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Letters From a Dead Man is run by a sole person, humble author Nathan Harvey, who's only aim is to serve God and disciple the nations. He is a young adult leader, choir director, graphic designer, and sound man of a small church who also works full time. Above all else, however, he loves his wife and his creator. He asks for your prayers and encouragement to keep him going! Every day from Monday - Saturday Nathan will post his Daily Devotionals. On Sundays he encourages you to go to a local church! Sometimes Nathan will post some more intentional teaching.

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Hello! This website is dedicated to walks of faith, my family, and above all else God. I am a young adult leader and active member of my local church here in Ohio.! I am excited to share my journey and my thoughts on the Word moving forward!

We are doing exciting things at Letters From a Dead Man. Soon we will be launching our video lesson series where we will invite our author and other pastors to share a teaching! We are also looking into creating those videos into a Podcast along with our authors Wednesday night classes.

We are also experimenting with doing some music projects with Choirs and local groups and will keep all of you updated on that as it progresses.

We are excited to announce our newest fundrasier to get the needed video equipment and funds to launch the non-forprofit side of this site as well! Go and check out this link if you would like to donate!

We ask for your continual prayers for Nathan and his wife Alissa. As in every saint’s life, they experience hardship, struggles, and the occasional doubt. Alissa is finishing up her master’s program and Nathan is still being faithful to where God has put him. They thank you all in advance for supporting the writing here and themselves with prayers, donations, and in any way you can.

I once was a student at Lee University and was told by someone there that they wanted technically challenging music. They argued that modern day worship music was just too simple. I want to talk about that and open this topic for discussion.
Now do not get me wrong, I enjoy old classic hymns and elaborate choral arrangements. I have a weakness for Handels Messiah just like every other choral audiophile, and yes you know who you are. I enjoy hearing counter melodies and clashes that resolve into gorgeous harmonies. I enjoy watching a skilled musician use their craft for the glory of God. However, those things do not belong in a corporate worship setting that has a mixed audience of varying skill levels.

Let’s first look at scripture.

1 Samuel 15:22

“But Samuel replied: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”

Revelation 4: 8-11

“8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “ ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty,’who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
These two verses out of many that you can find here do not depict a complicated worship atmosphere. In Samuel, he talks about how the Lord likes obedience over worship. In the Psalms, the scriptures say “be still and know that I am God” and I think that if we get caught up in what the music sounds like or how intricate it is, we can lose sight of why we are worshipping. In Revelation, all they say is “Holy Holy Holy” and no, that’s not from the new Georgia Florida Line single. In our hearts, we just need to remember to give all glory to God and give honor and praise in everything that we do.

Just to clarify something! The last few posts were unedited! My wife has been busy and I just sent them out without approval! Haha so please bear with us as we get a better system. Speaking of systems, we are going to change gears with how we post! Instead of every day, we are going to post every Monday Wednesday and Friday! Thank you all for your support

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Matthew 13:23

“But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

It should come to no surprise that today of all days I would like to talk about my father…gotcha! This one goes out to the mothers! Here’s to you. So today I want to open this daily devotional up by talking about my own mother. Saint Myrna of the healing hands, the patron saint of all frustrated mothers. Let’s start with that fact that I was an unplanned baby…and not in the typical sense.  All of us Harvey kids are adopted and I am the youngest of the four of us. I have a sister and two brothers who are 15 some years ahead of me in age. So when the state called my mom and asked if they would be willing to adopt another baby it was a bit of a shock. You see I was born pretty premature and they had no adoption plans set up yet for me. But the wonderful thing is that my mom didn’t even hesitate to say yes.

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(Sorry mom for the above picture, but it truly is great. Remember I love you!) From that day forward began a very different mother-son relationship. I grew up in one of the most lovingly stern Christian homes, I think, in the world. From a very young age, my mom kept planting seeds. From when I was little to when I would stumble home drunk my mother still loved me and planted seeds. She was ever faithful and was a rock and role model for me. She instilled lessons into me that I will never forget. My mom was and is still an absolute blessing to me. She always showed the love of Christ to her children and modeled what that looked like (with some German modifications in there as well). Not once, no matter how disappointed she may have been in what I did, did she ever hesitate to love me and show love. Not always the nice easy love either, sometimes it was the hard love that we don’t like so much. Both are scriptural and needed today and I am glad that I had it growing up.

So thank you mom first off and thank you to all other mothers in this world who pray, teach, and worry about us kids until late in the night. We need you, the church needs you, and God needs and loves you. (My mother would sigh and say “Ah much better picture Nathan” about the one below.)

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Now into a quick lesson about planting seeds!

Jesus told a large crowd a parable about the farmer who sowed his seed that fell on different types of ground—a hard path, rocky ground, clumps of thorns, and good soil (Matt. 13:1–9). While some seeds never grew, “the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it” and “produces a crop yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown” (v. 23).

