Daily Devotions from The Word Of God… From the heart of Ed Algreen

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Heeding The Warnings

Post Date:

Thursday, 2017-09-07
SCRIPTURE

From:

Luke 21:34-36 (TLB)

Text:

 34-35 “Watch out! Don’t let my sudden coming catch you unawares; don’t let me find you living in careless ease, carousing and drinking, and occupied with the problems of this life, like all the rest of the world. 36 Keep a constant watch. And pray that if possible you may arrive in my presence without having to experience these horrors.”
OBSERVATION:
In the preceding verses Jesus shared some of the signs that He will give us as indicators announcing His return to earth. However, I believe that Jesus knew beforehand how distracted and over-committed we would become here on earth. There are songs written by great Christian writers that remind us to ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus’; ‘It Is Well With My Soul’ and many more. The bottom line, is that we know Jesus is coming back to take His church on home to glory. We know that He will give us indicators of His return, and we know that only those who are ready to meet Him, will actually be caught up in the air together with Him. Let’s look closer into how seriously we take all of this….
APPLICATION:
I’m sure that most of us can recall times that we were so engrossed in something that we totally missed an appointment, or perhaps never heard our loved one talking to us. Often times, devices are now taking more of our time than face-to-face conversations, so we are getting worse at ignoring others when they are talking to us. In our Scripture today, we are being reminded by Jesus that His Word is true and it is super accurate, so we are to listen to it and enjoy it’s benefits, or bear the brunt of disobeying the commands of God through His Word. Some of my readers will be in a similar position as I am right now, where we are being told about a large hurricane that will pass pretty close to us. We could be careless and do nothing, or we could take the warnings seriously and protect our lives from the possible onslaught of this huge, powerful hurricane. Our Scripture today gives us the warning signs to look for that will indicate the return of Jesus. Let me encourage you to be sure now that your life is under the control of our Savior and Lord. This will not only give you a desire to help others along the way, but it will give you a sweet sense of anticipation about the return of Jesus, when we hear and see the signs happening. You have a choice friends. You may not have seen the signs spoken of in the Word of God, but God has already made the provisions for us to secure our eternity with Him. Just like shopping for special occasions, often we will procrastinate until the very last moment, however in the case of Jesus’ return, He told us in His Word that not even He knows the day or the hour when that will happen. I didn’t want to take the chance of Jesus returning unexpectedly and find me unprepared, so I surrendered my life to Him back in 1976. Since that time I have enjoyed learning more about Him; experiencing His rich blessings; and sharing the joy that fills my heart, with others! I’m ready to leave this world and be with Him, whenever He makes that call! Friends, if Jesus returns and you are still in procrastination mode, the Word of God declares that your decision will place you in the pit of hell where you will suffer anguish and damnation with your leader, Satan, throughout eternity. If you have money, you probably have it safely secured and invested. Your soul is much more important, why not know that you know where you will spend eternity right now? Carefully read my Footnote and look at the Scriptures recommended for reading, through the link ‘To Know Jesus’. Perhaps the Holy Spirit will either give you that assurance of your salvation, or lead you to the throne of grace to settle your account with Jesus – TODAY!
PRAYER:
Precious Savior, Jesus my Lord! Thank You for loving us enough to sacrifice Your own life as a token of our salvation. Lord thank You for not giving up on us, but instead giving us warnings to help us know the way that You would have us to go and the decisions that are super important to us. You did that for me in the years leading up to 1976, I pray that You will mightily use these words shared in this blog to encourage someone who needs You in their life. We are heeding hurricane warnings at this time, but I truly believe that heeding the warnings from You about decisions that will have an eternal impact, is way more important. May today be the day of decision for all who will read this blog and still unsure of their heavenly position. I earnest pray and ask these things in the name of Jesus, the Christ, AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Not ‘Eclipse’ but ‘Apocalypse’!

