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Series: DEVOTIONS IN EXODUS, LEVITICUS, NUMBERS, AND DEUTERONOMY
Devotional - Honest Measures
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Thursday Jun 13, 2019
Devotional - Honest Measures

“Do not use dishonest standards when measuring length, weight or quantity.” – Leviticus 19:35

 

In August 1997, an immigrant, who rose from gas-station attendant to multimillionaire owner of a string of stations, was indicted for defrauding customers at the pump for years and ordered at least three murders.

Federal prosecutors accused Gurmeet Singh Dhinsa, age 35, who owned the City Gas chain of 51 service stations, of running a criminal enterprise that involved rigging gas pumps to defraud customers, evading taxes and the ordering of seven or more murders to cover-up his crimes.

Investigators found rigged pumps at his gas stations, which took in gross revenues of more than $60 million a year in New York City alone. Electronic devices attached to the pumps overcharged customers several cents a gallon, according to the criminal complaint.

He was found guilty of murder and racketeering after an eight-week trial. He was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole. In addition, Dhinsa was forced to pay $1.75 million in restitution. His business was auctioned by the government to cover civil fines.

 

Dishonest measures are a crime and a sin. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that He honors us when we use honest measures and deal honestly with others.

 

“The best measure of a man's honesty isn't his income tax return. It's the zero adjust on his bathroom scale.” – Arthur C. Clarke

 

God’s Word: “Do not have two differing weights in your bag--one heavy, one light. Do not have two differing measures in your house--one large, one small. You must have accurate and honest weights and measures, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. For the LORD your God detests anyone who does these things, anyone who deals dishonestly.” – Deuteronomy 25:13-16

 

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Devotional - Do Not Lie
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jun 12, 2019
Devotional - Do Not Lie

“‘Do not steal.’ ‘Do not lie.’ ‘Do not deceive one another.’” – Leviticus 19:11

 

In December 2018, the German magazine Der Spiegel revealed that one of its top award-winning journalists fabricated many of his articles, inventing characters, sources, and their quotes “on a grand scale” for many years.

Claas Relotius, a reporter and editor, admitted to fabricating parts of at least 14 stories following the magazine’s internal investigation. The publication said the issue “marks a low point in the 70-year history of Der Spiegel.”

The reporter contributed around 60 articles to Der Spiegel, one of the leading German magazines for investigative reporting. He previously worked for other publications in Europe and won awards such as CNN Journalist of the Year in 2014.

The fabricated articles include a phone interview with the parents of free agent NFL player Colin Kaepernick.

Investigators found that the Kaepernick story didn’t contain any truth except for the town’s population, the average temperature, and names of the businesses or public figures.

“I am sick and I need to get help,” Relotius reportedly told the magazine.

 

Lying and deception go hand-in-hand with other sins. Today in prayer, confess any sin of lying and seek to be open and honest in your relationships.

 

“No man was ever so much deceived by another as by himself.” – Fulke Greville

 

God’s Word: “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” – Ephesians 4:25

 

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Devotional - Being Faithful When Called
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jun 11, 2019
Devotional - Being Faithful When Called

BEING FAITHFUL WHEN CALLED                                 Wednesday – June 12, 2019

 

“Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, "Do not let your hair become unkempt, and do not tear your clothes, or you will die and the LORD will be angry with the whole   community. But your relatives, all the house of Israel, may mourn for those the LORD has destroyed by fire. Do not leave the entrance to the Tent of Meeting or you will die, because the LORD's anointing oil is on you." So they did as Moses said.” – Leviticus 10:6-7

 

In 2005, the Guinness Book of World Records said that Percy and Florence Arrowsmith held two records—the longest marriage of a living couple (80 years) and having the largest married couple’s aggregate age (205 years).

The marriage was a success, she said because they were faithful to work hard at it. They lived to see their children, their grandchildren, and their great grandchildren.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Arrowsmith have since died, but they left good advice for those who want to have a lasting marriage. Florence said, “You must never go to sleep bad friends. If you’ve had a quarrel, you make it up. Never be afraid to say, ‘sorry’.”

Percy had slightly more humorous advice. He said the secret to his long marriage was just two words, “Yes, dear.”

 

The Lord desires us to be faithful and He will bring success. Today in prayer, thank the Lord that when we are faithful to Him, He will bring success.

 

“Too many Christians have a commitment of convenience. They'll stay faithful as long as it's safe and doesn't involve risk, rejection, or criticism. Instead of standing alone in the face of challenge or temptation, they check to see which way their friends are going.” - Charles Stanley

 

God’s Word: “I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”– Luke 18:8

 

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Devotional - Feeling Guilt
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jun 10, 2019
Devotional - Feeling Guilt

“These are the regulations for the guilt offering, which is most holy” – Leviticus 7:1

 

In March 2019, a New Jersey man said he has returned an overdue library book — 53 years after he first borrowed the book.