During the twenty-seven years of my life, my mother has taught me many things such as work ethic and servitude to the church and to God. All the while she scattered seeds of kindness and the message of God’s love.

If anyone ever asks me how I am the way I am I respond with “I have had many influences in my Christian walk early and later in life, of course. But my heart always returns to the silent, and sometimes not so silent lessons my mother taught me and her gentle nature while doing so.”

A seed of God’s love sown today may produce a remarkable harvest.

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Romans 3:23

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

The word dysfunctional is often used to define individuals, families, relationships, organizations, and even governments. While functional means it’s in proper working order, dysfunctional is the opposite—it’s broken, not working properly, unable to do what it was created to do.

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul begins by explaining a spiritually dysfunctional humanity (1:18–32). We are all a member of that rebellious company: “All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. . . . For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (3:12, 23).

The great news is that “all are justified freely by [God’s] grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus . . . to be received by faith” (vv. 24–25). When we welcome Christ into our lives and accept God’s offer of forgiveness and new life, we are on the path to becoming the person He designed us to be. We don’t instantly become perfect, but we no longer have to continue being broken and dysfunctional.

Through the Holy Spirit, we gain daily strength to honor God in what we say and do and to “put off [our] old self . . . to be made new in the attitude of [our] minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness” (Eph. 4:22–24).

 

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Joel 2:12

“Now, therefore,” says the Lord,
“Turn to Me with all your heart,
With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

In many cultures, loud weeping, wailing, and the tearing of clothing are accepted ways of lamenting personal grieving or a great national calamity. For the people of Old Testament Israel, related outward actions expressed deep mourning and repentance for turning away from the Lord.

An outward display of repentance can be a powerful thing when it comes from our heart. But without a sincere internal response to God, we may simply be going through the motions, even in our communities of faith.

After a plague of locusts ravaged the land of Judah, God, through the prophet Joel, called the people to honest repentance to avoid His further judgment. “ ‘Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning’ ” (Joel 2:12).

Then Joel called for a response from deep within: “Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity” (v. 13). True repentance comes from the heart.

The Lord longs for us to confess our sins to Him and receive His forgiveness so we can love and serve Him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength.

Whatever you need to tell the Lord today, just say it—from the heart.

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“Christ Jesus made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant.”

Philippians 2:7

Sometimes when I am standing in the cashier line at the local supermarket, I tend to people watch. I see teenagers with nose rings and the newest iPhones talking about *insert current musical heartthrob* looking through the snack foods; a young professional buying one steak, a few twigs of asparagus, and a sweet potato; an elderly woman pondering the peaches and strawberries. Then there is me and my wife deciding what kind of Captain Crunch cereal to get. As I look around, I have to wonder, does God know all these people by name? I ask myself. Do they really matter to Him?

The Maker of all things is the Maker of all human beings and each of us is deemed worthy of His individual attention and love. God demonstrated that love in person on the gnarly hills of Israel and ultimately on the cross.  Christ even referred to this when he said: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:13)

When Jesus visited earth in the form of a servant, He showed that the hand of God is not too big for the smallest person in the world. It is a hand engraved with our individual names and engraved also with wounds, the cost to God of loving us so much.

Now, when I find myself floundering in self-pity, overwhelmed by the ache of loneliness that is explained so well in books like Job and Ecclesiastes, I turn to the Gospel accounts of Jesus’s stories and deeds. If I resolve that my existence “under the sun” (Eccl. 1:3) makes no difference to God, I contradict one of the main reasons God came to earth. To the question “Do I matter?”, Jesus is indeed the answer.

 

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Luke 24:27

“Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself”

In the 1880s French artist, Georges Seurat introduced an art form known as pointillism. As the name suggests, Seurat used small dots of color, rather than brush strokes of blended pigments, to create an artistic image. Up close, his work looks like groupings of individual dots. Yet as the observer steps back, the human eye blends the dots into brightly colored portraits or landscapes.

The big picture of the Bible is similar. Up close, its complexity can leave us with the impression of dots on a canvas. As we read it, we might feel like Cleopas and his friend on the road to Emmaus. They couldn’t understand the tragic “dotlike” events of the Passover weekend. They had hoped that Jesus “was the one who was going to redeem Israel” (Luke 24:21), but they had just witnessed His death. Sometimes our lives and what we go through seem like that as well. A mass of confusing dots that just don’t make sense.

Suddenly a man they did not recognize was walking alongside them. After showing an interest in their conversation, He helped them connect the dots of the suffering and death of their long-awaited Messiah. Later, while eating a meal with them, Jesus let them recognize Him—and then He left as mysteriously as He came.

Was it the scarred dots of the nail wounds in His hands that caught their attention? We don’t know. What we do know is that when we connect the dots of Scripture and Jesus’s suffering (vv. 27, 44), we see a God who loves us more than we can imagine.

