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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.

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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Unbelief and Delusion

Which comes first; unbelief or delusion? Well, the definition of a delusion is “a false belief held in spite of invalidating evidence.” I conclude from that that unbelief comes first and I would argue that an unbelief is a false belief. You can examine the evidence and say that you don’t believe the evidence, or you can say the evidence doesn’t exist, either way you are deluding yourself. So, where am I going with this? Is it just me or is it getting difficult to see what is real and what is not real in this world; people drawing their own lines defining right and wrong?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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