Posts from May 2020

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY JUNE 1, 2020

Acts 27:25 (MSG—read the whole chapter)  So,  dear friends,  take heart.  I believe God will do exactly what He told me.  Paul was under arrest and being escorted by Roman soldiers via ship to Rome.  He was not in control of his life.  He was subject to the will and direction of the centurion.  Paul’s warning had been overruled and disregarded.  Soon the ship was caught in an unrelenting storm that blocked the sun and stars for many days and…
Good Ole Hymn Sing 2

Good Ole Hymn Sing 2 – May 27, 2020

Tony, Bob, and other members of WEAG Worship come together again for an encore evening of worship to sing over a dozen of the most popular, timeless hymns of the Christian church. Watch, listen, sing-along, and share this hour of reflection on God’s everlasting presence, strength, peace, healing, and faithfulness despite the circumstances that try to hold us down. Enjoy the first “Good Ole Hymn Sing” from April 7, 2020, on YouTube at https://youtu.be/BeY8JgnIqLI

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 30, 2020

Isaiah 44:8 (NIV) – …You are my witnesses, is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.  One of the figurative names for God is Tsur,  a Hebrew word for  “rock.”  You will find this word used most frequently in the poetic books;  and Moses uses it as a name for God five times in his song (Deut. 32:4, 15, 18, 30, 31).  It describes His quality of reliability and unchangeableness,  stability and…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 29, 2020

Daniel 4:34 (NIV) – …Then I praised the Most High… One of the names of God is Elyon,  and it refers to  “the Exalted One”  and literally means  “the most high God.”   He is high above all other beings and things.  King Nebuchadnezzar recognized God’s exalted state when he finally declared  (Daniel 4)  that the God of Daniel was the eternal,  sovereign God who rules in justice and sovereignty over the affairs of people.  No matter what problem fills…

SEEK Class of 2020

Congratulations to our SEEK Student Ministry Class of 2020! We are so proud of these students and are thrilled to see how God continues to use them in the next season of life. Check out what they are up to next and how you can be praying for them specifically!

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 28, 2020

Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV) – But because of His great love for us,  God,  who is rich in mercy,  made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  God is rich in mercy and grace toward us.  Mercy is God’s response of compassion and forbearance toward those who are in misery or distress.  Grace is His kindness toward those who are ill-deserving—it is unmerited favor.  When have God’s expressions of grace…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 27, 2020

I John 4:8 (NLT) – But anyone who does not love does not know God for God is love. God’s love goes so far beyond human love,  and the Bible describes it this way:  This is love;  not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (I John 4:9-10).  While we were still sinners,  Christ died for us.  So much human love is rooted in what we get…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 26, 2020

Psalm 89:14 (NIV) – Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne.  We can be sure that God will act fairly toward people,  because God is righteous and just.  He upholds those who live uprightly and helps them when they suffer oppression by judging the oppressors (Ps. 72:2-4;  94:14-23).  Jesus prayed to His  “Righteous Father” (John 17:25).  Daniel declared that  “the Lord our God is righteous in everything He does” (Daniel 9:14).  God always does the right thing.  “He…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 25, 2020

Isaiah 6:3 (NLT) – And  (the seraphim)  were calling to one another:  “Holy,  holy,  holy is the LORD Almighty;  the whole earth is full of his glory.”  Isaiah saw the glory of God.  Much later John saw a throne in heaven and heard the same sound:  “Holy,  holy,  holy is the Lord God almighty,  who was,  and is,  and is to come”  (Rev. 4:2,8).  Holiness is a central quality of God’s being.  I don’t think we can even begin to…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 23, 2020

Romans 11:33a (NIV)  Oh,  the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable His judgments,  and His paths beyond tracing out!  We serve a rational God—creative and intelligent but also compassionate,  gracious,  slow to anger and abounding in love (Ps. 103:8).  He has an end in mind that is consistent with His character.  His motives toward us are always pure,  consistent with His nature and for our good.  Jesus is His  “express image”  (Heb. 1:30.) …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 22, 2020

