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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.

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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Psalm 100

This beautiful song of praise has been used for centuries in synagogues and churches to express thankfulness to God for His faithfulness to His people. As you read it you can picture the people coming to worship, and as they come you can see uplifting spirit that we would all wish to see in our present-day churches. There are times when a church is in distress over a situation that calls for prayerful somberness instead of joyful exuberance, but there are elements in these 5 verses that could change many worship services.

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Learning from James

Every so often Joyce and I change our morning devotions. The past month we have been reading the book of James. We read it through every day for a week and now we are concentrating on chapter 1. I am amazed at the practical advice in just these few verses.

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Family Loyalty

“When the Sabbath had come, Jesus began to teach in the synagogue. And many hearing Him were astonished, saying, ‘Where did this Man get these things? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such mighty works are performed by His hands! Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?’ So they were offended at Him.” (Mark 6:2,3)

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The God Who Keeps His Promises

Approximately 750yrs. B.C. the prophet Jonah, with fear and trembling, was walking up the main streets of the city of Nineveh crying out that in 40 days the city would be overthrown. Jonah had tried unsuccessfully to talk God out of this mission and when he couldn’t he had run away. He found that didn’t work, so he had given in, but before you are critical of him here are some facts about Nineveh.

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