Post Date:

Tuesday, 2017-08-22
SCRIPTURE

From:

Luke 17:30-36 (TLB)

Text:

 30 Yes, it will be ‘business as usual’ right up to the hour of my return.
31 “Those away from home that day must not return to pack; those in the fields must not return to town— 32 remember what happened to Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever clings to his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall save it. 34 That night two men will be asleep in the same room, and one will be taken away, the other left. 35-36 Two women will be working together at household tasks; one will be taken, the other left; and so it will be with men working side by side in the fields.”
OBSERVATION:
The word “apocalypse” comes from the Greek word apokalypto, meaning “to appear,” that occurs here. Jesus’ sudden appearing at the Second Coming will constitute the greatest apocalypse in history. When it begins it will not help to flee for cover – like many did yesterday in the USA with the eclipse. Everyone was told not to look at the sun during the time that the eclipse occurred. At the time of the apocalypse it will matter whether you have been looking forward to the return of the SON and whether you know Him as Savior and Lord. In the eclipse you stood a chance of losing your eyesight if you were careless about looking at the sun without eye protection. With apocalypse you stand to lose your life if you are unprepared to receive the King of all kings, Jesus Christ.
APPLICATION:
The most common answer for most people to the question “How was your day?”, is ” It was business as usual”. Interesting, because those are the words used by Scripture to drill into us what our state of readiness should be for the return of Christ. I believe this means that my work calendar may not be as critical as it appears to be every day. In other words, if I don’t remember an appointment, a reminder will pop up on my computer screen reminding me of that meeting. My lunch hour is marked on my calendar so someone doesn’t make a vain trip to my office during that time. I prepare ahead for most of my meetings, and I prepare well ahead by packing a lunch and taking it with me each morning. Why we could have even put the eclipse on our calendars, and purchased protective glasses in advance, because scientists had calculated precise times for various points in the country. To the contrary, Jesus said that not even He knows the day or the hour of His return, however He teaches throughout Scripture that when He appears (apocalypse), He will gather those who are prepared and ready to go. Then how and when should we be ready for that? I’m so glad you asked, because an apocalypse sounds nothing like the Hurricane Tracking Station watching a weather disturbance begin off the coast of Africa, then turn into a tropical depression several days later, then a hurricane that appears to be heading for a highly populated area of our country, giving us several days of warnings and preparation time. If God is the only One who knows when His Son will appear, and we know from His Word that He is returning for a prepared people, then it behooves us to be ready right now, in case He decides to return before breakfast, or perhaps while we’re at lunch or even in that important long scheduled meeting this afternoon. There’s nothing to pack, like we would for a trip or a long absence from home. There’s no planning for boarding the pets or announcing to the neighbors. The Bible says that Jesus will come for one purpose only – to take His children home to glory. ‘His children’ are composed of those who accepted His lordship before He returns. If you have done that, then you are ready for the apocalypse. If not, your chance will end in a instant – when He appears. There is nothing we can prepare ahead of time, other than our heart. Be obedient to the call of Jesus and accept Him as Lord and Savior, and you will be saved – according to the Scripture. Your changed life will overflow with evidence of that and Jesus will include you in the number that He will return to take with Him to heaven. Those who fail to do this will not remain with business as usual, for Satan will begin turning up the heat as he introduces you to your new home – Hell. I write this blog everyday hoping that you will not be left behind friend. Please read my Footnote and take advantage of the hyperlinks to help you change your life today, please?
PRAYER:
Lord Jesus Your Word is clear that You will return to collect Your own to spend eternity around Your throne in heaven with You and the Father. You have given us, what seems like an eternity, to recognize our need for the Savior, and to surrender our life of sin to the only One capable of washing our slate clean, and therefore presenting ourselves holy and righteous before our awesome God. Thank You for the provision dear Jesus, and thank You for hearing my heart’s cry for forgiveness. Please guide me to be an ambassador for You before a lost and dying world. I ask that You also touch the heart of each reader today, so that they may have the same assurance as I do, so that together we may meet at Your heavenly throne as we bow before You and the Father. Should You return before this blog hits the internet highway, or at any time You decide. May we be ready to go! May Your name be exalted today by Your children, and may You be sought earnestly by those who have doubts about their state of readiness. This is my heart-cry today oh Lord. AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

In A State of Readiness

Post Date:

Monday, 2017-05-29
SCRIPTURE

From:

Mark 13:32-33; 36-37 (ERV)

Text:

32 “No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when that day or time will be. Only the Father knows. 33 Be careful! Always be ready. You don’t know when that time will be.

