Friday, July 31, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 31 July 2020

Sour Grapes

What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?(Ezekiel 18:2)

Today’s Morsel:  When I was a kid in elementary school, we would sell candy and gum to raise money for school projects.  One of the gums I sold was called sour Grapes.  It looked like a purple grape, but it was sour when you bit into it.   Ezekiel was asked what today's proverb meant.  It refers simply to these questions:  How far can the moral evil of the parent be extended to his offspring?  Are the faults and evil propensities of the parents not only transferred to the children but punished in them?  Do parents transfer their evil nature, and are their children punished for their offenses?  But God said to Ezekiel, “As I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have occasion any more to use this proverb in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.(Ezekiel 18:3-4)  God said now everyone would be responsible for their own sin.  Friend, before you decide you want to taste sin, know this, it is a bitter pill to swallow and a grape too sour to be eaten.

Sing: I just came to praise the Lord.  I just came to praise the Lord.  I just came to praise His holy name; I just came to praise the Lord.

Thought For Today: Leave off sin before it be meddled with!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 30 July 2020


Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews
(Acts 26:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  I always find it interesting when I observe some ministers and religious people when they have an opportunity to stand before presidents or others in great authority, how they seem to clam-up and present themselves as fearful, unlearned, and unhappy.  You would think that the people that do know their God would be happy and excited and express themselves as such.  The psalmist said, "Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” Psalms 144:15;  He continues by saying, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God” Psalms 146:5.  Solomon wrote in Proverbs 3:13, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.”   When the Queen of Sheba came to visit King Solomon, scripture says, “And she said to the king, it was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom. Howbeit I believed not the words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the half was not told me: thy wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard. Happy are thy men, happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and that hear thy wisdom.(1 Kings 10:6-8) .  When the apostle Paul had to appear before King Agrippa for his release and false accusation from the Jew, He told the king, "I think myself happy"  that he had an opportunity to speak for himself. Do you think yourself happy when you get an opportunity to testify or present your testimony for what Jesus has done for you?  Do you think yourself happy when nothing is going right for you?  Happiness is like perfume.  You cannot pour it on others without getting some of it on yourself.

Sing:  If you're happy, and you know it, say amen, say amen.  If you're happy, and you know it, say amen, amen.  When God’s Spirit falls on you, makes you wanna shout hallelujah; if you're happy and you know it say amen.

Thought For Today:  Gotten any happiness on you lately? (Parker)

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 29 July 2020


After these things Jesus went over the sea of Galilee, which is the sea of Tiberias. And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased. And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples. And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh. When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten. Then those men, when they had seen the miracle that Jesus did, said, This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world(John 6:1-14)

Today’s Morsel:  From the creation, Jesus has a history of using the insignificant to accomplish the impossible. He took a stick in the hands of Moses and lead his people out of slavery in Egypt.  He took a slingshot and a stone in the hand of David and killed a mighty giant.  He took a woman’s cruse of oil and caused it to fill enough vessels to get her out of debt and live off the rest.  And he took a young boy’s lunch of two fish and five loaves and fed over 5000 people.  Paul, writing to the church at Corinth states, “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.(1 Corinthians 1:27-29)
Just think about all the things that may seem insignificant to us that God uses for His glory. “And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.(Mark 10:27) Never think of yourself as being insignificant to God!

Sing: I am a promise I am a possibility; I am a promise with a capital "P"!  I am a great big bundle of potentiality. And I am learning to hear God's voice, and I am trying to make the right choice.  I am a promise to be anything God wants me to be.

Thought For Today: Never think of yourself as being insignificant to God! (Parker)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 28 July 2020

Working for The Lord

For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.(Matthew 20:1-7)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the questions on the minister’s application for ministerial licensure is, 'are you employed?'  And if so, 'how many hours do you work per week?'  I am often surprised by the number of hours some of them say that they work.  And I think to myself where they will find time to do ministry.  And then I think, maybe it is not how many hours they put in but rather how much they are putting into the hours.  I guess that if what they are doing is unto the Lord, then they are putting all their effort into the hours and they will have the time for ministry and do a good job as well.  But on the other hand, if it is about the number of hours only, someone is going to wear away quickly.  Do you give your employer an honest day’s work for your pay?  If you owned the company where you work, would you be pleased with your productivity or would you fall short? Paul, writing to the church at Colossi, stated, “Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons(Colossians 3:22-25).  Let’s give God and our employer our very best!  Everything we do is for the Lord.  

Sing: Jesus use me, O’ Lord don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do.  Even though it’s humble, Lord, help my will to crumble, though the cost be great, I’ll work for You.

