For Thou Art With Me
Devotions taken from the messages of Adrian Rogers.BIBLE MEDITATION: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
There’s nothing, my friend, that will bring you more face-to-face with God than going through the dark valleys of life. When you are there, you are going to cling to His garments and hold onto His hand. You won’t stray far from the fold in the dark.
Do you believe that He is with you? The ultimate Sovereign is your loving Savior. You will not have to cross Jordan alone. You will not appear before the judgment of the Holy God alone. You are not going to die alone.
What a joyful promise! You are not alone! Write these words on a card and post it in a place where you can see it all the time:
“I am not alone. God is with me.”
- I serve a risen Savior
He’s in the world today.
I know that He is living,
Whatever men may say.
I see His hand of mercy;
I hear His voice of cheer;
And just the time I need Him
He’s always near.
- He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!
He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.
He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!
You ask me how I know He lives?
He lives within my heart.
I see His loving care,
And though my heart grows weary,
I never will despair;
I know that He is leading,
Through all the stormy blast;
The day of His appearing
Will come at last.
Lift up your voice and sing
To Jesus Christ the King!
The Hope of all who seek Him,
The Help of all who find,
None other is so loving,
So good and kind.
A Doctor was addressing a large audience in Tampa.. 'The material we put into our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining.. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. However, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and we all have eaten, or will eat it. Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?'
After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, 'Wedding Cake.'
In The News:
Poll: Christmas Music Enjoyed by 70 Percent of Americans
Christmas music is nearly inescapable every December -- and according to a new LifeWay Research study, most Americans enjoy it, Baptist Press reports. According to the poll, 70 percent of Americans enjoy hearing Christmas music in December and 86 percent believe school choirs and bands should be allowed to perform religious Christmas music. However, 21 percent said the prevalence of Christmas music in December is "overdone," and 7 percent find it "annoying." More than eight in 10 Americans who consider themselves to be a born-again, evangelical or fundamentalist Christian say they find the prevalence of Christmas music enjoyable, compared to 59 percent of those who "never" attend religious services. When it comes to the type of Christmas music, 67 percent enjoy listening to "both secular and religious songs," 11 percent enjoy only "secular" songs and 6 percent only enjoy "religious" songs. One in 10 Americans say they prefer not to hear any Christmas music.
New 'Queen James Bible' Removes References to Homosexuality From Scripture
In an effort to eliminate all known Scripture references to homosexuality being sinful, a new gay-friendly "Bible" has been released, the Christian News Network reports. "We wanted to make a book filled with the word of God that nobody could use to incorrectly condemn God's LGBT children, and we succeeded," state the publishers of the "Queen James" version, which was published at the end of November. "You can't choose your sexuality, but you can choose Jesus. Now you can choose a Bible, too." The "Queen James" version, which features a rainbow homosexual cross on its cover, makes changes to eight scripture passages it feels have been wrongly construed to reference homosexuality. For example, instead of God's law in Leviticus 18:21 reading "Thou shall not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination," it now reads, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind in the temple of Molech: it is an abomination," insinuating that homosexuality began as a pagan practice and is only prohibited when sexual acts are done in the name of paganism. In 1 Corinthians 6:9, the publishers replace the word "effeminate" with the phrase "morally weak." The edited Bible continues to garner criticism; one reviewer on Amazon writes, "You can change words in the Bible at your own peril, but just because you change the words to make yourself feel better about your grievous sin of homosexuality, it does not change the truth."
Pastor in Lahore, Pakistan, Threatened for Evangelizing
A 39-year-old pastor in Lahore, Pakistan, has been threatened for evangelizing in the Punjab province, ASSIST News Service reports. Kamran Gill has been working with various human rights organizations and denominations for development of youth and marginalized communities, emphasizing the importance of education. However, the locals are not in favor of educating the youth. "It is ironic that a person stands to educate the masses [and] instead they start threatening him," said Father John Samuel of the Lahore Diocese. "They are afraid to educate the youth and they fear that if they will become educated, they will start asking questions and they will start thinking on their own. Unfortunately, a few people in Pakistan want to keep the people covered with illiteracy, so that they can use them for their gain. ... We condemn such a violation of the basic human rights and we condemn the threats given to [Gill] for his work." Gill's wife passed away in Sept. 2011, leaving behind a 9-year-old daughter. The recent threats forced Gill to keep his daughter at home for fear that extremists may target her. A formal complaint has been lodged and police are investigating the matter.