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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.

Family Loyalty

“When the Sabbath had come, Jesus began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, ‘Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?’ So they were offended at Him.” (Mark 6:2,3)


The God Who Keeps His Promises

Approximately 750yrs. B.C. the prophet Jonah, with fear and trembling, was walking up the main streets of the city of Nineveh crying out that in 40 days the city would be overthrown. Jonah had tried unsuccessfully to talk God out of this mission and when he couldn’t he had run away. He found that didn’t work, so he had given in, but before you are critical of him here are some facts about Nineveh.


The Evidence Is Clear

“The just shall live by faith.” So, what if they don’t? Does it matter in the end? The evidence that it does is all around us! Do you remember your grandparents or your parents, a favorite aunt or uncle? If they were or are Christians, what do you remember about them and how have any of them influenced your life? Hebrews 11 gives us examples of Old Testament saints who lived by faith. It is quite an amazing chapter, but most of us are so familiar with it we aren’t amazed anymore.


A Better Kind of Gift

One morning this week Joyce and I were sitting on an almost empty beach in St. Augustine facing the sun and watching the surf come in and go out, the blue of the sky and water seeming to fuse off on the horizon. I found myself saying, “O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your Name in all the earth!” When I consider that the God who imagined all this and by His power brought it to pass is the same God that two people sitting on that beach can call “Father” because of His gift to us of eternal life I cannot help but praise Him for who He is and thank Him for His blessings. That was the start of our reflections.


So, What Difference Does It Make?

If I were to ask you what is the difference between a religious person and a Christian, what would be your answer? And by Christian I do not mean a follower of any of the genetically modified hybrids out there…I mean the authentic Christian. The answer would probably be a belief that salvation is by Christ alone, grace alone and faith alone…nothing added or subtracted. It is that simple. But if I were to ask you what is the difference between Christians themselves, you would probably answer; minor doctrinal issues, lifestyle philosophies, music choices, worship forms, etc. That’s not as simple, is it? Or is it?


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