Friday, November 30, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 30

“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:  When is enough enough?  It seems, as though we are never satisfied.  I have seen people retire only to return to work because they don’t think that they have enough.  But when is enough enough? Even Jesus knew when enough was enough. “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.” (Luke 22:36-38). One of the things about never being satisfied is that you will never be content, and you’ll never learn to walk by faith.  You will keep walking by sight.  Godliness with contentment is great gain.  Find that great gain.  

Sing:  I lean on you, Lord. I Lean on you, Lord.  For the things that I need I lean on You.  When I don’t know just what to do, I’ve got the faith You’re going o see me through.  You supply my every need and I lean on You.

Thought For Today: Jesus is all You will ever need to be satisfied.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 29

“And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, even me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck” 
(Genesis 27:38-40).

Today’s Morsel:  As I grow older, I find myself reminiscing on some of the things that I once owned that I would love to have today.  I now see the value of them, but it’s too late.  They are gone.  Esau’s decision to forgo his birthright, by all accounts, was not considered.  His desire to satisfy his flesh for the moment of gratification was not weighed against his future blessings, like Moses.  Scripture says, “ By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” 
(Hebrews 11:24-26).  And when Esau wanted his blessing or birthright, scripture says, “For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears” (Hebrews 12:17).  Even though Esau was broken, he couldn’t find repentance because his actions went against God.  Don’t despise your birthright, you are going to need it someday.  Hold fast to what is important.  

Sing:  He touched me. Oh, oh, He touched me. And oh, the joy that floods my soul.  Something happened and now I know, He touched me and made me whole.

Thought For Today:  Hold tight to your birthright.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 28

“Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him” (John 9:35-38).

Today’s Morsel:  If you will notice when reading scripture, that when people really got a clear understanding as to who Jesus was they believed on Him, followed Him, and served Him.  But I’m afraid that that doesn’t seem to happen today.  Many who say that they know Him don’t seem to have any time for Him.  Many who say that believe in Him do not worship Him as Lord.  When the woman at the well, in John 4, realized who He was, she forgot all about the reason she went to the well. “The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?  (John 4:28-29). Revelation should cause transformation.  Do you believe in Him?  Have you placed Him first in your life since you believed?  

ong:  The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You. The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.  I want to know You more.  I want to know You more. The greatest thing in all my life is knowing You.

Thought For Today:  Revelation should cause transformation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 27

“My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things about the word ‘love’ is it is an action word.  It requires you to take action or to do something.  Love must be displayed and shown from the person who says that they have it in them.  I can tell you that I love you.  But if I never do anything to show it, you are not going to believe me.  Jesus said by our love would men know that we were His disciples.  Not by our words, but by our actions. Someone said if you love me, show me that you care. Paul said that our love must be without dissimulation. It must not be hidden or concealed.  Show others you care by showing them the love of Jesus.

Sing:  It only takes a spark to get the fire going.  And soon you look around and the flame is glowing.  That’s how it is with God’s love, once you experience it.  It’s fresh like spring, you want to sing, you’ll want to pass it on.

Thought For Today:  Let brotherly love continue.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 26

 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD” (Psalms 27:1-6).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that came with your salvation is the trait of boldness.  Boldness to stand against opposition.  Boldness to preach the truth. Boldness to tell others when they are wrong.  And boldness to live a life of holiness without shame.  David said that because God was his light and salvation he would not fear.  David knew whose side he was on.  His son Solomon wrote, “The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion” (Proverbs 28:1).  A lion is the strongest of beasts and does not turn not away from any.  He walks where he wants, and he lies down and sleeps where he wants. One of the greatest character traits of a Christian is their boldness.

Sing:  There is power in the name of Jesus.  There is power in the name of Jesus.  There is power in the name of Jesus, to break every chain, break every chain, break every chain.

Thought For Today:  Be bold because the Lord our God is with us.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 24

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer” 
(Psalms 19:14).

Today’s Morsel:  Recently I heard someone say that when we start to have all these evil thoughts running through our minds, it may be the Spirit’s way of telling us to pray against those things so that our minds are not defiled.  David prayed that his word and meditation would be acceptable to God.  In other words, David wanted his speech during conversations with others not to be of filth and foolishness, nasty or unethical, not immoral or bad; but filled with such that ministered grace to the hearer.  David knew that if this was the case with his speech when he addressed God both in prayer and offerings thanksgiving none would be accepted.  Paul tells us, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9). Clean words mean a clean mind.  How are your words?  