Exodus 15:11 (NLT)  Who is like you among the gods,  O LORD—glorious in holiness,  awesome in splendor,  performing great wonders?    What have we learned so far this week regarding the existence of God?  God has revealed Himself in creation.  Scripture assumes the existence of God but does not seek to prove it.  People’s innate belief in God’s existence and humanity’s moral nature all testify to God’s existence.  Remarkably,  God cared enough to reveal Himself to us so that we…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 21, 2020

Romans 2:14-15 (MSG)  When outsiders who have never heard of God’s law follow it more or less by instinct,  they confirm its truth by their obedience.  They show that God’s law is not something alien,  imposed on us from without,  but woven into the very fabric of our creation.  There is something deep within them that echoes God’s yes and no,  right and wrong.  People are moral beings,  with a sense of right and wrong.  Conscience is inherent in every…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 20, 2020

Romans 1:20 (NLT)  For ever since the world was created,  people have seen the earth and sky.  Through everything God made,  they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature… A universal belief in a supreme being is innate or intuitive in people everywhere.  However,  this belief is not so universal in what that god is like.  Christians believe in one loving God who is interested in a personal relationship with them.  Those who believe in other…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 19, 2020

Psalm 19:1 (NLT)  The heavens proclaim the glory of God.  The skies display His craftsmanship.  A remarkable interdependency exists between everything in the universe.  Vegetation depends on sun and soil and water.  Streams flow into rivers and oceans.  Animals depend upon nature’s multiple food sources.  People depend upon wood for fire.  Without sufficient rain,  crops die.  An intricate balance exists that gives us compelling evidence for God’s existence and is known as the cosmological argument.  The cosmos,  this orderly,  harmonious…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 18, 2020

Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)  And it is impossible to please God without faith.  Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.  The Bible makes no attempt to prove God’s existence.  The writers assume He exists and expect people to believe it by faith.  Anyone who comes to Him  “must believe that He exists.”  But people will not put their faith in someone in whom they don’t believe.  Read…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 16, 2020

Psalm 16:11 –  …you will fill me with joy in your presence…  The lie is:  “I should not have to live with unfulfilled longings.”  Culture teaches this.  God’s Word does not teach this.  THE TRUTH is that we will always have some kind of unfulfilled longings on this side of Heaven.  God’s Word teaches us the importance of contentment.  The deepest longings of our heart cannot be filled by any person or thing.  People and circumstances will never make us…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 15, 2020

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT) –  Today I have given you the choice between life and death,  between blessings and curses.  Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.  Oh,  that you would choose life,  so that you and your descendants might live.  God has given us the power of choice.  When we say,  “I can’t help the way I am,”  we are believing a lie that keeps us in lifelong bondage.  We must take personal responsibility…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 14, 2020

I Peter 2:9 (NIV) –  But you are a chosen people,  a royal priesthood,  a holy nation,  a people belonging to God… Did you know that 42% of women surveyed by Nancy DeMoss indicated that they had believed the lie:  “I’m not worth anything”?  “Our view of ourselves and our sense of worth are often determined by the input and opinions of others.”  The words  “stupid”  or  “fat”  get locked into our brains,  and instead of countering the lies with…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 13, 2020

Psalm 45:1 (NIV) –  God is our refuge and strength,  an ever-present help in trouble.  THE TRUTH is that life is hard.  The lie is that  “God should fix my problems.”  God is not our cosmic genie.  He does not run to serve us when we ring the bell.  And the goal in life is NOT to be  “free from all problems—to get rid of everything that is difficult or unpleasant.  Our society is conditioned to think that we should…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 12, 2020

Philippians 4:19 (NLT) –  And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches,  which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.  THE TRUTH is that God is enough.  But when it comes down to it,  often we don’t really believe that God is sufficient to deal with our problems.  We need Him plus shopping,  food,  friends,  vacations,  our job,  our family.  When the pandemic hits and we are displaced from…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 11, 2020

