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Friday, August 14 2020
from the Brisbane Revival Fellowship

Hello once again...

Only 140 days to the year 2021

Scripture Of The Day

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.
Psalms 70:4

Read The Bible In a Year

Psalms 89-90 ; Romans 14

Thoughts For The Day

Some people follow their dreams, others hunt them down and beat them mercilessly into submission.

If you don't have a dream, how are you going to make a dream come true?

Dreams come true; without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.

Motivation For The Day

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

On This Day

1900 - End of the two-month Boxer Rebellion against European involvement in China when an international force, including British, American, Italian and Japanese troops, relieves the foreign legations which had been under siege in Beijing.
1908 - Staging of Britain's first international beauty contest - at the Pier Hippodrome in Folkestone.
1928 - The world's first scheduled television programmes are broadcast by WRNY in New York.
1948 - Opening of the Olympic Games in London.
1969 - Keith Castle becomes the first British patient to receive a heart transplant.
1969 - Former MP John Stonehouse is released from prison after being jailed for trying to fake his own death.
1979 - 15 yachtsmen are killed by a Force 10 gale during the Fastnet Yacht Race.

Personal Story Of The Day

    ...neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
     Leviticus 2:13

References from Leviticus 2:1-16

Salt seems a simple substance, but you may be surprised by some of the facts found in Salt.
For instance, salt is present throughout the human body and is needed for virtually every physical function. As another example, it takes weeks of immersion in a salt bath to create Parmesan cheese. And did you know that Gandhis nonviolent drive for Indian independence began as a protest against a salt tax? Or that the creation of liquid bleach became possible only after scientists figured out the chemistry of sodium?

The salt industry boasts 14,000 different uses for salt! In America, most salt, a prized commodity in world trade in ages past, now goes to de-ice roads in winter.

So what exactly did God mean when He spoke of the salt of the covenant in todays verse? In the culture of that day, salt probably symbolized permanence, purity, and value. By putting salt in their grain offerings, the Israelites acknowledged the eternal, perfect, and precious nature of Gods covenant with them.

The grain offering, the second of the five main types of sacrifice, was a voluntary recognition of Gods goodness. Also called the meal offering or the cereal offering, it was the only one that did not include blood, and so it was normally offered alongside other types of sacrifices. As with every sacrifice except the burnt offering, the priests ate designated portions of this offering (cf. 1 Cor 9:1314).

Salt was required in the grain offering, but yeast and honey were excluded. Yeast may have stood for sin and rebellion, but more likely God ordered yeast omitted in order to remind the Israelites of the Passover and how He had saved them from slavery in Egypt. The reason for prohibiting honey is unknown. Neither exclusion was across-the-board, since both yeast and honey could be included in firstfruits offerings.

What did the grain offering signify? Bread as a basic food represented sustenance or life, so to offer bread on the altar reminded worshipers of their dependence on God to provide all their needs (cf. John 6:4851).

Reflect on the biblical metaphor of salt by seeing how integrally salt is woven into most of our diets. Our hope is that this small object lesson will encourage us toward fulfilling our calling as the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13).

Jokes Of The Day

Never criticize someone unless you walk a mile in his or her shoes, and then when you criticize them you'll be a mile away and have their shoes!

In Sunday school class, children were studying the early life of Jesus and were asked to draw a picture of their idea of his family's flight into Egypt. The teacher was going around the room and saw that one boy had drawn a picture of an airplane, and she noticed that it had four people in it. She said to the small artist, 'that's interesting. I see you have Joseph, and Mary, and that cute little person must be baby Jesus. But who's the fourth person?'
'Oh,' said the boy, 'that's Pontius the pilot.'


A prisoner in jail receives a letter from his wife: "Dear Husband, I have decided to plant some lettuce in the back garden. When is the best time to plant them?" The prisoner, knowing that the prison guards read all mail, replied in a letter: "Dear Wife, whatever you do, do not touch the back garden. That is where I hid all the money." A week or so later, he received another letter from his wife: "Dear Husband, You wouldn't believe what happened, some men came with shovels to the house, and dug up all the back garden." The prisoner wrote another letter back: "Dear wife, now is the best time to plant the lettuce."

Riddle Of The Day

What grows when it eats, but dies when it drinks?

Answer to Yesterdays Riddle
What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries?
A towel

Devotional Thoughts Of The Day

There are times when we must "contend earnestly for the faith" (Jude 3). But in doing so, we must never be ungracious or antagonistic. The 17th-century English Puritans were right when they said that faith can never be foisted on another person. Consent must be gained by gentle persuasion and reason.

Paul told Timothy that "the servant of the Lord must not strive (fight and argue); but be gentle unto all" (2 Timothy 2:24). He wanted Timothy to be thoughtful and relevant in proclaiming the truth, not defensive. When people opposed the truth, he was to gently correct them in the hope that God would " give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will." (v25-26).

What was true for a young leader like Timothy applies to all believers. Those who oppose us are not the enemy but victims of the enemy. They can be delivered, Paul insisted, but we are to speak the truth in love.

Truth without love is dogma that does not touch the heart. Love without truth is sentimentalism that does not challenge the will. When truth is spoken with love, God's Spirit can use it to change another's mind.


Renewing the Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Romans 12:2

Despite the new nature in our inner man, we constantly need to renew our mind. Our human understanding often lags behind God's. We misuse our God-given capacity to understand when we receive information exclusively through the five senses. Our sensory impressions influence our thinking more than we realize. We build our lives according to our circumstances. And our circumstances are influenced by the nature of this world. In the world it is natural to doubt... not believe. It is natural to be selfish... not loving. It is natural to be fearful... not hopeful. It is natural to be negative... not positive. Such is the nature of this world and of our flesh.

When we begin to follow the way of Christ, our course changes. The world walks one way but we begin to walk in the opposite direction. We begin to walk by faith and not by sight. We begin to see what God shows us in our hearts and not what is on the exterior. We begin to listen to the voice of God and not to people's negative words.

But our mind reacts to this. Our mind is limited. It cannot see all the solutions. It objects when it is not allowed to sit on the throne and rule. It is always dependent upon what it sees, hears and senses. Therefore, we must renew our mind. If we do not renew our mind there will be a constant conflict between our mind and our inner life. Our mind will stand in the way and limit God. But a mind submitted to God is open to entirely new possibilities.

Facts Of The Day

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Closing Thought

Lord, help me maintain my wonder of great and noble things.