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Sunday, May 1

years ago before I came to the Lord M any in 1953, and having been raised in a “re-

ligious” home, it was very difficult for me to accept a “know so salvation.” My understanding of verse three of our text was one reason for this. It seemed to me that one had to keep all the commandments which would put it on the We Know “salvation by our works” (Satan’s) plan. That That We meant that no one could possibly know for sure whether they were saved or not. Know It was only when I did come to the Saviour and received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that I came to understand the word “keep” had a broader meaning than to perform the doing of And hereby we do them all, which I found to be impossible. know that we know him, if we keep his According to the Greek dictionary the word commandments. “keep” as it is used in our text means to guard – 1 John 2:3 from loss or injury, keeping the eye upon; and to hold fast, watch. To keep God’s commandments as principles to guide us and pattern our lives after, holding them fast and guarding against losing them, is what is taught here. However, it is when we “keep” His commandments as indicated in the definition, that we prove our love for God and will find ourselves performing, obeying and fulfilling the will of our Heavenly Father. This is not to prove our love, but is the result of our love for Him, giving assurance of a proper relationship with our Heavenly Father and helping us to walk in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7) and to walk even as He walked (1 John 2:6). Read: 1 John 2:1-6

Missionary Paul Mohler, Faith Baptist Church, Spokane, MO Today’s Through the Bible Readin

1 Kings 1,2, Luke 22:54-71


Monday, May 2

would be considered a champion for Who Christ and how can someone become one?

I have known many champions for Christ, in my short lifetime, who have been considered faithful to the end! Some have been pastors, great preachers, missionaries, and evangelists. Some have been Sunday School teachers or have just been a faithful servant of the Lord in churches Are You a throughout our state and country. Champion? In 2 Timothy 4:7 the Apostle Paul said, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” Therefore, a champion is one that has fought a good fight for the Lord. I have fought a good No, it’s not someone who runs around picking fight, I have finished fights and such, but one that has fought the my course, I have spiritual battles and, with the help of the Lord, kept the faith. had the victory! – 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul also said, “…I have finished my course…” Finishing to the end is important. A champion will press on to the end, no matter the cost. It will cost you something to be a champion for Christ, but the sad thing is most Christians do not want to pay the price or make the sacrifice! How does one become a champion for Christ? By keeping the faith! By being faithful to the end! I know the way may seem steep and pebbled with problems, but it is the end result that is worth becoming a champion for Christ! Will you be a champion for Christ? Read: 2 Timothy 4:1-8

Pastor Tim Hallett, Jr., Birch Street Baptist Church, Eau Claire, WI Today’s Through the Bible Reading 1 Kings 3,4,5, Luke 23:1-26


Tuesday, May 3

at Wabash Valley Correctional FacilR ecently ity, one of the men introduced his brother

to me. The man had recently received Christ and been baptized on a Sunday evening. Both men are currently attending a class I teach on pastoring. This gentleman made the comment that his brother is now his spiritual brother as well as his physical. What a joy it is to see famBrother ily members come to know Christ! Beloved Our pastor was speaking about a comment made by another pastor of a local church. He didn’t want former prisoners to attend his church. He only wanted those in his congregation who had Whom I have sent never broken man’s law. What a shame, for this unto you for the pastor will miss out on one of God’s greatest same purpose, that blessings: seeing those caught in the grasp of he might know your crime set free by the blood of Christ. These estate, and comfort dear people who have known the depths of sin your hearts; – Colossians 4:8 can now experience the heights of glory. In addition, they are a wonderful asset to the church in helping others escape Satan’s clutches. One who has experienced sin is more able to help those addicted to drugs or alcohol. I recently heard of a man incarcerated in an Illinois state prison. He was soon to be released and so he wrote to a local pastor offering to start a Christian drug rehab program in his church. Now the church is teaching a successful course in rehabilitation. Only God knows how many will be saved from Hell because of the actions of this one individual. Possibly God can use you and your church in an outreach to the jails and prisons. Let’s not be guilty of overlooking anyone due to their past for with God anyone can change. Read: Colossians 4:7-12

Missionary Darrell Case, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmersburg, IN Today’s Through the Bible Reading

1 Kings 6,7, Luke 23:27-38


Wednesday, May 4

times I have heard, “do not let the cart M any go before the horse,” meaning first things

first! Our verse is teaching us first things first. Jesus called and ordained the twelve disciples that they first “should be with him.” Before they went to preach, before they performed any miracle, before they were ever effective in their Who Before Christian life, they first spent time with Him! Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship What with our Lord Jesus Christ! As a Christian I must realize that before I do anything for Christ, I must spend time with Him! Have you noticed that the more time you spend with someone the And he ordained more you begin to act like them? Oh, for that twelve, that they to be said about us with our Saviour! should be with him, The more time we spend with Christ the more and that he might send we would know of His passion! Many Christhem forth to preach. tians have lost the passion for serving Christ, – Mark 3:14 witnessing to the lost, and being found faithful! They have forsaken the most important matter: spending time with Him. As we spend time with Him we know of His passion. This passion is vital to continuing and succeeding in our Christian walk. Let us spend time with Him so we can continue with passion! The more time spent with Him the more we will know of His power! We do not need more manpower, we need more of God’s power! We have no power to help anyone or any circumstance within ourselves. It only comes from being dependent upon Him. So let us get first things first. Passion and power are byproducts as we spend time with Him. Let us desire to grow closer to Him by reading His word and speaking often with Him in prayer. Read: Mark 3:13-21

