Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 343.
Devotional Song: Go to this link … Please take the time to take in a contemporary song, sung by the group, 4Him, Back To The Basics of Life, … reminding us all that as we live in the basics of our faith, we will likely be the only Bible others may be able to see.
Highlight Passage #1 - NKJV Deuteronomy 6: 4-5; … 7 … God’s call for togetherness in His Church …
4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. … 7 You shall teach them [i.e., these principles] diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. …”
Highlight Context – Deuteronomy 6: 4-9 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … The #1 standard for Israelite living
Reference Passage #1 – Exodus 20: 2-5 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK … The first two and most important of the TEN COMMANDMENTS
Reference Passage #2 - NKJV Matthew 22: 36-38 … Religious leaders trying to trap Jesus into breaking with the law.
36 [Religious leader] “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” … 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment.”
My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by Dennis Fisher, makes a historical reference to the New England Primer, which was used by the earliest educators in 18th Century America to bring the highest standards to the education of the youth of early America. And the Primer (see attached photo) was based on biblical principles and moral teachings; so, the earliest of Americans were raised on God’s word and His ways. And the most primary of these can be found in the Highlight passage of today’s ODB devotional (see Deut. 6: 4-9).
And this sets the standard for how we should be educating our youth and, in fact, our entire culture. … BUT … SUCH IS NOT THE CASE in our culture and country!! In fact our aggressive courts, who call themselves “progressives,” have ruled that we cannot use biblical standards to educate our youth; and they have even ruled that prayer – especially CHRISTIAN prayer – is to be avoided by our public educational institutions.
And where has this trend gotten us? Well, all we have to do is to watch the evening news any night; and we see the result of extracting our education from the Bible and God’s commands. And as long as we keep our kids separate from His word and His standards, we will continue to see an exacerbation of the social plagues we now experience in this world … maladies, mayhem, and murder. God gave us HIS word and HIS way for us to move forward toward Him. But as long as we choose to ignore HIS way and HIS will, from HIS word, we will continue to fall backwards.
My Prayer for Today … Lord, Jesus, Help us to move forward and to teach YOUR ways to our kids and grandkids. Amen
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