Thought For Today: It’s not how many hours you put in, but how much you put into the hours.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 27 July 2020


Now it came to pass, when they had heard all the words, they were afraid both one and other, and said unto Baruch, We will surely tell the king of all these words. And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book. Then said the princes unto Baruch, Go, hide thee, thou and Jeremiah; and let no man know where ye be. And they went in to the king into the court, but they laid up the roll in the chamber of Elishama the scribe, and told all the words in the ears of the king. So the king sent Jehudi to fetch the roll: and he took it out of Elishama the scribe's chamber. And Jehudi read it in the ears of the king, and in the ears of all the princes which stood beside the king. Now the king sat in the winterhouse in the ninth month: and there was a fire on the hearth burning before him. And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth. Yet they were not afraid, nor rent their garments, neither the king, nor any of his servants that heard all these words. Nevertheless Elnathan and Delaiah and Gemariah had made intercession to the king that he would not burn the roll: but he would not hear them. But the king commanded Jerahmeel the son of Hammelech, and Seraiah the son of Azriel, and Shelemiah the son of Abdeel, to take Baruch the scribe and Jeremiah the prophet: but the LORD hid them. Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned. And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast? Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost. And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not.(Jeremiah 36:16-31)

Today’s Morsel:  Religious skepticism generally refers to doubting when given to religious beliefs or claims. There are many in religious circles that doubt what they read in the Bible as being true, and thus they never come into the knowledge of the truth.  A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it as a forgery.  Jehoiakim king of Judah heard the words that had been written by Baruch from the mouth of Jeremiah which was given by the Lord.  But he did not believe what he was hearing.  And so he took a penknife and cut it into pieces and cast it in the fire.  But God had Jeremiah send it to him again and to tell him that he would not have any to sit upon the throne of David and that his dead body would be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night to the frost.  And that God would punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them.  One may become skeptical about the things that they read in the Bible, but Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.(John 12:48-49)  And John would write from the island of Patmos, “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.(Revelation 20:11-15)  When Belteshazzar saw the handwriting on the wall, he trembled and quakes, but it was too late.  Friend, don’t let doubt cause you to get wiped out. As Paul admonished, “For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.” (Romans 3:3-4)  Your doubt will never change the truth of God's word.  

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:  A skeptic is a person who, when he sees the handwriting on the wall, claims it as a forgery.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 25 July 2020

Corrective Criticism

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding. The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.(Proverbs 15:31-33)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the biggest dangers in the church today is a lack of corrective criticism.  People are taught to not criticize others for fear of hurting them and making them feel bad.  But I have come to realize that criticism is good for you.  I will tell you that when I was in the military, I had many of my bosses criticize me for my lack of care for myself and wrongdoings.  They would tell me that they were highly displeased with me for my actions and conduct.  They would call me on just about any wrong that they saw me do.  It did not destroy me, it made me better in myself, my duties, and in my life.  The problem with most folks today in the church is they would rather be ruined by praise than to be saved by corrective criticism.  Solomon says that those who refuse instruction despise their own souls, but they that hear criticism get understanding.  Which are you?  You can tell a person's spirit by the way they receive criticism.  

Sing:  Aren’t you getting just a bit tired of fooling around?  You tried to laugh your way through life, but you're 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 best thing that you 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 used to be oh so sad, but now I’m happy free and glad; cause Jesus got a hold of my life and He won’t let me go.

Thought For Today:For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.(John 12:43)

Friday, July 24, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 24 July 2020

False Advertisement

(Matthew 12:33)

Today’s Morsel:  Have you ever received an ad in the paper or on your electronic device with a beautiful picture of a nice meal and they want you to come in and try it? But when you get there and order it, it looks nothing like the ad nor does it taste like you thought that it would. Well, that is what you call false advertisement.   Jesus says that we must either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt because we cannot have it both ways. For the tree is known by his fruit.  People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what they see you do.  Are you the real deal?  Others will know you by your fruit.  

Sing: In my life Lord, be glorified, be glorified.  In my life Lord, be glorified today.

Thought For Today:  People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what they see you do

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 23 July 2020

Bad Things

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.(Ephesians 4:26-29)

Today’s Morsel:  In this chapter, Paul lists things that we ought to be doing as Christians once we become born again, and some things that we ought not to be doing. And I only want to focus a few of those things mentioned today.  They are anger, room for the devil, stealing, and corrupt communication.
First is anger.  We know that, according to scripture,  anger rests in the bosom of fools and it is the fool that says in their heart that there is no God.  And we also know that fools make a mock at sin.  And so, when we have allowed anger to get into our hearts, we open the door to the devil.  Satan never has to work overtime to destroy us when we keep destroying ourselves.  One of the worst types of destruction is self-destruction.  You destroy yourself because of your own foolishness.  
Next is stealing.  How much of someone else’s time are you stealing because you fail to plan?  How much of someone else’s time are you stealing because you will not go home?  How much of someone else’s time are you stealing from their spouse and children because you feel as though what you need done is more important to you than their family is?  How much of someone else's time are you stealing because of your lack of being punctual?
And the last is corrupt communication.  Why do we feel that we need to tell everything that we know about someone else to others?  Gossip is corrupt communication.  Speaking ill of someone you have never met because of what you hear on the media about them is corrupt communication.  Corrupt communication is the flintstone that gives the spark to the fire of hell and to destroy others.  
These three things should no longer be in your life as a born-again believer.  Paul tells us to never let our good become evil spoken of (my wording, Romans 14:16).