Pastor Mark Brandon, Tiftonia Baptist Church, Chattanooga, TN Today’s Through the Bible Reading 1 Kings 8,9, Luke 23:39-56


Thursday, May 5

Dictionary gives the following W ebster’s definition for the word “long-suffering:”

bearing injuries, insults, trouble, patient for a long time, etc. Our Lord gives a description of Himself to Moses and in this description, long with other descriptive words, is “long-suffering” (Exodus 34:6). Dear friends, our Lord wants us to know that He is long-suffering and that He Longsuffering is this way on our behalf. Note God’s desire toward us: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to But thou, O Lord, art a God repentance.” Our wonderful, loving gracious God has provided salvation for mankind (John full of compassion, and 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-20) and then He demonstrates gracious, longsuffering, long-suffering (see above definition) while He and plenteous in mercy presents His salvation to us as He did in Noah’s and truth. – Psalm 86:15 day (1 Peter 3:20). In our development as a Biblical Christian, our Lord again exercises long-suffering. When a person is born again, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells in that person to do a specific work as directed by the heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14:15-17; 16:4-15) In Galatians 5:22-23 the fruits of the Spirit are listed and one of those fruits is long-suffering. Oh how often must He exercise this fruit as He helps us in our Christian development? Dear Christian, we need to thank our Lord for His long-suffering on our behalf, but we need to heed His instructions in His word so that we will not cause Him to have to exercise His long-suffering so much. The design of the Lord is for us to exercise long-suffering in our lives. (Colossians 3:12) Read: Psalm 86

Pastor Richard Brasser, Palmyra Bible Baptist Church, Palmyra, NY Today’s Through the Bible Reading 1 Kings 10,11, Luke 24:1-35


Friday, May 6

are always looking for more than they P eople deserve. The unbeliever expects God to

agree with them and accept them the way they are (in sin). The Believer expects God to give them everything they need plus some. Israel expected God to give the increase of the Too Little, seed that was planted but instead God blew upon it and yielded very little. They gave too little Too Long, to their efforts, they took too long in doing it Too Late and it was too late for God to deliver them for their sin overwhelmed them. When we come to God, we must bring nothing but Christ with us. Any ingredients, or any Ye looked for much, previous qualifications of our own, will poison and, lo, it came to and corrupt faith. He that builds upon duties, little; and when ye graces, etc. knows not the merits of Christ. brought it home, I did You must everyday denounce as dung and dross blow upon it... – Haggai 1:9 your privileges, your obedience, your baptism, your sanctification, your duties, your graces, your tears, your meltings, your humblings, your workings, and your self-sufficiency must be destroyed. You must take all from God’s hand. Christ is the gift of God. You have too little to give and if you wait too long you will be too late for the salvation that awaits you. So my friend why wait? All for Jesus! all for Jesus! All my being’s ransomed pow’rs: All my tho’ts and words and doings, All my days and all my hours. All for Jesus! all for Jesus! All my days and all my hours; Read: Haggai 1:7-12

Dr. David N. Smeltz, Missionary to Eastern Europe, Asia and the World Today’s Through the Bible Reading

1 Kings 12,13, Luke 24:36-53


Saturday, May 7

lived all my life in the Piedmont regions I have of the eastern United States: rolling hills, lots

of trees. I have also traveled along the coastal plains of the east coast and still you can’t see a great way in the distance because trees still dominate the landscapes. This summer I traveled to Colorado Spring, CO and saw a sight The Security I had never seen. I saw a railroad train, a long train, in its entirety all at the same timeof the Saved railroad -engine to caboose, all at once. I had watched long trains go by me at railroad crossings, car by car, and I had seen short “amusement park” trains all at once. But this was a “real” long I am Alpha and Omega, train--I saw it all. I was where it had been and the beginning and the where it was going. And I saw it all in one moending, saith the Lord, ment of time—amazing! which is, and which Christians live their lives day by day and mowas, and which is to ment by moment and that is good and proper. come, the Almighty. – Revelation 1:8 But because the past fades, some live in fear of who they were and whether God has really forgiven us. And because our vision of where God is leading us is obscured by the hills and trees of doubt and the unknown, we fear tomorrow. Comfort yourself with his marvelous truth. God has seen the whole train of your life, and has always seen it. God has seen it all. When He saved you, He knew all the sins you would ever commit and He forgave them all: those in the past, present and future, the moment you asked Him to save your soul. And no matter how dark the trial you are going through, God has seen you glorified with Him in eternity. He has saved you to the uttermost. He is the beginning and the ending! Read: Hebrews 10

Dr. Ray Love, Tri-State Baptist Church, Charlestown, WV Today’s Through the Bible Reading 1 Kings 14,15, John 1:1-28


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