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A Little Walk With God

A daily devotional through the Bible narrated as if walking through the garden east of Eden with God. Scriptures come from a daily reading plan that take you through the Bible in one year, generally coming from The Voice. Our website is http://alittlewalkwithgod.com or http://richardagee.com
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Jul 4, 2017

A daily devotional walking through God's word together using The Bible Reading Plan at http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.html. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Today marks the end of my daily format. With retirement and some changes in life events and personal and family priorities, I will change to a weekly format beginning this month. You can expect “A Little Walk with God” to continue, but it will be released each week on Mondays instead of the daily format you have had in the past. Thanks for your continued support and if you like what you hear, share it with your friends and send me a post to let me know what you think about the new format.
  3. Scripture
    1. John 8:31-32
    2. Jesus (to the new Jewish believers): If you hear My voice and abide in My word, you are truly My disciples; you will know the truth, and that truth will give you freedom.
  4. Devotional
    1. Independence Day. The day a group of courageous men signed a document that started an experiment in democracy that has endured longer than anyone dreamed. 241 years ago, we declared our independence from the tyrannical rule of the king of England and formed the spark of democratic rule among the 13 colonies which would soon form the United States of America.
    2. Those early colonists wanted freedom from British rule. Freedom from laws and taxation and governance in which they had no say or influence. They wanted freedom to rule themselves and set their own direction for the formation of this new land in which they lived and died. They wanted freedom.
    3. Little did they know what would happen over the next centuries. Little did they understand that the United States would become the most powerful nation in the world both militarily and economically. Little did they understand the influence the constitution they drafted would impact the world of which they were only beginning to explore at the time. They sought freedom for themselves, their children and their children’s children.
    4. But what about today? What do we want? We hear a lot about people wanting freedom, but do we really understand what that means or what we really want?
    5. Freedom then and now does not mean the absence of authority or rule over us. Without rule and order and authority we would have utter chaos. Just look at the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the lack of rule and order in New Orleans. Without order and authority, freedom means people often fall into animalistic behavior. We are better than that.
    6. Freedom does not mean absence of authority and order. We need order and authority to maintain peace and safety in our communities. We need government to ensure those basic necessities of life are taken care of in an orderly fashion for the common good of all of us. We need authority in our lives. Freedom includes authority over us. Always.
    7. Jesus says following His teachings lets us know the truth and the truth sets us free. So what does that mean?
    8. First, we need to understand that following His teachings means being like Him, being a disciple. That’s what disciples were in His day. Students who set aside their past beliefs and understandings and learned from their teacher. They adopted the teachings of their mentor and became like him in every way. They ate and dressed like him. They began to mimic his language and his thought process. They developed his mannerisms and in as many ways as possible began to be their teacher. They grew up in the image of their teacher, indistinguishable from their master.
    9. So Jesus is telling those around Him, be His disciple. Be like Him. Do what He does. Learn His teachings. Follow in His footsteps. When you do these things, you will know the truth.
    10. When you know the truth, you will be free. What will you be free from? Questions, the unknown, guilt, the burden of sin, fear, lack of purpose. You see, when you know the truth, suddenly you see the world the way Jesus sees it. You understand the reason we are put here on this earth. You know the peace that comes from knowing God’s forgiveness of your sins and the release of the guilt that plagues us because of our disobedience. You fear God as in recognizing the awesomeness of His mighty power, but you no longer fear God as in being troubled about His wrath for your past. You find freedom, real freedom.
    11. But with that freedom, you know who you serve. You are clearly and forever under His authority. You know you must and will follow His teachings. He is your Ruler, your King, your Director, your Guide, your Authority in all things. Yet you are truly free. Why? Because when you follow Him, you know the truth. You know Him and He is truth and you are free in Him.
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."
  6. Bible Reading Plan - 2 Kings 1-5

 

Jul 3, 2017

A daily devotional walking through God's word together using The Bible Reading Plan at http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.html. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Topic Introduction with headline.
  3. Scripture
    1. Leviticus 10:1-2
    2. Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, took censers and filled them with embers; then they put incense on top of the fire and presented it to the Eternal One. This was a strange and unauthorized fire that the Eternal did not command them. Flames erupted from before the Eternal and burned up Nadab and Abihu. They both died in the presence of the Eternal One.
  4. Devotional
    1. Many churches frown on drinking alcohol. Most think getting drunk is not a good thing to do. Where does it stem from? Scripture.
    2. Stories like this one let us know why it pays to stay sober.
      1. Noah was drunk and caused Ham to see Him naked. It let to Ham and the Canaanites being cursed.
      2. Judah sleeping with his daughter in law.
      3. Samson losing his strength
      4. Aaron’s sons losing their lives
      5. And on and on, story after story of people losing their inhibitions and common sense under the influence of alcohol and getting themselves in serious trouble
    3. God made a profound example of these two priests, Nadab and Abihu
      1. New nation
      2. New laws
      3. Monotheism in a pagan, polytheistic world
      4. They had apparently been drinking when they attempted to put incense on the alter. God did not approve of their behavior.
      5. His fire killed them instantly.
    4. God doesn’t punish immediately too often today
      1. Still the same eternally
      2. Delays His punishment as a demonstration of His grace and mercy
      3. Gives us an opportunity to repent
      4. Gives us an opportunity to come to Him for forgiveness and atonement
    5. Wrath will come at the time of His choosing
      1. His is the same yesterday, today, and forever
      2. The punishment we saw with Nadab and Abihu is the kind of punishment any of us could expect for violating God’s laws
      3. He is a holy God and doesn’t allow sin in His presence
      4. Only through the blood shed by His own son can we find forgiveness for our sins and come into His presence
    6. It pays to listen to what God has to say, don’t you think?
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."
  6. Bible Reading Plan - Leviticus 10-12

