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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.

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

“Search me, O God, and know my heart today; try me, O Saviour, know my thoughts I pray.” How many millions of times have those sobering words been sung, and how many thousands of congregations have sung them since it was written over 100yrs. ago? How sincerely do we take them? Think about it. We are told many times in God’s Word that our hearts can deceive us.


Who Is A Saint?

There was a short clip in the news about Mother Theresa being canonized as a “saint” and they said the qualifications for sainthood were a life given to doing good and 2 verified miracles. That brought back a memory of someone saying, probably my Mother, “If ever there was a saint, it’s her!” It used to be more common than it is now to hear that said about a person who lived in a hard situation but did it gracefully without complaining.


The Reason for the Season

Every so often you will see a sign that says, “Jesus is the Reason for the Season.” I think it is the title of a song written by John Peterson…not sure. So, it set me thinking about the reason (or reasons) we celebrate Christmas. For business people it is a chance to end the year in the black, for families it is a time to get together or at least remember we are part of a family, for some it is all about time off work to party and escape the humdrum of life. And sadly, for some it is just another day to get through their despair and discontentment. But for the real Christian, regardless of the circumstances of life, there is a definite promise from the God who cannot lie that the best is yet to come. Our “reason for the season” should be full of joy as we celebrate the miraculous event of Jesus’ first coming and looking ahead to His coming again for us.


About Pain…

This is first and foremost for those of you who live with chronic pain of one kind or another. I am probably not going to tell you anything you don’t already know, but pain affects our world-view and we sometimes need to be reminded that we are not alone in this situation.

Yesterday Joyce and I ran some errands and ended up the day at a unique thrift store. It is unique because there is a room carved out in the back that is filled to the brim with thousands of used books; most of them religious. Some are good, some are bad, some are old books that are out of print and lost to the Christian world that doesn’t even know what they have lost. Men have literally spent a lifetime studying the Scriptures to help us know more about the character of this God who is sovereign over all. Who cares? Sadly, not many Christians do!!


Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1

“Bless the LORD, o my soul is a simple statement that is easy to remember and easy to sing, but what exactly does it mean to “Bless the LORD?” We are used to asking God to bless US, and there are many recorded instances especially in the Old Testament where God blessed those who pleased Him by their love and obedience to Him. When we realize that blessing is praise given with gratitude for what has been received and is given with love and affection it adds to our understanding of what a ‘blessing’ really is.


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