Devotional – July 2018

“God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things – may abound to every good work. (9) As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad – He hath given to the poor! His righteousness remaineth forever.” [2Cor.9:8-9]
“…my God shall supply all your need – according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (20) Now unto God and our Father be glory forever and ever!” [Phil.4:19-20]

These precious words of gospel truth are comparable with one another. They point out the ever abiding presence and fellowship of an all-governing – all-gracious — eternally loving, guiding and providing  Savior.  These verses substantiate the words of our Lord Jesus from Jn.16:33 from where He tells us, These things I have spoken unto youthat in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheerI have overcome the world.” Praise His Name!

Only the God of all grace is able to do this for us! Especially, while we are in this weak and ever vulnerable – fallen-in-sin worldly condition. We are so completely dependent upon our Lord and Savior at all times, for all things – and all that we need, in this adverse and affliction-filled world! Yet — He is so completely dependable unto us no matter what we have to face – no matter what we have to go through in this world in order to enter the all-glorious reality of the “Kingdom of God”. We are ever reminded of Ac.14:22, which says: “…confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faithand thatwe must through much tribulationenter into the Kingdom of God.” While “much tribulation” is a fact of life in this world – it is also an eternal gospel truth that our faithful God is able to make all grace to abound into the time of our trials so that nothing can detour nor delay our being able to enter into the eternal safety of His eternal Kingdom and glory! What good work that He has ordained for us to fulfill – His all sufficient enabling grace will see that it gets accomplished!

In order for any true believer to successfully and safely get through this fallen and cursed world, the sovereign grace of God is absolutely necessary! In order for us to even be able to repent for our sins – we need God’s enabling grace. In Ac.5:30-31, the scripture says that God raised up Jesus and exalted Him with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” In 2Ti.2:24-25, the scripture once again tells us that, the servant of the Lord must not strivebut be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) in meekness instructing those that oppose themselvesif God peradventurewill give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth…”. True saving repentance is a grace that only God can – and does – give – bestow — upon each of His eternally loved, chosen and saved children!

In fact, true saving faith is also obviously a grace! Eph.2:8-9 clearly states: For by grace are ye saved through faithand that not of yourselves! It is the gift of God. (9) Not of workslest any man should boast.” Jesus, Himself, explicitly declared from Jn.6:29 This is the work of Godthat ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.” All who truly and savingly believe on the Lord Jesus Christ are each one descriptively declared from Ac.13:48 in this manner: “…and as many as were ordained to eternal lifebelieved.”

The Lord Jesus is full of grace and truth. It is He who hath dispersed abroad and given His righteousness to the destitute. His righteousness endureth forever. His righteousness eternally justifies us!

For Christ’s Glory Only!

– John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests – June

Praises and Prayer Requests

Oh, dear friends, June 2018 has been – maybe – the busiest June ever in our over six decade history! It seems to be true that if God’s timing (along with His work and His way) is perfect – and it is – then why wouldn’t it come done to the last second. And, we must confess  – that just drives our fallen natures absolutely crazy! Nevertheless, we thank Him and we praise Him for His faithfulness to bear unto us testimony after testimony of both His presence and His power. In a very real way, His faithfulness to us is definitely being demonstrated in all of your prayers and gifts. We constantly thank and praise Him for all of you.

Our new kitchen is just beautiful! The shower house and rest rooms look wonderful as well. Wow! We really don’t have words to adequately express how grateful we are to the Lord for everyone that has had an active role in everything that has been done for Del-Haven thus far this year. May God richly bless you all! And, special recognition definitely goes to all the men of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove for all that they have done! And what a joy it has been to be around them when they were working. Please earnestly pray with us for the Lord’s richest blessings upon them and their families!

Our first camp went just great! The work of the Lord was noticeably present during the course of the week. We are, at this moment, getting geared up for our first older girls camp week. Please remember to season our staff and their efforts for the Lord with your prayers as well. We always stand by the grace of faith upon the truth of Jn.15:7!

One final matter needs our earnest urgent prayer! We need some mature, level headed young men (16yr. old, or older) that are willing to serve on our staff for our two 9 to 12 year old boys camps. That would be for the dates of July 9 through 12 – and July 30 through August 2. They just need to patiently supervise at least four to five campers through our camp program. Otherwise we will have to turn away some little boys from being able to come to camp – and we don’t want to do that! Please pray with us regarding this urgent matter.

 

Devotional – June 2018

(11) “Now the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. (12) Those by the way side are they that hear – then cometh the devil and taketh away the Word out of their hearts – lest they should believe and be saved. (13) They on the rock are they which when they hear – receive the Word with joy – and these have no root – which for a while believe – and in time of temptation fall away. (14) And that which fell among thorns are they which when they have heard – go forth and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life – and bring no fruit to perfection. (15) But that on the good ground are they which in an honest and good heart – having heard the Word – keep it – and bring forth fruit with patience.” [Lk.8:11-15]

(105) “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet – and a light unto my path.” [Ps.119:105]

Here is an accurate gauge by which we may determine if we have truly been born from above by what Paul referred to in Col.1:5 as the Word of the truth of the gospel”. Peter speaks of the same thing in 1Pe.1:23 when he literally says: Having been born againnot of corruptible seed, but of incorruptibleby the Word of God which liveth and abideth forever!” And, then he goes further on and explicitly declares from vs.25: And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you”.

The apostle James was Holy Spirit inspired to write of our regeneration from Jas.1:17-18 of his epistle: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lightswith whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning. (18) Of His own willbegat He us with the Word of truth….” Now this verse is more literally rendered – Having willedHe begat usOr, in other words, He brought us forth to new life in our Lord Jesus Christ! And then he urges us from vs.21: Wherefore(or, consequently) lay apart (or, put away) all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness (or, all moral dirtiness and surplusage of depravity) and receive with meekness the engrafted (or, the implanted) Wordwhich is able to save your souls!”   