Sing:  Sing them over again to me, Wonderful words of Life.  Let me more of their beauty see, Wonderful words of Life.  Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful of life.

Thought For Today: “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee” (Psalms 119:11)

Friday, November 23, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 23

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the LORD: it is most holy” (Leviticus 6:24-25).

Today’s Morsel:  When we review the laws that God gave to Moses, they were types and shadow of that which was to come.  Paul said that the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  Moses only revealed what God had said, but Jesus Christ fulfilled what was written.  The Lord said that the same place the burnt offering was killed the sin offering was also to be killed.  The offerings were killed on the north side of the altar.  Calvary was located north of Jerusalem.  The psalmist wrote in Psalms 48:1-2, “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King” (Psalms 48:1-2).  Isaiah records: “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities” (Isaiah 53:7-11). See also Hebrews 10:1-10.  “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” Paul said (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Thank God for the blood.

Sing:  The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.  The testimonies of the Lord are sure, making wise the simple.  More to be desired are they than gold, much fine gold.  Sweeter also than the honey, and the honeycomb.

Thought For Today:  The things written aforetime were for our learning.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 22

‘Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:6-9).

Today’s Morsel:  I will tell you, I wish I always knew God’s ways.  In so many ways, I do know it as it is recorded in His word.  I just need to search it out.  But for many folks, it just doesn’t make sense to follow the pattern that He has set for us to follow.  For example, who would think that there is any benefit in praising God when you are going through your trials and tribulations? Who would think of giving thanks in everything that you go through that doesn’t reward you good (1 Thessalonians 5:18), or will help you feel better?  Who would think turning the other cheek when someone smacks you would benefit you?  Or what about someone taking your shirt so you give them your coat too?  I know that it doesn’t compute in our fleshly mind, but it does in our spiritual minds.  You see, it is not about what we lose or how we are treated, nor what we may be going through.  It is all about our attitudes during them. You see, it’s our attitude’s that determines our strength when we are weak.  But if we faint in the day of adversity, our strength is small and His ways do not compute.  His ways are so much higher than our ways, so it makes perfect sense to follow them.  

Sing:  Say the name of Jesus!  Say that name so precious.  No other name I know.  That can calm my fears, and dry my tears, and wipe away my pain. When I don’t know what else to say and I just can’t find my way.  I just say the name.

Thought For Today: His way is so much higher than ours.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 21

“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19).

Today’s Morsel:  When you get into an argument with someone, do you ever stop and consider what you are in an argument about when you are supposed to be representing Christ?  How can so many born-again believers, who are supposed to be walking in the Spirit, find themselves so quickly walking in the flesh?  Aren’t we supposed to be the ones that know the Prince of Peace?  Aren’t we supposed to be the ones that are following after those things that make peace?  We aren’t supposed to be involved in strife.  Strife is of the devil. So the next time you feel as though your discussion with someone is about to turn into an argument, stop, walk away, and take a praise break so that you aren’t offended.

Sing:  I’m learning to lean, I’m learning to lean, I’m learning to lean on Jesus.  Finding more power than I ever dreamed.  I’m learning to lean on Jesus.

Thought For Today: Take a praise break so that you are not offended.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 20

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away” (Matthew 5:38-42).

Today’s Morsel:  A man came to church once, and after service, he asked if I could give him a ride home.  I told him sure.  When we arrived where he lived, he asked me if I would be willing to take him to another house to meet a friend, to which I agreed. Then on our way, he asked me if I would be willing to take him to Walmart so that he could buy some food.  Again, I agreed.  I know what some of you may be thinking.  You probably would have said, “No way.”  I will be honest with you.  I did think to tell him that, but something inside of me just kept saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  No, he didn’t pay me.  But with a big smile on his face when I took him back home he said, “Pastor, thank you so much for doing this for me.  This has meant a lot to me. May God bless you very much ”  Jesus said, “Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” Are you willing to go the extra mile?  Go in Jesus name.  

