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Devotional - Descent
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Aug 3, 2020
Devotional - Descent

“Youths oppress my people, women rule over them. My people, your guides lead you astray; they turn you from the path.” – Isaiah 3:12


Pastor Gene Brooks writes the following: “In Liberia, West Africa, where Amanda and I lived for a while and which is still in our hearts, the nation began a descent from the most prosperous, advanced nation on the continent in 1980 to ranking by Money Magazine in Jan. 2004 as the worst place to live in the world, the month we arrived, ranking behind Iraq and Afghanistan. What happened? In 1980, an illiterate Army sergeant named Samuel Doe stormed the Presidential palace with a few men, assassinated President Tubman, and took over the country. When another rebel leader named Charles Taylor threatened to oust President Doe in 1989, he famously said to Liberian citizens in an effort to get support, ‘Better the devil you know than the angel you don’t know.’ Charles Taylor eventually did take the government over. Today he is being tried before the Hague’s International Court for war crimes.”


The Lord will judge those who were placed in authority. Today in prayer, pray for America’s leaders that they may follow Christ. 


“The rulers shall therefore come face to face with an angry God and shall have the sentence of judgment passed upon them for such conduct. This statement is true not only with reference to the leaders of Israel but to those public officials of all nations who abuse the rights and prerogatives of their offices.” – David Cooper


God’s Word: “Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” – Matthew 15:14


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Devotional - Settle The Matter
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Aug 2, 2020
Devotional - Settle The Matter

“‘Come now, let us settle the matter,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;’” – Isaiah 1:18-19


Nelson Mandela took a stand against apartheid in South Africa and was a political prisoner for 27 years. 

Soon after his release, Nelson was asked, “When you were released from Robben Island prison in 1990, you greeted the crowd with the raised fist of the African National Congress.  But a moment later, you bowed your head before you spoke. What were you thinking?”

Nelson replied, “When I first saw the crowds waiting for me, I raised my right arm with the clenched fist of the ANC because I was reminded of all the struggle we had been through.

But then I realized that things could not be like that. I remembered the Bible study group I had joined at the prison, and I heard the voice of Jesus telling me to speak for peace.”

Nelson could have called the black South Africans to rise up against their white oppressors, but instead, he called them to peace and said that he had fought against both white and black domination.


Jesus came to reconcile us to God and to others. Today in prayer, praise Jesus that He is our reconciliation.  


“God did not wait for a change of heart on our part. He made the first move. Indeed, He did more than that. He did all was necessary to secure our reconciliation, including our change of heart. Even though He is the One offended by our sin, He is the One who makes amends to Himself through the death of Christ.” – Jerry Bridges


God’s Word: “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.” – Matthew 5:25


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