Saturday, June 9, 2018





Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:9,1:15-19

Our brother in Christ, Peter Deyneka, Jr., promoter of  missions in communist countries, relates a revealing  encounter with his cab driver upon requesting  transportation to the Museum of Atheism in Moscow.  "Why," the driver queried "Are you an Atheist?" Confessing  his own experience of emptiness of life under an atheistic  regime, he eventually begged: "Tell me ... what do I need?"  Pastor Deyneka became instrumental in ministering to his  spiritual well-being.

In their tragic drift from God, Americans are turning  more and more to substitutes: materialism, pleasure,  worship of science, drugs and immorality. The terrible  frustration of sin creates a dangerous void.

Relative to our glorious Lord we may rejoice in the  fullness of His glorified Person and the fullness of blessing  He imparts (Colossians 1:9; 2:3; 2:19). John presents it so  beautifully: "And of His fullness have we all received, and  grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace  and truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1 :16, 17). The gifts in  Ephesians were given: "For the perfecting of the saints for  the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the Body of  Christ: Till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the  knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the  measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ" (Ephesians  4:12, 13).

The church, which is His Body, is "The fullness of Him  that filleth all in all" (Ephesians 1:23). In contrast to the  void of our sin-sick world, the child of God has been  "blessed with all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in  Christ" Ephesians 1:3).

Friday, June 8, 2018



Ivan Burgener

Scripture Reading: Psalm 51:13

David had sinned in the matter of Bathsheba. This sin was followed by another heinous crime: He had Bathsheba's husband killed in battle-murder. It is hard to tell just how far _ this would have gone and how many sins the "cover-up" would

have involved had not God intervened through His prophet Nathan. This 51st Psalm is the record of David's confession-and what a confession it was! There is no self defense. We don't hear David making excuses like, "If only she had not been exposed and caught my eye." Or, "Why wasn't she in the house where she belonged?" Or, like another [Adam] once said, "The woman ... Thou gavestto be with me ... " In short, God's fault, her fault.

David's confession was thorough. This "man after God's own heart" had truly taken God's side against himself, and this is what true confession and repentance is all about. David asks God to "Purge . Wash .... Create a clean heart .... Renew a right spirit .... Cast me not away .... Restore the joy .... Uphold me with Thy free spirit." Then, and only then, could he "teach the transgressors Thy ways, and sinners be converted unto Thee. " In short, David had to first be restored to the Lord through his  own confession of sin before the Lord could use him to teach and lead others.

This great principle is transdispensational. That is, it is good for all time. Notice Paul's words to Timothy, "Take heed to thyself, and unto the doctrine [teaching]" (I Timothy 4:16). Not that Timothy was caught up in sin at the time, nor did he have a matter like David to settle between himself and -the  Lord, but the order is the same. Only when our lives are in tune with God, as revealed in His Word, can we be the vessels "unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master's use" (II Timothy 2:21).