Sing:  When I’ve gone, the last mile of the way, I shall rest, at the close of the day.  For I know that there is joy that waits my heart and my soul; when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.

If I walk, in the pathway of duty; if I seek for His sheep that’s already gone astray. I shall see, the Great King in all His Glory; O’ Lord, when I have gone the last mile of the way.

Well, when I’ve gone, the last mile of the way, I shall rest, at the close of the day.  For I know that there is joy that waits my heart and my soul; when I’ve gone the last mile of the way.

Thought For Today: We never know what awaits us at the end of the journey (Parker)

Monday, November 19, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 19

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).

Today’s Morsel:  There’s an old saying that when you point a finger at someone else’s wrong, you have four more pointing back at yourself.  It is easy to see the faults of others.  But how do we deal with our own?  Paul said that there is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.  When we have been born again of the water and the spirit, we don’t look for the wrongs in others to condemn and chastise them, we look for how we may bring them out of darkness into His marvelous light. When we realize what Jesus said, “For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved” (John 3:17); we are less likely to condemn ourselves and won’t condemn others.  We seek to help and build others, not condemn.  

Sing:  Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit with me.  Create in me a clean heart, O’ God, and renew a right spirit with 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 within me.

Thought For Today:  Don’t ever condemn yourself. It’s not of God. 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 17

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the LORD of hosts” (Malachi 3:8-12).

Today’s Morsel: I have seen so many people who say that they are Christians yet they will not tithe their income to God.  You know, I hear many of those same people complaining about how Satan is always doing this and doing that to them.  Many of them have little or no joy, and they are often without contentment.  And so I often wonder if this is the reason for their dilemma?  The Lord said if we tithe, will I not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes.  (Malachi 3:10)   "And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD'S: it is holy unto the LORD” (Leviticus 27:30).  We can’t pick and choose which scripture we want to live by as a Christian. We must be doers of all of God’s word and not just hearers only.  Want to be blessed?  Live by the word.  

Sing: Give and it shall be given, good measure pressed down shaken together and runneth over.  Give and it shall be given, when you give, you give to the Lord.

Thought For Today: The tithe is the Lord’s. 

Friday, November 16, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 16

“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”
(Acts 2:38-42).

Today’s Morsel:  According to church history, over 2,000 years ago on the Day of Pentecost Peter preached his first message to the people in Jerusalem, and over 3000 people were baptized that day when they heard what he preached.  His message, as far as we can tell, was no more then the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.  Some folks received it, and others rejected it.  And if we follow history, it would be this same message, about Christ, that would cost these apostles their lives.  What do you think was so bad about Jesus that it caused some to be so upset, that they were willing to kill people for sharing with others about a man who was willing to die, so that others could live and have eternal life?  It really wasn’t the message, it was the name associated with the message.  As Jesus said, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake” (Luke 21:17).

Sing:  There’s just one, one, one; one way to God. There’s just one, one, one; one way to God. There’s just one, one, one; one way to God, baptized in Jesus name.

Thought For Today: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 15

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:1-5).

Today’s Morsel:  Do you remember the day that God called you out of darkness to His marvelous light?  Really if you focus on the first five verses of Genesis chapter 1, you can see God’s plan for implementing the new birth experience.  Notice, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Notice it was without form and void.  That is like so many lives today.  They are empty and confused, and they see themselves as worthless.  There is darkness everywhere we turn.  There is ignorance, sorrow, wickedness, and obscurity in so many lives.  But notice, God moved upon the face of the deep and said let there be light and there was light.  Every life is empty and void without God’s Spirit being upon and in it.  Yet once you are filled with His Spirit, “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).  Jesus is the light that will get you out of darkness.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 14

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” (Joshua 24:15).

Today’s Morsel:  If someone were to ask you what does it mean to serve the Lord, what would you tell them? Joshua was saying to the people, If this is going to be troublesome, a burden, a weariness, and not a pleasure and delight to you to serve the Lord, then, choose you this day whom you will serve.  He said to them:  If you have found a better Lord and Master, a better Savior and Friend, a better Father and God whom serving him will be more pleasant and profitable to you, then move out and draw fire. But, he said, As for me and my house I haven’t found nor located such a one, and so I’m sticking with what I know is good and profitable for me and my family (My wordings).  What about you?  Is Jesus the best thing that has ever happened to you?  If so, then serve Him with a pure heart and serve Him fervently.