 

Jul 2, 2017

A daily devotional walking through God's word together using The Bible Reading Plan at http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.html. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. How much do you want to know Jesus? Enough to give up everything to find Him?
  3. Scripture
    1. Philippians 3:7-11
    2. But whatever I used to count as my greatest accomplishments, I’ve written them off as a loss because of the Anointed One. And more so, I now realize that all I gained and thought was important was nothing but yesterday’s garbage compared to knowing the Anointed Jesus my Lord. For Him I have thrown everything aside—it’s nothing but a pile of waste—so that I may gain Him. When it counts, I want to be found belonging to Him, not clinging to my own righteousness based on law, but actively relying on the faithfulness of the Anointed One. This is true righteousness, supplied by God, acquired by faith. I want to know Him inside and out. I want to experience the power of His resurrection and join in His suffering, shaped by His death, so that I may arrive safely at the resurrection from the dead.
  4. Devotional
    1. Some people want to be anonymous, but I’m not sure there are few who want absolutely nothing left behind. We all would like to have someone remember at least something we have done. We don’t want to go off into obscurity never leaving any mark at all on the world.
    2. Paul recognizes the best mark we can leave, though.
      1. Whatever we accomplish write off as a loss.
      2. All gain and all accomplishments are like garbage compared to knowing Jesus
      3. Throw everything aside to know Him
      4. How much do you want to know Him?
      5. Is He worth everything to you?
      6. Are you willing to give up everything for Him?
    3. It’s when we want to know Jesus the way Paul wanted to know Him that we can experience Him the way Paul experienced Him.
      1. Inside and out
      2. Transformed in our thinking
      3. Experiencing daily the resurrection power of that first Easter morning
    4. Problem with most of us
      1. We hold to tightly to the things in this present age
      2. World blinds us to what is important
      3. That accomplishment we want others to remember
      4. The money or material possessions we accumulate
      5. The fame we get so our name is put into some history book
      6. We want to become a legend rather than letting God use us as His instrument to do whatever He wants
    5. Get to know Him inside and out seeing everything else as garbage in comparison
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."
  6. Bible Reading Plan - Philippians 3-4

 

Jul 1, 2017

A daily devotional walking through God's word together using The Bible Reading Plan at http://www.bible-reading.com/bible-plan.html. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Trust cannot be underrated at home, in business, or with God. Jesus tells us about it in Luke.
  3. Scripture
    1. Luke 16:10-12
    2. “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?
  4. Devotional
    1. I know a lot of people who want more
      1. Money
      2. Property
      3. Time
      4. Friends
    2. I don’t know very many people who want the things that go with ownership of those things
      1. Responsibility
      2. Maintenance
      3. Worry
      4. Additional workload
    3. But Solomon gave us the proverbs about financial security a long time ago and Jesus reiterates it in these parables.
      1. He just talked to those around Him about the shrewd dealings of the world and the way they use their assets judiciously to better their situation
      2. Jesus then talks about this principle of trustworthiness
      3. Why would anyone entrust you with their assets if you were not trustworthy?
      4. They would be foolish
    4. The government goes through pretty elaborate processes to grant security clearances to individuals
      1. Background checks into criminal records, finances, friends and family
      2. They look at business associates and foreign travel
      3. They look at your parents’ and siblings histories and anything that might cause you to be untrustworthy with the nation’s secrets
      4. If you’re not trustworthy in little things they don’t expect you to be trustworthy with big things
    5. And so it goes
      1. Do you return extra change you get from a cashier’s mistake?
      2. Do you claim questionable things on your taxes?
      3. Do you take supplies from your employer?
      4. Do you work the time you say you work or spend it on Facebook or other personal activities?
      5. Are you trustworthy in the little things of life?
    6. Before God can entrust you with the important things of His kingdom, He needs to trust you with the mundane things here. The stuff around us won’t last. If we can’t take of it in a responsible way, how can God trust us with the things that last forever?
    7. Check your trustworthiness against His standard and see where you need to improve. Ask Him and He promises He will help.
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."
  6. Bible Reading Plan - Luke 15-16

 

Jun 17, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

Taking a little vacation with my wife for a couple of weeks. I'll be back with you on July 1st. Be sure to tune back in for A Little Walk with God. Thanks for listening and join me again at the beginning of July.

