Discovering God’s Design – Blood in the Nile

Blood in the Nile ================= Exodus 7:14–24 The plague of blood is a powerful testimony to the truth of God’s ownership and management of all creation. The Nile River is Egypt’s greatest natural resource, serving as the source of the land’s natural fertility and prosperity throughout history. By changing the waters of Egypt into blood, […]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE / Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE Demetrius [Dēmē’trĭŭs]—BELONGING TO DEMETER. Demeter was the goddess of agriculture and rural life. The silversmith at Ephesus who made silver models of the celebrated Temple of Diana, and who opposed Paul and incited the mob against him. Acts 19:24, 38 A believer, well-commended by the Apostle John (3 John […]

SPURGEON – The duty of remembering the poor.

SPURGEON AT THE NEW PARK CHAPEL The duty of remembering the poor. “Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.” Galatians 2:10 Suggested Further Reading: James 2:1-17 If you do not help the one that you see has the greatest need, I am afraid the […]


The Sword and the Keys ====================== Romans 13:3–7 “He is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he…carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (v. 4). We would probably resolve many of the controversies surrounding the state’s relation to the […]

Encouragement for Today /

September 10, 2012 When Following Gets Hard By: Glynnis Whitwer “And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27 (NIV) “Follow me on Twitter!” the celebrity said. He promised insider information and witty words all in 140 characters or less. There’s no cost to follow; only benefit. And […]


Aaron [Aâr’on]—A MOUNTAIN OF STRENGTH or ENLIGHTENED. The son of Amram and of Jochebed his wife, and of the family of Kohath, who was the second son of Levi, who was the third son of Jacob. Miriam was Aaron’s elder sister and Moses was his junior brother by some three years. Aaron married Elisheba, daughter […]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE – Gamaliel [Ga˕mā’lĭel]

Gamaliel [Ga˕mā’lĭel]—GOD IS RECOMPENSER or THE GIFT OR REWARD OF GOD. A chief of Manasseh chosen to aid in taking the census in the wilderness (Num. 1:10; 2:20; 7:54, 59; 10:23). The renowned Doctor of Jewish law (Acts 5:34), and instructor of the apostle Paul (Acts 22:3). It may be that Paul’s instruction in the […]


Jockeying for Position ====================== Matthew 20:20–23 “He said to them, ‘You will drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father’” (v. 23). Matthew’s gospel has thus far revealed the disciples’ […]

How Is Jesus’ Death Foretold in Deuteronomy 21:23?

Deuteronomy 21:22–23 Hidden in Deuteronomy is yet another prophecy about the Messiah; it predicts the way in which the Savior would die and the length of time he would remain on the cross. Deuteronomy 21:22–23 says that God cursed any man executed for breaking one of God’s commands. His body hanging on a pole was […]

“The sweet psalmist of Israel.”

2 Samuel 23:1 Among all the saints whose lives are recorded in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied, and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not to be discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more […]

NIV Devotions for Men “Trashed Potential”

Trashed Potential Judges 16:1–31 Recommended Reading: Proverbs 29:23; Romans 6:12–14; Ephesians 6:11–18 You knew that guy in high school—the guy with all the money, the looks, the clothes and the fastest car. He was the popular one, the guy everyone liked to hang out with, the one who was a lock for being voted “Most […]

ALL THE MEN OF THE BIBLE Judas, Juda, Jude [Jū’das]

Judas, Juda, Jude [Jū’das]—PRAISE OF THE LORD. 1. The disciple surnamed Iscariot, who betrayed the Master and then hanged himself. He was the only one of the Twelve who was not a Galilean. He acted as treasurer of the apostolic band (John 6:71; 12:6; 13:26, 29). The Man Who Was Guilty of a Horrible Crime […]


Detour: An unplanned visit and a conversation spawn a new church ================================================================ Acts 16 During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” Acts 16:9 In his travels, Paul concentrates on the chief trade towns and capital cities of the Roman […]

Should we ask for a sign to prove God’s will?

