Posts from October 2019

Posts from October 2019

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1, 2019

We will not hide them…we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,  His power,  and the wonders He has done.  For most of us,  everything we know about God was passed along to us by members of a previous generation who were faithful to obey this Biblical command.  Each of them can point to faithful Christ followers of the generation preceding theirs,  who served as another link in this remarkable chain of faith that reaches back…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 31, 2019

Mark 2:3 (NIV) –  Some men came,  bringing to  (Jesus)  a paralytic,  carried by four of them.  Consider the love of this small group of men.  Without their help,  the paralytic would not have experienced Christ’s forgiveness and healing touch.  Consider all the trouble they went through to get him before Jesus—what effort,  what faith,  what persistence!  Who do you most identify with in this narrative?  Are you a friend who is determined to carry an ailing person to Jesus? …

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30, 2019

Mark 1:35 (NIV) –  Very early in the morning,  while it was still dark,  Jesus got up,  left the house and went off to a solitary place,  where He prayed.   Though Christ had a very visible ministry,  His times of solitude were critical to His effectiveness.  His prayers enabled Him to balance the visible with the invisible,  the natural with the supernatural,  and His humanity with His divinity.  Those occasions of solitude opened wide the channels of His heart…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2019

Luke 4:42 (NIV) –  At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.  The people were looking for Him and when they came to where He was,  they tried to keep Him from leaving them.  The people wanted to limit Jesus to their little town,  but He had to follow God’s call to go to other people in other places who also needed to hear His message.  It is our tendency to want to close ourselves into a safe,  little…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 28, 2019

Luke 4:36 (NIV) –  All the people were amazed and said to each other,  “What is this teaching?  With authority and power He gives orders to evil spirits and they come out!”  Read the whole story.  Demons had to yield to Christ’s authority.  His life-transforming power got the people’s attention.  God has called us to make a powerful impact in this world  (not just be happy and live to ourselves).  Depending on how well we listen in the School of…

DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2019

Luke 4:9b (NIV) –  …”If you are the Son of God,”  (Satan)  said,  “throw yourself down from here.”  Satan is always twisting scripture,  taking it out of context and using confusing quotes.  He did it with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden,  and he attempted it with Jesus.  But Jesus knew He did not need to throw Himself off a high tower to get people’s attention.  He did not need to put Himself at unnecessary risk in order…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14, 2019

Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)  As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,  and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,  so is my word that goes out from my mouth;  it will not return to me empty,  but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  What a wonderful metaphor for the…

DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY OCTOBER 25, 2019

Luke 4:7-8 (NIV) –  (The devil said)  “So if you worship me,  it will all be yours.”  Jesus answered,  “It is written:  ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.’”   Every day,  we face temptations to shortcut the long trek of discipleship for quick fixes and easy answers.  It is all too easy to compromise our faith when our prayers seem to go unanswered and our souls enter a dark night that seems to contradict everything we ever…

DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY OCTOBER 24, 2019

Luke 4:1-4 (NLT) –  Jesus answered,  “It is written:  ‘Man does not live on bread alone.’” (focus verse 4)   Jesus’  ministry began with forty days of hunger and heat in the desert,  not glory and accolades.  When He was at His weakest point,  the devil tempted Him to misuse His power for personal gratification.  Jesus responded with the words of Moses  (one well acquainted with desert life).  He knew that life does not consist of eating and drinking and…

DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23, 2019

Luke 5:4b (NLT) –  …(Jesus)  said to Simon,  “Now go out where it is deeper,  and let down your nets to catch some fish.”   Peter  (Simon)  was an experienced fisherman.  He questioned Jesus’  command,  yet respected Him enough to obey.  “Because you say so,  I will”  (vs. 5 NIV).  His simple obedience led to a miracle  (the huge catch of fish)  and a revelation that Peter’s personal best could not compare with Christ’s remarkable power.  Sometimes our best efforts…

DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY OCTOBER 22, 2019

Luke 19:13b (NLT) –  …”invest this for me while I am gone.”  (Read the verses 11-27 for the full context).   God has gifted each one of us with life and incredible potential.  Use them wisely.  Encourage and strengthen the people around you.  Serve in selfless ways that reflect the Father’s love.  Be a good steward of the life of God within you.  Why do some people live so far beneath their potential and roll up their gifts into a…

DEVOTIONS – MONDAY OCTOBER 21, 2019

Luke 18:38 (NLT) –  So  (the blind beggar)  began shouting,  “Jesus,  Son of David,  have mercy on me!”  Read the whole story.  It depicts focus and reaching hard for something in spite of resistance.  He was yelling  (MSG)  to get Jesus’  attention.  The man was blind in his eyes,  but not in his soul.  Proverbially,  at some point in life,  you may find yourself sitting by the side of the road in need—maybe even begging.  What will it take to…