John 4:14

“The water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

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Because it is so difficult in parts of the world to find clean drinking water, an organization called Water Is Life developed a wonderful resource called “The Drinkable Book.” The paper in the book is coated with silver nanoparticles that filter out almost 99.9 percent of harmful bacteria! Each tear-out page can be used and reused to filter up to 100 liters of water at the cost of only four pennies per page.

The Bible is also an unusually “drinkable” Book. In John 4, we read of a particular kind of thirst and a special kind of water. In one of my favorite stories in the bible, we see a woman at a well needing much more than water to quench her thirst with clean, clear liquid. She was desperate to know the source of “living water.” She needed the grace and forgiveness that comes from God alone.

The most remarkable thing about this story to be is that once Chrsit had shown her truth, she left her jar unfilled with the physical and started to praise God for the spiritual. God’s Word is the ultimate “drinkable” Book that points to God’s Son as the sole source of “living water.” And those who accept the water that Jesus gives will experience “a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (v. 14).

If you enjoyed this devotional please think about donating to our fundraiser! https://www.gofundme.com/LFDMphasetwo

Be Blessed,

Nathan Harvey

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Hey everyone and welcome back! I am sorry that I did not post on Friday and Saturday! I took the time to go to a worship conference with my churches worship team and man was it worth it. God breathed new life into me and the dream and passion that lead me to start this website. We are working and partnering with a church in Jamacia to help them with their school and outreach goals along with wanting to start our own local non-forprofit that will focus on mentoring and disciplining at risk youth and any youth in need of a positive influence in their lives. We would do this through after school programs and local service initiatives that will emphasize contribution to society and culture leadership qualities in today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. We are pushing to finally get our video equipment for our video blog series and have partnered with Resolute band for our worship initiative as well.

Branching into a non-for-profit branch has been a dream of mine since 2010 after I left Breakaway Outreach in TN. I moved home to help my parents and so I started to dream. I never took action due to so many reasons. The enemy fought me tooth and nail but I am no longer giving him that satisfaction. I am moving forward and claiming victory in the name of Jesus. If you would like to help in this dream and vision you can check out my fundraising site at this link. I hope that you will join me on this journey with either prays for financial support or both.

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Psalms 121

I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not allow your foot to be moved;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord shall preserve you from all evil;
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even forevermore.

Yesterday, I ran across a Hebrew word that really stuck out to me. Now if you asked a Jewish rabbi the meaning of the word “Aliyah”, they would say that it would mean two things. One meaning would be ‘being called up’ to read the Torah in the Synagogue. The second meaning they would give you would be ‘moving back to Israel’. Many times when people talk about moving back to Israel they call it “making Aliyah” or “the upward journey”. But those of us that follow after the Messiah, we are the spiritual children of Israel. Which means we have our own kind of Aliyah to make.

Let’s take a look at it from a biblical perspective. Let us jump into Mark 10:32 shall we?

Now they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was going before them; and they were amazed. And as they followed they were afraid. Then He took the twelve aside again and began to tell them the things that would happen to Him:”

This word ‘up’ in the Greek text of Mark has the same meaning as the Hebrew word “Aliyah”. Which is the following: 1) ascend 1a) to go up 1b) to rise, mount, be borne up, spring up. This Greek word is repeated throughout the scriptures as Christ is making His way to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is set upon the mountains. So to get there you would have to physically go up. But the closer to Jerusalem Christ got, the closer he was to God the Father and what was about to happen.

Now you may be asking, what then is our modern day Aliyah. It is plain and simple in our lives. Our entire life is our Aliyah. Our life is a journey. But in God, it is to be an upward journey. It’s the same way we would want to ascend a mountain and every day, we are given choices. Every choice we will have in life is either one of three. We have the choice to go lower, to stay the same, or to go higher. Choose the higher path even if it’s harder, letting every one of your steps be higher than the last. Let every day you have be higher than the one before. Eventually, we will end up walking on mountain heights and our life will be an Aliyah. Follow after Christ and continue to ascend until the race is done.

 

Hello! This website is dedicated to walks of faith, my family, and above all else God. I am a young adult leader and active member of my local church here in Ohio.! I am excited to share my journey and my thoughts on the Word moving forward!

We are doing exciting things at Letters From a Dead Man. Soon we will be launching our video lesson series where we will invite our author and other pastors to share a teaching! We are also looking into creating those videos into a Podcast along with our authors Wednesday night classes.

We are also experimenting with doing some music projects with Choirs and local groups and will keep all of you updated on that as it progresses.

We are excited to announce our newest fundrasier to get the needed video equipment and funds to launch the non-forprofit side of this site as well! Go and check out this link if you would like to donate!

We ask for your continual prayers for Nathan and his wife Alissa. As in every saint’s life, they experience hardship, struggles, and the occasional doubt. Alissa is finishing up her master’s program and Nathan is still being faithful to where God has put him. They thank you all in advance for supporting the writing here and themselves with prayers, donations, and in any way you can.

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