Sing:  I never had it so good before.  I never had it so good before.  Looking back on how things used to be, God has really been good to me.

Thought For Today: The ball is in your court.  It is your turn to serve!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 13

“But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight” (Numbers 13:31-33).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the greatest enemies to peace is fear.  And fear is usually preceded by a heart that complains a lot.  People who complain a lot are really those who help the enemy with his goals.  The children of Israel had complained so much in the wilderness that they couldn’t see themselves being victorious in anything that they tried to do.  When they went to spy out the promised land, they returned with an evil report.  It wasn’t a negative report, it was an evil report.  The reason it was evil was that it went against what God had said.  As anything that goes against the Word of God is evil because its origin is Satan.  That’s why fear is evil, it is from Satan and it torments you (1 John 4:18).  The ten spies' report was all evil.  Nothing good was said.  They just focused on the evil and it destroyed the faith of the people.  They made no mention of the how the land was flowing with milk and honey as God had said.  So be careful what you report because God isn't pleased when His people give their enemy more glory then Him.

Sing:  I command you Satan in the name of the Lord to pick-up your weapons and flee, for God has given me authority to walk all over thee.

Thought For Today:  Control your complaining because it has the tendency to discourage others.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 12

“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” 
(John 14:1).

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I am noticing more and more each day is just how troubled folks really are.  There are so many whose minds seem to be troubled about many things.  I believe that most peoples' physical problems are caused by their mental state.  I believe that if we can get people’s minds clear and stayed on Jesus, they can deal with their physical infirmities.  Daniel said that the enemy’s goal is to wear out the saint of the most-high (Daniel 7:25).  If Satan can get you to focus on the world and what is taking place in it, he knows that your mind will be troubled and you’ll lose your focus. Therefore, to keep him from defeating you, why don’t you get into the habit of daily prayer, praise, and worship to God.  And don’t you worry about the things of the world, let God handle that! 

Sing: When I look into Your holiness.  When I gaze into to Your loveliness.  When all things that surround become shadows in the light of You.  When I find the joy of reaching Your heart. When my will becomes enthroned in Your love.  And all things that surround become shadows in the light of You.
I worship You.  I worship You.  The reason I live, is to worship You.

Thought For Today: He’ll keep you in perfect peace if you keep your mind on Him.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 10

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
 (Psalms 11:3)

Today’s Morsel:  I have become so concerned for my nation that I’m about to run out of prayers for her.  The foundation that she was built upon seems to be coming a part at the seams.  Betsy Ross, who is credited with sewing the flag, would probably be saddened if she saw what is happening to it.  But this is nothing new.  Daniel had already prophesied, “And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end” (Daniel 7:25-26).  The attacks against righteousness will not cease.  So what do the righteous do if the foundation is destroyed?  We stay the course.  We keep preaching the infallible word of God. We keep reaching for the lost and having compassion on others.  We just keep building the wall, because the gates of hell shall not prevail against the church.

Sing:  Standing on the promises of Christ my King.  Through eternal ages let His praises ring.  Glory in the highest I will shout and sing.  Standing on the promises of God.
 Standing, standing, standing on the promises of Christ my savior.  Standing, standing, standing on the promises of God.

Thought For Today: Stay the course.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 November 9

“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him” (Nahum 1:7).

Today’s Morsel:   Someone said that Jesus is better than Campbell Soup, He’s MM-MMMM-Good!  Of the adjectives that the writers of the Bible seem to use to describe God, they always seem to use the word good. David would say that He is more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold.  Asaph would say “Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart” (Psalms 73:1).  Because God is no respecter of persons, He is good to all whose heart is pure towards him.  God is good even if others aren’t.  You can’t take away from God who He is, it is just part of his nature.  Where do you go in time of trouble?  The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous can run in to it and be safe.  All because He is good.

Sing: The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous run into it and they are safe.  The name of the Lord is a strong tower.  The righteous run into it and they are safe.  Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord most high.  Blessed be the name of the Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be the name of the Lord most high.

Thought For Today: God is good.