Genesis 24:14 Abraham’s servant did not ask for some extraordinary sign, like fire to fall from heaven. What he asked for was to see some indication of one who would make a valuable wife in that culture—one who was friendly, hospitable and hardworking. The unusual circumstances, however, ultimately proved Rebekah was chosen by God to […]

God’s people in the furnace

“I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” Isaiah 48:10 Suggested Further Reading: Isaiah 43:1-7 Beloved, the first thing I will give you is the comfort of the text itself—election. Comfort yourself with this thought: God says, “I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction.” “The fire is hot, but he has chosen […]

The Fallacy of Full-Time Christian Work. TGIF; Today God Is First. Volume 1 by: Os Hillman

The Fallacy of Full-Time Christian Work
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Saturday, March 19 2016
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” – Colossians 3:23-24

“I didn’t know you were in full-time Christian work,” said my close friend as we were driving. “I didn’t realize that,” she went on. I responded, “Every person who has followed the will of God in their life is in full-time Christian work.” God calls some to the mission field, others to be accountants, and others to be advertising executives, and still others to be construction workers. God never made a distinction between sacred and secular. In fact, the Hebrew word avodah is the root word having the same meaning of “work” and “worship.” God sees our work as worship.

We have incorrectly elevated the role of the Christian worker to be more holy and committed than the person who is serving in a more secular environment. Yet the call to the secular workplace is as important as any other calling. God has to have His people in every sphere of life. Otherwise, many would never come to know Him because they would be separated from society.

I learned this lesson personally when I sought to go into “full-time” service as a pastor in my late twenties, only to have God thrust me back into the business world unwillingly. This turned out to be the best thing He could have done for me, because it was never His will for me to be a pastor. He knew I was more suited for the workplace.

We are all in missions. Some are called to foreign lands. Some are called to the jungles of the workplace. Wherever you are called, serve the Lord in that place. Let Him demonstrate His power through your life so that others might experience Him through you today and see your vocation as worship.

About Davids prayer to Abba, showing his commitment of obedience, and how we should all stand together in faith unto Him.

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord : the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord , and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. O fear the Lord , ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord .

Psalm 34:1-11  KJV

Faith Baptist Church – Bartlett

Veterans Outreach Ministry

Comrades, David is not only one of Jehova-Repha’s; “Greatest Warrior’s/Leaders/Obedient Followers”, but a great example of how we should handle our own daily struggles with combat.
In Christ,
Adam “Tracy” Smith

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Watch “Remarks by DAV National Commander Ron Hope, & Joint Veterans Affairs Committee to the 114th Congress.”

Remarks by National Commander Ron Hope, Joint Veterans Affairs Committee to the 114th Congress:

Greater Things Are Yet to Come!

Greater Things Are Yet to Come

In 2006, Tim Hughes wrote the song “Happy Day,” which describes Jesus’ resurrection as, “The greatest day in history, death is beaten, You have rescued me. Sing it out, Jesus is alive! The empty cross, the empty grave, life eternal, You have won the day.”

Truly, this was the greatest day in history. From Adam and Eve until the day Jesus rose from the dead, death held us ransom. But on the cross, sin had been rendered powerless. Paul points out, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Corinthians 15:14 NIV).

Jesus’ resurrection changed everything for mankind, as when we are in Christ, we are now free, restored, redeemed, and reconciled back to God. We’ve been given the free gift of eternal life. Jesus told Martha that those who believe in Him “shall never die” (John 11:26 NKJV) and He also said to Nicodemus that those who believe in Him “should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV).

You see, when Adam and Eve fell, we became spiritually dead—empty shells, lacking in the image of God. Humanity was incomplete until the arrival of Jesus Christ, who was and is the true image and likeness of God. By rising on the third day, Jesus created a way for the original image of God in man to be restored.