Fair Lawn resident Harry Krame said he checked out “The Family Book Of Verse” by Lewis Gannet from his school library when he was 13 and Lyndon Johnson was President of the United States. The now 65-year-old Krame found the book recently while cleaning out his basement and felt guilty about keeping it overdue for all those years.

Memorial Middle School Vice Principal Dominick Tarquinio said a late fee at today’s rate would be about $2,000, but he also said the district will let it slide and Krame will not have to pay any fine.

School librarian Susan Murray said she plans to use the book for a display to teach students about returning books on time.

Guilt is the realization of sin. But thanks be to Christ that He loves us and forgives us when we confess our sin and desire reconciled to Him. Today in prayer, praise Christ that He has paid the price for all of our sins and removed our guilt and shame.   

 

“Guilt is the very nerve of sorrow.” – Horace Bushnell

 

God’s Word: “let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” – Hebrews 10:22

 

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Devotional - He Will Give Us Rest
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Sunday Jun 9, 2019
Devotional - He Will Give Us Rest

“The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” – Exodus 33:14

 

Behavioral scientists have long studied how noise and rest affect human performance. In one experiment carried out by psychologists, a student leaving a library intentionally dropped an armload of books. In 50% of the cases, a passerby stopped to help the student pick up the books. Then the experimenters brought out a lawn mower without a muffler and started it near where a student would again intentionally drop the books. This time, only about 10% of the people who passed stopped to help. It was clear that behavior changed because of the earsplitting sound of the nearby lawn mower. 

In experiments in Los Angeles, researchers found that children who lived in neighborhoods near the airport could not complete certain tasks undertaken when jets were landing and taking off as easily as children who lived in quiet neighborhoods. Some studies of prison conditions have shown that the high level of noise causes more complaints by prisoners than the food or other prison conditions.

 

The Lord desires to give us rest. Today in prayer, rest in Jesus, knowing He will be with you and provide for you throughout all eternity.

 

“Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength. It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

 

God’s Word: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28

 

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Devotional - The Sin Of Bribery
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Friday Jun 7, 2019
Devotional - The Sin Of Bribery

“Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous.” – Exodus 23:8

 

In April 2018, the Rev. Mitzi Bickers of Atlanta, appeared in federal court after an11-count indictment was unsealed that charged her with conspiracy to commit bribery, money laundering, wire fraud, tampering with a witness or informant, and filing false tax returns. The 51 year old faced charges that she took $2 million in bribes to steer $17 million of city of Atlanta contracts to at least two contractors from 2010 to 2015.

Mitzi is the daughter of Reverend Benjamin Weldon Bickers, who was a close boyhood friend of Dr. Martin Luther King. For most of her adult life, she ministered to people in her church, in jails or at funerals.

As Bickers appeared in court, federal agents were hauling away the jet skis, classic car and other items from her home allegedly purchased with the bribe payments.

According to documents, Bickers' spent the money on vacations to Aruba, Disney resorts and on Carnival cruise lines. She also opened several businesses, which closed after a few months, including Derrty South Entertainment, a strip club on the Mexican border in Texas.

She was sentenced to 21 months in prison for her crimes.

 

Bribery is a sin that wounds our witness to others. Today in prayer, ask the Lord to keep the temptation of bribery far from you.

 

“Though the bribe be small, yet the fault is great.” – Lord Edward Coke

 

God’s Word: “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes.” – Deuteronomy 10:17

 

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Devotional - Caring For Orphans
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jun 5, 2019
Devotional - Caring For Orphans

“Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan.” – Exodus 22:22

 

Paul and Robin Pennington were married in 1978. They raised their family in Driftwood, Texas. They have six children (five through adoption). But it was when Paul traveled to Korea to adopt their son Ethan that his eyes were open to the global problem.

He came face-to-face with orphans, many of who were not even adoptable for a variety of reasons, in their closest equivalent to “home.”

An unadoptable 3-year-old Korean girl trailed him through the orphanage and tugged at his leg. She kept repeating the Korean word for “daddy.”

“That’s the day I realized there’s something here that the Church has really missed,” Paul said.

In 2001, they started “Hope for Orphans” with a vision for Biblically based adoption education in the local church.

Paul and Robin’s skills and personalities have complemented each other in this ministry from the start.

“Paul sees more globally,” Robin said, “and I see individuals.” 

Paul lists respite care, supporting families financially, and watching the other children during doctor visits as only a few of “a thousand practical ways” to help adoptive families.

“We’ve always believed that the way to care for 150 million orphans is the mass mobilization of the Church,” he said.

 

The Lord desires us to open up our hearts to orphans and widows. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for adopting you into His family and ask Him how you can better provide for orphans and widows.

