Bible Thoughts by Terry Hedderman

- Tuesday, 4/28/20  Genesis 6:9, ...and Noah walked with God. How to walk with God:  4) God walks where He’s heard. What did you do with the conviction of His Spirit recently? When He thumped you on the chest about THAT sin? Forgiving THAT person? THAT entertainment? Did you listen to Him?

                                   Proverbs 21:31, The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the Lord. In this time of pandemic, yes, wash your hands and maintain your distance and wear your mask, but don’t rely on those things. Your safety is of the Lord. “Do your best and hang the rest.”  “Don’t fret over what you can’t control; control what you can.”

- Wednesday, 4/29/20  Genesis 6:9, ...and Noah walked with God. How to walk with God:  5) God walks where He’s appreciated. We like to be bragged on, don’t we? We like to be where people are happy to see us, don’t we? If we treated our spouse like we treat God, would we still be married? Would we ever have gotten married? You KNOW how to develop an intimate relationship: so date God.                                John 3:17, For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. God does not want any to be condemned, but, make no mistake: many will be. You say, “How could a loving God do that??” The question should be rather, “How could a guilty wicked sinner refuse a totally free pardon?”  God is a Gentleman, so, He will not force anyone to come to Him, and He is polite enough to tell you that the alternative to His free gift is a Lake of Fire. So, will you come to Him on His terms or try to make your own terms through your church, religion, or philosophy?

- Thursday, 4/30/20  John 6:12, When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. The One Who could make more out of nothing despises anything going to waste. How much more should we? We waste time, money, our lives, other’s reputations...                             Psalm 122:1, I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. As (hopefully) the lockdowns and quarantines begin to wind down, please stop and take a minute to pray for your leaders to be wise in making the myriad of decisions: when? How? Numbers and distances? Safeguards? Recommendations for elderly and ill? Pray for the President, Governors, Mayors, and Pastors.

- Friday, 5/1/20  John 6:9, Simon Peter's brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many? The human mind, especially an intelligent, analytical mind, sees the limitations whereas the faith-filled mind sees the opportunities.                              Titus 1:1a, Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ... Paul said he was a “slave” and “one sent out, an ambassador.” Oh, that these two words would accurately describe me. Oh, that I’d obey like I have no other choice and/or because I truly believe in the policies of my King. ‘Guess I’ve no room for complacency...

- Saturday, 5/2/20  Titus 1:4, To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace... Mom, Dad, Boss: be sure to have some unmerited favor, some forgiveness and some slack toward your followers today, and make sure they KNOW that you’re at peace with them: they’ve no reason to fear or doubt your love or your intentions. Tall orders...                                  Titus 2:14, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity... Iniquity is NOT the same as sin. Psalm 32:5, I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.  Iniquity is a scale that is off-balance; an un-equal-ness. It refers to my decision to do something that is outside of the authority or power that I have. It’s a choice that is “above my pay grade.” It’s the permission I usurp/steal and use to allow myself to sin.

- Sunday, 5/3/20  Titus 2:1-2, But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: that the aged men be sober... What makes for sound “healthy” doctrine? That the middle-aged and older men be sober: circumspect; aware of surroundings; aware of appearances others see, and who’s watching.                                   John 13:8, Peter saith unto [Jesus], Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Notice: Peter had nothing to do with his cleansing. Jesus did it all. All Peter had to do was allow the Lord to do the work. The Lord said, “If I wash thee not...” If Peter had attempted to assist Christ, he would have had “no part with” Him. THAT is why church membership, baptism, sincere efforts at a lifestyle change are not only not helpful towards getting mankind cleansed, but they are, in fact, damnable. They cancel out the Lord’s works; they nullify the Cross. If any of my friends from the hospital think that some aspect of religion “couldn’t hurt” in getting your sins forgiven, PLEASE allow me to simply show you what God says. HE wants us cleansed, and did all the work. Message me...immediately, please.

- Monday, 5/4/20  Titus 2:1-2, ...the things which become sound doctrine: that the aged men be...grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. What makes for healthy doctrine? That the mature men be “grave”: honorable, worthy of respect; honest. They comport themselves well.                            Titus 3:8, This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. I believe that God only commands us to do things that we’re unlikely or unwilling to do, so, evidently, we have the tendency to let our good deeds slip. Don’t get calloused to others. Even if you gave once, give again, do again, encourage again.

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