Posts from April 2019

DEVOTIONS – WEDS. MAY 1, 2019

John 21:12 (NLT) “Now come and have some breakfast!” Jesus said. The invitation to eat was “a call to the resumption of that fellowship which His death had broken.” The fact that He ate with them would strengthen the conviction that He was really with them. Later Peter referred to it in his preaching (Acts 10:41). Jesus wanted them to know that personal contact with Him was possible after the resurrection. When we face a near death experience or a…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. APRIL 30, 2019

John 21:3 (NLT) (Jesus) called out, “Fellows, have you caught any fish?” The disciples responded to the overwhelming perplexities of the happenings in Jerusalem by withdrawing to Galilee and engaging in the rugged joy of hard work. The danger was that they might forget the life into which Jesus had called them: I will make you fishers of men (Matt. 4:19). So Jesus appeared on the shore and repeated a familiar miracle (Luke 5:1-11). John instantly recognized what had happened,…
Logan Collins Interview & Baptism

From Depression to Redemption – The Journey of Logan Collins

Private First Class Logan Collins shares the story of how his battle with depression and obesity was won by the redemptive love of Jesus Christ. Private Collins testifies to the dramatic changes God made in his life and publicly affirms his faith by being baptized at West End Assembly of God. The WEAG community wishes to help all to overcome the disease of depression. For more, watch “Depression” part one of a six-part series titled Broken & Beautiful. All are…

DEVOTIONS – MON. APRIL 29, 2019

John 21:3 (The Message) Simon Peter announced, “I’m going fishing.” The rest of them replied, “We’re going with you.” They went out and got in the boat. They caught nothing that night.   With all the blur of their last week in Jerusalem still fresh in their memories, the disciples withdrew into Galilee. It had been a trying and confusing period of their lives. Before He had died, Jesus had taught them more than their immature spiritual state could assimilate.…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. APRIL 27, 2019

John 20:27b (original translation) Become not unbelieving, but believing. “Belief in a risen Christ made a mourner into a missionary, a penitent into a preacher, the bereaved friend into an apostle of love, a timid and shrinking coterie of disciples into the fearless heralds of a new movement, and a doubter into a confessor…faith can rise no higher than when it avows Jesus of Nazareth to be its Lord and God.”  Worship Him today.

DEVOTIONS – FRI. APRIL 26, 2019

Acts 4:33  (NLT) The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all.   “The disciples as a group were oppressed by the emotion of fear. Primarily they dreaded the Jewish rulers, who had sent Jesus to His death and might be willing to deal with them in similar fashion. They had not left Jerusalem, perhaps because they felt that remaining quietly in the city would make them less conspicuous than…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. APRIL 25, 2019

John 20:8-9 (The Message) Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. No one yet knew from the Scripture that He had to rise from the dead. “John, the disciple who leaned on Jesus’ breast at the last supper, and who regarded Him as his best friend, was left desolate after the crucifixion. Though he had not the bitterness of regret that Pater did, the…

DEVOTIONS – WED. APRIL 24, 2019

John 20:3-4a (The Message) Peter and (John) left immediately for the tomb. They ran… “Peter was not given great prominence in the account, but the little said of him is significant. He ran to the tomb; and it is safe to say that he would not have run unless he had a deep concern for Jesus. The last reference to him prior to the 20th chapter was the denial, though repentance followed quickly upon his failure. It was, however, too…

DEVOTIONS – TUES. APRIL 23, 2019

John 20:1 (NLT) Early on Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. “Mary was the picture of frustrated devotion. In his gospel, John emphasized Her love for Jesus. She was apparently the leader of the women who went to the tomb to anoint the body early on the first day of the week. Mary’s agitation over finding the stone rolled away, her…

DEVOTIONS – MON. APRIL 22, 2019

John 20:25 (The Message) But Thomas… was not with (the other disciples) when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in His side.”   Thomas was naturally pessimistic. He was a living demonstration of the power of Jesus to dispel doubt. Remarkably, Jesus submitted to the very test that…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2019

John 19:38 After all this, Joseph of Arimathea (he was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, because he was intimidated by the Jews) petitioned Pilate to take the body of Jesus. Pilate gave permission. So Joseph came and took the body. If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/pBQ42AAacCE Faith In the Silence We call it Silent Saturday. We sit and wait and hope. Of course, we know that Sunday is coming; but the disciples didn’t know that. All…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY APRIL 19, 2019

Mark 15:34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi Eloi, lema sabachthani” which means, “My God, my God why have you abandoned me?” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/Ks6X16n2pI0 A Shared Suffering Have you ever felt abandoned by God? Maybe you didn’t say that out loud, but in your heart you felt it. There are times when we go through periods of deep and profound need but God doesn’t seem to be…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2019

Mark 14:61b-62 (MSG) Then the high priest asked (Jesus), “Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?” Jesus said, “I AM. And you will see the Son of Man seated I the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/aToyEptr8fI Confident in His Strength Throughout the second half of Jesus’ ministry, He taught the disciples that they would face opposition just as He…

West End Thrift: Second Runner Up!

Thank you for nominating WEAG’s West End Thrift Store as Best Thrift Store in Richmond for this year’s Richmond Times-Dispatch annual Best Of contest! West End Thrift received second runner up in all of Richmond! Check out the article in the Richmond Times Dispatch here! We appreciate your support and hope that you will also take a moment to spread the word to family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. Share this article!

