Cherokee Valley Devotional Recap - by John Tilmon

tilmonToday I want to share with you something that I had to satisfy in my heart and mind in my early Christian walk. Who is Jesus? Is He God, or is He just the Son of God who was sent to earth to die for the sins of man and be raised again and less important than God? If you were to the streets or any public place and asked people “Who is Jesus?” – you would get varying answers from – I have no idea to a prophet, to a good man, to the Son of God, or maybe some “He is God." However, I believe the best way to determine the answer is through scripture. I hope that this will help if any should have questions or doubts about “Who is Jesus”. 

 In the Book of Isaiah there are several predictions about the coming of the Immanuel as God was speaking to the nation Israel through the His prophet. Isaiah is not the only book in the OT with prophecies about the coming of the Immanuel.

 Isa 7:14 – “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel (meaning God with us). Isa 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.–Notice in this verse God did not hold back the description of Immanuel.

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RTJ Shoals Devotional - Carlton Chambers

 carlton chambersI recently finished reading a terrific book entitled "Getting to Scratch." I would like to share some of the book content with you.

Bobby Nichols won the PGA Championship in 1964 held at the Columbus CC in Columbus, Ohio, hometown to Jack Nicklaus. He won by three strokes over Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. A reporter asked Bobby what the best lesson he’d ever received was. Without hesitation, he said the lesson had come from his father and it was this: "Five is better than six, six is better than seven, seven is better than eight."

And if you asked Kevin Na about that, he might add that 16 is better than 17. At the 2011 Valero Texas Open Kevin was one under par through the first eight holes not far from the lead. Teeing off on the par-4 9th he appeared to have his game under control, but he pushed is drive right and into the trees. It was a dense wooded area with lot of branches. Na had to climb over and through the undergrowth and fallen branches to even get to his ball. Once there, he had no swing at all and had to declare an unplayable lie. His only option was to return to the spot from which he last hit, which was the tee. Now hitting his third shot off the tee, Na pushed it right again into almost the same place as his first drive. This time he tried to hit it from the dense woods. And it got worse from there. Ultimately Na escaped the woods, got to the green, and two putted for a score of 16.

Na is not alone in making a double-digit score. John Daily had an 18 on the par-5 6th hole at Bay Hill in 1998, which is the “scoring record” on a single hole on the PGA Tour since 1983. He did it by repeatedly (and unsuccessfully) trying to fly his drive 320 yards over water to a C-shaped green. Tin Cup in real life.
The host at that Bay Hill Invitational, Arnold Palmer, who himself once made a 12 in tournament play on a par-5. That was at the Los Angeles Open in 1961, and when reporters asked Palmer how he made 12, he famously answered, “I missed my putt for 11.”

That answer points out something else Na, Daily, and Palmer have in common, along with many other double-digit pros: they kept trying to get the ball in the hole. They cared about how many strokes they had on each hole. Remembering that from the 1st tee shot to the last putt is one thing that consistently separates those who shoot low scores from those who don’t.

This idea of “caring too little” usually happens where we have “given up” on a hole, or even a round due to a bad shot. It is not a pretty picture, and it almost never results in a better score. How many times have you had a putt for a double-bogey and not tried to make it? Example: I once played in a tournament with someone that missed a short easy makeable birdie putt. He walked up to his next putt and angrily knocked his ball off the green. He ended up making triple bogey. His anger caused him 3 strokes. Bad shots happen, even to the very best players in the world. But it is rare for those players, or even for single-digit handicappers, to have those bad shots cost them more than the price of that one bad shot.

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Wedgewood Devotional Recap - John Tilmon

tilmonWhat does America need today? Revival and turn to God! What does the world need today? The same! How can we as Christian be a part of revival in our country? I believe that revival starts with people who pray, repent and obey. A scripture comes to mind that God gave to Solomon in response to Solomon prayers. This was a time when the people were not living to please God.
2 Chron. 4:14 – If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sins and heal their land.

Let’s think about this scripture„„...
Conditions: – Possession was mentioned – God said My people – we must be one of His to have an active relationship with Him.„„
To come to repentance we must humble ourselves – Scripture tells us that God resist the proud.„„
Repentance: Pray and seek the face of God, and turn from our wicked ways = repentance and God will hear from heaven.
Now let’s look at the benefits of repentance: God will hear us, He will forgive us our sins and heal our land. I understand God was speaking to the King of Israel, but the same benefits for USA or any other country are available.

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