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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.

What You Might Not Know About The Book of Psalms

Most of the Psalms are very personal and deal with everyday life but did you ever consider reading the Psalms for their historical or theological value? They tell us information about the creation of the world. The writers are all Jewish; God's chosen people who are to proclaim Him before the world. The Psalms reveal the character of their God, His sovereignty, why He is to be worshipped, as well as how.. “It's history instructs, the Law teaches, prophecy announces, rebuke chastens, morality persuades; in the Book of Psalms we have the fruit of all these, and a kind of medicine for salvation of man.”
(St. Ambrose) “The Psalms contain a perfect theology.” (St. Basil)

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To Love As God Loves (part 2)

“Just as the Father loved me, I also loved you. Remain within the sphere of the love which is mine. If my commandments you keep, you will remain within the sphere of my love, just as I have kept the commandments of my Father and am remaining within the sphere of His love. These things have I spoken to you that the joy which is mine may be in you, and that your joy may be filled full. This is the commandment which is mine, namely, that you should be loving one another with a divine and self-sacrificial love just as I have loved you.” (John 15:8-12) Wuest's ExpandedTranslation

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To Love As God Loves

Fact 1: God is love. He is not just loving...He IS love.. it is the essence of His moral nature.
Fact 2: God loves His Son who is the original and eternal object of His love.
Fact 3: God loves those who are in Christ (born-again believers).
Fact 4: God loves the world and each person in it. (Thank you, R. A.Torrey!)

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The Corrupt Prophet

“Now all these things (Old Testament accounts) happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. Therefore, let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (1 Cor. 10:11,12)

In Numbers 22-24 and 31 there is recorded for our instruction the deeds of a rapscallion named Balaam. We don't hear much about him these days, but he was guilty of some pretty serious wickedness and Nehemiah, Micah, Peter, Jude and Jesus all spoke about it. His deeds are recorded as; 1. The way of Balaam (2Peter 2:15-17), 2. The error of Balaam (Jude 11), 3. The doctrine of Balaam (Rev.2:14).

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An Overcomer or A Survivor

Jesus said to His disciples; “in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have
overcome the world.” John wrote: “This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.”

An elderly woman was asked by a young person what was the greatest achievement in her life. She thought for a moment and said it was that she was a survivor; she had survived tragedy, bad decisions, disappointments, etc. Her life story was inspiring, but in looking back at it I could not help but wish she had been able to say she was more than just surviving life. She never mentioned God.

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