Jun 16, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Scripture
    1. Psalms 2:2

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed, saying, “Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles.” The One enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord scoffs at them. He rebukes them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath, saying, “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.”

  1. Devotional
    1. The Anointed One, the Messiah, the Christ
    2. In Old Testament times, people were subject to anointing when they were called to the offices of prophet, priest, and king. For example, when Saul became the first king of Israel, Samuel the prophet anointed his head with oil in a ceremonial fashion (1 Sam. 10:1). This religious rite was performed to show that the king of Israel was chosen and endowed by God for the kingship. Likewise, the priests (Ex. 28:41) and prophets (1 Kings 19:16) were anointed at God’s command. In a sense, anyone in the Old Testament who was set apart and consecrated for a servant task was a messiah, for he was one who received an anointing.
    3. But the people of Israel looked forward to that promised individual who was to be not merely a messiah but the Messiah, the One who would be supremely set apart and consecrated by God to be their Prophet, Priest, and King. So, at the time Jesus was born, there was a strong sense of anticipation among the Jews, who had been waiting for their Messiah for centuries.
    4. In the psalm we read, the psalmist talked about an anointed king, but also talked about the coming Messiah, the One all Israel waited for to act as prophet, priest, and king. The God/Man.
    5. Jesus fit the bill
      1. Anointed, not with oil by a priest, but set aside and proclaimed by testimony of the Father and the prophets and the miracles He performed to the be long awaited Messiah
      2. He didn’t fit the mold many were looking for
        1. Political ruler
        2. Military victor
        3. Someone of wealth and fame
      3. He was the One they needed
        1. Savior
        2. Redeemer
        3. God, the Anointed One
  2. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."

 

Jun 15, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Daniel heard God called the Ancient of Days. How does that help you understand who He is today?
  3. Scripture
    1. Daniel 7:9
    2. As I looked,

thrones were set in place,

and the Ancient of Days took his seat.

His clothing was as white as snow;

the hair of his head was white like wool.

His throne was flaming with fire,

and its wheels were all ablaze.

  1. Devotional
    1. God, the Ancient of Days, what do you think of when you hear Him refered by that name?
      1. White hair
      2. Beard
      3. Wrinkled face
      4. White robe
      5. Sandals
      6. Seated on a huge throne
      7. Looking down with wisdom on all of us
    2. So much more than that
      1. Ancient of days denotes eternal
      2. Creator of all things
      3. Creator of time itself
      4. Before everything existed
      5. Denotes wisdom
      6. Knowledge
      7. Fatherly compassion
      8. Fatherly provision
      9. Fatherly protection
      10. Infinite power
    3. Daniel’s description conjures up a picture of God for us as the Ancient of Days
    4. Who do you see when you envision God, the Eternal One, the Ancient of Days?
    5. Worship Him today
  2. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."

 

Jun 14, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. God, the faithful and true witness, the Amen.
  3. Scripture
    1. Revelation 3:14
    2. To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.

  1. Devotional
    1. God, the Amen, the faithful and true witness.
    2. The word amen ("So be it; truly") is a declaration of affirmation found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. It is found in Jewish, Christian, and some Muslim worship as a concluding word or response to prayers. Common English translations of the word amen include "verily" and "truly". It can also be used colloquially to express strong agreement, as in, for instance, amen to that.
    3. Go anywhere that is even slightly religious and you’ll hear the word. AMEN.
      1. Not limited to Jews or Christians
      2. Almost every religion around the world uses the term or something akin to it.
      3. A declaration of affirmation of something someone has said or done
      4. Agreement to words spoken or actions taken
      5. God calls Himself the Amen
    4. We see the word 30 times in the Old Testament; 52 times in the New Testament
    5. Jesus uses the word in a way no one else does
      1. Jesus uses amen before He speaks affirming what He is about to say, not what someone else has said
      2. Only time it’s used this way in all of scripture. Every other time amen is used initially, it is used to affirm someone else’s words
      3. Some translations render it, truly I say; in truth I say; verily I say
      4. He affirms His own statements, a huge faux pas in Jewish culture unless you are God because then who can test you or fault you
      5. He affirms His statements because He can, He is the Amen
    6. We hear the word a lot in our churches, to end prayers, after supplications, even in what some might call the “amen corner” of the congregation
      1. Do we then go out and live what we have just affirmed, though
      2. When we use the word amen and affirm the words spoken and declare with the speaker, “So be it,” do we follow with our action or just mouth the words and let that suffice?
      3. God is the Amen, the faithful and true witness
      4. What He says, He will do
      5. His “So be it!” means something. We can count on Him to carry out His promises
    7. Today, you might have an occasion to speak that commonly used word, Amen. God called Himself the Amen. When you use that word, remember you in essence take a vow before Him that you will take action affirming the words just spoken. Worship the Amen today, the faithful and true witness.
  2. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."