“It is finished” was not the end. It was just the beginning, for greater things were yet to come! Jesus said, “I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised” (Luke 24:49 NLT), who “will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26 NIV) and “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8 NKJV). At Pentecost, Jesus’ promise was fulfilled as the Holy Spirit descended upon believers.

The fire Jesus started began to spread around the world. God’s redemptive work continued with the coming of the Holy Spirit, through His Church—the bearers of the new covenant. The Book of Acts is the continuing story of Jesus set into the hearts, thoughts, and actions of the apostles and early believers. And though the acts of the apostles may have come to a close with their deaths, the acts of the Holy Spirit continues to this day through us—Jesus’ followers!

God “has given us the ministry of reconciliation . . . and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18–20 NKJV). We are all part of God’s work, part of His story of redemption, and He has entrusted us to carry His message of salvation to the entire world!

For the Kids

Easter is a special day, and not because of egg hunts or lots of candy. Today, we get to celebrate the greatest day in history. Do you know why Easter is so important? On this day, over 2,000 years ago, Jesus came back to life after being dead for three days! It seemed like the end of His story, but it was actually just the beginning—and Jesus wants us to be a part of it.

Jesus’ resurrection changed everything for us. Now, we can ask Jesus into our hearts and know that even when we make mistakes He’ll forgive us because our relationship has been restored—that means we get to spend eternity in heaven with Him! Jesus loves us so much, and He wants us to be part of His story by sharing His love with others that might not know about Him.

Reflecting on the Promise

“On the third day He will restore us, that we may live in His presence” (Hosea 6:2 NIV). The resurrection of Jesus fulfilled this prophecy by giving us the opportunity to be restored to God, having a close, personal relationship with Him.

As you celebrate Easter today, remember that God’s still writing redemption on the hearts of man through His people by the Holy Spirit! Spend some time reflecting on how God is using you to write redemption on the hearts of the people around you.

VOM Radio: Iran: Church Planting with Padina

This is an amazing story of how the Lord is working in Iran, where the missionaries must live and work like secret government operatives.
Join me in not only praying for this people group whose reshim would think nothing of killing them for just calling out the word “Abba”, but also the extreme risk the vessels of the Lord; Jesus are putting themselves in as well!
Enjoy the information, and continue to enjoy our ability to public pray, as we could wake up tomorrow in be in the same situation right here in the United States of America!
In Christ,

Adam “Tracy” Smith

VOM Radio: Iran: Church Planting with Padina.

Watch “Why Memorize Scripture Is So Important” – John Piper

I have just been reviewing some new material for our veterans ministry; This is a program especially designed to teach individuals with memory issues how to easily memorize biblical scriptures.

Below is a video by John Piper in reference to how important it is for us to know the scriptures. I personally do not agree with the Calvinist, nor their theology. But what John Piper is saying here is mainly common sense, not the Calvinist Doctrine.

Note: John Piper is only giving an endorsement, he is not affiliated with this memorization program, it was developed by the two time world champion of memorization.

Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress, have serious issues with memory, Gulf War Veterans suffering from Gulf War Illness have a much higher degree of memory loss due to the many toxins which they were exposed to in 1990-91′.

Why Memorize Scripture – John Piper:

On the website for the lesson(s) program, which I am greatly praying over purchasing, it is very clear that we fall into one of two categories;

1. We have our whole lives had problems memorizing anything.

2. It is scientifically, and medically proven the older we get, if we have lagged in using the part of our brains that control memorization, we will have an extremely hard time later in life training our brains to do well in this area.

