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SELAH

SELAH

The exact meaning of Selah is unknown. Scholars believe it may be a musical term that means to pause and reflect. So with that thought in mind, I would like end this year by pausing for a moment to reflect and thank the Lord for His goodness and many blessings:

  • Thousands have read my book, The Greatest Moment.
  • Hundreds of Thousands have pondered my writings in Anthologies.
  • Millions upon Millions have been encouraged by my Devotionals.

Moreover, The Greatest Moment has impacted people all across the United States and worldwide. Some of the places include Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Mexico, and several countries in Africa. And those are just a few of the ones I know about; no doubt, there are many others.

In all these things, God deserves the credit and adoration.

Thank you Lord!

Charles Earl Harrel

 

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How Willing?

How Willing?

Read Matthew 23:23–39

When Joshua took possession of the land of Canaan, he left the fortified city of Jerusalem under Jebusite control. It remained that way until the reign of King David. Although David had a ruling city, he saw the advantage of Jerusalem over Hebron. Leading a daring attack, David captured Jerusalem and made it his new capital. The Jewish people still refer to it as the City of David and sometimes as Zion (2 Samuel 5:7).

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37).

Jesus spoke here of all the Jews. They were special, called of God, but unwilling to come together and follow Him.

God desires to gather all His children in unity. He wants us to lay aside our differences and worship Him, to pray together, to work side by side in the harvest, to serve only Him. The call to Jerusalem echoes to the Church today—how willing are we?

Thought for Today: Only at the cross are we truly made willing.

Quicklook: Matthew 23:37–39

—Charles Earl Harrel

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Looking for Volunteers

biblical-famineLooking for Volunteers

Read Genesis 42:1 through 44:34

When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” (Genesis 42:1).

Crops withered away that year, just as Joseph predicted. The early and latter rains did not fall. The famine spread slowly at first, but soon all of Egypt was affected. Then it moved into the surrounding lands. Even Canaan, the land of promise, was not exempt.

Every year the famine grew worse. Families starved, livestock perished, and there was no end in sight. Then came the word: Egypt had grain. However, when Jacob told his sons the good news, they had this odd response. They just looked at each other as if to say, “Not me.”

The journey involved risk, and some travelers didn’t return home. Moreover, the Pharaohs weren’t known for their generosity to foreigners, and they hated shepherds like them. The brothers stared at each other, hoping someone else would volunteer.

Sometimes we hesitate to respond to needs at church, yet pastors are starving for willing servants. Before saying no, ask God how you can help.

Thought for Today: Whatever the need, everyone can help in some way.

Quicklook: Genesis 42:1–13

—Charles Earl Harrel

Daily Prayer Emphasis: Unity in the Church

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Use It or Lose It! — Devotions for Teachers…

Labor Day is here, students are going back to school, and teachers are preparing for another year. This blog post is an important reminder, not just for teachers, but also for all of us.

God places us where we are to accomplish considerable exploits on His behalf. He has great expectations for us. It’s written in His word. Therefore, as Christians, and Christian teachers, we instinctively understand we are to increase what He puts in our hands. Amen? Matthew 25:14-30 New Living Translation (NLT) 14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can […]

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I Will Serve Him Forever

ServantI Will Serve Him Forever

Read Exodus 19:1 through 21:36

The Hebrew people were no longer honored guests in Goshen. Freedoms enjoyed during the time of Joseph quickly slipped away. The new pharaoh forced non-Egyptians into lifelong servitude. God’s people were now slaves.

After they escaped into the wilderness, God gave His people new laws to live by. One of them had a distinct feature—an escape clause for indentured servants. The Hebrews were not to be like the Egyptians, who bound people into a lifetime of slavery, with little hope of escape. According to the Law of Moses, a Hebrew servant and his family were set free after serving six years. However, if that servant loved his master and decided to stay, his master would take him before the judges, and pierce his ear with an awl against the doorpost. The servant would then serve his master for the rest of his life (Exodus 21:5, 6).

The analogy fits perfectly: Jesus Christ is a loving master like no other. When we bind ourselves to Him in faith and accept His free gift of salvation, we become His bondservant for all eternity. As the Hebrew servants discovered, a godly master is worthy of all our devotion.

Thought for Today: Servants bound in Christ have more freedom than they did under the bondage of sin.

Quicklook: Exodus 21:1–6

—Charles Earl Harrel

Pray that God would save your loved ones.

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Send Someone Else

High DesertSend Someone Else

Read Exodus 4:1 through 6:30

“I know God has called me to pastoral ministry, but I’m fairly certain He hasn’t called me to the middle of nowhere.” When asked if they would pastor a small-town church, located in the high desert plains of Nevada, most candidate ministers offered similar replies.

The church in “the middle of nowhere” had been without a pastor for almost a year. The last person to fill the pulpit was a Bible student on college break for the summer. He only stayed two months.

Moses faced a similar “invitation” when God called him to return to Egypt and free the Hebrews enslaved by Pharaoh. This ministry assignment would be difficult at best. Moses told God he was a poor speaker, and asked God to send someone else to do it (Exodus 4:10, 13). Fortunately, God’s will prevailed, and Moses packed up his traveling gear.

Laborers for the kingdom of God are sorely needed. Instead of looking at the difficulties, look at God’s almighty abilities. When God sends us on a divine mission, He provides the ways and means to accomplish the task.

Challenge for Today: The next time your pastor asks for help, consider the request with an open heart.

Quicklook: Exodus 4:10–13
—Charles Earl Harrel

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His Hand Extended

Hand Reaching                 His Hand Extended

                 Read Isaiah 6:1–13

After 2 weeks of missionary services at Full Gospel Tabernacle, Chuck knew what to expect. The format never varied. Missionaries greeted the church in a foreign language, talked about their mission, showed slides, handed out prayer cards, took an offering, and preached a message. Each night the same soloist sang the same chorus to the same people; then the service ended. A few stayed to pray but most went home.

However, something unexpected happened on the final night. The soloist began singing, “Oh, to be His hand extended, reaching out to . . .” Suddenly she stopped. Uncontrollable weeping spread throughout the sanctuary. Tears filled each eye. People everywhere were moving to the altars. Chuck hurried to the front too, found one spot left and took it. Then he heard the voice.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).

Chuck heard a voice that came from within. The voice spoke to others that night as well. God’s call to the harvest manifests itself in different ways, but the message remains the same. His voice calls to you today.

Challenge for Today: Will you be His hand extended?

Quicklook: Isaiah 6:4–10
—Chuck Harrel

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