Drawing Near Devotional – Daily Reading for a Deeper Faith


Drawing Near – Daily Devotional

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Drawing Near“In these last days [God] has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things” (Heb. 1:2).

Since Jesus is the Son of God, He is the heir of all that God possesses.

When Christ first came to earth He became poor for our sakes, that we, through His poverty, might be made rich (2 Cor. 8:9). He had nothing for Himself—He had “nowhere to lay His head” (Luke 9:58). Even His clothes were taken from Him when He died, and He was buried in a tomb that belonged to someone else.

It is beyond our understanding to imagine that the Galilean carpenter who was crucified like a common criminal, naked and bleeding on a cross outside the city of Jerusalem, is the King of kings and Lord of lords. But He is!

As the Son of God, Jesus is the heir of all that God possesses. The apostle Paul explains that all things not only were created by Christ but also for Him (Col. 1:16). Everything that exists will find its true meaning only when it comes under the final control of Christ.

The psalms predicted that Christ would one day be the heir to all that God possesses. The Father, speaking to the Son, says, “Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Thine inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Thy possession'” (Ps. 2:8). God also declared, “I also shall make Him My first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth” (Ps. 89:27; cf. Col. 1:15). “First-born” refers to legal rights—especially those of inheritance and authority.

When Christ comes to earth again, He will completely and eternally inherit all things (Rev. 11:15). And because we have trusted in Him, we are to be “fellow heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:16-17). When we enter into His eternal kingdom, we will jointly possess all that He possesses. We will not be joint Christs or joint Lords, but will be joint heirs. His marvelous inheritance will be ours as well.

Suggestions for Prayer

Thank God for making you a joint heir with Christ. Thank your Lord for allowing that to happen through His death on the cross.

For Further Study

Read Revelation 5:1-14 and 11:15-18, noting how the inhabitants of heaven respond to Christ.

From Drawing Near by John MacArthur Copyright © 1993. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.com.


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Does a person / ministry need a spiritual covering? Are You Involved in the Charismatic Teaching?


Question: “Does a person / ministry need a spiritual covering?”

Answer: The term spiritual covering is usually used in the context of the Shepherding movement, though it can have other meanings. In its primary context, having a spiritual covering means being submitted the authority of another Christian believer. The concept is taken to mean that, for a person’s spiritual life and/or ministry to be valid in the eyes of God, the person or ministry must be under direct submission to a specific person. This might be an elder or pastor of a church, an older or more mature Christian, or some other authority figure. The idea that a “spiritual covering” is required was initially developed within the Charismatic movement. Today, it is sometimes associated with the New Apostolic Reformation, parts of Messianic Judaism, and the Hebrew Roots movement.

According to the teaching of spiritual covering, Christians are not only accountable to God but also to their leaders and elders. For biblical backing, supporters of spiritual covering cite verses such as Ephesians 5:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13, 1 Corinthians 11:2–16, and 1 Peter 5:5. In practice, the concept of spiritual covering makes an earthly authority figure an intercessor or a substitute for God in the life of the person or ministry that has the “covering.” This has led some Christians to consult their designated “shepherd” prior to making career or family decisions. In some cases, professing Christians have claimed that, given an apparent choice between obeying God or their shepherd, they would obey their earthly shepherd…. read more

FROM THE BOOK – The charismatic movement of the past quarter-century has made an impact on the church unparalleled in history. But one legacy of the movement is confusion and mushy thinking. In Charismatic Chaos, John F. MacArthur calls for biblical evaluation and analyzes the doctrinal differences between charismatics and non-charismatics in the light of Scripture. “My principal concern,” writes John MacArthur, “is to call the church to a firm commitment to the purity and authority of the Scriptures, and thereby to strengthen the unity of the true church.” To tough questions that seem to divide, Charismatic Chaos provides tougher answers that strive to unite. This book tackles such questions as – Is experience a valid test of truth? – Does God still give revelation? – Prophets, fanatics, or heretics? – Does God still heal? – What should we think of the Signs and Wonders movement? – Does the Bible promise health and wealth?


