Follow

When I was younger I loved to deer hunt. As an ethical hunter, I always wanted my shots to be perfect and the death of the deer to be instant. However, the deer did not always fall in their tracks. Sometimes they ran. When they did it was my responsibility to follow them. Following a wounded deer requires determination. Determination is also needed to be a follower of Christ. This devotion is an audio podcast. Click on the link below to listen.

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Joseph

His name was Joseph. His calling was the most important task ever given to a man. Joseph was chosen to be the earthly daddy of the Son of God. He could have rejected this responsibility but He didn’t. Instead, Joseph chose to be the daddy he didn’t have be.

If I asked you to tell me what Joseph said, you couldn’t do it. None of his words are recorded in scripture. From the Bible we learn that he was a just, thoughtful and patient man. Yet it appears that he was not a vocal man. Being a righteous man, and knowing that actions speak louder than words, Joseph simply stood up and did as the angel of the Lord commanded.

The words of famous men are often immortalized, but the reserved and quiet man will not be remembered by many. His taciturn nature will frustrate his wife and children. But his love is revealed through his actions. God has created him quiet, but faithful. He does not seek to be noticed, he just seeks to please God. Great men show their greatness not with words but with deeds.

Most men are like Joseph. They are chosen by God for an important task. They may never build great buildings or lead great companies. But God chose them to touch the world with the hope that is within them. That is the most important task.

Remember, I said the words of Joseph were not recorded in the Bible? Well that’s not entirely right. One thing he said was reported in Matt. 1:25. In this scripture we are told that when Mary gave birth to her Son, Joseph called His name “Jesus”. Now the truth is people may forget everything you say or do in this life. So it is important to live your life in such a way that people will remember that like Joseph, you spoke the name of Jesus.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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What is The Question?

Will a person who has never heard the Gospel be allowed into Heaven when they die? This is a question that I often hear. But most people don’t like the answer I give. However, before I give my response let me say this. If this is your question and you are a follower of Christ, you are asking the wrong question.

My opinion on this subject is not worth a dime. What does the Word of God say? That’s what matters. The Bible says “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This means that everyone deserves to be separated from God for eternity. The Bible also says “There is none righteous, not one.” So it does not matter if they have heard the Gospel or not, no one is good enough to go to heaven, no one!

But don’t accuse God of being unfair. You see God loves all people so much that He gave His only Begotten Son to die on the cross. Anyone who puts their trust in Jesus can have eternal life with God in heaven. However, how can anyone trust in Jesus if they have never heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them about the Gospel?

Now there are 7.9 billion people in the world today. A lot of those people have never heard the Gospel. Now we all know that among Jesus’ last instructions to His followers before He went to heaven were these words. “Go into all the world, make disciples of all nations.” That tells me He wants all people to hear the Gospel. So let’s do some math.

I have been a follower of Jesus for 56 years. If the first year I was a follower I had introduced one person to Christ then there would have been two of us. The next year if we each led a person to Jesus there would be four saved. Using this system four would become eight, then eight would become sixteen, and sixteen would become thirty-two. Following this multiplication process, if I reach one person a year and each one of those people reaches one, the math shows that after only thirty years over 10 BILLION people would have heard the Gospel. That is almost 3 billion more people than exist today.

Here is the bottom line. It is not the will of God that any should perish. God has the plan to reach all lost people. You are His plan. Now, will the person who has never heard the Gospel go to heaven is the wrong question. The right question is, What am I going to do about the people who have never heard the Gospel? If someone has not heard the Gospel today, it is not God’s fault. It’s ours!

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Show a Little Compassion

We should all practice compassion. We don’t know what other people are going through. Consider the waitress who failed to fill your tea glass as quickly as you wanted. Perhaps her mind was on a sick child she had at home. Or the old man whose slow driving holds you up may not want to be on the road, but he has no one to take him to the grocery store.

This devotion is an audio podcast. Click on the link below and be challenged to show a little compassion.

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Roots of Evil

All our lives most of us have heard and believed this misquote from the Bible “ Money is the root of all evil.” Like all biblical misquotes, this misleading statement is perpetuated by people who will not read the Bible for themselves. The truth is money is not the root of all evil. Money is just a tool. Just like all other tools, money is not a source of evil. Evil comes from the heart of the ones who misuse the tools God has given us.

The actual quote from 1 Timothy is “ the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Not money, but love of money is a singular root of evil. A study of horticulture reveals that plant life is nurtured by many roots that come from all directions. In the same way, evil has many roots that begin in the hearts of men who lust for things not of God.

Evil grows stronger every day because its roots are sunk deep into hearts of selfish people. The hearts of these people are proud. They know nothing but are obsessed with disputes, and they argue over words that mean nothing. From the depths of these hearts, come hate, disunity and evil suspicions. For our own good God tells us we should stay away from such people.

As a gardener, I have fought with weeds that would destroy my vegetables. I have found it does no good to cut these weeds off at ground level. If I am going to defeat them, I must pull them up, roots and all. It is same with the evil we face in life. It does no good to attack the part we can see. We must dig out and destroy the roots. We must start by weeding out sin in our own hearts.