Romans 8:39 (NLT) –  No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed,  nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.  THE TRUTH is that God loves us.  A loveless marriage,  childhood abuse,  parental rejection- these contribute to feelings of loneliness and the lie that  “God doesn’t love me.”  Some of us produce and perform and serve in order to please God…

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DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 9, 2020

Psalm 119:68 –  You are good,  and what you do is good;  teach me your decrees.  “When turbulence,  disappointment,  or pain comes into our lives;  when we lose people we love;  when things don’t go as we had hoped or planned,  Satan tempts us to wonder,  “Is God really good?  If He were,  how could He have let this happen?”  In this fallen world where wars,  genocide,  famine and natural disasters are a reality,  that Deceiver tries to cast God…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – FRIDAY MAY 8, 2020

John 8:32 (NIV) –  You will know the truth,  and the truth will set you free.  “Every lie must be encountered with corresponding Truth.  Where we have listened to,  dwelt on,  believed,  and acted on lies,  we must begin to listen to,  meditate on,  believe,  and act on the Truth.  That is how we will move from bondage to freedom,  by the power of the Spirit of God.  Jesus declared it:  The Truth  “will set you free.”  Get intentional with…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – THURSDAY MAY 7, 2020

John 8:44b (NIV) – (the devil)  was a murderer from the beginning.  He has always hated the truth,  because there is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of lies.  Yes,  Jesus was talking here about an evil force with a spirit personality,  not a corporeal being  (Eph 2:2;  Luke 24:39).  He is a created being and does NOT possess divine attributes.  He cannot read your mind.  He has intellect and emotion  (Rev. 12:12)  and power to…

The Only Way: A Poem

There is no need to hide what’s true,That isn’t what Christians are called to do! When someone asks, ‘You think I’m going to Hell?’Your response should be, ‘I am, as well. If not for Jesus, the way, truth, and life,All our eternities end in strife. He is the one and only way to the Father,So stop your searching, you needn’t bother. The way is clear, the way is free,As much for you as it is for me. All religions claim…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – WEDNESDAY MAY 6, 2020

Genesis 2:16 (MSG) –  God commanded the Man,  “You can eat from any tree in the garden except from the Tree-of-Knowledge-of-Good-and-Evil.  Don’t eat from it.  The moment you eat from that tree,  you’re dead.”  THE TRUTH here is that God is a generous God.  Only one tree had a  “Keep Off”  sign posted. And that was for the best interest of Adam and Eve.  Their obedience would guarantee long-term blessings and happiness.  It also provided them an opportunity to exercise…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – TUESDAY MAY 5, 2020

Galatians 5:1 (MSG) –  Christ has set us free to live a free life.  So take your stand!  Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.  Nancy DeMoss’s book,  “Lies Women Believe,”  addresses specific areas of deception that we operate under—both men and women.  Identifying them,  naming them for what they are,  and reaching for the Good Shepherd’s hand to guide us out of deception and into freedom is what Nancy’s book so beautifully unpacks.  We don’t…

DAILY DEVOTIONS – MONDAY MAY 4, 2020

John 10:10 (NIV) –  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.  From the moment we choose faith in Jesus Christ,  He begins leading us into increased measures of freedom.  Often,  we have immediate deliverance from debilitating habits;  but more often it is a gradual growth and discovery process that includes offloading fears and feelings of worthlessness,  and the compulsions that drive self-consumptive behaviors. …

DAILY DEVOTIONS – SATURDAY MAY 2, 2020

Psalm 59:10 – My God  (Elohim)  in His lovingkindness  (Chaseddi)  will meet me;  God will let me look triumphantly upon my foes. ELOHE CHASEDDI – God of Mercy TODAY’S PRAYER:  You are Elohe Chaseddi,  my God of mercy.  Oh,  how I thank you for your favor and mercy in times when I have needed your forgiveness for thoughtless choices that reaped heartache and shame.  You have been merciful to me when I turned to you in repentance from my sin; …
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