An Appeal to Charismatic Pretenders (John MacArthur) (Matthew 7:13–27)

God’s Final Warning To America by John McTernan



Chapter One

The warning Judgments

Since the mid-1980s, America has suffered one awesome disaster after another. There have always been disasters, but now they are happening regularly and with greater intensity. The media is constantly reporting such dramatic headlines as: “The Worst Flooding in 500 Years, The Worst

Stock Market Crash in History,” “The Worst Tornadoes This Centuiy,” “The Most Destructive Hurricane on Record,” “The Most Powerful Earthquake in 80 Years,” “The Worst Year Ever for Forest Fires,” “The Coldest Winter on Record,” and “The Worst Ice Storm This Century.” The list of these headlines dramatizing the disasters hitting America can go on and on. These headlines cover only a 10-year period of time! Think of what has happened to America since 1987.


In October 1987
, the stock market plummeted over 500 points, which to that time was the greatest crash in history. The effect of this crash was felt well into the 1990s. The Midwest and especially California, suffered the worst drought in history, destroying huge amounts of crops. The drought was then followed by record rains and severe flooding in both sections. In 1989, Hurricane Hugo struck Charleston, South Carolina, with fierce winds causing great damage. Soon after Hugo hit, a powerful earthquake rocked San Francisco causing great damage.

In the year 1992, incredible events occurred. Four powerful earthquakes hit California. These quakes were all in remote areas, so the damage was not severe. In fact, 10 of the most powerful quakes in the world during 1992 were centered in California—including the most powerful earthquake that year at 7.6 magnitude. This quake was centered near the major faults of southern California. Hurricane Andrew was one of the most powerful and destructive hurricanes ever to hit the country. This hurricane was the most expensive natural disaster in American history. The worst rioting since the Civil War took place in Los Angeles. A record number of tornadoes swept across America. Record forest fires raged throughout the West, especially in California. … read full book here

Tramp For The Lord by Corrie Ten Boom


“This remarkable woman spent the first 50 years of her life living peacefully with her father and sister above their watch shop in Haarlem, Holland.”

A Tramp For The Lord shows examples of how a Believer’s life looks like. This book has brought many wonderful things into my heart and mind. Reading this book makes me feel normal of all the struggles I (JB) endure as my relationship grows stronger in the Lord. This book is a worth read but one part touched my heart in a way that got me thinking it is on page 75 (below is wording from the book “Tramp For The Lord”):

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

11 Lights From Darkest Africa

Thomas was a tall black man who lived in a round hut together with his big family in the middle of Africa. He loved the Lord and loved people-an unbeatable combination.

Thomas’s neighbor, who lived across the dirt street, hated God -and hated men like Thomas who loved God. The hatred grew stronger and stronger until the man began sneaking over at night and setting fire to the straw roof on Thomas’s hut, endangering his small children. Three nights in a row this happened and each time Thomas was able to rush out of his hut and put out the flames before they destroyed the roof and the walls. The fact that he never said an unkind word to his neighbor, only showing him love and forgiveness, made his neighbor hate him even more. One night the neighbor sneaked across the street and set fire to Thomas’s roof. This night, however, a strong wind came up and as Thomas rushed to beat out the fire, the sparks blew across the street and set the neighbor’s house on fire. Thomas finished putting out the fire on his roof and then rushed across the street to put out the fire on his neighbor’s roof. He was able to extinguish the flames, but in the process he badly burned his hands and arms. Other neighbors told the chief of the tribe what had happened. The chief was so furious that he sent his police to arrest the neighbor and throw him into prison.

That night Thomas came to the meeting where I was speaking (as he had done each night). I noticed his badly burned hands and asked him what happened. Reluctantly he told me the story.

“It is good that this man is now in prison,” I said. “Now your children are no longer in danger and he cannot try again to put your house in flames.”
“That is true,” he said. “But I am so sorry for that man. He is an unusually gifted man and now he must live together with all those criminals in a horrible prison.” “Then let us pray for him,” I said”…. buy book to keep reading

God teaches us about forgiveness, love, kindness, joy, suffering and more and this book just put all those lessons into practice through someone else’s life. Corrie Ten Boom has been through much and each one of us has a story to tell of a life experience we have been through that can help someone else. That is one reason why we started this ministry! We wanted to share our experience through our bible studies and articles to others. We hope you like this book as much as we did.

