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Saturday, November 16 2019
from the Brisbane Revival Fellowship

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Scripture Of The Day

Whoso keepeth the fig tree shall eat the fruit thereof: so he that waiteth on his master shall be honoured.
Proverbs 27:18

Read The Bible In a Year

Ezekiel 3-4 ; Hebrews 11:20-40

Thoughts For The Day

"There are only two forces that unite men - fear and interest." ....Napoleon I

" Too many pray for peace with their fists clenched. "

The most important thing about goals is having one.

Motivation For The Day

Religion is the story of what a sinful man tries to do for a holy God; the Gospel is the story of what a holy God has done for sinful men.

On This Day

42 - BC-Tiberius, whose legendary rule as Roman Emperor is marked by cruelty and debauchery, is born in Rome.
1724 - Notorious English highwayman Jack Sheppard is hanged in front of a crowd of 200,000 at Tyburn.
1824 - Explorers Hamilton Hume and William H Hovell discover Australia's Murray River - the longest river in the country.
1828 - In America, Andrew Jackson defeats John Quincy Adams to become the next President of the United States.
1905 - Count Sergei Witte is appointed Prime Minister of Russia.
1965 - The USSR launches spacecraft Venus III, an unmanned craft which successfully lands on the planet Venus.
1965 - The USSR launches spacecraft Venus III, an unmanned craft which successfully lands on the planet Venus.

Personal Story Of The Day

...The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land. Joshua 1:13 References from Joshua 1:10-18; Hebrews 4:1-16 Some people still remember Amelia Earhart (early female pilot) for her tragic disappearance, but the strength and resolve that powered her pioneering efforts in flight should not be ignored. Her words about courage fit well with today's verses: Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. Joshua needed to be courageous in order to usher Israel into peace and rest. That peace and rest, though, would come after a time of battle. God told Abraham that all nations of the world would be blessed by Abraham's descendants (Gen 22:18). We should keep that in mind when reading the book of Joshua. Israel's purpose was not some self initiated world domination, it was the fulfillment of God's promise. Joshua laid out God's plan to the leaders of Israel, and he clearly stated that it was God who would be giving the land to them (v11). And this military campaign was much bigger than a land war. This was one step of God's ultimate plan to bring His people to Himself. He was giving them rest (v13, 15). Hebrews paints the larger picture for us... and we're in it. Verse 8 points out that the rest Joshua leads Israel to find is incomplete. We have a rest to enter, as Israel did. And the issues are still faith and obedience. Like Joshua, we can be filled with strength and courage because we know that the Lord our God is with and in us, and we can approach His throne to receive grace and mercy when we need it (v16). Just as God rested after the creation of the world, we await the time when all our striving and efforts, every last task, is completely finished. Between the lines of this passage lies an important truth for us: we haven't finished working for God. But we have certainly entered into God's rest. As we think about the purpose of Israel, we see how God reaches out to humanity. We'll read chapters that describe God's judgment against those who oppose Him, but the ultimate purpose of those battles was to bring God's people into the land of promise and bring blessings to every nation. Even through this, God has always been gracious and slow to anger, and His work in the book of Joshua is no exception.

Jokes Of The Day


My wife and I are inseparable. --In fact, last week it took four house leaders and a pastor.

Why do men pass gas more than women? --Because women won't shut up long enough to build up pressure.

A beggar walked up to a well fed woman witnessing in the city square and said, "I haven't eaten anything in four days." --She looked at him and said, "God, I wish I had your willpower."

Do you know the punishment for bigamy? --Two mothers-in-law

The last fight was my fault. My wife asked, "What's on the TV?" --I said, Dust!"


You Can't Take It With You

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him.

An angel hears his plea and appears to him. 'Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you.'

The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules. The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him.

Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed.

Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, 'Hold on, you can't bring that in here! '

But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord.

Sure enough, St. Peter checks and comes back saying, 'You're right. You are allowed one carry-on bag, but I'm supposed to check its contents before letting it through.' St. Peter opens the suitcase to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaims, 'You brought pavement!!!???'


Q: What's the difference between a dead cat on the road and a dead lawyer on the road?

A: A dead cat has skid marks around it.


Riddle Of The Day

Why is the letter E like London?

Answer to Yesterdays Riddle
"At night they come without being fetched, And by day they are lost without being stolen."

Devotional Thoughts Of The Day

I recall a Sunday school lesson from nearly 50 years ago in which we were taught to love God in spite of our circumstances. Loving God is easy when He grants our requests and provides what we desire. Loving Him in difficult circumstances tests our faith. In Daniel 3, we read of the life and death decision Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego had to make. If they chose to worship the golden image, they would live; if they refused, death was certain. They answered King Nebuchadnezzar: Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace . . . . But if not, . . . we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. Were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego lacking in faith when they said "but if not"? No. They knew God was fully capable of delivering them from the fiery furnace. There's a lesson in this for all of us. Is God all powerful? Yes. Is He able to deliver us from all our problems? Yes. Does God always deliver us from our difficulties? No. We may not fully comprehend God's purpose in our difficulty and suffering, but we must not cease to love Him. We must trust Him and hope in Him in spite of the trials that threaten to overwhelm us. *********** Looking For God's Glory? Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 People find many things to glory in and brag about. For the runner, it might be his speed or distance. For the weight lifter, it's the number of pounds he can curl. For the scholar, it might be his list of degrees or publications. For the wealthy man, it's his diverse portfolio. But none of these things bring a glory that will last forever. They are at best a passing grandeur. Speaking through the prophet Jeremiah, God exhorted His people not to look for their glory in natural wisdom, power or wealth but in their relationship with Him. It was not the armies that defended God's holy city, Jerusalem; it was not the silver and gold in the temple treasury. Israel could brag about none of these things. What was really important, what would bring glory forever, was the opportunity to grow in a relationship with the Lord. To understand and know God was something to boast about. That was all that mattered. People frantically seek for their 15 minutes of fame, their moment in the limelight. They spend vast sums of money and even risk their lives to stake a fleeting claim to glory. Others try to bask in the reflected glory of the rich and famous. But none of these things are truly satisfying, let alone lasting. Only God can offer that.

Facts Of The Day

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Closing Thought

Lord, bless my church and give us some new brethren.