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Devotional- October 21st, 2019: Influence

Submitted by dbrewer on Mon, 10/21/2019 - 09:46


I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15: 5

Everyday we are influencing people for either the good or the bad. The words we say and the things we do affect those around us. This became very clear to me several years ago when I was teaching in an elementary school. I had a sweet little girl in my classroom that became a real challenge and lacked focus for the entire year. The year ended and she was promoted to the next grade. I admit I breathed a sigh of relief and was happy to move on to a new school year.

Reality hit me the next school year when this same little girl came back to my classroom and asked to borrow a very small reference book about identifying trees. I had no idea she knew I had this little book on my “teacher professional shelf” behind my desk. As she left with the book, I was forced to ask myself what she remembered about me as her teacher. If she could remember me having such a tiny book, I trembled to think what she remembered about me and the influence I had on her. It seemed I had been “on her case” much of the prior year. This was a sobering moment and taught me a lesson I will never forget. We must realize God is the ultimate source of all power and influence and we reflect His character through the gifts and opportunities He has given us. He will hold us accountable. Life is short and our opportunities are limited for how we influence and impact the lives of others. The words we speak, the actions we take and even the tone in our voice will influence for good or evil.

Prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that I will be influential in word and deed that will help lead others to you. Amen

Linda Brown, Financial/Media Secretary- Buncombe Baptist Association, Mt. Carmel Baptist Church

Devotional- October 20th, 2019: Don't Go Down to Egypt

Submitted by dbrewer on Sun, 10/20/2019 - 09:42
Read Isaiah 31:1–9 Isaiah clearly describes Judah’s main problem as a failure to trust God. God promised the King of Judah that he would protect him from Israel’s king (Is. 7–8), but Judah’s king rejected God’s promise. God also promised his people protection from Sennacherib, but again they failed to trust the Lord. Instead, they sought an alliance with Egypt for protection and refused to seek God’s guidance and help. Therefore, Isaiah’s rebuke stands as warning to God’s people: Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, And rely on horses, Who trust in chariots because they are many, And in horsemen because they are very strong, But who do not look to the Holy One of Israel, Nor seek the Lord!    Is. 31:1 The leadership of Judah preferred Egypt’s alliance because of their size and strength, but failed to rely on the one who not only created the army of Egypt, but completely defeated them centuries before. While Isaiah makes it clear that the Lord uses foreign nations and human strength for his purposes (he used them to punish his people), he rebuked Judah for assuming that the Egyptians themselves were their Savior. Often the Lord will use human ability and strength to protect and bless his people. But whether it is human wisdom, programs, money, or abilities we follow in the steps of Judah when we look to these methods, programs, and people as our Saviors. Even though God might use human methods to assist and bless his people, let us always begin by seeking his counsel and wisdom through his word and prayer! Prayer: Heavenly Father, grant us the vision to see how you are working among your people. Keep us from placing your blessings given to us on the throne of our hearts. May we continuingly honor and exalt you as our deliverer, and may we also seek your wisdom and counsel for the tasks you have placed before us. Thank you, Lord, for you grace, kindness, love, and strength. May you be honored in all we say and do.  Bradley Johnson- Pastor- Newfound Baptist Church

Devotional- October 19th, 2019: Trust in the Lord

Submitted by dbrewer on Sat, 10/19/2019 - 06:04

He will direct your path

My husband, Randy, and I repeat these verses together at the end of each evening.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Why should we trust in the Lord?  He is God and He knows everything!  Our understanding is so limited compared to His knowledge. Why should we trust in our limited understanding when God as Psalm 139 reminds us knows all things?

In these verses we are being asked to trust someone we know.  That means we must have a personal relationship with the Lord.  You cannot trust someone that you do not know.

Trusting in the Lord means that we should meditate on His word so that He can reveal to us the way we should go.  Blessings will come as a result of trusting.  When we trust, He delights in showing us what direction we need to take.  The blessing is, “He will make your paths straight.”

Trusting in the Lord instead of relying on our knowledge can give a calming spirit about our decisions.  And in a world full of conflict, a calming spirit is needed.

Life is a journey.  Life is full of decisions. We all want to make right decisions.  God promises that we can, if we look to Him for guidance. D. L. Moody was right when he said, “God never made a promise that was too good to be true.”

Prayer:  Lord, indeed you are trustworthy!  Help me to trust you.  Amen!

