  We should all agree when it pleases the Holy Ghost.  Jesus said, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John 16:13)  I do not know about you, but anytime it is good to the Holy Ghost, whatsoever He desires, it sounds good to me too. 

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:  Are you in agreement with Jesus?

Friday, November 20, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 November 2020

 

Established in Righteousness

In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
(Isaiah 54:14)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Why do people think that they can do wrong and expect good to come from it?  Don't they realize that God is a God of righteousness and that He desires His people to also be established in such?   Solomon informs us, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34); He further states,  “Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.(Proverbs 25:5)  When we put on the breastplate of righteousness, it will protect us from making evil and wrong choices.  When the church is established in righteousness, she becomes rooted and grounded in love, joy, and peace, and her children become rooted and grounded the same.

 

Sing: When you see me singing, I just want to be right.  When you see me walking along, I just want to be right.  When you see me testify, Lord, I just want to be right.  When you see me giving God praise, I just want to be right.  Help stay right, I just want to be right.

 

Thought For Today:  “A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved.” (Proverbs 12:3)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 19 November 2020

 

Heading The Wrong Way

“And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do. And Balaam rose up in the morning, and saddled his ass, and went with the princes of Moab. And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me: And the ass saw me, and turned from me these three times: unless she had turned from me, surely now also I had slain thee, and saved her alive.” (Numbers 22:20-33)

 

Today’s Morsel:  Sometimes we may be heading in the wrong direction, in the direction that could cause us harm and much loss. But suddenly, we have a flat tire.  Or our car may not start.  Or the person that was supposed to pick us up calls and cannot come.  Or our dog or cat gets off the leash and runs a different way.  We never know why these things happen.  But God does.  When Balaam was sent to come to curse the children of Israel, the angel of the Lord got in the pathway.  The donkey saw him with his sword drawn and tried to protect his master.  When Balaam kept persisting, the donkey laid down to prevent him from being killed. When God opened Balaam's eyes and he saw the angel, he was amazed that the donkey had saved his life.  So, the next time your car gets a flat, the person cannot come to pick you up, your pet gets loose, do not become angry rather give God praise.  He may be sparing your life.

 

Thought For Today:  Remember, God’s ways are not ours.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 November 2020

 

Praying Amiss

From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” (James 4:1-3)


Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I have learned about prayer is that it is so important to the Christian life.  And I have also learned the importance of knowing how to do it.  If we do not pray, we will not stay.  As the adage goes, “Seven days without prayer makes one weak.”  James said that we pray and do not receive because we are praying amiss.  In other words, we are not praying right.  We are praying for the wrong reason or for the wrong purpose.  John Gill commentary states: “We are praying not in the faith of a divine promise; nor with thankfulness for past mercies; nor with submission to the will of God; nor with a right end, to do good to others, and to make use of what might be bestowed, for the honor of God, and the interest of Christ: but that we may consume it upon your lusts.”  Do you know how to pray?  If you start your prayer by giving God praise and thanks for who He is and what He has already done for you, you probably will not pray amiss.  Give it a try.  


Sing:  Thanks, Thanks, I give you thanks, for all You have done.  I am so blessed, my soul has found rest; O’ Lord, I give you thanks.


Thought For Today:  “Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 November 2020

 

The Missing Ingredient

 

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:  Have you ever cooked something and when you began to eat it you realized that something was missing?  Maybe you did not put a certain seasoning or spice in.  Maybe you forgot to add milk or sugar.  Or may you forgot the chicken in the chicken salad which is the main ingredient (humor).  But you realize that something was missing.  The writer of Hebrews informs us that the word preached to the children of Israel did not profit them because they did not mix it with their faith when they heard it.  They could not believe what was being told them because they did not add faith to it.  They kept leaving faith out.  Like so many today, they are struggling in their walk with God because they are not adding faith with the word of God that they hear.  James said that without faith works is dead (James 2:16).  And without faith, you cannot please God (Hebrews 11:6).  If you want to be the Christian that God’s desires and the word says that you can be, start adding faith to what you hear from God’s word.  Too often that is the missing ingredient.

Sing:  Faith, faith, faith, just a little bit of faith.  Faith, faith, faith, just a little bit of faith. You don’t need a lot, just use what you've got.  Faith, faith, faith, just a little bit of faith.

