A frontlet is something taken from the Old Testament. Some OT believers would literally tie little boxes called 'frontlets' around their foreheads. "Therefore you should lay up these words in your heart and in your soul...may they be as frontlets between your eyes." Deut.11:18 Inside these boxes were reminders; mostly scripture readings and/or things to remind them of God. These devotions are based on this coming week's scripture readings and are intended to both remind you of God, receive the blessing of His Word (for it never returns void-Isaiah 55:11) and prepare your heart and mind for this, His Word for this Sunday.
Devotions for the Week
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22nd Sunday After Pentecost-Gospel
TEXT: Mark 10:23-31
TITLE: A Matter of the Heart
"How hard it is for the rich to enter the Kingdom of God" Mark 10:23
There's a true story about Henry Ford asking a young auto engineer his chief ambition in life. The man replied, "To get rich! Everything else is secondary!" Later Mr. Ford gave him a small package and upon opening it he found a pair of wire-rimmed glasses that had the glass removed and silver dollars in their place. Ford said, "Try them on and tell me what you see!" "Nothin!" the young man replied, "The money blocks out everything! "Maybe you should rethink that ambition of yours," said Ford as he walked away.
The Bible says, "What good is it if a man were to gain the whole world yet forfeit his soul?" Often, the soul is referred to as the heart. It seems this young engineer along with the rich young man of our text had a heart problem. Like cholesterol can clog arteries of the heart, so can money with our spiritual hearts. When physical hearts get so bad, a heart transplant is required. For our hearts of sin, Jesus performed a heart transplant for all of us on the Cross. As a result, we have been given brand new, pure, and holy hearts! These new hearts contain God Himself; the Holy Spirit. Like the scales that fell from Paul's eyes upon conversion, so do unholy dollar signs from ours! His Spirit helps us give our hearts whole-heartedly to Jesus! Praise God!
Create in me a clean heart, O Lord, in Jesus' Name, Amen.