Devo 27

“And we have this prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”  2 Peter 1:19

Have you ever felt yourself in a dark place?  Friend, even without feeling it, without Christ you are there now!  So please, pay attention!  I’m about to shine a lamp for you and Lord willing daylight will dawn, and the Bright and Morning Star will rise in your heart. You see, without Christ, your situation is just like that of the Israelites in Isaiah 59:2,3.

“Your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden HIs face from you so that He does not hear. For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity;  your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.”  

In verse 9-13 Isaiah describes clearly the human condition because of our sin.

“We hope for light, and behold, darkness, and for brightness, but we walk in gloom. We grope for the wall like the blind; we grope like those who have no eyes… We hope for justice, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far from us.  For our transgressions are multiplied before You, and our sins testify against us;  for our transgressions are with us, and we know our iniquities: transgressing, and denying the Lord, and turning back from following our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart lying words.”

This is a dark and hopeless situation indeed.  But Isaiah continues and offers the very kind of illuminating and hope-filled prophetic word Peter was confirming in the passage above.  In verse 16, God affirms that due to fallenness of our nature there is not a single thing we can do to make things right with Him.  So get this.  “His own arm brought him salvation.”  He knew we couldn’t save ourselves so He came down and made atonement for us.  But how?  The very next chapter in Isaiah gives us a hint of what’s to come.

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.  For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;  but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will be seen upon you.  And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

First, Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, was born in human form.  Right before that a man name John was born who was appointed to

“go before the Lord to prepare His ways, to give knowledge of salvation to His people in the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of  death.”

Next, Jesus lived a perfect sinless life, fulfilling the righteous requirements of God in every way thus becoming the spotless lamb, willing and able to give His life as a sacrifice for all who lived in rebellion against Him.  The Son of God handed over His body to be brutally beaten and hung on a Roman cross, a laughing stock to those He came to save.  And as he He hung there, this rejected Savior of man, this forsaken Son of God, thick darkness came over the land.  He died.  He was buried.

Three days later, after the sun had risen, Jesus’ friends came to His tomb.  But THE SON had RISEN!  Not only had He conquered sin, He had beaten death!  And He offers that same sin slaying, death destroying power of new, everlasting life to all who trust in His righteousness alone as the means by which they can stand before a holy, wrathful, and yet graciously merciful God.

Do you see this lamp shining, showing you the only way out of your eternal peril?  Has the Son of God, the Bright Morning Star risen in your own heart?  He IS risen, friend.  He IS risen indeed.  And He’s coming again as judge.  Are you ready to stand before His soul- penetrating light in life or in death?  Today can be the day of salvation for you!  Call on Jesus and be saved!

 

Week 27

Memory Verse:  2 Peter 1:19

Reading #1:  Isaiah 59

Questions:  According to verse 2-13 what insurmountable problem are we facing?  according to verses 16-20, what solution did God bring to this problem?

Reading #2:  Malachi 4

Questions:  What 2 things are being promised in verses 1 and 2?

Reading #3:  Luke 1:67-80

Questions:  Which promised event will John be used to usher in?

Reading #4:  Mark 16

Questions:  After the death of Jesus Christ what do some of his followers discover at sunrise the next day?  What job are they given in verses 15 and 16?

Psalms and Hymns:

When the Roll is Called Up Yonder: “On that bright and cloudless morning when the dead in Christ shall rise, and the glory of His resurrection share, when His chosen ones shall gather to their home beyond the skies, and the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.”

Christ Returneth: “It may be at morn, when the day is awaking, when sunlight through darkness and shadow is breaking, that Jesus will come in the fullness of glory to receive from the world “His own.”

Praying Under the Same Sky:

Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey

Another Fishy Friday Factoid

We took Gideon to see his first movie on the big screen. With the other boys we waited till they were 9 or 10 but you know how it is with the youngest.   Plus, we had very good reasons to bend the rules this time around.  #1 The movie was the new documentary on Apollo 11 and we ARE studying astronomy this year.  #2 It happened to be showing at the historic and CHEAP Palm Theatre in San Luis Obispo so we could actually afford to take the whole family, and #3 Opa was able to go with us and he actually REMEMBERS listening to the live radio broadcasts of the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, so obviously the little guy needed to come along, too.  As you can see the film, which was done entirely with original footage from the mission received a unanimous 5-thumbs up from the McEntee boys and a bonus one from Opa as well.  It sure was fun to be sitting next to him and hearing him reminisce during this beautifully done film.  It’s rated G and we all recommend it heartily and without reservation to everyone!  And take an older person with you when you go!

Now lest you think we’re slipping and letting our kids spend their spring break in front of the screen, here are some other things we’ve been up to while visiting Opa on California’s beautiful central coast.  For starters we’ve been celebrating Nathan and Sam’s birthdays and Sam could think of nothing he wanted to do more than ride a horse. Ever since our last road trip to Texas where he discovered his people, Sam has lived, breathed, and dreamt nothing but cowboys and horses.  Thankfully, Opa has connections.  Sam didn’t just get to ride any old horse, he got to ride the great-grand-daughter of Secretariat!

 

 

 

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Gideon’s mount was slightly less prestigious but he was still the cutest little cowboy you ever saw.

 

 

 

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The next day our other birthday boy, Nathan, wanted to do some rock climbing so we took him out to the place where my Dad taught me to climb.  If you happen to be interested in that kind of thing and would like to see my Dad’s qualifications for teaching you can check out the bio my brother’s posted over on his site here and that by another fellow climber, John Gill, here.

 

 

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That didn’t wear Birthday Boy out enough so the next day Tom took him and his 2 older brothers out deep sea fishing.

 

 

 

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While Sam and Gideon and I were kicking it on the beach they brought in 35 fish.  Thankfully, Titus has developed into chef extraordinare after working in the Hartland Camp kitchen for a year and can cook the tastiest fish tacos ever.

 

 

 

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So after the movie today, Titus headed back home with Opa, and we gave the other boys one more bite of central coast living by taking them to the SLO Farmers Market.  Besides discovering new favorites like Beef Mac-n-Cheese Quesadillas, they got to experience the old classics like Gum Alley and discussing the ACTUAL state of reality with the local atheists club.

 

 

 

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That’s 3 days down, 3 more to go.  What will tomorrow hold?

Update:  Tomorrow held an indoor climbing gym, bass fishing and yard work for Opa.

 

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