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God’s Word for Today

I am the featured writer for all the Sunday devotionals in March, April, and May for God’s Word for Today, a devotional magazine put out by Gospel Publishing House.

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Given the Right

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GIVEN THE RIGHT

Read 1 Chronicles 1:1 through 2:55; John 1:1–18

Instead of talking with friends at the Rosemont Middle School, Chuck rushed home after the final dismissal bell. He flopped into his chair, tossed his homework aside for the moment, and reached for the devotional magazine in the top desk drawer. Flipping to the marked page from the previous day, he started reading. He had never experienced anything like this before—the words seemed alive, jumping off the page and piercing his heart. The tears flowed as he realized Jesus was knocking at the door to his life. As Chuck walked to school the next morning, he wondered if his schoolmates would notice that Jesus had entered his life.

To all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:12).

When we believe that God’s Word is true, it opens our spiritual heart to receive Jesus. For those who believe in His name, God offers adoption into His eternal family. We now have the right to become God’s children, yet we do not earn this incredible privilege. Jesus has earned it for us. It is a gift, freely given to all who ask. How are you treating God’s incredible gift?

Challenge for Today: Find someone who needs God’s adoption service.

—Charles Earl Harrel (Chuck)

God’s Word for Today © 2004 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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It Works

It WorksConies        

It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Corinthians 1:21, Kings James Version).

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:20–25
Song: “Rescue the Perishing”

The minister sensed my interest in becoming a minister myself. So he asked me to share a short, 15-minute message for the vesper hour. Vespers were held an hour before the regular evening service and were normally attended by only a handful of people. Since I had never preached before, my mentor showed much wisdom in scheduling this inexperienced teenager for the early service.

For my text I chose Proverbs 30:26, a verse about conies being “a feeble folk.” Having no idea what conies were, I substituted squirrels. It was a monumental mistake. Half way into my message, a man raised his hand and blurted out that conies were rabbit-looking woodchucks that lived in high rocky crags, not pine trees.

I could feel my preaching career coming to an abrupt end. Flustered, I stumbled through the rest of my message and ended with a lengthy prayer—giving people ample time to leave the sanctuary. Instead, they lined up to thank me. And I discovered an interesting thing about the foolishness of preaching that day—it works.

Lord, help me to prepare well when I have to speak. But do make up the difference between my foolishness and Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.

“It Works” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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The King’s Command

Assyrian ArmyRead 2 Chronicles 29:1 through 32:33

The Assyrian army came ready to fight. Their warriors were known for fierceness, brutal torture, and no mercy. The Assyrians feared few people, especially these feeble Israelites and their desert God. They boasted that no city could withstand them. King Hezekiah and everyone in Judah knew their claims were not idle threats. The situation looked grim. A ruthless enemy surrounded their city, while a hidden one besieged their hearts. Even so, a godly king issued his command from the city gate.

Assyrian Army-2Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him (2 Chronicles 32:7).

The Church faces a formidable enemy, too. The Bible portrays him as a raging lion looking for someone to devour. Satan carries a menacing arsenal, including fear and discouragement. He boasts of an invincible army. Nevertheless, God always outmatches Satan. A greater power resides with us because Jesus, our righteous King, has so commanded.

Challenge for Today: Power up with God’s Word and prayer each morning, and then seize the day. Your enemy is already defeated.

Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 32:1–8
—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2005 Gospel Publishing House (used by permission)

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Devotional Book Giveaway—last call

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365 Devotions 2015I will be picking three names for three devotional anthologies on Saturday, February 28. If you want to enter the drawing for a 365 Devotions, it is not too late. Just head over to BOOK GIVEAWAYS to enter your name. It’s simple, free, and no strings attached.

Wake-Up Call

locusts plagueRead Joel 1:1 through 3:21

The locusts swarmed in like an invading army, creating an unnatural cloud that covered the horizon and dimmed the sunlight. They attacked in waves, and they knew exactly what they wanted. Within hours the wheat and barley harvest disappeared; not even stalks remained. Fruit trees were stripped, vines trampled, and every green pasture devoured. An even worse drought followed. Never had a plague so ravaged Israelite land.

Calamities often strike without warning. They can affect a whole nation or just one family. Their aftermath can leave us impoverished, bewildered, and looking for answers. The prophet Joel knew where to turn.

Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD (Joel 1:14).

Not all catastrophes result from natural consequences. Some have divine origin and carry a message. In Joel’s case, the plague was a call to repent, but God’s reprimand also contained hope: Whoever does call upon Him will be saved.

Thought for Today: Intercession is still the best solution for times of tragedy. Only God has all the answers. Only He offers salvation to repentant people.

Quicklook: Joel 1:2–14

—Charles Earl Harrel

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