 

“Followers of Jesus Christ care about widows and orphans and they understand that it is a litmus test. It is not an option.” – Kay Warren

 

God’s Word: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” – James 1:27

 

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Devotional - Consider Your Speech
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Wednesday Jun 5, 2019
Devotional - Consider Your Speech

“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” – Exodus 20:7

 

USAir Flight 427 was six miles from Pittsburgh International Airport on Sept. 8, 1994, when the Boeing 737-3B7 suddenly — and inexplicably — nose-dived into a wooded hillside along Route 60 in Hopewell Township, Beaver County. All 132 passengers and crew were killed instantly in the crash, which remains the worst aviation disaster in Pittsburgh’s history. 

Initially, the cause of that crash was a mystery, because the plane just seemed to fall from the sky. So investigators listened to the plane’s black box. They hoped it would tell them what happened. CNN played a portion of that recording on the air. It was just a few seconds from the time the pilot detected trouble until the plane crashed.

The black box revealed these sounds from the cockpit:

First, there was an exclamation of "Oh," followed by profanity and a string of "curse words," then came the crash and silence.

It was in those final moments that the pilot’s real habits and life message was laid bare before the whole world.

Isn’t that sad?

The last words spoken by that pilot were "profanity"!

 

We need to love the Lord and say His name with respect, not to take the Lord’s name in vain. Today in prayer, thank Christ that His name is Wonderful and we have the privilege to call Jesus Christ our Lord and friend.

 

“The foolish and wicked practice of profane cursing and swearing is a vice so mean and low that every person of sense and character detests and despises it.” – George Washington

 

God’s Word: “Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 19:12

 

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Devotional - Be Free To Worship
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Tuesday Jun 4, 2019
Devotional - Be Free To Worship

“Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’” – Exodus 8:1

 

In December 2017, Indonesian Pastor Abraham Ben Moses shared the gospel with a Muslim taxi driver. The conversation was captured on video and Pastor Abraham was given a four-year prison sentence for religious defamation and a fine equivalent to USD $3,565.

In April 2019, by God’s grace and through his wife’s continuous effort, Pastor Abraham was granted an early release and placed under house arrest.

While he still has to report to local police monthly, he is able to move freely in Jakarta. It also brings him great joy that he is able to hold his daughter, who was born while he was imprisoned.

Pastor Abraham asked to pray for his ministry so that he can continue to spread the Gospel in Indonesia. “A lot of people hate those men who spread the Gospel to unbelievers. I thank God because till now I am consistent in sharing about Jesus to everyone. Even when I was in prison, so many people repented and came to Jesus,” he said, before adding that he is now preparing to provide discipleship for prisoners.

For those people who have been praying for him, he said, “I’m so grateful for many people who have been praying for us while I was in prison for about a year and four months. Thank you, brothers and sisters.”

 

Freedom to worship the Lord does not exist in many areas of the world. Today in prayer, pray for those who face persecution for desiring to worship Jesus.

 

“No peace without justice, no justice without forgiveness. To pray for peace is to pray for justice, for a right-ordering of relations within and among nations and peoples. It is to pray for freedom, especially for the religious freedom that is a basic human and civil right of every individual. To pray for peace is to seek God's forgiveness, and to implore the courage to forgive those who have trespassed against us.” – John Paul II

 

God’s Word: “Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, 'This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’’” – Exodus 9:1

 

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Devotional - God Will Help Us
Posted by Peter Kennedy on Monday Jun 3, 2019
Devotional - God Will Help Us

“The LORD said to him, ‘Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’” – Exodus 4:11-12

 

Ten months into the Civil War, at the Battle of Shiloh, Generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman began a unique friendship. Each carefully took the other's measure. They shared the demands of family life and the heartache of personal tragedy. They shared similar philosophies of battle, employed similar strategies and tactics, and remained in close, virtually daily communication throughout the conflict. 

On March 20, 1864, Grant and Sherman holed up in a parlor of the Burnet House, an elegant hotel in Cinncinnati, to devise a strategy to crush the Confederacy. The two were now close friends and the strategy was for Grant to pursue General Robert E. Lee and for Sherman to pursue General Joe Johnston’s army.

The strategic plan worked and the war ended in the next year.

Just prior to the end of the war, in an 1865 letter from William Tecumseh Sherman to U. S. Grant, Sherman wrote, "I knew wherever I was that you thought of me, and if I got in a tight place you would come."

 

The Lord desires a close friendship with you and if you encounter a tight place, He will come. Today in prayer, give thanks to the Lord that He helps us when we seek Him.

 

“When we can't piece together the puzzle of our own lives, remember the best view of a puzzle is from above.  Let Him help put you together.” – Terri Guillemets

 

God’s Word: “In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” – Psalm 18:6

 

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