 

Jun 13, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. Alpha, the name that puts God first in everything.
  3. Scripture
    1. Revelation 22:13
    2. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
  4. Devotional
    1. God calls himself the Alpha and Omega
    2. Wikipedia information
      1. Alpha (uppercase Α, lowercase α; Greek: Άλφα Álpha) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 1.
      2. It was derived from the Phoenician and Hebrew letter aleph - an ox or leader.
      3. Letters that arose from alpha include the Latin A and the Cyrillic letter А.
      4. In English, the noun "alpha" is used as a synonym for "beginning", or "first" (in a series), reflecting its Greek roots.
      5. The letter alpha represents various concepts in physics and chemistry, including alpha radiation, angular acceleration, alpha particles, alpha carbon and strength of electromagnetic interaction (as Fine-structure constant). Alpha also stands for thermal expansion coefficient of a compound in physical chemistry. It is also commonly used in mathematics in algebraic solutions representing quantities such as angles. Furthermore, in mathematics, the letter alpha is used to denote the area underneath a normal curve in statistics to denote significance level when proving null and alternative hypotheses. In zoology, it is used to name the dominant individual in a wolf or dog pack.
    3. Why bring up the information from Wikipedia?
      1. It gives us more insight into the name of God
      2. Think about the name and how the earliest writers described Him and understood Him
      3. The letter meant ox or leader, the strongest of their animals, which could plow their toughest fields, pull their heaviest loads, yet came alongside them to help them with those tasks when asked
      4. Leader - the one who provides the resources to get tasks done. The one who provides the guidance for which tasks need to be completed in the first place. The one who protects, provides, cares for, and guides those in His charge.
      5. First, preeminent, not just the first in a series of events or a line of objects, but first in everything
      6. Even as the term has been co-opted in math and science, you see the power and prominence of the name, alpha radiation, the first particles released; the thermal expansion coefficient of a compound, how much energy it releases, the dominant individual in a pack.
      7. Alpha - first in all things
    4. The God we serve is first.
      1. He will accept no other place in our lives
      2. Worship Him today
      3. Remember to keep Him as Alpha in your life
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."

 

Jun 12, 2017

A daily devotional exploring the names of God in scripture. Our website http://alittlewalkwithgod.com.

  1. Thanks for joining me today for "A Little Walk with God." I'm your host Richard Agee.
  2. God is called our Advocate, not just our judge. What does that mean for you today.
  3. Scripture
    1. 1 John 2:1
    2. My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
  4. Devotional
    1. Our Advocate
    2. Have you thought much about what it means to have an advocate or especially what it means for God to be your advocate?
      1. Definition: a person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy.
      2. A person who supports others to make their voices heard, or ideally for them to speak up for themselves.
      3. An advocate is a type of professional person in several different legal systems and it is also a commonly used honorific for remarkable lawyers, such as in "Adv. Sir Alberico Gentili". The broad equivalent in many English law-based jurisdictions can be a barrister. However, advocate is also a word to indicate lawyers of superior classification.
    3. Why might having God as an advocate be important to us?
      1. Throughout the Bible we read about a final judgment based on our actions during our life
      2. Those actions hinge on our belief in Jesus, the second person of the triune-Godhead, the Son of God. God incarnate, come to earth to die as the penalty we should pay for our sins
      3. If we believe in God, the Son, for forgiveness of our sins, He acts as our Advocate, our lawyer, our defender in the final judgment before God, the Father
      4. We are found “Not Guilty” before the law that establishes the judgment for our sins
      5. Just like our courts today, we are not found innocent, because we have all sinned, but we are found “Not Guilty” because our penalty has been paid, our punishment has been served, our sentence has been satisfied
      6. Our advocate points out the blood spilled on our behalf and the change in verdict that should be applied because of the sentence He served in our stead
    4. Jesus, our Advocate, the perfect defender, our lawyer in the final judgment who prepares the brief and wins our pardon because of His actions 2,000 years ago
      1. Jesus is the judge but He is also our Advocate
      2. When we believe in Him for our salvation we do not lose our case before the judgment seat
      3. He finds us not guilty
      4. Just imagine
    5. Think about God our advocate today as you worship Him
  5. If you want to learn more about my church, you can find us at SAF.church. If you like the devotional, share it with someone. If you don't, tell me. I hope you’ll join me again tomorrow for "A Little Walk with God."

 

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