Norma Melton, Fair Ministry Coordinator, Beverly Hills Baptist Church

Devotional- October 18th, 2019: Let Your Light Shine

Submitted by dbrewer on Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:15

light shine

A well-known motel chain ends their tv commercials with the phrase “We’ll leave the light on for you.” As we know, the world today can be a dark place on many levels. This can leave people searching for help and answers. As such, we as Christians must remember to leave our light on, pointing people home toward our Savior Jesus Christ – The very present help and answer we all need.

Matthew 5:14-16 puts it like this: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.

Today let’s look for ways to let our light shine for God. Ministries such as the Buncombe Baptist I-26 Rest Stop Ministry and many others through our Churches provide great opportunities to do just that.

Prayer: Lord, please help us to show our love for you through our words and actions. Please be with all the ministry teams who will be working in the I-26 Rest Stop Ministry tomorrow (10/19). May our lives always be ones that leave the light on welcoming people home and may everything we do glorify Your Holy Name!

-Michael Stamey, Baptist Men’s Coordinator, Ridgeway Baptist Church

Devotional- October 17th, 2019: Disaster Response to Sin

Submitted by dbrewer on Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:56

Sin Biohazard

If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. -Matthew 5:29-30

I learned this summer what it means to be a nitpicker. While vacationing in D.C., I discovered that my daughter had lice. Our “disaster response” was immediate! We left the Smithsonian, took the Metro to the Walgreens in Chinatown, stocked up on lice-killing shampoo and nit combs, and spent nearly 4 hours in the hotel room meticulously combing through the hair section by section. We didn’t do this just once. The regimen was repeated again and again in the days (and weeks) that followed.

While working to eliminate the lice, God reminded me that He commands us to deal with the sin in our lives similarly. Sins can be small and hidden, but once the Holy Spirit brings sin to your attention, the “disaster response” needs to be immediate.

Once we recognize that we have a problem, we need arm ourselves accordingly and deal with sin aggressively! Throughout scripture we are admonished to put iniquity far from us (Job 11:14) and put to death the misdeeds of the body (Romans 8:13, Colossians 3:5). If we fail to be completely surrendered to God’s will in our lives, if we overlook even one seemingly insignificant sin, disastrous consequences will follow. Consider the Old Testament account of Saul (1st Samuel 15). He was commanded to blot out Amalek from the face of the earth. He utterly destroyed most of the Amalekites, but left their king (Agag) alive. Saul failed to deal ruthlessly with Agag and for this disobedience, God removed Saul from his throne. This seemingly small sin had disastrous consequences for God’s people too. Descendants of Agag continued to wreak havoc on the nation of Israel for generations. Sin is the same.

Eradicating sin from our lives is not a one-time deal. I had to comb out my daughter’s hair again and again so that no hidden nits were able to grow to maturity. Jesus asked his disciples to watch and pray to avoid temptation and we must do no less. Satan is prowling around constantly seeking whom he may devour, so we must be alert and willing to prayerfully examine our lives. Do you have any nits of sin hiding in your life?

Prayer: God you know where I stumble. Deliver me from evil. Convict me of my hidden sins and help me live a victorious life in Christ! -Amen

Author anonymous (per daughter’s request)

Devotional- October 16th, 2019: FEAR

Submitted by dbrewer on Wed, 10/16/2019 - 17:36


For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)

FEAR! It’s a word we don’t like to talk about! We like to think we are in control of our emotions. Fear can paralyze takes away our joy. Satan wants us to have fear. Fear of the future, fear of the unknown, fear of something happening to us or a family member. 

We don’t have to be fearful about what this new week holds. God is already there...standing there with His love, waiting on us with His wisdom, going before us with His hope and His provision. He sees the big picture! 

Remind your heart of this truth in prayer: God, you have given me a spirit power, love, and a sound mind. Therefore, I can walk unafraid. I can live unafraid. I can be unafraid. -Amen

Della Brindley, Communications Secretary- Buncombe Baptist Association

Devotional- October 15th, 2019: MAKING A DIFFERENCE BY BEING DIFFERENT

Submitted by dbrewer on Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:07

salt and light


Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all who in every place call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. -1 Corinthians 1:1-3

When Jesus described what His Kingdom people were to be, He used the metaphors of salt and light—both of which have a disproportionate impact on their environment due to their distinctive qualities.  A little salt can season a lot, and a small light can illumine a room.  There is no question we live in a society that is rotting and needs the preservative nature of salt, and that we are in a time of spiritual darkness which desperately calls for the light of the Gospel.  That is our assignment as a church.  It is the duty of church leadership to direct the church to fulfill that holy calling.