Sing:  I’ve anchored in Jesus, the storms of life I’ll brave.  I’ve anchored in Jesus, I fear no wind or waves.  I’ve anchored in Jesus, for He hath power to save.  I’ve anchored to the Rock of Ages.

Thought For Today:  “Corrupt communication is the flintstone that gives the spark to the fire of hell and to destroy others.”

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 22 July 2020


Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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 4:4-9)

Today’s Morsel:  I keep trying to get an understanding as to why there are so many Christians without peace in their lives.  I keep wondering why there are many whose lives are full of affliction, torment, stress, distress, despair, hopelessness, and without any cheer.  What is happening to them?  Have they not read the scriptures that inform them that Jesus is the Prince of Peace?  Do they not understand that Christ is in them?  Do they not understand that they must remain and walk in the Spirit to have peace?  Are they not aware that if they take counsel from the ungodly it will wreck their peace?  If you want to maintain peace in your life, then you must become a doer of God’s word and not just a hearer of it. Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

Sing:  I may have doubts and fear, my eyes be filled with tears, but Jesus is a friend who watches day and night.  I go to Him in prayer, He knows my every care, and just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.
Now let us have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him about our troubles.  He will hear our faintest cry, and He’ll answer by and by.  When you feel a little prayer wheel turning, you’ll know a little fire is burning.  You’ll find a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

Thought For Today: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.(Isaiah 9:6)

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 21 July 2020


Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
(Hebrews 6:1-2)

Today’s Morsel:  One of the things that I have learned about being a professional is that it requires a lot of self-discipline and determination to do what is right.  A true professional is not one who boasts about who he is, what he has accomplished, or what he has.  The character he displays in his life will reflect who he is.  A professional is one who does his best work when no one is watching.  He has the discipline within himself to seek perfection.  Paul instructed the church at Philippi that the things they had heard, learned, and seen in him they should do, and that the God of love and peace would be with them.  I believe what he was saying was that I have shown you what a true professional should be, know, and do.  What about you? Do you know what you ought to do?  The children of Issachar had knowledge of the times that they knew what Israel ought to do.  Do you desire to become a professional Christian in Christ and His ways?  Then let us go on to do it. It is possible to be achieved.

Sing: I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus.  I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.

Thought For Today: A professional is one who does his best work when no one is watching.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 20 July 2020

The Best Inheritance

Today’s Morsel:  My youngest granddaughter wanted to talk with me, and so her mother called me.  We have so many clocks in our home and each one makes a different sound, as we were talking they began to chime, and she wanted to see and hear each one.  As the one that I purchased in 1989 when we were departing German, during my military days began to chime, she said to me, “Papa, that's my clock!  I like my clock”  And I said to her, "Baby Girl, when I die, you get this clock. You asked first so it is yours."   Yet I have come to realize though, that the best inheritance a parent can give to their children is a few minutes of their time each day.  The time I had spent showing her the clocks was worth much more than the actual clock.  The memory of our time together will be more valuable to her than the dollar value of that clock. The psalmist informs us, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.(Psalms 127:3)  Children need to know that they are loved and appreciated.  Just allowing them to share what is on their heart and helping them to understand, can make a big difference in their lives.  Solomon’s mother seems to have spent plenty of time with him.  He wrote that the following prophecy was that which his mother taught him. “What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows? Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings. It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink: Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted. Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts. Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more. Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”  What will your children say that you taught them?  My prayer is that you are building up precious time-treasures with them.  

Sing:  My mama and daddy talked about going home ever since I was a babe on their knees, they said that nothing compared to what was waiting up there, and someday I would finally be free.  But I’m getting a vision of a crystal river, where sins are forgotten without a trace, more than I want to know, my hearts ready to go, to see the love on my Savior's face.
 I want to know how it feels, to make my way down the streets of gold.  I want to know how it feels, to have a talk with the saints of old.  I want to know what it’s like, to plant my feet by the river of life.  I’ve heard of heaven and I know that it’s real, I want to know how it feels.

Thought For Today: The best inheritance a parent can give to their children is a few minutes of their time each day.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 18 July 2020

Empty Headed

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.(1 Timothy 4:1-5)

Today’s Morsel:  As I observe this world in which we live, how can so many people whom we observe at the end of each school year walk across the stage, receive their diplomas for their studies, and yet so many of them are without a conscience or still lack understanding. Judgment is turned around backward in them.  Justice stands far from them.  They cast truth in the streets and equity does not seem to enter their hearts.  “For my people is foolish, they have not known me; they are sottish children, and they have none understanding: they are wise to do evil, but to do good they have no knowledge” saith the Lord (Jeremiah 4:22).  “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled: But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:13-16)  A person may sometimes have a clear conscience simply because his head is empty.

Sing:  Let me walk in the light, in the great gospel light, let me walk in the gospel light.  Till my journey is over and I’ll travel no more, let me walk in the gospel light.

Thought For Today:  Don’t be an educated fool!