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Saturday, July 31 2021
from the Brisbane Revival Fellowship

Hope you have a great day in the Lord.

Only 154 days to the year 2022

Scripture Of The Day

Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psalms 100:2

Read The Bible In a Year

Psalms 54-56 ; Romans 3

Thoughts For The Day

Happiness is not in our circumstances but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are.

If you really want something, you can figure out how to make it happen.

"Your road to success should always be under construction"

Motivation For The Day

How can you expect God to speak in that gentle and inward voice which melts the soul, when you are making so much noise with your own ideas? Be silent, and God will speak again.

On This Day

1908 - Official founding of the Boy Scout Movement by Robert Baden-Powell.
1950 - Opening of Britain's first self-service supermarket - Sainsbury's, in Croydon, south London.
1954 - An Italian expedition, led by Ardito Desio, is the first to successfully climb Mount Godwin-Austin (K2) in the Himalayas.
1956 - English cricketer Jim Laker takes all 10 Australian wickets in the second innings of the Test Match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
1965 - Cigarette adverts are banned on British television.
1971 - American astronauts David Scott and James Irwin steer the first vehicle to be driven on surface of the moon.
1991 - US President Gerald Ford and Russian President Mikail Gorbachev sign the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in Moscow.

Personal Story Of The Day

Making Your free time work. The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. Mark 2:27 References from Matthew 12:1-14 In Jesus day, the Pharisees and other religious leaders had turned the Sabbath into an enormous minefield of nitpicky regulations. One part of the Mishna (rules) lists thirty nine main headings (plus subheadings) of forbidden actions... among the main headings are such actions as sewing two stitches and writing two letters! People were not allowed to carry anything heavier than a fig or harvest (much less rub together) two ears of wheat. Even using medicine the day before the Sabbath was forbidden, if it produced its effect on the Sabbath. This doesnt sound much like the blessing of rest weve been hearing about, which is why Jesus challenged the Pharisees in todays verse. His disciples had picked grain from a field to eat on the Sabbath. Though the Law allowed for this, it violated the Pharisees regulations, and they made an accusation. In response, Jesus gave two examples of when the letter of the Law had been set aside. When David fled from Saul, he and his soldiers ate the showbread, which technically could be eaten only by the priests (v4). And on the Sabbath itself, when no work was to be done, the priests themselves worked hard to offer the sacrifices and lead the worship (v5). What made these exceptions legitimate? It was the fact that God had given the Sabbath for people as a needed gift, not as a rule to be enforced in a burdensome way (v12; Mark 2:27). Furthermore, Jesus claimed personal authority as Creator and Lord of the Sabbath (v8). He effectively authorized the disciples transgression, since they were busy following Him. By their accusation, the Pharisees had displayed their ignorance of and inattention to the deeper meanings of the Sabbath and the Law. To make sure they got the point, Jesus healed a crippled man right in front of them, although He knew that the rabbinical rules forbade medicine except in life threatening circumstances.

Jokes Of The Day

EPITAPH (In a cemetery in England)

Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I,
As I am now, so shall you be,
Remember this and follow me.

To which someone replied by writing on the tombstone:

To follow you I'll not consent,
Until I know which way you went


Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.

A man is speeding down the freeway when he's stopped by a police car and has to pull over.
"Do you realize you were doing 80 m.p.h. in a 60 m.p.h. zone, sir?" asks the policeman.
"That's impossible, sir, I never break the speed limit," replies the driver.
The driver's wife butts in and says, "Yes, you do, I'm always telling you to keep your speed down."
The policeman says, "I also noticed, sir, that you didn't have your seat belt on.
You put it on as I was walking over to your car."
"That is not true, sir; I always wear my seat belt," replies the driver.
"No, you don't, I'm always telling you to put your seat belt on," says the driver's wife.
"Stupid woman," the driver explodes, "can't you, just for once, keep that big, fat trap of yours shut?"
The policeman is a bit shocked by how the driver is speaking to his wife, so he moves around to her side of the car. "Does he often speak to you like this, madam?"
"Oh, no, officer," she says, "only when he's drunk."


Riddle Of The Day

Chief Running Water had two sons. What were their names?

Answer to Yesterdays Riddle
If a girl ate her mother and father, what would that make her?
an orphan

Devotional Thoughts Of The Day

During a trip to London, a friend visited the Bank of England Museum, then made his way to The Clockmakers' Museum. At some point, it struck him that both money and time have been very important commodities as far back as anyone can remember. Yet they present one of the great dilemmas of life. We trade our valuable time working for money, and then we spend our money to make the most of our time off. We seldom possess the two with any degree of balance. In contrast, our Lord never seemed perplexed by money or time. When asked if it was lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, Jesus answered: "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's" (Mark 12:17). With great demands on His time, Jesus spent early mornings and late nights in prayer, seeking to know and do His Father's will. We can properly balance time and money when we offer ourselves without reservation to God. *********** The seven churches of the book of Revelation chapters 2-3 Pergamos Sixty-five kilometres north of Sardis sits ancient Pergamos in the Caicus Valley. Pliny, the Roman writer, called it"the most famous city in Asia." It was the centre of Roman power and authority in the province. As early as 29 BC, it became the site of the first temple of the Caesar-cult, erected in honour of Augustus Caesar. The city also housed an ancient temple to the god Zeus - the god of power Pergamos was an incredible city. Pillared temples, public buildings, and massive fortifications sat atop the acropolis. And above all was the great Temple of Zeus, king of the gods. When Attalus III of Pergamos died in 133 BC, he bequeathed the city to the Romans, and they made it their political capital in Asia. Pergamos was also known for its famous asklepium (Healing and medical center). Here, religious meditation, dream interpretation, snake-handling, and medical arts were combined for healing purposes. The Sacred Way led from the Asclepion, built in honour of the god of healing, toward the acropolis, which rose a thousand feet above the plain. Emporer Constantine was converted to Christianity after seeing a vision in battle and adopted Christianity as the state religion. Within 24 years half the Roman population professed an acceptance or conversion to Christianity. The church lost its power through acceptance and complacency. The church joined that state and became subject to the directives of the state. Unbelievers started to pour into churches without being converted because they were state churches and it was the thing to do. The gifts of the Holy Spirit were no longer exercised within the church. The holding of excessive and debauching Christmas celebrations were introduced together with infant sprinkling, Easter eggs, hot-cross buns and dozens of other customs and practices of heathen origin. There were two doctrinal errors which Christ addressed in this church. The doctrine of Balaam refers to the Old Testament story of the prophet Balaam's religious compromise with Balak, the king of Moab. The doctrine of the Nicolaitans embraced a religious hierachy which was intolerant of all other doctrines other than those formulated by recognised institutions, and which exercised authoritarian control over the people. The false doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans said that Christian liberty allowed participation in worldly activities. They attempted to use Christian liberty to justify their personal compromise with sinful paganism. To those who would repent, He promised three things: 1. Hidden manna, 2. A white stone 3. A new name. All three of these point to His high priestly role. The manna was hidden in the ark of the covenant (Exodus 16:32-34. Hebrews 9:4). The white stone was the Urim on the high priest's vestment. And the new name was the self-revelation of Christ (cf Revelation 3..12, "my new name").

Facts Of The Day

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Closing Thought

Who cares for me above all others? take the time to find out