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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.

The Corrupt Prophet

“Now all these things (Old Testament accounts) happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:11,12)

In Numbers 22-24 and 31 there is recorded for our instruction the deeds of a rapscallion named Balaam. We don't hear much about him these days, but he was guilty of some pretty serious wickedness and Nehemiah, Micah, Peter, Jude and Jesus all spoke about it. His deeds are recorded as; 1. The way of Balaam (2Peter 2:15-17), 2. The error of Balaam (Jude 11), 3. The doctrine of Balaam (Rev.2:14).


An Overcomer or A Survivor

Jesus said to His disciples; “in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world.” John wrote: “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

An elderly woman was asked by a young person what was the greatest achievement in her life. She thought for a moment and said it was that she was a survivor; she had survived tragedy, bad decisions, disappointments, etc. Her life story was inspiring, but in looking back at it I could not help but wish she had been able to say she was more than just surviving life. She never mentioned God.


Wasted Prayers

Prayer has always been an integral part of all “worship” whether Christian or Pagan. Have you ever given thought to how many prayers on any given day are offered up in this wide world? Think about the reasons why people pray...despair, gratitude, want, joy, fear, duty, greed, form. Think of many rituals that are a part of the praying of various religions and cultures. What must “He who sits above the circle of the earth” think as He listens to all of them? It is a sobering and sad contemplation!


Lessons Repeated

Is it not often so, that we only learn in part
And the Master's testing time may show
That it was not quite “by heart?”
Then He gives, in His wise and patient grace,
That lesson again with the mark still set
in the self-same place.
(Frances Ridley Havergal)

In the six short passages that John Mark is mentioned in the Bible we can follow the life of a young man who for some reason failed the test set before him but learned from his mistake and when the Master tested him again concerning whatever was his problem he showed that he had learned his lesson, and evidently, learned it well! I believe it is recorded for all of us as an encouragement.


God Is Still Speaking

I remember a young teen asking me in great seriousness; “What about all the people in the world who have not heard about God; what happens to them?” It was in a Sunday School class and we had been talking about heaven and hell. I turned to John 1:9; “That was the true Light (Jesus) that gives light to every man coming into the world,” and I said that if God tells us He has revealed Himself to every person then by faith I accept it. I have been asked that question many times as a Pastor, and if I could go back I would take time to discuss with that class the ways God does specifically speak to people.


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