Enjoying the Journey

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My Shortest Post Ever – 2 Words to Help You Today

This is the time of year when so many people become sluggish. Schedules are hectic. The newness of the new year has worn off and the freshness of spring has not yet arrived. Weather is wearying. Illness is rampant. Christmas vacation has long since vanished and summer vacation seems far in the distance. For all of you who have such thoughts and feelings (like we all do at times!) I share two simple words: PRESS ON. That’s it. Sometimes the greatest thing you do is simply put one foot in front of another. Be faithful. As the old retired marine in our church used to say, “Stay at your post of duty.” PRESS ON. God has His eye on you.…

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The Power of a Name Remembered

It has been said that the most beautiful word in the English language is your own name. Even if you don’t care for the name you have been given, it means a great deal when others care enough to use it. Everyone loves to be known. To be acknowledged. Several months ago I was having a meal in a restaurant with a pastor. The owner of the establishment came by the table to say hello. My friend was a regular and kindly introduced me to the restaurant owner. It was a very brief introduction and our meal went on. Nearly an hour later as we were leaving I heard a voice behind me, “It was nice to meet you, Scott.…

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Announcing New Guest Blog Posts!

Pilgrim's Progress Christian Faithful

Last year we provided a free resource each month to encourage and equip believers. In 2018 I would like to make available a different type of resource. Each month a special guest will publish a blog post on Enjoying the Journey. People are the greatest blessing of all! The writers will all be different and will provide insight and help on a variety of areas. It is my hope that their posts will allow you to get acquainted with them and with other tools that may be available. We are all on a journey with Jesus. Along the way God uses fellow travelers to help us stay on the right path and keep moving forward. In John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress it was…

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A Devotional Truth for the Evening

Every close to the day is a reminder that God has not failed or forsaken us. Weariness should remind us that His strength was sufficient. Memories should remind us that His wisdom was perfect. Quiet hours should remind us that His presence was real in the busiest hours of the day. Evenings are a time to think. To pray. To give thanks. One of the Old Testament patriarchs had a divine appointment in the evening hours. It was then that the promise came to fruition and he met the wife God had chosen for him. I believe that it is no accident that the blessing came as he meditated alone… “And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at…

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A Devotional Truth for the Morning

I am in another time zone this morning. Next week I will be in a time zone ten and a half hours different from home! It is easy for mornings and evenings to get mixed up at times. God makes a definite distinction between evening and morning in His Word. This is true from the very beginning in Genesis 1. Mornings are the first moments of a new day. When we give the first things to God He always makes the rest more blessed. Recently I was reading Charles Spurgeon’s message on “Morning and Evening Songs.” What a rich spiritual meal! Permit me to give you a little taste: Every morning is a sort of resurrection…Let us give the Lord…

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A Reminder for 2018

Today is the last day of the first week of a new year. Imagine each year as a puzzle with fifty-two pieces. The first piece is now in place. Recently I heard someone talking about “chance.” Christians should not view life as an accident. Life is about choices. There are two kinds of choices: There are choices God makes for us. These we must accept. There are choices God gives us to make. These we must act on. Each piece of the puzzle is either providence or a personal decision. If God allows us to live and tarries His return, in just a few weeks we will again be celebrating the conclusion of another year. The picture that we view…

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A Goal for 2018

How are you doing with your goals for the new year? It is just the first week but how quickly we can forget and fail in the very areas we resolutely said we would do better in! Do not be discouraged. The year is a marathon, not a sprint…and you are just getting warmed up. The first steps of a run are the hardest. Keep moving. Push yourself. At some point you reach a rhythm. You find your stride. This is true in all of life. Most people never reach their goal because they are not hard enough on themselves. In our age of comfort and ease we have become enamored with convenience. This is never the way to victory.…

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A Prayer for 2018

When God speaks to us it is natural to respond to Him. The Bible should lead us to prayer! Several years ago someone gave me a book about praying the Scriptures. That truth changed my devotional life. If you pray in the will of God you can know you are praying in the will of God. God’s Word gives substance to your prayers and increases the faith needed to pray it. Charles Spurgeon said it this way: “The prayers God answers are the ones that begin with Him.” Allow the Scriptures to serve as prayer prompter. The Holy Spirit will use God’s Word to guide your prayers. Several weeks ago the Lord laid a verse on my heart in my prayer…

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A Word for 2018

There is power in one word from God. I hold a personal conviction that the very words and every word of Scripture are given by inspiration of God. They have been preserved for us. Every word. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable…” (2 Timothy 3:16). “…It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word the proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). One word from God’s Word is so full of power and potential that if understood and applied it can change a person forever. Many words have been used by the Holy Spirit in this way in my life. From time to time God puts one word on…

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A Scripture for 2018

Scott Pauley

Many of us have made definite commitments to give renewed attention to God’s Word in the new year. For me, that means something different every year. I try not to use the same reading schedule or plan. This keeps the routine from becoming a rut and helps me to approach it with fresh expectancy. I offer my plan for this year to you in the hope that some idea might encourage you in your own time in God’s Word… God led me to Psalm 119 for 2018. It is the longest psalm in the Bible. 174 of the 176 verses specifically reference the truth of God’s Word. And yet, I have discovered that this psalm seems to cover the gamut…

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