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Thursday, April 1

are some church members who come to T here church week after week, month after month

and wonder why they’re a member of their church. They’re not a teacher, usher, or deacon etc. and they feel uninvolved. They think that there is nothing for them to do and wonder why they’re there. By the way, this is God’s plan for every believer: to be a member of, and Your Place serve through, a Bible preaching, teaching and practicing Baptist Church. in Church The first reason God has placed you in your church is found in verse 18. It tells you that God has placed you in the church because it But now hath God pleases Him. We think church is about making set the members us feel good. Our church is about Jesus Christ. every one of them in God has placed each one of us in our church the body, as it hath because it brings Him enjoyment. Secondly, pleased him. verse 22 says because we are necessary to the –1 Corinthians 12:18 church (the body). The Lord has determined that the church can’t function at full power and effectiveness without you. Therefore, you need to be there when the door is open and support the ministry of your church. Thirdly, verse 25 says you are there to bring unity so there is no schism or division. You should be a unifier and not a divider in your church. Fourthly, Ephesians 4:12 says you are to be an edifier, building others up. Ephesians 3:21 says, God has placed you in your church to be a glorifier. You bring honor and glory to Him when you serve Him through a church. And lastly, 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 says you have been given the ministry of a reconciler, an ambassador for Jesus Christ. Don’t ever say I have nothing to do in my church. The Lord says there is much for you to do! Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Pastor Brian Withrow, Wetmore Baptist Church, Wetmore, CO Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 6,7, Luke 8:1-21

Friday, April 2

warfare is evident today. The enemy Spiritual is raging as the battle continues to intensity.

Good soldiers are in high demand. How foolish one would be to enter into the battle without the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11). However, before you can face the battle, there are a few preliminary things you must settle in your life. Arm First, you must arm yourself with the mind of Philippians 2 defines the mind of Christ Yourselves Christ. as a mind given to service, humility, and obedience. You will not make a very good soldier if you arm yourself with the mind of man. There That he no longer is an enormous gap between the mind of Christ should live the rest of and the mind of the natural man. Through the his time in the flesh Holy Spirit’s help you can develop the mind of to the lusts of men, Christ. Second, you must arm yourself with the but to the will of God. will of God. The battle of wills within you is – 1 Peter 4:2 real. The Bible says the spirit within is indeed willing, but your flesh is weak. The will of God settles everything for the Christian. Finally, your handling of the Gospel, God’s Word, determines your hope in this battle. The need to carry the Sword of the Spirit with you is vital, but if you don’t know how to handle it then you will find a quick defeat. Discernment is a necessity in every soldier’s life. After you have settled these few preliminary things, then and only then are you ready to enter into the battle. This spiritual boot camp is vital for victory. The battle cry has sounded, will you respond? Read: 1 Peter 4:1-6

Pastor Wes Rigdon, Lester Baptist Church, Lester, WV Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 8,9, Luke 8:22-56

Saturday, April 3

of my speech students worked at a camp O ne this past summer and was in charge of

horseback riding. The student told the experience of a girl who fell out of the saddle and off the horse because she didn’t maintain proper balance. Do you feel that sometimes you are slipping out of the saddle of life? In the days How Are We in which we live, it is hard to keep things in balance. To Live? Verse 5 text speaks of letting our “moderation be known to all men.” This is speaking about balance. People are watching and observing those who are believers. Do they see joy in your life (verse 4)? When they think of you, Let your moderation do they consider you a “worry wart,” one who be known unto all is always anxious and seems to be wringing men. The Lord is at their hands over what happens around them? hand. – Philippians 4:5 Or, are you balanced? When the Lord told Paul to pen this, the times were bad. It was at Philippi that Paul and Silas were beaten, cast into prison, and placed in stocks. They could have been groaning and crying and complaining about the conditions in which they found themselves, but instead, at midnight they were found singing. Following a great earthquake, the jailer observes Paul and Silas, free from their bonds, yet still in prison and as a result he is converted. When times are bad the tendency is to lose ones bearing and balance. What will help us in such times? The inspired writer gives the answer at the end of verse 5, “the Lord is at hand.” How are we to live? With balance before a lost world, and the fact in mind that Jesus can come at any moment. “Even so come Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20). Read: Philippians 4:1-7

Pastor Stuart G. Hunt, First Baptist Church, Damascus, PA Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 10,11, Luke 9:1-36