36 If you are always ready, he will not find you sleeping, even if he comes back earlier than expected. 37 I tell you this, and I say it to everyone: ‘Be ready!’

OBSERVATION:
Jesus truly loved His disciples and He didn’t want them to miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime, the return of God the Father to take His loved ones home to glory. However, Jesus shared with the disciples, and us, that we could live knowing about this very special day, but we must be careful to live in a state of readiness at all times, as our eternal destination will be determined by our spiritual condition when He returns to take us home.
APPLICATION:
I want you to imagine with me that you were taking a very special, and long awaited trip by train to visit your closest relatives that you haven’t seen in years. The only thing you could get out of the train operators is that the train should be at your station around 6am, but it has been known for the train to arrive within plus or minus 2 hours of the scheduled time, and it will leave within 3 minutes of its arrival time. I wonder how many will be at the station at 3:30, knowing that the train could arrive as early as 4am, and how many will wait until 7:45, knowing that the train could actually arrive two hours late? Also, consider that pregnant mothers are ready for their infant’s arrival months in advance of the predicted arrival date, knowing that the baby could very easily come at any time. Friends, quite often I hear people sharing their shock of someone dying young, or sharing how important it is for them to enjoy life, as eventually they will get old and depart this life. I believe that we all should be warned today, that God could call us out of this world at anytime. Sometimes because He is ready for us in heaven, and other times because we have been so careless in this world that we have compressed our earthly life duration without any thought of heaven, or preparation for our eternity. Friends, our verses today reminds us that we may meet our Maker today, tomorrow, next week, by the end of the year, or perhaps in a few more years. I will repeat the emphasis that Jesus used in our Scripture today, are you ready? Not giving a specific date is not unfair, for it should lead to us in to taking the Word of God seriously and ensuring that we are ready today. Throughout human history mankind has been known to procrastinate until the very last minute, so if they knew the specific time the deadline will actually occur, guess what would happen? May I encourage you to examine your state of readiness today friends, so that you will be ready when God is ready for you.
PRAYER:
Father, thank You for providing life itself for us to enjoy all the blessings that You pour on us every day. Thank You for preparing a home for us to look forward to when we finish up our time here on earth. Thank You for providing the Lamb – the means for us to graduate from this old wicked world, into the glories of heaven, IF we accepted Your Son – Your gift of salvation while there was still time for us to do so. Lord, please touch the hearts of family and friends who have yet to make that decision. Today truly is the day of salvation, because we want to be ready to see You face to face when called out of this world. Thank You heavenly Father, thank You Lord Jesus and thank You Holy Spirit for being our Guide each and every day. Oh that we may be convinced of our eternal destination, even if You returned today to take believers home to glory! AMEN!
FOOTNOTE:
There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’.  If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

Be Ready to Say Why….

May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Today you will be encourage to openly share where your hope comes from. Can you do it? Read today’s devotional and seek to obey God’s Word. He will reward you for speaking up about the hope that lies within you! Recognize your blessing today and be ready to share it with someone else, friend!

Today’s Bible Reference: 1 Peter 3:15–16
Today’s Bible Text: Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope. Give a kind and respectful answer and keep your conscience clear. This way you will make people ashamed for saying bad things about your good conduct as a follower of Christ.
The Bible Translation: The Contemporary English Version (CEV)

My Take Away: The very first sentence in our scripture today is a given, but a great reminder – that we must honor our Lord Jesus, by the way we live. It should be evident whether we are living free of any restrictions, without any type of guardrails at all, or whether we have a purpose in life and that our direction for getting to our goal consists of a very narrow road with lots of guardrails to help prevent us from running into issues. We are reminded that when we live this way, others might question us about the hope and determination that we have, and where could our strength possibly be coming from to live so differently in a world that is filled with evil, crime, hatred, envy and strife. It is at this point that we should feel honored to share exactly who is incenting our actions, why did we choose to take the route we are taking, and what we know that we can expect at the end of our journey here on earth. Most of all, although we know that we will have trouble containing the excitement, we must learn to share our response with deepest respect for the one asking and in the same love that Christ first spoke to, and encourage us to redirect our lives. Friends, throughout God’s Word we are reminded that God rewards those who obey and live by His commands, but He envies those who don’t and will bring eternal damnation on them. Will you make Him proud today because you had the audacity to speak up about the hope that lies within you? Pray that I will, as I continue to lift my readers up in prayer, especially with these encouraging instructions today!

