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Devotional - Thursday, September 22, 2016 266/100

Today's Scripture: "But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Abraham did not do this." Jn 8:40

5546. What could be is because of what is, not what could have been. JG

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See it.

Silence the critic


Live it.

Discussions with a foreign missionary confirmed what I already knew. The evangelistic strategy employed by most, if not all, mission organizations is to spread the gospel to people without a plan to disciple them. This is understandable because it's the same thing in most American churches that engage in evangelism. People are lazy and have a drive-by, fast-food mentality to everything, not to mention prayer, discipleship and evangelism. Anything that takes time, energy and promises a slow return is shunned and generally avoided, but not before maligning the person who calls attention to it.

No one likes to hear bad news, but unless we listen to it for its potential danger, we may not be able to avoid the consequences. Churches used to encourage honest public conversation but now the only voice some have is private dialog that often is turned into rumor and innuendo. The result is a disruption of fellowship and can lead to bad attitudes and even a split in a congregation. With most churches conforming to that pattern, and few people to promote true discipleship, it is no surprise that there is no display of the power of God in America, but just religious exercise that generates more lazy believers. We don't need revival; we need to start over from scratch and build our churches God's way.

Pray it.

Give us, Your people, God, a strong desire to please You despite who it offends.


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Keywords: Truth; Inspired; Denial

This Day in History

If the Holy Spirit seals us, I think some people must have a leak. (2000)
Be careful what you pray, you might just get it! (2002)
Are the things that accompany salvation evident in your life? (2003)
God is our Help in time of trouble. (2004)
Have we asked our wife? (2006)
Why must every generation relearn the lessons of the one before? (2007)
Slander and murder are more similar than different. (2008)
Tenure and maturity don't always travel together. (2009)
Why send all the praise upward when God is omni directional? (2010)
What happens to right when it's left to people who know right but don't do right? (2011)
What is not said is far more voluminous than what is. (2012)
Compromise is the religion of optimists and the failure of the righteous. (2013)
Every day begins the night before. (2014)
Simple is not necessarily easy. (2015)

1. One-minute Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight on Scripture.
2. Resources are derived from daily devotions of James R. Green called, Just Thinkin'... (2000-2003), Read the Bible Thru in 365 Days (2004), Pray Thru the Word in 365 Days (2005) and One Minute Devotional (2006-2012)
3. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright (c)1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved.


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