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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.

Humility in a Christian's Life

“For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.” Isaiah 57:15

“Humility” is not a word you hear very often, is it? I was going to call it an old-fashioned word, but in thinking it over, I don't think humility has ever been a much-used word. The dictionary says it is from Latin (low to the ground) and is a condition “marked by meekness or modesty in behavior, attitude, or spirit; not arrogant or proud.” The world naturally associates it negatively with the word “humiliation.” It is in our depraved human DNA to want to be lifted up, not brought low. A small book could be compiled of all the variations on the phrase, “If I don't look after #1 who is going to?” I wonder if that thought was in Lucifer's mind when he tried to lift himself up and dethrone God? According to John 14:30 he is the “ruler of this world,” and 2 Corinthians 4:4 tells us that he is the “god of this age.” That explains why lifting oneself up is considered not only a virtue but a 'right' in this present world system, and meekness is considered weakness.

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On Being A Sparrow

“Are not 2 sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt. 10:29-31)

Jesus was instructing His disciples before He sent them out to preach, and one of his admonitions was to fear God and not men. He knew there would be some tough times ahead of them and that those tough times could leave them feeling pretty insecure and of little value if and when He didn't rescue them. So, He tells them to remember God is in control and is keeping a watchful eye on them.

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Does the Truth Always Set Us Free?

A few nights ago I went to bed early, leaving Joyce to watch an interview with a well-known journalist/writer that we have read and listened to for many years. He is articulate on many subjects; economics, politics, philosophy, education and even why people do what they do. We have wondered if he is a Christian, because much of his world view seems to be Christian.

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New Boots

I have new boots, but not just any boots. They are Justin ropers, black, size 10 ½. About 10yrs. ago while home from Australia, my sister bought me a similar pair at an S.A. store for $10.00. I had tried them on, but wouldn't spend the money on them. She bought them and surprised me. I know you are not supposed to love things, so I didn't love those boots, but I liked them a whole lot! I had them resoled once, and they have been ready for the bin for the last few years, but I just couldn't give them up. Last week on one of our excursions to find a table to re-purpose for our TV Joyce mentioned a thrift shop we hadn't been to in over a year. Within 5 min. of walking in the door she comes smiling and holding a pair of Justin ropers, black, size 10 ½...like new! I gladly paid the $35.00! I thanked the Lord for them all the way home and still do every time I put them on!

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Our Music Tells on Us!

Last week I picked up an old dilapidated songbook for 25 cents. It is “The Brethren's Hymnal” published in 1876. The title page reads: “The Brethren's Tune and Hymn Book being a compilation of sacred music adapted to all the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.”

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