Sunday, April 4

central theme of Christianity is the ResurT he rection of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The very

fact of His claims are backed up by His bodily resurrection from the dead. This separates Him and His message from all others. No other can claim deity and back it up by the miracles He performed. No one else could claim to be God He’s Not and accept worship as God, without the judgment of God upon them. He is who He said He Here, For was; our Creator, our God, our Saviour! All He Is Risen! others who made claims to be gods, or leaders in movements; they are all still in the grave. But Jesus Christ is risen! He is not here: for he The following Scriptures prove he arose bodily is risen, as he said. from the dead: Matthew 28:6, Acts 26:22-23, Come, see the place and Luke 24:46. where the Lord lay. –Matthew 28:6 The resurrection of Christ was marked by an earthquake, which was said to be “great”. (Matthew 28:1-7) This passage declares the Price was paid; the Father was satisfied; the Saviour was glorified; the sinners were mortified; and the saints testified. Jesus was seen and touched by other hands, which were women, disciples, apostles; etc (Matthew 28:9, 11-17; John 20:26-29; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Romans 6:9 states “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.” Friend, will you have part? Will you go and tell others that, “He is risen!”? Read: Matthew 28:1-17

Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph over His foes; He arose a Victor from the dark domain, And He lives forever with His saints to reign Pastor Tom Tennant, Vision Baptist Church, Jackson, Ohio Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 12,13,14, Luke 9:37-62

Monday, April 5

a trip to Viet Nam, I visited an unusual D uring shrine made up of hundreds of statues. Ac-

cording to my guide, worshippers would pick the statue that looked the most like an ancestor and pray to it. A few years ago, I read about a student named Long Ho. An ancestor worshiper, he found great Foreign comfort in praying to his deceased grandfather. He was praying to someone he knew and Worship loved, because he found this to be personal and intimate. But when he came from Viet Nam to the United States, Long Ho was introduced to Christianity. For thou bringest certain strange things It sounded like a fairy tale based on American to our ears: we would thinking. To him it was the worship of a foreign God (Acts 17:18). know therefore what these things mean. Then, a Christian friend invited him to visit his –Acts 17:20 home on Christmas. He saw a Christian family in action and heard again the story of Jesus. He listened. He read John 3 about being born again and asked questions. He began to feel the pull of the Holy Spirit. Finally, he realized that Christianity was true. He trusted Jesus as his personal Saviour. When a friend sees Christianity as a foreign worship, we need to respect their heritage while sharing the Gospel graciously and giving them time to explore Christianity. Then trust the Holy Spirit to do His work. Read: Acts 17:16-31

Dr. William Rosinsky, Mission Baptist Church, Thailand Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 15,16,17, Luke 10:1-24

Tuesday, April 6

you visit Hawaii, you definitely want to When see - Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is one emo-

tional place to visit, especially the Battleship Arizona Memorial where hundreds of American sailors are still entombed at the bottom of the harbor. One of the many intriguing facts about Sending that Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was a transaction that took place well before Ammo to that “Day of Infamy.” The United States made the Enemy a deal to ship millions of tons of scrap metal to Japan; metal which was reportedly used to build some of the very airplanes that bombed Pearl Harbor! Though he fall, he It’s just not a good idea to give your enemy shall not be utterly things that he can eventually use to sink you. cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him It’s a mistake we make sometimes with the enemy of our soul, the devil. Our word for today with his hand. – Psalm 37:24 from the Word of God reveals three ways we can actually hand our enemy the raw material with which he can later defeat us. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” Pride is the first kind of ammunition that the devil can use to defeat us (1 Peter 5:5-6). The second is disobedience by not casting our cares upon the Lord (1 Peter 5:7). The third is unfaithfulness (1 Peter 5:9). Let’s learn from the lessons of the past and put on the whole armour of God to be prepared to serve Him (Ephesians 6:13-17). Read: 1 Peter 5:4-11

Bro. Russ Kessler, Voices of Victory Prison Ministry, Harrington, DE Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 18, 19, Luke 10:25-42

Wednesday, April 7

a blessed thought on the impossibility W hat of shame if we will only look to or have

respect to all of God’s commandments. How often are believers tied down to the guilt and shame that is associated with sin and its unpleasant consequences? If we will only walk in His ways we will do no iniquity (verse 3), and then we shall not be ashamed because we Commitment have respect to all His commandments. Living a life that is marked by walking in His ways also leads to joy, which is the opposite of shame. As we walk in the Lord’s ways, our attention is turned away from ourselves and from the things of the world; and instead, turned I will keep thy toward God. The believer’s joy is not rooted in statutes: O forsake circumstances; but in the Lord, and in learning me not utterly. His righteous judgments. This joy manifests –Psalm 119:8 itself in praise to the Lord with an upright heart. What is your source of joy today? David affirmed his commitment to keep God’s statutes. Walking in His ways is walking by faith. Walking by faith is what is best. Without a doubt it pleases God, but that does not mean that it is easy. Walking by faith means we are completely dependent upon God. David expresses his dependence upon God, asking for His continued presence. If we walk in His Word we are always in His presence, because His Word is Himself. Read: Psalm 119:1-8

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 Pastor Scott Blair, Willow Grove Baptist Church, Waynesburg, PA Today’s Bible Reading Schedule

Judges 20, 21, Luke 11:1-28

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