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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.

When Does Worship Cease to Be Worship?

“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years. So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division, according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.” (Luke 1:5-10) Luke then tells us that while in the holy place an angel appeared and announced that Zacharias and Elizabeth would have a son and to name him John.


Discipline Makes the Disciple

You can ignore it, you can avoid it, you can water it down, you can fake it, but it doesn’t change it; DISCIPLINE MAKES THE DISCIPLE! A “discipline” is a training that is expected to produce a specific character or pattern of behavior. Any disciple will tell you that, whether it be an Olympic swimmer, a concert pianist, a best-selling author, etcetera, etcetera, the rewards come after years of study and hard work at the discipline you love. Usually there is a teacher, coach, mentor, or at least someone who encourages you along the way.


False Prophets (as described in 2 Timothy 3:1-9)

The other morning over coffee I mentioned to Joyce that it was on my mind to write on false prophets; since it had been on my mind for a week or so maybe someone needed it. If you are reading this and you are that person, the first requirement to knowing the truth is to want the truth. It can save your soul. The quantity of false teaching on TV, the internet, and in book stores boggles the mind, and these likeable charlatans are filling not only churches but stadiums and convention centers to capacity. If good people are this easily deceived then we are surely ready for the one world church of the end time. So, here are some clear and observable signs to look for when listening to and watching them. Isaiah 59 gives a good description as well.


Divine Encouragement


“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we may be able to encourage those in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

The Apostle Paul opens his second letter to the Corinthians with these words. They describe for us the divine pattern for believers concerning suffering and distress of any kind. God our Father comforts and encourages us when we are going through testing circumstances, thereby showing us how to help other believers in their distress with the same encouragement and comfort we have received from God. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, I meditated much on the truth of this process and how it has worked in my life and the lives of other believers I know. These are my thoughts on it.


We Have Done What Was Our Duty

In Luke 17 we read that the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, which seems to be a heartfelt request. They had listened to Jesus speak to the multitudes in parables they found difficult to understand. They probably felt mentally in over their heads. Then He warns them to “take heed” to themselves that they use discernment when making their judgments. In turn, they asked Jesus to increase their faith to be able to make those judgments wisely.


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