Enjoying the Journey

30 Days of Prayer

By Scott Pauley | September 28, 2012 |

“Pray without ceasing.”  1 Thessalonians 5:17 It is significant that the only thing God commands us to do without ceasing is to pray.  Dr. John R. Rice said often that, “All of our failures are prayer failures.”  Every matter in the Christian life grows out of our personal walk with the Lord each day. In Daniel 6, the king of Babylon signed a decree that no man was permitted to pray for 30 days.  Of course, we know that Daniel, who was a man of faithful prayer, could not abide by that for even one day.  He refused to allow anything or anyone to hinder his communion with God. Why would the devil want to halt prayer for 30 days? …

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Keep Your Windows Open!

By Scott Pauley | September 25, 2012 |

“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.”  Daniel 6:10 The decree was clear that no one was to pray for 30 days.  Daniel goes to his room, opens his window toward Jerusalem, and prays.  He did not open his window so others could see in, though he was not ashamed of that.  In 2 Chronicles 6:36-39 we find that if God’s people were ever carried away captive, they were to pray toward Jerusalem.  Daniel could not see Jerusalem from his window.  He was separated by 550…

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An Example For Every Man

By Scott Pauley | September 18, 2012 |

Why is the temptation of Jesus Christ given to us in Scripture?  We know that our Lord was without sin.  In fact, as God, it was impossible for Him to sin.  Yet the Holy Spirit chose to record His earthly temptation three distinct times (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).  Jesus Christ is the perfect man and therefore is the only perfect example for us.  The God-man set a course for every godly man to follow in the hour of temptation. We learn from Him that we must guard our lives in every point.  Hebrews 4:15 declares that Christ “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  The devil did not bring one temptation against the Lord…

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Right On Time

By Scott Pauley | September 8, 2012 |

We live in time.  60 minutes an hour.  24 hours a day. 7 days a week.  52 weeks a year.  For as many years as God chooses to grant us.  But our God is not bound by time.  He is eternal and time is in Him. Often time seems to move slowly, especially when we are living in the middle of uncomfortable circumstances.  It is then that we must remember that God is a God of perfect timing.  Rudyard Kipling, describing the key questions of investigation, penned, I keep six honest serving men (They taught me all I knew); Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who. While I have asked all of these…

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Enjoying the Journey

By Scott Pauley | September 6, 2012 |

I have always enjoyed travel.  As a little boy I had the opportunity to visit a number of wonderful places with my dad and mom.  Now, it is a thrill to take my own children on adventures to new places.  One thing has changed about travel for me.  Like most young people I was always anxious to “get there.”  The anticipation of what we would do once we arrived at our destination was the main thing.  As I get older I am learning that much of the fun of the trip is the journey itself.  And so it is with life. Dr. Curtis Hutson said many years ago, “I know I am going to enjoy the destination, but I want…

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