Thought For Today:  “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

Monday, November 16, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 16 November 2020

 

The Message That Will Change Your Life

“For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ. Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common; And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.” (Acts 2:34-47)

Today’s Morsel:  Not until I first became aware of the Apostolic faith in 1984, nothing prior could change me and my lifestyle.  I tried to stop doing many things that I knew were wrong, but I found myself repeatedly returning to them. Drinking, smoking, partying, lying, cheating, breaking promises, and the list could go on and on.  But once I encountered the Apostolic faith in a little green church in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, things have never been the same.  From that little church to one of Adolf Hitler's Officers Clubs in Germany that had been converted into an Apostolic Church and Bible School where I was baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of my sins and I received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gave the utterance, my life was changed.  I was washed, I was made clean, I was changed.  While nothing else worked to change me, Truth made me free.  The Gospel still works.  I am living proof of that.  

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: The Gospel still works.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 14 November 2020

 

Faith in the Storm

“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about life is we will sometimes have to go through a storm.  When I lived in Okinawa, Japan, from 1 June - 30 November, we lived in what was known as Typhoon Season.  A typhoon could appear at any time and so we always had to be ready.  It is much like Hurricane Season in America.  These storms will test your faith, especially when you see the devastation that they can cause.  You want to always have your relationship with Jesus intact.  When Jesus put His disciples in the boat and they were heading to the other side, they too encountered a storm.  They thought they were going to drown.  After Jesus rebuked the wind and calmed the seas, He asked His disciples where their faith was?  Didn't they bring it with them?  What happened to it?  Shouldn't the men who had seen all the miracles that Jesus had done not have faith?  Do you carry your faith with you everywhere you go?  If not, what did you do with it ? Jesus is your faith you know.

Sing: Faith can move mountains, mountains of fear and of doubt.  Faith can move mountains, so why don’t you try your faith out.

Thought For Today:  Let faith arise and the storm will cease (Parker)

Friday, November 13, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 13 November 2020

 

The Radiant Life

 

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

Today’s Morsel:  After trying over 10,00o time to get the light bulb to work, people asked Thomas Edison if he was a failure.  He told them no.  He said, "I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways it will not work."  Edison was famous for never giving up in his search for the construction of the electric light bulb.  Without his tenacity and almost hard-headed way of never giving up, his idea may not have ever come to fruition.  What if we didn’t have the light bulb?  My life at this very moment would be vastly different.  How about yours?  Jesus said that you are a city set upon a hill that cannot be hid, so let your light shine.  Right now, it may seem as though it is not working.  But to be a radiant life, you must keep adding the things of God to your life.  The more of God’s word you keep placing in you, the brighter you will shine.  Keep shining.  Even a blind dog finds a bone every now and then.

Sing:  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.  This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.  This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

Thought For Today: Be the light that gets people out of darkness!

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 12 November 2020

 

The Toughest Battle

 “The backslider in heart shall be filled with his own ways: and a good man shall be satisfied from himself.” (Proverbs 14:14)

 Today’s Morsel:  The toughest battle you will ever fight in life is the battle of self.  If people could just overcome self, they could see how easy life can be.  Solomon states, “He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.”(Proverbs 25:28)  One of the reasons that people do not have peace and contentment in their lives is because they cannot win the battle of self.  To control yourself requires you to be satisfied with yourself.  The next time you are fighting the battles of stress, anxiety, fear, despair, loneliness, or despondency, stop and see if you are doing it to yourself.  You have control over how things affect you.   These types of battles will continue to defeat you and they will win if you do not overcome self.

 Sing:  He gives strength to me, as I worship him, as my heart is filled with praise.  Jesus breaks the bands, as I raise my hands, He gives glorious victory.

Thought For Today:  Defeat self and you win. (Parker)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 11 November 2020

 

Veterans Day

 “These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time. And after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David, when they defied the Philistines that were there gathered together to battle, and the men of Israel were gone away: He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil. 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. And three of the thirty chief went down, and came to David in the harvest time unto the cave of Adullam: and the troop of the Philistines pitched in the valley of Rephaim. And David was then in an hold, and the garrison of the Philistines was then in Bethlehem. And David longed, and said, Oh that one would give me drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethlehem, that was by the gate, and took it, and brought it to David: nevertheless he would not drink thereof, but poured it out unto the LORD.” (2 Samuel 23:8-16)

Today’s Morsel:  In American today it is Veterans Day.  This is the day that has been set aside to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces for their country.  It is not for those who are still serving, nor those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Those men and women are honored with another day.   Memorial Day is for those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, and Armed Forces Day is dedicated to paying tribute to the men and women currently serving in the U. S. Armed Forces.  You may know many veterans who served in the American military.   Maybe your loved ones, father, mother, sister, brother, uncle, or aunt.  Don’t let the day pass without telling them thanks for their service to our great nation.  As President Calvin Coolidge stated, “The nation that forgets its defenders will itself soon be forgotten.”  Today let us give honor to whom honor is due.  