Prayer: Dear Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name in all the earth, as I sing Your praises for all that You do in my life each day. Praise God that my readers and I enjoy this same blessing, because we serve the same God! As the world recognizes that very special gleam in our eye, or reactions in our demeanor, may we be quick to share with them the source of our joy, our strength and our everlasting hope. May it not be the norm today where friends get together to tear someone apart, but may we instead share the hope of eternity, and the source of our joy and hope about living a joyful life today because of the hope of tomorrow, all because of Jesus our Lord! I celebrate You, Master and Lord! May I do that in humble adoration with deepest respect for all that we come into contact with, for I ask this in the name of Jesus, my Lord, AMEN!

Footnote: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

2016

Coming Soon!

THE HOLY BIBLE (The Contemporary English Version – Revelation 22:6-7): 6These words are true and can be trusted. The Lord God controls the spirits of his prophets, and he is the one who sent his angel to show his servants what must happen right away. Remember, I am coming soon! God will bless everyone who pays attention to the message of this book.

THOUGHTS: Often the entertainment world will use the term ‘Coming Soon’ to build excitement about an upcoming movie that movie makers may have invested millions of dollars to produce. Perhaps a popular entertainer has been booked to perform near you, and this same phrase may be used to build excitement and help you invite friends to attend the event near you. In this passage of scripture, I feel like the phrase was used to both warn and build excitement. A warning because God knew that He had created humans prone to procrastinate – wait until the last minute to do something. Throughout the Bible we have been taught about our Master and Lord. Told about how He sacrificed His one and only Son, Jesus, so that we could enjoy eternal life with Him in glory. There are still way too many folk who keep that promise in the back of their mind as an alternative, or option, should they ever feel like their end is nearing. I feel like we should carefully weigh the impact of what will happen to those who have chosen to ignore this warning. Think about the opposite of what was said in verse 7. Not good. However, when we think about the excitement that builds in the minds and lives of those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and are obedient to the things told to us in the Bible, this phrase brings the excitement of expectation and impatient anticipation. We just wish that Jesus would go ahead and come now, so that we don’t have to worry about stuff like another possible financial market crash, or a hurricane that looks like it is quickly approaching our shores, or possible medical challenges that seem inevitable. In fact, when you’re ready for an event, you often wish that it would go ahead and happen! Friends, I feel like the excitement often prods us to reach out to others and share the coming news/event and to invite our friends to participate. That’s called ‘evangelism’ or ‘witnessing’ in the Christian’s ‘world’, because we don’t want anyone to be left behind. We also get very tired of the negative impact of the adversary in our everyday walk of life. In fact we often cry out ‘Come Soon Lord Jesus‘!

PRAYER: The promise is real and the anticipation is building oh Lord! Please Come Soon, and take Your church away from this wicked world, for we want to be with You. We want our heavenly home and we want so badly to be absent from this world and present with the Lord. This scripture today has inspired me to think less of the everyday concerns of this world, and instead, keep my eyes focused on the light at the end of the tunnel! Thank You for the reassurance, the reminder and the excitement that builds every time that we are reminded of being in the presence of our Father, the forgiveness of our sins, the reinforced truth of God’s Word and the anticipated worship time around the feet of Jesus! Come Soon Lord Jesus! I worship You and ask these many things in the worthy name of Jesus, For Thou Alone are Worthy, AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching pastor, or read through Biblical truths on How To Know Jesus, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com so that we can pray with you and give you help and or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Any words underlined above will indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, Sebring, FL! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!

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