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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.

Divine Encouragement

 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, so that we may be able to encourage those in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

The Apostle Paul opens his second letter to the Corinthians with these words. They describe for us the divine pattern for believers concerning suffering and distress of any kind. God our Father comforts and encourages us when we are going through testing circumstances, thereby showing us how to help other believers in their distress with the same encouragement and comfort we have received from God. Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Well, I meditated much on the truth of this process and how it has worked in my life and the lives of other believers I know. These are my thoughts on it.

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We Have Done What Was Our Duty

In Luke 17 we read that the apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, which seems to be a heartfelt request. They had listened to Jesus speak to the multitudes in parables they found difficult to understand. They probably felt mentally in over their heads. Then He warns them to “take heed” to themselves that they use discernment when making their judgments. In turn, they asked Jesus to increase their faith to be able to make those judgments wisely.

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How Can We Sing?

Psalms is a compilation of Hebrew poetry that expresses all the emotional highs and lows of man’s relationship with his Creator, and in them God reveals much of Himself to man. Dr. H. A. Ironside wrote; “I suppose there is no portion of Holy Scripture that has meant more to the people of God, particularly to tried and afflicted believers down through both the Jewish and Christian centuries, than the book of Psalms.” Of all its authors David is the one we are most familiar with followed by Solomon, Asaph, and even Moses (Psalm 90 & 91).

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The Reality of the Resurrection

Resurrection Sunday has come and gone for another year, and most would agree with me that it is a joyful and uplifting time for Christians everywhere in the world. So, this devotional comes out of this thought; should we preach the cross without preaching the resurrection? The apostles didn’t. They were eye-witnesses to both and preached both every chance they had.

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Some Things Don’t Change

Usually when I sit down with my Bible I know where I am going, but the other morning when I opened it randomly it fell open to Jeremiah 2. When Jeremiah’s name comes up we usually hear him described as “Jeremiah the Weeping Prophet.” But I think if ever a phrase describes him it is what Jesus said; “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country.” I have read that he was 24yrs old when the word of God came to him saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” He concludes by telling Jeremiah He will deliver him when the people turn against him. What a way to start your ministry! I decided to stay there and read.

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