Sing:  Got a letter in the mail, join the army, or go to jail.  Got a letter in the mail, join the army, or go to jail; and it won’t be long, till I get back home.

Uncle Sam can’t you see what the army is doing to me?  Uncle Sam can’t you see what the army is doing to me?  They took away my faded jeans, now I’m wearing army green; They took away my faded jeans, now I’m wearing army green; And it won’t be long, till I get back home.

Thought For Today:  Thank a Veteran! 

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 10 November 2020

 

Do You Know Him

 “Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee. But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest. And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth. And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out and wept bitterly.”(Matthew 26:69-75)

 Today’s Morsel:  I am often asked by folks if I know certain people.  And many times I tell them that I am acquainted with them, but I really do not know them personally.  When Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him three times before the cock crowed twice, Peter told Jesus that it would not happen.  But when Peter was put to the test, he said that “I know not the man.”  If anyone should have known who Jesus was, it should have been Peter.  But Peter denied him because of fear.  Yet after his conversion, there was no more denying by Peter that he did not know Jesus.  He (Peter) became the spokesperson to the opening of the door to the New Testament Church.  He was the spearhead for delivering the gospel to the Gentiles.  Do you know Him?  We should know Him as our Savior first of all, and then make Him known to others.

 Sing: I shall know Him, I shall know Him, as redeemed by His side I shall stand; I shall know Him, I shall know Him, by the print of the nails in His hand.

Thought For Today:  We should know Him as our Savior first of all

Monday, November 9, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 9 November 2020

 

Mansion

 

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

 

Today’s Morsel: How often do you think about your mansion that Jesus has gone to prepare for you?  If Jesus were to allow you to see into the heavenly realm, what do you think it would look like?  When we think of mansions here on earth, we think of huge structures that rich and wealthy folks live in.  How big do you think yours will be?  The Greek word for mansion here is the word, monē mon-ay’, is a residence.  I am not too worried about the size, I just want to be there.  That is why each day I am doing everything I can to ensure that nothing stops me from being ready when Jesus comes back to carry me home.  Are you ready to go see your mansion?

Sing:  I’ve a home prepared where the saints abide; Just over in the glory land.  And I long to be by my Saviors’ side; Just over in the glory land.

 Just over in the glory land, I'll join the happy angel band, Just over in the glory land.  Just over in the glory land, there with the mighty host I’ll stand, Just over in the glory land.

Thought For Today: See that no man robs you of your mansion!

Saturday, November 7, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 7 November 2020

 Prayer

 

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus(1 Timothy 2:1-5)

 

Today’s Morsel:  The story is told of a gentleman who had to be at work incredibly early in the morning and he loved to pray. The church was located on the route heading to his job, so he always made time to stop, run in, and say, “Lord this is Jim. I'm stopping in to say I love you.  I want to thank you for this day, for giving me health and strength, for my family, and for my church family and coworkers.”  And off he would go to work.  Well, as the story would have it, Jim took sick. And while he was lying on his sickbed in a coma, a presence came into the room early every morning, and a still small voice said to him, "Jim, this is Jesus.  I'm stopping in to say I love you."  The Apostle Paul told Timothy, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”  Your prayer life can have an impact on someone else.  Even if you are not able to see the people that you are praying for, they can still be effective worldwide.


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

 

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

Friday, November 6, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 6 November 2020

 

What Did God Say?

 

And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things. And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.(Luke 7:18-23)

 

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things I have learned in church is that people want me to pray for them about certain situations that they may have, but oftentimes they don’t like the answer God gives me to tell them.  For some reason, many do not like God’s ways. And so, I guess if we are not going to like what He tells us, then maybe we should not pray and ask Him.  Yet God always has our best interest at heart and so we should always want to know what He says even if we do not like it.  He is our heavenly Father and He desires to give us an expected end.  Even if we get an answer that we may not like, I guarantee you that if we ponder the answer and accept His way, it will cause us to change and be a better Christian.  When John the Baptist sent his disciple to Jesus to ask Him if he was the one to come,  Jesus told them to go tell what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.  And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.  And John said, He must increase, but I must decrease.  John accepted the answer and realized that his mission was now over.  He had prepared the way for the Messiah!

 

Sing:  I know the Lord will make a way for me.  I know the Lord will make a way for me.  If I live a holy life, shun the wrong, and do the right, I know the Lord will make a way for me.

 

Thought For Today:Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.(Luke 12:32)