Posts from July 2019

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY AUGUST 1, 2019

Luke 10:41 (NIV)  “Martha,  Martha,”  the Lord answered,  “You are worried and upset about many things.”  In our highly distracting world,  so much comes at us.  With too much going on all the time,  it overwhelms the circuits.  We must learn to narrow our focus and keep the  “main thing”  the main thing—applying effort toward that focus and letting other things go quantitatively to the bottom of the list.  Too many things distracted Martha.  Mary focused on the one important…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 31, 2019

John 16:30b (NIV)   …In this world, you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.  Two people can have the same amount of pain and difficult circumstances and yet have completely different responses.  We must learn to audit things that stress us out.  The stress system is a reactive one that goes through filters and tells you when something is a danger or not.  And it has a lot to do with how we think about…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 30, 2019

Job 26:10 (MSG)  He draws the horizon out over the ocean,  sets a boundary between light and darkness.  Stress comes when we feel out of control.  Who has control over you?  Of course,  we have the law,  or the board,  or our workplace supervisor.  What DO you have control over that affects the quality of your life?  If your company goes through a financial downturn,  there are things you may not be able to control but there are things that…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 29, 2019

Ecclesiastes 4:12b (NIV)  …A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  The #1 source for stress is isolation.  What is stress?  Basically,  a demand is being put upon a system.  When you sit on a chair you are putting stress on it.  The manufacturing process included testing  (stressing)  it to make sure it was solid enough to carry your weight.  So there is such a thing as positive stress.  Negative stress is when there is too much stress for…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 27, 2019

Philippians 1:28  Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies  (NLT)… not flinching or dodging in the slightest before the opposition  (MSG)…without being frightened in any way by those who appose you  (NIV).  No matter how well you represent the love of God,  there will be hateful people determined to discredit and destroy you.  Jesus warned us that if they persecuted Him,  they would do the same to us.  It is the Holy Spirit who enables us to stand…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 26, 2019

Philippians 1:27 (NIV)  Whatever happens,  conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.  As the Japanese army forced Darlene Deibler Rose and her fellow missionaries into trucks to be taken away to prisoner of war camps,  Darlene heard the voice of her beloved missionary mentor calling to her.  They were the last words she would hear from him before he died in that camp:  “Remember,  be a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” Through every trial in that…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 25, 2019

Philippians 1:20 (MSG)  I can hardly wait to continue on my course.  I don’t expect to be embarrassed in the least.  On the contrary,  everything happening to me in this jail only serves to make Christ more accurately known,  regardless of whether I live or die.  They didn’t shut me up;  they gave me a pulpit!   “Paul had the unconquerable attitude of a giant in the faith.  Paul is certain of his deliverance—because the Philippians prayed,  and because of…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 24, 2019

Philippians 1:14 (MSG)  Not only that,  but most of the Christians here have become far more sure of themselves in the faith than ever,  speaking out fearlessly about God,  about the Messiah.  Paul did not complain about his imprisonment,  but rather rejoiced,  because his jailing was resulting in many influential people in Rome coming to faith in Jesus Christ.  His hands and feet may have been chained,  but the gospel was not restricted.  And so Paul rejoiced.  Are people inspired…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 23, 2019

Philippians 1:9  (NIV)  And this is my prayer:  that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight.  The Apostle Paul cares deeply for the Philippian church and his prayer is for them to grow in love,  which brings knowledge and discernment.  When we judge people and do not see them as people for whom our loving Savior died,  then our testimony falls on deaf ears.  If we want to understand a culture then we have…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 22, 2019

Philippians 1:6 (NLT)  And I  (Apostle Paul)  am certain that God,  who began the good work within you,  will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.  Great joy comes from knowing that,  no matter what difficulties come our way,  the Lord is at work within us grooming our hearts and leading us into spiritual growth and maturity in spite of it all.  Of course,  our rate of growth depends on how we…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 20, 2019

Matthew 13:8 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell on good earth,  and produced a harvest beyond his wildest dreams.  The hearer with good soil values God’s Word  (Job 23:12)  and delights in it  (Jer. 15:16).   He does not ignore God’s word  (Ezek 33:30-33)  or rebel against it  (Psalm 107:11).  He is open minded  (Acts 17:11)  and willing to commit himself to the truth (John 7:17).  He does not cling to his own opinions  (Mark 7:13).  He has a teachable heart  (Acts…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 19, 2019

Matthew 13:7 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell in the weeds;  as it came up,  it was strangled by the weeds.  Two crops strive for mastery.  The thorns choke the Word  (vs. 19)  “with anxieties”  (Luke 8:14 -Worrell)  and  “worries and money”  (Luke 8:14 – Moffat).  “Other things creep in and choke the message out”  (Mark 4:19 – Goodspeed).  The cares of life are remedied by re-evaluating the spiritual versus material values  (Luke 12:15).  The riches of life that snare us can…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 18, 2019

Matthew 13:5 (MSG)  Some  (seeds)  fell in the gravel;  it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots,  so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly.  Some people receive God’s Word  (the seed)  with  “enthusiasm”  (Moffat)  but it is short lived.  In times of trial or testing  (Luke 8:13)  they fall away.  Unbelief  (Heb.  3:7-12),  disobedience  (Zech 7:8-12),  rationalization  (Mark 8:16-17),  resistance to the truth  (Acts 19:8-9),  pride  (Daniel 5:20),  refusal to yield to the Lord  (II Chron.…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 17, 2019