“Faith comes through hearing; and hearing comes through the Word of God.”
~Romans 10:17~

In my calling from God our Father; Abba. I am above all things striving daily to be obedient unto His will, and not the will of this world. I am seeking your prayers not only first for my obedience, but secondly, that we, through Abba will be able to save lives of our nation’s heroes. who are struggling daily in their “War at Home”. I have a direct and personal connection to these men and women who wrote a blank check to this nation, up to and encluding the giving of their lives in military service.
What they did not sign up for, and so shamefully in no way deserve is their need for help, and our government turning it’s back on these volunteer warriors, ever day, all across our great nation.
Our ministry is simply introducing our troops to Jehovah-Rapha; “God whom heals”!
When I returned from Operation Desert Shield / Storm 1990-91′, I ran from my problems for five years, then I was “introduced” for a better lack of words to the VA Medical Center, over a period of years I seen many veterans die from their treatment, or lack of treatment.

Having been a Christian since 77′, I finally did what I should have done years before? I feel on my knees in reverent prayer to the Lord; Christ Jesus, my redeemer….”The Healer of Healers”, and He saved my life!

In turn, in 2010′ I surrendered unto His calling for me to enter His ministry to help, aid, and assist my Comrades in the only way to a truly better life, through Christ!

Note: I did not state in any way or form, that Christ has promised His followers that we would forever live under a dome of joy, without trials or tribulations, but quite the opposite. For once we surrendered our lives unto Christ, we have literally built a fire under Satan’s rear….and he and his league of demon’s have just declared you “enemy number one”! He and his wisdom in deception have placed a target upon you, your family, friends, and any, and every single thing in your life which has importance to you, but moreover the things which Satan feels he can break your faith with. Earthy things, as my former pastor and long time mentor referred to as “stuff”! We came into this world naked, and as Bro. Bob Pitman says, quote: “the first person we ever met, and hadn’t even been properly introduced slapped our bottom and we cried, and we are going out of this world naked, and most of us in tears.” (end quote). We own nothing, it doesn’t matter if you pick up beer cans for a living, or if your name is Warren Buffet, everything is the property of the Almighty God! The earth is his footstool!

I have been blessed by my trials and tribulations, this week in Connection Class; Dr. Mike Day said, quote: “you are coming out of a storm, in the middle of a storm, or you are headed straight into one”, end quote., and Amen Bro. Mike!

The moral of Bro. Mike’s example is, every time we come through a spiritual battle steadfast in faith in Christ Jesus we are stronger! And until the Lord calls us home, or we are living where the Rapture accrues (the second coming of Jesus), we will remain in spiritual warfare nearly daily!

So, I have made a salmon promise unto God, that I well knew, He owed me NOTHING, and I owed Him my everything. So many folks come up with this off the wall ideas or theology that God owes us our Salvation because we believe? That is the furtherist thing in this world from the truth, but it is what Satan would have you believe.

God loves every single person on the face of the earth the same, and that is called Agape LOVE, the highest form of all love. But this neither will save your soul. Salvation is… now listen closely, a “gift”, the most precious gift we could ever be offered, yes, offered. For this gift is offered unto every single soul in this reached world, and it is offered by Christ Jesus, by His most sacred blood which ran down that old rugged cross upon the hill of Calvary! But..we must afirm this “gift”, and we must do so by the repentance of our sins, crying out unto God, acknowledging that we BELEIVE with everything we are in that He sent His ONLY begotten son for God’s love of all men, brethren, listen to these verses, for this is ALL mans first step unto eternal life!

“For ALL have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that he might be just, and the just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.”
~Romans 3:23-26~ KJV

Please continue to pray for the souls of our military men and women still fighting the war at home. Love on them every single chance you get, and just try to lift up their day. For I assure you brethren, there days are wreched, form dawn to dusk, and I know that all they need to understand, and be made clear. The ONE thing that will help them through this day is, to; “LEAN ON JESUS!” If you have a friend, a family member, a coworker, or just someone in your community whom you care about? Please don’t wait until the shadow of the death passes over them, please don’t. I have lost so many so many beloved brothers in arms, not on only the battlefield, but ten times as many after returning home.

It will not cost anyone a red cent to reach out to us. Here am I Lord, send me.
In Christ,

Adam “Tracy” Smith; Co-Founder
Dying To Live
Veterans Outreach Ministries
~Galatians 2:20~