Books


This page will provide a list of books that speak on God’s word only. These books are the ones we have read and trust. Please be aware of what you read! Just because it is in the Christian section of a bookstore or online does not make it a Godly book. There are many false books out there that talk about the Word Of God from man’s point of view. We hope this page will be helpful who want to know and learn about the Truth of our Lord.

Proverbs 2:1 My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, 2 making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; 3 yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; 7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, 8 guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. 9 Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path;

10 for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, 12 delivering you from the way of evil, from men of perverted speech, 13 who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, 14 who rejoice in doing evil and delight in the perverseness of evil, 15 men whose paths are crooked, and who are devious in their ways.

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  3. Fear Not
  1. Karla Faye Tucker Set Free
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  1.  Tramp For The Lord

Free Ebooks Online to Read

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  1. Abide In Christ
  2. A Prisoner & Yet…
  3. Faith in the Power of God
  1. God’s Final Warning to America
  2. God’s Minute Devotional – 1916 
  3. His Faith & Works
  4. Inner Chamber & The Inner Life
  5. Like Christ
  1. Thy Will Be Done
  2. School Of Obedience
  3. Spiritual Life
  4. Sword & The Trowel
  5. True Christianity
  6. Working For God

Books To Borrow – Must Sign Up – Very Easy – Ordered by Author

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Karla Faye Tucker Set Free: Life and Faith on Death Row


Karla Faye Tucker (November 18, 1959 – February 3, 1998) was the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984, and the first in Texas since 1863. She was convicted of murder in Texas in 1984 and put to death fourteen years later. Because of her gender and widely publicized conversion to Christianity, she inspired an unusually large national and international movement that advocated the commutation of her sentence to life imprisonment, a movement that included a few foreign government officials. [from wikipedia]

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When I share that I was out of it on drugs the night I brutally murdered two people, I fully realize that I
made the choice to do those drugs. Had I chosen not to do drugs, two people would still be alive today. But I
did choose to do drugs, and I did lose it, and two people are dead because of me.

– Karla Faye Tucker in her letter to Governor Bush and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles,
January 1998

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! – 2 Corinthians 5:17

February 3, 1998, 6:25P.M., Walls Unit,
Huntsville, Texas

With the strength and poise of a gymnast, Karla leapt up on the gurney and whispered a prayer: “Lord Jesus, help them to find my vein.” Then, strapped to the table, she looked toward the small window and spoke her last words.

“Can Warden Baggett hear me?”

After being assured that yes, the warden was nearby and was listening, Karla went on: “I would like to say to all of you- the Thornton family and Jeny Dean’s family- that I am so sorry. I hope God will give you peace with this.

“Baby, I love you,” she told her husband, Dana. “Ron, give Peggy a hug for me. Everybody has been so good to me. I love all of you vety much. I’m going to be face to face with Jesus now.
“Warden Baggett, thank you so much. You have been so good to me. I love all of you very much. I will see you all when you get there. I will wait for you.”
After her final words she licked her lips and, according to witnesses, appeared to be humming softly as she waited for the lethal injection.

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“Karla, how do you explain to yourself that you were involved in a violent slaying?” television interviewer Larry King asked, his familiar face separated from hers by a scratched Plexiglas window.

Millions of viewers throughout the world were riveted to their television sets in January 1998 as the drama unfolded on CNN’s Larry King Live. They, too, wanted to know the answer. Who was this attractive and captivating woman that drew Larry to Texas? How could she have committed such a heinous crime?

Pausing just for an instant, Karla looked steadily back at him. “I can’t make sense out of it, Larry. I don’t know how to answer, except to say that because of the choices I made to do drugs and buckle to peer pressure, it was inevitable that something like that was going to happen in my life.”

While they continued talking and the CNN camera crew filmed the interview, I sat in the chapel at Karla’s prison, praying. After it was over, Karla and I would meet for our daily two-hour visit. As I waited, I thought about the events that had led her to this place.

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Over the years I’d heard much about Karla’s life. While never shy, she shared her story with me cautiously. She never hesitated to accept responsibility for what she had done. Better than anyone, she knew the horrific life from which she’d now been set free.

