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Lew Newkirk is a much loved former Pastor of Casey Baptist Church who served there for 5 years. His ministry to us continues today through the devotionals featured here for your encouragement.

A Grateful Son

Dear brothers and sisters at Casey Baptist,
Pastor Lew considered his time with you to be the highlight of his ministry. I want to thank you for all that your friendships have meant to he and mom. After dads passing, I was looking through one of his Bibles and noticed a few notations in the margin of Matthew 14. This passage records Peter's interaction with Jesus and his invitation to walk on the water, followed by his failure. Dad's notes were simple.....'Peter sank in familar water' and secondly, 'he sank even while following directions'.

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Does Familiarity Breeds Contempt?

Ravi Zacharias tells the story of a wealthy man traveling to another city carrying a bag of precious gems. A thief heard about it and decided to follow the man and relieve him of his treasure along the way. As night fell they stopped at a hostel. The thief made sure to be in the same room. The rich man told him to use the bathroom and get ready for the night and then he would take his turn. When the thief left the man hid his bag of jewels under the mattress of the thief. Then he left and went to the bathroom. While he was gone the thief quietly but meticulously searched all the man's possessions for the bag of gems as well as under his pillow, mattress and bed. Mystified as to where they were he went to sleep. The next morning before resuming their journey the rich man turned to the thief and said; “I know what you were after...the treasure was nearer than you thought.”

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Some Things I Am Learning from Testing

It would not be wrong to say that for the last 9 months a good deal of my time has been spent trying to understand “trials and testings” as they pertain to me and my relationship with God. To put it simply. “What does He want from me? It would also not be wrong to say that for the last 9 months I have been trying to understand why I am alive going from one physical health crisis to another. I know that my Sovereign God has a right to do as He pleases, and that what He pleases to do is always right. That is easy to say but it is not so easy to contemplate the ramifications of that statement when it is personal!

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Individual Worship

Earlier this week while enjoying my first cup of coffee, as usual, I was listening to Dr. Erwin Lutzer. He has a 15 min. study every weekday morning and this series was about worship. He talked about corporate “worthship” and how important a place the Temple worship played in the lives of the children of Israel. We know from reading Acts and the Epistles that it was also of vital importance in the life of the early church and that they were even instructed how to conduct themselves as they bonded together for fellowship and to worship.

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James' Tests of Authenticity

The author of James is James, the half-brother of Jesus and brother of Jude, not James the Apostle. From Acts 15 we can see that James had become an influential and well-respected leader of the Jerusalem church. He was the oldest of Mary's other children and had to deal with the problems Jesus caused the family. Scripture says His siblings did not believe Jesus' claim to be sent from God, but at some point their eyes were opened and we are told (Acts 1) they were in the upper room with the Apostles after the resurrection.

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