Devotional for July 2022

“It is the Spirit that quickeneth – the flesh profiteth nothing – the words that I speak unto you – are Spirit and are life!” [Jn.6:63]

“…God hath chosen…things which are not – to bring to nought things that are – that no flesh should glory in His presence. (30) But of Him – are ye in Christ Jesus – who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: (31) that according as it is written – He that glorieth – let him glory in the Lord.” [1Cor.1:29b-31]

“I will cry unto God Most High – unto God – that performeth all things for me. (3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up! Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His Truth.” [Ps.57:2-3]

We are now ready to look at the rest of  1Co.1:30 in regards to Christ Jesus being made unto usrighteousness and sanctification and redemption”. First of all – the three words, But of Him” – who is this referring to? It is referring to God – the Three in One God! In fact, the God/man, Jesus Christ, is said from Col.2:9-10 to be full of the Godhead in His human body — and, we are complete in Him! Which, in essence, is declaring the same wonderful truth that is being brought forth in 1Co.1:30. So, by God’s doing are we in Christ Jesus who is made unto us everything else!

God’s perfect Righteousness” – that makes us approved and accepted to be allowed into God’s holy, holy, holy presence is – in His perfect Wisdom” – included. Christ is our all and in all(see: Col.3:11). This is the magnificent context that explicitly describes what this means. And, this is all brought to pass by Christ Jesus. For He (God in His Three Persons) hath made Him (the God/man, the Lord Jesus Christ) to be sin for uswho knew no sinthat we (all His chosen lost sinner/children) might be made the Righteousness of Godin Him.” (2Co.5:21) This is how He becomes to us: The Lord our Righteousness(Jer.23:6).

Next, 1Co.1:30 tells us that Almighty God has made Christ Jesus unto us – our Sanctification”. The scriptures tell us from 2Thes.2:13 that, God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through Sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the Truth.” And, remember Jesus tells us from Jn.15:16 that we — have not chosen Him – but He has chosen us –  and ordained us that we should go and bring forth fruit –  and that our fruit should remain — that whatsoever we shall ask of the Father in His NameHe may give it to us! We have been set apart in His Holiness! How great and wonderful is that! How does our Lord God do this for us? Jesus also prayed to the Father from Jn.17:17 Sanctify them through thy Truththy Word is Truth”. And, He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life  – no man cometh unto the Father, but byChrist. Then He says in Jn.17:19 And for their sakesI sanctify myselfthat they also might be Sanctified through the Truth.” Hence, it is Christ’s Sanctification that is also our Sanctification! Why are we Sanctified? We are Sanctified – not because of our will, but because of God’s Will – 1Th.4:3> For this is the Will of Godeven your Sanctification…”. Every aspect of our eternal salvation – is not a religious work, method, or maneuver of some sort, it is entirely a Person. The Person and Work completely and entirely by the only Sovereign Savior Substitute that there ever – was – is – or ever will be the Lord Jesus Christ! Praise His Holy Name! For by One offering He hath perfected forever them that are Sanctified.” If it’s not all Christ – it’s all wrong!

Next time – we will look squarely at how our Savior is also entirely our eternal Redemption.

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for June 2022

Well, Praise the Lord – dear ones – He has led us through a wonderful kick-off in our returning full season of camps here at Del-Haven! Please be in earnest prayer for the rest of the Summer. Christ Jesus is also our only hope of Victory! In fact, He is our Victory!

Our first camp of precious 6 to 8 year olds gave us many reasons for us to rejoice! The little gems were just wonderful. In fact, our young staff – proved to show some real promise that they are growing more mature in the Lord. This observance is being made by virtue of watching them as they guide the campers throughout the agenda of the Camp Del-Haven Program. We are not only encouraged in this – but we also can truly sense the many prayers that you all are led to be making for us! Thank you –  please keep it up!

Dear friends, we are experiencing the bitter/sweet reality of the Lord’s calling home one of our most loved. Jerry Hall (Jeff’s Dad) spent over two decades on the board of directors of Camp Del-Haven. He was a real asset to the entire operation! He could do everything! I remember having to call him – again – seeking his expert direction in some complex matter – and hearing him tell me, “John – I hope I live long enough for you to learn how to do all these things!” And, the sad reality is – that he didn’t. He passed into glory on Sunday, June 12, at the age of 81. We ask that you remember the Halls’ in praying for the Lord’s comforting presence at this time. We thank and praise the Lord our God for Jerry’s “holy calling” to be a vital part of Del-Haven!

 

 

Devotional for June 2022

“It is the Spirit that quickeneth – the flesh profiteth nothing – the words that I speak unto you – are Spirit and are life!” [Jn.6:63]

“…God hath chosen…things which are not – to bring to nought things that are – that no flesh should glory in His presence. (30) But of Him – are ye in Christ Jesus – who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: (31) that according as it is written – He that glorieth – let him glory in the Lord.” [1Cor.1:29b-31]

“I will cry unto God Most High – unto God – that performeth all things for me. (3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up! Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His Truth.” [Ps.57:2-3]

As we have already observed in regards to these three texts of Holy Scripture – they declare the absolute sovereign control and complete accomplishment of the Lord Jesus Christ as far as our eternal salvation is concerned! Our Lord truly is the Lord of lords and the King of kings”!  And, He is this unto all those that are with Him – whom He describes as all His called and chosen and faithful[Re.17:14]. It is these – and these alone – that are the living, regenerated spiritual children of Almighty God. These are the ones that spiritually walk through this carnal world — in and by the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ according to His accomplished personal work.

And, what exactly is His accomplished personal work?