The Spirit of Christ – the living Word of God – who is the incarnated eternal Son of God – according to the eternal purpose of God the Father – causes us to receive a regenerating revelatory experience that we are, indeed, His eternally loved and chosen sinner-saved-by-grace-children. We come by grace to understand that we – and He – have been personally united with Him – in His beloved and only-begotten Son! Ro.8:16-17 plainly tells us that: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spiritthat we are the children of God (17) and if childrenthen heirsheirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ…” Before the magnitude of the majesty of our all holy – all-glorious sovereign God – we are all — nothing but little children. But, we are His little children! And, especially, while we are here in this fallen-in-sin world – we grow in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ…”

How do we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior?

By constantly feeding on His wonderful Word! We ever abide in the words of our Savior. Jesus said in Jn.15:3Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken unto you.”  Then He went on and said from vs.7 If ye abide in me and my words abide in youye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.” It is no wonder that the Psalmist was inspired to descriptively declare: Thy Word is a lamp unto my feetand a light unto my path!” Everything wonderful about being in Christ – is descriptively declared in the treasures of His wonderful Word! Amen.

For Christ’s Glory Only!

John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for May 2018

Praises and Prayer Requests

 Well, dear friends, we are coming right up to the beginning of the 2018 Del-Haven Camp season!

The Kitchen and Shower house/restrooms project still need some finishing touches to be totally ready. Please be in earnest prayer with us that these very much needed tasks are completed.

With all the attention having to be given to getting our wiring updated and our Kitchen and Shower house/restrooms finished – we have at the same time a crisis situation where our staff is concerned. Many of our young people have reached the time when they need to seek gainful employment for themselves. This sort of thing happens. Therefore, we need your prayers that the Lord will provide ample replacements of young men and women who have a real desire to serve the Lord with us in proclaiming the gospel to the children that He sends to us. Everything about this ministry is supplied through faithful fervent prayer! Phil.4:6-7 encourages us in that it says: Be careful for nothingbut in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgivinglet your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of Godwhich passeth all understandingshall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” What a wonderful promise! Thank you, Lord for giving that unto us!

In all your praying for us, we would be remiss not to seek your prayers for the children themselves. Pray that the Holy Spirit go before us in preparing and paving the way for their hearts to receive the Word of the truth of the gospel.

The apostle Paul, who never went to Colossae, wrote to them – seeking from them in Col.4:2-4 – that they Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; (3) withal [or, lit., at the same time] praying also for us that God would open unto us a door of utterance to speak the mystery of Christas I [or, we] ought to speak.” This is what it’s all about! May God our Savior grant us this earnest petition. The eternal salvation of souls is — wholly, wholly, wholly of the Lord!

 

Devotional for May 2018

“Wherefore, as by one man – sin entered into the world – and death by sin – and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned…”

“For, if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace – and of the gift of righteousness – shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. (18) Therefore, as by the offense of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation – even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life! (19) For as one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners – so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (20) Moreover, the law entered that the offense might abound. But, where sin abounded – grace did much more abound: (21) that as sin hath reigned unto death – even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” [Ro.5:12;17-20]

What a wonderful passage of scripture this truly is! Herein is declared – in this fallen-in-sin world – the right now realities of the pure truth of the gospel of the glory, only, of the Lord Jesus Christ! It declares two great spiritual realities that, in fact, contrast one another. There’s a dreaded eternal death being contrasted over against a glorious eternal life. Both of which have become inescapable realities in this fallen world – each brought to pass by one man respectfully.

When it says, by one man’s offensedeath reigned by one” – it’s referring to Adam when he fell into sin in the Garden. His deadly offense made him sinner, as well as, all those who have been conceived as his progeny in this world (both physically and spiritually). Then this scripture declares — to ever so greatly contrast Adam’s fall into failure and deadly ruin – much more[which means: to a much greater degree] they which receive abundance of graceand of the gift of righteousnessshall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ!” Adam – before we were even born – threw us under the bus of reigning sin — and the curse of the absolute perfection demanding law of God. In other words, he threw us all under the dreaded reality of sin and death. But, praise God for His incarnated eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ! He is the indisputable Savior of all of the sheepfold – all the friends and family – of God! They are the ones that the text refers to when it says, they which receive abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness”. And, it is they that shall reign in life by one Jesus Christ! What are we to conclude from this? Well, it plainly tells us! On the one hand, we are to conclude that through one man, Adam — God’s condemning judgment came upon all mankind. And, on the other hand, through the righteousness – lit. the one eternally accomplished righteousness – of one man, Christ Jesus – there came upon all who have received His grace, eternal justification of life! Wow! Praise His Most Wonderful Name!

The spiritual principle is explicitly explained from vs.19. It lit. says: For as by the disobedience of the one manthe many were constituted sinnersso also in this same waythrough the obedience of one [Christ Jesus] the many shall be constituted righteous.”  Vs.20 then goes on to further gloriously explain: Moreoverthe law entered that the offense might abound.”  In other words, the law substantiates the fact that all of mankind (or, all of Adam-kind) are condemned sinners! Nevertheless, scripture goes on to say, But, where sin aboundedgrace did much more (or, grace exceedingly) abounded!” Again, this is true for all those that vs.17 has descriptively declared as having received an abundance of God’s saving grace. All of this to lead us to the pure truth of vs.21: That as sin hath reigned lit. in death, lit. so also grace might reign through righteousness to life eternalthrough Jesus Christ our Lord.” How Wonderful!! Let us praise Him for all that He has done!

For Christ’s Glory Only!

John Carpenter

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