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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.

Who's relevant?

A friend told me of a pastor he knew who told him that his church told him they didn't want teaching, they wanted “application.” This isn't any new thing, but there seems to be a lack of “give and take” these days that says, “Give me what I want or else.” This led my thinking down some “bunny trails” that I am going to share with you all.

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The Subject is Affliction

AFFLICTION is described in my dictionary as a condition of pain, suffering or distress. Some of the synonyms for affliction are; adversity, hurt, harm, ruin, woe, grief, heartache, misfortune, sorrow, anxiety, misery. You get the picture. We don’t like to think about it, but there is no way around it, because every human being that has ever been born and lived has known affliction of one kind or another. Job said man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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