God wants his people to be like fruitful trees whose roots are sunk deep into His living water. Before that can happen, we must let Him clear from our hearts any roots of bitterness or evil desires. Then we must seek for godliness, faith, love and gentleness. After this, we will find ourselves loving God with all our hearts and loving our neighbors as we love ourselves. This is how we will destroy the roots of evil.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Anyhow

We are a blessed people. We woke up in a dry and comfortable place this morning. Most of us had a good breakfast, if we wanted it. Indeed, God has given to most of us more toys, stuff and valuable junk than we ever had any right to expect. However, no matter how much stuff God has given us, we always want more. It seems that we are never satisfied.

The world has a way of convincing us that God’s gifts are not enough. Sometimes we accuse God of not being good to us just because we cannot afford the latest gadget. But, as much as we grumble and complain, we cannot deny that God has blessed us beyond anything we ever deserved. The fact is our Father in Heaven has provided our every need according to His riches in heaven.

As for me when I woke up this morning, I was cool, dry and comfortable. I knew I was going to have something to eat. I am healthy, so to God be the Glory. I said thank you Jesus for blessing me so much. However, I know that life can change in the blink of an eye. Tomorrow I may wake up in a cold damp cave. I may wake up hungry and sick. We never know what another day may bring into our lives. But this I do know, the God who is worthy of praise when life is easy, is also worthy of praise when life is hard.

In Philippians 4:11, the Apostle Paul tells us that he had learned to be content in whatever state he found himself. Paul knew that no matter what he faced in life, God was good and greatly to be praised. So let us learn to be content in what ever state we find ourselves. In good times or bad, in comfort or pain, in sickness or health, let us lift our hearts to heaven and praise God anyhow.

Douglas & Deborah Huff

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Where Is My Hat?

Pleasing people seems more important to some Christians than following God’s direction. So they go the way that seems right to them and that way is leading to the death of a nation. This devotion is an audio podcast. Click the link below to listen as I talk about the need for Christians to return to following Jesus.

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Whooping the Okra

             Okra, I’m glad it grows where I live. It is one of my favorite foods. It tastes good no matter how you cook it, and it is good for you. You plant it in the spring and it will keep producing until the first frost of the fall.  However, during the mid-growing season, it might stop producing. When this happens, my Nanny would say the Okra needs a good whooping.

            A whooping! What did that mean? It is simple really. As an okra stalk grows it always produces at the top of the plant. Even though it is not producing any okra the bottom of the plant still has the old leaves. These old leaves are useless but they draw nutrients from the stalk and this prevents the plant from making tender okra at the top.  So, my Nanny would take a brush broom and knock the old leaves off. The okra would then begin producing again. 

            Usually here is where I would begin a spiritual analogy.  However, this is not a spiritual lesson, it is a civics lesson. You see the United States of America was designed to produce. With the natural resources that we have, we could and should be completely independent of the rest of the world.  This great land can produce everything that we, the American citizens need.

            However, most elected politicians are like old okra leaves. They do no good and only hinder our great country. They have turned the government into a giant money laundering scheme to pad their evil egos. For example, no federal program or department ever accomplishes anything and they never go away. They were not designed to accomplish anything they were only designed to perpetually line the pockets of career politicians.

                        The politicians and the so-called news media constantly treat Americans like mushrooms, they want to keep us in the dark and feed us crap. They tell you that the programs and departments are for your own good. They say that the government will protect you and provide for your every need.  With governmental smoke and mirrors, they promise to defend your civil rights while behind your backs they decimate the Constitution. As long as they can convince gullible idiots to vote for them, they will get away with it.

The treasonous traitors in Washington DC have sold our birthright for their profit. The nation’s capital is full of bottom-feeding, nutrient-sucking parasites. It is time for God-fearing American citizens to take a brush broom to Washington DC and flail and give it a good whooping.

Douglas Huff

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WOW, God Loves Me

“I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene, and wonder how He could love me, a sinner condemned, unclean.” This is a line from one of my favorite old hymns. Like the writer of this old song I am in awe of the fact that the God of all creation loves me.

This morning as I sit in my study there is a fly buzzing around, and I am determined to hunt it down and swat it. As I think about my place in the history of this earth I know that life is but a vapor. Along with all the billions of people that have lived here before me, I know that I and that fly will soon be nothing but dust. The Word of God tells us this, it says, “from dust you were taken and to dust you will return”.

It is true that your body will return to dust. I know that sounds depressing. But understand this; there is a great and awesome God who is mindful of your soul. You are nothing but a tiny speck of dust on this earth and yet the God of all creation has set His great heart on you. You are the crowning jewel of His creation and He loves you.

It is because of His love for you that He sent Jesus, His only begotten Son as an atoning sacrifice. Jesus the Son of God was crucified for your sins. He died, was buried and rose again so that you can receive forgiveness. In the grand scheme of things, on this earth your life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow. But if you believe in Jesus and trust Him with this tiny speck of dust that is your life, then you can live forever in Heaven in the presence of God .

That is why I stand amazed in the presence of Jesus my Savior, who took no thoughts for His own life but He shed drops of blood for mine.

Douglas Huff & Deborah Huff

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