When she talked with reporters she carefully omitted details about the crime itself. “I think about it pretty often; I am well aware of what I have done. But it’s pretty hard to talk about because it brings up too many painful memories. I think about the pain I put others through. I wish it had never happened. If I could go back, I would not do it again. Now I know the value of human life.”

She understood that each time her victims’ family or members of her own family read or saw anything about the crime, they experienced renewed grief. In addition to not wanting to relive the past herself, she wanted to spare them as much pain as possible.

I feel the same way. The two murders Karla committed were a tragedy; the lives of everyone connected will never be the same. Yet, the Karla I had come to know was not the same young woman who had committed the crime. She had been transformed- as I am being transformed- by a relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Karla Faye Tucker was born November 18, 1959, in Houston, Texas. “As a little girl, I remember that we were a family,” Karla said when I asked about her background. “We lived in a middle-class neighborhood and went to the bay house where we water-skied and fished. But that period didn’t last very long. My parents fought a lot and divorced each other several times.”

As her parents’ turmoil increased, Karla’s life began unraveling. Her first experience with drugs came when she was seven or eight. “I caught [my older sisters] smoking pot and threatened to tell our parents,” she told the Gatesville Messenger in 1998 (January 30 ). “But they gave it to me and then said I couldn’t tell because I was doing it too.”

Karla remembered one brief encounter with what seemed to be a normal life. “At school this little girl would talk to me. I remember seeing something really different in her. It was like a genuine love for people. But her parents didn’t want her hanging around with me because they thought that I was just a bad, bad child.

“Somewhere along the way she talked her mother into letting me go to church with them. I think they must have been [very conservative] because they wore something on their heads and had to wear dresses. We sat on the front row. At some point she was down on her knees and really praying in the Spirit. I thought, ·what is going on here? Everybody came and laid their hands on her. I don’t remember doing anything wrong that night, but they never would talk to me again. Why didn’t they reach out to me? Why did they cut me off?”

Life at home was rapidly deteriorating. Any chance of a normal childhood disintegrated. “Back then there was a lot of drugs and sex. My sisters ran around with older people. One of their friends was in a biker club. He came to see my sisters and when he found out they weren’t there, he took me off on his motorcycle. He asked me if I wanted to shoot some heroin. I think he was going to molest me. But he shot me so full of heroin that I got sick and he wasn’t able to do anything. He ended up dropping me off at some apartments. That was the beginning of me shooting dope.”

By the time Karla was in seventh grade she was heavily into drugs and she dropped out of school. “I got kicked out as much as quit,” she said. When her parents divorced for the last time, she chose to live with her mother, Carolyn Moore. Life with her mom was unrestricted, with little or no adult supervision.

“There were a couple of things my mother did that made me wonder, Don’t you see what you are doing to me? Why don’t you notice this and come to me and ask what is going on?” In spite of inner turmoil and confusion, Karla wanted to be just like her mother. When Karla was only fourteen she followed her mother into prostitution.

Sharing Thoughts: This is what a new creation in Christ looks like! True Salvation! 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


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Do You Experience Fear? Fear Not Brings Understanding to What is Truly Happening!


Fear is one of the greatest enemies that you will ever have to fight. It is the bridge that the devil needs to make inroads into your life. Once he draws you into fear, then he takes your faith.

I am not merely giving you another theory—I have lived this. I suffered from panic attacks for over nine years, so I know how paralyzing fear can be. Yet I have learned how to fight against fear, and now it no longer has mastery over me.

Within this book, I have done my best to convey to you the biblical truths that will keep you from succumbing to fear, especially in the troubling times in which we now live.

— Excerpt from FEAR NOT

Sharing Thoughts: Do you experience fear? I (JB) did! My fear would overtake me to the point that what was happening was truly happening. It felt real and it seemed real. God does not want us to live in fear. His word speaks about not fear many times through out His Word. This book opened my eyes to what I was doing and how I was allowing the enemy to win over me. Well no more! I pray this book helps you just as much as it helped me. This is where our bible studies on Fear and is Fear Gripping Your Life? came from. They were written to help me and now we are sharing them with you, God Bless.

Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.


One of his sermons on Fear NoT