Matthew 13:19 (NLT)   The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message about the Kingdom and don’t understand it.  Then the evil one comes and snatches away the seed that was planted in their hearts.  The soil had been trampled down and had become a hard surface more useful for traffic than for crops.  This condition affected the seed in that it could not sink into soft soil and be absorbed.  Birds pecked it up …

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 16, 2019

Matthew 13:12  (NLT)  To those who listen to my teaching,  more understanding will be given,  and they will have an abundance of knowledge.  But for those who are not listening,  even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. If a hearer is to benefit from Christ’s teachings,  he or she must possess a condition of heart that is suitable for the reception of truth,  which will then multiply.  If that condition of heart is not present …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 15, 2019

Matthew 13:2-3 (NLT)  A large crowd soon gathered around  (Jesus),  so He got into a boat.  Then He sat there and taught as the people stood on the shore.  He told many stories in the form of parables,  such as this one.  Jesus was conscious that with so many people gathered to hear Him,  there existed a diversity of reasons why they had come.  Some came out of mere curiosity and not necessarily out of receptiveness to the truth He…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 13, 2019

Proverbs 16:21 –  The wise in heart are called discerning,  and pleasant words promote instruction.  Ever find yourself in a tense situation in which everyone’s nerves are on edge?  It can be difficult to keep a calm spirit,  lowered voice,  and reassuring demeanor in such situations;  but they are fundamental to the process of helping people work together through a problem.  God wants us to be fluent in the language of discernment.  We must learn to be wise in heart…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019

II Kings 6:16-17 –  And Elisha prayed,  “O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.”  Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes,  and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.  What do you see when you look at your life?  Sometimes we need an eye-opening  “ah-ha”  moment so that we can discover God’s reality rather than living consumed by our own realities.  Elisha saw what his servant could not see—the…
11 Baptisms - July 7 2019

11 Baptisms – I Have Decided | July 7 2019

11 Baptisms! Woohoo! Celebrate with the WEAG community as eleven individuals proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. Watch as they are baptized in water by Pastor Lisa Eggert on July 7, 2019. Learn more about water baptism… why, when, and how to sign up at https://weag.church/?s=baptism

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 11, 2019

Exodus 6:8  –  “I will bring you to the land I swore with uplifted hand to give to Abraham,  to Isaac and to Jacob.  I will give it to you as a possession.  I am the Lord.”  Moses reported this to the Israelites,  but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.  If only the Children of Israel could have known what we know today.  Great miracles of provision were ahead of them.  But they…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 10, 2019

I Samuel 30:6  –  David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters,  and they began to talk of stoning him.  But David found strength in the Lord his God.  David was facing a life-threatening situation.  His men were overwhelmed with a sense of loss.  Read the whole story.  Where did David go for wisdom and encouragement?  He  “encouraged himself in the Lord his God”  (KJSV)  and then called for…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 9, 2019

II Kings 5:3  (NLT)  –  One day the girl said to her mistress,  “I wish my master would go to see the prophet in Samaria.  He would heal him of his leprosy.”   Naaman was a mighty warrior,  commander of the army of the king of Aram but stricken with leprosy.  The warriors,  political giants,  philosophers,  kings,  and healers of his day could not help.  But God used the unassuming words of a little girl to guide him to healing. …

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JULY 8, 2019

Romans 3:21-22 –  But now God has shown us a way to be made right with Him (apart from)  keeping the requirements of the Law…we are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ.  Every religion other than Christianity rests on a foundational belief in man’s power to change himself.  They believe that if you work hard enough,  try your best,  do good deeds,  and love everyone,  you will earn righteousness in God’s eyes.  But no matter…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY JULY 6, 2019

Eternal life brings commission. John 17:1 – Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. Eternal life for us is not luxurious idleness but purposeful work in which we realize our best life. Before you were physically born God had plans for you: For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb… All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY JULY 5, 2019

Eternal life brings holiness. John 17:17 (The Message) – Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; your word is consecrating truth. In a world permeated by relativism, how does a person live in truth? The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself to humanity and it is truth—eternal, unchanging, life-transforming, heart convicting, blessed truth upon which we can build our lives (Matt. 7:24-27). The moment we hear the awful truth that humanity has been infected by sin and we feel the conviction of…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY JULY 4, 2019

Eternal life brings joy. John 17:13 (The Message) – Now I am returning to you. I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing so my people can experience my joy completed in them. Jesus was still in the room with His disciples before leaving to go to the Garden of Gethsemane. He had instituted communion, washed the disciples’ feet, given them a profound teaching (His last discourse), and now He prayed words that He wanted them all to hear. In…
weag.church video tour

weag.church Video Tour

WEAG is a very diverse, dynamic church with events, classes, studies, groups, missions trips, local outreach and much more going on nearly 24×7. We have to make A LOT of information, tools, and resources available to support those many people groups, interests, and activities. The downside is this website can seem overwhelming and challenging to find what you seek. But, with a brief walk-thru, you’ll be navigating to your area of interest in no time….. Watch the video tour in…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY JULY 3, 2019

Eternal life brings preservation. John 17:11-12 – I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name…While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name…and I guarded them. We live in a world where evil manifests itself daily. Jesus knew the forces that would attack His followers in the vacuum of His death,…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY JULY 2, 2019

Eternal life brings enlightenment.  John 17:8  – I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. They knew with certainty that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me.  Eternal life through Jesus Christ brings true enlightenment. There are lots of things to know and discover in our lifetimes, but without the Holy Spirit’s spiritual enlightenment we won’t have the perspective, wisdom, or understanding to process it all (especially the harsh realities of life)…
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