This is exactly what the 1Cor.1:29b-31 text describes. It says (lit.) “out of” Him, the Spirit of God the Father, are we in Christ Jesus”. This is precisely what Eph.1:3-4 tells us: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ – (4) according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…”. Hence, 1Co.1:30 goes on to tell us that having been placed in Christ, He being God: is made unto usall the wonderful benefits of the blessings of, wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption” . This makes up the sum total of our eternal salvation! Christ’s accomplished personal work on our behalf is all the performance and provision of all the requirements that that we personally need – in order to secure our eternal acceptance with the Triune God! Eph.1:6 says that all this is done to the praise of the glory of His gracewherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved”.

Concerning wisdomPr.9:10 tells us: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. And, it goes on to add: and the knowledge of the Holy is understanding.” Pr.16:22 says that: Understanding is a wellspring of life unto him that hath it”. This echoes that which Christ Jesus said from Jn.17:3: And this is life eternalthat they might know thee the only true Godand Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.” Plus, Col.2:3, speaks of the hearts of all who are His receiving the riches of the full assurance of understanding to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; (3) In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

So, you see, it’s really true: If it’s not all Christ – it’s all wrong!

We will look further at righteousness and sanctification and redemptionnext time!

For Christ’s Glory Only!  – John Carpenter

Praises and Prayer Requests for May 2022

Well my dear family in Christ, things are developing in a genuinely positive way toward our being able to forge on into having a full season of camps! Praise the Lord! Already, we have right at 50 children all signed up for coming to camp. And, the work on getting the campground well groomed for them is making some real progress. Please continue to pray for us as we continue to prepare. The Lord is hearing and answering in His Great Faithfulness. What an awesome God He is! Please pray that the hearts of all the children that our Lord sends to us will be opened and prepared to effectually hear the Good News of the Gospel of the glory – only – of the Lord Jesus Christ – the only sovereign Savior Substitute that there ever was – is – or, ever will be! “Hearts” opened by the Lord are “hearts” that are prepared to receive the Lord. That’s what we earnestly pray and strive for to take place by God’s grace. Do not forget what Paul said about his own ministry: But by the grace of GodI am what I amand His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vainbut I laboured more abundantly than they allyet not Ibut the grace of God which was with me!” [1Co.15:10Please pray that we, too, will minister according to God’s ever enabling and enacting grace.

Please continue to pray for our Staff Help (and helpers). We really want only those to respond whom our Sovereign God has ordained to serve Him and be the ones to fill all our staff needs. One of the most difficult tenets of scripture to follow is the one that says: He that believeth shall not make haste.” [Is.28:16]  Our “waiting on the Lord” is tantamount to our “loving Him”. Compare Is.64:4 with the way that Paul is inspired to quote in 1Cor.2:9-10. So, therefore, pray for a staff who are truly called to a Holy Spirit loving humility to serve Him in dealing with these children.

Dear ones, we have a special prayer request. Pastor Randy Messer of the First Baptist Church of Oak Grove has suffered a stroke. We need to lift him up to the Lord in prayer for his healing and complete recovery. He is in Centerpoint Hospital.

We love you all for your prayers and faithful generous support.

 

Devotional for May 2022

“It is the Spirit that quickeneth – the flesh profiteth nothing – the words that I speak unto you – are Spirit and are life!” [Jn.6:63]

“…God hath chosen…things which are not – to bring to nought things that are – that no flesh should glory in His presence. (30) But of Him – are ye in Christ Jesus – who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption: (31) that according as it is written – He that glorieth – let him glory in the Lord.” [1Cor.1:29b-31]

“I will cry unto God Most High – unto God – that performeth all things for me. (3) He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up! Selah. God shall send forth His mercy and His Truth.” [Ps.57:2-3]

These descriptive statements of holy scripture comprise one of the most explicit declarations of the absolute sovereignty of our Lord Jesus Christ that there is in all of the Bible! These three texts bring forth — from all of God’s elect unto eternal salvation – a most heartfelt – “Praise the Lord!”.

The first one is from the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself! And, from this text He makes it plain and clear that He – and He alone – is the God of true Spiritual Life which He can simply speak into existence! Think about it – His words are Spirit and are Life!”

The second portion of scripture — from first Corinthians one — boldly declares that our Lord God Almighty has chosen — from the reality of this inglorious world of fallen human flesh – that through the holy glory of His Son, Christ JesusHe has accomplished all the divine requirements for Eternal Salvationfor all of those whom He has chosen and placed in His eternal and onlybegotten Son, Jesus Christ! It is He – and only He – that is our Wisdom and Righteousness and Sanctification and Redemption! This sums it all up quite nicely! What else could any of us needy sinners possibly need. Col.3:11b declares: Christ is all and in all”.

And then from Ps.57:2-3 we have the prophet David descriptively declaring that he will cry “…unto God Most Highunto Godthat performeth all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up.” Which, ultimately would be that common enemy of the Lord God and all His children – that old devil-serpent Satan!

1Pe.5:8-9 without reservation declares: Be soberbe vigilantbecause your adversary the devilas a roaring lion, walketh aboutseeking whom he may devour: (9) whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.” So, then, successful resistance of the devil-serpent Lion is performed through the steadfast performance of the faith of our Lord and Savior! Even – our being led by the Holy Spirit — in the faith of the Lord Jesus Christ (see: Ro.8:14 and Gal.2:16)! For we walk by faithnot by sight.” [2Cor.5:7]  Remember, a close relationship and walk with the “Lion of Judah” is the best safekeeping we can have from a growling, bloodthirsty, devil-serpent Lion that seeks to devour us! We are no match for him — but he is no match for Christ, our God! We will look more into these wonderful scriptures and relish more of the wonderful treasures of the Word of God. Praise His Holy Name!

For Christ’s Glory Only! – John Carpenter