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2019

John 15:11; 16:1, 4, 33 (MSG) I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy…so that you won’t abandon your faith…so that when they happen, you will remember my warning…so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world. If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/m1ZjxiUzlQ0 Surrender to Peace As Jesus walked with His disciples from…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY APRIL 16, 2019

John 12:1-9 (NLT) Then Mary took a 12 oz. jar of expensive perfume…and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance. But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray Him said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages…Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.” If the video above does not play, click/tap: https://youtu.be/IPoiiuntid8 To Give Our Purest Worship Mary and Martha gave…

HOLY WEEK DEVOTIONS – MONDAY APRIL 15, 2019

John 11:45-53 (NLT) Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw (the raising of Lazarus from the dead). But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council together. “What are we going to do?” they asked each other. “If we allow Him to go on like this, soon everyone will believe in Him. Then the Roman army will come and…

Devotions – Sat. April 13, 2019

John 14:16 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever… “The provision for the disciples’ future included a new dynamic: the Holy Spirit. He would be their advocate—to make the reality of God convincing to all men in the same way that Jesus did to his disciples. He would provide a fellowship with God even closer than they had experienced in the physical presence of Jesus.” Open up to…

Devotions – Fri. April 12, 2019

John 14:15  (NLT) If you love me, obey my commandments.   “Having assured the disciples that He was not deserting them but rather going before to prepare a place for them, Jesus proceeded to ask for their obedience.” Does the Lord have your whole heart? If so, you will obey Him. Love is the new motive for our lives; obedience to Him is the new standard for our activity.

Devotions – Thurs. April 11, 2019

John 14:7 (The Message) If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well… Philip interrupted Jesus. He wanted to see the Father as plainly as he could see Jesus. “Metaphysical distinctions and theological explanations meant comparatively little to him. He was slow to apprehend anything of an abstract nature; He was a practical man–not indifferent to spiritual truth, just baffled by it.” The human longing for a tangible God lies at the root of all idolatry. Man…

Devotions – Wed. April 10, 2019

John 14:5 (The Message) Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?“ Thomas flatly contradicted Jesus. His was a false step in reasoning. “Solutions to human problems are never found in skepticism, but rather in the affirmation of faith. Jesus responded with a positive declaration on which Thomas could base his thinking: I am the way, the truth, and the life (v. 6). It is one of the greatest…

Devotions – Tues. April 9, 2019

John 14:1 (NLT) “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.” As Jesus began His critical teaching to prepare His disciples for the coming challenge to their faith, various disciples interrupted with their questions. Like little children interrupting a parent who is trying desperately to teach them something for life-threatening situations, Jesus replies, and then reverts to His original line of thought. If we believe that a personal God exists, who is the redeemer…

DEVOTIONS – Mon. April 8, 2019

John 13:31 (NLT) As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory”… The departure of Judas was a relief to Jesus because as long as Judas was there in the room Jesus could not talk freely about the important topics on His mind. “Judas had no understanding of His motives and mission. The other disciples were equally ignorant of Jesus’ real purpose, as their questions later…

DEVOTIONS – SAT. APRIL 6, 2019

John 13:33 (NIV) “My children, I will be with you only a little longer.” Jesus’ farewell address to His disciples begins in 13:31 and ends in 16:33. The conversation begins at the Last Supper and ends in the Garden of Gethsemane. He talked as they walked through the darkened streets of Jerusalem to the gates through which they passed over to the Mount of Olives.  It was a conscious effort on Jesus’ part to give the disciples final instructions. Notice…

DEVOTIONS – FRI. APRIL 5, 2019

John 13:37  (NIV) Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus’ farewell address to His disciples was interrupted by several of the disciples who were anxious and concerned as they began to sense the serious tone of Christ’s words. Their minds could not accept the reality that Jesus was leaving them. And Peter totally overestimated his true spiritual capacity. Jesus responded to Peter’s interruption with truth. God is faithful to…

DEVOTIONS – THURS. APRIL 4, 2019

John 13:34-35 (NLT) So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples. Jesus introduced a whole new spiritual paradigm. The Old Covenant (Old Testament) was embedded in rules and regulations that enabled a relationship with God. The New Covenant (New Testament) would be implanted in hearts of flesh. Obedience to God…

DEVOTIONS – Weds. april 3, 2019

John 13:31 (NLT) As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory… “The presence of Judas among the Twelve was a hindrance to further revelation on the part of Jesus. As long as Judas was in the group Jesus could not speak to them as a spiritual unity.  You are clean, but not all (v. 10) showed the disunity which Jesus recognized.” Once Judas left the…

DEVOTION – TUES. April 2, 2019

John 13:18b (The Message) “The one who ate bread at my table turned on his heel against me.” The ancient prophesy of Psalm 41:9 would come to pass through Judas. “The progress of evil within Judas is traceable in the successive allusions to him (John 6:70-71 – [Judas] was even then getting ready to betray Him). John called him a “thief” (12:4-6). The devil is said to have put into his heart the idea of betraying Jesus (13:2); and in…

DEVOTION – MON. April 1, 2019

John 13:21 (The Message) After (Jesus) said these things, Jesus became visibly upset (troubled in spirit, KJV), and then He told them why. “One of you is going to betray me.” The expression “troubled in spirit” described the pain which Judas’ defection would cause Jesus. On two other occasions Jesus used similar words that expressed His deep concern: at the grave of Lazarus (11:33) where He was “deeply troubled” over how death had invaded and impacted mankind, and when the…
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