The church at Corinth was to grow and bear fruit in a hostile environment.  It would be far easier to cave to the pressure to compromise with the pagans around them, than to convert them to faith.  It might even seem reasonable to tailor the truth to better fit the culture with a view of reaching them.  Yet, the reality is that the church is always most effective when it is being different and thus making a difference.

PRAYER: Holy God, grant us grace to make a difference by being different. May the churches of Buncombe Baptist Association be willing to adjust their methodology, while remaining steadfast in their theology. For the Glory of Christ, Amen.

Dennis Thurman, Pastor- Pole Creek Baptist Church

Devotional- October 14th, 2019: The Fruit of the Spirit

Submitted by dbrewer on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:58


But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  -Galatians 5:22-23

With all the chaos in the world, a little positive news is always welcome and encouraging.

A few weeks ago, as I was checking out at Sam’s Club, a young lady approached me and asked if I was Mr. ———-. When I said I was, she reached out her hand to shake mine and said she wanted to thank me for being kind to her family when she was growing up. She said if I had not been, her family would have been homeless.

I remembered that her father and stepmother rented a mobile home space from me and after a couple of years, the father had left the family struggling to survive. I was able to forgive most of what they owed.

Not long ago, I needed some home repair and called a firm for assistance. As I talked to the lady on the phone, she asked if I had taught at our local middle school and when I said that I had, she told me that one day when I had given the students a few minutes of time on their own, she had accepted Christ as her Savior. She continues her walk with the Lord today.

A number of years ago I had an extremely challenging class. Because many of the students in this class neglected to turn in their science lab work, I would often allow them to come in after school and make up their work. This meant I would have to set up the labs they had missed and clean up afterwards. On one occasion, one of the more challenging girls looked at me and said, “Mr. ———, you DO care, don’t you?”

I enjoyed a wonderful career with over 30 years in the classroom and had many other educational opportunities to help thousands of students. 

Prayer: Lord, help me to exhibit the fruit of the Spirit in my daily walk. Amen

-Anonymous, per author’s request

Devotional- October 13th, 2019: God's Provision

Submitted by dbrewer on Sun, 10/13/2019 - 00:44


Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. -Hebrews 10:23-25

Tomorrow evening church members from across our Association will gather together at Westwood Baptist Church for the annual “Fall Celebration.” I believe we call it that (a celebration) because it’s an opportunity to “taste and see that the Lord is good!” We take stock of all that God has done for us, in us and through us and we collectively marvel at His faithfulness!

Celebrating in this fashion is biblical. Many of the Old Testament feasts were times set aside to gather together, remember and stand in awe of God’s deliverance. Our time of celebration tomorrow is similar.  As we gather together to collectively seek God’s wisdom and guidance for the coming year, the fact that we’ve seen his provision and deliverance again and again bolsters us toward stepping out in faith for the future.

As I encounter difficult circumstances in my own life, I often have to remind myself that “God’s got this!” Tomorrow night, we will collectively remember that He ALWAYS has!

Prayer: Father, help me to be unceasingly aware of your presence, your peace, your protection & your provision. For these things and so much more, I praise your name! -Amen

Diana Brewer, Missions Mobilization Assistant- Buncombe Baptist Association, North Point Baptist Church

Devotional- October 12th, 2019: Autumn Splendors

Submitted by dbrewer on Sat, 10/12/2019 - 17:22


Late October and early November in the mountains of Western North Carolina present
to us a beautiful panorama of reds, yellows and golds on the trees. Cool autumn mornings
and warm afternoons add to the pleasure of our surroundings. The added blessing of abun-
dant harvests that have been received cause us to look to our Creator and Sustainer with
awe and wonder. A brilliant harvest moon in a star-spangled sky leads us to say with the
psalmist David “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the
stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him?
” (-Psalm 8:3-4)

Yet we know that He created us to proclaim His excellencies (1 Peter 2:8) and to be
conformed to the image of Christ Jesus (Romans 8:29). We are called to praise God for His
compassion, grace, patience, lovingkindness, truth, faithfulness, forgiveness of iniquity and
transgression and sin (Exodus 34:6-7), His character and nature as He revealed himself to
Moses. And we should always praise Him for our freedom, opportunities, prosperity, abun-
dance and availability of everything we could ever need, as well as for life, health (and health
care), food, clothing, shelter, and protection. What a great God we serve!

Prayer: O LORD, Our LORD, how excellent is Thy Name in all the earth! We have so much for
which to be thankful to You. May we never forget that You deserve unlimited honor and praise.

-Ralph Long, Bethel Baptist Church

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